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By IVOR KOO
What is that on little Timmy s eyelid? It s a
pimple! If you are thinking of popping that
pimple , stop!
It just might not be that simple.
Eyes are very important organs in our
furry friends and any abnormalities in the
structures around them can compromise
Meibomian gland cysts are probably the
most common cause, and a course of antibio-
tics may be all it needs to fix it, but this is not
always the case.
Tumours that manifest in other parts of
the body can also turn up on the eyelids. If
required, a small eyelid lump can be removed
reasonably simply, but if it is allowed to get
bigger, extensive eyelid reconstruction may
be required. These sometimes can be nasty
malignant lumps, and early excision usually
provides the best chance for a good prognosis.
Like other lump investigations, your
Vetlife vet will usually try to characterise the
lump by taking a sample of it. This may
involve sedation for the sample to be obtained
safely. For a definitive diagnosis, the best
way is often to remove the whole or part of
the lump surgically and send it off to the lab.
The value of this lies in knowing how
the lump is most likely to behave. That is,
how invasive it is to its surrounding tissues,
how likely is it to spread to far away tissues
and whether or not there have been any cells
However, it s not just the eyelids. Lumps
can also occur on the third eyelid or even on
the cornea. It may not necessarily be a
tumour, but intervention may be required.
Your Vetlife vet will be able to assess
things and come up with a plan. Remember,
earlier is always better.
High Street area could be
made pedestrian friendly
HAVE YOUR SAY
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Northern Outlook, Private Bag 4722, Christchurch 8140.
I d like to suggest a
pedestrianised High Street,
from the council offices to Red
Lion Corner, in Rangiora.
In that area, there could be
a diversity of shops selling a
variety of products.
It could also accommodate
on-the-street coffee, stalls and
perhaps even a weekly
This could only come about
if there is ample parking
within walking distance.
This could be solved by
having a two- or three-level
parking facility between High
St and Queen St, the site of an
existing car park. The car
park would obviously need to
be designed so as not to
present a carbuncle on the
landscape of Rangiora town.
Access to the High Street
from the Town Hall side and
the Red Lion Corner could be
achieved by an underpass,
overpass or traffic light-
Red Lion Corner could be
bypassed using Albert St and
East Belt as part of a ring
I hope these points are
constructive. John Murray
It is extremely frustrating as
a councillor to see businesses
suffering in our town centres.
I would love to be able to vote
for bringing in the bulldozers
and taking down all the
fences, but the reality is this
is not China, and property
owners have rights under NZ
Council and even
Recovery Authority (CERA)
have limited powers on
private land, and could be
subject to judicial review,
which may tie up decisions in
long, costly court battles
unless they are backed by due
With GNS advising that the
risk of a 5+ quake is still 99
per cent over the next 2 to 3
years, there is no way I want
to see news of a funeral of
someone s mum, partner,
child, or employee if a falling
brick went wrong -- people s
safety has to come first.
I thank Mr Palmer for his
response to my questions.
However it is not clear
whether the preliminary
discussions the council has
had have been with the land
vendor/developer or not?
Would he care to comment?
I know of a number of
builders in Christchurch who
would be keen to tender for a
design/build contract for the
It would be a substantial
contract that would be keenly
sought. Contrary to common
belief, most builders do not
have a lot of work ahead of
them because of the long
delays in getting insurance
payouts and getting council
consents. Surely the council
should follow local and central
government practice to put
such work out to competitive
tender to obtain the best
financial outcome for
With regards to whether
preliminary discussions have
been held with the developer
or not, I can confirm this is
These discussions around
the design/build contract are
predicated on the purchase of
the land, and the council s
objective has been to
maximise the benefit to the
community for the entire
These are preliminary
discussions only and, should
they not appear to be
achieving that objective to our
satisfaction, we will certainly
consider putting the project
out to tender.
Waimakariri District Council
I was saddened by Anette de
Joux s critical letter of the
Dudley Aquatic Centre.
Had she considered putting
her complaint to the pool staff
and seeking some explanation
before writing such a damning
As one who regularly uses
the pool I have always found
the staff very helpful, with the
pool, changing rooms and
toilets clean and odourless,
although admittedly I only
use the male rooms.
I did, however, look in the
family changing rooms this
morning and they looked and
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