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THE DIAL-a-ride service offered by the
North Canterbury Minibus Trust is to
end on Friday.
However, Woodend people will still be
able to shop and access essential
services in Rangiora twice a week, in
spite of the end of the daily pre-book
Only 13 passengers have been carried
on the dial-a-ride service between
Woodend and Rangiora in the last
four months, minibus trustee Don
Unfortunately, the dial-a-ride ser-
vice has not been successful. Since
December 5, the bus has run only 27
days out of a possible 57, making 57
trips out of a possible 236.
This indicates to the trust there is
not a strong demand for the service.''
However, Environment Canterbury
passenger services manager, David
Stenhouse, said a solution had been
found. Woodend people could use the
twice-a-week shoppers' bus to Rangiora,
run by the North Canterbury Minibus
Trust onTuesdays and Thursdays.
Woodend people will continue to use
the minibus service on Fridays -- this
will meet with the present Metro ser-
vice, which transfers at Kaiapoi.
To book a place on the minibus
services, contact Presbyterian Support
on 03 313-8588.
Waimakariri councillor, Kirstyn
Barnett, said she was grateful the
minibus trust was able to continue to
offer a service to Woodend people.
Having the twice-weekly minibus
link will enable Woodend people to
make appointments and go shopping in
Rangiora, which is important for those
with no other transport,'' she said.
As part of the Greater Christchurch
network changes in December 2012, the
bus connection between Woodend and
Rangiora was removed because of a sus-
tained lack of patronage.
As an alternative, the minibus ser-
vice operated by the North Canterbury
Minibus Trust and facilitated by
Presbyterian Support in Rangiora was
given a trial on the Woodend-Rangiora
run in question.
Older people favour jab
By CATE BROUGHTON
WINTER ILL: Medical Corner Doctors nurse Caroline Clarke gives Yolande Whitford her flu injection.
WHILE NORTH Canterbury medical
practices are reporting a strong uptake of
this year's flu vaccine, many residents
remain reluctant to get the jab.
Rangiora woman, Yolande Whitford, 67,
said she has been getting a flu vaccine for
many years but has only just convinced her
husband, John, to do the same.
Mr Whitford, who has a strong aversion
to needles, said that the experience
Mrs Whitford said she had been getting
the flu vaccine every year since suffering
from a life-threatening virus years ago.
The director of the Medical Corner
Doctors in Rangiora, Nigel Tapper, said
those who opted not to be vaccinated often
had not experienced how severe influenza
It is a serious, debilitating illness, and
usually when people have had a significant
influenza illness, then they will very quickly
have the vaccine the following year.''
Last year, uptake for the vaccine across
all age groups was estimated to be about 18
per cent, according to Canterbury District
Health Board (CDHB) data.
In Canterbury, the vaccine is free for
people over 65, pregnant women, children
under 18, and people with significant
respiratory illnesses, on-going health con-
ditions, or heart problems.
Among the over-65s, 73 per cent were
vaccinated last year, while only 18.4
per cent of under-18s took up the offer.
A range of views on the vaccine were given
when the Northern Outlook took to the
streets of Rangiora.
Rangiora mother, Julie Donovan, 36, said
she would be getting the vaccine.
It's really quite devastating, and with a
young one, you can't afford to be sick.''
All of those over 65 said they had taken up
the offer of the vaccine.
Retiree, John Collier, said he had been
having the injection yearly since turning 65.
You have to take every advantage you
can when you get older.''
However, some younger people did not see
the vaccine as necessary.
Andrew Wilson, 28, of Spencerville, said
he had a strong immune system.
Mother of three, Teresa Dann, said she
probably wouldn't be getting the vaccine,
as it was just another thing to do'' in a
For information about influenza and the
vaccine go to:fluinfo.org.nz
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