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Drivers rediscover their vehicles
GOOD FIT: James Morrison, driving instructor, and Carolyn Bennison, Selwyn District road safety adviser, take on the
role of CarFit technicians, with Lorraine O'Donnell at the wheel. Mrs O'Donnell said she learned a lot.
OLDER DRIVERS discovered how
much they did not know about
their cars at Selwyn District's
first CarFit event.
Based on the United States-
designed car familiarisation pro-
gramme, it offers a personalised
12-point check of driver fit'' to
Checks include steering wheel
position, safety belt, head rest
adjustment and positioning of
With volunteer trained techni-
cians, an occupational therapist
was also on hand to discuss
mobility issues and the range of
aids available to help a person to
continue driving comfortably and
Selwyn road safety co-ordinator
Ngaire Tinning said that though
the turnout was small, all who did
the drill found it well worthwhile.
After the brief check-up, every-
one enjoyed morning tea,'' Mrs
The community education
events would continue to be run
along these lines, so everyone
who comes along learns more
about being safe and comfortable
while driving, but also has an
CarFit USA was developed and
created by the American Society
for Ageing, and developed with
the American Automobile Associ-
ation and the American Occu-
pational Therapy Association.
More CarFit events will be held
across Selwyn. The next is
planned for Darfield on Thursday,
A DECLINE in morale among the New Zealand
Defence Force after recent sweeping reforms and
cost cutting is being arrested'', according to an
The Defence Force runs a quarterly Ongoing
Attitudes Survey (OAtS), which looks at key indic-
ators such as morale, organisational commitment,
military belonging, disengagement, intention to
leave and satisfaction.
The results have been released in response to
Attitudes were said to be changing even before
the recent announcement of a pay rise. This was
coupled, however, with the news some entitle-
ments would be cut and rent for service houses
and barracks reviewed.
Among significant results were a small, but
statistically significant improvement'' in engage-
ment over the past quarter, but morale was at the
same level as in the last survey.
Vice Chief of the Defence Force Rear Admiral
Jack Steer, said the recent measures were part of
"one of the most ambitious reform programmes in
the public sector, and this has affected our people
Our people have told us they want more cer-
tainty and more stability.''
He said that in the past quarter we have
arrested the decline (in morale) experienced in
"This is significant as it comes before the effects
of the recent remuneration changes have kicked
in. It provides a platform to work from, but we
have never kidded ourselves that there is a single
silver bullet and things would change overnight.
But certainly these latest results are a first step,"
Key survey results:
76 per cent rated their own morale as satisfac-
tory or better.
68 per cent rated their workplace morale as sat-
isfactory or better.
75 per cent expressed their satisfaction with
employment within the Defence Force as satisfac-
tory or better.
71 per cent greed or strongly agreed that they
felt a sense of commitment to their service/NZ
60 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that that
they are satisfied with their job.
THE ROAD safety spotlight is on motorcycles in
Selwyn with the first motorcycle training courses
in the district being offered over coming months.
Selwyn District road safety co-ordinator Ngaire
Tinning said that from 2007 to 2011 there were 58
motorcycle crashes in the district.
Supported by Regional Road Safety and motor-
cycle trainers, a half-day course will be held on
October 27 and a full-day course on November 3.
Mrs Tinning said the courses were highly sub-
sidised. To book your place, contact Duncan Seed
on 0508 863 748.
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