Monday, December 28, 2015

Lifesavers urge people to swim on patrolled beaches

One of the characters Finau drowned. Drowning is common in New Zealand.

Lifesavers urge people to swim on patrolled beaches

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  • Surf Lifesavers at Piha beach. Photo / Supplied
    Surf Lifesavers at Piha beach. Photo / Supplied
    With eight water-related deaths since Christmas Day, Kiwis are being urged to only swim at patrolled beaches for the rest of the holiday season.
    New Zealand's drowning toll this year passed 100 yesterday (Monday), which compares with 90 for 2014, and per head of population, is twice as bad as Australia's.
    Surf Life Saving New Zealand chairman Geoff Hamilton says of the eight water-related deaths, including six coastal, that have taken place over the last four days, none of them have been at patrolled locations.
    "I cannot stress enough, the need for people to choose one of these spots to swim at," he said.
    "The beach is our natural playground but it can also be deadly."
    Since Christmas Day, seven people have drowned, including four on Christmas day, and 12-year-old Jack Martin was killed on Boxing Day when he was riding an inflatable sea biscuit and was hit by a passing vessel on Blue Lake in Central Otago.
    Yesterday, a 50-year-old local was free-diving at the private Puatai Beach near Gisborne when he was caught in a rip just after 2pm.
    His family were trying to revive him on rocks when the Eastland Rescue Helicopter arrived. However, the man died at the scene.
    Eighty per cent of all drownings are males.
    Water Safety New Zealand is targeting Kiwi men and boys in 2016.
    It wants to eventually bring the male drowning death toll of 80 down to around 40, but a "realistic goal" for the new year would be around 60, WSNZ chief executive Matt Claridge said.
    Males are often more involved in aquatic activities, he said, but with that brought a higher chance of risk taking, and males were prone to being "pretty confident ... before they've even got any skills or basic knowledge, which is a problem".
    Drownings in rivers and river mouths are a particularly bad New Zealand problem, as are the "cultural reasons for heading to the river," Mr Claridge said.
    "Not many other countries in the world that have Maori and Pacific people that gather kai to put food on the table. For some elsewhere it's a sport but here it's part of every day life and that brings problems."
    Two of his key messages were for parents to get in water with their kids, and for men to wear life-jackets on boats: "They are absolutely no use to you in the cabin."
    And if the weather conditions are poor, then people should make the right call and not head out onto the water, Mr Claridge said.
    "Our message is, stop and think before going near the water."
    Lifeguards from 74 Surf Life Saving Clubs are currently patrolling around 90 of the most popular beaches across New Zealand.
    Ten people drowned during last year's holiday period.
    With another week to go until the end of the official holiday period (6am on January 5) Mr Hamilton hopes no one else drowns over this time.
    If people can't get to a patrolled location, they need to consider the risks before entering the water, he said.
    And when it comes to children, Mr Hamilton says supervision is key.
    "You have to keep them within arm's reach at all times. It's as simple as that."
    To find you nearest patrolled beach, visit
    Rips are often identified by a patch of calm between waves.
    Rips are often identified by a patch of calm between waves.

    How to identify a rip

    • Calm patches in surf with waves breaking each side
    • Rippled or criss-crossed water
    • Discoloured water
    • Foamy water
    • Sand bars with the above features between them

    What to do if you get caught

    • Don't panic!
    • Let the rip sweep you along until the current weakens
    • When the current has subsided, swim parallel to the shore for 30-40 metres before returning to shore, swimming slowly
    • If you are in trouble, float on your back to preserve energy and wait until the rip has stopped taking you out before swimming away from it.
    • If you are at a patrolled beach, raise your hand to alert the surf lifeguards that you need assistance.

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

    Kai Mas aka God mothers.

    This is Mrs. Chew Tien Kui aka Connie Ang. She is my Kai Mai aka Godmother , a wonderful person.

    In this book, Nadine also had a Chinese Kai Ma.

    drowning in Mt Maunganui

    In my book, a twenty something Finau drowned in a New Zealand beach.

    Body found on Mount Maunganui beach

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  • Police said the body was found about 6.20am. Photo: SNPA / Cameron Avery
    Police said the body was found about 6.20am. Photo: SNPA / Cameron Avery
    The body of a foreign 22-year-old male was recovered from the surf at Mt Maunganui this morning.
    Police believe the man entered the water in the early hours of this morning and said it appeared he had drowned but this could not be confirmed until a post mortem was completed.
    He was found floating in the surf opposite Rabbit Island by a person walking their dog about 6.20am.
    Tauranga police Senior Sergeant Glenn Saunders said inquiries were being made, including speaking to people who knew the man and making inquiries into possible sightings last night.

    Friday, November 20, 2015

    ann Book CV: November 2015


    Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan.

    Ann Kit Suet Chin is a New Zealand Chinese writer. She was born in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. She attended Methodist Primary and Secondary School in Sibu. She graduated from Windsor University in Canada, Auckland University and Auckland University of Technology.

    Ann is the fourth child of the late John Chan Hiu Fei and Mary Kong Wah Kiew. She is married to Chin Chen Onn, PhD. She has three surviving children, Deborah, Gabrielle and Sam. Her third child, Andrew died when he was a baby and is the inspiration of her first book.

    作者 陈洁雪



    Diary of a Bereaved Mother
    ISBN 9780473187095 

    This is a real life story of losing one's only son. This experience has made the author strong and caring. This tragedy has been a great help for her to help understand other bereaved people. The author is very brave to write this book. It has not been easy and she aims to touch,...

    featured in the Aucklander.

    I appeared in Television 1 Down Under program. It's ok to cry On baby bereavement.
    I spoke in the Baptist Women's Annual Convention, North Island Chapter.  
    My book was exhibited  at the Peacock 
    Art Gallery, Upton Country, Dorset, Park England.

    I  presented a workshop on Asian Infant Bereavement at the Sands National conference for Sands families and medical personnels for 200 attendees in September 2013

    Used as a reference book for NICU staff at the University Hospital, Toronto. 

    Dr Simon Rowley is a consultant at Starship Children's Hospital who's been given a copy of the book.
    "It is a good reminder to all health professionals that when our patients leave us, the story does not end for the parents. The detail is amazing, and every little thought and action seems to have been recorded as it happened, and then has been reflected upon.
    "For parents undergoing similar experiences this book could be a great comfort. For health professionals, I would see it as essential reading."



    By Chin-Chan, Ann Kit Suet
    ISBN 9780473239008  English
    ISBN 9780473309626  Chinese


    This is a hundred-year-old journal of two families, the Chans and the Kongs. It traces the first movement in 1907 from Kwang Zhou, China to the jungles of Borneo. It is a six-generational record with the second wave of movement to England, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia, USA ...

    This book records with humor the life of a busy and active family through World War II, the formation of Malaysia and Confrontation. It is a personal reflection of a way of life that has moved on and provides insight into a family and its relationships. It is most of all a work of love and respect for the Chan and Kong families and for Father and Mother.

    M M Ann Armstrong

    Lodge International School
    She explained the people in Sarawak, especially among the Chinese community, could relate to the book as it traces their roots and identities.
    “From China to Borneo and Beyond kindled a lot of interests in the state. I am very happy to hear a publisher is going to print a Chinese version of it.”
    From China To Borneo and Beyond was her second autobiography book, which is a hundred year old journal of two Families, the Chans and the Kongs. The book contains records of historical events and current affairs endured by her family from 1907 to 2006 such as the Opium war, virgin tropical jungle, the Japanese World War, colonial days, revelation and fighting with the communists. 



    This book is about the embodiment of the darker side of today's society.
    ISBN  978047325414-8

    1 July 2013

    a fiction novel – Mail Order Bride. The story, set in Auckland, New Zealand, touches on social issues such as teenage pregnancies, drugs, paedophile and the like. The book took two months to finish.

    Her third book, Mail Order Bride is the first fiction piece from Ann. She said that the book targets an audience of young adults and that it appeals readers interested in social issues and ills that young adults have to face.



    Cry of Oppressed Women 

    Women suffers from oppression. This story traces the life of Nadine who overcomes her own problems of oppression, grows up to be a social worker and helps women who have suffered from physical and mental violence, domestic violence, rape, pornography, swinging, sex slavery, human ...
    1 July 2014
    Interest Age
    All ages

    Judy Lawson, Counsellor
    A book I would use in my work as a reference. 

    World War II in Borneo, Tales of my Grandpa
    ISBN:9780473339005 (Pbk)

    It is seventy years after the end of the World War II, or the Japanese occupation in Borneo. Captain Cheng aka Captain Fong and his Canadian soldiers are remembered in their role of leading the surrender of the Japanese.