News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


New mobile dental clinic for Waitakere schools

2 August 2004

New mobile dental clinic for Waitakere schools

The dental health of Waitakere children is set to receive a big boost with the introduction of a mobile dental clinic service to the area.

The clinic is run by the Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) and is similar to other mobile clinics operating in Auckland and Manakau cities.

Funding for the mobile unit was provided by a generous donation of $140,000 from the Waitakere Licensing Trust and the Portage Licensing Trust via the West Auckland Health Services Foundation.

ARDS North West Dental Manager, Belinda Tafua, is extremely grateful for the money put forward by The Trusts.

“It’s wonderful that we are now able to offer this service to children in the West,” says Belinda.

The clinic has two identical sides - each with a dental chair - and will be manned by two therapists.

“Having two therapists working out of the clinic means we can provide a more efficient service,” says Belinda.

The clinic was blessed by Waitemata DHB’s Maori Health service on July 26 in a ceremony involving representatives from The Trusts, ARDS, the Foundation and Swanson Primary School – the first school to benefit from the clinic’s mobile service.

Swanson’s principal, Kay Wight, says the new clinic, with its brightly painted exterior and friendly interior design will be a much more welcoming place to receive dental care than the school’s previous in-house clinic.

“It will be exciting for kids to have a brand new place to go,” says Mrs Wight.

The van will provide dental care to various schools in the Waitakere district.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Greening the Red Zone - Bird of the year heats up: kōtare concedes, backs kea
  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

    Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


    Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

    Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news