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Issue 94, September 2006

New Zealand Huntington’s Disease Website

by Jan Pickering


Anyone who uses the Huntington’s Scene in New Zealand website regularly, will have noticed that it’s sporting a new look these days.

Utopia Web Solutions has generously agreed to sponsor the hosting of the new web site, which amounts to a saving of around $430 a year. Wellington HD Association has taken over the responsibility of paying for the huntingtons.org.nz domain name, which is the address at which the new web site can be found.

The online HD community in New Zealand owes a huge debt of gratitude to Judy Lyon and Nick Lyon for compiling and designing the original web site, and to Graham Taylor for maintaining it financially and keeping it up-to-date for so long. I only hope that I can continue the high standard in the future.

As you will probably have noticed, the new site is still incomplete. With such a wealth of information to be translated from the previous site, we thought it best to publish what was ready and continue adding more as time permits. I must acknowledge the invaluable help from Graham Taylor in preparing the new site. At his suggestion, he has left the original pages available until the new site has caught up, for which I am very grateful. Any information not yet transferred can still be found at http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~ghtaylor/.

The help received from Roger Martin in Auckland, to get the domain name sorted out, must also be acknowledged.

For an overview of the site layout, and information currently available and what is still to come, the Site Map is a good reference. I am very keen to have your opinions on usability and any ideas you might have to make it easier to use, if you feel that is necessary.

As it is a very “wordy” site, any photos or images that you would like to contribute would be gratefully accepted. Just remember that any people in photos must be asked if they agree to being on the web site. If not, there is another way around it – their face can be digitally blurred to make them unidentifiable.

You can ring me at home in the evenings and most weekends on (06) 875 8252, or any time on mobile (021) 250 9989 or I can be contacted by email from the JSites link at the bottom of the web site, or directly on jan@jsites.co.nz.

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Appreciation and thanks must go to Judy Lyon for compiling the wealth of information available
on this site, and to Graham Taylor for maintaining the original site for so long.

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