Eastern Courier : January 8th 2016
stuff.co.nz JANUARY 8, 2016, EASTERN COURIER Climbing for mentalhealth TERESAHATTAN ANDMEGHAN LAWRENCE An East Auckland teacher has his sights set on being the first person to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Edgewater College outdoor education teacher Dave Williams and mate Mike Boston headed to South America this January to climb Mt Aconcagua in Argentina, as part of the Sea2Summit7 challenge. The challenge sees the pair starting at the nearest ocean and running a marathon per day, for as many days as it takes to get to the mountain, before climbing and summiting the height of 6962 metres. Williams says the challenge emerged during his search for a new adventure that would test his limits both physically and mentally. ‘‘I soon realised that this adventure was about more than just challenging myself,’’ he writes. ‘‘I had recently lost two friends, both with adventurous spirits, to depression and as a school health teacher I have witnessed daily the importance of the issue that is male mental health in New Zealand.’’ The challenge is being Sign mysteriously disappears JARRED WILLIAMSON Where has the Eastpark banner gone? The sign on Faldo Drive in Golflands served as a marker at the entrance to the subdivision. Eastpark Residents’ Associ- ation chairman Graham Pilgrim discovered it was missing on January 3 and believes it might have been stolen. ‘‘I thought ‘oh bugger’ the sign’s gone, so I came back to have a look around for it,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s something that can be costly to replace.’’ The plastic sheet banner had only been replaced in May last year at a cost of $1200 to the residents. Funds come from the annual levy given to the residents’ association. Pilgrim is still scratching his head as to why someone would take the sign. ‘‘Why would anyone want to steal it? Is it someone trying to be clever? I don’t know,’’ he says. ‘‘I thought ‘oh bugger’ the sign’s gone, so I came back to have a look around for it.’’ Graham Pilgrim Pilgrim’s first thought was that the gusts of wind over that weekend may have taken the sign on a tour of the subdivision. But the similar and precise cuts on the cable ties confirmed suspicions of theft, Pilgrim says. ‘‘It would have ended up in someone’s garden, but it’s not anywhere to be found on the subdivision.’’ He says random vandalism is rare in the suburb, with security patrols regularly passing through the area. Residents have asked for the sign to be returned, no questions asked. ❚ If you have information on where the sign is, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 272 5876 Eastpark Residents’ Association chairman Graham Pilgrim believes the subdivision’s sign was stolen. previously. On arrival in Mendoza, Williams’ wrote on the Sea2Summit7 website about his apprehension regarding the challenge that lays before him. ‘‘This time I know exactly what DaveWilliams and Mike Boston are tackling South American peak Mt Aconcagua as part of the Sea2Summit7 campaign. undertaken in the hope $100,000 can be raised for male mental health. The 30-year-old has already completed three of the seven peaks; Kosciuszko in Australia, Elbrus in Russia and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This will be his third attempt at Aconcagua after being forced to retreat from the mountain twice I am in for and to be honest, I would rather be naive,’’ he says. The pair are due to begin the 12 day walk and 16 day climb in the next few days. After tackling Mt Aconcagua, Williams and Boston will also attempt the full Sea2Summit of Mt Denali, formerly Mt McKinley, in Alaska, in April 2016. This will leave them with only Mt Vinson Massif in Antarctica (4,892m) and Mt Everest in Nepal (8,848m) to complete. They are currently fundraising and seeking sponsorship for the adventures through the crowdfunding page givealittle.co.nz/cause/ sea2summit7donate. In brief PHONEBOOKS Is your big phone book more of a hindrance than a help? You now have more time to opt out of receiving the Yellowand White Pages. Yellowhave extended the opt out timeframe for Auckland residents. If you don’twant the Auckland Yellowand White Business 2016 phone book, you need to opt out before January 14. People can opt out by visiting ypgbooks.co.nz or calling 0800 803 803. RENTAL LENGTH Figures released by Barfoot and Thompson showAuckland renters are spending an average of two years in properties.Data insights from the city’s largest property management company reveal that this has held relatively steady over the past five years. Of all the tenancies currently managed by Barfoot and Thompson, 70 per cent have been renting the home for two years or less, while around a third have held their tenancy for two years or more. Nine per cent have lived in the home for over five years. Mean weekly rent in theHowick and Pakuranga area is $542.93, with tenants staying in properties for an average of 23 months. PAGEANT WINNER Itwas all glitz and glamour at the Miss East Auckland pageant. For Jessica Tyson itwas her crowning night as she took out the 2015 title. Tyson received a winners prize package that includes entry into the grand final of Miss NewZealand, a photo shoot and an evening gownto the value of $500. The 22-yearold has a history of competing in pageants and has alwayswanted to become MissNewZealand. GENEROUS DONATIONS FreshChoice Half Moon Bay has donated $1000 to local community organisations. The November round of donations went to CampQuality for the children’s summer campand Communicare Pakuranga, which gives older people companionship and assistance. FreshChoice also financially supported Macleans College rowing squad, the U15Girls Touch Rugby from CountiesManukau Touch Association and Howick/ PakurangaGirlGuiding. Go to freshchoicehmb.co.nz PHOTO: JARRED WILLIAMSON/FAIRFAX NZ 3 The new online destination for Over-60s. Discover oversixty.co.nz today!
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