Eastern Courier : November 5th 2010
3 EASTERN COURIER, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 NEWS 02505AA 2760356AA Huge Fashion Clearance Sale Designer labels include: David Pond, Verge, Vamp, VSSP, OBI, Catalyst, MacJays, Hyper, Juo, shouq, Gabriella, Jet Blonde Vigorella, Threadz and Thousands of items priced between $10 and $80!! Many items below cost Unit C, 4 Walls Road, Penrose. Come to RED roller door at rear of building "Street parking only" Please do not park in our neighbours parking spaces No bags, no prams Wednesday 10th November to Saturday 13th November 10am-4pm Midnight Madness in Howick Shop and Win Howick Dollars or the Howick Hatchback. Make a $20 purchase in Howick from Monday the 8th of November through to 4.00pm on Midnight Madness and be in the draws to win one of four $500 worth of Howick Twenty Dollars or the Howick Hatchback. Enter Lollipop the Clown's Spot the Difference Competition -- entry from next week Friday 12th November Customer Services (09) 442 2222 7.30am to 6pm, Mon to Fri Faults and emergencies (09) 442 2222 24 hours Dear Auckland Welcome to Watercare This is our rst week of delivering water and wastewater services directly to your homes and businesses. As you may be aware, your water accounts transferred automatically to Watercare on Monday, as part of the local government changes. You may be wondering how this will affect the services you receive. We can assure you that we are used to providing millions of litres of drinking water every day. It is what we have been doing since 1992, along with treating wastewater and managing pipe networks. What has changed is that we are now serving you directly. Future water and wastewater bills will come from Watercare. This change means there may be hiccups as we nd our feet. We can assure you though; our dedicated team will work hard to x these quickly. If you have any questions or feedback, please call. Our Customer Services team is available on (09) 442 2222 from 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. If you have a fault or an emergency, we are available on (09) 442 2222; 24 hours, 365 days of the year. You can also visit us at www.watercare.co.nz. It is worth remembering that your account transferred automatically, so there is no action you need to take. We look forward to delivering you a great service, every minute of every day. From the team at Watercare Christmas at the Hyatt Take the stress out of Christmas by spending it with family rather than in the kitchen. The Hyatt Regency Auckland s Christmas lunch buffet will include champagne on arrival. Five dollars from every ticket sold will go to Make-A-Wish New Zea- land. There will be a pianist, face-painting, children s play area and Santa. Tickets are $99, half price for five to 12-year- olds with children under five free. Email anisolo.tulimaiau @hyatt.com or phone 358-8412. Dawn of new era in council By SCOTT MORGAN New era: Auckland mayor Len Brown at the inaugural council meeting. Photo: LAWRENCE SMITH FAIRFAX MEDIA IT WAS a council meeting like no other. New mayor Len Brown and 20 councillors from around the region were sworn into office on Monday night amid fanfare usually reserved for royalty. The 1200 or so people who packed the Auckland Town Hall were treated to an hour- long welcome from Maori leaders, numerous musical numbers on the famous town hall organ and songs performed by the Graduate Choir New Zealand. The inaugural Auckland Council meeting was add- ressed by Prime Minister John Key who likened it to an Auckland University gradu- ation ceremony he attended at the venue in 2004. The room was full of excit- ement and expectation then. The emotions here are very much the same. But beyond the excitement there was a serious side to the proceedings as well with Mr Brown outlining his vision for Auckland in a 15-minute speech. He repeated his election promise of moving towards building an inner city rail loop, extending rail to the air- port and to the North Shore. And Mr Brown drew on the memory of former Auckland city mayor Sir Dove-Myer Robinson s vision for ex- tending rail throughout the city to reinforce his point. Imagine how different Auckland would be now if Dove s plans had not been derailed. We have imagined too long. We ve waited too long. We will fix Auckland s transport system. The former Manukau mayor says people who live in Albany should be able to get to East Tamaki for work without having to jump in their cars. Mr Brown also talked about working with Auckland businesses, universities and polytechnics to generate ideas that will make the city a more prosperous place to live. We must nurture them and give them room to move. While he promised to do his best to keep rates down, the new mayor warned the final amalgamation costs of com- bining eight councils into one and contribution to the leaky homes fund aren t yet known. Mr Key told the gathering his government is ready to work with the new council. This is an historic turning point for all of us. We ve closed the door on conflicting, ad hoc decision making. We ve closed the door on conflicting local rules, laws and strategies. He acknowledged there would be times when the gov- ernment and the council dis- agreed, but says those issues can be worked through. Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says he hopes the new supercity structure will help make local govern- ment in Auckland more efficient.
November 10th 2010