Eastern Courier : December 1st 2010
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The service follows a national memorial to the 29 men in Greymouth tomorrow. ''It's important for Aucklanders to be able to express their sadness and empathy with our friends and family on the West Coast,'' Auckland mayor Len Brown says. The Auckland Council will help co-ordinate the event with church and civic leaders. The service will be from 7pm, December 3, at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 446 Parnell Rd, Parnell. Lotto winner If you haven't checked the Big Wednesday Lotto ticket you bought from Paper Plus in Howick you might want to get on to it. The November 17 winning ticket worth $4.8 million still hasn't been claimed. Owner and manager Katie Treneman says they are hoping it's one of their regular customers. ''We're thinking the winner must have no idea and is in for a really big surprise.'' The prize includes $3 million cash, and an Audi R8, Porsche Cayenne, $250,000 on a Visa Platinum card, $250,000 to spend on luxury travel, a Four Winns V258 power boat, and $750,000 towards a bach. The customer bought a heads or tails ticket so they have also won second division which is another $172,151. Chairman returns Gregor Coster has been reappointed chairman of the Counties Manukau District Health Board. Professor Coster has extensive clinical and governance experience in the health and academic sectors. There are seven elected members and up to four appointed members of each district health board. The appointed members of the board for the term beginning on December 6 are Jan Dawson, Sandra Alofivae and Frank Solomon. Fields a high priority By MATT BOWEN SOLVING the problem of east Auckland s sodden sports field is an urgent pri- ority for the Howick local board. It s an even more pressing issue for people like Joe Hunn. The Bucklands Beach Foot- ball Club coaching director says the situation is beyond ridiculous. Many teams from the club of 750 players couldn t train this season because of closed fields. These kids have one chance to stay away from computer games and get fit with organised exercise in a healthy environment. It s not good playing in the mud on a Saturday. Ridicu- lous doesn t do the situation justice -- it s crazy. The nine board members will consider measures to ensure grounds are up to standard throughout the wet winter months at its first business meeting on Decem- ber 13. Potential solutions include sand based drainage systems and artificial turf. It s likely the board will request formal and fully costed upgrade proposals from Auckland Council parks staff. Board chairman Michael Williams says sport is a key aspect of the area s culture. It builds fitness and lead- ership skills in young people and promotes wellbeing in the community, he says. We want to avoid parents being frequently called and told that the game on Saturday is cancelled. Sports field improvement is one of 12 urgent priorities identified by the new board. It will likely need Auckland Council Governance Board support to increase its capital expenditure allocation to fund the project. It has one of the lowest capital expenditure budgets in the region at $6 per resi- dent compared with an aver- age of $48 across the region. Cool ride: Elm Park School students getting dropped off to school in a Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Leaving the helicopter is student Courtney Sioneloto, 10, followed by Harry Crawford, 10, with teacher Georgina Tizard and crewman Leon Ford. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By KRISTINA RAPLEY Elm Park students get a dazzling ride to school Talk about making an entrance. Excitement was at an all- time high at Elm Park School on Monday morning when a group of students got dropped off in a helicopter. The school raised over $5000 by taking part in the Westpac Rescue Chopper Challenge. The top nine fundraisers were split into two groups with each getting a scenic tour around Auckland and dropped back on the school field with all their friends and teachers cheering them on.The chopper challenge runs in schools throughout Auckland to raise funds as well as awareness for the Wespac Rescue Helicopter. Based on training and fit- ness tests taken by crew members, students looked for sponsorship and carried out their own fitness train- ing culminating in a fitness challenge. Crew members and staff from local Westpac branches worked with the school throughout the term to reach their fitness goals. Crew chief Herby Barnes says it s about instilling a sense of pride and achieve- ment as well as raising funds to help a worthy cause. It s really cool getting to know the kids. They get a chance to do something that pushes them out of their comfort zone too, which is always a good thing. Principal Trish Plowright says she jumped at the chance to participate in the challenge. I thought it was a great idea and all the staff were very positive about it. The students have been great and showed a real community spirit. I m very proud of them all, she says. Courtney Sioneloto, 10, personally raised $370 and was one of the lucky ones to get a ride in the helicopter. He says he wasn t scared, just really, really excited . It was cool coming down and seeing everybody waiting for us. I was shocked, he says. For more information about the rescue helicopter visit www.rescuehelicopter.org.nz.
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