Eastern Courier : January 14th 2011
7 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 14, 2011 NEWS Visit our showroom: 12/318 Beach Haven Road Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-1pm www.fonko.co.nz MITSUBISHI H.I INVERTER HEAT PUMPS & AIR CONDITIONERS No. 1 leading Mitsubishi H.I installer in Auckland 2006-2010 Mitsubishi Inverters From $2,299 Inc. GST and installation - 5 year warranty High energy rating - low running costs PH: 0800 4 FONKO (0800 4 36656) for a FREE quote HOT SUMMER SPECIALS $300 CASHBACK ON ALL MODELS! Now extended until 2011 3056961EX Mayor takes on graffiti vandals Mayor Len Brown has a plan to curb graffiti van- dalism. The Auckland Council will consolidate a num- ber of contracts inherited from former councils to get a consistent ap- proach to graffiti eradi- cation and enforcement services across Auck- land. Volunteers who act locally and undertake regular paint-outs in their neighbourhoods will also play a key role. Groups and indi- viduals frequently adopt- a-spot to ensure fences, bus shelters and the like are tag-free. The council plans to develop a best practice'' approach for the region. We are defining what our communities will put up with as accept- able behaviour across Auckland,'' Mr Brown says. It is now time to unite and take the message that we will not put up with graffiti vandalism.'' Mr Brown says econ- omies of scale mean value for money can be assured. The council says it will work with local boards, key stakeholders and the community to ensure its policy is effective. Great reward for a year of struggle By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Successful recovery: Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive and New Year honours recipient Michael Barnett with wife Kim and daughter Maddison. Photo: HINERANGI VAIMOSO After a six-month battle with cancer Michael Bar- nett got the best Christmas present he could have hoped for -- the all-clear. And at New Year he got the cherry on top -- he'd been made an Officer of the New Zea- land Order of Merit in the 2011 New Year honours for his services to business. The news came at the perfect time,'' Mr Bar- nett says. It marked off the end of a year that had been pretty cruel.'' The 61-year-old has been chief executive of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce since 1988 and is regarded as one of the most influential busi- nessmen in Auckland. Before he was diag- nosed with throat cancer last May, he'd start his day at his Karaka home at 5.15am, drive into the city and hit the gym before getting to the office by 7.30am. With all the work it took to fulfil his role with the Chamber of Com- merce, the Auckland Regional Council, the Auckland Business Fo- rum, the Auckland Santa Parade Trust and the Equal Employment Op- portunities Trust, he wouldn't get home before 6.30pm every night. At the end of April I found a lump on the side of my throat. Within a week I knew that I had cancer. Within a few days of that I found out it was throat cancer,'' he says. You live your life like you're indestructible and along comes something that reminds you that you're not.'' Mr Barnett started a course of radiation and chemotherapy in June and lost 10kg within the first week. He's still 20kg lighter than he was at this time last year. He was bedridden and had to rely on his team of about 50 staff to con- tinue running the chamber as usual. The treatment is exceptionally cruel but my greatest asset is my attitude. I had to go into this battle believing I was going to win. The doctor said I had one of the more belliger- ent attitudes and that was important,'' he says with a laugh. He credits the un- wavering support of his wife Kim, 16-year-old daughter Maddison and 10-year-old son Finlay for much of his success- ful battle. His mother was also a mainstay, managing to make regular visits from Hamilton to be by his side. Mr Barnett says his mum's support was always strong and he felt most proud for her when he received news of the New Year honour. Major change in governance throughout Auckland was taking place during Mr Barnett's illness, a change he had long been pushing for. So now the changes have been made, he hopes to keep on helping Auckland prosper and reap the benefits of being one city by building on the region's strengths and creating oppor- tunity. And while his working week may be scaled back to just eight hours a day, five days a week, Mr Barnett will continue his work with the Chamber of Commerce, the Equal Employment Oppor- tunities Trust and the Auckland Santa Parade. I'm still young enough and fit enough to do that. And if you're passionate about it, it's hardly work.'' A taste of old fashioned fun at Sunday's live day Ladies lunch: Brier Clarke, 16, left, and Courtney Clark, 15, enjoy a giggle during an old-fashioned picnic at the Howick Historical Village. Photo: KRISTINA RAPLEY By KRISTINA RAPLEY Picnicking in the 1850s was no picnic. Men wore suits and top hats and ladies brought out their best dresses -- a far cry from the laid-back attitude of today. They feasted on cakes, boiled ham, roast goose and ginger beer while the children played tug-of-war and held sack races. The Fencibles made do with what they had available, mostly shell- fish, boiled pork and bread or potatoes. The Howick Histori- cal Village live day is celebrating picnic season this Sunday and they invite everybody to join the villagers and take their own picnic along. Come and have a relaxing day, listen to some lovely music, and enjoy going back in time to see how things used to be,'' says live day co- ordinator Janet Lewis. There will be a compe- tition for the best picnic hat, marionette puppet shows, and the 65th Regiment Manukau Pipes and Drums and the City of Sails Quartet will perform. There will also be a release of white doves which is always a crowd favourite. The Howick Histori- cal Village live day is this Sunday, from 10am-4pm on Bells Rd, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. Normal admission fees apply. Call 576-9506 or visit www.fencible.org.nz for more information.
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