Eastern Courier : January 21st 2010
3 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 21, 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 3056961ET Call Window Answers now For a free measure and quote Tel: 836 6222 20K Te Pai Place, Henderson Blinds Vertical • Holland • Venetian • Wooden • Sunscreen Buy direct from the factory TIMBER SALE UP TO 60% OFF RRP • Australian Design Award • Uniline's Unique 5 Year Warranty Conditions Apply 50% on the retail price Save up to www.windowanswers.co.nz or email email@example.com Listen up 17 -- 24 years old (Must have left School) Radical 10 day live-in Flatting / University experience Get equipped for your BEST CAREER and INDEPENDENT LIFE! Learn to COOK, manage TIME, handle MONEY, CV, PRESENTATION / PEOPLE SKILLS ...much more plus loads of FUN!! Next programmes held in Albany: Feb9th--19th&Mar16th--26th For more info: Yvonne Ph 413 9777 Txt 027 249 5444 www.miomo.co.nz 3429448AA Growth all go for village By MATT BOWEN EXPANSION plans for Whit- ford Village have the go- ahead. Manukau district plan change 27 was approved by commissioners in a 67-page decision released last week. The area covers 40 hectares encompassing the village as well as land earmarked for residential expansion to the south, known as the Whitford saleyard residential zone, that's bordered by Park Rd, Saleyard Rd and Turanga Creek. Commissioners and former Manukau city councillors Anne Candy, Sylvia Taylor and Maggie Burrill analysed evidence and the 56 submissions received and made a number of modifications to the original council proposal. Among the submitters were the Ratepayers and Residents Association, the now defunct Manukau Water and Auckland Regional Coun- cil, Whitford Estuaries Con- servation Society and the New Zealand Historical Places Trust. Most submissions con- cerned wastewater, water supply and the character and form of development. One of Christine and Andrew Maslowskie's points, for example, stated that a front yard of two metres will be like Coronation St''. The new residential area provides for detached stand- alone houses, courtyard houses, duplex housing and clustered apartments. A series of development conditions are listed in the decision. A maximum of 105 additional households will be allowed with no more than 10 sites of less than 350 square metres. A maximum of 10 house- holds can be contained within buildings between eight and 12 metres and clustered dev- elopments will also be limited to five household units. Wastewater disposal plans were also changed. The decision says sub- mitters were concerned about the potential effects of land disposal including contain- ment and possible pollution of the Turanga Creek. Wastewater disposal must now be through the city's reticulated system. The commissioners also consider that connection to a communal bore water supply is needed for sites of less than 800 square metres. The plan change divides the village into four Whitford zones -- business, residential, public open space and saleyard residential. Copies of the decision are available at the customer centre, ground floor, Kotuku House, 4 Osterley Way, Manukau. IN BRIEF Street racers Police are asking people to help get street racers convicted. The road crime unit says there is a problem with street racers doing burnouts and racing other cars in eastern suburbs streets. To report dangerous driving taking place phone 111 or *555. Try to get details including the registration, colour, type of vehicle and driver description. A good statement from witnesses is all that's required for prosecution. Video footage is also a help. Contact the Counties Manukau Road Crime Unit on 261-1308. Overwhelming Statistics NZ has been inundated with people wanting to become census collectors after a story ran in the Eastern Courier last week. The story was a plea for more collectors in Counties Manukau area for the upcoming 2011 Census. It had received 180 applications but was aiming for a target of 300 collectors. Since the story ran it's received 990 applications. Collection operations regional manager Heather Maloney says the response was overwhelming and applications are now being processed and interviews arranged. Statistics NZ hopes to have all interviews completed by January 27, she says. The census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand at one time and its information helps determine how government funding is spent in the community. It will be carried out on March 8. Musical talent The Music in Parks programme has an eclectic line-up of musical talent. Some of this year's acts are Anika Moa and band, Autozamm, Julia Deans, Barry Saunders, Tami Neilson, the Greg Heath Quintet and An Emerald City. More than 20 free concerts will run until April. Go to www.musicinparks.co.nz for details. Mayor onboard to expand public transport People mover: Len Brown chats with Veolia train manager Rashmi Jani of Epsom and Papatoetoe auditor Hemal Patel, left, during the mayor's Monday morning train trip into work to promote greater use of public transport. Photo: KAREN MANGNALL Take the number of Auck- landers who ride the train, the bus or the ferry. Now double it. We want to see transit movements go from 63 million a year, as it stands, to 150 million a year in 10 years' time,'' mayor Len Brown says. And he's not all talk. On Monday, he stepped aboard the 8.09am train from Papatoetoe station to Britomart as a public show of commitment. Ferries feature promi- nently in his plan, especially for the east. Mr Brown says places such as Half Moon Bay need major upgrades to keep up with growing demand. I am very focused on ferry usage. We are the City of Sails. We are a city that has got three harbours and two great coastlines and so much of our city is built around those waterways. And we shut down those ferries to a large extent when we put the harbour bridge across but I want us to genuinely lift our ferry use.'' Mr Brown used the train ride occasion to announce a study on how best to achieve his goal. Public transport patronage would double through integrated ticketing for the services, electrifi- cation of the rail network, the inner city rail loop -- within five to seven years -- and a major lift'' in bus use, walking and cycling. Mr Brown encourages parents and their children in particular to use public transport to get to schools as they account for 30 percent of rush hour traffic. It's a disaster,'' he says. He wants all schools in Auckland to have transport plans. Mr Brown says about 187 of about 580 Auckland schools have plans to give parents alternatives. The projects, if approved, would be funded through co- operation with central gov- ernment, private investors, rates and infrastructure bonds, he says.
January 19th 2011
January 26th 2010