Eastern Courier : January 26th 2010
3 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 26, 2011 NEWS Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Up to RRP OFF 60% BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE IN BRIEF Disadvantaged Educational disadvantages faced by children with asthma are unacceptable, Asthma Foundation chief executive Jane Patterson says. ''We now have strong evidence that New Zealand children with asthma are facing significant educational disadvantages because of their asthma,'' Ms Patterson says. A Canterbury University children's learning study of 298 five-year-olds found children with asthma were far more likely to have fallen behind in their reading ability by the end of their first year than those without asthma. The low achievement was independent of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, ability level, absence, asthma severity and behaviour problems. DIY workshops Free activities are on offer at Bunnings Warehouse during Auckland Anniversary Weekend. Painting-themed DIY workshops will cover tips and techniques from the preparation process through to brushes and colour selection. Customers can get a free paintbrush by trading in an old one. There will also be a bouncy castle, entertainers, painting- themed children's DIY workshops, DIY challenges and giveaways. To book a workshop phone 273-1650. Tills targeted Cashier tills are being targeted by burglars. Eastern suburbs businesses that have been hit include restaurants, barbers and bakeries. Police advise businesses not to leave cash on the premises overnight. Detective sergeant Matthew Alley suggests tills remain open overnight to prevent damage or theft. He asks business owners to clearly mark or identify their tills to assist police in the event they are taken. Contact Howick police on 538-0300 for more information. Art in the office suits mayor just fine By KAREN MANGNALL Art of politics: Mayor Len Brown with a Don Binney bird painting, one of a rotating selection of works from the Auckland Art Gallery that hang in the mayoral chambers. Photo: KAREN MANGNALL There's art to being mayor of Auckland. And a lot of it hangs on the wall in Len Brown's offices at the Auck- land Town Hall. It's pretty extraord- inary,'' he says. A Don Bin- ney bird painting hangs over his desk. A glance up from the mayoral papers catches a Pat Hanley on the facing wall. There's some amazing artwork -- you've got Lindauers, you've got McCahons, you've got Bin- neys. This place is an exten- sion of the Auckland Art Gallery, really.'' The gallery's been asked to rotate a selection from its collections through the mayoral offices. So people who visit get an opportunity to gaze upon some of our most amazing artwork -- primarily Auck- land artists,'' Mr Brown says. After three months in the top job he's settling nicely into his new offices on the first floor of the 1911 neo-Baroque landmark. But the mayoral office isn't as airy'' as his previous one. And then there's the need to keep direct light to a mini- mum to protect all that art. It's different from the old Manukau office but people when they come here really enjoy the ambience of it.'' Names out tomorrow By FAIRFAX MEDIA NATIONAL and Labour will both announce their candidates for the Botany by- election tomorrow. Eight contenders were cut from the National Party's internal selection process last Thursday leaving five in con- tention, including former radio talkback host Maggie Barry. Howick councillor and Bot- any resident Jami-Lee Ross is still in the running. Mr Ross would trigger another by-election for his Auckland Council seat should he win the candidacy and the by-election. Former local body poli- tician Aaron Bhatnagar is also shortlisted alongside Darron Gedge and health research scientist Edward Saafi. The National Party raked in 61 percent of the party vote in the Botany electorate's first election in 2008 while Pansy Wong col- lected 56 percent of the elec- torate vote against Labour's Koro Tawa, her nearest rival, who managed 21 percent. National Party president Peter Goodfellow says it was a tough decision given the high quality of candidates'' seeking nomination. Labour has announced its nominees as candidates with a virtual concession of defeat. Labour Party president Andrew Little says Botany is a safe National seat. So we don't expect to win.'' The party will use the by- election as an opportunity to promote policies, issues and values it believes are import- ant to the electorate and the country, he says. Its nominees are former Botany Community Board member Roy Bootle, elec- trician and Howick Local Board member David Collings and Michael Wood, a former unionist and candi- date for Pakuranga and cur- rent Puketapapa Local Board member. The by-election will be on March 5.
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