Eastern Courier : February 9th 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Saint Kentigern OPEN DAYS MARCH 2 &15 BR - j5765/01 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 APRIL Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Saint Kentigern School March 15 9.30 -11am 82 Shore Rd, Remuera Saint Kentigern School for Girls - Corran March 15 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd Saint Kentigern Preschool March 15 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd Saint Kentigern College March 2 9.30 -12pm 130 Pakuranga Rd Race is on for Botany By MATT BOWEN The Botany byelection race is hotting up. The so-called safe National Party seat has attracted candidate Paul Young from the fledgling New Citizen Party and the Act Party has high hopes for its contender Lyn Murphy. Mr Young's main cam- paign messages focus on the economy, education and law and order. The party wants to improve the economy in New Zealand more. We want to bring more over- seas experience because now it's a global village,'' he says. We are good at lots of things in New Zealand but not good enough. We need to bring in more overseas experience, investment and culture. Then it's better for our next generation and the next as well.'' Mr Young was born in Taiwan and has lived in Botany for 21 years. Act has chosen a Howick resident to fight for the sought-after seat. Mrs Murphy, 51, says her local knowledge and broad experience will appeal to voters. So will her focus on the econ- omy, she says. How do we get the economy moving again so people have choice? At the moment a lot of people in Botany don't have a choice in terms of employment, in terms of the houses they live in, because of the state of the economy. And those choices are going to get fewer unless we make changes to gov- ernment now.'' The Green Party has chosen Parliamentary Services researcher Richard Leckinger, 48, as its candidate. More on Lyn Murphy P3. Run for it says Willis Champion effort: Nick Willis celebrates Olympic success in Beijing. By JUSTIN LATIF Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis is urging people to sign up for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run on March 13. The 1500-metre runner, who will be racing in Christ- church on February 26, says registering for the event could be the first step towards a fitter lifestyle for many people. Having a race as a goal -- where you line up with thou- sands of others -- provides the daily motivation to get out there and put in the work on the roads, trails, or on the treadmill,'' he says. Willis, who grew up train- ing around the hills of Lower Hutt, says running is an easy sport to get into to. It is the most simple form of exercise as it requires the least time, equipment, and you can run virtually anywhere,'' he says. I love the experience of exploring new trails and bush tracks when I'm training.'' And you don't have to be born with a particular body type to be good at running. It's not solely genetics that decides who's most success- ful, he says, it's who trains the smartest and hardest. Willis will also be pres- ented his silver Olympic medal at the Christchurch athletics event. He originally finished third in the 1500m at the 2008 Bei- jing Games but was awarded the silver after gold medallist Rashid Ramzi was disquali- fied for testing positive to drugs. The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays has been an annual event in Auckland since it was started by the Auckland Joggers Club in 1972. The first run attracted 1200 participants and has now grown to be one of the world's largest with nearly 40,000 registered participants. The run is 8.4km, stretching from Quay St to the waterfront at St Heliers Bay. This year's event starts at 9.30am. Every registered partici- pant will receive a runner number to wear on the day and a personalised certificate recording the time they com- pleted. Go online to www.roundthe bays.co.nz for entry details. Visit www.eastern courier.co.nz to see a video of Nick Willis claiming a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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