Eastern Courier : February 11th 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, February 11, 2011 UCKPV MGPVKIGTP 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 Down but not out Wayne for Botany: Homeless man Wayne Young in the storage building that doubles as a byelection campaign office. Photo: MATT BOWEN By MATT BOWEN LEAKY building syndrome chewed Wayne Young up and spat him out into a Panmure storage shed. Almost everything he owns is stuffed into the nondescript tin box. There s barely enough room to turn in but it s his base for the Botany byelec- tion campaign. The independent candidate doesn t live there though -- he s homeless. He s also bankrupt and on the sickness benefit because of the stress of his drawn-out ordeal. Mr Young, 58, went from owning a $280,000 apartment in the upmarket suburb of Parnell to his current state of near destitution in the space of 10 years. Home is the Holy Trinity Cathedral where he sleeps in return for odd maintenance jobs around the property. Sometimes his car is the only option. Mr Young trained as a fit- ter and turner. He wants to get inside policy making circles to improve building and construction processes and inspections. The supercity mayoralty was his first gambit. I think I can do more in Parliament -- inside the tent as it were, he says. I was growing up believing there s no prejudice and everything s to the rule of law and there s justice and truth but essentially no one s interested in the truth. In my plight I ve taken the ultimate crucifixion. I haven t been able to believe what s happening but I think the most important thing is there are people in our community who are being affected. Mr Young was forced into a mortgagee sale of his leaky home in December 2009 -- in March 2010 a bailiff evicted him. Many people in the Botany electorate could relate to his story. The 153-unit Sacramento complex, one of the country s largest leaky buildings, has blighted many lives in Botany Downs. But they won t see Mr Young s face on campaign hoardings or leaflets. His arsenal consists of Wayne for Botany on the back windscreen of his car and a bright orange vest bearing his name. With the building going on around town I m positive that we re getting the same recur- rence of the consent process being violated, he says. We re going to get a whole bunch of leaky buildings again and people don t care. He s also against state asset sales and is big on law and order. Mr Young is single with no kids and is estranged from his family. He emerges from bank- ruptcy four days after the March 5 byelection in which he rates his chances as good . Something is drawing me to represent this plight, he says. There s no reason why a homeless person should not be an MP and that s how I m approaching it. Sarah touched the hearts of everyone Sarah Carter The funeral of a young woman who died from food poisoning in Thailand will be held in Howick on Monday. The holiday with friends ended in tragedy on Febru- ary 6 when former Macleans College student Sarah Carter became ill after eat- ing toxic seaweed. Her father Richard says the 23-year-old touched the hearts of everyone she knew . Mr Carter and his wife Anna got a call from the Chiang Mai Ram Hospital last Friday with the news their daughter was ill. We spoke with her about 10pm that night and it appeared to be just bad food poisoning. But within an hour of our conversation the thing just spread to her heart and strangled it. Mr Carter says his wife was flying to Thailand to be with Sarah when she died and he had to call her with the bad news. It s horrible. It s pretty tough, we re struggling through it. You have to accept it the best we can, but it s not easy. Some of the tribute messages flooding in to a website describe Sarah as so beautiful in every way . Her kind and caring nature was a true reflection of the love that she felt for everyone around her. There are some people who one cannot say a bad thing about and Sarah was one of those. She was so warm, kind and gentle. Sarah graduated from Vic- toria University in Welling- ton last year and was work- ing at accounting firm BDO Spicers. Her funeral is at All Saints Church on the corner of Selwyn Rd and Picton St at 1pm.
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