Eastern Courier : February 16th 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Wednesday, February 16, 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 Marina plans get nod By MATT BOWEN INTENSIVE development will rise around Pine Har- bour Marina unless residents stop it through the Environ- ment Court. Pine Harbour Holding s private plan change got the nod this month. It allows for about 500 new household units up to five storeys high, continued mar- ine and marina services as well as areas of commercial and retail space across 10 precincts. Independent commiss- ioners Ken Graham, Anne Candy and Maggie Burrill assessed 130 submissions before approving the Pine Harbour Marina Zone. The Pohutukawa Coast Community Association argued against the develop- ment. It now has 12 working days to challenge the decision but before appealing to the Environment Court it needs financial backing. Chairman Cameron Butler says the only significant changes from the original proposal are one-storey height reductions. The fact that it s happening at all is against what a lot of us want. Eighty percent of the people in the area did not want this. I ve also been speaking to businesses at the marina and they re totally against it. Ferry access to the Auck- land CBD featured promi- nently in the commissioners decision yet Mr Butler says new residents are still going to have one or two cars. They re still going to drive into Howick and Manukau. It doesn t make environmental sense. Yes there s a ferry but the users are the minority not the majority. From a public transport point of view it does not make sense. REAL women tackle duathlon for support group By MATT BOWEN Running on love: Taking part in the REAL Women's Duathlon for Sands Manukau are, from right: Sarah Numan, Sonia Prasad, Katherine Fisher, Heather Clark, Awhina Rogers and Josie Apelu. Sarah Numan s babies won t be there to see their mum sweat through her first duathlon. Hope was stillborn in 2003, Noah in 2007 and Willow in November of the same year. Now Mrs Numan is train- ing to tackle the REAL Women s Duathlon in their memory and raise funds for stillborn and newborn death support organisation Sands Manukau. It s definitely huge, the Pakuranga resident says. The biggest thing for me is to do something outside my comfort zone for my babies. If there s something massive I can do for them it d be great. Looking after her four home-schooled children keeps her looking fit but it s an illusion, she says. I ve not exercised since I was about 15. I am someone who struggles to walk up to the dairy and 99 percent of the time takes the car instead. I am certainly not in the active club by any means. Come April 17 she ll walk or run 3.5km, cycle 10km then cover the last 1.5km on foot with her children and husband cheering her on. She s currently covering 2.2km a day. Obviously I don t want to go crazy and injure myself so I m going back to basics. I want to up the distance every week. Mrs Numan and five other women with similar experiences are hoping to chip away at the $11,000 needed to fund around 300 care bags per year for Middlemore Hospital. Grieving mothers find an array of memory items inside including a disposable cam- era, hand and footprint kits and two tiny identical teddy bears. The bears are placed on the skin of mother and baby as soon as possible. They are kept as a memento after the cremation or burial. Last year 200 free care bags were handed out. Call 577-5293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sponsor Sarah and her friends. Donations of $20 can also be made automatically by calling 0900-SANDS. Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz to see what the REAL Women's Duathlon is all about.
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