Eastern Courier : February 25th 2011
5 EASTERN COURIER, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 NEWS 3536097AA The By-Election in Botany has attracted 10 candidates, each one of them has their own political view points and each has their own plans and intentions. One of these candidates, a relatively younger one, has indicated that this by-election will be like a lopsided tennis match in that his entry into parliament as the new representative for Botany will only be a matter of procedure. Amongst all the numerous predictions and talk about who will be the winners and losers in this by- election, we noticed a comment made by Paul Young, the candidate for the New Citizen Party: "the focus needs to include planning and consideration for the future generations." Just like the soft and harmonious colour tone of his election posters, Paul Young is a mild-mannered man with an appearance belying his 47 years. He was born in Taiwan but has spent most of his 22 years in Botany. He is currently finishing his Masters Degree at Auckland University and converse well in English, Mandarin and Cantonese fluently as well as passably in Japanese. Beneath his scholarly exterior is an indomitable fighting spirit which will bring a breath of fresh air to the otherwise ho-hum two horse race that the Botany by-election could become. Even before the campaign began, Paul was gathering the views of ordinary New Zealand citizens. An elderly couple presented their opinions of the New Zealand situation to Paul with the expectation that he would accurately reflect these views to the government. This made him realise that within the Botany electorate every family has an opinion and his mission will be to knock on every door and gather opinions and present the views to the government. As a long time resident of Botany, Paul Young is the proprietor of a digital photo store and a multi-media advertising company. He has previously participated in the ACRC (Asian Council on Reducing Crime) group, has been a long time supporter in local community services and has rich experience assisting in previous national elections. Paul Young is fully aware that the main concerns of the people of Botany are: the economy, education, law and order and immigration. He does not just talk in broad terms but relates these issues to our current affairs through two rather clear policies. The first is the amending the term of office of an MP to no more than two consecutive terms. The second is the gradual reduction of the GST rate from 15% down to 10%. He sees these two simple solutions as the appropriate keys to fix our currently stagnant local economy and to combat some 'long in the tooth' politicians who are fleecing the New Zealand public with their extravagant spending. Since becoming the candidate for the New Citizen Party, Paul Young has not wasted time promoting his party or debating the rights and wrongs of any of the Asian politicians In New Zealand. In his view, what determines the success of a political party is its performance within the political arena and the ability of its candidates to reach the people's hearts, by understanding their desires, having the ability to convey the people's feelings to the authorities and being able to improve people's living standards. Paul rises early each day for a morning run, using this opportunity to familiarize himself with his electorate and in the early morning breeze to greet each of the multi-ethnic electorates he encounters and to seek their support in giving him the chance to serve them and to represent their voice in parliament. Paul has two lovely children, Kelly, 13, Martin, 11, and a very supportive wife, Rosana. His family supports him in this by-election as they fully understand the genuine concerns Paul has to address, to improve the standard of living and to safeguard the welfare of our future generations. The old saying "home is where the heart is" is very befitting in the case of Paul Young, in light of his community involvement it can certainly be said that "his roots are in New Zealand and his heart is in Botany". Authorised by Sam Huo, Secretary of New Citizen Party. 415 Dominion Road, Mt. Eden, Auckland Running for the Future GenerationAdvertorial Digital learning way of the future By KRISTINA RAPLEY Modern classroom: Pakuranga College principal Mike Williams in one of the digital classrooms where students work on their own netbook computers. Photo: FIONA GOODALL It s only a matter of time before all classrooms turn digital. That s the view of east Auckland principals although they are hesitant to make laptops compulsory on stationery lists just yet. Pakuranga College has 150 students in digital-only classes where they work on their own netbooks. Parents can choose whether to enrol their child in the class and the netbooks are purchased through the school at their own cost. They are all the same make and model and cost about $1000. Principal Mike Williams says there are a number of reasons why parents opt into the digital classrooms. Some want to be on the beginning of the next trend, and some don t want their kids to miss out on any opportunities. The digital classrooms were tried for the first time last year and staff found there was no difference to academic achievement. It meets the needs of some kids really well, but for others it s a bit of a distrac- tion. We are a long way from making netbooks or laptops compulsory because of equity issues, he says. If I was making it compul- sory I d have to be sure it would make a significant dif- ference to their learning and I don t think we are quite there yet. Private school Saint Kentigern College in Pakuranga made lap tops compulsory more than 10 years ago and every student must own one. Botany Downs Secondary College lets their students take laptops to class if they wish but they are not making it compulsory yet. Principal Michael Leach says they have never made a big deal about it and the sys- tem works well. It s about getting the right balance. Students have to write their exams with pen and paper so they need to develop written skills, and some subjects lend themselves to working on a computer more than others. New Zealand Post Primary Teachers Association presi- dent Robin Duff says while the use of laptops and other technology in the classroom has its merits, it s also a huge concern. Most teachers are sup- portive of changes in tech- nology but we are also extremely cautious to ensure that everybody has equal access to it. There are a lot of families who simply cannot afford laptops or netbooks for their children, so they would be put at disadvantage. It s great in terms of tech- nology --- that s the future --- but it needs the resources and training to back it up, he says. Charting a new course for Auckland's waste Waste is getting new direc- tion from the Auckland Coun- cil.The environment and sus- tainability forum has recom- mended the council take a new direction on waste man- agement and minimisation to achieve environmental and economic gains as well as ensuring statutory require- ments are met. Chairman Wayne Walker says the forum wants better outcomes for both residents and the environment. To get there he says the council should choose the best of existing rubbish and recycling models, look at new innovations and increase the council s involvement and influence over the waste stream. We recommend that over time and subject to consul- tation that the Auckland Council streamlines some of the region s existing waste services, looks to add new systems for organic waste and to increase its influence over the entire waste stream. This will ideally be working in collaboration with the waste industry to achieve environmental, social and economic benefits. A zero waste goal in the long term is another of the forums recommendations to council. Considering the stra- tegic direction for waste man- agement and minimisation is an initial step towards devel- oping the Auckland Council s waste management and mini- misation plan. The process will involve public consultation on the range of services proposed for the region including rural areas and the Gulf Islands. The council s new waste plan will detail the services to be provided around the region and is statutorily required be in place by July 2012 replacing the eight for- mer councils waste plans. 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