Eastern Courier : March 18th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, MARCH 18, 2011 NEWS TM Kitchen Tel: 272 8252 Fax: 272 8661 EMAIL: email@example.com 9 Barmac Place, East Tamaki www.tangming.co.nz Showroom Open Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat 10.30am-3.30pm WHERE GREAT KITCHENS ALWAYS COST LESS! KITCHEN VANITY LAUNDRY WARDROBES 3387470AA Contest to help mums Budding designers are being called upon to cre- ate a motif, slogan or print to help raise money for women suffering post-natal depression. EGG Maternity will print the winning design on a scarf and tote. The scarf can be used for a pareo, baby wrap or breastfeeding shawl. Sold together they will retail at $69 with $10 going to the Mental Health Foundation. The winning design will receive a $1000 EGG or Charlotte Devereux wardrobe. Entries close May 1. Go to www.eggmater nity.co.nz for details. Spurred into action By MATT BOWEN THE words gridlock and intensive development helped spur the Howick Local Board into action on Monday night. They came from the mouth of Lawrence Thoms. The Kentigern Residents Association spokesman called on the board to inform them- selves about a resource con- sent application for 102 Pakuranga Rd and take a stand. The vacant lot sits on the corner of Kentigern Close and Pakuranga Rd opposite Westfield. The development would cater for nine businesses including apartments, a fast food restaurant and a liquor store. Supported by nearly 20 people Mr Thoms claimed the proposal for the Business 1 (local shops) zone is over height, lacks yard setback, is woefully short of parking and will generate significant traffic issues for Pakuranga Rd and Kentigern Close. Expert traffic reports note ... an increase of this magni- tude would be conspicuous and have adverse effects on traffic efficiency and safety that are more than minor , Mr Thoms told the board. He cited an Opus traffic assessment that found traffic lights would be needed. Auckland Transport is yet to model the impact of additional traffic lights on the currently continuous traffic flow along this section of Pakuranga Rd, Mr Thoms said. We contend that a 2.40 minute phase will signifi- cantly impact the current free flow up Pakuranga Rd. Gridlock with Ti Rakau Drive intersections is probable. I m sure those commuting home to the Howick area suburbs will not appreciate this change. Mr Thoms also claimed the developer doesn t want to pay for traffic lights and is going for consent approval irrespec- tive of the need for lights. The development proposal seeks to exceed the nine metre maximum height by 2.6 metres and cut the yard setback from five metres to three metres while providing 69 carparks when the district plan requires at least 89, he says. The group of concerned residents pushed for the application to be fully notified last year and the Pakuranga Community Board did the same -- to no avail. Only notified parties can make submissions. And the Howick Local Board could be among them. Chairman Michael Wil- liams has called a workshop with transport and planning experts next Tuesday to beat the April 1 cutoff date. Business support booming Corporate social res- ponsibility is alive and thriving in Auckland, mayor Len Brown says. Companies are rally- ing to support the Christchurch earth- quake relief effort. They are sending tech- nical experts to the dev- astated city and provid- ing logistical support at the national crisis man- agement centre in Wel- lington. It s heartening to see our business leaders get- ting in behind our region s response to this crisis situation and com- mitting such generous support to our friends in Christchurch, Mr Brown says. Aucklanders have dug deep into their pockets and opened up their homes to those in need and now big busi- ness is taking an active role in Christchurch s recovery. Many national and Auckland-based firms have committed support to Christchurch, includ- ing discounted flights from Air NZ and Jetstar, an earthquake relief fund from Fonterra that has raised more than $3 million, and an emerg- ency response team to assist Civil Defence. Auckland airport con- tinues to support Christ- church airport and has an engineering team on standby if required. Power company Vec- tor has joined other networks to provide expert support while fuel companies such as ExxonMobil, BP and Greenstone Energy have deployed engineers and tanker drivers. I would also like to acknowledge that many other organisations have also provided resources and support, Mr Brown says. Their help has been invaluable. Counsellor a friendly ear after quake Heartfelt help: Bridget Gundy offered counselling services to Christchurch earthquake victims. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS Christchurch residents cried when they opened the door and saw Bridget Gundy. The greatest thing they needed was just to know someone cares. They feel so alone and isolated, she says. The counsellor was there to provide some vital emotional support to earthquake vic- tims. Mrs Gundy went there a week after the earthquake and stayed four nights in student accommodation. Landing there was huge -- I thought the place looked like a war zone. She felt eight aftershocks in one night and awoke disorientated with the feeling someone was trying to get into her room. The aftershocks were un- nerving and she realised the importance of why she was there. She says the shocks re- traumatise victims who experienced the big quake. I was shaken by the tremors so my heart went out to the others who had experi- enced the big one, she says. Part of her role was to go into homes and see what resources were needed and assess how residents were doing emotionally. Dealing with trauma of that magnitude is definitely a journey, it s a time thing . It s talking about it, it s resourcing people with their inner strength, it s normalis- ing how they are feeling. She says there were a lot of relationship issues and diffi- culties like not being able to get to a supermarket. A lot of people had the attitude that others needed help more than they did. The thing about Kiwis is they always think there is someone worse off than them. If they start to bury their own stuff they will internal- ise it. No matter how small it may appear we should acknowledge it. She says she heard around 50 personal accounts of the tragedy and some will never leave her. Every now and then I wonder how they are doing.
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