Eastern Courier : April 1st 2011
2 EASTERN COURIER, APRIL 1, 2011 NEWS Office Ph 272 7017 Fax 265 1285 Editor Janet Taylor email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Manager Stuart Palmer email: email@example.com Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 39,297 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Wednesday/Friday to Beachlands, Botany Downs, Bucklands Beach, Burswood, Cascades, Chapel Downs, Chapel Heights, Cockle Bay, Cumbria Downs, Dannemora, Donegal Park, East Tamaki, East Tamaki Heights, Eastern Beach, Edgewater, Farm Cove, Golflands, Half Moon Bay, Highland Park, Howick, Huntington Park, Maraetai, Mellons Bay, Northpark, Ormiston, Pakuranga, Pakuranga Heights, Point View Park, Sacramento, Shamrock Park, Shelly Park, Somerville, Sunnyhills, Whitford. Includes Rural Delivery area: Howick RD. 33 Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki. P.O. 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SPA6089 Smoother run for traffic Works to reduce bottlenecks at the Pakuranga end of the south- eastern highway are nearing com- pletion. It's the first taste of the long- awaited Auckland Manukau East- ern Transport Initiative. The plan is to reduce traffic con- gestion and improve public trans- port in the eastern suburbs. The left-turning lanes coming off the southeastern highway into Ti Rakau Drive have been lengthened to improve capacity and reduce congestion at the intersection. The lane taking traffic from Ti Rakau Drive on to the southeast- ern highway has also been lengthened to make merging smoother. Auckland Transport claims the new layout will allow vehicles from Ti Rakau Drive to build up speed before a seamless merge with traffic''. The intersection improvements are interim works to ease conges- tion until longer-term major projects around Pakuranga begin. Howick Local Board chairman Michael Williams says although the improvements are relatively minor in the context of the bigger AMETI project it is significant that they are the first to finish. Drivers will be able to see some real benefits,'' he says. I'm looking forward to seeing what impact this has on improv- ing traffic congestion now but we are still working hard on getting a longer-term solution for people in Howick, Pakuranga and Botany.'' Auckland Transport major projects manager Rick Walden says the aim of the interim inter- section improvements is to give commuters some immediate relief. There are significant projects planned in this area but these interim works will reduce queuing at the intersection. Work is also under way on further developing concepts for the busway that would run from Panmure to Pakuranga and towards Botany.'' Plans for AMETI projects in Panmure will be on show from 10am to 1pm on April 9 at the Panmure Community Hall, 7-13 Pilkington Rd. Go to www.aucklandtransport. govt.nz for more information. IN BRIEF Family meeting The Manukau East Council of Social Services is holding a family and youth cluster meeting. Howpak Wrap-Around Charitable Trust chief executive Michele Zackey will be the presenter at the April 6 event from 12.30pm to 2pm at Haseler Hall, under All Saints Church on Selwyn St. The trust works with youth and families on an early inter- vention, pre-suspension initiative. Register at admin@mecoss. org.nz -- non-members $5. Bring lunch but refreshments will be available. Busy councillor Auckland councillor Sharon Stewart was set to emerge from yesterday's governing body meeting with an extra day up her sleeve. She was on 13 committees and sub-committees or forums and zone one meetings. Agenda item 20 recommended she be discharged from two forums to free up Thursdays to deal with constituent issues. Big appeal More than $900,000 has been raised for the Red Cross Christchurch earthquake appeal by Westfield shopping centres. Westfield kick-started the campaign with a $250,000 donation and matched shoppers' donations dollar for dollar. ''We have been overwhelmed by the generosity,'' Westfield NZ director Justin Lynch says. Evelyn's getting tuned in Overcoming obstacles: Children like Evelyn van Staden will benefit from the proceeds of Hearing Week. Toddler Evelyn van Staden is just like any other kid when it comes to playtime. But life hasn't been easy for the youngster and her parents as they deal with speech diffi- culties linked to deafness. Evelyn's story is among those being used to promote the annual fundraising Hear- ing Week that ends tomorrow. The two-year-old was oxy- gen deprived shortly after her birth and required a course of harsh antibiotics. Both factors contributed to her deafness and she is now fitted with two hearing aids. Evelyn is one of 20 children who attend The Hearing House, a charity that helps deaf and hearing-impaired children listen and speak. Her mum Tracey van Staden says she has made fan- tastic progress since starting therapy and is now speaking in three-word sentences. She used to be about six months behind with her language and now she's about four months. Having the support of The Hearing House has been awe- some. She's so much more respon- sive these days.'' The Hearing House provides specialised therapy to children who have cochlear implants or hearing aids and relies on donations to provide its services free of charge. Three children are born with a hearing problem in New Zealand each week. Go to www.hearinghouse. co. nz for more information.
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