Eastern Courier : April 8th 2011
5 EASTERN COURIER, APRIL 8, 2011 NEWS BIKE BARN BOTANY Opening Hours Monday Friday 9:00am 5:30pm Saturday 9:00am 5:00pm SSunday 10:00am 5:00pm * Bikes may have been advertised & sold below the retail price from time to tim e. Offer applies only to features m odels in st ore and available at the time. ALL BIKES PRICE* Passengers soon to be on the HOP By MATT BOWEN HOP smartcard is coming to Auckland’s public transport system but it won’t hit Howick and Eastern Buses until early next year. The development is part of Auckland Transport’s phased lead-in to the full introduc- tion of the region’s first fully- integrated ticketing system. It’ll be implemented on NZ Bus services including North Star, Waka Pacific, Go West, Metrolink and Link during the next few weeks. But users of Howick and Eastern Buses will have to wait. Chief executive Bill Dalbeth says the private com- pany is committed to the initiative. ‘‘We’re going through the process now in terms of equipment selection.’’ He says it’s time Auckland had a fully-integrated system and ‘‘we’re very keen to get there’’. Auckland Transport says the name HOP symbolises seamless transport and the ability of customers to liter- ally hop on and hop off public transport. Chief executive David Warburton says it will sim- plify how people pay for and use public transport. ‘‘HOP will make boarding faster and easier for our customers with a tag-on, tag- off system,’’ he says. ‘‘Go Rider cardholders will receive a free HOP card and will be able to transfer any balance remaining on to that card.’’ The change will roll out over the next few months. Work is continuing on delivering the system to further bus operators, rail and ferry, with construction works for ticketing devices under way across the rail net- work. ‘‘One of the big bonuses of using HOP is the saving of at least 10 percent off a normal cash fare,’’ Mr Warburton says. ❚ Visit www.myhop.co.nz or call 366-4HOP for more inform- ation including top-up sites. Easter activities: Polish museum director Ewelina Szymnski decorates eggs with Benka Roy, 2. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS Chance to learn about Polish culture this Easter By NICOLA WILLIAMS Easter celebrations can be combined with learning about another culture at the Polish Heritage Museum. A traditional Polish Easter display runs until the end of April to inform visitors about how Poles prepare for Easter and the significance of the cele- bration. Workshops will be held on April 10 and 17 at 2pm where children will get to decorate traditional Polish pastry and paint Easter eggs. ‘‘We have workshops before Easter and before Christmas because it is a way for us to share Polish tradition and culture with New Zealanders,’’ museum director Ewelina Szymnski says. ‘‘Poland has 10 centuries of history, usually it’s inter- esting for people of any age.’’ Workshops are $2 and have been very popular in the past. ‘‘It’s something new for them. It’s good fun and they gain knowledge.’’ ❚ The museum is at 125 Elliot St, Howick. Visit www.polishheritage.co.nz or call 533-3530 for infor- mation.
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