Eastern Courier : April 27th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, APRIL 27, 2011 NEWS 220 Universal Dr, Henderson Ph: 836 0029 ALL HOURS 79 Line Road, Glen Innes Ph: 521 3100 Family owned and operated MORRISON FUNERAL DIRECTORS OFFICE, CHAPEL & RECEPTION LOUNGES 3607661AA 3653168AG Easter Sale Now Outlet store hours: Monday-Friday 10-4, Sat 10-1 18 Greenmount Drive, Botany Ph 273 9636 www.possumdown.co.nz Up to 40% off all Possum Merino garments and accessories Big dollars for puppies One hundred guide dog puppies have been trained -- thanks to the support of real estate agency Bayleys. An online auction last month helped to reach the milestone by raising more than $2.2 million. With more than 240 active guide dog teams and 40 blind and partially-sighted members waiting to be matched with a guide dog, our need to breed and train puppies is greater than ever -- especially in Canter- bury, Royal New Zea- land Foundation of the Blind chief executive Sandra Budd says. Slow exit for fast learner By KRISTINA RAPLEY Saying farewell: Madeleine East has retired from Farm Cove Intermediate after a career in education spanning 45 years. Photo: FIONA GOODALL LAUGHS, memories and plenty of tears were shared during Madeleine East s last days at Farm Cove Inter- mediate. The Howick resident has retired after 45 years in edu- cation -- 25 as a principal and 17 of those at Farm Cove Intermediate. She says it was a tough decision. I thought about it seriously a few years ago but then something would come along and I d think Oh I ll leave it another year. I think I was looking for reasons not to leave. Howick Primary principal and former deputy principal at Farm Cove Linda Harvie will take over as principal. It s time for new ideas, a fresh approach and for a younger person to take over the helm, says Mrs East, who is pleased to leave her school in such capable hands. Howick Primary hasn t settled on a new principal so Mrs East will step in for a term until they come to a decision. It will be a welcome transi- tion into retirement, she says. Knowing that I had some- where to go made leaving a lot easier. I ve had 45 years in education and to just sud- denly say that s it I m out of here was a bit scary. Mrs East has made her mark on education in New Zealand with numerous awards and honours. In 2009 she was appointed a Member of the New Zea- land Order of Merit for services to education. She was involved with the Auckland Primary Principals Association for 20 years, including as president, and received its Travelling Fellow award in 1989. As well as serving on the national executive of the New Zealand Principals Feder- ation, she won the Service with Distinction award for her contribution to primary education. She also helped set up the Diploma for Teaching Eng- lish in Schools for Speakers of Other Languages which is funded by the Education Min- istry. I m very proud of the New Zealand education system and I ve travelled a lot visiting many schools and I think we have the best sys- tem in the world, she says. She is looking forward to travelling with her husband and gardening in her free time when she s finished at Howick Primary. When you ve been working for as long as I have without a real break you don t quite know what to do with leisure time. But I m a fast learner, she says. Residents fed up with being treated as a dumping ground Rubbish trap: Graeme White is sick of his area being treated as a rubbish tip. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS Their property being treated as a dumping ground is leav- ing Flat Bush residents at their wits end. People drive out here from other areas and dump their rubbish, Graeme White says. It s commonplace for rub- bish to be dumped off a bridge on Flat Bush School Rd, pol- luting the stream below, he says. The Auckland Council has attended to some of the rub- bish on the roadside but hasn t attempted the stream, he says. The worry is the rubbish will clog up the stream. It needs to be cleaned up and based on calls made to the council so far I m not confi- dent it s going to be. He says the environmental hazard is the main issue and he is frustrated at those who dump rubbish with no regard for others or the environ- ment. I m very angry, they don t dump in their own backyards. Quite often you just find piles of rubbish bags. They have obviously missed the rubbish collection so they just drive out here and dump it. Auckland Council environ- mental services manager John Dragicevich says the first complaint related to pri- vate property, which was the responsibility of the property owner. A complaint was also received in mid-March about rubbish in and around a stream located on Flat Bush School Rd and in response rubbish was subsequently removed by council contrac- tors, he says. Mr Dragicevich says after the most recent complaint some rubbish was removed by a contractor but the rest required specialised equip- ment to reach it. Contractors with the appropriate equipment have now been on site and com- pleted the rubbish removal. He says illegal dumping and polluting of streams is taken very seriously and the council takes steps to pros- ecute in some cases. In addition, we take a proactive approach through education and behavioural change initiatives. The protection of streams and other waterways is a key factor when the council assesses resource consent applications and a key focus for various teams including the stormwater and pollution response teams.
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