Eastern Courier : May 11th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, MAY 11, 2011 NEWS Westpac New Zealand Limited ouldn't it be great if you didn't have to repeat yourself ? WES0655EC_1 MAGGIE BURRILL Look out for your voting papers this week, and Vote Maggie Burrill A strong voice for Howick Independent For Auckland Council www.maggieburrill.com Mobile: 021 858 228 Authorised by M.A. Burill, Murphy Rd, Manukau 2016 INDEPENDENT Work stops Residents have stalled development of 102 Pakuranga Rd. East Park Develop- ment argued their case at a hearing last week but lawyer Richard Brabant requested an adjournment after members of the Kentigern Residents As- sociation voiced con- cerns. Spokesman Lawrence Thoms says the devel- oper will revisit its plan for the vacant lot. Mr Thoms says Auck- land Transport will not allow traffic lights at the site, at least until the Auckland Manukau Eastern transport Ini- tiative is complete. Demand for food is on the increase Constant demand: Salvation Army Captain Mat Badger says there is a constant demand for food parcels in Howick. By PIP BOURKE COLLECTING a food parcel inabrandnewcarisnotas uncommon as it sounds, Sal- vation Army Captain Mat Badger says. The recession really hit home in Howick, he says. Often people will get turned down by WINZ but in reality they ve got so much debt they re struggling to keep food on the table. Demand for food parcels continued to climb as the Sal- vation Army collected for its annual Red Shield Appeal this month. Excluding its recovery work in Christchurch, Sal- vation Army welfare centres distributed more than 50,000 food parcels in New Zealand over the past year. Captain Badger says Howick Salvation Army is no exception. This year we ve seen a whole new client base for food parcels. Often it is families but we do see a lot of elderly people as well. Nationally the Salvation Army has seen an increase of newcomers with a 12.6 percent rise over 2010. Some of this increased demand is a result of Christ- church residents relocating to Auckland, head of welfare services Major Pam Waugh says. But continuing high unemployment for young adults and the semi-skilled, and rising living costs are forcing more people to seek help. Mr Badger says often it is mothers who will admit to needing help. The Howick Salvation Army on Wellington St has a small supply of goods for food parcels. Most cases are referred to one of the army s four main hubs around Auck- land. Despite that the demand here is constant. We are always in need of contribu- tions, Mr Badger says. That way we can buy specific things we are short of. The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal ended last week, but you can still make donations by texting Shield to 5339 to make an instant $3 donation or visit www. salvationarmy.org.nz. Breathless views await breathless firefighters FROM Page 1 Boots and all: Howick firefighters Simon Woodward, left, and Stefan Talaic are training hard for the Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge later this month. Photo: FIONA GOODALL There is rivalry between competitors but Stefan says it s all in good fun and it will be good to meet other fire- fighters from around the country. The fundraising challenge for the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation has had a record number of registrations and is now into its eighth year. Firefighters representing 121 brigades and stations including the Beachlands volunteers will be fighting for the titles of fastest man, woman and team. Last year $200,000 was raised for the foundation which supports patients and families living with leu- kaemia, myeloma, lym- phoma and related blood conditions. Competition is just as fierce for the spot of top fundraisers. Paihia s Volunteer Fire Brigade earned the fundraising trophy for the fifth consecutive year last year with a tally of $24,000. Executive director Pru Etcheverry says the chal- lenge is a wonderful event. We are so thankful for the firefighters tremendous generosity. New Zealanders turn to firefighters in our time of need and their level of com- munity engagement on our behalf is truly humbling and we are grateful for their fighting spirit and time to support people who they have never met, Ms Etcheverry says. Visit www.firefighters climb.org.nz to see how to donate.
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