Eastern Courier : May 13th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, MAY 13, 2011 NEWS Do You Service & Repair Your Own Vehicle? If so, Repco has some great news for you. Repco's prices are down on over 5,000 popular service and repair items. Repco has the range, expertise, quality and we offer outstanding value! At Repco Highland Park and Botany RPC0114 Candidate wants area represented Protester turned politician: Ram Parkash is hoping to represent Howick residents on the Auckland Council. By MATT BOWEN In the 1960s Ram Parkash was a university student protesting against the Vietnam War. Now he's a self-confessed political animal and active United Future member who wants to represent Howick on the Auckland Council. The Botany resident is also a former Labour Party member but it was too left for his liking. His principles are more closely aligned with United Future's, namely, a belief in personal and social respons- ibility, favouring hard work- ing people and looking after those in need of a hand up. Hardly an election goes by where I haven't been out with a hammer and nail putting election hoardings up either for myself of some- body else,'' he says. He's also a former teacher and currently owns a real estate franchise. Mr Parkash stood for the Howick Local Board in the inaugural supercity elections last year on the Residents and Ratepayers ticket but this time he's standing as a politically cen- trist independent. He's studied the needs of the ward as well as the city and says key issues are get- ting more cars off the road, developing a ferry terminal at Half Moon Bay, develop- ing the roading network, protecting beaches and completing the Flat Bush Town Centre. Why else does he deserve your vote? I want to make sure our area is represented,'' the married father of one says. And that the needs of the Howick community are not overlooked and lost in the bigger picture approach the Auckland Council is sup- posed to take under the new legislation. While it's a good thing that one council is responsible and makes decisions for the region we need strong representation from the wards to ensure that we get our share of regional facilities.'' Mr Parkash would work to keep rates low, increase the early payment discount and review the developers' levy for high density urban hous- ing developments to increase revenue. Voting documents for the Howick ward byelection have already been delivered to most homes. Polling closes at noon on May 27. Anti-Asian leaflets in homes Anti-Asian flyers distributed to some Pakuranga homes are the work of a Christ- church white supremacist group. The Press reported in January that a group called Right Wing Resistance had been dropping leaflets, titled Immigration or Invasion, in Christchurch suburbs. The right-wing group is headed by former National Front leader Kyle Chapman. This week Mr Chapman told Radio New Zealand the pamphlets had been delivered nationwide. He said the leaflets were part of a recruitment cam- paign and he was not a racist, but a right-wing political acti- vist. The anti-immigration flyer claims uncivilised immi- grants are turning New Zea- land into a Third-World slum'' and urged people to Stop the Asian Invasion''. The pamphlets started in Christchurch in January and have recently come to police attention after they were delivered to Auckland suburbs with high Asian populations. Police were concerned the campaign could lead to racially motivated violence, police Asian liaison officer Raymond Wong says. Police would not hesitate to prosecute anyone who com- mitted or incited violence, especially racially motivated, Mr Wong says. Some in the Chinese com- munity are deeply concerned about these racist flyers and have taken their worries not only to the police but also to local Chinese radio.'' Police are investigating whether the campaign constituted a criminal offence. Race Relations Com- missioner Joris de Bres says it was despicable but not much could legally be done about the flyers. He had had at least five complaints. Mr De Bres says the very small group of extremists'' did not represent the majority of New Zealanders. -- Fairfax Media Garden seeds debate By MATT BOWEN Approved: The new design draws on the garden's past including a bridge of remembrance, cascading water feature and a children's playhouse modelled on a replica miniature Fencible cottage. OLD wounds have closed but the Howick Local Board has a new issue on its hands at the Emilia Maud Nixon Garden of Memories. Board member Jim Donald raised the curly question at this week's meeting. A report seeking approval for a new landscape design at the garden referred to the new whare'', he said I'd like this board to establish the name Whare o Torere because that name has been in our community for generations.'' The building was damaged in a 2004 arson attack. An at times nasty debate about its future dragged on for years after- wards and in 2007 Ngaitai iwi Torere and Ngai Tai Umupuia officially withdrew the name of their ancestor Torere-nui-a-rua. They wanted to protect it from the risk of ongoing disrespect associated with the controversy. Initially, chairman Michael Wil- liams was wary. What I think you might be asking us to do there is to pick a fight over the garden,'' he said. Do you not think we should go through the process of talking to Maori before we make that decision?'' Board member Lucy Schwaner has written a thesis on the garden and agreed with Mr Donald's intention but offered to modify his motion. I believe we have to enter into dis- cussions again and see if we can bring the name back because we have such a positive space now,'' she said. The motion to initiate dialogue'' about the naming passed unani- mously as did the recommendations to approve the landscape design between the new whare and the folk museum. Board member David Collings also put a motion to correct part of the project manager's report regarding the now scrapped plan to install a long winding ramp for disabled access but it lapsed without a seconder. During the discussion of Mr Collings' motion Miss Schwaner said: I think it's time to move on and have a positive impact on the garden rather than this negativity about wording and what happened in the past, what was said and what was disagreed with. It's time to move on with this fan- tastic facility the community can use and enjoy.''
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