Eastern Courier : May 20th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, MAY 20, 2011 NEWS 3710405AC 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 Vote: Ram PARKASH For Auckland Council For your vote: for Howick & Auckland Region, I support: Proper Ferry Terminal with extra parking, additional sailings - less road congestion Completion of Flat Bush Centre with community facilities - creating jobs for our people. Controlled spending, Lower rate increases Roading improvements, Parks Development, Protection of Beaches. Adequate funding for Community Projects Auckland wide Controlled Residential Development in Botany & Region, with wide suburban roads. Enviornmental awareness & Safety of People & Homes HAVE YOUR SAY, POST TODAY, I can: 1. REPRESENT YOU on Council 2. REPORT TO YOU 3. RESPOND TO YOU YOUR VOTE - OUR OPPORTUNITY - OUR CITY Ram PARKASH: New Zealander (lived here for 43 years), educated in New Zealand. B.Sc (Canterbury 1972) & Teaching Dip., understands Politics, stood as electorate & List Candidates, lives in Howick Ward. Background: Foreign Affairs 3 yrs (Education), extensive Teaching & now Business. Experiences: past chairperson, committee member, conference delegate, good communication skills. Ram acknowledges our Tangata Whenua, our bi- cultural heritage, and our Multicultural City. Authorised by Neelam Choudary 021 035 3530 Eastern house prices doing well Positive signs emerged in the east Auckland housing market last month. The average price of homes sold in the area was $560,000, an increase of 9 percent on April last year. The area enjoyed a buoyant month s trading, Barfoot and Thompson managing director Peter Thompson says. The average price achieved for homes sold was $8000 higher than the average for the year to date. On a 12-month basis house prices in this area are currently running 1 percent higher than they were a year ago. The locations of greatest activity in April were Pakuranga, Dannemora and Flat Bush. Migrants 'burning bridges' By PIP BOURKE NEW arrivals to New Zea- land need to be aware that a job offer doesn t mean perma- nent residency. Counties Manukau Multi- cultural Society president Gul Zaman says too many people are left worse off after moving to New Zealand. People need to be aware that a work visa does not guarantee residency in New Zealand, he says. Too many people are burn- ing their bridges. Work visas expire after a maximum of three years. After that people can apply for a renewal but the requirements will be the same as the first visa. Under the essential skills work visa a foreign national is employed because of a shortage of local applicants. When the migrant goes to renew their work visa Immi- gration New Zealand will do a labour market check to ensure a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident hasn t become available for the pos- ition. Mr Zaman says people don t realise their job offer isn t permanent. People will bring their wives and children over, sell their house in their home country and buy a house here only to lose everything. He says while his organis- ation is pushing for a change of policies, people on work visas need to be more careful. We ve seen it happen too often where someone has been asked to leave. Their children are settled into school here, their wives have jobs. However, they lose their jobs and have to sell the house for far less than they paid for it -- their lives are in pieces. Mr Zaman says the ideal visa to gain residency is the work to residency visa. To get this type of visa an applicant must have a guarantee of work for at least two years and a minimum base salary of $55,000 a year. There s not much you can do. That s the law, Mr Zaman says. But people can be more aware so that they don t give up everything to come to the land of milk and honey. Helping to provide the basics for kids Healthy lunches: Riverina School students benefit from Kids Can contributions. Clockwise from left: Nine-year-old Carl Simpson and Grace Loto-Aso, Mitasha and Rulon Brown, all 10. Photo: PIP BOURKE By PIP BOURKE Fizzy drink and a packet of chips doesn t make a meal. Yet for some children this is all they get. Riverina School principal Doreen Martin says children often come to school with unsuitable lunches. While that may be what the child wants it s not enough to keep them going for a whole school day, she says. Ms Martin says that often children s lunches are the last on the list of bills. Some people don t want to admit they need help, she says. Families that were once well off are now burdened with mortgages and debt. A child s lunch is often a case of what s in the house. Kids Can Charitable Trust provides more than 200 schools across New Zealand with food, raincoats and shoes for children in need. The charity provides Riverina School with healthy snacks, raincoats and shoes to distribute among their children. Ms Martin says the contri- bution helps immensely. Our children are high achievers. They re well be- haved and excel at so many things, she says. Two major factors for dis- ruptive children are being cold and hungry. Kids Can takes away both of those factors and as a result we have happy children. More than $100 million is donated to overseas child sponsorship programmes each year. KidsCan Charitable Trust has recently announced the relaunch of In our own Back- yard, New Zealand s first child sponsorship pro- gramme. The programme enables New Zealanders to offer ongoing financial support to disadvantaged children. The donations will be used to provide the basics they are missing out on such as warm clothing and food at school. Visit www.kidscan.org.nz to sign up to become a supporter. Rainbow help for Chch Rainbow s End is put- ting the fun into raising money for the Christ- church appeal. The park is joining the Bank of New Zealand to host the Ride 4 Hope tomorrow night. The event runs from 6pm to 11pm and along with the rides features DJs Anrki, Brock Radich, James Wildon, Jamie McAllister and Richard Lay. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the earthquake appeal. Tickets are $30 with under-6 kids $17. Lim- ited tickets are available from BNZ branches in Manukau, Pakuranga, Papakura, Manurewa, Botany, and Papatoetoe. We have been di- rectly assisting families and groups from Christ- church but this will be a whole evening dedicated to the cause, marketing manager Katharine Murray says, Our customers not only get a fantastic price they support a really worthy cause. Christchurch will need help for a very long time and it s fantastic that along with the BNZ we have a chance to do this fundraiser.
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