Eastern Courier : May 25th 2011
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A NEW BEGINNING "Weight loss surgery, your journey to improved health starts here" C7/ORM16/COU16x4 Check out our e-edition Miss Saigon, the epic love story set in war-torn Vietnam, is on at The Civic in Auckland city for the first time. The musical, pres- ented by the North Shore Music Theatre, runs until June 11. Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz, click on Latest Edition and flick to the last page to see photos and a video of the the musical. Local board members to get pay rise Apayriseisonthewayfor local board members in Howick and Franklin. Remuneration Authority deputy chairwoman Angela Foulkes says salaries for all 149 elected members on the Auckland Council s 21 local boards will go up by 2 percent from July 1. Salary rates reflect the size of the population each board serves. In Howick pay for board members will go up to $37,842 a year and at Frank- lin to $34,272. Howick chairman Michael Williams salary will rise to $79,968 and his Franklin counterpart Andy Baker s to $59,262. The authority is also res- cinding its offer that local boards be able to suggest how to divvy up an additional sal- ary pool for members given extra responsibilities as deputies or committee chairs once the Auckland Council got going. Few boards have recom- mended distributing the money -- amounting to about $2000 per member -- in the way the authority intended, Ms Foulkes says. Some have refused to make recommendations, some have applied funds to specific positions, others have shared the funds equally among all positions and a few are still to reply. A few boards criticised the process as politicising the set- ting of board salaries and unfair to elected members, she says. On consideration the auth- ority feels its plan won t work because the responsibilities that will eventually apply to local boards still lack the clarity needed, Ms Foulkes says. Instead the authority will set three remuneration levels for each board -- chair, deputy and member. It will be backdated from the start of the Auckland Council on November 1 to June 30 this year. The 2 percent pay rise will kick in after that based on the same rates. By early next year when the patterns of accountability and workloads are clearer the authority will re-evaluate remuneration for all elected positions on the Auckland Council. Ms Foulkes says the decision may cause dis- comfort to some boards. But we have felt the need to remove the discretion to recommend from the hands of boards given the level of con- cern expressed about the approach we have taken, she says. Students create online auction to help SPCA Animal Lovers: From left, Myra Otene, Catherine Davies, Lauren Jack and Adrian Heinink are hoping to raise $25,000 for the Auckland SPCA. By STEPHANIE FAWCETT Lauren Jack is passionate about animals. In fact, so passionate that she and her fellow Manukau Institute of Technology students Adrian Heinink and Myra Otene are hoping to raise $25,000 for the Auckland SPCA. The trio have created an online TradeMe auction as part of an assignment on fundraising with all proceeds going to the society. Lauren says they all love animals and want to do something to help. I always had rescue pets growing up and it just breaks my heart when I hear about abused and neglected animals, the Highland Park resident says. We really wanted to help raise aware- ness of the SPCA and help them out with funding. The auction includes items such as signed Katy Perry and Justin Beiber CDs, zoo and Kelly Tarlton s experiences, and vouchers for massages and bungy jumping. At the moment, the signed Katy Perry CD is probably our most popular item and it has the most bids. SPCA fundraising co- ordinator Catherine Davies says the auction is aimed at younger people. We re sort of aiming at the youth demographic. There s some great experiences up for auction and we ve had a few generous donations from record companies -- like a pair of Gin Wigmore s shoes. She says the SPCA always starts to get full at this time of year as it becomes more expensive to shelter and feed animals over winter. We don t get automatic government funding and we need donations so we can feed and shelter more animals. It s great that we have experienced and passionate people organising the auc- tion for us, she says. Especially since they re local students. It means a lot to us. The SPCA Experience Charity Auction is on the SPCA s TradeMe store until June 3. For more information go to www.spca.org.nz or visit SPCA Auckland on Facebook.
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