Eastern Courier : May 27th 2011
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The difficulty I see is that our local board has taken the position that we want to manage within existing resources, he says. Other boards have taken the position that now is a golden opportunity to ask for everything they ve ever wanted. For council- lors to negotiate between all those and be fair to the ones that are being responsible, it s going to be quite tricky. Mr Williams says the organis- ation is having difficulty getting to grips with costs but that s not to say the savings that have been identified are not possible . The board may even choose to allocate additional funding back to the ratepayers, he says. Councillors started delibera- tions over which local board projects would make the cut on Wednesday. Mr Brown has made it clear they ll need to be disciplined about extra spending. There s a little bit of wiggle room from 3.7 percent up to 3.9 percent, but not much. A 3.9 percent rates rise would be reasonable , well under the rate of inflation and would allow the council to deliver about 95 percent of what s in the long-term plan for that year, Mr Brown says. He says there will be no queue- jumping for the 2011-2012 annual plan. The only extra regional spend- ing will be $3.9m for Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development and some seed money for a cruise ship terminal with the rest left for the long-term plan. The extra economic develop- ment spending isn t queue- jumping, it s my vision , Mr Brown says. But an equal part of my vision is to build local areas and to sup- port those equally. The revised 2011-2012 budget provides a $1.5m discretionary fund and $6m in capital spending to share among the 21 local boards. Boards will also get a lot of dis- cretionary funding that s still being re-allocated from legacy council budgets, Mr Brown says. The council will sign off the final annual plan in June. Art sale keeps dab hands busy Brushing up: Artists Amber and Melody Brook will be entering their work in the Macleans College Art Sale. Photo: STEPHANIE FAWCETT By STEPHANIE FAWCETT Mother and daughter artists Melody and Amber Brook have painting down to a fine art. The Farm Cove residents have both entered collections of work in the upcoming Macleans College Art Sale to raise money for the 1st XI Girls Hockey Squad. We were asked to do it orig- inally, Amber says. We ve probably been involved in the art sale for five or six years. It s for a good cause and it promotes the community, Melody says. It s hard to raise money and we ll always enter if it s for a good cause. Melody has created a collec- tion of five works for the sale and Amber has six. Our collections are prob- ably about six months work, Amber says. Mum did hers on the Central Otago rail trail. I just love New Zealand landscapes. They both devote them- selves to their art fulltime. Melody says she s had many occupations over the years but her art has always been fore- most. I ve been a landscaper, a silk screen printer, a commer- cial artist -- but it s always been about the art, she says. And now that I m retired I can paint purely for myself. Amber has been entering exhibitions for the past eight years and runs Amber Brook Design where she teaches a range of classes and workshops for adults and chil- dren. Melody says painting has always been a part of their lives. You start painting when you re little, she says. You just keep at it and evolve from there. The art sale will feature more than 300 works from 100 New Zealand artists. The Macleans College Art Sale is at the school tomorrow and Sunday from 9am to 4pm. Entry is $5. For more information visit the Macleans College website at www.macleans. school.nz or visit www. amber brookdesign.co.nz to see more of Melody and Amber's work. Quit the smokes for baby Cutting back on cigarettes isn t going far enough. AUT University senior nursing lecturer Grace Wong says pregnant women should quit smoking altogether. Cutting down the number of cigarettes smoked while pregnant has been shown to make no difference to the baby s birth weight but babies whose mothers quit completely have sig- nificantly higher birth weights, Ms Wong says. Apart from lower birth weights there are other health concerns associated with smoking during pregnancy. When mothers smoke their babies are exposed to the many toxins in tobacco smoke which can lead to spontaneous abortion. Ms Wong says preg- nant women need to know their options. Smokers who quit can experience withdrawal with distressing symptoms. Nicotine replacement therapy helps and increases the chance of quitting. Gum or lozenges are safer for pregnant women, she says. Everyone needs a hand sometimes. If you smoke, ask a nurse about smoking cessation and fully subsidised nicotine replacement therapy.
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