Eastern Courier : June 22nd 2011
11 EASTERN COURIER, JUNE 22, 2011 NEWS Are you ready to fly high? The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has just opened a brand new Airport Training Centre at its City Campus. The centre will be only the second of its kind in the country; the first is at ITC's Botany Campus. The huge Airport Training Centres simulate real-world airports, including check in, customs, gate lounges, and even planes where students are trained in all aspects of in-flight service. Training also incorporates the CODECO online check in system, currently used by 52 airlines worldwide. ITC has been a premium supplier in the airline, airport and travel and tourism industries for over 15 years. The college focuses on making its' training relevant to employers in those areas. "We've got great relationships with the industries we work with, and the practical nature of our courses means that our graduates are ready to work in their chosen fields," says ITC's Marketing Director Claire Huxley. "That translates into great job placement rates and a willingness from our industry partners to provide our students with onsite work experience." Both ITC and Botany campus still have a few spaces on their June, July and August courses. Find out how you can launch your career in the airline, airport, and travel and tourism industries by phoning the ITC Team now 0800 868747 or 373 5510. www.itc.co.nz Advertisement search ITCNZ 3818552AA Changes to development contributions for water and wastewater Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz The way developers pay growth costs for water and wastewater infrastructure is changing. From 1 July 2011, consents granted by Auckland Council will no longer include development contributions or financial contributions for water and wastewater infrastructure. From that date, Watercare Services Limited will collect an Infrastructure Growth Charge to fund infrastructure relating to increased demand for water and wastewater services. The Infrastructure Growth Charge is already in place in the former Auckland City Council and Manukau City Council areas, so the process for consents in these areas will not change. Contributions for other activities such as stormwater and transport are not affected by this change. For more information go to www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone us on (09) 301 0101. For more about Infrastructure Growth Charges go to www.watercare.co.nz RW_AK9139_EC Coming soon to a street near you... For those residents who live in the Manukau area, your 2011 inorganic rubbish collection runs from late June to December. Manukau residents will receive an inorganic rubbish collection leaflet in their letterboxes seven to ten days before the collection is due to start in their area. The leaflet will advise residents when to place rubbish out on the kerbside and what can and cannot be placed out for collection. Any inorganic rubbish found on the kerbside before the notified time is classed as illegal dumping and could attract a $400 fine, so please wait for your area's leaflet to be delivered before placing your rubbish out. Any rubbish that is placed out on the kerbside by the householder is the responsibility of the householder until the point of pick up. Find out more: phone 09 379 2020 or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/inorganic New Zealand cities CONTACT To contact Pat Booth email firstname.lastname@example.org or write care of this newspaper. All replies are open for publication unless marked Not For Publication. economic areas where children are also mal- treated, there's another group of dogs that no one ever bothers about. These are the farm dogs where for every dog that is well-treated there's another who is not. Overworked, under- fed farm dogs prop up the farming industry where a favourite saying of many a farmer is that a loved dog won't work''. There are plenty of farmers who will argue with that but just as many who will agree. Then there's the pig dogs, like the row of them chained up to their kennels not far from here. They live by the gate so their barking and howling from boredom doesn't disturb the farm- house and as a neigh- bour says, have a dog's life. They spend hours on the back of utes, pinned into tiny cages on their way for a jolly day out pig-hunting, making another innocent animal's life hell. Pig dogs are at the bot- tom of the pecking order of dogs -- ask any vet who has to treat their wounds after a day out hunting. Asonevetofmy acquaintance says: The only time they get a full meal or any kindness is when they come to me.'' Perhaps the worst life is that of a cattle dog on the trucks taking stock to the meatworks. They spend their time on the road squashed into small boxes lodged between the wheels of cattle trucks, enduring the noise of the diesel engines, the roads, the fumes, the cattle stamping overhead and nothing to eat or drink. Attheendofalong journey in this hot, cramped, deafeningly noisy box filled with fumes, with a small hole to poke out their heads, they have to start work- ing the cattle. How the SPCA has not caught on to this one I don't know. Man's best friend is the most exploited creature in this country. -- Name pro- vided And back to town We are senior citizens living in a Housing Cor- poration complex in Pan- mure. Every year we look forward to our few fruit trees ripening and having fruit in the win- ter, especially our lemon tree. However this year, while the fruit was still green, outsiders came in their car and stripped the trees bare. We asked them to leave some for us but they said: No, we want them and we're taking them.'' They took four big bags full. I rang Glen Innes police with their car registration number and the Housing Corpor- ation. These people are thieves and were trespassing on our prop- erty. However no action was taken. Just trivia? Just a joke stealing from pen- sioners? We read there's an epidemic of petty thieving. This writer believes it stems from the belief I want it and I will have it''. -- Charles Willoughby, Panmure Also in the mailbag: Until now, the sight of someone rummaging through my inorganic rubbish and walking away with one of my little treasures always gave me a sense of joy. Knowing that we had the opportunity to purge our house of the things we no longer need and that those things we once loved were not all going to landfill made inorganic rubbish collections a time I looked forward to. But now when I look out the window and see the things I have bagged carefully ripped open and strewn across the pavement as if mauled by dogs, I feel infuriated. Four times in one day I have re-bagged the mess left by treasure hunters -- and I am fast joining the ranks of those who look at these scavengers with disdain. -- Tanya Paterson, Mt Eden Is this your infuriating experience too? Wonky Donkey concert Fans of the Wonky Donkey can hear about its adventures while contributing to a good cause. The Music Thera- pists Fundraiser is the annual concert to raise money for the Rauka- tauri Music Therapy Centre and this year's event features Wonky Donkey author and musician Craig Smith along with a host of other performers in- cluding Marmaduke and Dylan Wade and Band. Therapists from the centre will also per- form. Mr Smith is thrilled to be part of the show and says music is an important part of every child's life. Being involved with the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre and playing live alongside other talented musi- cians is my absolute pleasure. And being able to raise funds for the centre is just the cherry on top.'' The centre provides music therapy for special needs children and is the only such centre in the country. Clinical services head Claire Molyneux says the therapists enjoy putting together a family-friendly con- cert that captivates children and keeps them entertained. The concert runs from 2pm to 3pm on June 25, at the Baptist Tabernacle, 429 Queen St, followed by afternoon tea. Entry is free for children and $20 for adults, go to www.rmtc.org.nz to buy tickets.
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