Eastern Courier : July 8th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, JULY 8, 2011 NEWS For a complete list of programmes, or for more information contact: 0800 62 62 52 • www.manukau.ac.nz APPLY NOW FOR AUGUST 7886 00194 FREE Computing and Office Skills Manukau Institute of Technology is offering a FREE 17 week full-time course, starting in August. National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing (Level 2) • Take your first steps towards an office career • Improve personal management and communication skills • Learn customer service and administration systems • Staircase into other programmes at MIT • Offered at MIT's Newmarket or Manukau Campus Visit our showroom: 12/318 Beach Haven Road Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-1pm www.fonko.co.nz MITSUBISHI H.I INVERTER HEAT PUMPS & AIR CONDITIONERS No. 1 leading Mitsubishi H.I installer in Auckland 2006-2010 Mitsubishi Inverters From $2,299 Inc. GST and installation - 5 year warranty High energy rating - low running costs PH: 0800 4 FONKO (0800 4 36656) for a FREE quote WINTER SPECIALS $200 CASHBACK ON ALL MODELS! Offer valid for a limited time 3056961IE Disaster planning A public meeting next week is the first step in developing a community response to natural dis- asters on the Pohu- tukawa Coast. Auckland Council Civil Defence is working to develop neighbour- hood response plans that identify potential haz- ards and help residents prepare to be self-reliant in the days following a natural disaster. The process begins for Beachlands-Maraetai residents with an intro- ductory public meeting from 7.30pm on July 12 at the Maraetai Com- munity Hall. Grass greener for artificial turf By MATT BOWEN ARTIFICIAL sports fields are set to receive a funding boost. The Howick Local Board is likely to tinker with its capi- tal works budget to ensure enough coin is available for the William Green Domain artificial turf development. Two local football clubs, board members and council officers have decided the Highland Park facility is the most suitable location. A report to next Monday s meeting says the project is key. It aims to help solve the problem of closed sports fields during the sodden winter months. Cost estimates for the work range from $3.5 million to $5m. All proposals cover profes- sional fees, consents, earthworks, artificial turf, additional carparks, fencing, lighting and pedestrian con- nections. The more expensive options are triggered if the decision is made to pipe and fill the natural stream that runs through the park adding both flat space and costs. Because the project is not funded in the board s parks capital works programme budgets need to be reorganised for the project to proceed. The report recommends the following funds be reallocated to fund the William Green Domain initiative: $2m for artificial turf at Barry Curtis Park in 2012/2013, $500,000 of the $680,000 allocated to walkways and cycleways in Flat Bush, $500,000 of the $629,000 allocated to neigh- bourhood parks and $500,000 of the $600,000 earmarked for Point View Reserve. The adjustments would release $3.5m. If the plan is signed off physical works could start in October 2012 with an estimated completion date of April 2013. The budget is sufficient to get the project well advanced and turfs open for use. If maximum earthworks get under way in the first stage additional turfs can be added in later years. The board s meeting will be held on Monday at 6pm at the Pakuranga Library Complex. Police back drink-driving sticker in sports clubs By PIP BOURKE Sober driver: Sergeant Lyon Dunn says heat-activated stickers in sports club urinals are a fun way to stop players from drink-driving. Photo: PIP BOURKE A unique heat-activated sticker in sports club urinals all over east Auckland has earned praise from police. The small black dot lights up to reveal a sober driver message when hit by a stream of urine. The sticker is part of a campaign launched by Auck- land Transport to discourage players from drink-driving. More than 150 sports clubs across Auckland have signed up to the Make it a good one, Make it home cam- paign, aimed at players aged 18-24. Clubs taking part will receive posters, bar mats, chip cup stickers and scratch cards as well as the stickers. Senior Sergeant Mike Stopforth of Counties Manu- kau road policing unit says police are in full support of the campaign. There is always an increase in drink driving during the winter months. We are constantly looking at new ways to get the message across, so it s great to be able to work alongside Auckland Transport on this one. Sergeant Lyon Dunn of the strategic traffic unit based in Howick says the stickers are a fun way to get the message through. Although I m not sure it wouldn t put people off drinking altogether, he says. They might think they were hallucinating. Sports clubs are in a pos- ition to influence the way people think about drinking, Auckland Transport com- munity transport manager Matthew Rednall says. The campaign is not about pointing the finger at sports clubs or saying members can t have a drink or two but rather educating clubs and their members to make wise choices, he says. If you re out with your mates and having a few drinks, don t drink and drive, make plans to get home safely before you go out. Clubs taking part include Pakuranga Rugby Club, Fencibles AFC and Beachlands Maraetai AFC. Big Chip In supports quake city Mad Butcher Sir Peter Leitch will be wearing red and black on July 15. And he s asking you to do the same as the country unites for The Big Chip In for Christchurch day. Sir Peter is among cele- brities backing the Westpac initiative designed to support those affected by the Canter- bury earthquakes. Everyone is being asked to do their bit through random acts of kindness for friends, family or workmates in Christchurch. It might be as simple as sending someone flowers, phoning to see how they re coping or donating toys to children through the Salvation Army. They ll also be able to upload video messages of sup- port via YouTube or post on the Facebook page www. facebook.com/bigchipin. The first video message on the Facebook page comes from Mary Anne Jackson, the sole survivor of the CTV staff trapped in the building on February 22. Small things can make a difference, we all know that at CTV, Mary Anne says. On July 15 I ll be with my workmates as we continue to rebuild. Whatever you do that day will be warmly received by everyone in Christchurch. Go to today's online edition of the Eastern Courier to hear Sir Peter's Leitch's message. Go to www.easterncourier.co. nz and click on latest edition to gain access.
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