Eastern Courier : January 8th 2014
4 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 8, 2014 NEWS Run about more than fun By SARAH ARGYLE It’s time to dust off your running shoes. Craig Fisher certainly is. It’s just 10 days until the Fullers Waiheke Wharf2Wharf Fun Run takes place and the Mellons Bay resident is geared up for the annual event. This year he will compete on the 13km Waiheke track, which he describes as one of the hardest routes of that distance he has run. The recreational athlete won the event four years ago and says running is a great way to keep fit and clear the head. ‘‘Waiheke is a such a beau- tiful place. There’s really no excuse to not do this,’’ he says. ‘‘Doing something that’s healthy is often people’s New Year’s resolution but with this event there is also the chance to raise funds for a good cause.’’ The Fred Hollows Foun- dation, of which Mr Fisher is a trustee, is one of the fitness and fundraising event’s two preferred charities. The foundation is amazing because for only $25 it restores someone’s sight, Mr Fisher says. ‘‘People are needlessly blind but this can be prevented. And we’ve got to do something. The thought of actually making a difference – that’s the thing that gets you through when the running starts to hurt.’’ www.easterncourier.co.nz IN BRIEF Staff fired Head1 Two senior staff members at Auckland Transport have been sacked after an investigation into the misuse of public Auckland Transport has concluded its investigation into serious allegations of conflict of and corruption in the corridor maintenance its business. It now findings to the Fraud Office, which investigating. The came to light after internal review of procurement and contracting. The review invoices, contracts other documentation past three years. Transport says it is to comment further of the SFO investigation. panel Dusting off: Craig Fisher is strapping on his sneakers and gearing up for the Fullers Waiheke Wharf2Wharf Fun Run in February to raise money for The Fred Hollows Foundation. Executive director Andrew Bells says the fun run is a unique opportunity to get out, get fit and create lasting change. The foundation carries on the work of a legendary New Zealander, the late Professor Fred Hollows. Fred was an internationally acclaimed eye surgeon and social justice activist who was also a keen runner. All funds raised for the foundation through Wharf2Wharf will go towards restoring eyesight and training eye doctors and nurses in the Pacific. To find out more about the January 18 event and to download a fundraising kit visit hollows.org.nz/w2w or phone 0800 227 229. Registration for the Fullers Waiheke Wharf2Wharf Fun Run takes place online. of eight experts will the draft unitary combine 13 district regional plans. In a joint statement Environment Amy Adams and Conservation Minister Nick say the Auckland Plan hearings panel submissions and make recommendations to the council. The members are David Kirkpatrick (chairman), Janet Crawford, Paula Hunter, John Kirikiri, Stuart Shepherd, Greg Hill, Peter Fuller and former Franklin Ward councillor Des Morrison. Visit aucklandcouncil.govt. nz/unitaryplan for more.
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