Eastern Courier : October 3rd 2014
www.stuff.co.nz NEWS EASTERN COURIER, OCTOBER 3, 2014 Kiwi to help cancer fight By MEGHAN LAWRENCE NELSON Lam will use his scientific skills in Europe next year to help in the fight against cancer. The former Saint Kentigern College student is one of three Kiwis to be awarded a Woolf Fisher Trust scholarship. Lam will head off in Sept- ember next year to begin his PhD at the University of Cambridge. It involves researching and designing anti-cancer drugs. The scholarship is worth up to $100,000 per year, for a total of three years. ‘‘I have never set foot in Europe so it is going to be pretty exciting,’’ he says. He has spent the last five years completing a conjoint degree in music and science, while also taking on postgraduate studies in chemistry. At Cambridge Lam will be studying under Professor Ian Paterson. The research will focus on constructing compounds that can be developed into anticancer medication. ‘‘Sometimes I compare chemistry to glorified cooking in the sense that you basically get told what to make and you have to figure out how to make it,’’ Lam says. ‘‘But it is a bit hit and miss. In chemistry everything is ridiculously inefficient and things always fall apart.’’ The hope is that his IN BRIEF Head1 3 Beachlands 80th Beachlands School celebrates its 80th jubilee on November 21 and 22. Kicking off with nibbles and a natter, the event will include food, photos, speeches, tours and displays. Register online at beachlands.school.nz or pop into the school reception. Inquiries: Audrey Turkington on aturkington@beachlands. school.nz or phone 536 6757. Charity brekky Great auction items are on offer at a charity breakfast next week being organised to raise funds for the Child Cancer Foundation. The breakfast and auction will be held at the Howick Club at 107 Botany Rd on Thursday from 7.30am to 9am. The foundation’s 2014 National Child Ambassador Lauren Hemingway will be a guest speaker at the event. Tickets cost $60 per person or $500 for a table of 10. A full breakfast buffet and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information call 555 9109 Ford steps down Bright future: NelsonLammeets Woolf Fisher Trust chairman Sir Noel Robinson. research will one day contribute to a cure for cancer, but Lam is well prepared to put in years of hard work. ‘‘The nice thing about a PhD is there is no set course work or exams, you are just doing full time research that is basically just like a job,’’ he says. ‘‘Because I am passionate about it, it should be fun and more engaging.’’ The Woolf Fisher Trust scholarship recognises and rewards excellence in education. Young New Zealanders are chosen because of their outstanding academic ability and leadership potential, integrity and work ethic. The funding is broken down into an allowance of €13,000 per annum, the payment of university fees and an annual return airfare home to New Zealand. Boards gain liquor licensing power By SIMON SMITH AND JAMES IRELAND David Collings is pleased Auckland’s local boards now have the power to oppose liquor licence applications. But the Howick Local Board chairman says he is not sure how it will work. ‘‘Because effectively we are submitting to ourselves,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s a great idea, good for us, because I think local boards want to have an input.’’ Auckland Council approved the move at its governing body meeting last month. Councillor Cathy Casey put forward the amendment which passed after an hour’s debate. Councillors Bill Cashmore, Penny Webster, George Wood and Penny Hulse voted against it. The council’s relationship manager, Rex Hewitt, says giving local boards the voice to oppose licences has the potential to cause problems. ‘‘District licensing committees are committees of the council. Allocating or delegating local boards the power to object with subsequent appeal rights creates a situation where two governance arms of Auckland Council could be opposing each other.’’ Local board members can be appointed to a licensing committee but cannot make decisions that affect their own areas. Casey’s amendment wiped out the original vote which would have allowed local boards to provide reports to district licensing committees on licence applications. Councillor Cameron Brewer says it is not necessarily a bad thing if two arms of the council disagree. Collings says the Howick board is concerned about the proliferation of liquor shops in the east, but it is not as big an issue as in Mangere and Manurewa. It wasn’t that long ago that supermarkets couldn’t sell alcohol and liquor couldn’t be sold on a Sunday, he says. The man who oversaw Auckland’s water supply and wastewater for nearly 20 years has resigned. Watercare says its chief executive Mark Ford stepped down on September 19 ‘‘following ill health earlier in the year’’. Ford has been chief executive of the councilcontrolled organisation since 1994, with an 18-month break heading up the agency that helped establish the Auckland super-city. Chairman David Clarke says Ford’s resignation is a sad day for Watercare. ‘‘Mark has an exceptional knowledge of the water industry and under his stewardship the company has become recognised globally as an example of best practice in the provision of water supply and wastewater services.’’ Watercare holds $8.4 billion in assets and supplies services to more than 1.4 million Aucklanders.
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