North Shore Times : January 28th 2016
10 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 28, 2016 Environmental awareness Brendon Thomas and the Vibes are one of the bands donating their time for the third annual Okura Forest Festival in Feburary. The fundraiser, put on by Friends of Okura Bush and Okura Residents and Ratepayers, directly helps the area, says Friends of Okura Bush chairwoman Lezette Reid. ‘‘It will help create awareness about our natural environment and support us in conserving it,’’ Reid says. Several bands are performing at the festival for free. Head to Okura Hall and Park, February 13, 11am till 11pm for the festival. Entry by at least $5 donation. Or if you’d like a stall contact Lezette on 021 872 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. stuff.co.nz Pitch will be ready for competition ANDREWVOERMAN The Oceania Football Confederation is confident the playing surface at QBE Stadium will stand up to the rigours of hosting the Oceania Champions League in April. As many as 11 games in 16 days could be played on the stadium’s main pitch, which has been criticised in recent months. Patches of sand have been visible during games in the ASB Premiership and the A League, with Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat labelling the surface a ‘‘disgrace’’ after his side lost to the Wellington Phoenix there in early December. OFC competitions director Chris Kemp said they would rely on QBE Stadium staff to manage the use of the fields, which would be similar to how they were used in last year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup. ‘‘We expect the playing surface to perform to the same high standard for the OFC Champions League. ’’ James Parkinson ‘‘There were no issues with the playing surface during that tournament and we are confident stadium staff will ensure the playing surface will be prepared to the same standard for the OFC Champions League.’’ At the U-20 World Cup, QBE Stadium hosted nine games in 22 days, whereas here an even split would require the main pitch to host 11 games in 16 days. Auckland Stadiums spokesman James Parkinson said it had every confidence in the integrity of the playing surfaces at QBE Stadium. ‘‘The renovation, which impacted on the qual- ity of the main field in November and December, is now almost fully complete.’’ He also referred to the successful hosting of the U-20 World Cup. ‘‘There were no issues with the resilience of the playing surface then and we expect the playing surface to perform to the same high standard for the OFC Champions League.’’ The Oceania Champions League, which OPEN HOME Waitangi Weekend Refreshments / Entertainment 11am 3pm FINAL STAGE LUXURY APARTMENTS from $659,000 On top of the world is exactly how retirement feels here at Settlers. Luxury home, unbeatable facilities, views over native bush yet close so dont miss this opportunity to come along and see how good retirement living can be. Precious McKenzie MBE 550 Albany Highway | settlersalbany.co.nz Call Rosalie on 415 2617 for more information. A GOOD LIFE. A SMART MOVE. Premier Lifestyle Villages group includes Settlers Albany, Fairview Lifestyle Village and Fairview Care Ltd. was set to be played in both Auckland and Wellington, will now only be played in Auckland. Auckland City and Team Wellington have qualified from New Zealand, as a result of their respective finishes in last season’s ASB Premiership. – Fairfax NZ Newapproach to revitalise wharf SIMONMAUDE A group of like-minded firms want to make Devonport Wharf a destination. Wharf landlord Auckland Transport has leased one of the wharf’s two storey towers to new shared working space called Level One. Devonport resident and Level One creator Simon Lampen’s IT company Vinsight Software is already enjoying the space which long lay vacant. Level One is a group of predominantly tech- nology based local Devonport businesses wanting to work within their community, Lampen says. The space will be occupied by a group of local technology entrepreneurs who can operate remotely but choose Devonport as their base. Rather than travel through the wharf on the way to Auckland CBD and further, Lampen wants to make the wharf a business destination. Auckland Transport chief infrastructure officer Greg Edmonds says he hopes initiatives like Level One will help transform the wharf from what is ‘‘often a simple thoroughfare, to a centre of local activity, further linking the wharf with the rest of Devonport’’.
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