North Shore Times : November 4th 2010
7 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 4, 2010 LETTERS Sat 6TH & Sun 7TH NOV Tickets at: KumeuVisitor Information Centre Richmond Yacht Clubs Friday Special is a series of fun sailing races that take place throughout the summer evenings. This year the Club is introducing workshops on the basics of sailing following each race. These popular events allow newcomers to experience sailing (and its social side) in a friendly and relaxed environment. The series includes meeting your skipper for the night at 5.30pm, racing around the bouys on Waitemata Harbour, assisting with packing away and then back to the Clubrooms for a meal and a workshop. Call the offce 09 376 4332 or check out the website www.richmondyc.org.nz Get a Taste of Sailing with the Richmond Yacht Club Phone: 09 376 4332 6 GREAT SOUTH RD, TAKANINI * SPRING ROSES Bush & Climbers ....$20 * Stunning POTTED COLOURS only $1 * Pittosporum Hedging 7 varieties $10 ICEBERG Std Rose ................$35 Griselinia hedge ........ $2, $5, $10 Fruit Trees avail from ............$28 RHUBARBS............... $5, $9, $10 Veges & Flower seedlings ... $1, $3 Lavenders ..... $2.50, $5, $7, $14 Camellias ................. $4, $7, $17 Queen Palm.............. $5, $9, $19 Basil, Cucumber, Capsicum, Chilli, Courgette, Melons, Kumi kumi .............................$2 ICE-Plant 6Vars ......................$3 KUMARA Red(bundle of 25s).....$5 Strawberries...............$3, $4, $7 Chunky Scented Gardenias .$3, $8 OLIVE J5 1.2m -1.4m only .......$5 NSW Waratahs, Protea, Leucadendron from ...............$14 GRAFTED Tomatoes ............$7,$9 Huge Ranges of BIG TREES from2m,4m&6m TOMATOES ........... $1, $2, $3, $8 Magnolia Little Gem .2m+ only ....................................$50 Deciduous: Maples, Magnolia Gleditsia, Crabapple etc Yucca Elephanttipes.................$9 ($10 Canes) We will provide wholesale quotes for large jobs On Great South Road 200m north of the Takanini motor way junction. 8am-5pm 7 days We Deliver Throughout Auckland 09 264 0671 THE PLANT MARKET 3096965AA Beginners Guide To Property Investing FREE 4-hour North Shore training workshop 1.00pm Saturday 6th November We do NOT have any property to sell you! 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Let us show you: • How you can retire early and retire wealthy, even if you are starting with nothing • Why you can't rely on the Government to look after you in retirement • How to build a solid portfolio to create wealth, without risking everything • Strategies you can use if you can't get finance • Ways to buy property with no money down • How to leverage your time and money For FREE tickets to our North Shore "Beginners Guide to Property Investing" training workshop on Saturday 6th November, Register Online at www.propertyapprentice.com/events.htm or phone 09 575 7736 3127674AA PROMPT MAT REPAIR SERVICE Clarks Trampolines Balmoral Swings & Slides Trampoline & Swing Factory Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 12 noon 890 Great South Rd, PENROSE Ph 579 5090 Fax 579 5092 www.trampoline.co.nz LAY BY FOR CHRISTMAS Crucial action I write in response to articles about North Shore Forest & Bird making blanket submissions covering large areas of native trees on many North Shore properties. This action was deemed necessary after the government decided to prohibit councils from having tree protection orders, claiming this was a breach of property owners rights. The council sought to mitigate this ruling by inviting submissions under plan Change 36 in which citizens and/or organisations could nominate notable trees or groups of trees to a schedule of protected trees. Only one month was given to make these submissions and the task was huge if a concerted effort was to be made to afford protection to the North Shore s many native trees. A small group of dedicated volunteers gave up most of a weekend to mark up all the significant bush blocks on the Shore which were defined by the streets surrounding them and marked on an aerial map. The justification for this was: North Shore City Council is a signatory to the North West Wildlink, a Forest & Bird intitiative to maintain a series of bush blocks between the Hauraki Gulf islands and the Waitakeres. 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. Biodiversity on the North Shore would be enhanced by addition of all the nominated blocks to the schedule. Preserving as much native vegetation as possible reduces our contribution to climate change. Amenity value. Native bush is integral to the character of the city and is being gradually lost to development all over the Shore. Forest & Bird is dedicated to the preservation and protection of indigenous flora and fauna. We could not stand by and allow the removal of protection from the native trees that are our common heritage on the Shore. Alan Emmerson Chairman North Shore Forest & Bird Faint hope So North Shore residents are being asked to help in a survey on family violence (NST, October 21). We are told that Shine (Safer Homes in NZ Everyday -- formerly Preventing Violence in the Home; before that Domestic Violence Centre) seeks people who have experienced this in the past year. Also that they can participate anonymously, and that the survey hopes to find what the level of demand for services is on the North Shore , etc. Faint hope! Thirty years of observing such fanciful media flourishes as this indicate that most of them are little more than contrived PR exercises to justify a need for the existence of various agencies, and therefore also for their continued funding. Of one thing we can be very sure: Anti-violence agencies such as Shine, Women s Refuge, etc, will never divulge their true, fundamental ideological nature: their atheistic, left wing, anti-family, anti- marriage and anti-male bias. So female victims of family violence turning to such agencies will invariably know nothing of this, let alone of the dire ramifications this can have for the kind of help they receive, which of course includes permanently removing their menfolk from their lives, come what may. Nor, of course, do such women usually have any idea that they have an alternative avenue for help; that they actually have a choice, with church-based, family- oriented helping agencies which strive to help the whole family, men included. So much for the tired and hypocritical feminist cry of a woman s right to choose! Barbara Faithfull Hillcrest Awaiting reply Bayswater ferry users now have 165 free weekday parks (NST, October 26). I wonder if ratepayers are paying for these parks? I guess Bayswater ferries are already hugely subsidised. In August 2009 I asked Sharon Hunter of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority patronage figures on ferries and the alternative bus service to Bayswater. I never received a reply. I suspect the figures were too embarrassing. Note that I was not asking about the subsidy amounts which would probably have triggered the commercially sensitive standard reply. Let s hope new councillors don t keep throwing extra money at subsidised services, particularly those which have an adequate public transport alternative. Bayswater catchment population will never economically justify a ferry service. Mike Lee was very disappointed when funding for a new Bayswater ferry terminal was deferred. Some readers might think $1 million would build a nice terminal and covered access for the small number of users but no -- $6.3m was proposed. If borrowed at say 6.5 percent, $410,000 pa of ratepayers money would subsidise a secret small number of passengers year after year. That would be on top of large operational subsidies paid to Fullers. Maybe it s time to scrap Bayswater ferries and also examine proposed new routes which would gobble ratepayer cash forever. After the supercity settles down I ll ask for patronage figures again. Who thinks the CCO will be more responsive? Stuart Broome Castor Bay Hit the brakes Correspondent Simon Haines complained last week (NST, October 19) of traffic police catching speeding motorists, as revenue collecting. Iamgladthatalotof traffic policing really is revenue collecting -- this is classic user pays, and it reduces my taxes. And the anywhere, any time method has a safety spinoff. Most vehicles have two pedals -- one makes it go faster, one slows it down. All drivers choose which one to push, and are responsible for the consequences. Also, don t forget the cost to the environment of speeding. It takes 10 percent or even more fuel (and emissions) to travel faster. Slow down and save your wallet and the planet. Allen Reynolds Glenfield Outdoor gyms What a pleasure it was for our stationary cycling (wind training) group to move back into the well-ventilated hall downstairs at the Birkenhead Recreation Centre. This was where we trained from June 1998, before the premises were required to house the temporary Birkenhead library. On dark, cold winter evenings 60 people with bicycles and wind trainers might turn up. While the new library was being built we had to squeeze into the old bowling clubrooms. Imagine my dismay when I arrived last week to find half the hall occupied by state-of- the-art gym equipment and it was not there for temporary storage. So Birkenhead needs another gym? And one subsidised by ratepayers like nearby Glenfield? Lots of people would use outdoor gyms which are common in parks overseas and cater to all ages. They could be incorporated into playgrounds so that caregivers could exercise while their children play. Metal pipes form their basic structure and they would cost far less than modern or computerised gym gear. As a regular user of Birkenhead Recreation Centre why have I never been consulted about the installation of expensive facilities? Recently the high rope outdoor area was built and it doesn t look cheap. I have seen this in use once even though I train at the centre about three times a week. There has been consid- erable consultation about the $2 million titivation or despoliation of Hurstmere Green and upgrades to North Shore roads but no consulting on large recreational centre expenditure. Why not? Judy Barfoot Beach Haven RULES: Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Hard-copy letters must have a legible signature. Only your name and suburb are published.We prefer letters about local issues. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence. Letters may be edited. 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