North Shore Times : November 5th 2010
6 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 NEWS 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! We are NZ Property Investors who are passionate about teaching people just like you, how to secure your financial future through investing in NZ Real Estate. 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 Hobbit drama with a Dibley touch Not quite the greatest show on earth, a short season, but easily the best in town. It had everything -- includ- ing that potential promo- tional line about secret stars flown in direct from Holly- wood . Plus anger, threats, recrim- inations, backroom drama, allegations of double-dealing, stage maidens in distress, suspense, a cameo perform- ance from Trevor Mallard last seen in that failed Auck- land project On the Water- front -- and a final upbeat climax. Even borrowed humour. That came from, of all places, old scripts of The Vicar of Dibley. Reworked -- actually worked to death by John Key -- it was a standout whenever the media asked whether Cabinet would push more millions the way of the mys- terious movie men only glimpsed through the glass of ministerial limos. Remember? His answer: No, no, no, no, no, no -- yes. In the mailbag, road-users rage from Mercer to Wark- worth: I am with you on the total inadequacy of the local road construction cartel. They build low-quality roads. How can the new State Highway 1 bit at Mercer be so bumpy? It s brand new! They take for- ever to build them. The sloppy work they do rewards them as they have to do it all over again soon after. Whoever heard of major bridges being obsolete after 50 years, like the Newmarket Viaduct and the harbour bridge? On top of this, they charge an arm and a leg for their poor work. The Newmarket Viaduct cost $215 million while the incredible 300-metre high, 2.5km long Millau Viaduct in France cost only five times as much; we d just get one of the French seven piers here on the Newmarket budget. These guys are bankrupt- ing the country. -- Name provided Over the past 18 months that road upgrade at Wark- worth has baffled myself and my wife -- as the same men- tality is prevalent elsewhere in the Auckland region -- pro- fessed experts cannot see the wood for the trees, and nobody asks any questions. The simple fact is that a two-lane bridge exists 50 to 100 metres away from the upgrade with the Omaha- Tawharanui-Leigh-Matakana Warkworth, etc, junction beyond. We travel north regularly, leaving North Shore at 4 to 4.30am on long weekends, and 11pm to midnight on the return journey. Getting our little girl out of bed at that hour is a small price to pay as opposed to the chaos which is now obviously set to remain in force -- after the upgrade . All over the region, road planners appear to have a fix- ation with funnelling people into an already existing bottleneck. They seem to operate with impunity, creating such havoc. Examples from North Shore: Large stuff-up (unfix- able) -- Tristram Ave motorway-Wairau Rd on and off-ramp junctions. Another marvellous funnelling effect -- complete with light phasing to complement the chaos. Moderate/large stuff-up (possibly fixable but with further chaos) -- Northcote on and off-ramp. The same single-lane motorway entry city-bound and on-lane exit northbound. This has existed for as long as I can remember before the sale and develop- ment of the huge Smales Farm business park. Of course city-bound cars still attempt to pull-in hard left from the straight-through lane (intended for Northcote- bound traffic) and have done so for years. Did anyone fore- cast Smales Farm? Also, in the other direction, try to cross three lanes of traffic within 50 metres to turn left to North Shore Hospital after the motorway exit. Minor/stupid -- someone thought it would be a good idea to change the sign at the bottom of Killarney St at the Kitchener Rd intersection from a stop sign to a merge- give way. Quite entertaining watching the dodgem show on Kitchener Rd. Minor/hopeful -- probably the same person -- thought to erect a sign on the round- about at the intersection of Kitchener Rd-Anzac St- Hurstmere Rd-The Strand to test pedestrians nerve and willpower, and to amuse us motorists. It says -- Caution, motorists have the right of way . This is for people crossing the footpath and entry to The Strand, allowing cars to turn left and not become Strand- ed in the middle of the roundabout. Needless to elaborate what actually happens. We wait with bated breath to see what happens to the current Lake Rd-Hauraki Corner-Napier Ave two-year project. All bets are off. -- Name provided Others who ve sat in a queue for nearly two hours from Puhoi to Warkworth, only moving momentarily for traffic lights in Warkworth to turn green, must have had the same thought. Forget the millions of dollars for bypasses and other money-wasting projects, switch off the traffic lights and put a pointsman on duty. The salary of a few points- men at public holidays would save us taxpayers millions on unnecessary roading pro- jects. -- Name provided I couldn t agree more with you about our supposed expert roading engineers. I travelled over that new piece of road at Warkworth over the weekend, and even though it wasn t rush hour I wondered why they haven t built a four-lane bridge? For all the millions of dollars that cost -- that piece of road achieves nothing other than creating another bottleneck! Then there s the Water- view Connection Project. I only very recently found out a vital detail for this. There will be no entrance or exit (on or off-ramps) at the Waterview interchange for the tunnels. Residents from Pt Chevalier, Waterview, Mt Albert, Avondale, etc, will have no access to the tunnels at all at Waterview. They will have to go to St Lukes interchange (back- tracking in all cases) to join the motorway there and then travel back along the motorway to the tunnels. There are no plans to upgrade St Lukes inter- change to cope with this and the increased traffic from an enlarged St Lukes Mall. The overall effect would be one of increased local road impact and a huge inconvenience to local residents. Waterview is a major interchange and yet once again there is a half-hearted attempt to fix the problems. -- Terry Small, Pt Chevalier While planners do have a lot to answer for, the voting public should be looking closer at the people we vote for. They determine where and how our money is spent and they should be making sure we get good value. When you remember that the Manukau motorway junc- tion occurred right under the nose of Auckland s new mayor (perhaps too preoccu- pied with social engineering and pet projects), things don t look good for roads. A planner said that they underestimated how much traffic would leave the arterial routes and join the motorway. Did he mean Roscommon and Mahia roads, which are hardly arterial routes, maybe on paper. Arterial routes in my mind are double-laned with 60kmh or 70kmh speed limits. The annoying thing is these roads could and should be that. On all the times they ve been dug up they could have been made into double lanes. This would have spread the wear and tear across two lanes, reducing the digging. -- Quentin Inston, Weymouth To contact Pat Booth email firstname.lastname@example.org or care of this newspaper. All replies are open for publi- cation unless marked. Chair aims to put donors at ease Give blood: Massey University design student Alissa Richardson with her alternative furniture for blood donors. By SARAH CODDINGTON Alissa Richardson hopes her cafe-style table and non-clinical chairs will make blood donors feel more at ease. The Massey Univer- sity design student s cre- ation was inspired by ongoing publicity about blood supply shortages. She hopes her product will encourage more people to give blood. The furniture features a swivel chair with adjustable armrests, a round cafe table and separate tray unit for blood collection. Itcanbesetupfor couples or groups to share a hot drink and chat as they give blood. Her experience as a first-time blood donor earlier this year sparked her interest in why so few New Zealanders donate blood. Ms Richardson conclu- ded it was people needed more incentives, such as a more enticing, less clinical setting. I wanted to recreate a cafe atmosphere because so many people are fam- iliar with that, she says. The former Rangitoto College student wants to see younger people giv- ing blood. The Blood Service pro- vided funding for the project and is consider- ing the potential for further development of the design. Service marketing manager Paul Hayes says about 42,000 patients need blood or blood products each year and new donor numbers were down about 20 percent last year. Ms Robinson s project will be on show at the school s Design Exposure 2010 exhibition of final- year industrial, trans- port and visual com- munication student work this weekend. Other industrial design prod- ucts include a footwear system to help runners make the transition to barefoot running and an automated strawberry picker. The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm from November 5 to 7 at Shed 6, upper deck, 90 Welles- ley St, Auckland. It is part of the annual BLOW festival run by the university s college of creative arts in Welling- ton. Carnival for Xmas The Takapuna Beach Christmas carnival is the place to be on December 4. Takapuna Beach Busi- ness Association hosts the event and general manager Peter White says it is popular with the whole family. There will be a com- munity stage on Hurstmere Rd from 9.30am to 1.30pm featuring entertainment and cultural groups. There will also be a children s playground featuring bouncy castles, Santa and friends, face painters, games and a nativity display. Stalls will offer food and drinks, henna tattoos, hair braiding, chalk drawing, puppets and a sausage sizzle. Bands will play and buskers are wanted for a competition. Call Amy on 489-1003 or email events@taka puna beach.co.nz for details.
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