North Shore Times : November 9th 2010
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If you feel you have been left too long between investment reviews, call us now to meet with one of our team for a free review of your investments Expo invites older people Older people are invited to attend the Seniors Positive Ageing Expo. The free event show- cases groups and servi- ces that support ageing. It will be held at the Bruce Mason Centre from 10am to 2pm on November 15. Call Age Concern North Shore on 489-4975 for details. Horns locked over $2.7m makeover By JODEAL CADACIO Residents and the business community have locked horns over the $2.7 million makeover plan for Hurstmere Green. The Takapuna project is going through the resource con- sent process and submissions for and against the proposal have been received. The makeover plan involves opening up the reserve and installing a stage and additional seats to make it the civic heart and entertainment centre for Takapuna. The Takapuna Residents Association and local watchdog Environment Takapuna have called for the application to be declined. Association chairman Donald Bidwell says the proposal is an unnecessary and wasteful use of community funds . This restful oasis in the cen- tre of Takapuna should not be replaced with an intense activity zone, Mr Bidwell says. Environment Takapuna president Ruth Ell says the planned makeover would result in the permeable area of the reserve being reduced to 48 percent. This reduction in per- meable surface goes against council policy, she says. The group is also opposing the removal of 30 trees and 53 palms, small trees and shrubs. Mrs Ell says the view corridor to Rangitoto is so narrow it is not worth sacrificing and trim- ming trees below the reserve. Devonport-Takapuna Local Board member Jan O Connor objects to the removal of trees and the plan to construct a 115 square metre deck by the ASB building. The Takapuna Beach Busi- ness Association supports the project which it says will pro- vide the town centre with a civic heart and a pedestrian and vis- ual linkage to the sea. Association general manager Peter White is hoping the makeover would be completed in time for next year s Rugby World Cup. Takapuna Beach hosts the French rugby team and a num- ber of international visitors in September for the world cup. The green would prove to be a fantastic asset if completed before their arrival, Mr White says. Wiltshire Investments Lim- ited, which owns the ASB Building, says the upgrade will allow better use of the park and enable the town centre to host events and activities. Neeson takes leading role Many roles: Warren Flaunty has been elected to multiple supercity positions. New role: Brian Neeson is chairman of the new Upper Harbour Local Board. By LISA HONEYBONE Upper Harbour Local Board s new chairman Brian Neeson has no problem with Warren Flaunty being elected to five positions at the Auckland Coun- cil elections. Mr Neeson is a former Mem- ber of Parliament and shares the role with deputy chair Mar- garet Miles, a former Shore councillor, who will take over after 18 months. Board members met before its first meeting on November 3 to decide on the positions. The members of the Upper Harbour Local Board include Callum Blair, Christine Ran- kin, Lisa Whyte and Warren Flaunty along with Mr Neeson and Mrs Miles. Mr Flaunty is a former Wai- takere city councillor and was also voted on to the Upper Har- bour, Henderson-Massey and Rodney local boards, the Waite- mata District Health Board and the Waitakere Licensing Trust. He has received some criti- cism that he may not be able to cope with the workload along with being a part-owner of a pharmacy. He was present at the first meeting of the board. Mr Neeson assumes there might be the odd clash but he has no concerns that Mr Flaunty has several other roles to fulfil. He is a very accomplished politician with over 20 years experience, he says. I m confident there will be no problems here at all. Mr Neeson says he is very happy to be chair of a board which he feels is an excellent mix of members. We have a great combination of experience and we all got on well immediately, he says. Mr Neeson has no worries about the Upper Harbour Local Board covering a large area -- from Whenuapai in the west to Albany in the east. We have a good scattering of members for the different areas so we can all take note of residents concerns, he says. Mr Neeson says he is positive about the new Auckland Coun- cil on the whole. But he is not happy about rates increasing. It was a promise broken and I hope it s the last one, he says. Mr Neeson expects there will be some stumbles along the way because the new council happened so quickly. It s like driving through fog but you know it will lift and you will see the road clearly, he says.
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