North Shore Times : November 11th 2010
9 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 NEWS LETTERS New blood On December 1 last year I wrote expressing my disappointment re the selection process of younger less experienced but supposedly developing'' players for the 2009 North Harbour Premiers. I had hoped 2010 would be better. NHR 2010 Premiers was a team of the old boy's league''. Another year has gone by where experience,d long-standing, strong committed players within the Harbour union club sides were overlooked. At least some credibility has been restored with the sacking of the 2009 Premier coaches. A couple of weeks ago I sat in the ASB lounge at the stadium and watched the North Harbour B team play against old rivals Auckland. This was a real game of rugby, tough, strong young men dedicated to their union. The B team won -- and where was the North Harbour board -- upstairs in the ASB stand praising the attributes of the shameful Premier team. So where was the board of North Harbour Rugby when the Bs game had finished? Where were they when the winning medals were presented to the players? Where were the photographers? The ASB lounge had shut, the people had gone -- oh except for the two trays of sandwiches and one tray of beers which was sent from the board. North Harbour Rugby needs some new blood. C Richards Mairangi Bay Car pollution With reference to correspondent Allen Reynolds' letter Hit the brakes (NST Nov 2). Obviously Mr Reynolds has never been able to afford a car with a computer indicating fuel consumption. The computer on my car shows me that my car is most economical when cruising between 90 to 100kph and least economical when travelling between 0 and 50. When I apply the brakes at the red traffic lights which have been synchronised so that if I drive at just under 50kph I have to stop at every set, my economy becomes even worse. Surely this stop-start pattern of driving creates the most pollution. Jill Hawthorne Takapuna Maori control I greatly respect the Maori people as fellow Kiwis and my many Maori friends. But the idea of our National Government giving Maori leaders (or any other group) control of our local beaches and foreshore scares me to death. Denis Shuker Stanmore Bay Warm roofs Congratulations to the Birkenhead Library on winning the Public Architecture and Sustainable Architecture Awards recently. While the article was informative and interesting, I would like to add an extra snippet of information. While the walls, windows, floors and interior of the building are all clearly visible to visitors, there is one part of this structure that is not. So what is this then ? It is the roof, and known as a warm roof. This concept, while widely used in Europe and elsewhere in the world, is fairly new in New Zealand. The warm roof concept, to those who may not know, simply means that the building's dew point (or condensation point) is moved to the outside of the structure. How this is done is that the roof structure (usually flat) is built with concrete or, in this case, plywood. Insulation boards (thicknesses vary depending on requirements -- 50mm, 60mm or 90mm) are then fixed to the plywood and a two-layer waterproofing membrane is applied over the boards. Because of the insulation being on top/outside the roof structure, the condensation risks inside the building are virtually eliminated. There is also no longer a need for roofing insulation such as Pink Batts, and this enables designers to achieve more ceiling space. As the insulation boards are acting as one single layer on top of the roof, internal beams and posts are no longer acting as thermal bridges which cause the condensation that often occurs in buildings. In the long term, the warm roof concept leads to energy cost savings -- all part of the sustainable, green and eco-friendly ideals which New Zealand is always aspiring to. So. North Shore-ites, let us be proud that we have our first warm roof in our midst. This concept could revolutionise the way we build roofs in New Zealand. Philippe Bernard Mairangi Bay Fireworks It is 7.04am and fireworks are being let off down the road. Fireworks for Halloween originated in the Northern Hemisphere -- let them stay there. In our Southern Hemisphere it is nesting time around Halloween and our birdlife does not need the additional stress of those sudden explosions while they are tending their young. We already do more than enough to make their life difficult. GINA RINKE Murrays Bay Railroaded: The busway is a fine system, says a correspondent. Mayor Len Brown wants rail lines all over Auckland, including the North Shore (NST, November 4). No to trains Has he asked anyone over here? Who is offering to pay for the capital outlay? Who will pay for the annual running costs? Where would the tracks run? How will the trains cross the harbour? What will we lose in the process? We already have a fine arterial public transport system in the busway. It lacks only larger carparking facilities at the park- and-ride terminals. Keep the trains out of the North Shore, Len. You have no mandate to spend our money on that. If you want to build bridges with the voters of the North Shore, I suggest you start by listening. We'll probably tell you to fix the park-and-ride parking first, followed by action on the next harbour crossing -- for cars. You can blow the green trumpet by ensuring the new crossing is sufficiently large that one or two lanes on the weakening Harbour Bridge can be allocated solely to pedestrians and cyclists (and marathon runners). Everyone wins. David White Totara Vale 'Rail' just talk A couple of points have become apparent since the supercity inception. One is the rail talk for Auckland. It will remain just talk, as it has for decades. Trouble is, Len Brown used his solution as leverage to gain votes, then claims, come post election, that John Key would not okay funding. Now, call me slightly cynical, but who would like to wager that Brown knew this pre-election. The other point is that due to cost saving, one of the driving reasons for inventing this supercity, we have bill of millions for set-up, stationery, signage, etc, etc. Go figure. If this is to succeed on the cost saving front, we need to see it through to 2040 at least. Don't forget, we have had one Auckland in the past and that was changed for a reason then. Darin Kitching Browns Bay Volunteers fearful of new council Not impressed: Shepherds Park management committee members Richie Way, left, Paula Gillon, and chairman Victor Bond, are nervous about the future of volunteers in parks. Photo: BEN WATSON By MICHELLE ROBINSON A dispute about removal of a native plant has made Shepherds Park management committee nervous about its role in managing the res- erve. The committee is concerned about rumours that a new council contrac- tor will take over much of the work they have done for free for the past 20 years. I think it's better if the com- munity has an interest in these things,'' committee chairman Victor Bond says. Each week volunteers undertake work such as removing weeds and planting natives like kauri and rimu that have grown to shade weeds and prevent them from flourishing. But the quick-growing coprosma robusta, or karamu plant can suffo- cate other plants, Mr Bond says. The committee, which recently received a civic award, regularly prunes the coprosma. This had never been a problem until the committee received a heavy-handed'' letter recently. The letter from the former North Shore City Council threatened to discontinue support of the com- mittee and a possible fine if any more coprosma was removed. They showed a total disrespect and disregard for us,'' Mr Bond says. The letter and introduction of a maintenance contractor has made members nervous about the future of volunteers in parks, committee member Paula Gillon says. The new council appears to have decided to throw money at a prob- lem which doesn't exist.'' Auckland Council communi- cations manager Glyn Walters says the proposed change in mainten- ance won't affect the role of volunteers. Volunteers are generally respon- sible for ecological restoration and weed removal'' while council's responsible was for general main- tenance including managing coprosma. Coprosma plays an important role in ecological restoration as a fast-growing pioneer species. They provide shade and protection for establishing native seedlings and help keep pest plants to a mini- mum.'' Resource consent is required for its removal, Mr Walters says. A council representative regu- larly attends Shepherds Park man- agement committee meetings to liaise on operational issues. A number of friendly reminders'' were given about the coprosma and a letter was sent quoting excerpts from the district plan, he says. In hindsight the letter could have been worded better, Mr Walters says.
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