North Shore Times : November 18th 2010
6 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 LETTERS 37 Natzka Road, Anzac Bay, Ostend. 09 372 2820 www.waihekeretirementvillage.co.nz Waiheke Retirement Village is right on the water's edge at Anzac Bay. The village offers an independent retirement lifestyle with a range of top quality facilities within a relaxed and supportive community environment. You can experience coastal retirement living for yourself by visiting an open day this Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 2pm. We can give you a tour of the village and show you a selection of spacious and affordable villas priced from just $320,000. If you have a SuperGold Card or have an ARTA approved Senior Citizen ID Card you can travel for FREE on Fullers' ferries. And if you let us know before you travel we can arrange for someone to pick you up from the ferry terminal on Waiheke Island. energi _11288D CLUB HOUSE LOUNGE AND DINING ROOM • INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL • SPA POOL • BILLIARDS • LIBRARY • PETANQUE TERRAIN • HAIRDRESSING SALON • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM • COURTESY COACH • WORKSHOP Experience coastal retirement living for yourself this weekend Open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday 19th, 20th and 21st November, 10am to 2pm We offer excellent respite care. Book now for summer holidays. • Respite beds • Long term beds • Day care -- flexible hours Discuss your needs with us 163 Hibiscus Rd, Orewa Contact Jenny MacKenzie Ph 09 421 1428 Fax 09 421 1728 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 3290101AA Stitch in time: Jeannie Kennedy with dolls destined for Starship. Readers help I would like to thank the many, many readers who responded to the article A Dolly Good Scheme , on your front page, October 21. As a result, we have sent out over 50 patterns for both the knitted and calico dolls. We have also received donations of wool, fabric and stuffing to make more dolls with. I would also like to thank the children at the Youthtown holiday programme who so generously helped us stuff the calico dolls that day. Two armchairs in my lounge are full of happy/frowning dolls, already beautifully knitted by friends and helpers, as well as those made by our own members. All to the benefit of children at Starship hospital. I would like to acknowledge the countless other women across Auckland who have also made these dolls for years. As you can see from the article, they are a therapeutic tool used in the treatment of sick children and the hospital uses hundreds of them, especially the calico ones. Shore Stitchers is a friendly group of patchworkers, embroiderers, knitters, handcrafters (lots of talent, inspiration, chat and achievement) who meet 10.30am on the third Sunday of each month at Youthtown (not YMCA) North Shore, next to the Events Centre. Jeannie Kennedy President Shore Sitichers Beach Haven Funding fact It was a bit of a surprise to read in Dave Kosoof s Hooked on Hockey column, in the November 12 edition of the North Shore Times, that Sparc had not given any funding to women s hockey this year. This is not correct. In fact, in 2010 Hockey New Zealand received $650,000 in high performance funding from Sparc to help the Black Sticks women achieve their goal of a medal at the Commonwealth Games. Hockey NZ also received $765,000 in high performance funding for the men s team. In 2009, Sparc provided $195,000 support for the Black Sticks women which helped them secure the services of their world class coach and put other high performance systems in place. Hockey New Zealand received $700,000 in core high performance investment from Sparc for the men s team in 2009. Each year sports can apply to Sparc for contestable, project-based high performance investment. The sports present their plans to a panel and outline how much they are seeking in investment from Sparc to achieve their goals. This contestable round of investment is in addition to core high performance investment in nine targeted sports (athletics, bike, rowing, swimming, triathlon, yachting, rugby, cricket and netball). Sue Eden Senior adviser Communications Sparc Priority lane There has been several letters in recent weeks from Northcote Point Residents concerning the Onewa Rd priority lane being now extended past the Queen St intersection and on toward the harbour bridge motorway and the effect it is having being set at T3. The city of Brisbane has a bus and public transport system (including bus priority lanes) where none of those are set above T2 as is the case elsewhere in the old city of North Shore. The reason of course is that our local politicians have not been interested in reducing OnewaRdtoT2andI suggest that is because they are not inconvenienced at all during peak hours. There was never any meaningful incentive exercised by those who are in charge of public transport at either political or officials level to assist in establishing T2 car pooling either over all the last 20 years. Therefore it follows that if these people were re elected then Northcote public must have been perfectly satisfied with Onewa Rd T3 restrictions remaining in place and being extended. Ray Clarke Birkdale Roses replaced Has anyone else noticed that the lovely yellow roses around the library have been replaced by the ugliest of all New Zealand natives. Who did this? It looks so awful now. The flower beds just start to look great and bam they re gone and new plants (that you can hardly see are in). Just as they start to look great they are pulled up and all this is such a waste of ratepayers money. Who is overseeing this? A lovely bed with really healthy parsley by the cinema, great for picking for locals, and with flowers, looked great. Bam, gone, and miniscule plants in the beds -- just as the tourists arrive. It s such a waste of our money and it doesn t work. Watering and changing once a month, or maybe two months, would do.Beth Hansen Devonport Animal bill National and Act just voted against a bill by Sue Kedgley that could end the abhorrent cruelty against factory farmed animals. The prime minister promised us change and even the agricultural Minister admitted on TV that some practices were unacceptable. Why now have they gone against their word after dragging their heels on the subject for 18 months now? My guess is that National have been under significant pressure from the huge amount of factory farmers in this clean and green country to be allowed to continue animal cruelty for economic reasons. The UK and now Australia have made changes to the industry by banning sow crates and I haven t heard any negative outfall from that. Greed in the industry comes at a price. If they cared about their livestock, maybe the factory farmers would not have anything to worry about. What about the morale and ethical value? Maybe National has no back bone. Let s see how people vote in the next election.Sharon Taylor Torbay RULES FOR LETTER WRITERS: 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. Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted. We prefer letters about local issues. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. 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