North Shore Times : November 23rd 2010
2 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 23, 2010 NEWS Office Ph 489 4189 Fax 486 1950 Editor Peter Eley email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Manager Alan Barr email: email@example.com Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: delivery@snl co nz Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: clsad@snl co nz 69,797 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Tuesday/Thursday/ Friday to Albany, Beach Haven, Bayswater, Bayview, Belmont, Birkdale, Birkenhead, Brookfield, Browns Bay, Bushlands, Campbells Bay, Castor Bay, Chatswood, Chester Park, Devonport, Forrest Hill, Glenfield, Greenhithe, Hillcrest, Mairangi Bay, Meadowood, Milford, Murrays Bay, Northcote, Northcross, Okura, Paremoremo, Pinehill, Rothesay Bay, Schnapper Rock, Stanley Point, Sunnynook, Takapuna, Torbay, Unsworth Heights, Waiake, Wainoni, Westlake, Windsor Park. 1 Byron Ave, Takapuna. P.O. 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Travelling from Auckland city to the airport is just a few kilometres more but costs about $16. Adding to the hurdles for bus users is not being able to use one concession ticket to travel any bus. Some people buy up to three concession tickets from differ- ent companies so they can travel quickly and cheaply to Auckland city, Mr Wood says. That kind of nonsense has gone on for far too long, he says. Mr Wood was appointed to Auckland Council s transport committee shortly after complaining about missing out on a role in this area. Making bus travel more attractive, including speeding up integrated ticketing, are among issues he plans to fight for.Mr Wood has also been appointed to chair the council s community safety forum and is working on the mayoral Eden Park task force. Last week Mr Wood and mayor Len Brown met residents living in the streets surrounding Eden Park who were angry at crowd behav- iour leaving the rugby league double-header. The task force is looking at the issue to prevent a repeat during Rugby World Cup 2011 and other events. Mr Wood says the crowd problems were a one-off because of the nature of back- to-back matches but robust systems need to be in place. It s important to have good liaison with residents so that there are no surprises, he says. North Harbour Stadium in Albany is also hosting world cup matches and although housing is not as close, there are issues like alcohol con- sumption that need to be con- sidered. Get swimming and support Starship Three North Shore events are being held to raise money for an ultra- sound for Starship children s hospital. The events have all been organised by Barfoot & Thompson branches who have been fundraising for the $44,000 piece of equip- ment. On Saturday, a swim- athon is being held at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health, 17 Antares Place, Mairangi Bay. Those taking part are swimming for either 30 minutes or an hour and getting friends, family and colleagues to spon- sor them. The event is organised by the company s train- ing team. Contact Anne on afor- trune@barfoot. co.nz or Sharon on firstname.lastname@example.org for entry forms and details. On December 7 at 6pm there will be a charity screening of The King s Speech at the Bridgeway Cinema, 122 Queen St, Northcote Point. Tickets are $20. Con- tact Robyn at beach email@example.com or call 482-5428. Kids celebrate Chinese language and culture day By JODEAL CADACIO About 200 primary and inter- mediate students across Auckland are taking part in this year s Chinese Language and Culture Day. It is on No- vember 27 at Kristin School, Albany, from 8am to 5pm. The event is organised by the Chinese Language Foun- dation and the New Zealand Chinese Teaching Trust. It aims to give students a full cultural immersion experi- ence. Co-ordinator Ping Shu says the programme combines learning with fun activities, games, food and cultural understanding. The expectation is to en- hance Chinese language pro- ficiency and bring it to a higher level, Mr Shu says. The students will experi- ence traditional Chinese folk activities including diabolo, spinning top, lion dance and the chopsticks game. The children will also learn from teachers of Chi- nese calligraphy, paper cut- ting, Chinese knots, abacus, fun Chinese characters, shadow puppet play, oriental medicine and martial arts, he says. The programme culminates in a free concert at 4.10pm showcasing with what the students have learned during the day. Organiser Maylene Lai says the programme caters for non-ethnic Chinese chil- dren who are learning Chinese in school, based on the notion of understanding culture through language and learning language through cultural experience. Email Mr Shu at ping. firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms Lai on maylenemxl@ gmail.com.
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