North Shore Times : November 23rd 2010
8 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 23, 2010 NEWS BUS, TRAIN OR FERRY TO THE FARMERS SANTA PARADE SUN 28 NOV* *Rain date Sunday 5 December. Family and Group Passes available on most services. For more information on bus services to the parade visit maxx.co.nz. Parade starts at 2pm. Please note: Some regular bus stops in the Central City will differ due to the Santa Parade. The Lion Foundation Takapuna Beach Saturday 4 th December 9.30am -- 1.30pm Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna Beach Thank you to our sponsors: This event is a fundraiser for Community & cultural performers, market stalls, busking competition, Phineas Phrog's -- 'A Touch of Frosty', Santa and friends, kids rides and activities. Free Parking in Anzac and Killarney St car parks. Time to build on best and rebuild the rest I appreciate this oppor- tunity to reach out to the North Shore community, one of the first chances I have had since the elec- tion. First, I would like to thank everyone who put their faith in me to serve them again over the next three years. I am humbled and grateful for the mandate to represent the Shore and play my part in the largest trans- formation in local gov- ernment. This is a won- derful opportunity to get things right for all Auck- landers -- north and south of the bridge. Mayor Len Brown's invitation to chair of one of the council's largest committees presents me with an awesome and welcome challenge. The exciting thing about this committee is that it touches so many in our community with res- ponsibility for a range of social matters, culture and events, community safety, environment, parks, the district plan and urban design. This new era in local government presents us all with the chance to build on the best of what we've got in Auckland and rebuild that which has not served our people or economy well. I am proud of what the North Shore brings to the new organisation, particularly its success- ful history of community development, facilities and service delivery. The Northcote Com- munity Facilities Trust is, in my view, the shining example of true partnership -- with the council and community working together to achieve remarkable out- comes. It is just this type of initiative that we can share with the rest of Auckland and enhance the social infrastructure regionwide. The John Walker Field of Dreams programme is another outstanding example of community interaction with almost 80,000 young south Aucklanders involved in sporting activities that have, in many cases, turned around troubled lives. It's sure to find support on our side of the bridge and I'll happily champion that alongside the Olympic champion and roving ambassa- dor''. I am enjoying working with Len and my fellow councillors such as Sir John Walker and George Wood during what has been an intensive and productive induction period. George is chairing the Community Safety Forum, one of the seven such forums that will support my committee. My fellow North Shore ward councillor and for- mer mayor was the ideal choice to take on that pivotal role. It's been a pleasure working with George as we put aside past political differences and take a positive, prag- matic and regionwide view of the myriad of community issues across Auckland. Finally, I am delighted that a co-governance model is now in place to ensure our 21-member council and the region's 21 local boards work together in new, inclus- ive chapter of democracy. I look forward to working with Julia Parfitt, Hibiscus-Bays; Lindsay Waugh, Kaipatiki; Brian Neeson, Upper Harbour; and Chris Darby, Devonport-Takapuna. Each of whom bring broad experience and passion to their roles as chairs of the Shore's four local boards. I will keep you up-to- date with progress through the North Shore Times and wish all readers the very best for a safe and happy festive season ahead.
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