North Shore Times : November 25th 2010
7 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 NEWS 3306222AA Million Dollar Carpet Clearance We don't have flash vans and overpriced carpets. We have a warehouse and carpets at bargain prices. See your roll on the floor. If you don't come in you will miss out! See our ad in Fridays North Shore Times Phone 444 0123 Fax 444 0647 10 Wairau Road, Takapuna Mon-Fri 9.00am - 5.00pm; Sat 9.00am - 4.00pm; Sun 10.00am - 4.00pm EVERYTHING MUST GO! Peters pushes the right buttons Winston Peters By LIZ WILLIS North Shore is playing an important part in New Zealand First leader s Winston Peter s comeback from the political wil- derness. Mr Peters draws much of his support from the older gener- ation and on Friday a crowd of more than 300 Grey Power North Shore members came to hear him speak. The crowd seemed to hang on his every word as he delivered a speech that pushed plenty of key buttons for them. There was frequent talk of good old days in New Zealand when it didn t have half-baked economic policies . Among popular topics was his criticism of the sale of state assets for next to nothing and foreign ownership of banks who don t give a brass razoo about New Zealanders. Mr Peters also got loud applause for his opposition to changes to the Foreshore and Seabed Act. The foreshore and seabed belongs to everybody, he said. It is insane to place any sort of title on this vast resource unless the title is in the name of the Crown on behalf of all New Zealand. Mr Peters also used the opportunity to defend his repu- tation. He came out hitting over the scandal that broke shortly before the last election when he failed to regain his Tauranga seat. Mr Peters faced accusations that he failed to declare politi- cal donations received by the party. He told the crowd he d been victim of the worst character assassination , started by Rod- ney Hide and backed by National, and the Serious Fraud Office took no action against him. When speaking out against Free Trade Agreements with countries like China he said they were seeking a good deal for their country with questionable benefits for New Zealand. He then referred to his anti- Asian reputation and said: I have far more admiration for their political brains than the ones back home. He said the trade agreements could cause major damage to our jobs and sovereignty. And Mr Peters picked his final words carefully. With a trademark smile he said: The question is whether you re going to vote for us. City needed to keep rates down George Wood Ann Hartley By LIZ WILLIS Auckland ratepayers face rate rises of an estimated 7 percent next year unless savings are found. Financial information leaked to the North Shore Times shows the tough task Auckland Council faces reducing increases to the much lower rises promised during election campaigning. The information was part of a briefing given to politicians about the 2011-2012 annual plan. It shows early forecasts predicted a 7.3 percent increase before savings are found. This figure includes: Inflation, 3 percent; capital spending, 2.9 percent; Rugby World Cup, 2 percent; transi- tion costs, .7 percent; growth in ratepayer base, 1.3 percent. The Auckland Transition Agency predicted $47.7 million worth of savings are needed to get rates down to 3.9 percent. But the Auckland Council briefing suggests this figure isn t accurate because it doesn t include many major savings resulting from the supercity s creation. However, there is no doubt major savings are needed and the document outlines broad ways to achieve this. They include: Start or stop doing things, change service levels, change non-rates rev- enue and increase efficiency. North Shore ward council- lors Ann Hartley and George Wood expected the first few years to be challenging for the Auckland Council. Mr Wood says it was only councillors first briefing but it made pretty daunting reading. The financial outlook is pretty grim I think, he says. Mr Wood, who describes himself as a reformed spender , says there is no room for new projects and Citizens and Ratepayers will monitor spending closely. Mayor Len Brown wants the rise to be below 4 percent and Mr Wood says that would be a reasonably good result. Councils previous spending plans will be carefully analysed, and some councils hadn t found funding sources for their 10 year spending packages, he says. Mr Wood wouldn t identify the councils but said North Shore wasn t one of them. Mrs Hartley feels optimis- tic and is undaunted by the early calculations. New calculations will take into account the substantial savings from bringing together the eight councils, she says. The figures include all councils spending plans before the new Auckland Council has analysed them, Mrs Hartley says. The big challenge is to find money to deliver the trans- port infrastructure, she says, and she plans to fight to keep the existing levels of council service on the Shore. Can't sing but teacher can sure play a ukulele Music maestro: Gearing up for the New Zealand Ukulele Festival this weekend are Manuka Primary students, from left: Ben Wharton, 10, Suzette Ioapo, 10, Jordyn Goddard, 10, teacher Carol Davey, Maitreyi Jain, 10, and Sarah Hannah, 11. Photo: BEN WATSON By LISA HONEYBONE Being musically challenged and having an appalling singing voice didn t stop Carol Davey from teach- ing her students the ukulele. The Manuka Primary teacher got lessons and taught her students so they could all participate in the New Zealand Ukulele Festi- val. Miss Davy says in eight years of teaching, she avoided music in her classroom. Music is a foreign language to me, she says. One day she told her students they could achieve anything if they put their minds to it. They told her to prove it and given she was so bad at music she thought she should learn an instrument. Over the past three years she has been on every course she can to improve her playing. The annual Ukulele Festi- val is the main driving force for the 35 pupils in her group who practise regu- larly. They will perform on Saturday at Trusts Stadium Waitakere. Miss Davey says the ukulele is a good instrument for the kids to be learning because it s small, easy to transport and has easier chords than a guitar. The ukulele is about playing together, she says. They have to listen to each other to stay in time. Miss Davey never thought she d sing in front of her class but now she has to, she says. They re patient with me because my singing is hor- rible, she says. But it s all part of the fun. Saturday s New Zealand Ukulele Festival is at Trusts Stadium Waitakere from 10am to 4pm with free entry. Visit www.nzukulelefestival. org.nz for more information.
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