North Shore Times : December 2nd 2010
6 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 2, 2010 NEWS Louisa and Patrick Emmett Murphy Foundation CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Mr Murphy created this Foundation in 2002 in memory of his Mother to express gratitude for the help and care that she received in her latter years of her life. To be eligible, organisations must bene t people within the Auckland area (as de ned by the Supercity boundaries) by: • Providing assistance and care for terminally ill people in our community. • Improving the quality of life for our older people in our community. • Providing assistance and care for people su ering from illness in our community. ere will be a two stage selection process; expressions of interest and full applications. Expressions of interest may be submitted by a charitable organisation only (no individuals). e closing date for the expressions of interest is 24 December 2010. To request an expression of interest form... Email Kim.email@example.com • Write to Kim Peacock at Public Trust, Private Bag 17906, Greenlane, Auckland • Phone (09) 985 6824 Ogilvy/PTR0396 3322980AA THANK YOU 0800 GIVE BLOOD www.nzblood.co.nz The New Zealand Blood Service would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution and dedication of our blood donors and volunteers. LETTERS Bottles mess Summer has barely begun and already at the end of each weekend there are countless discarded beer bottles left lying around Long Bay. I struggle to find printable expletives to describe the apes that leave their bottles lying around in the reserve, on the beach, and even smashed on the rocks. I understand the maximum fine for discarding glass in public places is several thousand dollars -- isn t it time this was actually policed? Surely the costs of doing so would quickly be covered by fines. At the very least, a prominent sign should be put up at the entrance to Long Bay highlighting the fines for leaving behind rubbish and glass -- with a free number to call so that people can dob in these losers. Of course, the most satisfying justice is poetic, so we can only hope that one day the culprits get their own feet sliced open by a broken bottle left by some drooling moron just like them. Peter Bull Torbay Te reo Pat Booth is on the right track regarding te reo, but as an archaeologist I am aware that language was never considered a taonga (treasure) by anyone who signed the treaty. The taonga valued by the signatories included ornaments and weapons -- including European ones -- slaves, tribal territories, waka and their accoutrements. Much of what is pushed on us as Maori culture is a product of committees of Wellington suits. If a pre- contact Maori heard someone speaking te reo he would think it a foreign language. It doesn t even follow the pattern of Polynesian languages. As for waiata and karakia, they are Pakeha rubbish pure and simple. Fake culture, often using an imported conch shell as a noisemaker. Conches don t live within 1000 kilometres of New Zealand. We all know that Aotearoa is a name thought up by romantically-inclined Pakeha in the early 20th century. Te Rauparaha used Ra iate a Nu i; there s no evidence any Maori before him ever thought of the islands as a nation. Terry Marsh Beachhaven Distraction The front page (NST, November 25) picturing a priest grieving at the theft of a bone from a saint begs a response from a biblical perspective. The elevation of certain holy people, down through the ages, to positions of sainthood, beatification etc, has no scriptural warrant whatsoever, and to believe there is some mystical power or benefit in a relic is a bridge too far, and, I believe, an unhelpful distraction for any person genuinely seeking spiritual answers. Perhaps there is symbolism in the church s loss. David Fraser Waiake Unspoilt Tony Tolich s letter, Peoples voice, ) makes good points which need to be voiced. It is true that the Takapuna Business Association are only a small group with a loud voice, and in my view I suspect the majority of Takapuna residents would not be pushing for a ferry wharf and other schemes that retailers often attempt to promote to make the area more commercial. We love our relatively unspoilt beachscape as it is. Too much development will destroy it s appeal. The lovely thing about Takapuna beach has been it s natural understated non- commercial charm. Families, exercisers and sports people enjoy the simplicity of the beach as it is.We must be vigilant to protect it against exploitation. Pam Batley Takapuna Outrageous Giving the Maori people control of over 20,000km of our coast and seabeds worth billions is outrageous. It has never been a treaty issue, most New Zealanders oppose this bill, yet John Key seems intent to bring it in to grab Maori votes. The word is the government is going to push through the Marine and Coastal Area Bill before the Christmas break (when the public are totally distracted). Carefully couched in the language of political spin and half-truths -- giving them back what is rightfully theirs , and nothing much will change -- a large proportion of the public and the media have been duped into thinking that the bill is nothing to worry about. But those of us who have been following the issue have seen the deceitful strategy employed by the Maori and National parties. This bill is outrageous. The government has no mandate from the people -- taxpayers have the right to a general referendum on such a significant law change. Write to John Key and tell him to scrap the bill and save our children s heritage. Denis Shuker Stanmore Bay Pupils turn problem solvers for schools Great achievement: Torbay School pupils Inez Porter, left, and Savannah Schreuder, both 10, with a model of an outdoor stage and reading hut they helped design. Photo: BEN WATSON By MICHELLE ROBINSON Primary pupils have taken it upon themselves to design solutions to some of their school s greatest concerns. Pupils at Torbay and Glenfield Primary Schools have earned themselves a Tran- spower Neighbourhood Engineer Award for their research and design skills. Glenfield Primary is seeking funds to upgrade its pool facilities after disturbing findings from pupils research. A team of year five and six students were con- cerned about the state of the pool, the burns prop- erty manager Colin Chester got on his hands from chlorine spills, and the fact that nothing grew around the chlorine solution shed. With the help of com- munity mentors, they tested the soil, visited other school pools, drew up plans and presented their findings to the Glenfield Primary board of trustees. A professional geote- chnical report confirmed the need to upgrade filters, pumps, shed walls and changing facilities. Meanwhile, years five and six students at Torbay School are look- ing forward to their out- door stage and reading hut being built in the new year. The project was way harder than we expected, 10-year-old Inez Porter says. We took all year to draw up plans. Students surveyed teachers and pupils to find out what was needed in the area, with a stage and quiet place for reading proving most popular. They presented their findings and presented it to the school s board of trustees who gave the go- ahead for the project to be designed. Under the guidance of mentors in the com- munity, including a year 13 Long Bay College student, pupils set about designing and sourcing resources for their proj- ect. It s been a huge learn- ing curve for us too, about the land s gradient and drainage issues, associate principal Glenys Harwood says. It s a meaningful proj- ect that they can see to fruition. Each school received $1000 towards their proj- ect. Torbay School also raised at least $12,000 at its gala. Hard luck migrants to get special treat By JODEAL CADACIO ' It's our way of giving a special treat to people who are new to the country, who had a tough year and who have no one to enjoy Christmas with. ' Gayle van Hoffen Organiser New migrants and those who have had a tough year are getting a Christmas pampering from Windsor Park Baptist Church. The church on 550 East Coast Rd is hosting the Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day. It s our way of giving a special treat to people who are new to the country, who had a tough year and who have no one to enjoy Christmas with, organiser Gayle van Hoffen says. She says many new migrants don t feel con- nected yet with their new home and it impacts on their having an enjoy- able and meaningful cel- ebration of Christmas. We want to make them feel at home and by coming to our Christmas lunch we hope to make the difference for them, she says. Ms van Hoffen says they would also want to cater for people who have been through a tough year -- those whose families have split and who ve been made redun- dant. She says senior citizens who feel lonely during the holidays are also welcome. What we re having is not like in a soup kitchen, it s more like being in a home where they relax and sit on the table while we provide food and entertainment for them so they would feel special, she says. The event is free but people are encouraged to register. Call 477-0002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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