North Shore Times : December 3rd 2010
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 3, 2010 NEWS International Qualifcations available www.collegeofcamille.co.nz Enrol now for January 3297869AB Toddler left all alone in childcare A NORTH Shore childcare centre supervisor has been stood down after a distraught two-year-old girl was left behind alone at the centre for nearly two hours while staff and children went on a picnic. The toddler was left behind at the Ta Fesilafai Aoga Amata childcare centre in Beach Haven on Friday. It was only after the toddler s mother arrived at the picnic spot in west Auckland that it was dis- covered the child was missing. Police, the Education Ministry and the childcare centre are all investigating the incident. The girl s parents didn t want to speak to media. A relative of the mother and a relative of one of the childcare workers smashed open a window at the centre and found the distraught girl. The childcare centre licensee, Sonny Vagana met with staff to try to find out what happened. He has spoken to the girl s mother, who had complained to police, and was keeping her informed about the centre s investi- gation. "Everyone s pretty distraught about it, especially the staff." Mr Vagana said the supervisor in charge had taken it the worst but he was not making excuses for what happened. "It s unacceptable, it should never have happened." The centre already had robust procedures in place to deal with out- ings by the children but would implement any changes suggested to prevent similar incidents happening. "We ve let the parents down and we re all disappointed." Bruce Adin, Education Ministry northern regional manager of early childhood and regional education, said the ministry was notified and staff visited the centre in response to a complaint from the toddler s parent. Mr Adin said the centre was gen- erally well managed. Market calls it a day after 30 years Dianne Armstrong By JODEAL CADACIO The Browns Bay Craft Market is calling it quits after 30 years. Market organiser Dianne Armstrong says they can no longer afford the rent charged by the Auckland Council-run East Coast Bays Leisure Centre on Bute Rd, the market s home for the past three decades. We re shutting it down and December 18 will be our last, she says. She says their booking fee has increased three times over the past five years. We paid $1010 for the December 18 craft show. By next year it will go up to $1035. It s expensive and it s something we can no longer afford, Mrs Arm- strong says. She says 40 to 60 stall holders and charity groups benefit from the market. Heather Tubb, who has run the market for 20 years, is gutted by the prospect of the market closing down. It s the biggest craft market on the Shore and the community just loved it, she says. Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt says it s disappointing to see the market close because of the fee rise. I ve been there and you can t find anything like it anywhere else, she says Council parks, sports and recreation manager Ian Maxwell says the $25 increase covers the 2.5 percent rise in GST that took effect on Octo- ber 1. He says Mrs Arm- strong is a private hirer who charges stall holders and runs catering for which she charges.
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