North Shore Times : December 9th 2010
4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS OPEN 7 DAYS 10AM-4PM 60 Constellation Drive. Opens 13 December. Westpac New Zealand Limited WCH0091_preopening_NST Banking on the Shore is about to get even easier. W Cash Exchange machines in our 24/7 banking lobby, and a handy drive through ATM, Westpac North Harbour will make your banking quicker and easier. And of course, you'll enjoy great personal service from our friendly local staff. Check out our virtual tour at www.westpac.co.nz/northharbour by and a handy drive through With Smart Deposit and Our newest branch will make sense for small businesses. cents a sense We have another exciting Christmas tour this year, with a few seats still available The tour will be visiting Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty Region, It will be running from December 24 - 28, 2010 This is an all inclusive tour, and has Home Pick up and drop offs available. Relax and enjoy Christmas with us, while making some new Friends South Island - May 2011 Experience the splendour of New Zealand The tour covers all of the South Island, and 4 nights in the North Island, It will be running from Auckland to Auckland -May 2-20, 2011 This is an all inclusive tour, and has Home Pick up and drop offs available. Relax and enjoy New Zealand with us, you will love it... Download the tour details from our website now www.bayescoachlines.co.nz Or contact us now for a copy of the itinerary and booking form, Ph 09 42 65504 e-mail -email@example.com Bayes Tours Christmas - Tauranga 2010 3353344AA 86 Calliope Road, Devonport ..the old Butchers Shop Ph: 09 445 3356 MON-FRI: 10am - 5pm SAT:10am - 4pm Safety forum listens to concerns At the inaugural meeting of Auckland Council s Community Safety Forum last week, we debated many serious issues affecting Auck- landers. Our forum includes councillors from across the region, including the newly-appointed deputy chairman Calum Penrose, the former mayor of Papakura. It is a pleasure to work alongside Calum, Ann Hartley and the other forum members includ- ing Sir John Walker from Manukau and deputy mayor Penny Hulse from Waitakere. I have spent a lot of time getting to know my fellow councillors and the issues facing other parts of the region. I accompanied mayor Len Brown to a meeting at Otahuhu College last month. The 120 members of the audience were prob- ably surprised to see me, a boy from the Shore, in their neck of the woods. With my eyes and ears wide open, I learned much about the current challenges and concerns facing our fellow Auck- landers. As a 32-year veteran of the police, I have seen many incidents that few would ever encounter in their lifetime. I hope the forum I lead will make a positive dif- ference in people s lives as we work alongside local boards, police and social agencies to address the issues -- from street prostitution to drug and alcohol abuse. It was alcohol and specifically what our new council will have to say on the Alcohol Reform Bill currently being con- sidered by Parliament s Justice and Electoral Committee that sparked most debate at last week s forum. It is estimated that the annual cost to New Zea- land of the harm caused by alcohol is a staggering $1.4 billion, with a toll of more than a thousand lives lost. These are appalling statistics and the time has come to take a hard look at strategies to reduce the harm. I applaud the government for its draft legislation and my fellow councillors were supportive of the general thrust of the proposed law changes. I will keep you updated through this column as we finalise our submission and present it to parliament s select committee early next year. On the home front, I was deeply saddened by the drowning of 17-year- old Raphael Alualu in Quarry Lake last week. This needless death was a horrible reminder of the dangers of dare- devil diving. The prompt and pro- fessional actions of police and council staff impressed me when I went to the shores of Lake Pupuke last Wednesday morning. On a happier note, I am constantly reminded how fortunate we are to live on the North Shore. With my fellow North Shore ward councillor Ann Hartley and our local boards, I will work hard to ensure that our high standards are not lost and that every rate dollar is well spent in protecting our environ- ment and the lifestyles we treasure. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season, and a prosperous 2011. George Wood leads the new Community Safety Forum. It is part of the Regional Development and Operations Committee chaired by fellow Shore ward councillor Ann Hartley. Link to Kumeu By JODEAL CADACIO A new and faster way to get to Kumeu from the North Shore is set to open on Monday. The New Zealand Transport Agency says the new round- about at the inter- section of Brigham Creek Rd and the northwestern motorway will mean safer journeys for motorists. The roundabout is part of the $220 million project to complete the north- ern link for the western ring route. It includes the 3km, four-lane ex- tension of the north- western motorway from Hobsonville Rd to Brigham Creek Rd in Whenuapai and the 6km four-lane Hobsonville devi- ation project linking the new Upper Har- bour and northwest- ern motorways. State highways manager Tommy Parker says the roundabout is the first to open as part of the transport agency s project to help reduce crashes in the area. Visit www. nzta.govt.nz/ hobsonville or call 0800-520-202 for more details about the project.
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