North Shore Times : December 14th 2010
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 14, 2010 NEWS ENROL NOW Ph: 478 6333 3167796AI Drybuild will • Find the source of the problem • Show the extent of any damage • Provide full diagnostic report where necessary Call Bryce 021 892 056 www.drybuild.co.nz What YOU see What WE see (Dark patches indicate moisture from leaking butynol roof above) Address maintenance issues and especially signs of dampness and leaks Bryce Hall Thermographer WE GUARANTEE OUR SERVICE 0800 211 777 - firstname.lastname@example.org PROBLEMS + ACTION = SAVINGS!! 3243198AA THE of the Contact TriWoman Triathlons Pt Chevalier Sunday 23rd January Narrow Neck Saturday 5th March Pt Chevalier Saturday 9th April www.tri.co.nz $1m spent on new offices By LIZ WILLIS NEARLY $1 million is being spent on offices for North Shore s new local boards. Ironically, the spending includes turning former Shore mayor Andrew Wil- liams office into space for a man he often saw as his pol- itical enemy. Former Shore councillor Chris Darby, newly elected Devonport-Takapuna Local Board chairman, will move into the office. Mr Darby was a frequent target for stinging criticism from Mr Williams for his opposition to key so-called A-team decisions led by the mayor. Supporters see this move into the former mayoral office as poetic justice . Decisions on spending and renovations were made by the former Auckland Transition Authority that led work to create the supercity. Auck- land Council was not involved. Spending for the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board office is excessive, board chairwoman Julia Parfitt says. It s unnecessary, extrava- gant spending at a time when people can afford it the least. Air-conditioning and new furniture and carpet weren t needed, she says. Limited consultation with the former council and none with community groups resulted in poor decision making, she says. Mrs Parfitt says the existing first floor space seemed adequate as local board offices. It is more accessible for the public, she says. But the board offices will be on the renovated second floor of the former East Coast Bays area office in Browns Bay. This forced out the 20-year- old community centre co- ordinated by Sally Cargill of East Coast Bays Community Project. Initially they were given a month s notice but after lob- bying Auckland Council politicians, space is being created on the first floor. Mrs Cargill says the Auck- land Transition Agency was unaware that 40 community groups would have been homeless if they d been forced to move. We have bookings through to the end of next year. It caused insane stress and was so completely unnecessary if someone had come out here first. Auckland Council says the offices will be used by staff, councillors, local board members and in some cases community groups. Existing council buildings will house 17 of the 21 local board offices in Auckland. Nitrous guitarists run hot at Battle of the Bands Rocking out: Cody Wilcox, left, won best guitarist, and Wil Goodinson, best bass player at the Intermediate Schools Battle of the Bands. Photo: BEN WATSON By MICHELLE ROBINSON Two of Auckland s top young guitarists hail from Murrays Bay Intermediate. Cody Wilcox and Wil Goodinson are all smiles after taking out the Auckland s best guitarist, and best bass player respectively at the Intermediate Schools Battle of the Bands final at the Bruce Mason Centre last month. The year 8 Murrays Bay Intermediate pupils and their five Nitrous band members practise most nights and on weekends under the guidance of teacher Lee McClymont. It was Wil s second time beating about 80 others to take out best bass player. Nitrous was also placed second for two of its songs in the originals category. In the Line of Fire and No Fear will feature in their debut album. The funk rock band members describe their sound as similar to that of Velvet Revolver. They ve got their own sound, they ve all got differ- ent tastes. Some songs are quiet and melodic, some are rocky, some are funky, Mr McClymont says. But the boys say they will have more of a hand in writing for the next album. The girls write the lyrics so a lot are about love, I guess and breaking their hearts, Wil says. But for now they are obvi- ously doing something right. Cody won $100 with his award and Wil received another scholarship to the Rock Camp of New Zealand which is sponsored by the Auckland School of Rock. Wil will join others in song writing, performing and rocking out , he says. Murrays Bay Intermediate did well overall at this year s competition, with five bands making it to finals including Up in Smoke which placed third, Mr McClymont says. So impressed is he, particu- larly with Nitrous which he mentored for two years, that he will continue to coach members as they move on to high school. Nitrous next projects will be making it in the Smokef- ree Rockquest, playing gigs and working towards another album. Visit www.nitrous.co.nz to follow their progress. Gotowww. northshoretimes. co.nz to watch Nitrous perform at the Battle of the Bands heats. THE COST Estimated spending on local board offices: Upper Harbour, leased space in Albany village, total $318,567. Construction $278,317, fixtures, furniture equipment $27,750, IT $12,500, lease $62,651 a year. Kaipatiki, council-owned former Glenfield Area Office, $268,997. Construction, $233,488, fixtures, furniture equipment $23,009, IT $12,500. Devonport-Takapuna, former NSCC headquarters, $58,119. Construction, $34,839, fixtures, furniture equipment $15,780, IT $7500, lease cost unknown as part of the overall lease for 1 The Strand. Hibiscus & Bays, council- owned former Browns Bay Area Office, $261,603. Construction $223,987, fixtures, furniture equipment $25,116, IT $12,500.
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