North Shore Times : December 16th 2010
7 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 16, 2010 NEWS 6 GREAT SOUTH RD, TAKANINI * SUMMER ROSES Bush & Climbers...$20 * Stunning POTTED COLOURS only $1 * ENGLISH RHODODENDRONS only $20 * Grow your own PEANUTS.............$5 Iceberg Std Rose .................. $29 Griselinia hedge .........$2, $5, $10 Tropical Hibiscus ....$10, $14, $17 Rhubarbs ..................$5, $9, $10 Veges & Flower seedlings .... $1, $3 Queen Palm...............$5, $9, $19 Basil, Cucumber, Capsicum, Chilli, Courgette, Melons, Kumi kumi .. $2 Tropical Palms from ................. $5 Kumara Red (bundle of 25s) ..... $5 Strawberries................$3, $4, $7 Chunky Scented Gardenias..$3, $8 Big & Chunky Tomatoes & Yellow Capsicum)................. $5 Olive J5 1.2m - 1.4m only ........ $5 NSW Waratahs, Protea, Leucadendron from ............... $14 Huge Ranges of Big Trees from2m,4m&6m Tomatoes ..............$1, $2, $3, $8 Magnolia Little Gem .2m+ only .................................... $50 Deciduous: Maples, Magnolia Gleditsia, Crabapple etc Yucca Elephanttipes$9 ($10 Canes) HYDRANGEA Colours ..$4,$13,$17 We will provide wholesale quotes for large jobs On Great South Road 200m north of the Takanini motorway junction. 8am-5pm 7 days We Deliver Throughout Auckland 09 264 0671 THE PLANT MARKET 3257303AC CREATIVITY CENTRE Come and play at the free Creativity Centre. Kids aged 4-10 can join us for an hour of fun activities while parents enjoy more time to shop. C t S ice for m ore details Friday 17 - Thursday 23 Dec 10am - 2pm 4 WES0804/20x4 westfield.co.nz/shore r city A hands-on tall ship sailing experience is the perfect gift for the person who has everything! Spirit of New Zealand January Sailings HALF DAY SAILINGS Fri 7th Jan - 9am-12pm / 1pm-4pm Mon 17th Jan - 9am-12pm Adult $55 Child $45 Family $190 (2x adult & 2x child) ANNIVERSARY DAY REGATTA Mon 31 Jan Adult $155 (incl. lunch & racing) For bookings & further details call 09 373 2060 www.spiritofadventure.org.nz Share some Christmas Spirit Pool work under fire By SARAH CODDINGTON More than 100 sig- natures have been col- lected from North Shore Leisure Takapuna users expressing their disap- pointment with reno- vations at the centre. Petition organiser Viv- ian Ying says she col- lected the signatures over two days. The aquatic centre on Killarney St was subject of criticism from regular users for its poor con- dition and lack of main- tenance before the makeover took place. Members wrote to the North Shore Times about the bathrooms having black mould on the grouting and filthy tiles and floors. In response North Shore City Council did a $350,000 makeover on the facility. The centre was closed for six weeks to complete the upgrade. Auckland Council spokeswoman Jo Davidson says the work was carried out before the formation of the new council. It focused on creating an improved and more secure public arrival area, she says. Ms Ying says the money for upgrades was used for offices and the staff s benefit. The North Shore Times could not get hold of the centre s manager for comment. Ms Ying says the new spa pool can only fit four to five people and the old one used to fit more than 10 people. Senior members also have difficultly accessing the new pool, she says. Most people loved coming to the old thera- peutic pool because of its spaciousness and the strong jets which helped ease soreness, says Ms Ying. Other issues that have arisen with the ren- ovations are the soap dispensers being re- moved from showers and showers removed from outside the saunas, she says. Ms Ying says she stood in the entrance of the facility gathering sig- natures for the petition and was asked to leave the premises. Ms Davidson says the council values the feedback and she would like to meet with Ms Ying to understand her concerns. Devonport-Takapuna Local Board chairman Chris Darby was un- aware of the petition and encourages organisers to forward it to the board for discussion. Three Shore bands team up Local rockers: Luger Boa will perform at the Brownzy in Browns Bay on December 18. From left: Joe Mac, Sam Lockley, Jimmy Christmas, Ryan Thomas and Simon Nicholls. LISTINGS: Depot Artspace, Euclidean Art Group: Broken Perfect, until December 22 Northart Gallery, Northart Members' 12 x 12 Show, January 2-23 Flagstaff Gallery, A Summer Affair, until January 6 Artbeat will resume in the New Year There s something in the sub- urban waters according to Luger Boa frontman Jimmy Christmas that has North Shore bands making the big time. The Northcote resident says it s great to see lots of success- ful bands coming out of the North Shore like the Checks and The Earlybirds who both hail from Devonport. These things also build on themselves, he says. Musicians see that there are others out there making it and it all gains momentum, he says. His band Luger Boa will be performing with The Checks and The Earlybirds at the Brownzy on December 18. He says the three local bands decided to join forces for one last tour before Christmas. It s a unique opportunity to catch the bands as they cross paths, he says. Jimmy says they all have great profiles at the moment with albums either just out or coming out. I Am Giant will also be performing at the same venue on December 23. Bass player and Shore resi- dent Paul Matthews agrees there is a lot of emerging tal- ent from the Shore. I d put that down to New Zealand as a whole being a really, really supportive, cre- ative nation, he says. All four bands are also booked to play the Big Day Out in Auckland. Visit www.lugerboa.com for more information on Luger Boa.
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