North Shore Times : January 13th 2011
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 13, 2011 NEWS Auckland City 71 Dominion Rd 09 623 4511 Silverdale 20 Silverdale Rd 09 426 8913 Takapuna 13 Hurstmere Rd 09 489 2495 NEW RESORTWEAR/BEACHWEAR & SUMMER DRESSES NEW RESORT WEAR/BEACHWEAR NEW SEASON SWIMWEAR HAS ARRIVED!!! One Pieces .......................... sizes 8-24 Tankinis ............................... sizes 8-22 Bikinis ...................................sizes 8-18 Oborns Building Birkenhead Village We hope you enjoyed the Village Festive Programme. We would love to hear from you at email@example.com Thank you for your loyal local custom in 2010. We look forward to serving you again in Birkenhead Village in 2011. For our festive season retail and dining hours, and free entertainment gig guide please see www.birkenhead.net.nz Enjoy your family & friends this holiday break 3325878AE Community groups step in to fill shortfall By MICHELLE ROBINSON Businesses are donating less to charity but individuals and community groups are stepping up to help. With companies we re not getting nearly as much as we used to, Salvation Army North Shore Community Ministries manager Dee McColl says. But the community s con- science is big. People have been walking into the Sallies Glenfield based office with bags of groceries which are much needed after a number of companies had to reduce their donations, she says. There were also many toys and goodies left under the North Shore Times Christmas tree for families with little to give at the fes- tive season. We do have an amazing relationship with people, they come through for us, Mrs McColl says. Over the last six months our companies that donate money have given less, she says. But the need doesn t seem to have gone away. The Glenfield-based Ben- eficiaries Advocacy and Infor- mation Service has had an increase in clients in the last year, requiring another clinic to be set up in Orewa. The free service helps people receive the financial support that they are entitled to. Some of the 3000 clients helped in the last year were migrants, refugees or mental health patients. The service is encouraging people to donate to charities through payroll giving where the amount automatically comes off the employee s pay- check and they receive an immediate tax credit for their donation. Contact the IRD or visit its website for more details on payroll giving. Yellow lines mystery By SARAH CODDINGTON No parking: Frieston Rd resident Derek Barratt-Boyes is one of many people who want to see a new no-parking zone removed from their street. Photo: SARAH CODDINGTON MYSTERIOUS yellow no- parking lines have been popping up in Milford literally overnight. A petition is circulating oppos- ing the no parking lines outside a house at the end of Frieston Rd.The street in the heart of Mil- ford already has limited parking with one side being a permanent no-parking zone. Residents with properties near the end of the street have signed a petition opposing the new no- parking lines that have caused the loss of two carparks. Petition organiser Derek Barratt-Boyes says there is already very limited parking on the street and it makes it diffi- cult for visitors to find parking. The sudden appearance of road markings isn t a new phenomenon on the Shore. Two years ago, former All Black Gary Whetton, who lives on Minnehaha Ave, complained to the North Shore City Council about no-parking lines that appeared across from his prop- erty. Takapuna-Devonport Local Board deputy chairman member Kevin Schwass says the council found no record as to why the lines had been put there and they were removed. Mr Barratt-Boyes says the new road markings on Frieston Rd were considered by the for- mer North Shore City Council but as far as he knows no decision was made. Takapuna-Devonport Local Board member Mike Cohen says there must be some record of the decision unless someone had bought some yellow paint and painted it out in the middle of the night . The board will investigate. Case unlikely to affect rates A failed court case over North Shore leaky homes doesn t set a new precedent and is unlikely to impact on rates, says Auckland Council. In a test case, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of owners of leaky homes and rejected an appeal by the former North Shore City Council over its irresponsi- bility. Contrary to the council s arguments, the court said it owed a duty of care to owners in large scale developments. It also confirmed the onus was on the coun- cil to ensure the build- ings complied with the building code, but the council s inspector had failed to notice and respond to defici- encies. The 12-unit Byron Ave apartments in Takapuna and the 21-unit Sunset Terraces in Mairangi Bay suffered badly from leaks and the owners had long battles through the courts. Auckland council- lors will be briefed on leaky homes issues in February. Auckland Council chief executive Doug McKay says the Supreme Court judge- ment reaffirmed cur- rent case law. Whilst we still do not know the full extent of all leaky homes claims, there is unlikely to be any immediate impact on rates. The old councils, and subsequently the Auckland Transition Agency, made pro- vision for leaky homes liabilities in our long term planning." Mr McKay says leaky homes have been a tragedy for many homeowners but the government s financial assistance package is expected to be available this year. The government will meet 25 percent of eligible homeowners agreed repair costs on receipt of work done, with local councils contributing 25 per cent and homeowners funding the remaining 50 percent, backed by a loan guarantee. Auckland Council is promoting this option to leaky home owners saying legal action is expensive and time consuming. But some lawyers say its worthwhile for those with big repair bills to go to court. Visit www.dbh.govt.nz or phone 0800-116-926 for more information for leaky home owners.
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