North Shore Times : January 18th 2011
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Tuesday, January 18, 2011 323753AE PERSONAL HEALTH AND FITNESS CENTRES MILFORD (Just Women) Everyone makes health resolutions.... we'll help you keep yours in 2011! WIN A GYM MEMBERSHIP! ENTER ONLINE! Join us for our dedicated personal approach, easy to follow picture based programs and plenty of variety in your workouts. Plus enjoy multi club use and classes in Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Indoor Cycling, Power, Boxing and more... Get started today for a great 2011. 0508JustWorkout (0508 587 896) www.justworkout.co.nz Trucking company fined for excessive noise By MICHELLE ROBINSON A backyard trucking business has been fined $18,000 for breaching noise regulations. Lal s Transport Ltd copped the hefty fine for ongoing, deliberate breaches of district plan rules under the former North Shore City Coun- cil.The council received complaints from the company s neighbours on suburban Totaravale Ave in Sunnynook dating back to 2004. We are delighted at the outcome and hope that it serves as a good example for other people battling noisy and disruptive neighbours, Auckland Council resource consents manager Heather Harris says. The company s owners lived in a property at the end of a cul-de-sac and owned a neighbouring property. Up to four large trucks and other smaller vehicles were stored on and around the area, making the street appear more like a trucking depot. Lal s Transport was charged with breaching the home occupation rules of the district plan, the maxi- mum penalty of which is a $600,000 fine plus a further $10,000 a day fine for a continuing offence. Several abatement notices and infringement fines were issued and as a result the problems would dis- sipate for a time and gradually worsen. Environment Court Judge Melanie Harland says in her decision that the offending had a significant effect on other residents amenity values . She says there were many attempts to try to resolve the prob- lem short of prosecution and that offending continued after the mat- ter was laid before the court. She convicted and fined Lal s Transport $18,000 plus court costs and solicitors fees. All but small scale businesses are excluded from residential zones under the district plan. Contact the Auckland Council planning helpdesk on 301-0101 for information about the rules affecting business use of residential properties. Pay rise for MPs gluttony' By LIZ WILLIS It's greedy: Percy Allison from Poverty Action Coalition says MPs shouldn't get big wage rises. Photo: BEN WATSON ' They don't need that kind of money when beneficiaries have to survive on their meagre benefit. ' -- Percy Allison A NORTH SHORE solo mum and her kids sat down to mashed spuds for Christmas dinner a few days after MPs were given a healthy pay rise. Poverty Action Coalition spokesman Percy Allison is appalled MPs received an increase at a time when some beneficiaries faced a bleak Christmas. It s pretty rude when you know there are so many people in need. A lot of people are too proud to talk about their situations, he says. Just before Christmas, the Remuneration Authority, the independent body that sets politicians pay, confirmed a 1.4 percent increase for their backdated to July and a one- off $2000 payment to cover the reduced use of MPs travel subsidy. The rise boosts Prime Min- ister John Key s salary to $400,500 and a backbencher s to $134,800. A further lump sum is also expected early this year after the travel perk was scrapped. Mr Allison, 83, describes the increase as pretty rude . To me it s gluttony, he says. They don t need that kind of money when beneficiaries have to survive on their meagre benefit. He was cooking Christmas dinner at his Glenfield home when he heard of a North Shore solo mum s plight from her elderly neighbour. Mr Allison was compelled to help, even though it was Christmas Day, when he heard the family could only afford mashed spuds for their meal. It s something you couldn t walk away from, it would be irresponsible. He gathered basic food items and went to her home. Mr Allison says her fridge and cupboards were bare and she had no transport to travel with her three children to a foodbank. He arranged transport so she could visit a foodbank after Christmas and gave her advice about special grants available from Winz. Mr Allison has been a vol- untary community worker for 64 years and has been with Poverty Action, which helps beneficiaries, solo mums and the unemployed, since it formed 20 years ago. His childhood, as one of 10 kids reared by a solo mum during the Depression years, led him to a life of helping others. My experience was hard- ship, not poverty -- we didn t starve because mum was a good organiser. That led me into a position of understanding people s plights and wanting to help them.
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