North Shore Times : January 18th 2011
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Departing June -- August 2011 FLY FREE* Just pay $400 Air Taxes per person* House of Travel Devonport Phone: 445 4211 55 Victoria Road, Devonport Email firstname.lastname@example.org House of Travel Milford Phone: 486 2549 172 Kitchener Road, Milford Email email@example.com Makeover approved for park By SARAH CODDINGTON ' It is a nice space and should be used. It is a pleasant area but they have got it wrong. ' Maurice Norton HURSTMERE GREEN is set to have a $2.7 million makeover. Resource consent was granted to a plan involving opening up the reserve, installing a stage and additional seats to make it the civic heart and entertain- ment centre for Takapuna. Initially, the proposal included removal of 30 trees and 53 palms, small tree and shrubs. Auckland Council commissioners refused con- sent to removing all of the trees. About 35 trees are being retained or relocated. It was ruled the removal of the trees would have adverse effects on the coastal and amenity values of the area. Environment Takapuna is lodging an appeal to the Environment Court against the decision and the design. Member and retired lawyer Maurice Norton says the design plans have stayed the same, despite the trees being retained. The view has shifted and the design needs change to fit with the environment, Mr Norton says. Environment Takapuna would also like to see more grass areas instead of con- crete areas. It is a nice space and should be used. It is a pleas- ant area but they have got it wrong, Mr Norton says. Devonport-Takapuna Local Board member Jan O Connor also objected to the removal of trees and the plan to build a 115-sq metre deck by the ASB building. The stage does not fall under the management plan, but the council have ruled out the plan saying it is an old plan, she says. Mrs O Connor would like to see a re-design of the plan and the stage to be re-located. The Takapuna Residents Association called for the application to be declined. Chairman Donald Bidwell says the proposal is an unnecessary and wasteful use of community funds. Takapuna Beach Business Association general manager Peter White says it will pro- vide the town centre with a civic heart.Matt Kemp seeks North Shore selection In the running: Matt Kemp wants to be National's North Shore candidate. A 31-year-old former National elec- torate chairman is the first person to seek selection as the party s North Shore candidate in place of retiring MP Wayne Mapp. The position is expected to be hotly contested because it is a safe high-profile National seat. North Shore National Party s immediate past electorate chairman Matt Kemp is the first to put his hand up publicly for selection. Mr Kemp is a Bayswater resident and says he s been encouraged to put his name forward by many members and former officials of the North Shore National Party. They have been kind enough to say that I have the potential, based on my strong personal ties with the North Shore and service to the party, to follow in the footsteps of Dean Eyre, George Gair and Wayne Mapp, all of whom have served with profound distinction as MP for our electorate. Mr Kemp is the fourth generation of his family to live on the Shore. I am well aware of the history and lifestyle of our unique part of New Zealand, and the need to do whatever is necessary at a political level to maintain our North Shore values and traditions, he says. A timetable for the selection pro- cess will be set early this year. Broken glass ruins day out Glass in the grass: Gary Watson, with son Isaiah Nonu-Reay, was shocked to find broken bottles in the play area at Marlborough Park. Photo: MICHELLE ROBINSON By MICHELLE ROBINSON A family trip to Marlborough Park has been tarnished by broken glass in the area where children play. Gary Watson of Birkenhead was shocked to find youth drinking, empty beer boxes and broken glass while he was at the park with his young children early on a Sunday afternoon. It is appalling that our young children should be subjected to this in a liquor ban area. Luckily his one-year-old son Isaiah and six-year-old daughter Leatu didn t get hurt as they ran around in bare feet. We shoved their shoes on as soon as we found it. He says it s not unusual to find people drinking in the holidays but he s never noticed so much litter before. I d like to see regular drive-bys to monitor alcohol consumption and a regular monitoring system. Hope- fully the youth will be a bit more accountable. We don t want to see these little guysinA&E. He says he left a message with the Auckland Council who promised to contact him within three days, but on the following Thursday there was still glass and cans on the ground. I feel for the council staff because they ve got a hell of a job to do, Mr Watson says. He says the park is a favourite place for families because of the play facilities for young children and the skate and basketball area is popular with teenagers. This year will see the start of a Kaipatiki Policing Project involving a sergeant and five constables to work with the Birkdale and Beach Haven community to identify problems and find solutions in the area. Senior sergeant Mark Fergus says the one-year trial project will be similar to the community policing project in Northcote central.
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