North Shore Times : January 20th 2011
6 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 20, 2011 NEWS SHOE SALE ALL IMPORTED Remuera 524 9355 Takapuna 489 7471 3421190AA CASUALS $125.00 to $399.50 DRESS SHOES $225.00 to $395.00 Listen up 17 -- 24 years old (Must have left School) Radical 10 day live-in Flatting / University experience Get equipped for your BEST CAREER and INDEPENDENT LIFE! Learn to COOK, manage TIME, handle MONEY, CV, PRESENTATION / PEOPLE SKILLS ...much more plus loads of FUN!! Next programmes held in Albany: Feb9th--19th&Mar16th--26th For more info: Yvonne Ph 413 9777 Txt 027 249 5444 www.miomo.co.nz 3429448AA ACC FALLS PREVENTION FREE BEGINNER TAI CHI CLASSES Reduce the risk of falls and experience the benefits of Tai Chi For 65 year olds and over (55 years for Maori and Pacific). Pre-registration necessary! For class details or to register, please contact Harbour Sport on (09) 415 4648 or email@example.com 3415205AA Takapuna St Peters Church Hall 11 Killarney St Thurs: 9.30-10.30am Torbay Torbay Community Hall Beach Rd Wed: 9.00-10.00am Sunnynook Sunnynook Scout Den, Sunnynook Rd Tues: 11-12noon Milford Milford Senior Citizen 141a Kitchener Rd Tues: 1pm-2pm Glenfield Glenfield Community Hall Bentley Ave Mon: 1-2pm Classes start week beginning Monday 7th February 3342964AB Poisoned gum trees a mystery By MICHELLE ROBINSON Mystery deaths: Beach Haven resident Colin O'Brien is concerned that someone has been poisoning trees at Shepherds Park. Photo: MICHELLE ROBINSON ' Everybody down at the park is livid but don't know who's doing it. ' Resident Colin O'Brien A mystery poisoner has been targeting gum trees in Shepherds Park. Eucalyptus grandis trees throughout the park are dying after being drilled and poisoned. Everybody down at the park is livid but don t know who s doing it. Some have been felled because they re dangerous, resident Colin O Brien says. It s a crafty trick, poison- ing them, waiting six months and chopping them down. Auckland Council is moni- toring and investigating the situation. Mr O Brien says it s not known what poison was used. He says park users, especially children and dogs, are being put at risk. To make matters worse, most of the warning signs he put up have been removed. Shepherds Park manage- ment committee chairman Victor Bond says he removed signs that had been placed on healthy trees, and that some of the trees had been dying for years. He says he doesn t know anything about the poisoning. These gums are beautiful but also extremely dangerous indeed. They shed branches anytime without warning and should not be in a public park. Some of the branches land on the neighbouring Beach Haven Bowling Club and members have complained about it. Mr Bond says previously some trees were poisoned by a council contractor. I objected because they re just as dangerous dead or alive. Some members of the man- agement committee don t like the non-native trees, and others do, he says. Some of the trees are up to 70 years old, he says. They were gifted as a wind-break for when the area was an orchard, they provide beautiful shade. Council parks manager Ian Maxwell says they are category D notable trees of local significance and con- sidered community assets valued ahead of most land development proposals. Smokers quit habit Waitemata District Health Board is support- ing those wanting to stick to their new year goal of quitting smoking. More than 5000 Wai- temata residents called Quitline for help to stop smoking in the last financial year. This was the second highest in the country. Board smokefree co- ordinator Leanne Kirton says most smokers want to quit but just need a helping hand. It could be that they need someone who will help motivate them to remain smokefree, or it could take the form of subsidised medication that will help keep those cravings at bay. Cigarette and loose tobacco prices have risen 10 percent this year as part of the second of three scheduled tobacco tax increases. Ms Kirton says this is an added incentive to give up smoking. An eight-week supply of patches, gum or lozenges are available for $3 from GPs or agencies like Quitline. For help to quit smoking people can contact Quitline on 0800-778-778 or their local GP for advice on other agencies. CONTACT US: Call us on 489-4189 with your news stories.
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