North Shore Times : January 20th 2011
7 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 20, 2011 NEWS Best of Fresh for Less Normal trading hours Mon - Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm. All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin NST20/1 Greville Road, Albany Ph (09) 475 5271 174 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead Ph (09) 419 8006 Cnr Kitchener & Shakespeare Roads, Milford Ph (09) 489 8964 343 Albany Highway North Harbour Ph (09) 448 5569 White Peaches $4.49kg Fresh Apricots $3.99kg Fresh Spring Onions 99¢bunch Fresh Courgettes $1.69bag Bonita Bananas $1.99kg Large Watermelon $3.99ea Fresh Cherries $9.99box Large Fortune Plums $3.99kg 1kg 800g Wearing school shoes that fit properly will make a big difference to your child's feet now and in the future. Our exclusive range of formal school shoes is built with sports shoe technology for extra comfort and support. Caring for your kids feet Adela $129.95 Apex $129.95 Cluster Jnr $99.95 Exclusive Fitprint® System Let us fit you in the right pair of school shoes with the unique Fitprint® technology! Great range Expert advice ½ sizes & widths Perfect fit The Athletes Foot - Albany Shop S212B WestÝeld Albany, Civic Crescent Ph: (09) 447 1626 www.theathletesfoot.com.nz/#/albany Find us on Facebook SPECIAL OFFERS 3415998AB Landscaper's tips help attract birds Ways to attract birds into your garden will be presented by North Shore Forest and Bird Society The February 7 meeting is at 7.45pm in the Takapuna senior citizens room, near the back of the library. Karen Wealleans has been in the landscape industry for many years and will give examples of how to use native plants success- fully, even on small sites. She has a bachelor in horticul- ture science and a special interest for urban, native planting and revegetation. Supper will be provided after the meeting. Visit www.forest-bird.org.nz or call Alan Emmerson 473-2216 for more information. Victims of violence surveyed By SARAH CODDINGTON A survey has revealed the North Shore has a lower rate of family violence than other areas of Auckland. This may be because it is generally a higher socio- economic area, says researcher Chez Leggatt- Cook. North Shore residents who had experienced violence between couples in the past 12 months completed an anonymous survey conducted by domestic violence preven- tion group Shine. Participants were asked a range of questions relating to support services. More than half of the participants were New Zea- land European, followed by Maori. Out of the 19 respondents, one was male and most were between 26 to 55. Participants received sup- port from a range of areas including the police and their children s schools. Four of the participants used women refuge accommo- dation. The survey identified services that were desired by the participants but were unavailable. It is hoped the information gained from the survey will allow Shine to provide better assistance to family violence victims. This includes establishing a community outreach and education campaign and addressing gaps in services. Healthy idea or a pipe dream? No cost: Free pool entry may be expanded to all Auckland pools. By LIZ WILLIS Councillors for the North Shore have differing views on free swimming pool entry. Ann Hartley says free swimming pool entry for chil- dren would be great but the cost to ratepayers needs to be considered. But George Wood is already discounting the idea, saying it s a pipe dream . Mr Wood says the cost would be huge and pools have enough trouble now trying to balance budgets. Auckland mayor Len Brown has launched an investigation into the feasi- bility of providing free access for everyone at council-owned pools across Auckland. Free admission is only available at seven pools pre- viously run by the Manuakau City Council. Adult admission at other pools ranges from $3.10 in Papakura to $7.80 in Mt Albert. It costs $6 in North Shore. Mrs Hartley expects the mayor s proposal to be a con- troversial issue because entry has been free in Manukau and the new council needs to come up with a region-wide charging policy. She says her priority would be for free access for children because generally adults can pay for their recreation. But cost issues need to be considered first, says Mrs Hartley. The council must also take into account the fact some areas don t have a pool and whether building new ones should be a priority. Current charges don t cover costs so user-pays already doesn t exist, she says. The former North Shore City Council gave grants to swimming clubs to help with their entry costs. Auckland Council s investi- gation is due to be completed by the end of March and will be considered as part of long term planning for the 2012/13 financial year. Mr Brown says free access to swimming pools is a great way for young people to be active and get off the streets. Auckland is surrounded by water, and it is critical our kids learn to be safe and con- fident around it, he says. I strongly believe in investing in communities, for the health and wellbeing of the people who live in them. And I believe in financial pru- dence, which is why we are taking a close and careful look at expanding free admis- sion to other parts of Auck- land. Ann Hartley's column is on P9.
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