North Shore Times : January 25th 2011
2 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 25, 2011 NEWS Office Ph 489 4189 Fax 486 1950 Editor Peter Eley email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Manager Alan Barr email: email@example.com Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: clsad@snl co nz 69,797 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Tuesday/Thursday/ Friday to Albany, Beach Haven, Bayswater, Bayview, Belmont, Birkdale, Birkenhead, Brookfield, Browns Bay, Bushlands, Campbells Bay, Castor Bay, Chatswood, Chester Park, Devonport, Forrest Hill, Glenfield, Greenhithe, Hillcrest, Mairangi Bay, Meadowood, Milford, Murrays Bay, Northcote, Northcross, Okura, Paremoremo, Pinehill, Rothesay Bay, Schnapper Rock, Stanley Point, Sunnynook, Takapuna, Torbay, Unsworth Heights, Waiake, Wainoni, Westlake, Windsor Park. 1 Byron Ave, Takapuna. P.O. Box 33235. www.northshoretimes.co.nz Hours: 8.30am-5pm ADDITIONAL NORTH STAR 881 BUS SERVICES FROM 1 FEBRUARY 2011 From 1 February 2011 the North Star 881 bus service from Albany to Newmarket via Symonds St and Auckland Hospital will have five additional city-bound trips, two additional Albany-bound trips and one additional Long Bay-bound trip. Departure times for some outbound trips have also been slightly changed. Please check your timetable before travelling. For the latest timetables visit maxx.co.nz or phone 09 366 6400. Mark and Paulette Rowley For personal, professional service to all areas Phone 445-9800 (24 hours) Office and Chapel 16-18 Anne Street, Devonport www.rowleyfunerals.co.nz 2591265AA Fertility NZ meetings on offer Trying to get pregnant? Fertility NZ, an organ- isation that helps people with fertility issues, is running a contact group to help put people with fertility issues in touch with one another. The next sessions are Tuesdays, February 15 and 22, and March 1 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The cost for three sessions is $10 or $20 per couple and the venue is in Remuera. Phone 835-9812 or email cg.fnzauckland@ gmail.com for more infor- mation. Hospital carpark work begins By SARAH CODDINGTON Looking ahead: Specialised units are the future says Lester Levy. Construction has started on a 1200 multi-storey carpark building at North Shore Hos- pital. It is part of Waitemata Dis- trict Health Board s $150 million development plan expected to take place over the next four years. The building will be located in what is now the patient and visitor parking area. While construction is taking place patients and visitors are allowed to use the staff carpark. Staff are parking in an area at Smales Farm. Parking fees were intro- duced at the hospital in June to help pay for an expansion of services at both Waitakere and North Shore hospitals. Previously, visitors to the hospital paid parking fees but outpatients received an exemption ticket from the hos- pital when receiving treat- ment. There is now a minimum charge of $2 per hour for all visitors to the hospital. When the parking charges were introduced, Grey Power North Shore president Barrie Church said it was particu- larly hard on the elderly, many of whom are on low incomes. The carparking building is expected to be completed by the end of the year and is the first of a series of cluster buildings planned for the hos- pital. Board chairman Lester Levy says the future of hos- pital care is to have specialised units rather than everything in one building. Waitemata spends around $1.3 billion annually and receives the second highest funding in the country behind Manukau Counties Health Board. The board had a deficit of about $22.9 million back in 2003. Mr Levy says the board will be spending within its means on the latest develop- ments. Building designs take into account the limited area. The board sold 1.8 hectares of land to Calan Healthcare Properties Trust 10 years ago. It is now home to Metlifecare retirement home. Mr Levy says he was not a part of the decision, but believes it was a mistake. Latest developments in- clude a new ward with 25 beds, up to 10 catering for acute stroke patients. Lakeview Development is expected to be finished in September 2011. It will pro- vide 50 extra beds for emerg- ency care and short stays at a cost of $48m. Longer-term projects in- clude an elective surgery tower with four operating theatres and 40 beds with ensuites. It is expected to open in 2013. Mr Levy would also like to see mini tower developments built in the current carpark to provide more beds for patients. Third lane proposed for part of northern motorway By JODEAL CADACIO Improvements on the northern motorway are on the cards for North Shore motorists next year. New Zealand Transport Agency regional director Stephen Town says a third northbound lane between Con- stellation Drive and Greville Rd, if constructed, would ease congestion. This section of the motorway is a traffic bottle- neck especially during peak hours. The transport agency also aims to complete the motorway link between the Western Ring Route and the northern motorway at Con- stellation Drive. On the southern motorway, additional lanes from Manu- kau to Papakura will be built and the Takanini interchange will be upgraded. Mr Town says these projects are linked to the development of the ring route, one of the government s roads of national significance. The route provides an alternative motorway link between the Shore and Manu- kau, bypassing the northern motorway and the harbour bridge. Together they will help unlock the full benefits of the Western Ring Route in terms of reducing congestion, improving travel time and contributing to the economic growth of the city, Mr Town says. The agency is aiming to start with the improvements to the southern motorway by mid-2011, with those in the northern motorway to begin by next year. He says funding for the projects needs to be approved and their development has to be balanced within the agen- cy s national state highway plan. The agency will work with Auckland Council and Auck- land Transport.
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