North Shore Times : February 1st 2011
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Next programmes held in Albany: Feb9th--19th&Mar16th--26th For more info: Yvonne Ph 413 9777 Txt 027 249 5444 www.miomo.co.nz Smales Farm re-lease By JODEAL CADACIO The Lion Foundation has signed a fresh three-year lease agreement to keep running its operations from Smales Farm in Takapuna. The foundation's head- quarters has been at the Air New Zealand Build- ing since 2002. Chief executive officer Phil Holden says the foundation is pleased to be extending its time at Smales Farm. The central location and the growing infra- structure within Smale Farm means it was an easy decision to stay,'' he says. Mr Holden says the park has provided a great home for their dedicated staff, who work hard across New Zealand to manage the effective operation and distribution of com- munity funds. Shore organisations that have benefited from foundation grants include the Wilson Home Trust and Wilson School, Netball North Harbour, Westlake Girls High School, Takapuna Rugby and Lake Pupuke Tennis clubs and North Shore Hospice. He says Smales Farm provides them greater accessibility, given the park's proximity to major transportation routes. Booze ban cuts crime in suburb Safer communities: Northcote community constable Mark Wakefield. Photo:BEN WATSON By MICHELLE ROBINSON A 24-hour booze ban has done wonders to reduce crime in Northcote Cen- tral, police and Housing New Zealand staff say. The ban was estab- lished following com- plaints from residents about intimidation and assaults from people drinking in the town cen- tre and neighbouring reserves. Police cannot arrest anyone for drinking in public areas not covered by liquor bans unless the person is comatose or disturbing others. There have only been three reported breaches since the ban was intro- duced in January 2010, Northcote community constable Mark Wake- field says. I am in the centre often and see the regulars purchasing their alcohol. But they are taking it straight from the place of purchase to their houses or outside the ban area,'' Mr Wakefield says. The ban, extending from College Rd to Cadness and Tonar streets and from Lake Rd to the Exmouth and College Rd intersection, was supported by 285 out of 287 submitters in the area. The most common complaint from residents is about noisy parties at state housing complexes but these rarely get out of hand, Mr Wakefield says. Other than the odd idiot trying to pick a fight'', the area is rela- tively settled, a far cry from the situation eight or so years ago, he says. Police in the past have spoken about feeling intimidated when walk- ing in Northcote Central at night. But a joint police, Housing New Zealand and community project which encouraged res- idents to work together to resolve issues has led to major improvements. I can't recall the last assault,'' Mr Wakefield says. The centre has a very safe feel about it.'' Northcote-based Hous- ing New Zealand senior project manager for Auckland north Hope Simonsen agrees. It was a reasonably quiet Christmas, it's a really nice community down there now. It's probably a com- bination of things, the alcohol ban and people are getting to know each other better.'' Mayor keen to take the train Fellow travellers: Mayor Len Brown chats with Veolia train manager Rashmi Jani from Epsom and Papatoetoe accountant Hemal Patel, left, while riding to work from Papatoetoe to Britomart. Photo: KAREN MANGNALL By KAREN MANGNALL Ride a train from south Auckland into Britomart any weekday morning and chances are you could be sitting next to mayor Len Brown. He's started taking the train to work as part of a campaign to double the number of Aucklanders using public transport over the next decade. I'll be riding the train probably once or twice a week,'' he says. Until the Manukau rail link opens the Flat Bush resident will be catching the train from Papatoetoe. It's a beau- tiful trip and a great way to meet the people.'' Mr Brown is finding the 30-minute journey very comfortable''. It's a pleasant experi- ence and when we get electrification of the rail network it will be awe- some.'' Mr Brown has an- nounced a study by his office and Auckland Transport into how to boost annual trips on public transport from 63 million now to 150 million by 2021. Integrated ticketing, electric trains and delivering the inner city rail loop within five to seven years'' will all help, Mr Brown says. Putting the ferry net- work within reach of more Aucklanders'' will be a focus for the study. We are the city of sails, we have three harbours and two great coastlines. We shut down our ferries to a great extent when we got the harbour bridge.'' The study will look at how to get council, gov- ernment and private operators together to improve ferry facilities. Hobsonville out west and Mairangi Bay, Taka- puna, Stanley Bay on the North Shore all have significant potential'' for growth in ferry traffic, Mr Brown also plans to significantly in- crease'' the number of Auckland schools with transport plans, and to identify improvements to bus and high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
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