North Shore Times : February 11th 2011
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 NEWS Classic: Milford man Tony Maulder's 1964 Morris Cooper will be on display at Sunday's car show in Ellerslie. Showtime again for the mighty Mini By JODEAL CADACIO ' Still today they are fast and handle better than similar and higher priced cars. ' Tony Maulder A collection of Mini Coopers will be under the spotlight at a classic car show on Sunday to celebrate the Mini's 50th birthday. Tony Maulder's 1964 Morris Cooper and a 2002 BMW Mini Coo- per S will feature in the annual Intermarque Concours d'elegance Show at Ellerslie Racecourse. It was in the mid-1970s when Milford resident Mr Maulder bought his first Mini Cooper -- a 1967 Morris Mini -- and he was hooked to the Mini ever since. I've been fascinated by their speed and handling especially against the average car years ago,'' he says. Still today they are fast and handle better than similar and higher priced cars.'' Mr Maulder is a founding mem- ber and former president of the Mini Cooper Car Club and Register of New Zealand. The Austin and Cooper cars -- sports versions of the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor and devel- oped by Formula One racing fame John Cooper -- rolled off the pro- duction line in 1961. The initial version was a tuned 997cc model, followed in 1963 by the legendary 1071cc Cooper S which won the Monte Carlo Rally. The 998cc, 970cc and 1275cc versions rolled out in 1964. Productionhalted in 1971 until Rover re-started it in 1991 and the last Mini Cooper S rolled off the Oxford assembly line driven by the 1960s popstar Lulu Mac Lachlan. The Cooper name was inherited by BMW. Mr Maulder says one of the features of the car show will be the 2010 Mini John Cooper Works F1 50, a limited production model where only 500 were made world- wide. Go to www.northshoretimes.co.nz to view a tribute to the Mini. Owner fights city council to keep dogs My dogs: Birkenhead resident Liban Khoury with her dogs Blue and Deuce. By SARAH CODDINGTON LIBAN KHOURY says she is being singled out by Auckland Council because of the breed of dogs she owns. Blue and Deuce, American Staffordshire terriers, were seized by Auckland Council after con- ditions relating to the dogs were breached and three infringement notices had been issued. They had been labelled as menac- ing dogs by the council. The dogs were given the label after wander- ing off the property and challenging members of the public, a council spokesperson says. In the latest incident, the dogs escaped from their home after they chewed through their lead and jumped the fenced balcony while their owners were out. It's because of the breed of dog they are. They do look dangerous because they are cousins of the pit bull,'' Ms Khoury says. But you can't judge a dog by its looks.'' A council spokesperson says the menacing dog notice conditions issued in February had never been met. These included that both dogs would be desexed, muzzled in public and kept on a fenced property. My relatives in south Auckland who have these types of dogs never have this problem. I think it is just the area we are living in on the North Shore,'' she says. Ms Khoury did not fully fence the property because she lives behind a shop and the owners did not allow it. The property has since been fenced and a two-metre gate has been built. She says the dogs are too young to be desexed. Blue has been seized by the North Shore City Council in the past because she was not registered. Inabidtogetherdogback,Ms Khoury started a petition which stated: Blue was being held at the animal shelter on the grounds that she is a menace to the community.'' About 35 signatures supported the dog's return. North Shore City Council environmental protection leader Warwick Robertson said he inter- viewed some of the shop owners and believes some signed the petition with false names to keep the owner happy. Ms Khoury says they are all legit- imate names. She has organised another petition with 40 signatures from surrounding shop owners. She says Auckland Council advised her to not organise another petition and the police visited her house about the issue. Three infringement notices have also been issued in the last year so the Council could determine to have Ms Khoury disqualified as a dog owner. The two dogs have often been out- side the property exhibiting chal- lenging behaviour and are con- sidered a potential danger to members of the public and other animals, the council spokesperson says.
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