North Shore Times : February 11th 2011
4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 NEWS or Annual Maintenance Work Northern Gateway Toll Road Tunnel NZTA_NGT_01N The NZ Transport Agency advise motorists there will be annual tunnel maintenance on SH1, northbound and southbound, on the Northern Gateway Toll Road, from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 February. The Toll Road will be open to both directions of traffic at all times except for 10am -- 11.30am on the 17th of February. We expect the work will take around 3 days to complete, and the following closures will be in place during this time: Tuesday 15 Feb -- Northbound tunnel closed (Southbound tunnel open, traffic flowing both directions) Wednesday 16 Feb -- Southbound tunnel closed (Northbound tunnel open, traffic flowing both directions) Thursday 17 Feb -- Full closure of the Northern Gateway Toll Road from 10am - 11.30am (follow detour via free route -- SH17) The full closure is planned on Thursday 17 February after the morning peak due to reduced traffic volumes and to minimise disruption to road users. These works are an important part of the maintenance programme to ensure the tunnel is kept in good and safe condition for all road users. For updates and information about these works, or any other motorway issues please call NZTA Auckland Motorways on 09 5200 200. IN BRIEF Outdoor movies The outdoor movie screenings, Movies in Parks, comprises of two series. Mercury Energy Movies by Moonlight begins on March 4. Films such as Inception, Twilight and the Karate Kid are showing in Rosedale Park in Albany, Dudding Reserve in Little Shoal Bay and Milford Beach Reserve. ATasteofKiwiisa series of acclaimed movies featuring home grown talent such as Boy and The Lovely Bones. A Taste of Kiwi begins today and runs in Fort Takapuna, Lynn Reserve in Glenfield and Collins Park in Greenhithe. Visit www.moviesinparks. co.nz . Join Probus The Torbay Combined Probus Club is seeking new members. Probus provides regular opportunities for retirees to keep them active and expand their interests. Email torbaycombprobus @hotmail.co.nz or call Diny on 475-5939 or Lew on 473-3837. MP calls for progress on Penlink Penlink was a top issue at the first Auckland Council meeting of 2011 in Orewa. The 21 new councillors spent two days touring Auckland by bus, learn- ing about the strengths and challenges of their newly inherited city. Rodney spokespeople from a variety of associ- ations and forums added to the ever-increasing list of issues supercity councillors face. Stillwater, Whanga- paraoa, Silverdale and Orewa ratepayers associ- ations outlined the main concerns of residents and businesses. Parliament s Speaker of the House and Rodney MP Lockwood Smith told the meeting about the Penlink project linking the Whangaparaoa Pen- insula with State High- way 1 at Redvale. The $183 million proj- ect involves bridging the Weiti River. I personally care about this issue very much, Dr Smith said. For more than a dec- ade we have seen Pen- link promised, then with- drawn. In 2008 the Labour government promised Penlink, but after elections there was a change of government and National indicated they didn t support regional fuel tax which was to help fund the project. John Key did, how- ever, agree that despite this happening, National will still back the toll road as research showed it was needed. After further review and investigation by the former Auckland Reg- ional Transport Auth- ority, the need for Pen- link was once again confirmed. The benefit to cost ratio was 3.8, and the level of public sup- port in the area in 2006 was around 90 percent. Dr Smith said council- lors needed to realise the importance and urgency of extending State High- way 1 north. I beg you, every time you refer to it as a hol- iday highway you insult the people of Northland, he said. Please understand there is a huge economy north of Auckland. It has been strangled for decades by lack of trans- port. Your economy growth in Auckland is dependent in part on Northland. Dr Smith said he realises the huge chal- lenge and demands in the Auckland region, but the city covers more than just the central business district . It s not just about safety or having more than one access to the Whangaparaoa Penin- sula, but Silverdale development will not go anywhere without Pen- link. I get calls week after week from people with problems around Silverdale because of the strain on infrastructure. It is one of your key development areas in Auckland. Councillor Des Morri- son asked Dr Smith whether more infrastruc- ture would see rapid growth and change the character of Whanga- paraoa communities. Whenever you change the infrastructure, you change a community, Dr Smith said. The project has such benefits. It s a real issue and it won t go away. If we were to argue that everything should stay as it was, we would be back in 1982. Former Hibiscus Coast ward councillor Zane Taylor also updated the new council on the proposed Orewa Beach reef project on behalf of the Orewa Beach Chari- table Trust. Scientist wants new weapons in war on resistant bacteria Boffin: Massey University biochemistry lecturer Wayne Patrick has made another ground-breaking discovery in the science world. Photo: BEN WATSON By SARAH CODDINGTON Unless new antibiotics are developed mankind s future is bleak, molecu- lar biologist Dr Wayne Patrick says. The Massey Univer- sity Albany senior lec- turer has found that the bacteria E. coli can adapt to survive in toxic environments. He says this shows that scientists need to start developing new types of antibiotics to stop infectious diseases spreading. Dr Patrick and PhD students Valerie Soo and Paulina Hanson-Manful exposed E. coli cells to 237 toxin-containing en- vironments. In 86 cases, the bacterial cells survived. Dr Patrick says this proves that bacteria can over time become resist- ant to antibiotics and today s antibiotics will cease to be effective at some point. It is a very scary thought and something scientists need to be working towards to develop new antibiotics, he says. The research findings have been published in the prestigious American science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A ground-breaking DNA sequencing dis- covery by Dr Patrick, featured in the North Shore Times, has secured a licensing agreement with an American company and will be produced as a commercial product. He engineered an improved version of ligase, an enzyme used in biotechnology to paste together DNA. It opens up the possi- bility of personalised medicine. Someone with a serious disease like can- cer could have a cure tailored for them based on their genetic make up. The licensing fees sold for tens of thousands of dollars. The royalties were expected to be worth tens of millions of dollars and a share would go to Dr Patrick.
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