North Shore Times : February 17th 2011
8 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 NEWS Motorway Improvement Work Oteha Valley Road to Silverdale Interchange NZTA_OVR_2802 The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists there will be line marking and traffic loop work on SH1 southbound, between the Silverdale Interchange and Oteha Valley Rd, on the evening of Monday 28 February. The work will be carried out at night between the hours of 9pm and 5am, due to reduced traffic volumes and to minimise disruption to road users. Detour routes will be in place via SH17 or East Coast Bays Road and should only add about 5 minutes extra onto the journey south. All work is weather dependant. If work cannot be carried out on the date above, it will be carried out on the next available evening. These works are an important part of the maintenance programme to ensure the motorway 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 Auckland Motorways on 09 5200 200. GO ONLINE Get the latest news online at northshoretimes.co.nz. Left on appliance causes house fire By MICHELLE ROBINSON An appliance left on at the wall sparked a fire which ravaged a Waiake house when no one was home. Neighbours raised the alarm after hearing windows explode from the heat, East Coast Bays fire station officer Stephan Sosich says. An electrical appliance which had been left on at an overloaded powerpoint is believed to be the cause of the fire in the early hours of Tuesday last week, he says. Flames could be seen coming from the house which was lucky to not suffer any structural damage. Three days beforehand a dish- washer scorched the kitchen floor of a Greenhithe family home when it was left on in the early hours of the morning, Albany senior station officer Ron Henderson says. An electrical fault caused it to overheat and a fire was prevented only when the circuit breaker tripped, he says. Family members had woken to a burning smell and firefighters quickly found the source, he says. North Shore senior fireman Glenn Roberts also had his dish- washer catch fire mid-cycle in February after his family had gone to bed. It caused significant damage to his kitchen and smoke damage to his lounge. The fires are a reminder for people to make sure their appliances are off at all times when they're away,'' Mr Sosich says. That includes dishwashers, dehumidifiers and heaters, and to switch TVs off at the wall. It seems to be becoming more common for people to take it for granted, that it's fine to go out and leave appliances running.'' Migrants get the right info at clinics By JODEAL CADACIO Having just the basic information often works wonders for new migrants, Settlement Support North Shore co-ordinator Cheng Goh says. It's about equipping new- comers with the essential tools to find their way in their new home -- that's what we're here for,'' she says. Settlement Support and Rae- burn House has been running information clinics in Northcote for new migrants. She says participants get the information and confidence they need to cope with the rigours of migrating in a new country. Newcomers often have a vague understanding of life in New Zea- land and how things work here. We endeavour to give them a clearer picture of the Kiwi way of life and set them in the right direction,'' she says. She says a common question among newcomers is how the tax system works and the importance of having an Inland Revenue or tax identification number. People also come asking about the education and public health systems and we just have the right information for them,'' she says. Ms Goh says their Global Friends initiative enables newcomers to make new friends and create a sense of connection. Settlement Support is kicking off a series of information seminars to keep the programmes going. A IRD and Money Matters workshop is on March 8, from 9.30am to noon. The Global Friends meetings resume on March 10 and every fortnight, from noon-2pm. A seminar on employment rights runs on March 22, from 9.30am to 1pm. All workshops are at the Nor- man King Building on Ernie Mays St, Northcote. Call 486-8635 or email ssnznor email@example.com to register. Arrangement wins prize Beautiful: Marie Unkovich won the top prize in the Takapuna Floral Art Club competition. A beautiful flower arrangement that took hours to prepare won Marie Unkovich the top prize. The Takapuna Floral Art Club member won the Lorraine McMillan Cup for her arrangement. A special morning tea was held during the competition to mark the club's 35th anniversary that was in November. Past president Lyn Amos cut the celebration cake. Marion Groth took out the junior competition and Linda Dawn came first in the intermediate section. Maria Baxter won the senior com- petition and the best colour arrange- ment. A blue ribbon was awarded to Vanita Patel for a creativity award. Commodore comes on board Commodore Wayne Burroughs By JODEAL CADACIO The Royal New Zealand Navy has a new deputy chief in Commodore Wayne Burroughs. Commodore Burroughs as- sumed command from Commo- dore Bruce Pepperell who held the post for three years. As deputy chief, he is also in charge of the Naval Support Com- mand which oversees training of naval personnel, logistics and engineering support to ensure all navy ships remain opera- tional. The Change of Command cer- emony on Friday was presided over by the Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Tony Parr. The ceremony is traditionally formal and impressive, designed to strengthen the respect for auth- ority which is vital to any military organisation. Born and raised in Hamilton, Commodore Burroughs joined the navy in 1978 and took on various duties on and off shore. He was project director of a major supply re-engineering proj- ect in 1999/2000 resulting in sig- nificant efficiencies and improved performance levels. In December 2002, he was appointed Captain Fleet Support and was lead negotiator for the letting of the dockyard manage- ment contract with VT Fitzroy in June 2004. Commodore Burroughs also served a six-month tour of duty in Timor Leste as defence force head and was deputy commander of the International Stabilisation Force. He was the Defence Logistics Command chief of staff before his new post.
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