North Shore Times : January 8th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 2 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 8, 2013 NEWS Like us on facebook to have your say facebook.com/NZautocarDashboard View at www.dash-board.co.nz or at any of our newspapers online. Your online motoring guide issue 7 Sit back and relax with Dash-board this summer. 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Box 33235. www.northshoretimes.co.nz FREE hearing test for 50+ FREE professional follow-up for 1 year MINIMUM 60 day trial INSTANT fitting options * Budget aids start from under $1000. If buying 2 digital aids, our second aid at half-price offer can easily save you $1000 or more! Conditions apply. SAVE BIG $$$ on Hearing Aids* CALL NOW to see Audiologist Alan Ferguson AHAFSB144MNST CALL 524 5736 or visit www.appliedhearing.co.nz BYRON CHAMBERS 2 BYRON AVENUE, TAKAPUNA # Sunday beer: Vic Francis and Calvin Culverwell in church at the Albany Sports Bar. Cheers to Jesus at popular sports bar ' We have had all kinds of people come through the pub church and we are excited about the future. ' Calvin Culverwell A HEADY COMBINATION Albany s pub church has become so popular it will extend from monthly to weekly services. Shore Vineyard Churches, which run the service at Albany Sports Bar and Cafe, made headlines in August when they invited the public to have a beer with Jesus. Services ran on the first Sunday of every month from 7pm. The service is open to anyone over the age of 18.But youth pastor Calvin Culverwell, who organises the services, says the service will now run every Sunday. It has been a pretty incredible six months, we have had all kinds of people come through the pub church and we are excited about the future, Mr Culverwell says. Mr Culverwell was featured on Australia s most watched break- fast television show, Sunrise, after the story was first published in the North Shore Times. The story of the pub church also appeared on one of the largest news websites in the world -- Huffington Post.com -- and inter- national Christian news websites. Visit shorevineyards. org.nz. Petrol tax unfair says board member By JESS ETHERIDGE and HAMISH RUTHERFORD Taxing motorists at the petrol pump to fund roads many peo- ple will not use is unfair, Kai- patiki Local Board member Chris Marshall says. The Government has announced plans to add 9 cents a litre to the price of pet- rol by 2015. Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says in each of the next three years, the Govern- ment will impose a 3 cents a litre rise to the excise tax com- ponent of petrol. Each 1 cent added to the pump price of petrol adds around $15 to the annual run- ning cost for the average motorist. Mr Brownlee says the excise tax rise, which will be matched by higher road user charges on diesel, is required to deliver the roads of national significance and maintain the value of the Land Transport Fund. Mr Marshall, the transport representative for Kaipatiki, says adding 9 cents on to pet- rol over the next three years is hypocritical. The Government has washed its hands of Auck- land projects such as the city rail link which it refuses to fund and has told Auckland Council it cannot pay for it through a tax, Mr Marshall says. High priority is being given to roads which most people paying for it will not use, he says. Mr Marshall says a regional petrol tax in Auckland to fund public transport projects is a good idea. Every person you take off the roads makes it faster to commute, he says. The tax is a political move and he claims many MPs are opposed to public transport. Mr Marshall believes fund- ing free public transport through petrol tax, a proposal he has been looking into for five years, could be an option. It would remove ticketing issues, he says, despite the HOP card system in place. It s really obvious from out- side Auckland the public transport system is in trouble, he says. Beach Haven ferry service 40 minutes to Auckland By JESS ETHERIDGE Beach Haven s new ferry wharf will cost $1.2 mil- lion, with services start- ing on February 4. Construction work at Beach Haven means access to the boat ramp there may be restricted or closed during Janu- ary, Auckland Transport says. Auckland Transport will run two morning and three evening services on an 80-seat catamaran operated by 360 Discovery. A call for tenders for the project was con- firmed in August after intense lobbying for a ferry service by Kai- patiki Local Board. The board pushed for it to go ahead this finan- cial year after reacting angrily to plans to delay it to 2017. Morning services start from 6.50am and end in Hobsonville at 6.45pm. Travel time from Beach Haven to down- town Auckland will be 40 minutes. Auckland Transport s plans for the Beach Haven terminal include a floating pontoon with canopy, CCTV coverage and extra lighting. Park- ing in Beach Haven Rd is being reviewed. Adult ticket prices for Beach Haven to Auck- land will cost $8 cash fare or $6.40 with an AT HOP card. Child fares will cost $4.80 cash fare or $4.32 with an AT HOP card. Hobsonville wharf will cost $3.2m with a $900,000 contribution from the Hobsonville Land Company. Services from Hobson- ville will also begin February 4. Go to AT.co.nz.
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