North Shore Times : January 15th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 15, 2013 NEWS since 1933 Romaleigh Funeral Home 31 Ocean View Road Northcote phone 489 5737 www.morrisfunerals.co.nz Let our family take care of your family. 4993119AA From left to right: Philip, David, Luke, Cordelia, Hazel, Pat and Ray. Helipad faces opposition By MARNIE HALLAHAN No thanks: Residents are opposing an application for a private helipad on the Spencer family property on Stanley Point, centre. Photo: JOHN SELKIRK AN APPLICATION for a pri- vate helicopter pad on Stan- ley Point has received more than 120 submissions from nearby residents who say it will ruin their quiet neigh- bourhood. The property is owned by the family of Berridge Spen- cer, director of Man O War Vineyard on Waiheke Island, and is part of a 1.54 hectare estate worth $20 million according to QV reports. The applicant Tokeoka Properties, which lists Mr Spencer as a director, says any adverse effects to neigh- bouring residents will be mitigated by their proposed flight path over Ngatiranga Bay, visual buffering pro- vided by established trees around the helipad area and the low frequency of flights. But those opposed to the helipad say it will have a sig- nificant negative effect on their neighbourhood. And they re backed up by Greenhithe residents who lost their fight last year to stop a private helipad being built near their homes. Graham Haycock lives more than 500 metres away from the property of Philip Thornton but says the noise from his helicopter is still horrific. Mr Thornton, a director of five companies including North Harbour Pharmacies, applied to build a private helipad on his Greenhithe property last May. He wanted to use his new helicopter as transport to his Bay of Islands property. Only 18 submissions were received in opposition but many neighbours say that they didn t know about the application until it was too late. The application was suc- cessful but with certain con- ditions of agreed flight paths, flight times and frequency. But Mr Haycock says these conditions have gone out the window and the helicopter comes and goes outside the allowed times and from what- ever direction. They do what they want and who is going to take them to task on it? he says. Like residents in Stanley Point Mr Haycock says he chose to buy his property for the peace and quiet of the surroundings and a helicop- ter cuts right through that. Of the 129 submissions received in relation to Tokeoka Properties appli- cation, 123 were in opposition and six were in support. The main thrust of the sub- missions focused on the adverse effects a helicopter will create for the area s bird- life, the recreational users of the nearby foreshore and the loss of privacy and noise levels for the neighbouring properties. There are three private helipads on the North Shore -- Mr Thornton s in Greenhithe, one on Clifton Rd in Hauraki and one on Okura River Rd. Guarding borders Jaco Greyling from Albany is among 43 new quarantine inspectors and three new detector dog handlers who have graduated. The Ministry for Pri- mary Industries training involved six weeks of pre-workplace learning and two months of on-job training. They were issued with warrants that allow them to exercise a range of powers to check pas- sengers and goods for biosecurity risk items and they can fine passen- gers up to $400 for unde- clared goods. DEVONPORT WATERFRONT RETIREMENT VILLAGE 46 King Edward Parade Devonport Villas rarely available. Currently 1 villa available at $475,000. Is this Aucklands best position? Come and see for yourself. Enquiries call Pauline and Chris (09) 445 - 3044 5076357AB Bernie the fire engine could become a classic Bernie's Buddies: Max Jaffe, Shane Cortese and Adam Leslie with Shane's son Kees in front of Bernie the fire engine. By KATASHA McCULLOUGH GIVEAWAY The first five people to like the Bernie's Buddies Facebook page and message the administrator saying they are a North Shore Times reader will win a copy of Bernie's Buddies. A story about the Bernie the fire engine could become a Kiwi version of Thomas the Tank Engine, the team behind it says. Bernie s Buddies was writ- ten over two years by Glen- field man Adam Leslie. He had help from fellow North Shore resident and Nothing Trivial star Shane Cortese and Bernie s owner Max Jaffe. Mr Cortese says the book has huge potential. It s a never-ending story. Kids can grow up with it and then the real Bernie can turn up at their home or school. It s phenomenal. Mr Leslie and Mr Cortese have set up Bernie s Buddies Charitable Trust to help sick or disabled children. They are looking for a publisher to take the book to the next level. All profits from the book are being donated to charity. We just want to do our bit, Mr Leslie says. He says the response has been really good. There s been a lot of inter- est from a lot of people. The first run of 100 books was printed just before Chri- stmas and 65 copies have been sold. Mr Cortese says the timing was perfect. Kids love it. It was a great stocking filler or for people who hadn t gotten around to doing their Christmas shop- ping. The book was a spin-off from the Variety Bash, a unique car rally where Bernie, a 1964 Commer VK fire engine, and other vehi- cles travel around New Zea- land for a week. The quirky fleet fundra- ises, distributes grants and raises awareness of children s charity Variety each year. All of the places Bernie visits in the book are real, such as Te Puke, Cape Reinga and Mission Bay. The characters are also real people and include Mr Jaffe, his dog Duke, daughter Caitlin and Mr Cortese s son Kees. Mr Leslie wants to create a series about Bernie s travels and would love to see him become a Kiwi icon.
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