North Shore Times : January 17th 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013 NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of readers 15+ 808,000 Auckland's most powerful media Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011--Q2 2012 A new take on fast food Drive-Thru: A 65-year-old woman accidentally drove her car through the window at McDonalds in Wairau Rd. Photo: BEN MORROW Supermarket surprise: A 31-year-old woman hit the accelerator instead of the brake, sending her car ploughing through the window at Countdown Sunnynook. Photo: MARYKE PENMAN By MARYKE PENMAN Supermarket customers at Countdown Sunnynook got more than they bargained for when a car ploughed through the front windows and landed in the shopping aisles. A 31-year-old woman parked directly in front of the supermarket mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake, sending her Mazda 6 into the store about 4.30pm on January 10, police say. The woman had her partner and young child in the car at the time but all escaped unharmed and no bystanders were injured. Store manager Edwin Chandra says two window panels were smashed in the incident during one of their busiest times of the day. ''We are lucky no-one was hurt,'' he says. Mr Chandra says staff have to direct customers through the fire exit while repairs are made. North Shore police Sergeant Bryan Turley says an investigation is under way but it looks as though the woman may have got her jandal stuck in the pedals. A similar incident occurred the following morning when a 65-year-old woman accidentally drove her Daihatsu into the McDonald's restaurant on Wairau Rd. The woman was parking her car when she hit the gas rather than the brakes, Mr Turley says. No-one was injured but there was extensive damage to the exterior and interior of the restaurant. $1000 fee a lemon Fruity problem: Leader of the Community Fruit Harvest, Di Celliers, is shocked at the exorbitant fees involved in planting fruit trees on public land. Photo: BEN WATSON By MARYKE PENMAN CONTINUED Page 2 THE LEADER of a charity group is gobsmacked at the $1000 fees demanded by Auckland Transport to con- sider her application to plant a lemon tree on public land. Di Celliers heads the Com- munity Fruit Harvest group that picks fruit for charities. She wants to see more fruit trees planted in public parks and on roadsides. The Browns Bay resident says feijoa, cherry guava and olive trees would be much better than existing roadside plants such as the poten- tially poisonous white cedar trees that line Torbay s Gla- morgan Dr. But when she inquired about planting a single citrus tree in her quiet cul- de-sac she was astounded to find it would cost her $1000 in a non-refundable deposit for Auckland Transport to consider her application. She was also told that it would probably be declined. A response from an Auck- land Council arborist, who is involved in managing street trees on behalf of Auckland Transport, outlined several reasons why fruit trees should not be planted on roadside berms. There are likely to be issues with debris drop and vermin being attracted to the fruit . . . Street trees need to be crown raised to allow clearance and sight lines beneath, making the fruit inaccessible . . . Safety issues may arise if we attract people to road carriageways to gather fruit. Mrs Celliers says a blan- ket ban approach is not justified. They re telling me I can t plant a little lemon tree. Their argument is so nulli- fied because if you drive around you ll see pohutu- kawa and pine tree roots coming through the foot- path. Anyone wishing to lodge an application must also pro- vide a plan, a map and the type of tree they wish to plant. Auckland Transport warns that additional fees could follow as the appli- cation progresses. The council attitude just stuns me. These people are employed by us as rate- payers, she says. Rather than making more restrictions they should be bending over backwards to make things like this happen for the community s benefit. The one size fits all fee structure is a lazy approach, Mrs Celliers says. TODAY Eco star Protest Letters Meet Ken ONLINE The story of Shore eco warrior Pete Bethune may soon be made into amovie--P2 Angry residents unite to stop a liquor store opening in a seaside suburb --P3 Outrage over proposals to put Yachting NZ's headquarters on a beachfront reserve continues despite a modified plan -- P7 We're offering you the chance to have morning tea with Coronation Street's Ken Barlow, played by actor William Roache, as well as win tickets to the show Coronation Street on Stage. Email your name, address and daytime telephone number to online.admin@snl. co.nz. Type Coronation St contest in the subject line.
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