North Shore Times : January 17th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 2 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 17, 2013 NEWS Contact Us Ph 489 4189 Fax 486 1950 Editorial email: nsnews@snl co nz Editor Peter Eley Chief Reporter Liz Willis Sales Manager Alan Barr email: a barr@snl co nz Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 73,488 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 11) Delivered each Tuesday/ Thursday/Friday to Albany, Beach Haven, Bayswater, Bayview, Belmont, Birkdale, Birkenhead, Brookfield, Browns Bay, Bushlands, Campbells Bay, Castor Bay, Chatswood, Chester Park, Devonport, Fairview Heights, Forrest Hill, Glenfield, Greenhithe, Hillcrest, Mairangi Bay, Meadowood, Milford, Murrays Bay, Northcote, Northcross, Oteha, Pinehill, Rothesay Bay, Schnapper Rock, Stanley Point, Sunnynook, Takapuna, Torbay, Unsworth Heights, Waiake, Wainoni, Westlake, Windsor Park. 1 Byron Ave, Takapuna. Office Hours: 8.30am -- 5pm P.O. 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SUMMER CRUISING Departing Westhaven Marina & Birkenhead Wharf 26 Dec - 20 Jan Adult $35 Child $15 IN BRIEF Lear teasers Life Lessonsfrom Lear is a summerreadingseries that aims to help people learn about King Lear andinspire them to attend Auckland University's production in March. The six weekly sessions start on January 22, from 7pm till 8.30pm or January 24, 9.30am till 11am, Northcross Church 826a East Coast Rd. Dr Sue Atkins, recently retired professor of literature and journalism,from California, will help participants cometogrips with the challenging Shakespearean English language. Email her at sueatkins@ pointloma.edu or you can phone the church office on 478 9549. 60s up 60s Up Takapunabranch first meetingfor 2013 is on January24at10am in the Methodist Church Hall, Lake Rd, Takapuna. Enjoy exercises, rummicub, tai chi, trips, entertainment and bowls on Mondays. New members welcome. Holiday arts Mairangi Bay Arts Centreis holding a school holiday programme with painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, and film-making classes until January 25. Go to mairangiarts.co.nzfor information. Writers meet From the Author's Mouth meets on January30ata new venue this year. The group of authors reading from their work meet at the East Coast Bays RSA 13 to 15 Bute Rd, Browns Bay from 10am till 11.30am. Hear authors read 100-word works titled either Flush or Blush. Chinese culture Afree lecture illustrating 5000 years of Chinese civilisation andtraditional culture will take place next Tuesday. All are welcome at the event, held at Northcote Citizens Centre, Ernie Mays St, Northcote, startingat 6.30pm. Contact Poutama Sik-Wai Tsoi on 523 5169, 021 166 4602 or email email@example.com to register. Memories The North Shore Times story Memories of old Albany which ran on January 3 should have said Dawn Evans' book can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Long Bay needs second route and moreparking By KATASHA McCULLOUGH It'sa perennial problem that's not goingto go away. Julia Parfitt A second accessway at Long Bay is needed as soon as poss- ible, says Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt says. The popularity of the area on hot days has seen a huge backlog of cars stretching to the Torbay shops. The congestion meant nearby residents struggled to get in and out of their own streets. There are plans for another route into Long Bay to solve the problem, a spur road called Glenvar Ridge Rd off Glenvar Rd.It will mean beach-goers can access the area from the north. Ms Parfitt says the board would like to see the project happen sooner rather than later. It s become a bit of a pres- sure point actually. There s only one road in and one road out at the moment. She says the park and the beach can cope with the numbers but access and park- ing are an issue. It s a perennial problem that s not going to go away. She says the board still wants people to come to Long Bay. We enjoy the fact that one million people enjoy Long Bay every year. It s one of the more affordable places to go to get a regional park experience. She says it would be econ- omical to take on the project at the same time as the nearby Todd Property development, because the fill from the devel- opment can be used to form the base of the new road. A proposal for upgrading the intersection between Okura River Rd and Vaughans Rd is also under way. The Okura River Rd and East Coast Rd intersection will also be imp- roved. Whale warrior sells his tale Clincher: Protester Pete Bethune, with his old boat Earthrace which sank after a collision with a Japanese whaling ship, says a $70,000 payment was enough to agree to selling his life story. By NEIL REID Eco warrior Pete Bethune is set to have his life story made into a movie. Mr Bethune confirmed in a blog that he had sold the rights to his story to a movie producer for $70,000. The film will be based on the Shore resident s book, Whale Warrior, which centres on the sinking of the Ady Gil after it collided with a Japan- ese whaling ship, his deten- tion on the Shonan Maru 2 and conviction on charges of assault, trespass, vandalism and possession of a knife. He spent four months in prison in Tokyo awaiting trial, before being deported from Japan after being handed a suspended two-year jail sen- tence. In his blog, Mr Bethune refers to the producer only as an Australian with the first name of Andrew. He says that during the recent meeting he had been sceptical about the producer s desire to turn his story into a film. Is this the right guy to sell to? Well, it is not like there is a queue of production compan- ies looking to do a movie on it, so maybe I ve got nothing to lose, Mr Bethune wrote. I still have the dilemma of whether this guy is just another wannabe executive producer with no real sub- stance. I tell ya what , I finally say. I don t know if you are for real or full of s... And I still have my doubts on whether you can pull this off. Or even if it is worthy of a movie . A small smile creeps across Andrew s face. But I have a campaign starting soon in Africa, and I m still 70 grand short of what I need to run it. You give me 70 grand in the next five days and we have a deal . Mr Bethune wrote that two days later, a payment of $70,000 had been deposited into Earthrace Conservation s bank account. The business meeting was conducted at Los Angeles Chateau Marmont hotel. Mr Bethune wrote: I ve heard about this place but never been here before. It just smells of power and money, and I feel somewhat out of place in my tattered camo cloths [sic] and grubby backpack. He says the producer told him he believed a movie on Bethune s life and times would help the anti-whaling cause . The Bethune-skippered Ady Gill -- previously named Earthrace -- sank after a colli- sion with the Shonan Maru 2 in the Southern Ocean in January 2010. A month later Mr Bethune boarded Shonan Maru 2, to make a citizen s arrest of its captain Hiroyuki Komiya for what he said was the attemp- ted murder of his six crew. Mr Bethune also presented the whalers with a $4.3-million bill for Ady Gill. Members of the whaling ship s crew arrested him and took him back to Tokyo. The subsequent case attrac- ted emotional responses in Japan. On his arrival there, protesters holding Japanese flags lined the pier, shouting: Apologise to the Japanese people! We will tear you apart! Protesters also gathered outside the Tokyo District Court waving placards with messages including Hang ter- rorist Peter Bethune and De- stroy Caucasian discrimi- nation against Japanese . Fairfax NZ Roadside planting fee leaves a sour taste FROM Page 1 They are not prepared to install new fees to fit the type and purpose of the tree. They are forcing people to undertake guerilla tactics. But if you go ahead and plant it any- way you are fined $1000 and $50 for every day it is left there. The council says the non- refundable deposit partly covers the time spent by each department in considering encroachments . Encroachments are typically of a more substantial nature than tree planting and the fee reflects this -- we cannot how- ever adjust the fee due to the nature of the encroachment. Its suggestion to instead plant the trees in a community garden is missing the point, Mrs Celliers says. I don t want a community garden, I just want one lemon tree. If it s in your neighbour- hood you re more likely to make the most of it and take pride in it.
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