North Shore Times : January 17th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 5 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 17, 2013 NEWS Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi Day rubbish and recycling collection changes Following Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi Day holidays most* council rubbish, recycling and paper collections will be one day later than usual. This will affect collections for two weeks starting Monday 28 January (Auckland Anniversary). Please note that there are no changes to Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 February collections (Waitangi Day week). Normal collections will resume Monday 11 February 2013. Find out more: Phone 09 301 0101 or visit: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz *Exceptions: • Parnell/Newmarket area: no changes to Thursday night rubbish collections (red lidded wheelie bins) • North Shore and Waitakere: no change to business' evening kerbside rubbish bag, recycling and paper/cardboard collections • Rodney: contact your local private rubbish collection provider • Inner CBD: no changes to the collections of kerbside rubbish, recycling, paper and cardboard. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or search 'rubbish and recycling' on the council website for more information. OG_AC1657_SUB Community input sought by council Closing time: Sweeping new powers to control alcohol sales are proposed by the Auckland Council. By LIZ WILLIS Greater power to influence where and how alcohol is sold is now in the hands of residents and Auckland Council will seek views from the community and the liquor industry. Shore councillor George Wood describes the changes to the alcohol act as the most comprehensive chang- es in liquor licensing in New Zealand since the changes when 6pm closing was abol- ished in the 1960s''. Mr Wood, a former North Shore police area com- mander, chairs the council's Community Safety Forum that is helping form a new local alcohol policy. The pol- icy can restrict or extend maximum opening hours, limit the location of licences, control the density of prem- ises and impose conditions on licences. The new liquor licensing process encourages local decision-making and the council will set up District Licensing Committees to do this, Mr Wood says. Other changes, he says, include: Ability of communities to set trading hours through the development of a local alcohol policy for both on- licences (restaurants, cafes, bars and taverns) and off- licenses (local liquor shops and large outlets). The legis- lation prescribes that if no local hours are set then clubs, cafes and bars operat- ing through the night must close by 4am. More restrictive off-licence criteria, including numbers of outlets permitted in com- munities and where they can and can't be located. Creation of conditions on licences including the im- plementation of one-way door conditions on taverns and bars after certain hours. Strengthening the rules about the types of stores eli- gible to sell alcohol and re- stricting supermarkets and grocery stores to displaying alcohol in a single area. Self-funding licensing fees and greater sanctions against operators who are persistent non compliers of the licensing laws. The council aims to have the alcohol policy completed for introduction by December 18. We would have liked the ability to make these changes sooner than pro- posed in the new legislation. Auckland Council has a comprehensive understand- ing of the issues having com- pleted a Local Alcohol Policy Research Report in 2012. The new act has been a long time in the making but now it is important that Auck- land embraces the changes.'' Environment celebrated North Shore's environment hub the Kaipatiki Project is celebrating every- thing that's good for the environment this March and is encouraging the community to get involved. They will be holding a month-long festival to showcase North Shore's community groups and businesses who are looking after the environ- ment. Organisers want to hear from any non-profit groups, community organ- isations or businesses who have an event to list, can offer a talk or display, or who can help support the festival through sponsorship, donations of goods or services, or assistance with publicity. Events can be talks, walks, tours, drop-ins, displays, open days, work- shops or something more imaginative. They need to be happening on the North Shore in March 2013. Email email@example.com, visitkaipatiki.org.nz or phone 482 1172. Dental project complete By KATASHA MCCULLOUGH The opening of a new clinic in Birken- head means all children in the Waite- mata district now have access to mod- ern school dental facilities. The opening completes the Waite- mata District Health Board's three- year mission to upgrade dental facili- ties for schoolchildren. Prior to the project, the last school dental clinics were built in the 1960s. The new facilities will look after the oral health of 92,000 young people. They include six dental vans and 15 transportable dental units. Those at the greatest risk of poor oral health often lack transport to get to the clinics, Auckland Regional Dental Services manager Helene May says. The service is working with parents and caregivers to prevent dental prob- lems. Mad collector makes a move By KARINA ABADIA Avid collector: Sir Peter Leitch proudly shows off his sports museum which has relocated to Mt Smart Stadium. An extensive collection of sports memorabilia is soon to be open to the public at Mt Smart Stadium. Sir Peter Leitch moved his sports museum from Manurewa to the stadium to make it more easily accessible. I wanted to share it with the public so I thought why not move it to where sports fans regularly come?'' he says. The museum houses an impressive collection of items Sir Peter has acqui- red from charity auctions over the years. Sports rep- resented include rugby league, cricket, baseball, football, netball, golf and boxing. Lining the walls are fra- med jerseys, boots, shorts and caps as well as a multi- tude of professional sports photographs, including signed portraits of such legends as Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal. It is hard for Sir Peter to choose a favourite among the items on the walls but he says the New Zealand flag signed by Valerie Adams in 2011 is among his most prized pieces. It's special to me because she gave it to me straight after she had won her third world title. She's someone I have so much respect for.'' But every piece in the museum has meaning for him and he anticipates it will be even more popular than ever. People love memor- abilia,'' he says. The museum is in the process of being opened. Once completed, booking information will be at mtsmartstadium.com.
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