North Shore Times : January 24th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 24, 2013 NEWS 54a Northcote Rd Ph: 360 0717 5031182AC Bring this ad to receive exclusive deals: 1st service free with any new scooter OR 15% off accessories See you in store! • Explore the magnificent Kaipara Estuary • All calm sheltered waterways • View beautiful native bush & ancient pa sites • See the remains of early kauri mills & bush camps • Sight unique aquatic & bird life • Sand Dredging - commercial fishing & river activities • Proposed sites of nuclear and gas Power Stations CRUISING THE KAIPARA $20 Akld Anniversary Weekend 26, 27, 28, 29 January 3¼ HOUR • Historic • Nature • Riverboat Cruises PH 09 420 8466 • Adult $20 • Child $10 BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Now booking Port Albert day trips. Bus & Boat Cruise to Dargaville Visit our website: www.kaiparacruises.co.nz 5127574AA IN BRIEF Business network The Chinese-Kiwi Business Networking Group will be holding a free meeting tonight from 6.30pm at The Rose Centre, 4 School Rd, Belmont. The group is mainly targeted at business owners or those planning to start their own businesses but everyone is welcome. Refreshments provided. Go to www.tinyurl.com/ networkinggroup for details. Companionship New members are welcome at Birkenhead's Craft and Care group every Wednesday starting February 13 from 10am till 1pm. Care and Craft provides a range of interests and companionship for adults with disabilities or lonely house-bound people. Knit peggy squares for blankets, make cards and scrapbooks, play Rumicub or just sit and chat. Morning tea and lunch are provided for $3 a person. If interested, meet at Zion Hill Methodist Church Hall, Onewa Rd. Phone Valerie on 480 5456 for more information. Eat with champs Olympic medallists Mahe Drysdale and Juliette Haigh will star in Rotary Browns Bay's Breakfast with the Olympians event. The breakfast is on February 14 from 7am till 9am at Fairway Lodge, behind the North Shore Events Centre. An auction will be held for an oar signed by New Zealand's rowing gold medallists. Tickets are $30. Any profit will go to Rotary projects. Vitamin D study Psoriasis sufferers are sought for a Massey University study into the affect of Vitamin D. More information can be found at www.psoriasis. massey.ac.nz. To take part email Michelle Ingram at m.ingram@ massey.ac.nz. Online Find us on Facebook, search North Shore Times. Board move challenged By MARNIE HALLAHAN WHERE DECISIONS LIE What the Auckland Council documents say: Decision-making responsibility may be allocated to the local boards by the governing body in line with principles in the legislation. Local boards make decisions on, and have oversight of, a broad range of local projects, programmes and activities and assets such as local parks, libraries, events, recreational facilities and cultural activities, except where decision- making on an Auckland- wide basis will better promote the wellbeing of communities across Auckland. Battle-ready: Auckland Council needs to be held accountable for acting illegally, Bayswater man Colin Flavell says. This is not a threat, they know from past experience that I'm willing to go all the way to court PLANS to build a national yachting centre on Taka- puna's beachfront reserve have hit another hurdle with an objector taking Auckland Council to court. Bayswater man Colin Flavell says Auckland Coun- cil illegally handed over final decision making rights regarding the contentious National Ocean Watersports Centre to the Devonport Takapuna Local Board. Mr Flavell, who has a web- site detailing his past battles with the former North Shore City Council and new Auck- land Council, says the impact of the decision to build the watersports centre will extend far beyond Taka- puna Beach. Therefore it should be handled by the council, not the local board, he says. This isn't just a little domestic thing in our area. When I counted there were over 500 submissions from outside of Takapuna and Devonport, it's a much wider issue.'' Mr Flavell is hoping that through his actions the coun- cil will be forced to scratch everything'' and embark on a new submissions process using an independent hear- ings panel. The hearings panel assigned to make recommen- dations on the future use of the reserve land as part of the Takapuna Beach Res- erve Management Plan is made up of one independent commissioner, Greg Hill, and five local board members. The Devonport Takapuna Local Board is to receive any recommendations and make the final decisions. But Mr Flavell believes this puts the local board in a compro- mising position. The board is required to advocate for the local com- munity,'' he says. Therefore they should have found out what the people wanted and made a submission on behalf of the community, not be the ones making the decisions.'' The council's proposal to reallocate land that has been home to the iconic Takapuna Beach Holiday Park for more than 80 years to Yachting New Zealand for offices, meeting rooms and storage has already had its fair share of controversy. Residents continue to com- plain of a lack of trans- parency from the Auckland Council regarding the gen- esis of the plan. The North Shore Times revealed last year that coun- cil officers made plans to convince'' the local board to include only two options in their draft management plan for the area. Both sited the yachting centre on reserve land and relied on the closure of the popular holiday park. Analysis by the Times of the council's submission report also showed a signifi- cant number of submissions specifically calling for the retention of the holiday park were not counted. Council graphs showed about a 50-50 split of support and opposition to the Natio- nal Ocean Watersports Cen- tre. However, half of the sub- missions in support of the yachting centre were on a generic form which had been provided by Yachting New Zealand. These were each individually counted whereas a petition with more than 2000 signatures want- ing to save the cam- pground'' was counted as a single submission. Mr Flavell says this is exactly the kind of behaviour he wants the council to be held accountable for. This is not a threat, they know from past experience that I'm willing to go all the way to court,'' he says. See Letters P6 Time to get ready for Round the Bays There are six weeks to go until this year's Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run. And that means it's time to get training. The March 10 event is co- owned by Fairfax Media, owner of the North Shore Times and its parent com- pany Suburban Newspapers. Registration fees will be donated to a raft of nomi- nated charities which include YMCA Camp Adair, Auckland Cystic Fibrosis, Choice Foundation Stand Tall Programme, Variety -- The Children's Charity, Make-a-Wish NZ and Fair- fax First Books. An estimated 70,000 par- ticipants are expected to take part in the event and organisers are encouraging them all to register online at roundthebays.co.nz where a training schedule is also available. Official entrants can select the charities they wish their fees to go to and are invited to set their own fundraising targets through Fundraise- Online. Adding the FundraiseOn- line option gives us a chance to raise even more and is a great way for business teams or branches to compete against each other to fundra- ise as part of their event build-up,'' Fairfax Media marketing and communi- cations manager Nicola Igusa says. The run starts at 9.30am and the entry fee is $10 for children (16 and under) and $15 for adults.
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