North Shore Times : January 29th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 29, 2013 NEWS WAIRAU PARK, Home Design Centre, 7 Link Drive (Between Hunter Furniture & Placemakers) Phone: 09 441 0171 Open: Mon - Fri 9am to 5.30pm Sat-Sun 10am - 5pm NORTH HARBOUR, ALBANY The Trade Centre, Cnr. Rosedale Road & Tawa Drive Phone: 09 415 7581 Open: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm Sat 9am - 4pm www.carpetcourt.co.nz TERMS & CONDITIONS: *Conditions apply. House full of carpet based on 21l/m. Price includes carpet (Wembley), 9.5mm underlay, and smoothedge. excludes stair labour and all other items or services needed will be additional to the special price. **Conditions apply. Promotion runs until the 14th February 2013 or while stocks last. See in store for full terms and conditions. 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After a story in the North Shore Times on January 17, Green Bay woman Alison Withers began the Facebook page The Lemon Tree Revol- ution. Initially when I read the article I thought right let s do this to give the big middle finger to this kind of non- sense bureaucracy. Ms Withers planted a lemon tree on the verge out- side her home in an act of rebellion against Auckland Transport. An Auckland Transport spokesman says trees should not be planted on roadside berms as they will encourage vermin, possibly block sight lines and could become a safety issue by attracting people to roadsides to gather fruit. The application fee covers the time spent by council departments to assess whether the tree will encroach on existing road use. The $1000 fee is a social injustice, Ms Withers says. The council should be funding and supporting initiatives like these. Here we are expected to look after our own berms, we are slaves of the land, yet we are not allowed to make use of it. The fact they are charg- ing such a ludicrous amount is corporatism and bullying, she says. The lone lemon tree out- side her property has been nicknamed Victory and will soon be accompanied by a feijoa tree, Ms Withers says. With almost 100 followers on Facebook Ms Withers says her act of defiance is gaining support and five oth- ers have stated they too will plant fruit trees on public land. She says so far nobody from Auckland Transport has contacted her, but if she had to choose between removing the tree and serv- ing a prison sentence she would go to prison. The fine for planting a fruit tree on public land without Auckland Transport approval is $1000 plus $50 for every day it remains there. If anybody gets their hands on Victory they will have me to answer to. Rapid growth a big worry for Grey Power director Auckland needs to rethink whether it can cope with a million more people and another 300,000 cars, Grey Power says. Horrific traffic congestion at Long Bay this summer highlights the need for a realistic assessment of planned growth and housing intensification, Grey Power Auckland director Bill Rayner says. Grey Power will be press- ing the Auckland Council to hold a population policy forum to reconsider the ability of the city to cope with an increase of a million more people over the next 25 years, Mr Rayner says. Traffic congestion is criti- cal at peak times now and it is very difficult to see how even inspired planning and highly effective infrastruc- ture building can cope with an extra million people in such a short time. Early talks on intensifi- cation for Takapuna and Milford are causing major concern and opposition about the impact on the environ- ment and lifestyles, he says. It is just fanciful to expect land and house prices to stop rising when there is such a major expected flow of people into the city. Schools are already using their playing fields and open space to build new class- rooms to cope with role increases, he says. COMMUNITY EVENTS The Rawene Centre offers low-cost community English classes during the mornings in Birkenhead. A new intake at beginner level begins on January 30. The next classes at this level won t be until July so people with little English know- ledge are urged to sign up quickly. Classes at higher levels are also restarting. Go to rawenecentre.org.nz or phone 418 3031 for more information. Do you enjoy playing cards and have about three hours free fortnightly on Monday afternoons? Then join a friendly senior group playing canasta, 500 and other games in the downstairs room of the Takapuna Bridge Club, Kil- larney St. The group meets from 12.45pm, every second Monday, including statutory holidays. Phone Norma 410 8281 or Maureen 441 9510. Kaipatiki Project runs a series of native plant propa- gation workshops on Tuesday mornings for eight weeks from February 12. The Nursery Bites ses- sions take place at the Kai- patiki Project Environment Centre, 17 Lauderdale Rd, Birkdale from 9.30am till 12.30pm (morning tea included). Places are limited so book- ings are essential. Go to kaipatiki.org.nz/ courses or phone 482 1172 to book or for more infor- mation. Age Concern North Shore apologises for providing the wrong phone number for a recent article about the opening of its op shop. The group is also sorry for the inconvenience this has caused to a private number. The correct office phone number is 489 4975.
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