North Shore Times : February 7th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 7, 2013 NEWS 9915-1 NST Cnr Greville Rd and Hugh Green Drive, Albany. Ph: 09 477 2750. Mon-Fri 7.00am - 5.30pm. Sat & Sun 8.00am - 5.30pm. Offers valid to Sunday 10th February 2013, while stocks last. Prices valid at Palmers Planet only. Stocks are limited, discounts on store stock only. Check us out online : palmersplanet.co.nz Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/palmersplanet ENTRANCE ON HUGH GREEN DRIVE Anemone or Ranunculus 20 pack bulbs Valentine's Day Bouquet Only $49.99 pickup $15 courier Auckland-wide. Book early! New Season's vege or flower seeds Potted Colour Herbs Plant now! 5 for 1000 8 for 1000 2 for 500 3 for 1000 Election signs bylaw By JESS ETHERIDGE A new bylaw relating to elec- tion signs is being proposed. Auckland Transport wants public feedback on the regu- lation of hoardings across Auckland for general and local body elections. Different rules apply ac- ross Auckland and this inconsistency can cause con- fusion and uncertainty for candidates, political parties and the public, Auckland Transport says. North Shore hoardings have come under fire in the past from both the public and politicians. In 1995, Albany Residents and Ratepayers Association called for electioneering hoardings to be banned from the 1998 local body elections. Four years later, former North Shore City Council mayor George Wood, now an Auckland councillor, joined the chorus to ban hoardings. Police investigated the thefts of a considerable num- ber of election hoardings on the North Shore during the 2008 election. Auckland Transport, a council controlled- organisation, is proposing standard rules across the city. The bylaw will allow for elections signs to be dis- played on specified public sites visible from the road, private sites and on vehicles. It proposes specific rules, focused primarily on safety and appropriate use of the road, for matters such as construction strength, where signs can be put, the style of sign, types of vehicles that can display signs and the size of signs, Auckland Transport says. Signs can be no more than 3 square metres in area. The proposed bylaws can be viewed at tinyurl.com/ SignBylaws. Public feedback closes on February 28. Hard times for trees By MARNIE HALLAHAN Dry as a bone: Recently planted trees, like this one on Albert Rd in Devonport, are struggling to cope with the dry weather. A BIT of good citizenry'' is needed to bring thirsty trees planted on roadside verges back to life, Devonport Taka- puna Local Board chairman Chris Darby says. Mr Darby says the hot summer weather is taking its toll on trees planted by the Auckland Council in an effort to beautify our neigh- bourhoods. What 've seen is some quite advanced desiccation and we are at risk of losing these trees,'' he says. It would be great if people could take ownership of what's outside and chuck a bucket of water or something to help.'' Auckland Council has maintenance crews on the go, Mr Darby says, but they're unable to keep up with every tree in need of help. He says the trees in Devonport's Queens Pde and Albert Rd are looking especially dry. An Auckland-wide fire ban is in place because of the dry conditions. The ban in rural and urban areas covers rubbish fires, bonfires, backyard braziers, cooking fires and fireworks. Both residents and visitors to the region will need to do their part by tak- ing extra precautions and ensuring the ban is followed by everyone,'' principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle says. Northern regional park ranger Mathew Vujcich says park beachfront and dunes are particularly vulnerable. Gary Taylor of North Har- bour Water Carriers says his trucks are just keeping up with demand. We're still trying to do same-day service in Rodney from Kaukapakapa through to Dairy Flat, Coatesville, Riverhead, Okura and Greenhithe,'' he says. It's not as dry as it was about three years ago,'' Mr Taylor says. But there's no rain fore- cast here for a while.'' Our new blog takes on the big issues Face off: Richard Hills, left, and Joseph Bergin square off about the housing crisis on northshoretimes.co.nz. Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE By JESS ETHERIDGE Tackling the housing crisis is a hot topic on the North Shore Times' new political blog. The Abridged blog, featur- ing views from Devonport- Takapuna Local Board mem- ber Joseph Bergin and Kai- patiki Local Board's Richard Hills, went live on the north- shoretimes.co.nz website on January 29. Asked how would you fix the Auckland housing crisis'', Joseph and Richard took opposing views reflecting their political leanings. House prices are growing faster than incomes meaning it is more difficult to buy one, Joseph says. The National Party mem- ber believes the private sector can resolve the crisis. The best thing govern- ment, local or central, can do is get out of the way. The pri- vate sector is better at it and more efficient,'' he wrote. But Richard, a member of Labour, says the government must get involved as homelessness grows. The government and Auckland Council must work together to ensure emergency accommodation and more state rentals are available.'' Readers also got involved in the debate. Sam Droid says: The easy access to credit is still an issue. That is a Reserve Bank problem and there are some steps they can take to fix this but taking those steps does not seem a priority.'' But user TPR wrote: Nothing will change until Kiwis . . . claim their right to own their own piece of New Zealand land -- not a piece of a building.'' The Abridged blog was the fourth most read article on news website AucklandNow. co.nz. Read the blog at northshoretimes.co.nz.
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