North Shore Times : February 14th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 NEWS 0508 PLATINUM (752 846) Platinum Homes local (09) 421 0138 www.platinumhomes.co.nz New Millwater Showhome 5024093AC FAMILY DINING LOUNGE MASTER GARAGE BED BED BED SHOWHOMES OPEN 10AM-4PM 7 DAYS Millwater - 391 Millwater Parkway, Millwater Wiltshire - 2 Flavell Drive, Orewa IN BRIEFH 1 Latino festival Kids can come dressed as their favourite superhero to the Milford Latino Festival and Market Day this weekend. The lively event will have free facepainting, bands, a zumba performance and craft and food stalls. Shuttles will run between the village square and Lake Pupuke for the Head of the Harbour rowing regatta. The festival is on February 16, 9.30am to 2pm in Milford Mall, Milford Village Square, Kitchener Rd and Dobson Ave. Entertainment starts at 10.30am. Scottish dance Milford Scottish Country Dance Club has been around for 50 years and is still going strong. Members enjoy the social dancing of Scotland for fun, fitness and friendship. A partner is not required but enthusiasm, an average level of fitness and a good sense of humour are. Soft soled shoes and loose cool clothing is a good idea. A children's group for those seven years and older resumes on March 7 at 5pm. The club is holding open nights for all ages on February 21 and 28 at 7.30pm in the Senior Citizens Hall (behind New World) Milford. Call Lois 959 0185 or Erin 482 1927 for further information . Markets The Browns Bay Craft Market and Milford Village Square Markets will feature live music and artisan craft and food stalls. Two stalls per market are available free of charge for fundraising events and organisations. Contact Annamaria on 021 145 0640 or email craftmarketandbazaar@ gmail.com for more information. The markets in Browns Bay are on the third or fourth Saturday of every month from 9.30am to 2pm at Phoenix Plaza, 53a Clyde Rd. Upcoming dates are February 23, March 23 and April 20. The Milford markets are on March 9 and April 6 from 9.30am to 2pm in the Milford Village Square on Kitchener Rd. Photo stirs debate By MARYKE PENMAN Hot topic: This photo of the Maori flag flying from the harbour bridge on Waitangi Day was posted on Facebook by North Shore councillor George Wood. Photo: GEORGE WOOD George Wood HEATED debate has erupted after a councillor posted a photo of the Maori flag flying on the harbour bridge this Waitangi Day. North Shore councillor George Wood posted the photo on Facebook with the comment Is this the price of MMP? New flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge! He admits to taking the photo on his phone illegally while driving but says the debate over the flying of the Maori flag is of far more sig- nificance. It has raised such a response that it is clearly a deep seated issue. By flying two flags on the harbour bridge the govern- ment is approving that a Maori flag is also gaining credibility and acceptance. New Zealand then ends up in a situation where it has two flags. The NZTA states that gen- erally the New Zealand flag is the only one to be flown from the bridge and it is up to the government to determine whether any other flags may be flown and on what occa- sions. In 2009 Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples rallied for the Maori flag to be flown alongside the national flag on Waitangi Day. He believed it would foster relations between the Crown and Maori. Following a public hui the tino rangatiratanga flag was chosen as the preferred Maori flag and it was approved to fly at sites of national signifi- cance on Waitangi Day. Mr Wood says flying two flags is encouraging separat- ism when we should be work- ing harder to unify as a country. Segregation is something we should avoid at all costs. If we don t we ll end up in a horrible situation for future generations. The photo incited almost 90 comments by the following day. Facebook users were drawn into debate over whether FFP should be rein- troduced over MMP and whether the two flags flying side by side symbolises unity or segregation. The argument about whether it is time for New Zealand to adopt a new natio- nal flag was also revisited. Changing the flag is a huge monumental decision. It should not be taken lightly, he says. So many people have cher- ished our flag, they ve gone to war under it and in the old days you fought for king and country, Mr Wood says. But there may now need to be a government referendum on the subject, he says. The closeness to Australia causes a lot of confusion, the fact we are only differen- tiated by one star. New Zealanders go over- seas to sporting fixtures with the silver fern flag. Now that s saying something. Kiwis switch on to passport renewal over the internet Ticket to ride: Julia Cowdell, left, with Shore MP Maggie Barry. Mrs Cowdell saved money and time by renewing her passport online. It took a leap of faith but Julia Cowdell has become the 20,000th Kiwi to embrace a new service. The Devonport resident used her basic computer skills to renew her passport online using the Department of Internal Affairs website. Ms Cowdell says came kicking and screaming into the computer age but the lure of saving money by ren- ewing online was too much. The process was pretty easy, she says, and within four working days she had her new passport. Renewing online costs $124.50, a saving of about $10. New Zealand is believed to be the only country in the world that allows people over 16 to renew their pass- ports entirely online. North Shore MP Maggie Barry says it s great to see the service that started late last year being embraced. Ms Barry recalls once tak- ing one and a half hours to fill in forms and queue to renew her passport. The take-up rates are being measured as part of the government s drive to improve the quality and efficiency of our public services. This milestone is on track with our 2017 tar- get, that an average of 70 per cent of the most common transactions with govern- ment are completed elec- tronically. Meanwhile Ms Barry is about to hold true to another political promise and move to the Shore. On Christmas Eve she signed a deal to buy a Devonport house and is due to move in at Easter. Go to passports.co.nz for passport renewal information.
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