North Shore Times : January 30th 2014
10 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 30, 2014 NEWS www.northshoretimes.co.nz I just wanted to let you know about the exceptional response we had to a recent promotion, run through the North Shore Times.” 13 January 2014 David Penny Northern Regional Manager Fairfax Media Auckland Dear David A Happy New Year to you and all your readers. I just wanted to let you know about the exceptional response we had to a recent promotion, run through the North Shore Times. The aim was to encourage people who had perhaps not thought of using the Northern Express Bus Service before to “give it a go”. Well, that they certainly did. Over the course of the promotional weekend more than 9000 people took the opportunity to use the service to/from the CBD; those numbers are up more than 250% on average customer numbers. The promotion was a huge success in terms of getting people to use this fast, frequent and reliable form of transport. It also shows the breadth of coverage and readership that this newspaper has on the Shore. Kind regards Mark Lambert Group Manager Public Transport www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz Suburban Newspapers Auckland National to focus on issues that matter Recharged after the break, I’m looking forward to representing you again as your local North Shore Member of Parliament. The Prime Minister has already made it clear as we go into this election year we will not be distracted by political side shows. Instead, this John Key-led Government will continue to focus on the issues that matter to everyone – a stronger economy, more jobs and better frontline health and education services. The PM announced this week that we are investing an extra $359 million over the next four years to lift achievement in our schools which is an investment in our most valuable assets, our youth. Every child deserves the best education possible and providing that solid foundation means we need more outstanding teachers and to strengthen leadership in our schools. We want to recognise excellent teachers and principals, keep good teachers in the classroom, and to share expertise across schools which has signed up to connect to the Network for Learning (N4L) managed network. Through this network, our Government is picking up the cost to provide schools with safe, reliable and fast internet. We have committed for the benefit of our children. Our current system all too often sees teachers moving out of the classroom to advance their careers which means our children can lose the opportunity to learn from the best. To help change that pattern and strengthen leadership, we have introduced four new roles: Executive Principal, Expert Teacher, Lead Teacher, and Change Principal to help ensure our best teachers can advance their careers while staying in front of our children in the classroom. I am sure there will be tangible advantages for some of our local schools. Well done to Vauxhall School in Devonport $211 million over eight years to establish the network and to provide schools with a funded connection to it. This better internet access and connectivity with the world will prepare students for living and working in the 21st Century. Ensuring every child gets a good education is one of the most important things we can do to raise living standards, and build a more competitive and productive economy. Business confidence is booming and is now the highest it’s been since February 1999. Confident businesses make decisions about investing and growing their businesses and employing more people which is all good news for the Shore. Our sound management of the economy means we head into 2014 with strong economic growth of 3.5 per cent making New Zealand one of the fastest growing economies in the developed world, including Australia. We set a target to get the Government’s books back to surplus by 2014-15 and to start paying off debt and we’re on track to achieve that important goal. The range of targeted micro-economic reforms currently underway through the Business Growth Agenda is helping to lift productivity and competitiveness and encourage a broad range of local businesses to grow. There are many suc- cessful enterprises on the Shore and it’s no coincidence they are run by talented leaders who understand the dynamics involved in building strong teams. Partners Life and Boo- ktrack are two Takapuna companies already making their mark as are other northern winners of the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2013. That’s even more good news for our young people. Toi Aotearoa presenting sponsor New Zealand art: Explore a summer showcase of new exhibitions and events. Edward Friström, Pohutukawa c1905 (detail), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. See this work in Toi Aotearoa.
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