North Shore Times : February 20th 2014
www.northshoretimes.co.nz NEWS NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 20, 2014 3 Lobby group $20k in debt But the Milford Residents Association will keep trying, reports Simon Maude. PARTIAL success at limiting highrise apartments in Milford to 12 storeys instead of the proposed 16 has come at a high price for residents. An attempt by the Milford Residents Association to get legal aid to recoup the $42,000 it cost to fight New Zealand Retail Property Group has failed. Last year, the MRA had applied to the Ministry of Environment’s Environmental Legal Assistance Fund (ELAF) to help pay its legal bills. Under that fund, not-for-profit groups seeking to highlight environmental issues of high public interest, can get up to $40,000 in legal aid. The decision was a blow for MRA co-chair Norma Bott: ‘‘It was a bit of a shock really, we were hoping to at least get a little bit,’’ she says. In a pre-Christmas decision, the ELAF’s advisory panel ruled the association’s focus was too local and the final decision over a legal battle it’s involved in wouldn’t set a nationwide precedent. Virtual realty: A computer rendition shows the high rise profile the Milford Residents Association has gone into debt fighting. But the MRA is re-applying for aid. It is challenging the panel’s decision over the significance of a zoning change for Milford Mall. ‘‘We’d like to go back and have another go,’’ Ms Bott says. The MRA along with Auckland Council fought the Milford Centre Ltd, owners of Milford Mall, over development plans. The company, a division of the New Zealand Retail Property Group, wanted to build apartment blocks up to 16 storeys high above the mall, but Auckland Council rejected their plans. An Environment Court appeal by Photo: SUPPLIED the Milford Centre seeking to overturn council’s ruling resulted in a compromise decision - 12 storeys can now be built instead of the 16 sought. Since the ELAF’s decision, the incorporated association has whittled down its unpaid bills to ‘‘about $20,000’’ through movie night fundraisers and member donations, Ms Bott says. But fundraising is a distraction for the MRA, which wants to continue advocating after the court decision, she says. ‘‘We’ve got to keep fundraising instead of putting our energies into our other little projects.’’ Ice cream team forced to pull its sweet treats By SIMON MAUDE A big chunk of supermarket freezer space is empty after New Zealand’s second-largest ice cream maker had to pull many of its products. The Kiwi Icecream Company, makers of Kiwi and Much Moore ice creams, has recalled 23 flavours. The Ministry for Primary Industries says 2- and 5-litre tubs of frozen products were recalled as a precautionary measure last week after product was repacked in unlicensed food premises. Supermarkets contacted say Sweet retreat: Much Moore and Kiwi have recalled 23 brands of ice cream they make. Photo: SIMONMAUDE they acted swiftly on the recall notice. A spokesperson for Foodstuffs, which owns NewWorld and Pak ‘n Save supermarkets, says it removed a significant amount of ice cream from its fridges. Countdown supermarkets says it has disposed of its stocks of Kiwi and MuchMoore ice cream on site. The Glenfield-based Kiwi Icecream Company has yet to respond to Fairfax inquiries. Anyone who has bought one of the affected brands can be refunded by the store they bought it from. ❚ Go to foodsmart.govt.nz/elibrary/ consumer/recall-11-02-14-icecream-and-frozen-dessert for more details. FROM HERE. GET WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. Foundation Education www.unitec.ac.nz TO HERE.
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