North Shore Times : December 21st 2010
4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 21, 2010 NEWS 2581399AB Cnr Ocean View Rd & Hillcrest Ave • Northcote OPEN 7 DAYS: 6.30am-6.30pm PH 419 2657 www.simplyfreshproduce.co.nz The staff here at Simply Fresh would like to thank all our customers for their support during the year, and wish you a Merry Christmas A journey for polio Kind donations: Class councillors Ella Pearson, 11, left, and Yeonji Lee, 9, presented their gold coin collection to Ollie Macindoe, left, and Xaver Hausner. Ken Linkhorn By LISA HONEYBONE Two men cycling the length of the country stopped off at Takapuna Primary on day eight of their 54-day journey. Former Kristin student Ollie Macindoe, 23, and his friend Xaver Hausner, 24, are raising money for Rotary s worldwide campaign to end polio. Enroute to Devonport, they breaked at Taka- puna Primary where the kids had collected $84 at a gold coin collection. Xaver is a student from Germany who has spent a year at Victoria University in Wellington as a Rotary Ambassa- dorial Scholar. He and Ollie are both keen cyclists and they wanted to do something memorable, so decided on a 3358km big bike ride from North Cape to Bluff. We wanted to com- bine the adventure with supporting a good cause, they say. Rotary clubs enroute are fundraising for the boys as well as helping out with accommodation and food. All the donations are being matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Takapuna resident and Rotary Club member Ken Linkhorn helped to collect more than $350 outside the Takapuna post office. He wasn t able to meet the boys but he says it s fantastic what they are doing. Mr Linkhorn spent three months in hospital with polio when he was five years old and con- siders himself one of the lucky ones . He is a huge supporter of Rotary s efforts to rid the world of polio and heads to India in Janu- ary to volunteer for an immunisation day. Visit www.polio.org.nz to follow the riders daily blogs. New cycleway will help learners ride on roads By MICHELLE ROBINSON A cycleway for children learning to ride has been completed at Onepoto Domain in Northcote. The cycleway extends from the existing tricycle trail and is aimed at older children learning to ride on roads. The 250-metre asphalt cycleway cost $150,000 and was funded by the former North Shore City Council and Birkenhead- Northcote Community Board. Along the trail there are bike manoeuvres, including bumps, wavy paths, a wobble bridge and bike balance which are complimented by road imagery such as stop signs, intersections and a roundabout. The cycleway was designed to fit into the natural environment with natural timbers and artworks, as well as a lay-by with picnic table and bike stands. Kaipatiki Local Board chairwoman Lindsay Waugh says the track is good and she s ridden it a couple of times herself. It s a good ride as well as a learning environ- ment, she says. Kids used to learn to ride in carparks but now they re so busy. Vandals destroy dwarf Kiwi Christmas tree By SARAH CODDINGTON A Narrow Neck resi- dent was devastated to see a native Christmas tree destroyed by vandals right before it was about to flower. A dwarf pohutukawa that was recently planted by the Auck- land Council had its branches torn off and structure damage. It is uncertain if it will sur- vive. The woman, who does want to be named, says the tree was special to her because her father who once owned the property loved pohutukawa trees and used to write poems about them. When I opened my curtains and saw what happened it was just devastating, especially this time of year, she says. She requested the tree be planted outside her property as a replacement of another council-owned tree that died. It was just starting to bud and I had been looking forward to it flowering, she says. The council will inspect the tree to see if it will survive.
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