North Shore Times : May 26th 2011
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, MAY 26, 2011 NEWS Best of Fresh for Less Normal trading hours Mon - Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm. All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin NST26/5 Greville Road, Albany Ph (09) 475 5271 174 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead Ph (09) 419 8006 Cnr Kitchener & Shakespeare Roads, Milford Ph (09) 489 8964 343 Albany Highway North Harbour Ph (09) 448 5569 Pukekohe Brushed Potatoes $7.99bag Extra Large Green Kiwifruit 99¢bag Sproutmans Mesclun $2.89bag Large Celery $1.49ea Fresh Persimmons $2.69kg Fresh Cabbages $1.49ea Seedless & Ezy Peel Mandarins $2.99kg Granny Smith & Braeburn Apples $1.99bag 2kg 180g 1kg 10kg Rate rise less than expected By LIZ WILLIS RATES are set to rise by about 4 percent -- substan- tially less than the former North Shore City Council s predicted increase. Auckland Council initially expected a 4.9 per cent rise but has found $81 million in savings. The North Shore council expected a 5.5 percent rates increase for 2011/2012 and a 6.9 percent water rates increase. Late last week Auckland Council slashed its increase to 3.7 percent and Shore councillor Ann Hartley predicts it will settle on a maximum rise of 4.1 percent. The average Shore water billisduetodropbyupto $70 a year. Many of the savings relate to amalgamation with the single supercity council able to get a better deal by buying in bulk and for services like insurance, Mrs Hartley says. A moratorium on road works for about three months around the Rugby World Cup also contributes to savings. Fellow Shore councillor George Wood says he was supportive of amalgamation and the savings are an indi- cation of potential benefits. About $5 million was saved in insurance alone, he says. Delaying some transport projects because of the Rugby World Cup saved about $15 million to $20 million, Mr Wood says. Mayor Len Brown says the council is focused on reduc- ing the impact of rates on families . My focus has always been to achieve affordable rates increases close to the rate of inflation, at the same time as continuing to invest in our communities and achieve bal- ance and growth. Dope growing operation nipped in the bud By MICHELLE ROBINSON A complex cannabis growing operation has been uncovered in Northcote. Members of the Glenfield Community Policing Centre made the discovery while executing a search warrant at a Tonar St address this month. The cultivation included 64 mature plants and associated paraphernalia, police say. Concerned neighbours had notified Northcote com- munity constable Mark Wakefield who sparked the search. Police are continuing to seek the male occupant of the address who is known to police. While the incident appears to be isolated, police say they are keen to hear from anyone concerned about suspicious behaviour in the community. Warm welcome: Beach Haven Primary's kapa haka group gave an enthusiastic performance at the opening of the school's new library. Photo: BEN WATSON School library rocks By MICHELLE ROBINSON Bookworms are spoilt for choice at the new Beach Haven Primary library. It was opened with cheers from pupils and staff alike. It replaces the school s original library which has undergone facelifts during its 50-year history but needed an overhaul. It was a very dingy, dirty old library, deputy princi- pal Judy Mathias says. So this is tremendous. Birkenhead Licensing Trust contributed $100,000 towards the building. And the school is still fundraising hard for cata- logue machines and furni- ture. The facility is especially vital for the school com- munity -- the nearest public libraries are in Birkenhead and Glenfield, Ms Mathias says. Pupils can also access broadband at the school library computers. After years of ideas and planning, the library was opened with an enthusiastic haka and powhiri from the school s kapa haka group, and all-school singalong. Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman and Labour candi- date for Northcote Paula Gillon were there to open the building. Mr Coleman talked about his daughter Madison s favourite book Angelina Bal- lerina, and that of his baby son Jack, That s Not My Robot. To be honest he eats it more than reads it. He told pupils how great itisforthemtobeableto borrow books and then rec- ommend them to friends. Tamariki, get in there and read as much as you can. Reading is one of the greatest things you can get out of school. Miss Saigon a smashing hit North Shore Operatic's Society's performance of Miss Saigon has been a smash hit. Go to www.northshoretimes.co.nz and click on latest edition to see a picture special from the show's opening night.
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