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2 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, November 5, 2014 www.times.co.nz 126698 Kids Zumba now at My Gym! High energy and packed with kid friendly routines, kids get to be active and jam out to their favourite music while having heaps of fun! Don’t miss out, classes will fill quickly! Book your Free Trial class today! Free in November! * 1 free trial class plus rest of Nov free on enrolment. 274 4949 firstname.lastname@example.org 239c Burswood Drive, Pakuranga Howick Funeral Home CHAPEL • RECEPTION LOUNGE • OFFICE For personal, professional service to all districts at all hours 117937-V3 35 Wellington St Howick Ph 534 7300 Vernon Warren M.B.I.E., N.Z.E.A. Michael Rowe C.A. QUICK PUZZLE NO. 7681 ACROSS 7. Stage hand (5-7) 8. Sorrow (6) 9. Stone (6) 10. Quiet (7) 12. Shape (5) 15. Bird (5) 16. Boat (7) 18. Woman’s name (6) 20. Safe (6) 22. Continent (5,7) DOWN 1. Arachnid (8) 2. Joint (4) 3. Perfume (7) 4. Mad (5) 5. Obstinate (8) 6. Spoken (4) 11. Shop (8) 13. Sweet (8) 14. Attractive (7) 17. Wash (5) 19. Whip (4) 21. Mind (4) QUICK PUZZLE NO. 7680 - SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Afghanistan. 7, Zero. 8, Rosemary. 9, Strain. 10, Lackey. 12, Gratis. 15, Borzoi. 17, Opulence. 19, Omit. 20, Scintillate. Down - 1, Ignorant. 2, Barren. 3, Diesel. 4, Stem. 5, En- tree. 6, Agent . 11, Corporal. 13, Repose. 14, Sonata. 15, Beetle. 16, Olive. 18, Lair. TEN GREAT REASONS TO Out of town shops have done a good job of convincing us that local business equals expensive. If you add travel, fees to transfer items and your time, the overall cost is often much higher. REASON 4. Shopping local saves you money TIMES TALK OPINION, by PJ Taylor BUSTING to go and just holding on? Needing to take a tinkle, go for a pee – the most basic of human functions? You might be in Howick Vil- lage. Where to relieve oneself? And does this sound familiar? If you’re a visitor to the town – exactly what the Howick Village Business Association (HVBA) is trying to encourage in a variety of ways, every day – where does one find a public toilet? If you’re a stranger to these parts, even a long-time local, you might miss the one Auckland Council-provided outlet in the bustling Howick Village, in the town square next to the Infor- mation Centre in Picton Street. Follow your nose. However, these loos take a pounding, literally. The ladies – apparently – has only two cubi- cles, while the guys has one toilet and a urinal. That’s not many toilets to service a large number of resi- dent and ratepayer patrons in a big public place, and especially for the popular Howick Village Market on Saturdays. Communication to the Times down the years has reported the council toilets can be found in a dreadful state at certain times of the day, despite the coun- cil’s efforts to stay on top of the mess. The red-brick Moore Street public toilets, next to the car park, became an infamous land- mark for unsavoury, antisocial behaviour, and the doors were firmly locked to it a few years ago. Howick businesses are oblig- ing, when possible, to accom- modate their customers’ call of nature, and the bars and cafes are too, while the public houses, pubs such as The Good Home and Barrel Inn, have a long tradi- tion of letting passers-by nip-in to use their latrines. It’s also about playing their part in serving the community, just as the churches open their doors and loos to the public on the day when there are more people in town than for any other event, the Howick Santa Parade, this year on Sunday, November 30. When asked if Howick Vil- lage needs more public toilets, the HVBA town centre manager Jenny Foster says: “Yes. We are desperate. It’s long overdue.” It’s time the council and How- ick Local Board took a good hard look at the issue of lack of suf- ficient public toilets in Howick Village. As local board member Bob Wichman, of the Botany subdi- vision, wrote in a letter to the Times earlier this year: ‘You can spend a dollar in Howick, but it appears it’s very difficult to spend a penny. ‘One of the most desperate needs for Howick Village is pub- lic toilets. ‘Three years ago, the men’s toilet in Moore Street was closed and locked. ‘Since then there hasn’t been a public toilet to take its place. ‘Shopkeepers are constantly being asked if the public can use their toilets. ‘And it’s not easy for retailers to turn away desperate children, but they should not have to pro- vide public toilets.’ Mr Wichman wrote on to sug- gest an ‘excellent possible loca- tion’ for new public toilets would be on Hawthornden Reserve in Cook Street. Another place would be at the opposite end of Howick Village, near or on the Crawford and Stockade Hill Reserves, where large numbers of people venture to. Is this happening in your ■ town and community in the Howick ward? Are there enough public toilets? Email editor@ times.co.nz. Howick Village requires more public toilets. Times image Can council answer call of nature? Howick needs LOO!
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