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8 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, December 10, 2014 www.times.co.nz 16 Bishop Dunn Pl, (next to Mega Mitre 10) Flat Bush. OPEN 7 DAYS 8.30am-7pm 128143 FRESH FRUIT & VEGETABLES 1⁄2 LIMIT APPLIES welcome home 128242 Veronica Lee M021886866P092716868 E firstname.lastname@example.org Dannemora 09 271 6199 Ramiza Edwards M 021 462 994 A/H 09 250 1366 E email@example.com Dannemora 09 271 6199 3 1 2 2 2 Build many family dreams here With a large fully fenced corner section and surrounding trees this home will give you the perfect setting to enjoy many memorable times together with your family and friends. The formal dining area, separate laundry, additional storage shed, and ensuite are all the extras that you may have been dreaming about however could not afford previously. Owners are looking for a quick sale so don’t miss out and come see us at the Open Homes or give us a call for further details. Auction: 12pm 16 December 2014 Manukau Sports Bowl (unless sold prior) View: 12-1 .30pm Saturday/Sunday and 5-6pm Thursday www.barfoot.co.nz/534825 Pakuranga 121 Archmillen Ave 120358 True costs of rail I MUST say I’m disappointed. All day and every day, Auckland resi- dents complain about their rates increases, which by the way will be an average of 5.9 per cent, not 3.5 per cent as we are lead to believe. Commercial rates are going down to an average of 1.8 per cent, which pushes residential rates up to an average of 5.9 per cent, the two together being an increase average of 3.5 per cent as quoted. With smoke and mirrors we are told that the council debt is well within commercial debt ratios, with interest payments of $1 million a day, and that is just the interest on the debt. We are now told $94m per annum is to run the proposed city rail scheme. When will it all stop? That means we will all be paying hundreds of dollars per ratepayer, and that is without even buying a ticket. I have put forward an idea to save the city $2 billion to $4b and nobody shows much interest at all, not even a word from the Auckland Council telling me why they think it won’t work. Making Newmarket a terminal/ transit station, and the end of the line for south and west rail serv- ices, with a train to Britomart every four minutes (an eight-minute journey) will take the pressure off the rail system, and best of all the financial pressure off the ever suf- fering ratepayer. Why not give it a try, tracks and platforms are there, all in place wait- ing to go at no cost, except maybe to someone’s pride. Bob Wichman, Howick Local Board (Botany) Enjoyable Times THANK you for the very informa- tive Howick and Botany Times of November 19. Of particular interest I found: The home fires burning by Mar- ■■ ianne Kelly. The Sancta Maria Catholic ■■ College welcome for Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross and the Chinese delegation. As a tree lover, the Wollemi ■■ Pine story, of which I’m very well informed. The excellent fashion display ■■ at the Dannemora Gardens village and, the Midnight Madness gather- ing photos. All good stuff, there was a little bit for everybody. Charles Chenery, East Tamaki GREY Power Howick/Pakuranga Association is strongly opposed to the Auckland Council’s proposal to have fireplaces and wood burners removed from houses for the reasons (Times Talk, November 20): ■ There is no evidence to support the premise that fireplaces and wood burners are a health hazard and that anyone has died as a result. To the contrary, they help keep our elderly citizens and others warm during winter and help to prevent illnesses caused by the cold. ■ Electricity prices are a major concern of the elderly, particularly those who have superannuation as their sole form of income. We have evidence that elderly people go to bed in winter to keep warm, rather than switch on a heater. ■ If pollution is a problem, then a hard look at diesel powered vehicles needs to be taken, as well as what happens to the tonnes of rubber that is worn off tyres every year. It appears to our association that the council seems to be devising multiple ways to make things difficult and more expensive for its ratepayers who are easy targets. Is this also part of the Agenda 21 programme? For further information on wood burners, fireplaces and pollution, it’s suggested you read the New Zealand Centre for Political Research newsletter of November 7, produced by Dr Muriel Newman. Arthur Moore, Grey Power Howick/Pakuranga president LET us kEEp our oWN firEpLacEs The Auckland Council is to consider banning old residential open fireplaces and wood burners in the new year. Photo supplied Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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