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World and Olympic champion shot-putter Ms Adams, recently crowned world athlete of the year, would be the special guest and dinner would be cooked by no less than this year’s TV Mas- terChef NZ winners, Karena and Kasey Bird. The auction was part of a fund- raising evening last July for the Duffy Books in Homes project organised by the Alan Duff Char- itable Foundation. The foundation delivers free books to more than 100,000 New Zealand children in 748 lower- decile schools and early child- hood centres three times a year. The schools and centres are spread from the Far North to Bluff. The July event included a three-course meal at Central Auckland’s Langham Hotel, entertainment and a keynote address by Dr Ben Carson, a vis- iting United States surgeon and a champion of the Duffy Books cause. The Moffitts’ prize allowed them to invite eight guests and Ms Adams to dinner. Mrs Moffit says it was a “fantastic evening, there was a lot of laughter and the food was wonderful”. “Karena and Kasey were very well organised in a home kitchen completely unknown to them and were totally professional in their approach, conduct and the quality of their food. “Their attention to detail shone through, along with their delightful personalities,” she says. “They were able to sit down with us during dessert and chat about their MasterChef experi- ence and life since winning.” Valerie, Mrs Moffitt says: “Was such an entertaining guest, laid- back, humorous and certainly put everyone at ease. “Conversation at the table ranged over many topics. “For all of us, it was easy to forget that we were sharing an evening with a living New Zea- land icon, as having Valerie was like having a friendly neighbour popping over to visit for a meal. “And she is, in fact, a neigh- bour, living only about 30m from our home, unbeknown to both of us,” Mrs Moffitt says. “I think she enjoyed it as much as we did. “This was a truly memorable evening and a great pre-Christ- mas celebration.” Hosting a special dinner, from left, Allan Moffitt; Karena and Kasey Bird, the 2014 TV MasterChef NZ winners; Anne Moffitt; and shot-put champion Valerie Adams. Photo supplied Look who came for dinner Board parades plan priorities By Marianne Kelly COMMUNITY facilities at Flat Bush, developing the Half Moon Bay transport hub, and continued investment in Barry Curtis and Lloyd Elsmore Parks dominates the Howick Local Board’s priorities in Auckland Council’s 10-year long-term plan (LTP). Board chairman David Collings says the budget in the draft LTP has been fully reviewed and as a result, the board has considered its priorities and looked at what can be achieved with the funding available. “ We’re committed to making sure we use your rates efficiently and focus on the things that are essential for our area,” he says. “ To keep rates affordable, we need to plan sensibly for the future.” Proposals for funding in the LTP are: 2015/2016 Continue the coastal management programme ■ of sand replenishment and beach restoration. Progress redevelopment of Howick’s Uxbridge ■ Creative Centre ($1.1 million). Continue to fund community projects and local ■ events. Further develop Barry Curtis Park, walkways, ■ cycleways and play space at Flat Bush ($1.7m). Upgrade Flat Bush water quality ponds ($7.8m). ■ 2016-2025 Flat Bush – develop the multi-use community ■ facility ($4.7m), library ($16.8m) and aquatic centre ($29.1m). Flat Bush play space ($1m). ■ Develop sports fields and install artificial turf on ■ key sports parks ($6.3m). Continue developing Barry Curtis Park ($13.2m). ■ Develop Flat Bush green fingers, Murphy’s Park ■ and Tamaki Inlet walkway. Extend existing walkways and cycleways and ■ include informative signage. Continue upgrading Flat Bush water quality ■ ponds ($15.6m). Public consultation on the LTP is held this January-February and Mr Collings is encouraging residents to submit their feedback. For example, a regional proposal to standardise library opening hours may have some impact on Pakuranga, Highland Park, Howick and Botany libraries. The local board currently funds additional hours to keep libraries in the ward open longer and proposes to continue this, he says. He’s asking Howick residents to indicate whether the board should keep on funding additional library opening hours. He says the board intends to advocate to Auckland Transport to make public transport in the south-east a priority, along with developing Half Moon Bay as a transport hub. Not all work at Half Moon Bay will be completed under the basic transport network plan and Mr Collings is asking for residents’ views on alternative funding. Other key advocacy areas include completing the Pakuranga Town Centre Master Plan to align with the AMETI (Auckland Manukau East Transport Initiative) project, continuing to invest in infrastructure in existing and new areas of growth, and ensuring that a regional approach is provided for the management of coastal erosion. Public consultation on the draft LTP will be ■ called for in January and February and public hearings are in April. Local boards will then adopt their agreements with the council and the governing body will adopt the final plan in June. Written feedback can be sent in a form, online or ■ hard copy, available at www.shapeauckland.co.nz, or libraries and council service centres.
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