Howick and Pakuranga Times
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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Thursday, January 22, 2015 — 13 127309 New GPs join the team at Highland Park Medical Dr Tony Chang Dr Sherine Tobias HIGHBROOK BUSINESS HOUSE FUN RUN WALK Wednesday, February 25 5 or 10km Run or 5km Walk around Highbrook Park land. Starts 5.30pm, assemble from 4pm HIGHBROOK BUSINESS HOUSE FUN RUN Wednesday, February 25 5 or 10km Run or 5km Walk around Highbrook Park land. Starts 5.3 HIGHBROOK BUSINESS HOUSE FUN RUN Wednesday, February 25 5 or 10km Run or 5km Walk around Highbrook Park land. See website for full details www.highbrookrotary.org.nz or phone 537 6206 Individual / Team / Company Event. Early bird entry fee: Teams of 4 $72, Individuals $20. Entries close February 22, 5pm. Limited entries. TEAM / INDIVIDUAL PRIZES CONFERENCE SUITES HIGHBROOK 2014 Key Sponsor A Highbrook Rotary Club initiative 127779 All profits to: And other local charities. CONFERENCE SUITES HIGHBROOK 2014 Key Sponsor MIDDLEMORE FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH INNOVATION CONFERENCE SUITES HIGHBROOK HIGHBROOK BUSINESS HOUSE Wednesday 25th February, 2015 5.30pm start ENTER ONLINE AT www.highbrookrotary.org.nz 5 or 10km run 5km walk FUN RUN WALK Sponsors: The ownership of Howick Funeral Home has recently changed. Well known for empathy in deal- ing with grieving families and friends, the company will continue to make this their focus. Robert Johnstone and Mark Row- ley have taken over from the previous proprietor Vern Warren. However, Vern will still be available on a consultancy basis to offer his expertise. Robert is already well-known to many locals, having worked with the funeral home for the past eight years. The new face in the business is Mark Rowley who has been involved in the funeral profession for more than three decades, as has Robert. Both Robert and Mark are car- ing and compassionate individuals with extensive experience in serving bereaved families. They consider it a privilege to be able to provide a service with empathy and respect and are very sensitive when considering cultural traditions and per- sonal wishes for organising a funeral. Robert started work as a qualified joiner before beginning his career in the funeral profession at Onehunga. He has lived in Howick since 1996. Mark began work as a funeral direc- tor on Auckland’s North Shore some 30 years ago. He is also a qualified embalmer. Howick Funeral Home was estab- lished in 1991, originally based in Selwyn Road, and then moving to the Wellington Street site. The largest funeral facility in the Howick/Pakuranga area, it is based in a spacious complex. This includes a comfortable, air-conditioned chapel, three private viewing rooms, casket selection room, offices, family lounge and an attractive reception lounge with kitchen facilities. The premises, which are tastefully decorated, with timber-lined cathedral ceilings adding a sense of space and light, have a serene ambience. The chapel is equipped with a state of the art audio and video system. As Robert points out: “We are all aware that death is inevitable. Most of us, at some stage, go through the process of grieving for a loved one who has passed away. “One of the first people contacted is often a funeral director. We can direct families on how to proceed with funeral arrangements while providing both emotional and practical support,” he explains. Mark adds that there is a great deal of detail to be considered when organ- ising a funeral such as flowers, music, venue, catering and whether burial or cremation is preferred. “All this can occur during a sad and stressful time,” he says.“There is also co-ordination of priests, ministers or funeral celebrants, monumental masons and cemetery or crematorium officials. We assist people to make the correct decision for them with as little distress as possible.” Howick Funeral Home provides a 24-hour service, 7 days and can be contacted any time night or day. Howick Funeral Home, 35 Wellington St, Howick. Phone Robert or Mark on 534 7300. Howick Funeral Home ADVERTORIAL 128336A Inconsiderate drivers I HAVE a gorgeous nine-month-old daughter and four Baby On Board signs displayed on my car, which no other drivers care less about. Living in East Auckland, I drive often locally and into the city. I always get tailgated and intimi- dated to drive faster than the speed limit. I’ve been tooted at numerous times for not pulling out when the car/s behind me thought I should have – I pull out when I feel com- fortable to do so. A women honked her horn and called me a ******* **** as she zoomed past in the right-hand lane for not turning left as soon as the green arrow appeared. I thought displaying more than one or two signs would make the drivers behind me think “oh okay, there is a mother with her child in that car driving to the road rules, so I should let her be and switch lanes or chill out”. I’ve had to pull over a few times to calm down or to cry from men abusing me – the anger makes me cry sometimes. I’ve been called obscene things and flipped the bird from quite a few male drivers, which really bothered me. Being 25 and having had my full licence for years, I’m a good driver, a great driver in fact. I always drive to the speed limit and conditions and am aware of my surroundings. But apparently, at least in Auck- land, the speed is around 20kph over what the signs display, and you should always pull out in front of other drivers because you are in such a mega rush that waiting 10 more seconds is just unbearable to think of. Grrr! Lucy Star, Howick Public ownership IN BUCKLANDS Beach, at the cor- ner of Musick Point Road and Clov- elly Road, lies a piece of land that has for years been the playground of local children. It has hosted generations of cricket matches, soccer games and provided a fun playing space for family picnics. For the past three months it has remained unmown, unkempt, unable to be used for any games, and now with the heat of the sum- mer it’s drying out so quickly that it poses a real fire risk. We have made enquiries about the lack of maintenance and tried to find out who is responsible for the mowing. The city plan classifies this area as Crown land. However, we have just been informed by the Auckland Coun- cil that the ownership is actually under negotiation. If this is so, why has the pub- lic not been notified? The houses on Musick Point have, I believe, already been gifted as part of a Treaty Settlement. We believe it’s essential that this piece of land, as the only flat area clear of trees on the peninsula, remains under council or Crown ownership to meet the needs of the general public. Linley and Les Jones, Bucklands Beach Crude decision THE decision to go ahead with the BP filling station is a failure of democracy (Times, January 8). The community did not want this station: there were 840 sub- missions opposed to it. This is a poor decision motivated only by money and big business. It will make Pakuranga Road more industrialised. Where were our Auckland coun- cillors and the politicians? They are our watchdogs to ensure sensible development of their responsible areas and to provide sensible counsel on such issues. To stand on the fence because a matter is controversial is a cop- out. How did the council agree to this? Sure BP has mitigated some aspects of the design, but mitiga- tion is not good enough for the resi- dents and school that have a service station on their doorstep. Is this a good time to be opening petrol stations? BP is looking at job cuts in the United Kingdom because of the falling price of Brent Crude. Why waste good money on sta- tions that we already have enough of? Rather, save some jobs. Steve Lincoln, Botany Downs MANY residents of Howick look out at Motuihe Island. How long is it since they have actually visited the island? Without your own boat, it’s difficult to get to Motuihe as there is an infrequent ferry service. This makes this little jewel in the inner Hauraki Gulf even more of a gem as it’s unspoilt. There’s none of Waiheke Island’s café scene there, just nature at its best. Motuihe has the best beaches, pristine white sand and clean water, and because of the layout of the narrow island, one side is always sheltered. Over the past 14 years, thousands of trees have been planted by hundreds of volunteers. There is now a well formed bush walk with informative signage explaining the birdlife and identifying the trees. Several species have been released including kiwi, saddlebacks, bellbirds, kakariki, geckos and tuataras. The birdsong is now significant, and there is a well marked loop track right around the island. Apart from nature, Motuihe has a fascinating history which is explained with signage on the western headland. Maori pa sites, a quarantine station, a First World War prison camp, prisoner escapes, and a navy base are only some of the activities that have been located on this little island. Motuihe is well worth a visit. Fiona Alexander, Auckland UnsPoIlt gem’s a treasUre Motuihe Island is a jewel in Auckland’s inner Hauraki Gulf. Photo supplied Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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