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12 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, February 12, 2015 www.times.co.nz SELL YOUR HOME FROM $699 PHONE 0800 003 001 BEACHLANDS WEBID11614 Call the owner on PH 09 550 9735 MOB 022 5300 149 OPEN HOME Sat/Sun 1-2pm Auction on site - 2pm Sun 22 Feb (unless sold prior) 28 Blakewell Place CONTEMPORARY FAMILY LIVING 127970 OPENING DOORS Learning about pioneers New immigrants are encouraged to share Kiwi history BY MARIANNE KELLY ■ AS A heritage village steps up its promotion efforts, it’s looking to the community of new immigrants settling in the south-east. Max Heron, chairman of the board that manages the Howick Historical Village, talks of the day eight buses carrying members of the North Shore Chinese Club pulled up at the village gates. “ We want to build on that, giving our new immigrants an appreciation of how things were in our pioneering days,” he says. “ The village’s pull is wider than just Howick.” Charged with the task is the newly-appointed manager, Ian Day, who took up the full-time position on January 12. One of his key roles is taking over the job handled for the past 12 months by a volunteer “internally-generated revenue committee”, established to work on ways of increasing traffic through the gates. Mr Day has a masters’ degree in museum and heritage studies and has completed a collections management paper. His most recent appointment was a short-term contract as collections care co-ordinator for the West Australian Goldfields, advising the museum/heritage sector covering six shires across an 800 kilometre stretch from Southern Cross to Wiluna. Mr Heron says the long-term aim is to position the Howick facility as the Auckland Historical Village. A major initiative, he says, is to be regionally funded rather than by the Howick Local Board. “ We have a strong education department here. Students come from Albany to Pukekohe and Howick ratepayers fund it. “ We call ourselves Howick because that’s how it started. When the Howick Historical Society started acquiring buildings from around the region, it changed to the Howick and Districts Historical Society, part of which is this village.” Mr Day will pursue the Auckland Council’s new grants policy for heritage and regionally- based activities, a task that doesn’t faze him. “I have trained as a museum director and at the end of the day dealing with the council will be dealing with people. I never let anyone’s title or track record scare me.” Challenges of the job, he says, include maintenance of the buildings and the collections, along with maintaining the existing team spirit. “At this point it’s about putting in innovation to enhance the village without destroying what has already been done. “I acknowledge the hard work people have put in for years.” He expects to build on the large volunteer base and professional approach, also being committed to a certain period of history and not taking liberties. COLUMNIST Living with amazement ONE of the things about living in our part of the super-city is that we’re under the flight paths of the large planes approaching Auckland International Airport. We are also under the flight path of a remarkable bird, the bar-tailed godwit. This drab-coloured lover of muddy harbours, with its long beak and legs, flies all the way from New Zealand to Alaska in the United States and back again, every year. Their departure time is during March. So, if people keep their eyes skyward over the next few weeks, they may see hundreds of godwit, in long straggles, hurtling between their feeding grounds on either side of the narrow Auckland isthmus. They might hear their excited chatter as the birds get ready for their incredible northward journey to breed on the arctic tundra. Bird migration is shrouded in wonderful mystery. Our increasing knowledge of how these little creatures do what they do only increases the wonder of it all. When I see one of the big, chattering godwit skeins flying over my house I stand still in amazement. We need amazement in our daily lives. The routines and anxieties of life can turn us into drab people, just doing the same old thing day after day. But, if we keep our ears and eyes open, in the midst of it all, we will notice things, such as a little flower in the footpath, an elderly person’s smile, or a blazing sunset. I invite people to look out for one ‘amazement’ each day, and to give thanks for it all. – By Reverend Bruce Keeley, former co-vicar at All Saints Anglican Church in Howick GOOD With Rev Bruce Keeley Feel ZERO WASTE Waste education stations THE Annual Waitangi Day Family Celebrations at the Barry Curtis Park was a zero-waste event for the second year in a row. The zero-waste initiative was possible with $7000 funding from the Howick Local Board. It aimed at reducing the amount of waste going to landfill by encouraging better sorting and recycling of waste. “ The sheer size and popularity of the event gives our zero- waste message a significant impact. We are leading the way as one of the biggest zero waste events in the region,” said John Spiller, Howick local board member. “Last year we managed to divert 82 per cent of the event’s waste from the landfill, exceeding our target of 70 per cent.” The zero-waste activity at the Waitangi Day Family Celebrations included 11 waste education stations through the grounds to help attendees sort waste correctly into compost, recycling or landfill—and know the difference as to what goes where. The zero-waste initiative reflects Auckland Council’s goal to achieve zero-waste by 2040. Ian Day THIS is that time of the year when a lot of immigrants, namely students, get fresh offtheboattotakeonanew adventure in the land of plenty. New Zealand, which has been promoted overseas as a safe haven, free from crime and punishment and pollution, is a natural magnet for those seeking a better life. An ideal work-life balance along with a stable government and a good healthcare system ticks all the boxes for those seeking a better lifestyle. For some reason or other, the subject of immigration is always in the news. While the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs talks about the diversity that enriches the country bringing with it different skill sets and cultures, there are those who complain that their jobs are being threatened. However, when you look at the bigger picture, the fact remains that a small country like New Zealand needs migrants to contribute to its economic development. With a big chunk of baby boomers set to retire, there is a huge gap in the skill set. At this point of time, New Zealand is competing with Canada, Europe, Australia, the United Kingdom and United States to attract a skilled workforce that is needed right now. Immigration New Zealand policy has a strong focus on short-term and long-term labour market shortages like, for instance, the one in Christchurch. Not many realise that education is one of our largest exports and brings in millions of dollars. Unlike some countries where the attitude of the locals can be coloured with racial discrimination, Kiwis by nature are welcoming and laid back which gives New Zealand a distinct advantage – even if it is perched at one end of the world. – Saif Shaikh, managing director Immigration Advice New Zealand Ltd, is a highly skilled migration specialist who will answer questions on immigration in a fortnightly column The bigger picture MATTERS With Saif Shaikh Immigration 166 Harris Rd, East Tamaki, Auckland. Phone: 09 272 4424 email: email@example.com www.immigrationadvicenz.com PARTNERSHIP Attracting new migrants THE Auckland Council, Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and Immigration New Zealand (INZ) are joining forces to attract and retain skilled migrants to the super-city. The Auckland Regional Partnership Agreement is a three- year plan that will see the trio work together on shared priorities. “Skilled migrants have a critical role to play in Auckland’s economy,” says Mayor Len Brown. “Likewise, strong relationships between the council group and government agencies are also immensely important to making Auckland the economic powerhouse New Zealand needs us to be.” ATEED chief executive Brett O’Riley adds: “The attraction and retention of skilled migrants is necessary to sustain and stimulate economic growth. “It’s important for the transfer of knowledge and skills that provides an acceleration for growth.” The new partnership will see INZ lead central government relationships while the council and ATEED will lead those with local and regional stakeholders.
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