Howick and Pakuranga Times
Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday March 5 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, March 5, 2015 — 19 OPEN 7 DAYS PHARMACY NEXT DOOR ENROLLING NEW PATIENTS NOW "Complete Family Healthcare" Come and meet the team at Bishop Medical Centre: Unit 8R, Bishop Lenihan Pl, East Tamaki/Botany South. Ph 09 282 4167. OPEN 7 DAYS OPEN 7 DAYS "Complete Family Healthcare" "Complete Family Healthcare" BISHOP MEDICAL CENTRE 127473 Burning uestion Send your burning question to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give it a go. How will the proposed changes to Auckland library hours affect the Botany branch? At the moment, Botany library opens at 9am Monday to Saturday and 10am on Sunday. It closes at 5.30pm Saturday to Monday, 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9pm on Thursday and Friday. Under proposed changes in Auckland Council’s 10-year budget, the Botany library will be open from 9.30am to 5.30pm every day, which is a reduction of 12.5 hours. The changes are proposals only. Anyone who has a view on the reduction of hours should give feedback on council’s 10-year budget by March 16 at shapeauckland.co.nz. Your view It pays to give your opinion. Your feedback matters to us. Email us at email@example.com; text 875, use the word bot as first word in text and then add your comment; or comment on our Facebook page, facebook.com/timesonlinenz, and be in to win a double pass to Hoyts Cinema, Botany Beyond Tolerance to Respect ONE of the main attractions of New Zealand is its people. Sure, the climate is great, the scenery is attractive, the environment is better than in most places in the world, but it is the people that make New Zealand special. There are a few who prefer to rebel against society, but thankfully it is a very small percentage, and a huge majority of Kiwis are not only tolerant of people with different religions and backgrounds, but seem to embrace the differences and are keen to learn more about their fellow Kiwis from different parts of the world. Our diversity should be celebrated. Auckland is one of the most diverse cities in the world, yet we have so few issues that other countries experience in attempting to accept and respect others, be it different languages, cultural backgrounds, religion or ethnicity. We are really a working model of unity in diversity, something we take so much for granted, but we should be so immensely proud of the Kiwi attitude. When someone shows disrespect, such as the recent display of an objectionable T-shirt at the Canterbury Museum, New Zealanders are quick to voice their disgust, and rightly so. This has nothing to do with free speech or freedom of expression, because these require a huge amount of responsibility, otherwise these freedoms would lead to nothing short of anarchy. This has everything to do with the total disregard of people’s feelings, and this is not the New Zealand way. Shame on the designer of the T-shirt. Shame on the Canterbury Museum for displaying such an obscenity. But good on you Kiwis for expressing your displeasure. May we continue to be tolerant and respectful of others and their feelings. May we continue to speak out against disrespect in a peaceful way, and this way New Zealand will continue to be an attractive country in which to live. Eric Neal is the author of the book ‘A Beginner’s Guide to God’ Hunger for Colour KIWIS have been encouraged to add a little colour into their life while helping others in need this month, as part of Resene’s Hunger for Colour campaign. Throughout February customers have been able to swap a can of food for a free Resene Testpot at Resene Colorshop. All Cans are being donated to The Salvation Army and community foodbanks to give to families in need. February was chosen as the collection month as it’s the time of year when families struggle the most with the combined effects of Christmas, holidays and back to school costs. The Hunger for Colour programme was created to encourage the community to come together and give help to those that need it. Raewyn Smith Resene Colorshop Botany Downs WITH the recent debacle of Dean Barker being sidelined by Team New Zealand, the Times asked a cross-section of people how they felt about the way the Kiwi skipper had been treated. Was it time to replace him? Lewis Nixon, 58, accountant, Beachlands: Very badly handled, sadly this seems to be a New Zealand trait. But it had to happen. Yes, the time for some new blood. I think Grant Dalton needs to go as well. Sentiment is an unaffordable luxury in a competition of any kind. Peter Morony, Marketing Manager, Rollformers 2000 Ltd: “From Hero to Zero”. The Americas Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy in the world. Team NZ is a great source of national pride for all New Zealanders. Was Dean Barker the scapegoat for the recent Americas Cup Campaigns? Team NZ has had a high level of professionalism in the past. The way Dean Barker has been treated is far from professional. Unfortunately Team NZ’s reputation is sadly tarnished. All the very best to Dean in the future. Jackie Groves, 47, Sales Consultant, East Tamaki: This is a prime example of how communication can make or break a person’s spirit. Remember the road to greatness starts from humble beginnings and has its ups and downs, but crashes are not welcome. Aimee Snelgrove, 30, PE and Health Teacher: I think it was unfair the way they went about it so I feel a bit sorry for Dean Barker. Someone had to be held accountable for the loss. New Zealanders put a lot of emphasis on sport and feel the success and failures as if they are on their own. Others should have been held accountable too though, not just him, like perhaps the CEO. Word on the street Eric Neal Online feedback Share your comments on facebook.com/timesonlinenz NOW ■ that the new drink-drive limits have been around for a while, have they changed your socialising habits? Do you still go for post-work drinks? Are you drinking low-alcohol beverages more often? With social media, some followers are based overseas. One responded: What are the new limits?? I’m in Australia didn’t know it had changed over there. – Alice Whittaker For Alice and anyone else who doesn’t know about the changes or isn’t sure, we share the following from the Ministry of Transport: From 1 December 2014, the alcohol limit lowered for drivers aged 20 years and over. Alcohol contributes to around 30 percent of New Zealand’s fatal road crashes. Over the last 10 years, fatal crashes caused by drink-driving have claimed the lives of around 1,100 people and caused serious injuries to another 5,300. Changes to drink-driving limits from 1 December What are the new drink-driving ➤ limits? From 1 December 2014 the alcohol limit for drivers aged 20 years and over lowered from 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath to 250mcg. The blood alcohol limit lowered from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (0.08), to 50mg (0.05). For drivers under 20, the limit stays at zero. The law says you must not drive if the amount of alcohol in your breath or blood exceeds these limits. How much will I be able to drink ➤ and legally drive? There are many factors which will determine how quickly alcohol is absorbed into your system, including body type, gender, weight and food intake. Even small amounts of alcohol affect your judgement, and the ability to drive safely begins to deteriorate after even one drink. Guidance from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) indicates that most adults may be able to drink two standard drinks over two hours and are likely to remain under the new drink-driving limits for adults. A standard drink contains 10g of pure alcohol. This is approximately to equivalent to 330ml of beer, 100ml of wine or 32ml of straight spirits, containing 4, 12.5 and 40 per cent alcohol respectively.
Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday February 26 2015
Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday March 12 2015