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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday March 19 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, March 19, 2015 — 19 GROHE IDEAL STANDARD RHEEM ATLANTIS CLEARLITE ATHENA VILLEROY & BOCH SIMX METHVEN AQUATICA ST.MICHEL CAROMA NEWLINE IKON SINKS & COOKWARE HEIRLOOM 25 Morningside Drive, Mt Albert Ph: 846 2645 Fax: 846 7124 www.universalplumbing.co.nz massive bathroomware 2 day sale Hall 6, ASB Showgrounds March 28th & 29th Saturday 9am - 4pm Sunday 10am - 4pm FEATURING LATEST DESIGNS AND STYLES Proudly NZ owned and operated bathroomware 2 day sale Hall 6, ASB Showgrounds March 28 & 29 Saturday 9 y 10am-4pm FEATURING LATEST DESIGNS & STYLES CR0164 THREE months into the year is a good time to reassess New Year resolutions. Did you plan to quit smoking, stop wasting time on Wikipedia, get into shape, do more volunteering work or get more organised? Could you implement your New Year resolution for 2015 or did it fall by the wayside? The Times asked people if they managed to live up to their resolutions and if so how did they do it? WORD ON THE STREET Your view It pays to give your opinion. Your feedback matters to us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 Burning gas on motorways AUCKLAND Transport advises passenger numbers on Auckland trains increased by one million trips since last year. A good result, but we are still going backwards decreasing the number of cars on Auckland roads. Assuming those one million trips were all Aucklanders going to work five days a week that would equate to 2000 persons making five return trips weekly. If they all left their car at home, that would be a decrease of 2000 cars from the estimated annual increase of 10,000 extra cars on Auckland roads, leaving us a net gain of 8000 extra cars on the road each year. The problem is that some of those one million journeys would be Gold Card users having a free outing, and students going to school and university, so that figure is not all traffic decrease on our roads. We are told that our roads will be gridlocked in five years, we all know that has already happened as thousands of Aucklanders sit impatiently cars burning up gas on our motorways every day. Residents in my street alone, have from two to nine cars in and around each home, this is the problem. Somehow we have to decrease the growth in the number of cars Aucklanders own, problem is we like our cars too much, so that would not be too popular. Our city fathers should get their heads out of the clouds, and realise improved public transport is not going to solve the problem on its own, yes it may help, but a solution to the bigger problem is what we need. And that is the million dollar question. Bob Wichman, Botany Shave for a cure THANKS so much. The pictures have attracted some attention and more help with fundraising. We are grateful for your help. It is such a good cause. Thanks again. The Duncans Got a question you want answered? Send your burning question to email@example.com and we will give it a crack. WHAT are the recent amendments made to the Employment Act that have come into effect from March 6? The changes target six main ➤ areas: Flexible working arrangements. ■ Rest and meal break rules. ■ Part 6A (continuity of employment ■ for specified employees). Good faith. ■ The collective bargaining ■ framework (including strikes and lockouts). Employment Relations Authority ■ (the Authority). As far as flexible working arrangements are concerned, the changes aim to better reflect modern lifestyles. Flexible working arrangements help employees find the right work-life balance for them and their employer. The key changes are: ➤ Extending the statutory right that ■ caregivers currently have, to request flexible working arrangements, to all employees. Removing the requirement of six ■ months’ prior employment with the employer, so employees can ask for flexibility from their first day on the job. Removing the limit on the number ■ of requests an employee can make in a year. Reducing the timeframe within ■ which an employer must respond to a request from three months to one. For more information go to Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Online feedback Share your comments on facebook.com/timesonlinenz WE RECEIVED some interesting feedback on TimesOnline. Here are some of the comments from our Facebook page. We ran a shot of an old sofa which ■ was dumped on the side of the road in Flatbush. Andrew Llewellyn commented: “Could at least have pointed it at the view.” We also asked how folks were ■ fairing with New Year’s resolutions? Rebecca L Taylor was refreshingly honest with her reply: “I aim to stop eating KFC lol well I don’t get as hungover means I’m not craving it and when I get it omg it’s just rank so remind myself that too haha haha and I don’t miss it haven’t done mcds for almost 10 years since a new years resolution.” Also, we asked your thoughts ■ about the Government taking a criminal threat to contaminate food products very seriously. It was reassuring parents that our infant and other formulas were safe and that extra testing and security measures were implemented as a further safeguard. Greg Adler commented: “Stop dropping 1080 till we find the culprit.” Congratulations! ➤ Rebecca Taylor and Andrew Llewellyn who have won a double pass each to Hoyts Cinema, Botany. Shalini Singh, owner of Oporto Sylvia Park: I HAVE stuck to working on a balance between my family and business and run or walk at least five times a week. Also to commit more to community work at Rotary. My resolution to stick to healthy eating has fallen by the wayside. Roshni Kumar, accountant: MY NEW Year’s resolution was weight loss and getting my fitness levels up. Did not achieve much of weight loss but my fitness is up and I’m proud to say I’ve accomplished doing Round the Bays this year in one hour and three minutes compared with one hour 38 minutes last year. Burning uestion Tim Boyle, associate director Industrial and Logistics Services: NO, I haven’t been able to stick to my New Year resolution of learning yoga. The weather has been so good and there have been weddings and too many celebrations to focus on my resolution. I plan to start my New Year resolution from Easter. Michelle Kidd, general manager, Life Education Trust, Counties Manukau: MY NEW Year Resolution [as a total non-runner] is to be able to achieve a 10 kilometre run. I have been doing it a little bit at a time and building up my distance. This morning I ran 5km and by the end of next week I will be doing 6km. I am really enjoying it.
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