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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday June 18 2015
2 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, June 18, 2015 www.times.co.nz Email email@example.com facebook.com/timesonlinenz ADVERTISING SALES Cynthia Paterson – Ph 271 8032, Botany South, Botany Junction, Flat Bush and East Tamaki Kelly Cooke – Ph 271 8026, Botany Town Centre Phoebe Sims – Ph 271 8029, Pohutukawa Coast and general enquiries Selina Chant – Ph 271 8068, advertising manager Classifieds – Ph 271 8055, firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS ROOM Farida Master – Ph 271 8047 – news editor Dan Silverton – Ph 271 8046 – sports editor Marianne Kelly – Ph 271 8045 – news editor Natalie Brittan – Ph 271 8097– news reporter Nick Krause – Ph 271 8040 – managing editor Wayne Martin – Ph 271 8065 – photographer DELIVERY QUERIES Emma Smith – Ph 271 8014, email@example.com PUBLISHED BY Times Newspapers Ltd, Level 1 The Lane, Botany Town Centre, 588 Chapel Rd, East Tamaki. PO Box 259 243, Botany, Auckland 2163, New Zealand Botany and Ormiston Times is printed by Beacon Print Hawkes Bay and delivered to 13,600 local homes weekly Phone 271 8000 www.times.co.nz 125742-V8 13 Nandina Ave, Botany | Open: Mon-Fri 7:30am - 5.00pm firstname.lastname@example.org | www.giltrapvolkswagen.co.nz Most of us love surprises. Just not when it comes to servicing your car. So we’ve launched Volkswagen Service Advantage – which means the service costs of your Volkswagen are transparent for 12 months and we can give you an indication of what the next 5 years look like. At each annual service you’ll know exactly what to expect. No hidden costs. No surprises. Let the people who built your car, look after your car. By taking your Volkswagen to one of our Authorised Service Centres, you’ll also have the reassurance of your car being serviced by one of our expertly trained technicians that use the latest diagnostic equipment, specialist tools and genuine Volkswagen parts. Which means every bit of your Volkswagen remains a Volkswagen. So, to achieve the very best for your Volkswagen, call into: 0800 VW BOTANY CHAPEL • RECEPTION LOUNGE • OFFICE For personal, professional service to all districts at all hours 35 Wellington St Howick Ph 534 7300 www.howickfuneralhome.nz 128336-V4CAR0723-V3 By Natalie BrittaN ■■ We’ve all seen that scene where an actor is called on assignment and jumps on a plane to an exotic country. Well, I can safely say it doesn’t just happen in the movies! When an offer to join a press tour of Terengganu, Malaysia, came up recently, I was simply over the moon. Never mind I had only two days to pack, get ready, and warn the parents (who live in the capital, Kuala Lumpur) of my impending arrival. Oh, and did I mention that I was bringing the baby? Needless to say, the remaining days at work and home blurred into a frantic scramble, with me heaving a sigh of relief only when I was on the plane waiting to take off. The mission was to dump the seven-month-old with the doting grandparents, then fly to east coast peninsular Malaysia and spend five days visiting the sights and sounds of the state where the International Squid Jigging Festival was taking place. Piece of cake, right? Right! Fortunately I have Malaysian blood on my side, having spent my formative years in the country that sells itself as “truly Asia”. But Terengganu was a different kettle of fish and locals are madly passionate about squid judging from my conversation with the taxi driver on arrival. I couldn’t imagine Auckland taxi drivers getting particularly excited about squid when there’s stiff competition from the global Uber taxi service. Me, I was ‘uber’ excited about squid jigging (squid lures are called jigs and jigging of the wrist is required to catch squid) and my first experience at sea. Alas, no luck – the cephalopod molluscs were determined to stay away. It could have been worse though. Others around me hurled, turned green and wished they were on land whilst I enjoyed the company of the fishermen and my compatriots, feeling the delicious wind whipping through my hair. In my case ‘better luck next time’ was true and I caught one on the second excursion. But upon examining the strange, tentacled-creature with glass eyes and a beak for a mouth, I realised I much preferred it chargrilled on a plate. Clam digging in an open estuary was a far more exciting experience, with me netting a total of seven clams. And unlike our East Auckland beaches which enforce a daily limit of 50 per person, there are no limits here seeing gifted gatherers bringing in a great haul. For the rest of the trip I became immersed in the rich cultural heritage that Terengganu offered including a glittering crystal mosque, vivid street art in Chinatown, a stunning canopy walk in an elephant village, and of course, glorious seafood feasts featuring freshly caught fare. Ironic as it sounds, I was a tourist in my own country. Yet anyone can be a tourist in their own city, suburb, or backyard – if they look for it. POiNt tO PONDer ‘Fishy’ encounters A quest for squid on foreign shores poses challenges for a landlubber and Aucklander with no fishing experience Matariki at libraries THE STARS are aligned to celebrate Matariki with a range of exciting events across Auckland Libraries from June 20-July 19. Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades which rises in mid-winter. For many Maori, it heralds the start of a new year. This year, Matariki celebrations at libraries will include kapahaka (cultural performances), toi Maori (Maori art), korero purakau (indigenous storytelling) with manawhenua, Living Book sessions with Maori MPs, Matariki “stars” activities for budding astronomers, kite making, flax weaving, traditional medicine workshops and other events with a te reo Maori flavour. Green Ribbon Awards THE MANUKAU Beautification Charitable Trust is one of 10 community groups, organisations and businesses named as winners of this year’s Green Ribbon. It picked up the top award in the community leadership category at a recent ceremony at Parliament. Project Janszoon won the Supreme Award after it carried out an impressive job restoring and protecting one of New Zealand’s greatest natural assets: the Abel Tasman National Park. Project initiatives include extensive pest and weed control, the return of important plants and animals like rata and kaka and future proofing the project through education and community engagement,” a spokesman says. Commercial block for sale A MULTI-tenanted light industrial and retail block of buildings in Pakuranga is up for sale. The 2020 square metres of buildings sits on approximately 4049 square metres of land zoned as Business Light Industrial, and houses five separate tenancies. The property is on the corner of Cascades Road and Ben Lomond Crescent servicing a catchment area of Pakuranga, Howick/Botany and East Tamaki. The building is being marketed for sale at auction on July 1 through Bayleys Manukau. The five tenancies comprise Howick and Pakuranga Panel and Paint; Devonport Framing; The Big Fish Bait & Tackle Company; Kohsa Enterprise liquor shop and Scaffold Connect .
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