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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday July 2 2015
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Fantastic odds, so don't miss this amazing opportunity – phone now for details. Conditions apply. JH9790-V2 TO UNDERSTAND your present you need to know your past. Mayor Len Brown clearly remembers the day the council celebrated the purchase of 400 acres of land in Flat Bush from the Anglican Trust in the early nineties. Everyone was in high spirits. “I was a part of the Manukau City Council. There were no houses in the area, only paddocks. “ The year was 1992-93 and there was a dairy property farmed by a fellow called Bull,” he laughs. “Everyone was chuckling when we said there would be a town centre here. They said yeah, right! “But I had a vision that some day it would be the meeting place for all the communities from Otara to Howick, Pakuranga, Whitford, Beachlands, Clevedon and the rural communities around. “I could perceive it as the heart of the community for the business as well as the working class since all the different communities were growing in different directions. “ The Barry Curtis Park is testimony to the growing diverse communities and Barry would be proud of it,” he says. The growth of Ormiston Town Centre in partnership with Todd Property is going to be phenomenal, he says. “I agree that the house prices are way too high in the area, but then people enjoy living here at Mission Heights and Point View Drive. It’s central and there is so much connectivity.” Turning back the pages to Te Puke o Tara (Otara) which means the Hill of Tara, he recounts that the third or fourth house was built by Reverend Gideon Smales, a frontline evangelist of the Anglican church. “He went south of the hill of Tara and was welcomed by the iwi.” “ The Maori welcomed the Pakeha. The Polynesians were very welcoming too. Unlike many European cultures, they were inclusive and easily collaborated with different peoples. “One hundred and seventy years down the line, the Maoris are still welcoming. “ We’ve had a rich backdrop of an unusual colonial past. New Zealand is unique and has something to teach the rest of the world on how we manage issues of cultural diversity. “ The Ormiston area is a true symbol of our history, of a tolerant and inclusive community,” he says. What do you think? ➤ Email email@example.com Len Brown leafs over a copy of the Botany and Ormiston Times that announced the launch of the Ormiston Town Centre. Times photo Farida Master OPINION Disregard for ratepayers in Council decision on rates Why did the need for such a rates increase arise? With Councillor Sharon Stewart and Councillor Dick Quax DICK Sharon and APAPER-thin majority of 10 Auckland Councillors have shown a total disregard for the wishes of the people of Auckland in forcing through what is an effective rates increase of 9.9 per cent. Both Howick Councillors argued strongly against the imposition of a $114 per household transport levy and were knocked back when they proposed that the chief executive be instructed to find the total additional required transport funding by making cuts in the council’s total $3 billion budget. The big question ratepayers keep asking us is: Why did the need for such a rates increase arise? The answer is not that given by the lame- duck mayor who focuses on what he claims was the under-spending of previous councils. It arises from the council continuing to grow its role well beyond the intended purpose of local government into areas to which central government directs attention. For example the budget increases the amount provided for homelessness seven-fold. Council’s economic arm, ATEED, also intrudes into areas for which we pay taxes – up-skilling, training and employment. This costs ratepayers millions of dollars. The question has to be asked – is this the role of local government? For council as a whole, transport is an important priority. Surely then it must take precedence for funding over social spending, overseas trade junkets, overseas trade postings, propping up a film studio, providing holiday accommodation and extravagant overseas junkets of little value. At a time when inflation is less than one per cent, it is difficult to understand that Auckland Council could impose such a rate increase, let alone justify it. It is also fair to say that both Howick Councillors were appalled that at the 11th hour the transport levy was set at $114 per household without any public consultation and input. The amount suggested initially in a restricted document for this was $58.99 and the sudden change of heart was doubly appalling. Dick Quax and Sharon Stewart are Howick Local Board Councillors Ormiston symbol of a tolerant community Mayor Len Brown talks to FARIDA MASTER about the unusual colonial past of Flat Bush, now flourishing Contributing to the economy THE contribution of senior citizens to New Zealand society has been highlighted in a new report. The 2015 Business of Ageing report update has projected older New Zealanders will make an even bigger contribution to the economy than previously thought. “Seniors put billions of dollars into our economy each year,” says Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry. “By 2035, there will be 1.2 million people aged over 65 – almost double the current figure of 650,000.” Ms Barry says that in the future seniors will stay in the workforce longer, give more time to their community, and become a powerful consumer base. The report notes the major impact that seniors have as volunteers. By 2051 seniors will be contributing $35 billion in unpaid and voluntary work, up from $8.5 billion in 2011. “Many volunteer organisations that help families and enriched communities across the country rely on senior’s dedication and commitment,” says Ms Barry. New 111 smartphone app being developed CALLS to emergency services will be simplified with the development of a new app in 2016. The app will allow emergency services to better respond to New Zealanders in need of urgent help. It will automatically provide caller location information to emergency services. This will help save lives.
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