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www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, September 24, 2015 — 3 Is your child... Confident riding a bike? Aged between 9 and 13 years? Keen to give BMX riding a go? Then look no further than the FREE BMX ‘Have a Go’ school holiday sessions at Lloyd Elsmore Park BMX track in October 2015. Programme includes safety, skills and ride time. BMX bikes, full face helmets and protective gear available for use at no cost. Sessions run on Monday, Oct 5 to Thursday, Oct 8. Two time slots available each day: 10am to 12noon or 1pm to 3pm Spaces are limited. Register your interest to Kerri at Counties Manukau Sport at email@example.com or call 029 437 0873 for more information. Pre-registration absolutely essential!!! Proudly supported by SC3537 Delivered by: BOTANY 501 Ti Rakau Road (next to Pak n Save). Phone 09 973 2795 • MT WELLINGTON 56 Mt Wellington Highway. Phone 09 574 6529 WESTGATE 21 Fernhill Drive. Phone 09 973 2794 • MANUKAU 85 Cavendish Drive. 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Double-deckers have already been pressed into service on the Northern Busway running between the North Shore and Central Auckland. Auckland Transport chairman Dr Lester Levy says an unprecedented increase in public transport patronage looks set to continue and the investment in the new fleet by the bus companies reinforces that confidence. It’s one of the single biggest private investments in public transport infrastructure in Auckland ever. “ There is only so much road widening we can do in some areas so we have to look at more innovative and different ways of using what is a limited space,” he says. “Double-deckers, along with increased frequency and reliability on buses and trains are a key to reducing the city’s number one problem, which is congestion.” ➤➤ From page 1 ➤ Buses go up, trees come down ➤■ By Marianne Kelly Syrians should be labelled ‘economic migrants’, says John Roy, the prominent Howick businessman and former Honorary Polish Consul to New Zealand. The tidal wave of Syrian people flooding into European Community (EU) countries are not refugees, he says, and New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key should have stuck to his guns when he was initially reticent about Aotearoa upping its intake. Mr Roy is one of 1.7 million Polish people who were forced from their homes in Eastern Poland to labour camps throughout Siberia at the start of World War II. He was also one of 733 Polish children who were welcomed to New Zealand and started their lives at the Polish Children’s Camp in Pahiatua, Wairarapa. He went on to pursue a successful business career and established the Polish Heritage Trust Museum in Howick. “We must distinguish between immigrants and people who are refugees,” he says. The Syrian migrants are not refugees, he says. “Many are young well-educated people who are running away from their homes. Many are young men who should be staying in their own country and fighting the enemy. “After World War II there were genuine refugees and New Zealand took 733 children and 105 adults who came here in 1944 as guests of New Zealand,” he says. Original plans were for them to return to Poland, but after Eastern Poland became part of the former USSR they had no homes to go back to, so the New Zealand Government gave them permanent residence. “I didn’t run away from my home,” Mr Roy says. “I was deported to Russia and after the war had no country to go back to. Fortunately the New Zealand Government offered to take us and we became immigrants. But we never ran away or left our country [of our own volition].” John Key, he says, should not have been pushed into upping the country’s refugee quota. New Zealand will take in 750 Syrian people over the next three years including 600 above its annual quota. Mr Roy places much of the responsibility for the crisis on the head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany, he says, is losing population and short of workers. european union crisis ‘Syrians are not refugees’ Pohutukawa stump on a Pakuranga Road berm after Auckland Council’s decision to remove trees to make way for double- decker buses. Times photo Wayne Martin 30 Springs Rd, East Tamaki. Ph 274 8875 www.tyreseasttamaki.co.nz Tyres BJ East Tamaki CP0535 Read more scan the QR FREE Wheel Alignment when you buy 2 or more GT Radial Tyres. Expires October 8, 2015. Comeinforafreetyrecheck!
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