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www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, November 26, 2015 — 5 Howick Santa Parade Howick Santa Howick Santa Parade Parade See you there! Pre-Parade entertainment from 1.30pm Parade starts 2.30pm SPONSORS: Sunday, December 6 December 6 December 6 NOW ON PR0418-V2 FREE FACE PAINTING 11.30 – 1.30PM 11.30 – 1.30PM 11.30 – 1.30PM PROUD TO BE LOCAL pakurangaplaza.co.nz SANTA ARRIVING! Family Xmas Show CHRISTMAS FAMILY MAGIC SHOW! Bring a cushion (and the kids) and join us for a Christmas Magic Show. Plus a special “magical” appearance from Santa who will then be in residence for photos at the Plaza til Christmas. Free Fun for All Ages! Saturday 28th November 10.30am in Centre Court SC3605-V2 POWER TALK Managing an unwanted problem POLITICS Eye of the hurricane Increasing numbers of criminal offenders will soon been returning to New Zealand from across the Tasman as Australia continues with its policy of deporting people who have spent most of their lives in Australia. This is not a decision we agree with, but one outside our control. The question nowis-howdowekeepNew Zealanders safe? Many of the offenders being deported have been sentenced to life imprisonment or a single term of imprisonment of 12 months or more; or found guilty of sexual misconduct. Up until Wednesday last week these Australian offenders were not subject to any formal supervision or interaction with the police on their return. The focus is now on protecting all New Zealanders and ensuring rules are in place to secure everyone’s safety. Criminals being returned to this country should be subject to the same sort of conditions as offenders who have served a similar prison sentence in New Zealand. Under urgency in Parliament we have now put in place new measures to assist the rehabilitation and reintegration of returning offenders. The law change will apply to those who have served a prison sentence of more than a year overseas and been deported here within six months of their release. The very worst offenders can now be subject to an Extended Supervision Order or Public Protection Orders. A register to track the offenders and an information sharing agreement with Australia has been also established to provide us with the information we need to make decisions. The offenders will be required to provide personal information to police, and in some cases a DNA sample, so we will be in a strong position to monitor and manage them. Australia has decided to deport some of their worst serious and violent criminals. While we can never remove all risk of them reoffending, the plans now in place are an important part of reducing future risk for law-abiding New Zealanders. ALabour Government would build 100,000 affordable homes in 10 years following “radical policy change”, MP Phil Twyford, Labour’s housing and transport spokesman, said in Botany this week. Mr Twyford told party faithful at a public meeting at the Flat Bush School Hall on Monday that Labour would fix the housing crisis and the gridlock on Auckland streets. It may not be revolutionary, but we are in need of radical policy change, and an overthrow of outdated and failed approaches that have let our city down,” Mr Twyford said. “In many ways the housing crisis, and our gridlocked streets, are symptoms of a perfect storm of policy failure. “And here in Flat Bush, we are tonight in the eye of the hurricane.” It is an area of massive population growth – an extra 40,000 people will be in Flat Bush by 2025, he said. Botany is a stone’s throw from three of the Government’s Special Housing Areas – the Government’s main policy response to the acute shortage of housing that is driving up house prices, Mr Twyford said. “And while the east and south-east are beginning to see some investment in transport infrastructure, it has been a long time coming.” He said the CEO of Auckland Transport, Dr David Warburton, recently stated that the south east is amongst the parts of the region that is worst-served by public transport. House prices had gone through the roof while QV’s Manukau East area (which includes Pakuranga, East Tamaki) now has an average house price of over a million dollars – up 24 per cent in the year. “ The entire Auckland region will hit that million dollar average in less than a year the way things are going,” Mr Twyford said. “Our kids have been priced out of the market. Home ownership is at its lowest in 64 years.” It now takes the average Auckland homeowner 50 years to pay off their home, he said. “ The dream of affordable home ownership is dying. That’s bad because home ownership is good for families, good for communities,” he said. “It gives people a stake, pride, and a stable environment for kids to grow up in.” Around 13,000 new homes were needed a year in Auckland just to keep up with population growth. The market is only delivering about 8600 a year at the moment, creating a huge deficit. What would Labour do? “ We’d launch a Government-backed building programme to produce 100,000 affordable homes over 10 years, for sale to first home buyers,” Mr Twyford told the meeting. “ We will work with the council, iwi and private sector partners to launch a string of major urban development projects – revitalising town centres, delivering medium and high density housing in mixed-use urban communities around the rail network.” He claimed National had been tinkering, and hoping the market would fix itself. “We will roll up our sleeves and build large numbers of houses just as the first Labour Government did. Just as the Kirk Government did,” he said. “We will also tackle the property speculators that are making a killing at the expense of Generation Rent.” Labour aims to put a stop to non- resident foreign speculators buying existing New Zealand homes. JOTTINGS With Jami-Lee Ross Jami-Lee’s Phil Twyford Labour’s housing and transport spokesman. Photo supplied ® Whitford crash A woman had to be airlifted to hospital and two others were injured after a crash in Whitford during wild weekend weather. Emergency services and Auckland Rescue Helicopter were called to the two-car smash near the intersection of Whitford-Maraetai and Henson Roads which occurred around 4.30pm on Saturday. Whitford-Maraetai Road was closed for a significant period while emergency services worked to clear the scene.
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