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They carried a resolution that the board expected the Project Planning Group (PPG) and the Mangemangeroa Environmental Education Facility (MEEF) Trust to continue investigation and negotiations to secure capital funding from outside sources for the project in Somerville Road. Last April the board endorsed the completion of stage one and approved advancing to stage two allocating $132,500 on condition that the Somerville Foundation made a matching financial contribution. While the PPG negotiated with the Somerville Trust to secure funding, the trust withdrew its support for the project. In July the board agreed to accrue $130,020 to the 2015/2016 financial year. Following the negotiations with the Somerville Trust the PPG recruited Friends of Mangemangeroa (FOM) committee member Rebecca Robinson to work on bolstering community buy-in. She set up the MEEF to work on finding alternative sources of funding. It presented its proposal to the local board last November. The trust plans to work closely with the PPG for stage two, such as detailed design, consenting and operational costs. The idea of an environmental education centre on the reserve was born in 1994 when the former Manukau City Council bought the land from the late Archie Somerville’s estate. When the Auckland Council was formed in 2010, Howick Local Board assumed authority over the reserve and legacy negotiations. FOM presented its vision for an environmental centre in December 2012 and $50,000 was spent on a combination of project management, archaeological investigations, an initial business case, a community survey, and quantity and land surveys. The PGC members are local board elected members, John Spiller, Garry Boles, Bob Wichman and David Collings. Ms Robinson leads the MEEF Trust with trustees, Craig Whitford-Joynt, Geoff Foster, Patrick Dobson, Colleen Graying, Linden Jonson and Kit Wong. environMent Education centre momentum builds ■■ By Marianne Kelly Reena Datt is in awe of her mum Aroha who has been battling an aggressive form of blood cancer since 2010. So Reena has shown her respect by having her long mane of hair cut for a second time. At the beginning of 2012 the Mellons Bay woman sacrificed her hair because of her desire to help people who suffer from the heartbreak of having cancer and losing their hair caused by radiation and chemotherapy treatment. With a combination of Maori and Indian heritage, the cut had special significance given the symbolism attached to it in both cultures. Since 2012 Reena has had her hair trimmed twice. But because of the thickness and speed of growth she decided to again have it cut for the cancer cause. “Last time I cut my hair for cancer it was sent to China and India to make two wigs and was sent back to New Zealand for cancer patients,” she says. “ This is something I’ll continue to do as my hair grows so fast and so long and, as much as I love my long hair, I know it goes to people who need it much more.” Aroha Datt, of Highland Park, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma of the Spleen in 2010 and has been through a series of spleen chemotherapy treatments, blood transfusions, a bone marrow biopsy, MRI scans and ongoing infections that reoccur because of her reduced immunity. She says she has her ups and downs, “but it’s all good and I am in remission. I’ve been without my hair five times from the treatment. It used to be thick and has always grown back thick.” As well as supporting her mum and donating her hair for cancer patients, Reena dedicated the hair cut to her friend Sara Crooke in memory of her mother, Trish Crooke who died from cancer at the end of 2011 after a short three-month battle. Reena took the plunge for a second time with support from Image Hair, Highland Park, which donated a styling session for her shortened locks as its contribution. hair donation Tresses chopped (again) for cancer Reena Datt donates hair a second time Reena Datt, second from left, reflects on the hair she will donate for cancer wigs with, from left Image Hair stylist and co-owner, Samarah Dobbie; Reena’s mum Aroha Datt; and Image Hair stylist and co-owner, Jonelle Eisenhut. Times photos Wayne Martin Reena Datt before her hair cut. Dog rules to be reviewed ■■ By Marianne Kelly Howick Local Board will review its local dog access rules, including park rules and identifying practical “under control off-leash” parks. In 2012 Auckland Council made its ‘policy on dogs’ and delegated the review of dog access rules on local beaches, foreshore and parks to the local boards. At its monthly meeting on December 14 the Howick board carried a resolution to review its local dog access rules in 2015/16 with any changes effective from Labour weekend next year (2016). The timeline for the review is gathering information and community views throughout the 2015/2016 summer, the board will adopt the proposed changes in April/May 2016, proposed changes will be notified for consultation in June 2016 and public hearings and deliberations will be held and a final decision made in August and September 2016. The board has also agreed to conduct a targeted review of park rules and a high level review to identify practical ‘under control off-leash’ parks. Elected member John Spiller asked whether any forward thinking about how to police owners of dogs which were off leash in restricted areas was going into the dog review. “ The only thing a member ofthepubliccandoistogeta registration number of the dog owner’s car or follow them to their house and get an address,” he said. “I see dogs off leashes on walkways where there are nesting birds. It would probably be beneficial to the bird life if dogs were banned on those reserves.” Auckland council policy analyst Jasmin Kaur said the council would need to make sure there was adequate signage, but most of the time the issue was about public education, especially when the use of the area was changed. “For example, it if is a bush walk and there is an off leash rule at one end, there is often a lack of understanding,” she said. “We will have to double check signage. “ There will be a handful of dog owners that don’t follow the rules. The council’s animal management people can police this and if they receive a complaint they can send someone out.” Current dog access rules for the Howick Ward include prohibitions on council-owned playgrounds, sports surfaces, roads, private ways and council-controlled car parks and boating areas. Dogs must be under control on a leash in the vicinity of playgrounds and sports surfaces when in use, and in streets, highways, access ways, service lanes, footpaths, cycle tracks, bus stops, berms within the boundaries of the road, private ways, council-controlled car parks and boating areas, including wharves, jetties, boat ramps and boat marshalling areas. Howick ward beaches and adjoining park areas allow dogs under control off-leash before 9am and after 7pm during daylight saving hours and at all times outside of daylight saving.
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