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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday February 11 2016
16 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, February 11, 2016 www.times.co.nz 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. Phone 09 261 0094 • GLENFIELD 128 Target Road. Phone 09 441 6920 22 STORES NATIONWIDE • www.bigsave.co.nz • OPEN 7 DAY S NOW OPEN IN BOTANY Offers valid 10 to 29 February 2016. FAIRFAX 3 seater + 2 seater Upholstered in Oslo Mocha fabric. WAS $2499 $1699 $ KC11320-v5 Follow us on Facebook... facebook.com/TimesOnlineNZ Fun Run and Walk Botany Town Centre Summer Fun Run and Walk on Sunday, February 14. The walk and run is staged over two lengths, a 5km walk or run and a 10km walk or run. Participants can compete for first place or take their time and enjoy the stroll. Time: 9am start time. Location: The start and finish of each event is inside Botany Town Centre’s Town Square. Participants can register online at www.runandwalk.co.nz or outside the Macpac store in Botany Town Centre Square on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Lunar New Year Highland Park Library will be celebrating the Year of the Monkey on Saturday, February 20 from 1.30-3.30pm. At 1.35pm Korean Women’s Association will regale the audience with Korean and NZ Folk Songs and Dance; followed by ColourChina Dance Group, a Qipao fashion, a Mulan Boxing performance, Chinese dancing with fans, Korean traditional dance, drums and singing and K-Pop dance performance. Promises to be a fun afternoon. Refreshments provided. Howick Orchid Society The first meeting this year is on Sunday, February 14 at 1.30pm, Fencible Lounge, Uxbridge Rd, Howick. Francis Henrich will talk on ‘Orchid Care’ in relation to showing plants to their best advantage. Afternoon tea, Orchid plants displayed, Orchid plant raffles, Visitors welcome, entry $2. Phone Anton 537-1251. Art society Papatoetoe Garden & Floral Art Society are staging their annual Dahlia show on February 23 at 7.30pm, Wesley Methodist Church Hall, 39 Kolmar Rd, Papatoetoe. Cut flowers and floral art on display, trading table, supper. Visitors and new members welcome. Phone Rosemary 278-2223. MECOSS Botany & Flat Bush Manukau East Council of Social Services invites you to join us at our community networking meeting being held from 10am to 12noon on Thursday, February 25 at Barry Curtis Park Ormiston Activity Centre, Chapel Road. This is an opportunity for discussion, learning and to network with like-minded community organisations. Guest speaker Mary Lemon will give an introductory talk about the Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service. If you’re keen to promote your work why not become one of our five ‘two minute speakers’. To book your speaking spot please register by emailing email@example.com. Uxbridge travel club The Uxbridge Travel Club will be meeting on Friday, February 19 at 7.15pm at Te Whare Ora, Howick Senior Citizens Hall, Uxbridge Centre. After a recent trip there Win Miskelly will be presenting an interesting topic ‘Housebujlding in Thailand’ which is part of a Habitat for Humanity project in Phuket, Thailand. All visitors welcome. Admission $6. Any enquiries phone Stella 534-9463. ➤ Community notices This is a free community noticeboard for non-profit groups. Please email notices to firstname.lastname@example.org. While every effort is made to run the notices, volume and space restrictions may mean events may not run. Where publication of a notice is time-critical, groups should consider paying for a classified advertisement to ensure placement. ■ By Marianne Kelly Athree-month trial aimed at reducing St John’s response times has resulted in staff at the Botany Ambulance Station in Sir William Avenue, East Tamaki being transferred. But St John is yet to confirm a location for a temporary post. St John Auckland District operations manager Doug Gallagher says the organisation is working through a number of options. Four staff members were based at Sir William Avenue, involving two working together on one ambulance for 12 hours every day. “ These staff will continue to crew their ambulance, however for the trial it will start and finish from Manukau Station and the East Tamaki area will be covered from the new temporary post, with the location yet to be confirmed.” The Botany station is being transferred because St John says there are a lower number of incidents for staff at East Tamaki. This leaves the south-east covered by the station in Howick and East Tamaki covered by the new temporary post. While there are no preliminary results from the trial, Mr Gallagher says analysts anticipate a reduced response time to emergencies in South Auckland.” The number of incidents handled by the Howick station has not increased, he says. In July Mr Gallagher told the Times St John constantly monitored and reviewed incident locations and worked closely with the council to ensure safer communities, so that the organisation continued to meet demand as the region continued to grow. Asked if there is any indication of increased demand from the rapidly developing Botany-Flat Bush areas, Mr Gallagher says St John has not seen an increase. ■ By Marianne Kelly One of New Zealand’s most prolific playwrights and screenwriters is coming to Howick to discuss his career. Nelson-based Justin Eade will be the special guest at Howick Little Theatre (HLT) a week before the theatre company presents the Auckland premiere of his hit comedy Central Otago Man. The play was shortlisted in the Playmarket Adam New Play Competition in 2014 and was staged at the inaugural Nelson Fringe Festival last year. Directed by Alex Gleed, it will open in Howick on February 27. Along with six full-length stage plays, Mr Eade has written 18 feature length film scripts. In 2011 he was flown to Los Angeles by the organisers of the Movieguide Awards where he received the $25,000 grand prize in the Kairos Prize Screenplay Competition for his script Blue Water Metal. The play was read around top Hollywood executives and currently a Los Angeles-based producing partnership is showing strong interest in it. Mr Eade will discuss his career and answer questions at HLT’s ‘An Evening with Justin Eade’. ➤ The event takes place at 7-9pm on February 20 at Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga. Admission is free and reservations are essential. 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