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Come in store to see the full range. 2-LITRE FACTORY SECONDS 5 for $10 WHILE STOCKS LAST ■■ By Marianne Kelly “W e’ve been living and breathing it for 10 years and it’s still surreal,” says Richard Jeffery, chief executive of the Vodafone Events Centre, as he reflects that the water valves have just been opened and the Vector Wero Whitewater Park is about to become reality. He’s talking about the long convoluted trail he and the chairman of Counties Manukau Pacific Trust (now renamed Second Nature Charitable Trust), Sir Noel Robinson, have followed through the bureaucracy and politics of local government to the halls of commerce where the money has been raised for the $35 million project. Wero is New Zealand’s first man-made white water park and Vector is the principal sponsor. Vector group chief executive, Simon Mackenzie says he has driven past the site often and watched its progress with interest. “We are always looking for the latest innovation and technology,” he says. “ This is very much about us going into a new energy future and also giving back to the Auckland community. It will put New Zealand on the map.” The Wero project, he says, is up there with the energy company’s other investments, for example the Vector Arena. “It is operated successfully and it is all about international shows. We see this project fitting the same philosophy.” Kiwi Olympic kayaking champion Ian Ferguson is general manager of Wero. He says kayakers throughout the world know about Wero. “ We are famous before it has opened. But Auckland is yet to realise how fortunate the city is when people see the water flushing down. “ The opportunity for me is tomouldittohowIwantitto run, to employ the right people, introduce the right rides and get into the schools, doing what I feel is good for the sport and the country. “ With my background I have a handle on how it should be.” Mr Ferguson will test the rapids with experienced rafters and kayakers before the park opens to the public late next month. The venue already has the kayaking contract for the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland. And, in what Mr Ferguson calls “the pointy end” the word has gone out to Olympian kayakers throughout the world for an international invitational regatta next November. And kayaking teams in Europe want to be based at the park next New Zealand summer. Local schools have started booking in for three white water activities courses on offer. Mr Jeffery says schools will get a 50 per cent subsidy for entry at $18.50 per student (Years 7-13) with some schools qualifying for full sponsorship. Wero Whitewater Park includes the world’s first man-made 4.5-metre waterfall, modelled after the popular Okere Falls in Bay of Plenty. The grade 3 to 4 white water course is an Olympic standard run that will challenge the world’s top kayakers and rafters. The grade 2 to 3 run will be suitable for novices, school students and people wanting to build their confidence. At the official opening of the water valve at the Vector Wero Whitewater Park at Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, the centre’s chief executive, Richard Jeffery, left, and Vector group chief executive, Simon Mackenzie. Photo supplied wero Whitewater starts flowing Trademark scam doing the rounds Business owners with registered trademarks should be on the lookout for a bogus invoice doing the rounds. It asks for payment to list the trademark on an online database. Jeff Allen of Appliance Outlet contacted the Times after he nearly paid the account thinking it was an extension of the trademark registration. The company’s trademark Imprasio and its Pakuranga address was clearly noted on the invoice which came under the heading of IDRTM International Online Database of Registered Trade Marks TM Publisher. The $1638 payment was to be sent to TM Publishers, Level 31, Plimmer Towers, 2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington by April 14. “Imprasio is our trademarked name and all our details are easily obtainable,” Mr Allen says. “I’m unsure how illegal this is, but I really think the Police should crack down on this and should be able to as there is a postal address.” The Times asked Counties Manukau Police whose spokesperson said the fraud team was not aware of the scam. Publicity in Australia resulted when a wave of unsolicited letters from the same outfit arrived in the post of businesses who had registered a trademark. The Australian address of the company was listed as TM Publisher, Suite 65, Seabridge House, 377 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000. It was concluded that the scammers hoped business people were so busy that they would pay the invoice without giving too much thought to it; or that the invoice would go to the organisation’s accounts department which would be under instruction to ensure the trademark remained registered. Mr Allen warns other businesses to watch out for the bogus invoice.
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