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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday May 26 2016
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The largest Buddhist temple in the country known to connect with the wider community through education, art and multicultural events had community leaders such as the acting district commander detective Dave Lynch; MP Mr Goff; curator of New Zealand Fo Guang Shan art gallery, venerable Abbess Manshin; Buddha’s Light International Association North Island president Lintao Yu; leader of learning at Ormiston Primary School, Heath McNeil and Indian Newslink editor Venkat Raman, amongst others to inaugurate the retrospective exhibition. The photo exhibition and short film that shed some light on the philanthropic work in humanistic Buddhism, venerable master Hsing Yun has accomplished in 200 countries, demonstrated that it takes just one man to touch lives of millions worldwide. “ This temple is one of the loveliest places in New Zealand and is very hard to match,” said Mr Goff. Strategic advisor Race Relations Human Rights Commission of New Zealand, inspector Rakesh Naidoo said: “Everyone should live together in peace and harmony and treat others with a sense of dignity that is the commonality of humanistic Buddhism. We should stop and reflect about others, despite the constant noise and digital distraction around us.” superGold Seniors’ travel deadline looming ■■ By Marianne Kelly SuperGold card holders have until this July 1 to register for an AT HOP travel card in order to use their SuperGold card for public transport. In June last year the Government announced that SuperGold card holders would be required to buy smartcards, such as the AT HOP card. Consequently Super City residents and seniors visiting from other parts of the country have to buy a card for $10 and another $5 of credit before it can be activated. It’s part of a Government move to keep a tab on the growing cost of the travel concessions seniors are entitled to. It led New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters to describe the decision as “a sly, underhand move” that continued National’s attack on free transport which was used by hundreds of thousands of over 65s. Currently in Auckland SuperGold card holders can travel free on public transport after 9am and all day at weekends. Auckland is also unique because it allows free travel in the afternoon peak hours of 3-6.30pm. However the New Zealand Transport Agency plans to withdraw its subsidy for card holders in the afternoon peak; also for the free travel Auckland provides for people older than 65 who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, but not eligible for the SuperGold card. The additional cost of both these categories of travel to ratepayers to continue the full service is $3 million. Consequently Auckland Council, in its recently adopted annual plan for 2016/2017, agreed to fund the full service, splitting the additional cost between savings from the existing AT budget and the other $1.5 million in additional council funding to AT. Mayor Len Brown said the free travel would stay in place for at least the next year and the issue should be revisited in light of the better data that would be collected through the HOP card. Regional uniqueness alone, he said, did not necessarily provide a sound public policy rationale for the removal of the NZTA subsidy. “I am disappointed that the Government has decided to withdraw this benefit to our seniors. I intend to write to the Minister expressing our disappointment at the withdrawal of this funding.” Fo GuanG shan teMple A 50 year retrospective Venerable Abbess Manshin with MP Phil Goff and acting district commander detective Dave Lynch at the retrospective exhibition in the Buddhist temple, Flat Bush. Times photo Wayne Martin Local roads among the city’s busiest Botany Road and Te Irirangi Drive are among the busiest roads in Auckland. Traffic count data compiled by Auckland Transport shows the busiest roads over a week are Great North Road and Lincoln Road in west Auckland. The average daily traffic figures over seven days from Monday to Sunday reveal 45,344 cars daily were recorded on Great North Road at Lynwood Rd. Down, the same road at Aotea Rd and Palmer Ave and three spots along Lincoln Road took out the top six busiest Auckland spots. These were followed by east Auckland roads Botany Road (Golflands Drive North end) with average daily traffic figures as high as 40,696. Te Irirangi Drive (westbound, at the start of four lanes) was ninth busiest road in Auckland with average daily traffic figures of 37,050.
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