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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, December 12, 2012 --- 5 MASSIVE RUG SALE OVER 10,000 RUGS MUST GO!!! UP TO 70% OFF RRP Rush into rug expo before we sell out! SALE FROM THURSDAY 13TH TO SUNDAY 16TH 289 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga. Phone 636 1444 or Mobile 021 853 122. OPEN 10AM-5PM • FREE PARKING AVAILABLE • WE ACCEPT CASH, EFTPOS & ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS We offer variety of modern and traditional Rugs, Kilims, Hallway Runners, Round Rugs, Saddle Bags, Collectable Shoulder Bags, Hand Bags, Back Packs, Purses & Cushion Covers. 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The ceremony at the upgraded Pakuranga substation in Golfands last Thursday marked the comple- tion of Transpower’s North Island Grid Upgrade (NIGUP), the larg- est electricity transmission project to be undertaken in New Zealand since the 1960s. “We take for granted that the system is going to work,” Mr Key said. “But we saw the implications a few years ago when the city was brought to its knees. “Energy use and growth is highly correlated and the faster we grow the more we need a reliable energy source. “We will remain committed to seeing that facilities will be in place.” The$800millionprojectinvolves a new 186-kilometre transmission line from Whakamaru, Waikato, to South-East Auckland. The Whitford to Pakuranga stretch of the NIGUP includes a new substation built at Brownhill Road, Whitford, and an under- ground cable installed between the Whitford and Pakuranga sub- stations. Work on the Pakuranga substa- tion in Golfands Drive involved upgrading the existing 110kV Ota- huhu-Pakuranga transmission line to 220kV, and a new 220V substa- tion was built in November last year. The substation is the northern terminal of NIGUP, providing the connection point for the $415m North Auckland and Northland (NAaN) network upgrade which started last July. It involves an underground cable laid from Pakuranga to Albany on the North Shore, expected to be in place by next June. Major work on the Pakuranga Highway-Carbine Road section of the link will get under way during the school holidays to take advan- tage of lower traffc volumes. Transpower says the great- est impact will be at Waipuna Bridge with closure of the city- bound lanes from December 27 to January 13, while cable ducts are installed on either side of the bridge. Eastern-bound lanes will remain open. Transpower project director Paul Duffy says travellers from Howick, Pakuranga and surround- ing suburbs heading towards the city and west should use Lagoon Drive, and those heading from Bot- any and the south-east are advised to use Highbrook Drive. Once the bridge work is com- plete, the trenching and duct installation will take place across the eastbound lanes on the South- Eastern arterial/Waipuna Road intersection from mid to late next month. The work will take place at night, so access to the bridge is maintained. Work on the eastern end of the trench starts in Burswood Drive swinging into Ti Rakau Drive. The job is awaiting Auckland Council traffc management plan approval and is expected to start early next year. The cable will be installed in trenches adjacent to the median strip as far as Harris Road and switch to the northern kerbside. Two lanes of traffc will be maintained in both directions on Ti Rakau Drive and reduced speed limits will be imposed around the Transpower worksites. From the Pakuranga Creek Bridge, on Ti Rakau Drive, the underground cabling will be put in the eastbound lane adjacent to the median strip. It will allow two lanes of traffc to be maintained during construction and keep building activities clear of neighbouring properties. Prime Minister John Key, centre, debates the super-city's energy needs with Transpower chairman Mark Verbiest, left, and chief executive Patrick Strange. Times photo Wayne Martin Securing the power supply CHORAL PERFORMANCE Aid worker in concert F ➤ rompage1 "The worst situations for them are in Turkey these days. It depends on the political situation where the most need is." His interest in the Middle East and its politics began as a 16-year-old, when after studying the piano seriously at North Carolina School of Arts, he moved to a kibbutz farm in Israel. "It was right on the border, so we saw a lot of action," he says. "I started work with the Kurds in the 1980s when Saddam Hussein gassed the Kurdish population at Halabja. I was one of the rst people on the scene and debriefed the victims. "In the rst Gulf War, I got trapped on the Iraq side of the border. That was a bit dicey. I've been within 100-feet [30-metres] of a car bomb." His initial travels meant a 15-year break from the piano. But since reacquainting with his talent, he's shared the stage with accomplished players such as Tchaikovsky competition winner Andre Laplante and studied with world piano gold medallist Igor Resnianski. The father-of-two has lived in Howick since 2010 and collaborated with the choir's conductor Neil Guyan since meeting not long after. "As well as accompanying some of the choir items, Matthew will present a piano bracket with a Christmas avour, including an excerpt from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet," says Mr Guyan. The concert will feature madrigals, carols, folk songs and motets sung by the 28-member choir, which is in its rst year at Edgewater College Community Education, after the closure of Pakuranga College's evening classes. "The madrigal choir was unwilling to give up too easily," says Mr Guyan. "It's business as usual." n Sweet Was The Song is at 2pm this Sunday at All Saints Church, Selwyn Road, Howick. Entry costs $10, and $8 for senior citizens and students.
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