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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, December 19, 2012 --- 3 111380-V4 FLAT BUSH SUPER LIQUOR FLAT BUSH 17/302 Te Irirangi Dr, Botany South (behind the BP Station). Ph 09 215 6181 Mon, Tues, Wed, Sun 10am-9pm; Thurs, Fri, Sat 10am-11pm. CHRISTMAS HOURS: Open every day until Christmas Day 9am-11pm. Christmas Eve 9am-11pm. Closed Christmas Day. Open Boxing Day 1-11pm. Open New Years's Eve until 9am-11pm. Specials available Dec 17 to 31, 2012, while stocks last. Limits may apply. Trade not supplied. 121803-V3 I'd like to congratulate the Howick and Pakuranga Times on 40 years of service to this community. In this age of media fragmentation and with so many examples of other media players not lasting the distance, it's wonderful to see this newspaper passing the test of time. More than this, the newspaper is a local legend, an outstanding business and stalwart of the community. Rightly parochial and proud of the community, with incredibly strong local coverage because it's interested and involved in the local community, it writes about the community with understanding and passion. Congratulations on 40 years and bring on the next 40. -- Len Brown, Auckland Mayor Ph: (09) 271 8000, www.times.co.nz Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wide range of vehicles from Small, Medium, Large, People Movers & Cargo Vans (driver optional) Open 7 Days • Free delivery/pickup For friendly & professional service contact us today: www.autorentalsdirect.co.nz Ph 537 0991 RENTAL CARS Auto Rentals Direct Ltd Serving the local community for over 11 years 118764-V5 EXPECTING RELATIVES? Have you booked them a rental car yet? DON'T MISS OUT! By Marianne Kelly ONCE libraries and other esteemed archives are exhausted, people in search of a sense of heritage and of the place they’ve chosen to call home can do no better than search the fles of their local newspaper. As it comes to the end of its 40th year of publishing the Howick and Pakuranga Times, Times News- papers has compiled a fascinating and relevant commentary on the events that have taken place and the people who have inhabited the newspaper’s patch east of the Tamaki River. The stories, as reported by the teams of journalists and pictures taken by photographers over the 40 years, are recorded for poster- ity in a new book, Celebrating 40 Years – four decades of local news and photographs from the Times’ archives. New immigrants from other parts of New Zealand and through- out the world will catch a glimpse of how the place they now call home once was and what it has grown into, and of the work and passion that community-minded people put in to facilities and events now taken for granted. So many faces, some high pro- fle, others regular citizens, will be recognised, along with iconic buildings now lovingly entrenched in the landscape and community life. The book starts in 1972 when the Times, with a tiny band of publishing professionals, set up in a little offce on the top foor of Civic House, in Rices Mall, Picton Street. The route to Howick from the Panmure Bridge was a two- lane concrete rural road, passing through an embryonic Pakuranga suburb and rolling farmland. The alternative route to the Southern Motorway was through rural East Tamaki, but even then change was on the horizon. The Times was already waiting to make public a forward-think- ing developer’s plans for semi- rural estates and white post and rail fences along the ridge line, now known as Point View Drive, overlooking the sprawling dormi- tories of Dannemora and soon-to- explode Flat Bush town. In the book’s preface, Times Newspapers managing director Reay Neben says Beachlands and Maraetai were so far away. But when the local supermar- ket Big S began advertising in the paper, it was on the condition that it was delivered to the coastal vil- lages. “So we did,” she says. The book records many tri- umphs, including the memorable day in 2010 when the Times pre- sented the Our Place, Our Name campaign to MPs on the steps of Parliament in Wellington. Shortly after, MPs voted to change the proposed super-city local ward name from Te Irirangi to Howick. It was, the Times said, a victory for democracy and the power of the people and press. Celebrating 40 Years, the story ■ of the Howick and Pakuranga Times, costs $29.95. It’s available at Readaway Bookshop, Picton Street, Howick; Howick Histori- cal Village, Bell Road, Pakuranga, or from Times Newspapers, 50 Stonedon Drive, East Tamaki. Book documents 40 years Two long-standing Howick identities who enjoy enduring popularity, former mayor Morrin Cooper, and Wally Rice, of Rices Mall, share memories revealed in the Times' 40th anniversary book. Times photo Wayne Martin POLITICS Looking for key support F ➤ rompage1 Ms White is a senior constable and Counties Manukau East Police's youth education o cer, and a celebrant. Mr Williams wants to expand the deputy's role, including providing him [chairman] with advice on critical issues and an overview of projects, help "in making things happen" and "maintaining good board communication" and strategic relationship management and sharing in civic duties. He also wants the deputy to be available to meet with him and council o cers during business hours and provide key support in the events, Maori a airs and ethnic a airs portfolios. Ms White's portfolio responsibilities include democracy and engagement, civic duties, Maori a airs, ethnic a airs, and arts and culture. "This change is not intended as a criticism of Adele's performance as deputy-chair," says Mr Williams, in his letter, "but to strengthen the functioning of the board through the addition of time and commitment from incumbent members. "I wanted to give Adele the opportunity to allow this important change to occur by moving aside quietly and with dignity and to this end I took her aside privately and asked her to resign. "Adele has chosen not to resign and to take the matter to the media, which is her prerogative." Meanwhile, public support for Ms White has been rallying, and an online petition backing her has been launched by Jami-Lee Ross, a former and successful C&R councillor candidate and the MP for Botany and Ms Schwaner's husband. The petition is online at www.tinyurl. com/HLBpetition. ■ The special meeting has been requested for 6pm on January 21 at the Howick Local Board meeting room, Pakuranga Library complex, 7 Aylesbury Street. Replacing the deputy-chair will carry if a majority of the local board members vote in favour of Mr Williams' request.
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