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8 --- Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 www.times.co.nz Treat family and friends to a unique gift that puts Howick on the map and in your home. Howick Canvas $150 594mm wide x 841mm deep (A1) Great statement on your wall Framed Art 8"x10" Free-standing or hanging $49 Framed Art 4"x6" Free-standing or hanging $29 Tea Towels $15 Howick cut and dried To buy call into Times House, 50 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki or order online @ www.times.co.nz or at Victoria's in Picton St, Howick Unique local gifts Free pools for young people From 2 April 2013 Swimming at all council-owned pools will be free for young people aged 16 years and under from 2 April 2013. This means that every child and young person, across the whole Auckland region, has more opportunities to be healthy and water-wise. If you want to know more, please talk to our staff about what free pools means for you. Hey! But Manukau pools are already free. Yes, that’s true. So, free pools for young people means two things for Manukau swimmers: • charges will be introduced for adults (17 years and over) • young people (16 and under) will be able to visit any of the council’s pools for free. AC_AC1901_HBT Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz 121058 Active programmes right on your doorstep Lloyd Elsmore Park Leisure Centre has all of the aquatic programmes to get you active and enjoying the water. We also have a great gym over looking the park and a fun space to hold your child’s party including a bouncy castle and other entertainment. Aqua Zumba Fri 6pm Aquarobics Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat 9am Mon-Thu 6pm Aqua Jogging Tue and Thu 9.15am Find out more: call 535 5502 or visit www.manukauleisure.co.nz Lloyd Elsmore Park Leisure Centre 121235 Ignore overseas models PLEASE wake up, mayors. Through a series of offcial trips overseas over the past few years, our mayors do not seem to have learned more than ‘urban intensifcation’ (Times, March 18). Perhaps they feel proud of their fresh and wise creativity, but it’s nothing refreshing and crea- tive other than some leftovers by populous countries without much choice. What a pity those expensive overseas travels do not appear so fruitful and worthwhile. Auckland is renowned and unique in the world that we Auck- landers take pride in. Far from pushy and crowded societies, our beautiful living envi- ronment, peaceful and relaxed life- style is impressive and admired by overseas visitors. What we value and enjoy is our unique residential environs. It’s ridiculous to copy Hong Kong, Bei- jing, London and Singapore. If our mayor does like the crowded feeling of intensifcation, I’d suggest he consider immigrat- ing to China where he’ll easily be able to fnd his favourite dwelling in an 18-storey apartment. Auckland has been developing into what it is now for the past cen- tury, thanks to the great contribu- tions our former generations have made. It’s now as fabulous and out- standing as to be ranked top fve or six of the most liveable cities in the world. We have every reason to retain our pride. Auckland should go through development at a reasonable pace and scale, rather than a quick jump or big change. City intensifcation seems to me like a pair of proud mayors is wrongly proud of their inappropriate ambitions. We’re not ready to blame you, dear mayors, if you turn around from the wrong way before it’s too late. Jabert Hou, Dannemora Feeling for residents REGARDING the article ‘Park in shoddy state’ (Times, March 13), I can sympathise with the residents along the Transpower cable route. The frustration and utter debacle we had in Brownhill Road, Whit- ford, when they reconstructed the road and surrounds for the under- grounding of the cables was well over a two-year period. It was a joke and yes they too dragged out on remedial works and did the absolute minimum, and in some cases not fnishing some as promised. All I can say about Transfeld Services is we were all grateful when they left our road, even in the condition they left it in. Trans- power isn’t much better. The council needs to be more accountable and work for the rate- payers to resolve these issues, not siding with the private company. Gary Holder, Whitford Quality of mercy THE lights are out and the theatre has closed on the “school bullies” latest drama production. It was ably staged by the young and ambitious with blatant direc- tion from the foor. However, we have seen this play before: the bad villain, the puffed up clown, the naïve do-gooder, ostensibly helping the despairing heroine. Shakespeare, it is not. Perhaps now the cast has swanned in the spotlight, they could remember that our local board was brought into disrepute by the washing of dirty linen in public. New Zealand law does not per- mit a person to be tried twice once sentenced for the same offence. Certainly not again by a perceived “lynch mob”. The silent majority would appre- ciate it if the board now concen- trates on the work it was elected to do and for which we are still pay- ing. A Schuyt Best, Pakuranga Excellent explanation CONGRATULATIONS to Ian George for his direct and simple explanation of the word marriage (Times, March 18). And thank you to the Times for printing his letter. What gives any government the right to redefne the concept of marriage, regardless of their indi- vidual persuasions? As was stated, marriage between male and female was instituted thousands of years ago for very good reason. It’s a law which can- not be changed, regardless of what modern opinion may be. The very idea of having to alter every dictionary and history book beggars belief. Have they thought of that? Alison Hegley, Howick For the record I AM not in favour of the 18-storey tower blocks (Times, March 18). I don’t have a problem with two to four storey terrace houses in some parts of my community. But it should be up to the people of each ward to decide what hap- pens in their community by the elected members of the local board, as they should be listening to the community. The plans as proposed have been largely supported by the Howick Local Board and not supported by myself and fellow councillor Dick Quax. If you want it changed, you should be letting your local board members know as I’m already on your side. Sharon Stewart, Auckland councillor for Howick Letters to the Editor can be sent to: The Editor, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 or by email to email@example.com or fax (09) 271-8073. Letters should not exceed 200 words and should carry the name, residential address and contact telephone number of the author. Nom de plumes not accepted.
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