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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, May 1, 2013 --- 5 Look Here Mister New store now open at Botany Town Centre Visit us for tailored clothing casual clothing made-to-measure and suit hire www.rembrandt.co.nz 118085 OG_AC1888 120309 By Aleisha Moore, AUT journalism student YOUNG people in Hunua are about to have a fresh new face rep- resenting their needs. Prabhjit Johal has been chosen as Hunua’s Youth MP to represent its constituents at the Youth Par- liament in Wellington this July. The 17-year-old Ormiston Sen- ior College pupil’s ambitious per- sonality won over a panel of judges during an interview process for the position in early April. “Our community is quite new and is developing really fast, and so is its population,” Prabhjit says. “I really want to be able to make a change and put the youth voice forward. “Our young people need to be involved in the growth and devel- opment of our community so we don’t get left behind.” Potential candidates for the Youth MP role were asked to write a letter to the Hunua MP, Nation- al’s Dr Paul Hutchison, detailing their aspirations for the position. Dr Hutchison says: “These are exceptional students and they all show great promise for the future. The fnal decision was diffcult. “In the end, Prabhjit showed not only he’s achieved strongly in the academic, social and the sport- ing arenas, but he’s also confdent, focused and humble, and regarded the opportunities he had as a great privilege.” Prabhjit says he’s looking for- ward to the Beehive experience. He anticipates learning how youth across the country view their communities, and seeing how their views and issues can be applied to Hunua. “On a personal level, I’d love to develop my leadership skills and build relationships and friend- ships,” he says. “On a community level I hope to develop the youth voice, especially for our new community.” Prabhjit wants to see more sport and transport facilities in Hunua. He also wants to bridge the gap between isolated communities, but the main issue he’s concerned with is youth unemployment. “Young people need the oppor- tunity to be able to step up and build their confdence.” Dr Hutchison adds that the Youth Parliament is an excellent chance to learn how governing in New Zealand works and he’s confdent Prabhjit will be a great ambassador for Hunua. Other shortlisted candidates for the position of Hunua Youth MP were Kimberley Soo and Mac- Kenzie Clark, of Pukekohe High School, and Ormiston Senior Col- lege’s Siddharth Chopra. Visionary gets MP vote Hunua MP Dr Paul Hutchison, left, with Ormiston Senior College pupil Prabhjit Johal, who will serve as the electorate's Youth MP. Photo supplied GIVING animals a fair hearing in civic affairs will be addressed with the appointment of an SPCA ambassador on the Auckland Council. Councillor Cathy Casey, a member for Albert-Eden-Roskill and acknowledged animal wel- fare advocate, will be the voice for the super-city’s animals in the council chambers. SPCA Auckland executive director Bob Kerridge says the 130-year-old charity has always endeavoured to work alongside the councils in Auckland. “Their amalgamation into one provides an opportunity to have a voice around that large council table. “With the appointment of councillor Casey, we’ll be assured that when the opportunity arises the voice of the city’s animals will be heard loud and clear,” he says. “The position is of an honor- ary nature and will not impinge on the operation of the council or councillor Casey’s independence. “It’ll ensure that when animal issues arise, their needs will be given a proper hearing. After all, animals are citizens of Auckland too.” Ms Casey says making Auck- land the world’s most liveable city means caring for “all resi- dents, including those who can- not speak for themselves”. ADVOCATE TO REPRESENT ANIMALS Transport dominated by roading MOST super-city transport funds were spent on roads in the six months to last December. Auckland Transport's half-year report shows $188 million was spent on roads and $39m on public transport. AT's largest construction initiative under way is AMETI (Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative), says its chairman Lester Levy. The $1.5 billion project unlocks the potential for 40,000 new jobs once key transport links are improved. It also includes improvements to public transport, walking and cycling facilities and will give East Auckland residents greater transport choices, says Mr Levy. Meanwhile, upgrade work continues on the rail network ahead of electri cation, he says, and the new electric trains are on the production line in Spain. New electric wires can be seen around much of the Auckland rail network. The depot to house and maintain the new electric trains is under construction at Wiri, due to open in July, and the rst electric train arrives in Auckland in September for testing. Planning for the City Rail Link (CRL) is also progressing, with Auckland Council publicly notifying the notices of requirement for the project. AT says the number of people using ferries was up 9 per cent in March to 555,143. For the rst time the gures include the new Hobsonville and Beach Haven service and extra sailings have been added to Pine Harbour. n AT administers 7354 kilometres of roads; 6859km of footpaths; 127,666 road signs; 15 bus stations and ve busway stations; 42 rail stations; 933 pay and display machines; 985 bridges and culverts; 99,912 street lights; 1554 bus shelters; 21 ferry terminals; and 14 multi-storey car parks.
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