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Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society Dedicated to Healthy Skin NEW www.skinsite.co.nz Michael Williams for Howick Local Board Dear Residents, I'm running on the Residents and Ratepayers Team which includes: Jim Donald (Howick) Wayne Huang (Pakuranga) Shirley Warren (Pakuranga) Michael Williams (Botany / Ormiston) because the four of us have worked very well together. I'm supporting independent candidates: John Spiller (Howick) Steve Udy (Pakuranga) who have worked particularly hard during the term. I'm impressed by the fresh faces this year: Murray Burton (Howick) Mike Turinsky (Botany) These independent candidates bring strategic capacity and a heart for the community. I support my Manukau City Council colleague, independent candidate: Bob Wichman (Botany) I ask for your continued support. Regards, Michael Williams What we've Achieved: A Ten Year Plan for Howick Ormiston Town Centre Planning William Green Artificial Turf Howick Sport Initiative Pakuranga Master Plan Better Balance in the Unitary Plan Major Netball Upgrade Local Events Community Engagement Forums A Howick Arts Festival Improved Library Opening Hours Wifi in Libraries Howick Civil Defense Plan Howick Heritage Plan Historical Village Funding Beach Restoration Plan What we're Planning: More Community Engagement Ormiston Community Centre Uxbridge Redevelopment Ormiston Library Half Moon Bay Ferry Terminal Ormiston Swimming Pool AMETI Eastern Busway East West Link Howick Village Master Plan Howick Tourism Plan Youth Development Plan Environmental Centre Ormiston Sporting Facilities Authorised by Michael Williams, 22 Masefield Street, Howick Community People Working Well Together Residents & Ratepayers Independents Working Well Together 124488 The food at one of suburbia’s newest restaurants is a welcome addition to Auckland’s portfolio of modern Thai eateries with authentic fare hitting the tables. Thai restaurants have sprung up all over Auckland with an eatery on almost every street corner. However, without exception, most fall well short of the mark when it comes to real authenticity. Soitcameasabitofasurprisetofnd the real McCoy in the suburbs. As a con- sequence, it’s popular with and vener- ated by the locals. The food at Sabai Sabai is all about freshness from a menu that turns out skilled versions of classics and draws on the assertive favours of traditional Thai food. On offer are favourites such as spring rolls ($8), deep fried chicken wings ($8), curry puffs ($8.50), Thai fsh cakes ($9.50) with chilli sauce, chicken satays ($10) with peanut sauce, crispy prawn cake ($10) with plum sauce. The kitchen also turns out great cur- ries ($18.50) of chicken, beef, pork or lamb, every which way, in green or red curry sauces with mixed vegetables, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, favoured with herbs and spices. Other traditional classics ($18.50 to $19.50) offered are lively interpreta- tions of better known big-favour dishes of chicken, beef, pork and lamb stir fried with mixed vegetables, spring onions, mushrooms, chilli, ginger, basil, cash- ews and oyster sauce. Duck and seafood lovers ($23) will not be disappointed either with a good selection of appetising dishes prepared with a variety of mixed vegetables, herbs, spices and sauces. Special mention too for vegetarians with more than a handful of Thai sal- ads and hard to pass-up non-carnivore dishes. Great ingredients abound in the pad khing ($18.50), with its generous helping of chicken pieces, fresh ginger, spring onions and mushrooms. These make for a luscious play of favours while our other main, sweet and sour talay ($23), king prawns, stir-fried in a delicious sweet and sour sauce, was another stand out. Both dishes were generous in serv- ings and on piping-hot plates. Desserts should be a lesson to many Asian restaurants as to the potential pleasures of fnishing off a meal well. But the dessert menu is small and not a highlight, although the lychees ($5.50) with coconut ice cream, was right in nearly every way. Unlike the beer line up, the wine list has a long way to go. There are no loyalties to any particular winery with a selection that is basic in choice and wines by the glass - so pay the corkage ($3pp) and bring your own. We suggest gewürztraminer, pinot gris or riesling - all are particularly well suited for Thai fare. And the verdict? There is no ambigu- ity about this eatery with honest pricing that matches the food so well. Service is effcient, friendly and polite. Sabai Sabai Thai: Licensed & BYO. 305 Remuera Rd, Remuera. Ph 524 6808. Dinner: 7 nights. All credit cards accepted. Website: sabaithai.co.nz Menu 8, Cuisine 8, Wine list 5, Service 7.5, Décor 7.5, Value for Money 8 103091-V62 2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: 180 Pakuranga Rd, Pakuranga. Ph: 577 2998. 2/166 Chapel Rd, Botany South. Ph: 274 9489. www.thaispa.co.nz THAI SPA 120598-V7 Services Offered: • Thai Massage • Herbal Aromatherapy • Foot Massage • Manicure • Pedicure • Herbal Body Scrub • Waxing • Fat Reduction • Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage • Day Spas • Eye Lash Perming and Extensions • Facials 20% off the below massages 10TH Birthday Specials TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE WAS $85.00 Special $68 AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE WAS $99.00 Special $79 Valid until September 30, 2013. A GOVERNMENT subsidy has resulted in a $100,000 windfall for the Half Moon Bay ferry terminal project. In its report to the September 9 meeting of the Howick Local Board, Auckland Transport (AT) says it has received the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) funding for the detailed investigation phase of the redevelopment and no longer requires the $100,000 allocated by the board to support the project. It has recommended that the board considers applying the funds to enhancing the ferry platform pontoon, or extending it to ensure it is fully wheelchair-compliant. The board agreed the $100,000 should be reallocated to improve- ments at the Half Moon Bay Marina project, while it also approved implementation of the parking restrictions project. However, proposals for a future park and ride shuttle bus service to the marina and car parking in Ara Tai Road have been “parked” by AT until fnal development plans are determined for Half Moon Bay. Funds for ferry terminal Kindness appreciated MY NAME is Alina, I’m 40. My life has dramatically changed from August 31, 2010, when my husband was killed in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea. I cannot describe what it meant to me and my fve-year-old son. Iwanttosayabigthankyouto people who helped me through this tragedy and to organise our lives anew. Sharon and David Stewart, thank you very much. I always thought that people in administration would think of ordinary people as a “grey mass” and not as an individual. Mrs Stewart, by her example, showed me that my opinion was wrong. She took the initiative in organ- ising and conducting the funeral of my husband and documents, despite the fact this was a very important time for her – the 2010 council election campaign. The tragedy of my family, the death of my husband, with whom they were friends, became impor- tant to her. During all three of these years, my son and I were invited to all holidays in the welcoming family of Mrs Stewart. It has been an invalu- able support for us. May God give you health and well-being, Sharon and David Stewart.Alina Filyaeva, North Park Looking at life I WENT to the opening night of the Howick Little Theatre show Look- ing and really enjoyed a positive evening, watching an adult comedy romp. If you’re divorced, or thinking about a divorce, I suggest you go and see this play. Even better still, there isn’t a single blinding swear word in the whole production, which is most unusual these days. Looking is defnitely an adult play, and a very timely one. As a divorced man and now a twice married one, this play brings it all back, but with great humour. And let’s not forget that some 50 per cent of marriages end in separation and divorce, and that’s something that life doesn’t prepare you for. Looking gives you an inkling into what to expect from life to some degree, and if nothing else, it should at least put a smile on your face, which is sometimes hard to do these days. Even my wife enjoyed the show, and I’m her third husband, so she should know. Barry Southon, Burswood Parking hazards THE time has come when some- thing must be done about the park- ing around Cockle Bay School. As a resident, the people in Trel- awn, Alexander, Avoca and the top of Advene Streets, have had enough of the patrons parking willy-nilly on the roadside, kerb, across the roads, so as one can’t get down, in, or out of this area. We try to avoid this, but some- times one has to go out or arrive home, during the time this school releases its children. I’d suggest the time has come for parking on one side of the road only, between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday, in this area. H McFarlane, Howick Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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