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30 --- Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, November 27, 2013 www.times.co.nz 122319-V2 3/230 Wellington St, Howick. Ph 534 5580. Any additional charges would have to be approved by the customer before we commence any work SUMMER OFFER! COMPLETE AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE $99* WOF & SERVICE $99 (*Conditions apply, phone to find out more) CAR CARE SERVICES STANDARD SERVICE INCLUDES: 123701 Guest Conductor Lynne Anderson Pianist Valerie Sowerby Flute Zoe Stenhouse-Burgess At ALL SAINTS CHURCH, HOWICK 2pm Sunday, December 8, 2013 Tickets -- Adults $25, Seniors $20, Students $10 Tickets available at the door PRESENTS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON CD209278 OUTDOOR CLASSROOM SUCCESS AT WHITFORD EARLY LEARNING CENTRE We all imagine the best for our children, a warm homely environment, with enough children to learn and practce important social skills. At Whitord early learning centre we have enough teachers to nurture guide and teach in an atmosphere that is both stmulatng and invitng, yet calm and unhurried. Whitord Early Learning Centre has the best of all worlds. The Centre is centrally located on a 5 acre rural paradise yet less than ten minutes to Howick and Beachlands. Fun and learning go hand in hand at Whitord Early Learning Centre! Flying kites or box sliding down the hills, cooking mud pies in the mud kitchen, swinging oﬀ the Olive trees. These are just some of the many and varied educatonal experiences, that bring children closer to nature, expose them to risk and engage their young minds. Almost by accident they ﬁnd themselves learning to count as they decorate their muddy treats with leaves and petals. Reading and writng occur as children mark lines and swirls in the mud with stcks or enjoy stories under the trees. Maths and science are explored as the children weigh milk powder and measure water to make up milk and feed our lamb. Respect for our many animals and our environment is learned whilst risk taking is encouraged. Our children sing, dance, laugh, play, discover and learn. They are responsible, capable, conﬁdent and knowledgeable. If you envisage your litle one growing and learning in a beautful rural environment close to home then come and visit us at 633 Whitord Rd, look for our sign, and discover what children really need to prepare them for a successful transiton to school and beyond. Whitord Early learning Centre is a Centre that oﬀers quality care and educaton for children aged 3 months to 5 years. Whether you’re looking for a couple of mornings a week or full tme care, we have a session and a tme to meet your family’s needs. WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER: Qualiﬁed Nurturing Teachers Swimming in Summer Adventure Walks 20 HOURS ECE Subsidy A wonderful natural environment on an amazing 5 acres with farmyard friends FOR ALL ENQUIRIES PH: 530 8726 firstname.lastname@example.org VISIT US AT www.preschooleducaton.co.nz ENROL NOW FOR 2014 East rail better option WHAT really will be the beneft of a rail loop from Britomart to Mt Eden? How many vehicles will it actually take off the city’s clogged roads? Probably none. Commuters who will use the rail loop probably don’t drive cars in the city anyway. Would it not make more sense to go ahead and install light rail from the underground station at Manukau, through under the motorway to the centre of Te Irirangi Drive as once planned? Then it could journey onto Botany, Pakuranga and Mt Wel- lington to meet up with the exist- ing rail and onto the city. Sure it will cost, but at least it would provide a service that should be an excellent option to driving from Manukau East to and from the city centre. That would surely take vehi- cles off the road, and would be a lot easier than burrowing under Auckland’s CBD, as most of the rail would be on the surface. Bob Wichman, Howick Local Board (Botany) Ban the bangers I’D like to ask our Auckland councillors to please take up the call to ban freworks. It was painful in early Novem- ber, as night after night there were loud bangs till late at night. Displays may be pretty but only for the family concerned – hun- dreds of neighbours have to endure the noise pollution. Fireworks cause stress to animals, litter our suburbs and beaches as no one cleans up afterwards, are a fre hazard in dry conditions and a safety risk. And kids can’t sleep. It’s time for society to grow up. Steve Lincoln, Botany Downs Cheaper electricity GREY Power Federation has completed negotiations with an energy company to form Grey Power Electricity, with the potential to receive cheaper power for Grey Power members. This will possibly stop some people being harassed by power company employees trying to sign them up and locking them into contracts preventing them joining Grey Power Electricity, which has no fees for break- ing contracts and no increase in power pricing for the next fve years, unless the wholesale rate rises. There are two misconcep- tions about Grey Power and the $330 received from the Auck- land Energy Consumers Trust (AECT). People have to be 50 and older to join Grey Power. The $330 is a result of divi- dends received by AECT from shares it holds in Vector on the public’s behalf. It depends on where you live, not the electricity company you’re with, whether you receive the dividend or not. Grey Power Electricity can be contacted on phone 0800-474-976. Arthur Moore, Howick Pakuranga Grey Power president WHAT an unpleasant surprise to see Len Brown's face splashed all over your newspaper (Times, November 13, 20). But I decided to read the article anyway. Again it was con rmed that the man's arrogance and hypocrisy knows no boundaries. That he has a sordid a air is indeed his, and his wife's business, and I, for one couldn't care less about it, unless it's done on the council's premises on council's furniture and in council's time with ratepayers' money. The real stinker is a "lesser" council worker was sacked for the same o ence, and that Len loftily announced those rules do not apply to him. The tens of thousands of dollars it must have cost ratepayers to pay for his spin doctors to sweep it all under the carpet, and make him look as the victim is a cost we probably will never know the extent of. Len claims he has the full support of his wife and family. The only true word he probably said is when he was asked if this was his toughest challenge yet -- the furore about his a air. "No," said Len, "surviving his heart attack was light years ahead of that." I can believe that, because a life-threatening condition cannot be made to go away by using spin doctors. "The people of Auckland want me to get on with the job," Len says. If he's really so sure about that, there should be a new election. If he's still elected then, I will have peace with it. Len should stand down, because he hasn't got an ounce of respect and credibility anymore. H Weekers, Howick LEN SHOULD BE STEPPING ASIDE Len Brown has been called on to stand down as Auckland Mayor following revelations he had an extramarital a air. Times photo Wayne Martin Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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