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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, December 11, 2013 --- 5 LAST MINUTE SHOPPING HOURS Mon 16th -- Sat 21st Dec 9am -- 10pm Sun 22nd Dec 9am -- 7pm Mon 23rd Dec 9am -- 10pm CHRISTMAS EVE 9am -- 6pm CHRISTMAS DAY CLOSED BOXING DAY 9am -- 7pm AT WESTFIELD MANUKAU Hours of Countdown, Farmers & Event Cinemas may vary. For full trading hours, visit westfield.co.nz/manukau EVERYTHING YOU WA NT FOR CHRISTMAS Y&R_WES0555_HBT In-centre every day until Christmas Eve. 10am -- 4pm and 10am -- 7pm on late nights. SANTA'S SCHEDULE The perfect gift is available at Customer Service or online at westfield.co.nz WESTFIELD GIFT CARDS 123217 124638 Constant enjoyment EACH week, the Times is left in my letter box. This is the excuse I have to sit down with a cuppa and devour each page, reading all the familiar arti- cles about folk known to many of us during the years, reading about the youngsters from our local schools who are changing the world for the better, and smiling at our old favour- ite restaurants and the new up and coming businesses each week. We have read the Howick and Pakuranga Times for 34 years. Our kids when tiny were pictured in the Howick Santa Parade and I scoured the pages last week for my grandson, only to fnd him tucked away in one of the parade photos. This is certainly a full circle for us since coming to Howick. I wish you many more years of excellent journalism and fun news articles. Pamela Graham, Bucklands Beach Lacking grace I AM writing in support of the com- ments made in the letter by H Week- ers (Times, November 27). It is one thing to fall from grace, and we could all be guilty, but quite another thing to not have the grace to step down from the position of mayor and be arrogant enough to remain in the ratepayers’ employment. A Hegley, Howick Universal science THE front page of the Howick and Pakuranga Times of Thursday, November 21, read: “For every human being, if they become available to the truth and it becomes available to them, then they’re called a Muslim.” No, looking for truth and fnding truth is called science. Science is universal, not depend- ent on where you are born. Belief with no verifable or falsif- able evidence is called faith. Dennis Horne, Howick Stop the slaughter I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with Jason Baker of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Asia Pacifc commending New Zealand offcials banning shark fnning in New Zealand waters (Times, Novem- ber 27). However, I would like him to make people aware of the wholesale slaughter of the African elephant and rhino that is increasing dramatically to the point where some breeds are critically endangered. It is the Asian countries’ thought- less desire for ivory and rhino horn that is encouraging the illegal trade and cruel mindless poaching. The rhino horn powder is sold at great expense to alleviate the after- effects of too much alcohol. Geraldine Kasper, Mellons Bay Hold the ferry HAVING an appointment in the city, my spouse and I decided to use the ferry. We caught the “feeder bus” in Howick Village at midday on a recent Friday, to catch the 12.15pm ferry at Half Moon Bay going to downtown Auckland. Imagine our surprise when as we got off the bus and started down the ramp to the ferry, it pulled away and left. The next ferry was two hours later, and we were stranded at Half Moon Bay and missed our appointment. What is the point of a connecting bus to the ferry if the ferry does not wait? We are not impressed with the service and would hesitate to use it again. Disappointed. D Roberts, Howick Support appreciated I WOULD like to extend the thanks of the Rotary Club of Howick to the citizens of Howick and Pakuranga and the wider community for their support of our recent Bookarama book fair. Thanks to the generosity of the book donors and customers who came and bought them back, we were able to raise in excess of $25,000 for our charitable trust, so we can con- tinue to support local community groups. I would also like to give a big vote of thanks to the local businesses that offered their premises as depots for the acceptance of books. Without their commitment and co-operation, Bookarama would not be possible. And a big thank you to the Times for your support with publicity, it’s an integral part of our success. We can all give ourselves a big col- lective pat on the back. John Savory, Bookarama convenor, Rotary Club of Howick Valued volunteers I WRITE in acknowledgement of all St John volunteers for the recent International Volunteer Day on December 5. Our dedicated St John volunteers give so much time on our behalf in caring for their local communities. Without our volunteers, St John would not be able to deliver the level of vital emergency ambulance services and valued community pro- grammes that we provide. With the Christmas break fast approaching, we ask for your read- ers, Times staff and all our members to take care on the roads, and look after themselves and their loved ones this holiday season. Gary Salmon, St John Northern Region general manager Surveillance required IF INTERNET providers and author- ities, including government agencies, can screen emails, and phone calls to detect child pornography, and international security breaches, why can’t cyber bullying be monitored the same way? It appears internet computer sys- tems can detect certain keywords and block communications, and track and trace those responsible, well maybe it’s about time to protect those teen- agers who are being exposed to this disgusting life-threatening behav- iour. Surely one life saved will be worth the effort and cost involved, which shouldn’t be too high as the systems and equipment are already in place. Bob Wichman, Howick Local Board (Botany) FEEL-GOOD FACTOR: The Howick Santa Parade, held this year on November 30, is the biggest and best show of community spirit seen in the Howick ward each year. The event is di cult to capture on camera, because there is so much action coming thick and fast, but for every parade, Times photographer Wayne Martin always gets the best pictures. After snapping Santa coming down Picton Street at ground level, Wayne legged it up to the roof-top bar of Basalt to illustrate what the parade is all about -- people turning out to celebrate the area in which they live and the activities they're involved in. More photos at www.times.co.nz. Times photo Wayne Martin Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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