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2 --- Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, February 12, 2014 www.times.co.nz 12 6:34 6:54 13 7:22 7:43 14 8:05 8:28 15 8:45 9:09 16 9:24 9:47 17 10:01 10:25 18 10:38 11:02 TIMES 125012 Howick Funeral Home CHAPEL • RECEPTION LOUNGE • OFFICE For personal, professional service to all districts at all hours 117937-V3 35 Wellington St Howick Ph 534 7300 Vernon Warren M.B.I.E., N.Z.E.A. Michael Rowe C.A. 138C Harris Road, East Tamaki (Entrance off Cryers Rd) Phone 273 5323 www.tiletrends.co.nz Open Monday to Friday 8.00am-5.00pm, Saturday 9.00am-4.00pm TILES wide variety of tiles to create all looks 125828 FREE IN-HOME DESIGN SERVICE *conditions apply QUICK PUZZLE NO. 7643 ACROSS 6. Nasty (10) 8. Declare (4) 9. Hard (4) 10. Drive (5) 11. Language (4) 12. Alien (9) 16. Corruption (9) 20. Floor-covering (4) 22. Happiness (5) 23. Foray (4) 24. Fever (4) 25. Juiciness (10) DOWN 1. Colour (6) 2. Sleep (7) 3. Maxim (6) 4. Bird (6) 5. Old (5) 7. Banquet (5) 13. Bite (3) 14. Supervise (7) 15. Crest (5) 17. Show (6) 18. Save (6) 19. Jerk (6) 21. Fat (5) QUICK PUZZLE NO. 7642 - SOLUTIONS Across - 1, Indeterminate. 8, Corgi. 9, Sheriff. 10, Twenty. 11, Street. 12, Offer. 14, Spade. 18, Rarely. 20, Proper. 23, Stop-gap. 24, Slang. 25, Sugared almond. Down - 1, Incite. 2, Dirge. 3, Thistle. 4, Ruse. 5, Inert. 6, Aniseed. 7, Effete. 13, Furlong. 15, Parasol. 16, Crisis. 17, Frigid. 19, Lager. 21, Piano. 22, Sped. Be a hero. Rescue a pet. spca.org.nz We are the trusted voice of this community. We don't blog... We report! Elected, not selected IT SEEMS there’s a lot of nega- tivity surrounding the Auckland Council. One wonders if that is where having those elected area coun- cillors is actually where the whole elected councillor thing falls down, as each councillor tries to work things towards their own part of town, and their own agendas. Councillors are not really selected for the city, but by their own area of Auckland, so they are not necessarily selected to be a part of the big city team. These city councillors are cer- tainly paid, but they all too often disagree, except too often it’s for them and their area of interest, or it’s some “personality” with which they disagree. Not only that, but they want to be re-elected to their well-paid councillor jobs, again and again. This Auckland councillor job is not like they are part of a recruitment drive or are specially selected for their skills. Each member is voted in, not selected to the council, so they are not part of a properly chosen team. They cannot be hired or fred if they cannot perform to what is considered the norm, as in some big business organisation. I’m sure Mayor Len Brown would agree, that there are peo- ple elected to the Auckland Council that he just doesn’t want to see, and at least one of them was helped to be elected there by me.Barry Southon, Burswood Matter of principle I WRITE in response to Barry Southon’s letter, ‘Big long bore continues’ (Times, February 3). Barry, you miss the point. It’s the post-election revelation of Mayor Len Brown’s charac- ter that prolongs, perhaps even intensifes the protest. His willingness to allow the offce of the Mayor of Auck- land, their mayor, their city and New Zealand’s super-city, to be dragged through the mud because he does not want to give up the “goodies”. I don’t even believe he would be so charitable to a lesser offcer in his employ – probably deem- ing it to be a matter of principle to sack such a person. A man of honour would have, without hesitation (albeit regret), resigned to prevent his offce from falling into disrepute. One would have thought that to be his main responsibility and consideration. Shown this lack of integrity, his electors have all the more reason to regret their choice. Does Mr Brown understand this? Yes, he does. He’s simply putting his own desires before the wider good. Not an admirable quality in a mayor. He hopes it will all blow over. He has earned disrespect and that will stick in the minds of the public he scorns. The attempt to discredit those who protest, written on his behalf, is shameful. They are the ones who have been wronged. Are they now to be treated sim- ply as mangy dogs to be kicked aside because they demand bet- ter from their mayor? There was a time when honour was respected; even expected. Alas, it seems that many no longer comprehend the virtues to which we once aspired and some still hold to. Harvey Rosieur, Howick Kindness appreciated I WOULD very much like to thank the two people who so kindly helped me when I was in great distress in Highland Park Shopping Centre on Wednesday, January 29. Bless you. Nora Whatman, Bucklands Beach 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. WALWORTH Avenue residents in Pakuranga can rest assured that their street is safe. Locals spotted a "bucket-sized" hole in the road on January 31. "When we had a closer look, there appeared to be a major washout under the surface," says resident David Gordon. The issue was reported to the Auckland Council and warning cones were placed around the damaged area that night. Mark Hannan, of Auckland Transport, says the hole, of about half a metre diameter by a metre deep, is near an old storm water main crossing under the road. "The slump may have been caused by subsidence in the old trench." It has since been lled in by council contractors. AVENUE IS SAFE AGAIN Council contractors repair the caved-in section of Walworth Avenue, Pakuranga. Times photo David McPherson Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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