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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, February 19, 2014 --- 5 125891 33 Wellington St, Howick 534 4975 WINZ Quotes Welcome HOWICK TYRES & ALIGNMENT trading as Beaurepaires Howick EAUREPAIRES HOWICK winner of the Personality of the Year award 2013 New Zealand MAD MIKE'S LOGIC... 33 YEARS GONE, 33 YEARS TO GO AT 33 WELLINGTON STREET KEEPING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY SAFE Pursuit of excellence REGARDING Sandra McGill’s letter, ‘Preserve our parks’ (Times, Febru- ary 5). In the 32 years since Macleans Col- lege was built, the surrounding com- munities have experienced major change and growth. The college has grown not only in student numbers but in educational achievement, thanks to the leader- ship of principals Colin Prentice and Byron Bentley. Both worked to build frst-class teams of educators, while continuing to provide the resources to feed the fre of student excellence. What have the efforts of these outstanding leaders delivered to our communities? Millions of dollars have been brought into the surrounding neigh- bourhoods and have enriched the education of every pupil as a result of the foreign student programme. Homes in the Macleans zone are highly sought after by parents want- ing their children to beneft from this top-ranked school. Our rental properties attract top dollar for the same reason. Excellence is the fre generated from the heat of a constant struggle for perfection. If you want to have excellence you must be committed to constantly feeding the fre. Ms McGill seems to be determined to put a glass dome over Macleans College to contain that combustion of academic cultural and sporting success. It’s time we changed the rheto- ric in this discussion from words “encroaching”, “illegal”, “unsightly”, “land grabbing” and other deroga- tory language. Let’s start discussing the kind of community we want to be: one that encourages excellence, surely? Are we willing as a community to accept change and make accommo- dation for the greater good for our children, community and country? In comparing the usage of the land assigned to Macleans College and the land assigned to Macleans Park, I suggest there could be some realloca- tion without limiting anyone’s enjoy- ment of the area. If we consider Ms McGill’s inter- pretation – a cost beneft analysis of parks versus schools would conclude we only have schools and no parks atall–Icanonlysayifthiswereto become even partly true, and we became a nation of excellent schools, we might also become one of the most successful countries in the world. Ron Larson, Howick Being made to pay IT SEEMS that the do-gooders are back on the job yet again. According to the Police Associa- tion, their latest thing now is a crack- down on speeding cops, with fewer fnes being waived as police car, fre engine and ambulance drivers have now come under even more scrutiny, while we motorists await the results of trials to bring in a lower perma- nent speed threshold. This crackdown on speeding cops means few fnes are being waived as it becomes harder to argue that the offcer concerned hit the gas in the line of duty. Not only are those cops copping it, but they could even be subject to “further disciplinary action”. Well, if my house catches fre and I have a heart attack after I have been beaten up by thugs, I just hope that all the appropriate services, police, fre and ambulance, can still get here in time to help and save me, and are not slow in getting here, held up by some new speed regulation, while speed getting there was once accepted by us all up till now, the general public in distress.Barry Southon, Burswood Flagging issue NEW Zealand’s fag is 145 years old this year, making it the 15th oldest national fag in the world. That long history refects the envi- able political stability this country enjoys. However, Prime Minister John Key wants to break that tradition. He has stated he wants New Zealand to adopt a new fag. The Prime Minister wants a black fag – the international symbol of anarchy – to replace our historic fag. Opinion polls show little support for replacing the national fag. More signifcantly, there is no consensus on what a new fag might look like. It’s unlikely that a symbol of politi- cal anarchy would be favoured by a majority of people. Furthermore, no design proposed in recent years has received more than a fraction of the level of support of the present fag. The New Zealand Flag Institute suggests that perhaps it’s the 100 per cent Pure New Zealand brand which is in need of change, rather than New Zealand’s national fag. John Cox, New Zealand Flag Institute, Auckland Why Howick? FROM memory, when Manukau City Council (MCC) took over Howick the population in the area covered by the Howick Local Board was 65,000. You drove down Cook Street over Union Road onto Whitford Road and there were green felds on the left all the way to Sandspit Road, and on the right there were a few houses then a garden centre and again green felds to the Pakuranga Golf Club on Bot- any Road. There was no Meadowland or Mill- house Drives and on reaching Chapel Road there was the Howick Country Lodge and a few market gardens, and then only about a dozen properties all the way to Dawson Road, Otara. Now it’s wall-to-wall housing. Aviemore Drive had just become a through-road and Botany Road was a narrow country lane with strawberry felds and market gardens. The only traffc congestion was during rush hours at the bottleneck at Pakuranga Plaza. When Botany was frst proposed, I contacted MCC a number of times saying Chapel Road should be two lanes both ways, but was told it was not needed. The population of the Howick ward is now about 128,000 and according to reports has seen the greatest increase than anywhere else in Auckland. Already at least a further 50,000 proposed population increase at Ormiston/Flat Bush has been approved. Under the Unitary Plan they’re now proposing higher intensifca- tion of the majority of this area, and proposing 18 storeys in Botany, 12 in Pakuranga (increased from eight sto- reys), and six in Highland Park. However, Otara, Hunters Corner, Takanini and Te Atatu, all areas with a high birth rate, have a maximum of four storeys. The congestion in our area is already appalling and where and when are the new roads to be built to account for this growth? I feel with the proposed Ormiston developments the Howick area has already done its fair share. Suzanne Norcott, Howick STEADY HAND: Food Safety Minister and Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye dots the lion's eye, a gesture of awakening the lion and bringing good luck to people, at LunarFest at Trusts Arena, Waitakere, during celebrations for the Chinese Year of the Horse. Niu Qing Bao, the Consulate-General of China, also dotted the lion's eye, at the World TV (WTV) event which included more than 100 stalls of Asian food, arts and crafts and seven hours of cultural performances and entertainment. "China is now the biggest trading partner of New Zealand and more people are acknowledging Chinese culture and customs," says Samson Yau, WTV general manager. Photo supplied Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen. 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.
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