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26 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 www.times.co.nz April holidays are just around the corner! Make sure your child has a fun, safe and exciting experience by enrolling them in your local pool and leisure centre’s holiday programme. Our holiday programmes are inexpensive, varied and heaps of fun. We’re CYFs approved so WINZ subsidies may apply. Each Auckland Council pool and leisure centre has a timetable of exciting adventures including sports, day trips, outdoor pursuits, and arts ‘n’ crafts. All activities are supervised by experienced staff and children are grouped with others of similar age to participate in age-appropriate activities. We’re taking enrolments now. Don’t miss out, see your local centre or check out www.aucklandleisure.co.nz for a full programme of activities. Bookings are essential. What: Fun holiday programmes at your local centre Who: All school kids aged 5 to 13 years When: 22 April to 2 May (excludes Easter Monday and ANZAC Day). 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Watch your speed IN THE AA Directions autumn magazine, Brian Gibbons, chief executive, has a one-page editorial, ‘Speed Camera Ahead’. It starts off about speed cameras, ‘the suspicion in some quarters that it’s more about Crown revenue than safety’. This is an accusation we’re all tired of hearing. That $70 million goes into the consolidated fund, and not into the $300m police operating budget. Apparently, some police favour replacing monetary fines with demerit points. My point is how many police hours would it take to raise that $70m? If we have signs out saying Speed Camera Ahead, people will only slow down until they pass the cam- era, and will then speed up again. If monetary fines for speeding are heavy enough, people will learn to respect the speed limits, and only the idiots will pay the conse- quences, and add to that $70m. Persistent speedsters should lose their vehicles. That’s the one sure way to get and keep them off the road, and to maybe finally learn. Demerit points are only playing with the problem, as is taking away your driver’s licence, because peo- ple with a vehicle and without a licence will still drive until they are caught. Boy racers have finally found that out. There are far fewer, as they find out about having no vehicle when it’s impounded for 28 days. If you don’t respect the laws at all times and speed, you pay the conse- quences. Speed cameras reinforce that the police are still out there watching us, even if they are not seen now on every street corner. Barry Southon, Burswood Missing magnolias I WOULD like to ask other Pakuranga residents for their opin- ion on the planting of cabbage trees at Pakuranga Plaza. We used to have lovely magnolia trees that just needed a prune and plenty of mulch. They provided good shade and when in flower looked lovely. But some council person in their great wisdom chopped them down and planted these trees with lots of bark all around them that is now all over the car park. What a horrible sight we are left with. I have been stewing over this since November praying the trees would grow on me, but these trees should be in a reserve beside a creek orinagullyonafarm. And did our rates pay for these? Fay Mullins, Pakuranga Rethink cycle plans WOULD it not make more sense to install cycle racks on the front of buses and forget about the huge expense of providing cycle ways on busy city roads? This is common overseas, and is popular, and has proven to be a lot safer for the cyclist in heavy traffic. It might take a little longer to get fit, but it would obviously be a lot safer than being hit by a vehicle. A cycle way running parallel to Dominion Road in Auckland will cost $6.1 million. Is this expense justified? I support cycling 100 per cent, but not at the cost suggested. It would make more sense mak- ing some suburban streets, and rural roads safer for cyclists, and would cost a lot less. If cyclists wanted to ride to work, they could cycle to the nearest bus route, put their bike on the front of the bus, and maybe pay a subsidised fare and ride safely, and in comfort to the stop nearest their workplace. That’s where they could retrieve their bike to continue to their job, warm, dry and incident free. This service could be offered on trains as well, with a separate com- partment attached for the cyclists and bikes. I’m sure this will not please eve- rybody, but there will be a lot of ratepayers who do not cycle, who will hopefully see the value in this alternative. Those who support cycling will say build the cycle ways and the cyclists will come. It will be an enormous waste of public money if they’re wrong. Bob Wichman, Howick Local Board (Botany) Letters to the Editor can be sent to: The Editor, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Mellons Bay resident Ron Rayner could not ignore the cuteness of this scene: “This friendly little dog was comfortably waiting for its owner at a supermarket entrance in Howick. We just had to take its picture.” Photo supplied / Ron Rayner Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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