Howick and Pakuranga Times
Botany and Ormiston Times : Howick and Botany Times Wednesday May 28 2014
Creating work THE Auckland Council plans to run a live webcast of 57 of its council meet- ings each year, in a bid to increase transparency, and raise awareness of the decision-making process. The council has called for expres- sions of interest from people who could provide services needed for a live webcast. It’s more like expressions of inter- est from people who may want to take advantage of the council’s loose purse strings, and get their hands on the goodies. Has the council got nothing bet- ter to do than look for ways to spend ratepayers’ money? Those that are interested can already sit in on most meetings if they so desire. I believe all this will do is provide an opportunity for some councillors to perform to their audience if they feel so inclined. If viewers see something they do not agree with, the decision will have already been made, and this infor- mation can already be accessed on demand, so it’s not going to change any outcomes. If councillors have to be observed in the decision-making process to ensure they get it right, then maybe we need new councillors? We need council staff who can look for ways to save ratepayers’ money, as I believe there are some obviously sitting around with not enough to do. Bob Wichman, Howick Local Board (Botany) Motivated locals THANKS to Clark Proctor and to other local residents for the recent clean-up at Cockle Bay Beach. Clark, of the Metalman company, supplied two machines and men for six hours to clear the rocks and stones off the north end of Cockle Bay Beach, placing them back on the wave break wall. They also cleared a large tree that had been in the water for some time. Helped by Ian Wallis, we fin- ished the job by clearing the creek of branches and rotting vegetation. This was a great example of locals getting stuck in and doing a job that needed doing. Barry Wood, Cockle Bay Inspiring message I WAS excited to read the Anzac article by Macleans College student Bronwyn Tilney (Times, May 12). You dared to go beyond the nor- mal sentiment of commemorating heroic deeds and sacrifices, to chal- lenge governments (and readers) to consider what spirit to hold to, and what actions to take, as we examine present conflicts and future chal- lenges. Too often, I believe, Anzac Day becomes an occasion for sim- plistic talk of honour and virtue and speeches do not capture the key les- son, that war is horrific, its costs are too high, and it must be avoided at all costs. I liked the level of research and noticed the details. You did not lose sight of the fact that many of our fighting men were conscripted. Were they really willing to die, or were they drawn into a conflict their leaders failed to avoid? Anzac Day must be an occasion to find a bet- ter way to solve conflicts, and your thoughts are headed in that direc- tion. The big centenary for New Zealand falls in April 2015. I’d like to challenge you to think what you can do next. How can you lead your school community to make a suitable com- memoration? What project could you devise to contribute towards peace and alle- viation of suffering? After reading your article, I was moved to make a modest donation to Unicef’s Syria appeal to help the chil- dren suffering in that terrible war. So you’ve inspired one person to action. How many more can you inspire? Wayne Erb, Mellons Bay KEEN swimmer Daniel Hayes now knows what it takes to train like Olympic Games competitors. Daniel, 8, took part in the three-day Jetstar Super Swim Squad last month, where he received coaching from Kiwi Olympians Moss Burmester and Melissa Ingram and world champion triathlete Rick Wells. The intensive training camp was for 30 children aged six to 10 from across the country, selected from results in the OceanKids Swim Series. Daniel, who goes to Pigeon Mountain Primary, qualified as the fastest boy in the under-nine category in the Capital Classic in Wellington in January, swimming 200 metres in just over six minutes. Squad members learnt skills to equip them for both pool and ocean swimming and were given a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to race against Burmester, Ingram and Wells. 6 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 www.times.co.nz 125337 125341 Highland Park Medical Dr Tony Chang Pigeon Mountain Primary pupil Daniel Hayes, centre, with Olympic swimmers Moss Burmester, left, and Melissa Ingram. Photo supplied FOUR Tasmanian devils have been moved to Auckland Zootobepartofan insurance population for the endangered species. One female and three males have come from Australia’s Healesville Zoo as part of a conservation programme to help save the iconic Tasmanian devil. Auckland Zoo director Jonathan Wilcken says people may be surprised to learn that the Tasmanian devil “is a delightfully curious and engaging creature, a different animal from the one portrayed in the famous cartoon”. Once widespread throughout Australia, devils are now only found in Tasmania and are threatened with extinction because of the deadly Devil Facial Tumour Disease, a devastating condition that emerged in 1996 and still has no cure. In response to the emergence of the disease and alarming decline in Tasmanian devils, the Australian and Tasmanian governments teamed up and created the Save the Tasmanian Devil Programme. It includes a global zoo-based initiative led by the Zoo and Aquarium Association, which manages a disease-free population of devils for future release into the wild, should the native population further deteriorate. The Tasmanian devils can be seen at Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Rd, Western Springs. It’s open daily between 9.30am and 5pm, phone 360-3800. Devils settle at new zoo home wIn earns squad plaCe Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
Howick and Botany Times Wednesday May 21 2014
Howick and Botany Times Wednesday June 4 2014