Howick and Pakuranga Times
Botany and Ormiston Times : Howick and Botany Times Wednesday June 4 2014
Est. 2003 Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Vol 12, No 22 General 271 8000 ■ Classified 271 8055 ■ Delivery Enquiries 271 8014 ■ Website www.times.co.nz IS THIS YOUR POCKET WATCH? After arresting a crime gang, police have recovered stolen property and want to know who owns it. Page 2 OPEN 24/7 260 Botany Road, Howick 700m from Botany Town Centre Phone 277 1516 www.eastcare.co.nz 105433-V15 ACCIDENT|MEDICAL|SPECIALISTS BOTANY ROAD EAST CARE ACCIDENT| MEDICAL|SPECIALISTS BOTANY ROAD EAST CARE • Reduced after hours charges* (6pm to 8am weekdays, all weekend hours & public holidays) *applies to FREE under 6’s after hours Over 65’s Community Service Card holders High User Card holders • Doctors and nurses on site 24 hours • No appointment necessary • Over 40 visiting specialists 125884 Come on in and check us out! Marina Dentists have two practices – located in the marina at Half Moon Bay Ph 535 1074, and Beachlands at Pine Harbour Ph 09 536 4361. 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The 28 creations by finalists in this year’s Estuary Artworks competition are on show at Fo Guang Shan Bud- dhist Temple in Flat Bush until early next month. Judged by Auckland Art Gallery special exhibitions manager Louise Pether, the annual art contest is held to raise awareness of the Tamaki Estuary tidal waterway. It’s staged by Emma Topping, vis- ual arts manager at Uxbridge, How- ick’s creative centre. Ms Topping says this is the third year the Estuary Artworks exhibition has gone on show at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Stancombe Road. She hopes the diverse artistic dis- play will help inspire the temple’s visitors to take care of the natural environment. “They may look at the artworks and ask themselves what they can do to make the world a better place,” Ms Topping told the Times. “The architecture in the Uxbridge gallery competes with the works on show inside it, but at the temple the artworks really own the space.” Among the pieces on show is Filtered-Scape, the Chinese callig- raphy ink on fabric painting that earned West Auckland artist Wei Lun Ha the contest’s $5000 supreme award. It sits alongside Onehunga artist Brendon Sellar’s digital media art- work, entitled Bird / STATE, which won the $2000 runner-up cash prize. Displaying also is an artwork cho- sen by the exhibition’s viewing audi- ence as the $2000 people’s choice award winner, created by Waiuku resident Tara Murphy. The installation, entitled Black Tide, features a number of pieces of waste rimu timber that are hand- planed and shaped into the form of spears. A thick chemical stain has been applied to the rimu, which Ms Mur- phy intends to be “suggestive of weaponry and a signifier of war”. Venerable Juehao supervises the Buddhist Temple’s Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery and was instrumental in the Estuary Artworks exhibition moving to Flat Bush. She says the temple’s art gallery can be used as a way to attract new visitors. The art exhibition’s theme of envi- ronmental awareness fits in well with Buddhist philosophy. “Some of the people who come here for the first time are not Bud- dhist and they are a little bit nervous about it,” says Venerable Juehao. “Buddhism is very protective of the environment and the Earth. “We have a good relationship with Emma Topping and Uxbridge is very helpful and supportive. “The standard of artworks in the exhibition is very high.” The Estuary Artworks exhibition displays to the public until July 6 at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, 16 Stancombe Road, Flat Bush. It’s open from 10.30am-4pm on Tuesdays to Sundays. Entry is free and most works are for sale. Inspiring harmony ROAD FATALITY Cops say death was ‘needless’ THE female motorist involved in a head-on collision with a vehicle travelling the wrong way on the Southern Motorway has died. The two motor vehicles collided near the East Tamaki on-ramp at about 12.40am last Friday. Karen Yin Yong, of Mt Wellington, 49, was surrounded by her family when she passed away in Auckland Hospital last Sunday. Police say the other motorist involved in the fatal crash was driving a gold-coloured Nissan vehicle. The female driver entered the Southern Motorway at Mt Wellington and began heading south in a northbound lane. She drove along the motorway for about five kilometres and swerved past a number of vehicles before colliding with Ms Yong’s car. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. The two women were their vehicles’ sole occupants. Following the crash, St John Ambulance paramedics took both women to Middlemore Hospital for medical treatment. Ms Yong was later transferred to Auckland Hospital. A section of the Southern Motorway was closed while emergency services dealt with the crash before being reopened at about 4am last Friday. The police investigation into the incident is ongoing. Senior constable Karl Bevin, of Waitemata Police’s serious crash investigation unit, says: “It’s a tough pill for the family [of Ms Yong] to swallow. “ This was a needless loss of life. We are hoping to speak with anyone who may have seen a gold-coloured Nissan vehicle heading toward the Mt Wellington northbound off-ramp at about 12.30am last Friday.” People with information on the collision can phone Waitemata Police’s serious crash investigation unit on 481-0773. Meanwhile, police, St John Ambulance paramedics and firefighters were called to Kawakawa Bay when a motor vehicle collided with a power pole and rolled shortly before 7am last Friday. One of the vehicle’s occupants is understood to have sustained minor injuries.
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