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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — 5 125924 Pakuranga Medical Centre: 17 William Roberts Road, Pakuranga. Phone 950 7351 www.pakurangamedical.co.nz Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm GET YOUR FREE INFLUENZA VACCINE BEFORE THE FLU GETS YOU! It doesn’t matter how fit and healthy you are – influenza is just as likely to hit you. If you are 65 years or over, or you have an ongoing medical condition, you may be eligible for a FREE influenza vaccine. The vaccine is free until July 31, 2014. GET YOUR FREE INFLUENZA VACCINE BEFORE THE FLU GETS YOU! It doesn’t matter how fit and healthy you are – influenza is just as likely to hit you. If you are 65 years or over, or you have an ongoing medical condition, you may be eligible for a FREE influenza vaccine. DON’TLETTHEFLUKNOCKYOU! Ministry of Silly Ideas REMEMBER the comedy skit by John Cleese as the man from the Ministry of Silly Walks? With other recent uproars over proposals about not cutting berms, charging for parking at park and rides, and scattering of ashes, I’m wondering if deep in the Auckland Council’s bureaucratic bowels there isn’t a Department of Silly Ideas, which has worked diligently to come up with another silly idea – charging for parking in Howick Village (Times, June 16). I rarely have a problem getting a park in Picton Street, and almost without exception, vacate long before the 60-minute time limit expires. I do not believe that putting in parking meters will free up spaces – indeed as someone else has pointed out it may have the opposite effect when people start to feed meters. In its rarefied world, Auck- land Transport (AT) says “current approaches do not ensure park- ing is available when and where it’s needed”. Does it really believe installing meters will ensure I get a park when I want one? I do not. We quite believe AT when it says parking prices will be adjusted up, but anyone who believes they may also come down probably still believes in the tooth fairy. When price increases were recently announced for CBD park- ing, a spokesman commented that because motorists were heeding time limits more, overall revenue had decreased. This shows that despite all the weasel words about freeing up traffic flow, the real reason is money. In other words, the more we obey the rules the more we will be penal- ised with higher charges, so cash flow does not suffer. Howick retailers have every reason to be concerned, particularly as car parks at Highland Park, Pakuranga and Botany shopping centres are gen- erally privately owned, and the own- ers are unlikely to be silly enough to drive their customers away by allow- ing meters to be installed. Just as the council berm policy produced an outcome which it never envisaged, to install parking meters in Howick could have unintended consequences of killing the village. Shopkeepers, their staff, and peo- ple who shop in Howick should send a submission on the Draft Parking Discussion Document and knock this daft idea on its head. H. E. H. Perkins, Botany Downs Objecting to station I AM a parent, grandparent, retired teacher and driver, often using Pakuranga Road. I have taught at many schools and have one grandchild studying at St Mark’s Primary. It concerns me that BP is still try- ing to build a petrol station next door to a primary school, on one of the busiest roads in the country (Times, May 26, June 12, 19). This road already has four petrol stations from Pakuranga Town Cen- tre to Howick Intermediate, includ- ing a BP. There is also a BP on Ridge Road, just a few hundred metres along the road from Howick Intermediate. Why on earth does BP think it needs three of its petrol stations along this stretch of road? If BP thought it needed another station, maybe it shouldn’t have dis- posed of the two it had at Rodney Street and Cascades Road. There are many reasons, mostly regarding safety of pedestrians, resi- dents, workers and drivers, as they all have to negotiate the same short section of road and footpath on this extremely busy road. I can think of the only reason BP can give, and that is greed. Sure it will say it is doing motorists a service by providing another place to purchase petrol, but why? We certainly don’t need it, as the Z station is barely 100 metres down the road. It’s time the Auckland Council looked at the placement of all dan- gerous businesses being proposed for near schools, the same way it’s look- ing at liquor outlets. I urge concerned residents and users of this stretch of road to write to the council and express their views. Glenys Smith, Cockle Bay Penalising locals I AM a first time writer to the Times, as I feel very strongly about the issue of paying for parking in Howick (Times, June 16). I can’t believe Auckland Transport is looking at charging residents to park in their local village. I can understand why retailers are upset as I am. I often pop into Howick to pick up bread, coffee, stationery, house- hold day-to-day purchases at Spillers Hammer Hardware, and banking. These small jobs normally take 10-15 minutes and are done on the way to and from work. I purposely make my stops at How- ick to support our local businesses, whom are normally local residents and support our local community. When I stop in Howick it’s to make a purchase or utilise one of our great hospitality establishments. I’d certainly not do this if every time I popped in to our local village Ihadtofeedametertobuyaloafof bread. I have noticed parking wardens are very vigilant in Howick Village for some reason, so if you do go over your time limit you are almost guar- anteed a ticket. It’s my opinion this is straight out revenue collecting and will compro- mise local businesses. The rates we have to pay to the Auckland Council to support other areas in the region should more than compensate for a limit of 30-60 minutes. Leanne Hunt, Howick Joy follows breakdown I HAD a horrible experience recently during rush hour traffic, as my car broke down in the middle of High- land Park Drive. Within seconds, I was surrounded by a variety of people who quickly pushed my car out of the traffic, wished me luck and disappeared as quickly as they appeared. I was helped by pedestrians pass- ing by, the amazing staff from Ber- nard Lee Dental and two wonderful Pakuranga College boys. After this, I hunted for a mechanic to fetch and fix my car. I phoned many people, and no one could help me until I reached Tammy, Shane and Deon at Howick Auto and Electrical in Moore Street. They sorted me out even though it was after hours, and it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. I would like to thank them all, and restate my belief that Kiwis are the best. Tish Nel, Botany Downs The England rugby team’s three-test tour of New Zealand included spin-offs for Howick College’s First XV. The young players took part in a one-hour skills and drills session with Leicester Tigers and 20-plus cap lock Geoff Parling at Takapuna Rugby Club earlier this month, organised by sports apparel company Canterbury of New Zealand. “We’re thrilled Geoff was able to host the one-off session with one of our affiliated schools,” says Canterbury’s Colin Gibson. “It’s not every day that a world-class sportsman of Geoff ’s calibre is able to provide insight and advice to some of our up-and-coming rugby talent.” Left, Howick College First XV with Parling, in grey. Right, Howick captain Byron Thomas receives the ball from Parling, as first-five Carl Scott looks on. Photos supplied Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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