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6 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, August 6, 2014 www.times.co.nz Find out more: call 09 535 5502 or visit aucklandleisure.co.nz Lloyd Elsmore Park Pool and Leisure Centre To celebrate the launch of our Les Mills franchise we are offering no joining fee from 9 to 30 August. Plus, by attending classes, you’ll also go into the draw to win a 12 month membership! 126014 From the files of the Howick and Botany Times, in 2004 Major drug bust AUGUST 11, 2004: Police busted a massive cannabis operation in the heart of industrial East Tamaki. Set up in a unit of a business in Sir William Avenue, police sergeant Andy Garratt said: “In the 14 years I’ve been in the police force this is the most sophisticated operation I’ve seen.” It included three shipping containers of about 160 plants each, with each plant worth about $350. Police estimated each container could make about $50,000 every eight weeks, making it a million dollar a year plus operation. Mr Garratt said special lights and full extraction fans had been installed for maximum growth conditions. “This is a very good quality of plant.” A man in his late 40s was arrested and appeared in the Manukau District Court facing charges of cultivating cannabis and possession of cannabis for supply. Surrounding businesses thought the man was “a good honest businessman”, said Mr Garratt. He also ran a legitimate company selling poison for pest control from another part of the building. Police believe the cannabis operation had been going for about a year. “A lot of time and expense has been put into the initial setting up of this operation,” said Mr Garratt. He believed others may have helped the man set it up. Happy to serve church AUGUST 11: While many teens get bad publicity for the things they do wrong, one gets her kicks from serving her church and community. Edgewater College student Paula Wallace, 17, is believed to be the youngest recipient of the New Zealand Distinguished Service Medal of the Order of Tarore from the Anglican Church. Paula was among four youth leaders from the church presented with medals by the Bishop of NZ and her efforts were honoured by schoolmates at a special college assembly. Brought up in proud Maori traditions, Paula works a lot with Maori and Pacific Islanders, from all walks of life. In addition to counsel and prayer, she helps in practical ways such as taking people into her home, with the full support of her parents. In addition to their secular jobs, her mother is a priest and her father also has a ministry. It’s not uncommon for the family to respond to calls for help at 3am. “I love helping people even when my school work suffers,” said Paula. “It’s so fulfilling to see people get their lives back on track.” An interesting side to her ministry is her “free-style poetry rapping”, which she incorporates with traditional forms of worship. Butcher makes cut AUGUST 18: Botany butcher Scott Reid is among eight finalists vying for the title of Young Butcher of the Year. Reid, who works at Botany New World, showcases his talents at the two-day national final held in conjunction with the NZ Culinary Fair. Retail Meat Industry Training Organisation general manager Stephen Macaulay said the competition provides a great platform for participants to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in the butchery trade. It will also test their industry knowledge and technical abilities, starting with a round of theory exams and personal interviews followed by a 90-minute cutting and display test. “The final part and possibly the one most dreaded by the contestants is a three-minute speech presented at the awards dinner.” From the files of the Howick and Botany Times, in 2004 Looking back, 10 years ago... The SeaLink Pine Harbour team, from left, Taua Levi-Mave (SeaLink), Vic Summerfield (SeaLink), Todd Bolton (SeaLink managing director), Maree Southon (SeaLink), Kevin Turner (Pine Harbour Ferries), Robert Dixon (SeaLink) and Jeremy Clegg (Pine Harbour Ferries). Photo supplied Ferry service change HAURAKI Gulf ferry company SeaLink has taken over the Pine Harbour passenger ferry service. The acquisition became opera- tional at the end of last week. Pine Harbour Ferries was estab- lished in 2002 and provides week- day commuter travel to downtown Auckland from Pine Harbour Marina, Beachlands. The service has become popular as the journey from Pine Harbour to the city is 35 minutes, less than half the time taken by car in peak travelling periods. SeaLink operates a vehicular ferry service from Half Moon Bay Marina and downtown Auckland to Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands. SeaLink managing director Todd Bolton says the Pine Harbour serv- ice will be “a natural extension to our core business”. Pine Harbour managing direc- tor Simon Male says the Pine Har- bour ferry company has dealt with SeaLink for a number of years. “They have a culture of high service standards and we are confi- dent they and Auckland Transport will continue to offer this.” Sealink NZ started out as a ferry company owned by the Subritzky family in Auckland in 1960. It was sold to Australian tourism operator Kangaroo Island SeaLink in 2006 and was initially called Subritzky Sealink. However, the first name was dropped and the ferry service has since been known as SeaLink. In 2011, the company reverted to New Zealand ownership, with a 100 per cent shareholding sale to investment company Lyncroft Properties. Early last year, SeaLink said it wanted Auckland Transport to back a wider network of passenger ferries to reach suburbs, such as a Howick to Auckland route via St Heliers, Kohimarama and Devon- port in the east, and Gulf Harbour to Auckland via Browns Bay, Taka- puna and Devonport in the north. It also proposed circular routes in Waitemata Harbour similar to successful operations in Sydney. It suggested running a service between Central Auckland, Dev- onport, Stanley Bay, Bayswater and Wynyard Wharf.
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