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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday October 8 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, October 8, 2015 — 9 RHM7910 30 Matarangi Road, Botany Downs metlifecare.co.nz Dannemora GARDENS Find the home that suits your lifestyle. For more information, call Peter on 09 272 2467 Hear our stories online. Metlifecare residents talk to Jude Dobson about village life. metlifecare.co.nz/truestories Retire in style. LIVE WITH EASE Retirement should be a time to do all the things you like. At DANNEMORA GARDENS we make that happen. In this wonderful East Auckland village you will enjoy elegant living and a vibrant community atmosphere. It is a place where there are always fun activities going on and there are a great bunch of people to enjoy them with. However, you can still enjoy complete privacy and peace in the comfor t of your home. The great location also makes life easy. Botany Town Centre is literally just down the road, which means getting to all the shops, services, eateries and entertainment is a breeze. It really is so easy - which is just how retirement should be. Fixed village fee FOR LIFE RHM7910 AUG15 DMG Botany and Ormiston Times 26x5 v1.indd 1 3/08/15 1:43 pm KC11188-V2 Karma – the dog whose plight touched many readers – lives on through one of her puppies. Reader Janka Wade said she read the Times story last month about Karma who came to be known for her frantic howling when she misplaced her pups in the wild where she was trying to raise them. Karma was eventually picked up by Animal Control after a heroic swim across the Tamaki River after hearing a dog howling on the other side. It was not one of her pups. Readers began to rally to try and save Karma however investigations found she had been euthanised. “I would like to follow up about the one puppy that got lost last from mommy Karma,” said Janka. “ The puppy is with us. We got him from the lady who found him in her garden. We named him Maximus and he’s doing great. He has one very happy home and very loving family. “Maximus has a big ‘brother’ to play with. Our dog is such a loving teacher to him.” The older dog is a three-year-old Jack Russell- Shih Tzu cross named Tiger. “Maximus is in so much love with him. You can tell he was born as ‘wild dog’. He doesn’t trust just anyone. He’s still very scared of cars, people and animals. But he loves and adores our dog,” said Janka. “Maximus is becoming one great dog already. He’s fully potty trained, knows how to sit, sleeps throughout the night,” Janka says. The pup adores her husband Evan and their three boys. Reader Maria Binnie, who originally alerted the Times to Karma’s situation in August, said the dog was abandoned around eight months ago in Pakuranga. “She never bothered anyone but was scared of humans and remained on the move,” Maria said. Karma then became pregnant and had puppies which she became fiercely protective over, evading help and efforts of dog control. But four puppies soon became one puppy. “ They were lost and each time a puppy was lost she would howl all night and rush around frantically looking for it,” said Maria. “Karma had some happiness though with food in her tummy. We got glimpses of her playing with her remaining puppy. She was an excellent mum.” Karma pup has found a home. Photo supplied Karma pup’s happy ending The slow pace of decision- making over the long- promised new East-West road is frustrating members of the Auckland Business Forum. The East-West Connection was first proposed in the mid-1960s as part of the Auckland strategic road network needed by 1990 when Auckland’s population was projected to reach one million from 300,000 people then. The area on the north side of Mangere inlet between SH1 at Mt Wellington and SH20 at Onehunga has grown into Auckland’s second highest employment area after the CBD and is New Zealand’s industrial heartland accounting for about 18 per cent of Auckland’s GDP, Michael Barnett, chairman of the forum say. At the current rate of progress Auckland will have added another 180,000 people, road freight volumes will have doubled and gridlock on local roads will be end-to-end throughout the working day before construction begins, he says. “It is bad enough that it took from 2007 to 2013 for warnings about growing congestion at the Mt Wellington and Onehunga ends of the route to be taken seriously,” he says. In 2014 the former Transport Minister, Gerry Brownlee provided a written assurance that as soon as there was greater certainty over the project’s scope and cost, “decisions” about financial assistance to support construction would be provided. “More than a year on there is still no satisfactory scope,” Mr Barnett says. The private sector, he says, would fund this project tomorrow as a PPP (private partnership project), the same as Wellington’s Transmission Gully. “Instead it seems that the two agencies co-ordinating the project, NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency) and Auckland Transport are still arguing over the scope (even though respective local boards have signed off at a high level) and critical issues raised by stakeholders, including the Forum, are being ignored. east-west connection Unacceptable road delays frustrate Emperor concerto A young Kiwi piano virtuoso, who made his concerto debut when he was 12, has returned to New Zealand and will feature in Bach Musica NZ’s upcoming concert. Jason Bae will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 (The Emperor) in the grand opening. In the second half of the programme the NZ premiere of Steffani’s Stabat Mater will be performed, followed by Bach’s Cantata No 80. At 13 years of age Bae became the youngest concerto soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; at 18 he performed at the Carnegie Hall, USA; and at 21 sold out Auckland Town Hall performing his debut piano recital. Steffani’s music has only recently been discovered and made famous by Cecilia Bartoli’s film The Mission. Bach Musica NZ’s performance of his Stabat Mater will be the first in New Zealand. The concert will be conducted by Rita Paczian. ➤➤ Bach Musica NZ presents Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 (The Emperor); Agostino Steffani’s Stabat Mater NZ premiere, Bach’s Cantata No 80, at 5pm on October 18 at Auckland Town Hall, Upper Queen Street, Central Auckland. Tickets cost $20-$65. Jason Bae Photo supplied win tickets The Times has a double pass for Bach Musica’s concert at 5pm on October 18 at Auckland Town Hall, Upper Queen Street, Central Auckland to give away. Write your name, address and full daytime contact details on the back of an envelope and send to Bach Musica NZ Competition, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland, 2163 or enter online at www.timnes.co.nz Entries close at midday on Wednesday October 15.
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