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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, January 29, 2014 --- 5 125671 113111-V3 YOUR HOME FOR SHOPPING SHOP DROP of charge* 125629 Keep up to date with our latest competitions College needs resources I WRITE regarding the letter head- lined ‘Slippery slope in park use’ (Times, January 22). In 1977, the Government directed that a 50-hectare block of Crown- owned land be developed for housing, a regional reserve and a secondary school. Macleans Park [Bucklands/ Eastern Beaches] was vested in [Manukau City] Council in 1978. The [Macleans College] school was fnally built in 1980 and opened with 199 students. Who could have predicted that in 37 years the school would be one of the top fve in New Zealand, and have 2500 students and more than 200 teachers and other staff? The photo of the ‘feld closed for all play’ sign run with Sandra McGill’s letter is only used as felds are being prepared for the new school year. Weekends and after-school use of these felds is open to the commu- nity. The park allows dog owners to run their dogs off-leash. People also exercise by running and walking the paths. It is not, in my observation, a fam- ily park. About 200 to 300 per day use the park for visits less than two hours. As taxpayers and ratepayers we need to look closely at how our money is spent. Macleans College, using less than 30 per cent of the space, is provid- ing close to four million hours of use per year, educating children for the future of our country. And the park is providing 250,000 hours a year of running, walking and dog exercising. We should thank the administra- tion and board of trustees at Macleans College for a job well done, and ask what they will need to accommodate another 900 to 1000 students at the college in the next 15 years. We should make sure the neces- sary submissions are made to the Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan. Ron Larson, Howick Coverage appreciated THANK you for the fabulous story your reporter Chris Harrowell and photographer Wayne Martin did in covering the Eastgate Christmas walk-through at Eastgate Christian Centre (Times, December 19). We had a huge increase in frst- time visitors and the feedback was outstanding for Jingle All the Way. There is no doubt the story let many more families know about the event and they certainly turned up in the thousands – about 6000 in total. Carol van den Berg, Eastgate Christian Centre, Pakuranga Criticisms unwarranted REGARDING Mr Mosa’s complaint about being held up at Auckland International Airport by Customs and Immigration offcials (Times, January 15). By his own admission, Mr Mosa failed to fll out his entry card prop- erly, as he did not declare fruit in his luggage. The fact it was rotting and the vari- ety of fruit is irrelevant. That it had obviously come from an overseas source, however, is critical. He also was remiss by not including his address while in New Zealand, which is simply a normal stipulation. The other rather petty trivialities that he complains about are disputed by Immigration NZ and seem quite silly really. Mr Mosa suggested that he assumes he and his wife were stopped for questioning because of their Middle Eastern heritage. In actual fact, they were stopped for investigation because they failed to follow sensible requirements for Customs and Immigration and bio- security purposes, and therefore were always going to be delayed under those circumstances. Incidentally, while departing on an overseas fight from Auckland in the past, I was held up and checked for “explosives”. As a fourth generation Kiwi with an exemplary background, I could have become quite indignant and offended as Mr Mosa obviously was. However, I just complied with a good attitude toward the staff who were really just doing their job, which was in that instance a random check. Mr Mosa’s criticisms seem to me to be quite scurrilous and he needs to realise that the staff at Customs and Immigration who conduct checks have a very important and highly responsible job to do. It’s crucial to the safety of passen- gers and the security of New Zea- land as well and is in line with other developed countries. Colleen Wright, Botany Downs Auckland's interests THIS is the frst time I’ve felt strong enough to write in and voice my opinion about anything. I guess you can call me an average Aucklander, who basically has had enough of all the stuff around our recently elected mayor, Len Brown. A guy who says he’s doing what he does because he’s passionate about Auckland really needs to look long and hard about what that so-called passion has done. He has cheated on his wife, which as an Aucklander has really had no impact on whether he can run a city or not, but what it does say to me as an Aucklander is he can lie. He has taken perks offered to him during his leadership, which probably has not had any impact on whether he can run the city or not, butwhatitdoessaytomeishecan deceive. If there are rules and regulations around what is expected in the role of mayor and he has not followed these, he needs to be brought to task on this, like any other employee would be in a normal business. As far as the independent review to fnd some of these indiscretions, this should never have had to take place if the mayor had followed proc- esses I’m sure he’s aware of, and thus I believe he should be up for the full cost of this. If the guy really cared about Auck- land and what Aucklanders think, he would not stay in a role where a council is looking at restricting your ability to act in a role that requires you to be working as a leader, not a follower based on which party has the most infuence in council. Annmaree Talbot, Pakuranga THE overwhelming generosity of New Zealanders during the 2013 Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal has enabled the Salvation Army to deliver gifts to tens of thousands of people in need at Christmas. The people of the wider Botany community should be proud of their generosity. They have banded together to ensure that Christmas is happy, not just for their own families, but for the entire community, donating an impressive 2974 gifts to the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal at Kmart Botany. Supporters, including you at the Times, have helped encourage others to give and share the joy of the yuletide appeal. On behalf of Kmart and the Salvation Army, I would like to thank you for spreading the Wishing Tree message, in what has become a tradition associated with the spirit of giving. Collectively, New Zealanders donated a staggering 40,618 gifts to the appeal, our most impressive result in our near two-decade history. You have played a vital role in easing the nancial burden of Christmas for many Kiwis and we look forward to continuing a wonderful relationship with you in 2014. Sharlene Goberdam, Kmart Botany store manager APPEAL WISHES GRANTED Young children start the donating of presents for the successful Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal for last Christmas. Photo supplied Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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