Western Leader : Western Leader 2nd November
5 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 NEWS Customer Services (09) 442 2222 7.30am to 6pm, Mon to Fri Faults and emergencies (09) 442 2222 24 hours Dear Auckland Welcome to Watercare This is our rst week of delivering water and wastewater services directly to your homes and businesses. As you may be aware, your water accounts transferred automatically to Watercare on Monday, as part of the local government changes. You may be wondering how this will affect the services you receive. We can assure you that we are used to providing millions of litres of drinking water every day. It is what we have been doing since 1992, along with treating wastewater and managing pipe networks. What has changed is that we are now serving you directly. Future water and wastewater bills will come from Watercare. This change means there may be hiccups as we nd our feet. We can assure you though; our dedicated team will work hard to x these quickly. If you have any questions or feedback, please call. Our Customer Services team is available on (09) 442 2222 from 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. If you have a fault or an emergency, we are available on (09) 442 2222; 24 hours, 365 days of the year. You can also visit us at www.watercare.co.nz. It is worth remembering that your account transferred automatically, so there is no action you need to take. We look forward to delivering you a great service, every minute of every day. From the team at Watercare 3166123AB 10 Shamrock Drive, Kumeu Tel: 412 8188 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Open: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm Sat 9am - 12.30pm www.flooringxtra.co.nz HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT OUR 'ALL UPTM' PRICE? It makes buying carpet easy Includes: • Underlay • Carpet • Carpet gripper • Installation • Free measure & quote From $39.90 m2 NORTH WEST Kids living in the language Winning orators: Mohi Allen, Te Ruki Dunn and Kausaylia Martin Moore stand proudly with their awards. By VANITA PRASAD Te reo Maori is far from dead, say three award winning orators from west Auckland's Nga Kakano Christian Bi- lingual School. The three students placed highly at the Maori Women's Welfare League national speech competition which took place at its annual con- ference in Gisborne last month. The students repres- ented the only school at the competition that does not teach in full immer- sion classes. Mohi Allen, 14, took first place in the inter- mediate boys category with his toku oranga, or speech about his life. He says while Maori is not widely spoken the language is not dead, contrary to Nga Puhi leader David Rankin's comment that it wouldn't survive. Mr Rankin comments came in response to the latest Waitangi Tribunal report which indicated that in the last 20 years there has been a decline in people wanting to learn te reo Maori. He suggested that Maori will be a dead language within a few generations. However, Mohi says the language will survive if he has anything to do with it. It's not dead. I'll con- tinue to speak it when I have a household.'' Te Ruki Dunn, 11, who took third place in the junior boys category, agrees with Mohi. He says, like the sub- ject of his speech Sir Apirana Ngata, he wants to preserve his culture for the next generation. He taught us to hold on to and pass down our ancestors' sayings to our children. He was a good man for passing on his wis- dom,'' Te Ruki says. He enjoys speaking Maori. Speaking te reo is fun and cool.'' Kaysaylia Martin Moore, 14, came second in the intermediate girls section. She hopes to take out the top spot next year after getting her highest placing after five years of competing. Nga Kakano Christian Bilingual School princi- pal Te Rangi Allen says Waitakere is leading the way for young urban Maori learning their language. He attributes this to the establishment of the school at Hoani Waititi Marae. It's because of their initiative that we have these bilingual schools out west. We are indebted to the visionaries of the Hoani Waititi Marae and their foresight in devel- oping the kura kaupapa movement.'' Winners' artworks on show The 24th time's a charm for the Waitakere Art Awards. A special exhibition is being run at the Hender- son Waitakere Library to showcase the work of past winners. Waitakere Central Community Arts Council co-ordinator Megan Carter says the idea behind it was to re- present the artwork to the public. Some of the winners have gone on to establish successful careers.'' The display runs until November 16. Gambling help now in many languages Help is now available for New Zealanders strug- gling with gambling problems irrespective of what language they speak. Gambling Helpline has teamed up with the government-run inter- preting service Language Line to offer non-English speakers a confidential way to seek help. The new service is manned by professional translators to combat gambling problems in any language. More than 40 lang- uages are included. The free service is available 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Gambling Helpline chief executive Dr Maria Bellringer says the ser- vice is going to be useful for people seeking help. Immigrants to New Zealand often suffer from loneliness and depres- sion, far away from their own culture,'' Dr Bellringer says. For some, gambling can provide a way to escape from the daily challenges,'' she says. Many have no experi- ence of gambling in their own countries and all too quickly find themselves with problems.'' The main 24-hour gambling helpline num- ber is 0800-654-655 and text helpline number is 8006. IN BRIEF Recognise him? Police want to speak to the man pictured about an assault in Henderson on September 22. Constable Luke Foley says a man was using the National Bank ATM machine in Moselle Ave when he was approached by a man demanding money. The victim was assaulted before he shouted and the offender fled. Police want to talk to the man about the incident. He is described as Maori or Polynesian, about 1.8 metres tall and of large build. He was wearing a black jacket with a hoodie underneath. Contact Mr Foley on 839-0635 or call the anonymous Crime- stoppers hotline on 0800-555-111 if you can help police.
November 4th 2010