Western Leader : November 16th 2010
4 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2010 NEWS You can trust St John Only St John medical alarms connect directly to St John and are installed by uniformed St John staff. Call 0800 50 23 23 for more information. STJOHN0910 Wanted TRAVEL CONSULTANT Intermediate Part time - Mon, Wed, Fri Prefer Galileo trained Forward CV to firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 84003, Westgate IN BRIEF Serious crash Police are looking for witnesses to a serious crash last week at the intersection of Avondale's Great North and Rosebank roads which left a motorist in critical condition in Auckland Hospital. The crash happened at 7.30am on Thursday morning after an Isuzu Bighorn 4WD and a silver Honda stationwagon collided. It was followed by a second collision between the Honda and a Go West bus. Contact constable Gerard Ryan from the Serious Crash Unit on 359-3106 if you have any information. Outward Bound Adults suffering from arthritis or multiple sclerosis can apply for a scholarship to take part in an eight-day Outward Bound course. The courses are designed to be physically challenging in a positive way. Applicants must be over 27 years. Scholarship applications close on November 26 and the course will take place in February. See www.outward bound.co.nz/aspire for more information or call 0800 OUTWARD (688-927). Have a go day Four-wheel-drive vehicle owners are being encourage to get up to Woodhill Forest this Sunday for a free family have a go day. Owners can tests their vehicles off-road capabilities on a free a short, safe but challenging course. Participants can also try more trails in the Jeep Woodhill 4WD adventure park for a discounted rate of $45. Have a go runs from 9am to 3pm. Drain notices upset residents By STEPHEN FORBES When Andrew Stoddard opened a letter from the out- going Waitakere City Council he got a shock. The letter told him he had 60 days to fix the connection from his New Lynn property to the sewer system or face further action. It was so out of the blue. Mr Stoddard is one of 800 property owners who received the letters. He says the council s dead- line is unrealistic and says it should have given the residents more warning. He s still waiting for a quote from a drainlayer on the cost of the repairs, but says the last thing he needs close to Christmas is a large bill. Over the last year the council has been upgrading the wastewater systems in New Lynn and Glen Eden. As part of the project it carried out video inspections of indi- vidual properties connections to the sewer system. Many of them were found to be defective and last month the council sent letters to the affected property owners giv- ing them 60 days to carry out the repairs. The Auckland Council and Watercare have taken over responsibility for the issue since the Waitakere City Council ceased to exist. Whau Local Board chair- man Derek Battersby is call- ing on the new council to extend the timeframe to get the work done. Some of these CCTV inspections were done 12 months ago. So why didn t the council notify the rate- payers then of the costs they could be facing? It s grossly unfair. The cost for many people will be horrendous. Mr Battersby says the Auckland Council and Watercare should look at allowing people to pay off the cost of the repairs through a targeted rate. And the New Lynn resident knows first-hand what costs the homeowners are facing. I ve got three faults on my property and the estimated cost to repair it is $2000. Drainlayer Steve Cad- wallader says he has already given quotes to some of the affected property owners. He says residents could be facing repair bills of between $500 and $3000. Auckland Council spokes- man Glyn Walters says the authority is reviewing the matter with Watercare Services. We are investigating an extension of the timeframe for residents to complete repair work to 12 months. We will be writing to affected householders as soon as possible. Architecture students get hands-on Practical skills: West Aucklanders in the third year of their bachelor of architecture degrees at Unitec, from left: Lyn Richardson, Safdar Ali Hussaini, Whitney Geary and Celine Soniega, in front of the holiday home they have been building. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY A good architect s design will both meet the client s needs and make sense to the builder. A group of Unitec students are learning how important this is as they ve just designed and built a holiday home for an Auck- land family. Safdar Ali Hussaini lives in Massey and says he s enjoyed the project, which is almost completed. It s good experience for when we graduate. We have to finish it by Novem- ber 23 for our grad show. Ali arrived in New Zea- land in 2004 as a refugee from Afghanistan. His fam- ily spent their first few months in New Zealand at the Mangere Refugee Reception Centre. His brother arrived in New Zealand as an asylum seeker rescued from a fish- ing boat by the cargo ship Tampa in 2001. My family are happy here, it s a nice country, he says. Living in New Zealand, we have peace, it s a great thing. I couldn t do what I m doing in my country. The holiday home Ali and his fellow students have been working on includes custom-made cedar sliding doors on both sides. The students have been mentored by architect Dave Strachan and builder John Cocks. They ve had regular contact with their clients, who pop in to the building site at Unitec s Mt Albert campus regularly to check on progress. The whole purpose is to give our students a unique, practical experience they would not be getting study- ing anywhere else, says Mr Strachan. The house will be part of Unitec s end-of-year Grad Show, November 23 to 27. See www.unitec.ac.nz for details.
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