Western Leader : January 21st 2011
3 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 21, 2011 NEWS Visit our website: www.meandmrsjones.co.nz 60C Glenmall Place, Glen Eden. Ph: 813 1023 ghd Stockists of & La Mode Beauty No.1 Straightening System Worldwide MOROCCANOILTM A revolutionary styling finishing and conditioning hair product... Introducing the power of MOROCCANOILTM A REVOLUTION IN HAIR STRAIGHTENING & CONDITIONING g TM Shareen is Back!! CLOSING DOWN SALE Over 20,000 quality secondhand books must go! 50% off marked prices Starts now -- Ongoing (Some discounts on rare and collectable stock too!) Just the ticket for transport By RHIANNON HORRELL WHETHER it be the Hop Card, the Waka Card, the Trip Snapper or Mako -- a highly anticipated integrated ticketing system is coming to Auckland. Auckland Transport is planning an awareness cam- paign next month for the single-ticket system which would allow access on buses, trains and ferries. The launch is planned for mid-March. The card will be available initially on NZ Bus services which include North Star, Waka Pacific, Metrolink, Link and Go West buses, and Hop Card has been tipped as the likely name for the sys- tem. The Campaign For Better Transport has launched a naming forum on its website for the card and so far Mako has 15 votes, Waka Card has three and Trip Snapper has one. The concept for the single card system is part of the Auckland Integrated Fares System and the second stage will be introduced via a tour- ist product for the Rugby World Cup in September. Supercity mayor Len Brown says the progress is a significant step towards improving public transport in Auckland and making it easier for locals and visitors to move around the city. It s vital that our buses, ferries and trains are well linked if our public transport system is to be as effective as it needs to be. Auckland Transport exter- nal communications manager Sharon Hunter says the card will have a capital cost of $6.4 million and a marketing cam- paign will cost about $1m. This includes customer service training, street ambassadors, web develop- ment, retail sell-in and point of sale, advertising and mar- keting collateral. We are spending what is required to ensure strong levels of aware- ness, understanding and take-up of the product. The card will have a brand name. This will be released with the pre-launch aware- ness campaign. The name has been determined following extensive focus group research of a number of options. A participation agreement has been signed between Auckland Transport, NZ Bus and Snapper Services, which currently operates a ticketing system in Wellington. Auckland Transport chief executive David Warburton says the agreement will sup- plement a contract signed last year with French electronics company Thales, in partnership with the Bank of New Zealand and Trans- field services, to provide the system. Interoperable equipment will be deployed on services run by NZ Bus this year. We will be following the deploy- ment of equipment with the expansion of integrated ticketing on rail and ferry services. We expect the timing for this to be in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup. Thales New Zealand country director Peter Beggs says the core ticketing system is based on architecture used in Dubai and the Netherlands and enables third parties to connect to Auckland Transport s central system. This collaborative approach is a positive devel- opment in the delivery of a high-quality and easy-to-use ticketing systemd. The system is expected to be up and running by June next year. See www.maxx.co.nz to register for integrated ticketing updates. Trio team up for one-day arts festival Arts fest: Filmmaker Robin Kewell, musician Cat Tunks and Landsendt gardens owner Carolyn Melling are teaming up for The Landsendt Oratia Jungle Festival on January 29. By STEPHEN FORBES Fine wine, art, music and food will all be in abundance at The Landsendt Oratia Jungle Festival on January 29.The event on Auckland Anniversary weekend is at the Landsendt tropical gar- dens. Musician Cat Tunks, film- maker Robin Kewell and Landsendt tropical gardens owner Carolyn Melling came up with the idea for a one- day arts festival. The music will include acts by BlackSandDiva, Trudy Lile & Mojave and Gypsy Tea Party. Sculptures by a number of artists will also be on display. We re trying to get a local event going with local food, wine, art and music, Mrs Tunks says. We ll have local artists showcasing their works and bands from the jazz and world music realm. And we re also going to have a film screening. The films will include the first screening of Mr Kewell s movie First Breath in New Zealand which he made in the United King- dom and a short film by director/producer Maria- Elena Doyle. Email info@landsendt. co.nz for more information. The Western Leader has a double pass to the festival to give away. To enter the competition email your name, address and daytime telephone number email@example.com by 9am on Monday, January 24, with Jungle festival in the heading. IN BRIEF CAB volunteers People who can spare four hours a week and want to help the community can volunteer for the Citizens Advice Bureau. There are offices in Avondale, Henderson, Massey, New Lynn and Glen Eden, which are always in need of extra hands. Volunteers need computer and research skills and the ability to relate to people from all walks of life. Full training is given. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Stroke lecture A free public lecture by an Australian medical expert on strokes is coming up at the University of Auckland. Professor Stephen Davis will talk about advances that are changing the way strokes are managed. The lecture will be held at the university Business School, 12 Grafton Rd, on February 3 at 6pm. See www.neurological.org.nz for details. Super Motat Children can learn what makes a city 'super' by making one out of cardboard boxes at Motat. The Super City Holiday Experience runs until January 31. Activities include construction of a town hall, learning the importance of a flag design and voting in the city mayor. Entry is included in the cost of visiting Motat. Variety award Children who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged can get financial help towards achieving their dreams in the field of education, music, art or sport. Applications for Variety's Gold Heart Scholarship programme open on February 1. The children's charity also matches scholarship winners with a mentor to help them achieve their goals. Applicants need to be at a high level in their field and show passion and commit- ment to achieve their aim. For further information on application criteria or to download an application form, go to www.variety.org.nz or call Heather Stevens on 520-4111.
January 20th 2011
January 25th 2011