Western Leader : February 8th 2011
7 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 8, 2011 NEWS 3 February 2011 3446748AA Glen Eden Citizens Advice Bureau Henderson Citizens Advice Bureau 12-32 Glendale Rd 11 Trading Place Glen Eden Henderson Phone 818 8634 Phone 836 4118 Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday 9am to 4 30pm Massey Citizens Advice Bureau New Lynn Citizens Advice Bureau Cnr Don Buck Rd and Westgate Dr 3 Memorial Drive Massey New Lynn Phone 833 5775 Phone 827 4731 Monday to Friday 9am to 4 30pm Monday to Friday 9am to 4 30pm Saturday 10m to 1pm WAITAKERE CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU Waitakere Citizens Advice Bureau are running a training course for volunteers starting in March 2011 and are looking for suitable people to work at their 4 Branches. You will need good communication skills, good written and spoken English, basic computer knowledge and an empathy with people from all walks of life. Training takes place 2 days per week over 5 weeks and trainees need to be available for the full 5 weeks. We oﬀer free advice and referrals by local people for local people. If you are interested and feel that you have the time to commit to a duty at least 1 half day per week and the skills required please contact your local bureau manager. CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE w ww.cab.org.nz FOR ON LINE INFORMATION Bright spark full of creative thoughts By CATHERINE HEALY Clever inventor: Alex Proctor of Titirangi is a finalist in a competition for young inventors and will receive a cash prize for his efforts. Inventions, robotics and just plain crafty ideas are what 12-year-old Alex Proctor does best. Hisisoneofthetop20 entries nationwide in an online competition for young inventors. My teacher told me about it and encouraged me to enter because I'm into inventing and cre- ating things,'' he says. Then we went on hol- iday and I saw how many people at the boat ramp were struggling to get their boats into the water and getting wet feet and so I came up with this idea.'' Alex's automatic boat trailer is remote-con- trolled. It launches and picks up a boat using pulleys and infra-red technology to avoid obstacles -- without any- one getting their feet wet. The Green Bay School student was surprised when his entry made the final. I was at my nana and poppa's house when I got a call from my mum say- ing: Alex, did you enter a competition?''' All top 20 entries in the contest run by ASB Bank will receive a cash prize, depending on how many votes they receive online. My sister made the video for my entry on her camera,'' he says. Now she's saying that if I win she's going to charge me for her time and the use of her cam- era.'' Some of Alex's pre- vious inventions include a Lego vacuum cleaner -- useful for Lego fanatics who need to tidy up hun- dreds of tiny pieces in a hurry. He suggested silicon paint to one of his father's building coll- eagues who wanted to find a way to make taggers' spraypaint slide off walls. Alex is also keen on the idea of a suit for motorcyclists that would inflate in an acci- dent and prevent injur- ies. To see Alex's video entry and cast your vote go to http:/ /www.asb.co.nz/ CreatingFutures/sheep/. Voting closes February11.
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