Western Leader : February 11th 2011
3 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 NEWS CLOSING DOWN SALE Over 20,000 quality secondhand books must go! 50% off marked prices Ongoing through February (Some discounts on rare and collectable stock too!) (Some books and items sold "on behalf" excluded too) 3492631AA 34d Portage Rd, New Lynn. Ph 827 2371 Hours Mon to Fri 7am to 5pm, Sat 8am to 2pm. NEW LYNN BUILDING CENTRE Fencing Sale! Cash Only! Loan Trailers, local Hi-ab delivery $70.00 Free Apron worth $92.00 for all cash sales over $300.00! Fence Pailing 150 x 19 x 1.8m H3 ................ $2.30 ea Fence Post 100 x 75 x 2.4m H4 RS.............. $8.95 ea Fence Post 100 x 100 x 2.4m H4 RS............ $11.95 ea Fence Rail 75 x 50 Rad H3 No2 RS .............. $2.00/m Fence Rail 100 x 50 Rad H3 No2 RS ............ $2.60/m Cemix Fastcrete 25kg Cement ..................... $10.95/ bag Cement 40kg Bag ......................................... $16.99/ bag All prices incl G.S.T. Cheques not accepted. 3496727AA Committee appointed Wayne Knox of west Auckland s iwi Te Kawa- rau a Maki and Waipareira Trust s John Tamihere will sit on the Auckland Council strat- egy and finance com- mittee. The positions come as part of the Maori Statu- tory Board s committee appointments. The board can nominate two members to the 11 com- mittees dealing with natural and physical resources. Chairman David Taipari says members will have a policy of seeking consensus within the board and committees. IN BRIEF Ask the mayor Got a burning question to ask the mayor? Send in your questions to the editor and the Western Leader will put a selection of the best to Len Brown. His answers will be published in an upcoming edition. Email questions to email@example.com or write to PO Box 21-167 Henderson before February 21. Fire Service buzzy An attempt to rid a tree of a wasps' nest in his backyard led to disaster for a Massey resident. The man was using smoke to drive the aggressive insects away on Tuesday afternoon but the entire tree caught fire. Neighbours alerted the Fire Service who quickly extinguished the flames. The man was instead advised to buy powder from a garden centre to kill the wasps. Driver uninjured A driver lost control of their vehicle on Massey's Triangle Rd on Wednesday. At 7.30am a car turning out of Makora Rd on to Triangle Rd slid down a nearby bank. Acting senior sergeant Chris Whitehead from the Henderson police says no one was injured in the accident and police are investigating. ''It's just a reminder to everyone that roads can get slippery when they are wet,'' Mr Whitehead says. Developer appeals against decision to protect trees By VANITA PRASAD The developer vying to fell an 80-year-old pohutukawa on his Rosebank Rd property has appealed an independent commission s decision to ref- use his application. Developer John McKearney of Connell Place Ltd is taking the Auckland Council to the Environment Court to appeal the decision made by three council appointed indepen- dent commissioners. Les Simmons, Harry Bhana and Rebecca Macky ruled in favour with the Tree Council which has been fight- ing Mr McKearney for more than a year to protect the tree. Mr McKearney is appeal- ing the decision on 11 grounds, including the removal of the tree being necessary to obtain an econ- omic and practicable building site . Mr Kearney does not know what date the trial will be scheduled for and did not want to comment on the case any further. Tree Council chairwoman Sigrid Shayer says it has applied to be a party to the appeal because it wants to work with the Auckland Council to defend the commission s ruling. Ms Shayer says going to the Environment Court could cost more than $10,000. Tree Council member Hueline Massey says despite the high costs it is prepared to go ahead with the battle. We are prepared to go ahead with this whether it s off our own resources or we are lucky enough to get funding, Ms Shayer says. As a non-profit group the Tree Council is looking into whether it can get funding from the Environment Minis- try to take the case to court. She says they expect the court date to be around May. Burglars steal Xmas Angry: Avondale Business Association chairman Duncan MacDonald is upset at the damage caused by a deliberately lit fire in one of its storage rooms. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY By NICOLA MURPHY and RHIANNON HORRELL ' I'll probably dip into my own pockets and there'll be a few other retailers around here who will probably do the same. ' Duncan MacDonald CHRISTMAS is 10 months away but it may not be a very happy one for the Avondale Business Association. Thieves stole Christmas decorations worth $10,000 from the association s storage room on Saturday night. The building at the back of a public toilet block on Rosebank Rd was then set on fire. Avondale senior station officer Gary Lane says fire- fighters managed to contain the blaze to the storage room so the toilets were not damaged. Avondale Business Associ- ation chairman Duncan Mac- Donald is devastated by the fire. We are really angry, really annoyed, Mr Lane says. The association has insurance but the storage room is not on its policy so the decorations will not be covered. We don t have the money in our budget to buy more, Mr MacDonald says. I ll probably dip into my own pockets and there ll be a few other retailers around here who will probably do the same. The group decorates the suburb s main street with lights and ornaments every year but keeps them in storage the rest of the time. The association was also storing an antique organ donated to the association by the Blockhouse Bay Historical Society. The organ was due to be placed in the newly-restored St Ninian s Church in Avon- dale some time next week. We won t be able to use it now, Mr MacDonald says. We ll never get the smell of smoke out of the wood and fab- ric. He was looking forward to the instrument being in the church, saying it added to its historical impact. Avondale police intelligence supervisor Trudi Pumipi says officers are treating the fire as arson. She is encouraging people to come forward if they saw sus- picious behaviour near Rosebank Rd on Saturday night around 9.30pm. Ms Pumipi suspects the thieves intend to melt down the copper in the Christmas lights and sell it. It s a unique item to dis- pose of, she says. Call detective constable Reg Alofa on 820-5700 if you have any information on the storage room burglary.
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