Western Leader : February 15th 2011
4 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 NEWS OPEN DAY Wednesday 16th February, 10am -- 3pm Stylish new apartment, happy new year. Nothing can match the feeling of moving into a brand new never-lived-in home. Particularly when it's an apartment in The Vines, the very last stage of the award-winning Vision Waitakere Gardens retirement village. So-named the Vines because the site was once part of the Corban family vineyard; and it's easy to imagine why when you see the thriving garden your new apartment will overlook. It's a view that's especially relaxing when you notice our gardeners doing all the work to keep it looking great. Available in two bedrooms from $350,000 and three bedrooms from $430,000, the apartments are spacious and designed with living well in mind. You'll have internal access to all the village amenities like the restaurant, heated pool, gymnasium, and even a blokes' shed and craft room. And you won't be buying off the plans. Come to our Open Day and you can tour the actual apartments for yourself -- you can even sign up then and there if you wish (you'd be surprised how many do just that). Perhaps the strongest impression you'll get when you visit is the genuinely friendly and social atmosphere at Vision Waitakere Gardens. Make this your home, and we're sure you really will have a happy new year. 15 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson Russell Blair, Sales Manager 09 837 0512 | 0800 221 800 | www.visionseniorliving.co.nz MEMBER BIG/VSL345/WG1 Council may keep film studio shares By STEPHEN FORBES ' If the company gets into trouble we still own the land and building. The ratepayers don't need to be worried. There are no great losses at stake. ' Deputy mayor Penny Hulse Deputy mayor Penny Hulse says the council should con- sider keeping its shares in Henderson's Auckland Film Studios to protect jobs out west. It follows revelations last week that the majority share- holder in the facilities, Tony Tay Film, is in receivership. Auckland Council Invest- ment's chief executive Gary Swift says the company's 55.6 percent shareholding in the studios will now be sold. The council owns the remaining shares. He says the receivership won't affect the day-to-day running of the studios. But Te Atatu resident Gary Osborne says Auckland Council Investments should get out while it can and sell its 44.6 percent stake. Mr Osborne made a pres- entation to the council's accountability and perform- ance committee last week to outline his concerns. It's time to quit the studios,'' he says. Mr Osborne says the studios don't have any inter- national bookings in 2011 and this should serve as a warning to the council. He has set up a website publishing his correspon- dence with the council over the past two years about the studios. But Mrs Hulse says while she has heard Mr Osborne's concerns, the council -- which is now reviewing its share- holding in the studios -- should think long and hard before selling its stake. That's one of the options,'' she says. But if it still creates employment for people in the industry in west Auckland we'd have to look at keeping it.'' She says while the industry is facing a cyclical downturn the studios have a bright future in Auckland. The way it is set up we don't bear the risk. We are the property owner and land- lord. If the company gets into trouble we still own the land and building. The ratepayers don't need to be worried. There are no great losses at stake.'' The Waitakere City Coun- cil announced in June 2006 that it was going to build the largest film studio and sound stage in New Zealand at the former ENZA coolstores site in Henderson Valley Rd. Auckland Film Studios manager Kieran Fitzsimmons says the studios have had future booking inquiries and it's business as usual''. Since the film studios were set up in 2006 some of Mr Tay's businesses have fallen on hard times. The Tony Tay Group went into receivership last July and a number of its subsidiaries, including Jireh Hostels, Jireh Investment Trust and Jireh Huka, were placed in liquidation last year. Mr Tay is confident the studios will keep producing films despite his company going into receivership. Working to cut cyclists' injuries Fixing common complaints: AUT student Rodrigo Bini wants to help cyclists reduce the risk of injury. Photo: BEN WATSON By FELICITY REID How you ride your bike might be doing you harm, according to AUT PhD student Rodrigo Bini. With a focus on cyclists' posture Bini is researching ways to reduce the risk of injury to riders. Bini says looking at the relationship be- tween bike compo- sition and injury provides useful infor- mation for cyclists, coaches and those involved with sports medicine. Knee and lower back complaints are common for cyclists Bini says, and this can come down to the amount of force ap- plied to the pedal through the knee. Cyclists can im- prove the configur- ation and composition of the bike to reduce the risk of injury.'' Bini is seeking cyc- lists of all abilities who ride a minimum of three times a week for at least 10km at a time and who are aged between 21 and 50 to take part in his research project con- ducted at Mairangi Bay's Millennium In- stitute. So far 78 cyclists have taken part in dif- ferent stages of his project. They have been a mix of competi- tive and non-com- petitive riders includ- ing recreational riders and those who cycle to work. Participants will get visual feedback on how their riding style impacts on their body mechanics. AUT plans to have a bike mechanics clinic similar to their exist- ing running mech- anics clinic operating in the near future. To get involved in the project contact Rodrigo Bini at bini.rodrigo@ gmail.com or phone 477-2056 or 021- 076-2116.
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