Western Leader : February 17th 2011
6 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 NEWS CLEARANCE DEPOT while stocks last Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm, Sat 10am - 3pm Mobile draw units from $15 Office Chairs from $20 Filing Cabinets from $25 Huge variety of Office & Household items new & used at HEAVILY DISCOUNTED PRICES!! 641 Rosebank Rd, Avondale PH 815 1589 (at the end of 637 driveway) 3162079AE EYE EXAM* ½ PRICE *Discount applies to full adult exam fee Westgate Optometrists, PH: 831-0202 Westgate Shopping Centre, Massey, opposite ANZ Full Exam fee to be paid if taking prescription away *Other conditions apply. Expires 28-02-11 Please bring this ad with you Sewage spills in park after storm and big tide Messy spot: Debbie Vercoe called the Western Leader about sewage overflows in Henderson's Sherwood Park. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY By CATHERINE HEALY ' We've been living here 18 years and we've seen it overflow at least four times, but that was the worst outlet of sewage we've seen. ' Debbie Vercoe Heavy rain caused a sewage spill in Sherwood Park last month. Debbie Vercoe lives in Te Atatu South and walks her dogs in Central and Sher- wood parks beside Trusts Stadium, along the walkway beside Henderson Creek. After the last storm when we had that really big king tide there was quite a large amount of human faeces sit- ting there,'' Ms Vercoe says. She says the pipes clearly need replacing because sewage overflows in a well- used public park are unac- ceptable. The park has a wooden pedestrian bridge near a manhole cover and the over- flow pipe is tucked beside the bridge. It's a pretty spot to pause and admire the landscape, but that anything that comes out of the overflow pipe ends up sitting on top of the veg- etation beneath the bridge. When the Western Leader visited the area there was still evidence of disintegrated toilet paper stuck to the veg- etation. We've been living here 18 years and we've seen it over- flow at least four times, but that was the worst outlet of sewage we've seen,'' Ms Vercoe says. I called Watercare about it. The next day there was flax over the top to cover up the mess.'' The Western Leader reported on February 1 that sewage had also spilled on to the footpath in Glendale Rd after heavy rain. A Watercare spokeswoman confirmed staff responded after Ms Vercoe's call. We are aware that problems arise in the area during bad weather due to stormwater infiltrating the wastewater network,'' she says. The overflow reported by Ms Vercoe was from a man- hole that was inherited by Watercare on November 1, 2010.'' She says Watercare sent a team to clean up the day after the overflow was reported. A monitoring device under the lid of the manhole had also been triggered. The following weekend Cyclone Wilma hit Auckland, causing a second wet weather overflow. Unfortunately, the monitoring device mal- functioned on this occasion and failed to raise the alarm. Watercare has arranged a clean-up crew and is working with the supplier of the device to identify the cause of this malfunction.'' Musical mind: Iranian pianist Kamran Khodaverdian is holding a concert to raise funds for his university education. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY Long road to live the musical dream By NICOLA MURPHY ON VIDEO Visit www. westernleader.co.nz to watch Mr Khodaverdian play the piano and then the santur. When Kamran Khoda- verdian was growing up in Iran he was rewarded for his good grades at school with a piano accordion. He wasn't sure how to useitsoheputitonhis back like a school bag. He's come a long way since then because the 37-year-old is now a tal- ented musician who will be playing at Glen Eden Play- house Theatre on February 26.The concert is being held to raise funds so Mr Khodaverdian can study music at university. He will play pieces on the piano and the santur, a Persian string instrument. Mr Khodaverdian had to leave Iran and came to New Zealand in 2008, leav- ing his digital piano behind. He now uses the piano at a Henderson retirement home to prac- tise. He became a father last week when his wife Shirin gave birth to their son Aria. He was a professional musician in his home country and studied under two of Iran's greatest pianists, Ardeshir Rohani and Freidon Nasehi. The Henderson resident also composes his own music. He wants to study music at Auckland Univer- sity to increase his profile and meet other musicians. Mr Khodaverdian says music is in his blood. I'm an emotional person and I'd like to be able to convey that emotion to people who listen to me play. New Zealand music is quite different from Iranian music,'' he says. Mr Khodaverdian will complete an English language course at Unitec in June then he will begin his studies at the Auckland University. In 10 years' time I'd like to be composing music for a huge orchestra,'' he says. Visit www.iticket.co.nz to book tickets.
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