Western Leader : February 18th 2011
3 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 NEWS 91 913 913 45 4 13 3 13 459 3 3 913 3 4 3 3459 9 459 3459 4 4 AA 8AA 8AA 8AA 8AA A 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 CURRENTLY RENTING BUT WANT TO OWN YOUR OWN HOME? A unique affordable home ownership opportunity exists for first time buyers in this new subdivision at 169 Colwill Road, Massey East. Two sections with water views. We can help you afford the purchase of one these new 4 bed houses through our shared home ownership scheme*conditions apply The New Zealand Housing Foundation is a charitable housing trust helping first time buyers achieve their dream of owning their first home. To register your interest and reserve a home go to w w w.housingfoundation.co.nz For more information contact us at 0800446874 or firstname.lastname@example.org 34d Portage Rd, New Lynn. Ph 827 2371 Hours Mon to Fri 7am to 5pm, Sat 8am to 2pm. NEW LYNN BUILDING CENTRE e Fencing Sale! Cash Only! Loan Trailers, local Hi-ab delivery $70.00. 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He has been talking with the Auckland Coun- cil about leasing or buy- ing it in partnership with Westfield. This would make it private property and allow security officers working for the mall to serve people with tres- pass notices, banning them from the area for up to two years. We want to work with the council and help make it happen, Mr Thomson says. He says the February 25 meeting will be chaired by National MP for Waitakere Paula Bennett. It is not open to the public. Cycling advocate Mayor Len Brown has announced a series of initiatives to encour- age Aucklanders to take up pedal power. They include a link for cyclists on the Auckland Harbour Bridge, bike racks on the city s buses and a proposal to have bikes for hire in the inner city. The initiatives were unveiled this week as part of the New Zea- land Bike Wise Month. Cycling is cheap, easy and a great way to keep in shape, Mr Brown says. Transport committee chairman Mike Lee has welcomed the initia- tives. A high percentage of vehicle journeys are less than five kilometres, Mr Lee says. That s an easy bike ride. Tamihere expects victory By STEPHEN FORBES AN OPPONENT of the Auck- land Council s move to cut its Maori Statutory Board s budget is confident of win- ning a court battle. Henderson s Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust chief execu- tive John Tamihere, a statu- tory board member, says the council shouldn t have back- tracked on its original budget decision. If they didn t want to waste the ratepayers money they should have run a fair process, Mr Tamihere says. The problem is they have breached natural justice and due process. But we will win a judicial review. Last week the council s finance committee voted unanimously in favour of a two-year funding agreement which would have given the Maori Statutory Board a pro- visional budget of $5.4 million. But it emerged last week that the committee didn t have the authority to sign off the money and it went back to the full council for a decision on Monday. Some councillors objected to the original funding pro- posal and voted to reduce it to $2.85m over two years. This would include $950,000 for this financial year and $1.9 million in 2011/2012. The Maori Statutory Board met on Tuesday to discuss the new funding arrange- ment and is now seeking a declaratory judgement from the High Court on whether the council followed due pro- cess. Chairman David Taipari says the reason for seeking a High Court ruling is straight forward. Our view of the law is very clear: The council must meet the board s reasonable costs in carrying out our statutory functions, he says. We have worked very hard and very carefully since mid- December to ensure our fore- cast costs are reasonable, and council officers and its finance and strategy com- mittee unanimously recognised them as reason- able as recently as last week. Our view is that the law requires the board s statutory obligations to determine its work programme and there- fore the funding it requires. Deputy mayor Penny Hulse says the original budget for the statutory board would have gone out for public con- sultation anyway. We put out a figure in the draft annual plan and the decision would have been made over the next five weeks as part of that process. Mrs Hulse says the council is now seeking clarification from the government on the role of the Maori Statutory Board. It follows revelations last month that under the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 non-elected members of the board will be appointed to council committees with full voting rights. Water pouring down the drain for months Water leak: Graham Lewis next to the leak which he estimates was losing thousands of litres of drinking water a day. Photo: STEPHEN FORBES By STEPHEN FORBES When Graham Lewis found a pipe pouring drinking water into a nearby stormwater cul- vert last year he called the Auckland Council to report it. The Glen Eden resident estimates the fault was losing thousands of litres of water a day. He says he held a five- litre jug under the culvert which filled up in four seconds. But it wasn t until this month that the repairs were made. Mr Lewis says he called the Auckland Council in Novem- ber but a member of staff who came out to inspect it told him it was stormwater. He wasn t convinced and says he made five complaints to the council before taking matters into his own hands. Mr Lewis got the water tested by a neighbour who runs a pool supplies shop and was told it was pure drinking water. So he contacted Watercare on February 2. Watercare chief operating officer Raveen Jaduram says staff tested the water and confirmed it was drinking water. He says two leaks were identified and repaired within five days. A Watercare spokeswoman says it s difficult to comment on how much water was lost because the drain was prob- ably discharging stormwater in addition to the water from the fault. Auckland Council spokes- woman Lisah Henry says the council has no record of Mr Lewis complaints last year. A council worker was sent to the site on January 10 to look at another complaint and noticed the water leak. Mr Lewis can t understand why it took so long to fix the fault. They should have been on to this last year, Mr Lewis says.
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