Western Leader : February 24th 2011
3 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 NEWS STOP ASSET SALES You're invited to a public meeting Wednesday 2 March, 7:30pm Level 2, Henderson Service Centre (old Council Chambers) 6 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09 818 6871 Join Labour Leader Phil Goff and MPs David Cunliffe, Carmel Sepuloni and Phil Twyford for a public meeting to discuss the National Government's proposal to sell off our public assets. Chris Carter MP for Te Atatu - still available to help If you need my assistance with a government service such as Immigration, ACC, WINZs, Housing NZ or simply want my help or advice over an issue please feel free to contact me. I have been your local MP for the last 15 years. Regardless of which political party you may support I will continue to work hard for all my constituents as long as I remain the local Member of Parliament for Te Atatu. Parliamentary Office PO Box 18 888, Parliament Wellington, 6160 Tel: 04 817 8201 Email: email@example.com Personal Mobile: 021 461 658 Te Atatu Electorate Office 300 Great North Road PO Box 21 983, Henderson 0612 Tel: 09 835 0915 • Fax: 09 835 0945 IN BRIEF Arrested A man has been arrested following a series of burglaries on Rosebank Rd. A dairy was burgled twice in three days and a secondhand store was also targeted. Avondale senior sergeant Gary Ball says some of the property has been found. Crash There was a minor nose- to-tail in the Cornwallis Beach carpark on Sunday afternoon about 2.40pm followed by another crash just up the road on Pine Ave. A man has been charged with driving in a dangerous manner. Fare increase West Auckland commuters received a mixed bag of news when Auckland Transport announced the results of its recent public transport fare review. Rail fares will increase from mid-March while bus and ferry fares will remain at their current levels. Chief executive David Warburton says the rise in train prices will cover an $8 million increase in costs associated with providing more services. This is set to increase from just over 1500 to nearly 2000 scheduled services per week. The price rise ranges from 10 cents for a one- stage trip to 50 cents for eight stages. ''There have been major improvements in infrastructure as well with just under 30 train stations on the network upgraded,'' Dr Warburton says. ''Auckland Transport is working hard with its operators to provide greater connectivity and efficiency between public transport modes as well as a better integrated pricing structure and price parity.'' Single and 10-trip bus and some ferry fares will stay the same. Pony club denied land By STEPHEN FORBES THE Te Atatu Pony Club's future is uncertain after the Henderson-Massey Local Board last week rejected calls to allow it to lease additional land in the Harbourview- Orangihina reserve. In December the NZ Trans- port Agency announced it was planning to use part of the site, currently leased to the club by Auckland Council, for a construction yard while working on the Western Ring Route. The Te Atatu Pony Club asked if the council would extend the area it leased into the adjoining Harbourview- Orangihina reserve, since the NZTA's plan would effectively cut their site in half. Council policy analyst Andrew Beer outlined the pro- posal in a report to the Henderson-Massey Local Board. The pony club has requested that their lease area be extended northwards into the adjoining park while the NZ Transport Agency con- struction yard occupies part of their existing lease area.'' He said the extra land would only be needed until 2018 when the work on the Western Ring Route is expected to be completed. But the Henderson Massey Local Board rejected the pro- posal and board chair Vanessa Neeson is disappointed with the result. I think it's a great pity,'' she says. We should have had the opportunity to consider extending it and then gone out to consult the public. But the majority of the board didn't want that.'' West Auckland Pony Clubs Association spokesman Geoff Wood says the board's decision is a setback for the club and will have a major impact on its operations. There needs to be some consultation with the people who will be impacted by this decision,'' he says. The club is already struggling because its future is not known.'' Henderson-Massey Local Board member Leo Nobilo opposed the proposal. He says there is an outstanding legal issue over the ownership of the Harbourview-Orangihina reserve and therefore the board should not lease it to anyone. Nothing can happen until we have a decision from the courts,'' he says. In my opinion, at this stage, nobody owns the land.'' The Auckland Harbour Board purchased the land dur- ing the 1950s under the Public Works Act. The board wanted to develop the site as a deep- water port and a number of property owners had to sell. But the scheme never went ahead. Descendants of the original owners say the land should have been offered back to their families and are seeking a return of the properties or a ruling from the courts. Te Waka Huia comes through despite loss Strong second: West Auckland's Te Waka Huia kapa haka team was the runner-up in the Te Matatini kapa haka festival. By VANITA PRASAD HEAVY hearts weren't enough to keep west Auck- land's Te Waka Huia down last weekend. The group came second at the Te Matatini kapa haka festival in Gisborne despite being in mourning. The Te Waka Huia and Te Manu Huia kapa haka groups suffered a great loss when their co-founder and matri- arch Pimia Wehi died just two weeks before the competition. Daughter Annette Wehi says it was the first time the groups had performed without Mrs Wehi. She says the loss was hard for the younger kapa squad Te Manu Huia. Te Manu Huia are really the mokopuna of mum and dad -- it's led by their three grandchildren. They did really well because in Maori terms they felt like she was still warm, so it was very difficult for them.'' She says Te Waka Huia was also affected by the loss during their first performance but made the decision to be brave to honour their late matriarch. During our first perform- ance we were very much mourning our mum. But that night we got together and talked about how mum wouldn't want us to still be crying -- she would want us to do our best for her.'' Mrs Wehi says that the group felt her mother's pres- ence with them. We could feel her spirit with us before, during and after we performed -- we felt it during the whole stay down there.'' Mrs Wehi says the group was proud of its performance. The judges and even the leaders of the groups said that Te Waka Huia did really well to get second place and that another team in the same pos- ition probably could not have coped as well.'' The group had been practis- ing six items for three months before the competition but decided to change their set to honour Mrs Wehi. It was a big call to change the items but we did it to ensure we celebrated her achievements and acknow- ledged the great loss of our matriarch, our mum, our leader and one of the biggest icons in kapa haka.'' Annette Wehi says kapa haka groups from around the country flew into Gisborne for her mother's tangi which was held in her home town a week before the competition. They didn't care that they had to come back a week later for the competition -- they wanted to pay their respects to her.'' Mrs Wehi died the day before she and Mr Wehi were to attend a Government House ceremony to receive their New Year's honours. Mrs Wehi was to be appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She was 81.
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