Western Leader : March 1st 2011
3 WESTERN LEADER, MARCH 1, 2011 NEWS Westgate Shopping Centre Ph: 09 831 0230 STOCKTAKE SALE 25% off all fiction books 30% off all kids picture flats 30% off games, toys and puzzles Other great instore bargains 10 Shamrock Drive, Kumeu. Tel: 412 8188 Open: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm Sat 9am - 12.30pm www.flooringxtra.co.nz NORTH WEST 1/2 PRICE CARPET CLEARANCE on selected carpet and carpet remnants Assorted styles, colours, textures Bring a trailer! IN BRIEF ECC opening date The Waitemata District Health Board has confirmed the date for Waitakere Hospital's emergency care centre to open 24/7 will be March 28. From that date the hospital will accept emergency patients of all ages at any time. The board wants to remind the community that the centre is for genuine emergency cases only. Patients are treated in terms of the severity of their case, rather than the order they walk through the door. Your GP is always your first point of call for non-urgent illnesses. Healthline is available 24 hours for free medical advice over the phone from registered nurses, call 0800-611-116. Census cancelled The 2011 New Zealand Census scheduled for March 8 has been cancelled because of the Canterbury earthquake. A new date is yet to be determined. Quake collection McLaren Park and Henderson South Community Initiative is collecting goods to be sent to Christchurch. Donations of non-perishable food and water can be dropped off at 64D Bruce McLaren Rd tomorrow and Thursday between 9am and 5pm, and on Friday between 9am and 11am. Phone 838-4820. Meth lab Henderson police located a crystal meth lab at a residential address in Glen Eden last Tuesday. A search warrant was issued and after a search of the house police and customs officers located suspicious items. The Metro clandestine laboratory unit was called in to investigate. A number of identified items were removed and referred to the Institute of Environmental Science and Research for analysis. A 23-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man appeared in the Waitakere District Court on Wednesday. Hulse backtracks on who owns film studio property By STEPHEN FORBES Auckland deputy mayor Penny Hulse has retracted comments she made in the Western Leader about the council s stake in the Hender- son Valley film studios after revelations that the majority shareholder in the facilities, Tony Tay Film, is in receiver- ship. Mrs Hulse was responding to comments by Te Atatu resident Gary Osborne that Auckland Council Invest- ments should get out while it can and sell its 44.4 percent stake. At the time, Mrs Hulse said: 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. But she now says infor- mation she has received shows the land and building are actually owned by the company -- not the council. And she says with the downturn in the property market and the film industry their value has dropped. The land and buildings were valued at $10 million, Mrs Hulse says. But she says they have since been re-valued at around $7m. If we sold now it would be less than the $6m we bought the site for, she says. 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. Tony Tay Film would take a 55.6 percent shareholding in the film company, while the council s business devel- opment arm, Waitakere Properties would hold the remaining 44.4 percent stake. But some of Mr Tay s busi- nesses have since fallen on hard times. The Tony Tay Group went into receivership in July last year and a number of its subsidiaries, including Jireh Hostels, Jireh Investment Trust and Jireh Huka, were placed in liquidation early last year. The Waitakere Properties shareholding in the studios has since been transferred to Auckland Council Invest- ments. Trees of importance Protecting trees: Waitakere Ranges Protection Society secretary Mels Barton with the macrocarpa at the bottom of her property which is due to be assessed. Photo: VANITA PRASAD By VANITA PRASAD THE RACE is on to save notable west Auckland trees with the deadline to nomi- nate trees for protection less than a month away. Amendments to the Resource Management Act mean trees in urban areas will no longer be covered by blanket tree protection from January 1, 2012. Auckland s local boards and the council will be accepting nominations of trees that should be protected until March 31. Waitakere Protection Society secretary Mels Bar- ton says the new legislation could have dire consequences for the character of west Auckland s greenest suburbs. Ms Barton says under the new laws unprotected trees could be cut down because council consent would no longer be necessary. She says losing trees in suburbs that are susceptible to landslides could aggravate erosion problems. The steep clay soil slopes in Titirangi and Laingholm are highly unstable and many of our houses are being held up by the tree roots keeping the banks together, she says. When you decide to cut down your tree it may not be your property that slides into the road, it could be your neighbour s. Auckland Council manager of regional and local planning Penny Pirrit says trees can be nominated for protection without the consent of the property owner. If a tree in an urban area and on private land is nomi- nated by another person, the tree owner would be notified and have the opportunity to make a submission to coun- cil. She says if the council arborist deems the tree to be worthy of protection it can be scheduled without the owner s consent. Ms Barton says that people should nominate any tree they think worth saving -- although there will be certain criteria. They won t be scheduling any tree, the bar to meet will be high. Trees will be assessed in terms of ecological benefits, botanical values and land- mark values. Historians Bruce and Trixie Harvey say they are using their networks and knowledge to protect trees with historical value. Mr Harvey says many of Titirangi s large macrocarpa trees were planted in the west by settlers as markers for identifying plots of land. Once the submissions are collected the nominated trees will be assessed by a council planner and arborist. There are 276 trees in Wai- takere that have been nomi- nated for protection and are due to be assessed. Ms Pirrit says the council is waiting on a declaration from the Environment Court to clarify some aspects of the tree protection amendments. The clarification is expected from the court on March 28.
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