Western Leader : September 13th 2011
5 WESTERN LEADER, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 NEWS HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS AT LEVEL CROSSINGS IN WEST AUCKLAND 5.0m T w , w A c l ' w l c c , ll c L . T w ll w c l l c A c l . T c j l l c w ll 5 , w ll 4.25 . R w ll w c l c c l w c . B c l w l ll j c , c , l , l c . M c w c . F www w c ll 4 474 3 3. T c w ; t y e , t y e Contemporary colours with a smart finish. Designed for urban and rural living. Heavy duty and stairs rated. Wool rich. 7 year warranty. Traditional loop pile carpet made from natural fibre. Heay duty rated. 100% wool. 5 year warranty. DEAL $3500 Fully installed including underlay NORTH WEST FLOORING XTRA ORING XT $1for Forest & Bird IDEAL $4400 Fully installed including underlay Don't bank on Green Bay branch's return By VANITA PRASAD The fate of Green Bay's last face-to-face banking branch is uncertain with New Zealand Post extending a trial removal of Kiwibank services through to March next year. In April banking services at the Green Bay Post Shop stopped on a three-month trial, sparking a protest from Green Bay residents. A petition of 1200 signatures calling for the bank's services to remain at the Postshop was col- lected by a group of residents and taken to New Lynn MP David Cunliffe. Mr Cunliffe took the petition to the commerce select committee which asked NZ Post to justify removing banking services and invited pub- lic submissions. He says the select committee will be reviewing submis- sions before Parliament meets next month. Under the trial, the Green Bay branch is still offering customers postal, courier and bill payment services. But customers have to travel to branches at Titirangi and Blockhouse Bay for teller services. Petition organiser Andrea Deeth wants Kiwibank services to return to the Green Bay Postshop. I would like to see banking services return for a six-month trial because I think people a lot of people would use it if they knew where it was.'' Mr Cunliffe says it looks unlikely that Kiwibank banking services will return to Green Bay. NZ Post external com- munications manager John Tulloch says the extended trial period allows the company to continue evaluating the new mix of services. One of the reasons the new mix of services is being trialled at Green Bay was low patronage of the banking services,'' he says. However, bill pay- ment services continue to prove popular with customers.'' Brothers sought life of adventure Hard worker: Thomas Smith Stewart and his brothers were men of the land in pioneering times. By MATTHEW GRAY The coastal settlement of Raglan was still being broken in when the Stewart brothers bought land there during the early 1850s. Hundreds of acres of scrub and bush was being converted to pas- ture by would-be farmers keen to make the most of their properties in chal- lenging times. The work was back- breaking and not for shirkers. John, Robert and Thomas Stewart rolled up their sleeves and got into it. The brothers were born in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute off Scotland's West Coast, during the 1820s. Their father John was a sea captain who taught his sons how to fish around the Scottish Coast. But the boys sought a life of adventure and emigrated while still in their 20s. They headed for Rag- lan, then called Whaingaroa, where a Maori presence had been established some 800 years prior. The first white people to settle there were Wesleyan missionaries, and numbers steadily grew with the promise of work in timber and flax exporting industries. The Stewarts soon went their separate ways as new opportunities presented themselves. John started survey- ing land throughout the North Island -- walking, riding, wading and pad- dling his way through incredibly rugged forest- clad terrain on behalf of the government. Various roads, bridges and railway lines were constructed under his supervision in the years that followed and his retirement in 1889 did little to alleviate his workload as he embraced numerous public duties in his hometown of Wanganui. Robert also lived life in the public eye as a magistrate while Thomas toughed it out as a labourer around Wai- kato and, in his last years, Auckland. The Stewarts were typical of the Scots who emigrated in hordes to New Zealand during the mid to late 19th century. They were keen to escape crowding and poverty back home and were lured by land grants and a heavily subsidised voyage out. Scottish migrants made up more than 30 percent of the country's UK-born migrant popu- lation from 1853 to 1870 and outnumbered Eng- lish arrivals between 1860 and 1863 when many came to find their fortunes in the gold fields. John Stewart died in 1914, outliving Robert and Thomas who were both buried towards the end of 1902. Thomas, the youngest of the three, was first to go at the age 73 and lies in a Presbyterian section of Waikumete Cemetery. The Stewart name is still commemorated by a street sign at Raglan. Kiwibank cuts Avondale services Residents in Avondale are also missing Kiwibank after it cut services in the suburb's main branch. In July, seven Postshop Kiwibank stores across New Zealand closed including the Avondale branch. It has been replaced with a Post Centre 10 metres away from the original Avondale branch which doesn't have banking, bill paying or car registration services. New Lynn MP David Cunliffe says there has been a huge public outcry about the downgrade with 3000 people signing a petition to get their services back. ''I've been meeting with Kiwibank and members of the Whau Local Board to get Avondale the same Postshop plus services that Green Bay has.'' Avondale Business Association chairman Duncan Macdonald says removing the services has annoyed residents. ''They're upset that they have to go and queue up outside in New Lynn to pay their bills and registration. It's not good enough that Kiwibank just say do everything online,'' Mr Macdonald says. ''You can't bank a cheque online,'' he says.
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