Western Leader : October 28th 2011
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Friday, October 28, 2011 Superb lunches, exclusive prices. Treat yourself to 15% off our sumptuous SuperGold Card dishes at Opanuku Café & Restaurant, Vision Waitakere Gardens retirement village. And with such tempting dishes to choose from, it's definitely an occasion worth sharing. Bookings are essential -- please phone 09 837 0512. For group bookings, conditions apply. Address: 15 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson. Offer available 11am -- 2pm, Monday to Friday. Please present your SuperGold Card at reception on arrival. BIG/VSL395/W1R Gas leak hits businesses By VANITA PRASAD A MAJOR gas leak from the Maui pipeline is costing west Auckland businesses tens of thousands of dollars a day. The leak was discovered in Tara- naki last weekend and has since affected thousands of large commer- cial and industrial users around the North Island. Restaurants at Westfield WestCity were left to use their initiative or close when the mall was ordered to cease using its gas supply at 10am on Wednesday. It was expected to be back on today. Nandos and Burger King closed while other eateries such as Sha- miana Cuisines of India used stoves run on gas bottles and offered a lim- ited menu. Cafe Bergerac owners Bharat and Swati Patel were upset they couldn t offer cooked breakfasts because of the leak. So far it s lost us around $3000 to $4000. Funeral services went ahead at Waikumete Cemetery yesterday but cremations were held up. Council communications adviser Glyn Walters says gas cuts to the cemetery haven t disrupted any chapel services and its body storage facilities have been able to cope. A specialist crematory engineer visited Waikumete yesterday and prepared the crematorium to run off a LPG supply until piped gas is restored. Tasti Products chief executive Bryce Howard says the leak has cost the Te Atatu Peninsula busi- ness tens of thousands of dollars. We shut down half of our factory at midday on Tuesday which affec- ted 90 staff. By Wednesday that had cost us around $20,000. The factory started operating again in a limited capacity on Wednesday night using an onsite bulk LPG tank. Tegel Foods chief executive Andrew Stevens says operations at the Henderson plant were brought to a standstill, mostly affecting its frozen chicken production line. It s unknown how much this will cost us yet but it s just something we ll have to wear, he says. Waitakere Hospital can continue using gas as a high priority user. West Wave Aquatic Centre closed the toddlers pool, family spa, hydro- therapy pool and hydroslide. The main swimming pool and adult spa are operating at reduced tem- peratures. Entire All Blacks squad on the ball to help school By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Sacred signatures: Sophie O'Donnell, centre, with the special ball signed by the 2011 All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad. She is with St Paul's School sports leaders Priscilla Tuala and Hamish Liddell. Photo: HINERANGI VAIMOSO It was almost the bargain of the century. A rugby ball signed by the entire All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad was destined for St Paul s School raffle, up for grabs at just $2 a ticket. But now it is about to fetch thou- sands on TradeMe. Lisa O Donnell, a parent from the Massey school, couldn t believe it when the father of All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu agreed to pass on the school s Gilbert rugby ball in the hope of getting a few signatures. It turns out the entire team, coaches included, was happy to scribble down autographs before the semifinal. We realised we had 34 signa- tures which meant we even got Aaron Cruden so we were thrilled, Mrs O Donnell says. The family rested easy thinking it had the entire squad but a shock injury and the late addition of Stephen Donald on to the field messed up the clean sweep. We woke up the morning after the final and my husband said we should try to get that last signa- ture, she says. So the couple popped into the Heritage Hotel where the team was staying and had breakfast alongside the players. We just couldn t believe it. There was no one else around and there we were just chatting to the team. Mr O Donnell spotted Mr Donald walking towards the lift and egged his wife to follow. And then there I was in the lift alone with Stephen Donald. I just said to him I wasn t a stalker but needed his signature to complete the mission and he was more than happy to do it, she says. St Paul s principal Mary Zellman didn t know the scale of the fund- raiser until she saw bids for a ball on TradeMe had surpassed $2000. I m glad we didn t just put it in the school raffle for $2 a ticket. The auction, listed under 2011 All Blacks Squad signed rugby ball, has had more than 17,000 views and bidding is at $2270. It closes at 9.45pm tomorrow with proceeds going towards a computer upgrade.
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