Western Leader : December 22nd 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz 3 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 22, 2011 NEWS Best of Fresh for Less Normal Trading Hours: Monday to Sunday 7.30am -- 6.30pm WL22/12 Henderson 313 Lincoln Rd New Lynn Margan Ave 116 Hobsonville Rd Hobsonville (Hobsonville Hours 7am-7pm 7 days) Pioneer Plaza Henderson CRISPY LETTUCE CRUNCHY CARROTS SUNRIPENED TOMATOES JUICY BEETROOT FRESH SNOW PEAS SPRING ONIONS CELERY FRESH CUCUMBER AVOCADOS MANGOS BERRY & STONE FRUIT We wish all our customers A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year ! We will be open for you every day through the holiday period except for Christmas Day and New Year's day Bennett back in after recount changes result By NICOLA MURPHY She won the Waitakere electorate seat but National MP Paula Ben- nett knows she's got another tough battle ahead of her improving health services, law and order and education. Ms Bennett was in the lead by 349 votes on election night but the result was overturned after special votes put Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni ahead by 11 votes. After Ms Bennett filed an application for a recount the Electoral Commission announced that she had won by nine votes. The recount was conducted under the direction of Judge Adams between December 14 and 16 in the presence of candidate scrutineers. Ms Bennett always knew the Waitakere seat was a tough one to win. It's a win and I'm absolutely delighted but I'm conscious of how close the vote was,'' she says. Her priorities for west Auckland over the next term are improving education, health services and issues around law and order. Ms Bennett knows how Ms Sepuloni feels having been in the same position after the special vote count. She was really hungry for it and I respect that,'' she says. Ms Bennett says the campaign was far more challenging than in 2008. But we're in politics, it's a brutal game.'' The loss means Ms Sepuloni will not return to Parliament but she is thankful for the support she received. We celebrated the night we lost, we celebrated the night we won and we'll celebrate again,'' Ms Sepuloni says. It was a tide against Labour across the country and Waitakere went against the odds with that tide. We may have lost by a handful of votes but we're very proud of our efforts here.'' Ms Sepuloni wants to contest the seat again in 2014. Students win story comp By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Booked: Jayarh Thomson from Fruitvale School, the star of Sione's First Walk to School. A CHILD'S walk to school can be quite an adventure. Especially for kids like Sione, who has a few obstacles to overcome. Jayarh Thomson is the star of the new book Sione's First Walk to School, set to be distributed to schools across New Zealand. Most of the book is illustrated with drawings but the five-year-old Fruitvale School pupil features as Sione in photos. The bilingual read, written by students of the New Lynn school, is published in both English and Samoan and focuses on travelling safely to school. It's taken out the top spot in a competition run by NZ Transport Agency. Sione's First Walk to School won the story section, the Feet First pro- gramme, winning students a work- shop with publishing professionals who will help students prepare their winning entry for publication. Principal Hine Viscovich is thrilled. This is the first time we entered and we did it,'' she says. When I broke it to the kids I told them we were all winners at the end of the day because we did our best and they all kind of sighed, and then I said we won and they got so excited. They can say for the rest of their lives that they are published authors.'' Sione's First Walk to School is about a child called Sione who turns five and walks to school with older brother Petelo and sister Sela. He teaches readers the import- ance of having the right clothing for any type of weather, the danger of strangers and the importance of using pedestrian crossings. He highlights the dangers of dis- tractions, dogs and wet weather as he and his siblings make their way to school. We didn't have to do a story along these lines but walking to school is an experience children go through every day and they'll all be able to relate,'' Mrs Viscovich says. Illustrator Nikki Slade Robinson says the bilingual element was a big drawcard for judges. They felt this one had a really clear safety message and a good structure to the story,'' she says. They felt it would be effective in the classroom for activities and they really liked the bilingual element.'' Mrs Viscovich says 22 percent of the 220 students in the school are Samoan so they brought in trans- lator Pauls Punipuao-Singh to give their entry a point of difference. NZTA education manager Jennie Gianotti says safe school travel is an important issue close to the lives of school children and their families. These competitions make learn- ing about safe school travel creative and fun. Teachers can use them to motiv- ate students while reinforcing their knowledge about how to stay safe,'' she says. Hundreds of schools will receive a copy of the book, and 300 extra cop- ies will be donated to Samoan language nests throughout west Auckland.
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