Western Leader : January 10th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 7 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 10, 2012 NEWS Roads of national significance Causeway trial begins Testing work is starting on the causeway alongside the Northwestern Motorway. You will see machinery and large cranes when driving citybound along the motorway, between Rosebank/Patiki Road and Great North Road. Please drive with care and keep pace with regular traffic speeds. For more information, visit www.nzta.govt.nz/wrr or call 09 969 9800. Follow us on: facebook.com/nztaakl twitter.com/nztaakl CT_01 4286501AA Completing the Waterview Connection www.nzta.govt.nz/waterviewconnection o o o o twitter.com/wcnow Waterview Connection Works underway in Alan Wood Reserve FREEPHONE 0508 TUNNEL (886635) Reserve access is still available from Hendon Ave. For your own safety, please do not enter any fenced-o sections and be mindful of extra truck movements in the area. Th nk you o you i nc nd coo ion. First book -- aged 80 Variety: Budding author Max Peers is planning to release a book which combines short stories, historical essays and poetry. Photo: STEPHEN FORBES By STEPHEN FORBES Budding author Max Peers is getting set for the release of his first book this year, following his 80th birthday. I' mSo r ry--AVariety of Poetry and Prose for All Ages will contain various short stories, his- torical essays and poems. I only started writing eight or nine years ago,'' Mr Peers says. The 79-year-old from Waitakere Gardens is a keen gardener and says he was continually being asked by other residents at the retirement village for the names of different flowers around the com- plex. I thought the best thing to do was put it in writing,'' he says. So I started writing a piece every month for the Waitakere Gardens man- ager's magazine.'' He wrote about every- thing from flowers to some of the interesting people who live at the retirement village. Mr Peers is a builder by trade and says he never thought he would find his creative muse so late in life. The manager's maga- zine eventually stopped but Mr Peers continued writing. I now write a monthly publication called Max's Musings,'' he says. The four-page newslet- ter contains stories by Mr Peers and poems by his wife Doreen. More than 260 copies of it are printed every month. People send them all over New Zealand to their friends. And I know they've even made their way over to Hong Kong, Canada and the UK.'' Good feedback about Mrs Peers' poetry led him to think about putting a book together. So we've combined our efforts.'' Mr Peers is now look- ing for contributors with interesting stories to add to the book. It's not going to be just Doreen's and my work going into it. There will be some local con- tributors.'' He's keen to hear from any writers who've never had their work pub- lished. Mr Peers is already piecing the book together with stories about every- thing from war heroes and shipping to the introduction of the first rose to New Zealand. I'm hoping to have it published by June.'' These days Mr Peers is also the deputy chair- man of Waitakere Writers -- a west Auck- land writing group that meets once a month. If you'd like contribute to Mr Peers' book, email him at email@example.com. Cruisy gulf tours West Aucklanders can learn more about the his- tory of the Hauraki Gulf through a set of historic cruises this summer. The NZ Historic Places Trust Hauraki Com- mittee and Riverhead Ferries are offering ferry rides exploring the his- tory of the Hauraki Gulf. The first series of cruises on January 28 and 29 takes passengers up the western Waite- mata Harbour, following the old trade route chartered in the early 1900s. Guests will dis- embark at Riverhead Tavern and can enjoy lunch. The second series on February 11 and 12 will take passengers on a cruise to Rakino Island in the Hauraki Gulf where they can enjoy lunch on the island. Call Sue Wright on (07) 866-8039 for more information or to book. Cards help communication Businesses throughout west Auckland are encouraged to assist hearing impaired and deaf people by putting bright yellow cards on their counters and reception desks. The free cards, devel- oped by the National Foundation for the Deaf, help people with a hearing impairment and those behind counters communicate effectively. They provide helpful information on how to communicate including speaking clearly and not shouting. So far more than 3000 cards have been distributed in the Auckland and Northland regions thanks to support from the ASB Community Trust and Youthtown and more businesses are being encouraged to participate. Call the National Foundation for the Deaf on 307-2922 to get a card for your workplace.
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