Western Leader : February 14th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 3 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 NEWS C ✔ View our fantastic centre! ✔ Fresh, light snacks provided ✔ Meet our passionate teachers ✔ Free Sessions available for 3to5yearolds COND DITIONS A Open Day! Topkids New Lynn Saturday 18th February, 10.00am to 12.30pm 3176 Great North Road, Phone 09 827 4537 Email: email@example.com 50% OFF FEES FOR 2 MONTHS! WHEN YOU ENROL ON THE DAY CONDITIONS APPLY $650 2 Grain Combo Buy any 2 Country Grain or Lekkerbrot Block Loaves for only Handmade fresh every day. That's the real difference. Receive a FREE Traditional Loaf when you buy a Chia Loaf or Hi-fbre Lo-Gi Loaf Limit of one per person, per day. Offer valid until 27/02/12. Must present this voucher. Subject to availability. Traditional refers to white, wholemeal, country grain or lekkerbrot. No preservatives No bleached f lour No added sugar No artifcial colours IN BRIEF Local growth It's official. You're reading the hottest product in town. Latest Audit Bureau of Circulation statistics show the Western Leader's average weekly circulation jumped by 4.8 percent between January and December 2011. That's an increase of 3205 editions online and in print. It also makes up a significant portion of the combined average weekly growth in circulation achieved by all Suburban Newspapers Auckland titles of 4.3 percent compared to the same period in the year prior. ''We're absolutely delighted with the result,'' Suburban Newspapers Auckland general manager David Penny says. ''It recognises the continued dominance of our products as market leaders in Auckland's media sector and even more importantly shows how we're connected to our readers both in print and online. ''The growing popularity of our digital editions in particular shows we're moving in the right direction to make sure we keep everyone engaged at a local level. I want to personally thank all of our readers and advertisers for their ongoing support. Local means the world to us and we know it means the world to you.'' Trampers found Two trampers were found safe and well yesterday after spending a night lost in the Waitakere Ranges. The experienced trampers set off at 8am on Sunday off Piha Rd and were due back at 3pm. When they didn't return a search was launched. It was halted early on Monday morning when searchers wanted to go into more rugged country but resumed again just after dawn. Several hours later a helicopter spotted the men and directed ground crews to their location. A police spokesman says they were found safe and well at around 10.15am. The trampers had not been equipped for an overnight stay. A bromeliad paradise By NICOLA MURPHY Bromeliad fan: Michelle Tohi's love of bromeliads started more than four years ago and she has since collected around 2000 plants. Her garden will be on display in this weekend's Heroic Gardens Festival. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY GIVEAWAY The Western Leader has a double pass to the festival to give away. To enter the draw write to the editor with Gardens Festival in the subject line and include your name and daytime contact details. Or write to PO Box 21-167 Henderson. Entries must be received by 9am on Thursday. MICHELLE Tohi has always been a keen gardener but when she discovered bromeliads her love for the hobby grew. She now has around 2000 of them in her garden and they come in a range of sizes, shapes and colours. Ms Tohi is one of 24 people opening their gardens this weekend as part of the Heroic Gardens Festival, a fundraiser for Mercy Hospice Auckland. The festival is now in its 16th year and offers the chance to visit some of the city s most striking gardens. It was established to raise funds for Auckland City Mission s Herne Bay House which provided care and res- pite for people with HIV or AIDS. For the first 15 years only properties owned by gay and lesbian-owned gardeners were showcased but this has changed to include others too. Herne Bay House closed and since 2009 the money raised has gone to various Auckland hospices. This is Ms Tohi s fourth year exhibiting her New Lynn garden and while she s enjoyed it this is the last time her property will be on show. It s a lot of fun but it s hard work. It features the bromeliads, some in large coloured pots and others planted in the ground, mosaics Ms Tohi has created, ceramics and carved ponga. Ms Tohi opened up her gar- den for the first time in 2009 because she wanted to give something back to the gay and lesbian community. I didn t think my garden was good enough but people kept telling me I should. She s proud of the collection which is the result of hard work and steely determi- nation. Ms Tohi hopes visitors will get the same enjoyment from the garden as she does. Sometimes I go outside and I just look at it. It gives me a sense of calmness. Mercy Hospice fundraising team leader Sandy McGregor says it s wonderful to work with a committee that has such energy and drive after 16 years. The Heroic Gardens Festi- val runs throughout Auckland on February 18 and 19. Tickets are $35. Visit www.heroicgardens.org.nz for more information. Henderson bridge art Henderson railway station mural Titirangi roundabout art WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE? By its nature it is subjective, emotive and sometimes polarising. You don't have to travel far in west Auckland to find public art and the Western Leader wants to know how you feel about it. Which pieces make you smile? Are there any you'd like to see go? Whether it's the sculptures inspired by lichen and algae on Titirangi roundabout by artist Lisa Higgens or the Avondale Spider statue, let us know your views. Find the Western Leader on Facebook and have your say or email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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