12 February 2016 Devonport Flagstaff

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The Devonport Flagstaff Page 31

February 12, 2016

Pensioner persistence puts parking police in place She had to post three letters and a Flagstaff photograph to Auckland Transport, but Margaret Ridge has finally won her fight over the $111.50 fine issued for parking her car along Windsor Reserve a day before last year’s

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Auckland Marathon. Ridge (77) parks her car on the reserve most days while going for a walk along the waterfront. She says there was no sign nearby to warn her of the temporarily changed parking restrictions on the eve of the marathon. She told the Flagstaff she would not pay the fine on principle. Auckland Transport (AT) reviewed Ridge’s first two letters but proceeded with enforcing the fee. “According to the parking officer’s notes, the signs were approximately 22 metres to the left of the vehicle and approximately 22 metres to the right. It is a driver’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle is parked legally, in accordance with any signs in the area,” was the AT response. Ridge did not give up. She sent AT a December 4 Flagstaff photo of her car being towed, to demonstrate how far away the signs were from her park. On December 23, Ridge received an early Christmas gift in the form of an apology. “Upon further investigation we will cancel the ticket. You therefore do not have to pay anything. We do apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused,” the AT letter says.

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History of vandalism repeats itself on Muldoon sculpture

Seeing red… Muldoon still incites strong feelings Bright-red lipstick, rouge and nail polish appeared overnight on Mt Victoria’s stone sculpture of former New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon . The graffiti vandalism has drawn renewed attention to the Allan Williams sculpture, which is called Anx. The piece was moved to Mt Vic from Western Park in Ponsonby in 1987 after it was attacked with an axe. Williams was living in Devonport at the time. Roger Giles, President of the Devonport Folk Club, which is located a few steps from the sculpture, says Anx is often mistaken for a large Tiki. “I have heard the Bush and Beach tour guides from out west tell people it is an old Maori carving and I’ve told them what it is really about,” says Giles. The Maunga Authority, which administers Mt Vic, cleaned off the graffiti after being told about it by the Flagstaff.

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