In this issue
Less Than A Month Till The Onehunga Santa Parade Support Needed For Special Christmas Dinner e Onehunga Business Association AGM 2013 e Update On The Onehunga Foreshore Restoration e OBA Supports Transformation of Onehunga Wharf e Do You Have Up-to Date Security Software? e Water Safety Family Day e Local Support From IRD In Onehunga e ACC levies: make your voice heard e Onehunga Security Update e Events Calendar e e
enews 5 November,2013
Less Than A Month Till The Onehunga Santa Parade! Saturday November 30 from 11.30am to 2pm
Onehunga’s Santa Parade and Party brings a raft of people from local and outside communities into the town centre. Have you thought of how you will entice people into your business on the day of the Santa Parade? How will you decorate your shop window? How will your staff be dressed? What promotions could you do to draw people in? These are all things to think about and will help you to benefit from the increase in street traffic on the day. If you’d like the OBA to spread the word on your promotion or special activity, we’d love to help, call us on 636 8535. The Parade starts out at 11.30am from Onehunga Primary School, heading down Onehunga Mall from the Arthur St roundabout to the Princes St roundabout before returning along the same route, so people on both sides of the street get a good look. After the Parade, there’s a party at St Peter’s on the corner of Church st, arts and crafts for sale at the Onehunga Community Centre and entertainment at the YMCA Jordan Centre on Pearce St. This year, there’ll be further entertainment for families including a wide selection of large board games set up along the footpath including Snakes and Ladders, Jenga, Twister, Chinese Checkers, Hop Scotch and more — all the childhood favourites! For the Santa Parade, Onehunga Mall will be closed to traffic during the Parade (from 11.30am-12pm), and vehicles will need to be moved from the area by 10.30am. We also need volunteers for the after party from 12-2 and crowd control from 10.30am—12ish — give us a call for more info. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for the event, please contact us on 636 8535.
Support Needed For Special Christmas Dinner
Onehunga Workingmen’s Club provides venue but donations are required Christmas can be a difficult time for many and children of prisoners are no exception. The Onehunga Workingmen’s Club is playing a part in bringing joy and relief to families this year by providing the venue for a special Christmas dinner for around 200 children and caregivers on 20 December, at no cost. The Club will provide the venue and staff but without donations of food, services and cash the initiative will struggle to go ahead. If you’d like any further information about the event, and how you can help, please contact Vicki at the OWMC on 636 5600 or email@example.com.
Onehunga Business Association AGM 2013 Thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM this year—we really appreciate your input. It was a great chance for discussion with several issues raised including the earthquake compliance for buildings. We will inform you once we have put the minutes and other information relating to the AGM on the OBA website.
Update On The Onehunga Foreshore Restoration Temporary Closure Of Orpheus Drive
Orpheus Drive will be closed to private vehicles from 14 October. This safety measure is likely to remain in place until bulk earthworks for the project are complete in November 2014. Orpheus Drive will be open to pedestrians and cyclists, with a shared-use path providing access between the Manukau Cruising Club and Seacliffe Road. Parents can continue to drop-off and collect their children from school at the southern end of the motorway footbridge. The closure is designed to reduce the risks to the public from adjacent construction activities and the large number of daily truck movements in and out of the site. Increasing traffic over the coming months and the likelihood of more people being out and about on the harbour‟s edge in the warmer weather have made this requirement even more of a priority. The construction team appreciates the high level of community support for the project and apologises for any inconvenience caused. If you have any queries, please phone Fulton Hogan‟s Construction Manager Chris Marshall on 0800-FH-Onehunga (0800 34-66-34). Further information is available on the OBA website : http://www.onehunga.net.nz/featured/ onehunga-foreshore-project-update-and-open-day/
OBA Supports Campaign To Transform Onehunga Wharf Visitor and Recreation Study commissioned to boost profile
The OBA has been working closely with the Manukau Harbour Restoration Society to push for the transformation of the Onehunga wharf into a bustling, public area. The Manukau Harbour Restoration Society is commissioning a 16,000 visitor and recreation study into the Manukau Harbour which they hope will help will boost its profile. Spokeswoman Bronwen Turner says the wharf is “poorly maintained” and needs to be taken in a new, community-inclusive direction. “We think it‟s time for the use to evolve,” she says. “There‟s just so much stuff that could happen on this wharf.” You can read the recent article in the Central Leader here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/localnews/central-leader/9267065/Harbour-profile-push
Protect Your Computer From Cryptolocker Virus Make sure you have an offline back-up of your data This is an alert to warn you to protect your computer from an insidious new malware virus called Cryptolocker. Cryptolocker is a brand new virus and is a really nasty destructive programme (http:// www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/9292204/Criminals-hold-computers-ransom). In brief, it essentially locks all critical files on your computer and makes them completely inaccessible to you. Once your computer has been affected it is very difficult to resolve without paying a fee to the hacker to unlock your computer. If you do not pay, Cryptolocker then destroys all the files and data held on your computer - usually within 3 days. Ransomware is not new. It has appeared in several versions over the last few years, most recently the well-publicised FBI version. Typically ransomware installs a malware application on your desktop or laptop and then requests payment to have it removed. A skilled IT technician can remove these for you. Cryptolocker is radically different. Once installed, Cryptolocker silently encrypts your files and then hides the special key required to decrypt the files to somewhere on the internet. Without this key you will not be able to open any of your files. Cryptolocker will then ask you to pay a fee to get the decryption key. The fee is about USD/Euro $300.00, which is not cheap. For tips on protecting your computer and further information, read more here. http://
Water Safety Family Day
Saturday November 9, 10am-4pm, Waterfront Reserve, Mangere Bridge Everyone is welcome to attend the FREE Water Safety Family Day on Saturday November 9th. Bring the entire family to enjoy slip „n‟ slides and bouncy castles for the kids. There‟ll be a kids fishing competition and you‟ll have the chance to watch helicopter rescues, surf lifesaving demos and check out the Coastguard boats, all while learning about water safety. Visit www.facebook.com/aksplash for further information.
Local Support From IRD available in Onehunga Drop-in sessions at Onehunga Community Link, 201-211 Onehunga Mall Do you need some assistance with filing your tax returns, record keeping and other tasks associated with IRD? Instead of talking on the phone, now you have the option to go and talk to Community Compliance Officer, Emma Theobald, at the Onehunga Community Link, on a Wednesday from 9.30am to 3pm. You don‟t need to make an appointment, it‟s based on a first-come, first-served basis. Emma also mentioned she is able to come and see you at your business premises. If you‟d like to speak to her, you can contact her on 09 984 2440 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Auckland Unitary Plan Open For Submissions Find out more about what changes have been made to the draft
The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan is now open for submissions until 28 February 2014. Auckland Council is holding six open days around Auckland during November, where you can find out more about the proposed plan and hear what changes have been made as a result of feedback during the informal engagement period earlier this year. The open days will feature displays on specific issues and areas, printed copies of the plan‟s text and maps, access to view the plan online and experts on hand to answer questions. There will also be seminars on a range of topics such as residential zones, heritage and the environment as well as an opportunity to learn how to find your way around the online plan. The open day in Central Auckland is on Monday 11 November from 1-8pm at the Auckland Central Library. http://engage.ubiquity.co.nz/events/VPSF8Yo5rEab9AjQpHPIWA
Volunteers Sought For Mangrove Research First Saturday of the Month for next three months
For the next three months, The Manukau Harbour Restoration Society will be undertaking their regular mangrove research and welcome volunteers to come along and help with the research. You can participate in as much or as little of the research as you wish and have time for. Remember to wear clothes you don‟t mind getting muddy, gumboots or diving booties (or other shoes that wont get lost in the mud – no jandals). Hats, sunscreen and water all help if the sun‟s out. The MHRS are studying areas where mangroves have been removed recently such as the areas where they‟ve removed mangroves around the Mangere Inlet and also at Pahurehure. Dates: December 7, January 4 and February 1 Time: 9am Meeting point: Meet Under State Highway 20 Bridges
Onehunga Security Update
For Security Help
People selling goods on the street Unless vendors have a permit, they are not permitted to sell products down the street. Recently, there has been a team of people coming into businesses selling strawberries, unfortunately we are unable to stop them doing this, but we can stop anyone who is selling on the street. Please call us on 636 8535, if you spot somebody selling products on the street. Man yelling obscenities down the street Some of you have drawn our attention to a young man who yells obscenities down the street. Thank you to those of you who have called to let us know, this man is known to our Security Guard, Satia, and also to the Police. If you do spot him, please call us immediately on 636 8535. Do you recognise these women? If you know these women, please call us on 636 8535 immediately. Call Onehunga Town Centre’s Security Guard
02 0401 13040 Or contact the OBA office ph
Outside business hours, on Sundays & Public Holidays please call Police —Dial 111
REMEMBER: Report all suspicious activity to the Police. The more Police reports made, the more Police are assigned to Onehunga. If we do not report criminal activity to the Police, Onehunga becomes a low Police priority.
Onehunga Event Calendar
See more events at www.onehunga.net.nz/events If you’ve got an event coming up, email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear about it 7 November, 3.30pm — Free Henna Demo at Onehunga Community Library 9 November, 10am — Water Safety Family Day, Waterfront Reserve, Mangere Bridge 11 November, 10.30am — Max Cryer at Onehunga Library 30 November, 11.30am — Onehunga Santa Parade & Party
Rubbish Collections Red bins are emptied every Tuesday morning. Blue bins every 2nd Tuesday: NEXT on November 12 & November 26. Please put your bins out ready for Tuesday collection on Monday nights after close of business and remove bins off the footpath and back onto your business property first thing Tuesday morning.
Cheers Amanda, Anne and Satia OBA Committee (2012/13 year) Peter Gibson, President (Parkinson & Bouskill) - 636 3300 Debbie Leaver (The Library Café & Function Venue) - 636 7292 Elizabeth Bedford (Changes) - 634 1913 Gaylene Powell (Dress Smart) - 622 2400 Rob Gallagher (Westpac) - 634 8555 Ross Mudafar (Onehunga Family Pharmacy) - 622 2865 Bridget Graham (Deputy Chairperson, Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board) - 301 0101 Dana Jin (Rainbow D) - 6349068 Ross Reddy (Daniel Overton & Goulding) - 6222222 This e-news is sent to you by Onehunga Business Association, because you are either a member, or you have an interest in the organisation or the area. If you do not wish to receive these communications, please let us know by phoning 636 8535. Please note: If your business lies within the Onehunga business precinct you are automatically a member of Onehunga Business Association - paying a part of your rates to fund the OBA.
Onehunga Business Association Amanda Kinzett, Manager Anne Dunlop, Communications Satia Sami, Security 149 Onehunga Mall P: 09 636 8535 F: 09 636 8542 E: firstname.lastname@example.org