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he 22-year-old man accused of murdering Chozyn Koroheke entered no plea when he appeared in the High Court at Auckland yesterday. Justice Edwin Wylie remanded the man in custody and set the case down for a further appearance on May 3. No lawyer was assigned to the accused. The new date was set to allow him to get a lawyer. The court was almost empty except for media. A woman also appeared in court and
was granted remand on bail with interim name suppression. Chozyn Koroheke, 22, was fatally shot at close range at her Pakuranga home on April 4. She was the mother of two young children, aged 4 and 6. The accused, who has interim name suppression, turned himself in to police on Sunday evening and was charged with murder. He is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. A 47-year-old man and a 24-yearold woman have also been charged as accessories after the fact of murder.
Arrests follow dairy robbery Two men - aged 26 and 43 – and a 35-year-old female have appeared in court following the aggravated robbery of Big Johns Dairy in Pakuranga around 3pm on Saturday. Police were called by a member of the public who saw people run from the dairy and get into a waiting vehicle. Detective Sergeant Nathan Reid said police saw the vehicle on Te Irirangi Drive and activated their red and blue lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle. “The vehicle was pursued through East Tamaki and Otara where it eventually stopped on Israel Avenue,” he said. “A foot chase was initiated after persons were seen fleeing the vehicle. The three occupants from the vehicle were taken
into custody.” The owner of the dairy suffered facial injuries during the robbery where cigarettes were taken. He was taken to Middlemore Hospital for treatment. The three accused were formally charged and held in custody. They appeared in the Manukau District Court on Monday. The 43-year-old and 26-year-old were remanded in custody and the 35-year-old was remanded on bail. They are due to reappear on April 21 and May 8. The Times is attempting to find out whether the accused have entered pleas. The owner of Big Johns Dairy was taken to Middlemore Hospital for treatment after his popular dairy was robbed on Saturday.
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Police across Auckland launched Operation Dukan yesterday which will talk with small business owners in the dairy and alcohol retail sector and provide them with prevention advice and support. Inspector Nga Wati Chaplow says Sergeant Gurpreet Photo supplied police are aware that the retail community has been shaken by recent robberies across Auckland and want to reassure them that their concerns are addressed. “We will have 15 officers working full-time for the next three weeks to engage dairy and liquor store owners. “We will provide them with a safety audit of their premises and discuss what options are available to them. This could include installing CCTV cameras, better lighting or even rearranging their stores,” says Mr Chaplow. The police will be utilising ethnic officers who speak either Hindi and/or Punjabi to ensure the message is well communicated to the owner, family and staff members. “The reason we are doing this is because we have found that members of our Indian community have been over-represented as victims in these types of offences,” he says. Operation Dukan was first run in Counties Manukau in 2009 and again in 2014 engaging with almost 300 business owners. “Those retailers who took part in the Counties Manukau operation said they found it to be extremely useful,” says Mr Chaplow.
A memorial service held for Koro Percy Reedy on April 13 brimmed with colleagues, family and friends gathered under one roof to exchange fond memories, laughter and tears. Mr Reedy, who worked as a kaumatua at Stand Children’s Services (formerly Pakuranga Health Camp) and was highly regarded by the local community, passed away on March 21 at the age of 75. He was remembered at the service for his ability to transcend cultures and ages and make the Regional Manager of people around him feel Stand Children’s Services truly valued. “He made himself well- Auckland, Pene Frost, speaking at the memorial known with his singing,” service for Koro Percy said former Stand Reedy. Times photo Wayne Martin kaumatua Uncle George Taipari, and commented on how the now-vacant role previously held by Mr Reedy will be a tricky one to fill. “When we met him, we thought, we need someone like him... he was such a unique man.” Regional Manager of Stand Children’s Services Auckland, Pene Frost, spoke at the service of Mr Reedy’s kind character and gift for putting people at ease. “He provided people with a sense of safety... and took his own brand of sunshine into resthomes. Through music and humour, Koro Percy encouraged people to relax.” She recalled Mr Reedy’s habit of asking slightly off-topic interview questions when hiring new staff, such as who was going to win the rugby and whether the candidate could sing, owned a boat, or liked fishing. Stand operations manager and nephew of Mr Reedy, Tauha Te Kani, was the MC for the service, and paid tribute to his uncle’s knack for pushing the boundaries with the power of his cheeky grin. “I struggle to think about Uncle Percy without laughing. “He was a man that in my experience would do things other people would never do and get away with it,” he joked. Members of Mr Reedy’s family, including his partner, daughter and son-in-law, also spoke at the service, paying tribute to the man they remembered as “helpful, kind and generous” with a caring heart and an unwavering passion for people. ➤ Stand Children’s Services would like to thank everyone for turning out on such a blustering day to stand together to honour and celebrate the life of a very special man. The family also sincerely appreciated the kind words and support of the public who turned up to pay their respects.
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Bus stop that never was ■■By Farida Master
olflands residents were thrilled when a new bus stop with a modern shelter was built on Ti Rakau Drive just across from the Botany hub. “The walk to East Park from Bunnings or the Botany Town Centre, the two nearest ‘working’ bus stops isn’t much fun in the wet,” said Graham Pilgrim, chairperson of East Park Association. However the excitement was short-lived as commuters - including senior citizens waited at the bus stop for a bus that never came. There was a lot of confusion as Howick & Eastern Buses drivers zoomed right past the new shelter. In July last year, Auckland Transport (AT) told the Times that it had encountered some unforeseen issues with the safe operation of bus stop at all times of the day. “The bus stop couldn’t be used till the issues were resolved with the bus operator but we are working on it,” AT said at the time. A year on and AT spokesperson Mark Hannan has come clean. “When the outbound bus stop was planned, its purpose was to provide a missing bus stop in our network – to pair with the current inbound bus
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Neighbours throw party for centenarian ■■Farida Master The bus stop at Ti Rakau Drive where the bus never arrives.
stop at 451 Ti Rakau Drive,” he says. After the stop was constructed and scheduled to be brought into active service, Howick & Eastern Buses raised significant safety concerns with the operation of the bus stop at certain times of day, “Particularly in the afternoon peak, when traffic backs up in the left hand lane waiting to turn from Ti Rakau Dr into Te Irirangi Dr,” he says. “The operator is of the view that it is not safe for a bus to depart this bus stop and make the necessary lane changes to get into the right turn lane to
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access Te Irirangi Dr and then Botany Town Centre.” Mr Hannan says that Auckland Transport have investigated several options to address the safety concerns including the addition of an outbound bus lane which was deemed to cause too much general traffic congestion at the location. A relocation of the bus stop was also considered which would have seen it move a considerable distance to the west and thus not serve the residential area to the north that it was specifically built to cater to.
“As a workable solution cannot be found, Auckland Transport will be removing the bus stop and shelter – with the shelter being reused elsewhere. “We appreciate that this is not the outcome that any party wants, as we are working hard across the city to improve access to public transport services,” he says. “Regrettably, in this instance, a solution cannot be found and the closest bus stops will remain as current – either Stop 6142 adjacent to Burswood Dr or in Botany Town Centre.”
More police for district much needed This week’s announcement that the Counties Manukau Police District will be receiving 91 new police officers is welcome news, says Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross. The comment comes after Police Commissioner Mike Bush announced on Wednesday police number allocations for districts as part of the Government’s half billion dollar police staffing investment. “I thank the commissioner for recognising the needs
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of Counties Manukau in allocating new police resources. “Counties Manukau is one of the most challenging police districts in the country and is one of the most diverse. It ranges from areas like Botany and Howick, through to Pukekohe, Papakura and Manurewa. “Our local cops are dedicated to the job. Great strides in efficiency and innovation have been made under Superintendent John
Tims. But Counties Manukau Police have understandably been keen to see more support.” The government announced an investment of $503 million into more police resourcing earlier this year to boost the number of front line officers. It will see 880 new sworn officers being recruited, as part of the overall staff increase of 1125. “It has been several years since an injection like this
has been made. The last time we did so, we boosted police numbers by 600 new officers. “The public have been calling for more emphasis on law and order and we are delivering, again. “I support the work East Area Commander Inspector Wendy Spiller and her team of local police have been doing in our patch. I’m pleased their efforts in supporting our community will be assisted with more frontline staff.”
Make as many friends as you can and always overlook their faults. Everyone has faults and you should not let them come in the way of friendship, says Peggy Rooney sharing her words of wisdom as she turns 100. The Irish lady who lived in Tui Vale Road in Cockle Bay for more than 40 years knows what it is to have good friends. Some of the old neighbours who lived on Tui Vale got together to throw a small party for Mrs Rooney’s 100th birthday. Elizabeth Davies, 69 said Mrs Rooney had no family left. “Her husband Cyril died almost 30 years ago. Peggy is now at the Howick Baptist Hospital since she had a fall last month. We want to do something special for her,” she said. “We thought we could surprise her with a small celebration and call all our old neighbours as well as people from Metlifecare in Pakuranga where Peggy was living in an apartment till she had a fall last month.” Mrs Davies, with neighbour Sheila Newbury, 82, approached New World to arrange for savouries and was very pleased when the supermarket offered to sponsor a sweet and savoury spread for the centenarian’s birthday celebration. They also made a collage of her old pictures and asked Mrs Rooney (who suffers from Alzheimer’s) if she recognised anyone. Looking at her own picture on the wall, the birthday girl dressed up in pretty pink with her hair and nails done up, said “it’s the Queen of England”, which had everyone share a good laugh. While the congratulatory message from the Queen was lost in post with the change of address, Mrs Rooney received a letter from outgoing Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson, acknowledging her milestone brithday. There was a constant stream of well wishers at the Tui Lounge in Howick Baptist Hospital despite severe weather warnings about Cyclone Cook storming the city. Someone popped the champagne, two cakes were cut and the neighbours got together to share anecdotes and sing Irish songs—all celebrating Mrs Rooney’s life as she turned 100.
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Student with severe blood disorder inspires others ■■By Farida Master
ndrew Scott doesn’t let severe haemophilia define him - but says he can’t ignore it either. The Elim Christian College student, winner of the Youth with Disability Award hosted by New Zealand Youth Awards, has just returned from Wellington after receiving a trophy and certificate of congratulations from Youth Minister Nikki Kaye. The award recognises outstanding contribution towards supporting young people in the community. The 16-year-old who has been associated with haemophilia since birth has worked alongside children, peers and parents with bleeding disorders, taking a leadership role in sharing his story at camps hosted by the Haemophilia Foundation of New Zealand (HFNZ). “I care a lot about seeing the younger generation deal better with bleeding disorders,” he says . Andrew is an active member of the local youth board and youth group that works to educate, raise awareness and advocate for those with chronic illnesses and disabilities. “I have spent a lot of time in hospitals being sick and that has increased my appreciation for life. Some of my friends with the same ailment have passed away,” he says.
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“Haemophilia is central to whom I am and it has affected me very positively.” Taking daily intravenous treatment as he injects his arm with an infusion of replacement factor to prevent bleeding, Andrew says that at times there is internal bleeding just out of doing simple things like walking or waking up in the
morning. “There are a lot of side complications that I don’t want to go into but it would suffice to say that it targets certain joints and muscles, and mine is knees. “I have got osteoarthritis caused by frequent bleeding in the joints.” On particularly bad days when there is a lot of pain he uses crutches and goes to school on a wheelchair. “Sometimes I may spiral down but I always step out of it,” says the Year 12 student. “My disability has helped me gain perspective and live one day at a time. It has never stopped me from participating in different activities “I always tell other children suffering from the same disease that don’t ever say you can’t do it because there will always be a way around it,” says Andrew who also works part time at a tech company. Leading by example, Andrew has not let his disability stop him from going on a school trip to Taiwan in December last year. This year in October he plans to travel on another school trip to Israel. Andrew attributes his positivity to his faith. “I don’t know how I would cope without my faith. It is prayer that has helped me a lot. “Also reading the glowing reference letters that people wrote to nominate me for this award, made me realise that I have been making a difference in their lives.”
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during the First World War. The aim of the Peace Poppies is to encourage shoppers to pause, reflect and pay tribute to those that fought to help defend the nation. The centre is encouraging locals of all age groups to stop and reflect, as they walk past, on the national day of significance. Local schools in the area have been invited to partake in the ceremony and everyone is welcome to plant poppies on the day as the centre is looking for community participation.
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t’s been a wild, wet start to autumn across most of the country, but for concerned residents in Mellons Bay, the weather has brought on another unwanted visitor – leaking sewage. In the event of heavy rainfall, the area’s wastewater and stormwater network pipes are prone to flooding, leading to sewage overflow onto the beach and surrounding areas. Following a previous assertion that the stormwater overflow on September 25 was a one-off event and the first of its kind in more than 15 years, Howick Ward Councillors Dick Quax and Sharon Stewart announced at the Howick Local Board meeting on April 10 new preventative measures that will be carried out by Watercare this May in recognition of the ongoing issue. “The result of the problem down there [at Mellons Bay] is the stormwater getting into the wastewater system,” said Mr Quax. “I’ve seen [what happens]. It’s not a very nice look.” The news of further action from Watercare will hopefully come as a relief to the residents of Mellons Bay, including John Champion, who has voiced
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forewarning to staff when the water gets to a certain level and allow teams to react as quickly as possible, instead of relying on the public to call in. It’s a move that was questioned at the meeting by board member Bob Wichman, who asked councillors precisely how Watercare plans to react, after being forewarned of the rising water levels from the installed sensors. Mrs Stewart, however, commended the recent efforts of Watercare and Healthy Waters, in a time that has been “really, really hard”. “Watercare and Healthy Waters have really been quite outstanding with the work they’ve had to carry out. “We do have a lot of problems that have been created by stormwater. What’s happening down in our beaches is not just happening in the Howick areas, and not just in the Auckland region. In fact, it’s happening right through the country.” She also encouraged residents to ensure they have adequate insurance to guard against future weather events. “If you’re not insured, make sure you’re insured, because it looks like we’re going to have a lot more of these serious floodwater incidents.”
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Georgia gets star treatment ■■Farida Master Teenager Georgia Gibson spent a month in Thailand being treated like a pop star. The 15-year-old from Howick College was on an exchange programme to Thailand’s Montfort College and didn’t exactly know how to react when students of the private school in Chiang Mai screamed out Taylor Swift’s name and wanted to take selfies with Georgia “I was the first international student attending the Catholic school that has been around for 80 years and so they were all wondering, ‘who is this blonde walking around the school?’” said the blue-eyed Year 11 student. She recently completed a four-
week exchange trip to Thailand funded by the Thai embassy. “My host sister, who spoke perfect English because she has been on an exchange programme to America, told me `you are the most popular girl at school. They are all talking about you in Thai’.” She says she wanted to cry flying back home “because my host family was so caring and loving. They took me around to all the places I would have never seen had I travelled by myself”. One of her best experiences was visiting a rescued elephant sanctuary where she had the opportunity to feed and bathe elephants which freely moved around in herds. Georgia hopes to be a veterinary nurse. “The elephants sat down in the
river and we got a chance to sit on them and brush them down,” she says. From attending class to learning Thai cooking, making a Kiwiana presentation and even trying to teach Thai students some Maori words—her only regret is that the trip should have been longer. “There was an English programme at school which was good because everyone in the class spoke English. They said they understood my accent very easily,” she says. “Everyone was so friendly it was like the entire country smiles.” Georgia now talks to her host family regularly and can’t wait to go back. “I would seriously recommend this to everyone.”
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Saint Kentigern College has formally apologised for an accident during a school musical production last April in which two student actors had their throats cut. The school will also enter into a restorative justice process with the families involved. The incident was subject to a health and safety inquiry by WorkSafe New Zealand. The Saint Kentigern Trust Board on April 5 issued a statement regarding the incident which happened during opening night of the school’s adaptation of Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street a year ago which grabbed international headlines. Saint Kentigern had to cancel the remaining scheduled shows following the accident in which the two teens were injured. The statement reads: “The Saint Kentigern Trust Board has entered into an enforceable undertaking agreement with WorkSafe New Zealand. “This agreement has been reached following WorkSafe’s investigation into an accident in which very serious injuries were sustained by two students at the college production last year.” Dr John Kernohan, deputy chairperson of the Trust Board, said the board “sincerely apologises for the fact that the accident happened and for the harm caused to all those families involved”. “Saint Kentigern accepts that
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it should have done more to acknowledge the seriousness of what happened immediately after the accident. The injuries were not minor. The injuries were significant and lifethreatening,” he said. “Individual members of the Trust Board personally feel deep regret and take full responsibility for the emotional and physical harm that has been suffered by those students involved. Ensuring that all students can learn in a safe environment remains Saint Kentigern’s first priority. “As part of the enforceable undertaking agreement, Saint Kentigern is entering into a restorative justice process with the families, and will not comment further until this process is completed.” The Sweeney Todd incident resulted in two boys, both 16, having their necks cut with a prop razor at the opening performance. They were released from hospital the following day. St Kentigern’s head of college, Steve Cole, said at the time the “unfortunate” incident happened halfway through the performance’s second act. The prop was a razor which had been blunted and wrapped in several protective layers, Mr Cole said in April last year. “It’s normal for Sweeney Todd to have such an instrument [and it] clearly had been checked many, many times.“ It has been bound and cellophaned and all sorts of things. It had been blunted and had been through all sorts of
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health and safety checks. It was a very unfortunate mistake,” he told media at the time. The scene had been performed “many times” since January including eight dress rehearsals where the prop was used, Mr Cole said. Mr Cole said at the time: “Plays and performance are a big part of all school life. We are distressed about what happened last night and are conducting a thorough investigation.” In December, the Times reported that Emma Bishop, head of drama at the school for almost a decade, was to leave at the end of the 2016 school year. Ms Bishop, who has collected a stack of nominations and awards for numerous outstanding productions, was at the helm for the Sweeney Todd production. Mr Cole announced a month after the incident. He would be retiring at the end of term two, 2017. The school said at the time that his departure was not related to the incident as he had been considering retirement plans for some time after eight years at St Kents. Jane Kneale, communications manager at St Kents, told the Times in December Ms Bishop was leaving to follow academic aspirations. “I can confirm that Emma will be amongst the staff who have chosen to leave the college at the end of the year (2016) to pursue new challenges,” she said. “In Emma’s case, she plans to return to university to study towards a PhD.”
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I, like many others, am appalled at the current state of affairs re the responsibility of the ongoing operational costs of the Uxbridge centre. To think that rates revenue has been spent on the total refurbishment of the centre to then be told by Auckland council that running costs will not be covered by the council. This is 18 months on from its opening. This is a fantastic facility and to lose it would be shameful. Instead of wasting money as the council does, budget should have been set aside for the financial running of the centre. The other issue that I am really hot about is the disgusting state of many of our roadside verges around not only Howick and Pakuranga but the greater Auckland area. Do we not have pride in the environment we live in? I read in your April 13 issue that Auckland Council will be putting
into effect new contractors guidelines on July 1 covering reserves, parks and roadsides. Do we have to wait until then to see an improvement? I for one maintain a mower just to cut the berm in front of my property as I am proud to own the house I live in and own. I have no other grass on my section. I also note that in relation to both articles above that the Howick Local Board chair David Collings has been approached for comment. To date nothing has emanated from him on either issue. It is about time he stopped hiding behind his title and fronted up to the ratepayers who voted him in again to this position, one which he does not deserve. David Smith Howick
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As residents of Farm Cove for 44 years, we have witnessed the flooding which occurs on Fisher Parade near the Glenmore Road roundabout. We would like to know why such a problem has not been addressed for that many years. Can you get an answer for us? Sandra & Graeme Farrell Farm Cove ➤➤Editor’s note: We have asked the Local Board and one of our Auckland councillors for an answer.
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The scene on March 24 at Armoy Drive Reserve, where the grass surrounding local resident Mark Hanson had grown to a whopping 70 centimetres tall. Times photo Laura Brookes
SECTIONS More accountability, SELLING FAST better open spaces ■■By Laura Brookes
move from Auckland Council to hold maintenance contractors more accountable in new contracts has been well-received by local resident Mark Hanson, who is calling for contractors to improve their performance in maintaining parks and open spaces. Auckland Council manages more than 5000 sites across the region, and existing council maintenance contracts for these, including parks, buildings and open space, are due to expire on June 30. New contracts are due to take effect on July 1. Under the new contracts, “an improved approach” to maintenance services will be adopted, with the aim of delivering more services without compromising quality and encouraging accountability, ensuring that parks, reserves and roadsides within Auckland are maintained and developed to provide a sustainable, safe, clean and healthy environment. That’s not what has happened up until now, said Mr Hanson, who is an avid jogger around the east Auckland area, and is frequently met with disappointment at the unsightly state of local parks. On March 24, he visited Armoy Drive Reserve where the calfhigh grass had clearly not been mown for a significant period of time. The tallest spikes measured at a whopping 70 centimetres, while the bulk of the grass measured between the 20 and 30 centimetre mark. “It’s a disgrace. I’ve got American friends who come over to visit, and I’d be embarrassed to bring them here. We’re [currently] dealing with a council contract which doesn’t have sufficient integrity of management. What I want to know is why they have let it get to this stage. “Would you want to be playing with a three-year-old in this?” In an email to local board members with a video attachment, Mr Hanson highlighted the unsatisfactory condition of Armoy Drive
Reserve and urged members to visit the site. “I would strongly urge you to visit this reserve to see first-hand the terrible condition it is in,” he wrote. “It’s appalling. You really have to walk amongst it yourself to see the degradation and totally unsatisfactory this once wellkept reserve has become.” It’s a similar situation to what he’s seen at Gracechurch and Point View reserves, said Mr Hanson. “Sadly, it’s not the only reserve or open space that is badly in need of the contractor’s attention in the Ward.” Auckland Council’s general manager of community facilities, Rod Sheridan, told the Times the council has high expectations for its contractors to deliver the best possible service to Aucklanders. “Our staff are looking into the
concerns about grass and trees in Armoy Drive Reserve and we encourage anyone with concerns about maintenance of the local community facilities to call the council’s contact centre on 09 301 0101. “Following a thorough procurement process, the council has identified maintenance contractors that can provide value for money and better local services for Aucklanders. “From 1 July these contractors will be subject to performance measures that are linked to financial consequences. “They will also be subject to stronger auditing and reporting, and will have dedicated council staff overseeing contract delivery.” ➤➤The Times contacted Howick Local Board chairperson David Collings regarding the issue but did not receive a response.
Highland Park as good as gold The Highland Park Shopping Centre has gone through extensive redevelopment and has exciting experiences and activities planned for everyone. This school holidays, a world-renowned Bubble Man keenly followed on British television is due to visit and spend time with children with tricks that will blow them away! There will be workshops and competitions from Wednesday-Saturday, April 19-22 and on Monday, April 24 from 10am-10.45am. Adding to the fun factor is a Bubble-spotting competition to be held in conjunction with Highland Park Library. You can be in to win one of the three prizes. As for SuperGold Card holders, there is an equally big treat in store.
Soon to come are Super Gold Tuesdays from June 6 and running every Tuesday in the month. There is an impressive line-up of speakers scheduled every Tuesday, including leader of New Zealand First party Winston Peters; Labour’s deputy leader Jacinda Ardern; Minister for Art, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry. There will be an opportunity for the seniors to join the ministers for lunch. A budget $15 Countdown meal demonstration as well as daily specials is devoted to SuperGold Card holders. Bruce Waller, Highland Park centre manager says he will give free market stalls to SuperGold Card holders. Any clubs/organisations catering to SuperGold Card holders can get in touch with Bruce on 021-558-557.
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The students of Owairoa Primary dressed up as pirates to take part in the Great Pirate Clash last week, hoping to set a new world record. Times photo Wayne Martin
School awaits news on world record ■■By Laura Brookes
here’s no current world record for the biggest pirate sword fight in the Guinness Book of World Records. That’s something Owairoa Primary School hope they’ve changed. On April 6, 923 participants gathered to take part in the Great Pirate Clash – a sword fight of epic proportions in the hopes of setting a new world record. The fight, which took place on the school sports field, lasted for approximately 15 minutes as mini pirates battled one another from various ship bases. “We are all recuperating
from the pirate clash injuries after clashing with such a large number of energetic young sword fighters,” said school principal Alan McIntyre. It was an idea the school started thinking about toward the end of last year to tie in with a week-long focus on literacy, allowing students to dress up in pirate outfits for five days. The pirate-themed book week saw kids making ‘wanted’ posters, building pirate ships for the upcoming fight, creating treasure maps and making regular trips to the school hall, which was packed with Scholastic books in an effort to encourage kids to read more. “It’s one of those
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weeks we’ll never forget,” said Owairoa Primary School teacher William Howard, who organised the event. Neither will seven-year-old students Arielle Cowie and Ben Berrington, who raved about the sword fight and the piratethemed inflatables set up behind the school hall. For Arielle, learning how to properly pronounce pirate words was her highlight. Now, it’s a waiting game as the school eagerly awaits a response from the Guinness Book of World Records to discover whether the endeavour to set a new world record was as successful as the fight itself.
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huge asset to the trust. “I am impressed with how quickly he is connecting with a wide range of people in the community and is keen to reach out and assist so many teens and young adults. “The LifeGrowth Trust has been operating as a community resource since 2002 and is very fortunate to have the calibre of Josh Bowlin as its new director.”
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They’ve travelled more than 12,000 kilometres to New Zealand, and now Rev Josh Bowlin’s family is settled in their Bucklands Beach home, ready to take on the vast opportunities the country has to offer. Mr Bowlin is the new full-time associate pastor at East City Wesleyan Church (ECW) in Botany, where he leads the youth, young adults and community programmes. He’s also taken on the position of director of the LifeGrowth Community Trust, the community services arm of ECW, and is excited about the difference he can make in the east Auckland community. Mr Bowlin made the trip from South Dakota along with wife Rebecca and their four young children at the end of February to relocate to New Zealand, where he lived and worked in South Auckland in 2003. The Indiana-born American has an extensive history being a representative of good work in the community, having taken up roles as a volunteer firefighter, a varsity boys head soccer coach and a chaplain at a rest home. He also qualified as a fully certified police officer after becoming the first chaplain in the town’s police department. Senior minister of ECW Rev Dr Richard Waugh said Mr Bowlin’s experience working in Auckland and overseas is already shaping up to be a
The U3A Ormiston next meets on Thursday April 27 at 10am at the Flat Bush Old School Hall, corner of Flat Bush School Road and Murphy’s Road. The main speaker will be from Independent Living Services and will talk about their products which are designed to make life easier for the elderly. Our mini speaker will be Mike Groves talking on the Cadbury Tragedy. All welcome, free admission, morning tea provided. Come along and learn what U3A is all about. Contact Mike Lowe 279-3956.
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The Eastern Districts Country Music Club is having a concert starting at 7.15pm, April 26, at the Bucklands Beach Hall, Wharf Rd, headline by Molly Paige and featuring the three finalists from the Young Star Awards. Tickets available at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Phone Kevin 027 4789246 or Gordon 027 4745183.
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Space for you and your baby programme. A new morning session begins at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Pakuranga, on Thursday May 4 at 10 am. The programme is for mainly first time parents with babies born since January 2017. For enquiries, or to enrol, phone Barbara on 576-7817 or email email@example.com.
Pakuranga Citizens Advice Bureau hosts a free Age Concern counselling clinic for older people weekly on Tuesdays funded by five Local Boards. Counselling is provided free for people over 65 - age related issues, such as health, living situations, finances, mobility and relationships with family. Phone CAB 576-8331 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Come improve your photos. We meet at 7.30pm every Monday (excluding the 2nd Monday of each month) in the basement of the Howick Contract Bridge Club. For more information, phone Grahame 534-3917.
The next meeting is on Monday May 1, 1.45pm, St Andrews Church, corner of Ridge Road and Vincent Street, Howick. Our mini speaker will be our own Mike Groves, a former marketing executive of Cadbury NZ. His address is entitled “The sad demise of Cadburys manufacturing in New Zealand.” Our guest speaker will be Cristina Capri, an Italian trained architect and design consultant and lecturer. Her address will be “Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance”. Phone Don Howarth 5347265 and Mike Lowe 279-3956 or email email@example.com.
Green Gables Art Gallery, Hawthornden Reserve, 66 Cook St, Howick, will feature artist Louis Hsu from May 5 to May 28. Sales help to support the South Auckland Totara Hospice. Entry is free and all are most welcome. Gallery hours: Friday to Sunday, 10am-3pm. Phone Beryl 534-5448.
Howick Floral Art Club. Monday April 24 at Centennial Bowling Club, Selwyn Road, Howick. Doors open 11.30am. Meeting starts 1pm. Francine Thomas, a national demonstrator and winner of DOY in 2016, will present a display of a successful demonstration in America. She is bringing floral affair items for purchase. The competition table title will be ‘Any Old Iron’. Visitors are welcome at a cost of $10 - come along and consider joining our friendly club. Phone Eljean 534-3358 or visit the Facebook page.
New Horizons is a social and friendship club for single 40s, 50s & 60s. Monthly programmes of barbeques, outings, dinners, film etc. A club and prospective new members’ night is held on the first Thursday of each month at the Barrel Inn, Cook Street, Howick. Come along from 6.30pm and meet new friends. Contact Suzie 5294027 or Trevor 533-3694 or visit www. auckland-singles-social-club.org.nz.
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Ingredients • 2 cups rolled oats • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 cup plain flour • 1/2 cup melted butter • 1 tbls golden syrup • 2 tbls boiling water • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda (add a little more water if mixture is too dry)
Method 1. Combine dry ingredients. 2. Mix golden syprup, boiling water and bicarbonate of soda until they froth. Add melted butter. 3. Combine butter mixture and dry ingredients. 4. Drop teaspoons of mixture onto floured tray, allowing room for spreading. 5. Bake in a slow oven.
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Hairspray, big and bold pREVIEW Hairspray JR
➤➤Directed by: Susanne Dell ➤➤Venue: Harlequin Musical Theatre – 563 Pakuranga Rd, Howick ➤➤Dates: April 19-23 ➤➤Cost: $20-$25 ➤➤Previewed by: Sarah Ellis
NZDC dancers rehearsing at Wellesley Studios. From left: Carl Tolentino, Chrissy Kokiri, Eddie Elliot, Chris Ofanoa, Xin Ji, Lucy Lynch, Katie Rudd, Tupua Tigafua. Photo supplied John McDermott/NZDC
Dance The 1960s was a time of change and teenage revolution and in the thick of it is a story of ‘plus size’ girl called Tracy Turnblad. Tracy’s larger than life personality gains her a lifechanging opportunity when she is chosen to dance on the popular ‘Corny Collins Show’. Tracy is transformed from social outcast to queen of the dance floor and then sets out to use her new-found fame and power to right the wrongs of the social injustices of the time. Hairspray Jr is a familyfriendly adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical and starts at Harlequin Musical Theatre on April 19th. Tracy is played by Melody Lui-Webster of Farm Cove Intermediate, who is no stranger to the stage in her fourth show with the production team of The Children’s Musical Theatre Studio. Melody says she is excited to bring Tracy to life
Hairspray Jr has a cast of 64 energetic children.
and feels she shares some of Tracy’s personality in wanting to dream big and perform on stage. William Crozier of Somerville Intermediate School, whose most recent role was Peter Pan at Harlequin, plays the handsome but insipid Link Larkin. Link seems to have no purpose until he meets Tracy and is swept up with her zest for life and sense of purpose. Supporting Tracy in her quest for change is her BFF Penny Pingleton, played by Nadine Wesseling of Shelly Park School, a newcomer to the stage. Penny’s character is quiet and shy and she is repressed by her strict mother and
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religious background. But will Penny also find strength from her best friend and break free when she meets ‘Seaweed’, a boy from the other side of the tracks? Hairspray Jr is brought to the stage by director Susanne Dell and musical director Lynnette Leggett, and a cast of no less than 64 local children who all have energy to burn and the ability to bring the house down in this big and bold production. Sue and Lynnette would like to give thanks to the parents who tirelessly give their time to work on sets, props, costumes, sound and lighting, hair and makeup. Without them the show would not go on.
Life is one big adventure for Xin ■■By Laura Brookes
t’s a fabulous, fun, family show for all ages featuring sophisticated contemporary dance, and tomorrow’s The Adventures of Xin show at Uxbridge Arts and Culture Centre is a mustsee for theatre goers. The one-off special performance features Autumn School guest dancers from The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC), showcasing for viewers a glimpse into the life of Xin. “Xin is unique. Xin doesn’t give up. Xin is happy. Be like Xin and you will be happy too,” reads the show description.
➤➤There will also be a Family Dance Workshop held 6:00pm tonight at Uxbridge for families who would enjoy a fun movement whanau workshop with some of the NZDC dancers. No experience necessary and tickets are available at the NZDC website.
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He has since gone on to perform on international stages with NZDC, and brings to the Uxbridge stage a strong repertoire of dancing performances across the globe. The Adventures of Xin begins at 6:00pm tomorrow night at Uxbridge Arts & Culture Centre.
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Success, individuality and happiness will be recurring themes throughout the performance, which features dance pieces by Ashleigh Perrett, Tupua Tigafua and linking works by NZDC dancers. Talented choreographer Xin Ji, who is one of the main dancers in the show, knew at the age of eight that he wanted to dance professionally. When his childhood dance teacher encouraged him to audition for the Beijing Dance Academy, he went for it, and following graduation was offered a position in Japan with Shiki Theatre Company performing in many well-known musicals.
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CRYPTIC DOWN 2. Are no longer one-way (5). 3. What the child was told would make it tall, as a joke? (3-4). 4. Snap “Swallow it!” (4). 5. Parasite used as bait by anglers? (4-4). 6. In the aftermath, teach (5). 7. The cheek, jostling one on the ship! (7). 12. Stress the bout took place outside the ring (8). 14. He’s old, bald and wildly eccentric (3-4). 16. Advice about love uncle’s prepared to give (7). 18. The plant you move to the south (5). 20. Beats in the lollipop-eating competition? (5). 21. Raise the stern (4).
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1. How the motor mechanic said “Let go”? (8). 6. The gust capsized the boats (4). 8. Go round, or call (4). 9. Those bigheads who are no strangers to anyone! (4-4). 10. A fat order for the publican (5). 11. Meander off with Andrew (6). 13. The deliveryman’s hat! (6). 15. A new note and a coin (6). 17. Thomas and Sid backed into one stupidly (6). 19. How one’s aware that one’s being boring? (5). 22. Generous applause is given to certain ones (8). 23. Steal from the boot (4). 24. Obscene, which is very sad (4). 25. Lester is unusually full of energy (8).
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OUR HOMES TODAY
Housing market volumes and prices jump to reach peak levels volume and activity levels, according to the latest figures released this month by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ). The market reached
Regional housing market The past five years’ Auckland regional housing market at a glance, as at March’s figures Eastern Beaches Dwelling median price 2013 $675,000 2014 $770,000 2015 $878,750 2016 $990,000 2017 $1,140,000 Percentage change 2016 to 2017 — +15% Dwelling numbers sold 2013 258 2014 246 2015 276 2016 213 2017 187 Percentage change 2016 to 2017 — -12% Median days to sell 2013 30 2014 33 2015 32 2016 35 2017 41 Percentage change 2016 to 2017 — +17% Auckland Region Dwelling median price 2008 $437,500 2016 $820,000 2017 $890,000 Percentage change 2016 to 2017 — +9%
Dwelling sales volume 2008 1621 2010 2187 2016 3230 2017 2761 Percentage change 2016 to 2017 — -15% National sales distribution Under $400,000 2015 3450 2016 3524 2017 2657 Percentage change 2016 to 2017 — -25% $400,000-$599,999 2015 2204 2016 2348 2017 2088 Percentage change 2016 to 2017 — -11% $600,000-$999,000 2015 2126 2016 2354 2017 2399 Percentage change 2016 to 2017 — +2% $1 million and over 2015 1023 2016 1301 2017 1360 Percentage change 2016 to 2017 — +5%
its peak level of activity for the year so far as median house prices firmed and sales volumes rose strongly across New Zealand during March, which is traditionally the busiest month for real estate transactions across New Zealand. The national median price rose $51,000 to $546,000 during March, an increase of 10 per cent on February and a new record median, while eight of 12 regions hit new record high median sale prices: Auckland, Northland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Taranaki, Canterbury/Westland and Otago. On a seasonally adjusted basis the national median rose 2 per cent. The number of sales for March 2017 was 8504, an increase of 36 per cent on February, although down 11 per cent compared to March 2016. On a seasonally adjusted basis sales for March rose 2 per cent compared to February, indicating an expected seasonal effect. REINZ CEO Bindi Norwell says: “March reflects the seasonal peak for the year so
far, with the largest number of homes sold and the largest month-on-month increase in the median price, as we normally expect to see this month. “Auckland has recorded another record median price and a 66% jump in sales volumes on February, but it should be noted that the ‘March effect’ is more pronounced in Auckland than in other regions. Further, the level of inventory in Auckland are rising quickly with 47 per cent increase in inventory over the past month, offering buyers more choice.”
New REINZ HPI shows March median price changes driven by higher priced sales REINZ has also released a new House Price Index, developed in partnership with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Already being used by the Reserve Bank’s forecasting and macro financial teams, plus the major banks, the REINZ
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compared to February. While the median price went up $51,000 across New Zealand, the HPI was stable month-onmonth, at 0.0 per cent change, indicating more sales in higher price brackets than lower ones. “Furthermore, the HPI numbers are backed by anecdotal evidence from around the country saying that investors and first home buyers are facing more challenges in securing bank lending compared to this time last year, which is lowering the number of dwellings sold in the lower price bracket. “As a result, there are comparatively more sales in higher price brackets, which is lifting the median price. Although this gives the overall impression of rising prices, the underlying data shows that the median is moving more due to differences in the mix of dwellings being sold each month.” Year-on-year, the HPI indicates that activity nationwide has lifted 10 per cent, up in Auckland by 8.3 per cent and outside Auckland by 13 per cent.
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ORMISTON SENIOR COLLEGE Ormiston Senior College is a modern Senior Secondary school catering for Years 11–13. Our vision is to prepare and inspire students to achieve their very best in a global society. We currently have three vacancies available.
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Lydia Ko’s 9th caddie I
t’s great to see teenage golfer Lydia Ko back to top form, even if critics question the wisdom of her decision to sack South African caddie Gary Matthews after just nine tournaments together. But given her relative slump in form since July when she has failed to secure an LPGA win, her latest decision is more understandable than her termination of a hugely successful partnership with Australian Jason Hamilton with whom she won 10 of her 14 LPGA tournaments, including both majors. Since then, Hamilton has had far more success carrying the bag for South Korean Ha Na Jang than Matthews enjoyed with our New Zealand sweetheart. It is, of course, a classic case of the chicken and the egg when deciding whether it is the player or the caddie who is at fault in a game notorious for its fluctuations of form. Indeed Ko had seven different caddies in her rookie year before settling on Hamilton in September, 2014. “I know she copped a lot of flak for that but if she didn’t see what’s out there, then she’s not going to know what she wants,” Hamilton said in March, 2015, before she claimed her first Australian Open by two strokes.
“I do Aimpoint (the green-reading system) with my putting, but I also ask him for his opinion on reading,” she said at the time. “He gets my yardages, helps me with club selection and he lines me up. So there isn’t a lot he doesn’t do.” Asked if it seemed he was doing everything but actually striking the ball, Hamilton admitted: “That’s what it feels like sometimes. That was one reservation about picking up the job. If I’m so involved and she plays poorly I’m going to be the one who cops all the flak.” Tellingly, when weighing up his time previously with Yani Tseng, Hamilton said: “Relationships can go stale. I got to the point where I felt I wasn’t really able to help her anymore. I’d basically used up all my good lines.” In his early days with Ko, Hamilton made an observation that no longer seems to apply. “She realises she doesn’t have to reconfigure her game to get to the next level.” Since sacking him and her coach and changing clubs, the Kiwi perfectionist has succeeded in attaining more length with her drives. But she had lost the exquisite putting touch that made her the world’s best – a classic case of “drive for show and putt for dough”. Commentators observed she had changed her putting grip and was hesitant before striking the ball.
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Happily, that changed dramatically last weekend in the last two rounds of the Lotte Championship in Hawaii when she came back from the dead to score a 65 and 64 to record a 17-under second behind American Cristie Kerr. In doing so, she fended off nearest challengers So Yeon Ryu (sixth) and Ariya Jutanugarn (seventh) for her No 1 world ranking, which is now in its 77th week. Meanwhile it was Beauden Barrett’s brilliance and Sonny Bill Williams’ blunder that spelt the difference in the Hurricanes 28-24 Eden Park Super Rugby win. Barrett was back to his dazzling best in making searing breaks that covered 170m whereas a rusty Williams blew a try by failing to capitalise on an overlap after making a sharp break. ➤➤Ivan Agnew is an awardwinning sports writer and author
There was still some sporting action in the area despite the long Easter Weekend. Times photographer Wayne Martin snapped these great shots. The Fencibles NRFL Division 2 Men’s first team dominated their football match against Papatoetoe on Good Friday with Fencibles winning 3-0. He also shot some photos of the rugby league. The Howick Hornets Premiers were narrowly beaten 20-18 by Mt Albert in their match on Saturday.
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