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Security car ends up in drink ■■BY JIM BIRCHALL Bucklands Beach residents were witness to an unusual sight in Thursday 19 March at Grangers Point. It is understood an employee of Armourguard had some days earlier, accidently left the handbrake off his vehicle while he made a comfort stop at Granger Point toilets. Unfortunately, the worst happened and the vehicle ended up rolling into the water and sank to the murky depths below. A few days later when tide conditions were right, A recovery team of divers managed to attach a cable and a flotation bag to the

Ormiston Senior College students Maggie Chan, Evelyn Sing and Prina Patel are supporting the Uplift project that donates bras to women in disadvantaged communities.  Times photo Wayne Martin

making cotton. Similarly, with synthetic bras, there are a lot of chemical dyes used that eventually land in our waterways. “The statistics of clothes in landfills is alarming. There are 84-110 landfills in Auckland alone and that takes away

land from housing.” Year 12 student Prina says that as part of their geography project on sustainability, the group approached a local person from the charity Project Uplift and asked her how they could contribute to make a difference.

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Armed police swarm Somerville address Armed police took several people into custody in Dana Place, Somerville on Wednesday, March 18. Nine police patrol cars, a rapid response, and Delta (dog) squad units were present, along with air support from a police Eagle helicopter. The incident was in relation to an earlier report of a firearm seen in a vehicle located in Mt Wellington. A police spokesperson said: “Police received a report of two vehicles acting suspiciously at a commercial carpark in the Whitford, Somerville area

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t was her grand-daughter’s scream that alerted Bev Lowson to the fire which would eventually destroy their house. Bev was looking after her fouryear-old granddaughter Imi and 17-month-old Aneska on the morning of March 6 at their rental in Golflands while her daughter Tamlyn Boddington had taken her six-yearold daughter Caris to the doctors. As a startled Bev turned round to see Imi, who was playing with her new toys, she saw that the adjoining area was filled with smoke and the little one was shuffling her feet not knowing how to get out of the room. Before Bev, a medical receptionist at Crawford Medical Centre, could fully comprehend what was happening, she saw a flicker of light from a vent in the ceiling. There was a big bang! It felt like fireworks, she says. Shocked, she grabbed Imi in her arms and tried to open the door. She hopelessly struggled with the lock, then found the keys and, with shaking hands, opened the door. “I don’t remember when and how I picked up the baby from the cot but all I can recall is getting out of the house with both my granddaughters and screaming for help,” she says. It was all a haze as neighbours rushed out but she clearly recollects a man who was reversing a trailer who ran to her rescue. “He asked me if there was anyone else inside the house and I told him

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my two dogs were in the backyard. He tried to open the gate and finally kicked and smashed it open. He was God-sent, a builder who was working at a property down the street and just happened to be passing by. He thankfully returned with both our dogs.” The house was ablaze but all a distressed Bev could think of was that her two granddaughters were in her arms. As the fire brigade, ambulance and police arrived, one of the neighbours asked Bev for her daughter’s mobile number to inform Tamlyn that her mum was safe but the house was on fire. However, when a neighbour did connect with Bev’s daughter, all she could hear was Tamlyn hysterically screaming ‘my babies, my babies’! Tamlyn had just parked her car to

drop her daughter back to school at Elim Christian College junior campus after a doctor’s appointment when she got the devastating news. The neighbour asked her to stay put as she was in no condition to drive. Soon, the owner of the property arrived and gave Bev a big hug saying how sorry she was. And while all their lives changed from that moment onwards, Bev says she has been overwhelmed by the love and support of friends and neighbours, her colleagues, school teachers and parents at Elim Christian College, Trinity Kindergarten that Imi goes to and the two churches – River City and Faith City, that Bev and her daughter attend. She gets emotional as she speaks of how kind strangers have been as they have arranged for a food train; offered to do the washing, given the

kids toys, nappies, jackets, strollers. Everything the family is wearing belongs to someone else. Two of Tamlyn’s friends have also stepped in to take charge. They know how traumatised the family is and created a spreadsheet to coordinate the items that the family needs and people have been happy to donate. “One of the neighbours has kindly offered to look after our dogs till we find another place to live in four weeks’ time. “Another friend got our family photograph framed and gave it to us. “We are deeply grateful and would like to thank the community for their generosity of spirit.” And while she says that the family will take time to heal – and there are times when Bev gets angry and

is heart-broken at the thought of her grandchildren having to go through so much turmoil, she says that they may have lost everything they possessed but they still have their most precious gift – their grandchildren. “A fireman on site told me that in his 22 years of service he had never seen anyone come out alive from a fire like this. “Apparently, the fire had been burning in the roof for two hours before it burst out,” says Bev. Tamlyn, a physio by profession who just returned from a counselling session for her four-year-old, says while they are currently in survival mode, she believes saying thank you for people’s kindness is just not enough. “If only they could understand the depth of our feelings in our hearts to say how grateful we are,” she says.



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fully upgraded Grangers Point could be the jewel in the Bucklands Beach area’s crown. Grangers Point is poised for future development as the Howick Local Board, Auckland Transport (AT) and Auckland Council consider addressing better beach side paths and solving coastal erosion by restoring the popular Bucklands Beaches. Grangers Point separates Little Bucklands Beach from Bucklands Beach and has long been a focal point for sailing. The original club house was built in the sixties also accommodating winter haul-out for boat maintenance. Bucklands Beach Yacht Club (BBYC) is now recognised as the BBYC Sailing Academy and still accommodates winter haul out. The sailing club has nurtured and trained budding young sailors since the 1960s. BBYC club manager Lyle Tresadern said the BBYC Sailing Academy trains more than 1000 young sailors each year across several programmes from the “Have a Go” primary schools involving local schools, through to the progressive New Zealand Qualifications Authority approved sailing programmes which involve secondary schools. “This area has been an important factor to international sailing success, with the area having produced more Olympic sailing

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event/water safety observation and control tower ■■ A water safety focal point for the Tamaki River providing faster potential response times ■■ New public toilets, changing rooms and showers ■■ Complete beach restoration covering reticulated, vertical and stepped stonewalls north and south of Grangers Point ■■ New breakwater, boat ramp, floating ramp and dock. ■■ Roadside and oceanside duel footpath/cycle ways ■■ New dinghy and sailing boat lock-up facility ■■ Creation of a reef on the western side of the hard stand with tidal pools which will improve biodiversity “The upgrade will allow for a wider range of user groups than just sailing and haul-out,” said Tresadern. “It could store other man and wind-powered craft equipment such as waka ama, dragon boats and windsurfers. “Ocean Swimming and triathlon training and events could be safely staged here. “School groups could use the building and learn about the diverse all tide marine ecosystems and tidal currents all close at hand. “It could host major ocean sporting events and attract high level athletes wanting to train here – all boosting the local economy.”

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We will continue to support this local business community The Times – 100 per cent Kiwi-owned – has served this community for 48 years and will continue to do so during these extremely difficult times. Covid-19 has affected 102 in New Zealand but with no deaths as yet (as of deadline yesterday afternoon). And now NZ is about to head into lockdown. Managing director REAY NEBEN shares her thoughts.


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Loheni to go for Flat Bush electorate ■■BY FARIDA MASTER


gnes Loheni says she would love to be an MP for the newly proposed Flat Bush electorate. “I am going to put my name forward,” says the National MP. A small business owner who also happens to be a qualified chemical engineer and a mother of five, Loheni says she will throw her hat into the ring once the electoral process begins. Loheni is a National List MP who was elected in January 2019 following the resignation of former senior Cabinet Minister Chris Finlayson. She was also in the running for the National Party nomination in Botany which went to former Air NZ CEO Christopher Luxon. She says the selection process is a fairly rigorous process and welcomes it. “It may not be called Flat Bush electorate,” she says. Late last year the Representation Commission released its report on the proposed boundaries and names of electorates and proposed a new electorate in Fat Bush. The Flat Bush electorate is created by drawing population from existing electorates of Hunua, Manurewa and Papakura, and includes Wattle Downs and Takanini. Loheni says there is an aspirational community in Flat Bush that

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she is excited to work with. “As a list MP I have done a lot of work in Manukau east and South Auckland in general,” says the associate spokesperson for Pacific People and Small Businesses. “With new families moving into homes in the area, the electorate comes with its share of challenges and complexities. “There are different pockets of society which are not the same. It’s the last of the stronger seats for National,” she says. Prior to the interview with the Times, Loheni addressed a SuperBlues meeting at the Howick Bowling Club hosted by Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown. She spoke about growing up in Mt Albert, on McGehan Street, an address that former

PM John Key once described as a `street of hopelessness’. Talking about being confronted with the issue of child poverty, she said, “I was on a panel where our Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft was discussing the indicators of material deprivation that qualify for child poverty. “It made me reflect, if I were to take into consideration those indicators, I would qualify as a child raised in poverty. Growing up in a house with cold walls, the only book we owned was the bible. “But I can proudly say that it was the best childhood staying in the same bedroom with my family and having so many cousins to play with. We were 15 of us living in a crowded three-bedroom state house with an abundance of love. My upbringing was very rich. I grew up with aspiration and the hope to succeed,” she said. More than half the audience identified with her background. “What this government needs to do is, instead of creating a victimhood mentality and giving breakfast and lunches in schools, we need to change the narrative and focus on the glue that keeps families together, to transform mothers and put responsibility where it belongs. We have to teach our children to make good decisions, to work hard and find purpose and meaning in life.”

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Panic buying at supermarkets People stop panic buying, don’t assume supermarkets will no longer be able to have supplies of the stuff you need. Your crazy shopping behaviour is making the elderly, the poor, the disabled and those with babies go without the supplies they need. It is greedy and selfish. Just do your regular normal shop. Also panic buying in supermarkets will be putting stress on supermarket staff and their suppliers. Deb Millward Dannemora

Nothing wrong with Botany parking Further to your article about parking at Botany Town Centre (Tuesday March 10), I would like to support the concerns about the treatment of staff at the centre. I have visited Botany Town Centre thousands of times (yes, actually) in

the 20 years it has been open and I can safely say that parking is an issue on only rare, and predictable, occasions. Of course, it is busy around Christmas and the sensible arrangement to use Botany Downs Secondary College for staff parking has worked well for many years. Parking is also sometimes tight around the middle of the day at weekends. The centre management may well need to sort out some solution for that time. But at other times, basically every single week day, there is always ample parking for everyone. Plenty of empty spaces. I cannot imagine why the management would come up with this plan – unless they are taking advice from the most notorious parking “authority” in Auckland. That outfit well-known to Fair Go and disliked by most motorists. Can Botany Town Centre confirm that their parking ideas are coming from Wilsons? Good luck to Botany staff - and to customers if Botany Town Centre place greater restrictions on their parking too. Judy Lawry Golflands

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I went to remove the last of the pampas heads only to see a far larger job along the fence line. On the verge next to the barn in Somerville Road, someone with the means of shifting large palms, rather than pay the fee to dump them correctly, has left them for us, the ratepayers to remove! S Barclay Howick

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Jami-Lee Ross challenges us to “seriously answer the question: should it ever be a crime for a person to access the health services they need?” [Times, March 10]. Mr Ross unwisely patronises us by simplifying and framing the abortion debate under the guise of misleading euphemisms such as “health” and “crime”. Under our current law, which provides at least some protection for unborn children, a woman is not criminalised for undergoing an abortion. The critical questions for society are: when and why should the taking of human life be permitted? The rights of the unborn child also must be considered. Both mother and child have rights and healthcare needs. Mr Ross needs to explain to us, provide coherent reasons and justify why he says that statutory protections of human life should be removed in this context. As a lawmaker, he needs to looker deeper into the issue before casting his personal vote. He must consider justice ahead of his perceived popularity. Kevin McCormick Botany Downs

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AT working hard for new school Response to “A child could be killed”: School at wits’ end with AT”, (Times, March 5). Auckland Transport (AT) has been proactively working on the Te Uho o te Nikau Primary School safety issue. We completely hear the school on this problem and we are doing everything we can to make sure no children are injured or killed on the narrow, rural road. As the school roll increases and more houses are built to the east of the school, the risk to local children increases. The safety of children walking to school is our priority at AT and rather than wait for the developers, we are proactively managing safety on this busy road. Until the new pedestrian bridge is built – which is going to be funded by the local board and finished in June 2021 – we have (and will continue to) mitigate the safety issue. AT has not been inactive with respect to the safety concerns raised by the school. Our work has included installing flashing warning signs on the bridge, alongside a raised speed table outside the school and zebra

crossing markings. The approaches to the bridge, and the Flat Bush Culvert Bridge itself, will be changed to one-lane within a month - to provide a safe area for children to walk. This will help manage traffic and ensure safe speeds. The fully-finished raised table outside the school means speed will be kept at a safe level and we will monitor vehicle speeds to ensure that these measures are working. This work all helps to ensure children are kept safe until the permanent pedestrian bridge is ready. After June 30, the speed limit will permanently change to 50km/h as per AT’s Speed Limits Bylaw 2019. Adam Beattie Technical lead at Auckland Transport



Communities on alert While we enter uncertain and extraordinary times, there will be many questions and difficulties as Covid-19 changes the way we go about daily life. Right now we all need to pitch in together so we can limit the spread of this disease. The more we do to unite against Covid-19 now, the less painful restrictions on our day-to-day life will be in the long run. At the time of writing, New Zealand has been placed on Alert Level 2. This level calls on all of us to reduce contacts where possible and sees an escalation of efforts to reduce the spread of the virus. The number of cases continues to rise daily which may see alert levels rise. Level 3 would result in even further restrictions on day to day life. Level 4 is what we would colloquially call a lock down. In this age of social media there will be many alarming or wild stories out there. Please follow advice from official and reliable sources. The Government’s website is a good online resource to visit. The Government’s recent economic response package also means there is some support there for businesses and for individuals. It is true that it is not comprehensive enough. The response package was a helpful start, but our economy is in for

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rough times ahead. Fortunately, senior ministers are signalling that further economic support is likely to come in the future. Many in our community will need extra help in future weeks and months. My office has been contacted by many volunteers happy to help those needing assistance. Please contact us on 09 271 3255 or botanymp@parliament. if my team, or local volunteers, can help in any way. That might be as simple as getting food shopping delivered or help navigating government financial assistance forms. Finally, many locals have been in touch who have family members experiencing difficulty in returning from overseas. Emergency consular assistance is available by calling +64 99 20 20 20. Local MPs can also assist in dealing with Immigration NZ or MFAT, so feel free to contact us if necessary. Stay safe out there. And please wash your hands. ➤➤Jami-Lee Ross, MP for Botany

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ew Zealand’s borders are now officially shut; our infection rate for the insidious Covid19 is now 66 (as of Monday morning); just about every public gathering has been cancelled; people are panic buying at the super markets and the companies large and small are failing across the world while world stock market indices plummet. However there’s always a silver lining right? Howick businesswoman and Howick Local Board member Bo Burns thought it prudent to bring a little sunshine to business people of Howick with a meeting of minds at Bosuns on Thursday night. It was attended by 46 people so a lot of them wanted to hear something upbeat from experts in business. And they did. Gwyn Thomas, business growth adviser, and Sharn Rayner, managing partner – business advisory at POD Consulting, talked of sales and marketing opportunities despite these testing times. Sharn addressed subjects including annual leave and sick leave to cash flow and the new government subsidies for SMEs. “You’ve got to look for that calm space, for that silver lining…think laterally about how you deal with your current clients. Think about possible collaborations.” Emma Jeffery, a people, process and safety specialist from Emendas, addressed anxieties experienced by businesses in this ever-changing

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environment. Sharing experiences would help, she said. “Businesses have excellent before once they’ve come out the other side (of the recession). She spoke of practical steps and how to plan; touched on employer responsibilities and the myriad HR issues in the current uncertain climate. It was important as well to consider working from home and to also communicate clearly with staff. Loan Market mortgage adviser Ryan Amoore spoke of redundancies and the subsequent domino effect for those with mortgages. Homeowners could begin with drilling down to unnecessary financials – selling unnecessary assets or cutting spending. Eliminating short-term debt was a smart way forward. A mortgage hol-

iday was also an option or even paying interest-only on the mortgage. Insurance Advisor Phil Robinson said he’s been struggling to keep up with queries. “This week my phone has rung non-stop…the emails have been relentless. I’ve never seen anything like this before.” The biggest issue emerging from calls to his office is “a massive misunderstanding over just what people think they have in terms of policy coverage.” Burns wrapped up the meeting with a plea to remain upbeat. “Yes, we should be really strict with hygiene and physical distancing. We also have to take care of our older residents and until the Ministry of Health says otherwise, we should get out a socialise and support our local businesses by buying their goods and services.”

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ounties Manukau Health is limiting the number of visitors to Middlemore Hospital and outpatient facilities including the Manukau SuperClinic as efforts ramp up to respond to the threat of Covid-19. “This is an unprecedented event with the effects being felt worldwide, including here in Aotearoa New Zealand,” says CM Health Medical Officer, Dr Peter Watson. “To protect our patients and staff, this is an absolute priority, even more so as the number of cases climbs. This is so we can provide care. “We want to ensure that we can

continue to deliver the best health services at our hospitals and in the community and to help us do this, we are asking our community for their support. “We are restricting the number of visitors for patients to two people, including a support person like a parent or partner, and one visitor. “In addition, children under the age of 15, will not be able to visit. Visitors must be well. If you’re unwell, please stay at home. Dr Watson says those who will be visiting will be screened before entering Middlemore Hospital and other

CM Health facilities including Manukau SuperClinic. “We are currently at the Keep it Out/Stamp it Out phase and it’s important that our community is prepared. There are some simple ways that we can keep safe from Covid-19, including washing hands with soap and water often, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or covering your mouth, and staying home if you’re unwell. Dr Watson says CM Health will be regularly reviewing and updating its visitor policy so people are advised to check on the CM Health website and social media messaging for any changes.

Life Education responds to the impact of Covid-19 on youngsters Children will never have experienced the wave of fear spreading across the globe and today access to information is instant and filled with opinions as much as facts. “In a normal year around 50 per cent of our support in schools is teaching resilience and developing tactics to respond to stress. We expect the need for this to jump significantly and it’s a great sign if it does, as it shows schools are responding,” says chief executive John O’Connell. “This week has been an uncertain time for schools but we’re seeing no reduction in demand from schools as

a response. For us if there was ever a time we can support children it is right now. Closing schools risks more dislocation and a lack of normality for children.” On Tuesday the Ministry of Education advised schools “Maintaining social connection is as important as ever to people’s wellbeing during this time, if not more so.” “The impact of technology creating easy access to information for children has been an emerging challenge for children growing up today. Access to instant information is great but children don’t have the maturity to

process some of this and this creates anxiety and stress,” says O’Connell. “The concept of a global pandemic, isolation and sickness is quite overwhelming for children. And adding to that in many homes will be parent’s stress around job security.” Life Education Trust has 49 registered, specialist health teachers working in schools nationwide. For 30 years Life Education has been working in New Zealand schools. The health curriculum includes: Social relationships – bullying, online safety, resilience, personal identity, stress management.



ecently I have been requesting feedback from people who use the ferry service from Half Moon Bay through to the city after a number of constituents raised concerns with me about this service. I have received a large number of responses both positive and negative. We are very lucky in east Auckland to have an excellent ferry service from Half Moon Bay through to the CBD, with recent investment by the Howick Local Board providing an excellent ferry terminal. For many people, buses and trains simply don’t get them where they need to go when they need to go there. The ferry service, when it works, is a faster and simpler option. The ferry provides commuters a very efficient means to travel into the city, but there is room for improvement. Whilst many acknowledge the good things about the ferry service, there have been some significant issues raised with me as well which mostly relate to how the service is operated by Fullers. Issues include ferries being cancelled at short notice, ferries unable to take their full load of passengers due to understaffing meaning many commuters being left behind, and buses

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replacing the ferry when the ferry can’t operate, but again with poor communication. Improved methods of communication between Fullers and passengers have been suggested, such as the creation of a dedicated app with push notifications anytime a ferry service is delayed or cancelled. Last week, I addressed letters to the CEOs of both Auckland Transport and Fullers Group requesting a joint meeting with representatives from both organisations to discuss these issues. Public Transport is an important part of people’s daily commutes to work and must be reliable in order to attract more people and give people transport choice. I look forward to getting a response from Auckland Transport and Fullers on these issues. If you have been affected in recent weeks and months by these issues, or if you have feedback you would like to provide about our local ferry service, I encourage you to get in touch with me by emailing PakurangaMP@parliament. ➤➤ Simeon Brown – Member of Parliament for Pakuranga



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ill Road, a major link from the eastern suburbs to Papakura and Drury running off the top end of Murphys Road, is included in major Government transport infrastructure spending. Minister of Transport and Urban Development Phil Twyford said NZ Upgrade transport investments in South Auckland will lay the foundations for a future town at Drury and represent a new way to help the city grow. “Our Government is investing $2.4 billion in roads and rail to unlock

growth in South Auckland and support a new town at Drury, as well as further development at Paerata, Pukekohe and Karaka,” Twyford said. “This includes $1.35 billion to build Mill Road, $371 million to extend the electrified rail network to Pukekohe, $247 million for new railway stations, a park and ride facility, and a bus and rail interchange at Drury, and $423 million to improve State Highway 1 between Papakura and Drury South. “Instead of transport infrastructure having the catch up with housing development, we are investing

in the roads and rail from the outset. “Drury will be a well-planned community with all the jobs, facilities, retail and public spaces people want.” He said families who want to move there will be able to do so without needing to have a car as there will already be two train stations and connecting walkways and cycleways. “Developers are not only poised to start building homes around these transport connections, they are in discussions with the Green Building Council’s to adopt their Green Star


MP angry over Fees Free rort Hundreds of students have been ripping off the Government’s Fees Free policy and getting their tertiary fees covered despite being ineligible, National’s Associate Tertiary Education spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “The Government has paid $23,000 to three students who were ineligible for Fees Free, and another student $3000. “While these students made false declarations on their applications, they have been able to keep the funding and face no consequences for breaking the law, the Pakuranga MP says. “It’s unfathomable these individuals have been able to get off

scot free. Even though it is an offence, 473 applicants have made false declarations about their eligibility for Fees Free in the first two years of the policy. Less than one per cent of those who made false declarations have been charged. “The Government is sending a message to students that you might as well try your luck at receiving Fees Free funding, regardless of your eligibility, because not only will you not face any punishments, you could get some free cash out of it.” Ineligible students who have had their tertiary fees covered

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Pet health tips for Winter ELDERLY dogs and cats often suffer from arthritis. As with people, the symptoms can worsen in the cold weather. So it is important to make sure that senior pets have a warm comfortable bed to sleep on. With larger dogs a bed that is elevated off the ground or has plenty of padding is a good idea. There are a range of natural supplements and medications available for discomfort associated with old and stiff joints. Heating pads are a

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Marama a shining star on and off the field

All Black passes St Kents shine away in triathlon Former All Black Terry Lineen died recently aged 84. Lineen, a resident of Pakuranga Park Village for a number of years, died peacefully at Middlemore Hospital on Terry Lineen in 1952. February 17. The Auckland midfielder played 35 matches for New Zealand from 1957 to 1960 and retired when he was 24 due to a shoulder injury. He had played a little over 100 firstclass games. His death notice read: “Dearly loved husband of the late Jeannette. Loved father and father-in-law of Troy, Sean and Lynne. Much loved grandfather of Cameron, Jacob, Isabella and Tom.” Following his service drinks, were held at the Marist Rugby Club. “Dad was a very special man, on and off the rugby pitch, and will be remembered very fondly by rugby supporters, especially in New Zealand and Scotland, where he had so many friends.”


ear 13 Pakuranga College student Marama Downes is a high achiever. She plays basketball and Tag for the school’s teams, captains the Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club Premier side, and has represented New Zealand in 2019 at Under-22 Girls’ Indoor Cricket Trans-Tasman International Series, as well as provincially for Northern Districts. It’s not just in athletic pursuits where she excels. In 2019 she was awarded The Nga Kete O Te Matauranga Leadership award for Senior Female Maori Student at the college. Downes is from Ngati Tuwharetoa iwi. She has padded up for the Auckland Hearts under 18 side in the outdoor game and recently she wore the blackcap of the NZ Maori Schoolgirls XI who played against the Governor General’s XI in Wellington. “Indoor is definitely my favourite,” says Downes, but she is also enjoying the challenge of captaining a “very young developing team” at Howick Pakuranga.

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Garner recognised by Netball New Zealand H

owick Pakuranga Netball Centre stalwart Robyn Garner has been awarded the coveted Netball New Zealand Service Award. Garner, who was surprised to receive her award at the recent Netball New Zealand Council meeting in Christchurch, was nominated by Howick Pakuranga Awards Convenor Pat James and HPNC’s Jan Castle, Pauline Coultas and Julie McDonald. “This is such a well-deserved award as Robyn has given, and continues to give, so much of her time to Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre,” said HPNC office manager Sarah Harrison. Garner has given long service to netball at grass roots level and beyond. “The passion started at HPNZ Year 5 level and continued on into representative teams as a player and latterly as a representative coach,” her nomination reads. “Robyn received her HPNC Service Award in 1983 and her Life Member

of HPNC in 2017. “Robyn brought her own style of leadership, open consultation with clubs, new initiatives and encompassing views to the future consideration of an indoor facility, is approachable and open to ideas. She is a prominent member of the Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre. “She began her long association with netball as a representative player, coach and umpire. “Later, as a player with the College Old Girls Club and Shelley Park Netball Club, she was president of Shelley Park Netball Club and in

2015 was awarded Life Membership of Shelley Park Netball Club.”

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Administration 2007 Development Officer of CM 2007-2008 Appointed U19 coach Counties Manukau 2007-2008 Coaching delegate 2008-2010 Vice-President at HPNC 2011-2016 President of HPNC 2017 Past-President 2017-present Treasurer & Executive Member Present Chairperson Other 2013 Convenor Uniss Committee 2013 HPNC 50th Jubilee 2013 Renovation of HPNC

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