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By CHRIS HARROWELL
olice are working to establish the identity of a person found dead inside a burning vehicle in east Auckland. Emergency services were called to Barry Curtis Park in Flat Bush at about 8.10pm on Saturday after receiving reports of a vehicle on fire in the car park. Initial reports indicated a body may have been inside the vehicle and members of the public were asked to avoid the area. Cordons were put in place at the intersections of Chapel Road with Ormiston Road and Stancombe Road. Police issued an update on Sunday morning confirming a dead body was found inside the vehicle. A large blue forensic tent was placed over the vehicle and a scene examination carried out throughout the day. The vehicle and the victim were removed from the
Police conducted a scene examination at Barry Curtis Park in Flat Bush after a body was found inside a burnt-out vehicle. Times photo Wayne Martin
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scene on Sunday afternoon after the scene examination was finished. The site was blessed and released back to the public. Police say the vehicle, believed to be a Mazda sedan, will be subject to further investigation. Inquiries are ongoing to identify the person found inside the vehicle and a post mortem was to take place on Monday. Counties Manukau Police detective senior sergeant Natalie Nelson told the Times the person’s death is being treated as unexplained. “Formal identification is expected to take some time due to the circumstances.” Nelson says police have “a number of enquiries to make”. ➤ People with information on the incident are asked to phone police on 105 and quote file number 210306/4193. Alternatively, phone the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800 555 111.
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The next meeting of the Howick Branch of the NZSG will be held on Saturday March 13, at St Andrews Church Centre, Vincent Street, Howick at 1.30 pm. John Steele, author of ‘No Ordinary Man’, will be speaking on the remarkable achievements of Dr Arthur Purchas, an early Auckland pioneer. Door charge $5. Visitors welcome. Further information ph 576-4715 or 576-5400.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday March 16 at Te Puru Community Centre, Maraetai Drive at 10am. This meeting is our AGM which will be followed by our speaker Richard Blakeborough who will entertain us with a light-hearted view of Independent Living Systems. Come along and meet us and see what we offer. We have numerous interest groups with a wide variation of subjects. Contact Iris 0272 912439.
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HOWICK PLAYCENTRE Come and discover Howick Playcentre during Open Week, where families work together to support learning and play. March 15-18 from 9.30-11.30am. Morning tea provided. We look forward to welcoming you! Please get in touch to book your visit. 98 Nelson Street, Howick. The Communicare Friendship Group meets on a Tuesday morning, 10am to 12.30pm. This is a group for lonely people 65+ who live in the community. Morning tea and lunch, activities e.g. rummikub, indoor bowls, crafts etc. meets during school terms at the All Saints Hall on Cook Street, Howick. Phone Karen 0274988817. This is a free community noticeboard for nonprofit groups. They must be received Wednesday before publication. Please email notices to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dam storage levels were at 57.49 per cent yesterday. The normal level for this time of year is 80.88 per cent. Watercare reported 0.5mm fell in the Hunua Ranges on Sunday and 4mm in the Waitakere Ranges with 49mm and 52mm recorded respectively over the past week. Water consumption on Sunday was 399 million litres and the rolling seven day-average on Sunday was 408 million litres. There are two targets for March – 485MLD applies for the first half of the month, 465MLD for the second half. This is because Watercare expects demand to decline over the course of the month, as the weather becomes cooler.
The massive quakes off the Kermadecs on Friday which prompted tsunami warnings for many parts of the country – including the east Auckland coast and Hauraki Gulf – had many people on edge although some residents still wondered down to local beaches to observe. The tsunami warnings were downgraded through the day then cancelled.
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Have your say on reserves’ sale By CHRIS HARROWELL
he time has come for people opposed to the potential sale of a group of east Auckland public reserves to make their voices heard. Auckland Council wants to dispose of green spaces it owns at 111R Golfland Drive, 9R Fortyfoot Lane, 76R Aberfeldy Avenue, and 31 Aspiring Avenue / 17R Hilltop Road. The Howick Local Board voted late last year to retain the reserves, but the council’s finance and performance committee overrode it and voted to put them up for sale. A lengthy legal process, which
involves final sign-off by the Government, must be worked through before that can happen. The move is part of an effort by the council to raise money through its emergency budget, which requires $224 million to be realised from “asset recycling”. Among the people opposing the reserves’ sale are Howick ward councillors Sharon Stewart and Paul Young, and Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown and Botany MP Christopher Luxon. A group of east Auckland residents are also doing their bit to stop the move. They recently presented a petition to mayor Phil Goff that was
signed by people from more than 450 local households calling for the properties to be kept in public hands. The council has now publicly notified its intention to revoke the reservation of the public reserves in Fortyfoot Lane, Aberfeldy Avenue, and Golfland Drive, as well as part of the site of a former fuel station at 2R Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga. “The reserves are surplus to council’s requirements and are not required for council’s current or future service,” it says. “It is proposed that the land may be sold to an adjoining owner or on the open market.” The Howick Local Board voted
Among the people fighting the proposed sale of public reserves in east Auckland are local residents, from left, Neil Pinkerton, Sue Goldwater, Roger Schneiderman, and John Mooney. Times file photo Chris Harrowell
to dispose of six council-owned properties in its area in September last year, including the 2R Ti Rakau Drive property, but wanted to retain the four public reserves which the council now intends to sell. ➤ People who wish to object to the proposed revocation
of the properties’ reserve status can email their objection to propertyreview@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or write to the Chief Executive, Auckland Council, Private Bag 92300, Auckland 1142, Attention: Moira Faumui, no later than 5pm on March 31.
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Helping people Providing best achieve practice care Rachael and Karen have an award-winning reputation in the community and this comes from providing their clients with a distinct advantage to achieving superior results. They work wonderfully together, as a team, operating in the Eastern Beaches area, based in Ray White, Karen, left, and Rachael. Photo: Carmen Bird Photography Howick office and have supporting offices from Pakuranga to Flat Bush. Both Rachael and Karen possess a unique set of skills to ensure superior service is delivered. This is often a client’s biggest asset and choosing their trusted representative is a big decision. Friendly and professional, they acknowledge the fact that their client trusts them to market their property. Rachael and Karen have grown up in Howick; both have children that live in the area. Karen’s children still attend the local schools while Rachael’s are working and at University – and both still have a parent living close by. Rachael and Karen absolutely love working and supporting the community and businesses. They both love helping people achieve their property dreams. Nothing is too much trouble. Their clients trust them and know they will provide the highest level of service and commitment to achieve the best possible outcome. Their business is built on clients recommending them to their family and friends. They are accountable, relatable and they deliver results with integrity.
Every work day is so different from the other, for Anne (Angharad) Legg, assistant manager at Resthaven Funerals, Howick. She graduated with a Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2017. Having grown up in east Auckland Anne, a funeral director at Resthaven Funerals has now taken on the role of an assistant manager after she returned to work following the the birth of her and Mike’s first child, Bridie. Anne says it is a privilege to be able to help families at their most vulnerable time. She is passionate about reaching out to grieving families whilst providing caring and professional service. “Whether it’s planning a funeral service following the death of a loved-one or pre-planning one’s own funeral service, we know that these are among life’s most difficult moments and at Resthaven we understand,” says Anne who can help arrange a funeral that is both appropriate and meaningful, taking the budget into consideration. Anne lives rurally with her family and their two fur children Duke (cat) and Tilly (dog). She enjoys being an active member of the Howick Bowling Club and getting involved in other community activities.
Kristine Jensen, owner of Eyes of Howick has been an optometrist for 25 years. She offers both experience and the latest technology to look after vision and eye health. Knowing her passion for eye care, it is clear that early detection of eye conditions is a priority for Kristine and her team. Kristine qualified at Auckland University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Optometry. She also completed a certificate in business studies and a further post graduate in Sports vision, Ocular Therapeutics enabling her to prescribe topical eye medications. She is one of the few optometrists certified to treat glaucoma. As part of her commitment to helping prevent blindness, Kristine is a visiting optometrist at the glaucoma clinic at Middlemore Hospital. That apart, Kristine is also certified with the Civil Aviation Authority to conduct pilot testing. Dedicated to achieving the best possible treatment, Kristine has a particular interest in dry eye and the development of children’s vision – otherwise known as behavioural optometry. But, most importantly, it is her optimistic and joyful approach, combined with undeniable professionalism which encourages and reassures clients they are in the most capable of hands.
Carol Rigby brings more than 20 years’ of professional experience to the advice and support she provides to businesses of all sizes. The Botany-based chartered accountant is Xero-certified and says the ongoing pandemic has highlighted the need for businesses to be accessible online. “We offer Xero set-ups and training, and processing of GST and financial accounts through to tax submissions.” With the lockdowns, people are having to budget more and Carol can help with Xero budgeting and review of actual to budget with recommendations. Carol offers prompt customer service and, when Covid allows, prefers to meet new clients for the first time in person, offering a free 30 minute initial consultation. What sets her apart is her auditing experience obtained while working as a manager in a large firm, enabling her to understand your business. Meeting clients first-hand enables this better understanding of your accounting needs.
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Born in Palmerston North, Narina Bali Watson moved to Auckland with her family when she was three-years-old. It was at that tender age she knew she wanted to be a lawyer. Narina would wear her dad’s oversized coat, shoes and tie, look up to her mother and say, “Mummy look, I am a lawyer just like papa.” Fast forward to now, Narina works as an associate at Wynyard Wood Lawyers. She practices in the areas of commercial property, residential property, trusts, wills and enduring powers of attorney. She loves the supportive environment at Wynyard Wood as well as the friendly atmosphere. Practicing law allows her to relate to her clients’ different cultures and background. “We all come from different places and have a different story to tell.” Narina says she is lucky to have a great support system in place — her parents and older sister are great role models. Her husband also plays a big role in encouraging Narina to strive for her goals. “It is important to have a good support system from work and family, and I am fortunate to have both,” Narina says. As a wise bear once said: ‘You are braver than you believe. Stronger than you seem and smarter than you think’ – Winnie the Pooh.
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Donna Janssen developed her passion for aged care at Howick Baptist Healthcare (HBH) Senior Living, where she worked for 12 years. “HBH felt like a second home to me,” Donna enthuses. “It has such a positive, happy feel.” From an early age, Donna knew she wanted to be a nurse. After training in South Africa, she specialised in paediatrics, before immigrating to New Zealand with her family in 2008. After 12 years at HBH Senior Living, Donna was recently offered the position as nurse manager at Gulf Views, which HBH purchased in 2020. Located in Howick, this boutique rest home offers secure and compassionate care with a warm, welcoming and close-knit feel. “Gulf Views is wonderful – it’s a smaller rest home with a family feel. Everyone treats one another like family, and the happy smiles of the staff and residents are contagious.” In aged care, Donna believes that compassion, empathy and taking the time to really listen are important. “As a nurse manager I’m able to support, motivate, and encourage the staff to provide best practice care. Making a difference to people’s lives is hugely rewarding!”
Times, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 — 5
Board member ‘very committed’ despite new role By CHRIS HARROWELL
n east Auckland elected representative says she’s committed her political role despite taking on a new job based outside the local community. Howick Local Board member Katrina Bungard has taken up a new position as deputy principal at a school on Auckland’s North Shore. She previously worked as a teacher and head of department at Elim Christian College in Botany and also serves on the Counties Manukau District Health Board. Bungard says despite now working at the school on the North Shore she has not moved out of east Auckland. “I stay on the North Shore for three days a week and the rest of the
Howick Local Board member Katrina Bungard, far right, pictured with her board colleagues. Board chair Adele White is pictured at centre. Photo supplied Auckland Council
week I am at my home in Pakuranga. “I have attended all the [local board’s] workshops and business meetings either via Skype or in person, which is common now for elected members under the Covid-19 [Public Health] Response Act 2020.”
Bungard says she feels “passionately about our community” and she’s continuing to keep in touch with local residents. “My new role will not change that and it will not have any impact on my role as a local board or DHB member. “I am very much com-
mitted to representing our community and I am carrying out my job as usual.” Bungard says board chairperson Adele White is “aware of my appointment” as the North Shore school’s deputy principal. White told the Times she’s “reluctant” to comment on the issue as “member Bungard has not formally advised me of her intentions.” “I do have an expectation that board members keep me well-informed of any changes to their situation so I can ensure we continue to support our community in the best way possible.” Bungard served as the board’s deputy chairperson during its previous term. She was also the National Party’s candidate in the Manurewa electorate for the 2017 general election.
Monsters aren’t real – or are they? ➤ JESSIE AND THE MONSTER A Battle with Anxiety A Story of Courage and Hope ➤ by Mark Stevenson; Illustrated by Deborah Hinde ➤ Published by Calico Publishing ➤ RRP $19.95 We don’t think about them much, not until they attack, that is. Jessie had a safe and secure life, but out of the blue her world was ravaged by the most ominous of creatures, Wisper. With his horde of followers, he finds a way out of The Badlands and invades her world. Jessie’s anxiety is overwhelming, but help comes in unexpected ways from the strangest of places and people. Cockle Bay author Mark Stevenson (pictured above) has just published Jessie and the Monster, written with the compassionate insights of a father whose daughter suffered from acute anxiety for many years. This is a story for young people aged 8 to 15 years who are weighed down by feelings of anxiety and depression. It helps them realise that how they feel is not unusual, and that with self-awareness and empathetic help they can find a way through. Parents, coun-
sellors and psychologists will also find this a useful resource. Stevenson is an author and educator, married to Trudi, with whom he has two daughters. For many years his daughter Frankie wrestled with anxiety, something Mark and his family struggled to make sense of. He wrote this story to help other parents of young people suffering from anxiety, and to offer the children themselves a hopeful future.
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Another welcome addition to Picton Street is the Village Lane. Locals were excited to see the scaffolding at the Village Lane, (old Post Office site) come down on Friday morning. With a proposed integrated lifestyle precinct where people can shop, eat and live, there is a Music shop as well as a food court on the cards. Great to have the buzz back in Howick!
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colourful Unity Wall mural at the shop front of John Russell Schoolwear at Moore Street has got people talking about the beautiful artwork that symbolises people of different cultures and races coming together and living in harmony. A powerful message at the more than 30-year-old family business is refreshing and energising at a time when people are struggling with lockdowns and life coming to a standstill.
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Times, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 — 9
Yacht club locked in car parking battle “D
o you want the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club to survive as a community facility and sporting club in your Howick ward area?” That was the question posed by the club’s commodore Sara Poore to Howick Local Board members at their last monthly business meeting. She told them about a longrunning issue the club’s had with Auckland Council over control of car parks at its premises at Ara Tai, Half Moon Bay. Poore previously raised the subject with the board late last year. She said the club paid for and built “the entire car parking area and boat ramps”. It was given exclusive use of 159 car parks as well as 18 parks adjacent to the marina for loading and unloading, she said. “During the past lease renewal processes the specific references to car parks was omitted and this is what has caused this situation today. “The club is requesting a con-
Bucklands Beach Yacht Club needs car parks to function.
tinuation of the status quo that has been for nearly 40 years [which is] BBYC use of reserve land at Ara Tai for community use including car parks. “As a minimum baseline, the club is asking for enough car parks to meet the council’s [Auckland] Unitary Plan requirements.” Poore said without the car parks, the club “cannot function in its current form effectively”. “We are asking you [the board] to help us secure the car parks we need to function. “We are asking for a continuation of what’s happened for the last 40 years, which is being
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able to use these car parks. “We are a community-run club, predominantly by volunteers, and we are not a wealthy club. “We’ve currently got 111 car parks for the club house and 21 shared car parks. “We can’t stop the commuter parking and currently 30 people who are non-members park in that area in front of the clubhouse.” At the board’s last meeting, Poore reiterated the importance to the club of having its own dedicated parking. She said apart from the original loan to build the Ara Tai
clubhouse, and a “small grant” to buy life jackets this year, the club has never applied to the council for funds to help it to operate. “We have run the majority of our activities by member volunteers. We have managed to fund ourselves through the different things we do. So we really want you to think about if you want us to remain a viable club, please can we try and resolve this to that end.” Poore requested the board ask the council officer in charge of the club’s car parks and their lease to visit its clubroom and meet the club’s board to try to find a solution to the issue. “My concern is I’ve inherited this problem as [the club’s] commodore and in the twoand-a-half years I’ve been a flag officer, we actually haven’t had anybody visit our club to talk face-to-face with us. “I think we need a different approach.” Local board chairwoman Adele White told the Times she expects a report to come back to the board on the issue in “the near future”.
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Work for aviation recognised A
viation chaplain, historian and author Howick’s Rev Dr Richard Waugh has been recognised by the Royal Aeronautical Society. Waugh, a long-time east Auckland church leader and spokesperson for the Erebus National Memorial, has been awarded the society’s Meritorious Gold Service Award. The Royal Aeronautical Society said the award recognises that Waugh’s contribution to New Zealand civil aviation “has been considerable and has had direct benefit to several aspects of the industry”. “He is one of New Zealand’s foremost civil aviation historians, undertaking extensive research and publishing New Zealand aviation books,” the society said in its summation in the latest issue of NZ Aviation News. “He initiated and led a 17-year project to erect permanent memorials honouring the 73 New Zealanders killed in early airliner accidents from the 1930s to the 1960s. “Richard pastorally contacted families, raised finance, wrote newspaper articles, conducted the ser-
lections, many not published before, making a significant contribution to New Zealand transport and social history,” the society said. “More recently, Richard worked tirelessly from early 2016 to advocate for a national memorial for the 257 victims of the Erebus tragedy, the worst aviation accident in the southern hemisphere. “Richard’s work was done out of pastoral concern that there was no public venue
where all the victims’ names could be displayed and respected.” Final landowner approval for the Erebus National Memorial to be built at Parnell’s Dove Myer Robinson Park was given by the Waitemata Local Board on November 17, 2020. The site faces Judges Bay and takes a small portion of grass area and step bank with the TePaerangi Ataata - Sky Song design. Since 1998, Waugh
has worked as Honorary Chaplain to the Honourable Company of Air Pilots (NZ Region). As the only civil aviation chaplain in New Zealand, he has conducted and organised a wide range of aviationrelated services and events. Waugh, who was unable to attend the awards night in Wellington late last year, was this month to be recognised at an Auckland event however that was postponed due to the recent pandemic lockdown.
Rev Dr Richard Waugh at the November 2018 launch of his book, Shot Over into the Shotover - Lessons from a New Zealand Air Accident. Times photo
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or decades, east Auckland has been neglected when it comes to investment in transport infrastructure with the Eastern Busway and Reeves Road Flyover project being the first major investment in our transport network since the Waipuna Bridge was constructed in 1971. This year marks a significant milestone in the construction of the Eastern Busway with the first stage between Pakuranga and Panmure due to open around August this year. This will include the busway from Pakuranga to Panmure and the new dedicated busway bridge over the Tamaki River. The next two stages of the Eastern Busway project consist of the Pakuranga to Botany stage of the busway and the vital Reeves Road Flyover, which will link Pakuranga Road directly to the Waipuna Bridge past the Pakuranga Town Centre, easing conges-
tion in and around Pakuranga. MP for Pakuranga Auckland Transport in 2019 made the decision to package these two stages together with the intention of con- east Auckland which will structing them at the same be home to an estimated time, rather than one after 160,000 people by 2030. the other as originally proposed. Whilst this decision This project must have has meant there have been the capacity to meet the delays to the timeline for needs of population growth, the construction of the next give us the public transport two stages of this project, choice we need, whilst assurances have been given also easing congestion on that the project will still be the road, particularly surcompleted on time in 2025. rounding the Pakuranga Details of these pro- Town Centre. posed designs are due to be East Auckland’s transreleased later this year with port network has been in a formal round of consulta- desperate need of investtion allowing for the com- ment for a long time so it’s munity to have their say exciting that progress is prior to a consent applica- being made on the Eastern tion being lodged. Busway and Reeves Road I will be working close- Flyover. ly together with Botany That said, as a community MP Christopher Luxon it will be vital we all take an to ensure that this pro- interest in the public conject meets the transport sultation opportunity we needs of east Auckland will have so that we get and the projected growth the transport network we we are expecting to see in deserve.
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WHERE’S OUR HEALTH BOARD REPS?
Simeon Brown’s letter of March 21 was very telling concerning night service figures at East Care Medical. “East Care has been seeing approximately 33 per cent of all urgent care volume of the four overnight urgent care clinics in Auckland. East Care is the only clinic not receiving DHB funding for an over-night service.” There are three representatives on the Counties Manukau Hospital Board from our area, they are Katrina Bungard, Gary Boles and Paul Young so I have some questions for them. 1. When the DHB funding was stopped in 2018, who made that decision? Was it the board or was it an executive of Counties Manukau DHB? Was it purely a moneysaving exercise or was there some justifiable rational behind the decision. Even if our three current representatives were not on the DHB at that time, they should be able find out the reason for this decision. 2. What steps have our representatives taken so that this untenable situation can be resolved? Have they attempted to mediate between the DHB and East Care? The citizens of our area deserve answers. It’s telling that the place where we are now supposed to go in a night time emergency is requesting people not to come to the Middlemore A&E Department as they are over-run! What do our
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DHB board members have to say about that? I took a drive to find the Middlemore Hospital A&E Department. It’s 12 kilometres from the East Care Facility in Botany Road and, unless you have GPS, it’s not the easiest place to find, nor is it particularly inviting.
Andrew Lister Howick
SOME NICE THINGS DURING LOCKDOWN Can hear birds sing. strangers wave, smile and say hello. A Maori woman and mum tried to practise their Chinese learnt online and offered us chips they just bought. There is humanity in the air.
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COUNCIL AGAINST PLUG-IN HYBRIDS? Plug-in hybrid cars can be charged overnight on cheap electricity ready to do the school run and shopping trip next day. Almost no petrol is used keeping the environment pristine. However Auckland Council are allowing homes to be built with no off-street parking at all so these cars cannot be charged overnight when electrical power is plentiful. Why?
Chris Wordsworth Cockle Bay
The Covid community testing centre at Lloyd Elsmore Park.
Perhaps Mr Hollis could write to, say, 10 or 20 million Chinese citizens on behalf of us 5m Kiwis and make our excuses? If the world continues to burn fossil fuels, business-as-usual, global warming will hit 4 degrees. It won’t stop there. And we have already locked in 10-20 metres of sea level rise. Not all this century of course. We are playing poker with a duff hand and nature will beat us hands down.
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BOTANY COVID TESTING CENTRE We applaud the hundreds of people who did the right thing and queued for hours to undertake a Covid-19 test at the Community Testing Centre on Botany Road after the Papatoetoe cluster spread to Botany. What we don’t applaud is the location of the testing centre. The location at Eastcare on Botany Road is completely unsuitable to deal with queues of vehicles and creates log jams in every surrounding street for kilometres. At 8am this morning (February 24), a trip that usually takes five minutes took 40 minutes, as streets in every direction had stationary traffic chaos. A more suitable and obvious location is Lloyd Elsmore Park. A testing station half-way in the park accessed from Pakuranga Highway
to take queued traffic off the main road and exit through Cascades Road. Jacinda, Chris Hipkins and Ashley Bloomfield…. are you listening?
Mac Grant East Tamaki Heights ➤ Editor’s note: They were and they have.
A GAME OF POKER WE CAN’T WIN Re: ‘NZ small contributor’ by Gary Hollis, Times, February 23. Gary Hollis is quite correct – reducing NZ’s greenhouse gas emissions will make very little difference. But, per capita, our emissions are very high, several times that of China. China has announced 2060 as the goal for carbon-neutral and is installing vast amounts of wind and solar.
THE DWINDLING NATURAL ENVIRONMENT How are things in your town? There was a time in Auckland when, if one’s dwelling had a peep of the sea, the value of it would increase by thousands, even a million-or-so dollars. Nowadays, thanks to the Auckland Council, aided and abetted by the government’s imposed high-density plan for Auckland in a few short years’ time, if one’s dwelling has a peep of the sky, it will similarly increase in value by thousand or millions of dollars. Such is the promised improved quality (or lack of it) of life by cascading thousands upon thousands of (often wealthy) new immigrants into Auckland’s biggest city.
Gary Hollis, Mellons Bay ➤ More Feedback, p16
Return to Peace As a result of 44 days of Patriotic war 5 cities, 4 settlements and 286 villages were liberated from occupation by November 9. Jabrayil city and 90 villages of the region, Fuzuli city and 53 villages of the region, Zangilan city, Minjivan, Agband, Bartaz settlements and 52 villages of the region, Hadrut settlement and 35 villages of Khojavend region, 3 villages of Tartar region, Gubadli city and 41 villages of the region, 9 villages of Khojaly, Shusha city, 3 villages of Lachin region, as well as several strategic heights in the direction of Aghdara and Murovdagh, Bartaz, Sigirt, Shukurataz heights and 5 more unnamed heights were liberated in Zangilan.
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Times, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 — 15
Pakuranga Hunt continues to live on
As Howick and districts count down to the 175th anniversary in 2022, the Times continues its series by ALAN LA ROCHE giving readers a glimpse of life as it used to be. The countdown began at the 170th in 2017
he Pakuranga Hunt is the oldest Hunt in New Zealand and the largest in Auckland, which for many years was the most significant club in this area. Hares could easily outrun horses which many considered “a fair sport”. Hares are nimble, highly intelligent, athletic and would scamper through farmers’ vegetable or flower gardens that the hounds knew were no-go areas for them. The hounds have super-sensitive noses and ears as loyal servants of their master huntsman hearing every command. Hunt breakfasts were either before or after the meet and sometimes were lavish occasions, more than just a small glass of port and a meat pie. A glass of port was given before the meet started. Pakuranga Hunt was established in 1872 and is still active today. The first formal meet was in 1874. Sir George Grey imported some hounds which he sold to William McLaughlin of Puhi Nui farm,
Pakuranga Hunt in Bells Road, Pakuranga c1950.
Papatoetoe. The first Hunt kennels were on Robert and Every MacLean’s “Bleak House” farm. They also liberated hares in 1868 which multiplied and spread throughout the region. The settler-farmers were excited by seeing the thrill of a pack of
hounds, hearing the hunting horn, the pounding of horses’ hooves and the comradeship after a hunt. Pakuranga Hunt operated down to the Waikato River in the south up to Riverhead in the north. Many hunters left their farms very early morning, riding to the meet.
Howick was well-known for its geese, goats, gorse and hares. Founding members included Alfred Buckland, William McLaughlin, William Percival, Every and Robert MacLean, Albyn Martin, the Morrin brothers, Alf Harris and Tom Brown. In the evening following a hunt there used to be a dinner at a local hotel. Early Governors and their wives were active members of the hunt. Some women rode side-saddle. The Pakuranga Hunt Balls were one of Auckland’s largest and grandest social events of the year. Point to Point steeplechases were held on members’ farms or at the Ellerslie Racecourse. Pony gymkhanas were popular with children and included a bun on a string or musical chairs. Sometimes Howick buses were used to transport eager followers. There was a strong bond of friendship and tolerance between the hunt and farmers who allowed them to cross their farm paddocks,
jump over gates, and through planted crops and a Hunt ball was held to thank them. There were always Hunt ‘followers’ who enjoyed the spectacle without owning a horse. On one occasion the hares were screaming down Bells Road, Pakuranga, with hounds following. They crossed over Pakuranga Creek, then up to De Quincey’s Cottage where the front door onto the veranda was open as well as the back door. The farmer who was having lunch in the kitchen watched amazed to see the hare shoot through the house leaving the hounds far away, bounding to safety. In 1969 the Pakuranga Hunt held its last hunt in Pakuranga and moved to Waiuku due to expanding suburbia. Membership at that time was about 600 members and up to 100 followers. The name Pakuranga Hunt continues today but is now based in Waiuku. Alan La Roche MBE Howick Historian email@example.com
Why Khojaly Khojalld lies in a strategic location in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan on the main road from Shusha and Khankendi .,"'" to Aghdam, and is close to the regional J �'." ,,,. :... -�·--"'��, )..L airport. Therefore, the Armed Forces of ,V I Armenia saw Khojalld as both a keld target ... and an opportunitld to intimidate the civilian population of Karabakh and c r u s h resistance t o the occupation.
Khojaly Tragedy During the night of 25-26 Februarld 1992, the Armed Forces of th Armenia, backed bid the 366 Motor-Rifle Regiment of the former Soviet Union, launched a massive attack on the town. As the residents fled across the mountains, theld came under fire from Armenian Armed Forces. The attacks were especiallld brutal. Some people were shot in the face, others in the back of the head. Bodies were mutilated. A total of 613 people lost their lives that night; 106 were women, 70 were elderlld people, and 63 were children. 1275 were taken hostage, while the fate of another 150 people remains unknown. Eight families were completelld wiped out; 130 children lost one parent; and 25 children lost both parents.
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"As we swooped low over the snow-covered hills of Nagorno-Karabakh we saw the scattered corpses. Apparentlld, the refugees had been shot as theld ran," journalist Anatol Lieven wrote in The Times newspaper.
On March 3, 1992 the New York Times reported that, "Fresh evidence emerged todald of a massacre of civilians bid Armenian militants in Nagorno-Karabakh". Human Rights Watch recalls: "In Februarld 1992, Karabakh Armenian forces-reportedlld th backed bid soldiers from the 366 Motor Rifle Regiment of the Russian Armld-Seized the Azeri-populated town of Khojalld.... More than 200 civilians were killed in the attack, the largest massacre to date in the conflict".
Serzh Sarkisian, former president of Armenia, told British journalist Thomas de Waal: "Before Khojalld, the Azerbaijanis thought that the Id were joking with us, the Id thought that the Armenians were people who could not raise their hand against the civilian population. We were able to break that [stereotldpe]". (Black Garden, 2003, p. 172)
ARMENIA AND AZ.EIRBAIIAN THRQV()II Pl:-,.CI! AND WAR
The glorious armld of Azerbaijan restored territorial integritld of Azerbaijan and brought an end to the long-lasting occupation as the result of the Patriotic War. Deliberatelld attacking on civilian population during the 44 dalds militarld operations bid ballistic scud missiles and cluster rockets in Tartar, Ganja, Barda and Mingachevir, the Armed Forces of Armenia once again disclosed its terroristic nature, which theld had alreadld demonstrated in Khojalld in 1992.
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Dispersed People At the result of occupation of Khojalld in 1992 bid Armenian Armed Forces inhabitants of the region became I DPs and took temporarld refuge in 48 districts in Azerbaijan.
The Justice for Khojalld campaign, launched in 2008 at the initiative bid the Vice-President of the Helddar Alildev Foundation Leldla Alildeva, aims to raise international public awareness of the Khojalld Genocide and the root causes and consequences of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Under the Justice for Khojalld campaign the monuments for the memories of the Khojalld victims were erected in The Hague, Netherland; Berlin, Germanld: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mexico Citld, Mexico; and Ankara, Turkeld.
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MPI, NASH MUST STEP UP Re: ‘Shellfish may be off the menu’ (Times, February 23). The petition that went to Stuart Nash in 2019 regarding the closure of cockle harvesting from Cockle Bay beach was not successful and his reply from the MPI survey done early 2020, is that the population was in good sustainability and he would not be closing the beach. The locals’ concerns have been ignored by MPI for years now and, back in 2017, Grant Taylor also submitted a petition to parliament to have the beach closed for cockle-harvesting after surveys from MPI showed a major decline over a six-year period of the cockle population. If it was not for people like Barry Wood, who never gives up, our
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shellfish beds would be all gone. Quote from your publication dated February 23: “The most recent survey in 2019-2020, indicates a MAJOR DROP in the abundance and density of its large cockles from a peak of 36.46 million in 2012 to 11.75 million in 2019. The number of large cockles at the beach is at its lowest level since the first survey in 2009-2010.” Surely this is MPI’s job to action this and not local residents’ continuous submissions and concerns being ignored by Stuart Nash and MPI.
SKATE PARK BRINGS MANY POSITIVES What is more important than our youth staying active? With action sports now the fast-
est-growing sport on the planet, I challenge you to find another council asset that can and will be used all day, every day by all different ages, ethnicities and genders, is proven to reduce obesity, increase mental health and so many more positives . Our kids are falling onto cheese grater-like concrete several times every day drawing blood and the only place we can practice our sport doesn’t even have a footpath, a bin, a toilet or any maintenance in more than 20 years. Please come down on Fridays to the skatepark and watch the hundreds that turn up to get some exercise, have fun and meet new people. Times are changing. There is a reason every single other town and city chooses to invest in these skate areas. The ROI (return on investment) on a concrete skatepark is unbeatable. Cricket, rugby and soccer participation rates are down. How do you propose our grandkids avoid heart problems and weight issues?
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VACCINE OPTIONS I will be having a vaccine shot – and I am compassionate for those people who may be hesitant to take the vaccine, possibly for personal, religious or other reasons.
We need to protect society but how can we do so without compromising those people’s civil liberties and beliefs – their rights? One strategy is to review those potential behaviours, remedies or prophylactics that can provide a doorstop until such time as herd immunity is achieved. At such a time then, if someone is vaccinated or not is moot. This brings me to my point of concern: why is there so little conversation about these people’s rights and the strategies to manage this? There should be a public conversation about alternative therapies and tactics to hold the fort until NZ achieves herd immunity while also protecting all people’s rights. Considering NZ’s unique situation, of both isolation and low infection rates, now would seem an apt time to publicly consider all the options for all NZers.
Dr Mike Schmidt Sunnyhills
‘MY HUSBAND INJURED ON PATH’ Re: Park paths a danger (Times, March 2). I second Bob Hawke re our Lloyd Elsmore Park is a danger. Two weeks ago my husband tripped on an uneven surface and broke two of his ribs. Please someone fix the path.
BUSY BUMBLEBEE I wondered whether you might like to use a photo that I took. It was taken on Monday morning (February 22) at Wakaaranga Primary School in Farm Cove where I work as a teacher aide. We have active beehives at school and - although this is a bumble bee – there were also honeybees nearby. I was standing next to the Pohutukawa bush at the right time, just outside one of the classrooms. I used my iPhone 7.
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Permanent, part time role – Wed, Fri & Sat 3.30-7.30 pm; Thurs 3.30-10.00 pm; Sun 3.30-7.30pm – though could vary for events. Duty Manager, LCQ, certificates required, Food Safety & Hygiene, First Aid desired, though would assist obtaining them. Would suit someone local with interest in boating/ yachting, but not essential. Candidate must be flexible, enthusiastic and be able to delegate.
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Sunday Service: 9.30am
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2021 Fixed Term Position We are seeking a person with a strong interest in sport administration, physical activity, and effective communication to join our Sports Department Team. The role will require the successful applicant to actively contribute to the team, working with the other Sports Coordinators and reporting to the Director of Sport. We require the applicant to positively participate in creating a safe environment for BDSC students and follow the Sports Department processes of transparent open communication, risk analysis and student wellbeing. A high level and a variety of skill sets are required including having detailed knowledge of sports education and young people, along with some proven experience in sports administration. This individual needs to have the ability to build and enhance close relationships and strategic alliances within a variety of community personnel and groups. This is a fixed term position for the remainder of 2021 working 37.5 hours per week (preferably 9am-5pm) term time only. Please send your cover letter, CV and BDSC Job Application Form (https://www.bdsc.school.nz/our-college/job-vacancies) to Yvonne de Graaf firstname.lastname@example.org before 4pm Monday 22 March 2021.
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Te Tuhi: Exhibition pauses for gratitude J
ust a day before the level 3 lockdown, Te Tuhi launched their new major exhibition by prominent Maori curator Ngahiraka Mason’s A Very Different World, on Saturday February 27. Featuring the works of 18 Aotearoa and international artists, the show also features multiple offsite works, including Maraea Timutimu on Te Tuhi’s Parnell Station Billboards; Russ Flatt’s flag installation at the New Zealand Maritime Museum and Jaimie Waititi at Papatunga, Parnell Station. A Very Different World was conceived by Mason as an opportunity to focus on wellbeing and to provide a muchneeded glimmer of hope for the future, against the backdrop of the worldwide pandemic. The exhibition champions the concept that aroha (love) is Aotearoa’s greatest cultural possession. “We are more than the sum of our race, sexuality, gender and heritage,” says Mason, an independent curator, critic and visual historian with research
Left, Installation view of ‘A Very Different World’ at Te Tuhi. Works by Kereama Hohua, Arielle Walker, Hiria Anderson and Aaron Scythe; right, Joy Vercoe (left), curator Ngahiraka Mason (centre) and artist Kereama Hohua at the opening of A Very Different World. Photos supplied
and curatorial interests in the material culture and histories of Polynesian peoples and community relationships with museums and collections. “Love is vital and helps us through controversies, changed realities and times of uncertainty like the Covid-19 pandemic. “We are humbled by a virus that threatens human life. We are also optimistic about our human capacity to hold reverence for love and for life. This exhibition gives pause for optimism and gratitude.” Mason travelled to New
Zealand from her home in Honolulu, Hawai’i, in time to attend the opening on Saturday. Te Tuhi’s executive director Hiraani Himona says, “We were delighted to launch this very special exhibition with such a huge turnout, and it was a real honour to be joined by several of the featured artists and of course, Ngahiraka herself.” Highlights from the exhibition include a large-scale photographic wallpaper by Russ Flatt, a carved matai sculpture by Kereama Hohua, a suite of
kai Maori paintings by Hiria Anderson and an embroidered textile work by Arielle Walker – all of which are new commissions presented for the first time in A Very Different World. The exhibition is presented by Te Tuhi in association with Auckland Arts Festival Te Ahurei Toi o Tamaki Makaurau and the New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa. The exhibition runs until May 9. Te Tuhi is open 9am-5pm daily under Alert Level 2 or lower.
New prosecutor in donations case A new prosecutor has been appointed to lead the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) ongoing legal battle against the four defendants in the National Party donations case. The case was initially being prosecuted by Stephen Bonnar QC, but he has since been appointed as a district court judge in Auckland. Bonnar was one of four lawyers recently appointed to the bench to help deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown on New Zealand’s court system. The National Party donations case will now be prosecuted by Paul Wicks QC assisted by John Dixon QC. The SFO announced in January last year it had laid charges against four people including disgraced former Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross over donations made to the National Party in 2017 and 2018. Ross and his three co-accused, Yikun Zhang, Shijia Zheng, and Hengjia Zheng, pleaded not guilty to the charges in February 2020 and are set to go on trial in the Auckland High Court in September this year. Zhang, Shijia Zheng, and Ross each face two charges of obtaining by deception. Hengjia Zheng faces one charge of obtaining by deception and one charge of providing false or misleading information. The Crimes Act 1961 states the charge of obtaining by deception carries a punishment of imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years. Ross is represented in the case by defence lawyers Ron Mansfield and Hannah Stuart. Mansfield was part of the defence team for Jesse Shane Kempson, who was convicted of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane in Auckland in December 2018. After killing Millane, 21, Kempson watched extreme pornography on his phone and took intimate photos of her dead body before burying her in bush in west Auckland.
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East Auckland’s skateboarders and scooter riders have a new piece of equipment on which to practise their moves. A long, curving “pump track” has been temporarily installed at Nixon Centennial Park in Howick to give youngsters, and the young at heart, the chance to have fun over the summer season. It can be used by people riding skateboards, scooters, and bicycles and is funded by the Howick Local Board. Board chairperson Adele White says the response to the pump track’s installation has been “amazing”. “It’s pleasing for the board to have been able to provide something for the community to enjoy after the 2020 Covid lockdowns,” White told the Times. “Our board members have been flooded with messages of thanks from local residents grateful for this activity.
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Among the people making the most of the “pump track” at Howick’s Nixon Centennial Park are, from left, Howick Local Board members Bruce Kendall and Bo Burns and board chair Adele White. Times photo Wayne Martin
“It’s good to see a large number of people of all ages having fun together and enjoying the outdoors.” White jokes that she imagines any effort to move the track to another location may be met with protests,
judging by how popular it’s been with locals. The pump track is located in the rear car park on the lower end of Nixon Centennial Park in Sale Street, Howick. It’s free to use.
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