Nor West News : January 20th 2011
3 NOR-WEST NEWS, JANUARY 20, 2011 NEWS Join now for only $15.50 No Contract! What have you got to lose? 156 Main Road Kumeu Phone: 412 8932 www.kumeugym.co.nz per week Westgate OPEN 7 DAYS PH 831 0282 EMAIL: email@example.com OP UP TO 40% OFF SELECTED SHOES ASICS NIKE ADIDAS PUMA NEW SEASON'S BAGS IN STORE NOW JANSPORT FOOTWEAR SPECIALS www.kumeucountrymarket.co.nz THIS SUNDAY 23RD JANUARY DONT MISS IT!!! BRING CASH IN BRIEF Cheque it out Kumeu police want to speak to this women in relation to three stolen cheques. They were presented at two ANZ Banks in west Auckland on November 5 and 8. Phone constable Jared Latham on 412-7756. Scrap metal thieves Police are warning Kumeu residents about scrap metal thefts in the area. Community constable Mike Collins says people should be wary of anyone who shows up unannounced on their property. ''They're getting quite brazen, jumping fences and just helping themselves.'' Road rage crash Road rage led to a car crash on State Highway 16 near Helensville. Community constable Brett Mann says one person was injured. It happened about 3.45pm on January 12 after the occupants of two southbound cars became involved in an argument. Both vehicles then attempted to pass a truck at the same time. One of the overtaking cars went off the road and crashed into trees. The second vehicle was later stopped by police in Kumeu. Safe on the water Coastguard reminds nor-west boaties of the importance of pre-planning when heading out on the water. ''Many of the problems we are seeing are preventable and a bit of planning could ultimately save your life,'' says Coastguard president Colin Small. Have the battery in the boat checked Carry enough fuel Download from www.coastguard.co.nz the free Boating Safety Guide. Liquor law input sought By MICHELLE COOKE THERE S less than a month left to have your say on major proposed changes to liquor legislation. The government is calling for submissions on its Alcohol Reform Bill, which had its first reading passed in Parlia- ment in November. Suggestions include changes to the legal drinking age, the alcohol content in RTDs and alcohol outlet trading hours. Thousands of people are expected to make written and oral submissions on the bill, which is the first major alcohol-related legislation since the 1989 Sale of Liquor Act. Alcohol Healthwatch ad- viser Christine Rogan says the process is a once in a generation opportunity . For any citizen who has a concern about their commun- ity s wellbeing and access to alcohol now is the time to be heard, she says. Ms Rogan encourages people to make a submission on what is proposed but also on what hasn t been proposed. She says the gov- ernment had the opportunity to propose an increase on excise tax on alcohol, lower the blood-alcohol limit for drivers and impose greater restrictions on price and mar- keting. It s important to get the message across that there is more the government should be doing they didn t go far enough. A select committee will assess the government s proposals and public sub- missions and respond to Par- liament with its recommen- dations in May. MPs will then vote on the recommendations and Justice Minister Simon Power says new legislation should be passed by the end of the year. When considered in sum, the changes contained in the bill will fundamentally change the way our drinking is regulated, Mr Power says. Alcohol-related harm costs the government as much as $1.2 billion a year and alcohol is implicated in 30 percent of all crime, he says. But I recognise that alcohol s tentacles reach further than that. It impacts on our workplace pro- ductivity, our injury rate, our road toll and our general health. Submissions to the select committee close on February 18.Go to www. parliament. govt.nz or www.ahw.org.nz to find out more about the bill or to make a submission. ALCOHOL REFORM BILL PROPOSALS These are some of the government's proposals in its Alcohol Reform Bill: A split purchase age of 18 for on-licences and 20 for off-licences, allowing 18- year-olds to drink in bars and clubs but prohibiting them from buying alcohol at supermarkets or liquor stores. Restricting RTD alcohol content to 5 percent. Making it an offence for anyone other than a parent or guardian to provide alcohol to an under 18-year- old without a parent's or guardian's consent. Enabling communities to adopt a local policy to determine the concentration, location and hours of alcohol outlets. Imposing maximum operating hours between 7am and 11pm for off- licences and 8am to 4am for on-licences. Improving public education and treatment services for people with de- pendency problems. Carving her way with old swamp kauri Ingrained art: Wendy Fraser with her pieces at Art on Track which are made from local swamp kauri. Photo: CAROLYN THOMAS By CAROLYN THOMAS It s a good thing sculptor Wendy Fraser saw past rot in the swamp kauri she was given five years ago. Otherwise her latest exhi- bition would not exist. The South Head resident s work is on display at Art on Track at the Helensville train station until January 30. I was told it was rotten and that I can help myself, Wendy, a farmhand, says. But I could see the grains in it. She says the worse it looked the better the wood eventually came out. Some people just looked at me and shook their heads. The 51-year-old has been carving wood since she can remember. I saw a carving in my grandmother s house when I was young and decided I wanted to have a go. Her dad s butchers knife ended up nearly ruined but a lifelong passion was born. The display took Wendy about three years with inspi- ration coming from many things including images from a calender found at the dump and family photos. This has been a long slow process, she says. Basically I see something and I go: I like that and sketch it. I just keep my eyes out for things that capture them. A photo of her 15-year-old son when he was seven, standing on a water tank and blowing a conch was the basis of one piece. Wendy also does com- missioned work including sculptures, walking sticks, 21st keys, bowls and bone carvings. Wendy grew up the Rua- hine Ranges near Hastings before moving to Te Puke as a teenager. She s always worked out- doors. She says carving is a relaxing break. I sort of switch off, she says. I ve got a nice little stack of swamp kauri at home. Wendy also helps out the Kaipara Cadet Unit as second lieutenant. ArtonTrackisrunby artists Lyn Chapman, Annabel Brechelt, Audrey Jenkins, and Jan Scott. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 3.30pm. Other exhibitors planned for coming months include painters Jane Hayward and Annette Stuart.
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