Nor West News : January 27th 2011
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Sinton Rd has been realigned to allow for construction of the new State Highway 18 motorway. The road is now connected to the Brigham Creek roundabout, with access just to the right of the Brigham Restaurant/Cafe. The old Sinton Rd entrance from Hobsonville Rd is now a short no-exit cul-de-sac. Disability action CCS Disability Action is seeking support for its opposition to an appeal by the Ministry of Health against a High Court ruling. The ministry is appealing a decision by the court and the Human Rights Review Tribunal that the practice of not recognising parent or immediate family members as paid caregivers is discriminatory and unjust. Email t.ryall@ ministers.govt.nz and firstname.lastname@example.org if you object to the ministry's appeal. Airbase upgrade A new lease of life is pledged for Whenuapai airfield at RNZAF Base Auck- land. The government is to spend $24 million as part of its upgrading which includes the main runway and taxiways, stormwater drainage improvements and new airfield lighting. Work begins this month and extends over two earthworks construction seasons, with completion pro- jected for May 2012. National promised retention of Whenuapai as an operational airbase. This project is part of the resulting pro- gramme of essential works. It will give the base a new lease of life, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says. Built shortly before World War 2 and now constantly needing repair, Mr Mapp says the money will ensure the runway lasts at least another 40 years. The airfield will stay operational while the work is carried out. Council on the move By KAREN MANGNALL THE Auckland Council is starting the New Year by hit- ting the road for the north. Orewa hosts the first governing body meeting of 2011 today at the old Rodney District Council chambers. Mr Brown says he was looking forward to the Orewa meeting. I ll take my togs. But Hibiscus Coasters can rest easy -- the mayor s daughter has banned him from wearing Speedos. I m a boardies guy, multi- coloured. The move out of the CBD stems from mayor Len Brown s election promise to take the council to the supercity s furthest reaches. Six governing body meetings will be rotated out- side the CBD this year to Manukau, Papakura, North Shore, Franklin and Waita- kere. We ll do that every second meeting and see how that goes, see how the local com- munities respond, he says. If they respond well and we get good crowds, we can look at continuing it. Each of the travelling meetings will open with a public forum so people can get the opportunity to speak . Mr Brown s keen to send the message that the Auck- land Council is a council for all Aucklanders, a council for you . I m adamant our council will maintain the integrity of the democratic model by being as close to the com- munity as it can and giving people the opportunity to take part. He is also confident it won t cost any extra to rotate every second meeting to various locations around the region. Councillors and staff have to travel from Pukekohe, Papakura, Manukau, Hen- derson and Takapuna into the CBD for meetings any- way, he says. Councillors and staff will travel to Orewa it a bus with officers from outlying offices expected to co-ordinate their travel to catch it. See www.aucklandcoun- cil.govt.nz for information. Power doubles: Patrick Morrison and Aya Sugiyama both throw themselves off buildings for a living for TV series Power Rangers which is filmed in areas like Bethells Beach. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY They flipped for each other By NICOLA MURPHY Throwing yourself off a building is not the easiest way to earn a living. But at least Patrick Morrison and Aya Sugiyama can t com- plain about their jobs being boring. The Oratia couple met at a training camp last year in prep- aration for filming the TV series Power Rangers. They are both stunt performers on the show. The television series is now being filmed at locations, includ- ing at Bethells Beach and Studio West in Glen Eden. Ms Sugiyama is the stunt double for the yellow Power Ranger while Mr Morrison plays a mooger , one of the minions sent in to fight the Rangers. Basically this means getting beaten up by the Power Rangers, Mr Morrison says. The pair is on a short break between filming blocks and says it s good being in a relationship with someone who knows the risks and difficulties of their work. Despite the danger, both Mr Morrison and Ms Sugiyama love their jobs. Mr Morrison has worked as an actor since he was a toddler and has done stunts for Outrageous Fortune, Xena Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. He has also appeared in advertisements scaling build- ings and doing back-flips. The 24-year-old says viewers often think stunt people have to be strong or have martial arts training, but he says the work is much simpler than that. You have to be able to act and it helps to know how a film set works. You walk on set and see the director and crew, the lights and cameras around and it all starts to seem normal, he says. Ms Sugiyama is from Japan and has performed in live stunt shows there. The couple says any injuries are usually minor -- although 27-year-old Aya once split her knee open when she had to fall down some stairs. Adrenaline becomes really important, you couldn t do the job without it, Mr Morrison says. Goto www.nor-west news.co.nz to see Patrick Morrison and Aya Sugiyama practise a stunt.
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