Nor West News : February 24th 2011
5 NOR-WEST NEWS, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 NEWS TYRE IMPORTER CLEARANCE SALE 206 Swanson Rd, Henderson. WWW.BUYTYRESONLINE.CO.NZ Wholesale pricing, direct to the public, one time only. CASH 'N' CARRY DEALS Cash, eftpos, credit card and Q Card available Saturday 26th Feb 9am-4 pm only 13 to 22 inch sizes. 17 inch from $79 18 inch from $108 185R14 Van tyres from $82 20 inch car tyres from $140 WETSUITS SALE 16 SHAMROCK DRIVE KUMEU PH 412 2233 www.hardcoresurf.co.nz WETSUITS while stocks last ALL 40% OFF 3168405AE Westgate OPEN 7 DAYS PH 831 0282 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org OP INSTORE NOW NEW SEASONS FOOTY BOOTS $89.99 Adidas F5 TRX Nike - Puma - Adidas - Asics - Lotto - Blades See us First! Ask, or you won't get Community Mouthpiece Bob Howard Rodney Local Board Chairperson The board has been finding its feet over the last three months in understanding more about our role within Auckland Council. We re still in the early stages. One of the important tasks for residents who want to be heard is to support and join groups already knowledge- able with community issues --- such as the established residents and ratepayers groups. When residents are passionate about their area and pack out meetings, the board can credibly pass on those strongly supported issues. In comparison to some areas in Rodney, largely attended meetings have been successful for them in the previous council adminis- tration. However, we ve been impressed with good turn- outs for concerns like Muriwai residents of Con- stable Rd wanting a perma- nent solution to their elec- tricity problems. The first board priority was signing off the draft local board agree- ment which becomes part of the annual plan. It covers the council s budget of 2012-2013. When it comes out next month there will be consul- tation with our communities. We want to have feedback --- where do you want to see improvements and develop- ments? Nor-west residents can also speak to board members on the first Saturday of the month at Kumeu and Helensville service centres. Speaking at a public forum at board meetings is also a great opportunity to address members who will ask questions to clarify any point. Groups can also petition the board to speak longer. Residents can also email our members, who cover roles according to their area of interest and responsibility --- such as the rural advisory panel. Once we ve got it in writing, we can forward it up the ladder. The Council Chambers at the Orewa Service Centre is the ideal facility for our meetings as it holds all the necessary resources and is central to all of the Rodney communities we cover. The board is looked after by four officials. Board members have been attending Monday afternoon workshops to hear from council-controlled organisations such as Watercare Services and Auckland Transport. However, we intend to address the fact CCOs are not telling us about all of the issues and programmed works which specifically affect our area. Board members have also been out in the community hearing from groups which include those wanting moun- tain bike trails, the Waimauku Tennis Club s need for expansion and gen- erally the need for more sports and recreation facili- ties. I ve attended a mayoral forum where most boards are concerned about co- governance. However, I have told the forum our issues are more about our rural identity with issues ranging from metal roads and boat ramps to the recycling station. As a board we should not make submissions on plan- ning or regulatory matters on a group s behalf. We can listen to people s concerns, but we re not to be seen taking sides. However, groups can make submissions themselves to the council. It is the governing body s res- ponsibility to make decisions on planning and regulatory matters and at this stage there have been no decisions to delegate these matters to local boards. The next board meeting is on March 14, 2pm at the Council Chambers, Orewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway Road, Orewa. To book into the public forum, contact Raewyn Morrison on (09) 301-0101 or raewyn.morr ison@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz. Please make an appoint- ment to see board members on March 5 at Helensville Service Centre from 9am to 10am and the Kumeu Service Centre from 11am to noon. Book with the service centre receptions. Email Bob. Howard@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz. Progress for centre Ongoing: Infrastructure and earth works is under way at the Westgate Town Centre site. By CAROLYN THOMAS Work on the new Westgate Town Centre is trucking along despite some hiccups says developer Mark Gunton. The New Zealand Retail Property Group chairman says a few funding and planning issues were to be expected following the Auckland Council crossover and a global economic downturn. Finding funding in this environment is always going to be a challenge, Mr Gunton says. But we ve stood the test of time. It s eight years and $32 million in the plan- ning. He says he is work- ing through a process with the council following its adoption of Waitakere City Council s plans. Infrastructure, ducting, powerline and earthworks is on going at the planned retail, residential, busi- ness, recreational and edu- cational site. Mr Gunton s company is the major shareholder in the Westgate Power Cen- tre, which owns the existing complex across the road, that will link with the development. Mr Gunton says a num- ber of existing Westgate shops were sold over the past year and funding is now available to buy out the minority shareholders. He says leasing interest is strong for the develop- ment with some already signed up. College students do well Four students from Kaipara College have achieved at the highest levels in New Zealand in their scholarship exam- inations. Yuki Maehara won a scholarship in physics with an outstanding scholarship in math- ematics and calculus. Courtney Grundy gained a scholarship in English, head girl Char- lotte Clouston in physi- cal education and head boy Oliver Meadows in biology.
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