Nor West News : March 17th 2011
3 NOR-WEST NEWS, MARCH 17, 2011 NEWS What have you got to lose? 156 Main Road Kumeu Phone: 412 8932 www.kumeugym.co.nz NO Joining Fee! This month only. You can trust St John Only St John medical alarms connect directly to St John and are installed by uniformed St John staff. Call 0800 50 23 23 for more information. STJOHN0910 www.kumeucountrymarket.co.nz Call Courtney 027 688 0818 SUNDAY 27th MARCH 10am - 3pm STALLS AVAILABLE IN BRIEF Computer skills Kumeu community constable Michael Collins is the speaker at the annual general meeting of Nor-west (Auckland) Senior Net on March 21. The event is at St Chad's Church hall in Huapai from 10am where the new committee will be intro- duced. The group welcomes people aged over 50 to learn about computers and technology to open up a new world of fun in a stress free environment. Call chairwoman Michaela Baxter on 416-4173. Probus meeting Road rules and advice on buying a car will be given by guest speaker Dick Berry at the Kumeu Probus Club meeting on March 24. The event will be at St Chad's Church hall, Huapai, from 10am to noon. A meat pack lucky ticket is at the door. Anyone aged over 55 is welcome to enjoy the fun, friendship and fellowship. Call president Elaine Oates on 412-8791. Be neighbourly Residents in the nor-west are encouraged to take part in Neighbours Day Aotearoa on March 26 and 27. Auckland-based community organisation LIFEWISE is behind the event which aims to celebrate the importance of neighbours. Sharing a cuppa, giving home baking, a chat over the fence, filling gas bottles or having a barbecue are among activities being encouraged. Email kiaora@neighboursday .org.nz or visit www.neigh boursday.org.nz for more information. Where to donate to the earthquake appeal Coming nor-west fundra- isers for the Canterbury earthquake appeal: March 19: Quality second- hand goods can be dropped off at Kumeu Community Centre in Access Rd from 7am to 5pm. March 27: Equine training and handling day from 10am to 4.30pm at the Muriwai based Stud Ltd, 15 Motutara Rd. Includes the Old Mac- Donald Travelling Farm. April 9: A gala will held at Waimauku Village from 9am to 4pm. Organised by the Waimauku Lions, it will fea- ture stalls, a garage sale and entertainers. April 9: A picnic at the Parakai Reserve from 11am to 3pm. Organised by Rod- ney Local Board member Brenda Steele and her team with the Helensville Lions, it will feature entertainment by Jules Topp and special guests along with Chas Holst and his band and the Kahurangi Ki Kaipara Kapahaka group. Please donate via the Red Cross, Salvation Army and ANZ, National, Westpac, ASB, BNZ and Kiwibank. Call for underground lines By RANI TIMOTI Windy ridge: An aerial shot of a ridge on Muriwai's Constable Rd where lines have broken in high winds. Photos: BRIAN MOORHEAD Secure power: Vector is planning an overhead service with larger poles in some places, heavier conductors and wider crosstrees, even though Constable Rd residents prefer an underground solution. A LONG history of severe power cuts is pushing Muriwai residents to ask for underground powerlines. Constable Rd property owners are tired of the lines degrading to the point of fail- ure. They say it s a safety issue -- drivers have been stuck on the road because of fallen lines. The northern section of the street forms the connection between the Te Henga and Goldie Bush Walkways and, since early last year part of the 70km Hillary Trail net- work through the Waitakere Ranges. Resident Brian Moorhead says it s not just the property owners who will be affected if Vector goes ahead with its plan for an overhead service with larger poles in some places, heavier conductors and wider crosstrees. Putting the lines under- ground would also improve the environment and the view for the huge numbers of visitors expected to use the Hillary Trail, he says. Vector s new overhead installation would have a life expectancy of more than 40 years and cost $306,000, while placing the cables underground would cost $496,000. It s a once in 40 or 50-year opportunity to make a real difference to the environment for all, Mr Moorhead says. How come Vector paid out more than $90 million in dividends last year but can t seem to find $200,000 to underground something in a landscape of national signifi- cance? An underground system would also save on mainten- ance costs when bad weather strikes. He says Constable Rd experiences the highest wind velocities in the Auckland region. Vector has suggested that each property pay up to $8000 towards the cost of putting the lines under- ground. Vector external communi- cations manager Philippa White says an overhead sol- ution is the most cost- effective approach. We are happy however, that should the community find funding to cover the dif- ference in cost, to contribute what we would have spent on the overhead solution and therefore build the network underground, she says. Discussions to this effect have taken place with the residents but we appreciate that that within the com- munity there are differing commitments to the solution provided. The residents have asked organisations for funding help, including the Auckland Council, the Conservation Department and tourism ventures. Helensville electorate MP John Key, Waitakere MP Paula Bennett, other govern- ment agencies and the Auck- land Energy Consumer Trust have also been approached. We re struggling to try and back up a lot of the rhet- oric about the trail and land- scape, Mr Moorhead says. There s general sympathy butnotalotofhowwecando it. Rodney Local Board chair- man Bob Howard has written to the Auckland Council in support of the residents, although the council s budget has already been allocated.
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