Nor West News : April 21st 2011
3 NOR-WEST NEWS, APRIL 21, 2011 NEWS Join now for only $15.50 What have you got to lose? 156 Main Road Kumeu Phone: 412 8932 www.kumeugym.co.nz per week new to hardcore surf 16 SHAMROCK DRIVE KUMEU PH 412 2233 www.hardcoresurf.co.nz Professional BIKE MECHANIC on site Bike servicing & repairs IN BRIEF Future say Meetings to help guide the direction of the nor-west for years to come need your comments. Residents are welcome to discuss the Rodney Local Board Plan at this month's remaining meetings. They will be on April 27 for the Muriwai and Waimauku areas at the Waimauku hall, 24 Waimauku Station Rd and April 27 for the Helensville, Kaukapakapa, South Head and Shelly Beach areas at Helensville hall, Porter Cres. Both meetings are from 7pm to 9pm. Inquiry continues Local board member Warren Flaunty has faced the most harrowing time of his life after he was involved in a fatal vehicle accident this month. Blair Titmus, 35, was killed after his motorbike collided with a car on Hobsonville Rd and he was run over by another vehicle. Sergeant Colin Nuttall from the Waitemata police serious crash unit says the investigation could take up to four months to complete. Mr Flaunty says the accident has been a terrible experience but he doesn't want to comment further until investigation has been completed. ''I've had the most harrowing weeks of my life,'' he says. Mr Flaunty is a member of the Rodney, Upper Harbour, Henderson-Massey and local boards along with the Waitemata District Health Board and the Waitakere Licensing Trust. Open fire season An open fire season has been declared in Rodney. Rural fire areas of the Auckland Council are now operating within an open fire season with the exception of Hauraki Gulf islands which remain under a permanent restricted fire season. During an open fire season, permits are not required for fires in the open air on private land within the rural fire area. However, you are not allowed to burn green vegetation, rubber or plastic items, toxic materials, and treated timber. Call the Auckland Council on (09) 301-0101. A little joy for Chch kids By RANI TIMOTI BRINGING fun and joy back to earthquake-sapped Cantabrians has spurred on an initiative started in the nor-west. Muriwai mother-of-four Chris Brittenden has set up Operation Smiles after her friends sent their children up from Christchurch to escape the chaos and homelessness. While entertaining them along with her own family at attractions around Auckland, she realised this was just what the children needed. When Rainbows End offered a 50 percent discount on discovering the children were from Christchurch, it meant Mrs Brittenden could pay for another Christchurch family. From the huge positive effect this small gesture had, Iworkedoutawaytomakea difference to Christchurch residents, she says. The non-profit website unites New Zealand s tourism attractions offering Cantab- rians free and discounted entry fees, with nationwide promotion. They get a great range of affordable distractions when they take breaks from the trauma of life in Christ- church today. Mrs Brittenden says she s in daily contact with friends in Christchurch and they sound worse as time goes on. They all say that support is not available in Christ- church as they are all coping with the same disaster on a daily basis. Although the media portray in sound bites that support is there, in reality it is too big a disaster for the services to cope with, she says. They will constantly need breaks from the trauma of the new Christchurch. They need to get away sometimes to keep their coping mechanisms coping. With her team of volun- teers, Mrs Brittenden is also aiming to develop the initiat- ive nationally. She acknowledges the posi- tive feedback and business commitment the website is already achieving. Doors just keep on open- ing and everyone has been so supportive and willing to help. It s amazing how Kiwis pull together in times of need. Mrs Brittenden says there is also a launch competition which features some amazing stories from Christchurch residents. The competition finishes tomorrow and the winner receives a five-day holiday package in Auckland and Northland. Visit http://www.operation smiles.org.nz to find out more. Minis set to make the Pork Pie Run Classic road trip: Kumeu couple Simon and Marion Lodge are ready to roll for the 2011 Pork Pie Run with their fellow Auckland Mini Car Club members. By RANI TIMOTI Prepare for a slice of iconic New Zealand nostalgia with a nor-west ingredient. Kumeu couple Simon and Marion Lodge will be taking their distinctive yellow Mini with their registration M1NEEE on the 2011 Pork Pie Run. They will be with a convoy of about 39 Minis travelling along national roads for the classic road trip which celebrates the 30th anniver- sary of the Goodbye Pork Pie movie and the 50th anniver- sary of the Mini Cooper. The Lodges, who hail from England, stopped off for a fundraiser last weekend at the Huapai Tavern in prep- aration for the April 22 to 27 event from Kaitaia to Invercargill. Tavern owners Gail and Peter Neil hosted about eight Auckland Mini Car Club members which helped raised money for the Starship Foun- dation. The tavern and Four Square sponsor the Lodges. The last run in 2009 raised $120,000 for The Starship Foundation and the couple aim to go the extra mile this year. We know what to expect this year and we ve added an extra day to make the trip more relaxing and to do a bit of sightseeing, Simon says. As usual, they hope to get good weather and plenty of reactions as they travel. The kids love minis. They don t know what a vinyl record is but they recognise minis, Simon laughs, as he s known as Mr Bean, the Mini- driving English comedy character. Proceeds from their fundraiser, which is already up to $100,000, will go towards the foundation to buy stretchers for children. Camaraderie and the social, fun side with the other drivers are highlights for the couple. A car restorer with Mini Bitz, Simon has restored their 1975 Morris Mini, which has an English flag painted on its roof, which he will be driving, while Marion enjoys the ride. To donate, contact the Lodges on www.fund raiseonline.co.nz/marion andsimonlodge for more information. Visit www.nor-westnews.co.nz to see a trailer for the 1981 movie Goodbye Pork Pie and Simon and Marion Lodge interviewed on their last run in 2009.
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