Nor West News : April 28th 2011
3 NOR-WEST NEWS, APRIL 28, 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 Hon John Key MP FOR HELENSVILLE www.johnkey.co.nz www.national.org.nz Phone : 412 2496 365 Main Road, Huapai email@example.com Working for you 2592656AA Experience Integrity Stephen Theobald Ph 027 4934 662 firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 412 7666 Kumeu Loyal Realty Ltd 2792509AA BIG BRAND SWEATS Westgate OPEN 7 DAYS PH 831 0282 EMAIL: email@example.com MENS/WOMENS CREWS FROM $49.99 HOODIES FROM $59.99 SAVE UP TO $20 IN BRIEF Parakai market Check out the stalls and car- boot sales at the Parakai community market on April 30. The event runs fortnightly Saturday from 10am at Black Pete's carpark. Stallholder bookings, call Henrietta on (09) 420-6086. School reunion Memorabilia and photos are welcome for Waimauku School's 90th jubilee. The event on July 2 features an afternoon down memory lane and a dine and dance in the evening. Registration forms from the school office. Visit www.waimauku.school.nz. Free classes Have a go at learning New Zealand Sign Language at free classes from May 2 to 8. Deaf Aotearoa is offering 45-minute sign language classes. Visit www.nzsign. co.nz for information. Allergies talk Do you have an interest in asthma and allergies? The Auckland Medical Research Foundation is holding a free public lecture on May 12 from 7pm with Professor Innes Asher at Auckland University Business School, Owen G Glenn Building, Grafton Rd. Call Kathleen 923-1701 or visit www.medical research.co.nz. Big plans for motorway art Loud statement: Noise walls along the Hobsonville motorway will get the creative touch by Helensville artist Jeff Thomson. HOW LOUD are those bright orange walls along the Hobsonville motorway? Drivers from the nor-west can't miss the noise walls along sections of the NZ Transport Agency's State Highway 18 Hobsonville Deviation and SH16 Brigham Creek Extension. The tall orange wooden walls reduce traffic noise to neighbouring homes and businesses. The colour is an indirect reference to clays used by the ceramics industry formerly based in the area and also represents the tiles lining the Clarks Lane footbridge over the motorway. However Helensville artist Jeff Thomson plans to add a tyre track design inspired by vehicles travelling along Muriwai Beach. The coloured tread relief patterns will feature along the 700 metres of noise wall included in the project to cre- ate New Zealand's largest public artwork. Plantings of native shrubs will also help to maintain the natural environment. Urban design specialists Jasmax collaborated with the NZTA, Mr Thomson, Auck- land Council and the former Waitakere City Council on the walls project, one part of an overall arts programme for the Hobsonville motor- way. Mr Thomson says it's big- ger than anything he has worked on before. I actually spent two years walking throughout New Zea- land in the early 1980s mak- ing small artworks on letterboxes for people I met along the way. So it feels quite natural that I'm now back making art on the roadside, although on a much larger scale,'' he says. Other artworks associated with the project include the Sinton Windows installed by artist John Radford and the clay tiles by artists Matt and Kate McLean. It is a good opportunity to show that there is more to constructing a new motorway than concrete and asphalt,'' NZTA Auckland state highways manager Tommy Parker says. The noise walls not only fulfil a practical purpose but add some visual character along sections of the motorway.'' The noise walls are being put up alongside the motorway at Hobsonville Rd near Westgate, Squadron Drive, Sinton Rd, Trig Rd and the Brigham Creek Rd round- about with SH16. The NZTA is also looking to incorporate design elements at Lincoln Rd and other interchanges so the theme is similar along the northwest- ern motorway. The four-lane Hobsonville motorway is the last section to be completed of the new SH18 as part of the strategic western ring route, which will create a motorway alternative to SH1. Call 0800-520-202 or visit www.nzta.govt.nz/hobsonville for more information. Protesters oppose drilling Environmental grilling: Green MP Metiria Turei at a protest outside Prime Minister John Key's electoral office in Huapai against deep sea oil exploration. Photo: CAROLYN THOMAS By CAROLYN THOMAS A protest outside Prime Minis- ter John Key's Huapai elector- ate office last Wednesday was against deep sea oil explo- ration in New Zealand. It follows Greenpeace and environmental campaigners disrupting Petrobras gas ex- ploration vessel Orient Explorer this month as it attempted to find oil and gas off the East Cape. The protest was on the first anniversary of BP's cata- strophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Green Party member Meti- ria Turei says it is a poignant reminder of what can go wrong. No government has re- sources to prevent a disaster like that,'' Ms Turei says. So much damage was done. Stop The Drilling spokes- woman Emily Drinkwater says the government should be moving away from fossil fuels. Our government should be investing in clean energy, which makes more economic sense, not allowing deep sea oil extraction throughout New Zealand,'' Ms Drinkwater says. The risk of an oil spill is very real.'' She says Petrobras has a permit to drill an exploratory well at 3000 metres which is twice the depth of the BP one. An oil spill here could have disastrous consequences.'' She says fishing and tour- ism industries could be destroyed along with com- munities.
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