Nor West News : August 18th 2011
5 NOR-WEST NEWS, AUGUST 18, 2011 NEWS 7 Wookey Lane, Kumeu Hours: 7am -- 6pm, Mon -- Fri Phone: (09) 412 8081 email@example.com www.playschool.co.nz Sunday 21st August 10am-12pm Open Day *For 3 months - This voucher is redeemable at the Open Day! 20% off childcare fees* Come & discuss your child's future with our staff and receive: Rodney makes list for internet boost By KERRY GALLAGHER Several Rodney areas have been labelled as priorities for broadband internet expansion in a report to the Auckland Council. The council s economic development forum received a consultant s report which targeted Helensville, Whanga- paraoa, Snells Beach, Warkworth and Wells- ford as priorities. A BERL presentation divided areas of greater Auckland into areas of business demand for internet by speed. It says sectors can be prioritised based on productivity, place and preparedness, allowing those likely to benefit the most to be rolled out first. This research gives the council a first-order look at priority areas, the report says. The study emphasises the benefits from provid- ing comprehensive funding for these regions as quickly as possible and claimed early rollout of broadband would add around $8.1 billion to Auckland s GDP by 2025. BERL s favoured pri- ority targets were Helensville, downtown Auckland, Newmarket and Grafton, Penrose, Takapuna, Devonport, Whangaparaoa, Snells Beach, Warkworth, Wellsford, Pukekohe and Waiuku. The report says more than a quarter of Auck- land households are likely to demand high speed broadband. These people are likely to be prepared, computer literate and able to afford ultra-fast broadband, it says. Economic forum acting chairman Cameron Brewer says the study identifies priorities for the introduction of new capacity for Crown Fibre and local fibre compan- ies. It called for extra infrastructure capacity to go first where demand would be highest. However, Mr Brewer says the BERL report gave a hard economic view, which might not necessarily be shared by the council in light of the directions set by its Auckland Plan. Meanwhile, the coun- cil has identified several areas for discount Wi-Fi ahead of the World Cup. Mayor Len Brown says the Wi-Fi zone would cover Kingsland, all of Queen St, Britomart and Queens Wharf, lower Parnell, northern Pon- sonby Rd, Mt Eden Vil- lage and Onehunga. Other areas include main rugby training areas and selected trans- port hubs. The network would stay after the rugby tour- nament, and expand to other parts of Auckland. Young musicians leave their mark Writing and recording songs is prolific for Kaipara College music students who have churned out 119 so far for music competitions. The latest success has come to Johnny Stewart, Joy Young and Natasha Clayton who were highly commended for their entries in the Auckland Council Launch Your Lyrics competition. Liam Emtage placed inthetop40inthe annual Play it Strange CD after making it through the thousands of entries in the nationwide competition. The event included a peace songwriting challenge with Samantha Cox, Sam Sinnott, Courtney Pirie, Natalie Hess and Hannah Horsfield taking five of the six highly commended awards. Hannah s singer- songwriting skills have already earned accolades and her work is now in the final round of aud- itions for the Good Morn- ing competition. Free fun day of all-things art at Kumeu centre Clay work: Try making a piece of pottery at the Arts in Action event at Kumeu Arts Centre on August 27. Deft touch: Have a go at flax weaving during a fun family day at the Kumeu Arts Centre. There s not much for families to go to which doesn t cost the earth. However, the Kumeu Arts Centre hosts a free fun day of art on August 27. Dubbed Arts in Action, it s on from 10am to 2pm. The practical have-a- go day features clay, silver-smithing, wax sculpting, flax weaving, book binding, sewing, wool spinning and children s art. Koha entry to the centre at 300 Main Rd, Huapai, behind the council buildings. Phone 412-9480 for more information.
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