Nor West News : March 15th 2012
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 5 NOR-WEST NEWS, MARCH 15, 2012 LETTERS Your Helensville team. Your local supporters. Helensville 97 Mill Road (09) 420 8307 email@example.com Opening Hours Mon to Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm TIM MILLS Tim, a country person at heart, with a good understanding of the area, is a keen hunter and sherman. He has an extensive background in rural sales and manages most of our quoting for seasonal products. STEPHEN KERR-TAYLOR Born and raised in the Helensville area, farming has always been a part of Stephen s life. Working in fencing, agricultural and sales, Stephen has had the pleasure to get to know many of the locals. "I hope to see you all soon," he says. ROSS GOOD - BUSINESS MANAGER Ross is extremely proud to be leading an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team. With over 20 years managing businesses he knows what good old- fashioned customer service is all about. He enjoys serving the community of Helensville and the surrounding areas. DYLAN HOWARD Dylan was born and bred in South Head. He s a keen sportsman and big fan of the Warriors. At Farmlands he s excited to bring his customer services skills into play. HALEY HEATHWAITE Currently living on a 12-acre block with ve bee es and two horses, Haley has lived in Rodney District her whole life. She is involved in horse eventing and pony school coaching, and brings a well known face to Farmlands admin support and customer sales. Farmlands Trading Society Limited TRACTA38882 Your Farmlands team are not just local. They re loyal. The years in the business really show in the advice and service they give out. Many have run farms themselves and know just what it takes to keep a farm and stock healthy and pro table. And remember, if you re a Shareholder you don t just bene t from extra sharp pricing, you get to share in the pro ts, too. So come on by, and say hi to your biggest supporters. Investigating: Nine-year-old Annebelle Sandker was on the spot trying to find out what happened to the bus just down the road from her Waitakere home. Quick catch A high school bus ran off Wairere Rd, Waitakere, on February 27 at 4.15pm. It was just 500 metres up from Caton Rd, just three to four doors down from my house. The bus with children still on it began to slip off the road. One of the students on the bus hurt her elbow by rolling off her seat. A tow truck arrived and a line of cars soon formed as there was no through traffic possible. The tow truck was able to pull the bus out of the ditch while police patrolled the road access. While pulling the bus straight, the top latch of the roof came off. A helicopter circled above us recording footage of the scene. Neighbours were all taking pictures and discussing the possible causes. When examining the bus it was noticed that the left corner light cap of the bus was cracked. It was not clear if there was a loose panel on the opposite side of the bus. The road condition was not thought to have caused the accident. It is important that students are safe on school buses on country roads. Annebelle Sandker, 9 Waitakere -- Abridged Breast screening A personal thank you to the Kaukapakapa community for highlighting the acts of vandalism that have affected our digital screening mobile unit while it was at the Kaukapakapa Hall site (Nor- west News, March 8). We have had a tremendous amount of support from the community -- those acts of individuals notwithstanding. Our sincerest thanks go out to the community who have hosted us so generously, as well as to the kind gentleman who took the time to clean up the food stains the vandals left on the outside of our unit. While the theft of our generator pump meant that we regretfully could not continue in Kaukapakapa for now, no women booked to be screened will miss out. These women will now be seen at the unit while it is in Helensville, with transport provided to those who need assistance getting to and from the site. The Helensville site has external power supply so the missing generator pump will not affect our screening programme. Women are more than welcome to visit the unit to find out more about the breastscreening process. Some unscheduled, walk-in appointments may be available but they can also call 0800-270200 or txt the word breastscreen to 4040 for more information or to make an appointment. Moira McLeod Programme manager BreastScreen Waitemata Northland Water systems The magnitude of the sewerage and water reticulation project in Huapai, Kumeu and surrounding areas is obvious to all residents. However, I believe it is not so obvious to residents how the scheme is being funded. There are many residents happy with their present septic tank system and rainwater water supply who do not wish to be connected to the new system nor pay anything toward it. Ratepayers do not want to end up with a situation such as in the Kaipara District Council where an inadequate funding plan for the Mangawhai sewerage system will significantly increase rates for may years. Hopefully a response from our Rodney Local Board to the following questions may allay any fears: 1) What is the breakdown of funding sources for the Huapai-Kumeu sewerage and water systems and over how many years will it be paid? 2) What will be the estimated annual costs to a household for the sewerage system and the water system? 3) Will residents not wanting a connection to either sewerage or water reticulation that passes their gate be faced with any increase in rates? 4) Is there any intention to make charges on the basis of a wastewater out/fresh water in calibration, thereby preventing households from tanking up only one option? Eg: Sewerage? 5) Will rainwater tanks be permitted when a new dwelling is built or will a connection to the water reticulation system be mandatory? 6) Will Auckland Council require properties to be connected to the sewerage system as a condition of sale? 7) Public submissions and discussion about the provision of a sewerage system for the area are well- documented. What public discussion about the provision of piped water occurred? Answers to these questions, and no doubt there are many more, should, I hope, make ratepayers more aware of what they are in for over coming years. Gary Moss Huapai Watercare Services Limited responds: 1) The ongoing construction and renewal of Auckland s water and wastewater infrastructure, including Kumeu-Huapai and Riverhead, is funded by a long-term financing strategy based on a combination of borrowing and the user pays principles of the Infrastructure Growth Charge. Payment for the regional development and operation of assets, which include the Kumeu-Huapai and Riverhead scheme, is via a combination of regional water and wastewater tariffs, 2) The structure of charges will vary depending on the services provided. A new wastewater tariff has been proposed by the Auckland mayor and will be confirmed in July following public consultation undertaken by Auckland Council. Until water services are provided the wastewater tariff will be fixed and is expected to be $582. Once water services are connected to a property the wastewater charges will be based on a combination of fixed and volumetric user charges. For water, all Auckland pays the same volumetric rate which from July 1 is expected to be $1.342 per 1000 litres. The Watercare website has further information on all current charges. The estimated annual power cost to operate the pressurised wastewater collection unit is between $30 and $40. 3) Water and wastewater charges are paid directly to Watercare Services and reflect the cost of building, maintaining and running the regional water and wastewater network. These charges are separate from property rates which are paid to Auckland Council. Watercare does not pay a dividend to council. 4) No. In Kumeu-Huapai and Riverhead, existing properties can choose not to connect to either the public water or wastewater system. The charges invoiced and the way they are calculated will depend on the different services received. 5) Connection to the public water system is optional for existing properties. However, all new dwellings and developments will be required to pay Watercare s Metropolitan Infrastructure Growth Charge where both services are available. 6) No, although if a property is being subdivided or an additional dwelling is being constructed, council will require the properties to be connected to the wastewater system. 7) The provision of water and wastewater services to the area was an initiative of the former Rodney District Council. The project was included in the Long-Term Council Community Plan which underwent public consultation. Watercare became responsible for delivery of services in November 2010 and has since been communicating with the local board and the Residents and Ratepayers associations, as well as providing information on the projects section of the Watercare website.
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