Manukau Courier : Manukau Courier November 2
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ON SPECIAL THIS WEEK PRICES VALID UNTIL SUNDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2010 Limited to 6 assorted Anchor Mild/Colby/Edam Block Cheese 900g 899 ea Limited to 4 assorted Kellogg's Nutri-Grain 345g/Coco Pops 450g/Special K 360g/Sultana Bran 500g/Buds 340g 369 ea PRICES VA LID UNT Limited to 6 assorted Huggies Nappies Convenience 16s-30s (Excludes Nappy Pants/ Junior Boys/Girls 30s) 899 ea SUNDAY7NOVEMBER 2010 TIL Lamb Shoulder Chops Product of New Zealand 999 kg Limited to 6 assorted Schweppes Sparkling Flavours Range 1.5L (Excludes Mixers) 99 Cea Limited to 48 assorted Stoneleigh Whites Range 750ml (Excludes Rapaura/Reds) 12 99 ea HURRY LAST WEEK! 135 TO BE WON -- 1 FROM EVERY STORE! Hobbit drama with a Dibley touch Not quite the greatest show on earth, a short season, but easily the best in town. It had everything -- includ- ing that potential promo- tional line about secret stars flown in direct from Holly- wood . Plus anger, threats, recriminations, backroom drama , allegations of double- dealing, stage maidens in dis- tress, suspense, a cameo per- formance from Trevor Mal- lard last seen in that failed Auckland project On the Waterfront -- and a final upbeat climax. Even borrowed humour. That came from, of all places, old scripts of The Vicar of Dibley. Reworked -- actually worked to death by John Key -- it was a standout whenever the media asked whether Cabinet would push more millions the way of the mys- terious movie men only glimpsed through the glass of ministerial limos. Remember? His answer: No, no, no, no, no, no -- Yes. In the mailbag, road-users rage from Mercer to Wark- worth: I am with you on the total inadequacy of the local road construction cartel. They build low-quality roads. How can the new State Highway 1 bit at Mercer be so bumpy? It s brand new! They take for- ever to build them. The sloppy work they do rewards them as they have to do it all over again soon after. Whoever heard of major bridges being obsolete after 50 years, like the Newmarket Viaduct and the harbour bridge? On top of this, they charge an arm and a leg for their poor work. The Newmarket Viaduct cost $215 million while the incredible 300-metre high, 2.5km long Millau Viaduct in France cost only five times as much; we d just get one of the French seven piers here on the Newmarket budget. These guys are bankrupt- ing the country. -- Name provided Over the past 18 months that road upgrade at Wark- worth has baffled myself and my wife -- as the same men- tality is prevalent elsewhere in the Auckland region -- pro- fessed experts cannot see the wood for the trees, and nobody asks any questions. The simple fact is that a two-lane bridge exists 50 to 100 metres away from the upgrade with the Omaha- Tawharanui-Leigh-Matakana Warkworth, etc, junction beyond. We travel north regularly, leaving North Shore at 4 to 4.30am on long weekends, and 11pm to midnight on the return journey. Getting our little girl out of bed at that hour is a small price to pay as opposed to the chaos which is now obviously set to remain in force -- after upgrade . All over the region, road planners appear to have a fix- ation with funnelling people into an already existing bottleneck. They seem to operate with impunity, creating such havoc. Examples from North Shore: Large stuff-up (Unfix- able) -- Tristram Ave motorway-Wairau Rd on and off-ramp junctions. Another marvellous funnelling effect -- complete with light phasing to complement the chaos. Moderate/large stuff-up (possibly fixable but with further chaos) -- Northcote on and off-ramp. The same single-lane motorway entry city-bound and on-lane exit northbound. This has existed for as long as I can remember before the sale and develop- ment of the huge Smales Farm business park. Of course city-bound cars still attempt to pull-in hard left from the straight-through lane (intended for Northcote- bound traffic) and have done so for years. Did anyone fore- cast Smales Farm? Also, in the other direction, try to cross three lanes of traffic within 50 metres to turn left to North Shore Hospital after the motorway exit. Minor/stupid -- someone thought it would be a good idea to change the sign at the bottom of Killarney St at the Kitchener Rd intersection from a stop sign to a merge- give way. Quite entertaining watching the dodgem show on Kitchener Rd. Minor/hopeful -- probably the same person -- thought to erect a sign on the round- about at the intersection of Kitchener Rd-Anzac St- Hurstmere Rd-The Strand to test pedestrians nerve and willpower, and to amuse us motorists. It says -- Caution, motorists have the right of way . This is for people crossing the footpath and entry to The Strand, allowing cars to turn left and not become Strand- ed in the middle of the roundabout. Needless to elaborate what actually happens. We wait with bated breath to see what happens to the current Lake Rd-Hauraki Corner-Napier Ave two-year project. All bets are off. -- Name provided Others who ve sat in a queue for nearly two hours from Puhoi to Warkworth, only moving momentarily for traffic lights in Warkworth to turn green, must have had the same thought. Forget the millions of dollars for by- passes and other money- wasting projects, switch off the traffic lights and put a pointsman on duty. The salary of a few points- men at public holidays would save us taxpayers millions on unnecessary roading pro- jects. -- Name provided I couldn t agree more with you about our supposed expert roading engineers. I travelled over that new piece of road at Warkworth over the weekend, and even though it wasn t rush hour I wondered why they haven t built a four-lane bridge? For all the millions of dollars that cost -- that piece of road achieves nothing other than creating another bottleneck! -- Terry Small, Pt Chevalier While planners do have a lot to answer for, the voting public should be looking closer at the people we vote for. They determine where and how our money is spent and they should be making sure we get good value. When you remember that the Manukau motorway junc- tion occurred right under the nose of Auckland s new mayor (perhaps too preoccu- pied with social engineering and pet projects), things don t look good for roads. A planner said that they under-estimated how much traffic would leave the arterial routes and join the motorway. Did he mean Roscommon and Mahia roads. Hardly arterial routes (maybe on paper)? Arterial routes in my mind are double-laned with 60kmh or 70kmh speed limits. The annoying thing is these roads could (and should) be that. On all the times they ve been dug up they could have been made into double lanes. This would have spread the wear and tear across two lanes, reducing the digging up. -- Quentin Inston, Weymouth To contact Pat Booth email firstname.lastname@example.org or write care of this news- paper. All replies are open for publication unless marked.
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