Manukau Courier : November 4th 2010
7 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 4, 2010 NEWS NATIONAL PARTNERS LOCAL SUPPORTERS eDay near you Manukau City Council Carpark Access from Wiri Station Road, Manukau City Sat 6 Nov, 9am -- 3pm Find out more max x.co.nz 09 366 6400 RIDE THE TRAIN OR BUS TO FOUR NATIONS RUGBY LEAGUE FOR FREE* 6PM & 8.15PM KO'S, SAT 6 NOV, EDEN PARK Simply show your pre-purchased match ticket! Catch the train for free on all train services across the Auckland network from 3 hours prior to kick-off, until the end of scheduled services. * Special event buses to Eden Park will run from: Midtown (Auckland CBD), Takapuna, North Shore via Northern Busway Stations (Albany Park and Ride -- Akoranga), Manukau/Botany/ Pakuranga, Newmarket/Mt Eden. Olympic medals within reach of schools Going for gold: Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate is the first school to sign onto the new Olympic Schools programme. Pictured are Terry Daly from the New Zealand Olympic Committee with students Kainga Vaipulu, right, and Samiuela Paea. By JESSIE COLQUHOUN Winning an Olympic medal is a dream that could soon come true for some Manu- kau children. The New Zealand Olympic Committee has launched a nationwide programme called Olympic Schools and Otara s Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate is the first to sign up.The programme aims to engage students in activities inside and outside the class- room while encouraging the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. The values come first rather than the sport, New Zealand Olympic Committee marketing director Terry Daly says. The programme s being introduced across the country over the next 18 months, culminating in the first Primary School Olym- pic Games in 2012 just before the London Games. Participating schools will get teaching resources for the classroom and can request Olympians like swimmer Danyon Loader to speak at school events. Most exciting of all, schools will award gold, sil- ver and bronze Olympic Schools medals and certificates. Schools decide who gets medals and what for -- excel- lence in sport, academics or cultural activities. Biowaste deal for new regional park By DAVID TAURANGA Puketutu Island in the Manukau Harbour is to become a new regional park in a deal enabling Watercare to dump biowaste there. If the Environment Court approves the deal, treated biosolids from the nearby Mangere wastewater plant and cleanfill will be used to fill in the island s quarry to create the park. The agreement between Watercare, Waikato-Tainui, Te Kawerau a Maki, Makaurau Marae and island owners the Kelliher Chari- table Trust includes building a marae and cultural pre- cinct. Waikato-Tainui chairman Tukoroirangi Morgan says it s a deal that produces only winners . Tainui, Te Kawerau a Maki and Makaurau Marae had been fighting Watercare s bio- solid dumping plans in the Environment Court. We believed that cultural concerns were not addressed and that iwi had not been sufficiently consulted in a project that involved an island that is so precious to us. He says the new deal is the result of a better reception from Watercare for Maori views and substantial and robust input from Makaurau Marae chairwoman Janice Roberts and Te Warena Taua of Te Kawerau a Maki. Watercare will pay $27 million for a 55-year lease for the island and a levy of $2 a tonne for waste under the deal. But chairman Graeme Hawkins expects to save $22m by not having to truck the biowaste further away. That saving will inevi- tably be reflected in future wastewater charges, Mr Hawkins says. There is also a huge bene- fit for local residents who will not have to put up with up to 30 trucks a day travelling through the neighbourhood with associated nuisances of noise, dust and road dam- age. Under the deal the Kelliher Trust will transfer the free- hold title to a trust of six members from Waikato- Tainui, Makaurau and Te Kawerau a Maki. The Auckland Council will take up a concurrent 999- year renewable lease to guarantee the island remains available to the Auckland public in perpetuity. Four trustees from the island trust, Watercare and the council will form a governance trust to allocate funding for the marae, island development, education, training and jobs. It will also provide a forum for dis- cussing island issues. A marae and cultural facili- ties will be built in a specially designated area and will be freely accessible to Auck- landers and other visitors. Puketutu Island facts Facts about Te Motu a Hiroa or Puketutu Island: The volcanic island was sold in 1845 by the native chiefs of New Zealand to John Thomas Jackson of Onehunga for £5 and 10 blankets Henry Kelliher bought it in 1938, setting up a homestead, farm, thoroughbred stud, forestry plantation and saw mill Quarrying began in the 1950s to build Auckland airport The island's new regional park will cover 197 hec- tares, larger than Cornwall Park The public will only get access once the agreement is complete and safety procedures are in place.
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