Manukau Courier : November 9th 2010
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Recent Events: • Special visit from Br Alvaro (Superior General) who lives in Rome and is responsible for the leadership of the 6000 Brothers, 100 000 lay colleagues and more than 1 000 000 Lasallian students in 82 countries around the world. • Balgo Hills - 3 staff members and 7 students travelled to the centre of Australia to do some voluntary work. They made a big impact on the community through their generosity and sense of service. • Xavier Niuia-Tofa (Year 12) - competed in both the Pacific Games in Cairns (Where he won a Gold Medal) and the Commonwealth Games in India. We are all proud of Xavier and his achievements. • De La Salle Students attended a special Mass at Mary Sr Paula, the First Principal of Mar y Mackillop Primary School with De La Salle Students. MacKillop Primary school to honour the Sainthood of Mary Mackillop. Upcoming Events • Year 13 Graduation: Friday 12th November - 11am to 1pm • Monday 15th November - NCEA Begins • Saturday 20th November - Junior Volleyball Champs • 22nd to 26th November - Year 7-10 Exams • Wednesday 8th December - Academic Prizegiving / Last day for Junior Students 2577664AH Prison fast-track opposed Daniel Newman: ''If it goes to a board of inquiry it will be very, very difficult to prevent the prison from going ahead or limit the impact the facility will possibly have on local residents.'' Len Brown: ''The government should work through the proper process and engage in a genuine dialogue with the local community.'' Judith Collins: ''It will also be critical that they can meet the needs of Maori and provide effective Maori-specific services.'' Fast-track: Land beside the Auckland regional women's correctional facility at Wiri which the Corrections department wants to fast-track into a 1500-bed men's prison by 2015. Photo: FAIRFAX MEDIA By KAREN MANGNALL A GOVERNMENT bid to fast-track a 1500-bed men's prison in Wiri without council hearings is being slammed by Auckland mayor Len Brown and Manurewa Local Board members. They're urging Environ- ment Minister Nick Smith to reject a recommendation by the Environmental Protection Authority to set up a board of inquiry because of the national significance'' of the proposed men's prison. The request for a board of inquiry came from Correct- ions Minister Judith Collins who says the prison is needed to fill a forecast shortage of prison beds by 2016. But Mr Brown is disap- pointed'' at the move. There is no need to fast- track this particular project,'' he says. The government should work through the proper pro- cess and engage in a genuine dialogue with the local com- munity.'' Neither Dr Smith nor Ms Collins has discussed the matter with him in person. And Mr Brown says so far the government hasn't pro- vided any satisfactory answer'' about whether Wiri is the only real option for the men's prison. Manurewa Local Board chairman Daniel Newman wants independent commis- sioners to hear Corrections' application to redesignate land next to the women's prison to build one for men. If it goes to a board of inquiry it will be very very difficult to prevent the prison from going ahead or limit the impact the facility will poss- ibly have on residents,'' he says. It would certainly con- strain the ability of the com- munity to input to the hearings process.'' Boards of inquiry are fast and efficient but their decisions aren't necessarily informed by the best quality information on the social and other impacts on the local community''. Transpower's victory over opposition to its North Island grid is a good example, he says. The way Corrections has gone about the men's prison proposal has put the Wiri and Manurewa communities behind the eight-ball'' from the start. If it goes before a board of inquiry it will likely result in a further constraint on com- munity input because it doesn't involve a hearings process led by the Auckland Council.'' Mr Newman will ask the Manurewa Local Board to endorse his call for indepen- dent commissioners at a meeting on Thursday and will be asking the mayor to do the same. Board member Toa Green- ing, a campaigner against the men's prison, says going to the Environmental Protection Authority is a misuse'' of its role and a snub to the Manu- rewa community. It's a little bit of a kick in the guts. It's basically central gov- ernment telling us what to do regionally.'' The government announc- ed last week that the proposed prison will be designed, built, financed, maintained and run by the private sector. Infrastructure Minister Bill English and Ms Collins say a private prison should be cheaper to build and run and will introduce new ideas. Whoever wins the 25-year contract to build and run the prison will be required to deliver innovative rehabili- tation and reintegration services'', Ms Collins says. It will also be critical that they can meet the needs of Maori and provide effective Maori-specific services.'' The government's calling for expressions of interest this month with the success- ful bidder to be chosen by October next year. Board unites two suburbs By JESSIE COLQUHOUN Coming together as one community was the theme at the inaugural Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board meeting last week. The two suburbs are being led by a board with three members from Otara -- deputy chair- woman Mary Gush, Ava Fa'amoe and Poutoa Papali'i -- and four from Papatoetoe -- chairman John McCraken, Ste- phen Grey, Donna Lee and Ian McGechie. It was standing room only when the newly elected board was sworn in at the meeting which was also attended by new mayor Len Brown. In his opening speech Mr McCraken said despite coming from two very different areas the board would unite and speak as one. There is no division in this board. We are seven mem- bers representing one great area. We will work to make sure we're all on the same page so Otara and Papatoetoe can move for- ward together.'' Mr McCraken detailed a list the board wants to achieve over the next three years, including a push for greater control of liquor licences, street prostitution and gam- bling within the com- munity. The board will be make the long-awaited clean-up of Otara Lake a high priority and Mr McCraken appealed to Mr Brown to add it to his lists of 100 projects. Mr Brown told the board members Otara and Papatoetoe were the two communities that raised me''. Otara gave me an understanding of inclus- ive leadership. Papatoetoe gave me a love for community spirit. It gives me a great deal of joy to see them both here at the same table.'' Future Otara-Papatoe- toe Local Board meetings are expected to rotate between venues at the two suburbs.
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