Manukau Courier : November 19th 2010
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Photo: JASON DORDAY FLIES, stray cats and the smell of rotting rubbish -- that s what Sitalini Bloomfield has to put up with at home and he s sick of it. The alleyway behind his Otahuhu Housing New Zea- land flat is being used as a rubbish dump for everything from food to broken furniture. Mr Bloomfield says he s had to cover his back porch to stop the flies and one of his three grandchildren has sores on his leg that come from the dirty conditions. My wish is there to be no rubbish dumped. It s un- healthy, he says. The Housing NZ communal area behind his house has a playground and is used for sports games by the local kids but it was too dirty and full of rubbish to be played on dur- ing the last school holidays. Mr Bloomfield has lived in the flat for a year and says the problem is cyclical. The rubbish gets cleaned up every second month or so but then it starts being dumped again. And the situ- ation seems to be getting worse, he says. He contacted Housing NZ and the former Auckland City Council, both of which told him the responsibility wasn t theirs. Then Housing NZ sent a letter to all residents in the block of flats a couple of months ago, saying rubbish dumpers could face a hefty fine or termination of their tenancy. It appealed for people to report the offenders but Mr Bloomfield says he s got no idea who might be dumping the rubbish. All he s asking for is to be able to walk in the alleyway without fearing for his health. Housing NZ acting regional manager for east Auckland Angela Pearce says the rub- bish dumping is not accept- able and her staff are work- ing to find a solution. Housing NZ will write to the tenants again -- but Ms Pearce says it could be people who don t live in the complex who are dumping the rub- bish. As well as sending out the letters, staff are continuing to visit and monitor the complex regularly, she says. Dance along to Vienna concerts Waltzing on: The Manukau Symphony Orchestra's gearing up for its Vienna concerts. GIVEAWAY The Manukau Courier is giving away double passes to Vienna. To enter the draw to win write your name, address and a daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and send it to Vienna Competition, Manukau Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau city. It should reach us by noon on November 26. One entry per person please. The glitz and glamour of Vienna will hit the stage in south Auckland in the Manu- kau Symphony Orchestra s December concerts. And the Manukau Courier is giving readers a chance to waltz along the Blue Danube at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre. The Vienna concerts on December 4 and 5 will fea- ture a potpourri of opera arias and orchestral pieces, including Mozart s famous Queen of the Night aria, music from the opera Carmen and Mozart rondo for piano and orchestra. Music director and conduc- tor Uwe Grodd says the programme s ideal for those who appreciate the light classics -- lively and fun. A line-up of top guest soloists include pianist Mat- teo Napoli, Italian soprano Lilia Carpinelli, soprano Ileana Otto-Johansen and mezzo Carmel Carroll. Young Bucklands Beach violinist Tony Zhai, a regular in the first violin section and the orchestra s Phil and Helen Greenbank Scholar- ship winner, will make his debut as soloist. Vienna is on stage at 7.30pm on December 4 and 2.30pm on December 5. Tickets cost from $15 to $50. Senior citizen and group rates available. Phone Terry Spragg on 372-6572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. nz for bookings. Tickets also available from TicketDirect at www.ticketdirect.co.nz or phone TelstraClear Pacific 976-7777. Flat Bush stage two plan on show Plans for stage two of the Flat Bush development will be on show at an open day on Tuesday. So far 500 hectares of the new town have been developed and a formal plan change for the next 342ha of residential land is now out for public consul- tation. Most houses will be detached family homes but the plan also allows for semi-detached and terrac- ed housing and apartments in some areas. There s to be a new pri- mary school, a neighbour- hood centre and walking and cycling tracks linked to Barry Curtis Park. Murphy s Bush will be developed into a new park with three community sports fields nearby. Flat Bush is expected to be home to around 40,000 people by 2021. The open day is on November 23 from 3pm to 7pm at the Old Flat Bush School Hall, corner of Mur- phy and Flat Bush School roads. Auckland Council staff will be on hand to explain the plan change and answer questions. Submissions on the plan change close on December 3. See www.manukau. govt.nz/flatbush for details.
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