Manukau Courier : December 3rd 2010
4 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 3, 2010 NEWS Great reading this weekend. Don't miss this Sunday's SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES AND SAVE! Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 329) WIN 10 prizes of $2000 to be won - just in time for Christmas. See this week's Sunday Star-Times for details CASH FOR CHRISTMAS Women gear up for biggest market of year By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Market shares: Lois Scott and June Bellamy say the Alfriston Market is unique to Papakura and needs to be revived among the local community, starting this weekend. Photo: SIMON WATTS The Alfriston Country Mar- ket is an institution around these parts after running every month for the past 28 years. And Lois Scott is an insti- tution herself after signing up to help run the markets 25 years ago. She s one of four women who have dedicated years to helping out with the market, volunteering and donating the money raised from stallholders fees to Hospice South Auckland and the Stroke Club. Mrs Scott says the market used to attract more than 100 stallholders and even more marketgoers but numbers have dropped over the years. We want to get more stallholders but they need more customers. In order to get more customers, we need more stallholders, she says. We can t get one without the other, unfortunately, Mrs Bellamy says. As the women gear up for their biggest market of the year -- the Alfriston Christmas Country Market tomorrow -- they re hoping to revive the number of those behind and in front of the stalls. There are many markets around Auckland in the lead- up to Christmas but the women say Alfriston still has its own unique touch. Every- thing at this market has to be handmade so you won t find any cheap stuff from overseas which a lot of markets include these days, Mrs Bellamy says. And Mrs Scott reckons the morning tea is worth a visit in itself. The Alfriston Christmas Country Market runs from 8.30am to 1pm on Saturday at its usual site at the corner of Mill and Alfriston Rds. Call Gendy on 266-5134 to register a stall. Drive to bring back passenger trains to Hamilton By KAREN MANGNALL The new Auckland Council and its transport company are joining a Waikato work- ing group looking to restore daily commuter trains be- tween Hamilton and the supercity. Regional council Environ- ment Waikato wants to bring back the rail passenger services between the two cit- ies that were axed in 2001. It s proposing morning and evening peak services to and from Auckland s CBD each weekday with possible stops at Pukekohe and Papakura. Auckland Council s trans- port committee has appointed chairman Mike Lee to hold a watching brief on the pass- enger rail working party led by Environment Waikato. The council wants to be as enabling as possible while looking out for Auckland ratepayers, he says. The big hurdle will be con- straints on slots available at Britomart . Mr Lee says it helps that Environment Waikato has swung around to supporting the commuter rail service and is now willing to pay for it. Environment Waikato re- search suggests passenger rail services to Auckland would run at about a $1 million loss each year with 15,000 passengers. Working group chairman Norm Barker says a recent survey of 1150 Waikato residents found more than 80 percent want the rail service and would pay up to $20 in extra rates to fund it. Half say they re likely to use the service, mainly for social reasons such as visiting family and friends, shopping and attending special events but also for commuting to work. KiwiRail and Auckland Transport are investigating the feasibility of a Waikato train making two trips to Auckland and back each weekday, Mr Barker says. One trip would arrive in Auckland -- probably at Newmarket -- around 8.15am and another would leave at 5.30pm. They re also looking into cost and timetabling for a single return trip on Saturdays and Sundays. Advantages for Auckland would include reducing con- gestion on the southern motorway, economic effi- ciency and boosting visitors for special events.
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