Manukau Courier : February 1st 2011
2 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 1, 2011 LETTERS 2759496BL 19 Kenderdine Rd (Off Wyllie Rd) Papatoetoe Ph: 277 0994 2 Coronation Rd (Off Shirley Rd) Papatoetoe Ph: 278 8454 48 Tennessee Ave (Off Massey Rd & Chadwick Cr) Mangere East Ph: 258 5093 Web Page: www.kiwicarepreschool.co.nz Email: email@example.com Parents of babies to 6 year olds Do call our friendly staff today about your child's needs sudoku THE NUMBER PLACING GAME Fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the digits1-9 SOLUTION TO W238 Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971 www.madbutcher.co.nz 1.5kilo pack Beef Steak Mince FRESH NEW ZEALAND BEEF SALE! for only10 $ Sirloin Steak only16 $ .99 kilo only9 $ .99 kilo BBQ Steak ( plain or marinated ) Crumbed Beef Schnitzel Beef Stewing Steaks Rolled Roast Beef ( plain or seasoned ) Offers valid from Mon 31st Jan - Sun 6th Feb. All Stores Open 7 Days only4 $ .99 kilo Mad Butcher Beef Flavoured Sausages only8 $ .99 kilo only8 $ .49 kilo only8 $ .99 kilo only10 $ .99 kilo Topside Roasts pack Super Low Prices! Great Savings! ( plain or seasoned ) GUIDELINES Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Hard-copy letters must have a legible signature. Only your name and suburb are published. Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted. We prefer letters about local issues. Mail: Manukau Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau city Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bridge solution Reading your article on the shopkeepers' frustrations with the closure of the rail bridge at Papatoetoe (Manukau Courier, January 20), a solution for the future sprang to mind. It is absurd there are no roads crossing the railway line between Papatoetoe and Massey Rd, but here are two options. At the end of Gordon Rd off Portage Rd East there is a small reserve with the track built up to a reserve on the other side leading to Swaffield Rd. This would be ideal for a through road with an underpass under the railway line. As an alternative, a level crossing could be put in between Spring St and Woolfield Rd. This would probably take some of the build-up off Station Rd and give ambulances and hospital traffic a much shorter and more convenient route. O AIKEN Papatoetoe Advisory panels We were told that the supercity was formed to reduce costs. So why, with a large forecasted rate increase, do the mayor and councillors want Pacific and ethnic advisory panels? This involves having selection committee representatives choose nine Pacific Islanders and nine ethnic members, all at a cost to ratepayers. Auckland has long been a multicultural city and the elected mayor, councillors and local board members reflect this. They were chosen to represent their local area and have a say in the running of Auckland, so why not use their knowledge? Why pay for more people when the core of the council's functions -- for example, rubbish collection and parking or traffic control -- are not ethnically segregated. How much is this going to cost? JUDITH WRIGHT Favona Greener city Len Brown's announcement of plans to make Auckland a more greener city is to be applauded as a step in the right direction for the city. In conjunction with his earlier announcement on working towards doubling public transport use in Auckland, he would do well to expand the new tramway currently being built in the viaduct. Queen St and many of the main arterial roads around the city are particularly unpleasant with the noise and fumes of diesel buses. Modern electric trams would create a much more pleasant environment, as well as being cleaner, quieter and more energy efficient. ISAAC BROOME Beachlands Waste of time In December, along with a lot of other people, I went to the hall at the Manurewa netball courts to vote for a candidate to replace Manurewa Labour MP George Hawkins. Little did I know at the time that my vote wouldn't make any difference -- the final decision is made by the selection committee. I only found out recently that it was a waste of time my spending hours waiting to vote for the person I wanted to replace Mr Hawkins. It seems the person I voted for got the most votes from the people at the meeting -- he got 195 and the next closest got just 47. Yet for some reason the selection committee decided not to listen to the people and selected a different candidate to replace Mr Hawkins. I'm left wondering what the point was in the candidates campaigning to Labour Party members in Manurewa when their votes didn't count anyway. TERENCE GROSS Manurewa Editor's footnote: Under Labour's selection process, the candidate is chosen by a three- person panel, one from the national council, a local electorate representative and a representative from the selection meeting. That meeting votes for the panel representative and there is a floor vote for the candidate. The panel considers the vote from people at the meeting but is not bound by it.
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