Manukau Courier : February 4th 2010
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(All weather fully undercover) Phone 09 576 5223 or 027 689 9520 www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz Prostitution bill row FROM Page 1 Alf Filipaina Councillor Alf Filipaina's also copping flak for abstaining from the vote because of a conflict of interest with his job as a police officer. Leaving the community with only half a voice'' isn't satisfac- tory, member Donna Lee told Mr Filipaina at Tuesday's local board meeting. This is our only chance, we are in a desperate state.'' Mr Anae says he voted against endorsing the bill because it won't get prostitutes off the streets or out of the com- mercial sex industry. He paid careful attention'' to the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective submission that most street workers are vulnerable, poor, uneducated and ostracised by their families. Turning people already forced to sell their bodies to pay debts or support them- selves'' into criminals and fining them will merely drive them deeper into debt, underground or elsewhere, he says. What's bugging me most is hearing about a 20-year-old girl, five months pregnant, liv- ing in a shed and still plying her trade to support herself. It is our responsibility to try and get these people employed properly so they don't have to do that. We should be legis- lating to identify their problems and find solutions to keep them out of this industry.'' Mayor Len Brown and Manu- rewa-Papakura councillors Sir John Walker and Calum Penrose voted in support of the legislation and for making it Auckland-wide. Street prostitution, alcohol and gambling have reduced the Manurewa town centre to a bomb site'', Sir John says. The local residents are say- ing: Get these people off the streets so our kids don't have to see needles, condoms, urinating against walls, all sorts of hor- rible things you can't imagine'.'' The Manurewa Local Board is very encouraged'' by the council's support, chairman Daniel Newman says. His board's submission calls for the bill to be made a national law instead of just a local one. We want to get this through as soon as possible but we also know Manurewa is not the only community facing these problems and this legislation may be useful to them.'' The bill has drawn more than 70 submissions to the local gov- ernment select committee. It's due to report back in March. A previous Manukau City Council bill to control street prostitution was rejected by Parliament in 2006. Parks leader shuts gate after 23 years By MELISSA KINEALY All things green: Robert Findlay from Manukau Parks in the Manukau Parks teaching gardens at Papatoetoe. Photo: MELISSA KINEALY ROBERT FINDLAY'S legacy lies in green spots all over Manukau. The Manukau Parks team leader is retiring, leaving behind him a long trail of achievements. In the 23 years he's been with Manu- kau City Council parks team, an estimated 32 million participants have been accommodated on the city's sports fields -- children, young people and adults taking part in training and com- petition. That's great achievement even if I do say so myself,'' Mr Findlay says. Until lately my main focus was on the sports fields,'' he says. Back when he joined the council as its parks operations manager in 1988, sports fields were booked using the pencil and card method''. We used to manage about 80 fields with that system,'' he says. With the years came change and he championed the development of the Manukau Parks booking and manage- ment system. Introduced in October 1997, the sys- tem has booked 23 million participants. Mr Findlay developed and ran the initial Auckland region best winter sports field competition and was chair- man of the Sports Field Managers Forum and its successor, the Sports Field Forum New Zealand Inc. In July 2002 he gave his sports field team a certificate to mark the first time in 12 years that all sports fields in the city were closed on the same day. Also on his trophy shelf is a New Zealand Sports Turf Institute merit award, given to him in in 2007 in rec- ognition of his services to the New Zea- land Sports Turf Industry. Two years later he won a Sports Field Forum New Zealand Incorpor- ated Services award. One of his babies'' is the Manukau Parks Teaching Garden Project which he co-ordinated. We are all about teaching people about nutritional intake,'' Mr Findlay says. Gardening is an equal form of recreation and of health.'' The project scooped the New Zea- land Recreation Association's 2010 Outstanding Project Award, a particu- larly sweet victory because the Manu- kau Parks team was up against 16 nominations. He's extremely pleased'' that after four courses more than 2000 people have become involved. Mr Findlay also took charge of get- ting the consents to set up the Manu- kau Laughter and Food Processing Club. It's held at the former Papatoetoe women's bowling clubrooms and he leads a pest identification clinic there every Saturday. While he'll be keeping his hand in with the gardening, now he's retiring Mr Findlay says he'll be focusing on spending time with his two grand- children and pursuing his passion for family history.
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