Manukau Courier : March 4th 2011
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Kath from Manukau joined Contact through Kick Start in November 2008 "Kick Start has been really good. I have saved quite a lot" CON0347 11/10-5AD Auck SUNDAY, 13 MARCH 2011 Leave the city behind you and join us out in the paddock for some FREE family fun! Experience the sights, sounds and smells of farming. BILL AND LYN CASHMORE Cashmore Farms 3,000 acre hill country sheep and beef farm 389 Kawakawa-Orere Road 20 minutes east of Clevedon on the road between Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point Five shearers shearing 2,000 sheep Interactive activities for children Working dog demonstrations Native bush walks 4X4 wheel drive trips from stream to sky 10am -- 3pm Visit www.farmday.org.nz for maps, directions and further information FARM DAY is a national agricultural event coordinated and hosted by Federated Farmers of New Zeala nd Supported by the Government s Sustainable Farming Fund EVERY SATURDAY 6PM -- MIDNIGHT 200 Amazing stalls • Food, Fashion, Fun 50 Authentic food stalls cooking up tasty "street snacks" and delicacies from around the world Free live entertainment. (All weather fully undercover) Phone 09 576 5223 or 027 689 9520 www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz 3552253AA www.danzafurniture.co.nz "FACTORY CLEARANCE SALE" BRING A TRAILER! 23c Greenmount Drive, Botany Off Te Rakau Drive Factory Direct Clearance at Danza Furniture • NZ Lounge Suites 50% OFF 5 years warranty or made to order • Fabric Sale & Short Ends from $10.00 metre • Scatter Cushion Inners from $12 . 0 0 • Book Case Recycle $299 • Shaggy Rugs 2.4x1.6 $400 • Solid Coffee Tables from $19 9 + much more Tues - Saturday 10am to 4.00pm Pacific grassroots ignored By KAREN MANGNALL The selection of the Pacific panel to advise mayor Len Brown and the Auckland Council is being slammed as undemocratic'' and unrepresentative by for- mer Otara councillor Efu Koka. The nine-member pa- nel was named on Monday by the mayor, who's also offered to co- opt a member from each of the four existing Auck- land Pacific advisory groups. Mr Koka, who missed selection, says the panel is full of academia'' and Samoans with little south Auckland or grassroots representa- tion. What we now have is a panel that has no Niueans or minority group representative like Fiji. I'm proud that six Samoans have made it but speaking to some of the Samoan community, they don't think it's fair and reflective of the Pacific communities.'' Mr Koka says co- opting people on to the panel highlights the flawed selection process. Why co-opt people if those selected are meant to have the necessary skills to do the job?'' The panel selection committee included rep- resentatives of the Auck- land Council chief execu- tive, the mayor's office, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs advisory council and the four existing Pacific advisory groups in Auckland. Mayoral spokeswoman Melanya Burrows says the panel and selection process were set up based on advice from the ministry. The mayor accepted this advice'' which came after wide consultation with Auckland's Pacific communities and lead- ers. A key message from the consultation indi- cated that ethnicity and regional coverage was less important than the ability to present a pan- Pacific perspective for the Auckland region'', Ms Burrows says. The nine panel mem- bers come from Mangere Bridge, Papatoetoe, Hill- sborough, Bayview, Westmere, Parnell, Te Atatu south, Greenlane and Muriwai Beach. But Mr Koka says the selection process isn't what the Pacific com- munity wanted and it ignored the Pacific grassroots voice''. Having attended sev- eral meetings arranged by the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, the mess- age was clear the majority wanted elected positions but was open to appointments of some positions.'' Instead they were forced into participating in an undemocratic pro- cess'' in the hopes of get- ting grassroots represen- tatives from their Pacific communities, Mr Koka says. The panel members are Rev Uesifili Unasa, Sione Tu'itahi, Dr Rob Woonton, Monique Fale- afa, Stephen Stehlin, Sina Aiolupotea-Aiono, Orchid Atimalala, Rich- ard Pamatatau and File- moni Timoteo.
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