Manukau Courier : March 8th 2011
6 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 8, 2011 NEWS 65 RAGLAN ST. MANGERE EAST OPEN 7 DAYS Mon-Fri 6am - 8.30pm Sat-Sun 7am - 8.30pm Specials End This Sunday We reserve the right to correct any errors or misprints Chicken Nuggets (Plain Bag) 1kg Chicken Roasting Fowl Chicken Mixed 4kg Chicken Drums 2kg Surimi Salad Mix 1kg Indo Mie MI Goreng Noodles (40 in Box) Eggs Size 6 30s $14.99 ea $27.99 bag $18.99 bag $10.99 bag $3.99 bag $4.69 tray $16.99 box $7.99 bag $10 Frozen Taro 10kg Fortune Catering Foil 450x90m 3 for Motorway Improvement Work Wiri Station Rd / Redoubt Rd Intersection / Great South Road NZTA_WSR_0703 The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists there will be major resurfacing work on SH20C - Wiri Station Road to Redoubt Road intersection & Great South Road -- Wiri Station Road to Lakewood Court starting the evening of Monday 7 March. The work will be carried out at night between the hours of 8pm and 6am, due to reduced traffic volumes and to minimise disruption to road users. We expect the work will take around 3 nights to complete, and the following closures will be in place during this time: 7 - 8 March - Contraflow on Wiri Station Road from Putney Way to Redoubt Road interchange, east and west bound traffic will be maintained. - Leyton Way entrance/exit of the Manukau mall car park closed. - Manukau northbound on ramp closed. - Great South Road closed between Ronwood Ave and Wiri Station Road (follow sign-posted detour). 9 March -- Contraflow on Great South Road from Wiri Station Road to Lakewood Court -- Restricted access to Lakewood Court (no detour). Please note that detours could add around 5-10 minutes to standard journey times. These works are an important part of the maintenance programme to ensure the state highway is kept in good and safe condition for all road users. For updates and information about these works, or any other motorway issues please call Auckland Motorways on 09 5200 200. Corner Walmsley Road & Kaka Street Otahuhu www.thesalecentre.co.nz Wednesday 9th - Sunday 13th March, 9:00am - 5:00pm IMPORTERS CLEARANCE SALE! Furniture & Plant Pots RIDICULOUS PRICES 5 DAYS ONLY Agassi has something to shout about It was like a deep, high lob to my suspect back- hand -- the sort of shot which forced my retire- ment from highly com- petitive family tennis when my second son perfected it as an early teenager. Like his winning shots, it was unbeatable. It was actually a para- graph at the end of a reader s letter. And it evoked an unlikely role model in Andre Agassi -- he of the prolonged rages over tennis umpires decision and sometime highly colourful lang- uage and behaviour. Now read on. The letter writer said: I know most people are angry, I know most people want the govern- ment to do something but what? For a start it would be a step in the right direc- tion if some of our Maori leaders started interven- ing. Whether we admit it or not, a huge percentage of child abuse is within Maori families. They all blame the colonists (Turiana Turia) or the government in the main but that is just a cop-out. I have a sister-in-law in the police, a friend who works at Middlemore Hospital, another who is a school teacher and I visited a young friend in prison a few years ago. Believe me, our Maori are their own worst enemy. Until we can get some educated, un- biased, brave Maori leader who Maori look up to and will listen to nothing will change. It is frightening and sicken- ing what is going on out in our dark little country but who really wants to do anything? Usually it s because people are scared to say or do anything in this ridiculous PC age for fear of intimidation and abuse themselves, like I was when I tried to inter- vene with a violent parent in a supermarket carpark. I am a grandmother myself and I have realised as I got older and wiser that the more you give people the more greedy and demanding they get. I m not talking about the rest of the world but in New Zea- land the opportunity for anyone to get on is there for the taking. Our edu- cation and hospitals and help for all, especially if you have a brown skin, is like no other in the world. Unfortunately if you were unlucky enough to be born to stupid or use- less parents that is a cross that takes huge determination to over- come and I pray for those children. Life has never been fair and never will be. Perhaps a big help in the right direction would be for every school to teach every child, no matter what colour, creed or cul- ture, the code of respect that Andre Agassi has all the children at his school in Las Vegas learn which they say every morning before they start school. Respect for each other is what is sadly missing in New Zealand. -- Name pro- vided Scrambling back to cover that backhand, I reached for Google to find thought-provoking detail on the new Agassi winner and the organis- ation he founded. His Andre Agassi Foundation for Edu- cation in Las Vegas is more than a school or a set of beliefs. It is a movement committed to transforming education so that all children have a shot at success. Andre and his team see education as the key to opportunity in life and a challenge. We believe we can do better. And we believe we must do better. Every child deserves an outstanding edu- cation -- when children are placed in an environ- ment where expectations are high and excellence is the standard they embrace it. We believe in chil- dren. We believe every child has the right to thrive. That is why I have devoted my life to this work on the path to excellence, to transform education, create oppor- tunities and empower young people. Agassi founded the Andre Agassi Charitable Association in 1994 to help Las Vegas young people achieve excel- lence. He won the ATP Arthur Ashe Humani- tarian award in 1995 for helping disadvantaged youth. (Arthur Ashe was the first great black ten- nis star.) Agassi charities help children reach their ath- letic potential. His Boys and Girls Club draws 2000 children a year and has a world-class junior tennis team, a basketball programme (the Agassi Stars) and a rigorous mix of academics and athletics. In 2001 Agassi opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas for at-risk children. He visits the school 25 to 30 times a year, often dropping in unannounced to give tours to potential donors, everybody from Presi- dent Clinton and Mu- hammad Ali to Lance Armstrong, Robin Wil- liams, Janet Jackson and a Who s Who of Corpor- ate America. In 2009 the graduating class had a 100 percent graduation rate. When will a New Zealand low decile school get such help and produce such results? His charitable foundation supports Child Haven, a residen- tial facility for abused and neglected children. He donated funding for a six-room classroom building -- the Agassi Centre for Education. His foundation also gave $720,000 to help build the Andre Agassi Cottage for Medically Fragile Children with its 20 beds for handicapped children and those quarantined for infec- tious diseases. In 2007 Agassi with Muhammad Ali, Arm- strong and others founded Athletes for Hope, which helps pro- fessional athletes get involved in charitable causes and aims to inspire all people to vol- unteer and support their communities. In all this Agassi makes a clear point. What about an All Blacks foundation giving our seriously over-paid and idolised stars some- thing constructive to do now and into their high profile retirement? It could give them a new role and a new goal, could inspire the young more than hastily-signed footballs or jerseys, establish our players as more than simply sports- people who advocate par- ticular underarm sprays or one brand of beer. They could set a new horizon for another gen- eration. This is the full Agassi Code of Respect -- the children and staff recite the first four lines every morning before work begins: The essence of good discipline is RESPECT. Respect for authority and respect for others; respect for self and respect for rules. It is an attitude that begins at home, is reinforced in school and applied throughout life. Respect for authority isshownby. . . Listening carefully and quietly. Being on time, prepared and ready to learn. Accepting per- sonal responsibility for your actions. Respect for others is shownby. . . Communicating in a polite, supportive and friendly manner. Taking into account the needs and feelings of others as well as your own. Allowing others to enjoy their personal space and property. Respect for self is shownby. . . Using proper dress and language. Behaving safely. Keeping your word. Respect for rules is shownby. . . Obeying the policies of Agassi Prep. Considering the spirit of a rule in making decisions. Realising that different situations create differ- ent expectations. Okay. Admittedly it s rather do as I say, not as I did -- but it works. Game set and match to Agassi.
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