Manukau Courier : January 17th 2014
6 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 17, 2014 Residents shocked by tag attack By TAO LIN An act of vandalism has left the future of a much-loved cherry blossom tree uncertain. The tree sits on a walkway that leads from behind the former bridal gowns shop on Coronation Rd to the Mangere Bridge library. Its bark has been stripped and tagging etched into the wood. Windows of the former bridal shop have also been scratched with the same tag. Royal Oak resident Mar- garet Bramley takes regular walks along the waterfront and was having a coffee in the village on Monday morning when she heard others talking about the vandalism. It’s the first time she’s seen it happen and it tarnishes the area, she says. ‘‘The walkway is really nice. It’s unnecessary.’’ Longtime Mangere Bridge resident Frances Hancock is appalled at what’s happened. ‘‘I and others were shocked when we saw the tree. Its dignity and wellbeing has been violated,’’ she says. ‘‘Our community cares deeply for our beautiful environment. Many of us are working together in different ways to care for it.’’ Ms Hancock says the community has even planted bougainvillea, a thorny vine with colourful flowers, on frames that go up the sides of the buildings to discourage graffiti. She’s never seen that par- ticular tag before but has been told of a youth who might be responsible. ‘‘I’m concerned [the per- son] shows so little respect for themselves or relationship with the environment,’’ Ms Hancock says. ‘‘We need to engage with those responsible. Treat them with dignity and make it clear their actions are unacceptable.’’ There are fears the tree might have been damaged too significantly to save. But Auckland Council local and sports parks south manager Malcolm Page says it could still live. ‘‘We’ve inspected the tree and discovered it has not been entirely ring-barked therefore it could survive the vandalism. ‘‘We are keeping an eye on it and will see what happens over time.’’ ❚ Anyone with information relating to the graffiti should contact the Counties Manukau police on 261 1300. Vandalised: A cherry blossom tree in Mangere Bridge village could die after it had a large part of its bark stripped and its wood tagged. NEWS www.manukaucourier.co.nz IN BRIEF Aorere 50th Head1 Past pupils, teachers and staff are all invited to help mark Aorere College’s 50th ubilee. celebrations will be held April 4 and 5 and will include tours of the school, a sport and entertainment afternoon and a social evening. Aorere College was established in 1964 and was originally named Papatoetoe West Post Primary School. was given its current name taken from the Maori ‘‘ao’’ (clouds or sky) and ‘‘rere’’ (to – a year later. Noted alumni include Blues All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu, brothers Pene and Amitai Pati of the opera group Sol3 Mio and kickboxer Mark Hunt. to aorere.ac.nz or email email@example.com for information or to register. Pacific gardening Pacific people are being encouraged to share their recycling garden tips at a recycling and community support group. voluntary group is being up to support gardeners promote a unique form Pacific gardening using tyres and used milk bottles. Tofa Pereira on 257 4062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 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The other dead pilot was Arthur Payne from Castleton in England where an exhibition is being planned to commemorate the outbreak of World War I. Arthur was born in the area and curators of the exhibit are including his story in the display. They are also keen to get more details about Ernest and hope to track down family members. ‘‘We would very much like to know a little more about Lieutenant Burton so that we can honour him too,’’ Castleton Historical Society and Museum 09– 277 6872 Text 021 206 9153 Go to facebook.com and search for Manukau Courier spokeswoman Maria Kenyon says. Ernest was named after his father, magistrate Ernest William Burton, who was stationed at various courts throughout New Zealand during the early 20th century. Newspaper reports of the tragedy link him to Whangarei where his dad was at that time presiding over an area stretching from Waipu to the North Cape. But his formative years were mostly spent in Auckland. Ernest had at least five siblings including Ellen, who was named after their mother; Pearl who married aman named John Heise; and Olive, who married Hubert Oberlin-Brown. A brother, John, worked as a solicitor in Rotorua and another was named Charles. Ernest was born in 1893 and attended King’s College in Otahuhu between 1910 and 1912. He was also a member of the College Rifles Rugby Football Club in Remuera where his name is among those listed on a roll of honour. He enlisted with the Aust- ralian Imperial Forces at Sydney in August 1914 and was a private with the signalling corp during the first landing at Gallipoli a year later. He transferred to the Aust- ralian Flying Corps in June 1917 and was a lieutenant at the time of his death aged 25. An investigation into the acci- dent found it was caused through the misjudgment of one or both of the pilots. ❚ Email maria.kenyon@ btinternet.com if you have any more information about Ernest.
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