Manukau Courier : February 18th 2014
www.manukaucourier.co.nz NEWS MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 18, 2014 IN BRIEF They’re off: The waka race off from the start at Okahu Bay. Photos: PHOTOTEK.CO.NZ Historic waka journey By TAO LIN MORE than 2000 people turned up at Mangere Bridge Waterfront Reserve on Saturday to root for 200 paddlers competing in the 2014 Portage Crossing Regatta. The biennial event saw waka ama teams race 25km from Okahu Bay in the Waitemata Harbour across the water and over land to the Manukau Harbour. Waiting at the finish line at Mangere Bridge was a free family festival. The paddlers retraced an historic route travelled by early Maori and European settlers in the area. Race organiser James Papali’i says the event was as perfect as the weather. ‘‘It was excellent. Every- thing went really well. ‘‘It’s probably the best Portage Crossing we’ve had. There were more people at the festival and more paddlers taking part.’’ Mr Papali’i also competed in the race with his team from the Portage Crossing Waka Ama Club which took out the gold medal in the mixed team category. He hopes to attract international paddling teams for the next event in 2016. Old and new: Traditional meets modern on the water. Funds stolen A bar owner has pleaded guilty to stealing pokie machine profits valued at $93,000. Patrick Francis Williams, 67, whose companies owned gambling venues the Milestone Bar in Otahuhu and the Courtyard Bar in Glen Innes, pleaded guilty to five counts of theft by a person in a special relationship. Williams failed to bank $93,127 profit into the accounts of North and South Trust, which distributes the funds to the community. ‘‘When someone fails to bank the proceeds it is community groups that miss out,’’ Department of Internal Affairs gambling compliance director Debbie Despard said. Williams, who now lives on Australia’s Gold Coast, will be sentenced on April 17. Average price up Property in the Manukau Courier’s circulation area continued to offer excellent value for money during the first month of 2014, a real estate firm says. The average sale price in the area in January was $431,787, which represents a 21 per cent increase on the same month last year, Barfoot & Thompson managing director Peter Thompson says. Eighty-five homes sold in the area during the month with prices ranging from $230,000 to $900,000. ‘‘Manurewa and Papatoetoe achieved the highest number of sales with 54 homes sold for between $320,000 and $850,000. ‘‘And while the average sales price in the Manukau Courier’s catchment is 33 per cent lower than the Aucklandwide average sales price for January, it promises to be an area of steady growth.’’ Careers in focus Go hard: Team Portage Crossing powers across the Waitemata Harbour. Team effort: Stevie Pomare, front, and Autumn Pomare from Team Portage Crossing help take their waka to the water. A careers expo at AUT University’s South campus on Thursday will feature about 36 education providers. There will also be music entertainment and a sausage sizzle. The event, organised by the Solomon Group, runs from 10am till 3pm. Entry is free. 3 FROM HERE. GET WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. Foundation Education www.unitec.ac.nz TO HERE.
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