Manukau Courier : March 6th 2014
www.manukaucourier.co.nz NEWS Untrimmed trees a concern By TAO LIN Unkempt trees are causing resident Vincent Arudas to fear for the safety of road users and pedestrians. The swimming teacher lives in Clover Park and takes his dog for daily walks around the area. He says he’s worried some trees on Hollyford Drive have been left untrimmed and allowed to hang over the road. And he reckons Auckland Coun- cil isn’t doing a good enough job of taking care of public areas around South Auckland. Towards the end of last year, Mr Arudas saw a truck drive under the trees and hit the overhanging branches, causing the debris to get in the way of other vehicles. He contacted Auckland Council more than a month ago and was told someone would deal with the issue within five days. But he’s received no word since then and hasn’t noticed any change in the trees. He’s also worried about large cracks in the pavement where tree roots are pushing through the cement and an area on Dawson Rd in Otara near Dawson Primary School where the kerb is broken up. ‘‘My concern is the kids. They can hurt themselves,’’ he says. Mr Arudas has lived in Manukau since 1997 and says this is the worst state he’s seen the area in. ‘‘I am a ratepayer. Where is my money going?’’ he says. Worried: Vincent Arudas is concerned the Auckland Council is not taking care of public spaces around Manukau, including allowing trees to hang dangerously low over roads and leaving pavements to crack and crumble. ‘‘I just want the area tidied up for everyday road users and pedestrians.’’ An Auckland Council spokes- person says a site visit has been conducted and while the trees are Photo: TAO LIN due for a trim, the council does not consider that it is urgent, so they will be done in a couple of months. MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 6, 2014 IN BRIEF Head1 5 Transport hubs Half the $3.2 million cost of designing two new transport hubs in Manukau will be paid for by the Government. The NZ Transport Agency will pay $780,000 to design a bus station at the new Manukau transport interchange and $831,000 to design the Otahuhu bus and rail interchange. Regional manager Peter Casey says both projects will get more people using buses and trains. Auckland Transport is leading the projects and chief development officer Claire Stewart says the two interchanges are an integral part of the ongoing upgrade of transport infrastructure in the south. Housing areas A ‘‘tranche’’ of new special housing areas will be unveiled later this month, mayor Len Brown says. The new areas will join 22 that have already been specified for Auckland, including four in Weymouth, Otara and Flat Bush. The areas are identified for fasttrack development. Arrivals up International passenger numbers at Auckland Airport for January were the highest for any month. The 769,540 passengers included people arriving for Chinese New Year at the end of January. Chinese visitor arrivals were up 51.4 per cent. The airport also experienced strong Chinese New Year traffic from Hong Kong and Taiwan. STAGE FESTIVAL ENTRANCE VILLAGE SATURDAY & SUNDAY TAPAC, WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE 2 VILLAGE SATURDAY ONLY BRIDGE 1 PAN PACIFIC PUBLIC PARKING EFTPOS FIRST AID TOILETS Pay a visit to the proud sponsors and supporters of Pasifika Festival 2014 WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TOILETS CHILDREN ECO VILLAGE 3 LOST 1 2 Come and siva with Radio 531pi and Niu FM. Live entertainment, prizes and giveaways. See the work of our stone carver, inspired by our ancestors. Meet the wahine toa of the Northern Mystics and the successful businessmen and women of the future – the students of the Young Enterprise Scheme. Experience digital augmented reality inside the Tip Top cube and pick up an ice cream to cool off. 4 5 6 As publishers of Suburban Newspapers, Fairfax media is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish. Watch out for the Make-A-Wish collectors raising money for this worthy cause. Visit the Pepsi Soda Bar for summertime nostalgia, ice cream floats and frozen slushies. Catch up with Mai FM for a ‘Pasifika Pic’ and be in to win a brand new Samsung Galaxy SIII thanks to 2degrees. 7 8 Share a Pacific style song or dance and you’ll be in to win a new Samsung S4 plus your phone Plan paid for a year. Terms and conditions apply. GLO-BUG / Mercury Energy– Let the kids enjoy free face painting and find out more about managing your energy spend with pay-asyou-go electricity. More FM – Visit the More FM kids zone (fully supervised) where the kids can play while you relax and enjoy the festival. Get creative and make your own lei and try your hand at flax weaving. Hawai’i Tourism – Visit the Hawai’i village to find out more about this beautiful new member of the Pasifika family.
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