Manukau Courier : March 21st 2014
www.stuff.co.nz NEWS MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 21, 2014 IN BRIEF Head1 3 Upgrade delayed A $600,000 upgrade to an Otara Town Centre car park has been delayed. The Otara Linkages project includes a park and a promenade and aims to improve pedestrian safety between Manukau Institute of Technology and the town centre. Construction was originally due to start in May this year. But that has been pushed back to July so a new art installation can be planned for and included, Auckland Council relationship advisor Emma Joyce says. The project is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete. Roll doubles Fit for action: Members of Auckland kapa haka group Te Waka Huia, the national Te Matatini titleholders, take part in a range of activities to boost their fitness. Photo: FAIRFAX MEDIA A healthy challenge By JOHN BOYNTON PLENTY of sweat and a healthy pair of lungs could give kapa haka teams getting ready for the regionals a winning edge. Senior teams from across Auckland will battle on stage next month for spots in the 2015 Te Matatini nationals in Christchurch. Te Matatini regional del- egate Annette Wehi helps to run Auckland-based teams Te Manu Huia and Te Waka Huia o Mua as well as defending national tit- leholders Te Waka Huia. Ms Wehi says several hauora or health initiatives help the performers. The three groups held a weekend workshop at Manukau Institute of Technology last week in preparation for the competition. It included an 8km walk or run around Otara before their practice at MIT’s Nga Kete Wananga Marae. Senior Te Waka Huia member Hari Rua says the shift in focus towards health over the years has been huge and group members now take part in activities such as Iron Maori triathlons, walkathons, cross-fit gym and individual training regimes to boost their fitness. ‘‘Physically when you get your haka on you’re still going to feel the pain but you can recover quickly for the next items.’’ Wero (challenge) coach Kristina Paraha also runs auahi kore, a quit smoking programme, to help performers tackle the habit. It involves groups of 10 people trying to quit smok- ing over a 12-week period with a $5000 reward for the winning group. ‘‘We just had a two-week buildup to prepare everyone to become auahi kore and what we do is give them all the information and support we can provide for them.’’ The programme will help to clear the smokers’ lungs and make the group’s renowned harmonies even sweeter, she says. ‘‘After you finish a hard run all you can hear is the smokers coughing up a storm and you hear the footage of Te Matatini 2013. phlegmy bits in their throat and it breaks down the voice which is not good at all.’’ The regional competition kicks off on April 5 at the Aotea Centre in central Auckland. – John Boynton is an AUT journalism student Go to manukaucourier.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see Maori Television NORTHERN SMART APPROACHES FLIGHT TRACK DRAFT REPORT The draft report on the Northern SMART Approaches trial will now be available by the end of May. The report was originally scheduled to be released in late March, however additional time is required for further analysis of the technical aviation data and the community feedback. This will ensure a thorough assessment of the trial can be undertaken. The trial organisers, Auckland Airport, Airways New Zealand, and the Board of Airline Representatives of New Zealand (BARNZ), apologise for this delay but believe it is important to fully evaluate the trial. Community comment on the draft report will be sought before a final report is issued later in 2014. For more information visit www.aucklandflightpathtrial.co.nz A Tokelauan preschool is set to double its roll after receiving landowner approval in principle to extend its premises. Mataliki Tokelau Preschool South Auckland Trust received the approval from the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board at its March business meeting. It will allow the preschool more space – about 20 or 30 square metres – at its site at Aorere Park in Mangere. The trust plans to expand its existing building to bring its roll from 50 places to 100. The landowner approval is contingent on the trust obtaining resource and building consents and conditions. Call for designers Budding designers are being called to the rescue. James Watson Reserve in Flat Bush is undergoing a makeover with two new sports fields – but one thing is missing. The old dressing rooms have been demolished so submissions are now open for designs for a replacement ‘‘low-cost community structure’’. Designers are encouraged to email five images of past work and a brief professional history PDF to publicart@auckland council.govt.nz by noon on March 28.
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