Central Leader : November 5th 2010
3 CENTRAL LEADER, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 NEWS BEEF LAMB CHICKEN GAME Come and see us at HOURS Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.30pm Saturday 7am-2pm SUNDAY CLOSED www.clarksorganicbutchery.co.nz 356 West Coast Rd Glen Eden Auckland 818 6526 18th-21st NOVEMBER Victoria Park 2N 3167772AB 025 05AA 2760356AA Huge Fashion Clearance Sale Designer labels include: David Pond, Verge, Vamp, VSSP, OBI, Catalyst, MacJays, Hyper, Juo, shouq, Gabriella, Jet Blonde Vigorella, Threadz and Thousands of items priced between $10 and $80!! Many items below cost Unit C, 4 Walls Road, Penrose. Come to RED roller door at rear of building "Street parking only" Please do not park in our neighbours parking spaces No bags, no prams Wednesday 10th November to Saturday 13th November 10am-4pm IN BRIEF Cactus show From Paris Hilton fans to Shrek devotees there is a variety of cactus to suit everybody, Cactus and Succulent Show organiser Max Croft says. More than 1000 specimens will be on view at the biennial show at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, 751 New North Rd, from today until Sunday. ''A wide variety of visually- appealing forms, foliage and flowers will be on show,'' Mr Croft says. ''Goths might appreciate the black neoporteria occulta cactus, Shrek would like crassula ovata gollum with leaves that look like an ogre's ears and the fluffy mammillaria plumosa could appeal to icecream lovers or Paris Hilton fans.'' The event will include demonstrations on how to raise and look after the desert dwellers, with advice given by members of the New Zealand Cactus and Succulent Society. The show is open from noon to 5pm today, 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sunday. Stardome upgrade Interactive and fun exhibits are the name of the game thanks to an upgrade of Stardome Observatory. This Sunday the observatory's new foyer will be officially opened with a free public open day from 11am to 6pm. The new and improved venue includes a state-of-the-art projection system and a Magic Planet digital video globe, the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Stardome chief executive David Houldsworth says the interactive exhibits are tailored to engage visitors at various levels and deliver a customised experience. ''Computer and video technological developments have improved the way museums, planetariums and other attractions commun- icate with the public. ''I have been to a number of international observatories and planetariums and I can proudly say that we now have a truly world-class facility here.'' The observatory is at 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak. Designs on train station Future plan: Urban design competition winner Brendan Scott-Woods at the site where he'd like to see a public plaza built over the Mt Albert train station. Photo: JASON OXENHAM New design: A sketch of Brendan Scott-Woods' vision for the Mt Albert town centre. It includes a public plaza and more green space. By SCOTT MORGAN MORE green space, a public plaza and better public trans- port links are just some of the winning ideas to come out of the Mt Albert urban design competition. Unitec architecture mas- ters student Brendan Scott- Woods won the overall prize in a contest designed to gen- erate ideas that will help reinvigorate the suburb s town centre. His design would see a pub- lic plaza built over the Mt Albert train station on the corner of Carrington and New North roads to create more public space. It would also see the cre- ation of a park and bus lanes along New North Rd. I tried to keep it realistic and not get too carried away, he says. Money is going to be an issue. A new library and two tall apartment buildings are also part of the winning design. The former Mt Albert Grammar School student says the three-month project meant a lot to him after grow- ing up in the suburb. It s gone downhill -- they haven t looked after the place. It needs some serious work. The father of two who now lives at Laingholm and also works fulltime as a draughts- man, was surprised to come away with the top award, which consisted of a $1000 cash prize. I just followed the brief, he says. About 40 students from Unitec, Auckland University and AUT University took part. Mr Shearer says he s thrilled with the ideas that have been generated by the competition. It exceeded my expec- tations. I liked the way Bren- dan treated the railway sta- tion and green areas. It s a place I would like to go. While he wasn t a judge, Mr Shearer says the winning design reflected advice given to students at the start of the competition. He s clearly thought about it quite hard and taken on our advice to keep it grounded. The next step will be to put the designs to Auckland Council planners and poli- ticians for consideration. Several local politicians are already on side with newly elected councillors Cathy Casey and Christine Fletcher acting as judges and local board members attending the prize-giving. Dr Casey says the winning design stood head and shoulders above the rest. He s listened to what the community wants. What Mt Albert needs is a people-friendly space that takes into account its heri- tage. Other judges included members of the Mt Albert Residents Association and industry experts. Three prizes for individual categories were also handed out. Kimberly Read from Auck- land University won the urban design award, Unitec s Shaun Komene claimed the landscape prize and AUT s Simon Liang was recognised for best architecture design.
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November 10th 2010