Central Leader : November 12th 2010
3 CENTRAL LEADER, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 NEWS Come and try our new Summer menu, enjoy the beautiful Courtyard now summer has arrived!! We are happy to make Breakfast bookings and High Tea reservations for Xmas. 120 Onehunga Mall Road, Onehunga Ph: 622 2819 Hrs: 7am - 5pm Weekdays / 8am - 5pm Weekends Columbus Onehunga.... Once again the heart of great food and award winning coffee. Krista is back in the Kitchen with some new ideas and some old favorites that made our cafe famous for its food. 3263166AA A feel good comedy set in the city of love, about three women of a "certain age" who experience love, laughter, loss and tears, and impor tantly, the joys and challenges of growing old. Cast Required: 4X Women (45-60's), 1X Man (45-55) Please see www.dolphintheatre.org.nz or contact director for fur ther information. Note auditions by appointment please. Season: 19th February -- 12th March 2011 For audition appointment contact Claire Nelson Ph: 827-2822 or 021-208-7617 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or online at www.dolphintheatre.org.nz 12 Spring Street, Onehunga --- Auditions --- "We'll Always Have Paris" Saturday and Sunday 27th/28th November 2010 Written by Jill Hyem Directed by Mary Granfors IN BRIEF Brazen robbery A Greenlane restaurant was the centre of police attention last week when a brazen aggravated robbery unfolded. Mt Wellington acting senior sergeant Matt Knowsley says about 10.30am last Thursday a man entered The Abbey Bar and Kitchen on Great South Rd. ''He held up staff and has made off with an amount of money, and took off out the back,'' Mr Knowsley says. ''There were two to three staff present and the restaurant hadn't been open long.'' Mr Knowsley says it seems the offender timed the run to suit his chances because it was unlikely he would encounter many people. He says an initial investigation is complete and the case has been handed on to the Glen Innes criminal investigation bureau. ''No one has been arrested at this point.'' The offender is described as a Maori or Pacific Islander with a large build who was completely covered in clothing. ''He was also in possession of a firearm, thought to be a high-powered air rifle,'' Mr Knowsley says. Police are focusing on CCTV footage and forensic analysis. Anyone with information on the incident should contact the Glen Innes police on 524-1920 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800-555-111. Readership up The latest Nielsen Readership Survey confirms that Suburban Newspapers readership continues to grow and dominate the Auckland market. Suburban Newspapers reach 65.6 percent of people in Auckland aged 15+ with a combined average issue readership of 690,000 people. By comparison the New Zealand Herald has an average issue readership of 423,000 and reaches only 40.2 percent of people in Auckland aged 15+. Suburban Newspapers has 267,000 more readers or 63.1 percent more readers than the New Zealand Herald. Source: Nielsen Readership Survey Q4.09-Q3.10: Auckland 15+ Scottish denied funding By SCOTT MORGAN No funding: Members of the Auckland Burns Society, from left: Trevor Pollard, Dave Small and Tom Shiels, may have to pull the plug on the annual Scottish Family Picnic Day after being denied funding by the outgoing Auckland City Council. Photo: JASON OXENHAM THE SOUND of bagpipes is unlikely to be heard in the Auckland Domain early next year with the looming cancel- lation of the annual Scottish Family Picnic Day. Organisers of the event are struggling to come up with funding for portaloos, a stage and sound system after being turned down for a $2500 grant by the Auckland City Council in September. The event sees Highland dancing groups, pipe bands and musicians from around the city gather at the domain, where a statue of Scottish folk hero Robbie Burns stands. Auckland Burns Associ- ation president Tom Shiels is mystified by the rejection after the group received funding for the previous two years. He says it s unfair other ethnic groups receive funding for events like Pasifika, the Chinese Lantern Festival and Diwali. The Scots have been here as long as anyone else. It would make Sir John Logan Campbell, Sir James Fletcher and all the other prominent Scots turn in their graves. Originally the event was organised to celebrate the 250th birthday of Robbie Burns in 2008 but became a more general celebration of Scottish culture last year. Mr Shiels was told the group didn t meet the council s funding criteria because it s not a legal entity, like an incorporated society. But he says that wasn t made clear during the appli- cation process. We thought we were doing a good turn providing a festi- val for all of Auckland. We ve been cut to ribbons. The group has also applied to other trusts but failed in its bid for funding because of strict selection criteria. Now time is running out to get funding sorted before the end of the year. Waitemata Local Board chairman Shale Chambers says the board is unable to help because it won t have access to a discretionary funding budget until July next year. This is the difficulty we are facing. Obviously the Scottish community is a very import- ant one -- I ve got no idea why the council didn t fund it. Former Auckland City Council community boards were encouraged to spend a year s worth of funding before the end of their term in Octo- ber, leaving new local boards with no discretionary reserves. Mr Chambers says it s tough to know whether the council or local board should be responsible for funding this type of event. It seems to be slightly too big for a local event and slightly too small for a larger event. Auckland Council manager for community development Louise Mason says infor- mation on how community funding will be distributed from July 1 next year will be made available once details are finalised. Call Mr Shiels on 483-6832 if you can help the association with fundraising. Campaign picks up on unsightly rubbish A new campaign featuring floral rubbish bags, signs written in moss, and colourful flowerbeds, is under way to encourage central city busi- nesses to keep the area clean and rubbish-free. The Beautify Your City campaign is a joint initiative by Heart of the City and the Auckland Council that runs for 10 months leading up to the Rugby World Cup. The campaign encourages businesses to put their rub- bish and recycling out at the correct times and discourages the illegal dumping of rub- bish. Hotspots where illegal dumping is a particular prob- lem will be decorated with colourful, temporary flower- beds and signs reminding Aucklanders not to leave rub- bish there. We expect the flowerbeds and displays to beautify prob- lem areas of the city and act as a visual reminder to busi- nesses and residents of the need to keep the city clean, Heart of the City project manager Jane Stewart says. The red rubbish bag is being replaced by a purple pansy print bag and the clear plastic recycling bag will be decorated with a green hedge. The campaign has three bursts of major activity starting this month and con- tinuing in March, June and July next year. A particular target are cafes and restaurants that illegally dispose of fats and oils by pouring them into street drains and tree pits. Council compliance officers will be on hand to issue enforcement notices. The CBD is the heart of Auckland city and the state of our streets leaves a lasting impression on visitors -- we simply must tidy them up for the coming Rugby World Cup, Ms Stewart says. Information about the cam- paign can be found at www.hotcity.co.nz and www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/ rubbishandrecycling or by phoning 379-1355.
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