Central Leader : November 26th 2010
6 CENTRAL LEADER, NOVEMBER 26, 2010 NEWS Great reading this weekend. Don't miss this Sunday's SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES AND SAVE! Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 329) WIN 10 prizes of $2000 tobewon-justin time for Christmas. See this week's Sunday Star-Times $2000 CASH FOR CHRISTMAS IN BRIEF Ukulele festival The sound of ukuleles will be serenading Aucklanders this Saturday when the New Zealand Ukulele Festival hits town. In its fourth year, the festival includes international and local acts, competitions, workshops and the great Kiwi uke- along. ''It's all about encouraging New Zealanders to have a go and enriching lives with music,'' Ukulele Trust chairwoman Mary Cornish says. Ms Cornish is hoping the event will attract around 10,000 people this year. People are encouraged to bring their ukuleles and singing voices along and to join in no matter what their playing level or ability is. The festival, held at Trusts Stadium in Waitakere, takes place from 10am until 4pm. Kura gala Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Nga Maungarongo is holding its annual gala tomorrow between 10am and 2pm. There will be plenty of food for sale including hangi and fritters plus bric-a-brac, along with entertainment. The auction of an art piece from every child in the kura will also take place. Funds raised from the gala will go towards buying sunshades and computer equipment. The event takes place at 140 Haverstock Rd, Mt Albert. Phone 815-6349 for information. Church accused of unholy racket Major concerns: Selwyn St residents Ray Tanner, Christine Stevens and Noel Weir share serious concerns about noise from the neighbouring Onehunga Community House and hall complex. Mr Weir says he's reached the end of his tether and the relationship between hall users and neighbours has deteriorated. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By RHIANNON HORRELL A community of neighbours is not singing the praises of a religious group which worships over the fence. The Bethel Assembly of God rents the Onehunga Community House to hold Sunday meetings for its fol- lowing of more than 100 people. But Selwyn St residents Noel Weir, Ray Tanner and Christine Stevens live next to the complex and are losing patience over what they say is an excessive amount of noise. They're just screaming and carrying on,'' Mr Weir says. It's not about race or religion -- it's purely about noise. We started off approaching them nicely, we had morning tea and tried to talk to them about it. But we've got so frustrated. I believe other residents in this area are angry too but we are the ones who have spoken up about it.'' Neighbour Mr Tanner says the worship group is aware of noise control officers and so adjusts volumes accordingly when visited. It's out of all proportion. The sounds just reverberate. If they address the noise then it would be okay.'' But Bethel pastor Binuraj Thakadiel Karunakaran does not wish to cause aggression. We don't fight, drink or smoke, it's only singing and praising God. They should buy earplugs and then can get a good night's sleep,'' he says of residents. How can I ask the people to mellow down their voice? It's the freedom of how to worship. It's a Christian country.'' He says songs usually take 30 to 45 minutes. We are taxpayers too. All the halls are booked out in the area. These people should understand we are not having a party. I stopped preaching using the microphone. But without the keyboard and the drums and things, how would the song go? We want to stay on good terms.'' Mr Thakadiel Karuna- karan is happy to talk with neighbours to reach a resol- ution. An Auckland Council noise control spokesperson says 14 complaints were made between June and November which resulted in three excessive noise directions being issued. The religious activities did slightly exceed the district plan noise levels when initially measured, however subsequent monitoring after the intervention did not dis- close any exceedances.'' He says at 50 decibels residents might hear noise but it would still be within district plan levels. Community House chair- woman Bridget Graham plans to try and resolve the issue at a local board level.
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