Central Leader : December 10th 2010
www.centralleader.co.nz Friday, December 10, 2010 Booster Seat S100,m88, l84,xl80, junior 70 $25 97 Church Street, Onehunga 123 Jellicoe Road, Panmure Ph: 570 9669 www.babies.co.nz $ 3999 from $1999 $7999 www.babies.co.nz Junior Basic Highchairs Soft Kids Made in Europe Mama Love + FREE Wipes with Every Pack (m:72, L:69, XL:66) $195 from Baby Cots 2555697AK Fundraisers intimidate shoppers By RHIANNON HORRELL ' They impact on our businesses quite severely. ' Amanda Kinzett Onehunga town manager SERIOUS concerns about charity representatives in Onehunga have been raised following a report of aggressive and intimidating tactics to urge people to donate money. Town manager Amanda Kinzett spoke to the Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board on Tuesday and says those collecting signatures are paid employees who have quotas to reach. This drives them to sometimes become very aggressive towards people and in some cases follow, harass and intimidate people,'' she says. Ms Kinzett told the board of an incident last week where a charity representative waited outside a business for an elderly man who to initially entered the store to get away. This collector waited and pounced on him as he came out of the store. The man was very dis- tressed due to the collector's actions.'' She also raised concerns that charity representatives work the streets too often. They impact on our businesses quite severely. These charities take money from our community and don't give it back. For us and our customers -- it's do or die. The locals are constantly being hassled. I don't know why they are given the mandate to allow these people to collect carte blanche,'' she says. A timetable of dates from the Public Funding Regulatory Associ- ation shows seven different chari- ties are scheduled to appear in One- hunga between now and January 8. This includes three dates for Greenpeace and two for Oxfam. Association community relations manager chairwoman Clementine Ludlow says it is important to dis- tinguish between those collecting money for charity and those who carry out face-to-face fundraising. She only deals with the latter and says representatives talk to people about various projects and ask them to sign up. It's ongoing donations and reg- ular givers and this is a vital part of fundraising. We want to regulate it and do the absolute best we can.'' Ms Ludlow is aware of the inci- dent regarding the man in One- hunga. We've taken it very seriously. I'm satisfied with the outcome and sometimes this requires retraining if appropriate. There are serious consequences if we get complaints like that. This is the first complaint in over a year. People will complain because not everyone likes to be approached on the street.'' She says the rostering of rep- resentatives is standard and it has been the same for years. This includes 21 sites across Auckland used every third day, 16 sites used every fifth day and five sites used once a fortnight. We don't saturate areas at all.'' Ms Ludlow says there could be a possibility to change the Onehunga frequency to every fifth day instead of every third and feels that fundraising for national charities does not affect generosity toward local causes. Pageant a learning curve Miss University: Greenlane resident Courtney Ramsdale, 19, is in South Korea to represent New Zealand universities in the 23rd World Miss University Pageant. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By RHIANNON HORRELL Intelligence, personality and ambition is required to compete in the World Miss University pageant and Greenlane beauty Courtney Ramsdale has got what it takes. The 19-year-old communi- cations student left for South Korea on November 29 to compete against 50 to 60 girls representing their respective universities. The pageant was created in 1986 to mark the United Nation's Year of Peace and the winner may be sent to visit conflict zones and spread the message of peace. It also seeks to solve problems associated with youth around the world, particularly those in ter- tiary institutions. Miss Ramsdale is excited to rep- resent Kiwi universities. New Zealand is a peaceful country. It's got that clean, green image. It's a country that's at the bottom of the world. It's a learning curve for me, we're so apart from everything else. It's a good opportunity to meet people from different cultures and I love languages. Even if I don't bring home the title it will be such a great experience. It's the first time I've travelled this far on my own. We've had two weeks to pre- pare everything -- from gowns to shoes and jewellery,'' she says. Miss Ramsdale will attend a peace and environment forum. The contest will also feature a evening, day and swimwear sections, a national costume category and a talent section. Miss Ramsdale will wear a white gown with koru patterns on it and feathers in her hair, and she plans to dress as an All Black for a sports day event. National selector Alex Lee wishes her success at the event and says she is a wonderful del- egate with all the right qualities to do her country proud. The pageant wraps up December 12.
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