Central Leader : December 29th 2010
3 CENTRAL LEADER, DECEMBER 29, 2010 NEWS Beaches safe for swimming over the summer By HANNAH SPYKSMA Beaches around the city are safe for swimming over the summer period, according to the Auckland Council website. A water quality monitoring system is in place to take water samples from seaside destinations around the isth- mus. Each week results are uploaded online and made available to the public, to check the status of local beaches. Guidelines set by the Environment Ministry are based on a step-by-step pro- cess for monitoring bacteria and pollution to marine environments. Around the central city all swimming locations show very low levels of bacteria, indicating they are safe to bathe in. This is apart from Coxs Bay, which is not advised for swimming because of historic problems with stormwater and sewerage overflow. Water Safety New Zealand is running a clean water pool campaign over summer. The aim of the programme is to promote toddlers using public swimming pools as a safe alternative to the sea. Around central Auckland there are several pools open over the summer months. These include the Grey Lynn Paddling Pool, Tepid Baths, Pt Erin Pool, Youth- town, Mt Albert Aquatic, Cameron Pool and Onehunga War Memorial Pools. Swimming beaches around the city include Herne Bay, Home Bay, Pt Chevalier Beach, Blockhouse Bay, Waikowhai Bay and Grannys Bay. Vicar is keen for new role Talkative: The new vicar of St Barnabas Church in Mt Eden, Bob Hornburg, describes himself as a people person who wants to connect the church and the community. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By HANNAH SPYKSMA MAKING sure all feel wel- come at St Barnabas Anglican Church is Bob Hornburg's mission. Mr Hornburg was inducted as the new vicar of the Mt Eden church last month and his vibrant personality is already apparent. I love engaging with people,'' he says. It's very easy to go and read a book and spend time studying, but God loves people.'' While the move to St Barnabas is slightly bitter- sweet, the Californian-Kiwi says he ready for new challenges. The interesting thing is that I was happy at my old parish in Avondale, I could have quite easily stayed. But it seemed like the right time to move on. I think God wants me to be here in Mt Eden and it's hard to argue with that.'' For Mr Hornburg, this new role is about connecting the community and the church and making St Barnabas a place where everyone feels welcome. The eucharist is my life,'' he says of the offerings table where those who have been baptised come to take holy communion. But what I say to people is that this isn't my table, it's not the church's table -- it's God's table and everybody is welcome here.'' This slightly unconven- tional approach is what he says he can bring to the par- ish. I love engaging with people and although the com- munities between here and my previous church are dif- ferent, the needs are the same.'' The Mt Eden resident says his priority is to help the church with its push to broaden connections, but not to do it for them. Vicar's warden Denis Burchill says that's one aspect Mr Hornburg excels at. During the process of selecting a new vicar, we had to look inward and outward about what we want for the church. In terms of looking out at community involvement, Bob already has that ability in spades.'' Mr Burchill will be sup- porting the new vicar in his role, and was on the nomi- nation committee which selected him. He says it was Mr Hornburg's enthusiasm that gave him an edge for the pos- ition. Mr Hornburg was born and raised in California. After completing a degree in philosophy he moved to New Zealand and has lived in Auckland since 1974. He has worked as a vicar in the Auckland metropolitan area for more than three decades. 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