Central Leader : February 2nd 2011
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W W0 m • Chiropractor ningham (includes a complete p Normally $80, but for the month of d a complete report of findings) COMPUTERISED SPINAL EXAM To arrange an audition time or for further information please call Julie Wright on 968 8780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 7707 000149subs Leap into a career as an actor, singer or dancer. Manukau Institute of Technology is holding final auditions for the new Diploma in Performing Arts which covers acting, singing and dancing, for television, theatre and much more. Auditions are being held at the MIT Faculty of Creative Arts, 60 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara 10am - 5pm Wednesday 9 February Forum aims to make Auckland 'most liveable city' By HANNAH SPYKSMA New technology and a posi- tive approach to dealing with environmental issues are on the agenda for Auckland Council and community stakeholders this year. The council's environment and sustainability forum met for the first time late last year and is aiming to tackle some of the city's eco- concerns in 2011. Hopefully we can make things happen and inspire people,'' chairman Wayne Walker says. Plans include working towards making Auckland the most liveable city in the world'' and becoming a fair trade city. Mr Walker would also like to stream video presentations from monthly forum meetings on the council website, so community members can access more information. While some of these ideas are still being thought out, work has already begun to tackle Auckland-wide environmental concerns. The council's focus on improving transport infra- structure has been a small victory for several environ- ment groups. I think the mayor is right on the button by deciding to focus on transport,'' Environ- mental Defence Society spokesman Gary Taylor says. Mr Taylor says he is posi- tive about the future of Auck- land's environment under the leadership of the new council. But he believes one of the key concerns for environ- mental issues is accountabil- ity. Before November 1 last year, the Auckland Regional Council kept an eye on the city and district councils. Now, who is going to be watching the new council and making sure it doesn't turn the environment into a mess?'' But Mr Walker says in some respects, there will be more room for accountability under the new structure. We've got checks and balances but they're differ- ent,'' he says. There's going to be tension between council- controlled organisations and the council, local boards are somewhat separate and cen- tral government acts as another measure. The important thing is that issues are dealt with in a sense that we take an issue, scope it out, test it out, then take it for- ward to the committees.'' An assessment of Auck- land's waste management plan is also under way, with recommendations to be made this month. Child protesters abused Protest incident: Greenlane woman Daisy Lee, who practises Falun Gong meditation, was shocked to hear of an incident involving her two children Cathay Ma, left, and Allen Ma. She says they were with two caregivers and were taking part in a protest and meditation session on Great South Rd on January 14, when two men approached the group, verbally abused them and stole a banner. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By RHIANNON HORRELL A GREENLANE mother is shocked by the actions of two bullies who approached her children on Great South Rd earlier this month and stole their protest banner. On January 14, Allen and Cathay Ma were with two caregivers at a Falun Gong protest on the busy stretch of road. Allen, 12, says the incident happened while the group was practising meditation. A car drove by and stopped and a young man got out. He approached the ban- ner and he swore at us. He tried to pull it down but he didn't succeed. One man came out to grab the banner and another stayed in the car. It was quite scary. The person who took the banner was the driver. He used bad language.'' The banner taken was part of a regular protest about the persecution of the Falun Gong practice in China. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, was banned by the Chinese government in July, 1999. Mother Daisy Lee says since arriving in New Zea- land in 2002 and beginning Falun Gong the following year, it has had a positive impact on the health and wel- lbeing of her family. But Ms Lee fears Falun Gong persecution protesters could be targeted again. I've asked for an urgent investigation. When the chil- dren told me I was very shocked. I wouldn't have imagined this would have happened. I just can't tolerate it because it happened to my child. To me, this is a crime. People don't understand the protest. In China there is no freedom to protest.'' Ms Lee says a banner was also stolen around a year ago from one of the caregivers who were with the children. She is appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the January 14 incident to come forward and would like to see the banner returned. Ms Lee says the per- secution in China means that her children are not able to return to their native country to see their grandparents. Acquaintance and criminal lawyer Michael Kan says the mostly likely charges to arise from the incident, if police believe there is enough evi- dence, is either wilful damage or disorderly behaviour. Police senior sergeant Hirone Waretini says the banner theft has been reported and the file will be assigned to an investigator.
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