Central Leader : March 4th 2011
6 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 4, 2011 NEWS SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2011 START TIME 9.30AM rOunD THe BaYs PORTS OF AUCKLAND www.roundthebays.co.nz ENTER NOW! SUPPORTING THESE GREAT CHARITIES CLUB NETBALL @ AMI Auckland Netball 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns A fun way to socialise & keep fit. Team & Individual registrations welcome. www.aucklandnetball.co.nz For further information contact Gemma Rowlinson 570 0030 extn 203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Premier | Seniors | U20| U16 Exciting new grade for Years 6, 7&8 • Saturday Afternoons from 1pm • Competitive and Social Grades • Professionally run competition • Rubberised courts • Onsite Cafe Entries Close 11th March 2011 Call Window Answers now For a free measure and quote Tel: 836 6222 20K Te Pai Place, Henderson Blinds Vertical • Holland • Venetian • Wooden • Sunscreen Buy direct from the factory TIMBER SALE UP TO 60% OFF RRP • Australian Design Award • Uniline's Unique 5 Year Warranty Conditions Apply 50% on the retail price Save up to www.windowanswers.co.nz or email email@example.com 3476560AE Auckland Council has released its Draft Annual Plan 2011/2012. It sets out the council's plans for the year 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, and the budget required to make them happen. It outlines Auckland Council's proposal to undertake $773 million worth of capital works in 2011/2012, and spend $1.8 billion on providing services. It's your rates that help pay for council projects in your local area and across the region, making Auckland a great place to live. Soon you will find a summary of the draft annual plan in your letterbox, which includes a freepost feedback form. We are interested to hear your feedback on the draft annual plan along with amendments we are proposing to our long-term plan. You can do this online or through the freepost form. Copies of the documents and feedback forms are available • at any library • any council service centre • online at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz • call us (09) 301 0101. Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz RW_AK8749_SBN IT'S TIME TO TELL US WHAT YOU THINK It's a feelgood fun run There s still time to get yourself prepared for the 39th Ports of Auck- land Round the Bays fun run on March 13. The event is famous for attracting indivi- duals of all ages and abilities as well as hun- dreds of team and fam- ily entries. And it s all for a good cause. One of the principal sponsors is Fairfax Media, publisher of the Central Leader. Spokeswoman San- dra King says benefici- aries will include Kid- ney Kids, Koru Care, the Waitemata Har- bour Clean-Up Trust and Fairfax First Books. She says Fairfax employees will be there on the day. This race has the ultimate feelgood factor -- our Fairfax team members feel great for getting out and racing -- and they feel even better knowing thay are helping children s charities. Entries remain open until moments before the race starts and many participants will celebrate with family, friends and colleagues at one of the 550 barbe- cue sites set up at the end. Sites at Madills Farm have sold out but a few are available at Glover Park. The race day entry fee is $10 for children (16 and under) and $15 for adults. Go online to www. roundthebays.co.nz for more information. People must identify trees for protection By HANNAH SPYKSMA ' I don't think it's sufficient to just operate on good will and hope that certain trees stay. ' -- Wayne Walker Tree protection is on the agenda and members of local boards from around the isthmus are calling for nominations of trees to keep safe. Rules for general pro- tection disappear at the end of the year. The deadline for tree nomi- nations is March 31. Many people in our area tell me they moved here largely because of the trees, Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes says. Once they learn that from January 1 next year the council cannot give any general protec- tion to trees, they get passionate about protect- ing special trees. Anyone can nominate any tree on their prop- erty or on another pri- vate property that they think is worth saving. Council-owned land is exempt from the process. Protection will based on several factors includ- ing condition, amenity and notability. People are advised to think about what makes each specimen stand out, because there are strict guidelines for what makes the cut. It s about the heritage value just as much as saving the tree, Puketa- papa Local Board deputy chairman Nigel Turnbull says. The Puketapapa area has fewer than 10 trees nominated so far and board members are encouraging people to identify more significant trees for scheduling. This is in contrast to the Albert-Eden area, where 198 trees or groups of trees are protected. The Auckland Council isthmus district plan says public awareness of the city s flora and fauna heritage will be in- creased by scheduling. Tree Council chairwo- man Sigrid Shayer doubts this is the best way to preserve the city s flora. While her organisation supports increasing tree protection, she questions whether scheduling is cheaper than general tree protection. This move has taken New Zealand backwards internationally, in terms of valuing the role of trees in the built environment. The Tree Council believes that the general tree protection rules should have been re- viewed and revised, not scrapped altogether -- and without consul- tation. Environment and sus- tainability forum chair- man Wayne Walker says it s up to people to take initiative, or else the trees could be gone for- ever. I don t think it s suf- ficient to just operate on good will and hope that certain trees stay -- they need protection. Members of the public wanting to nominate a tree are advised to con- tact their local board, which will direct them on how to lodge a protection claim. Visit www.auckland council.govt.nz or phone the council on 301-0101 to find out contact details for your local board.
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