Central Leader : March 18th 2011
4 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 18, 2011 NEWS @ @ ST LUKES RD TAYLORSRD SAINSBURY RD MORN INGSID EDR NEW NORTH RD T AYLORS RD 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. Submissions close at 4pm Friday, 1 April 2011. Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz RW_AK8749_SBN2 IT'S TIME TO TELL US WHAT YOU THINK 3586092AA Three Kings (opposite Three Kings Plaza) 509 Mt Albert Rd Ph (09) 625 8151 OPEN 7 DAYS Includes: Queen Slat Frame 2 x Bedside Cabinets 8 Drawer Dresser *Mattress and linen not included Queen Mattress and Base from $599 Marosa 4 piece Bedroom Suite Quality NZ Made for durability and beauty in top quality solid wood. $2599 ONE ONLY Chance to learn of Zen The Auckland Zen Cen- tre is holding an open day on Saturday to give those interested a chance to find out what the cen- tre is all about. The group is part of the Buddhist community which supports auth- entic Zen practice. Special Chinese tea and home-made treats will be free and origami activities will be held. The open day will take place in conjunction with the Onehunga Bay Festi- val and teacher Amala Wrightson will offer demonstrations on the principles of zazen or sit- ting meditation. For those interested in learning to meditate, the centre has introductory workshops. We re here to help people cultivate stability, clear awareness and lov- ing kindness, she says. Visit www.auckland zen.org.nz or come along to the Zen centre stall on the day of the festival. Water challenge about survival Splashing out: AWT Splash Girls say it is easy for New Zealanders to take clean drinking water for granted. From left: Diana Staveley, Roseanne Simpson, Janine Greyling, Rebecca Ellmers and Nasrine Tomasi. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By HANNAH SPYKSMA Twenty litres of water is a back-breaking load to carry on a regular basis, but for some people it is the norm. The Oxfam Water for Survival Challenge takes place in Auckland this weekend and partici- pants are hoping to high- light the reality many countries face when turning on the tap. To think that 80 per- cent of all the illness in the world is caused by dirty drinking water and that thousands of kids die every day just from diarrhoea is pretty hor- rible, says Roseanne Simpson, who is teaming up with AWT Water colleagues for the compe- tition. We believe women have an important role to play in water and sanitation conditions in developing countries, adds group member Nas- rine Tomasi. We are women specialised in the water and sanitation industry in New Zealand and we would like to show others our support. AWT Splash Girls, whose employer deals with water monitoring and analysis, are com- peting in the Top Town- style competition against 27 other teams from throughout the super- city. The three-part chal- lenge, held at Narrow Neck Beach, includes swimming to a pontoon and dragging empty buckets back to shore, a shuttle run to fill buckets with 20 litres of water and a team run hauling the filled load over a finish line. While the girls are hoping the finish line will greet them as quickly as possible on the day, they say the sat- isfaction will be in rais- ing funds for Oxfam s Water for Survival pro- gramme. All profits from the day go to projects in the Asia and Pacific region. The event is really showing how fundamen- tal water is in people s lives, Oxfam co- originator Katherine Mason says. Just having fresh water makes a big differ- ence to health and this is a key way of addressing poverty in the Pacific. Oxfam works in Papau New Guinea, Vanuatu and Bougainville. It provides education facili- ties -- teaching locals about sanitation -- as well as working on rain- water harvesting, irri- gation and installing toilet facilities. So far, AWT Splash Girls are leading the fundraising efforts, having secured more than $1000 in donations. The challenge runs in association with World Water Day on March 22 and is also organised by New Zealand engineer- ing consultancy Beca. To support a team and learn more about Water for Survival, visit www.oxfam.org.nz/events or contact Nasrine Tomasi, nasrine. firstname.lastname@example.org to enter the AWT Splash Girls raffle. Go to www.central leader.co.nz to see a video about the challenge.
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