Central Leader : March 18th 2011
7 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 18, 2011 NEWS Switch to Contact and enjoy special electricity pricing* until 30 June 2012 with our Kick Start plan. Joining Contact is incredibly easy, as simple as calling 0800 266 851. Or you can join online at www.contactenergy.co.nz/kickstart Don't miss out -- this high-powered offer expires on 31 March 2011. *Pricing may be adjusted for changes to taxes and Electricity Commission levies. Terms and conditions: Offer available for new residential and SME business customers in Auckland's Vector network area (excluding Bombay, Pukekohe and Papakura where electricity supply is via the Counties Power network) and North Shore and West Auckland areas connected to the UnitedNetworks network, before 31 March 2011. Offer not available to Empower customers. Some exclusions and offer cancellation fees may apply. See www.contactenergy.co.nz/kickstart for full terms and conditions. Special electricity pricing until 30 June 2012. Jane, Remuera. Customer since 2008 "We switched to Contact because they gave us a much better deal" CON0347 11/10-3AD Auck 3463335AI Bike plea a success By TROELS SOMMERVILLE Bike flood: Diana Swarbrick, left, and Priscilla Dawson from Refugees As Survivors with San Htike Aung and his new bike. Photo: TROELS SOMMERVILLE A kind gesture has turned into a plea for help. Diana Swarbrick from Refugees as Survivors New Zealand has been flooded with offers of bicycles for her bike recycling service. The problem is she has nowhere to store them nor any means of picking them up. It all started when inner-city bike shop owner Tom White con- tacted Ms Swarbrick to donate six bikes to refugees. The story was run by the Central Leader and other papers in the Suburban News- papers group and it went viral'', Ms Swarbrick says. Everyone just picked it up and ran with it.'' Her co-worker Pris- cilla Dawson was storing the bikes at her house for a time but that's not an option anymore. If I take another bike home my husband will divorce me,'' Ms Dawson says. The idea behind the project is that members of the public donate their old bikes to be given to refugees. They come here with one suitcase. They're lucky if they have jandals,'' Ms Swarbrick says. The first bike went to 15-year-old San Htike Aung. Born in the jungles of Burma, San has not had the chance to ride a bike since he was a child. He and his family fled government oppression in their homeland and now live in Otahuhu. He rides his bike almost everyday. When you come to a new country and you don't speak the language it can be very difficult even catching the bus,'' Ms Swarbrick says. A bike gives them great freedom.'' She'd like to continue to expand the project but is looking for someone to help transport, store and fix the bikes. And it would be great if people within the refu- gee community could do something to help out each other. Email diana@ rasnz. co.nz to donate a bike or offer your help. Spate of attacks on parked cars A spate of attacks on parked cars is causing concern in Mt Eden. This has included reports of wing mirrors being kicked off cars and windows being smashed on Ashton Rd, Valley Rd and Kenyon Rd. Matt Shroj of Avon- dale police says one par- ticular incident unfolded at 4.15am on March 13. Someone has reported a group of males who have smashed a wing mirror on a car. They kicked the informant's car. He yelled at them and the offenders decamped.'' Mr Shroj says police arrived at the scene and took a report but there are no descriptions avail- able to help identify those involved. Go to www.central leader.co.nz to see video footage of the incident on Ashton Rd.
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