Central Leader : March 30th 2011
8 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 30, 2011 NEWS www.metlifecare.co.nz REV4909 OPEN TO VIEW Thursday 31st March and Friday 1st April, 10am to 4pm 38 Golf Road, Titirangi When this village was planned, they considered every aspect. Sunny, spectacular and serene, Crestwood lifestyle village is the perfect place for relaxed retirement living. It makes such a big difference when your home captures the warmth of the sun, and this was certainly top-of-mind when the designers of Metlifecare Crestwood drew up the plans. This lovely village sits amongst picturesque cottage gardens and native bush, with each unit positioned to make the most of this warm and sunny setting. The location is also top notch, with Titirangi Golf Club and Bowling Club close by and the local Green Bay shops just a short walk away. With quality two bedroom villas from just $345,000, now is the time to see this village for yourself, so simply visit an Open Day this Thursday or Friday. Why retire at Crestwood? Warm and sunny setting Beautiful gardens and native bush Affordable living options Friendly community atmosphere 24 hour push-button assistance Peace of mind safety Need more info? Talk to one of our friendly team on 09 817 0464. Best of Fresh for Less New L ynn -- Margan Ave Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm Mt Roskill -- Frost Road Mon -- Sun 7.00am - 7.00pm Greenlane -- 1 Marewa Rd CL 30/3 All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin Mt Albert -- 955 New North Rd Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 7.00pm Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm Local Feijoas $2.99bag Hass Avocados $1.99of 3 Pukekohe Brushed Potatoes $4.99bag Red Seedless Grapes $3.99kg Waikato Chestnuts $2.99bag Fresh Courgettes $1.99bag Winter Nellis Pears $1.99bag 700g Bobby Bananas $1.99bag tray 700g 1kg 5kg 1kg Bus pass changes 'a mockery' By RHIANNON HORRELL Temporary changes to NZ Bus passes across Auckland are making a mockery of our reduce, reuse and recycle pol- icy, according to one com- muter. Three Kings resident Linda Kirby is outraged that in addition to fare increases on monthly passes, the new plas- tic visual passes need to be replaced each month. NZ Bus runs Metrolink, Go West, North Star and Waka Pacific services among others. Basically the one thing I liked about the previous sys- tem was having the same piece of plastic each month and loading a new month onto it. It could be reused. I m a great believer in recycling, Ms Kirby says. This is a new piece of plas- tic which is not biodegradable. It s infuriating when we are encouraged to do our best for the environment. Ms Kirby, whose partner and daughter also use public transport, says the fare increases target regular commuters. We who loyally buy monthly passes pay a month in advance -- they have our money for a whole month first. They are able to gain interest on our money. It s a shame that these civic people and management aren t thinking in the same vein. She says parking in the city is appalling and Aucklanders are encouraged to keep cars off the road but are then discour- aged by having to pay more. Ms Kirby also says it s an issue having to fork out for three monthly passes at the start of each month, instead of midway through the month as previously or whenever the last month expires. NZ Bus general manager for the central area Jon Calder says an annual review of bus, ferry and train fares was com- pleted on February 18. Auckland Transport announced that rail fares would increase effective March 13. At the same time they announced that single and 10-trip bus fares would not increase. Mr Calder says the monthly zone A and B passes were increased from $123 to $130 and the all zones pass was increased from $190 to $200. Our monthly passes rep- resent extremely good value. We appreciate that our pre- vious Go Rider monthly pass system provided more flexi- bility to customers who could choose the start date of their pass. Unfortunately with a visual pass system it is not possible to provide the same flexibility. Mr Calder says the change to visual passes is to facilitate the introduction of integrated ticketing. Auckland Transport, NZ Bus and Snapper have signed a partnership agreement and are working together to intro- duce integrated ticketing to Auckland within the next few months. He says the new passes are an interim measure which will be in place until Auckland Transport launches its prod- uct. Auckland Transport com- munications manager Sharon Hunter says the integrated ticket to be launched soon is reusable. Shared space for Darby St Auckland s first shared space street is open for use. Darby St links Elliot St with Queen St and is the first of several city streets to be upgraded by the Auckland Council. The kerbless street emphasises space recla- mation and the inte- gration of pedestrians and vehicles. Elliott St, Jean Batten Place, Fort St and south- ern Lorne St have also been earmarked as shared spaces. Auckland mayor Len Brown is set to officially open Darby St on April 15.
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