Central Leader : March 30th 2011
9 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 30, 2011 NEWS Local boards are seeking community input into their local board plans, which will inform and influence the development of the Council's Long Term Plan (2012 to 2022). We would like to hear what you think is important. You are invited to attend any of the following public meetings: West Communities Summit (for all 3 western boards) 10am - 3pm, March 30 Trusts Stadium, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson Whau Local Board 6 - 8.30pm, April 6 Whau Local Board Office, 31 Totara Avenue, New Lynn 6 - 8.30pm, April 13 Avondale Primary School, Crayford Street West, Avondale Alternatively, you can provide us your input by visiting your local board online at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/whau and fill in an easy online survey. Be part of the plan Help shape your Local Boards' priorities and aspirations. 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Initially quite a few people gravitated towards people from their own culture.'' But she says after a few days the 14-strong group was like a big family supporting each other. Ms Apte says people's personalities really came out when doing the physical chall- enges which included kayaking, sailing and rock climbing. The physical aspect brings out the best and worst in people.'' Personally, she says the challenges of being on Outward Bound have made her a stronger person. The skills and values I've gained, such as goal setting, problem solving and putting the team first, will assist me in both my personal and professional life.'' Since completing Outward Bound, Anuja has left fulltime employment to return to uni- versity to study social work. Outward Bound chief execu- tive Trevor Taylor says part of the aim of the course is for course participants to spend time discussing cultural diver- sity within New Zealand. While participants will gain a lot from challenging them- selves in the outdoors, the real focus is about enhancing the progression and success of diverse communities within the Auckland region. Auckland is a hugely multi- cultural city, therefore it's vital that all sectors of the com- munity work together cohesively.'' Mt Eden carnival day There'll be fun in the sun this Sunday at a com- munity carnival day in Mt Eden. The Community Spirit Family Carnival takes place at Potters Park on April 3, 2pm to 5pm. The event is a won- derful opportunity for families to enjoy an afternoon of good old- fashioned fun and to con- nect with other resi- dents,'' founder Cath- erine Goodwin says. Events include a zumba showcase, horse rides, bouncy castles and face painting, and there will be a range of food and craft stalls on site to cater for all participants. Ambassadors from the Blues rugby team will also be helping out with the family-orientated sports programme. Visit www.community spirit.co.nz or www. quantumsport.co.nz to find out more. National's candidate Maungakiekie MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has been confirmed as National's candidate for the general election in November. Mr Lotu-Iiga says New Zealand has faced diffi- culties in recent times and he is looking forward to the campaign ahead. Maungakiekie is at the heart of Auckland's diversity and represents the vibrant and bustling change of metropolitan Auckland, with the iconic One Tree Hill as its jewel. I'm proud to be this community's voice in Parliament. During my first term, we have reopened the Onehunga rail line, opened the Manukau Harbour crossing, opened a services acad- emy at Tamaki College and have opened a new operating theatre for elective surgery in Greenlane.'' But Mr Lotu-Iiga says there is still much to do. He held the Maungakiekie seat with a majority of 1942 votes at the last election. Labour list MP Carol Beaumont is also stand- ing in Maungakiekie after being selected in March last year. I am honoured to rep- resent Labour and to build on the work that has taken place since the last election,'' she says. Act and the Greens have not yet chosen candidates.
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