Central Leader : April 6th 2011
3 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 6, 2011 NEWS Come in Now! Great Frames @ Factory Prices 6x4 from$5 5x7 from$6 6x8 from$8 8x10 from$9 A4 from $10 A3 from $15 8x12 from$9 11 x 14 from $14 16 x 20 from $20 20 x 24 from $31 The Centre of Framing Open 7 days The Framers Guild Ground Floor, Royal Oak Mall Manukau Road Ph: 625 2855 Come in with family or friends and take advantage of these great deals! kidz!!* free go *Community Services card required Eye Examination $29* 109 Trafalgar St Onehunga 096363639 *Conditions Apply; Prescription cannot be taken away; Limited time only offer. ...WHEN YOU MENTION THIS AD Closure angers owner By RHIANNON HORRELL End of an era: Sharon Budge with her daughter Sadie at the Top Totz Childcare centre in Onehunga. Mrs Budge is saddened and angry that the centre has closed and says it is to allow for a spin class in the room where she operates. Photo: JASON OXENHAM A SMALL childcare centre in Onehunga has shut down and the space may be used for an exercise class as new man- agement of the Onehunga War Memorial Pools gets under way. Community Leisure Man- agement took control of the centre on Friday. The company operates 35 pool and recreation venues around the country. The Top Totz childcare cen- tre has been operating for three years, using a room which overlooks pool facili- ties. But the venue, which caters for up to 11 children, has had to close to allow for new CLM initiatives. Centre owner and manager Sharon Budge is angry and says the centre has been a labour of love from its incep- tion. It's been a lot of blood, sweat and tears.'' She says there was a hand- shake agreement with CLM that the centre would con- tinue as normal and that it would face a three-month rent review. We'd agreed to work together. We were singing the praises to all the parents. Then we got a phone call inviting us to a meeting. There was no negotiation -- we were out. They want the space for a spin class. I had to tell my parents.'' Mrs Budge says it's also a shame because the centre had started to get busy and it received a good Education Review Office report. Parent Tina Olsen often brings her son Elliot to the Top Totz centre. There's no shortage of childcare centres in the area but it's harder once they've settled in a place. It seems a bit illogical with so many young mums in the area -- why didn't they find a way to work with us? They will lose customers from the gym. It would be worth their while to keep a facility like this.'' CLM managing director John Latimer acknowledged the company had taken the reins. He says the idea of putting a spin class in the room where the childcare facility operated is simply an option and is not definite. There's also potential if we open it up. We'll make it user friendly -- there will be a lot more stuff. There'll be a full range of activities to meet community needs. It's largely an aquatic centre but there'll be holiday and after-school prog- rammes.'' Mr Latimer says the new management is also working with the existing swim club. We are in a planning stage. We've got to take what we've got and proceed with our plans.'' In terms of the handshake agreement with Mrs Budge, Mr Latimer says he was not aware of this. He says staff from other CLM-operated venues will transfer to Onehunga in the short-term to help get things up and running. It's been left below stan- dard -- there's a lot of work to do in creating a decent public facility. There's new activities -- it's pretty green fields for us. We've got a big job ahead, working with schools and preschools in the com- munity.'' IN BRIEF Two found dead Two people were found dead by police at a Mt Roskill address last Friday. Auckland city police communications manager Noreen Hegarty says police are investigating the two deaths which came to the emergency service's attention shortly before 2pm on April 1. She says police discovered a 33-year-old woman and a 14-month-old girl. No one else is being sought in connection with the incident and Ms Hegarty says the family's next of kin have been advised of the deaths. Inquiries are continuing and one of the deaths is being treated as a homicide. Race for Chch A prestigious Christchurch harness race has been moved to Auckland because of the recent earthquake. The Inter Dominion, which has an $800,000 prize pool, was transferred to Alexandra Park after Christchurch was forced to cancel its hosting of the event despite waiting eight years for the privilege. Auckland mayor Len Brown and Christchurch mayor Bob Parker will both attend the Inter Dominion grand final night at Alexandra Park. They are urging Aucklanders to come to the event in red and black and make a donation to Christchurch. Mr Brown says: ''We know that Cantabrians were looking forward with great anticipation to showcasing this trans-Tasman event, and much time, effort and money went into preparations for it by Christchurch organisers.'' Entry to the Inter Dominion on April 8 is free, with people asked to give to Christchurch collectors at the event. Suspicious fire A suspicious vegetation fire broke out on Meola Rd near Western Springs last Thursday afternoon. Fire Service northern communications centre shift manager Megan Ruru says the bush which was alight was about 400 metres from Meola Rd. A crew from the Ponsonby station dealt with the incident.
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