Central Leader : April 8th 2011
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Organiser Geoff Alley says he couldn t put together an Auckland side, largely because key players were injured or unavailable. Buck Shelford was to lead the Harbour side, while Gary Whetton was to have led Auckland. Both are former All Black captains. Proceeds from the game were to have gone to the Christchurch earthquake appeal. More cash for amenities By MICHELLE COOKE SOME OF Auckland s best- known organisations will get a funding boost because the city s representatives felt they had no other choice. The Auckland Council voted to increase funding between 5 and 14 percent for the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Motat and a range of other amenities at its meeting last week. Councillor Sandra Coney said it was important for Auck- landers to know how much money was being spent on the organisations and that council is bound by legislation to fund them. The 12 organisations will receive $49 million in the 2011/2012 financial year which begins on July 1. Three acts of Parliament were passed before the super- city was formed, requiring funding for each organisation to be sourced from across the region. The seven former councils rejection of an increase in funding was overturned during arbitration last year and they were forced to pay the amount asked and an extra $200,000 in fees. Mayor Len Brown told coun- cillors the matter would again go to arbitration if they did not vote in favour of it. The museum will receive more than $25m and Motat more than $10m. Auckland Regional Amenities will receive $13m -- a 14 percent increase. Ten organisations are part of Auckland Regional Amenities, including Auckland Festival, Stardome and Water- safe. Councillor Mike Lee said it is important that these organis- ations receive funding but it means others will miss out. He called for a 10 percent cap, while councillor George Wood supported a maximum increase of 5 percent. Other councillors reluctantly supported the funding increases. The decision was a U-turn for councillors -- most voted against the increases at the strategy and finance committee meeting on March 8. Orakei councillor Cameron Brewer initially voted against the increase because he believes the 14 percent increase requested was just too high in this economic environment . However, the reality is the amenities request for funding was within a statutory cap and they would have won if it had gone to costly arbitration. Auckland Regional Amenities funding body chairman Vern Walsh says the organisations that come under the amenities umbrella were decided by Auck- landers. The bottom line is a number of these organisations would not exist today had the regional funding legislation not been enacted. Double check blankets The winter months are approaching and the Fire Service is reminding fam- ilies and individuals to double check electric blankets which are planned for use. There is a number of easy and basic precautions which can reduce the risk of an unwanted fire. This includes having electric blankets tested by a qualified elec- trician at least once a year, before use in winter. For summer storage, try to keep the blanket flat so it reduces kinks in the heating elements inside it. Leave them on the bed when not in use to keep the blanket flat and tight. Senior fire risk management officer George Stephens says most electric blanket fires happen because the blankets are not installed properly, which allows it to move, causing deterioration. He says never sleep with an electric blanket on. The Fire Service also strongly rec- ommends a working photoelectric smoke alarm in every room, including bedrooms, dining areas and hallways. See www.fire.org.nz or www.n support.co.nz/fire/ for more infor- mation. New bus route proposed A new bus route similar to the cur- rent Link service could see buses run every 15 minutes around suburbs surrounding the central city. The Outer Loop service would connect suburbs like Mt Eden, Pt Chevalier, Parnell, Newmarket, Herne Bay, St Lukes and Wynyard Quarter. It is part of a range of major improvements proposed for the inner suburbs bus network. There may also be some changes to the Link route, creating a new inner city service that runs every five minutes between Karangahape Rd, Queen St, Britomart and Wynyard Quarter and two new western bays bus routes. Auckland Transport public trans- port operations manager Mark Lam- bert says the aim is to create more bus services like the Link that are highly recognisable. People want to be able to easily understand where a bus goes and how often it goes. A new inner city service will be created so people know there is a frequent, easy bus they can catch. Auckland Transport has begun a three-week consultation period on the plans to seek feedback on its proposals. Go online to www. maxx.co.nz/centralchanges to have your say. Seniors create mosaic art The Never 2 Old Seniors at the Mt Albert YMCA has expanded their art- istry abilities. The seniors are work- ing with art therapy instructor Sally Legg, writing memoirs and cre- ating a mosaic art form using memorabilia. Reflecting war time, they hope to have their work, A Poppy to Remember Community Collaborative Mosaic Art Piece, installed at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall. The presentation of the mosaic is on April 11 from 10am at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall.
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