Central Leader : January 20th 2012
www.centralleader.co.nz 2 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 20, 2012 NEWS Office Ph 630 5419 Fax 630 5435 Editor Melanie Louden email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Manager Jeff Clayton email: email@example.com Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 52,998 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '10.) Delivered each Wednesday/ Friday to Balmoral, Epsom, Greenlane, Hillsborough, Lynfield, Mt Albert (south of railway line), Mt Eden, Mt Roskill, Morningside, New Windsor, One Tree Hill, Onehunga, Oranga, Owairaka, Penrose (not Te Papapa), Royal Oak, Sandringham, Three Kings. Unit 1.3, 72 Dominion Road. Private Bag 56910, Mt Eden. www.centralleader.co.nz 5 Harold St, Mt Eden Free parking. 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The council wants to expand its BID pro- gramme across Auckland to provide town centres with marketing, cleaning and security support via a targeted rate on busi- nesses, which is admini- stered by the council. But the New Zealand Council of Shopping Centres, which repres- ents most major mall operators across the country, has reserva- tions. Chairman Karl Retief says paying a targeted rate for BID membership would be an extra cost for services, like security and marketing, that malls already provide. The policy does not explain the benefit shop- ping centres would receive from these higher costs and is in effect, double-dipping. Council members in- clude Westfield, which runs the St Lukes mall, AMP Capital, owners of Botany Town Centre, Sylvia Park and LynnMall owners Kiwi Income Property Trust and Retail Holdings Group which runs Southgate in Takanini. The centres are also concerned about the way in which each business district will be run. Mr Retief says it s unfair that each mall will only be entitled to one vote despite the many retailers that work out of its premises. If centres are forced to be included in the pol- icy, they should be allocated with pro- portionate voting rights. This would acknowl- edge not only the signifi- cant funds paid to the BID but the number of businesses shopping centres represent. Westfield director Justin Lynch says at first glance it seems the company s malls will get little out of being in the BID programme. We would view any levy to fund the BID as to be an additional tax that Westfield and its retailers would have to meet. Economic forum chair- man Arthur Anae says including all businesses in the BID programme is about treating everyone equally. Mr Anae says it just becomes a nightmare from an administrative point of view if some businesses are excluded. Mayor Len Brown is also a fan of the pro- posal. This signals we re serious about building our local townships and getting funding behind them, whether their business associations are just starting or wanting to grow. Has appeal week fatigue set in? There seems to be an awareness or appeal week for everything -- from Toy Library Awareness Week to Get Ready Get Thru Week and Conservation Week. In fact, there are more appeal and awareness weeks lined up for 2012 than there are weeks in a year. While they are usually genuine and worthwhile causes, are Aucklanders fatigued by the constant demand to donate or become aware of an issue? Central Leader chief reporter Rhiannon Horrell finds out. This is a guide only. It has been c ternet searches including these websites: http://www.creativelibrarydisplays.com/calendar-of-events-2012 http://www.finz.org.nz/Site/Calendar/default.aspx http://www.toiteorapublichealth.govt.nz/vdb/document/450 * This does not include awareness months or days dedicated to various causes. JAN 0 week FEB 3 weeks 12 weeks APR 4 weeks MAY 6 weeks 13 weeks At least this year! 66 Appeal Weeks AUG 6 weeks SEP5 weeks OCT 7 weeks NOV 6 weeks DEC 0 week JUL 4 weeks Gotowww. centralleader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a list of appeal and awareness weeks. If you re walking down Queen St and see a group of charity collec- tors, what do you do? Put your head down and look the other way? Rummage through your wallet in an effort to show you ve tried but have no change? Or pull out the money you were going to use for lunch and hand it over? This year Aucklanders will be faced with up to 66 awareness and appeal weeks. To be fair, some are awareness weeks only and do not seek financial donations. But what effect does the overload of dedicated weeks have on Aucklanders? New Zealand Feder- ation of Family Budget- ing Services chief execu- tive Raewyn Fox says the clients that her organisation deals with are sometimes more likely to give to a local church than to an appeal week. Lots of our clients are family oriented -- so they ll pick a cause like sick kids or something like that. She says because of the sheer number of causes, it s a juggling act for people to decide what to do with their money. It may depend on whether they have a couple of bucks in their pocket to spare. If they do, then those charities are the lucky ones. But a lot of the time, people don t. She says people may then feel guilty or inad- equate about not being able to help. The cost of living is greater in Auckland. We are very busy and a lot of families are under pres- sure. Auckland University department of psycho- logy associate professor Ian Lambie says it s not that charities have lost their meaning but people do have some level of threshhold and may find it a challenge to politely say no. We re being asked to do more and more. He says some people may have two to three favoured causes. That is about it for many people. We are a generous nation and a generous society. But it does become too much when you get asked time and time again. You have to draw a line in the sand. Mr Lambie says most people will donate out of the generosity of their heart. He says for those that can only give $5 to $10 a year, that is okay. You can also dedicate time, distribute leaflets or bake a cake. Those things are just as good. The Heart Founda- tion s Appeal Week is one of the first for 2012, kicking off on February 13.Marketing develop- ment manager Alistair Kirk says it s an ex- tremely important as- pect of the organisation s work. It s a national event and it s partly about the money but it s also about community engagement. Last year we had 2000 volunteers working with us. It s an opportunity for people to give back. Mr Kirk says the week is a way to connect with people. According to the Charities Commission, 1359 new charities were registered in Auckland in the past three years. Commission communi- cations manager Sandra Bennett says a further 5434 were registered in that time in other parts of New Zealand. In Auckland in 2009, 632 new charities were set up, with 495 in 2010 and 232 in 2011. But Ms Bennett says before concluding that there are far fewer chari- ties being established, it is important to note that the charities register first opened in February 2007 and the commission received thousands of applications for regis- tration in mid-2008 when tax laws changed. After late applications have been processed, close to 2000 new chari- ties would have been registered across the country in 2011. What do you think about the number of awareness weeks and appeal weeks? Should charities change tack and fundraise in a different way? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts.
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