Central Leader : January 2nd 2013
www.centralleader.co.nz 3 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 2, 2013 NEWS GRAND OPENING AUCKLAND NIGHT MARKET WESTFIELD GLENFIELD EVERY SUNDAY 5:30 -- 11:00pm AUCKLAND NIGHT MARKET WESTFIELD PAKURANGA EVERY SATURDAY 6:00pm til Midnight AUCKLAND NIGHT MARKET DRESSMART ONEHUNGA EVERY THURSDAY FROM 24TH JANUARY 5:30pm -- 10:30pm AUCKLAND NIGHT MARKET HUNTERS PLAZA PAPATOETOE 6PM -- MIDNIGHT EVERY FRIDAY FROM 11TH JANUARY 2013 Food, fashion & family fun 200 stalls, 80 food stalls, and live entertainment GRAND OPENING email@example.com | (09) 576 5223 | 027 6899 520 | www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz 5082262AA FROM Page 1 Get hooked line and sinker Tour guide: Jeff Skidmore at a shipwreck in Martin's Bay. Weighing in: Members of the East Auckland Kayak Fishing Club weigh and record the fish caught. Soft baits: The kind of lure used on a casting set up. might snag a bigger predator species. Or casting into a current and reeling back in, jigging the bait as you go to replicate the swim of an injured fish, could be the answer. We try both methods and as the day progresses my casting improves and I start to feel confident I'm not going to tip the whole vessel. The kayaks are solid and stable. Paddling, naturally, is a big part of the experience. It's tough work at times, especially when the breeze picks up towards the end of our trip but ulti- mately an enjoyable and satisfying part of the day. Short of spear fishing, you couldn't get closer to the water and feeling the current pull you forward or being able to land on a rocky beach so easily makes for a great experience. Jeff tells me when you latch on to a big snapper or kingfish reeling it in can be an exhilarating experi- ence. They pull you around,'' he says. It can be a lot of fun.'' I'll have to take his word for it. After a couple of hours fishing I'm still without any action so we head to a gap between islands at the top of the bay where the cur- rent picks up speed as it funnels through. Here we deploy the drogue and give it one last go before the long haul home. Then -- I'm on. I've actually caught something. A moment of panic just about sees me overboard but gives way to determination and I start reeling in. It's no monster from the deep that's for sure and the little fella is returned to the sea but it's enough of a taste to see how people could get hooked on the sport. Then the paddle home begins. Drifting is a big part of kayak fishing and the paddle back to shore is more often than not against a headwind so it's head down and shoulders working. At the end of it all, Jeff reckons we have covered 7 or 8km, so I'm feeling pretty chuffed to have pushed through. Back on shore the fishers compare notes from the day. Some fared better then me and the fish of the day is a 2.4kg snap- per but the consensus is it was a morning of hard fishing. But despite not catching any- thing I don't go home empty- handed, Jeff kindly donating his catch of the day -- a 35cm snapper that suits me fine but won't go far in his household. Go to eakfc.org for more information. Work ahead but mayor confident in city's future By MAYOR LEN BROWN Massive task: Mayor Len Brown says a future-proof public transport is at the heart of plans for regional growth. The year 2013 will be another big one for us all. The Auditor-General's report into the first two years of the Auck- land Council notes the can-do'' attitude and commitment staff, local boards, councillors and council-controlled organisations have to making a unified region work. This is consistent with the grow- ing sense of pride and possibility I see in my travels across Auckland every day. We all know we have a big job ahead. Last year we welcomed our 1.5 millionth Aucklander and in the next 30, we will welcome another million. One million more to house, transport, employ and entertain. We will be ready. The Auckland Plan is in place to guide our physical, social and econ- omic development, and in March, we will be seeking your opinions on the Unitary Plan, a single region- wide rule book that sets out where and what we can develop and how we protect our environment and heritage. Next month, new ferry services will connect Beach Haven and Hob- sonville Point with the central city, another milestone in Auckland's integrated transport plan. At the centre of that plan is the Central Rail Link which, with our new electric trains, will mean more services and frequent services across the network. It will also future-proof our transport network for an additional Waitemata Har- bour crossing, rail to the North Shore and the airport. This year we will continue work designating and protecting the rail route, and discuss alternative funding mechanisms for much needed transport infrastructure. We continue to work hard to bal- ance financial prudence with investment in local communities, transport improvements and boosting our local economy. We're proposing an average rates increase of no more than 2.9 per cent this year, down from a forecast 4.8 per cent. We have reconfirmed our strong international credit and top 10 most liveable city rankings. I wish you and your families a Happy New Year and enjoyable summer. Our events programme is in full- swing across Auckland with hun- dreds of options whether you are into music, sports, films, art, cul- ture or just hanging out in our lovely harbour setting. I'll be out and about in Auckland communities, attending your events, and listening to issues at my Mayor in the Chair lunchtime and evening events again this year. Drop by and let me know how you think Auckland is doing -- we havealotofworktodobutweare taking great strides to making it the best it can be.
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