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Manukau matters issue 14 2007


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Manukau matters issue 14 2007

  1. 1. – TE KAEAEA BETTY-ANNE AT NATHAN HOMESTEAD SEE BELOW 4 FEBRUARY 2007 ISSUE 14 SUMMER ON THE LAWN ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S MOST SOULFUL SOUNDS WILL BE HEADLINING AT MANUKAU CITY’S SERIES OF FREE SUMMER CONCERTS — SUMMER ON THE LAWN. Betty-Anne, of renowned soul band Ardijah, Take along a picnic basket, blanket and will join friends at the Nathan Homestead enjoy the songs of summer. in Manurewa on Sunday 11 February. The series, organised by Manukau Arts, Nathan Homestead Grounds, begins today (4 February) with Prima 70 Hill Road, Manurewa Swing Riot and continues each Sunday in Concerts: 4-6pm February with a different musical theme Every Sunday in February. each time — swing, soul, jive, country music and the sizzling sounds of Latin If wet or unsuitable weather, concerts KUNG HEI FAT CHOI dance music. Banda Latina (below), performing will be cancelled. CHINESE NEW YEAR 2007 on 18 February, hails from Peru and is a Phone 267 0180 after 1pm ABOUT 80,000 CHINESE PEOPLE LIVE IN THE AUCKLAND seven-piece band featuring vocals and an for updates/cancellations. REGION, MANY OF THEM IN MANUKAU, SO WHEN THE extensive instrumental line-up and The CHINESE NEW YEAR FALLS ON SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY, Cavaliers will provide country music. MANY FAMILIES WILL BE CELEBRATING. The event is as important as Christmas for performances at Howick, Botany, the Chinese and, traditionally, celebrations Highland Park and Pakuranga library last for 15 days beginning with a family from 21 February to 3 March. dinner on New Year’s Eve. In addition, a poem competition is Each Chinese year is symbolized by a open to young people aged seven to 16 different animal and 2007 is the Year of years. Poems may be written in English or the Pig. Legends say that before leaving Chinese and the word limit is 100. earth, Buddha asked for a meeting with “We’re looking for poetry about the all of the animals, but only 12 attended. Chinese New Year and the Year of the A year was named after each of the Pig,” says Mrs Ip. “We want to encourage animals that came. everyone to enter so they can learn about “The Year of the Pig tells us that 2007 Chinese culture.” will be a peaceful and prosperous year,” Visit your local Manukau library for says Howick Librarian Annie Ip. an entry form. Entries close 28 February To commemorate the occasion Manukau 2007. Libraries is hosting Chinese lion dance REBATES ON RATES STILL AVAILABLE “People can go online at www.manukau. and check for themselves whether they qualify. The calculator is simple to use It is still possible to get a rebate on ratepayers earning up to $30,000 or more a rates total of $1850 will still qualify for a and while people might not qualify for the 2006/07 rates. might also qualify for a partial or full rebate. partial rebate. whole $500 rebate, they may qualify for a Invoices for the third-quarterly This is because rebates are calculated on a All you need to know is how much you partial rebate, depending on their individual instalment of rates are now arriving in sliding scale balancing the actual amount earn in a year and how much your Auckland circumstances,” Mr Trautz says. Manukau letterboxes and thousands of of the rate demand against income and Regional Council rates and Manukau City “Or, ratepayers can call the Manukau ratepayers still qualify for a rebate. the number of dependants the ratepayer Council rates are. City Council call centre on 262 5104 for The maximum rates rebate is $500, has. For example, a ratepayer with three Council Manager, Group Finance, Bob more information.” and the income threshold is $20,000, but dependants on an income of $30,000 and Trautz says it is not a diffi cult process. NEWS, VIEWS, INTERVIEWS, ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLIC NOTICES, EVENTS, JOBS... ALL INSIDE YOUR MANUKAU MATTERS
  2. 2. – EVENT(S)FULL MONTH Molenberg SUB Stride or Ride Series provides a perfect spot for spectators to TE KAEAEA IN MANUKAU Sunday 11 February The Molenberg SUB watch V8-powered boats thundering past at MANUKAU MATTERS February is a busy month in Manukau. Stride or Ride Series is a chance for women more than 170kph. Entertainment includes – Manukau Matters/Te Ka eaea is With everything from music and dance on to get out with Olympic champion Sarah mini-boats, model boats, demonstrations, published twice a month by the Waitangi Day to thundering V8-powered Ulmer and enjoy the benefi ts of physical side shows, and food and beverages stalls. Manukau City Council and delivered to boats at Maraetai Beach, there’s something activity. Manukau City Council is proud to From 10am at Maraetai Beach. more than 100,000 households, rural for everyone. sponsor the only Auckland-based event delivery addresses, and other locations Waitangi Day Family Celebrations at Clevedon. Participants can choose from FIP World Cup Zone 2007 Finals within the city boundaries. Tuesday 6 February a 5 or 10km walk or run or a 15, 35 or 24 February to 4 March International polo – Manukau Matters/Te Ka eaea helps Presented by Toi o Manukau in partnership 65km bike ride. From 11am at the action comes to Clevedon later this month, council inform residents and ratepayers with Manukau City Council, the 2007 Clevedon Showgrounds. as teams from around the world compete in about council decisions, activities, Waitangi Day celebrations, are set to be the FIP World Cup Zone fi nals. Preliminary projects and events. It is a cost- bigger and better than ever. See advert Maraetai Offshore Powerboat Race games to be held at Ryburn Park, Clevedon. effective way of providing important below for details. Saturday 10 February Maraetai Beach statutory information such as public notices concerning planning and PUBLIC NOTICES Pacific Island Advisory Committee (PIAC) resource consent issues. – Notice of meeting Manukau Matters/Te Ka eaea also contains articles of interest to Manukau An Opportunity for Community Organisations Thursday 8 February 2007 commencing at 6.00pm. Totara residents, promoting the city’s to Lease Space in the Otara Community Room, Level 3, Manukau City Council Civic Centre, resources, attractions, facilities and Offices, Otara Town Centre 31-33 Wiri Station Road, Manukau.Public welcome to attend. community events. For more information contact Faama Viliamu, PIAC Expressions of interest are invited from not-for-profit community Coordinator — Ph: 262 8900 ext 8469 or email: fviliamu@ CONTACT US AT organisations, which could provide services of value to the Otara EMAIL manukaumatters@ community and, that might be interested in leasing offi ce space in the Otara Community Offi ces, beside the Tui Room. EDITORIAL 09 262 5223 There is one offi ce available, approximately 10 sq metres in EVENT LISTINGS size. There is a shared kitchen and facilities and the adjacent and select ‘calendar of events’ under Tui Room is also available for group meetings etc. the ‘most popular’ banner. The rooms will be open between 4pm and 6.30pm on DISTRIBUTION 09 262 5104 Monday 12 February 2007 and council will offer assistance with POST Manukau City Council, applications and provide further information on its requirements Pvt Bag 76917, Manukau City at this time. It is essential that all interested parties and (attention Manukau Matters) organisations attend. If you have a current application for DESIGNED BY premises with council, please also attend so that your interest in Scenario Communications Limited this facility can be registered. EDITOR Jenna Moore Please contact Maureen Sheldon, Community Tenancies CHIEF WRITER Vienna Richards Co-ordinator, 2628900 ext 8827 for more information and to obtain an application form. WOULD YOU LIKE A DIGITAL Closing date for applications Friday 23 February 2007. VERSION OF MANUKAU MATTERS? In addition to your printed copy, we can send you a PDF version. Email us at WANT TO CONTACT COUNCIL, OR YOUR ELECTED COUNCILLOR? Council’s main administration phone Did you know... number is 09 263 7100 (business hours). Use the Call Centre on 09 262 5104 (24 hours) for assistance with: graffi ti, roading, signs, refuse disposal, ...that in the past year the residential traffi c, street lighting, environmental wastewater service charge - which by-laws, noise complaints, dog control, was previously part of your council statistical information, LIM reports, rates bill - has increased by less than 2 land rates and kerbside recycling. The council’s website has contact cents a day? details for all elected Councillors and Community Board members, at: That’s $7 a year - or two flat whites and click on (as long as you don’t ‘Your Council’, then select ‘Mayor and want soy milk Councillors’ for their contact details or ‘Community Boards’ to see the lists of with that). community board members. NEXT ISSUE Sunday 18 Feb 2007 ISSN 1177-522X
  3. 3. Manukau Leisure Services / Term One 2007 Make the most of summer by enjoying Manukau City Council’s Leisure News excellent public swimming pools. Whether you want to improve your swimming fitness or just have fun making a splash — we look forward to welcoming you soon. Wednesday 6.15–7.00am, and Friday 10.15– 11.00am. Bookings are essential. Phone the fi tness centre on 535 5502. Sunbed available. Casual $6.00 and concession card $45 (10 passes). Bookings essential. Childcare centre. Our centre offers quality care each morning, Monday to Friday for centre visitors. Session times are 8.45– 10.15am or 10.15–11.45 (bookings essential). Papatoetoe Centennial Pools Lloyd Elsmore Park Sessions are $5.00 for under 2s and $4.50 Sutton Crescent, Papatoetoe. Leisure Centre for over 2s. For bookings and more info Phone 278 4167 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga. phone 535 5502. We’re open every day so why not come Phone 535 5502 along and cool off in our cool pool complex? Manurewa Aquatic Centre For fun and fi tness, the Lloyd Elsmore Park Totara Park Pool • Outdoor 50 metre pool. Our big outdoor — Ngaa Mahi a Rehia Leisure Centre has something for everyone. Wairere Road, Manurewa. pool is great for training or just having fun Sykes Road, Manurewa. Come on down and make a splash this Phone 269 0930 for inquiries with the family. Phone 269 0930 summer. Enjoy this beautiful outdoor pool in the • Indoor pool and spa. Some like it hot Bring the family along for some fun and • Aquarobics classes: Have some fun park. Totara Park Pool is open from 10am — so enjoy the heated indoor pools. Free fi tness this summer. Entry to the pool while working out, with an aquarobics class. to 7.45pm every day and is a great place to entry to the pools. For just $2 you can soak complex is FREE. Excellent low impact exercise in the pool, take the family this summer. It has a large in the spa, and $5 gets you into the sauna Aquarobics and aqua jogging classes just $4.50 per class, or ten-class concession outdoor pool and a toddlers’ splash pool. as well. • Gentles aquarobics classes: 8.30am card for $40. Perfect for picnics, there are BBQs, bush • Aquarobics classes are every Monday on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. • Morning classes: 9–10am on Monday, walks and a playground area. and Wednesday night from 6.15–7.00pm There is also a FREE 12pm class on Fridays, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. and Fridays from 6.00–6.45pm. Just $4 sponsored by Raukura Hauora. • Evening classes: 6–7pm Monday, PLEASE NOTE per session, this is a great cross-training • Tidal Blast aquacardio classes: for a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In the interests of water safety, Manukau alternative and a new way of socialising! more vigorous workout. At 6.45pm • Aqua jogging. Fabulous for toning up City Council requires all children under • Aquacise classes are a more gentle Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. PLUS — those legs (look great on the beach!). the age of 10 years to be watched by form of aquarobics, and you can join in on new Wednesday class! (by popular Improve your fi tness whilst taking it easy a responsible adult (aged over 16) at Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12–1pm. demand) at 6.45pm. on the joints. Two classes a week, Tuesday all times. The caregiver must be ready The cost is just $2 per session, and includes • Deep water aqua jogging classes and Thursday mornings 9.15–10am. $4.50 and able to give the child immediate a free spa afterwards! with aqua belts provided. Tuesdays and per class. assistance in the water if required. • Late night lane swimming is available on Thursdays 10.30am and again at 6pm. • Late night swims. Night-time lane Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights All classes are 45 minutes and cost $4 each. swimming — just for adults from 7.00– CORRECTION from 8.00–8.45pm. Just $2 per person. You don’t need to book to enjoy the classes, 8.45pm Monday to Thursday. $4 covers • JAGS is a team training programme just pay at reception to receive your band swimming, spa, sauna and steam room. with a difference. It’s a workout designed and jump on in! • Aquarun sessions. Fantastic fun for 8–12 specifi cally for your sports team and JAGS sports team programme year olds — this water obstacle course is in incorporates exercises in and around the Get a JAGS programme for your sports the pool each weekend from 12–1.30pm. pool. Speak to our fi tness staff about your team in 2007. JAGS programmes involve $2 per child. team’s requirements. a variety of cross-training activities in and • Birthday parties. You can book a pool • Cardio room. Workout in air-conditioned around the pool. Our JAGS team will tailor for your own private party on the weekend! comfort with high quality, modern a programme to meet your team’s specifi c Two session times available: 2.15–4.15pm equipment. We can help you reach your training requirements. Sessions are held on and 4.30pm–6.30pm. Contact reception for fi tness goals. Casual entry and concession Wednesdays 6.45–7.30pm. booking details. cards available. Talk to our friendly staff Splashes Café Pool hours: 6.00am–6.45pm Monday to about how we can help you. After your swim or workout, relax with a fi ne Friday, and 9am–6.45pm on weekends and • Summer Fun Day! Our ‘Summer in the cup of coffee or treat yourself to some great public holidays. Sun’ family fun day is on Sunday 3 March. food at our poolside café. Splashes Café is Spin classes. There are no traffi c hassles in All the community is invited to join in the open daily from 8am and offers great treats this popular stationary bike workout class In Issue 13 of Manukau Matters a story on fun activities, with local entertainment, local for everyone — especially if you’ve worked — just get on the bike and go, go, go! Three alterations to the Panmure roundabout food and fun for the whole family. up a bit of an appetite in the pools or gym! classes per week: Monday 7.15–8.00pm, featured a diagram of the new roundabout layout. Unfortunately that diagram contained an error, in that it showed THREE CHEERS FOR VOLUNTEERS an incorrect traffi c direction arrow for Dunlop Lane. The corrected diagram is How would you cope in a civil defence who together have contributed an amazing Maifea, Solf Maifea, Venus Matthews, published here for clarifi cation. emergency? Luckily for Manukau residents 200 years of service in the community. Rhonda Turner, Albert Vahaakolo, there is a team of approximately 200 Carol Vahaakolo, Manuel Vahaakolo, dedicated volunteers committed to helping 2006 Civil Defence Service Award Chun-Lien Yeh. CHANGES TO RUBBISH DAYS their communities in a disaster. recipients Free Course: Come and learn more about Residents are reminded to put their rubbish In an emergency, volunteers staff welfare 20-year medals: Civil Defence and becoming a volunteer. out one day later this week following centres, which provide food and shelter if Bill Braden-Brown, Margaret Johnson, Our fi rst free course will be on Saturday Waitangi Day. Only Monday’s rubbish will be people are evacuated from their homes. Bernard Moore, Jan Sutherland. 10 February 9.30am-11.30am. For more collected on the usual day. Waitangi Day is Late last year Manukau City Council 10-year medals: Robyn Duncan, Jacqueline information contact: Judy Fowler. Ph 262 a public holiday so collections for this and acknowledged 16 civil defence volunteers Green, Joyce Hood, Tony Hopman, Gillian 8916 or email following days will be one day later.
  4. 4. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICES For these and other employment opportunities at council visit: and select ‘Jobs at council’ under the ‘most popular’ banner. Recreation Programmer Aquatics/Lifeguard Creative Communities New Zealand Librarian — Part Time & Customer Support Highland Park Library, Mon and Sat Lloyd Elsmore Park Leisure Centre Manukau city funding 2007 Are you a librarian, who is dynamic, We have a number of permanent full-time and part-time Money is now available for distribution by Manukau City Council motivated, has a positive attitude, lots of positions available at Lloyd Elsmore Park Leisure Centre. We to applicants for local arts activity in the following categories: initiative and enjoys fl exibility and varied provide an interesting and fun working environment with many Priority One Projects that get more people involved in the arts work? We are seeking someone who staff benefi ts and incentives. Priority Two Projects that increase community wide interest in is committed to libraries and lifelong 3 x Recreation Programmer Aquatics/Lifeguards the arts learning initiatives and is interested in (Vac No.MM3659) Priority Three Projects that enhance and strengthen the local providing excellent customer service We have one part-time (16 hours) and two full-time positions arts sector to a diverse community. The successful available. You will be required to run aquatic-based programmes • Up to half equipment, costumes and uniform costs applicant will have good communication in addition to regular life-guarding duties. You will need to have may be funded skills and the ability to provide experience in aquatic programming and have, or have the ability • Up to two-thirds of all other eligible project costs leadership in a team environment. to obtain, the National Lifeguard Award (Pools). may be funded Applicants are required to have a NZ 1 x Customer Support — Part-time (16 hours) (Vac No. MM3660) Applications close 4pm Friday, 9 March 2007. recognised library qualifi cation, or be We require a friendly person to work at our reception desk. Please feel free to attend one of our public information studying toward one. Applicants must have a good working knowledge of computer meetings which will explain the scheme and answer any Applications close: 9 Feb 2007, 12 noon systems and be able to deal effectively with customer inquiries questions you might have. No registration is required, just come Vacancy Number: MM 3652 and requests. along. No charge. Wednesday, 7 February 2007, 5pm to 7pm, or For all positions you will need to have excellent customer Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 5pm to 7pm in the Gallery, service skills, enjoy high customer contact, and have a current Level 3, Manukau Civic Centre, Wiri Station Rd, Manukau. Administration Support — First Aid Certifi cate. Applications close: 9 Feb 2007, 12 noon Application forms and brochures can be obtained from Safe Communities and Health council’s website or by Promoting Schools phoning 262 8900 extn 8941 and leaving your Community Safety and Health name, postal address and phone number. 5 Month Fixed Term Position Community Crime Prevention Funding Grants Are you cool under pressure and do Manukau City Council has available funding grants for crime you love working with people? We are prevention initiatives that improve safety in public places within Resource Management Act 1991 looking for a dynamic and outgoing the city. This includes activities, programs and services that Manukau Operative District Plan 2002 Administrator to join our team for a contribute toward a reduction of violence and/or crime, reduce Public notice of Proposed Plan Change No. 15 period of up to 5 months while our hazards in public places or support neighbourhood safety current administrator takes maternity programs. Council’s Crime Prevention Action Plan identifi es the Manukau City Council has prepared Proposed Plan Change No. leave. This role requires an individual following areas: 15 to the Manukau Operative District Plan 2002. The purpose of who is very detailed, highly organised Priority crimes: this plan change is to give Public Open Space zoning to a number and will ensure all projects are completed • General violence and violent crime (including sexual violence) of parcels of land throughout Manukau city that have been to a high quality. To succeed in this role and/or family violence and child abuse. purchased by council or vested in council on subdivision you will need to show initiative, have the • Burglary and theft of/from and/or damage to vehicles. for reserve purposes. The plan change also corrects some ability to work autonomously and the Priority focus groups: minor errors in the District Plan that relate to land zoned Public fl exibility to handle the changing needs • Youth and children. Prioritisation exists for three Open Space. of the team. Excellent computer skills distinct groups: Youth at risk of offending programs and/or A full copy of the Proposed Plan Change can be inspected at are a must, as is the ability to work in a Young offenders (medium–high risk) programs and/or Crime Manukau City Council libraries; the Citizen and Customer Centre team environment. prevention programs for children (Ground Floor, Kotuku House, Manukau Square) or the council’s Applications close: 12 Feb 2007, 12 noon • Those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol website — click on Vacancy Number: MM 3658 • Maori the Plan Change Register. Any person may make a submission to • Pacifi c peoples the proposal up until close of business on Tues, 6 March 2007. For application forms and guidelines contact the Funding The submission must be on FORM 5 as prescribed in the Outdoor Recreation Instructor Coordinator during offi ce hours on 262 5798 or email Resource Management (Forms Fees and Procedures) Regulations Manukau on the move, or alternatively download from 2003, and must state whether or not you wish to be heard on This is an opportunity to become a council’s website at your submission. Copies of Form 5 are available from the Citizen signifi cant member of an innovative Applications close at 4.00 pm Friday, 23 February 2007. & Customer Centre, from Manukau City libraries or by requesting outdoor recreation team. You will be a a copy on 262-5290, or Fax 262-5169. motivated and experienced recreation Schedule of meetings for February 2007 Submissions should be sent to: Plan Change Submissions, instructor who enjoys making a positive Manukau City Council, 31-33 Wiri Station Road, Private Bag difference with the people you work Public notice is hereby given in terms of Local Government 76917, Manukau city. Attn: Melanie Hart. with. In this position you will design Offi cial Information and Meetings Act 1987 of an amendment to The process for public participation in the consideration of the and deliver top quality tailor-made the Schedule of Meetings previously notifi ed. Proposed Plan Change under the Resource Management Act 1991 programmes to a diverse customer A meeting of the Mangere Community Board Resource is as follows: base including school groups, youth Consent Hearings Committee will be held on Wednesday, 14 • after the closing date for submissions, the Manukau City and adults. You will consistently February 2007 in the Puhinui Room, Civic Centre, Manukau City Council must prepare a summary of the submissions and this demonstrate excellent skills in verbal Council commencing at 9.30am. summary must be publicly notifi ed; and and written communication, creative A meeting of the Howick Community Board Resource Consent • there must be an opportunity to make a further submission programme design and organisation. Hearings Committee will be held on Thursday, 15 February in support of, or in opposition to, the submissions already Leadership and safety management in a 2007 in the Puhinui Room, Civic Centre, Manukau City Council made; and variety of outdoor settings is essential. commencing at 9.30am. • if a person making a submission asks to be heard in support You should have a current First Aid A meeting of the Hearings Commissioners will be held on of his or her submission, a hearing must be held; and Certifi cate, full Drivers Licence, relevant Tuesday, 20 February 2007 in the Puhinui Room, Civic Centre, • Manukau City Council must give its decision (including its Outdoor Recreation qualifi cations and Manukau City Council commencing at 9.30am. reasons for accepting or rejecting submissions); and be available to work fl exible hours and A meeting of the Pakuranga Community Board Resource • any person who has made a submission has the right to weekends as required. Consent Hearings Committee will be held on Wednesday, appeal against the decision to the Environment Court. Applications close: 9 Feb 2007, 12 noon 28 February 2007 in the Puhinui Room, Civic Centre, Manukau The address for service of the submissions is as stated above. Vacancy Number: MM 3649 City Council commencing at 9.30am. This Notice fi rst publicly notifi ed on Sunday, 4 February 2007.