Rodney Times : November 25th 2010
5 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 NEWS 7 comfortable, 1 and 2 bedroom cottages each with lock up garage. Cottages to be rennovated - a chance to include your preferences. To find out more call Rowena Pearce on (027) 501 8269 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org OG1276A TOTARA PARK COTTAGES AVAILABLE NOW you want to make the most of your retirement years, you're active an enjoy each day to the full, then the good life is waiting for you at Totara P Retirement Village. Surrounded by native bush and well established groun Totara Park is a relaxed, down-to-earth village where everyday is a holiday. Range of affordable options priced from $220,000 Pleasant surrounds - set on the edge of Kowhai Park scenic reserve Onsite caretaker Large community centre used by local clubs/associations Strong community links and 'Friends of Totara Park' community group 3 Minutes from Warkworth Town Centre Located at the gateway to Matakana and all it has to offer Your comfort and wellbeing is assured: AVAILABLE FROM $220,000 TOTARA PARK THE GOOD LIFE IS HERE nd really Park nds, If OPEN FOR VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT TOTARA PARK: 5 Melwood Drive, Warkworth, Rodney 0910 Ph (027) 501 8269 Library plans put on view Draft designs for Wellsford s new library can be viewed at a public meeting on Decem- ber 15. Community members are invited to meet architects Jasmax and provide feedback on concepts for the facility to be built in Wellsford War Memorial Park at the meet- ing in the Wellsford Com- munity Centre from 10am to noon. Jasmax has come up with a couple of options and now we want to know what the community thinks and for them to tell us about the local stories which may be incor- porated in the final design, Auckland libraries and infor- mation group manager Allison Dobbie says. The Rodney District Coun- cil -- now the Auckland Coun- cil -- had included $3.7 million in its Long Term Community Council Plan 2009-2019 to build a new 600 square metre library to replace the smaller facility at 120 Rodney St. Contact Wellsford com- munity librarian Jocelyn Koks on (09) 423-7702 for information. Residents can now use their library card at any of the 55 libraries and four mobile libraries across the region, including Wellsford. Visit www.auckland libraries.govt.nz. 'Rock stars' see US visitor Tactics: United States ambassador David Huebner discusses robotics technology and tactics with George Gillard from the home school robotics team. Photo: MASSEY UNIVERSITY Big picture: Mr Huebner gets a run-down on the universe from the satellite dish at Warkworth -- soon to be a new radio telescope. By DELWYN DICKEY Robotic rock stars and star gazers were the focus of a trip to the area by United States ambassador David Huebner last Wednesday. He visited Massey Univer- sity s Albany Campus and then Auckland University of Technology s radio astronomy site at Warkworth. First Mr Huebner met Auckland secondary school pupils testing robots for the latest international VEX robotics competition, with the finals in Florida next April. The youngsters are being mentored by staff and students from the univer- sity s School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. Mr Huebner discussed tac- tics with the enthusiastic youngsters including the home-schooled team Free Range Robotics, current VEX robotics world champions. He described them all as the real rock stars of their era. He said getting to know other youngsters around the world with a common passion for robots would break down cultural misunderstandings and discrimination. It s much harder to dis- criminate, hate and oppress others when you know them by name. At the Warkworth radio telescope Mr Huebner, a keen follower of science fiction literature and films, says his long interest in astronomy and the stars stemmed from being given a telescope as a six-year-old. AUT s Institute for Radio- physics and Space Research director Professor Sergei Gulyaev explained some of the work the radio telescope was able to do as it unscram- bled whispers from space . While tracking the first operational solar sail craft in orbit, and the Mars Express spacecraft in orbit around Mars was easy enough to grasp, viewing phenomena that suggested normally min- ute atoms could be as big as 1mm had Mr Huebner stumped. This saw expat US PhD student Jordan Alexander -- now a New Zealand resident -- explain some odd behaviour among matter found in space between galaxies, freed from gravity. Talk on the university s involvement with the Square Kilometre Array -- SKA -- one of biggest science projects in development, saw student Stuart Weston explaining developments to handle the colossal amounts of data that could come from thousands of radio telescopes in the project all hooked together, along with recent advances to KAREN, New Zealand s own education network which would be a part of it. The United States would be picking up around a third of the $3.1 billion price tag for the SKA project, the rest coming from Europe, Aust- ralia and other countries, Mr Gulyaev said.
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