Rodney Times : February 1st 2011
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Last Thursday around 10pm, a woman in her early 20s was seen entering the sea off Pakiri Beach but was not seen to emerge, police say. Police, emergency services and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter were searching for her. Cooker explodes Two adults and a child were injured when a small gas cooker exploded on a boat at Fisherman's Rock, Army Bay, at around 6.20pm on Thursday. Another child was unharmed. The gas cooker was thrown overboard. Manly and Silverdale firefighters and two ambulances attended, with the patients taken to hospital with moderate injuries. The Fire Service is investigating. School pool used as toilet Clean pools please: Stanmore Bay Primary principal Carol Abley is disappointed vandals defecated in the school's pool, leaving people unable to enjoy the facility. By MICHELE ONG VANDALS turned Stanmore Bay Primary s swimming pool into a giant toilet bowl -- seven days in a row. Excrement greeted school caretaker Wayne Andrews when he went to check on the pools, something he does first thing every morning. When I came down, I saw the pool s fence had been cut through. They broke the pool ladder. And there was human excrement in the pools and in the hand basins, Mr Andrews says. Holes had been cut in mesh wire surrounding the pools and it appeared material had also been thrown over barbed wire fence tops to get in and out. Mr Andrews had called to fix gate locks, which have also been repeatedly broken. It s a big job cleaning the pool because everything has to be vacuumed out and later super chlorinated, he says. Samples are lab-tested for e-coli, a bacteria associated with human waste that can cause illness. Repairs and clean-up costs are expected to run into hun- dreds of dollars. It costs the school about $90 per test for e-coli. The break-ins pose a health and safety issue for the school, as there s a risk some- one could drown. We have children coming in on their scooters, and their younger siblings coming with them, what if one of them slips in and drowns? Mr Andrews says. He stayed two nights in the hope of catching the offenders but without success. Principal Carol Abley says parents worked hard to fund- raise for the pool s upgrade, and it is disheartening to see something like this happen. Our pool s about 24 years old and we had it upgraded, she says. The pool s for everyone to enjoy. We like having our pool because it allows chil- dren the chance to learn to swim. Parents are given keys to the pool, so they can come and use it anytime. She says Mr Andrews is an amazing caretaker but she does not expect him to spend weekends repairing damage. He believes the vandals may be the same ones who last year left a graffiti trail of human faeces on a wall. Mr Andrews found empty alcohol containers around the pool grounds, leading him to believe youths may be involved. People seeing suspicious activity around the pool should report it to police immediately. Roading projects take top priority Road noise: Rodney MP Lockwood Smith stressed the importance of the Penlink and Puhoi-Wellsford projects at the first Auckland Council meeting in Orewa. By CARALISE MOORE Penlink was a top issue at the first Auckland Council meet- ing of 2011 in Orewa. The 21 new councillors spent two days touring Auck- land via bus, learning about the strengths and challenges of their newly inherited city. Rodney spokespeople from a variety of associations and forums added to the ever- increasing list of issues coun- cillors face under the expans- ive Auckland city. Stillwater, Whangaparaoa, Silverdale and Orewa rate- payers associations outlined the main concerns of resi- dents and businesses. Parliament s Speaker of the House and Rodney MP Lockwood Smith told Thurs- day s meeting about the Pen- link project linking the Whangaparaoa Peninsula with State Highway 1 at Redvale. The $183 million project involves bridging the Weiti River. I personally care about this issue very much, Dr Smith said. For more than a decade we have seen Penlink promised, then withdrawn. In 2008 the Labour government promised Penlink, but after elections there was a change of government and National indicated they didn t support regional fuel tax which was to help fund the project. John Key did, however, agree that despite this happening, National will still back the toll road as research showed it was needed. After further review and investigation by ARTA, the former Auckland Regional Transport Authority, the need for Penlink was once again confirmed. The benefit to cost ratio was 3.8, and the level of public support in the area in 2006 was around 90 percent. Dr Smith said he realises the huge challenge and demands in the Auckland region, but the city covers more than just the central business district . It s not just about safety or having more than one access to the Whangaparaoa Penin- sula, but Silverdale develop- ment will not go anywhere without Penlink. Silverdale is screwed. I get calls week after week from people with problems around Silverdale because of the strain on infra- structure. It is one of your key development areas in Auckland. Councillor Des Morrison questioned Dr Smith on whether more infrastructure would see rapid growth and change the character of Whangaparaoa communities. Whenever you change the infrastructure, you change a community, Dr Smith said. The project has such benefits. It s a real issue and it won t go away. If we were to argue that everything should stay as it was we would be back in 1982. Dr Smith also emphasised the need for councillors to see the importance and urgency in extending State Highway 1 north. I beg you, every time you refer to it as a holiday high- way you insult the people of Northland, he said. Please understand there is a huge economy north of Auckland. It has been strangled for decades by lack of transport. Your economy growth in Auckland is depen- dent on part to Northland. Former Hibiscus Coast ward councillor Zane Taylor also updated the new council on the proposed Orewa beach reef project on behalf of the Orewa Beach Charitable Trust.
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