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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, September 24, 2012 --- 3 111380-V4 MEN'S HAIRDRESSERS Serving Howick for 20 years! COOK ST PLAZA HOWICK PH 534 2323 - OPEN 7 DAYS Mon to Fri 7.30-5.30. Sat 7.30-4.30. Sun 9-3. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY. HAIRCUTTING IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS!116784-v8 118271-v3 if you bring in this advert before 30th September, 2012. Treat family and friends to a unique gift that puts Howick on the map and in your home. Howick Canvas 594mm wide x 841mm deep (A1) Great statement on your wall $150 Photo Blocks 200mm wide x 250mm deep Two different designs $40 Tea Towel Howick cut and dried $15 To buy, call into Times House, 50 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki or order online @ www.times.co.nz or at Victoria's in Picton St, Howick. Unique local gifts By CHRIS HARROWELL KNOWING what to do when the Earth starts rocking and rolling could save your life. At precisely 9.26am on Wednes- day, more than a million people are taking part in New Zealand’s frst nationwide earthquake drill. It’s being held in schools, homes and businesses to ensure people know how to react should such a disaster strike. Civil Defence Minister Chris Tremain announced on September 4 the milestone fgure had been reached by people registering for Exercise ShakeOut. “These one million New Zea- landers will drop, cover and hold to practise the appropriate actions to take in an earthquake,” Mr Tremain says. “Exercise ShakeOut is a chance for families, schools and work- places to help raise awareness and make sure they have a plan for emergencies.” People caught in an earthquake should drop onto the ground, move to a solid object such as a desk or table, and stay underneath until the threats have passed. One group working to make the drill a success is the Greater East Tamaki Business Association (GETBA). It worked with Auckland Coun- cil’s civil defence and emergency management committee to create a neighbourhood response plan for its almost 2000 member busi- nesses should a natural disaster strike. “This is the frst of its kind in New Zealand for an industrial area,” GETBA offce manager Christine Goodman told the Times. “We’ve got a plan ready to be activated to assist Civil Defence and emergency services, and to help business and employees in our area. “GETBA can notify people of an emergency using our email alert system. We’ve also identifed busi- nesses with items such as power generators, transport or ware- houses that could be used in the case of an emergency. “We want to make businesses aware of who their neighbours are, in the event of a major disas- ter such as the Canterbury earth- quakes.” GETBA has sent information packs to some members, and emails about the earthquake drill to all. The packs contain a poster and fyer, DVD on disaster prepa- ration, a checklist to fll out and booklet on disaster preparation and how to put a response plan in place. “It’s not just about ‘drop, cover and hold’ on September 26, it’s about being prepared,” Mrs Good man says. “Businesses that are prepared can take control of their own response in a disaster, so we encourage them to take the oppor- tunity to develop a continuity plan. “Would they be able to open the next day? Where is their compu- ter server? And, if they can’t get into their premises, what are they going to do?” People can register for Exercise ShakeOut at www.getthru.govt.nz, which also has advice on what to do in a natural disaster. The council’s civil defence and emergency management commit- tee has guidelines and templates to help develop business continu- ity plans at www.resilientbusiness. co.nz, while a copy of GETBA’s neighbourhood response plan is at www.getba.org.nz. The GetThru website states an ■ earthquake could happen any time and may be followed by aftershocks that continue for days or weeks. Most people injured or killed in an earthquake are victims of falling debris, fying glass, or collapsing structures such as buildings and bridges. Action stations for disaster GET READY: Christine Goodman, the Greater East Tamaki Business Association's office manager, wants people to know how to react during a natural disaster. Times photo Chris Harrowell Alternatives unexplored F ➤ romPage1 “I accept it’s their decision to make, but they had a full range of tools, such as setting a higher uniform annual general charge (UAGC), introducing more user charges which would reduce the property value component, and introducing more targeted rates, such as for rubbish collection. We accept that, regardless of property value, people put out rubbish.” A stepped differential, he says, would bring rates at the top and bottom end of the spectrum closer together. He doesn’t accept that central government should be investing more money in the super-city. While Auckland is the heart of the national economy, he says it’s not government policy to spend one-third of tax revenue here because it has one-third of the population, rather it spends money where there’s need for infrastructure. “I wouldn’t say we’re underspending in Auckland.” Superb taste F ➤ romPage1 The kids, aged 8, 11, 13, 14 and 17 have stepped in to fll the judges’ roles at dinner time. “They’re fairly brutal. If they don’t like something they’ll say so,” says Mr Yandall. Owairoa Primary offce manager Sue Wolfgram says there hasn’t been any MKR show spoilers circulating the playground. “Ella was such a good girl. We kept drilling her for info, but she wouldn’t say a thing.” Likewise, for what’s going on the barbecue this Saturday. “It will taste good and look good,” reveals Mr Yandall. Ms Dangen adds: “The taste will be superb, we’ll make it fun and interactive.” The mystery dish, which will be prepared in the school courtyard, is among a smorgasbord of rides, stalls, raffes, auctions and more happening at the gala running from 10am to 2pm.
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