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117444 Vol 41, No 93 Th d N b 22 2012 General 271 8000 ■ Classi ed 271 8055 ■ Delivery Enquiries 271 8014 ■ Website www.times.co.nz We offer superior complimentary marketing to position your home above the rest. Call us on 538 0151 for a home appraisal. 112315 ...where people matter total focus PROPERTY LTD Licensed Real Estate Agent (REA 2008) MREINZ OUR GOAL is to exceed your expectations Phone us for a no obligation chat Kathryn Passier 022 464 7774 Dean Fletcher 022 309 8765, a/h 576 7556 www.phrealty.co.nz Howick branch 121309 Est. 1972 119126-V26 By MARIANNE KELLY AN INDEPENDENT sur- vey, suggesting more than half the people living in the south-east support the central city rail link, has stunned some of the Howick ward’s elected representatives. Howick Local Board trans- port portfolio leader Steve Udy says: “We remain con- cerned that funds identiﬁed in the [Auckland Council] budg- eting process for development of our much needed transport infrastructure will be delayed or hijacked to meet demands of the inner city rail loop.” Howick councillors Sharon Stewart and Dick Quax are also not convinced. Mrs Stewart says: “I feel there’s a deﬁnite backlash aris- ing against all this for the CBD and little for the forgotten cit- ies that are still there.” The poll of 1099 Auckland- ers, conducted by Horizon Research, has a plus or minus three per cent margin of error. It says 53 per cent of people living in the Howick ward support building the city rail link, while only 13 per cent are opposed. Mr Quax says his views have not changed. “Spending 80 per cent of the public transport infrastructure budget on this project over the next 10 years, as outlined in the Auckland Transport draft regional plan, makes little sense,” he says. “All of Auckland’s other new public transport infrastruc- ture, including much needed bus lanes and ferry terminal upgrades, receives a paltry $736 million over 10 years, while the inner city rail loop project receives a whopping $2.86 billion. “My own polling shows little support in Howick for the mayor’s big spending projects.” Mrs Stewart says she’s not sure how the public poll was conducted. “My feedback is the major- ity of people in our area are not interested in the city rail loop absorbing most of the transport budget, as very few of them will ever use it. “They’re more interested in AMETI (Auckland Manu- kau Eastern Transport Ini- tiative), better cross-city links, improved ferry connections and better bus services. “The survey also shows most people want central govern- ment to pay, but it’s clear that isn’t going to happen.” More than half the people surveyed believe the Govern- ment should contribute sig- niﬁcantly to funding major transport projects, while toll- ing of new roads was sup- ported by 30 per cent and targeted rates had the support of 24 per cent. Mr Udy says the Howick Local Board has not endorsed the inner city rail link. “We strongly support AMETI, more efﬁcient bus services for East Auckland including dedicated bus lanes, and improving ferry services, particularly the much needed upgrade of Half Moon Bay ferry terminal.” The survey highlights travel habits of people in the east and the need for a quality transport system, including AMETI. It found 22 per cent of peo- ple in the east travel to Cen- tral Auckland for work, 21 per cent to the south, 13 per cent to the west and 13 per cent to the North Shore. Four per cent travel as far as Rodney, while only 26 per cent work locally, the lowest level in the super- city. Fifty-six per cent journey to other areas for shopping, and 72 per cent of destinations to visit friends and family are in other parts of Auckland. Mayor Len Brown says that more people are realis- ing that increasing numbers of cars and buses will see the city gridlocked physically and economically. “I’m heartened by the rap- idly growing understand- ing that the solution is a fully integrated transport system, where Aucklanders can drive to a park and ride, catch a con- nector bus to link with trains, ferries and express buses, or use a new cycleway. New survey of rail link challenged By REBECCA GARDINER BACK in the ’60s, feminists were burning their bras, but these days women are unleashing their bosoms for a different cause. Tina Gunn, of Cockle Bay, is calling on East Auckland women to dig through their underwear drawers and donate useable bras they no longer wear to developing nations. The Highland Park Community House manager is the Auckland co-ordinator of the Uplift Project, a scheme that has sent 330,000 bras to women in countries such as Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga and Cambodia since 2005. “I thought this was something really cool,” says Ms Gunn, who has set up a collection point at the community house. “All the bras are being sent overseas to disadvantaged third world countries. “On a whole bunch of levels, it’s something I support.” Hooked on bra collection JUGGLING BRAS: Tina Gunn, of Highland Park Community House, hopes women will contribute to a shipment of bras bound for third world nations. Times photo Wayne Martin T ➤ urntoPage3 T ➤ urntoPage3 JOY TO THE WORLD Christmas is coming! And to make the whole festive shopping experience easy, a special Christmas lift-out will appear in Howick and Pakuranga Times for four weeks starting next Thursday. Watch out for gift ideas, Christmas recipes, giveaways and yuletide traditions from the southern hemisphere.
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