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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, December 10, 2012 --- 3 *Terms & Conditions: To enter & be eligible to be into WIN the $250 travel voucher, entrants must come into Flight Centre Howick and sign up to the Travel Newsletter before Friday 21 December 2012. Entrants must be over 18 years or over. Travel voucher must be used at Flight Centre Howick for travel over $1000. Voucher is valid for 12 months and must only be used once. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and can't be redeemed for cash or foreign currency. Winner will be drawn in store on Saturday 22 December 2012 and will be notified by email or phone. Flight Centre standard terms & conditions apply. 0341124288 Merry Christmas from the team at Flight Centre Howick We are all passionate about travel and would love to help turn your holiday dreams into a reality! Flight Centre Howick | 57 Picton Street. Call 0800 400 469 or 09 535 5545. Bring this ad into our store & be in to a $250 travel voucher WIN* 118058-V2 *Limited time only until supplies last. © 2012 Chamilia Australia Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. Spend $179 on any Chamilia product and receive a free Chamilia snap bracelet valued at $110 Limited offer ends January 6, 2013 Exclusive to Brownsons Jewellers 121956-v2 Free silver snap bracelet SHOP 173 WESTFIELD PAKURANGA. T: 576 3818 121883 FRESH WATER TACKLE SPECIALS ON NOW EAST AUCKLAND'S LARGEST BAIT SUPPLIER 5kg Freeflow New Zealand Pilchards $33 While stocks last 141A Cascades Rd, Pakuranga Ph/Fax 576 2764. Open 7 Days Locally owned and supporting the local community By MARIANNE KELLY AN ENERGY network is all about reliability and economic growth, Prime Minister John Key said as he cut the ribbon open- ing a new substation crucial to the super-city’s electricity needs. The ceremony at the upgraded Pakuranga substation in Golfands last Thursday marked the comple- tion of Transpower’s North Island Grid Upgrade (NIGUP), the larg- est electricity transmission project to be undertaken in New Zealand since the 1960s. “We take for granted that the system is going to work,” Mr Key said. “But we saw the implications a few years ago when the city was brought to its knees. “Energy use and growth is highly correlated and the faster we grow the more we need a reliable energy source. “We will remain committed to seeing that facilities will be in place.” The$800millionprojectinvolves a new 186-kilometre transmission line from Whakamaru, Waikato, to South-East Auckland. The Whitford to Pakuranga stretch of the NIGUP includes a new substation built at Brownhill Road, Whitford, and an under- ground cable installed between the Whitford and Pakuranga sub- stations. Work on the Pakuranga substa- tion in Golfands Drive involved upgrading the existing 110kV Ota- huhu-Pakuranga transmission line to 220kV, and a new 220V substa- tion was built in November last year. The substation is the northern terminal of NIGUP, providing the connection point for the $415m North Auckland and Northland (NAaN) network upgrade which started last July. It involves an underground cable laid from Pakuranga to Albany on the North Shore, expected to be in place by next June. Major work on the Pakuranga Highway-Carbine Road section of the link will get under way during the school holidays to take advan- tage of lower traffc volumes. Transpower says the great- est impact will be at Waipuna Bridge with closure of the city- bound lanes from December 27 to January 13, while cable ducts are installed on either side of the bridge. Eastern-bound lanes will remain open. Transpower project director Paul Duffy says travellers from Howick, Pakuranga and surround- ing suburbs heading towards the city and west should use Lagoon Drive, and those heading from Bot- any and the south-east are advised to use Highbrook Drive. Once the bridge work is com- plete, the trenching and duct installation will take place across the eastbound lanes on the South- Eastern arterial/Waipuna Road intersection from mid to late next month. The work will take place at night, so access to the bridge is maintained. Work on the eastern end of the trench starts in Burswood Drive swinging into Ti Rakau Drive. The job is awaiting Auckland Council traffc management plan approval and is expected to start early next year. The cable will be installed in trenches adjacent to the median strip as far as Harris Road and switch to the northern kerbside. Two lanes of traffc will be maintained in both directions on Ti Rakau Drive and reduced speed limits will be imposed around the Transpower worksites. From the Pakuranga Creek Bridge, on Ti Rakau Drive, the underground cabling will be put in the eastbound lane adjacent to the median strip. It will allow two lanes of traffc to be maintained during construction and keep building activities clear of neighbouring properties. SUBSTATION OPENED: Prime Minister John Key, centre, debates the super- city's energy needs with Transpower chairman Mark Verbiest, left, and chief executive Patrick Strange. Times photo Wayne Martin Securing the power supply In the hands of members By MARIANNE KELLY A REQUEST to Howick Local Board deputy-chair Adele White to resign from the position lies in the hands of all members of the board. Last week, Ms White and two of her colleague elected members, Lucy Schwaner and David Collings, told the Times they were “shocked” after chairman Michael Williams asked her to resign as he had another member in mind for the job. Ms White said his reasons were that she didn’t always agree with him, he needed someone to bounce ideas off, and because she’s employed full-time and can’t fulfl the role of deputy. Elected members of local boards have a separate structure and are not employees of the Auckland Council, says Glyn Walters, the council’s public affairs manager. There is no set legislative procedure when a deputy-chair indicates their intention to resign, he says. “However, there is legislative procedure if a local board wishes to remove a deputy-chair. “In such circumstances, the local board must call a meeting, either by resolution or by a written requisition. “The meeting takes place at least 21 days after the resolution or requisition and all members are notifed of the details of the meeting beforehand. “The removal of a deputy-chair will carry if a majority of the members of the local board vote in favour of the resolution.” A request to call a meeting may come up at tonight’s monthly board meeting. Mr Williams is keeping quiet publicly, saying last week: “This is a matter for the board and I will not be commenting at this time.” Five other members of the board also declined to comment. The monthly meeting is held at 6pm tonight at the Howick Local Board meeting room, Pakuranga Library complex, 7 Aylesbury Street.
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