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10 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, December 20, 2012 www.times.co.nz 118549-V34Wishing all our customers a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year THE ANSWER TO YOUR BEAUTY PRAYERS. www.beautybible.co.nz new zealand's leading beauty website expert advice, beauty reviews, tips and tricks, product and salon listings SHOP ONLINE FOR AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF MAKEUP & BEAUTY PRODUCTS... Skincare, Makeup, Hair, Age Defying, Bath & Body, Fragrance, Tools Brands include: Aveeno, Neutrogena, Thin Lizzy, Trilogy, O.P.I., Dr Lewinn's, Sukin, Burt's Bees.. L'Oreal Paris, Elevit, Organix, Innoxa, and more. 121868-v2 AMONGST all the Christmas parties, end-of-year functions and shop- ping, this time of year is a good time for reﬂection. What did 2012 mean for you? It was a big year for my wife and I. We became parents. It has also been a big year for the Government, as we continue on track to achieving some pretty ambitious and important goals for the country. Our focus is on building a more pro- ductive and competitive economy, responsibly managing the Govern- ment’s ﬁnances, delivering better public services and rebuilding Christchurch. We have made progress in all of these areas. We are on track to get back to surplus in 2014/15 so that we can start paying back debt. Our economy grew 2.6 per cent in the year to June, the fastest since 2007. There are 65,000 more people in work than three years ago and after tax wages are up 20 per cent since 2008. At the same time, the cost of living is rising by less than one per cent. We have put 600 extra police on the front line, introduced tougher sentences and bail laws and removed parole for the worst repeat offenders. Crime statistics are looking good as a result. The number of offences in the year to June 30 was the lowest it has been since the late 1980s. Even more positive is that the crime rate per head of population is now at the lowest it has ever been since electronic records were maintained. Our infrastructure has also been get- ting spruced up this year so that it can support our growing economy. Ultra-fast broadband has been brought to hundreds of schools across the country, including a number of local ones. This is part of our goal of providing 97.7 per cent of schools with ultra-fast broadband by 2016. A reliable power supply is essential to a strong economy. Part of the improve- ments to the electricity grid happened just around the corner from my Botany electorate ofﬁce. The Pakuranga substation has been upgraded as part of one of the largest electricity transmission projects since the 1960s. The health sector has also been work- ing hard to meet targets. We now have 93 per cent of two-year- olds fully immunised, up from 73 per cent in 2008. We have launched a programme in schools to tackle rheumatic fever, which I was pleased to see ﬁrst-hand at a local school. More elective surgeries are being per- formed and all district health boards, including Counties Manukau, are ensur- ing that every patient who needs radio- therapy and chemotherapy treatment receives it within the four-week gold standard. This year has been a year of progress for a lot of people, no less the Govern- ment. I look forward to 2013 as a time to build on this progress. I would also like to take this oppor- tunity to thank the Botany electorate for your support this year and wish you and your family a very safe and happy Christmas break. ami-Lee Ross MP for Botany It's a good time for reflections A WILDLIFE conservation sanctuary is to be established on an island that was once a place for people recovering from addictions. Rotoroa Island was closed to the public for almost a century when it operated as an addiction centre. It reopened in 2011 as an arts, heritage and conservation estate. Auckland Zoo is partnering with the island’s trustees to turn it into a sanctuary for a range of endangered New Zealand species. The partnership is funded by the Hutton Wilson Charitable Trust, which will spend $4 million on the project over the next ﬁve years. Surveys of the existing birds, reptiles and invertebrates on the island are due to start this month and the zoo and trust will eventually build animal breeding and release facilities. Auckland Zoo director Jonathan Wilcken says for the past 90 years, it has focused on creating a sanctuary for wildlife within the zoo grounds, but is working more to save species in the wild. “New Zealand leads the world in island restoration projects for wildlife and the Rotoroa Island partnership signals a new chapter in island restoration. It will see us extending the zoo beyond our grounds in a way that’s never been done before in New Zealand, using specialist zoo expertise to bring back and manage a wide range of species on a remarkable island sanctuary. “We’ll also establish a unique schools programme to encourage students to get directly involved with the work of ecological restoration,” says Mr Wilcken. “We hope to see a generation of kids grow up with a sense of ownership in the renewal of Rotoroa Island as a wildlife sanctuary.” Rotoroa Island trustee John Gow says creating the sanctuary is a natural extension to the present activities of protecting the island’s conservation and heritage. “This partnership with Auckland Zoo brings the island closer to the city, while creating a nationally signiﬁcant wildlife sanctuary.” Sir Don McKinnon, chairman of Regional Facilities Auckland, the Auckland Council CCO which owns the zoo, says establishing a wildlife sanctuary on the island will give Aucklanders an opportunity to set foot in, and get involved with, an environment under restoration. Zoo skills boost project "Have a very safe and happy Christmas."
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