Botany and Ormiston Times
Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thurs, March 28, 2013
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, March 28, 2013 --- 5 STATISTICS collected from all over the world confirm that the global mortality rate has been sitting at 100% for some time now. What happens to us after we die? This is one of the most important questions we will ever face. Amongst the many opinions out there, the undeniable truth is that either there is an after-life, or there isn't. The Bible talks in no uncertain terms about eternal life, and about a future beyond death. About heaven. The concept of "going to heaven" is not foreign to the average person, who may associate that destination with living a good life. How about you? If you were to die tonight, are you absolutely sure God would welcome you? Many people would respond ambivalently, saying "I think so" or "I hope so". Others would joke that they'd prefer the alternative. Some would admit that they don't know what's going to happen after they die. Others are adamant that this life is all there is and are banking on that 'fact', living life like there's no tomorrow. The good news is that God doesn't want us to be unclear about our eternal destiny. It is unwise to go through life unprepared for something as inevitable as death, and there is no reason to have any doubts about the process of going to heaven because the Bible explains exactly what God requires. This Easter Sunday Dr Ian Buckley wants to help you settle this vital issue. "Am I going to be in or not?" The Bible says you can settle it without a doubt in your mind. You can absolutely, confidently for sure know that you're going to heaven when you die. Join us this Easter Sunday, March 31st @ 9:30am -- NewHope Community Church, meet at Point View School, 25 Kilkenny Dr, Dannemora. www.newhope.net.nz (09) 534 4470. What happens to us after we die? 121240 'Connecting Children, Homes and our Community through Early Childhood Education' "#$$%"&'#$( "# $%& )*% We have weekly 'Musical Mat Times', regular outings, and a supportive team all based locally. Contact us for further information or to arrange a meeting: P: 021 332 129 or 215 7980 E: email@example.com 121059 Home-Based Childcare Vacancies available now in Flat Bush Northpark Howick By DANIEL SILVERTON IMPASSIONED championing of a free and democratic soci- ety has earned a civic-minded youngster the nomination to be Botany’s Youth MP. Howick College pupil Chris Ryan will represent his electorate in Wellington at the Youth Parlia- ment that sits in July. The 17-year-old won a speech competition held by Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross to determine who would be his counterpart for the event run every three years by the Ministry of Youth Development. Mr Ross invited the six second- ary schools in the Botany elector- ate to select a pupil to speak in the competition, which was held at Pakuranga Golf Club last Monday. Along with Chris, the fve other prospective candidates were Aarushee Kaul (Botany Downs Secondary College), Richelle Go Ocao (Elim Christian College), Jarrod Bryce (Sancta Maria Col- lege), Georgina Ihimaera (Kia Aroha College) and Shavon Rob- son (Tangaroa College). Each competitor spoke for seven minutes on why a free and demo- cratic society is important to young New Zealanders, and then they answered an impromptu question on civic participation. “I wanted to come up with a selection process that’s as authen- tic as possible,” says Mr Ross. “We made the question very broad for a reason, to let them go in whichever direction they wanted to.” The entrants had diverse approaches to the question, with some extolling the virtues of democracy and others challenging how free New Zealand society is. “Good on those students for standing up for what they believe in, speaking their mind and for talking about what they feel is important when it comes to free- dom and democracy,” says Mr Ross. At the end of the speeches, the audience, which consisted of a maximum of 15 supporters from each school along with members of community groups and sponsor- ing organisations, voted for their top two candidates. Chris’s monologue comparing life under a democratic system to dictatorships was judged the best. “Democracy gives the people the opportunity to engage in their country and the way their country operates,” said Chris. “It means we are all invested in the direction our country is going. “It means the Government has to ensure its policies are populist, and that therefore places the power frmly in the people’s hands. “Free societies are inclusive. They ensure a variety of perspec- tives and abilities are included.” Richelle was runner-up and Georgina placed third. “It was an excellent evening,” says Mr Ross. “There were some strong and passionate speakers who have done themselves really proud. “Congratulations to Chris Ryan, I think he’ll be a marvellous repre- sentative for the Botany electorate in the Youth Parliament.” Chris says: “It’s an absolute honour. It’s so exciting. I thought my performance was good, I was pleased. “I thought the two-minute ques- tion and answer went well. “I’d like to thank my history teacher Mrs [Sharyn] Meffn, who invited and told me I should do this. “Thank you also to Jami-lee Ross, it’s a fabulous thing and I think we’ve started a very strong tradition.” Chris claims poll as MP FUTURE LEADERS: The place-getters from the Youth MP speech competition staged by Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross, second from right. From left, Georgina Ihimaera (Kia Aroha College), Richelle Go Ocao (Elim Christian College) and winner Chris Ryan (Howick College). Times photo Daniel Silverton "Free societies are inclusive. They ensure a variety of perspectives and abilities are included." -- Chris Ryan, Youth MP for Botany Market opens during hunt By MARIANNE KELLY CHILDREN are going to search for 3000 mouth-watering delights in an Easter egg hunt, coinciding with the opening of a new market. For the past three years, Gateway Church has held the egg hunt at Mission Heights Primary, but this Easter is trans- ferring to Ormiston Senior College. Eggs are donated by the Gateway con- gregation and the hunt is followed by an awards ceremony and spot prizes. On Easter Saturday also, Ormiston Com- munity Market kicks off in the school’s courtyard. Up to 50 stalls are expected to provide a range of crafts, food and fresh produce, refecting the multicultural neighbourhood of Flat Bush, while a vari- ety of ethnic groups are being invited to perform cultural items. The market will also be open to not-for- proft community groups that can pro- mote their services at no charge. Ormiston Community Market director Norman Sutton says the concept came out of a desire by the school to open its com- plex to community activities. “I believe there will be strong inter- est because there’s nothing else around here,” says Mr Sutton. “There’s noth- ing until the new town centre is built in fve-seven years time to accommodate a market. People of many cultures live here and community is very important to them. The market plays a part in that, especially as many of them are natural traders.” The school courtyard, he says, creates a natural “ambience” with shelter from extreme weather, while all-weather park- ing is available for 500-600 vehicles. n Gateway Church’s Easter egg hunt is at Ormiston Senior College, 275 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, this Saturday. Registrations are from 9.30am and the hunt is from 10am. It’s limited to the frst 300 children. Four age groups will operate, two-four, fve-six, seven-nine, and over 10 years. The new Ormiston Market opens on n Saturday from 8am to midday.
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