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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, May 16, 2013 --- 5 HOWICK VILLAGE KIWIANA Saturday, May 18, 2013 -- 9.00am to 1.00pm H Face Painting H Sammy the Steam Train H Buzzy Bee Rides for the Under 5's H The Puppet Man Band H Singers H St Kentigern's Old Collegians Pipe Band H Dancing Demonstrations H Ukes of Howick H Kiwiana Lollies H Lucky Dips H Ice Cream H Howick Village Market H Cafes H Boutiques H Specialty Stores Check out the Kiwiana Shop Windows and the Dressed-Up Kiwis HOWICK VILLAGE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED PO Box 38 124, Howick, Auckland, New Zealand • Phone/Fax (09) 534 4505 Email email@example.com • www.howickvillage.co.nz www.facebook.com/howickvillageshopping 1084261-v2 Artwork courtesy of Shelly van Soest By JARRED WILLIAMSON, AUT journalism student TRANSPOWER is suggesting to drivers who use Ti Rakau Drive to plan ahead or take an- other route as lengthy delays could continue in the coming months. Transpower spokeswoman Philippa White says from next Monday, part of Ti Rakau Drive, heading toward Botany, will be reduced to one lane. The section of road affected will be between Edgewater and Gos- samer Drives, where work will be carried out for about six weeks. The warning follows chaos for people commuting along Ti Rakau Drive last Monday morning. Some commuters reported being more than an hour late for work with the gridlock spreading four kilometres back to Botany Town Centre. One motorist, Jim Benson, says it took him more than two hours to get to Onehunga. “I felt relieved when the traf- fc merged back to two lanes,” he says. “But I felt angry and frus- trated at the same time because of the delay.” Commuters also took to Twitter to voice their frustrations. One user, Rachel, says in 10 min- utes her bus had moved 50m. “My bus driver refused to pick up passengers after Ti Rakau because we were so late,” she says. The delays were due to Ti Rakau Drive being reduced to one lane before the beginning of the South- Eastern Highway. Ms White says the lane could not be opened, as concrete poured had not cured in time following the work scheduled last weekend. It was not until lunchtime that the lane was reopened. Ms White says she understood the delays were frustrating for the public. “We would like to apologise to all commuters, students and pub- lic transport users.” Transpower works alongside Auckland Transport (AT) to man- age the impact on traffc and Ms White says the journey delays were “unexpected”. Bus passengers catching the 500 and 501 services will also be affected by the upcoming road- works. General manager at Howick and Eastern Buses, Sheryll Otway, says the company is looking at divert- ing every second or third bus to run along Gossamer Drive. She says it’s working with AT on the traffc issue. “We’re monitoring the bus stops affected,” she says. “We’ll be notifying passengers in the next 10 days.” The work along Ti Rakau Drive is part of Transpower’s $415 mil- lion underground power cabling project being carried out over the next year. Auckland councillor for Ho- ■ wick, Sharon Stewart, says she’s asking why did traffc planners al- low for roadworks and the closing of a lane during the peak Monday morning commute. “A number of residents took two hours to get into the city,” says Mrs Stewart. “Pakuranga Road is already a traffc congested nightmare at peak traffc times. “It’s the busiest road in New Zealand. “The Panmure Bridge and Waipuna Bridge have more traffc crossing daily than the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and they go and close a lane down. “Roadworks should be started a lot later to allow peak traffc motorists to get to work.” And Times reader Chris Brabant emailed to say: “To allow closure of lanes and roadworks during peak traffc times is adding almost an hour to commuters’ journeys. “On Monday morning, the Ti Rakau Drive traffc was stopped all the way back to Paradice Ice Skat- ing, Botany.” Delays likely to continue TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE: Commuters using Ti Rakau Drive last Monday morning suffered lengthy delays because of a lane closure due to a Transpower project. Times photo Daniel Silverton Put hand up for the city MEMBERS of the public who wish to be involved in Auckland’s decision making are being encouraged to run for elected offce. An awareness campaign and public meetings begin next week to explain the process of standing for election to Auck- land Council’s governing body and 21 local boards. Meetings for potential candidates get under way on Wednesday, May 22, and run until July 2 to provide people with information to consider, before nomina- tions offcially open on July 19. “This is an exciting and challenging period in Auckland’s history and an oppor- tunity for people with passion and com- mitment to represent their community and help steer the region into the future,” says Bruce Thomas, Auckland Council’s electoral offcer. The mayor and 20 councillors make up the governing body and focus on regional decision making. The 21 local boards, with 149 mem- bers, represent their communities and are responsible for decisions on local issues, activities and facilities. Candidates can pick up information booklets at one of 28 meetings, hui and fono across Auckland. “Those who attend will learn how they can become decision makers in shap- ing Auckland’s future, and how they can become leaders in their communities,” says Mr Thomas. “I invite those who might be interested to give serious thought to the question raised in our campaign – will you step for- ward for Auckland?” Nominations close on August 16 and candidates will be announced the same week. Ballot documents will be delivered for postal voting in September. For the inaugural Auckland Council elections in 2010, there were 23 nomi- nations for mayor, 102 for councillor positions, and 420 for local board mem- bership. To fnd out more, go to voteauck- land.co.nz.
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