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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday, June 3, 2013
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Two stone walls are features on the reserve, the frst built in 1973 by the former Howick Borough Council to commemorate 12 years of service to the borough by the late Sir William Stevenson. In 1980, the Rotary Club of Howick channelled resources into the reserve, including plant- ing most of the trees and building another stone wall, which incor- porates space for service clubs to erect crests and contact details. Rotary also installed a wooden fagpole and a local resident was commissioned to put it up on Anzac Day, civic and other special days. Regrettably, says former popular Howick Borough Council Mayor Morrin Cooper, “the wooden fag- pole suffered from dry rot and was broken during a storm”. “It has always worried me that the fagpole was never replaced and so much of its history has been forgotten,” he says. “The reserve is a symbolic entrance to the village, as is Stock- ade Hill at the other end.” Earlier this year, Mr Cooper asked Auckland Council if it would reinstate the fagpole and within a couple of weeks a new steel ver- sion was installed. “They replaced it very quickly. I was very grateful,” he says. With his typical dedication to civic service, Howick’s Wally Rice sprung into action and Howick Rotary appointed him fag offcer. He’ll raise the fag to half mast on signifcant occasions, such as Anzac and Armistice Days, other special civic days and when instructions come from Internal Affairs authorities in Wellington to fy fags on occasions, such as the death of a Prime Minister or Governor General. And he says he may raise it when a special dignitary is due in town. Mr Cooper says it may be fown on the day of a funeral of someone well known locally – “the symbol- ism of fags is important to most people”. “Wally will also take down the fag. It’s typical of Wally. He always springs into service, retain- ing the traditional character and prestige of Howick in promoting its heritage.” Howick Rotary president Colin Monk says the organisation has special links with the reserve, including the service club wall and having planted most of the trees. “Going forward we will concen- trate on the local community. “Bookarama generates about $28,000 and Rotary’s contribution from the combined yacht regatta at Half Moon Bay is $17,000. All is due to the generosity of the local community.” INSTIGATORS: Stevenson Reserve's new flagpole is commissioned, from left, flag officer Wally Rice, with the Rotary Club of Howick's secretary, Geoff Thompson, and president, Colin Monk. Times photo Wayne Martin Flags over Howick again "They [Auckland Council] replaced it very quickly. I was very grateful." -- Morrin Cooper, former Mayor of Howick Borough Council Nixon garden issue ongoing By CHRIS HARROWELL THE drawn-out saga of the Emilia Maud Nixon Garden of Memories has inspired the Howick Local Board to ask Auckland Council offcers to produce another report on the subject. Local board member Jim Donald tabled a notice of motion at the board’s last meeting on May 13 on the whereabouts of wooden carvings created for the rebuilt whare at the garden in Uxbridge Road. The motion requested “the carvings which were carved and then paid for by the community for the Whare o Torere be handed to the Howick Local Board”. “The rebuild [of the whare] has fnished and refurbishment is complete,” said Mr Donald. “I’m frustrated at what’s happening with this and that questions asked [of council offcers] at the board’s workshop in December last year have not been answered. “The carvings were paid for by the ASB Trust, but they are owned by the community.” Board chairman Michael Williams said he’s tried to set up a meeting between the board and council offcers to discuss progress on the matter. “The advice I’ve received is the carvings should not hold up the garden’s opening,” he said. Board member David Collings suggested the board ask for a report from offcers on what the carvings cost and who owns them. Board deputy-chair Adele White argued the matter should be left in Maori hands and said there were cultural issues which needed to be sorted out. The board voted to request a report from offcers clarifying ownership of the carvings and identifying which individual or group has the right to determine their future use. The report would also include information on Mana Whenua representation relating to the garden.
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