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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday July 15 2013
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, July 15, 2013 --- 3 122907 50% OFF WEDNESDAY JULY 17 9AM-4PM THURSDAY JULY 18 9AM-4PM FRIDAY JULY 19 9AM-4PM SATURDAY JULY 20 9AM-2PM ALL CHILDREN'S BOOKS FOUR DAYS ONLY 21 LADY RUBY DRIVE, EAST TAMAKI 122930 sale 122975 if you bring in this advert before July 31, 2013. 111380-V4 FIND YOUR BEST FRIEND AT THE AUCKLAND SPCA Auckland SPCA, 50 Westney Road, Mangere. Phone: 09 256 7300. Visit our website at www.spca.org.nz www.times.co.nz facebook.com/timesonlinenz By MARIANNE KELLY ITALIAN-American entrepre- neur-turned Kiwi, John Palino, has hit the campaign trail with gusto in an effort to oust incum- bent super-city mayor Len Brown. And never one to resist the opportunity to lend a helping hand to commercial kitchen operators, the former host of the TV3 res- taurant reality programme, The Kitchen Job, accepted an invitation from Allan Sargeant to share some thoughts about one of the most challenging hospitality environ- ments, catering for the aged. Mr Sargeant and his wife Linda own and operate the 104-bed- room Ambridge Rose Manor Pri- vate Hospital and Rest Home in Pakuranga. Mr Palino was impressed with their kitchen staff’s efforts, say- ing that his experience with the television show was to tell people “the hard truths about what they needed to do”. “You’re getting the job done. You just want to perfect it because people are getting used to better quality food,” Mr Palino told Mr Sargeant. “I’m impressed that you put out 600 meals spread over six times a day – not many restaurants would be doing that.” With the help of dieticians, the rest home team spent six weeks revamping its menu, which went live on July 1. Mr Sargeant says the needs of the elderly are complex, but the aim is to still present quality food in a nice way. “This market is going to demand a la carte meals in the future, peo- ple will want a choice,” he says. “So we need a system to deal with that. Many of the residents here now lived through the Great Depression and World War II and became used to lots of tea and cab- bage water. “Sadly, aged care facilities have not moved with the times and we need to.” Like in the television show, “most of it is simple”, Mr Palino told the Sargeants, following up with a raft of suggestions and a promise to send a consultant chef along to provide detailed advice. “While I’ve been campaign- ing, people often ask me about my consulting business,” he told the Times. “It’s all tied in and I want to do it. I have some great chefs on board who understand manufac- turing [high-volume catering] and the need to modernise a bit. “There are always new ways of doing things.” Campaigning in kitchen NEW IDEAS: Auckland Council mayoral candidate John Palino, left, shares his restaurant knowledge with Allan Sargeant, owner of Ambridge Rose Manor Private Hospital and Rest Home. Photo supplied BOTANY MP Jami-Lee Ross is hailing a law change cracking down on the manufacture and sale of synthetic drugs. The Government’s Psychoactive Substances Act passed its third reading in Parliament last Thursday. It forces producers of synthetic “legal high” drugs to prove their products are low risk before they can be sold. The law restricts the sale of approved synthetic products to people aged over 18, increases restrictions on advertising and removes them from non- speciality shops. “This law is important for local kids who might think because it’s sold in a dairy and easy to get that it’s safe,” says Mr Ross. “I know many in the community will be relieved this law is passed in time for school holidays. “While some dairies have removed the products from their shelves voluntarily, others haven’t been as proactive. “It’s unacceptable these dangerous products have been sold next to bread and milk.” A new Health Ministry regulatory authority will consider granting approval of new psychoactive substances. An independent expert committee was established earlier this year to give advice on the standards synthetic products will need to meet. New law addresses synthetic drugs Transport open day LATEST proposals for a major transport project east of the Tamaki River will be showcased at a public information day. Plans for a new bus station at Pakuranga Town Centre, a new Reeves Road fyover and proposals for a busway along Ti Rakau Drive will be available for public viewing at the AMETI (Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative) information day this Saturday. The Pakuranga work is part of stage two of AMETI, which also includes replacing the Panmure roundabout with an intersection and building a busway from Panmure Rail Station to Pakuranga Town Centre. Walking and cycle paths will be provided on a new bridge built over the Tamaki River to accommodate the busway, while the Reeves Road fyover will connect Pakuranga Road with the Waipuna Bridge and South-Eastern Highway. Future proposed developments include extending the busway to Botany along the centre of Ti Rakau Drive. The open day also allows the community to see what has been achieved so far, including the Panmure Rail Station building and upgrade. Other stage one work under way in the $1.5 billion project is a new Ellerslie- Panmure Highway Bridge which will accommodate rail electrifcation, and a new 1.5 kilometre road creating a quicker north-south link between Glen Innes and Mt Wellington. Traffc is temporarily using a new bridge built for a future busway into the rail station. Auckland Council offcers will be at the public information day to discuss concepts developed to shape Pakuranga’s development over the next 30 years. The AMETI public information day ■ is from 10am-2pm on July 20 at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga.
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