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Units 1-3 Fencible Chambers Cnr Fencible Dr & Moore St, Howick Village Phone 535 4190 www.galbraiths.co.nz As well as professional assistance in buying and selling properties, Galbraiths also offer a full range of legal services to clients, including commercial and civil litigation, court work, sale and purchase of businesses, franchising, family and employment law, wills and estate planning and advice regarding setting up and administering of family trusts. Conveniently located with ample free client parking right outside the door. 118530-v2 www.times.co.nz facebook.com/timesonlinenz Putting record straight AS A rule, I do not react to negative comments in the media. However, your correspond- ent Don Spencer’s commentary of my performance on the Auckland Council is so inaccurate it deserves a response to set the record straight (Times, July 29). The claim I’m silent on issues affecting our community and region is completely inaccurate. For the record, I’m regularly quoted in all forms of media on issues ranging from health and hygiene to housing affordability. An opinion piece I wrote for the NZ Herald on the faws within the council’s draft Unitary Plan was well received and helped shape the opin- ion for much of the opposition to the plan for widespread intensifcation of the Auckland urban area. The Herald also said about my per- formance on the council: ‘Built up a reputation as a vocal and effective councillor since replacing Jami-Lee Ross’, and, ‘forceful debater against the compact city model promoted in the Auckland Plan, helping the origi- nal targets for growth inside the city boundaries being watered down’. The National Business Review has quoted me on the council’s rating policy, the level of council borrow- ing and the need for fscal prudence. The NBR also provided coverage of an opinion piece on the draft Uni- tary Plan. I regularly send out media state- ments on matters of interest to our community, such as the recent rev- elation that the council was consid- ering imposing a ‘shared value uplift levy’ or ‘betterment tax’ on those people whose properties might be subject to rezoning to a higher use. My revelation of this proposal led to it being dumped recently. My concerns, raised publicly, along with those of councillor Sha- ron Stewart about the inappropriate planning for high-rise apartments around Pakuranga town centre has resulted in a major back down by council planners. I also regularly send out an elec- tronic newsletter which informs those on my extensive database about council matters, such as the high level of rates imposed on the people of the Howick ward, the need for council to focus on core respon- sibilities, not waste money on white- water rafting courses, and the risk of spending large amounts of money on transport projects of dubious beneft to the people of Howick. I use social media such as Face- book and Twitter extensively to ensure I’m able to reach as wide an audience as possible. The most misleading comment made by Mr Spencer was in relation to the amount of money I’m paid from the public purse, which he overstated by many of thousands of dollars and linked that with the alle- gation that I was silent on important issues is demonstrably false. Dick Quax, Auckland councillor for Howick Don't sign contracts GREY Power is advising members not to sign long-term power con- tracts, as its national federation board is negotiating with energy companies seeking signifcant price concessions for members. Deals are expected to be signed in the next few months. This will result in cheaper power for Grey Power members who can switch to the par- ticipating companies. In addition to the special deals, consumers need to be aware there will be a surplus of electricity to the national grid if negotiations between the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter and Meridian Energy fail. The smelter uses about 15 per cent of all electricity generated and, at a special low price. Rio Tinto, owners of the smelter, has stated the operation could close if it does not get cheaper prices from Meridian. If that should happen there would be a huge amount of electricity avail- able and this, in turn, would help to drive down prices. Consequently, people who have signed long-term contracts may fnd they’re paying more than the market rate. Arthur Moore, Grey Power Howick/Pakuranga president Unfair parking fees I’M responding to Steve Udy’s letter on ferry terminal parking (Times, July 15). At the core of the problem is the glacially slow pace of the Half Moon Bay redevelopment plans. Good proposals for this urgently needed redevelopment have been around since 2004. However, the only tangible progress to date has been on paper. Meanwhile, commuter ferry patronage grows by more than 15 per cent a year, Waiheke ferry services’ demand grows and new commercial development at the Half Moon Bay Marina all place demands on car parking and other services. As for ferry commuters paying for parking, I have a very clear message for Mr Udy. If and when parking charges are introduced at all park and ride car parks for public transport around Auckland, I will pay the same rate for ferry parking. Until then, I will not pay for park- ing. Why should ferry commuters be penalised for the lack of action on the HMB development? Charles Clifton, Howick Letters to the Editor can be sent to: The Editor, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (09) 271-8073. Letters should not exceed 200 words and should carry the name, residential address and contact telephone number of the author. 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