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Get into the rugby mood with a Nando’s Family Fiesta. 123069 Unlimited stage talent ��������������������������������������������� page 2 Election endorsement rejected ����������������������������� page 3 Koanga Spring Festival���������������������������������������pages 6-7 Gap5 plays Owairoa gala ��������������������������������������� page 12 Classified advertising������������������������������������� pages 34-38 Times Sport������������������������������������������������������pages 39-40 Thursday, September 26, 2013 Vol 42, No 77 General 271 8000 Classified 271 8055 Delivery Enquiries 271 8014 Website www.times.co.nz VOTE DAVID COLLINGS KATRINA BUNGARD SIMON WILLIAMSON Authorised by D Collings, 15 Wilbur Place, Pakuranga, 027 576 2350 PAKURANGA VOVOTETE VOTE DAVID COLLINGS KATRINA BUNGARD SIMON WILLIAMSON Authorised by D Collings, 15 Wilbur Place, Pakuranga, 027 576 2350 PAKURANGA Pleased to be part of a team that not only brings experience but also a new vision & voice for our community. 124484-v2 Authorised by D Collings, 15 Wilbur Pl, Pakuranga. 072 576 2350. Est. 1972 MULTI AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER INSIDE changE YOUR cLOcKS People are reminded to roll their clocks forward one hour this Sunday, September 29, with the start of Daylight Saving, so 2am becomes 3am. EnjOY thE bESt Of timES Today’s abundance of lifestyle, recreational, health and social options means retirees really can enjoy ‘the best of times’ when their careers have been put aside. Today’s 12-page liftout, appropriately called, The Best of Times, focuses on making the most of retirement life by taking care of one’s health and exploring new horizons. VOTE DAVID COLLINGS KATRINA BUNGARD SIMON WILLIAMSON Authorised by D Collings, 15 Wilbur Place, Pakuranga, 027 576 2350 PAKURANGA 124494 By Marianne Kelly THE Hebrew word shalom takes on a new dimension when entering a Christian church reflecting 1960s archi- tecture and now embracing a multicultural community of the 21st century� The spectacular Shalom Window at Trinity Method- ist Church in Pakuranga Road was donated to the church by Howick residents Grant and Billie Biel and designed by Suzanne Johnson of The Glassworks in 1992� Its message of harmony, hospitality, peace, justice and wholeness for individuals and the communities they live in will resonate on October 12-13, when the congregation celebrates the 50th anniver- sary of the church’s opening and dedication on October 12, 1963� The building, however, is a relative newcomer to How- ick’s Methodist community� The first service was held in Howick on June 5, 1852, when Reverend R� Ward rode 15 miles to Howick from Auck- land to preach and formed a Methodist society of eight members� Under the guidance of James Qualtrough, a small wooden church was built in Picton Street in 1852/1853� It was situated on the site of the former Howick police sta- tion, now Fencible Walk, and has since taken its place in the Howick Historical Village� As members of the original families passed away, services lapsed for a number of years, restarting in a Keith Hay building on a Moore Street site in April 1954� One of the biggest milestones in the church’s history came with the foresight of Howick businessman Ralph Witten, leading to the purchase of a five-acre site in Pakuranga Road� The aim was to have a central location which would accommodate the needs of Methodists throughout the Howick, Pakuranga and Buck- lands Beach area� The Keith Hay hall was moved to the site and Rev- erend Edgar Hornblow was appointed as the first full-time minister in 1962� A foundation stone for the new church was laid in March 1963 by Reverend Athol Penn, superintendent of the Auck- land East Circuit, of which Trinity was a part� These days the hall is used for Sunday school, a flourish- ing Girls Brigade and other meetings� Trinity Kindergarten was opened in 2000, the same time that an influx of immigrants started arriving in Pakuranga and Howick and the need for an English language class was recognised� English language class organiser Lana Peat says many of the new immigrants, par- ticularly the young wives or elderly parents, “spoke little or no English and knew noth- ing about our culture”� An initial advertisement attracted six students and since then the class has catered for a peak of 70 a week, with about 30 attending weekly now� Present minister, Reverend Freddy De Alwis, hails from Sri Lanka and came to Trinity from Thailand two years ago� He’s excited about oversee- ing a celebration of 50 years� “We have a really good con- gregation� The remarkable thing is the fantastic fellow- ship among the families and others�” Special guests at the reunion include Michael Greer, now living in Levin, who was Trin- ity’s minister from 1986-1988� He’ll be the guest preacher at the 50th anniversary church service� Graham Whaley, a reliev- ing minister in 2000-2002 and 2006-2007, lives in Pakuranga and remains a member of the congregation� He’ll give the children’s talk at the service� Another significant attendee will be Jill Van de Greer, who attended services in Moore Street when she was a girl and was guest organist at the Pakuranga church’s official opening and dedication� She’s travelling from Christchurch to be the main speaker at the 50th anniver- sary dinner� The dinner will be held at 6pm on October 12 at the Howick Club, 107 Botany Road� On October 13, hymn singing starts at 9�30am at the church at 474 Pakuranga Road, fol- lowed by the service at 10am� People interested in attend- ing can contact the 50th jubilee celebrations co-ordinator, at PO Box 82056, Highland Park, Auckland, or email emjabee@ xtra�co�nz� cOLOUR anD Light: Reverend Freddy De Alwis, of Trinity Methodist Church, in front of the spectacular Shalom Window. 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