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14 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, November 11, 2013 www.times.co.nz Focusing on super-city's big issues By CHRIS HARROWELL MAYOR Len Brown says it’s his responsibility under the super- city structure to direct Auck- land Council’s budget and planning process. “I will lead into council all policy and planning decision making around the budgetary process,” he says. “It’s my way of ensuring we’re cre- ating the world’s most liveable city. “We’ve also got the Auckland spa- tial plan, so the budget really needs to line up with our main agreed priori- ties. That’s why the budget has such a formidable transport spend and it’s why there’s signifcant connection with issues, such as building local communities. “It’s the reason why we have a major focus on the central city. “The frst transformational shift in the plan is about building a great CBD. “We looked at the process and I thought it was important I lead and chair the budget. “After three years we’ve now got inside the budget and have a real sense of how it’s starting to work. “We’ve got some challenges around our debt levels and deliver- ing the infrastructure we need in an affordable way. “We have signifcant challenges around managing and seeking alter- nate funding streams. “I want to achieve a very clear understanding in the community about budget matters. “This is about my leadership as refected in legislation that the mayor should lead the budgetary process.” Council-controlled organisations (CCOs) Mr Brown said publicly during the local-body elections last September- October he would keep a closer eye on Auckland’s CCOs. The council’s CCO committee has been strengthened with the addition of close fnancial and performance monitoring. “We didn’t review the CCO struc- ture in the frst term,” Mr Brown says. “It was critical to let it settle and get a sense of what was working and what wasn’t. “It’s a corporate structure with new employees, new chief executives and board members. “We’ve got two CCOs we’re required to maintain under statute, Watercare and Auckland Transport. “The frst thing we will do is set up a monitoring committee chaired by [deputy mayor] Penny Hulse. “We will do that in the frst three- six months with a full review of the CCO structure, size, scope and its delegations. “We will look at whether we need to move some of the CCOs’ responsi- bilities back into the council or some of the council’s into the CCOs. “It’s about delivering the most eff- cient council services and making decisions about whether the CCO structure delivers that best and at the best price. “It’s critical we make early deci- sions, but we won’t be tampering with or trying to refect on the future of Watercare or Auckland Transport, because we can’t.” Property rates Mr Brown says he’s “completely committed” to a property rates in- crease of 2.5 per cent. “I think in the draft council budget you’ll fnd me making commitments along that line,” he says. (The council will adopt its budget on November 21). “You’ve got to put the rates increase within a framework of much broader economic issues and challenges. “We’ve got a growing city and we have clear and obvious challenges around our transport and infrastruc- ture spending, particularly on storm water, which we have to deal with. “We can’t just sit back and post- pone decisions, so the question is how we pay for it. “We’ve got to be really prudent with ratepayers’ money. “We can’t borrow forever. AUCKLAND Mayor Len Brown is fully focused on putting the recent past behind him and getting down to the business of building the world's most liveable city. The super-city's leader visited the Times last Tuesday to discuss a range of subjects, including the council's budget, the structure of council-controlled organisations (CCOs), property rates and the Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC). MOVING FORWARD: Mayor Len Brown says Aucklanders want him to get on with running the super-city. Times photo Wayne Martin BOTANY 309 Botany Road. Ph: 274 6000. ST HELIERS 347 Tamaki Drive. Ph: 575 6418. ACC Registered (No referral needed) OPENING HOURS Monday to Friday 7am till 8pm Saturday 7am till 2pm www.peakpilatesgroup.co.nz Anew purpose-built studio and two new physiotherapists make Peak Pilates the place to go in Botany to get your body back into shape. Directors Jason and Lorna Rich- ardson are delighted to welcome Emma Louise O'Regan and Deirdre Collins to the Botany Road team. "They are both from Ireland, where they worked as Pilates instructors and physiotherapists," says Jason. "Both of them say they saw what Pilates could do to help people reha- bilitate after injuries and want to learn more." Deirdre says she and Emma Lou- ise really appreciate the warm and open welcome they have received from other staff and clients. They arrived from Ireland six weeks ago and love the change of environment. "We'd just been through summer at home -- three weeks of 30 degrees -- and now summer's almost here in New Zealand," says Deirdre. And the heat is on at work as well. "We're here to enhance our knowl- edge and gain more experience, and Peak Pilates is a great set up for us to do that. All we need now is for more people to learn about and experience the benefits of Pilates," she says. Those benefits include improved posture and increased core strength, leading to better balance and help- ing to prevent injuries. Prevention is always better than the cure, says Deirdre. Pilates is a key component to Peak Pilates' services. "We are accredited ACC providers and offer complete injury treatment," says Jason. "The first part of that is physio- therapy and treating the injury in one-on-one sessions with one of our qualified physiotherapists. Then a personalised exercise rehabilitation programme Pilates machines fol- lows." Pilates, he says, strengthens the injured area. "The added benefit is that rehabilitation using Pilates is usually quicker than conventional methods." A low-impact, intensive and effec- tive workout, Pilates targets specific muscle groups' it is a form of exer- cise has been around for nearly 70 years. When performed correctly it can develop strength and body aware- ness for everyone from elite athletes, to the elderly or for people looking for an effective method of rehabilitation. "During Pilates people perform a full range of movements focusing on their core muscles," says Jason. "We teach proper breathing patterns, which facilitates the activation of the transverses abdominus, pelvic floor and gluteal muscles, known as the body's powerhouse." Each session involves consider- able stretching and balancing to develop stability, strengthen and cor- rect posture. "With the machines Deirdre and the other physiotherapists can con- trol the intensity of the exercise and isolate specific muscle groups," Jason says. "Problems are frequently caused by overuse of one side of the body or muscle imbalance. "I first tried Pilates when an injury stopped me from playing tennis. I tried everything and Pilates was the only treatment method that gave me long-term relief." Pilates also teaches people aware- ness of their posture and body. Smaller muscle groups are developed to assist rehabilitation or improve performance for elite athletes. Whether people are aged 6 or 96, they will benefit mentally and physi- cally by joining Peak Pilates for per- sonalised exercise. Peak Pilates has been in Botany for eight years and moved to its Bot- any Road site four months ago. "We now have a custom-designed studio that offers easy parking and eight physiotherapists/Pilates instructors," says Jason. "As a result we also offer more classes and have the ability to sched- ule more one-on-one sessions." That means people having treat- ment work with the same instructor, which guarantees continuity of treat- ment. All classes are taken by trained instructors, who help people make sure they are completing the exer- cise correctly, improving and getting all the benefits of Pilates. "There are more than 600 exer- cises in Pilates," says Jason. "This means our classes always have plenty of variety as well." New physios good as gold 124149A Emma Louise O'Regan. Deirdre Collins.
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