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Papakura Courier : May 18th 2011
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Fun rides for Chch Rainbow s End is putting the fun into raising money for the Christ- church earthquake ap- peal. The park is joining with the Bank of New Zealand to host the Ride 4 Hope at Rainbow s End night this Saturday. The event runs from 6pm to 11pm and along with the rides features DJs Anrki, Brock Radich, James Wildon, Jamie McAllister and Richard Lay. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the earthquake appeal. Tickets are $30 per person with children five years and under $17. Limited tickets are avail- able from BNZ branches in Manukau, Papakura, Manurewa, Pakuranga, Botany and Papatoetoe. We have been directly assisting families and groups from Christ- church but this will be a whole evening dedicated to the cause, marketing manager Katharine Murray says. At $30 per person, it s a really good price and it means our customers not only get a fantastic price they also get to contri- bute to a really worthy cause. Christchurch will need assistance for a very long time and it s fantastic that along with the BNZ we have a chance to do this fund- raiser. Application to build a church By HINERANGI VAIMOSO A church with space to host almost 1000 people could be on the cards for Drury if the Papakura Gospel Hall Trust gets the stamp of approval from Auckland Council. The church has applied for con- sent to build a 1325 square metre building on Park Estate Rd in Drury. It will be able to hold 950 people with fixed seating for 788 and park- ing for 181 cars and six buses. The development of the site includes earthworks of 2000 cubic metres of top soil stripping and 1000 cubic metres of cut to fill and the construction of a stormwater line. Submissions close May 27. The trust could not be contacted for comment but it is understood the group is working through John Child Consultants in Kingsland. Pak'nSave on track to opening By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Pak nSave Papakura should be open by the end of the year, creating about 200 jobs. Foodstuffs general manager for property development Angela Bull says the 6000 square metre structure will be near the Takanini Shell service station on Great South Rd on the way into Papakura. We ve got an excellent con- struction team and they re doing a great job which means we are very much on track to open at the end of the year, Ms Bull says. While we haven t done a final figure on how many staff we ll need, we would probably be looking at about 200 jobs being available and when we re ready to start recruiting we ll be looking to the local com- munity to fill those positions. Savory Construction is on the job, weather dependent, creating a Pak nSave similar in size to those in Manukau and Pukekohe. Ms Bull says there will be an underground carpark as well as a ground level carpark. Check it out: Compass Adjustors insurance assessor Rod Nichols in what remains of the Best Food Tofu Company on Elliot St after a fire ripped through the building on Thursday. Photo: FIONA GOODALL 'Most intense' blaze destroys tofu factory By HINERANGI VAIMOSO FROM the street the damage looks minimal. But inside the Best Food tofu fac- tory is the devastation left by one of the most intense blazes south Auckland firefighters have ever battled. The damage to the Papakura family business is already estimated at $2.5 million. Eighty firefighters and 25 fire appliances were called out to the Elliot St factory last Thursday afternoon. The fire, now believed to have been caused by an electrical fault in a downlight, kept firefighters work- ing through the night as black smoke billowed 200 metres into the sky. Compass Adjusters insurance assessor Rod Nichols says while it wasn t the largest fire he s come across, it was the most fierce with temperatures hot enough to melt and twist metal beams. A lot of people wouldn t have even realised there was a business of this scale operating in Papa- kura, he says. This isn t the biggest fire I ve seen but it s defi- nitely the most intense. The business is owned by a local couple. The six employees all escaped injury. The factory included a storage shed with a mezzanine floor, mul- tiple cooling chambers and a mass- ive manufacturing floor. Much of the equipment in the plant came from Japan and was installed by people from Japan so we re desperately trying to salvage what we can, Mr Nichols says. It s no easy task though. It s likely to take up to two weeks to clean up and I doubt the business will be able to operate in here again for another six to eight months. The clean-up has been made more complicated because of the need to dispose of soya beans, a key ingredi- ent in tofu, which are often imported, he says. The soya beans used at the Papa- kura plant are classed as a restric- ted import and could become a bio- security issue should they germi- nate so every stray bean has to be accounted for and declared to the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry. There are 360 sacks of those beans in here somewhere, Mr Nichols says as he points to a scorched mound of metal, collapsed beams and debris. Each bean will have to be recovered from the debris, collected into a skip bin and buried in a deep hole in clay, witnessed by MAF staff. Auckland Council also refused to allow the water used to douse the flames to be flushed down Papa- kura s stormwater drains so all the water has to be vacuumed and dis- posed of elsewhere, Mr Nichols says. I m not sure exactly how much water has gone. But we ve already filled three large tanker trucks and there s still a lot more to come. Structural engineers have been called in to work out the safest way to remove the loose debris without damaging more of the building.
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