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8 PAPAKURA COURIER, AUGUST 22, 2012
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• Soft Toys
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• Gourmet Treats
• Gift Baskets for all Occasions
• Gorgeous Gifts to please that special person
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INCORPORATING THE SILK FLOWER COMPANY AND FLOWER SHOP
All smiles: Joan McKenzie.
This week's Thanks a Bunch winner
is Joan McKenzie of Papakura. She
was nominated by Val Rhodes, who
I have known Joan for a number
of years and have always found her
to be very friendly and caring.
Joan does a lot of voluntary work
for the older folk, she plays the
piano for some rest homes and does
this with a smile.
Whenever you meet her, her face
lights up and she has a lovely genu-
ine smile. If she can help one in any
way, she will help willingly.
I met Joan when we were neigh-
bours and she was fantastic and
always spoke with a lovely smile
and made sure we were all OK and
even left a little gift on our table
Joan always puts other people
first and never says a bad word
about anyone. A truly lovely and
If you know someone who deserves
recognition for their efforts send a
name and phone number for both you
and your nomination to Thanks a
Bunch, Papakura Courier,POBox
76-400 Manukau city. You can also
email email@example.com or drop your
nomination into Country Floral at 369
Great South Rd, Papakura.
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The Anglican Church has been in
Papakura for 150 years this Octo-
ber and a book has been written to
The extensively researched
history incorporates parish records,
historical sources and interviews
with families and old parishioners.
It is full of anecdotes that give
glimpses into the special character
of the Papakura community.
There is a story about the time a
homeless man broke into the
church by smashing a window with
a block of cheese, claiming it was
only right that he seek shelter
there because he was Jesus
Or there is the one about the
1970s vicar who decided his church
needed a shake-up and who asked
one of the younger women in the
congregation to attend church
minus hat, gloves or stockings -- his
parishioners were horrified.
An updated version of the Rev
Murray Wills' original historical
account of Papakura's Selwyn
Chapel is included and the book
recounts the development and life
of the present Christ Church in
Papakura, St John's in Drury and
St Margaret's in Karaka -- the
three congregations that now make
up the parish.
The History of the Anglican
Church in Papakura District will
go to print shortly.
To request a copy call Janice at
the church office on 299 8086.
As well as the book, the anniver-
sary will be celebrated at the begin-
ning of October -- watch this space.
Call centre the face of council
Call me: Mayor Len Brown sits in with council call centre operators to hear about the issues Aucklanders are having.
For most people their only
experience with the council is a
call to the call centre. That
interface is critical to get support
with transparency and pace.
Mayor Len Brown
By SCOTT MORGAN
Mayor Len Brown's been busy hit-
ting the phones with council call
centre staff to find out just what
Aucklanders really think about the
Issues raised include everything
from parks maintenance to rates
and waste inquiries.
For most people their only
experience with the council is a call
to the call centre.
That interface is critical to get
support with transparency and
pace,'' Mr Brown says.
It's a tough job but the operators
are very impressive, he says.
They are going 10 to the dozen
bringing up data. Imagine that
coming at you eight hours a day.''
The council is still in the process
of merging 2500 computer systems
into one, which affects the call cen-
tre. But Mr Brown says progress is
We're on a journey of how to
manage inquiries through the call
It lessens complications to the
way we respond to inquiries.
We're a long way ahead of
where we were last year.''
He was really worried'' about
how the IT platform would perform
after he was elected in 2010.
Time spent in the call centre,
Mayor in the Chair sessions and
other community events have also
encouraged a good public under-
standing of parts of the super-city
structure, Mr Brown says.
There's a pretty good under-
standing of the political structure.
They understand the local
boards now. It'll take another year
to get that embedded.
The city is focused on moving
forward as one and people gener-
ally get that.''
But there's still some confusion
around what council-controlled
organisations like Auckland Trans-
port and Watercare do, he says.
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