Papakura Courier : October 3rd 2012
www.papakuracourier.co.nz 7 PAPAKURA COURIER, OCTOBER 3, 2012 NEWS AUCKLAND SOUTH BUSINESS AWARDS 2012 BSDE43 Sponsored by Presented by Congratulations to all the fnalists Buy your tickets to the black tie Gala Dinner at ateed.co.nz/awards Brighouse Design Ltd Crest Commercial Cleaning Ltd Dog Guru Fly My Sky Franklin Aluminium Ltd GMP Pharmaceuticals Ltd Grange Lodge Howick Engineering Ltd Mr Rental South Auckland Ltd Multitrade International Ltd Nexus Foams Ltd OffceMax NZ Ltd Ormiston Hospital Pod Consulting Ltd Power Business Services Ltd Teale Metal Products Ltd The Curtain Clinic Ltd Urban Soul Limited Northbound drivers using this on-ramp will again merge with SH1 traffic near the entrance to the new Victoria Park Tunnel. It is important to drive with care and patience as all drivers get used to this change. Some queues and delays are likely. A pedestrian crossing is now in place at the top of the on-ramp. Please take care and be aware of people using the crossing as you drive onto the on-ramp. Note: There are four central city northbound on-ramps. To help avoid delays use the on-ramp closest to where you work, park or play. Thank you for your support. nzta.govt.nz facebook.com/nztaakl twitter.com/nztaaakl The reopening of the Wellington St on-ramp next Monday (8 October) will create a change in road layout near the entrance to the tunnel -- so please drive with care. Wellington St on-ramp reopening Pedestrian crossing Æ SouthernMotorway Wellington St SH1 N NorthernMotorway Wellington St on-ramp Victoria Park Tunnel 4359929AS www.resthavenfunerals.co.nz Cnr Picton & Walter MacDonald St's, Howick 88 Great South Road, Manurewa Ph 533 7493 Ph 267 2530 Florist makes award shortlist Your friendly local flor- ist is in the running for a major retail award. Papakura's Country Floral -- which supplies the Papakura Courier's Thanks a Bunch bou- quets -- has been short- listed for Auckland's Top Shop Retail Excel- lence Awards. It's the only florist to make it into the finals of the giftware and homeware category. Manager Irene Bick- erton says reaching this point was a bit of ashockbutitwasa very pleasant one''. Even to have got to the finals -- we were really happy because it shows that the staff are doing something right. The layout's quite good, we've got the right sort of mix for people -- because every- one comes in and says how lovely it is -- but until you're judged against others it doesn't mean much.'' Retailers nominate themselves for the awards and mystery shoppers judge stores on how they look, how knowledgeable staff are and how potential clients are treated. Ms Bickerton says there could be another two mystery shopper visits so we're on guard a little bit more than we would be''. But she's not worried about being caught on the hop by tricky ques- tions. We have a lot of strange requests at times so if anyone comes in with a curly one it's usually one we've heard before.'' The winners will be announced at a gala evening on October 24. See retail.org.nz for details. Not just a 'box ticker' By DUBBY HENRY Dreaming big: The Auckland youth advisory panel's deputy chairman Jason Mareroa. Photo:DUBBY HENRY Youth consultation may be just a tick in the box'' for many Auckland coun- cillors but Jason Mare- roa is planning to change that. Papakura's represen- tative on mayor Len Brown's new youth advisory panel has been elected deputy chairman. He and new chairwo- man Flora Apulu, from Manurewa Youth Coun- cil, will lead representa- tives from 10 of Auck- land's local boards. All 21 boards will eventually be represented. The panel liaises with Auckland councillor Michael Goudie who holds the children and young people portfolio and advises the mayor and councillors on issues involving young people. Mr Mareroa is a quali- fied social worker and former Rosehill College student and says many councillors see the panel as just a tick in the box'' rather than a genuine source of advice on policy issues. His big bugbear is that young people have to operate and function within what he considers a dysfunctional system. I've made it very clear within the council and within the youth advis- ory panel that I'm not prepared to play any games of insanity -- doing the same thing again and expecting a different result.'' He has an instinctive passion for young people and Maori'' that extends beyond organising events to keep youth occupied and enter- tained. I'm not worried about today. I think a bit fur- ther -- rather than the next year, two years -- that's boring. What can I do now that in 100 years is going help those youth then?'' The 23-year-old has had his fair share of pol- itical experience but he's got just one year to make a difference -- the maxi- mum age for a panel member is 24. He agrees he's got big dreams but possible dreams too''. And he's not disillusioned about what he can achieve. Adults need to get out of the way. When you give a young person responsibilities they seem to thrive but adults always want it done their way.''
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