North Harbour News : October 24th 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, October 24, 2014 Singing sensations: Kiwi band Titanium performs at Gulf Harbour during the Wish House Street Party. Photos: RACHEL FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY Party celebrates Wish House plan By ERICA DONALD DESPITE pouring rain, the Wish House Street Party went full steam ahead. There was plenty of action packed into Pinecrest Drive, Fairway Bay, on Saturday afternoon with the World’s Tallest Inflatable Slide, entertainment, bouncy castles, games, face painting and food vendors. The road had been closed for the party, ensuring it would be a safe family event. Kiwi band Titanium signed autographs and belted out new single, Take Us Back to the 250 strong crowd. The party celebrated the Wish House, a collaborative charity drive involving Knock out: The Bumper Balls were a big hit. Barfoot & Thompson, GJ Gardner Homes NZ and Fairway Bay developer Top Harbour. The project has seen a house built in Fairway Bay by GJ Gardner. The three bedroom home will be auctioned on November 8 by Barfoot & Thompson, with profits going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The proceeds will provide ‘‘a whole lot of wishes’’ for children with lifethreatening illnesses, MakeA-Wish chief executive Shane Gorst says. ‘‘This house really is quite special,’’ GJ Gardner Rodney franchise owner Elaine Morley says. ‘‘Not only will it raise important funds for an amazing charity, at the same time it will provide a family with a beautiful home.’’ ❚ Suburban Newspapers, publisher of the North Harbour News, is a supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation NZ. Thumbs up: Larry gives his seal of approval Look out: Philip hurtles down the giant inflatable slide. Council to extinguish fireplaces in Auckland By JESS ETHERIDGE Old fireplaces will be snuffed out in Auckland within four years. Air pollution and declining health are driving factors behind the fireplace ban, covered under a new bylaw due in place by May, 2015. Home owners will be forced to remove pre-2005 wood and coal fireplaces by October 2018. The use of coal in indoor fires would be banned from May too. The new rules are in the proposed Air Quality Bylaw 2015 as Auckland must comply with the government’s air pollution standards. The Auckland Council says indoor fireplaces produce PM10 air pollution particles, found in fires, pollen and dust, which can cause serious health issues, while another pollution par- ticle, PM2.5, is also found in fires. During winter, 18 tonnes of air pollution is emitted daily – 75 per cent of that from domestic fireplaces, says Helgard Wagener, coun- Homecomfort: Getting cosy in front of an open fire will be a thing of the past in Auckland. ➤BY THENUMBERS Auckland has around 58,000 old pre-2005 wood burners running in homes, the Auckland Council says. There are 17,000 open fireplaces in city homes. Pollution is measured within Auckland’s urban airshed, which does not include Warkworth. cil policies and bylaws department manager A $624 million social cost is due to air pollution from indoor fires, he says. About 110 adults die prematurely each year because of indoor fire emissions and breathingrelated illnesses, Wagener says. Owners would be made to remove fireplaces which do not comply with the bylaw, but there is no instruction to replace the heating device. Wagener says they would rely on complaints from residents to enforce the bylaw. Auckland has between 20 and 30 coal furnaces operating, he says. Some schools are already removing them. Low-income households will get financial help, including funding grants, to remove pre-2005 fireplaces. Non-compliant open fires and wood burners would have to be removed before a home is sold. The Air Quality Bylaw will go out for public feedback with hearings planned in February.
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