Auckland City Harbour News : February 27th 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, February 27, 2015 Inmemory:Grey LynnRSCmural depictingmerchant seamenreturningfromwar, aMaori battalion andalone bugler. Old building gets new look A LICK of paint has transformed the Grey Lynn RSC ahead of its World War I commemorations. Grey Lynn artists Dan Tippett and Darryl Thomson, also known as DLT, have just finished work on large-scale murals depicting merchant seamen returning from war, a Maori battalion and a lone bugler, on the outside of the building. RSCs were first created to cater for the Merchant Navy when those returning from overseas were not able to join RSA clubs. The club has wanted to brighten up the century-old Francis St building for years, committee member Jane Jackson says. The mural was partly funded by the Waitemata Local Board from its WW1 centenary budget. A ribboncutting ceremony and blessing will be held tomorrow to celebrate the new look. ‘‘It was very beige and we were just trying to think of the right thing to do so that it was something for the community and something that was special to us,’’ Jackson says. ‘‘A lot of people used to walk past the building and didn’t know what was behind the facade because of the way it was built.’’ The ribbon cutting will take place at 1 Francis St, Grey Lynn tomorrow, February 28, at 10.45am. Mural crew:Grey Lynn artists Dan Tippett andDarryl Thomson, AKA DLT, withGrey LynnRSCtreasurer Wayne Baird. Fruit fly issuemeans new homefor festival This year’s Pasifika Festival won’t be held at Western Springs. The event is moving to Hayman Park in Manukau because of the Queensland fruit fly problem in the Grey Lynn area. The Ministry for Primary Industries has placed restrictions on the movement of whole fresh fruit and some vegetables out of a 1.5km exclusion zone which includes Western Springs Park. This year’s festival will include more than 230 food and craft stalls, many of which will serve fresh fruit – a staple of many traditional Pacific Island cuisines. The Ministry says the risk of the pest being carried outside of the affected zone would be high if the festival went ahead at Western Springs – an estimated crowd of 40,000 people per day is likely to attend. A fifth Queensland fruit fly was discovered on February 24. The pest, if it became established here, would represent a major threat to New Zealand’s $2.6 billion horticultural export trade. ‘‘We have been expecting to find more flies, so the latest detection is no surprise, and confirms that the trapping systems continue to be successful,’’ ministry chief operations officer Andrew Coleman says. The ministry has more than 180 staff working in the field on movement controls, fly traps, public awareness and treatment. Stricter controls continue to be applied at borders. Ground-based spraying has also been completed under the fruiting trees where positive finds have been made. Residents within the smaller central ‘‘zone A’’ are being asked to dispose of all store-bought fruit and vegetable waste in special dis- posal bins that have been provided by MPI and to leave any home-grown fallen fruit on the ground in their garden for inspection by MPI. ❚ Pasifika Festival takes place at Hayman Park, Manukau, on March 14, 10am till 5pm,March 15, 8.45am till 4pm. See aucklandnz.com/pasifika. SEE THE WORLD’S BEST IN YOUR BACKYARD AUCKLAND, EDEN PARK ALLOCATION FULL# Saturday 14 March Tuesday 24 March India v Zimbabwe Semi Final* * If New Zealand qualifies for a semi-final it will play in Auckland unless they play Australia in which case the team finishing higher in the pools has home advantage. # The current allocation is full. Register at cricketworldcup.com/register to receive updates if more tickets become available. Tickets still available at cricketworldcup.com ADULTS FROM$20, CHILDREN FROM$5* #cwc15 *Tickets subject to availability. Conditions apply. A one-off service/delivery fee per transaction and credit/debit card processing fee applies.
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