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we'd love to see it.
Fax your details to: 630 5432,
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Bag 56910, Dominion Rd, Mt
Eden, Auckland 1446.
Preference will be given to
local, free, community and
Look for the weta at Oakley Creek
Weta monitoring, join the Friends of Oakley Creek to help monitor the native weta
on July 2, 9am-11am. The weta is a key indicator of the success of our efforts
to restore Oakley Creek -- while, at the same time, taking the opportunity to
explore parts of the creek you may not have been to before. Meet at the Student
Residence car park in Unitec, near Bldg 76 -- access is via Gate 4, Carrington Rd,
Orchestra, Mozart string
Monday evenings and gives
concerts in resthomes and
retirement villages. New
players welcome. Phone
Joanna on 814 9971.
Lymphoedema support meeting, July 29,
7.30pm at Domain Lodge, 1 Boyle Cres,
Grafton. Contact Joy 625 6463.
Toy and model fair, a great selection of
items for sale: model trains, building kits,
boats, planes, diecast vehicles, dolls,
robots and more. July 28, 10am-1pm at
the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487
Dominion Rd, Balmoral. Admission $6,
school children free.
Winter Lectures series, free lunchtime
lectures run by the University of Auckland
looking at the charms and harms of natural
medicine. The second in the series is July
30, 1pm-2pm. Dr Natalie Walker will
discuss whether natural medicines can
help you quit smoking. Visit
Grey Power meeting,July30from
12.30pm at the Fickling Centre, 546 Mt
Albert Rd. The focus will be on Our
Grandchildren's Future. Janice Wilson will
talk about downsizing and de-cluttering,
ahead of Alison Sutton and Kate Smallman
who will speak on the increase of diabetes
and obesity. And Dr Viv Heslop will talk on
building up neighbourhood skills through
Tai chi classes, free two-week intro
classes for people 50 plus. Learn tai chi
positions for balance and posture
alignment as well as breathing exercises
for health and stress relief. Classes at
Blockhouse Bay, Mt Eden, Grey Lynn.
Register now for next intake July 31.
Single parents, Refresh is a support
network for single parent families providing
information and friendship. It is open to all
single parents and their children in the
broader community. The next meeting is
August 3, 2pm-4pm at the Grey Lynn
Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd,
Grey Lynn. Childcare is available in the
Garden Room. Contact Lianne on
527 4916 or 021 134 2285.
Have a Go Day, at Mt Albert Croquet Club
on August 4, 2pm-4pm. We will teach you
the basic rules of this tactical, fun game.
Equipment supplied and afternoon tea
provided. 50 Lloyd Ave, Mt Albert. Contact
Anne 626 7643.
Domestic violence support, Between
Mother and Child is a support group for
women parenting in the context of
domestic violence. The Mt Albert-based
programme begins on August 13. Contact
Spiritualist meeting, the Foundation of
Spiritualist Mediums is holding a
discussion group on August 13, 12.30pm-
2.30pm. Speaker Sally Walker will talk on
flower essences, homeopathy and
animals. Followed by communication from
the spirit world. Refreshments available.
Entry $5. The Ley's Institute, 20 St Mary's
Rd, Ponsonby (above the library). Contact
Ruth 410 9130.
Volunteers needed, for giving home-based
English lessons to refugees and migrants
for 1-2 hours per week. No teaching
experience necessary. Next training course
runs August 15-17. Contact Lynne
Sex and Love Addiction, Troubled with an
addiction to pornography? Is your sexual or
romantic behaviour out of control and
harming your relationships? We could help.
Phone 377 1800.
Rock'n'roll, The Auckland Rock'n'Roll Club
meets Wednesdays from 8pm at the
Freemans Bay Community Hall, Hepburn
St, Freemans Bay. $5 door charge. Free
lessons during the evening for those who
require them. Phone Dave 479 5235.
Tramping, The Auckland Tramping club
welcomes new members and visitors. Day
tramps in the Waitakeres on Wednesdays
and Sundays. Club bus from Mt Eden and
New Lynn. Visit aucklandtramping.org.nz.
Organic NZ, The Auckland branch of the
Soil and Health Association meets from
7.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month,
at the Horticultural Centre, 990 Gt North
Rd, Western Springs. There are speakers
and a trading table, cover charge $2.
Phone Ian 298 8693.
Yoga and meditation, Satyananda Yoga
and Meditation offers weekly classes for
$5 at its Pt Chevalier centre. It also holds
a yoga class at Coyle Park by donation,
with all proceeds going to charity. In
addition there are 6-week introductory
courses to meditation or yoga held
regularly. Visit mycyoga.com for more
Volunteers wanted, The Ambury Park
Centre for Riding Therapy needs volunteers
for 1-2 hours a week assisting riders with
disabilities, previous horse experience
required. Training given. Phone Lee
Wriggle & rhyme, free active movement
sessions for 0-2s at the Leys Institute
Library, 20 St Marys Rd, Ponsonby.
Sessions run on Thursdays during term
time, 10.30-11am. Phone 374 1315 or
Communicare CMA, has 23 friendship
centres throughout Auckland for elderly and
disabled folk which offer activities and
friendship one day a week, 9.30am-1pm
(excluding school holidays). Morning tea
and a light lunch served. $5 per day.
Volunteer helpers very welcome. Some of
the activities may include craft, board
games, indoor bowls. Phone 631 5968 or
Chinamans Hill Bazaar, every Saturday in
the Farmville Grocery carpark, Grey Lynn,
9am-4pm. Inspiring arts and fashion.
Phone 021 620 961.
Shortland Street Toastmasters Club, learn
to speak confidently, listen effectively,
think on your feet, run meetings and
confidently give feedback. Meetings every
Tuesday at the Vero Centre, 48 Shortland
St, from 7am-8.20am. Email Graham at
Diabetes self-management education
courses, held across Auckland. New and
refresher courses available. Registrations
necessary. Phone Priscilla Williams
973 0787 ext 706.
Badminton, The Mt Albert Badminton Club
plays at the Mt Albert Recreation Centre
Tuesdays and Sundays at 7pm. Phone
Diane 846 6572.
Toy Library , The Grey Lynn Toy Library is
open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9.30am-
11.30am, at St Columba Church Hall, 92
Surrey Cres, Grey Lynn. More than 1000
toys for children aged six months to six
years. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mt Albert Toy Library, is open
Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from
9.15am-11.15am during term time, at 732
New North Rd, Mt Albert. Phone 627 0187.
The Ponsonby Toy Library, 3 Dedwood
Terrace, is open Saturday, 9am-noon, and
Tuesday and Friday 9.30am-11.45am.
Garden Club, Mt Albert Horticultural
Society. Experienced and beginner
gardeners are most welcome. Meets first
Tuesday night of the month, 7.30pm at the
Horticultural Headquarters, 990 Great
North Rd. Phone Betty 626 6673.
Scouts, Fun games, healthy outdoor
activities and learning await at your local
Scout group. Phone Rosanna 627 5443.
Healing, Experience the gift of healing with
the opportunity for discussion afterwards,
morning tea included, at the New Zealand
Federation of Spiritual Healers. Meetings
every Tuesday, 10am-noon, at Pt Chevalier
Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Pt
Chevalier. Donation appreciated for all
healing sessions. Phone Patricia Stephens
Quit smoking, Free quit smoking
programme held Mondays at the Grey Lynn
Community Centre, 10am-11am. Phone
Kiriwai 578 0967.
La Leche, The Central Auckland La Leche
League group meets on the third
Wednesday of the month at Ferndale
House, 830 New North Rd, Mt Albert, at
10am. The group offers mother-to-mother
support and information for women who
want to breastfeed their babies. Phone
Donna 940 6455.
Scrabble Club, Mt Albert Scrabble Club
meets on Mondays 7pm-10pm at the Mt
Albert Bridge Clubrooms, 715 New North
Rd. Cost $4 per night. Phone Dianne
CROSSWORD // SUDOKU //
THE NUMBER PLACING GAME
Fill the grid
every row and
every 3x3 box
SOLUTION TO W067
Gigantic drill here
Alice: The giant Tunnel Boring Machine is
in New Zealand.
The giant machine known as Alice
that will bore the tunnels for the
Waterview Connection sailed into
Auckland this week after its three-
week long voyage from China.
The tunnel boring machine berthed
at the Ports of Auckland s Waitemata
terminal on board the BBC Georgia, a
container ship chartered for the voy-
Because of its size, the tunnel was
dismantled for shipping and arrived
like a giant meccano set, in 100 separ-
ate bits including 20 containers of
It s a long awaited and exciting
arrival marking the next phase to
complete the country s biggest road-
ing project, NZ Transport Agency
state highways manager for Auckland
and Northland Tommy Parker says.
As the container ship berthed it
was greeted by Ngati Whatua elders
and a 14 metre diameter art work --
the same size as the TBM s cutting
head -- that recognises both the cul-
tural and future significance of the
Unloading the ship started immedi-
ately and it will take 10 days to trans-
port all the parts to the project s
southern portal at Owairaka, where it
will be reassembled.
Thirteen of the 100 loads will be
over-sized and they will be moved at
night to minimise disruption to other
All roads being used for transport
will remain open with the exception of
the Sandringham Rd extension and
the Maioro St southbound motorway
on-ramp on two nights, which will
allow trucks to access the construc-
tion site via a specially built haul
route from the Southwestern Motor-
Alice is the 10th biggest machine of
its kind in the world and it has been
custom-built to bore twin tunnels
2.4km long and up to 45m deep to con-
nect Auckland s Northwestern (SH16)
and Southwestern (SH20) motorways
with three lanes of traffic in each
The $1.4 billion Waterview Con-
nection is the biggest of several Trans-
port Agency projects under way or
planned to complete the Western Ring
Route -- an alternative motorway for
Auckland that will improve city and
regional transport links as part of the
Government s roads of national signifi-
cance programme to help economic
It will take three months to
reassemble the giant machine, ready
for tunnelling to start at the end of
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