THEME PARK GIFT

Western Leader - - YOUR LO­CAL NEWS -

Josh Korte, 12, has or­gan­ised for 10 strug­gling fam­i­lies to visit Rain­bows End for free. The Glen Eden In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent came up with the idea as part of a school project, Auck­land City Mis­sion said in a press re­lease. Josh talked with the theme park, which agreed to do­nate the fam­ily passes and food for the day. The mis­sion and Vi­sion­west would iden­tify the fam­i­lies to re­ceive the passes.

SCENIC DRIVE

Scenic Drive just to the west of Ti­ti­rangi will be down to one lane and tem­po­rary traf­fic lights un­til De­cem­ber 17. This is the dead­line to fix up dam­age to the area from a slip on Au­gust 31, Auck­land Trans­port spokesman Mark Han­nan said. The re­cent road clo­sures at night have been for dig­ging test pits in or­der to fi­nalise the pavement re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion de­sign. Work to sta­bilise the bank will in­clude the use of soil nails.

BUSES TO PIHA AND HUIA

Pub­lic buses to Piha and Huia are be­ing looked at – but any ser­vice would not start un­til 2019. Auck­land Trans­port’s An­thony Cross said in a me­dia re­lease on Septem­ber 29 that it would look at ‘‘in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions’’ such as a mini­van or an on-de­mand ser­vice and online book­ing sys­tem. Work to in­ves­ti­gate the pos­si­bil­ity would not start un­til the se­cond half of 2018.

BUSI­NESS SUC­CESS

Two peo­ple have been added to the West Auck­land Busi­ness Hall of Fame, pre­vi­ously known as the Waita¯kere Busi­ness Hall of Fame. Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Paula Ben­nett in­ducted Loukas Petrou of Canam Group and Mark Robin­son of Au­tex In­dus­tries at an awards lun­cheon on Septem­ber 15.

HER­ITAGE GUIDE

A new guide details walk­ing and driv­ing tours ex­plor­ing Ti­ti­rangi’s her­itage. The Ti­ti­rangi Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion re­leased the free book­let to cel­e­brate the Auck­land Her­itage Fes­ti­val which be­gan on Septem­ber 30. The Waita¯kere Ranges Lo­cal Board pro­vided fund­ing to print the brochure, which can be found in lo­cal cafes, busi­nesses and pub­lic build­ings.

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