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The Western Leader is host­ing a live chat with coun­cil­lors Penny Hulse and Ross Clow on

Auck­land Coun­cil’s 10-year bud­get. The pro­posed bud­get in­cluded tar­geted rates for fight­ing kauri dieback and clean­ing up the beaches. If you have ques­tions for the coun­cil­lors please send them to edwl@snl.co.nz. Res­i­dents can also go to akhavey­our­say.nz to have their say. The live chat will be screened on the Western Leader Face­book page on Wed­nes­day, March 7 at 6pm.


The pub­lic will be asked what they think about ban­ning the sale of fire­works, coun­cil­lor Linda Cooper says. The Waita¯kere Ward coun­cil­lor put for­ward an amend­ment to re­quire con­sul­ta­tion in Au­gust on the ban when the coun­cil voted on Fe­bru­ary 22 to lobby the Gov­ern­ment for it. ‘‘I think it’s im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity to have a say ei­ther for or against our pro­posal,’’ Cooper said. ‘‘We can’t as­sume ev­ery­one agrees with coun­cil’s view.’’


A knee in­jury has forced Gabrielle Fa’amausili to with­draw from com­pet­ing in the women’s 4x100m Freestyle Re­lay at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The for­mer West Auck­land res­i­dent will un­dergo surgery next month at the com­ple­tion of the US col­le­giate sea­son on her left knee to re­pair her menis­cus and re­con­struct her torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment (ACL). Fa’amausili said it was a tough de­ci­sion to make, how­ever she didn’t feel she could rep­re­sent the coun­try to the best of her abil­ity. She is cur­rently study­ing in the United States.


Pas­sen­gers who flew on a Sin­ga­pore Air­lines flight from Sin­ga­pore to Auck­land last week might have been ex­posed to measles. The Auck­land Re­gional Pub­lic Health Ser­vice said trav­ellers who ar­rived at Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Air­port on flight SQ285 on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 22, should watch out for symp­toms. Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health Michael Hale said pas­sen­gers in rows 31 to 49 were at the high­est risk.

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