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Upper Hutt Leader : October 26th 2011
46 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 26, 2011 Team Leader -- Vocational Services Lower Hutt Based NZCare Group Ltd is seeking an individual to lead a team of support workers in a busy vocational environment. Our aim is to provide quality support for people with an intellectual disability to enable them to fully participate in the community. The successful applicant will be expected to be involved in the planning and development of community programs. This is a hand's on role and we are looking for a highly motivated person who is passionate about ensuring a high quality of service. If you: • Have excellent leadership skills and can work independently at times. • Have good organisational and time management skills. • Are an enthusiastic person who enjoys being part of a supportive team. • Have a good sense of humour. • Believe in the inherent dignity of all persons. • Practice respectful and clear communication. • Have a current full driver's licence. Applicants must have previous experience working with people with disabilities, and a relevant qualification is desirable. This is a full-time position, Monday to Friday. A full driver's licence is essential. Applications close Friday, 4 November 2011. If you are interested in becoming a part of our friendly and supportive environment, please contact Nicola McGregor on 04 297 9818 or email your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org Situations Vacant - General Long-haul flights key for the future By EMMA BEER Direct long-haul flights from Asia to Wellington could soon become a reality. The Wellington City Council s draft Economic Development Strategy proposes to attract long- haul flights to the capital. Strengthening international links by attracting a direct long- haul carrier by 2013 was ident- ified as a priority in the report, which was adopted at the council s Strategy and Policy meeting last month. Economy portfolio leader Jo Coughlan said attracting an over- seas airline to fly direct to Wel- lington was critical to economic growth. We know long-haul is import- ant. It s a priority to work with businesses and to establish a fund, she said. The proposal seeks to establish a Long Haul Attraction fund, which would be used to market Wellington to potential air carriers. We want to enhance connec- tivity with the rest of the world and promote Wellington as an education destination for the Asian market, Ms Coughlan said. However, councillor Helene Rit- chie said the fund -- proposed to be between $5 million and $10m -- was not appropriate. It is not a valid or appropriate use of ratepayers money. There are far more important things to spend money on, Ms Ritchie said. If airlines wish to come in to Wellington airport they will do so if it proves profitable. The council has no place subsidising commer- cial airlines. There were already two airports in New Zealand capable of getting passengers to Wellington after international flights, Ms Ritchie said. It takes less time to get to Wel- lington [from Auckland airport] than to get into the city. It s not a burden for anybody to get from Auckland or Christchurch to Wel- lington. Positively Wellington Tourism chief executive David Perks said there was a clear business case for an airline to choose Wellington as a long-haul destination. We believe the better we are connected to the rest of the world, the more visitors we ll receive, he said. Any long-haul airline beyond Australia is good for grow- ing the regional economy. Positively Wellington Tourism and Wellington Airport had talked to airlines for several years about long-haul flights, Mr Perks said. We have to be in it for the long haul. Negotiating with airlines is not something done overnight. Jeremy Harding, the Welling- ton Employers Chamber of Com- merce policy manager, said the chamber thought the development was crucial for Wellington. It could make or break a busin- ess s decision to set up or stay in Wellington, he said. Attracting and retaining busi- ness was key, and businesses were more inclined to stay in a city with good access to rest of the world. We ve been talking about flights to Asia for many years. We need action . . ., Mr Harding said. The draft is out for public con- sultation until November 11. Spring kowhai bounty brings birds in Signs of spring: Groups of tui are gathering to feed on spring-flowering kowhai in the Te Rauparaha Arena carpark, just above the heads of visitors, and are becoming a more common sight throughout the city and suburbs. By KAROLINE TUCKEY Tui have been flocking to the Porirua city centre and other suburbs to gorge on kowhai flowers in full spring flower. A flock of at least eight social tui has been spotted over several weeks feasting just above visitors heads in a line of kowhai trees in Te Rauparaha Arena car park. Arena recreation manager Willie Taurimu says he has also noticed an increase in wood pigeons in Porirua s urban areas. It s really nice to see that the tuis and the native pigeons are increasing -- and tuis in particular because they re beautiful to hear. There s a general return of them to the city; it s just lovely to see them flying around. I imagine [the kowhai nectar s] like an alcohol. The kowhai trees ll be throwing it at them right now, and they ll be just drinking it up. DOC biodiversity programme manager Peter Simpson says both tui and wood pigeons love eating from kowhai. The tui go berserk over the nectar and flowers. It s sort of like McDonald s for them. However, the pigeons eat the young shoots and can strip the trees aggressively, he says. The numbers certainly are increasing around Wellington, and that s probably a combination of things. It could be partly because there are more kowhai trees being planted by people, and it s prob- ably a result of pest control by the regional council around Porirua in bush areas like Colonial Knob. Mr Simpson says some people even find there are too many tui. From time to time I get calls from people wanting us to remove tui from their trees because they are making too much noise. They will call at night as well as during the day, so there are people complaining of broken sleep. He says the birds seem to learn where the kowhai are and come back year after year. So if you want to attract birds to your garden, plant kowhai. It s a good sight, it s free, enjoy it while you can.
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