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spatial plan. It would be irresponsible,” she says. Council has put a marine spatial plan, part of its Unitary Plan, on hold. The Forum has successfully advocated for


council funding for a project to model questions of sediment flow and contaminants. The initial phase should be complete in early 2016. Additional pressure on the harbour is


anticipated from 1,800 new homes to be built in Glenbrook and Drury, using existing wastewater infrastructure. Jim Jackson says the MHRS is tired of reports


and wants to see action. One possibility is a new pipeline to take all treated waste directly to the Tasman Sea, bypassing the harbour altogether. “It’s been talked about for years,” says Jim. “The bottom line is, we can’t keep doing what we’ve always done.” As for water quality closer to the harbour entrance,


experts say the problem is local. Run off from the hills and leaky septic tanks are the main culprits for high e-coli readings at places such as Huia and Foster Bay. In Laingholm, however, the issue stems from council infrastructure. Waitakere Ranges Local Board advocacy has led to council resource consents for new septic tanks in Piha and Karekare being streamlined, and either made cheap or free, to address pollution of lagoons in those areas. Saffron Toms says this concession should be extended to the Manukau as well. The board is also providing 20 subsidies of $2,500 each to help homeowners pay for the cost of upgrading their septic systems in lagoon catchment areas.


To get involved with protection and restoration of


the Manukau Harbour, follow Friends of the Manukau Harbour on Facebook, or visit mhrs.org.nz. Information on coastal lagoons can be found at http://www. ecomatters.org.nz/projects/loveourlagoons/.


Karekare Lagoon, at risk from septic tank pollution.


Metlifecare Pinesong Village’s chef and kitchen manager, Naveen Prasad, won a Silver Medal in the Senior Living Category at the recent Culinary Fare and New Zealand Chef Association competition. Naveen is originally from Hyderabad state in India where he studied catering technology and culinary arts before working in a five-star hotel on Hamilton Island, Australia. He came to New Zealand in 2002, joining the Pinesong team in 2009. “I enjoy working in Pinesong as it is not like a


rest home where we have to follow a dietician’s menu,” says Naveen. “Here it is more resort-style with an upmarket café and restaurant where we get a chance to always try new things which our residents like. “Residents here appreciate and support what


the chefs do and always support us, like a family, and as a result I love working here.”


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