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Collection dates for the Auckland Anniversary week vary across the
region. Residents living in the former North Shore and Waitakere
City Council areas have no changes to their collections for the
Auckland Anniversary public holiday.
Residents living in the following former council areas have a
one-day later collection:
• Auckland City Council
• Manukau City Council
• Franklin District Council
• Papakura District Council.
Your rubbish, recycling and paper and cardboard will be collected
one day later than normal.
For information on the former Rodney District Council collections
days, please visit the www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz keywords
'Rubbish and recycling'.
For more information about any of the collections, please visit
the council website or check your former council's rubbish and
There are no changes to rubbish, recycling and paper and
cardboard collections for Waitangi Day as the public holiday falls
on a Sunday.
Public holiday rubbish,
recycling and paper and
New Aotea Square to rock
By HANNAH SPYKSMA
Members of the public wanting to
visit Aotea Square on Auckland
Anniversary Day will have to pay
a $105 entrance fee to access the
newly renovated area.
The destination will be entirely
fenced off for the Laneway Festi-
val, which is bringing 13 bands to
the city for a one-day musical
Known as the alternative Big
Day Out, it is one of the first
international events to book out
the square since its upgrade last
An $80,000 makeover means
the council-controlled recreation
space can now cater for events
with up to 20,000 people.
The Edge general manager Rob-
bie Macrae, who administers the
inner-city location, says it is ter-
ribly exciting to have the project
finished and open for use as an
He says the square can only be
booked out for noisy events, such
as Laneway, for six days each year
and the rest of the time it will be
open to the public.
Four days this year are already
taken, with Splore-City closing off
the grass area next to the Town
Hall for three days in mid-
It s just a case of getting the
right balance with these big con-
certs, at other times events may
only use an eighth of the square --
such as the Auckland Arts Festi-
val in March, Mr Macrae says.
While some festivals mean the
public have restricted access to
the location, most events are free
Diwali, organised by Auckland
City Council and Asia:NZ last
October, was the first big test for
Aotea Square, with an estimated
40,000 people traipsing across it
during the festival.
Event organisers also have to
stick to strict noise restrictions
while using the area.
There s a limit of six hours of
accumulated noise over a 24-hour
period and a 65 decibel restriction
is in place.
That is slightly quieter than
standing on the Queen St footpath
and listening to a bus roar past.
However, Laneway Festival has
a music schedule totalling almost
10 hours of non-stop noise.
Although The Edge will be
monitoring noise time and levels
during the upcoming festivals, Mr
Macrae is optimistic it won t be a
problem. We are obviously aware
of local residents and the general
use of the square, he says.
But Laneway is not like the
Big Day Out -- it really attracts an
over-30s crowd, and 60 percent of
patrons are female.
It s not going to be big douf
douf music either, it s designed
for people to relax and enjoy the
Isaac Promotions, which
brought the Australian-based fes-
tival to New Zealand for the first
time last year, is also hoping the
event goes smoothly.
We ve been working really
hard to get it all right, event
director Mark Kneebone says.
Held at Britomart last year,
Laneway was criticised for
organisational issues including a
lack of food stalls, extreme queues
for the bar and one band drowning
out another, because of the stages
being too close together.
Mr Kneebone says he is aware
of the noise restrictions, but
there s definitely ways to work
within the spirit of agreement .
Restrictions mean both Lan-
eway and Splore-City will have to
accommodate for dead air time
and both will have to finish by
11pm each night.
Let the new year celebrations begin
Auckland is once again preparing
for Chinese New Year cele-
There s something for everyone
-- whether it s calligraphy classes,
a dumpling cooking demon-
stration or storytime for
Libraries will be even more
colourful next week when the
Traditional and contemporary
dance performances will take
place at the Glen Innes Library
from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday,
and a visual presentation on lunar
magic and traditions will be on
display from 11am to noon at the
Parnell Library on February 10.
The Glen Innes, Panmure,
Parnell, St Heliers and Remuera
libraries will all host celebrations
over the next two weeks.
Author Helen Wong will discuss
the past and present of the new
year and its importance within
today s community, from noon to
1pm at the Central City Library
on Wednesday, February 16.
Go to www.auckland
libraries.govt.nz to find out what's
on in your area.
Sri Lankan food fair helps StarJam
By AMY McGILLIVRAY
Food fair: Upendra Wickramarachchi, left, cooks kokis while Karnika de Silva prepares hoppers. Karnika is helping organise a Sri Lankan food fair
to raise money for StarJam.
Photo: AMY McGILLIVRAY
Preparing the dishes
takes so much time
but people know it's
for a good cause.
Thusantha de Silva
The Sri Lankan com-
munity will be cooking
up a storm tomorrow --
all thanks to one family s
commitment to StarJam.
Karnika de Silva are
dedicated to supporting
the charity after seeing
the difference it has
made to their daughter
Hasini, who has Down
StarJam offers kids
with disabilities the
chance to learn to sing,
dance and play music
before putting them on
stage to perform.
Mr de Silva says this
has helped Hasini, now
22, develop both skills
When we came to
New Zealand five years
ago she was very shy.
Through the activities
she has become confident
to perform on stage.
When founder Julie
Bartlett asked the famil-
ies for ways to raise
money Mrs de Silva
suggested they hold a Sri
Lankan food fair.
And that is exactly
what they are doing.
It didn t take much to
convince more than 50
members of the com-
munity to be a part of the
fundraiser that aims to
raise at least $6000.
Now they are very
committed, Mr de Silva
Preparing the dishes
takes so much time but
people know it s for a
There will be plenty of
traditional Sri Lankan
food and drink on offer
Hoppers are a thin
bread-like food native to
They are made from a
fermented batter of rice
flour, coconut milk and a
dash of palm wine
cooked in a small wok-
Biryani rice, chicken
and fish curries, string
hoppers, kokis and kottu
roti will also be on sale.
The food fair will be held
at Panmure District
School, 87 Mt Wellington
Highway, Panmure, from
10.30am to 2pm
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