The numbers using public transport in Auckland are increasing, but it’s still something of a running joke and the much-trumpeted rail link is facing problems as the bureaucrats question the costs. Auckland Transport and Work Communications have been trying to convince more people to take the bus, train or boat and they won a TVNZ-NZ Marketing Award for their trouble. They’ve also got Jerome Kaino onboard to help spread the message and, at the smaller, more Colin Craig-ish end of the mascot spectrum, comedian and Radio Hauraki DJ Tim Batt has gone on a crusade to get people’s views on what the new transport network for West Auckland should look like.
Shop revenue is a primary source of fundraising for Hospices round the country. And the second annual ‘Give It Up for Hospice’ campaign, which runs from 13 to 31 August and encourages people to donate pre-loved spring and summer clothing for their local Hospice Shop, has been boosted by the help of a new association with Postie, with its 82 stores around the country collecting clothing donations.