* The Mt Wellington off-ramp, southbound, and the Takanini off-ramp, southbound, on State Highway 1 will be closed from 9 pm until 5 am today, tomorrow and Wednesday, while fibre optic cables are laid.

* The Greenlane on-ramp, southbound, will be closed at 9 pm today to 5 am tomorrow, and tomorrow from 9 am to 4 pm, and again from 9 pm to 5 am.

* The Otahuhu on-ramp, northbound, will be closed from 9 am to 4 pm, and 9 pm to 5 am tomorrow and Thursday.


* The Gillies Ave off-ramp, southbound, will also be closed from 9 am to 4 pm, and from 9 pm to 5 am tomorrow and Thursday.

Catching the Knowledge Wave

* The chief executive of Ireland's Industrial Development Agency, Sean Dorgan, gives a public lecture at the University of Auckland library building, corner of Alfred St and Princes St, next Monday at 7 pm.

The free lecture is part of the

. Mr Dorgan will discuss how, in the space of a decade, Ireland moved from being one of the poorest countries in Europe to being one of the most successful. How was this achieved - and are there any lessons for New Zealand? Register with Marie-Therese Millet on (09) 373-7599, ext 7619, or e-mail

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Local bodies

Nominations open on Friday for local body elections (to be held in September and October) and close on August 24. Voting papers will be delivered on September 21, and voters will have until October 13 to vote.

College drama

The King's College Drama Club is performing Once on Chunuk Bair, by Maurice Shadbolt, at the college in Otahuhu at 8 pm tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. E-mail

for details.

Floral design

Alexandra Park in Greenlane is the venue for a Carla Babaglia Italian floral designer workshop and demonstration. It starts at 11.30 am.

Naval blasts

The Navy will be using the South Kaipara Head weapons range (land and sea) from 8.30 am to 7 pm. People are warned to stay clear.

Deaf week

The National Foundation for the Deaf is holding Deaf Awareness Week until Sunday, which is World Deaf Day.

Human rights

The Indonesian Human Rights Committee continues its seminars at 7.30 tonight in the Grey Lynn Community Centre, Richmond Rd. There will be an update on the refugee situation in Papua New Guinea during the seminar. A special guest will be Sr Barbara Raftery, chair of West Papua Action, in Dublin.

Amnesty plea

Amnesty International needs help with its annual appeal on Friday, August 10. Anyone who can collect for one or two hours on that day should phone 0800 AMNESTY (0800 266-778), or contact the organisation through the

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