Northern News : February 25th 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Champ in the making By SARAH HARRIS NEW Zealand’s next top athlete is being raised in the Hokianga. Jordyn Hetaraka from Rawene is enjoying one sporting success after another despite being only 12 years old. Jordyn won gold medals in both discus and shot put at the South Island Colgate Games in Dunedin recently. He beat the Southland champ with his throw of 13.11m. It was a new personal best and Northland grade 12 record as well. Jordyn, who started year 9 at Okaihau College this year, says winning was a massive confidence boost. ‘‘I ended up breaking records and it made my dream come true to know that I was first for once and the best Northland 12-yearold.’’ Jordyn’s talent was evi- Winning grin: Jordyn Hetaraka stands next to his proud rugby league coach Dez Maunsell who wanted a chance to wear Jordyn’s medals. dent at the 2013 Colgate Games when he won silver in shot put with no serious training. His mother Belinda Hetaraka says that inspired her strong son, who stands at 1.78 metres and weighs 104kg. Since then he’s been train- I ended up breaking records and it made mydream come true to know that I was first for once and the best Northland 12-year-old Jordyn Hetaraka ❛ ing hard and getting results. ‘‘He’s a little man child, the strength is definitely there.’’ Robin Ball has been coaching Jordyn in shot put, discus and hammer throwing for six months and says the boy’s talent is limitless. Jordyn could be one of the best hammer throwers New Zealand has ever had, he says. ‘‘As a thrower he has a very good future. He has lovely co-ordination. He has this great ability to more or less do what you say straight away and that is unusual. ‘‘He’s quite a deep thinker which is very good and he has parental backing which By SARAH HARRIS A tiny town of movers and shakers is edging towards the 21st century one stretch of road at a time. About 1km of Waikare’s dusty, gravel road is being sealed starting from the bridge outside the marae. And ultra-fast broadband has been connected to their school as part of the School Network Upgrade Project. Waikare Community Trust member Kara George says this is the first step of many for the 36 families who live in the town, 20km from Russell. ‘‘The biggest difference it Kerikeri’s Latest Showhome Come and see what we can build for you Far North Office: (09) 407 3441 0800 42 45 46 www.gjgardner.co.nz GJ-SH-76-FN0215-2MCL makes is when there is flooding that whole flood plain fails. All the metal on that road is swept into the river. It’s accumulated to the point it’s beginning to fill up the estuary.’’ Kara says their roads have had almost no maintenance in 30 years and were dangerous with lots of ‘‘near misses’’. About 80 students use the road to attend the kohanga reo and Waikare School, the only Maori language school on the peninsula, he says. The changes all came about when trustee and school teacher Vicky George sent a letter to the education minister. ‘‘I get hoha when our kids get picked on,’’ Vicky says. ‘‘Their health and safety is paramount. ‘‘I wrote a letter to Hekia Parata and CCed every minister that had an obligation to our kids. Whole agencies came together to Waikare.’’ Their visit started the conversation with the council and ministry for change. Kara says he is happy with the broadband connection but every child would have to have a tablet to get full use of it. ‘‘It opens the world up for them. These are rural country kids who know more about horses and fishing than what walking the streets of London is like. The ability to open the portal and engage with city schools would be huge for them.’’ The next project they’re looking at is retrieving the metal that has been swept into the Waikare river. ‘‘Years ago we could go out fishing on a half tide. Now it’s almost full tide before you can get out. 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The young sports star says he would love to go to the Olympics, but he wants to play league too. ‘‘I love sports. ‘‘The hardest part is trying to beat yourself and trying to beat others and trying to get to training . . . ‘‘There are two different kinds of strength, physical and mental strengths. You can look strong but you’ll never be strong in the mind.’’ He will be at the North- land junior champs on March 7 and the Interprovincials in Hamilton during Easter. Letter prompts tar sealing road after many years of neglect Road worthy: Vicky George, Kara George, Jackie Robson, Wil Pille, Robert Wilcox and Joe George outside Waikare Marae on their road which is being sealed. G.J. Gardner Homes are acknowledged for their innovative design concepts. Our designers are continually coming up with fresh ideas and creative living plans. 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