Northern News : August 26th 2015
Hospice seeks items for auction P3 Northern News Your Place, Your Paper Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Dancers flying high at contest Teenager Rosey Robb leapt to victory at Northland Ballet & Dance competition. The Okaihau resident attends the Northern Dance Academy and won 15 trophies including the variation section. Caitlin MunfordStokes, from Kaikohe, came third in the variation section. Northern Dance Academy principal Liz Russell says the competition is held every year and is good practice for the open competition in December in Whangarei. ‘‘It’s lots of encouragement for Northlanders and Northland dancers,’’ she says. PHOTO: LIZ RUSSELL, NORTHERN DANCE ACADEMY Thumbs up for newspapers P6 Don’t sell churches, residents say SARAH HARRIS The futurte of two historic Far North churches is in doubt as the The Anglican Diocese of Auckland discusses their sale. St Catherine’s at Okaihau and St Stephen the Martyr’s in Kaikohe may get new owners if the proposal goes ahead. Anglican manager Kevin Third says the diocese is concerned about declining congregations and the cost of keeping the churches open. But Pakaraka Holy Trinity parishioner Anne Herbert is against selling them. ‘‘All these churches are with- 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 out debt, they are in good order because we’ve kept them so. We’re not quite sure what’s behind the thinking there. ‘‘I don’t want the church hall and the church closed down. We have an op shop there that’ll be affected, and the church also caters to the stockyard. ‘‘So it means we’re not helping the community. Kaikohe is a community that needs help.’’ St Stephen’s member Shirley Walbrook says declining membership may be one factor behind the potential sale. ‘‘Sometimes we have a service and only three or four people come because there’s no young ‘‘Sometimes we have a service and only three or four people come because there’s no young people coming on. There are just no young families.’’ – St Stephen’s member ShirleyWalbrook people coming on,’’ Walbrook says. ‘‘There are just no young famil- ies. It’s such a shame. ‘‘[The churches have] got so much meaning for this area and how Christianity started in New Zealand.’’ St Catherine’s was completed in 1875. The foundation stone for St Stephen’s was laid in 1923, and it was consecrated four years later. Walbrook is certain Anglican services will carry on at another church if the sale goes through. Third hopes another church or a community trust will buy St Catherine’s and agree to take care of the graveyard. ‘‘In relation to St Stephen’s we are continuing to work with our SHOWHOME Corner of Ranui Ave and Martha Clarke Lane, Ranui Gardens OPEN Monday–Friday 11.00am–5.00pm Saturday 9.00am–12.00pm Come and visit the team at our showhome today. To find out more about this great showhome phone Katie Aukett (021) 373 773 or Dave Smith (021) 272 2982 partner churches about what we can do there. ‘‘There is a need to look to the long term, and following the wise local direction offered by the parish vestry, priority was given to St John’s, Waimate and Holy Trinity, Pakaraka which are both category A historic buildings and of huge national and church significance.’’ Diocese spokesman Jayson Rhodes says the process is ongoing. ‘‘There’s no specific time line.’’ Four churches are in the Wai- mate North Anglican patch including Pakaraka, Kaikohe, Waimate North and Okaihau. G.J. Gardner Homes are acknowledged for their innovative design concepts. Our designers are continually coming up with fresh ideas and creative living plans. Here’s your chance to view our latest ideas incorporated into our stunning new designer showhome. 3 2 2 2 Floor Area 215m2 Design innovation is just one more reason why more people choose to build with G.J. Gardner Homes every year than any other builder.
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