Northern News : January 28th 2015
4 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 28, 2015 Enhancing Kaikohe It has only taken 47 years, but the appearance of the lower end of Broadway, Kaikohe has been much improved by the pavement art and the installation of the planter boxes with palms and other plants. Complemented by cycle racks and park seating, these improvements were the initiative of the Kaikohe Business Association and although a long time coming, most people would agree that this, and the mural on the Active Physio wall, has enhanced the appearance and ‘people friendliness’ of that end of town. It is expected that this will attract more business and foot traffic for those businesses in the vicinity. The boxes with bright colour are the result of complementary planting by Cherie Cooper, who appreciated the transformation, to further enhance the new look. It looks great. Other businesses in the vicinity could emulate her example, to even better improve the image, or at least ensure the plants are watered. The business association is dedicated to improving the image and prosperity of Kaikohe, and support such as demonstrated by the Cooper’s Fish Shop provides encouragement to undertake other projects in the future. Shaun Reilly Kaikohe Thanks for groceries The Kerikeri/Kaeo Community Foodbank is a registered charity managed by a committee and volunteers. We assist families and individuals experiencing financial hardship with a package of grocery items, which are distributed through welfare agencies. During 2014 we were able to supply 687 food parcels. We are most appreciative of the support over the past year of local churches, schools, service groups and business organisations in Kerikeri. We are also grateful for the ongoing contributions of private individuals towards our operating costs. Thank you to all who placed grocery items in the Community Foodbank donation bin provided by New World and particularly for your generosity towards those in need in our community over the Christmas and holiday season. Sandra Cowan For Kerikeri/Kaeo Community Foodbank Taking pride: Kaikohe residents and students pulled together to brighten up their town as part of Project Kaikohe Pride. Paihia. Is anybody home? No police at home? I don’t know about the good folk of Paihia who are working darned hard to attract tourists to their town, but I’m growing tired of reading the following headlines: ‘‘Paihia popular despite assaults’’, ‘‘Attacks not a good look’’, ‘‘Paihia popular despite robberies’’, ‘‘Arrest follows Paihia armed stand-off’’, ‘‘American tourists hospitalised after vicious attack’’ and ‘‘Spate of car thefts probed’’. I was strolling along the Paihia waterfront during day time just before Christmas, only to be nearly knocked off the footpath by a small group of scruffy looking individuals, obviously drunk or high. From conversations I’ve had with locals, you’ve got to watch yourself at night because of the possibility of getting beaten up, and you have to watch your bag during the day, because it might get snatched. There is a police station in Jill Smith Kerikeri Crime cleanup We must all agree with the article relating to the amount of crime that we are facing at present in our small but wonderful [Paihia] community. It seems as though we are facing an ever-lowering of standards, which needs to be curtailed both by our police force and the public in TIDE & WEATHER GUIDE Tide Movement and Height for Russell Best at 7:46am 7:46pm Set 12:58 am Rise 2:47 pm m Wednesday Jan 28 Best at 8:37am 8:37pm Set 1:40 am Rise 3:46 pm Thursday Jan 29 Best at 9:29am 9:29pm Set 2:26 am Rise 4:41 pm Friday Jan 30 Best at 10:20am 10:20pm Set 3:14 am Rise 5:33 pm Saturday Jan 31 Best at 11:10am 11:10pm Set 4:04 am Rise 6:21 pm Sunday Feb 1 Best at 11:59am 11:59pm Set 4:57 am Rise 7:05 pm Monday Feb 2 LETTERS general. Sadly our police are hardly seen except when a major incident arises or a traffic blitz is introduced. When was the last time you saw members of our constabulary out on the beat mixing with the public or even spending time around our area checking on general behaviour? Just take a look at the numbers of boat trailers and vehicles which are parked at various boat ramps or launching sites to see how few carry any registration or WOF. If involved in an accident, the poor innocent motorist finds that the lack of these simple legal requirements also means that so often the offender is not carrying any insurance either. A good clean up of common crime in our district could well find us living in a better and friendlier place. So let’s help the police by becoming more observant and reporting these misdemeanors as we see them first hand. Our local community patrols do a great job on reporting what they see but more needs to be done by the locals. Please don’t leave it to others. Ken Blakie Paihia ➤GUIDELINES The Northern News welcomes letters to the editor. Just bear in mind these rules. Letters should not exceed 250 words. All letters must have full name, residential address and phone number. Hard copy letters must have a legible signature. Only your name and suburb are published. Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted.Weprefer letters about local issues. Open letters and poetry are seldom used.We discourage personal attacks to try to advance the debate. All correspondence to the editor is assumed to be for publication unless marked otherwise. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Letters may be edited for sense, paper’s style, brevity, good taste and to protect the rights and reputations of individuals and groups. Opinions expressed must be genuinely held by the letter writer. Write to The Editor, Mail60 Broadway, Kaikohe Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Water restrictions © Fishing Calendar by Bill Hohepa Tide Data © LINZ Best at 12:46pm Set 5:51 am Rise 7:44 pm Tuesday Feb 3 A long dry summer has led the Far North District Council to impose the first water restrictions of the year. The restrictions apply 0 Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri H 2:31am L 8:42am H 2:30am L 8:35am H 2:33am L 8:43am H 3:04am L 9:27am H 3:10am L 9:10am H 4:30am 2:55pm 9:13pm 2:54pm 9:07pm 2:57pm 9:17pm 3:28pm 9:58pm 3:34pm 9:41pm L 10:45am 11:18pm H 4:50am 4:57pm 5:17pm L 11:02am 11:35pm H 2:33am L 8:56am 2:57pm 9:27pm Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri H 3:31am L 9:42am 10:12pm H 3:30am L 9:35am 10:06pm H 3:35am L 9:45am 10:17pm H 4:04am L 10:27am 10:57pm H 4:10am L 10:10am 10:40pm H 5:40am L 11:57am H 6:00am L 12:14pm H 3:33am 3:53pm 3:52pm 3:56pm 4:26pm 4:32pm 6:07pm 6:27pm 3:55pm L 9:56am 10:26pm Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri H 4:33am L 10:44am 11:11pm H 4:33am L 10:39am 11:07pm H 4:40am L 10:50am 11:19pm H 5:06am L 11:29am 11:56pm H 5:12am L 11:12am 11:39pm H 6:56am L 12:29am 1:09pm H 7:16am 4:52pm 4:53pm 4:58pm 5:25pm 5:31pm 7:18pm 7:38pm L 12:46am 1:26pm H 4:35am 4:54pm L 10:58am 11:25pm Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri H 5:34am L 11:44am H 5:36am L 11:43am H 5:44am L 11:54am H 6:07am L 12:29pm H 6:13am L 12:12pm H 8:03am L 1:39am H 8:23am L 1:56am H 5:36am L 11:58am 5:52pm 5:53pm 5:59pm 6:25pm 6:31pm 8:21pm 2:13pm 8:41pm 2:30pm 5:54pm Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri H 6:32am L 12:09am 12:42pm H 6:34am L 12:08am 12:43pm H 6:43am L 12:20am 12:53pm H 7:05am L 12:54am 1:27pm H 7:11am L 12:37am 1:10pm H 8:57am 6:49pm 6:50pm 6:56pm 7:22pm 7:28pm 9:13pm L 2:38am H 9:17am L 2:55am H 6:34am Weather Forecast for Northland Fine with light winds. Fine with not much wind. Fine. Light winds. Fine with light winds. 3:05pm 9:33pm 3:22pm 6:51pm L 12:23am 12:56pm Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri H 7:25am L 1:03am H 7:27am L 1:04am H 7:35am L 1:15am H 7:58am L 1:48am H 8:04am L 1:31am H 9:41am L 3:26am H 7:27am L 1:17am 7:42pm 1:34pm 7:41pm 1:37pm 7:48pm 1:45pm 8:15pm 2:19pm 8:21pm 2:02pm 9:56pm 3:50pm H 10:01am 10:16pm L 3:43am 4:07pm 7:44pm 1:48pm For the latest weather information including Weather Warnings Rain, clearing in the middle of the day to partly cloudy weather. Not much wind. Partly cloudy. Light winds. Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri H 8:12am L 1:52am H 8:14am L 1:53am H 8:22am L 2:03am H 8:45am L 2:37am H 8:51am L 2:20am 8:29pm 2:23pm 8:28pm 2:24pm 8:35pm 2:32pm 9:02pm 3:08pm 9:08pm 2:51pm H 10:19am 10:35pm L 4:08am H 10:39am 10:55pm L 4:25am 4:29pm 4:46pm H 8:14am L 2:06am 8:31pm 2:37pm metservice.com Few showers. Not much wind. to all businesses and households connected to the Opononi/Omapere and Rawene water supply schemes. They ban all non-handheld hose pipe use, filling or topping up of all swimming pools and all irrigation and sprinkler use. The restrictions are effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice. Council spokeswoman Jacqui Robson says staff have been regularly reviewing water supply sources throughout the district. A combination of hot, dry weather and high demand for water is starting to put a strain on supplies, she says. Some areas are drier than others, meaning restrictions have been implemented first in Rawene, Opononi and Rawene. Restrictions in other areas are possible if dry weather continues. People in all areas are urged to conserve water. ‘‘There are many easy ways of conserving water that require only a minimal effort,’’ Robson says. ‘‘For example, place a bucket in your shower. ‘‘Use the water col- lected for your garden. That is water that will otherwise go straight down the drain.’’ Car washing should be deferred if possible, while washers on dripping taps should be replaced immediately.
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