Northern News : November 10th 2010
3 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2010 NEWS 215 Kerikeri Road, Stone Store Basin courtesy van available 09 407 8479 NEW YEARS EVE PARTY Dec 31 Bookings essential $45 per person Spit roast dinner & live music till late $45 per person Bookings essential Nov 27, Dec 4, Dec 11 CHRISTMAS PARTY 3 Course meal and live music www.thepeartree.co.nz • Tyres & Mags • Wheel Alignment • Balancing & Batteries Next to Vehicle Testing Station at end of Mill Lane phone Charlie, Scott or Gary on: 09 407 7773 2956031AA A Family Practice with a Gentle Approach 95 Kerikeri Rd (opp Police Station). New patients welcome. Phone for an appointment 09 407 3538 A new way to prevent tooth decay for all the family... Quick. Simple. Effective. Laser Diagnosis Advanced Restorative Techniques Teeth Whitening Hygienist / Gum Care -- Dyrene Wilson WINZ Quotes / ACC FREE dental treatment for adolescents aged 13-18 years Operation Heal needs you OPERATION The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust Operation Heal: Editor Malcolm McMillan urges Northern News readers to get behind Operation Heal and raise money for the National Burn Centre. BURNS leave their victims physically and emotionally scarred -- often for life. Fortunately medical ad- vances have reached the point where steps can be taken to minimise the long- term impact. That s why the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust is so keen to support the National Burn Centre. Any one of us could require the unit s services at some point, trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch says. Some of the cases referred there now are absolutely heartbreaking and it s hum- bling to see how the staff and their patients cope in such extraordinary circumstances. All of them are battlers and some are up against huge odds. We, through this cam- paign, can help by funding some much needed equip- ment to assist surgeons with their reconstructive and plas- tics surgery. I challenge the people of Northland to join us in our efforts. It s very easy to bury your head in the sand and say it doesn t affect me. But the simple truth is one day it could -- no one knows what lies ahead. The Mad Butcher and Sub- urban Newspapers Com- munity Trust was formed in 1998 and has raised more than $1.5 million for various causes. Beneficiaries have included Plunket, the North Shore Hospital Foundation, Cure Kids, Hospice, Diabetes NZ, the Cancer Foundation, the Starship children s hospital, Look Good Feel Better, the Meningitis Trust, Kidz First Children s Hospital, CanTeen and Macular Degeneration. The trust has also helped numerous schools with liter- acy and drug education initiatives. Its work with prostate cancer awareness and Parkinson s New Zealand is well documented as is its involvement with the newly launched League 4 Life Foun- dation. Every cent goes to the causes, deputy chairman and Suburban Newspapers general manager David Penny says. There are no adminis- tration staff and trustees all volunteer. They even have to pay for their own tickets to the functions. The Northern News is one of 16 Suburban Newspapers titles circulating between Papakura and Kaikohe. We are very much a part of the trust and this is a fan- tastic opportunity to lend our support to something of ben- efit to our community, editor Malcolm McMillan says. I hope all of our readers agree and help us make a real difference through this cam- paign. Donations to Operation Heal can be made at the Northern News office, 60 Broadway, Kaikohe, or posted direct to: Operation Heal, Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust, Private Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland 1642. Schools fight standards Schools are fighting plans to introduce national education stan- dards. Thirty Northland pri- mary and intermediate school boards have joined a nationwide coalition of boards taking action against the con- troversial standards aimed at boosting liter- acy and numeracy levels. Kaeo School board of trustee chairwoman Joanne Hona says the boards are taking a stand because they have no confidence in the standards in reading, writing and maths. As representatives of our parent communities, we are joining with our principals and teachers to say that national standards are fundamen- tally flawed, confusing and unworkable. The standards will not produce reliable, fair or useful information or the educational outcomes sought by the govern- ment, she says. Schools will defer set- ting student achieve- ment targets as they are required to do by the end of 2011 until the govern- ment addresses their concerns, which she is confident most parents and whanau share. The schools will base their teaching on the New Zealand Curricu- lum and Te Marautanga. Van gutted after blaze takes hold Spontaneous combustion: The van was engulfed in flames in minutes. Photo: ANDREW DAWSON People could have died or been burned in a fire that destroyed a parked van in Okaihau on Friday, an eye witness says. Kaikohe photograph- er Andrew Dawson was one of the first on the scene when the empty Toyota van outside the Okaihau Dairy burst into flames at about 11.15am. Bystanders shut an open door to starve the fire of oxygen but the van was well ablaze when volunteer fire- fighters from the Okaihau Fire Brigade arrived. Mr Dawson says it is fortunate that the van, which was adapted for disabled people, wasn t in use at the time because the fire spread quickly. Firefighters thought an electrical fault was the likely cause of the fire.
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