Northern News : December 1st 2010
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Covering Towai to Kaitaia, coast to coast and everywhere in between. To arrange a no obligation free quote call Robyn in your local area office on 0800 452 967 or 09 404 1515. Give us a call if you would like to know more about investing in a Green Acres business. LAND PLANNING AND SURVEYING 90 Kerikeri Road PO Box 211, Kerikeri 0245 F 09 407 7366 firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 407 9182 2598141AA OHAEAWAI BUTCHERY FREE DELIVERY to Kaikohe Tuesday and Fridays OHAEAWAI BUTCHERY Home of the Quality Meats Phone Basil or Christine on Ph (09) 405 9838 Fax 405 9853 2010 SPEND $50.00 CASH AND GO INTO THE DRAW FOR A $40.00 MEAT PACK! ORDER YOUR XMAS HAMS NOW 2999207AE Renal unit opens A $1.6 million renal unit opened at Kaitaia Hospital last week will ease the burden of living with kid- ney failure for some renal patients in the Far North. The eight-station satellite unit of a renal care facility at Whangarei Hospital is capable of dialysing 12 patients, three days a week. It will save patients with uncomplicated dialysis needs long journeys to Bay of Islands or Whangarei Hospitals for treat- ment. Northland District Health Board deputy chairwoman Sally Macauley says the unit exemplifies the board s commit- ment to provide better, sooner and more convenient health care to the region. She congratulates staff and the community for making the long- wished-for unit a reality. Kaitaia Hospital operations manager Neta Smith says not all renal patients will be able to receive dialysis at the unit. A satellite unit is not a special- ist centre and patients who dia- lyse at Kaitaia need to be able to undertake treatment tasks inde- pendently or with minimal staff supervision. When a patient is particularly unwell of the complexity of their disease requires input from other specialists, they will need to travel to Whangarei Hospital for treatment. Whangarei Hospital renal ser- vice manager Cheryle Kiwi says the board has already received requests from people outside Northland, including overseas, wanting treatment at the unit. Dialysis patients who live in the Far North will be given priority access to the unit. Demand for renal replacement therapy in Northland is greater than the expected national growth rate of 9 percent. About 164 patients in North- land use some form of dialysis to filter waste from their blood -- a function performed by kidneys if they are healthy. Driving demand in Northland is the high rate of Type II diabetes and the higher percentage of Maori and Pacific people (29 percent) who are 2.5 times more likely to develop renal failure than Europeans. Farmers fear dry summer A dry spring has farmers fearing another summer of drought. Most of Northland had less than 50 percent of normal October rainfall. About 35mm of rain fell in November com- pared with the normal monthly average of 100mm. Soil moisture deficits in many parts of the region are already 50mm greater than is normal for this time of year. Pasture growth has fallen to 20 to 45kg/ha/ day, forcing most dairy farmers to feed supple- ments. The Rural Support Trust is urging farmers to prepare for a dry sum- mer now rather than adopt a wait-and-see attitude. It will recon- vene a drought com- mittee at a meeting at the Northland Dairy Development Trust in Hikurangi today. DairyNZ Northland regional manager Tafi Manjala says a shift from El Nino to the less predictable La Nina should result in an aver- age to above average chance of rain before the end of the year. Main rain events this summer are likely to come from the north bringing one to two days of heavy rain a few times a month. A front that passed over Northland on November 20 to 21 delivered up to 25mm of rain in some areas. But a rainfall event like that is needed every week during summer to recharge soil moisture for optimum growing conditions. Mr Manjala advises the region s 1100 dairy farmers to budget for supplement feeds but only use in genuine feed deficits, apply nitrogen fertiliser when moisture allows, graze down to 1500kg/ha DM residuals on rye grass and extend the grazing rotation to more than 25 days on rye grass. You can manage with some optimism that rain is not too far away and taking control of things on your farm now will cost you a lot less than trying to catch up. Ferry adrift minus captain The Hokianga Ferry was adrift on the har- bour for a short time without its captain last week. The ferry drifted near Rawene with cars and passengers on board for about five minutes just after 3pm on Tuesday while the captain was ashore. Far North District Council spokeswoman Alison Lees says the ferry s propellers usually hold the vessel in place while it is loading and unloading passengers and vehicles. However, the ferry drifted 50 metres from the Rawene wharf. A deckhand trained to handle the ferry immediately took con- trol of the vessel and returned it to the wharf, she says. Nobody was injured and there was no dis- ruption to service. The council and ferry operator Transfield are investigating the inci- dent which occurred during calm sea con- ditions. Condolence book for mine families A condolence book has been opened in Kawakawa for families of the 29 men who died in the Pike River coal mine blast. The Kawakawa Baptist Church held an inter-denomination ser- vice in the town on Friday night to allow people to reflect on the dis- aster and offer prayers. Items brought to the church for the service included symbols of Kawakawa s coal mining past. A condolence book at the service has been moved to the Far North District Council s service centre in Gillies St. The church invites people to write messages of support in the book. It will send the book to the Grey District Council in about a week to forward to Pike River Coal and the families of those who died in the blast. Condolence books have been opened around the country and overseas since the disaster last month. Barker takes out top UK trophy Congratulations: Steven Barker, centre, being congratulated for his win. Talented young New Zealand rally driver Stephen Barker of Kerikeri has beaten stiff competition to win this year s Fiesta Sport- Trophy International Shootout held at M-Sport in the north of the United Kingdom last month. The 22-year-old wins a 12-month work experience contract with M-Sport to work with the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team. Barker also has the chance to work in a number of different areas of the company, travelling to the European WRC events and driving.
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