Northern News : December 8th 2010
2 NORTHERN NEWS, DECEMBER 8, 2010 NEWS Editor Malcolm McMillan Ph 09 405 2743 email: northern editor@snl co nz Northern Regional Manager Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2774 Kaikohe Ph 09 407 0361 Kerikeri email: email@example.com Advertising Alan Puru Ph 09 405 2749 email: alan puru@snl co nz Classifieds Free ph 0800 022 812 Free fax 0800 022 815 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 405 2040 email: northern accounts@snl co nz 12,202 Audited Circulation (ABC December 09) Up to 12,300 Copies Delivered (each Wednesday) to Kaikohe, Okaihau, Ohaeawai, Moerewa, South and North Hokianga and Kaitaia. Rural areas include: Awanui RD 1. Kaikohe RD 1, 2, 3. Kaitaia RD 1, 2, 3(part), 4. Kawakawa RD 1, 2, 3. Kohukohu RD 1. Broadwood RD 2. Kohukohu RD 2. Okaihau RD 1, 2. Russell RD. Kaikohe Office: 60 Broadway, Kaikohe. P.O. Box 1, Kaikohe. Ph 09 405 2040 Fax 09 401 2129 Kerikeri Office: 93 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri. P.O. Box 392, Kerikeri. Ph 09 407 0050 Fax 09 407 0369 www.northernnews.co.nz 2878768AB Mrs Oldfield turns 104 Big birthday: Edith Oldfield celebrates her 104th birthday with daughter Rosemary Puddle. It s quite unusual isn t it? said Edith Oldfield about turning 104 years old on Saturday. Mrs Oldfield, a resi- dent at Radius Baycare in Haruru Falls, cele- brated the milestone with her daughter Rose- mary Puddle, friends and staff. She received a card from the Queen and one from Prime Minister John Key. Mrs Oldfield grew up in Great Barrier before moving to Auckland. She lived a very full life, Mrs Puddle says. She opened two clubs in Auckland for lonely people from their 30s to their 70s. She was always putting on dances and functions. Mrs Oldfield and her husband bought the farm at Ngawha where the prison is now. At age 84, Mrs Old- field, a keen gardener, moved on to a 10-acre block in Whangarei. Then at 98, she moved to the resthome at Haruru Falls. Her 80-year-old son Roland lives in Auck- land, while Rosemary lives in Paihia. She has four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grand- children. IN BRIEF Water tests Summer water quality tests to show how safe Northland's most popular beaches, rivers and lakes are for swimming are under way again. The Northland Regional Council says this year's programme began on November 29 and runs through to March. The programme monitors bacteria levels in the water at beaches, lakes and rivers that are most frequently used for swimming, water sports and other forms of recreation where people are coming into contact with the water. Hundreds of samples will be taken this year. Results will be posted every Friday on the council's website at: www.nrc.govt.nz/ swimming Xmas parade The Okaihau Community Association is holding its Christmas parade this Saturday, December 11, starting at 10am. There will be floats, Santa on a fire engine, fire engine rides, hip hop dancers, candy floss, stalls, games for everyone. A hangi will be presold and the Lions club will have a sausage sizzle. All welcome. Drying up: The Waiotemarama Stream is under stress. LETTERS No water The Waiotemarama Stream is gurgling, a sign that there s not enough water to supply water to the twin communities of Opononi and Omapere. It is also a sign that the pumps are stressed and sucking in air which will see yet more pumps self- destructing and having to be replaced. We are already two months into a drought in Waiotemarama. Rainfall in October was 59.6mm (186.9mm in 2009), and 42.4 mm in November (44.5mm). So far December 0mm (94.5mm). Any day now, the Far North District Council will gets its marching orders as the stream falls below the 10 litres per second it is supposed to let through for users and stream health. Hopefully some have put in water tanks and are able to wear another drought, as well as making huge savings by not having to pay the council for water. A number of residents are already saving heaps. I have heard from several who have rainwater storage tanks and are paying less then $10 every six months for water. One who has council water connected to kitchen and bathroom sinks only is paying just over $3. The council thought it was a faulty meter so they replaced it with a new one, the next reading came back even lower. In the past, the council has been known to block the stream to get more water for Opononi and Omapere. Waiotemarama residents have in the past turned a blind eye to this practice, but no more. Its residents and the stream have suffered too much by this practice. Time to sort the problem, water tanks for Opononi and Omapere is one of the most obvious solutions. Louis Toorenburg Waiotemarama catchment Letters to Santa Children only have a little time left to post wish lists to Santa. Letters can be posted in a street mailing box or special mailboxes in PostShop outlets or online at www.nzpost.co.nz/ christmas, but they needtodosoby December 15, so Santa can reply to each one before Christmas Day. Santa s address is: Mr Santa Claus Santa s Workshop North Pole 0001 Make sure there s a return address on the letter, including the correct postcode. Ph: 407 1614 592 Kerikeri Road (at the roundabout) This weeks specials are: Specials valid Wed 8th December Tue 14th December kg $199 While stocks last chip $199 Strawberries While stocks last Home Grown Courgettes While stocks last Home Grown Tomatoes kg $199 Apricots While stocks last kg $399 $12.49 Kiwi Cooked on the Bone Xmas Ham 100% NZ kg While stocks last $12.99 Kiwi Royal Carve Half Ham 100% NZ kg While stocks last 3288034AB Based in Kerikeri Call now for FREE initial consultation 09 407 6601 • 022 6704 783 www.maggiebrown.co.nz WHEN EXPERIENCE COUNTS MAGGIE BROWN Counsellor & Therapist Redwoods Dental Centre, 1536 State Highway 10, Kerikeri (1 km north of the Kerikeri Crossroads Roundabout) Ph 09 407 4240 Michael (left), Denise (centre) & Matthew (right) Your experienced team Denise Mariu Dental Hygienist Michael Bain Dentist Matthew Bristow Dentist 2629318AA Beat drink-driving As the Christmas and New Year season approaches, police are urging motorists to plan alternative ways of get- ting home if they are going to drink alcohol. With the build-up to Christmas many people are attending functions and police say they need to think about how they will get home if they have been drinking alcohol. Northland road poli- cing manager inspector Clifford Paxton says people need to plan ahead before going out. Alternatives to drink driving include arrang- ing a taxi before you go, having a designated driver and ensuring that he/she is responsible and will not drink, dial-a- driver and walking home if you are safe and off the road, and wearing reflec- tive clothing. Mr Paxton says using these alternatives can put a stop to the carnage on Northland s roads and prevent people getting killed on the road this summer. He says families and friends can also play a role in preventing drink driving through ensuring there are alternative transport arrangements or that overnight accom- modation is available for those who have been drinking. Recidivist drink driv- ing is a major problem in Northland and police are involved in a programme to help recidivist drink drivers from getting into their cars after consum- ing alcohol. Through the Whanau/ Hapu Drink Driving pro- gramme, recidivist drink drivers are invited to a hui to discuss ways of preventing them getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Wha- nau or support people can also attend.
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