Northern News : December 8th 2010
5 NORTHERN NEWS, DECEMBER 8, 2010 NEWS FOR THE FARMYARD AND THE BACKYARD Customer Support Centre 0800 731 266 Offer valid on Friday, December 10, 2010 only, and while stocks last. Offer exclusive to RD1 Waipapa, RD1 Kaikohe and RD1 Kaitaia. Price includes GST and is subject to change. ALL WELCOME, NO JOINING FEE RD1 Kaikohe Station Road Ph 09 405 2305 RD1 Waipapa State Highway 10, RD 2 Ph 09 407 1375 RD1 Kaitaia 23-27 Matthews Ave Ph 09 408 6023 EXCLUSIVE HOT DEAL FRIDAY EVEREADY® DOLPHIN TORCH MK6 • New Xenon bulb which is 30% brighter • Moulded sides to allow contoured grip • Ribbed head for easier opening and closing when replacing battery • This torch is tough, waterproof and foats # 222392 $2066 NORMALLY UP TO $30.66 $1000 Mid North Honda State Highway 10 Waipapa Ph. 09 407 7736 OPEN SATURDAY MORNINGS 124C Trimmer 28.0cc - 0.8kW - 4.4kg *$339 refers to model 124C O er available now until 31 Deccember, 2010, while stocks last. Visit us instore for more Trimmer & Brushcutter savings! Professionally Proven Outdoor Power Equipment Now at Mid North Honda Your local Husqvarna specialist S.H. 10 WAIPAPA www.husqvarna.com Trimmers from only $339 * Students dig in to tidy gardens By RICHARD EDMONDSON Community pride: Paul Wihongi, left, and Kaikohe Christian School students gather around Hone Heke's memorial for a photo after tidying gardens on Kaikohe Hill. ' They've had a taste of horticulture and hospitality. ' Paul Wihongi It s steeped in Ngapuhi history and is one of Kai- kohe s most picturesque places, offering views as far as the Hokianga Har- bour entrance on a clear day. But responsibility for maintaining gardens established on Kaikohe Hill (Tokareireia) 10 years ago rests on the shoulders of a small group of community- minded people. Now Kaikohe Christ- ian School is challenging other schools in the town to help it look after the gardens. About 40 year 9 and 10 students spent two days on the hill last week taking turns to pick up rubbish, weed beds and cook lunch for each other in a camp kitchen. STAR/Gateway co- ordinator Paul Wihongi says the aim of the exer- cise was to teach students work skills and introduce them to poss- ible career options. They ve had a taste of horticulture and hos- pitality. But the school was also keen to instil in the students a sense of pride in their community and Mr Wihongi was im- pressed by how they responded to the chal- lenge. He can see mutual benefits for young people and the community if other schools hold work- ing bees at the hill which boasts a monument to Ngapuhi chief Hone Heke and is visited by tourists. There are enough schools in the town to collectively care for the gardens year-round, he says. Monument Rd resi- dent Heather Ayrton remembers when the hill was covered in ti tree, also known as tea tree, and gorse 10 years ago. Today, native trees and exotic shrubs flourish in a park-like setting, thanks to indi- viduals and groups, including the Correct- ions Department, Ro- tary, Lions and garden- ing clubs, Federated Farmers, Mitre 10 and the Far North District Council. Ms Ayrton was de- lighted with what the students had achieved in a short space of time when she visited the gar- dens last Tuesday. I m really thrilled to see the children have taken this on board and grateful to Paul and the school for bringing them up here. The Kaikohe Christian School thanks Bunnings, Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe and Kaikohe West School for providing tools and equipment for their working bee. Schools can email Paul at email@example.com or call him on 401-1873 if they are interested in supporting his idea to look after the gardens. $2500 boost for group Dairy giant Fonterra donated $2500 towards specialist clothing and equipment for Far North Search and Rescue as a result of an appeal the group made in June. When it comes to the big-ticket items like GPSs, radios and wet weather gear we re really well supported, group president Ian Ruddell says. We struggle, though, when it comes to funding for the smaller, basic stuff and we re really hoping the com- munity will pitch in and give us a hand. By the end of March next year the group hopes to have found five businesses each pre- pared to pledge $2000 in support of operations during 2011. The money will be used for training and for equipping members to undertake a wide range of rescue activity. Contact Peter Heath TextWrite 09-4074695 / 021-456353 peter@text write.co.nz.
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