Northern News : January 5th 2011
6 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 5, 2011 NEWS take time out at the Gemtime SALE Fromkeepingyourgardeninshapetoa complete make-over, our award winning team can make your garden even greener. Design, planning, delivery, planting, pools, green roofs and living walls, home gardens orcommercialspaces,weofferacomplete gardenservice-sonomatterhowbigor small the job, think greener, think Palmco. Call for a free consultation "etoday. Phone 09 407 9293 or visit www.palmco.co.nz Landscape Office, Shop & Display Garden open 10am - 4pm daily at 32 Wiroa Rd, Kerikeri Greener gardens by design Safe boating for women An award-winning Coastguard Northern Region course is giving women the confidence to get themselves and loved ones to safety if they ever find themselves at the helm in an emergency on the water this summer. The Suddenly In Charge tutorial is designed to engage women in boat safety and provide the skills and knowledge to help them deal with emergencies on- board a vessel at sea. Each course involves an emerg- ency and safety equipment overview, a theory section to cover rules, regulations and markers and a practical component that includes a rope throw, tying up to a wharf/jetty and fender replace- ment/usage. Coastguard Northern Region chief executive Dean Lawrence says the evenings have been developed by women for women to ensure they address the key areas and questions most asked by women who may not know their way about boats very well. Each course is delivered by experienced and knowledgeable tutors and offers a safe environ- ment where we can introduce the basic skills and knowledge needed to take charge of a vessel in the unlikely event something does occur. We want women to build confi- dence and be proactive while they're out on the water. Learning more about basic boat safety can make boating more enjoyable for everyone which is really what get- ting out on the water is all about.'' More than 200 women have benefited from the six courses which have been held since they started in June this year. Natasha Reid from Whangaparoa attended a course after finding herself spending more time on her partner's yacht. I was only too aware of my shortcomings and the potential risks I could face if I did indeed find myself suddenly in charge,'' she says. Each class is limited to 30 participants. The next Suddenly In Charge course is scheduled for Thursday, February 3, at the Auckland Marine Rescue Centre in Mechanics Bay. Call 0508 RESCUE (737-283), email education@coast guard.org.nz or register online at www.coast guard.org.nz to book your place. Life with a community focus OBITUARY Well-known Hokianga identity Mereana (Tot) Ambler has died in Rawene Hospital. The wife of Waimamaku farmer and kaumatua Rev Daniel Ambler, Mrs Ambler was of Ngati Rangi and Ngati Moerewa hapu, Tautoro with links to Nga Puhi and Te Roroa. She was born at Otiria in 1933 and was one of five children of Maori All Black Rev Paki Matene and his wife Lucy. Educated at Kaikohe Native School and Queen Victoria School for Girls, Mrs Ambler qualified as a school dental nurse, practising in the Kaikohe district. In 1957 at St Barnabas Church, Waiote- marama, Waimamaku, she mar- ried Rev Daniel Ambler of Te Roroa Waimamaku and Ngai Tu Otaua. In time they were to have three children -- Mark (married to Desi), Lee (married to Steve) and Lawrence. Mrs Ambler joined the Social Welfare Department Kaikohe where she rose to be CEO of the department's welfare committee. She confronted serious socio- economic problems arising from urban drift. It was at that period of her life that she developed her life-long reputation of being both firm and fair. The community focus of much of her life was exemplified not only by her social welfare work but by the frequent assistance she gave her husband to free him as a nego- tiator of Te Roroa's long-standing treaty claim, by her role as a marae committee member in the renovation of Whakamaharatanga marae, Waimamaku, and by the endowment, with her husband, of the Lawrence Ambler Memorial Reserve, Waiwhatawhata, Waimamaku. The reserve, which is open to the public, commemorates the tragic and early loss of her son Lawrence. Mrs Ambler's funeral was attended by a large group of mourners and was held at Whaka- maharatanga marae and St Barnabas Church where she mar- ried some 50 years earlier. She is interred with her son Lawrence at Te Taraire cemetery. School prize winners Manganuiowae-Bro- adwood Area School Prizegiving 2010 The annual prize- giving was held on December 8 in the school gymnasium. Friends and whanau were present to proudly witness happy students receiving their prizes. The junior school presented a bracket of action songs and an operetta about Ueon- eone, the famous hand- some Te Rarawa war- rior. The operetta ended with a special waiata about this famous Maori legend. Principal Pani Hau- raki reflected on the year past and ack- nowledged the loss of friends and whanau, particularly two par- ents Rapine Murray and Phillip Waipouri who died suddenly dur- ing the year. She thanked the board of trustees for their con- tinuous support and dedication, the tea- chers and staff for their enthusiasm, persist- ence, motivation and skill, the students for their hard work and the superb parents, friends and whanau who continued to sup- port the school in a myriad of ways. She wished everyone a very joyous Christ- mas and happy New Year. The event ended with a haka by the school leavers followed by karakia. School starts on January 27 for tea- chers and February 1 for students.
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