Northern News : January 19th 2011
2 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 19, 2011 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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. 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Jonathan Paul Martin was sentenced at Kai- kohe District Court on Monday when he appeared before Judge Duncan Harvey on a charge of dangerous driving causing death. Martin had pleaded guilty to the charge. The accident occurred on January 7, 2009, on a bend at the top of a hill leading to Matauri Bay, where both driver and passenger had been holidaying separately. Judge Harvey said there were three highly culpable features to the offending -- alcohol, excessive speed and leav- ing the scene of an acci- dent. The judge said he had been preparing to sen- tence Martin to two years and nine months jail, but he was moved by the Oliver family s impact statements which he described as remark- able. The family said that after two years of reflec- tion since the accident, they saw no useful pur- pose in Martin being sent to jail with the attendant costs to taxpayers. Judge Harvey said while there was specific provision in the Sentencing Act for financial reparation to victim s families to be a proper part of sentencing, care needed to be taken that that was not perceived as rich people being able to buy their way out of trouble. That is not the case here, the judge told Martin. Judge Harvey said he had to impose a sentence which, while recognising the victim s family s wishes, also met require- ments of the law and sent a strong deterrent message to others. Scrub fire biggest for firefighters By RICHARD EDMONDSON A fire that destroyed 25 hectares of scrub at Motuti in the north Hokianga this month is the biggest firefighters have battled in the Far North this summer. It took fire crews using a helicopter, bulldozer and five fire appliances nine days to douse a fire at Matawera Rd on New Year s Eve. The fire, which started among log debris at a pine plantation har- vested five years ago, is being treated as sus- picious. Principal rural fire officer Lance Johnston says the Motuti blaze is the biggest fire in the district since the start of December. There have been about 50 calls in the dis- trict with only a small number requiring any action. The number of fires is low compared with last summer when record dry conditions kept brigades busy battling large scrub fires across the Far North. People generally have been good. However, the wetter conditions this year have assisted us. But Mr Johnston warns against com- placency. Most blazes that bri- gades have attended have been caused by small rubbish fires get- ting out out of control. He reminds people that a restricted fire season has been in force since December 10, which means permits are needed for open fires. United for big lunch Merriment: Mother Christmas Alex Baker hands a present to Kaikohe pensioner Tom Grigg. Companionship, laugh- ter and the spirit of Christmas were much in evidence when 60 senior citizens sat down to a celebration lunch at the Baptist church hall organised by the Combined Churches of Kaikohe and districts. Under the guidance of organisers Lorraine Cochran and Janet Repia, the generosity of Kaikohe businesses and individuals came to the fore while volunteers made sure the event was well supported. Everyone enjoyed a good meal and received a present and raffle prize. The organisers thank everyone who donated to the event.
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