Northern News : January 26th 2010
5 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2011 NEWS Paid Opinion Piece 8 Roads About 4 years ago we organised a 15 tonne digger to come and clean out 2 streams running across our land. Well, to be honest, when the digger frst arrived, these streams were more like frustrated bodies of water: jam- packed with weed, moving at a snails pace, and fooding whenever a down-pour occurred. 5 days later, we had fowing streams, defned areas and access. It was quite a change! In as much as getng a digger to clean out a stream full of weeds enables a greater fow of water, improving our roads unclogs the arteries of travel, enhances the fow of traﬃc and freight, improves safety and reduces driver frustraton. One simple soluton to improving our roads is to increase the number of passing lanes. If my memory serves me right, if you were to count the number of passing lanes when travelling south from Cape Reinga to Kerikeri you will fnd that answer is . . . one. That is over two hours worth of driving with only one designated passing area. How ofen have you sat behind a slow vehicle, moved a litle to the right in order to take a peek around it, only to see a large truck steaming your way? Passing lanes allow for safe overtaking, something I am sure we would all appreciate and something we defnitely need more of. Safer roads, safer communites. Put simply, roads are about people and vehicles, and to this end, improved roads also play an important role in the development of growth, creatng jobs, and lifing incomes the quality of our roads and the success of our economy are intertwined. Our two key economic drivers, agriculture and tourism, are reliant on quality roads for their success. If we are serious about developing these sectors and intent on being future focused, it is important that we invest in the infrastructure of these sectors. The days of playing catch-up are over. New Zealand will move north and we need to be preparing for that accordingly. I have no doubt that our terrain and the limited dollar play their part in determining the quality and quantty of our roads. Roading is a costly venture and there is no argument there. However, if we are seriously thinking about our future, this cost is actually an investment. Next tme: Tourism and the potental Mark B. Tan Aspiring National Party Candidate for Northland Toast to SAFE fundraiser Peaceful: Tralina Putih, a garden in Kerikeri's Puketotara Rd. Rain and smiles: Gillian Burrough in her garden at Tralina Putih. Rustic: Wine tasting at the Fat Pig vineyard. Conversion: Monto Gardens on Puketotara Rd boasts tons of interesting boulders and tropical plants among traditional roses and chrysanths. Aromatic: Vegetarian sausage sizzle at Fat Pig vineyard. Visiting two gardens and a winery as a fundraiser for SAFE -- Save Animals From Exploi- tation -- looked to be in peril with a weather bomb looming at the weekend. But Saturday just put on some easily coped- with showers. All the properties are in Puketotara Rd. Monto Gardens is being transformed from the traditional by the owners who have redesigned beds and pathways, imported tons of interesting boulders and planted a plethora of cacti, succulents, palms, vireyas and a vineyard. With peaceful Asian themes, Tralina Putih garden is full of tropi- cana with pathways opening off the lawns, leading to a lily encrusted pond. The fundraising tour ended at Fat Pig winery with wine tasting in its rustic cellar cum tasting room and a vegetarian sausage sizzle. Wine and food the order of day The Ocean and Orchard Festival is on Saturday, February 26, at the Kerikeri Domain in the Bay of Islands. The event will show- case an array of delicious local produce, gourmet cuisine from the region's top chefs, award-winning wineries and seafood from the Bay of Islands. Great entertainment, good food and excellent company will make for an enjoyable day for everyone. See www.ocean andorchard.co.nz for more information.
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