Northern News : January 26th 2010
6 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2011 NEWS It's a proven fact that when times are tough people and communities benefit from being self-sufficient. Modern living and convenience foods have meant that many people have lost the knowledge our grandparents had, how to preserve home grown fruit and vegetables, keeping a cow, a couple of sheep and coop full of chickens to feed the family, friends and neighbours. However there is a growing awareness and a movement towards re-visiting the skills needed to growing your own food in a healthy and sustainable way. Imagine being able to wander around your own garden to do the fruit and vege shopping. Wouldn't it be nice to know that you can provide your family with a health-enhancing selection of your own, wholesome, locally-grown food? NorthTec runs a range of courses that can give you and your community the skills to do all of those things and much more. You can enrol for NorthTec programs in horticulture and sustainable rural development in communities throughout Northland. Programmes are designed to be parent friendly, and are usually structured around the school term. They generally run over 19 weeks, including tutorials. Classes are largely practical in nature with some self-directed work. Students on the courses achieve NZQA's National Certificates in Horticulture (Level 2, 3 and Level 4) or NorthTec's Certificates in Sustainable Rural Development (Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4). NorthTec's horticulture programmes are already making a big impact in communities around the north, with graduates going on to set up their own businesses and marae-based community groups to provide employment for themselves and their wh nau. Horticulture isn't just about feeding people though, it's an opportunity to develop professional skills and employment opportunities. The time for talking about enrolling on a horticulture program is running out as courses in the Far North are filling fast with many prospective students having to be put on waiting lists. However there are still a few spaces available on the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 and 3 at the Kaitaia Learning centre, and Sustainable Rural Development Level 3 at Ngataki and Whangape. For more information call Kay on 0800 80 4678 or check out the website www.northtec.ac.nz/hort Sustainable horticulture training ADVERTORIAL Location Programme Kaitaia Learning Centre National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 2) National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) Ahipara Sustainable Rural Development (Level 3) Ngataki Sustainable Rural Development (Level 3) Mangonui Sustainable Rural Development (Level 2) National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Whangape Sustainable Rural Development (Level 3) Motuti Sustainable Rural Development (Level 3) Busy summer for northern Coastguard THINGS TO REMEMBER Before you go to sea: Log a trip report with Coastguard Ensure every person on the boat has and wears a correctly-fitted lifejacket Take a VHF, handheld radio and a cellphone in a waterproof zip-lock bag Equip the boat with appropriate safety gear, including flares, a first-aid kit, emergency position indicating radio beacon and navigation charts Check the weather and service your boat and its engine. By RICHARD EDMONDSON Mechanical failure has caused more than half the boating emerg- encies Coastguard has attended in the Bay of Islands this summer. Fifteen of the 28 incidents Coastguard Northern Region s operations room had responded to in the Bay from December 1 to January 17 were caused by mechanical problems. Other incidents Coastguard attended included: Boats returning to land after their sched- uled arrival time Flares being set off People on boats dev- eloping health prob- lems Boats that broke their moorings or ran aground An electrical fault and fire on a boat. Coastguard spokes- woman Katherine An- drews says the num- ber of callouts is higher than the 19 that Coastguard at- tended in the same period last year. Luckily, none of the incidents so far this year have been es- pecially difficult or dangerous. The most challeng- ing emergency was the successful rescue of a 22-year-old woman who got stuck halfway up a cliff she climbed near Russell to escape the incoming tide, she says. That incident on January 15 involved Coastguard and Search and Rescue volunteers, as well as police and fire- fighters. The missing person callout at Tapeka Point was a good one that used a few of the local re- sources. Ms Andrews says people can support Coastguard by donat- ing money to ensure that its volunteers have the equipment and training they need to do their jobs. Our volunteers don t ask a cent for what they do and give their time, skill and commitment so the organisation can achieve its goal of saving lives at sea. Go to www.coast guard.co.nz and click Help Us to make a donation or to become a sponsor, member or volunteer. Northland lures Aussies to visit A group of 35 Northland tourism businesses, Northland s four coun- cils, its regional tourism organisation Destination Northland and Tourism New Zealand have joined forces and resources to make a major marketing push into Australia. The Northland cam- paign began on Saturday in the prime markets of New South Wales and Victoria with a North- land television commer- cial airing some 170-plus times over a two-week period and targeted at getting Aussies to visit Northland during the shoulder months of March to May. Partnering with Aust- ralian travel wholesaler Kirra Holidays and the Jetset Travelworld retail chain, Kirra tours have put together a series of 18 special Northland travel packages that will be sold through the Aust- ralian Jetset Travel- world retail chain of some 800 agencies. The lead-in package advertised on TV retails for AU$599 and in- cludes five nights in Northland and return flights from Australia to Auckland. Destination Northland is pushing Northland as a short break destination for Australians. Children's tales sure to delight Win these books: Northern News is giving away copies of the latest children's books from Gecko Press. GIVEAWAY Northern News has one copy of each book to give away. To go into a draw to win one, email your name, address and phone number to Richard.Edmondson@snl.co.nz putting the title of the book you would like to win in the subject line. Entries must be received by February 4. The winners will be announced in Northern News on February 9. Entries can also be posted to Book Draw, Northern News, PO Box 1, Kaikohe. Remember to put the name of the book you want to win on the front of the envelope and your name, address and phone number on the back. Zou is preparing to leave for a school camp. He doesn t want to seem like a baby, but he knows he will miss his parents daily kisses. Zou needn t worry because mum and dad have a solution. They make dozens of paper kisses and put theminaboxforZouto use when he feels lonely. The box of kisses proves to be surprisingly useful on the train and Zou forgets his fear and sadness when he helps other little zebras. Zou and the Box of Kisses, by French author and illustrator Michel Gay, is a warm story about the anxiety chil- dren experience when they are separated from their parents. This book makes you remember exactly what it was like to be on your own for the first time, says Gecko Press direc- tor Julia Marshall. The colour picture book is a follow-up to Zou and suitable for children aged four years and older. Helene loves her fam- ily, but she doesn t love the fact that her father is always so terribly loud. He never speaks nor- mally. He always shouts. One day, Helene has had enough, so she packs her belongings and trum- pet and goes out into the world. Bravo, by Moni Port (author) and Philip Waechter (illustrator) of Germany is about toler- ance, respect and the importance of listening to your child. The book is also published by Gecko Press and suitable for children aged four years and older. Paperback copies of both books sell for $19.95 each.
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