Northern News : February 2nd 2011
2 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 NEWS Editor Malcolm McMillan Ph 09 405 2743 email: northern editor@snl co nz Northern Regional Manager Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2744 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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A 20-year-old woman died after she was shot at a rural property near Okaihau, about 90km northwest of Whangarei last week. The teen has appeared in the Kaikohe District Youth Court on a charge of careless use of a fire- arm causing death and will reappear on Febru- ary 15. Judge Sarah Lindsay remanded him without plea to his parents home. Other bail conditions requested by Crown sol- icitor Mike Smith and imposed by Judge Lindsay were that he observe a 24-hour curfew at his parents house unless accompanied by them; there be no contact with police witnesses; he drinks no alcohol or takes non-prescribed drugs and that no firearms of any kind, including air rifles, be allowed at the house. The youth has automatic name suppression. Judge Lindsay also ordered temporary name suppression for the vic- tim. Police area com- mander inspector Chris Scahill says the incident is yet again a timely reminder of the need to be extremely careful in the carriage and use of firearms. It is a shock- ing tragedy for every- body connected with this incident. Crown and Ngapuhi to sum up Hearings: Erima Henare and paramount chief Tumu Te Heuheu at week four of the stage one hearings. The Waitangi Tribunal will hold the final few days of stage one hearings at Otiria Marae in Moerewa from February 22 to 24. The tribunal, headed by Judge Craig Coxhead, will receive closing submissions from the Ngapuhi claimants and the Crown. Te Kotahitanga o nga hapu Ngapuhi spokesman Pita Tipene says four weeks of hearings were held last year and now both sides have a chance to sum up their submissions with regard to the question of sovereignty. Ngapuhi hapu argue sover- eignty remains with Maori after they established a nation in 1835 through He Whakaputanga, the Declar- ation of Independence. No chief gave his free and intelligent consent to ceding sovereignty to the British and that still stands today, Mr Tipene says. Few people understand what He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi are all about let alone what the Wai- tangi Tribunal does as an independent body and the part they play in hearing the injustices of the past. There are two words that invite a reaction in this country, Wai- tangi and tribunal . Start that conversation and you ll be guaranteed a response, he says. The historical basis of New Zealand was being put under scrutiny hard on the heels of Waitangi Day and the spot- light would be focused once again on constitutional foundations in what is a watershed period in New Zealand s history, says Mr Tipene. The government has announced it will be consider- ing New Zealand s consti- tutional basis and would be seeking the views of all New Zealanders in ways that reflect the treaty relationship. This would include Maori rep- resentation, the Maori elec- toral option, Maori seats in Parliament and local govern- ment and the role of the Treaty of Waitangi within con- stitutional arrangements. Te Kotahitanga o nga Hapu Ngapuhi met on Wednesday to discuss stage two hearings regarding land claims. Mayor replies to rumours Mayor Wayne Brown stands by his comments to the Northern News last week that he is not looking for alternative council accommo- dation in Kerikeri. Mr Brown rejects councillor Sally Macauley s claims that he has been seen looking at vacant offices in the town. You can ask any land agent. He also says councillor has not tried to discuss rumoured staff relocation plans with him. How hard am I to con- tact? People should also not assume the council is moving its Kaikohe headquarters just because I have said it won t renew the lease on the Far North Holdings-owned build- ing, Mr Brown says. Spending a penny could cost Spending a penny at the Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa may soon cost a dollar. The Far North District Council is considering adopt- ing a gold coin donation entrance fee at the toilets to offset maintenance costs. Councillor Tom Baker said at last week s council meeting that a counter installed at the toilets had recorded 19,000 visits in seven days. Mayor Wayne Brown said tour operators who bring tourists to the toilets should contribute to their upkeep. A liquor ban in Kaitaia is not being enforced by police, a Kai- taia businessman says. Councillor Monty Knight told councillors last week that the carpark on the corner of Redan Rd and Commerce St looked as if a cyclone had hit it on Christmas morning. The ground was littered with broken glass bottles and cartons, together with broken signs. Obviously, a serious party had taken place. A carpark near The Ware- house was in a similar state. Millions of dollars the gov- ernment is spending on high- way improvements near Keri- keri should have been used to replace one-lane bridges in the Far North, mayor Wayne Brown says. The New Zealand Transport agency is spending $7.5 million realigning State Highway 10 at Bulls Gorge. Mr Brown told councillors last week the money would have been better spent build- ing two-lane bridges at Kaeo, Taipa and Rangiahua to reduce vehicle collisions. A council submission to the transport ministry s road safety strategy asks the agency to prioritise the replacement of the bridges for safety and econ- omic reasons. A popular coastal walkway between Opua and Te Haumi is in a dangerous state and needs urgent maintenance, councillor Tom Baker says. Mr Baker told councillors last week that the track was in good condition when the coun- cil took over responsibility for it from the Conservation De- partment, but floods and slips had now narrowed it in places. Mayor Wayne Brown asked staff to investigate low-cost repair solutions. Deputy mayor Ann Court said the council had cut budgets in its annual plans and wasn t maintaining its assets.
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