Northern News : February 9th 2011
2 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 9, 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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This will move the Paihia Taxis taxi rank 400m north, south or west. I can imagine the reaction of tourists and locals to walking 400m for a cab, especially in the rain. The council seems to have some serious problems here because local authority legislation (bylaw) is inferior to central government legislation (statute). Taxis and shuttles hold transport service licences issued by LTNZ under a statute. Why then would they need another licence from an inferior authority when they are already licensed by a superior one? There is a whole lot more to this which will create problems for the council if it persists in trying to enforce this bylaw which clearly is ultra vires. Well worth a read is the Bylaws Act 1910 Section 12 Order by High Court to quash or amend invalid bylaws. A member of the council s legal services department was amazed when informed of this local licensing legislation lunacy and also failed to see how the council could enforce it. Geoff Waterhouse Paihia Taxis CHAMBER CHAT WITH RICHARD EDMONDSON Quotable quotes from Far North District Council meetings Can you use golf carts on it?'' Eighteen-hole high- way: Monty Knight finds new recreational and transport uses for a cycleway being built between Okaihau and Kawakawa. He emailed me and said I was a fat, use- less part of a woman.'' Brown s anatomy: Mayor Wayne Brown shares some fan mail with councillors. I hope you asked him to clarify what fat, useless part of a woman he was referring to.'' Anatomically cor- rect: Deputy mayor Ann Court tries to find anatomical correct- ness in a politically incorrect insult. We had an excel- lent discussion about silent netball during our morning tea.'' Hub hubbub: A Kerikeri resident s complaints about noise at a multi-code sports hub on the Heritage Bypass prompts this comment from Mr Brown. Every road in the Cook Islands is sealed, but we can't get Spains Rd sealed.'' Paradox in para- dise: Ms Court dis- covers that if you dig a hole in the New Zea- land aid-dependent Cook Islands you come up in Spains Rd. I don't think the airport in Moscow is funded by Russian Lotto.'' Russian roulette: Mr Brown has a flut- ter when the govern- ment tells the council to seek Lottery funds to meet the costs of maintenance at Bay of Islands Airport near Kerikeri. All those people who were bus mon- itors at school would love to be freedom camping monitors now they are grown-up.'' Browncoats: Mr Brown reinvents the Butlins holiday camp redcoat and finds employment for the district s busybodies. Future of airport safe Ownership change: Kaitaia Airport. Photo: THE PARAKAI AIRFIELD WEBSITE By RICHARD EDMONDSON Fears about the future of Kaitaia Airport are unfounded says an iwi that is likely to own the airport by the end of the year. Ngai Takoto and Ngati Kahu have negotiated the right to buy the 83.6 hectare Crown-owned site at market value under an agreement in principle Muriwhenua tribes signed with the Crown last year. The prospect of a change in ownership has led to speculation about the airport s future and Far North Holdings putting long-term main- tenance of airport facili- ties on hold. But Ngai Takoto treaty claims negotiator Rangitane Marsden says the iwi are committed to retaining the airport for aviation purposes. It s part of the infra- structure and we re cer- tainly not going to dis- rupt that. They are also keen to see Far North Holdings continue operating the airport after its lease expires in 2016. We re not opposed to giving them a longer lease, but our priority at this stage is to secure the land back to iwi. They may, however, want a greater say in how the airport can be managed to increase air traffic into Kaitaia and boost tourism. There are two issues here. One is about the land ownership. The other is about ensuring our identity isn t lost in the identity of the Far North District Council. They may also increase the $1 annual rent Far North Holdings pays to lease 81 hectares. You ve got the airport only paying $1 a year and Te Rangi Aniwaniwa School, which is on the same land, paying $12,800. Contrary to rumours, the iwi are willing to dis- cuss the future of the air- port before they finalise their settlement in the middle of the year. We re quite happy to start talking so we ve got some idea of what people are wanting out of a relationship around the airport. Far North Holdings chief executive Malcolm Nicolson says the com- pany has been trying to resolve the ownership issue for the last two years. Mr Nicolson says the airport is well- maintained for current aircraft operations, but the company could run it more cost-effectively if it was able to take a longer-term view of maintenance. We ve planned it out to the end of the lease, which is another five years away, but the reality is airport plan- ning should take place on a 20-25-year timeframe, not a five- year time frame.
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