Northern News : February 9th 2011
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This has knocked a bit of the steam out of us, but we will be back on track as soon as possible, says railway spokesman Frank Leadley. The Railway Trust has just started a new group of Com- munity Max workers, but will be disadvantaged because their highly experienced and operations manager Mike Bradshaw is about to head overseas on a much- needed and delayed holiday. We need all the help we can get, Mr Leadley says. We need boulders and large stones and a lot of ballast material to replace what has been lost, and extra pairs of strong willing hands would certainly not go amiss, he says. Anyone who can help with materials or labour should call Mike Bradshaw on 021-171-2697 or Johnson Davis on (09) 404-0636. Treasured member of the community Inspirational: Patti Meldrum is remembered. It s been a year since we lost our friend and v alued member of our community. Pattie Lee Meldrum, nee Provan, was born in Whangarei and settled in Kawakawa. In Pattie s role as a nurse and her work in the pharmacy she was inspirational, positive, helpful and caring. It wasn t the customer always comes first for Pattie. It was more like how can we help them walk out the door feeling 100 percent better . During her involve- ment with the Kawa- kawa Business Associ- ation when she and others fought the loss of the banks and the steam train she remained opti- mistic with the Hunder- twasser Project around the corner. Pattie set up her own business, The Grass Hut, with great success. Her ultimate successes are her three lovely daughters who are inde- pendent young women with Pattie s qualities. Their cheerfulness, wel- coming nature and affec- tion lives on in them. And her marriage with Richard as a best friend. It's show time at centre Surprise: Ellie Robinson and her mount were presented with ribbons by rugby icon Stacey Jones at last year's show. The annual Kaitaia & Districts Agricultural and Pastoral Associ- ation Show continues a tradition of more than 125 years of local shows. And February 26 will see a fun fair, enter- tainment, competitions and exhibitors galore. The indoor section will be the first event to be staged in the refurbished community centre hall, now a part of the new Te Ahu Cen- tre.For those wishing to get a sneak preview of just how the centre will look, this is a perfect opportunity. Show visitors will enjoy rodeo events, equestrian games, high quality entertainment and a wide range of exhibitors and trade stalls. The traditional Friday night fun fair will be missed this year as the Larkins family has given up their busi- ness, but on Saturday there will be rides and a fairground operating. For the first time, both traditional round- the-ring jumping as well as show hunter jumping will run in the showgrounds main oval. Council sells pensioner flats An unconditional agree- ment has been reached to provide for the sale and purchase of a block of six council-owned pen- sioner flats at Mangonui. Proceeds from the sale of the flats would be used to help upgrade and maintain the balance of the Far North District Council s 146 pensioner accommodation units. Work would start on the Awanui, Ahipara and Kaitaia pensioner hous- ing complexes in March. The upgrades include re-cladding and repainting selected units, plumbing improvements, and the upgrading of kitchen and bathroom areas. Negotiations were also continuing towards the return of pensioner units at Russell to the original owners, the Duffus Trust. These are not pre- ludes to a wholesale sell- off of pensioner accom- modation, council operations manager for infrastructure and assets Sue Hodge says. At Mangonui, the units have not been in demand and at the time the sale was negotiated only one unit of the six units was occupied. Arrangements have been made for that tenancy to continue as part of the sale and purchase agree- ment, she says. The council s general policy in relation to pen- sioner accommodation is to divest properties to either private or public social housing providers as opportunities arise. The agreement was with a Far North com- pany which indicated it intended to continue to offer the units for rental accommodation.
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