Northern News : August 10th 2011
3 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 10, 2011 NEWS LAND PLANNING AND SURVEYING 90 Kerikeri Road PO Box 211, Kerikeri 0245 F 09 407 7366 email@example.com Ph: 407 9182 2598141AA RANGE OF SIMMONS BEAUTYREST AND DUNLOP LIVING SLEEPMAKER BEDS Conditions apply *12 Months interest free on purchases $495.00 and over. Ph.407 3556, Klinac Lane Waipapa. WORKSHOP INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL PILATES For bookings and inquiries phone: Miriam 09 407 1015 or 027 6123 550 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Starting Wednesday 17th August 5.30 -- 7.00pm Total Costs: $ 100.00 (All course materials supplies) Enrolments taken now This is a 6 week course teaching the principals and fundamentals of classical Pilates. This course is also suitable as a refresher for people that have done Pilates before. Mike's business goal By EMMA GODWIN Getting going: Mike Fitzgerald is the new chairman of the Kaikohe Business Association. A GO-AHEAD businessman is on a mission to re-energise his town. Mike Fitzgerald is the new chair of the Kaikohe Business Association and is deter- mined to make a difference. My focus will be supporting retailers to lift the standard of their business in presen- tation and customer service, Mr Fitzgerald says. He will take a proactive approach by visiting all the businesses in town and asking them what they believe is important and what they intend to do to improve their business. He is going to recommend that businesses survey their customers. As a victim of vandals him- self, Mr Fitzgerald would like to see action taken to erad- icate this crime. His practical solutions include requesting a reduced rate from the elec- tricity company for under verandah lighting as well as requesting a special rate from security companies for Kai- kohe businesses. He is also keen for CYFS to impose punitive measures on youth caught vandalising property. The hope is that the people of Kaikohe take respons- ibility for turning Kaikohe around. Mr Fitzgerald would like to see more people attend the business association meetings, especially the Ngapuhi Runanga as he believes they are key players in town. It s no good complaining that times are tough. The model we used in 2005 is not going to work in 2011. The outgoings for businesses are the same but the revenue is not and we need to find solutions so that we can claim a bigger piece of the pie. Mr Fitzgerald is putting in a bid with the Far North Dis- trict Council to raise a levy from business to promote Kaikohe. If 200 businesses put in $20, that s $4000 we can use to market our town. I want Kaikohe to become a destination, not just a place where people grab their groceries and go. There s no reason why the takeaways should be the busiest shops in town. Business Association meetings will now be held at 7am every second Wednesday of the month. Contact Mike Fitzgerald for more information on 401-1010. Cycle trail talk on PM's itinerary Prime Minister John Key will meet people involved with the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail during a visit to Kaikohe this month. Mr Key will spend about an hour at the Mid-North Motor Inn on August 18 where he will receive a powhiri wel- come and be met by mayor Wayne Brown around 11am. He will also meet councillors and council workers associated with the project, plus Com- munity Max workers building the trail. Cycle trail co-ordin- ator Adrienne Tari says a two-minute DVD pro- moting the trail will be shown during a presen- tation. Mr Key will also visit the Ngawha geothermal power station then spend the afternoon in Kerikeri where appointments will include speaking at a public meeting at the Bay of Islands Golf Club. District councillor and National Party North- land electorate chair- woman Sally Macauley says it s been years since Mr Key was in Kaikohe for this type of visit. It s a real coup being able to get him here, she says. Free topsoil -- just check with owner first Do up: The Kaikohe Hotel has been a magnet for graffiti. It took a bulldozer the best part of a morning to shift nearly 1000 cubic metres of top soil from the forefront of the Kaikohe Hotel to the rear of the property last week. Now it s being offered to the community free of charge. Hotel owner Neil Summers says it s all part of preparations to get graffiti cleaned off the side of his building and to tidy the site. A number of people have offered their help to remove the graffiti, so I m happy to be able to offer the topsoil free to anyone who wants to bring in a trailer or wheelbarrow to take what they want. People just need to check with me at the hotel first. The Far North District Council has approved resource consent for 37 units to be built beside the hotel but Mr Summers says it s too early to say whether he will go ahead the idea because he has other business interests to complete first. Meanwhile I m serious about the clean-up here and the offer of free soil. It could benefit schools in particular, he says. Dance duo thrill retirees Tribal belly dance duo Itneen performed at the Kaikohe Retirement Vil- lage Midwinter Christ- mas Lunch on July 20. Aleena Hasna and Isa- bella Kerruish per- formed a 15-minute rou- tine showcasing the earthy and folkloric nature of tribal belly dance. The dancers were drip- ping in antique Afghani coins, textiles and tassle belts, taking the audi- ence on a journey through North Africa, Spain and India. They called encourage- ment to each other with zhagareet , a high pitched trilling sound showing appreciation.
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