Northern News : August 10th 2011
6 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 10, 2011 LETTERS WANTED! Cash paid for diggers and earthmoving equipment in working condition. Anything considered. Ph 0800 407 500 or 021 228 3614 FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST COPTHORNE HOTEL & RESORT OMAPERE HOKIANGA 7.00pm -- 9.30pm (doors open 6.30pm) Ticket Sales at w w w.iticket.co.nz Price $65 plus ticketing fee Ph: 0508 484-253 With the outstanding success and popularity of the award winning series Sensing Murder, Kelvin has been literally swamped with people wanting to see him. For this reason, he has decided to introduce a series of exclusive evenings that will help to reach out and touch more people at once. These evenings will simply be Kelvin working with spirit, and sharing his knowledge of life after death. Kelvin will read as many people permitted by spirit per session, although we do not guarantee that he can read everyone. 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After Hours 021 029 60489 OPEN 6 DAYS AND LATE NIGHT APPOINTMENTS General and Emergency Dentistry $40 for the full mouth examination costs ame day delivery ER LOS FLORIST RRY BLOSSOM FLORIST Call in at 86 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri (opposite the ASB Bank) Ph. / Fax 09 407 8661 or 0800 225 677 www.cherryblossomflorist.co.nz Welcome to our world Call in and see our selection of baby baskets, soft toys, balloons. We can make up gift baskets to welcome that special little person into the world. And of course, stunning fresh flowers for Mum! GUIDELINES Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hair-raising There has been a lot of publicity lately regarding cyclists on our roads. However, I wish that people riding horses on roads were given the same consideration. Many of you are probably aware that we have started up the Kaikohe Polo Cross club again. From September many of us will make the trek down Taheke Rd on horseback to the Daltons' practice fields. To say this is a hair- raising experience is an understatement. It is especially scary when we have our small children on their ponies. All we ask is that people slow down when passing us. Horses are animals with a mind of their own and can be unpredictable. We get wackos who like to swerve at us or pop their little blow-off valves as they go flying past. It's like they're just begging for a 500kg hunk of thrashing livestock through their windscreen. We have youngsters in the club with no means of transporting their horses, their only option is to ride to practice, so please drive cautiously, they are precious to us. And if you see somebody on a horse with their arm stretched out horizontally making an up and down motion -- please do not toot and wave -- we are asking you to slow down. And to the few kind and courteous drivers who slow down and give us room, thank you. We salute you. Carmen Zielinski Kaikohe Boardwalk This issue has caused an unusual and unnecessary amount of dissent among the long suffering ratepayers, district council and regional council. The rights and wrongs of how it came to be built and the exorbitant cost are issues that have been dealt with previously and been consigned to history. Mistakes were made and the best answer to that is, whoever never made a mistake never made anything of real worth. It is beyond doubt that the Mangonui boardwalk is actually a work of art and a delightful place to spend a delightful half hour. Any form or railing or barrier would inevitably detract from the aesthetic and useful purposes of the boardwalk cum jetty. Sufficient reason to let the matter rest and to enjoy what is now a much appreciated amenity and community asset. Unfortunately, personalities have intruded to cloud the issue. It would seem that the regional council and its ill advised bureaucracy has blinkered vision and cannot accept what the community wishes. That the matter cannot be sensibly resolved is an indictment of collective intransigence. It is not too late to save everybody considerable expense by accepting the sensible solution. Let it be.The alternative is, that following the idiotic precedent set, it will then be incumbent on all local authorities to fence off every wharf, jetty, pier and embankment in the country. What then if one thinks about the creeks, rivers, estuaries and beaches? Regional councillors and council officers, do you really want this to be your legacy to posterity? Please use the common sense you were all endowed with. S K Reilly Kaikohe No trust To anyone who cares about the environment, keep a very close eye on anything the Northland Regional Council is behind. Just look at what they've done to the Kaipara Harbour -- the possibility of 200 turbines which could destroy not only the west coast snapper fishery but also the harbour itself. The people of Pouto Te Uri o Hau must think that they are back living in the 1800s when the then government took their land. Now they have taken their food basket and highway, the Kaipara Harbour. Although I am Pakeha, I have lost all trust in the Northland Regional Council. Trust is earned, not just given. The council needs to be more open. Behind closed doors, watch them closely. Very closely. Wayne Ryder Dargaville Go to www.aucklandnow.co.nz to read the Northern News on line Lifejacket gift Survival: Mike Nunn of the Pear Tree Restaurant in Kerikeri, centre, admires the new life lifejackets bought with funds raised by the Pear Tree. The lifejackets are modelled by father and son team Kelvin Petrie of Coastguard Bay Of Islands, left, and Graham Petrie, unit support and operations manager of Coastguard Northern Region, right. Got news for us? Call (09) 405 2040?
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