Northern News : August 31st 2011
3 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 31, 2011 NEWS Talk about a big win Jonty Hooson: A winning way with words. Bay of Islands College deputy head boy Jonty Hooson has won the Rishworth Cup -- the Northland Rotary speech con- test final. He was one of five finalists from all across the region. Jonty s speech discussed why New Zealand should not become a state of Australia and -- ironically -- he now wins a two-week trip to the Gold Coast, hosted by Tweed Heads Rotary in Australia. He heads to Australia dur- ing the summer holidays. Korea vets recognised Recognition: Korean War veteran Richard 'Snow' Moody of Ohaeawai with his decoration. Barrage: The ground was frozen hard but the gunpits had to be dug. This photo shows 161 battery Able Troop digging in their 25lb gun. Sergeant Charlie Baker, now of Kaitaia, is at centre. SNOW and ice was thick on the ground, having swept in from Siberia. The pounding of their 25lb guns was incessant. They got no sleep for three days and three nights. And the gun barrels were so hot you could cook on them. Gunner Richard Snow Moody, 82, of Ohaeawai was just 21 when he went to war in Korea in 1950. The boys of New Zealand s 161 Battery Able Troop, 16th Field Regi- ment of Royal New Zealand Artillery were defending a position at Kapyong, on the road to Seoul in South Korea. The year was 1951 and they fired almost 10,000 rounds in support of Aust- ralian and Canadian troops under pressure from North Korean and Chinese troops. The battle proved a turning point in the Korean War. Now recognition has come in the form of a citation from the Republic of Korea. The citations were originally con- ferred in 1951. A recent New Zealand government decree permits Kiwis to finally wear foreign decorations. An investiture ceremony at Whangarei s RSA made pres- entations to veterans Richard Moody of Ohaeawai and Charlie Baker of Kaitaia, both of 161 Battery, M E Merv Read of Whangarei of Signals Squadron and R A Bud Sisley of Paihia of Forces HQ Signals Group. All are members of the New Zealand Korea Veterans Association. Mr Moody and Mr Baker are members of the Kaitaia RSA. Charlie pops in to see me when he s down this way, Richard says. We still catch up on the old times. Workshop on the cycle trail Organisers of a mapping workshop in Okaihau on Thursday are seeking input on the route the Pou Herenga Tai -- Twin Coast Cycle Trail should take between Horeke and Okaihau. Cycle trail co-ordinator Adrienne Tari and land access negotiator Mita Harris will hold the workshop at the Okaihau Community Hall on September 1 at 6.30pm. They invite people from the Okaihau, Waihou Valley and Utakura Valley areas to attend and indicate possible trail routes on maps. The Far North District Council will use the infor- mation to identify a viable route for the trail to join a 13km section completed between Okaihau and Kai- kohe in May. A similar meeting will be held at Mokonuiarangi Marae in the Utakura Valley on September 8 at 6.30pm. Funds needed for mural hopes By EMMA GODWIN Keeping Kawakawa beautiful: Karetu School's winning Hundertwasser environmental mural. Help! Karetu School in Kawakawa has deservedly won a great prize but needs some extra funds to trans- form a stunning design into a creative Hundertwasser- inspired gem for the town to enjoy. During the past six months submissions from throughout New Zealand were received for the Wall Worthy competition in which local communities, schools and individuals were asked to submit a design for a town mural. The school in Kawakawa won the Keep New Zealand Beautiful competition and are thrilled with the $500 prizemoney. Unfortunately it s not enough to put the art on the wall. The winning design began life as a backdrop for a school stage production, created with the help of prominent artist Simone Anderson. The original artwork was created on builder s paper and we thought it was so lovely that we wanted to dis- play it somehow in our town, Karetu School execu- tive officer Gill Vanasche says. We heard about the com- petition and decided to enter and we re so happy we won. Now we hope we can find support from the community to bring Simone back from Tauranga to paint the mural in town. The school is also looking for a suitable venue for the mural and hope that some- where near the planned Hundertwasser centre or toilets can be offered. If you can help the school with either funding or a mural space, contact Karetu School executive officer Gill Vanasche on (09) 404-0273 or email office@karetu .schoolzone.net.nz.
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