Northern News : August 31st 2011
6 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 31, 2011 NEWS THE TURNERCENTRE PRESENTS Top Energy 2011 Far North Science & Technology Fair An annual event, sponsored by Top Energy since 2002, the Fair is a hands-on educa- interest in science and technology for the region's Year 7 through 13 secondary school students. technology subject which challenges their TESF11 Public Open Days & Prize Giving Exhibits will be on public display. Dates: Venue: Entry: www.topenergy.co.nz Do you employ people? Are you aware that the law was recently changed so that employers must have a signed copy of employment agreements with your employees? If you don't, you risk being fined by the Employment Relations Authority. There have also been other important changes that may affect you and your employees and impact on your employees' holiday and sick leave arrangements. It is vital that you have up to date employment agreements, or you may have problems if the relationship breaks down. It may also be a good time to review your existing agreements and policies to bring them into line with the new requirements. Law North will help you by checking your existing employment contracts and giving verbal advice for a fixed maximum fee of $350.00. If you are interested, contact me on; (09) 407 7099. Eddie Taia-Lawyer Eddie is our litigation and employment specialist. He appears in all levels of Courts and Tribunals. 93 Kerikeri Road (by McDonald's) KERIKERI 0230 Ph: (09) 407 7099 Email: email@example.com www.lawnorth.co.nz • Employment Law • Leaky Building disputes • Debt Collection • Dispute tribunal advice • General disputes We have the expertise ARE YOUR EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS UP TO DATE? Calves as a work of art LIC is encouraging rural children all over New Zealand to draw or paint their calves, and be in to win great prizes. The dairy farmer co-operative has upped the ante on its annual art com- petition this year with calf care hampers, three iPads and a Stallion mobile calf feeder up for grabs. Communications manager Clare Bayly says the prizes reflect LIC s con- tinued support for the important and time-honoured calf club events. Calf club is one of the few remain- ing community gathering points in rural communities these days and kids put a lot of time and effort into selecting, rearing and training their calves. And if participation in the com- petition over recent years has been any indication they relish the opportunity to capture their calf s essence in a work of art. But we re also aware that a child s involvement in this competition requires support from their school and parents too. As a strong supporter of the government s rural broadband initiat- ive we are excited to offer rural schools the iPads prize and with Stallion s support we have a fantastic prize for the parents too, she says. Stallion Plastics of Palmerston North has provided its latest MG50S Calf Mobile worth more than $3900 for the dairy farming family of the win- ning child s artwork. Judging will be conducted in age categories (5-7 years, 8-10 years and 11-13 years), with all artwork put on display in LIC s Newstead head- quarters for staff to vote. Entry forms are available at www.calfclub.co.nz. Driveways: Are your kids at risk? Check, double check and check again: Little ones can ''disappear'' from view on your driveway. Spring is an exciting time for Kiwi families. With the cold winter months a fading memory, parents are eager to get the kids out of the house to enjoy the warmer days -- and do some spring cleaning indoors and out. Spring however brings with it a number of injury risks, and one of the most serious is the risk of chil- dren being run over in driveways. Every two weeks a child is hospitalised with serious injuries from a vehicle on a private driveway in New Zealand. A further five chil- dren are killed annually, on aver- age. Children at risk are aged between one and three. Sadly fathers are most often at the wheel, Ann Weaver, director of Safekids New Zealand, says. This sort of injury is very prevent- able. This spring and in celebration of Father s Day, Safekids asks parents to be aware of the risks and know what improvements you can make. Danger signs: A long driveway A driveway in a quiet road or cul-de-sac A driveway that also provides pedestrian access to house (no separate pedestrian pathway) A driveway leading to lots of parking. Cars need to be moved around to make room or allow vehicles to leave No physical barrier like a fence between the driveway and outdoor play area. What you can do: check, supervise and separate. Check: Count the kids before you manoeuvre Understand how big the blind zones are around your car Keep cars locked and don t let children use driveways as play areas. Supervise: Ensure a responsible person (not a group of kids) is actively supervising toddlers and young children Late afternoon and early even- ing are particularly risky times Separate: Consider how to separate children from all areas used for driving. You might need to install a childproof gate at doors or exits that lead to driveways. Infants and toddlers should have safe, fenced play spaces If you re visiting someone s house, park on the road instead of the driveway If you re expecting visitors, ask them to park on the road or put up a barrier to stop them parking in the drive Visit www.safekids.org.nz for more information about driveway run over injuries and how you can prevent them.
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