Northern News : September 14th 2011
13 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 W SOFT WEK WHEELS OF THE WEEK A/HRS: RICHARD ELEY (09) 407 7615 STUART ATKINSON 0274 948 880 RENTON MOTORS (1976) LTD LMVD 3 Clifford Street, Kaikohe PHONE 09 401 0313 FAX 401 0315 Sales and Service at 2003 HOLDEN COMMODORE H.S.V $26,995 Clubsport, auto, 72,350kms 3204814BT 3979618AA MORTGAGEE TENDER Bargain buy. Good Location. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with double garage. 200 metres approx to Te Haumi beach. Elevated home at end of cul-de-sac. Large deck expanding across front of home. Spacious lounge/living space. Small grassed area at rear. Current CV $320,000. Open Home: 17th September, 11am-11.30am Tender closes at 4pm 28th September 2011 www.century21.paihia.co.nz/PA2427 Contact:Leanne McKinnon (09) 402 8638 • M: 021 865 887 Jan Madden Real Estate Ltd, 22 Selwyn Road, Paihia,Bay of Islands Licensed Agent REAA 2008 13 Mako Lane, Paihia 3979618AB OPEN HOME INDEPENDENTLY OWNED & OPERATED AND PROUD TO BE SERVING THE MID NORTH 138 Broadway, PO Box 614, Kaikohe Ph: 09 401 0895 Fax: 09 401 0897 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org AUCTION Licensed Real Estate Ag ent REAA2008 Mid North Real Estate Ltd MREINZ 34 Plunket Street, Moerewa Take this opportunity to invest in an improvable, robust 1960's three bedroom dwelling on 989 sq.m. section, handy to the shops. Auction to be held at 138 Broadway, Kaikohe Thursday, 1pm., 22nd September 2011 Open Homes to be held on Saturdays, 10th & 17th September 2011 1pm- 2pm Details and information packs from Theresa Shepherd a/h 09 404 0295 or mobile 0274 529 025 3987394AA Northland Lifestyle&Property Real Estate Guide to Northland Advertising feature Nor thla ndMotoringAdvertising feature Community pest control a winner Stopping pests: Community pest control schemes are proving popular. A scheme designed to support communities wanting to control plant and animal pests is proving increasingly popular with hun- dreds of Northlanders signing up more than 33,000 hectares of pri- vate land. The Northland Regional Coun- cil introduced community pest control areas in 2005 with a farmer-led project to control predators over 4000 hectares of Oneriri Peninsula on the Kaipara Harbour. Six years on there are now 36 plans targeting pest ants, animals and weeds, the regional council s biosecurity senior programme manager Don McKenzie says. These represent more than 800 owners and cover 33,175 hectares of private land involving in- dividuals, community trusts and Maori shareholder land. Mr McKenzie says demand over the past couple of months has also been strong with one new com- munity plan under way and two more about to be confirmed. He says community pest control areas are designed to run for five years and involve a gradually reducing level of financial assist- ance from the regional council. The council s operational budget for them during the 2010-11 financial year is about $500,000, about half of which will be spent on new plans. Demand now outstrips the available budget and this trend is predicted to continue as aware- ness of the scheme s benefits grows. New, more advanced pest control tools are also becoming more effective, making ongoing community maintenance of the projects more cost-efficient and less labour intensive. Mr McKenzie says the beauty of the community schemes is that they allow people to identify areas they feel deserve protecting, the pests they want to target and the level to which they want to control them. In the first year of a scheme the regional council meets all the costs of work to reduce pests to a manageable level as well as train- ing landowners in pest manage- ment techniques. In the second and third years landowners assume more respons- ibility and need to provide the necessary labour but the regional council still supplies free poisons, traps and herbicides. In the fourth and fifth years the council meets part of the costs of those poisons, traps and herbicides with the landowners meeting the remainder. After that landowners control pests to an agreed level at their own cost. Mr McKenzie predicts that by 2015 at least 50 community schemes will be operating in Northland together with a grow- ing list of projects run by agencies such as the Kiwi Foundation, the QEII Trust and private landcare groups involved in restoring natu- ral habitat. It has become apparent over the last two years that Maori landowners also wish to partici- pate in the scheme and three new plans involving different Maori landowner groups are also under way. Mr McKenzie says the council s regional pest management strategies specifically tag parts of Northland as worthy of support because of strong levels of com- munity interest, those areas suc- cessful histories of pest control and their high natural values. People interested in community pest control areas can contact council biosecurity staff on 0800-002-004 or visit www.nrc.govt.nz/cpca Kitchen Ramble supports hospice Tickets are now on sale for a Kitchen Ramble fundraiser for Hospice Mid Northland. The $20 ticket will enable ramblers to visit 20 of the best kitchens in the Bay of Islands over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25. Hospice manager Lauren Demblon says people love to see great kitchens. Thanks to the generosity of the owners, we have a terrific line-up of kitchens to view. We think the kitchen ramble will be fun and fascinating for people and it s also a great way to support hospice in this community. Eleven kitchens will be open on Saturday and nine on Sunday. The ticket price will cover the cost of entry to the kitchens on both days, plus a booklet listing each kitchen with maps and full directions and an automatic entry into a raffle for six prizes valued at more than $700. Lunch can be bought from one of the kitchen venues on each day. Tickets are available at the fol- lowing locations: Kerikeri at Anne of Craicor, Caravan, Paper Plus, Poppies, The Scullery, Zambu & The Hospice Shop. In Waipapa at Euro Style & Design, Furniture Court & Village Books. In Paihia at Shoestyles Hospice Mid-Northland pro- vides free support for patients and families in the mid-north, who have a life-limiting illness. It aims to provide optimal physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families and to provide support in bereavement. Quad bike safety campaign starts Quad safety: A little training goes a long way Farms in Northland starting with those in the Rodney and Kaipara districts can expect visits from health and safety inspectors during spring to check on how quad bikes are being used on their farm. The farm visits began a day after a man died in a quad bike accident on a farm near Albany. The Department of Labour is investigating the case. The department s next round of farm visits also follow a successful phase from April to mid June this year where 376 farms across the country were visited as part of the quad bike safety campaign. Of those farms visited, 117 received written warnings or improve- ment notices -- requiring them to take action to improve the way quad bikes were being used on their farm. From September to November we ll be back out talking to farmers in a bid to reduce the num- ber of serious quad bike accidents on farms, the department s Northland service manager Rod Gibbon says. The statistics say it all -- on average 850 people are injured each year while riding quad bikes on farms and five die. We must bring this toll down. We re challenging unsafe behaviour on quad bikes -- that means regularly getting out and ensuring farmers are taking the right safety steps. The department launched its safety cam- paign last year -- it has four key safety steps: Ensure riders are trained and experienced Always wear a helmet Never let kids ride adult quad bikes Chose the right vehicle for the job. Farms are workplaces and farmers must remember that they have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their staff, Mr Gibbon says. Where we find people working with quad bikes in a danger- ous way we will take action. This can range from warnings or penalties, to stopping quad bikes being used until safety issues have been recti- fied. The department will consider prosecution where a worker has been seriously injured or killed at work because key safety steps have not been taken.
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