Northern News : September 21st 2011
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See us for Toilet Paper, Tissues, and Serviettes. am369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pm Tide Movement and Height for Russell © Fishing Calendar by Bill Hohepa Tide Data © LINZ TIDE & WEATHER GUIDE 3 2 1 0 Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Weather Forecast for Northland m For the latest weather information including Weather Warnings Long fine spells. Winds tending westerly. Cloudy periods. A few showers possible at first. Easterly breezes. A few showers developing with winds tending northeast. Fine spells. 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In the first case, Far North man Anthony Joseph Schluter was fined $25,000 for offending on November 4 at the farm he owns and operates about 14km northeast of Kaitaia. Schluter had earlier pleaded to a charge laid by the North- land Regional Council and was sentenced by Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook in the Whangarei District Court on July 19 this year. On the same day, Judge Newhook fined Taranaki man James Dodunski $26,000 for offences relating to dairy efflu- ent discharges at a farm Dodun- ski owns at Maungakaramea, southwest of Whangarei. JKD Farms had earlier pleaded guilty to two charges laid by the council for offences committed at the 162-hectare farm on August 30 last year. Dodunski lives at Opunake in Taranaki and is the farm s sole director and shareholder. In sentencing notes released recently, the judge said Schluter s offending related to effluent discharges on to land and into a tributary of the Aurere Stream. The judge said the regional council had worked with Schluter since 2000 advising him repeatedly his treatment ponds were below industry- recommended dimensions to adequately treat effluent. The council had issued Schluter with five abatement notices and five infringement notices over that time. The judge said he agreed with a sub- mission by the council s lawyer that the system was very poor, the defendant had been told often to fix it and done nothing, and Schluter was not keeping an eye on things adequately. The judge noted Schluter s early guilty plea and that the mere fact of the prosecution has been very significant to the defendant to the extent that he is now to give up dairy farm- ing . Schluter s lawyer told the judge his client would run drystock on the land instead. However, the judge said it was of equal -- or perhaps greater -- importance to deter others to get them to pull up their socks and avoid this kind of offending . The judge noted the nearby tributary and stream flowed about 12.5km before dis- charging into Doubtless Bay. It is all very well for a defendant to say that this was an isolated incident and that the waterways extended over quite some distance to the coastal marine area, but in fact if everybody carried [out] these sorts of inappropriate practices, the whole of the waterway and coastal marine area at its mouth would suffer badly. Schluter was fined $25,000, plus $132.89 court costs with 90 percent of the fine to go to the regional council. In his sentencing notes for JKD Farms, also released recently, Judge Newhook said that offending related to dis- charge of farm dairy effluent from a stormwater bypass pipe and an irrigator on the Maungakaramea farm. Effluent had been running towards tributaries, which led to a river system that ulti- mately fed into the Kaipara Harbour. The judge noted that there had been repeated warnings from the regional council over about eight years, during which time the council had served one abatement and five infringe- ment notices. Despite that the system in place on the land until very recently, really had no margin of safety in it for the level of operations that were being undertaken on the land, par- ticularly in times of high rain- fall . Judge Newhook noted a farm manager involved at the time of the offending no longer worked for the defendant and couldn t be found, but said given the low safety margin he had outlined, it therefore matters not a lot about whether the farm man- ager took some shortcuts . I am persuaded that a com- bination of events starting with the level of the stocking, the ground conditions, the rainfall conditions and the sheer inadequacies of the system overall, were ultimately the cause of the downfall of this property. I consider that the culpa- bility is relatively high in this instance and that there was a deliberateness on the part of the defendant in not accepting and acting on the constructive and constant urgings of the regional council to upgrade the system overall and to do more than minor works. The judge said that since the offending the defendant had finally spent about $60,000 on a good, adequate system. The judge acknowledged the defendant s remorse and early guilty plea, fining a total of $26,000 (divided equally between the charges) plus $132.89 court costs on each charge. Once again, 90 percent of the fines will go to the regional council. Riaan Elliot, the council s monitoring senior programme manager, says the council had not made the decision to pros- ecute lightly but had been left little choice in both cases, given their ongoing nature. He says the council works proactively with the dairy industry and farmers through the Northland Dairy Effluent Improvement Group to lift the standard of effluent manage- ment in the region. Songbird: Soprano Maia Vegar. Maia strikes the right note with judges A young Hokianga soprano has won the Otago Daily Times Aria Contest and more than $5000 into the bargain. Maia Vegar of Oma- naia began singing at age 16 at Pompallier High School under the tuition of Gayle Dow- sett and later Evelyn Hatfield. The twenty-year-old studied a bachelor of music, majoring in classical performance voice, at Otago Uni- versity last year under the tuition of Judy Bellingham. Finalists in the Otago competition were baritone Kawiti Jack Waetford from Whangarei, Welling- ton tenor Jonathan Abenethy, Auckland tenor Alex Wilson, soprano Bryony Wil- liams from Welling- ton, soprano Imogen Thirwall from Wel- lington, and Maia. This was my first aria competition and I was the youngest com- petitor, Maia says. To have won this competition is such a huge honour. I feel so blessed and I am grateful for the ongoing support I have received in the past four years from my community. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the support and encour- agement, allowing me to further my passion in music.
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