Northern News : September 28th 2011
3 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 NEWS Visit our website elections.org.nz Freetext your name and address to 3676 Freephone 0800 36 76 56 Visit any PostShop About one in three people aged 18 to 29 in your area are still not enrolled to vote! With the General Election and Referendum not far away it's important we can all have our say. If you know anyone not enrolled, please help by getting them an enrolment form. It's easy... CAN YOU HELP? EEC_ E E 0078 00 8NOR _NOR Lessons worth reaping By EMMA GODWIN Here to help: Executive assistant Simone Edwards, chief executive Maude Wilkinson and associate executive of Far North REAP Ryan Morrison. RURAL communities can often feel isolated, out of touch and lacking in opportunities and resources. There is, however, one organisation designed to ensure rural communities don't miss out. Far North REAP (Rural Education Activities Pro- gramme) is one of 13 REAPS spread throughout the country. REAPs are local, community-based not-for- profit organisations. Their mission is to promote learn- ing for life to rural people. They were established 30 years ago specifically to assist rural schools and early child- hood facilities with training. Their directive has broadened to encompass many aspects of education. REAP provides road safety programmes such as alcohol awareness checkpoints and the welcome fatigue stops on the long drive up from Auck- land. They also run com- munity courses, such as sustainability and gardening, and parenting support programmes. Far North REAP has a high standard of service delivery and was a gold win- ner at the Top Energy Tall Poppy Awards last year. The organisation is community- driven and takes direction from the community as to the services and resources required. At last week's Kaikohe- Hokianga Community Board meeting in Horeke, members of the Kaitaia-based REAP introduced themselves and their services. Associate executive Ryan Morrison spoke about communication and civic participation. We run computing for kaumatua to enable them to keep in touch with whanau,'' Mr Morrison says. We encourage civic engagement by helping people to understand the pol- itical system and how they can participate.'' Mr Morrison also spoke about REAP's new parenting course, which ran in Kaikohe. We work with other service providers, such as Child Youth and Family and midwives, and offer training in basic parenting skills such as cooking and budgeting as well as educational and employment development training.'' Chief executive Maude Wil- kinson says REAP is dedicated to filling in gaps identified by the community. A lot of the programmes we provide we don't deliver ourselves. We work with service providers already running successful programmes and we take them to the com- munity groups in need.'' Visit www.ireap.co.nz or phone 0800 FNREAP (0800-367-327) to request a programme. Inspired landscaping vision is sought for Te Ahu Centre Inner concept: A concept design of the atrium at the Te Ahu Centre. A landscape designer may have the privilege of adding the finishing touches to the nearly completed Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia. Te Ahu Trust is seeking an experienced landscape designer who can create magical gardens while com- bining functionality with reality. The trust is inviting expressions of interest from qualified and experienced people. Trustee Phil Cross says the trust has some basic ideas about how it would like to see the centre landscaped, including gar- dens and plantings that: are easily and cost- effectively maintained are colourful and comple- ment the building include trees with root systems that do not damage underground drains or paving are Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design-compliant reflect New Zealand's indigenous fauna and flora. A number of native trees at the centre attract tui and kereru and the trust would like more meet a number of hard- scape requirements, includ- ing the need for a flag pole, community noticeboards, sculptures and artistic features, fun paving that links areas together, walks of honour and other features that encompass the many elements of Te Ahu. Trustees welcome fresh and wonderful ideas that will set off the special com- munity facility. There are all sorts of opportunities with this aspect of the project,'' Mr Cross says. We could even theme a planting that reflects the Maori medicinal properties of some of our indigenous plants.'' Suitably qualified people will be invited to visit the centre, see the area they have to work with and pro- vide a plan and cost for the landscaping work. Mr Cross invites people to emailorsendinaCVor letter highlighting relevant qualifications and land- scaping experience. Expressions of interest should be posted to the gen- eral manager, Te Ahu Charitable Trust, PO Box 227, Kaitaia 0441, or emailed to mark@teahu. org.nz. The closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm, September 30. Two policing teams to be set up Two neighbourhood policing teams will be established in Northland by mid-November. The teams, one in Kaitaia and the other in the suburb of Otangarei in Whangarei, are among 20 that will be in place around the country by the end of December. Acting Northland crime manager inspector Paul Dimery, who is leading the implementation of the teams in Northland, says their aim is to engage with the com- munity to create safe and secure neighbourhoods. The teams will focus on reducing crime, preventing victimisation, improving per- ceptions of safety and increasing trust and confi- dence in police.'' Mr Dimery says the teams will work alongside neigh- bourhood residents, govern- ment agencies and key com- munity partners. Neighbourhoods selected to have the teams were ident- ified by a national scan run by the Police National Intelli- gence Centre with input from local police officers and com- munity members. The scan looked at demographics, socio-economic status, low decile schools, population base and age and the demand for police service including burglaries and fam- ily violence. Mainland cheese recalled Fonterra Brands (New Zealand) Ltd is conducting a voluntary recall of the following products: Mainland Tasty block 500g Best before date of March 28, 2012 (Batches JI and JE) Mainland Tasty block 700g Best before date of April 28, 2012 (Batch JF) Mainland Tasty block 1kg Best before date of December 28, 2011 (Batch BD) -- Best before date of January 28, 2012 (Batches AB, AC and AD) -- Best before date of February 28, 2012 (Batch BF) The company says the recall follows the detection of a metal fragment found in a single pack. There have been no reports of anyone being injured or becoming ill. The voluntary recall is a precautionary measure. Consumers should not eat the above-stated products but should return them to the point of purchase with the appropriate packaging, batch code included, for a full refund. This recall is limited to the above-stated products and no other Mainland products are affected. For further information, consumers should call the FBNZ Customer and Consumer Services line on 0800-256-257.
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