Northern News : October 5th 2011
8 NORTHERN NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2011 NEWS OHAEAWAI BUTCHERY 2010 FREE DELIVERY to Kaikohe Tuesday and Fridays OHAEAWAI BUTCHERY Home of the Quality Meats Phone Basil or Christine on Ph (09) 405 9838 Fax 405 9853 $30.00 MEAT PACK 1kg Mince, 1kg Beef Sausages, 1kg Chicken Pieces, 500gm Tenderboy Steak $40.00 MEAT PACK 1kg Mince, 1kg Frying Steak, 1kg Sausages, 500gm Weiner Schnitzel, 1 Chicken, 500gm Luncheon $50.00 MEAT PACK 1kg Beef Sausages, 1kg Mince, 1.2kg Brisket, 1.2kg Pork Bones, 1.2kg Tenderboy Steak, 500gm Luncheon Takeaways@Haruru Falls Haruru Falls Resort Panorama Restaurant „ Bar „ Takeaway Fish & Chips, Burgers & More Daily two for one deals Bring the family for Sunday Roast Bottom old Wharf Road Phone 09 402 7525 Reservations Preferred p g www.bayo slandsfarmersmarket.org.nz Macadamia Nut foil packs 3for$18-JCNuts New Release Chambourcin & Pinot Gris - Ake Ake Vineyard Avocados 8for$5-KaiBlue Every Sunday Morning in Kerikeri Environmental fund opens A local authority en- vironment fund set up in the mid-1990s to help people improve and pro- tect Northland s natural environment will have given away about $4.2 million by the end of this financial year. Northland Regional Council land programme manager Dean Evans says the fund is open to individuals and volun- tary groups for eligible projects, mainly on pri- vate land. Landowners, community and conser- vation organisations and Maori groups have all successfully applied to the fund. A total of 57 projects were completed in the 2010-2011 financial year. Twenty-two of those projects were in the Far North (representing 38 percent of the available funding), 21 in the Whangarei district (37 percent of funding) and 14 in the Kaipara (25 percent). The most popular projects during 2010- 2011 were fencing, mainly of streams and wetlands for water qual- ity, biodiversity, soil con- servation and erosion control. Mr Evans says the environment fund typ- ically contributes up to 50 percent of the cost of a project. Applicants must be able to provide the remainder of the cost with time, cash, other funding or in-kind con- tributions such as volun- tary labour and donated materials. Projects must be of long-term benefit to the local environment and show clear evidence of good resource manage- ment. Projects designed to generate personal or commercial profit, re- quired under resource consent, or to simply beautify a site, are not eligible. He says the smallest grant awarded in 2010-2011 was $813 for fencing at Whangaruru, while the largest -- $32,000 -- was also spent on fencing, this time in the Kaikohe area. Information on the environment fund, including application forms and guidelines, is available from the regional council website www.nrc.govt.nz/ environmentfund or by calling 0800-002-004. Young farmers get set to compete Champ: Winner Will Grayling completes a fencing challenge under the watchful eyes of thousands of supporters at the 2011 grand final. Young farmers will be sharp- ening up on their skills as the 2012 season of the National Bank Young Farmer Contest kicks off on October 8 with the Christchurch district final. Now entering its 44th year the contest is New Zealand s ultimate rural challenge. Entries opened on October 1 and over the coming months, at least 300 contest- ants will line up in the first round of the contest, the dis- trict finals. District finals will be com- pleted before Christmas and regional finals will take place from February with the top eight competitors from the region battling it out to take a piece of the $300,000 prize pack and to win a coveted spot in the grand final in Dunedin from May 23 to 26. The competition is not just about practical farming tasks. Contestants will be put through a diverse array of practical, theoretical and technical farming challenges. Competing in the contest is good for you and your career, Young Farmer CEO Richard Fitzgerald says. Apart from the great prizes, people learn useful farm business skills and have an opportunity to show their ability. It is a great stepping stone for your agricultural career or simply just a great experience . Contestants of all skill levels are encouraged to enter to improve their personal and agricultural skills and 2011 champion Will Grayling has some advice for those con- sidering entering. Definitely enter. If hesitant, do it with a friend so you don t feel like you are the only one not feel- ing confident. It is nerve- racking the first time but you will look back, learn from it, and come back the second time determined to improve and hopefully achieve what you want, which might be to make the top eight or win the grand final. However, Will stresses that it s not all about winning. It s a great way to test your- self if you re a competitive person, but the best part is you are certain to learn some- thing and meet and interact with worthwhile and like- minded people. Entry in the Young Farmer Contest is open to anyone between 15 and 30 (entrants must be under 31 on January 1, 2012, and must be NZYF members). Entries close five days before a contestant s dis- trict final. Entry forms can be found at www.youngfarmer contest. co.nz or by phoning 0800 YF Contest (0800- 932-668). Farm payout 'will benefit all' Fonterra Shareholders Council chair Simon Couper says Fonterra s record final payout for the 2010/2011 season is a great result for Fonterra farmers and one all New Zealanders will benefit from. This is a great result not only for Fonterra farmers but New Zea- land as a whole, Couper says. The dairy co-operative has reported a record payout before retentions for shareholders of $8.25 for the 2010/2011 season, the highest in the 10-year history of the company and over $1.30 more than the forecast of $6.90 announced by the board earlier in the year. The $1.30 increase in our annual payout equates to more than a $300 flow-through to every New Zealanders pocket and shows that all Kiwis benefit from a strong Fonterra, he says. It is a heartening result for shareholders especially given the struggles of the past couple of years when many farmers have faced the impact of drought conditions.
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