Northern News : October 19th 2011
6 NORTHERN NEWS, OCTOBER 19, 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 LAND PLANNING AND SURVEYING 90 Kerikeri Road PO Box 211, Kerikeri 0245 F 09 407 7366 firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 407 9182 2598141AA Okaihau College prizegiving assembly Celebrating success: Back from left: Thomas Smith, Corey Selwyn, Byron Yakas, Vincent Robson, Sarah Clifford. Front: Louis Katene, Harry Wheoki, Kahu Boyd, guest Matt Watson, Tea Smith, Susie Kingi and Gina Donk. A second celebration of excellence assembly for the year was held by Okaihau College on October 5 and hosted by head students Mani Uluaki and Courtney Jenkins. Guest speaker was Matt Watson of the ITM Fishing Show who has built up his career as a world- renowned fisherman from North- land. He has received more than 43 million hits on YouTube and has a global fan base that, Matt admits, blows him away. He presented awards to the following students. Academic Excellence Gina Donk, Level 3 Bronze Award -- 5 Excellences in NCEA Level 3 Tea Smith, Level 2 Bronze Award -- 6 Excellences in NCEA Level 2 Sarah Clifford, Level 1 Bronze Award -- 5 Excellences in NCEA Level 1 Sporting Excellence Kahu Boyd, Northland Rugby U13 Roller Mills Team Louis Katene, Northland Rugby U13 Roller Mills Team Harry Wheoki, Northland Rugby U13 Roller Mills Team Susie Kingi, Netball North U17 Team & Auckland U21 Open Women s Touch Team Vincent Robson, Northland U17 Squash Team Corey Selwyn, Northern Swords U15 Rugby League Team Thomas Smith, Northern Swords U15 Rugby League Team Byron Yakas, Northern Swords U17 Rugby League Team The school acknowledges the sup- port of Matt Watson for attending its celebration assembly and for sharing some inspirational words about his hit fishing show. New book inspired by real events Intrigue: Former Northern News editor Geoff Vause has a new book published. Former Northern News editor and author Geoff Vause has had a new novel released under the pseudonym Jack Eden. The dust jacket blurb to the novel Furt Bent from Aldaheit describes Detective Inspector Hub- bard as poisonous, pro- fane and effective -- and he doesn t let the truth get in the way of a result. His nemesis is Furt Bent, shaped by the folly of youth and the front yards of Australasia s nastiest prisons. They stalk each other across the pages of this dark, artfully written novel in a story resonant with authenticity. Geoff Vause said the novel came from his experiences as a journal- ist in the 1970s. In 1971 I was a cadet journalist on a com- munity newspaper in West Auckland. I was paid $28.50 per week. It wasalotoffun.Ilivedat the beautiful, wild Karekare Beach. But I wanted my own news- paper. A printing firm south of Auckland was looking for someone to start a newspaper for them. It seemed a logical next step. So the County News was born. I had sucked a couple of editions out of my thumbs when former Tuakau mayor George McGuire and his raven- haired wife Ella came into the office. A few months before the County News appeared, local farmer Arthur Alan Thomas had been found guilty of murdering another farmer and his wife, Harvey and Jeanette Crewe. George and Ella didn t believe the man had done it. If he was the murderer, then his wife Vivien had to have been an accomplice or at least known about it and helped cover it up. George and Ella wanted me to interview her. I did the interview and ran the story. It was the first story in the country on the man s innocence, which eventually proved to be the case, albeit he was eventually pardoned rather than found not guilty through appeal. A few days after I ran the story two policemen involved in the investi- gation visited me. They made it clear they weren t happy with the story. Stuff happened, as it does. Soon after I left the township and my little newspaper and headed north to other adventures. The mur- ders remain unsolved. Meeting the McGuires, interviewing Vivien Thomas and the sub- sequent events stayed with me. Furt Bent from Alda- heit is a work of fiction butitisfairtosayit was inspired by those events. Published by PearJam Books, Furt Bent from Aldaheit will be avail- able in trade paperback before Christmas. Labour candidate issues challenges to billboard vandals In all election campaigns, party hoardings do get a fair amount of attention. They get tagged, broken or stolen. Some humorous and inventive artwork does occur. But Labour Party candidate for the Northland electorate, Lynette Stewart, says a new, disturbing low is already being experienced at this early stage in the election cam- paign. Her hoardings are attracting unwanted attention. They are being disfigured or are disappearing. New Zealand is based on a fair go society and this type of behaviour is not in the Kiwi spirit, Lynette says. The election campaign period is the opportunity for candidates to com- municate with the public about issues which affect their lives. It s a contest of ideas. This conversation will enable citizens to make informed decisions, which will shape our future. Lynette says it is sad that cow- ardly people skulk about in the night vandalising, thieving and reducing freedom of speech in the people s election. She challenges those who are involved to come out from the dark into the sunlight to debate major issues affecting people, the environ- ment and the economy. Elections are about policy, not popularity, and certainly not about who portrays themself as being popular.
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