Northern News : October 26th 2011
3 NORTHERN NEWS, OCTOBER 26, 2011 NEWS Takeaways@Haruru Falls Bring the family for Sunday Roast Bottom old Wharf Road Phone 09 402 7525 Reservations Preferred Haruru Falls Resort Panorama Restaurant „ Bar „ Takeaway Fish & Chips, Burgers & More Ribs, Steak & Fish 0yrs-5yrs - The Ridge Childcare Centre offers: Opening hours: 7.30 -- 5.30 THE RIDGE CHILDCARE We are now taking enrolments for 0-2yr olds and 2-5yr olds. Be quick -- limited spaces available." Phone Lynne 407 7333 322 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri 0230 firstname.lastname@example.org The Ridge After School Care and Holiday Programme (Oscar) from 5yrs-14yrs We are the only childcare centre in Kerikeri to offer this level of service to the community. Come in for a visit and check us out. • Hot cooked lunch, morning & afternoon tea • Qualified caring staff • Recently re-furbished playground • 20Hrs ECE approved • WINZ approved 2 for 1 Dive Course!! Openwater Diver Course Book Now! 09 407 9986 • Courses run 1st November-- 15th December • Limited numbers---Get in fast! • Not repeated for another 5 years!! • Must sign up together • BYO mask, snorkel, fins • Other conditions apply 4112740AA email@example.com Waipapa Intersection SH10 Waipapa Redwoods Dental Centre, 1536 State Highway 10, Kerikeri (1 km north of the Kerikeri Crossroads Roundabout) Ph 09 407 4240 Michael (left), Denise (centre) & Matthew (right) Your experienced team Denise Mariu Dental Hygienist Michael Bain Dentist Matthew Bristow Dentist 2629318AA Electricity discounts taken off power bills Payout change: Top Energy chief executive Russell Shaw. ELECTRICITY account holders in the Far North will this year have their annual lines charge discount credited directly to their power bills instead of receiving a cheque. The move has allowed the Far North s electricity net- work operator, Top Energy, to pass on to the community nearly a million dollars more than last year. Each year cheques totalling about $150,000 are never presented, but with power accounts being credited auto- matically, people don t have to worry about cheques being lost, stolen or destroyed. The company says this new approach will ensure every- one benefits from the lines charge discounts they re entitled to. This year all electricity bill payers will have a minimum discount of $150 credited to their power accounts. Most (90.5 percent) will get $200. Last year 74 percent got $200 and 16 percent got less than $150. By treating the annual lines charge payment as a discount we re able to make real savings in the costs involved, Top Energy chief executive Russell Shaw says. This means that more people will get more money, like some elderly folk and young couples. But the flip- side is that electricity account holders won t be receiving the cheques they re used to. One of the tax rules we had to comply with was that the money had to be paid through the electricity retailers, to consumers through their elec- tricity accounts. The lines charge discount will appear as a one-off credit line on the electricity bills that people in the Far North receive during November. The move should free up cash for all electricity account holders, regardless of how they pay their power bills. For those who get a monthly bill, either by email or through the post, the Top Energy lines charge discount will be credited to their accounts by their electricity retailers and they will get a lower bill than usual. It s the same for direct debit payments. Those who pay by auto- matic payment will be able to reduce the amount they pay at each instalment, or put a stop to payments for a while. And people with pre-paid electricity accounts can check their balances and choose whether or not to make their usual payments. Shaw says the company had discussed the pros and cons of the change with the trustees of the Top Energy Consumer Trust, the organis- ation that represents the community s interests in the region s electricity network. The trustees, who are all members of the community, had agreed that switching to a discount on power bills is, overall, in the best interests of consumers. It makes sense not only in terms of the additional money we re able to pass back to the people of the Far North, but also because it s a fairer and more effective way to make the payment, he says. People also get the benefit immediately, without having to do a thing. The annual dis- count credited to bills is intended to become a perma- nent feature. Top Energy is doing every- thing it can to explain to the community the reasons for the change, Shaw says. The company is sending explanatory information directly to electricity account holders, both in the post and with some paper bills, as well as running a radio advertis- ing campaign and briefing community leaders. A website has been set up at www.topenergy.co.nz. Clubrooms get a repaint through grant A heritage building in Kaitaia will get a spruce-up thanks to the Te Hiku Community Board. The board has given the Kaitaia Dalmatian Cultural Club $5000 towards costs of repainting its 88-year-old clubrooms on the cor- ner of South and Redan roads. The community grant will help the club complete an eight-year repair and maintenance pro- gramme for the Historic Places Trust-listed building. The grant was one of three the Te Hiku Board gave out at its monthly meeting at Coopers Beach on September 14. It also gave the Far North Avo- cado Festival Trust $3000 towards a Christmas Carnival and Santa Parade in Kaitaia in December; and Doubtless Bay Tennis Club received $1359 to landscape a Coopers Beach site where the club built four tennis courts in 2008 with Far North District Council financial support. Boards hand over $11,000 in grants Graffiti battlers and artists were the big winners in the latest allo- cation of grants by the Kaikohe- Hokianga and Bay of Islands- Whangaroa community boards. The boards gave out more than $11,000 to community groups when they met last month. The Kaikohe-Hokianga Com- munity Board gave $6500 to Kai- kohe (Rau Marama) Trust to con- tract Tag Off to remove graffiti; and the Kaikohe Community Arts Council received $1961 towards costs of holding a Sculpture in the Vines exhibition at Ivana Wines vineyard in Kaikohe next month. The Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board gave Karetu School $1700 towards costs of painting an environment-themed Hundertwasser-style mural on a wall in Kawakawa. The Kaikohe-Hokianga Com- munity Board also gave Bernadette Brophy at Soul Within Outreach Clinic in Kaikohe a $1000 grant towards holding a Spring into Summer Healthy Expo in Kaikohe last month. Vintner's luck Grapeful: From left: Marsden Estate chef James Coleman, Cindy MacIvor, Marsden Estate restaurant manager Terry Spong and Rod MacIvor. Northland wineries have scooped lots of medals in recent competitions such as The NZ International Wine Show and Romeo Bragato awards. Marsden Estate in Kerikeri won 12 medals including gold for its legendary Black Rocks Chardonnay 2010, silver for its Black Rocks Char- donnay 2009, Merlot 2010 and Syrah 2009. With bronze awards for its Pinotage 2010 and Pinot Gris 2010. Bronze medals went to Karikari Estate Chardonnay 2010 and Pinotage 2010 with Ake- Ake of Kerikeri winning bronze for its Chambourcin 2010. Marsden Estate won more medals in the Romeo Bragato Awards which recognise excellence in wines made from single vineyards.
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