Northern News : October 26th 2011
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RUSSELL DQ1894 TENDER Contact: Jan Madden (09) 402 8638 M: 0274884004 Jan Madden Real Estate Ltd 22 Selwyn Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands Licensed Agent REAA 2008 BAY OF ISLANDS BARGAIN - OPUA OPEN HOME Tender enquiry welcome from $690,000 1970's very spacious home, spectacular views with mooring (negotiable). Absentee vendor recognises need for deferred maintenance. CV $1million plus View this property www.century21paihia.co.nz ID # PA2452 Open Homes: 1 -- 2pm Saturday 29th Oct & 5th Nov 2011 5 Parry Street, Opua Tender closes 4pm 16th November 2011 Northland Lifestyle&Property Real Estate Guide to Northland Advertising feature Quad bike safety for women Quad bike safety: Skills training is vital. The unwanted downside of more women involved in dairying is a greater number also involved in quad bike accidents -- the biggest cause of on-farm injuries and deaths in New Zealand. It is an unwanted equality and one that the Dairy Women s Network is aiming to correct. Last year was a par- ticularly black year for farming women, with two killed in quad bike accidents. A 62-year-old woman was killed in Kai- kohe, while a young farm worker died near Westport. Over the past eight years, seven women have lost their lives in quad accidents on farms and every year on average five farmers are killed and 850 are injured. The accidents incur an ACC bill of around $7 million a year, and leave a legacy of loss, debili- tation and pain. The Dairy Women s Network is working with the Department of Labour to increase the level of quad bike skills dairying women have, and in November is using its popular Dairy Daysasawaytogetthe message out about safer riding. More women than ever are involved in the dairy industry, often as heavily as their male counterparts and the impact death and injury has on rural families and businesses is simply too great to ignore, Dairy Women s Network CEO Sarah Speight says. Women attending the Dairy Days -- held nationally from Novem- ber 8-30 -- will leave with more knowledge on the key principles of quad bike operation, and infor- mation to pass on. Ag ITO adviser Graeme Couper is one of the 10 instructors who will be attending the Dairy Days, providing hands-on tips to improve quad bike riding skills. He believes women are often more open to improving their skill set, and play a vital role in passing those skills on. Often they may not be riding as frequently, and when they do they may be in challenging situations, like towing calf milk which can chal- lenge your skills and the quad s ability, Mr Couper says. We also hope to high- light things less obvious, like the need for good, ongoing maintenance programmes on quads to keep them safe. The Dairy Days are structured to provide plenty of opportunity to ask questions on all aspects of quad bike safety, and are set around farm friendly times between 10am and 2pm. The Department of Labour is one year into an initiative aimed at reducing the level of accidents on quad bikes, and the campaign comes with four key messages that will be reinforced at the Dairy Days. They are to always wear a helmet, keep chil- dren off quads, train staff correctly and use the right machine for the job. The department is aiming to reduce quad bike accidents 30 percent by 2013. Dairy Days partici- pants will learn more about the seasonal farm visits Department of Labour inspectors will be making around the country, ensuring farm quad bike safety is being taken seriously. Insp- ectors will be explaining the outcomes of these visits, which can include a range of enforcement options from written warnings, improvement notices and prosecution. The Dairy Day quad bike sessions also aim to inform farming women who may employ staff about their obligations to ensure all safety measures are taken. After a quad bike acci- dent killed a Masterton worker in 2008, the employer was fined $78,000 and required to pay $60,000 in repar- ation to the worker s family. For more information or to register for Dairy Days, visit www.dwn. co.nz or email dairy email@example.com. Holiday park up for sale New horizons: A new future, and potentially new owners, await the Waitiki Holiday Park business. The northernmost commercial camping ground and restaurant in New Zealand is on the market -- just a week after its general store and petrol station were badly damaged by fire. The Waitiki Holiday Park, about 20 kilometres from Cape Reinga, is not only the last com- mercial accommodation and hos- pitality provider before the light- house, but also serves the general community and Department of Conservation personnel in the surrounding sparsely populated rural countryside. Business activities associated with the wider holiday park include a fully licensed restaurant and bar serving a-la-carte and takeaway meals, a three-pump petrol station, a convenience and general supplies store, cafe, laundromat, accommodation block, and grassed sites for both campervans and tents. The holiday park s petrol sta- tion and corner store, which operated jointly out of a large rec- tangular aluminium garage-like building were damaged beyond repair by fire earlier this month. Agents Bayleys say the rest of the campground activities were left unscathed and are continuing as normal. The fire coincided with the busi- ness being placed on sale through Bayleys Real Estate with an asking price of $670,000. Bayleys Far North sales specialist Alan Broadbent says the business owners remain com- mitted to the sale process -- although it has added a distrac- tion to what would otherwise have been a fairly straightforward pro- cedure. The petrol pump amenities, the building which housed the general store and service station, and the store s stock were all fully insured. There will be a rebuilding of the infrastructure, so this is a per- fect opportunity for any new owners of the Waitiki Holiday Park to be involved in how the new store and service station area could look, Mr Broadbent says. Any new owner with a particu- lar vision on additional services or features which could be run out of the site will be in a prime position to put forward those thoughts to the insurance company as the rebuilding process moves for- ward. Accommodation facilities at the park include 16 cabins with their own en-suite bathrooms and toilets, a backpacker block sleep- ing up to 10 people in either two- or three-bedroom dormitories with access to a communal kitchen, scores of tent sites, and 12 pow- ered camping sites. The licensed 50-seater bar and cafe on the site has a diverse range of target customer markets -- including locals of the remote northern tip of the country, guests staying at the camping ground and cabins, and the substantial traffic of tourists heading to and from Cape Reinga lighthouse. Competition is power to the people Consumer power is leading elec- tricity retailers to be more innovative in their pricing with at least one offering a big online dis- count to staunch the flow of customers to other suppliers. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said competition between retailers to keep con- sumers had never been more fierce and ordinary households were finally reaping the benefit. Rugby might have been dominating our thinking but many Kiwis who watched the games on their telly at home and in their heated rooms are paying less for their electricity supply because they have taken the initiative and switched power companies. The success of the What s My Number campaign means that more than 162,000 consumers have switched power companies in the past four months, she said. That s also meant consumers have had the power in their hands when negotiating with their existing retailer or a new one. The other beauty of the cam- paign, she said, was that it was free for consumers to visit both the What s My Number website www.whatsmynumber.org.nz and then move on to Consumer NZ s free Powerswitch site www.power switch.org.nz to initiate a switch or find out more information. The campaign, conducted by the Electricity Authority in partner- ship with the Ministry of Con- sumer Affairs and Consumer NZ, aims to help New Zealanders make more informed choices about their electricity suppliers. Our aim has always been to empower the consumer, auth- ority chief executive Carl Hansen says. We wanted Kiwis to under- stand how simple and effective the process is to switch electricity providers, and in turn increase competition within the industry. This is exactly what we ve achieved since the What s My Number campaign launched, now it s important that consumers con- tinue to check and make sure they are on the most suitable plan. See www.whatsmynum ber.org.nz.
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