Northern News : November 2nd 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 215 Kerikeri Road Stone Store Basin BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 09 407 8479 BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 09 407 8479 Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 17 $45/person 3 COURSE MEAL & LIVE MUSIC CHRISTMAS PA RT Y 3 Course Set Menu, a FREE glass of bubbles & music from across the years DINE & DANCE NEW YEAR'S EVE $70/person Company tastes success Magic beans: Aaron Bingham and Reuben Greig with their award-winning Max Coffee. By EMMA GODWIN AWARD-WINNING coffee is being artfully roasted in the heart of Kerikeri by a boutique company run by Northlanders. Max Coffee is a well- established company in the Bay of Islands and the new owners are well on their way to cementing the brand as Northland's premier coffee company after winning three more categories at this year's NZ Coffee Awards. Aaron Bingham, his part- ner Raelene Rankin and his mother Beverley Naylor pur- chased the company early this year. I went out to buy a rental investment property and came back with a coffee busi- ness,'' Aaron says. My part- ner keeps reminding me of this. It's like I went out with the family cow and came back with magic beans.'' He also returned with a master roaster called Reuben Greig who had worked for the previous owner and is an old friend of Aaron's. Reuben was instrumental in securing for Max Coffee two gold awards in 2005 and 2006 and was keen to stay with the business and help grow and develop it further. This is such a great team to work with,'' Reuben says. Aaron is an engineer, Bever- ley is an accountant and Raelene is a contract man- ager. We can now take the company to the next level.'' The team is injecting more of what it calls the Northland ethos into the brand. A new-look Max Coffee will be launched in the next couple of weeks. The name's the same so Max addicts will be able to locate their favourite brew and the team is planning to open a takeaway espresso bar in its new premises in Mill Lane. We've had so many people hounding us to serve coffee here,'' Aaron says. Other plans in the pipeline include expanding the busi- ness into Whangarei and securing more quality cafes around the country. We supply to a cafe in Japan called Kerikeri. Unfortunately, it's located in Fukushima which the owner has told us is not good now' but luckily he's looking to expand elsewhere in Japan. I've just returned from a trip to Australia where I introduced our brand.'' Opo's stone statue and its young boy rider vandalised Headless rider: Opo's famous statue isn't what it used to be. Photo: ROB HILLS By MALCOLM MCMILLAN The stone statue of Opo the Friendly Dolphin had its young boy rider decapitated some time late on Wednesday. An Opononi resident out for an early morning stroll discovered the damage on Thursday and took the broken-off head, which was lying on the ground in a couple of pieces, into a nearby takeaway. Opo the Dolphin became famous after befriending and frolicking with swimmers on the South Hokianga beaches during the summer of 1955-56. The dolphin was so trust- ing that it allowed children to ride on its back in the shallows. But the animal was not universally loved. Fishermen blamed falling catches on Opo which liked to follow their boats. The friendly mammal eventually washed up dead and a strong rumour circulating around town at the time suggested it was dynamited out in the bay. Sculptor Russell Clark then fashioned the now famous statue of Opo and its boy rider which stands in front of the Opononi Hotel. The statue has been damaged a number of times. It is the second time the boy rider has lost his head. The dolphin lost part of its upper jaw more than a dec- ade ago. The rider has had his head temporarily restored.
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