Northern News : November 2nd 2011
2 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 2, 2011 NEWS Editor Malcolm McMillan Ph 09 405 2743 email: northern editor@snl co nz Northern Regional Manager Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2744 Kaikohe Ph 09 407 0361 Kerikeri email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Alan Puru Ph 09 405 2749 email: alan puru@snl co nz Classifieds Free ph 0800 022 812 Free fax 0800 022 815 email: email@example.com or 09 405 2040 email: northern accounts@snl co nz 12,214 Audited Circulation (ABC December 10) Up to 12,300 Copies Delivered (each Wednesday) to Kaikohe, Okaihau, Ohaeawai, Moerewa, South and North Hokianga and Kaitaia. Rural areas include: Awanui RD 1. Kaikohe RD 1, 2, 3. Kaitaia RD 1, 2, 3(part), 4. Kawakawa RD 1, 2, 3. Kohukohu RD 1. Broadwood RD 2. Kohukohu RD 2. Okaihau RD 1, 2. Russell RD. Kaikohe Office: 60 Broadway, Kaikohe. P.O. Box 1, Kaikohe. Ph 09 405 2040 Fax 09 401 2129 Kerikeri Office: 93 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri. P.O. Box 392, Kerikeri. 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An emergency meeting was called at the weekend and about 90 growers attended at just two hours notice. The atmosphere was sub- dued. Growers are devastated as we had done what we could to keep PSA out. We are pro- ceeding as if we have it, Mr Curtis says. An operations team travelled north from Te Puke and growers are applying low levels of copper spray to their vines to kill the bacteria. People in Kerikeri are asked to co-operate with moves to stop the spread of the disease and to be tolerant about noise. Spraying machines will be busy at night and at weekends. Kerikeri supplies about 5 percent of the national kiwi- fruit production. About 80 percent of the Kerikeri crop is the gold variety that is particu- larly susceptible to PSA. The industry is worth about $30 million to Kerikeri, the biggest growing area outside the Bay of Plenty. New man at the helm Top post: Malcolm Nicolson has been appointed chief executive officer of the Northland Regional Council. Far North Holdings chief executive and Kawakawa resident Malcolm Nicolson has been appointed the Northland Regional Council s new chief executive officer. Mr Nicolson, 54, was chosen from a field of 38 candidates to replace Ken Paterson, who left the council in July to head the Tauranga City Council. Mr Nicolson has bachelor of commerce and masters of business administration degrees and for the past 12 years has headed Far North Holdings, set up by the Far North District Council in 1997 to handle its commercial activities. He served as FNHL s executive chairman from 1999 to 2008 and was appointed to his current role in June 2008. Mr Nicolson s appointment will see him lead the regional council s 140-plus staff from January 23 next year. South-African born Mr Nicolson has lived here since 1996 and is married with two adult children. I am passionate about unlocking the immense reser- voir of opportunity that exists in Northland and look for- ward to being able to con- tinue serving the diverse communities of the region through this new role, he says. Bus hits college student At about 8.50am on Monday, a 14-year-old student of Kai- taia College was struck by a bus on Redan Rd outside the college. She received serious injur- ies and was taken to Kaitaia Hospital. The Northland police serious crash unit attended the scene to investigate. Redan Rd was closed for a while and diversions put in place. The commercial vehicle investigation unit is also involved in the investigation. Any witnesses to the crash are asked to phone Kaitaia Police on (09) 408-6500.
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