Northern News : November 2nd 2011
5 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 2, 2011 NEWS VOTING IN THE REFERENDUM MADE EASY For some simple tools to help you decide, visit elections.org.nz - or you can call 0800 36 76 56 ECF0 E 056_0800 The second question asks which of four other voting systems you would choose if New Zealand decides to change from MMP. You'll find out more about them at www.elections.org.nz On the Referendum paper, there are two questions to answer. The first is whether you think New Zealand should keep MMP, or change to another voting system. At this year's General Election, there's a referendum on our voting system. So when you go to vote, along with your orange ballot paper for the General Election, you'll get a purple Referendum one too. If we vote for a change of system, Parliament will decide if there is another referendum in 2014 to choose between MMP and the most popular alternative. If we vote to keep MMP, there will be an independent review to assess if there should be any changes to the way it works. Busy Rotarians: From left: Murray Wilderspin, Paul Linton and Chris Williams start the clear-out of the Paihia War Memorial Gardens. Rotary does makeovers Bay Of Islands Rotary Club has turned out in force to tackle the gar- dens and surrounds of the Paihia War Mem- orial Hall. Eighteen Rotarians, with assistance from Friends of Rotary, charged into a working bee on October 15 and completely cleared out the old gardens, cut out dead trees and pruned shrubs ready for a total makeover. We want to give the Memorial Hall gardens and surrounds a real wow! factor, Rotary Community Service Dir- ector Bob Glen says. And to achieve this we felt we needed to start again from scratch, and to involve the community in our efforts. Three working bees will be involved. The first was to clear every- thing out, a second has been held to prepare the grounds with compost and weed mat covered with stone chip, and then will come the planting under the guidance of Lou Vinsen. With a $500 donation from Kingsgate Auto- lodge and the balance from Rotary funds, the Memorial Hall gardens will be a feature of the Paihia area. Bay Of Islands Rotary Club is also leading other community proj- ects before Christmas including the repainting of the exterior of the Kawakawa Railway Sta- tion over the weekend of November 5 and 6. We will be painting the station in heritage colours so that it will look fantastic for the summer, club president Frank Leadley says. And we would very much like to involve the whole community in this Bay of Islands icon. Anyone who would like to help is very wel- come to turn up with a paint brush and lend a hand, he says. Calling young farmers The Far North/Whan- garei district final of the National Bank Young Farmer Contest is being held on Saturday, November 12 with a 9am start, at Bruce Paton s farm. Enter via #2404 State Highway 1, Ruakaka. Entry is free for Young Farmer members or you can join up on the day to compete. Membership costs $70 and includes a free Young Farmers shirt, cap and subscrip- tion to the Young Country magazine. This competition is for rurally minded guys and girls of all abilities, between the ages of 16 and 30. All are welcome to enter Any queries contact Shane Munford on 027-273-6851. Te Ahu Centre opens its doors Up to 300 people will get a sneak preview of Te Ahu Centre s interior next week. Te Ahu Trust is hold- ing an open evening at the nearly-finished cen- tre on November 9 from 5.30pm to 8pm to update the community on con- struction work. Trustee Monty Knight says the open evening will be the first oppor- tunity for the public to see the $14 million centre s atrium and the newly-built areas that will house Kaitaia s pub- lic library, i-Site, the Far North Regional Museum and Archives, Far North District Council service centre and offices, a cafe and exhibition spaces and public areas. There will be a route for people to follow so they can get a feeling of what it will be like, Mr Knight says. The trust will also hold an auction and report on a community fundraising campaign which hopes to raise $1m for fit-out costs and finishing touches. Although entry to the event will be free visitors will be asked to give a koha donation to help the trust meet the costs of providing light refreshments, Mr Knight says. If you think the meal is worth $20, we would like you to give $20. Email Bev Crene at beverly.crene@ fndc.govt.nz or phone her on 021-172-3657 if you are interested in attending the preview event which is limited to 300 persons.
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