Northern News : November 16th 2011
3 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 16, 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 4134840AB Welcoming Summer Open 7 days Mon-Fri 7.00-3.00 Sat-Sun 8.30-2.00 Gluten Free Food Baked Daily Relaxing Courtyard Garden firstname.lastname@example.org www.santeez.co.nz Ph: 09.407.1185 93 Kerikeri Rd Kerikeri Opposite Police Station You need to And will want to Come and see our gorgeous Garden Centre New plants arriving daily Great giftware ideas that will have you ready for Christmas! p pen 7 Days For all your gardening & landscaping needs 09 4081092 Faster broadband on way By EMMA GODWIN IF your internet connection is moving at a primordial pace don t despair -- the govern- ment s Rural Broadband Initiative is bringing 21st- century technology to the Far North. Vodafone and Telecom are together delivering the initiative across the country. Seven Far North schools have the fibre optics in place to enable connectivity -- Ahipara, te Tii, Karetu, Oromahoe, Motatau, Ohaeawai and Pukepoto. Telecom s utility company Chorus is installing the fibre and cabinets and Vodafone is building the towers to deliver broadband and mobile signals. The infrastructure is open- access so competitors can use it to provide services, which will hopefully mean con- sumers will benefit from a competitive market. Through the project, 95 percent of rural schools will receive the ability to have ultra-fast broadband con- nections comparable to urban schools. The only one to miss out in the Far North will be Mangamuka School because its location and roll of just 12 students makes the cost of the fibre optic installation prohibitive. Schools will not be the only ones to benefit. Chorus communications manager Robin Kelly says business and domestic users will receive vastly improved broadband and mobile services. The Rural Broadband proj- ect should be completed in the next five years. Further information on the policy and the government s objectives for improving broadband services and coverage for rural New Zea- land can be found at www.med.govt.nz. School's mural a winner Mural motivators: From left, Karetu School principal Ken Timperley, teacher Cherie Anderson and her sister, artist Simone Anderson by the Kawakawa mural. Karetu School unveiled its mural project in Kawakawa on Saturday. The project was inspired by teacher Cherie Anderson after a school play backdrop painting on builder s paper was admired -- and the school won $500 of Resene paint in a Wall Worthy com- petition to enable it to recre- ate the mural in more per- manent materials. All the kids contributed, Ms Anderson said. From ceramic eyes, to patterns with hand and footprints. The mural, on the outside wall of Kawakawa s Grass Hut building, also pays homage to late Austrian art- ist Friedensreich Hundert- wasser. Police find P lab and firearms after arrest Police have located a clan lab, a large amount of electronic goods and several vehicles at a rural address in Oue, Northland. The property, in an area between Rawene and Opononi, was searched on Thursday after police received information follow- ing the arrest of a 36-year-old man in Auckland on Wednesday. Police located chemicals and equipment used for the manufacture of methamphet- amine. The house has had a hazardous substances declar- ation made on it and will need to be thoroughly cleaned due to the toxic nature of the chemicals involved. Police also seized a large amount of property including quad bikes, cars, televisions, more than 20 laptop com- puters, jewellery and cameras. They also located some firearms and ammunition. Relieving Far North area commander Inspector Jacqui Whittaker says the discovery is the result of good investi- gation. Police have a strong focus on reducing the harm caused by illicit drugs and other crimes in our communities. We will continue to target those who carry out this offending. However, police cannot do it alone and rely on infor- mation from the public to locate these offenders and make our communities safer. Activity to look out for in relation to methampheta- mine manufacture includes strong chemical smells, large stockpiles of empty con- tainers and any unusual late night activity. People renting out proper- ties should remain vigilant for this type of offending as the long term consequences, not only on people in the immediate vicinity but also the ability to reuse the build- ings can have a significant impact. Anyone with information regarding suspicious activity relating to drugs and other crime can contact their local police station or call Crimes- toppers, anonymously, on 0800-555-111. Runanga blames $49,000 loss on downturn, quake impacts The past financial year has seen a small loss for Te Runanga-A-Iwi-O-Ngapuhi. At the AGM held on Octo- ber 29, chief executive George Riley reported a loss of $48,000 and cited the global economic downturn and the impacts of the Christchurch earthquakes as factors. These events are the main reason for the cutback in funding from our government agencies, Mr Riley said. The loss is in stark contrast to the $460,000 profit last year. The value of the Runanga s net assets increased from $37m to $37.8m. Mr Riley said the Runan- ga s commercial subsidiary, Ngapuhi Asset Holding Com- pany, had looked to spread the risk by investing in real estate and assets within Te Whare Tapu o Ngapuhi such as the Caltex station and Paper Plus. It was also reported the Runanga s iwi development strategy is meeting the government s Whanau Ora objective and the hapu devel- opment fund is being well used. Chairman Raniera (Sonny) Tau reported two milestones. First, the conclusion of the historic Stage One Waitangi Tribunal hearings on He Whakaputanga ote Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and second, the seeking of man- date by Te Ropu o Tuhoron- uku to begin negotiating a settlement of all historical Crown breaches against Ngapuhi under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Upcoming Takiwa elections were announced, they are Te Takiwa o Ngapuhi ki Whangarei, Te Ropu Takiwa o Mangakahia and Te Runanga o Taumarere ki Rakaumangamanga. Visit www.ngapuhi.iwi.nz for more information.
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