Northern News : November 23rd 2011
7 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 NEWS We are pleased to welcome Dr Bryan Gilling, Katherine Porter, Campbell Duncan, Hanna Stephen and Rebecca Sandri to Morrison Kent, Wellington from 1 November. Call them on 04 472 0020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Leading Maori Issues team joins Morrison Kent. MOK10284 Don't let hearing loss tone you down. SAVE BIG $$$ on Hearing Aids* AHSSB144MNN FREE hearing test for 50+ FREE professional follow-up for 1 year MINIMUM 60 day trial INSTANT fitting options * Budget aids start from under $1000. If buying 2 digital aids, our second aid at half-price offer can easily save you $1000 or more! Conditions apply. ST JOHNS BUILDING 58 RAIHARA ST, KAIKOHE FREEPHONE 0508 20 30 20 or visit www.appliedhearing.co.nz # EMPLOYMENT LAW Eddie Taia Senior Lawyer It sounds like a dream job! Let's keep it that way with an Employment Agreement. The Meridian 93 Kerikeri Road Kerikeri 09 407 7099 www.lawnorth.co.nz Uber hits back Northland-based wire- less broadband provider Uber Group is querying claims by Vodafone that the beginnings of its rollout under the government s $285 mil- lion Rural Broadband Initiative is providing thousands of families with the first oppor- tunity to get good quality broadband . Uber Group says it has been providing wireless broadband in rural com- munities since 2003, covering Northland from Te Kao to Warkworth and Snells Beach from over 100 transmission sites. Managing director Hayden Simon says many rural dwellers have been enjoying the same or faster speeds than those available in the cities for several years now. Time and time again I hear that there has been no cover- age in rural areas and it s simply untrue. Mr Simon says his company s service is faster and cheaper than what is proposed by the large competitor. While he acknowledges the effort and investment being put into making sure that all New Zea- landers have access to fast broadband, he says that he and other regional wireless providers like his com- pany are frustrated that their larger competitors are claiming to offer something that has never been available before. Small companies like ours have taken the risks, raised the money and set up the infra- structure to bring wire- less broadband services to where they are most needed, and now we have what in our view is government-funded com- petition which is not in either ours or the taxpayers best inter- ests, he says. See www.ubergroup. co.nz/cov/wireless/. A tick for Oturu School Bee friendly: Oturu School and its little gardeners could win big prizes if you vote for them. There is still time to vote for little Oturu School in Kaitaia -- one of only three national finalists in the Gardener of the Year -- Schools Category competition being run by NZ Gardener magazine. The pupils at Oturu love bees. They ve planted plots with bee friendly plants and take great pride in their school beehive. As well, their gardens are full of fruit trees of all descriptions. Principal Fraser Smith has encouraged the kids to help make lotions and potions from their garden produce which apart from all the usual veggies, also includes medicinal plants like kawakawa, aloe vera, catnip and lavender. The school has a purpose- built kitchen to process its produce and a little shop to sell their school-made goods. It s all about empowering kids, creating entre- preneurs.. To vote for Oturu School, go to www.nzgardener.co.nz. Retired -- but still on job Broker retires: Geoff Clough with Tony Kiff visiting a Community Max project at the BOI Vintage Railway Trust. Opua man Geoff Clough has retired after 13 years as a Work and Income work broker in the Kawakawa community. After a career in the navy, Geoff focused his efforts on connecting job seekers with local employers. The biggest buzz for me has been getting people into work especially those who haven t worked for a long time, he said. Partnerships with The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust and the Kawakawa Community Trust has delivered jobs to hundreds of people in the community. My objective has always been to use the resources available to the maximum benefit of the job seeker. An avid sailor, Geoff is looking forward to spending some time on his yacht and staying linked to his com- munity. I might be retiring but I will always be on the lookout for an opportunity to hook people up to work.
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