Northern News : December 7th 2011
3 NORTHERN NEWS, DECEMBER 7, 2011 NEWS 215 Kerikeri Road Stone Store Basin HAVE FUN AND STAY SAFE get a lift home in our FREE COURTESY VAN LIVE MUSIC throughout summer BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 09 407 8479 3 Course Menu, a FREE glass of bubbles & music from across the years DINE & DANCE NEW YEAR'S EVE $70/person For details visit our website www.thepeartree.co.nz Tom C Tyson Clinical Dental Technician No referral required All dentures crafted on our premises Repairs WINZ Quotes Insurance claims Eftpos & Visa Accepted REDWOODS DENTAL LABORATORY "where we make dentures" 1536 STATE HIGHWAY, 10 KERIKERI For appointment phone 09 4074251 Helicopter pilot 'deeply respected' Following last week's devastating Karikari Peninsula fire in which two men in a helicopter lost their lives, Grant Harnish, CEO of Salt Air said: The small team at Salt Air is devastated at the loss last Wednesday evening of our pilot John Prickles' de Ridder and DOC ranger William McRae in the accident off the Karikari Peninsula. Our priority at this stage is helping their families through this dreadful time. Prickles was a core member of our close-knit team. It is dif- ficult to express just how much he will be missed and how valued he was, not only as a pilot but also as a friend, mentor and colleague. He was an extremely experienced helicopter pilot well-known throughout Northland and the New Zealand aviation community. He was particularly known for his constant quest to find a better or safer way of doing things. Salt Air is frequently called out to help DOC and firefighters often in difficult conditions. As one of our most experi- enced and capable chop- per pilots, Prickles was a well-known, well-loved and deeply respected fea- ture of the Northland fire emergency response landscape. It's indicative of Prickles' nature that his final act was a self- less attempt to rescue people whose lives were in danger under extra- ordinary circumstances. We will do everything in our power to support Prickles' wife Carol and their family through all this and beyond. We thank all those involved in the rescue and recovery operation for their assistance and undertake to help and co-operate fully with the authorities in their investigation of the acci- dent. Carol and my team of pilots and support staff would also like to thank the communities in the Bay of Islands and across Northland for the up- welling of solidarity and goodwill since the acci- dent. Their support has been amazing.'' A happy medium Psychic star: Kelvin Cruickshank with fans, from left: Krystal Edmonds, Kelvin with baby Abraham Edmonds and Gina Edmonds. CELEBRITY medium Kelvin Cruickshank from TVNZ's Sensing Murder delighted fans and admirers at a book signing at Paper Plus in Kaikohe last week. Mr Cruickshank mov- ed to the Far North 18 months ago with his fam- ily. I wanted to bring up my kids in the country how I was raised,'' he says. I love it up here. The fishing is great and the people are awesome.'' Fan Gina Edmonds of Kaikohe says it was nice to have someone of Mr Cruickshank's calibre visit Kaikohe. I read his first book and his life experience. What he's been through really resonated with me.'' Mr Cruickshank was invited to the store as part of the Ngapuhi- owned Paper Plus open- ing celebrations. Too close for comfort: This picture of the Omapere fire was taken by Linda Pattinson from her driveway in Akita St, Omapere. Quick response: A fire crew at the scene of the fire on Friday. Photo: MURRAY and JANET RODWELL Fire teams rally to fight blaze Fire appliances from Opononi, Rawene and Kerikeri were joined by a helicopter to fight a large scrub fire burning at Kokohuia Rd, half way between Opononi and Omapere on Friday. Witnesses say the fire was brought under con- trol but hot spots burned through the night forcing fire crews to dampen it down on Saturday morning. Omapere's Copthorne Hotel and Resort owners Shane and Pip Lloydd said on Friday they could see billowing smoke and the helicop- ter in action against the fire. They didn't consider any homes were in immediate danger because the fire was on the other side of the road. World cup on DVD All the highlights of the Rugby World Cup are now available on DVD. A special commemor- ative compilation of magic cup moments was released this week and we have four copies to give away. Go online to www.nor- thernnews.co.nz for details of how you can win and to get a sneak preview . New Zealand Rugby World Cup is a double disc set showing high- lights of every cup game -- including the post- match celebrations. National walkway a reality after 35 years A New Zealand-long walking trail conceived 35 years ago opened on Saturday. Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae opened Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) at a ceremony in the Wellington suburb of Island Bay where the North Island leg of the trail ends at Cook Strait. Far North mayor Wayne Brown joined the ceremony by cellphone as did his Invercargill counterpart Tim Shadbolt from South- land. A Walking Guide to Te Araroa written by long- time trail champion Geoff Chapple and published by Random House goes on sale this week. The idea of a scenic walking trail connecting Cape Reinga with Bluff dates back to 1975 when the New Zealand Walkways Commission was formed. The first section of the trail, a walking route from Kerikeri to Wai- tangi, was opened by Prime Minister Jim Bol- ger in 1995. Since then Te Araroa Trust has designated 3000km of walking tracks across coast and river margins, back roads, public estate and private land with sup- port from DOC and dis- trict and regional coun- cils. Fourteen walking tracks in the Far North district make up the 276km northern leg of Te Araroa: Cape Reinga Coast Walkway, 20km/8 hours Ninety Mile Beach, 80km/3 days Ahipara Connection, 9km/2 hours Herekino Forest Track, 15km/8 hours Takahue Route, 11.5km/3 hours Raetea Forest Track, 18.5km/9.5 hours Mangamuka Con- nection, 11.5km/3 hours Omahuta-Puketi For- est Track, 31km/2 days Kerikeri River Track, 6.5km/2 hours Kerikeri Connection, 5km/1 hour Waitangi Forest Track, 14km/2.5 hours Paihia-Opua Coastal Walkway, 8km/2 hours Waikare Connection, 13 km (by boat), 21.5km (by road) Russell Forest Track, 25km. Go to www.teararoa.org. nz for more information about Te Araroa.
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