Northern News : December 14th 2011
2 NORTHERN NEWS, DECEMBER 14, 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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See www.specsavers.co.nz for participating stores. © 2011 Specsavers Optical Group. McCANN_SPE12294. Relief fund for families of Karikari fire victims Far North Mayor Wayne Brown has established a mayoral relief fund to help the families of Salt Air pilot John Prickles de Ridder and DOC ranger William Macrae -- fire- fighters who died fighting a blaze at Karikari Peninsula last week. After attending funerals for both men, Mr Brown says the council will run a three-month fundraising campaign to raise money for the men s families. It is a gesture of respect to two men who made the ulti- mate sacrifice while serving their communities. He says the council will start the mayoral fund with a $1000 donation. He promises to make a per- sonal donation to the fund and he urges the public to do the same before March 6. We can t bring Prickles or William back but we can try to make life a little easier for their families. The council will decide dur- ing the next few days how the funds will be distributed. It is our intention to sup- port the victims immediate families. Mr Brown is also keen to see rural volunteer firefighters benefit from the fund. The more money we raise, the more we can show our appreciation to these people who give up countless hours of their lives to protect people and property from fires. People can donate to the Far North District Council Mayoral Relief Fund account at any branch of the ASB Bank. Donations can be paid into the same ASB account 12-3244-0031536-00 online. Cash, eftpos and cheque donations can also be made at council service centres. Hundreds attend pilot's funeral By KERI MOLLOY Grieving: Prickles' family members wife Carol, son Logan and daughter Helen. Honour flight: John 'Prickes' de Ridder is brought to his farewell in Kerikeri. They came in their hundreds from all over the country and overseas to fare- well helicopter pilot John Edwin Prickles de Ridder, who was killed during a rescue operation at Matai Bay on November 30. The father, grandfather, Kerikeri identity and much respected aviator was honoured at a service on Friday at the Salt Air hangar at Kerikeri air- port. Known as a man who gave self- less service, Prickles sudden death shocked the community. He and DOC worker William Macrae died when the Salt Air helicop- ter they were in crashed into the sea at night en route to rescue people fleeing the Matai Bay fire, being investigated as suspicious. A flyover featured two fixed wing planes and four helicopters, one of which carried Prickles coffin to the airport. Attending were members of the community at Karikari. Robert Brown thanked both the de Ridder and Macrae families: So sorry, so sorry. I can t express how sorry we are. You will be in my heart forever and ever. My partner and I have seven children between us and we are so grateful to be here. A tapu placed on the area after the accident will be removed today . Among the speakers was Kerikeri resident Peter Anderson who was res- cued from the ocean off Purerua Penin- sula by Prickles some years ago: Without your help I would have drowned that day, he said. The service was followed by a crem- ation with the family asking that donations be given to the Kerikeri Fire Brigade in lieu of flowers. Prickles leaves his wife Carol, son Logan, daughter Helen, their partners and three grandchildren.
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