Northern News : January 11th 2012
2 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 11, 2012 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Alan Puru Ph 09 405 2749 email: alan puru@snl co nz Classifieds Free ph 0800 022 812 Free fa x 0800 022 815 email: email@example.com 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. Ph 09 407 0050 Fax 09 407 0369 www.northernnews.co.nz Kerikeri Summer Gift Card Giveaway Locals for Locals WE'RE GIVING AWAY A $100 GIFT CARD EVERY DAY *Promotion runs Monday 5th December 2011 until Sunday 29th January 2012 *Throughout December 2011 & January 2012 & ONCE A WEEK, EVERY WEEK A $500 GIFT CARD So come on in store, spend $100 or more AND BE IN TO WIN, EVERYDAY! Yeeha: Daniel Kennedy and his mum Jane Dromgool in the open team roping event at the Oruru Valley Rodeo Tough Enough to Wear Pink. The rodeo on January 3 was in support of the Breast Cancer Foundation. It was held in glorious Northland sunshine -- 191 contestants with a prize pool of more than $12,000. Photo: JENNY ATKINS Rodeo fun: Barrel racing and sheep catching kept competitors on their toes at the Umawera Valley Wild Out West Rodeo on January 4. Photos: SHERRIL McNABB Wild west comes to town New rules to identify and manage contaminated land The government has tightened rules regulating the use of land that may have been sub- ject to specifically identified hazardous activities and industries. Resource Management Act changes, which took effect on January 1, require builders and developers across the country to satisfy territorial authorities that the land on which any new activity is proposed is safe for human health. Some land in New Zealand has been contaminated as a result of industrial, domestic or agricultural activities including: The manufacture and use of pesticides and fertilisers The production of coal and gas Mining Timber treatment Sheep dipping The onus will be on the landowner to meet all costs of any soil investigation or con- tamination mitigation work. Soil assessments will be required on all land on which any hazardous activity has been carried out, including horticultural and pastoral land that may have been sub- ject to chemical sprays. Deputy mayor Ann Court says the new rules are not retrospective and existing use rights are protected. However, the change does add another level to the bureaucracy surrounding land management. This is not something the Far North District Council can choose to ignore -- it's a requirement,'' Ms Court says. We will attempt to take a commonsense approach but there are specified standards and assessment criteria which will have to be met.'' Far North mayor Wayne Brown says requiring home builders to test soil on pastoral and horticultural land seems draconian and will reduce housing affordability. Further information is also available on the Environment Ministry's website at www.mfe.govt.nz.
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