Northern News : February 15th 2012
7 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 NEWS Book lovers to get more choice New service: Mangonui Community Library volunteers Pat Savill, seated, and Jennifer Silcock. Book lovers in Doubtless Bay will soon have access to a wider range of library books thanks to a joint initiative between the Far North Dis- trict Council and Mangonui Community Library. People with a Mangonui Community Library member- ship card will be able to bor- row books from the council s libraries from March 1. Those who join the volunteer-run, community library in future will fill out a council borrower application instead of a community library application. Council library card holders will still need to have a Mangonui Community Library card if they want to borrow from that library s 3000 book collection. Mangonui Community Library spokeswoman Sheila Wyeth says the library surveyed about half its 160 members about the initiative in December. Eighty percent supported increasing the library s annual membership fee of $10 to the $15 charged by the council so they could borrow books from council libraries. Mrs Wyeth stresses the new arrangement is not a merger of the libraries. People who borrow books from the community library will still have to return them to the library, not to other council libraries. Volunteers will continue to run the library and source second-hand books from United States book supplier Better World Books. The relationship between the libraries is more of a co- operative partnership , she says. Kaitaia Library already loans the library 100 books each quarter. It will give the library shelves from its Melba St building when it moves to Te Ahu Centre next month. Council library staff also print spine labels for the lib- rary s new books and trans- port them to the Procter Library in Kerikeri for processing. Far North mayor Wayne Brown is pleased the initia- tive is going ahead after suggesting the idea to com- munity library volunteers and council staff. It is a testimony to the wonderful people we have in the Far North that a small group of volunteers has kept this library going for 102 years. My council is delighted to be able to support these people who make Doubtless Bay a better place in which to live. The Mangonui Community Library is at Mangonui War Memorial Hall. It is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Licence tests aim to boost road safety Changes to the restricted licence test will lead to better trained and safer young drivers, the Automobile Association says. The test will be tougher and longer from this month, and new test routes will involve more challenging environments. The number of locations providing the restricted test will reduce but road safety will benefit by having all drivers assessed against a consistent national standard. The AA will partner with the New Zealand Transport Agency to provide a com- munity programme to assist disadvantaged drivers around the country to pre- pare for the new restricted test. Supervised practice of 120 hours, the internationally recommended amount of time before learners drive solo, will be required to pass the new test. New Zealand learners are currently estimated to do no more than 50 hours of super- vised practice before they drive solo. Road crashes are the single biggest killer of 15 to 24-year-olds in our country, AA motoring affairs manager Mike Noon says. These changes will help our young drivers gain the skills they need to become safe drivers. At the same time as the changes to the restricted test, the full licence test will become shorter. The combined cost of the two tests remains the same. Plunket changes car seat hours Children's safety: Clunk, click every trip Plunket Kaitaia s car seat rental scheme changed its hours of business from Monday. The scheme s opening hours are now Mondays from 3pm to 5pm and Wednesdays from 9am to 11am. Car seat rental scheme co- ordinator Erena Hodgkinson says people would often rush to the clinic in their lunch break or outside of the orig- inal hours to rent infant capsules, child seats and booster seats. This change will make the service more accessible to the community, she says. The scheme offers short and long term rentals of a range of child car restraints at reasonable costs to the public. Hireage generally works out at less than the average cup of takeaway coffee per week, Ms Hodgkinson says. Sports expo for the kids The Kids Sports Expo is on again at Lindvart Park this Saturday. For the last two years the park s management com- mittee has organised the expo as an opportunity for codes such as league, touch, soccer, softball, boxing, muay thai, unicycling, tennis, hockey, taekwondo, netball, cricket, rugby and basketball to promote their sport to youth. These codes set up stalls, run exhibitions, run mini games, run trainings and skill drills and other fun games. It s a chance for chil- dren and youth of all ages to experience a wide range of different codes and a vital chance for clubs to recruit for and develop their sports. The expo has attracted more than 400 children in previous years and is a great day for all. The Kids Sports Expo is on from 10am to 4pm this Saturday. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone interested in setting up a stall can phone Ryan on 027-588-5867.
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