Northern News : February 29th 2012
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Council assets and infrastructure general manager David Penny has lodged a complaint against Top Energy with the Commerce Commission. Far North Holdings In their first quarter report presented to the Far North District Council meeting last week, Far North Holdings noted an operating surplus of $5,156 compared to a surplus of $155,940 for the same period last year. Most of the reduction has been attributed to the loss of income from assets transferred back to council. Further losses are attributed to the $45,000 spent on drainage at Bay of Islands Airport. Holdings appoints new chief Appointment: Andrew Nock is Far North Holdings new chief executive. AUCKLAND property spec- ialist Andrew Nock has been appointed chief executive of Far North Holdings. Mr Nock, 48, has been a private consultant providing development and investment advice to domestic and inter- national companies. He was property develop- ment manager at Auckland Airport, in charge of commer- cial developments. He also has extensive work experience overseas where he completed a degree in urban estate surveying. He was European commer- cial director for THI, one of Europe s leading retail and leisure centre development and investment companies. Mr Nock grew up in New Zealand and has great mem- ories of the Bay Of Islands where his family holidayed. Far North Holdings chair- man Ross Blackman says 40 people from across New Zea- land and overseas applied for the job. The calibre was incredibly high and it was a really diffi- cult process of elimination, Mr Blackman says. Directors picked Mr Nock because they wanted a man- ager who could broaden the company s horizons in a glo- bal environment. Tourism is a big part of our income and we re dealing with international people all the time. Mr Nock takes up his pos- ition on March 5. Emergency planning Kerikeri and Waipapa residents are being encouraged to develop a community-based plan to provide a pathway through natural disas- ters. If there is community support, the proposed Kerikeri/Waipapa Com- munity Response Plan could be in place in a matter of months. Far North District Council Civil Defence co- ordinator Bill Hutchin- son says a public meet- ing will be held at Kings- ton House, Kerikeri, on March 8 at 7pm to initiate the proposal. Triathlon and gala at school The Taipa Area School gala day and kids triathlon is on March 10. The day will begin with the triathlonand conclude with a gala, food stalls and enter- tainment. The triathlon will have two age groups is open to individuals and teams. There will be spot prizes, including two mountain bikes. Register online at www.tai- pa.school.nz or pick up a form from the school office. Entries close March 7. Visit the website or call Taipa Area School on (09) 406-0159. Amalgamation plans support pleases Brown Mayor Wayne Brown said in council that he is pleased the government has signalled its support for the amalgamation of some councils. In a Listener article Local Government Minister Nick Smith indicated the govern- ment was considering abolishing regional councils. Kaipara District Council has been put on notice by the gov- ernment and any future merger seems more likely to be with Whangarei. Mr Brown, a critic of the Northland Regional Council, has campaigned for unitary authority. He has proposed the merging of Kaipara District Council with the Far North District Council. But recent revelations of the $87 million debt Kaipara has incurred and the illegal collection of over $9 million in rates for the Mangawhai com- munity wastewater scheme have thrown this into doubt. Kaipara District Council has been put on notice by the government and any future merger seems more likely to be with Whangarei. Name change requested The Far North District Coun- cil has approached the New Zealand Transport Authority with a request to swap the names of SH1 and SH10 with each other. If the move is approved, the route north from Pakaraka to Awanui via Mangamuka would become SH10. And the route which follows the east coast north from Pakaraka would become SH1.
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