Northern News : March 21st 2012
3 NORTHERN NEWS, MARCH 21, 2012 NEWS LAND PLANNING AND SURVEYING 90 Kerikeri Road PO Box 211, Kerikeri 0245 F 09 407 7366 email@example.com Ph: 407 9182 2598141AA 3581687AM RENTON MOTORS (1976) LTD LMVD STATE HIGHWAY 10 WAIPAPA PH: 09 407 8412 FAX: 09 407 8418 Month of rain falls in a day Watery lawns: Ginn's Ngawha Spa at Ngawha Springs closed on Monday because of flooding on the front lawns from the weather bomb that passed over the North Island on Sunday night and Monday. HEAVY rain, gales and flood- ing ripped through Northland on Sunday night and Monday morning after a deep sub- tropical low crossed the top of the country. The MetService said the storm delivered more than a month s worth of rain in just 24 hours. MetService forecasters issued a heavy rain warning at mid-morning on Sunday, predicting the rain would become heaviest about 9pm then reach levels of 150mm in the following 24 hours -- a prediction that turned out to be accurate. The rain was accompanied by gale force winds from the south-east, causing problems for properties in exposed parts of the region. Farmers were advised to move stock to higher ground and boaties were urged to make sure vessels were secure. By Monday morning, the Far North District Council issued road closure warnings or barely passable road warnings for; State Highway 10, Kaeo -- closed SH1, Te Kao (Waitiki Landing) -- closed SH10 (Bulls Gorge) -- barely passable Dip Rd, Kaeo -- closed Omaunu Rd, Kaeo -- closed Wells Rd, Peria -- closed. Roads closed or made barely passable by slips were; Kohumaru Rd, Peria -- closed Mangamuka Rd -- pass- able Te Hapua Rd -- passable. Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group spokesman Graeme MacDonald said on Monday the rainfall had caused flood- ing across much of the region and he urged motorists to stay off the roads. Northland Regional Coun- cil figures show between mid- night Saturday and 9am Monday, 283.5mm of rain had fallen on the eastern hills above Kaeo -- roughly twice the 130mm to 140mm of rain that normally falls on the Northland region for the entire month of March. Over the same period, 202.5mm had fallen at Whangarei s Glenbervie area, 200mm at Puhipuhi near Whangarei, 189mm at Kerikeri and 179mm at Wai- tangi. The Ngunguru area near Whangarei had recorded 172mm. Whangarei city had recorded 117mm, Dargaville had recorded 49.6mm and Pouto Pt just 17mm. Local Heroes making a massive difference Local hero: Boy Yates of Kaitaia. ' Many of these medal winners are unsung heroes. ' Emma Mcdonald New Zealander of the Year national awards manager Boy Yates of Kaitaia was among 27 Local Heroes from Auckland and Northland recognised in this year s Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards. Local Heroes Medals cel- ebrate everyday New Zea- landers who have made out- standing contributions to their communities. The medals were pres- ented by Auckland deputy mayor Penny Hulse at the Telstra Clear Events Centre on Thursday in front of 250 supporters, community leaders and dignitaries. New Zealander of the Year national awards manager Emma Mcdonald says: Many of these medal winners are unsung heroes whose charity and self- lessness are not only inspi- rational locally but often have a profound effect prov- incially or nationally. We have received a fan- tastic response from across New Zealand from those who have been touched in some way by a Local Hero and we re proud to be able to reward those mentors and role models for their service both to their community and to New Zealand as a whole, Ms Mcdonald says. Great entertainment The Far North Country Music Club is cele- brating its 30th birthday at the Kaitaia RSA Club and Te Ahu Centre, Kai- taia, on April 6, 7 and 8. International and national guest artists will perform along with the Hokianga Country Music Band and local dance club the Far North Foot Fiddlers. Backing band for the weekend is Kowai. Bad- ges are available from the Te Ahu I-Site Centre, Mussel Rock Cafe or online at simplesite. com/farnorthclub. The purchase of a badge will allow you entry into both venues over the weekend. Badge prices: Adults $20, pen- sioners and university students $10. Students aged 13-18 $5. Children 12 and under free -- no badge necessary. Dance floor and bar facilities open all week- end. Friday night dinner prior to the event open- ing to the public is $30 a head with booking essen- tial. Saturday lunch avail- able at your own cost. Bring your badge as proof of purchase and enjoy an amazing week- end of top entertain- ment. Visit simplesite.com/ farnorthclub LEGEND IN THE NORTH Boy Yates of Kaitaia is a Far North legend at 72 years old. He's renowned for his community com- mitment. The Ngati Kahu elder regularly visits in- mates at Ngawha Prison. He has improved con- ditions at the court house and has provided support for many people at the court and prison. Boy helped get roads tarsealed around water supplies to prevent dust pollution and improved road safety for children walking to school. Speedway stampede The Kaikohe Speedway Easter Stampede and Demolition Derby is on April 6, 7 and 8. Track racing associ- ation titles and challenge trophies is on April 6. The Easter Stampede isonApril7and8with the Demolition Derby winding up the action. There is $3000 for last man standing and $500 for best dressed car.
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