Northern News : March 28th 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Knock, knock, who's there? Phone 09 407 3441 0800 42 45 46 www.gjgardner.co.nz Keridale Lane Large Sections Close to Town Ranui Gardens Low Maintenance -- Walk to Town Wide Choice of House and Land Packages Available *Price indication only, some conditions and regional variation may apply. Brand New Homes from $367k -$464k* LoW dePoSiT fiNANCe oPTioN offiCe 53 Hobson Avenue, Kerikeri. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm GJNHSOLFN0212 Carter flies the flag in the Cook Islands Big impact: New Zealand's High Commissioner for the Cook Islands John Carter with his wife Leoni outside their home with one of the four flags he flies from his car. FORMER Northland MP John Carter is making a considerable impact in his new role as High Commissioner to the Cook Islands. That s the view of Bay of Islands Rotarian Frank Leadley, who has just returned from Rarotonga. Using his long-time politician s experience he has made himself known to a large number of people and is immediately recognisable because his car displays not one but four silver fern flags as he drives around the island, Mr Leadley says. The Cook Islanders have never experienced a High Commissioner like him. He plays touch rugby with a local team, goes to the gym three times a week, he and Leoni take part in regular Hash Harrier runs, and he is training for the Round Rarotonga run in August. He seems to know everyone on the island and is constantly waving to people and shaking hands. He has been given the affectionate title of Papa John. Mr Carter s work to improve the lot of Cook Islanders was often mentioned, he says. He has thrown himself into projects including sanitation and education, harbour exten- sion, improved water supply, diversification of tourism and the economy. Good news rises from centre loss The Turner Centre was disap- pointed not to be named in the 2011 TrustPower National Community Awards announc- ed last Saturday. But it does take some solace from the Far North being picked as host region for the 2012 awards. The Turner Centre repres- ented the area at the awards after being named supreme winner at the TrustPower regional competitions last year. TrustPower community relations co-ordinator Suzi Luff says it gave a fantastic presentation. The Far North community should be really proud of what they achieved. she says. The announcement that the Far North is to host this year s awards was made on Saturday night at a presentation din- ner. The three-day event will see around 150 people converge on the district for the 13th annual awards event next year. The venue alternates from the North to the South Island. TrustPower prefers to hold the event in provincial New Zealand. Its community relations co- ordinator Suzi Luff says the awards also offers an oppor- tunity to showcase the host region. "We are thrilled to be bring- ing this prestigious event to the Far North District, she says. Far North mayor Wayne Brown is delighted with the news. We are looking forward to hosting the next round of TrustPower Community Awards supreme winners coming from some of the country s positively high-im- pacting community groups. Visit trustpower.co.nz for information on the TrustPower Community Awards.
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