Northern News : April 18th 2012
3 NORTHERN NEWS, APRIL 18, 2012 NEWS PAN1011650 EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY THE JEFFERSON PLAN FROM ONLY $191,800 CUSTOM ALUMINIUM WINDOW LINERS, DOOR JAMBS, ARCHITRAVES & SKIRTING Plan from our Goldstar range FLOOR AREA: 219.2 sqM JEFFERSON LAND PLANNING AND SURVEYING 90 Kerikeri Road PO Box 211, Kerikeri 0245 F 09 407 7366 email@example.com Ph: 407 9182 2598141AA Mayor calls for fair go on mining Mining support: Wayne Brown defends his stance on mineral exploration. ' The important thing is that we investigate the opportunities and weigh up the pros and cons before ruling anything in or out. ' Mayor Wayne Brown FAR North mayor Wayne Brown has hit back strongly with guns firing in response to criticism of his support for mineral exploration in the Far North. He says comments by those against mineral exploration have been notable for their ignorance and prejudice. Catherine Delahunty should be better informed and more measured in her comments as the Green Party s mining spokesperson. Dela- hunty says I have no mandate to encourage mineral exploration. Clearly, she is not aware that my council s support of an aerial survey of the region s mineral resources stems from an economic summit it held at Omapere in 2005. That summit was attended by people from business, community and iwi groups. The aerial survey conducted last year was in the council s annual and long-term plans which were open for public submission. I have also made no secret of my support for mineral exploration since I was elected mayor in 2007. Yet the people of the Far North saw fit to elect me for a second term in 2010. I would argue that Dela- hunty, a list MP, has no mandate to stand in the way of mineral explo- ration, particularly when the Far North has one of the country s highest unemployment rates and a median income of $19,200. He points to the positive differ- ence mining has made to the econ- omy of Waihi. Newmont Gold employs 350 people at the three mines it operates at Waihi and sustains hundreds of jobs in the community. Voters might also have been aware that the mining, resources and energy sector was the highest- paid sector in New Zealand last year, with workers earning an aver- age of $111,378. Despite these significant econ- omic benefits, Delahunty is fighting a new underground mine at Waihi that could add $700 million to the economy and provide employment for 700 families to at least 2020. He says there may be places in Northland where mining isn t appropriate for a range of reasons. But there may also be areas where this is viable from an econ- omic and environmental point of view. The important thing is that we investigate the opportunities and weigh up the pros and cons before ruling anything in or out. Champions: World street unicycle champ Christian Huriwai of Kaikohe and Sam La Hood of Dargaville are training again after celebrating their recent wins at the 2012 UniNats, the Australian national unicycling championships held in Melbourne. Christian won the open male flatland and street titles and Sam won the open female street title. This puts them right on target for Unicon 16, the world unicycling championships in Italy in July. Photo: JENNY ATKINS Gala opening day The governor-general will open Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia on April 28, and there will be a street parade and a gala day. Maori and Dalmatian traditions feature with dancing and musical performances and family entertainment through the day. A parade through the centre of town involving community organis- ations, cultural groups, schools, sports and busi- ness interests will pre- cede the official opening of the new facility. The centre opened for business earlier this month.
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