Northern News : August 1st 2012
8 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 1, 2012 NEWS Keoghans Showcase Jewellers 66 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri Phone 09 407 7424 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org KERIKERI Purchase your wedding rings from Keoghans Showcase Jewellers and go into the draw to win your honeymoon in Fiji. Plus You could win these beautiful diamond cluster studs from your Kerikeri Showcase Store. Glamour girl isn't afraid of a challenge Model mechanic: After a stint as a top model, Sonya King is Moerewa Motors' star apprentice. ' I really like taking on a challenge, I love new experiences as they are doors to other opportunities in the future. I really enjoy figuring out how to make things work and trying to help others, even if it's just fixing their car. ' -- Sonya King A fashion model has given up glamour for the world of grease and cars. Sonya King was a contestant in season two of New Zealand's Next Top Model until illness forced her to quit the competition early. But deciding she wanted to do something practical and where there would always be a demand for work, she enrolled in an auto- motive engineering course and is completing an apprenticeship under the guidance of her employer Joe Tipene. It was really important to me to be able to work in my home town of Moerewa. I tried living in the city but it just wasn t for me, so I m happy that Joe decided to take me on, she says. Being a female mechanic can be challenging at times, some people aren t too happy with a girl working on their car, but others have been great," Sonya says. Sonya s talents for the trade have not gone unnoticed. Mr Tipene suggested that she should enter the enter the 2012 MTA Apprentice of the Year compe- tition. "I really like taking on a chal- lenge, I love new experiences as they are doors to other opportun- ities in the future. I really enjoy figuring out how to make things work and trying to help others, even if it s just fixing their car," she says. In her spare time Sonya enjoys boxing, and has won several bouts. She is also a keen horse rider -- who one day hopes to train horses. Mr Tipene believes she will be hard to beat. "Sonya is very competitive and determined. She told me that if she is going to enter the compe- tition, she wants to win it -- she doesn t want to come second. I really want her to go for it because if you set her a goal, she will go all out to get it," Mr Tipene says. The winning apprentice gets to work in the Greg Murphy Racing Team in Sydney, receives a $3500 cash prize, potential study grant from Motor Industry Training Organisation and more. There is also a big prize pack- age for the winner s employer. Runners-up receive tickets to an All Blacks test in Wellington, a gaming console, $500 Telecom voucher, and a trade tools pack- age. Time to take to the skies Kauri dive: Kauri coast skies will be dotted with skydivers on August 10 as Skydive Ballistic Blondes comes to the Northland. The famous beach jump at Baylys Beach takes place at 4pm. By PETRICE TARRANT Dark skies are headed our way but it s not because of bad weather. Kauri Coast skies will be dotted black with sky- divers as the Kauri Coast Skydiving Carni- val hits our shores. And you could be one of them. Skydive Ballistic Blondes are coming to Dargaville on Friday, August 10, and tandem skydiving will be avail- able all day followed by a skydiving display at Sel- wyn Park at 4pm. The carnival will hit Ruawai on Saturday and move to Baylys Beach with the famous beach jump taking off at 4pm. Along with food stalls and family entertain- ment, there will be a raffle fundraiser held to raise money for local schools who want to join in, the prize being a tan- dem skydive. The event will finish on Sunday at Ruawai Airfield where the raffle will be drawn. One of the event organisers, Kelly Cullen, says it should be a great community event and everyone can get involved. If people want to watch that s fine or if they want to have a go that s even better. There s no age limit for skydiving in New Zea- land and Ms Cullen says she s had 90-year-olds take the jump before. With more than 30,000 jumps behind them in total, Ms Cullen ensures New Zealand s best tan- dem masters are on board. Otamatea Aero Club will be holding micro- light trial flights all weekend. Club president Tuhi Manukau calls this a nice alternative . Book now for tandem skydive or trial flight as spaces are limited. 0800 NZ JUMP or skydi- veballistic blondes.co.nz.
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