Northern News : August 22nd 2012
21 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 22, 2012 NEWS All winners: Special Olympics swimmers excel in Whangarei: From left: Sarah Barnes (Omapere), Darcy Burkhart (Kaikohe), Rachel Harvie (Kerikeri), Chris Newhouse (Kerikeri), Yvonne Wilson (Paihia), Aerian Broughton (Moerewa), Zadkiel Beazley-Tango (Kaikohe), Barbara Linton (Coach). Golden effort from team The Bay Of Islands Special Olympics Swim Team trav- elled to Whangarei for a two-day meet on August 11 and 12. The team of eight, ran- ging from 10 to 43 years, were up against clubs from Te Awamutu, Auckland and Counties. They col- lected nine gold, two silver and three bronze medals and many finalist ribbons. All swimmers qualified for the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Dunedin 2013 which will determine participants for the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles. In the first swim Rachel Harvie achieved the finals in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, slicing 43 seconds off her previous best times. In her meet debut, Sarah Barnes blitzed her seed times and on day two bettered them again to pick up two golds and a silver. The youngest swimmer, Zadkeil Beazley-Tango, picked up a silver and bronze. Of special note is Darcy Burkhart who won three golds, swimming his free- style and breaststroke events with superb form and technique. Yvonne Wilson took two gold and Aerian Broughton two bronze medals. Experienced swimmers Chris Newhouse and Alex Goldsack excelled with Alex achieving the highest percentage personal best of all Bay of Islands athletes and Chris gaining two golds. Coaches Paul and Barbara Linton thank all those involved. Applications sought for Mara Kai funding Te Puni Kokiri invites whanau-eligible ropu to apply to the Mara Kai fund for the 2012-13 funding year. The Mara Kai initiative assists whanau and com- munities in areas of high need, to meet the establish- ment costs of setting up non- commercial mara kai (food garden) on marae, backyards and among Maori communi- ties. It seeks to enhance the development of community- based garden projects that benefit whanau by promot- ing self-sufficiency (ranga- tiratanga), wellbeing and good nutrition (oranga), the sharing of gardening know- ledge (kaitiakitanga and matauranga) and com- munity co-operation (whana- ungatanga). Aims of Mara Kai can be: way to develop skills that could lead to employment; a healthy, educational, cul- tural activity for Maori; a useful Maori led community wide activity; a process that enables the transmission of traditional knowledge; and practise from the experi- enced to the inexperienced; a food source for your whanau, marae, or hapu; a useful way to develop whanau whenua; a useful way to preserve and protect Maori kai; an oppor- tunity to grow kai the Maori way and know how to do that; and an opportunity to gain horticultural skills. The Mara Kai fund is for whanau/ropu with a strong connection to its community, particularly Maori, and able to deliver a community- based, non-profit gardening initiative. Ropu that have been form- ally established (see ropu eligibility) or whanau with an established project man- agement committee and have recently, or plan to develop a garden are encour- aged to apply. This may include: Whanau applying for the first time to the fund. Ropu applying on behalf of a number of whanau to establish/extend mara (for example marae might agree to host a number of whanau in their community). Ropu that work with wha- nau and have previously received Mara Kai funds, apply to help whanau new to their organisation establish/ extend mara. Whanau collectives apply, for example a number of neighbours might agree to work together to develop mara in their backyards. Funding preference will be given to projects where fund- ing directly assists in the growth of kai and develop- ment of people, rather than, for example, administration costs, asset development, wages. Funds should promote sustainability. For example, it is preferred to fund spe- cific information/advice (such as water/soil testing that leads to effective/ improved resource manage- ment) rather than fund dis- tribution of generic infor- mation. Funding is contestable and limited to $60,000 within Te Tai Tokerau. Thirty projects each with a value of $2000 will be approved region wide. Successful applicants will agree to enter a contracting relationship with Te Puni Kokiri-endorsed host organ- isations. Applications close at 4.30pm on September 10. Funding can be used for: Provision of services to enable the establishment of a garden (such as rotary hire); facilities and struc- tures for a garden, including construction of garden beds, irrigation and implement sheds; and purchase of gar- den tools, composting equip- ment, plants and seeds; applicants need to demon- strate the level of community need and readiness to par- ticipate. All applications will be assessed first individually, and then weighted against all applications received. Where Mara Kai funding has been previously received by a ropu, consideration will be given to the standard of prior contract performance and management. Priority is given to "new" mara projects. Information from the Te Puni Kokiri website or phone 04 819 6000. Email email@example.com for information. Walkers take the lead with guide dogs By DENISE PIPER Guide me: Sam and Sophie Beasley with Vern, left, Libby Long with Vinko and Bex Telfer with Vic are enjoying being guide dog puppy walkers. Photo: DENISE PIPER Three families are putting time and effort into puppy training so blind people can have guiding compan- ions. They have taken on Whangarei s first litter of Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind s Guide Dog Service puppies. Puppy development specialist Nicky Cadogan says the specially bred puppies are placed for 12 to 18 months with families, known as puppy walkers, who get the puppies used to life. Until now no puppies have been placed in Whangarei, with most based around Guide Dog Services in Manurewa. But Nicky says a long-term puppy walking family who moved up to Whangarei convinced the service that puppy walking can be done here. Their puppy, nine-month-old Kent, was used as a trial and he is doing well. Nicky says the only problem with Whangarei is that is doesn t have all the environments of a big city. But the pups can be introduced to these when they have Auckland training, she says. It s certainly got it s advantages. In Auckland we re struggling to find suitable puppy walkers, now we re tapping into new walkers who can make the time commitment. The families have to give the dogs back after 12 to 18 months so they can be properly trained, before being placed with a blind or par- tially sighted person. But Bex Telfer says the thought of having to give back three-month- old Vic is not too daunting, even for her children aged 7, 6 and 4. I said to the kids that when we give Vic back he s going to go to somebody who needs him and they were quite happy with that. They feel proud that they re doing some- thing good, she says. Being a puppy walker is a good opportunity to do something for somebody else, plus a chance for the kids to have a canine companion, she says. Libby Long always wanted to be a puppy walker and jumped at the chance when she heard it was com- ing to Whangarei. She already has her own dog but is enjoying looking after Vinko and taking him places like golf clubs. He s very good natured. Once we ve got through the toilet training I won t have to watch him so much. Eight-year-old Sophie Beasley admits she convinced her parents to be puppy walkers for Vern, because she has never had a dog before. Once he has to be given back, she hopes to persuade them to go to the SPCA to adopt their own dog.
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