Northern News : August 29th 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Weds Night Tapas From $5 per dish $5 house wine and beer Live music from 6.30pm Spanish and Chilean inspired menu 215 Kerikeri Road Stone Store Basin Dec7,8,14,15 $50/person 3 COURSE MEAL & LIVE MUSIC CHRISTMAS PA RT Y For details visit www.thepeartree.co.nz Bookings essential 09 407 8479 Winners of the '2012 Matariki People's Choice Award' TODAY ONLINE Volunteers Waka champ Te Ahuareka Joe Citizen Four Kaikohe organisations were given a boost last week, including Kick It, which is heading into its third year helping youth -- P3 Kingi Herewini returned to Te Tii a champion after tasting international success in Canada. New to waka ama he brought home a gold and a bronze medal from the 2012 Va'a World Sprint Championships in Calgary --- P7 Te Ahuareka o Ngati Hine has begun its fundraising efforts in earnest. The two-day event received some council money last week as it prepares for its March celebration -- P12 A night on the range. Go to northernnews.co.nz and click on local blogs. Cinema Kaikohe: The Heart of the Far North may lose its cinema unless a community group can be established to save it, owner Lynnis Burson says. By HAMISH MacLEAN Push to save cinema Lynnis Burson THE days of a movie theatre in Kaikohe could be num- bered. But the woman who owns Castle Duo says she wants the community to maintain the site as community infra- structure when the current lease expires. Lynnis Burson is prepared to stand back from selling the complex off as warehouse space if there is interest in saving it. She wants to see a trust established to operate the theatre as a part of a vibrant community. My heart and my gut feel- ing is that Kaikohe is turn- ing itself around. I'm getting a lot of good vibrations.'' The cinema was purpose built in 1996 but, according to Ms Burson, the proprietor is not interested in continu- ing in light of the consider- able cost of upgrading''. Another obstacle is the 35mm projectors used. A new digital projector would be expensive, she says. Kaikohe Business Associ- ation chairman Mike Fitz- gerald says: It's always a blow to lose any type of busi- ness'' but he doesn't know what impact the loss of the town's movie theatre will have. He says it could operate as a cultural venue of some sort. You'd have to sit down and think how would I want to use this','' he says. He believes Kaikohe may be better served by a busi- ness that focuses more on live performances or the arts rather than a movie theatre. Ms Burson says she's heard of the possibly of it operating as an indoor climb- ing centre but doesn't believe there is the required popu- lation base. She doesn't think the town is ready for something like that yet. The thought is that apart from the cycle trail, Kaikohe needs other things to attract tourists,'' she says. Ms Burson has been a self- funded retiree since she was in her late 50s and won't take on the business herself because she is approaching 70. What I'm trying to do is find out if there's an interest, develop a trust that will apply for funding . . . that will keep it going.'' She says she knows that capital investment will be required but won't say how much it required. There is a simple low- budget way of doing it,'' she says. Air conditioning and reup- holstering the seating would be required as would upgrad- ing the projectors if it were to continue as a cinema. I haven't got the money, it needs the community to do this,'' she says. Ms Burson says she wants public exposure to the situ- ation. And she is optimistic. After making it known that she was looking for com- munity involvement to main- tain the cinema she says she received several responses in the first few hours. I just think communities have to take their own stands,'' she says. Email savecastleduo@ hotmail.com to get involved in the discussion or for more information. At this stage we are not asking for any money, we just want to know if you want to keep Castle Duo open,'' Ms Burson says. If you feel passionate about it and want to help, add your name to the list which is on a clip board at the cinema or ring 401 2398 and leave your details.''
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