Northern News : September 12th 2012
2 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 NEWS Editor Keri Molloy Ph 09 407 0050/09 405 2040 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Jan Salmon Ph 09 407 0363 email: email@example.com Northern Regional Manager Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2744 Kaikohe Ph 09 407 0361 Kerikeri email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Craig Williams Ph 021 119 4043 email: email@example.com Classifieds Free ph 0800 022 812 Free fa x 0800 022 815 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 405 2040 email: email@example.com 12 ,197 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 11) Delivered (each Wednesday) to Kaikohe, Okaihau, Ohaeawai, Moerewa, South and North Hokianga and Kaitaia. Rural areas include: Awanui RD 1. Kaikohe RD 1, 2, 3. Kaitaia RD 1, 2, 3(part), 4. Kawakawa RD 1, 2, 3. Kohukohu RD 1. Broadwood RD 2. Kohukohu RD 2. Okaihau RD 1, 2. Russell RD. Kaikohe Office: 60 Broadway, Kaikohe. P.O. Box 1, Kaikohe. Ph 09 405 2040 Fax 09 401 2129 Kerikeri Office: 93 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri. P.O. Box 392, Kerikeri. Ph 09 407 0050 Fax 09 407 0369 www.northernnews.co.nz Reporter Hamish MacLean Ph 09 407 0050/09 407 0368 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Composting your household food scraps is a great way to cut your rubbish disposal costs and reduce the volume of waste going to landfills. Making compost from a mixture of 'green' and 'brown' biodegradable waste will save you money on rubbish bag purchases and produce fantastic fertiliser for your garden. Now is a great time to get into composting because Mitre 10 and Hammer Hardware are offering compost/ worm farm bins at discounted rates from September to November. You can also visit your local Bunnings store for every day lowest prices. COMPOST TIME Spring 2012 What can be composted Green -- nitrogen rich Food scraps Manure Fresh grass clippings Weeds without seeds Vegetable scraps Seaweed Tea leaves and bags Coffee grounds Brown -- carbon rich, dry Torn Newspaper/cardboard Egg cartons Tree prunings Dry leaves Bark, untreated sawdust Wood ash Twigs and sticks Far North District Council -- Phone: 09 401 5200 or 0800 920 029 4850864AA Chairman sees potential in Kaikohe Vision: Kaikohe Business Association chairman Steve Sangster sees challenges in Kaikohe's road back to prosperity, but also opportunity. Kaikohe Business Associ- ation's new chairman Steve Sangster doesn't mince words when it comes to the direction that Kaikohe has taken since its years of prosperity in the 1980s. "It's worse than sideways. There is a lack of confidence and probably a degree of despondency in town because what was a lot of the commer- cial activity in town has... been removed from town by way of government depart- ments -- the education depart- ment for one. The railways which were here... "The decline has been on for some time." He says a lot of affluent loc- als have drifted to the east coast. "Those kind of factors have led to the town having less economic activity -- shops struggle, shops close. A com- mon thread of a rural town in the 21st century is that people fail to adapt fast enough to keep up with change. "In the city you're dragged along, perhaps kicking and screaming, with change rather than in an area like this." He says large corporations with known brands are taking purchases away from small, locally-owned, businesses. There are also many "low income people stuck in a low income mode". But Mr Sangster saw a chance to make a positive dif- ference, and he believes in the town's potential. He has chaired only one monthly meeting to date, but he aims to improve the way they are conducted and the situation Kaikohe is in. He says that though a long- term vision of Kaikohe has yet to be crystallised, the short term will focus on the look of the town, which should foster more pride in the community and help to encourage visitors to spend more time -- and money there. Tourism is a "low-hanging fruit" that the business association is after, but too many tourists now travel north up the west coast or east coast and bypass Kai- kohe, he says. But attractions like the cycle trail will help put Kai- kohe on the tourism map. And he is quick to point out the town's strong rural service sector. "We still have two or three rural service companies, and a fertiliser company and trucking and livestock, and we've got the largest saleyards in the north for livestock. "Another good anchor in town, which probably is the most significant [economic] anchor is that we are the cen- tre of Ngapuhi, the biggest iwi in the country, who are antici- pating within the next few years a settlement under the treaty to redress things that were taken, and grievances, and that will result in quite a shift -- bolstering the economic power base of this town." He says Ngapuhi are help- ing lead the way in improving the town's economic situation. A business improvement district for Kaikohe will be a boost. A longer-term strategy will be to enlist the help of planners for Kaikohe. He says there is oppor- tunity. The cost of starting or running a business in Kaikohe is "very cheap". "Those are actually advant- ages so long as you can get the critical mass into your busi- nesses that makes it sustain- able," he says. And there's no secret to that for Mr Sangster. "What makes businesses work is people going to those businesses and spending money." Hamish MacLean QSM: Lorraine Diamond at her QSM investiture at Waitangi Marae in 2004. Beloved battler lost to community OBITUARY The loss of Lorraine Diamond will be strongly felt in the Mid North. Lorraine was a respected life member and patron for the Mid Northland Playcentre Association, a longstanding Trustee of Hauora Hokianga and acknowledged in 2004 with a QSM for her involve- ment in community work in Northland. She was a member of the Woman's Royal NZ Naval Service, based in Devonport, where she met Christopher Diamond. They married in 1957 and moved to Chris' family farm in the Waiwhatawhata Valley in South Hokianga. Lorraine's initial involvement in Playcentre began in 1959 at the Playcentre in the Omapere School. She became the fulltime supervisor of the Omapere Play- centre in 1963. During the 1970s Lorraine's deep commitment to the Mid North Playcentre Associ- ation was evident and she con- tinued her preschool education training while raising a family, supporting her husband's com- munity activities, helping on the family farm, and working on other community initiatives, including bilingual initiatives. Lorraine's responsibilities grew and by 1988 she was appointed by the Ministry of Education as the inspector for early childhood from Kaikohe to Te Hapua in the Far North. The 1980s were no less hectic for Lorraine, with a ministerial appointment to the Social Welfare Area Executive. By early 1989 her role as Early Childhood inspector included Whangarei to Te Hapua. In 1992 she was appointed a trustee of the early formation of Hauora Hokianga. The 1990s were a period of health reform and both Lorraine and Chris, who was chairman of Hauora Hokianga, became ardent community health advocates, battling to maintain Hokianga's unique health service which included health clinics and the hospital at Rawene. Lorraine was an engaging speaker and one of the most rewarding experiences she had during this time was being part of the presentation group which travelled to marae from North- land to Invercargill discussing the special health areas. In 1992 Lorraine was selected as the co-ordinator for the South Hokianga Community Trust oper- ating in Omapere. The trust drew volunteer work- ers, received donations and soon became the hub for locals. Lor- raine's administration skills and networking abilities helped the Community Trust grow into a mini wrap around service'' for the community. Lorraine received many awards during her lifetime and in 2004 was awarded the QSM for service to the com- munity. It is a tribute to Lorraine that no challenge was insurmountable and remarkably, despite Lorraine battling her own health issues and requiring a wheelchair for the past 10 years, she remained active in the community. As a Pakeha, she laid the path forward for others as she immersed herself in her com- munity and became well respected on the marae in the Hokianga. She was a community champion. She was born in Timaru and died at Whangarei Hospital in June, aged 75. She is survived by her sons Theo, Michael and Mansell and her daughter Eliza, and their partners, 14 grand- children and one great- granddaughter.
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