Northern News : September 19th 2012
10 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 NEWS Far North District Council's playgrounds, parks and sports grounds are GOING ... ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 SMOKEFREE! It's about: Protecting our children Positive role modelling Providing a cleaner healthier environment HARVIES 570 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri Phone 09 407 1209 Starts 19th September Spring Sale Car Park Specials ½ price Palms Most fruit trees $25 Chooky compost 5 for $20 Extra Special Luisa Plums -- Limited numbers Normally $45 Now $25 Hands-on heritage work recognised Park retires: Stuart Park, left, receives an award from Historic Places Trust chief executive Bruce Chapman. Mr Park retires after 13 years' service as the trust's Northland area manager. ' I'm fortunate that this part of the country has a wealth of stories associated with an incredible range of people and places. ' Stuart Park One of Northland's lead- ing authorities on his- tory and built heritage, Stuart Park, has been awarded a certificate of meritorious service by the New Zealand His- toric Places Trust in recognition of his service to heritage in Northland. "When we recruited Stuart for the manager's position in 1999, we were very aware that we had secured somebody with a tremendous depth of experience and know- ledge," trust general manager for the north Sherry Reynolds says. "Stuart had managed the Auckland War Mem- orial Museum and was also part of the concep- tual team that launched Te Papa, so we were very happy that somebody of his calibre would be working for the trust in Northland." One of Mr Park's many duties has been to add worthy contenders to the trust's register of historic places -- researching places in Northland that might otherwise have fallen off the radar. Among the many Northland registrations Mr Park has completed are the Cape Brett Light- house, Arthur's Stone, New Zealand's oldest surviving bridge in Kohukohu and Gittos House. The Kaitaia War Memorial is his most recent research initiative for a registration that he hopes will be confirmed by the trust board in November. "I'm fortunate that this part of the country has a wealth of stories associated with an incredible range of people and places and that so many North- landers have been very generous with their time and knowledge over the years," Mr Park says. Hands-on manage- ment has been a hall- mark of his tenure -- and never more so than in March 2007 when rising flood waters in the Kerikeri Basin threatened to damage, and potentially wipe out Kemp House. Mr Park was on site before daybreak, direct- ing an emergency evacu- ation of the numerous artefacts and treasures held in the country's old- est house. "It was certainly touch and go and although the flood waters didn't get inside the house or the Stone Store they came too close for comfort," he says. "Fortunately we had a robust plan that we stuck to. But having volunteers arrive, liter- ally off the street in appalling weather to do whatever they could to help certainly made the job a lot easier. Thanks to everybody's efforts we had the house evacuated of artefacts within a few hours." Mr Park is looking for- ward to having more time to pursue a range of interests -- including the history and heritage of Northland. "I've lived in different parts of the country -- but Northland has become home," he says. Bill Edwards, formerly the trust's Northland archaeologist, replaces Mr Park as Northland manager. Kerikeri 6/ 19 Klinac Lane (Waipapa Retail Centre) 09 401 6515 Under NEW Owne Soho Bedro Exclusive to Branches: Glen eld, Henderson, St Lukes, Three Kings, Whangarei, Rotorua, Masterton, & Thorndon Buy local Dream Catcher Plush - Pocketspring - Designed by International Chiropractors Minimal Partner Disturbance 3 Fantastic Comfort options 10 Year Warranty NZ Made Exclusive to Queen $1999 save $500 Also available in all sizes Under new ownership New ranges of Beds & Furniture 4 Piece $1899 (includes: Queen Slat Frame, Dresser, 2 x Bedsides) NEW *Mattress, linen, & accessories not included Queen Frame $699 Tallboy $599 Notable registrations Arthur's Stone:A column erected by Richard Taylor to commemorate the death of his son Arthur in a horse riding accident in 1840. The stone is in a paddock on the eastern side of Waimate North Rd. Arthur Taylor is buried in the churchyard of St John the Baptist at Waimate North. The Gittos House: In the Kaipara district was built as the Wesleyan mission house on the Otamatea River. The designer and builders have not been identified. William Gittos, his wife Marianne and their seven children lived there from 1866, when it was built.
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