Northern News : September 26th 2012
3 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 NEWS Visit our Northland showhome 5 Kowi Lakes Drive, One Tree Point or call us on 0508 639 496 Showhome open 10am - 4pm. MY GENERATION HAS BEGUN! Start Week 1of14 "We're excited to see the site works completed and are looking for ward to the next 14 weeks. Feel free to check out our progress at 16 Greenway Drive, Kerikeri." -- Peter and Doreen Rustle up a feast for the whanau Christmas is just around the corner; a time of hangi, pud- dings and overeating. Tautoro's Fynest Loser Whanau Ora Celebration Day will features samples of foods to promote healthy eat- ing. There will be a prize for the tastiest and most unique samples. Our whanau are almost finished our 16 weeks of Zumba and flat abs, and we are now gearing up for Tau- toro's Fynest Loser Whanau Ora Celebration Day. This is a day to thank all of our whanau and all the different organisations for their support during our pro- gramme and clinic days,'' say the organisers. To register contact Sarah at email@example.com or call 09 401 1877 or 021 0261 6722. It will be held at Mahuhukiterangi Marae, Tautoro 6334 Mangakahia Rd, Tautoro, Kaikohe, on October 27 10am till 3pm. The Celebration Day challenge: Provide an informative, interactive table. Provide wonderful healthy food for whanau to enjoy. Focus on healthy, colourful, tasty, unique. Tautoro's Whanau Ora will provide table space, music and entertainment, market- ing, healthy soup and Maori bread at lunchtime. Up to 300 people are expec- ted. Free heath checks will be provided by Ngati Hine Health. Hope for good trout fishing in Northland lakes and rivers This summer's trout fishing season starts on Monday. Fish and Game officer Nathan Burkepile says trout fishing in Northland was good last year. We'd hope this summer will be at least on a par, if not better.'' Mr Burkepile says the Kerikeri and Waitangi rivers offer anglers easily access- ible river fishing close to Kerikeri. And the Wairua River catchment offers a wide variety of streams and river fishing close to Whangarei. Many of the streams and rivers throughout Northland hold decent fish populations but can be a challenge in summer as the weather warms and water levels fall. It's a chance to test your stalking and casting skills,'' Mr Burkepile says. For those who prefer to fish lakes and reservoirs, there's good summertime fishing in the Kai Iwi Lakes and Lake Manuwai. Over the summer months, the best methods for catch- ing trout in these areas is trolling with downriggers or jigging. Trout are usually found on or near the bottom of the lakes seeking out cooler water, and anglers who fish this area tend to have good success all summer long. Mr Burkepile says North- land Fish and Game is ask- ing anglers who fish at Lake Manuwai and Wilson's Dam to let them know how well these reservoirs are fishing. He says they're keen to get feedback on these fisheries. Northland offers anglers some challenging but rewarding opportunities for those who have a passion for trout fishing. And if you haven't fished for trout in Northland, we encourage you to give it a try.'' Northland Fish and Game reminds anglers they can buy their license online at fishandgame.org.nz, at the Fish and Game office in Whangarei, or from retail- ers. Deciding where Opo goes By HAMISH MacLEAN National treasure: Opo the Friendly Dolphin statue in Opononi before it was vandalised Opo's future: The plinth upon which Russell Clark's 1960 tribute to the dolphin that played with Opononi's children in the 1950s sits empty. The future of the statue that honours Opo will be discussed next month. A DECISION is due on what should be done with the refurbished statue honour- ing one of Opononi's best known residents. Opo Memorial Committee member Ian Leigh- Mackenzie says a date will be set for a meeting at the Opononi Memorial Hall to discuss the fate of the nationally significant piece of public art. The statue of Opo has been refurbished and will be replaced by a bronze replica to ensure the preservation of the valuable piece of art. The committee is working on ways to raise funds for the $33,000 bronze mould planned to replace the hinuera stone statue that's been a fixture in the town since it was installed to com- memorate one of New Zea- land's favourite dolphins. Opo swam with the Hoki- anga town's children from 1953 until she died in 1956. The story of Opo the friendly dolphin'' still holds importance for the people of Opononi, he says, and when the 1960 stone work by Rus- sell Clark was damaged last year, it distressed not only committee members. The committee will call a public meeting to determine where the statue should be and decide the fate of Russell Clark's sculpture. There will be three options: to keep the original statue at the museum in Omapere, put it in the i-SITE in Opononi under floodlights at night, or to put it back where it was in front of the Opononi Hotel, near the dolphin's grave. Mr Leigh-Mackenzie says he hopes the meeting is well attended and that people bring their ideas to the meet- ing. While the ultimate decision will rest with the sculpture's owners, he says the Opo Memorial Com- mittee is bound to take into consideration the consensus reached at the meeting. At the very first meeting we had, we always envisaged that the local historical society would be the guardi- ans of Opo -- of the original statue,'' he says. But he's clear that where the recently appraised $65,000 statue ends up is a decision that needs com- munity input and will not be taken lightly. The statue has been refur- bished and has been ready for some time but it has been kept in Auckland until a future for the statue has been determined. The $65,000 is not rep- resentative of the statue's real worth, he says. That's just its insurance value and I dare say its mar- ket value would be consider- ably more with the story attached -- not that we'd ever sell it.'' Mr Leigh-Mackenzie says some tourists who have known about the statue but not its later history have come looking for the sculp- ture. It's a bit of a bugger not having it there but hopefully we'll know next week what our next move is,'' he says. The bronze replacement will be a welcome addition to the now vacant site that housed the art for more than 50 years, he says. People were concerned -- because we'd had our boy decapitated -- that we'd lose our whole statue because it's bronze, but today's engineer- ing . . . it'll be very robust. And the project is gaining momentum,'' he says. It is council's intention to replace the walls and plinth upon which the statue sits. The source of the estimated $20,000 needed for this work is still to be decided.
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