Northern News : October 10th 2012
11 NORTHERN NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2012 NEWS ...Cookies just like Grandma used to bake Available at New World Kerikeri Frozen Cookie Dough From this to this In just 16 minutes! Look in the freezer section at your local New World 4915442AA unlock your potential Community Computing NorthTec Kaitaia Learning Centre Fees Free -- Must be a NZ Citizen or permanent resident and over age of 16 Monday 2.30pm to 6.30pm or Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3.00-5.00pm • 24 September 2012 -- 9 November 2012 • 12 November 2012 -- 14 December 2012 Tutor: Kaye Barrett-Russell 470 3614 Tutor: Helen Cossey (09) 470 4151 Rawene NorthTec Rawene Learning Centre Fees Free -- Must be a NZ Citizen or permanent resident and over age of 16 Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3.00pm-5.00pm and Fridays 10.00am-12.00pm or 1.00-3.00pm • 24 September 2012 -- 9 November 2012 • 12 November 2012 -- 14 December 2012 Tutor: Linda Taumaunu (09) 470 4166 Kerikeri NorthTec Kerikeri Campus Fees Free -- Must be a NZ Citizen or permanent resident and over age of 16 Mondays and Wednesdays 3.00pm-5.00pm, and Fridays 10.00am-12.00pm or 1.00pm-3.00pm • 24 September 2012 -- 9 November 2012 • 12 November 2012 -- 14 December 2012 Tutor: Jill Lancaster (09) 470 4183 Tai Chi Omapere Church Hall, State Highway 12 Fees: $35.00 Domestic, $170.00 International Fridays 10.00 -- 11.30am • 28th September -- 7th December 2012 Tutor: Michael Ulbrecht Visual Arts Painting (8 week course) Fees: $80.00 Domestic - $395.00 International Times: Tuesdays 5.30 -- 8.30pm • 18th September -- 6th November 2012 NorthTec Kerikeri Campus Tutor: Scott McFarlane Pottery (8 week course) Fees: $85.00 Domestic, $400.00 International Times: Mondays 5.30 -- 8.30pm • 8th October -- 26th November 2012 NorthTec Kerikeri Campus Tutor: Richard Parker Pottery (8 week course) Fees: $85.00 Domestic, $400.00 International Times: Tuesdays 9.00am -- 12.00pm • 9th October -- 27th November 2012 NorthTec Kerikeri Campus Tutor: Richard Parker Maori Arts Tuia Te Korari -- Intro into Raranga (Weaving) Fees: $10.00 Domestic, $870.00 International Times: 1 weekend per month, 9.00am -- 4.00pm • 19th May -- 18th November 2012 NorthTec Kaitaia Campus Tutor: Pare Nathan Tuia Te Korari -- Intro into Raranga (Weaving) Fees: $10.00 Domestic, $870.00 International Times: Thursdays and Fridays except school holidays 3.00 -- 6.00pm • 19th July -- 5th November 2012 NorthTec Rawene Campus Tutor: Reva Mendes Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees indicated are for domestic students. For more information Visit www.northtec.ac.nz/ace or Freephone: 0800 162 100 Coastal walk has strong wow factor Wild life: We aren't sure where this little fellow's mum is but we leave him alone on his piece of beach. Go to northernnews.co.nz for a video clip, an extra page of photos and link to our Walk the North e-book. Dramatic Hokianga: South Head to Waimamaku Beach coastal walk offers a spectacular half day experience. The day favoured us: Cloud cover but no rain, little wind, big swell, plenty of bird life and three seals -- all con- tributing to a beautiful, moody, wild and dra- matic west coast spec- tacle. We were advised the walk would take three to four hours but our small camera-happy group stretched it out to four and a half, including stops for seal watching and a short picnic break. The 7km distance cov- ers beach, hillside, cliff and farmland. It requires a medium level of fitness, probably not suitable for young chil- dren unless they are used to quite demanding tramps. You'll see manuka and pohutukawa bent hori- zontal by the wind, mak- ing us all the more grate- ful for our perfect day. The walk is best done as a one-way expedition, at low to mid-tide so check weather and tide conditions and try and arrange for someone to fetch you at Waimamaku Beach Rd, or set up a car at either side. Park at the car park at Signal Station Rd off State Highway 12 as you leave Omapere, heading south. Take a few minutes to take in a stunning view from South Head -- Arai Te Uru -- across the harbour entrance then return to the fork at the start of the well formed track that leads down to the beach and the first of the orange DOC marker posts. Basically, the walk fol- lows the coastline and we kept thinking we couldn't go wrong as the ocean would always be on our right and farm- land on the left but we were quite pleased to pick the DOC markers upaswedidabitof scrambling here and there. Sights you'll enjoy along the way include monumental cliffs, unusual rock formations, thundering blowholes and, on the other side of the farm fence, fat and curious cattle. After about an hour our guide Steve from Kokohuia Lodge said he didn't want to dampen our photographic enthusiasm but we should speed up a bit as we had taken an hour and a half to do just about a third of the walk. An area of eroded sandstone takes you into another dimension. Take care here and continue along the fence, dipping down to a beach. Cross a stream then climb uphill again, reaching what they call Moonscape Pla- teau, which you'll recog- nise when you see it. Follow the markers then head inland a bit to the fence line before dropping down to sea level again. You'll pass summer camps. One that made an impression was a spartan timber cottage set in a remote and wild site, grand pohutukawa trees and a clear stream nearby. You'll go uphill again and cross a couple more streams. Waimamaku Beach itself is the cherry on the top. Wonder at the power of the ocean that has shifted massive tree trunks and then whittled them down to works of art. Meander along the beach, turn left along the river and continue for a few minutes until you reach Waimamaku Beach Rd and your patiently waiting friend or a car. The best way to finish this adventure is to cruise into Waimamaku to Morrell's cafe for deserved rewards.
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