Northern News : November 21st 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 7 December from 7pm (after the Kerikeri Christmas Parade) • Live Music • Sausage Sizzle • Ice creams • • Get your photo taken with Santa • Kerikeri Retirement Village, Kerikeri Road entrance For details see www.kerikerivillage.co.nz --FREEENTRY-- TODAY Warrior visit Looking back Spring garden Fish facts Guitar record E-EDITION ONLINE Twenty-five years after the bombed Rainbow Warrior was scuttled in Northland waters, Greenpeace is bringing its new state-of-the-art vessel to the Far North aspartofatourofthe country -- P12 From our archives -- do you know these winners? --P6 Go to northernnews. co.nz to hear the song chosen for a Kaikohe bid at breaking a Guinness World Record. Ten guitars and many more. Go to northernnews. co.nz for an industry opinion about aquaculture. Frank and Muriel Newman say every home should have one. Go to northernnews. co.nz and click Local Blogs to read their latest Oily Rag offering. Celebrating Maori: The year 8 class from O Manaia School is celebrating the success of its Maori immersion. Students have been immersed in the language and culture at school since they were five years old and they've raised the money to go on a trip together to the Gold Coast. From back left: Hana Hiki, Roger Ward, Aporo Pomare, Timera Korewha and Levi Hokai. Front: Justin Moka and Tegan Hokai. Qianna Titore is absent. The students will be joined by their teacher, in the back row on the left, Francis Thompson, and principal Luke Hiki on the right. Story P3. Students set for Gold Coast Land plans concern Consultation lacking: Koutu residents are disappointed to learn that their new neighbour will be the Education Ministry. By HAMISH MacLEAN THE Education Ministry has bought land to move Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o te Tonga o Hokianga in Whirinaki to a site that can accommodate the growing school. Koutu resident Diana Ellis called a public meeting at the Opononi Memorial Hall on Wednesday for Koutu and Whirinaki residents to measure opposition to the move. A second meeting has now been called for November 22 at 4pm at Opononi Memorial Hall to inform people of the outcome of the first meeting and also discuss plans for a presentation to the Kaipara District Council at the begin- ning of December. The council is expected to change the designation of the land from coastal living to one that allows the minis- try to go ahead with its plans. And Ms Ellis will be there to oppose that change. She says she is not against the kura but is opposed to where the ministry wants to put it. The first she and many Koutu residents heard of the plans for the school was a sign posted on the property. The whole consultation process has been very mini- mal -- to say the least. And it's nearly ready to go through,'' Ms Ellis says. She asked the crowd of more than 80 members of the South Hokianga community to register whether they were for or against moving the school to Koutu -- 45 of those present said they were against the move, while 25 supported it. Michelle Sarich, one of two co-principals at the kura, says the school needs more space. Its current site in Whiri- naki was suitable for the 50 students it had in 2004 but with the roll now at 105, she says the space is not suf- ficient. The school draws students from Mitimiti to Waima- maku and as far east as Otaua and there is not enough room on the current site to expand. Our kids have got nothing, absolutely nothing,'' she told the crowd in Opo- noni. She says she understands the concerns of residents who feel they should have been included in the minis- try's moving plans but the school needs to grow. Who are we to stand in the way of that growth?'' she asked. Koutu residents raised concerns over the inclusion of a gymnasium, the increased traffic and ped- estrian safety, light pollution and other aspects of the required infrastructure. Ms Ellis has invited pro- minent resident Arthur Har- awira to the second meeting on November 22 to speak on kura and the government and says she expects a rep- resentative from the minis- try to be present.
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