Northern News : November 21st 2012
7 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 21, 2012 NEWS Make Kaikohe your CHRISTMAS SHOPPING Destination in 2012 Late Night Shopping at selected stores Thursdays till 7pm. Come and enjoy the festive decorations, Santa's grotto, life size nativity scene and the biggest Christmas tree in the North! Shop in friendly Kaikohe to enter the New World Christmas Draw, 6 x $500 grocery vouchers to be won. Prize draw on Buskers Day 22 December, be there to win! Life-sized Interactive Nativity Scene Nov 17th -- Jan 12th • Community Activities Nov 17th -- Jan 12th 22 Nov -- Girls night out @ Castle Duo 1-2 Dec -- Christmas Carnival and Santa's Grotto 8 Dec - Christmas Parade and Carnival, Guinness World Record Guitars event 22 Dec -- Buskers' Day and New World Christmas Prize Draw For more information visit www.kaikohe.co.nz and click What's On Shine Kaikohe 5011457AA Santa's Grotto gets finishing touches 'Tis the season: Rivvohntay Broomfield, 8, and Trinity Wilson, 8, both from Kaikohe East School, decorate a tree at Santa's Grotto on Broadway in Kaikohe on Thursday. Santa s Grotto is an inter- active Christmas display for families this holiday season. A Rembrance Tree will honour past or distant loved ones, kids can write letters to Santa -- with direct delivery to the North Pole. There will be Santa visits, storytelling and more as the Kaikohe Community Arts Council brings the Christmas spirit to kids at the old Paper Plus building at 124 Broad- way in Kaikohe from Novem- ber 24 to December 24. It s a team effort, the arts council s Kelly van Gaalen says of Shine Kaikohe and Santa s Grotto. Everybody s coming together for this one fun pur- pose. Farmers seek change Farmers of New Zealand, based in Whangarei, says local government should have the same governance structures as health boards. Health boards have outside professional peo- ple appointed to help elected representatives. President of Farmers of New Zealand is North- land Regional councillor Ian Walker. The group s newsletter says huge rate increases have impacted on farm profitability. Farmers of New Zea- land believes that many district councils in New Zealand are now in serious trouble, through high debt loadings cau- sed by too many councils moving away from their core business responsi- bilities into areas that should be funded by cen- tral government. It says district council rates have now become the major mortgage on freehold properties and the second significant mortgage behind rate- payers bank mortgages. Farmers, being tax- payers and major rate- payers, are finding the burden of rate payment on top of their payments to service $50 billion of farm debt, unsustain- able. In many cases elected councillors lack the necessary business skills and are driven by a need to finance their pet social projects, the newsletter says. Too many district councillors are elected to New Zealand local gov- ernment lacking the business skills necessary to provide the good governance that is requi- red.
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