Northern News : January 9th 2013
4 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 9, 2013 LETTERS 5027279AA Open Saturdays 9am - 4pm December & January am369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pmam369noon369pm Tide Movement and Height for Russell Fishing Calendar by Bill Hohepa Tide Data LINZ TIDE & WEATHER GUIDE 3 2 1 0 Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Russell Opua Whangaroa Mangonui Houhora Ahipara Opononi Kerikeri Weather Forecast for Northland m For the latest weather information including Weather Warnings metservice.com Cloudy periods. Northwest breezes. Mainly fine, but isolated after- noon showers. Light winds. Cloudy periods and northerlies. 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It is disappointing given that this was an initiative usually led by a Business Association that has been proven time and again around the world, let alone New Zealand. The Kaikohe Business Association that is very ably led by chairman Steve Sangster has started to show some real leadership and has outlined a number of practical measures to take the town forward through the next couple of years in the form of street-scaping, landscaping and marketing initiatives. It is even more disappointing to learn that a number of business owners did not support the BID process themselves and also actively discouraged others from supporting it. These business owners will also no doubt continue to maintain that the Far North District Council does nothing to assist business development in Kaikohe and that it is trying to take their money from them yet again . When in fact the truth of the matter is that the FNDC acts as a means to facilitate and collect the BID proceeds money only, by way of the rating system. This money collected is then redistributed back to the Business Association, for use on projects that they have nominated themselves. Therefore, it is now encumbered upon those members of the Business Association who led the charge against the BID to present their alternate plan for the revitalisation of Kaikohe, including the means of financing the project. Talk is cheap when it comes to community and retail precinct development, so the community now needs to see the Alternate Plan . Some of these same opponents of the BID and the knockers of the new faces in town trying to rattle the cage are also the same business owners who have traded in Kaikohe for a long time, have enjoyed the patronage and profits from the surrounding communities but have let the appearance and service of their enterprise free-fall along with the fortunes of Kaikohe over the last 20 years. Kaikohe has started to emerge from a period of negativity and decline to reflect a more positive image with some business owners really showing the way, by way of smartening up their premises or even redeveloping their sites. The Kaikohe Hokianga Community Board now works very closely with the Kaikohe Business Association and there is potential (and need) for real synergy between the two organisations. I look forward to the opportunity to see the Alternate Plan with the endorsement of the majority of the Business Association members. I am happy to be proved wrong by seeing it materialise, however opportunities are often missed as they are dressed in overalls and look like hard work. The primary benefit of having a plan for the business precinct with the means to finance it is that you have something to aim for and work towards. And for the record I have been both a business and a property owner that contributed to a BID in South Auckland -- and it delivered. Mark Anderson Former Kaikohe Hokianga Community Board member Ratepayer at Koutu Connected volunteerism Wonderful front page story December 19, Children Connected. The people who work voluntarily for the improvement of their communities learn how to do this when they are children. My husband and I have enjoyed doing a lot of community work in our town for more than 45 years. We are both proud of our names on the Far North District Council Citizens Board, along with many other volunteers. I have shown this board to our grandson and will do to our newborn granddaughter one day with the hopes that they will learn the value of volunteering. I personally learnt from my grandfather Clarrie Banton -- the old Indian as he was nicknamed by local identity Pip Williams. Over 50 years ago, old Clarrie decided that Paihia needed some swings in Tii Bay and some pohutukawa trees along the foreshore so he ran a carnival and our whole family worked on it with him. I was 12 at the time. New swings are now in that spot, obviously he chose well for this to be so and the pohutukawa are still lining the foreshore. As an adult working in NZPA and Parliament Buildings Clarrie Banton s letters to the editor and Parliament about the needs of Paihia and Northland were read and admired by my co-workers and I always felt proud of him. It just seemed natural to follow in his footsteps and work as hard as I could for the betterment of my own community and town Kaikohe, and I suspect, any town I would have lived in. Today people are not interested in just helping out and consequently have no respect for what they have, or those that do, nor have they taught their children to respect things either. Recently, at a business meeting in our town I was treated by one person in an extremely rude manner because I dared to speak on behalf of some local business people. On expressing my concern about this later, to the chairman, he brought up the fact that I wasn t a paid up member . I had been given the impression that because I had created the Kaikohe Postcards, sold them to the local businesses, and donated all the proceedings to the Business Association, plus, dealt with all the Kaikohe information queries to the website that I was exempt. My 45 years working for the community was effectively dismissed in one episode. They went on to follow their plan in a rather rude way to the people concerned and now they wonder why their Business Improvement Plan was voted out. This is why I am so pleased that at last someone has realised there is a value in what volunteers do for their communities. Our children need to be shown how to do this and have pride in their surroundings. Sad that it has to be taught through the school curriculum because there are few role models left in their lives, but hopefully these children will use these lessons in the future as community members and/or business people. We all saw as a country how the university volunteers in Christchurch, plus, all the other volunteers were, and still are, invaluable. Dot Field Kaikohe Petrol prices Why are Kerikeri motorists paying way over the top for petrol? Whangarei is $1.99.9 a litre while Kerikeri (both service stations) is $2.11.9 a litre. THAT S 12c a litre more. For years it was 3c or 4c a litre more but now 12c a litre? Ripped off Kerikeri motorist (Name and address supplied) A response from both Caltex and BP was sought on December 18. Chevron New Zealand policy government and public affairs manager Jeremy Clarke replies for Caltex: The fuel industry is a very competitive environment with retail stations setting their own pricing -- Chevron does not set the retail price of fuel. It appears that Whangarei is currently experiencing highly competitive conditions. The price in Kerikeri that is mentioned is approximately what would normally be seen in the region. The Northern News welcomes letters to the editor. Letters should not exceed 250 words. All letters must have full name, residential address and phone number. Only your name and suburb are published. Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted. The editor reserves the right to edit, abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Write to The Editor, Mail60 Broadway, Kaikohe. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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