Northern News : January 23rd 2013
5 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 23, 2013 NEWS 5 Kowi Lakes Drive, One Tree Point, Northland or call David Skudder on 027 295 5941 or 0508 639 496. SHOWHOME OPEN 10AM - 3PM WEDNESDAY -- SUNDAY. BUILT FROM SCRATCH IN 14 WEEKS! One of the many reasons we're Northland's fastest growing builder. Once fit for a queen, now a wreck Sad state: The boarded up Kaikohe Hotel has community members lamenting the decline of what once was a ''real grand old lady''. The boarded up Kaikohe Hotel on Broadway has sad- dened many Far North residents. A former Kaikohe resident says that to see the Kaikohe Hotel -- that poor old girl'' -- in the state of disrepair it is in today is sad, given its bust- ling past. It was a wonderful hotel in its day, it really was,'' Karen Fletcher says. She says she knew that the building would be boarded up eventually, I knew it had to happen. It's so sad to see it.'' An order for the hotel to be evacuated came this month after Justice Kit Toogood in Whangarei agreed with the Far North District Council that it posed a risk to life. Ms Fletcher says that her father, Colin McKenzie, moved the family up from Auckland in the 1950s to take over what was then a buzz- ing'' business. It employed a lot of people in its day, she says -- cooks and cleaning staff -- and in her teenage years the build- ing was a very busy place. Ms Fletcher recalls the Queen stopping in for a stay as well as other dignitaries. When her father took over the hotel people heading north to Kaitaia would be unable to make the journey in a day and would pull in to the hotel for the night. And the hotel was full with regulars. It was a beautiful hotel, it was buzzing, the occupancy rate was really high -- com- mercial travellers would come up during the week and we were fully occupied, and in the weekends the big tour buses came up and we were full of tourists. To see that poor old girl go like it has is sad for me.'' She can still see the room above the pub that served as her bedroom in her teenage years, when she attended Northland College, and says she wants people to know that the Kaikohe Hotel was once a real grand old lady''. Everything has changed.'' Her father would be turn- ing in his grave if he saw it now'', she says. Hip-hop in Hokianga hills Rising Dust: The hills of Hokianga. A small Auckland crew will soon start shooting the first hip-hop dance film in the world to feature the hills of Hokianga, a most unusual backdrop for the genre. One of 16 short films funded by the New Zealand Film Commission through the Fresh Shorts scheme, Rising Dust tells the story of Mako, a young man who draws strength from his ancestors to defend his place in his childhood home. It is a unique visual blend of modern street dance with a rural land full of spirituality. Among the cast are talented hip-hop dancers who have gone on to compete and win at international championships. The film is written and directed by Jack Woon, an emerging Kiwi-Asian film- maker who was first introduced to the Hokianga region during a visit to a film festival. Over the next few weeks, he will be casting actors and extras from the region, as well as looking for locations to shoot. The shoot will take place over five days in late February with a crew of about 10 -- a far cry from Peter Jackson's enormous Hobbit production, and a much smaller footprint. Woon looks forward to working with the community to make a stand-out film for New Zealand and inter- national film festivals. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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