Northern News : January 23rd 2013
6 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 23, 2013 NEWS 5110346AA HUGE DESIGNER CLEARANCE FASHION SALE Famous brands in ladies and mens designer fashions. Brand names you'll know and recognise made for the Australian and New Zealand market OPEN 7 DAYS Monday -- Friday 9am -- 5pm • Saturday 9am -- 2pm Sunday 8am -- 12 noon 4 HOBSON ST KERIKERI You'll save up to 90% off retail 5010144AF PROPERTY LAW Richard Ayton Lawyer & Director Found your dream home? Let Richard make sure it doesn't turn into a nightmare The Meridian 93 Kerikeri Road Kerikeri 09 407 7099 www.lawnorth.co.nz FREE ADVICE Alastair Robinson 0800 222 238 5125426AA THAILAND DENTISTRY THAILAND DENTISTRY Flights, Hotel, Dentistry, Holiday & Change Rates increase slashed Better-than-expected investment earnings and a close look at its budget have enabled the North- land Regional Council to more than halve its pre- viously signalled general rates increase. Last year s long term plan had forecast a gen- eral rates increase of 6.45 per cent for 2013/14, but the council s draft annual plan -- released this week for public com- ment -- now proposes an increase of 3 per cent. A ratepayer in the Far North whose property has a $225,000 land value would then face a total GST-inclusive rates bill of $175.65 for the year -- $3.38 a week. The regional council is forecasting total oper- ational spending of $27.5 million during 2013/14, half of which will be spent on resource man- agement. A draft plan summary is available from council offices or go to nrc.govt.nz/haveyoursay. Nous keeps Ethan in the Far North Small town, big achievement: Ethan Gibbons. Ethan Gibbons holds the title of being the mechanical engineering apprentice liv- ing the furthest north. The 19-year-old lives and works in Houhora, a small coastal community. With a population of about 800, Houhora is a small place steeped in history. According to Maori legend, Houhora Mountain was the first land sighted by early explorer Kupe. And it was another famous explorer, James Cook, who left his mark in 1769 by naming Mt Carmel at the entrance to Houhora harbour. In later years, the famous chief Hone Heke was defeated at nearby Pukenui. The area was settled by Maori in the 14th century and later, in the 19th cen- tury, became a base for whalers. At that time the Wagener family started farming the area. Fast for- ward a 150-odd years and it is one of the Wagener clan that now employs Ethan at Wagener Engineering. Wagener Engineering is a small company punching well above its weight. Much of the work Wagener Engin- eering carries out comes from customers in orchard- ing and forestry and so is led by the seasonal demands of these sectors. Hard work is more man- ageable if you can share a laugh, and Ethan credits his boss, Russell Wagener, with creating a good work environment. Russell knows a lot and he s good to talk to and a lot of fun to work with. Ethan says the best thing about the job is fixing things that other people can t . He will soon become a qualified tradesperson through his apprenticeship with industry training organisation Competenz. And while many would move to the city to explore career options, Ethan is com- mitted to Houhora. The lifestyle up here is great and the work we do is great. Besides the boss wants to retire and keeps dropping the hint. Such business opportun- ities are rare for young peo- ple, especially in a place as beautiful as the Far North. High speed water toys must obey the rules Reminder: Jetskis must be registered and used sensibly The Northland Regional Council is reminding jetski users their machines must be registered for use in the region, should be operated responsibly and not by unsupervised young people. Northland s Deputy Harbourmaster Chidam- baram Surendran says regis- tration of personal water craft (jetskis) is compulsory under the council s Navi- gation Safety Bylaw. He says complaints about jetski users behaviour typi- cally increase over the warmer summer months, with most centring on brea- ches of the five-knot speed limit within 200 metres of shore or 50m of another ves- sel, craft or person. We ve had a number of fairly serious incidents around the region so far this summer, including one young man who allegedly travelled into a marina at speed on a jetski and another where someone allegedly raced closely past a number of moored boats. Mr Surendran says the alleged marina incident is still being investigated but a warning had already been issued in relation to the sec- ond incident. Other incidents had included children being towed behind jetskis on a biscuit without a proper lookout and others travelling at speed very close to rocks or riverbanks in narrow coastal areas. Registration is also a use- ful way of identifying jetskis if they re stolen. Mr Surendran says by mutual agreement, Auck- land Council maintains a single register of jetskis used in the Auckland, Northland and Waikato regions, an arrangement that has been in place for several years. Registration costs $35 and involves completing a form available from the councils or their websites. The address for the form on the Northland Regional Coun- cil s website is nrc.govt.nz/ jetski. Ownership can be transferred free if the jetski is sold. It s illegal to use unregi- stered jetskis in Northland and people flouting the bylaw risk an instant fine of $200. Legally, people under 15 cannot operate vessels cap- able of speeds of more than 10 knots (including jetskis) in Northland unless they re being actively supervised by an adult. That doesn t mean an adult standing on the beach watching; the supervisor has to be older than 15 and be within immediate reach of a machine s controls . Mr Surendran says all jet- ski users should take care not to exceed 5 knots within 50m of another vessel or per- son in the water, 200m off shore or a vessel engaged in diving. It s also important to wear an appropriate lifejac- ket, always be considerate to other water users and remember that higher speeds mean much less time to react.
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