Northern News : February 13th 2013
2 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 13, 2013 NEWS Editor Keri Molloy Ph 09 407 0050/09 405 2040 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Jan Salmon Ph 09 407 0363 email: email@example.com Northern Regional Manager Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2744 Kaikohe Ph 09 407 0361 Kerikeri email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Craig Williams Ph 021 119 4043 email: email@example.com Classifieds Free ph 0800 022 812 Free fax 0800 022 815 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 405 2040 email: email@example.com 12,197 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 11) Delivered (each Wednesday) to Kaikohe, Okaihau, Ohaeawai, Moerewa, South and North Hokianga and Kaitaia. Rural areas include: Awanui RD 1. Kaikohe RD 1, 2, 3. Kaitaia RD 1, 2, 3(part), 4. Kawakawa RD 1, 2, 3. Kohukohu RD 1. Broadwood RD 2. Kohukohu RD 2. Okaihau RD 1, 2. Russell RD. Kaikohe Office: 60 Broadway, Kaikohe. P.O. Box 1, Kaikohe. Ph 09 405 2040 Fax 09 401 2129 Kerikeri Office: 93 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri. P.O. Box 392, Kerikeri. Ph 09 407 0050 Fax 09 407 0369 www.northernnews.co.nz Reporter Hamish MacLean Ph 09 407 0050/09 407 0368 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Bay of Islands Hospital 100 Years Serving the Community This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the opening of the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa. The hospital is holding a celebration to commemorate the provision of health services to the Mid North area for more than one hundred years. The Bay of Islands Hospital history begins in 1911 with the formation of The Bay of Islands Charitable Trust Board which was formed with funds of £150 that had been guaranteed in subscriptions. After two years of vigorous lobbying of government and fundraising, the hospital was built and opened in January 1913. Since its opening the Hospital has had a history of providing care for a wide selection of our community including soldiers from the two world wars, sufferers of Typhoid and TB outbreaks. The Maternity Annexe was opened in 1927 and the TB ward and Military Annexe (now the Community Health Building) in 1943. We are commemorating this special occasion with the community and past staff members with an Open Day on Friday 8th March at Kawakawa Hospital. The order of the day will begin at 1pm with a blessing followed by speeches, a tour of the hospital and afternoon tea. There will be a function afterwards for existing and past staff members at the Kawakawa RSA club. If you would like to volunteer on the day, get more information or to register for the function at the Kawakawa RSA Club email email@example.com 5145007AA INCAPACITY LAW Graham Day Lawyer Mum had a stroke and has no Power of Attorney? Relax, it's not a problem. Graham will sort it for you The Meridian 93 Kerikeri Road Kerikeri 09 407 7099 www.lawnorth.co.nz 5120950AC Moerewa calls for action Resisting violence: Moerewa community members are adopting a zero tolerance approach to violence in their town. A community meeting on February 8 saw the establishment of an action group to return the Far North town to its once vibrant past. A community meeting in Moerewa called to address recent acts of gang-related violence in the Far North com- munity has galvanised'' the town, one of the meeting's organisers says. Peeni Henare esti- mated 100 people, in- cluding gang members, police officers and members of the com- munity, attended the February 8 meeting at Moerewa School. What it did do was galvanise the town so we're united on zero tol- erance to violence in our town,'' Mr Henare says. It was a roller coaster of emotions, to be honest with you. It had to come out how people were feeling about the incidents over the past few weeks,'' he says. People were rightly scared and made their thoughts known.'' A stabbing incident and gun shots fired near homes in the town in- stigated the meeting. He says there was a lot of discussion on the underlying issues for the community as well. Gangs are what has caused this meeting but there are so many other issues like drugs and smaller things like famil- ies taking responsibility for their kids, those kinds of conversations.'' There was a high energy in the com- munity, which is looking for results, he says. After the shots were fired in Moerewa about 40 community members started messaging each other through social media and decided as concerned parents to call the meeting. A steering group of six organised the meeting. Mr Henare's family represents the fourth generation of his family in Moerewa and he says he's not going anywhere. His hope is to return the town to its thriving nature of decades past. There is hope,'' Mr Henare says. An action group was formed at the meeting to capture the residents' concerns and work out how to achieve their goals. We understand that it's not going to be easy,'' he says. There's no silver bul- let but there are some achievable goals that we as community members can do, as families. Don't let your kids go down- town late in the evening. That's one form of control we can have of our kids again -- just to take away the allure of gangs and getting up to mischief in the evening. I think those are mes- sages that can be quite easily given to our famil- ies in the short term.'' He says ensuring gov- ernment programmes, such as youth transition services, reach Moerewa could be a viable long term goal. There are services that just aren't reaching our people in Moerewa,'' Mr Henare says. He says other strategies to discuss include increasing edu- cation and employment opportunities for Moer- ewa families. Mr Henare says the working group will not waste time and another meeting has been sched- uled for this week. It just needs to hap- pen,'' he says. Right now we need to start establishing some roles and responsibilities as well as a very quick plan on how we move for- ward. I'm really optimistic about the future of this town and that came through in the meeting,'' he says. While there was a lot of emotion it became clear that a lot of people are passionate about this town, are committed to this town and love this town. Now we've just got to continue to get more traction. Where the rub- ber meets the road is where our people judge us -- upon our outcomes.''
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