Northern News : January 8th 2014
2 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 8, 2014 NEWS www.northernnews.co.nz Kaikohe Office: 60 Broadway, Kaikohe. P.O. Box 1, Kaikohe. Ph 09 405 2040 Fax 09 401 2129 93 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri. P.O. Box 392, Kerikeri. Ph 09 407 0050 Fax 09 407 0369 Kerikeri Office: Northern Regional Manager Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2745 Kaikohe Editor Keri Molloy Ph 09 407 0361 Kerikeri email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 09 407 0050/09 405 2040 email: email@example.com Reporter Hamish MacLean Ph 09 407 0050/09 407 0368 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Jan Salmon Ph 09 407 0363 Advertising Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2745 email: email@example.com 5 Classifieds Free ph 0800 022 812 Free fax 0800 022 815 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 405 2040 email: email@example.com 13,308 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 12) 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. It’s been a labour of love for the manager of the Ohaeawai Community Preschool and Early Learning Centre. Manager Liz Owen opened the new early childhood education centre on January 6, which has been funded thus far through funding secured as loans to the trust behind the school – and without Ministry for Education funding that has gone to schools in neighbouring towns Kawakawa and Kaikohe but not Ohaeawai. But this school has community support she says and Mrs Owen was determined to follow through on the plans that she had to step away from when she lost a son. She speaks about the tragedy that for a time looked to have ended her vision philosophically now. ‘‘Coming up six years in March I had a child killed in a car accident,’’ she says. Mrs Owen had plans at that time to set up an early childhood education centre in Waimate North, but with the devastation over the loss of Growing success: Ohaeawai Community Preschool and Early Learning Centre manager Liz Owen gets the final touches done on the landscaping at the new preschool before it opened its doors for the first time this week. her 25-year-old those plans were dropped. ‘‘It was just wrong for us at that time.’’ But three years ago, she decided to go ahead with her vision. ‘‘Obviously we’re not over it, but life does go on and you just Fat Bird Range 750ml $7.99 Kahlua Coffee Liqueur 1 Litre $39.99 Vault Vodka Range 12pk 250ml cans $19.99 ea Guarana 4pk 250ml Cans $ 20 2 for Gift Pack Baileys Smirnoff have to live for everyone that’s left living,’’ she says. Hard work on preschool done ‘ Natural is the way to go, we believe they don’t need lots of different toys, they just need natural bits and pieces that they can create their own play with. – Liz Owen The ’ community preschool employs six staff but has been largely built on the backs of two tireless volunteers, she says, and the trust investing $350,000 so far into their transformation of the site. Head teacher Mary- Jane Davies’ husband Wayne Davies and builder Mitchell Nield have devoted countless hours renovating the old Masonic Lodge on State Highway 1 in Ohaeawai, landscaping the outdoor play area and building furniture for children inside. The trust has tried to create the childrens’ environment with as little plastic as possible following the vision of the head teacher. ‘‘Natural is the way to Malibu Rum 1 Litre $39.99 Old Crow Bourbon 1 Litre $37.99 Bombora White Rum 750ml $9.99 ea $32.99 Dark Horse Bourbon & Cola 8% 12pk 250ml cans $19.99 5788649AB Liquorland Kaikohe, 42 Broadway, Kaikohe, Far North 0405 P: 09 405 2372 Worried about Mum or Dad? go, we believe they don’t need lots of different toys, they just need natural bits and pieces that they can create their own play with.’’ Mrs Owen says giving children too many plastic toys it doesn’t let them use their imaginations. ‘‘Mary-Jane wants the colour to come from the children,’’ she says. Mrs Owen calls the Ohaeawai Primary School one of the ‘‘top schools in New Zealand’’ and is rapt that the school, which is adjacent to the property, is keen to share learning experiences with children at the preschool. She sees great things for the school, which caters to three-montholds to five-year-olds. ‘‘My son would have been so proud,’’ Mrs Owen says. Christmas is often the time a family realises that Mum or Dad is struggling to cope with the maintenance on the family home. If your parent lives alone and you’re concerned about how well they’re managing, it might be time to start exploring options. Kerikeri Retirement Village has a number of refurbished, modern, sunny 1 bedroom To arrange a viewing call 407 0070 or for more information visit www.kerikerivillage.co.nz apartments with outdoor patios available now. The apartments allow plenty of privacy and independence but ensure that help is at hand when it’s needed.
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