November 28, 2008

Citizenship Ceremony in Dargaville

>Kaipara gained another official Kiwi on Wednesday (November 26) when Genevieve Dumoulin received New Zealand Citizenship during a ceremony at the Kaipara District Council in Dargaville.

Ms Dumoulin grew up in Quebec, Canada and came to New Zealand about six years ago, initially settling in Queenstown. Five years ago she moved to Dargaville where she is dairy farming with her partner, Ian McCahon. Her interests include woodwork in which she has recently completed a course to increase her skills.

Council Progresses Pool Project

Dargaville’s new 50 metre pool came closer to reality on Wednesday (November 26) when Kaipara District Council appointed Barfoote Construction as the preferred contractor for the project.
After advertising for expressions of interest in building Northland’s only 50 metre pool four companies, - Barfoote Construction, Hill Construction, Mainzeal Construction and Wooding Construction - were invited to tender as main contractor.
These were chosen for their experience in large construction projects of this type. However, the tender and contract documents require a substantial role for Kaipara sub contractors.
Following the appointment of Barfoote Construction as preferred contractor on Wednesday, Council and Project Manager Mark Bates will negotiate with that company to reach a final price for the project that is affordable and meets the needs and expectations of the community.
Council will also continue to investigate means of raising the additional funding needed to complete the project without costing more in rates than agreed in the Council’s Long Term Community Plan. Possible options include using proceeds from Council’s forestry and the sale of Council property.
The outcomes will be reported to the January Council meeting when it is anticipated that a decision concerning the signing of a formal contract will be made.
Kauri Coast Community Pool Trust Chairman Vern Stevens is pleased at the progress. “Appointing a preferred contractor is an important step and I am confident that Dargaville is going to get a top-class regional facility and a wonderful asset for the local community.”
The proposed complex at Selwyn Park is a 50 metre pool, divided by a moveable bulkhead, plus a hydrotherapy/learners pool.
The Northland Regional Council is supporting the project because of its regional significant and is contributing $700,000 from its Regional Recreational Facilities Fund.

Maungaturoto Matters December 2008 Part 1

Part 1 Pages 1-20
Issue 87 December 2008.Part 1

Part 2 Pages 21 - 40

issue 87 december 2008

Part 3 Pages 41 - 44

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Liquor ban comments sought

A proposal to introduce a year-round 7pm to 7am liquor ban at Mangawhai and Mangawhai Heads is out for public comment.Currently, a liquor ban has only been enforced on New Year’s Eve.

But, Kaipara District Council, in response to a request from police and the community, has decided to look at a year round ban. A Council spokesperson says police are concerned that alcohol encourages unruly, abusive or destructive behaviour.“Over the years there have been a lot of offences associated with alcohol abuse and there is a growing trend for young people to travel to places with no liquor bans and upset people,” Senior Constable Geoff Medland says. “A liquor ban will allow people to have a wine with their picnic lunch but then we can close down the less desirable drinking at 7pm and create a more sociable environment. It will also encourage people to drink in licensed establishments or in their own homes.”Submissions on the proposal close on November 28.

If approved, the bylaw will come into effect before Christmas.Submission forms are also available on the Council’s website, at the Kaiwaka service centre, and Mangawhai and Kaiwaka libraries.Kaipara Council has also received liquor ban requests from other communities including Kaiwaka, Maungaturoto and Paparoa. It plans to release a Statement of Proposal alongside the Kaipara’s Future - Working Together Plan 2009/19 next March to seek public opinion.
- story from Northern Matters

November 26, 2008

New owners for Maungaturoto's Four Square

Vipin and Mina Patel are the proud new owners of Maungaturoto’s Four Square and they are keen to give their customers the best possible service.
Vipin has already extended the hours for shoppers who will now find the supermarket open from 7.30am Monday to Friday and from 8.00am on Saturdays and 9.00am on Sundays. Closing time all week is 6.30pm. But he’s not stopping there.
"If people need something that we don’t have in stock," he says, "they only need to tell us and we will do our best to get it in for them. I will also be extending product lines and manager’s specials."
Family is very important to Vipin and Mina who have moved to Maungaturoto so that they will be closer to their daughter who lives in Auckland.
For the last eight years they have run the Four Square in Kaeo. However when the chance came up to move south they jumped at it. Vipin enjoyed his time in Kaeo.
"We had a great relationship with our customers up there and I hope we can do the same thing here," he says. "At the end of the day if my customers are happy then so am I." Vipin also said that he was very impressed with the staff and will be retaining them.

- story from the Kaipara Lifestyler.

November 22, 2008

Summer in Maungaturoto

Summer sunrise over the Brynderwyns.

Sheep grazing in the meadow.

Daisies overlooking Otamatea High School and the Kaipara.

November 16, 2008

Strike action from Fonterra suspended

Fonterra today confirmed the company had reached a resolution to negotiations with the Dairy Workers Union over a new Collective Employment Agreement.
Fonterra’s Director of Milk Supply Barry Harris said a settlement had been agreed (subject to ratification by members), and the Union would now be discussing the detail of this with its members.
“We are pleased to have reached a fair and appropriate agreement. While it’s still to be ratified by the Union, we believe this agreement will give security for both sides in what are turbulent times at the moment, economically and financially.”
He said the company expected to receive notice of suspension strike action today.
- story here.

Great Maungaturoto Volunteer Groups

Maungaturoto is a great rural town full of people who volunteer their free time after work hours. One of these people is Matt Turner who each Monday night from 6pm to 7.30pm takes Cubs/Keas at our local scout den. The Cubs really need some regular assistance from other volunteers within the area. If your child attends each week and you can help please contact Matt at

The town's annual Christmas parade is also due to start again in early December. If you can help please contact Susan McRae for more information. The theme this year is "Kiwiana".

Maungaturoto's Fieldays have been schedule for November 2009 - the exact date will be advised. For more information contact

November 5, 2008

Election Information for Northland

Don't forget to have your chance to vote in New Zealand's national election this coming Saturday (8th November 2008). Here are the areas of where you can place your vote:

Kaiwaka - Kaiwaka School, 33 Mangawhai Road.
Maungaturoto - Maungaturoto Community Centre, View Street.
Mangawhai - Mangawhai Hall, Mangawhai Road.
Paparoa - Paparoa School, Franklin Road.
Port Albert - Port Albert Hall, 980 Port Albert Road.
Ruawai - Ruawai Primary School, Main Road.
Taipuha - Taipuha Hall, Taipuha Station Road.
Wellsford - Wellsford Primary School, 47 School Road.

Here are the candidates for Northland:
CARTER, John - National Party
JOHNSON, Phil - United Future
JONES, Shane - Labour Party
LEIDING, Martin - Green Party
SHAW, Mike - Kiwi Party
TAYLOR, Melanie - Family Party
WILSON, David - Democrats for Social Credit
WOOD, Alan (Smilie) - ACT New Zealand

Check out the Elections NZ website for more information.

November 4, 2008

Maungaturoto Primary School Pet Day - Linton Cup Winner

Hayden Buckly proudly accepted his award and the Linton Cup for best overall lamb at the recent Maungaturoto Pet Day.

Maungaturoto Primary Pet day - Smales Cup Champion Calf

Courtney Mottram with her calf Jezebella took out the Smales Cup and best overall calf at the recent Maungaturoto Primary School Pet Day. Courtney put her success down to lots of care and attention. Both were more than happy to pose for the camera.