November 16, 2009

Expo Celebrates Best of the Kaipara

Mark Saturday 5 December on your calendar; in celebration of Community Pride Week, Kaipara is to hold its first ever Community Expo, from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm at the Taha Awa Community Gardens in Dargaville, and everything from fashion to Kapa Haka will be out in force and on display.
“We want to fill the gardens with the best our District has to offer and create a really positive atmosphere, for all the family to enjoy,” says Kaipara District Council’s Strategic Support Team Leader Brenda Polwart, who is teaming up with the Police, Sport Northland and the Northland Intersectoral Forum to make it a success.
“There will be music, an op shop fashion show, arts and crafts from talented locals, delicious produce from the area and a children’s play area. Local businesses and emergency services are also joining in, as well as Sport Northland’s Healthy Lifestyles Expo, and there is still time to get involved. Sites are free and available to anyone from the Kaipara the event is a great way to get exposure and show the community what you’ve got.”
The Expo is part of the Northland Community Pride Week initiative, led by the Police with the support of other government agencies, which seeks to promote the idea of community ownership and safety, people taking care of each other and taking pride in the place they live. “Pride stands for Protect, Respect, Include, Develop and Educate and the Kaipara Community Expo is part of wider celebrations that will be taking place around Northland,” says Northland Police Communications Officer Sarah Kennett. “Pride Week will be launched in Kaitaia at the Kaitaia Intermediate School on Sunday 29 November, a forum on “Vision of Community Pride for Whangarei,” will take place at Forum North on Wednesday 2 December, and the week will finish with celebrations at the Kerikeri Domain on Sunday 6 December. It’s all about getting people involved in their community in a positive way.”
Sport Northland’s Roxanne Kelly is excited to be combining the successful Healthy Lifestyles Expo with the new Kaipara event. “We want this to become an annual happening,” says Ms Kelly. “It’s going to be an awesome day. Be there, get involved and see what great things our community has to offer.”
If you would like to have a free stall at the Expo just call Brenda Polwart at Kaipara District Council on 09 439 7059 or 0800 70 7059, or Roxanne Kelly at Sport Northland on 09 439 3188.

Council Front Foots Economic Growth

The Kaipara District Council has committed to taking more direct control over its economic growth through the appointment of Chris Donahoe as District Growth Facilitator.

“By supporting the development and growth of sustainable businesses we will see more jobs, more residents and more visitors in the area” says Mayor Neil Tiller, “Economic development initiatives will be built on our inherent strengths. We are keen to preserve the rural lifestyle of the District while increasing prosperity for our people.”

Chris Donahoe has a varied business background which includes establishing a listed property trust. Chris has lived in the Kaipara for the last seven years and is interested in economics and environmental issues. “The plan is to help businesses to grow which will create jobs and down stream activity for service businesses. We also believe that an improved economic footing in the Kaipara puts us in a better position to protect and enhance our natural environment” says Chris.

Council aims to assist businesses to locate appropriate land and infrastructure and to manage selected projects through Council procedures. “In this way we hope to attract new investment in the District with particular focus on adding value to our primary sectors and removing barriers to growth for existing businesses.”

We want to help businesses achieve full production in the shortest possible time, with cost savings and lifestyle benefits. We will case manage projects that are likely to bring the greatest benefits to our community.” Council hopes that a more hands on approach will provide a more effective use of resources.

If you are relocating your business or expanding your existing business and require our assistance, please contact Chris Donahoe Kaipara District Council telephone 0800 727 059 or 09 439 7059, by fax 09 439 6756 or by email

November 3, 2009

Wild Cat Control Program November Update

October is now drawing to an end and along with it our community awareness month. It has been very successful with approximately 500 free collars distributed to households and over 80 cats micro-chipped in the Maungaturoto area. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with this, without the help and support of many this would not have been possible.

Your browser may not support display of this image.Your browser may not support display of this image.November brings with it the commencement of trapping, this will be happening in both November and December. We would like to remind you that this will be occurring on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. We suggest you try your best to keep pet cats indoors on these evenings to prevent accidental trapping. All of our traps are live capture and will be checked on a daily basis. Any cats that are wearing collars, micro-chipped, or who appear friendly will be automatically released. Trapping will be happening in various problem areas around Maungaturoto. We encourage anyone who has concerns regarding this or believes they may have a wild cat problem to contact us.

Again a big thank you to everyone who has helped us to get this program up and running and to all of our sponsors, Fonterra, Merial Ancare, Virbac, Fort Dodge, The Paparoa County Depot Trust and the Northland Regional Council.


Meredith Love BVSc. and Amy Hudson


Bigger and Better, the Affordable Art Sale is Back

Artists from around Kaipara will have a chance to exhibit and sell their work when the Affordable Art Sale returns to Dargaville Town Hall this year.

“Whether you are just starting out or are an established artist, we want to have you here, getting involved and showing what you’ve got,” says Dargaville Library Manager Paula Stuve.

“The sale is a great way to promote the talented artists we have in our District, and showcase their work at an excellent venue. Last year’s event was a real success, we had lots of awesome feedback and a lot of people sold work. Pieces will be priced between a few dollars and $500.00, as the event aims to make art accessible; connecting artists and their work with the community.”

The event will see artists such as Rick Winslow Thompson, Pat George, Mandy Wood and Charlie McLean, exhibiting for the second year in a row, and there will be lots of new faces as well.

“From pottery to painting there should be something for everyone,” says Paula.

The event kicks off with an opening evening on Thursday 19 November from 5.00pm – 7.30pm, featuring live music, drinks and nibbles and heaps of amazing art. The sale will continue from 9.00am 5.30pm on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November. The event will also host Dargaville Art Group’s annual exhibition, which will remain in the Town Hall until noon on Saturday 28 November.

No commission will be charged on sales, each artist just needs to pay a $10.00 registration fee towards the running of the event. All interested in participating, please telephone the library on 09 439 3150 for more information and to register.

“We’d love to see artists of all ages and art of all styles, so don’t be shy” says Paula.