May 28, 2010

Rural Women New Zealand announces Enterprising Rural Women Award supreme winner

Rural Women New Zealand announces Enterprising Rural Women Award supreme winner

The Supreme Winner of the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Award 2010 is Tineke Verkade and her Waikato-based business Homeopathic Farm Support Ltd.

The Award was presented at a special ceremony at the Rural Women New Zealand national conference in Oamaru yesterday.

The Award recognizes an outstanding rural businesswoman running her own enterprise and celebrates the success of all rural women entrepreneurs.

Rural Women New Zealand national president Margaret Chapman said rural businesswomen often have to overcome additional geographical and technological challenges in running their businesses.

In the case of this year’s Supreme Winner she says “Tineke has over the years had to show real resilience and a determination to succeed in the face of skepticism and little belief in alternative methods of healing.”

Tineke Verkade says she is very excited about winning the Supreme Award, having been entered by her own staff.

She hopes winning the award will have an impact in increasing awareness that homeopathy can support farmers in New Zealand not only in dairy, but also dry stock, sheep and alpacas.

Tineke says the growth in the use of homeopathy is a vital tool in moving towards organic farming and increases opportunities for farmers to command a premium price for their products. She points to a growing awareness as over one-third of dairy farmers now use homeopathy.

“So many farmers are using homeopathy successfully, they might as well be organic because then they get a premium price,” says Tineke.

Tineke Verkade began her professional career in nursing, working at Waikato hospital for 17 years. In the late 1980s she began to pursue her interests in complimentary medicine, gaining diplomas in naturopathy and medical herbalism as well as homeopathy.

She set up in private practice in 1991 treating people, and then began using homeopathy with her own animals. Other farmers in the Waikato approached her for assistance in treating symptoms in their livestock, and the seeds of her new farm-focused business were planted.

Tineke has since written two books on homeopathy for dairy and alpaca farmers and has seen her business grow from a one woman operation to a business employing eight part time staff including six homeopaths. She now has a national and international distribution network, supplying more than 200 organic-certified products to farmers, as well as running seminars and helpdesk support.

Runner up in the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Award 2010 was Tracey Robinson of Rotherham, Canterbury, who set up her merino sock business Cosy Toes Ltd after experiencing frustration that wool socks were not available for her two pre-schoolers. Researching the market, she discovered that inexpensive imports of synthetic socks had led to New Zealand businesses closing down and selling their machines.

She decided to reverse that trend, setting up a business in a rural township with a population of just 300, using the internet to supply a niche, high quality product using innovative marketing, including social networking sites.

Margaret Chapman says “both Tracey and Tineke are strengthening their rural communities by sourcing products and services locally and providing employment for others.”

“Rural Women New Zealand is delighted to help recognize and promote such women and to celebrate their efforts and their successes.”

Rural Women New Zealand thanks our Award sponsors, Ballance and Access, and Award judges Theresa Gattung and Doug Langford.

May 27, 2010



Your browser may not support display of this image. The decision followed an in-depth discussion by Council which detailed the steps taken by Mayor Neil Tiller in recent weeks to facilitate discussions between the parties to the Cames Road debate. “The meetings Deputy Mayor Alspach and I have had with representatives of both sides to the argument have proved to be productive. I hope that continuing with the agreed process will result in a workable solution.”

Mayor Tiller was optimistic that an agreeable resolution could be reached but reiterated that getting all the right information was important. “Council has asked staff to investigate and report back to Council on what the costs of opening the road to constrained vehicular access may be, how we may enforce some controls on the type of vehicles that may use the road and what future devices can be implemented to calm and control the traffic on that road.”

It was agreed during the meeting that continuing with the status quo was not an option and positive steps to seek a solution acceptable to all needed to be taken.

“The decision of Council will facilitate the first steps in bringing to an end a debate that has been ongoing for a number of years. However, the first step is ascertain all the information as to costs, funding, engineering requirements and safety options to enable Council to make a fully informed decision” Mayor Tiller explained.

Mayor Tiller said that a further meeting between the parties was being planned for June.

First Matariki Fire Show in Whangarei just two weeks away

Pictured: Unicycle World Champion Chris Huriwai rehearsing jumping his one wheeled bike through a burning skipping rope.

First Matariki Fire Show in Whangarei just two weeks away.

The Northland Community Circus Network are set to Light Up Northland this Matariki with fire shows in four Northland centres starting at the Twilight Festival in Whangarei in two weeks.

Matariki, the traditional Maori New Year, is marked at the first appearance of the Matariki star cluster - also known as the Pleiades or seven sisters. The pre dawn rise of the cluster can be seen in the last few days of May every year and the new year is marked at the next new moon - this year on 14 June.

The shows, in Whangarei, Dargaville, Kaikohe and Waipu will be around 45 minutes long. The shows folow Maui’s search for fire, created by Kumarani’s two French circus teachers Matt Merle and Joe Carvalho or Co. Tangatawiwi Circus. Joe and Matt are building fire sculptures and coaching teams with local support. A core team of the best Northland performers, including Unicycle World Street Style Champion Chris Huriwai from Kaikohe, will take part in all shows but each will have its own local artists and flavour. The Waipu Pipe band will play in Waipu, and international visitors, local artists and cultural groups are lined up for different shows.

The network is made up of local circus groups – Dargaville’s Kumarani, the Whangarei Community Circus, Circool Circus in Waipu and emerging groups in Kaitaia and Kaikohe. They would like to thank the three Northland district councils creative communities schemes and Northpine for their support. Amokura Family Violence Prevention Consortium, have generously supported all four shows. We invite everyone to Step Back this New Year and join us in a unique and spectacular celebration the whole family can enjoy.

Show dates are: Saturday 29th May at the Quarry Arts Centre as part of the Twilight Youth Festival in Whangarei, then Saturday 6pm on the 12th June in Dargaville, the 19th June @ Kaikohe Speedway and 26th June at Caledonian Park in Waipu. Rain dates are the following Sunday or check

Koha donations are appreciated which will go towards the funding shortfall and to support local programmes. Production Manager for the shows Thomas Hinz is still keen to hear from artists, photographers, filmmakers and sound engineers who would like to take part in the project. He can be contacted on 093613801 or 021939501. Mark your calendar now to support this exciting initiative of what we hope will become an iconic annual Matariki event in Northland.

May 23, 2010

Maungaturoto Junior Rugby 2010

Subs are now due and should have been paid by now for this year. Midgets $10, Under 9 year olds and above $20, family sub $30.

Rugby this year is starting on May 30th and run on Sundays for 5 weeks. Contact David Williamson or Heather Lupton for more information.

May 21, 2010

Otamatea Repertory Theatre - update for May

"The Sound of Music" is their latest production so if you would like to see this their show dates from on from July 30th 2010 to 15th August 2010.

The theatre are also inviting people to come down and help on their working bees each Saturday mornings from 9am for about three hours. If you can help contact Frances Yardley on 09 431 8737.

May 19, 2010

Sport Northland News for May

There is now a cycle group in Mangawhai. They meet every Sunday at The Hub at 8am and they are on the hunt for new members. All fitness levels are welcome.

The Sport Northland 2010 run walk series has two events coming up in May - the Newman Engineering Baylys to Dargaville run/walk on May 9th and the Carters Paihia Run/Walk on May 30th.

Online entries are now open for both events - check the website for even information and how to register. No entries accepted on the day.

Linking Hands Inc.

Their office is now open from 9am to 3pm and they are also now able to bring home patients from Whangarei Hospital who live in Ruawai, Tinopai, Matakohe, Pahi, Whakapirau, Paparoa, Maungaturoto, Kaiwaka, Mangawhai, Langs Beach, Waipu, Bream Bay and Ruakaka.

Contact Linking hands on 09 431 8969