July 30, 2010
Contact the Secretary Maurice Kirtin for an application form
Otamatea Repertory Theatre Presents ‘The Sound of Music’
August 6 & 13th Evening Shows at 7.30 pm
Matinees on August 7,8,14 & 15 at 2p.m.
Tickets available through I-Ticket
www.iticket.co.nz or from Tony’s Lotto Shop in Maungaturoto
Maungaturoto Garden Club will be at the Centennial Hall on August 18th. Ginny Todd will be giving a talk on the art of Bronze Sculpture. Meet at 1 pm at the hall.
The Mobile Ear clinic will be in Maungaturoto 16 August
Otamatea High School Open Day 1st September
Visit www.otamatea.school.net for further details
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July 27, 2010
“While farmers are not overly optimistic about general economic conditions they are slightly more upbeat about the profitability of their own farms, but then again, that’s off recession like levels,” says Philip York, Federated Farmers economics and commerce spokesperson.
“One general economic barometer is recruitment and farm employers are now reporting it easier to find skilled staff than in January, where we found a tightening labour market.
“Federated Farmers is buoyed by the way farmers have responded to policy signals to reduce debt levels. This is not just a dairy phenomenon. We see meat and fibre farmers as well as grains farmers moving in this direction as well. Debt reduction must be encouraged and keeping the OCR on hold will greatly facilitate debt retirement.
“While dairy farmers are the most optimistic, for sheep and beef farmers as well as grains farmers, things are much less rosy. Among grains farmers there is a strong underlying pessimism about industry factors that Federated Farmers is looking into. It is also significant the current state of the meat and wool industries is now a named concern.
“Yet the single biggest issue for farmers at the start of the 2010/11 season is the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
“30 percent of respondents cite that as their main business concern and this worries Federated Farmers. While there has been uninformed comment that farming is ‘ETS immune’, farmers are heavily exposed to power and fuel price increases and the cascade impact these have upon farm inputs. Respondents want the Government to either scrap the ETS or further moderate it.
“Significantly, farmers are detecting increases in the cost of farm inputs based on assumed higher payouts which are yet to be earned. This includes the non-tradable sector led by central and local central and government costs. The Federation will need to look closer at this.
“Commodity price levels and volatility were major concerns influenced by the exchange rate. We are concerned that any tightening of the OCR this week will put upwards pressure on the Kiwi, to the detriment of the entire export sector.
“Farmers also feel deep unease about the size of Government in the economy, which, while forecast to fall, will only do so gradually. Reducing the Government’s size will reduce compliance costs and regulatory blockages leaving more money for productive investment.
“Federated Farmers and farmers are pleased the Government adopted the New Zealand Productivity Commission Bill, which had it’s first reading late last week. In light of the mining backdown, it is a positive signal to business, along with planned amendments to the Employment Relations Act and the Holidays Act.
“Yet, given many farm business concerns revolve about unnecessary compliance, we ask why there has been only glacial progress on the Regulatory Responsibility Bill, which is currently subject to a discussion document.
“These legislative tools, we believe, will enforce a much needed cultural shift within Government that will lift the profitability of New Zealand’s farmer-exporters,” Mr York concluded.
July 26, 2010
During the last weekend of July (31st July & 1st August) Northland Residents will have a chance to meet the big cats and team at Whangarei’s
Visitors to the park will have a unique opportunity to get a close up view in safety, of the rare and endangered big cats resident at the park, including
After the success last year of their ‘Whangarei Weekend’,
Viewing is by guided tour with a comprehensive educational narration given by the well- experienced ZWG team members.
To reserve your half price entry please phone (09) 435 0110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
July 23, 2010
Now is your chance to give local politics a go and have a say in the future of your district.
Nominations for candidates wishing to stand in this year’s local authority elections open
Claire Lichtwark McInnes Electoral Officer says anyone wishing to stand as a candidate for Kaipara should get their nominations in now.
Nominations close on Friday 20 August at .
“We are encouraging anyone who wants to make a difference in the local community to stand. After all, local government and local democracy are fundamental to our society giving the opportunity for everyone’s voice to be heard. The Mayor and Councillors take on a leadership role in the Kaipara representing the views of the community.
We need a range of elected members of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to represent the diversity of our community.
Anyone over the age of 18 can stand for election as long as they are a
July 19, 2010
“After last year’s abandonment of an Initial Public Offering, it’s a damming indictment on our capital markets that Synlait couldn’t rely on New Zealand to provide the investment capital necessary to fund its expansion,” says Lachlan McKenzie, Federated Farmers dairy chairperson.
“With a majority of Synlait Limited’s processing arm being bought by Bright Dairy & Food Co Limited, I think New Zealanders should be thankful Fonterra Cooperative Group, Westland Dairy Cooperative and Tatua Cooperative Dairy Company are Kiwi owned by Kiwi farmers.
“Federated Farmers now hopes Synlait Milk will look to work with our local cooperatives to develop the quality end of the Chinese market. New Zealand can only meet a small part of China’s total needs so developing the value end of the market is in our interests.
“In this, Bright Dairy has a huge advantage with its distribution channels and I’d like to extend that same message to Natural Dairy, which in the box seat for CraFarms.
“Yet we have to be realistic that this is a processing investment and that kind of investment is a two-way street, as the number of New Zealand joint ventures in China illustrates. Synlait Limited’s interest in Synlait Milk will reduce down to 49 percent but Synlait Limited is retaining total control over Synlait Farms.
“While this seemingly creates a clearer separation from Synlait Milk, New Zealand must be the only country in the world, which forces its major exporter to help out its direct competitors.
“Bright Dairy & Food Co Limited will wish to expand and that will demand more milk but under the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act, Fonterra is obligated to supply twenty percent of Synlait Milk’s needs for the current year.
“While there is talk about Chinese consumer-ready products being produced in Canterbury, the reality is that the Emissions Trading Scheme makes it far cheaper to ship bulk milkpowders up to China for value-add processing there.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that since milkpowder is lighter and easier to ship than pre-packs, you won’t pay our labour and compliance costs just to produce it here.
“The ETS will simply not add one yuan in China to what comes out of the driers in Canterbury.
“It’s also ironic that it looks like Synlait Milk looks like becoming a subsidiary of a local authority trading enterprise, in this case, the Shanghai municipality,” Mr McKenzie concluded.
July 14, 2010
Topic:- Digital Photography 101.... getting started with the digital photography revolutionDate:- Friday 30th July , from 2;00PM to 4:00PMPresented By:- Ann Bolton, renown local photographerVenue:- The Club, Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai HeadsInvestment:- $5 for members, $10 for visitors (no need to book.. just come!)Rewards:- Refreshments provided!
July 1, 2010
Soljah are a five piece unit based in Kaipara and Auckland, consisting of five heavy weight musicians who are creating waves across Aotearoa with their mesmerising live performances and ground stomping sound.
Heavy distorted riffs with rhythms that knock you off your feet, bouncy drum and bass to put you back on your feet, and tight vocal harmonies that drip with catchy melodies.
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