September 17, 2010

A Chance to Preserve Kaipara’s Unique Heritage

A Chance to Preserve Kaipara’s Unique Heritage

Kaipara District Council is again offering help to preserve our District’s vital heritage through the Kaipara Heritage Assistance Fund.

The Fund was set up in 2006 and as a result of its success Council has again set aside $10,000 for 2010 to help and encourage people to protect and preserve resources of heritage value. These can include historic sites, buildings and archaeological sites. Projects can include archaeological assessments as well as physical preservation.

Individuals, groups - including community groups and organisations - private landowners, iwi and hapu can all apply. But to qualify for funding, projects must:

be within the Kaipara District

have the support of the owner of the heritage resource

be of proven historical significance

demonstrate some community benefit

be essential and appropriate to ensure the preservation of the heritage resource

include a contribution from the applicant

Last year nine projects were funded, including repairs to four historic churches, Anglican Church at Hukatere, Zion Church, Parirau, Whakapirau’s St Albans Church and the lovely Church of Epiphany in Tangiteroria. Other heritage buildings receiving assistance included the Historic Brick kiln in Paparoa, the Evans Tinsmith and Coppersmith Workshop, the Mangawhai Post Office, the old school building in Tara Road, Mangawhai and a small project at the Mt Wesley Cemetery.

New Zealand Historic Places Trust’s Northland Manager, Stuart Park, stresses the importance of protecting our unique, rich and varied heritage and is urging Kaipara residents to take up the offer of assistance.

“The knowledge we gain from our past helps communities understand where they have come from and what makes them special,” he says. “Cultural heritage is essential to our well-being and is not just an optional extra. Kaipara District Council is to be applauded for its initiative in helping residents care for the district’s heritage”

Mr Park emphasises that preserving our heritage successfully needs commitment from both private landowners and the community.

Applications to the Kaipara Heritage Assistance Fund close on Sunday 31 October 2010. Guidelines and application forms are available from Kaipara District Council service centres or online at More information is also available from the Customer Service Team on 09 439 7059, 0800 727 059 or 0800 100 388.

KAIPARA STAFF HELP OUT IN CHRISTCHURCH. Two members of staff from Kaipara District Council trained in Civil Defence Welfare support joined the Chr


Two members of staff from Kaipara District Council trained in Civil Defence Welfare support joined the Christchurch Welfare Emergency Team on Sunday afternoon. Bridget Sewell and Rachel Sheppard have joined together with volunteers from all over New Zealand to assist in ensuring people in the quake zone have access to essential supplies and services.

“Kaipara is only too happy to assist our fellow New Zealanders in whatever small way we can”, said Mayor Tiller. “Rachel and Bridget have volunteered as they want to do whatever they can to help the people of Christchurch, and recognise that the effects of this crisis will last long after the clean up.”

While both volunteers are trained in Civil Defence Welfare Support, applying what they have learned in a 'live' situation will greatly enhance this training making them even more valuable in the event of a disaster.

Rachel and Bridget have confirmed that the city is very damaged in parts but teams are busy working on the buildings. Those businesses which haven’t been affected are open for trade and children have been returning to school.

The aftershocks have continued with Bridget describing the tremors as having a rolling movement: “While the realisation of another aftershock is unnerving, having not been part of the original quake we do not have the same feeling of fear as those we are working with.”

After an initial shift at the Lynwood School with Welfare Officers from Lower Hutt, Bridget and Rachel have been transferred to the Addington Welfare Centre assisting those who are there with trauma care, assistance with registration and providing welfare support.

Local Art, Culture and Sport Receives an Injection of Funds

Local Art, Culture and Sport Receives an Injection of Funds

Two funding schemes Creative, Communities New Zealand and SPARC Rural Travel Fund, bring dollars to Kaipara twice a year.

Creative Communities New Zealand funds local arts and cultural initiatives in Kaipara through two half-yearly allocations of approximately $8,000 each. These are administered by a local committee made up of representatives from Kaipara District Council, the community and Iwi.

Successful applicants for the last round were:

Big River FM and Kool FM, Dargaville Community Cinema Charitable Trust, Kumarani Productions, Mandy Wood, Mangawhai Artists Association, Northern Wairoa Country Music Club, Otamatea Repertory Theatre, Te Kopuru School and The Art Studio. Each received grants ranging from $500 to $2,390.

“Having the funds available to support these local art and culture groups to enable them to work towards achieving their goals is fantastic” says Mayor Neil Tiller.

SPARC Rural Travel Fund helps young Kaipara sportspeople play their favorite sports through grants of approximately $10,000. These are also administered by a local committee made up of representatives from Kaipara District Council, Sport Northland and the community.

Kaipara is one of only three councils nationally to be included in the SPARC Rural Travel Fund which is funded by Central Government and subsidises travel for junior teams, aged five to 19 years, to help them participate in their local competitions.

The successful applicants this year were:

Aranga School, Dargaville High School Clay Target Team, Dargaville High School 1st XV Rugby Team, Dargaville High School U14 and U16 Rugby Teams, Eastern United JMB Rugby, Matakohe School Netball, Otamatea High School Mixed Hockey 1st X1, Otamatea Rugby U14 and U15 Teams, Southern (Te Kopuru) Rugby U18 Team and Te Kopuru Amateur Swimming Club.

“It is great to be able to increase the availability and accessibility of sporting opportunities for Kaipara’s children”, says Mayor Neil Tiller.

September 16, 2010

A Service of Prayer and Praise In support of those who have been effected by the Canterbury Earthquake

The Combined Churches of Maungaturoto & District

A Service of Prayer and Praise

In support of those who have been effected by the Canterbury Earthquake




All welcome – Supper to follow

There will be an opportunity to give to the Earthquake Relief Fund

September 13, 2010

Expertise and Local Experience Beefs Up the Bright Futures Project

Expertise and Local Experience Beefs Up the Bright Futures Project

Council is pleased to have been able to add the services of Rose Plunkett and Rosemary Jones to the Bright Futures Project.

Bright Futures is a joint project funded by Ministry of Social Development and administered by Kaipara District Council. It provides young people, who leave school with no qualifications, opportunities to continue their education. The main target group is teenage mums however other young people are included.

Rose and Rosemary’s experience and expertise along with their commitment to the community and the rapport they have built up through their work with Homebuilders all combine to give a huge boost to the potential success of the project.

“Homebuilders loss is our gain” said Mayor Tiller, “the timing is perfect we are fortunate that these women were available to help us extend the project into the Paparoa and Maungaturoto area at the same time as external funding was available”.

No time to increase the Official Cash Rate

13 September 2010

No time to increase the Official Cash Rate

Federated Farmers is pushing to keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) on hold as part of Thursday’s review that will correspond with a Monetary Policy Statement (MPS).

“Federated Farmers has been extremely cautious about any tightening of the OCR,” says Lachlan McKenzie, Federated Farmers acting economics spokesperson.

“What we’d like to see is a clear statement in the MPS that the OCR will be put on hold for the remainder of 2010. This will help provide a floor, given the effective interest rates that farm businesses pay, is much higher than the OCR.

“Even before the unknown economic impact of Canterbury’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake, we faced an appreciating Kiwi dollar. Every time bad news comes out of the US economy, the Kiwi spikes upwards, just today over $0.73 against the greenback.

“I think most export businesses, farms included, know it’s a tough international trading environment.

“Despite the latest rise in the most recent globalDairyTrade event, we’re still in negative territory for whole milk powders overall, since August. For our sheep, beef and grain farmers, things are especially tough and the dollar’s strength is not helping.

“It seems global developments like risk appetite, commodity price recoveries and a struggling US economy, are now major drivers for our dollar. I suspect some in the markets could be thinking that earthquake reconstruction will be good news for the wider New Zealand economy.

“While this may be true in degrees, it will take time to play out and in the short term, the dislocation of businesses as a result of the earthquake may be an economic negative. Canterbury after all makes up around 15 percent of New Zealand’s gross domestic product.

“The bigger risk to an export led economic rebalancing is the New Zealand dollar. Federated Farmers hopes a ‘warts and all’ MPS, combined with a policy indication towards a hold for the balance of 2010, will ease this short-term pressure,” Mr McKenzie concluded.

It’s Time to Vote!

It’s Time to Vote!

Now's the time to make your mark on the future of your region. You will no doubt have seen Council staff wearing very distinctive and colourful t-shirts. They carry a serious message – Your Vote, Your Community. It’s about voting for the Councillors you want to represent you and not ending up with the Councillor someone else voted for because you didn’t exercise your right to have a say.

Voters will be able to cast their votes in the 2010 local elections from Saturday 18 September. Voting papers are being mailed to voters in the Kaipara District from Friday 17 September.

Most voters in the District will start receiving their papers on Saturday 18 September or Monday 20 September and it is expected that all papers will be delivered by Wednesday 22 September. People who have not received their papers by then should contact Kaipara District Council's Electoral Officer, Claire Lichtwark-McInnes on 0800 72 7095. Council’s offices in Kaiwaka and Dargaville will be open until 12 noon on Saturday 09 October 2010 to accept special votes and postal votes.

The voting papers will use both the Single Transferable Voting (STV) and the First Past the Post (FPP) voting systems. The Kaipara District Council and the Northland District Health Board use STV which allows voters to rank the candidates they want in order of preference ie first choice, second choice and so on. Voters often like more than one candidate so rather than having to make one choice, this method allows them to make the most of their vote. The Northland Regional Council uses FPP which means voters chose the one candidate they want.

Voting papers will contain clear instructions on how to vote using both systems. The Single Transfer Voting papers will have a light grey background while the First Past the Post voting papers will have a light orange background.

People should read their papers carefully before casting their vote so they are using the right voting method.

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 District representing the views of the community.

“Although electoral rolls have now closed, people can still enrol to vote. However, they will need to request special voting papers,” Ms Lichtwark-McInnes says.

“The last date to enrol is Friday 9 October. I would encourage anyone who has not yet registered to do so, and cast a special vote. It’s your opportunity to have a say on how the District is run over the next three years