April 27, 2011

Grand Charity Concert for Christchurch Earthquake Appeal this Saturday


7.30 P.M.


PHONE 09 431 8193

April 20, 2011

Rural broadband takes a step forward for 1.1 million kiwis

Rural broadband takes a step forward for 1.1 million kiwis

Federated Farmers is welcoming confirmation the $252 million increase for rural broadband it successfully lobbied for, will finally generate results for rural New Zealand.

“Federated Farmers will continue talking with Government and the successful parties to get a better understanding of the agreement and the timelines involved,” says Don Nicolson, Federated Farmers President.

“The Federation said the Government should take extra time to ensure it got the decision right so we hope today’s confirmation is evidence of that.

“Federated Farmers is keen to assist speeding things along. In anticipation of today’s announcement and to make it easier for fibre to be rolled out across farms, we’ve been working with the telecommunications sector on standard form easements.

“Federated Farmers is in the process of writing to all councils asking them to allow higher telecommunication towers in rural areas. This is critical for wireless broadband and to provide a pathway to next generation technologies.

“But the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) is more than just being about farmers. It is intended to meet the needs of a quarter of all New Zealanders – 1.1 million people in all.

“On the face of it, the announcement is a positive step forward but we’ve yet to get the full picture on what the contracts mean in practice.

“For example, what will be done for those who seem to have missed out on today’s announcement. We also need to learn a lot more about peak download and upload speeds, coverage and of course, pricing.

“Broadband is vital for all farmers with increasing moves towards precision farming, e-commerce and e-Government. We may not welcome some of the compliance outcomes but fast reliable broadband is necessary for us to comply.

“Another key aspect is future proofing farmers and provincial New Zealand so that we can all take full advantage of the digital economy.

“Rural folk, even those in the rural towns, are people too. We want to have the same fast and reliable access to social media, education and health advances that the cities have enjoyed for some time.

“Broadband isn’t just about reducing isolation but enabling economic development to take root in the provinces rather than in just the cities. At least today, we’re one step closer,” Mr Nicolson concluded.

April 18, 2011

Anzac Day Services around the Kaipara District - 2011

Anzac Day Services around the Kaipara District - 2011

 Soldiers in a trench, Gallipoli, Turkey, 1915


The parade will assemble at 10.00am at the Hakaru Returned Servicemen’s Association. March on at 10.20am. A service will be held at 11.00am followed with a finger food lunch beginning around 12.00 noon. Uniforms and medals should be worn. Open invitation - everyone is welcome.

For more information please contact Neville Andrew 09 431 8191.


A Dawn Service will be held at the Lawn Cemetery, View Street, Maungaturoto. Assemble at 5.45 am parade at 6.00am. The ceremony will be followed by the usual light breakfast at the Returned Servicemen’s Association.

For more information please contact Noel Smith 0294 752 601 or e-mail rsa@liqueurs.co.nz

Matakohe - Anzac Day at the Museum

There will be a combined service of Paparoa Returned Servicemen’s Association and The Kauri Museum. This will begin at 10.30am with fall in at the Matakohe War Memorial Hall. The march will halt at the Cemetery Flag where poppy detail will take place on Gordon Coates' grave, the flag will be lowered and the Last Post sounded. The march will continue to the Gun Memorial for wreath laying by schools, then to the War Memorial Hall for further wreath laying following which it will continue into the Volunteers Hall of the Museum. A service will then be held during which family or friends will have the opportunity to lay flowers or poppies in the display near photographs of their loved ones. After the service a cup of tea will be served in the Matakohe War Memorial Hall provided by the Committee of the Friends of the Museum.

For more information please contact Betty Nelley 09 431 7417 (work).


Commencing at 10.30am there will be a short march down Ruawai Wharf Road to the flagpole at the Ruawai War Memorial Hall and this will be followed by a commemorative service.

For more information please contact Alec Stewart 09 439 2737.


A dawn service will be held at the Mount Wesley Returned Servicemen’s Association Cemetery, Old Golf Course Road, Dargaville commencing at 6.00am. The ceremony will be followed by the usual light breakfast.

For more information please contact Vic at the Northern Wairoa Returned Servicemen’s Association 09 439 8164.

A commemorative Anzac Day Service will be held in the Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall, Hokianga Road, Dargaville. The Civic Service begins at 10.30am. For more information please contact Charlane White Kaipara District Council 09 439 7059.

April 6, 2011

St John Prior leads cadet ceremony

St John Prior and Governor General, His Excellency The Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand and Lady Satyanand will perform one of their final ceremonial duties with St John Youth cadets this Sunday.

Thirty-six young people from around St John Northern Region have been invited to Government House in Auckland to receive their Grand Prior’s certificates and badges.

Senior and executive members of St John will also be among the invited guests at the function on Sunday 10 April, acknowledging the cadets achievements and the esteem in which the Grand Prior’s award is held within St John.

The award is the highest a cadet can achieve and is the only Youth badge that may be worn on an adult St John uniform. Cadets must pass 12 proficiency subjects containing both practical and theoretical components.

Says St John Regional Youth Manager Christine Benson, “We offer a huge choice of badges within our Youth programme but First Aid, Health Care and Community Awareness must be among the 12 attained to qualify for a Grand Prior’s award. It is an outstanding achievement.”

Currently there are 60 St John Youth divisions in Northern Region, with 2,068 young people, from 6 to 18 years, enjoying a programme that focuses on positive youth development. Members are encouraged to develop leadership and decision-making skills through a programme of discovery, adventure and learning – while at the same time meeting new people and having fun!

St John is on the lookout for volunteer leaders to join their Youth programme. Says Ms Benson, “Our volunteer Youth leaders are vital to the success of the programme. With continued growth throughout the region we definitely need more leaders to assist us.”

Leaders are provided with resources and ongoing training and support to enable them to run the Youth programme. Members meet once a week for about an hour and a half – usually early in the evening – at their local St John Youth Division.

To find out about becoming a St John Youth leader visit www.stjohn.org.nz or phone 0800 ST JOHN (0800 785 646).

Cadets receiving their Grand Prior’s awards on Sunday are:

Fiona Allan, Annique Claridge, Charlotte Gleeson, Robyn Hammerton, Pepjin Hubner, Hayley Morris (all Whangarei Youth Division); Alice Hammerton (Kaikohe); Louisa Horton (Kerikeri); Nicole Court, Jennifer Liu, Beth Yeung (East Coast Bays); Michael Duxfield (North Shore); Priyanka Girish, Brendon Walsh (Takapuna); Corey McCallum, Stephanie Townend (Kumeu); Ann Wei (Kelston); Sam Stevenson, Eva Woodward (Point Chevalier); Janice Chong, Eileen Li, Martin Lo, Janet Wu, Nigel Yu (Newmarket); Katie Short, Sung-Lin Yang (Epsom); Whitney Bau (Cornwall Park); Milena Chodor, Gabe Everett, Peter Robinson, Stephen Robinson (Auckland); Karis Knight (Mangere Bridge); Amanda Ross (Onehunga); Jordyn Hicks, Jade Morris (Papatoetoe); Michael Telford (Takanini).

April 5, 2011

Kaipara Harbour Restoration Wananga Workshops

South Head - Kaipara Harbour
Image Supplied Kaipara Harbour Restoration Group

Kaipara Harbour Restoration Wananga Workshops
Saturday 16th April, 10am-4pm @
Maungaturoto Country Club
Bickerstaffe Road

Sunday 17th April, 10am-4pm @
Puatahi Marae
Kaipara Coast Highway

See www.kaiparaharbour.net.nz for more information or phone Project
Coordinator Leane Makey 021 818102, email lmakey@slingshot.co.nz