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LIFESTYLER March 21 2012 Kaipara Gas & Tyre SER V ICES See our article on Page 12 Kaipara’s Regional Newspaper — Kaipara Owned and Operated — Phone 09 439 6933 — 10,000 Copies DELIVERED FREE throughout the Kaipara: Dargaville, Ruawai, Paparoa, Matakohe, Maungaturoto, Kaiwaka, Mangawhai and environs Kaipara boosts cancer funds by Paul Campbell Teams from Kaipara joined others from around Northland last weekend, to raise more than $80,000 for the Cancer Society by walking the equivalent distance from New Zealand to London Among the 800 walkers who gathered at the Northland Relay For Life, were a number of Kaipara teams, including Otamatea and two teams from Paparoa, Matakohe, Whakapirau and further afield who camped for 24 hours at Otaika Sports Park. “We came home very tired, but very happy,” said Kaipara Scraps team member, Sharon Powell. “We clocked up 1,274 kilometres and, more importantly, raised over $5,000, thanks to generous local sponsorship. Over the relay, we had from one to five people on the track at any one time, enabling us to clock up the distance. The track was 400 metres and, just to make it more interesting, so to speak, the organisers would announce from time to time that it was time to change direction and go the other way around.” The Otamatea hotel revisited The Northland Cancer Society’s Event organiser for Northland, Paulette Scrooby, said the weekend event was a huge success. “We had a target of ‘walking to the London Olympics’ and we did that and then some, surpassing 50,000 kilometres. Our estimate is that $80,000 has been raised but the books are open until the end of April for pledges to come in.” Page 6 Which is the right option? A cancer survivors dinner is held before the main event and 140 survivors took to the track for an honorary lap to open the relay. “These are our VIP guests,” added Paulette. The Relay for Life concept was founded in the US and events are held annually in 23 countries and across New Zealand, where nearly $3 million was raised last year. Eileen aka Pink Lady on track with Mangawhai Cadet and Otamatea Strollers Grey Power call to replace council by Paul Campbell Page 5 Kaipara Grey Power has called on the government to oust the Kaipara District Council and replace its functions with a statutory manager The move reflects similar concerns expressed by the Mangawhai Residents and Ratepayers Association, and Farmers of New Zealand, in the face of the council’s $85 million dollar debt, the highest per capita of any council in New Zealand, and its projected 31.5 per cent rates rise. A motion raised by Gary Hooker at a meeting in Dargaville strongly opposed the rates rise and called on the Minister for Local Government, Nick Smith, to replace the council with a statutory manager, a move echoed by Grey Power in other regions where local council debt is skyrocketing. Pages 8–9 Kaipara Kai & Fun Festival The motion was approved ‘that this meeting of Kaipara Grey Power being well aware of the financial inability of most ratepayers to meet extraordinary rate demands, strongly opposes significant rate increases being contemplated by Kaipara District Council as well as the unnecessary waste of ratepayers funds on the District Plan process, and calls upon the Minister of Local Government to urgently replace Kaipara District Council with a statutory manager’. continued on page 3 . . . Will your family be Safe on the roadS thiS Winter? for sound advice and the biggest range of tyres in northland come and talk to the team at Gas and tyre Services. Gas & Tyre SER V ICES 148 Victoria Street Dargaville 0800 788 288

Kaipara Lifestyler, March 21 2012

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