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Kaipara’s future under spotlight by Paul Campbell

The various options emerging for a major shake-up in Northland’s local government will be on the table in the Kaipara District Council chambers next week

The Whangarei District Council will be visiting Dargaville on February 22 to make a presentation on the changes that have been proposed, aimed at making millions of dollars in savings by reducing council work duplication. The move follows suggestions the current district and regional council divisions could be replaced as early as this year. Far North Mayor Wayne Brown has called for a unitary authority in his district with direct Maori representation, with the rest of Northland overseen by another authority which would replace the Kaipara and Whangarei district councils. Under the proposal, Whangarei and Mangawhai would combine while the Far North and Kaipara would merge to become two separate unitary authorities. Northland mayors and tribal leaders met local government minister, Nick Smith, on Waitangi Day to discuss the idea. “We need to approach this with an open mind,” said Kaipara Mayor, Neil Tiller.” We need to be open to entering into dialogue on the issue

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Sharing in New Zealand’s victory of amalgamation and what that might look like particularly given the signals from the Minister of Local Government, Nick Smith. “As part of this open approach, Whangarei District Council will be presenting to my council on this issue at a workshop on February 22.” continued on page 2 . . .

Just dropping in for a visit Dargaville Museum is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, but most don’t arrive from the air by helicopter. That’s just the way that Lars and Alison Fellman like to get around though — the couple from Waioneke, on South Head dropped in on the museum village green last Friday in their Rotorway Exec 162 F, built by Lars himself while he lived in northern Europe. The nimble flying machine has a one hour 45 minute range, and it accompanied Lars in his travels from Denmark to Sweden and finally to New Zealand. The ex-vice-president, European operations, for the brewing giant Carlsberg, is not just a pilot, either — he first met Alison when he arrived in New Zealand aboard the oceangoing racing yacht Fazer Finland, part of the 1985 Whitbread Round the World race. continued on page 3 . . .

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Wrestler brings home gold Seventeen-year-old Dargaville wrestler, Damen Beynon, has returned from the Oceania Wrestling Championships with two gold medals, for the second year in a row. The Tangowahine Valley Road teenager won both the 74kg junior freestyle and the 74kg junior Greco Roman events in Sydney. He also took out the trophy for the best Junior Wrestler of the tournament in Greco Roman.

Last year the tournament was held in Samoa and he won gold in the cadet freestyle and cadet Greco-Roman as well. Damen has lived in Dargaville for the past seven years and attended St Josephs Primary and then Dargaville High. He has been wrestling for the past 10 years and is affiliated to the Dilworth Grizzlies Wrestling Club in Auckland.

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Kaipara’s future under spotlight Mr Tiller added that “a significant amount of work at great cost was done regarding this subject in 2010, but what we don’t have is a proper analysis of the costs and benefits to this council. We will be asking staff for a report on the pros and cons to help council in its decision making around this issue.” In a paper titled Unitary Authority Pathway, the Far North District Council proposed that Dr Smith would be persuaded to support the idea of two unitary authorities before Cabinet drafts a Local Government (Northland Unitary Councils) Bill. A period of eight weeks was also proposed to be set aside for public consultation and submissions. Kaipara district council corporate services manager, Barbara Ware, noted there has been no change in local government in Kaipara since 1989. “When you look at what has happened in Auckland city, and changes in Nelson-Tasman, and Napier and Hastings — what business remains static for a period of 20 years?”

Gold medal winning Dargaville wrestler Damen Beynon, drapped with the New Zealand flag on the dais at the Oceania Wrestling Championships

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Circus at the lakes The annual Northland Circus Festival at Kai Iwi Lakes attracted more than 200 people to a three-day camp with workshops covering all things relevant to performance under the ‘big top’. “If you were one of those who took part you’re probably still smiling! It was a fantastic weekend,” said Jenny Huriwai, for the organisers, Kumarani Productions. “Spare a thought for the Circus Kumarani crew who do this for fun on an annual basis — fun for those attending the festival that is! It is a massive task which requires almost everything to be packed up and moved out to the lakes. “After a wet week, including flooding and a storm ripping through on set-up night, the elements settled down and provided the perfect conditions for memories to be made. It was a fun packed three days with workshops and games facilitated by experienced and skilled circus teachers and performers from near and far.” Activities at the festival ranged through acro-balance, juggling, stilt-walking, German wheel and tight wire, through to the Farmlands Unicycle Park, water sports, circus olympics, live music and daily shows. “The focus was on having fun and trying . . . continued from front page

Just dropping in for a visit “We have lived in a number of countries with Lars’ job, and back here, where he is now Carlesberg’s man in New Zealand. We wanted a place where we can fly in and out without disturbing anyone,” said Alison. “So we have a 35-acre lifestyle block that is convenient to the city, where we can have Lars’ hangar and toys” (there are two fixed-wing planes as well as the helicopter) while I have my horses and stables.



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new experiences in a safe and supportive environment,” said Jenny. “Whether you wanted to jam along with professional musicians, ride your uni along the tight wire or pick up a hula hoop for the first time, there was something for everyone. “Special acknowledgement must go to our sponsors; The Lion Foundation, Creative Communities, Kaipara District Council, Delta Produce, Farmlands, and Reginald T. Hart. “From our perspective the festival was a great success and we look forward to returning to the lakes next year.” “Our three children are grown and scattered across the world.” Said Dargaville Museum’s Pene McKenzie: “From adventure on the high seas to flying visits by helicopter, Lars certainly has a flair for making a grand entrance! He and Alison made quite an impression with museum staff and guests, and if locals keep their eyes on the skies they may very well notice the grinning teeth of the 162 F smiling down on them again in the near future!”

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Starpath in Kaipara Ruawai College and Dargaville High School are now included in a ground-breaking educational programme designed to help secondary school students make the most of their educational opportunities. Starpath, a partnership between The University of Auckland and the government, was established in 2005 to determine ways of improving education results. Five pilot schools involved in the project experienced dramatic improvements in Dargaville guitarist NCEA results and the project’s Taz Nesbit, will study performance acting director, Professor music at Auckland University in 2012 Stuart McNaughton, says Starpath has developed significant strategies to address barriers stopping students from succeeding at secondary school and entering tertiary study. “For example in phase one of the research project we discovered that many Māori and Pacific students who were academically able weren’t getting accepted into the degree courses of their choice because they had made ill-informed NCEA subject choices.” Phase two of the Starpath project runs until 2015, with Ruawai College and Dargaville High among 16 new schools around the country to be included. “We started working with the 16 new schools last year, gathering and analysing student achievement data, with the aim of using it for academic counselling and for setting educational goals with students,” said Prof. McNaughton. It is expected that close to 40 schools in Auckland and Northland will be involved with the Starpath project by the end of this year. Funding is provided by the Tertiary Education Commission with matched funding from the private sector. The ASB Community Trust gave $1.55m between 2005–2010 and last year committed a further $1.5m under its Māori and Pacific Education Initiative. According to the Ministry of Education almost one in five New Zealand students leave secondary school without formal qualifications. For Pacific students it is one in four and for Māori, one in three.

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regatta, it gave contestants valuable ‘champion schooner’ reputations around New Zealand and Australia. Co-owned by Mitchelson Brothers and Dargaville man, John Dennin, it was back to work again, running mostly between Kaipara, Lyttelton, Dunedin, sometimes Bluff and Auckland. Towards the end of the year she sailed to Adelaide and back to Hokitika arriving at the end of September. But when being towed out in ballast for her trip home with coal from Greymouth a heavy sea hit her broadside on. The worn out tug Waipara was unable to hold the 150-ton Annie Wilson and she ended up on the shore.

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Annie Wilson — work first, but time for play by Brian Eastwood

Owners decided to abandon her but the insurance company would have none of it. It was a good decision. On October 14th the contractors got her off quite unharmed.

Although a sailor’s life on a tall ship was a rugged one, it was not all work and no play for the crew of Kaipara schooner Annie Wilson. Built in Aratapu by James Barbour and launched a few weeks before Christmas 1879, she was off south on her maiden voyage loaded with timber and just in time to compete in the Lyttelton Regatta’s Champion Schooner race on New Year’s Day. She came in third but an Auckland reporter noted, ‘Her sailing abilities were however, highly spoken of and she is now looked upon as a dangerous opponent for the first race up here’. He was right. Back north with a load of ‘breadstuffs’, it was race time again at Auckland Anniversary Regatta on 19th January. Sybil, another of Barbour’s ships came in second with Annie Wilson finishing just two minutes behind in third. Considered to be the most important race at Waitemata’s annual

For the next 12 years Annie Wilson plied her Kaipara trade with few troubles. Then on 22nd April 1893, at quarter to four in the morning, disaster struck. Heading for Kaipara doing nine knots, with a load of Canterbury potatoes and flour aboard, she hit the rocks at Oeo, about thirty kilometres north of Hawera.


Annie Wilson was soon back on her regular trips from Kaipara to the South Island. Most years she was too busy to take part in Auckland’s regatta. In 1883 she was down in Southland but made it with a load of grain in time to race, but only scoring a fourth. Four days later Annie was heading back to Kaipara.


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All seven crew escaped wearing the clothes they stood up in, but the ship was a hopeless wreck. Crew and local Maori managed to salvage some of the cargo. Captain Murray said that he thought they were around Cape Egmont but it was a hazy, rainy morning with no moon. With compasses sometimes affected by iron sands he was not the first to be wrecked there. Judged to have committed an error of judgement, he was fined £9-9-0 but his certificate was given back to him. The remains of Annie Wilson were sold at auction with the hull fetching £36, two boats £4 and cargo, rigging and spars £86. Mitchelson Brothers immediately called on Barbour to build them another schooner. His efforts produced his masterpiece, the now legendary schooner Huia.

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Seminar focus on youth Sharing in New Zealand’s victory Researcher, author and social justice advocate, Celia Lashlie, is to visit Dargaville to both speak at the town hall, and give a seminar, under the auspices of Kaipara Abuse Prevention and SKIP Kaipara.

“Celia will be speaking at the Dargaville Town Hall on Tuesday, February 21 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm on the topic of The Role of Matriachs, emphasising the importance of women in the family,” said KAP’s Sue King. “Entry will be by way of a gold coin koha. “Celia will also be doing a seminar on Wednesday morning, February 22, on the world of adolescent boys. The cost will be $50.00 per person. “This is an awesome opportunity for anyone in our community who is involved with boys.” Celia is the author of three books. Her third, The Power of Mothers: Releasing our Children, was published in 2010 and it explores her belief that the mothers, grandmothers and matriarchs at the centre of at-risk families hold the key to changing the lives of the children within those families.

Joshua Sade-Inia holds the Rugby World Cup when it recently visited Dargaville High School

Thursday the 9th of February was a day marked in gold on the Dargaville High School calendar — because that was the day that the Rugby World Cup came to pay the students a visit. The local school was chosen by Rugby Northland as one of a select group who will receive the William Webb Ellis Scup on its tour around New Zealand — a choice based in part on the contribution of faculty members in coaching under-18 grade rugby. The Cup was accompanied by an entourage from the IRB, including ex under-21 and junior All Blacks representative and recent Auckland Blues recruit Francis Saili — brother of 35-cap veteran and Blues flanker Peter Saili. At a special assembly the golden trophy was held high for all to see, and served as an image of inspiration to students who were encouraged to sign up for this year’s Dargaville High School rugby teams. But the icon of New Zealand’s sporting victory has a way of transcending codes and disciplines… the same assembly saw Dargaville High School’s student body leaders selected for 2012, and the same qualities of heart, determination and strength which saw the All Blacks win the Webb Ellis Cup are certainly apparent in these leaders of tomorrow.

Flexible new hours for local Physiotherapists Lyndsey Bargh has long been the person to turn to in Dargaville to fix those aches, pains and strains that can make everyday tasks into difficult challenges. With a reputation for gentle and effective physio care, her practice has grown to encompass the Maungaturoto area as well, and patients from all across the Kaipara credit Lyndsey Bargh for their speedy recovery and return to work and play. Now two new faces are joining Lyndsey’s team of fully qualified physiotherapists, bringing new skills and more flexible hours to the popular practice. Cameron and Scott are both eager to get started, with Scott especially The staff (from left) — Cameron Barboun, Lyndsey Bargh and Scott Wills emphasising his background in sports physio as a strength. With the care and attention of a physiotherapist it’s easier With three staff on deck the hours at Lyndsey’s practice to recover from injuries and surgery, and for sports people are now extended, with appointments available Monday to and athletes the value of this aspect of medical science is Friday in Dargaville, and Monday, Wednesday and Friday now widely accepted as a key advantage on and off the field. for Maungaturoto. For added ease and convenience, With new staff and more flexible hours, Lyndsey Bargh is now evening appointments can be arranged to fit in with your able to bring these benefits to more locals, helping Kaipara busy schedule. people enjoy a better quality of life.


Also enjoying a chance to be part of New Zealand’s rugby history were students in the school’s Special Needs class, who were able to not only get their photo taken with the Cup but also to have some hands on time with the priceless trophy. This is a unique privilege, as normally only members of the winning team are allowed to touch the Cup without wearing kid gloves.

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Work is currently underway on the stretch of state highway between Ruawai Primary School and Ruawai College. As part of the development, vehicle movements and pedestrian safety has been enhanced in the vicinity, with better access for school buses and a new car park available for both schools. “Great progress has been made with our new parking area and bus bay. It is looking fabulous. Signage will be going up soon to assist with making this a safe area for everybody” said Ruawai Primary School Principal, Mrs Rob Posthumus. “It has been cleverly designed by Dave Spoonley, to create more parking in an organised manor and offering safe pedestrian movement

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through the parking area. The drive through area closest to the front of the school will be restricted to ‘stopping for buses only’. The Boards of Trustees and Principals of both schools have been in discussion from November 2009 regarding their shared traffic safety concerns, with a huge amount of work being done behind the scenes to bring this major project to fruition and working with the New Zealand Transport Agency and Kaipara District Council gifting a crucial piece of land for the project. Funding for the project has come from both schools, five year agreements with the Ministry of Education.

Volunteer Marni holding one of the many cute residents needing a home

Cats in need of a home in Dargaville now have a temporary one — a place where they can wait for their new human family in healthy, comfortable surroundings and where they’re looked after by dedicated volunteers Paws and Claws has been a major project for Marni, Heather and their team of animal rescue heroes — with a location secured there was still a whole lot of work to do getting the site ready for its new role, and the hard work and dedication of everyone who has pitched in has been warmly appreciated.

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Karen Boyes day at Dargaville High School On Thursday 2 February Karen Boyes spent a day at Dargaville High School with our students, our staff and in the evening some of our parent community. Karen Boyes is a highly regarded educationalist, Australasian speaker and trainer with 21 years experience. Karen was the NZ Business Woman of the Year 2001 and is a popular speaker both nationally and internationally. She had a wealth of study tips based on the psychology of learning that everyone found immensely valuable. I thought that some of these would be great to share with you, to help you assist your children with their study this year. 1) Firsts and Lasts: This study tip is based on the way our brain remembers things differently. Given similar material our brain finds the first item it looks at more memorable than subsequent material. It also finds the last item it looks at as more memorable. Karen encouraged us to create more “firsts” and “lasts” when we study. She suggested the way to do this is to break study into twenty minute chunks, and then to take a 5 minute break. Multiple twenty minute chunks are more effective than less longer chunks. When taking a break move to another room so your brain understands to switch off. It will then move to processing mode.

Study Tip 1 – Study for 20 minutes and take a 5 min break. 2) Reflection time: To allow us to process information we need time out to reflect on it. This also works well with the “firsts” and “lasts”. This enables our subconscious to process the new information, to find somewhere to store it, and to connect with information that is similar, that we already know. Without reflection time the brain is more likely to get overwhelmed and the information is more likely to get “lost”.

Now Paws and Claws is set to open its doors to the public, kicking off with a gala grand opening on the 18th of February with a BBQ, music and entertainment, a huge op shop sale and (of course) the cutest cats and kittens in Dargaville. While it’s a day for celebrating a job well done, the serious message and the greater task continue — Dargaville, like most Kiwi towns, has a large population of neglected and

unloved animals who need proper healthcare and new homes. Paws and Claws are dedicated to finding adoptive families for abandoned animals, but they’ll also be providing other services, such as dog grooming and walking, obedience classes, a boarding cattery facility for people going on holiday, and practical advice on matters of animal wellbeing. Currently the Paws and Claws animal rescue team consists solely of volunteers — Marni and Heather, Beryl, Barbara, Louise, Lorraine, Aimee, Shia and Waveney — and receives no special funding. It’s a team effort by locals to help our most vulnerable citizens — so come along and show your support on the 18th from 10am


Study Tip 2 – Create real life examples ...(this is the association part of the brain linking to what we already know). 3) Processing: We can see from the above that brain needs to process. We all know it does not work like a container where we just “tip” the information in. One of the ways that we process information is by talking about it. Karen suggested to our students that they tell you what they have learnt during the day. You don’t have to understand it, but the act of talking about it helps to understand it better as it is being explained.

Study Tip 3 – Talk about my information as much as possible Karen gave us plenty of other tips and I may try and include these in a later column. However encouraging your child to use these tips is a great start to developing successful study habits.


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Tinopai coastguard is a community effort During the warm summer months Tinopai’s local population swells in size from about 200 to 1,000 and the volunteer coastguard is kept busy, keeping an eye on the harbour. Without a dedicated rescue vessel, Allan Crabb dedicated his boat to the cause. “It’s all kitted out and strictly for coastguard work,” said Allan, who is on standby by 24/7 and helps to monitor the radios with principal radio operator, Dorothy Quaife. “With just two radio operators, it’s head down and bum up at the over Christmas and New Year’s period. It’s been absolutely crazy. In six days we had something like 300 calls! For some reason, people from all over the Kaipara seem to call on our channel. “So far, we’ve had a few incidents. On Christmas day a guy was cleaning fish and cut his finger so the coastguard got a call. I went down and strip-stitched him up and he went off to hospital the next day but the doctor said he wasn’t going to touch it as I’d made a good job!” Allan also recalled the moment when three children were blown away on a small inflatable plastic horse, “One minute they were paddling around the beach and the next thing you knew, the wind got up and they were two kilometres out to sea. Another boy fell off a boat and a couple of

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boats forgot to put their plugs in and nearly sank — little things like that happen all the time. “Fortunately, we’ve got quite a good little crew out here and we’re also tied up with the local fire brigade. They were a little bit thin on the ground, so coast guard volunteers joined the Tinopai Rural Fire Force and vice versa. Allan added that Tinopai is a very close community and everybody seems to support everything that is going on. A fundraiser, karaoke evening at New Year’s Eve helped the coastguard and rural fire force raise about $7,000. Together, the rescue services are looking to put in a large shed for the rescue boat, fire brigade and ambulance bay — “like a big first aid room.” The Tinopai coastguard has five trained Search and Rescue volunteer medics.

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Newly qualified real estate agent, Craig Clement, said that after spending twenty years in banking he was looking for a career change. So, when Dargaville’s First National Realty suggested he join the team, he didn’t hesitate. “The most rewarding aspect of banking was the face to face interaction with customers from all walks of life. And, identifying and meeting their needs was something I always enjoyed,” said Craig. Craig Clement — change of direction “But, I was looking to develop a business of my own, or buy into something already established,” he said. “Then John Powell rang and asked whether I’d thought about entering the real estate industry, and I figured this would be ideal as I’d become self-employed, have the backing of an established brand, and the great team members at Roper and Jones First National to help me transition into the role.” “I’m looking forward to being involved in helping people make one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives. If you’ve been thinking about making a change then this is a great time to get an appraisal of your property, and with interest rates so low, it’s a good time to borrow money if you’re looking at buying or investing.” Trust Craig, he should know. Raised in Dargaville, Craig will already be familiar to many in the district. He started work in retail banking at the local ASB before a stint in London and Melbourne in share market and investment banking. On his return to Dargaville, Craig again worked for ASB and more recently in the rural division of the National Bank. Some will know Craig as Dargaville Club’s vice-president, and a keen fisherman who enjoys nothing more than escaping to Ripiro Beach when time allows.

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Field Days gate prize soars The innovative gate prize pool on offer at the 2012 Northland Field Days has soared to $35,000 Organisers had arranged a $20,000 package, working with a number of sponsors to put together two packs, including a quad bike and many other products. “That prize total has now risen to $35,000,” said spokesman, Gareth Gillat. The organising committee is hoping to attract a record crowd through the gates, with field days president, Lew Duggan, saying generosity of sponsors for the gate prizes Is special. “There are some very special businesses out there that are more than happy to share their good fortune.” He added that because of stable farm product prices and a good season, compared with last years’ drought, patronage could be up 20% on last year, at around 26,000. “Anybody heading to the field days in Dargaville on March 1-3 will have more than ever to do and see this year. There’ll be a wide and varied program, with all the events of previous years, plus brand new events and attractions to ensure there is something for everybody of every age. “Events included lawn mower races, a tractor pull, chainsaw carving, quad skills, the junior tractor pull, sheepdog trials, and fire and police service demonstrations. The tractor pull competition carries $2,000 in prize money. “That kind of money attracts serious competition and has always attracted some of the top tractor drivers from all around the country.” Alongside competitions will be equestrian events, dog trials and other more traditional ruralshow activities. Visitors can also take in the Kaipara

sights from the air, with helicopter rides. “It will be even easier to find the things that you want, thanks to a massive redesign, Mr Duggan added. While wide corridors, well-marked lanes and strategicallyplaced maps have always made it easy for people to get from one feature to another, he said the layout had been redesigned to make sure that amenities were even more accessible than previous years. “This year people should only be 20 meters away from food at any given time.” The sites had also been grouped in interestbased sections to ensure that people didn’t have to walk too far between them. The change was made because the site was so large and the exhibitors were so varied that people often were not able to take in everything, even after coming

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F - Farmers of New Zealand Inc. 175, 177, 220 Farmgard 104, 106 Farmlands Trading Society Ltd 148, 150 Farmquip Woolaway Const Ltd 286 FarmSafe 629 Feed Pad Solutions 123b Fiber Fresh Feeds Ltd 273 Fieldpower Northland Ltd 37, 39, 92, 94 FIL 241 FMG 192 Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited 272, 274 Freemasons of New Zealand 903 Fudge It 2007 Ltd 885 Future Spread - Fertiliser Technologies (Heliag) 603 G - Genetic Technologies Ltd 643 Gilmore Brown Ltd 607, 608 Giltrap Engineering Ltd 25, 80 Godfrey’s Chainsaws & Mowers 285 Good Ground Real Estate Ltd 134b Gourmet Shuttle Food Court 2 Grandpa’s Feeders / Windsong 632 Gravel Lock NZ Ltd 240 Gutter Solution North 304b H - Habipax Industries Ltd T/A Farmgate Direct 132a Hansa Chippers 189 Harvest Farm Advisory Ltd 636 Health Options 915 Healthy Homes Taitokerau 153a Helinorth Agricultural Ltd 211 Herd Homes Systems Ltd 271b Homeopathic Farm Support Ltd 631 Hopkins Farming Group 70 Huddleston Hypnotherapy 882 Hydroflow Distributors Ltd 347, 372 Hynds Pipe Systems 164 I - IC MotorGroup 181, 183, 185, 224, 226, 228 Ideal Buildings 909 Iglu Online Solutions 325 Interbloc Limited 284 Irri Max Ltd 283 Irripod Flexible Irrigation 181 ISL Animal Health 158b J - Just Horse ‘N’ Around 307 K - Kaipara District Council - KDC 231 Keenan New Zealand 102 Keith Hay Homes 117 King’s College 190a KSN Products 299b L - L K Trading 892 L2 Apparel 714 Leafbusters Northland 872, 874 Leafscreen NZ Ltd 642 Leisure Therapy 305b LIC (Livestock Improvement) 244 Lime Distributors Ltd 626 LJ Hooker 212 M - Mark Cromie Holden 83, 85, 87, 136, 138, 140 Marsden Cove Ltd 613, 614 Matamata Ag Centre 202, 204 Matariki Magnetics 863 McCoy & Thomas Hunting & Fishing-Dargaville 339 McIntosh Bros Engineers Ltd 61, 114 McQuinn Pumps 2008 Ltd 316 Mend-A-Bath 906, 908 Milk Bar (McInnes Manufacturing) 243 Milk Hub 623, 624 Mimico 310 Model Barn Ltd 297a Mountain Fresh Ltd 886 MYEBIZ International 145 N - Name Art 875 Nanave Healthcare 169

Native American Crafts and Music Natural Insulation New Zealand Bed Co New Zealand Blood Services New Zealand Fire Service Newman Engineering (2004) Ltd Nitrosol/Rural Reseach Noel Remnant Filtration Normanby Fibreglass Ltd North Country Grains North Kaipara Volunteer Coastguard

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Waipu company Gravel Lock NZ LTD, will be showing off their hydroscopic soil cement at their site and on several of the site walkways and roads. According to company director, Grant Lewis, it will be one of the general public’s first chances at seeing this technology in action. “Outside of a few tests on local roads it will be the first time this product has been seen in public,” said Mr Lewis. The company has made a name for itself with farmers, councils, construction companies and logistics companies worldwide with its durable, easy-to-use dust suppressants and soil cements. “People come to the field days expecting to see the latest things available and the most current things on the market,” said Mr Duggan. “From alternative energies to the latest in animal medicines we’ve got it all.” “Last year Northland was in the middle of one of the region’s worst droughts,” said Mr Duggan. “This year we have had one of the best summers ever and prices for milk, meat and wool are staying high.” “If the numbers increase and spending remains as high as last year then the event and exhibitors could be looking at the biggest event ever.” “There will be something at the Northland Field Days for every single person, no matter their interest or circumstances.” Rules and contents of the gate prizes are at http://www.northlandfielddays. For a map of the site, to book your ticket or to learn more about the Northland Field Days go to

Field Days Attractions Tractor Pull An event that has been held since the inception of the Northland Field Days in 1985. Tractors between 30-180 hp square off against each other for a chance to take home a prize from a pool of more than $2000.

Lawnmower Races Lawnmower racing imade it’s debute at field days last year, and the event puts a new spin on that weekend chore of mowing the lawns.

Chainsaw Carving The chainsaw carving competition has been held for more than 20 years and attracts top chainsaws scupltors from all over the country. Stop by between two and three in the afternoon each day where two pieces will be auctioned off, or buy a sculpture from the artists themselves.

Logger Sports Logging workers from all over New Zealand have gathered at the Northland Field Days for more than 20 years to take part in this competition.

Quad Skills Competition Competitors take turns getting a quad and trailer around an obstacle course in the fastest time possible. It doesn’t matter if you come from the town, the country or a city you can take part in this event that is open for anybody above the age of 16.

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Putting the finishing touches on Field Days With a blockbuster three days planned at this year’s Northland Field Days, the main road into Dargaville’s showground is about to take a whole lot of punishment From tractor and ATV tyres to the shoes and gumboots of thousands of visitors, the gravel road bears a heavy load each year, and has been prone to potholes and dust in the past. This year things will be different, however, as a Northland innovation is put to use making the Field Days a little more enjoyable for all. Gravel Lock have been making a name for themselves as they attract more local applicators to the benefits of their patented system — a means of creating stable, dust-free and durable roads and surfaces without the time, cost or hassle. At the forthcoming Field Days applicators Don Jamieson, Richard Harrison (of Dargaville’s Harrison Contracting), Civil and Site Ltd, F D Smith Contractors and Jason Peters will join forces

with Waipu-based Gravel Lock’s Grant and Lance to work their magic on the ‘main street’ of Field Days. The end result will be a demonstration far more accurate than any diagram, and a testimonial you can really stand on, drive on and (if you like) jump up and down on to see just how stable and dust-free Gravel Lock can make any surface. Different parts of the road will be treated with different products to allow visitors from the rural and agricultural industries to sample a range of options.

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Thena boss pointed ta tha calf-feeder he bort frum a last feeld days. “She’ll be havin’ ago agin ‘bout animil rites. Rememba last tyme she wuz hear, she let alla pigs outa the sty. Reckind they wuzn’t getting’ fresh air. All we need is fer her ta get inta tha wine an’ decide tha cows ‘as bin deprived of teat-feedin’ there calves. Gawd no’s wot would happin then! She’d probly call ina FBI. They don’t seem ta have much ta do ona crime-fitin’ front.” Sharlene gave tha Boss wot I calls THE LOOK, and pict up tha cups. “Deah,” she sed. “Why don’t ya go fishin’ fer tha weekend — keep outa her, and my way fer a cupla days?” Yep — gotta admit. Boss is pritty bloody cunning eh? Se ya ata beach — Billy

Alla world’s a movie set “World’s blimmin a crazy place, eh Dog?” The Boss was sittin’ on a woolshed steps readin’ tha paper I bring from a cattil stop. So I prickt up me ears. I kin tell from’ is tone of voyce wen Boss has a bee in his bonnit, an’ this was one of tho’s times. “Seems we are makin’ a new Hollywood movie in New Zilland,” tha Boss went on. “Musta been ‘cos of that Lord’o the Rings pictcha, y’know wen John Ki gave the pictcha company a big tax handout, and changed tha lore for Kiwi workers ta keep Hollywood happy? Now I see we’re gettin’ Hollwoodized all over.” Boss’s girlfren’ Sharlene came ova froma house then with a cupa tee. “What do ya meen deah?” she asked. “Well Sharlene, look it this bloke wot got arrested in Orklind. ‘Parently, there was 70 odd cops, a couple a bloody choppers, guns every wich way, all landed on ‘is front lorn. Bloke bein’ grabbed reckin’s he didn’t know they was kops, and did a runner inside. Thena kops say there wuz one bloke in unyform, so he shuda known eberythin’ wuz ok. Ha! The rest wuz in mufti, an’ I reckin that wuz so know one wood no who was a kiwi kop an’ who wuz frum Hollywood, y’no, FBI actors frum Crime Seen Invesigating ona telly. Bloody overkill, if ya asks me. They reckin’ kiwiland’s a grate place ta make


movies, so I reckin Hollywood’s now lookin’ at doin’ reality TeeV. Keep tha FBI ratin’s up eh?” Sharlene grabbed a bita tha paper then, wile she sipt her tee. “Don’t no about that deah,” she sed. “But looky hear. That nice Piry Weepu’s bin gittin’ a whole lotta stick for feedin’ his babe frum a bottil. Blimmin’ wimmins thort police in aktion hear, neva mind tha FBI.” Boss lookt ova her sholda an’ reda story too. “Yep deah. That might mean we gotta problim.” “Hows ‘at deah,” sid Sharlene. “Y’now yore sista’s bringing her mates in a varsity debatin’ socyity up for a weekend frum Orklind? Well, if I no her, she’ll be on her hi horse about breast-feedin’. Now, I jus’ wunder if we shud ‘ave a bit ofa tidy up round tha farm.” Sharlene lookt a bit puzziled. “Why for deah?”

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Dairy farm effluent systems liability warning for employees by Bill Guest, Farmers of New Zealand

Farm employees and managers could face bankruptcy through large dairy farm effluent prosecution fines, if recent warnings given by the Environment Court are upheld, that farm managers and employees could be held liable

A Northland dairy farmer was recently prosecuted in the Environment Court for effluent spillages that occurred on his farm. His defence was that his farm manager was the person responsible for the operation of the effluent system and therefore the farm owner was not responsible

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and liable. The Judge which clearly demonstrates did not agree with the what the status is of an employer’s submissions, independent contractor and However, he stated that an employee. Under the dairy farm managers Employment Relations Act could be held legally employees are not required responsible and liable to to have Public Liability prosecution for unlawful Insurance as they have effluent spillages resulting no ownership stake in the from any breaches of the business and do not share farm resource consent in the risk of the business. conditions, resulting in Employers are required substantial fines which under the Employment recent prosecutions have Relations Act to give very shown, may exceed their clear directions to the annual remuneration employee, providing a Bill Guest, Farmers of New Zealand package as an employee. Job Description showing The Judge’s comments the employee the required standards to be raise a number of interesting issues as to met. Employers are also required to provide whether the farm manager should be responsible the necessary training as to operation for such breaches when the employee is not and maintenance of plant such as effluent an independent contractor, such as a variable systems. order or 50/50 sharemilker. There is case law continued on page 17 . . .

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It is the farm owner/employer, who must obtain the necessary resource consent from the local authority to dispose of effluent and provide the systems for the disposal of that effluent and provide to the farm manager (the employee), a farm effluent disposal operational and maintenance plan that meets the resource consent requirements.

Now located Cnr Grey St & Victoria St, Dargaville Phone 09 439 6215

The farm manager is required to lubricate the pump and spray unit and notify the employer of any defects immediately. It is the farm owner/employer’s responsibility to meet the cost of maintaining the farm effluent system and to rectify any defects immediately and record it.


The issue of whether a farm manager or employee is responsible will be tested no doubt, in future Environment Court proceedings.

Extended Range

Employees and farm managers should be aware that they should ensure that they receive qualified third party advice before they sign their employment agreements. Farmers of New Zealand employment agreements specifically deal with this farm effluent disposal issue.

• Excavators from 1–30 tonne • Loaders • Graders • Rollers • Dozers


• Dumpers


0800 407 500


If you are reading this then so are your customers

Mike O’Halloran Concreting

021 88 22 86



Call 0800 466 793

Kaipara Service Directory 100% Kaipara Owned and Operated


RENTAL – Let us quote

Overalls, Dustcoats, Dirt and Dust Stopper Mats Cabinet Towels, Hand Towels, Tea Towels, Aprons, Washroom Hygiene Service Sanitary Units, Air Fresheners, Soap Dispensers Weekly servicing of rental items




34 Beach Rd, daRgaville

106 Victoria St, Dargaville

Ph 09 439 6544

ENGINEERING (2002) LTD PH/FAX 09 439 7392 MOB 027 414 1250 PUKEKO ST DARGAVILLE 0310 • All general engineering requirements • Suppliers of Waikato Milking Systems • Lowara Pumps • Hi Tech Effluent Systems

Phone/Fax 09 439 7139 or 0800 808 820

CA MotorCyCles ltD


FARM / ATV / MX / TRAIL Parts, tyres, batteries and accessories 725 POUTO RD, RD1 DARGAVILLE 09 439 0170 •

Landscape Services & Sculpture on Commission “BEST RATES GUARANTEED! FIND A BETTER RATE LOCALLY AND WE’LL BEAT IT BY 5%”

Greg Newman Ph 09 439 0853 Mobile 027 258 9931 Email


Self Storage

subject to unit availability

• Household Items • Boats and Vehicles • Surplus Stock • Documents • Retail Storage • 24 hr, 7 day access • Very suitable as trade Phone base for a Small Business

09 439 3075

51 Beach Road, Dargaville •


relax revise renew • Engagement Portraits • Weddings • Family Portraits

Mike Collins

021 22 33 470


phone: 09

439 6880

8 Portland Street Dargaville

Specialists in Skin Health Skin Rejuvenation Permanent Hair Reduction Anti-aging Treatments All aspects of beauty therapy

Phone: 439 7335 Normanby Street Dargaville

Best under pressure


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Kaipara Service Directory


Pick Up & Delivery Service Available Conditions apply

LocaL D e a Le r s f o r :

3 Parore St, Dargaville • Ph 09 439 8881

Floor Sanding


no job too big or small

Greg Brownie

Locally owned and operated • Floor restoration • New floors sanded and coated

Todd Mullinder

• Prepwork • Concrete grinding

Pump Technician/Fix It Man

Quality workmanship guaranteed

M 021 358 109 H 09 439 6125

996 Pouto Road, RD1, Te Kopuru 0391

Phone 027 439 7565 or 439 7564

Lyn’s Creations Cakes for all occasions no job too big or too small Phone Lyn

09 439 0751

Established over 60 years your local funeral director Male and Female staff available to discuss all funeral arrangements Pre-paid and pre-arranged funeral options

FREECALL 0800 66 77 47 199 Kamo Road • Whangarei • 437 5799 • Tollfree 0800 667 747

Your NO POWER Waste Water Solution

102 Jervois street, rD2, Dargaville  09 439 6123 •  09 439 6124 FreePHoNe 0800 326 123 


• seweR systems • sePtic tanks • gas/wooD fiRes

Contact us today

• wateR tanks • PumPs • sPouting

WindoW & door ServiceS

• Plumbing • gasfitting • Roofing • DRainage

0800 628 356

• bathRoomwaRe • gas califonts • gas aPPliances Mobile: 027 274 8262

• solaR hot wateR heating • PiPes anD fittings

Craftsmen Plumbers, Gasfitters, Drainlayers

Supply, InStallatIon tallat on & Serv ng ServIcIng


Glass Replacement - Insurance • Catdoors • Security Doors & Grills • Insect Doors & Windows • Interior Sliding / Wardrobe Doors • Locks, Stays Catches • Replacement Windows & Doors

WINDOW & DOOR 32 gladstone ladstone St, Dargaville SERVICES Mob 027 275 0918, ph/Fax h/Fax 09 439 6458

Kaipara Lifestyler Classifieds

Phone 0800 466 793


Closing date for classified advertising for the 22 February 2012 edition is 10am, Monday 20 February 2012. See our terms and conditions online at For Sale

Property Maintenance

½ PRICE Beds — Factory Outlet Store, Ruawai. Clearance lines, seconds, deleted models. Dozens of beds at ½ price or less. 22 Freyberg Road, Ruawai. Phone 09 439 2243. Open Monday — Friday 8am — 4pm.

ATS PROPERTY Maintenance & Repair. Fences & Repairs • Kitchen/Bathroom Fitouts • Flooring Repairs • Decks • Waterblasting • Windows & Latches • Plus much more. 10% discount for senior citizens. No job too small. Phone/fax 09 439 8628. Cell 027 455 7750.

½ PRICE Beds — Factory Outlet Store, Ruawai. Clearance lines, seconds, deleted models. Dozens of beds at ½ price or less. 22 Freyberg Road, Ruawai. Phone 09 439 2243. Open Monday — Friday 8am — 4pm. ½ PRICE Beds — Factory Outlet Store, Ruawai. Clearance lines, seconds, deleted models. Dozens of beds at ½ price or less. 22 Freyberg Road, Ruawai. Phone 09 439 2243.Open Monday — Friday 8am — 4pm. BUS FOR SALE, 67 Bedford Homebus as is. 11mtrs long x 3.85 high. Unlined, excellent running gear and breaks, suit Gypsy or person with own land. $8,000 firm. 027 656 0053. HAY-SILAGE ROUND-BALES, Off the back of Woody’s Baler. Available Now. Phone Bill Hilliam 439 1342 mobile 027 476 3050.

To Let 5 BRM HOUSE, 2x garages, Ruawai, $250.00pw, Phone 09 439 2577.

Advertise in the Kaipara Lifestyler Classifieds

0800 466 793

OFFAL HOLES 750 dia x 5.5m deep with concrete lid with lift out hatch $385.00 Phone Wals Holes 09 437 3936 or 021 932 225. WATER TANK Vacuum clean, Full tank OK, Waste no more than 1000 litres. $250.00 for up to 25,000 litre tank. Also full pump out and scrub and leaks fixed Ph Wals 09 437 3936 or 021 932 225.

For Hire WOOD SPLITTER for hire, powerful and best in the west! Phone 09 439 6330.

Plants and Nurseries

SUMMER SALE Weekly specials on quality native plants during February from Babylon Coast Gardens Ltd.


Situations Vacant

09 4 027 6

News Editor


We are seeking a mid-grade journalist-sub editor, ready to take a step up to the position of News Editor at NorthSouth Multi Media Ltd. We publish the Kaipara Lifestyler, Kaipara’s only regional paper which is distributed weekly to 10,000 homes. The company also publishes four monthly rural newspapers, the Northern Farming Lifestyles, Canterbury Farming, Waikato Farming Lifestyles and Taranaki/Manawatu Farming Lifestyles. These mastheads are produced from modern spacious offices in Dargaville and serviced by state-of-the-art technology. The position calls for comprehensive writing, sub-editing and layout skills, using In Design, as well as people skills overseeing and managing the output from in-house and freelance writers through to print-ready PDF. Please reply with comprehensive CV to Applications close 7th March.

Listen to Big River FM “It’s your Community Radio Station”

This weeks specials Cabbage Trees, selected Purple Ake Ake, Coprosma Robusta, Green Flaxes all at $1.80 each incl GST for purchases of 50 or more while stocks last.

big big river river fm fm

Enquiries welcome, phone 439 4223. Open Saturdays 10am–4pm and at other times by prior arrangement.

09 439 3003

Dargaville 98.6 FM

Ruawai 88.2 FM

We’re looking after your community in so many ways

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Kaipara Lifestyler Classifieds

Phone 0800 466 793


Closing date for classified advertising for the 22 February 2012 edition is 10am, Monday 20 February 2012. See our terms and conditions online at


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Situations Vacant

Public Notices

CAMPING GROUND on-site Manager/Caretaker is required for small beach front camping ground at Pahi. Suit active superanuatant/retired couple, house available. Write to: Chairman Pahi Reserve Society Inc, 666 Pahi Road, Papaproa 0571.

COMMUNITY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE, where the Biggest Loser wins cash, starting 16th February, call Debbie now to register 09 439 0827, only $60.00 for a 12 week course. This series of lifestyle-changing classes in a supportive environment will give you the secrets to permanent weight loss and great health.

PART TIME Retail Assistant including Saturday. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a retail background who is looking for an exciting new opportunity. We are looking for a retail assistant with experience in sales and can work independently. Flexible days during the week and Saturday are available to the right candidate. If you are experienced in sales, are customer focussed and interested in retail then this may be the role for you. Please send covering letter and CV to: Retail Position, PO Box 35, Wellsford. Applications close 29th February. Norfolk Court Rest Home Dargaville

Position Available Qualified Diversional Therapist Mon–Fri (32.5hrs/wk) Resthome & Dementia Residents Activities Contact Nurse Manager 09 439 6214 021 0829 1969


Classified Advertising Call

0800 466 793

Work Wanted

09 439 1505 027 614 6309 NEED A PLUMBER? THEN CALL THE BEST! Supplies - Repairs - Maintenance. New installations, upgrades & renovations, burst pipes, hot water cylinders, kitchens & bathrooms.

KAIPARA BUDGETING Service AGM Wednesday 29th Feb, 1.00pm at ANGLICAN CHURCH HALL, 58 Hokianga Road. MARCH 4TH Live Day at Kiwi North. “Wheels, Wings & other Wonderful Things.” Museum, Kiwi House, heritage buildings & vintage restoration clubs. Trains, tractors, horse and cart rides, food, music, fun activities for all the family. Entry Gate 2, $10.00 adults, children FREE! SH 14 Maunu, Whangarei 09 438 9630.

RogeRs of gRANTHAM

Full range of

Family gathering, Easter Sunday 8 April 2012.

Bathroom ware,

Those interested please contact

Tapware, Kitchen

Susanne 09 439 2004 or Alayne 09 439 8846 evenings.

sinks and more at Plumbing and Heating Centre

 0800 326 123

102 Jervois Street, Dargaville


We buy and remove Cars complete & incomplete - Tractors - Trucks - Roofing Iron Batteries, Copper - Brass - Aluminium etc.


Celia Lashlie Dargaville Town Hall

Plumbing and Heating Centre Phone today 09 439 6123

 0800 326 123

Full service slaughtering & processing of Beef, Sheep, Pigs & Deer On farm killing of Pigs & Sheep (Conditions apply)

All Beef hung for two weeks Bookings are essential

Salamis now available Over 25 years experience • Return deliveries by arrangement For prompt & professional service contact Wayne & Annette Ph 09 439 2020 • 021 401 934 Ah/Fax 09 439 2910 Covering the Kaipara and Whangarei Regions

Gold coin entry Wednesday 22 February 9.30am–11.30am


$50 registration


Phone K.A.P. 09 439 7009


Monday nights 7–9pm 57 SQN Air Training Corps (ATC) Aero Club, Hoanga Road Ph 439 5904 for more info

Dargaville lions Club

Kings School of Dance


Sonja King Ph: 09 439-0280 Mob: 021 2326 966 Terms 1, 2 and 3 2012


Thursdays 2.30-5.30pm AD Focus Carpark, Dargaville Fresh & Local

102 Jervois Street, Dargaville

Ruawai Homekills

Tuesday 21 February 7.00pm–9.00pm


Challenges Weekend Activities Fellowship On Going Training Insight into Armed Forces.

Beach Road Dargaville Monday-Friday 8-5 Sat-Sun 8-3

Work with your local licensed dealer

Anglican Parish hall Meals $13.50 | Children $5.00 Cakes, Produce & Books available. 24th February 6:30pm

12½ – 17years? Come join a youth organisation with a difference.

Little River Transport Ltd

Phone 09 439 4940

Twilight Gala


Masonic Villages – suitable for over 65’s with the right attitude. Units now available in Wellsford and Dargaville for rent or occupational right ownership. Independent living in a friendly, relaxed village atmosphere.

Call Chris Mason (09) 438 3109 for more information.

Public Notices


Pensioner Housing – own or rent Kaipara

SAND BLASTING. Rust never sleeps. Blast, prime, topcoat for structural steel, barns, cowsheds, tanks, machinery, chassis, swimming pools. Western Blast ‘n’ Paint. Phone 09 439 6330.

Pinaki Sand & Clean Fill

FREE CONFIDENTIAL Budgeting Service. To make a booking call 09 439 8592. We also offer a complete money management service if required.

Public Notices

Monday 3:30pm Preparatory 2 Classical Ballet

Tuesday 3:30pm Initial Tap Style

Wednesday 3:30pm Preparatory 1 Classical Ballet

4:15pm Scholars Classical Ballet

4:15pm Style 1 Jazz Style

4:15pm 4:15pm DARGAVILLE Foundation 1 Ribbons 3 Jazz Style ClassicalRIVERSIDE Ballet

5:15pm Ribbons 2 Classical Ballet

5:15pm Locking Hip-Hop

5:15pm Demi-Sole 1 & 2 Classical Ballet

5:15pm Tempo 3 Tap Style

5:15pm Senior 2 Jazz Style

6:15pm Advanced Tap

6:00pm Style 3 Jazz Style

6:15pm Demi-Pointe 2 Classical Ballet


6:15pm Senior 2 Hip-Hop





yearly auction

Sunday 19th February 2012 at 9.00am Beach Road, Dargaville






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4:15pm Pre-Advanced Ballet

7:00pm Advanced 2 Ballet 8:00pm

Kaipara Lifestyler Crossword 1

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FEBRUARY 15 - 2012

NORTHLAND FieLD DAys 1-3 March 2012

State HigHway 14 – Dargaville

“The Friendly Field Days” Visit for updates Gates open 9am–4:30pm $10 Adult $3 child 5-16yrs incl

Two major gate prizes to be won combined value at over $35,000 Rural and lifestyle prizes up for grabs Special conditions apply — See website for details

Tickets available from your store or local Online at

PO Box 103, Dargaville • Phone 09 439 8998 Fax 09 439 4170 • Email:

This Polaris Hawkeye 300 from Rouse Motorcycles and a range of other products could be yours just by attending the Field Days

Roper & Jones 9 Station Road

Beach Road


Lot 10, 35 Murdoch Street



We put you first

Petley Road

Plantation – State Highway 14


3 bdrm unit. 1 bathroom. Private BBQ area. Handy to town.

Within the Town boundary. 1.012ha (2.5 acres). Concrete entrance. 9m wide driveway. Private location. $120,000 $99,000 REF 3030 REF BL421 RAcHAEL DE VRiES 021 943 900

15 West coast Road

108 Ranfurly Street

Near new kitchen. Open plan 2 double bedrooms. Large living. Polished floors. 2 bdrm. open plan lounge/dining. 1 bathroom. Handy to Conservatory. Dargaville and Glinks Gully. Easy care section. $147,000 $140,000 REF 3023 REF 3020 RAcHAEL DE VRiES 021 943 900

2/6 McKenzie Place




New Brick and Tile. 3 bdrm. 2 bathroom. Double internal garaging. On 674sqm section. Open Home Friday 17th February 12–1pm $259,000 REF 2997 RAcHAEL DE VRiES 021 943 900

11 islington Street

3 bdrm. 2 bathrooms. Open plan living. Separate lounge. Huge internal garage.

146A Hokianga Road

3 bdrm. 1 bathroom. 3 car garage. Extra cottage. On 4.5 acres (approx).

$367,000 $339,000 REF 3028 REF 3027 RAcHAEL DE VRiES 021 943 900

Mangawhai – Dairy Farm

Prime location 15 acres (approx), elevated building sites, with both rural and water views with riparian rights. The shore has been fully fenced. Power and phone. A pump shed with pump but not connected. $225,000 REF BL454 MicHELLE ToMLinSon 027 339 5937

72 Jellicoe Road – Ruawai




3 bdrm home. Remodelled kitchen. New bathroom. Heat pump, deck off the lounge. Set back off the road for privacy, with a nice selection of shrubs and fruit trees. Drive through garage. $185,000 REF 3025 MicHELLE ToMLinSon 027 339 5937

203 Paparoa Station Road – Paparoa

5 acres of fertile land plus Green House 54 x 27.4sqm. 2000 litre underground tank. 35,000 litre tank and town water. Water pump. On Dargaville town boundary. Provision for house with new septic. $299,000 ONO REF HL1991 MicHELLE ToMLinSon 027 339 5937

39 Freyberg Street – Ruawai




Classic split 3 level, 4 bdrm home on a manageable section. Spacious living, nice views, private deck. Large double garage and workshop. Walking distance to the shops. $195,000 REF 3026 MicHELLE ToMLinSon 027 339 5937

18 Earl Street





Generous sized unit, open plan living with 2 good sized bedrooms. Recently had new carpet installed throughout. Easy care section, close to the town centre in a quiet street. Carport. $210,000 REF 3029 cRAig cLEMEnT 021 461 668

Minutes to Mangawhai. Excellent infrastructure. Modern 3 bdrm home, ensuite and decking. Spacious garage. All plants is approx. 3 years old. This farm offers gentle countour, excellent races and great fencing. Call now to view… JiLL WiLSon 021 505 712

110 Victoria Street, Dargaville

65ha (160 acres) in 3 titles, 800m stream, mostly good contour. 2ha Nursery area, lush pasture, native bush, cattle yards, round barn, cool store. This will attract a variety of buyers. Auction Friday 9 March, 10:30am at 180 Bank Street, Whangarei REF 1275 RHoDA MoRRiSon 0274 800 691 / 09 431 6912

Situated in a cul-de-sac up a ROW. With 3 bedrooms upstairs and a 4th bedroom or rumpus room and extra toilet downstairs. It has an upgraded kitchen and open plan living area. Internal access from garage. $319,000 REF 3031 JoHn PoWELL 021 439 555

09 439 7295

Licensed under REAA 2008

Kaipara Lifestyler, February 15 2012  

Kaipara's regional community newspaper. 10,000 copies delivered FREE throughout the Kaipara: Dargaville, Ruawai, Paparoa, Matakohe, Maungatu...

Kaipara Lifestyler, February 15 2012  

Kaipara's regional community newspaper. 10,000 copies delivered FREE throughout the Kaipara: Dargaville, Ruawai, Paparoa, Matakohe, Maungatu...