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p Over one hundred practitioners of the circus arts came together to celebrate the culture and skill of the big top at the eighth annual Northland Circus Festival last weekend. For three days — the 10th, 11th and 12th of January — hosts Circus Kumarani served up a feast of fun and excitement at the Waipoua Campground, nestled in the heart of the North Kaipara’s famed Waipoua Forest. A very colourful and memorable time was had by all!
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Waipoua National Park decision due by Colin Patterson
A proposal to make Waipoua Forest New Zealand’s newest national park could be on Conservation Minister Nick Smith’s desk by the end of January. The proposal for a national park was part of the National Party’s 2008 election manifesto. A Department of Conservation report on it was presented to the New Zealand Conservation Authority in June 2012. Authority member Yvonne Sharp of Kerikeri says the proposal has since been refined following public feedback. It now only has to go to local iwi Te Roroa and to the Northland Conservation Board for their approval.
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Ms Sharp says she expects that will happen sometime this month. Once that approval has been received the proposal will go to Dr Smith who will make the final decision. Ms Sharp says the proposal has received mixed feedback during public consultation. “There was a perception among many people Waipoua Forest is already a National Park.” Key issues that have come up include a co-governance role
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p A group of seven staff at the Kaurilands Skills Centre finished the year on a high. They all received NZQA support worker certificates. Centre manager Karen Duncan says the certificates took the staff two years to complete and involved both theoretical and practical aspects of client care. Their training was arranged through CareerForce, the training organisation for the community and social service sector.
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p New Year’s Day might have dawned a little damp, but that didn’t deter 32 young fishers and their minders from the Pahi Wharf and the chance of a prize in the annual sprat fishing contest, sponsored by local residents and businesses. Catches were many and the judges were kept busy at the measuring table as the sun soon burst through amid calls for hats and sunscreen. There were prizes galore and a happy band of young anglers gathered for a midday sausage sizzle.
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p Friends and family from across the Kaipara and beyond gathered for the New Year’s Eve wedding of Di Boone and Craig Hardisty on the Boone family farm near Paparoa. After a ceremony on the front lawn of the homestead, more than 100 well-wishers set out to party into 2014 in a huge equipment shed, bedecked with fairy lights, hay bales and clinking chilly bins. Spit-roasted pork and venison, and a great deal of farm-kitchen fare provided plenty of energy to fuel a double celebration that finally wound down with the dawn.
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Machinery club expands Pool’s future still up in the air as its collection grows
by Colin Patterson
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Twelve years after it started, the Kaipara Vintage Machinery Club has run out of space and is building more.
p Members of the Kaipara Vintage Machinery Club hard at work building an extension to their headquarters at Harding Park
President Bill Fitness says the club has old agricultural equipment all around the Kaipara which it is unable to take possession of because its facility at Dargaville’s Harding Park is full. So it has begun stage three of its building project to provide more space for its assortment of tractors, bulldozers, trucks, harvesters and other assorted agricultural machinery. “Unlike the rest of the space, it’ll have a metal floor that will allow us to drive machinery in and out more easily. Bulldozers, excavators and machinery with spikes are not suitable for driving on concrete.” Mr Fitness says the project has received a $90,000 grant from the ASB Community Trust. Many of the materials
have been donated, with Kaihu Valley Sawmills supplying the timber. Building started three months ago, with much of the work being done by club members under the supervision of Kevin Morris, a qualified builder. While there is no definitive finishing date, Mr Fitness says they hope to have the roof on before the start of winter. Club founder Bruce Galloway says the extension will double the club’s display space. “It will be display space, not storage.” The space is urgently needed, as the club’s collection continues to grow. “We had a crawler tractor that was given to us last week, which is fantastic. I’ve got stuff in a shed at Te Kopuru and there’s stuff in sheds all around the district.” ¢
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The council commissioners asked chief executive Steve Ruru to approach Sport Northland to seek an agreement and to report to commissioners next month. However, Spor t Nor thland chairman, Ritchie Guy, says he has received no formal approach from the council, although there have been “some very informal discussions” in the past and that Sport Northland would only enter into an agreement if it was in its best interests. The Dargaville pool opened in 2010 at a cost of $6.3 million and the original business plan projected annual attendances of 32,000, excluding schools, clubs and swim schools. But attendances have fallen
far short of projections, averaging around 22,000 — including schools and swim schools. While revenue is well short of projections, costs are higher. A crack in the pool has led to significant water losses, while a malfunctioning solar heating system has increased power consumption and electricity bills, leading the pool trust to seek an alternative ownership structure. Sport Northland owns the Whangarei Aquatic Centre and manages it on behalf of the Whangarei District Council. Mr Guy says a similar arrangement for Dargaville was “only an idea. It’s one of the possibilities that might occur.
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Sailing in the scows by Brian Eastwood
Ship model maker, Theo Subritzky knew about boats very early in life. Born in Te Kopuru on October 21, 1923, he was just eleven years old when his family sailed to Fiji on the steamer Aorangi to check out a business deal. One year later Theo was on board the scow Isobel as a cabin boy heading for Auckland and eventually on to Kaipara. “Hard to believe now,” he laughs, “but I was paid one shilling a month, so after a three-and-a-half month trip I had earned three shillings and sixpence — and I also got some p Theo Subritsky’s model of the Echo of the ship’s chocolate.” He says at 90 years of age he is of the hulls were made by Dargaville happy living quietly and peacefully plastics expert Warwick Savage, Theo in Dargaville. But Theo keeps up built the models from the deck up. his interest in the old ships he once The sails were sewn by Warwick’s sailed in, especially the scows. He daughter Esther Savage. has now made ten models. Ask Theo how he remembers the His most recent project is another ship’s complicated rigging and he model of the Echo. She was a 106 says, “Just from sheer experience foot schooner rigged scow from Brown working on a lot of scows.” and Sons Te Kopuru shipyards, built Although he never actually sailed with a hold especially for shipping on Echo he has climbed all over her. general goods. “A mate and I saw her at Lambton It is the fifth model Theo has made Quay in Wellington and knowing she of that ship. He reckons it is the best came from here, we went aboard and yet and maybe the last. While three had a good look around.”
Two decades of success u by Colin Patterson
A rural property 20km south of Dargaville is home for a group of people with intellectual disabilities who are showing they can make a positive contribution to society.
p Kaurilands residents enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea break
The Kaurilands Skills Centre under the shadow of Tokatoka Peak has 19 clients, aged from 16 to 66, all of whom are employed. “Our aim is that everyone who lives here can have the same life as everyone who is not intellectually disabled,” says centre manager Karen Duncan. Kaurilands was set up in 1990 by four friends. Initially the organisation operated out of a house in Dargaville. And because they received no government funding, the centre’s trustees spent much of their time raising money at cake stalls and the like. But when the opportunity came to buy the 45-hectare rural property and relocate to the country, the trustees jumped at the chance. Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Health and a work programme that enables all residents to gain skills, Kaurilands has grown. The centre is closely associated with Kaipara Refuse
Ltd a company that has a contract from Kaipara District Council to pick up and process rubbish and recycling district wide. That contract has just been renewed, with Kaipara Refuse the only tenderer. “That’s good news,” says Ms Duncan. “We were concerned at what might have happened to the centre had it not.” Kaurilands residents are a familiar sight around the district on the trucks picking up rubbish and recycling. “One client has just completed his 20th year on the trucks. Our clients are part of the community.” The next big project on the trust’s agenda is to build a third house on the Tokatoka property to provide more space for its clients. “We’ve got 45 hectares outside — but not much space inside.” Ms Duncan says Ministry funding for the project is highly unlikely. “We’ll need grants and donations. We want to get the community involved.” ¢
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Vintage treats in store for Ruawai Centennial
Te Kopuru residents seek kitchen for their hall
by Joanne Speechly
Vintage machinery enthusiasts will be in for a treat at Ruawai’s Centennial celebrations next March, where about twenty vintage tractors, trucks and cars will be on display. Former Tokatoka farmer and collector, Peter MacKenzie, is responsible for organising the exhibition.
p Peter MacKenzie with a tractor first purchased in 1936
“I will personally be exhibiting three of the oldest tractors in the district,” says Mr MacKenzie. “These tractors are part of the history of the district and helped develop the place. The horses and people are gone but the tractors are still here.” Mr Mackenzie says that his interest in machinery was sparked after he contracted polio at the age of 15. “If I had never had polio I would have been too busy to develop an interest in machinery. I’ve found that through life; the best laid plans often lead to something more interesting when they don’t happen!” Since retiring from farming in 1973, Mr Mackenzie has explored a number of other interests, including a passion for quirky horse shoe animal sculptures.
“I’ve made over 40 different animals. When children know what animal a sculpture is, then you know you’ve done a great job.” To help raise funds for the centennial gala, Mr Mackenzie is donating several horse shoe bird sculptures for raffle prizes. He says his donation is a way of giving back to a community that he has been proud to be part of. “Ruawai has always been a close-knit community. I’m really looking forward to meeting up with lots of people I haven’t seen for a long time.” He adds that the committee is looking for more raffle prize donations and if anyone has anything to offer, they can call the committee on 09 439 2046 or visit the website www.ruawaicentennial. co.nz. ¢
by Colin Patterson
Te Kopuru residents have come together in a drive to raise money to provide better kitchen facilities for their community hall. On a recent Sunday afternoon, residents of all ages came to the hall for an afternoon of fun, raising $200 for the kitchen project. “We want to get a small commercial kitchen for the hall,” says Te Kopuru Community Trust secretary Ivy Vincent. She says sausages, popcorn and waffles were available for sale. People bought food along and other items for prizes. Andy Bryenton from the Kaipara Lifestyler showed videos for the children and helped them play racing cars. “The community came together,” says Ms Vincent. “We’d like to thank the community for its support.” Ms Vincent says the community aims to raise $5,000 for the new kitchen. More activities to raise the remainder of the money are to be organised later this year. The hall dates from the 1920s and is owned and operated by the community. “We try and run as many community events as possible. The hall is also available for hire.” A doctor and nurse use the hall’s meeting rooms for consultations twice a week.
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Waipoua National Park decision due Northland MP Mike Sabin says he is having discussions with Dr Smith on the pros and cons of the proposal. “We intend to advance these discussions with local stakeholders this year.” Waipoua Lodge owner Ian Farrant is very supportive of the proposal. “But we respect the need for the correct comanagement structures to be put in place. The processes need to be worked through to get the right outcome.”
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Mr Farrant says a national park will lift the area’s international profile. “That’ll be good for Northland and our communities.” He says national park status should mean more visitors for the Kauri Coast. It is also likely to mean more resources for visitor amenities and for conservation initiatives, such as campaigns to eradicate Kauri Dieback. ¢
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Rafts to race on river by Colin Patterson
If you’ve got a practical bent and an ability to keep your head above water, a raft race organised by the Northern Wairoa Boating Club might just give you a chance to show everyone what you’re made of. The event for the Edgar Bradley Memorial Trophy takes place on February 1. Club commodore Kelly Hansen says competitors will race from the wharf at the end of Notorious Road East to the boating club’s headquarters at Victoria Street, Dargaville. Mr Hansen says there are no rules about the construction of vessels, although it is an advantage if they can float. “One of the rafts last year was an upturned BBQ.” He says anyone can enter. “The more the merrier.” All competitors must register before the race starts at 11am. Mr Hansen expects vessels to take between 1½ and 2 hours to complete the 6km trip to Dargaville. “There are big tides that day that will push them in the right direction.” Safety vessels will be on hand to help competitors if they lose the battle to stay afloat. The event will be followed by prize giving in the clubrooms. $200 will go to the winner and $100 to the runner up. Mr Hansen says a further $100 will be available for the most creative raft. The club will have a special licence so competitors and their supporters will either be able to celebrate or drown their sorrows.
Hamburg heroes by Joanne Speechly
Dargaville business owners and bodybuilders Nigel and Donna Randell have recently returned from a trip to Germany with some shiny new silverware to add to their considerable collection. The duo were pre selected to compete in the NAC Universe Bodybuilding Championships 2013 alongside 300 competitors from 40 countries. The couple decided to make the journey to Hamburg in January last year and spent the majority of 2013 fundraising for the $12,000 trip. The final preparation was ensuring that their bodies would be ready for a championship challenge, despite a 30 hour long haul flight just days before. “Thanks to local businesses, we held a series of raffles and the Dargaville Lions also donated money, raising $2,000 in total. Then we held a massive fundraiser in Auckland with the help of my sister, Christine, and her friend, Lisa, and that brought in another $4,000,” says Donna. The couple ventured into the freezing Hamburg temperatures every morning at 5am for power walks and had an interesting time trying to order New Zealand staples, such as poached eggs. For their pre-competition “cheat” meal, they ended up with cold boiled eggs to accompany their steak and chips. Donna was placed sixth in her Senior Figure 40+ class and Nigel received a medal for participation in a 19-strong class. At the Nationals, Donna came
p Hard work pays off for bodybuilding duo Donna and Nigel Randell
third in the International Figure class and along with Nigel took out the Couples competition for the second year running. Both won their division at the National competition in 2012. “Nigel was in top condition and looked amazing but we don’t know where he was placed outside of the top 10. Looking back, it doesn’t matter because it was an amazing experience and an honour to be selected in the first place.” The pair have again been selected for a handful of international events this year but are taking the year off to prepare for further competitions in 2015. They would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dargaville Lions and Dargaville business owners for their generous support. ¢
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Easing the public transport shortfall
by Joanne Speechly
Town and Around passenger service, which started life as a private business, has evolved into a valuable community resource. The Anglican Parish of the Northern Wairoa now operates the service in Dargaville, thanks to a reliable team of committed volunteers. The ser vice operates by a booking system, whereby people can ring up the coordinator, Lynne Levett, to arrange transport for the following day. Passengers can contribute to running costs by way of a koha but there is no set charge. In a town with no public transport, Town and Around is to fill in a severe shortfall by providing reliable transport for people with limited mobility. It is well used by people attending medical appointments and collecting prescriptions but also by
those needing to get their groceries home or to attend appointments. The drivers, nine in total, use their own vehicles and give up their own time. “The drivers are absolutely wonderful and they’re just so willing,” says Mrs Levett. “At times drivers have looked after people who are unwell — picking up their grocery list, getting the groceries and then bringing them back with the receipt and change. “We’re not a taxi service and we do need some notice but we can generally take clients wherever they want to go in Dargaville and Maungawhare. Town and Around is a great organisation, marvellous to work for and I’ve found our clients to be very supportive.”
Vicar Susanne Green, who was the driving force behind keeping Town and Around up and running, says she is pleased with how well the service is doing. “It’s going very well and the service helps people to maintain their independence — whether they be mums with young children, the elderly or people who are unwell. Our drivers are incredibly committed but we could always do with some more!” For further information or to arrange transport, contact Lynne Levett between 8am and 7pm on 09 439 6306. The service operates Monday to Friday by appointment only. ¢
p Lynne Levett is happy to help alleviate transport woes in and around Dargaville
Regatta’s fun formula spans 127 years by Paul Campbell
Fun both on and off the water is the recipe for the Pahi Regatta, over Anniversary Weekend. The North Kaipara Harbour’s annual marine festival has been running since 1886 — with the exception of some wartime years — and it is still going strong. The local camping ground becomes a village of wall-to-wall tents, caravans and house trucks for three days of harbour-side fun and games and the residents and visitors p All set for the $1,000 bathtub racing last year partake in launch and powerboat races, kayaking contests and contests and live music. There’s food aplenty and Regatta Club spokesman, all manner of aquatic activities. The sometimes dramatic $1,000 Ryan Sheppard, says the emphasis will bathtub race attracts all eyes to the once again be on “plenty of fun, plenty water, while a carnival atmosphere is of sport and plenty of entertainment in progress ashore, with sideshows with the overall emphasis on safety and and a huge marquee hosting beauty family enjoyment.”
The events begin on Saturday, and on the Sunday, contestants in the bathtub race, with each craft limited to a twohorsepower motor, will be vying for a top purse of $1,000. As an added attraction this year, a full-sized V8 supercar race simulator will be on site, offering landbased racing thrills. The Pahi Regatta once attracted steamers from Helensville loaded with
Aucklanders, to take part in greasy pole competitions, horse swimming races, and other long-abandoned events. “Unfortunately, OSH and political correctness have taken a toll over the years,” says a Pahi resident ‘old-timer.’ “But the spirit of the regatta weekend has endured and it still attracts visitors from far and wide, with camping space at an absolute premium.” ¢
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Another positive step forward in the restoration of order in Kaipara has taken place with the passing of the Validation Bill receiving almost unanimous support from Parliament. Despite much misinformation to the contrary the bill does not prevent the pursuit of any criminal activity which can be proven to have taken place. The release of the Auditor General’s report also highlights numerous failings, not the least of which being the failure of Audit NZ to discharge its duties in a remotely competent way. I commend our MP Mike Sabin for the outstanding work he has done since being elected in progressing the recovery of Kaipara. I know the extent of the work he has done behind the scenes. It is unfortunate that Mike, throughout the process to date, has been subjected to a barrage of disgusting, ignorant criticism by a few people. Full credit to him for continuing to work for the good of all the people of Kaipara. I might add that the Commissioners have been subjected to the same treatment. They, also, have continued to work very hard and successfully in our best interests, having been charged with rectifying a problem not of their making. Peter Bull Maungaturoto 09 431 8123
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Break-Away into circus fun these holidays by Joanne Speechly
The Break-Away School Holiday programme is a Ministry of Social Development initiative, designed to provide holiday opportunities for young people who would not otherwise have access to them. Local provider, Circus Kumarani, is currently running the programme in Dargaville free of charge. The initiative has been running nationwide since 2010 and is open to all 11 to 17 year olds. The aim is to help young people keep physically active, build skills to manage and respond positively to challenges and make positive choices about their lives. Circus Kumarani’s programme is based around circus skills and provides structured workshops throughout the day, Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm. They can cater for 20 children participating each day and although numbers are rising, there is still room for more young people to get involved. “It’s an opportunity for young people to come and learn some amazing skills,” says Circus Kumarani Northland manager, Jenny Huriwai. “It’s a fairly structured programme involving circus workshops, free play and group activities. “At this time of year we also have lots of travellers coming through, which gives participants the opportunity to meet and interact with people from all over the world.”
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When one of the country’s leading arts events opens in Kaikohe today, much of the credit for bringing it together should go to Dargaville woman Colleen Urlich.
p Hundreds of country music enthusiasts descended on paddocks near Aranga earlier this month to see some of the country’s top performers do their stuff. They came for the Wai Worri Country Woolshed Muster, which also served as a fundraiser for Dargaville’s Big River FM. Among the guest artists were Paul Walden from Whanganui, Jenny Blackadder from Wellington and Craig Robertson from Thames. Northlander Carleen Still performed and acted as MC for the two days, while Liam Hobson Scott from Kaitaia showed his talent. Organiser Phil Godfrey says attendances were similar to last year, despite rain on the Sunday that forced the show indoors.
Bands play for the community by Colin Patterson
A group of Dargaville’s veteran musicians will join together with their younger counterparts later this month in an event to raise money for Hospice Kaipara. The six bands playing on the night include the Cluster Project, a band that includes Dargaville musician Chris Manning. “We’re a group of musos who have been playing together for 50 years. Each year or two we get together and have a night out. We charge money and donate the proceeds to a local charity.” Past recipients have included the Dargaville and Te Kopuru volunteer brigades, St John Ambulance and Dargaville Hospital. This year’s event takes place at the Aratapu Hotel on Saturday January 25.
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The International Indigenous Artists Festival is on the Kohewhata Marae in Kaikohe until January 27. The event is associated with the biennial Ngapuhi Festival taking place in Kaikohe on January 25 and 26. The event is being organised by Te Atinga, the visual arts committee of Te Maori Aotearoa, the national Maori arts organisation. Ms Urlich is a member of Te Atinga, as are Manos and Alex Nathan, also from Dargaville. Ms Urlich says the indigenous arts festival will feature 150 artists. Around 45 will come from overseas, including from Alaska, Hawaii, continental USA, Britain, the Pacific Islands and Australia.
“They’re all contemporary artists,” says Ms Urlich. “There’s painters, printers, sculptors, weavers and multimedia artists. They’re all experts at what they do.” She says the artists will exhibit their work. But while here they will not do master classes. That will enable them to focus on creativity. “They’ll swing in and work with other artists.” Ms Urlich says the indigenous artists’ festival is being held for the seventh time since first being held in 1995. It was held twice overseas, with the other five events in New Zealand. But the 2014 event marks its first time in Northland.
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So it’s back ter reeality “Well Dog, we betta get back ter werk.” Yep readas, happy new yeer. Boss and me just arrivd back on tha proppitty afta we an’ Boss’s gerlfrend Sharlene an’ daughta Sophy and Sharlene’s Mum spent holydays ata beach. We hada reel good time too. Instead of goin’ round bluddy sheep an kattil beests ona farm, I hadda ball ona beach, chasin’ seegulls, an’ fetchin’ sticks chucked ina see by Boss. “Orl werk an’ no play eh Dog,” he yelled. Then ina evening, we had sum good feeds offa barbecue. Even wena Boss an his mate Bob came in frum fishin’ with sum snappa, Mum made shure I had cupla sossagis cooked ona barbie. The wether was bute, I had roast cracklin’ on Krissmiss, ana Boss and Sharlene gotta bit messy ona red whine on new yeers eve. Come to think, Mum gotta bit karried away ona sherry, an’ hada go ter bed erly. Thena Boss sed that ‘orl; good things gotta come to a end’ an’ we packed upa ute ana falcoon, hitcht upa boat trayla and we was soon back ona farm. Tha sheer milka had been lookin’ afta things ana Boss sed he dunna good job. Afta Boss an’ me checked ona stock, we sat ona woolshed steps for smoko. Boss seamed pritty happy, cos I brung up tha paper frum tha kattil stop ata gate. “Lookit this,” he sed, an’ corled Sharlene over frum tha house. “Them ekoncomic fellas reckin we gona have a pretty good yeer ona farm, as well as ina country. That ASB bank sez we gunna be fyrin’ on orl silinders cos of good prices for SERVICES & MACHINERY Bulldozers 40ton with scoop 40ton with rippers 23ton with rippers Motor scrapers cat 613 cat 627 excavators 13ton 15ton 23ton 27ton 38ton Graders 12ton 19ton viBratinG rollers 12ton trucks 6x4 tippers 8x4 tippers t transporter Water cart
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Moa is the new name in craft, gift and souvenir retail in Dargaville and thanks to a swift shift over the Christmas break, the revamped business has now taken up residence in a newly renovated, customer-friendly premises.
Extract p The lucky winners of the Kaipara Lifestyler’s Shop and Win competition meet with winning store owner Kelvin Mason to pick up their prize — a $500 package of tools. Prize draw winners Mr and Mrs Stanaway of Ruawai took home the festive windfall after spending $50 at Farrand and Mason’s Dargaville store last November in the lead-up to Christmas. A record number of entries meant that tens of thousands of holiday gift-buying dollars remained here in the Kaipara, benefiting local businesses and the local economy. Congratulations to our lucky winners, as we look forward to a great year of prize giveaways in 2014!
WE HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR EVERY JOB and if it’s not here, we’ll get it for you FAST! p David and Anna Cutts and Kenny Glamuzina, behind the new name in craft, gift and souvenir retail in Dargaville
Formerly the Craft Market and before that, Dormavilla, Moa is a onestop craft and gift shop, catering to both local consumers and tourists alike. Local craftspeople and artists can hire space to display their work alongside giftware ranges, New Zealand greenstone jewellery, souvenirs and needlework supplies. “Once we realised that moving the business was a viable option, we decided it had to be done,” says owner, Anna Cutts. “Here, we have a more obvious presence and we can display our stock and our artist’s work much better.” The Noise Co has maintained its presence in the new premises, with
Kenny Glamuzina continuing to offer his engraving and battery repair services, musical instruments and accessories, CDs, DVDs and body jewellery. “Space, location, visibility and awesome views,” are the aspects that Kenny is enjoying about his new work space. Familiar favourites at Moa include the kauri clocks and keys and locallymade crafts, clothing and jewellery. A new focus is giftware for men, such as the Metal Earth 3D models. Moa is located at 104 Victoria Street, Dargaville, opposite Kapia Street. Extended hours over the summer months are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm and 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. ¢
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SECURE UNITS for Domestic & Commercial use. Also workshop space available, best rates guaranteed. Phone 09 439 3075. dargavillestorage.co.nz
Pets For Sale PEDIGREE POODLE puppies, 1 white female, 2 black males, 1 white male, $600. Dogue de bordeaux x Neo Mastiff puppies, 2 female, 1 brindle, 1 tan, $500 ono. Phone 09 439 7945.
Property For Sale RUNOFF/LIFESTYLE. 74 acres, AWESOME KAIPARA HARBOUR VIEWS, hay shed, spring water, good access, Matakohe, $480,000 + GST. Phone Owner 09 946 5652 or 021 430 086.
Property For Sale
120 ACRES 5 mins from Dargaville
Gardening Maintenance GARDENING SERVICE, clean ups, maintenance, pruning, hedging, weeding, lawns, irrigation. Rachel the Gardener, 09 439 8026 or 021 288 8811.
Animal Accomodation MG BOARDING Kennels, Matakohe. All pets welcome. Dogs $15/night. Cats $8/night. Phone Tom or Jenny 09 431 7368 or 027 285 8944.
PHONE Alan Breckon 0274 992 622 Livestock
Nurseries & Plants
HENS, BROWN Shaver Rhode Island Red Cross. Point of lay Pullets. 16 wks old, $25 each. Phone: 09 423 8726.
NATIVE PLANTS at wholesale prices sold direct to the public from Babylon Coast Gardens Ltd. Further discounts for purchases of 50 or more plants. Delivery service available. Visit the Nursery at 1246 Babylon Coast Road Dargaville on Saturdays 10am to 4pm or at other times by appointment. Enquiries welcome phone 09 439 4223, visit the website www.babyloncoastgardens.co.nz or email info@ babyloncoastgardens.co.nz.
AAA+ PAINTER, wallpapering specialist, roof spray coatings & waterblasting. Phone John 09 439 5289 or 022 642 1376, Crawford Solutions.
WEANER PIGS from reputable registered breeder. From $80, can deliver to Dargaville or Whangarei centres. Call Drew on 021 867 090.
COOK REQUIRED with experience, 2–3 nights per week. Cruiser Bar & Grill, Paparoa. Phone 09 431 6918.
FUNDRAISER/ ADMINISTRATOR 20 hours per week Hospice Kaipara Inc supports patients and their families/whanau who are experiencing an end of life illness. There is a vacancy for a person with excellent communications and team player attributes who has experience in administration and accounts work, ms office suite and banklink. Also this person will need to have a strong interest in fundraising. The successful applicant will: • Demonstrate empathy and confidentiality in all aspects of their work • Be able to prioritise work and meet deadlines • Have good public relations skills Applications close on the 17 January 2014 Please contact Hospice Kaipara Inc for an application form and job description on: 09 439 3330 ext 6716 or firstname.lastname@example.org
KAURILANDS HAS AN EXCITING NEW OPPORTUNITY Ref No: DPJAN2014FULLTIMEPERMENANTSUPPORTWORKERROLE, hoursMon-Fri8.00am-4.00pm
This role is working on our vocational programme, supporting our clients in their workplace and other activities during the week days.
OFFAL HOLES 750dia x 5.5m deep with concrete lid with lift out hatch $385.00 Phone Wals Holes 09 437 3936 or 021 932 225. SEMI-RETIRED, GARDEN maintenance, painting, small carpentry work, house hand wash, paint-stripping back to wood windows etc. Long experience, available now, good rate. Phone Robert 027 423 1166. WATER TANK Vacuum clean, Full tank OK, Waste no more than 1,000 litres. $250.00 for up to 25,000 litre tank. Also full pump out and scrub and leaks fixed. Phone Wals 09 437 3936 or 021 932 225.
Dargaville Bobcat Services
Pinaki Sand & Clean Fill
Toenail & Fingernail Cutting Service
09 439 1505 027 614 6309
09 439 6068
Homekills All Beef aged Salami ~ Bacon ~ Ham ~ Sausages Hamburger Patties
• Stump & Tree Removal • Driveway Prep & Regrading • Post Hole Borer
Traditional Manuka wood smoked Bacon, Ham & Salami
• Calf Shed & Stockyard Cleaning • Tip Truck Available • Trencher
Phone or Txt Paul
027 271 2022
Phone 09 439 2020 • Cell 021 401 934 email@example.com Information Packs Available Covering the Kaipara and Whangarei Regions
Mini Exhibition Featured Artist
Special invited guest exhibition of Deer Antler Carvings by Marie Williams
Our full-size V8 supercar simulator puts YOU in the race driving seat! Have the simulator at your place for corporate functions, business bonding and confidence programmes, work parties, birthdays and more. Try one lap shootouts against your mates, or break the Bathurst lap record. Stunning special effects and state-of-theart technology take you onto the track for real, tyre-shrieking racing tension. Contact Ken Subritzky 09 431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 25 years experience For prompt & professional service contact Wayne or Annette
Paintings by Susan Taylor
Heart-stopping thrills without the danger
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. www.westernblasters.co.nz
Full service slaughtering & processing of Beef, Sheep, Pigs, Deer, Goats
• The ability to work with and relate to people with intellectual disability • Good driving skills and a clean licence • Communication skills, both verbal and written • Self motivation, with good organisation skills • First aid certificate • A good sense of humour
THE GENERAL MANAGER Kaurilands Skill Centre Trust, PO Box 203, Dargaville email@example.com
COMPUTER REPAIRS, PC Mac & laptop repair service. Virus removal, tune ups, tutoring, software advice & online support. Phone 09 439 5022. 38 Hokianga Rd, Dargaville.
Any job big or small. We do them ALL
Ideally all applicants will have the following:
If this is what you are looking for, please send or email a letter and your current CV, with relevant reference number, by 24th January 2014 to:
ATS PROPERTY Maintenance & Repair. Fences & Repairs • Kitchen/Bathroom Fitouts • Waterblasting • Flooring Repairs • Decks • Windows & Latches • Plus much more. No job too small. Phone 09 439 8628. Cell 027 455 7750.
ACOUSTIC BLACKBOARD Concert — STARTING AGAIN THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6th 2014. First Thursday of the month — 7.30–9.30pm, Commercial Hotel, River Rd, Dargaville. $2 entry, $2 raffle, tea and coffee. Performers and audience welcome. Phone Margaret 09 439 4403 or Allan 09 439 6933. ALL FORGIVING LOVE, Father God’s gift for you, Christ Jesus. CORNER PLACE NURSERY wish to advise that we have now closed for the season, WILL REOPEN in September. Any enquires please phone 09 439 2115. DARGAVILLE VOLUNTEER Fire Brigade, Christmas Raffle Results: 1st Prize: Ticket No 1560, Vanessa Ledingham. 2nd Prize: Ticket No 1571, Craig Ross. 3rd Prize: Ticket No 2226, Flick. Thanks to Barry Shine, Stihl Shop, The Warehouse & Carters for prize donations. Many thanks to everyone who supported the Fire Brigade by purchasing tickets. FREE & CONFIDENTIAL NW Family Budgeting Service. Advice and complete money management if required. Call at 5 Portland Street or phone 09 439 8592.
www.dargavillearts.co.nz • Check us out on
2014 PROGRAMMES AND COURSES All Courses (min 4 students) Ukelele - For Beginners Computing • Basic Computing Course • Business/Employment Computing Course • Google Drive (E-Learning) Home Management • Eating on a Budget • Maara Kai • Household Secrets and Remedies Ē tahi kete Mātauranga • Te Reo Maori • Digital Taonga Preservation • Tangata Rongonui • Nga Waiata Maori Open Wananga • Papa Ako(Learning to Learn) • Papa Whairawa (Financial Literacy) • Mahi Toa (Certification in Employment Skills) Te Wananga o Aotearoa • Certificate in Money Management Youth • Learner Licence • Sports Science • Computer Programming Programmes (small groups) • Te Reo Maori • Computing • Learner Licence • ESOL (English as a Second Language) • Literacy skills • Numeracy Skills Open Wananga • Papa Ako(Learning to Learn) • Papa Whairawa (Financial Literacy) • Mahi Toa (Certification in Employment Skills)
Corner of Kapia St and Parenga St, Dargaville
We will be closed from Friday 20th December 2013 and will reopen on Monday 20th January 2014
Monday to Wednesday 10am – 4pm • Thursday 10am – 5.30pm • Friday 10am – 4pm • Saturday 10am – 1pm
If you are interested in any of the courses/ programmes above and would like more information please call us on 0800 555 635 or visit us at 22 Gladstone Street, Dargaville.
January 14 - 2014
OUT with the OLD... In with the NEW! 2014 RANGERS NOW IN STORE Make this the year when YOU drive the Best
2014 Ford Ranger Wildtrak
$64,640 $58,804 PLUS ORC
- Full of Extras
Dargaville Ford 54 Normanby Street DARGAVILLE P 09 439 7315 F 09 439 5961 dargavilleford.co.nz www.facebook.com/dargavilleford Lindsay 09 439 7152 or 027 499 1516 Anthony A/H 09 432 8968 or 027 439 7015
NORTHERN WAIROA Hotel Est. 1878
LIVE MUSIC Friday 17th January
Lunch specials from just $10 Including our Succulent Steak Sandwich or Fresh Fish & Chips
K AR A GORDON
AND THE WRECK AGE
Friday 7th February
RED RE D PIL L
Try our “World Famous” Steaks or Sumptuous Seafood at our Fully Licensed Restaurant
from 5.30pm daily Special meals & buffets
A G R A ND OL D HOT EL IN T RUE K IW I ST Y L E
available for parties by arrangement
NORT HERN WAIROA
THE L EGENDARY
70 Victoria Street, DARGAVILLE • Phone 09 439 8923
GUYS.. Be Honest. GUYS When was the last time you took your LADY out for a Romantic Dinner?
Valentines Day SOON IS COMING
for Dargaville’s Top Spot for Romance...
Historic NORTHERN WAIROA Hotel Est. 1878 A Three Course Candlelit Dinner for Two with Romantic Music & Bubbles 70 Victoria Street, DARGAVILLE • Phone 09 439 8923
Published on Jan 13, 2014
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