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The iconic Northern Wairoa Hotel in Dargaville is undergoing a facelift with the aim of boosting the areas tourism opportunities “We are looking at ways to build up the coach traffic through the Kaipara and Dargaville to the west coast beaches and the Waipoua Forest,” said Gordon Foster, who owns the venerable pub with his wife Pam. As part of the revitalisation programme, the liquor sales outlet has now been sold off to be operated by Empire Liquor, the dining room will follow a plan to become an independent restaurant incorporated into the hotel’s accommodation operation, and re-decoration of the premises has begun. “We will retain the accommodation, TAB and bar and the pokie machines,” said Mr Foster. “We have already redecorated the public areas.” The hotel will be offering two tiers of accommodation — with ensuite  Times are changing for Dargaville’s Northern Wairoa Hotel rooms complemented by serviced rooms with separate facilities, to cater to individual and “It will be quality, locally sourced food, aimed to give visitors group travellers. “It’s part of giving the place a new lease of a taste of the Kaipara and New Zealand.” life as well as attracting tours and groups to the Kaipara,” The Northern Wairoa re-vamp follows the acquisition of Mr Foster added. the Dargaville Holiday Park by motelier James Brackenberry “Just last week we hosted a coach tour and plan for which increases his accommodation to 100 beds, again with more.” two levels of service – motel and cabins to cater for tourist The restaurant operation has been leased with the prospect requirements. of purchase to former staff member, Kistiann McLaren, who The trend to diversifying and improving Kaipara plans to offer ‘good kiwi fare’ to travellers. accommodation has been welcomed by the chair of the Kauri “I have had a solid grounding in the restaurant operation Coast Promotion Society, Trevor Donald. at the hotel and I grew up with a dozen siblings where I “This is a marvellous improvement for the outlook of was pretty much the cook, and that means I know all about Dargaville and the owners of buildings in the the business catering to large numbers,” she said. area should be encouraged to follow this lead.”

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May 9 - 2012


Of cheese and mice

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Driving through Kaiwaka on SH1, you may notice something unusual going on outside the Kaiwaka Cheese Shop. Keep an eye out for a gang of mice — a gift from the local food co-op

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“The gift is a larger than life mural depicting a gang of cheese-stealing mice,” explains shop-owner, Keith Draper. “The mural will be on the north wall.” Located in the centre of Kaiwaka, the shop is renowned as a retail cheese shop and deli but also acts as a drop-off point for the local food co-op. “Keith has allowed us to use his shop to store goods that we’ve ordered which has been fantastic for us,” says Anna Curnow from the Kaiwaka Food Co-op. “Our produce is dropped off to Keith until we collect it from him a few days later.

He has been doing this for us for years and we wanted to say thank you.” The mural is being painted by local cartoonist, Andy Griffiths, supported by other members of the co-op. “We had a meeting with Keith and he came up with the idea of a group of mice looking longingly into a cheese shop much like a jewellery thief eyes up a jewellery store, so we ran with it.” Andy said. “The next question was ‘great, now who can actually draw it?’ so I put my hand up.”

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Academic Counselling Interviews This coming Wednesday, 9th May we will be holding our first Academic Counselling interviews for the year. These interviews are of fifteen minutes duration and take place between 12 noon and 6pm for students in Years 11, 12 and 13. During Term one and the beginning of Term two our students have been working through the Academic Pathway book, with the guidance of their Vertical Form Tutor. A significant part of this process is for each student to set their own academic goals. Parents/caregivers will have the opportunity to have an interview with the child’s Vertical Form Tutor to discuss the goals that have been set and the student’s progress so far this year. This can include any internal NCEA assessments that may have taken place so far this year, their attendance record, and rated assessment completed by both subject teachers and the student. Our academic coaching programme runs through the whanau tutors as the “significant adult”, with support for other staff in the school. Parents and caregivers may make

an appointment by using the school website or by contacting the school office. To ensure that the day runs smoothly for everyone it is important to be on time for your interview. David Bargh, Please report to Principal the hall so you can be directed to the classroom to meet with your child’s Vertical Form Tutor. Please also note that we have a crèche available. In the hall there will be the opportunity to talk with the Careers Advisor, the Counsellor or the Dean over a cup of tea or coffee. To access the on-line system to make an appointments for the Academic Coaching sessions; 1) Go to 2) Use the unique code 9468F 3) Find your child’s vertical from class Tutor 4) Enter your information and an email will be sent to you confirming your appointment If you are unsure or prefer the personal touch, please contact the office and they will book an appointment for you.

 The start of a mural on a wall of the Kaiwaka cheese shop

Another addition We welcome to our expanding team, Kim Munro as the new face of Kaipara Lifestyler reporting. After running her own consultancy business in Auckland for many years Kim has recently relocated to her hometown Dargaville and is keen to be involved in the local Kaipara community again. Kim brings to the position a good

general knowledge and great enthusiasm for the Kaipara region. We are sure you will find her a warm and easygoing person and will enjoy working with her as the new eyes and ears for the Lifestyler. Please contact Kim on 09 439 6933 or if you have any stories or ideas for stories — she will be happy to have a chat.

Dargaville High School Plunket Street, Dargaville P 09 439 7229 E  Kim Munro settling in to her new position as reporter for the Kaipara Lifestyler


The votes are in for 2012’s parade of pigs The BNZ’s Dargaville branch was packed last week as hopeful contenders waited for the final verdict on their porcine creations. After weeks of voting, hours of design and no small amount of artistic flair, the 2012 parade of pigs finals were our own small version of the Oscars – though the statuettes were pink rather than gold, and it was tea and biscuits rather than champagne on the red carpet The piggy bank scenes and sculptures crafted by Dargaville businesspeople this year were a riot of colour and creativity, making the judging difficult. But in the end there could be only three winners, each going home with a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine for their efforts, as well as the satisfaction of bringing the ‘top pig’ to market. This year’s team choice award (chosen by the staff at the BNZ) went to the Central Hotel, for their artfully crafted little bartender pig, complete with tiny bottles, glasses and posters on a real wooden bar top. The ‘rich pig’ award — for the entrant who raised the most money for Project Promise — went to Duck Creek garden centre’s resplendent ‘Flora’, while the overall award for the most votes went to Gilmore Brown’s entry — a hard-working piggy bank taking care of business at his own little desk. This year a record number of pigs were entered in the contest, with all money raised going Project Promise, who plan to build a specialist oncology unit in Whangarei. When complete this state of the art hospital will treat cancer patients throughout the north, and a third of the projected three million dollar price tag has now been raised. Dargaville’s parade of pigs in association with the BNZ has topped up the coffers with a hefty donation of over “It’s your Community Radio Station” $5000, more than four times last year’s total, and plans are underway for an even bigger piggy promotion in 2013. big river fm Next up for the BNZ is an initiative closer to home — an evening promoting good investment choices to help locals Dargaville 98.6 FM Ruawai & Aranga 88.2 FM reach their financial goals. It’s a chance to cut through the jargon and get some 09 439 3003 sound advice on investments, with We’re looking after your community in so many ways special rates and refreshments laid on for visitors to the bank.


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This is a series of regular articles keeping you informed of happenings on our harbour today, and from bygone days — truly the ‘Jewel of the Kaipara’.

Cruising club cares for kids  by Paul Campbell

It has been an Indian summer on the waters of the Kaipara for the past month, and catches reported from down the harbour have been excellent. Gurnard and snapper, trevally and kahawai has been plentiful on many an angler’s table And that includes some great catches by the younger set. The Point Curtis Cruising Club, based in Kaiwaka, recently held a three-day fishing contest which covered the Kaipara Harbour and eastern coastal waters. The the club’s junior section was right up there with the older members when it came to weigh-in time. “The Point Curtis Cruising Club Inc

originated at Point Curtis off Mountain Road, in 1958.” said the club’s secretarytreasurer, Jean Mcleish. “We amalgamated with Klub Kaiwaka, which was based at the Three Furlongs Hotel in Kaiwaka about 10 years ago,merging to become a fishing and hunting club. Hunting includes ducks and pigs. “Our club fishing area is anywhere

north of Auckland on both coasts. We have around 50 members, some as individuals and some as families, and we run fishing contests throughout the year. “The club has just held its annual prizegiving for the heaviest catches of the year and members received prizes and a trophy. New club members are always welcome and subs are $20 per individual and $30 for a family.” The family side of fishing is a club emphasis. Photo: Andrew Kenny “Kids enjoy feeling included, and it’s a pastime that is  Members of the Junior section of the Point Curtis Cruising Club and bounty from a day on the harbour great for giving the kids a sense of responsibility as when we are out and about, and what well as keeping them active,” said keen they need to know should there be — fisherman Tony Baines, who takes every God forbid — an emergency situation. opportunity to take his two sons out on It is good practical education, while they the Kaipara. are having fun at the same time.” “In fact, the boys, Allan and Evan The New Zealand Sports Industry aren’t afraid to pick me up when I forget Association sums up the benefits of to wear my lifejacket or make some other taking kids fishing. slip,” he grinned ‘For generations New Zealanders have Being on the water means kids learn enjoyed recreational fishing. It is a healthy about their environment, about fishing pastime that families and friends can resources, about bird-life on the harbour, enjoy together and it provides lessons in but importantly about responsibility and safety and environmental responsibility. safety as well. We would like to encourage children, their “The boys, who are 10 and 12, know parents, extended families, caregivers all about port and starboard, stern and and friends to get involved in a TAKF day bow, safe anchoring, as well as things in their local area. like handling a bait knife and taking care As a first step, you might contact of rods, reels and other equipment. They the Point Curtis Cruising Club through have also been schooled in the use of C/- Kaiwaka PDC, Kaiwaka, or email the radio, both to let coastguard know


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Big screen coming to town After more than 30 years movie goers will be able to watch the latest films on the big screen. Work began last weekend on demolishing the interior of the old Dargaville library in Hokianga Road to convert it to a multipurpose auditorium, including a 62seat movie theatre. The project has been three years in the making. “It all began with a public meeting when it was decided that there was absolutely no reason why we can’t have our own movie theatre in town,” says Graeme Ramsey from the Dargaville Community Charitable Cinema Trust. “The core aims of the trust are to establish a facility that will foster community spirit, be self-funding, provide affordable entertainment and promote the arts. The auditorium will be utilised for small performances, debating evenings, even birthday parties. It’s pretty exciting stuff,” adds Graeme. “There has been tremendous support from the community including donations from the ASB Community Trust and Transpower. I would also like to give a special thank you to the Northern Wairoa RSA who have kindly allowed us to name the theatre the Anzac Cinema. It is a very appropriate name as the cinema will be in the War Memorial Hall.” “We need to raise a further $70,000 out of the total cost of $450,000 to purchase equipment for the theatre. There will be additional items we require such as seating for the foyer area and, of course, assistance from volunteers from time to time.” All going to plan the cinema will open on October 31 this year.

‘Misinformation’ over debt  by Paul Campbell

Kaipara’s Deputy Mayor, Julie Geange, is critical of what she calls a ‘personal attack based on misinformation’ over the Kaipara District Council’s debt problem With the majority of debt concentrated on the Mangawhai sewage scheme, she said the project was signed off a year before she was elected to council. “For the past few months I have been listening and watching to what is being said out in the community. Until recently it has been opinion and rumour about what council is doing and how bad things are,” said Ms Geange. “Now it is turning into a personal attack based on misinformation. Last weeks Kaipara Lifestyler article, ‘Resignation demand over rates rise’, had the Kaipara Citizens and Ratepayers association president, Ron Manderson, calling for my resignation. “The insinuatation is that those who were responsible for signing off on the Mangawhai Wastewater project should resign. “Well it’s quite easy to do the math on this one. The Mangawhai Wastewater Scheme was signed in 2006 and I was first elected to council in October 2007 — it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out I wasn’t there. As an elected member of council you are part of a continium, where you share the responsiblity for previous decisions made. It is my responsiblity to do the best I can for the district as a whole and sometimes this means making decisions that are not popular. The accuracy of what is being said by members of the community with their own opinions must be questioned, and I encourage anyone who can to attend one of the open public meetings that council is having to find out just how the proposed rates changes will effect you.” Ms Geange added that information on the impact of proposed new rates is available at / Your+Council/Rates

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by Graeme Ramsey Kaipara District representative, Northland Regional Council

Courtesy of Archives, Dargaville Museum Extracts from the North Auckland Times, Dargaville . . .

Thinking about fresh water Northland’s rivers and streams need urgent attention. In the 2007 survey, out of 37 streams and rivers monitored, only two were sufficient quality to water stock. Of the 10 bathing sites recently monitored against national standards only one (Lake Taharoa) was rated as very good. Eight were classed as poor or very poor. On the news is the possible extinction of native long fin eels. Fresh water is important for cultural reasons, for our health, the environment and to protect our clean green image. Improving water quality has become a government priority and media coverage is painting Northland as the worst in the country. The blame for this has been pointed at our dairy industry and it is easy to see why. Northland has 985 dairy farms and milks over 250,000 cows. These produce 11 million litres of cow shed effluent alone each day. While many farmers have been investing heavily in effluent disposal there is still significant noncompliance with Regional Council standards. But the picture is more complex than this. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has published a major survey of fresh water in New Zealand looking at the incidence of pathogens, sediment and nutrients — the three key pollutants. Pathogens from human sewerage and/or animal manure can cause health problems in

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people and animals. Sediment from erosion clouds our waters, clogs our harbours and gives mangroves a place to establish. In New Zealand more than 200 million tons of soil washes down our rivers every year. The growth of unwanted weeds and algae are signs of a problem with nutrients, particularly nitrogen and phosphorous. But this does not come from dairying alone. Erosion is the main cause of phosphorous. We all need to play a part in fixing our problem. Councils and Fonterra have a role in enforcing regulations and setting standards, particularly if our dairy industry is to expand from its current 17,000 million litres per annum to meet the Fonterra target of 22 billion litres per annum by 2020. Community waste water systems must be adequate for the job. Many in Northland simply are not. More scientific study is needed to identify key areas causing downstream problems and the best means of addressing these. For all of us there are wetlands to preserve, streams to restore and areas to protect. Thankfully there are some groups doing this on our rivers and harbours already. All of this takes time and money. It will require a substantial effort over a long time. Dairying has to up its game as an industry but we all have a part to play.



few notes of a trip down river to inspect a newly installed milking plant by Mr. Keith, agent for the Ridd Milking Machine Company. We met the oil launch owned by Mr. Reisterer at Mititai. Although against the tide all the way the smart little boat soon landed us at the Naumai wharf. We proceeded by a good metalled road leading to the main Raupo Road. Soon we reached Mr. Baylys farm where the new Ridd machine is installed. At 4 p.m a fine herd of cows was driven up and a start made under the management of Mr. Laing the company’s expert. Three cows were milked at the same time and all went without a hitch. The machine is very simple with only one pulsator and nothing to get out of order. There is undoubtedly a great future for it in this district.


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he contractor’s plant to be used in the formation of Hokianga Road arrived this morning by the S. S. Bellbird. Sixteen horses, which are to be used in carrying out the contract also, arrived by the same vessel.

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 by Brian Eastwood

When Dargaville man Flight Lieutenant Nick Matich climbed aboard his Halifax plane in England bound for Hamburg on the night of 27th September 1943, he would never have imagined the adventures he was about to have. After his plane was shot down that night 100 miles inside Germany, Matich set off to walk home. He made it to the border where he was picked up by Dutch resistance and was to meet many brave people that he would remember his whole life long. Now in 2012, a daughter of one of those underground workers who helped him is living in New Zealand. She recently read a story about Nick in Kaipara Lifestyler and was keen to fill in some more of the story. Danielle Eikenaar-Evers first came to New Zealand to meet a friend in 1988. “Before I left home in Holland, my father called me into his office and showed me half of a bank note that he had. He told me that the other half he gave to a man called Nick Matich, a New Zealand airman. I found Nick in Auckland before he died. I was able to show him a photo of my Mum and Dad and he recognised them and became very emotional. We all did in that room. I have never forgotten that moment.” “In 1943 my father Herman Evers was 22 years old, one of a family of twelve who lived on ‘The Paus’,

a farm in Hezingen, an isolated place close to the German border. My father and his brothers and sisters worked hard for the underground and hiding people. There was always someone coming or going. They were hiding a Jewish family while Nick was there. At least once I think, they took him to another hiding place because Germans were getting too close.” “In October 1944 the Jewish family was betrayed and together with my uncle they were all shot and the

farm burned down. Luckily my family escaped and with my grandparents hid until the war was over.” Asked where the fugitives were hidden and Danielle says sometimes in a nearby forest and sometimes in the basement under the cowshed. She is not sure how long Nick was there but in his book ‘Night after Night’, Max Lambert says it was two months. In 2002 Danielle was able to return to the Matich family a wristwatch that Nick had given to one of the Evers family when he left the farm. On that first trip Danielle stayed in New Zealand for six months and then spent six months in Australia. Later she and her husband with their two young children came back to New Zealand to start Mardeco International Ltd, a wholesale kitchen and architectural hardware business. Danielle adds, “The Nick Matich story has never left my mind, there have been so many coincidences that have happened since those days. Nick and Mary went back to Holland to try and find the people that had helped him. It was hard because they all used a nickname to keep their real names a secret. He found nineteen out of the twenty-one families who had helped him but never saw us again until I found him in 1988. My father and Nick never met again. Perhaps one day I will write our family story.”

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Singer’s new venture Dargaville singer and fundraiser, AnnaMarie Cutts, has embarked on a new business venture, one that also involves a long held interest. Anna is an enthusiastic exponent of cross-stitch and she’s opened her own store “Ananya X S” inside Dormavilla in Victoria Street, next to the Hospice Shop. Anna sells a range of cross-stitch supplies including fabrics, threads, kits and charts. “Word’s really getting out that there’s a cross stitch shop in town and people

are so pleased to hear they can get their supplies in Dargaville now instead of having to travel to Whangarei,” said Anna. Her passion for the technique started when she was a little girl “I’ve been doing cross-stitch for 28 years now so I can offer advice to others who are keen to start. Arts and crafts in general are becoming really popular again. It’s fashionable and lots of younger people are picking it up.” As a singer, Anna performs in local

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Rural renaissance for time-honoured building method “We are ready,” says Tim Magill of Kaiwaka company Barnbuilders. “Ready to show all of Northland our pole and timber farm buildings — and that’s not all!” For the past 12 years Tim, with wife Minnie, and a long list of staff, friends and family have enjoyed designing and building their rural-style sheds, working their way up to become the biggest such company in Northland. “These are great buildings and the customers like them. We want to let more people know that wood is good for sheds and that we can work out a design and a good price.” Tim says that some of his many customers simply prefer wood over steel, and as many again buy because his building method is very economical. Wood is, after all, a renewable resource, and one which humans have been building with since they first got tired of living in caves. “I may be a bit biased, having served my time as a carpenter and then going into the sawmilling industry,” says Tim, “but it does makes sense to me to build with pine. It is a bonus that Northland pine is respected as the strongest in the country, there is plenty of it and we have contacts who can cut and process it to suit our needs. Wood is warm and natural, and it’s also very strong and durable. Used smartly it’s an economical, attractive and practical way to build strong sheds, while actually reducing carbon emissions!” Carbon isn’t all that’s reduced — Barnbuilders have worked hard to keep costs low for their customers too. Big gains in efficiency have come

with their new expanded workshop, and much work which used to be completed on-site now gets done there, quicker and better — cutting down on travel costs. “Another gain came to us while on away jobs. The buildings cost less when we stay on site. And we build in some great places, (Whangaruru at present). We have a clean and tidy work camp with proper amenities. It’s not always the way we go but it can be a way to save. It nearly halves the building time with less travelling and packing up gear.” Tim remains very hands-on despite the growth of his business, going out on site and getting valuable face to face time with his clients, who often want to customise and tweak designs on the fly. In fact, customisation and design are a big strength for Barnbuilders, who don’t tie down their customers to ‘off the shelf’ plans. “Building farm infrastructure suits us and makes us feel part of that industry,” says Tim. “We gain a lot of design ideas working with those innovative farmers who want a new building to help them work smarter. But we’ve also had amazing success with dwellings, from the Barnhome thorugh to our very affordable ‘little shack’ — a rent-busting idea that’s really taken off!” Barnbuilders are ready to talk to anyone who’s got a piece of land that needs a shed, workshop, home or any other kind of building — they’ll draw up a plan to suit and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the low cost of building with warm, durable wood.

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Read the paper online It’s tIme to get all those lIttle jobs sorted! Things to check: Water Filters – Has the flow rate slowed down? Water Pump – Has it had a service lately? Fireplace – Have you had your flue cleaned and checked? Some insurance policies require that you have this done every year.

Long road to full implementation for building laws Despite the change in building laws heralded by the government on the first of March this year it will be a long process getting many builders up to full trade qualified status. The current schedule set out by the government for full upskilling and qualification of all Licensed Building Practitioners aims for a completion date of 2015, leaving those building in the interim in limbo, unsure of the right path to take. Of course, any LBP can undertake the newly classified ‘restricted building work’, but a trade qualification is a stamp of approval not easily achieved, and it rightly remains the benchmark of a builder’s experience in the view of most New Zealanders. After all, it’s one thing to have the paperwork, but another to have put in years of practical work constructing homes in New Zealand conditions — a track record which can be inspected for a degree of surety. For those who wish to avoid any pitfalls and have true peace of mind when building, it’s always best to ask to see the trade qualifications of your builder. By 2015 (if all goes according to schedule) this level of qualification should be universal, but in the meantime it pays to check. Another option — and one which appeals to many — is to deal with a group such as the Certified Builders, who can guarantee trade qualified workmanship through their own peer-driven organisation. Unless a builder is trade qualified they cannot become a member of the Certified Builders

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Building on Northland’s strengths It’s your biggest investment ever — a home for raising a family, a place to call your own, and a chance to turn your dreams into a reality The building process may have changed recently, but some things remain the same — there are a whole lot of smaller jobs which have to come together to make the plans your architect sketches out on paper (well — likely on a Mac these days) into the wood, concrete, bricks and mortar of a solidly built home. As the housing market rebounds from the financial storms of 2008–2011 that fine old Kiwi tradition of doing up what you’ve got has also gotten back into full swing, with renovations, rebuilds, upgrades and restorations taking their place alongside some elegant designs from those aforementioned architects and innovative home building companies such as Classic Builders. Fuelled by visions from shows like the popular ‘Grand Designs’, those building and renovating are demanding more style, while a rethink of the building laws is designed to add more substance. If you’re looking to build or renovate remember that advice (and sometimes even a handy quote) is free, and you

can’t have too much. The professionals on these pages are all at the top of their game and have years of experience in the very hands-on world of building, plumbing, drainage, design, relocation and more. Maybe the plan you have in your head is perfect and affordable — or

there might be a more clever way to achieve your aims. Give them a call to find out, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Here in the Kaipara we have at our disposal experts at everything from fixing up a driveway to designing and building entire homes — the whole spectrum is covered. Whether you’re keen to make those repairs and alterations before winter strikes, or you’re ready to embark upon the journey of building a whole new place to live, they have the qualifications, the experience, and the knowledge to see you right. After all, the most ambitious of building projects often begins with a single idea — then a phone call — and ends up becoming the realisation of a dream.


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May 9 - 2012

Mother’s Day 13th May Gift ideas to make your mum’s day Mother’s Day is a celebration to honour mothers and dates back to the Ancient Greeks who paid tribute to Rhea, the mother of the Gods …and it’s fast approaching. With a bit of luck you will have your Mother’s Day treat all sorted and feeling suitably smug. On the other hand, it may just have slipped your mind and now you’re reading this in a mild panic. No need to worry, we know you want to get mum a gift she’ll really love so we have the best of the best lined up for you Buy The Way If your mum has a passion for exclusive boutique fashion then a voucher from Buy The Way in Kaiwaka could be perfect. Bianca has a selection of the latest styles from Italy, Paris and New Zealand as well as unique accessories. Bianca, who has years of experience in matching couture and colour to an individual’s own style, can provide expert advice on that unique look to suit your mum.

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Snazzi Gifts A thoughtful gift is hard to beat for Mother’s Day. The team at Snazzi Gifts in Dargaville have a great range of gifts with everything from incense and crystals to statuettes and posters, imported glassware and knick-knacks. No matter what your mum has a penchant for, you’ll find it at Snazzi Gifts.

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Jo’s Home Cookery We all know that you can’t beat the flavour of a good home cooked meal so why not say thanks to mum for all her hard work by treating her to some gorgeous home-cooking away from home. Jo’s Home Cookery specialises in traditional hearty dishes with a menu that’s perfect for the whole family. Open for Mother’s Day lunch from 11.30am to 3.30pm and dinner from 6pm. Whangarei Pet & Aquarium Centre If mum’s a pet lover then perhaps you need to visit the Whangarei Pet & Aquarium Centre to check out their

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McKay Electrical 100% McKay Electrical is a household name across the region and is the best place to go if you’re looking for a practical gift for mum. This year they are offering specials on great Mother’s Day gifts including a Panasonic breadmaker, digital still camera, touch e-reader and mini hair straightener as well as their usual impressive variety of electrical goods.

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Mother’s Day 13th May cute and cuddly domestic kittens and bunnies along with guinea pigs and cold water and tropical fish. They also stock an excellent range of quality accessories for dogs and cats. Country Dawn Quilting If your mum is the creative type, we have the answer. A gift voucher from Country Dawn Quilting & Patchwork is the perfect present. They specialise in ‘country’ themed fabrics and stock a variety of quilt kits, patterns, books and notions to inspire your creative mum. Polwarth Design A gift from Polwarth Design will provide mum with some serious retail therapy, with their winter collection from all the top leading labels as well as shoes, boots and gorgeous accessories. Cheryl, Jo and Karen, the heart and soul of Polwarth Design, are on hand with top fashion advice. Steve Haywood For something extra special, pay a visit to Steve Haywood in the Town Basin, Whangarei. They offer the highest quality hand crafted jewellery using carefully selected gemstones and diamonds. Every piece is made to last and comes with a lifetime guarantee! Dargaville Sewing Centre Dargaville Sewing Centre is offering massive savings on Janome products as a Mother’s Day special. As well as being a one stop sewing shop, they stock a huge range of fabrics, from sweat shirting to evening wear. Aratapu Tavern A fun day out for all the family is to be had at the Aratapu Tavern. The Tavern is putting on a Mum’s Day BBQ with entertainment by Anna-Marie Cutts along with a free glass of bubbly for mum and a lolly scramble for the kids at 2pm.

Perfect Mother’s Day eggs benedict The perfect treat for breakfast in bed, this recipe is much easier to get right than café chefs would have you believe! Let the kids help you with some of the easier bits — or perhaps just pouring the orange juice — and surprise Mum with a morning to remember. Top tip — don’t let those extra points disappear when Mum gets up… make sure you don’t leave her all the dishes to wash! Ingredients 8 pieces of bacon — rashers or middle bacon 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley 2 teaspoons of white vinegar 2 English muffins Butter 4 free range eggs (the yolks are nicer!) For the Hollandaise Sauce: 10 Tbsp unsalted butter 3 egg yolks (use a separator — this is the one thing other than pavlova it’s for!) 1 Tbsp lemon juice ½ teaspoon sea salt Method 1. Make that bacon crispy! Remember if this is early morning cooking that a singlet and boxers may not provide adequate protection from sizzling bacon, and that screams can wake mum! 2. While the bacon is cooking, bring a large saucepan two-thirds-filled with water to a boil, then add the vinegar. Bring the water to a boil again, then lower the heat to a simmer. 3. Hollandaise is easy in a blender. Put all the ingredients (except the butter!) in the blender and give them


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what for until they are well combined. Melt the butter. Then, with the blender on its lowest setting dribble in the melted butter until the sauce is rich yellowy gold. Keep the completed sauce warm — not hot or cooking, mind, just warm — on the stove to slather over the eggs… 4. Poach the eggs. I could go on all day about the best way to poach eggs, but you know best how you like them! Remember to be gentle and don’t split those yummy runny yolks… 5. Pop muffins in the toaster. It can take care of the rest of step 5. 6. To assemble the eggs benedict, butter one side of an English muffin. Top with two slices of bacon — or salmon if you’re feeling adventurous. You can trim the bacon to fit the muffin if you’d like. Put a poached egg on top, then slather on the rich hollandaise, garnish with parsley, pepper and a dash of tabasco. Serve and enjoy!

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New technology makes short work of tall timber This time of year the need to build up a stock of firewood sees many folks who’d never usually touch a chainsaw reaching into the recesses of their garden shed to unearth just such a tool. It’s a good time to take a look at how far the technology of chainsaws has progressed over the last few years — because the season for cutting firewood is also the season of cursing, swearing, carburettor-flooding frustration for many of us with old, worn-out saws. The innovative Stihl company — one of the world’s biggest outdoor power equipment manufacturers — have tackled the problem of cold starting head on, as well as a few other issues which have served to make old chainsaws less than user friendly.

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Stihl first conquered the problem of starting a chainsaw — not easy for older folks and even harder when it’s cold. Their new ergo-start system puts an end to muscle strains and frustration — a light, two-fingered pull is all that’s needed every time. Once the saw is running Stihl have gone to great lengths to cut back on vibration, making their chainsaws easier to handle and more precise, whether you’re cutting firewood or cutting back overgrowth. An advanced chain, developed with thousands of hours of research and development adds to ease of use, slicing the hardest wood like butter! A tool free tensioner helps keep the saw in perfect balance and top form, without the need to reach for a set of socket wrenches. Put together, all these small improvements add up to a major advantage for Stihl, with their latest range of chainsaws feeling and performing a cut above the rest.


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Quads get a grip on winter With the rain, mud and heavy weather of winter fast approaching now it’s a good time to look at quad bike and atv safety — an area that starts from the ground up. Good tyres can make all the difference between sure-footed traction and complete loss of grip when you’re tackling muddy hillsides out in the back blocks, and it’s best to be safe rather than sorry. At best, poor ATV tyres will let you down, but at worst they can be a ‘lit fuse’ waiting for disaster. On the other hand, a good set of tyres can help put more power from the engine to the ground, provide a more balanced stance and dig into that muddy, swampy stuff to keep you moving where other vehicles would fear to tread. Two of the biggest names in ATV tyres are BKT and Deestone, both

providing top-notch specialist tyres across all makes and models. In Dargaville both of these international brands are available from Gas and Tyre Services. Their huge range of BKT and Deestone products covers everything from the ‘gravity defying’ puncture resistant BKT W207 through to the Deestone ‘Swamp Witch’, a tyre that can handle the slickest, muddiest terrain with ease. With in-depth knowledge and a range this vast, the team at Gas and Tyre Services can wrap new rubber onto your trusty ATV or Quad before the weather turns nasty, giving you peace of mind this winter. Drop in and see them to get some free advice and find out what’s right for you.


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Farmers demand control of Fonterra Parliament’s primary production select committee met last week to hear submissions on the proposed Dairy Industry Restructuring Act While the government describes the Dairy memories, and so they should have. Some Industry Restructuring Amendment Bill as being shareholders remain suspicious that the proposed enabling and Fonterra will make the final decision, stages are simply the first stages in the process many dairy farmers voiced major concerns of incorporation. They fear a loss of control and a overtrading amongst farmers and the Commerce risk to their long term profitability. Commission having oversight of the Fonterra price Fonterra is holding a special meeting of setting mechanism. shareholders on 25 June to discuss the detail Many see this as being the introduction of of the trading among farmers. Sir Henry van der draconian intervention whereby the government Heyden, in a letter to shareholders said that could intervene in public interest initiatives to while the majority of shareholders are urging the control Fonterra’s milk price. Fonterra board to get on with it, a The future of New Zealand’s small group of shareholders had “ The future of New economy is closely tied to the concerns and were vocal in New Zealand’s economy performance of agriculture. Zealand media causing the issue is closely tied to Government intervention in the to split the shareholder base and it the performance economy should be kept to a was not in the best interests of the minimum. co-op’s future. of agriculture. This includes any legislation He was critical that instead of Government pertaining to the structure and the shareholders resolving the intervention in the operation of the Fonterra Dairy matter in the family, debate was economy should be Co-operative and the company’s now spilling into international media kept to a minimum” shareholders must retain the final and damaging Fonterra’s reputation. say on any legislative changes. Farmers of New Zealand are While the detractors have argued Fonterra disappointed that Sir Henry had admonished the sets the domestic milk price in New Zealand, the farmers that have continued to voice their concern reality is that supermarkets stock a range of milk and that they should have kept it quiet within the products, not only processed by Fonterra but also family. Well, Sir Henry, you may not be aware, other New Zealand proprietary milk processors. Other milk products such as cheese are that over the last hundred years there were many manufactured by a number of independent debates amongst farmers, and when Sir Walter processors and the prices for these products vary Nash and the first Labour government formed the in range. The New Zealand housewife has a large origins of the New Zealand Dairy Board not all selection to choose from, simply on price and farmers were happy about the then government’s proposed plans to legislate the sale of supermarket mark-ups vary considerably. If the government and the Commerce Commission New Zealand dairy produce through the dairy cowere seen to be getting into the role of price setters operatives. this would be counter to free market policy. Sir Henry should exercise patience to allow for New Zealand dairy farmers today, understand full discussion and disclosure of all information and are fiercely loyal to the principles of cooperation to enable Fonterra dairy farmer shareholders to as a means of working together to sell their confidently support change. products. It is clear from comments made by • For all your Cultivation Requirements Prime Minister Jon Key that he would • Round Hay/Silage, Pit Silage like to see external investors involved to maximise Fonterra’s profit. This rings • Single and Tube Wrapping alarm bells with a substantial number • Mow, Rake, Bale of farmers who are suspicious of the government’s intentions. Farmers of New Zealand pointed out to the primary production committee that in 2001, during the Select Committee process hearing, there was one submitter who is now a Fonterra board member who then openly advocated incorporation of the Fonterra company. In addition he voiced support for differential payments to farmers based on transport costs and the need to be flexible in payments AUTUMN IS HERE! • Power Harrowing/Air seeding where Fonterra faced competition for • Undersowing • Effulent, Lime and Fert Spreading milk supply. GLEN LUGTIGHEID The one thing about New Zealand dairy farmers is they have very long Mob: 021 439 748 A/hrs: 09 439 7469

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May 9 - 2012


A dog’s tail . . .

Havin’ a beef wiva Boss “I tellya wot Dog, there’s a bit a diskussion goin’ on downa lokil pub. It’ s alla bout meat.“ Yep, me Billy BC back with ya, ana Boss wuz havin’ a yarn ter me ona woolshed steps. “Y’see I wen’ ta tha pub last night Dog. Wuz playin’ a bita pool with that Ray — he’s a blimmin’ assissin ona table too Dog — hardta beat eh? Anyway, there wuz sum fellas diskussin’ a programm ona TV. They reckin’ its betta ta buy ya meat offa farm an’ home killit. Reckin’ it saves blimin’ thousan’s of dollas.”


Soft on the feet, Soft on the pocket – Ring uS now BefoRe you’ve foRgotten it •Quarry Run LIMESTONE $5.25 •Crushed LIMESTONE Metal $7.25 •BROWN Rock $2.00 [all plus gSt] per ton

Ph Jason Williamson 09 439 4336, 027 499 2530 Blair Williamson 027 609 5157 Phil Williamson 09 439 6104, 027 477 0199



Well, woopty-doo, I thought. We bin hanging heifers an woolies ina killin’ shed eva since I come ona farm.How kum would anywun go an’ buy meat fruma supermarkit?, But didint say anthin’, juss listined a bit more. “Yep,” seda Boss. “Trev tha truckdriva reckined it wuz illegil ta let townies do a home kill. But John reckind tha TV programm got it sorted.” Sharlene came ova then, cos she could hera Boss frum the kitchin winder. “Wot’s this about meat deah?” “This TV show sed townies can kill ther own meat and save heeps of munny,” seda Boss. “Yep,” sed Sharlene. Well how does yer think I paid fer the new fridj ina house, ana ride on lorn mowa we got last summa?” Nowa Boss lookt reel puzzild.” Not wiv yer Sharlene,” he sed. Sharlene pointid then ta tha other side ofa valley, where her mate Sheila got a cupla hundrid acres. “Ya know win Sheila rescues bobby calves wot ya don’t want deah. Well, she gets ‘em onta good grazin’ and win they’s risin’ three-year-old, she sell’s ‘em ona Internit.” That stumped tha Boss. “Howa hell yer git a cow ona Internit,” he spluttid. “Come ON deah,” sid Sharlene. “We gits paid ona kredit card, ‘an then wen’ tha townie owns tha cattil beast, we grazes it for a fee fer 28 days. An’ after 28 days, that townies deemed tha owner ofa livestock, an’ is entitild to have it


• Milking Machinery • Cowshed Pipework • Lathe & Milling Machining • Milking Machinery testing & quality control (same day repairs) • Aluminium & Stainless welding

Suzuki DA63T Farm Ute Super Carry

$10,995 incl. GST

• 660cc full cab, stereo and heater • 5 Speed 4x4 or 2x4 options • High/Low gearbox • Price includes off-road tyre option & suspension lift kit

Yamaha Rhino 700

Ph 09 439 8248 Beach Rd, Dargaville

• 2 Seater UTV (ex demo) • Auto-transmission High/Low range • Tray for serious all-terrain work

What we haven’t got we can get!



Mangawhai Rd, Kaiwaka • Phone 09 431 2127

World Wide SireS N e w

incl. GST



Z e a l a N d

World Wide Sires NZ 2012 Catalogue is out now — phone for your copy.





Dams - Drainage General Excavations Excavators - Building Site Trucking

We have an exciting line-up of H/F, sires including Planet & Planet sons; Jerseys, including top ranked sires from the USA and Ayrshires including the world famous Burdette, along with an extensive range of Genomic sires from elite cow families.

LT-F300F JUST Includes farm kit and front tool box.

(Farm kit incl. galvanised bullbars, mudflaps & brackets, towball, seat cover, rear dog mat, front tool box (small). • 3-speed sub-transmission – 15 forward gears • Selectable 2WD/4WD • Front disc brakes • Front diff-lock in super-low ratio • Independent front & rear suspension • 24 month/15,000km warranty

Also — Dairy beef of the highest calibre including short gestation Hereford. We sell Heat detection aids including the popular Heat Seekers & all A.I. equipment.

For personal service & attention to detail phone Dyanne Osborne — 0800 60 70 70

home killed. That way, they saves heeps. If they got tha same meet — y’now, stakes, fillits, rump, veener snitsil, an’ a heapa sossages ata supermarkit, it’s cost ‘em three times wot the home kill does.” Boss had a bitova big think about that, countin’ on his fingas. “Ya no wot. I reckin youse are onta a good idea. We cud sell beef froma farm gate. Cut out tha blimmin supermarkits. I see tha otha day a manajer was given tha boot for re-packin’ outa date meat. But only cos he got cort eh? Tell yer wot deah. Less hava chat ta Sheila. We mite just forma Kaipara Fresh Beef an Lam Kompiny. There’s heeps of townies downa line, we got plinty of grass. We getta name fer quality, we got a reel munny spinner here.” Sharlene lookt at me as Boss went ta the house fer her keys ‘an gava big wink. “Oh deah Billy,” she sid, “here we goes again. Wunda how long this idea will last. Yep. Me too. See ya. Billy

Hurry, limited numbers available nationwide at this price. see us now to secure one for your farm.

Call Tim 021 766 129 or Call Gavin 021 766 130

Randells Suzuki 8 Kapia St, Dargaville • Phone 09 439 6952



Kaipara Service Directory CHICKEN FERTILISER & LIME 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

A natural, cost effective all year round N.P.K fertiliser for pasture, maize crops, market gardens & small blocks. We supply, cart & spread. Also: • Lime • Wood shavings • Metal • Sand

Phone: 021 724 327 (Neil) or 021 270 6828 (Bruce)

• Domestic • Commercial • Industrial • Logic Controllers • Motor Controls • Freeview & Satellite

• Engagement Portraits • Weddings • Family Portraits

Mike Collins

021 22 33 470

Office: 09 299 64 86

Fast & reliable service Phone: 09 437 0117 Mobile: 021 187 9544



Conditions apply

Best under pressure

• 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 •

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Lo ca L D e a L e r s f o r :

• New Housing • Commercial • Alterations • Additions

Les Ph: 0274 972 929 A/H: 09 439 7524

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

439 6880

8 Portland Street Dargaville

Floor Sanding Greg Brownie

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

• Prepwork • Concrete grinding

Quality workmanship guaranteed Phone 027 439 7565 or 439 7564

3 Parore St, Dargaville • Ph 09 439 8881

Les Sweeney Builders

phone: 09

Pick Up & Delivery Service Available


Self Storage

subject to unit availability

Email: Website:

Farrand & Mason Ltd. Phone: 439 7335 Normanby Street Dargaville


For your

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Phone Lyn

09 439 0751

30 Hokianga Road • Dargaville • Ph: 09 439 8170 email: hokianga

CERTUS Financial Group Stuart Sterling QFE Adviser

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

Mobile: Phone: Fax: Res: Email:

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

WindoW & door ServiceS Supply, InStallatIon tallat on & Serv ServIcIng ng


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


Got Health Problems? • • • •

Gluten Intolerance testers. Heart and blood pressure aid. Kinoki Detox Food Patches. Arthritis, flexibility and sleep aid with Infinity health/sports bands. Dargaville Local Rep Zane Gaylor 021 270 8216



021 985 108 09 439 8651 09 439 6500 09 439 7425

Poto St PO Box 300 Dargaville New Zealand

and other leading companies

Zumba with Lee Cocurullo

Contact Lee on 021 217 6873 Term 2 Starts: 25 April 2012 Classes: 6:30–7:30pm, Wednesday. The Old Post Office, Corner of Normanby St & Hokianga Rd


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May 9 - 2012


Trail Ride a Success

What’s happening?

The ‘must do’ annual Monster Trailbike Ride at Tangowahine was held recently with more than 350 riders attending from all over the north and as far south as Tauranga

Looking for something fun to do with mum this Mother’s Day? Then how about the Baylys 2 Dargaville Fun Run/Walk. Margaret Bishop, event co-organiser says, “the run/ walk would be a great thing to do on Mother’s Day. It’s lots of fun and it’s healthy!” (photo on right). Entries close 9 May. Forms available from Newmans Engineering or online at When it’s fun for the kids you’re after then head for the Friday Frenzy, 5–7pm at the Methodist Church, Awakino Road (photo below). “It runs for three consecutive Fridays and is an opportunity for children to make new friends, have fun in a safe environment and enjoy a full meal,” says Margaret Bishop, co-ordinator of Friday Frenzy. Costs: $10 family or $7 child.

Funds raised from the trail go to the Tangowahine Primary School who organise the event. “It’s really neat how the whole community gets involved,” said event co-ordinator, Jo Rowse. “Around 50 volunteers help each year as bike and road marshals, with registration, the kitchen and even a sausage sizzle at the halfway mark. Everyone comes along to help and has a fun day out.” Located in the Tangowahine Valley, the circuit is the third longest in the North Island. Colin Rowse explains that

‘the track has been adapted over the last few years since the forestry began harvesting trees. ‘We’ve spent a lot of time doing reconnaissance missions finding old original farm tracks in the plantations which means that the ride is more technical now, as you have to weave your way in and out of trees. ‘The circuit also takes you through a few hectares of gums which is really neat when the smell of the eucalyptus hits you after the radiata. The riders relish the experience from this varied terrain’.

Northpower Helicopter Maintenance Survey From May 14-16, Northpower will carry out low level maintenance inspections of its 33,000 Volt overhead distribution lines in Kaipara and Whangarei – Northpower’s ongoing commitment to maintain network reliability. If Northpower lines cross your property and you are concerned about your livestock, contact us for the exact dates we will be in your area. Please also help us by notifying your friends and neighbours if you are aware they have sensitive livestock or property susceptible to helicopter down-draft.

In case of bad weather – back-up flying dates are May 21-23. For more information call

0800 667 847

“safe, reliable, hassle free service”




Kaipara Lifestyler Classifieds

Phone 0800 466 793

Closing date for classified advertising for the 16 May 2012 edition is 10am, Monday 14 May 2012. See our terms and conditions online at For Sale ½ PRICE Beds — Beds & More 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 — Beds & More 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 — Beds & More 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. PASSPORT & GUN licence photos available at AD Focus, Ph 09 439 8824. SUPERGOLD CARD 10% Discount from The Little Red Van at the Riverside Produce Market. Come and buy your veggie seeds and seedlings and recieve a 10% discount with your SuperGold card.

bright leaf bark Mulch In BULK


Public Notices

GRAZING AVAILABLE, Coastal Mahuta Area, 70 cows or 90 yearlings. Phone 09 439 7715.

COOKING DEMONSTRATION at Riverside Produce market on 10th May.

KAIMANAWA WILD Horse Muster. Horse applications now open. Contact Simone 09 431 6111 or email or go to

DARGAVILLE OUTREACH, Dairy Factory Op Shop. Monday–Friday 9am–4pm, Saturday 8am–12pm. Clothing $3.00 or less, Shoes, Bric-a-Brac and Books galore.

WINTER COW Grazing available, experienced graziers, Phone 021 723 940.

Plants and Nurseries IT’S TIME Planting season is here. Babylon Coast Gardens Ltd, wholesale plant nursery selling quality native and coastal tolerant plants direct to the public. Great discounts for purchases of 50 plants or more. Delivery service available. Open Saturdays 10am to 4pm and at other times by prior arrangement. Located at 1246 Babylon Coast Road Dargaville. Enquiries welcome phone 09 439 4223.

Property Maintenance ATS PROPERTY Maintenance & Repair. Fences & Repairs • Kitchen/Bathroom Fitouts • Waterblasting• Flooring Repairs • Decks • Windows & Latches • Plus much more. No job too small. Phone/fax 09 439 8628. Cell 027 455 7750. CHIMNEY SWEEPING & Servicing. Make sure your chimney is clean for insurance purposes. Is your chimney/flue/fire box safe for this winter? Have it cleaned, safety checked, repaired. Phone John 09 439 5289 or 022 642 1376 Crawford Solutions.

EXHIBITION WITHIN THESE WALLS, Victoria del la Varis-Woodcock & Jacque Hastings, 99 Victoria Street, next to Blah’s, Open 12 – 5pm, 10th – 16th May. Thanks to Creative NZ. FREE & CONFIDENTIAL NW Family Budgeting Service. Advice & complete money management if required. Call at 5 Portland Street or Phone 09 439 8592.


Dargaville Rifle Club A meeting of the Dargaville Rifle Club to be held at the Small Bore Range (Kaipara Community Centre) Thursday 24th May 8pm Contact Derek Kelly

Northern Wairoa A&P Assoc.

ArAPohue ShoW

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.

Monday 14th May 2012

PH BERNIE 09 439 6785

SEMI-RETIRED, GARDEN maintenence, painting, carpentry work, house hand wash, paintstripping back to wood windows etc. Long experience, available now, good rate. Phone Robert 027 423 1166.

All Welcome.

100% Electrical Mangawhai is being sold as a Going Concern by current owners of eight years. Immaculately presented, busy Electrical/Appliance Retail store, operating under the 100% franchise in the popular Mangawhai Heads Shopping Centre. The business supports a loyal clientèle and provides a spacious floor area with rear loading access and storage space. Plant & Chattels $30,000 + SAV$120,000 (approx). Please email all inquiries to, attention Jeanette.

Mangawhai Situations Vacant

WORK FROM HOME • Care for children 0–6yrs • Choose your own hours • Tax Incentives • Supportive fun team   • No qualifications needed • On job training

Tel: 0508 244 532 Email:

COSTING/ACCOUNTS CLERK We have a vacancy in our busy practise for a costing/accounts clerk. In this role you will be responsible for the majority of the firm’s costing statements, reconciliation of client accounts, assisting the trust account operator and some reception duties. You will preferably have previous experience with accounts administration and reconciling accounts. You will have very good attention to detail, superb customer service and organisational skills and you will work well under pressure, with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and the ability to work as part of a team. Please send your written application and CV to: The Office Manager, Hammonds Lawyers, P O Box 16, Dargaville.

Work Wanted DOG GROOMING, clipping and bathing. Lifetime of experience. Reasonable rates. At Mangawhai. Phone Michelle. 09 431 5048 OR 021 242 4103.

Plumbing and Heating Centre

 0800 326 123

102 Jervois Street, Dargaville

Ruawai Homekills Full service slaughtering & processing of Beef, Sheep, Pigs, Deer, Goats and Game Birds (process only)

All Beef hung for two weeks Salami ~ Bacon ~ Ham ~ Sausages Hamburger Patties Traditional Manuka wood smoked Bacon, Ham & Salami Over 25 years experience For prompt & professional service contact Wayne or Annette Phone 09 439 2020 • Cell 021 401 934 Information Packs Available Covering the Kaipara and Whangarei Regions

This meeting will be open to the public who are invited to attend. Brent Martin/Julie Noel Secretariat NORTHPOWER ELECTRIC POWER TRUST

Bathroom ware, Tapware, Kitchen sinks and more at Plumbing and Heating Centre

May 19th, 20th Matinee 2.30pm. 24th, 25th, 26th. Happy hour 6.30pm. Shows start 7.30pm. Adult $16, Child $10 from BP and Dargaville Sewing & Curtain Centre.

 0800 326 123

102 Jervois Street, Dargaville


09 439 1505 027 614 6309

In accordance with the Trust Deed a public meeting will be held at Spire Pavilion on Thursday 24 May 2012 at 10:00am at which those submitters who indicated they wished to be heard will speak to their submissions.

Full range of

TOPUNI HOMEKILL – beef, deer, sheep and pigs to be made into – bacon, ham, sausages and salami. Phone 09 431 2271 Mobile 021 984 886.

Call in to our showroom to see the large range of quality tiles available at

Trustees have received 45 submissions from the public in response to their public consultation on the future ownership of shares in Northpower Limited.





8:00pm in the Arapohue Hall

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

The 2010/11 AGM of the Dargaville Racing Club is to be held at the race course on Tuesday 15th of May 2012 at 7:30pm. Support your club and make the effort to attend the AGM.



Excellent moisture retention & weed suppression

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. Phone Wals 09 437 3936 or 021 932 225.


Public Notices

Weekly from Tuesday 8th May



6–7.30pm $2/night

Seniors (14yrs +)

7.30pm onwards $3/night Dargaville Town Hall (rear entrance) Some racquets available ALL WELCOME Enquiries 022 013 5879

Learner Licence Course

We will be offering this course to youth aged between 16 – 19 yrs. Course days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am – 2:30pm. The tuition is free but a licence fee will apply.

Restricted Licence Course

This course is offered to 16 years and older. The tuition is free but a licence fee will apply. If you are interested please contact Stephanie or Janet. Phone: (09) 439 1001 | Freephone: 0800 555 635 | Email:



A free community service offered to adults and youth not enrolled at school. Enrol now for courses:

• Computing Course Begins 23 April 2012

• Cooking on a Budget Begins 1 May 2012

Drop into our office at 22 Gladstone Street, Dargaville Phone: (09) 439 1001 | Freephone: 0800 555 635 | Email:



May 9 - 2012

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE Trust Redline to see you right when it comes to repairs and service

Give your mum more power this Mother’s Day with CraftMaster

$ $


Don’t wait for winter to get your farm machinery sorted. have an unbeatable parts service and a service department that’s dedicated to keeping your machinery moving. F A R M M A C H I N E RYY


280 +GST


200 +GST





NEW GMD700 Disc Mower



GrassFarmer NEW GS2018D Re-Seeder



NEW HOLLAND 6635 with Loader


NEW EL282-300 Rotary Hoe





139 +GST

John Deere 2 row maize harvester c/w grass head

FORD 8340 with Duals

CASE MXU 115 comes with Loader

MTX 185 Loader + Duals













23 Normanby St, Dargaville • Ph: 09 439 3266 •


Agents for

Roper & Jones 133 Awakino Place

6673 State highway 12

20 Parore Street

58 Montgomery Ave

5 Kauri Street

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4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 double bdrms, 2 bathrooms, 5 garages, sunken lounge, garaging for 6 cars, modern modern kitchen, huge deck all kitchen, large living areas inside set on 1 acre (approx) close & out. Set on 7.6 acres handy to town. to town. $425,000 REf 3005 $495,000 REf HL2031 RAchAEL dE VRiES 021 943 900

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OVERSEAS VENDORS WANT ACTION 779m² section. Phone, power, sewerage and water connections to the boundary. Walking distance to shops. Great rural outlook. $70,000 REf 1176 ShEiLA Boon 027 498 5651

• 3 bedrooms 3 bedroom home. Modern • Large living kitchen. Excellent indoor/ • Internal access garage outdoor flow. Private BBQ • Single garage with sleepout area. Close to senior schools. $249,000 $185,000 REf 3066 REf 3060 RAchAEL dE VRiES 021 943 900

Whakapirau Rd, Maungaturoto

38 oparakau Rd – Matakohe



$250,000 REf 1273 RhodA MoRRiSon 027 480 0691 / 09 431 6912



Room to move inside & out. 3 bdm home with enclosed deck. There is a chook run, shade houses, self-contained 1 bedroom unit, bird avery, 2 bay implement shed & orchard. 2 kms (approx) to Maungaturoto. $335,000 REf 1294 ShEiLA Boon 027 498 5651

486 neems Road – Tinopai

3.9 ha waterfront stunner with the WOW factor. Easy contour, power at the gate, choice of building sites. New 2-level Quaker barn, water and septic tanks included.









3 bedroom + office, 2 bathroom home on elevated site in prime location. Renovated & remodelled in 2001. Has 2 heat pumps, large double garage. Huge back section. Open Home Saturday 12th May 1–2pm $315,000 REf 3053 MichELLE ToMLinSon 027 339 5937



State highway 14

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom quality Lockwood home with formal easy gardens. Wide decks with stunning views. Huge workshop, large stockyard, fruits trees set on 4.7ha (approx).

Industrial zoned land with 2 building + a lean to. Security fencing, plus alarm. Located on State Highway between Dargaville & Whangarei. Potential for 1 business or as many as 3.

$448,000 fELiciA dooRnEnBAL 021 858 115

$289,000+GST REf C217 cRAiG cLEMEnT 021 461 668

Sterling Road – Paparoa

33 Walker Terrace – Te Kopuru





Large 1930s’ character home on 7 ha. Open plan addition, polished native timbers, high stud, generous sized rooms, 2 bedroom self-contained sleepout, super large shed. 15 acres in grazing. Call Rhoda to view now. $459,000 REf 1292 RhodA MoRRiSon 027 480 0691 / 09 431 6912

110 Victoria Street, Dargaville




• 3 bedrooms • Rimu Floors • HRV system • Single garage • Handy to schools & hospital Open Home Saturday 12th May 11–12 noon $232,000 REf 3061 MichELLE ToMLinSon 027 339 5937

219 heatley Road, Maungaturoto

172 hokianga Road


Approx 12 acres. Large bachlike shed + 3 bay shed. Water tanks, sewerage. Orchard planted. 5 paddocks. Native bush & stream. Stock yards & well fenced. Ideal hobby farm/Lifestyle. Water in every paddock. $225,000 REf 1043 JiLL WiLSon 021 505 712

Three bedroom home, with upgraded kitchen & bathroom, open plan living. Private, sunny and spacious backyard. Mortgagee Auction: Friday 1st June 2012 at 12:00 noon, First National Office, 110 Victoria Street, Dargaville. John PoWELL 021 439 555 JiLL WiLSon 021 505 712

09 439 7295

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Kaipara Lifestyler, May 9 2012  

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