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October 29 2013

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Stage set for 150th

 by Paul Campbell

Countless hours of volunteer effort, donated materials, and funds in the region of $30,000 have been transformed over Labour Weekend into a brand new wharf for Maungaturoto. In what’s reckoned to be a record, the wharf was begun last Friday, on site in Bickerstaff Road, on the banks of the Otamatea River, and due to be completed down to the finishing touches as The Lifestyler went to press on Monday evening. “It’s been a bit like climbing Everest,” said the chair of the Maungaturoto 150th committee, Albie Paton. “But you can now say, like Sir Ed: ‘we knocked the bastard off!’ Over the past year, as preparations for the 150th anniversary of the arrival of pioneers in the Albertland settlement of the Northern Kaipara, and the establishment of Maungaturoto, the town has been transformed, with the wharf project a key factor. The new structure replaces some worn and rickety stumps sticking up from the river, and the work required some extensive paperwork for permits and resource consents. It is linked to the town by a series of pathways, which will be the scene of a settlers’ landing re-enactment and parade next weekend. Much of the wharf was prefabricated at the Barnbuilder’s yard in Mountain Road, and the three-day construction phase was over-seen by local builder, Tim McGill. “Funds were successfully raised from many Kaipara businesses and individuals who ‘bought’ a plank, or a pile,” said Albie. “On Friday, we created a coffer dam to keep the tide at bay, with pumps to keep

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 Construction of the Maungaturoto wharf in full swing, with Albie Paton in the foreground

the water seepage to a minimum, and the piles were rammed into place. Then over the next two days the sections of wharf proper were lifted into place using digger machinery. On Monday afternoon, it was all finally taking shape, with the balustrades going up. We had 12 skilled people working on site, and we attracted quite a few sightseers and supporters from the town. “Certainly, it is a fitting place for us to launch next weekend’s festivities, which are just about booked to capacity.

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 Paparoa School held its annual Pet and Show Day, with principal Kim Tavinor delighted at the large turnout, which was the biggest for many years. In all, 40 animals, with a predominance of woolly creatures, were paraded in the school grounds. Here, young Sebastian Wright shows off his Supreme Champion Lamb.

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Waterways initiative seeks to bring in jobs and visitors The combining of several initiatives that aim to use Kaipara waterways to generate jobs and increase visitor numbers received an enthusiastic response at a meeting in Dargaville last week. Combining wor k already done and projects planned, by Kaipara Lifestyler owner Allan Mortensen, John Hansen from Hansen Marine and others, it is expected to more readily attract funding and public support. Mr Mor tensen says the project has four stages. “The first is to develop an overall strategic plan and the second to get  Allan Mortensen with a model of the Echo built by local identities Warrick Savage and Theo Subritzky the Dargaville public wharf restored. The next step will be to and having a tourist boat operating out obtain a vessel larger than the current of Dargaville could happen a lot quicker. operator, The Daisy, to accommodate A boat on the river, and building the Echo more passengers on river and harbour locally will provide jobs and skills and cruises, and in the long term have a help attract people into the area.” The tourist boat and the Echo would scheduled service between Dargaville be owned by an incorporated society on and Parakai. “The last stage is to build the Echo, behalf of the local community. Although a scow that is now a cafe on the Picton much of the work required will be done wharf, which was built in Te Kopuru and by volunteers, professional planning and gained fame delivering supplies around management was needed to ensure the Pacific for the US Army during the things happen. “It is important we get leaders with Second World War. “The exploits of the Echo were turned passion to take this project forward,” into the 1960s’ hit movie The Wackiest said Mr Robertson. “Without passion it won’t happen.” Ship in the Army.” For information: email am@nsmm. Kaipara District Council chair of commissioners. John Robertson said co.nz or phone Allan on 09 439 6933 the project “focussed on what makes or 021 439 697.  Dargaville special.” While council had no money for the project the commissioners would help with funding applications and contacts. Mr Mortensen said costs could FREE Introductory be considerable. Children & Adult Classes “Upgrading the wharf is likely to cost OPEN NOW! 09 439 6226 up to $100,000, while building a replica Leaders in the field of martial arts of the Echo could be in the vicinity of www.robertgemmell-martialarts.co.nz $1.5 to $2 million. “Building the Echo might be a four to five year project, but repairing the wharf

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Council acts on rates  by Paul Campbell

The Kaipara District Council has taken action through the banking system to recover unpaid rates, some of them the result of a rates strike over the cost blowout of the Mangawhai wastewater scheme, and the subject of a Rates Validation Bill now before parliament. The Kaipara District Council (Validation of Rates & Other Matters) Bill got its first reading on June 12 and parliament’s Local Government and Environment Select Committee is due to report back on it by December. Meanwhile the Mangawhai Citizen’s and Ratepayers Association has recorded that one ratepayer has received a formal demand from his bank, threatening to take money from a family trust account. Mr Andrew Mackintosh has written to Westpac Bank over the demand, stating that the “KDC has acknowledged that all the rates demands it has made, including the ones relating to this property, are invalid and illegal”. The proof of this is that the council has asked parliament to retrospectively validate them all. I.e. the rates are not currently valid.

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“Until and unless parliament does that there can be no doubt whatsoever, by the council’s own admission, that the rates they are demanding are not lawful.” However the council says it is confident that the rates for 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 have been lawfully set and payment of these is required. “Where the property that is the subject of a rates arrears is also mortgaged, the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 allows councils to work with first mortgagees to recover rate arrears,” said community engagement  manager, Barbara Ware. “Council is doing this where appropriate to do so. This is normal council practise throughout the local government sector.”

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Kewpie Too back cruising The annual harbour sightseeing schedule for the MV Kewpie Too began at Labour weekend, with the Kaipara Cruises flagship operating out of Pahi daily until next Sunday.

Still chance to see top dancers in Dargaville  by Colin Patterson

With little more than a week to go, tickets are still available for the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s performance in Dargaville.

 Skipper Terry Somers welcomes you aboard, with last year’s cruise hostess, Sharon Mayor

“We take a four-hour voyage of discovery to historic sites on the harbour, as well as idyllic spots that can be reached only by boat,” says skipper Terry Somers. “We retrace old steamer and sailing ship routes and the itinerary includes a full and informative commentary on such things as old kauri mill sites, remote historic settlements, the 1860 Gittos Mission station, the historic Batley Hotel, and there’s a huge variety of ecology and birdlife along the rivers. “The cruises all depart from the Pahi Wharf and we are in sheltered waters all the way through the Arapaoa and Otamatea waterways.” Tea and coffee are available on board, and passengers are advised to bring their own packed lunch. “Bookings are essential with fares at $35 for adults and $15 for children.” For information: www:kaiparacruises.co.nz.

The Rotary Club of Dargaville is bringing the Ballet to town on Wednesday November 6 as part of its Tower Tutus on Tour programme in which it will make 47 performances across the country in a six-week period. Its performance in Dargaville will mark the Rotary club’s 75th anniversary, while the Royal New Zealand Ballet is celebrating 60 years this year. Rotary spokesman Brian Burnett says ticket sales have been steady. Premium tickets costing $25 for adults and $10 for children have sold out. But general tickets ($20 for adults and $5 for children) are still available. However, Mr Burnett says people should be quick as demand is strong. “If you delay, you risk missing out. We  Some of the top dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet who will be performing in Dargaville on November 6 don’t want people to be disappointed.” He says ticket prices for the Dargaville bringing the company to Dargaville. Any profits performance are among the cheapest of any will go into Rotary community projects. The performance starts at 7.30pm at the of the 47 performances across the country. The programme will include a selection of old Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall. Details favourites — such as Prokofiev’s Peter and of the Ballet’s repertoire can be found at its the Wolf — and more contemporary pieces. website www.nzballet.org.nz/shows-and-events/ Proceeds from ticket sales will pay the costs of tower-tutus-on-tour/about 

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 by Colin Patterson

Labour Weekend in Dargaville is usually a good time to get out your set of wheels and go for a spin.

 The whole park was utilised for the contest — one of the contestants seen here grinding down the rail on the pedal of his unicycle

 Impressive heights were reached in the high jump contest

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As to why anyone would want to ride on one wheel, he has a simple answer. ”It’s a challenge. There are always new tricks to learn.” Mr Huriwai says he was destined to be a unicyclist. “I got into it because it was weird. I enjoy weird things.” As he has spent the last six months organising the event, Mr Huriwai was too busy to compete. However his business partner and Dargaville native Sam La

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Still plenty of summer The ‘breath’ of a kauri tree fun at Kai Iwi Lakes Science has created a new dimension in displays at The Kauri Museum in Matakohe, with electronics being used to show a kauri tree ‘breathing’.

 Dr Jonathan Palmer and Dr David Drew placing the dendrometers around a kauri tree

“This new display takes data from trees outside the museum to a computer — generated screen inside,” says CEO Bet Nelley. “Dr Jonathan Palmer, who was scientist in residence here last year, and Dr David Drew from Tasmania have recently visited and placed dendrometers around two kauri trees growing at the back of the museum. “These young kauri are different species; one being the New Zealand Agathis australis and the other the Australian Agathis robusta. This new display will educate visitors about how wood grows and a graph, will show how the tree stem size, in

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millimetres, has varied over the last five to eight days. The data is fed into a computer hard drive and accessories will process the data with the results showing on a kiosk that is running in the museum. “It is like watching the lungs of a kauri tree as the trunk expands ever so slightly. The graph rises when the sun hits the leaves in the morning and then it falls back down in the evening. “We have become aware that kauri trees do not grow in the winter but rather lay dormant. This is science for all to see.”

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Visitors to the Kai Iwi Lakes this summer can expect a facility that will give them plenty of scope for outdoor recreational activities but with little cover from the summer sun. Three years ago pine trees surrounding the three lakes 35km north of Dargaville were chopped down, as falling branches were considered to create a health and safety hazard. While much of the area has been replanted, the new planting is in native species which are slower growing. However, Kaipara District Council community spaces manager Stephen Soole says the Taharoa Domain  Kai Iwi lakes — well prepared for the summer months park ranger and campground manager have made vehicle access to some areas where significant progress in readying the area replanting has taken place. Hot water for the summer. showers have been installed at Pine Toilets at the top of the top end of Beach campground. the northern most lake (Lake Waikere) Mr Soole says campground bookings have been closed as they were seldom for the summer are already being taken. used and expensive to maintain. In the longer term, the council is Gates have been installed to prevent about to start a review of the Taharoa Domain Reserve Management Plan, the document that sets out how the lakes will be managed and what activities are permitted. Mr Soole says the current plan dates from January 2002 and needs to be updated. He says more details of the timing of the review will emerge after the Taharoa Domain Governance Committee next meets in December. “It will be a process under the Reserves Act. We’re at a very early stage. When Members, friends & clubs with reciprocal the formal process kicks off it will be visiting rights welcome publicly notified. People will be able to Northern make submissions.” Wairoa Mr Soole says the committee has no Memorial views on what should be in the updated although it is keen to hear what Hokianga Road • Ph 09 439 8164 plan, the public thinks. 

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Maungaturoto 150 Years The time to celebrate arrives  by Paul Campbell

“Its taken a lot of hard work by a lot of dedicated people, but now the time has arrived, and it’s quite simply — time to celebrate.” Chair of the Maungaturoto 150th committee, Albie Paton, has been busy putting the vital finishing touches to next weekend’s programme saluting the Albertland settlers who founded the town. They came ashore after a trip along the river from Kaiwaka, at the end of a long journey around the world from England, and prior to embarking there, from many other points of the compass. “It has been a huge programme of work, all undertaken by our dedicated

community and I take my hat off to everyone,” said Albie. The most visible work to herald the 150th was perhaps the $750,000 remake of the main thoroughfare, with the New Zealand Transport agency coming to the party as its contribution to the event. The works were scheduled, but the agency admits it considered the anniversary date in timing its arrival on site. In the Maungaturoto town area there were improvements to the kerb and to drainage and the road was resurfaced. continued on page 8 …

 Main Road Maungaturoto 1979

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3pm Registration Night begins at the Maungaturoto Centennial Hall. 7pm Meet & greet evening at the Centennial Hall including the opening of the time capsule from 1963. 8pm “A Scandalous Affair” produced by ORT and performed at the Maungaturoto Country Club and was specially written for the 150th Celebrations by local Peter Flower.

Saturday 2nd November 2013

10.30am Landing re-enactment and powhiri on Bickerstaffe Road at the new wharf site

followed by the “through the ages” parade to the Maungaturoto Country Club where activities will begin. 12.30pm Lunch at the Country Club with various food stalls available or pre-order a boxed lunch. 1pm Old time sports and entertainment together with static displays held at the Country Club. 2pm “A Scandalous Affair” produced by ORT and performed at the Maungaturoto Country Club and was specially written for the 150th Celebrations by local Peter Flower. 7pm 150 Year Celebration Dinner at the Centennial Hall. A time to relax with old friends and family. Doors open at 6pm. A cash bar will be available.

Sunday 3rd November 2013 – Maungaturoto Centennial Hall

10.30am Church Service involving all denominations. 12noon Lunch followed by the replacing of the updated time capsule. 2pm “A Scandalous Affair” produced by ORT and performed at the Maungaturoto Country Club and was specially written for the 150th Celebrations by local Peter Flower.

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Maungaturoto 150 Years … continued from page 7

Footpaths were upgraded from the township west to the Caltex service station and east from Holy Trinity Church to the fire station. Hurndall Street saw a huge landscaping and planting project, with local businesses working to create decorated shop fronts with exotic rock gardens and water features, and new pathways and steps adjacent to Dreams and the library and other businesses. “Thanks to the beautification group the town area looks a million dollars with more to come,” said Albie. “In effect the whole district got behind the anniversary planning with road

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Maungaturoto 150 Years ORT produces ‘Scandalous’ play It is very fitting that Otamatea Repertory Theatre should celebrate the Maungaturoto 150th by producing an historic play — ‘The Scandalous Maungaturoto Hotel Licencing Affair’. And it is equally fitting that Peter Flower, who is the great-grandson of one of the key players in this story, Harold Flower, should write and direct this play. The ‘Scandalous’ play is an historical and factually true story of the building of the Maungaturoto Hotel, set in 1902, and the facts behind the granting of the liquor licence, reflecting the nature of the community and the country as a whole, at that time. That the hotel licence was imposed on the people of Maungaturoto, against the majority’s wishes, was indeed

scandalous at the time and made national headlines. Hours of research have been spent — reading through old documents and reports — to create this dramatised ‘documentarystyle’ work, for our enjoyment, and to pay tribute to the tenacity of the early settlers who helped make Maungaturoto such a fine community. Four performances only — October 31 at 7.30pm, Nov 1 at 8pm, Nov 2 at 2pm and Nov 3 at 2pm. Tickets are $20 each and are available at First National Real Estate in Maungaturoto and online at www. ort.org.nz. 

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But ‘if these walls could talk’, as the saying goes, a story of double-crosses, blunders, ingenuity and triumph would be told. Initial plans to build a tavern for the fledgling town seemed to be thwarted when a conclave of local ministers condemned the idea. Temperance

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transferring it by barge up the Manukau Harbour — where it nearly sank in rough weather. The pub was put on a train and sent to Helensville, where it was again set afloat, this time on a cattle barge towed by a tug. This, too, proved a fraught endeavour, as the barge nearly capsized, and the hotel looked doomed. With time running out some enterprising builders rushed up to the site, erected the front door of the hotel, nailed the licence to the boards and declared the premises open. This was enough for the magistrate — and to this day, the Maungaturoto Hotel remains the heart of the town, with good food and cold drink for all. 

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Maungaturoto 150 Years A starring role for Hayden Appearing in amateur dramatics for the Otamatea Repertory Theatre as a teenager in Maungaturoto proved to be a springboard into international show business. Hayden Tee has now landed the role of Inspector Javert in a Melbourne production of Les Miserables. The show will open in Melbourne in June next year, and the stage will be familiar to Tee, who has also played the role of Marius in another production of the Victor Hugo musical in the West End of London. “Hayden appeared in lots of productions at ORT and  Hayden Tee was home last week, catching up with mum, Debbie Brooks while he was at school in Auckland, and he was coached in singing brother and sister take voice lessons by Joan Kennaway of Opera North” said while his youngest brother, Kallan, is his mother, Debbie Brooks, from the starting in the Otamatea Repertory Brooks Motors office in Maungaturoto. Theatre and is under going training by “Then when he was 18 he was Maura Flower. admitted to the National Institute of “I guess he’s following in Dramatic Art in Sydney. After that it was his older brother’s footsteps,” off to New York and appearances in lots said Debbie. of shows across several countries.” The family is pleased that Les These have included King Arthur Mis is being staged just across and Being Earnest in the United States the Tasman. “We have a travel service and Cats in  London. Talent seems to entertainment venues around to run in the family, as Hayden’s the country. We will almost certainly

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A quarter century of service  by Andy Bryenton

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New names take on the Mountain  by Andy Bryenton

This year’s battle of the V8s on the ‘sacred tarmac’ of Bathurst came down to the classic showdown of Ford versus Holden, despite the inclusion of new names Erebus Racing (Mercedes Benz) and Nissan. Ford, too have changes on the horizon, as the run of the beloved Falcon badge comes to an end. More wins like that delivered by Mark Winterbottom this year will see the Aussie icon off in style, but what will replace it on the track? Rumours abound that a specially prepped Mustang is waiting in the wings — thought the fact that the Mustang is a two-door in its current format might mean a change of rules is needed. Certainly, the design of the current crop of cars adheres to tight guidelines, a fact which has led to some race fans wondering exactly which of the sleek,  Bathurst’s Ford versus Holden years are over — but what will the future bring?

But the up-and-comers challenging the legendary red and blue rivalry on Mount Panorama may very well hit their stride next year, with a wealth of technical data gleaned from running against the well established Ford and Holden teams. Certainly, Mercedes will be looking to up their game — the German marque have been monstering motorsport events since the days when they took on Auto Union speedsters in the 1930s. And Nissan’s spirited attempt to recapture the glory of their ‘Godzilla’ victories with the powerful new Altima

was only cut short by a tragic kangaroo strike — not something any racer can plan for. Next year both teams will have the benefit of many races under their belts, and another returning brand nipping up behind them. Volvo return to the hallowed ground of the Mountain after a more than 20-year hiatus. In 1986 Kiwi driver Robbie Francevic won the Aussie touring car series in a Volvo — now the Scandinavian automakers have put together something much more potent than the old 240T to re-enter the big leagues.

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More helpers Top Dargaville student gets a big helping hand needed at museum  by Colin Patterson

Dargaville High student Andrew McLaren’s plans to study engineering next year just got a whole lot easier.

One of Dargaville’s leading visitor attractions is putting out a call for people to lend a hand.

Andrew has been awarded an Auckland University scholarship that will pay all his compulsory course fees for three years and provide $5,000 a year for non-course costs over the same period. He and his family got the good news a week ago. “They’re pretty stoked.” The scholarship will make his tertiary study easier, as he will be able to focus on his studies rather than his finances. “It’ll mean, if I’m careful, I won’t need to get a part-time job. I’ll be able to put more time into my study.” He says the scholarship is especially helpful with housing in Auckland being so expensive. “I’ll be staying at O’Rourke Hall. That’ll come $13,500 for two semesters.” Andrew is Head Boy at Dargaville High and represented Kaipara in the Rishworth Cup public speaking competition. He says he wants to study at Auckland University because “It’s the highest ranked university in New Zealand and it’s got a really good engineering programme.” The course for a Bachelor of Engineering lasts four years. He is unsure whether he will return to Dargaville once he graduates. “I’ve got no idea. I haven’t thought that far ahead. I suppose I’ll go wherever I can get a job.” Andrew chose engineering because ‘it’s just something I do’.

Dargaville Museum has operated from Harding Park since 1985, although it was set up in the 1950s. Museum manager Penny McKenzie is the museum’s sole employee. But there are a group of about 50 volunteers who perform a huge range of tasks, from staffing the front desk to restoring exhibits, building them and cleaning. “We couldn’t survive without volunteers,” says Ms McKenzie. The museum is open from 9am to 4pm in winter and 9am to 5pm in summer. Volunteers usually work a shift in the morning or one in the afternoon. While it can help to have skills such as carpentry, building or customer service, that is not essential. “Volunteers need to have an interest in the community.” Ms McKenzie says volunteers get to meet people from many countries and regions. And while there is a loyal cadre of volunteers, Ms McKenzie says there is always room for more. “People get busy or sick. And we always need people, especially at weekends. If you can help — whether it is in the archives, in the workshop or at the front desk — Ms McKenzie would love to hear from you. You can call her on 09 439 7255 or e-mail darg.museum@xtra.co.nz.

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He is now preparing for his final school exams. Then he’s got a job until Christmas — planting kumara. 

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40+ years experience • All designs/plans council guaranteed FREE site/house visit • Plan printing available from A4 to A0 Ask Brian for your discount 360 Oneriri Road, Kaiwaka 0573 office 09 423 8092 or 09 431 2544 mobile 021 276 7389 email brianwright@clear.net.nz www.wrightdesign.co.nz


KAIPARA LIFESTYLER OCTOBER 29 - 2013

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Kaipara Lifestyler Classifieds

Phone 09 439 6933

Closing date for classified advertising for the 5 November 2013 edition is 10am, Monday 4 November 2013. See our terms and conditions online at www.kaiparalifestyler.co.nz For Sale

Work Wanted

Nurseries & Plants

PLANTS, PRODUCE, Sausage sizzle, white elephant and more at the Anglican Spring fair. Dargaville Town Hall. November 9th, 2013. 9am start.

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.

PLANT SALE – Babylon Coast Gardens Ltd is having a plant sale, a further 10% taken off our already low wholesale prices. Buy 30 plants or more and get another 5% off. Visit the Nursery at 1246 Babylon Coast Road, Dargaville on Saturday’s 10am to 4pm or else by appointment. Enquiries welcome, phone 09 439 4223 or email info@babyloncoastgardens. co.nz. Sale ends 3rd November 2013.

SOMETHING FOR everyone, bargains galore. Join in the fun. Anglican Spring Fair, Dargaville Town Hall. November 9th, 2013. 9am start.

TILES

ALL GRADES OF SCRAP METAL WANTED

Plumbing and Heating Centre

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

102 Jervois Street, Dargaville

Beach Road Dargaville Monday-Friday 8-5 • Saturday-Sunday 8-3

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

 0800 326 123 Storage

SECURE UNITS for Domestic & Commercial use. Also workshop space available, best rates guaranteed. Phone 09 439 3075. dargavillestorage.co.nz

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.

Property Maintenance AAA+ PAINTER, wallpapering specialist, roof spray coatings & waterblasting. Phone John 09 439 5289 or 022 642 1376, Crawford Solutions. 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. 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 Any job big or small – We do them ALL

Little River Transport Ltd Phone 09 439 4940

Work with your local licensed dealer

Homekills Full service slaughtering & processing of Beef, Sheep, Pigs, Deer, Goats

All Beef aged 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 ruawaihomekills@gmail.com Information Packs Available Covering the Kaipara and Whangarei Regions

To Let DARGAVILLE - SUNNY, modern road fronting, 2 bedroom home. Short walk to town. Newly redecorated. $230pw. Phone Erica to view, 09 439 0029 or 027 626 9687. DARGAVILLE - 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa - quiet location opposite river on large site with fruit trees, gardens. 2 mins to town. $280pw. Phone Erica to view, 09 439 0029 or 027 626 9687.

Situations Vacant

The salon co-ordinator is responsible for ensuring a seamless client experience and support for team members.

• Calf Shed & Stockyard Cleaning • Post Hole Borer • Tip Truck Available

Phone or Txt Paul – 027 271 2022

We also require a fully qualified part-time beauty therapist with a view to becoming full time in the near future. Both positions could be combined for immediate full-time employment for the right candidate. If this sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you. Post your CV to Trisha House, 8 Portland Street, Dargaville or email to esthetica@xtra.co.nz with reference to which position you are applying for.

Dargaville Acoustic Music

BlackBoard concert All WELCOME

ACOUSTIC BLACKBOARD Concert - 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. CRACKER CRUISE - Saturday 9th November. Watch the fireworks whilst cruising on the Daisy, departing at 8.30pm. $20 adult and child $10. Phone Sue @ Visitor Info Centre 09 439 4975. FREE & Confidential NW Family Budgeting Service. Advice and complete money management if required. Call at 5 Portland Street or phone 09 439 8592. THANK YOU – Ruawai Bowling Club wishes to thank these sponsors for their overwhelming support of prizes for our Casino Fun Night. C&C Electrical Dargaville, Hunting & Fishing, RD1 Ruawai, 4 Square Ruawai, Farmlands Dargaville, Stringer Betta Electrical, AD Focus, Ruawai Tyre Service, Beds and More Ruawai, PGG Wrightson Dargaville, G & J Madden, Godfrey Chainsaws, Dargaville ITM, Fosters Home Decorating.

COUNTRY MUSIC AFTERNOON Featuring Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee

ANNETTE HAWKINS $10 including afternoon tea Children FREE

Dargaville Rugby Clubrooms

Sunday 3rd November, 1pm Join guest compere Phyl Godfrey for an afternoon of great country music supporting the Northern Region Country Music Association

Dargaville lions Club

yearly auction

Sunday 10th November 2013 at 9.00am Beach Road, Dargaville

TE KOPURU SCHOOL PANTOMIME

“Haki AND THE Kumara Vine”

7th November

A spin on “Jack and the Beanstalk” - Te Kopuru style!

The Commercial B&B, River Road, Dargaville

We are bringing our show to town...

Starts 7.30 – 9.30pm • $2 entry • $2 raffle • Tea and coffee provided Come along and perform or just listen and enjoy. We have a pianist who will accompany you if necessary. Promoted and sponsored by the Performing Arts section of the Dargaville Arts Association.

AGM

BATHROOM WARE

to be held at

Bathroom ware,

The Ruawai Hall

Tapware, Kitchen

Wednesday 13th November at 7.30pm All Welcome

sinks and more at

Ruawai Tokatoka War Memorial Hall Society Inc.

Full range of

Plumbing and Heating Centre

 0800 326 123

102 Jervois Street, Dargaville

Public Notices

Salon Co-ordinator / Beauty Therapist Due to growth Esthetica Skin Revision Clinic requires a parttime front desk/salon co-ordinator for immediate start. The front desk co-ordinator is a key role in our busy clinic environment. It is a dynamic position and requires the ability to multi-task. As you are the first point of contact for our clients, you must be friendly, approachable, confident, efficient, immaculately presented and an excellent communicator.

• Stump & Tree Removal • Driveway Prep & Regrading

Wanted LEASE LAND wanted. Will pay up to $500 p/ha. Phone Paul, 09 431 6461.

Public Notices

Tuesday 5th November 2013 at 7pm Guaranteed fun and laughter... Gold coin donation

Bereavement Support Group will be held on Monday 4 November 2013 In the Nurses’ Lounge at Community Health, Dargaville Hospital 10 am - 12 pm

“Spirituality & My Strength”

You are invited to bring a momento Katy Edmonds will be facilitating This is an informal group that shares experiences and supports each other followed by light refreshments. NEW PARTICIPANTS WELCOME Enquiries to Gina 09 439 3330 ext 6716

RAUPO DRAINAGE BOARD Council is seeking nominations from ratepayers from within the Raupo Drainage District for membership of the Raupo Drainage Committee. The Committee consists of five ratepayer members plus one member of Council/Commissioner. Nominations should be in writing and should be signed by the nominator and seconder together with the signature of the nominee indicating their acceptance of the nomination. Nominations should be mailed to the Kaipara District Council, Private Bag 1001, Dargaville to arrive no later than Monday 11 November, 2013. In the event that there are more than five nominees a postal vote will be held.

Senior Prizegiving Dargaville High School

The Board of Trustees and the Principal of Dargaville High School extend a cordial invitation to you to attend our annual Senior Prizegiving Ceremony to be held in the School Hall on Friday 1st November 2013 commencing at 9.45am. Could visitors please be seated by 9.30am. The ceremony will be split into two sessions. Session one is between 9.45am and 11.00am and session two is between 11.30am and 12.45pm. Sporting and Academic Dux awards will be presented at the end of the Prizegiving Ceremony. There will be a morning tea in the staffroom between the two sessions


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OCTOBER 29 - 2013

KAIPARA LIFESTYLER

www.pggwre.co.nz

Dairy Farm On Top Of The World

Kaipara Area

Small Dairy Farm

Kaipara Area

• 159 hectares (90ha effective approx), remaining hectares in bush • Two very tidy homes • 31 ASHB cowshed • Implement shed and hay barn • Woolshed for calf rearing • 55,000kg MS • Production on this farm has been consistent over the last five years • A good first farm

$1,450,000

• • • • • •

$1,070,000

L&B with 1,000 Shares Plus GST (if any)

79.7357 hectares Rolling contour 16 ASHB Implement/haybarns Four bedroom tidy home Milking 70 cows 25,000kg MS plus supporting vendors main dairy farm • A very tidy farm with re-grassing done over the last few years

L&B with 1,000 Shares Plus GST (if any)

www.pggwre.co.nz ID: DAG2498734

www.pggwre.co.nz ID: DAG2498502

Megan Browning B 09 439 3344 M 027 668 8468 H 09 439 4457

Megan Browning B 09 439 3344 M 027 668 8468 H 09 439 4457

PGG Wrightson Real Estate Ltd, Real Estate Agent, REAA 2008

HISTORIC

NORTHERN WAIROA Hotel

Est. 1878

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GREAT KIWI RACES FROM 11.30AM AS A CURTAIN RAISER!

JOIN IN THE FUN FOR

PRIZE FOR OUR BEST DRESSED PATRON

A GLAMOROUS PRIZE PACK FROM KAIPARA’S FOREMOST FASHION STORE KAI

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Kaipara Lifestyler, October 29 2013