Nor West News : December 9th 2010
10 NOR-WEST NEWS, DECEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS roofing solar heating pump shop pool & spa filtration + 412 9108 156 Main Road Kumeu firstname.lastname@example.org www.kpl.co.nz Your local plumbers since 1974 plumbing Your septic tank should be cleaned every 3 years (average family of four) We service all areas Phone: 412 9210 or 0274 924 494 SEPTIC & WATER TANK CLEANING urnetts B 2584983AA Gearing up to burn the fat By RANI TIMOTI Losing weight and getting fit is heating up this month for a nor-west group. The Tangohia Nga Hinu, or Take Away The Fat, six-week challenge involves 55 participants. It is supported by Helensville-based Ngati Whatua Nga Rima O Kaipara and Te Ha O Te Oranga O Ngati Whatua and includes incentives and prizes. The top prize is $1000 for the winner who will be announced at a celebration and prizegiving on Decem- ber 17. Reweti Marae co-ordinator Levia Aukino-Uruamo says the beauty of the programme is that it s self managing. They do their own programme and food plan and we offer advice, she says. It s something different as we re not yelling at them. It s really about how much they want to achieve the goal. It s also a sustainable challenge which will continue next year. Participants do their own exercise during the week and can choose to join in the Sunday morning group activ- ities ranging from Groova line dancing and water aerobics to zumba, circuit aerobics and walks. Te Ha staff do all the clinical work like the weigh-ins and body measurements. It s been awesome with the feedback and results so far. They are finding it detoxifies them, says Levia, who has trained in previous pro- grammes. She will also reap the benefit of this challenge along with her husband and one of her sons. At the start of the challenge last month, participants were given a book- let of handy hints from nutrition to exercise. To donate prizes or sponsorship call Levia on 411-8615 or 027-7330-325. Community hall breathes new life Pleasant memories: Kumeu resident Onie Kilgour cuts the ribbon to the Pomona Hall where she went to Sunday School as a little girl. By RANI TIMOTI An old Kumeu building is serving its community once again in all its restored glory. The Pomona Hall, first built in 1876, will now be the home of a team from Hospice West Auckland who will be visiting clients in the nor-west. Based beside the Kumeu Com- munity Centre, the hall was originally built by John Berry and used as a com- munity facility on land gifted by John Charles Boord. It was also used as a church building and the area s first school, starting with 19 pupils. For almost 40 years it was a venue for Sunday School where sentimental memories flow for long-time Kumeu resident Onie Kilgour. The 81-year-old remembers going to the Sunday School as an eight-year-old and celebrating her kitchen evening there before she married her husband Peter. Born in Taupaki, Mrs Kilgour s parents and grandparents were also nor-west identities. I think they ve done a beautiful job on the hall, Mrs Kilgour says after she cut the ribbon during last week s official reopening. Restored by Waimauku resident Dave Chisholm, the building was transported and worked on the site of Craig Walker Building Removals -- thanks to the Kumeu company s gener- osity. In 1964, the hall was sold and relocated to a property in Pomona Rd where it was used as an apple packing shed. In 2005, Rodney District Council acquired the building and this year completed the restoration works to relocate it. Pat Delich, former councillor of the western ward, was a staunch fighter to preserve the building when he found out its history through a Kumeu neighbour, John Vallings. At last it comes to fruition which I m really pleased about. Our history is important, Mr Vallings says. At the ceremony, a group with con- nections to the Kumeu Brass Band, performed a hymn following a two- minute silence for the Greymouth coal miners. Kumeu Community Centre rep- resentative Derry Faulder spoke about the hall s history he researched. So once again, 134 years after first being built, it is again available for community use, and it s pleasing to note that the hall s first use is by Hos- pice authorities. This relives the vision of the earlier settlers. Rotary member Dave Jennings says plans to have the hospice move into the hall at an affordable rent were set in motion. So here we are today opening a new life for the Pomona hall. Hospice West Auckland chief execu- tive Barbara Williams says it s an absolute privilege to use the venue which they will take into its next phase. Although used as a base, she says their team will be out-and-about in the community with their varied service ranging from appointments to counselling and complimentary therapies. I have a history of this hall as I ve danced in here. It was a fun hall and now it s come back to be a part of the community. Centre chairman Rinus van Winden says the hospice has leased the hall for two years. Pomona and the land is owned by council but the Kumeu Community Centre is owned by its community. We run it like a business so there s no burden on the ratepayers. What does Pomona mean? Contrary to ideas of it being a Maori word, it comes from the Latin word pomum, which means fruit. Pomona was the goddess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards in Roman mythology.
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