Nor West News : March 17th 2011
18 NOR-WEST NEWS, MARCH 17, 2011 NEWS Auckland Council has released its Draft Annual Plan 2011/2012. It sets out the council's plans for the year 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, and the budget required to make them happen. It outlines Auckland Council's proposal to undertake $773 million worth of capital works in 2011/2012, and spend $1.8 billion on providing services. It's your rates that help pay for council projects in your local area and across the region, making Auckland a great place to live. Soon you will find a summary of the draft annual plan in your letterbox, which includes a freepost feedback form. We are interested to hear your feedback on the draft annual plan along with amendments we are proposing to our long-term plan. You can do this online or through the freepost form. Copies of the documents and feedback forms are available • at any library • any council service centre • online at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz • call us (09) 301 0101. Submissions close at 4pm Friday, 1 April 2011. Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz RW_AK8749_SBN2 IT'S TIME TO TELL US WHAT YOU THINK 1 WEST STREET, HELENSVILLE • PH: 0800 833 399 End of Summer SELL OUT MORE SUPER DEALS INSTORE Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 to 4:30pm Sat 9:00 to 12:00 approx 218 Swanson Rd, Henderson Ph: 813 1747 UP TO 65% OFF NORMAL RETAIL PRICES BOOTS GALORE Record crowds at 'best show ever' Woolly friend: Alana Brabham of Kumeu uses a wand to help dry out the wool of Lady the alpaca. Photos: RANI TIMOTI By RANI TIMOTI Birds of a variety: The poultry section featured a range of species and breeds to fascinate viewers. Orange wonderland: Some of the giant pumpkins at the Kumeu Show are bigger than Ava Rose, 23 months old, of Albany. Thirsty stuff: Goats are judged before and after milking. Making a point: Learning the skills of Highland fling is a growing experience for six-year-old Ruby Skinner of Muriwai. Records with a rural flavour were keenly con- tested at the 89th Kumeu Show. A New Zealand record was set for the giant pumpkin competition with the winner weighing a whopping 405kg. It came from Daphne Humphreys of Kamo. It was a fabulous day with a record crowd -- Sunday was nearly as big as Saturday. People were saying it was the best show ever, manager Beth Tolj says. The whole feel and ambience was great and we were absolutely thrilled to bits. From the popular indoor section s gardening, cooking, craft and trade stalls to the cattle, sheep, horses and bearded dragon in the Exotic Animal Encoun- ter, there was plenty of variety. For the first time a So YouWantToBeA Farmer? competition tested skills like chang- ing a tyre, hanging a gate, filling a tractor loader bucket with sand and making an aspara- gus roll. It was run like the young farmers compe- tition and was popular, Mrs Tolj says. An American-style of woodchopping compe- titions attracted a good crowd. It is expected to return as a regular fea- ture. While the show has a long tradition of woodchopping events, this style is faster and more competitive. Two axemen move from one discipline to another without the long waits between events for set- ting up. For the first time alpacas were on display for the whole weekend -- and the public could also lead them as a special treat. Getting up and per- sonal with the fluffy- hoofed Clydesdales could be daunting for some, but as they pulled the wagons they deserved good pats after the rides. Horses and ponies were also part of a new competition for those who wanted to show off their favourites. Visitors to the Red Cross stall generously gave $700 to Canterbury quake victims, which was doubled by the Kumeu A+H Society for a total donation of $1400. Entertainment inclu- ded stilt walkers, sheep racing, sideshows and rides.
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