Nor West News : April 14th 2011
www.nor-westnews.co.nz Thursday, April 14, 2011 Time for action By CAROLYN THOMAS ACTION to prevent 200 tidal turbine power generators in the Kaipara Harbour got the green light at a community meeting in Helensville on Tuesday night. More than 100 people attended and Auckland Council iwi liaison Richard Nahi says they resolved to support motions passed at gatherings in Dargaville and Wellsford to oppose the Crest Energy project. He says South Kaipara will be part of the planned action group and a hui to talk about a rahui or tapu being placed on the harbour. Mr Nahi says iwi and the community will work together. Commercial, recreation and customary fishing were discussed along with cultural and environmental concerns, including tidal power generators projects that have gone wrong. Mr Nahi says the fragile nature of the Kaipara needs to be addressed. Rodney Local Board mem- ber Brenda Steele says a sub- mission will be made on the Auckland Plan about the harbour s significance. She says there needs to be discussion about co- governance between Auck- land and Northland councils and iwi. Mrs Steele says there is a lot of disappointment about the consultation process. There is confusion as to why South Kaipara was not involved and the lack of infor- mation on the Crest Energy turbine proposal, she says. Everyone was feeling like it is a done deal. Speakers included marine scientist Peter Crabb with a commercial fishing operator and farmers also present. A flotilla protest was one idea from the Wellsford meeting on Monday night with about 250 people in attendance. Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson signed off a resource consent for stage one of the $600 million Crest Energy project last month. Turbines will be installed in stages starting with three after two years of baseline monitoring. Northland MP Kelvin Davis Northland, general election Labour Party candi- date Lynette Stewart and Dargaville mayor Neil Tiller all pledge support to oppose the project. Mum's recipe for winning home baker award Sweet delight: Smells of freshly baked goods are a daily occurrence at the Kumeu home of TV3's New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker Paula Midgley. Photo: CAROLYN THOMAS By CAROLYN THOMAS Triple chocolate cheesecake, pistachio ginger slice, pro- fiterole role tower or a passionfruit pineapple meringue. You name it and Paula Midgley can bake it. So it is no surprise the Kumeu mother-of-four won TV3 reality show New Zealand s Hottest Home Baker. It was unbelievable, Paula, 41, says. Like a dream. I wasn t overly confi- dent I was going to win. Filming last year was intense with plenty of distrac- tions, she says. It wasn t quite the same as baking at home. I didn t really have a lot of time for the nerves to really get to me. The wedding dress designer has baked since childhood and still uses a blender that she got for her 21st birthday. Keeping her win a secret for seven months between filming and the screening of the series finale last Thursday was difficult. Her prize includes tickets to the UK to dine at New Zea- land chef Peter Gordon s res- taurant, a new kitchen pack- age plus a variety of baking products and appliances. She says she would not have won without her fami- ly s support, especially from her husband. White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake 250g butter 2 cups caster sugar 2 eggs 150g white chocolate 1 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 cups flour 11G2 cups flour 1G2 cup self raising flour Preheat oven to 180C Beat together butter and sugar until pale and creamy, add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Gently melt together chocolate and milk and mix in along with the vanilla essence and flours. Pour into a lined deep 20cm round cake tin. Bake for 90 to 105 minutes until cake tests cooked. When cold slice in two and fill and sandwich layers together with raspberry cream and fresh raspberries. Top with remaining raspberry cream and scatter raspberries. Serve with raspberry sauce.
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