Nor West News : April 28th 2011
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The service is easy to book, flexible and free of charge to you 3485816AC Ari locks in funds for cancer charity Long and short: Arianna Hart from Haranui feels in a different comfort zone after having her long hair shaved for a good cause. River Valley Hair Design hairdresser Corrina Goodwin holds her locks. By RANI TIMOTI The toll of cancer on her loved ones and friends is spurring on a Haranui resident to fundraise for the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation. Arianna Hart, better known as Ari, thinks cancer is taking a hold on more and more generations. I know people who have got leukaemia or other blood cancers. It's becoming com- mon, especially in the whanau.'' The mother-of-four is raising money for the nationwide Shave for a Cure event after glean- ing support from family and friends, businesses and organisations in Helensville. Since having her hair shaved at Helensville- based River Valley Hair Design, Ari is now get- ting used to wearing a hat or scarf. The 35-year-old has never had her head shaved. The shortest it's been was shoulder- length. Her locks will also be used to make a wig. Ari laughs about her oldest son being embar- rassed by her new hair- do and saying his mates will laugh at her. I said I don't care -- they need to do the same.'' River Valley Hair Design hairdresser Cor- rina Goodwin says she has also done similar fundraisers in Australia. Shaving is a bold but simple way of supporting those living with blood cancers -- many of who lose their hair as a result of treatments such as chemotherapy and radio- therapy. Maori farm a leader in award field RECORDING HISTORIC SITES Otakanini Topu has mapped and maintained many cultural and historic sites since forming in 1951 from the amalgamation of local Maori family farms and the return of government-administered land. These include urupa and old pa sites. This was one of the features which impressed judges. Finalists receive a medal and $15,000 and farm- related products and services. The premier award for Maori in agriculture was set up in 1932 by Sir Apirana Ngata and alternates between sheep and beef farms and dairy farms. Otakanini Topu Incorporation chairman Hemi Rau says they entered this year primarily for the experience and to flag their determination to win. ''We are delighted that our hard work and determination to overcome the challenges experienced by our particular property has paid off.'' Sustainable farming, culturally sensitive prac- tices and initiatives at Otakanini Topu near Helensville impressed BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Awards judges. Otakanini Topu is a 2750-hectare Maori in- corporation farm stretch- ing from Muriwai Beach to the southern end of Kaipara Harbour. It is a finalist in the Ahuwhenua Trophy -- the premier award for Maori in agriculture. Today it has an open day featuring a public tour. Manager Ray Monk was surprised by the top three placing. We're obviously on track and ahead of where we thought we were. We realise we can now go further, do some fine- tuning and take on some new challenges.'' Mr Monk replaced widely respected man- ager Heta Tamahori who retired after 34 years. His experience work- ing with similar environ- mental and climatic con- ditions in a previous Maori incorporation farm impressed the farm's administrators who approved his new farm management plan. The farm has 16,000 stock units wintered on 1550 hectares and there are 600 hectares in for- estry. The rest is mud- flats and wetlands. Since his appointment in October 2009, Mr Monk has introduced a new water reticulation system utilising onsite artesian wells. Having worked through the drought of 2009 and 2010 he was determined to capture the 90,000- litre water source. He tracked and made it available to the exten- sive sheep and beef farm. This also supports his new finishing'' pro- gramme which fattens the sheep and beef sold directly to the works, ensuring greater profits. Mr Monk says the quality water increases the quality of stock for sale, which more than doubles after lambing and calving. The team features Connie Povey, Claude Fill and Witai Povey along with Cyril Hodge, who with Connie, has been part of the farm for more than 25 years. Another initiative has been working with the Auckland Romney Devel- opment Group on a strain of sheep resistant to facial eczema. Mr Monk says the future is bright. The country's strengths have been in grass-fed animals and with many farms converted to dairy this increased compe- tition and international demand. We've just experi- enced our best year for sheep, cattle and wool.'' Visit www.nor- westnews.co.nz to see Ari Hart have her head shaved.
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