Nor West News : November 10th 2011
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 4 NOR-WEST NEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 LETTERS FREE CHILDCARE for 3-5 year olds(7am-6pm)* FREE KINDY for 3-5 year olds (8:45-2:45)* 5/21 Oraha Road ,Kumeu PH 412 5325 Phone Jo for more information email@example.com *conditions apply We'd love to hear the joyous noise of your child having fun learning in our awesome centre [ Plenty of love & nurturing [ Under 3 year olds $35 per day* [ Nappies included for u2's [ Warm and cosy Nursery environment [ Healthy Home style meals [ Amazing qualified Teachers & excellent educational programme [ Open 7am-6pm and plenty of easy onsite parking [ Phone now to enquire and arrange a visit BARK COMPOST SOIL... LARGEST RANGE LOCAL WE HAVE AKLD'S AND WE ARE OPEN 7 DAYS 3 Spedding Rd Whenuapai Ph 416 6249 4157461AA LETTERS Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Hard copy letters must have legible signature. Only your name and suburb are published. Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted. We prefer letters about local issues. All correspondence to the editor is assumed to be for publication unless marked otherwise. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Letters may be edited for sense, paper's style, brevity and good taste. Write to The Editor at: Mail: Nor-west News, PO Box 46, Kumeu. Fax: 412-7806. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Warm reception: Claire Carrie and Daisy the trainee guide dog visited Kumeu Village Kindergarten during Blind Week for a muffin morning. Puppy muffins Parents and teachers from Kumeu Village Kindergarten took part in the Bake a Difference for Blind Week. Bake a Difference not only teaches children that helping others can be a fun and satisfying experience, it s an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people. We had muffins baked by teachers and parents on sale from October 26 to 27. A gold coin donation for delicious homemade muffins was requested and we managed to raise $250. We also had a visit from puppy walker Claire Carrie and Daisy, a seven-month-old black labrador. When Daisy is 14 months old, she will go off for further training to be a guide dog. A big thank you to all the parents and children who supported Bake a Difference and bought muffins. The team at Village Kindergarten Kumeu Turbines Re the Kaipara turbines. I have taken a close interest since it was first mooted over four years ago. Mikaera Minu s letter to the editor brought up several points that are worthy of discussion. As I always seem to do, I find myself both agreeing and disagreeing with various points. 1. The consent that has been given is (as far as I can determine) only for measurement of tidal flows and the possible installation of two (not 200) test turbines. 2. Tidal power (despite the misleading input of the Kaipara district mayor) is not an untried idea. It has been used in France on a large scale near St Malo for over 60 years and is undergoing tests and installations in several parts of the UK and Canada. However, Mikaera Miru does make several very good points. When I first heard of the scheme, it was intended to be to the north-east of the harbour entrance to reduce environmental impact. This slightly reduced the power output (or required larger turbines). Frankly, I was stunned to discover that the intention was now to site the turbines right in the narrowest part of the harbour entrance. This is obviously based purely on maximising power for a given cost without regard for the harbour. The second good point is that the design and construc- tion of turbines has not been settled even at the most basic level. Helensville council offices were able to provide me with all the relevant documents. I was amazed at the almost total lack of hard information. Not only has this led to a whole mass of misunder- standings and potential opposition to the project, but now I discover that this has tragically cost Te Uri o Hau more than $330,000 in legal fees. One important point that was totally glossed over in the application was ongoing maintenance of the turbines. This was literally dismissed in one line. Now this is a very important matter. All boat owners know about marine growth and the slow spinning turbines (five to 10rpm) would obviously collect quite a bit. This has two important effects. 1. The turbine has to be a design that can be easily accessed for regular cleaning. Not hundreds of tonnes of concrete stuck to the bottom. 2. Maintenance of the turbines would provide regular work for probably about 40 to 50 people. These would best be locals who are familiar with the harbour and marine jobs. There are other matters, but that should suffice for now. My congratulations to local iwi over the very public spirited acceptance of wind farms on the Kaipara Heads. One must always remember, however, tides ebb and flow for about 20 hours per day. The typical wind farm only generates about 30 percent of its power rating over time, as wind is either too light or too strong and it is not reliable as a power source for peak loads. Clifford Wright Helensville Ag day success Waimauku School held its annual Agriculture Day on October 1. Children had a close competition with their calf, lamb, goat, dog and chicken rearing entries. Our hard-working PTA organised different attractions including food, drink, face painting, sand pit dig and the many fantastic basket of goodie raffles. The classrooms had creative floral items and wonderful artwork done by the children on display. For the very first time we ran a Young Farmer of the Year competition which was a lot of fun for the participants. Special thanks to the Waimauku Lions who again donated sausages, bread and the manpower for the sausage sizzle and to all our very capable judges. Thanks to all the community who attended and made it an enjoyable and successful day. Waimauku School staff Fun for all At Kaukapakapa School s Agricultural Day, the weather heldoutforusandwehada wonderful day. There were all the usual events, with our young farmer competition being won by year 6 student Tegan Amos. In the indoor exhibits we had a new category -- cupcakes. It brought out some truly creative ideas from the students. Caroline Armstrong Kaukapakapa School teacher Visit www.nor- westnews.co.nz to see more ag day pictures.
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