Nor West News : January 26th 2012
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 2 NOR-WEST NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2012 NEWS Office Ph 412 8589 Fax 412 7806 Editor Rani Timoti email: firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Sales Supervisor Colleen Nelson email: email@example.com Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 9,972 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '10.) Delivered each Thursday, (RD Areas Friday) to Bethells Beach, West Coatesville, Helensville, Huapai, Kaukapakapa, Kumeu, Muriwai, Parakai, Riverhead, Taupaki, Waimauku, Waitakere, Waitoki, Whenuapai, semi- rural areas of Massey, Ranui, Swanson. Includes Rural Delivery areas: Henderson RD 1, 2. Helensville RD 1, 2. Kumeu RD 1, 2. Kaukapakapa RD 1, 3. Waimauku RD 1, 2, 3. Warkworth RD 4 (south). Albany RD 3 (west). Highway 16, above Kumeu Garden Centre, Huapai. P.O. Box 46, Kumeu. www.nor-westnews.co.nz For more information and to have your say, go to www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/bylaws Submissions open Thursday, 26 January and close Monday, 27 February 2012. Have your say on the new dog rules Aucklanders are spoilt for choice with amazing places to have fun with family, friends and dogs. Keeping dogs as a positive part of Auckland life and promoting responsible dog ownership is the focus of the proposed dog policy and bylaw for the Auckland region. We are aiming to make it simpler for everyone by harmonising dog rules across the region. Now we want your views. Copies of the full proposal, summary and submission form are available at council libraries, service centres and online. OG_AC0616_SUB 4315853AA • Cruise the magnificent Kaipara Harbour from Shelly Beach to Pouto Point • Spend time ashore at the Historic Marine Settlement at Pouto Point • Swim, sunbathe, fish or explore the many miles of white sandy beaches • Remote bays, spectacular sand dunes, history and ecology • Informative commentary • Trip duration 8 hours CRUISING THE KAIPARA $35 Departure Dates: 4&5Feb 31 March, 1 April Day Trip to Pouto Point PH 09 420 8466 • Adult $35 • Child $15 Bookings Essential Day trips by boat/bus to Dargaville. Departs Feb/March $120 pp. Phone or email for free brochure Visit our website: www.kaiparacruises.co.nz Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Summer School Holiday Sessions Fun with the Sun JANUARY 16th - 27th 10am & 1pm on weekdays Includes a Planetarium show 'Heart of the Sun', arts and crafts session and model rocket launching Suits Children 5 -12 yrs $10 Child / $7 Adult Book now by calling 09 624 1246 or visit stardome.org.nz Farming was Stuart's life By CARYN WIGMORE Era ends, left: The late Stuart Houghton of Waimauku. Early days: Stuart Houghton as a child. OBITUARY Stuart Houghton has ended a long association with Muriwai. The 73-year-old Waimauku man died at North Shore Hos- pital on January 4. Born in Auckland on November 4, Mr Houghton lived his entire life at the same address -- the 486 hectares (1200 acre) Muriwai Downs farm. He grew up at the original homestead where his nephew now lives. When he married Carole Pollard in 1961, Mr Houghton moved 1.6km up Muriwai Rd to a new house on the property which hosts seven homes. Close community links involved the Muriwai surf club, fire and emergency ser- vice the Waimauku School committee. He was a member for 19 years of the Waimauku Lions Club which paid tribute with a moving guard of honour at his funeral in Henderson. His family donated 14ha of bush to the Presbyterian Church to develop a facility known as Houghtons Bush Camp. In the early 1940s, Stuart's father, John (Harold) Houghton, could see the land had value for future generations far exceeding dollars and cents. He gave it on the condition that most of it would remain largely untouched -- apart from one already cleared area earmarked for development. Harold married Muriel Wintour in 1932 and the couple raised four children, buying more land and establishing Muriwai Downs farm. The two boys, Selwyn and Stuart, were sent to Feilding Agricultural High School to finish their education and returned well equipped to con- tinue the farm's development. They then took over running the farm in 1968. Carole says her late hus- band loved labouring on the farm so much he did not con- sider it work. It was just his life.'' Stuart and Selwyn found diversifying necessary. At one stage they grew up to 4ha of kumara and sweet corn for the Auckland market. They also continued with their sheep, beef and dairy operation. Kumara was grown for 10 years in the 1960s. Planting, weeding and harvesting of the 10,000 plants per acre was a family affair, with wives Hilary and Carole riding on the back of the harvester frantically sorting as the Grimme''chug- ged relentlessly on. We had a lot of fun doing it,'' Mrs Houghton says. It was hard work.'' Stuart's specialty was wool classing. He had an instinctive knack for sorting wool at shearing time. Some people are just born with it,'' Mrs Houghton says. The brothers started selling sandstone from the present quarry which the Waitemata County Council had opened to gain access for sandstone when they originally sealed the Muriwai Rd. Mr Houghton is survived by his wife, four children and 10 grandchildren. IN BRIEF Fire tips George Stephens of the New Zealand Fire Service is guest speaker at the first meeting for the year of SeniorNet Nor-West (Auckland). The senior fire risk management officer will show attendants how to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property from fire at the February 1 meeting from 10am at St Chad's church hall, corner of Oraha and Matua roads, Huapai. Visitors welcome and members' subs are due. Visit seniornetnorwest.net. Diabetes The Helensville Diabetes Auckland Support Group hosts their information meeting on February 6 from 10am to noon. The event is at the Alison McKenzie House, corner of Commercial Rd and Porter Cres. All welcome. Call Shirley on (09) 420-6501. Home education Are you homeschooling or thinking about it? Then get your family along for a dose of fun, support, networking and sense of belonging. Join the 12th annual regional home education celebration on February 2 from 10.30am to 2pm at One Tree Hill Domain. Details at ''Auckland Home Educators'' on Facebook or ''Home Education Celebration'' at eventfinder.co.nz.
January 19th 2012
February 2nd 2012