Nor West News : April 26th 2012
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 10 NOR-WEST NEWS, APRIL 26, 2012 NEWS OW COULD OUR VOTING SYSTEM E IMPROVED? ECF0136 AKL The Electoral Commission will be hearing from people who have made a submission to the MMP Review and you are welcome to attend. 9.15am - 5.00pm on 2 & 3 May 2012: Auckland Environment Court, Room 2.01, Level 2, 41 Federal Street, Chorus Building, Auckland To find out more: visit www.mmpreview.org.nz call 0800 36 76 56 Your septic tank should be cleaned every 3 years (average family of four) We service all areas Phone: 412 9210 or 0274 924 494 SEPTIC & WATER TANK CLEANING urnetts B 4318575AA roofing solar heating pump shop pool & spa filtration + 412 9108 156 Main Road Kumeu firstname.lastname@example.org www.kpl.co.nz Your local plumbers since 1974 plumbing Close shave to fight cancer People paid nearly $6000 to see Alice Burnett of Waimauku lose her long locks. The boot camp leader of Kiwi Mili- tary Fitness raised $5800 from shearing her tresses at the Kumeu Indoor Sports Centre to help those living with blood cancers. This included $3000 raised from an auction of donated goods during her sponsored shave on March 31. The mother-of-two joined thou- sands of people supporting last month s annual Shave for a Cure fundraiser for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. Proceeds will fund patient support and research. Six New Zealanders are diagnosed with a blood cancer every day. Mrs Burnett says she is thrilled with the amount raised and was delighted to see people rally together at the event. I didn t think I was going to enjoy having my hair short but I really like it, says the instructor. It s nice thinking of all the money saved on product because of the amount of hair I had before. It s so great having a shower and not having to do anything for my hair. People are continuing to pledge donations online. IN BRIEF Livestock report The market was up to recent rates at the Kumeu sale on April 16. There were some nice heifers on offer which sold well to $830. The weaner market was more patchy as there was a lot of young stock for sale and the odd pen battled more than it should have. Medium weaner steers made it to $490 and good heifers $598. Cattle: Best 20 month steers $740 to $900, medium weaner steers $435 to $490, best heifers $900, other good heifers $820 to $830, good weaner heifers $500 to $598, other crossbred heifers $370 to $460, boner cows $730. Sheep: Store lambs $60 to $80. Elected Helensville dairy farmer John Glasson has been elected the new Federated Farmers Auckland chairman of Rodney sub-province. Mr Glasson has been active in Auckland Federated Farmers for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge to his role. He will be supported by the sub province's new vice- chairman Matt Smith who leases a dairy farm at South Head and is an equity manager of 200 hectares at Mangawhai Heads. He is an outgoing member of Young Farmers and a member of the Federated Farmers Auckland executive. Country care Health professionals in the nor-west rural sector are being invited to apply for the Rural Women NZ and Access Homehealth 2012 scholar- ship. Rural Women New Zealand national president Liz Evans says $3000 will be awarded to a health professional to help further studies. ''Given our rural focus, we are particularly keen to support someone who has an interest in providing health or disability services in rural communities,'' she says. Preference will be given to applicants who are studying at postgraduate level. Applications close on July 1. Visit ruralwomen. org.nz or access.org.nz for more information. Fewer rescues in cool summer Cool reception: Muriwai Beach had the largest number of rescues for Rodney beaches over the quiet summer. By CARALISE TRAYES Fewer beach rescues this season can be attributed to the colder-than- usual summer. This season has been relatively quiet in terms of the numbers but lifeguards have still been out there speaking with people, northern region co-ordinator Tom Burgess says. Messages are starting to get through to people about swimming between the flags. We have had high numbers of preventative actions but the rescues are down. Statistics show Muriwai Beach had the largest number of rescues for Rodney beaches with 49 people needing attention and 11,067 people prevented from getting into trouble in the water. The beach was patrolled almost 7000 hours with 52 first-aid inter- ventions and 12 searches. Bethells Beach had 37 rescues, 33 first-aids and seven searches. The searches included Zebedee Pua, 15, of Henderson, who drowned at O Neills Bay just north of Bethells Beach in January. Lifeguards resume patrols at Labour Weekend. If you need help at the beach call 111 and ask for police. Tell them you have a surf rescue emergency and a lifeguard callout squad will be dis- patched. Fairfax NZ News Visit alpaca on farms Popular pals: It's easy to see the woolly attraction as the 4th National Alpaca Day on May 6 sees nor-west farms opening to the public. Do you want to check out cute and cuddly alpaca animals? A group of six farms in the Kumeu/Waimauku area are open- ing their gates for the 4th National Alpaca Day on May 6. Visitors can learn about the camel cousins and buy products made from their fleece from 10am to 4pm. The farms will show both huacaya and suri alpaca in colours from black through shades of brown to white. Inspect and feel whole fleeces with small bags of carded fleece for sale along with alpaca yarn. A free booklet by the Alpaca Association of New Zealand is avail- able. Visit alpaca.org.nz to find out more about the day and visit nor-west farms.
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