Nor West News : January 17th 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013 NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of readers 15+ 808,000 Auckland's most powerful media Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011--Q2 2012 With 15 years in business constructing over 930 fantastic homes - why wouldn't you let Rodney's most trusted builder build your new home for you? 0800 42 45 46 www.gjgardner.co.nz GJ-RMTB-67-RN1012-RT RODNEY OFFICE 20 Tamariki Avenue, Orewa (09) 427 9231 SHOWHOMES Millwater: 1 Bonair Crescent. (09) 959 0171 Kumeu: 1A Tapu Road. (09) 412 5371 Mangawhai: 24 Insley Street. (09) 423 1020 Snells Beach: Mahurangi Ridge. (09) 425 6175 FRANCHISEE 2011 TODAY Diverse art Top signing Coro fans E-EDITION Death penalty ONLINE Weaving and photography produce a visual feast at Kumeu Arts Centre --P2 Valerie Adams signs autographs for winners of her autobiography -- P9 Have you entered the competition to have morning tea with Ken Barlow yet? The prize also includes a tour of The Civic theatre and a double pass to see Coronation Street on Stage. Go to nor- westnews.co.nz to find out more. The hanging of Noble Faulder. Go to nor- westnews.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to find more. Clock plan all on By RANI TIMOTI Counting down: Time to put Waimauku on the map. Erin Hodges, Donald Lawton, Cora Lawton, Grahame Edmonds and Denise Wong at the site of a proposed large entry clock which will welcome people to the district. Photo: RANI TIMOTI WAIMAUKU HISTORY WELCOME TO OUR TOWN From left: The proposed design of the Waimauku clock, artist Jeff Thomson with the water tank of the Helensville public toilets, and the L&P bottle. A SOFT drink bottle in Paeroa and a big apple in Otorohanga helped put both towns on the tourist trail. Public toilets by sculpture artist Jeff Thomson, who also created the gumboot in Taihape, have done the same for Helensville. Now it's Waimauku's turn. A large clock is being plan- ned by the Waimauku Lions and designed by landscape architecture company Land Cube. The four metre high time- piece will feature logos such as cabbage trees, a rail track and stream depicting the name, historical and geo- graphical points of the dis- trict. There will also be a signifi- cant planting plan, featuring local species. It will be on State High- way 16 near the park and ride area. Waimauku Lions members say people don't know or recognise the township com- pared to neighbouring ones. Long-time resident Donald Lawton says the district needs something to identify it. It will stand out,'' he says. Designers Cora Lawton, Erin Hodges and Denise Wong say most clocks in New Zealand townships are in the centre, whereas this will be an entry piece. Chairman Bob Howard requested a report for con- sent with funding through the Gateway budget. Board member Brenda Steele says community initiatives are important because they reflect what residents want for their areas. All townships want to make that point of differ- ence. We always remember what we saw when entering places.'' Mrs Steele credits New Zealand Transport Agency's Murray Parker for helping organisers meet the project's criteria. The Lions club is looking for community support through donations, working bees and feedback. Big donors can have their names engraved in a foot- path, like a walk of fame, around the structure. Go to landcube.co.nz to click the link to the blog and add your feedback. Waimauku was a Maori populated area until the first European settlers arrived in the later half of the 19th century. The area means ''wai'' for stream and ''mauku'' for varieties of small ferns. The name stems from when the stream flooded and the tops of the cabbage trees were still visible, resembling small ferns. European settlers cleared the forests for kauri, gum digging and flax milling before pasture farming was established. The Auckland to Helensville railway line passed through Waimauku. Waimauku School began in 1921. The population grew after World War I as returned servicemen took up land for farming. There has been significant expansion of residential areas through subdivision of large farm lots into lifestyle blocks since the 1980s.
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