Rodney Times : Rodney Times 1st November
10 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 3 Lifestyle & Rural Specialists Building better for less 09 299 7855 | www. econobuilt.co.nz Advertising Feature Times Northern Local news from Northern Rodney & Kaipara 3008395AH CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR HEARING? Kasia Hamilton B.Tech (Hons), M.Aud (Hons) C.C.C.,M.N.Z.A.S AUDIOLOGIST • NZAS qualified audiologists • Professional and caring service • Independent hearing instrument specialists • ACC and War Pensions accredited • Obligation free trial of hearing aids Lesleigh Smith B.Sc., M.Sc Aud. M.N.Z.A.S., C.C.C. AUDIOLOGIST Shirley Parker Office Administrator Formerly Northland Hearing Clinic Unit 4, Warkworth Health Centre 23 Percy Street, Warkworth PH 09 422 2550 3160487AC SURVEYORS, ENGINEERS, PLANNERS We offer a complete solution for Development and Subdivisions in KAIPARA AND RODNEY Telephone: 09 431 5397 Email - email@example.com Spring is here! Vege plants to plant now tomatoes basil cucumbers capsicum sweetcorn lettuce radish just to name a few Great selection! Join our VIP club- shop at www.tumbleweed.net.nz 939 Matakana Road, Matakana Ph: 09 422 7338 3239998AA When disaster strikes ... Heads FM: Veteran broadcaster Mark Perry founded Heads FM six years ago, and now the station is switching to solar power backup. During an emergency, radio communication is vital in keeping com- munities informed. But what if the radio station s power goes out too? This is the question that led Heads FM in Mangawhai to install solar power backup. . In winter 2006, hurricane-force winds closed roads, blew down trees and cut power for up to a month, and Heads FM was off air for a week. The station has become a reliable source of emergency information over the past year s numerous tsunami events, and so founder and veteran broad- caster Mark Perry thought it was time to ensure it could keep broadcasting no matter what. With an environ- mental focus foremost in his mind, yet still wanting to be a reliable media vehicle for civil defence purposes, Mark says his aim is to avoid noisy, fossil-fuel guzzling generators by instead relying on renewable solar energy to charge a battery bank to keep the sta- tion on air in times of power cuts. Heads 106.4FM is Mangawhai s only local radio station and streams live via its Facebook page. The new solar sys- tem is on grid, which means it converts any sun energy available and feeds it into the grid. The backup batteries are charged by the sun and only kick in when there is a power cut. These units provide power for about two days without sun. Brown new chairman Craig Brown is the Northland Regional Council s new chairman. The Bream Bay resi- dent replaces Mark Farnsworth, who had led the council for the past nine years. John Bain, now serv- ing his second term on the council, is deputy chairman. Seven of the council s eight members, includ- ing newcomers Tony Davies-Colley, Bronwyn Hunt and Graeme Ram- sey, were sworn in last week. Mr Ramsey ended for- mer Kaipara chairman Mark Farnsworth s 18 years on the council. Kaitaia-based Ian Walker will be sworn in this month. Homes tour: Batley House is one of 10 homes and gardens to feature in the Otamatea High School home and garden tour.Top homes open doors Ten of the Otamatea area s remarkable homes and gardens will be on show on November 20 to raise funds for Otamatea High School. Among the homes are Lockwood and Alexandra Smith s art-deco home Woodleigh, Haigh House, Zweisheim, Bushy Park and Batley House and The Pines. The houses will open at 9.30am and the last entry is at 3.50pm. There is no disabled access or entry for under- 14s. Tickets are $40 from the National Bank Walton St branch, Whangarei Waipu Ham- mer Hardware, Buy the Way in Kaiwaka, Otamatea High School, Paparoa Drapery, First National Roper Jones in Dargaville, Main Street Interiors in Dargaville, and Wellsford Sports and Leisure Centre. There are no sales on the day so contact Nikki Donaldson (09) 431-8230 or ohs@otamateaschool. nz to book. Retail success for Kaipara A passion for healthy liv- ing and preserving the environment helped Racheal and Robbie Hinsch of Paparoa win the Excellence in Retail category at the Westpac Northland Business Ex- cellence Awards. The Kaipara couple own the new Sunshine Organics Store in Maungaturoto and The Paparoa Store. Both bus- inesses stood out when the Kaipara District Council searched for local talent to enter the awards. The win was unexpec- ted, Racheal says. I was quite shocked when I heard that we won because I had been told that first-time nominees don t often win the award. We feel very hon- oured. The judges could obviously see our heart and vision for the busi- nesses, she says. The number of contest- ants was up on last year despite the economic downturn and the rigor- ous entry process. Seven Kaipara business applic- ations were received. Kaipara mayor Neil Tiller is impressed with the large number of Kaipara entrants and delighted that a local business won the retail section. Retail is one of the most competitive cate- gories and many of our businesses will feel in- spired by this win.
November 4th 2010