Rodney Times : November 9th 2010
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Hibiscus and Bays: Julia Parfitt is the chairwoman. Photo: GREG KEMPTHORNE A SPARROW song and another about gumboots from the Coatesville School choir at the Rodney Local Board s inauguration last Wednesday summed up the tasks ahead, Rodney ward councillor Penny Webster said. One was about a little bird getting new wings and flying as high as it can, which is what this Auckland Council is all about, she told about 150 people at an often high- spirited swearing-in cer- emony at the Coatesville Settlers Hall. But the board is about keeping their gumboots firmly on the ground. The nine-member Rodney board elected Bob Howard chairman and Steven Garner deputy chairman. Mr Howard will get $54,800 annually and members $33,000 -- plus allowances. Its first business meeting is on December 8 at the Orewa council offices at 6pm. Most meetings will be in Orewa because it is central for the board and a recognised gathering place for the public, Mr Howard said. He promised the board would be bold and trans- parent and do its best in Rodney s interests. Vigorous haka interspersed the swearing-in of board members, including Thomas Grace, John McLean, James Rolfe, June Turner, Brenda Steele and Tracey Martin. Warren Flaunty arrived in time for his declaration after attending another of the 21 board ceremonies. Mr Flaunty is also on the Upper Harbour and Henderson- Massey local boards, the Wai- temata District Health Board and the Waitakere Licensing Trust. Years of service by outgo- ing councillors and staff were acknowledged by Auckland Council deputy chief execu- tive Dr Roger Blakely who chaired the board meeting in mayor Len Brown s absence. Opening and closing blessings were performed by Ngati Whatua representative Richard Nahi. It was a lot tamer affair the next night when about 80 visitors turned up to witness the induction of the eight members of the new Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. Auckland Council chief operating officer Patricia Reade officiated until former North Shore deputy mayor Julia Parfitt was elected board chairwoman. With two Hibiscus-based councillors representing the Albany ward on the Auckland Council, it seemed appropri- ate the North Shore should provide the chair and deputy Gary Holmes. Ms Reade had earlier told the audience the board would have a significant budget and stressed its importance in co- governance with the council and close liaison with council controlled organisations. In her first approach to the board Mrs Parfitt success- fully proposed a policy of reviewing both the chairperson and deputy chairperson position after 18 months. The board comprises chairwoman Julia Parfitt, deputy chairman Gary Holmes, Gaye Harding, John Kirkiri, John Watson and Greg Sayers -- all Hibiscus -- and David Cooper and Lisa Whyte from the Bays. Board members will earn $35,600 plus allowances per year while the chairwoman will take home $65,700 plus allowances. Guests were entertained at supper by a quartet from Orewa College. IN BRIEF Milksolid price Fonterra's confirmation of it $6.60 per kilogram of milksolids (kg/MS) forecast for the 2010-11 season is a major relief for dairy farmers following the United States dollar closing at two-year lows against the Kiwi, Federated Farmers Dairy chairman Lachlan McKenzie says. ''The best news is that the cooperative, through firm sales, is able to give farm cashflow a shot in the arm by increasing the advance rate schedule by $0.30 kg/MS. ''As this will come in the November payment, it will enable farmers to make good investment decisions,'' he says. ''But Federated Farmers now assumes in- season volatility of $2 kg/ MS, hence the need for farmers to be conservative with their farm budgets.'' Mr McKenzie says the priority for farmers is debt retirement and productive on-farm investment. Xmas spirit Know someone deserving something super special this Christmas? Nominate them as part of a yuletide promotion run by SkyCity. The winner -- to be elected by a panel of judges -- will get their perfect Christmas gift up to the value of $10,000. It may be one of society's unsung heroes or it could be someone in desperate need of a break. Nominators have until noon on December 2 to write 250 words about why their candidate deserves to win and what their ideal present might be. The winner will be announced on December 9. Visit SkyCity's Facebook page (SKYCITY Auckland) for details, or call at its atrium for entry forms or to drop off nominations. Kiwifruit disease The government says it's moving swiftly on a new kiwifruit disease response. Biosecurity Minister David Carter reassures kiwifruit growers that the government is treating a newly discovered vine infection on a North Island kiwifruit orchard very seriously and is making all necessary resources available.
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