Rodney Times : December 23rd 2010
3 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 23, 2010 NEWS 31 Constellation Drive Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9am - 4pm Thur 9am - 6pm (late night) Sat 9am - 3pm • Sunday 10am - 3pm Visa & Mastercard now accepted CLEARANCE PRICES FROM$1 Books, Gifts, Toys, Novelties 3297008AF $ $ HILLTOP & RED BEACH LIQUOR STORES ---Bringinthisadandget--- HILLTOP LIQUOR STORE 178 Hibiscus Coast Highway Hilltop Orewa Ph 09 427 8320 RED BEACH LIQUOR Shop 12 Red Beach Shopping Center Red Beach Ph 09 426 3661 Many More X'mas Specials In Store Baileys 700ml 2 For $50 St Remy 1ltr 2 For $70 Stil 1ltr 2 For $60 Gordon's 1ltr 2 For $60 Gilbeys 1ltr 2 For $60 3273686AD Wet till tomorrow then sun A sunny Christmas Day is forecast by the MetService. But the lead-up is another story, with rain and cloud -- including a damp Christmas eve. Warm and often humid temperatures between 22 to 25 degrees celsius continue, with a mini- mum temperature of 12 degrees expected on Christmas night. Great leader had heart for community Orewa identity and former Hamilton mayor Sir Ross Jansen has died aged 78. He was larger than life and showed great leadership qualities, Auckland Council Rodney representative Penny Webster says. She was one of the many paying tribute at his funeral in St Stephens Church, Stanmore Bay, on December 18. Sir Ross brought urban and rural areas together, Mrs Webster says. We ve lost two great people this year -- Sir Ross and Sir Gor- don Mason -- who were both key figures in local govern- ment around the same time. Sir Ross, who was mayor from 1977 to 1989, also served as president of the Municipal Association from 1984 to 1987 and became president of the New Zealand Local Government Associ- ation from 1988 until 1990, to which he was awarded life membership. He became chairman of the Local Government Com- mission in 1998-2001 and was a former chairman of Midland Health before that. Born in 1932 in Carterton and educated in Featherston, Marton, Horowhenua and at Victoria University, he spent most of his adult life in Ham- ilton, where he was a barris- ter and solicitor. He served on many organ- isations including regional health boards or authorities, the Rodney Economic Devel- opment Trust Board, Hibis- cus Coast Hospice Trust Board, Royal Society for the Promotion of Arts, Manufac- ture and Commerce, chaired the New Zealand Chapter of the RSA in 1998, received a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship and was made a chieftain of Western Samoa for services to the Samoan community. Sir Ross held other fellow- ship awards, honorary doc- torates, life memberships and served on groups too numer- ous to mention here. Some of the more notable included chairing the Prime Minis- terial Task Force on Positive Aging from 1996-97, chairing the Hillary Commission Task Force on Volunteerism in Sport and Recreation and serving on the Dame Malvina Major Foundation. Among the many com- munity organisations were Lions, Plunket, the Salvation Army (receiving the Others Award with wife Rhyl in 1996 for services), university groups, the New Zealand Police Centennial Trust and positions within the Anglican Church. A former 1st XV rugby player for Horowhenua Col- lege -- where he was approx- ime accessit -- and Victoria University Club player, Sir Ross enjoyed tennis, gardening and reading in later life. He received a CBE in 1986 and was knighted in 1989, also receiving a 1990 Com- memorative Medal. Sir Ross retired to Orewa about 10 years ago. He was married to Lady Rhyl Jansen and they have six children and many grandchildren. All go on marae-based project The vision, above: The complex will be a gateway to Northland and bring 120 fulltime jobs to the Te Hana area. By DELWYN DICKEY Early risers: More than 500 people attended the dawn blessing at Te Hana. Unveiling, right: Matua Hugh Nathan of Oturei Marae addresses the gathering, and unveiled building plaques with whaea Mina Walton. A NEW dawn has arisen in Te Hana for the community and visitors. The omens were good at an early morning blessing of a more than $5 million major marae and tourism project next to State Highway 1 on December 11. This first stage of the pro- ject includes both the new marae and a 17th century style marae, with the site planned to be running by May. The trust received around $500,000 from the ASB Com- munity Trust to help finish this stage. Three pavilions with retail and food courts are also planned, with the Ahi Kaa Gallery selling traditional arts and crafts made on site already running. The complex is scheduled to be fully operational in time for the Rugby World Cup in August. It is expected to cre- ate 120 fulltime jobs and up to 150 part-time positions in the Te Hana area. More than 500 people attended the powhiri and blessings at the new Te Hana Te Ao Marama marae. The dawn was accom- panied by a perfect blue sky, Venus the morning star, and a shooting star -- the omens ideal. This was literally a new dawn for the community. The marae marks an important moment for the community as it nears the end of an eight- year journey that has seen a beleaguered village in decline pull itself together and mark a clear pathway forward for itself and its young people. There is still plenty of work to finish what will be a major cultural and tourist complex, with the marae itself an inte- gral part of that operation. But for now it was time to reflect and celebrate. Along with plenty of praise for trust chairman Thomas de Thierry and chief executive Linda Clapham for their efforts, came thoughtful com- ment, laughter, and song with a waiata by each speaker. The fact that the new high- way should work in favour of the complex and not against it was raised by several speakers. They saw the suc- cess of the venture relying on the four million annual traffic movements past Te Hana.
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