Rodney Times : January 13th 2011
9 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 13, 2011 NEWS 3352544AI Orchard Shop Open 10am-6pm daily Organic Blueberries and Blends DONT MISS OUT!! 89 Jones Road Omaha Enquiries phone: 422-9886 ext 3 Name game for babies The most popular baby names last year were Liam and Sophie. Liam put Jack back, the most popular boy's name since 2005 also overtaken by James and Oliver respectively. Then follow William, Joshua, Benjamin, Jacob, Samuel and Lucas. Sophie has topped the Internal Affairs Depart- ment Births, Deaths and Marriages list for girls since 2008, replacing Ella, now seventh. There are three new entries in the top 10 lists for boys and girls names. Jacob and Lucas are the most popular newcomers for boys at eighth and 10th. Chloe made the jump into the girls' top 10 after being ranked 11 last year. The new names entered the lists at the expense of Daniel and Thomas for the boys and Amelia for the girls. Visit www.dia.govt.nz for the full list. Sperm whale washes ashore Washed up: A ranger checks the huge sperm whale at Te Oneone Rangatira beach which extends north from Muriwai Beach. A dead 11.5 metre adult sperm whale which washed ashore north of Muriwai Beach around Christmas Day is being DNA tested. That will help determine its sex and also build a pic- ture of the population. The whale probably died about two days before coming ashore north of Rimmer Rd and had a couple of apparent shark bites, a Conservation Department spokesperson says. Iwi representatives re- moved the jaw, mainly used for carving. The whale, already decomposing, was left there. Project Jonah volunteers unsuccessfully searched the coastline after reports of another whale or whales in the area. IN BRIEF Livestock auction Livestock Mart Auctions Kumeu's first sale for 2011 was well attended by buyers, and prices were buoyant. Cattle: Medium yearling steers $577-$628, best heifers $838, other 18-month heifers $500-$660, boner cows $578-$800. Sheep: Prime lambs $85-$114, other lambs $58-$78. Winners Winners of double passes to the Topp Twins Summer Hoe-Down with the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band are R J Natali of Orewa, C R Thompson of Albany, S McCabe of Mangawhai, P Hamilton of Waimauku, and M E Jones of Orewa. The Rodney Times received more than 80 entries, and the lucky winners each win a double pass to the February 13 event at Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana. Motat supercity Motat hosts a Super City Holiday Experience. Kids can help build a cardboard box supercity until January 31, and will consider questions such as ''are the roads wide enough, is the water supply ample?'' Building activities are from 10am- 4.30pm at Motat in Western Springs. Visit www.motat.org.nz for information.
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