Rodney Times : January 27th 2011
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Thursday, January 27, 2011 More rain on the way BATTEN down the hatches. More rain is coming to dampen Auckland Anniver- sary weekend activities. Flooding similar to Sunday s is unlikely but rain and wind is expected on Saturday, easing on Sunday with hopefully a better Monday public holiday. Mahurangi Regatta organ- iser Cimino Cole says there is an increasing likelihood the weather will impact on Saturday s event. "What s left of Cyclone Wilma will possibly cause the cancellation of the Mahurangi Regatta shoreside events, including the prizegiving dance. Hopefully it will not be a category three storm when it reaches us, and the sailing events will still proceed, he says Hundreds of boats are expected at the Mahurangi Harbour regatta, with activi- ties planned at Sullivans Bay and Scotts Landing. The Auckland Folk Festi- val at the Kumeu showgrounds has sufficient shelter in buildings and marquees to weather the hol- iday weekend. More than 2000 people are expected there, including campers. Rain and wind could limit the Hibiscus Rodders Beach Festival at Orewa beach. Organisers still hope to pro- ceed with an 8.30am break- fast at the Orewa Youth Club, and a parade at 10.30am. The family day at the Orewa Reserve will raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Other events include Thun- der Cat Racing at Waipu Cove on Saturday from 11am, and the Classics at the Cove music festival the same day, where a wide range of music including opera, musical theatre, jazz, blues, bluegrass and country rock features at Tahamoana. If wet it will transfer to Sunday, which is slightly better weather-wise. Sunday sees Acoustic in the Park at The Stables Res- taurant, Matakana Country Park, from 2pm to 5pm. Headline acts include Jenni- fer Eirena, Richard Ingamells and Bryce Wastney, and John Bridgens. If it is wet, the event will be indoors so arrive early for a seat. Also on Sunday is the Whangateau Country Fair from 9am-noon at the Whangateau Hall. The annual hall fundraiser includes a book sale, car boot sale, games, bouncy castle, and quickfire raffles featuring Leigh Fisheries seafood. On Monday, The Hollies play at Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana, and the Dairy Flat Live Music Club hosts an event at the Dairy Flat Hall from 4pm-8pm. Gold coin donation entry, bring a picnic. Outlook: Wet and windy weekend A question mark hangs over how much rain and how strong winds will be this holiday weekend from Cyclone Wilma, MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt says. He says Wilma was tracking mainly south-west but expects to have a revised forecast issued today. Yesterday, the MetService predicted Friday to be mainly fine with rain coming in the afternoon. Southeasterly winds will develop, rising to 25 knots on Friday. Rain turns to showers on Saturday with a southwest change, again around 25 knots. The sea will be a bit rough with a southwest swell becoming moderate. Sunday sees showers clearing in the early evening with southwesterlies. Monday is set to clear, partly cloudy with southwesterlies. Sunshine will welcome everyone back to a working week on Tuesday. Recycling wins big for Meredith By CARALISE MOORE Cheers: Red Beach competition winner Meredith Galliven celebrates her $20,000 win with New Zealand Bundaberg distributor John Jones. A quick second thought won Red Beach s Meredith Gal- liven $20,000. While placing an empty pack of Bundaberg Lemon, Lime and Bitters in her recycling bin a few weeks before Christmas Meredith noticed a competition adver- tisement on the packet and decided to enter. I was throwing it out and the ad caught my eye. I never enter competitions and never win anything but for some reason I thought I d give this one a go, Meredith says. I put the competition code in my drawer and forgot about it. About a week before Christmas I got a letter from Sydney saying I had won the money. I had to read it at least six times. The competition con- ditions required Meredith to have her receipt. I hadn t realised so I was nervous I couldn t claim the prize. I called Albany Pak n Save where I bought the drinks to ask if they could help and they were fantastic. I had the receipt in no time and sent off the details to Australia. Meredith got an email to say the money was hers. It was very unexpected and an amazing surprise. I used to wonder if anyone actually won competitions like these. Now I know they do. And I will be entering many more. She will be shouting her- self, her husband and two sons to a holiday in Fiji. We may also put away some money for the boys studies. New Zealand Bundaberg distributors Neil Cropper and Co s general manager John Jones says it is fantas- tic to have a Kiwi win the Australasian competition. It couldn t have been a better outcome.
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