Rodney Times : February 8th 2011
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Unit 4, Warkworth Health Centre 23 Percy Street, Warkworth PH 09 422 2550 Advertising Feature Times Northern Local news from Northern Rodney & Kaipara NORTHERN EVENTS NOTICES February 20, Carters Mangawhai triathlon. Swim, cycle, run and kayak in Mangawhai. Visit www.northlandtri.co.nz for information. March 3-5, Northland Field Days at Dargaville. About 25,000 visitors expected, including more than 550 exhibitors. Check out the Northland Toyota Dog Trials, Chelsea Marriner and her amazing dog stars, the Northland tractor pull and the Ramsey Roundwood Lumberjack Show. Take a helicopter ride, Clydesdale and carriage ride, or dazzle your taste buds with exotic foods. Visit www.northlandfield days.co.nz for information. March 6, Children's Day Celebration in Maungaturoto. A fun-filled day for the kids organised by Maungaturoto Plunket. Information, call (09) 431-8462. March 11, Real New Zealand Tour with Ben Hurley, Steve Wrigley and Vaughan King at Leigh Sawmill cafe from 9.30pm. Visit www.benhurley. com or www.stevewrigley.com for information. March 27, Steve Earle's son Justin Townes Earle plays at the Leigh Sawmill cafe. Visit www.sawmillcafe.co.nz for information. March 31 to April 3, Manga- whai Walking Weekend 2011. A weekend of outstanding walking events in beautiful Mangawhai and surrounding districts. Locals lead the walks and share their knowledge of the area. Topped off by a wine and food event on Saturday with delicious local wines and foods. Visit www.mangawhai walkingweekend.co.nz for information and tickets. Anglers head to Ruakaka FISHING KITS TO WIN The Rodney Times has two Export Gold fishing essentials kits worth $220 to give away which include a polo shirt, cap, 24 440ml cans, two stubbie holders -- one for you and one for your ''first mate,'' a key ring and a bag. Entrants need to be over 18. Write your name and address, plus date of birth, on the back of an envelope and send to Rodney Times Export Gold fishing competition, PO Box 79, Orewa. The Carters Beach and Boat Fishing Competition is renowned for its big snapper and kingfish catches. The winning fish are retained by the organisers, but the remainder are sold for the benefit of local Northland charities. The heaviest snapper wins the angler a $29,900 prize package that includes a jetski and other fishing essentials. Daily prize packs are valued at more than $2000. Hundreds of fishers are expected for the Carters Beach and Boat Fishing Competition at Ruakaka on February 24. A briefing night is at Marsden Cove Marina on February 24. Fishing begins at 5.01am the next day and there are three categories -- boat, beach and junior. Anglers come from as far afield as the United States and Canada. Visit www.beachand boat.co.nz, www.carters. co.nz/cartersbeachand boatcompetition and in- store at Carters for infor- mation and entry forms. Icecream with a bit of a sting Larvae lick: Northland Regional Council chairman Craig Brown, right, tries a frozen wasp larvae icecream, which has a woody taste, a crunchy texture and honey-like smell. The icecream's a little different at next month's Dargaville field days. Frozen wasp larvae rather than chocolate are sprinkled on top. That's the latest free wild food treat the Northland Regional Council is hoping will lure visitors to its field days marquee. The council has suc- cessfully used a variety of food made from pests asafunwayof attracting visitors. Previous wild food treats have included possum and goat meat pies, crackers topped with possum pate, wild rabbit sausages, and breakfast sausages flavoured with the pep- pery natives kawakawa and horopito. The frozen German wasp larvae and pupae toppings have a woody taste, crunchy texture and honey-like smell, council events and partnerships co- ordinator Katherine Mabbitt says. While eating the unusual treats may not be for the faint-hearted, Ms Mabbitt says getting hold of the young wasps requires nerves of steel too. They come from giant underground nestcakes dug out of beech forests on the South Island's West Coast. The men who dig them up must wear heavily-protective clothing to safeguard themselves from the enraged adult wasps which tend the nestca- kes.'' Once it has been dug up, a nestcake is trucked to Christchurch and frozen to kill the young insects within. In a laborious process, the creamy-coloured larvae and charcoal-coloured pupae are then extracted one at a time from tiny individual cells similar to those found in a bee- hive. Ms Mabbitt says the adult German wasps are voracious feeders which decimate native insects, so in the words of the supplier: We're doing the ecosystem a favour by digging them up and turning them into tucker.'' More than 1000 portions of the free icecream will be served fromMarch3to5atthe Northland Agricultural Field Days from the council's usual location -- site 251, RD1 Rd. The icecream is a light-hearted way to boost visitor numbers to the council marquee.
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