North Shore Times : December 23rd 2010
10 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 23, 2010 NEWS Closed for Christmas Opening Tuesday 12th January day -- Friday 7am-3pm ays (Brunch) 9am-3pm P: 09 480 4531 1 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead firstname.lastname@example.org Gift packs and catering available Clos Re- O Mond Saturd Delicious Lunches & Sweet Morsels Allpress Coffee Happy Healthy Christmas ...with Hauraki Medical Centre Dr Jean Lim Dr Janice Brown Dr Arthur Young Dr Rachael Wilson Dr Richard Rax Dr Vesna Mitic Dr Rick Barber Hauraki Medical Centre Call us on 09 489 5059 to make an appointment. 308 Lake Rd, Takapuna Holiday Tip ! # 1 Cover yourself! Keep exposed skin well covered in sunscreen. And when you have finished your swim, cover up or get into the shade. Nothing tastes better than a cool drink in the shade on a hot day. Life is all go for Tiger's pal Steve By CAROLYN THOMAS A team: Steve Williams is caddie to and a close friend of American golfing legend Tiger Woods. Photo: MARTIN HUNTER/DOMINION POST THE multi-talented sportsm ¨ an Steve Wil- liams is a busy man whether he s defending a New Zealand speedway title or helping Tiger Woods reclaim golf s number one spot. But he also loves kicking back at home in Kumeu. I m a New Zealander through and through, Williams says. It has been a tough year for Williams, the caddie of the American golfing legend since 1999. He stood by Woods through his very public outing of marital affairs and subsequent mar- riage break-up. The father-of-one is glad Woods is back on the greens after a short break from golf. High level competition is what Williams thrives on.He says it is a privi- lege to be part of Woods unprecedented golfing achievements. I m very fortunate to be playing with one of the best sportsman of all time, Williams says. Basically his dedi- cation and drive to be the best is like nothing I ve ever seen before. Woods almost got his first 2010 win at the Chevron World Chal- lenge in California on Monday but lost to Irish golfer Graeme McDowell in the playoffs. Williams, who donated $1 million to the Starship children s hos- pital in 2008, expects a full comeback from Woods. His game is slowly been coming around, Williams says. I d be surprised if Tiger wasn t back in 2011. He certainly wants to stick around long enough to see Woods break Jack Nicklaus record of 18 major championship wins. Tiger s drive and dedication to get through 19 major championships -- it s really enthralling. If the enjoyment never goes -- I ll probably never stop. It s one of those things you keep doing. Woods has visited Wil- liams in the nor-west a number of times and attended his wedding there in 2006. They also hit South Head Golf Club together. Williams, who started his professional caddie- ing career at age 15, has also worked for golfing greats Greg Norman, Ray Floyd and Peter Thompson. Time away from his wife Kirsty and his five- year-old son is hard for Williams, who fits his racing around Woods golf schedule. His son s recent start at school makes it difficult for the family to tour together. Anybody that travels knows that this is the most difficult part about it, he says. A stint away from golf meant more time for racing. He drives saloon and super saloon cars and will defend his national title next month. Williams was made a member of the New Zea- land Order of Merit in 2007 and set up the Steve Williams Foun- dation to financially assist junior golfers and race car drivers. Juggling everything can be difficult but he says he has learned to balance it. You ve got to switch caps. Keeping physically and mentally fit is important especially to be able to recover quickly from regular long-haul flights. You ve got too look ahead, Williams says. Things don t always go the way you want them to go. In order to finish first you ve first got to finish. No long-term effect in oyster die-off By DELWYN DICKEY WIDE REACH The $30 million oyster industry has seen two die- offs in the northern area this year -- at the end of March and from the start of November. Farms around the Coromandel, Hauraki Gulf, including the Mahurangi Harbour, and as far north as the Bay of Islands suffered in March. The latest incident is not as bad but it has been more widespread with Far North farms also affected. Biomarine director Jim Dollimore estimates more than 20 percent of his stock in Mahurangi farms is affected. Jim Dollimore Pacific oyster die-offs won t mean you ll go without this Christmas. And they are safe to eat because the shellfish specific virus can t be passed to people. Deaths on Mahurangi Harbour and Kaipara Harbour oyster farms do not spell disaster for the industry, Snells Beach oyster expert Jim Dolli- more says. The situation will have a financial impact over the next year, but no long-term effect, the director of Biomarine, the biggest aquaculture farming operation in the area, says. Understanding the causes and better environment modelling could lead to more efficient operations with more robust stock, he says. The eight farms in the Mahurangi Harbour are among many in the Auckland and northern area suffering significant losses of young oyster stock or spat. The oyster industry is facing significant pro- duction issues with a predicted shortfall for next year of about half of the harvest, Agriculture and Forestry Ministry response manager Dr Richard Norman says. Spat comes either from wild stock or the country s nursery in Nel- son. Mr Dollimore says nursery-produced spat is the most affected and the fastest growing -- the worst hit with deaths of up to 80 percent. MAF says a range of factors is involved, triggered by unusually warm water. Mr Dollimore says harbour salinity is also a possible contributor. Auckland and north- ern areas account for more than 70 percent of New Zealand s Pacific oyster production. With higher temperatures and more extreme weather there are likely to be more of these type of events. He believes the indus- try will adapt and become more efficient and oyster stock more resilient as a result. The first outbreak in March was after a severe drought. There had been no rain and so no fresh water flushing into the harbours for months, Mr Dollimore says. The second outbreak came after a wet Sept- ember, but lower than normal rainfall in Octo- ber and November. MAF biosecurity has identified a type of her- pes virus in samples from affected farms. The same virus has been found in oysters in many countries where it has also been associated with die-offs. The New Zealand Food Safety Authority says there are no food safety or human health risks associated with the virus and no risk to our export markets. Like the cockles in Whangateau Harbour there may well be more than one cause, Mr Dol- limore says. The cockles died after hot summer days in early 2009 with about 60 percent of the population wiped out. The cause was a nat- urally occurring parasite along with a bacterial infection attacking the heat-stressed shellfish. Speedway raises cash for miners Different course: Speedway racing is Steve William's other interest away from the golf course. By CAROLYN THOMAS Steve Williams was about to hit the track when he heard of the second explosion at the Pike River mine on November 24. His immediate thought was of how he could help those affec- ted by the Greymouth tragedy. So he and his Caddy- shack Racing crew set about raising $16,422 for the families of the 29 men who died. He was in Dunedin for round four of the DHL Interislander South Island Speed- week. The seven-night racing event from November 20 to 28 was also in Cromwell, Christchurch, Grey- mouth and Blenheim. Collection buckets were organised and passed through the crowds at races in Dunedin and Christ- church. A raffle was also organised. Williams presented a cheque to Greymouth mayor Tony Kokshoorn on November 27. Williams says the atmosphere in Grey- mouth was surreal. It is difficult to explain. It was some- thing I ve never experi- enced before. He says the appreci- ation from the crowd was amazing. Visit www.pikeriver donations.org.nz to make a donation.
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