North Shore Times : February 1st 2011
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Departing 19 August 2011 FLY FREE* Just pay $400 Air Taxes per person* MEKONG RIVER CRUISE HA LONG BAY CRUISE VIETNAM CAMBODIA LAOS HANOI HA LONG HUE HOI AN DA NANG LANG CO BEACH SIEM REAP KAMPONG CHHNANG MY THO PHNOM PENH TAN CHAU SA DEC HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) ANGKOR WAT 2 2 VIETNA M, CAMBODIA & THE MEKONG Includes: 20 DAYS FROM $9620* per person, twin share. Departing June -- August 2011 FLY FREE* Just pay $400 Air Taxes per person* House of Travel Devonport Phone: 445 4211 55 Victoria Road, Devonport Email email@example.com House of Travel Milford Phone: 486 2549 172 Kitchener Road, Milford Email firstname.lastname@example.org Fresh move to revive Maori village By JODEAL CADACIO AWATAHA MARAE in Northcote is mounting a fresh bid to progress its multi- million dollar trade and tour- ism venture in China. The planned Maori Cul- tural Village at the $400 million New Zealand Gardens theme park in Qufu City stalled last year because of various issues. Awataha leader and spokesman Anthony Wilson says they have set up a new team of business and man- agement experts that will liaise with their Chinese business partners. Mr Wilson remains opti- mistic about the venture despite it getting snagged by delays in implementation and corporate issues in China. We re very much into the project and we re working across language barriers to clarify issues and reaffirm our position so we can all move forward, he says. Mr Wilson says they have engaged a former journalist and corporate executive from Beijing to be their main rep- resentative together with an accountant and a top Kiwi lawyer. We re optimistic about the time frame. It s typical of large development projects like this, it takes a little longer than anticipated, he says. He says a big plus for Awataha is that it s dealing directly with the Chinese gov- ernment over the venture. We re privileged to have a direct line with Chinese authorities, for others it takes years to reach that level. We don t wanna lose what we ve gained, we re working to maintain and preserve these connections and grow them even further, he says. At the homefront, Mr Wil- son says there has been major headway in getting the New Zealand government and iwi to support the project. We ve been talking to Maori Affairs Minister Tariana Turia who s been very supportive of what we re trying to achieve not only for Maori but for New Zealand as a whole, he says. Our iwi partners are backing us, so it s now a collective thing. Mr Wilson says much prog- ress has been made in build- ing the 54-hole golf course, one of the 470-hectare park s main attractions. Focus will now be on building the Maori village. Storm-tossed seaweed is a bonus for gardeners Free fertiliser: Takapuna Beach was strewn with seaweed before clean-up work started after a recent storm. Photo: BEN WATSON Shore beaches are being cleaned after stormy weather but gardeners are also encouraged to make the most of the extra seaweed that washed ashore. High seas, heavy rain and strong winds have also con- tributed to coastal erosion and damage to seawalls. North Shore residents are reminded that they can con- tact the Auckland Council on 301-0101 to report storm damage to parks, reserves, public spaces and coastal areas or infrastructure. Cleaning up rubbish and debris along the coastline, starting at Takapuna Beach, has been a priority, Auck- land Council parks, sport and recreation manager Ian Maxwell says. Inevitably, a storm washes up a collection of logs, plastics, concrete and glass that must be picked up to make the beach safe for visitors, says Mr Maxwell. The team will also do some seaweed removal, collecting up piles of weed from the worst-affected beaches where it can start to smell, be uncomfortable underfoot as it dries and won t be washed away by the next incoming tide. Home gardeners are also encouraged to make the most of excess seaweed on beaches. With a little bit of effort, seaweed can be used as mulch, a pest deterrent, compost accelerant, soil con- ditioner and fertiliser. Further stormy weather was expected last weekend. IRBs make good time around NZ By LISA HONEYBONE Despite bad weather three North Shore surf lifeguards are ahead of schedule on their mission to circumnavigate the country in an inflatable rescue boat. Jason Harvey, 23, of Browns Bay and Blake Ingram, 23, of Greenhithe are part of a team of six making the planned 40-day trip. Jason Glew, 22, from Devonport, is a reserve driver. The team departed on January 5 in two specially modified rescue boats. If successful, it will be the first full circumnavigation of New Zealand in an inflatable under four metres. The quest celebrates the 100th anniversary of surf life saving in New Zealand. Co-leader of the journey Ash Matuschka says although his crew has made great progress they are aware they could face consistent easterlies on their way back up to Auckland. We ve managed to dodge a few bullets with the weather, so we re prepared to take a hammering at some stage before we get home, he says. The crew is now making its way up the east coast after travelling from Auckland up around the North Island and down the West Coast around Stewart Island. For more information visit www.sixsurflifeguards.org. nz.
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