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Bus stop: Should more parking be made available for buses?
Maybe it's time the council looked
into the availability of parking for
coaches in Kerikeri.
As my picture shows, when there
are two coaches parked, they double
park because there is not enough
space allocated for two to park
together against the kerb.
This blocks the road and makes
the crossing area for pedestrians
difficult to see around the coaches.
Maybe a new area in town could
be looked at where two or more
coaches can offload passengers in a
It is clear that something is badly
wrong with our local farmers
We have nine friends and
neighbours who used to go and buy
their fresh produce every weekend --
now only three attend irregularly.
The commonest complaints being
it's too expensive'', it's cheaper at
the supermarket and at Reeds'', it
has lost its appeal'', where is the
selection?'', who was responsible
for not allowing the best beans, etc,
back?'', who allowed the bacon and
egg sandwiches in -- that's not a
farmers market product -- where is
the local content in those?'',
whatever this 3-rule is, it doesn't
seem to be working -- isn't that
considered to be collusion and lead
to price fixing?''
I accept that we are still in a state
of recession and the impact of the
finance sector collapse might have
some bearing but one only has to
look at the significant number of
empty stalls and far fewer shoppers
every weekend to realise that there
are probably other reasons.
I believe the answer is simple -- if
the customers aren't coming then
the market is failing to attract them
because it has got something wrong.
It's obvious which stalls are
successful -- these are the ones who
give the customers top quality local
produce at a competitive price.
Grown and produced locally, not
offering product bought from a
supermarket and toasted.
Perhaps it's time the committee
looked at themselves instead of
blaming the manager. They are no
different to a board of directors. If
you have poor leadership then you
will have poor results. I think the
market needs to change to survive.
Regarding wedding photography at
the Stone Store and Kemp House:
We love providing a historic and
iconic setting for wedding
ceremonies and photos. It is
wonderful to know that our heritage
buildings and beautiful gardens
feature in many wedding albums
around the world.
The Stone Store has been a
feature of Northland tourism since
the 1930s. We are open 364 days a
year so that people can visit and
enjoy one of New Zealand's most
cherished sites which includes
Kemp House and the surrounding
gardens. However this requires a lot
of funding to maintain. While the
New Zealand Historic Places Trust
receives some funding from the
government and community
support through grant funding and
donations, we also operate as a
professional tourism business.
To make up the shortfall, the
Kerikeri Mission Station charges
for our highly rated guided tour.
The Stone Store also operates as a
fantastic retail outlet on the ground
floor which is a huge drawcard for
tourists and locals alike, and is free
to enter. We also offer a range of
services for weddings and functions
for very reasonable fees. Our fees
for wedding options are very
competitive when compared to other
venues in Northland and we like to
do all we can to make memorable
occasions very special.
There are quite a few things to
think about though, as I'm sure
you'll appreciate, when we host over
70,000 visitors each year. To ensure
that we deliver a high quality
experience for both our visitors and
the happy couple, we do prefer to
discuss options with people well in
advance of the day.
People can get in touch by calling
Liz or Debbie on (09) 407-9236 or
Kerikeri Mission Station
Library staff made the decision to
close down the Aotearoa People's
Network Kaharoa computers and
free wireless network from
December 24 to January 10 because
many library staff are on leave
during this period.
Two libraries were closed, one
had a casual staff member only, and
the rest operated with reduced staff
with the ability to maintain core
Computer use generally requires
staff supervision and this could not
be provided during the peak holiday
time. The inconvenience to people
wanting to access our computers
and wireless network during this
time is regretted and if we can do
better in terms of keeping our
internet services running during
the Christmas-New Year period in
future -- if only in our larger
libraries -- we will do so. Alison Lees
Far North District Council
Concerning the letter to Bay
Chronicle, January 13, about stray
cats, writer unnamed:
So this person condones the theft
of all the feeding bowls, etc, and the
biscuit dispenser -- provided by Bob
Kerridge, Auckland RSPCA, in
recognition of the good work the Cat
Carer Coalition of Paihia is doing --
from our feeding station.
I would say that this makes them
as guilty of theft as the perpetrator
and as mean minded. The theft was
reported to the police.
The cats in our colony are not
feral and, when not interfered with,
are fed regularly, are healthy and
are not being a nuisance.
The writer should be very much
more concerned for children's safety
and channel their energies on the
unrestrained dogs roaming the
Village Green and town and their
droppings, also those from
hedgehogs plus human faeces and
rubber goods'', together with the
large number of half-full bottles and
cans littering the area, in addition
to leftover foodstuff.
Be advised that the Eastern
Community Board is aware of the
cat situation in Paihia and has
recognised and complimented us for
our positive action in feeding and
desexing the colony.
Passers-by and tourists have
admired our cats, noted how well
they look and have been most
complimentary and even made a
contribution towards their care.
On behalf of the three male and
nine female members of the Cat
Caring Coalition of Paihia.
On behalf of the three male and
nine female members of the Cat
Caring Coalition of Paihia
The Bay of Islands Riding for the
Disabled would like to thank you for
your article on our recent fundraiser
of gift baskets.
The exposure helped
tremendously and certainly went a
long way towards helping us sell
most of the baskets.
We have about 10 of the garden
baskets left, which is mainly due to
the late arrival of the baskets and
we feel confident that they will be
sold during the year.
We are raising funds to go
towards an indoor arena and
without the support of the local
community it would not be possible.
Mary Topham and Lynne Mountain
Bay of Islands Riding for the
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