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BAY CHRONICLE, OCTOBER 27, 2011
0yrs-5yrs - The Ridge Childcare Centre
offers: Opening hours: 7.30 -- 5.30
We are now taking
enrolments for 0-2yr olds
and 2-5yr olds.
Be quick -- limited spaces
Phone Lynne 407 7333
322 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri 0230
The Ridge After School Care
and Holiday Programme (Oscar)
We are the only childcare centre in Kerikeri
to offer this level of service to the community.
Come in for a visit and check us out.
• Hot cooked lunch, morning & afternoon tea
• Qualified caring staff
• Recently re-furbished playground
• 20Hrs ECE approved
• WINZ approved
Bring the family for
Bottom old Wharf Road
Phone 09 402 7525
Restaurant „ Bar „ Takeaway
Fish & Chips, Burgers & More
Ribs, Steak & Fish
2 for 1 Dive Course!!
09 407 9986
• Courses run 1st November-- 15th December
• Limited numbers---Get in fast!
• Not repeated for another 5 years!!
• Must sign up together
• BYO mask, snorkel, fins
• Other conditions apply
Waipapa Intersection SH10 Waipapa
Great buzz for a good cause
By KERI MOLLOY
Pain and pleasure: Bay Chronicle editor
Keri Molloy makes a leap of faith from
16,000 feet over Kerikeri aerodrome in
tandem with Carl Partington of Skydive
SILLY really, doing a 16,000 feet
skydive with a dicky shoulder.
The shoulder, site of an old
injury, dislocated as we left the
plane and what followed was a
descent of pleasure and pain. But
what an adventure, visual delight
As close as you can get to flying.
And now that the shoulder is
comfortably in a sling, all that
remains are the good memories and
a desire to give it another go.
You too can have the thrill of your
life -- without the pain if your
shoulders are both in good order --
while helping out our senior
Skydive Zone is on target to
donate 10 mattresses to Kerikeri
The village has been operating for
25 years and this year its care
facility is 20 years old.
When it was built in 1991, the
furniture and equipment was the
best available but some of it needs
In particular many of the
mattresses no longer offer the sup-
port they used to.
But at a cost of $600 each, the
not-for-profit charitable trust has
been looking for ways to raise
money to replace at least 26 of the
Enter local businessman Gavin
Horrell of Skydive Zone who has
come up with a novel fundraising
concept which he hopes will raise
enough money to purchase at least
10 new mattresses.
On October 29 he s having a Go
Jump day and $50 from each
skydive will go to the Village Mat-
As well as the chance to have fun
and help a worthy cause, there will
be some amazing spot prizes.
Gavin was part of a similar pro-
motion in the UK and says that
with seven instructors, four pilots
and two planes on rotation it s poss-
ible to do 100 jumps safely in one
day, weather permitting.
He s planning a weather contin-
gency day for Sunday and is happy
to run into a second day if there is
Call 0800 GO JUMP for more
information or to book.
Strict rules for use of Paihia beach cleaner
Rules for the birds: Paihia's new beach cleaner.
By KERI MOLLOY
Investment by Focus Paihia in a
beach cleaning machine sounded
like a great way of community and
council working together to get
things done but it s not that simple.
Ornithologist Carol Davies says
beach grooming machines can cause
The cleaner can pick up debris as
small as a cigarette butt, broken
glass as well as weed and driftwood
up to the size of a forearm without
removing any sand, Focus Paihia
says. And the new machine will also
be able to clean up rubbish from
But Ms Davies says the machines
suck up and filter the sand, captur-
ing not only debris, but also small
Treating a beach as though it
were a pile of sand devoid of life
places at risk the immense ecologi-
cal value that it has. Grooming can
kill organisms near the sand sur-
face and can crush deeper-living
invertebrates inside their burrows.
She says sandy beaches provide
habitat and support a great diver-
sity of animals, including shorebi-
Birds which use the beaches
between Waitangi and Te Haumi
include gulls, terns, herons,
oystercatchers, godwits and stilts.
They include the Northern New
Zealand Dotterel, which is an
endangered endemic species with a
population of only about1500.
These birds fly from nearby
islands to feed on these beaches.
She s also anxious that the
machine will be hired to other com-
munity groups who may not be
aware of the potential environ-
mental damage they can cause.
Focus Paihia general manager
Tania McInnes says the trust is
aware that Carol Davies has con-
cerns about the cleaner:
The chair has had contact with
her on a number of occasion to work
through them. We are revising our
application (for resource consent) ,
based on an ecological assessment
report we have had done -- issued on
The revised application says only
Te Ti Bay and Paihia Beaches will
be cleaned with the machine and it
will be driven by trained volunteers.
A visual inspection will be made
by a trained driver during the
breeding season -- October to Febru-
ary -- before cleaning/grooming of
Any dotterel sightings will be
reported to the Department of Con-
servation. Any nest sites will be
fenced off as soon as they are ident-
ified. And there will be an exclusion
zone at Te Ti Bay, from the kayak
hire shed north to the river mouth
and around the shell bed and creek
outlet adjacent to the Waitangi
Cleaning of sandy areas on Paihia
Beaches and Te Ti Bay will be lim-
ited to a fortnightly maximum dur-
ing non-peak seasons. No cleaning/
grooming will occur near estuary
mouths, headlands, shell beds or
around creek/stormwater outlets,
such as the outlet near the toilets on
She says Focus Paihia has
received strong support from the
community to get the cleaner up
and running -- including written
support from organisations, such as
ratepayers, iwi and Paihia School.
The Far North branch of the
Ornithological Society has been
undertaking a seven yearly census
of the population of the New
Zealand dotterel. The latest is under
way this month.
The New Zealand Historic Places
Trust raised concern that the
machine should not damage
archaeological sites along the
beach margins. A protocol was
developed several weeks ago as
part of the planning for the beach
cleaning to ensure sites are
avoided. There are no further
issues, Northland manager Stuart
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