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BAY CHRONICLE, JANUARY 31, 2013
KERIKERI CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC
Many of you will remember
the late Dr Wally Robb who
practised in the district for
over 30 years. Since his passing more
than two years ago the practice has
been managed by Dr Gordon King,
Dr Robyn King & Dr James Jevons.
We are now very pleased to be able to
announce that Dr Brian Lonsdale will
take over the practice permanently as
of February 1st, 2013.
Dr Lonsdale, a kiwi orginally from
Wellington, graduated from the
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic
College, as did Drs Gordon and
Susan King. He then practiced in
Australia before moving to Rotorua
where he has been based for the last
10 years. Brian and his wife Jo and
their 2 children are keen to establish
their lives here in Kerikeri having
visited numerous times to visit family
and to sail in these lovely waters.
The Bay of Islands golf club is also
a big attraction. Jo has been a
Bay of Plenty representative golfer;
Brian is a tidy golfer who at times
struggles to keep ahead of his 11 year
old son who is mad keen on the sport
and whose handicap plummets as he
Drs Gordon and Susan King
will return to live in Takapuna.
Dr Jevons has returned to the UK.
Dr Robyn King now has her own
practice in the Auckland CBD at:
We have thoroughly enjoyed our
time here in the winterless north and
would like to thank all of our patients
for making us welcome and for their
loyalty to the Kerikeri Chiropractic
We are totally confident that
Dr Lonsdale will be a valued member
of the community, will provide excellent
chiropractic healthcare and will give
certainty and stability to the practice
for many years to come.
Dr Gordon King DC
394 Kerikeri Road
09 407 7722
Sporting guru sets sights on game
Sports planning: Robin McConnell at his Kerikeri home. He's asking if the council
does enough in sports planning to allow for special populations and spectators.
He sees potential for a sports academy or private training establishment in the
Far North that could offer sports qualifications or links with universities to provide
partial degree qualifications.
By KERI MOLLOY
Far North District Council recognises that sport and recreation have
significant potential to contribute to the social and economic
wellbeing of Far North communities.
Its policy is to encourage the use and development of recreational
assets and it believes that all people have the right to participate in
recreation and sport regardless of age, ability, discretionary income,
ethnicity, gender and geographical location.
''Council however has limited resources and therefore must
manage those resources to ensure equity, efficiency, and
According to its policy statement it aims to work collaboratively with
other partners such as Sport Northland, the Department of
Conservation and, community sport or recreational groups to 'identify,
develop and promote the use of recreational assets, ensuring that
recreation and sport decision making is based on effective and on-
going consultation with the Far North community, recreation and sport
participants and service providers.'
Its policy also lists research, to be taken into account in planning
and provision of facilities and programmes, designed to enhance the
district's unique character and environment.
''There is a clear and established link between recreational activity
and community well-being. For these benefits to be captured,
however, there is a need for organisations to act as provider, funders
and advocates. Council is in a strong position to work with other
partners to fulfil this role. In many cases, if the public sector does not
fulfil these roles, no one else will.''
The Sport and Recreation Policy was adopted in 2004. At that time
Council had stewardship of over 500 hectares of public land, through
the community services contract it maintains 228 hectares of public
space, 124 playgrounds and three skateboard parks.
Beyond the areas actively maintained there are large areas held by
council to reserve bio-diversity, water catchment areas and access to
Council contracts out the management of the Kaitaia, Kawakawa
and Kerikeri swimming pools. It also administers 22 leases with
sports clubs, 30 leases for a variety of community spaces and seven
EDUCATOR AND AUTHOR
After a background in education, he was appointed as an inspector of
schools. Moving into academia, Robin McConnell was New Zealand's
first professor of sport. His doctorate on elite team leadership was
based upon four years with the All Blacks and led to his book Inside the
All Blacks. He works internationally as a consultant on leadership and
team development with a range of business, sport and public service
bodies. He has written several books, including Laurie Mains [co
authored], Iceman: The Michael Jones story, Nothing is as Physical as a
Poem, Taua of Kareponia -- Leader From the North and The Successful
Robin McConnell of Kerikeri has
an international reputation in the
field of sport and a vibrant vision of
how the Far North could do more to
capitalise on what most people love
For some time he has tried to
alert the Far North District Coun-
cil that they might do more in
terms of planning and strategy.
A letter sent to the Far North
District Council in June 2008
received a brief reply to state a full
reply would be sent, but he is still
waiting after four years.
His point is that council should
take the lead in planning for sport
and do more to set a clear vision,
outline its goals, set down its plans
and explain what it considers sport
and what it considers recreation.
Policy and the implementation of
it for the elderly is one example of
consideration for inclusion, he says.
Sport is good for the community
and there s a sport for everyone, he
Participation in sport reduces
the demand on government agen-
cies and resources.
What we could do better is
adapt sport for our population and
ensure access to it.
We need more activities like
petanque or Golden Oldies cricket,
If the council is serious about an
integrated policy, he suggests
young people might get involved in
surveying senior citizens to estab-
lish what physical activity they
He would like relevant bodies to
explore the idea of a residential
Bay of Islands sports academy.
He says such a facility could
serve overseas students, and
students of New Zealand univer-
sities that might be quite happy to
have an outpost in the Far North.
I wrote to Northtec but I had no
answer from them either, he says.
Then there s the issue of sport in
prisons which he knows a lot about.
Dr McConnell has carried out
major research on sport in prisoner
of war camps.
The same principles apply in
jails for inmate wellbeing and poss-
Sport in confinement, including
understanding of coaching, can
help make men better fathers and
gives them something that can be
aspired to that will help integrate
them into society better.
Why is New Zealand so focussed
on sport above other endeavours?
We ve done well as a small
nation and then it feeds on itself
through the media.
As a past school principal I do
think that more can be done by tea-
chers to excite children about other
spheres of schooling such as finding
and communicating a lasting joy
and excitement in other fields.
We should value and appreciate
our poets and musicians as much
as [we] do sports people.
As an award winning teacher Dr
McConnell says we don t do enough
to help our kids dream , to help
our university students dream .
We should encourage them to
work back from their dream rather
than the other way around, he
Dr McConnell s academic career
has been dedicated to sport leader-
His other interests are poetry
and music, and he has written a
volume of poetry called Nothing is
as Physical as a Poem.
Blues for dinner before big game
The Blues are coming
to dinner in Kerikeri
on February 8.
Blues All Blacks Ali
Faumuina and Piri
Weepu will be guests
at a question and
answer dinner at the
Kerikeri Sports Com-
plex, before their Blues
game against the New
South Wales Waratahs
the following day at
The event is being
hosted by Kerikeri
Rugby Football Club-
drinks from 5.30pm
before dinner at
says it is a great
chance to meet some
All Blacks. Seats are
$100 ex GST at tables
of 10. To book email
The Blues are one of
the five New Zealand
franchises in the
southern hemisphere s
Super Rugby compe-
tition. Players are
selected from the
Northland, North Har-
bour and Auckland
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