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GOLDEN OLDIES UPDATE
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The Golden Oldies Rugby day at Kaiwaka was shaping up to
be a biggy. Teams from all over were expected. But the day
dawned dirty indeed and the more sensible teams pulled out.
Maungaturoto Four Square
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ditions for Rugby will be far from ideal. Only the hardy and the
foolhardy turned up to play in the most atrocious weather mother . Worzel
nature has sent us this winter.
The Bar was the Winner
on the Day
The rules for Golden Oldies Rugby are different from the International ones. After 35 years under the latter, I still got penalised
now and then. Is it reasonable to ask me to change at this stage
With advancing age we have gone full circle. Often teams are
a mish-mash of players and the games are much like the school
yard 'pick-up sides' matches of my childhood.
In the same spirit the number of tries are recorded only in
memory, victory is celebrated only in the mind and never in the
paper. Nevertheless in schoolboy lunchtimes or on Kaiwaka
Sundays, sportsmen play to win and everyone knows who has
triumphed in the end.
Many of the Golden Oldie rugby teams around the country play
a watered down version of the game. A sort of rugby with the
rugby taken out, but his is not so with teams in Northland.
In Northland a cell memory of rugged bruising encounters at
the prime of life remain with many of the players. Consequently
the competitive spirit rose above the dire conditions. Skills
honed by decades of experience were displayed before a shivering, oilskin-clad crowd of dedicated supporters With exemplary
handling and dogged support play, Otamatea Wild Turkeys
produced more free flowing movements than you‘ll find in a rest
home, netting a handful of tries for their trouble. Resolute defence combined with blind stupidity kept the home sides goal
line intact for the day. There were heroes a plenty in the ranks
and although we may not have altogether soared like eagles,
many a man, no longer a spring chicken, still managed to flap
about like a Wild Turkey.
All in all it was a lot of fun. The rugby was hard enough to
make the beer taste good, but not such as to be ill tempered and
rancorous like the match, a fortnight earlier, against old premier
adversaries Mid-Northern . Thanks to the willing work of local
Tangata Whenua a hot, tasty hangi was gratefully gobble gobbled up. Otamatea Wild Turkeys would like to wish all sponsors,
supporters and helpers a hearty Gobble Gobble Gobble.
Nominations Now Open For
Local Government Candidates
Now is your chance to give local politics a go and have a say in
the future of your district.
Nominations for candidates wishing to stand in this year’s local
authority elections open Friday 23 July 2010.
Claire Lichtwark McInnes Electoral Officer says anyone wishing
to stand as a candidate for Kaipara should get their nominations
in now. Nominations close on Friday 20 August at noon.
“We are encouraging anyone who wants to make a difference in
the local community to stand. After all, local government and
local democracy are fundamental to our society giving the opportunity for everyone’s voice to be heard. The Mayor and
Councillors take on a leadership role in the Kaipara representing
the views of the community.
We need a range of elected members of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to represent the diversity of our
Anyone over the age of 18 can stand for election as long as they
are a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the electoral roll anywhere in New Zealand. Your nominees must be on the roll in
the ward in which you are standing.”
For further information on standing as a candidate visit
www.kaipara.govt.nz or www.lgnz.col.nz or contact your electoral officer.
- Kaipara District Council media release
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Farmer confidence dips slightly, farm
confidence survey shows
In the latest Federated Farmers survey of farmer confidence, at
the start of the 20010/11 season, only a net 2.9 percent of farmers expect the economy to improve. As this has declined slightly
from January’s survey, Federated Farmers believes it provides
evidence why the Reserve Bank needs to keep the Official Cash
Rate (OCR) on hold at 2.75 percent.
had it’s first reading late last week. In light of the mining backdown, it is a positive signal to business, along with planned
amendments to the Employment Relations Act and the Holidays
“Yet, given many farm business concerns revolve about unnecessary compliance, we ask why there has been only glacial progress on the Regulatory Responsibility Bill, which is currently
subject to a discussion document.
“These legislative tools, we believe, will enforce a much needed
“While farmers are not overly optimistic about general economic cultural shift within Government that will lift the profitability of
New Zealand’s farmer-exporters,” Mr York concluded.
conditions they are slightly more upbeat about the profitability
of their own farms, but then again, that’s off recession like levels,” says Philip York, Federated Farmers economics and commerce spokesperson.
“One general economic barometer is recruitment and farm employers are now reporting it easier to find skilled staff than in
January, where we found a tightening labour market.
“Federated Farmers is buoyed by the way farmers have responded to policy signals to reduce debt levels. This is not just a
dairy phenomenon. We see meat and fibre farmers as well as
grains farmers moving in this direction as well. Debt reduction
must be encouraged and keeping the OCR on hold will greatly
facilitate debt retirement.
“While dairy farmers are the most optimistic, for sheep and beef
farmers as well as grains farmers, things are much less rosy.
Among grains farmers there is a strong underlying pessimism
about industry factors that Federated Farmers is looking into. It
is also significant the current state of the meat and wool industries is now a named concern.
“Yet the single biggest issue for farmers at the start of the
2010/11 season is the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
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Northland Lifestyle Field Days gather
momentum for November Event
With just under four months to go until the big event in November, the team at the Northland Lifestyle Field Days, have
an impressive line up of exhibitors.
With animals being at the top of the list, visitors to the field
days will get a close up view of a diverse range of farm animals, including alpacas and kunekune pigs.
This year’s focus is on education, with skilled cheese makers,
crafts and farm advice on hand, small block holders will not be
Speakers organized by major sponsor Northland Regional
Council will bring added interest to the day, plus a range of
demonstrations by those specializing in rural industries.
As an added incentive, major sponsors Carters Maungaturoto
are offering Field Day visitors a chance to win a garden shed.
Other major sponsors include Northtec and First National
Roper & Jones Real Estate.
Real Town Maungaturoto Inc would like to see more exhibitors
take part in this year’s event, which would enhance the Northland Lifestyle Field Day’s appeal for small block owners, as
well as interested visitors enjoying a day out.
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