News in Brief
Te Arai plan under spotlight
A hearing regarding the 46-lot development at Te Arai will commence on October 7. The plan has changed radically from it’s first notification when over 1000 houses were proposed. The establishment of 172 hectares to be vested as public reserve is now proposed to run the full length of the dunes and meet the DoC wildlife reserve. Objections have been high and 600 submitters have asked to speak at the hearing. Main objections refer to the protection of shorebirds and endangered species breeding in the area. The hearing will be held at the Auckland Council offices in Orewa and is expected to run until the 14th October.
Funds for school
Hard on the heels of establishing their own radio station, Mangawhai Beach School has been awarded a grant of $1,500 from the Mazda Foundation. The proceeds are to be used to purchase an electric guitar, amplifiers and sound mixer which will be particularly beneficial to the ongoing development of the Kapa Haka group and the school band.
Lion park holiday offer
Kingdom of Zion lion park in Whangarei has a special rate of $5 for children over the school holidays until Sunday October 13. Children must be accompanied by a full paying adult, with a maximum of 4 children per adult. Children are aged 2 to 16 for the purposes of this offer. Children aged 2 and under are free. This offer applies to the Standard guided tour, the Enrichment tour and the Feed tour.
Currently there are 33 big cats at the park – tawny and white lions, orange and white Bengal tigers, a black leopard and two cheetahs.
Kids, win a trip for your class to visit the Kingdom of Zion in their poster competition. Details online at kingdomofzion.co.nz or phone (09) 435 0110.
Show respect please
A Waipu woman reports she recently visited the Mangawhai Cemetery to visit her mother’s grave. Shortly after, another car arrived which included several people and two large male dogs which proceeded, unsupervised, to wander through the cemetery blithely cocking their legs on several gravestones.
Our reporter says the dogs never went near her mother’s grave but she viewed the incident with disappointment and as disrespect towards the families of those who are buried there and the dog owners not keeping control of their animals.