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Show some respect guys

A local resident, recently bereaved, was saddened about having to pick up a bag full of broken stubbies and other bottles, plus fragments of decorations blown around the cemetery from graves, and wonders whether a working bee is necessary or whether people visiting the cemetery, which is otherwise in beautiful condition and very peaceful, could do a bit of picking up. Would a wheelie or rubbish bin near the cemetery entrance be a good idea, she wonders.

Shepherds Warning

This drought –like dry spell has left some of our residents with stock, especially small sheep flocks, short of feed. If you have grazing to spare, or are short of grass, contact me, Judith Williams, and I will try and link you up.

Come on Baby but Don’t Light My Fire (yet)

The limited restriction on lighting open fires in rural areas, which normally ends on April 1 each year, has been extended until further notification while the fire authorities consider what steps to take if present very dry conditions continue. According to predictions, says our local fire chief, there is no significant rain on the horizon for another three weeks.

Public alerting system test advisory

Dear all,

This is an advisory that Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management will be testing their public alerting systems on Sunday 6 April at midday. These tests are carried out twice yearly on the daylight savings change over. 

Systems we will be testing include
• Tsunami sirens in the north and west
• North Shore tsunami notifier
• OPTn SMS system
• Public Alerting Platform (smartphone apps, website, SMS, social media)

Tsunami sirens
We test the tsunami sirens in the north and west to check operational performance and familiarise residents with the siren tones.

The locations of sirens in the north are:
• Point Wells
• Whangateau
• Omaha
• Waiwera

The locations of the sirens in the west are:
• Bethells Beach Te Henga
• Piha North
• Piha South
• Karekare
• Whatipu
• Little Huia
• Huia
• Te Atatu South
• Harbour View Road
• Te Atatu Peninsula North
• Westpark Marina
• Hobsonville Airbase (Harrier Point)
• Herald Island

What does the test sequence sound like?
The test sequence will be three sets of tones, each signaling a specific action. They will sound for one minute each and there will be 15 seconds between each set. In an emergency, tones will sound for longer. The siren patterns and the way they will sound in an emergency are:

Alert (dash – dash – dot – dot) – Evacuate beaches, prepare for full evacuation and monitor the radio or television for more information.
Evacuate (dot – dot – dot) – Immediate evacuation to the nearest safe high ground and avoid using personal transport unless essential.
All clear (continuous tone) – Return to premises if they have not been affected and follow directions of the emergency services if your area has been affected.

There will be media coverage of the tests. 

Please feel free to circulate this e-mail freely. 

Kind regards

Nicky Tayler

If you have any questions, please contact Nicky Tayler directly. Her email address is:Nick...@Nick.



Opportunity Knocks

The Ministry of Education have released a number of ‘Aspire’ scholarships for 2015 to enable students from lower-income families to attend private schools such as Wentworth College in Gulf Harbour –Rodney’s only private school.Scholarship winners receive free tuition PLUS up to $1500 each yeartowards school related costs – not just next year, but for the remainder of their schooling at Wentworth!

Places are limited.
Applications close on 30 th April 2014 .
For more information please contact Gail Clews on (09) 424-3273. ;

HIGH SUCCESS RATE! In 2014, 1 in 3 applicants won a scholarship .

Brigade In the Red

ozfireThe Puhoi Rural Fire Force is rightly proud of itself for the service its second-in-charge, Mike Donovan, has recently given to Australians fighting the Melbourne bush fires, and, says fire chief Russell Green, two other members of our local force are on standby for the next Melbourncontingent, and also in training for the possibility of an American call as well. “It is exciting to see our guys spreading their wings and getting some overseas experience,” he comments. Following an exceptionally busy January and February 2014 it has been quiet l recently for the local brigade. The restriction on lighting rural open fires still held, but was on track to end by April 1providing no exceptional circumstances inter- vened. All weather indices showed the district was drier than average, Russell reported before cyclone Lusi hit New Zealand.

“As to fire station building progress, there is still some to-ing and fro-ing between Auckland Coun- cil, builders and Resource Consent staff,” he reports. “Meanwhile, the fire force is making appli- cations to 16 funding agencies to help with the circa $200,000 needed for earthworks and approximately $450,000 for the building. At present the fire force has raised around $320,000.” The PRFF is still looking for new recruits.

Living it up in the Library

The library, with its new manager, Helen Darnell, is settling into a year of monthly themes and display changes. Volunteer librarian Sue May organised a display to coincide with the interna- tional day of celebration of women, March 8, while we have Mary Fitzgibbon to thank for the display, running throughout March and tieng in with St Patrick’s Day, of books about Ireland, including a primer of Gaelic, which may not be the first choice of languages on my list to study, with all deference to the Celts in our community. The April theme, which the library does so well, will be Anzac Day, and will draw on its quite special collection, including books, artefacts, newspapers and other documents, to commemo- rate the soldiers and sacrifices of the two world wars. I for one look forward to the Anzac biscuits which also makes that day special down at the library. Opening hours that day are from 10am to 4pm. Look for poppy and raffle ticket sales in advance, to be drawn on Anzac Day, with book, DVD, and Bohemian bottled beer prizes. Funds raised from the raffle will be donated to Wark- worth RSA. The theme for May will be Extreme Endeavours, and, of course, Sir Edmund Hillary will be tops that month. On March 27 trials begin on Thursday evening opening hours for those out of town during usual daytime hours. In June the theme will be Matariki, the start of the Maori New Year, with links to the Bohemian founders of the European settlement of Puhoi on June 29 1863.