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The Timber Trail Lodge development is being
supported by a grant from the Government’s
Tourism Growth Partnership Fund (TGP) aimed
at increasing international visitor business.
Mr Maunsell says the funding will also enable
the project to be completed within a shorter
Taranaki-King Country MP Barbara Kuriger,
who cycled the trail with her husband Louis in
January, says she is delighted the Government is
investing $1.2 million in the lodge to help boost
tourism in the North King Country.
“ Tourism is a significant part of our national
and regional economies. This will attract more
visitors to Taranaki-King Country which means
more money and more jobs for our local econ-
lodge for trail
FONTERRA will pay part of its forecast final
dividend earlier to support farmers during a
time of extremely tight on-farm cash flows.
Chairman John Wilson says a solid perfor-
mance during the past nine months to April 30
enabled the co-operative to declare the 10 cents
per share dividend yesterday. Payment will be
made on June 7 bringing dividend payments so
far this financial year to 30 cents per share.
“We intend to declare another 10 cents per
share dividend in August, subject to financial
performance continuing to support the current
forecast earnings per share range of 45 to 55
cents.” Fonterra’s milk collection for the cur-
rent season is 1558 million kg/MS – 3% lower
than last season.
THE volunteers who patrol Kawhia’s beaches
and sand dunes do the job ‘on the smell of an
With few resources available to patrol a vast
area – from Maketu Marae to Ocean Beach and
Aotea Heads – Onepu Charitable Trust members
were devastated when their beach patrol quad
bike was stolen in November.
“We’ve been on a real downer since the bike
was pinched from under our house,” says trust
administrator Daisy Scott.
“We’ve been patrolling the beaches for eight
years now and everyone round here knows we’re
volunteers trying to help the community, so it was
quite a shock when some lowlife stole our bike.”
But now thanks to the generosity of Otoro-
honda and Pub Charity, the patrollers are back
on the beaches.
“Kawhia Hotel publicans Ani Tapara and Dave
Barnett supported our application for Pub Charity
funding to buy a replacement quad bike and Peter
Kerr-Bell at Otorohonda gave us such a super
deal we were able to get two good secondhand
bikes – a TRX500 and a TRX450,” says Ms Scott.
“In the past we’ve had to use a privately-
owned second bike to cover the huge expanse
She says their rostered beach patrols perform
three main services.
The 20km/h speed limit on the beach is often
ignored, so trust members stop vehicles “hooning
dangerously” along the shore especially where
children are playing.
They stop motorbike riders and 4WD off-
roaders doing “motocross moves” over the sand
dunes damaging plants which stabilise the dunes
and threatening rare North Island dotterel nests.
And they also keep people out of the Tainui-
Helpers back on beaches
Kawhia forestry blocks between the harbour and
“We copped a lot of resistance when we first
started patrolling because people thought they
had the right to do what they liked regardless of
the harm they were causing to the environment,”
says Ms Scott.
“But now when we stop people to explain the
damage they’re doing, they’re generally pretty
good about it.”
She says during the holidays when there are
thousands of visitors in Kawhia patrollers go out
at low tide with an hour between bike runs so
they’ve got the whole foreshore covered. At other
times they mainly patrol during the weekends.
“While our main job is to help keep our
beaches safe, we’ve also played a part in rescuing
people whose vehicles have been caught by the
incoming tide, broken down or got bogged in
soft sand,” she says.
“We do our best to help anyone who is in
trouble and the people of Kawhia have supported
our efforts all the way.”
Mr Kerr-Bell says he was delighted to give the
trust a good deal because of the work members
do to keep their community safe.
“They were such lovely people to deal with and
we did our best to help them.
“ The quads are in top condition and we gave
them a good going over so they do the job.
“Daisy told us the wind and sand give her a bit
of bother so we fitted an old-fashioned motorcy-
cle windscreen to the one she rides so she’ll be
“And we threw in a couple of safety helmets.
“It’s great to support a group doing good things
for their community.”
Fuel coupons to keep the quads on the beach
are supplied by Otorohanga District Council and
forest owners Tainui-Kawhia Inc.
WHEELIE GRATEFUL: Onepu Charitable Trust members Aaron Greenbank (left), Tony
Ferguson, Daisy Scott and Bryan Tarawhiti show off the “new” secondhand quads bought with
the help of Pub Charity, Otorohonda and Kawhia Hotel.
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