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Enforcement: A parking warden checks vehicles in Laurie Hall carpark. Parking wardens patrol from 8am to 6pm and make
sure every carpark gets fair coverage.
By DENISE PIPER
Ducking into a shop for a few
minutes or not having the right
change are the most common reasons
for breaking carparking rules.
About $630,000 a year is paid on
24,000 parking tickets and fines in
The Whangarei District Council
uses the money to cover the cost of
The most parking fines are given
out in the streetside carparks in the
central business district, around the
James St area.
Council spokeswoman Ann Midson
says the parking wardens patrol
from 8am to 6pm in cycles, so each
carpark gets fair coverage.
But people parking on the street,
rather than the designated carparks,
are more likely to break the rules.
People who drive up to the kerb
think that they re just going to be a
minute or they aren t carrying
change with them.
People go to carparks because
they re going to be there for a while,
do a bunch of things and they re
probably better prepared for it.
Ms Midson says shoppers also
sometimes forget they have to pay on
Parking tickets range from $10 for
parking half an hour longer than
paid for, to $150 for parking on a
disabled driver parking space with-
out a permit.
The top three infringements in the
district are parking for longer than
paid for, failing to display a valid
parking receipt and staying too long
in a restricted time zone -- such as
parking all day in a P120 zone.
About 10 vehicles a week are
towed from places like clearway
The busiest time of the day for
fines is 11am to 2pm, and the busiest
month is December, Ms Midson says.
Of the $630,000 collected in park-
ing fines each year, $268,000 goes on
the enforcement contract with
Environmental Northland, $160,000
goes to legal costs and $202,000 goes
on overheads including the cost of
Each year the council collects $1.1
million in parking fees -- paid by law-
abiding motorists, usually at pay and
Of this, $418,000 is spent on park-
ing operations, maintenance and
management, $172,000 on carpark
upgrades, $275,000 on overheads
including rates and depreciation,
and $245,000 on enforcement.
$3.9m contract signed for new cycle trail
A Northland cycle trail ride is a
Nga Haerenga, The New Zea-
land Cycle Trail, project has
signed a $3.9 million contract
for the new Bay of Islands to
Hokianga Cycle Trail. The trail
is a joint initiative of the Far
North District Council, Social
Development Ministry and The
New Zealand Cycle Trail proj-
Work on construction of the
trail began in June and has so
far included the clearance of
substantial sections of trail
between Okaihau to Kaikohe
and from Otiria to Kawakawa.
The 84km grade 1 to 2 trail
will run from Opua to
Mangungu near Horeke on the
Hokianga harbour. with its con-
struction divided into four
Graffiti devastates daycare
By DENISE PIPER
We want our children, the
future generations, to have
something to look forward to. If
they see graffiti it doesn't set a
Cowardly and despicable graffiti
has devastated an early childhood
Tikipunga Educare was covered
in graffiti overnight on Thursday --
with green spraypaint across two
front windows, red graffiti on the
building, and tagging on its fences
There was graffiti on neighbour-
ing fences on Kiripaka Rd.
Owner Alan Lints says the van-
dalism leaves a bad taste.
I found it really cowardly -- we
can t protect against it.
We want our children, the future
generations, to have something to
look forward to. If they see graffiti it
doesn t set a good example.
Mr Lints says the Whangarei Dis-
trict Council-funded graffiti remover
D Tag is worth its weight in gold .
I know the council is trying really
hard to stamp it out and we re
behind them every step of the way.
Tikipunga is one of several areas
in the district where the most
graffiti is reported to the council,
spokeswoman Ann Midson says.
In September this year there were
91 reported graffiti jobs in
Tikipunga, 94 in Kamo and 77 in
the Raumanga and Otaika area.
Other ares with high numbers
include central Whangarei with 64
and Onerahi with 57.
Ms Midson says these numbers
have stayed relatively the same
throughout the year.
However, the reported numbers
might not necessarily reflect the
number of tags -- because there are
different reasons why people do not
D Tag has been working with
Whangarei Community Probation
Service and Te Ora Hou youth
services to paint out graffiti, par-
ticularly on high-profile spots.
Up to 14 young people paint out
graffiti as part of the programme,
including former taggers, Ms Mid-
Ratepayers don t have to pay for
that service, it s part of the partner-
ship between the council and the
community probation service.
It means there are a lot more
people out there with paintbrushes
in their hands covering up the
graffiti, she says.
A brochure will go out with the
next rates demand with information
on how to report graffiti.
The More FM Winery Tour will
include a stop in Tutukaka again
Organisers have announced
dates and venues for the 2011
winery tour series which
includes Sunday, February 6, at
the same venue as this year --
the Tutukaka Marina Reserve.
The artist line-up will be
announced later this week.
Temperatures are very likely to
be in the above average range
from November to January,
according to the NIWA National
Climate Centre's latest forecast.
Seasonal rainfall is equally likely
to be near normal or above
normal, while there is no clear
guidance for soil moisture levels
and stream flows, NIWA says.
Project Promise will be holding a
Northland Seafood Fair at the
Badminton Hall in Porowini Ave
on November 6.
Co-organiser Judy Knight says
the four bands confirmed so far
are the Julian Russell Trio,
Inertia, Railway Pie and Hold The
There will be seafood on offer
with several wineries present
and spot prizes all day.
Entry is $15. Tickets from
Pak'NSave, Amcal Chemists,
Regent New World, Salty Dog
Takeaways -- Hikurangi, Port
Road Fisheries or call Yvonne on
434-7790 or Judy on 436-1334.
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