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Crossing called for
By DENISE PIPER
A mother believes a safe crossing
is needed outside Totara Grove
School before a child is hurt.
Bridgette Henare has been lob-
bying the Whangarei District
Council to install a safe ped-
estrian crossing outside her chil-
dren s school on Corks Rd in Tiki-
Youngsters have to scamper
across the road with cars coming
at them from four directions --
both sides of Corks Rd, Balmac-
ewan Dr and the school gate.
Bus stops at the school gate and
a blind corner make the situation
even more dangerous.
In September the council
agreed to look at crossing options
for the school.
But the project has had to be
deferred, along with $26 million of
other projects put off until the
2013-2014 year to help the council
balance its books.
The projects will be done next
year as long as planned property
sales go ahead.
Ms Henare says that in the
meantime the safety issue is
Children s safety is still being
compromised, she says.
The other day at 3.30pm I had
to help some children who were
sitting and waiting for someone to
help them cross. By 3.30pm every-
one had gone home.
Ms Henare is organising a pet-
ition for a pedestrian crossing,
which is available for people to
sign at Tikipunga Countdown and
Paramount Medical Centre.
She will also speak to the coun-
cil s full meeting on Wednesday at
10am and hopes others will turn
up to show their support.
Meanwhile a new subdivision is
being promoted on rural land
behind the school which, accord-
ing to plans, may provide new
access points to the school away
from Corks Rd.
Stage 1 of the 433-lot Totara
Parklands Estate off Gillingham
Rd is under way. G J Gardner
Homes is offering land and house
packages starting from $360,000.
Waipu's Scots ready for big day
By DENISE PIPER
Waipu welcome: Waipu Caledonian Society members, from left: Jamie
MacGregor, Annie Everson-Dawn, Des McLean, Cally James and Ted Hart
look forward to welcoming thousands for the Waipu Highland Games.
Photos: DENISE PIPER
Highland heavyweight: Chieftain
Ted Hart shows how to toss the
caber -- which must be flipped end-
over-end in a straight line -- one of
the heavyweight competitions done
in a kilt.
The Waipu Highland Games is
the best in the world and the
event on January 1, 2013 will be
The Waipu Caledonian
Society has been running the
games since 1871. It has been
voted the best of its kind in the
world by the International High-
land Games Association.
Society secretary Annie
Everson-Dawn says the games
help keep Scottish traditions
alive, as well as being a fun fam-
Last year about 5400 people
attended but more are expected
Competitions in piping, fid-
dling, drumming and Highland
dancing attract competitors
from all over New Zealand, plus
a few international competitors.
The day also includes the
renowned New Zealand Heavy-
weight Championships, with Pat
Hellier being the New Zealand
champion for the past 15 years.
All competitors are dressed in
The host clan this year is Clan
Fergusson but more than a
dozen Scottish clans will be rep-
resented in the Avenue of the
The Scottish food is another
major attraction with short-
bread, Scottish pies, oatmeal
cakes and haggis being some of
the goodies on offer.
New this year will be a Guess
the Flag competition included in
Imagination and information
should be on offer at the clan
and stallholders stalls, as they
will be competing for prizes for
the best displays.
The increasingly-popular Tar-
tan in the Park fashion compe-
tition will also be a highlight,
with the event planned at 2pm.
Games chieftain Ted Hart
says the event involves the
Annie says although planning
starts in January each year
more volunteers are needed,
especially someone to run the
The games kick off at 9am
with a parade of the clans and a
massed pipeband, with Mayor
Morris Cutforth doing an official
opening at midday.
Entry is $15 adults, $5 under-
15s, under-5s free or $35 for a
family of two adults and two
children. Car parking is free.
The event concludes with a
ceilidh (pronounced kaylee) -- a
Celtic dance in the Waipu Coro-
nation Hall from 7pm, led by
band Twisty Willow. Entry to
this is $5.
Contact Annie on 432 2509 or
go to waipugames.co.nz for more
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