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Throughout 2013, we will be bringing you
regular updates of activity on the Northpower
electricity distribution network -- to keep you
informed of what we are up to, where and
why. This is the frst instalment...
With the prospect of dry weather over the
next few weeks, there will be an emphasis on
completing maintenance and upgrading work
on cross-country lines that were inaccessible
during the wet summer of 2011/2012 and the
winter of 2012.
Finishing work on the main sub-transmission
lines between substations in the Whangarei
area is also a focus.
Replacement of end-of-life conductor (wires)
has been, and will continue to be, a high
priority project throughout 2013 and beyond,
so expect to see plenty of our crews out and
about in Whangarei and Kaipara Districts.
Conclusion of a fve-year programme to
replace troublesome air-break switches (on
our electricity distribution network) with
fully enclosed switches, is scheduled to be
completed by the end of this year.
rk closely with
landowners on the removal of trees which
have caused, or have the potential to cause,
faults on the main feeders in rural areas.
Excellent performance of those lines during
the poor weather over Christmas and earlier
this month has revealed the effectiveness
of that programme. It will continue in 2013,
concentrating on one feeder at a time to
maximise effciency of resources.
We are also preparing to refurbish our Ruawai
substation in early February.
Meanwhile, undergrounding of services on
Western Hills Drive (State Highway 1) near
Central Avenue in Whangarei is underway
to assist the road-widening project being
undertaken by the NZTA.
Completing the build of the Northpower
Fibre network in and around the Whangarei
urban area -- quite possibly by the end of this
year -- remains a major goal.
As always, our focus on electrical safety,
reliability improvements and replacement of
end-of-life assets will continue in 2013. There
is often a relationship between these three
aspects because end-of-life assets are more
prone to failure which lead to interruptions to
electricity supply and can compromise safety.
In late November, while water levels were low,
we completed important maintenance work at
our Wairua Hydro Power Station (near Titoki)
and it is ongoing this summer.
Interestingly, the station was constructed
in early 1900s to supply power to the
cement works at Portland. It is now one of
the oldest operational generation stations
in New Zealand.
Since Northpower purchased it in the
modernising the facility, although it continues
to be a tribute to the engineering of the early
20th century that it still generates electricity
nearly 100 years later.
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Surf session: Ocean Beach occasionally offers some spoils for top Northland surfers, in this case Sandy Bay's Paco
Divers who won $500 at last year's Steve Bowling Summer Session.
Photo: DENISE PIPER
Surfers cash in
Surfers cash in
A cash prize pool of $1000 is help-
ing lure surfers to Ocean Beach s
third annual Steve Bowling Sum-
mer Session surf contest.
The contest run by Ocean Beach
Boardriders Club will be held this
It is fast becoming an annual
fixture on the Northern surfing
calendar, attracting entries from
all over Whangarei as well as
With prize money plus product
prizes from Rip Curl, West Surf-
ing Products, Rusty and Island
Holidays, the contest is growing in
popularity. Last year s $500 win-
ner s cheque for the open division
went to Paco Divers in an
extremely close final fought with
Club president Rupert Newbold
says the contest has always
enjoyed good surf and the organis-
ing committee just needs Mother
Nature to play her part again.
He encourages everyone to sup-
port the event by either partici-
pating or watching. Registrations
close at 8.30am on the day with
surfing starting at 9am.
There are five divisions -- open,
juniors, women s, over 40s and
longboard -- with entry being $20
or free for club members.
Food and drink will be available
on the day.
Newbold promises the $500
winner s cheque in the open div-
ision will ensure a high level of
surfing on display.
If this year s event is anything
like the past two, a fun day will be
The women s, juniors and over
40s winners each receive $150
while the longboard winner
receives a $200 travel voucher
from Island Holidays. There will
also be lucky spot prizes for all
Meanwhile Newbold has found
national success in the first event
of the 2013 Hyundai Tour. He
placed fourth in the over 50s
men s longboard division at the
event held at Raglan s Manu Bay
on January 5 and 6.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Rupert on 434 0744 or Mark on
434 0208 for details or to pre-
Hard work and dedi-
cation during the last
year has been recognised
at the Konica Minolta
Awards held in
sailor Blair Tuke scooped
the prestigious North-
land Sportsperson of the
Year Award after bring-
ing home a silver medal
in the 49er class along-
side Tauranga s Peter
Waipu cyclist Fiona
Southorn was named the
Steinlager Edge Sports-
woman of the Year after
she won bronze in the
3000m pursuit at the
Southorn had also won
a gold and bronze medal
at the Oceania Cham-
The Garry Frew Mem-
orial Award for the
Sportsperson of the Year
went to Olympic Black
Sticks star Stacey
Michelson, who was born
and raised in Whangarei.
Michelson was part of
the New Zealand Black
Sticks team that placed
fourth at the London
Olympics and was
named World U21 Player
of the Year by the Inter-
national Hockey Feder-
ation in 2011 and 2011
NZ Hockey Under 21
Female Player of the
Ann Muir, who has
dedicated more than 40
years to playing and coa-
ching with bowls, took
out the prestigious Brian
Maunsell Memorial Ser-
vice to Sport Award.
The Northern Advo-
cate s People s Choice
Award for Northland s
greatest past Olympian
went to basketballer
Dr Matt Marshall was
announced as the 2012
Northland Legend of
Sport inductee after
dedication to sports
medicine dating back to
or their representatives
were also presented their
Olympic pins, including
1924 Olympic swimmer
the late Gwitha Shand.
Other major award
Sport NZ Volunteer of
the Year Award: Reg and
Neta Frost (Te Rarawa
Gen-i Masters Sport-
sperson of the Year:
Richard Pehi (waka ama)
Courier Post Coach of
the Year: Monica Cooper
Pacific Motor Group
Official of the Year: Ross
Repair Administrator of
the Year: Leah Goodhew
Dudley & Dennis
Team of the Year: North-
land Water Ski Team.
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