Home' Whangarei Leader : February 12th 2013 Contents 14 WHANGAREI LEADER, FEBRUARY 12, 2013
"safe, reliable, hassle free service"
For power and hot water faults
call us on: 0800 10 40 40
General enquires: 0800 66 78 47
Work is scheduled on the line from Whangarei
line last summer but subsequent wet ground
conditions delayed further work. However,
our crews are ready to recommence so expect
to see them out and about -- and please take
extra care when you see them operating near
Undergrounding of services on Western Hills
Drive (State Highway 1) near Central Avenue
in Whangarei is continuing to facilitate the
road-widening project being undertaken by
NZTA. The poles will remain in place until all
the services have been removed.
As planned, refurbishment of the Ruawai
substation began last week.
Thanks to our community
Construction of the Northpower Fibre
network is progressing well, with 66% of the
build now complete, says Northpower Fibre
CEO Darren Mason.
"We now have fbrepassedthedoorsof12,718
properties in Whangarei and surrounding
townships, with 9424 of those able to connect
to our world-class network right now. By
the end of 2013 we will have reached 18,199
premises," says Mr Mason.
"The Northpower Fibre network is a game-
changer for the North and is bringing
numerous benefts to businesses, schools,
healthcare facilities and home users."
er Fibre installatio
most homes so call us on 0800 667 847
Retail Service Providers. They are listed on
Meanwhile, Northpower's Network General
Manager Graham Dawson says the support of
the community throughout the build has been
"We are trying to do the work as quickly and
safely as possible -- and without unnecessary
disruption to the community. This is a very
exciting development for Whangarei," says
Northpower's team of aborists have been doing
a good job working with farmers and landowners
to minimise power outages by felling or pruning
trees around our lines network.
But they could not do so without the
cooperation of landowners!
The result is a major reduction in unplanned
This vegetation control, in conjunction with
ongoing cross-arm replacements, conductor
replacements and insulator upgrades on our
in unplanned outages since 2009. The past
year alone has contributed 22% to that.
ultimately benefts us all as end users.
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Events are our chance to shine
There's no doubt that
event tourism is great for
us.This month we have
seen a number of sport-
ing and cultural events
that have added to the
vibrancy of Whangarei
and provided a positive
showcase for Northland.
These events help
grow our regional econ-
omy and cater to all sec-
tors of our community.
They allow our busi-
nesses, sportspeople and
artists to showcase
themselves on a national
or international stage.
In a very short time we
will know if Whangarei
District Council has been
successful in its bid to
have our city be one of
New Zealand's host
venues for the 2015 Fifa
Under-20 World Cup.
Being broadcast across
200 countries with a
potential audience of 500
million people, this is a
very significant event.
There is stiff compe-
tition from eight other
cities vying for the
honour that hosting such
an event presents.
This is a truly inter-
national event that
would put Whangarei, its
infrastructure and sense
of place on the world
It is also an affir-
mation of what was
stated leading into the
Rugby World Cup 2012
by many commentators
that to be truly success-
ful a major event needs
to leave a legacy that
extends past the short-
term gains that evapor-
ate as soon as the
visitors leave for home.
In hosting games
Whangarei was given the
opportunity to show that
our district and North-
land as a whole are cap-
able and have the
capacity to host inter-
It also acted as an
impetus for the com-
pletion of a number of
minor civic projects that
greatly improved the
amenity of many of our
hosts any such event --
whether it be national or
international -- the par-
ticipants and their sup-
porters make a signifi-
cant contribution to our
They discover more
about our region, our
people and our culture.
They see the real New
These visitors promote
our district to the wider
The legacy of this
investment and these
events cannot be unders-
tated as it creates a
reputation local people
can be proud of and
facilities which benefit
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