The Bay Chronicle - - CON­VER­SA­TIONS - Kirsty and Mark Ko­hukohu & Kerik­eri Mar­ian An­drews Kerik­eri Derek El­lis Kerik­eri

Sun­day of Auck­land An­niver­sary Day we left our old Bi­chon Frise en­closed in my car­port while we took our younger dog for a walk in the hills.

The old dog man­aged to squeeze out of the dog fence and set off along Manga­muka Rd for her home in Kerik­eri.

We would like to thank the peo­ple that stopped and saved her, check­ing first that we weren’t at home and then tak­ing her to our neigh­bours to keep her safe til we re­turned.

It is so fan­tas­tic that they recog­nised that a city dog - with a green bow in her hair - just re­ally shouldn’t be strut­ting down a busy coun­try road by her­self and then took the time to stop and make sure that she was safe. I do a lot of walk­ing around town and have more than once come close to be­ing hit by a car on one or an­other of our pedes­trian cross­ings. On talk­ing to other peo­ple, it ap­pears they have also found this to be a prob­lem.

By us­ing a cross­ing in Kerik­eri you are tak­ing your life in your hands.

I never step onto the cross­ing with­out first wait­ing to see if the on­com­ing ve­hi­cle is go­ing to stop, as they travel at such a speed it could be fa­tal if any­one stepped out too quickly.

At times, I have been in the cen­tre of the road on the cross­ing and a ve­hi­cle has sped past ei­ther in front or be­hind me, some­times the driver hav­ing waved or shouted out sorry.

The road code states ‘in the case of a stan­dard pedes­trian cross­ing with no cen­tral refuge or is­land, you must stop and give way to pedes­tri­ans on any part of the cross­ing’.

For those of you that do not un­der­stand this means you must stop for the pedes­trian to cross and wait un­til they are off the cross­ing on the other side of the road.

If you are one of these driv­ers that speeds while driv­ing around Kerik­eri and feel in­con­ve­nienced by pedes­trian cross­ings – then just think about the con­se­quences if you do not stop in time and hit the pedes­trian.

Is that some­thing you want to have to live with? Our dis­trict owns a won­der­ful as­set which is so woe­fully un­der utilised - Kaikohe air­field.

There is hope ex­pressed now and then of an in­ter­na­tional air­port there, but this isn’t go­ing to hap­pen. So why not think of an al­ter­na­tive use for this as­set and its mile long run­way?

What about a mo­tor rac­ing cir­cuit and sprint track?

Wouldn’t that bring in tourists, in­crease ac­tiv­ity, in­crease ac­com­mo­da­tion re­quire­ments, cre­ate real busi­ness for the town’s shops and sup­port ser­vices?

The Kaikohe air­port site is well drained with a drainage sys­tem in­stalled by the Amer­i­cans when they built the air­port.

The very long run­way can be de­vel­oped into a su­perb mo­tor sprint fa­cil­ity. The air­field bound­ary is ide­ally shaped for in­stal­la­tion of a mo­tor rac­ing cir­cuit.

The land could ac­com­mo­date am­ple vis­i­tor car park­ing.

The air­field is sit­u­ated well clear of the res­i­den­tial ar­eas of Kaikohe so there is no se­ri­ous noise prob­lem.

Af­ter all, what mo­tor rac­ing fa­cil­i­ties have we got in New Zealand north of Pukekohe?

Kirsty and Mark are grate­ful for the safe re­turn of their pup.

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