POWER CUTS

The Bay Chronicle - - CONVERSATIONS - Lily Ell Kaitaia San­dra Cowan Kerik­eri Kaeo Food­bank

We are ab­so­lutely sick of all the power cuts we get a few km south of the Pama­puria sub­sta­tion.

Al­most ev­ery week our power goes off, usu­ally at very busy times. Try be­ing half­way through jam mak­ing and pre­serv­ing and the power goes off. We are not happy.

July 2014 when the power was off for over a week we were still charged a daily charge for the days we had no power.

That doesn’t seem very fair ac­tu­ally. We hear about ‘user pays’ so why should we pay when we can’t use? Ngawha prob­a­bly wouldn’t have an ef­fect up here but it should.

Top En­ergy has ad­verts on the ra­dio about plant­ing trees un­der lines, but when I travel along State High­way One to Kaitaia I see trees and bam­boo grow­ing into and around the lines.

Why are they not re­mov­ing them? The Kerik­eri Kaeo Com­mu­nity Food­bank are grate­ful to the com­mu­nity for their sup­port of our work as a reg­is­tered char­ity and a group of vol­un­teers.

Thank you to all who place gro­cery items in our do­na­tion bin pro­vided by New World.

In 2016 we were able to de­liver 940 food parcels to com­mu­nity and wel­fare ser­vices to be dis­trib­uted to their clients as re­quired in the Kerik­eri and Kaeo dis­tricts.

Fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als may need as­sis­tance with an emer­gency food par­cel when ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial hard­ship due to a change in em­ploy­ment or do­mes­tic cir­cum­stances.

The food­bank has proven to be a vi­tal ser­vice since its es­tab­lish­ment in 2009. As a mem­ber of The Thumbs Up Ad­ven­ture Club from Auck­land, I would like to con­grat­u­late all those in­volved in fin­ish­ing The Twin Coast Cy­cle Trail.

Hav­ing rid­den from Kaikohe to Okai­hau four years ago, we have been hang­ing out to be able to ride the whole trail, which a large group of us re­cently com­pleted.

Each sec­tion of­fered so much va­ri­ety and was en­joy­able, es­pe­cially that cold beer at the Horeke Tav­ern.

We love the his­tory of the area and it was great to catch the steam train, es­pe­cially pass­ing the ‘Lava Tree’ which could be­come as pho­tographed as Hun­dert­wasser’s toi­lets!

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