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NAPIER MAIL, FEBRUARY 1, 2012
"Hawke's Bay is hot
but a walk in White
Pine Bush is cool"
Jasmin and Tayla of
WIN a Holiday Package
We had a picnic on some seats under the trees and listened to the native birds and tried to
find eels in the stream. The track was so easy mum could push our baby brother around in
the pram. We'd really like to go there again next time we are in Hawke's Bay." said Jasmin
and Tayla of New Plymouth.
White Pine Bush Reserve is located 27 km north of Napier on State Highway 2, the Napier-
Wairoa Road. It is on the left hand side approximately 2kms north of the Tongoio Falls
Track. It is a great place for people of all ages and abilities to visit and experience a piece
of New Zealand's remaining coastal forest. Kahikatea (White Pine) is the predominant
feature in this 19ha of bush, which includes tawa and pukatea trees, while a stand of Nikau
palms provide their own unique natural beauty. A picturesque stream and small waterfall
are both visible from the track-sometimes small fish, eels and koura (freshwater crayfish)
can be seen. Hanging vines, shrubs and ferns proliferate under the tree canopy, providing
habitat for native birds including tui, kereru (native pigeons), fantails, bellbirds, silver-
eyes, grey warblers and ruru (morepork). A 250 metre wheelchair accessible walkway has
been built into the heart of the reserve to allow people with disabilities to enjoy the forest.
The walkway incorporates a nature trail, where the many tree and plant species present
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White Pine Bush Reserve
"Our cousins took us on a really cool trip up to White Pine
Bush on a really hot Hawke's Bay day. We chased each
other along the track and we came across some massive
Kahikatea trees so big we couldn't hold hands around them.
There are lots of nikau palms -- it makes you feel like you
have gone back in time and a thousand year old prehistoric
creature might be hiding behind a palm waiting for you to
pass so it can chase you down the track.
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Chief of Staff,
By CAROLYN VEEN
Brand Shearer'' is in the hands
of Napier man and former
Labour list MP Stuart Nash
from today, after he lost out on
going back into Parliament in
November's general election.
Standing for the Napier seat,
he slashed Napier MP Chris
Tremain's majority by more
than 60 per cent in the election,
but could not take the win.
Neither was he high enough
on Labour's list to get back into
Parliament that way.
Last week he said while he
lost that battle, being appointed
as the new chief of staff for
Labour leader, David Shearer,
would provide its challenges.
Someone asked me if my new
role was like winning second
prize'. No, it's not. Obviously I
wanted to be an MP but that
didn't work out. Naturally I was
disappointed but I'm not bitter
about it,'' said Mr Nash.
Being chief of staff will allow
me to develop a whole lot of pol-
itical skills and develop relation-
ships that I'd started on when I
was an MP and to take them to
the next level. The new job is
very different and I have to get
my head around that. It's basi-
cally a break from a front role
into the back room, to a certain
I'll be managing all the staff
in the leader's office, which
includes the teams for media
communications, resources and
policy. It's about making sure
our resources are optimised;
that the leader is well serviced
and has all the information at
his fingertips that he needs and
when he needs it. I'll also be
planning David's diary, and
manage what I call brand
Shearer' -- getting him out
Given Mr Shearer's x-factor'',
Mr Nash had no qualms about
David is a really good bloke;
a good man. He was my best
mate in caucus. He has no airs
and graces; he's very pragmatic,
intelligent and interesting, and
that gives him an x-factor. I
would be very proud to call him
the prime minister of our
With his new job based in
Wellington, Mr Nash will com-
mute between Napier and the
Beehive from Monday to
Thursday each week, and
because he is not an MP he will
have to pay for the flights.
I'm certainly not in this for
the money. To be honest, I
wouldn't have taken this job if
David hadn't won the leader-
ship. I believe he will be the
Prime Minister in 2014 and I'd
love to be the one to get him
there. I am passionate about
him and the cause.''
He said the option of
relocating the family to Welling-
ton is not an appealing one,
especially with son Charlie and
daughter Sophia being well
ensconced in primary school.
I love Napier. The family has
been here for 150 years. My kids
are fifth generation at Napier
Central School, which goes right
back to the founding in 1873.
The lifestyle here is great too
and my partner Sarah and I
have just had a baby boy, Wil-
liam. But a lot of water has to go
under the bridge before the next
His new job starts today and
he admits the year ahead will be
There's no doubt about that.
But this job will allow me to
keep my political hat in the ring.
I've made it pretty clear to
David that I have political
ambitions and that I'm still keen
to be an MP and he understands
As for the next general elec-
tion in 2014, Mr Nash said he
was not sure what electorate he
Taradale fears loss
of police presence
Taradale's community police sta-
tion could soon be left unmanned
for long periods, renewing fears it
will eventually be closed.
In a major re-housing of police
resources, all traffic and child pro-
tection staff are now based in
Hastings, while all organised
crime squad detectives are now
based in Napier.
Police have confirmed that the
receptionist positions at the
Taradale and Havelock North
police stations will be gone by next
month. The two positions will be
moved to a new centralised file
management centre in Napier.
That meant Havelock North's
two community constables, who
are often called on to work in
Hastings, would be the only
remaining staff based at that sta-
tion, following the recent relo-
cation of the region's Serious
Crash Unit to Hastings.
Police announced that the two
receptionist positions would go
last September as part of Oper-
ation Bold, a restructure designed
to relieve the administrative bur-
den of front-line officers and get
more police back on the beat.
Concerned residents from both
suburbs called community
meetings to demand assurances
from police about the future of
After the Havelock North meet-
ing, councillor Wayne Bradshaw
wrote to police to seek assurances
there would be a continued police
presence in Havelock North and if
the station would remain open.
Hastings Area Commander
Inspector Chris Wallace replied
that both community constable
positions would remain in Have-
lock North, and there were no
plans to close the station.
But Mr Wallace could not give
an undertaking that central gov-
ernment would not introduce cost
saving plans'' in future.
Last week Mr Bradshaw said
the loss of the front counter staff
member and the relocation of the
serious crash unit could signal the
beginning of the end of the Have-
lock North station.
That's always been my concern,
and that's been the concern of
residents and why Havelock North
and Taradale held community
meetings last year,'' he said.
My fear is that in any amalga-
mation or restructure, or whatever
it is you want to call it, there will
be less emphasis placed on these
peripheral [police] services.''
The relocation of the Serious
Crash Unit to Hastings was just
one of many police staff
movements within Hawke's Bay
All of Hawke's Bay's road police
groups are now under the one roof
at the old Hastings courthouse.
Napier's Child Protection Unit
officers were moved to Hastings
last year, while detectives from
Organised Crime Squad were all
now based in Napier.
Puriri replaces old tree
tree: Kim Tyler
and Stu Noble
planting a Puriri
tree next to the
Council workers planted a 15-year-
old puriri tree next to Napier's
Municipal Theatre on Friday, to re-
place the 100-year-old white kurra-
jong that fell over in heavy rain on
The slow-growing evergreen,
transported from Auckland, bears
flowers and berries most of the year
-- a great food source for attracting
birds, especially tui, into the city.
Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott said
the old kurrajong had become a pro-
minent feature of Napier's inner-city
tree collection and was probably the
largest of its species in New Zealand.
It was brought down by a
combination of age, root decay and
the weight of sodden foliage,'' she
The tree was a link with Henry
Stokes Tiffen who settled in the
Napier area in the 1850s and was
prominent in local affairs for most of
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