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Wednesday 24th April 2019


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Levin woman pens book on soldiers By PAUL WILLIAMS


Levin woman has devoted countless hours documenting the sacrifice and service of Horowhenua soldiers involved in two World Wars so they will never be forgotten. Linda Fletcher has spent more than a decade researching the history of Horowhenua servicemen involved in both World War I and World War II and painstakingly pieced it together in recently released books. In what can only be described as a “labour of love”, there was already a World War I book, Horowhenua and the Great War 1914-1918 released, with the World War II book Remembering . . . Horowhenua and World War II now ready for publishing. In between times Fletcher had also documented the history of the Returned and Services Association in Horowhenua, just in time for its centenary celebrations early next month. Fletcher said she was uncomfortable with the term author and deliberately referred to the work as a compilation, rather than writings. “I haven’t said I am an author. I have just compiled it. I couldn’t call myself an author...I have had so much help,” she said. She thanked all those who were involved with the project and the people who had come forward with photos and stories of their family members. “How many hours? I couldn’t say, sometimes four or five a day,

sometimes eight - always at night,” she said. “It’s a cliche but all my work has been a labour of love.” Her journey was one of discovery with many untold stories coming to light when putting together the books, especially the second book as some World War II veterans were still alive at the time she began collecting information. “They all had fantastic stories to tell. There were many “aha” moments as they shared things that had never been told,” she said. Initially she set out to document those who had died in battle in World War I, then to include those who were awarded medals. But she soon realised any publication needed to cover all those who served. “So many people would say to me “what about the ones who came back?” She said. That meant covering all of Horowhenua - Foxton, Shannon, Manakau, Moutoa, Tokomaru and the Weraroa Peace Gates, and honours boards in churches, schools and community halls. A feature of the World War II book was the inclusion of many stories that Fletcher had managed to find and compile that made for astonishing reading and conveyed without pretence the tragic circumstances in which many young men died. Of the 49 names on the Roll of Honour at the Levin RSA were 21 men who died in the Royal New Zealand Airforce. The youngest was 20. The oldest, just 30. ■ Continued Page 3


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Field of white crosses in Levin Levin Home for War Veterans will honour veterans who spent their final years at the home by erecting a Field of Remembrance on its front lawn today. Soldiers from Linton Military Camp erected white crosses in time for Anzac Day services. War Vets administrator Vicky Prouting said the tribute began in 2015 as a way to commemorate 100 years since World War I and had quickly become an important Anzac tradition. She said it was a reminder of survival. “We’re proud to be able pay our respects to the many veterans who have been a part of the history of Levin Home for War Veterans and who have

helped make us the special community we are today,” she said. “While most Fields of Remembrance remember those who lost their lives on the battlefield, each of our crosses represents the life of a soldier who survived, returned and rebuilt their lives before they passed on. “I think it’s great that we’re able to draw attention to their stories, which are often overlooked, but equally important and often just as compelling.” This year marks the 60th anniversary of Enliven’s Levin Home for War Veterans, which opened in 1959 to support veterans of war.

Soldiers from Linton Military Camp will erect white crosses today at the Levin Home for War Veterans Field of Remembrance.

Levin's Poppy mural is back in time for Anzac Day Levin’s Poppy mural is back in place, in time for Anzac Day. The mural, made a few years ago by artist Wendy Hodder, was badly defaced in January by graffiti. Council staff said the vandalism was so bad the entire mural was taken down and put into storage until it could be restored. The walls of a nearby public toilet were also graffitied the same night. “I made the poppy mural in honour of those who fought in those world wars but especially to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings,” Wendy Hodder said.

Levin’s Poppy Mural has been restored.

She said she wanted to do something special to compliment other work done in Anzac Park at the time, such as the light boxes.

“I painted something that focused on sunlight shining into dark places, hoping it would suggest also that there may be other ways of solving problems

between nations other than going to war. “I hope we have learnt something from those terrible wars, but I wanted to honour the

bravery and the character of all those soldiers who participated.” She said the board she had painted the field of poppies on had needed repair for some time and the graffiti gave the opportunity to tackle that issue. “Though disgusting, the damage done by the graffiti itself wasn’t a big deal to repair.” She said the mural had meaning for a lot of people in Horowhenua. “It holds deep meaning for many. So many people had family members who went to those two world wars. Damaging that mural really touched a nerve with many.”

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Levin woman remembers soldiers ■ From Page 1

The idea to document the stories of these men was born in 2006 when former Horowhenua Mayor Sonny Sciascia suggested an Adopt an Anzac campaign at the end of Anzac Day service. Both books were Adopt an Anzac projects. In her preface to the World War II book, Fletcher tells how Sciascia lost an uncle in World War I, Charles Sciascia, and a brother, Leslie, in World War II. Sciascia said he had known his brother, but knew little of his uncle, and he suggested more should be done to learn about men who had served and died to make them “real people” before it was too late. The Adopt An Anzac group was born, with then Mayor Brendan Duffy and special projects officer Dennis Cole calling a meeting of interested people. Fletcher said the challenge for the group was to have the names on Cenotaphs become more than just letters and initials. Their memory deserved more, and so began the task of documenting their history. At the time, Sciascia had said “my brother was always a real person because I knew him. My uncle is now a real person to me”. Fletcher said the group was grateful for the contributions families and others had made in sharing stories and photographs. Fletcher’s late father Alex was a World War II veteran who served in Egypt and Italy in the 27 (Machine Gun Battalion). Alex Fletcher joined the Levin RSA in 1947 and was president from 1950-1959, a time when his three children were born, and remained active within RSA as patron and with other community organisations until he died two years ago, aged 96. Fletcher said she often found herself wishing her father was still around to help her as she gathered information for the books, as he was a wealth of knowledge. “I would sometimes swear at him for not being alive now,” she said, which only served to highlight how important the memories she had already gathered were.


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The cenotaph at the Levin War Memorial grounds.

Because of her father’s service she was brought up with an acute knowledge of the sacrifices that New Zealand soldiers had

made, and although never forced, as a child she remembered attending Anzac Day dawn services.

ANZAC DAY OBSERVANCES 2019 Levin Dawn Service 5.45am: Assemble at RSA, Devon St.

Levin Civic Ceremony 10am: Parade to assemble on Bath St, outside Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō.

Levin Retreat Ceremonies 4.45pm: The Avenue Cemetery. 5.15pm: Tiro Tiro Road Cemetery.

Foxton Dawn Service 5.30am: Assemble at RSA, Easton St.

Foxton Civic Ceremony 9am: Manawatū College hall, Ladys Mile, Foxton.

Shannon Civic Ceremony 11.15am: Parade assembles at the old Post Office, corner of Stout St and Plimmer Tce.

Manakau Special Memorial Service 7.20am: Assemble outside Manakau Hall to march to the War Memorial in Honi Taipua St.

Waitārere Beach Civic Ceremony 8.15am: Breakfast at Waitārere Beach Bowling Club, Park Ave.

Moutoa Civic Ceremony 9am: Moutoa Memorial Gates, Foxton-Shannon Rd.

Tokomaru Civic Ceremony 10am: RSA and Country Club, Matipo St.

“I grew up with an appreciation of their war. We just grew up with it,” she said. Fletcher said after World War I each town erected cenotaphs to remember those that had fallen, and the first book featured a chapter dedicated to those memorials. After World War II many War Memorial Halls were built instead of cenotaphs, which were documented in a chapter in the World War II book. Meanwhile, the 100-year history of the local RSA was captured in a 44-page booklet that Fletcher was busy fine-tuning in time for the May 10 celebrations. Researching the history of the RSA proved difficult as many archives were ruined when an undetected leak in the roof of the building destroyed boxes of documents. The first 75 years were welldocumented though with a feature in the Horowhenua Chronicle in 1994 detailing much of its history. The rest required searching through significant dates in archives of newspapers.

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Levin woman pours tea on Poppy Day for 25 years By PAUL WILLIAMS Behind every military operation on Poppy Day is a good cup of tea. For the last 25 years, Levin woman Jenny McGrath has served tea at the Levin RSA for their annual Poppy Day for those people that were organising and selling poppies through the district. There was no need to ration supplies, with Mrs McGrath also dishing out generous helpings of meatballs with noodles, curried sausages and sandwiches to the army of volunteers. There were eight soldiers in uniform from the New Zealand Army who sold poppies through the Levin business ditrict in shifts, going door to door and standing on street corners. Adam Gibson helped coordinate the operation from headquarters at the Levin RSA that required military-like precision, with a white board

and map that could accurately monitor which areas of the town were covered. Another RSA member, John Eades, had also given long service to the poppy drive with 23 years involvement. He was on deck again at headquarters as boxes of poppys were opened as required and handed out for dispatch. Mrs McGrath’s late husband Tim was a former member of the New Zealand air force and a life member of the RSA.

Jenny McGrath has served tea at poppy day at the Levin RSA for 25 years.

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Pork Pie run

A mini on its way through Levin on Saturday as part of the he Pork Pie Charity run. A group of minis travelled from Kaitaia to Invercargill raising money for Kidscan and the minis caravan came through Levin on Saturday. Ian and Jen Lundberg collected some photos of the drive through Levin.

$2566 is raised for Red Cross Red Cross volunteer collectors raised $2566 during the Red Cross Annual Appeal in Levin this year. “I’m delighted,” appeal organiser Allen Little said. “The public of Levin is so very kind and generous, and we thank them for again supporting Red Cross.” The Red Cross Thrift Shop at 524 Queen Street is open each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am till 2pm.



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By IAN MCKELVIE MP for Rangitikei In New Zealand we have commemorated Anzac Day since 1915. It’s a tradition which began after World War I returned soldiers sought comradeship in the quiet, peaceful moments before dawn, with obvious symbolic links to the dawn landings at Gallipoli, a day which claimed 2700 New Zealanders. The early morning light makes a Dawn Service one of the most emotional and compelling commemorations of this special day. As the 1970s rolled around and the gap since wartime reached 30 years, a whole new generation emerged. Decisionmakers, business people and parents who had no direct recollection of ‘the war years’ started to emerge with a viewpoint that challenged the solemnity of the first 60 or so Anzac commemorations. Shop Trading law changed to allow retailing in the afternoon and it became acceptable to hold sports fixtures, some which had Anzac in their title. At the same time, the monopoly on wartime service which war ‘returned’ men had held for so long became blended with much younger men who had served in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam. The contribution of service women and those left behind at home became easier to speak of and the solemnity slowly gave way to what I will term as ‘positive patriotism’. Anzac Day has moved with the times, much in the way that weddings and funerals evolved and changed with the times to suit the different attitudes of the new generations. I genuinely believe these changes ensured that our commemorations on April 25 survived to be an important event each year all these years on. What heartens me is the broadening of the scope of the remembrance that this special day brings. Anzac Day now promotes a sense of unity probably more effectively – people whose politics, beliefs

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Ian McKelvie and aspirations are widely different can nevertheless gather together as one community within one nation remembering the sad loss of so many lives. After more than 100 years poppies are still worn, all members of the community are welcome to take part and children learn about the futility of war through poetry and music. The events in Christchurch last month make the message of Anzac all the more poignant. It shouldn’t need such tragedy to remind us that all people are valued and that the unity of New Zealand remains unshaken. The numbers of New Zealanders attending Anzac services are increasing so we can be proud of what has become a truly national day of remembrance. ■ Ian McKelvie’s Rangitikei Electorate includes Shannon, Tangimoana and Tokomaru.

Anzac Day a time to reflect on veterans Anzac Day is a time to reflect on what veterans have achieved for New Zealand and acknowledge our current defence force who continue to do us proud in many international operations. This year will be 104 years since that awful battle in Gallipoli, that took the lives of nearly 2,800 brave New Zealanders. It was a privilege and honour for me to visit Gallipoli in 2012 as Minister for Veterans Affairs. I will never forget seeing the exposed beaches where kiwi soldiers landed and the massive cliff faces and gullies they had to try to climb in battle. The close proximity of our trenches to the Turks meant the slaughter of thousands of good men was inevitable. It was a sombre experience. Our soldiers (combined with the Australian forces) have a fine tradition of courage and determination despite the odds being stacked against us. That Anzac spirit will never be forgotten and is seen every Anzac Day with younger

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generations proudly wearing their relatives’ medals to acknowledge the immense sacrifices they made. I will be paying my respects at the Ōtaki dawn service, followed by the Manakau community event, Levin’s war veterans service and speaking at Levin’s cenotaph at 10.30. It’s also a special year for Levin’s RSA as they celebrate 100 years. On May 10 they have many events planned including a parade, Anzac biscuit baking, and static displays of military vehicles. I’m sure it will be a great community event. I look forward to seeing many of you at these local events. It’s a time to reflect but also come together as a proud nation Lest we forget.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

HDC election sign rules adopted By PAUL WILLIAMS Joe Bloggs for mayor of Horowhenua? Or Joe Bloggs for mayor of Horowhenua! The smell of election is in the air with Horowhenua District Council adopting a signage policy ahead of the local body elections in October that sets limits on words and symbols, with punctuation marks and question marks to be counted as symbols. With the three-yearly election now just six months away, council tabled a signage policy at a meeting last week that set out

parameters around sign size, wording that could be used, and areas they could be erected. There were slight variations in rules for signs on councilowned land and those erected on private property with the consent of the land owner, but generally the maximum number of words used was 11, except in high speed zones where the limit was six. The maximum character count is 90, including punctuation marks and question marks, although in areas with a 70km or more speed limit the character count was 40.

New rules about lettering and size will apply in the upcoming local body election and candidates will not clean up whenever their signs are vandalised.

There were rules around lettering and the size and height of a sign, and candidates were responsible for the care of their

own signs in the event of vandalism or damage caused by extreme weather. Signs could be erected two

months prior to the October 12 election, but had to be taken down two days after. Mobile signs were permitted on vehicles, including trailers, but only while the vehicle was moving. Any hazardous or inappropriate signs would be taken down at the candidates’ expense after three days notice.

Two million listening to NZME radio and partners NZME and partners have once again retained the number one position in the Auckland market for 10+ share and two million New Zealanders are tuning in each week across the country, according to the first 2019 GfK independent commercial radio survey. Across the country, NZME has grown in both cumulative audience and share in the key 25-54 year old demographic. NZME’s iHeartRadio continues to connect Kiwi fans to their favourite music and radio personalities through thousands of live radio stations, millions of custom artist stations and podcasts. Registrations remain in growth mode, up 16 per cent, to just over 863,000 registered users, with the podcast audience

doubling year on year. NZME’s chief commercial officer Matt Headland is thrilled to see NZME continue to punch above its weight in radio. “Achieving growth across multiple stations, day parts, regions and demographics shows our teams are producing content that is hitting the mark. When you consider the reach of NZME’s overall audience across print, radio and digital, NZME delivers for our clients time and time again.” Newstalk ZB had an outstanding result around the country, with its biggest audience since the GfK Commercial Radio Survey began, extending its lead as New Zealand’s number-one commercial

Shayne Currie, Managing Editor for NZME paid tribute to Newstalk ZB’s sensitive and respectful coverage of the Christchurch mosque shootings and for leading the debate and discussion around the Government’s now-scrapped capital gains tax proposal. “The New Zealand media performed an important and critical role in the Christchurch tragedy and aftermath, and Newstalk ZB epitomised this — not only for its accurate, up-todate information and analysis, but as a trusted source for people to engage and discuss the impact on them personally.” Radio Sport has increased its audience and is looking forward to the huge year of sport with the Rugby World Cup, Netball World

Cup and the Cricket World Cup, which Radio Sport has exclusive broadcast rights for. Dean Buchanan, Head of Entertainment, says this year will be a big one for talent joining NZME. Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford will reunite on Newstalk ZB, and NZME recently announced Mike Puru joining Stacey Morrison on The Hits Drive. “The quality of the content our stations are producing and the extension of this online and through social media means we continue to attract strong talent like Simon, Phil and Mike. With the recent additions of Tracey Donaldson on Mix and the new Flava line up we are in for a formidable 2019.” The Hits has had steady

growth with the new networked breakfast show, Laura Sam and Toni, while the local shows in Hawke’s Bay, Christchurch and Dunedin continue to have strong connections with their communities; which is reflected in the numbers, Buchanan says. “It’s fantastic to see both Coast and The Hits grow their listeners, as well as Radio Hauraki with a whopping 20,700 more people tuning in.” NZME says it’s proud to have a talented team of broadcasters right across New Zealand. NZME has launched its Find Your Voice campaign, bringing together 36 radio talent people across NZME’s stations — no mean feat to organise with different schedules and regions to consider.

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Kees makes NZ Taekwondo team By JANINE BAALBERGEN Kees Hooper-Whiti, 18, is having a few firsts this year. The biggest one was going to Christchurch for university. Next, and possibly as life-changing is selection for the 60-strong New Zealand Taekwondo team at the World Championships in Germany. It’s not his first overseas trip as a martial artist. He was at the Oceanic Championships in Rarotonga in 2014 and was part of the New Zealand team sent to the National Championships of Australia in 2016, and last year he was at the Word Cup in Dublin. Selection for the world championships is unique. “You have to pass through a stringent selection process that is played out over three weekends to qualify for the team, while the World Cup is something you only need to register for.” It costs money, and his mum has been at events around the district promoting the Levin club and raising money for her son. She is travelling with him. Kees is currently a second dan black belt and has been a martial artist for eight or nine years. “I started when some of my siblings were doing it, but stopped after a while. When a club started up in Shannon where we were living at the time I joined up again and have stuck with it ever since.”

He said he enjoys Taekwondo and now that he is a university student is finding that taking time out to stay fit is not easy. “Taekwondo is a great way to stay active.” He still finds time to train three days a week. When he’s home in Levin he’s part of the new club, Phoenix Taekwondo, which trains three nights a week at the Events Centre and he helps out as an instructor. The club has one main instructor and three assistants, and is a merger of two previous clubs. Kees is one of several Horowhenua Taekwondo practitioners selected for the Taekwondo World Championships: Tom Biggs, Dan Yates and Jane Whakarau, Callum and Conor Mitchell are also part of the team. Some belong to Phoenix, while others go to Palmerston North for training. Phoenix Taekwondo caters for all age ranges and welcomes beginners. Classes start at 6pm and are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Event Centre, Victoria Street in Levin.

Kees Hooper-Whiti,18, is part of the New Zealand selection at the Taekwondo World Championships in Germany.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Talk about Anzacs By PAM COLEMAN Community Engagement Librarian This week is an opportune time to talk to your children about the importance of commemorating Anzac Day. However, approaching this topic with children can prove challenging. By attending an Anzac service or parade, children can learn about how to deal appropriately with sombre and serious things. Talking about why the people stand very still and quiet as they think about sad and important memories can help. Anzac Day is a way of remembering what they did and saying thank you to them for being so brave. Talking to children about how much we appreciate peace and how good it is that children from all different nations can play together now, honours those soldiers. There are a lot of books and visual resources for younger audiences explaining war and related themes. Here are some recommended books available at the library. Anzac Ted by Belinda Lansberry Anzac Ted is a powerful and poignant story of a little boy’s teddy bear passed down from his grandfather. Anzac Ted had gone to war, keeping soldiers company and giving them comfort. Battered and worn and now ignored he has a great story to tell — the story of a hero. It’s a lovely picture book suitable for younger readers. Lest We Forget by Kerry Brown Tyson believes that “War is stupid!” There was no way he was going to the Dawn Parade with Mum and Poppa tomorrow. Why celebrate something so terrible? But after listening to the stories about the soldiers in his family Tyson feels differently and goes to the parade. This is a more sophisticated picture book

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for older children. Anzac Animals by Maria Gill True tales of the mascots and working animals that helped Anzac soldiers, sailors, pilots and medics in wartime. Stories about well-known animals, such as Murphy the donkey, who carried the wounded in Gallipoli, and Caesar the Red Cross Dog are included. The Bantam and the Soldier by Jennifer Beck A young NZ soldier rescues and brings back to health a little bantam, and in the midst of the fighting and devastation an unusual friendship is formed. Every morning the bantam lays an egg for the soldier and his friends and becomes the centre of their affection and hopes for the end of the war.



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Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō: 10.30am. Quiz Night: 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5. Computer Basics Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am12pm: This class is designed for first-time computer users. You will learn how to use the core functions of a computer and file management. Please register at the library. THURSDAY APRIL 25 Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō & Shannon Community Library: CLOSED Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom: OPEN 1pm-4pm. FRIDAY APRIL 26 Friday Lunchtime concert: Te Takeretanga o Kurahau-pō 12am-1pm.

Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 9.30am-12pm JP Service: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 11.30am-1.30pm Online Newspapers: Free tutorial where you can learn how to access New Zealand, International and historic New Zealand newspapers online. Please register at the library. Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am to 12pm. WEDNESDAY MAY 1 Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am Quiz Night: 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5. SUNDAY MAY 5 Sunday Concert Series presents: Matiu Te Huki Beautiful Soulful and melodic tones, from this internationally acclaimed, Kāpiti based singersongwriter.


Central Levin Bowls’ annual men’s tournament attracts teams from around the lower North Island. Central Levin Bowling Club’s annual men’s tournament is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and once again has a full field of 34, with teams on the waiting list. Most teams are from out of town, including Waipukurau, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Manawatū, Wairarapa, Cambridge and several from Wellington/ Lower and Upper Hutt with the local teams making up the rest of the field. Last year’s winners were R. Hudson,

G. Burns, I. McQueen and S. Thomas from Central Levin. Danny Madden from Central Levin has been in the winning team for this event four times since it started. Play commences on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8.30am with three games of 18 ends. On Sunday the last game commences at 11am and finishes at 1.15pm followed by lunch then prize giving at approximately 2.30pm.

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The Levin United Softball team. Levin United finished the season on a high after attending the National United Association Softball Tournament in Stoke, Nelson, last weekend. They finished the tournament unbeaten in five games to win the Men’s B grade competition, and also won prizes for the Best Dressed Team and Best Dressed Rookies. Tukunui Nicholson won the award for Tournament Personality. The team was coached by Adam Hori Te Pa this season and trained twice a week. Their commitment and success was spreading, with many younger players, including sons, wanting to enrol for next year, she said. The team thanked Fatboyz Levin for sponsorship, and the support from “Uncle Mike” MacGregor, Peter Williams and Linda Hirini.

Club donates new laptop By PAUL WILLIAMS Stripped of valuable office gear and thousands of dollars of playing equipment in a brazen burglary two months ago, the Horowhenua-Kāpiti Cricket Association was dealt a bodyline blow. But their sense of community has been somewhat restored by the generosity from some quarters as the association rebuilds stocks at LVN240419cricket the Basil Netten Indoor Centre at Donnelly Park. Bruce McCarrison from the Levin Cosmopolitan It was given a boost when Club with a new laptop for Horowhenua-Kāpiti presented with a brand new Cricket Association, pictured with Chad Law (left) laptop computer donated by and Bailey Te Tomo. Levin Cosmopolitan Club president Bruce McCarrison last week. could do to help. “We have been overwhelmed with Association Community and Pathway messages of support and offers of Coordinator Chad Law said they were replacement cricket gear from people all blown away by McCarrison’s gesture. “We are incredibly grateful for the over region.” Brent Congreve from BJ’s Building generosity shown by Bruce and the Levin Cosmopolitan Club. To go out of their way and Property Maintenance had fixed the damaged caused by the forced entry and to contact us and replace a stolen item is heart-warming and reminds us that there local plasterer and painter Danny Bruhn wasn’t far behind in helping fix the mess. are a lot of good people in this town,” he He said Rob Easton from Corey’s said. Electrical, who was Levin AFC junior “We can’t thank them enough for their kind gesture following what was a very manager, had also offered support. challenging time for our association.” “So it’s awesome our wider sporting community have reached out to help.” McCarrison said the Levin Cosmopolitan Club was passionate about Thieves made off with an estimated $15,000 worth of office equipment and supporting local youth particularly playing gear in the robbery in early through sport, noting that they were the future of the town and the club. March. None of the gear has been recovered. He said the club was a long-time At the time, O’Brien said the burglary supporter of positive outlets for young people, such as sport, recognising how was devastating for HKCA, which had amassed a large amount of good quality important it was for them to have constructive things to focus their energy playing and training equipment over the on. years. “We’re a non-profit organisation. We HKCA president David O’Brien said exist for the benefit of the community and after hearing of the burglary Levin Cosmopolitan Club president the development of young players,” he McCarrison rang him to see what they said.

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A Levin men’s softball team has shown there was no substitute for experience in making the finals of a Manawatū softball competition this year. Levin United Softball has at least 90 per cent of players aged more than 50 playing in a league with teams half their age. But the team proved there was plenty of life left in their legs in making the reserve grade finals of the league and ended the season in third place, a marked improvement on their ninth placing last season. Team spokesperson Bronwyn Holman said it was only their second season for the green and whites in the Manawatū Softball Association competition. “What drives these men is their love of the sport, the team culture, camaraderie and their ‘never say die’ attitude,” she said.


Horowhenua Chronicle

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Local youth services join forces By JANINE BAALBERGEN Life to the Max has been providing services to Horowhenua youth for the last seven years. Young people have access to social workers, mentors, alcohol and drug counselling, help with health issues, training and employment. The organisation’s fragile financial situation has recently led to a joint venture with the Horowhenua Learning Centre. Life to the Max’s new manager, Samantha Coromandel, said the move would mean significant cost savings. “We will have more money for services to youth. Life to the Max will continue on as it is. We are not disappearing. We still do all our services independently of HLC.” To maximise those savings there is even a plan to move both organisations into one building next year. “That would save on office costs for example. Instead of paying twice for internet, or phone services or a building, we will pay only once for each and working together will be much easier too. A lot of Life to the Max clients are involved with HLC already,” said CE Patrick Rennell, who now leads both organisations. Life to the Max helps 300 youth aged 16-20, each year. “We are passionate about youth and are always looking for new ways to help them succeed in life,” Coromandel said. Life to the Max helps young

We are passionate about youth and are always looking for new ways to help them succeed in life.

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Samantha Coromandel, manager of Life to the Max and CE Patrick Rennell. people get a learner’s licence, provides youth coordinators to the region’s colleges, has social workers available and often work with entire families to sort out problems. They also keep an eye on those who tend to wag school and find solutions to why kids do not go to school.

“There are many reasons kids do not attend school. It can be as easy as not having shoes, or they cannot afford the uniform or they have no lunch.” Life to the Max also works with young people on benefits to get them into either training or a job. “We fit what we do to the


needs of the individual. “We help them gain confidence and grow their selfesteem,” said Coromandel, who has been with Life to the Max since 2014, when she began work for the organisation as a social worker. Rennell stressed the union between Life to the Max and

Horowhenua Learning Centre was purely for financial reasons. “Each will retain its own identity, but Life to the Max’s board had come to the conclusion by the end of last year that the organisation’s long-term financial sustainability needed to be more secure. They had been running a small loss each year for a number of years.” Joining forces with HLC was one option the board looked at. The joint venture now has one governance board and one chief executive.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Going Dutch for fun on their national day Saturday 27th April, 10am—2pm Te Awahou Cultural Park, Foxton

Come along wearing ORANGE! There will be prizes for the best dressed Kids and Adults.


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The Dutch community in Foxton will again be painting the town Dutch on April 27. That day is the Dutch King WillemAlexander’s birthday and it is a national holiday in The Netherlands. The Big Dutch Day Out will be held at De Molen in Foxton, 10am-2pm.

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The food tent will be selling Dutch treats and traditional Dutch games will be played. It is a great opportunity to visit the Dutch Museum — the Oranjehof inside Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom. Don’t forget to go see the Rembrandt Exhibition that is also on at the museum.

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Health petition for rural care from local MP


Family fun — stabbing at potatoes By KARA LUMMIS Yes, sorry to say, but today we are going to be mean to potatoes and stab them. We are not using knives or swords or weapons of any kind. Instead, we shall be using the humble drinking straw. Impossible? Science is magic, after all. All you will need to make this work is a plastic drinking straw, the firmer, the better, and a raw potato. Right, stab away. What’s the problem? Nothing is happening? Oh, the straw is bending. That’s not what is supposed to happen. How can we fix that? Have you got any ideas about what you could be doing differently right now? What if I gave you a clue … it has something to do with air pressure.


Last week Taranaki-King Country MP Barbara Kuriger presented a petition to Parliament’s Health Select Committee aimed at reversing a “neglectful approach to rural healthcare”. “My petition asks the Government to accurately measure rural healthcare needs while imploring Health Minister David Clark and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor to provide adequate funding for these needs to be met,” said Barbara. “Currently the Ministry of Health doesn’t even have proper population data for Rural New Zealand, so there is a considerable mismatch between what is needed for these areas and what is being provided. “An example of their rural funding shortfall is the decision to decline further funding for Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand. “They play a vital role in providing rural communities with mental health support and advocating for rural health services. Without them in this space there is no one sticking up for these areas. “The funding requested from the Rural Health Alliance is a pittance compared to other wasteful spending by this Government. It clearly illustrates their lack of thought for rural New Zealand. “Defining the term ‘rurality’ is a vital step in ensuring rural communities are adequately resourced by government in vital services such as healthcare, and the bulk of this work has been done by organisations such as the Rural Health Alliance in the past few years. “The ongoing work done by this organisation is immensely important and the support of my petition from more than 600 people highlights this. I strongly urge the Government to reevaluate their decisions and give rural communities the support they deserve, and adequately resource these organisations so that this incredibly important work can continue to be done.”

Was that helpful? Not really? Ok, I’ll tell you the secret. Put your thumb over the top of the straw and try again. I bet the straw went into the potato this time. What magic is happening here? When you put your thumb over the top, you are trapping the air inside the straw. As you stab the potato, you force the air to compress (squash together). This makes the straw stronger. When the air can rush out of the open straw, the straw is weaker. There’s nothing hard or boring about science here. Not only that, but there’s an explanation for everything, you just have to play with it, think about it and come up with an explanation that makes sense of the magic.



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Horowhenua Chronicle

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Avoiding the damage rats do at home By BRENT PAGE Expect the Horowhenua region to experience a huge rat invasion in 2019. Already mice have started to invade homes, so anticipate rats to follow. The reason for this is climate change. Each year, higher overall temperatures have meant an abundance of flowers and seeds being produced and these represent a great food source for rats. This year has been exceptionally beneficial — with adequate rainfall in the area together with warm temperatures there is an oversupply of food which has resulted in an increase in rat numbers. In the domestic environment rats are far more likely to be heard than seen. Their activity is evidenced by thumps and bangs in the middle of the night, most often heard in the roof. In comparison, mice can be identified by fast, almost continuous, scratching as they scuttle around. The acoustics of a roof space will often amplify, complicate or muddle sounds. This means mice can sound more like rats, rats can sound like possums and possums can sound like human beings walking around. One of the more serious problems arising from a rat infestation is their ‘need’ to gnaw on objects. Sometimes this gnawing can be audible. Behaviour such as this contributes to sharpening their

Damage rats can do to electrical wiring in your house. Urban Pest Control ever-growing teeth. Some home based structures which are great for sharpening teeth include wood, plumbing pipes, wires and cables — all in our homes. When rats damage these materials it can result in water damage, and power outages, and huge costs to the householder. How to tackle the problem? The first line of defence begins outside the house. Rats prefer to use overhanging branches to bridge across to the roofline of a house. Start by trimming back

any vegetation that is touching the building. Likewise, keep grass around the immediate area of the building cut short. If any entry holes are located, plug them up immediately. As a general rule, if a human thumb can be ‘stuck’ into a hole, then a rat can use that hole to enter a building. Use products like stainless steel mesh (not iron or copper) to block these access areas. Remember, rats’ teeth are very sharp; hence, using softer material will not deter them.


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Like all creatures, water is essential to their daily diet and they will happily drink from the cat or dog bowl, so (if possible) minimise water sources. Remember to also maintain hygiene practices by removing all food scraps from around the property. The second line of defence occurs inside the house. Trapping rats does require some skill and for a large infestation, trapping is only part of the toolkit for ‘proficient’ rat

control. There are a range of new strategies including ‘state of the art’ non-toxic bait. Once consumed, these baits contribute to rat droppings which glow under a black light. This is particularly useful when targeting the rats’ movements as it optimises the location for placement of traps or bait stations. Another is a remote sensor system which locates and monitors rat movement. When a rat is detected this very clever system will send an alert via cell phone. It could be described as a ‘security system’ for rats. Even the trustworthy lockable bait station is being superseded by bait holding systems capable of being inserted into the roof, floor, soffits and wall cavities. This means baits remains secure, constrained within the building structure well away from interference by off-target animals or human activity while optimising the chances of intercepting any foraging rats. Ideally, rat control should be maintained all year even though there are seasonal differences in populations. Rats are a continual problem in the environment and good control is essential. It can only be achieved with a sustained, comprehensive and systematic approach to this persistent urban pest. ■ Brent Page is a Horowhenua entomologist and director of Nature’s Way Pest Control. For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Horowhenua Chronicle



Time to sow Flanders


Q&A WITH GLENYS WOOLLARD How do I get long white stems on leeks?

By planting quite deeply in the first place, then, as the leeks grow taller mounding more soil around the base. You could try placing cardboard tubes (eg from toilet

Plant citrus

Grab a citrus and plant one in a warm, sheltered spot or choose a dwarf for a container. A Kaffir lime with its distinctive double leaves is a good choice if you like Indonesian and Asian flavours.

Tidy the rubbish

Collect up all your garden rubbish, clear up piles of leaves and get them into the compost before the rain starts.

Sow onions

Sow onions and spring onions. If you’re impatient, go for spring onion seeds — quick and easy.


ovember 11 will commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day, which is the date when World War I ended in 1918. It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by Australians and New Zealanders in wars and conflicts. Often recognised as the emblem of remembrance and Anzac Day, Flanders Poppies have a beautiful rich red flower

You can create your own Flanders Poppy display at home, by sowing poppy seed during autumn.

with a dark centre. You can create your own Flanders Poppy display at home, by sowing poppy seed during autumn. The poppies will flower around 20 weeks after sowing. Here are some tips to help create a patch of gorgeous poppies: ■ In a sunny location out in the garden, enrich the soil with some plant food. It’s a rich source of organic matter that will help improve the structure of the soil, encourage earthworms and beneficial microorganisms and provide the establishing seedlings with gentle, slow release organic nutrients to promote good early growth. ■ Scatter seed direct into the garden where the poppies are to grow, as they don’t transplant

well. Cover lightly with some seed raising mix so the seeds are only around 3mm deep. ■ Water the area gently after sowing and keep the soil moist as the seedlings establish. It will take 10-14 days for the seedling to pop up. Once the seedlings are a few weeks old, you can start to feed them each week with a high potassium plant food which encourages healthy growth and helps promote lots of flowers. To help create bushier, stronger poppies, pinch out early buds.

Prepare soil

Prepare the soil for any new deciduous trees you intend to plant. Dig in some old compost or manure.

■ Remove the remaining fruit and ripen any green tomatoes on a warm windowsill.

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■ Pull the plants out of the soil, roots and all if possible. ■ Improve the soil structure with a rich source of concentrated organic matter. ■ Refresh the mulch layer on the soil. Lucerne or pea straw is ideal. ■ Practice crop rotation and don’t plant any vegetables in the same

What is causing a whitish deposit on the soil of my potted plants?

It’s usually down to a build-up of soluble salts from fertiliser, potting mix and sometimes even water. These salts rise to the surface and can also appear on the outside of clay pots. You can usually leach the salts out with a good watering, letting the excess drain away rather

Potted poppies: Yates Flanders Red Poppy can also be sown into pots filled with a quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix. ■ For more information visit

What to do with that tomato patch In cool and temperate regions, delicious tomatoes are sadly coming to the end of their growing season. Here’s what to do with your tomato patch:

rolls) around stems to help blanch them, but don’t get soil inside the tube or the leek may rot — also beware of slugs residing within. Leeks can be left in the ground until needed, but dig up before they start going to seed — use a fork or you risk breaking the stem.

patch that are related to tomatoes, which includes plants like potatoes, capsicum, eggplant and chillies. Crop rotation helps to minimise the buildup of pests and diseases, that can infest plants in the same family. ■ After planting your new seedlings, water them in well to reduce transplant shock.

than sit in the pot saucer to be reabsorbed. It might also pay to remove the top few centimetres of potting mix and replace it with fresh. If you have a gardening question, email Glenys at

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Govt challenged to use Kiwibuy to house families The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, New Zealand Housing Foundation and Community Housing Aotearoa that are behind the KiwiBuy campaign say more New Zealanders could be owning their own home if the Government adopted and scaled up hugely successful nongovernment homeownership programmes. KiwiBuy campaign director Campbell Roberts says if the Government placed some of their Kiwibuild houses with community housing providers, their shared equity and rent-to-buy schemes would mean families with incomes over $50,000 could be in homes of their own. The organisations say KiwiBuy is a campaign to convince the Government to adopt and fund the range of shared equity and rent-to-buy programmes run by community housing providers. Three families each week move into new homes built for them by community housing providers. They affordably purchase these houses through schemes that assist families in buying their own home progressively. “The numbers are small at present, but if Government adopts these schemes for their programmes and also funds community organisations to scale up their operations, many more Kiwi families could be in their own home in the next five years,” Mr Roberts said. “Getting into your own home in NZ is

a complicated business. “High-income households often have resources and support that assist them to achieve homeownership,” he said. “However, for lower-income families, it is far more challenging. “Community housing providers bridge the gap by providing supports as part of their house building operations, including financial planning, ownership education and ongoing homeowner support and mentoring,” Mr Roberts said. “Every day community providers see families facing significant hardships because of housing stress. “Overcrowding causes relationship stress, high housing cost causes debt, and poor quality housing causes poor health. “We are hugely frustrated because more families could be moved from this hardship if the Government moved to adopt and scale up some of the programmes currently getting Kiwis into homes of their own,” he said. “While the Government says they love our schemes of rent-to-buy and shared equity they still seem to be dragging the chain in adopting or helping to scale up progressive ownership programmes.” The community housing providers say the Government’s Kiwibuild is struggling for success with houses not produced in the numbers required, and high housing cost areas of New Zealand are too expensive for families with incomes under $90,000.


Characters draw reader in thriller


Moving into refrigeration Horowhenua electrical contractor BG Buck is committed to providing top quality service to customers, including a backup and breakdown service. BG Buck Ltd, a wellknown electrical contractor, has expanded to offer a commercial refrigeration service. Manager Barrie Buck says during his 50 years in business this has always been an area of interest, but he has been too busy with the electrical side of the business to fully commit into other areas. Being involved with the supply, installation and servicing of several manufacturers of heat pumps and with extra staff who have expertise in commercial refrigeration, it made good business sense to run them together. Barrie says their advantage was in having a fully-equipped workshop, the ability to manufacture their own control equipment to each client’s requirements and to fully install. BG Buck Ltd is really a one-stop shop from advice and manufacture to installation. Barrie also points out the company’s

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Snakes real or figurative, which are more to be feared? Bea and Dan leave their tiny flat to escape London for a few months. Their first stop is with Bea’s “drop out” brother, Alex. He has a hotel in rural France but it is not as expected — there are no other guests, there is a nest of snakes in the attic and Bea’s parents arrive the next day. Bea is the daughter of a billionaire property developer and Dan is a mixed race, struggling artist from Peckham. Bea hasn’t seen her parents since her marriage to Dan. Her parents, Liv and Griff, are charming and rich and Dan can’t understand why Bea doesn’t want to see them. Alex is sent on a mission by Griff and dies in a car accident. The tragedy of his death becomes complicated when the French Police decide it was murder. Family relationships are very tense, Liv is prostrate with grief. Dan and Bea are interviewed by the local gendarmerie who are very suspicious of Dan. Bea has always refused to take any of her father’s filthy money which Dan had been cool with until the temptation to use her trust fund is suggested by his father-in-law. On one level this is a tense and violent thriller but there are several layers to the story. It is also about philosophy, social commentary, a picture of a dysfunctional family and a devastating picture of how money corrupts. While the characters are almost caricatures — unethical, driven father, beautiful, narcissistic, socialite mother, handsome, addicted son, successful but distant eldest son and plain, rebellious daughter — they are so well drawn that you are caught up in their world hoping

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ALLAN, STANTIALL, Stewart Brian. Margaret Sheila. Service Number Of Levin. Passed away RNZEME 43595 peacefully at Home, In loving memory of Cashmere Stewart Allan Born Johnsonville, on 18th 22/11/1951 son of April, 2019, aged 95. Norman and Tima Loved wife of Ron Dearly Allan of Levin. Loved (deceased). father of Justin, loved mother of Peter and Nicholas, Marcus and (deceased) his grandchildren. A treasured mother and much loved brother to mother-in-law of Don all his brothers and and Deb and Ian and Chrissy. Cherished sisters. A celebration of Stew’s Grandma to Sara, Ben, life will be held at the Andrew, Rosie, Candy Levin R.S.A on Friday and Miranda and 26th April at 1:00pm great-grandmother to five great followed by a private her cremation. In lieu of grandchildren. The flowers, donations to family would like to Alzheimer’s NZ can be thank the staff at Reevedon Home, left at the service. Levin and Cashmere Home, Johnsonville for their love and amazing care of Margaret over the past BALLANTYNE, 5 years. David James. Cherished soulmate, Margaret's funeral will Dad and Opa, passed be held at The Funeral away 11th April 2019 in Home, 545 Queen St, Levin on Saturday Ohau, Levin. A Private family 27th April 2019 at service has been held 11:00am, thereafter private cremation. as per Dave’s wishes. Messages can be sent “Death is a heartache to "Stantiall Family" no one can heal, 363 Muritai Rd, Lower Love is a memory no Hutt 5013. In lieu of one can steal”. flowers, donations to the Cancer Society and Blind Foundation NZ would be appreciated. BRYCE, George Ian. On 4th April 2019, peacefully at his home TAPLIN, in Ohau, Levin. Much Leisha Yvette. loved husband of née Abrams Moira and Dad of Julia 21~4~1975 - 20~4~2019 and Jeffrey. Loved Loved wife of Nathan brother of Fay, Sandy and mother of Quentin (deceased), Jimmy and Tamara, Amber, (deceased). Uncle of Kiera, Nateisha, Kevin, Morag, Grant, Anaru. Loved Kenneth, Gillian, daughter of Lorraine Malcolm, Richard, and Ross, Stewart and Fiona and Alasdair Louise. Loved sister of and their families. Sophie, Monique, “Uncle Ian” to Sheryl Michael and Sarah. Wright and her family. Loved daughter-in-law A private service was of Joe, Margaret. held at Ian’s request. Loved sister-in-law of Messages to: the Bryce Jody, Paul, Kiriana Family, c/- 284 Oxford and Julian, Tiwani Street, Levin 5510. and Jordan. Loved niece, aunty, cousin and friend to countless and a Spiritual Sister to myriads. Leisha made everlasting impressions McFADYEN, everywhere she went. Margaret. Service will be held at Of Levin. Peacefully at the Levin Memorial Palmerston North Hall TODAY Hospital on Sunday, Wednesday 24th April 21st April, 2019. In her 2019 at 2:00pm. 89th year. Dearly loved Followed by wife of Archie (dec). refreshments and then Loved mother and private cremation mother-in-law of Ron with immediate and Joanne, Wendy family. (dec) and Eddie (dec) Smart. Loving grandmother of Eddie and Melissa, Kathryn, Emma and Drew, Matthew and Jamie, Kenzie, Gendi and In Memoriam Nick. Great grandmother of TUCKER, Kaitlin, Kassidy, Shelagh. Cheyenne, Sacha, 31~10~1941 - 24~4~2018 Lara, Harley and Loved wife, mother, Matthew. Great-great Minny and friend, grandmother of remembered fondly. Kayson. Much loved Gone just a year but by all her family in constantly missed. Scotland. My love always, A Service for Margaret Paul. will be held at Harvey’s Chapel, 284 Oxford Street, Levin on Friday 26th April 2:00pm, thereafter private cremation at the Horowhenua Crematorium, Levin.


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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES Thursday 25 April 2019 ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATIONS The following roads will be temporarily closed to all ordinary vehicle traffic to enable ANZAC Day parades to travel the planned routes.

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Public Notices

The parade will start at 6:05am from Devon Street, turn right into Oxford Street (SH1) and travel south, turn left onto Queen Street, turn right onto Cambridge Street, and then assemble at the Levin Cenotaph for the ceremony. • Devon Street from Oxford Street to Bristol Street will be closed from 5:45am to 6:10am. This is to allow participants to congregate before the parade begins. • Oxford Street (SH1) from Queen Street to Devon Street will be partially closed from 6am to 6:15am and in reverse from 6:45am to 7am. From 6am to 6:15am, northbound traffic will be stopped at the Queen Street traffic lights while the parade progresses down the southbound lane with lead and tail pilot vehicles. Southbound traffic will follow behind the tail pilot vehicle. From 6:45am to 7am, southbound traffic will be stopped at Devon Street while the parade progresses up the northbound lane with lead and tail pilot vehicles. Northbound traffic will follow behind the tail pilot vehicle. • Queen Street from Oxford Street to Cambridge Street will be closed from 6am to 6:15am and again from 6:45am to 7am. • Cambridge Street from Queen Street to Bath Street will be closed from 6am to 7am. • Kent Street from Cambridge Street to Winchester Street will be closed from 6am to 7am. Civic service

The parade will start at 10am from Bath Street outside Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po-, turn left onto Cambridge Street, and then assemble at the Levin Cenotaph for the ceremony. • Bath Street from Salisbury Street to Cambridge Street will be closed from 9:50am to 10:30am. This is to allow participants to congregate before the parade begins. • Oxford Street (SH1) on the Bath Street intersection from 10am to 10:15am and in reverse from 11.30am to 11.40am. • Cambridge Street between Bath Street and Queen Street roundabouts will be closed from 10am to 11:30am. • Kent Street from Cambridge Street to Winchester Street will be closed from 10:10am - 11:30am.

The following meetings of Horizons Regional Council will be held during May 2019 in the Tararua Room, Regional House, 11-15 Victoria Avenue, Palmerston North, unless otherwise advised: Tuesday, 14 May 9.00am Strategy & Policy Committee, followed by Environment Committee Tuesday, 28 May 10.00am Regional Council

LEVIN Dawn service


WASTEWATER RETICULATION RENEWAL Weraroa Road and Winchester Street, Levin Horowhenua District Council has inspected Levin’s sewer network and discovered some pipes in some areas need to be replaced. Problems include tree root intrusion, broken lines and water infiltration.

Why not just repair the pipes?

Should Members of the public wish to speak at Meetings, they are advised to phone 0508 800 800. M J McCartney CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Freephone 0508 800 800

Repairs may remove defects for the short-term, but they will not necessarily solve the issues long-term. Based on the significant problems identified, it is best to completely replace the pipes and laterals.

How will the pipes be replaced?

COUNCIL MEETING – ANNUAL PLAN HEARING 3pm, 8 May 2019 Council Chambers, 126 Oxford Street, Levin

Council’s contractors will use a combination of open trench and trenchless technology (pipe bursting). Pipe bursting will minimise extensive excavation and disruption to surrounding residences, businesses and the environment. However, in some areas where the pipes have severe dipping, open trenching will be used to correct the dips.

COMMUNITY WELLBEING COMMITTEE 1pm, 14 May 2019 Council Chambers, 126 Oxford Street, Levin FINANCE AUDIT & RISK 4pm, 22 May 2019 Council Chambers, 126 Oxford Street, Levin

Which areas are affected?

FOXTON COMMUNITY BOARD 6pm, 27 May 2019 Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton

Weraroa Road, from Saxton Street to Victoria Street. Winchester Street, from Power Street to Wilton Street, and from Goldsmith Crescent to Bath Street.

COUNCIL MEETING - ANNUAL PLAN DELIBERATIONS 10am, 29 May, 10am 30 May 2019. Council Chambers, 126 Oxford Street, Levin


SHANNON Civic service The parade will start at 11:25am from outside the old Post Office, corner of Plimmer Terrace and Stout Street, travel south along Plimmer Terrace, and then assemble at the Shannon Cenotaph for the ceremony. • Stout Street from Plimmer Terrace to Venn Street will be closed from 11:20am to 12pm. This is to allow participants to congregate before the parade begins. • SH57 from Vogel Street to Plimmer Terrace will be closed from 11:20am to 12pm. • Plimmer Terrace from SH57 to Grey Street will be closed from 11:20am to 12pm.

FOXTON Dawn service Assemble outside Foxton RSA, Easton Street, at 5:30am. The parade will start at 5:45am, turn right onto Robinson Street, left onto Duncan Street, left onto Ravensworth Street, and then assemble at the Foxton Cenotaph for the ceremony.

When will the work take place?

Work will take place from Mondays to Fridays between April 2019 and June 2019.

Will the roads stay open?

Roads will remain open for most of the time during the works. However, there will be occasions when the road will be restricted to one lane. Council staff and contractors will work with residents and road users to minimise the impacts of the project.

Detour routes will be clearly signposted. Council apologises for any inconvenience caused. Any queries should be made to Council on 06 366 0999 or Michael Longley Roading Compliance and CAR Officer

We are a bilingual Centre with a strong focus on Whanaungatanga and Kaupapa Māori. We are seeking for a special person to join our small team. You will need to be qualified. We offer PLD, training and support may be available for teacher registration (if applicable).

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Please contact Council’s Construction Manager, Ronaldo Serrano, on 06 366 0999 or

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Civic service

• Ladys Mile between Manawatu College and Duncan Street will be closed from 9.35am to 9.45am. • Duncan Street will be closed from 9.35am to 9.45am and in reverse from 10.15am to 10.20am. • Ravensworth Street will be closed from 9.35am to 9.45am and in reverse from 10.15am to 10.20am.

(With a possibility for full-time permanent in the near future, subject to licence expansion)

Who do I talk to if I have questions or concerns?

• Easton Street will be closed from 5:30am to 6.10am. This is to allow participants to congregate before the parade begins. • Robinson Street will be closed from 5.45am to 6am and in reverse from 7am to 7.10am. • Duncan Street will be closed from 5.45am to 6am and in reverse from 7am to 7.10am. • Ravensworth Street will be closed from 5.45am to 6am and in reverse from 7am to 7.10am. The parade will start at 9:35am outside Manawatu College, Ladys Mile, turn right onto Duncan Street, left onto Ravensworth Street to the Foxton Cenotaph, where the service will be held before marching back to the RSA at 10:10am.

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POROUTAWHAO SCHOOL Board of Trustees Election

Nominations are invited for the election of three parent representatives to the board of trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligble voters. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself. Both parts of the form must be signed. Nominations close at noon on 24th May 2019, and may be accompanied by a signed candidate statement and photograph. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on 7th June 2019. Signed Natalie Dowd Returning Officer

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