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Friday 14th December 2018


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Wakeboard champ at 13 By PAUL WILLIAMS A former Foxton puddle attracting national attention has spawned a New Zealand champion less a year after it opened. All eyes were on Off The Loop wake-boarding park when Foxton Beach 13-year-

old Eve Skewes was crowned the senior women’s champion earlier this year in Hawkes Bay after just a few months in the sport. “My dad is a kite-surfer and taught me and I was into board sports so when the park opened in Foxton I couldn’t resist,” she said.

NZ champion Eve Skewes in action at the weekend on home puddle at Off The Loop.

“Having a background in kitesurfing helped with corners when I was getting started. I practice three or four times a week and am always trying new things. It’s so much fun.” “Glen (coach Glen Butcher) has been a massive help. He’s a cool guy and has helped me out heaps.” Her mother Gry said her daughter had kite-surfed since she was nine, but even she and husband Gavin were surprised at how quickly success had come, and credited the Off the Loop venue. “We’re very lucky to have it,” she said. Eve is a student at Poroutawhao School at Koputaroa where she had one week left before the holidays. She would be attending Waiopehu College next year. The youngster has no plans to rest on her laurels, contesting a national circuit event in Taupo this weekend. She also skateboards, snowboards, surfs, and plays hockey. Eve was honing her skills alongside reigning men’s champion Jason Heatherlea at the weekend. Heatherlea was lakeside at the park offering tuition to budding young boarders. Eve was at the park every day practising her skills and having “runs” down the lane, pulling and practising tricks and turns on which they are judged in competition. The Off the Loop wake-

boarding park was celebrating its first anniversary this weekend. It was the brainchild of Dean Stella, Angela Cook and Glen Butcher, keen kitesurfers who hatched a plan at Foxton Beach one afternoon. There was no wind that day, which meant no kitesurfing, so boredom led to the idea of a wakeboarding park in a paddock owned by Stella. The paddock was fed groundwater through a natural spring, to create a surface to board on. The park also created an area for board riders to try tricks and push boundaries with minimal risk of injury. The impressive 185m-long water park is gaining national acclaim and is the newest of three in the country of its type, but arguably New Zealand’s best, said Stella. The towers and pulley system was signed off by a specialist engineer and they now had a “Grom Squad” of 24 boarders who trained every Wednesday night, he said. The park catered for all levels of wake-boarders with one section left clear for learners. Water quality from the spring was monitored regularly. He said wake-boarding was a popular sport worldwide and was gaining in popularity in New Zealand. Boarders were judged on their skills in completing different manoeuvres with degrees of difficulty.

EVE Skewes.


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Friday, December 14, 2018 In the wake of Grace Millane's death, thousands all over the country have paused and gathered at vigils to remember this young guest in our land.

Levin’s Uniting Church Leadership, acknowledging the level of public feeling, plan a local Vigil at 6pm on Tuesday, December 18, in Levin Uniting

Church, 87 Oxford Street, Levin. The Vigil will be held to honour Grace and make it clear that no violence against women or girls is unacceptable anywhere.

Anyone, religious or not, even from a different faith is welcome to attend this Vigil and clearly say no to all violence against women.

Taylor and Kent up for sports award Two former Levin schoolboys have been nominated for the ISPS Handa Halberg Sportsman of the Year Award. All Black hooker Codie Taylor and surf-lifesaver Steven Kent feature among the list of 18 nominees for the award that includes Brodie Retallick (rugby), David Nyika (boxing), Scott Dixon (motorsport), Tom Walsh (shot put) and David Liti (weightlifting). Kent was a former Horowhenua College student, now living on the North Shore in Auckland, who captained the NZ surf-lifesaving team to the World Championships in Adelaide this year. A past Olympian and Commonwealth Games representative, he has been dubbed “one of the greatest surf athletes New Zealand has ever seen”. The latest world event was the sixth that Kent had competed in, and he had twice before been vice-captain of successful New Zealand teams. The All Black career of Codie Taylor had gone from strength to strength this season and he could now be considered one of the best hookers in world rugby. The former Horowhenua College student was pushing hard for the top spot head of next years’ World Cup tournament. There were six categories that received a record 93 nominations

Steve Kent

Codie Taylor

this year. Halberg chief executive Shelley McMeeken said the number of nominations was impressive and it was “once again a testament to the hard work and achievement of our elite sporting teams, athletes and coaches”. The 2017 winner and 2016 supreme Halberg Award winner Lisa Carrington is in the running again. The canoe racing champion is joined by: Abby Erceg (football), Alana Barber (athletics), Caitlin Ryan (canoe racing), Eliza McCartney (athletics), Evie Corrigan (powerlifting), Jo Edwards MNZM (bowls),

Joelle King (squash), Jonelle Price (equestrian), Julia Ratcliffe (athletics), Kendra Cocksedge (rugby union), Lydia Ko (golf), Marquita Gelderman (orienteering), Michaela Blyde (rugby union), Olivia Eaton (surf lifesaving), Rushlee Buchanan (cycling), Ruth Croft (athletics), Sarah Goss (rugby union), Stacey Michelsen (hockey), Suzie Bates (cricket), Valerie Adams (athletics) and Zoe Sadowski-Synnott (snowboarding). World champion shot putter Tom Walsh, the 2017 winner, heads the 18 nominations from 12 sports for the ISPS Handa Sportsman of the Year Award. The hotly contested category also includes; Brodie Retallick (rugby union), Codie Taylor (rugby union), David Andrew Liti (Olympic weightlifting), David Nyika (boxing), George Bennett (cycling), Michael Venus (tennis), Nico Porteous (freeskiing), Paddy Chapman

(croquet), Patrick Bevin (cycling), Richie Mo’unga (rugby), Ross Taylor (cricket), Sam Gaze (cycling), Sam Webster (cycling), Scott Dixon (motorsport), Scott McLaughlin (motorsport), Steven Kent (surf life saving) and Tim Robertson (orienteering). Five-time winner Sophie Pascoe has again been nominated for the newly named ISPS Handa Para Athlete/Team of the Year, with support from Paralympics NZ. The Para swimming champion is joined by nine others — Adam Hall (para alpine skiing), Aotearoa NZ Para Waka Ama V12 (para waka ama), Commonwealth Games Para-Triples — Barry Wynks, Bruce Wakefield, Mark Noble (para bowls), Corey Peters (para alpine skiing), Holly Robinson (para athletics), Michael Johnson (para shooting), Nicole Murray (para cycling), Rachel Maia (para climbing) and Scott Martlew (para canoe racing).

There are 14 nominations from 10 sports for the ISPS Handa Team of the Year award comprising All Black Sevens (rugby union), Black Ferns Sevens (rugby union), Women’s Doubles — Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy (squash), Men’s Double Scull — John Storey and Chris Harris (rowing), Men’s Team Sprint — Eddie Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster (cycling), NZ Indoor Cricket 17 years and under boys (indoor cricket), NZ Junior Black Fins (surf life saving), NZ Underwater Hockey Men (underwater hockey), NZ Underwater Hockey Women (underwater hockey), NZ Football Under 17 Women (football), NZ Women’s Kayaking Team (canoe racing), Vantage Black Sticks Women (hockey), Women’s Double Scull — Brooke Donoghue and Olivia Loe (rowing) and Women’s Pair — Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler (rowing).

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Route confirmed for new highway NZTA decision allows everyone to move on Now that the NZ Transport Agency has confirmed its preferred route for the final stage of the Wellington northern corridor, other decisions can be made. Horowhenua District Mayor of Horowhenua Michael Feyen said it had been a long and difficult process for all concerned, but the end was near. “Those affected can now plan their future, and no doubt for those whose properties aren’t in the way there will be a welldeserved sigh of relief. “I am heartened that NZTA officials delivered the letters in person to the 253 affected landowners, and that they’ve made provision for support services to help landowners through this process.” Mayor Feyen said the announcement led the way to a lot of work. “It’ll be two to three years before we are through the resource consent stage. In the meantime, there are important physical safety works that will be carried out on SH1 south of Levin. It is a killer of a highway and the work that is planned will help make us all feel and be safer.” Horowhenua District Council Growth Response Manager Daniel Haigh said naming the preferred route gave landowners and Council confidence and ended the uncertainty. “The preferred route allows us to finalise the Gladstone Green Master Plan – a 2000-home community on the east of Levin,” said Mr Haigh. “Next year, Council will discuss with NZTA the preferred location of interchanges to access Levin and SH57. We’ll also need to discuss how the expressway will reconnect back to the current SH1 on the northern outskirts of Levin. “We are also about to start a conversation with residents in Manakau and Ōhau to better understand their aspirations as we create a community plan for their settlements.” Mr Haigh said next year Council would also review its growth predictions. “Current estimates are that we’ll need a minimum of 244 homes to be built every year for the next 20 years. However, the district has grown at a faster rate than predicted for two years in a row and 2018 is tracking even further ahead. We need to review the predictions so we are not

The new highway will take the pressure off the existing SH1 which winds through communities. caught out by increased growth,” said Mr Haigh. The new highway will follow the S6 and N4 routes, meaning it will run close to SH1 from Ōtaki up to Kuku, then veer off into nearby rural land to connect with N4 to run alongside SH57. The Transport Agency’s Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight said the preferred corridor was selected following engagement with the community and takes into account, among a number of other factors, the views of people who live, work and travel in the area. “We also carried out additional ecological, heritage, social, noise and vibration assessments following questions raised by the community, and these have helped shape our way forward,” Ms Speight said. “The selected corridor will provide a shorter route than other options, and is more accessible to urban areas. Of all

The selected corridor will provide a shorter route than other options, and is more accessible to urban areas. Of all the routes considered, this one is expected to shift the most traffic off the existing SH1.

Emma Speight Transport Agency’s Director of Regional Relationships

the routes considered, this one is expected to shift the most traffic off the existing SH1. “We greatly appreciate people’s patience as we’ve

worked through this process and recognise the frustration that the uncertainty has caused. We’ve been in touch with all of the property owners who were

potentially affected by the range of shortlisted corridor options, to inform them of the decision. “Subject to funding approval, we’ll be working with property owners, stakeholders and the community throughout 2019 and early 2020 as we further investigate and progress design of the road, within the preferred corridor. “Improved public transport for the region will also be investigated, which could include rail connections, park and ride facilities and bus service improvements.” Work is also continuing on short and medium-term safety improvements on the state highway network through Horowhenua and Kāpiti. “These safety improvements will initially focus on speed management, road marking, signs, and enforcement, followed by infrastructure measures such as barriers,” Ms Speight said.


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Irene in running for NZ rugby award By LEXI RUTHERFORD A Levin rugby volunteer rubbed shoulders with New Zealand’s rugby elite last night after receiving a shock nomination for a prestigious award. Irene Eruera-Taiapa had had no idea her name had been put forward for the 2018 Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year Award, which is part of the ASB Rugby Awards. As a Levin Wanderers club delegate, Ms Eruera-Taiapa was supposed to be a nominator, not the nominee, so it came as a surprise to see her name was put forward as she would normally be part of that process. She said it’s very humbling to even be nominated for this award and it was a huge honour. “You don’t do it for the praise, you just do it,” she said. Ms Eruera-Taiapa had volunteered with various rugby clubs and organisations for more than 25 years, as Wanderers delegate on the Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union committee, she was also the union’s development team manager, child protection adviser, and the respect and responsibility adviser. As part of these roles, she organised after-match functions, sat on various committees and did a variety of roles at her club, like setting up the changing rooms with players’ gear. The main reason Irene volunteers so hard, is because of her sons. Wherever the boys are, the mother follows, she said. They are her favourite rugby players. She also said that all the praise goes to her sons and

husband Walter, because of their support in her work. She had always followed rugby, getting up in the middle of the night to watch the All Blacks, so her sons becoming involved with the Wanderers club came as no surprise. Even though her sons aren’t playing for Wanderers at present, as they don’t have a senior team, she still did a huge amount of volunteer work for her “family” club. This is because of the Wanderers whanau atmosphere, with fourth or fifth generation players, causing her to stick by them. As part of being a finalist for the award, Sky TV visited Levin to film a profile of her, for the awards, in the Wanderers clubrooms. She said she was disappointed that there was no makeup artist and the director told her not to worry as he would make her look good. The awards were held last night at the SkyCity Convention Centre and broadcast live on Sky Sport. The Chronicle went to press long before the evening so we are unable to print the results. ■ Lexi Rutherford was on work experience with the Horowhenua Chronicle last week

Levin Wanderers rugby club volunteer Irene Eruera-Taiapa is in the running for national award.

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Finding a new lease on life with Enliven Many people fear that getting older means social circles become smaller and life less fun. But with the right support, there’s no reason that has to be the case, says Enliven’s Reevedon Home and Levin Home for War Veterans manager Jenny Hodgen. “We take care of the cooking and cleaning here so that residents can focus on enjoying life.” “A lot of residents actually find that their health and mobility improves with the good food and support they receive here,” says Jenny.

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“Many also tell us they now realise how isolated they were in their own homes, that they love the new social life they’ve discovered since moving in, and that they enjoy being able to play bowls with other residents or join in with social outings,” she says. Both Reevedon Home and Levin Home, run by Enliven, emphasise the importance of meaningful activity, choice, fun and companionship in elders’ lives – it’s an approach which stems from Enliven’s unique philosophy, which is based on the internationally-recognised Eden Alternative model of care.

Resident Colleen Plimmer says since moving to Enliven’s Levin Home for War Veterans last year, she’s enjoyed the opportunity to stay connected to her singing passion and reconnect with former classmates also living there. For daughter Alene, watching her mother thrive at the home has proved extremely gratifying. “My mother has been active in various singing groups for the last two decades, so it’s wonderful that she’s been able continue her singing at the home. This is her happy space,” she says. To learn more about Enliven’s Levin Home for War Veterans or Reevedon Home, visit You can also call on 06 366 0052 (Levin Home) or 06 368 7900 (Reevedon).

Levin Home for War Veterans resident Colleen Plimmer (left) with daughter, Alene.

Our Santa has a past






Levin’s giant Santa pictured in his former Christchurch location.

Horowhenua locals have been familiar with Levin’s giant Santa for many years. The jolly chap in red has spent many a festive season looking over the town, firstly from the atop the train tunnel near the station, then later from the New World carpark. What some may not know though is that Levin wasn’t Santa’s first home. Originally from Christchurch, the nine metre high figure was installed at Haywrights, Armagh Street on the building that now houses Farmers. Facebook poster Myles Johnson said Peter Souter of Hays Display Studio was Santa’s creator, and that he (Johnson) and colleague Ian McIntyre were responsible for making Santa’s finger beckon shoppers into the store. The big man was later bought by the Russell family, taken to pieces and trucked to his new home in Horowhenua before being restored. For the past 15 years or so, semiretired Levin Crane Hire owner Dave Sayles, along with a team of other Santawranglers, has been voluntarily putting up and taking down the huge figure, a task the Horowhenua Chronicle recognised him for last year with a special morning tea.

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JPGA free youth Christmas party will be held at Levin’s Te Takere on Wednesday.

Free festive fun for party-goers Christmas spirit is alive and well in Levin, with a free party being held next week for all young people aged 12 to 24. The Youth Christmas Party will be held in Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Youth Space on Wednesday 19 December from 5pm to 9pm. A festive feast with all the Christmas trimmings will be provided free, along with games, music, activities and a present for everyone and a special visit from a jolly guest who may well have a

white beard and a red suit. Youth Space coordinator Ashleigh Smilovitis said the event had been made possible through in-house fundraising, a partnership with Life To The Max, and the backing of local businesses who had donated, including New World, which had provided a voucher for some of the food. For more information visit, call 368 1953 or email

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Locals fed up with car break-ins By SADIE BECKMAN A spate of car break-ins in the Horowhenua district has left vehicle owners frustrated. Some victims have even suggested it would be better to remove all items from inside a vehicle, and leave it unlocked with the glovebox and compartments open, so thieves can see it is empty and won’t bother smashing windows to get in. Fed-up residents are taking to social media to try to identify, or raise awareness of thieves targeting car gloveboxes and interiors, and police confirmed a rise in this type of crime. Fiona Rose posted in a Levin Facebook group that she had left her car unlocked accidentally on Friday, and went to it on Monday morning the driver’s door was open, glovebox and ashtray open, but a bluetooth speaker was still sitting on the front seat where she had left it. Another poster shared photos of her car door left open, its window smashed,

Horowhenua has experienced a rise in vehicle break-ins and thefts.

with the caption “haven’t we had enough of this?” Other reports from throughout the district have described similar incidents of vandalism, tampering or theft from vehicles, including one from Foxton Beach Community Patrol describing two men being caught on camera snooping around a carport on Shortt St, after smash-and-grabs were carried out on vehicles around that area the same night. Levin Police Senior Sergeant Sam Gilpin confirmed an increase in vehicle dishonesty-related crime in Horowhenua. He said police encouraged owners to take some very basic precautionary measures. “The easiest way to protect your valuables is to remove them from your vehicle,” he said. “If you do need to leave items unattended, make sure they’re out of sight and your vehicle is locked. Also, park in busy, open and well-lit areas whenever possible.” “Items like radar detectors or GPS units, which are often left on dashboards, are especially appealing to opportunistic thieves, so take these with you or leave them out of sight.” Anyone with information about the thefts, , or who has had property stolen, is urged to contact police immediately. Snr Sgt Gilpin said a 17-year-old local male charged with vehicle dishonestyrelated offending had been remanded in custody.

Takeaway point: Santa’s coming L A Takeaways ownermanager Lizzie, pictured with her moko Trinity Richards, organised a Halloween evening at her fish and chip shop at the end of October. Now she is planning an

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event for Christmas Eve, inviting Santa to the shop at 13 Johnston Street, Foxton, from 5.30pm to 7pm. The presents seen here under the store Christmas tree are for the less fortunate people of the Foxton

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Hospice volunteer turns trash to cash A Levin handyman’s knack for polishing up “bits and pieces” and fetching a good market price as a result has been recognised. Tom Maher, 92, has been restoring old equipment for Arohanui Hospice that relies heavily on donations and volunteer help. Hospice communications coordinator Kelvin Teixeira said the organisation needed almost $3 million annually — almost $60,000 a month. That made the efforts of their volunteers like Mr Maher so valuable, he said. “He will often take home tools and machinery items to repair and clean, which then fetch a higher price,” he said. One day Mr Maher arrived at the store and saw a piece of woodworking equipment that would normally be shelved with a $40 price tag on it. Suspecting it might be worth more, he researched its make and model and found it was a well-known unit, so he polished it up. “I googled it . . . we ended up putting it on TradeMe and got $300 for it,” he said. “I enjoy mucking about with bits and pieces . . . and you get to meet people and you have a laugh one way or another.” Arohanui Hospice provided free end-of-life care and support for patients and their families — more than 200 of at any one time. Arohanui cared for and supported the families of more than 1000 patients in its Manawatū, Tararua, Rangitikei, Horowhenua and Ōtaki districts in this year alone. Mr Maher and his wife

I enjoy mucking about with bits and pieces . . . and you get to meet people and you have a laugh one way or another.

TOM MAHER Hospice volunteer

Pamela received five-year service awards along with Graeme Booth, Sonia Campbell, Michael Fairbrother, Colleen Gray, Lorna Munford, Helena Oosterwijk, Elizabeth Toneycliffe and Dorothy Whiting. Arohani Hospice has more than 600 volunteers in their six shops at Levin, Ōtaki, Feilding and Palmerston North (three). Some of the volunteer duties included administration, farming, flower arranging, fundraising, gardening, shopkeeping, housekeeping, laundry, patient service and programmes and store workshop and reception. Arohanui Hospice was partially funded through MidCentral DHB and Whanganui DHB, but also relies on fundraising and store profits to meet the shortfall.

Tom Maher, 92, recently received a long service award for his volunteer work at Levin’s Arohanui Hospice Shop.



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A Very Merry Xmas & A Happy New Year! The devastating Port Hills fire showed how much indiscriminate and widespread damage a rural fire can inflict. Fighting these fires is dangerous and expensive. Predictions of drier summers point to a growing hazard. The risk is greatly reduced though, if you check out the local rules for lighting a fire – ‘Before you light, check it’s alright’. At different places, at different times, there will be complete fire bans. Or, you might be able to light a fire with a permit. Or, there might be no permit necessary. You need a clear area for the fire. Make sure you can, and do, put it out before you leave. So, ‘Before you light, check it’s alright’.

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NZ property predictions: What to New Zealand's real estate leaders review the housing market in 2018 and offer their predictions on what buyers and sellers should expect in 2019. Peter Thompson, Managing director of Barfoot and Thompson: Between now and the year end, I anticipate the residential housing market will be active in comparison to the first three quarters of the year, with prices stable or even edging up a little. Trading results in October were strong. Sales numbers were the highest they have been in an October for three years, and average and median prices were the highest they have been this year. The number of properties for sale is the highest it has been for six years, according to our data. Mortgage interest rates are likely to remain at current levels for the next two years (based on Reserve Bank comments

that the OCR rate is likely to remain through to 2020) and the unemployment rate has dipped below 3 per cent. These factors have created an ideal trading environment. One of the more encouraging developments over the past nine months in Auckland has been the growing number of apartments and town houses selling for under $500,000. It is opening up the property market to a far greater number of firsttime buyers and people on limited incomes. Mike Bayley, Managing director of Bayley Corporation: Auckland’s residential property market is progressing through a period of stable trading, in a trend evident for the best part of 2018 and likely to remain. Region-wide, price increases – or decreases – in all value bands have been minimal either way

as the buyer-market takes a more relaxed and reasoned approach to purchasing property. Listing volumes are up – and sales volumes have increased. That follows generic growth in the number of dwellings built in the city over the past six years and now coming onto the market. Include apartments and retirement village units (residents moving into those villages have usually sold their suburban home) alongside new homes, and it’s easy to see that the more dwellings there are in Auckland, the more sales there will be. Last year’s comparative sales activity was down in the third and fourth quarters because of the General Election malaise. There will be the usual pre-festive season surge in sales as purchasers and vendors look to cement certainty for 2019. After that, Auckland residential property sales will ease off until February, when most

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people return from strong sales activity. holidays. Legislative change in Expect to see this year’s the Overseas Investment pattern of level-headedness Act has created additional in Auckland’s barriers for residential real overseas estate scene buyers. The replicated in Reserve 2019 as Bank has borrowing indicated rates remain that it at historic doesn’t low levels. plan to That For more property news raise the activityOCR low and listings go to: driving anytime confidence will soon. LVR requiremenbe underpinned by ongoing low ts are still part mortgage interest of the purchasing rates – such as the 3.95 per process and the banks are cent one-year rates requiring disclosure announced by the ANZ and around lending. However, Westpac. this is part of the way buyers need to assess Carey Smith, CEO of Ray individual properties, White: particularly when The residential borrowing close to the LVR property market, when levels. measured in months, has In property shown quite strong management; while seasonal trends, with legislative changes have listing numbers rising been applied for better considerably during the living conditions, yield is past month. This has expected to continue to culminated in a higher increase as vacancy sits at number of sales than in a historic low rate and August and September. availability of property is Prices have also increased also at low levels. slightly, returning a further degree of Josephine Kinsella, normality to the market. Managing director of LJ Last month, sales rose Hooker: considerably, particularly The residential in the Auckland and property market has Wellington markets. returned to a normal state, Buyer confidence has also with Auckland’s median buoyed regional New sale price stabilising, and Zealand, resulting in buyers enjoying a greater

selection of properties to choose from on the back of recent increases in listing numbers. In the run-up to spring, there had been a shortage of listings, and industry residential sale volumes hit an eight-month low. However, October sales volumes increased by 2 per cent and have continued strongly into November. The Overseas Investment Amendment Act that came into effect in October — plus scheduled changes to anti-money laundering legislation concerning real estate — has led to, in some parts of the country, a slight rush on properties. The banks have also helped stimulate activity, offering competitive rates as an incentive for purchasers who have been waiting for the right time to buy. For vendors bringing their properties to market over the coming months, success will depend on a structured campaign and the ability of an agent to pre-qualify buyers and communicate effectively. In metro areas, the “no price” method of sale remains favoured, bringing a result within a specific period. While there is a strict process around “no price” marketing, it still shows potential for strong results from a smaller, but ■ Continued Page 9

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expect in 2019 ■ From Page 8

qualified selection of buyers. For property investors, change has comefrom recently introduced regulations. I expect many private landlords will review the workload involved in managing tenants (especially following changes to health and safety regulations) and that there will be an increase in demand for property management services. Chris Kennedy, CEO of Harcourts: This is an exciting time of the year for many reasons. And it’s also a time when many of us are thinking about making home improvements … or even selling up and making a move. The market seems to have settled, with the average national house price rising 3.23 per cent in the 12 months to October to $605,389. The lift in prices was evident across all

regions except Auckland, which fell back by 2.17 per cent. Total listings across the country held steady, with only a 1.95 per cent decrease when measured against the same period in 2017. As we enter the summer selling season, I expect auctions to produce strong results. Barry Thom and Grant Lynch, Directors of Unlimited Potential: In this pre-Christmas season, the market in the areas we serve is awash with property for sale. It would seem the lack of enthusiasm vendors showed post-election is being made up for this year. But as the number of homes available continues to rise, the number of buyers has not. The time it takes to sell has increased. The lower end of the market continues to be buoyant, but at the upper end there has been a distinct wait-and-see attitude, although things

appear to be thawing slightly as buyers make pre-Christmas decisions. One of the issues we face is the proliferation of opinion of a home’s value on various property websites. These are generally called the “estimated selling range” and are formulated based on various algorithms that use historical sales data. In many cases these ranges are incorrect, as are the latest council valuations. These two pieces of information are indicating a likely selling range in excess of today’s value. This can be frustrating for vendors wanting to sell. There has been a tinge of hesitation/lack of confidence, which is hard to understand given the overall state of the nation, immigration, low interest rates and low unemployment. However, nothing stays the same for long in this business. — As told to Donna McIntyre

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Encouraging reading over summer break By LEXI RUTHERFORD It is well known that kids’ reading levels slip during the summer holidays. A new programme at Horowhenua’s libraries is aiming to stop that slide and encourage a love of reading. Children can earn up to five free books in the Power to Read intermediate summer reading programme. The programme will run at the Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom in Foxton and Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō in Levin from December 10 to January 18. As part of the programme children must read three books within the timeframe, and write a short review for each to gain a free book of their choice. They can earn up to five books. The programme is funded by Eastern and Central Community Trust. For more information contact either library. — Lexi Rutherford was on work experience with the Horowhenua Chronicle.

CHILDREN are being encouraged to read over summer in Horowhenua.

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Water restrictions for Levin start on Monday As summer gets into full swing, water restrictions have come into force again. Level 1 restrictions will be in place for Levin and Ōhau from Monday, December 17 until further notice. Horowhenua District Council said the restrictions are due to flows in the Ōhau River dropping below 2500 litres per second and town water demand at above 10,000 cubic metres per day. Level 1 means for private gardens, soaker hoses and garden sprinklers may Level 1 water restrictions begin for Levin only be used from 5am and Ōhau on Monday. to 7am and from 7pm to 9pm. water droplets illustrating the Houses with even street level of water restriction in place numbers can use them only on for that area. even-numbered dates, while Suggested water saving tips: houses with odd street numbers ■ Turn off the tap while can use them on odd dates. brushing teeth or shaving. Handheld hoses, watering ■ Check your toilet cistern, cans or buckets can be used at taps, and pipes for leaks or any time. overflow. In public parks, public ■ Use a bucket of water and a gardens and road reserves, soft sponge or mop for outdoor sprinklers and soak hoses will be cleaning jobs. allowed for four hours every ■ Sweep up garden waste, other day if using the town rather than hosing it away. supply. ■ Do only full loads in the Any hosing of paved areas is washing machine and not allowed under the dishwasher. restrictions unless cleaning is ■ Take shorter showers. required as a result of an ■ Use a bowl or plug in the sink accident, fire, health hazard or when washing vegetables or other emergency, the council hand-washing dishes. said. New signs around the ■ Install a dual-flush toilet district have been installed with cistern.


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193 students graduate at ceremony By PATRICK RENNELL Horowhenua Learning Centre held its annual graduation ceremony at Waiopehu College this week. The whole of the learning centre was involved in celebrating the students’ many successes over the year. This year 193 students graduated in front of their family and friends. The graduating programmes for 2019 were: Youth - Foundation Skills, Hospitality and Computing, Tertiary - Business Administration and Technology, Health and Wellbeing (Support Worker and Advanced Support), Study and Career Preparation and Exercise, Food and Beverage, Cookery and Security. In addition, six students received assistance from the Going Places Scholarships to further their studies in 2019. Of these, five students were Youth Guarantee Graduates and one was a Food and Beverage graduate. They were Kirsty Lauridsen, Xavier Jackson, Anthony Ederveen, Tiana Kauika, Jade Jeffries and Carla MarupoGataulu. Three of these students will be studying Cookery in Levin in 2019, one is going to Palmerston North to study Food and Beverage, one is studying Early Childhood and one is heading to Auckland to complete a Diploma in Hospitality Management. The guest speaker at graduation this year was Nikki

Smug smiles of success at Horowhenua Learning Centre’s graduation ceremony. Brady. Nikki was born and bred in Levin, had a successful corporate career in Wellington and has now come back to her roots. She is the general manager of Horowhenua 2040 in Levin. Nikki showed how anything

is possible if you want it enough. After the ceremony, light refreshments were enjoyed at the Rugby Clubrooms across the road. The HLC photo booth was extremely popular with many souvenir photos being taken by

students and staff. Students and staff are now nearing the end of another busy year at HLC. This year the organisation has celebrated success with academic students, and supported 216 MSD clients

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Take action on climate change By SAM FERGUSON It was heartbreaking recently to see the stranding and subsequent deaths of hundreds of whales around our coastline. While the causes for this are not known for sure, one scientific theory is that warming sea temperatures are responsible. Climate change is here to stay, and a recent report says we have 12 years to reduce our emissions or we will make it even worse. As David Attenborough told the international climate change conference in Poland last month, “If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.” New Zealand, like every other country, needs to do its bit on this issue. The Green Party has been a leading voice for many years and now they are in government there is a real focus on what can be done. What about our community? We need a chance for local people to be a part of the solution. One example is the bike to school programme, which makes it safer for kids to bike to school and results in fewer emissions. This is something our local councils could focus on. Horowhenua District Council and Horizons Regional Council can set us on a course of low-

Sam Ferguson carbon transport. It is up to our community to demand it. As transport is one of our large areas of emissions, it makes sense to invest in lowemission transport. A regular rail service between Palmerston North and Waikanae would help here. We owe it to future generations to do all we can to leave them a climate that is stable and liveable and we need real leadership, both nationally and locally, to ensure urgent action. ■ Sam Ferguson is a Levin resident and stood as a candidate for the Green Party in the 2017 general election. Sam can be contacted on 027 827 7037.


Targets set for swimmability By SADIE BECKMAN Horizons Regional Council hopes to have 70 per cent of large rivers and lakes in the region healthy enough to swim in by 2030 — 10 per cent less than a national target of 80 per cent. The Horizons target rises to 80 per cent by a decade later, with the national target at 90 per cent. The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management directs all regional councils to set targets to improve the quality of fresh water. Horizons chairman Bruce Gordon said Horizons targets would contribute to national targets. The regional council’s new targets, while lower than national targets, are higher than they had been previously, due to a 2017 amendment to the National Policy Statement. Gordon said modelling for the Ministry for the Environment estimates work already planned will see the length of rivers in the region suitable for swimming increase from just 43 per cent to 60 per cent over the 12 years to 2030. “While this modelling does not take into account factors such as climate change, economic or social drivers, or future changes to policy, council has agreed to aspire to higher targets of 70 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2040,” Gordon said. He said the council was aware significant investment would be needed to meet targets higher than the current modelling predictions, but recognised its communities want better water quality, which is why it has set ambitious targets.



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National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management directs all regional councils to set targets to improve the quality of fresh water. “While our region is currently below the national average for swimmability, we are seeing a faster than average improvement,” Gordon said. Horizons natural resources and partnership group manager Dr Jon Roygard said in 2016, the council had upgraded their swim spot monitoring programme from 17 to 83 throughout the region. “The bacteria and

cyanobacteria results are made available to the public on Horizons and Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA) websites, so that they can make an informed choice and about when and where to swim in our region,” he said. “An independent report conducted by LWP Ltd earlier this year showed strong evidence for regional improvement in sediment and E. coli measures.”

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’ve always been an outdoors sort of a girl, even when I lived in Dunedin where it was sometimes a bit of a challenge. Rain and single figure temperatures never stopped me riding my pony, and snow was an irresistible invitation to get outside. So urban holidays have never really been my thing, and a week in a big city, shopping notwithstanding, has me hankering for grass between my toes. And it’s not just a personal fad. There are natural health experts who say connecting with the natural world wherever you are is a great antidote to jet lag and travel tiredness. Plants and flowers can boost energy and help you to recalibrate. First step — when you’re making your holiday booking, look for a room or holiday apartment with a view over a park, garden or interior courtyard. It’s amazing how a vista of a pleasant green space can boost your energy, especially in the morning. Eat breakfast in an outdoor café and head to a local flower or farmers’ market. Bigger cities often have flower markets and they open early, so you’ll have plenty of time in the day for other pursuits. If you’re overseas, chances are you’ll see some


new plants you haven’t met before. It’s also easy enough to find community gardens in cities and towns. Usually run by enthusiastic locals, they generally grow everything from herbs and vegetable to fruits and flowers. You may come away inspired to start one in your own neck of the woods. Farmers’ and growers’ markets are everywhere these days, and most include some sort of entertainment. In Kerikeri, one of our markets provides live music while you choose your veg, while the other is famous for its bubble blower, who sends streams of coloured bubbles over the crowds, delighting children and adults alike. If your interests lean towards garden design, ask a local which suburbs have the best gardens, grab a bus, and take a leisurely stroll around the streets checking out the landscaping. Many towns and cities have public gardens you can visit. Check out the list on — it has

Farmers’ and growers’ markets are everywhere these days, and most include some sort of entertainment. photos and descriptions of about 30 public gardens all over New Zealand. If you’re off to Australia for the

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COLLECTIONS IN A CAN If you have friends who are impossible to buy Christmas gifts for — here’s a solution. Get them started on a collection. A few years ago when I was hankering for a live miniature sheep, a friend bought me a ceramic version. It wasn’t bad as that sort of thing goes, although I would never have bought it for myself. The following year, he bought me another one. I had no intention of collecting ceramic sheep, but sometime later I saw a matching ceramic lamb in a garden shop and yep, I bought it. I am now officially a collector of ceramic sheep. Unfortunately, they don’t mow the lawn and I have to move them every time I do it. For this reason if nothing else, I’d rather be a collector of emeralds and classic Alfa Romeos, but nobody’s bought me the first one

yet so I’m learning to love the lambs. So I’ve stolen the idea and bought a friend a tin watering can for Christmas in the hope of creating a tradition. Watering cans are very collectible right now because tin is the material of the moment, and you can pick up vintage ones, with or without rust and holes, at garage sales and junk shops. There are also new ones to be found on various internet sites, and lots of matching tin items like pitchers, jugs, cups, trays, buckets and actual milk cans. I wouldn’t suggest these for anyone who has a smart urban courtyard garden unless you’re trying to unfriend them, but for anyone who’s into rustic chic, tin is perfect.

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Ice loves to be around people and loves to get pats and cuddles. She enjoys belly rubs so much that she will snort in happiness! As an older girl at around 8 years young she still has heaps of life and spunk to her. Please come and meet Ice today if you can offer a senior girl in need a home.

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Destiny was an excellent mum and surrogate mum to another litter of kittens. Now the kittens are big and strong she is ready to find her own home where she can be treated like a princess. She is a head strong girl who will let you know when she wants some down time, but can be very affectionate and will make a great companion.

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Jazz is a very friendly and confident boy, He adores attention and will come right over and rub against your leg. Jazz will be an ideal fit for most family types as he is so sociable.. He would love to be adopted with his sister Tigeress because they are best friends and love each other’s company. Come and meet them both today!

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Think Twice Before Gifting an Animal The holidays are arriving and lots of gift-giving will be occurring. Quite often animals are given as gifts during this time of year. While this is not always a bad gift idea, do think twice before giving an animal to someone who is not expecting to take on the responsibility of a pet. Pet ownership should not be an impulse decision. Planning is an important step in bringing an animal home including deciding on the species, breed, and age of the animal. The recipient should have the chance to consent to pet ownership and be able to choose a pet that fits his or her lifestyle. For example, a border collie may not be the best gift for a sedentary person living in town with a small section. A puppy may be great for someone with time and patience for training, but an adult cat might be better for someone who works long hours. Pet ownership is a long-term commitment.

Animals are living longer than they have before in part because of the improved diets and medical care available. That being said, this care is not necessarily cheap. Providing a quality environment, attention, proper diet, veterinary care, and adequate exercise requires both a significant amount of money and time. Emergencies can occur at any time and people are often not financially prepared for them, especially if a pet has come as a surprise. Animals can make wonderful gifts if given appropriately. Make sure that if you plan to gift an animal to someone, that the receiver is able to take part in the decision making surrounding their new pet. Many animals are relinquished each year due to owners’ inability to properly care for them. If given properly, the pet you are gifting will instead enjoy a long and happy life in their new home.

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Teen rider could be off to Hong Kong By LEXI RUTHERFORD

Levin rider Megan Davies and Prince of Pop, aka Harry.

A promising Horowhenua horse rider has an anxious wait to see if she is picked for the 2019 InterPacific Exchange in Hong Kong. Out of nine riders, Megan Davies, 17, was one of two chosen to be put forward for national selection, for the NZPCA InterPacific exchange. “I think this is a great opportunity to be an ambassador for not only New Zealand but also New Zealand Pony Club and be a role model for the younger generation to enable them to see what can be achieved through pony club and the sport of equestrian,” she said. The Inter-Pacific Exchange consists of five countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canda, Hong Kong and the United States. For 14 days, 20 riders sightsee and compete in the Kangaroo Cup Dressage Competition and the Nations Cup Show Jumping Competition. In 2019 the competition will be held in Hong Kong. On December 4 Megan completed the Districts Selection at Nga Tawa. As part of this, she had to be interviewed about her

thoughts on pony club, why she wanted to go to Hong Kong and why she thought she was a good candidate. She also had to participate in a ridden assessment. This consisted of videoing her warm her horse up, jumping a show jumping round and riding someone else’s horse. Riding a different horse was good practice for Davies, as if she does get to Hong Kong her regular horse Prince of Pop would not be going. Each of the 26 riders in the National Selection then had to fill out a form about their sporting and academic achievements and about their life in pony club. To trial for the Inter-pacific exchange, you must be at least 17 and have your B-certificate, a high-level pony club achievement. ■ Lexi Rutherford was on work experience with the Chronicle.

Inline hockey teams celebrate their achievements Levin’s inline hockey club has had a very successful year and Levin Thunder celebrated its fifth annual prizegiving. They closed off their year having bagged the National Championships hosting rights for 2019. This was an opportunity for club members to reflect on the 2018 season and recognise all the players, coaches, management and committee members, said club president Arden Phillips. The club also acknowledged those members who have played inline hockey at national and international level in the past year. Phillips said special awards were made to Mark Verran from the Horowhenua Events Centre Trust for support to Levin Thunder, as well as the Heyward family for their support and dedication to Levin inline hockey. With Inter-regionals hosted in Levin for the first time this year, Levin Thunder is chuffed to have won the hosting rights for the national Championships in 2019, Phillips said. “Potentially 80 teams competing over 9 days in September 2019 in Levin.”

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The under-14s players for 2018, left top. The under-10s players for 2018, left. Newbie players for 2018, right. PHOTOS / DARRYL BUTLER

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19au Shane French verses 338GB Chris Brocksopp during last season 248 SuperStock Global Challenge.

Speedway hosts Global Challenge This Saturday night’s Palmerston North PartsWorld 248 SuperStock Global Challenge continues the international flavour at the Robertson Holden International Speedway, with two Australians an Englishman and a Dutchman joining the best that New Zealand has to offer. Add in the Brent Lowe Memorial and a stockcar team’s race and the ingredients are in place for an action packed night.

338gb Chris Brocksopp is the most experienced of the overseas drivers, competing at this event before and the ENZED SuperStock Teams Champs for the Great Britain Lions. 28au Allan ‘Wildman’ Woods and 17au Shane French are returning after their first taste of SuperStock action here last season, while 422nl Marten Bijlsma is making his first foray down under. Regular Nelson visitor 48n

Brett Nicholls leads the out of town visitors, with a full list of entrants below. 1nzp William Humphries and 58p Peter Bengston have been the standout locals so far this season, along with 3nzp Jordan Dare. Defending champion 722p David Lowe will be keen to recapture the form that carried him to this title, and 32p Graeme Barr will make his home debut in a new car.

A Stockcar team’s race between the Pumas and Wellington Young Guns will be interesting with a number of new faces on both sides. The Pumas team selected is 15p Luke Miers, 172p Daniel Burmeister, 174p Brendon Learmonth, 677p David Lowe, 772p Kyle Lampp and 882p Brandon Jurgeleit. The Brent Lowe Stockcar Memorial takes place afterwards, with defending champion Luke Miers set for a

Diane Mickleson 35; Wednesday — Women’s Stableford: Ann Davies 37, Leanne Ward 33, Diane Dunlop 33; Men’s Stableford: Tony Welch 39, John Miller 39, Brian O’Donnell 37. Toby Welch got two 2s and Bruce Smith, Robert Corkill and Wayne Askew each got a 2; Thursday — Early Men’s

Net: Ivan Franklin 72, Russ Baldwin 73, Robert Corkill 78; Late Men Stableford: Bruce Kerse 41, Nathan Murray 39, Graham Ellis 37. Nathan Murray, Gerald Harpur and Bruce Kerse each got a 2; Saturday — Early men Stableford: John Miller39, John Quayle 39, Richard Young 37;

Late Men Net: Graeme Cliff 67, Klaas De Graaff 68, Dale Futcher 68. Dale Futcher got two 2s and John Saulbery, Graeme Cliff and Ken Sterne each got a 2. Saturday was also the 14 Fairway Trust Monthly medal finals (net competition) Women: Ann Davies 58, Jo

busy evening among a big field. Whatever the outcome, you are sure to be treated to some hard, fast racing - so see you there at 6:30pm. Also racing are sidecars and youth ministocks with a fireworks display to end the night. Admission: Adults $25 (16 and over), $10 for children 8 to 15, and $60 for a family pass of two adults and up to four children. For more information visit

SPORTS RESULTS ■ GOLF Buckley Golf Club Kerry Moore 43 John MacKenzie 42 Danny Waerea 37 Kevin Shields 37 Dave Trueman 38. Twos Kerry Moore no. 6 Kevin Shields no. 14. Jackpot not struck. Levin Golf Club Week ending December 9 Tuesday Man Wang Eagles Stableford Men: Peter Skou 40, Danny Mickleson 40, Rod Batchelar 40; Women: Margaret Simpson 39, Trish White 35,

Palmerston North Partsworld 248 SuperStock Global Challenge UK / Holland / Australia / NZ

PN PUMAS VS. WELLINGTON YOUNG GUNS STOCKCAR TEAMS RACE BRENT LOWE STOCKCAR MEMORIAL Robertson Holden International Speedway, Cuba Street, Palmerston North Saturday 15th December 2018, 6.30pm Start Adults $25 (16 years and over) Child $10 (8-15 years) Family $60 (2 Adults, 4 Children) Children seven years and under FREE

Aitken 70, Val Smith 71, Iris Wehipeihana 73; Men: Graeme Cliff 67, Klaas De Graaff 68, Dale Futcher 68, Steven Leppard 69. Coming events: Final Junior Golf session for the year on Friday 14 December; Christmas Cheer Saturday 15 December. Call the office to register


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New workplace law hurting businesses By NATHAN GUY In the last few weeks the Government has passed new workplace laws that are going to hurt small business owners by handing the power to the unions and taking away the flexibility they need to compete in a modern market place. Of workers in New Zealand, 83 per cent aren’t members of a union. Membership rates have been dropping for decades and this is the Government’s way of appeasing the unions who predominantly voted Labour in the last election. It’s also a cunning way to try and drive up union membership. Horowhenua Kāpiti’s local economy is largely based around small business and it’s concerning that union officials now have greater

access, without notice, to many workplaces. Once inside, they can dangle new statutory protections for union members that non-members won’t share. Their recruitment drive will be on the employer’s time and be a cost on the business. Allowing this sort of union access is reminiscent of the 1970s where some may remember the debacle of Wellington’s BNZ Centre (now the State Insurance Building) which was designed in the 1960s but not finished till the 1980s because of union interference. There will also continue to be more disruption and strikes. Ordinary Kiwis end up paying the price for the disruptions. Families with school children, commuters and people using health and justice services are among those being disrupted and adds

to household costs. New Zealand’s unemployment rate is 3.9 per cent — well below the OECD average of 5.2 per cent. We have one of the highest rates of employment in the world and a lot of businesses struggle to find workers which is why many gaps are filled by overseas workers. Fortunately the successful 90-day trial period remains for small and medium sized businesses but has been removed for larger workplace over 20 staff. It’s really just ideology driven which is a shame. National has listened to small businesses through our Have Your Say campaign and these changes were something that really concerned people. It’s a shame to see them rammed through by the Government and National would repeal them should we be lucky enough to win the 2020 election.

Partnership with an organic store Greenheart Hub is opening a new partnership with a new Foxton Store, Petal and Bee Grocers. Their motto is “whole, local, organic, kind”. Petal and Bee has a strong focus on packaging and chemical-free products and sells many bulk bin goods. “We are looking forward to networking with them,” said Greenheart Hub coordinator Amba Wright. “Petal and Bee has offered to be a drop off point for Greenheart’s donations, and their donation box will have a

list of items that can be donated. You will also find Greenheart’s upcycled products in among the shop’ goodies. To top this off all the produce waste from the shop will go to our community gardens.” The Greenheart Hub’s community gardens are making progress, with people coming onboard and materials coming together.

“Greenheart would like to thank all the volunteers that are giving their time to make products, donate to operations and offer support to the project, it is overwhelming to experience the fantastic community spirit we have here in the Horowhenua. Big thank you to you all. A special mention this week to Sharon Goves who turns up to our plastic bag recycling meeting every Friday morning with bits and bobs to create from, hand-potted plants and busily gives her time prepping the plan for our recycling team.”

LIVESTOCK REPORT Levin sale report Carrfields Livestock A good yarding of stock in Levin sold well with plenty of locals buying. Sheep — ewes $120 — $155.50, 2ths $71, lambs $70 — $130.50. Cattle — ylg strs $840 — $1100, ylg hfrs $700 — $1010, wnr strs $420, wnr hfrs $400. Last Levin Sale Tuesday 18 December, first sale in 2019 — Tuesday 8 January. NZ Farmers Livestock Ltd Rongotea Sale Report, December 12 The cattle pens were full to capacity at Rongotea this week with a good selection of all classes of cattle, livestock agent Darryl Harwood reported. 2 year Friesian — Hereford steers 375kg-465kg traded between $2.56 — $3.30 / kg and beef cross steers 425kg made $1065. 2 year Hereford potter bulls 572kg — 602kg traded

between $2.84 — $2.95 / kg and Friesian — Hereford bulls 55kg made $1600. Friesian bulls 680kg made $1880, Friesian cross bulls 590kg made $1610 and Jersey bulls 312kg-542kg realised $2.19 — $2.62 / kg. 2 year Friesian — Hereford heifers 388kg-410kg realised $2.70 — $2.75 / kg and Friesian cross heifers 460kg made $1190. 15 month Friesian — Hereford steers 440kg made $1330 and Charolais cross steers 431kg made $1305. Yearling Friesian — Hereford steers 307kg424kg traded from $2.47 — $3.08 /kg, Angus cross steers 322kg made $720, Belted Galloway steers 345kg made $830 and Friesian cross steers 280kg made $550. Yearling Friesian bulls 304kg made $700, Friesian — Hereford bulls 440kg made $1180, Friesian cross bulls 233kg made $550 and Jersey bulls 360kg made $780. Yearling Friesian —

Hereford heifers 239kg337kg traded from $2.76 — $3.25 / kg, Belted Galloway heifers 252kg-296kg traded from $2.40 — $2.78 / kg, Angus cross heifers 255kg made $695 and Friesian heifers 287kg made $610. Weaner Friesian bulls 101kg-177kg made $390 — $570, Friesian — Hereford bulls 104kg-155kg made $500 — $560 and Charolais cross bulls 150kg made $510. Speckle Park cross bulls 110 kg made $550 and Angus cross bulls 155 kg made $560. Friesian — Hereford heifers 86kg-135kg made $375 — $540 and Angus cross heifers 120kg-157kg made $360 — $530. Friesian boner cows 480kg561kg traded between $1.57 — $1.79 / kg, Friesian cross boners 335kg-571kg realised $1.73 — $1.97 and Jersey boners 415kg made $630. Friesian — Hereford feeder bull calves made $200 — $220 and Friesian — Hereford heifer calves made $200.


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Olivia’s story inspiring Don’t Stop Believin’ By Olivia Newton-John PenguinRandomhouse, $48, hardback .. .. .. .. .. ..

She is one of the entertainment world’s genuine superstars, setting records with her songs and starring in hit movies. Yet this autobiography does not dwell too strongly on that aspect of her life. There are the obligatory stories of family, growing up, and friends and celebrities met and befriended on the way, but the dominant theme of the book is health — other people’s, her own, and her philosophies on health care and beating cancer. Even when she was a young girl aged about 6 Olivia had a dream of creating a place where sick people could go to rest and recuperate. How sadly ironic that she would succeed, and succeed magnificently, in realising that dream yet become one of its users. She lost her beloved sister Rana to brain cancer, and she herself is currently enjoying better health after her third battle with cancer. Her legacy will be that she was the founder of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, her original home town. It is an inspirational success story. Also inspirational is the way she carried on performing even when in acute pain, her optimism and compassion, and her generous donations to various charities. No doubt due to her optimism and positive outlook, her writing gushes at times. One doesn’t complain too much at this because she is such a wonderful human being. Her ambition is to see a cure for cancer in her lifetime. — Graeme Barrow

Olivia Newton-John with John Travolta in the 1970s movie Grease.

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Formal dissolves to books in 2 BRIEF wild in NZ garden A uthor Christopher Woods began his gardening life at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. More recently he has travelled the world for his new book Gardenlust. He spent a year crisscrossing the globe in search of the most exciting gardens, whether public or private, and reports the art of gardening is alive and well. Actually, he says, that’s putting it too mildly. “Gardening is bursting with energy and creativity. It’s heading in directions that couldn’t even have been imagined a few years ago. It’s confronting the massive challenges of climate change. It’s transforming cities. It’s making people’s lives better.” Included in this beautifully presented publication are several New Zealand gardens including Paripuma in Blenheim and Gibbs Farm in Kaipara, North Auckland. Following is an extract from the book, used by permission of the publisher:

PARIPUMA Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand Rosa Davison / 10 acres (4 hectares) / 2001 to present

Native plants have been gaining increasing respect in 21st century garden design. Not only have we “rediscovered” the beauty of native flora; it feels good to imagine we are somehow, even if only in the abstract, taking action that is also ecologically sound. This is interpreted almost exclusively by designs that tend toward the wild, the untamed. It’s unclear exactly why native must equate with informal, but the concept clearly appeals. It is exceedingly rare to come across a garden that uses native plants in formal design. It is a brave thing to do — but why shouldn’t natives be used, as many other plants are, in varying styles? At Paripuma, a private residence on the South Island of New Zealand, Rosa Davison excels at crossing these established boundaries. “I wanted to make a formal garden that dissolves into the wild,” she says. “I was enamored with European gardens, particularly Sissinghurst and Great Dixter. Who didn’t grow up as a gardener reading Vita Sackville-West and Christopher Lloyd?” But this is New Zealand, not restrained England, and the coast is rough. Davison’s land is just a few feet above sea level, on soil that is half gravel and half clay. It looks north, toward the warm sun. It is frost-free.

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A broad, straight avenue draws the eye through the length of the garden and out to the distant Mount Rahatia, shaping a magnificent view. Photo / Rosa Davison

Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens by Christopher Woods, Timber Press, $99.99

This is the southern hemisphere, though, and when cold comes, it comes from the Antarctic. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and high sand bluffs on the other, the garden receives peculiar amounts of rainfall. “One year we had four inches of rain,” she says, “the next year, 22.” She had a lot to learn about what could grow in such a place. She chose plants native to the region, ready-adapted to unpredictable swings in conditions. Her next smart move was to borrow faraway scenery by laying out the garden along a main central axis that, in effect, extends her narrow acreage all the way across the bay and to the peak of a distant mountain, Mount Rahatia. She chose one plant, ngaio (Myoporum laetum), as the primary architectural plant. Pronounced n-ay-oh, it is a fast-growing, evergreen shrub or small tree with small purple-dotted white flowers. She lined the main view with ngaio and then spread it out along a crossaxis until it disappeared into the gravelly beach. Its dome-shaped canopies lend graceful billows along the central path, creating the desired formality yet tempering it with soft waves. In the centre, nicely placed as a focal point, is an old iron whaling pot that now serves the gentler purpose

Author Christopher Woods.

of an antique, rust-hued foil to the Poor Knights lily (Xeronema callistemon), a species named after its homeland, a group of nearby islands to the north. It takes up to 15 years to flower, but when it does, it produces striking red bottlebrushlike flowers. It is sensitive to frost but is otherwise a tough plant. Davison relates that a bucket of seawater dumped on it occasionally actually seems to please it. A small border of Marlborough lilac (Heliohebe hulkeana) softens the approach to the house. This plant is an interesting one from an etymological/horticultural point of view, because it’s not a lilac at all but a relative of Veronica. It features long sprays of light lavender flowers in spring. Davison finds colour distracting and only uses it, as in the case of the Heliohebe and Xeronema, as occasional accents within the calm repetition of evergreens. To walk down the garden’s central avenue to the rough beach beyond and then to look back up the length of it all is to realise that Mrs Davison, in choosing plants that have as much right to be there as the rough waves and jagged cliffs, has created the perfect balance between the intended and the untamed.

This esoteric atlas takes trailblazing kids to 100 of the strangest places on Earth, including New Zealand and the Antarctic. A ‘spacecraft cemetery’ off NZ’s east coast and ‘bioluminescent beasts’ of the Waitomo Caves feature, while the Blood Falls and lava lakes of Mt Erebus make up the Antarctic contribution. Brimming with unusual facts, weird-but-true places to visit and lush illustrations, this book enables your kids to embark on an OE of the mind long before they leave home. — Peter Shand

FICTION A Keeper By Graham Norton, Hachette, $37.99 .. .. .. .. ..


What a surprise, a pleasant one, was A Keeper by Graham Norton. My perception of Norton is of the devilmay-care television personality and even now, having read A Keeper, I am finding it difficult to reconcile the author with the TV crazy guy. The primary character Elizabeth Keane is unpretentious, smart but also at pains with her past, as she confronts her childhood, returning from her present day life in New York, to the small Irish town, as a result of her mother’s death. Sketchy is probably the best word to describe Elizabeth’s connection to her past. Who was her father? Just who was the person she saw as her mother? She receives not just the house that she shared with her mother, but another she had no memory of. Graham Norton’s writing is fresh, emotional, and honest. A Keeper has certainly confirmed another side to the highly popular TV comedian. — Tony Nielsen

DNA revolution and where it’s leading Graphic version falls flat Blueprint By Robert Plomin, PenguinRandomHouse, $40 .. .. .. .. .. ..

Robert Plomin is a leading and respected psychologist and behavioural geneticist. His early work in the US in the 1970s focused on the relative impact of nature (DNA) and nurture (environmental influences) on behaviour and psychopathology using twin and adoption studies. His finding that, on average, at least 50 per cent of behaviour was due to nature was very controversial at the time. He moved to the UK in the 1990s where he was able to access a much bigger pool of data that confirmed his results, and gradually the possibility that DNA was at least as important as environment in determining who we are began to gain traction. In 1995, the first complete

sequence of the human genome was produced and since then Plomin and his peers have looked for DNA markers that determine individual psychological profiles. Progress was slow at first, due to the cost and time-consuming nature of DNA sequencing, but today Genome Wide Analysis is providing them with clues. It seems that there are thousands of small genetic changes that have a cumulative effect on traits such as cognitive ability/disability, personality and mental health and illness. As a population we are all somewhere on the continuum for every characteristic, so Plomin promotes the idea that, rather than

diagnosing learning disabilities and mental disorders, we should be describing dimensions — quantitative descriptions of where people lie on the continuum. Plomin believes that knowledge is power, and that while DNA describes what is, we still have some control over what will be. The book contains clear scientific explanations of the relevant biology, the results of Plomin’s research and his extrapolation from those results to draw out, not just the balance of nature and nurture, but also the nature of nurture itself. He has written this book to promote wider discussion about the applications and the ethical implications of the DNA revolution in behavioural psychology. It is up to us to educate ourselves and join that conversation, and this book is a good place to start. — Lynda Stallworthy

Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation Adapted by Ari Folman, illustrations by David Polonsky, Penguin random House, $40 .. .. .. .. .. ..

There are some things that should just not be messed with. Anne Franks’ poignant diary of a young German Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex is one of them. Most read this in our teens. It is a book that once read, is never forgotten. This graphic novel version focuses on her humour, observations and insight. It is a version authorised by the Anne Frank Foundation, but for me it was a struggle to read — or rather look at the pictures. Anne is drawn much as photos of her reveal, a moody teenager with an extraordinary imagination, a wry sense of humour and a natural curiosity about life, sex and

everything else. The original diary took time to get published, as her father, who survived Auschwitz when his wife and two daughters did not, urged people to read passages. Anne was only 15 when she died in Bergen-Belsen, and her diary has been published in dozens of languages, a symbol of survival of the spirit. It’s been turned into a Broadway play, films, a ballet. Now a graphic novel. Frankly, this book seems to turn a tragic story into a comic strip to be glossed over by a younger generation who can’t be bothered with the power of the written word. — Linda Thompson

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hile passenger vehicle manufacturers clamber to be seen to be engaging in all manner of environmental responsibility, there are a handful of carmakers whose distinct lack of alternative powertrain options stick out like a coal-fired power station in a fjord. When even Ferrari and Porsche are gleefully talking about hybridised product offerings, what excuse does a company like Subaru have? While the local distributor has quietly deleted its diesel-engined offerings from showrooms, the lack of anything with a bit of ’leccy power in its makeup is becoming more of a marketing misfire. But here’s the thing: it does have a hybrid in its lineup. It’s just not available in New Zealand (or, we presume, with the steering wheel on the right-hand side of the cabin). In the United States — large

Subaru has been hiding a hybrid. Where’s ours? sections of which are home to rampant Subaru fans, such as in the Pacific Northwest and New England — buyers can treat themselves to the feel-good vibes of owning a hybrid XV crossover.

The XV is badged a Crosstrek in their neck of the woods, but the Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) fulfils the same adventurer/outdoorsy/let’sgo-hiking vibe as the XV does here


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re you and your family planning to drive to a holiday destination this year? Whether you’re heading to a relative’s place or a favourite camping spot, the journey to get to your destination can be an interesting part of your holiday experience. Here are some tips to make sure you arrive safe and sound.

Plan ahead

Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads. Consider leaving outside peak travel times to avoid heavy traffic, or try an alternative route. Have roadside assistance and insurance contact information on hand, in case an incident occurs on the road. Observe the speed limit and adjust your driving to suit the conditions. Consider a pre-trip safety inspection as repairs can be more costly on the road. Common items to check include air conditioning, drive belts, brakes, hoses and clamps — along with the fundamentals such as drive fluids, oil and water.

Stay fresh

Get a good night’s sleep to make sure you are fresh and alert as driving when you’re tired can be as dangerous as driving when drunk. Air circulating in the car will help keep you alert. A good solution is to turn on the air conditioning system, but be mindful that using A/C increases fuel use. Then, to keep that cooled air circulating, you might be tempted to hit the air recirculation button. Ironically, this may contribute to drowsy

driving. A blast of fresh air from an open window will help. Otherwise switch the recirculation button off or put the A/C back into auto mode.

Tips for driving safe

● Avoid driving a long distance in one go. Take regular breaks to stretch your legs with short walks. ● Share the driving load with others. ● Avoid driving when you would normally be sleeping or likely to be drowsy, such as straight after a big meal or if you take medication which causes drowsiness. ● Get a passenger to be your co-driver. They should manage directions, music, answering phone calls and texts, and other in-car distractions. The passenger should also encourage breaks and meal stops.

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Ford Ranger remains top seller By Colin Smith


ith 11 months of the year complete, the New Zealand new vehicle market continues to run slightly ahead of record 2017 registration totals. A slight slow down in November followed an all-time record October market and registrations remain just over 1 per cent ahead of last year. “Registration of 14,359 vehicles for the month of November, while marginally down on November 2017, (235 units, 1.6 per cent) reflects a ‘steady as she goes’ market,” said David Crawford, chief executive officer of the Motor Industry Association. “Year-to-date the market remains marginally ahead of 2017 (up 1.4 per cent, 2066 units). While growth in the new vehicle market remains only marginally up on 2017, the outturn year to date is encouraging,” said Crawford. The November result followed typical market trends with Toyota the clear overall market leader with 22 per cent market share (3099 units) followed by Ford with 10 per cent (1437 units) and Holden, also with 10 per cent market share (1397

The Ford Ranger continued its run as New Zealand’s top-selling new vehicle in November. units). Toyota also gained 22 per cent share of the passenger and SUV registrations (2076 units), followed by Holden with 10 per cent (965 units) and Hyundai with 9 per cent market share (877 units). In the commercial sector, Ford took out the top spot with 22 per cent market share (1064 units) followed by Toyota with 21 per cent (1023 units) and Mitsubishi third with 10 per cent market share (487 units).

The Ford Ranger remained the top commercial model for November and the top-selling model overall for the month with 944 units followed by the Toyota Hilux with 741 units and the Toyota Corolla in third with 739 units. Corolla registrations included 413 rental cars and just over 1200 units of Toyota’s November passenger and SUV registrations were to rental car operators. Year-to-date the Ford Ranger continues as the most popular new


1 Ford Ranger, 994 2 Toyota Hilux, 741 3 Toyota Corolla, 739 4 Toyota RAV4, 512 5 Mitsubishi Triton, 487 6 Holden Colorado, 427 7 Nissan Navara, 286 8 Kia Sportage, 282 9 Hyundai Accent, 274 10 Toyota Highlander, 273

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