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Council told to apologise over emails By SADIE BECKMAN Horowhenua District Council has been advised to apologise to Mayor Michael Feyen and four others for blocking their emails for six years. In a finding released on Monday, Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier found the council had failed to adhere to principles of transparency, accountability and fairness. The five people complained to the Ombudsman about being included on an email “quarantine” list where the council prevented their messages from going directly to staff. Boshier said the emails were diverted to council chief executive David Clapperton to be vetted — some without their knowledge. “This practice ran contrary to the principles of transparency, accountability and fairness.” Boshier’s investigation focused on a period from 2011, when this practice was first introduced, until August 2017 when it was suspended. He found there was no formal policy over this six-year period, meaning the practice went largely unchecked. “The reasons why some of the particular individuals appeared on the list weren’t documented. Three of the complainants were never informed that their emails were being quarantined.” Boshier said the quarantine list included elected representatives and some constituents. “Some emails from those on

The reasons why some of the particular individuals appeared on the list weren’t documented. Three of the complainants were never informed that their emails were being quarantined. the list to council staff and councillors were blocked. In principle, I think constituents should be able to communicate with their elected representatives. This is fundamental to democracy.” The council began quarantining Feyen’s emails in 2015, during his first term as a councillor. According to the Ombudsman’s report, the blocking was imposed after Feyen sent an email to all staff. The council then stopped blocking his emails in August 2016 before he was elected mayor. Boshier said he realised the chief executive was obliged to protect staff from abusive or offensive messages, but had looked at the examples of emails the council deemed unacceptable and considered it disproportionate and unreasonable to have added Feyen and another individual, understood to be councillor Ross Campbell, to the quarantine list without warning. Boshier said a high number of

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the quarantined emails from the five complainants never reached their recipients. “Overall, I believe the council took a cavalier approach to forwarding quarantined emails to their intended recipients, including elected representatives.” Clapperton said the council accepted the Ombudsman’s findings. “We fully accept this opinion, and sincerely regret the impact our actions had on the five complainants,” he said. Feyen said he was still considering his options. “I’ve received some words from the CE but I don’t consider that an apology,” he said. “The ramifications of the findings are huge, of councillors’ emails getting messed around with and then only an apology when you’re finally cornered. My options are definitely open at the moment.” He was on his way to meet with Local Government New Zealand and would be having a very robust discussion.

He said the recommendation the council should apologise was no worse a punishment than “a slap on the wrist with a wet postage stamp”. He had asked to see the emails Clapperton deemed unacceptable, but that these had never been supplied. He believed it was an excuse for the chief executive to monitor people he wanted to keep an eye on. “I’m absolutely happy we’ve been vindicated to a degree, but the real challenge is to have it looked at properly with a forensic audit,” he said. “I don’t know enough of exactly what’s happened, but this is big.” “Here we have corporatised governance and the sincerity of the apology is highly questionable. An apology is not enough to be able to carry on in the same way.” Boshier noted the council had since developed a new policy and sought advice from his office. He said the policy — introduced in October last year — has addressed his administrative concerns.

“The new policy defines what unacceptable behaviour will trigger the quarantine process. Affected individuals are notified, have the right to complain and their status is reviewed every six months. The policy also excludes emails sent to elected officials.” He said there were lessons to be learnt. “We already have comprehensive guides on managing unreasonable complainant conduct on our website. “My office is happy to work with local authorities on providing more guidance and training on this issue.” Taxpayer’s Union executive director Jordan Williams said the situation warranted Clapperton’s removal. “If ever there was a case of serious misconduct justifying dismissal of a council’s CEO it is surely this,” he said. “If [he] can get away with this it sends a signal to all ratepayers that accountability for town clerks is an illusion.” Clapperton said he had introduced the practice of email quarantining in 2011 with good intentions “to help protect the health and safety of Council officers and elected members”. A media release from the council emphasised that the Ombudsman found “no basis to suggest Council used its email quarantining process to interfere with or obstruct iwi negotiations, Resource Management Act submission processes, local election processes or Environment Court proceedings”.

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Remember those who didn’t return Levin and Foxton commemorated Armistice Day, the day World War I officially ended 100 years ago, this past Sunday with solemn ceremonies at the cenotaphs in both towns. Foxton’s ceremony was led by John McConaghy and students from local schools participated by reading the Order to Cease Fire and the Ode, while sound man Nick van Dijk used his trumpeting skills to play both the Last Post and Reveille. Leighton Briggs from Manawatū College read the Order to Cease Fire, while Myellah Harvey recited the poem In Flanders Field. The Ode was recited by Kimi Napier-Bell from Foxton Primary School, Kate Johnstone from Coley Street School, Carmel Fullick from St Mary’s School and Ariana Kerehoma from Foxton Beach School, who each read a section of The Ode. Trevor Solomon completed the ceremony with a prayer. RSA Chairman David Roache thanked those participating in the ceremony while acting Company Sergeant Major Adam Orlowski of 1 Sup Company gave a small speech about that day long ago. The Order to Cease Fire reads: “Troops will not, until further notice, go beyond the line reached at 11am on November 11th”. The Armistice between the allied forces and the German government had been signed earlier that day at 5am. In Levin Mayor Michael Feyen and partner Amba Wright were among many to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph. In his speech he talked about the effects of the war on New Zealand. “The First World War was a global catastrophe that involved over 30 nations. It left an estimated 16 million people dead and many more wounded. For New Zealand, the losses amounted to 18,500 lives, with a further 50,000 wounded. At the time, New Zealand had a population of only 1.1 million. “We literally lost an entire generation. “For those who did return home, life would never be the same again. Small communities like us in Horowhenua felt every single loss of life. Today, we remember those we lost with two minutes of silence. “100,000 Kiwi servicemen and woman answered the call to serve in what became known as the ‘Great War’. Our nation’s commitment in this war, and also in World War II, gained ■ Continued Page 4

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Nick van Dijk played the Last Post and Reveille.

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Manawatū College students played a role in this year’s Armistice Day Commemorations.


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Mayor Michael Feyen and partner Amba Wright laying a wreath. ■ From Page 3

undying admiration and respect among other nations for the sacrifices made. It also played a key role in forging a sense of national identity for the Dominion.” Levin took part in repeating

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Lochlen Bensemann laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in Levin.

the ‘joyful noise’ when the news reached New Zealand in 1918 that the Great War was finally over. Using hooters, bells, whistles, and car horns New Zealanders expressed their joy at the news, and that noise was repeated this year.

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Soldiers marching toward the Cenotaph in Foxton.

“There is no greater sacrifice than to lay down your life and we respect them all for their lives so bravely given in the cause of freedom,” Mr Feyen said. “They may be buried in foreign lands, but they are still here amongst us in the memories of their families,

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Private Lily Haerewa at Foxton’s Armistice 2018 ceremony.

and we join in honouring their most noble deeds. As news of the armistice reached New Zealand, it brought a sense of great relief and immense joy to the many families that waited for so long on the return of their husband, father, brother, uncle or son who

were fighting on foreign soil. “Our nation came together in thanksgiving, celebrating with a ‘roaring chorus’ of jubilant sound. Today, we recreate that chorus to celebrate peace and hope for the future,” Mr Feyen said.

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Manakau School pupil Charlie Dale-Low with his winning work.

A ban on calves at the annual Manakau School agricultural day last week meant pupils drew pictures of their pets instead. Due to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis last year and the subsequent restrictions placed on stock movement nationwide, the school had been advised to stop hosting its annual calf judging competition until further notice. School principal Deb Logan said while calves were missing there was still a heavy rural flavour to the event, and all other competitions continued as usual, like floral decorations, cupcakes and artwork. “We were lucky in that we had a number of lambs — and a goat. It was a great day,” she said. “We will wait to be advised on when calves can return.” In the absence of calves, it was decided the theme for the art competition would be “cows”. Manakau School 11-year-old Charlie

We were lucky in that we had a number of lambs — and a goat. It was a great day.

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Dale-Low was awarded first place in the art section during the school’s annual agricultural day last week. Charlie drew a picture of his calf, called Ronald.

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TASTE TRAIL DISH REVIEW

A vibrant dish of crispy wontons is full of flavour As part of this year’s Horowhenua Taste Trail, several local eateries have created a special Horowhenua Dish, showcasing their skills, talent and imagination as well as the best in local produce and ingredients from the district. The Horowhenua Chronicle has been lucky enough to try some of the offerings:

Salt and Pepper Cafe Dish: Crispy wontons filled with Turks chicken, Woodhaven Gardens spinach, and cream cheese. Served with garlic buttered Tender Tips asparagus and topped with Genoese basil pesto drizzle. Creator: Stewart Wimms — chef/ owner. Elements: Four perfectly-cooked crispy wontons, with a rich, creamy chicken and cream cheese filling, five or six tender asparagus pieces, generous pesto drizzle and a garnish of crunchy baby leaves. Presentation: Presented beautifully — four wontons all in a row — with plenty of bright, fresh-looking green aspects on the plate. Wine match: Newly-released sparkling Sauvignon Blanc from winemaker Jane Cooper at local vineyard Ohau Wines. Impressions: A vibrant dish, packed with flavour. The plated size isn’t

enormous, but it doesn’t need to be, as the richness of the dish makes it surprisingly filling. Different flavours work harmoniously — the slight buttery saltiness of the asparagus, which had been pan-fried in garlic butter with a dash of white wine, worked well with the creamy wonton filling, while the pesto’s full flavoured, olive-oil base was smooth. Contrasts have also been used effectively in this dish — the crunchy texture of the wonton cases paired with the creamy filling being the main example, while the influences of both Asian and Mediterranean cuisine are combined on one plate. Somehow the chef had managed to serve the wontons perfectly crispy, even though they were drizzled with pesto and topped with asparagus pieces. Dish price: $15 (excluding wine) Value for money: The quality of every single ingredient on the plate, where everything has been carefully considered and nothing is a filler, make this dish good value. It is a great way to experience the chef’s creativity and the excellence of local produce that has gone into this dish for a pretty small price. Availability: Now until the Horowhenua Taste Trail day — Saturday 24 November 2018. ■ More information: www.tastetrail.co.nz/ horowhenuadish

What you need to know Horowhenua taste Trail Mains Tickets have sold out, but Deluxe and Entry Ticket are still available. Deluxe Tickets include a bus tour from your chosen location. Join the VIP day out with a tour guide, visits to selected sites, five Horowhenua Taster Plates, and Taste Trail Market Bag. Tickets: $85-$120 dependent on tour start point. With Entry Tickets, take your own vehicle and go at your own pace. You’ll be able to purchase food along the way from pop-up cafes and restaurants, at an additional cost. Tickets: Over 12 years — $15, 12 years and under free. Tickets are strictly limited. Tickets can be purchased online or at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po, Levin or Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton. Capitol Restaurant of Wellington is catering for the Horowhenua Long Table Dinner which will be held on the Friday night of the Taste Trail. Capitol has recently picked up a suite of awards, receiving a hat in the Cuisine Good Food Awards and in Wellington’s Hospitality Awards, Outstanding Chef of the Year. It will be a night of fine food, with a jazz and swing trio, and insights into food production and trends in the Horowhenua. Lewis Farms Champagne Breakfast and Dairy Masterclass with Jude Messenger have both sold out. There’s still a few tickets available for Burgers and Beers at Turk’s.

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Foxton man receives top soldier award A young Foxton man has won the Top Soldier award for his platoon. Isaac Tane Macdonald, 17, was presented with the award at a recent ceremony at Waiouru Military Camp. MacDonald underwent gruelling training for both body and mind at Waiouru over the past four months in order to join the New Zealand Defence Force. He was among 90 people selected in the last intake, of which only 65 graduated. MacDonald attended Manawatū College, where he excelled in swimming and physical education. His goal is to join the NZ Special Air Service (SAS).

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Former greats inspect new green By PAUL WILLIAMS The banter has already started and the last roll of artificial grass hasn’t even been laid on a new bowling green at Speldhurst Country Estate in Levin. A former great of the game, Eddie “The Eagle” Irving, 73, was seen inspecting progress at the new eight-rink artificial green that is expected to open for play within two weeks. While walking the green he bumped into Neville Turnbull, 79, who, while not as decorated as his fellow villager, was a familiar face in local bowling circles as a life member of the Levin Bowling Club with 16 centre titles to his credit. Both men are permanent residents at the estate, and while their best bowling days are probably behind them, the competitive spirit still burns bright, whether it’s “cards or bowls or horses”. They were seen keeping a close eye on progress, and you can bet it won’t be long before they’re seen in competition for the bragging rights of best village bowler. Irving was a well-known bowling figure in the halcyon days of the 1980s when the sport was well-patronised nationwide and many tournaments were televised. A natural sportsman across many codes, an injury in 1976 forced Irving to try bowls at the age of 32. One year later, he had both the Wellington junior and senior champion of champions titles to his credit and went on to become a key figure in the North

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Eddie “The Eagle” Irving and Neville Turnbull at the soon to be completed artificial eight-rink bowling green at Speldhurst Country Estate in Levin.

Island men’s team. He was considered unlucky not to have represented New Zealand at the 1980 Commonwealth Games in Edinbrugh. At the time he was competing for money in tournaments across the country. Bowls was still an amateur sport then, only to relax those rules a

year later. Irving later learned he was not considered for selection as he had received a considerable sum of prize money from those Superbowl tournaments that season. “The following year it became professional. So there you go,” he said. Irving moved from

Wellington to Tauranga where he continued to play bowls until 2012. “But now I’m putting the beef on a bit, I’m getting back into it” he said. Turnbull said a caretaker group rather than a committee would manage the green, and a manager would oversee

maintenance. The green would not be affiliated as a club with Bowls New Zealand, but rather serve as an asset for residents with the occasional gala day with other retirement villages. Equipment had already been sourced that would be housed in a shed adjacent to the green, including sets of bowls inherited from other clubs like scoreboards, mats and kitty. The new artificial grass surface was due to be finished this week, with nine tonnes of sand to be laid on it. Regular irrigation would prevent the sand from blowing away, he said.

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Southern Tribes Aotearoa descended on Levin for their National Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships. Across many age and weight groups this form of martial art focuses on grappling and ground fighting. The nationals attracted 50 kids and teens and 30 adults from around the country. The sport started in 1909 by Geo Omori in Brazil and is about defending yourself from bigger and stronger persons. It is about takedowns, control positions, joint locks and submission without the need for kicking or punching. To many an outsider though the sport looks pretty much like people rolling around on the ground, but there is method to the art. “Lying on the ground on your back looks bad, but is really no disadvantage. You can get out of that,” said Pina Simpson from Taranaki, who was one of the judges. In each competition organisers try to match weight and size of competitors, but that doesn’t always work out, especially with kids. There were quite a few women and girls in the competition and some had to fight boys or men and came out winners. Kids can start as young as 4 and it takes about a year for them to get their next belt. For adults the path to a black belt is around 10 years. The national championships were hosted by the Local Southern Tribes whānau at the Levin Events Centre.


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Lions promote diabetes awareness Lions clubs all over the world are taking part in activities and fundraising centred on diabetes awareness Levin and Waiopehu Lions Club is getting behind a global drive to promote diabetes awareness, by offering free testing in Levin Mall tomorrow. The pin-prick blood testing on offer will be conducted between 10am and 2pm by registered nurses from St John’s in Otaki, and will assess people’s blood sugar levels. November is Diabetes Action Month, with various organisations taking steps to promote awareness and prevention of the condition. Lions clubs all over the world are taking part in activities and fundraising centred on diabetes awareness. Levin and Waiopehu Lions spokesman Gary Benton said diabetes is a global epidemic, affecting an increasing number of people all over the world. He said Lions could see and feel the effects of diabetes in our communities and are doing something about it together. The condition can be debilitating if not managed, leading to serious diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and teeth. Mr Benton said it is expected to affect 629 million adults globally by 2045. Many cases are type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable through regular physical activity, a healthy,

Insulin equipment used by diabetics. balanced diet and a healthy living environment. Diabetes is New Zealand’s fastest-growing long-term health condition.

Mr Benton said families have an important role to play in addressing risk factors for the condition, and must be provided

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stall at the mall. ■ For further information, contact Gary Benton on 027 450 2618.

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another highly entertaining programme — items include popular, swing and traditional arrangements. The second half of the concert will open with the ‘Boost Band’, the Levin Salvation Army Corps Youth Brass Band under the leadership of corps officer Captain Chris Collings. With an enthusiastic membership of 15-plus young people, 12 to 14 years of age, this could be the highlight of the afternoon. The band was only formed three years ago. Levin and Districts Brass will close the concert, under the leadership of awardwinning conductor Colin Honey. In the finale all four bands will join together to present a traditional ‘Classical’ piece and a popular Salvation Army March. ■ For further information or comment please contact band president Chris Craddock, 027 410 2420. Entry is by gold coin donation.

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Levin to host softball games Are you a Community Services Card holder?

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Come watch softball at Playford Park this Saturday. Levin United Softball team is putting out the call for supporters to head down to the town’s skin diamond at Playford Park this Saturday. The team will play the first games on the diamond for some years, against two Palmerston North teams, and they are keen for supporters to come and boost the atmosphere. The day will feature a double-billing,

with the first game, against the Palmerston North Cowboys beginning at 12.30pm and the second, against the Palmerston North Bombers at 2.30pm. Spokesman Mike MacGregor said softball was a fantastic, positive game that isn’t played in Levin too often. He said all were welcome to attend, and the team hoped to raise awareness of the sport locally.

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Students enjoy Kāpiti Island trip

Judging books by their covers can work well By PAM COLEMAN Community Engagement Librarian “Judging a book by its cover.” We’ve all heard of judging a book by its cover, meaning we should not let first appearances become how we think of something or someone. Nowadays the saying most often applies to people more than books. But if are talking only about books, we have to honestly ask, does this ring true? Ask yourself, do you judge a book by its cover? What do you notice when you browse for a book? We are predominantly visual creatures. The wrappers which things come in interest and affect us. Think about your favourite books and their covers. The overall colour a publisher chooses for a book can influence the audience. People often associate colours with feelings and perceptions. According to marketing studies, warm colours evoke a social or sensory response which implies it may be an emotional read. For example, yellow or orange colours are often used for mainstream fiction with a positive outcome, while pink and purple denotes women orientated fiction. Serious fiction covers are often in black and white, while black, red and white is for sci-fi, or horror fans. Reference books and other nonfiction tend to use cooler colours such as dark blue or brown. Dark blue conveys a functional message, while brown suggests an air of high quality. Keep thinking about that favourite book cover. The cover picture helps us deduce what kind of story exists within its pages. Action packed thrillers often have the silhouette of a gun toting character.

Top 10 books New Fiction Hide and Seek by Nicole S Goodin Summer at the Castle Café by Donna Ashcroft Grace by Paul Lynch The War Nurses by Lizzie Page Hunted by Nicole S Goodin Duel to the Death By J A Jance The Bishop’s Pawn by Steve Berry Miss Mary’s Daughter by Diney Costeloe Improvement by Joan Silber The Cloister by James Carroll Epic fantasies tend to have a character in a hooded cloak or a warrior on horseback. A lady in a dress can often signal historic fiction and if there is a gentleman with her, it’s usually a romance. If there is a shirtless dude then it’s a steamy romance! Light-heartedness aside, the book cover is the first thing which entices us, the reader. This subject popped into my mind after a cool idea for a book display was shared in our library workroom. All of the book covers were ‘read’ — pun intended. I popped out to browse the shelves and while there are a lot of exceptions to this rule, publishers and authors do pay attention to the psychology behind colour and visual preference. However, beware! It is easy to misjudge a book because of its cover. Judging a book by its cover might mean missing out on a great story. This time we are talking about books and people.

WHAT’S ON AT TE TAKERE EXHIBITIONS ‘Cloud Cover’ Art Exhibition by Victoria Webster: Thursday, 01 November Friday, 30 November. No Shame No Silence: Friday, 02 November 2018 to Saturday, 15 December Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom. THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2018

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Junior Neighbourhood Support took eight top students from Taitoko School on a trip to Kāpiti Island a few weeks ago. The students where chosen from book judging on work they had done during the year. They spent the day looking around the North End of the Kāpiti Island. The students saw different birds and did an hour long guided nature and history talk about the island. They also walked up part of the Okupe Valley Loop Track.

The students were accompanied by Deborah Campbell, district co-ordinator from Horowhenua District Neighbourhood Support, and Nathan Daly and Lance Moretto from Neighbourhood Policing Team. Levin Cosmopolitan Club provided a grant that paid for the trip, and Linda from OPS Catering generously donated lunches for all. The weather was fantastic and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, said Ms Campbell.


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Get ready for Toast Martinborough Wine, food and music-lovers from all over, including Horowhenua and Kāpiti fans, will be flocking to the Wairarapa this Sunday for the annual Toast Martinborough festival. The popular event is run across 10 sites, including nine different vineyards, where local winemakers will showcase their best, along with food offerings from some of the Wellington region’s top establishments and caterers. The festival atmosphere includes music and live entertainment from more than 20 acts across the different venues, with free shuttle buses running a continuous circuit throughout the day to provide a hop-on, hopoff service for guests. This year, the event will be held at Escarpment, Palliser Estate, Ata Rangi, Dry River, Luna Estate, Margrain, Te Kairanga, Tirohana Estate, Vynfields and Martinborough Vineyards, as well as in The Square. Bands including The Warratahs, The Satisfactions, The Shenanigans, Jimmy and The Jets, Loose Jandal and Uncle Monkey will entertain the crowds at various sites throughout the day, while footstompers The Hustle will play at The Square at the end of the day. Toast Martinborough is on Sunday, November 18, from 9.30am to 7pm, starting and finishing in The Square, Martinborough. ■ Tickets are still available via www.toastmartinborough.co.nz or at Ticketek.

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Mite approved to use against pest A mite could be introduced to Horowhenua to halt the spread of pest weed old man’s beard (pictured), in what is a world first. Horizons Regional Council, on behalf of the National Biocontrol Collective, has been successful in its bid to be the first in the world to use a mite for biological control against the invasive weed. Horizons environmental coordinator Craig Davey said old man’s beard was building up in the surrounding areas of Horowhenua, and although at this stage more traditional methods of eradication were being adopted here, release of the mite hadn’t been ruled out. “We are addressing this via an eradication programme that includes cutting and spraying,” he said. “At this stage we are not planning to release the mite in Horowhenua as it will be used in areas that are hard or impossible to physically get to. However, if the mite is as successful as we hope it will be, it will certainly be an option for the district if we ever need it.” The gall mite Aceria vitalbae has been cleared by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to be imported and distributed within New Zealand. The import will mark a world first for a country attempting to control old man’s beard by introducing the insect from the northern hemisphere home range of the pest. Mr Davey said the council had invested heavily in the fight to date. “Old man’s beard cloaks

vegetation, ultimately killing other plant species such as our native trees and plants that make up our natural biodiversity,” he said. “Every year Horizons spends more than $500,000 controlling the pest by spraying, cutting and supporting community efforts to do the same. To date this has stopped the spread of old man’s beard, however we are always looking at what more can be done.

“While this will be a world first in terms of using a mite against old man’s beard, we have attempted other forms of biocontrol including a sawfly, leaf minor and fungus which haven’t been very successful. However, we’re really excited by this new one as we have seen how successful gall mites have been on other pest plants.” He says importing the gall mite is an accumulation of 10

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Zealand are often not considered a weed in their home country because insects or diseases keep them in check. “This mite forms galls on the host plant, which the plant redirects resources to, reducing its capacity to flower, produce leaves and photosynthesise. Extensive testing has been completed as part of the EPA application to ensure the gall mite will not pose a danger to other plant types. “During the process we were also considering a bark boring beetle that would have been very damaging to old man’s beard, however its taste for our native clematis meant this was not a suitable option,” he says. The gall mite is expected to be imported into the country in autumn 2019, for release in about spring 2019. “We are planning to make the first introduction of the gall mite to the Taihape area. Many unique and wonderful habitats have been ravaged by old man’s beard, and as we have a really engaged community in the Rangitikei, we’d like to locate these mites in the places too challenging or risky for chemical control.” Horizons applied to the EPA to introduce the gall mite on behalf of the National Biocontrol Collective, comprised of 14 regional councils and the Department of Conservation. Biocontrol has been undertaken by Horizons in a number of other parts of the region to address pest plants such as field horsetail, broom, wandering willy and ragwort.


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Friends plan another 30 years of help “We are still here supporting our libraries after 30 years,” said Diane Brown (chairwoman) and Barbara Lucas of the Friends of Horowhenua Libraries. Those 30 years have seen much change and some of those years were at times tumultuous. It is now time to celebrate all that hard work many people have put into the local libraries. The Friends, passionate about libraries and books, are putting on an event in Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō on Friday night from 5.30pm to acknowledge everyone who has been part of their group and the Horowhenua libraries. There will be cake and all are welcome. Both women described the Friends as a ‘gentle pressure group’, who fundraise for the libraries across the district, but also bring the views of the public about the services provided to the attention of the council. “We started about 30 years ago to help improve library services,” said Diane Brown. The Friends also lobbied to ensure every library has the word library prominently displayed on the building. They help the library by mending and processing books, shelving and tidying and delivering books to the housebound users. They organise a book sale twice a year with books that are no longer needed in the library and they get many book donations from the community. Some of the things the Friends raise money for are: large print books and audio books, toys for Foxton library, baby books, new chairs for the Shannon library. They raised $50,000 for

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The Levin library once occupied the spot where you can now find Te Takere’s Youth Space.

armchairs when Te Takere was built and in the last five years achieved $57,500. They also sponsor library events, such an event with Georgina Beyer. The tough times include the moment when the council decided to take the library back as a council operation. The library was run by a trust from 1997 until 2016, when the council took charge. “A difficult time for all of us,” said Barbara. “For a while we weren’t sure what the future would hold for the Friends of the Library. But the need for support and fundraising is still there, so we will be around for another 30 years.

“We raise money for projects the librarians would like to put on but have no money for.” Their efforts were formally acknowledged by the council in 2012 with a civic award. The Friends became a charitable trust in 2008. Their next project is a book club for people with dementia. The 112 members of the Friends of the Horowhenua Libraries would love for other people to join them. Membership is free. LVN141118old library2

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Milk test results encouraging Results from the current nationwide bulk milk testing for Mycoplasma bovis are encouraging with around threequarters of testing having been completed, Ministry for Primary Industries’ Mycoplasma bovis director Geoff Gwyn says. “So far, only three farms have been confirmed with Mycoplasma bovis through the milk testing,” he says. “All three properties were already part of our tracing programme and they all have previously known links to the disease. One of these properties was under surveillance and the other two were about to go under surveillance.” Under the testing programme, milk samples from every New Zealand dairy farm are being taken shortly after calving, when cows are most likely to be shedding the bacterium. For each farm, the first sample was collected around four weeks from the start of milk supply. Samples are then collected every two weeks, with a total of six samples from each farm. To date, more than 51,000 of the

approximately 70,000 tests have been completed. Nearly all farms have had three rounds of testing and around 10,000 farms have had four rounds. About 1500 farms have completed all six rounds. “The fact that we have confirmed Mycoplasma bovis on only three farms, and that all three of them were already on our radar, is encouraging,” Mr Gwyn says. “It reinforces our belief that we are dealing with a single strain of Mycoplasma bovis, based on the available scientific evidence and our own work in the field. “While this remains an extremely difficult time for affected farmers, and we still have a lot of work to do, I’m confident we are on the right path in terms of tracking down the disease and eradicating it from New Zealand,” Mr Gwyn says. Full results from the bulk milk testing are expected to be delivered to the majority of farmers in the North and South Islands in early December.

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Gardens achieve Green Flag award Meticulous maintenance of Levin’s Thompson House Gardens is paying off, and not only when it comes to the pleasure locals derive from wandering through the gardens. Those who work in these gardens, council staff, contractors and volunteers, have been awarded for their hard work now that the gardens have received an international Green Flag Award, one of only 20 parks in New Zealand to get one. Green Flag Awards originate in the UK and recognise well-

managed publicly available parks and green spaces. Applicants for the Green Flag are judged against 27 criteria and must demonstrate a good understanding of the park site and its users, as well as an active management plan. Horowhenua District Council’s property and parks manager Arthur Nelson is tickled pink with the international recognition this award will bring. He said the Green Flag scheme is considered an international benchmark for good management of outdoor recreational spaces. “We’re very proud that one of our parks has been awarded a Green Flag,” he said. Speaking on behalf of Keep Horowhenua Beautiful, district councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons said the award was a “wonderful recognition of the hard work, commitment and dedication to the community by council officers, contractors and volunteers”. “Investing in our public parks and open spaces helps our community to maintain healthy lifestyles and civic pride, as well as creating a vision for continued

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The Green Flag is a “wonderful recognition of the hard work and commitment to the community", said councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons. beautification of our district.” All community green spaces are eligible to enter, as long as they are freely accessible. Nature reserves, cemeteries, universities campuses, hospital grounds, churchyards and allotments in 17 countries are among Green Flag winners. A flagpole will be erected in Thompson House Gardens to fly the flag. The Green Flags scheme is administered for the UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government by UK-based charity Keep Britain Tidy, which sub-licences it to the New Zealand Recreation Association.

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Frank and intimate biography Imaginative fun of Australian sports star for 21st century kids My Life in Basketball & Beyond By Lauren Jackson, Allen & Unwin, $36.99 .. .. .. .. ..

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My Story by Australian basketball star Lauren Jackson is one of the best sports biographies that I have read. Her ability to take us right inside her lengthy career playing this highly physical sport around the world for two decades is quite remarkable. Born in the border town of Albury to high achieving basketball playing parents and reaching her 6 foot six height early in her teens, it was inevitable that Lauren would follow them into the game. From the get-go Lauren Jackson’s dedication to achieving her potential was never in question and it’s only now, in retirement, that we can understand the toll, physically and mentally that the demands of the game, demanded of her. Her rapid

climb, at the age of just 15 into the Australian National side, the Opals, assured her of widespread fame in her native Australia and beyond, on the surface seemed like a breeze. Instead, Lauren was struggling mentally, a condition that never really disappeared as her star rose to the very heights of basketball internationally. Over 20 years she achieved six national championship titles in Australia’s WNBL, two WNBA titles playing for the Seattle Storm in the US, three Euro-League titles, two Russian Championship medals and one Spanish title. At three Olympics she was at the forefront of the Opals winning three Euro-League titles, two Russian Championships and one

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hide from the Fairy Catchers who hunt them down in the forest. So if your child uses this with the iPad app there’s a fairy ring and the Green Fairy interacts with different characters as the backgrounds change. Then there’s the virtual reality movie, 10 minutes of kids and fairies popping off to magical places. On television’s Heihei channel the fairies even have their own vlogging channels. You’ll know your kid is one of the devotees when they start waving at traffic lights when you’re driving. But remember to read them an actual story too. — Linda Thompson

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This is storytelling for the 21st century kid. “Transform your lounge into a fantasy world where you can interact with fairies.” You can read the story in an actual book, watch episodes on TV and then be part of the action in virtual reality as the fairy darts about. Clearly a book for a new generation, it’s an “augmented reality” book which comes with a TV show, a video game and an app that can read to your child as the Green Fairy herself. Okay then. This one introduces the fairy trying to find her place in the world. Turns out it’s in the traffic lights. This is where the different coloured fairies

Spanish National title. At four Olympics she was at the forefront of the Opals medals assault, winning three silver medals and one bronze. I cannot recommend this autobiography highly enough. Lauren Jackson’s frank and intimate approach to her story places this at the very top of this genre. — Tony Nielsen

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Annual General Meeting 2018 Notice is hereby given that the AGM of the Horowhenua District Neighbourhood Support will be held at the Jack Allen Hub, Bristol Street, Levin.

Commencing at 4:00pm on Thursday November 22nd, 2018 Send nominations for Chairperson, Deputy Chair, Treasurer, secretary and committee members to: Horowhenua District Neighbourhood Support Inc. PO Box 242, Levin 5540

Nominations to be received no later than Tuesday 20th November 2018 Notices of motion for consideration at the AGM must be sent to: Horowhenua District Neighbourhood Support Inc. PO Box 242, Levin 5540

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES FOR LEVIN CHRISTMAS PARADE Several Levin streets will be closed on Saturday 1 December for the annual Levin Christmas Parade. The parade will start at 4pm from York Street, turn right into Oxford Street (SH1) and travel south straight down Oxford Street, then turn right into Durham Street. The following roads will be temporarily closed to all ordinary vehicular traffic to enable the parade to travel the planned route. • York Street will be closed from 12pm to 5pm. This is to allow floats to congregate before the parade begins. While resident access will be allowed, we ask that no cars are parked on the street during this road closure period. • Oxford Street (SH1) from the South Lane/ Cambridge Street turnoff to Tyne Street will be closed from 3.45pm to 5pm. Northbound and southbound traffic will be diverted via Cambridge Street for the duration of the road closure. Access within the closure cordon will be restricted during this period. • Durham Street will be closed between 3.45pm and 5pm. This is to allow floats to congregate after the parade finishes. • Bath Street between Cambridge Street and Salisbury Street will be closed from 3.45pm to 5pm. • Queen Street between Cambridge Street and Salisbury Street will be closed from 3.45pm to 5pm. • Exeter Street between Bristol Street and Oxford Street will be closed from 3.45pm to 5pm. • Essex Street between Bristol Street and Oxford Street will be closed from 3.45pm to 5pm. • Devon Street between Bristol Street and Oxford Street will be closed from 3.45pm to 5pm. • Stanley Street between Bristol Street and Oxford Street will be closed from 3.45pm to 5pm. Detour routes will be clearly signposted. Council apologises for any inconvenience caused. Mick Longley Roading Compliance/CAR Officer

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HOROWHENUA COLLEGE Services Academy Assistant Director The Services Academy provides an opportunity for our students to push individual boundaries, find new physical and mental limits, encourages teamwork, discipline, competitiveness, and develops skills that will increase self esteem and motivation using a military model. We are seeking an active person who will step into the role of Assistant Director of our Services Academy. The successful applicant will have: ➣ High levels of physical fitness ➣ Team building skills ➣ Leadership capabilities ➣ An ability to teach and assess Unit Standards (training is available) ➣ Armed Services background preferred ➣ Outdoor qualifications (or be prepared to train in this area) ➣ Previous experience working with youth would be an advantage. A job description is available on request. To apply please email your CV, covering letter and the details of three referees to: office@horowhenua.school.nz By 3pm Tuesday 20th November.

Newspaper Delivery People Wanted! Are you looking to put some extra dollars in your back pocket? Are you reliable, energetic and conscientious? If so you could be just what we're after! We have part-time roles available in the following areas right now! New Plymouth, Te Kuiti/Te Awamutu/ Otorohanga; Wanganui; Hawkes Bay; all areas north of Taupo including all suburbs in Hamilton, Auckland & Whangarei; AND regional townships north of Auckland through to Kaitaia. Morning newspaper delivery work involves early starts and finishes. They are all part -time roles that are ideal for students, people seeking a secondary source of income or fit retired people. It is essential that applicants have their own reliable vehicle with WOF and Registration, a current full driver license and mobile phone. To apply please contact us on 0800 694 321 between 8am and 5pm and we will then pass your details on to the individual contractors who will contact you directly.

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We are seeking applicants for a Teacher Aide to work alongside students who need extra help in class. This position is for 20 hours per week, term time only. Please apply by email enclosing your covering letter, CV and contact details of three referees to: office@horowhenua.school.nz Applications close 3pm Wednesday 21st November

LEVIN Spiritual and Awareness Centre, demonstration of clairvoyance, philosophy and healing. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month, 10:00am, Thompson House, 4 Kent St Levin, all welcome. Like us on facebook, phone Kevin 027 280 4216.

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ZB — diesel muscle, fuel economy Road Test: Colin Smith Pictures: John Borren

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olden’s new ZB line-up drives the Commodore nameplate in several new directions with the inclusion of front-drive models, a liftback body style, four-cylinder turbo engines and a premium V6 all-wheel-drive format. A little after the first wave of petrol engine ZB arrivals, the Commodore family expanded further to offer another completely new alternative — 2.0-litre turbo diesel powered LT models in liftback and sportwagon body styles. There had been speculation about diesel Commodores in the past but the combination didn’t come to reality until now. The Germany-built ZB delivers a Euro diesel option for large sedan or wagon drivers who clock up big highway mileages. Away from the slow grind of city traffic, the torquey 2.0-litre diesel settles at relaxed revs and makes low effort runs up long hills for a combination of fuel efficiency and driving appeal. The 1956cc turbocharged diesel develops 125kW at 3750rpm and has 400Nm torque peak available from 1750-2500rpm. Those output numbers don’t quite match the muscle of some diesel rivals — Mazda’s 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D for example — but they are competitive figures and the torque delivery works sweetly with the eight-speed automatic transmission. The diesel ZB gets an eightspeed Aisin Warner transmission rather than the nine-speed GM inhouse auto matched to the petrol engines. It shifts smoothly and offers responsive kickdown with the ratios allowing the diesel to settle at just 1500rpm when cruising at 100km/h. There are evenly spaced shifts to 1900rpm in seventh, 2400rpm in sixth and then 2900rpm if fifth gear urgency is required. You don’t get paddle shifters in the LT specification. The diesel is refined and settles into a quiet idle soon after starting. Low fuel consumption with hightorque performance is the primary

THE ZB RIDES WELL ACROSS UNDULATING SURFACES WITH A SURE-FOOTED STANCE ON THE ROAD WHILE ITS PROGRESSIVE STEERING FEEL RATES AMONG THE BEST ATTRIBUTES.

appeal of choosing a diesel car and it was interesting to compare Holden’s claimed 5.6L/100km combined cycle fuel consumption with some real-world experience. It appears an honest number from Holden and I averaged 5.7L/100km across my road test and the consumption dipped to 5.3L/100km during a relaxed 130km highway run. A look back into the trip computer history revealed a previous driver had light-footed a best of 4.6L/100km and the test car had averaged 6.4L/100km since the long term tripmeter had last been zeroed 2500km earlier. Overall, it’s an appealing combination of diesel muscle and fuel efficiency and with a 61-litre fuel tank there’s the scope for 1000km between refuels. The Commodore LT models rides on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with Bridgestone Turanza T001 tyres in 225/55 R17 sizing. There’s a good amount of cornering grip and the suspension is Holden’s FE1 comfort-oriented tune which provides progressive body control with a relatively compliant feel that soaks up lumpy surfaces without abrupt reactions. The ZB rides well across undulating surfaces with a surefooted stance on the road while its progressive steering feel rates among the best attributes. Commodore’s five-seat accommodation and the liftback access to a relatively shallow — but usefully long — 490 litres of boot space makes it a roomy family car or workplace for a traveller and a 60/40 split rear seat adds to the flexibility. For the long distance journeys the Commodore LT has a supportive driving position with cloth trimmed seats and eight-way power adjustment for the reasonably slim driver’s seat. The ZB also addresses the thick A-pillar visibility problem of the previous

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Engine . . 1956cc, 16-valve 4-cyl in-line, direct injection turbo diesel Maximum output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125kW at 3750pm Maximum torque . . . . . . . . . . . . 400Nm at 1750-2500rpm Length .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 4897mm Width .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1863mm Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1455m Wheelbase .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 2829mm Kerb weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1593kg Fuel tank capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61.7 litres Wheels .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Alloy, front 7.5 x 17-inch Tyres . . . . . . . . . . Bridgestone Turanza T001 225/55 R17 radial

VE and VF designs. One element of the LT package I’d like to see improved to support the long-distance highway role is the headlights, which are quite yellow in illumination and some brighter intensity and longer high beam range would be welcome. The diesel test car was also my first chance to sample the ZB in its entry-level LT specification. The LT liftback is priced at $48,990 and the Sportwagon is $50,990. Standard equipment at LT grade includes cruise control, keyless and push button engine start, rain sensor wipers, a leather

steering wheel, dual-zone air conditioning and the 7.0-inch Holden MyLink touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection. The cabin dimensions meet expectations for a medium-tolarge size car with useful rear legroom and good headroom. The LT décor offers a fairly plain interior with grey cloth upholstery, a piano black centre console and a chrome gearshift surround. There’s a focus on safety with all ZB Commodores rated with a 5-star Australasian NCAP (2017) score. At LT grade the Holden Eye

forward facing camera system is the enabler for Forward Collision Warning, Following Distance Indicator and Autonomous Emergency Braking function along with Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning. There are LED daytime running lights and tail lamps while parking is assisted by front and rear proximity sensors, a reverse camera and Advanced Park Assist semi-auto parking function. You don’t the side blind zone monitor and rear cross traffic alert at LT level — they are introduced at the second tier of ZB Commodore specification and therefore not on the menu for diesel customers. The strengths of the first Commodore to provide a diesel option is its relaxed town-to-town cruising ability and efficiency with long-legged gearing matched to easily accessible torque and a chassis that copes very well when rural roads present lumps and corrugations. It’s a combination that suits an entry level large car — and arguably suits the roomy Commodore Sportwagon even more. Holden asks a $3000 premium for the diesel engine compared to the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol in LT grade. The catch is modern turbocharged petrol engines also offer plenty of torque and easy performance so the diesel can’t separate its attributes by much more than the 1.8L/100km difference in consumption. And that puts the emphasis on well-above average annual distances to make any dollars and cents case for choosing diesel.


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Playing detective when buying a car

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uying a used car is like a box of chocolates — you never know what you're going to get. And when it comes to making a large purchase, you don’t want hidden surprises. Getting a pre-purchase inspection and a vehicle history report is always recommended in the buying process, but on your first visit you might want to consider dusting off your magnifying glass and putting your detective cap on. Some clues about a vehicle’s life can be ingrained in the vehicle's visual DNA. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of self-investigation to identify the things that can help you paint a possible picture of a vehicle's past.

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If you discover a vehicle with a tow bar, ask the owner whether it has been used. If they have used it, find out what they towed. If they haven't used it, ask whether the previous owner may have.

It’s a good idea to always take a closer look at the vehicle’s underbody. If it was used to launch a boat, the vehicle may have been semi-submerged without being cleaned properly, so there's a chance of underbody rust issues.

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Mother Nature

If you're looking at a car that's close to the coast, its exposure to salt air could result in powdery, oxidised deposits on aluminium. Reviewing areas of exposed metal such as nuts, bolts and shields can highlight areas for concern. The sun also has the ability to damage a vehicle’s paintwork. Ultraviolet light can burn the clear coat — the layer on top of the paint — causing oxidisation and creating a cloudy look. Paint pigments also absorb UV over time, which makes colours change or fade. Plastics and rubbers can be impacted and become misshapen, faded or brittle. If these issues are found, you may need to pop into a panel beater/painter for a professional opinion.

Some clues about a vehicle’s life are ingrained in the vehicle's visual DNA.

Use your nose

Sometimes the inside of vehicles can be stained with food and drink which can cause lingering, unpleasant smells. If you’ve spilt milk in your car, you’ll know exactly what we mean. A seller may be able to give the vehicle a quick spruce-up to get rid of most of the offending materials, but the scent of rubbish,

food or cigarettes will often linger and can take some time to lift. When inspecting the car, activate the fans and air conditioning. This will expose odours that may be trapped within the heating and cooling systems.

Has it been serviced?

First and foremost, look on the windscreen for a recent service

sticker and check the glove box for a service book. Other clues about a vehicle's life may be found under the bonnet or in door jambs, giving you valuable information about its mechanical history. Automotive technicians will usually apply labels to vehicles when major items have been replaced — timing belts being a prime example. If you own a Japanese import, you may have to get out Google Translate for this one.

Check the tyres

One of the simpler checks is tyres. Having an eclectic mix of tyres isn’t a good thing, nor is having minimal tread or cuts in the rubber. It’s always a good idea to check all tyres to make sure they meet the appropriate standards. Remember that no matter how good your investigative skills are, you’re not Sherlock Holmes. For the full story, we always recommend a pre-purchase inspection and a vehicle history report from the professionals.

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