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Burning down the houses: brigades fight fire with fire

Rob Freeman, senior station officer from Palmerston North (at right), was the safety officer for Saturday’s exercise, pictuered providing back-up for trainee fire fighters such as the one at left, kitted out in fire protection gear and breathing apparatus (BA). Inset: firefighting instructor Aaron Summerhays briefs some of the trainee firefighters (seated) as they rest between rotations into the burning buildings in Ohakune. Photos: Robert Milne.

Far from prime real estate, two semi-derelict Ohakune houses instead provided a prime training opportunity for volunteer fire fighters from around the Ruapehu District and further afield. Twenty trainees from brigades from National Park, Ohakune, Raetihi, Taumarunui and National Park took part in the day’s training on Saturday. They were guided by eight instructors from around the Whanganui and Manawatu fire region, plus two trainee instructors. There were also several support personnel, from managers, fire chiefs, first aid staff as well as sausage sizzlers. Staff from Downers and The Lines Company were also on-hand. Training started at around 8am with a safety briefing followed soon after by the first of 15 ‘evolutions’. Small teams of trainees were taken into the houses by their instructors, where fires were lit inside, in scenarios set up to be realistic representations of house fires. The trainees, all wearing protective clothing, helmets and breathing apparatus (BA) were able to see first-hand how a house fire develops. Around 30 pieces of old furniture had been gathered up for the exercise, including old couches that can contain the equivalent of 120 litres of fuel. The trainees then practiced the various techniques re-

quired to extinguish the fires. As the day progressed, they moved on to techniques for extinguishing the fires from outside the buildings. Once the 15 ‘evolutions’ were complete, the fires were left to burn, completely destroying the two houses. Weeks of planning went into the exercise, including removing some asbestos cement cladding, preparing the inside of the rooms for the different scenarios, cutting extra ventilation gaps where necessary to help control the fires, removing some of the veranda materials to stop the flames from damaging power lines close by and roughly recladding some areas so that the fires would burn as naturally as possible. The owner of the properties, Rowan Eves, told the Bulletin that he has no plans for the site at this stage but was pleased to have the site cleared of the derelict buildings and to be able to support the brigades with their training. The TLC staff were on hand to monitor the adjacent power lines and react if necessary. “TLC has a close relationship with our local emergency services,” said TLC chief executive, Sean Horgan. “It’s great that we can get involved in sponsoring training exercises by co-ordinating the electrical safety aspects and having a safety observer on site for the duration.”

Gas, temperature up at Crater Lake

An increase in volcanic gas emissions and sustained high lake temperature suggest a slightly higher level of activity at Mt Ruapehu, reports GNS. Tony Hurst, duty volcanologist, said the recent fine weather has allowed GeoNet to make airborne gas measurements over Mt Ruapehu. These recorded high levels of CO2, SO2 and H2S emission from the Crater Lake (Te Wai Ā-Moe). The CO2 emission rate on 23 November was 2290 tonnes/day, one of the largest values recorded in recent years. The current lake temperature is 37°C, which is near the top of its usual range and has been sustained over the past two months. Mr Hurst said the data are consistent with open vent degassing of Ruapehu. “Higher than usual temperatures and high gas fluxes like we have now are common in the open vent situation and have been observed in the past outside eruptive periods.” Volcanic seismic tremor remains at moderate levels. The fine weather has also allowed the taking of water samples from Ruapehu Crater Lake and the analysis of these samples is underway, said Mr Hurst. GNS Science continues to closely monitor Mt Ruapehu and our other active volcanoes through the GeoNet project. The Volcanic Alert Level of Ruapehu remains at 1 and the Aviation Colour Code at Green. EDITOR’S NOTE: Other media have reported that the gas increases have “prompted a warning from Government scientists”, claiming they have “have issued a level one alert”. The Bulletin has been regularly advised that Mt Ruapehu is always at least at ‘Level One’ alert, because of the nature of the volcano.

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What’s on round Ruapehu Ohakune Primary School Mini Gala 30 November The Goat 2 December Raetihi Christmas Parade 9 December Waimarino Pony Club Open Dressage Day 10 December Waimarino Pony Club Open Show Jumping Day 10 December Tell us about your event. 06-385-8532,

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Where to dine in the Ruapehu District OHAKUNE KINGS BURGER SALOON

3 Rimu St, Ohakune Junction Ph: 06 385 8648 Taste of the southern US style menu – including fantastic homemade burgers. Kings has a warm southern diner decor, great staff and is family friendly. Ohakune’s biggest screen for live sport. See our Facebook page for details. Open from 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.


6 Thames St, Ohakune Junction Ph: 06 385 8558 Ohakune's most famous pizza restaurant. For 30 years we have been cooking Ohakune's best pizza. Come up and see us in the "Junction" at the end of the Old Coach Road and try one of our hot, tasty, handmade pizzas. Open for dinner, takeaway or dine in BYOW and fully licensed. Check us out online at:

Lemongrass Thai restaurant

At Alpine Motel, 7 Miro St, Ohakune Ph: 06 385 8758 Ohakune's Thai taste sensation! Authentic Thai cuisine in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Fully licensed, dine in or takeaway. Open Monday to Saturday from 5pm. Full breakfast menu available daily 7am – 9.30am. Roasted Addiqtion Coffee.


2 Tyne St, Ohakune (Bottom of the Mountain Road) Ph: 06 385 8322 Come and enjoy some of Ohakune’s finest in a relaxed cosy atmosphere. Enjoy a delicious platter, wholesome food and NZ wine and craft beers by the cosy fire. Gluten free options available. Excellent kids menu. Fully licensed. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


19 Goldfinch St, (next to BNZ), Ohakune Ph: 06 385 8112 Homemade freshly baked cabinet goodies and delicious menu to order from. Family friendly, with kids area and open fire. Open 7 days, 9am – 3pm


Bottom of the mountain road Ph: 06 385 8888 The iconic Powderkeg remains Ohakune’s most popular venue for all ages, with 28 years’ commitment to fantastic food, friendly service and fun time. The Keg is the perfect place to meet friends for dinner, drinks, or a platter on the sunny balcony. Matterhorn open 7–9.30am daily. Powderkeg open 3pm till late daily.


79 Clyde St, Ohakune Ph: 06 385 8857 Contemporary café, bar and restaurant. Come and try our new small plates menu. Enjoy quality wine, craft beer, food and friendly service in our spacious, family friendly establishment. Fireside lounge and children’s play area, cosy indoors or perfect alfresco dining with spectacular mountain views. A great place for casual get togethers or special occasions.

Utopia Café/Restaurant

47 Clyde St, Ohakune Ph: 06 385 9120 Fully licensed café open 7 days from 7am for breakfast and lunch. A memorable atmosphere with a superb range of delicious food and beverages, served by our upbeat and friendly staff. Fully renovated cafe, now with stunning decor, gas fire, comfortable seating both downstairs and upstairs, also with a brand new sunny outdoor garden area. Free WiFi with purchase.

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New on-line payment options for RDC customers A new web-based on-line payment system is now offered for paying Ruapehu District rates and services. Ratepayers and customers can pay for a range of things including rates, dog registration renewals, water, infringements and other invoices via Council’s website, using a credit or debit card. Council IT business analyst Glenys Gibbs said that the new on-line payment services are just the first stage of a comprehensive digital strategy Council is working on that will ultimately see a wide range of Council services being able to be done on-line. “The development of the on-line services is

seen as a key way in which we can provide greater choice and ease of use for anyone needing to interact with Council,” she said. “People will however still be able to come into their local Council office if they prefer to do their transactions in person.” The next project will give dog owners the ability to manage their dog’s registration information on-line. “We would like to have this added functionality on-line by the end of March 2018 in time for next year’s dog registration demands being produced,” said Mrs Gibbs. Other on-line services projects in the pipeline include building and resource consents and LIM requests.

Mrs Gibbs said that some of the more advanced on-line service functions Council will be introducing in the future will need a higher level of security and require users to have a RealMe account to prove their identity. “RealMe is a NZ government system operated by the Department of Internal Affairs that provides a secure way for people to prove who they are on-line and is used on lots of NZ government and local government sites and services.” “We would encourage anyone needing to regularly interact on-line with a council or a government department to setup a RealMe account for themselves at”

Belle of the pet day Children of Ohakune K i n d e r g a r t e n celebrated pet day following the Ohakune Primary School lamb calf day so that younger siblings who have been part of the care of their siblings’ animals can also enjoy sharing, says Kindergarten head teacher Whaea Linda. “We encourage living and special soft toys too so that all are included. We want our children to have opportunities to develop knowledge and discover the diversity to be found in our rural environment”. She said they learn how animals grow and the care and respect required for animal wellbeing. “We really enjoyed Little Belle’s visit and the conversations she created,” said Whaea Linda.

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‘Stellar night’ for Uenuku launch

Chief Treaty negoitator Chris McKenzie explains the reason for the Uenuku Trust at what was described as a ‘stellar night’.

Project manager Steve Hirini talks about the planned Trust chairman Aiden Gilbert welcomes work. guests to the launch.

Around 100 people witnessed the launch of a ‘social, cultural trust’ tasked with preserving and promoting the cultural identity of the peoples of the combined iwi of Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki, in the Royal Theatre in Raetihi on Wednesday. Hosted by Uenuku Charitable Trust, the main speakers included Trust chairman Aiden Gilbert, lead Treaty negotiator Chris McKenzie and Steve Hirini, Trust project manager. “The social cultural trust launched tonight, will be focussed on revitalising the identity of Tamakana, Tamahaki and Uenuku,” explained Mr McKenzie. “We are lucky enough to have the support from many partners in the community who are here,” he added. Present were several representatives from the Ruapehu District Council including the mayor, Don Cameron, and chief executive Clive Manley. Several personnel from the Department of Conservation were present, including the regional director Allan Munn. Representatives and members of neighbouring iwi were also in attendance: Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Haua and Ngati Rangi. Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust chairman Gerard Albert was also there. A number of people from Crown agencies were also present, including from the Office of Treaty Settlements and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Nga Taonga Sound and Vision was also represented, to screen a compilation of film and video sequences that show parts of the history of the people of the river. In recognition of the signing of a memorandum of understanding, Gavin Brown and Tom Mowatt were on hand to represent the Friends of the Mangapurua – the group formed to help protect some of the historical items in the settlement area on the way to the Bridge to Nowhere. The Mangaeturoa School committee, who are working to retain the old rural school on the Pipiriki Road, have also signed an agreement with Uenuku. Early on Thursday, Trust members, DOC staff and Crown representatives travelled down the Whanganui River from Whakahoro to Pipiriki to visit sites on the River that are important to Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki. The social and cultural trust is the first of three planned, with an environmental trust and a commercial trust also to be formed.

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30 years for Raetihi doctor and family

42 Traverse clean-up

Volunteers got stuck in to clear sections of the 42 Traverse recently.

Thirty years of doctoring is coming up in December, with Dr Jim Corbett and his family having arrived in 1987. Dr Jim is pictured with Petra, who has been a primary school teacher in the area, and their son Joel and baby Jessie, not long after their arrival.










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Men and women of several four-wheel-drive clubs converged on the 42 Traverse recently to cut back vegetation. Around 30 turned up with their specialised vehicles and assorted equipment to try and make an impression on a very big problem due to lack of regular maintenance on the track. Organised by Peter Vahry, chairman of Friends of the 42 Traverse, the day started with a safety talk by the Department of Conservation and then the crew spread out to begin the cut back. Recent years have seen the track deteriorate and only essential access maintained for DOC biodiversity team to carry on their work with kiwi monitoring. The popular trail for mountain bikers has seen a big drop off of users and even 4WD vehicles have to bash their way through. Snow falls last winter have compounded the problem, bringing down more trees and slips. Peter Vahry says part of the solution is for DOC to bring back their regular maintenance programme to add to a partnership agreement that he has been negotiating with DOC over the last year. He says that when completed the agreement would enable the Friends of 42 Traverse to bring outside funding and resources to help reinstate the track to a more user-


The temperatures and rainfall since the last published data as measured at the Ruapehu College Weather Station. Date 20/11 21/11 22/11 23/11 24/11 25/11 26/11 27/11 Max °C 18.2 18.3 19.9 23.5 24.3 20.9 19.0 Min °C 6.5 4.3 3.4 5.2 8.9 12.5 12.9 12.4 Grass °C 4.0 1.2 -1.1 1.2 5.5 10.0 11.2 10.8 Rain 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 34.2 -

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Whangaehu River ‘most improved’

Whangaehu River in the southern Ruapehu District was named ‘most improved river’ in the Manawatu Whanganui River last week. Horizons Regional Council chairman Bruce Gordon accepted a Morgan Foundation River Award on Thursday night for the River. The Award celebrates waterways showing long-term trend improvements in water quality. A panel of scientists judge approximately 600 sites using long term data stored on the Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website This year’s award acknowledges improvement in E coli levels, with the Whangaehu River showing a 10.8 per cent improvement trend. “Not only was the Whangaehu River the most improved in our Region, it is also the fourth most improved nationally,” says Cr Gordon. “A lot of time and resources have gone into work programmes in the catchment that contribute to improving water quality. This includes riparian fencing and planting, as well as erosion control planting, by both farmers and Horizons. “Around 125km of riparian fencing has been put in place over the past 10 years and around 1 million trees have been planted. Almost 400ha of riparian land has been retired.” Horizons has also worked with Ruapehu District Council to upgrade the Waiouru and Ohakune wastewater treatment plants to significantly reduce the bacteria load of their discharges. “The Waiouru plant alone has reduced E. coli from a median of 141,360 MPN/100ml between 2010 and 2014, to a median of 0-4 MPN/100m in the past few years. Horizons has also increased monitoring of dairy farm effluent discharge to land consents for the catchment,” said Mr Gordon. Cr Gordon says the work will continue due to central government funding. “A recent application to the Freshwater Improvement Fund has seen the Ngā Wai Ora o te Whangaehu Freshwater Improvement Project receive $590,000. This will be part of the $1.68 million that is planned to be spent in the catchment on initiatives delivered by Horizons, Ngati Rangi and landowners.”

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Popular Lake Otamangakau – vehicle access to the north arm of the lake is to be stopped.

Access at Lake Otamangakau changes Anglers and other users of Lake Otamangakau north of National Park will need to adapt to imminent changes that will reduce vehicle access to the area commonly known as the ‘north arm’ of the lake. The Taupo Fishery management team have been notified by the Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust of their intention to put a gate across Access Road No. 4, on the western side of the lake. Access onto the forest lands is being changed to manage health and safety concerns. While access to boat ramps will not be affected, there will be impacts on people attempting to access Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust land to the north of Lake Otamangakau Dam, advises Peter Shepherd, DOC community ranger. Restricted access is expected to take effect from early December and will particularly impact on anglers who previously enjoyed the convenience of remote camping beside the lake, including many visiting and international anglers. Taupo Fishery manager Dave Conley said DOC recognises the recreational value of access to the north arm of the lake and is working hard to find solutions for anglers. “We should acknowledge and thank the Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust for previously allowing access, as anglers have enjoyed many years of excellent fishing and camping as a result. The northern arm of the lake offers anglers the opportunity to experience wilderness camping, while still having access to their vehicles and the convenience of a short drive to Turangi.” “We understand the need for the changes to access policy and are currently working with Genesis Energy, Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust and lo-

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Burning down the houses: brigades fight fire with fire

Annika Heatley and Braden Watson dampen down embers from the burning houses.

TLC linesman Lou Most uses a thermal imaging camera to check the temperature of the adjacent power lines.

The two houses in Ayr Street, Ohakune, are left to burn at the end of the day’s training exercise. The Fire Service advises that local brigades are always looking for volunteers to help protect the community, especially people able to respond to daytime calls.

Firefigthers practice dowsing the fire from outside one of the buildings.

Firefigthers prepare to knock down a fire in preparation for another training rotation.

Firefigthers study the way a fire develops, while incident controller Chris Kennedy and safety officer Rob Freeman look on.

Allan Whale uses his digger to demolish part of one of the houses, while firefighters stand by.

Almost gone: just the chimneys left standing after the houses are left to burn.

Ohakune’s Braden Watson with Fire fighters hose down parts of the his melted visor, showing the heat property as the houses are left to burn. Trainer Dan Nesbit, at right, explains techniques to trainees Braden Watson, left, and Lee endured inside the houses. Spooner, at centre. Photos: Robert Milne. 6 • RUAPEHU BULLETIN 28 November 2017

Ohakune’s gala girls ready for Thursday

It’s not just about the mo: ladies front up for head shave

It’s all about the maths for Ohakune Primary School’s ‘mini-gala’ this Thursday – with pupils spending time in recent weeks on budgets and making goods to sell. Starting at 4.30pm, there will be a range of food items and goods for sale at the gala, which” will be more like a mini market” with some traditional activities like a spinning jenny. “The outcome we want to achieve is strong links to their mathematical learning while running a fun community event,” says principal Lisa Clark. “Our children have been learning about financial literacy in real life contexts and have planned and prepared the stalls in which they will be selling goods. It is important for them to understand the processes it takes to identify their target market, plan and work to a budget.” She said the learning gains the children have made has “been considerable” and they are very excited to see the final outcome on Thursday. There is no postponement date and if it is raining the venue will be in the hall. “We look forward to seeing you there to support our school,” said Mrs Clark. “We wish to thank all our many contributors and donators of products and items.”

Kellyane Cawsey, left, and Kushla Edgarton have put their heads above the parapet for the sake of the Waimarino Cancer Society fundraiser, Movember, this coming weekend. They have volunteered to have their heads shaved in return for, hopefully, massive donations to the Society and will face the razor on Sunday night at the Raetihi Cosmopolitan Club in Seddon Street. Judges will also line up 16 men who have been growing their facial hair, to find the best moustache along with many other category winners.

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Exams! Exams! Exams!

Eye on Ruapehu College, contributed by staff and students As well as seniors sitting NCEA, it was a busy week of exams for Ruapehu College’s junior school last week. Year 9 and 10 students spent several hours a day completing assessments and teachers will now write reports for parents, advises principal Kim Basse. “If a student is getting ‘not achieved’ in their subjects, then this is an indication that they will need to really apply themselves for the following year and parents should catch up with deans, ropu teachers or mentors in the beginning of next year,” said Ms Basse. “Our year 10s will be heading onto NCEA assessment next year, so this is an important time for them as they start to think about their careers for the future.” Camp The Year 9 students have headed to the leadership camp at Valhalla near Leigh, north of Auckland. The Year 10 students will start a focus on NCEA preparation and Year 12 students will be heading to the leadership surf camp at Gisborne in preparation for the peer support training for the new Year 9 students starting College next year. “Our new prefects will be attending these camps to facilitate their leadership training for 2018. Our camps are an opportunity for all our students to develop and think about leadership skills,” said Ms Basse. Prefects for 2018 The College congratulates the students who were nominated and elected as prefects for 2018: Head Boy, Judah Lyon; Deputy Head Boy, Dylan Budge. Prefect, Nash Jordan. Head Girl, Macy McNaught; Deputy Head Girl and BoT student representative: Ashley Akapita. Prefect, Rebecca Csore. Ashley Akapita has also won a Board of Trustees training scholarship on the sailing boat the ‘Spirit of Adventure.’ She will spend a number of days in February 2018 on the boat, sailing around the Waitemata Harbour. Junior Prize giving The end-of-year junior prize giving will be on 8 December at the College hall, the last day of school for junior students.

Head boy for 2018, Judah Lyon, at left, and head girl Macy McNaught.

Ruapehu a top destination?

Ruapehu has been nominated in an annual consumer poll for the title as one of New Zealand’s Top 10 Destinations. New Zealand’s Top 10 Destinations to Experience’, a major international and domestic poll now in its fifth year, receives thousands of votes each year with the aim of highlighting some of the best kept travel secrets, claims an Australian travel agency. Speaking on the nomination, Ruapehu District’s mayor Don Cameron said that it was exciting but “not so surprising to those that live, work and play in Ruapehu that it has been nominated”. “Home to both the Tongariro National Park with Mt Ruapehu, a dual World Heritage location, and the Whanganui National Park with the mighty Whanganui River, Ruapehu was being discovered by people keen to experience New Zealand’s authentic heartland with its mix of spectacular scenery, unique experiences, history and culture,” said Mr Cameron. The mountain is host to 8 individual glaciers – the only ones on the north island of NZ – as well as the Crater Lake. “NZ’s Ruapehu region is a geological marvel that is a paradise for snow enthusiasts and geothermal activity alike,” said an Experience Oz manager. 8 • RUAPEHU BULLETIN 28 November 2017

RAL claims ‘huge success’ for ski season

RAL is pleased with how the 2017 ski season panned out, calling it “bumper”.

A new-look ski season centred around a multi milliondollar upgrade has paid off in success for Mt Ruapehu, reports the company. A “bumper” 2016/17 season was underpinned by $15 million of new infrastructure at Whakapapa, including new snowmaking technology, which proved its value this winter. “The new ‘snow factory’ – a machine that can make snow in up to 25 degrees celsius – meant that Whakapapa’s Happy Valley was the first ski area to open in New Zealand on June 3 and both Whakapapa and Turoa were the last to close in late October at Labour Weekend,” said Mt Ruapehu marketing manager Matt McIvor. “Mother Nature also came to the party with some great snowfall and clear weather as the season progressed resulting in a long, epic season.” Along with the extra snowmaking, two high-speed elevators transformed the access to Happy Valley, and three new beginner ski lifts eliminated queues. The opening of the new Delta Quad Chairlift and installation of Night Ski lighting at Whakapapa completed the new infrastructure. New innovations and activities up the mountain also contributed to the season’s success. To make it easier and safer for skiers to get up the mountain a new snow shuttle service, free for all lift and sightseeing pass holders, was trialled this season as well as a paid daily service from Taupo via Turangi. The ski area also brought back night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights and during school holidays, with the opening of the new Schuss Haus Corona Bar at the top of the Rangatira Express Chairlift adding to the aprés ski

 Matt McIvor says that the success on the mountain also translated into benefitting the community with a boost to the local economy from tourist spending. “Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) is a not for profit organisation so a successful ski season means more money can be invested back into improving the mountain’s facilities. So it’s a win, win situation for everyone.” Whakapapa commercial manager Phil Neal says that the development had a really positive impact on mountain visitors this season. “We were able to open earlier, for longer and more often with Happy Valley only experiencing seven closed days this season due to weather.” “Whakapapa was also open a lot more than in previous years due to the massive increase in snowmaking. Everything from the new shuttle service to the extensive upgrades in Happy Valley to our new Delta Quad chairlift on the upper mountain meant there was more on offer. We look forward to a busy summer of sightseeing, dining, hiking and snow sledding from 2 December before getting back into full winter mode next year.” Matt McIvor adds that Mt Ruapehu is aiming to make skiing “accessible and fun for as many New Zealanders as possible” and further development planned on the mountain in the near future will help achieve this. Mt Ruapehu 2018 season passes are on sale now and prices will rise on the first of every month until May next year. Editor’s note: we’ve asked for skier day numbers for the 2017 season. We will publish these as soon we have them. your service Appliances

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“Many councils have introduced policies to allow businesses to make their own decisions on Easter Trading including neighbouring districts Rangitikei, Waitomo, Otorohanga, New Plymouth and Stratford,” he said. “Council did consider the issue earlier this year and, while it was too late to put in place a policy for Easter 2017, the general view at that time was that businesses should be able to make a decision for themselves and not be restricted by the current law.” “Before Council can introduce a Policy, the new Act requires us to undertake formal consultation with our community.” Mr Cameron said in addition to the current


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Ruapehu golf A large group of local members turned out for Club day on Sunday and managed to finish before the thunder storms hit. Chris Vanderwesthuizen returned to form winning with 39 points. Krishane Edmonds and Kimberley Warbrick shared second with Alan Murdie, Dean Spry and Kelvin McLeod sharing third. There were no twos and the Stableford Jackpot was not struck. The Hotel Cup teams foursome competition was won by Alan and Graham Murdie. Graham continued his good form to win the handicap match play, Anderson Cup. Twilight Golf continues this Thursday – a great opportunity for everyone in the community to enjoy a fun 9 holes on the beautiful Waimarino golf course. Junior Golf also continues on Thursday from 3.30pm at the course. Next Sunday, 3 December is the first of the Christmas Cheer trifecta competition hosted at the Waiouru Golf Course, tee off from 11.00 am.

situation of only exempted businesses being allowed to open, Council could either allow Easter trading throughout the District, or allow it in only some parts of the District and not others. “The advantages put forward in favour of allowing Easter Sunday trading are that businesses and workers will benefit from an extra day’s trading and visitors and tourists will have access to more amenities and activities at a peak holiday time.” “It would also do away with the inequity caused by the current law whereby shops in some tourist towns can trade on Easter Sunday and those in other tourist areas cannot.” “The arguments against allowing relaxation

of the status quo are that it would impinge on time for rest, relaxation, family and religious activities.” “It should be noted that provisions in the Act protect employee’s rights to refuse to work on Easter Sunday should they choose,” he said. “It would also not change anything relating to the sale and supply of alcohol.” The consultation runs from 1 December through to 26 January – longer than the normal four weeks because of the Christmas and New Year period. A full Statement of Proposal can be pickedup from any Council office of accessed through Council’s website

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Ruapehu culture on show

The boys from Raetihi School’s Te Roopu group perform a spirited haka at the Ruapehu Schools Cultural Festival in Raetihi on Wednesday. Thirteen groups performed for the large crowd in the clear-span space, from six primary schools, a combined Taihape sole charge schools group, plus three pre-schools. Photos: Robert Milne.

The girls from Ohakune Kindergarten perform with the poi (at left) and sing with actions (at right).

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