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13 March 2018, Vol 34, No 1709

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Smash Palace rescue P4

A raft of dairy awards for Lisa P8

NZ’s worst fire P12

It’s Rodeo & Shears time!

Signing marks iwi’s ‘third base’

Ngati Rangi Trustee Raana ‘Biddy’ Mareikura signs the Deed of Settlement with help from Trust lawyer Paranihia Walker, while Shar Amner and Soraya Peke-Mason look on. Photo: Robert Milne.

‘Third Base’ is how the signing of the treaty settlement for local iwi was described on Saturday, signifying decades of work in preparations and negotiations, but with still a lot of work to come. “Today is our day at home,” said lead treaty negotiator Che Wilson., “but it is only third base.” “We won’t be home until 40 working days after the third reading (of the enabling Act in Parliament), that we hope will be in 12-18 months time.” He said the iwi needs to be patient and “not too eager to sneak a home run”. The Deed of Settlement between Ngāti Rangi and the Crown that settles the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of the iwi, was signed on Saturday at an emotional ceremony at Raketepauma Marae, Irirangi, witnessed by hundreds of whānau and friends. “Today is significant for the people of Ngāti Rangi, and for all of New Zealand. I would like to acknowledge the enormous amount of work that has been achieved by the Central North Island tangata whenua and the government to get us to this point,” said Minister for Treaty Settlements, Andrew Little. “Ngāti Rangi say that they have always been a friend of the Crown. Through this settlement the Crown aims to rebuild

its relationship with Ngāti Rangi, and reinforce that it is based on mutual respect and honour. “The Ngāti Rangi deed of settlement outlines a range of redress to be provided to the iwi, including a Crown acknowledgement and apology, cultural redress including a statutory recognition and governance arrangements for the Whangaehu River, and financial and commercial redress with a total value of $17 million. “Legislation to enact the deed will be introduced to Parliament later this year,” says Andrew Little. He said it was an “amazing and very spiritual” event, representing 178 years of hurt and being let down. The deed of settlement, and a summary, is published at: treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-rangi/ Cultural redress includes special recognition of the connection between Ngāti Rangi, other local iwi, and Te Waiū o Te Ika (the Whangaehu River) and a new framework for governance over the river and its catchment. Defence Force land at Waiouru will be vested in Ngāti Rangi who will then gift it back to the Crown for the people of New Zealand. Turn to Page 2

Three tribes launch environment trust T hree Ruapehu tribes formalised their role as guardians of the environment with the launch of a new Trust on Friday, at Pokaka, north of Horopito. The environmental entity was launched by Uenuku Charitable Trust (UCT) for the tribes of Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki, whose ancestral lands stretch west and southwest from the mountains of the Central Plateau. The launch was attended by representatives from numerous organisations such as local councils and the Department of Conservation, along with the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little. UCT thanked landowner John Dobson for hosting the event on his property, which is adjacent to the proposed Mainland Island ecological area (see separate story). UCT chairman Aiden Gilbert said the Trust would develop and implement strategies to ecologically restore

and protect ancestral lands and natural and historic resources. “The vast majority of our tribal estate was taken by the Crown and is now in DOC hands and National Parks. Despite this, we have never lost sight of our kaitiakitanga (guardianship) obligations. “The launch of Te Mano o te Whenua Tupua (“the ancestral heartland”), is part of an iwi-led, long-term strategy to provide a framework for our whānau and hapū to stand strong in their rohe and on their ancestral whenua. We have always been, and will continue to Turn to Page 3

Releasing whio into the Makatote River on Friday are, Director-General of Department of Conservation Lou Sanson, Andrew Little, kaumatua Jim Edmonds, Te Kohatu Bauer (Raetihi School student and descendant of Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki).

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Trustee Gerrard Albert speaks to the Crown group. At left is Che Wilson and at right, kaumatua Mark Gray.

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Treaty Settlements Minister Andrew Little (dubbed Anaru Iti at the ceremony) signs the Settlement Deed.

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.


71 Goldfinch St, Ohakune Ph: 06 385 8221 Fully licensed country club with a fresh tasty menu at reasonable prices. Function room available. Gaming, pool, darts, snooker and TAB. Restaurant open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 5.30 – 9pm. All members and bona fide guests welcome.


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.

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Mareikura Kaire, Ngapera Akapita, Nikoh Mareikura and child – just a few of the dozens out the back of the marae take a break from preparing for the hundreds of guests. From Page 1

Celebrations continued on Sunday with their Ruapehu Whānau festival at Te Pae Tata in Ohakune. The Deed of Settlement doesn’t cover the Tongariro National Park, which will be negotiated separately with the Crown, Ngāti Rangi, other iwi and hapū. Lead Treaty negotiator Che Wilson composed a special new waiata-ā-ringa (action song) for the signing, with Mt Ruapehu at centre stage in the waiata. “Our affectionate term for Mt Ruapehu is Koro Ruapehu – so when you’re in the shadow of Mt Ruapehu (a) western world view will see a shadow as something dark,” he said. “But you can only have shadow if there is light – so when we’re in his shadow, we’re in his protection.” Ngāti Rangi Trust chairman Shar Amner was also a Treaty negotiator, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Mark Gray. Mr Amner said he’s happy his grandfather would be able to see the conclusion of the settlement. “It’s ... quite an emotional day as we reflect on the journey – this is the end of this part of the journey.” “And our cultural identity was also taken at the same time from a confiscation perspective – and through this we’ve now been able to reinvigorate that.”

The gift from the Crown – a contemporary harakeke piece (at left) by Keita Tuhi and Kia Tomoana representing the vibrant colours of Ruapehu.

Andrew Little and Mark Gray hongi at the event. Photos: Robert Milne.

Three tribes launch environment trust

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be, the guardians of our ancestral heartland.” Mr Gilbert said the environmental trust is one of three entities being established to enable social and cultural revitalisation, commercial development and environmental protection. “The work of these three pou, or pillars, is to enhance the social and cultural wellbeing of our people, and to protect and care for the land,” Mr Gilbert said. “We don’t have to wait for claims settlement – the strategies will be independent of, but supported by, the outcome of settlement negotiations.” UCT trustee Moana Ellis said the new entity results from aspirations of members of the three tribes as part of the pathway to settlement. “There is a determination to nurture the biodiversity of our wild landscapes, natural habitats, and vulnerable taonga species, which are critical to our tribal identity,” Ms Ellis said. “Our native forests are distinctive, with high flora and wildlife values. They are part of lands that are historically and culturally important, with centuries of occupation and use as the heartland of our people, including ancient walkways that supported our close connections with Taranaki and Taupo. “Reconnecting with our whenua and its history will strengthen our distinctive cultural identity – another priority aspiration.” The Trust is the mandated entity for Te Korowai o Wainuiārua (TKOW)

Treaty claims negotiations with the Crown, with the aim to reach Agreement in Principle by August 2018. Lead treaty negotiator for the Uenuku Charitable Trust Chris McKenzie said the trust would allow iwi members to leave an imprint on their environment. “The central tribes of Te Korowai o Wainuiārua have had a particular focus over very many decades on the biodiversity of their region and the environment and largely because of government policy we’ve been spectators,” said Chris McKenzie. “There’s lots of work to be done around here including eradication of pests and the protection and preservation of our very diverse environment. We have big plans to develop an inland island so that we can bring back species, which have suffered, like the hihi. “We hope to continue our blue duck restoration and ensure we can protect kiwi.” “Prior to 1865 virtually no nonMāori lived in this area but almost immediately from 1865 onwards the land was completely stripped from us by native land courts and all the wonderful native timbers were milled to build towns around New Zealand. “When the land regenerated and the Crown found it was quite useless for anything, so later on they decided to transfer that land to national parks and conservation areas and that created quite a divergent relationship between the tribes and the Department of

Conservation.” “But over the last 10 to 15 years we’ve enjoyed a much better relationship with DOC and share aspirations around restoration of taonga species – its been a remarkable turnaround.” Mr McKenzie hoped Mr Little would help solidify the iwi-crown relationship in terms of the protection of their lands. “We want to impress upon him the work that we have done previously but we also want to impress upon him the on-going relationship that we will need to have with DOC given that 60 percent of our tribal area is conservation area or reserves or national parks.”

Andrew Little, Minister for Treaty Settlements, plants a tree to mark the launch of the Trust with help from Caroline Heta, an initial trustee for the Uenuku, Tamakana, Tamahaki environmental trust Te Mano o te Whenua Tupua.

Huge Horizons rates rise on the cards Ruapehu District ratepayers are facing massive percentage rises in their regional council rates, largely thanks to the recent property revaluations that have seen Ruapehu values rise in relation to other parts of the Manawatu Whanganui Region (Horizons). Horizons Regional Council’s draft Long Term Plan goes out for public consultation soon. Ruapehu regional councillor Bruce Rollinson said the overall rate rise could be as high as 17% across the Ruapehu District, although some people will see much smaller increases and some even larger ones. As well as the revaluations, Horizons has added several schemes to the district that were needed, but which would

add about 5.3 percentage points to the increase. “It hits those properties [that have had big increases in land value] hard,” he said. He said overall, Ruapehu District has seen a 12 to 13% increase in property capital values. Rangitīkei and Tararua District ratepayers are also facing larger rate increases than the regional average due to increasing land values, although not as high as Ruapehu’s. Mr Rollinson said the rate increases due to the revaluation would vary between properties, as is usually the case, and would range from 4% up to 17%. He said he found one example that would see a 40% increase, although because it

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Inland island part of iwi plan Smash Palace Uenuku Charitable Trust announced plans a major biodiversity protection and ecological restoration project at their launch at Pokaka on Friday. The project would involve erecting a predator fence around approximately 200 hectares of land adjacent to the Makatote River. Dr John Innes, Landcare New Zealand, explained the advantages of the proposed ‘Fenced Island’. It would directly connect to a large native forest area; it has very high current wildlife values; missing species can be put back; it is consistent with existing land use; it is next

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The red shaded area is roughly where a proposed fenced predator free area would be established.

to SH4 and Tongariro National Park; it has Uenuku and European histories. The ‘island’ would be part of the Manganui-o-teAo Sanctuary, which would create a ‘core-halo’ model of pest management which

National Park water short

A water conservation notice remains in force for National Park residents after work to replace the liner on the village’s water reservoir was not completed. The next scheduled attempt to repair the liner will be today, Tuesday 13 March. Ruapehu District Council advises that the water conservation notice will need to remain in place until Monday 19 March unless otherwise advised. Ruapehu environmental manager Anne-Marie Westcott said that this was necessary to allow enough time to repair the liner and then check systems and reestablish water treatment protocols such as optimum chlorine levels.

Waimarino weather

The temperatures and rainfall since the last published data as measured at the Ruapehu College Weather Station.

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has been described as the best way to protect New Zealand’s biodiversity for the foreseeable future. The larger sanctuary – 2700 hectares – would run from near Erua down towards Pokaka, then west

to close to Orautoha, taking in much of the Manganui-o-te-Ao River. Friday’s event ended with the release of four whio (native blue ducks) on the Makotote River, below the railway viaduct.

A museum of vintage vehicles – a long-held ambition for Colin Fredericksen – has come to pass thanks to a reality television programme visit. The Heritage Rescue team – led by Brigid Gallagher – tackle a museum or historic site in need of help, and learn some fascinating stories of New Zealand’s history along the way. That’s the blurb for the Choice TV series. The crew got stuck in at Horopito Motors last week, unveiling the finished product on Saturday, complete with old Model T Fords, a ‘Goodbye Pork Pie’ Mini, an e-type Jaguar and a yellow

Ford Zephyr Mark II. The wrecker’s yard – often referred to as the largest vintage car parts yard in the world – featured in the movies Goodbye Pork Pie and Smash Palace. As well as the Mini from Pork Pie, one of the Model T Fords in the display featured in Smash Palace. “Our team visits historical sites and museums around New Zealand, helps revitalise them and tell historical stories in the immediate area,” explains Brioni Gray from the production crew. The episode is likely to air in September or October later this year.

Fatal Whakapapa crash

Two people have died following the serious crash at the intersection of State Highway 47 and 48 – the road to Whakapapa Ski Area – on Saturday morning around 6:40am. Police said a truck and van collided, blocking the intersection. The road was closed for some time while the serious crash unit investigated.

Letters Tangiwai toilet miss • Re: the Tangiwai Disaster Site upgrade –why were the toilet subsidised by the Government placed so far away from the centre? Why would the Ruapehu Lions who lease the site from the Ruapehu District Council and have a committee of interested parties to run the redevelopment be so stupid? Well, they objected to what they considered to be the worst possible location and a half-witted decision, made by employees of the RDC. Instead of consulting knowledgeable locals, they dictated their own uninformed preference. Ignorance and arrogance are no substitute for rational thinking. Errors of judgement were made. They are disabled toilets and are almost 100m from the information kiosk. The expected bus tours carry mostly over 60 year olds – often less mobile. The toilet doors face north-west, towards prevailing winds. The area has been flooded by lahars – flash floods 5-6m high, mud, rocks, ice and debris – that occur on average every 25 years. Parked vehicles could block views of the toilets, leading to a batch of toilet signs across the site. The preferred site was 35m from the kiosk, beside the entry path. The RDC CEO needs to investigate this debacle that would cost $200,000 to remedy. As this was caused by Council staff, it is likely that ratepayers will foot the bill. If they did not have authority, will he discipline them and prevent them from doing so again. The upgrade has been carried out by volunteers with donations of labour, cash and materials. After 60 years of neglect we have involved families of victims including engine driver Charles Parker and fireman Lance Redman. Work worth $250,000 has been completed already and I object to this being devalued. I have resigned and won’t return until the people involved in this mess are permanently removed. We have worked with Warren Furner and Cook from the roading division, which was a privilege and a pleasure, so the council can do better. Ian Heappey (This letter is abridged) RDC replies • The final location was agreed in consultation with the Department of Conservation, Lions, the Department of Internal Affairs Culture and Heritage, Rail Heritage NZ and local iwi Ngati Rangi. As the Tangiwai site is a highly significant and sensitive site, Council took special care to consult widely and sensitively on the location of the new toilet block, especially with local iwi who are owners of the land. Council believes the process was correct and the right people and organisations were involved. Don Cameron, Ruapehu mayor

Colin Fredericksen and the Heritage Rescue team work on the Horopito Motors museum.

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was of low capital value the actual dollar increase would be around $8. Those with high capital value, such as farms, would go up by $80 to $100. He said the regional council has an “equalisation process”, for when district revaluations have such negative effects. “But I’m not happy that the equalisation process hasn’t had much effect.”

“Such a rate rise is going to be very difficult. I’m appealing to all other (regional) councillors to recognise the difficulties.” “I’m fighting for Ruapehu and have some councillors’ support.” But he said the rating system fits the legal requirements for setting rates so there may be “not a lot we can do”.

Relay team wants your support Waimarino ‘Carrot Munchers and Crunchers’ want your money to support them in the Relay for Life fundraiser in Whanganui this weekend. “We have a strong team of 17, from all ages, and walks of life,” says Waimarino Cancer Society co-ordinator Angel Joyce. “Some of us have benefited from support given by Wanganui Cancer Society and a lot of us have family, or friends going through some forms of treatment or operations,” she says. “Others are just awesome and want to help out.” The event is at Cooks Gardens, Whanganui on 17 March. It’s a 12-hour event kicking off with the opening ceremony at 10.15am; the survivor lap is at 10.30am, the candle ceremony at 9pm and the closing ceremony at 10.30pm. New this year is a Concert for a Cause, with headline act Motel California – Eagles tribute band at 7pm. Angel Joyce thanks the volunteers behind the scenes – a lot that she is yet to meet. “Without their help, and the help of cancer society, the walk through cancer would be so much harder and lonelier.” She said money donated to the Relay in the Waimarino stays in the Waimarino. People can donate by direct credit to the Wanganui Cancer Society, (reference) RFL don#14 (the Waimarino’s team number) to 06-0793-0003569-55. People not in teams can also attend: $18 for adults, $10 for children, under 5 free. “There will be food trucks on site all day, or you can bring your own picnic, but please remember that all Relay For Life events are now alcohol free right across New Zealand.”

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16, 17 & 18 March ~ Raetihi Showgrounds

Waimarino Rodeo 68 years on Waimarino’s first Rodeo was 15 March 1951 and included bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback riding and at the end of the day a dance was held. “This is our 68th Rodeo and we hope to see you all there,” invites today’s Waimarino Rodeo Committee. The first rodeo followed the first AGM held on 16 November 1950. The club was formed by several local gentlemen who believed that the area could benefit from this event. There were 28 members and the gate fee was 6 pence

– equivalent to 5 cents today. The first event was held in the show arena with the yards at the south end. The men then formed an internal fence half the size of the main arena for the rodeo. Prize money was: 1st 1/5/0 (1 pound 5 shillings, or $2.50) today it is $450. They included an event for old timers age over 50. The club became incorporated in 1956 and hosted the New Zealand National Finals in 1958. Turn to Page 6

Saddle bronc provides high jump thrills for riders and spectators. Photos: Glyn Hubbard.

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The club owned 60 horses and in 1954 sent 51 to the Egmont Wanganui Rodeo, at a cost of 1 pound each in hire. In 1964 the club decided to go to include calf roping. In 1966 the Club bought the mill paddock, which is opposite the Kui & Griffins yard. In 1971 barrel racing was included. In 1972 the 2nd Division was included in the day’s proceedings. In 1986, due to new rules from the national body, the grounds had to be worked up. The club decided to build a special arena where it is today. Many man and woman hours were put in to have this ready for the next Rodeo. All the old yards were dismantled and materials were sold off to help pay for the new ones.

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In 1990 it was decided to try and hold a two-day rodeo with open events one day and 2nd division on the second day. In 1996 it was decided to hold two days but as two separate rodeos, with all events both days. This went well and the Club is still doing this today. Over the years the Club has had three families who are still involved now and were founding members. The Windle family, who have provided three presidents – Harold, Don and today Shane, with daughter Samara on the committee. The Hall family – Doug (Taku), Doug, Min and Neihana. The Maclean family – Alec and Russell Snr, Douglas, Tony and Matty. “We once again have big entries so come and enjoy a fun-packed day,” invites the Waimarino Rodeo Committee.

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40th Shears for the Waimarino

Shearer Rowland Smith has won the Waimarino Shears title year after year. Photos: Fran Frew.


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This year’s Waimarino Shears is the 40th anniversary event for the competition, having started in 1978. The event has hosted dozens of top name shearers over the years including world champions such as the legendary David Fagan and Cam Ferguson as well as John Kirkpatrick and Rowland Smith. Past highlights have included the Kiwi team beating a visiting UK team in 2011. The event is a full-on show for spectators right from the start, kicking off at 8.30am sharp with the novice event. “We’d love to see more locals having a go,” says organiser Ronald Frew, who added that there are several categories available. Organisers will provide lunch for all competitors at the Shears and they invite all their sponsors to attend and join them for lunch. “The Waimarino Shears are now part of a circuit event for the Te Kuiti Shears so we’re expecting a great show.” “We are looking at an action packed day with plenty of shearing, local rodeo rides and a range of food stalls and the presence of the local market day. Free entry for everyone – come and enjoy,” says Ronald Frew. Some of the past Waimarino Shears champions have been: 1992 Colin King; 1993 Paul Avery; 1994 Paul Grainger; 1995 Mike Barnett; 1996 Digger Balme; 1997 Digger Balme; 1998 Digger Balme; 1999 Digger Balme; 2000 John Kirkpatrick; 2001 Dean Ball; 2002 David Fagan; 2003 John Kirkpatrick; 2004 Paul Avery; 2005 Dean Ball; 2006 Dean Ball; 2007 John Kirkpatrick; 2008

Paul Avery; 2009 John Kirkpatrick; 2010 Dion King; 2011 John Kirkpatrick; 2012 Rowland Smith; 2013 Rowland Smith; 2014 Rowland Smith; 2015 Rowland Smith; 2016 Rowland Smith; 2017 Rowland Smith.

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Ohakune dairy farmer 2nd in awards Ohakune dairy farmer Lisa Hicks has scooped over $6000 in prizes, including second-place in the share farmer category in the recent 2018 Manawatu Dairy Industry Awards. Lisa has entered the Dairy Industry Awards nine times previously and believes the Awards provide a good platform to review her own progress in business. “There is that competitive edge that kicks in and drives you towards success,” said Lisa Hicks. “I enjoy working towards getting better at the farm visits, the collation of information and the presentations every year.” “I am passionate about the dairy industry and gain huge satisfaction from the business. It’s important to have that passion to support continual learning and subsequent improvement,” says Lisa. Since entering the dairy industry in her mid-40s, Lisa

has progressed through the industry and is now in her fourth and final season of contract milking 620 cows at one of Atihau Whanganui Incorporation’s farms at Ohakune. She moves to a larger contract position for the 2018-19 season, and the 51 year-old aims to generate an increased dairy operating margin to support her business and personal needs. Lisa places huge value on people within the business and aims for complementary outcomes between employers and staff and supports their personal development in the dairy industry. “We often employ people from multi-cultural backgrounds, which can provide a good challenge to standard management practices on farm,” she says. “This helps us grow as employers and makes us think outside of the square to ensure a fully functioning dairy

Dairy awards winner Lisa Hicks, at back centre, with staff that she says have helped her to achieve, from left, Alvin Dalagan, Lisa, Deejay Canceran. Front: Fraser Barker, Darryl Galicto and Sony Chakola.

unit daily.” Lisa Hicks awards were: DairyNZ Human Resources Award; Ecolab Farm

Dairy Hygiene Award; Federated Farmers Leadership Award – Lisa Hicks; Honda Farm Safety and Health Award.

Youth councillors sworn in

Ruapehu’s 2018 Youth Council ambassadors were sworn in in front of whanau and friends at special ceremonies held in Taumarunui and Ohakune last week. The award winning Ruapehu Youth Council is made up of two groups: the Taumarunui-Ohura Youth Ambassadors (TOYA) and the Waimarino-Waiouru Youth Ambassadors (WWYA) with each group working to represent youth from within the district and, in particular, youth from their own communities. The 2018 WWYA are: Aaliya Dennison, Ashley Akapita, Dalton Jordan, Emma Burnard, Janine Francois, Jorja von Pein, Justice Dennison, Mac Madsen, Sapphire Mapp, Sophie Coller, Tayla Goff and Tiere Rapana. The 2018 TOYA are; Anna Seby, Daisy Tumataroa, Dylin Dobbs, Hannah-May Johnston, Huia Rauhina, Jessy Gurnick, Jindh Bhullar, Kushia Siemonek and Shanae Ponen. Ruapehu Youth Council co-ordinator Samantha Arthur-Curtis said that she was really impressed with the calibre of young people who had put themselves forward. “They all demonstrate a genuine passion for their community and a desire to make a real difference to the lives of Ruapehu youth,” she said. “I’m sure they will continue the fantastic legacy of achievement the earlier youth ambassadors have delivered, which has included winning a ‘Youth Group’ category award as part of the national Youth Week awards in 2016.” In addition to representing youth views with Council and Community Boards the youth ambassadors will be taking part in events such as Festival for the Future while developing leadership and other skills. Ms Arthur-Curtis said they have a big work programme ahead including undertaking project management training, creating an anti-bullying campaign, working with other community groups to carry out beautification projects in Ruapehu towns, and fund raising for the local youth fund. She said that anyone interested in the work of the Ruapehu Youth Council and how they can get involved can find more information on Council’s website ruapehudc.govt. nz.

Waimarino-Waiouru Youth Ambassadors 2018, with RDC chief executive Clive Manley and youth liaison Alaina Goulding, from left, back row: Justice Dennison, Aaliyah Dennison, Tiere Rapana, Sapphire Mapp, Janine Francois; front row: Sophie Coller, Tayla Goff, Jorja von Pein, Emma Burnard, Mac Madsen. Absent: Dalton Jordan, Ashley Akapita. Photo: Craig Madsen.

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this Saturday 17 March at The Centre, Seddon St until 1pm All the usual stalls – great coffee, various crafts, baking, Rawleighs and much more..... For stall info phone Lucy on 3853123

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NGAPORO WAIMARINO FOREST TRUST Tena koutou nga Uri EDUCATION GRANTS CLOSING 31 MARCH 2018 For official application form and information regarding other available grants, go to Or contact: Phil Lendrum - 06-345-4172 Marilyn Kairimu 020 400 30246

Notice of Impounding and Proposed Sale of Impounded stock Impounding Act 1955 Section 46(2) Ruapehu District Council is offering for public tender: • Lot 1: 9x Mixed Aged Ewes and 1 Ram Horopito. All have been drenched, shorn and dosed for flystrike. • Lot 2: 10x Mixed Aged Ewes Horopito. All have been drenched, shorn and dosed for flystrike. • Lot 3: 10x Mixed Aged Ewes Horopito. All have been drenched, shorn and dosed for flystrike. • Lot 4: 7 Mixed Aged Ewes Horopito. All have been drenched, shorn and dosed for flystrike. • Lot 5: 1 Cow Horopito. Cow may be in calf. No other history known. • Lot 6: 1 Cow Horopito. Cow may be in calf. No other history known. • Lot 7: 1 Cow Horopito. Cow may be in calf. No other history known. • Lot 8: 1 Bull Horopito. No other history known. All animals were impounded on 27 December 2017. Notice is hereby given that, unless claimed by the owner by 3:00 pm on Friday 23 March 2018, the above stock will be sold by public tender or otherwise disposed of in accordance with the Impounding Act 1955. Tenders close 3:00 pm on Friday 23 March 2018. Please submit your tender bid to your local Ruapehu District Council office noting: 1. Description of stock you are tendering for (as above), 2. Your name, address and contact phone number , 3. The tender amount (Highest tender not necessarily accepted). Any queries please contact Brenda Ralph on (07) 895-8188. 10 • RUAPEHU BULLETIN 13 March 2018


Special Meeting of Owners Manunui No 2 Block Saturday 17 March 2018 at Senior Citizens Hall Taumarunui Lunch at 12.30pm Hui starts at 10.30pm 1. Mihi/karakia 2. Minutes of previous meeting 3. Trustees’ Report 4. Financial Reports 2015 to 2017 5. Review of Trust 6. Vary Trust Order 6.1 Clause 4 apply to Court for approval if trustee is employed in any capacity whatsoever by the Trust 6.2 Add a Clause 7(a)(iv) accept proxies to allow participation and add to quorum of owners’ general or special meeting convened from time to time as trustees arrange, provided that there is one proxy per person and will only be counted as one in event proxy holder has more than one proxy and that no trustee is to be a holder of a proxy. 7. General Business Contact - mobile 021 027 09649 Email: No forms or letters accepted after Wednesday 14 March 2018. Manunui No 2 Trust, P O Box 38, Taumarunui 3946


Special Meeting of Owners Hohotaka 1B1 Block Saturday 17 March 2018 at Senior Citizens Hall Taumarunui Lunch at 12.30pm Hui starts at 1.30pm 1. Mihi/karakia 2. Minutes of previous meeting 3. Trustees’ Report 4. Financial Reports 2015 to 2017 5. Review of Trust 6. Vary Trust Order 6.1 Clause 4 apply to Court for approval if trustee is employed in any capacity whatsoever by the Trust 6.2 Clause 8(b)(iii) – remove a trustee 7. Election of ONE trustee 8. General Business Contact - mobile 021 531 353 Email Or No forms accepted after Wednesday 14 March 2018. Hohotaka 1B1, 71 Marshall Ave, Taupo 3330


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COMPLIANCE OFFICER Diligent, Respectful, Impartial, Confident, Caring, Friendly, Assertive, Polite, Self-disciplined, Patient, Motivated, Educator, Community focused.

Ruapehu District Council (RDC) is looking for a self-disciplined and motivated team player to join its Regulation Team as a Compliance Officer. The compliance function is at the forefront of council operations being responsible for working with Ruapehu communities to educate about, and enforce district bylaws and government statutory requirements. On a day-to-day basis this may mean undertaking a wide range of duties including : • Dog and animal control including dog registration • Ensuring compliance with the Fencing of Swimming Pools & other Acts • Parking and vehicle WOF and registration patrols • Litter offences and fly-tipping • Noise Control • Enforcing other council bylaws, policies and the District Plan As such the Compliance Officer position is one of the most varied, interesting and at times challenging roles RDC performs. Successful Compliance Officers require: • An affinity for animals, particularly dogs • Knowledge of RDC bylaws and regulations • Good time management and interpersonal skills • Confidentiality and discretion • Dignity, respect and impartiality • Confidence, friendliness and assertiveness Compliance services are provided 24/7 365 days per year which requires officers to be part of a roster that covers after-hours work. In addition to the above, our ideal candidate will have familiarity with Microsoft Office especially Outlook and Word and knowledge or experience with dog, parking and resource management legislation. If you have the above attributes and are looking for a people focused role combined with a genuine desire to serve the community we would like to hear from you. Information packs including a full job description and application form are available from:



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Raetihi Fire Centennial

Ruapehu wins preseason

McCarthy’s Ruapehu played a pre-season game against Taumarunui Country at Taumarunui on Saturday, winning 5-48. Pictured is Kahl Elers-Green clearing the ball from Gabriel Hakaraia, while Keith Donald, Jamie Hughes and Te Uhi Hakaraia are protecting the grounded player. The first game of the season will be against Ratana at Marton next Saturday.

Water and electricity for the Buster

They say that water and electricity don’t mix, but organisers of the Raetihi Gutbuster event are finding they “work together quite nicely”. “Major new sponsorship from Veolia, the water company, means we can have electronic timing again for our annual event”, says organiser Lucy Conway. She says hopefully no sparks will fly as things get going for the eighth running of this Easter celebration. “Relying on computer timing is nervewracking, but means a lot less stress for our volunteers”. As well as electronic timing, e-bikes are still welcome to come and ride the historic Raetihi – Pipiriki road. “We tried to have a separate category for them last year, but I think we only had one, and it was so well disguised as a regular bike, that no-one really knew if it was there or not”. Runners and walkers who come and

The Waimarino Community invites you to attend the Centennial Commemoration of the Great Fire of Raetihi Plaque Unveiling at Pioneer Gates, Raetihi Lawn Cemetery, SH4, Raetihi Sunday 18 March 2018 at 12.30pm Parade leaving from Ward Street bus stop at 1.15pm, to Waimarino Museum, Seddon St, Raetihi. Light refreshments will be provided. Please contct Raetihi Information Centre 06 385 4805 to register your interest.

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by Helicopter, parts of Karioi Forest for Land Preparation. Aerial spraying is expected to commence in mid-March – late April 2018. (Actual dates will be weather dependant) All enquires contact Keith Wood 0274449818 or 063858545 ext 820.

Ohakune & National Park Customers A Lines Company representative will be at The Station Café Findlay St National Park on the morning of Friday 23rd March 2018 and then Ohakune at the Ruapehu District Council Office 37Ayr St Ohakune to answer any enquiries. This is by appointment only so please call The Lines Company on 0800 367 546 to book your appointment.

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Jo Clark, the first female home last year, enjoys the Gutbuster.

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do the 18km out-and-back hilly course say they love it, but wish there were more runners. “So if you’re looking for a good hill run before tackling the Rotorua Marathon, or a taper run without the danger of tripping on a tree root before doing the Ring of Fire, come and take on this one – you won’t regret it.” All prizes are spot prizes that everyone is eligible for as organisers try to recognise super effort by the first cyclists and runners home, and hug as many as possible. “We are a community organised fun run/walk or road cycle, but we take it very seriously, and our major prizes are worth serious money,” says Lucy. She adds that entry fees are reasonable enough for the whole family to be able to take part. For more info ring Lucy or Mike on 06385-3123 or check out Raetihi Gutbuster on Facebook.

The season is getting under way for squash for the Ohakune Club and March leagues are currently underway. Over the weekend Dylan Budge played in the Eastern BOP Open in Whakatane. He was seeded 10th in the men’s Open division. He lost to the 7th seed Manaia Murphy-Fell in his opening match 11/4, 10/12, 11/8, 11/7 but then went on to win his next three matches 3-0 to win the Plate. Earlier in February, John Laurenson won gold in his age division in the NZ Masters in Dunedin. A business-house type teams competition is about to start on Thursday evenings, with registration currently being taken. Teams consist of five players with each team of five required to have a non-member. New players are being encouraged to take part with a free membership for the year drawn from all those non-members taking part. The first three weeks will be used to seed teams into three divisions and then teams will play each of the other teams in their division over the next five weeks. There will be a limit of 18 teams. Players can enter as a team or as individuals and get put in a team – at the squash club this Thursday night 6:30pm onwards, or by contacting club captains John 027-231-9316, or Laura 021-077-9422 or president Roger 027-897-1610.

Raetihi Collie Club results

Following are the results from the Raetihi Collie Club 95th Annual Trials, held near Raetihi on 3-4 March. (Dog’s name follows competitor’s name). Class 1 Longhead sponsored by RFS Raetihi: 1st G Wellington Rachel 96.5; 2nd G Wellington Murphy 96; 3rd K Oliver Shy 95. Open Intermediate: 1st J Bartlett Blue 94; 2nd G Walker Lou 93.5; 3rd J Mullins Jay 92. Open Maiden 1st A Goulding Dart 91.5; 2nd K Olive Pip 90.5; 3rd T Jenson Holly 87.75. Specials: Ned Dahm Memorial Trophy 1st Open G Wellington Rachel 96.5; G Chan Trophy Local Maiden Man & Dog, J Phillips Spur 79. B McDougall Trophy Local Maiden Man J Phillips Squr 79. Westlorne Trophy highest pointed outrun local maiden or intermediate dog W Marshall Jim 45.5. Class 2 Shorthead sponsored by PGG Wrightson & Marty McGrath: 1st J Bartlett Hank 96.5; 2nd S Martin Troy 96; 3rd H Parkinson Check 95.5; 4th C Journeaux Luke 95; 5th B Parkinson Ash 94.5. Open Intermediate: 1st S Martin Troy 96; 2nd C Journeaux Luke 95; 3rd G Walker Lou 94. Open Maiden: 1st T Hill Once 92.75; 2nd A Goulding Dart 92.5; 3rd J McIntyre Jock 92. Specials: W Ross Trophy J Bartlett Hank 96.5. J Journeaux Trophy Locan Maiden Man & Dog J Phillips Spur 84. McLean Contracting Trophy Local Intermediate Dog M Williams Brim 88. R Martin Trophy Local Maiden Dog J Booth Flash 85.5. Class 3 Zig Zag – sponsored by National Bank: 1st D Stuart Charm 97.5; 2nd M Lourie Klay 97.25; 3rd C Journeaux Gus 97. Open Intermediate: 1st C Journeaux Gus 97; 2nd G White Chev 96.5; 3rd W Marshall Sally 96.25. Open Maiden: 1st J Smailes Swig 96; 2nd J Booth Munta 95; 3rd P Palmer Squeeze 92.5. Specials: L Briggs Memorial Trophy : D Stuart Charm 97.5. G Chan Trophy Local Maiden Dog J Booth Munta 95. B Parkinson Trophy Local Intermediate Dog W Marshall Sally 96.25. Dekker Machinery Trophy Local Maiden Man J Phillips Stone 91. B Joblin Memorial Cup Open Maiden J Smailes Swig 96. Class 4 Straight Hunt – sponsored by Ravensdown Fertilizer & Kweon Honda: 1st Heard Sky 98.5; 2nd D Rogers Brag 98; 3rd T Rumbal Ruby 97.5. Open Intermediate: 1st D Rogers Brag 98; 2nd G White Chev 97; 3rd W Marshall Sally 96.5. Open Maiden: 1st J Booth Munta 96; 2nd M Nolan Roger 95; 3rd S Bates Tank 94.5. Specials: J Macrae Cup: G Heard Sky 98.5. D McKinnon Cup Local Intermediate Dog W Marshall Sally 96.5. S Roke Trophy Local Maiden Dog. J Booth Munta 96. Alastair Leiper Memorial Trop – Most impressive huntaway – G Heard Sky. Miscellaneous Specials Waimarino Veterinary Services Local Maiden or Intermediate Man & Dog aggregate Class 1 & 2: G Smith Chase 164. Treadwell Gordon local working competitor with highest pointed run in Class 3 or 4: W Marshall Sally 96.5. Farmlands Taumarunui Local working scoring highest aggregate points in class 3 & 4, W Marshall Sally 192.75. R Suckling Trophy local working competitor with highest pointed run class 1 or 2, K Oliver Shy 95. J Frost Trophy for local competitor scoring most points in all events M Cotton 681. Beuck Cup for highest pointed local intermediate run any course, B Parkinson J Booth Munta. Waitui Trophy Local teams Event one dog Class 1 & 2 one dog class 3 & 4 Open dogs excluded – M Cotton Gus & Jack 303. G Crighton trophy local maiden man gaining most points at Trials – J Phillips 595. WR Eaton Memorial Cup Local Huntaway Aggregate, W Marshall Sally. J Journeaux Trophy local maiden competitor gaining highest aggregate points in class 3 & 4 J Phillips Stone 183. Ruatiti Cup local heading dog aggregate K Oliver Shy 187.50. McGinniss Cup local intermediate man & Dog aggregate class 3 & 4, M Cotton Gus 189. Starline Service Station Trophy local competitor with highest pointed run at trials, W Marshall Sally 96.5. Caltex Cup for highest pointed pull in Class 1 by local dog, B Parkinson Ash 46.5. Mountain Rocks Local working Competitor gaining highest pointed run (excluding Open Prize Winner) on any course J Booth Munta 96.25. Organisers thank sponsors, land owners, workers and people who donated food, for their help and assistance in making this a successful trial. “And a big thank you goes out to those that worked tirelessly in preparing the sheep and courses before the trials and the ladies that worked in the kitchen on Friday and Saturday,” said organisers.

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Raetihi fire NZ’s worst By Stanley Fraser The Raetihi Fire is one of the worst conflagrations in New Zealand history due to its size and devastation on a community. The 18th and 19th March 1918 will forever leave a dark day legacy in our community. It was typical to have large bush burn-offs during this time of the year as settlers prepared to clear the acres of stumps and other debris around the country. One area that was a potential fire source was located at Maire Flat, near where Mangapurua Road leaves the Ruatiti Road. Further south in the Waimarino County residents were not worried about the massive plumes of smoke with a wind direction heading westward. Little did anyone imagine that the wind would change direction and increase to a great velocity, reaching up to 120-140 km per hour. Everyone in the district was impacted by the fire and there are dozens of memories and accounts that have been passed down generations. Tragedy in the Mangaeturoa Valley Unfortunately three people perished in an attempt to escape from the fire. Joseph M

Akersten was originally from the South Island and came to Raetihi taking up the position of farm manager for Scott & Connor’s Tanupara Station on Mangaeturoa South Road. The family were alerted by the intensity of the winds, when iron tore from the roof waking all inside. Around 4am the fire closed in. Akersten fled the dwelling taking his partner Edith Harle and infant daughter Edna Harle and farm hand Sydney Scott. They headed for an open clearing in the light bush. Finding themselves surrounded by fire, Joseph made the decision to head for the Mangaeturoa Stream. Racing about two chains from the house he collapsed, exhausted. Attempts by Sydney and Edith to arouse him failed. Edith refused to leave Joseph’s side, so Sydney, unable to save them, ran for his life in a different direction, where he climbed a tree and clung on for over an hour while the fire roared past him. Sydney Scott returned with a police search party to locate the missing family. Edith was found lying over Joseph in an attempt to cover him, with baby Edna lying next to a log nearby. An impromptu stretcher was made out of corrugated iron to retrieve their bodies.

The Akersten family being carried across a ravine over an improvised bridge. Showing little trace of the former bridge destroyed by the fire. Auckland Weekly News, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19180328-351, Courtesy of the Ohakune Fire Brigade.

The Makotuku School Saved At the junction of the Tohunga and Valley Roads was Wilson’s Rangataua Timber Company’s Horopito Mill. The mill was lost along with large quantities of timber by the ‘flames of hades’. One account from the Auckland Star details how the Makotuku School nearby was saved. “One thrilling incident stands out by itself – a splendid story of how three men and a boy fought the flames for five hours with twelve lives at stake. The scene was the Makotuku School, which stands on half an acre of clear ground. When the teacher’s residence nearby was engulfed in the fire the teacher (Mr PJ McCann) and his wife and child made for the school, where they were joined by Mr Curtis (a mill employee), his wife and his

son, a sturdy boy of about 16 years. The others of the party were Mr Rix (another mill employee), and his seven young children. The women and children were put inside the schoolhouse, and the three men and the boy, with a bucket, and the school tank for a water supply, commenced to fight against terrible odds. All around the school fallen timber was burning, but their great task was a wall of leaping flame driven by the gale. Sheltering behind the building, the four fought for their lives. So great was the heat that the building steamed. Three times it became ignited, but each, time, by desperate efforts, they just won. It was not until the battle had gone on for five hours that the danger was over.” Source: Papers Past: Auckland Star

A Ratana brass band from Matamata will play at the service to commemorate the Raetihi Great Fire of 1918 on Sunday, advises Raetihi Promotions. The service is at 12.30pm at Pioneer Gate and will include the unveiling of a plaque and flowers to be put on the graves of the three people who died as a result of the fire, at Mangaeturoa South Road. A parade will assemble in Ward Street and then

head to Seddon Street to the museum at 1.15pm. The band will lead followed by fire engines and vintage cars. There will be speeches at the museum and new large history boards featuring photos and information on the fire will be on display. There is one survivor from the day of the fire – Frank Taylor who now lives in care in Taupo – but he is too frail to travel to Raetihi for the event, says Geoff Anderson from Raetihi Promotions.

Brass band for fire event

The aftermath of the 1918 fire in the Waimarino.

Architectural tour to the wild west including Mellonsfolly Ranch – the mock wild west town. Nine designers visited the Powderhorn Chateau, the Ohakune yurts, the Ruapehu

iSite in Ohakune, Turoa Village, Snowmass, Osteria Cucina Italiana, Utopia Café, Mt Rocks Café, Southridge Drive, Eat, and snow chalets in Miro Street.


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