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College’s etc tops with the people

Ruapehu College’s four-piece band “etc” has won the people’s choice award at this year’s regional Smokefreerockquest final at the Opera House on Saturday night. Their music teacher, Dave Simms, said that the win, by votes online and at the show, shows who the public most want to see at the Nationals. “This gives them the chance to submit video for the Finals in the same way that 1st and 2nd place do,” said Mr Sims. The band has 21 days to film their songs and upload them for consideration. They must perform live in a single camera shot. The group started last year – with Ryan Burton, Kate Rowe and Nazomi Groot – to compete at Rockquest 2017. When they were asked to perform their Rockquest song “Maze” at Junior Prizegiving, the group wanted to add bass guitar to the sound and they asked Mackenzie Charlton to join the group. Asked about their genre, Mackenzie said “we all have so many different influences and somehow we can make it work together”. “We don’t really have a genre, for Rockquest we tried to make it a bit epic – but we are all so different, I don’t think you could say what genre we are from just one song.” “Ryan loves Death Core and Heavy Metal, yet Mackenzie enjoys really funky, ‘different’ bass lines,”

Ruapehu’s rock quest band ‘etc’ won the people’s choice award on Saturday night. Photo: Marama Groot.

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Raetihi ponds too pretty: no to daffodils Raetihi’s sewerage settling ponds and shouldn’t be made any more attractive – that seems to be the problem with a proposal to plant daffodils in front of the ponds. Donna Journeaux, from Raetihi Promotions is angry that her idea to plant daffodils at the ponds has been rejected. She said she had been encouraged to present to the Waiouru Waimarino Community Board to seek permission for the plan. Having been rejected, she is now stuck with 2000 daffodil bulbs that needed to be planted soon. She had arranged for a working bee to plant the bulbs on Sunday. Board members were enthusiastic about the idea but accepted the advice from RDC environmental manager Anne-Marie Westcott that the planting was inappropriate at the ponds. They asked Mrs Journeaux to meet with Board members on-site to look at alternative sites. Mrs Journeaux told the Bulletin that she would meet with the Board members but was dismayed by the decision on the ponds and wondered if she would have to prepare another proposal, that could also fail.

“If I did present my (new) proposal to Council would it still be rejected?” she has asked Ruapehu mayor Don Cameron. “I am very disappointed and upset regarding this matter and it is very unfortunate that I have spent a lot of time trying to enhance and beautify Raetihi, gather support from businesses and the community only to have the project rejected.” Ms Westcott told the Board in her report on the proposal that the Wastewater Treatment Plant is “considered a hazardous worksite designed for the collection of wastewater in an active state (bacteria and viruses) and treats the wastewater before it is discharged into the environment”. “There is the possibility for aerosols being generated onsite which (potentially) places members of the public at risk.” Ms Westcott said that the RDC’s contractors were reluctant to see the planting. “As this is a Wastewater Treatment Plant it is considered that this site is contaminated and as such we would not allow public to work on the site without proper inductions and vaccinations,” wrote Wayne Termaat from Veolia.

“Doing work on this site without the proper precautions would be of high risk to the person, Veolia and RDC.” “There have been historic cases where we needed to remove people from the site as they did not realize it was a wastewater treatment plant” Ms Westcott also said that upgrades are being

planned for the plant and much of the land may be needed. She said there were other areas that might be suitable for the plants. “Past the cemetery, there is more appropriate flat land, which has some enhancements that have commenced to enable public to pull over and interact with the space,” stated Ms Westcott. The beauty of Raetihi’s ponds has been noted before – in 2000 a photo of the ponds with Mt Ruapehu eruption reflected, made it onto a postage stamp. Photographer Leigh Mitchell-Anyon said at the time that he regularly snapped the eruptions and caught this one at sunrise one morning. He said he was aware that the ‘lake’ was in fact a sewerage system settling pond.

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Andy Murdie, winner of The Block 2017 television building competition, was a popular visitor to Ohakune Primary School recently, telling pupils stories of his school days at Ohakune and Ruapehu College. He explained that he was travelling the length of the country to show off the camper van (pictured) that he has built for Black and Dekker tools. The pupils were able to quiz Andy on his Block experiences as well as look over the camper van, which is to be given away to one of the people around the country who take part in the Black & Decker promotion, which ends in September.

New Crater heating cycle begins

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Mt Ruapehu’s Te Wai ā-moe (Crater Lake) temperature is rising along with an increase in volcanic tremor, reports GNS. This is consistent with minor volcanic unrest behaviour and the Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1. The change doesn’t mean Mt Ruapehu is “any more likely to erupt right now than any time in the last year”, GNS scientist Graham Leonard told One News. Duty volcanologist Geoff Kilgour says the activity fits the regular pattern of heating and cooling at the volcano. “Te Wai ā-moe has a clear temperature cycle that we have observed since 2003. During these cycles, the temperature ranges between 12 and 40 °C over a period of 12 months.” In February, GNS reported how the relatively long period of elevated temperature of Te Wai ā-moe was coming to an end. During that elevated temperature period, the lake reached 38°C and GNS had expected the lake to then cool as it has done many times before. Over the past two months, the lake cooled as expected to 20°C where it remained at this low temperature until Tuesday 29 May, when the lake starting heating again at a rate of around 1°C per day. “Following previous heating cycles, we expect the lake to continue heating for the coming weeks.” “Coincident with the increasing lake

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temperature, we have also noticed that the level of volcanic tremor has increased. This is a characteristic feature of a heating cycle and represents the increased flow of hydrothermal fluids into the lake. Previous heating cycles have shown this increased tremor to last for days to weeks.” GNS aimed to visit Te Wai ā-moe (weather permitting) to collect water and gas samples from the lake. “The Crater Lake has undergone many heating and cooling cycles in the past and we don’t see any unusual signs of increased unrest. Therefore, current observations are consistent with minor unrest behaviour.” Volcano Alert Level 1 corresponds to minor unrest. While this is the case, it is a useful reminder that eruptions can occur with little or no warning. GNS Science continues to closely monitor Mt Ruapehu and our other active volcanoes. “The thing about volcanoes is their eruptions are not regular, they’re uneven in time, so like shuffling a deck of cards you can get a whole bunch of kings, or a whole bunch of eruptions closely spaced in time but it doesn’t mean that they’re linked,” Mr Leonard said. “They’re a long way apart and they’re coming from very shallow magma chambers. “So it’s a coincidence that we’re seeing eruptions in Hawaii and Central America and Vanuatu at the moment.”

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Council listens, says Cameron The view that “Council doesn’t listen or we have already made up our mind” on the RDC Long Term Plan isn’t right, says Ruapehu mayor Don Cameron. “Hand on heart, I can assure people this is not the case and anyone who attends a deliberation meeting where councillors discuss each and every issue would see this.” Of the 200-plus submitters to the Long Term Plan (LTP) many gave their views on Ruapehu and Council issues other than those in the LTP. Mr Cameron said that feedback and views on issues not specifically covered in the Consultation Document were always welcome and played an important part in influencing decisions about Council’s eventual work programme. “While the issues … represent the key issues that Council is proposing to include in the LTP, there are naturally many other matters of importance to our communities,” said Mr Cameron. “Submissions on these … issues allows them to be deliberated as part of the LTP process and budgeted for as part of the planned work programme if supported by

Council.” Those that fall into the normal ‘request for service’ (RFS) activity are automatically forwarded to the relevant manager as part of normal operating budgets. In other cases submissions have seen Council give a greater priority to a matter, commit to further community consultation, investigating the issue further, provide support funding or take other appropriate action. LTP submissions saw Council commit to various actions including; the Ohakune pool cover and heating, the Raetihi pool, Visitor Information Centre and park redevelopment, the Kakahi playground, and the National Park wifi, bus shelter and dog exercise area. “The important thing we would like people to take on board is that engaging with Council consultations and making your view known really does make a difference.” He said although not all submissions are financially significant in nature, or have widespread community A commitment to helping with the replacement of a cover for the interest, they are all considered by Council. Mr Cameron thanks everyone who made the effort to Ohakune swimming pool and to investigate solar heating are examples of submissions that taken up by Council. have their say, and influence Council’s thinking.

Ruapehu leads i-Site plus DOC visitor centre move How the visitor experience can be improved through a more cohesive service was the topic at a recent hui attended by Ruapehu i-Site manager Kim Treen. The hui involved the i-Site Visitor Information Network and the Department of Conservation (DOC). Ruapehu was the first in New Zealand to trial putting an official i-Site into a DOC Visitor Centre – in Whakapapa Village at Mt Ruapehu. “The success of that trial has now seen four of these arrangements established with Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin joining Ruapehu in being able to offer visitors expert local advice as well book travel, accommodation and experiences,” said Mrs Treen. She said that the focus of the hui was on enabling i-Site and DOC visitor centres to work together better, highlighting opportunities through sales, training, and technology. “Having the trained i-Site staff and systems operating

alongside DOC Visitor Centre staff significantly enhances the visitor experience for everyone’s benefit.” She says feedback from Ruapehu tourism operators has been overwhelmingly positive, which they see as helping to improve the connections between tourism operators and visitors. i-Site executive manager Paul Yeo said that the more they can integrate services into one dual branded location, with staff trained to handle any type of question, the better experience they can give visitors. Mr Yeo said he’d like to see even more i-Site and DOC visitor centres co-locating in the future. DOC customer and brand manager Sarah Wood added that the hui was hugely beneficial. “It allowed us to review the experiences of the current relationship between the co-located sites, and also identify opportunities to further enhancing the partnership, with a focus on the overall visitor experience,” she said.

Ruapehu was first in New Zealand to trial putting an i-Site operation into a DOC Visitor Centre in Whakapapa Village at Mt Ruapehu.

Snowfall windfall for Ruapehu District, claims RAL

Whakapapa’s Rangatira Express trails were open last week – the earliest ever.

Not only are the skiers and snowboarders loving it but the local community is also benefitting from the early influx of visitors to the region, claims Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) chief executive Ross Copland. “Whakapapa welcomed 3685 visitors over Queen’s Birthday opening weekend, smashing last year’s opening weekend record of 2700 visitors. The growth validates the $23m investment in new facilities at Whakapapa in the past two years, including a snow factory and new lifts,” he said in a press release. “Local businesses have also reported extremely strong numbers with Chateau Tongariro saying that they were ‘full of skiing families from New Zealand and Australia’ over the long weekend.” Traditionally, June has been one of the quietest months of the year for the Ruapehu region due to the ski areas not opening until early July.

“With snowmaking capacity now matching our counterparts in South Island, and a June opening, we can guarantee the longest snow season in New Zealand,” Ross says. “Rather than being the last to open, Whakapapa is now the first commercial ski area to open and that’s a big deal not only for us, but for the wider Taupo-Ruapehu visitor economy.” He said the outlook for more snow is looking good, with more forecast. “RAL is not ruling out early opening of other facilities on the mountain, including Turoa Ski Area if the snow keeps coming and temperatures stay cold.” A combination of a helping hand from Mother Nature and state of the art snowmaking led to the early start and the Lower Mountain was also open via the Rangatira Express lift on Saturday 2 June – the earliest the lift has ever opened for skiing and snowboarding.

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Ohakune Kindergarten and the Senekal family say “a huge thank you” to Deadman Firewood Merchants for their generous prize that they donated for the kindy Mother’s day raffle. “This will support the replacement of our playground safety matting and ensuring that we are providing a stimulating and explorative learning environment,” said head teacher Linda Walker. Pictured are some of the Kindergarten kids sizing up the raffle wood pile.








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Underground for the planet • I would like to comment on the recent outpourings of the power companies regarding the costs of storm damage from fallen trees causing power outages, in our district and throughout Aotearoa. Much of the intense weather patterns we are experiencing globally are created by too much deforestation and a massive human carbon footprint. Would it not be wiser that power companies begin to replace overhead power lines with underground cables (like the fibre optics and water etc) and avoid one problem to help solve the other? Prevention rather than cure, thinking globally yet acting locally. Someone should switch a light on upstairs, somewhere, quickly! Su Riley The Lines Company • Thanks for the opportunity to respond. Undergrounding lines is costly and installation is disruptive to power and property access over long periods of time. That also assumes there’s no additional geological or other challenges such as digging through volcanic rock. All of these costs, which are estimated to be three times that of poles and cross-arms alone, are ultimately paid by customers. While there may be many reasons for the weather patterns, the simple fact is that fallen trees damage overhead power lines. Much of the $80-$120 it costs each of our customers annually to maintain trees are easily avoided through thoughtful planting and owners making sure their trees are clear of power lines. More information about tree maintenance can be found at or by calling 0800-367-546. Mike Fox, GM – Network Development, TLC Crossing Tongariro in winter • Ohakune iSite and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts are to be commended for helping to reduce the risks to visitors doing the Tongariro Alpine Traverse. The iSite has removed its Tongariro Summer Crossing brochures and is now prominently displaying material with accurate photos of the snow conditions and hazards on Tongariro, as well as details of how to hire equipment and guides for this mid-winter mountaineering challenge that is so different from the casual summer walk. In a like manner, RAL has now changed its bare-rock summer sightseeing webpage for a winter snow sports page with vivid pictures showing overseas visitors, who may have no more than a bare grasp of English, that the mountains here are now covered in deep snow and they need to be fully kitted out in warm protective clothing to venture up there. Newcomers can easily find the packages for transport, gear hire and guidance, while webcams show them

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ACROSS 1. Athletics event (4,4) 7. Correct (5) 8. Wanganui’s daily paper (9) 9. None (3) 10. Fall (4) 11. Most recent (6) 13. Informal news network: also a Tararua district newspaper (4,9) 15. Flu or cold (colloq) (3,3) 16. Animal’s name used for several islands around NZ (4) 18. Morning moisture (3) 20. Fortune telling (9) 21/22. All Black who set a record in 2017 for most Super rugby games played (5,8)

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whether or not it is safe to go up the mountains at the present time. What applies to Ruapehu also goes for Tongariro. But when those same overseas visitors search for ‘Tongariro Crossing’ on Google, they are first directed to DOC’s alluring but dangerously misleading winter page that talks about harsh conditions, ice, snow, ice-axes, crampons, then illustrates these by a photo of a carefree couple with no guide, no protective gear, walking past picturesque little patches of snow. Google then directs our visitors to tongarirocrossing. This is similar to the DOC webpage and also reassures tourists nervous about volcanic eruptions that Tongariro last erupted in 1897. It mostly promotes businesses in National Park Village. If DOC and the National Park Village Business Association contracted RAL to radically upgrade their winter websites, with emphasis on the crossing as a midwinter guided mountaineering adventure, there would be a lot more tourists doing the winter traverse, but not so many needing to be rescued. John Archer, Ohakune

Writers meet

The A.G.M of Taumarunui Writers Group was held on Sunday 10 June. The following officers were elected: president / treasurer, Martin Fuller; secretary, Glenda Burkett; publicity officer, Michelle Daley. The group exists to encourage and support local writers. New members welcome. Meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month at the Cosmopolitan Club at 10.30am.

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Maunga karakia marks snow season start

Several hundred members of local iwi and members of the community gathered at the plaza at Tūroa Ski Area before dawn on Monday. The Maunga Karakia is “a time to reflect, to remember, to reconnect with Koro (Mt Ruapehu) and to prepare ourselves for new beginnings, new pathways and opportunities”. The annual gathering is to acknowledge and celebrate the maunga (mountain), remember loved ones and look forward to the time ahead. After the karakia (prayer), they gathered in the Alpine Café. Photo courtesy of Ngāti Rangi Trust.

Teachers object to McKelvie’s national standards comments

Mārama Stewart, Waiouru School principal, has taken exception to comments about National Standards made by local member of Parliament, Ian McKelvie: • A perk of being a Member of Parliament is that most of the drivel you write tends to become gospel. This ‘expertise’ doesn’t require qualifications or experience working in the profession you are commenting upon. As local MP, you ‘apparently’ know more than the 47,000 principals, teachers, and support staff that make up the Teachers’ Union. I hadn’t seen the article, but it was pointed out to me. We were talking about the relief we felt now that Labour had dropped National Standards. Then we see Mr McKelvie’s opinion piece; his comedy of errors. What was this guy talking about? Which one of our 47,000 Union Members did he speak with? Maybe he couldn’t find us to ask? Our school is on Ruapehu Road in Waiouru if you want to come visit Mr McKelvie. You can find us with your children and grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, your best friend’s sons and daughters, and the kids down the road in your local schools. We will tell you that National Standards did not provide a ‘universal platform … to track a child’s progress’. National Standards were not ‘universal’, they were not ‘easy’ to use and did not ‘determine how a child was getting on at school’. They did not identify ‘when intervention was required or alternatively, when a child showed exceptional ability and needed extension’. They did none of the things. But how would we know Mr McKelvie is wrong?

Well, because we have actually read the growing body of research and evidence that emphatically states that the National Standards were not good. Unfortunately for us explaining this does not fit neatly into a half a dozen paragraphs. You cannot simplify Education ‘standards’ that children must meet. Education is a lifelong journey, which must encompass the whole child, their whanau, their culture and their place in their community. But please don’t take my word for it. Demand evidence that what you are reading is factually correct. So here is my evidence that Mr McKelvie is wrong. This is one of the Key Findings from “NZCER National Standards Report – National Standards in their Seventh Year” by Linda Bonne of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Concern was evident about the negative effects on those students whose performance is labelled as ‘below’ or ‘well below’ a Standard and whose progress is not visible in terms of current reporting practices. To a lesser degree, there was also concern about students who perform well above a Standard not having their high achievement acknowledged, using the existing terminology of simply being ‘above’ a Standard. ‘Education is not a tool to be used to play petty politics’. It’s far too important to ignore the research, the evidence, and the 47,000 voices working everyday with our tamariki. ‘To do that will have a detrimental effect on young New Zealanders as they chart the course of their futures’.

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Raetihi property cheaper than ‘the cheapest’

Snow in May, will it stay?

Raetihi property has sold for a median price of $120,000, up from $110,000 in 2017, for all property types. That’s less than half the supposed second-cheapest ‘suburb’, according to An article in yesterday’s New Zealand Herald online, headlined ‘Alpine retreat among NZ’s cheapest locations’, listed the “10 cheapest regional suburbs”, with Ohakune in ninth place at $249,300 (all property types), just ahead of Opotiki at $258.850. The article includes a link to the “One Roof” website, where readers can find out property sale prices in their towns and suburbs. However, the initial link only gives options for Taumarunui and Ohakune, for the Ruapehu District.

That is despite several Ruapehu towns, including Raetihi, being just minutes extra from the mountains. But further in, the site shows median sale prices for Raetihi, showing the median prices for residential property at $120,000 in 2014; $95,000 in 2015, $110,000 in 2016, $110,000 in 2017 and $140,000 in 2018. That’s an increase of 16.67% over five years. Ohakune’s residential property median sales prices, according to Oneroof, have gone up 47.66% over five years: $192,000 in 2014; $200,000 in 2015; $175,000 in 2016, $245,000 in 2017 and $283,500 in 2018. National Park has also seen a steady increase, up 38.19% since 2014 for Turn to Page 2

Waimarino kids take on the Tough

Taupō Four-year-old Billy Hindle celebrates his first ever day on a snowboard on the first day of the Mount Ruapehu season in Happy Valley with his father John on Friday. Photo: Liz Brooker. Snow in May decided to stay this season with heavy falls seeing ski fields around Australasia racing to claim the title of first to open. Originally scheduled for Saturday, skiers and snowboarders were greeted with a surprise announcement that Whakapapa’s beginner area would open on Friday. In offering three hours of free riding a day earlier than planned, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) came in ahead of the South Island fields, but were pipped at the post by Maunganui. The Mount Taranaki field won the title, opening for their first run of the 2018 season on Thursday. Taupō’s John Hindle made the most of Friday’s free

sliding offer from RAL, taking the day off to bring his son Billy to Happy Valley. Greeted by clear blue skies and great snow coverage, the conditions were perfect for the four-year-old’s first day ever on a snowboard. RAL chief executive Ross Copland said it was great to see so many people enjoying the early season snow. “Sightseers, skiers and snowboarders are all enjoying a great day on the mountain and I’m sure they will back for more.” On Saturday the Rangatira Express was also opened for the weekend, the earliest the express lift has ever Turn to Page 7

Adding to the tough kids challenge: a ‘helper’ provides more water for the slide in the Waimarino Tough Kids challenge in Raetihi on Friday. See inside for details.

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The philosophy of care centre Demand up for Ruapehu

With the Nancy Winter Early Childhood Centre celebrating 10 years of operation in 2017, the staff said they felt it was time to review the centre’s philosophy and core values. “We had much discussion amongst ourselves, with the Trust, with our families, and with some of our regular visitors, and engaged assistance from a professional development provider to help us through the process,” explains manager Brenda Burnard. She said the Centre has confirmed its philosophy as: • A nurturing home away from home in which to love, learn and play for tamariki, whānau and community. • When children feel secure in warm relationship they can relax into their play and learn – ‘I see you, I hear you , I know you.’ • Play naturally unfolds in young children and is the way they learn holistically. • Therefore, we believe that growing self-directed and unhurried play is best for our children’s learning. “Our Centre is developing an environment that provides children with a feeling of being at home. Children’s play is often focused around the natural environment,” says Mrs Burnard. “Our children can often be found out- Play around the campfire is part of the Nancy Winter learning side in the kai garden, around the camp- philosophy. fire or nestled up inside, reading books together on the reflecting this practice. “It makes the transition from early childhood educacouches, much like you’d see at home. Teachers encourtion to primary school a smooth and natural process for age open-ended play in a range of environments.” tamariki and their whānau, and our Centre is pleased that She said many learning theories support the view that our local schools support this practice. children learn best through play, so it makes sense that the Centre’s philosophy is centred around this too. “It’s great to see play being readily celebrated, after all “Schools are now making the shift to support play- this is how our children learn. We look forward to sharbased learning too, with many new entrant classrooms ing more ‘Learning through play’ with our community.”

property from out of town Property markets across the Ruapehu and King Country continuing to be very active, reports Guy Hoban from Doyle Valuations, in his regular column. In general, the residential property market within the greater Ruapehu and King Country regions continues in an upward direction with demand generally outstripping supply. Noticeable trends include multiple offers being a common occurrence, increasing demand for ‘doer-uppers’, increasing demand for vacant sections despite cost often outweighing end value and continued increasing demand from out-of-town purchasers. Since June 2016, the median house price has increased in Ohakune by 34.7% and Taumarunui 35%. Taumarunui residential sale numbers remained steady at 146 (down only two from last quarter). The median house price for the quarter decreased, though only slightly to $140,000, with properties, on average, selling 19% above rateable values. Ohakune’s median house dropped, though only slightly, from $246,250 to $242,500. Sale numbers rose slightly from 80 to 83, though this number doesn’t include a number of vacant sections that have also sold. Twenty one smaller lifestyle blocks have sold over the last year in the Taumarunui area, three less than last quarter, though in addition to these, 15 vacant lifestyle sites also sold. The average price increased slightly to $364,000, the average size at 3.56ha. Rural sale numbers dropped to 28 pas-

toral farms over 100ha selling in the last 12 months. The average size was 288 ha. The median farm price dropped slightly to $1,733,000. Dividing the total of all sale prices by the total number of hectares, this equated to $7000/ha. Sales, along with anecdotal evidence, suggests that pressure continues in the dairy sector, particularly for larger dairy farms whereby demand is relatively weak. This is due to a number of factors, such as recent changes by the new government to the OIO rules, banks tightening lending criteria, and increasing environmental/ compliance issues. At this stage it is too early to tell whether there will be any impact on sales/values from the mycoplasma bovis outbreak. As for the sheep and beef sector, demand remains strong, particularly for good wellpresented properties with some strong recent sales having been experienced and a good level of demand at auctions. While there have been limited sales of commercial properties, well leased properties continue to be sought after, meaning downward pressure on yields resulting in increasing values. In Hakiaha Street Taumarunui, the vacancy rate remained at 14.3% over 77 tenancies, this being below the long-term average of 16.93%. Again, while market fundamentals continue to be strong i.e. interest rates are low, migration continues from the larger centres etc, supply is outweighed by demand, prices are more likely to remain under upward pressure. Note: This commentary encompasses the past year’s information and is updated quarterly.

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College’s etc tops with the people

Ruapehu College’s band etc, in action at the Opera House in Whanganui on Saturday. At left, above, from left Mackenzie Charlton, Kate Rowe, Nazoomi Groot and Ryan Burton. Left below, Mackenzie Charlton. Above, Ryan Burton on drums. Photos: Marama Groot. From Page 1

says Mr Sims. “The girls are big fans of the singersongwriter mode, which I guess is the basis for the Rockquest format ... but somehow they find a way to piece it all together.” Asked where the name comes from, they said no-one can really remember – “it was just a name or a phrase someone said out of context and someone said, ‘That could work’.” “And it stuck!” The songs used at Rockquest were Strangers Again and In Or Out. The group works together on song writing. Ryan creates the drum parts, Mackenzie finds a bass line and so on. The girls do the singing and they work together on the melody. Most of the songs have been formed with Kate composing the music on piano and Nazomi writing lyrics. Performing live would be daunting for some, but the group seemed unfazed. “We got to hang out with some of the people we had met before which

was cool. Everyone was so supportive, especially back stage before our set,” said Kate Rowe. “I was pretty much ready to play. We’ve been working hard for ages and I just wanted to get up there and play,” said Ryan Burton. “It was crazy seeing all of the shirts with my logo everywhere. The crowd was amazing … we played really well as a band and got to see some awesome music from the other schools,” said Mackenzie Charlton. “We had so many supporters and family with us, it was amazing. Once we got up there we gave it everything we had and just enjoyed it, trying to be in the moment,” said Nazoomi Groot. Dave Sims said the group have been very humbled by the support of the community and are grateful for the people behind them, especially their families. “The growth in the students as musicians and performers since last year is incredible. They played with control and really let the music speak.”

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CLASSIFIEDS Deadline 5pm Friday. accommodation wanted HOUSE WANTED, Ohakune-Raetihi-Waiouru area, for family of builder in town on straw bale house project. Please call Evan 021-764-321.

FOR SALE FIREWOOD: logs, split wood and kindling. TXT or call Keith 0275758377 Firewood A-Grade, Old man pine, also gum and native. Seasoned and dry. Prompt free delivery town area. Quantities from bags to bulk. Order now. Call Mike 027-477-1992 or 06-385-9264. Firewood the Woodshed. Shed dried. Order now. Contact Ian 06-385-4523 or 027-444-3441. WATER TROUGHS, cattle or sheep. Different sizes. Delivered price quoted. Ph 0800-487-633. winter heating, great selection of heating: fan, micathermic, radiant and electric blankets now available at Ohakune TV Electrical. Phone 06-385-8700.

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Ohakune-Waimarino RSA AGM Tuesday 19 June, 6pm at Raetihi Cosmopolitan Club. Apologies to Eric Pasquill. All welcome.


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Ruapehu Maori Catholic Club AGM AGENDA: Apologies Previous AGM minutes Treasurers Financial Report Chairman’s report Nomination & selection of officers. This will be followed by a RMCC general meeting: 1. General Business. All enquiries please to: Heemi Mareikura, Chair, RMCC Email:

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Section 101 - Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 Ben’s Cafe Ltd has made application to the District Licensing Committee at Ruapehu District Council for the ISSUE of an ON LICENCE, in respect of the premises situated at: Cnr Station Road and Findlay Street, National Park and known as: The Station Cafe & Restaurant. The general nature of the business conducted or to be conducted under the licence is: Cafe and Restaurant. The days on which and hours during which alcohol is intended to be sold under the licence are: 7 days a week, 9am till 12am. The application may be inspected during ordinary office hours at the office of the Ruapehu District Licensing Commitee at the Ruapehu District Council Office, 59-63 Huia Street, Taumarunui. Any person who is entitled and who wishes to object to the issue of the licence may, not later than 15 working days after the date of the publication of this notice, file a notice in writing of the objection with the Secretary of the District Licensing Committee at the Ruapehu District Council, Private Bag 1001, Taumarunui 3946. No objection to the renewal of a licence may be made in relation to a matter other than a matter specified in section 105(1) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. This is the first publication of this notice.

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The exercise will involve the personnel of Catering School from Waiouru Military Camp. The exercise will involve up to 30 military personnel. Training will involve soldiers setting up and running field kitchens by day and night. Soldiers will be carrying military weapons and using both military and civilian vehicles during the exercise. Blank firing and pyrotechnic use may occur within both urban and rural areas over this period. For more information please call the below point of contact: Sgt C Turnbull, Phone: 0212486657

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Raetihi COUNTRY MARKET this Saturday 16th June at The Centre, Seddon St until 1pm Great coffee, baking, Rawleighs, produce, plants, crafts, soap and much more! For stall info phone Joy 3853100

Notice of Impounding and Proposed Sale of Impounded stock Impounding Act 1955 Section 46(2) Ruapehu District Council is offering for public tender: One black and white wild strain Sow Animal was impounded on 19 May 2018, on Miro St, Taumarunui. Notice is hereby given that, unless claimed by the owner by 3:00 pm on Wednesday 20 June 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 Wednesday 20 June 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.

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Section 101 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 Ohakune Tavern Limited, c/- 91 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui, has made application to the District Licensing Committee at Ruapehu for the renewal of an on-licence in respect of the premises situated at 70 Clyde Street, Ohakune, known as Ohakune Tavern. The general nature of the business conducted under the licence is that of a tavern. The days on which and the hours during which alcohol is sold under the licence are Monday to Sunday: • The interior of the premises from 9:00 am to 2:00 am the following day. • The exterior of the premises from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. The application may be inspected during ordinary office hours at the office of the Ruapehu District Licensing Committee at the Ruapehu District Council Office, 59-63 Huia Street, Taumarunui. Any person who is entitled to object and who wishes to object to the renewal of the licence may, not later than 15 working days after the date of the first publication of this notice, file a notice in writing of the objection with the Secretary of the District Licensing Committee at Ruapehu District Council, Private Bag 1001, Taumarunui 3946. No objection to the renewal of a licence may be made in relation to a matter other than a matter specified in section 131 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. This is the first publication of this notice inserted by Terry Sievers, Liquor Licensing Consultant, Tauranga.

THERE’S ONLY ONE THING WORSE than being talked about ... is not being talked about! Oscar Wilde If you’re not in the Bulletin, are they talking about you? Call us today, 06-385-8532 – we’ll get them talking.

Ian McKelvie on M bovis By Ian McKelvie, local MP National Party leader Simon Bridges hosted a function at the Lowry family’s Orlando Country Club on the outskirts of Palmerston North last week as part of his ‘Connecting with Communities’ tour. There were over 250 people there and it was a fantastic atmosphere with plenty of lively discussion and a great question and answer session. There were a number of topics raised during the course of the evening including the bail laws, midwives, the Manawatu Gorge, mental health issues, and of course, Mycoplasma bovis (M bovis). Here’s my take on where we’re at with M bovis. As it stands almost 40

farms are infected and there are around 300 under Notice of Direction. Last week the Government announced their plan to implement a phased eradication programme to rid New Zealand of M Bovis within the next 10 years. I believe it was the right decision. The full cost of the programme is projected at $886 million. Of this, $16 million is for loss of production and will be borne by farmers, while $870 million is the cost of the response, including farmer compensation. The Government will meet 68% of this cost – DairyNZ and Beef+Lamb New Zealand are responsible for the remaining 32 per cent. Even though it’s a 10-year

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the gap and carried the last defender on his shoulders to the line. Carmichael made a strong run off a Fifita pass, which was followed by Tutauha, then the ball was transferred to the other wing and Waara finally grabbed the try he had missed a couple of times. Living in Ratana’s territory now, another Ruapehu penalty tap saw Tutauha link with Kinder and reserve William King beat the last tackler to run back towards the posts. Ruapehu liked that move and after Hughes and second-five Troy Brown worked up the middle, they again spread towards the roadside corner and Kinder put Hart over beside the flag, with Clare adding another excellent kick from the sideline. Ruapehu had Peter Rowe return to play the first 50 minutes at lock in yet another comeback from retirement. Ruapehu 52 (C Carmichael 2, R Tutauha, J Fifita, M Mitchell, S Waara, W King, C Hart tries; C Clare 6 con) bt Ratana 7 (S TuaineWhanau try; O Tai con). HT: 19-7. Ruapehu Premiers face Byford’s Readimix Taihape next weekend for the right to lead the table and the Seniors play Utiku, also at Taihape.

eradication programme, most of the work will be done in the first two years and that makes sense. In the first instance, this action means culling another 126,000 cows, following on from the 22,000 already culled.

Last week’s decision of phased eradication over two years will bring a significant level of certainty to farmers and businesses around the country. I’m pleased a decision has finally been made and that

Football draw week 3: Opening duties Seagulls. 6.00pm Girls vs Waterboys ref Seagulls; 6.30pm Chioggia vs Seagulls ref Waterboys; 7.00pm Magpies vs Nuipi S.C ref Chioggia. Closing duties Magpies. Winter League starts soon, anyone who wants to register a team, contact Austin 021-035-9938.

Ruapehu Junior Netball

It was a great sunny day for Saturday junior netball. Ruapehu Awesome played a great, tough game against WIS8B but lost 19-12. Player of the day was Keri Osborne. Ruapehu Brilliant had a very exciting game against St Dominic’s ending in a 13-13 tie. Player of the day was Te Moana Hagley. Ruapehu Demons had an excellent game against St Johns Blue winning 24-0. Player of the day was Jasmine Adams. Ruapehu Cool Chicks pulled it all together brilliantly against Fordell Kaitoke winning 22-1. Player of the day was Karanga Taura-Hawira. Ruapehu Emojis gave their all against Whangaehu having their first win of the session 15-1. Their coach was so thrilled that the whole team is player of the day.

It’s important to note that the alternative was to accept M bovis and instead come up with a long-term management plan. It’s estimated that this would have cost the Dairy and Beef industries 1.3 billion in lost production over the next 10 years, not to mention on-going productivity losses across our farming sector.

Together the Dairy and Sheep and Beef industries are New Zealand’s single biggest export earner by far – and New Zealand needs them to keep our economy going. To do nothing and to stare down the barrel of over $1 billion in lost production over the next 10 years would be disastrous. Not just for our farmers and rural and provincial New Zealand but for everyone from agri-supply stores to local contractors, rural schools and small business owners to processors, bankers, lawyers and accountants. Its effects would certainly spread far and wide.

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Ohakune squash Ian McKelvie.

an agreement has also been struck to share the costs of this response between industry and Government. M Bovis has caused enormous stress and anxiety for farming families. The financial and emotional toll on farmers has been significant so it’s reassuring to see the Government has responded to pressure to speed up the compensation process and will now make interim payments within two weeks of stock being culled. The fact everyone now has a clear pathway forward, on an issue that is bigger than politics, is great. While we can’t be sure the strategy will work, it certainly beats not even trying.

Round three of club night interhouse saw team five beat team one 75-71, team three beat team two 91-68 and team seven beat team six 94-82. Team four got 75 for the bye. Team three takes over a slight lead with 261 points followed by team four 259, team one 250, team seven 249, team five 232, team six 218 and team two 215. Draw for this Thursday has team three playing team five at 5:15, team two plays team six at 6:30 and team seven plays team four at 7:45 with team one having the bye. Ruapehu zone interclub results from last Tuesday had Waimarino beating Waiouru 14-4, Ohakune Two beat Taihape 11-5 and Ruapehu College beat Ohakune One 11-6. Ruapehu College and Waimarino are joint leaders after two rounds. In Central division one ladies interclub league leaders Palmerston beat Ohakune in Palmerston 3-1 with Jane Parker picking up Ohakune’s win playing at number one. This Tuesday Ohakune host River City. Some players played in the Palmerston PSA tournament over the weekend. Best results in the men’s divisions were: Dylan Budge third in division one and Daniel Maher third in division two. In women’s division three Fiona Fraser won the special plate, Samantha Reyes won the plate and Kristin Thompson won the consolation plate. Around 25 entries, mainly from visitors, have come in so far for the Ohakune B Grade tournament that will be held in the weekend of 29 June to 1 July. Entries are open until Sunday 24 June.

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Ruapehu rugby

Jamie Hughes with ball, Troy Brown on left shoulder, Jack Kinder in back, Campbell Hart at his right shoulder. Photo: Maxine Hakaraia.


New agent for property firm Bayleys Ruapehu welcomes Wayne Frewen to the team as their newest marketing consultant. Wayne says he is looking forward to helping buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals in the Ruapehu district. Wayne has a varied work background – useful in ensuring his effectiveness in his role. With his fiancé Jessica, the pair have managed Rocky Mountain Chalets for the previous two years, which he says provides a good background in the property industry, and especially in owning holiday accommodation. Wayne has a Bachelor of Commerce as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management and had a previous career as a teacher and also in educational leadership.

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Marketing Consultant Licensed Salesperson under the REA Act 2008. A fresh approach to buying and selling property in the Ruapehu Region. Contact Wayne to discuss your real estate needs. It’s your move!!

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towards the bright sun and gave up a lot of infringement at the breakdown. Finally, captain Roman Tutauha went off the back of a ruck to get the goforward, then winger Shaquille Waara worked the cut with first-five Craig Clare, before the ball was spread wide for the other winger Corey Carmichael to beat his man and dot down. It took a long time before Ruapehu could execute another opportunity, and finally Tutauha got so fed up he just did it himself – scoring a real captain’s try off a lineout as he stepped through the Ratana line, pivoted off the other foot, then twisted in the tackle and dove through two defenders to score. Ruapehu extended their lead on halftime from a tap kick as lock Andrew Evans ran hard, then found flanker Jamie Hughes, who set up Carmichael to again step the tackle and dot down. Ruapehu stepped up a notch after the break as No8 Campbell Hart went close to the line, with Fifita taking it from the breakdown and burrowing over beside the corner flag for 24-7. A penalty allowed them to attempt a couple of drives from the scrum, but when Ratana held, the ball was freed to the fresh Mitchell, who ran hard through Turn to Page 11

“His experience makes him an excellent communicator, used to working with a diverse range of people and cultures and dealing with difficult situations,” says Bayleys manager Kay Blaney. Wayne prides himself on being people orientated in business, being dynamic, providing a professional service, and working hard aiming to exceed expectations. “I am excited to hear from property owners throughout the Ruapehu District, contact me for a no-obligation appraisal and discussion about how I can market your property” Alongside selling residential real estate, Wayne is also keen to hear from motel, lodge and business owners looking to sell.


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McCarthy’s Ruapehu Premiers rugby team responded to a 6th minute try by Ratana at Marton Park on Saturday with an onslaught, ending as winners 7-52. Ruapehu were gifted an advantage by Ratana not long after the try when three players were sent away to get mouthguards. Several rushed to the sideline and ultimately two of them got the yellow card, as they had to jog all the way back from No2 field to the changing rooms to scrounge up a mouthguard. After a near 10 minute delay, the rugby resumed although Ruapehu got frustrated at the breakdown and conceded multiple penalties, and initially struggling to string their passes together. The referee sent another reserve to get a mouthguard near the end of the match, meaning they had played with 13-14 for significant periods for no good reason. Ratana’s try came after Ruapehu gave away the first of many penalties at the breakdown, and from a penalty lineout the home side drove on a good angle and prop Shade Tuaine-Whanau forced his way over. After the long mouthguard delay, which saw a Ratana scrum become a Ruapehu penalty when play resumed, Ruapehu struggled to crack the line as they ran

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