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Ohakune has to get ready for influx: Dave Scott Ohakune has a lot of ideas to help the town gear up to cope with the predicted influx of tourist over coming years, Ohakune 2000 representative Dave Scott told the Waiouru Waimarino Community Board at their April meeting. He briefed the Board on plans for Ohakune’s revitalisation, explaining that they are working with designers on proposals that will be put to the community for comment. Mr Scott reminded the Board that Ruapehu Alpine Lifts has plans for a new gondola for Tūroa, along with other developments, and the proposed cycleway and walking track down the mountain was happening soon. “We simply have to get ready,” said Mr Scott. He claimed that, despite the small population, Ohakune can host up to 8000 people at busy times. “Ohakune puts a lot of money into the kitty and is not getting much back.” He claimed that Ohakune pays $7 million of the $10 million that the Ruapehu District Council collects from the Waimarino area. But he added that the revitalisation has

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Community project man Dave Scott says Ohakune needs to get ready for an influx of tourists over the coming years.

to help out Raetihi and Waiouru too. “We want to involve all the people in the three towns.”

Ruapehu College students taking part in the CACTUS programme (see Page 8) finished off their Longest Day on Friday with the traditional truck pull, dragging a McCarthy’s logging truck from the Big Carrot, through Ohakune to the fire station. Pictured in the lead is Samuel Lyon, who topped the course. Photo: Kerren Dixon.

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Ruapehu’s Te Wai a-moe warms up Te Wai a-moe Mt Ruapehu – the Crater Lake – has been warming up and there’s a “moderate level” of seismic tremor, reports the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (10 April 2019). Does it mean Mt Ruapehu is going to erupt? Possibly, but not necessarily, says GNS. “In the past, eruptions at Ruapehu have occurred more often when the lake exceeded 45°C. However, a temperature of 46°C was recorded in 2016 with no eruption,” reports duty volcanologist Agnes Mazot.

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GNS says the Ruapehu Volcano Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1 – which corresponds to minor unrest. “While this is the case, it is a useful reminder that eruptions can occur with little or no warning,” says GNS. Since 2009, GNS has continuously recorded the temperature of Te Wai a-moe. Over this time, the temperature has often cycled between 15°C and 45°C over a period of about 12 months. “However, in September 2018 we recorded a departure from this cyclicity, and for the following 6 months the lake temperature remained elevated (30°C). “Over the last two weeks, the lake temperature has risen further, at a rate of around 0.5°C per day, to 42°C on Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake. GNS says it regularly cycles between 15 and 45°C, without leading to 9 April. an eruption. “To put this in context, regular heat flows into the geothermal two days ago. only 1 per cent of post- 2009 temperatures have exceeded system that feeds the crater lake.” Ruapehu produced volcanic tremor 42°C and similar temperature last occurred in May 2016.” The chemistry of the fluids and gases signals every day, Brad Scott said. The level of volcanic tremor typically also increases coming into the lake were another Usually the signals were weak but when the lake temperature rises and this has been the important factor. So far monitoring hadn’t for the past few weeks they had been case in the last two weeks, says GNS. picked up any large signature of molten moderate strength, but had eased recently The current tremor intensity is moderate. In previous rock at depth. to be on the boundary between weak and heating cycles, this increased tremor lasted for a few days The lake temperature often cycles moderate. to several weeks. between 15°C and 40°C in a nine to 12 “Volcanic tremor is a continuous Volcanologists say so far there’s nothing to indicate an month period. Records going back to signal. The best analogy is an electric jug eruption is imminent. the 1950s indicate the probability of an boiling on a bench. Steam bubbles are Pot of water eruption rises if the lake temperature gets being made inside the jug and are rising Senior volcanologist Brad Scott says his best analogy above 45°C. But in 2016, the lake hit and collapsing and making a lot of noise. to explain the Crater Lake is looking at a pot of water on 46°C without an eruption. Volcanic tremor is like that.” an electric stove. Since continuous recording of the lake Gas and steam bubbles were forming “If you don’t change the element the pot will stay at a temperature started in 2009, it’s only and collapsing and flowing into the crater steady temperature,” Scott said. been over 42°C one per cent of the time. lake, producing the signal. “Ultimately the volcano is fed from molten material The last time the temperature reached a GNS Science continues to closely at depth. That’s the equivalent of the electric element. If similar level was May 2016. monitor Mt Ruapehu and our other active more heat is being put into the lake, the only place you The intensity of the volcanic tremor volcanoes. can get more heat down there is from new hot rock.” level at Ruapehu rose during the past few Source: GNS and Stuff (whose He said there is a body of molten material 1-2km weeks, although it started easing again information is verified by GNS. underneath the volcano. The highest temperature recorded in the crater lake was 60°C in 1968. “It could happen again but it’s very unlikely with the way the volcano is currently. It’s in a pretty low energy status currently. In the ‘60s it was a higher energy status,” says Brad Scott. During the 1960s and 1970s there was much more molten material associated with the volcano than is the case now. The 1995-96 eruption basically excavated the shallow magma system 1-2km under the volcano, and so far scientists haven’t seen signs of a recovery. “If there was we would have higher heat flows and more

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Call for more drinking fountains Ohakune and Raetihi need more drinking fountains, local dentist Jane Sherrit told the Waiouru Waimarino Community Board at their April meeting. “If you’re thirsty, drink water,” Waimarino dentist Jane Sherrit told the children at Raetihi School last year when she explained how the school’s filtered water fountain installed earlier came about. Her practice, Ohakune Dental, actively supports school’s water-only policies, which has proven to be a challenge to get over the line with the community due to an unpalatable taste in in the local water source. She was at the Board meeting to seek commitment from the Ruapehu District Council for money to install more drinking fountains in Ohakune and Raetihi. Mrs Sherrit wants to see drinking fountains at bus stops and sports grounds to go along with the ones now installed at schools. “People say, well, there’s taps – but they are not the same as drinking fountains,” she told Board members, that taps are not easy to use if you don’t have a drink bottle to fill. “As things take too long to sort out, children’s teeth continue to rot.” Cr Rabbit Nottage expressed support for the request, saying outdoor drinking fountains would support the area’s outdoors lifestyle. Property office Margaret Hawthorne suggested that Mrs Sherrit write to RDC with her request, emphasising the waste reduction that would follow people using water fountains rather than using plastic bottles.

Jess Hotter confirmed for freeride world tour After the final event of the season was cancelled, Ohakune skier Jess Hotter was announced as making it into the Freeride World Tour 2020. She took first place in the Nendaz Freeride women’s ski competition in Switzerland earlier, giving her three firsts and an unassailable lead of 7500 points in the qualifying tour – 27800 points ahead of the woman in second place. Jess chose a unique line down the course, making creative use of the features and showing no hesitation as she hit some big cliff drops and stomped her

landings. It was her third win of the season, which started with The North Face Frontier event in August as part of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. She then won the Open Faces Silvretta Montafon fourstar competition in Austria in February. The world qualification circuit is designed to develop the talent and skills of up-andcoming athletes. Riders accumulate points via 60 events held around the world (including 40 in Europe). The score system is based on the star ranking of the qualifying events

(1-4 stars) and the event region: region 1 (Europe, Asia, and Oceania) and region 2 (USA, Canada, Chile and Argentina). Freeride skiing involves skiers picking their best line down a steep and usually rocky slope. Judges award points for: difficulty of line, control, fluidity, jumps and technique.

A rock for Mollie the circus elephant A small group gathered last week to unveil a plaque for Mollie the circus elephant.

A plaque now honours Mollie the circus elephant near to where she is buried at the bottom of the Ohakune Mountain Road. The Rotary Club of Raetihi-Ohakune hosted a small ceremony last week to unveil a plaque for Mollie, who died from eating tutu plant on arrival in Ohakune in 1957. The Bullens Circus came to town with about five elephants and Celeste Ventura remembers seeing them arrive on the train before leaving for school. By the time she came home “Mollie” was dying from eating the poisonous plant that was growing on the riverbank of the Mangawhero. Jim Bennett has shown an interest in some form of memorial to Mollie and the Rotary Club decided to do something this year. Kim Basse, principal at Ruapehu College wrote a play

about Mollie, which was performed at the college and so interest grew. A small group of 20 people including mayor Don Cameron, Rotary members, public and a Ngāti Rangi representative braved the rain to remember Mollie. Elizabeth Penny blessed the plaque and Merrilyn George, Celeste Ventura and Lois McQuarrie shared their memories. Ruapehu veterinarian David Seifert explained the problems caused by toxins in the tutu plant and showed the group a sample of the plant still growing in the area. It is hoped to add an information board to the area to tell Mollie’s story, which is a unique and a special part of the childhood memories of many local residents. The plaque has been placed on a boulder at the foot of the Mountain Road close to where Mollie is buried.

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Gutbuster a community event Rural communities are where actions speak louder than words, and where hash tags refer to real life, says Lucy Conway, organiser of the Raetihi Gutbuster event that is held at Easter. “#Collectiveimpact is a phrase that is bandied about in think tanks and workshops, but in the Ruapehu District, it actually means something,” says Lucy. “The Raetihi Gutbuster is a true community run event.” A road cycle and fun run event put on by the Raetihi Promotions Charitable Trust, the annual Gutbuster is only made possible by a huge collection of different volunteer groups and individuals, explains Lucy. She said the Cadets and the Mangaeturoa School revitalisation group are running drink stations. Shed 24 Raetihi are the tail-end Charlies. Toi Communications have done free photography every year. The Turoa road supervisor did the original Traffic management plan, The Lions Club are providing manpower at the Start/Finish line. The Waimarino Museum provides sustenance with a massive cake

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Sofia Buchboeck, the Gutbuster’s “youngest volunteer”. Photo: Liz Brooker, Toi Communications.

stall, which is also a fundraiser for them. “Local businesses and artists provide prizes and sponsorship and in general, anyone who is asked for a hand, or a trailer, or a sound system, is happy to help out.” “The prizes and local sponsorship have been outstanding every year, but this year is even better,” says Lucy Conway. “And most of it has been gathered by yet an-

other volunteer who put her hand up to help.” Lucy says this doesn’t mean it’s amateur hour though – entrants come back year after year and the feedback is positive about the organisation. “If you’ve never experienced the Raetihi Gutbuster, come along on 21 April, Easter Sunday.” “The first event starts at 11am, because we even give people time to go to Church.”

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Largest seed mast in 45 years: $20m emergency pest control funding call Forest & Bird is warning that this year’s ‘megamast’ in New Zealand’s forests is likely to be the most widespread in 45 years. The conservation organisation says the Department of Conservation needs at least an extra $20m to prevent endangered species being wiped out in parts of the country. The issue mostly affects beech and some podocarp forest, with the Ruapehu District especially vulnerable. “Climate data is telling us this year is shaping up to have the most widespread heavy seeding, with over 90% of our beech forests affected,” says Forest & Bird chief executive Kevin Hague. “DOC urgently needs extra money in this year’s Budget to deal with the fact that this is a particularly severe event. It is significantly bigger than the recent mast events that DOC has responded to.” “Most of our conservation forests will get hammered without predator control. Their birds, bats, lizards, and insects will be decimated. There will be nowhere that will be safe. In many places, years of hard work by community trapping groups working to save local species and allow the reintroduction of previously lost vulnerable species will be set back,” says Mr Hague. In a ‘mast’ year trees produce an extremely heavy flowering and seeding. Historically this would trigger an abundance of food for native wildlife to make up for lean years. But now mast events boost rodent numbers, and in turn stoat numbers. When the seed is gone, the plague of predators turn to our native birds, bats, lizards and insects. This year has been labelled a ‘megamast’ because both beech and podocarp forests are masting at the same time across most of the country. “We know that timely aerial 1080 operations can control introduced predators and protect vast, remote, and rugged areas from localised extinctions. But DOC doesn’t currently have enough funding in its budget to protect even its ‘top priority’ list of sites, let alone the majority of the country’s conservation forests, from the impacts of a mast event of this scale.” “We calculate that DOC needs at least double the existing $20m in this year’s predator control budget to protect our most vulnerable native species.” Mr Hague says that in a mast in 2001, some populations of critically endangered species were wiped out. The only known population of mohua (yellowhead) north of Canterbury disappeared at Mt Stokes, in the Marlborough Sounds. “DOC deployed its best practice ground-based trapping regime to protect these mohua, but they were overwhelmed by the plague of rats and stoats following

that year’s mast event. “If DOC doesn’t receive extra funding to increase its capacity to respond, we will see more of these localised extinctions.” Bakcground Mast seeding of beech is triggered when the average summer temperature is more than 1 degree higher than the average temperature of the preceding summer. Using the detailed NIWA temperature data sets going back to 1974, it is possible to estimate the intensity and extent of previous mast events. These show that there have been nine significant mast events since 1974. The 2019 prediction is the first time in 45 years that the modelling predicts masting in more than 90% of the country’s beech forests. See previous calculations from Landcare Research. Full document available here: Forecasts of masts and ‘mega-masts’ that generate pest outbreaks; Roger Pech & Mandy Barron; Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua Mast years are happening more often due to climate change

Tuna film launched at Trout Centre

John Morgan addresses audience at the launch of a mini-documentary on saving tuna (eels).

Guests gathered at the Tongariro National Trout Centre on Thursday to celebrate the release of a mini-documentary highlighting the work of John and Lena Morgan, and their whanau, restoring tuna (longfin eels) around Lake Otamangakau. Taupo for Tomorrow programme educator Krysia Nowak welcomed everyone to the launch event before inviting John Morgan to speak about the work. John thanked Genesis for supporting the initiative through funding for the Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro Tuna Restoration Project. He outlined how the tuna restoration work began seven years ago and involved physically moving elvers (baby eels) upstream of the dam, and tunaheke (migratory adults) downstream. Tuna play an important cultural role for Ngāti Hikairo and their numbers have been in decline since the introduction of the Tongariro Power Scheme. Long fin eels

have a long lifespan – living for up to 100 years – so the severity of their decline had not been fully appreciated until recently. Cam Speedy, senior environmental co-ordinator for Genesis Energy, thanked John, Lena and whanau for their excellent work. Genesis Energy recognised the cultural impact of declining tuna stocks and was prepared to support hapu aspirations to improve tuna outcomes. The audience then witnessed the first official screening of the short film, which was followed by a short presentation where copies of the film were gifted to both John and Cam. The film was made thanks to support from Genesis Energy, Taupō for Tomorrow, DOC Taupō Fishery Management Team, and Ngāti Hikairo. It will be screened at the aquarium within the Tongariro National Trout Centre or can be seen more widely on the DOC Youtube channel.

Mangawhero rat: pest control will need to be stepped up thanks to a ‘mega mast’ year.

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Ruapehu College wade through a ditch in the Waiouru Army Training Area on Friday – part of the CACTUS programme ‘Longest Day’. Students started on Thursday night, with an orientation-type run around Ohakune, seeking out various targets to earn points for their team. They then travelled to Waiouru to camp out in the pouring rain overnight for a short sleep before continuing the challenges in the early hours of Friday morning. Testing challenges included an equipment carry around the Widow Maker trail, negotiating the Training Area obstacle course and building a raft at the Waiouru pool. All activities required teams to get all members through the tests, leaving no one behind. Photos: Charlotte Marsden.

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Third round of pool play in the Ohakune Squash Club inter-business competition was held on Thursday. In pool one the top of the table clash saw Old Men just beat Hori, 11-8, partly due to Jamie’s bonus point for being within five points. This result allowed Laura’s Lot to leapfrog both of them. In the other two matches, Laura’s Lot beat McDonards 14-4, and Drinkhamrobbers narrowly beat favourites 12-8, with two matches actually tied. In pool two, top of the table, Disorderly dealt to bottom placed Suckers 16-4, Allsorts beat Misfits 11-7 and Jackie’s Jokers beat Diana’s 16-2. Points to date are pool one – Laura’s Lot 39, Hori 37, Old Men 37, Favourites 24, Drinkhamrobbers 18 and McDonard’s 13. In pool two – Disorderly 42, Jackie’s Jokers 35, Allsorts 33, Misfits 21, Dianna’s 19 and Suckers 16. Draw for this Thursday: At 6pm Suckers play Jackie’s Jokers, Misfits play Dianna’s and Allsorts play Disprderly. At 7:15pm Old Men play Laura’s Lot, Hori play Drinkhamrobbers and Favourites play McDonard’s. All members are reminded that the locks will be changed on Thursday and those who have already paid their subs can swap keys at the club at business house. Likewise those still to pay can also do so and swap keys. New members in teams who join up will have their 5 points bonuses added in to team totals next week.

Ruapehu golf

There was a reasonable turnout for Sundays Club haggle in the fine autumn weather. Once again Hailong Han, not to be out done by Tiger at the Masters, showed his improvement is not faltering, scoring a eye watering 48 points to take out the Junior division, a feat a number of senior players would love to achieve. Mike Hoeta finished runner-up with a creditable 42 points. In the senior division Alan Murdie finished on 38 points to pip Geoff Leahy on 37 points and take out the senior division. Turn to Page 6

Help arrives for remote networks

Remote Networks Ltd has just been launched in the Ruapehu and King Country region, operating out of Ohakune and Taumarunui, and are committed to providing a local service and employ local people. The company is now the local Tait and Hytera radio dealers for a range of VHF/UHF/CB products, and can provide vehicle installations, aerials, and servicing. “We’ve been busy over the last couple months rolling out a regionwide voice radio network, focusing on the Whanganui River initially, but now across the Central Plateau and will soon have coverage from Hamilton to the Manawatu,” says Nathan Penny. The initial Whanganui Network consists of digital VHF repeaters, linked together with IP microwave dishes, providing voice communications at Pipiriki, Bridge to Nowhere, plus the Ruatiti and Retaruke Valleys. “Our site installations have utilised a range of local transport methods ranging from helicopters, jet boats, and light utility vehicles, but also a lot walking to the tops of hills carrying gear by hand.” “Our radio sites are mainly solar powered and allow clear voice communication for rural people across a wide area. The obvious advantage of this is enabling easy communication across a pretty remote part of the North Island, where cell phone coverage is limited.” Nathan Penny says this helps to improve health and safety, business efficiency and provide a solution for voice/GPS communication in some pretty remote country. Whether its farm workers, search and rescue, Police, tourism or transport operators, everyone will benefit from this new service. GPS tracking is also possible via the radios, and the system doesn’t rely on cell phone coverage. “There is a range of packages available, so please get in touch about your coverage requirements.” He said they are also focusing on webcams/CCTV, wireless internet, and on-farm IOT devices such as water tank monitoring. “So whether your business needs a CCTV system installed or would like your wifi boosted, we are now the local experts. “We have a range of environmental webcams operating at the moment, the Tumunui Canyon (near Rotorua), Raetihi looking towards Mt Ruapehu, and Waitarere Beach. There will be more coming online soon. “We’re also running a special (until 30 June), where any new radio customer will get two months free access on our radio network. We’re also offering a range of CCTV packages so please give us a call to discuss.”

Solar powered radio sites are providing vital communications links in the Ruapehu area.

Celebrating 3 years

Welcome back Joseph Callinan Open: Mon 9-2, Tue-Wed-Fri 9-5 Thursday 9-Late and Saturday 9-1 Mondays in National Park by appointment Bookings needed for Sharon and late night Thursday with Joseph Sharon’s number 022 137 3675 Email: guys.galsbshop@gmail.com Facebook or www.gandgbarbershop.co.nz

Guys & Gals BarberShop Next to the Arcade on Hakiaha Street

Phone 0277 221 377

It’s a fond farewell. The team at Treadwell Gordon wish to say a fond farewell to Paul Brown following his retirement from our Taihape and Ohakune offices. Andrew, Amy and Jo look forward to working with Paul’s existing clients and welcome new clients for all legal services and advice.

Taihape Office : 12 Kuku Street, Taihape Tel: (06) 388 0612 Ohakune Office: The Pinnacle Building, 77 Clyde Street, Ohakune Tel: (06) 385 8120 www.treadwellgordon.co.nz

Andrew Thomas

Amy Cranston

Joanne Parkinson

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CACTUS calls it the Longest Day Eye on Ruapehu College, contributed

by staff and students

It was another “awesome longest day” followed by a special graduating ceremony at Waiouru on Friday for the Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit and Support (CACTUS). The participating pupils thanked all the staff from the Police, Army and Ruapehu College “who combined together to make this year’s CACTUS programme another successful occasion”. Constable Willie Aitken presented awards on behalf of the Police: Guts, Grit and Determination, Caleb Murphy; Peer Award, Sam Lyon and Brodie Kahukura; Top RFL (Army required fitness level) female, Korbyn Garland; Top RFL male, Samuel Lyon; Most improved participant overall, Levana Paul; Top overall participant, Samuel Lyon. Lieutenant Colonel Tim Marsden presented awards from the Army for the Longest Day. Winning Syndicate was Alpha. Alpha top student, Legacy Hiroti; Bravo top student, Korbyn Garland; Charlie top student, Gabriel Pohatu. Overall top student for the Longest Day was Samuel Lyon. Toastmasters Prefects and Year 12 potential leaders have been meeting at National Park Primary School for an 8-week Toastmasters course on public speaking. The event, organised by Campbell Hart has been facilitated by Toastmasters of Taumarunui. The students have gained confidence about public speaking and have been learning skills as how to actively listen, how to ask questions, use of gesture and body language. They also have to think about the use of voice such as quality, volume pitch and pace. A real skill has been trying not to start speeches with “so and um…” Students have also followed meeting protocol with students having turns at chairing meetings, taking minutes and time keeping. Every week the students have homework, which is to prepare a speech

while concentrating on a skill. The speeches have been varied with topics such as; NCEA should change at Level 1, the benefits of CACTUS, the cultural importance of Kiwi Forever, rugby and “being a country bumpkin”. Students will have more opportunity to exercise their skills at Manu Korero, during formal assemblies at school and at other events. Drivers licence help This week, nine students sat their learner’s drivers licences at Taihape. Rauna Te Huia has been coaching the students as part of the work-ready programme, taught by deputy principal Marama Allen. “Even though our students were a bit nervous, it was very good that all nine students passed,” she said. The work-ready course will be on offer for all students on the future and have opportunities to gain unit standards credits as well as gather some skills needed for when they get out to work. Fostering school spirit Ruapehu College has been working on a number of projects over Term One and the Year 13 class decided to organise an afternoon focusing on the developing of school spirit. Academic classes were reduced by five minutes to give time for the fun events, which encouraged participation at all levels. Activities – in the welcome sunshine – included a water slide, volleyball and kiorahi. Stalls featured sausage sizzles and home baking. Staff participated in events and the tone of the day was very positive. “The event did indeed foster positive school spirit,” said principal Kim Basse. Coming events 29 April, Term 2 starts. NCEA assessments from Term One to be completed 6-10 May, Year 10 OPC trip to Great Barrier Island 7-8 May, food safety team barbecue. 7 May, Massey University visit. 13 May, tourism visit. 15 May, Outdoor Academy bush craft.

ABOVE: CACTUS pupils finish off their term-long challenge by pulling a logging truck through the streets of Ohakune. BELOW: Ruapehu College students have been spending time learning from Toastmasters from Taumarunui. LEFT: water sliding to foster school spirit.

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Legal Services Trust Law Family Law Criminal Law Wills and Estates Relationship Property Law Property Law and Conveyancing Nash Jordan Law 56 Clyde St, Ohakune Joanna Jordan & Jeremy Nash Email: office@njlaw.co.nz

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Beef, pork, mutton and chicken, all cuts available. Small goods made in store. • Bacon • Sausages

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CLASSIFIEDS Deadline 5pm Friday. FOR SALE FIREWOOD, www. deadmanfirewood merchants.co.nz or call Mike 027 477 1992. Firewood Early Winter Special. Split mixed wood $85 per cube, also mixed logs 5 ton truck load. Txt or call Keith 0275 758377 or Kenny 0221 553498 Firewood the Woodshed. Shed dried. Order now. Contact Ian 06385-4523 or 027-444-3441. GUN SAFES, from $249 at RFS Seddon St, Raetihi. Phone 06-385 4121. household appliances. Fisher & Paykel & Haier fridges, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, stove at Ohakune TV Electical. Ph 06 385 8700 RIDGELINE CLOTHING Check out the new specials and products in store at RFS Seddon St, Raetihi. Phone 06-385 4121. RIFLE BROWNING A-BOLT, cerakote package, $1199, add a suppressor $1499 at RFS Seddon St, Raetihi. Phone 06-385 4121. TOPSOIL. Clean, machine processed topsoil. Any quantity available, Ohakune. Plenty in stock. Delivery available. Phone 027 586 1015. WATER TROUGHS, cattle or sheep. Different sizes. Delivered price quoted. Ph 0800-487-633.

business NOTICES

ANZAC Services

Ross Hardey – Optometrist

Thursday 25 April 2019

For an appointment when next in Ohakune or Taihape, phone: 0800 4 EYESIGHT, (0800 4 39374)

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend the ANZAC Day Services to be held at the following locations and times:

Bennett’s Tank Cleaning Services

5.45am - March from RSA to Wayside Cross 6.00am - Dawn Service at Wayside Cross 11.00am - Civic Service, Taumarunui War Memorial Hall The public are advised that two rounds of gunfire will be discharged in the vicinity of the Taumarunui Domain at approximately 6.15am.

Septic tanks, water tanks, grease traps. Call us for fast efficient service. Phone Chris on 06-388-0452.

Public NOTICES PUBLIC NOTICE

Section 101, Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 RFS Raetihi Limited has made an application to the District Licensing Committee at Ruapehu District Council for the Renewal of an Off Licence in respect of the premises situated at 88 Seddon Street, Raetihi known as Raetihi Farm Supplies. The general nature of the business to be conducted under the licence is that of a Bottle Store. The days on which and the hours during which alcohol is intended to be sold under the licence are: Monday to Friday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm and Saturday: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm The application may be inspected during ordinary office hours at the office of the Ruapehu District Licensing Committee at Ruapehu District Council, 59-63 Huia Street, Taumarunui. Any person who is entitled to object 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 Ruapehu District Council, Private Bag 1001, Taumarunui 3946. No objections to the issue 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 second publication of this notice. The notice was first published on 10 April 2019.

situations vacant

Kaitātari Taiao (Environmental Policy Planner) - - -

Public NOTICES

Permanent opportunity Based in Ohakune, the southern gateway to the Tongariro National Park Flexible work options to allow for a great work/life balance!

“There’s the great outdoors and then there’s Ruapehu. We’re all about Our Greater Outdoors. We don’t just have one National Park – we have two of the best in the country, side by side. That means a greater expanse of unspoilt nature and a greater range of ways to enjoy it throughout the year.”

Taumarunui

Waiouru

Civic Service - 11.00am Civic Service being held at the Greenstone Memorial Wall, National Army Museum, SH 1, Waiouru. Please note that attendees will need to carry photo identification to gain entrance to the service.

Matiere : 11.00am - Matiere Hall Raetihi : 7.00am - The Centre, Seddon St, Raetihi

March to the two cemeteries then to the Raetihi Cosmoopolitan Club.

National Park

Dawn Service 6.00am at the Legion of the Frontiersmen Memorial, corner SH4 and Waimarino/Tokaanu Road, National Park.

Ohakune : 10.00am - Memorial Gates All the above services take place rain or shine. If you have any queries regarding these ANZAC day services please contact: • Ohakune & Waimarino RSA (Eric Pasquill) 06 3854024 • Waiouru Military Camp 06 387 5599 • Taumarunui & District RSA 07 895 7517

Phone 06-385-8532. Email: ads@ruapehubulletin.co.nz

situations vacant

Registered Plumber Required We are looking for an experienced Registered Plumber with a current Practicing Licence to join our Business. We do a large variety of work which includes both maintenance and new work, mostly residential. Must have a current and clean Class 1 or higher Driver’s Licence, be safe and responsible to comply with Health and Safety Practices. Be able to work unsupervised, hard working, honest and reliable, have great communication skills, a positive attitude and motivation to get the job done to a high standard. Immediate start. Contact Brian on 027 436 1075

Public NOTICES

Waimarino Pig Hunting Club Descendants/ Shareholders Only

Nga Morehu O Uenuku Te Kohanga Reo 2 Hukaroa Rd, Raetihi. Phone 06 385 3187 whanau@k07i052.kohanga.ac.nz

NOTICE OF AGM Wednesday 17 April 2019, 3pm 2 Hukaroa Rd, Raetihi Nau mai haere mai

CHURCH NOTICES

Why Good Friday is Good For You

4th May 2019 – 9am onwards Final date of registrations – 11th May 2019 9am - 1pm Raetihi Community Space 42 Seddon Street, Raetihi. Please provide the follwing on the day. 1) Drivers Licence 2) Gun Licence 3) vehicle registration 4) Shareholder number 5) Health & Safety equipment etc. 6) Kiwi aversion certificate All enquiries contact Paula Mcdonnell 0210 2612 441

Phoenix Players present

Sentimental Journey An ANZAC play

The Ngāti Rangi Trust is seeking a Kaitātari Taiao (Policy Planner) to join our Environmental team. This is a permanent, full-time opportunity within a dynamic iwi organisation that is preparing to move into a transition period at the conclusion of the treaty settlement process that is currently underway. Now is your opportunity to be a part of a new and exciting phase for Ngāti Rangi!

25th April at 2pm and 7pm Theatre Royal, Raetihi Tickets at the door.

As the Kaitātari Taiao, you will be responsible for responding to policy, consents and concessions that impact the Ngāti Rangi rohe. Key responsibilities in this role will be; - Respond to consent applications within the Ngāti Rangi rohe. - Influence policy at a local and national level. - Support the overall function of the Te Ao Tūroa (Environmental) department. - Grow relationships and opportunities to progress the strategic outcomes for the Ngāti Rangi Trust. Reporting to the Pou Taiao (Environmental Manager), the successful applicant would require a minimum Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Planning & Policy or a related environmental field and at least one years’ experience in planning and policy is preferred. Ngāti Rangi is looking for someone with critical analysis skills, fantastic written and oral communication, proven organisational, environmental and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of Ngāti Rangi tikanga, kawa and te reo māori is desirable. Based at the Ngāti Rangi Office, 1 Mountain Road, Ohakune, there are opportunities to further develop your skill set by being involved with other projects and events run by the Ngāti Rangi Trust, working alongside a wonderful team in the beautiful Ruapehu Region. Applications close 5.00pm Monday, 29 April 2019. For further information including a position description please contact Te Wai at Ruapehu Recruitment. Please complete the application online at: https://www.ruapehurecruitment.co.nz/job-seekers/our-jobs P: 0800 RUAPEHU E: tewai@ruapehurecruitment.co.nz. Please note, only those currently eligible to work in NZ will be considered for this role.

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Moses was instructed of the LORD God Almighty to make a brass snake and put it on a pole so that anyone of the tribes of Israel who was bitten by a snake if they looked at the snake on the pole they would live. This was a picture of a future saviour who was nailed to a Roman cross,eg. pole, and anyone who looks to Jesus for salvation would not suffer eternal death. So this Good Friday coming is still true to anyone who chooses to look upon Jesus, the crucified One and the first to rise from the grave, and receive the gift of forgiveness of sin and eternal life. Placed for you by the Gospel Chapel Raetihi

business NOTICES GARAGE DOORS, all types of garage doors, specialising in sectional garage doors and auto openers. For a free quote ring Alex Ferrier Building Services Ltd on 07-895-5890.

DOG BOARDING KENNELS

Lawnmowing

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Subdivision & Lifestyle blocks

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Happy runners in a past T42 event on the 42 Traverse trail. The T42 offers running or mountain biking options and celebrates 10 years next month. See inside for details. Photo: Photos4sale.co.nz.

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Another shower of tries for Ruapehu rugby McCarthy’s Ruapehu made the long trek down the Parapara, through Whanganui to Waitotara and then followed the river into the interior to Ngamatapouri, for the second round of the premier competition on Saturday. The mostly Fijian Ngamatapouri team, sponsored by Settlers Honey, started confidently and there were a number of handling errors early in the game by Ruapehu. Sheldon Pakinga-Manhire landed a penalty for the hosts from one indiscretion to put them in the lead. Clearly Ngamatapouri had a plan to spoil the play of those who take the ball forward, but it eventually came unstuck, when the ball was fed out and Tautahi Rawiri touched down in the corner to get Ruapehu on the scoreboard. Before long Ngamatapouri cut through the defence, swung the ball out wide and scored their first try to go into the lead 8-5. Mitchell Millar was accurate with a penalty from out in front to bring the scores to 8-all. Mitchell kicked well, making four conversions and one penalty, two of which were from the side-line, a difficult angle coupled with a well-coated paddock of grass. He also helped gain territory during the game with well-positioned line kicks. Tautahi Rawiri scored another two tries during the game. He has safe hands and is strong enough to hold on and finish off. Troy Brown had a strong game, serving Tautahi ball for one of his tries and then scoring two for himself. He has started the season so well, say onlookers, that any Heartland team in the competition would love to have him in their backline. The engine room of the scrum performed well once some of the issues of non-compliance were sorted after captain Jamie talked to the referee. They outplayed Ngamatapouri in the scrums and put pressure around the rucks. The front row of props Te Uhi and Gabriel Hakaraia, and hooker Roman Tutauha all had strong games. Hamish Mackay and Kevin McDonnell were solid in support. Jamie Hughes and Campbell Hart were

valuable and in all the play. Jackson Campbell was valuable in the line-out and at kick off time when he contested the ball well. The forward strength showed up in their second try when a line out around ten metres from the opposition try line was played. The ball was retrieved by Campbell Hart and the rolling maul formed. They made an impressive march to the try line with Gabriel Hakaraia dotting the ball down under a pile of players. There was another try from a forward scrum, fed out by Kahl Elers-Green and out wide for Tautahi Rawiri to touch down. Both tries were converted to bring the half time score to 8-22. A slip in defence early in the second half allowed a sometimes-impressive Ngamatapouri to cut through and score from one end to the other, bringing the scores closer together at 13-22. An opposition player was sin-binned for repeated no-arm shoulder tackles and Ruapehu took advantage with Kahl Elers-Green scoring from the back of the scrum followed by another try to Tautahi in the corner, 13-34. Just when it looked like a comfortable lead the opposition made their signature magic passing through the back line to score in the corner. The score of 18-34 looked good but the fitter team continued to fire. There was a succession of quick points. Jamie Hughes scored after another forward maul delivered the ball, 18-41. Troy Brown scored from a break out in Ruapehu half. Campbell Hart intercepted a ball from the opposition backline and had an impressive run to the try line fending off opposition. Troy Brown scored his second try after Corey Carmichael made two brilliant tackles to allow Troy to score right on fulltime. Final score 18-56. There is no competition play over Easter. The following Saturday Ruapehu will have their second away game against Taihape, which will be the real test.

Thursday 25th April National Army Museum Roimata Pounamu Tears on Greenstone State Highway 1, Waiouru

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ABOVE: Tautahi Rawiri scores in the corner. BELOW: Kahl Elers-Green sidesteps his opposition, backed up by Jackson Campbell and Troy Brown. Photos: Merrilyn George.

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