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15 May 2019, Vol 35, No 1766

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Winter time on the Crossing P2

Sky Waka delay P4

Power cuts confusion Sunday’s storm cut power to most of Ohakune at about 5.15pm, when a tree fell on power lines. Staff from The Lines Company arranged for alternative supply, from the WPI pulp mill at Tangiwai, to back-feed to Ohakune. About 800 customers were affected. Power was restored to all but around five customers at about 8.30. Anne Beex, TLC spokesperson, said there was extensive damage from the storm and that it wasn’t safe for crews to work on the fault in the dark and while strong winds were still blowing. She said crews worked on repairing the line, including replacing poles and cross arms, on Monday. The tree was surrounded by others that were also unstable and had to be felled.

A second fault occurred early on Monday morning, which affected Ohakune’s business area, and Ohakune Primary School, which closed for the day. There was some miscommunication and confusion about the second power cut, with some business operators reporting that TLC did not seem to know about it. Ohakune New World proprietor Dan Rolls said he called the fault phone line at around 2am and again several times through the early hours. He said he saw a TLC linesman in town after 8am and assumed he was there to fix the fault. But the linesman said he had not been made aware of the fault. However, he was able to fix the fault within “about five minutes”. Ohakune business people said they

Dairy win for Ohakune couple P7

College switch off for outdoors P6

More people paddle popular Whanganui

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Ohakune in top 30 house price rises Ohakune is in the top 30 ‘suburbs’ in terms of property price increases, with the median price at $293,050, up 16.4%. The top increase was a Rotorua suburb, where values have gone up 23.00%. Ohakune was 27th on the list, put together by research company CoreLogic, of 50 suburbs with the fastest-rising and 50 fastest-falling house values throughout New Zealand. “Looking outside Auckland, we get further confirmation of the strength of

the regions as a whole with suburbs in Rotorua, South Waikato, Taupō, Hastings and Tararua District all experiencing growth of more than 20 per cent over the year. The lower value of property in these places is no doubt a factor in this growth, with low interest rates keeping mortgage payments low,” CoreLogic said. The data came from Nick Goodall, CoreLogic’s head of research and Kelvin Davidson, senior property economist.

Around 760 more people paddled the Whanganui River over the 2018/19 season than the previous summer – almost 19,000 – says the Department of Conservation. See inside for details. File photo:

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What’s on round Ruapehu Ohakune Carrot Carnival Little Barrow Market inaugural event Ohakune Fashion Show Raethi Country Market Mardi Gras Little Barrow Market, weekly Saturdays

Police Crossing message – winter conditions now 25 May 1 June 2 June 8 June 22 June 29 June

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Where to dine in the

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OHAKUNE KINGS bar & restaurant

3 Rimu St, Ohakune Junction Ph: 06 385 8648 Est in 1913, historic Kings offers an inviting menu by locally renown chefs, a great selection of boutique wines and is the exclusive venue to offer Ruapehu Brewing Company beers on tap. See our Facebook page for what’s on and opening times.


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


2 Tyne St, Ohakune (Bottom of the Mountain Rd) 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 in the garden. Gluten free options available. Excellent kids menu. Fully licensed.


19 Goldfinch Street, (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 Monday to Saturday 9am – 3pm.


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.


Bottom of the mountain road Ph: 06 385 8888 The iconic Powderkeg at the bottom of the mountain road remains Ohakune’s most popular venue for all ages. With 30 years’ commitment to fantastic food, friendly service and fun times, The Keg is the perfect place to meet friends for dinner, drinks or just all round good times. Powderkeg open 3pm till late daily.

Utopia Café/Restaurant

47 Clyde St, Ohakune Ph: 06 385 9120 Fully licensed café open 7 days from 7am for breakfast and lunch. A memorable atmosphere with a superb range of delicious food and beverages, served by our upbeat and friendly staff. Fully renovated cafe, now with stunning decor, gas fire, comfortable seating both downstairs and upstairs, also with a brand new sunny outdoor garden area. Free WiFi with purchase. To include your restaurant/bar/cafe in this guide, please contact the Ruapehu Bulletin on 06-385-8532 or email

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A well-equipped winter hiker on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Photo: Shaun Barnett

With the change of seasons, it’s important to consider the risks of hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the winter months, advise Police. “The Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit have just experienced a great season, with spectacular weather over the summer months,” says DOC Tongariro operations manager Connie Norgate. She wants visitors to be aware that the arrival of autumn heralds a reduction in facilities and services on track, including on-site rangers, hut rangers and volunteers.

“As winter conditions – sub-zero temperatures and snow and ice – set in, alpine skills and equipment are essential to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing from now until November.” Senior Constable Barry Shephard of Taupō Police says that with temperatures dropping and daylight hours reducing, the consequences of incidents on the track are much greater. “At this time of year, it’s often difficult to get helicopters to the scene of incidents and rescues can become protracted efforts that not only pose serious risk to those who require as-

sistance, but also to the rescuers who volunteer to assist.” The Department of Conservation and New Zealand Police want people to avoid getting caught out. “Make sure you plan and prepare for your trip in Tongariro National Park and have a memorable experience for the right reasons,” says Mr Shephard. For more information on preparing for winter conditions see the DOC website www.doc. or call into the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre in Whakapapa Village.

More people paddle the Whanganui Around 760 more people paddled the Whanganui River over the 2018/19 season than the previous summer – almost 19,000 – says the Department of Conservation. Of the paddlers 42 per cent were adults and children from overseas, 42 per cent were New Zealand adults and 16 per cent were New Zealand children. It was a remarkably pleasant summer season, Whakahoro resident Richard Steele said. He lives at the point where most canoeists begin their journey, and is the co-owner of Retaruke Blue Duck Jetboat Tours. He and son Dan often rescue canoeists who have accidents, mishaps or health problems on the river. People from the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge near Pipiriki, and Taumarunui Conservation Department (DOC) staff, do the same. This year Steele was only involved in 12 rescues, his log for Maritime New Zealand shows, and they were all for minor matters. “Just people on their first day getting into a bit of trouble or boats breaking up because the plastic is too old.” The 24 people he helped are a tiny percentage of those on the river. “From my observation, they have had a great year,” he said. His one recommendation to paddlers is to reach their overnight destination by 4pm – in time to set up a campsite and cook a good meal. In other years the Steeles have rescued people in lifethreatening situations – with one party spending six hours in water cold from snowmelt and risking hypothermia. This year there were DOC rangers at Whakahoro and the Ohinepane campsite during the season. They provided paddlers with information and taught basic skills. DOC intends to continue this in the 2019/20 season. Booking online has worked well this year, allowing people to make their own changes. DOC would appreciate feedback from paddlers, on ways to improve services. This was the first season in which overseas visitors were charged more than New Zealanders on Great Walks - and the Whanganui Journey is one of those. The change allowed more New Zealanders - especially children - to take the Great Walks, DOC pricing director Laura White said. It also gave DOC an extra $2.4 million to maintain

them. However the satisfaction of overseas visitors dropped from 73 per cent to 63 per cent, possibly as a result of the extra charge.

The charging differential was a trial, which will be repeated next year. Article reprinted from the Whanganui Chronicle.




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Trades academy job pathways


uapehu’s booming construction sector is providing opportunities for students in the Taumarunui High School (THS) Trades Academy to take on real projects and gain real-life work experience. Council’s property team was struggling to find any spare capacity within its normal commercial contractors to reinstall playground equipment that was saved from the 106-year-old Kakahi Primary School when it closed in April 2016. Property team leader Rebecca Van Orden said the Kakahi Community Group salvaged the equipment and Ruapehu District Council approved developing a new playground on a road reserve area. “That was over a year ago and although we had the funding available local commercial builders were too busy to start the project anytime soon. “The situation has however provided a great opportunity for Council to support the students in the THS Trades Academy with a real job,” she said. Trades Academy carpentry tutor Steve Kernot said that having a real project for students provides them

with invaluable experience that cannot be replicated in a classroom. “In addition to developing practical skills and on-thejob decision making ability it is a great way for the kids to get their name out there and show to prospective employers that they are good workers and are reliable,” said Mr Kernot. “We want to get the kids to know what it is like to work on a real job, under a real boss, with the goal of them ultimately getting permanent employment.” Ruapehu’s mayor Don Cameron said developing skills in youth “is critical and something all organisations should be thinking about”. “Despite there being worker shortages in many areas young people often have difficulty in gaining employment because of an incompatibility between skills and requirements,” said Mr Cameron. He said Council, as part of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, is committed to helping provide pathways for students to connect from education to employment wherever they can.

Trades Academy carpentry tutor Steve Kernot helps the students in how to think about solving an on-site problem.

Bridge to Nowhere deceased named Police released the name of the woman who died while cycling the Mangapurua Track, which is part of the Mountains to Sea cycle trail, on Friday 17 March 2019. She was Margaret Joan Lilley, 71, of West Melton, Selwyn District. Police extended their sympathies to her family and friends. Mrs Lilley was cycling near the Bridge to Nowhere on a section of the track that includes Battleship Bluff, when the incident occurred at about 2.30pm. The trail is Grade 3 – moderate – at that section. At the time, police said Lilley had fallen off a bluff. A rescue helicopter was called at 2.50pm, but she died before it arrived. Department of Conservation Central North Island director Damian Coutts


said staff expressed sympathy for her bereaved family and were providing support where possible. “DoC takes public safety seriously,” he said. “It is important to understand whether there is anything that can be learned from this tragedy to prevent a similar incident from occurring.” There are multiple investigations into the accident including by DoC and WorkSafe, and the Coroner. Cyclists are warned the section of track should only be attempted by fit and experienced off-road cyclists, who should dismount and push their bikes past some of the bluffs. Mrs Lilley is survived by her husband Max as well as a number of children and their partners, and grandchildren.








7 Opening date for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts’ new gondola, the ‘Sky Waka’, has been pushed back to coincide with the opening of the upper slopes, towards the end of June. The target date for opening the new lift was to be 1 June, to provide sightseeing rides to the Knoll Ridge Café. Despite the delay, RAL says ‘rapid progress’ is being made with the lift company Leitner installing drive station componentry. Another update was promised this week. Photo: RAL.

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ACROSS 5. Unable to move (5) 8. Drug (8) 9. Judicial hearing (5) 10. Come to an end (8) 11. Domesticated bird (5) 14. Curve (3) 16. Savage, violent (6) 17. Dangerous (6) 18. For each (3) 20. Intelligent (5) 24. Most southerly NZ island (8) 25. Demon (5) 26. Smart clothes (colloq) (4,4) 27. First letter of Greek alphabet (5)

DOWN 1. Light meal (5) 2/3. Bowler who in 2017 became the sixth New Zealander to take 200 wickets (5,5) 4. Discoverer (6) 6. Animal in an Aesop fable (8) 7. Categorise (8) 12. Town at junction of Clutha and Kawarau rivers (8) 13. Sea creature, pekapeka or papatangaroa in Maori (8) 14. Mountain (3) 15. Mongrel (3) 19. Make possible (6) 21. Card suit (5) 22. Legitimate (5) 23. 1987-1990 NZ soap opera (5)

SOLUTION 1734 Across: 7. Myopic, 8. Te Puke, 10. Rhubarb, 11. Piano, 12. Veal, 13. Horse, 17. Kauri, 18. Plot, 22. Hoiho, 23. No-trump, 24. Centre, 25. Recede. Down: 1. Improve, 2. Jocular, 3. Rival, 4. Despise, 5/6. Susan Devoy, 9. Abhorrent, 14. Masonry, 15. Albumen, 16. Stopper, 19. Shock, 20. Giant, 21. Strew.

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Sky Waka opening delayed

appreciated the hard work done to fix the initial fault, but were frustrated at the poor communication around the second fault, which seemed to be an easy fix, albeit after several hours. This second fault affected several businesses, as well as closing the school, for no apparent reason. Anne Beex said it was helpful for TLC if people lodge faults with their 24-hour faults line, 0800-367-328, rather than contact staff direct. She said multiple calls can help crews to narrow down where a fault has occurred. “If you have no power at all, only partial power available, the power supply is fluctuating, or there is a

Waimarino weather

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

Date 6/5 7/5 8/5 9/5 10/5 11/5 12/5 13/5 Max °C 16.9 16.5 16.9 17.0 16.8 14.7 16.9 Min °C 2.1 0.5 3.0 4.4 10.1 7.9 7.4 7.5 Grass °C 1.1 -0.3 2.9 1.4 8.0 6.0 4.6 7.5 Rain 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 1.0 0.0 23.8 -

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noise from your meter board, a fault may have occurred,” states TLC on their website. “If your property is the only one affected, check the fuses or circuit breakers in your fuse box, and check the mains switch. Otherwise, contact our faults team.” Anne Beex said TLC was investigating the communications issues and that TLC apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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New teachers for Ohakune


our new teachers have joined the Ohakune Primary School staff in 2019, one at the start of the school year and the others more recently. Sophie Turney is the new teacher in Room 11 at Ohakune Primary School. She is in her second year of teaching and has moved to Ohakune from Lower Hutt, Wellington, where she had lived for the last five years. She moved to Ohakune with her partner Hadlee who is originally from Ohakune. “My family live in and around Taihape, so it is awesome to be closer to them,” said Ms Turney. Liva Ozola is the school’s new hard material technology teacher for the 2019 school year. She is from Latvia, a “very small but very beautiful country” in northern Europe, and arrived in New Zea-

land three years ago as a traveller. She has lived all over the country, but after spending last winter in Ohakune she and her partner decided to settle down and stay here for good. “I’m very excited and happy to become a part of the Ohakune community and especially happy in my role at Ohakune Primary School,” said Ms Ozola. Morvern Duncan was born and grew up in Tawa, Wellington. She graduated from Wellington College of Education with a Certificate in Teaching People with Disabilities. From there she moved to Dunedin, gaining a Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Teaching and worked for ‘Stand for Children’ in Roxburgh before moving to London to relief teach for nine and a half years. She returned to New Zealand in 2017 to teach in Lower Hutt.

White Ribbon art features the River Celebrated for his colourful giant murals dotted around Whanganui, artist Dan Mills has turned to canvas for an artwork with special significance. Mills’ striking depiction of the Whanganui River as a white ribbon flowing through the region reflects his support for the White Ribbon campaign to end domestic violence. The artwork was painted on 23 November – White Ribbon Day – when Mills set up his canvas in the Whanganui Hospital foyer and got to work. The piece will be officially unveiled in a ceremony on Friday 17 May, when it will take pride of place along the hospital’s main entrance corridor. Mills, who has donated the painting to the hospital, will be in attendance – along with Whanganui District Health Board members and hospital staff – when it is blessed by kaumatua.

The artist’s connection to the White Ribbon campaign came about by chance when he was living in the Far North and doing painting work for a trust in Ruakaka. “As payment, they offered me a van – a Toyota – which had the White Ribbon logo over it as that was something the trust was involved in. “It was a pretty good van and I got associated with the campaign. I ended up handing out fliers and giving out contact numbers and advice. “I developed a great respect for the White Ribbon cause and the people who work for it.” Fortunately for Whanganui, the van lasted long enough to help move Mills down to the River City. For more on the White Ribbon campaign, go to

Ohakune Primary School’s new staff, from left, Sophie Turney, Emma Soffe, Liva Ozola and Morven Duncan.

“I enjoy bush walking, tramping and horse riding, as well as reading, knitting and embroidery,” said Ms Duncan. “I also volunteered for Riding for the Disabled for 21 years and I am looking forward to living and working Ohakune.” Emma Soffe said she is “very excited” to join the Ohakune Primary School community. She graduated with a postgraduate qualification in teaching in 2012 and has been teaching for seven years, in schools in Hamilton and National Park. Prior to becoming a teacher, she

graduated with a Bachelor of Management studies and lived in Auckland for a few years, where she worked in advertising and then as a retail buyer. She and her partner are both avid snowboarders and during the winter season both work as instructors for RAL.

“We try to spend as much time on the mountain as possible and have chased winter to the Northern Hemisphere in the past,” says Miss Soffe. “I also enjoy photography and I am currently taking classes to continue developing my skills.”


WED 15 MAY 2019 8.00AM (0800) TO 5.00PM (1700)

Artist Dan Mills at Whanganui Hospital with his painting that features the Whanganui River as a white ribbon.

Ruapehu Civil Defence and Emergency Management advise that a multi-organisation training exercise will be held on Wednesday 15 May 2019 between 8.00am (0800) and 5.00pm (1700). The exercise will involve all usual response agencies inc. Ruapehu District Council, Fire, St John Ambulance, Police, Army, DOC and other supporting organisations inc. iwi, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts and local media. The exercise is part of routine training designed to test and enhance the readiness and capacity to respond to a real life event.

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organisations as per usual if needed. Ruapehu District Council services will be available as usual however please note that as the lead agency many Council staff are involved in the training exercise. If you have non-urgent Council business and are able to defer it to a day other than Wed 15 May this would be much appreciated. For any queries about the exercise please contact Ruapehu Emergency Management Officer Nick Watson on 021 247 7340.

People in Whakapapa Village will hear the eruption warning siren as part of the training exercise and should not be alarmed by this. Normal emergency response services (Fire, Ambulance, Police) will not be affected by the exercise and people should contact these RUAPEHU BULLETIN 15 May 2019 • 5

College kids switch off for outdoors experience Eye


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No phone coverage and electricity for limited hours greeted Ruapehu College’s Tear 10 pupils for their Aotea Great Barrier Island Hillary Outdoors experience last week. As well as a long drive to Leigh, north of Auckland, their journey included a two-hour boat ride to Orama in Karaka Bay, just north of Port Fitzroy. It was noticeably warmer when they arrived and the bay was beautiful. Orama was once a Christian community that had fallen into disrepair. Eleven years ago, Hilary Outdoors leased some of their buildings and used it as another adventure base. Since then, the community has had a revival and now all sorts of groups visit. The first activity on Monday was surf kayaking and boogie boarding at Maybe’s Beach, just over the hill from Port Fitzroy. The long sandy beach had perfect waves and the beach day was enjoyed by all.

Troy Brown spoke to Ruapehu College students about project management.

On Tuesday the students headed out for the famous “coasteering” activity – an epic 5km kayak trip past Rabbit Island to the small island of Okokewa where they walked and swam around the island. Students got to jump from the rocks into the sea below. After this, they kayaked back to camp. On Wednesday the group navigated rock climbing Via Serrata – negotiating a rock face on a long rope. They camped that night at Mikes Beach, enjoying a calm night and campfire as the sun went down. On Thursday they tramped out via Haratonga and completed a beautiful coastal walk. Community time “Community service is about being part of something greater than ourselves” – that message, including citizenship and kaitiakitanga has been delivered during ‘Project’ time at Ruapehu College. Last Friday, Troy Brown spoke to the senior students about the Raetihi Park project that involved many of the local youth and gave students an insight into project management. He gave the students many tips such as the benefit of having project leaders. The students then went away to plan their projects for term 2. Massey visit On Tuesday 7 May, Massey University’s student recruitment advisor Tania Jahnke spoke with Year 12 and Year 13 students about studying at the university. “Tania has visited the school in previous years so it was great that she was able to talk to our students about past Ruapehu College students currently at Massey,” said principal Kim Basse. Students learnt about all the various areas of study across their three campuses as well as the option for students to study for a degree as a “distance learner”. Turn to Page 8

Jordan Setiu, Marama Groot and Una Drayton with instructor Joel Halliwell on Great Barrier Island.

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Rahui after Coach Road death

A fatality on the Ohakune Old Coach Road track over the weekend was acknowledged with a rāhui, which was to be lifted once local iwi had notified DOC. Well-known helicopter pilot Dave McLaughlin died after suffering a medical emergency, reports the Department of Conservation. “Tongariro iwi, Ngāti Rangi and Uenuku have expressed their sadness at a fatality due to a medical emergency of a cyclist on the Ohakune Old Coach Road track over the weekend and acknowledged the incident with a rāhui,” reported DOC. “For the time of the rāhui, the track is considered tapu and should not be used. “This provides time for healing and recovery, both of the natural elements at place and for people; in particular, the grieving whānau.” To show respect, all bikers and walkers are requested to consider alternative tracks during the rāhui, asks DOC. A rāhui (physical and spiritual protection mechanism) is a tool to manage human activity around a site where there has been loss of life. It sets a temporary prohibition around the rāhui area and limits access for that period. By placing a rāhui over the area it: acknowledges the death and is a way to express our sympathy to the whānau of the deceased; ensures that safety mechanisms are in place; and provides time for tapu (sacredness) to dissipate following the death.

Support needed to keep budget service The Waimarino Budget Service will close if additional community service can’t be found. That was the decision when trustees met to discuss the future of the service last Wednesday. The service needs to support at three levels – a co-ordinator, committee/trustees and more financial mentors. Chair Geoff Anderson says he realises this is a

very important and valuable service the community needs and trustees are working hard to find solutions. “The current mentors are doing an amazing job helping clients in need but there needs to be more people available so the service can run more effectively,” said Mr Anderson. “If anyone has any interest please feel free to make contact directly to me and I can discuss how

the service will run going forward if people are found. “We are seeking a quick solution otherwise we risk loosing the service in the Waimarino.” Mr Anderson says that if anyone is available to help or want to know more they should get in touch with him at Peak FM in Raetihi, phone 06-385-4919. The service is funded by a government agency.

Bebbingtons third in national dairy awards

Ohakune 50/50 share milkers Thomas and Jemima Bebbington placed third in their category in the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards in Auckland on Saturday. The couple were the winners of the Manawatu regional awards earlier in the year. They received their national award in front of a capacity audience of 580 people at Wellington’s TSB Arena. Placing third in the competition, they won $19,910 in prizes. The couple also won the LIC Recording and Productivity Award. The judges noted their passion for livestock and that they had outstanding community involvement. As winners of the 2019 Manawatu Dairy Industry Awards Share Farmer of the Year earlier, they said the strength of their farming business lies in the teams they have created to support their goal of growing their business. Jemima and Thomas Bebbington say that entering the dairy industry awards has given them a better understanding of their business. “The Dairy Industry Awards gave us the opportunity to look into every nook and cranny of our farming busi-

ness and receive feedback from farming professionals,” say the couple, who have entered the Awards twice previously. The Bebbingtons work together on farm and say they are a cohesive unit. “Tom and I are a strong team, encouraging each other and bringing out each other’s strengths,” says Jemima. “We have a strong financial team also, with our bank manager and accountant working with us and creating positive conversations around growing our business together.” They currently 50:50 share-milk 425 cows on a 160ha Ohakune property, owned by Andrew Wightman. This is the couple’s sixth season share-milking. “There was a lot of pressure with the low pay-outs of 2015/16,” remembers Tom. “We feel that the ability to move farms to a bigger position despite that low pay-out was because of great investments and management. The bank saw that we were capable of servicing the debt and would make the most of the opportunity.” The couple aim to excel in the dairy industry by being profitable and sustainable while enjoying a healthy

Jemima and Thomas Bebbington, third-place winners in the national dairy awards.

work/life balance. “We want to obtain farm ownership and provide a sound financial and environmental business to support the growth of our family and all others involved.”

Other awards the Bebbingtons won in the regional competition were: Meridian Farm Environment Award, Ravensdown Pasture Performance Award, Westpac Business Performance Award.

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College reports From Page 6

Information was included on course selection criteria and the need to check on any course specific entry requirements to help with subject selection at school. To finish the presentation, Tania explained some of the Massey scholarships open to school

leavers including how and when to make application. Food Safety This year’s Food Safety course ran on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 May – across NCEA Levels 2 and 3 so Year 12 and Year 13 students can participate. Over the two days students

Goal shoot Sayge Wikohika scores in the 43-6 win against City College B.

learnt good practices to ensure food safety, potential contamination hazards and ways to control these within a food business. On the second day students were able to demonstrate their learning by organising and using correct industry methods to be used in preparing for and running a barbecue for a group of people. Netball Netball is well underway with Ruapehu College’s team winning 43-6 against Whanganui City B. Two of the College staff play for Ruapehu: Kiarni Rowe who plays for Ruapehu B, who had a close game against Tech losing 19-22 and Angelique Bam who plays for Ruapehu A, who won 25-20 against IDK. Events After school sports practices and trainings for rugby, soccer and netball. Tuesday 14 May, School Cross country. Wednesday 15 May, Rugby game U16 vs WCC at City College. Thursday 16 May, Year 13 bush craft. 22 May, Otago University visit 24 May, academic mentoring for seniors. 28 May, year 12 mountain biking.

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For the first time on the market, Bayleys is proud to introduce this truly unique and character homestead. Supremely located within Ohakune town on 3.8444 hectares of land, currently a lifestyle property but with Future Urban Area Overlay zoning classification. The land is currently grazed by cattle as an income stream. The main house is an architecturally designed pole house which contains two living spaces; each comprising its own living area, bathrooms and kitchens, which can be utilised as either one residence or separated into two.The house is half double-glazed, and the very thick wooden flooring provides adequate insulation.

Auction (unless sold prior) 2pm, Wed 22 May 2019 Onsite

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View by appointment Wayne Frewen 021 141 1723 BARTLEY REAL ESTATE LTD, BAYLEYS,


Experts ~ at your service Gas Fitting

Cut down on your power bill. Go gas hot water & heating – supplied and installed. Call for a consultation. Phone Andrew 027-457-8393 or Email

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:

Ph 06 343 6866

Ph 06 385 8321

Auto Services


Call our Refrigeration Engineers for a free quote • Interest free terms • Energy efficient • Six year parts, labour and mileage warranty

Authorised Holden Service Centre Full workshop services for all vehicles, wheel alignments, computer diagnostics, warrant of fitness inspections, parts, batteries, engine oils. 84 Clyde Street, Ohakune After hours 027 448 4080

Ph 06 385 9222 Butchers Cecil’s Meat & Veg


uee Hire

Quality meat products

Small goods made in store.

We are now licensed to process all home kill and wild game. Open 6am - 5pm weekdays & 8am - 1pm Saturday

109 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui. Opposite the Railway Station

Ph/fax 07 895 7570 Therapeutic Massage

We specialise in stains, odours and hard to clean carpets and fabrics. P.U.R.T - Pet Urine Removal Treatment

Ph 07 895 7348

0800 22 78 22


Plumbing / Drainlaying

100% Appliances


• Plumbing & Drainlaying • Pumps - sales, servicing & installation of all pumps • Fires & Solar • 5 Ton Digger with Augers, Ditchwitch & Tip Truck “Your local Registered Certifier” Call Brian 027 436 1075 Email:

Ph 06 385 8487

Ph 06 385 4718



Are you looking for an electrician who: - Turns up on time? - Keeps his promises? - Offers efficient service & sound advice?

Beef, pork, mutton and chicken, all cuts available. • Hams • etc.

WANGANUI Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning 24 HOUR FLOOD CALLOUT Wanganui & Ruapehu Regions


party hire: floodlights, tables & chairs, heaters, spit roasters, wheelie bins, chafing dishes, crockery & cutlery, dehumidifier, flute & wine glasses, universal food cooker, portaloos & showers, 3-section marquee, horse float.

Carpet Cleaning

Central Refrigeration, trading as

Why buy it ... hire it! TWEEDDALE HIRE


• Bacon • Sausages

Heat Pumps


Then call Jake Fah at FOR THE BIG JOBS: digger hire, cherry pickers, pumps, wood splitters, generators, car trailers, post hole borers, furniture trailer, concrete equipment, rollers & compactors, portable trencher

REGISTERED ELECTRICIAN Ohakune - Raetihi - Rangataua Horopito - National Park PH. 06 385 3393


RICHARD FLEURY 027 241 3412

5T/3T Diggers Road Roller All Concrete Work Concrete Cutting


Ph 06 387 5022

Ph 021 770 123

Ph 027 241 3412

Build, Renovate, Decorate


Building Supplies Building Supplies

dreams and schemes Work/Sports injury recovery, prevention, maintenance & relaxation

Quality furniture flooring and window treatments for the discerning

Clinic & Sauna: 14 Manuka St, Ohakune. Call-outs: 027-274 4282 Available 12 hours every day


Geoff Anderson 33 Victoria Avenue, Wanganui 027 283 9551 email

Ph 06 385 8507

027 321 4050/027 627 4984

Ph 06 345 4554




You can depend on us to ‘see you right’ for all your building needs!


We deliver as far south as Taihape

Main Road, South Manunui Ph 895 6881 Ph07 07-895-6881

Self Storage • Ten 6x3m units • Easy access for large trucks • Six 4x4m units • Monitored/Alarmed security

Traditional & Custom Design Memorials for your loved one 462 Somme Parade, Wanganui, Also at Palmerston North & Feilding

Ph 06 281 3461

• Ten 2x4m units fence with electronic gate acess • Manufacturing and repairs • Access equipment hire • Engineering supplies

Suitable for house lots of furniture, commercial dry goods, cars, boats, ski & board equipment & more...

• BOC gases • 20T & 50T crane hire

29 Burns St, Ohakune. 027 473 0188 Dave or 027 444 2058 Bruce Email:

Ph 06 343 8708

Ph 06 385 8952

14 Pukatea Place, Ohakune

For more information & bookings contact Chris

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CLASSIFIEDS Deadline 5pm Friday. FOR SALE FIREWOOD, www. deadmanfirewood or call Mike 027 477 1992. Firewood Winter RATE. Split mixed wood $90 per cube, also mixed logs 5 ton truck load. Txt or call Thomas 0273 584 898 or Kenny 0221 553498 F orestr y S eed l ings , Management Services. Grow your Carbon Now. Local Expertise available. Waimarino Tree Resource. Ian 027 444 3441 TOPSOIL. Clean, machine processed topsoil. Any quantity available, Ohakune. Plenty in stock. Delivery available. Phone 027 586 1015. winter heating, great selection of heating: fan, micathermic, radiant and electric blankets now available at Ohakune TV Electrical. Ph 06-385-8700. WATER TROUGHS, cattle or sheep. Different sizes. Delivered price quoted. Ph 0800-487-633.

Business notices

DOG BOARDING KENNELS MITREDALE, OHAKUNE Your dog’s home away from home Vaccination Certificate Essential

Ph 06 385 8016

Lawnmowing Chalet & Residential

Subdivision & Lifestyle blocks 0800-896-689 0272-896-689

business NOTICES


Phone 06-385-8532. Email:


Ross Hardey – Optometrist

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

Bennett’s Tank Cleaning Services

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


AGM Meetings At Mangamingi Pa Ohakune Road, Raetihi Saturday 18 May 2019 at 10am

RSA thanks The Ohakune Waimarino Returned and Services Association wishes to thank all who supported this year’s ANZAC Day commemorations, in particular the following people and organisations: The Ruapehu District Council and Deputy Mayor Karen Ngatai, Defence Spokesperson WO1 Roddy Hickling, the NZ Police for traffic control, Reverend Grahame Craggs, Raetihi Cosmopolitan Club, The Ohakune Club, Waimarino Brass Band, Ruapehu College for providing the senior leaders for the Governor General and Prime Minister’s speech, Ohakune New World and the public who attended our services and gave generously to our welfare fund and The Centre, Raetihi. I thank you, Eric Pasquill, President

1. Mangamingi Pa Trust Raetihi 2B2B3B2 (part) DP 0318/5 2. Reureu 1Sub 20a Trust

Waimarino Forest Pig Hunting Club Inc

3. Rapana Paora Family Trust

Attention Shareholder and non-shareholders members

4. Mangamingi Farm Trust Raetihi 2B2B3B2 and Raetihi 2B2B3BB Agenda: Karakia Apologies Minutes of last AGM Matters Arising Annual Financial Report Chairpersons Report. General Business Please bring a plate.


Registrations are due for non-shareholders to Buddy up with their shareholder members.

Ministerial Appointment to the Board of Trustees of Kakatahi School Parapara Road, Whanganui Registrations of Interest are invited for a Ministerial appointment to the Board of Trustees governing Kakatahi School, situated on the Parapara Road, Whanganui. The school caters for students in years 1-8 and has a current roll of 10 students. The Board of Trustees is a Crown Entity. It is the employer of all school staff, sets the school’s overall direction and is future focused. The Appointee is the active leader in the school at a governance level and needs a balance of skills and experiences. The Appointee needs to work well in a team, be able to put plans in place for the school’s future, have good communication skills, represent the diversity of the school’s students, and be willing to engage personally, on site, with the Kakatahi community. A sound understanding of school governance, school management, financial and property matters, the New Zealand Curriculum, planning and reporting and experience in managing people are also required skills. The overriding focus and objective of effective trusteeship is the quality of education that each of the school’s students is receiving.

Board of Trustees Election Nominations are invited for the election of 4 parent representatives to the board of trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself. Both parts of the form must be signed. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at noon on 24 May 24 May and may be accompanied by a signed candidate statement and photograph. The voting roll is open for inspections at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on 7 June 2019 Jenese van der Westhuizen Returning Officer

Same rule and responsibilities as last year. Closing date 31st May 2019. Please contact Steven Tau-jo Hawira on 027 5566 215.

National Park School Parent Election Notice

Board of Trustees Election 2019 REGISTRATION OF INTEREST

Orautoha School

Nominations are invited for the election of Two (2) parent representatives to the Board of Trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself. Both parts of the form must be signed. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at 12 noon on Friday 24th May 2019, and may be accompanied by a signed candidate’s statement. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

Awhiwhenua Residential Based Training Programme 2019 Do you have a passion for agriculture and an interest in learning the practical and theoretical elements of sheep and beef farming within a unique and supportive environment? Our Tauira will study towards the achievement of Year One, NZ Level 3 Certificate in Farm Systems and Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure. This is a residential live-in course. Students are recruited on attitude first and foremost. They must want to be here and have a good work ethic and have a genuine passion for farming. If you are mature, willing to learn and not afraid of getting your hands dirty or giving it a go then we want to hear from you.

There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school.

Applicants must be a minimum 17 years old and have passed NCEA Level 2 Maths and English.

For more information, please contact the Returning Officer, Charles Quirk, on 06 349 6314 or

Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday 7th June 2019.

Application, with a copy of a current CV and completed attestation form, to “The Returning Officer”, Kakatahi School, C/- Ministry of Education, Private Bag 3012, Whanganui 4540, by 5pm on Friday 24 May 2019.

Signed Tania McKinlay Returning Officer

Please email for an application pack. Expressions of interest close 4pm, Wednesday 22 May.

The term of appointment is for up to three years.

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Rating Information Database

Inspection and Objection REGISTRATION OF INTEREST Ministerial Appointment to the Board of Trustees of Te Wainui ā Rua School under a Proposed Alternative Constitution River Road RD 6, Rānana, Whanganui 4576 Te Wainui ā Rua School has an alternative constitution which allows for a Ministerial appointee to the Board of Trustees. Registrations of Interest are invited for the Ministerial appointment to the Board of Trustees governing Te Wainui ā Rua School situated in River Road, Rānana, Whanganui. Te Wainui ā Rua School is a decile 2, state primary school providing education for students in Years 1-8. The Board of Trustees is a Crown Entity. In its governance role, the Board is the employer of all school staff, sets the school’s overall direction and is future focused. The overriding focus and primary duty of effective trusteeship is the quality of education that each of the school’s students receives. Trustees need a balance of skills and experiences. The appointee needs to work well in a team, be able to put plans in place for the school’s future, have good communication skills, ask challenging questions and be willing to engage personally, on site, with the Te Wainui ā Rua community. A sound understanding of governance, management, financial and business matters, planning and reporting, and experience in managing people are also required skills. Knowledge of developing and maintaining relationships with Māori parents, whānau and community is highly desirable. The appointee will work with other selected and elected board members. For more information and an application package please contact Charles Quirk on ph 06 349 6314 or email Application, with a copy of a current CV and completed eligibility attestation form, to The Returning Officer, Te Wainui ā Rua School, C/- Ministry of Education, Private Bag 3012, Whanganui 4540, by 5pm on 25 September 2015.

The Rating Information Database (RID) records all the information about properties necessary for the setting and assessment of rates. The Funding Impact Statement in the Draft Annual Plan (AP) 2019- 2020 once adopted, will be applied to the information in the RID to determine rates for the 2019/20 year. Pursuant to s.28 of the Local Government Rating Act 2002 (the Act), the RID for the Ruapehu District is currently available for inspection. The RID may be inspected during normal business hours at all Council service centres: • Taumarunui, 59-63 Huia Street • Ohakune, 37 Ayr Street • Raetihi, corner of Duncan and Seddon Streets Information on individual properties in the RID will be posted, faxed, or emailed (pdf format) to ratepayers upon request. Pursuant to s.29 of the Act, ratepayers may object to the completeness and correctness of the information in the RID. An objection form is available and ratepayers need to submit any objection to the RID with Council by Friday 14 June 2019. Objections received by this date that result in a correction to the RID may affect the 2019/20 rates set. Objections received after this date that result in a correction may not be applied until the following rating year (2020/21). If an owner wishes their name, postal address or both to be withheld from the RID, a written application pursuant to s.28C(2)(a) of the Act must be submitted to Council. Any queries on the Rating Information Database please call the Rates Team at Council on 07 895 8188 or 06 385 8364

Phone 06-385-8532. Email:


Ohakune Events Charitable Trust AGM Kings Hotel, 3 Rimu St. Ohakune Wednesday 29 May at 6pm All welcome.

Nation’s Chocolate Éclair Shop opening for winter

FRIDAY 24 MAY See you then! Need an expert? See page 9.

situations vacant

situations vacant

PROJECT MANAGER, WAIOURU We are seeking an experienced and dynamic project manager who is results driven and thrives on challenges. What you will do This position, based at Waiouru Military Camp, will manage complex, multi-million dollar projects and has responsibility for project management and the delivery of identified infrastructure projects. The role has responsibility for the development of project plans and schedules, management of design, construction suppliers and project reporting through the life of the project until hand-over to BAU. Our Waiouru facilities include all camp buildings, barracks and associated infrastructure, housing and the 63,000 hectares of training area, situated in the beautiful Central Plateau in the Ruapehu region. It boasts outstanding scenery and outdoor experiences year round, from skiing in winter, mountain biking, hiking and much more. Within this role, while working alongside the Estate Delivery Manager, your strong interpersonal skills will see you confident in dealing with site business representatives, local NZDF FM Services contractor, commercial consultants and contractors and NZDF HQ personnel. Being staunchly methodical, you will manage projects and develop project documentation for infrastructure that is a key enabler of military capability and operations, and contributes to the expected transformation of the NZDF estate. What we need You will bring skills, knowledge and experience in : • Significant experience within construction project delivery and programme development including familiarisation with project management methodologies that are considered best practice e.g. PRINCE2. • Building design development process from concept through detailed design • Expert in stakeholder management with an acute sense of commercial acumen which is invaluable around the negotiation table. • Experience in infrastructure planning finding workable solutions to complex problems • Set and maintain a high standard of construction contract processes, quality assurance, as well as keeping up to date with all the relevant legislative requirements needed for the role. Who we are Defence Estate and Infrastructure develop, maintain and manage land, property and infrastructure assets in order to support NZDF military capabilities and all of government outcomes, through the Defence Estate Regeneration Programme. Defence Estate and Infrastructure is gearing up for major reinvestment and recapitalisation work over the coming years to 2030. To view the Position Description and to ‘Apply Online’, please visit www. Applications close Sunday May 26 2019.

Planning & Despatch – Support Officer The opportunity (Tangiwai Sawmill) This new role, based within the Planning and Despatch team, is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic individual who enjoys a combination of office based and hands-on practical work. Gain valuable on-job training and formal qualifications (unit standard based) whilst working within an experienced and knowledgeable team. Primarily a training role, the successful candidate will learn the planning, despatch and export functions to ably assist the team on an ongoing basis, provide leave cover and a potential succession strategy. About you • Demonstrates competence in the use of Microsoft Office and customised software solutions. • Physically fit, able and mentally alert, comfortable to undertake yard tasks. • Able to learn quickly and take instruction while maintaining attention to detail. • Is an exceptional team player with a ‘can do’ attitude. • Hold NCEA Level Two, preferably including English and Mathematics. • Has a strong health and safety focus and can work in an organised and disciplined way.

death notice McLAUGHLIN David Stuart Suddenly while mountain biking at Ohakune on Saturday 11th May 2019. Dearly loved husband of Kath, loved son of Pam and the late Bill, son-in-law of Barbara and the late Brian Lee-Jones, cherished brother and brother-inlaw of Peter and Robyn, Ann and Guy Boanas, Pip and Richard Lawrence, and David and Cathy LeeJones. Much loved and respected Uncle of Sarah, Kate and Thomas; Sam, Clare and George; Nic, Jamie and Becky; and Florence. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at The Centre, Seddon Street Raetihi, on Friday 17th May 2019 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers a donation to St John would be appreciated and may be left at the service. All communications to McLaughlin/Lee-Jones c/o Bennetts Funeral services P O Box 211 Taihape 4742 “Keep flying high Dave” Bennetts Taihape Funeral Services 06 388 0452

raffle results

O H A K U N E KINDERGARTEN RAFFLE RESULTS: Ohakune would like to wish all our mums a special day and thank our community for their amazing support for our raffle. Winners are #243, #158, #69. Thank you; Utopia, TCB, Mountain Kebabs, About us National Army Museum, WPI is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy work environment. Powderhorn Chateau, EAT, The Cyprus Tree, As part of the selection process applicants will be required to pass Ohakune Electrical, an independently conducted pre-employment health and medical Ohakune Engineering, assessment which includes drug testing. New World Ohakune, Kim Young & Sons Vege Box, For further information including a position description, or to Barefoot & Beauty, PGG apply for this position, please email a letter of application and a Wrightsons, Placemakers, resume to Ohakune Automotive, Take Note Book Shop, Unichem Applications close at 9.00am, Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Pharmacy, The Mountain Rocks, Deadman Carrots, The Gym, Beck’s Baker Hair services and RAL. RUAPEHU BULLETIN 15 May 2019 • 11


Ruapehu rugby success, all round

LEFT: Christian Hawira is tackled by two Border players. RIGHT: Josh Fifita scores. Photos: Glyn Hubbard.

Open to children ages 10 and under

Sponsors’ Day at the Ruapehu Rugby Club was an unqualified success, with many generous sponsors sharing lunch with life members and invited visitors, reports the Club. The curtain raiser to the main game was intended as a practice run for the very keen senior team who are being coached by Joe Metekingi. Pitted against this team were a number of ‘still fit’ ex-Premier players. It was a serious competition and it is evident that the senior team have developed well under their new coach. While they didn’t win they showed they have good potential. Score 20-10 The Premier match between McCarthy’s Ruapehu and Waverley Harvesting Border was truly a game of two halves. It was anticipated that it would be a true test of where the local lads are placed in the competition. Ruapehu started strongly getting a try through Jamie Hughes and converted by Mitchell Millar in the first few minutes. Ruapehu were fired up and dominated possession, not allowing Border to make many opportunities. With good forward strength, Ruapehu dominated in territory and possession for the first half. It was pretty hard out there with some bruising tackles. The front row was an interesting tussle. Ruapehu’s front row of Te Uhi Hakaraia, Roman Tutauha and Gabriel Hakaraia had the better of Border representative props. They secured a few penalties by their scrummaging and upsetting the opposition props who were losing their bind. Te Uhi, according to an ARU observer, made more blow overs than anyone in the match. Campbell Hart and Jamie Hughes were always solid and using ball for Ruapehu advantage, and according to one life member they had ‘blinders’ of a game. Mitchell Millar had one of his best ever games in Ruapehu colours before he left to celebrate his 21st with family. He kicked three conversions and 2 penalties. Border come out with a different attitude for the second half and dominated possession and there was some pretty torrid hitting and great defence on Ruapehu’s part. Border could not penetrate enough to get close to winning. Ruapehu lineout was superior throughout the match, taking a few of the opposition throws. The tries by Kahl Elers-Green and Josh Fifita were very good work on their parts, showing their good determination and skill. Best for Border were Whanganui halfback Lindsay Horrocks, and flanker Angus Middleton with his usual niggling of the opposition, K Latu who was good around the field, and the right wing who showed great pace and ability but although made good ground at times was run down by good cover defence. Final score 27-15 Despite mention of stand-out players it was a great team effort, indicative of the spirit of McCarthy’s Ruapehu culture in the club. Next week Marist, who are one point behind Ruapehu, will travel to Rochfort Park. “Come and support your local team. It does make a difference,” said a Club supporter.

Ruapehu golf

A number of players battled the blustery conditions on Sunday to take advantage of the extra points on offer for the Race to the Ruapehu Cup.

Seasoned golfer Rex Harding, enjoying the conditions, once again shot a score lower than his age, a feat achieved by few, to take the honours with a Nett 65.

Geoff Leahy and the ever-consistent Steve Gray tied for second with Nett 68’s. With the double points on offer, this moved Steve Gray into a clear lead on 177 ahead of Hailong Han and Adam Hinana on 162.

Ladies casual Fridays continues on Friday at 12pm. Bridget Connelly will be hosting a golfing clinic for any women interested in picking up some golfing tips, at the club from 4.30pm on Saturday, Bridget is home on leave from studies and golf duties at Moorhead State University in the USA, “She plays off a 0.0 handicap so I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity,” says Club spokesman Andy Entwisle. Name: Contact phone number/email:

Age Category (tick): Junior (under 6)

Intermediate (7-10)

I certify that this is the work of the child named above. Parent/Caregiver Signature: Pick up a copy of this Colouring in Competition at the Ruapehu Bulletin, local restaurants and cafes. For inspiration, please visit the Carrot Park, downtown Ohakune. Deliver to the Ruapehu Bulletin by 5pm on Thursday 23rd May. All entries will be displayed during the Carrot Carnival and winners announced on 25 May at approx 11am at the Fresh Direct Carrot Carnival. 12 • RUAPEHU BULLETIN 15 May 2019

This coming weekend the club holds their new Super 6’s tournament, “an exciting quick fire six-hole match play event”. “It’s not too late to enter online at www.ruapehugolf. com.”

Saturday night the club invites sponsors and members to the club from 5.30pm for Saturdays halfway prize giving. “It will be a good night with meals available and a number of events planned so I encourage you come out and be part of the action.”

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