Horowhenua Mail : May 12th 2011
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Superior and trusted management of investment properties 0800 455 622 Raewyn Thomas 027 246 5696 Kerry-Ann de Ruiter 027 212 0763 firstname.lastname@example.org 3538370AB Food stash: Horowhenua College student council members with food donated at the mufti day they organised. From left, Andrew Lankshear, Samantha Hicks, Sum- mer Sorensen, Andrew Berry and head girl Hannah McMillan-Archibald. The student council is increasing the school's annual food bank collection to four times a year after discovering several students are recipients of the organis- ation's food parcels. The college held its first mufti day col- lection of the year on Tuesday collecting more than 200 cans of food, dry foods, bathroom and kitchen materials and more than $260. Proceeds will go to the Levin Food Bank. Council secretary Samantha Hicks said the collections were getting bigger each year, with several students opting to donate money as opposed to food. She said the council allocated types of food to each year group to prevent the students all bringing the same thing. Residents analyse plan By KARA LOK Residents voiced concerns about Horowhenua District Council s Draft Annual Plan at a public meeting on Tuesday last week. The residents were con- cerned about the quality of the district s water, council expen- diture and the Te Takere com- munity centre project. Council chief executive David Ward briefed 25 people including a number of council- lors on the main points of the plan at the consultation meet- ing held at the Horowhenua District Council chambers. Mayor Brendan Duffy responded to residents questions after the briefing. Levin resident Collis Blake said the expenditure and income figures provided in the draft annual plan did not match up and asked Mr Duffy and Mr Ward how much the council is borrowing to run the show . Mr Ward responded by say- ing the council does not bor- row money to run the show . In law we can not do that. Mr Collis was backed up by Grey Power s Lew Rohloff who was mystified at the dis- crepancy of $1 million between the total proposed income from general rates in two separate but apparently linked sections of the Draft Annual Plan summaries. He asked Mr Ward and Mr Duffy why the $5.99m figure provided in the plan differed from the $7.97m sum he cal- culated when adding up the general rates council seeks to levy from environmental services, parks and recreation, community support, proper- ties and council activities. He said the figures proved the council must be borrowing money. Asked by the Horowhenua Mail to explain the difference in figures, Mr Ward said it was due to a credit generated from internal treasury activity. We do not include a separ- ate page in the draft annual plan for the treasury activity. Mr Rohloff is due to meet Mr Ward later this week to discuss the matter. Resident Bryan Ten questioned why the council was spending $4m on the Te Takere project and the failed Gladstone Rd water reservoir project when it needed an extra $2.2m for the Shannon water treatment plant. He asked Mr Duffy and Mr Ward if there was a plan B in place if the council s Shannon water subsidy application is turned down by the Ministry of Health. Mr Duffy responded by say- ing there was no plan B in place and the council would have to go back to the drawing board if the ministry declined the application. Before the residents gave their comments, Mr Ward had told the group that the council has lowered the original proposed rate increase of 8.9 per cent set out in the 10-year plan to an increase of 4.26 per cent. Don't keep it quiet FROM Page 1 There are people that can t admit that they can t handle their alcohol because when they drink they get violent and they don t see that as a problem. It is a serious problem, Mr Battersby said. There is a disturbing tendency for victims not to say anything to police, but they will tell a whole lot of other people. We are the last people to know and that is pretty dangerous. If you know about it you need to report it. Mayor Brendan Duffy said family violence is repugnant and supported moves to stamp it out. Police clear mystery death Police investigating the death of Dick Pere, who was found dead in his car in the Waitarere Beach Forest on Wednesday, May 4, say they are satis- fied no-one else was involved in his death. Dick Illya Tikirau Pere, 43, of Palmerston North, was found dead in a burning Daewoo Nabira car at 7.30am, on a track about two kilometres from Waitarere Beach Rd. Police spokeswoman Kim Perks had said the death was being treated as unexplained while they investigated. Yesterday she said the investigation is largely complete and the matter has now been referred to the coroner. Mr Pere s family has been updated on the police findings. Police would like to thank the public for their assistance throughout this investigation, Ms Perks said.
May 19th 2011