Horowhenua Mail : May 12th 2011
7 THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 Horowhenua College Success for All Students Phone: 06 368 6159 • Fax: 06 367 9210 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Weraroa Road, Levin • Mrs B. Burns - Principal We congratulate our students on a well run ball. DATES AHEAD Thursday 12 May Year 11 RYDA Road Safety Programme Tuesday 17 May Work Choice Trip Wednesday 18 May FITEC Visit Thursday 26 May 2-5pm Parent Conferences (classes finish at 1.05pm) Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm Friday 27 May 8.30am -- 3pm Parent Conferences. No classes today 3549930AE To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: pix.ccn.co.nz Reprimand for councillor Hunt By KARA LOK Horowhenua councillor Anne Hunt was publicly reprimanded last week for hold- ing an emergency management meeting in Foxton without seeking the Horowhenua District Council s approval. Mayor Brendan Duffy told Ms Hunt at the council s May 4 meeting that she had failed to follow correct protocol and notify him about the meeting held on Tuesday last week. The protocol for councillors holding a public address of this nature is to gain the mayor s approval, who may then con- sult the chief executive if the issue needed clarification, he said. Mr Duffy told the Horowhenua Mail Ms Hunt had opted to contact the council s emergency management officer Ross Brannigan instead of doing the right thing and discussing the matter with him. Mr Brannigan does not have the mandate to give approval and he holds the view that it was entirely inappropri- ate for a councillor to discuss this type of activity with him. The mayor said Ms Hunt had created confusion within Foxton s community by working outside the council s emergency management strategy. He said he had told council they were not to respond to any queries or infor- mation they received from Ms Hunt about the meeting. It is very unlikely she will be included in the district s emergency management plan in the future, he said. However, Ms Hunt, who stood against Mr Duffy in the last council elections, is adamant she has done nothing wrong and followed the right protocol by contac- ting Mr Brannigan and council officer Tony Thomas. She said it was Mr Duffy who did not understand how the law worked as her meeting was not open to the public. Members of Foxton s emergency services and other community leaders had attended the meeting, she said. Ms Hunt said despite the council s reaction, the meeting was well received by the community. The notes taken from the meeting confirm the concern I had detected some time ago that Foxton feels isolated in terms of planning and preparedness [for an emergency]. She said her main concern was Fox- ton s and Foxton Beach s wellbeing. Horowhenua Residents and Ratepayer Association president David Thompson said he felt the council had ganged up on Ms Hunt who had been treated unfairly. It is obvious that public safety is not on our council s agenda, Mr Thompson said. Performers out to show our place has talent By KARA LOK Talented songstress: Coburrn Jane is seeking another win at Horowhenua's Got Talent. Levin s Coburrn Jane is hoping to once again make waves with her music at Horowhenua s Got Talent on May 28. The talented songstress claimed second place last year when she performed a heart- felt rendition of Whitney Hou- ston s Greatest Love of All in honour of mother Sonya, who has a brain tumour. The 15-year-old Waiopehu College student has yet to decide which song she will sing this year, but has created a short list of Christina Aguilera s Hurt, Whitney Houston s One Moment In Time and some by American country singer Carrie Underwood. She is devoting this year s performance to her great grandfather Jack Connor, who died last year, and her mother and grandmother. Coburrn has had no formal training, but hopes to eventu- ally get a singing coach so she can make a career out of sing- ing. People have their own place to go to and singing is where I can be myself. Horowhenua s Got Talent proved to be such a hit in its first year that organisers have decided to do it again with three categories in the hope of attracting more entrants. Convicted Spacemen were last year s winners. The talent quest again coincides with Youth Week and is being hosted by Horowhenua District Council s Youth Voice. It will be held at Levin s Memorial Hall and is open to people aged 12 to 24. The categories are dance, solo singers and group singers, each offering a $100 prize. Council group support officer Colette Bennie said she was surprised last year how much talent Horowhenua had. She hopes there will be an even bigger variety of acts this year. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $2 for children with all proceeds going to the Te Takere fundraising group. Local services live to the Max By KARA LOK Levin s Life to the Max has been selected by the Ministry of Social Development to take part in a two-year trial to boost the town s social services. Social Development Minis- ter Paula Bennett met with members of Life to the Max and other community groups on Wednesday of last week to discuss the initiative, which would see the youth service provider receive nearly $380,000 over two years. Otaki MP Nathan Guy said Levin was chosen by the min- istry as a recipient of the trial, along with Tokoroa, Te Kuiti, Taumarunui and Kawerau, because of the outstanding work Life to the Max does for the community s young people. He said the organisation would decide how the money was distributed among the community s social services. These services included education and health providers, Community Action Horowhenua, Horowhenua Abuse Liaison Team and Levin police. Life to the Max can decide how the money is spliced and diced... instead of applying for a whole lot of funding, he said. At the last council meeting, Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy said Ms Bennett told him she does not pick losers : she picks winners and Levin was a winner, she said. Life to the Max project man- ager Geraldine Gray said the initiative would enable the community service providers to work together and establish a collaborative approach to youth aid. Mrs Gray was unable to reveal how the initiative would work or how the money would be dispersed, but said the trial has four intentions: strengthening Levin s existing social services to meet increased demand; ensuring the community services get the funding they require to keep operating; encouraging different groups to combine their resources; and coming up with innovative solutions to address existing problems. Mrs Gray said the initiative is nothing new -- it simply uses what already exists, creating a more cohesive approach to youth aid. By achieving this, an organic effect would occur and other groups in the com- munity would begin to receive the help they required, she said. Youth to the Max, which began in 2006, provides a free wraparound service to young people aged 10 to 19, and their families. The organisation employs social workers, alcohol and drug counsellors and youth coaches, and works alongside Community Action Youth and Drugs, Strengthening Famil- ies and the Whaioro Trust.
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