Horowhenua Mail : May 19th 2011
Reflecting your community THURSDAY, May 19, 2011 Editorial (06) 368 6014 -- Display Advertising (06) 368 6009 -- Fax (06) 368 6011 -- firstname.lastname@example.org IN BRIEF Farm boy turned actor, page 3 Mastermind champs, page 4 Who's coming to town?, page 5 INSIDE Burglary foiled Burglars who broke into a Foxton residential garage on Monday night and used the owner's trailer to load up two motocross bikes, parts and accessories, only made it part way down the driveway before abandoning their haul. Constable Stephen Dunn said they were probably disturbed by the owner going to get food from a freezer in the garage, and finding the bikes missing. The loaded trailer was discovered blocking the driveway by police, who arrived after being called by the owner at 10pm. Anyone with information about the attempted burglary should call Foxton police station on 363 8084. Tree falls on car A tree blew onto a car in high winds on Tuesday, one of two weather-related incidents attended by Levin firefighters. The brigade was called about 11am after a tree fell on a car, blocking a Graham St driveway. Deputy chief Carl Biessel said it took 10 minutes to lift the tree off the car. He said no-one was in the vehicle at the time and damage was superficial. Firefighters were earlier called to Queen St East, after a billboard blew over. Payout and apology for wrongly jailed Two men wrongly accused of burning down Foxton s Manawatu Hotel in 2004, for which they spent nine months in jail, have received $350,000 in compen- sation from the Government. Phillip Johnston and Jaden Knight, formerly of Lower Hutt, were jointly tried and convicted in 2004 for the arson. In 2005, their convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal and retrials ordered; Mr Johnston was retried in August 2006 and found not guilty. Evidence which came to light after that retrial showed neither man was respon- sible. Mr Knight was discharged in February 2007 before his retrial began. Mr Knight s mother, Neroli Edwards and Mr Johnston s mother, Darrel Arcus, believed their sons were innocent, and pooled their retirement funds to get the convictions overturned. Justice Minister Simon Power apologised to the men last week, saying he was disturbed at the way the system treated them. The standards that New Zea- landers expect of their justice sys- tem fell well short in this case. Mr Johnston will receive com- pensation of $146,011 and Mr Knight $221,936 for lost income, loss of liberty and reputation, loss or interruption with family or per- sonal relationships, and mental and emotional harm. I hope it goes some way to helping them and their families put this very difficult experience behind them, Mr Power said. Teamwork: Waiopehu College stage challenge members on the staircase for this year's performance, from left, Atutahi Henare, Sarah Osborne, Abbey Geerling, Courtney Murray, Amy Love, Anthony Fuauli, Sarah Overall and Trent Sayer. Drugs not cool By KARA LOK Waiopehu College is tackling P in this year s Smokefree Stage Challenge perform- ance, addressing the problems the drug causes to society. Eighty-one students are taking part in the P Not Even Once dance piece which has been choreographed by year 13 students Mariah Te Hori Pa and John Manville. The duo have also designed the costumes and set, which consists of two adjoined staircases, and chosen the music. The performance has been divided into three scenes, the school ball scene, the after party and a street scene where cast members will be dressed as scary clowns. The students are rehearsing three times a week in preparation for the regional con- test at Palmerston North s Regent on June 13 and the 20-strong crew is busy preparing the set on most week nights. Teacher in charge Tacita Bohan said it would be great to beat rivals Horowhenua College, who won the nationals last year. However she said the competition is not all about winning, but also about getting students who do not know each other to work together. Waiopehu College finished second in the regional competition last year. How to cash in on Cup By KARA LOK A Horowhenua working group set up to ensure the region s businesses and organisations capi- talise on the Rugby World Cup will meet for the first time next week. The group was set up at a meeting at the Horowhenua Events Centre on May 5 and includes representatives from Sport Horowhenua, the Horowhenua District Council, Nature Coast, Levin Sportsworld and the Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union (HKRU). Sport Horowhenua s Michelle Allan said it is important to follow Kapiti s example and organ- ise events to celebrate the Rugby World Cup and encourage visitors to the region. The Kapiti Coast has organised the Heart- land game [weekend] in Otaki on September 23 and 24 . . . and we definitely want something wonderful to happen in our region, too. She said the group would make a decision at next week s meeting on what could be done over the September and early October period. Organisations involved have their own objectives, she said. Sport Horowhenua and the HKRU want to use the World Cup to encourage more people to take up sport, while both Nature Coast and the Horowhenua District Council want to create attractions that will bring fans to the region, she said. Levin Sportsworld owner Ken Gurney is approaching local businesses to discuss how to celebrate the event and address branding issues associated with using the words Rugby World Cup . Mr Gurney said he has approached 30 retailers about creating window displays to attract visitors into shops. So far the response has been 100 per cent . . . it s not about the money it s about having a good time, but of course if you attract people into the shops money will fall out of their pockets. He intends to visit more retailers in Levin, Foxton and Shannon over the next few weeks to get them on board. If we have a rugby ball and a different country s flag in each shop then that will be a good thing. It s not about spending lots of money on window displays. Nature Coast spokeswoman Kellie Brown expects an influx of people visiting Horowhenua and Kapiti during the tournament which will boost the economy. Eight World Cup matches are being held between Wellington and Palmerston North, from September 11 to October 2.
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