Horowhenua Mail : June 2nd 2011
Editorial (06) 368 6014 -- Display Advertising (06) 368 6009 -- Fax (06) 368 6011 -- email@example.com IN BRIEF Can't get enough of school, page 3 Countdown to track opening, page 7 Tweeting like a canary, page 34 INSIDE In the dark of night A man caught burning rubbish without a permit on Monday claimed he was doing the right thing and had attempted to contact the Horowhenua District Council that day. Levin firefighters were called to the Bartholomew Rd property about 7pm when a neighbour dialled 111 after spotting smoke. Fire chief Lindsay Walker said the man did not think he had done anything wrong, saying he had attempted to get a fire permit, but was unable to get hold of anyone at the council. By the time firefighters arrived a tree had caught fire and a decision was made to put the fire out, Mr Walker said. Firefighters asked the man to contact the council during normal business hours, he said. Health risk low Health-risk warning signs are to be removed from Lake Horowhenua after a sample taken from the lake last Thursday showed almost no visible signs of blue-green algae. The signs were posted at the lake in February last year after large amounts of surface scum containing the blue-green algal toxin microcystin was persistently appearing along the lake's shoreline. Reflecting your community THURSDAY, June 2, 2011 Stunning performance: Antonia Miers and Vada Bowling perform the dance which won over the Horowhenua's Got Talent judges on Saturday night. Dancers' rewarding bonus By KARA LOK Hard work by a pair of teenagers paid off on Saturday when they won the dancing section of Horow- henua s Got Talent at the Levin Memorial Hall. Vada Bowling and Antonia Miers, both 14, who have been dancing since the age of five, wowed judges with their punk- inspired two-minute jazz dance piece to Girlfriend, by Avril Lavigne. Antonia said they entered the competition to build confidence for the upcoming Kapiti Dance Competition in July. We just wanted to do it to have fun; getting a placing was a bonus. The duo have been dancing as a team for two years and perform pieces choreographed by a senior member of their dance studio, Catherine Inger School Of Dance. They had worked on their piece for three months, practising at every opportunity. The pair have performed the routine at two other competitions, finishing second in Palmerston North and claiming a highly commended award in Lower Hutt. Saturday s win earned them $100, which they have split. Vada, who is in year 9, and Antonia, year 10, want to become social arts prefects at Horowhenua College in year 13. Their dancing idol is former Horowhenua College student and ex-Catherine Inger School Of Dance student Karis Vernon who they say recently made it into a dance academy. Their ultimate goal is to be selected for the Royal New Zea- land Ballet. Waiopehu College s Coburn Jane won the solo section, while Waiopehu s Cargill Boys (Sam Mahuinha, Fala Matua and Ria Sai) won the group section. The talent show raised $1010 towards Te Takere, Horowhenua s culture and community centre. Manakau to unveil its wild side for festival By KARA LOK Look out Horowhenua, Manakau is looking to show the district s wild side with a festival modelled on the famous Hokitika Wild Food Festival. Residents are hoping to repeat the success of the town s Medieval Market, which attracts about 10,000 people annually and had to be moved to Levin due to its size. The proposed Wild In Manakau festival will show- case Horowhenua s wild side, give local musicians a chance to show their talent, and raise money for community organ- isations and to save the town s hall. One of the organisers, Kimbal McHugo, said the event was set up to bring the community together as recent fundraisers had been individ- ual efforts so you wouldn t get as big a bang for your buck . He said the committee, part of the Manakau Districts Community Association, has yet to determine exactly what wild will mean for the event. We are trying to get organ- isations and people to come up with what they think is wild. So food will be a big part ofitandsotherewillbea certain amount of follow-on from Hokitika but we would also like to hear what other things are wild in the Horowhenua. As well as food, the event will have arts and crafts and live music. The committee, comprising Manakau Medieval Market members Chris Dungan and Molly Gibson, met with Horowhenua District Council on Friday to discuss the event. Mr McHugo said the com- mittee is unclear how much the event will cost to run but a large amount will be generated by sponsorship. We are looking at different type of sponsors, we want a sponsor for the whole event and then we are looking for smaller sponsorship inside that. Proceeds from the festival will go towards the Ngati Weihiwehi marae, Manakau School, the town s football club, Manakau Districts Com- munity Association and Manakau Hall. Organisers are looking to hold the event on March 17 next year along Honi Taipua St, with the school used for car parking.
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