Horowhenua Mail : June 2nd 2011
3 THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011 Please Phone 0800 263 264 or visit our o ces 313 Oxford Street • Levin • 06 367 0494 159 Rimu Road • Paraparaumu • 04 296 6137 Oxford Finance is owned by Electra Electra is a Trust owned electricity Lines Company Vehicle FINANCE Available Friendly RATES Friendly TERMS Friendly PEOPLE Normal lending criteria applies 2149873AC Graham Andrew Malcolm Managing Director John Diane There in Times of Need 9-11 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu For 24 hour assistance Telephon e 04-298-5168 Kapiti Coast Funeral Home Back by POPULAR DEMAND ... SAWDUST AND BARK MULCH Ex LEVIN STORE ONLY 15 HOKIO BEACH ROAD, LEVIN PH: 06 368 4057 FAX: 06 368 0008 Email: email@example.com "We'll see you right" Delivery also available to other regions. Pick-up rates for bulk orders over 5m3. Phone our Sales Offce for details. Buy Direct from the MILL! $250 15m3 Delivered Local LS9011 & LS9007 Per Load. Price includes GST. Local delivery region = Levin/Shannon/Foxton/Manakau/Otaki $460 15m3 Delivered Outer LS9011A & LS9007A Per Load. Price includes GST. Outer delivery region = Palmerston North/Paraparaumu/Porirua Ward poll opens Nominations for the Waiopehu ward by- election opened yester- day, with candidates given a month to apply. The by-election was called after the death of Horowhenua District councillor Peter Keenan on April 13. Horowhenua elec- toral officer Warwick Lampp said anyone over 18 and enrolled to vote can apply. All you need is the desire to represent your community and make a difference to the Horowhenua. Candidates must be nominated by two registered Waiopehu ward residents. Mr Lampp said people should not leave their application to the last minute. If you do leave the completion of your nomination form too late and, it is incom- plete or requires amendments, your application may miss the deadline and there will not be any extensions of time. Nominations close at noon on June 29. The by-election result will be announced on August 24. Electra misses out on broadband work By JOEL MAXWELL Horowhenua has lost out on ownership of its planned ultrafast broadband network, with Electra s bid to install the line rejected. Chief executive John Yeoman said the community-owned com- pany spent significant money and time on its proposal to install fibre optic lines in urban Horowhenua and Kapiti. Instead the Government announced last week that Tele- com had won the majority of the work on the $1.5 billion nation- wide package. Contract winners would own lines built with the money, then pay it back, as retailers such as phone and internet providers rented the network. Electra proposed to complete the Horowhenua and Kapiti net- work over five years beginning in November, in Levin. Telecom had given itself seven years to complete its nationwide sections of the network, includ- ing Kapiti and Horowhenua. Otaki MP Nathan Guy said about 10 Levin schools, 80 healthcare providers and 460 businesses would be connected, starting in August. However, Telecom s lines com- pany, Chorus, had not yet decided when it would roll out the fibre network in the region. Spokesman Robin Kelly said Chorus hoped to announce its deployment plans by the end of June with work on the scheme scheduled to start in August, but no locations were announced. Mr Guy said the rollout would be important for regional econ- omic development. This will connect us to the world, encouraging business and economic links that have never been that easy before. He distanced himself from the decision to give the regional con- tract to Telecom. It was a very contestable pro- cess and politicians were a long way from that process. A lot of people put in expressions of interest and ultimately there will be a lot of local jobs created in the rollout. He said it would have been great if Electra was successful but the main thing was that ultrafast would be rolled out through Kapiti and into Levin. Mr Guy said residential wholesale prices would start from less than $40 a month. However, while wholesale prices would be set as part of the agreement with Telecom, they did not guarantee prices passed on to retail customers. Kapiti IT firm Norrcom direc- tor Paul Norris supports ultrafast broadband but said prices for first-up users would be expensive until more people switched from copper lines to fibre optic. Ultrafast broadband would provide instant video streaming, including video conferencing. He said at ultrafast speeds of 100 mega bits per second there was no delay in downloading or uploading information. It brings New Zealand up to a leader, not a follower. The rollout would eventually bring ultrafast broadband to every urban home. Mr Yeoman would not disclose the amount Electra spent on the proposal, citing commercial sen- sitivity. Electra is owned by a com- munity trust that gives two annual electricity bill discounts to customers, and sponsors the regional business awards and scholarships. Staying put: Manakau School year 6 students who may continue through to year 7 if the school is granted recapitation, from left Leah McHugo, Hannah Luck, Tamzin Cowie, Amelia Henry, and Marshall Thomas. School roll to rise? By KARA LOK CONTINUED Page 5 Manakau School is applying to the Ministry of Education for recapita- tion to expand its roll to include year 7 and 8 students. The move comes after the results of last year s biannual parent survey indicated parents wanted their chil- dren to stay at the school until they went to college. Currently most pupils go on to Levin Intermediate or Otaki College, which starts at year 7. The board conducted another sur- vey, specifically on whether the school s family supported recapita- tion (becoming a full primary school), late last year. Principal Paddy Sannazzaro said only one family intended sending their children elsewhere for year 7 and 8, with the majority saying they supported the move.
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