Horowhenua Mail : June 9th 2011
Editorial (06) 368 6014 -- Display Advertising (06) 368 6009 -- Fax (06) 368 6011 -- email@example.com IN BRIEF Darren Hughes not charged, page 3 INSIDE Wrong audience A 25-year-old Levin man is temporarily carless after a burn-out spree that ended when he lost traction in front of police. Constable Scott Harvey said the man faced a sustained loss of traction charge after being stopped by police at 2.20am on Saturday. He said the driver performed burnouts on Mako Mako Rd, Hamaria Rd and Hokio Beach Rd and was arrested after performing a burnout in front of police. His Mitsubishi car was impounded for 28 days and he will appear in Levin District Court next week. Burglars thwarted An alarm saved a Levin childcare centre from being cleaned out after it was struck by burglars on Monday. Constable Scott Harvey said the back door of Levin Early Years childcare centre, on Oxford St, was kicked in during an attempted night-time burglary. The intruder ran off, without taking anything, after the break-in set off the alarm. The broken door was noticed and reported by a passerby, he said. Police charge drivers Three men face a variety of charges after being stopped for driving offences in Otaki during the long weekend. Two men were stopped for speeding on Friday and arrested on other charges, Sergeant Noel Bigwood said. A 44-year-old man was stopped at 5.30pm on Waerenga Rd and found to have breached a protection order in Shannon. He was arrested and kept in custody until a court appearance on Tuesday. A 32-year-old Otaki man was arrested about 4.45pm for disqualified driving after he was stopped speeding on Rangiuru Rd. His car was impounded and he was charged. On Monday, a Manakau man was stopped driving with a headlight out and found to be drink driving. His licence was suspended for 28 days, and he will appear in Levin District Court on June 23. Reflecting your community THURSDAY, June 9, 2011 Showing their colours: Waiopehu College supporters get in behind their team at Monday's annual challenge with Horowhenua College at the Levin Domain. The match, a curtainraiser for the senior North v South clash, attracted hundreds of spectators, many of whom stayed on for the main event. For stories and photos from both games, see page 48. Photo: Dave Chapman Bullying claims spark row By KARA LOK A self-appointed guardian of Lake Horowhenua has been trespassed from the Horowhenua District Council chambers after accusing two councillors of bullying his partner, Councillor Anne Hunt. Phil Taueki, a Muaupoko tribe member, presented his sub- mission on the state of the lake at the council s first draft annual plan hearing on June 1. He accused the council of lying about stormwater entering the lake and went on to accuse Cr Nathan Murray and Deputy Mayor Barry Judd of bullying Ms Hunt. Mr Murray reacted angrily to the accusations and asked Mayor Brendan Duffy why Mr Taueki was allowed to speak over the allocated five minutes. Mr Duffy asked Mr Taueki to conclude his submission and leave the council buildings. He refused and continued to speak over the mayor, causing Mr Murray to lose his temper. Any time you are happy to make accusations outside of coun- cil, I m happy to meet you, Mr Murray said. Mr Duffy again asked Mr Taueki to leave, adding he would take action if he refused. If you make any more threats, then I will trespass you. Mr Taueki moved to the public gallery and said: Your threats don tscareme...doIlook worried, you [council] are cowards and bullies. Ms Hunt, who had declared a conflict of interest before Mr Taueki s submission, did not join in the dispute. However, she supported her partner with her hand on his lap. Council chief executive David Ward stepped in and said the council s constitution stated the chairperson presiding over the meeting may ask a member of the public who is likely to cause a problem to leave. Mr Ward then left the room to call police. At this point, Mr Taueki said it would be best for him to leave as he did not want to bother the police . Police attended, but left shortly after as Mr Taueki had left. Mr Ward said last Thursday Mr Taueki had been trespassed from the council for two years. Urban bus service to go By TASHA BLACK Levin s urban bus service will be canned because of dwindling pass- enger numbers, Horizons Regional Council says. The service, which runs on Thursdays in the eastern half of Levin, will make its final journey on June 30. The bus run started in 2002 as a three-year pilot and since then route numbers and running days have been reduced. The council-run service costs passengers $2 per trip, except children under-five and SuperGold Card holders who travel free. Council figures show in 2003 to 2004, 10,359 people used the ser- vice during the year. The number dropped to a little more than 7000 the following year and continued to lose about 1000 passengers a year. It is expected less than 1000 people will use it in the current year. Council transport manager Anne Redgrave said the bus ser- vice never fully met Horizon s funding criteria, and attempts were made to reduce the cost to avoid cancellation. It was hoped that reductions in the number of service days would concentrate passengers on the remaining services, she said. However, numbers have con- tinued to decline and we can no longer justify the level of rate- payer funding needed to keep the service going for a limited number of passengers. Horizons spokeswoman Jean Archer said attempts to keep the service alive during the years included changing the running times, altering the vehicle to make it more accessible for dis- abled people, and cutting out a route no-one was using to make it quicker for passengers. But the numbers still kept decreasing, she said. There are now a maximum of 10 regular passengers, she said. Horizons staff would ride the bus today or next Thursday and discuss alternative transport options, which could include the Total Mobility Scheme, which subsidises taxi rides by 50 per cent for people with limited mobility. Another option would be the Levin Community Services Van, which operates a door-to-door ser- vice, she said. Horowhenua Grey Power presi- dent Lew Rohloff said the loss of the service was bound to affect some people .
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