Horowhenua Mail : June 9th 2011
7 THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 Horowhenua College Success for All Students This week at Horowhenua ... Phone: 06 368 6159 • Fax: 06 367 9210 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Weraroa Road, Levin • Mrs B. Burns - Principal Good luck to all our cast and crew with Stage Challenge Monday 13 June 6.30pm Regent on Broadway Palmerston North DATES AHEAD Monday 13 June Stage Challenge Tuesday 14 June Outdoor Education Mountain Biking Trip Monday 20 June Academy Military Skills Course at Waiouru Wednesday 22 June Hutt Valley High Sports Exchange Thursday 23 June Year 13 Geography Trip Year 10 Outdoor Education Trip Friday 24 June Manu Korero Monday 27 June Year 10 Work Week 10mA, mE and mN Prospecting quashed The Australian-based company granted per- mission to explore the seabed off the Horowhenua and the Kapiti Coast in the hopes of mining minerals in the area has had its application revoked. Greywolf Resources had requested a two-year prospecting permit to conduct low impact works to investigate the seabed spanning 1038 square kilometres along the coastline to Waitarere Beach. The company, which submitted the prospecting permit application along with nine other New Zealand-based applications to the Ministry of Economic Development in November last year, is now under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office for allegations of fraud. The allegations became public after New Zea- land Petroleum and Minerals, part of the MED, discovered deficiencies in the financial infor- mation provided by the company. MED spokeswoman Jude Hamblyn said the organisation was also concerned about Greywolf s ability to carry out the 10 permits. She said the department referred information on to the SFO on the company s exploration permit applications. SFO Director Adam Feeley said it is believed fraud may have been involved in the com- pany s applications. Merged health centre opens soon Work to merge the nurse-run waiting-list clinic and the Horowhenua Community Practice is under way. The merged Horowhenua Integrated Family Health Centre will operate out of the current Horowhenua Com- munity Practice opposite the Horowhenua Health Centre on Liverpool St. An opening date is yet to be confirmed. The clinic is part of a move by the Central Primary Health Organisation to address the region s GP shor- tage and ensure residents have ongoing access to pri- mary health care services. The combined clinic will have about 8000 patients and service some of the 1400 Horowhenua residents who have joined a medical practice since the Central PHO initia- tive began in February. Central PHO clinical direc- tor Chiquita Hansen said the increase means people will receive a GP or nurse appoint- ment promptly and will have their medical records on a practice database. We are very pleased with the result. We have enrolled lots of families, many with young children, which has enabled us to ensure that their immunisations are up- to-date . . . Everyone we have spoken to has been delighted at getting quick access to a skilled nurse, and if required, a GP appointment, so the sys- tem is working as planned. The nurse-run waiting-list clinic has proved the model works, she said. Centre to project 'town square' Horowhenua s new Te Takere centre will embody a town square concept a group of Manakau residents have been told. The head of the Horowhenua Libraries Trust, Joann Ransom, briefed members of the Manakau Dis- tricts Community Association late last month on the $7 million community centre which will incorporate the Levin library. She said the Levin library was a community hub and its role had changed over the last few years. People were no longer using the library to just take out books, but also visiting to catch up with friends, use computers and access historical records. A number of Horowhenua s residents do not have a com- puter or a landline and were using the library s internet to fill out IRD forms, student loan applications and apply for jobs, she said. We are finding we just can t provide enough internet access, we always have queues . . .Wehavestafftoshow people how to use a computer and make an email account for an hour. Te Takere would embody a town square concept , beco- ming the centre point for dif- ferent cultural, arts and edu- cational events, she said. There is a real gap out there in the community. She says the centre will be a place for everyone to gather. Horowhenua District Coun- cil is providing $600,000 towards the project and pur- chased the old Countdown building for $1.8m, she said. The rest will be raised by the Te Takere fundraising group, including sources such as the Lotteries commission. She said there was no way it could go over the $7m budget and the original design had all ready been altered to ensure that did not happen. Levin needs promotion By KARA LOK Requests for better promotion of Levin and incontinence dis- posal containers in public toilets were among 53 of the 143 submissions on Horowhenua District Council s draft annual plan heard last week. A number of residents raised concerns about the proposed rural rates increase and several organisations made applications for funding towards activities and facili- ties at the meetings held in the council chambers. Levin Motel owner Nita Gardiner said it was time the council began promoting Levin in other districts. She said residents from both Foxton and Shannon actively promoted their towns and it was working. Foxton residents Anita Mul- lay and Christine Willis made submissions raising concerns about the proposed increase for Foxton Pool s entrance fees and said residents were already struggling to meet the current fee. They said it was crucial children learnt to swim and it was an issue if families could not afford to pay for the pool or the swim school. Levin residents John Wysocki and Derek Wheeler said incontinence disposal containers needed to be installed in the district s pub- lic toilets. Mr Wysocki said one in six of the men diag- nosed with prostrate cancer in New Zealand every year have operations resulting in incon- tinence and needed some- where to dispose of bags. Among funding requests, Foxton Area Community Medical Trust wanted money for a medical centre with two GPs, and Horowhenua Netball requested funding for upkeep of Levin s courts which presi- dent Megan Bolton said had become a major health hazard due to moss growing on the surface. The council was to debate the submissions yesterday with another deliberation to be held this afternoon. The draft annual plan is due to be adopted on June 22.
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