Horowhenua Mail : July 7th 2011
3 THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011 FREE samples NEW products EXPERT SEMINARS: for the timetable go to www.glutenallergy.co.nz 9-10 July, 10am-5pm TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf MAJOR SPONSOR ONLY $10 entryy CHILDREN UNDER 5 FREE Wellington GLUTEN FREE FOOD & ALLERGY SHOW Candidate left out Last Thursday s article on the Waiopehu Ward by- election, listing names of candidates standing, omitted Diane Brown in error. Diane Brown is one of the nine candidates standing in this month s by- election. Foxton wharf rebuild costs still unknown By TANYA WOOD The unknown cost of rebuilding the dilapidated Foxton Beach wharf is raising concern from the Horowhenua District Ratepayers and Residents Association. Chairman David Thomson said the council has a history of blow-outs on original building estimates, and it is irresponsible to approve a project before it has been costed properly. The wharf is dangerous and coun- cil and DOC is not doing anything about it. The now dilapidated wharf, built 25 years ago by a private individual and upgraded in the 1990s for a pri- vate boat service, is on land administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC), which has com- mitted its demolition funds of $53,000 towards the construction of a new wharf. A public warning sign, to keep out, was put up on the wharf about three years ago by DOC. Foxton Community Board recom- mended an additional $25,000 from the Foxton Beach Freeholding Fund for the wharf s rebuild, agreed to by Horowhenua District Council at its adoption of the 2011/12 annual plan. The residents association said the wharf is not essential, not supported by submissions from any other interested party, and no more than $4000 should be allocated from the freeholding fund, and only if the $53,000 set aside by DOC was insuf- ficient. Foxton Community Board chair- man Neville Gimblett said the com- munity board used the estimated rebuild cost provided by the Mana- watu Marine Boating Club in its sub- mission to council. Mr Gimblett said council approval for the project was needed before committing the money. There is a need for the wharf so it s a sensible, common sense decision especially if DOC is pre- pared to pay most of the cost. Manawatu Marine Boating Club commodore John Bary said DOC first approached the club 18 months ago, concerned about the state of the wharf, and proposing to replace it with a rock garden. Mr Bary said the wharf, popular with families in summer, protects the club s concrete jetty, and a rock structure would allow water in behind the jetty making it unstable. Everybody uses the wharf in sum- mer, some days there is hardly room to move on it. So for people to think it s not worth putting money into, I think they re mistaken. The boating club does not have the funds to contribute towards the rebuild, but is fully involved in the project, Mr Bary said. A local contractor, and boating club member, provided the club with an estimated figure to rebuild the wharf, using existing materials that could be salvaged. Mr Bary said the club has com- missioned a report from an engineer, who is designing a new wharf, and it will be paid for by DOC on top of the $53,000 already allocated. At the time of speaking to the Horowhenua Mail, Mr Bary was unsure of the report s progress. At the Foxton Community Board meeting in May, Mr Bary said virtually everyone agreed the wharf would be an asset to the community, but now there seems to be a fear the project will go over budget . Yes it may well do, but it won t be much if anything at all. DOC area manager Jason Rox- burgh said its $53,000 budget, orig- inally to demolish the wharf, is the total amount in the DOC bucket , but supports a partnership with other organisations to fix up the wharf if it provides a community benefit. Mr Roxburgh said DOC paid for an engineer s report to provide a demo- lition plan, and lay shoreline protec- tion, but since further discussions with the boating club, the same engineer is working with another firm to design the current, almost completed, rebuilding plans. DOC will pay for this new plan out of the $53,000, and although Mr Rox- burgh had a rough idea of the cost, he was unable to confirm a figure. The boating club has given me a cost estimate for the current proposed wharf design [and rebuild], so I have an idea of what the total job is likely to cost. He said if that cost exceeded the $53,000, and the money allocated from the freeholding fund, it would have to be dealt with at the time . Once the plans are received and approved by the stakeholders, the job will go out to tender, he said. Second-best burger Master chef: Waiopehu College student Ben Court with the pine nut crusted lamb burger which earned him second place in the Beef and Lamb New Zealand regional finals. By TANYA WOOD Levin s Ben Court narrowly missed a place in the finals of the national secondary school burger com- petition, at last week s regional heats held at Whanganui UCOL. The 14-year-old Waiopehu College student, who served up a pine nut crusted lamb burger, with homemade wholemeal roll using flour from Fox- ton s De Molen windmill, and turmeric paste as a side dish, using fresh turmeric locally sourced, was pipped into second place in the junior section. Ben, who beat fellow cooking students to rep- resent the college, was happy to finish runner-up in his first competition, winning a certificate and cookbook. Creating his own recipe from scratch for the competition took him two weeks. I started with a simple recipe, then added dif- ferent herbs and spices, trying to figure out what was missing. Taught to cook basic recipes by his parents, when he was seven, Ben repays the favour by cooking meals for the family if they are late home. I just enjoy it, experimenting to see what goes well together, and figuring out how to improve a recipe. His favourite meal is butter chicken, which he makes a lot , and least favourite, pumpkin. While unsure about a future career as a chef, Ben said he would definitely enter next year s competition -- with the winning recipe . Waiopehu cooking teacher Jane Brash said Ben was adventurous with taste, and practiced hard to perfect his skills. He went the extra mile to get local ingredients and all fresh herbs, which was one of his points of difference in he competition. The lamb was donated by Paul s Meat Centre in Levin. Palmerston North Girls High School year 10 student, Hannah Walters, won the junior section with a herby lamb burger, plum and rosemary sauce, and feta spread. The Central North Island regional, one of eight competitions in which to secure a place in October s final, attracted five schools, Waiopehu the only Horowhenua entry. The competition, in its eighth year, encourages students to take a base product of beef or lamb and turn it into an award-winning burger which must impress on appearance, flavour and originality. Door-knocking 'It's not OK' The It s not OK domestic abuse message was taken door-to-door this week, by Levin police officers, and volunteers from HALT and Youth Aid. Sergeant John Battersby, area family inter- vention co-ordinator for Horowhenua, said the message was well received by 95 per cent of the residents they spoke to with information and sup- port numbers for victims. We actually managed to talk to one individual who admitted he had bit of an anger management problem, and were able to get a referral for him. Mr Battersby said it was important to have police officers in certain streets talking with residents, to break down the idea they only come for a bad reason . The door-to-door initiative, which Mr Battersby said will continue to include as much of Levin as possible, is part of the Violence Free CBD project, encouraging local businesses in Levin and Foxton to make a public statement about their commit- ment to being family violence free. The initiative will be extended this month, to Shannon and Otaki businesses.
June 30th 2011
July 21st 2011