Horowhenua Mail : July 28th 2011
5 THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 Denture Care Services Call for appointments on 297 2939 Also in Levin Call 0508 336 887 for Levin appointments Here's a Quick Check List For New Dentures: • Are your teeth over ten years old? • Has chewing power declined? • Have you lost sight of your teeth? • Are your dentures difficult to clean? • Are your teeth loose or uncomfortable? If yes is the answer to any of these questions new dentures may be the answer. 90 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu FREE FIRST APPOINTMENT: Advice with no obligation. An appearance that you'll be happy with is guaranteed. Quality materials and the best ser vice. Our Team: Charlotte, Craig, Wei Wei and James Craig Metcalfe and the team are now in Paraparaumu 3840255AB email@example.com Helen Graham Charitable Trust Applications for 2011 grants are now available to charitable organisations in the Horowhenua area. To qualify for a grant, projects must be for medical research, educational (excluding schools), religious or community purposes, or research/therapy for the physically disabled. e following will not be considered for grants from the trust this year... • applications for capital expenditure • applications from organisations based outside the specified area, schools, individuals, sports organisations or service clubs. Applications close 31 August 2011, at 4pm. For an application form... • call us on 0800 371 471 • write to us at Public Trust, Private Bag 17-906, Greenlane, Auckland • email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Ogilvy/PTR0460 Helen Graham Charitable Trust CALL FOR 2011 APPLICATIONS A significant win for Levin bandsman Top tenor: Levin's Robbie Cargill was crowned the best tenor horn player in the country at last week's national championships in Auckland. Levin s Robbie Cargill has every right to blow his own trumpet after winning the tenor horn solo at last week s national champs in Auckland. The head of music at Otaki Col- lege, is the first member of the Levin and Districts Brass Band to have won an open championship grade solo in more than 30 years, competing against the best players in the country. Mr Cargill, the band s principal tenor horn player for three years, said he is delighted. It s great when your hard work pays off. It s been quite a long time preparing for it, and just being able to go up there and play my best is quite a proud moment for me. Winning the tenor horn cham- pionship meant competing against the best players of 13 other instruments for the New Zealand champion of champion s title, dur- ing the five-day contest held in Takapuna. However, Mr Cargill did not get a top three placing despite being told by an adjudicator he had played an outstanding solo . In the final champs, musicians can play a different virtuoso solo to impress the judges. I didn t think I was going to win so I hadn t really thought about another piece to play. The people I beat have won the title many times before, and are big names in New Zealand and Australia, so it was a big shock to win. At next year s championships in Timaru, Mr Cargill said he will make sure he has another tune up his sleeve. Band president Chris Craddock said he cannot emphasise enough the significance of Mr Cargill s win coming from a C grade, small town band competing against the country s A and B grades. We have got the very best horn player in all of New Zealand in our little band, in Levin. The band itself, no stranger to winning titles, took its seventh national championship crown in the large ensemble, a clear five points ahead of its nearest rival. Mr Craddock said the band has been competing every year for the last nine years. The band took sec- ond place in the small ensemble, and third placing in both the test selection and street march. Mr Craddock said he was over the moon with the results, and wanted to thank the Horowhenua community for its support. Children's koha: A mural painted by six Foxton children is hung in Foxton library by artist Max Frieder who, with Sonja Hart, ran a three-day painting workshop last week. Mural gifted to library Foxton library-goers where given a koha from six young local artists last week, when their mural -- A Dragon's Magical Bath of Learning -- was hung over the inside entrance. The three-metre long mural on canvas captures the creative imaginations of six to 11 year- olds, Zianna McLeod, Aimee Gears, Ryan Calder, Paeton Cal- der, Morganna Gifford and Teagan McAllan-Kauri, who spent three days during the school holidays on the community-based youth mural project. Funded by the New Zealand Arthouse Foundation, the inspi- ration behind the two-month long tour of 10 arthouses in the North Island is American art student Max Frieder. The 21-year-old came up with the idea while studying at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, and the tour is part of his intern- ship with the arthouse foun- dation. Working with kids of all ages and artistic abilities, including children from gangs, and with asperger syndrome, he said it s a completely interactive experi- ence . I love community-based public art, especially seeing what chil- dren create. It has a lot of power, and their ideas are what make it really interesting. Koha was the underlying theme, to give a public gift for all to enjoy, but the children were given total freedom to create their vision of the world s future, said Mr Frieder. Foxton s newest mural is a dragon heating alphabet soup while sitting in a bath which has a volcano in it. As the hot letters fly out over Foxton s windmill, and into a book, they emerge as birds and flowers. Alphabet soup was Teagan McAllan-Kauri s idea, outlining the letters in felt tip, but she said painting the butterflies was her favourite part. Excited to see the mural hang- ing up, Ryan Calder said one day he would bring his own kids to see it.Foxton artist Sonja Hart, who runs the local arthouse, said painting murals is a great way for kids to express their creativity, share ideas and work together as a group. Not many kids get a chance to hang a collaborative piece of artwork in a public place. Tax reforms to assist A vote for Labour will see low wage earners better off in their pocket, under the party s planned tax reforms,Otaki Labour candidate, Peter Foster, said. Mr Foster said Labour s tax free zone , means the first $5000 earned will not be taxed. The tax cut, aimed at low to middle income earners, will especially benefit Horowhenua which has a lower median wage, $18,500, compared nationally, $24,400, and a high number of people on fixed incomes, he said. For a working couple, or couple on superannu- ation, the tax saving could be worth around $1000 a year. Mr Foster, who took over the candidacy when Darren Hughes resigned earlier this year, said Labour will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, within its first year of government. It s about trying to give people a fair living wage. He said if the old argument was right, about businesses unable to hire new staff or run a busi- ness profitably every time the minimum wage went up, there would not be a minimum wage. Labour will also take GST off fruit and vegetables to help ease pressure on family budgets. The shortfall in tax will be picked up by reintroducing a top tax rate of 39 per cent, for all those earning over $150,000 per year, affecting about 2 per cent of New Zealanders, and intro- ducing capital gains tax on rental properties sold. Moreflu vaccinations taken up this year Horowhenua residents should be almost flu-free this winter, as more vaccinations have been dis- tributed this year than previously. Bucking a nationwide trend, the MidCentral region has seen an increase in the number of vaccinations distributed, with 1520 more than in 2010, and 2561 more doses than 2009. A total of 34,010 people have been vaccinated with Fluvax or Fluarix to date, said Central PHO board member and Palmerston North GP David Ayling. The statistics show a pleasing increase in vaccine usage, but there is still significant resistance in the community to using it -- this is often due to myths, Dr Ayling said.
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