Horowhenua Mail : August 11th 2011
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' Mayor Brendan Duffy Horowhenua s giant inflatable rugby balls, designed to promote local events during the Rugby World Cup, may need more money to get off the ground in time for kick-off. Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union received council funding of $11,000 to buy the two balls last month, but the question of who would pay for resource consent provoked a sharp response from Mayor Brendan Duffy at last week s council meeting. Horowhenua District Ratepayers and Residents Association secretary Christina Paton said the District Plan advertising rules made it clear consent may be required for the size of the balls (7 metres by 4m). The grant of $11,000 did not allow for the cost of a resource consent application, so more money would need to be found by council or another source, she said. Given that the rugby union would be the owners of the balls, and had stated at last month s meeting it makes only a modest profit, it seems unfair that they may now be required to find the cost of a consent and hearing. Strategic and corporate services manager David Clapperton said at last month s meet- ing, New Zealand Transport Agency approval had been obtained and its guidelines would be followed for placing the inflatable signs near state highways. Mrs Paton said the association had contac- ted Cole O Keefe, resource planner for NZTA, who said he had not been contacted by the council regarding the advertising balls. Mr Clapperton this week clarified that approval had not been obtained from NZTA and there was no point talking to the agency specifically about the rugby balls until the council had agreed funding, and the proposed sites were known. Mayor Brendan Duffy said he was stunned this was the biggest concern for the association, and it was being precious over a small, temporary six-week promotion . The rugby union will not be asked for reim- bursement. Council will do it in-house at no cost to anybody. Mrs Paton said Mr Duffy was out of order and should stand down on this discussion, having a conflict of interest as the supplier of the balls, and found it disquieting that he did not seem to understand standing orders (the rules which govern how council meetings are conducted). Mr Duffy said it was not necessary to stand down. The mayor, who owns Canvasland which provided the quote for the rugby union, declared a conflict of interest at last month s meeting, and withdrew from the table. Acting chief executive Tony Thomas said the discussion was premature until council knew where the two balls would go, and resource consent may not have to be publicly notified [which would require additional cost of a hearing]. Mrs Paton told Horowhenua Mail after the meeting she wanted to make sure money was available for resource consent if needed, and was not prepared for such a hostile response from Mr Duffy. The sites for the two inflatables, which will be anchored to a base and not aerial, were discussed after last month s meeting, and were likely to include Victoria Park in Foxton, the Village Green and Adventure Park in Levin, and Shannon s Te Maire Park, Mr Clapperton said. He confirmed the rugby union would have to apply to the council for resource consent, and NZTA would be consulted as an affected party as part of the process. The rugby union will have to pay for the resource consent, which can be from a donation. Council can only give them [the rugby union] the money already applied for. Meanwhile Mr Thomas said Mr Duffy had every right to be part of last week s discussion as it concerned the issue of resource consent, and not the purchasing of the balls. He said the council would probably look at a package consent, to cover the four sites. Mr Duffy said this week the likelihood of a resource consent needed for two temporary inflatable promotional balls, was extraordi- narily remote in his opinion, and no different to the hot air balloon festival which did not require consent. Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union chief executive Corey Kennett said the union, which agreed to support Austin Fraser s orig- inal idea for the community rugby balls, was working through the process with the council. Lives lost: Former students Bailey Kinita and Louise Reichenbach, killed in car accidents this year, were remembered during the concert with a message warning students to make good choices. 'Learn from tragedy' FROM Page 1 Foxton St John paramedic Tim Batson said it was OK to say, No, I ve had enough [to drink] . [A] fun night out is not one that ends up in hospital, he said. Former heroin addict Pat Buckley, who set up Amped4Life Trust in 2002, spoke about the choices he made more than 20 years ago which still affect his life. Mr Buckley, who contracted Hepatitis C, which could kill me any time , works with schools, industry and community groups to provide help and support for people with drug and alcohol addiction. A series of drug overdoses in 1995, which almost killed him, was his epiphany . He said people always had a choice, and students should not throw their potential away . His messages were simple, punctuated with graphic examples of the conse- quences of bad choices. He said alcohol numbs the body and brain, and things get out of hand quickly , and students did not have the skills to drive and text . Don t be in a rush to experience every- thing now, he said. You are an adult a very long time. Mr Buckley said it was important to choose friends carefully, be a good influ- ence for people and not take stupid risks . Ask for help because you cannot do it on your own. Learn from loss and tragedy -- make good on it by making better choices. Ms Scully, who knew the students who died and spoke at Bailey s funeral earlier in the year, said she never wanted to go through what we went through in the first term . Everyone was afraid to be happy. Clem Packer, 14, part of the group who performed the haka specially written for the event, said afterwards that the mess- age he took was, Look after your mates, and take one for the team . The college plans to include a pro- gramme based on this event, as part of its ongoing educational initiatives. Drink driving A craving for a mid- night snack has earned a 71-year-old Levin man a date in court after he was caught drink driving. Constable Scott Har- vey said the man felt like a feed when he got home from watching the Bledisloe Cup match at a local club in town on Saturday night. He said the man drove his car back into town, and was coming out of the McDonald s drive-thru on Oxford St when he was stopped by police. The silly thing was, the guy had got a taxi to town and back, said Mr Harvey. The man had a breath alcohol reading of 631 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. Tag the tagger Glass etching has become the new tagging style on Otaki s Main St with two businesses hit over the weekend. Constable Terry Moore said it was likely the two attacks were done by the same tagger and asked that anyone with information on the incidents contact Otaki police.
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