Horowhenua Mail : September 8th 2011
Reflecting your community THURSDAY, September 8, 2011 Editorial (06) 368 6014 -- Display Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- www.horowhenuamail.co.nz IN BRIEF Big and bouncy, page 3 The long and the short, page 5 Gleaming metal, page 26 INSIDE Saved by the bell Two Levin schools were ''saved by the bell'' when alarms activated, sending would-be thieves scarpering empty-handed. The roller door leading to the Horowhenua College woodwork room was prised open just after 9pm on Monday, laving a gap wide enough for someone to roll under, said police. Constable Scott Harvey said there were no signs of disturbance inside the building. Levin East School's alarm was activated just after 6pm on Sunday, when window slats were removed from the boys' toilet block. There were no signs of disturbance elsewhere. The window slats were recovered in bushes. Lock up your meat Police are reminding people to keep their sheds locked at night, especially if they keep a freezer full of food inside. Constable Scott Harvey said there were two burglaries in the last week alone, where meat was stolen from freezers in sheds in Bartholomew Rd and Parsons Ave. ''A lot of people seem to have a fridge freezer in the garage, and a lot ... don't seem to bother locking their garage.'' Camp just breaks even By TANYA WOOD CONTINUED Page 5 Foxton Beach Motor camp could be back under private manage- ment next year, after Horo- whenua District Council con- firmed it could not run the camp profitably. The figures presented at last week s Foxton Community Board meeting showed the camp, expected to be self-funding, had just broken even, making a net profit of $10,207, based on the last four years overall gains and losses. Council parks asset officer Doug Tate said while the camp was busy at peak holiday periods, numbers dropped off during the rest of the year, and despite having facilities more typical of a holiday park, it was still being managed and treated as an old- style Kiwi camp . Council, which took over man- agement in 2006 after the pre- vious lease arrangement ended, employed an external contractor to run the camp. Despite a 14 per cent increase in income during the past four years, from $159,513 to $181,481 in 2010-11, 80 per cent of last season s income was generated by 91 permanent residents. Board member Basil Vertongen said council needed to supply occupancy numbers if the camp was only making $35,000 from holiday-makers. In the same four-year period, expenses increased by 59 per cent, jumping to $211,994 in 2010-11 for additional maintenance, expansion works, and council charges of up to $34,003 in the last year, which more accurately reflected internal overheads . Mr Tate said a private operator, who would not have the same internal charges, could reduce costs through doing much of the work themselves, or through good- will. All costs are paid for from the Foxton Beach Freeholding Fund, which owns the land. Council, which owns the build- ings and other assets, pays the fund any profit earned. Masterstroke for Perrott Top team: Rebecca Perrott, left, part of Levin's Thomas Cup relay-winning team, with Andrew Parkin, Dave Scandle, Christine Wilkie, Nick Robinson and Jacqui Kerins. Master swimmer: Levin's Jacqui Kerins competing in the 100m individual medley. By TANYA WOOD Proving she still has a competitive edge, former swimming great Rebecca Perrott cleaned up at the weekend s North Island Masters swimming champs, smashing six national records at the Levin Aquatic Centre. Perrott, a former Common- wealth representative who now lives in Wellington but swims for the Levin Masters Swimming Club, has just turned 50 and broke records in all six events she entered in her new age group. She sliced 23 seconds off the 400m freestyle record, and 13 seconds off the 200m backstroke. Club chairwoman Lesley Parkin said the times still need to be rati- fied but she has well and truly beaten the records. She s so far ahead of anybody in her age groups that no-one can touch her. Swimming competitively since she was 11, Perrott joined the Levin club in the mid-90s, and enjoys the social side of the club and swimming events, but the competitive streak is always there. I would win most of the national champs, but the good thing about masters is you race against men and women of your own ability, so you could be racing against someone 20 years older or younger, but everyone gets to have a good race. Results for the individual age groups are worked out afterwards. More than 80 competitors from as far away as Auckland, aged 25 to 94, including a 16-strong con- tingent from Levin, competed in a total of 18 individual events and seven relay events during Friday evening and Saturday. Fourteen national records were broken. Ms Perrott was the only Levin club member to break a record, but a club team of six members, including Ms Perrott, took the Thomas Cup 50-metre relay in a winning time of 3mins 11s, two seconds ahead of a combined Har- bour Capital team, and club members Nick Robinson, Mike Hay and Eru Whakatihi won events in their age groups. The Levin Masters Swimming Club, set up in 1981, has hosted the championships four times dur- ing its 20-year run.
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