Horowhenua Mail : November 3rd 2011
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The gala theme is still under wraps but guests would be treated to some of the best New Zea- land wines and stunning food by Hester Guy catering, said Ms Montford. Our entertainer is one of New Zealand s most popular, only recently landed back in the country from a year performing in the UK. Ms Montford, who helped organise the 2009 gala dinner, raising $60,000 for the Ronald McDonald House, cur- rently under construction, said she would be quietly rapt if they achieved $50,000 this year. About $1.4 million is still needed to meet the estimated $14 million cost of the building, which is expected to be completed by September 2012. The aim is to open the house debt free, so every fundraising dollar keeps families in a home away from home at a time when their lives are gener- ally turned upside down. A total of 65 items have been donated for auction, including a bed linen set valued at over $2000, racing laps in a Porsche 993 RS track car at Manfeild and a cinema package for up to 40 people. Rachel Bentham, in charge of dress- ing and theming the venue, said the most exciting part was knowing guests had no idea what to expect. The council building is going to be transformed and we have the stage set for a night on par with the best Black Tie Dinners out there, she said. Spat leads to arrest An argument with a girlfriend has led to a court date for a 28-year-old Levin man who took his frus- tration out on letterboxes. Constable Scott Har- vey said Dorset St residents reported yelling and screaming about 1am Sunday between a man and woman. The argument con- tinued into Martin Har- vey St, where the man smashed a couple of letterboxes. Council audit gives 'very sound message' By TANYA WOOD Horowhenua District Council s finances are looking in good shape as it starts the year in surplus, after its performance for the financial year, ending June 30, passed its annual audit. The unqualified audit from Audit New Zealand means accounts and statements of ser- vice performance have been reported correctly and fairly reflect council activity for the year. The draft Council Annual Report, adopted by the council last week, showed a surplus of $437,000 against a budgeted defi- cit of $799,000. Chief executive David Ward said it was a particularly pleasing result for the council in what had been a challenging year, respond- ing to maintenance requirements, pressure of growth within the community, and increased legis- lation imposed by central govern- ment. The annual report gives a very good understanding of the breadth of activities council is required to undertake, and the manner in which we have positively delivered during the year. The council was also reaping huge benefits from a new com- puter system introduced in July last year, enhancing its database and improving financial and non- financial reporting, he said. Mr Ward said the main reasons for achieving surplus included an additional $1.626 million in devel- opment contributions, and a valu- ation gain of $920,943 on its for- estry assets. Mayor Brendan Duffy said an unqualified audit was a very sound message . We are forever trying to drive down costs yet deliver higher standards, and I believe this coun- cil is meeting the expectations of the vast number of members in our community. He said the council had under- taken a wide range of activities, including the re-opening of the Focal Point Cinema, and feasi- bility studies into water and wastewater infrastructure projects. It was one of the first councils to be re-accredited as a building con- sent authority. Audit New Zealand director Phil Kennerley said its main focus was on council re-evaluation of assets, which were accurately reflected by the council, and form an important part of the long-term planning process. He said Horowhenua was typi- cal of many councils in surplus, and operated within strict rules . Tagged as crims Otaki police are upping the ante in their goal of stopping tagging throughout the town, charging any people caught with criminal damage rather than wilful damage. Con- stable Phil Johnson said because of the number of people affec- ted by tagging and the cost to fix it, charges would be harsher.
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