Horowhenua Mail : January 12th 2012
Reflecting your community THURSDAY, January 12, 2012 Editorial (06) 368 6014 -- Display Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- email@example.com -- www.horowhenuamail.co.nz IN BRIEF Terrifying ordeal, page 5 Art of pottery on show, page 10 Controversy in opening cricket match, page 28 INSIDE Violence spike Alcohol has contributed to a worse than usual Christmas and new year period for domestic assaults in Levin, say police. Sergeant Martin Bull said the number of family violence calls has been far higher than normal, despite an expected rise during the holiday season. ''It generally does spike during this time of the year, but what we are seeing is very unusual and high,'' he said. Mr Bull said about 80 per cent of domestic violence cases involved alcohol, and it is important for people to get rehabilitation rather than straight punishment. ''It isn't about going to court and getting punished, but about going to get help for what you have done and prevent it in the future.'' Mr Bull said the women's refuge and Horowhenua Abuse Liaison were strong fighters of family violence. He asked that people call police if they have any issues to help stamp out family violence. Festival might not fly By JOEL MAXWELL Tragedy will hit funding Lift Off Levin is in some doubt with a $65,000 sponsorship short- fall that just got harder to fill after Saturday s Wairarapa bal- looning tragedy, festival organiser Denis Hall says. Mr Hall said the hot air balloon event scheduled for the start of April was funded by the now- defunct Horowhenua Community Trust. Well, the festival is in some doubt at the moment. We don t have any funding yet. And fund- ing s going to be even more diffi- cult to get now [following the crash]. Mr Hall said last year the bulk of the $65,000 funding for the fes- tival came from the trust, which made grants from pokie machine profits from Horowhenua pubs. We re going to need to talk to the likes of the council, but the council have already said that they don t want to put anything into it. But that was a couple of months ago. He said 19 balloons took part in the 2011 event and balloonists were keen to turn up this year regardless of whether it has found more funding -- with the crash only reinforcing pilots wishes to attend. However events like the Balloon Glow, which costs about $18,000 to run, could be in jeopardy. Mr Hall said if someone decided to manage the Glow and charge at the gate, they would be taking on big financial risk for a relatively small return. The festival has become a tra- dition for balloonists but it needed to find a new way of securing funding, he said. It s so late in the day it s going to be difficult. The pokie trust had its gaming licence pulled by the Department of Internal Affairs last year fol- lowing investigations into licens- ing irregularities and breaches of the Gambling Act. Three of the pubs went into receivership, with one -- Shan- non s Albion -- being badly damaged by arson. Meanwhile Mr Hall said cancel- ling the balloon festival following the crash, that claimed 11 lives, would be a mistake. He said the Wairarapa tragedy was an accident and neither pilot Lance Hopping, killed in the crash, nor friends and relatives of passengers would want it stopped. The festival is run over Easter from April 5 to April 9, and includes a planned mass ascen- sion from Levin s Village Green, and the annual Lake Horowhenua Balloon Regatta and Splash and Dash. It will come three months after the Early Morning Balloons flight hit powerlines near Carterton, the basket catching fire and the bal- loon plummeting to the ground. A scene examination by police at the crash site was still underway yesterday as the Horowhenua Mail went to press. Safety discussed page 3 Shannon style: Dean File, right, trains for the cold pie and beer leg of the Shannon try-athlon, with Corey Prouting tackling the sheep shearing and Ernie Timms the potato sacking. Bit of a try-hard fundraiser By BEN STRANG Sheep, sacks of potatoes, beer and pies may seem like strange ingredients for a triathlon, but Shannon Rugby Club is hoping they pull a crowd. The club is hosting a try-athlon and family fun day on January 28, but it s a far cry from the usual run, swim, bike event. The event will see competitors, in teams or as individuals, bag a sack of potatoes, shear a sheep, eat a cold pie and drink a pint of beer. Organiser Dean File said the event was a club fundraiser. It is a bit unusual, isn t it? he said. We have heard of this sort of event being run around the place, but decided to make a couple of changes to localise it a bit. Sheep shearing is a common sport around parts of New Zea- land, including Shannon, said Mr File, the club president. We have a lot of spud farms around Shannon so we thought it would be a cool thing to add to the event. Having experience in the other disciplines of the try-athlon, Mr File said the hardest part is usually eating the cold pie, which can be hard to swallow. There will also be a women s gumboot throw and a spud bag- ging event, while children can enter egg and spoon or three- legged races. A motor bike skills course will also be set up. A sausage sizzle and hangi will be run, and the Tui promotional girls will be there. We are hoping for about 60 people in the try-athlon part of the event, and are banking on some good community support. File hopes locals turn out in droves, alongside people from rival rugby clubs in the Horowhenua-Kapiti province. Saturday, January 28, 9.30am, Shannon Domain, first event 10am. Entry is $15 for a team, $10 for individuals. Women's events and motorbike course, $2, kids races free.
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