Horowhenua Mail : January 26th 2012
Editorial (06) 368 6014 -- Display Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- email@example.com -- www.horowhenuamail.co.nz IN BRIEF AP&I show success, page 5 Haka goes off at softball, page 12 Reporter discovers damage, page 9 INSIDE Pedestrian named Police have released the name of the pedestrian killed on Shannon's main road this week. He was Craig Joseph Skipper, aged 24, from Shannon. A police release said he was struck by a bus on State Highway 57 near the bridge at the north end of the township. It happened about 9.45pm on Monday. The driver was a 43-year-old man from the Wellington area. It is understood his vehicle was a single deck, privately-owned bus, that was set for conversion to a mobile home. Police had not confirmed at the time of going to press if the driver will face charges. Cow vanishes An Otaki beef farmer has been left stumped after her 150kg heifer vanished without a trace. Kathy Simcox has found no clues as to how her five-month-old, all-black angus went missing from her Lupin Rd farm. Mrs Simcox said she called police and animal control, but neither agency had any leads on the $500 beast. She asked anyone with information to contact animal control. The heifer has a yellow tag, with an orange backing, in her left ear with the number 1133. Reflecting your community THURSDAY, January 26, 2012 Poking fun: A spinning rider shows off in the amusement section at the Horowhenua AP & I Show on Sunday. Crowds enjoy a great show By TASHA BLACK Alpacas, wood chopping, sheep racing and sheep shearing were a hit with punters at the weekend s Horowhenua AP&I show. Organiser Mary Davis said the show went extremely well . We had a very good crowd on the Saturday, and Sunday was very good because last year we got rained out. Saturday was lovely weather, a little bit breezy but nice and warm, Sunday was quite cool, it threatened rain but it didn t actually happen. Ms Davis estimated 8000 people came through the gates over the two days, including a lot from Wellington. She said there was a good atmosphere at the show and there were no complaints. I think the sheep racing went well. I think the wood chopping and the shearing are always great attractions and they went well. The alpacas were really good this year. They had a nice ring and a lot of people watching them. The supreme all-breeds dairy cattle champion went to Rodney and Sarah Hudson from Rotodale Farm in Ohau for their cow Rotodale Goldwyn Dawn ET. Foxton s Rod Mather won the open dog trials with his dog Lace. Intermediate sheep shearing was won by Levin s Michael Rol- ston; senior sheep shearing by Jack Robinson from Northern Ireland; and Napier s John Kirkpatrick won the open final. The supreme champion ram was won by Rachel Humphrey from Feilding and supreme cham- pion ewe was won by Barry Wilton from Pahiatua. Alana Clapperton won supreme champion pony, while in the horse category, Otaki s Claire Inglis won champion hack and Nichole McGee won champion hunter. Help to the max on way for confused parents By TASHA BLACK A new programme in Horowhenua to support parents of teenagers is hoped to get youth off the streets and foster better relationships with young people and their parents. Parentline and Life to the Max will run the eight-week course Teen TripleP in Foxton from February. The course is designed to give parents simple and practical strategies for parenting teenagers, Parentline manager Raewyn Persson said. The programme actually comes out of Australia, but it s very much got a New Zealand flavour to it, she said. Parentline, Life to the Max and other Horowhenua practitioners, such as guidance counsellors, were trained to deliver the course by TripleP Parenting last year. We get a whole range of parents [attending]. We have done the programme a couple of times in Palmerston North and we have parents of kids who are climbing out the window, 14 year olds and 13 year olds who are out on the town and doing risky sort of stuff, Ms Persson said. The course, which is aimed for parents of children aged 11 to 16, is broken down into four group sessions, followed by three telephone discussions and a follow-up group session. Topics would include how to manage problem behaviour and risky behaviour with an aim of increasing parental competence and confidence in raising teenagers. Ms Persson said Parentline wanted to get involved because of a big gap both in the Manawatu and the Horowhenua for parents of teenagers . Parentline received calls from parents at their wits end deal- ing with their teenagers, she said. Ms Persson said Parentline had a commitment to running a course in Shannon and she expects there will be more courses held by other organisations in the wider Horowhenua. Parents don t have to come from Foxton to attend the Foxton course, however they must regis- ter, she said. The venue is not yet confirmed. The course runs from Tuesday, February 21. To register contact Parentline 06 355 1655 or Life to the Max 06 368 8005.
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