Horowhenua Mail : February 9th 2012
Reflecting your community THURSDAY, February 9, 2012 Editorial (06) 368 6014 -- Display Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- www.horowhenuamail.co.nz IN BRIEF New sports centre ready, page 2 Kids' big day out, page 5 Sevens, pages 34, 35 and 48 Inside today Streaker booed A Foxton man was greeted by thousands of boos as he streaked during the first day of the Hertz Sevens in Wellington, tackling a Samoan player. Martin Pratt, 19, told Fairfax NZ he had consumed 24 beers before streaking in the match between Samoa and New Zealand on Friday night. In only his underwear, Pratt sprinted onto the field, before tackling Samoan player Alatasi Tupou around the neck and dragging him to the ground. Security guards dragged him to the side of the field and handed him over to police. Hertz Sevens general manager Steve Walters said he took the security breach extremely seriously. ''It is not acceptable to put players in that position,'' he said. Mr Walters said the man had been charged with assault, and has been banned from Westpac Stadium for two years. Pratt told Fairfax NZ he was dared to streak, but did not expect to tackle the player once on the field. ''I was pretty drunk,'' he said. Pratt is due to appear in court this month charged with assault. Nature Coast funding axed By JOEL MAXWELL Levin s i-Site will shift to Te Takere and is likely to be run by existing staff, after councillors voted last week to ditch Nature Coast. Mayor Brendan Duffy said the move to replace the group with an in-house business unit did not mean the council was cutting its economic development budget. The world has changed signifi- cantly since the establishment of Nature Coast and the council s vision is to refocus more acutely on areas where we think we can get more traction. Nature Coast s contract expires at the end of the financial year but Mr Duffy could not guarantee the council unit would be running by then. I don t know if necessarily everything would be in place, but certainly we ll be well down the track to repositioning ourselves. He said the council intended to shift the Levin i-Site, at the SH1 adventure park, into the planned Te Takere community centre. We are evaluating all of the options but it s my expectation that the i-Site service will be delivered within the Te Takere complex, quite likely by existing employees. In a written release to the Horowhenua Mail, Nature Coast chairman Graham Smellie quest- ioned whether council staff are best suited to deliver business development services. Will our bureaucrats want their world disturbed by local expertise and business know-how? What obstacles will be imposed on community participation, which may limit the influence of private enterprise and local business on the much needed economic recov- ery? Mr Smellie said. Horowhenua paid about $300,000 in the past financial year to the group -- combined with Kapiti s contribution to make up about half its about $1.6 million operating budget. Mr Smellie said Nature Coast now faced an uncertain future as the councils worked out how they would tackle economic develop- ment themselves. The question now . . .iswhathappenstoour qualified staff, what happens to business and tourism servicing, and how do the councils propose to manage the i-Sites and the networking? What do they want from the membership base that has con- tinued to support Nature Coast Enterprise as an independent pro- vider? The group plans a meeting in the next few months to decide if it will shut down after the end of the financial year on June 3. The $7 million Te Takere centre is set for completion in November. By RANDALL WALKER Team builders Loaded and ready: Helen and Andrew Lloyd, with son Logan prepare to head off for the Coast to Coast. When top multisport athletes from New Zealand and overseas line up for this week s 30th anniversary Coast to Coast adventure race, there will be two Horowhenua entries competing with very differ- ent goals. Ohau couple Andrew and Helen Lloyd just want to complete the gruelling course, competing for the first time as a team in the two- day event, while former Foxton resident Dougal Allan will be chasing victory in the one-day event after finishing bridesmaid the previous two years. Allan, 26, says he has never been in better shape and has lost three kilograms from last year after a fierce training schedule that particularly focussed on his perceived weakness , the kayak. If you get second twice in any- thing I think it makes you particu- larly eager to get first. I m defi- nitely keener than ever. More than 800 competitors, including almost 100 internation- als, will run, cycle and kayak from Kumara on the west coast of the South Island to Sumner Beach on the east coast. The Lloyds, who run a Horowhenua construction com- pany, downed tools and headed off yesterday for the big adventure and would be camping at the scene tonight. Helen, 36, will get the ball rolling tomorrow with a mild 3km run before embarking on a 58km cycle, handing over to Andrew, 37, to tackle the 32km mountain run over Goat Pass. After a second night in the tent, Helen will set off on a 15km bike ride before a back-aching 67km kayak down the Waimakariri River, expected to take her about four to five hours. Andrew will take over for the final leg, a 70km ride into Sum- ner. Andrew says the goal is just to complete it . We haven t put any time pres- sure on ourselves, it s just more to get out there and enjoy ourselves. We ve been looking at adven- ture racing for a little while and Coast to Coast is always the thing to do. The pair had competed in endurance mountain bike events and did November s Big Bang adventure race in Otaki. The Speight s Coast to Coast had been in the pipeline since June last year. We both had to learn kayaking to get our grade 2 certification last year. We d never been in a boat before so we went and bought new boats, said Andrew. A hunter and mountain biker, he was most looking forward to the mountain run. He had been training by run- ning for up to nine hours at a time through the Tararua Ranges and hoped to complete the run in five to six hours. Helen, who has ticked off a half ironman and the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, said it had been a steep learning curve with the kayak and she was comfortable in the boat but not fast . She had completed the kayak course twice this year. It wasn t as scary as I antici- pated. . .butitwasalongway. There s quite a few rapids in it and there s quite a large amount of braided course as well, you ve got to actually choose which one to go down . . . otherwise you might end up having to carry your boat.
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