Wairarapa News : May 11th 2011
3 WAIRARAPA NEWS, MAY 11, 2011 NEWS $9,990 Bill: 027 674 4955 Tim: 027 458 4003 2003 Holden Commodore Berlina 3 8L V6 Auto, Full Leather, Airbags, Spoiler, Cruise Control, Alloys, only 93,800kms, NZ New, immaculate $13,990 Ph: 06 377 0177 - www.hintzmotors.co.nz 51 Dixon St, Masterton 2010 Award Winning Dealership CAR OF THE WEEK 2001 MITSUBISHI PAJERO $7,990 1998 Honda Odyssey 2.3L, Auto, 7 seats, CD Player, Air Conditioning, Full Electrics. $21,990 2003 Holden SS 5.7L V8, 6 Speed Manual, Leather Seats, ABS, Full Electrics, 18" Alloys. 2000 BMW 540 M Series V8, 5spd Tiptronic, Full Electric Front Seats, Leather, 6 Stack CD, TV, Tuned Exhaust, 90,000Kms $21,990 $7,990 2000 Subaru Legacy B4 2.0L Turbo Auto, Alloys, Body Kit, ABS, CD, Keyless Entry, Full Electrics, 133,000Kms. 1993 Mitsubishi Pajero SWB 3.5l V6, Auto, Alloys, Mud Grip Tyres, CD Player, Central Lock, Running Boards, Only 132,000Kms. 3.5L V6, Tip Tronic Auto, 7 Seats, Full Leather, Climate Air Con, C.D Player, Alloys, Running Boards, Tow Bar. $14,990 3.8L V6 A 3500271AF Elderly tenants reassured By PIERS FULLER Masterton pensioners worried that their council-owned flats will be sold out from under them have been reassured by the mayor that they will not be dropped in it . The Masterton District Council is looking at the way it manages its portfolio of pensioner housing, but Mayor Garry Daniell says recent talk of the elderly tenants being left high and dry is unhelpful. Councillor Lynn Patterson has taken up the issue and is campaigning to have the council retain ownership and manage- ment of the flats. I m opposed to the selling or management going outside of council because there is no advan- tage to anybody, she says. Mr Daniell says the council was prompted to address the issue of management of the housing port- folio because the council s prop- erty manager is set to retire and there will be opportunity to reassess the future management. An offer was made by a chari- table trust that has interests in local pensioner housing to take on the management of the portfolio. The trust has indicated it would be interested in purchasing the assets if the opportunity pres- ented itself. Mr Daniell says the trust, which cannot be named, could be an appropriate manager of the properties because it has the experience and resources in the sector to do the job well -- possibly better than the council. I believe the people that have expressed interest are capable of caring for pensioners and their experience locally demonstrates this. Last week the mayor had a meeting with a group of tenants to discuss the current situation and he assured them that they would continue to be looked after. Lyn Patterson says she is look- ing after the tenants interests and does not want to see their lives disrupted or their rents increased. A, if it s sold or, B, if its goes to a charitable trust, there s likely to be rent increases. She says her moves to take the issue to the media have been aimed at making people more aware of what was happening so that they may make submissions to the Draft Annual Plan. Mr Daniell says he believes Mrs Patterson may be trying to get political advantage out of the issue. I don t think it s necessarily been a balanced perspective. He says if the council can ensure that pensioners are looked after at the current levels, the question of whether the council needs to own the flats comes into play. If they were sold, whether they could reduce the borrowings for some of the major projects has to be considered. The 30 units that are scattered in various blocks around Masterton have a capital value of around $1.66 million. In the next few weeks council officers will make a decision on the future management of the flats. The council has not considered it in depth, but there is no way we are going to drop the pensioners in it, says Mr Daniell. In my view council has a res- ponsibility to ensure that pen- sioners are adequately looked after, but that doesn t mean the council has to do it themselves. IN BRIEF Arrest in CBD building A man was arrested in a commercial property in the Masterton CBD on Saturday morning. The Masterton man, 32, was found in an area of a building on Queen St that is not open to the public. When questioned by staff he was unable to give a reasonable explanation to why he was there. Police said staff had noticed the man outside the shop during the previous two weeks and he appeared to be watching the property. He has been charged with unlawfully being on a property. Helicopter to hospital The Westpac Rescue helicopter picked up a Kapiti Coast man, 55, in Martinborough after he was found unconscious in bed on Sunday evening. At 6.30pm the Life Flight Trust was called when the patient was found by a neighbour. The man was treated at the scene by the local ambulance crew then transported to a nearby park where the Westpac Rescue helicopter was able to land. The patient was flown to Wellington Hospital Emergency Department where was further assessed. Sex abuse sentence Masterton man Kenneth O'Reilly was sentenced to two years' imprisonment last week for historical sexual abuse charges against a girl under the age of 12 years. O'Reilly was found guilty on two charges of indecent assault at a trial in March and April this year. The offending occurred in Masterton in the late 1980s. Detective Sergeant Barry Bysouth of the Wellington District Child Protection Team says, ''Kenneth O'Reilly was investigated successfully as part of Operation Hope, a Wellington Police District operation set up to manage a large volume of uninvestigated reports of child abuse.'' Alzheimer's week It's Alzheimer's New Zealand Awareness Week, the biggest fundraising drive of the organisation's year and they are calling on people to support their good work to make life better for all people living with dementia. Donations can be made by visiting the website alzheimers.org.nz or by calling 0900 4 1234 (to donate $20). $10,000 toward PhD studies Eco-scientist: Ben Hancock of Martinborough receives the congratulations of Sir John Walker and a cheque for $10,000, as one of 32 university students from throughout New Zealand awarded Freemasons scholarships at a ceremony in Hamilton on Monday. Ben Hancock was among 32 A-grade students from New Zea- land universities presented with Freemasons scholarships totalling $220,000 by Olympic athlete Sir John Walker at a ceremony at the University of Waikato on Monday. Over the last 33 years, Freemasons New Zealand has provided scholarships of nearly $3.75 million to 954 students at Auckland, Waikato, Massey, Vic- toria, Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago universities, making The Freemasons Charity one of the country s largest, privately- funded university scholarship programmes. A decade ago Ben Hancock of Martinborough studied for a Bachelor of Science in conser- vation and ecology at Lincoln Uni- versity. Now he is back there, working towards a PhD in ecology with a thesis topic of Ecosystem services provided by spiders for viticulture . The in-between years saw Ben completing a Masters of Science with Honours in ecology and biodiversity at Victoria University and field technician work in Hawaii, Michigan and Panama. Ben also works as a university teaching assistant, has occasional employment with the Department of Conservation, and casual employment as a waiter, general farmhand and building labourer. A keen sportsman, Ben enjoys backcountry and fly fishing, senior grade rugby, deer and pig hunting, surfing and free diving for seafood. Other hobbies include playing and building guitars, travel and vintage bicycle resto- ration. Last year he was invited to Japan as one of 50 future leaders of the New Zealand agricultural industry. On completing his PhD, Ben sees a future in which he dev- elops globally relevant agricult- ural biological control in New Zea- land. Ben mentors with the Big Brother programme in Christ- church, works with high school biology scholarship candidates, is on numerous university committees, and volunteers in his hometown and for conservation and wildlife projects. Sir John Walker said the pres- entation ceremony was a wonder- ful opportunity to meet so many high-achieving young people.
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