Wairarapa News : June 15th 2011
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Editor Walt Dickson email@example.com Phone (06) 370-5690 Manager Lynette Juno firstname.lastname@example.org Fax (06) 370-5699 Web www.wairarapanews.co.nz Address 89 Chapel St, Masterton, PO Box 902 BOOKING DEADLINES Retail: 4pm Thursday Class: 11am Monday Except Public Holiday WN052748EM Less money available for community projects FROM Page 1 Wings Over Wairarapa, if the weather was right, could possibly bring as much as 40-50,000 people over the three days. 2011 was the third year Trust House has been the major sup- porter of Wings Over Wairarapa with a grant of $75,000. Among the other big-ticket items was another $80,000 to Pukaha Mount Bruce for the stage two upgrade of the kiwi house and breeding centre. This is in addition to the donation already made of $550,000 to the recent upgrade of the visitor centre. Pukaha Mt Bruce is probably the most recognised nationally and internationally tourist facility in the Wairarapa, Mr Bourke says. Trust House is a principal funder of tourism promoter Desti- nation Wairarapa, this year to the tune of $245,000. The trust approved funding for two major projects: Masterton Motorplex received $120,000 to construct a purpose-built drag strip behind Hood Aerodrome and the Wairarapa Regional All Weather Track Trust gets $40,000 for an athletics track at the Pugh Sports Bowl in Masterton. Full list of grants pages 17-24. Funding slow to start FROM Page 1 The project has gone from being a proposed drag strip to one that is certain to become a reality. We re over the moon. We needed that to go forward, Mr Wilton said. Although fundraising had been slower than hoped, the key drivers of the project were confident the momentum would pick up after they had turned the first sod. Former Masterton mayor Bob Francis and Masterton Motorplex secretary Tracey Cooper have been instrumental in getting the project to this point. Bob Francis has been attending meetings and giving presentations to promote the facility and attract corporate sponsorship, and Tracey Cooper has been taking care of most of the administration and prep- aration for grant applications. Their fundraising platform is split into three parts. People or organisations that make $1000 donations get their name on a plaque at the new drag strip; racing teams can spend $5000, which buys a pit space for five years; and there are other forms of corporate sponsorship available -- everything from nam- ing rights, through to lane spon- sorship and track-side signage. Mrs Cooper said they expected interest in sponsorship to grow after the work started and people get a sense it was becoming a reality. If some of the big funders do not come through with grants, the Masterton Motorplex has a Plan B to keep the project s momentum going -- it may take a bit longer but will achieve the same end result. The three big funders set to make their decisions in the coming weeks are Eastern & Central Community Trust, Prime Community Trust and New Zealand Lotteries. Once complete, the Masterton drag strip will be the only flat track in the country -- it will be completely level with no undula- tions. This fact alone should attract all the best drag racers. Medal to honour ex-servicemen Proud men: Ex-servicemen Murray Rayner and Eric Kenny have recently been awarded the New Zealand Defence Service Medal. Mr Rayner served with the CMT from 1958-64 and Mr Kenny was with J Force in 1946-47. By PIERS FULLER Bucking the trend of many RSA organisations across the country, the Wairarapa branch is gaining in membership. President of the Wairarapa Returned and Services Associ- ation, Bob Hill, says they have put a lot of work in recruiting new members and keeping the local association strong. The government has just released a medal that honours many ex-servicemen and women who have been previously unrecognised for their contribu- tions and the local RSA wants to make sure that all those eligible take advantage of the opportunity to get the deserved medal. The New Zealand Defence Ser- vice Medal fills a rather large gap in service honours for all those who served after World War II but were not the recipients of any of the other awards for involvement in other various operations. The medal recognises non-operational and operational military service in the New Zealand armed forces since September 1945. It includes all those who underwent Compul- sory Military Training and National Service. Mr Hill says they have been contacting former members of J-Force and K-Force who served in Japan and Korea respectively in the years following WWII and this has helped bolster their mem- bership numbers. There are also other Wairarapa people who have served in Malaya, Vietnam and Indonesia. The RSA has expanded from 300 members seven years ago to around 330 today. Once you get a few, and their matescomein--ithasabitofa ripple on effect. Mr Hill says once people have applied for their medals, the RSA will look to have a presentation ceremony on Armistice Day in November to give them all their due recognition. Murray Rayner is one of the new members of the Masterton RSA who has joined in the last five years. He underwent Compul- sory Military Training from 1958-64 and says he is proud to get the new medal. We didn t go overseas, but we were always on call. We could ve gone at any time, he says. For more on the Defence Service Medal call Murray Rayner on 377 5300 or Bob Hill on 377 2979.
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