Wairarapa News : September 21st 2011
3 WAIRARAPA NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 NEWS 61 DIXON STREET • MASTERTON Phone 06 377 5600 • 0800 787 772 • www.mckenzies.co.nz CURTAIN COURT MASTERTON S SUPER SPRING SAVER SALE 15% OFF ROMAN BLIND MAKING Until the end of September 2011 FREE CURTAIN MAKING ON "SWATCH BOX" SEE INSTORE FOR FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS PLUS 15% OFF TRACKS The latest trends and designs from Europe are here, hurry - for a limited time only. Industry ready to talk FROM Page 1 Chairman of the Paua 2 Industry Association, Tony Craig, says while they are pleased that the mataitai applications have been denied because the reserves could have reduced their paua take by 25-30 per cent, the fishermen are still keen to come to the table with iwi to find a compromise. It s fair to say that we are working closely with the applicants to devise a better, more holistic plan that better understands iwi needs in those areas and allows us to talk around the table to find areas that are not going to be such an impact, but will still achieve the aim for iwi from the mataitai perspective, he says. IN BRIEF Fun run for charity The Life Flight Charity Fun Run/Walk is being held at Henley Lake this Sunday. Running from 11am till 1pm, this popular event is back thanks to organisers Rob and Helen Barber, with the support of the Masterton Host Waipoua Lions Club. Supporting Life Flight and Ronald McDonald House, Wellington's new building appeal, this event is enjoyable for the whole family. The scenic course around Masterton's beautiful Henley Park is either 3.8km or 7.6km and it is suitable for runners, walkers, pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Wairarapa people are invited to ''get into the spirit'' and come dressed in costume, and join in for a coffee and sausage sizzle by the lake for lunch. Car crashes A vehicle crashed into a fence in Camp Rd at Tauherenikau on Sunday afternoon. There were no injuries in the crash and no other vehicles involved. The crash happened about 3.40pm. Fire suspicious Wairarapa Police are investigating a suspicious house fire in Westmere Rd, Wainuiouru, which occurred in the early hours of Thursday last week. The fire service was called to the derelict house near the junction of Hakakino and Westmere roads, at about 2am. ''The house has been completely destroyed by the fire and early examination of the scene indicates the fire has been deliberately lit.'' Detective Sergeant Bysouth says the exact cause of the blaze is still being investigated. Police would like to hear from anyone who noticed anything unusual in this rural area prior to the fire or noticed any unusual vehicles in the area at the time, Mr Bysouth says. Watch those clocks Fans watching broadcasts of the three Rugby World Cup matches on Sunday could miss the kickoff if they forget to adjust their watches the night before. New Zealand daylight saving starts this weekend, when time advances an hour at 2am to 3am, on Sunday morning. The change provides an extra hour of daylight in the evenings and will run from September 25 to Sunday, April 1, 2012. Three RWC pool matches are scheduled for September 25: Fiji v Samoa at 3.30pm in Auckland, Ireland v Russia at 6pm in Roto- rua and Argentina v Scotland at 8.30pm in Wellington. People may find it convenient to advance clocks before going to bed on Saturday, September 24. Tourists are hitting the road Wairarapa is experiencing a rise in international visitors during the early stages of Rugby World Cup 2011. Campervans with tourists from South Africa, Wales, England and Australia have been enjoying attractions including the vineyards in Martinborough and touring the Tui Brewery at Mangatainoka. Destination Wairarapa Cus- tomer Service Manager Helen Tickner says international visitors are making the most of the region s close proximity to Wellington. She says the numbers of international visitors through the Masterton and Martinborough i-SITES during the past week had been significantly up on previous months. We re selling lots of activities, many more than usual, and the information we re getting back from these visitors is they are covering huge miles, Mrs Tickner says. I spoke with four South Africans who were basing them- selves in Wellington, but had visi- ted Martinborough and were keen to return later in the week. Most visitors I ve spoken to are in New Zealand for at least 21 days and are trying to cram in as much as they possibly can. Tui Brewery commercial man- ager Nick Rogers says while dom- estic visitors to the brewery are down, international visitors have never been stronger, with between 20-30 campervans visiting Tui HQ each day. He is expecting these numbers to increase as the tour- nament progresses, especially later this month when regional games are held in Palmerston North and Hawke s Bay. We re currently seeing an upsurge in numbers from tourists whose games are in Wellington each weekend looking to fill their week in by touring around the lower North Island, Mr Rogers says. We ve been inundated with South Africans, as well as camper vans that leave the city on the Sunday, head to Taupo, Hawke s Bay then return later in the week. Lisa Cornelissen, owner of Martinborough Holiday Park, says her business has had four times the normal number of cam- pervan arrivals. We are a Qualmark 4+ rated holiday park and we target high- value tourists. Chatting to our guests most of them are here to enjoy some Martinborough wine and they are choosing to stay at Qualmarked Holiday Parks while travelling around New Zealand, she says. Mrs Cornelissen fully expects this uplift in business to continue, with strong bookings from inter- national campervan tourists right through until the middle of Octo- ber, when Wellington hosts two of the quarterfinals. Asabitoffunweare commiserating with supporters of losing teams by offering a dis- counted stay the night after the game if they turn up in team colours. The bugman to speak at Pukaha Bugman: Ruud Kleinpaste will be speaking at a Pukaha fundraiser in early November. The man world-famous for his fas- cination with bugs and conser- vation work will speak at a fundraising evening in Wairarapa next month to support the work done at Pukaha Mount Bruce. Entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste, internationally known as the bugman , will entertain at a social evening on November 2 at the Masterton Town Hall. Proceeds from the evening will go to Pukaha Mount Bruce s forest restoration and pest control pro- gramme. Ruud s highly entertaining speaking style will make this a fantastic night out for anyone, Pukaha Mount Bruce Board chair- man Bob Francis said. Make the most of this oppor- tunity to meet and hear a world- class expert and speaker. Mr Kleinpaste s passion for natural history has taken him around the world and earned him the bugman moniker. Mr Kleinpaste has worked on many television programmes and documentaries including Maggie's Garden Show and more recently as an entomologist on Animal Pla- net and Discovery programmes. Mr Kleinpaste is a trustee of the Bank of New Zealand Kiwi Recov- ery Trust; of Project Crimson, the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust; and is a patron of Keep New Zealand Beautiful. Proceeds from the evening will be used by the Pukaha Mount Bruce Board to help meet the $150,000 annual cost of intensive pest control in and around the 940-hectare native forest. Our vision is for the forest to once again become a place for everyone to hear the dawn chorus, and we are well on the way, Mr Francis said. This is an ongoing effort which we must fund through grants and community fundraising. The success of the pest control effort enabled the reintroduction of kaka, kokako and kiwi into the reserve 10 years ago. Kokako and Kiwi had been extinct from the area for 60 and 100 years respectively. Mr Francis said the kiwi, kaka and kokako populations at Pukaha continued to grow but were dependent on intensive and ongoing pest control work. Tickets for An Evening with The Bugman cost $30 and are available from Hedley s Bookshop, and Masterton, Carterton, Martinborough and Eketahuna Information Centres. Wednesday, November 2, 5.30pm till 7.30pm, Masterton Town Hall.
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