Wairarapa News : December 14th 2011
27 WAIRARAPA NEWS, DECEMBER 14, 2011 NEWS 3584825AT Take some time out to REST & RECYCLE New Zealanders consume over 730 thousand tonnes of packaging every year... BUT WE RECYCLE ONLY ABOUT HALF OF IT! The CRAZY thing is that over 95% of New Zealanders have access to recycling facilities YOU CAN RECYCLE: • paper, glass, metals (food tins, drink cans, jar lids, wine bottle screw tops), •plastics1-7 YOU can make a difference this festive season This message is brought to you by the Masterton District Council RE-USE RECYCLE REDUCE Visit to marae wins acclaim MASTERTON MAYORAL MESSAGE BY GARRY DANIELL Award winners: Masterton District Council Civic and Young Achiever Award recipients Ray Stewart, Maureen Potts, mayor Garry Daniell, Julia Squire (seated), Tara Hall, Holly Gaskin and Alex Fafeita. Photo: PETE NIKOLAISON PHOTOGRAPHER Citizenship ceremony with a difference Every three months the council holds a citizenship ceremony on behalf of the Minister of Internal Affairs. This is a very significant event for those who have made the decision to become New Zealanders. In the past this ceremony has always been held at the council chambers but for the first time we held the December ceremony at the Te Ore Ore Marae. Participants at the ceremony appreciated their experience of Maori culture and all considered the hospitality of the marae should be revisited. Civic and Young Achievers Awards Maureen Potts, Julia Squire and Ray Stewart were nominated by the community for recognition of their contribution to our district. Maureen had delivered Meals on Wheels for 37 years and in addition served on the Masterton Community Foodbank for 14 years and collected for the Cancer Society, Alzheimers and Poppy Day and in her spare time knitted for babies affected by Aids in Africa. Although Julia lives in Martin- borough, for the last 15 years she has been a voluntary field worker for the Post Polio Support Society whose members are largely in Masterton. Ray Stewart has been a stalwart of Sustainable Wairarapa and been involved in seeking positive solutions for environmental challenges. Cli- mate change, e-waste, the Makoura stream restoration project and the sustainable farming project to use treated wastewater for irrigation have all been advanced by Ray's vision. The Young Achievers have all been recognised for their prowess in sport. Alex Fafeita won gold in Australia in the men's under-18 hammer, sil- ver in the shot put and came fourth in the discus. In September he came fourth at the Commonwealth Youth Championships held at the Isle of Man. He holds two national titles in the Men's 16 hammer and shot put. Holly Gaskin and Tara Hall were both selected for the New Zealand Hockey Junior Black Sticks Squad to play in India and have excelled over the years in age-group hockey, playing for Wairarapa College and the Wairarapa Hockey Association before playing for Wellington teams with distinction. As well as making time for their own intensive training and their uni- versity studies, Holly and Tara enjoy coaching younger players. I wish these three athletes all suc- cess as they aim for high achieve- ment in their chosen activities. School and college prizegivings All too frequently those young people who do not perform are given prominence but it is heartening to be aware of the many other young achievers in our community who suc- ceed at all levels of education in the district. Primary, intermediate, secondary and tertiary students all reach great heights with their achievements and it has been a great privilege to attend the many celebrations of suc- cess over the last few weeks. It is not only the success of the individuals that must be noted but the dedication of teachers and the investment and assistance of parents who enable success to be achieved. NZ Fire Service honours its members The new Masterton Fire Station is now operational and now includes the Rural Fire Office. It is 10 years since the Year of the Volunteer and it was my pleasant duty to present the Fire Service volunteers with either medals or bars to recognise their important service to our community. The year in review The current year has certainly not been without its challenges on both the global and national scene but locally we have seen many areas of progress and can look forward with optimism to 2012 and beyond. The farming community is prob- ably seeing one of the best seasons for many years with most commodi- ties showing good returns. The council has made great prog- ress with the major projects, Rivers- dale sewerage, Castlepoint Seawall, Homebush wastewater, infrastruc- ture remediation, the commence- ment of the broadband network fol- lowing on from the completion of the Chorus cabinets. The all-weather track at the Sports Bowl and the progress at Mawley Park are all major improvements to our district. The potential region-wide irri- gation scheme could rejuvenate our communities, as similar schemes have done in the South Island. We will continue to look at how our three councils can work together more closely in the future for the benefit of the Wairarapa region.
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