Wairarapa News : January 11th 2012
3 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 11, 2012 NEWS Stock Clearance sale 61 Dixon Street, Masterton Ph 06 377 5600 • 0800 787 777 PRICED TO CLEAR Limited time be quick 2144580CI Christmas hours • Closed 23 Dec 5pm • Open 28, 29, 30 Dec 9.30 - 3 • Closed 31 Dec, 1, 2, 3 Jan • Normal hours from 4 Jan No decision yet on fiesta Ron Mark: ''I think also for the Wairarapa as a whole -- we need this [Balloons Over Wairarapa 2012] to happen.'' FROM Page 1 I think also for the Wairarapa as a whole -- we need this to happen,'' says Mr Mark. Festival organiser Jonathan Hooker says they will be making a decision in the next couple of weeks, but they are in limbo'' until important aspects of victims' families' arrangements are com- pleted and they have consulted with the various parties. Mr Hooker says clearly from what Mr Mark has said and from other community feedback, there is strong support for the festival, but that's only a part of what the organisers have to consider. Not necessarily later this week, but we will be making a decision sometime soon,'' he says. If the balloon festival goes ahead there will most likely be a memorial component to pay trib- ute to the victims of Saturday's horrific incident at Somerset Rd on the outskirts of Carterton and Mr Hooker says he still has full confidence in the safety of the activity. Ballooning in general has had a very good safety record when you think of the thousands of people that have flown commer- cially throughout New Zealand.'' Next month organisation of the festival gets into full swing and participating pilots and their balloons will need to know where they stand. The pilots of special balloons coming from overseas are aware of the crash in the weekend and bal- loon fiesta organisers are keeping them in the loop'' with what is going on here in Wairarapa. A special shape balloon is coming from the United States and a balloon is coming from Masterton's sister city of Chang- chun. Internationally-renowned Carterton balloonist Rick Walczak was one of the founders of the bal- loon fiesta. He says we need to look past this tragedy and this year's Balloons Over Wairarapa should certainly go ahead. It brings happiness to people and positivity -- and children love it. Ballooning is magical and it should carry on being magical. I think we should go forward with the balloon fiesta because I still, right until this day, know how safe ballooning is and I have absolutely no qualms about going up in my balloon today. I 100 per cent support this fiesta and it can pay tribute to the sad event that's happened,'' he says. IN BRIEF Shoplifting chase A man was arrested after some people allegedly made off with $224 worth of groceries from Masterton's New World supermarket on Friday. Security guards gave chase along Dixon St after the alleged theft was detected. The fleeing suspects dumped the groceries in a creek near the Horseshoe and police caught a man near the Queen Elizabeth Park swing bridge shortly afterwards. A Masterton man, 35, faces charges of theft. Threat with weapon Armed police arrested a man in Montgomery Cres after an incident in the early hours of Sunday morning where he allegedly threatened a woman at another house on the street. Police were alerted when the man turned up intoxicated at the house waving around what was thought to be an air pistol. Police armed themselves before heading to the suspect's address, just along the street, and he was arrested without incident. The weapon was found to be a BB gun and the 22-year-man was charged with presenting a firearm Power pole crash A car ploughed into a power pole on Kummer Cres in Masterton in the early hours of Monday morning and the 18-year-old driver was arrested for drink driving. There were reports of power lines dangling after the crash and lines contractor PowerCo was called to repair the network. The driver recorded a reading of 624 micrograms alcohol/litre of breath. Dental building will assist region-wide improvement Wairarapa District Health Board is building a new oral health facility on the grounds of Masterton Intermediate to house the Wairarapa DHB's school-based oral health service. It will provide a central base and support services for the school-based mobile clinics. It will contain two clinics and offices and be the base for the eight dental therapists, four dental assistants, the adolescent oral health co-ordinator, admin- istrator and the clinical team leader who make up the school- based oral health service for the DHB. Clinical Team Leader Oral Health Services Lynnette Field says the new hub will provide a permanent home for oral health administrative and clinical services and will be a more satisfying work environment. The location is wonderful as it will be alongside the school entrance where there are plenty of car parks, and it also offers easy access for the 361 pupils at Masterton Intermediate School with close access for a further 187 pupils in a nearby school,'' Ms Field says. This will make our job so much easier because parents and children will always know there is someone at the new clinic and they will be able to contact us no matter where the mobiles are.'' The two-chair treatment rooms in the new hub will sup- port and complement the services offered by the mobile school-based dental clinics. The new facility will provide oral health care services to pri- mary school pupils attending schools not visited by the mobile clinics, and also to children throughout the Wairarapa needing follow-up visits when the mobile clinic isn't in their area. It will have wheelchair access to cater for pre-schoolers or primary school pupils with a disability or mobility require- ment. Wairarapa DHB's Manager of Strategic Development and Population Health Simon Everitt says there will be many benefits from the new develop- ment and region-wide improve- ments in oral health care. Wairarapa's school-based oral health service has been partially operating from two mobile clinics since 2009. These mobiles visit schools throughout Wairarapa. The two-chair oral health mobile clinics replaced the remaining traditional school dental clinics following a national survey of dental facili- ties that showed many were unable to meet modern building standards. Dental therapists in the mobiles examine and treat children from birth up to 13. The mobile clinics regularly visit 12 schools and a medical centre. When the new facility is built the mobiles will continue delivering oral health care on school grounds. Plan now for Plate It may only be January, but the planning and preparation for Visa Wellington On a Plate 2012 is under way, with a number of must-attend events for all those plan- ning to take part in this year's festival on August 10 to 26. On Tuesday, January 17 an infor- mation briefing will be held at 4pm at the Greytown Library, Main St, Greytown. The briefings will cover all you need to know about festival plans for 2012. New Zealand's premier culinary festi- val, Visa Wellington On a Plate is organised by Positively Wellington Tour- ism and regional economic development agency Grow Wellington. Destination Wairarapa works with these organis- ations to promote the Wairarapa-based events and local restaurants which par- ticipate in the festival, to locals and to visitors from outside the region. Marketing manager of Destination Wairarapa Barb Hyde says: If you're interested in holding an event during the festival, or being a part of the DINE res- taurant programme, then this infor- mation session will be useful. We'd love to see more distinctive Wairarapa events, restaurants and wineries take part in this successful festival.'' UCOL upgrade New facilities will be ready for UCOL Wairarapa students at the start of the new study year. Construction programmes, such as carpentry and joinery, will have a new facility to work from. Students will be able to build houses in a purpose- built area on the upper campus' Chapel St front- age, in real, on-the-job conditions. A big new construction building will have all the equipment needed for construction activities covered in UCOL's National Certificate in Car- pentry, which offers students skills equivalent to those learned in the first year of a building apprenticeship. New science and clinical laboratories will also be ready for students in programmes, such as nursing, health science, sports, and beauty.
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