Wairarapa News : January 25th 2012
Wairarapa's Home Loan Specialists phone 06 370 0070 Buying a HOME? need a LOAN? For a great deal, tailored to you, call WBS *Normal lending criteria apply. 75 Queen St Masterton • www.wbs.net.nz 4013006AJ www.wairarapanews.co.nz WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 MASONIC MILESTONE Celebrating 25 years 17 STRONG FIELD Big guns to fight out Pro-Am 36 VALUE FOR MONEY Grow Wellington's worth debatable 4 Balloons over Wairarapa all go Lift off: This year's Wairarapa balloon festival will be the 14th. A special tribute flight will be held on the opening morning to remember the 11 people who died on January 7. Memorial ascent opener The four-day annual Wairarapa balloon festival will go ahead this year starting on Thursday, March 8. Trust House Balloons over Wairarapa organiser Jonathan Hooker said following the balloon tragedy in Carterton earlier this month, organisers canvassed opinions including from the nearest relatives of the 11 people who died. We have not received any feedback that the festival should not happen,'' Mr Hooker says. The overwhelming opinion of those we consulted was that it should go ahead.'' This year the festival's first event will be a special tribute flight to remember those who were lost on January 7. Balloons will lift off together from Carterton's Carring- ton Park in the traditional opening morn- ing event. The scheduled six events over four days will be held as usual, with a return to Carterton for the final flight on morning of Sunday, March 11. The festival's flight director, Martyn Stacey from Canterbury, will direct the various ballooning events for the fourth consecutive year. We have received strong support from the ballooning community from around New Zealand,'' Mr Stacey said. They want to come and fly in Wairarapa this year . . . there is a real feeling of solidarity amongst balloonists everywhere.'' Carterton Mayor Ron Mark said holding the festival would be a positive step in enabling the Carterton community to return to normality. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate our confidence and respect for our balloon- ing fraternity and to pay tribute to those involved in the tragedy.'' The festival will see more than 30 hot air balloons take part in a series of spectacular days of compe- titions and displays in and around Carterton and Masterton. Weather permitting, the balloons launch each day at dawn when the breeze is gentle, and drift with the wind over Wairarapa towns, farms and vineyards. Children left behind A woman unwittingly left two children behind in Masterton when she stopped for a bathroom break on her way from Hawke's Bay to Porirua on Sunday night. She stopped her van at the Queen Elizabeth Park public toilets and, according to police, her two children also got out of the van to use the toilets without their mother knowing. The woman resumed her journey to Porirua without them. The 10-year-old boy and 6-year- old girl were discovered by local girls near the park and taken to the police station about 10.10pm. As soon as the mother learned the children were not in the van she contacted police and returned to Masterton to pick them up. Fresh faces behind the News Experienced: Lance Sayer has joined the sales team after 21 years with Wairarapa Times-Age. The new year is shaping up as a bumper one for the region's favourite community newspaper, Wairarapa News. Having recently farewelled sev- eral trusted personnel, Wairarapa News starts 2012 with a full com- plement of staff. Joining the sales team are Lance Sayer and Jasmin Stevens. Lance was previously a rep for the Wairarapa Times-Age for 21 years; Jasmin has experience in sales, marketing and design. Sandy Mitchell is another addition to the team working in sales support. Wairarapa News manager Lynette Juno says the new staff bring a tremendous amount of expertise to the publication. They are all passionate about what they do and equally love the Wairarapa,'' Lynette says. They are going to be a great asset here so we are in for another very busy year.'' The new trio replace previous advertising consultants Aimee Harrison and Blair Thompson, and also Anna Campbell and Erena Rangiwhetu who jointly shared the sales support position. Aimee is embarking on a career in nursing; Blair is the new manager at Liquor King; Anna is working part-time in tourism for Desti- nation Wairarapa; while Erena is mixing up her time helping her husband to manage their painting business ProPaint as well as working as a pilates instructor. We certainly wish them all the very best.'' Lynette says last year was a fantastic 12 months for Wairarapa News. Shifting to new offices in Fairfax Media House, on the corner of Renall and Chapel streets, lifted the paper's profile. Another exciting development was the creation of the online edition which is emailed free to subscribers every Wednesday. Readers can subscribe to the online edition by either going to the masthead site at wairarapa news.co.nz, or to ccnonline.co.nz. The Dominion-Post (which is also located in Fairfax Media House) also has a new Wairarapa reporter. Seamus Boyer, formerly with Wairarapa Time-Age, has replaced Matt Stewart, who trans- ferred to the Wellington news- room.
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