Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
3 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 NEWS *Terms & Conditions: SmartStrand offer applies to Sundancer and Ingenious Flair ranges only. Pure Colour Fibre offer applies to Palmerton and Tuscaloosa ranges only. Offer available until 29th February 2012. At par ticipating outlets only. Stock will vary by store and products and quantities are limited. For full terms and conditions see www.carpetcourt.co.nz. Hurry! These low flooring prices can't last long McKenzies Carpet Court 61 Dixon Street, Masterton Phone 06 3775600 0800 787 772 www.mckenzies.co.nz SMART STRAND STOCK SPECIALS COMING SOON! Offer must end 29th February Exclusive to 4357546AA Students planning to leave region More than 75 per cent of school leavers are planning to leave Wairarapa, according to a recent survey. John Bush, of the Wairarapa Workforce Development Trust, says this is a concern to employers who are looking for young workers. Much has been said about school leavers and their lack of preparation for the work environ- ment. But not much is widely known about those young people's perceptions of what the work environment is all about, until now,'' he says. The trust has recently released its three-yearly Student Percep- tion Survey, which provides inter- esting reading for parents, educators and employers on Wairarapa school students' per- ceptions of the workforce. Mr Bush says there are many highlights in the report but one of the more surprising is the people who influence students in their career choices. Working professionals have had more of an impact by provid- ing accurate information and guidance exactly as it is in their world of work,'' Mr Bush says. The other main influences are students' parents. Of concern to local employers is the section on student's future location. More than 75 per cent of those surveyed are planning to leave Wairarapa for work or study. Combine this with a decline in the secondary school population and Wairarapa can expect a reduction in the number of potential employees in the area. This is an area in which the Trust is currently working with local employers to address as it would seem that if the jobs were here the students would stay.'' Mr Bush says the report is available to buy from the Workforce Development Trust. IN BRIEF Rider injured A Masterton man is in a serious condition after crashing his motorbike on the Bideford-Te Ore Ore Road on Sunday morning. The 55-year-old man was discovered by a passing motorist on the side of the road and his motorcycle was still on the road. He was taken to Wairarapa Hospital and has since been transported to Wellington Hospital. Police said he crashed after he failed to negotiate a right-hand bend and tipped the bike over. The crash happened just before 9.30am. Bike hits trailer A 62-year-old Hawera man was lucky to escape with minor injuries after the motorcycle he was riding hit a trailer on the Blairlogie-Langdale Rd, east of Masterton, on Saturday afternoon. Police said the motorcycle was travelling at speed around a left-hand bend when it collided with the trailer on the back of an oncoming vehicle about 3pm. He was taken to Wairarapa Hospital for a check up. Tractor rolls A tractor rolled on a rural road south of Martin- borough on Saturday afternoon. The vehicle tipped over near a bridge between the corners of Dry River Rd and Chishams Rd just after 1pm on Saturday. St John ambulance attended and the road was closed for a short period. Balloon event first of its kind in country By KEVIN BALL Flying cards: A feature of the MG Car Club's national convention in Wairarapa was the Poker Flight. Anxious: Masterton Mayor Garry Daniell, centre, and Geoff Walker, right, before the balloon flight launch on Monday at Hood Aerodrome. Also pictured is balloon pilot Michael Shouse. Photos: PHIL BRAZIER Masterton Mayor Garry Daniell, who confesses to being averse to even climbing onto the roof, clambered into the basket of a hot air balloon on Monday to lead a convoy of English sports cars across the Wairarapa countryside. The event, postponed from Sunday due to weather conditions, was a highlight of the national MG convention, based at Hood Aerodrome. Mr Daniell has been offered rides previously, but this was the first he had accepted. He flew in the Coke balloon, with experienced pilot Michael Shouse, originally from New Orleans but for the past five years working for the CAA in Wellington. There were three other balloons which MG crews had to follow, and when they landed, collect a playing card from each. A fifth card given on their return to Hood made up a poker hand, with the best hand winning. Michael Shouse told MG crews and onlookers that this was the first balloon poker trial held in New Zealand. He had previously been involved in two others in the United States. Mr Daniell welcomed the MG teams to Wairarapa, and photogra- pher Geoff Walker, a friend of the late Lance Hopping, asked for a period of silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the Clareville disaster. They were all having fun that morning [when it happened], so let us have fun too,'' he added. Mayor Daniell said he was enthralled'' by the experience. There were absolutely no dramas.'' Conditions were absolutely per- fect, and despite his initial ner- vousness the views were such that any anxiety soon evaporated. He was surprised at how wooded Wairarapa is, We tend to think of it as plains''. The crew were very conscious of the heightened emotions about balloons, he said, But we need to recognise the tragedy for what it was, a sad but rare event, and to move forward''.
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