Wairarapa News : January 23rd 2013
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Wairarapa Chamber of Com- merce chief executive officer Stephanie Gundersen-Reid says there is concern a the level of enthusiasm'' for a single unitary authority. The Wairarapa Governance Review Working Party is rushing through their proposal. We are asking everyone to slow down, take a step back and adopt a more holistic approach,'' she said. Representatives of the groups feel that the confusion surround- ing the invitation to the Welling- ton Governance Group meetings needs to resolved. Wairarapa Federated Farmers president Jamie Falloon says it is important for Wairarapa and Wellington to produce a proposal for the Local Government Com- mission that best suits the needs of the region. The worst thing that could happen is the Local Govern- ment Commission decides the best proposal is one that Wairarapa has had no involvement in devel- oping, he says. By not being part of the discus- sions this narrows the focus of debate and denies Wairarapa residents a chance to fully learn and explore alternative options. We want to see the Wairarapa and Wellington Groups sit around the table together and show real leadership,'' he says. Global experience indicates that rural areas surrounding centres of economic power decline if they are not an integral part of the govern- ance of that economic region. Sustainable Wairarapa spokes- person Don Bell said the debate about what is best for Wairarapa is about more than just the cost, but the future of our region. We should be looking at what we want our region to be in the decades to come and ensure the best governance model is put in place to get us there.'' Rangitane o Wairarapa Jason Kerehi says a solution must be found that guarantees the maxi- mum benefit for the entire region. People are urged to voice their concerns and make a submission to the Wairarapa Working Group. Submissions can be made online at wairarapasfuture.govt.nz and close on February 4. Town teen to sing Cohen in Masterton X Factor audition Talented line-up: Young Masterton singer-songwriter Laura Cheetham, 17, lined up outside the Masterton Town Hall for her shot at the auditions for The X Factor New Zealand. She is supported by her father Lawrence Cheetham. By PIERS FULLER Wairarapa's got talent, but do we have anyone with the X factor? The hit international talent show is now auditioning singers around the country and this Tuesday morning would-be contestants were lining up outside Masterton Town Hall for their shot at the big time. The X Factor New Zealand is holding pre-auditions from Janu- ary 4 to February 6. These tryouts are not being filmed, but the final- ists for the televised auditions will go through to perform in Auckland later next month. TV3 publicist Rose Swale says the response around the country has been fantastic with people queued up at each of the pre- audition locations from Queens- town to Kaitaia. We want anyone who thinks they have the X factor to come and audition,'' she says. The Wairarapa singers were try- ing out from 9.30am on Tuesday until 3pm. The TV3 crew then took off to Napier and Hastings for the next round of pre-auditions the fol- lowing day. The show will be hosted by Dominic Bowden and has Kiwi- born UK pop sensation Daniel Bedingfield with Australian Idol winner Stan Walker on what will be a four-person judging panel. St Matthew's Collegiate student Laura Cheetham was among the hopefuls queued outside the Masterton Town Hall on Tuesday morning. The budding singer- songwriter was ready to perform the Leonard Cohen classic Hal- lelujah. She was a little nervous waiting in line and bound to get more nervous once she gets in the audition room, but once she star- ted singing the nerves would dis- appear. She is aiming for a spot in the auditions proper next month. IN BRIEF Headless A sheep was decapitated when a motorcycle crashed into it on the Masterton- Stronvar Rd on Saturday afternoon. The rider was knocked unconscious in the crash and has no memory of what happened. His bike ended up 100 metres from the crash site in a paddock. The man was taken to hospital and treated for abdominal injuries. Emergency services did not find the sheep's head. Entry foiled Thieves attempted to break into the Masterton Cosmopolitan Club in the early hours of Saturday morning but set off the alarm and did not gain entry. Burglars also tried to get into the Queen St retailer Bed, Bath and Beyond after breaking a window. A police dog was used to track a scent but did not catch up with the offender. The break-in happened about 2.30am on Sunday morning. Black out A van ploughed into a power pole while travelling south on High St in Masterton on Sunday evening about 5.15pm. The driver blacked out while behind the wheel. Police said there was no evidence he was affected by alcohol or drugs. Attack malicious In what's been described as a pathetic and unprovoked attack on a stranger, a man was assaulted in a Gull service station in Masterton on Sunday night. A 42-year-old man was hit and knocked unconscious inside the store. Police are following positive lines of enquiry from video footage inside the service station. The suspect is described as a male Maori in his 20s. Bin arson A wheelie bin on the back of a truck was set on fire in Featherston in the early hours of yesterday morning. The fire was put out before it caused any damage to the vehicle.
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