Wairarapa News : April 17th 2013
3 WAIRARAPA NEWS, APRIL 17, 2013 NEWS Carpet Court's promotion commences Friday 19th April ends 6th of May. Free Underlay on SmartStrand and SmartStrand Silk carpets** SMARTSTRAND - BEWARE OF IMITATIONS If it isn't called 'Smartstrand', it isn't 100%, original, authentic, rhino tested SmartStrand carpet. 61 Dixon Street, Masterton Ph 06 377 5600 • 0800 787 777 * *Terms and conditions based on a house of 21l/m and excluding, uplift, some travel requirements, disposal of the existing floor coverings and shifting of furniture, coving or any other additional options from a standard flat one level installation. * * Finance offer of no deposit, no interest or repayment for six (6) months is available on purchases over $500, subject to credit and lending criteria and credit limits. Fees apply. Interest at the prevailing rate will be applied at the expiry of the six (6) month promotional period. See in store for details. Offer available for a limited time. FREE UNDERLAY Exclusive Carpet Court short sharp promotion Blinds 15% OFF selected Luxaflex Venitions Blinds and Country wood and Wood Mate Ends 30th April 2013 IN BRIEF Boy found Wairarapa police searched for six hours for a missing 10-year-old boy who disappeared from a Hinakura property on Monday night. The boy was last seen playing with a puppy in the backyard of the property at 5pm when he went missing. A number of police and land SAR teams, including a specialist search and rescue dog spent hours searching farmland and forestry areas in the dark until they located him at about 11.15pm. It appears he wandered off and was caught out when it got dark. Once he realised, he did the right thing and stayed where he was. He had only been living in the area since Christmas. Police would like to thank all the people who helped look for him, including neighbours of the boy who assisted police in the search. 50K to charity The sale of a charity build house in Carterton has netted two charities $25,000 each. The three bedroom home built by A1 Homes in conjunction with the Dugdale Charitable Foundation was sold at auction last month. The vendors have confirmed that $50,000 from the Monster Charity Auction will go to the Wairarapa volunteer fire brigades and the Cancer Society Wairarapa. One more house in the Walnut Lane subdivision is also up for sale with the proceeds to go to different charities. Flown to hospital A Wairarapa man in his 80s was seriously injured and flown to hospital after his car rolled down a bank in South Wairarapa on Sunday. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Life Flight crewman Dave Greenberg said the single vehicle crash happened on Lake Ferry Rd soon after 12pm. The man was flown to Wellington Hospital with multiple injuries. The man's wife, with less serious injuries, was taken by Wellington Free Ambulance to Wairarapa Hospital. Murder suspects remanded Several suspects co-accused of murdering Featherston man Glen Jones in January were remanded in custody until a plea evaluation conference on May 27. Matthew John McKinney, 28, Hayden Ranson, 27, and Kristofer Jones, 23, all appeared in Master- ton District Court yesterday morn- ing accused of murder and com- mitting a burglary with a weapon. Jones s counsel applied for elec- tronic bail but Judge Bill Hastings refused the application saying Jones was too high a risk. Murder co-accused Tariana Jones is on bail and she is also due to appear at the May 27 plea evaluation conference. A fifth person, Toni Maree Mil- ler, 22, faces only the original armed burglary charge and she also appeared in court yesterday. She was remanded on bail until her May 27 plea evaluation confer- ence. Judge Hastings allowed a suspension of her curfew from May 6-8 so she can take her child to Starship Hospital, Auckland. Jones body was found in his Fitzherbert St flat in the early hours of January 12. What a whopper: Ben Gillet atop his massive pumpkin. Pumpkin pick of patch Masterton s Ben Gillet has won the local Mitre 10 MEGA s Easy As for Kids heaviest pumpkin, weighing in at a massive 97kg, during the judging ceremony on Saturday April 6 at Mitre 10 MEGA Masterton. Ben, 3, loved the growing process and watered his pumpkin every morning with a special family compost recipe. The Mitre 10 MEGA BIG Pumpkin Con- test is a national competition challenging children to grow a giant pumpkin. Launched in October 2012, children were asked to plant pumpkin seeds and care for them. Each Mitre 10 MEGA store throughout the country ran the competition with the heaviest pumpkin in each store in with a chance to be Grand National winner. Ashburton schoolgirl Taylor Mackenzie scooped the national top spot with her pump- kin weighing in at a whopping 124kg. Rates rise drop to be explained Next week s Wairarapa News features a sum- mary of the 2013-2014 Masterton District Council draft Annual Plan, which will be sig- nificant on many counts. One of the major features is a significant reduction in the projected rates increase for 2013-2014 which now stands at an average of 2.6 per cent. Last year s Long-Term Plan (LTP) indicated an increase of 4.5 per cent for the year, but the council has been able to hold down the increase largely as a result of cost savings generated from having lower project costs on the Homebush sewage plant project than were allowed for in the LTP. The council s term debt is also expected to be lower, with a projected figure of $51.7 million, which is some $1.7 million less than the LTP predicted. This reduction has translated into lower costs of servicing the debt. The council has also been able to take advantage of the continuing low interest rate environment. The proposed 2.6 per cent increase in rates is the lowest increase Masterton District has had for 10 years. The split between urban and rural rat- ing areas will see rural rates increase by an average of 1.9 per cent and urban rates by 2.9 per cent. Mayor Garry Daniell was delighted to be able to propose an increase which was far beyond expectations 12 months previously. We had predicted that we would be able to reduce the original projected rates figure after the initial construction period of the waste- water project was completed, he said. An amendment to the Local Government Act has seen a change to the purpose of local government. We are now required to provide good quality local infrastructure , which is covered in the first part of the Annual Plan; to provide local public services , which are mainly in the community services section of the plan; and to perform regulatory functions , which are mainly in the regulatory services section of the plan. The act requires that we do this in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses . We believe that we have prepared a plan that meets these requirements but we are open to feedback from our residents.
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