Wairarapa News : June 12th 2013
3 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JUNE 12, 2013 NEWS CARPET FOR EVERYONE 61 Dixon Street, Masterton Ph 06 377 5600 • 0800 787 777 4357546BJ Call and view our range of carpets & flooring. Massive selection of colours, prices and styles. IN BRIEF Little girl lost The Mauriceville parents of a missing 3-year-old girl had to endure four harrowing hours worrying before their little girl was located in a woolshed on a neighbouring property on Sunday night. The girl went missing around 4pm when she wandered off looking for her dad. Her parents and neighbours initially conducted their own search and then police were informed and Land Search and Rescue swung into action. Around 20 volunteers were assembled ready to mount a full-scale search when the girl was found by a neighbour in a woolshed around 1.5km from where she went missing on Daggs Road at around 8pm. Police said the parents were extremely relieved to have her back, and the girl did what she knew she was supposed to to do when she realised she was lost, by staying in the same place waiting to be found. Hoon caught A driver was caught after allegedly doing burnouts in the suburbs of Masterton just after midnight on Monday morning. Residents of the area alerted police, who caught up with the car on Boundary Road just out of town. Police said the driver leapt out of the passenger side door and claimed not to be the one driving, though there was no-one else in or near the car. Senior sergeant Carolyn Watson praised the residents of the Stout Street area for notifying them of the vehicle doing burnouts. The man was suspected of drink driving and he was arrested for failing to provide a blood sample after failing a breath alcohol test. Drunk and disorderly Several people were arrested in Masterton on Friday night for breaches of the liquor ban and disorderly behaviour in the CBD. All of the suspects were men aged between 19 and 25 years old. Fluoride focus on Masterton By PIERS FULLER Decay: Dentists say they are seeing more tooth decay in areas where fluoride is not being added to the town water supply. TALKING FLUORIDE Supporters say It is proven to reduce tooth decay. There are no proven health risks at levels used. The 2009 Ministry of Health oral health survey suggested children, adolescents and adults living in fluoridated areas had less decay than those in non-fluoridated areas. There was no significant difference in rates of dental fluorosis (marking of the teeth from exposure to excessive fluoride) between fluoridated and non- fluoridated areas. Opponents say It causes dental fluorosis, increased rates of cancer, premature birth, kidney problems, heart disease, low IQ, bone problems, thyroid damage and other health issues. The small benefit to dental health does not outweigh the risk. What is fluoride? Fluorides are mineral compounds of the element fluorine. One compound, sodium fluoride, occurs naturally in water. In the 1930s, United States researchers found a link between sodium fluoride and resistance to tooth decay. At levels between 0.7 parts per million (ppm) and 1.2ppm teeth are strengthened without producing dental fluorosis, which causes stained enamel. In high concentrations it is harmful. A lethal dose for humans is about 5 to 10 grams. Twenty-two councils add fluoride to their water, including Masterton, Wellington City, Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and parts of the Kapiti Coast. With the debate about the fluori- dation of town water supplies rag- ing across the country, Masterton remains the only Wairarapa water supply to continue with the additive. Anti-fluoridation campaigners saw Hamilton s recent decision to discontinue fluoridation as a major victory in the nationwide efforts to cease the practice and Masterton may soon be a focus. The Fluoride Action Network (FANNZ) has made an extensive submission to Masterton s Draft Annual Plan asking the council to cease fluoridation. FANNZ national co-ordinator Mary Byrne of Featherston says they want Masterton District Council to seriously consider the issue and make a fully informed decision with a review. We will definitely be targeting the whole of the Wellington region and we will be looking at Master- ton as well, she says. Though she admits that a lot of New Zealanders support fluori- dation, she says that if they knew the facts then they would be likely to question its benefits. It s up to each and every coun- cil to provide guarantees of safety, because they don t have a right to harm people, because they think it might be good for teeth, she says. Pro-fluoridation advocates make similar arguments. University of Otago senior lec- turer in preventive and restora- tive dentistry Jonathan Broad- bent said: Those who are un- willing to drink fluoridated water should not be permitted to impose the risks, damage, and costs of failure to fluoridate on others. Greater Wellington Regional Council spends about $185,000 a year adding fluoride to city water. It voted on fluoridation recently, deciding seven to five in favour of continuing. Police give rider chase Like a scene out of Dukes of Hazzard, but with an altogether less dramatic conclusion, a motorbike rider led police on a merry chase through Masterton on Friday night. Up to four police cars pursued the rider for around 20 kilometres through the streets of Masterton, until the rider stalled and gave himself up to the police dog handlers. The rider failed a breath test. The pursuit began on Te Ore Ore Rd and the rider proceeded to lead police through the streets to Bentley St, where the motorbike stalled near Waipoua riverbank. The 19-year-old Masterton man has been charged with reckless driving, failing to stop and failing to give a blood test. Police said he reached speeds of up to 90kph and involved up to four patrol cars. The offender did not attempt to run when confronted. Bridge closed for upgrade In bits: Little old Wards Line Bridge gets a new deck. Work is under way to replace the deck of the Wards Line Bridge, south of Greytown. The small bridge is thought to be at least 40 years old and has a wooden deck over steel beams. The deck had deteriorated and the paving had been breaking up because of the flex in the old deck. South Wairarapa District Coun- cil considered replacing it with a concrete deck but after consider- ation of costs and design difficult- ies with the concrete option, decided to replace the timber deck. The work is being done by Oldfields Wairarapa and Rigg- Zschokke Ltd. Work started on Monday morn- ing and by midday on Tuesday the new deck was in place, with just the handrails to complete. It was expected to be open to traffic by 4pm today. Paving the deck and smoothing the approaches will be completed as soon as the weather is suitable.
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