Feilding Herald : November 24th 2011
6 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2011 NEWS VOTING IN THE REFERENDUM MADE EASY For some simple tools to help you decide, visit elections.org.nz - or you can call 0800 36 76 56 ECF0 ECF0 ECF 056_ 0 0800 The second question asks which of four other voting systems you would choose if New Zealand decides to change from MMP. You'll find out more about them at www.elections.org.nz On the Referendum paper, there are two questions to answer. The first is whether you think New Zealand should keep MMP, or change to another voting system. At this year's General Election, there's a referendum on our voting system. So when you go to vote, along with your orange ballot paper for the General Election, you'll get a purple Referendum one too. If we vote for a change of system, Parliament will decide if there is another referendum in 2014 to choose between MMP and the most popular alternative. If we vote to keep MMP, there will be an independent review to assess if there should be any changes to the way it works. 4125110AC Biker's story comes from the heart By BOBBIE NICHOLLS White ribbon: Mike (Walrus) Neville leads the White Ribbon riders from Te Rununga O Raukawa on Tuesday as they head to Whanganui. Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS The moving story of an ex- prisoner who had grown up with violence, and thought it was the only way to resolve issues, touched the hearts of all who heard him speak last week. Amos Ale is one of more than a dozen White Ribbon riders who had breakfast in Feilding last Tuesday as part of the nationwide ride to publicise that violence against women is not acceptable. He told his story simply, but from the heart. Having grown up with pakeha, Maori and Samoan whanau who all used violence to resolve issues, he thought that was the only way. I used violence on my wife and kids and made their lives hell, he said. It was not until he found God in prison that he discovered alternatives. Now he rides with the Redeemed bikers and is proud to be a part of the White Ribbon ride, to promote respect for women. I have learnt to share things and work out issues. It is never too late to change, and it is OK to ask for help, he said. Wahine are a treasure. They play a big part in our lives. We can t do without them. This year s riders carried with them a photo of SAS Cor- poral Doug (Dougie) Grant who died in August in Afghanistan. Grant rode with the Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club in last year s White Ribbon ride, proudly proclaiming his support of the campaign to stop domestic violence. A silent remembrance of Dougie was held during the breakfast in Feilding. The ride began in Hamilton and split up to cover most of the North Island, and included the South Island for the first time this year. Each group has four basic lead members from the Patriots and a manager from the Families Commission. Being military in background they have tight safety protocols. Each rider is also required to pledge not to be silent in the face of violence against women. Also involved are members of Te Ahi Ki Koha Motorcycle Club, which formed for the White Ribbon ride. The name comes from a Maori adage, Tony Brooking said. It means roughly When a cause is close to my heart I work passionately for it . Clad in leathers and riding powerful Harley Davison motorcycles, the group look daunting when they roar into a town. But that is part of the message. They attract attention, but also show that looking staunch on the outside does not mean having to use violence. Hotel to be leased out By BOBBIE NICHOLLS To market: The Sanson market will continue while the MDC seeks expressions of interest from people interested in a short-term lease on the site. Photo: SANDRA CROSBIE The former Sanson hotel will be leased out until Manawatu District Council can decide what to do with it.The council has owned the Junc- tion Hotel site since 2008 with an idea to redevelop the complex into the Gateway to the Manawatu , as it is the junction of three main routes with a high volume of traffic passing its doors. However, plans were put on the backburner in July after a number of submitters to the annual plan 2011-12 opposed the development. Ideas for the site included a visitor centre and retail outlets. A contract has been signed with the Sunday market managers for a three year lease, with right of renewal at three monthly intervals. The market has been running each Sunday since before the coun- cil bought the site and are keen to continue. The district council set aside $400,000 for the next two years to develop the site, and has already spent nearly $100,000 to determine costs and concepts. At last week s council meeting Community Services group man- ager Brent Limmer put forward a proposal to lease the building until a decision could be made about its future. He said a short-term lease would be a way for the council to recoup costs until plans were confirmed. An expression of interest will be put out by the council to people pre- pared to rent the site on a short- term lease.
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