Feilding Herald : December 8th 2011
4 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 NEWS KIMBOLTON ROAD FEILDING 06 323 4054 Trusted in Feilding since 1888 4235563AA Saturday 10am -- 12pm Have your childs photo taken with the Dulux Dog All photos will be displayed instore, vote with a can of food for Manchester House and the most popular photo wins the dog. Bouncey castle Sausage sizzle Face painting Plant a pot Dulux colour consultant instore Slim Chair $9.97 Deluxe family Pool $69.98 Washnwear--2L Was $65.00 NOW $49.99 Test pots Buy1get1FREE Buy 8 Litres for the 4 litre price Dulux Weathershield Also available in wash n wear and prepcoat Only $107.00 Timbacryl -- 10 L Standard colours Was $179.00 NOW $159. 00 Goldair 6 burner BBQ $699.00 Lawnmower Beetle Light and easy to use $199. 00 175725 126152 0 65110 126136 Inattention cause of crash By LAURA WALTERS A coroner's report released this week ruled the death of two local teenage stable hands killed in a fatal crash in Awahuri was caused by inattention. The accident occurred at the corner of State High- way 3 and Mt Stewart Rd, on August 6. Coroner Tim Scott said Holly Ann Eades, 17, and Jackie Maree Miller, 18, died after their vehicle crossed the centre line and collided with a Range Rover in the opposite lane when they were driving back to work after their lunch break. Mr Scott said the accident occurred when Miss Eades, a driver on her restricted licence, lost concen- tration and veered off the left hand side of the road. She then over-corrected, lost control, and crossed the centre line into oncoming traffic. When the Feilding teenager crossed into the right lane she collided with the front of a Range Rover, Mr Scott said. He said the crash investigator concluded a lack of driving experience combined with a likely lack of attention, or a distraction, had been the reason for Miss Eades losing control of the Ford Laser she was driving. Mr Scott said he was satisfied with the findings of the crash investigator. The crash investigator has come to an educated conclusion as to why and how the crash occurred based on his investigation and his experience,'' he said. I accept that this is the most likely and probable cause of the crash, although this cannot be stated with absolute certainty.'' Miss Eades' death was caused by the head injuries she sustained in the accident, Mr Scott said. Miss Miller, a Sanson resident who was in the front passenger's seat, died from multiple injuries. Mr Scott said the post-mortem report showed no signs of alcohol or drugs in Miss Eades' system and she was not speeding at the time of the accident. The driver of the Range Rover sustained non-fatal injuries. He said it had been raining on and off dur- ing the day, but the road was not saturated at the time of the accident. Manawatu rural support team Rural visitors: Sheryl Jones and Tima Simms with the rural support cars in which they visit northern Manawatu residents. Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS The population of the northern Manawatu rural areas is chang- ing, and with it, the issues that face residents of these areas. Manawatu Rural Support workers Sheryl Jones and Tima Simms hear all the problems and the joys of living out of town. Manawatu rural people know their community strengths but as the younger generations return to the family farms from the city, they face different issues than their parents and grandparents,'' Sheryl said. Our job is to visit the homes and where there are issues of isolation and loneliness, to put them in touch with resources and services that may assist them.'' In their new, well-marked cars, Sheryl and Tima are out in the northern areas, Sheryl in the west including Waituna West, Rewa, Peep-O-Day and Pakihikura, and Tima in the east from Kiwitea to Rangiwahia to Pohangina and all areas between. They knock on the doors of all residences, leaving their cards if there is no-one home. Manawatu Rural Support is managed by Manchester House Social Services and came into its own during the 2004 storm event when many people in these areas were isolated by slips and floodwaters. Staff has changed since then, but the caring attitude has not.'' Since she joined the service two years ago, Tima's three days a week has seen her estab- lish a craft and garden group in Kimbolton, both of which are now run by the people them- selves. Pilates has been run in the district for two terms and is looking to start again during the summer. She has organised two parenting programmes at the request of young parents in Pohangina valley. We held a very successful cancer seminar in Pohangina too last year,'' Tima said. Its all about bringing people together.'' Rural Support workers can support people who struggle with personal difficulties, they may not wish their neighbours to know about -- health, financial, social. Not everyone is familiar with what is available to them. Transport to healthcare can be accessed through St John mobility vans, if the person is enrolled with the Manawatu PHO, but some people do not know that. They may be eligible for WINZ financial help, or help with reading and writing from Literacy Feilding, Budgeting, Counselling or Drug and Alcohol services. There are a lot of young women who have come from cit- ies like Wellington to live on lifestyle blocks or farms. By door knocking and meeting them, we found they did not know each other, so when they have babies or health problems there is not the support they need. Some have families locally, but many do not. These activities bring them together.'' Communication is very important to rural folk, and Sheryl has been with the ser- vice since September and said she often had the door opened to her by someone who was talk- ing on the phone. So issues such as broadband internet and mobile phone access which we townspeople take for granted, make a huge difference to isolated rural communities.'' Most Manawatu rural folk are resilient and look after each other,'' Sheryl said. Manawatu Rural Support is there to find and fill the gaps.
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