Feilding Herald : December 22nd 2011
8 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 OPINION 4279383AA 1 Manchester Square Ph 323-4121 Smiths Amcal Pharmacy www.smiths.amcal.co.nz Saturdays 9-7pm Amcal Chemists Smith's Amcal Pharmacy and the Feilding Herald-Rangitikei Mail welcome the following new arrivals. Welcome to Saskia Anwen Symonds, born on Tuesday, 22nd November 2011 at 8.40am weighing 7lb 7oz. A beautiful daughter for Sarah Holwell and Scott Symonds, and a sister for Luke. Huge thanks to all the wonderful staff involved in our care at Palmerston North Hospital and to midwife Paula. Birth notices for this column can be delivered to Feilding Herald, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 8.00 am Monday. New Arrivals Watson Real Estate Ltd Licensed under REAA 2008 email@example.com www.watsonproperty.co.nz Michael Ford AREINZ, ANZIV, SPINZ WK: 06 323 8601 M: 027 542 4707 A/H: 06 328 7890 Best wishes, Michael The Christmas/New Year period is a great time for making family decisions regarding housing and real estate generally. I am available by appointment to assist in relation to presentation,potential improvements, the market, values and marketing. I cover the real estate market; whether it be residential, lifestyle, sections, new home packages, commercial, industrial or businesses. Just give me a call. Thanks for your past business, and I look forward to being of service in 2012. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 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While waiting with him for a vehicle to come and tow his car back on to the road (fortunately, neither the driver nor the car were too badly damaged!), I was blown away by the number of motorists who safely pulled over to inquire if they could lend a hand. Similarly, once the vehicle was ready to be moved, the majority of motorists were happy to patiently wait while we did this in a safe and controlled manner. I think it s a credit to the Manawatu region, and drivers on this busy and sometimes challenging road, that they were so community-spirited. Kevin Darling Halcombe Thanks Feilding I would like to thank the people of Feilding for their generosity at the Feilding Christmas Carnival. We attended in elves costumes and were out in force collecting for our team, the DK crew, who are part of next year s Relay for Life. With the generosity of all the crowds at last Sunday s carnival in town, we raised a whopping $152. Shaun Kay Feilding Give us a break With the forthcoming elections for a new mayor, I would hope that those putting themselves forward take note of the present financial strife that many of the Manawatu District Council ratepayers have to contend with. Our council has continually put up rates to fund many activities and so-called improvements that cannot be justified under conditions at present. We, the ratepayers, are not bottomless holes full of money, and very soon people will be leaving this area to find somewhere cheaper to live. Soon people will have to sell their homes here, just so they can continue to live at western world standards. I pay huge amounts of rates to MDC and to Horizons, for very little in return. I pay for footpaths -- there are no footpaths outside my home; I pay for the streets to be cleaned -- rubbish piles up for months until a flash flood or a kind neighbour gets rid of it temporarily. I don t mind paying for water, recycling, the library, swimming pool, and new underground pipes, which should have been done 30 years ago. All those things are important, but I do object to the continual titivating of the CBD, reduced parking, narrowed streets and obsession with outdated Edwardian earthquake-prone buildings. It is about time the council and the new mayor, whoever that may be, took a good long look at the way they administer our hard-earned cash. Cut out the frills and stick to the basics. For example, it is appalling the mismanagement of the way building permits and building inspections are done, and the fact that they are far too costly for the time involved. Let us hope that the new mayor is someone who can put a stop to the wastage of our rates, and move us forward on a basis of sound financial and corporate practices. C Geary Feilding On target for gifts On behalf of Kmart New Zealand and The Salvation Army, we would like to thank you and all your readers for your continued support and incredible passion for the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal this year. As of today (December 15) we have been able to reach an outstanding total of 12,283 gifts collected around the country. We simply could not have achieved numbers like this without the support of you and your community. We are on track to make our target of 35,000 gifts for this year s appeal. But there is still a way to go. So we are calling for all New Zealanders who haven t yet donated, to head down to their local Kmart store and place a gift under the tree. And remember that the gift doesn t have to be from Kmart. It s easy to forget, with all the flashy branding and advertising, Christmas is actually about looking after each other. It s a time when we can come together in our communities, and as a country, to let each other know that we do care. So this year, get a present for someone else in your community. By placing a present under the Kmart Wishing Tree, you re helping one of thousands of New Zealanders who need a helping hand this Christmas. Donations are accepted at all Kmart stores around the country until close of business on Christmas Eve. If you can t make it to a store, head online to wishingtree.kmart.co.nz to make a donation. This year, be part of the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal and give the gift of hope. Major Robbie Ross National spokesman Salvation Army From Ian's desk As I settle into my new world of national politics, I find I have entered a much more diverse position with many interesting issues to confront and a great support network to assist me achieve some positive outcomes for the electorate. The parliamentary side of my new role commences this week with the state opening of parliament. It will initially be a steep learning curve for me. However, I am sure that by Febru- ary I will have found my feet well enough to be making a useful contribution. The Rangitikei electorate is very large, stretching from Linton in the south east to Taumaranui in the north west. It takes about three hours to drive from one end to the other and is a logistical challenge to service it in the manner our community deserves. To achieve this I will keep the offices that Simon Power operated out of in Feilding, Marton and Taumaranui and in the meantime will run clinics in other areas as required. I will review this in the first half of next year. One last thing: Thank you all who supported me in the recent election and whether you did or did not, I hope you all have a very pleasant Christmas, a happy New Year and make sure you look after each other during the holiday break. Ian McKelvie MP for Rangitikei Museum to move Manawatu District councillors Barbara Cameron and Alison Short are impressed with the development of the former woolspinners building on the corner of South St and Kawakawa Rd, which will house the Coach House museum. Coach House chairman Brian Hunter and secretary Margaret Hewitt said the lay- out of the community archives and entrance had been added on to the main building. The collection is to be shifted to the building next month.
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