Feilding Herald : December 29th 2011
9 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2011 NEWS 89 Kimbolton Road Feilding Phone 06 323 7384 10% 50%to 29 Dec to 14 Jan 2012 o 4261321AA 499 Church St, Palmerston North Ph: (06) 356 8946 www.theocnz.com THINKING ABOUT BRACES? Choose the OC and choose a DCNZ Registered Specialist in Orthodontics Call now for an appointment with Dr Neil Tobin B.Ch.D (Hons), MFDS RCS (Eng), MFGDP RCS (Eng), M.Orth RCS (Eng), MRACDS, MSc (Leeds, UK) Interest free payments available! 4032054AA Kimbolton Road, Feilding Phone 323 4054 Locally Owned & Operated KIWICARE BUG BOMB Convenient, clean, efficient, do it yourself bug control. Eliminates most crawling and flying insects including borer on the wing. 4202615AA Getting on track this summer Happy feet: Make the most of the summer weather, get fit and enjoy the many scenic walks in our region. Photo: MURRAY WILSON Summer holidays provides us with the time for family outings. Manawatu has a wealth of walkways and tracks to suit all ages and abilities, within a few minutes, or an hour of Feilding or Palmerston North. On the drive north from Bulls to Hunterville, a previously obvious bush reserve was bypassed by the re-alignment of SH1, it is still how- ever accessible from Aldworth Rd. Bruce Park Loop Track is an easy 20-minute bush walk for the begin- ner or with young children. The old SH1 route has been replanted with natives and is now a haven for bird- life. Access is over two stiles but this is the only obstacle for a baby buggy. If a picnic is the objective of your outing with youngsters and you don t want to go too far, Ashhurst has a number of hidden walkways. The domain has facilities and play areas suitable for preschoolers to teens, and numerous walks from 0.9km to nearly 3km. Behind Massey University, Bledisloe park offers a variety of landscapes for up to 3.2km. If you are a little more adventur- ous, but not in full blown tramping mode, Pohangina Valley has well maintained tracks and great views. Branch Road Walkway has recently been reopened from the vil- lage as a return walk, but well worth the trip. Two kilometres further up the road is Beehive Creek, a one hour walk that follows, and crosses a pretty creek, so expect to get your feet wet. Theendis3kmuptheroad,soa second car could be left at the top if you prefer not to walk on the road. There has been considerable work done on the Manawatu Gorge track in recent years, and this is a must- do for any average walker. Take your time, lunch and a raincoat and expect to take between three and five hours to complete the track one way. With the Gorge road closed, it is probably more practical to park at the western end and walk to the top and return. If you have a big group and two cars, the second group could drive to Balance reserve at the other end of the Gorge and swap keys when you meet somewhere near the middle. It is amazingly quiet and there are stunning views over the Gorge and at eye-level with the windmills on the other side. For something a little different, North Range Road is a little used gravel and grass road from the Pahiatua Track through farmland along the top of the range. The road winds below the ridge, sometimes on the western side and sometimes on the east, giving views of both Manawatu and northern Wairarapa as well as a close up of the Tararua wind farm. More details about all these tracks, and many others from Apiti to Otaki can be found in the Mana- watu Walkways Promotion Society s booklet Walks in the Manawatu available from Information Centres for $8. The sixth edition was published in 2007, so is fairly up to date about access and details. Too many people die fishing -- Water Safety Rock fishing: Take care. Photo: FAIRFAX NZ By LAURA WALTERS Water Safety New Zea- land is warning Kiwis to take care when fishing this summer. Every year, on aver- age, four rock fishers drown. And as of Decem- ber 12 the drowning toll in New Zealand was 114, compared to 87 at this time last year. Water safety chief executive Matt Claridge said the reason for on- shore fishing deaths was people being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mr Claridge said rock fishing had become a popular, and inexpen- sive, way of catching fish. However, each fishing trip in a different place, and in different con- ditions, presented differ- ent hazards. Water Safety said there were a number of steps fishermen could take to ensure their safety. These included fishing in pairs, checking swell and tide information, observing the conditions before fishing, paying attention to warning signs and never turning their backs on the sea. Fishermen should also wear an approved lifejacket, and stay away from wet rocks. It was important not to become complacent, Mr Claridge said. A major reason for this is that our people do not take appropriate res- ponsibility for their safety and that of their family and friends, they take risks and shortcuts despite knowing that this behaviour can cost lives. Summer saw the most drowning deaths, as people spend a lot of time in and around dif- ferent water sources, he said. The majority of drowning deaths occur during the summer months as more people naturally take advan- tage of holidays and the warmer weather and head to the water. It was also essential to take safety precautions when on boats, in the sea, or in rivers. Information on water safety is available from Water Safety New Zealand's website watersafety.org.nz.
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