Feilding Herald : January 12th 2012
4 THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 NEWS With an ALL NEW Obstacle Course as well as the Aqua Run Inflatable and waterslides and the Looney Tunes bouncy castle for the littlies! Makino Aquatic Centre Council Place, Feilding Ph. (06) 323 5312 * The Makino Aquatic Centre is closed to the public on 1 January and the weekend of 28/29 January 2012 The Makino Aquatic Centre, where the waters FUN for EVERYONE! Lock-out end opens doors for the future By SANDRA CROSBIE The worker's dispute at CMP Rangitikei was resolved just before Christmas. The lamb processing plant ended its lockout of members of the New Zealand Meat Workers Union after settling a new collective employ- ment agreement. The end to the lockout of about 60 union members at CMP Rangitikei came after further negotiations with the New Zealand Meat Workers Union. A CMP spokesperson said the union has lost almost 80 per cent of its membership from its site throughout this dispute, as more employees chose to carry on working and sign individual agreements with the company. At the final meeting of senior managers of CMP Rangitikei and senior union officials, facilitated by a member of the Employment Relations Authority, it was agreed the union would recommend a deal to members that would enable a return to work. We are pleased that we have finally been able to come to an agreement with the meat workers' union. It has taken them almost eight months to appreciate our position and be realistic in their expectations to get a deal,'' said CMP Rangitikei general manager Darryl Mackenzie. We are extremely grateful for the NZMWU's national president and secretary for getting involved to get it sorted. It just wasn't going to happen otherwise'' said Mr Mackenzie. At the final shed meeting, union members voted by a large majority to accept a new collective agree- ment. As a result all union members were expected to return to work at rostered times over the Christmas/ New Year period and some this week. Given the holiday period it was not practical to have everyone start back on the same day and this was agreed with the union,'' said Mr McKenzie. There have been a few resignations, as expected, as some union members had found other work during the lockout, but for the most part people are back on deck and keen to work. Being able to get this deal through now bodes well for the future for the plant. This is a challenging industry so securing these changes now means we have a much stronger future ahead of us'' said Mr Mackenzie. During the lockout about 240 pro- duction staff on individual employ- ment agreements kept the plant operating. Online archives bring district's history back to the future for all Archives from Rangitikei are now listed online. More than 9000 items from Rangitikei District Council's archives, covering almost 120 years of history, have been added to the Archives Central online database, archivescentral.org.nz, bringing the total number of listed items search- able on the website to more than 105,000. The recently-listed items include minute books, correspondence files, letter books, rate books, electoral rolls and accounts, and financial records from between 1872 and 1990. The items are the records of the county council, various road boards, town boards and borough councils, all of which have amalgamated over the years to create today's Rangitikei District Council. Those previous councils include the Rangitikei County Council, which was created in 1876 and orig- inally covered just the southern and central portions of the present dis- trict. The Rangitikei County was one of the few counties in New Zea- land to expand its boundaries, taking in areas that were formerly part of the Wanganui and Hawkes Bay Counties. The archives of the county include a complete set of minute books from 1877 to 1989. The items from Rangitikei join the archives of Palmerston North City Council, Wanganui District Council, Horizons Regional Council, Tararua District Council and Mana- watu District Council, which have already been listed on the Archives Central database. Work will start next year on cata- loguing items from Horowhenua District Council which, once com- pleted, will mean archives from all of the seven councils involved in the project will be listed online. Rangitikei District Mayor Chalky Leary said it's great that these his- torical items are more available to the public via the website. As well as managing the online database, the Archives Central proj- ect will house the physical records of Horowhenua, Manawatu, Tararua, Rangitikei and Horizons in a new facility in Feilding, due for com- pletion mid-2012. The project is the result of collab- oration of councils in the Horizons region through a company called Manawatu-Wanganui Local Auth- ority Shared Services. Fire-breaks vital for burnoffs By JONO GALUSZKA Fire officers are asking farmers to remember to take basic safety precautions after a burnoff fire got out of control, nearly taking out a woolshed. The Marton Fire Brigade spent three hours battling a fire on Mt Curl Rd, about 10 kilometres south- west of Hunterville on Friday. Deputy chief fire officer Paul Whitehead said the blaze, which began about 6pm, started as a con- trolled burnoff, but quickly spread when caught by a strong wind. The fire spread across the prop- erty and would have burnt down a woolshed if firefighters had not arrived. Mr Whitehead said most farmers did well with burnoffs, but the man in this case failed to take basic safety precautions. The burnoff got out of control [because] he didn't have a firebreak,'' he said. Farmers should be putting in firebreaks at least three-metres wide outside the area they are burn- ing, and have a water source available''. Mr Whitehead said there were other dangers to look out for. You can get animals like rabbits running through them and starting other fires -- we've had that before.'' The wider Rangitikei area was at risk of fires quickly going out of con- trol, despite reports of record rain around the country, he said. It has been wet, but we haven't had the heavy rainfall in this area, so it hasn't soaked in. Any off-shore breeze and it dries out pretty quickly.'' Mr Whitehead said anyone want- ing to do a controlled burnoff should notify the fire service first, but that burnoffs should never take place if the conditions were hazardous.
December 29th 2011
January 19th 2012