Feilding Herald : January 19th 2012
3 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012 NEWS 4303719AB VOTE Margaret Kouvelis for Mayor Fronting the Future Authorised by Margaret Kouvelis 5 Goodbehere Street Feilding 4305689AA 4305579AA YOUR VOTE DOES COUNT 100% MANAWATU STEVE GIBSON 4MAYOR Authorised by Steve Gibson 22 Wellington St, Feilding Four want mayoralty By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Four candidates will stand for the mayor- alty of the Manawatu District. Current councillors Barbara Cameron, Steve Gibson and Margaret Kouvelis announced their intention of standing last year, while Palmerston North cafe owner Russell Johnson, 48, is the fourth candi- date. Former Palmerston North mayoral can- didate Michael Feyen suggested last month he was interested in the mayor- alty, but has not filed a nomination. This was a surprise to Mr Johnson, who like Mr Feyen, stood for the Palmerston North City Council and mayoralty last term. He expected to be standing against Mr Feyen. A city resident, Mr Johnson runs two city cafes, and was formerly a Toyota New Zealand employee for 22 years, so has business experience. He said he had been encouraged to stand by staff, friends and family who live in the Manawatu District. I like Feilding, he said. It is a lovely town, but has some issues. He said he had read the district s annual plans and was puzzled by the council s purchase of the Sanson Hotel land for an i-Site. The only thing that is going to benefit from being on that site is a fast food out- let, he said. He spent some of his childhood years living in Norsewood, and has farming relatives, and so he said he has a concept of rural issues. Delivery of voting papers starts on February 13 and voting papers must be returned to the council returning officer by noon on Wednesday, March 7. After two years, microchip brings Lilly home again By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Home at last: Six-year-old Carlos is pleased to have Lillyhome after more than two years missing. In November 2009, Lilly, a purebred British bulldog, went missing from the Feilding home of Hannah Thompson. Despite being microchipped and wearing a collar with tags, extensive advertising and searching, Lilly was not returned and the family were distraught. She was like my first baby, Ms Thompson said. My [now ex] husband and I took her when we moved to Canada in 2003, and returned with her in 2004. That cost us a lot of money but we loved her and it was worth it. That year, the family welcomed baby Carlos, who grew up with Lilly, loving her to pieces. Unfortunately her lovely nature meant she would go with anyone. As a purebred British bulldog, she was a target for stealing. When she went missing it was like she was kidnapped, and it took me a long time to get over her, Ms Thompson said. I assumed she was dead as that was easier than thinking about her being stolen for fight- ing or the like. Last Tuesday she was woke to find a message telling her Lilly had been picked up by the dog control, walking on the beach at Tauranga. I was shocked, to say the least. She found it hard to grasp that Lilly was alive and coming home. A Bayfair veterinarian picked Lilly up from the pound and gave her a check-up to ensure she was in good health, while Ms Thomp- son s brother-in-law drove to Tauranga to bring her home. She is in good health and has been well looked after, but had another check-up and her toe- nails clipped in Palmerston North. Lilly appeared pleased to be home with Mrs Thompson and Carlos. When she wags her tail, her whole body shakes, she said. It shows the value of having dogs microchipped and recorded on the national database as well as with the local council, she said. The cost of microchipping is under $40 and Totally Vets com- pany animal vet Joanne Nesdale said that the dog owner is given the forms to register the chip with the Manawatu District Council. For a further $25, the chip can be entered on the database of the New Zealand Companion Ani- mal Register, an independent company which has a website which is accessible 24/7. Use of this register ensured Ms Thompson was made aware that Lily had been found over- night.
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