Feilding Herald : February 9th 2012
5 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012 NEWS 4331090AA Dear Resident Next week you will receive your voting papers for our new Mayor. I want to encourage you to vote - to exercise your democratic right. I would consider it a privilege to be your Mayor. I believe we need a person who can inspire and lead our town, villages and rural communities to be the best in New Zealand. When you look at our environment, our agriculture, our strategic location, our agribusiness and innovation, our social, cultural and community wellbeing; we are blessed with an abundance of resources and the potential to develop that could make us the envy of other regions. No one would deny that times are difficult and we will have our share of challenges to face. Life was never meant to be easy; I believe we show what we are made of when we find creative ways to overcome adversity and choose to build resilient communities that are responsive to change. Residents don't want large increases in rates. This is why I am proud to be a member of the current District Council that kept the total rates increase to 2.9% last year. We need a wise head at the helm who can unite our Council in underpinning its long term decisions with fairness, accountability and prudent stewardship of the resources at its disposal. We also need someone who is approachable, who will listen to you, who will engage with young and old alike. We need a Mayor who knows what is happening in our region and can share the excitement of our successes with others - a person who understands business and can inspire the drive for innovation and excellence to create more job opportunities. Above all we need a Mayor who will demonstrate empathy for those who face hardship and difficulties; who will encourage tolerance and diversity through social and wellbeing initiatives. I believe I can be that kind of Mayor. I ask for your vote this election. Yours sincerely Margaret Kouvelis Authorised by Margaret Kouvelis, 5 Goodbehere Street, Feilding Dirt track: Sanson's Max Hefferen (Kawasaki No 4) in action during a 9-11 year olds' 65cc race at the annual Woodville Motocross. Photo: ANDY McGECHAN, BIKESPORTNZ.COM Young racer tearing up the track -- safely By BOBBIE NICHOLLS ' We don't have the flashest of trailers or the latest bike -- there were other kids with much flasher bikes -- but it is 80 per cent about the skill of the rider and Max is a safe, cautious rider. ' Steve Hefferen Eleven-year-old Max Hefferen returned home to Sanson victorious from the Woodville International Motocross Grand Prix on January 31. In his fourth year of competition at Wood- ville, the Manawatu-Orion Motocycle Club (MOMC) junior won the 9-11 mini class on a 2010 KX65 with the best lap times of the day for his class. We don't have the flashest of trailers or the latest bike -- there were other kids with much flasher bikes -- but it is 80 per cent about the skill of the rider and Max is a safe, cautious rider,'' proud dad Steve Hefferen said. Some young riders go too full out and hurt themselves. Max waits his chance and makes good choices. He makes his move when he judges he can. He's a safe rider but he still wins.'' Max rides for the fun of it, but the whole family is passionate about motocross, and his mother, Rachael, said it is a good family sport. While they do not all race, they all enjoy the racing. All his grandparents were at Wood- ville to support Max, and the sport has made the family friends all over New Zealand. It's a stretch to travel but last year we went as a family to the nationals in Reefton, and we will be going to the Nationals again this year.'' It will be Max's last event as a mini rider. When he turns 12 he goes up a class. Max's younger sister, Jade, has a bike but does not race. It's bad enough watching Max race, I couldn't watch my daughter out there,'' said Steve, who was the co-ordinator for the Mini racing on behalf of the MOMC and does all the mechanical work on Max's bike. One of the thrills of the day for Max was to have his trophy presented by Levi Sherwood, a local rider who is now an international extreme MotoX rider. His father, Dave Sher- wood, has been very supportive of Max, encouraging him to practice on the Sherwood farm MotoX track. Through Dave Sherwood's sponsorship we were able to have GR3 suspension work on Max's bike's suspension. We could never have afforded such a top specialist ourselves,'' Steve said. Max also has sponsorship from Motor- making Graphics, Braush Trucking and AFC Motorcycles. And winning at Woodville will get him noticed by more prospective sponsors.'' Another highlight of the Woodville GP was to shake hands with his idol, World Champ Ben Townley, who signed a poster for Max. He said his aim is to become a world champion like Townley. Max has been riding motorbikes since he could ride a bicycle at 3. He started racing at 7. His father said motocross is an excellent sport which teaches young people respect and rules, and gives them a goal. Max was awarded sports person of the year 2011 at Sanson School. It's cool to see schools supporting alterna- tive sports.'' his father said.
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