Feilding Herald : June 7th 2012
8 THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012 OPINION 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 Thinking of moving? How much is my property worth? You may be looking to move to a smaller property with a more manageable section, or into a retirement village.You will need to find out what your existing property is worth. I am a non practising Registered Valuer, working as a Real Estate Agent, and I have 34 years experience working in the Property Industry; 29 of those in Feilding and the wider Manawatu Region. I am happy to provide you with a free appraisal, on a no obligation basis, and I can advise you on presentation and marketing as well. Many people appreciate that this is an important early step when making decisions about a possible shift. Some people stay put for years following my appraisal, and others decide to move straight away. Everybody's circumstances are different. In many cases your existing home will provide ample funds for your new townhouse or village unit. You can have a newer, warmer home with less upkeep. I provide a comprehensive personalised report pertaining to your property, so that you can discuss your options with your family and or friends, or make your own decisions. I look forward to your call. Regards, Michael 4633632AA Your Community Christian Churches Feilding Christian Leaders Network SUNDAY 10am Knox Tuesdays 9.15 & 10.30am Little Groovers Minister: Rev Rilma Sands 06 323 8654 FEILDING OROUA PRESBYTERIAN PARISH North Street 4635205AA FEILDING FAMILY CHURCH (St Pauls - PCANZ) Cnr Church & Grey Sts All Welcome Graeme Turnbull Ph (06) 323 4366 SUNDAY 9.00am Worship 10.30am Worship 4635194AA 4635212AA Sunday 10th June 8am Feilding 9.45am Feilding 10am Kiwitea 4pm Stanway Wednesday 10am Feilding Contact: 323 4026 or 323 7050 4634415AA The winner of the Rose Care Kit competition was Carol Wareham, of Kimbolton. FEILDING WEATHER REPORT FOR MAY WEATHERWATCH ALAN MASON Rainfall: Month s total 63.3 millimetres Average 83mm Year to date 305.7mm Mean 360mm Heaviest fall 13.7mm, on May 15. Temperatures: Highest daytime 20 degrees Celsius, on May 13 and 18. Minimum night -2C on May 30 Minimum ground -4C on May 30 Below zero ground readings: 11 Sunshine: Eleven days recorded six or more hours of sunshine, although 15 days were partly sunny. Wind: No gales were recorded and what wind we had was mainly light. May could be rated as a pretty aver- age autumn month, and really it was just a continuation of the rather dreary dull weather we have been experienc- ing for the past 10 months. Most of the rain which fell was concentrated in about six days in the middle of the month, but appeared to have been ample to continue making the grass grow, and not enough to interfere with harvesting and soil preparation for crops. With daytime temperatures between 15 and 20C, and not many cool breezes, outdoor operations were pleasant, and once again we have not had any of the extremes of weather which have bedevilled other parts of the country. R&D in safe hands FROM IAN'S DESK Life in Parliament moves at great pace, and last week saw the presentation of the Budget, which was a very interesting pro- cess for a newbie to experience. The ceremony and protocol that go with it has been around for a long time and is something to experience. Although, now- adays the announcement of the budget, to a degree, gets some- what pre-empted by some pre- budget announcements. I have been around long enough to remember my father tucked up by the radio listening to budgets in the 1960s, and if there wasn t a decent old whack in it for the farmers it was roundly criticised. Today s cir- cumstances are very different, and this budget is designed for the difficult financial times the world finds itself in. I am confi- dent that under the careful financial management of Bill English, we will find ourselves in a much stronger position in the coming years. This budget has seen increases in expenditure in health and edu- cation, which are keys to a better performing economy. But more interestingly for the Rangitikei electorate, and particularly Massey University and our sci- ence community, we have seen an increase in investment in the research and development sector. This is very important for our futures as we continue to increase productivity across all sectors. This week Dr John Baker, the principal of Baker No Tillage, who manufactures the ground- breaking Cross Slot Drills, in Feilding, has been nominated for this year s World Food Prize. This is awarded to outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. This technology makes an out- standing contribution to our quest for environmental sustainability in agriculture, and is typical of the sorts of innovative ideas we need from our R&D spend. One last thing: great to see settlement of the AFFCO dis- pute. Ian McKelvie MP Rangitikei Waituna West folk past and present invited to party The Waituna West Hall is celebrating 100 years since it was built. There will be an afternoon tea and the cutting of the cake Sunday, July 1 at 1.30pm. A call goes out to all previous residents of Waituna West to come and celebrate with the present locals. Architect C L Daniell designed the hall in 1912 and it was built by Tom and Wilson Burne from Feilding. The original building consisted of the main hall and stage area only,. There was a fireplace on the back wall of the stage, and outside there was another fireplace for boiling urns etc to provide suppers. For big events framework and tarpaulin lean-tos provided toilet facilities, kitchen and supper room areas. Around 1930 a queen carnival was held to raise money for the hall additions that included a foyer, kitchen, supper room and toilet area. In 1998 the Waituna West com- munity celebrated the massive two- year effort to have the hall moved, repaired and renovated. The decision to move the hall grew from concern that its site on the main road through Waituna West village made it a dangerous spot for locals and schoolchildren using it. The community raised money to buy a piece of land next to the school with treks, dinners, a bush dance, casino evening, cake stalls and raffles. Grants from the Manawatu District Council, Lotteries Board, and CentralPower assisted the community s efforts. The hall has hosted many events over the years including dances, public meetings, drama club, badminton club, gym practice, farewells. The hall con- tinues to hold an important role for the Waituna West Community. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Walkers and joggers --- Make sure you can be seen by drivers Could I please just take a minute to remind people walking or jogging on country roads that at sunset it is almost impossible to see you when driving a car. This is particularly true on Halcombe Rd at this time of year. You may feel safe running on the edge of the road but in reality you are often less than a metre from passing vehicles whose drivers may not know you are there. Please consider choosing safer places to run in and, if not, at least wear reflective safety gear, such as vests. Fiona Northway Trip a pleasure It was with much relief that I was able to come back through the Gorge on Thursday evening, May 31, after going via Saddle Rd for so many months. Previously I d thought that the Gorge was longish and windy but it is now a pleasure to drive, even with the holdups. Thank goodness. Ian Ritchie Edale Answers public Firstly, many thanks for your kind invitation, Tony Dobbs, much appreciated. I will not, however, be accepting your kind invitation. Secondly, my questions were asked in a public forum and I feel should be answered in a public forum. Thirdly, there was never a question about your facilities or care of those who live in Edale. In fact, I started the letter by saying this regarding care at Edale. I hope your appeal is going well and the community is standing behind Edale. Judith Butler Marton Red puppy appeal As the co-ordinator of the Red Puppy Street Appeal for 2012, on behalf of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, I wish to thank all those who helped with the collection at the various sites, especially the Feilding Pakeke Lions Club. My thanks, too, to the owners of the stores where the collectors were stationed, the Westpac Bank, and the very generous public of Feilding who contributed to the excellent result of $3351! Some very special thanks should go to Paul, Laurie and guide dog Perry for braving the bus trip to Ohakea with their collection buckets the day of the air show. It was a big effort. Thank you everyone. Peg McNaught, secretary, Feilding Member Support Group, RNZFB Residents benefit from telephone health advice It s just a bad rash and it might clear up. Maybe my child just has an awful cold and will stop coughing by morn- ing. Perhaps if I lie down for a while, my headache will ease. Let s wait it out and call the doctor tomorrow. When you are injured or become ill and it s after hours, or you are far from home, it can be hard to know what to do. Should you call an ambulance when it might be something minor? Should you go to the emergency department? Healthline is at hand at times like these. Healthline is a free telephone health advice service that can be called from any landline or mobile phone in New Zealand. It s staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by registered nurses who can advise about what s best to do in cases of sickness, injury or medical emergency. Depending on a person s symptoms, callers may be encouraged to seek medical treatment or be given advice on how they can manage a con- dition or minor injury. Occasionally the nurse may call 111 for them. MidCentral residents made more than 7400 calls asking for Healthline advice in the January to March 2012 quarter, about 8 per cent of all calls the service received. Several calls were about vomiting, rashes and colds in children. Others related to questions about medicines, abdominal pain, and chest pain. Healthline is funded by the Ministry of Health and provided under contract by Medibank Health Solutions New Zealand. It receives an average of 1000 calls every day from across the country.
May 31st 2012
June 14th 2012