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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011
It's time to put your thinking caps on and decide on a theme for your float in the 2011 Marton
Christmas Parade -- let's build on last years HUGE success and keep the momentum going.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 3RD 2011
Santa's Cave Open 2pm onwards @ Marton Historical Cottage
Dont miss Spitfire
Fly Over on day!
Best Commercial Float
Best Community Float
Best School or Kindy Float
Entry is FREE and forms are available at McVerry Crawford,
Rangitikei Mail Office or we can post one to you.
Please contact us if you have any queries. Brendan Williams 021 518 411
The Christmas Parade is a chance to showcase your business or organization to the people of Marton
and to give something back to the community that supports you -- because Christmas is a time of giving.
Starting at 3.30pm followed by
Marton Christmas Party in the Park
Proud Sponsors of Parade : Alf Downs & Co, McVerry Crawford Motors,
J & J Walters Ltd, R.D.C, Downer Works and Rotorwork Ltd.
P: 021 424 776
Authorised by Ian McKelvie, 1597 Tangimoana Rd, Palmerston North
Proud to live
in the Rangitikei
By LAURA WALTERS
The Rangitikei Active Weekend had to be cancelled as it
seemed people around the district were becoming
The multisport weekend, organised by Rangitikei
Active pool and gym, had to be canned after only six
people signed up for the event.
Rangitikei Active manager and Rangitikei councillor,
Kathleen Murphy said there were not enough pre-day
entries to carry on.
Maybe it is the recession and the price of petrol.''
Ms Murphy said this had been a trend in the area
There were less new people supporting events, she
said. More people were entering community events on
the day, rather than beforehand.
Ms Murphy said the cost of getting to events was the
main deterrent. The price of petrol was stopping people
from travelling, she said.
A small group of the same locals were the ones sup-
porting the community events, Ms Murphy said.
And while they had a few loyal supporters, there were
not many young people, or fresh faces, getting involved.
A small group of local people are very loyal to our
This was because long-distance sports were popular
among people over 30, and because Rangitikei had an
older demographic, Ms Murphy said.
The event was designed for people training for half
iron men, and marathons.
We were expecting more people out of town.''
But it seemed that a lot of events were losing
numbers. Entries for the Taupo bike ride were down on
past years, she said.
Rangitikei Active do plan to put on other events early
next year, but they had been put off re-scheduling this
event. It's like once bitten, twice shy with this one,'' she
The six people who entered were disappointed about
the event being cancelled, but they took it in their stride,
Ms Murphy said.
Team are the pride of TAS
Top teens: Taihape Area School leadership team 2011
By JOCELYN FANNIN
Opened in 2009 Taihape Area School
provides education for students from year
1 to year 13, a new concept for Taihape.
The student leadership team, seven
year 13 students and one year 12, has
found this year that managing time
wisely with their own academic and
sporting commitments plus being
involved with the junior school through
karakia and waiata has provided leader-
ship learning challenges.
They say, an added bonus has been the
satisfaction of seeing every age group
involved and living up to the school
values and culture which is embedded in
These are a great group of kids,'' said
principal Richard McMillan. Not only
are they leaders but high academic
achievers as well.''
Each of the students has experienced
great satisfaction from being part of the
leadership team and the intense involve-
ment it provided to be involved in the
decision making and daily organisation of
the school. A big decision was to make the
uniform stricter and for the team to
When people from the public come up
and praise us on how good we look, it
makes it all worth while,'' said head boy
Boyd Mower. The team has high praise
for Staff member Mrs Adams who has
allowed them to grow throughout their
years at TAS.
TePuawai Chambers, head girl, arrived
at TAS in year 11 from a much larger
school but found that after only a year
instead of being just a number she was
known more personally and made to feel
This year has undeniably been a year
worth remembering,'' she said.
At the beginning of the year each
student was assigned a particular role
and expected to set an example for the
rest of the school. Zoe Whatarau, the only
year 12 student on the team, has been
student representative on the board of
She believes that to achieve one must
have a goal and aspirations to work
towards always improving. When she
leaves school she hopes to attend univer-
sity and become a physiotherapist,
become a Black Fern [woman All Black]
attend the 2016 Olympics for sevens
rugby and have other exciting
experiences including travel the world.
She and Ryan Donne-Gregory will
remain at TAS for 2012. Ryan hopes to
become a civil engineer.
I really enjoy applied physics but am
staying to do extra physics and get my
maths up to speed.''
Each of the leadership team has differ-
ent aspirations. Grace Horton will study
law at Victoria and hopes to become a
criminal defence lawyer and eventually a
TePuawai, whose passion is netball,
will do a Batchelor of Education at either
the University of Canterbury or Waikato
becoming a PE teacher.
Boyd hopes to enrol in the navy with
the aim of becoming a navy diver.
Each of the students speaks highly of
their time at TAS and the experiences
this year has given them.
Each has enjoyed their community
involvement and being part of the
student team which fronts TAS at all
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