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VOTING IN THE
For some simple tools to help you decide, visit
elections.org.nz - or you can call 0800 36 76 56
The second question asks which of
four other voting systems you would
choose if New Zealand decides to
change from MMP. You'll find out more
about them at www.elections.org.nz
On the Referendum paper, there are
two questions to answer. The first
is whether you think New Zealand
should keep MMP, or change to
another voting system.
At this year's General Election, there's
a referendum on our voting system.
So when you go to vote, along with
your orange ballot paper for the
General Election, you'll get a purple
Referendum one too.
If we vote for a change of system,
Parliament will decide if there
is another referendum in 2014
to choose between MMP and the
most popular alternative.
If we vote to keep MMP, there
will be an independent review
to assess if there should be any
changes to the way it works.
Biker's story comes from the heart
By BOBBIE NICHOLLS
White ribbon: Mike (Walrus) Neville leads the White Ribbon riders from Te Rununga O Raukawa
on Tuesday as they head to Whanganui.
Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS
The moving story of an ex-
prisoner who had grown
up with violence, and
thought it was the only way to
resolve issues, touched the
hearts of all who heard him
speak last week.
Amos Ale is one of more than
a dozen White Ribbon riders
who had breakfast in Feilding
last Tuesday as part of the
nationwide ride to publicise
that violence against women is
He told his story simply, but
from the heart. Having grown
up with pakeha, Maori and
Samoan whanau who all used
violence to resolve issues, he
thought that was the only way.
I used violence on my wife
and kids and made their lives
hell, he said.
It was not until he found God
in prison that he discovered
alternatives. Now he rides with
the Redeemed bikers and is
proud to be a part of the White
Ribbon ride, to promote respect
I have learnt to share things
and work out issues. It is never
too late to change, and it is OK
to ask for help, he said.
Wahine are a treasure.
They play a big part in our
lives. We can t do without
This year s riders carried
with them a photo of SAS Cor-
poral Doug (Dougie) Grant who
died in August in Afghanistan.
Grant rode with the Patriots
Defence Force Motorcycle Club
in last year s White Ribbon
ride, proudly proclaiming his
support of the campaign to stop
A silent remembrance of
Dougie was held during the
breakfast in Feilding.
The ride began in Hamilton
and split up to cover most of
the North Island, and included
the South Island for the first
time this year. Each group has
four basic lead members from
the Patriots and a manager
from the Families Commission.
Being military in background
they have tight safety
protocols. Each rider is also
required to pledge not to be
silent in the face of violence
Also involved are members of
Te Ahi Ki Koha Motorcycle
Club, which formed for the
White Ribbon ride.
The name comes from a
Maori adage, Tony Brooking
It means roughly When a
cause is close to my heart I
work passionately for it .
Clad in leathers and riding
powerful Harley Davison
motorcycles, the group look
daunting when they roar into a
town. But that is part of the
They attract attention, but
also show that looking staunch
on the outside does not mean
having to use violence.
Hotel to be leased out
By BOBBIE NICHOLLS
To market: The Sanson market will
continue while the MDC seeks
expressions of interest from people
interested in a short-term lease on the
Photo: SANDRA CROSBIE
The former Sanson hotel will be
leased out until Manawatu District
Council can decide what to do with
it.The council has owned the Junc-
tion Hotel site since 2008 with an
idea to redevelop the complex into
the Gateway to the Manawatu , as
it is the junction of three main
routes with a high volume of traffic
passing its doors.
However, plans were put on the
backburner in July after a number
of submitters to the annual plan
2011-12 opposed the development.
Ideas for the site included a visitor
centre and retail outlets.
A contract has been signed with
the Sunday market managers for a
three year lease, with right of
renewal at three monthly intervals.
The market has been running
each Sunday since before the coun-
cil bought the site and are keen to
The district council set aside
$400,000 for the next two years to
develop the site, and has already
spent nearly $100,000 to determine
costs and concepts.
At last week s council meeting
Community Services group man-
ager Brent Limmer put forward a
proposal to lease the building until
a decision could be made about its
He said a short-term lease would
be a way for the council to recoup
costs until plans were confirmed.
An expression of interest will be
put out by the council to people pre-
pared to rent the site on a short-
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