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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
Please note, Manfeild will be close from noon on Friday 23rd December
and will reopen on Wednesday 4th January.
The team at Manfeild would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas
and a safe and happy New Year !
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Suzuki International Tri-Series 2011
Round 2 December 17
The biggest Motorcycle racing series of the year with over 240 competing bike
including F1 Super Bikes, F2 600 SuperSport, F3 Sport Bikes, 450 Moto, Pre-89
Class, Bears, F1 Modern Sidecars & Ultra-Lites. Racing kicks off at 10.30am,
entry is via South Street and there is no gate charge. For more information
check out www.cemeterycircuit.co.nz.
Manawatu Road and Track Day
The ideal opportunity to experience the race circuit in a controlled motor
sport environment. Road cars are eligible to compete and safety gear is
available if required. The Road and Track series will leave you wanting more.
$75 for pre-entered competitors, or $100 on the day, event kicks off at 9am.
Full details are on www.motorsportmanawatu.org.nz
2012 Superkart National Champs
January 6 - 7
The Nation's best Superkart racers come together once again to compete.
Open practice will be run on Friday, with qualifying and racing to be held
on Saturday. Admission is free, both days will start at 9am. Entry is via
Norwood Manawatu North Island
Dressage Champs January 6 - 8
Dressage riders including Young rider and Pony riders competing for North Island
titles. Saturday afternoon has advanced and grand prix horses riding to music.
Friday and Sunday starts at 9am with no gate charge. Saturday's program starts
at 12 noon, gold coin donation for adults, kids are free.
15 December 2011
CMP Rangitikei has recently been in the news because of a dispute with the New
Zealand Meat Workers' Union.
As with any dispute of this kind, there are always two sides to the story and we'd
like to take this opportunity to explain to our community more about our side.
CMP Rangitikei near Marton, is a lamb processing plant that's been operating
for six years. Since we opened, lambs available for slaughter have decreased
This year, high wage costs and a shift structure designed for much larger
processing capacity meant we had to re-negotiate major changes to our
collective employment agreement with the Union.
We had to do this to avoid the plant becoming yet another casualty of the meat
We have been talking with the Union since April and unfortunately we still have
no agreement over the new terms and conditions we proposed.
We have reduced costs in many areas of our business and we are now asking our
production employees to take a pay rate reduction to bring their wages in line
with the middle ground in the industry. The wages we are offering are between
$21 and $25 per hour based on an average kill tally. The new shift structure
means more hours are available for employees to work if they want to, and there
is also no longer a need to work weekends.
The fact is the wage packet being paid is between a 1% decrease and a 15%
increase. But yes instead of working a 35 hour week under the previous contract,
employees will now work 40 hours to earn that money. Reports of a 20-30% pay
cut on annual income are totally untrue.
A letter to our community
from CMP Rangitikei
We have over 230 employees who have signed individual employment
agreements directly with the company. They have been working under the new
contract and structure for almost two months now.
We began the night shift last week and with more livestock available we are
looking forward to a good season for our employees, customers, trade suppliers
and the business. We are also greatly appreciative of the continuing support
from our farmer suppliers.
We are keen to reach an agreement for a new collective soon so that everyone
can come back to work. Unfortunately the process is being slowed by the Union
actively picketing our customers, and trying to damage the business, which
does not help anybody. It is important to note that one business targeted is
McDonald's, who is not even supplied by CMP Rangitikei, as we only process
lamb, not beef.
CMP Rangitikei is valuable to the region. We employ over 300 people year-round
and this number increases to over 400 in the peak season.
We have had to make some difficult decisions to ensure the future of the plant.
We would really like to have all our employees back at work, and we hope that
the Union will return to talks prepared for realistic negotiations.
CMP Rangitikei General Manager
Top Man: The name St John plays a significant
role in David van Oeveren's life.
With a life already dedicated to supporting
others, the decision to join St John was an
easy one for David van Oeveren. Now, after
only four years with the ambulance service,
the Feilding Anglican priest is being made
a member of the Order of St John in its New
Year's honours list.
Mr van Oeveren said the honour was
The people that work in this organis-
ation just do amazing work every day. They
deal with some tough stuff, and they all
deserve recognition and support.''
Mr van Oeveren is the St John regional
chaplain, the Archdeacon of Manawatu,
and is also now training to become an
He said he started with St John as an
It was a friend of mine that invited me
conference where they explained what this
kind of support role was all about, and to be
honest, it wasn't a hard sell.''
Mr van Oeveren said from then he knew
it was an organisation he wanted to be a
part of. In his role as a volunteer, he offers
his skill as a chaplain for St John members
in Manawatu as well as the role of regional
chaplain -- an area covering from Te
Kauwhata in the north to Wellington -- is a
volunteer ambulance officer and an active
supporter of St John Youth.
During his time at St John, Mr van
Oeveren has worked to provide support for
volunteers and paid staff throughout
greater Manawatu, officiated at building
and vehicle presentations, awarded pres-
entations throughout the lower North
Island, and ensured St John chaplaincy
services are easy for members to access.
Mr van Oeveren said he was proud to be
a member of an organisation with such a
rich history. The origins of St John go back
more than 1000 years to before the
For Mr van Oeveren to receive the award,
it first had to be approved by the priory
chapter then sent to London for the Queen
to sanction. He will receive the award next
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