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Welcome to Saskia Anwen Symonds,
born on Tuesday, 22nd November 2011
at 8.40am weighing 7lb 7oz. A beautiful
daughter for Sarah Holwell and Scott
Symonds, and a sister for Luke. Huge
thanks to all the wonderful staff involved
in our care at Palmerston North Hospital
and to midwife Paula.
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Good people in our community
I am a volunteer firefighter with the Halcombe
Volunteer Fire Brigade and yesterday evening, on
my way home from work, I came across a young
motorist who had just lost control of his car on the
Halcombe Road, crashing into a ditch. While waiting
with him for a vehicle to come and tow his car back
on to the road (fortunately, neither the driver nor the
car were too badly damaged!), I was blown away by
the number of motorists who safely pulled over to
inquire if they could lend a hand.
Similarly, once the vehicle was ready to be moved,
the majority of motorists were happy to patiently
wait while we did this in a safe and controlled
manner. I think it s a credit to the Manawatu region,
and drivers on this busy and sometimes challenging
road, that they were so community-spirited.
I would like to thank the people of Feilding for their
generosity at the Feilding Christmas Carnival.
We attended in elves costumes and were out in
force collecting for our team, the DK crew, who are
part of next year s Relay for Life.
With the generosity of all the crowds
at last Sunday s carnival in town, we
raised a whopping $152. Shaun Kay
Give us a break
With the forthcoming elections for a
new mayor, I would hope that those
putting themselves forward take note
of the present financial strife that
many of the Manawatu District
Council ratepayers have to contend
with. Our council has continually put
up rates to fund many activities and
so-called improvements that cannot be
justified under conditions at present.
We, the ratepayers, are not
bottomless holes full of money, and
very soon people will be leaving this
area to find somewhere cheaper to live.
Soon people will have to sell their
homes here, just so they can continue
to live at western world standards.
I pay huge amounts of rates to MDC
and to Horizons, for very little in
return. I pay for footpaths -- there are
no footpaths outside my home; I pay
for the streets to be cleaned -- rubbish
piles up for months until a flash flood
or a kind neighbour gets rid of it
temporarily. I don t mind paying for
water, recycling, the library,
swimming pool, and new underground
pipes, which should have been done 30
years ago. All those things are
important, but I do object to the
continual titivating of the CBD,
reduced parking, narrowed streets and
obsession with outdated Edwardian
It is about time the council and the
new mayor, whoever that may be, took
a good long look at the way they
administer our hard-earned cash. Cut
out the frills and stick to the basics.
For example, it is appalling the
mismanagement of the way building
permits and building inspections are
done, and the fact that they are far too
costly for the time involved.
Let us hope that the new mayor is
someone who can put a stop to the
wastage of our rates, and move us
forward on a basis of sound financial
and corporate practices.
On target for gifts
On behalf of Kmart New Zealand and
The Salvation Army, we would like to
thank you and all your readers for your
continued support and incredible
passion for the Kmart Wishing Tree
Appeal this year.
As of today (December 15) we have
been able to reach an outstanding total
of 12,283 gifts collected around the
country. We simply could not have
achieved numbers like this without the
support of you and your community.
We are on track to make our target
of 35,000 gifts for this year s appeal.
But there is still a way to go. So we
are calling for all New Zealanders who
haven t yet donated, to head down to
their local Kmart store and place a gift
under the tree. And remember that the
gift doesn t have to be from Kmart.
It s easy to forget, with all the flashy
branding and advertising, Christmas
is actually about looking after each
other. It s a time when we can come
together in our communities, and as a
country, to let each other know that we
So this year, get a present for
someone else in your community. By
placing a present under the Kmart
Wishing Tree, you re helping one of
thousands of New Zealanders who need a helping
hand this Christmas.
Donations are accepted at all Kmart stores around
the country until close of business on Christmas Eve.
If you can t make it to a store, head online to
wishingtree.kmart.co.nz to make a donation.
This year, be part of the Kmart Wishing Tree
Appeal and give the gift of hope. Major Robbie Ross
As I settle into my new world of national
politics, I find I have entered a much more
diverse position with many interesting issues to
confront and a great support network to assist
me achieve some positive outcomes for the
The parliamentary side of my new role
commences this week with the state opening of
parliament. It will initially be a steep learning
curve for me. However, I am sure that by Febru-
ary I will have found my feet well enough to be
making a useful contribution.
The Rangitikei electorate is very large,
stretching from Linton in the south east to
Taumaranui in the north west. It takes about
three hours to drive from one end to the other
and is a logistical challenge to service it in the
manner our community deserves.
To achieve this I will keep the offices that
Simon Power operated out of in Feilding,
Marton and Taumaranui and in the meantime
will run clinics in other areas as required.
I will review this in the first half of next year.
One last thing: Thank you all who supported
me in the recent election and whether you did or
did not, I hope you all have a very pleasant
Christmas, a happy New Year and make sure
you look after each other during the holiday
Ian McKelvie MP for Rangitikei
Museum to move
Manawatu District councillors Barbara Cameron and
Alison Short are impressed with the development of
the former woolspinners building on the corner of
South St and Kawakawa Rd, which will house the
Coach House museum. Coach House chairman Brian
Hunter and secretary Margaret Hewitt said the lay-
out of the community archives and entrance had
been added on to the main building. The collection is
to be shifted to the building next month.
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