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Speed camera busy
By VICKI WATERHOUSE
Sanson's speed camera was the busiest in
the country last year but police are still
planning to increase the number of fixed
cameras in the Central District.
The fixed Sanson speed camera on State
Highway 1 took 21,667 photos last year,
resulting in 11,815 tickets being issued.
The Sanson camera made up nearly 20
per cent of the 63,396 tickets issued
nationally through speed cameras last year.
The rest of the top 10 speed cameras
included seven in Auckland, one in Welling-
ton and one in Napier.
Central District Senior Sergeant Nick
Dobson said it was obvious too many people
were speeding through Sanson.
The camera is located in a spot just out of
the 100kmh zone.
''People are coming out of that 100kmh
area and they just don't think,'' he said.
Mr Dobson said more fixed cameras were
being installed in the Central District
region, which includes Manawatu,
Horowhenua, Taranaki and Whanganui,
but was unable to confirm how many.
Police were in the process of consulting
with the AA and councils about where the
cameras would go, he said. Previously, fixed
cameras had been expensive, but a new
style of camera would be brought in.
Mr Dobson said news of the Sanson
camera's high rate of activity was even
more disappointing given a traffic sting at
Hunterville on Monday which netted 300
speeding drivers in less than five hours.
''Driving requires you to use your brain,''
he said. ''People need to look out, and that's
across the country.''
Rate rebates missed
By BOBBIE NICHOLLS
Hundreds of Manawatu and Rangitikei rate-
superannuitants and lower wage earners may
be paying more rates than necessary because
they are not applying for a rates rebate they
are entitled to.
People on low incomes are eligible for
rebates on all their local authority rates,
including regional council rates.
Some older people are still missing out on
the rebate because they believe their income
is too high, even though the income cut-off
point is about $38,000 per annum (depending
on the number of dependents and the amount
of the rates).
A typical couple on NZ Superannuation
with no other income could get the full $580
rebate on $2200 rates. A single superan-
nuitant living alone could get the full $580
rebate if they are paying $1030 in rates.
The scheme is run by local councils, with
central government reimbursing the rebates
to each council. The rebate is $580 per year
adjusted with the consumer price index, and
seniors may be entitled to all or part of this
depending on their income and rates.
''Any rebate can make a huge difference to
the quality of life; money can be directed to
necessities such as glasses and hearing aids,''
Grey Power local body spokesman, Miles
The closing date for applications for rebate
on the 2011-12 rates is June 30, 2012.
Internal Affairs website ratesrebates.
govt.nz has more information including calcu-
lation tables and application forms.
realised Laying foundations: Dehlia Mataki, right, has
developed a family centre, Whanau Ataahua, to
offer support and development for all families in
the area. Imaima Mataki, daughter, sitting.
Maryanne Hallett, Moana Searancke.
Photo: LAURA WALTERS
By LAURA WALTERS
A local counsellor's dream has become a
reality with the opening of a local whanau
centre in Feilding, which offers unique
services and programmes to promote all
components of the family unit.
Dehlia Mataki worked with her family and
friends for 18 months to create Whanau
Ataahua, or the Beautiful Families Trust,
which opened at its location behind the Den-
bigh Hotel on Saturday.
The mother of 10, who is also a qualified
counsellor, wanted to create a centre that
focussed on women, children, and families.
''We identified there was a need for our
organisation in Feilding,'' she said.
''There is nothing like it in the area.''
Ms Mataki worked for Manchester House
for 20 years, before she felt a ''pull'' to do
She valued her time as a volunteer and a
counsellor at Manchester House, but decided
it was time to move on.
''You can become complacent . . . I wanted to
Coming from a family of 18, Ms Mataki said
she wanted to do something for other families
who needed help.
''I know the strength and the power of the
family unit,'' she said.
''When you see other people going through
challenges you want to help them. It's about
helping our families in this area.''
The centre offers a programme for women,
or mothers, called Wahine Ataahua. It focuses
on women becoming active in the community.
But, it was not just about mothers.
''We realised that it's not just about the one
person,'' she said.
The centre also facilitates Whanau Ora,
mediation and support for families, Te Reo
language classes, and a youth programme.
The youth programme includes kapa haka,
sports, and activities for children.
They aim to help young people find their
identity, and feel good about themselves.
The programme is not just for ''naughty''
children, Ms Mataki said. ''You have to have
''You can't always be dealing with the
The 11 staff welcome anyone who needs the
service, not just Maori.
At the moment they were working for free,
including Ms Mataki's daughter Imaima, but
she hoped they would eventually have enough
funding to pay employees.
A lot of work had gone into getting Whanau
Ataahua up and running, and a lot of funding
had come from Ms Mataki's family, as well as
local businesses and trusts.
At the moment the programmes are free,
but a koha, or gift, is required for counselling
She said it was amazing to see her dream
materialise for the Feilding community.
❚ Contact Whanau Ataahua, on 06 324 0414.
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