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RANGITIKEI DISTRICT COUNCIL
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February Community Column
Cemetery Database Now Online
The database of records for the cemeteries administered by
Council (Clifton - Bulls, Mangaweka, Mt View - Marton, Ratana,
Taihape and Turakina) are now available to view through the
Rangitikei District Council website: www.rangitikei.govt.nz.
The cemetery search page can be found within the Community
Services menu then Cemeteries/Cemetery Search.
To help us keep our database up to date, please let us know
if you have updated or erected a headstone or plaque, or
if you have more accurate information about a particular site.
Swimming Pool Fences
With summer approaching, we'd like to remind pool owners,
or those looking to purchase a pool, of their responsibilities
under the 'Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987'.
Council has free information booklets available, which explain
what fencing is required, and which pools are exempt.
You will need a building consent to construct an
appropriate fence -- this is so Council can ensure the
proposed fencing complies with the Act.
Council will be conducting pool fencing inspections this summer,
so please, if you are considering purchasing a pool, check the
fencing requirements and add this to your pool budget. If you have an
existing pool and fence, please check that it complies with the Act.
Our building officers are available if you have any questions
regarding the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act.
Railway Crossing in Marton
At its recent meeting the Strategic Planning and Policy Committee
discussed the feasibility of installing a footpath crossing over the
railway line between Gordon Crescent and Toia St in Marton.
An engineer's estimate to complete the required work was $47,700.
The Committee agreed that the proposal would go out for
public consultation during the 2012/22 Long Term Plan (LTP) process.
Disposing of Fluorescent Bulbs
Council has received a number of queries about recycling
fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs -- the long tube-like lights seen in
public places, and the energy-saver/CFL bulbs -- will soon be able to be
recycled at the Marton Waste Transfer Station. Depending on demand,
this recycling may become available at other Waste Transfer Stations
throughout the district.
Did you know - over 70,000 Powerco customers suffered power
cuts in the last 12 months due to trees interfering with power lines.
Government regulations require Powerco to pay for the first cut to a
tree, to ensure the tree is a safe distance away from lines -- or with the
tree owner's permission, it can be removed. However, after this first cut,
the tree owner is then responsible for arranging a Powerco-approved
tree trimmer to keep the trees trimmed -- at the tree owner's cost.
If you are a dog owner, you will be aware that your dog (or dogs)
should have been registered by 31 July 2011. Owners who have
not registered their dogs will be, or have already been, issued with
an infringement notice of $300 -- plus a 50% penalty on top of the
registration cost, AND also lose their Good Owner status. It is also
important to let Council know if you have a new dog, that hasn't been
registered before, or a dog that has died or been re-homed.
We reglaze homes, business premises,
woolsheds ... just about anything!
Call us at:
5 Kuku Street, Taihape • Ph 06 388 0406
Fred Hammer & Co. 1998 Ltd
style • colour • design • quality
Fancy dress hire
Phone 06 387 6823 or
06 387 6909
Threads Op Shop
Invisible power of God made clear
By TED STRATTON
Taihape Christian Fellowship
The apostle Paul, in his letter
to the Romans, is very
straightforward and clear in
He says: ''The wrath of God is
being revealed from heaven against
all godlessness and wickedness of
men who suppress the truth by
their wickedness, since what may be
known about God is plain to them,
because God has made it plain to
''For since the creation of the
world, God's invisible qualities -- his
eternal power and divine nature --
have been clearly seen, being under-
stood from what has been made, so
that men are without excuse.''
In other words, Paul is stating
quite clearly that the great intelli-
gent spiritual being we know as God
is claiming that he made the uni-
verse, the world, and everything in
it.In a book first published this
year, 2011, the author, an authority
on information science, Dr Werner
Gitt, PhD, has used the title With-
This book is recommended by
other qualified scientists, and all
agree that matter by itself cannot
produce life, and, of course, we know
that our world is full of life in all its
This blows to bits the evolution-
ary idea of the Big Bang and the
gradual appearance of life through
natural processes. The missing fac-
tor is labelled by Dr Gitt as ''infor-
And he emphasises that infor-
mation, like matter (which is mass
and energy), must come from some-
''Today,'' says Dr Gitt, ''we know
what Darwin could not know -- that
all cells of all living things contain
an unimaginable amount of infor-
mation stored in DNA in the most
compact form known to us so far.
''The development of all organs is
information directed, and all
processes and functions in living
things are information controlled,
including the manufacture of all
substances that make up our
bodies,'' Dr Gitt says.
Well, then, where does all this
information and matter come from
in the first place?
It cannot make itself, so there
must be and there is a super intel-
ligence, way beyond human capa-
bilities, who made it.
In the gospel of John, Jesus
states: ''I am the way and the truth
and the life.''
Life comes from God, through
Jesus. Life permeates every cell of
every living body.
And God, in his love for you and
indeed for all his creation, but
especially you, wants you to
How do you stand?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Giving Taihape a voice
Taihape, the jewel of the Rangitikei,
situated on State Highway 1, is a busy
little place, much appreciated by the
public as a stopover at one of our many
excellent cafes, restaurants, fast food
outlets, toilets and motels.
It is a busy service town. We're
proud of the service we give, and
sometimes get thanked for. However,
we do have one burden, and that is our
affairs are managed by towns 100
kilometres away to the south, more
often than not without any referral or
This is a difficult job, and hasn't
been done very well since it was shut
down as a borough so many years ago.
Its insistence on staying alive appears
to have been a nuisance to some of the
bigger towns to the south.
We appreciate that it was no fault of
the local bodies or authorities
southward, that our status as a
borough was taken away from us and
thrust upon them. Sadly, this was done
by the order of the then government,
who thought of us as a nuisance.
Over the years we have been
manipulated in many different ways,
reducing our influence in decision-
making, finally losing our voice.
The Taihape Men's Social Group,
newly formed, is going to try and give
us a voice, if nothing else, and we ask
those who care for Taihape's future to
support us in any little way they can.
Call into the Hutt opposite Honda in
Kuku St. Just put your name down as
a supporter -- it will help.
PS: In no way are we gender biased
or seeking money.
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