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Ruanui Home prospect a year after
By TERRY KARATAU
November 2010 went down in his-
tory as being the month when
many Taihape people were forced
to change the way they lived their
It was the month when
Otaihape Health went into volun-
tary liquidation, the month when
the Whanganui District Health
Board's chief executive Julie
Patterson stood before more than
200 people at a public meeting and
made it clear that the residential
care facility provided by Otaihape
Health at Taihape's Ruanui Home
was to close.
Although Taihape people
protested strongly, including the
presentation of a petition of 2990
signatures to Labour's health
spokeswoman Ruth Dyson at Par-
liament, residential care services
closed on December 12, 2010.
All of the residents had been
moved out by then, most to rest
homes in Whanganui or Feilding.
Earlier this year, saw the
Whanganui Regional Primary
Health Organisation form a sub-
sidiary company Taihape Health.
The new company provides a wide
range of primary health care
services to the community and
During the first few months of
2011, a small group gathered
information for a presentation of
their findings to the community to
let them decide if setting up a resi-
dential aged care facility in
Ruanui is feasible.
The group's spokesman Bill
Jerram told a public meeting in
August that the Whanganui Dis-
trict Health Board is keen to assist
the proposed not-for-profit com-
The level of support shown at
the meeting and a public survey
show community support for set-
ting up an age related residential
care facility in Taihape.
Further discussion with the
WDHB has ensued and now the
business plan needs to be pre-
pared and presented to the board,
Team member Richard Aslett
said the team thanks everyone
who returned their survey,
especially those who have offered
to support in some way.
Mr Aslett said a delegation went
to Whanganui and had a meeting
with Steve Pointer who runs a suc-
cessful private aged care facility.
''It was a real eye-opener as to
what is involved regarding the
day-to-day running and com-
pliance etc,'' he said.
''Though, that said, a similar
facility was running here only 12
months ago and we already have a
A number of individuals from
the community have indicated
they would assist in building this
Interested parties are meeting
at the end of this month to create
a task force to look at where they
are now, what to do next and who
can help in the creation of a
detailed business/feasibility plan.
People with business planning,
accountancy skills and anyone
who feels their abilities can assist
the project are asked to contact
either Bill Jerram on 06 856 6600
or Richard Aslett 06 382 5774.
nearly here so
it is time to tell
good you have
been this year
and what you
would like for
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The last Central District Times for
2011 will be published on Tuesday,
December 20 and the first for 2012 will
be Thursday, January 12.
The office will close on Friday,
December 23 and re-open on
Wednesday, January 4 2012.
80 make Hunterville’s long ride
Close to 80 motorcycles took part in the inaugural
Hunterville Lions fundraising 400km ride on Saturday.
Starting from Hunterville, the bikes travelled across the
Gentle Annie to Hastings along SH50, over the saddle into
Ashhurst, through Vinegar Hill and back to Hunterville.
One of the organisers Dean McManaway said there were
no incidents and everyone had a great time. He hopes it will
become an annual event.
''The ride was superb and we raised nearly $2000, which
included a $300 donation from the Hunterville Football
The funds raised will go towards the Marton, Bulls and
Hunterville Lions Club's target to raise $50,000 for the
Ronald McDonald House in Wellington.
Photo: TERRY KARATAU
No to violence
By TERRY KARATAU
White Ribbon riders: Members of the Patriots Defence Force mix with their
hosts at Winiata Marae last Sunday.
Show you're against violence
towards women -- that's the
message the Patriots Defence
Force Motorcycle Club and individ-
ual riders are spreading throughout
the country on their annual ride.
After spending Saturday night in
Ohakune they spent part of Sunday
morning at Taihape's Winiata
Marae where each of the leaders
spoke on how they became involved
and how they are speaking out
against violence towards women.
The Patriots are made up of ex-
defence personnel who work in con-
junction with the Families Com-
mission who jointly spread the
message to stop violence towards
families, especially towards women.
By taking part, riders agree to
never commit, condone, or remain
silent about violence towards
''For us it's about standing up for
what's right and sharing our mess-
age,'' says White Ribbon ride leader
''You don't have to experience
violence to understand just how ter-
rible the effects can be on women
''As men, we have to understand
we are part of the solution.
''By standing up, and speaking
out about it we can send a message
to men and boys throughout New
Zealand, that violence is no longer
the norm, and that relationships
based on respect are much more
satisfying and rewarding,'' Mr Petch
''Men across New Zealand need to
know that by taking the pledge to
never commit or condone violence
towards women, we can, and we will
make a difference.''
The ride left Taihape at midday
on Sunday bound for Porirua, stop-
ping at Bulls and Levin.
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