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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, JANUARY 31, 2012
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Top job: Seventeen-
year-old Aaron Conlon
has been appointed
head boy at St
Silverstream. He says
this year's motto of
the leadership team
is, ''Cultivate a
stronger sense of
Photo: TERRY KARATAU
Taihape lad takes on role
of St Patricks head boy
Doing Waitangi Day at Government House
By TERRY KARATAU
Taihape lad Aaron Conlon did his
schooling at St Joseph's School in
Taihape before going to St Patrick's
College, Silverstream in Hutt Val-
delivered the Central District Times
in Taihape and now he is looking to
He passed Level 1 NCEA with a
merit endorsement and also passed
level 2. This year he goes back to
school to study geography, food
nutrition, statistics, biology, Eng-
lish and religious education.
When asked about St Patrick's he
said he loved it right from the begin-
He is ''gutted'' that this is his last
year and admits he is not sure of
what he wants to do, but says he is
thinking along the lines of becoming
a St John Ambulance paramedic.
''Mrs Wilson told me about St
John paramedics, as it could be
something I would like to think
about,'' he said.
However this young man would
like to study further and gain a
couple of degrees first.
A dislocated knee has kept Aaron
from playing sport but he does
referee basketball and rugby in
His brother Michael is in year 10
this year at Silverstream.
Boarders need to be back at
school by 5pm on Waitangi Day, but
Aaron says he is going to be late. He
has been invited to attend Waitangi
Day celebrations at Government
House with the Governor General,
Sir Jerry Mataparae.
Aaron asked to convey his sincere
thanks to his mum and Nan for
By TERRY KARATAU
Because of changes to the
Graduated Driver Licensing Sys-
tem, Taihape no longer has the
facility to conduct driving tests.
Instead, those needing to sit a
driving test now have to book at AA
Taihape for a centre which is most
convenient for the applicant, such
as Feilding, Whanganui or Taupo.
New Zealand Transport Agency
(NZTA) says it aims to improve the
safety of young and novice drivers
and that test routes need to be able
to support more complex driving
scenarios such as merging lanes,
roundabouts and traffic signals.
This concerns Chris and Marion
Bennett, Taihape's AA agents.
They say taking Taihape off the
test site list means people such as
senior citizens will need to be
retested in city situations if
''Some of our older people only
drive locally and never in a city
situation,'' Mrs Bennett said.
''To have them drive in a city
environment amongst heavy traffic
would most probably mean they
would fail the test.''
The Bennetts say that because of
the lack of ''complex driving
scenarios'', rural trained drivers
have to know the road rules
whereas city trained drivers are
governed by complex driving
scenarios and some do not cope well
when driving through country
Not noticing pedestrian crossings
is a case in point.
Heavy traffic licence applicants
will need a licensed driver to take
the truck to the testing centre.
This could amount to a huge cost
when the hours off the road for the
truck and the licensed driver's
wages are considered.
Mr Bennett said he was also
concerned that Taihape had lost
''We are fighting a losing battle to
retain services in Taihape.
''We have lost our hospital and
rest home and now this.
''How are we supposed to take
care of our elderly loved ones?
People are being forced to go out of
''It is not good for Taihape's econ-
omy because most do their shopping
while they are out of town.
''This is one of the reasons local
businesses are either closing or
struggling to stay open.''
The change took effect from last
Friday, January 27.
Police have reported a
rise in burglaries in the
Taihape area over the
past month, saying sev-
eral residents have
phoned about suspicious
people seen looking up
driveways. Any sus-
picious activity should be
reported to police by
dialling 111 immedi-
During the holiday
period there has been a
large amount of found
property handed in.
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