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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, JANUARY 31, 2012
What's up: Some of the 7500 ewes at Elders Taihape Ewe Fair held at the
Taihape Sale Yards last Wednesday.
Elders stock agent Damian Clarke said prices are strong at the moment. ''Two-
tooth ewes reached an all-time high, selling at $216 to $232.''
The top price for 5-year-old perendale ewes, of $214, went toSG&JNKelly.
Kiratahi Station sold 300 of their 5-year-old romneys at $200 and the balance
at $192. Very good ewes made $170-$188. Good medium ewes made
$140-$160. Six-year-old ewes made $130-$145. Lower mouthing ewes made
Two tooths in demand
ARed Checkers plane
from the air force aero-
batics team had to make
a forced landing near Waiouru
last Friday afternoon.
The aircraft was flying from
Ohakea Air Base to Tauranga
for the Tauranga Air Show, a
Defence Force spokesman said.
The aircraft made a forced land-
ing about 4.20pm about 100m
from the Desert Road, in a
A mechanical problem was
blamed for the landing. The air-
craft was damaged but the pilot
was not hurt.
Turangi deputy chief fire
officer Michelle Sherwood said
two fire trucks and a support
van from Turangi attended the
incident, about 25 kilometres
south of th town.
The pilot was walking around
when the fire service arrived,
and was ''quite calm'', she said.
The pilot was reported to
have said, ''It looked a lot better
than that from 1000 feet''.
The Red Checkers flight at
the airshow was cancelled and
an investigation was being held
into the incident.
Whatever the occasion
the piper calls the tune
He's not confused: RNZAF aircraft technician Murray Mansfield is also a top
There are those who say the bagpipes
belong strictly outdoors. Those who
hear Sergeant Murray Mansfield
perform with the Central Band of the
Royal New Zealand Air Force might
beg to differ.
The Ohakea-based aircraft tech-
nician is one of New Zealand's top
bagpipers. He , will appear at the
Wanganui Opera House on February
13 and the Regent on Broadway, in
Palmerston North with the band on
Mansfield has won every piper's
prize that New Zealand has to offer
and competed successfully in
Scotland, Canada, the United States
and Australia, including the World
Pipe Band Championships.
The band's director of music,
Squadron Leader Owen Clarke, said
they are lucky to have him as a reg-
ular guest with the band.
''He brings a tremendous sense of
occasion to ceremonial pieces, and to
hear him play something like High-
land Cathedral can be extremely
moving,'' Squadron Leader Clarke
says. ''But he's also a great enter-
tainer for our school's concerts.''
Sergeant Mansfield's colleagues
have learnt to look forward to his cos-
tume changes almost as much as his
playing, Squadron Leader Clarke
''Military discipline will be
maintained, even if he's piping from
inside a bear costume or a helicopter
Sergeant Mansfield has the role of
RNZAF piper for ceremonial
occasions. He was the Queen's Piper
on her Majesty's last visit, for the
return of the Unknown Warrior, at
Gallipoli on Anzac Day, and at other
Sergeant Mansfield is posted to
RNZAF Base Ohakea servicing air-
craft components in the Aeronautical
His appearance with the military
band is part of a North Island tour
celebrating the 75th anniversary of
the RNZAF and the band.
It will perform for schools and the
public in Whanganui, Palmerston
North, Dannevirke, Waipukurau,
Napier and Wairoa.
The band's history began in 1937
when it paraded for the Coronation of
King George VI then shortly after for
the opening of the Wellington Rail-
It has performed for thousands of
people, including as a full-time band
during World War II, when it toured
Australia and the Pacific Islands.
The band continues to play a role at
State ceremonies and military
services and the formal Opening of
The performances on this tour will
be packed with ''something for every-
one'', ranging from classics and tra-
ditional works to jazz and modern
hits, ''from Bach to Glenn Miller,''
Squadron Leader Clarke says.
in NZ tourism
It's important for customer
service staff to be patient and
understanding, with some training
about how to serve guests who are
deaf and hearing impaired.
With another long weekend just
around the corner, many Kiwis are
planning to make the most of the
summer weather and head away for a
But for more than 700,000 New
Zealanders who are deaf and hearing
impaired, having an enjoyable week-
end away isn't always that easy.
Recent research done by Auckland
University of Technology shows that
would like to
travel more, but
they are con-
cerned that their
needs won't be
cent of New Zealand respondents also
felt that the level of service in the
New Zealand tourism industry for
people with hearing loss needs to be
''It's important for customer service
staff to be patient and understanding,
with some training about how to
serve guests who are deaf and hear-
ing impaired,'' says Louise Carroll,
chief executive of the National Foun-
dation for the Deaf.
''From a safety perspective, it's
imperative that emergency alarms
are visual as well as audible, and that
all guests have access to public
''Staff also need to be knowledge-
able about how to communicate with
hearing impaired guests in an emerg-
Most of the people surveyed would
return to a business that had good
services for people with hearing loss
and recommend it to others.
More than two
about New Zea-
products that are
people with hear-
''There is a lack of information
about services and access for people
who are hearing impaired and deaf in
the tourism sector in New Zealand,''
says Mrs Carroll.
''This is a real concern for the sec-
''There needs to be a service which
provides this sort of information.
''The National Foundation for the
Deaf is hoping to work with the
tourism industry and New Zealand
Government to address this.''
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