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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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I am writing to comment about a
recent trip home to Mangaweka.
I was raised in Mangaweka and
attended Mangaweka Primary
School and went to Taihape College,
as did my child.
Whilst my daughter attended
Mangaweka Primary, I along with
several other people in the
community volunteered a lot of time
to ensure the gardens were
something the community could be
When I was in Mangaweka two
weeks ago while visiting friends and
family, I was so disappointed with
the state of the school grounds.
I know it is currently school
holidays, however the grounds have
been getting progressively worse for
some time now.
I understand that caring for the
grounds involves replacing
replanting, trimming and there is at
times the odd failure with plants
and shrubs, however this does not
excuse the state of our school
If we want to install in our future
generations the concept of being
proud of your property and taking
care of things, then surely the
school and the community should
come together to help look after the
grounds and inject some much-
needed love back into the gardens
Mangaweka Primary is a
wonderful country school.
I hope it is going to be looking
wonderful for the start of the new
school year.Lifetime local Judith Short
I'm sure I am not the only person in
Taihape to ask how many people
have to slip and fall on the wet
footpaths in the shopping area?
Someone must be responsible for
the poor design of the surface.
Please report your falls to RDC and
hopefully improvements will be
made -- at cost to the ratepayers, no
It was bugging us
Identified: The mysterious bush gadfly
is a native insect.
Last week's Central District Times
asked readers to identify an insect
from a photograph on page 2 by
A reader left a message saying it
was a bush gadfly and so Google led
us to a blog by Steve Reekie on the
A good clear photograph identifies
the insect as being a New Zealand
Bush Gadfly (Scaptia adrel).
Mr Reekie describes it as a large
native hoverfly often seen hovering
back and forth between flowering
shrubs in forest clearings or resting
on mossy logs.
It can be mistaken for a very large
The yellowish white tuft of hairs
on each side and the pointed looking
wings make it easy to identify at
It breeds in moss or mud and the
maggot is carnivorous.
By TERRY KARATAU
Taihape Community Board
❚ Limited time parking in CBD:
In an attempt to stop all-day
parking in Taihape's CBD area the
Taihape Community Board made a
recommendation to the district
council that it investigates 'limited
Rangitikei District Council's road-
ing manager Reuben Pokiha said
the cost to install the required
signage in the whole of the CBD is
estimated at $16,920 and the cost to
only install signage for the length of
Hautapu Street from Kuku to
Mataroa Road is $9500.
As a result the board decided not
to proceed with limited time park-
ing because the costs involved and
the uncertainty of long term
benefits to businesses in the area.
However, board members have
agreed to send out notices prior to
Christmas asking businesspeople
and staff not to park in the main
❚ Hautapu Street Mataroa Road cor-
The New Zealand Transport
Authority (NZTA) decision not to
proceed with the redevelopment of
the corner of Hautapu Street and
Mataroa Road caused the com-
munity board to make submissions
to NZTA with regards to the upkeep
of the empty section.
The board was advised a local
contractor will keep the area tidy.
TCB chairman Angus Gordon
said the board may look at talking
with NZTA and adjacent property
land owners to perhaps landscape
❚ Skateboard Control Bylaw:
Steps are being taken to ensure
public awareness of the 2005 Bylaw
prohibiting skateboards from being
ridden on footpaths in Taihape's
CBD area, 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.
TCB are also taking steps to
include push scooters and bicycles
in the Bylaw.
Fun finale to school holiday
programmes at marae
By TERRY KARATAU
Well rehearsed: The group began learning kapa haka on the Tuesday evening and then every chance they could get while out camping. Their hard work paid off
when they put on a sterling performance when they welcomed the families on to the Winiata Marae at the end of the camp.
Photo Terry Karatau
To end the school holiday programmes, Dave
Whatarau, Taihape Youth Centre's co-ordinator,
took a group of Taihape youth and parent helpers
camping at the Mangaweka camping ground
from January 24 -- 26.
They finished the camp with a night on
Winiata Marae and a powhiri to welcome family
the next day.
The group was fortunate the weather behaved
in the early part of the week which saw a lot of
fun such as rafting, kayaking, swimming and
attempts to catch trout and eels.
Knowing they would be performing kapa haka
on the Friday, rehearsals began on Tuesday
night and whenever they could fit it in during the
rest of the week.
Dave Whatarau said that they chose to prac-
tise in earnest and it certainly paid off.
Thursday evening saw the group stacking wood
and preparing the food for the hangi that was
cooked on Friday and served to their families on
"They were tremendous campers,'' Mr
''They did so well in all the challenges we put
up to them.''
Mr Whatarau said the young people were a
credit to their families.
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