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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Wonderful school spruced
up before term started
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We are writing in response to a letter
published by the Times and written by
Cambridge resident Judith Short
expressing concern about the grounds at
It was with huge disappointment that we
read that letter, given that Ms Short did not
raise anything with the school prior to
writing and we would rather deal direct
with any concerns rather than through the
We are unsure of exactly when Ms Short
visited the school, even after speaking with
her. However, we have a number of large
projects being undertaken with our grounds
and all by a voluntary workforce.
As much as we would all like to think
that these jobs can be done quickly, with
minimal interruption and mess, this is not
always possible and as we develop our new
main entrance, things are not going to look
perfect all of the time.
She states that her visit was during the
holiday period -- rest assured, gardens were
weeded, weeds removed, and everything
was spruced up before the children
We rely heavily on our volunteers,
parents and community members, to
undertake a number of tasks around our
school and comments like those Ms Short
has made, directly undermines their hard
work. Our fantastic parents and community
members are always at the ready and
willing for working bees and in between
and a number of them have worked hard in
the lead-up to school starting, to prepare
our grounds for the start of school.
We have another working bee scheduled
in the very near future.
We hope Ms Short noted the plantings of
fruit and native trees, the beautiful
swimming pool, the well cared for buildings
and our wonderful Memorial Gates
entrance -- and in future, raises any
concerns directly with the school and
becomes more involved with our wonderful
school of which we are all proud.
She did get one thing absolutely right.
Mangaweka School is a wonderful country
Maryann Roberts, principal
Andrea Smith, Board Of Trustees
Government fee at
As the 1st of February has rolled around
again, we see the reappearance of the
government fee on all prescriptions.
This has been around for a while, and did
not increase when GST was raised to 15 per
I thought it was a good time to remind
people about this government surcharge,
which is the patient contribution, and is
gathered by all pharmacies on behalf of the
It is not money that is paid to the
Individuals or families that belong to a
PHO practice, such as the one in Taihape,
or who visit a PHO practice, will pay $3 an
item when first dispensed, until they or the
family reach 20 items for the year.
There are other charges made as well,
those being part charges where the
government subsidy is less than the actual
cost of the medication, and this results in
an extra payment by the patient to make up
If the prescription is unable to be
completed for some reason due to missing
information, or legal requirements, we will
offer to do this for a small fee, or you may
have the option to return to the doctor to
get the necessary information.
Other charges may be made for
processing fax prescriptions, printing out
reports, or additional services that are not
funded through our contract with the DHB,
and these reflect the time required for these
actions to be made.
There is also an after-hours fee to be
charged on all prescriptions done outside
the normal hours (9-5 Monday to Friday),
and so these fees will apply on Saturdays
from February 1.
If anyone has any queries we will be
pleased to discuss these.
Thanks to hard-working
What a shame for Judith to have
her letter published just one week
after a community working bee
had the grounds looking pretty
good for the start of the new school
Also an unfortunate and
thankless read for those that have
worked in these working bees.
I wonder if a letter to the editor
was really the right medium to
question whether there was going
to be a tidy up before school
It does, however, provide a good
medium to thank some of the
people who are helping with the
task of cleaning up the area after
the modernisation of internet
Thanks to Kenny Marsh for
donating some quality topsoil for
the re-establishment of lawns and
gardens and Don McCoard for
Thanks to Shane Ross of
betterthantv.co.nz, who organised
the Mangaweka Munter (Taihape
Times December 13, 2011). While
Shane has absolutely no history
with the school he has presented a
cheque for $1000 for the project.
Hautapu Pine, the local garden
centres and loads of helpers from
You are all doing a great job and
when it's finished it will be
looking refreshed and the non-
visible underground work is a
valuable asset to carry
Mangaweka School into the
Big Day Out a
great day out
I would just like to say how lovely it was to
see the amount of people, including our
young ones, that attended the Big Day Out
on Waitangi Day, and great that it was a
smoke/alcohol and drug free event.
I would like to thank the OTMK people
for the lovely day that they put on for
A very enjoyable afternoon. Raywin Amai
Section would be good
car park for Taihape
I am writing to make a comment about the
empty section on the corner of Hautapu and
Would this not be a suitable place to
tarseal and make into Taihape business/
staff car parks, therefore freeing up more
parking in the main street.
Make it compulsory for staff and business
owners to use these parks, get them to sign
this agreement in their employment
contracts and this alleviates the parking
problem for good.
This has been going on for many years,
and still we have staff and business owners
parking directly outside their businesses.
Forever looking for a park
Footpath casualty warns
of winter danger
Great article on the slippery footpaths in
our shopping area, I too have had a fall on
them and come away bruised and battered.
I would hate to think how this would
affect some of our elderly patrons of the
Please do something about it quickly
before winter sets in, because add ice to it
and we may have some serious injuries.
Taihape College reunion
On January 25, 26 and 27, 2013 the third
form Taihape College from 1963
(foundation third form) will be holding a
50-year reunion in Taihape.
For more information please contact
Class of 1963, P O Box 182, Taihape or
email firstname.lastname@example.org.Robert Auld
Grateful for return of
On December 29 a kind person in Taihape
found a hearing aid in the main street and
handed it to the police.
They did not leave a name so I have not
been able to thank them.
Thank you for taking the trouble to
return my property, and thank you to the
police for getting it back to me.
We often stop at Taihape on the way to
Wellington -- it has a good feel about it.
The feeling is now even better.Joe Crandle,
In a report last week of the summer holiday
programme, we should have said that Dave
Whatarau, Taihape Youth Centre's co-
ordinator, and Shadrack Simi, Otaihape Maori
Komiti Rangatahi worker, took the group to the
marae for the programme. The omission is
Applications are now open for Horizons Regional
Council's community grants programme, aimed at
supporting community groups undertaking projects
benefiting the region and its environment.
Community groups, schools, early childhood cen-
tres and iwi/hapu groups are all eligible to apply for
a grant from the $20,000 pool which will be awarded
to community-led projects that enhance the region or
encourage more people to engage with the natural
Horizons has been supporting landowners with
sustainable land use through environmental grants
since we were formed in 1989.
The community grants programme is a way of
supporting those groups who are making a difference
but who may not necessarily meet environmental
❚ Further information and application forms are
available from Horizons Regional Council offices or
online at www.horizons.govt.nz .
Groups have until 4pm Friday, March 30 to get their
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