Home' Central District Times : February 21st 2012 Contents 4 CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, FEBRUARY 21, 2012
Ready and willing
to start making an
impact in the House
FROM IAN'S DESK
It is a privilege to write my first
column as the Member of Parlia-
ment for Rangitikei for the Central
District Times, and today I hope to
give you an impression of what my
new role in life involves.
My first few weeks in Parlia-
ment have been extremely interes-
ting and I have certainly learnt a
lot I did not know about how the
system works, how the protocol
works, and I also get a different
impression of many of the people
you meet down here.
I think in an average week I will
be in Wellington for three days
and in the electorate for the other
four, and that four will be spread
around from the back of Palmer-
ston North in the south of the elec-
torate to the far north of the elec-
torate in the Taumarunui area.
An average day in Parliament
starts around 7am dealing with
mail and electorate matters, with
my first meeting taking place at
8.30am followed by a select com-
mittee at 10am, which will nor-
mally last until lunchtime, after
which Parliament commences with
question time at 2pm. This session
runs through until 6pm, then
adjourns for the dinner break, dur-
ing which there is almost always
another meeting, briefing, function
or caucus committee, one grabs a
bite to eat and then back into the
House at 7.30pm for the night
session, which lasts until 10pm.
I am on three select committees
-- law and order, regulations
review and primary production.
They meet every week during the
House sitting sessions and at other
times as required.
I have retained electorate offices
in Feilding, Marton and Taumaru-
nui and all are open on Mondays,
Feilding all week and Marton and
Taumarunui on Friday mornings
as well. I have retained the
services of Norma and Jacky to
run the Feilding and Marton
offices. In Taumarunui I have
appointed Kay Kidd to help. I also
have an office on the ground floor
of the old Parliament building and
have Fiona helping me there.
I intend to run clinics in Tai-
hape and possibly Raetihi as
required and these will be
advertised in your papers.
Most of the work to date has
been dealing with legislation from
the previous term of Parliament,
and it won't be until new legis-
lation comes to the fore that the
new among us will have any useful
input and this is starting next
week. It promises to be a very busy
year and I am certainly looking
forward to it.
Here to help: Audiologists, left, Sara Blackmore, Owen White and Sally White are holding hearing clinics in Taihape.
Hearing Taihape call
Audiologist Sally White is extending
her practice to Taihape in response
to requests from older patients.
''We have a number of patients
ask if we would consider coming to
Taihape because of the distance
involved for travel for some of the
older patients,'' Mrs White said.
Mrs White has been in private
practice for more than 20 years in
She has a purpose-built clinic and
is the only locally-owned and
operated audiology practice in the
Her son Owen White is the
audiometrist at her clinic.
Mrs White says the main problem
about hearing loss is that it occurs
slowly over a number of years.
''Many people don't notice that
they have a hearing problem until
they are constantly asking people to
repeat that they say, have the TV
louder than others like in the same
room, miss the punch line of joes or
are convinced that people mumble
all the time.
''If it's happening to you then it's
time to have a hearing test.''
There are a huge number of dif-
ferent makes and models of hearing
aids available to suit all hearing
losses and all budgets.
Hearing aids can now connect to
mobile phones, TVs and landline
phones by Bluetooth WiFi allowing
the person to hear these devices
directly in their ear wirelessly.
''Sort of like you have your per-
sonal 'hands free' or your landline,
mobile or TV controlled with a tiny
remote,'' Mrs Smith said.
All hearing aids and other
accessories for better hearing are
available on trial.
Part-funding for hearing aids may
be available from the Ministry of
Health, ACC or Veteran's Affairs.
''We are qualified to help get the
funding the person is entitled to.''
At Sally White Audiology there is
no limit on the makes or types of
hearing aids available.
There is now a waterproof aid
which may be of interest to patients
who are outside a lot.
Taihape snatches victory
from the jaws of defeat
By IN THE ROUGH
The pennant season commenced in fine
fashion with Taihape hosting A grade
in the first round. The course was in
excellent order with complimentary
remarks by the visiting players
especially on the greens.
At lunch after the foursomes, Tai-
hape was in the box seat over
Wanganui leading by 3/1.
Duane Dick and Gary Thomas led
the team out and had an early lunch
winning on the 13th 7/5. The other
pairings all went the distance. Matt
Booth and Kerry Wells won one up.
The pairing of Matt Thomas and Koke
Cashell came up short losing on the
last. However, a big bonus sawthe
Gary Cleaver, Danny Mickleson com-
bination win the last two holes for a
After the break the team started
well with six of the eight matches
favouring Taihape after nine holes.
However, the Wanganui players
turned on the heat on the homeward
nine to peg back the lead and snatch
an unlikely victory. Matt Thomas shot
a sub par round for a commanding win
on the 14th.
Matt Booth (74) was always in con-
trol and despite being five up at the
turn, had to work hard for a win on the
17th. Gary Cleaver was hanging in the
whole round and salvaged a half. Gary
Thomas led most of the way but a par
back nine from his opponent snatched
victory on the last.
Duane Dick was always a couple
behind and couldn't make headway.
Kerry Wells had a two hole advan-
tage but a bogey run on the back nine
saw his advantage slip. With a birdie
on the 16th and a missed opportunity
to close out on the 17th, he had to
settle for a half. Danny Mickleson
hung in his match for most of the way
at the top of the order but was beaten
on the 16th. Taihape had six points in
the bag but still needed another half.
The final match saw the players
from both sides circle the 18th. Koke
Cashell at one stage was four up early
on but couldn't put his man away.
Cashell scrambled on to the last for
four with a ''gimme'' par putt.
However, his opponent was just off
for two duffed his chip and settled for
a par and halved the match giving Tai-
hape a shaky win snatched from the
jaws of defeat.
The C grade team had a late start.
After a team talk and an election for
captain they travelled to Waiouru for
an afternoon round having sat out the
bye in the morning.
Rowdy Anderson and Chris George
led the team out with Anderson having
a solid 5/4 win dominating the four ball
by the same margin. Chris George
halved his match. The weight of cap-
taincy was too heavy for Paul Ren-
wicks who lost on the last. Kevin
O'Brien was all class in his 4/3 win but
in the Renwicks/O'Brien four ball a
loss on the last was recorded.
With three and a half games in the
bank the pressure was on the top
pairing of the Brents (Hamilton and
Denton). They turned up trumps with
all three games.
Hamilton won 3/2 whilst number one
Denton snatched victory on the last
with a determined one up win. They
won their four ball on the 17th. A six
The teams are back in action this
Sunday 26 with the A grade team
taking on Marton at Palmerston North
whilst the C grade travel to Waimarino
to play Levin and Linton. Both teams
tee off at 7.30am.
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