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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, FEBRUARY 28, 2012
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Started school: Teacher Sue Whale says the new
entrants to Taihape Area School have settled in well and
are keeping busy learning to read and write. First thing
yesterday morning the children were learning about the
alphabet. From left are: Ethan Meadows, Ezrah Hopa-
Cribb, Alina Wong, Ziarna Marsden, Mrs Whale, Melodie
Grant, Tristan Jacobsen, Brooke Scott, Corban Murrell
and Johna Pekamu. Absent: Akaysha Steedman and
Photo: TERRY KARATAU
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Ready to serve: PGG Wrightson's Taihape store manager Toni Smith and
customer service representative Jason Squires say they go that extra mile
to meet every customer's needs.
By TERRY KARATAU
The new store manager at PGG
Wrightson's Taihape branch, Toni
Smith, has worked three years for
the stock firm.
She said that when the vacancy
came up she decided to apply for
the job, with the support of her
husband Terry and her work
''I am lucky enough to work
with an awesome bunch of guys
from John Collings and Jason
Squires in store, Alan 'Smiler'
Aplin, our TFR, Tim Orum in real
estate and our two livestock
agents Simon Luoni and Robert
Auld. We have a lot of fun,'' she
Mrs Smith moved with her fam-
ily from Pongaroa eight years ago.
They are ''over the ridge'' farming
sheep and beef.
''We find it (Taihape) a lovely
friendly little town and have both
made some awesome friendships.
We have three children. Our eld-
est daughter Aimee is in Matiere
milking cows, Emma is in her last
year at Feilding High School and
Luke is in year 12 at Taihape
Also in a new role at the branch
is customer service representative
Jason Squires. He says being ''new
to the job'' is quite a challenge
because he needs to learn about
the products they sell.
''There's a huge range of
products, from garden tools to
clothing, and even a battery for
your torch. If we haven't got it in
stock -- we will find it for you.''
Mr Squires has an interest in
animal health and is keen to learn
He has always lived in Taihape.
He worked with Earl Rae as a
panel beater and is fully qualified.
He then went beekeeping with
wife Kim's family business, and
then went into Suzuki's parts
Jason and Kim have two chil-
dren, Sarah and Jack who at TAS.
Isolated school pupils
planning busy year
By TERRY KARATAU
LEADERS: Pukeokahu School seniors, back,
Grace and Tristin Mallalieu, front, Peita Law and
Lochy Stratton will be leading the school in 2012.
Dubbed the remotest school in
New Zealand because of its
distance from a coast,
Pukeokahu School and the
local community are thriving.
And the school's 12 pupils
are looking to a busy year.
School principal Marama
Stewart said their year began
with a visit from the Education
Review Office (ERO).
''It is always a busy time
when ERO visit. We are look-
ing forward to their report,''
''The community vegetable
garden worked really well,
thanks to the generosity of
everyone in the district who
supplied plants and seeds and
helped us build the garden.''
Ms Stewart said this year's horse
trek, which would be held on March 3
and 4, was something special.
They have been given permission to
ride on Timahanga Station so it is an
opportunity to see some remarkable
farmland and countryside not nor-
Another event the children are look-
ing forward to is the school camp which
is to be held in Whakatane.
''It is going to be great fun taking
country kids to the seaside,'' Ms Stew-
Then there is the Pukeokahu Bike
Ride on April 21. That's another fun
''In the meantime the children are
loving their swimming lessons at the
''We give a very big thank you to the
Rangitikei District Council for helping
fund the lessons.''
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