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Building started: St John Waimarino Area committee is delighted to see a stake in the ground announcing the
commencement of construction of the ambulance station at Ohakune.
Photo: TERRY KARATAU
St John base planners happy
project is finally under way
By TERRY KARATAU
Thanks to community for help and fundraising effort
After a lot of hard work and a num-
ber of years, construction of the new
St John Ambulance station for the
Waimarino has begun on the site at
Rochford Station Park, Ohakune.
There has been times when I
have asked myself if it will ever
happen, said Ben Goddard, chair-
man of the St John Waimarino Area
It is very exciting -- it is
happening. We have had to be very
patient over the years.
The start of construction signals
an historic milestone.
The St John Waimarino Area
committee formed this January took
over from the steering group led by
The focus is to complete the
fundraising project for the new
Following last May s meeting, the
Waimarino community will be given
suggestions on how they may be
able to support the project and help
A month ago, an additional
$230,000 was needed to be raised to
ensure the project is completed.
Mr Goddard said the committee is
confident that this will happen.
We have reached a threshold just
under $200,000, he said, thanking
all those who had donated.
Mr Goddard says it is marvellous
that Rowan Eves, of Eves Construc-
tion, a local contractor, has taken on
Local trades people and others
have also offered work in kind .
This shows how the locals are
getting right behind their project.
We are extremely grateful.
He says it is all about a com-
munity helping themselves.
That is what the St John s family
is all about. Other area committees
have helped us and so we would like
to return the favour.
Perhaps the people of Taihape
may wish to do a similar project. We
would like to offer advice and exper-
tise when ours is complete.
Labour calls on Rangitikei
Here to help: Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-
Galloway wants to be a point of contact for
the Rangitikei electorate. Photo: ZARYD WILSON
Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway
visited the Rangitikei electorate last week
to introduce himself as a Labour Party
contact for the region.
The second-term MP said Labour
wanted to reach out to all parts of the
country particularly Rangitikei even if
they did not hold a seat there.
He plans to visit the electorate period-
ically to meet people and find out what the
issues in the area are.
Mr Lees-Galloway said if anybody in the
Rangitikei electorate wanted to raise an
issue with him they could do so by email-
Rural schools across Whanganui
and Rangitikei will be able to access
the world via fast broadband.
Palmerston North based ISP
Inspire Net, has won a government
contract to bring broadband to
The hook-up is part of the
Government s $14.4 million remote
rural broadband initiative, which
will see schools, libraries and health
centres connected. While the
majority will be connected via fibre,
an additional $2.4 million has been
allocated to connect 57 rural schools
The local schools to be hooked up
by Inspire are Pukeokahu and Tao-
Inspire managing director James
Watts says they are pleased to win
We relish the opportunity offered
by the Government to expand our
network to get higher speeds out to
these remote rural schools. We
believe that every school in New
Zealand should have access to great
quality broadband, no matter how
small or remote they are and we
have the skill and passion to ensure
Inspire also offers free website
hosting and unlimited data between
schools on its network allowing
them to collaborate without the fear
of extra costs.
He says the contract is a natural
continuation of the work Inspire has
been doing over the past 10 years.
It has more than100 community
wireless repeaters from Raetihi to
Levin, Norsewood to Eketahuna.
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