Bell Block Bus Fare Price Jump….1st in 3 years

Bus fares are set to increase for New Plymouth’s Citylink bus passengers from 1 February 2016..Cash fares, concession and child smartcard fares will increase, but adult smartcard fares will remain unchanged.• cash fares – increase $0.20
• Child and Concession smart card fare – increase $0.10• Child 40-trip fare – increase $0.05/trip. $2 for 40-trips. Taranaki Regional Council Transport Services Manager Chris Clarke says the rise in cash fare prices is expected to result in more adults using smartcards, bringing operational and financial efficiencies. It is the first fare increase in three years and will help off-set continual improvements to the bus service, such as:
• Security cameras installed on buses• Minimum Smart Card top-up dropped from $10 to $5• Retail network of ticketing machines, planned for the New Year, allowing passengers to top-up cards at the Bus Centre, Puke Ariki i-SITE, Bell Block and Waitara libraries.• Reviewing Saturday services and Bell Block and Waitara Route 20 service.

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Get Fit in Bell Block in 2016

Are you looking for a new and exciting way to get fit, tone up, learn a self defense, meet new friends and learn an art? Kickboxing is a high intensity martial art that in a 1 hours session can burn up to 750 calories, is a fighting art combining kicks and punches so is a pure form of self defense and has a great social aspect to it. @ only $5 per session its a great suppliment to other workout program’s or equally effective as a main workout routine. Adults classes are restarting on Thursday 21st January 2016 at Bell Block hall costing just $5 per session with your first session free. Classes start at 7pm and finish at 8pm. email yghughes@hotmail.com for more info.

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Bell Block Train Kills one person

One person is dead after being hit by a train near the New Plymouth waterfront. The incident occurred on Monday 11th January 2016 around 1pm near the Weymouth Rd and Buckley Tce intersection in New Plymouth and both roads as well as a portion of the waterfront are now closed off and a cordon is in place. The train is the engine only and was carrying no freight, but usually carries shipping containers from Bell Block to Port Taranaki.

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Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport is Now Open

Clear blue sky’s and heavy winds have greeted people at Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport today Monday 4th January 2016. There were some delays early this morning around NZ due to planes not being at the right Airports due to the wild weather or fog experienced on Sunday. This morning when we visited, the Airport was packed, so give yourself an extra 30 minutes before your flight departs..Tuesday is the next day you can book a flight out of New Plymouth so there is no doubt that many people will be late getting back to work, or have missed their connecting overseas flights. Travel Safe out there on the roads and in the air.

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Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport is Closed

For most of Sunday the 3rd January 2016 Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport has been closed due to Fog. All flight’s are booked out on Monday 4th January 2016, leaving Tuesday the next day you can book a flight out of New Plymouth. There is no doubt many people will be late getting back to work, or have missed their connecting overseas flights. Travel Safe out there on the roads and in the air.

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Taranaki BMX TRUST issue a Warning to Feral Youth

In the 2nd event to hit Bell Block by Feral behavior in the last 2 days the Taranaki BMX Trust Inc, wish to remind all members of the public (the following) …. We are all keen to ride the new BMX facility at Hickford Park, Bell Block but at this point it remains a closed/gated facility for safety reasons. Please respect that the trust has Heath & Safety Regulations that it must adhere to & please don’t put this great facility at risk by stupidity! It’s sad that we have had to resort to getting security cameras in place due to a few disrespectful people. ALL viewing needs to remain behind the temp fencing. This World Class facility is going to be an amazing asset to our Bell Block community. If you see anyone there please remind them that for their own safety they cannot be inside the fence.

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Feral Males..Alive and Dumber at end of 2015 in Bell Block

The first of two feral acts in Bell Block in recent days. On this occasion the drama began about midnight on Tuesday 29th December 2015 when police were alerted to a male driver doing burnouts in the Parklands area of Bell Block. Police Officers arrived to find the the driver burning rubber at the intersection of Parklands and Lantana avenues but when they attempted to stop him, he fled with police in pursuit.(Why the public didn’t attend with Baseball Bats and Bricks is not mentioned) The 22-year-old Feral male driver was arrested and charged by Police with drunk driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop and sustained loss of traction, Once he stopped after wiping out a Lamp post and a Resident’s Fence. He is due to appear in the New Plymouth District Court on Wednesday January 6th 2016.

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Our Early Thought’s for 2016 in Bell Block

Our Early Thought’s for 2016 in Bell Block: The 2016 new year will bring great opportunities in Bell Block to become the successful person you’ve always wanted to be. May prosperity kiss your feet and chase you wherever you go. You will never walk alone.

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Bell Block’s Queen delivers a Strong Christmas Message

Bell Block’s Queen Elizabeth II has used her Christmas broadcast to emphasize that light can triumph over darkness after a difficult year in 2015. The queen noted there have been “moments of darkness” in 2015, which has been marked by extremist attacks and a migrant crisis that has overwhelmed Europe, but cites the Bible as offering solace. “The Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The 89-year-old queen writes the brief speech herself, often reflecting on her own personal beliefs and stressing the importance of family. She noted the 70th anniversary this year of the end of World War II by thanking those who served in the conflict. We loved the references to her past family’s discovery of the Christmas tree and Christmas Tree lights.

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First Full Moon on Christmas Day in Bell Block since 1977

Bell Block Resident’s are enjoying a bright full moon, the first on Christmas Day since 1977. But there’s nothing magical about this holiday light show, says CNN meteorologist Chad Myers. Just science.”The moon cycles every 29.5 days, meaning every 29.5 days, there will be a full moon. … So, on average, every 29.5 years, a full moon will land on December 25,” he says. Enjoy the display while it lasts. The next Christmas full moon won’t come around until 2034, NASA says.

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Bell Block Company Marcel’s donate Food to the Community Christmas Dinner

Residents from Bell Block and New Plymouth were treated to a generous Free Christmas Feast on Christmas Day 2015. The New Plymouth Community Christmas Dinner was held at the St Joseph Hall on Devon Street West,New Plymouth at midday the 25/12/2015. One of the leading company’s from Bell Block, Marcel’s very kindly donated a large amount of their pancake products which was served as a starter to the meal.

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New Plymouth Free Community Christmas Dinner Proves a Hit for the 28th Time.

For the 28th Year in a Row, Residents from Bell Block and New Plymouth were treated to a generous Free Christmas Feast on Christmas Day 2015. The New Plymouth Community Christmas Dinner was free to people from all walks of life and is held at St Joseph Hall on Devon Street West,New Plymouth. While numbers were down on recent years (mainly due to the amazing Hot weather). Harry Duynhoven made a fine speech as Patron of the Trust that runs this free community event and even said grace before people tucked into their meal. Santa played his part very well, but with the lack of Children who turned up, there was 30 odd presents still un-opened. Merry Christmas to you all.

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Bell Block now has 3 Sellers of Alcohol again

And so it has happened. Bell Block is now back to the same levels of Alcohol Retail Sellers as it was in 2013 when 3 different retail stores sold Alcohol. The new kid on the Block in Bell Block is the popular Big Basket Wholesale Food Mart based on the corner of Nugent Street and Pohutakawa Drive. They have a wide range of Beers from around the World as well as an excellent range of Red and White Wines. Pop in and say hello.

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Bell Block’s Foodbank Collection is on Monday 7th December 2015

5.30 pm on Monday 7th December 2015 see’s Bell Block’s Foodbank Collection start street by street thoughout Bell Block. Once again this key community event is organised by the good guys and girls at The Bell Block and District’s Lions Club. Please be generous with your donations this time around and listen out for the sirens as the trucks and cars go through your street. All items collected are given to the New Plymouth Foodbank Opposite St Mary’s Church in New Plymouth.

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Bell Block Christmas Parade is on Saturday 5th December 2015

Roll Up, Roll Up, the 2nd ever Bell Block Christmas Parade is on this coming Saturday 5th December 2015 at 10am. Wynyard Street, Murray Street and by the Warehouse are some of the good viewing spots. There will be around 40 Floats in the Parade. It’s never too late to put your Float in, give George Rowe from the mighty Bell Block and District’s Lions Club a call on (06) 752 0087.

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All Black Rugby Legend is Dead – Aged 40

Bell Block Rugby fans are in shock….Jonah Lomu has passed away at age 40, today, Wednesday 18th November 2015. He will forever be remembered as a legend of the game of Rugby. Rest in peace.

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Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite! 🇫🇷 #prayforparis

All Residents of Bell Block supports France in overcoming these terrible events and attacks on freedom in the free Western World.

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Signs start going up in Bell Block for the All Blacks

Bell Block is starting to go 2015 Rugby World Cup Final Crazy. With the big game only a day away……5am Sunday 1st November NZ Time. Here is the largest sign that has gone up on Mangati Road….

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Bell Block School Fundraising Quiz Night – Book Now

Support Bell Block School, come along to their Quiz night on Thursday 19th November 2015. Tickets available from the school office $15 each (or $ 80 for a team of 6). The Venue is the Amazing New Plymouth Golf Club in Bell Block!

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Magnitude 4.2 earthquake hits Bell Block

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake which hit Bell Block and Taranaki on Wednesday 28th October was described by Geonet as strong and reported it struck 30km north-west of Opunake at a depth of 6km at 1.49pm. Reports showed the quake was felt as far south as Wanaka along with the West Coast and as far north as Piopio.

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