Maori Ward Petition deadline has been set

The Bell Block man who quite righty is forcing a referendum on a Maori ward in New Plymouth has chosen Waitangi Day 2015 as the deadline for signing his petition. Hugh Johnson has already gathered 3895 signatures to force a public vote on New Plymouth District’s Maori ward ambitions for the 2016 and 2019 elections. He needed just 2749 signatures and could present the petition to the council now, but wants to reach 4500 before handing it in. Well Done Hugh.

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Road Changes for Emergency Services attending Call Outs in Bell Block

Since Thursday 15th January 2015, the layout at the Waiwhakaiho intersection was changed in a bid to minimise delays for emergency services attending callouts north of the bridge. The new route allows emergency services to use the existing right hand turn lane on Devon Street East to access SH3. The turning lane is now closed to non-emergency vehicles, the traffic island reshaped and new line markings and flexible posts put in until additional changes are added to create the final layout.As we reported last week Queens Rd has also been closed, between State Highway 3 and the railway line, and will be reopened when the new Waiwhakaiho bridge is installed in June 2015. Night work at the Mangorei Rd intersection is also planned from now until April 2015.

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Bell Block Motorist’s face delays for next 12 months

Bell Block Motorists driving through the Waiwhakaiho road works in New Plymouth have been hit with some delays as road changes took effect from Monday 12 January 2015. The first day went very smoothly with just the one crash,a car crossing the centre line and hitting another another vehicle at 5am Monday morning. While everyone involved walked away uninjured, both cars were moderately damaged. The layout alteration is one of three changes brought into effect in the past week as work progresses on the multimillion-dollar Vickers to City project due to be completed in early 2016.

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Bell Block Motorist’s face delays for next 12 months

Bell Block Motorists driving through the Waiwhakaiho road works in New Plymouth have been hit with some delays as road changes took effect from Monday 12 January 2015. The first day went very smoothly with just the one crash,a car crossing the centre line and hitting another another vehicle at 5am Monday morning. While everyone involved walked away uninjured, both cars were moderately damaged. The layout alteration is one of three changes brought into effect in the past week as work progresses on the multimillion-dollar Vickers to City project due to be completed in early 2016.

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Waiwhakaiho Bridge works start to bite Bell Block Traffic

Some more road changes are scheduled to come into effect this week as work progresses on New Plymouth’s Vickers to City project which greatly effect’s Bell Block Resident’s. From Thursday 8th January 2015 the layout at the Waiwhakaiho intersection will be changed in a bid to minimise delays for emergency services attending callouts north of the bridge including Bell Block.The proposed alternative route will allow emergency services to use the existing right hand turn lane on Devon St East to access State Highway 3. The turning lane will be closed to the non-emergency vehicles, the traffic island re-shaped and new line markings and flexible posts put in and will stay in place until additional changes are added for the final layout. Then on Friday 9th January 2015, Queens Rd, between SH3 and the railway line, will be closed until the new Waiwhakaiho bridge is installed in June 2015.

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Santa’s Choice Christmas Shop – Open Last Day Today

Due to high customer interest they will be open for one final day today Saturday 3rd January 2015. 10am to 3pm They will have some extra bargains on offer for their last day and will have a “make an offer “table just to have a bit of extra fun. So come down to their store next on Egmont Road, Bell Block and see them. Bring family, friends and enjoy your last day at Santas Choice for this season!

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Best Wishes to all connected with Air Asia Flight QZ8501

On behalf of all Bell Block Residents,are thoughts are with everyone connected to this flight. Key Points we know so far:
A. Contact with AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost after it left Surabaya in Indonesia
B. The Airbus A320-200 was carrying 162 people when it went missing over the sea en route to Singapore
C. The plane had asked to change its flight path due to bad weather, AirAsia said.
D. Most on board were Indonesian, but three were South Koreans and one each from France, Malaysia and Singapore. E. An emergency phone line for relatives has been set up – +622 129 850 801

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Bell Block Home to Rent – 339 Henwood Road

339 Henwood Road, Bell Block, Rural Setting, $400.00 per week, Open Home Sunday 28/12/2014 1pm – 1.30pm
3 Bedroom Home with a large open plan Lounge/Dining Area, Woodfire, Sky TV Dish, Warm residence, Well insulated, Electric wall oven – Dishwasher – Insinkarator – Breakfast Bar – Sit Down Bay in the Kitchen,Servery. Walk in shower and a separate bath, Separate Toilet – Master Bedroom with Ensuite – Heated Towel Rails – Electric Hot Water – Laundry Washing Machine and Supertub . Great Outdoor BBQ Area,- Heaps of Power Points. – Clothesline – Off street parking for one car and Double garage with Internal Access . OK for cats, No Dogs, Outside smoker only – Available 30/01/2015

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Bell Block Home to Rent – 17 Warkworth Grove

17 Warkworth Grove Bell Block $420.00 per week
X-Large Home – Flat Section – Pets Welcome, Open Home is Sunday 28/12/2014 12 – 12.30pm
Description: Large – Warm Summit Stone Home – Single level, 3 Bedrooms, 2 x Large Separate Living areas, Dining Area – Electric Cooking and Electric Hot Water- Water Filter in the Kitchen – Rangehood – Dishwasher can be provided or bring your own – Breakfast Bar – Pets allowed – Dog and Cat very Welcome – Cat and Dog Flaps are already in – Large Single Garage with large workshop area, Great off Street Parking – Carport – Great Street – Cul-de-sac, En-Suite bathroom – Also a separate Shower Room and a Separate Toilet ,Lot’s of storage – OK to have Sky TV put in – Ok to have Wifi Internet – Security Alarm (Not Monitored) – Door Bell – Separate Laundry – Lawns & Gardens included in the rent – Available to rent now for a 12 month Fixed Term. Available NOW

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Bell Block Anglican’s see Christmas arrive at Taranaki Cathedral

A 95% full Taranaki Cathedral, which is New Zealand’s Oldest Stone Church, saw many Bell Block people come along to Christmas Eve’s Midnight Mass to re-enforce the true meaning of Christmas. Held in what could only be called very warm and unusually humid weather conditions. We thought about the loss of Christ from Christmas and we experienced sadness at “happy holiday” cards replacing Christmas cards, and songs about Santa and reindeer replacing songs and carols about the birth of Jesus, angels and shepherds.”We too often get caught in the paraphernalia of peripheral things – of food, drink and presents – and forget that the heart of the matter is the birth of Jesus.” “In all the Christmas rush, we tend to forget the one present that is the original reason for all the present giving – the present of Jesus, called the Christ.”

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Christmas Service for Bell Block’s Catholics

Christmas Mass for Bell Block’s followers of the Catholic faith is at 10.30am Christmas Day 25th December 2014 at the Bell Block Catholic Centre, 138 Parklands Avenue, Bell Block. For those of you who plan to be early, why not be there for 10am for the sing a long of Christmas Carols. We will see you there.

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Christmas Service for Bell Block’s Catholics

Christmas Mass for Bell Block’s followers of the Catholic faith is at 10.30am Christmas Day 25th December 2014 at the Bell Block Catholic Centre, 138 Parklands Avenue, Bell Block. For those of you who plan to be early, why not be there for 10am for the sing a long of Christmas Carols. We will see you there.

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Christmas Service’s at Bell Block’s Northpoint Church

Here are the times for their Christmas services at Northpoint Church,Mangati Road, Bell Block. Come along with your family and friends and celebrate with them! See you there!

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Christmas Message Alive and Well in Bell Block

Bell Block Residents every year are treated to a growing Christmas Lights extravaganza on Parklands Avenue. This year for the very first time a special display has popped up showing the true meaning of Christmas with a beautiful Display of Christmas lights presenting Baby Jesus in his Crib. The display is on every night from 9pm – 11pm and expect large crowds of people.

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The Bell Block Coastal Walkway Extension opens

Contractors have just finished building the 2.5m-wide path from the Taranaki Velodrome down to Bell Block Beach and through to Tiromoana Cr, including a new bridge across Mangati Stream. It extends the length of one of the region’s major attractions to 12.7km. Two access paths to the walkway will be completed in early in 2015, after which new signs will be installed.The walkway now runs from Pioneer Park, on the western side of Ngamotu Beach, to Tiromoana Crescent. The road in front of Bell Block Beach is a shared-use slow-speed zone.

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Hundreds take part in Bell Block 5km Annual Fun Run/Walk

Tonight 21st December 2014 saw the Annual 5km Bell Block Nexans Olex Fun Run/Walk being held in perfect conditions. In weather which cancelled many peoples excuses for not to take part a large crowd of approx 500 started the 5km Fun Run/Walk. This popular event is aways for both young and old. For more information visit: http://www.olex.co.nz

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Santa starts working out route for Bell Block Homes

Down the chimney? Through the front door? How will santa enter your house this 2014 Christmas?

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It’s time for the Bell Block Nexans Olex Fun Run/Walk

Yes Folk’s it’s that time again when we try to lose some weight by doing the Annual 5km Bell Block Nexans Olex Fun Run/Walk. This popular event for both young and old is held on Sunday 21st December from 6pm – 8pm. The following streets will be used in Bell Block. Smeaton Road,Camellia Avenue,Mangati Road,Glasgow Place,Lantana Avenue and Parklands Avenue. Pick up your entry forms in Bell Block from: Nexans Olex Bell Block, Big Jims Garden Centre, Bell Block Library For more information visit: http://www.olex.co.nz

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Bell Block Library miss’s the Axe

Last night, Tuesday 16th December 2014, the New Plymouth District Council voted line-by-line on a list of 23 services that had to be axed to cap rate rises at 3 per cent for the next decade. Murray Chong who was suffering from wearing his neck-tie too tight also argued in favour of closing the Bell Block Library. In one comment he showed a total brain fade as he said Bell Block now had a Warehouse where people could buy books, or they could travel to New Plymouth and use the town library. Many things, like community funding, were deemed to be luxuries. “We can’t afford to give away money,” councillor Grant Coward said. “We are not a charity.” Next minute the New Plymouth District Councilors turned around and voted 8-5 in favor of the Lyn Lye Centre being kept as admission free. For the record the Multi- Purpose and very busy Bell Block Library will remain open in North Taranaki’s fastest growing Community.

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Justice of the Peace Service now operates in Bell Block

Just recently a Justice of the Peace service has been operating even Wednesday Morning from 10am till 12.30pm from the very popular Bell Block Library in Parklands Shopping Centre, Parklands Avenue, Bell Block. The next time this service is available is on the 7th January 2015 and then every Wednesday afterwards. This morning, Wednesday 17th December 2014 Mr Paul Wadsworth JP was busy with at least 3 different customers within the first half an hour. To find out more on the services Justice’s of the Peace operate visit: http://www.jpfed.org.nz

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