ANZAC DAY Parade 2014 – New Plymouth

Thousands of people gathered at New Plymouth’s cenotaph this morning, Friday 25th April 2014 to remember those who had fallen on the world’s battlefields. People solemnly filed through New Plymouth’s streets in the dark making their way to the cenotaph for the dawn parade. The large crowd of young and old spoke in hushed tones as they waited for the service to begin. New Plymouth district councillor and former SAS soldier John ”Horse” McLeod lead the parade along Queen St. Speaking to the large crowd Reverend Albie Martin asked them to remember those who had fallen on battlefields over the years….roll on next year for the 100th Year.

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Bell Block & District Lions sell over 1000 Poppy’s in Bell Block

Thursday 24th April 2014 is Poppy Day in NZ and Bell Block. Throughout Bell Block today the Bell Block and District’s Lions Club were out selling over 1000 poppy’s. Thousand’s of dollars were raised with a steady flow of sales from 10am till 3pm. It was very warming to see the youth get so involved in buying up Poppy’s like no other. Fingers crossed the weather is good in Taranaki throughout ANZAC day on Friday 25th April 2014. If you would like to be a Lion and not a pussycat contact the Club President, Chris Wright at the Bell Block and District’s Lions Club by email: chris@wright.co.nz

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Let’s have more Pohutukawa Trees – Letter to the Editor

Monday 21/04/2014 Letter to the Editor – The Taranaki Daily News Newspaper

The same council (New Plymouth District Council) that is trying to save the pohutukawa in Waitara has recently cut down several mature pohutukawa in Hickford Park, Bell Block. These trees provided welcome shade in summer and helped to screen off the playing fields from the adjacent road. Instead of constantly nibbling away at what little greenery we have in Bell Block, it would be really nice to see some planting of street trees to reduce the dominating appearance of triffid- like lamp posts, particularly in the newer residential areas which must contribute substantial funds in rates to NPDC. JOHN RICHARDSON……..Bell Block

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Bell Block home for Rent – Open Home @ 1pm Today

Never Will You Rent So Much For So Little!……$495.00 per week

Essential viewing for those wanting spaciousness & value, without compromising on quality. This 2 storey 170m2 Family home is nestled on a large flat 828m2 100% fully fenced section. Recent refurbishment has created a luxurious “as new” environment boasting 3/4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large kitchen with fantastic indoor/outdoor flow to an entertainers delight front section.There are far too many extras to list inside this property…however for the boys and their toys there is 2 car garaging, XL workshop, a pit, plus plenty of off street parking. an ideal property to run your business from with the added bonus of a separate office or sewing room – or the 4th Bedroom – great for teenagers…..Do not procrastinate, act now..Suitable for up to 5 Tenants…………..No Pets or Inside Smokers

Chris Wright Century 21 Real Estate: PH: 027 2222 800, Email: chris@wright.co.nz

MOVING IN COSTS: Bond $1980.00 Letting Fee $600.00 (Incl GST) Rent $495.00 Total $3075.00

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The Cross’s are up at the Bell Block Cenotaph

For the very first time this century the cross’s are back up for ANZAC Day at the Bell Block Cenotaph. The crosses will now be looked after by the very active Bell Block and District Lions Club with the missing crosses made in time for the 100 year celebration of the ANZACS on 25th May 2015. Selwyn Williams(in the photo) is the project manager for this and said since he has lived in Bell Block from 1993 this is the first time the crosses have been displayed at the Bell Block Cenotaph. The plan is starting next year (2015) is that a service will be held at the Bell Block Cenotaph each and every year. Poppy Day on Thursday 24th April 2014 will see a poppy added to each cross on display at the Bell Block Cenotaph.

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Bell Block Roads are Quiet over Easter Period

There were no deaths on Taranaki or Bell Block roads, but with four deaths on New Zealand roads this long 2014 Easter weekend show Kiwis are still making the same mistakes about intoxication, inattention and impatience. The total is the highest over Easter since 2011, when five people were killed. Last year, three people died on the New Zealand roads over the same period, while in 2012 there were no deaths. The bad weather, which swept down the country on Thursday and Friday, was thought to be behind a spate of crashes in the upper North Island before the holiday period began at 4pm on Thursday 17th April 2014. The official period ended at 6am this morning, Tuesday 22nd April 2014. Police would be enforcing the reduced speed tolerance until April 28, the end of the Anzac Day weekend. Until then, police would allow a tolerance of just 4kmh.

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Local Radio Station Wins Major NZ Award

This radio station can be heard though out Bell Block and has the best Saturday Morning sports program (in English). Taranaki is now home to the best iwi radio station in New Zealand, the team involved in its success are already looking to the future.Te Korimako o Taranaki took top honours at this year’s 2014 Iwi Radio Awards when they were named 2014 Station of the Year at the awards in Rotorua. Te Korimako’s Tamzyn Pue also took out Best Breakfast Show host with colleague Matapaepae Urwin winning Best Regional News Reporter. Station manager Tipene O’Brien said he and his staff were delighted with their win. ‘‘It was a proud and humbling moment for the station to receive the award,’’ he said. Work would now begin on developing a plan for the future of the station along with setting a series of new goals. O’Brien said one of the key factors in their success had been the commitment of those involved to the station’s kaupapa, including the focus on te reo Maori. O’Brien said the win also provided a chance for the station to reflect on what they had achieved since it began in 1992. ‘‘We certainly savoured the moment,’’ he said. Te Reo Irirangi o Taranaki chair Hurimoana Haami said support from other organisations had contributed to the station’s award. ‘‘This ought to be shared across Taranaki, it goes far beyond the station,’’ Haami said. She also acknowledged the contribution made by kaumatua Huirangi Waikerepuru regarding his support of the station and the revival of te reo in the region. Former Te Reo o Taranaki board member Howie Tamati said the award-winning station was known for its quality programming and he was proud of their achievement. ‘‘It’s a fantastic award,’’ Tamati said. He said the consistently good work done by the station was also reflected in the number of accolades the team had been awarded. ‘‘To win so many categories as they have done is a credit to the organisation,’’ Tamati said.

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Of Passing Interest – Historic Bell Block features in our landscape

Historic features in our landscape observed by the Director of Puke Ariki Kelvin Day. World War II Road Block, Egmont Rd, Bell Block.Heading south on Egmont Road, just near Bell Block and just after passing under the rail bridge, a large concrete block can be seen on the left side of the road. This rather ordinary looking object was kept aside as the road in this area was being resurfaced a number of years ago. Luckily local farmer David Sampson was aware of its significance and prevented it from being taken away. After the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, in early December 1942 there was heightened concern that New Zealand would be the target of a Japanese invasion. In an effort to prepare defences a network of road and rail blocks were established. One of these, known as a Type N, was constructed on Egmont Road. Sometime in 1943 the contract to construct the Egmont Road defence was awarded to the firm of Allen and Julian at a price of £53 8s 2d plus 5 per cent for supervision and another 2.5 per cent (presumably the profit on the job). The work involved excavating 14.4 cubic yards of material and the placing of 13.2 cubic yards of concrete. Two rows of six concrete blocks were set into a raised section of the road just as it crossed the Mangone Stream. On each side of the road block large pine logs were positioned so that vehicles could not pass around the ends. In the middle of each block was a hole for wooden posts to be inserted. Normally steel inserts were used but on this occasion they were not available. The idea was that when the need arose posts would be put in place which would then prevent vehicles passing. For added defence the Home Guard had constructed earthwork defences on high ground just to the east of the road block which would allow them to fire down on to the road. While 10 of the blocks were removed when roadworks were carried out there is still one in-situ, although it is buried under about 30cm of soil. The one lying on the side of the road is an important reminder of how New Zealand prepared itself against a possible invasion during World War II.

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Partnership invoked to put up barriers – Letters to the Editor

Monday 21/04/2014 Letter to the Editor – The Taranaki Daily News Newspaper

The New Plymouth District Council got it right with their vote on iwi representation on council. This is how democracy works – not by threats of power as you all have seen in the reaction from Peter Moeahu. To say that council will have problems now in seeking permission to get a pipeline through a property which has iwi interests, is also saying he does not care about his own people. They all use the infrastructure like everyone else. We are all one people – we must all be swimming up the river together. The talk about a Treaty partner is wrong and this term was stated by a misguided judge and has been used ever since. The reality of the Treaty is it gave Maori the protection of the Crown and created equal rights to all people in New Zealand. The word partnership is used in the majority of cases to create barriers which in turn cost us money nationally, and in many individual cases also. We must, at all costs, stop the Treaty being recognised in any revised New Zealand Constitution, as it will also divide New Zealand. Remember, we are one people and we cannot continue to afford payouts to one race as government has been doing. The term ”full and final settlement” is a joke. When government was questioned on this, the answer was ”How can we [government] know what future generations may wish to claim?” I leave you with these thoughts – what the people fought for in the 1981 Springbok Tour was real. Don’t let it happen to us now.

KEVIN MORATTI………Bell Block

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Bell Block Badminton Season about to Start

The 2014 Bell Block Badminton Season is about to start. The season starts on Friday 9th May and go’s to Friday 26th September. Every Friday night the games will be played at the Bell Block Hall. Juniors are from 6.30pm – 7.30pm with coaching provided with Seniors starting at 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Badminton is for all levels of ability at just $7.00 per night.First Night (9th May 2014) is FREE so go along and have a go. You will need comfortable shoes and a racket(or rackets can be provided for $2 a night) For more information contact: raymond.yap@worleyparsons.co.nz or alankkwong@gmail.com

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Has a Bell Block Person won Lotto this Easter?

Lotto tickets sold in New Plymouth have scored the winners a sweet 2014 Easter treat. One ticket won the first division prize of $333,333. It was sold at Devon Lotto ‘N’ Treats in New Plymouth.Another local lotto player won $50,000 in the 2014 Easter Treats promotion. The winner bought their ticket from Pak ‘N ‘Save New Plymouth. Two other first division tickets were sold in Wellsford and Nelson. Powerball was not struck and has jackpotted to massive $12.5 million.

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Bell Block Feral Youths Spelling Improves

Bell Block Feral Youths can be proud of their spelling of Westside tagging on the Walkway Sign at Mangati Walkway at Parklands Avenue, Bell Block. This Feral youth has excelled at English in the past as the W could even be a capital letter.We have informed the good folk at the New Plymouth District Council who will be out next week to repair the sign.

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Taranaki Rescue chopper grounded

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter has been grounded after a technical fault was found with its fuel sensors. Board chairman Bryce Barnett said the helicopter had been ”off-line” since Thursday after the problem was identified. Although parts arrived from Australia to fix it yesterday, a further technical issue was discovered this morning by an engineer during the repair process. He said he did not know what had caused the fault. A further part is currently in transit from Australia in order to resolve the problem. Barnett said although the mechanical issue was unfortunate, the bad weather over recent days meant flying would not have been possible anyway. ”We’ve actually missed no call outs because of it,” he said. Barnett said with the weather improving, the trust have arranged for a standby helicopter from Auckland to be flown to their base tomorrow to be used in any emergencies. This arrangement will be in place until the rescue helicopter is fully operational again.

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24 Hour Gym…Rampage Fitness North about to Open in Bell Block

Rampage Fitness North based at 13 Swans Road, Bell Block will be officially opening its doors the 28th of April 2014. In the lead up to their official opening they will be hosting an “OPEN WEEKEND” the 26th and 27th of April 2014. This weekend will involve showcasing their’s( and your) gym and the businesses/services also on offer at Rampage Fitness North. Stay tuned for a more specific itinerary of their open weekend! Remember what ever your doing this Easter weekend “take the bull by the horns”.

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Speed tolerance drops to 4kmh over limit

Watch that speedo over Easter because police will have little tolerance for speeding. Between 4pm yesterday, Thursday 17th April 2014 and 6am on Monday, April 28, 2014 people driving more than 4kmh over the speed limit will be stopped. The speed limit tolerance is usually 10kmh. Also, Central Districts road policing manager Inspector Dave White urged motorists to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy before leaving on a trip. In particular, tyre tread is a crucial safety factor in winter conditions. Driver distraction will also be targeted. “Responsible drivers tell us they don’t want to share the roads with drunk, drugged, speeding, or dangerous drivers.” Motorists can visit onthe move.govt.nz or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS for either the latest highway conditions or to report incidents or hazards on the state highways. Anyone seeing a dangerous or erratic driver can dial *555 free from their mobile phone. After they pull over of course, yeah right!!!

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Bell Block Book Sale just 3 weeks away

Another new event this year for the Bell Block and Districts Lions Club is a book sale. The book sale will take place on Friday evening the 2nd May 2014 and all day Saturday the 3rd May 2014 at the Fred Tucker Hall on Parklands Avenue, Bell Block. They are currently on the look out for the following items and will pick them up at no charge. Books, Magazines, Puzzles, Record’s, Cassette Tapes, CD’S, video’s, DVD’s. For Collection in Bell Block, please phone: Kit Lea: 755 0195 or Karen Betts: 755 4140 and in the New Plymouth area phone Barrie Stening: 757 8890 or Chris Wright: 027 2222 800

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Bell Block Book Sale just 3 weeks away

Another new event this year for our the Bell Block and Districts Lions Club is a book sale. The book sale will take place on Friday evening the 2nd May 2014 and all day Saturday the 3rd May 2014 at the Fred Tucker Hall on Parklands Avenue, Bell Block. They are currently on the look out for the following items and will pick them up at no charge. Books, Magazines, Puzzles, Record’s, Cassette Tapes, CD’S, video’s, DVD’s. For Collection in Bell Block, please phone: Kit Lea: 755 0195 or Karen Betts: 755 4140 and in the New Plymouth area phone Barrie Stening: 757 8890 or Chris Wright: 027 2222 800

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Bell Block Book Sale just 3 weeks away

Another new event this year for our the Bell Block and Districts Lions Club is a book sale. The book sale will take place on Friday evening the 2nd May 2014 and all day Saturday the 3rd May 2014 at the Fred Tucker Hall on Parklands Avenue, Bell Block. They are currently on the look out for the following items and will pick them up at no charge. Books, Magazines, Puzzles, Record’s, Cassette Tapes, CD’S, video’s, DVD’s. For Collection in Bell Block, please phone: Kit Lea: 755 0195 or Karen Betts: 755 4140 and in the New Plymouth area phone Barrie Stening: 757 8890 or Chris Wright: 027 2222 800

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Gales set to hit Bell Block and Taranaki

Strong winds and heavy rains are expected to sweep through Bell Block and Taranaki overnight. MetService issued a severe weather warning predicting the development of easterly gales, with severe gales gusting up to 120kmh in exposed areas between 9am and 6pm tomorrow, Thursday 17th April 2014. Periods of heavy rain are expected to hit Mt Taranaki through to tomorrow evening, with a possibility of rain easing later at night. A further 200 to 300mm of rain is expected to hit Mt Taranaki between today, Wednesday 16th April 2014 and 6pm tomorrow with 70mm to 100mm collecting in the lower lying areas.

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Gales set to hit Bell Block and Taranaki

Strong winds and heavy rains are expected to sweep through Bell Block and Taranaki overnight. MetService issued a severe weather warning predicting the development of easterly gales, with severe gales gusting up to 120kmh in exposed areas between 9am and 6pm tomorrow, Thursday 17th April 2014. Periods of heavy rain are expected to hit Mt Taranaki through to tomorrow evening, with a possibility of rain easing later at night. A further 200 to 300mm of rain is expected to hit Mt Taranaki between today, Wednesday 16th April 2014 and 6pm tomorrow with 70mm to 100mm collecting in the lower lying areas.

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