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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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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Bridge work starts soon near Bell Block

The Waiwhakaiho Bridge upgrade is soon to be under way with tenders closing in three weeks, early May 2014. There is scaffolding erected under the bridge and what appears to be geotechnical work going on. The New Plymouth District Council has said the design was complete and the project was in the bidding stage, with potential construction companies inspecting the site.

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Chance of stunning eclipse

Bell block Space-gazers could catch a stunning lunar eclipse tonight, Tuesday 15th April 2014 – if the clouds part. Two total lunar eclipses are forecast in 2014, the first of which is this evening. During the early evening, Earth will move directly in between the Sun and the Moon. The last total eclipse happened in 2011. Despite receiving no light directly from the Sun, the Moon will remain visible from the light which scattered as it passed through the Earth’s atmosphere, The height of the eclipse would be reached about 7.45pm. The heavens may have aligned but the weather did not look as if it would join the party. The low-pressure system sitting west of Bell Block today will push cloud and then rain this evening over the centre of the country.

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The Taranaki Home and Lifestyle Expo is on……Now

The H&L Expo is on TODAY! , Friday 11th April 2014. Check out their fabulous exhibitors, kidzone, the food pavilion, cooking and building demonstrations at TSB Stadium on today through to Sunday 13th April 2014.

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Two Car Crashes in and around Bell Block

Calm Down….Calm Down everyone out there on the roads. Emergency services have been kept busy this afternoon, Wednesday 9th April 2014 with two car accidents within half an hour. At 3.15pm two cars were involved in an accident on the corner of Devon and Smart roads at Waiwhakaiho, near Bell Block.Only some Fifteen minutes later a car and a motorcycle collided on the corner of Devon Rd and De Havilland Drive in Bell Block. While ambulances had attended both crashes, we believe there were no injuries.

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For Sale……TWO HOUSES WILL FIT HERE ON ONE SECTION!!!

For Sale: 21b Silvan Place, Bell Block, New Plymouth, 4312, http://www.century21.co.nz/property/273230/
You will have a number of options when you purchase this 2-bedroom with Summit Stone/Insulclad Exterior property built by Hassell Homes at the turn of the Century.- Extend the home to three bedrooms – or with your large extended family, reside in one house and rent them the other or rent out both houses – the choice is entirely yours! The two homes would be set on a large 963m2 section, accessed by the same driveway from Silvan Place offering peace and Quiet. The final option would be to subdivide, which could be possible with a number of your new neighbors’ consents, or through a Consent hearing with the NPDC. In addition to the two car garaging with internal access there is ample off street parking – perfect for visitors’ vehicles or a boat or camper van.So whether you want the opportunity to accommodate extended family or are looking to extend your investment portfolio this could be the property for you. GV = $320,000

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Bell Block Resident’s…Cash in those hidden treasures today

Today, Wednesday 9th April 2014 at 3pm – 4.30pm at the Fred Tucker Hall, Parklands Avenue, Bell Block sees the Goldco Antique Buyers roll into town. Based in Wellington they pop up in Bell Block, 3-4 times a year. They urgently require Gold and will buy Paintings and Art, Rolex and Omega Vintage Watches, Military Medals and Badges, Coins and Banknote Collections, Vases, Maori Artifacts, Antiques, and Sterling Silver. Pop along today to see Dino and Hamish Walsh or phone them on: 0800 105 228

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Bell Block Rugby League match in Memory of Dead Youth

A youth rugby league match played in Bell Block on Saturday 5th April 2014 came with the simple but important message that it was OK to talk. The unofficial under-17s North Taranaki versus South Taranaki clash at Hickford Park, Bell Block on a rock hard surface was played in memory of former Marist Dragons and Western Suburbs player Ropata Rangi and to raise awareness about suicide. Ropata was an enthusiastic 15-year-old who loved rugby league and played representative footie from the age of seven until last year, when he took his own life. His parents Shannen Robinson and Haki Ropata, watched the one sided game were South Taranaki were too strong and thrashed North Taranaki 60-24. It is hoped the commemorative game made people think about suicide and to realise it was OK to reach out for help. The event was supported by the Western Institute of Technology (Witt), New Waves and Taranaki Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Royals arrive in NZ, but won’t visit Bell Block

Prince William, Kate and baby George have landed safely in Wellington, today Monday 7th April 2014, albeit slightly late. The royals were due to land in Wellington around 11:45am, but thick fog which covered the capital delayed the arrival of their New Zealand Air Force plane until 12:05pm. Prince George made an appearance in a woolly jumper, while Kate wore a red hat and jacket – complete with a silver fern pin – and Prince William wore a navy-coloured suit. They had changed completely from the clothes they were seen in during their brief stop in Sydney. After stepping off the plane the trio were greeted by Prime Minister John Key and wife Bronagh, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and husband Alistair Nicholson as well as the Governor-General’s representative Commander Richard Walker, before being driven to Government House. Public were not allowed into the airport and were forced to brave the weather for a glimpse of the royals as they drove around Wellington’s bays.

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Bell Block Puketapu School Gala Day

Don’t forget on Saturday 5th April 2014 sees the Bell Block Puketapu School Gala Day held at Dillion Drive, Bell Block from 11am to 2pm. There are Games, Sausage Sizzle, Hot Food, Cake Stalls,Pony Rides, Quick Fire Raffles, Smash Zone, Bump it, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Laser Tag and Much Much more. Eftpos is available. See you there……

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Monster Garage Sale is on in Bell Block

Bell Block based, The Northpoint Community Trust Garage Sale will be held at 116 Mangati Road, Bell Block from 8am till noon this Saturday 5th April 2014. It will include furniture, beds, household goods, lots of children’s clothing, food and drinks

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Some Bell Block Senior Citizens need help to Access the Valley

All some Bell Block rest home resident’ s want is a footpath extension so they don’t have to keep risking their life before they die.The Maida Vale resident’s are mobility scooter users from the Bell Block retirement village essentially cut off from accessing the shops at New Plymouth’s Valley Mega Centre because a footpath stops 180 metres short. “They can get down all right, because they can just go over the grass track where the footpath ends on Devon Rd. But when they are coming back they can’t get up that way so they foolishly have to go on the road until the New Plymouth golf course. While the section of SH3 on Devon Rd does have a buffer strip on which they can drive their mobility scooter’s, it is not for the faint-hearted. The section of road is one of Taranaki’s busiest and has a speed limit ranging between between 70kph and 100kph. Residents know they are risking their lives every time they take their scooters on it. A temporary solution would seem as simple as building a 1 metre-long “drive way” in the gutter to allow mobility scooters access to the footpath near Vickers Rd. Ideally, a path would be built connecting the existing footpath to Vickers Rd. Council walking and cycling boss Carl Whittleston said the council was committed to building a path for mobility scooter users and was negotiating with Fitzroy Engineering and Technix, the two companies which own the land where a footpath would ideally be built.

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Some Bell Block Senior Citizens need help to Access the Valley

All some Bell Block rest home resident’ s want is a footpath extension so they don’t have to keep risking their life before they die.The Maida Vale resident’s are mobility scooter users from the Bell Block retirement village essentially cut off from accessing the shops at New Plymouth’s Valley Mega Centre because a footpath stops 180 metres short. “They can get down all right, because they can just go over the grass track where the footpath ends on Devon Rd. But when they are coming back they can’t get up that way so they foolishly have to go on the road until the New Plymouth golf course. While the section of SH3 on Devon Rd does have a buffer strip on which they can drive their mobility scooter’s, it is not for the faint-hearted. The section of road is one of Taranaki’s busiest and has a speed limit ranging between between 70kph and 100kph. Residents know they are risking their lives every time they take their scooters on it. A temporary solution would seem as simple as building a 1 metre-long “drive way” in the gutter to allow mobility scooters access to the footpath near Vickers Rd. Ideally, a path would be built connecting the existing footpath to Vickers Rd. Council walking and cycling boss Carl Whittleston said the council was committed to building a path for mobility scooter users and was negotiating with Fitzroy Engineering and Technix, the two companies which own the land where a footpath would ideally be built.

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Some Bell Block Senior Citizens need help to Access the Valley

All some Bell Block rest home resident’ s want is a footpath extension so they don’t have to keep risking their life before they die.The Maida Vale resident’s are mobility scooter users from the Bell Block retirement village essentially cut off from accessing the shops at New Plymouth’s Valley Mega Centre because a footpath stops 180 metres short. “They can get down all right, because they can just go over the grass track where the footpath ends on Devon Rd. But when they are coming back they can’t get up that way so they foolishly have to go on the road until the New Plymouth golf course. While the section of SH3 on Devon Rd does have a buffer strip on which they can drive their mobility scooter’s, it is not for the faint-hearted. The section of road is one of Taranaki’s busiest and has a speed limit ranging between between 70kph and 100kph. Residents know they are risking their lives every time they take their scooters on it. A temporary solution would seem as simple as building a 1 metre-long “drive way” in the gutter to allow mobility scooters access to the footpath near Vickers Rd. Ideally, a path would be built connecting the existing footpath to Vickers Rd. Council walking and cycling boss Carl Whittleston said the council was committed to building a path for mobility scooter users and was negotiating with Fitzroy Engineering and Technix, the two companies which own the land where a footpath would ideally be built.

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Bell Block’s…….Taranaki Cycle Park ‘Have a Go Day’

Date: Sunday 6/04/2014…..Registration 9.30am – Event starts at 10am – Taranaki Cycle Park, Bell Block. Come out and try the Road Circuit! This FREE event is open to everyone aged 7 years and over. Challenge your friends to see who can do a lap the fastest! Categories by age / SPOT PRIZES, HELMETS AND FOOTWEAR COMPULSORY. The Taranaki Cycle Park at Hickford Park, Bell Block is a free community facility for cyclists of all ages to use. It provides a safe environment to cycle without the danger of motor vehicles. For more information please contact Pamela Coe 0274 758 1313 Wayne Silby 021 1355 545 or email info@taranakicyclepark.co.nz

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Bell Block about to get a World Class BMX Bike Track

After three years on the drawing board, the New Plymouth BMX club is on the home stretch, chasing down $700,000 to make their international track at Bell Block’s Hickford Park a reality. The nationally respected club got the green light to build the track in Bell Block in August 2013, after three years of planning and design work on a facility to replace the ageing and outdated track it has used for the past 34 years at Marfell, New Plymouth. It is hoped construction of the track beside the Hickford Park velodrome can begin in November 2014 and be finished by the end of the year. The lack of a world-class facility has often been raised as a hindrance to the sport in Taranaki and the track has the support of South Taranaki BMX clubs. The track will be used for club nights and annual races, and would cater for local, national and international events. Members of the public will also be free to use the track outside of these events.

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What 5 Boys look like when they turn Bad

Bell Block and New Plymouth police have issued warrants to arrest five men, with charges relating from possession of cannabis to breaching court release conditions. Can you help? Contact New Plymouth police on 06 759 5500 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Bell Block’s Warren Bolton aiming higher with Neena Rock

Wellington Race Horse winner Neena Rock might just be the dream mare who can realize Bell Block Trainer Warren Bolton’s ambition to own and train a Group One winner.The Bell Block-based horseman had the great fortune to share in the ownership of the Cox Plate hero Poetic Prince and his current pride and joy will have a chance next month to prove her worth at racing’s highest level. “She’ll probably have her last run for the season in the Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha or the Easter Handicap – she’d get in that with a light weight,” Bolton said.Neena Rock posted the fourth win of her career on Saturday 15th March 2014 Group Three Hiremaster Cuddle Stakes, with Bolton eyeing a choice of Group One targets.

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