Police Notice for Bell Block Residents

Police wish to advise that over the past two months there has been a large spike in the number of theft ex cars within the Bell Block Area. The suspects for these crimes are believed to be a group of male FERAL youths aged between 14 and 18. They are targeting cars which have expensive items sitting inside them, or are unlocked and “easy targets” They enter the unlocked vehicle and search through gloveboxes and centre consoles. Please ensure that you lock your vehicle at all times and remove all expensive items from inside, even when it is parked in your driveway.Should you see any suspicious behaviour, or hear any noises out of the ordinary, especially if it involves a group of youths in this age group, then please call Police on 111
immediately. Please feel free to pass this email on to all friends and family living in Bell Block.

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Bell Block’s Cricket Club get’s Underway

The Bell Block Rugby Football Club’s…..Cricket Club are calling for all interested people in playing T20 Cricket to please come to the Hickford Park Clubrooms on Tuesday and Thursday nights for practice at 5.30pm. All Enquires to: Allan Morgan Ph: 022 088 3035

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Emergency turnout as chopper forced to land

The Taranaki Community Rescue helicopter made an emergency landing at the Bell Block based New Plymouth airport last night,Tuesday 8th October 2013 with engine problems.The twin engine chopper was flying back to Taranaki Base Hospital with a patient when the drama occurred. St John district operations manager Ian May said after a warning light came up on one of the engines, the pilot took the power off it and flew the rest of the journey on one engine. A full emergency was declared at the airport and the fire brigade, an ambulance and police responded to the call. The helicopter remains at the airport and will be assessed this morning, Wednesday 9th October 2013 by aircraft engineers.

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Vote Today……Time is running out

Don’t forget to vote! Postal voting for local body elections closes today, Wednesday 9th October 2013. You can still drop your form in by hand up until midday Saturday 12th October 2013 at the Bell Block Library at the Parklands Shopping Centre, Parklands Avenue, Bell Block.

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Lions Club Rap Video “Rockin’ the Vest”

As part of NZ Lions Awareness Week we thought it was a great time to share this video

To Join a Lions Club in Taranaki phone Chris Wright: 027 2222 800 or email: chris@wright.co.nz

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It’s Lions Awareness Week

Bell Block & Districts Lions Club joins Lions all over the World in celebrating “Lions Awareness Week” Lions Clubs throughout New Zealand have, the week starting Sunday 6th October, hold a ‘Lions Awareness Week’ where Bell Block & Districts Lions Club members will be involved in many community projects. Look out for their bright Yellow vests. To Join a Lions Club in Taranaki phone Chris Wright: 027 2222 800 or email: chris@wright.co.nz

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Another great photo of Mt Egmont/Taranaki

School Holiday’s has started………It’s a gorgeous day up at the North Egmont Visitor Centre. Take the kids up for a walk! Pic by Tim Weston.


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Georgie Pie will be back in Taranaki by Xmas

Bell Block’s Georgie Pie fan’s are over the moon that Georgie Pies will be back on the menu in Taranaki by the end of the year. McDonald’s has confirmed the pies will be rolled out as a menu item to two thirds of the country’s McDonald’s restaurants including two in Taranaki. The square-shaped Steak Mince ‘N’ Cheese pie will be sold for $4.50 at McDonald’s in New Plymouth and Hawera from early December 2013. All McDonald’s restaurants, excluding a handful of smaller restaurants without the space for ovens, are expected to be selling Georgie Pies by mid next year, 2014.McDonald’s NZ Managing Director Patrick Wilson said the trial of the pies in other cities had been successful. “When we began the trial to bring back Georgie Pie in May 2013 we said we’d look at options for a nationwide rollout depending on how it was received. It’s been a hugely complex project and it’s very exciting to be able to confirm we’re now going full steam ahead,” he said. “The Georgie Pie brand evokes a lot of passion for Kiwis and the pilot indicates people have tried the pie, and then come back for more. It’s been great to see customers familiar with the brand, and those who never had the opportunity to try Georgie Pie before, enjoy the product.”

georgie pie

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Bell Block Lions set for annual spud ‘n’ bag contest

The Bell Block and Districts Lions Club is holding its annual potato-growing contest for Children and Adults. People can begin growing their Spud In A Bag after picking up the supplies required from competition sponsor Farmlands on Devon Road, Bell Block. Between October 7th and 12th 2013 , competitors can buy a sprouted seed potato and a bag for $10. People can then plant the potato in their favourite potting mix. “The idea is to bring the children into it and put emphasis on to the green grow-your-own-vegetable nursery for the children,” club spokesman Allan Ryan said. The grand weigh-in will be held at Farmlands on February 15th 2014, from 10am till 11.30am. Prizes include $50 for the winner, $25 for the runner-up, and $25 for the heaviest potato. The school with the most entries receives $100 and all potatoes are returned to their grower. “We’re right into community support,” Farmlands horticulture adviser John Gordon said. “We really do a lot of community things. We support all the rural schools with sponsorship for all sorts of things.” All proceeds from the competition go to youth activities in the Bell Block,Lepperton and Glen Avon area’s. For more details, contact project leader Allan Ryan on 755 1498.

Bell Block Lions

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Tsunami may arrive before alert: report

A large tsunami generated by an earthquake very close to New Zealand would hit Bell Block Beach and other beaches around New Zealand before sirens activated, according to a report which also warns New Zealanders they will experience a tsunami in their lifetime. The report prepared by GNS Science for the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management finds that the risk of a tsunami generated close to New Zealand is higher than previously thought. “The earthquake may be your only warning,” Graham Leonard of GNS Science said. People should head for higher ground if they are at the coast and feel a strong earthquake or a weak earthquake that lasts for a minute or more.


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Bell Block has Gone to Digital TV

On Sunday 30th September 2013 television in Bell Block and the lower North Island went digital and most people in the community were ready for it. For more help go to: www.goingdigital.co.nz


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Daylight saving begins

t’s an event some tired parents of Bell Block’s young children dread but this weekend daylight saving begins. New Zealanders need to move their clocks forward an hour before bed on Saturday night 29th September 2013 as the country loses an hour when the clocks jump from 2am to 3am on Sunday 29th September 2013. The payoff is an extra hour of daylight in the evening. While some children may be jumping around at 7pm refusing to stay in bed because “it’s still light outside”, on the plus side if your wee one was waking at 5am, its now a sightly more respectable 6am.

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$32m must-be-won Lotto jackpot

Bell Block Punters are hoping it’s third time lucky as Lotto’s Powerball jackpot reaches its $30 million limit and must be won. It is the third time in the jackpot’s history that the prize has reached this threshold. The jackpot, which has risen to $32 million because of strong sales, will be drawn on Saturday night 28th September 2013. It must be won meaning if no one wins first division, it is added to the prize pool of the the winners of the next-highest division. In 2008, five people won $6.1 million each and in 2011, two players won $17.4 million each. It’s a week of big prizes with a Christchurch resident winning $22.6 million in Big Wednesday’s jackpot.

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Lotto jackpots again

Bell Block Punters hoping for a quick life overhaul by scoring a cool $28 million will have to wait another week as tonight’s Powerball remains untouched. Next week’s draw will be the third largest Powerball prize ever won by an individual player. It is a “must be won draw”, with the maximum threshold for the Powerball First Division jackpot at $30m. But while no-one scored the big pot, eight players each walked away with $250,000 after winning Division 1 in Lotto.

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Extreme Heavy rain warning

Coats and brollies were compulsory wear in Bell Block and throughout Taranaki today and tomorrow 21/22nd September 2013. A weather warning remains in place for Bell Block and the whole of Taranaki through to Sunday morning with flooding in some places, the MetService says. Falls between 80-100mm are expected over much of Bell Block and Taranaki and between 150-200mm on the mountain. Northerly winds will be strong in exposed places, gusting to 30knots (60kmh). The heavy rain and thunderstorms can be expected into tomorrow morning easing to isolated showers during the morning. Winds turn to the north-west and remain fresh. Showers continue on Monday morning 23rd September 2013 with increasing fine breaks and westerly winds.

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Taranaki finds a team even worse – Bay of Plenty

Taranaki have won an error-riddled clash 21-3 with BOP tonight, Saturday, 21st September 2013, having a good patch early but fading away without providing much scoring threat. Played at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth in poor conditions in front of a even smaller crowd.

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New Video to promote Len Lye Centre

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Shoot Out in Bell Block – Man in High Court

The man who was with Adam Morehu, when he was shot dead by police while allegedly burgling the New Plymouth Golf Club in Bell Block, has appeared in the New Plymouth High Court. Career criminal, Bishell pleaded not guilty to a charge of burglary this morning, Friday 20th September 2013. Bishell’s charge has been reduced from aggregated burglary, and a charge for firearm use against a law enforcement officer has been dropped. The judge accepts the Crown can’t be sure Bishell knew Morehu was carrying a gun. Adam Morehu was shot dead after he opened fire on officers in the early hours of June 8th 2013. Bishell’s been remanded on bail until he goes on trial in November 2013.

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A photo of Mt Egmont/Taranaki Like No Other

Here is another great photo of Mt Egmont/Taranaki. Thought it was worth sharing with you

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Goods needed for the Puketapu School garage sale

Puketapu School
The Puketapu School garage sale is this Saturday 14th September 2013. They still need donations to make it a success. Have a look around and see if you can send a couple of things along… some too small clothes, magazines, books you have read, toys you don’t need…. anything is helpful Please drop it into the office or if you have a large donation that needs collecting call Kim on (06) 755 1981

The garage sale is on Saturday. We still need donations to make it a success. Have a look around and see if you can send a couple of things along... some too small clothes, magazines, books you have read, toys you don't need.... anything is helpful Please drop it into the office or if you have a large donation that needs collecting call Kim on 755 1981





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