Police Alert….Work Scam….as seen on Fair Go

Bell Block Police wish to advise that the group known as the “Bitumen Bandits” have returned to New Zealand in the last week. Back in April 2013 this group were carrying out various work in New Zealand including roof restoration, painting, tree felling and most commonly sealing and paving of driveways. The work was of extremely poor quality and a large number of the driveways started to disintegrate a few days after completion of the work. The group is made up of at least three men Albert ORCHARD, Joe ORCHARD, and Mark HAWKEN. They also use a number of aliases with one of them being Albert CALLADINE. They may also be trading under the name of Will Pave Ltd. Please be aware that the standard of workmanship, and value for money is at best dubious. If you are dealing with these persons BE AWARE.

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Watch out for heavy rain and wind

Bell Block and Taranaki could be in for a battering with a wind watch in place for the region. Mt Egmont/Taranaki is expected to be hit by heavy rain peaking at about 15 to 20mm an hour over night, Tuesday 15th October, and It should ease by 6am tomorrow morning. The Taranaki Regional Council said there may be localised surface flooding in some areas. The rivers draining the mountain will rise and there maybe moderate flooding within river systems. There is also a heavy rain watch for the eastern hills.

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Santa’s Choice Christmas Shop is now Open

Taranaki’s iconic Christmas Shop, Santa’s Choice. At Santa’s Choice they offer; a Christmas Wonderland experience, ideas to help you create that special Christmas year after year and friendly staff with over 30 years’ experience. They sell; an extensive range of traditional and contemporary Christmas decorations, collectables, nativity scenes, gifts, indoor/outdoor lighting, artificial trees, stationary, stockings, garlands and centre pieces, plus so much more! They invite you to visit and explore their unique and beautiful shop. They are also open for a limited Mid-Winter season and at other times by appointment) OPEN for the Christmas Season “DAILY” from 12th October 2013 from 9am till 5pm. Extended hours from late November 2013, They are also open for a limited Mid-Winter season and at other times by appointment)

P (06) 755 1934
A 63 Egmont Road, New Plymouth (2 minutes from Palmers Garden Centre)
E info@santaschoice.co.nz

Contact them by email or phone anytime to buy online. They ship nationwide. http://www.santaschoice.co.nz

Santa's Choice

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Lotto Results……One Winner scoops 1 Million

Draw No: 1375Draw Date: 12th October 2013
Winning Numbers: 06-08-30-32-37-39 ,Bonus 16, Powerball 02,

Winning Numbers Bonus Ball Prize No. of Winners
Division 1 6 - $1,000,000 1
Division 2 5 Yes $23,714 11
Division 3 5 - $861 315
Division 4 4 Yes $66 985
Division 5 4 - $37 15049
Division 6 3 Yes $25 21342
Total Lotto Prizes: $2,687,442
This Week’s Winning Wheel

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Taranaki suffer 7th loss this Season

A second half comeback has not been enough to stop Taranaki who were wearing their silly away playing jersey falling to their seventh loss of the season at Waikato Stadium tonight, Saturday 12th September 2013. Down 22-0 early in the second half, Taranaki got it back to 22-14 but could not finish the job to confirm sixth place out of seven in the NPC premiership. Playing into a strong wind in the first half, Taranaki brought plenty of intensity, they just made too many mistakes. WAIKATO 22 (Penalty try, Jackson Willison, Sam Christie tries; Trent Renata 2 cons, pen) TARANAKI 14 (Seta Tamanivalu, Andre Taylor tries; Taylor 2 cons). HT: 15-0

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NPDC Local Council Elections Update

New Plymouth District Council Voting update – 26,175 voting papers have now been received (about 48%) compared to 28,600 (about 53%) at this stage in the 2010 election. If you haven’t voted yet you have until midday tomorrow to hand deliver your vote to one of the following sites:
New Plymouth District Council Civic Centre, Liardet Street, New Plymouth, Bell Block Library and Service Centre, Parklands Avenue Shopping Centre, Bell Block, Inglewood Library and Service Centre, Rata Street, Inglewood, Waitara Library and Service Centre, Queen Street, Waitara

Here is how we voted in our office:
Mayor: Harry Duynhoven
Councillors: Reubyn Doyle, Howie Tamati, Murray Chong, Denis Wadsworth, Gordon Brown, we stopped at these candidates. We felt the rest weren’t even worth the trouble to tick…..at least we voted.

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Bell Block and District Residents Society – Survey

Bell Block and District Residents Society would like to increase awareness of their Society and find out what issues are important to the residents of Bell Block. In order to help them do this, please visit the following link. Individual responses will remain confidential to the Society Committee.

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Bell Block Boxer makes it 3 from 3 in Pro Career

Bell Block’s Sam “The Terror” Rapira made it three from three in his professional boxing career. The boxer stopped Atalili Fai late in the third round on the undercard of the Joseph Parker v “King” Afa Tatupu fight night in Auckland last night, Thursday 10th October 2013. It was Rapira’s third fight having won both previous bouts, the first against Scott Taliauli in the third round in New Plymouth last April and the other when knocking out Tongan Viliami Toafi in just over two minutes.

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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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