Taranaki sneek home in 1st pre-season Rugby game

Taranaki has won its first pre-season rugby match of the season, beating Counties-Manukau 38-34 in Otorohanga today, Friday 26th July 2013. Plenty of tries were scored in what was a physical first-up match for both sides.The South Auckland team opened the scoring with an intercept try, and managed to stay on top of Taranaki, leading 21-19 at the half-time whistle. Although the lead swapped a number of times in the second half, two tries to Taranaki towards the end of the match was enough to seal the win.

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By George, the Royal Baby has been Named

It could be 70 years hence but when William and Kate’s baby eventually becomes monarch he could be known as King George VII. But if he chooses one of his middle names as sovereign the royal baby might become Britain’s first King Alexander or first King Louis. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Wednesday 24th July 2013 said they were delighted to name their son George Alexander Louis.The name is very much an acknowledgment and tribute to the royal side of the family rather than to the Middletons. George, being the Queen’s father’s name, would be “hugely popular” with Her Majesty.The name is associated with continuity and stability because George VI became king after the 1936 abdication crisis. Alexandra is the Queen’s second name so Alexander can also be seen as a tribute to Elizabeth II. There’s been no King Alexander before although there have been three Scottish kings with that name.

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Driver convicted after crash victim blamed on road design

Road builders are standing by their design of a Bell Block off ramp despite an injured cyclist calling it into question. In the New Plymouth District Court, Darren Paul Prentis, 31, a builder, was convicted of careless driving causing injury to the cyclist. The cyclist, who was not named, suffered a broken pelvis. But in her victim impact statement to the court, she said: “I do not blame the driver.” Rather, her crash was a result of the poor design of the overpass, she said. NZ Transport Agency highway manager David McGonigal said yesterday the Henwood St ramp was designed to meet modern safety standards and the court’s judgment made it clear the crash was caused by the careless actions of the driver. “The layout of the give-way configuration is standard throughout the road network. Because of this and the actions he took to protect the cyclist from further danger he would not disqualify him from driving. Prentis was convicted and ordered to make an emotional harm payment of $700 to the cyclist.

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Photo’s emerge of Bell Block’s Future King

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate proudly showed off their newborn baby son to the world for the first time on Tuesday, cradling the future king in their arms as they left hospital to go home. The baby will be titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge — the blank to be filled in when his name is announced. It is the first time since 1894 that three direct heirs to the throne have been alive at the same time, and the 87-year-old queen said she was “delighted” at the birth of her third great-grandchild, reportedly telling a guest at a palace function that “the first born is very special”.

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Bell Block’s Future King has been Born

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son is the heaviest future king to be born in recent history.The as-yet-unnamed boy weighed a hefty 8lb 6oz when he was safely delivered. His father William weighed 7lb 1.5oz when he arrived in 1982, while his grandfather the Prince of Wales weighed 7lb 6oz when he was born in 1948.The Queen was born by Caesarean section in her maternal grandparents’ London home in April 1926. At the time, she was third in line to the throne, but her weight was not announced.The average weight of a baby born close to its due date is around 8lb 2.5oz (3.7 kilograms), but Kate was overdue. Judith Rowbotham, a social historian at Nottingham Trent University, said that in the past, birth weights of monarchs were not revealed. The newest member of the Royal Family, however, will have the details of his arrival pored over by a worldwide audience.

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Residents of Bell Block await news of Royal birth

The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in London,England in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace says. She travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing of the hospital with the Duke of Cambridge, arriving at around 6.00am local time GMT on Monday 22nd July 2013. The news came in a brief statement from Kensington Palace after rumours began circulating that she was in labour with her first child, who will be third in line to the British throne. There was a strong police presence around the hospital and two police officers guarded the entrance to the private wing, while the world’s press have been camped outside St Mary’s for the past three weeks. The baby will be directly in line to inherit the throne after Prince Charles and William. Recent changes to the rules of succession mean if a girl is born she will not be leapfrogged by a younger brother at a later date. The sex of an infant in direct line to the throne no longer determines whether he or she wears the crown.The new royal baby will be the Queen’s third great-grandchild and is destined to be crowned monarch. It will be the 43rd sovereign since William the Conqueror if, as expected, it follows reigns by Charles then William.

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Flights are back on to Auckland from Bell Block Airport

The first flight due to depart Bell Block’s New Plymouth Airport has just departed, some 6 hours late. This was due to very heavy fog closing down Auckland Airport. The first flight due to arrive from Auckland today is now due to arrive at 1.30pm. It going to be a big afternoon playing catch up with all the flights.

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Circus in Bell Block proves big hit with fans

Circus Aotearoa is proving to be a big hit with Bell Block and Taranaki crowds. The animal-free circus includes an intriguing mix of traditional and modern human-based acts such as aerial, juggling, hula hoops, trapeze, clown routines and acrobatics. It began its 14-show schedule at Bell Block’s Hickford Park on Friday 20th July 2013. On Sunday 22nd July 2013 ringmaster Damian Gordon said he had been pleased with the crowds. “There has been good crowds of good people really enjoying themselves,” he said. It was a full house, both young and old, at Sunday’s mid-day show. The show, held in a traditional big top, takes a break today, Monday before one performance each day on Tuesday and Wednesday, then two shows a day through until the final show at 2pm on Sunday 28th July 2013.

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Bell Block Designer’s Winning House

A 1960s-style home with ocean views was one of the two latest prize-winning designs by Bell Block based architectural designer Tony Biesiek. The regional New Zealand Architectural Design Awards covering Manawatu, Whanganui and Taranaki invited designers to submit entries across seven categories, including residential, commercial and industrial projects. The awards night in New Plymouth last week saw Mr Biesiek, of Imagine Building Design, win the architectural design award for a new home over 300sqm. He also picked up a colour design award for his transformation of a dilapidated New Plymouth restaurant. Winning awards was the best way to develop a good reputation, Mr Biesiek said. “It’s putting the worthwhile projects out there for national critique.”

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Taranaki Civil Defence Warning for Bell Block and Taranaki

Taranaki Civil Defence Warning for Bell Block and Taranaki: Be prepared for more quakes tonight, Sunday 21st July 2013 and over the next few days. It is probable that these may be >5.5 .It is also possible a larger earthquake could occur. Remember to Drop, Cover, Hold in an earthquake, you never know if it is going to be a big quake or not.

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Bell Block struck by Eathquake….twice in one day!

A Massive 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand at 5.09pm, Sunday 21st July 2013. Aftershocks were continuing after the shake, with a 5.5 magnitude hitting within minutes. The shake struck at 5.09pm at a depth of 11km, 30km east of Seddon. Shakes are continuing in the capital and the earthquake was felt as far away as Hamilton and Christchurch. In Bell Block and other areas in Taranaki there were reports of pictures falling off walls, cracked concrete and lights swinging. The majority of the quakes were centred in the same area off Seddon in Marlborough that was hit on Friday by a 5.7.

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Big Earthquake wakes Bell Block up

Bell Block and Central New Zealand has been shaken awake with a swarm of quakes including a very large 5.8 event this morning, Sunday 21st July 2013. The majority of the quakes were centred in the same area off Seddon in Marlborough that was hit on Friday by a 5.7. There have been over 30 earthquakes in the same area in total so far this morning with the latest bigger ones being 4.5 magnitude aftershock at 9.28am and a 5.1 at 10.55am. There has also been an earthquake reported near Waverley in South Taranaki.

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Lotto Jackpots till next Week

Draw Number: 1363 Saturday 20th July 2013

Winning Numbers Bonus Ball Prize No. of Winners
Division 1 6 - JACKPOT! 0
Division 2 5 Yes $28,044 10
Division 3 5 - $709 411
Division 4 4 Yes $67 1029
Division 5 4 - $32 18482
Division 6 3 Yes $26 21908
Total Lotto Prizes: $1,801,814

Winning Numbers: 01 06 10 20 21 36
Bonus: 32
Power ball: 03
Strike: 20 01 10 36

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Bell Block Lion Honored by NPDC Citizen Award

Recently Barrie Stening from the Bell Block and District’s Lions Club received the New Plymouth District Council’s Citizen Award.Since 1977 when Barrie first joined Lion’s,(36 years ago) he has been a tireless worker for the area of Bell Block. Barrie worked at Olex Cables for 30+ years in Bell Block and also lived at Hulke Crescent in Bell Block for at least 30 years. Barrie also formed the other Lions Club in Bell Block in 1984 called Bell Block Puketapu. From 1985 untill 2011 when it was sold, Barrie was involved in the Medical Alarm Phone Project through the Bell Block and District’s Lion’s Club. The proceeds from the sale are held in trust, and Barrie is part of that trust which pay’s out $30,000 a year (more or less) to various groups in need. Well Done Barrie!! Shown in the photo below is Margaret & Barrie Stening with the award from the New Plymouth District Council.

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The Big Latch on….in Bell Block

On Friday August 2nd – 2013 , New Zealand is just one of the many countries which celebrates World Breast Feeding Week by having ‘The Big Latch On’™. Coordinated through Women’s Health Action, it will take place at 10.30 am in many different locations throughout Taranaki and New Zealand.In Bell Block, go along to The White Pear Cafe, at the Parklands Shopping Centre, they are one of the venues for the Big Latch On 2013 on Friday 2nd August at 10.30am. If you would like to support Big Latch On in Bell Block or Taranaki, or find out more information about the Big Latch On, please contact Women’s Health Action: breastfeeding or have a look on their website: http://www.womens-health.org.nz

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Bell Block is safe – Psychoactive Substances now Banned

Bell Blocks MP Jonathan Young welcomed the enactment this week of the Psychoactive Substances Bill. A range of effective prohibitions and penalties for breaches of the new law come into immediate effect. These include:

No sales from dairies or any sort of grocery store, petrol stations, or anywhere alcohol is sold;

No sales to under 18 year olds;

No advertising, except at the point of sale;

Strict labelling requirements.

“After more than two years of considerable hard work, New Zealand finally has a tool with which to address the scourge of unregulated psychoactive substances,” Those that flout this ban face prosecution and substantial penalties of up to $10,000 for an individual and $50,000 for a body corporate. “To those under 18 thinking of using these products, or those contemplating supplying them, take my advice, it’s just not worth it. The Act also puts an end to the cat and mouse situation that had developed with the temporary class drug regime, with drugs currently subject to temporary class drug notices made under the Misuse of Drugs Act continuing to be prohibited from sale. For those wanting further information about drugs:

http://www.alcoholdrughelp.org.nz or Alcohol Drug Helpline 0800 787 797

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Big Earthquake rocks Bell Block

Magnitude 5.7, Friday, July 19 2013 at 9:06:39 am (NZST)A ‘severe’ 5.7 magnitude earthquake has been felt throughout central New Zealand.The quake, which was 19 km deep, was centred 40km east of Seddon, Marlborough.GNS reported the earthquake as severe.The quake was reported as felt as far away as Christchurch and Bell Block,New Plymouth.People in Marlborough reported the quake as being felt in two jolts. For more info, go to:http://www.geonet.org.nz

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Bell Block Beach to be Poo free soon

All New Plymouth’s sewage is now being fully treated despite the city’s wastewater treatment plant operating at half its capacity.The New Plymouth District Council has a resource consent to pump as much as half of the district’s wastewater out to sea with only partial treatment. The consent was necessary to allow work to upgrade the two aeration basins at the plant, but the prospect of partially-treated sewage being pumped out to sea caused outrage among Bell Block beach users last summer. However, council water and waste boss Mark Hall said the plant was now treating all sewage with a single upgraded aeration basin. “Provided we don’t get any big rainfalls we will continue to be able to do that,” he said.

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Bell Block School votes are OK

Last week the Ministry of Education deemed the initial May elections invalid and said a re-election would be held in August. The election was deemed invalid by the ministry after a newspaper advertisement failed to state how many positions on each board were vacant. “The issue around the single advertisement has been cleared, but in reviewing all of the schools they have found other issues that have affected the validation of the results. New Plymouth Principals’ Association president Roz Miller said she could confirm her school, Bell Block Primary, would not have to re-elect a board of trustees. A letter was being sent to the schools who had to hold re-elections. “Until then we don’t know why they have to repeat the process,” she said. A re-election is expected to cost each school about $3000.

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New Plymouth Rodders AGM

The Bell Block based New Plymouth Rodders Club are holding their annual AGM on Saturday 27th July 2013 at 7pm. Being held at the New Plymouth Rodders Clubrooms on De Havilland Drive, Bell Block, New Plymouth, 4312

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