Bell Block Escapes Damage

There were no reports of damage in Bell Block or Taranaki but the big quake and 2 aftershocks which happened yesterday, Friday 16th August 2013 were widely felt here.The 6.6 shake at 2.31pm was centred near the Marlborough town of Seddon, not far from last month’s 6.5 shake. Yesterday’s shake caused more damage to homes, but no lives were lost and injuries were few.

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Earthquake hits in Bell BLOCK

A massive magnitude 6.6 has rocked Bell Block and the Central North Island today Friday 16th August 2013. Seddon, south of Blenheim, again copped the force of nature when a 6.6 quake hit at 2.31pm. It was only 8km deep and 10km to the southeast. In the hours following the ground barely stopped moving, as residents hoped for respite. A 6.2 hit at 5.29pm, 20km south west of Seddon, and two minutes later a 6.3 hit nearby, GeoNet said. Team members from bellblock.co.nz were at the Bell Block Airport when the earthquake struck, when the Wellington flight was delayed for 30 minutes due to ground staff checking the run way at Wellington Airport for cracks after the earthquake.

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Next Weeks Big Wednesday Jackpots to: $15 Million

Draw No: 408 Draw Date: 14th August 2013

Division Winning Numbers Correct Heads or Tails Prize Value No. Of Winners
Division 1 6 Yes JACKPOT! 0
Division 2 6 - JACKPOT! 0
Division 3 5 - $926 75
Division 4 4 - $20 3667
Division 5 3 Yes $13 33401
Division 6 3 - Bonus Ticket! 33261

Numbers: 16 33 34 36 38 39 + Heads

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‘False spring’ brings gardeners out for real

Spring appears to have sprung early in Bell Block as though out Taranaki, along with many other parts of the country, records high temperatures and little rain. The unseasonably warm weather, known as a “false spring”, has seen a growth in sales of fruit trees, shrubs and summer vegetable seeds weeks ahead of usual. The warm weather also caused pine trees to release yellow pollen, which resulted in a few emails to bellblock.co.nz from people reporting there had been a dust storm after finding their cars coated. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research climate summary for July shows mean temperatures in Bell Block were well above average and above average for the rest of the region. Bell Block’s Big Jims Garden Centre owner Vince Naus also said the warm weather had seen an increase in customers. “It’s very good for this time of the year, it’s going really well,” Mr Naus said. “People are keen to get planting and get going, people are physically getting out in their garden and enjoying doing stuff.” Mr Naus said while he did expect a cold snap before spring finally set in for good it wouldn’t matter if people got their planting done early.

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First Hemp House being Built in Bell Block

Bell Block could be the new centre for hemp in New Zealand, with an estimated 40 hectares to be planted in 2014. Work has started on the region’s first hemp home, to be built in Bell Block. Hemp insulation is attached to the timber frame and then rendered with a hemp plaster to form the exterior. Lance Palmer chose to make his house out of hemp as it achieves thermal mass and insulation, he said. “It’s exciting, but also in the same breath, if you take the romance out of it, being the first means you’re the first to go through the trials and tribulations.”It takes around six tonnes, or 1 hectare, of hemp to build one house.”I just think it’s really quite a fantastic plant,” Mr Palmer said.”The more I’ve learnt about it in the last 12 months, the more I’m impressed with its potential. I think it’s going to progressively grow in Taranaki. It’s going to come down to public and commercial acceptance.”Taranaki man Greg Flavall founded Hemp Technologies in 2008 after learning about the many benefits of industrial hemp. He said the industry “has got a lot of legs” and was assisting many new farmers planning to grow hemp this spring. About six new farmers are interested.

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Bell Block Farmers – Chemical Collection

Bell Block Farmers are being urged by the Taranaki Regional Council to sign up for it’s free agrichemicals collection program. The TRC said the service is undersubscribed at the moment and farmers have until August 23rd 2013 to register for a November collection undertaken by Agrecovery. The first tonne of chemicals collected will be free for farmers. Visit http://www.agrecovery.co.nz or phone: 0800 247 326 to book a collection.

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stuff.co.nz report on Puketapu School

Puketapu School (Bell Block)

Dillon Drive, Bell Block, New Plymouth
Decile:

Puketapu School (New Plymouth) is a decile 4, Co-Educational school, located in New Plymouth. The school has 231 students .
The school receives $1284163 in direct government funding, which translates to a budget of $5306.46 per student.*

School type:Full Primary Student roll231
Gender of students:Co-Educational Total funding**$1284163
0
International
students
$5306.46 per student***
European/Pakeha
116
Asian
3
Maori
76
MELAA****
4
Pacific Island
18
Other
1

* Demographic and Roll data, Education Ministry data 2010
** Total funding = Operational funding + teacher salaries, Education Ministry data 2010
*** This figure may vary for those schools who carry funding to service a number of other schools, not just their own.
**** MELAA = Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

National Standards Achievement

well below
below
at
above(What do these mean?)

Reading Writing Maths
National Score
7.00%
17.00%
41.00%
35.00%
8.00%
24.00%
51.00%
17.00%
6.00%
22.00%
51.00%
22.00%
Overall results
8.10%
22.60%
43.40%
25.80%
8.90%
33.90%
45.50%
11.60%
7.70%
24.40%
50.20%
17.70%
Male students
8.80%
25.40%
38.60%
27.20%
12.60%
37.80%
42.00%
7.60%
8.00%
27.40%
46.90%
17.70%
Female students
7.60%
18.90%
47.20%
26.40%
5.70%
27.60%
50.50%
16.20%
6.70%
19.20%
61.50%
12.50%
Maori students
6.50%
32.30%
41.90%
19.40%
8.40%
45.80%
39.80%
6.00%
5.20%
26.00%
57.10%
11.70%
Pasifika students
0.00%
66.70%
33.30%
0.00%
0.00%
57.10%
42.90%
0.00%
0.00%
40.00%
60.00%
0.00%

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stuff.co.nz report on Bell Block School

Bell Block School

31 Bell Block Court, Bell Block, New Plymouth
Decile:

Bell Block School is a decile 5, Co-Educational school, located in New Plymouth. The school has 341 students .
The school receives $1499224 in direct government funding, which translates to a budget of $4259.16 per student.*

School type:Full Primary Student roll341
Gender of students:Co-Educational Total funding**$1499224
0
International
students
$4259.16 per student***
European/Pakeha
241
Asian
10
Maori
67
MELAA****
2
Pacific Island
4
Other
3

* Demographic and Roll data, Education Ministry data 2010
** Total funding = Operational funding + teacher salaries, Education Ministry data 2010
*** This figure may vary for those schools who carry funding to service a number of other schools, not just their own.
**** MELAA = Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

National Standards Achievement

well below
below
at
above(What do these mean?)

Reading Writing Maths
National Score
7.00%
17.00%
41.00%
35.00%
8.00%
24.00%
51.00%
17.00%
6.00%
22.00%
51.00%
22.00%
Overall results
4.70%
12.20%
58.50%
24.70%
5.80%
21.30%
65.70%
7.20%
4.40%
17.70%
64.80%
13.00%
Male students
6.90%
15.40%
52.10%
25.50%
7.50%
27.10%
59.00%
6.40%
5.40%
14.60%
61.60%
18.40%
Female students
2.30%
9.20%
66.10%
22.40%
4.10%
15.00%
72.80%
8.10%
3.40%
21.00%
68.20%
7.40%
Maori students
7.80%
16.70%
56.70%
18.90%
8.00%
36.40%
50.00%
5.70%
11.10%
23.30%
57.80%
7.80%
Pasifika students
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Lotto – 4 Winners this Week

Draw Number: 1366 Saturday 10th August 2013

Winning Numbers Bonus Ball Prize No. of Winners
Division 1 6 - $250,000 4
Division 2 5 Yes $30,319 10
Division 3 5 - $721 437
Division 4 4 Yes $72 1037
Division 5 4 - $34 18853
Division 6 3 Yes $26 23647
Total Lotto Prizes: $2,948,755
This Week’s Winning Wheel

Winning Numbers: 05 21 23 27 30 38


Bonus: 36

Power ball: 02

Strike: 27 05 38 21

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John Wheeler wins Grand National Steeplechase

John Wheeler’s conditioning skills were again evident when he produced the injury-plagued El Patron to grind down his rivals for top honours in the Grand National Steeplechase on Saturday 10th August 2013. ”The master Bell Block horse trainer brought the 10-year-old back from the wilderness with the Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge-sponsored feature in mind and it was mission accomplished at Riccarton on Saturday. Raced by Wheeler and New Plymouth businessman Jim Martin, El Patron finished third in the Koral on the opening day of the meeting in what was his first sight of the big fences since he had won a steeplechase at Rotorua in 2009. “I love winning races and winning the Grand National with this horse in unbelievable – just fantastic,” Wheeler said.

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Bell Block’s Senior Citizens head to Waitara to fill up

Challenge Petrol Station in Waitara is offering SuperGold Card members 8 cents per litre off their petrol and diesel for a limited time. Cardholders simply need to take their Card into any participating Challenge service station and receive their discount.There is a maximum of 100 litres per visit, although there is no minimum limit. All terms and conditions are instore. As a 100 percent Kiwi owned and operated company, Challenge is delighted to give more back to New Zealand’s golden residents.

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Hundreds Bell Block voters will miss the Vote

Hundreds of Bell Block voters are running out of time to update their enrolment details ahead of local body elections in October 2013. About 2000 voter packs have been returned from within Taranaki to the Taranaki registrar of electors, Sandra Wood, who said those people would now be removed from the roll. Ms Wood said people who had changed address now had only until August 16th 2013 to update their details, which they were legally required to do. “It is really important to have a vote. Please update your details as soon as possible,” she said. At the start of July 2013, the Electoral Commission sent out 3.1 million electoral packs. About 70,000 were returned nationwide. Ms Woods said people could update their details much more easily than in the past via the internet, by telephone or at any post office. People who have moved house and want to update their electoral details can do so online at elections.org.nz, by visiting a post office, by free-texting 3676, or by telephoning 0800 36 76 56.

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TV Switch off about to start in Bell Block

Bell Block and Taranaki residents wanting to get rid of their old TV for $5 in time for the digital upgrade will have to act quickly – the low fee applies only to a capped number of sets. The Ministry for the Environment granted Bell Block based Whitaker Civil Engineering a TV quota of 3348, 416 to the Stratford District Council and 1214 to Egmont Refuse and Recycling. STDC communications adviser Rachael Murphy said the cost of recycling a TV at Egmont Refuse and Recycling would revert to its original price of $25 once the quota has been reached. “We may consider extending the subsidy on the quota, depending on the demand.” All three Taranaki recycling sites will start accepting old TVs on August 24th 2013. TRC waste minimisation officer Nicolette West said the lead, mercury and cadmium in TVs could be harmful if released into soil and waterways. “Safe recycling of old televisions reduces the risk of contamination and the amount of waste going into landfill,” Mrs West said. Bell Block Residents have until September 29th 2013 to get ready for the switchover.

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Taranaki Trounce Waikato

Taranaki has beaten Waikato 31-17. Great finish to the pre-season games, now Waikato just need to hold onto that Ranfurly Shield for us till 12 October! The TenderLink Taranaki team that played Waikato yesterday, Thursday 8th August 2013 in their final pre-season game is below. The game was played at the Otorohanga Sports Club, Otorohanga. The team was: 1. Carl Carmichael, 2. Timo Tutavaha, 3. Ryan Cocker, 4. Jarrad Hoeata, 5. James Broadhurst, 6. Kane Barrett (captain), 7. Berny Hall, 8. Blade Thomson, 9. Chris Smylie, 10. Beaudein Waaka, 11. Seta Tamanivalu, 12. Isaia Tuifua, 13. Andre Taylor, 14. Waisake Naholo, 15. Jackson Ormond. RESERVES: Shane Cleaver, Sione Lea, Nemia Soqeta, Doug Tietjens, Mitchell Brown, Jamison Gibson-Park, Daniel Brooks, Rick McKenna, Kurt Baker

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BIG Wednesday Lotto Draw Jackpots

Draw Number: 407 Draw Date: 7th August 2013

Winning Numbers Correct Heads or Tails Prize Value No. Of Winners
Division 1 6 Yes JACKPOT! 0
Division 2 6 - JACKPOT! 0
Division 3 5 - $1,010 64
Division 4 4 - $18 3842
Division 5 3 Yes $11 35011
Division 6 3 - Bonus Ticket! 34494

Big Wednesday Numbers: 03 07 11 25 33 34

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5 Years jail for Bell Block Women

A New Plymouth man says he will forever be looking over his shoulder after (in his opinion) his “evil” and “deluded” wife set fire to her Bell Block home during a protracted nasty marriage breakup. Dajit Kaur French, 48, was silenced by the judge when she tried to speak from the dock while being sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court to 5 years in jail for the arson on February 5th 2012. French was found guilty of arson following a week-long jury trial earlier this year. A witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave evidence at that trial that they saw French set the house alight. Yet even in the face of this eyewitness evidence, French continued to argue she did not do it but was the victim of a sex attack by an intruder who had then set fire to the house, Judge Allan Roberts said. “You are clearly deluded,” he told her. Earlier, French, who has been in custody in Arohata Women’s Prison since the trial, asked the judge, “Please can I speak?” The judge said she could not. Earlier, Crown prosecutor Sarah Law said French had undergone several psychiatric assessments which resulted in her being diagnosed not with a mental illness but with a personality disorder. Defence counsel Patrick Mooney acknowledged there were difficulties caused by the breakup which had been proceeding through the courts for some time. But the manipulation had gone both ways long before the fire occurred, he said. His client did not accept the jury’s verdict. She had been in a very precarious state at the time of the fire. She had feelings of isolation because her family was in England and no-one was listening to her, Mr Mooney said. (For the record, I don’t think she is guilty at all. I was fully aware of the whole situation, and the effort Dajit Kaur French was putting in to getting the house ready to sell, Chris Wright Editor: bellblock.co.nz) In my opinion Dajit Kaur French has been badly let down by her lawyer Patrick Mooney.

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Beauden Barrett’s First Big Mistake has been made

Beauden Barrett made the hardest and worst decision of his life late last week. After weeks, probably months of agonising, he has decided to stay loyal to the Hurricanes and spurn a massively attractive offer from the Blues. Blues coach John Kirwan’s decision to make Barrett’s rejection public last night took a bit of the gloss off the young playmaker’s plans. Barrett and his manager had hoped the decision would be able to be revealed by the Hurricanes. Kirwan, who will now trumpet the impending arrival of former Kiwis league captain Benji Marshall, met with the Barrett family on Monday to discuss exactly what a move to the Blues would mean.The coaching staff at the Blues – Kirwan, former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry and skills coach Mick Byrne – had made a move north incredibly attractive for Barrett.That was strengthened by doubts he has over the long-term coaching ability of Hurricanes head coach Mark Hammett and his assistant Alama Iremia. Although he has stayed loyal to the Hurricanes, for now, you can be sure Barrett has put the Wellington franchise on notice that they need to back up some of the promises they have made to keep him.

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Bell Block Pets Needed

Pets with quirky personalities are being sought for pin-up duties for the North Taranaki SPCA. They are asking for photographs of all sorts of animals to feature in the organisation’s 2014 calendar. Every photo entry will appear in the calendar, although 12 lucky pets will be named pet of the month.The judging criteria is based on originality and cuteness, with the SPCA striving to get different species for each pet of the month, such as farm animals. It costs $25 to enter your pet but the payoff is a free calendar. Last year’s calendar raised $5000 and the SPCA hopes to raise a similar amount from sales of this year’s edition. The 2014 calendar featuring the new recruits is due to go on sale in October 2013. Entry forms are available from the SPCA or from their Facebook page.

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Walk to Work Wednesday’s

Walk to Work Wednesdays are back… so is the rain, make sure your wrapped up in your wet weather gear and the $1 coffee will make it all worth while! It may be winter but that’s no reason to not get your walking shoes on! Today, (7th AUGUST 2013) is Walk to Work Wednesday, when those who walk instead of drive into work will be rewarded with a regular $1 coffee, tea or hot chocolate.“Spring is just a few short weeks away and the daylight is lasting a bit longer so this is a good chance to start a habit of walking, and get some exercise on the way to work or walk with the kids to school,” says Let’s Go Project Manager Carl Whittleston. “As a bit of an incentive, those who register to take part can get $1 hot drinks at a participating café before 9am on every Wednesday in August 2013. People can register at one of the supporting cafés: Infusion, Joe’s Garage, Ozone Bean Store, Petit Paris and Starbucks. Work to work along the walkway from your home in Bell Block.

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Bell Block Equestrians seek shared trails

Bell Block and Taranaki’s equestrian community is saddling up for a campaign to allow horses on walkways and cycle tracks. With only Lake Mangamahoe to horse around in currently, the Taranaki Equestrian Network said riders were very restricted in where they could ride, and at what time. They strongly support the idea of shared recreational trails. We’re sitting in a community that’s trying to proactively increase the amount of time where they’re out doing physical activity, so it’s a real shame to have a limit where we’re basically told to ride on your own farm, or don’t ride at all.” “We aren’t proposing that we necessarily ride on the coastal walkway paths, but where they’re developing large, open trails, then why not?”About two-thirds of New Zealand’s cycle and walking trails could accommodate horses, but only a few allow them. It is thought where the Coastal Walkway came out near the Bell Block Hickford Park Reserve, an unconcreted secondary path could have been established, but riders were banned from the area.

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