Taranaki Air Ambulance is moving onward and upward after cutting ties with the stricken New Plymouth Aero Club last year, say its principals. The air ambulance trust decided to split from the club in October 2012. They established their own trust and are now going from strength to strength, trust chairman Bruce Findlay and aviation manager Warren Fulljames reported yesterday. In 2012, the service transferred 297 patients compared with 364 this year. In total they flew 238 missions in 2012 while this year that has increased to 267. Operating costs are mostly met by charges to the Taranaki District Health Board and a smaller amount from ACC. Moves were now afoot to move into their new premises, named the Taranaki Air Ambulance Centre, at the western end of the airport at the end of the year. For more info on this great service visit: http://www.taat.org.nz
Monthly Archives: April 2013
Just six months ago, Tanima Mishra moved to Bell Block. Back in India the 27-year-old worked as an investment banking lawyer for the Deutsche Bank in Mumbai before her husband took a job at Halliburton in Bell Block. But she would love a job. She says she has applied for a few jobs but received rejection letters informing her she is overqualified. She says she would welcome offers of customer service roles, admin or accounting. “Anything, I don’t mind.” If you are looking for another staff member, contact us or Halliburton in Bell Block. We wish Tanima every success in finding a job!!!!
The Constitutional Advisory Panel is seeking submissions from the public about New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements in the first half of 2013. All New Zealanders including individuals, whānau, groups, schools, community networks, iwi and organisations are welcome to make submissions. The Panel will reflect your views about New Zealand’s constitution in their report to Ministers at the end of 2013. The Panel is interested in hearing your aspirations for New Zealand, to help shape the Panel’s final report. You can also choose to write about some or all of the topics on the Panel’s terms of reference. And you may comment on other aspects of New Zealand’s constitution. If there is sufficient interest in a constitutional topic outside the terms of reference, the Panel may report on it. Find more info at: http://www.ourconstitution.org.nz or call free: 0508 411 411
South Island TV has gone Digital, Bell Block and Lower North Island and East Cape is next on the 29th September 2013. The whole of the South Island is now getting better pictures and even more channels. When do you go digital? Remember, you don’t need a new TV, as almost any set can go digital with the right equipment. Make sure your family and friends know when they go digital and what they need to do. Find out more at: http://www.goingdigital.co.nz or phone: 0800 838 800
Taranaki’s (including Bell Block) flagship Environmental Awards have been revamped and upgraded as they go into their third decade. Changes for the 2013 Taranaki Regional Council Awards include more categories, a clearer focus on why awards are made, and corporate sponsorship allowing a higher – profile presentation ceremony. Norminations for this years awards will close at noon on Tuesday June 4th 2013. They can be made online at: http://www.trc.govt.nz/environmental-awards
On Saturday 30th March 2013, at Hickford Park, Bell Block, 120 trucks set up camp at the Taranaki Truck Show . The event, which was just in its second year, was raising money for the Child Cancer Foundation and organizers were hoping to top last year’s donation of $5140. The news is out today that they smashed through that figure and raised $8000.00. 5 Truck Drivers today have presented the cheque for $8000.00 to the Child Cancer Foundation. The truck drivers were: Aaron Reed, Paul Farquhar, Tony Coleman, Paul Wilson and Doug Paynter.
The longest ship ever to berth at Port Taranaki and to go through Bell Block Seawaters will arrive early Saturday 27th April 2013. It’s called the container vessel Messologi, which at 294 metres will be just six metres short of the limit of the port’s swinging basin – the area arriving ships use to turn around before being reversed to their berths. The big ship will also be 13m longer than the previous record-holder, fellow Maersk container ship Duffield which called at the New Plymouth port in 2007.But it won’t be the heaviest ship to arrive. That record is held by the 66,532 tonne MV Tampa which berthed in 2009, whereas the Messologi weighs in at 52,180 tonnes. Its arrival is still going to present some challenges for port staff, however. Capable of carrying 4850 containers and with a draught right on the port’s limit, it’s going to require all three of the port’s tugs to help maneouvre it in port. The Messologi is due to arrive at 6.30am on Saturday 27th April 2013 and will depart again some 12 hours later at about 7pm.
Seeing was believing for a group of Bell Block Puketapu Primary school children who were given three Samsung tablet devices. The new technical resource allows words and images to be enlarged for better viewing, and there were many interactive applications on the device that helped the vision impaired children with their learning. The three tablets were donated by Powerco to the Taranaki arm of the Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand. Blennz is a nation-wide school which provides educational services to children from birth to 21 who are blind, deaf-blind or have low vision. Blennz Taranaki has 67 learners on its roll, and while the organisation can apply for Ministry of Education funding to buy tablets for school-aged learners, those aged under five do not qualify. Powerco corporate affairs manager Neil Holdom said Blennz did a fantastic job for visually impaired children in Taranaki. “Powerco supports organisations that contribute to the community and we’re happy to be able to help in this way,” Mr Holdom said. For even more info, visit: http://www.blennz.school.nz and http://www.powerco.co.nz
In 2011 Bell Block man Stephen Bovett, worked hard with the New Plymouth District Council in getting the Bell Block cenotaph fully protected by people parking their cars in the wrong areas. So much so, that the NPDC paid $6500.00 to provide another 14 extra bollards. Some 2 years later all is well, but come April 25th (ANZAC Day) every year, there is no service held there what so-ever. This is bizarre and needs to be fixed. Chris Wright from the Bell Block and District’s Lions Club will ensure there is a service held on April 25th 2014 (ANZAC Day). The cenotaph recognises people from Bell Block and surrounding areas who fell in World War I and II and those that served at the Royal New Zealand Air Force station in Bell Block.
Celebrate Mothers Day in Bell Block at the Mother’s Day High Tea, 2.30pm on Sunday, May 12th at Bell Block’s PIHMS (Pacific International Hotel Management School). Enjoy the day in style with impeccable service, exquisite teas and delicious sweet and savory treats. Relax with live music courtesy of the Plymouth Ensemble. Add either a glass of Sentry Hill wine or champagne to make your day truly unforgettable. Bookings essential at: 027 HIGH TEA. All proceeds go to Taranaki Womens Refuge. For more info visit: http://www.mothersdayhightea.co.nz
Almost 30 New Plymouth steel workers went on strike on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 in protest against management attempts to slash their redundancy entitlements and annual leave. The 28 union members at Mercer Stainless Bell Block, walked off the job at noon after months of negotiations resulted in a offer that was not good enough. The strike halted production at the company’s Bell Block and Christchurch plants. Mercer Stainless workers will return to work in good faith today, Wednesday 24th April 2013 subject to an indefinite overtime ban. Mercer Stainless produces a range of stainless steel products for domestic and industrial use. To find out more on Mercer Stainless go to: http://www.mercerstainless.com
Bell Block Rugby Club is looking for players aged 4-12 years old. Come along to Hickford Park, Bell Block any Thursday night from 5-6pm to join in. $25.00 is the fee for the season incl a rugby ball and mouthguard. http://www.taranaki-rugby.co.nz/
The recent rain in Bell Block and Taranaki has been welcomed by farmers but the president of the region’s Federated Farmers yesterday, Monday 22nd April 2013, stopped short of declaring the drought over. In the last 30 days Bell Block and New Plymouth have received 190mm of rain. President Harvey Leach said the rain was a step in the right direction as winter approached. “What we are saying is that the rain we are getting is helping to boost grass growth which will help set us up for winter,” Mr Leach said. He said pastures around the region had responded to the rain and described Taranaki as looking “lush green”. “The rain is definitely good news for the farmers, the pastures are greening up and it looks like we will manage to get some good growth before winter sets in. “Mr Leach said the drought had had an impact on production but the weather was a known variable. Learn more at: http://www.fedfarm.org.nz
The New Plymouth District Council wants public feedback as it prepares a play space strategy for the Bell Block area. The play space strategy will include playgrounds, skate parks, half-ball courts and exercise equipment stations. Public feedback can be submitted by filling out an online survey on the NPDC website…. go to this following link:http://www.newplymouthnz.com/CouncilDocuments/PublicNotices/PlaySpaceStrategy.htm
More heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible in Bell Block tonight Monday 22nd April 2013 and tomorrow morning Tuesday 23rd April 2013. The MetService has issued another severe weather warning for Bell Block and Taranaki. A complex area of low pressure is currently crossing New Zealand and humid, unstable air associated with this system is bringing bursts of heavy rain and thunderstorms to parts of the North Island and upper South Island, MetService said. In the nine hours from 9am to 6pm today, another 30-70mm of rain is possible on top of what has already fallen, especially about northern slopes of the mountain. Peak rainfall rates of 15 to 25mm per hour are possible and showers are expected to continue tonight Monday 22nd April 2013 and through much of tomorrow,Tuesday 23rd April 2013. To learn more visit: http://www.metservice.co.nz
The MetService have issued a severe thunderstorm watch for bell Block and Taranaki this morning, Sunday 21st April 2013 . MetService said there was the potential for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing flooding, heavy rainfall and damaging winds with hail and small tornadoes possible. People are being warned that heavy rain could cause flash flooding, especially about low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys, and may also lead to slips.
Driving conditions will also be hazardous with surface flooding and poor visibility in heavy rain, MetService said. Squally winds and possible small tornados may cause some structural damage, including damage to trees and power lines, and make driving hazardous. If any did occur they will only affect very localised areas. The watch is in addition to the severe weather warning already in place across the region. MetService said heavy rain was expected in the six hours from 9am Sunday 21st April 2013 , and a further 50-80mm is likely to accumulate on the Mountain. About 30- 50mm is possible in localised areas lower down, especially in northern parts of Taranaki with peak rainfall rates of 25-40mm/hr possible with thunderstorms. for more info, visit: http://www.metservice.co.nz
Legislation giving workers Monday off when Waitangi Day or Anzac Day falls on the weekend has passed its final hurdle in Parliament. It is the first Opposition members’ bill to pass since the National-led Government came to power in 2008. The Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill, or so-called Mondayisation bill, in the name of Labour MP David Clark, passed its third reading by 61 votes to 60 on Wednesday evening the 17th April 2013. Labour Party deputy leader Grant Roberston earlier told the House that New Zealanders have missed out on holidays in the past few years. “The origins of the bill, Mr Speaker, were in 2010 when both Anzac Day and Waitangi Day fell on weekends and there was no holiday on Monday for either of them. “That year, New Zealanders only got nine of the 11 public holidays that they are entitled to under the Holidays Act. That’s not fair – and this bill seeks to give hard-working New Zealanders a fair go.” Mr Robertson said the law change would not diminish the importance of Anzac Day (25 April) and Waitangi Day (6 February). The National and ACT parties opposed the bill. National MP Jonathan Young said his party doesn’t support the bill, partly because it is not that significant, while colleague Mike Sabin said Anzac Day means much more than getting a day off work.
Bell Block’s MP, Jonathan Young stayed true to his other two rounds of voting in previous months on the Marriage Equality Bill buy voting NO, tonight, Wednesday 17th April 2013.
National MP Jonathan Young said he believed our society is probably more divided than this House is on this issue.”Everybody wanted to celebrate their relationship, he said. The debate was not about love because love could not be legislated against, he said. “The human heart was to random and too romantic for that. “Essentially the value of society that this marriage upholds is that you become my one and only.” Several people in the public gallery clapped loudly for him, including a couple who had been holding their hands up in prayer throughout the debate.
Bell Block’s Mayor, Harry Duynhoven dropped into the Bell Block Library this morning, Wednesday 17th April 2013 between 10am-11.30am. Mayor Harry has been to a number of areas/Towns in North Taranaki recently to hold these informal chat’s over a cup of tea/coffee and even chocolate biscuits. The weather today couldn’t of been much worse, which greatly affected the amount of foot traffic to visit Mayor Harry. We found Harry to be full of enthusiasm for the people of Bell Block, and Mayor Harry gave a full and frank outline of what was likely to happen in Bell Block and the Bell Block Airport over the coming few years. Please come back soon to Bell Block Mayor Harry..For more info, go to: http://www.newplymouthnz.com
Seven species of invasive weeds will be targeted by Taranaki Regional Council officers before they smother Bell Blocks native vegetation. Council officers will patrol the Bell Block streets this week with a hit list of offenders they say are hiding in the gardens of unsuspecting citizens.The seven species being targeted are giant gunnera, woolly nightshade, gorse, kahili ginger, yellow ginger, old man’s beard and pampas grass. If council officers see any of the species from the road, they will write to owners or occupiers asking them to control the plants, with advice on the best way to do so, Mr Ellis said. Council officers would not enter private property during this initial check but would follow up with residents in future months to ensure the plants had been controlled. The plants targeted in the annual check were covered by the pest plant strategy for Taranaki because they were a real threat to native biodiversity and/or agricultural production. Seen below is a photo of Woolly Nightshade. For more info, go to: http://www.trc.govt.nz