Monthly Archives: June 2013

Race Horse Rivera Star wins for John Wheeler

Even though Bell Block star Race Horse trainer John Wheeler was away in Brisbane, his staff were able to land him a winner. The 1.40pm Animal Health Direct Hawkes Bay Steeplechase over 4800m was Race 6 at the Hawkes Bay Races on Saturday 29th June 2013 which saw him line up Number 8, Riviera Star ridden expertly by Jumps Jockey Shaun Phelan. Winning by a comfortable 4-1/2 lengths and paying $7.70 to win and $2.30 a place.

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Dry July – Nothing to do with the Weather

Dry July is a non-profit organisation determined to improve the lives of adults living with cancer through an online social community giving up booze for the month of July 2013.Whether joining as a part of a team or as an individual, DJ’s (Dry.July.er [dee-jay] noun: a person or team actively sponsored to participate in Dry July) take on the 31 days of July 2013 to raise funds and directly help adults living with cancer and their families to improve their quality of life. This year Dry July is proud to have on board thirty-four beneficiaries across New Zealand and Australia. The campaign operates a full circle fundraising model, which gives DJ’s clarity on how beneficiary funds are used within each hospital. It is important to the Dry July Team to deliver an efficient, low-cost campaign, utilising online technology to minimise administration costs.Dry July is also a chance to raise awareness of individual drinking habits, the value of a balanced healthy lifestyle, a personal challenge, encourage positive change and an awareness of a healthy attitude to alcohol consumption. Learn more by going to: http://www.dryjuly.co.nz

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improving SH3 between Vickers Road/Hobson Street

Pop along to the NZTA information day and learn more about the proposals they have developed for improving SH3 between Vickers Road and Hobson Street. On tomorrow Saturday 29th June 2013 between 10am-3pm at New Plymouth Girls’ High School. It’s well worth a look.

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Day 18 – School Library becomes place to remember Niko

The library at New Plymouth Boys High School has become a grieving place for Niko Meafua’s school friends. The school has opened the library for boys to come and share their memories of the 16-year-old Bell Block youth. New Plymouth Boys’ High School acting principal Bruce Bailey has said he and the school librarian visited Niko’s family yesterday in Bell Block. The school wanted to let them know that our thoughts are with them and that we had opened the library so the boys could get together and share their memories of him. Niko has cousins and relations at the school so the school wanted to support them too. Niko’s funeral would be held on Monday and the school would take their students to it. The school held a morning tea for Niko’s fellow librarians so they could get together and talk to senior staff, the chaplain and counsellors. Niko had been a treasured member of the Boys’ High community and was well liked, especially by the team at the library. Niko had a passion for books, which is why he was so often in the library. When Niko was a year nine student he had won the Ryan Peters’ Cup for most conscientious junior librarian. Recently he went on to be the senior librarian and train the new school librarians.

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Day 17 – Bell Block boy’s death – Maori Group issue a Rahui

A message from Ngati Te Whiti kaumatua Te Rangikotuku Rukuwai: A rahui (In Māori culture, a rāhui is a form of tapu restricting access to, or use of, an area or resource by unauthorised persons) is in place along New Plymouth’s seafront, from Herekawe Stream at Back Beach to the Waiwhakaiho River, following the discovery of Bell Block Teenager’s Niko Meafua’s body alongside the Coastal Walkway. No kaimoana (Seafood) should be collected from this area during the rahui, which will be lifted on 12th July 2013.

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2nd Man from Bell Block Shootout remains in Custody

A man charged with burgling the Bell Block based New Plymouth Golf Club during which his alleged accomplice was shot dead by police has been further remanded in custody. Kevin Ronald Bishell, a career criminal stood in the dock in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday, Wednesday 26th June 2013 with his hands behind his back for the short appearance. The prosecution alleges that on June 8th 2013, together with Adam Te Rata Charles Morehu, he committed an aggravated burglary with a .22 rifle and used a gun against an enforcement officer. Morehu was shot dead about 4am after he fired at police who had arrived at the golf club to investigate silent alarms. Yesterday in court, Bishell’s lawyer, Paul Keegan, said his client would remain in custody by consent for a committal date. Judge Max Courtney agreed to interim suppression orders in respect to other information before the court, saying the suppression orders might not continue following further hearings. Bishell was remanded in custody until August 5th 2013.

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Day 17 – Dead Bell Block Teenager was a School Leader

Niko Meafua’s school is mourning the loss of a boy who was destined to become a leader. New Plymouth Boys’ High principal Michael McMenamin has said the school community was deeply saddened by Niko’s death. The 16-year-old was the top librarian at the school and was a very talented and dedicated student. He went on to say that Niko was a fine boy and that he was one of the schools future leaders and he had a lot of promise. Mr McMenamin has also said support services would be offered at New Plymouth Boys’ High School today, (Thursday 27th June 2013 ) for students and staff.

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Day 16 – Message from Dead Bell Block Teenagers Family

Today, Wednesday 26th June 2013 on Facebook Niko’s cousin Sue Seko posted this message on the New Plymouth Buy and Sell page: “On behalf of Niko’s mother and my entire family, it is with a heavy heart that we let you all know that it was our precious and beautiful boy Niko that was found yesterday!! (Tuesday 25th June 2013) At this time we would just like to Thank you so much for your support and prayers and we thank you for the strength… We believe that it was all those prayers that bought our Niko back to us, it is not the way we wished he would come back but we are just glad we finally have him home!! We would like to thank you so much once again as we are at peace with now knowing that he is with our lord. Niko always wanted to be an angel and now he finally is….”

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Day 16 – Body identified as missing Bell Block schoolboy

Police have identified the body found washed up near the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway yesterday as missing Bell Block teenager Nikolao Meafua. Police said the identity of the body had been confirmed through a post mortem. Sixteen-year-old Nikolao, known as Niko, went missing from his Bell Block home on June 10th 2013 after an argument with his mother. Police and volunteers scoured walkways and beaches for two weeks before they called off the search for the New Plymouth Boys’ High School student last Friday 21st June 2013. Yesterday, Tuesday 25th June 2013 a person using the coastal walkway found Niko’s body on the rocks near the coastal walkway at Kawaroa Park about 2.30pm. Police closed off a section of the walkway in front of the aquatic centre while detectives, uniformed officers and St John paramedics investigated. Police now say it appeared the body could have been in the water for some time. Police said Niko’s family has been notified and his death referred to the coroner.

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Latest Update on Male Body Found in New Plymouth

Police are working to establish the identity of a man’s body discovered on the rocks near New Plymouth’s Kawaroa Park today, Tuesday 25th June 2013. A member of the public using the Coastal Walkway found the body about 2.30pm and reported it to police. Police closed off a section of the walkway in front of the aquatic centre while detectives, uniformed officers and St John paramedics investigated. Close attention was paid to an area directly in front of the centre’s hydroslides. The fire brigade was called in to move rocks from the area so the body could be removed. Police said it appeared the body could have been in the water for some time and they now have to work through things like dental records and DNA to establish the identity. Police could not confirm the body was that of New Plymouth Boys’ High student Nikolao Meafua, 16, who has been missing since June 10 after he left his Bell Block home following an argument with his mother. Police can’t comment on that at the moment, they still have to establish the identity. The Police would not comment on the condition of the body or whether it was clothed.

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Day 15 – Bell Block Boy missing – Man’s Body Found near NP Walkway

With no further news releases from the Police in the past 48 hours on the missing Bell Block Teenager, it is with great concern that a body of a man has been discovered near the Coastal Walkway in New Plymouth, but it’s too early to determine whether the death is suspicious.The body was found about 2.30pm on Tuesday 25th June 2013 on rocks near the city’s coastal walkway by a member of the public, police say. A post-mortem examination and formal identification will be carried out on Wednesday 26th June 2013.

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Bell Block Bus fares rise by 13c

Bell Block and New Plymouth district bus fares are to increase by up to 13 cents. The increase is to cover the climbing costs of public transport. Adult fares paid for with cash won’t cost any more, but adult smart card fares will increase from between seven to 13 cents. Child and concession fares, whether paid for by smart card or cash, will increase by up to 10 cents. In New Plymouth adult smart card fares per section will increase from $2.60 to $2.67, a 2.7 per cent increase. The largest increase is for a smart card adult fare from New Plymouth to Waitara, which goes from $4.50 to $4.63, or a 2.9 per cent increase. A council report on the proposals stated the fare increase could result in a loss of 7000 passenger trips per year, but this would probably be absorbed by the general growth of patronage. The increases to bus fares are the first since June 2010. Fares increases are to take effect as soon as possible.

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Crippled driver charged over Bell Block biker death

Owen Parnell, 24, will appear in the Hawera District Court on the 2nd July 2013 charged with careless driving causing death and careless driving causing injury over the December 1st 2012 crash. Two motorcyclists died in the crash and four others were taken to hospital. Parnell, unemployed, has undergone nine operations and may never walk again. Gordon Thomas McKay, 68, of Bell Block, New Plymouth, died after last year’s December 1 crash on a rural southern Taranaki road. The annual Round the Mountain toy run was organised by Bikers Rights of New Zealand. About 200 riders travelled from New Plymouth via Bell Block, Inglewood and Stratford on the December rally. On the night of the crash, the manager of a community hall where the ride was completed said the bikers raised mugs of tea to their mates, delivered the toys as planned and quietly dispersed to their homes.

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Day 13 – Family need to know missing Bell Block teen is safe

Police believe Bell Block teenager Nikolao Meafua may be receiving assistance from people who do not realise he is missing. The 16-year-old left his family home thirteen days ago after an argument with his mother and has not has been seen since. Despite extensive searches Niko’s family and the police have not managed to find the New Plymouth Boys’ High School student. Police had investigated reported sightings of Niko and remained hopeful he was safe. The Police think that at this stage it is highly likely that he is receiving assistance from people who are unaware that he is missing and his family is distraught. Police believe the people assisting Niko were just trying to help “a well-mannered teenager. It is hoped those people will see his face in all the publicity this has attracted and come forward to tell the Police.

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Lotto Numbers – 02-07-14-23-30-33 / 05

Seven Lotto players will be marvelling at their good fortune after winning Lotto First Division this weekend. Each player takes home a prize worth $142,857. The winning tickets were sold at Eastridge Lotto and Clendon New World in Auckland; Tamatea Pak N Save in Napier; Gift and Lotto Shop in Rangiora; Ryders Paper Plus in Balclutha; and two tickets were bought through MyLotto.co.nz by players based in Auckland. Powerball was not struck on Saturday evening’s draw 22nd June 2013 and has jackpotted to $6 million. Strike Four was struck by a lucky player in Auckland, who has won $296,484. The winning ticket was sold at Countdown Manukau. Meanwhile, Peter from Auckland spun and won $100,000 on the Winning Wheel. This week’s Winning Wheel ticket was bought at Valentines Stationers in Takapuna, Auckland. The serial number is 854-57739552-20xx. All Lotto players are automatically in the draw to win the opportunity to spin Lotto’s Winning Wheel, regardless of the type of ticket they buy. Anyone who bought their ticket from any of the above winning stores should write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet or online at MyLotto.co.nz. Twenty cents from every dollar spent on Lotto goes back into the community through the Lottery Grants Board – supporting community, artistic, recreational, cultural and environmental groups throughout New Zealand.

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Bell Block Rugby fans in high spirits

Hundreds of Bell Block residents went along to Yarrow Stadium which was near overflowing with 24,000 supporters at Saturday’s 22nd June 2013 sell out Rugby test match between the All Blacks and France played in New Plymouth. Taranaki hero Beauden Barrett stole the show by scoring a last minute try after being given just 3 minutes of game time. After the match thousands made their way to New Plymouth’s CBD, filling bars to capacity. Despite the influx police said good behaviour from the crowds meant it was a relatively quiet night for them.

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Day 12 – Police STOP hunt for missing Bell Block teenager

Police have called off their search for a missing Bell Block youth. An extensive search of less frequented areas of New Plymouth by Taranaki Land Search and Rescue volunteers and police on Wednesday 19th June 2013 and Friday 21st June 2013 has not found any trace of New Plymouth Boys’ High student Nikolao Meafua, 16. Niko has been missing for almost two weeks after he left his home following an argument with his mother. Police said yesterday’s fruitless full-day search was carried out by about 12 volunteers and concentrated on areas off the regular path. The search included the Te Henui Walkway, Awanui Cemetery, high schools and the East End Reserve. In the morning, groups concentrated on the coastal walkway by the Fitzroy Golf Course through to the Waiongana Stream on the Waitara side of the airport and Bell Block’s Mangati walkway. The Police haven’t come across any sign of Niko, and the searchers, who also checked out areas in much worse conditions on Wednesday 19th June 2013, had done a sterling job.The Police thanked both the volunteer searchers and their employers who had given them time off. There were no further plans to search unless police received more information, The Police will now regroup and reassess and think what their next options are.

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Part 2 – Day 11 – Bell Block Boy missing

Police believe a Bell Block teenager missing for the past 11 days is still alive and well and may be staying with somebody else. Nikolao “Niko” Meafua, 16, walked out of his mother’s Bell Block home after an argument on June 10th 2013 without shoes. Local police want Niko to know he is not in trouble. The police will not force Niko to go home if he doesn’t want to; they just want to know that he is ok. His mother and wider family are sick with worry about him and just want to hear from him and know he is well. Niko is of Samoan descent and is described as nearly six foot tall, of slim build and light brown skin with brown eyes and short black hair.When he left his house on the Monday he was barefooted and wearing black tracksuit pants with two green stripes on the sides and a zipped jersey with a black square pattern. Anyone with any information as to the current whereabouts of Niko, or who may have seen him is asked to call New Plymouth Police on (06) 759 5500 as soon as possible.

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Ski field opens on Mt Egmont

Bell Block Skiers are in for a treat this weekend as the Mt Egmont/Taranaki ski field has opened today, Friday 21st June 2013. The Manganui ski field and is the first to open in the North Island and people are already enjoying the slopes. Stratford Mountain Club report that the field had 25 – 30cms of snow and people should be able to ski all weekend. Always remember that anyone heading up to the skifield should wear good solid footwear, dress suitably and wear sunglasses.

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Closet Outdoor Bowling Club Closes Down

After 66 years The days of rolling up for a game of bowls at the Smart Road club in New Plymouth are over. Dwindling membership has forced the club to close down and amalgamate with a bigger city club called Fitzroy. Smart Road Bowling Club was the closet bowling club to Bell Block. The next closet is Lepperton Bowling Club.

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