Monthly Archives: July 2013

Bell Block Thieves at it again

Wow, some 19 days later after we reported this the newspapers now make a story of this……One of our readers (Jennifer Baker) posted on our page about this mean event taking place, and we promptly posted the article below the dotted line on (here is today’s newspaper article, Wednesday 31st July 2013) Police are seeking the public’s help to catch the offenders who broke into the Bell Block Rugby Club. The burglars broke into the clubrooms, through the kitchen door, overnight on July 12 emptying the freezer and stealing a model submarine and boat as well as a portable phone and charger, music CDs and a CD player. Constable Andrew Wong Too said the club was devastated and wanted the items returned. Anyone with information about the break in can contact Mr Wong Too on 06-755 9135 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.


Bell Block Thieves at it again

Posted on July 13, 2013 by Chris Wright

Feral Bell Block thieves are on the prowl again in Bell Block, last night, Friday 12th July 2013, they broke into the Bell Block Rugby Club at Hickford Park, Bell Block and stole 2 model Boats, a cd player, numerous cd’s, toilet paper and meat that was in the freezer. It was reported that the feral thieves took the toilet paper in case they couldn’t cook the meat properly and the meat gave them the run’s. Fingers crossed this is the case.

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Awesome Helicopter Flight over Mt. Taranaki

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Flight’s into and out of Auckland affected by Heavy Fog

This morning, Tuesday 30th July 2013, saw all Flights arriving from Auckland and departing from Auckland, face 2-3 hour delays as heavy fog enclosed Auckland Airport. With the departure flights now back on track, below are the next 3 flight’s arriving from Auckland, each flight showing at least on hour or more delay from the Scheduled time.

NZ5232 08:40 New Plymouth Arriving at 10:14
NZ8942 10:50 New Plymouth Arriving at 11:50
NZ5234 11:00 New Plymouth Arriving at 12:30

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How should NZ be run in the future?

Just 2 more days to make your submission on NZ’s constitution. Have you made yours yet? Tell us your dreams for New Zealand, what kind of country do you want to leave to your grandchildren? “A healthy democracy requires the active participation of citizens in public life and in public debates. Without this participation, democracy begins to wither and becomes the preserve of a small, select political elite.” – Dame Anne Salmond. Email your views to with “CAP submission” in the subject line. You can also attach documents to your email. It’s important to tell the panel what you think and why. Time is running out so make your submission today.

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Last chance to avoid flu

Bell Block and all Taranaki people who are eligible for a free flu shot have less than 48 hours left to take up the offer. The government-subsidised campaign ends on Wednesday 31st July 2013 and after that anyone who would like to be vaccinated will have to pay a fee. Taranaki medical officer of health Jonathan Jarman said last year the flu hit the hardest at the start of August so it was still important people get vaccinated. “We still have vulnerable people unprotected in our community which is a concern as influenza cases are due to rise and it can take up to two weeks to develop protection after vaccination.” Influenza vaccinations are free from a doctor or nurse for New Zealanders until July 31st 2013 if you are in one of these groups: People aged 65 and over, Anyone under 65 years of age (including children) with long-term health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease (including asthma), kidney disease and most cancers, Pregnant women, Children aged from six months and up to five years of age who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness.

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time to Switch – or you’ll face blank TV

Bell Block and Taranaki residents have two months left to switch to digital TV or face very boring evenings while sitting in front of the box. More than 4000 homes in the Taranaki region have yet to jump on to the digital TV bandwagon. There are just 64 days left to do so because analogue signals will be turned off from September 29th 2013.Bell Block Viewers will need to have Freeview, Sky or Igloo to watch TV. People need to realise they are not going to be able to watch TV if they do not prepare for the switchover. GOING DIGITAL….Financial support is also available for residents aged 75 or over. Applications close January 3rd 2014. Visit or ring 0800 838 800 for more information.

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Bell Block rocks to another Cook Strait Earthquake

A “severe” quake this morning in Cook Strait caused damage and was felt in Bell Block,Taranaki and as far away as Auckland. It also increased the probability of further severe aftershocks, GeoNet said. The 5.4-magnitude quake struck at 1.07am Monday 29th July 2013, just over a week since a 6.5 magnitude Cook Strait earthquake which caused damage around Wellington.Today’s quake was 12km deep and 20km east of Seddon in Cook Strait. It was followed by a swarm of smaller quakes.

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Is another alcohol seller needed in Bell Block?

Bell Block is facing a battle with the bottle as a grocer seeks permission to sell alcohol. Sellmex Group Ltd, which operates the Big Basket grocery store in Pohutukawa Place, has made an off-licence application through the District Licensing Agency to sell alcohol from 7am to 10pm, seven days a week. Big Basket director Kulvinder Singh has said it had only put in its application to meet demand after the Bell Block Four Square stopped selling alcohol in May 2013. The Bell Block Four Square was twice caught selling alcohol to minors in 2012, and had its licence renewal refused by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority. The New Zealand Institute of Liquor Licensing Inspectors president Murray Clearwater said there had been no objections to the application since it appeared in Thursday’s 25th July 2013 newspaper. So to sum it up, this is not another extra shop to sell alcohol, if their license is granted, it will bring the numbers up to the levels they were in May 2013, before Bell Block’s 4 Square were banned from selling Alcohol. It would seem that their hours 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week that they are seeking to sell Alcohol are a little excessive.

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Watch Out on the Roads……Kids are back at School

Be extra careful out on the roads on Monday morning as it is back to school for Bell Block’s two schools. Puketapu School and Bell Block School. Not to mention all the extra traffic, with the kindy’s back open and all the extra school buses.

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Taranaki’s worst alpine tragedy – was 60 years ago

It’s been sixty years since Taranaki and New Zealand’s worst alpine accident. It became known as the Nurses’ Accident and six decades on, July 26, 1953 still marks Mt Egmont/Taranaki at its deadliest. Eighteen members of the New Plymouth Nurses’ Tramping Club had their hearts set on climbing to Mt Egmont/Taranaki’s summit. The mountaineering club’s top guide, 25-year-old schoolteacher Keith Russell, had agreed to lead them. He was joined by eight other Taranaki Alpine Club members, including Dick Williams, a 20-year-old New Plymouth clerk. All up, the party was 31 strong. 6 Died, 4 of them nurses. May they rest in peace.

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Lotto – 1 winner scoops $2 Million

Draw Number: 1364 Saturday 27th July 2013

Winning Numbers Bonus Ball Prize No. of Winners
Division 1 6 $2,000,000 1
Division 2 5 Yes $16,138 18
Division 3 5 $870 347
Division 4 4 Yes $73 982
Division 5 4 $39 15859
Division 6 3 Yes $27 22532
Total Lotto Prizes: $3,890,925

Winning Numbers: 01 02 24 32 36 37

Bonus: 14

Power ball: 01

Strike: 32 01 02 37

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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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