Monthly Archives: August 2013

6 Winners in Lotto Draw

Draw No: 1369 Draw Date: 31st August 2013

Winning Numbers Bonus Ball Prize No. of Winners
Division 1 6 $166,667 6
Division 2 5 Yes $17,009 24
Division 3 5 $585 725
Division 4 4 Yes $54 1887
Division 5 4 $32 27339
Division 6 3 Yes $22 38994
Total Lotto Prizes: $3,666,957
This Week’s Winning Wheel

Winning Numbers: 06 12 17 20 25 28

Bonus: 10

Power ball: 02

Strike: 28 25 17 12

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Taranaki beat Southland away

They did everything they could to lose it, but Taranaki broke their NPC duck with a 15-14 win against Southland tonight, Saturday 31st August 2013. TARANAKI 15 (Jackson Ormond, Isaia Tuifua tries; Andre Taylor pen, con) SOUTHLAND 14 (Tim Cornforth try; Scott Eade 2 pens, Marty McKenzie pen). HT: 8-3.

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Major, Messy, Bell Block 2 Car Crash

Three people have been taken to hospital after a messy two car crash on State Highway 3 this afternoon, Saturday 31st August 2013. The major crash occurred at about 1.30pm on the Devon Rd, Airport Dr intersection on the outskirts of Bell Block. A huge number of Emergency services attended the scene, Inspector Marty Parker from police central communications said. Patients were ”extracted” from a vehicle before being transferred to hospital in a moderate condition, he said. Traffic diversions and a road closure had been in place but the road was now open by 3pm. The Serious Crash Unit has been informed. A huge amount of Police and fire personnel diverted traffic whilst the SH3 was closed for around 45 minutes.

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From lawyer to beef farmer and Bell Block Butcher

Bell Block’s Nick Carey represents the new generation of farm kids. While his father runs the 170-hectare family farm under the gaze of Mt Taranaki, Carey spends most of his time in supermarkets or at food shows, marketing the family’s boutique beef product, Green Meadows Beef, to customers. Along with brothers Karl and Brent, now in Auckland and Melbourne respectively, the Carey trio grew up on the family farm by the coast in Opunake, near the famous Green Meadows’ surf break. Nick Carey trained as a lawyer, before realising his true passion was keeping the family farm alive, albeit in a different, more forward thinking kind of way. “None of us wanted to be physical farmers. Green Meadows Beef is a way of keeping the fourth generation involved,” says Nick. But it was father Joe who had the idea to launch the beef brand, when he became concerned that the best quality beef was going offshore. “Dad wanted the satisfaction of people recognising where their meat came from. Usually, a meat company puts the best meat into a container and ships it overseas,” he says. Launched last November 2012, the brand’s main point of difference is that Green Meadows Beef both farms and butchers its meat (in Bell Block). The butcher, Pat, has 25 years experience. If you’re talking about humane treatment of animals, then the 500 cattle roaming the paddocks at the Carey farm also have it pretty good. The pure-bred angus cattle come from the best breeders, arriving at the Carey farm when they’re “in retirement” to graze on cool climate grass. They drink spring water from troughs. Plus, says Nick, they’re not jammed into paddocks and get a new paddock to graze on every day. “We think of it like they’re living in a luxury hotel. Plus, we also only feed our animals vegetable supplements that are only ever grown on the farm. We think these conditions make a difference to the taste of the meat, which is lean and tender.” Selling 800 kilograms of beef a week, he says: “The animals come straight to our butcher from the abattoir and they’re aged by us and cut by us. That means we control the whole process, so people know where their meat is coming from…shop online at:

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NPDC Council — Bell Block’s Puketapu building rapport

Steps are being taken to bridge the gap between a Maori hapu and the New Plymouth District Council.The NPDC policy committee recently recommended a memorandum of understanding be developed with Puketapu hapu. Puketapu requested the MOU because of the future growth of residential and industrial developments in their area around Bell Block. It said the large amount of development puts pressure on Puketapu members to respond to council consultation processes, and provide response to plans, policies, and projects. Recent examples include work on Area Q as part of the Framework for Growth project, the Waahi Tapu project, consultation of the Waitara to New Plymouth sewer pipeline, Hickford Park and the Coastal Walkway extension.

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Bell Block Home deposit scheme comes unstuck

Dumb and Dumber and a mate cooked up a scheme to raise a house deposit but came unstuck when they were caught out having their own home “burgled”. In a plot that could have come straight out of the TV comedy featuring a family of blundering criminals, the Taranaki couple used a mate to stage a break-in of their Eltham home. Samantha Jane Smart, 25, and Hayden James Smart, 26, then used the insurance payout to buy their first house, right here in Bell Block. But after paying out almost $25,000 to the couple, AMI Insurance smelled a rat and called police. The insurance fraud was revealed in court documents before the New Plymouth District Court yesterday. When Bell Block police visited the Smarts’ home and that of their mate – in Bell Block and Napier – they uncovered some of the property the couple had reported stolen but couldn’t bear to part with. (Now that is Dumb). At the Smarts’ new Bell Block home police found a boxed set of Outrageous Fortune DVDs, a diamond heart pendant necklace and a love link bracelet all of which had been listed as taken in the “break-in” of their Eltham home on January 12 2013.Their Napier mate, Michael Holland, 26, who admitted in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday that he carried out the “burglary”, pleaded guilty to obtaining by deception. The Smarts have already pleaded guilty to the same charge of obtaining by deception and will next appear at a disputed facts hearing on October 31st 2013.

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Go Thunder wins for Bell Block Trainer

One of the only two local winners at the Horse races at the Interprovincial meeting at the Pukekura Raceway on Saturday 24th August 2013, Go Thunder won in the rating 65 1800 for Bell Block Trainer Tracey Bliss who races the horse in partnership with her father Stewart Bliss. Go Thunder has now won two races on his home track and been placed on a further five occasions from nine appearances there.

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Two Car Crash in Bell Block

Bell Block Police are urging motorists to slow down and look more intently for other traffic at intersections after a two car crash this morning, Monday 26th August 2013. A young male motorist pulled out of De Havilland Dr about 7am to turn right towards Waitara and hit a female’s car which was headed into the city along Devon Rd.”He said he didn’t see her,” Bell Block Police said. The woman’s car was probably a write-off.

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Flights into and out of Auckland slowly catching up

Flights are slowly getting back to normal in and out of the New Plymouth Airport. They are currently running 30 – 60 minutes behind. Below shows you what has or is happening.

Arriving to New Plymouth from Auckland:

Flight Scheduled time Arriving from Status Arrival time
NZ8803 12:00 Auckland Arriving at 12:30

Departed from New Plymouth to Auckland:

Flight Scheduled time Departing to Status Departure time
NZ8800 06:50 Auckland Departed 11:38
NZ5234 10:15 Auckland Departed 11:12
NZ8806 12:20 Auckland Departing at 12:45

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NP Flights into and out of Auckland Cancelled

A small fuel spill under a Jetstar plane at Auckland Airport has caused further hold-ups for travellers this morning. The spill, from Jetstar flight 253 bound for Christchurch at 7.30am, had meant other planes had been delayed in getting to gates. An airport spokesman said airways staff had asked for a “local standby” after the fuel spill which meant emergency services were on standby to respond if needed. He said it was unlikely the spill would cause major delays. This comes after more than 14 regional flights were cancelled, and others delayed, because of heavy fog in Auckland. International flights and those to main centres were not affected. So far this morning in New Plymouth the 7.35am flight arriving from Auckland has been cancelled as well as the 7.55 departing flight to Auckland.

NZ5231 07:35 Auckland Flight Cancelled
NZ5232 07:55 Auckland Flight Cancelled

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New Plymouth lotto ticket a winner

For the second week in a row a Bell Block or New Plymouth ticketholder has won a share of Lotto’s top prize. The New Plymouth winner shares the Lotto First Division with three others in Auckland and Tauranga. They have each won $250,000. The ticket was purchased at Countdown Spotswood in New Plymouth. The other three were sold at Take Note Clendon in Auckland and Bethlehem Four Square and Lotto in Tauranga.

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Lotto – 4 Winners Win $250,000.00 each

Draw No: 1368 Date: 24th August 2013

Winning Numbers Bonus Ball Prize No. of Winners
Division 1 6 $250,000 4
Division 2 5 Yes $16,568 20
Division 3 5 $538 640
Division 4 4 Yes $46 1798
Division 5 4 $30 23827
Division 6 3 Yes $20 34776
Total Lotto Prizes: $3,168,718
This Week’s Winning Wheel

Winning Numbers: 04 07 19 27 36 40

Bonus: 01

Power ball: 01

Strike: 27 36 07 40

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The 2013/14 Taranaki Yellow Pages is out

The 2013/14 Taranaki Yellow Pages is out today and is due to be in every Bell Block letterbox within the next 7 days. Expertly delivered to you by the Lions Club of Bell Block and District’s. It is worth noting that the book is as small as last year, however the size of the text has been increased to the same size as the 2011/12 and earlier years of the Taranaki Yellow Pages. One thing is for sure, it will be of no surprise if we don’t this book stopped within the next 5 years, as the internet takes over many of our day to day tasks.

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Bell Block’s MP votes for the GCSB Bill

The GCSB bill has been passed into law after Prime Minister John Key told parliament it was vital to New Zealand’s national security. The legislation, arguably the most contentious since National came to power, gives the Government Communications Security Bureau authority to spy on New Zealanders on behalf of the police and the Security Intelligence Service. It passed its third reading on Wednesday 21st August 2013 by 61 votes to 59 against fierce opposition from Labour, the Greens and NZ First. (We won’t say anymore on this matter as Big Brother is watching us)

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Bell Block Off-licence objections

Twelve objections have been received opposing the Big Basket grocery store’s off-licence application. The Bell Block store lodged it’s application with the New Plymouth District Council in July 2013 with the hope of selling alcohol from 7am – 10pm, seven days a week. (we say, Those hours seem a bit long). Now the New Plymouth District Council assess the objections, then they will advise what further action is needed. (we also note that if the Big Basket grocery store’s off-licence application is successful, it only brings the amount of stores selling alcohol in Bell Block, up to the same level as before.

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Recycle your old TV for just $5 in Bell Block

The $5 TV TakeBack is here! From this Saturday, 24th August 2013 you can recycle your old TV for just $5 at the recycling depot at Whitaker Civil Engineering on Corbett Road, Bell Block. See for more info.

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Walk to Work…Bell Block to NP

It’s Walk to Work Wednesday yet again you lucky people. $1 coffees to be had in New Plymouth at: Infusion, Joes Garage, Petit Paris, Ozone Bean Store, Starbucks and from coffee cart Amore up at TDHB. All before 9am! Happy walking!

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Bell Block Primary School Students – Show their Skills

Bell Block Primary School scooter rack. Built by the students from a wooden pallet. Awesome work BBS!……great Kiwi thinking, like number eight wire.

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2013 Bell Block Taranaki Living Legends Muck In

Taranaki Rugby Legend Ian Eliason joined Mayor Harry Duynhoven and over 200 volunteers to plant thousands of native trees at New Plymouth’s Coastal Walkway. Special thanks also to the many Brownies and Girl Guides who came to help! A big thanks to the Bell Block and District’s Lions club who somehow cooked 200 sausages in just 30 minutes for the hungary helpers.

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Who will be Bell Block’s First same-sex couples to marry?

Many Bell Block couples will be able to change the phrase “I can’t” to “I do” from Today Monday 19th August 2013 when the same-sex marriage law comes into force. Births, Deaths and Marriages has been advised of 31 couples who plan to get hitched on day one of the new laws, but the actual number is likely to be higher as those figures only include the country’s main centres. The same-sex marriage laws passed through parliament on April 17th 2013 by 77 votes to 44. No marriage celebrant can be forced to perform same-sex marriages under the new legislation, and many churches have already ruled out allowing their officials to do so. The new definition of marriage is “the union of two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity”. Not everyone’s happy about the law changes though, with Family First NZ labelling the move to legalise same-sex marriage as an “arrogant act of cultural vandalism”.

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