Monthly Archives: October 2013

Dead Couple removed from Mt Egmont/Taranaki

The family of climbers Nicole Sutton and Hiroki Ogawa saw marriage in their future. Instead, today, the couple’s bodies have been airlifted off Mt Egmont/Taranaki. A break in the weather allowed a recovery operation to begin at 6.50am today, Tuesday 29/10/2013. Air Force personnel dropped Alpine Cliff Rescue team members on the mountain this morning. They winched Ogawa and Sutton off the mountain and returned to New Plymouth. The recovery took just over an hour.

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Police credit tactics for low holiday toll

There were no serious crashes on Bell Block roads and just one person died on New Zealand roads over the long weekend, making it potentially the lowest Labour Weekend road toll on record. The road toll period finished at 6am today, Tuesdat 29/10/2013 at which point police communications centres in the North and South islands said they were just aware of one fatal crash.However, one woman was yesterday in Wellington Hospital’s intensive care unit after a crash, and there were plenty of other injuries around the country. The previous low since records began was two, recorded in 1977. This weekend’s toll came after a 16-year-old boy died after the car he was in hit a tree near Katikati in Bay of Plenty early yesterday, Monday 28/10/2013.

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Now…2 Dead on Mt Egmont/Taranaki

The two climbers who died in a snow cave on Mt Taranaki were independent and did their own thing.Nicole Sutton, 29 and Hiroki Ogawa, 31, died after spending two nights in the snow cave, after bad weather hindered the rescue effort. Ogawa was dead when rescuers reached him about 7.30am Monday 28th October 2013. Sutton was conscious and spoke with rescuers when they first arrived. The rescue team provided medical assistance, for several hours however, Sutton became unconscious and later died. At a press conference this afternoon Nicole’s parents Keith and Anna Sutton said they expected the couple would get married. The couple met two years ago, Mr Sutton said. A photo of Nicole Sutton, 29 and Hiroki Ogawa, 31, is below of them climbing on Mt Egmont/Taranaki.

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Summer is Coming

The outdoor pools at the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre are open!…….Summer must be coming

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Man found dead on Mt Egmont/Taranaki

BREAKING NEWS: A man has died after spending two nights in a snow cave on Mt Egmont/Taranaki. Taranaki area commander Police inspector Blair Telford said a 31-year-old Japanese man had been found dead when searchers reached the missing climbers at 7:30am. The search was now a rescue and recovery operation and the focus was on getting the 29-year-old woman off the mountain safely, he said. The weather is still hampering rescuers and helicopters are unable to fly. Police Senior Sergeant Thomas McIntyre said the weather forecast was good and conditions up the mountain are clearer than yesterday. “They can actually stand up now so that’s really positive.” A group of rescuers had to turn back at 4am this morning but a second group had reached the pair at 7:30am.

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Pair trapped on Mt Egmont/Taranaki for a second night

Rescuers are hoping to reach two climbers stranded on Mt Egmont/Taranaki for two nights in near freezing temperatures.The two Auckland Alpine Club members – a 29-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man – got stuck on the mountain about 10pm on Saturday 26/10/2013 and rescuers were unable to reach them on Sunday 27/10/2013. A crew is expected to make another effort this morning, Monday 28/10/2013. The pair have dug a snow cave near the 2518-metre summit and were able to send a text message on Sunday afternoon. A 65-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, who were also with the climbing group, were able to walk off the mountain on Sunday. However, efforts to rescue the trapped pair have been hampered by poor weather.

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Climbers Stuck on Mt Egmont/Taranaki

Bad weather is hampering a search for two climbers stranded in a snow cave on Mt Egmont/Taranaki. A search and rescue effort was launched about 10pm on Saturday 26th October 2013 after two men and two women aged between 29 and 65 did not return from a summit attempt. Taranaki Police Inspector Blair Telford has said that a 65-year-old man and 38-year-old woman managed to reach the North Egmont Visitor Centre at 11am on Sunday 27th October 2013 where they were treated for mild hypothermia and cuts and bruises. A man and a woman, aged 31 and 29, are holed up in a snow cave. “They are very experienced and well equipped,” he said. “We’ve been using a number of resources, including the air force, but helicopter use is limited at the moment.” Rescue teams on the ground are looking for the pair based on a last known location. They are part of a group visiting the region and one person is from overseas. Mr Telford says conditions on the mountain are “filthy”. “We are hoping there is a window Sunday evening,” he said.

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Police Alert….Work Scam….as seen on Fair Go

Bell Block Police wish to advise that the group known as the “Bitumen Bandits” have returned to New Zealand in the last week. Back in April 2013 this group were carrying out various work in New Zealand including roof restoration, painting, tree felling and most commonly sealing and paving of driveways. The work was of extremely poor quality and a large number of the driveways started to disintegrate a few days after completion of the work. The group is made up of at least three men Albert ORCHARD, Joe ORCHARD, and Mark HAWKEN. They also use a number of aliases with one of them being Albert CALLADINE. They may also be trading under the name of Will Pave Ltd. Please be aware that the standard of workmanship, and value for money is at best dubious. If you are dealing with these persons BE AWARE.

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Watch out for heavy rain and wind

Bell Block and Taranaki could be in for a battering with a wind watch in place for the region. Mt Egmont/Taranaki is expected to be hit by heavy rain peaking at about 15 to 20mm an hour over night, Tuesday 15th October, and It should ease by 6am tomorrow morning. The Taranaki Regional Council said there may be localised surface flooding in some areas. The rivers draining the mountain will rise and there maybe moderate flooding within river systems. There is also a heavy rain watch for the eastern hills.

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Santa’s Choice Christmas Shop is now Open

Taranaki’s iconic Christmas Shop, Santa’s Choice. At Santa’s Choice they offer; a Christmas Wonderland experience, ideas to help you create that special Christmas year after year and friendly staff with over 30 years’ experience. They sell; an extensive range of traditional and contemporary Christmas decorations, collectables, nativity scenes, gifts, indoor/outdoor lighting, artificial trees, stationary, stockings, garlands and centre pieces, plus so much more! They invite you to visit and explore their unique and beautiful shop. They are also open for a limited Mid-Winter season and at other times by appointment) OPEN for the Christmas Season “DAILY” from 12th October 2013 from 9am till 5pm. Extended hours from late November 2013, They are also open for a limited Mid-Winter season and at other times by appointment)

P (06) 755 1934
A 63 Egmont Road, New Plymouth (2 minutes from Palmers Garden Centre)

Contact them by email or phone anytime to buy online. They ship nationwide.

Santa's Choice

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Lotto Results……One Winner scoops 1 Million

Draw No: 1375Draw Date: 12th October 2013
Winning Numbers: 06-08-30-32-37-39 ,Bonus 16, Powerball 02,

Winning Numbers Bonus Ball Prize No. of Winners
Division 1 6 $1,000,000 1
Division 2 5 Yes $23,714 11
Division 3 5 $861 315
Division 4 4 Yes $66 985
Division 5 4 $37 15049
Division 6 3 Yes $25 21342
Total Lotto Prizes: $2,687,442
This Week’s Winning Wheel

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Taranaki suffer 7th loss this Season

A second half comeback has not been enough to stop Taranaki who were wearing their silly away playing jersey falling to their seventh loss of the season at Waikato Stadium tonight, Saturday 12th September 2013. Down 22-0 early in the second half, Taranaki got it back to 22-14 but could not finish the job to confirm sixth place out of seven in the NPC premiership. Playing into a strong wind in the first half, Taranaki brought plenty of intensity, they just made too many mistakes. WAIKATO 22 (Penalty try, Jackson Willison, Sam Christie tries; Trent Renata 2 cons, pen) TARANAKI 14 (Seta Tamanivalu, Andre Taylor tries; Taylor 2 cons). HT: 15-0

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NPDC Local Council Elections Update

New Plymouth District Council Voting update – 26,175 voting papers have now been received (about 48%) compared to 28,600 (about 53%) at this stage in the 2010 election. If you haven’t voted yet you have until midday tomorrow to hand deliver your vote to one of the following sites:
New Plymouth District Council Civic Centre, Liardet Street, New Plymouth, Bell Block Library and Service Centre, Parklands Avenue Shopping Centre, Bell Block, Inglewood Library and Service Centre, Rata Street, Inglewood, Waitara Library and Service Centre, Queen Street, Waitara

Here is how we voted in our office:
Mayor: Harry Duynhoven
Councillors: Reubyn Doyle, Howie Tamati, Murray Chong, Denis Wadsworth, Gordon Brown, we stopped at these candidates. We felt the rest weren’t even worth the trouble to tick… least we voted.

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Bell Block and District Residents Society – Survey

Bell Block and District Residents Society would like to increase awareness of their Society and find out what issues are important to the residents of Bell Block. In order to help them do this, please visit the following link. Individual responses will remain confidential to the Society Committee.

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Bell Block Boxer makes it 3 from 3 in Pro Career

Bell Block’s Sam “The Terror” Rapira made it three from three in his professional boxing career. The boxer stopped Atalili Fai late in the third round on the undercard of the Joseph Parker v “King” Afa Tatupu fight night in Auckland last night, Thursday 10th October 2013. It was Rapira’s third fight having won both previous bouts, the first against Scott Taliauli in the third round in New Plymouth last April and the other when knocking out Tongan Viliami Toafi in just over two minutes.

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Police Notice for Bell Block Residents

Police wish to advise that over the past two months there has been a large spike in the number of theft ex cars within the Bell Block Area. The suspects for these crimes are believed to be a group of male FERAL youths aged between 14 and 18. They are targeting cars which have expensive items sitting inside them, or are unlocked and “easy targets” They enter the unlocked vehicle and search through gloveboxes and centre consoles. Please ensure that you lock your vehicle at all times and remove all expensive items from inside, even when it is parked in your driveway.Should you see any suspicious behaviour, or hear any noises out of the ordinary, especially if it involves a group of youths in this age group, then please call Police on 111
immediately. Please feel free to pass this email on to all friends and family living in Bell Block.

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Bell Block’s Cricket Club get’s Underway

The Bell Block Rugby Football Club’s…..Cricket Club are calling for all interested people in playing T20 Cricket to please come to the Hickford Park Clubrooms on Tuesday and Thursday nights for practice at 5.30pm. All Enquires to: Allan Morgan Ph: 022 088 3035

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Emergency turnout as chopper forced to land

The Taranaki Community Rescue helicopter made an emergency landing at the Bell Block based New Plymouth airport last night,Tuesday 8th October 2013 with engine problems.The twin engine chopper was flying back to Taranaki Base Hospital with a patient when the drama occurred. St John district operations manager Ian May said after a warning light came up on one of the engines, the pilot took the power off it and flew the rest of the journey on one engine. A full emergency was declared at the airport and the fire brigade, an ambulance and police responded to the call. The helicopter remains at the airport and will be assessed this morning, Wednesday 9th October 2013 by aircraft engineers.

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Vote Today……Time is running out

Don’t forget to vote! Postal voting for local body elections closes today, Wednesday 9th October 2013. You can still drop your form in by hand up until midday Saturday 12th October 2013 at the Bell Block Library at the Parklands Shopping Centre, Parklands Avenue, Bell Block.

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Lions Club Rap Video “Rockin’ the Vest”

As part of NZ Lions Awareness Week we thought it was a great time to share this video

To Join a Lions Club in Taranaki phone Chris Wright: 027 2222 800 or email:

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