Monthly Archives: June 2015

Bell Block Marist Dragons Romp Home in League Fizzer

On Saturday 27th June 2015 at 2pm at The Ngamotu Domain in overcast conditions saw the Bell Block Marist Dragons kill off and crush the 2014 Grand Champions Western Suburb Tigers 64-18. As expected the first half was a tighter affair with Bell Block heading into the break 28-12 ahead. Then the wheels completely fell of the Tigers as the very high level of fitness of the Bell Block squad come through and made the 2nd half another embarrassment for their opposing team by scoring 38 un-answered points to kick out to a 64-12 margin. The 2nd half was also notable for a number of big hits and many Jonah Lomu moments with Bell Block smashing through so many tackles. Western Suburbs scored a neatly taken try right on the full time whistle which was duly converted to leave the Full Time Score at 64-18 to the Marist Dragons.

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Rainbow Appears Over Bell Block after worst weather this Century.

After weekend weather that has been the worst this century in Bell Block on Sunday 21/06/2015 at 5.15pm up pops a beautiful rainbow…the beauty of Nature. A weekend….like no other. Photo taken on Smeaton Road, next to Hickford Park, Bell Block

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Bell Block Home for Rent – Open Home Today

With Bell Block Homes for Rent being in short supply pop along today Sunday 21st June 2015, 12noon till 12.30pm. 1161 Devon Road, Bell Block, $495.00 per week….4 Bedrooms. Never Will You Rent So Much For So Little! Essential viewing for those wanting spaciousness & value, without compromising on quality. This 2 storey 170m2 Family home is nestled on a large flat 828m2 100% fully fenced section. Recent refurbishment has created a luxurious “as new” environment boasting 3/4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large kitchen with fantastic indoor/outdoor flow to an entertainers delight front section.There are far too many extras to list inside this property…however for the boys and their toys there is 2 car garaging, XL workshop, a pit, plus plenty of off street parking. an ideal property to run your business from with the added bonus of a separate office or sewing room – or the 4th Bedroom – great for teenagers…..Do not procrastinate, act now..Suitable for up to 5 Tenants…No Pets or Inside Smokers. For Further info: Contact Chris Wright, Century21 Real Estate: 027 2222 800 or

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Bell Block to Auckland Road, Now Open

NZTA have just advised that the road between Bell Block and Auckland is now open but down to one lane with caution – you can monitor their updates for more information here:

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No Sunday Newspapers in Bell Block

Bell Block Residents are waking up to the fact that for the first time ever there are no Sunday Newspapers available for sale in Bell Block and the rest of Taranaki. This is due to all three roads into Taranaki being closed, caused by the massive flooding the occurred on Saturday 20th June 2015. Reports are starting to come in that the road SH3 to Auckland from New Plymouth is seeing some people getting through.

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Signs are up at Bell Block Beach

One of the two bioreactors at the New Plymouth Wastewater Treatment Plant will be taken out of service next week for regular maintenance. The work started on Monday 8th June 2015 and may should finish on Tuesday the 23rd June 2015. During this time, all of the plant’s effluent will be fully screened and disinfected although some of it will bypass the second bioreactor. “The quality of the treated wastewater will comply with their consent conditions from Taranaki Regional Council,” they will also take the precaution of erecting warning signs between Fitzroy and Bell Block beaches to advise that there’s a possibility that shellfish may become contaminated and should not be collected.”

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All Sport Cancelled for Bell Block Teams Due to Flooding

Club sport has been cancelled across Taranaki and Bell Block because of flooding. The Taranaki Rugby Football Union took the unprecedented step of cancelling all senior rugby after the majority of club grounds became flooded. Community rugby manager Bruce Major said the decision to call off matches was made mid-morning after club’s reported grounds were not fit to play. Bell Block Gladiators Senior Rugby 3rd’s game was due to be played in Inglewood. Rugby was not the only sport to be affected, however, with club rugby league and football also cancelled across Taranaki.

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Bell Block Raw Sewerage going Straight in Mangati Stream

Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management says people should stay away from Bell Block Beach and Bell Block’s Mangati Stream because of sewage contamination following heavy rain. The Bell Block sewerage system has been overwhelmed by stormwater and the New Plymouth District Council has shut down the Bell Block sewage pumping station. People are advised to stay away from all Bell Block beaches, rivers and streams for the next three days.

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Flooding Hits Bell Block

Massive Rainfall has hit the North Island with Bell Block also been hit by widespread surface flooding including:* SH3 north of Bell Block at Big Jim’s Hill, where floodwater is moving fast across and down the road. The Taranaki Regional Council weather notification stated the heavy rain was expected to ease late on Saturday afternoon, 20th June 2015. In the seven hours between 9am and 4pm Saturday, another 50 millimetres to 70mm may accumulate about Mt Egmont on top of what has already fallen, with 20mm to 30mm elsewhere.

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Jetstar to use Bell Block Airport?

Jetstar has announced plans to start flying to regional destinations in New Zealand including our Bell Block based New Plymouth airport from later this year. The airline, which is owned by Qantas, made the announcement on Thursday 18th June 2015. The move could be a winner for Bell Block and Taranaki travellers, as competition heats up. Jetstar said the move would bring “much-needed” competition and more affordable fares to those outside the country’s main centres.
A fleet of five 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft will fly to at least four regional destinations initially.Other cities also under consideration include Hamilton, Rotorua, Napier, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill. Jetstar has also launched a social media campaign asking customers which regions they most want serviced. Regional fares will go on sale in September 2015 with the first flights taking off in early December 2015.

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No Flushing of #1’s or #2’s allowed for Bell Block Residents

Bell Block residents are asked by the New Plymouth District Council not to use their toilets, sinks, dishwashers or washing machines for four hours on Friday (12th June 2015) while a sewer main is repaired. New Plymouth District Council has found a leak in a “critical piece of pipe” that connects to the Mangati pump station. Residents are asked to not flush their toilets or discharge wastewater between 11am and 3pm on Friday. Please forward this post to your Bell Block friends and relatives!

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The Draw is out for the last 16 of the FIFA Under-20 Football World Cup

Here is how the 2015 FIFA Under-20 Football World Cup Round of 16 is set following the climax of the group stage.
The Next game at Stadium Taranaki is on Thursday 11th June 2015 at 7.30pm between Brazil and Uruguay. Sudden Death, so may involve extra time as well as Penalties. Sure to be a cracker.

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Football Bus getting more Popular in Bell Block

This time, (the 3rd time this week) 5 Bell Block Football fans used the Football Fan bus service for todays (Sunday 7th June 2015) big fifa U-20 world cup 2015 football game. When the bus departed Bell Block at 4.05pm only 5 people were on the bus as no people were collected from Urenui and Waitara. This was a great idea, but for some reason, has not been well supported at all.

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Music has been a big Fun Factor for Bell Block Fans

Music has been ringing in all Bell Block Football Fans ears over the past week at Stadium Taranaki with the various groups of Brazilian and Nigerian Football Fans and New Plymouth’s very own Brass Band. Music has been played by 4-5 groups throughout each game, just like the battle of the bands. Even in the 90 minute break between the 2 days of double headers games, music has roared to bring a fun, carnival feel to the whole FIFA Football Experience.

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Hungary’s Chance to Shine will delight Bell Block Fans

Bell Block Football Fans have one last chance to watch the impressive Hungary Football team today, Sunday 7th May 2015 at 5pm. Playing Nigeria in the FIFA Under 20 Football World Cup at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth this promises to be a very tight and entertaining match. Both Teams must win to proceed to the last 16. Nigeria will want to win, and if they do that will mean all teams from Africa are still in the last 16. Hungary were very unlucky against Brazil and can also afford to draw and still get into the last. With things so tight in this group an interesting day of football awaits us all.

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The Chiefs secured their spot in the 2015 ‪#‎SuperRugby‬ Finals Series

Bell Block Rugby Fans were very pleased with the Solid win tonight, Saturday 6th June 2015 by the Cheifs, Taranaki’s Super 15 Rugby Team. Check out the link below for the Match Report: The Chiefs secured their spot in this year’s ‪#‎SuperRugby‬ Finals Series after beating the Reds 24-3 in Brisbane.

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Bell Block Marist Dragons Rugby League Lose the first half

After a one hour drive down to Opunake on Saturday 6th June 2015 the Bell Block Marist Dragons Rugby League team lost the first half of their game that kicked off at 2pm. 2 points down at half time ( 14-16 ) and only 15 player’s they dug deep, stepped up another gear and ran away with the game to win 54 – 26. Must of been one hell of a half time talk by the coach and management. The try scorers were: Haoro Hond,Nathan Ransfield,Frank Tawake,Taani Prestney,Aidan Prestney,Tieimi Ransfield
,Jesse Pirini,Isaac Hekenui,Egypt Tangitutu × 2, with the conversions banged over by Dylan Hall × 5 and Taani Prestney × 2

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Bell Block Gladiators Rugby Club – Senior 3rd’s remain unbeaten

The Bell Block Gladiators Rugby Club – Senior 3rd’s remain unbeaten this 2015 season after giving Toko Rugby Club a right hiding today 27-3, Saturday 6th June 2015. The game kicked off at Hickford Park, Bell Block at 1pm in near perfect Rugby playing conditions. The Gladiators have a couple of front row players who are more like American Football Players (Gridiron), but remain very effective at this low level of Rugby. The Senior 3rd’s are the only Senior Team in the Bell Block Gladiators Rugby Club.

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New Zealand now in Final 16 of FIFA Under-20 World Cup Football Tournament

Bell Block Football Fans are on Cloud 9 as for the first time in History New Zealand are now in Final 16 of the FIFA 2015 Under-20 World Cup Football Tournament. This is also the first time any New Zealand team has gone further then the group stage games in an FIFA Football Tournament. Now just for Fiji to get into the last 16 and the Football World is fully turned upside down.

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2 Bell Block Shops Voted into top 60 Shops

Fingers Crossed we haven’t missed any Bell Block store out, as Headline Saloon based at Parklands Shopping Centre and Santa’s Choice based on Egmont Road were voted into the top 60 stores. It’s now up to you to vote for your ‘Top Shop’ for 2015. Fill in a voting form and place in a voting box at any TSB Bank branch across Taranaki or Visit:

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