A bigger than normal Voter turnout on Saturday 20th September 2014 at all 3 voting stations in Bell Block ensured the residents of Bell Block were easily able to vote their person back into Parliament as an MP. Johnathan Young was the massive winner on the night with just under a 10,000 majority. As expected the youth failed to get engaged in the voting process as all the times we visited the 3 polling stations all we could see was people aged 25 years and up. This ended up being the case all over Taranaki and King Country.
New Plymouth’s Jonathan Young more than doubled his 2011 majority over Labour’s Andrew Little, winning by 9176 votes. The result is in line with what has happened around the country on Saturday 20th September 2014, with National winning enough votes to govern alone. Sadly it’s not all over for Little, who may have scraped into parliament by the skin of his teeth as a list MP, however he will have to wait days until all special votes are counted to confirm his place.
Little’s 31 per cent was still only a shade more than half of Young’s final 58 per cent.
If you are working today, Saturday 20th September 2014, it’s important your employer gives you two hours paid leave to vote in the election.
Changing weather conditions are making voting today in Bell Block quite a task. Reasonable Winds with driving rain thrown in, make this important task all the more differcult today.They all opened this morning on time, Saturday 20th September 2014 at 9am and close tonight at 7pm. When we visited the Fred Tucker Memorial Centre at 130 Parklands Avenue to vote at 10.15am we faced driving rain and strong winds and a little sunshine.
Roll up, Roll up the time has come to put pen to paper and Vote. There are just 3 voting places in Bell Block. They all opened this morning, Saturday 20th September 2014 at 9am and close tonight at 7pm. Pop along now to the Bell Block Hall at 27 Bell Block Court or the Fred Tucker Memorial Centre at 130 Parklands Avenue or Puketapu School Hall on 25 Dillion Drive.
Like a scene in one of the Carry On Classic Films, Recently in Bell Block Andrew Little rolled in for an hour or so with his merry helpers in the Big Red Bus to drum up some much needed support for his campaign. In a pleasing touch it was interesting to note that many supporters had signed the bus with their names or messages of support. Too Little -Too Late,, was what I saw a member of the public write on the bus. We photographed the bus outside Bubbles Children Day Care, waiting for Andrew Little and his merry helpers to hop back on the bus to head out to Waitara.
Like a scenein one of the Carry On Classic Films, Recently in Bell Block Andrew Little rolled in for an hour or so with his merry helpers in the Big Red Bus to drum up some much needed support for his campaign. In a pleasing touch it was interesting to note that many supporters had signed the bus with their names or messages of support. Too Little -Too Late,, was what I saw a member of the public write on the bus. We photographed the bus outside Bubbles Children Day Care, waiting for Andrew Little and his merry helpers to hop back on the bus to head out to Waitara.
Recently in Bell Block Andrew Little popped in for an hour or so with his merry helpers to drum up some much needed support for his campaign that has never got up and running. Mr Little became an MP for New Plymouth, not by the public voting for him, but for sneaking in as a List MP. This remains his only chance again the time around of staying on as a MP. It appears the public has picked up on his party’s message and will vote Positive. We are positive New Plymouth and Bell Block will stay true Blue for another 3 years. Now that is positive!!!!
If you are a female, then look at this picture every time you handle a $10 note and think,” Kate gave me the right to vote, did I use it or did I just let others decide my future and didn’t bother voting at all. ” Women in New Zealand were the first Worldwide allowed to vote.
It has been a while since Bell Block has been home to a New Plymouth District Councillor. Reports are coming in that in one of Bell Block’s newest streets we are set to welcome into the Bell Block Community a 3 term New Plymouth District Councillor. Shaun Biesiek and family are just a few months away from moving into their newly built home. Now it’s only 2 years away until the next elections. Are we to have the next Mayor living amongst us?
Some 30 members of the Bell Block Public, six New Plymouth District Councilors and our Mayor Andrew Judd battled away on a number of current subjects facing resident’s living in Bell Block, to the hotly contested issue’s of Maori Wards and the Fluoride Debate. Held at the Fred Tucker Hall on Parklands Avenue,Bell Block on Monday Evening the 15th September 2014. In fairness to the Mayor, he tried hard to be sincere, but failed to push his case on what benefit the Maori Ward system would bring to the table. Just when we thought everyone was against the idea, even all the Maori Residents in attendance thought it was total madness, up pop’s long term respected Councilor Craig McFarlene who also put his case forward on why Maori Ward’s are a good idea.
Murray (No Tie) Choung then jumped up most upset as Councilors were not meant to be speaking. Another interesting moment was when Councilor John McCloud addressed our Mayor as your Worship….One thing is for certain, the Dress Code for our Councilors is a total shambles, apart from Mayor Andrew Judd,and Councilors Craig McFarlene & Grant Coward.
“Shaping Our Future Together is about us working collaboratively as a community and really thinking about our future,” says the Mayor. “What do we value most in our district? What should we strive for over the next 10, 20 or 50 years? What should we do more of? And what should we stop doing? . You can get more information at www.newplymouthnz.com/ourfuture or watch this short video – http://youtu.be/C-Kx9Zv_KuY
Do you care about the future of our district? … then head to the Fred Tucker Hall on Parklands Avenue tonight, Monday 15th September 2014 for a ‘Community Conversation’ with Bell Block’s Mayor Andrew Judd and New Plymouth District Councilor’s. This informal event will run from 7pm to 8.30pm and is part of Mayor Judd’s Shaping Our Future Together programme. “Shaping Our Future Together is about us working collaboratively as a community and really thinking about our future,” says the Mayor. “What do we value most in our district? What should we strive for over the next 10, 20 or 50 years? What should we do more of? And what should we stop doing? We look forward to seeing how this Flip Flop Mayor react’s to some searching questions, certainly around the outragous Maori Ward issue. You can get more information at www.newplymouthnz.com/ourfuture or watch this short video – http://youtu.be/C-Kx9Zv_KuY
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An end to the bottlenecks at Waiwhakaiho is now in sight with the $16 million Vickers Rd project set to begin. After five years of planning, investigation, consents and tendering work, construction officially start’s today now that Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has turned the first sod. Gridlocks and congestion have been a bugbear for people for years and have raised concerns about emergency access to the northern side of the bridge. But the time of frustration was coming to an end now that construction was under way, New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young said. “For us in New Plymouth, Bell Block and Waitara it will signal the end of an era of bottlenecks and traffic jams,” he said. The project would be completed by Christmas 2015. The Vickers Road project would include two new bridges, one over the Waiwhakaiho River and one over the Te Henui Stream, as well as double lanes on both sides of the road. Bell Block will boom in 2016 and beyond!!!
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Good news! The location of the water leak,here in Bell Block has been tracked to a scour valve and the NPDC have shut the valve off. Bell Block Residents can now use their water as usual. The NPDC wish to thank you for all your feedback over the last several hours. They have logged all the leaks reported to them and they will follow all of them up.A
scour valve is at low points in the reticulation and it enables sections of a water main to be drained for maintenance. The discharge from a scour valve is usually directed to the stormwater system.
Winter is well and truly here with heavy rain and gales set to batter Bell Block and Taranaki today, Monday 30th June 2014. A front over the Tasman Sea is expected to move eastwards across the country, preceded by strong northerlies and heavy rain for western and northern areas, MetService said. Severe weather warnings are in place and Mt Egmont/Taranaki is expected to receive 80 to 100mm of rain in the nine hours to 3pm, with 120mm possible about the higher slopes. Peak rain intensities could reach 15 to 25mm per hour and thunderstorms were possible. People, especially trampers, were advised that rivers and streams could rise rapidly and slips were possible in vulnerable areas, MetService said. Northerly gales are also expected in Bell Block and parts of Taranaki today. Those gales could become severe, MetService said.
A suspected feral burglar has been arrested after trying to sell a stolen laptop at a popular Bell Block pub. The 33-year-old man spent the night in police cells and will appear in the New Plymouth District Court on charges of receiving stolen property, Bell Block Police said. Shifty’s Bar and Cafe owner Bruce Candy said a ”suspicious” looking man came in and tried to sell the laptop to several patrons.”Mr Candy rung 111 and police arrived and arrested the man,”. Candy said a story in the Newspaper and Internet about recent Bell Block theft’s had raised his awareness of the issue. ”I had no hesitation in ringing the cops, we don’t need that type around here,” he said. Well done Bruce Candy and the team at Shifty’s Bar and Cafe. The people of Bell Block are grateful at your stand against these feral thieves.
Cherish Childcare have moved their office ! They are still in Bell Block and are now just around the corner from their old office at Bell Block’s Puketapu School, giving them much more room for their growing business. Their new address is 17 Maralyn Place Bell Block. Phone numbers remain the same.