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15th March 2017 – Body in Tararua and 28 year old male charged with murder

Central District Police have arrested and charged a 28 year-old man with the murder of Palmiro MacDonald.

Mr MacDonald was the subject of a large, year-long investigation after he went missing on 23 March last year.

His remains were discovered in the Mangahao Dam area of the Tararua Foothills on Sunday 9 October.

Police are still welcoming any further information relating to the case, and would like to hear from anyone with information that may assist.

The 28-year-old man will be appearing in Palmerston North District Court this afternoon

15th March 2017 – Growth continues in Manawatu property market

Property sales continue to sizzle for Levin and Feilding and are running strong in Palmerston North.

Sales data for February from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand showed 27 per cent more properties in Levin were sold in February this year than the same month last year. There was a 42 per cent increase in property prices for the town in the same period.

Harcourts Levin principal officer Stuart Pescini says after a three-year influx of Wellingtonians anticipating the new Expressway, the market was not likely to slow now it had opened.

He says Lifestyle block sales by Wellington buyers had seen the biggest growth in the past three years, and all other areas of the market had been strong.

The Manawatu median price for February was up 9 per cent from the same month a year ago, to $260,000, and the national median was up 14 per cent year on year, to $495,000.

 

 

15th March 2017 – Kapiti and Wairarapa schools have been asked to clean up their waste water

Schools in Kapiti and the Wairarapa are under scrutiny for their wastewater systems.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is yet to name the schools but has said they are among several sites that have been put on notice to clean up their wastewater systems.

Wastewater includes discharges from toilets, sinks, baths, showers and hand basins.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s latest figures show that nearly half the sites monitored have breached the resource consents relating to wastewater in the year to September 30th.

Seven wastewater incidents have been deemed major breaches, all of which are on the Kapiti Coast or in the Wairarapa.

Under the Building code wastewater must be disposed of properly on site if not going to the sewerage.

Acting Manager for Environmental Regulation Shaun Andrewartha says by continuing to breach the consents, the sites could do significant damage to the land where water was dumped.

None of the schools Beach Fm  tried to contact  to date have been available to comment.

 

14th March 2017 – Kapiti and Wairarapa schools have been asked to clean up their water act.

Schools in Kapiti and the Wairarapa are under scrutiny for their wastewater systems.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is yet to name the schools but has said they are among several sites that have been put on notice to clean up their wastewater systems.

Wastewater includes discharges from toilets, sinks, baths, showers and hand basins.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s latest figures show that nearly half the sites monitored have breached the resource consents relating to wastewater in the year to September 30th.

Seven wastewater incidents have been deemed major breaches, all of which are on the Kapiti Coast or in the Wairarapa.

Under the Building code wastewater must be disposed of properly on site if not going to the sewerage.

Acting Manager for Environmental Regulation Shaun Andrewartha says by continuing to breach the consents, the sites could do significant damage to the land where water was dumped.

None of the schools Beach Fm have tried to contact this afternoon have been available to comment.

 

14th March 2017 – $5000 rates discount for new home builders announced today

The 1st of July could be a big day for first home builders in Wellington thanks to Mayor Lester.

Wellingtons Mayor Justin Lester announced today that first home builders will receive a $5000 rates discount when building or buying their first home in Wellington.

Justin Lester who has kept to his campaign promise says that affordable housing is one of the things we all love about Wellington.

The attractive rates discount will be available to anyone who has not owned their own home before.

Lester says the discount will be a real incentive to add to Wellington’s housing stock especially in the CBD.

The discount will be introduced as part of the Mayor’s annual plan at the end of the month.

14th March 2017 – New breastfeeding initiative by MidCentral District Health Board -reference cards launched

MidCentral District Health Board has launched their Mama Aroha breastfeeding reference cards, a new initiative to provide parents with key information to give their new baby a healthy start in life.

The initiative has been a collaboration between the Safe Sleep/Pepi Haumaru Coordinator and  Safety Programme Coordinator and Associate Charge Midwife of the Palmerston North Hospital Maternity ward.

The cards are designed to support and promote breastfeeding, safe sleeping and being both smoke, and alcohol free and have been approved by the Ministry of Health.

All women admitted to the maternity unit following their birth will receive cards on admission, as well as women in the MDHB rural primary birthing units, and those having home births.

14th March 2017 – Te Papa appoints Geraint Martin as new chief executive

The new boss of Te Papa has been named as Geraint Martin, previously chief executive of Counties Manukau District Health Board.

Martin, originally from Wales, will replace Rick Ellis, who announced his resignation in December 2016, citing personal reasons.

He moved to New Zealand with his family in 2006 to take up the health board role, serving 500,000 people in South Auckland with a budget of $1.5 billion.

He says although his entire professional career has been spent working in the health sector, he has an honours degree in history and a deep love for museums, culture and history.

Martin has also been chairman of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra since 2013.

Board chairman Evan Williams says: “Geraint brings huge experience as a leader, and he has dedicated his career to transforming the lives of diverse communities.

12th July 2016 – Water mains pipe burst in Levin outside mall causing damages to retailers

“I think I might be jinxed” says Paula Lynch of Paula’s Furniture.

A flood on Main Street  Levin due to a water mains pipe that burst early Saturday morning has resulted in Paula’s Furniture store to suffer damages to her stock and her store being closed for clean up.

This was the second flood experience for Paulas Furniture in just over 12 months  with the  Paraparaumu store being closed 2 months in May last year.

She now estimates goods to the value of about $ 180 000 were damaged in the Levin store.

The water gushed at 200 litres a second and took 15 minutes to turn off at 3 o’clock on Saturday morning.

Water flooded through the Levin Mall.

Councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons, who owns Shears Cutting Bar in the Levin Mall, says it was dismaying to first see the amount of water flowing through the Mall and retail stores.

Mall owner Gaire Thompson says “it’s a great nuisance; it has taken 3 cleaning companies to clean the mess.”

Horowhenua District Council’s Infrastructure Services Group Manager Gallo Saidy says exactly what caused the water main to burst remains unknown and is being investigated.

When it occurred the telemetry and valve system automatically shut-down the outlet at the water reservoir.

They were also fortunate that a passing Police Patrol contacted the councils after hours service who activated the contractors response.

 

12th July 2016 – School holiday spruce up by Corrections community workers

With playcentres, kindies, kohanga reo and schools closed for the holidays, work parties managed by Community Corrections have moved in.

Under the guidance of community work supervisors, offenders on community work sentences are completing projects that are normally too big to be done during term time.

“School holidays are the prime time our community work parties help out schools,” says Corrections’ Lower North Operations Director Matire Kupenga-Wanoa.

In the 2015-2016 financial years, offenders in Wellington District (Wellington City, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Kapiti) sentenced to community work completed more than 116,000 hours of community work.

Community work is completed in supervised work parties or through projects sponsored by eligible agencies. This gives the community unpaid labour on a wide variety of projects.

Offenders can be sentenced to do between 40 and 400 hours of community work.

 

 

Waikanae Kindergarten regularly benefits from community work labour which includes lawn mowing and weed removal.

 

 

Pettina Meads, Head Teacher at Waikanae Kindergarten is appreciative of the work

 

One offender involved in the timber removal enjoyed the work: “It’s good. Free work for the community.”

 

12th July 2016 – Placemakers moves to Kapiti Landing

Site work is under way to create a new retail space at Kapiti Landing, on Kapiti Coast Airport land, which will be leased to PlaceMakers for its new Kapiti store, located on Lodestar Place just off Kapiti Rd.

The new store, open in June next year, will have a total building area of 2835sq m plus a 4170sq m timber yard and 80 carparks.

Fletcher distribution property and development director Matthew Grainger says  PlaceMakers was going through a major investment programme nationally to upgrade its stores.

The key reasons were to create stores better suited to meeting the needs of its customers, a safer, more efficient way to operate and more environmentally friendly.

Grainger says “We have a great team at PlaceMakers Kapiti, and look forward to bringing them across to the new site.”

The current PlaceMakers store, in 158 Kapiti Rd, has been there since 1988; the current building is 3403sq m in area.

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