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Draft Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy
We have adopted a draft policy for consultation which allows trading on
Easter Sunday throughout the entire Waitomo District. This consultation is an
opportunity for the community to have their say. We would like to hear from you
as to whether:
• you would like to see shops in the district which are currently not allowed
to open on Easter Sunday open if they choose, and
• if you agree with having a policy which allows more shops to open on
Easter Sunday, do you think this policy should apply to shops across the
district, or just in certain areas.
Anyone can make a submission about the draft Local Easter Sunday Shop
Trading Policy, and we encourage you to tell us your views. A submission form is
included in our Statement of Proposal. Copies of the Statement of Proposal are
available on WDC’s website, or, hard copies are available from Waitomo District
Library, Te Kuiti i-SITE and our main reception Queen Street, Te Kuiti. For any
queries, please phone 07 878 0800. When you complete the submission form or
write to us, please indicate if you wish to speak at the hearing, and we will send
you more details closer to the time. The consultation will take place during the
period Wednesday 7 December 2016 and Friday 27 January 2017.
Submissions close 5.00pm on Friday 27 January 2017.
Restricted Fire Season now in place
Anyone planning to light a fire must now apply for a permit from WDC. There is
no charge for the issue of fire permits. An inspection of the site may be required
so please ensure that your application is lodged at least three working days prior
to the date you intend on lighting the fire. Please contact our friendly Customer
Services Team on 0800 932 4357 for further information.
Water Restrictions for Waitomo district
The following restrictions are in place for Waitomo District water supplies:
Mokau, Piopio and Benneydale are on Level 1 - Conservation: Use
sprinklers between 6-8am and 6-8pm. Hand-held hosing is allowed anytime.
Te Kuiti is on Level 3 - Restrictions: No sprinklers allowed. Hand-held hosing
only. For quick tips to conserve water visit our website and facebook page.
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By David Beck
WHILE many cricket fans throughout New
Zealand eagerly awaited Te Kuiti-born Tom
Bruce’s debut for the Black Caps, a couple of local
men were especially excited.
The big-hitting batsman, who plays first class
cricket for Central Districts and played all three
games in the Black Caps Twenty-20 series against
Bangladesh recently, left Te Kuiti for Stratford as
a 2-year-old with his parents Sharon and Steve
However, his grandfather Merv Derby and
great-uncle Ray Derby, who played cricket for
King Country, still live in Te Kuiti and took great
delight in watching the 25-year-old represent
Merv says the pair were “thrilled to bits”
to watch Bruce’s debut in the first game of the
series, despite his innings being cut short as he
was run out by his captain Kane Williamson on
just seven runs.
“ That’s just the way the game goes, so it was
good to see him get some runs in the second
game,” he says.
Bruce redeemed himself in the second game
scoring 59 not out from 39 balls, and being part of
a 123-run partnership with the destructive Colin
Munro, who made 101 off 52 balls.
“It was very exciting to watch,” says Merv.
Bruce says playing for the Black Caps was
“a surreal experience” which he “thoroughly
“ There were a few nerves, but a lot of excite-
ment,” he says.
“ To play for your country is a special feeling
and it was nice to be a part of that side.”
While he says he would have liked to score
more runs in the third game, in which he scored
four, overall he is happy with how he went.
There were no hard feelings between him and
his captain after the run-out in the first game.
“I said to Kane it was better that I went out
Sharing a changing room with the likes of
Williamson – who is now ranked in the top five
batsmen in every form of the international game
was daunting, but a valuable learning experi-
ence, says Bruce.
“ The guys in the team all welcomed me with
open arms, it was really good being part of that
environment and something I want to do more
of in the future.”
Bruce’s grandfather Merv used to travel from
Te Kuiti to Wanganui Collegiate School to watch
him captain the first XI there.
Merv took Bruce’s great-uncle Ray to watch a
game against New Plymouth Boys’ High School
and says Ray believed it was clear Bruce had the
technique to go a long way.
“Ray said Tom kept his head very still when
playing the ball and had a good technique, so he
thought he would go on to be a great batsman.
“ They once played a week-long tournament
in Wanganui with teams from Auckland and
Australia. Tom was an opening batsman in those
days and he made 35 the first day, 114 on the
second day, and 115 on the third day.
“His mother Sharon called me and said ‘Tom
TWO of New Zealand cricketer Tom Bruce’s biggest fans are his great-uncle Ray Derby (left)
and grandfather Merv Derby, both of Te Kuiti who were “thrilled to bits” to see Tom debut for
the Black Caps earlier this month. The pair are holding photos of Bruce playing for Wanganui
is going very well’ so I travelled over with her to
watch the final on the Friday.
“He scored a duck.”
Bruce was selected for the Black Caps side after
averaging 47.16 at a strike rate of 152 for Central
Districts in the 2016 Super Smash Twenty-20
He has now rejoined the side for the domestic
one-day competition, the Ford Trophy, which
begins on Sunday.
T20 debut thrills local fans
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