Waitomo News : 16 February 2016
WAITOMO NEWS Tuesday, February 16, 2016 3 Brighten up your life Starting with your home... TE KUITI COLOURPLUS p: 07 878 8302 • a: 251 Rora St, Te Kuiti Bright, bold, beautiful... Cushions, throws, wallpaper, paint & more, whatever you need to give your home a new look we have it! Creating a better future with vibrant communities and thriving business. Have your dog ownership details changed? www.waitomo.govt.nz We encourage all dog owners to notify us of any changes in their dog ownership status. This includes: • Advising when dog has died or no longer in possession (eg. lost, stolen) • Advising any change of owner contact or dog details • A change to the number of dogs kept on premise • Advising change of dog’s address • Advising change of dog ownership. There are many ways you can contact us. Visit our friendly Customer Services team at the WDC Queen Street Office. Write to us at PO Box 404 Te Kuiti 3941. Free phone 0800 932 4357, Fax 07-878-7771 or email: email@example.com Public polled Melissa Tuheke- Kior (26) business- woman “Everyone has a right to complain, especially a customer, you’re sup- porting a company, who in turn is giving you something back.” Alan Howell (80) retired “It’s pretty grim, when we see something is wrong we have a right to complain.” Bob Baker (71) contract painter “It’s a bit like Ger- many, they are trying to dictate terms to us. If you complain, why should they cut you off? “If they didn’t have us as customers how would they survive?” Patrick Maikuku (69) property owner “Oh no, that’s not right, people have got to complain to get them [TLC] to do their job properly. “If companies aren’t doing the right thing you have to have peo- ple complain about it. If there’s an issue you complain.” Nicole Larkin (26) beauty salon owner “People should have the right to complain, if the consequence of complaining is they are going to get their power turned off, that’s stu- pid.” Barry Mita (59) beneficiary “Easiest comment I could make is, it’s ludi- crous, it’s just stupid.” Christine Flexman (33) florist “I don’t think their staff should be abused when people are com- plaining about their power prices, it’s not their fault they are just doing their job. “But I don’t think it’s fair they [TLC] can choose who gets their power cut off because you have something to say about your lines bill.” FROM P1 THE Te Kuiti family who lost everything when their home burned to the ground on January 28 are thankful for the support they’ve received from the community. After the fire Debbie Chadwick, Ed Sharron and their children Amy (15), Sophia (11) and Mary-Ella (8) were left with just a few charred photographs and some smoke-damaged clothing. “People have been unbelievably generous and we are very grateful,” says Ms Chadwick. “All the furniture we need has been donated and our kids have also been given heaps of clothes. “It’s just amazing.” She says their children are doing well with their friends’ support and the family can’t thank people enough for their overwhelming kindness and generosity. She says she especially appreciates the hugs and kind wishes the family has received. Ms Chadwick isn’t sure when the rebuild of their home will start. In the meantime, readers who can help the family – anything for the kitchen would be greatly appreciated – can drop goods at Ms Chadwick’s parents’ home – Karen and Roy Chadwick, 8 Lawlor St, Te Kuiti. IN BRIEF Correction IN the stor y ‘Flags burnt’ published on February 11, it was incorrectly stated that Bev Moloney of Otoro- hanga was not supportive of a change of flag for New Zealand. Trustpower offer THE offer from Trustpower to buy shares in King Coun- try Energy is still open despite the original offer which was extended for a fortnight, closing on Friday. Trustpower, prior to the extension at the beginning of February, had a 62% acceptance resulting in share- holders being paid $4.78 per share as per the original offer. Spokesman Graeme Purches says: “The official offer has closed but the company is still open to purchasing shares.” The share price remains at $4.78 but if acceptances exceed 70% the offer price will increase to $5 per share. An independent committee set up in November advised shareholders not to accept the offer, unless the offer price is increased to $5 per share regardless of the level of acceptances. SH3 roadworks WORK began yesterday on 550m of road on SH3 three kilometres north of Te Kuiti known locally as ‘O’Halloran’s Straight’. NZTA spokesperson Natalie Dixon says the remedia- tion work will take about a week and motorists should expect delays. Help humbles family MEMBERS of the public were asked for their reaction to TLC’s proposal to disconnect customers after continued complaints.
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