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PLANNING work for major im-
provements to SH3 at Mt Messenger
and Awakino is underway.
Taranaki-King Country MP Bar-
bara Kuriger and Transport Minister
Simon Bridges visited the Mt Mes-
senger and Awakino Gorge corridor
sites to benefit from the Govern-
ment’s $130 million investment, on
BYPASSES – SAFETY MEASURES
The Government is spending $80-
$90 million to build a bypass of Mt
Messenger as well as $9-$15 million
on a bypass of the Awakino Tunnel
(Waitomo News, January 28).
Added to the bypasses will be $25-
$30 million worth of safety improve-
ments on the stretch of road between
Mt Messenger and the gorge.
Improvements to the section of
SH3 from Mt Messenger to the Awak-
ino Gorge are part of the Govern-
ment’s Accelerated Regional Roading
Package programme, launched by the
Prime Minister in 2014.
A project team is currently working
on the early stages of consent prepa-
ration and stakeholder consultation.
Construction of the full project is
scheduled to begin next year and will
take about three years to complete.
Mrs Kuriger says: “We heard the
good news about this project’s ap-
proval recently and I’m very pleased
to see the work on the table and in
“This bit of state highway is a vital
link between Waikato and Taranaki,
and it’s got to put up with some fairly
full-on weather conditions, which can
make things challenging and unpre-
dictable in the winter months.
“So added reliability and safety
are two of the headline benefits this
work is going to bring to the area,”
“A better-moving SH3 is a plus for
for SH3 upgrade
VITAL LINK: Taranaki-King Country MP Barbara Kuriger and Transport Minister Simon
Bridges have visited the Mt Messenger and Awakino Gorge sites on SH3 due to benefit from
a multi-million upgrade. PHOTO SUPPLIED
THE SPCA’s op shop in Te Kuiti has closed due
to a lack of volunteers.
The Rora St shop, which was the first SPCA
op shop to open in New Zealand in 2010, ceased
trading in January.
All of the remaining stock including donated
knick-knacks, bric-a -brac, books and used clothing
has been transferred to the branch’s former animal
welfare centre in Taupiri St.
That centre, purchased by SPCA King Country
in 2014, was also closed last year (Waitomo News,
August 13, 2015).
It has since been used occasionally as a base by
animal welfare inspector Maria McEwan-Jones.
Management of the North King Country’s
animal welfare services and inspectorate were of-
ficially taken over by the SPCA’s Waikato branch
This followed the sudden resignation in April
of the SPCA King Country committee elected at
the March 30 annual general meeting (Waitomo
News, April 14, 2015).
Waikato SPCA chief executive Sarah Elliott-
Warren, who made several visits to Te Kuiti last
month to help empty the op shop, says it closed
“around Christmas-time due to lack of volunteer
She is now hoping new volunteers will come
forward so the shop can be re-opened.
“We will be recruiting for new volunteers so we
can get it open and start bringing funds back in
again,” says Ms Elliott-Warren.
“Op shops all-round NZ are doing an amazing
job for SPCA and the Te Kuiti volunteers always
did very well so we are keen to re-open it.
“In 2013 the op shop cleared $14,000 and the
profit in 2014 was $13,000.
“That money would be very welcome again.”
Ms Elliott-Warren says as the SPCA owns a
“perfectly good unused building” in Taupiri St, it
“didn’t make sense” to keep paying rent in Rora St.
“We want to make money for the animals of Te
Kuiti, not waste it.
“It may take us time to get our new volunteer
base together, however, we hope to have it [the
shop] open in the next month or two.”
“Our ideal would be to have about 10 people
on a roster so the op shop is open with a couple of
people looking after things every day.
“Volunteering in op shops is also very social,”
“It gives people retail skills, a place to meet
like-minded others and enables them to make a
difference for animals needing SPCA help.”
SIGN OF TIMES: Te Kuiti SPCA’s Rora St op shop has closed and the remaining stock moved to the branch’s former animal
welfare centre in Taupiri St.
SPCA shop closed
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