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Speed management project
AS a permanent west coast resident who com-
mutes daily through the Waitomo Caves to Hanga-
tiki area, I wish to express my dismay and opposi-
tion to the proposed lowering of the speed limit
through this region. (Waitomo News, April 14)
If I am drunk, drugged or gawping at the scenery
and run off the road or drive through stop signs this
is not a consequence of the speed limit. Inevitably
though, this is the focus of the ‘speed management
There is a reason for this – there is revenue to
Main road motorists have been hammered inces-
santly and travel there has become a tedious crawl,
stuck in the inevitable queue behind yet another
truck, everyone scared to overtake in case they
Time now to introduce a ridiculous new low limit
on the side roads and to start ticketing the farm
utilities to boost the coffers.
Every tradesman, farmer, district nurse, vet,
stock agent et al will get that much less work done
in the day and the result will be manifested as ris-
ing costs. This is grassroots inflation.
We are no longer the world’s low cost milk pro-
ducer, South American countries such as Chile are
catching us with beef exports and as we pile on
health and safety, environmental and regulatory
costs we risk losing what is left of our competitive
position as a nation.
Think I am overstating the case?
Have a look at the economies that have preceded
us, the United States of America and Australia,
towards legal liability driven, safety obsessed
manufacturing and with transport operating at
low speeds over long distances.
Where has their prosperity gone?
Have no doubt that those with vested interest
will judge the lower speed trial a ‘success’ and effort
will then focus on the remaining rural network.
We use motorised transport instead of walking
or cycling because it is quicker; speed matters.
Every time we slow the traffic down we under-
mine the effective use of vehicles.
This area’s elected representatives would do
well to think ahead to the ballot box before they
foist this nonsense on the region’s motoring public.
THUMBS UP to the three students and three staff
from Te Kuiti High School as well the lovely lady
from the community who volunteered to have their
hair shaved off on April 6. And THUMBS UP to
the many people who donated money to Shave for
THUMBS UP to all the people collecting for
Poppy Day on Friday, in particular the Te Kuiti High
School students who volunteered after school for
Te Kuiti RSA
THUMBS UP to Glenn Brightwell and KC Boxing
Club for putting on an excellent Battle of the Towns
event. It was a very well organised and well run
evening and a great night’s entertainment.
Te Kuiti Altrusa Club
OTOROHANGA Menzshed mem-
bers are putting a lot of thought
into how best to use a $1000 grant
received last week.
The group is planning several pro-
jects to benefit the community and
the grant from King Country En-
ergy’s (KCE) Heartland Community
Fund will give those plans a shot in
However, chairman Darcy Lupton
says rather than race ahead and buy
“nice to have” tools, the group is as-
sessing what is specifically needed
for projects already on the drawing
“Top of our wish list will probably
be a scroll saw for cutting out fancy
bits which the guys love doing, a
mitre saw and maybe a drill press,”
says Mr Lupton.
“This generous grant is going to
come in very handy.”
KCE community relations man-
ager Helen Peacock says the com-
pany likes to support volunteers like
the Menzshed’s members who help
“When reviewing applications for
Heartland funding, our panel was
impressed to learn the guys’ first pro-
ject is for Otorohanga Riding for the
Disabled, which is really awesome,”
says Mrs Peacock.
“Collectively these retired gentle-
men have so much expertise and skill,
it’s really cool they’re giving back to
other volunteer organisations.
“We wanted to be part of that.”
The Heartland fund was launched
in 2014 to spread KCE’s corporate
sponsorship as widely as possible.
Mrs Peacock says local community
groups with projects that create safe,
healthy, sustainable and connected
communities are eligible to apply for
“Rather than give a hand out,
Heartland offers a hand up to help
groups like Menzshed get closer to
their overall funding goals,” she says.
Applications are called for in
March, July and November each
HEARTFELT HANDUP: Otorohanga Menzshed members Duncan Trott (left) Bill Phillips,
Ken MacDonald, Darcy Lupton, Mark Bolton, Stan Sircombe, Barry Marx, Dave Williams and
John Cowan receive a welcome $1000 boost from King Country Energy community relations
manager Helen Peacock on behalf of the KCE Heartland Community Fund. PHOTO SUPPLIED
KCE gifts $1000
to Oto Menzshed
Gift to council
THE Waitomo District Council has accepted a gift of 20 sheep sculptures from Te
Kuiti Development Inc (TKDI). The sculptures valued at about $11,000. Any future
sculptures will also be gifted to the council. The decision to accept ownership of
the sculptures, which are installed in the gardens along Rora St in Te Kuiti, was
unanimously agreed at the council’s April 5 meeting, as it supports the long-term
strategic goal to support the growth of the economy through strategic partnerships
which promote the district positively.
EFFORTS to reduce the amount of recyclables entering landfills seem to be work-
ing in Te Kuiti. The Waitomo District Council received a report at their meeting on
April 5 showing 34 tonnes of recyclable waste was diverted from the Te Kuiti Land-
fill during February. To further promote recycling and provide a customer friendly,
all weather recycling ser vice, the council recently constructed a roof over the land-
fill’s recycling area which has been “well received”.
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