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YOUR NEWS, YOUR VIEWS
It took 24 days for the rainfall to get
into double figures during April in Te
Kuiti. Rainfall recorder Frank Kelly
says: “The highest fall in one day was
on April 24 and that was about it for
the month.” Te Kuiti had a total of
53mm across 10 days.
Ian Clark near Tihiroa recorded
59.1mm, with the biggest one day
rainfall of 20mm again on April 17.
Colin Murphy says Otorohanga had
41mm of rain over six days. The big-
gest fall in one day was 18mm on April
Michael Lellman says Kawhia was also
dry with 63.2mm over 12 days – the
biggest fall of 25.4mm on April 12.
“Our 108-year average is 114.4mm, but
it wasn’t the driest by any means. That
was in 1989 with 34.8mm. Our wettest
was in 1959 with 277.3mm. “Last year,
April gave us 207.1mm – the fourth
wettest on record – so quite a contrast
NIWA says April was warm, dry and
sunny for most of New Zealand.
Temperatures were well above or
above average in most parts of the
Principal scientist Chris Brandolino says
this was due to a belt of higher than
normal pressure which sat over the
country resulting in a month of settled
“The first four months of 2016 have all
been warmer than normal,” he says.
“2016 is second equal for the warmest
January-April period – equalled in 1998
and exceeded only in 1938.”
As a result, soil moisture levels were
below normal for most parts of the
Highest temperature: 28.3deg C, Ric-
carton, April 3.
Lowest temperature: -4.0deg C, Pukaki
Aerodrome, April 28.
Highest 1-day rainfall: 142mm, North
Egmont, April 1.
Highest wind gust: 146km/h, South
West Cape, April 29.
Of the six main centres, Auckland was
warmest, Christchurch the coolest and
driest, Wellington the sunniest and
Tauranga the wettest and cloudiest.
From January 1-April 30, the four sun-
niest locations were Richmond (1121
hours), New Plymouth (1030), Blen-
heim (1002) and Takaka (961).
POSSUMS have been put on notice as the 9th
annual Te Kuiti Playcentre Possum Shoot fun-
draiser gets underway this weekend. Organis-
ers are expecting about 400 possums to be
weighed in on Sunday. The competition starts
at 3pm tomorrow, and funds raised will be
used to upgrade equipment. Competitors can
register at the Department of Conservation,
PGG Wrightson and Farmlands or by contact-
ing the playcentre. Registrations close at 5pm.
WDC resident survey
WAITOMO District Council (WDC) is en-
couraging public feedback on the delivery of
its overall service performance via its annual
resident survey now underway. Forms were
posted out to all ratepayers. An additional set
of questions have been included this year with
a focus on healthcare, housing, education and
recreational facilities. The feedback will assist
the council to develop an ‘economic game
plan’ to sustain and grow the local economy
and attract new residents and business to the
district. The survey which closes tomorrow
can also be completed online by visiting the
website - waitomo.govt.nz
Power lines going up
Waipa Network’s contractors Electrix will
begin stringing three spans of 110kV conductor
in Otorohanga from outside the holiday park
south to opposite Countdown supermarket this
week. Chief executive Ray Milner says the
power poles have “gone up smoothly” and the
company has received little negative public
comment. “We are continuing to work with a
small number of property owners on landscap-
ing to mitigate individual affects as required.”
By CATLEY EDWARDS
Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust
TAUMARUNUI Community Kokiri Trust
scored a major political coup during Prime Min-
ister, John Key’s recent visit to Te Kuiti.
The PM called in to see first-hand, its delivery
of two major Maori initiatives.
He told a large gathering at the trust’s Te Kuiti
health clinic on May 28, how “proud” he was of
the trust for demonstrating how successfully the
Whanau Ora model was working.
“I think what it’s showing is that we can make
life easier for people if we can integrate all of their
services and give them just one place to go.”
Mr Key said the aim of his visit was “To make
sure you get all the support you need and to
make sure that we do a better job of delivering
to you guys”.
He spent just under an hour with trust chief
executive Christine Brears, staff and whanau
listening to and questioning specific aspects of
the Whanau Ora model of care developed and
successfully delivered in and around the trust’s
He was accompanied by Minister of Maori
Development and Maori Party Leader Te Ururoa
Flavell, co-leader Marama Fox and senior Te Puni
Mrs Brears told the Prime Minister the trust
had, over a period of four years, developed
a highly successful integrated model of care
underpinned with the values and principles of
Whanau Ora. It involved totally transforming
the organisation both internally and externally
with those agencies funding a range of services
KEY VISITS: Prime Minister John Key, Minister of Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori
Party co-leader Marama Fox, Te Puni Kokiri regional manager Willis Katene and Taumarunui
Community Kokiri Trust chief executive Christine Brears outside the trust’s Te Kuiti Clinic.
provided by the trust.
The trust’s Whanau Ora model has systems
that ensures all agencies involved with whanau
are accountable, particularly to the families, the
funders and to themselves.
The PM showed keen interest when Mrs
Brears said the trust’s Whanau Ora integrated
model showed how a community could address
collaboratively, the needs of families through
“ This model requires a mindset change among
all practitioners and services,” she said.
Since August the trust has been trialing an
initiative of Mr Flavell’s – Pou Hakinakina Mov-
ing the Maori Nation – as both an intervention
and preventative strategy which feeds into the
Whanau Ora model. Pou Hakinakina is aimed at
advancing Maori development through nutrition,
physical activity and cultural outcomes.
Mr Key took time out to meet and talk with a
range of whanau involved in both the Whanau
Ora and Pou Hakinakina models.
PM visits local health centre
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