Waitomo News : 16 January 2014
Waitomo NeWs Thursday, January 16, 2014 3 For further information phone 027 378 5077 Check out our Facebook page! www.tekuitispca.org Te Kuiti & North King Country Someone love me Advertisement kindly sponsored by the Lion Foundation LEROY Leroy has spent his entire life (1 year) on a chain so he is loving being in his foster home on a farm. He will need an owner who is experienced, patient and prepared to teach Leroy to meet his full potential. He is already picking up the basics and loves to play with the female dog on the property, however, he is not so good with male dogs. Leroy will need a well fenced section and plenty of exercise. ‘Good, good Leroy Brown the best looking dog in the whole town ...’ 4 year old Jack Russell, male, waiting for adoption, good with cats and people. OSCAR VANDALS have de- stroyed two carved pou at Omimiti Reserve in the centre of Kawhia. The carvings, depict- ing Maori warriors from Kawhia’s historical past, were broken off at their base and stolen. Police constable Per- ry Griffin says a group of drunken youths from out of town are the chief suspects. “Police would appre- ciate any information that would help identify the people involved. “We know they were refused service at the Kawhia Hotel prior to the incident on the evening of December 22, but have no strong leads to follow up at this time.” MINDLESS ACT Chairman of the Kawhia Community Board and Kawhia Community Projects Trust which completed the pou (bollard) project, Kit Jeffries, is devastated by the vandalism. “A lot of local people spent countless hours fundraising and providing the voluntary labour to create something special and unique to Kawhia,” says Mr Jeffries. “This mindless and anti-social act is very disap- pointing. Why would anyone want to destroy part of a community project intended to enhance the town? “The carvings, two of 18 placed along Jervois St to the wharf and round to the museum, were carved by master carvers and have been the sub- ject of numerous favourable comments from locals and visitors. “The pou are part of an ongoing Kawhia fore- shore project to help build a new sense of com- munity pride in the town (Waitomo News, April 24, 2012). “It is despicable visitors would come here are cause this damage.” He says the cost of replacing the two pou will need to be met by the Kawhia community. “Mindless” vandals destroy Kawhia pou NOMINEES for a conservation board covering the King Country, Waikato and Coromandel area are being sought. The call is part of a search by the Minister of Conservation seeking nominees for appointments to conservation boards throughout New Zealand. The boards are independent statutory bodies, representing the public interest in the work of the Department of Conservation.They provide a link between DOC and local communities with focus on planning and strategic direction, rather than day-to-day operational details. Nine nominations are needed for the King Coun- try, Waikato and Coromandel board. A 10th member will be appointed by the Minister on the recommendation of the Maori King (Kahui Ariki) in accordance with the Waikato Rauputu Settlement Act. DOC spokeswoman Nicki Douglas says people interested in seeking appointment should have a well-developed interest in conservation generally and the work of DOC locally. “Members need to have the time available to serve on the board, which meets four or five times a year at various venues. As well as monitoring implementation of conservation management strategies, members could be involved in assessing impacts of concession activities, marine protection proposals and advising on land status issues.” Nominations close at 5pm on Monday. Forms are available at DOC offices or by visiting the website – doc.govt.nz Nominations sought for conservation boards MANY HANDS: Master carver Te Kuiti Stewart (above left) and Kawhia Community Board chairman Kit Jeffries with one of the 18 pou carved for the project. The pou project was completed with the help of many local volunteers (below). WRECKED: Drunken youths visiting Kawhia are believed to have vandalised and removed two carved pou depicting Maori warriors.
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