Waitomo News : 30 October 2014
Live in comfort Heat up your winter... cool down your summer, with a deluxe E-series air conditioner Call Guy for your no obligation quote today! Te Kuiti Rora St, Te Kuiti P 07 878 8147 Otorohanga 66 Maniapoto St, Otorohanga P 07 873 8871 Thursday, October 30, 2014 Delivered FREE to households – extra copies 50c ISSN 1170-1137 – (303) ews YOUR NEWS, YOUR VIEWS WAITOMO 2014 Circulation up to 7500 BEST ALL ROUND NEWSPAPER A TE KUITI teenager, who was killed after being hit by a freight train while running to get help for his brother, will be farewelled in Taharoa today. Ngaremu Teremoe King died on Sunday night after being struck by the north-bound train at about 6pm. The tragedy occurred near the town’s i-SITE building. The 14-year-old Te Kuiti High School student was running to get help for his older sibling who had fallen from a bike at the nearby Skate Park which is directly adjacent to the railway lines. Ngaremu crossed the main trunk line and was running back with a friend when he was hit. His friend was not injured. The main trunk line was closed for about four hours while Waikato Police serious crash unit officers investigated. Waitomo mayor Brian Hanna met with King’s parents Terence and Lydia, at their home on Tuesday for a special farewell ceremony. “They are a very tight whanau and it’s fair to say they are all totally devastated,” says Mr Hanna. “I feel so sorry for Ngaremu be- cause he was only going to get aid for his mate and he obviously didn’t hear or see the approaching train. “According to our youth services manager, he was a neat young fella with a great attitude towards life who punched above his weight in everything he did. “It’s a very numbing time for our whole community and our thoughts are with the King family.” MORE BARRIERS Mr Hanna met with KiwiRail Hamilton south area manager Wayne Stewart yesterday to ask for more safety barriers to be installed along- side the main trunk line. “There was a comment in the Wai- kato Times regarding the rail corridor that said ‘people have to take respon- sibility for themselves, but how do you save people from themselves? Well, fencing it off is the option. NORTH King Country customers of power supplier King Country Energy (KCE) are facing a price rise. The company is lifting its prices for retail customers by 3.5% from Novem- ber 30. The increase applies to domestic, farming and commercial customers throughout KCE’s traditional trading area of Mokau, Waitomo, Te Kuiti and Otorohanga. For most domestic customers the in- crease will be about $3 a month. Commercial and farming customers will pay about $7 more a month. HARD TO MISS KCE chief executive Rob Foster says the increase is slightly less than the Con- sumer Price Index, which has increased 4% over the three year period since the company’s last price rise in November 2011. “KCE has worked hard to keep prices down by containing operational costs and increasing efficiencies in the business. “That’s the main reason why we’ve been able to avoid a price rise for three years. “Unfortunately, we must now pass along a slight increase to cover rising costs of doing business which are largely outside our control.” He says KCE is committed to being fair and transparent in all its business transactions with customers. “If anyone has any questions or con- cerns, our staff is happy to discuss these.” KCE CEO ROB FOSTER KCE prices to rise 3.5% Mayor wants NIMT fenced A UNIQUE CHARACTER P3 TO P3 DRAWING THE LINE: KiwiRail Hamilton south area manager Wayne Stewart (left) and Waitomo mayor Brian Hanna met yesterday to discuss extending safety barriers in the centre of Te Kuiti to prevent people from crossing the railway cor- ridor.
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