Waitomo News : 30 October 2014
14 WAITOMO NEWS Thursday, October 30, 2014 PLEASE COLLECT FOR OUR ANNUAL STREET APPEAL, 6-7 NOVEMBER. WE’LL KEEP YOU RUNNING 24 7 OtOrOhanga hydraulic sOlutiOns 40 Te Kanawa Street, Otorohanga 0800 111 247 | 021 192 4933 30% OFF p: 07 873 7294 a : 55 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga The local people you know and trust OUR BIGGEST BRANDS! POLICE DESK October 22 POLICE received a report that the Lamb Bain Laubscher building on Rora St in Te Kuiti had been tagged several times in the past two weeks. Photos of the graffiti were taken to help police identify the offender(s). October 23 MORE than 80 cannabis seedlings were found at a Rangitahi St home in Otorohanga. A 40-year-old man was arrested and will appear in Te Kuiti District Court on November 20. October 24 A 34-year-old Otorohanga man, who was seen swerv- ing his car on SH3 near Te Kuiti, was stopped by police and failed on evidential breath test registering 620 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The limit is 400mcg/l. He will appear in Te Kuiti District Court on November 20. October 25 A POLICE officer was punched and had blood spat in his face while trying to detain a man at a Duke St home in Te Kuiti following an argument at the address. The of- fender, who claimed to have hepatitis, was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer. He will appear in Te Kuiti District Court on November 20. A CRAIG Tce home in Te Kuiti was visited by police due to loud music. The occupants were asked to turn the volume down. POLICE are looking for an Otorohanga man after he ran off after assaulting his partner. The man choked and pulled the woman’s hair to prevent her calling police. He is known to police. A 22-year-old Te Kuiti man was arrested for disorderly behaviour after an altercation with his brother. He was taken to the Te Kuiti Police Station and issued with a pre- charge warning before being released. A TE KUITI man who led police on a high speed pursuit through Te Kuiti stopped his car on Tawa St and ran away. He was found soon after hiding in a nearby gar- den before being arrested and summoned to appear in Te Kuiti District Court on November 20. October 28 A MOSIAC wall hanging, 30cm in diameter, was re- ported stolen from the Otorohanga Support House on Maniapoto St. CALLOUTS THE Education Review Office (ERO) has again given Aria School principal Pam Voyce something to smile about. In its latest report, carried out in June, ERO staff acknowledged the school’s “inclusive culture, good quality teaching and well-designed curricu- lum”. “It’s what we were hoping for, and when you aim for something it’s good to be able to get the confir- mation that you are doing it right,” says Mrs Voyce. “The report was good for the staff too, because in a way it is a thank you for all their hard work.” The rural school, with a roll of 51 students in years 1-6, has a positive history with ERO and had made changes suggested in its 2010 report. Mrs Voyce says one such change was simplifying the language in student reports, making it easier for parents to understand what level their child was achieving at. ERO recognised students’ achievements in reading were at a national level while they were “significantly above comparisons in mathematics”. Mrs Voyce says some students are struggling with reading, and staff are remedying the problem with “intensive workshops”. “But it’s not just for those students who are struggling. “The high achieving readers also need to be pushed, so it’s about giving one-on-one time to everyone to improve achievement.” The report also stated “students’ learning is en- riched” with the integration of te reo and tikanga Maori. Mrs Voyce credits the cohesiveness of the board of trustees, the “strong community involvement” and teachers’ willingness to try new things for the school’s success. “At the end of the day we are all here for the kids.” The school’s next ERO review is in three years. ERO report – “what we were hoping for” VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADES TE KUITI FIREFIGHTERS responded to a medical callout on October 15. A FEW hours later, they investigated a false alarm set off at Pukenui School. THEY were then called to what chief fire officer Phil New described as one of their “most unusual call- outs” on October 18, when a child became stuck in a clothes dryer at a Mar y St home. The child had been freed when they arrived. KAWHIA CREW members spent an hour and a half on Satur- day night helping Waipa Networks staff find a fault after a power outage left residents in the dark. Al- though unable to find the fault, most residents’ power was restored on Sunday. WESTPAC RESCUE HELICOPTER AN OTOROHANGA man is in critical condition in intensive care at Waikato Hospital after he crashed into a stone wall while riding a quad bike on Friday at 2.30pm. The 58-year-old farmer later developed chest pains and was flown to hospital when he had trouble breathing and his condition deteriorated.
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