Waitomo News : 21 December 2017
MERRY CHRISTMAS Store hours December 23, 9am - 2pm • December 24, 10am - 2pm December 27-29, 8.30am - 5pm • December 30, 9am – 12 noon with normal hours resuming January 3 MERRY CHRISTMAS December 27-29, 8.30am - 5pm • December 30, 9am – 12 noon Te Kuiti 171 Rora St, Te Kuiti P 07 878 8147 Otorohanga 66 Maniapoto St, Otorohanga P 07 873 8871 MERRY CHRISTMAS December 27-29, 8.30am - 5pm • December 30, 9am – 12 noon and a Happy New Year, from the team at Applianceplus Te Kuiti & Otorohanga Thursday, December 21, 2017 Covering the North King Country since 1906 – one paper, total reach ISSN 1170-1137 – (354) • Delivered FREE to households – extra copies 50c ews YOUR NEWS, YOUR VIEWS THE Christmas holiday period is tradition- ally a very busy time for emergency services personnel. They see and respond to all types of incidents from out of control fires and alcohol-related injuries to serious assaults and fatal road crashes. It’s something they’re required to do, but they’d rather prevent emergencies than attend them. So, to ensure all North King Country residents have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, they are joining forces to promote safe behaviour. This is highlighted by the New Zealand Po- lice’s national campaign – ‘We want you here for Christmas’. BE CONSIDERATE “At the end of the day it’s just about being con- siderate of others because we certainly want you here for Christmas,” says Te Kuiti Police Sergeant Craig Lindstrom. “That covers all aspects of road safety so if you’re travelling for the holidays, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, drive to the conditions, and be courteous of others. “ The same message of being courteous also applies to the home environment. “If you’re going to indulge in the Christmas cheer, please do so sensibly so that everyone can enjoy themselves because that’s what it is all about – spending quality time with your family.” ROAD TOLL Te Kuiti St John station manager Irene Straker agrees saying she would not like to see the New Zealand road toll get any higher in 2017. “ This year’s road toll is well above last year’s so we are hoping for sensible driving from road users. “Stop for regular rest breaks, don’t take risks when overtaking and take your time. “Look after each other when celebrating and out on the town. “Remember with the hot sunny days keep the fluids up and use sunscreen when you are out and about. “From the team at St John Te Kuiti we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” Piopio St John station manager Mike Johnson is also focusing on road safety. “We want everyone to be secure and safe these holidays. “Wear your seatbelts, don’t drink and drive, don’t speed and position young children in the proper places. “We understand there are a lot of parents who are not properly restraining their kids in cars and we urge them to please take more care so that the whole family can have a safe and happy holiday period.” FIRE BAN Otorohanga Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Neville King urges residents to take precautions and act responsibly when dealing with fire in dry conditions. “Be safe around barbecues and don’t light any fires without a permit from the Otorohanga District Council,” he says. “Also drive safely, get plenty of rest when driving long distances and be alert of other road users especially at tourist hotspots to make sure you make it home for Christmas.” Te Kuiti Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Phil New agrees. “Please remember to be careful when using barbecues. We are on a restricted fire ban and all outside fires must have a permit from the Waitomo District Council. So be safe. Te Kuiti Volunteer Fire Brigade wishes everyone to have a safe Christmas and as Happy New Year.” TE KUITI Police Constable Ngahuia Sheedy (left), Sergeant Craig Lindstrom, St John personnel Matt Barnett and Jane Murray, and Te Kuiti firefighters Grahame Howell, Fire Chief Phil New, Kevin Ikin, Hayden Sheedy and Callen Le Lievre wish everyone in the North King Country a safe and Merry Christmas. Be safe, be here in 2018!
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