Waitomo News : 20 December 2018
2 Waitomo News Thursday, December 20, 2018 The Waitomo News is subject to NZ Press Council procedures. Complaints must first be direc ted, in writing to the editor – editor@ waitomonews.co .nz . If the complainant is unsatisfied with the response, the complainant may be referred to the NZ Press Council, PO Box 10,879, The Terrace, Wellington 6143 or email email@example.com Further detail and an online complaints form are available at the website — presscouncil.org.nz A final word ... THUMBS UP to Aileen, Dawn and their helpers for all their efforts on the Christmas Gift Drive and food parcels for our community. They go above and beyond to help out families, especially at Christmas time. Otorohanga Support House whanau New boardwalk A BEAUTIFICATION project in Mokau will see a wooden boardwalk and new steps being built by the Waitomo District Council. The boardwalk will be by the 50km/hr sign at the south end of the town — where a land slip occurred in August 2017. NZ Transport Agency have agreed to fund this work. The council’s contractor Inframax will start construction next month. Fire permits IF you are looking to light a fire this festive season, Waitomo District Coun- cil reminds you that it no longer issues permits. These can be got from Fire and Emergency New Zealand or through www.fireandemergency.nz/contact- us/ or visiting the website — checkitsal- right.nz Blankets needed VETORA Otorohanga is looking for do- nations of old blankets. Spokeswoman Stephanie Melville said on the Otorohanga Buy and Sell Facebook page on December 13 that the blankets were needed for their patients and if anyone had any to spare, they would be gratefully received at their Wahanui St clinic. WAIKATO Westpac Rescue Helicopter will receive a $20,000 sponsorship from King Coun- try Energy in 2019. KCE general manager Chris Fincham says the sponsorship is a way of saying thank you to the 24/7 lifesaving service. “Due to the geography of the region and the isolation of some farms and roads, the quick response of the chopper crew makes a real difference to people who have been injured or hurt,” he says. This year the Waikato helicopter flew more than 560 missions within the King Country. KCE has been a sponsor of the Waikato West- pac Rescue Helicopter since 2014. The service has touched more than 10,000 pa- tients’ lives from the Waikato and King Country regions since its inception in 1987. SUPPORT VITAL Philips Search & Rescue Trust group man- ager, Vanessa Richmond says every dollar raised through fundraising or sponsorships is vital, so sponsorship such as this from KCE is gratefully received. “Every year, the cost of running the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter is around $3.6 mil- lion. As a charity and trust, we are required to fundraise at least 50% of this annual cost which means every dollar raised counts. “Annual chopper costs include ongoing ex- penses from fuel to scheduled maintenance and upkeep of the rescue machines, which in total amounts to an average cost of $8900 per mission. “We thank KCE for its foresight in helping keep the rescue chopper in the air.” $20k for rescue chopper A RESCUE mission was not in the plans for a leisurely Sunday afternoon bike ride, but for Otorohanga man Davinder Gill, that’s exactly what happened. “I was supposed to go for a ride with my friend by the Waipa River in Otorohanga in the morn- ing, but she was held up and we couldn’t go till 3pm. It’s just as well,” he says. The pair were travelling along the bypass road when they noticed a box that appeared to have some movement in it and so stopped to investigate. Inside was a silver tabby cat with four kittens, estimated to be no more than a week old. “We were shocked,” says Mr Gill. “It was a hot day and the last thing we expected to see was a mother with her young, shut in a box in that heat.” FACEBOOK POST So angry was Mr Gill that he posted on Otoro- hanga Buy, Sell and Swap Facebook page. “Who did this??? We found a box with a Mum and her four babies on the Oto bypass. Shame on you, take care of your responsibilities and if you can’t there are better ways to deal with this.” The plight of the mum and kittens stirred the heartstrings of locals, with more than 90 people expressing outrage at the dumping of them. By this time, Mr Gill had taken the animals home while he worked out what to do. “Te Awamutu Vet Clinic contacted me and asked me to bring the cat and her babies in and that they would take care of them. I would have kept them, but I have a lot of travel commitments and would have worried about their ongoing care,” he says. The vets have taken the cat and her babies under their wing and when ready, will be re- homed via the Te Awamutu Community Animal Rehoming Centre. Meanwhile, Mr Gill’s popularity with animal lovers has soared, with Stacey Parks nominating him for a “local hero” award. “ This guy is a legend.” DAVINDER Gill has been called a hero for his actions in rescuing a dumped cat and her four kittens on Otorohanga’s bypass road on Sunday. PHOTOS SUPPLIED Feline roadside rescue Thumbs up/down In brief WELL here we are ... our last issue for 2018. I have to say it’s gone by in a blur and end- ing with our son married on Friday and our daughter hav- ing her first baby on Saturday. Life’s certainly not dull at the moment. As we hurtle toward the big day I ask everyone to re- member it’s not about the gift or its size. It’s all about being together with family and friends, recharging, relaxing and making new memories. To those of you who will be keep- ing the country running — like our farming communities and suppliers while some rest — I salute you! Don’t worry, I’ll be spending time in the cowshed while the team at home takes a break. The festive season can also be lonely for some, so check in on your neighbours and invite them around for a barbecue. Especially the elderly whose kids won’t be home for Christ- mas this year. Eating on your own can be very isolating. The festive season can also be called the ‘fight season’. Family harm (aka domestic violence) rises dramatically at this time of the year. White Ribbon ambassador Aaron Morrison gave a poign- ant message when he was here in November ... “The best thing you can do for your kids is to love their mother” ... or father, if that’s the case. 2019 will bring a new set of challenges, changes, critics and congratulations. And for the Waitomo News ... a new address! From March, we will beat18KingStE,TeKuiti— yes, the former Westpac Bank. But we’ll remind you of that next year. For now, keep safe, drive care- fully, stay patient and don’t speed or drink and drive — it’s just plain dumb — and we do not want to be reporting your demise in the New Year! May you and yours have an amazing Yuletide, high tide and low tide! We’ll see you all in 2019!
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