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2008-08-21 15:01:07

By DUFF, Michelle Colleen Carr hasn't been paid a cent for her work in the past nine years. Along with 30 other volunteers, she works at the LUCK drop-in centre in Palmerston North, a refuge for people living with psychiatric illness. And last night, her hard work was finally rewarded - with LUCK taking out the grand prize at the annual TrustPower community awards. "This is such a shock - I don't know what to say," Ms Carr said tearfully, as she was handed a huge bouquet of flowers...

2008-08-21 15:01:06

Plans for a possible medical centre at Feilding's former Clevely Hospital including GPs and other health services on one site are moving forward with costings, design and concept plans ready to be presented to the interested parties over the next few weeks. MidCentral District Health Board funding manager Mike Grant said it would probably be two years before such a centre was up and running if the GPs and other users agreed to go ahead. (c) 2008 Evening Standard; Palmerston North, New...

2008-08-17 21:00:48

By DUFF, Michelle The Puketoi ranges in the Tararua could be the location for a new wind farm if plans by Contact Energy to build up to 65 turbines are approved. The ranges, east of Pahiatua, have been pinpointed by the company for a 177- megawatt wind farm, with the potential to power about 86,000 homes. The $500 million wind farm brings the number of proposed farms on the ranges to two, with state-owned Mighty River Power beginning to wind-test for a 200-megawatt farm earlier this...

2008-08-17 18:00:37

By TORRIE, Bronwyn Two massive cranes dangled a 23-tonne steel machine over cowering staff at Smiths Steel in Levin yesterday. The structural and general engineering business imported the $150,000 steel folding machine from China. The pressbrake bends sheets of steel to create stairs and other architectural work. It arrived on the back of a truck at 9am and took two hours of cautious manoeuvering by a dozen men to place it in the Coventry Street workshop. A look of relief spread...

2008-08-14 18:00:44

By RANKIN, Janine Palmerston North stands to lose one of its two private hospitals, with Southern Cross and Aorangi both struggling to make a dollar. While the hospitals wait for Commerce Commission approval to merge, their March application reveals that one of them, probably Southern Cross, will succumb to the heat of competition anyway if the merger isn't allowed. "The city is simply too small to support and sustain two full- service private hospitals," they said. "At least one of...

2008-08-07 15:00:59

Manawatu's help-line for people trying to enrol with a GP is proving to be a stress buster, says Manawatu Primary Health Organisation manager Nicky Hart. In the last month the 0800 service has helped place 25 people with doctors, 24 are going through the enrolment process, but another 78 are still waiting. The service works as a central sorting point for people looking for a GP and links those in greatest need with vacancies as they arise on some 25 practice rolls. It saves patients the...

2008-08-06 15:00:27

More rotten weekend weather has hampered storm-lashed Horowhenua's clean-up efforts. Levin, Mangaore, Tokomaru and Shannon residents still need to boil water, and should conserve it where possible. Horowhenua District Council's communications officer Colleen Sheldon said the main issue was high groundwater levels. Water seeping into waste-water treatment systems was a problem, and the council needed residents to report when it happened. Residents could also help by clearing any...

2008-07-31 15:00:42

A NEW Zealand musician who learned his craft in Taranaki returns this week as a New Zealand Music Awards Tui finalist to play at Pukeiti Garden. The Pukeiti Garden winter seminar and concert series features New Zealand songwriter Warren Love on Saturday. Love says the Tahora Music Festival was crucial to his development as a performer. The festival is run by Kerry Turner on his farm near Whangamomona, and Love says it "provided the peace and inspiration to take those first steps." The...

2008-07-31 15:00:32

A Foxton couple have been arrested and charged for raping a teenage girl. Levin CIB Detective Sergeant Todd McLoughlin said the complainant had been invited to a party at her friend's partner's home on Friday, June 13. The victim was allegedly attacked and raped in the early hours of Saturday morning while sleeping in a bedroom on her own, Mr McLoughlin said. Police searched a Foxton address on July 24 and arrested a 26- year-old local man. The next day, they arrested a Foxton woman,...

2008-07-27 03:00:25

At least three people were reported killed in one of the worst storms to hit the North Island of New Zealand in years. The body of James Moore, a 33-year-old rafting guide, was recovered Sunday, The New Zealand Herald reported. Moore was one of a group of four people who tried to paddle in outrigger canoes from Maketu to Bay of Plenty on the west coast south of Auckland Saturday afternoon. Two others died when their fishing boat ran aground. About 60,000 homes and businesses lost power...


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