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NAPIER MAIL, JULY 6, 2011
NAPIER, Civic Court, Dickens St
Phone: 835 2222
Merry Mid Winter
Christmas -- now
hand me a glass of
mulled wine, the
adorn the streets
in Europe and it
might make this cold
Bay winter more
Everyone should experience a European
Christmas and at this mid year period it is a
great tme to think about Christmas -- now
that we are in July did you know that its only
170 days untl Christmas..........
I know a lot of you like to catch up with family
and friends and max out your holidays with
the statutory holiday days but like all family,
short duratons of quality tme are beter than
extended periods when there is more of a
chance that the wine will get us into trouble!
If you are going home to family in Europe why
not book a Coach Tour so that you get a break
from your hosts and they have a chance to
regain normality without visitors.
APT, Trafalgar and Globus all have great deals
on Autumn, Winter and Spring breaks -- the
advantage too is that they are cheaper and
there are less people than midsummer,
meaning shorter queues to all the famous
I know I have bored you before about
River Cruising but how about the European
Take a fantastc River Cruise from Amsterdam
to Budapest and visit all the amazing German
Don't forget I am taking a group to Europe for a
Christmas market Cruise
-- Budapest to amsterdam
- NovemBer 2012
Deposit now and secure your place and then
If you have children you are not neglected
during the holiday period.
Trafalgar and Intrepid have great Family
Adventures worldwide and even special
school holiday departures -- it is never too
early to let kids experience life beyond New
Closer to home grab the kids and the
extended family and cruise from Auckland
Departs Auckland on 19th December
10 nights for Christmas at Sea
Depart Auckland 29th December a
10 night New Year Cruise*
Plus we will give you a $150 AUD onboard
credit for the New Year Cruise
To go toward your champagne to celebrate
the start of 2012
No fight costs and it's all inclusive -- plus
don't forget the Kids Clubs are awesome so
you actually do get a nice relaxing holiday
whilst the children are well looked afer and
make new friends!
So as you are about to enter another School
Holiday period give some thought to the long
Christmas break and make your plans now on
doing something a litle diferent!!
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P: 834 0207
looks likely for council
An extra $1.3 million is to be pumped
into investigations for a $200m irrigation
scheme in Hawke s Bay based on two big
Hawke s Bay Regional Council chief
executive Andrew Newman said the
feasibility studies, originally expected to
cost $2m, were going well but it had
become clear that extra information was
The Ruataniwha Basin geology is very
complex, he said. There is a lot of
faulting and a lot of seismic activity.
The plan involves two dams in Central
Hawke s Bay, one of which would produce
the second-largest lake in Hawke s Bay,
after Lake Waikaremoana.
It was hoped the studies could be com-
pleted within the next year.
The council will contribute just over $1
million of the extra cost and the rest will
come from other sources.
To run the project, the council is con-
sidering setting up a company, provision-
ally called Waterco.
The council also decided in principle to
set up an investment company that
would initially own the Port of Napier
and Waterco. This would give the council
tax breaks, as it could offset costs from
the water project against the healthy
profits from the port, which it owns.
Expert advice said the council could
then save $600,000.
Cr Kevin Rose, whose opposition to the
investment company was included in his
election advertising, changed his mind
and grudgingly voted for it.
Speaking after the meeting, Cr Rose
said the council s plans for water storage
in Central Hawke s Bay could not be
sensibly or efficiently done under our cur-
rent ownership structures .
It became clear to me that we needed
a commercial ownership structure to
enable this project to advance and to
enable council to take advantage of con-
siderable tax benefits that an investment
Only councillor Liz Remmerswaal
voted against the investment company.
Regional Council has
adopted its annual
plan for 2011/12,
setting a zero
increase for general
Targeted rates will
increase with the
being 8 per cent in
the transport rate for
Napier and Hastings,
to provide for more
public bus services.
insurance bill has
risen from $46,000
to $132,000. The
assets, valued at
between $100 and
$110 million, are
insurance up to 60
per cent of damage
in event of disaster.
provides cover for the
Schools 'bullied' by ministry
Bully beef: The Ministry of Education is ''bullying'' Hawke's Bay schools, says Nelson Park
School principal Nevan Bridge. .
Pressure on 10 Hawke s Bay primary
schools defying the Government s
National Standards policy is mounting,
with one threatened with a total loss of
The 10 schools, who met to protest at
the Ministry of Education s Ahuriri
offices on Friday, are among about 350
nationwide in the Boards Taking Action
Hawke s Bay BTAC spokesman Nevan
Bridge, principal of Napier s Nelson Park
School, said the ministry has taken its
bullying to the next level by threatening
to stop all funding to Hastings Taikura
Friday was the last day for schools to
hand in their school charters, which out-
line achievement targets for the year.
Including National Standards targets
is a legal requirement.
At least 140 primary schools have
broken the law by not including National
Standards targets in their charters -- but
several have buckled after being
threatened with losing their funding.
At the 11th hour, Taikura Rudolf
Steiner School sent in its charter with
minimal compliance after being
threatened with losing its status as an
integrated school. The Government funds
the operational cost of integrated schools.
Taikura s assistant principal Anne
Evans said the school handed in its char-
ter under great duress and sent an
accompanying letter expressing distress.
De-integration is not an option . . . this
education needs to be available to all who
want it, not just those who have the
means to buy it.
The philosophy of Steiner schools is for
pupils to learn at their own pace and
Taikura School does not start until year
2, which means younger children tend
not to fare well under national standards.
The school was in the moral dilemma
of complying with a policy it did not agree
with in order to survive, Mrs Evans said.
Although the school was uncertain how
it would undertake its obligations as
proposed under the school charter, we
will not put our children in situations
where they re labelled as failures .
Mrs Tolley said integrated Steiner
schools chose to receive funding rather
than be private.
I made it clear to them that the
national curriculum, and National
Standards, are not optional for schools
receiving taxpayer funding.
Children in such schools deserved the
best possible state education and the
ministry had been working alongside the
schools to examine how they could
implement National Standards alongside
their special character.
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