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SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Contain the cats
I support Bruce Sinclair in his request to keep cats inside at
night (November 16).
My concern isn't rubbish bags, but birds.
Some get pleasure from owning a cat, some from enjoying
birds in the garden.
The two aren't really compatible in built-up areas.
For three years running we have had the pleasure of
watching a pair of blackbirds build their nest.
Dad takes off while Mum lays her eggs, then the long
period of incubation arrives.
Dad arrives back on the scene as the young birds hatch,
then there is the busy time of both parents taking it in turns
to feed them.
We chase away wandering cats and watch as the young
birds grow bigger and more active.
But each year, just before the young birds are fully fledged,
but are big enough to make a good-sized meal, a cat comes at
night and kills them.
Please give birds a chance to breed.
They give so much pleasure with their song, and are
beneficial in the garden too.
By keeping your cat in at night it gives the sleeping birds
more chance to survive.
That way everyone can enjoy their free range'' pets.
We would like to thank the Manawatu public for their very
kind and generous donations made to the Palmerston North
Street Van on our Street Day Appeal on November 19.
Thank you so much for your generosity; it helps us to
continue the work on the streets of Manawatu.
Without your help we could not continue.
Once again, thank you so much.
Palmerston North Street Van co-ordinator
Pain and misery to come
The most positive outcome out of our general election was
that according to the early votes it appears that MMP has
Now there will be submissions called for to see how we can
Palmerston North's excellent socially progressive MP, Iain
Lees-Galloway, has been returned.
This is despite the Nats targeting this seat with John Key
visiting twice in the final week and a stack of obviously big
funding pouring in to attempt to change voters' minds.
It became stark clear during the campaign that Iain was
streets ahead as the electorate MP we wanted to represent
Palmerston North in Parliament.
He has grown with the last three years' experience and I
expect him to be a cabinet minister in a Labour-led
government in 2014.
I was thrilled with the Greens' great gains and I believe if
Mana take the bulk of the Maori seats next time and increase
their party percentage, and with Labour reversing their
losses, then it's easy to see the make up of a future MMP
In the meantime, its tragic that this new Tory government
will create a lot of pain and misery over the next three years
by targeting beneficiaries and the workers through anti-
However, those at the bottom, along with the comfortable
with a conscience, have no choice but to organise and keep up
the struggle for pro-people policies.
Christmas for everyone
Tis the giving season: At the launch of the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal are, from left, Centrepoint
artistic director Kate Louise Elliott, Tori Soffe, 4, Bevan Niutama, 2, and actor Laura Hill.
Providing the music is the PN Salvation Army Band.
Photo: WARWICK SMITH
First it was the Rugby World Cup that was
dominating our thoughts, followed closely
by the triennial election circus, and now as
the dust settles on that, our focus will no
doubt shift to all of those tasks that need to
be completed before Christmas, end of year
events and celebrations, not to mention
During this time of the year, there can be
greater stress and pressure on families,
whether it's meeting work deadlines, or try-
ing to figure out what to buy for gifts or
what to have for Christmas dinner.
Many of us are fortunate that these
activities are fun, and come with a sense of
excitement and expectancy.
But for many in our community this is
not so. The good news is that there are
opportunities to help lessen the impact on
those members of our community.
The first was on Saturday, when so many
of you gave generously to the annual food
drive to stock up the city's food banks.
Thanks to the Lions and the other groups
who generously gave their time to make
this happen. Thanks also to everyone who
If you weren't prepared on Saturday or
were away, you can still donate non-
perishable food items to either The Sal-
vation Army or to Methodist Social
Services. A second way you can help famil-
ies is to support the Kmart Wishing Tree
Appeal. All you have to do is buy a present,
wrap it up, label it with the appropriate age
and gender and leave it under the tree at
Kmart in The Plaza, or at the Palmerston
North Hospital. The Salvation Army will
ensure it gets to someone who would really
Finally, mark December 3 -- this
Saturday -- in your diary. This year we are
combining all our community Christmas
events into one action-packed day that
includes a market day in The Square, the
Santa parade, Christmas concert and
Carols in the Square, concluding with the
lighting of the giant Christmas tree.
yours for the asking
Throughout December the Palmerston North Brass Band will
be embracing the festive season by offering public and private
performances of Christmas music around the city.
Senior and junior bands will visit various suburbs, and will
make themselves available for private functions.
The band will be performing for the public at 7pm on
December 11, at the Palmerston North Intermediate Normal
This year, new initiatives were put in place for teaching
young musicians how to develop their talents on various
Through this initiative a new junior band was formed.
Palmerston North Brass Band president John Ward said
the young members' abilities were fostered and encouraged
by senior bandsmen.
Ricky Chan worked wonders with the junior band, and
Dave Edmonds with the seniors.
By playing for private and public functions the band can
continue to serve the city and increase the number of young
people they train and encourage to reach their musical poten-
tial, he said.
A successful year was reported in the president's speech at
the board's annual meeting on November 16.
The band was in good shape thanks to the sterling work of
the committee, and the skill and dedication of band members,
Mr Ward said.
To book the Palmerston North Brass Band for your private
function contact 358 7117.
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