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Carters Ashhurst Pohangina Cup
sat 11 Feb 2012
For a day out that will keep the whole family entertained.
Head to the Awapuni Racecourse where the kids can have
the time of their life without dipping into your pockets as
ALL CHILDRENS ENTERTAINMENT IS FREE, while
the adults can sit back with friends and take in the
Adult entry $10, under 18s are FREE
Gates open from 11am
Leave the car at home and catch the FREE BUS from the
Commercial Tavern, Ashhurst at 11.15am.
Returning following the last race.
To book your seat on the bus call
Tineke on (06) 356 4940
or email Tineke@manawaturacing.co.nz
For further information go to
We would like to welcome Emma Kennedy -- Senior
Stylist of 14 years to our team at Hair Flair. Emma's
flair in hairdressing started in Auckland, previously
spending the past 12 months hairdressing in Pahiatua.
We are confident Emma's transition to Ashhurst will
be very welcoming. We have said our goodbye's to
Jan and Kylie who have moved away and changed their
careers. All the best to you both.
Kirsty, Debbie and Emma would like to thank their
clients for their ongoing support.
LADIES HAIRCUTS $35
MENS HAIRCUTS $25
PRIMARY SCHOOL $17
Appointments not always necessary
Open until 5:30pm Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
Wednesdays and Thursday open until 8 :30pm
Saturday by appointment only
134 CAMBRIDGE AVE
06 326 8995
Riverboat Adventurer 11
Historic Hipango Park Trips
Cruise the Whanganui River to Hipango Park only reached by river Pack a
picnic lunch and rela x or explore the earthworks of the Maori fighting pa.
For those wanting to exert some energy
Cricket, volleyball, sack racing and touch rugby can be played on the open
field while lovers can take a romantic bush walk. BYO for the boat cruise
there and back.
Price $45 per person - $100 for a family
Riverboat Moonlight Cruise to Upok pub
• BBQ Dinner
• Karaoke and dancing
• BYO on board boat
Price $45 per person (all incl)
Ph: Elyse 0800 422 539
(0800 4BALDY) or
06 343 7744
Beating heart of Manawatu
Endangered: The whio is a threatened species of unique waterfowl endemic
to New Zealand. These ducklings are three weeks old.
Forest & Bird Manawatu offers a
Valentines night with a difference
At its first meeting of the year,
Horizons regional councillor Mur-
ray Guy will talk about the heart
of Manawatu -- its river.
Cr Guy will present an
illustrated overview of Horizons
activities, including catchment
and river management, with
emphasis on the Manawatu River.
He will also give a brief outline
of the bio-diversity management
activities which includes a
proactive approach to protecting
the whio (blue duck).
The whio is a unique threatened
species of waterfowl endemic to
Cr Guy is also the chairman of
Horizons Catchment and
The February 14 meeting is at
7.30pm, upstairs at Te Manawa
musing on real
Summer in Manawatu. A super time
for relaxing in shorts and T-shirts,
enjoying time with family and friends.
One crisp T-shirt caught my eye, jet
black and branded by Greenpeace
The shirt, and presumably the man
inside, claimed being green is easy ,
and sported simple icons: a bicycle, a
wind turbine, and an eco-bulb.
You can see it all from The Square:
illuminated by an eco-bulb, a bicycle
rider whizzes by with the Meridian
wind farm spinning away on the sky-
Bike, bulb, wind farm -- job done.
So easy, but hardly job done.
Being effective in achieving regional
sustainability is rather more challeng-
Fortunately there are tantalising
examples of leaders and citizens
striving to meet the challenge.
A city councillor getting stuck in to
find the answers, wading through
screeds of correspondence to get to the
bottom of a dirty river.
Given the recent track record for
obfuscation from some quarters, it is a
relief to see Cr Chris Teo-Sherrell
taking the task seriously when it
comes to finding the source and
solutions to river pollution.
Around the corner at Horizons
Regional Council, senior staff are
showing the courage of their
convictions. Willing to put their energy
and talent to work elsewhere when the
regional council loses focus and nerve
for a pathway to sustainability, under
sway from a wave of activist ideologues
in the elected team of councillors.
And scores of smiling faces putting
their time, skills and energy for the
environment into the public sphere
People willing to speak up for the
environment, to create a clean green
future for our watershed and country.
In some ways we are lucky as a city
We face a simple, central challenge
with known solutions.
While being home to one of the
country s most polluted rivers isn t
something to be proud of, it does focus
With known solutions it becomes a
simple matter of public voice, political
will and leadership to protect our
region, brand value, and future.
So while it will take energy and
courage to meet the challenge, it is well
within our reach.
So back to the T-shirt man.
Of course the bulbs, bikes and wind
energy are steps in the right direction,
but only tiny ones compared to the
opportunities at hand.
The real change happens inside you,
and outside your four walls. They hap-
pen in the street and on the web.
A sensible voice for the sort of future
you and your family deserve to be part
of. A future thriving on our magnifi-
cent river plain in the Manawatu
Leading a sustainable, smart green
New Zealand forward in prosperity
Game on, your move.
Home Planet is a monthly opinion
column focusing on solutions,
challenges and opportunities for
environmental sustainability. Brent
Barrett lives in Palmerston North.
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