Com­mu­nity news in brief

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Peo­ple are asked to keep away from the old li­brary build­ing on Haki­aha St on Wed­nes­day.

De­mo­li­tion work is ex­pected to take a few days start­ing on Thurs­day. Heavy ma­chin­ery will be ar­riv­ing and res­i­dents are asked to keep clear of the area through­out the time de­mo­li­tion work is be­ing un­der­taken. A dig­ger with a pin­cer arm will be used to carry out the work to min­imise de­bris fall­out. The foot­path on the north­ern side will be closed un­til work is com­pleted. Waikato De­mo­li­tion will be on site Wed­nes­day morn­ing se­cur­ing the site. Traf­fic man­age­ment will be in place with in­ter­mit­tent in­ter­rup­tion of traf­fic to al­low truck ac­cess to the site.

O¯ hakune res­i­dents were with­out power last Wed­nes­day after a tree cut power sup­ply to Lines Com­pany cus­tomers.

A current build up burnt out other lines con­nec­tion points and a ground mounted trans­former. Crews were dis­patched after calls from cus­tomers came in at 5am. Power was re­stored to most cus­tomers by 5.30pm. Gen­eral Op­er­a­tions man­ager Dayl Spencer said there will be flow on ef­fects from trees not prop­erly main­tained.

‘‘Which is one of the rea­sons why we ask all own­ers to help their com­mu­nity by tak­ing care with plant­ing and main­tain­ing trees on their prop­er­ties.’’

Spencer said it costs $1mil­lion ev­ery year to prune and main­tain trees. This does not in­clude fault work where trees and branches fall on lines nat­u­rally or as a re­sult of storms or snow.

Con­sul­ta­tion with the Tau­marunui com­mu­nity on the co-de­sign process for the Ma­ter­nity Cen­tre will start in the mid­dle of 2018. Project man­ager, Ber­nadette Doube said sev­eral work streams have started to make progress.

‘‘Th­ese in­clude the re­fur­bish­ment of the ex­ist­ing Pri­mary Birthing Units in Tau­marunui and Toko­roa and the co-de­sign process for the Ma­ter­nity Hubs.’’

The re­fur­bish­ment of the ex­ist­ing pri­mary birthing units is in the plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment stage with work ex­pected in 6 months.

It was con­grat­u­la­tions all around for the young word­smith, Zoal Thomas who won the Tau­marunui Toastmasters’ Pri­mary Schools Speech Con­test for 2017. Held at Tau­marunui High School, St Pa­trick’s Catholic School sec­re­tary, Heather Long said Zola and her sis­ter, Trixie were su­perb am­bas­sadors for the school. ‘‘Zola’s sparkling de­liv­ery and the imag­i­na­tive, hu­mor­ous con­tent of her speech, ‘‘What if,’’ se­cured her this mag­nif­i­cent tro­phy.’’

Ber­nadette Doube

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