Community news in brief
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.’’