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A win­ning Lotto ticket was sold in In­gle­wood, win­ning the pur­chaser $30,361. The lucky per­son was one of 10 Lotto play­ers to have rea­son to open the cham­pagne with a win in Lotto’s sec­ond divi­sion draw.

The win­ning tick­ets were sold all over New Zealand.

The New Zealand Cham­bers of Com­merce na­tional con­fer­ence is be­ing held in New Ply­mouth this week.

Of the 30 cham­bers in New Zealand, 26 will be rep­re­sented at the two-day event. Along with pre­sen­ta­tions and work­shops, guest speak­ers in­clude CEO of Ven­ture Taranaki Trust Stu­art Trun­dle and min­is­ter of small busi­ness Stu­art Nash. Day ses­sions will be held at The Devon Ho­tel and Pukeiti Gar­dens on Thurs­day and Fri­day with a din­ner func­tion hosted at the Len Lye Cen­tre. New Zealand Cham­bers of Com­merce sup­port over 22,000 mem­bers. Each cham­ber’s role is to in­flu­ence and in­spire busi­ness. As not-for-profit mem­ber­ship as­so­ci­a­tions they pro­mote, sup­port and en­cour­age sus­tain­able, prof­itable busi­ness growth. For more in­for­ma­tion www.tarana­kicham­ber.co.nz par­ents’ ac­cess­ing the check for their chil­dren. Taranaki DHB’s B4 School Check co­or­di­na­tor Ker­ryn Smith says the check gives each child the best pos­si­ble start to school. The B4SC is the fi­nal Well Child check and is free for all chil­dren who have turned four. The DHB wants par­ents to bring their child in for their check as close to their fourth birth­day as they can. “We en­cour­age fam­i­lies to be on time for their child’s check so any prob­lems can be ad­dressed be­fore they start school.” The check takes around 45-60 min­utes with a nurse who cov­ers off a child’s health and de­vel­op­ment, vi­sion, hear­ing, teeth, height, weight, so­cial and emo­tional well­be­ing, and im­mu­ni­sa­tions.

Ru­ral Women New Zealand is call­ing for a re­view of the school bus el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria, par­tic­u­larly in the ru­ral ar­eas. Ed­u­ca­tion Port­fo­lio Con­venor and Board Mem­ber Sue Hig­gin says the safest way for chil­dren to get to school in ru­ral New Zealand is by bus, how­ever the cur­rent el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria for the ser­vice means that chil­dren are be­ing put in danger­ous sit­u­a­tions. She says if chil­dren live within 2kmof a ru­ral school they are not el­i­gi­ble for the lo­cal bus ser­vice where there is one, and are forced to walk or cy­cle on roads with no shoul­ders, of­ten used by log­ging trucks, stock trucks and milk tankers, mak­ing it treach­er­ous. She says the ru­ral bus is vi­tal for farm­ing fam­i­lies who have both a busy work­ing life and dis­tance, for those who live fur­ther away, to con­tend with.

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