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Scoot­ing for loot

Look out for nat­tily dressed riders in the third an­nual Scoot 4 Loot 50cc Char­ity Scooter Ride on De­cem­ber 1, de­part­ing Whanga­mata at 7.30am. This year the group is rais­ing funds for Youth­line to help run a Teen Sui­cide Sup­port Pro­gramme in Whanga­mata. Previous ben­e­fi­cia­ries have been Prostate NZ and the West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter, with 35 riders mak­ing the 210km ride around the penin­sula last year. A page has been set up at www.face­book.com/scoot4loot where peo­ple can reg­is­ter to be a rider or a spon­sor, and will be up­dated as the ride pro­gresses.

Groggy doggy

Leave your dog at home if the pur­pose of your trip is not to take your pet some­where, says the New Zealand Com­pan­ion An­i­mal Coun­cil, af­ter AA Road­ser­vice re­ported more than 4000 call­outs na­tion­wide for an­i­mals locked in ve­hi­cles since 2012, an av­er­age 52 of call­outs a month. By Oc­to­ber 1, Road­ser­vice had at­tended more than 530 call­outs for locked-in an­i­mals. AA Road­ser­vice man­ager John Healy says own­ers should never leave their pet locked in a ve­hi­cle. If a dog in a ve­hi­cle be­comes heat-stressed the dog owner, ve­hi­cle owner and per­son left in charge of the dog can each be fined $300.

Rates for rail

A Hamil­ton to Auck­land pas­sen­ger rail ser­vice could roll out by March 2020 if na­tional fund­ing is ap­proved. To­tal fund­ing needed is $76.27 mil­lion over the first six years, from 2019 to 2024. Lo­cal gov­ern­ment will con­trib­ute $9.46m of that with the re­main­ing $66.81m com­ing from cen­tral gov­ern­ment's Na­tional Land Trans­port Fund. It is es­ti­mated to cost $5.82m per year to op­er­ate, which will be funded through pas­sen­ger fares, a NZ Trans­port Agency sub­sidy of no less than 75 per cent if ap­proved and Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil rates.

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