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By: Raetihi Information Centre  06-Dec-2011

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By Liz Brooker

Friday was a proud day for staff, whanau and children at Raetihi’s Nancy Winter centre with the graduation of Viv Hoeta after obtaining her Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching.The centre’s board of trustees are pro-actively encouraging further study of their staff through time and financial assistance. In joining the celebrations, MP for Te Tai Hauauru, Tariana Turia recalled the closing of the Raetihi’s previous centre. “When it was being shut down it was particularly sad. There was little I could do about it because there wasn’t the people with the training here. Everybody was devastated and at that time Viv was actually was the most qualified but at that time the education ministry wouldn’t recognise her kohanga qualification. It’s a very, very proud moment to be here with her today.”

Along with managing her study time around family and work commitments, Ms Hoeta is a passionate and enthusiastic advocate of the Phoenix players, Chairperson of the Raetihi School Board of Trustees, a much-valued member of the Waimarino Child, Youth and Family Panel and a devoted supporter in the church. She is also is seen by many as a model parent through the investment she’s given through her mahi with kohanga, kura kaupapa and Ruapehu College. For the Minister, Ms Hoeta’s investment in her immediate community should be seen as a leading light for many to follow. “We don’t see enough of the can do attitude in New Zealand. People believing in themselves and stepping up to the plate. Viv puts into practice the concept – to the world you may be just one person; but to one person you may be the world. She has invested herself in each and every child that comes here; making them feel wonderful, and on top of the world. Isn’t that what we want for every child? The wonderful thing about Viv is she takes that same attitude into each and every area of her rich and busy life. There is an African proverb – it takes a village to raise a child. This little village of Raetihi is all the better for your commitment and the magic you weave at this centre.”

It’s that time of year again, time to gather and enjoy the fabulous Raetihi Christmas Parade on Seddon St.

Starting around 9am with an exciting range of stalls, food & coffee,  bouncing castle, games and competitions, it’s a fun filled day for the whole family.

Absolutely not to be missed is the big  grand finale Christmas Parade along Seddon St. Keep an eye out for the Miss Waimarino Event followed by a Fashion Parade too.

See you Saturday 11th December on Seddon St for all the fun!

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If you’re interested in setting up Community Gardens in Raetihi, in helping to make them or just giving ideas, advice or support please come to a meeting at The Centre, 14 Seddon St, Raetihi on Thursday 9th December at 5:30pm or ring Jude 3858987/02123594

Raetihi is on the up. The new national Cycleway to the Bridge to Nowhere was officially opened in July this year and starts just north of Raetihi. There’s also the popular 1, 3 and 5 day canoe trips on the Whanganui River, all of which finish in Pipiriki where there are no shops or accommodation.

Raetihi is the closest town, yet there are still plenty of empty (but newly painted) shops along our main street.

Our town is calling out for new businesspeople who can see the potential. Raetihi books out with skiers nearly every weekend during winter and round 8000 people come off the river during summer.

Shop rental is cheap and houses are a bargain (a 3 bedroom home starts at around $130,000). So if you are looking for a lifestyle change, one that includes enjoying the outdoors, not sitting in traffic or struggling to get on that property ladder talk to Mike Nash on 0272 428 471.

Planning for the 2010 Raetihi Christmas Carnival and Market Day is well underway and a date has been set for Saturday the 11th of December.

According to several Raetihi residents, last year was the biggest parade the town has seen in 35 years, attracting nearly 40 floats, over 50 stalls and close to 1000 spectators. Members of the Raetihi Promotions Group involved in organising the event are positive this year will be bigger and better again.

The usual entertainment and activities such as the float parade, light up your home competition and Santa’s Cave will take place, with new additions like the baby photo competition, a fashion parade and a bouncy castle.

Stall holder registration and float entry forms will be available later this month. Local businesses are invited to participate, sponsorship information is available by contacting Alison Hope on 06 385 4108

Raetihi wood bank

In 2009, about sixty Douglas Fir and Macrocarpa trees on the edge of the Makotuku track along the Parapara Road(SH4) were cut down by Ruapehu District Council due to the risk they posed to the area’s power supply. Earlier a branch had fallen and taken out  the nearby powerlines causing a significant amount of chaos and cost. The council had decided to remove the trees to prevent further damage. The trees were said to be about 80 years old. Upset at the loss of these historic trees, the community were promised the bulk of the logs for use in community projects. One upside to the removal of the trees, aside from preventing further damage to power lines, was the revealing of the serene Makotuku track through maturing totara, rimu, matai, ponga and a haven to fantails, kereru & othere native birds.

Thanks to a grant from the Lotteries Commission to the Raetihi Promotions group, the Douglas Fir trees were able to be milled at a local timber mill.  The community now owns 67 cubic metres of beautiful milled Douglas Fir timber and are inviting suggestions as to the best use of this timber for the local community. Some suggestions already made include lining the changing rooms at the local swimming pools, building a new fence around the swimming pool, building open sided yurts in the reserve to provide shelter and house barbeques, the building of a gym onto the squash centre and raised garden beds for a proposed community garden. A number of Macrocarpa trees will be milled and returned to the Makotuku reserve from whence they came as picnic furniture.

One of NZ’s oldest movie theatres, Raetihi’s Theatre Royal built in 1915, has moved forward with renovations following the installation of a new floor, carpet and heat pumps last week.

The new heaters will debut for the publics pleasure along with the latest live performance from Raetihi’s own theatre troupe, the Pheonix Players, on September 16th at 7:30pm.

Tickets for the play ‘Curtain Call’ are available from the Raetihi Info Centre on Seddon St for a reported $12. ‘Curtain Call’ plays on  the 16th, 17th & 18 September at 7:30pm

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“The BIG news this week, and first ever news on Raetihi.com, is the official launch of Raetihi’s new logo, branding and website! On display this Saturday 16th July at The Raetihi Country Markets is the logo and brand extensions commissioned by Raetihi Promotions – also incorporated into the design of the very website you’re currently reading.  The new logo includes a rainbow, symbolic of local Iwi Uenuku as well as the dramatic and magnetic natural features of Mt Ruapehu & The Whanganui River. Other aspects of the design allude to the original character of Raetihi as a gateway town for riverboat tourists and the pioneers of the timber industry. The brand extensions, “your gateway to…”, invite locals and visitors to recognise Raetihi as being surrounded by, and with easy access to, some of NZ’s most exciting and unique outdoor adventures.”

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

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