guardian the 2 WEDNESDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2015 Briefly $25,000 to spend Projects that will account for around $18,000 of the “special projects” targeted rate were confirmed at a recent Motueka Community Board meeting. The special projects fund of around $25,000 comes from a rate of $5.00 from people in the Motueka Ward. The community board chose projects, after a survey and consultation, and four projects are so far approved. They are to contribute $3000 toward signage on the Tasman Cycle Trail encouraging users to take the trip into Motueka Township, to give something toward the ongoing running costs of the litter cart, to contribute to a drinking fountain. And to investigate lighting options and prices for the Motueka sign at the southern entrance to the town. More investigation is needed before the implementation of two of the top voted projects Road/cycle lane markings on Pah, Grey and Whakarewa streets; and the construction of a shared access way linking Talbot and Manoy Streets. A stunning exhibition Don’t go up the Moutere Highway without calling in to the Icon Gallery. There’s a wonderful exhibition on in the White Gallery until 3 March and it’s not to be missed. It’s “(Outside) In – echoes of our primal lands” featuring unique works by Jason Tillman. From the moment you enter you’ll be amazed. There’s a series of dramatic sculptural works featuring lots of stainless steel and other earthy components. Jason lives in Marlborough. “A great day” Donna Smithies was delighted with the crowd that came to Dovedale’s Country Affair on Sunday. There hasn’t been a count up yet but Donna said it felt like a lot more people than ever before and stalls were busier for longer. She thought having M.C. Murray helped push the day along. “I was really really pleased. It was a really great event.” (See photographs page 10). “Hippies brought intellect…” “The Takaka Hill is a window that shuts out the rest of the world” read Robbie Robillard “Hippies brought intellect into the bay” she added when she spoke and read extracts from her book “Hard Country” last week. It’s her story about the last 60 years at ‘Rocklands’, an inhospitable marginal farm which borders the Abel Tasman National Park. There wasn’t a seat left empty at the Motueka Library. Many came because of their association with The Bay, others because the book’s doing very well and they wanted to meet the woman responsible. Swimming incident leads to serious injury for school boy By Kendyl Drummond A Golden Bay High School student sustained a serious injury last Wednesday, 11th February after diving in to the school’s pool. 13 year old Josh Scotland attempted to ‘penguin dive’ into the pool, when he hit his head directly on the bottom and consequently, suffered a severe neck injury. School staff and students were quick to respond by calling an ambulance to the scene, before an 13 year old Golden Bay High School student emergency helicopter is in Christchurch Hospital after suffering a was also dispatched serious neck injury. to take the student to Christchurch. This is the second incident in the Golden Bay High School past eight months where someone Principal Roger File says Josh’s in the Tasman-Golden Bay area family is hoping for him to be has suffered a serious injury while moved to the Burwood Spinal Unit diving into water. in Christchurch later this week and Last May, Motueka’s Brooke it is expected to be a six to 12 week Waru suffered a serious neck and recovery. back injury after diving into waist He says the hospital staff have deep water at Kaiteriteri Beach. commended the teachers and stuGolden Bay High School is dents that quickly responded to holding a mufti day next week Josh’s incident, and at this stage, it where all funds will go directly to is expected that he will be able to the Scotland/Neal family and a walk again, though it will be a long Facebook support page has also road to recovery. been set up. Josh is described by friends and To donate in support of Josh family as having a calm and gentle and his family, payments can be nature, with a cheeky personality, transferred to the following bank a big smile and a great sportsman account: Josh Scotland Fund, 03 and team player. 1354 0342993 30 (NBS Takaka). A river mural Work has begun on the fourth Vision Motueka mural, themed “Our River (Te Awa)”, on the Whitwells Menswear wall. The painting will depict the river from its source in the Golden Downs pine plantation down to the SH60 bridge and then the river mouth, with different colours to show the four seasons. It will show common activities on the river, including fishing, kayaking, swimming, whitebaiting and other popular pastimes. It will be painted by volunteers during autumn, under the direction of the mural designer, Lower Moutere-based Karin Fruhauf. As with the other murals, all paint is being supplied for free through Dulux and Guthrie Bowron Motueka.
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