Community Notices

The Frock Shop
The Mt Biggs Home & School will be hosting The Frock Shop at Mt Biggs School hall on Friday 10th May, 12pm-6.30pm, just in time for Mothers Day. You will be able to try on, order or purchase from their range of beautiful clothing. Check out their website in advance & please feel free to share this post as all welcome. Thank you        -    James.

Oroua Sports Committee
Anyone interested in joining the Oroua Sports Committee please contact Lis Giesen, if you haven't already, before Monday the 13th of May as we will have our first meeting the following week to get the ball rolling.   -   Lis.

Enjoy a Mid-Winter Christmas Feast At Makoura Lodge on the 29th of June 630pm
Adult: $48pp. Child under 12 yrs: $25pp. Kids under 5 yrs: complimentary
Whiskey-glazed ham on the bone, carved at the buffet, with mustard’s
Slow-roasted leg of lamb with plum glaze & gravy
Crispy roasted duck fat potatoes
Makoura’s own Manuka honey roasted vegetable medley
Mint buttered peas & greens
Citrus brown rice salad
Ginger and orange sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and ice cream
Pear and blackberry galette with vanilla pouring custard
Tea & coffee included
All dietary’s can be catered for upon request.   -  Kimberley and Chris.

Oroua Junior Badminton Club
Tuesday’s , March to September ( excluding school holidays), 6pm to 7.30pm, Civic Centre Stadium,
Stafford Street entrance. $5 per night, per player. Racquets available. Suitable for ages 8 years and up. Sessions run by David, BWF Shuttletime Coach, 021 2491150    - Jan Harris.

Feilding Saturday Morning Rugby (FSMR)
FSMR provides junior rugby from ages 4-5 through to Under 13years. 
“Feilding Saturday Morning Rugby (FSMR) junior rugby registrations are open for the 2019 season, the season commences 4 May 2019. Information and online registrations can be found at our web site, or Facebook “
  -  Brendon Gerrish, Chairperson, Feilding Saturday Morning Rugby (FSMR)

Apiti RSA meeting to be held at 7.30pm this Wednesday the 27th of March 2019, at the Apiti Tavern and Eatery.  -  Julie O'Reilly (Secretary).

CONTACTS: - KATE Phone - 0274411897.    KIMBERLEY Phone - 0277820826. 
CHERYL Phone - 0274933029.   -  C. Hirschberg.

Oroua Hockey 2019 - Want to give Hockey a go?
Open to Oroua Cluster boys and girls year 5 upwards, no experience necessary just a have-a-go
attitude. Games: Played at Feilding high school turf on Friday nights (yes that means you can play a
Saturday morning sport + hockey!)
Practice: Afterschool at Kiwitea school hockey turf – probably Tuesdays TBC
Returning hockey players and those just wanting to have-a-go, join us for pre-season training day
Tuesday 2nd April – 3pmish at Kiwitea School Hockey turf. Registrations of interest by Friday 29th
March. Any Enquiries - Steph Strahan Ph 0274333015/063289002.  E-mail –
Like our facebook page – Oroua group hockey to keep up to date.  - S. Strahan.

Are you a parent/caregiver with a fussy eater? This free forum could be for you!
9 May 2019, 6.00-7.30pm, Palmerston North Convention Centre.
Dr Kirsty Ross, Clinical Psychologist, Massey University.
Suzanne Aitken, Dietician, Central PHO.
Dr Megan Pybus, Paediatrician, MidCentral Health.
This forum is open to parents, health professionals, ECE, NGO sector etc. and is an opportunity for
parents to come and get some tips.
No RSVP’s for this free forum are required.
We hope to see you there.  - MidCentral Health.

Top NZ Axemen in our Village!

Come along to the Apiti Tavern to see top NZ axemen in action this Saturday the 23rd of March, starting from 11.00a.m onwards.  Everyone welcome!   -  D. McKenzie.

Oroua Netball 2019 Girls and Boys!
Are you interested in playing netball this season?
 Years 1-6 play Feilding High School Netball Courts, Duke Street, Feilding, Saturday mornings.
 Year 7 and 8 Vautier Park, Puriri Terrace, Palmerston North, Monday nights. 
If your child is interested in playing please contact:
Year 1- 6: Kathryn Humphry on 027 672 8424
Year 7-8: Loren McIntyre on 027 848 9159
The season will commence early May until early September
Registrations close Wednesday 27th March 2019.
Again this year we will need parent involvement, if you are able to help in any way please let either Kathryn or Loren know.  -  J. Rush.

Skills and drills: Every Monday for 6 weeks. 5:15-6:15pm
For: Yr. 1’s to 8’s
When: Monday 6th May to 17th June 2019 (weather dependent)
Where: FAHS Turf
Sign up: Feilding Junior Hockey Facebook page. Cost: $30
Bring shin pads, mouth guard and a big smile.  Hockey sticks and coaches provided
Contact: Facebook page. - Raewyn Beattie

Registrations for 2019 are now open. Go to and follow the links to register.
This year subs have been set at $50 per player. Register and pay by 5th April 2019 you will receive a
discount of $15, bringing your subs down to $35.  For more information visit the sporty website or
follow us on Facebook.

Kimbolton Sculpture Festival Saturday 6th April
Planning for the Kimbolton Sculpture Festival is well underway with something for everyone.
 Sculpture entries currently double this time last year.
 Stallholders sites booked already exceed total last year numbers.
 New interactive activities for young and old replaces Top town and Young Farmers Club
 More art and craft demonstrations.
 Fibre and photography exhibitions.
 Quilting, wool spinning and weaving exhibitions.
 Barn raising demonstration.
 Vintage cars.
 Hot rod club display.
 Financial support with sponsorship and grants 10% more than last year.
 Crowdfunding campaign underway offering an opportunity for people to become involved
and be part of the festival. Go to
sculpture-festival to find out more.
 Entry fees remain at $5 for adults with children under 18 free.  -  T. Waugh

Future of Education - Public meeting
Tuesday 26th March, 5:30pm
Feilding High School Hall, 1 Churcher Street, Feilding.
Hon Nikki Kaye.  MP for Auckland Central and Opposition
Spokesperson for Education and Sport and Recreation.
Ian McKelvie.  MP for Rangitikei and Spokesperson for Racing and Fisheries.
Come discuss the future of our education system. You’ll be able to raise general education issues with a focus on proposals from the Government’s “Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce”.
We’ve raised some serious concerns about the proposals which, in our view, could transfer power away from parents to officials. We want everyone to have access to information about the proposals. It’s an opportunity for us to hear from you and ensure your views are shared.
We expect the meeting will run for about an hour with some small presentations, followed by
the opportunity for you to ask questions of the MPs.  
Children are welcome to attend.  -  Authorised by Nikki Kaye MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington. - By Ian McKelvie 47 Manchester Street, Feilding.

Kiwitea Hoedown - Saturday 6th July
Kiwitea Fundraising Committee.  Kiwitea Hall starting at 7.00pm.  Live band : Winsome Lost.  Auction.  Cash bar.  Tickets $60.00, supper included.  Transport available $10 per person.  For more info, contact Carly on 3289119,  -  Carly Thomas.

Myth Productions - Audition Information
Come along and audition for Manawatu Youth Theatre's next production, Alice in Wonderland Jnr, onstage 11 - 19th July.  22 roles available + ensemble.  Looking for cast between ages of 10 - 16 years.  Pre-audition evening : Sunday 31st March, 5pm at the Globe Theatre.  For more information and / or to register, email  -  Globe Theatre. 

Apiti Cemetery Board AGM - Monday 25th March 2019, 7.30pm Apiti Hall. - Public welcome.      -  C. Digby (Secretary).  

Apiti Family Mountain Bike Ride - Sunday 3rd March 2019
From 9.30am - 3.00pm.  A community fundraiser for all ages.
At the Apiti Tavern, 755 Oroua Valley Road and the Apiti Community Hall, Makoura Road, Apiti.
Tickets available on the day : Adults $20.00, children $5.00. With a sausage sizzle and a drink to finish.
For more information, visit    -  K. Thompson.

Nigel Latta
An evening with Nigel Latta.  Supporting the Manchester St School Robotics team "The Odderbots"
Adventure in Parentland: From Tweens to Teens, and Beyond.
Date : Monday 4th March.    Time : 7.30pm - 9pm.    Venure : Feilding Civic Centre, 84 Aorangi St, Feilding.  Tickets are available via Eventfinda.  R16 - language may offend.  - Manchester School. 

Kimbolton Sculpture Festival
Great news. In the first week of the Kimbolton Sculpture Festival crowdfunding Boosted campaign we have achieved 16% of the $5,000 target. 
With only 21 days left to the end of the campaign please go to and make a donation and don’t forget to share the link with contacts, family and friends.
Just in case you are wondering, there’s no expectation for large sums to be donated, all donations big or small, are gratefully received.  Kind regards, Tony Waugh, Kimbolton Art & Sculpture Charitable Trust.

The Kimbolton Sculpture Festival
The Kimbolton Sculpture Festival organisers have launched a campaign to raise $5,000 through the crowdfunding website, Can you please share the link as many of your contacts, colleagues and friends as possible?
Our success relies on spreading the word far and wide and we would really appreciate any assistance you can give.
Oh, and don’t forget to have a look yourself and make a donation. (Most donations qualify for a 33% tax credit) .   -  Tony Waugh, Kimbolton Art & Sculpture Charitable Trust
(06) 328 5708.  027 974 5649.

Women in Farming Rangitikei is hosting Julia Jones- Farm Enterprise Specialist with KPMG’s
Agri-food Division and Miles Anderson -Strong Wool grower from Southburn representing
the Wool Industry Working Group.
6pm Wednesday 27th February Feilding Golf Club.
This event is open to all farmers and is a night not to be missed!
Tickets $21pp and available online at
Thank you to our sponsors Beef and Lamb NZ, PGG Wool, Accelerate 25 and Property Brokers.
Come and join us for drinks and dinner starting from 6pm. Strong Wool Grower & Fed Farmers
Sector Chair Miles Anderson will be providing an update on the Wool Industry Working Group at
6.30pm. After dinner Julia Jones will be guiding us through how to prosper in these changing 
market climates, emerging food trends and customer perspectives.
Dinner will be served at 7pm. Cash bar open. Maximum 110 people.
Feilding Golf Club, 1487 Waughs Rd, Aorangi. or 027 467 8506.
 - Ian Hopkins and Shelley Dew-Hopkins

Apiti RSA are holding a meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 13 February @ the Apiti Tavern and
We would like to acknowledge that there are still some outstanding 2018 subs, therefore we would
be delighted if these are met with payment – Thank you! Subscriptions are $20 with $10 of this
going towards capitation. You can do this by contacting our Treasurer Hugh McIntyre or President
Ross Bielski.
Also, we welcome any person in the community to come along and join us at our next meeting.
Furthermore, if you would like to be an RSA committee member in the future, we would love to
have you!   -   Shirley Goodall, RSA Secretary.

Apiti Community Committee
The ACC are hosting a 'home baked' stall at the Apiti Show being held on Saturday the 23rd of February.  For this we will need home baking please.  Please contact June if you require butter, flour sugar etc.  We would love slices, muffin's, cup cakes please with each one individually wrapped please. You can deliver the goodies to June on the Friday (22nd) or drop them off at the show on the morning of the show.  If you need any further information, please contact June on 3284 773.
ACC are also doing a hot food stall e.g roast meat, sausages, patties.  ACC would like to thank you in advance for your support.   -   ACC Committee. 

Apiti Community Committee - Apiti Family Mountain Bike Ride - Sunday 3rd March 2019
This event is for experienced adult riders and for children.  The children's ride will start behind the Apiti Tavern at 10.30a.m.  
Adults start at 9.30a.m from the Apiti Hall.  Registrations taken at the hall from 8.00a.m - $20 adults, $5.00 children.
There will be LIVE MUSIC on stage all afternoon a BBQ to purchase, plus a bouncy castle for the children at the Tavern.  There will be stalls, plus Kate Wilson-Bryant and another artist doing art.
Come along and enjoy a lovely day out even if your not competing.  -  K. Thompson (ACC Chairperson).

Free to A Good Home / s - 3 very friendly goats (1 male, 2 females), to give away to a good loving home (my garden would appreciate it).  If interested, please phone June/Murray on 3284 880.  - June.

Manawatu Rural Support Service and Kimbolton Early Learning Centre
Invite you: To a FREE First Aid Course for parents/caregivers of pre-schoolers.
Where: Kimbolton School Hall
When: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 10am – 12noon.
John Mitchell, MediTrain, will be providing the training. He is happy to include your suggestions for topics to be included.  Just contact the Rural Community Workers listed below to register, and have your suggestions noted. 
Please book your place before 14 December 2018 by - Phoning MRSS on 06 323 7191
Texting Aevryl 021 0823 4809, or Tima 027 422 3544.

Emailing or  -  Ruahine Early Learning.

Junior Kids Camp - Highland Home Christian Camp
Wednesday 9th - 12th January 2019, for 6 - 8 year olds. $95.00 Earlybird price before 21st December, $115.00 full price.
Register online at or contact Rebecca on 02040139716, email    -  R. Gray.

Kimbolton and Districts Bowling Club
2018 - 2019 season.  Opening day and champagne breakfast - Saturday 22nd December - Kimbolton Bowling ground, Kimbolton.  10a.m start.  BBQ lunch provided and BYO liquid refreshments.  

Apiti Show Meeting
A meeting of the Apiti Show committee will be held this Thursday the 29th of November in the Apiti Tavern starting at 7.00pm.  It would be great to see all interested community members at this meeting.
-  M. Cuming

Apiti Community Committee Meeting
The Apiti Community Committee welcomes you to come along and hear what is happening in our community .
Our next meeting is to be held at Apiti Community Hall at 7pm on Thursday 6th December.
If you would like to raise a matter with the committee please call either our Chairperson Ken Thompson on 3284779 or Secretary Sonya Dearlove on 3284547.   -  S. Dearlove.

One only 'princeware' brand clear rectangle shape container (similar to a clikclak) which has a pink sealer around the lid.  Please drop off to school if found.  - N. Philps

Manawatu District Libraries
'The Amazing Read' - 4 to 10 years.  'Power to Read' - 11 to 13 years.  Register by Sunday 25th November.

Ladies Group
On Saturday the 24th of November, we will visit Frances McColl's garden in Kiwitea.  We will leave from the Tavern at 9.30am.  Lunch will be at the Kim cafe then we will return home.   
Ladies Group Christmas Dinner 
The Ladies group Christmas dinner at $22.00, will be held on Thursday the 13th of December at 6.30 in the Apiti Tavern. Please provide a $5.00 secret santa gift.  Numbers are required, so please email or phone June on 3284 773 by the 9th of December.  -  Chrissy and June.  

Cross Hills Country Fair - Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of November. 

Community Car Boot and Garage Sale
A fundraiser for Waituna West Playcentre.  Saturday, 24th of November, 10am - 3pm. 50 Waituna Tapauae Road. Cash only.  Enquiries : Leanne on 3286 776, 027 3286035   -  W.W Playcentre.  

Ian McKean Pinetum Presents - Picnic in the Pinetum
Saturday 1st December at 11a.m. Explore Northern Manawatu!  
Tree tours  -  marshmellow pit  -  spot prizes  -  facepainting.  Ian McKean Pinetum - Renfrew Road, Rangiwahia.  All welcome.  For more info, go to Facebook - Ian McKean Pinetum.  -  I. McKean.

Armistice Day 2018

Sunday 11th of November marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

At 11am on 11 November 1918, after four years of brutal conflict, the First World War finally ended. 
When news of the Armistice reached New Zealand it was met with widespread thanksgiving,
celebration and a lot of noise.

100 years on, we want to recapture this energy and the Apiti RSA invite all of Apiti and District community members and friends to join in. (This will take approximately 10-15 minutes out of your day!).

Please meet at the Apiti hall at 10:50am to mark this occasion where a two minute silence will be observed at 11am, to acknowledge the immense loss and hardship endured throughout the war.
-   Shirley Goodall, Secretary - Apiti RSA

The Apiti Community Committee welcomes you to come along and hear what is happening in our community. Our next meeting is to be held at Apiti Community Hall 7pm on Thursday 18th October. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Also Manawatu District Council are embarking on a new project - The Future of Feilding's Town Centre - A Community Discussion 2018. So at The Apiti Community Committee Meeting, Mayor Helen Worboys or Deputy Mayor Michael Ford will provide a short introductory presentation, followed by feedback session with the community committee.
If you would like to raise a matter with Committee, please call either our chairperson Ken Thompson 3284779 or secretary Sonya Dearlove 3284547.   -  S. Dearlove.
Feilding Athletics Club
Every Wednesday at Timona Park in Feilding for ages 4 - 6 from 5.30 - 6.30 and for ages 7 - 18 from 5.30 to 7.00pm.  -  Vanessa W. 

Targa Motorsport Event - Wednesday the 28th November 2018
The organisers of this event have offered Apiti School an opportunity to raise good money with this event.  We have been asked if we are able to provide 5 - 6 Marshalls to undertake taping gates and to act as 'Marshalls' at intersections from 1.30 to 6.00pm on that afternoon.
Our fundraising committee ASSA, is keen to do this but need to have numbers before we reply to the Targa committee with a definite answer.
If any parent or community members would like to help us out, please text Nicole on
027 2709454 as soon as possible to let her know so she can reply to the Targa committee.  We would very much appreciate your help!  If you need to know any more info about this event, please contact Nicole.

Education Review Office Visit
A reminder that Rod and Jan from the ERO office will be visiting Apiti School next Monday and Tuesday.  All parents and community members are invited to attend the mihi whakatau at 11.30am on Monday to welcome our guests.

Rental Wanted
Nicole is interested in hearing from anyone who has a house for rent.  If you have, please ring Nicole on 027 2709454.  -  N. Philps.

Massey University - Youth Asthma Study
Massey University is conducting an important research study looking at the different types of asthma in children and teens ages 8 - 18.
The study aims to examine the causes of childhood asthma and therefore improve treatment options for all asthmatics.
Approx 600 children and teenagers are already taking part in the research, but we need 100 more to take part!  The study involves a lung function test and a short questionnaire.
We are inviting children and teenagers with and without asthma to take part in this research.  If you or your child is between 8 and 18 years old , please consider being part of this study.
Please contact : Jean Feary McKenzie on 0508 ASTHMA or
Otara Bridge Strengthening and Repairs ROAD CLOSURE
Riverside Construction Limited, on behalf of the Manawatū District Council, will be closing the Otara Road Bridge to all traffic from 7am on Tuesday 2 October to 5pm on Friday 5 October 2018.    The Otara Road Bridge crosses the Rangitikei River at Ohingaiti.                  The closure of the bridge is part of the Bridge Strengthening Project and is necessary to safely carry out work on the abutments and approaches to the bridge. 
Important information:
When:       Closure starts from 7.00am Tuesday 2nd Oct 2018 to 5.00pm Friday 5th Oct 2018
Times:       The bridge will be closed at all times for the duration of the closure period 
During the closure period, access from State Highway 1 to Rangiwahia will be from Mangaweka via Ruahine Road. Please note that there is an existing 6 tonne gross weight limit for all vehicles using Ruahine Road.  Thank you in advance for your patience.  We look forward to working with you to complete this important project for the community.   
Jim Mestyanek, Senior Structural Engineer, Roading, Manawatu District Council


Otara Bridge Strengthening and Repairs 
Works have begun on the Otara Bridge over the Rangitikei River at Ohingaiti to strengthen the bridge to carry full Class 1 traffic loads.  The works are expected to be completed by Christmas 2018. 
Most of the work will take place under the bridge using scaffolding and therefore will not interrupt traffic.  However, at times we will need to close the bridge fully for up to 5 days to carry out work on the deck and approaches.  We will advise these proposed closures 4 weeks in advance. 
In addition to this, ordinary daily traffic may encounter occasional temporary delays (stop/go control).  We will aim to keep these as short as possible.  Of course, we will give immediate access to emergency services, as required.
Please take care to observe the existing bridge restrictions while we are working at the site.
Thank you in advance for your patience.  We look forward to working with you to complete this important project for the community. Jim Mestyanek, Senior Structural Engineer, Roading, Manawatu District Council. 
The primary contractor contacts are as follows: 
Riverside Construction Ltd.
Ian Hunt                      Site Supervisor                        027 451 2664
Jim Sweetensen          Construction Manager            021 368 002
Steven Sowry               Engineer                                  022 134 2161
Mark Goodwin            Contract Manager                  027 442 7304
   -  Gary Stoneley, District Coordinator, Manawatu District Neighbourhood Support
ph 06 323 7386 mob 027 323 7387

MPI have issued a warning for biotoxins identified in shellfish. This can be a significant health risk.  Do not collect or eat any shellfish from the affected region, from Port Waikato, southward to the Manawatū River at Foxton Beach.  MPI's website for more information:-
Gary Stoneley, District Coordinator, Manawatu District Neighbourhood Support
ph 06 323 7386 mob 027 323 7387
c/o Feilding Police Station, 93 Kimbolton RoadBox 341, Feilding.

MDC Public Meeting -  Local / Roading Issues
As you will know, Manawatu District Council Elected Members and staff have engaged in a series of draft 2018-28 Long Term Plan consultation meetings throughout April and May.
While many topics were discussed, one of the key messages that Council received from the North was around the roading network – the problems, the maintenance, the priorities, the communities’ expectations and some of the communities’ frustrations.
So... To dig deeper into this issue (and find a solution), Council wants to work closely with the community and look at ways to get a better local understanding of the local issues.
What does that look like? Council is planning a ‘listening session’ to hear your views, your thoughts and your suggestions about all things roading.
We are organising a meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 20 June 2018 at the Apiti Tavern to hear from the North.
This will be an open and forward looking session and Council want to hear from anyone who is interested in contributing. Mayor Helen Worboys, a number of Elected Members, senior Council officers and roading staff will be attending.
If you have any questions please contact me directly or your local / liaison Councillor for more information.
Regards - HAMISH WAUGH General Manager - Infrastructure.

Apiti RSA - March 2018
Kia ora Returned and Service members, Associate members and Widows
President’s message
Welcome All
We look forward to ANZAC day next month, as another year has disappeared increasingly quickly! The RSA committee has been busy organizing the upcoming day to honour and remember those who have gone before us.
Our guest speaker this year will be Ross George, son of the late Ivan George, who researched and
first published the book “Apiti Where’s That?” in 1977. Ivan was the Principal of Apiti School for 10 1⁄2
It will be great to catch up with you all again on ANZAC day, to meet and greet old and new friends and
for all to enjoy our Apiti hospitality.
Kind regards,
Ross Bielski - President Apiti RSA
ANZAC Day – Wednesday 25 April 2018
The format for the ANZAC Parade and service for 2018;
9.45 am   - Gather in the village at the garage if marching
10.00 am - Parade of Military Vehicles up the main road
                - Fly past
10.15 am - March to Apiti Hall conducted by Linton Army and led by Feilding & Districts Pipe Band.
                - Wreath laying and ceremonies
10.30 am - Service in Hall and Marquee
                - Followed by morning tea and refreshments
1.00 pm - Pot Luck BBQ Lunch at the Apiti Tavern – Meat will be provided
ALL WELCOME“Bring your family, Bring your friends”
Please bring a large salad / large finger food main / large finger food dessert / slices
March: We would like all service and associate members to join in the March. Also a family member
may wear medals in memory and march. Please join in.
Medal and Poppy Wearing Protocol:
Medals to be worn by recipient only on left side. If medals are to be worn by a relative in honour of a deceased recipient, they are to be worn on the right side.
Poppies: should be worn on the left side above the medals. Please purchase from Apiti RSA – (as
all donations go to Apiti RSA) available from Apiti Tavern, Kimbolton Café, Kimbolton & Cheltenham Hotels, ANZ Feilding & Simon McKay Plant & Machinery Feilding.
RSA Badge: wear on the right lapel.
Membership Cards: 2018 subs are $20.00 and can be paid with cash on the day to Hugh McIntyre
(Treasurer) - Makoura Rd, R.D. 1 Apiti 4777 email;
or internet banking 020 628 001 796 700
RSA Golf Day: Sunday 29 April 2018
RSA Annual meeting: Wednesday 30 May 2018
Email: Please update your details to John Goodall @
Best regards
Shirley Goodall – Secretary Apiti RSA.

The NZ Rural Sculpture Awards are coming to a village near you!
THE KIMBOLTON SCULPTURE FESTIVAL - Saturday April 28, Kimbolton Domain.
There’s great prize money for anyone living within a 30 kilometre radius of Kimbolton who gets creative and enters a sculpture – there’s still time to get into the shed and show what you can do – grab a chainsaw, welding gear or just chip away.
Go to for details. Prizes for local youth entries, small sculptures and farmers.
Free stalls are available for community groups and private individuals in the 30k zone who want to sell quality goods on the day.
Contact to apply for a stall site (T&C’s apply).
We also want to hear from you if you want to be in a top town team, be a volunteer or busk on the day.

Apiti Community Committee re : Manawatu District Long Term Plan 
Rate increases for the rural sector are rumored to be between 15% and 25%, we need everyone to attend this 11th of April meeting, to voice their opinion whether they are for or against. 
Attached is a statement from the Mayor with information on the proposed changes to the long term plan.  
-  Ken Thompson - Chair, Apiti Community Committee. 
Manawatu District Long Term Plan - Community Consultations
Council will be in your community to discuss the Long Term Plan and to answer your questions.
There are two big questions :
a)  Rates : What is the fairest way to distribute the cost of services?
b)  What is the best way to pay for stormwater improvements?

Meeting to be held on the 11th of April at 7.00pm in the Apiti Community Hall.

“Proposed changes in the Manawatū District Council's draft Long Term Plan will see the significant difference between rural and urban rates reduced. Council recognises that the services it provides benefit ratepayer groups differently, and that as a general principle it is fair and reasonable to expect that those who can benefit from a service should pay for the service. The legislation only provides for limited rating system options, and our system is based on capital value. The higher the capital value of your property the higher the rates, which is quite a blunt instrument. It is however only the General rates, Roading rates and Parks and Sportsgrounds rates that are based on capital value and these are the ones that are affected by the proposed changes in rating differentials (weightings). Other rates that make up the total rates on a property include water supply, wastewater (sewerage), drainage (stormwater), Uniform Annual General Charge, Makino Aquatic Centre, Libraries and such services as kerbside recycling. There are other specific targeted rates such as CBD redevelopment and security. "The differentials between the different property categories such as residential, rural and commercial need to be fair and equitable. Council has determined that the current rating differentials are not fair and equitable. Feilding residential rates are currently about the 5th highest in NZ, and rural rates are some of the lowest in NZ" say Mayor Helen Worboys. Roading is the most significant expense for our District. Currently 61% of the money to pay for roading comes from rural ratepayers and 39% from urban ratepayers, whereas 89% of the money is spent on rural roads and 11% on urban roads. The proposed changes mean that 71% of the money to pay for roading will come from Rural ratepayers and 29% from urban ratepayers. Council takes the view that everyone benefits from the roading network. Reviewing the differential and rebalancing the rural-urban contributions has had the effect of reducing the rate impact on our business district and Feilding residents and increasing the rural. The changes for Rural ratepayers for General Rates will be phased in over 3 years. The changes to the system affecting the General, Roading and Parks and Sportsgrounds rates only are based on seven principles which are intended to ensure fairness to all ratepayer groups: Rates are proportional to the capital value of the property Rural and residential ratepayers benefit equally from services funded by the General Rate, e.g. District planning, governance and administration of Council, economic development, community development, polls, a portion of licensing, animal control, building consenting, resource consenting and compliance etc, etc.  Properties in the Industrial and Non CBD Commercial, Utilities and Feilding CBD areas benefit more than Rural and Feilding Residential properties from economic development Rural, Feilding Residential and Feilding CBD ratepayers benefit equally from the roading network Industrial and Non CBD Commercial, and Utilities ratepayers place greater demand on the roading network than other ratepayer groups, and should pay more towards its maintenance Feilding CBD ratepayers benefit most from Parks and Sports Grounds; Utilities, Industrial and Non CBD Commercial, Feilding Residential and Feilding Rural ratepayers also receive moderate benefits, while Rural ratepayers benefit the least  Feilding Rural and Feilding Residential Ratepayers benefit equally from all services. Changes in rating differentials are one component of individual rates changes, increased costs and services make up the other component of rates total changes. The rates in the proposed Long Term plan are indicative only and may change depending on the decisions made through the submission process. As a generalisation, Feilding residential rates will have a minimal change, Rural rates will increase and Industrial and Commercial rates will decrease. Every property will be affected differently. Examples of how the proposal will affect rates are on Council's website available from 3 April 2018 These are proposed changes and it is important that Council know if you support or oppose the changes through the submission process which begins on 3 April Submissions close on 3 May.  -  Helen Worboys Mayor”

Yoga - Yoga sessions held at Kimbolton School every Monday from 6.30 - 7.30pm.  $12.00 per session. All levels welcome. Mats provided. Bookings via text to Kirsty Maurice on 027 5045484.  
- K. Maurice.

Eric Brew - Fine Art Exhibition
1pm Friday 23rd of March at the Gallery 5 at Te Manawa museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North.
Walk and talk with artist Eric Brew at his retrospective exhibition.  Will try to explain some work and why - should be entertaining.  If you need to know more info, please ring Eric on 021 02506212.  -  Eric Brew. 

One x dog kennel with a run. Please phone June on 3284 880 if you can help.  -  June.

Kimbolton Early Learning
Chris and Jewel would love to meet you, so come on in and view Kimbolton Early Learning.
Stop by and have a cuppa and check us out.  We are open from 8.30 - 3.30 Monday to Friday.
Up to 30 free hours ECE for over 3 year olds and up to 20 hours free for 2 - 3 year olds.
   -  Kimbolton Early Learning. 4 Lind St, Kimbolton.  Ph (06) 2803212. 21.02.2018
Media Release
Local ‘Team Emirates’ Champ, Simon van Velthooven, is bringing the America’s Cup to his
Exciting news!! We have just confirmed that Simon is keen to take time out of his busy schedule
to bring the Cup to Feilding for locals to view.
Preparations are underway to welcome Simon home and celebrate the Team Emirates win.
The champion cyclist is scheduled to arrive at the Feilding Farmers Market from 12-12.30noon,
on Friday 9 March, just after the Running of the Wools event in Manchester Square.
The cyclist on board Team Emirates was adamant that he wanted to show off the cup at the
Feilding Farmer’s Market because that’s where the locals meet on a Friday, including his mum
and dad.
It’s really awesome to have the opportunity for provincial NZ to see the coveted cup up close.
We hope everyone takes time out during the lunch hour to come along and to rouse a civic welcome fit for our local champion.  -  Raewyn Loader, Project Manager.
For more information please contact Raewyn on 027 27 14555.

Apiti Tavern
The time has come for me to say goodbye as I make my way to the UK very shortly. I’m very pleased to say that there are a couple looking at taking the tavern over, the doors will stay open, business as usual with some new faces and ideas in the mix. Lets make this one a big one & come meet the new publicans.
Upcoming Events
Community Dinner will be on Friday the  2ND of MARCH (a week later due to the Apiti Domain Show)
6.30PM $25pp and kids $1 x their age up to 16yrs.  !!! PLEASE RSVP on of before 24th of FEB !!!

Also we are looking for some keen Cricket Players for Saturday 17th Feb, 3pm to take on Rangi, all ages welcome. Bring something for a BBQ and refreshments.

24th March -  Apiti Axemen's Comp - Ran by Rod McKenzie - Please come and show your support, this event used to run at Apiti for many years, and its good to see it back again.  -  Hendrik