Kapiti Observer : January 12th 2012
5 THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 Wheelie happy: Sharn Rohloff is handed a brand new scooter by Richard Stent yesterday after hers was stolen on January 2 from inside her Raumati South home. Mr Stent said he saw Sharn's story in the Kapiti Observer and decided to hand over the scooter he has had for months. ''As a contractor you get given these things and I thought there was no point in it sitting in my office, so wanted to give it to Sharn.'' Sharn's purple scooter, stolen from inside her front door, cost $260 and was given to her for Christmas. Sharn's mother Leanne said she was taken aback by Mr Stent's gift yesterday, and it took her some time to process his generosity. ''Thank you so much. We can't thank you enough,'' she said. Start the new year on a low TIP TOP ICE CREAM 2 LTR FRESH NZ CHERRIES 3.88 FRESH NZ SWEETCORN 5 FOR HARDY'S WINE RANGE 2 FOR 9.98 4.00 12.98 $ $ $$ each kg No trade supplied. Limits may apply. While stocks last. Offer ends Sunday 15th January at 11pm. LOOK FOR OUR BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIALS IN STORE Balloon tragedy adds to Lift Off Levin woes By JOEL MAXWELL In doubt: Lift Off Levin's Night Glow could be in doubt after a funding crisis for the annual festival. Photo: HANNAH LOGAN Lift Off Levin is in some doubt with a $65,000 sponsorship short- fall that just got harder to fill after Saturday s Wairarapa bal- looning tragedy, festival organiser Denis Hall says. Mr Hall said the hot air balloon event scheduled for the start of April was funded by the now- defunct Horowhenua Community Trust. Well, the festival is in some doubt at the moment. We don t have any funding yet. And funding s going to be even more difficult to get now [follow- ing the crash]. Mr Hall said last year the bulk of the $65,000 funding for the fes- tival came from the trust, which made grants from pokie machine profits from Horowhenua pubs. We re going to need to talk to the likes of the council, but the council have already said that they don t want to put anything into it. But that was a couple of months ago. He said 19 balloons took part in the 2011 event and balloonists were keen to turn up this year regardless of whether it has found more funding -- with the crash only reinforcing pilots wishes to attend. However events like the Balloon Glow, which costs about $18,000 to run, could be in jeopardy. Mr Hall said if someone decided to manage the Glow and charge at the gate, they would be taking on big financial risk for a relatively small return. The festival has become a tra- dition for balloonists but it needed to find a new way of securing funding, he said. It s so late in the day it s going to be difficult. The pokie trust had its gaming licence pulled by the Department of Internal Affairs last year fol- lowing investigations into licens- ing irregularities and breaches of the Gambling Act. Three of the pubs went into receivership, with one -- Shan- non s Albion -- being badly damaged by arson. Meanwhile Mr Hall said cancel- ling the balloon festival following the crash, that claimed 11 lives, would be a mistake. He said the Wairarapa tragedy was an accident and neither pilot Lance Hopping, killed in the crash, nor friends and relatives of passengers would want it stopped. The festival is run over Easter from April 5 to April 9, and includes a planned mass ascen- sion from Levin s Village Green, and the annual Lake Horowhenua Balloon Regatta and Splash and Dash. It will come three months after the Early Morning Balloons flight hit powerlines near Carterton, with the basket catching fire and two passengers leaping to the ground. A scene examination by police at the crash site was still underway yesterday as the Kapiti Observer went to press. A tiny dip for Kapiti Kapiti residential property values dropped by 0.07 per cent in the latest QV price index for the year to December. The dip in value to an average $361,588 mirrored a similar drop for the Wellington region -- down by 0.04 per cent on the same time in 2010. South Wairarapa recorded the biggest drop, down by 4.3 per cent to an average value of $272,739. Values in the Wellington region varied throughout 2011, increas- ing slightly for the first few months then falling till September before beginning to increase again.
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