Series of quakes rocks central NZ


Geonet has recorded a series of earthquakes near Seddon.

The strongest measured 6.2.

Smaller ones rue recorded near Levin and Taihape.

NewsTalk ZB has live updates.

Train stop stops town


Okay, I exagerate, but the news the Overlander was going to stop in Taihape did cause some excitement:

Word quickly spread around Taihape that a passenger was getting off the train in their town.

Elizabeth Mortland of the Taihape Community Trust says it was major news for the community – which has a population of just 1,788.

“The train, at long last, was going to stop,” she says.

Locals mustered a crowd on the station’s platform.

“There were a lot of people keen to see the train stop and see a passenger alight,” says Elizabeth.

They clapped and cheered for David, the man who stopped the train in their town.

This was the first time the Overlander had stopped in Taihape since April 10, 2005.

This is the town which prides itself on being the gumboot capital.

As a frequent wearer and fan of that footwear in the right place, I’m happy to say that’s a worthy claim to fame.

But when the townsfolk get this excited about a train stopping it suggests they’ve been sniffing their own gumboots too long.

Woolhandler wins sports award


The Wanganui sportsperson of the year is woolhandler, Sheree Alabaster.

The award on Saturday night suprised many, not least the 34-year-old school principal from Taihape who triumphed over popular contenders such as Heartland rugby championships 2008 player of the year and Wanganui wing Cameron Crowley and Olympic Games cyclist Catherine Cheatley. . .

She said it was exciting for wool-handling competitions to be recognised as sport by the sporting fraternity, after the pioneering efforts of such people as the late Godfrey Bowen, who almost 20 years ago was named a foundation inductee of the national Sports Hall of Fame.

Falling sheep numbers have reduced the number of shearers and woolhandlers but not the quality of their performance and it’s good to have their skills acknowledged like this.

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