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HASTINGS MAIL, JANUARY 25, 2012
YOUR SECTION Specialists
What are perennials?
Plants that grow all year
round and live for more
than one year.
Riverslea Rd Sth
Heretaunga St E
MR K O HARRISON
OPEN 7 DAYS
Mon - Fri 9am - 4:30pm
Sat - Sun 9am - 4:00pm
Phone 876 8022
909 Heretaunga Street
K.O Harrison Quality
Are our prices competitive... Yes they are !!.
All of our plants are grown locally by us, which means we can offer
you the best prices, backed up by the best advice.
You can turn your garden into an absolute knockout
with just a few visits to K.O Harrison Quality Perennial
Plants in Hastings.
K.O Harrison's -- nestled behind Taylor's
Dry Cleaning on Heretaunga St East -- deals only in quality perennials plants.
It's a hidden treasure trove of proven favourites in the garden, such as hardy
lavenders and countless other flowering perennials.
With more than 20,000 individual plants in stock and 200 different varieties, K.O
Harrison's surely has the biggest range of perennials anywhere in Hawke's Bay.
Not only will you be left dazed by the massive selection of plants, you'll be floored
by the cheap prices at K.O Harrison's.
"Everything is just $3", we haven't had a price increase for years. Kelvin who
started out in the plant business back in 1963 feels that everyone should treat
themselves from time to time.
"Plants are an ideal gift for that very special friend."
Landscapers and serious gardeners choose to buy their plants from K.O Harrison's,
so why not check the huge range of bargain-priced plants for yourself?
K.O Harrison Quality Perennial Plants
is at 909 Heretaunga St East.
Just drive down the short laneway next
to Taylor's Dry Cleaning.
'Gravedigga' fighting fit to
go into Saturday's battle
By CLINTON LLEWELLYN
Ready to mix it: Middleweight
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter
Dan ''Gravedigga'' Digby.
Hawke s Bay s introduction to pro-
fessional Mixed Martial Arts
(MMA) at the Merciless cage
fight night at Pettigrew Green
Arena in Napier this Saturday
should be a memorable one.
The four professional MMA
bouts on the card of the Fierce
Fitness Gym-organised event, a
fundraiser for Women s Refuge,
are all high-quality match-ups
and there has been plenty of local
interest in the nine corporate box-
ing matches featuring well-known
Bay business people.
The main event will see Fierce
Fitness fighter Dan Gravedigga
Digby take on Forrest Goodwin
Digby is the current New Zea-
land ICNZ welterweight cham-
pion and Goodwin is the ICNZ
national middleweight champion.
Digby, who had his first MMA
fight in 2005, is stepping up a
weight class and admits it has
been a bit of a struggle to go from
77kg to 84kg.
I have 16 fights at welter-
weight level but this is my first at
I ve been eating a lot of hangi
to try and put on weight, he
Making correct weight might be
a small concern to Digby but he
need not worry about his con-
His trainer and event organiser,
Fierce Fitness owner Jerry
Sargeant, had been putting his
fighter through a gruelling train-
ing regime in preparation for
what would be among the Bay s
first ever professional cage fights.
At training, Sargeant encour-
aged Digby as the fighter rotated
between tyre flips, push-ups, spar-
ring, take-down and wrestling
manoeuvres almost non-stop for
15 minutes -- simulating the maxi-
mum length of his MMA bout,
scheduled for three five-minute
Dan is an excellent wrestler
and submission specialist and has
done very well against recent
competition but this will be a dif-
The primary focus has been to
raise the level of Dan s stand-up
game and it s come a long way,
He predicted the other main
event of the night would be an
epic battle between lightweight
fighters, American-born Will The
Kill Chope, who fights out of
Phuket Top Team in Thailand,
and is flying in to fight Auckland s
The remaining two professional
bouts on the card feature two
other Fierce Fitness MMA
fighters, heavyweight Pane
Haraki and welterweight BJ
Bland, who are taking on quality
Kiwi opponents in Kevin Bentley
(Strikeforce) and Aaron Wilson
All corporate tables at the event
had sold out and 350 general
admission tickets had also been
Tickets to this Saturday's event
are still available from Ticket Direct
and Pettigrew Green Arena. Doors
open at 6.30pm with the first fight
set to start at 7.30pm.
Civic honours sought
Nominations for the Hastings
civic awards have been slow to
arrive so far.
Hastings District Council
spokesman Ross Holden said
historically most nominations
were received in the final few
days before the deadline, but
ideally we would like to get the
nominations in as soon as poss-
Closing date for nominations
is 5pm on February 17.
We are particularly inter-
ested in receiving more in the
arts and culture, education and
youth, new volunteer and youth
The awards will be presented
at Hawke s Bay Opera House
on May 7. See: hastingsdc.
Paying for opera
Hastings ratepayers will be asked
to put an extra $1.5 million into
the Hawke s Bay Opera House
over the next seven years.
Operation of the facility, which
had been expected to cost rate-
payers $2.6m between June this
year and 2019, was now forecast
to cost $4.15m.
The opera house, built in 1915,
underwent a $9.5m revamp six
Ratepayers would be given a
chance to comment on the
additional funding in the council s
2012 to 2022 long-term plan, due
out for consultation in March.
The decision to include the
extra funding in the draft long-
term plan was made by council-
lors in December after a presen-
tation by John Buck, chairman of
the council-controlled organis-
ation that ran the opera house.
He said that when the board
took over its operation in January
2009, it did so without fully
realising the paucity of financial
and operating information avail-
able to it .
Forecasts had been based on a
best-guess basis and to put this
in simplistic terms, we did not
know what it cost us to open the
The additional expenditure of
$150,000 a year was the cost
imposed in a model that balanced
profit-making functions and com-
munity functions and represents
a cost on ratepayers being able to
enjoy their opera house as
opposed to driving it solely as a
profit centre .
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