Home' Hastings Mail : February 7th 2012 Contents 7
HASTINGS MAIL, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
Havelock Road HAVELOCK NORTH
Phone 877 5025
Dinner 7 Days
Full menu and Daily specials
7 Days from 11.30am
Country at Cornwall
Featuring music by The Fletcher Whanau
with special guests Borderline
For more information: creativehastings.org.nz
Cornwall Park, Hastings
February 12 at 3pm
Wet weather option: Hawkes Bay Opera House
Plaza, Hastings. Please bring your chairs.
Restricted mobility? Priority parking and seating
will be provided. Please display your mobility
permit at the Tomoana Road entrance.
Fine Contemporary Jewellery
7 Village Court, Havelock North 06 877 6072
Buying an Engagement Ring. . .
A Bloke's Guide
OK so you've decided to "tie the knot"
, to start
that time honored process that leads to the altar,
Congratulations! But were do you begin? How do
you choose the right ring, you don't even want to
be in a Jewellers shop! Suddenly you're out of your
comfort and it's going to cost you -- big time!
But that engagement ring, along with your wedding
bands is going to be one of the most symbolic
purchases you'll ever make
Before you even start looking with hor ror at the
number of noughts at the end of the price tags, you
need to make a big decision - whether to propose
with a surprise ring or whether to talk it though
first and get the ring together afterwards.
Like all things to do with women there is no clear
cut answer here. On the one hand she will love the
romance- you, down on one knee clutching a huge
diamond solitaire, but on the other side she's going
to have to wear it for the rest of her life so it's only
fair to let her choose!
I guess the point is, how well do you know what
she will like?
A commissioned ring is a wonderful and romantic
way for the two of you to start your engagement.
style and personality (as well as your pocket!).
However, remember it can take up to six weeks to
design and hand make a commissioned ring and
some girls just can't wait! Our range of ready to
wear rings can be bought from our Gallery and
unlike most other jewellers our rings are all made
in house and not mass produced.
But why not be involved with the design of
your engagement ring, it doesn't have to be an
expensive option, you may even want to use that
diamond from Granny's ring, no problem, we will
design and make the ring that's right for the two
of you and together we can really capture your
individuality into a truly meaningful symbol of
So now the big one -- how much should I spend?
As a guide it has been suggested that its two
months salary - is that before or after tax!! But
seriously my advice is to spend what feels right.
Every partner deserves the biggest diamond in the
world, but who needs to start married life in debt?
Fa r better to spend what you can afford -- whatever
the cost, it will always be her most precious ring.
Another link in bike trail gets going
To here . . .: What the boardwalk section of the cycleway will look like when
finished by June.
From here . . .: Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule, Deputy Mayor Cynthia
Bowers and Bike Hawke's Bay chairman, Don Kennedy wielding a spade at
the start of construction of the cycling and pedestrian walkway linking
Hastings and Havelock North.
Construction of the $1.5 million
cycling and pedestrian walkway
linking Hastings and Havelock
North began last week.
The project involves the con-
struction of a three-metre wide
off-road pathway on the northern
side of Havelock Rd, beginning
between the outskirts of the city
and the St Georges Rd round-
It will extend to the bridge over
the Karamu Stream and features
a 400-metre boardwalk above an
open storm drain at the Havelock
North end of the pathway, along-
side Strawberry Patch.
Landscaping will be carried out
between the road and the
cycleway before the project is
expected to be completed by the
end of June.
Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule,
Deputy Mayor Cynthia Bowers
and Bike Hawke s Bay chairman
Don Kennedy marked the begin-
ning of the project by turning the
first piece of soil.
Mr Yule said the start of
construction was a major mile-
stone in the development of the
Heretaunga St East-Havelock Rd
link, which was a critical part of
the city s overall transport plan
and one of the four key routes
specified in council s iWay
walking and cycling strategy.
The new concrete walkway,
boardwalk and associated
landscaping will provide a mag-
nificent addition to the district s
walking and cycling network and
will also help relieve some of the
pressure on this vital transport
link between Hastings and Have-
lock North, Mr Yule said.
The need to develop safe and
easy access between Hastings and
Havelock North is essential and it
is hoped that many more people
will choose to cycle and walk once
this pathway is completed.
iWay is an initiative of the
Hastings District Council which
aims to make walking and cycling
easy and accessible.
Kids on borrowed time
Back at the beginning: The Ram
family continue their struggle to
stay in New Zealand. The couple,
Sital Ram Mall and Usha Rani
Ram, do not have Kiwi citizenship
and are therefore overstayers,
however their three children, from
left, eight-year-old twins Gagan
and Gaurav, and Hemani, 10, do.
A year s reprieve for an Indian
couple and their New Zealand
children threatened with deport-
ation ended last week.
Sital Ram Mall and Usha
Rani Ram were granted
12-month work visas in Decem-
ber 2010 after Mr Ram was
released from Hawke s Bay
Prison where he served three
months for being an overstayer
for almost eight years.
The couple have three chil-
dren, who have citizenship
because they were born here
Since then, at least one parent
has to be a citizen or permanent
resident for the child to get
The family s immigration con-
sultant, former MP and immi-
gration minister Tuariki
Delamere, said the Rams had
not been granted residency
because they still did not meet
However, it was not the end of
the road for the family. From
today, the Rams are overstayers
and have 42 days to appeal to
the Immigration and Protection
Mr Delamere believed appeal-
ing on humanitarian grounds
gave the family a strong chance
to remain .
The couple would rather leave
their children orphaned in New
Zealand than take them to live
in an Indian slum.
The family are of the Dalit, or
untouchable, caste and the chil-
dren would not have Indian citi-
zenship, so would not have
access to health services or
Mr Ram said his children --
Hemani, 10, and 8-year-old
twins Gagan and Gaurav -- were
doing well at school and wanted
to stay in Hastings where they
had friends and family.
Mr Ram has been working as
a carpenter during the past year
while his wife picked fruit.
But they could not work now
their work visas had expired.
it could take months for the tri-
bunal to rule on the Rams case
once an appeal was lodged.
They rely on people support-
Another Hastings family and
cousins of the Rams are in a
similar situation. Parents Balvir
Kumar and Meena Kumari,
originally from India, have
lodged an appeal against their
Two of the couple s three chil-
dren are New Zealand citizens.
Links Archive January 31st 2012 February 14th 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page