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Top young citizens flying high

By GRANT MILLER, Manawatu Standard

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Eight of Manawatu's upstanding young citizens were treated to a tour of Palmerston North from the air and on the ground yesterday to celebrate their civic attitude.

The eight primary school students were rewarded with a Helipro helicopter tour and rides on Harley Davidson motorcycles, as well as abseiling, a swim and morning tea with Mayor Jono Naylor.

Four primary schools - Linton Camp, Somerset Crescent, Cloverlea and Russell Street - picked two students each after the year's Junior Neighbourhood Support programme. The programme is run by police, firefighters, Civil Defence and Neighbourhood Support, emphasising helping people at home and in the community and being prepared for emergencies.

Ashley Hunter, 11, from Cloverlea School, was looking forward to morning tea with Mr Naylor because she really wanted to meet him.

Jesse Olynsma, 10, from Linton Camp School, jumped about with excitement after his helicopter ride.

Chontelle Rangihaka, 10, from Somerset Crescent School, was a bit nervous about the ride, but when she got up "I felt like I was floating".


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