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has moved to the East Coast for a change of lifestyle and will be missed by her loyal customers. Andre is a welcome addition to the White St Hair and Beauty Strip which also features The Hair Cutting Shop and the Nail & Waxing Shop.

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It was also sad to say goodbye to Elma of Charisma Bridal who closed her doors in December. Don’t be disappointed if you missed out on the bargains at her closing sale — she has started a website which features the remainder of her sale gowns. Visit www.

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Varied events start year in style 2018 is already passing us by at record speed, with just over a week until Easter is upon us and daylight saving ends. We saw out 2017 with thousands of people enjoying the Christmas in Taradale festive celebration. The brilliant weather continued so we could enjoy the many and varied local events in the New Year — Puketapu Auction and Fair, Taradise at Moana Park, Black Barn concerts and cinemas, Children’s Day, Relay for Life, Horse of the Year and more.

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For parents who are starting to feel the pinch, the first set of school holidays isn’t far away. My thoughts are with Carol from Boredom Busters who although currently undergoing cancer treatment in Wellington, is in good spirits and has even had time to set up a series of school holiday activities for April. Check out the Boredom Busters Facebook page and get your littlies booked in. (Big thanks to Di from Calico Crafts and Geoff and Ngawai from Aotearoa Recycle Clothing who have stepped in to run things in Carol’s absence.)

Celebration continued with the opening of Drop Shot Kaffee earlier this month. This funky new icecream/cafe/smoothie and juice bar/ coffee shop is the brainchild of locals Karen and Gary Wise, who are hoping to inject some of their international favourites in to the Taradale café scene. Pop in to see them opposite the carpark in Symons Lane.

Reporter Brenda Vowden

Welcome to the Autumn edition of The Link, which focuses on the communities of Greenmeadows and Taradale. Please contact your account manager if you would like to promote your business in The Link. Story ideas? Contact Brenda Vowden on 872-8431 or John Ireland on 834-3245.

Finally, make sure you LIKE the Taradale Village Facebook page and keep your eyes and ears peeled for information on a ‘sweet’ Easter promotion.

Welcome also to Andre who is the new owner of Chic Boutique Colouring Studio. Stacy

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Community gets behind pool A total $350,000 will need to be raised through the community to fulfil the Taradale Community Pool Trust’s plans to reopen the Greendale Pool. Potential structural issues shut the doors on the pool at Taradale Primary School in December 2016, affecting 3000 children and adults who use the facility every year. This month more than100 people attended a meeting about the progress and plans for a project to reopen a new, structurally-sound swimming facility, should the Ministry of Education (MOE) approve a pool reopening business case. At the start of the meeting Taradale Community Pool Trust chairman Brendon Rope acknowledged the immense community support that had been thrown behind the reopening of the pool. The trust had looked hard at how a new community pool would work on a long-term basis and realised it would need a subsidised operator, he said. “We realised the complexity wasn’t the project itself but how it would be ongoing.” Several days after the realisation a potential operator — Youthtown — approached them and is now being considered for the community pool. Established in 1932, the organisation was a not-forprofit charity that ran aquatic

FOCUSED: From left, Fix It Committee chairman Charlie Drager, fundraising chairman Fraser Holland and Taradale Community Pool Trust chairman Brendon Rope speak at the public meeting. PHOTO: WARREN BUCKLAND

facilities, Mr Rope said. The chairman said while they still awaited a decision from MOE those involved would be forging on with fundraising initiatives so work could be immediately

undertaken if the decision was an approval. Those attending the meeting heard the trust had already saved between $40,000 and $50,000 alone by outsourcing the presented business case to

local businesses who donated time and resources. Fundraising chairman Fraser Holland said the trust aimed to reach the estimated reopening cost of $550,000 by securing $200,000 through

fundraising agencies and the remaining $350,000 through the wider community. Mr Holland said “every dollar counts” and any amount, no matter how big or small, was appreciated. “Those with the ability to consider more, then consider up to $10,000 for lane sponsorship or consider up to $100,000 for naming rights of our new facility. It doesn’t matter how much you give as long as you give. Buy a chocolate bar on the way out or see me for 1000, 10,000 or 100,000. The fact is that this pool is going to be in our community for the next 25 plus years and that’s what we as a group want to see.” Fix It Committee chairman Charlie Drager confirmed the pool’s plan would be a “like for like” model with a replacement solution projected to take four to six months from the start of demolition to completion. The Taradale man, who had been involved with the Greendale Swim Club for eight years, implored the community to consider all of the individuals who used the pool before it was shut down. “My question to you is, ‘Why wouldn’t you help?’,” he said. ■ Those who would like to keep up to date with information about the pool project can follow any progress at friendsoftaradalepool.

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Fan meets heroes It was a dream come true when a young Napier cricket fan joined captains Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan on the Westpac Stadium pitch for the coin toss before the Black Caps v England match. Eight-year-old Braith Carew, who plays for the Taradale Cricket Club, says it was “really cool” to meet the team captains and hand over the coin for the toss that helped decide the batting and bowling order for the March 3 contest. “My favourite part was getting signatures from heaps of the players and being interviewed for TV,” says Braith, who hopes to one day play for the Black Caps. ANZ head of sponsorship Sue McGregor says Braith was one of 27 youngsters selected to take part in the pivotal pre-match moment during this year’s summer of cricket. “We hope that connecting young players with their heroes will help inspire the next generation of Kiwi cricketers,” she says. “There’s a magic that happens when fans take part in the match and meet these great players.

HERO WORSHIP: Taradale Cricket Club player Braith Carew is flanked by Kane Williamson (left) and Eoin Morgan at Westpac Stadium. We try to get these young cricketers involved as much as we can.” The ANZ coin toss activity is part of the bank’s support for cricket at all levels in New Zealand. ANZ is also giving keen cricketers the

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Enchanted ball set for mystery site Mystery and surprise are gentlemen to don a tie or put on a suit and for ladies at the heart of a boutique to wear a cocktail dress or event to be held in Hawke’s a ball gown — it’s a great Bay on March 31. excuse to dress up, go out There will be three pickand have some fun.” up points to The Enchanted The Avenue, an eightBall: Havelock North, piece band from Hastings and Napier. Wellington, and The Guests will be collected and driven to the ball and Ramblings, a Bay-based band, will be playing returned at the end of the night — a bit like during the evening and LOCATION: You won’t know where the then DJ Mr Mime, will Cinderella in her coach. Enchanted Forest will be . . . until you get finish off the evening, The ball is the there. PHOTO: MEREDITH LORD PHOTOGRAPHY playing the classics mixed brainchild of Etiquette in with visual entertainment. partnership with The Flagship 0of the community with the aim “There will be music to cater Events Company. Etiquette of protecting and restoring the to everyone plus a host of other manager Greg Howie says he is length of the river. really excited about bringing this “It’s a fantastic cause and it entertainment — but that’s a surprise so I can’t say any more,” premier event to the Bay. fits the theme of the ball. We need “Guests are in for a night of Greg says. to look after our trees, forests and He says they wanted to create entertainment, dancing, rivers by growing and planting an event that would appeal to delicious food and wine all set in more trees and by making a multi generations — “bring your the beautiful Sperry tents with donation to the trust it will parents and your friends”. elegant wood finish and enable them to do just that.” “It’s not a regimented event so enchanting lighting,” he says. “It There will be a silent auction you can mix and mingle, eat will be nothing like a traditional to help raise funds. when you want to, drink when ball. There will be areas to eat, Greg, who has worked on you want to and dance when you drink and dance. Food will be some huge events including available all night — it’s not like Hawke’s Bay Racing Spring want to. There will be places to sit and leaners if you prefer to a formal ball where you have to Carnival, Horse of the Year, Road be seated for a formal dinner but stand.” to Rhythm and Vines and the The night of the ball is also the of course you can be seated if you LPGA Tour, says there are some end of Daylight Saving. chose.” amazing people in Hawke’s Bay The ball is in support of the who help support these events. Maraetotara Tree Trust which “I have no doubt it will be a ■ For tickets: was formed in 2002 by members sell-out. It’s a chance for

Library feedback The Napier community is being asked by the city council to help shape the city’s future library services with its Love Your Library campaign. Presently library services are at two locations in Napier. There is a temporary city library within MTG Hawke’s Bay, which opened earlier this year, and a branch library in Taradale. There is a total membership of about 34,000, in a population of more than 60,000. A series of Love Your Library “ideas sessions” around the city have begun and the libraries team going out and about, helping to elicit any feedback that locals and visitors might have. The council’s library manager, Darran Gillies, said he was encouraging residents to “let the ideas flow!” “Here at the libraries, we like to say that we’re on a remarkable journey of discovery. But we can’t go this expedition alone. We want library users and library enthusiasts — as well as the people who don’t normally go to the library — to help us design something that works for our whole community. “We know there is a tonne of bright ideas out there — we just need to harness them!” Mr Gillies said feedback might be “around how the service could look, feel, operate, and also things like how we can better meet the needs of many cultures, promote inclusivity, use technology and create a truly

welcoming environment. The library is a vital, vibrant centre for enriching the lives of Napier people and there is a lot of work to do to get the strategy right.” Napier City Council chief executive Wayne Jack said once the strategy was complete council could begin to contemplate where the new central library would be. “The library building on Station St is still on the table. All of the council administrative services, including the library, can fit into that building if it’s renovated appropriately, and is affordable. So that’s still an option, as well as a number of other sites around the CBD that we’re investigating too,” Mr Jack said. The first Love Your Library Ideas Session took place this week. ■ For a full list of the sessions, see my-library/your-future-library/ — there is also a feedback form online and at library counters for anyone who wishes to have their library ideas considered. The close-off for gathering feedback is April 30.



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Smashed by years of drought, eastern Marlborough farmers Doug and Wendy Avery realised in 1998 they needed to change direction, not only in their lives but also in his farming methods. A seminar by Dr Derrick Moot, a senior plant science professor from Lincoln University, followed by a science project facilitated by the NZ Land Care Trust, led to the Averys transforming their lives. The farm went from struggling with just Doug and Wendy at the helm to today employing six fulltime workers, many busy contractors and grossing almost 10 times the income. The Starborough Flaxbourne Soil Conservation Group, which Doug chaired, won a Green Ribbon in 2008 for leadership in improving drought affected land. The Avery family were South Island Farmers of the Year in 2010 and Marlborough District Council Environment Award winners in 2011. In 2012 Doug was made a Land Care Ambassador by the

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Opera in Bay comes to villages BY BRENDA VOWDEN The Dame Malvina Major Foundation (DMMF) might have been established to help young New Zealanders, but it will be the oldies reaping the rewards this month. A second set of concerts is set to get Summerset villages of Hastings and Napier in the groove this weekend, when a group of talented artists from the foundation performs. “It was decided to take the Summerset concert series to Hawke’s Bay where our Hawke’s Bay villages and the local communities will be immersed in ‘Opera in the Bay’,” says Summerset in the Orchard village manager Allan den Boer. The DMMF helps young New Zealanders in the performing arts achieve their potential by providing a range of grants, prizes and scholarships to enable education and training opportunities. It was founded in 1991 by Dame Malvina, who wanted to pay forward the assistance she had been given as a young singer to follow her dream of becoming an opera star. Dame Malvina Major says an important part of the foundation’s ethos is nurturing ‘grassroots to excellence’. “Across the country, our hardworking committees — all volunteers — organise local events to showcase young artists and

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raise funds to be able to assist them. “We are thrilled to be able to work with Summerset to present the next generation of talent and contribute to the wellbeing of its residents through music.” The foundation has been growing its presence and contribution to the Hawke’s Bay region in recent years, with the appointment of Anna Pierard, cofounder of Festival Opera and Project Prima Volta, as trustee in 2016 and through sponsoring this year’s DMMF Napier Aria at Easter. One of the young artists performing in the Summerset concerts, Emmanuel Fonoti Fuimaono, is a Project Prima Volta graduate. The DMMF — which supports performers across music and dance to find their feet and ultimately become professional — approached Summerset to perform the concerts after a preliminary set of successful concerts was performed to test the concept in Auckland centres a couple of years ago. “A partnership with

Summerset for a path with them so they concert series seemed a make time if it’s giving logical step with back.” enthusiastic audiences Summerset in the craving intellectual Bay activities costimulation or a nice ordinator Jill-Marie melody,” says DMMF Johnston says she is events manager Tavis happy to open her village Gravatt. up to the public and her He says it gives Napier based residents artists a platform to are very excited about hone their skills and having this calibre of earn some coin for their artists performing there studies, which is hard to and to talk with them come by at that stage of after the concert. their career. “We love our “It’s also a great way community to be part of to raise awareness of our village and we want the foundation in the anyone to hear the talent public’s eyes.” we have on offer in New Tavis says the Zealand. Our residents foundation has are very excited — it will interfaced with each of be great for them and the the artists and public to enjoy a chat identified them as they over a wine and some perform, apply for nibbles,” Jill-Marie says. scholarships or Tickets were snapped up compete for regional/ by the opera lovers of the national singing village and are now on competitions. sale to the public. “Performing is a “We are expecting an small world and we electric atmosphere.” have strong relations with the stars of ■ Dame Malvina Major Foundation concert series, tomorrow.” Sometimes they Summerset in the Orchard, were hard to book in 1228 Ada St, Hastings, HIGH CALIBRE: One of the young artists around university Saturday, March 24, performing in the Summerset concerts, Emmanuel commitments, but “are 2.30pm and 6pm. Fonoti Fuimaono, is a Project Prima Volta chomping at the bit for Summerset in the Bay, 79 graduate. any exposure”. Merlot Drive, Napier, “But as their names get out difficult to pin down. Usually the Sunday, March 25, 2pm. Tickets available at reception at each site. there they become more and more DMMF has been there along the

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Jet boat saves pair from house roof As floodwaters rose around them, two people were rescued from the second floor of a Napier property by jet boat — launched by Taradale businessman Shane Huxtable from a nearby orchard. In the March 8 flooding in Tongoio, Callum Goodall and his father-in-law Grahame Strong had been moving belongings and stock from Mr Strong’s rapidly flooding property when they got the call to evacuate. Water began pouring into the area after the nearby Pakuratahi stream burst its banks about 8am, Mr Goodall said. By 9am, it had flooded into the property and was about chest height. “It was real swift around the house, it was like a river,” he said. “It was just sweeping us off our feet, you couldn’t walk in it.” As water flooded into the two-storey house, it began sucking small items and pieces of furniture out through the doors. They were told to evacuate mid-morning. A

TO THE RESCUE: Shane Huxtable launched his jet boat from a Tangoio orchard to rescue Grahame Strong and Callum Goodall, trapped on the second floor of a flooded property. PHOTO: SUPPLIED helicopter was offered to pick them up from the property, but Mr Goodall said he thought the resources would be better used elsewhere. Instead, he decided to call his friend Shane Huxtable to see if he could pick them up in his jet boat. “When he rang me up, I thought he was full of it,” Mr Huxtable said. Despite initially thinking it was a joke, he quickly left work at Huxtable Motors in Taradale and picked up his

trailer boat . “We couldn’t even get up the road [where they were] because there was a slip, so I launched the boat off the main road just in the orchard. We went out through the orchard and up to their place. We picked them up in the boat off the top storey.” Mr Goodall said his father-in-law was doing OK. “You can’t do too much about it. We got all the photos off the walls and we did as much as we could.”

Unique house for auction A house designed by renowned architect John Scott has new custodians for the first time since it was built 38 years ago. After a flurry of activity and auction at Harcourts’ Hastings office earlier this month, Hawke’s Bay couple Lorraine and Les Arrowsmith finally said goodbye to their threebedroom family home, which sold for more than $650,000. The owners of the Greenmeadows property since 1979 said it had been an exciting time, and they were pleased the new owners were John Scott fans. “It was a strange feeling but we are just glad it’s gone to someone who will appreciate it — that’s really nice for us. That’s just what we wanted, for it to be loved and appreciated.” Mr Scott, who designed the 1961 Wellington’s Futuna Chapel and the Maori Battalion memorial building in Palmerston North, was also known for woolshed and whare concepts, combining cathedral ceilings and matai woodwork. With 100 people at a time

UNIQUE: THE John Scott designed home of Lorraine and Leslie Arrowsmith in Greenmeadows has new owners after 38 years. attracted to the open days before the auction, Harcourts auctioneer Craig Smith said that showed the uniqueness of the 150sq m property. It had a fireplace hand-crafted by the architect that could be considered an architectural sculpture. “It’s like taking a journey back in time to when this piece of art was actually built. “There were a lot of John Scott enthusiasts around. The new owners of this property will be custodians.” There were also a lot of John Scott owners who

FOND FAREWELL: Lorraine and Leslie Arrowsmith in the snug, before the auction when the much-loved house was passed on to new custodians.

came through the house and to the auction. Listing agent Amy Waterworth said there had been huge interest. “During the campaign I did have some interest from out of town but when it comes down to it, it is actually local buyers bidding on the day. I think part of that is they have real appreciation of John Scott and the architecture.” The home contains all John Scott’s signatures — pivot doors, matai panelling and block work. It was built in 1980 and is in original condition — nothing has been altered.

DISTINCTIVE: The master bedroom has unmistakable John Scott style.



On track for a career in IT after EIT study Graduating with EIT’s Bachelor of Computing Systems, Martin Bischofer secured his operations technician job after working his final-semester internship at DataNow. “This was great for us,” the company’s managing director Erik van den Hout says of the internship. “It helped us see just how capable Martin was, and he could see what we’re all about. “The result of all this was that we offered Martin a full-time job on our team. Now several months into the role, we can see that things are working out very well.” The job is also a nice fit for 21-year-old Martin. The software service company — winner of the EIT-sponsored small business category in the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Awards — employs a small staff, which means he works on a wide range of tasks. “I love that,” he says, “it keeps my mind active.” Assistant head of EIT’s computing school, Dr David Skelton says Martin is an example of an academic achiever who, as a school-leaver, chose to study the computing degree at EIT rather than an out-of-region university. “He has secured an excellent career in a leading-edge company as a result.” Having served on the School of

I consider myself lucky that my mother was always there, encouraging me to work things out for myself and to learn from consequences. I had to find my own way of doing things. High school was where I really found who I was in terms of academia.


Computing’s local advisory committee as a student representative, Martin has rejoined the committee as a business representative with DataNow. Born in Austria, he was four years old when his family moved to New Zealand. Routinely in the “lowest of the low group” at his primary and intermediate schools, it wasn’t until he was externally tested that he was diagnosed as dyslexic. Martin was encouraged by his mother Raewyn to develop his own techniques for learning and his teachers at St John’s College,

recognising where his abilities lay, pushed him ahead in science and maths. “I consider myself lucky that my mother was always there, encouraging me to work things out for myself and to learn from consequences. I had to find my own way of doing things. High school was where I really found who I was in terms of academia.” His design-strong sister Ruth is his opposite in terms of strengths and the siblings helped each other out. Martin’s family was at his graduation and, while he’s looking forward to celebrating the milestone, he is missing the EIT campus and hanging out with friends. “My lecturers were very helpful and supportive,” he says of his degree studies. “In my first year, I had no real experience of computing. Many of my classmates did, and they cruised through. My work ethic and the time management techniques I’d developed at school helped to an extreme degree. “In my third year, I started seeking the help of lecturers more often and if they didn’t have the information to hand they would point me in the right direction.” Martin also appreciated the opportunity to practise what was taught in class in EIT’s computer

NICE FIT: Martin Bischofer at work for the Ahuriribased company DataNow.

lab. “It helped cement in the learning, and the practical handson work boosted the grades of students who were otherwise struggling.” Travel is in Martin’s plan and he’d particularly like to

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return to Austria, where his father lives. However, he sees his longterm future in Hawke’s Bay. “While they are small cities, Napier and Hastings are big enough for me to feel comfortable here.”

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