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Welcome to the Summer edition of The Link, which focuses on the communities of Greenmeadows and Taradale. Please contact your account manager on 06 873 0800 if you would like to promote your business in The Link.

Story ideas? Contact Brenda Vowden on 834 3246

Linda Walsh In town

Taradale Marketing Association

The festive season has arrived and it is an excellent time to make a visit Taradale. There are so many great businesses offering something for to whet your imagination whether it be a product, service or voucher – you’ll find great ideas and Taradale. This year’s Christmas in Taradale event is on Saturday December 7 from 10am – 2pm. Once again Gloucester Street will come alive with a whole host of activities for young and old to enjoy including market stalls and free children’s entertainment. Thanks to the Napier City Council there will be free parking in Taradale for the day. Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas in Taradale without a visit from Santa and we have booked him in to arrive in style at our Christmas in Taradale event at about 10.30am. Get yourself in to Gloucester Street nice and early



to see him. Santa will then head to his very own Grotto thanks to The Breeze Hawke’s Bay and you can visit him from 11am. I hear that Santa has given The Breeze also have some special gifts for the first 100 children who visit the Grotto. When you have made all your gift purchases head down to the Napier Family Centre Charity Shop where they will have their Gift Wrapping Station. For a gold coin donation they will wrap your gifts and make them look amazing – and your donation will go towards the wonderful work the Napier Family Centre does with local children and families. You can also make Christmas a bit more special for families in need by dropping your donations for this year’s Napier Family Centre Christmas Cheer Appeal at the shop anytime up until Christmas. Don’t forget to Shop Local this Christmas and support the vibrant Taradale community - even small purchases add up and can enable local businesses to continue to support your community throughout the year through sponsorship of schools and sports teams.

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ast month the public were given the chance to vote for their favourite Power Box and winners were announced at a celebration function held at the newly refurbished The Pub in Taradale (formerly the Londoner). Winner Noah Tuck received his $1000 prize money from Unison Networks for his Power Box titled A Conversation which captured relatable local landmarks and New Zealand culture in the artist’s signature detailed, illustrative style. Artist Liv Jack was runner-up and received $500 prizemoney from Unison Networks. Her artwork titled Garden of Memories featured the Rose Garden adjacent to the Taradale War Memorial Clock, dedicated to those who died in World War II. Liv was inspired by the idea that the hands of those who fell were passing the roses on to future

generations to enjoy in peace and harmony. Winner of the voters’ prize was Sheryl Mackie who chose her $100 voucher from Visage Face and Body. If you haven’t already enjoyed viewing these artworks you can still pick up a map from the NZ Shop (opposite Breakers) in Taradale and take a stroll to discover them and some history of Taradale or download a map from The Taradale Power Box Art Project was undertaken earlier in the year and brought together 15 local artists to beautify Taradale’s Power Box cabinets, with the theme of The History of Taradale — 130yrs. Power Box Art Project contributing artists are Stanley Mans, Angela Lalonde, Issy Loughran, Mike Hardy, Jennica Foote, Jil of Aotearoa, Joe Rowntree, Amy Singh, Noah Tucker, Sam Savage,

WINNER Noah Tuck received his $1000 prizemoney from Unison Networks for his Power Box titled A Conversation. Morag Shaw, Vee Hoy, Cinzah Merkens, Grayson Uncles and Liv Jack. The Taradale Power

Box Art Project was made possible with support and sponsorship from Unison Networks, Resene and

grants from One Foundation, Pub Charity and Creative Communities.

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t was a dream come true for 8-year-old Taradale Taradale Primary School cricket fan Isaac Lambert when he was chosen as the ANZ Coin Toss Kid and met his sporting heroes at the Black Caps match in Napier a few weeks ago. Isaac plays for the school cricket team and says he wanted to be a Black Cap one day. “The coin toss was so exciting. I got to meet Tim Southee, Kane Williamson and the England captain too — I love them all.” ANZ head of sponsorship Sue McGregor says Isaac was one of 28 young cricketers selected to take part in the prematch ritual this cricket season. “Young Kiwi cricket players are often inspired by New Zealand’s professional players, so we wanted to give them an opportunity to meet their sporting heroes. “We hope all Coin Toss Kids winners have fun, enjoy the experience and are inspired to continue to

Eight-year-old cricket fan Isaac Lambert met Black Caps captain Tim Southee and England captain Eoin Morgan for the pre-match coin toss on the pitch prior to the Black Caps vs England match. play the game,” she says. The Coin Toss competition is one part of ANZ’s long-standing support of Kiwi cricketers. Since 2009 ANZ has given almost $1 million to local cricket players, teams, fans, clubs and

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Plenty of UK pub experience BY BRENDA VOWDEN


nne Markham is the real deal — a proper pub landlady. Along with husband Steve, the Markhams have run a fair few pubs in northern England before moving to Hawke’s Bay and taking over the former Londoner in Taradale. “Steve has his own business in transport so it’s me and my daughter Jodie running the pub,” Anne says. The Markhams purchased The Pub in late September and Anne says they knew they wanted a new name as they are a pub more than a restaurant and bar. “The Pub came about when we were trying to figure out names and we

We have had great feedback about Tracy’s food. It’s all cooked from fresh so there’s no fast food here — apart from chips.

thought everyone says, ‘We are just heading down to the pub,’ so The Pub was born.” The family hasn’t wasted any time transforming the interior, changing out the old pictures of London and replacing them with pictures of Hawke’s Bay scenes. Plans are afoot to knock out a wall and create

a U-shaped bar which will make one large room instead of two separate rooms, Anne says. “We have made a fair few changes already in both the interior and exterior. The colour scheme has changed to gold and black, and we have also put in a pool table and dart board. We have Lady Larisa who



The Pub owners Jodie and her mum Anne Markham, Taradale. PHOTO: WARREN BUCKLAND

sings for us every Thursday night and Jacarry who play for us every Saturday until the end of this year.” The entertainment doesn’t stop there, with weekly quiz nights held each Tuesday and staff dressing up for different occasions. “I’m sure you will find our fabulous new cook

Tracy dressed as an elf or something similar for Christmas.” Anne says they also have a full menu of “good grub”. “So far we have had great feedback about Tracy’s food. It’s all cooked from fresh so there’s no fast food here — apart from chips.” With happy hour each day from 4pm to 5pm and parties held “semiregularly,” Anne says they are hoping The Pub will become the local for customers and will also appeal to the younger generation, showing sports on the TV in the New Year and holding open mic and karaoke nights. “We try and cater for all, with a great selection of beers on tap, including our own pale ale brewed right here on the premises. We are hoping to create a great happy, vibrant atmosphere where the locals feel at ease.” ■ The Pub, 246 Gloucester St, Taradale shopping precinct. Check their Facebook page for up and coming events.

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50-page full colour publication and website supporting men’s health and wellbeing was launched in Hawke’s Bay recently, with nearly 8000 copies distributed in the community, many of them available in Taradale, says project manager Shayne Jeffares. “It wasn’t as easy as I thought to do something like this, but we managed with the support of some community funding and local businesses to get 10,000 copies printed.” The book contains national and local support numbers, and information about physical health, sleeping, recreation, volunteering and living with disability. “There are 50 pages there’s a lot in there — and it is a good looking publication.” Shayne says the project

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was about collaboration, and to see the response already shows the book has been a success. “The feedback has been overwhelmingly supportive. The books are are in cafes, gyms, libraries, mechanics, clubs and travel agents, making their way into people’s hands and homes.”

Shayne believes The Blokes Book has brought more awareness to men’s wellbeing in Hawke’s Bay and other parts of the country. “Combined with ‘Movember’ and other men’s wellness promotions this month, it further reinforces the need to look out for each other and the

power of community.” He has fielded calls from partners and families asking where they can get copies from, and from organisations requesting copies for their staff wellness programmes and businesses wanting them for their clients. “EIT has been running a wellness promotion for

the month and made contact with me, we provided 1000 copies for them. Origin Coffee and Bakery in Taradale has them available also.” Shayne says another print run is being considered for next year with several businesses keen to adapt their own Blokes Book for their staff. “I want it to be used as a tool to start a conversation. It may be a family member, work colleague or friend, who you may know is going through something at the moment. Shout them a coffee, go sit in the sun, and just ask how it’s going. Quiet is okay, you don’t have to talk, but you can share the book easily, by saying, ‘Hey, I picked this up, it looks pretty cool’.” ■ The Blokes Book is a free resource available from any AMI Insurance Office, in Napier and Hastings. It contains 50 colour pages of information for youth through to seniors, as well as a directory of local services. A full version is available online. The Blokes Book is also available online at


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ummaging in opshops for hidden treasures is a favourite pastime for many, and one which started in the Taradale shopping precinct 21 years ago with pre-loved clothing boutique Chic. Owner Sharon McNiece’s second store Emie is now one of four pre-loved clothing boutiques in the Taradale shopping centre. Where the other three stores operate for charity, Emie sells on behalf. “You used to have to go hunting down back alleys for second-hand stores but it’s back on trend now so we’re very happy to be on the street front.” Sharon says every city has at least

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one re-loved store which sells on commission. “Everything is as new — some is new.” Getting stock for Emie is never a problem — Sharon says it gives people the option of getting something back for their better items. “People spend a lot and look after them so they are often good enough quality to be re-homed.” A few doors up is the Napier Family Centre Charity Shop, set up almost 18 months ago. Manager Carolyn Pugh was instrumental in the shop’s opening. “Our store is the community face of the Napier Family Centre, offering a friendly, pleasant environment. Our customers come in to shop and chat.” Carolyn says the store raises much-needed funds to support the Napier Family Centre services. “The Family Centre works with 2500 families in Hawke’s Bay through counselling, parenting courses, financial capabilities, social work

Salvation Army secondhand clothing shop The Family Store manager Kelly Aspinall (left) and volunteer Helen Jones.

and child care.” Carolyn heads 40 volunteers “who bring so much love and laughter to our day”. She describes the store as a charity retail store, not an op shop in the traditional sense. “Many people don't even realise we are a charity shop. We pride ourselves on the

Sharon McNiece owns secondhand clothing boutique Emie. PHOTOS: WARREN BUCKLAND

presentation and quality of our stock. We also carry a range of designer labels.” She says every item is inspected for quality and cleanliness, with each garment being ironed before being put into the shop. The Napier Family Centre Charity Shop has a “huge” range of customers, with regulars coming in each day to see what's new. “We get excellent support from Taradale

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locals but also have customers who come from further afield. We also get a lot who wouldn’t necessarily shop in an op shop, because they feel they are in a regular retail store. We are well known for the excellent quality of our stock.” The store has initiated the Restyle for Runway competition — their version of Project Runway — which they hope to keep developing. “This is an opportunity to encourage upcycling and creativity. We also hope to grow our Spring Style Fashion event and continue to spread awareness of the Napier Family Centre’s work.” Carolyn says although it is early days for the store, they have exceeded their first year’s budget expectation and their daily customer count is increasing. She says customers are especially happy they are able to get around the store with push chairs, walking frames, etc.

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New life for second-hand clothes _From Page 9 “Each day is different, we are a big family and it is a joy to go to work. It’s a happy place and is so much fun. Volunteers have to be paid with aroha and feel appreciated and I know that we do that very well.” The Family Centre Christmas cheer appeal is about to start and the store welcomes donations of new gifts and non perishable food items which will be distributed to the children they work with. “Our Christmas elves will be offering a gift wrapping service at the Taradale Christmas celebration on December 7.” Further along the shopping centre, the Salvation Army’s Family Store is singing from its rooftop after winning the Salvation Army secondhand store top shop in Australasia title. “We’re still on a high,” says store manager Kelly Aspinall. Top honours didn’t end there, with the store also winning the top profit category for raising the

most funds. “We have incredible customers — plenty of regulars,” Kelly says. Helen Jones has been a volunteer for more than 20 years and says the store has some amazing stock. “People are very kind. We have some quite valuable items priced accordingly, with specials every day. People can get a bargain.” Helen says they have worked very hard on having high standards in store. “Those who can’t afford to buy brand new can get some beautiful things here.” Kelly says the store is a home. “We love each other — there’s lots of cuddles. People come in who want to talk to us. Every day is such a cool day.” She says people come first and foremost for staff. “We don’t only serve customers — some people need to talk and they become a priority in a different sense.” One of the first stores spotted in the Taradale shops if coming from the

Napier town end is the Presbyterian Support East Coast (PSEC) Charity Shop right on the corner of Gloucester and White Streets. Proceeds from the PSEC store go towards PSEC services — Enliven Older People, Enliven Disability and Family

The Charity Shop op shop manager, Carolyn Pugh, Taradale, Napier.

Left, Amanda Harris, manager PSEC op shop, Taradale, Napier.

Works. “Through these services, we provide support for children and their families, older people and people with disabilities. I would describe our shop as a vibrant community hub,” says manager Amanda Harris. There are currently 35 volunteers in the corner store and Amanda says there is always room for more. “We have fabulous, hard-working and loyal volunteers. We are lucky to have a corner position with easy access for customers.” Amanda says every day is like Christmas, with the quality of the donations so good. “Gone are the days where second-hand clothes were old and musty. We get clothes and items that are barely used, which is delightful for the new owners.” The long-term goal of the store is to keep raising money for PSEC services. She says having the four second-hand shops close together provides

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healthy competition. “That is always positive. We all want to raise funds for our charities.” Amanda says they receive hugely positive feedback about the volunteers, quality donations and the atmosphere in the shop. “They comment how lovely it is. And customers will often ask for a particular item and we oblige when we can. “Quite often we take contact details of the customer and contact them when an item comes in. Some people don’t realise we are a second-hand shop and ask for an item of clothing in a different size.” Amanda says she loves working at the store because of the atmosphere. “We receive lovely donations from very generous people, we have fabulous volunteers and customers, and every day is different. “The volunteers love interaction with the customers and the company of other volunteers.”

We hope it’s filled with fun, laughter and joy. May you also have a promising and fulfilling New Year. Best wishes from all the staff at NZME.

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