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Thursday 9 April 2020

Stay local, stay well, reduce risk

Grin and bear it: All over the world, teddies are appearing in windows of locked-down households as a sign of solidarity and hope. Photo: Supplied. JO RICHARDS

Emergency Management Golden Bay (EMGB) has a clear focus to reduce public risk, says local controller Sara Chapman. “Protecting our frontline workers and the community is the role of the local team.” Following the announcement of the countdown to Alert Level 4 and the declaration of the National State of Emergency, all regional and local civil defence emergency management groups received the call to action. In Golden Bay, EMGB’s core team of five set to work on the transition to lockdown and to support essential services and the supply chain. Sara, along with Karl and Marina Adams, Darren Foxwell and CJ Webster, are all trained volunteers in critical events, with diverse backgrounds in the defence force, fire and emergency, search and rescue and community education. While they are all in their own home bubbles, they are liaising through teleconferences, a group database and email. The group were active from the start, says Sara. “The immediate task was to reassure all local agencies in health, welfare and emergency services that their priority was to continue, and the EMGB group set about confirming which businesses in Golden Bay were registered as essential services. The next three days required checks on freedom campers and others who had not followed the

mandate to self-isolate and stop travelling.” All the Bay’s emergency services are on special alert and the intention is to avoid unnecessary 111 calls so that fire and ambulance volunteers are able to turn out safely for serious incidents. New Zealand now has a ban on mountain biking, tramping, hunting, fishing, boating, surfing, swimming and rock climbing. In addition, Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay have a total fire ban on outdoor fires. The increased Police presence, Sara explains, is to focus upon encouraging and educating everyone to follow the national guidelines to stay home, avoid non-essential travel and not to burst their bubbles. “With Covid-19 we all have a role to protect the frontline which is our community health centre and pharmacy and includes FreshChoice, On the Spot, dairies, service stations with petrol, diesel and gas, rubbish collection, NelMac and Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park. “Everyone in residential care at the hospital and rest home, Te Whare Mahana and Abbeyfield, as well as over-70s and those with pre-existing health conditions are more vulnerable and this means greater isolation.” Recent warm weather has brought people outdoors and this has led to the Government imposing limitations on leisure and recreation outside of home, while providing clarity around Police powers of enforcement. Sara

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says the EMGB advice is to “Stay local, stay well”, enjoy fresh air and sunshine but don’t drive to play. “We are so lucky to have wide streets, the shared cycleway, expansive beaches, sports fields and reserves, so walk, run or bike near to your own home, say hello, smile and wave but keep at least two metres from people you meet.” She says that some neighbourhoods are setting times for street meets which enables social chats and laughter while maintaining physical distance. Sara reiterates some of the Government’s key hygiene messages. “The best advice is to stop wondering who may have Covid-19 and start seeing yourself as a carrier. This will make you more careful. Wash your hands with soap before going out of your home, be aware of personal boundaries, don’t use the public toilets. If you go to the supermarket, stand away from the workers and, if you touch an apple or a tin of soup, then you must buy it, pay without contact and when you get back home wash your hands with soap again.” EMGB is working closely with council, says Sara. “The team is in regular discussions with the Golden Bay Community Board chair Abbie Langford and our two ward councillors, Celia Butler and Chris Hill in order to understand people’s fears and concerns.” To submit questions relating to any of the above, email: goldenbayeoc@gmail.com

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DOC playing its part JO RICHARDS

Department of Conservation’s Golden Bay operations manager Dave Winterburn says DOC’s priority is to support New Zealand’s efforts in stopping the spread of Covid-19. He says DOC is playing its part. “Right now that means DOC facilities and offices are closed, and tracks and national parks are not to be visited unless they are right by your home. “All DOC staff in Golden Bay and around the country are now working from home.” DOC has closed all huts, campsites and carparks until further notice. Most tracks remain open but can only be used by people who have these tracks in their locality and can access them by walking. DOC facilities, including toilets, are not being maintained or cleaned by DOC rangers during the lockdown, says Dave. “People should still use our toilets where unavoidable, rather than going outdoors, but they need to take responsibility for their own hygiene. They might need to bring their own personal hygiene products such as paper and sanitiser. We encourage anyone using tracks close to home to plan ahead and use their toilets at home before they head out.” Dave stresses that DOC accommodation must not be used for self-isolation. “For everyone’s safety, people must not head into the backcountry or remote areas, nor undertake outdoor activities, such as adventure sports or hunting, that would expose them to higher levels of risk.” Most of DOC’s work with wildlife is on hold while the country is under lockdown unless it’s essential to deal with a significant hazard to public health and safety or a significant animal welfare concern. Onhold tasks include non-essential work with wildlife such as monitoring species in the field, monitoring pests, deploying technology like cameras, weed control, checking traps and undertaking predator control operations. Scheduled trap checks for trapping programmes in conser vation areas have also been delayed while staff and contractors self-isolate at home. However, DOC’s emergency hotline is still operating, but responses to incidents of injured wildlife and marine mammals including whale and dolphin stranding will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, explains Dave. “In most cases our ability to respond in the usual manner will be constrained during this time and our advice will be to let nature take its course.” Dave says people should not check traplines on public conservation land or other public land while the country is under lockdown. “Community conservation groups including the Friends of the Cobb and the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, have accordingly put maintaining traplines on hold.” For more information about closures, safety advice and DOC’s work during Alert Level 4, go to DOC’s website: www.doc.govt.nz DOC emergency hotline: 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468). ISSN (PRINT) 2538-0923 ISSN (ONLINE) 2538-0931

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POLICE REPORT

Mohua Social Services responding JO RICHARDS

Over the last few weeks, Mohua Social Services (MSS) has been developing a plan to help the community through the lockdown period. Part of that plan involves establishing informal support networks and MSS manager Premal Gauntlett says Golden Bay is stepping up to the challenge. “We are seeing an amazing local response, people are looking after their bubbles and keeping in touch with neighbours and loved ones.” She says that volunteers have already come forward in droves. “We have had more offers of help than identified need at this stage, which is a reflection of the wonderful community we live in.” While many have registered their needs with MSS, Premal is concerned about those who may need help, but have not been in touch. “If anyone is aware of people who may benefit from our service please don’t hesitate to contact us.”

The Mohua Social Services team pictured in March 2019. File photo.

Mohua Social Services Support Services Volunteers: We have a large database of services and volunteers being offered by the community. We have developed our owning checking and information system to ensure that volunteers and people receiving help are safe. Volunteers are offering a buddy system in a variety of ways. There also have been some useful offers of accommodation if needed for crisis situations. Availability: All agencies are encouraged to contact us if they spot a need in the community as we are set up to be able to help. We are open 10am-12pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for food parcels and safe essential client contact. Social workers are set up to deal with referrals and phone calls as usual, much of the work happening off site. The community are encouraged to ring our usual number (525 9728) if they need anything. Food Bank: Is up and running following hygienic processes and offers no more risk than the supermarket. Thanks to FreshChoice, farmers and the community, our shelves and freezer are well stocked. Financial Assistance: We have set up a Covid fund for the community donations. People can donate to : The Mohua Social Services Charitable Trust account number : 38-9018-0626643-00

Please put reference Covid, or food bank when putting in deposits so that they can go to where intended. This fund will enable us flexibility to respond to the community needs that aren’t covered by any other agency or service. This has worked well in previous local emergencies. Older community members: We have strong networks and contacts with the older members of the community through Sit and Be Fit, health social workers and Age Concern. We are able to pick up and respond to any needs that arise, we envisage this will be where our volunteers will be needed, although natural supports within the community are really making all the difference at this stage. Financial Mentor: Our financial support services are set up to continue off site as usual. Referrals can still be made and client’s needs will still be attended to. Collaboration: MSS are grateful for the great collaboration between agencies within Golden Bay. We are working together most effectively to come up with local solutions for local needs. This means the load is shared. There is a weekly meeting for all involved on Zoom and a lot of communication behind the scenes. Hopefully this lessons the chance of vulnerable people slipping through the cracks.

• Police stations’ public counters are now closed to walkins in an effort to stem the spread of the virus and to keep us frontline staff safer. Rest assured that we are still working. Remember your options for reporting crime, either phone 105 or online at 105.police.govt.nz • Reporting crime on social media is not “reporting crime”! • If it is an emergency and happening now, phone 111. • For information on what you can and can’t do during these four or more weeks of Level 4 isolation go to www.covid19.govt.nz • I’ve heard a rumour about “Deals On Wheels”. Sounds very entrepreneurial and intriguing but does not fit into the definition of “essential business”. Expect some attention. • Section 70 of the Health Act Order requires people to remain at their current place of residence except as permitted for ESSENTIAL personal movement. It also prohibits any activity that exposes participants to danger or may require search and rescue services. Have a look at it if you are feeling a need to push the boundaries. • Media in the last week have wrongly reported Police have no powers to enforce the L4 Isolation requirements. I assure you we do. Don’t be the one that discovers the hard way. Go online and look at Section 70A(1)(e) and Section 71A(2) of the current Health Act Order. • In the words of our Prime Minister, “we can do this,” or my favourite this week.... don’t be an “idiot”! • Takaka Police are pleased to welcome Detective Dean Schroder to our team of four. Down the track I will get Dean to write a few words about himself but if you see him out and about, introduce yourself…………………… from a distance. • Stay Home and Stay Safe – too many people are still moving around unnecessarily.

1948 polio epidemic remembered ANITA PETERS

Polio, or poliomyelitis, more commonly known as infantile paralysis, was one of New Zealand’s most alarming infectious diseases of the past century. The coronavirus pandemic has evoked memories in those who experienced polio. Typically affecting children and adolescents, the polio virus affects the spinal cord and nervous system, causing partial or complete paralysis of limbs or the respiratory system. It was spread in faeces and saliva or could be passed on through contaminated water, milk and food. While incurable, nursing and palliative care was the only response to symptoms of the virus; those whose lungs were seriously affected were put into a compression chamber called an “iron lung”, while survivors with withered legs wore callipers to strengthen them and help them walk. Every few years between 1916 and the 1960s New Zealand had a polio epidemic. A major outbreak in November 1947, while not as virulent as the one in 1925, when 173 people died, the virus still rapidly spread throughout the country. Schools and other facilities were closed for three months from February 1948 until Easter. Lessons were completed by correspondence, assisted by radio broadcasts. People were warned against swimming in pools and harbours, and public health campaigns constantly stressed personal hygiene. While Golden Bay escaped the worst of the 1948 epidemic, due to its geographical isolation and fewer people travelling about, it is still remembered by locals, now in their 80s, who were at primary school at the time. Clive Bird, then only seven, remembers school lessons being posted in the letterbox. Barry Cashman said that the newspaper and Radio 2YA broadcasts were all that kept people informed as there was no social media providing the constant warnings we have today. He said children had to take their own towels when they returned to school and buckets of disinfectant were provided in the school toilet blocks. Wendy McLellan knew about polio as her mother contracted THE GB WEEKLY, THURSDAY 9 APRIL 2020

FreshChoice would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter. We would also like to thank everyone for their cooperation and patience in the supermarket.

A few updates and reminders: • Opening hours: 8am – 9am reserved for senior citizens, 9am – 6pm general public, 7 days a week. • Easter weekend: Good Friday closed; Easter Sunday closed. • Online ordering: go to www.freshchoice.co.nz or download the Freshchoice click and collect app. 1. Please, if you are able to come into the supermarket do so. There are a lot of people who can’t come into the supermarket and we have limited slots available for online ordering. You being selfish could mean someone else starves. 2. Please give drop-off instructions under delivery notes. 3. When ordering produce and meat write a note of how many pieces you would like.

In store: • Keep your distance try to maintain a 2m gap when possible. • Only touch what you intend to buy. A child victim of polio with crutches and callipers. Photo: Supplied.

the virus when she was young and suffered an aching arm whenever it was wet or cold. Dallas Wilson, then aged nine and living in Auckland, remembers being the only child on a tram with her mother when the conductor shouted “Open the window, there’s a child on board!” Effective vaccines were eventually developed, and a mass immunisation campaign in 1960 began the elimination of the virus in New Zealand.

• Wash your hands thoroughly before coming to the supermarket and again when you get home. • Only one person per household/bubble to do the grocery shopping. • Please don’t use this as a social occasion, in and out as quick as possible. • Where possible use EFTPOS, preferably contactless. • Don’t forget to smile and greet everyone. Some people are very anxious coming to the supermarket. Please enter with a positive attitude, thank staff and be polite to each other. • Most of all…STAY AWAY IF YOU ARE SICK! 3


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NEWS IN BRIEF Lockdown letter from abroad

Stick to the limit on Three Oaks Straight

I’m noticing that much of the large amount of traffic on Three Oaks Straight (between Takaka and Motupipi) is speeding. This increases dust from the cycleway, noise and risk. The noise is from engines, tyres and particularly trucks hitting bumps causing deep vibration. Please keep to the 80kmph limit along the straight and less past the houses if you want to be courteous. You have all the time in the world. Sage Forest

Thanks for making the lockdown tolerable

Josh Richards a few weeks before lockdown. Photo: Supplied. JO RICHARDS

Ex Collingwood Area School student Josh Richards is currently studying for a masters degree at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Here he explains what it’s like to be locked down in a foreign country far from home. With a total of more than 20,000 cases, Switzerland is one of the worst hit countries in Europe, out-pacing places like Italy in terms of cases per million people. To many, the country is a bastion of neutrality and safety, but with 80,000 workers moving freely across the border from northern Italy to the Swiss region Ticino, the situation the country now finds itself in was almost inevitable. For the last nine months I have lived and studied in Bern, which is situated right in the middle of Switzerland. For a capital city it is quiet and for that I am lucky. Unlike the border cities and regions of Zurich, Basel, Ticino and Geneva, outbreaks here have been less extensive. The sun is shining and everyone seems in relatively good spirits; everything feels safe and controlled - but perhaps that is just the Swiss. The unfolding of events here differs drastically from that seen in New Zealand. In early March, when the number of cases in northern Italy started rapidly increasing, there was no real precedent on how to handle the spread. Measures were gradually introduced over the course of several weeks. Every other day throughout the middle of March it seemed the rules were being constantly revised and tightened, with friends, colleagues and lecturers saying to me, “So you were allowed to do …, but now we have to do … instead”. I only stopped working at my part-time job at the University a week ago. Finally, our measures are now similar to those in New Zealand, although there is still no official lockdown, just a government recommendation to stay at home, although gatherings of more than five people are illegal. Consequently, I have shut myself away and am attempting to study from home. I receive video lectures and tutorials to work on, go for runs and video call my friends and family. To the outsider, the operations of the Swiss government can appear enigmatic. For me, not being able to speak any of the national languages well, makes it difficult to gauge opinions and to seek out news critiquing the actions and measures put in place. These events have made me increasingly aware of the growing reliance I have on social media to provide me with the information I need, and how my selection of media sources influences what, when and how I receive my news. Until recently, I shared my flat on the edge of the city with three other students, but they have all now returned to their respective homes. While the days of solitude and monotony continue, I increasingly wish I too was home, but appreciate that I am in a safe country with plenty of food and still in contact with loved ones. Golden Bay, Bern… despite the hardships we are suffering, I think there are worse places to be stuck. 4

Through your newspaper, I want to try to thank and congratulate a number of people in the Bay for making lockdown eminently tolerable. Unfortunately, at this time, “thank you” seems very inadequate. Firstly, may I thank The GB Weekly. Their two most recent publications providing us all with valuable information about where to go to get.....and, who is available where and when, and generally keeping those who have tried to maintain their isolation in touch with our very supportive community. I include here your printers, publishers and deliverers. Secondly, I want to thank all those who are looking after each other informally. Thirdly – I keep the best to the end – I want to thank: • all those in the health services working under extreme pressure, for their friendly caring service; what better place to have a flu jab than out in the sunshine? • all those manning supermarket shelves and counters for work under too many unnecessary pressures; • all those maintaining essential services in dairies, service stations, food production; • public servants like NZ Police, TDC’s essential staff, including garbage collectors and water deliverers. Most sincerely – thank you very much. John Lee

Tourism businesses need a break

This April I received an email from the ”tourism ticker”. The headline from the Westpac bank forecast was, ”It is unlikely that New Zealand will see any foreign visitors until the end of 2020 and beyond”. Tourism is our largest earner of foreign exchange, contributing $40.9bn last year. This loss to the national economy is crippling. The National Business Report tells us 250,000 people are employed in tourism (8.4 per cent of the work force). Two-billion dollars of GST was generated from international visitors alone. Last year we had 3.82m overseas visitors, a new record, according to Statistics New Zealand.

With the projected loss of tourism how can we, in this industry in Golden Bay, afford to cover current rates let alone rises in years to come? Now is the time to request that TDC gives all tourist-related businesses a rate freeze. TDC must also cull a top heavy compliment of staff. Currently there are 305 employees earning an average $88,000 per year. This is an annual burden of $26.8m on ratepayers. Now is the time to address over staffing. We may have to start laying them off like Air New Zealand and other service industries. One afterthought: There will be a surplus of domestic food supplies as there will be no need to feed the 3.82m tourists no longer coming here. Reg Turner

Haiku

From the bath: My breath, the wind over the sea The earth, my body, sculptured perfectly. I’ll live the way I want the earth to be lest she should change to live like me.

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CORRECTION In last week’s front page article “Staying safe in Bay lockdown” (GBW 3/4) a quote was mistakenly attributed to general manager Golden Bay Community Health Linzi Birmingham. The quote: “It’s very important that people with Covid are not harassed and are supported. Also, so that people with symptoms do not then hesitate to get help, for fear of a negative reaction, community speculation etc”, was made by a Nelson Marlborough Health spokesperson. We apologise for the error and for any embarrassment caused to Linzi. The GB Weekly welcomes letters to the editor. Please email your letter to us at admin@gbweekly.co.nz. Include the writer’s full name, home address and daytime phone number. Letters will be printed over the name of the writer; names are withheld only when compelling reasons can be established. Letters should not exceed 250 words. Letters that are too long might not be considered. All correspondence is at the discretion of the manager, who reserves the right to decline, edit, or abridge letters without explanation. The views expressed are those of the correspondents and are not necessarily endorsed or shared by The GB Weekly.

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NEWSLINE Instead of coming inside: well andUPDATES have symptoms:  keep you and others safe…

KE E PING YOU INFORME D ABOUT NEWS AND EVE NTS IN THE TAS MAN DISTRICT

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Changes to Council Services Tasman District Council remains committed to providing the essential services – water, wastewater and rubbish collection – throughout the lockdown period. We have made changes, based on government advice, to keep operating as safely as possible. Here’s what you need to know. All Council offices remain closed but we are always available by phone on 03 543 8400. All libraries are physically closed but many services are available online. If you’re not already a library member, sign up for a digital membership to access lots of excellent resources and content. To register, visit the membership page on the library website. As books can’t be returned at the moment, issues will be extended and no overdue fines will be building up. Disregard any automated notices you may get. All playgrounds and community recreation centres, including the Richmond Aquatic Centre are closed. All mountain bike parks and tracks in the district, with the exception of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail are closed.

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All recreational boat ramps are closed, in line with the Government directive that recreational boating is not permitted under the Level Four restrictions.

The single best source for the latest information on COVID-19 and the Alert Level Four restrictions is the all of government website –

All non-essential infrastructure projects have been suspended but essential maintenance and emergency work continues as needed.

more information on safe, visit Covid19.govt.nz Council’s first video meeting held

Tasman District Council met via video conference for the first time last week, taking advantage of changes brought in by the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020, which allows Councils to meet in this way. Before last week’s legislative changes, a quorum of at least half the Councillors had to be in the same room for meetings according to the Local Government Act. Work will be happening in the next couple of weeks to allow better connectivity for future Council video meetings. Thursday’s meeting was to agree the delegations to the Chief Executive during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This ensures urgent decisions can be made to enable Council to continue providing essential services. The Chief Executive can consult with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the Standing Committee Chairs for urgent decisions relating to essential services and business continuity which need to be made within 48 hours. Other decisions outside her existing delegations need to go to Council for a decision.

Council’s essential work carries on You will continue to see Council’s contractors out working during the lockdown period, while most other Council staff are continuing to work from home. This is because they work they do is essential to keep our district running. Looking after our water supply, clearing blocked wastewater pipes, making roads safe, collecting rubbish – all this work has to carry on. Please don’t challenge the staff about what they are doing, it is essential work, so just leave them to it. Instead of questioning them, let’s give them a wave of thanks from a safe distance for continuing to work for everyone’s benefit.

All designated freedom camping areas in Tasman District have been closed. Campgrounds at Pōhara, Motueka, Kaiteriteri and Tahunanui will accept campers into designated areas within their facility. Rubbish and recycling will continue to be collected, and on the same collection days and times as normal. Please make sure that all tissues or cleaning items, especially wet wipes, are bagged separately before you place them in your rubbish bag or bin, to reduce the risk of infection for our hard working collectors. Glass will continue to be collected and dispatched for recycling in Auckland. While other recyclable materials (paper, cardboard, plastics and tins) are currently going into landfill but please use your recycling bin for clean recycling only. This is because we want to start recycling again as soon as we can, and to do this we need recycling to be clean and free of rubbish. PLEASE NOTE: Any recycling bins contaminated with rubbish will not be collected. If possible and safe to do so, you have the option of storing your clean recycling materials at home for when the sorting facilities reopen. Make sure that you keep it clean and dry. All five Tasman District Resource Recovery Centres are now closed to the public. If you’re using your time at home to tidy up, you’ll need to keep the materials at home until the lock-down is over. Check out our websites for composting and tips to reduce food waste. Once the risk of infection passes, think about offering your reusable goods through Second Hand Sunday. If you live in a rural area where there is no kerbside rubbish collection, we ask you to purchase pre-paid Council rubbish bags (available at supermarkets) and place them on the nearest collection route on the normal collection day. If absolutely necessary you can drop pre-paid Council bags at the Richmond, Māriri, Takaka and Murchison Resource Recovery Centres, where drop off bins will be available.

Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund applications postponed

A total ban is now in place on lighting any outdoor fires for the duration of the emergency. This is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to those who have to respond to fire related emergencies.

Give the current uncertainty about when sporting fixtures will be able to start again, the scheduled April round of applications to the Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund has been postponed until further notice. Once the situation becomes clearer, new dates of the funding round will be advised.

Processing of resource and building consents continues but inspections and face-to-face meetings cannot happen at this time. You are welcome to contact us via email – info@tasman.govt.nz and make appointments to discuss matters over the phone.

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Enjoy Mudcakes and Roses online The latest edition of our magazine for older residents, Mudcakes and Roses, is now available on the council website, tasman.govt.nz. It won’t be distributed in the usual way due to the risks related to COVID-19 but make sure you check it out online. The April edition is a great read with all the information you need to know plus plenty of feel-good stories too.

Check current water restrictions Head to our website for details of any current water restrictions – tasman.govt.nz/link/water-restrictions.

Wet wipes must go in the rubbish There’s been an increased use of wet wipes recently. These must be disposed of in the rubbish – they cannot be flushed down the toilet. Wet wipes are a huge problem for the waste water system and have already created blockages and caused pumps to seize up in some areas. Please put wet wipes in the rubbish bin, not the toilet. Only flush the three P's – pee, poo and paper!

Keep rag monsters and fatbergs out of our pipes! Only flush the 3 Ps! Pee, Poo and Paper.

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All the information below was correct as the time of printing, but things are changing quickly at the moment. For the most up-to-date information you can visit our website, tasman.govt.nz. If you have questions, or an urgent need for food or essential supplies call us on 0800 50 50 75 and we’ll put you in touch with assistance. Remember, we can do this together – be kind, stay at home, stay in your bubble and save lives.

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FROM THE LIBRARY OVERDUE ITEMS If you are concerned that your library items have become overdue then please don’t be. All items have been renewed and are now due on 30 June. JOINING THE LIBRARY If you are not already a library member you can join online to get access to our digital resources. 1. Go to http://www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz/ 2. Click on How do I … join the library? 3. Read the Conditions of Membership, then click I accept 4. This will take you to an online membership form, on the first page choose Digital Only Membership KANOPY

Be entertained by this brand new online video streaming service with thousands of award-winning films and programmes, including documentaries, classic movies, world cinema and New Zealand films. Free to use with your library card and PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your library card number) • Go to http://www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz/ • Click on e-Library • Click on e-Resources A-Z • Then scroll down to Kanopy • Stream from the website to your computer, smart TV, smartphone or tablet, or • Download the Kanopy app from Google Play or the App Store for iOS, Android, AppleTV or Chromecast. • Each library member gets five play credits per calendar month • Once you press play, you will automatically use one play credit • You have three days to play the film you have selected, watch as many times as you want • When you have used your credits for the month, you won’t be able to watch any more films until the first of the next month. There are lots of other great online resources as well, including Ancestry.com and Haynes Motor Manuals.

Fish Mainland seeking members JO RICHARDS

Fish Mainland, the nonprofit organisation set up to sustain fisheries resources and represent the interests of South Island recreational fishers, is making headway, according to its founder Dr Randall Bess. At a re c e n t m e e t i n g at Collingwood Rugby Club, Dr Bess, along with two colleagues, provided a progress report on the initiative which he had first introduced at the same venue last November. He began by reprising some of key benefits of Fish Mainland, which include a strong collective voice for recreational fishers, collaborative working with other parties and a commitment to sustainability. He then summarised the milestones passed since the previous meeting. “Fish Mainland is now incorporated and has a website.” One of the other benefits of the initiative is the opportunity it creates to collect data relating to the recreational sector – something which is currently lack ing, but crucial for decision making. “The data is a real plus to this thing,” said Alan Key, one of the original Fiordland Guardians. “We’ll provide a method to collect data in a form that is

A voice for recreational fishers. From left: Randall Bess, Alan Key and Brett Bensemann are looking for members to sign up to advocacy group Fish Mainland. Photo: Jo Richards.

acceptable to the Ministry [of Fisheries].” Before any benefits can be realised, however, Fish Mainland needs to demonstrate a strong mandate for representation and secure long-term funding. Dr Bess explained that their favoured funding option is a Government-administered power boat permit scheme. “Self-funding is an impossible task. We want Government to fund it fully through a licence of say $20, but we need legislation.” This will clearly take a while, but in the meantime, Fish Mainland’s overriding objective is to recruit as many members as possible. Brett Bensemann, president of Dunedin’s Tautuku Fishing Club, and delegate to the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council,

knows first-hand how vital numbers are. “Some time ago we fought commercial fishers who wanted to come into recreational areas. They lost the battle because we formed ‘Paua to the People’ and that gave us much more leverage with Government.” In order to encourage fishers to sign up, Fish Mainland membership is free of charge, although any donations will be gratefully received. Alan also stresses the importance of numbers. “if you can get the support, you can move mountains. Once the Crown know we have the numbers, they will take notice. We need to get people signed up; that’s all we need at the moment.” For more information, go to the website: www.fishmainland.nz

GBHS Adventure Racing champs

Easter 2020: The King on a cross PASTOR RODNEY WATSON, TAKAKA CHURCH OF CHRIST

Normally we know just what to expect with Easter at this point in the year. The clocks have changed, the days are shorter and chocolate eggs begin to appear in strange places. The busy day-to-day activity takes a back seat for a few days as we look forward to a substantial long weekend. Easter this year brings a very different approach. Many of us haven’t had the regular work routine for some weeks now, and virtually all plans for recreation have been either stymied or given up on altogether. We face a Friday through Monday that won’t look a lot different to any other day this week, but there is a marvellous aspect of this “holiday” weekend that is unaffected. Though the combined churches’“cross-carry” down the main street has been cancelled, the urgent relevance of the event symbolised by the cross remains. On Easter Friday, we remember that Jesus Christ walked this earth for one express purpose – to fulfil the will and plan of His Father – the culmination being His death on a Roman cross at the hands of His countrymen to break the chains of sin and death for all who would turn their eyes upon Him. Having witnessed the King of the Jews breathe His last upon that old rugged cross, the centurion standing guard nearby couldn’t help but exclaim: “Truly this Man was the Son of God.” (Mark 15:38) If this only-begotten Son of God had remained dead, He would have been quickly forgotten. But He did rise, as He predicted, and spoke these words to His followers: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16) So as human society continues to change and cracks appear, as they surely will under the massive weight of sin, the hope and urgency of the cross of Christ – the true Son of God – remains. The real joy of Easter is undiminished. 6

Back: Rory Patching, Isaac Pawley, Rhys Williams, Ryan Gray, Jamal Murray, Tomo Clere and Kai Dodson. Front: Anya Murray, Amelia Scotland, Jorja Boaz, Pippa Struck and Shay Oates. Photo: Submitted. SUBMITTED

After months of training and fundraising, three teams from Golden Bay High School travelled to Cromwell for the South Island Secondary School Adventure Racing Championships in March. With a record 46 teams entered, the race logistics were stretched beyond capability. It was a 4.45am wake up with teams cycling to the event for a 6am start. The first leg was a road cycle out of Cromwell and up a few hills to a transition (still in the dark), where teams then headed off on the foot leg. Absolute chaos abounded. The mixed team was in the leading bunch with the other two teams not far behind. As they climbed up the hill in the dark, the mixed team made two excellent route choices which put them in first place, only to choose a shorter creek option which unfortunately lost them some time, and their first-place position. After a long and hilly climb followed by a steep descent through rough scrub, teams could choose to transition to the abseiling or leave it until later.

All three teams chose to get it over and done with and had fast transitions, gaining valuable time. The last leg of the race was the kayaking, in double kayaks (the same boats which are used for the Godzone adventure race). Our teams finished in 8:32min (mixed), 10:16:14 (girls) and 10:59:20 (boys). The mixed team finished in fourth place only to find out later that they’d written a control number down wrong and so dropped to the bottom of the pack, while the girls’ team had a wait at the kayaks, leaving them having to settle for fifth place instead of third. The boy’s team also had a wait before setting off on the kayaking, finishing in eighth place. Although the races didn’t go to plan, the team spirit was excellent and all the athletes came in pumped from the experience after giving it their all. Huge thanks to our sponsors and our support crew of Susi, Andy, Ryoko and Fleur. Sadly, this may be the last adventure race for a while as at the time of writing this all others had been postponed. THE GB WEEKLY, THURSDAY 9 APRIL 2020


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Alfie’s Kitchen recipe - homemade fresh pasta It’s really easy and it’s my favourite food, it’s kind of like making playdough that you can eat. I have made it gluten free, with spelt flour and normal wheat flour. You measure 400 grams of flour and put it in a food processor with 4 whole eggs (no egg shells). You add a dash of olive oil. You mix it till it is a smooth elastic dough. Add a bit extra olive oil if it isn’t smooth and elastic. Then you rest it so the dough relaxes for half a hour. After that you can roll it thin on a floured bench and cut how you like or use a pasta roller to roll then cut – that’s easier but its still easy to do on the bench. Cook in boiling water with a dash of olive oil and salt for 5-7 minutes until “al-dente”. Serve with your favourite sauce or toppings and don’t forget the cheese! You can see my pasta video on my YouTube channel: www.tinyurl.com/alfiejai

This Easter, take a walk around your neighbourhood and spot the Teddies and their friends who are looking out for you and waiting to see your smiles. Don’t forget to wave.

Flower power Frankie’s colourful creations ANITA PETERS

Nine-year-old Frankie Whiting is not only a capable flower artiste but her entrepreneurial skills have gained her sell-out flower stalls at Motupipi School events. Inspired by her artist mum Fiona, a florist with her own business Black Swan Botanicals, Frankie combines a child’s-eye view of the world with her passion for nature and design to create works of art. “Mother Nature makes amazing things. I look for colours and shapes I like,” she says. Foraging through the garden and at the beach yields “cool things” like dried grasses, flowers and weeds, vines and bark, seed pods, pine cones, sticks and driftwood. With the help of a hot glue gun these are then arranged into imaginative creations. Already an environmentalist and Abel Tasman Youth Ambassador for Motupipi School, Frankie has deep respect for the world around her. Her most recent artwork is poignant. A bra cup decorated with dried flowers, leaves and seedpods has become a mask, a symbol of protection, created in response to the coronavirus. “I wanted it to have bright colours and also dark colours because there are two ways you can look at this: it’s terrible we could all get sick, or on the bright side, the earth is healing.” Frankie’s challenge to other kids is find an easy, fun thing to do to pass the time while they’re at home. “Ask your mum first. Go to the garden and hunt and gather flowers, vines, weeds, seed pods, sticks, moss…..get creative and glue them together. “Make little creatures or make little houses with cardboard, sticks and moss. Glue them into headbands. Make a wreath

Frankie created her flower mask in response to the virus as a symbol of protection. Photo: Fiona Whiting.

with vines and poke in interesting flowers and leaves, even using an old birds nest.” Or just, “Pick a bunch of your favourite flowers for your mum and dad to brighten up their day.”

Activities Colouring

Colour in the Easter egg and put up in your window for others to see when they’re out on their neighbourhood walk.

Listening walk

Has your world become quieter? When you go on a walk, listen for insects, birds, cats, dogs, wind in the trees, cars and other sounds. Write them all down and organise them into a poem. You can send your poem to admin@gbweekly.co.nz (before next Tuesday) and we’ll publish a selection in next week’s paper.

Autumn leaves

Take a walk through the garden and collect some autumn leaves. Do a drawing or painting of them, or make collage or rubbing of either a group of leaves or one leaf, paying attention to the shape, colour and lines of the veins. Try making an animal shape like this one.

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DOWN TO EARTH: Starting an orchard

NEWS IN BRIEF Sue’s Shop owners moving on

JO RICHARDS

Sue and Russell Bodger, owners of Sue’s Shop dairy on Waitapu Road, Takaka, have sold up and will be moving on once the lockdown is lifted. Sue says the shop’s new owners plan to open up early next month. “Marijke and Mike will be taking over from us on May 4. We will be there for a week or so if needed and then we will be heading back to Christchurch for a while to spend quality time with our grandchildren and their parents.” Last year, Sue and Russell founded Friends of Golden Bay Community Health to raise funds for vital equipment required by the hospital, and it has already proved its worth. “To date we have raised $10,391.68 and donated equipment to the value of $9,244.60. Linzi [Birmingham, general manager GBCH] will undoubtedly find a use for the $1,147.08, plus unbanked donations still to be collected,” says Russell. In a statement to The GB Weekly, the couple expressed their gratitude to all the organisations and individuals who have contributed to the fund. “Over the last eight months we have been endeavouring to help the Golden Bay Community Health facility by fundraising for much needed equipment. To this end we would like to thank the Rural Service Centre, TG Couriers, Trash Palace, Women’s Institute, Hammer Hardware, BP, NPD, Dutch Rusk, Kiwi Beverages, Bird’s, Pohara On the Spot, Kotare Sands, Brigand, Trents Wholesalers, Waitapu Springs Spa/B&B, Dancing Sands, Grasshopper, Quiet Revolution, Telegraph Hotel, Unlimited Copies, Take Note, Liquorland, Super Liquor, Imagine designs, Stone Arrow, FreshChoice, Marcy Robertson for her fantastic Christmas cake, the three people who made substantial cash donations, the Golden Bay community for supporting our raffles and donation buckets, along with Fay, Fay and Michelle who helped out with ideas and being signatories on the bank account. We sincerely apologise if there are any omissions in the list.” Although they are moving on, Sue and Russell are keen to see the initiative continue. “We hope that someone takes up the challenge to continue this much needed work.”

TDC mulls zero rate increase JO RICHARDS

Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, Tasman District Council had agreed to an indicative rates revenue increase for 2020-21 of 2.97%. Today they will consider reducing that to zero. Explaining the decision to revisit that decision, Tasman Mayor Tim King said “…Council acknowledges that the community and business are hurting and we need to provide some relief. Some may believe 2.97% is not material however, in money terms, it represents over $2m. When combined with the other Covid-19 impacts on revenue, eg severe reduction in forecasted airport and port dividends, the likely shortfall to be found by council will be far higher.” The mayor said that some difficult choices will have to be made. “In reality this means there will need to some tough calls by the council both immediately and as it works through the Long Term Plan in the latter part of this year. “Over the coming months council will work through options for cost saving. We will not have the time to consult fully to make this happen and residents will have to rely on their councillors’ judgement on the majority of the early choices that have to be made. “While we are facing some potentially unpopular decisions, we also have the unique opportunity to think differently and act more innovatively than we ever have. “Over coming months councillors and staff will be working together, albeit in whatever circumstances the Covid-19 response dictates, to provide for recovery and greater clarity for ratepayers.”

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Lynda Burn in her forest garden with established fruit trees integrated with herbs, flowers and vegetables in Onekaka on Pakahi soil. Photo. Sol Morgan.

SOL MORGAN

Maybe you’d like to grow your own fruit in an uncertain future? Or perhaps you’re thinking you want healthy pesticidefree fruit for your family? Let’s look at how to start an orchard. Site and soil Each of us lives on different land of differing size. The first step is figuring out what is possible. Soil type is an important consideration. Most fruits need free-draining soil, so orchards on pakihi or clay soils will need improved drainage. Maybe use a digger to mound, create Hugelkultur berms, add gravel and coarse sand and possibly drainage pipe. Sandy soils will need loads of organic matter or imported topsoil, or woody bark-based compost from Sollys. Once this is done, it’s best to take a soil test and add any deficient minerals to the whole orchard area to ensure good future growth. Fruits planted in poor soil will die, or grow very poorly and crop badly. Sloping land can be terraced to increase plantable area, retain organic material and allow better drainage if done right. If your property has variable slope, airflow and aspect then you’ll have a range of microclimates to grow a variety of fruit crops. Variety selection Next, find what varieties are suitable based on your situation and soil type. Obviously make a list of the fruits you like first. If you live on the western side of the Bay with higher rainfall then you’ll need disease-resistant varieties. Warm north-facing slopes or coastal sites will enable you to grow subtropicals. Low-lying areas are frost-prone, so more protection and shelter is required for tender fruits like citrus. Stonefruit want full sun and good airflow, and pipfruit like cooler spots. Heavy soils need a vigorous rootstock for pipfruits. If you have a small town section, then space is the limiting factor. Select trees with semi-dwarf or dwarf rootstocks. Methods like espaliering or cordoning onto fences or walls will fit in more fruit. Container growing also allows you to grow more smaller fruit. Some fruits, like pears and plums, need pollinators. Check with neighbours to see what varieties they’ve got (and what grows well for them). Choose varieties that cover the whole season, ie early, mid and late harvest times. Maybe select those that ripen when you want fruit for preserving. Shelter trees Shelterbelts are best made up of mixed species, creating

not only wind and possibly frost protection but also providing timber, firewood and wildlife habitat. A single-species row is less effective than a wider row incorporating species of different heights at maturity. This creates a permeable effect that reduces wind turbulence on the lee side. If you’re going to create a mixed orchard then consider planting lots of tagasaste (tree lucerne). This beneficial tree offers fast shelter, valuable organic mulch when shredded, and awesome firewood. Annual shelterbelt trimmings are best shredded for mulch, encouraging a healthy soil microbiome in the orchard. Orchard layout Use stakes to create a plan in advance. Correct spacing allows good airflow, reduces diseases and aids mowing between trees. You can integrate smaller fruit shrubs and other beneficials between bigger trees. If you’re doing the forest garden approach, then mix even more species to make it diverse like a forest. In small gardens many fruits can be integrated using intensive training methods and containers. Identify a pathway, whichever design you go with. Planting out Mark the centre of the hole to be dug with a stake. Skim off greenery in a one-metre circle. Dig a hole 50cm wide and deep if possible, in advance to check drainage. When it’s adequate, remove the planter bag and loosen roots. Place the plant in the hole and refill with mix of soil and compost. Make sure any graft is 10cm above soil level. Heel in and water well. Mulch with woody compost or bark, especially peaches, nectarines and subtropicals. Stake if exposed: Using two is best, with an 8-shaped innertube knot loosely looped around the trunk. In really windy areas, vulnerable fruits like citrus may need a 4-stake shelter around them. Consider irrigation for young trees, as they will need watering if rainfall is low (like last summer’s). Drip irrigation is costly and not always that effective. A large sprinkler may be better. Beneficial understory Establish permanent understorey plants between trees, such as perennial legumes, white clover and lucerne, comfrey (under the drip line), floriferous plants like cow parsley, parsnip, chicory, goldenrod, daikon radish, borage and nasturtiums. Sow seed or add plants in autumn or spring. These plants add nutrition when cut down as mulch and provide a habitat for beneficial insects that keep fruit pests in check. Now is a great time to get planning. You may be rewarded with nutritious fruits sooner than you expect.

RAINFALL FIGURES FOR MARCH

Rainfall

Raindays

Heaviest fall

Te Hapu 60mm 11 19mm on the 21st A note: Jan-Mar total was 164mm, 26mm less than last year which was the driest summer in 39 years

Rototai

Rainfall 78mm

Raindays 9

Heaviest fall

27mm on the 21st

Collingwood 90mm

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34mm on the 22nd

Puramahoi

105mm

10

31mm on the 21st

Onekaka

106mm

9

49mm on the 22nd

Kaihoka

60mm

9

18mm on the 8th

Ligar/Tata

65mm

11

14mm on the 21st

Hamama

70mm

9

29mm on the 21st

Rockville

122mm

8

34mm on the 22nd

Glenview Rd 77.8mm 13

21mm on the 21st

Bainham

158mm

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61.5mm on the 21st

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Rural Delivery keeps Bay moving RONNIE SHORT

Providing something of a lifeline from one end of Golden Bay to the other, our three Rural Delivery service providers are sharing their experiences before and during the nation’s current lockdown period. They’re all having similar experiences, such as finding empty roads and people in need of a longer-than-usual chat when they show up. Bart and Jane de Jong operate Collingwood’s Rural Delivery. It runs as far as the gravel road heading to the Heaphy track at Bainham, out to Puponga until halfway along the Wharariki Beach road, and over to Westhaven Inlet as far as Sandhill Creek. The latter run includes Kaihoka Lakes and requires the use of a four-wheel drive vehicle. Transporting and delivering groceries from FreshChoice and Collingwood’s On The Spot store is a service they’ve been providing for a long time for a small freight fee, though they haven’t yet seen much increase in home deliveries. Mail volume, however, has gone down considerably. The usual five staff have now reduced to those within the family bubble, which includes Bart’s in-laws, who used to own the business. To keep safe on the job, Bart keeps the two-metre physical distance from people and has hand sanitiser in each vehicle. All staff try not to touch their faces and the van is cleaned daily. Brandon Sparrow works the Takaka-Collingwood run Monday to Friday, and his wife Lesley does Saturday mornings. He explained: “We have been really busy. Around lockdown it was like Christmas, with orders people made before lockdown, then two to three days after. Then it died down [but] now it’s coming back up again with The Warehouse and such like offering online shopping for essentials.” At this stage Brandon delivers about four pharmacy parcels per day and just a couple of grocery orders. “The women at the pharmacy are doing a great job, Monday to Friday. They’re always nice and pleasant. So I take my hat off to them.” He is grateful for the papers that are continuing, including the farming news. Brandon says they are working at 50 to 60 per cent of usual capacity, but has noticed that “Personal letters have shot up. Maybe it’s because people have more time. But I think people find a hand-written letter or card much more personal”. He says it’s “neat” to see whole family units at home when he shows up and has also noticed a huge amount of garden tidying going on everywhere. Taking protective care of himself, Brandon uses gloves and washes his hands about 20 times a day. He disinfects the controls in the mail van daily, as well as the scanner, phone and glasses, washing his clothes daily, and makes contactless deliveries as much as possible. “A very kind doctor gave me a supply of Vitamin C as soon as the lockdown happened. People have been so appreciative that I’m still working and delivering— hugely appreciative. It’s quite amazing…I am keen to deliver everything to my customers that they need.” Trish and Godfrey Watson are the contractors for the Takaka

NEWS IN BRIEF Coordination Group Meeting JEANINE TAYLOR

Delivering to rural Golden Bay: Brandon Sparrow. Photo: Ronnie Short.

run, extending into Upper Takaka, throughout the valley and east as far as McShane Road, Wainui. They run two vans and employ two staff so they can have a break. In total their run services 950 boxes. Godfrey’s uppermost concern currently is that people make sure they give their correct address for parcel delivery. Often in signature-required situations he has found no one home, and as a result the parcel is now returned to Nelson. To circumvent this he suggests including a contact phone number or filling out an Authority To Leave form, which can be done online. They too, are experiencing a 60 to 70 per cent drop in parcel deliveries. Advertising flyers have also dropped. Mail remains “about the same” according to Godfrey, and he also has noticed an increase in personal letters. He regrets not being able to sell stamps, which is a blanket ruling nationwide, but he says it doesn’t really suit a Rural Delivery situation. Their safety procedures include a change of timing by all three contractors at the Takaka depot, so there are only two workers at a time and they are able to observe the two-metre distance rule. They use gloves, which are in short supply via NZ Post, but says “We have scrounged up gloves.” Hand sanitiser is used, plus the vehicles are disinfected after use and then again before use as drivers change over. “We appreciate people are co-operating with the two-metre distance. It makes us feel better too,” said Godfrey.

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Community Coordination Group held its regular weekly meeting via Zoom to discuss services and to maintain communication between all participating agencies. Below is a summary of the key points: • Golden Bay Police are, on the whole, happy with the public’s compliance with lockdown restrictions. • Golden Bay Community Health has increased Covid-19 testing hours to 9-11am Monday to Friday. Members of the public are encouraged to phone through to be triaged before turning up. Regarding flu jabs, there is a nation-wide vaccine distribution issue but GBCH are working to secure supplies. • After an initial spike in demand, Golden Bay Pharmacy has established a robust supply chain. • Mohua Social Services are managing the complexity of shared childcare arrangements, to ensure that both family bubbles remain safe. Its database of community volunteers is now active and being deployed. • Schools around the Bay are gearing up for online learning and contacting parents to ensure they have the requisite technology. There is an awareness that this could lead to some extra anxiety. Students still have access to counselling services. • Mental health services in the Bay are still operating and people are encouraged to call or text the Mental Health helpline on 1737. • Emergency Management Golden Bay is urging people to consider people in their networks who may be vulnerable or isolated and establish and maintain phone contact with them on a regular basis.

Time to think about Bay Art If you’re wondering what to do while you’re in lockdown, you could start making art for this year’s Bay Art and Young@Art. “You don’t have to be a professional artist to take part,” says GB Community Arts Council’s arts administrator Tania Marsden. “Bay Art is special because it puts amateur and professional work side by side. It’s about our whole community’s creativity.” Entries will be received at the high school on Thursday 15 October. “That’s seven months away—plenty of time to plan your work.” Bay Art is Golden Bay’s annual community exhibition showcasing local creativity. Artists need to: be resident in Golden Bay; have created their work in the year leading up to the exhibition; and guarantee that their work has not been previously exhibited. The grand opening will be held at a new time: 4.30pm on Saturday 17 October. “It will be a lovely way to connect with each other”.

WCO submission period extended Shortly after the Government implemented the Level 4 lockdown, the Environmental Protection Authority announced that the Environment Court was extending the period for lodging submissions concerning the Water Conservation Order for Waikoropupū Springs and Associated Water Bodies “to ensure parties are not put under any undue pressure”. Submissions are now to be lodged by Friday 1 May 2020.

PUZZLES SUDOKU

No. 485

6 7 3 4 1 1 5

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How to beat Str8ts – Like Sudoku, no single number can repeat in any row or column. But... rows and columns are divided by black squares into compartments. These need to be filled in with numbers that complete a ‘straight’. A straight is a set of numbers with no gaps but can be in any order, eg [4,2,3,5]. Clues in black cells remove that number as an option in that row and column, and are not part of any straight. Glance at the solution to The solutions will be published here in the next issue. see how ‘straights’ are formed.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Beekeeper of Aleppo

REVIEW BY ELEANOR WILSON

Almost daily, TV news programmes show the desperate plight of refugees attempting to cross the border from Syria to Turkey. We pause, and for a moment feel sympathy for the men, women and children who are ready to risk their lives in order to reach a country where they can live in peace. Christy Lefteri worked as a volunteer in a refugee camp in Athens during 2016 and 2017. On her return to London, the stories she had heard haunted her and she wrote the novel to reveal to the world the reality of suffering and frustration these people had endured. Nuri, the central character, is the beekeeper of the title. He and his older cousin, Mustafa, have built up a successful business of 500 colonies of bees, producing a huge quantity of honey each year. The bees are an essential part of his life. He watches the way they work together, learning to recognise the rhythm of their lives and watching the ways in which they direct their fellow workers through elaborate dance movements. His wife, Afra is a successful artist, winning awards for her vibrant paintings of urban and rural Syria. At the heart of the novel is the changing and complex relationship between husband and wife. Their happy life in Aleppo with their young son, Sami, comes to an end when the country is plunged into Civil war and their home is destroyed. Reluctant to leave, in spite of the devastation, but wishing to protect his wife and daughter Mustafa sends them to England. Later, after his son is tragically killed, he decides to make the attempt to join them. The casually brutal nature of the conflict is powerfully portrayed in one shocking incident. Two gunman bet on using an eight year old boy in a red shirt, who is playing in the road, as target practice. The bet is taken and the boy is shot. Nuri’s son, Sami, is killed while playing in the backyard by an exploding bomb which also takes away Afra’s sight. The once pleasant suburb is ruined, their home destroyed and they pay a smuggler to get them across the border into Turkey. From there they hope eventually to join Mustafa in England. The novel then traces their journey to refugee camps where they encounter many others desperate to escape from their war ravaged countries. Friendships are formed and bring some comfort amid the depressing circumstances of camp life. Christy Lefteri’s description of the misery and frustration suffered by the refugees is powerful and moving. She also describes vividly the healing beauty of the natural world with its colours and scents. A solitary injured bee which Nuri finds and tends connects him to his former happy life. Although this story is about hardship and suffering, there is also believe that ultimately life is worth living. There is always something to hope for. Christy Letfteri makes us aware of the individual tragedies behind the images of refugees passing in their thousands across our TV screens, and gives us a clear understanding of their heartbreaking plight. 10

Home viewing: What to watch ALISTAIR HUGHES

For those of us without the interest or means for paid viewing, going “old school” with free-to-air channels can still be a wonderful distraction in these current housebound times. Modesty doesn’t forbid me from mentioning that I interviewed Graham Norton once. I was completely daunted, but Norton, surely one of the world’s most famous interviewers, was just as gracious and genial as he appears on his much-loved programme. And his own favourite guest was…? (Answer at the bottom of this column*). The Graham Norton Show (Three, Thurs 8:30pm) is now into its 27th season and displays no sign of slowing down, as Norton seems to be able to effortlessly “click” with every celebrity on the planet. Social distancing, however, may sadly keep guests away from that famous couch for the next little while. Closer to home, Shortland Street (TV2, Mon-Wed 7pm) is a rare national success story, having aired continuously since 1992. Whether you watch or not, the very fact that it is made at all under such incredible production pressures is amazing in itself. And, rather spookily, the programme has predicted current events (not for the first time) with a current storyline involving a mystery virus with flu-like symptoms, that was written at the end of last year. Friday evening screenings will be withheld for a little while to space out the episodes finished before Covid-19 measures suspended production. The ultimate New Zealand TV survivor, Country Calendar (TV1, Sun 7pm), has been bringing rural life into living rooms across the nation literally since I was born. It’s back on in its traditional Sunday-night slot, and the iconic theme music still stirs a yearning for the land in even the most cosmopolitan of city dwellers. Country Calendar is embedded in the Kiwi DNA of us all. If “appointment viewing” doesn’t work for you, remember that signing up to TVNZ on Demand (https://www.tvnz.co.nz/) and Three Now (https://www.threenow.co.nz/) online is simple and entirely free (except for your internet charges). Not only will you be able to catch episodes of your favourite programmes you might have missed, but entire seasons and films are available at the click of a mouse. Younger viewers craving a superhero fix while the cinema is closed might enjoy Batwoman, an equal-opportunity liveaction series from Marvel’s eternal competitor, DC Comics. Of special note is episode 9, where our masked heroine Kate

Kane teams up with Supergirl to confront a bitter Batman from the future, and even meets two different versions of Superman. Beat that, Avengers! Also on TVNZ on Demand, the classic puppet adventure series resurrected in a new computer-generated version, Thunderbirds Are Go, is now into its third season. Created by New Zealand special effects maestro Richard Taylor, this is an exciting and loving homage to the original series. Now, if only International Rescue could save us from the coronavirus… Three Now, meanwhile, offers the two-part series Jonah, dramatising the all-too-brief life of rugby legend Jonah Lomu, and starring Tongan-Kiwi actor Mosese Veaila. An inspiring and ultimately moving true story. So, let’s end once again on an upbeat note. You’ve no doubt seen it before, but once is never enough for the endlessly entertaining Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Golden Bay took this film to its collective heart in 2016, driving attendance numbers at the Village Theatre up to record levels, and now you can watch it again for free on TVNZ on Demand. Safe and happy viewing everyone. Next week: YouTube. (*Graham Norton’s own favourite guest was Dolly Parton. Of course!)

Shanti-masks have it covered RONNIE SHORT

Shanti Spoentjes came home from work the day before lockdown to find her guest, a German traveller, hand-sewing a face mask. Shanti suggested they use her sewing machine instead. The pair then researched online how to make doublelayered 100 per cent cotton face masks before her guest left for Auckland to await a flight home. When Shanti’s partner came home from work and suggested she should make more, she began sourcing materials. It was Wednesday 25 March, lockdown day, but she managed to source 50 metres of elastic from Stitch ‘n Sew at the last minute. Piles of fabrics were donated by Nicky of Genius Clothing. Also, Andrea of Divine Designs donated a heap of cut-up tea-towels. “If I hadn’t have had those, I’d have run out of fabrics,” said Shanti. She uses colourful materials lined with the Golden Bay place names tea-towel linings and calls her product Shantimasks. “I want them to look funky, not scary – because the times at the moment are scary enough, so I want to take that seriousness away.” With officials asking the public to please allow medical staff to have surgical mask supplies, Shanti thinks home-made ones are better than nothing. The plea has been made for us all to “behave as if you have it [the virus]”. By wearing a mask you are considering others. Shanti said that she noticed that coronavirus death rates in countries where facemasks are worn by everyone appear to be lower than in other countries. Despite their concentrated populations, Taiwan has had [at the time of writing] three deaths and Japan only 54, in contrast to Italy’s 11,000+ deaths and Spain’s 7,000 and rising. Shanti has been giving away the masks she makes to the elderly, the immune-challenged and those people working on the “front line” in petrol stations and supermarkets. The masks can also be purchased for a small donation, which will enable the purchase of more fabric. Shanti herself has Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune thyroid

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disorder, so understands first-hand how vulnerable people feel. “I’m looking after myself and those weaker people in the community.” Distribution is a bit of a problem due to the risk of contamination, though Shanti keeps her hands washed and uses hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes for her entire working area. Because her partner works on a kiwifruit orchard, he is able to deliver to drop-off points in town. If any elderly or vulnerable locals, or those unable to sew, would like a mask, please contact Shanti on shantimasks@ gmail.com to work out the safest means of delivery. “Spread peace, not germs,” is the message Shanti puts out with her masks. THE GB WEEKLY, THURSDAY 9 APRIL 2020


Here to help I know many of you are feeling anxious about the health and livelihoods of your families and communities right now. I am determined to be available to you as a source of information, advocacy, connection and support. I have suspended my planned campaign activities so I can focus on these duties. I am here to help and support you. Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email if you require information or assistance. I want to serve our community by providing information, advocacy, connection and support for you and your loved ones. I won’t be at the usual community events so I will be finding alternate ways to reach out to you, including Facebook. Keep an eye on social media for updates from me. As always, contact me if you need to. If you have any questions or concerns that fall outside the areas listed above, just contact me. My support is available to everyone: The ripples of this unfolding pandemic are deep, wide and being felt by all of us, from kids to grand-parents, neighbours and work places. You are not alone in your anxiety and concern. It’s important we support each other during this difficult time and I am determined to fulfil my representative duties to you. Stay safe and well,

Maureen Pugh National List MP based in West Coast – Tasman

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE Health Information & Advice The most up-to-date health information on the coronavirus is available at this Ministry of Health website: health.govt.nz or call Healthline free on 0800 358 5453 More general information about New Zealand’s efforts to address the virus and its impact can be found here: covid19.govt.nz If you have other unanswered questions please contact me directly.

Business & Employment Support The Government has released a package of financial support for businesses and employees, contractors and the self employed. Information on the support that may be available to you is detailed here: workandincome.govt.nz If you are concerned you “fall between the gaps” or are having difficulty accessing support please contact me so I can help navigate and advocate for you. The Government has acknowledged there will be a need for a second phase of support, so I will provide Ministers with your feedback on what that should look like.

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Programmes to listen out for Your Best Life - With Mouxsie Moux and Paula. A new programe Real discussions about real life issues on a local and global scale. With guest Stuart Bruce from Addiction Advice Nelson discussing addictions and lockdown - the effect on families. Thursday 8-9pm and replayed Tuesday from midday. Proudly sponsored by Kelly at Unlimited Copies. Fetu o Samoa - Manu Talamaivao and Pulea Ifopo cover Pacific Island news from Samoa including discussions on health, education, politics and current affairs. Included is Island music and giveaways. Every Monday evening at 5:00, repeating Wednesday morning at 4:00. Fresh Start Monday & Friday with Grant Knowles – Keeping you up to date with what is happening around the Top of the South during this period of Covid-19 Level 4 Lockdown from 7 to 9am POP-UP SHOWS: Soul Connection with Diana Whittaker Clairvoyant. Leather & Lace with Mouxsie Moux, plus others. See Facebook for airing times and details.

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A message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to all of NZ: Easter Holiday weekend the rules remain the same. Stay Local. Stay Home.

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TRADES AND SERVICES / Mahi a ratonga

COVID TESTING The Covid-19 testing centre is now running between the hours of 9-11am. Individuals need to phone the Medical Centre on 03 525 0060 for triaging first, and if they are eligible for testing they will be given an appointment time.

ACCOUNTANT. Long-standing market leader with unbeatable professional qualifications and experience. Warn & Associates, ph 525 9919.

ALL your garden needs, ph Alexis 021 0239 1364. References available. ARBORIST. Certified. The Tree Doctor, all aspects of tree care. Free quotes. Ph Chris 021 0264 7942. ARBORIST, qualified, ph Jack Stevens 021 211 5580.

GOLDEN Bay Storage, Takaka. Dry, safe, secure, alarmed, insurance approved. Furniture trailer available. Ph Rob and Marg 525 9698, 027 222 5499, goldenbaystorage@gmail. com

GREEN GRASS ACCOUNTING - BUSINESS AS USUAL. MYOB Partner and Xero Certified. Local accountant providing business and personal accounting services. Ph Robert 029 775 6459 or email robert@greengrassaccounting.co.nz. It’s business as usual, best hours to phone or email are 9am-1pm.

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ARCHITECTURAL design, residential building. Ph Peter Fersterer 525 8132.

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BLINDS, blinds, blinds: blockout, sunscreen, venetian, duette, roman, vertical. Ph Tracey at Imagine designs 027 440 0071 for free professional advice and quotes.

GREENREAPER. Property maintenance, landscape and garden designs. Ph Alexis 021 0239 1364. References available.

CARS wanted. Will pick up for free (some conditions apply). Motueka Auto Parts. Ph 03 528 9576.

HEAT pump installation, sales and servicing. Ph Dave McKay 027 404 4740, 525 8538.

CHIMNEY cleaning, handyman, Dennis Sage ph 027 873 0726.

LAWNMOWING. Pakawau, Bainham, Takaka to Wainui. Ph N Shaw 525 7597, 027 212 4020. niallshaw_6@hotmail.com

Note from Ian & the Happy Hens Eggs are available as usual but with limited hours: 10am to 2pm Best wishes from us, tanglewood@scorch.co.nz / 525 9038

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ENJOY BEING HOME! Now is a great time to plan fruit, berry and rose plantings for this Winter. Let us know your wish list and we will do our best to oblige!

CHIMNEY sweep. Puponga-Takaka Hill. Free quote or query. Ph Steve 021 0810 1146. COMPUTER and smartphone sales, repairs and solutions. Supporting all Windows and Apple products. Conveniently located at 65 Commercial Street or available by appointment on 027 831 4156. COMPUTER services. GBTech, experienced technical support for Golden Bay since 2012. Ph Warwick 027 814 2222. ELECTRICIAN. For all your electrical needs please contact Chris from I electrical. Free quotes given. Ph 021 0852 4453. ELECTRICIANS. Fuse Electrical Golden Bay. Ready to solve all your electrical needs. Ph Thomas 525 9300, 027 788 8500. ELECTRONICS repairs: Cell phones, computers, radios, TVs, HiFi and more! Ph 027 246 2432. FREEVIEW satellite TV. Ph 027 246 2432. GARDEN advice, design and development, soil testing, fruit pruning, orchard work. Sol Morgan, GroWise Consultancy, ph 027 514 9112. GARDENING services. Ph Carlos 027 751 9730. GB CHIMNEY SWEEPING, SPIDER AND FLY SPRAYING Ph 524 8795 or 027 434 5405 GIBSTOPPING /coving (NCPB qualified). Local friendly service. Ph Rob McDonald Plastering, 027 712 2552. GOLDEN BAY DIGGER HIRE 1.7 tonne. Ph 027 713 0684.

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GOLDEN BAY ROOFING. Re-roof, repairs, maintenance. goldenbayroofing@yahoo.com, ph 027 395 0037.

ORANGE Rentals have rental cars, trailers and a furniture trailer available for hire. Ph 027 337 7147. PAINTING. Quality, efficient service, available now. Ph Luca Borrelli 022 086 1842.

PATONS ROCK STORAGE. Modern, insurance-approved, alarmed. Self-locking various sized units, some 24/7. Owner lives on premises. Ph Gavin 525 9956. PENINSULA Plasterers for all your interior plastering needs. No job too small. Quality assured. 20+ years’ experience. For a free quote ph Craig 027 472 4376. PORTABLE BANDSAW MILLING. Ph Tim 524 8997, 027 714 4232. RESOURCE consent consultant. Ph Mark 0278 711 050.

SEPTIC TANKS EMPTIED. Ph Chris 027 444 5334 or John 027 647 4913. SEWING SUPPLIES, NEEDLES, THREADS, WOOL, BEADS. Stitch ‘n Sew ph 525 8177. STORAGE /container hire. Your place (anywhere) or mine (Takaka). Ph Cheryl at Orange Mechanical Ltd 525 9991. TAKAKA Self Storage, Commercial Street. Have containers (new) available. Excellent security, cameras etc. Ph 525 6181. TREE removal, confined area felling, chipping, chipper hire. Fully insured. Ph 525 7597, 027 212 4020. WINDOW cleaning. Ph Willem 022 134 1726.

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UPCOMING EVENTS / Mea pakiri haere

PUBLIC NOTICES / Pānui a whānui TOGETHERNESS. If we all work to slow the spread then reuniting with our families, friends and work colleagues will be sooner rather than later. To reach the team at EM Golden Bay, email: goldenbayeoc@gmail.com

HEALTH & WELLBEING / Hauora

SATURDAY 11 APRIL

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CONVERSATION ABOUT DEATH AND LIFE. Death Café has gone online! Our next café is 1-3pm today. Email Aralyn at quinnsack@yahoo.com to learn how easy it is to join in.

TEDDY hunt. Take the children, walk the dog, stay with your bubble and spot the teddies and their friends looking out for you. To reach the team at EM Golden Bay, email: goldenbayeoc@gmail.com

EASTER HOLIDAY WEEKEND: the rules remain the same. Stay local. Stay home.

STAY local. If you have neighbours, make sure they are safe and well. Organise a street-meet across fences and roads. To reach the team at EM Golden Bay, email: goldenbayeoc@gmail.com

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EXERCISE. Walk, run or bike but stay close to home. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. To reach the team at EM Golden Bay, email: goldenbayeoc@gmail.com

NEUROLINX. Masters Proficiency Certified. For all health challenges and well-being. Insomnia, digestion, headaches, back pain.

SIMON Jones counselling. Available by telephone or online. Ph 525 8542.

DRIVING around? Only use your car for essential travel for work, supplies or medical appointments. Don’t drive to play. To reach the team at EM Golden Bay, email: goldenbayeoc@gmail.com

THE WELLNESS CENTRE Ph Ora 525 8416

T U D O R Burchill/Tak ak a Physiotherapy. Telephone consultations available, ph 021 207 6256. YOUTH and adults, counselling and mentoring. Selena Serra ph 027 416 6816 or selena@gbwct.org.nz

GB Animal Welfare Society Inc (ex-SPCA). FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY, ph Carol Wells 525 9494. Cattery is closed while under Alert Level 4. CURIOUS about Quakers? Come and check us out. Ph Jude 524 8291. <www.quakers.nz> ALCOHOLICS Anonymous. If you want to drink that’s your business. If you want to stop we can help. Meetings currently on hold. Ph 0800 229 6757 for assistance.

Physiotherapy sessions are available via TeleHealth: Zoom, Skype or Phone consultations. This is for all clients: ACC (usual surcharge), Private and PHO.

FRESH FM needs your help. We’re a Charitable Trust – a $30 donation on our website freshfm.net is tax deductible. Email Maureen: takaka@freshfm.net or ph 525 8779, 027 335 1395. GB WEEKLY. Email: admin@gbweekly.co.nz. If you have an ad to place and you’re unable to email us please phone 027 525 8679. Office hours are Mon-Wed, 9am-5pm with deadline Tuesdays at 12 noon. Our Collingwood agency, On the Spot store, remains open. Go to: www.gbweekly.co.nz to read the paper online and for advertising details and prices. Thank you for your support.

FOR SALE / Hei hokohoko HEIFER grazing available, Takaka area. Ph 525 8764.

For an appointment call Erica on 027 776 6111

SAFETY glass. Residential or commercial. See Golden Bay Glass. 96 Commercial St. Ph 525 7274.

FIREWOOD: Douglas fir, pine, beech and gum. Delivering now. Also kindling. Ph Bay Firewood 027 769 6348.

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Conversations about death and life. Death Cafe has gone online! All are welcome. Our next gathering is this Saturday, 11th April 1-3. email Aralyn at quinnsack@yahoo.com to learn how to join in easily. (clip this & save).

Saturday: Northerlies developing. Fine although cloud increasing later. Sunday: Northerlies, strong for a time. Rain developing, but easing later as winds ease a little and tend westerly. Monday: Gusty southwesterlies. Showers over Kahurangi and a few elsewhere but clearing later. Tuesday: Southwesterlies easing and tending northwest. A few showers over Kahurangi, dry elsewhere.

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Privacy & great views! The home has plan living area & a COMMUNITY NOTICES spacious master bdrm. A sep. 246 EAST TAKAKA ROAD sleepout gives extra workshop/hobby Privacy & great views! The home has space. The 3450m2 section has a a large open plan living area & a Essential Services Workers selection of fruit trees, a 2-bay spacious master bdrm. A sep. Huge gratitude to all those essential service workers who are still out there on the front line. You guys areshed the back bones of ourRef: community & ample parking. GB3779 sleepout gives extraand workshop/hobby - thank you to you all. This includes of course FENZ (Fire and Emergency New Zealand), Police, St John and LandSAR, all associated Deadline: 2pm 03.04.20 The 3450m2 & section has(NSP) a services out there keeping us safe. Your job is more difficult than ever - thank you for being there for us. space. To the FreshChoice GB Pharmacy Sarah-Jane Brown 0274 222 577 selection of fruit trees, a 2-bay staff - hugs to you all. shed & ample parking. Ref: GB3779

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St John Supporter Scheme

Deadline: 2pm 03.04.20 (NSP) TAKIN’ IT EASY!

A note re St John Supporter Scheme Renewals: Please note that some processing of your supporter scheme may Brown be delayed, especially if Sarah-Jane 0274 222 577 you have paid by cheque. If you are able to pay online please do so. However please be assured that should you need our services and your 3A WATINO PLACE, PÓHARA supporter scheme has expired, you are covered. Any queries please contact either Belinda Barnes (here in the Bay) on 021 236 2840 or Sarah Carpinter (Nelson) at nelsonbays.admin@stjohn.org.nz TAKIN’ IT EASY! Beautifully presented, this home is

12 PENINSULA ROAD, TATA BEACH

ready for a new owner. 4 bdrms,

Deadline Sale: 2pm 15/04/20 (USP)

master, spacious open plan 3Aensuited WATINO PLACE, PÓHARA

Stay safe, stay kind and stayhome in your bubble..... Want to wake up to this vista in the morning? Architecturally, refurbished holiday & “state living. This propertythis canhome preferably Beautifully presented, is Annie, Belinda & Cherie. of the art” tree-house +2 yurts, sleeps up to 18James, family or Sharon, friends. AnPaul, opp. for good Sarah, rental income? comeforfully furnished! are limready a new owner.There 4 bdrms, Hot pizza oven & deckTATA to the BEACH beach esplanade make this a perfect place15/04/20 for entertaining. ited viewing dueopen to plan holiday 12 tubs, PENINSULA ROAD, Deadline Sale: 2pm (USP) ensuited master, times spacious Magical evenings & glorious sunsets. 4+bds, 2 bths, 1 gge, 1 living. Call me for more rentals so call me. Ref: GB3777 Want to wake up to this vista in the morning? Architecturally, refurbished holiday home & “state living. This property can preferably information - this really+2is yurts, Tata magic! Ref: GB3778 of the art” tree-house sleeps up to 18 COVID-19 family or friends. An opp. for good rental income? come fully furnished! There are (USP) limDeadline: 2pm 02.04.20 INFORMATION FOR BUYERS AND SELLERS Hot tubs, pizza oven & deck the beach esplanade make this a perfect place for entertaining. Annie Telford 027 249to1408 or annie@goldenbayproperty.com itedSarah-Jane viewing times to 222 holiday Browndue 0274 577 Magical evenings & glorious sunsets. 4+bds, 2 bths, 1 gge, 1 living. Call me for more rentals so call me. Ref: GB3777 New Zealand is in the Ref: middle of a unique situation, and it is likely to be stressful for all parties involved in a transaction. Be kind, and information - this really is Tata magic! GB3778 Deadline: 2pm 02.04.20 (USP) PÓHARA VALLEY LIFESTYLER consider the needs of others when you’re communicating about a transaction. DEFINITELY HEADING THE GOOD LIFE! Annie Telford 027 249 1408 or annie@goldenbayproperty.com Sarah-Jane Brown 0274 222 577 Sellers who are still marketing 41 PÓHARA VLY RD If you don’t yet have an offer to buy your property, talk to your agent about how you might market your property time. While Just a shortduring walk to this the beach, this PÓHARA VALLEY LIFESTYLER DEFINITELY HEADING THE GOOD LIFE! New Zealand is at alert Level 4, you won’t be able to hold open homes or have potential buyers visit 3550m your property. withcould a veryexplore tidy & 2 property,You other options, like virtual open homes. 41private PÓHARA RD & mezzanine, home,VLY 2bd/2bth Just atoshort walk toyour the thisfrom If you don’t want to continue marketing your property at the moment, talk to your agent. You might agree withdraw property sunny deck, sep. dblebeach, garage/work 3550m a veryistidy & the market or put your marketing campaign on hold. shop,2 property, gardens &with stream, a perfect private home, to 2bd/2bth & mezzanine, find. Room grow! No Open Homes Sellers who have a conditional offer sunny deck, dble garage/work so call mesep. to view. Ref: GB3735 While New Zealand is at alert level 4, it’s likely your buyer won’t be able to access the services theyshop, need to fulfil& their conditions. gardens stream, is a perfectFor Price: $619,995 example, local Councils may not be able to provide a LIM, and building inspectors will not be able to visit thetoproperty inspect it. find. Room grow! 027 NotoOpen Homes James Mackay 359 0892 Some law firms and agents may still be working remotely, but it’s likely there will be delays in service. so Talk your lawyer orRef: conveyancer calltome to view. GB3735 and your agent about whether you and the buyer want to extend the conditional period until the alert level is lowered. Price: $619,995 “ANNIE’S NIRVANA BACKPACKERS” James Mackay 027 359 0892 Sellers who have an unconditional offer It may still be possible for settlement to go ahead because all banks and many lawyers and conveyancers are still working, although it’s 25 MOTUPIPI ST, TAKAKA likely there will be delays in service. Be aware that the buyer’s situation may be uncertain. BACKPACKERS” At alert level 4, moving companies “ANNIE’S NIRVANA Centrally located and iconicwillto not the be available. If the buyer’s purchase was conditional on selling their own house, they may not be able Bay, to settle on their is own transaction this property deceptively spaif they can’t physically out of their house. 25cious MOTUPIPI ST,8TAKAKA 136 TANGMERE ROAD, ROTOTAI Price:move $1.3m+GST (if any) and offers bedrooms, 4 bathCentrally located iconic to for theto This 7ha lifestyle property is loaded with potential run as an organic Talkfortoa new yourowner! lawyerCurrently or conveyancer about the best approach for your transaction. One option is forrooms, you and the and buyer to agree 2 kitchens, licensed 28 Bay, this property is deceptively spasettlement for aincluding few weeks. If youcitrus have bought another house, it’s likely you’ll need to have the people. same discussion deferring orchard, the property produces quality fruit fromdefer its hundreds of trees, avocados, Sep. ownersabout accommodation. 136 TANGMERE ROAD, ROTOTAI Price: (if any) cious and 8 Call bedrooms, 4 bathsettlement on your new $1.3m+GST house. We pre-settlement inspections are delayed until the alert level isoffers reduced. YHA approved. me for full details & nut trees, just to name a few. Then there is the 3 bdrm house, a studio/sleepout plus recommend accomThis 7ha lifestyle property is loaded with potential for a new owner! Currently run as an organic rooms, 2 kitchens, licensed for 28 Ref: GBC3733 Buyers havefamily a conditional offer modation attached to the large packhouse. Room for thewho extended or syndicate orchard, the property produces quality fruit from its hundreds of trees, including avocados, citrus people. Sep. owners accommodation. Price: $680,000+GST (ifAtany) group? Call me for further information. Ref: GB3760 offer from you, it is likely you won’t be able to fulfil your conditions If a3 seller has accepted a conditional during the alert YHA approved. Calllockdown. me for full details & nut trees, just to name a few. Then there is the bdrm house, a studio/sleepout plus accomBelinda J Barnes 021 236 2840 level 4, non-essential services are closed. This includes, for example, building inspectors. James Mackay 027 359 0892 or james@goldenbayproperty.com Ref: GBC3733 modation attached to the large packhouse. Room for the extended family or syndicate Talk to the real estate agent and your lawyer or conveyancer about the options available. Some lawyers and$680,000+GST conveyancers may still be Price: (if any) group? Call me for further information. Ref: GB3760 working remotely, although it’s likely there will be delays in service. You and the seller may agree to extend the period for you to fulfil Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840 James Mackay 027 359 0892 or HAMAMA james@goldenbayproperty.com RURAL COASTAL LIVING CALL HOME your conditions until after the lockdown period.

1737 COLLINGWOOD188 HAMAMA RD, HAMAMA Buyers who have an unconditional offer RURAL COASTAL LIVING 4 bdrm villa has PUPONGA If you have fulfilled your conditions andallarethewaiting for settlement day, it’s possible settlement could still go ahead.MAIN This ROAD will depend on 4.9ha property, private andpossibly featuring charm you would expect from a your situation. Some lawyers and conveyancers are still working, so if it’s simply a case of paying the money, settlement could 1737 COLLINGWOOD188 HAMAMA RD, HAMAMA stunning views across to Farewell Spit 1920s family home. Beautiful go ahead. Be moving 4. Thisaware large that 4 bdrm villa companies has all the will not be available while New Zealand is at alert levelPUPONGA and beyond.MAIN A leaseROAD of the land provides grounds, est. trees & gardens with 4.9ha property, private and featuring youown would expect a move into your new home, talk to your lawyer about youran If you have charm sold your home to befrom able to options. One option is to income and the property isask verythe pri2529m for the kids to kick a ball 2 stunning views across to Farewell Spitplus 1920s family home. Beautiful seller if you can delay settlement until the alert level is lowered, and likewise ask the person who is buying your to delay settlement. vate fromhouse the road. Spacious home around. Privately fromwith the anda beyond. A lease for of the provides grounds, est. treesset& back gardens 2 bdrm cottage the land ‘extras’! Call me an income and the property is very priroad. Call me to view. Ref GB3764 2529m2 for the kids to kick a ball for further information. Ref: GB3679 vate from the road. Spacious home plus Price: Privately $565,000 around. set back from the $930,000+GST (ifCall any) a 2Price: bdrm cottage for the ‘extras’! me Paul McConnon 0275 042 872 road. Call me to view. Ref GB3764 J Barnes 021 236 2840 forBelinda further information. Ref: GB3679

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8 HAILE LANE

41 TAK VLY HWY

8 HAILE LANE

41 TAK VLY HWY

Price:

$565,000

Paul McConnon 0275 042 872 RD 57 UP. TUKURUA

16 SANDRIDGE TCE

57 UP. TUKURUA RD 16 SANDRIDGE TCE

Price: $930,000+GST (if any)

021 236 2840 12 HAILE LANE Belinda J Barnes 26 KOHIKIKO PLC

12 HAILE LANE

26 KOHIKIKO PLC

www.goldenbayproperty.com

Listed & Sold by Annie Telford

Listed & Sold by Paul McConnon

Listed & Sold by Annie Telford

Listed & Sold by Annie Telford

Listed & Sold by Paul McConnon

Listed & Sold by Annie Telford

Sharon McConnon Sales Manager 0275 258 255 Sharon McConnon Sales Manager 0275 258 255 16

Paul McConnon Salesperson 0275 042 872 Paul McConnon Salesperson 0275 042 872

Listed & Sold by Sarah-Jane Brown

Listed & Sold by Sarah-Jane Brown

Sarah-Jane Brown Annie Telford Salesperson Salesperson 0274 222 577 0272 491 408 Sarah-Jane Brown Annie Telford Salesperson Salesperson 0274 222 577 0272 491 408 www.goldenbayproperty.com

www.goldenbayproperty.com

Listed & Sold by James Mackay

Listed & Sold by Paul McConnon

Listed & Sold by Paul McConnon James Mackay Principal / AREINZ / B.Com

James Mackay 027 359 0892 Principal / AREINZ / B.Com

027 359 0892

Listed & Sold by James Mackay

Belinda J Barnes Agent / AREINZ 021 236 2840 Belinda J Barnes Agent / AREINZ 021 236 2840

THE GB WEEKLY, THURSDAY 9 APRIL 2020

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Golden Bay Weekly - 9 April 2020  

Golden Bay Weekly - 9 April 2020