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Friday 17 April 2020

Farmers carry on farming

Leading the way: Farmers, like Kotinga dairy farmer Wayne Langford, are continuing to work through the lockdown. Photo: Jo Richards. JO RICHARDS

Golden Bay’s farmers are doing their bit to feed the country and pump cash into the national coffers by working through the lockdown. Although it’s not exactly business as usual, the supply chain is working well, according to Federated Farmers Golden Bay president Wayne Langford. The Kotinga dairy farmer says he is used to working in relative isolation and sees the positive side of remaining in his family bubble. “It’s a lot quieter; I don’t have to rush away to meetings.” Like most of his fellow farmers during the lockdown, Wayne is only carrying out essential work in order to minimise the need for callouts from service companies such as hydraulic specialists and tyre-fitters. “It reduces the chance of a mechanical breakdown. Suppliers are there for emergencies, but everyone is being extra cautious.” While Wayne’s farm is essentially a familyrun affair and can easily comply with the Government’s rules, he says that larger units are finding it more of a challenge. “Bigger

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farms in the Bay are struggling to keep in their bubbles; if you have five or six staff it’s not easy.” Fonterra tankers are still collecting milk every day, and processing plants around the country are running smoothly, but it is a different story in the meat industry, says Wayne. “Fonterra factories run on lean staffing so they are not so much of a problem, but meat processing works are a lot more labour intensive.”

“Bigger farms in the Bay are struggling to keep in their bubbles; if you have five or six staff it’s not easy.” Reduced capacity at meat works, he explains, means that some farmers may be carrying more stock than they would wish into the winter months. “There are a few concerns around [not] sending away surplus animals.” But he points out that the crippling drought farmers suffered during the summer has one


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The Community Coordination Group (CCG) Zoomed in for its fourth weekly meeting on Tuesday. Now, over halfway through the Alert level 4 lockdown, the consensus was that the signs are positive with members of the Golden Bay community looking out for each other. The main points of the meeting are summarised below. Mohua Social Services: It has been a positive week, with no family harm reports over Easter. The feeling is that self-resilience has been amazing, with neighbours touching base with each other and helping out with the shopping. Food is going out of the food bank and MSS are working with schools to ensure that food parcels are reaching families in need. The Community Gardens have also donated boxes of fresh vegetables and fruit. Age Concern: Is still keeping in touch and educating vulnerable elderly people, trying to reduce anxiety and fear. Golden Bay Community Health: It is important to spread the message that GBCH is still open and people should not hesitate to contact them if they feel unwell. Covid-19 testing is still taking place on weekdays, but people wanting to be tested must phone GBCH before arrival. A lot of effort is going into reassuring their elderly residents, who are noticing the reduced activities created by the lockdown. They are feeling the effects of not being able to see their families in person and so staff have been arranging Zoom meetings with families to keep the residents connected. Schools: Golden Bay schools are preparing for online learning, with devices being sent out to students who need them. Increased anxiety is being experienced by some students and whanau around online learning. The message is to try not to worry; if online learning doesn’t work for some students, they will be looked after when school resumes properly. At this stage the Ministry of Education is indicating that schools may start back in a reduced capacity on 29 April at the earliest. There is still a lot to resolve still around social distancing, bus transport and class sizes before this can happen. Ministry for Social Development: There has been an increase in applications for benefits and services. Supermarket: The group acknowledged the efforts FreshChoice supermarket is making. Employees are feeling supported by their management and by the general public.

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upside. “Because we had the dry season, most have already gone early.” Although the farming industry is coping well with the current crisis, the economic outlook may not be quite so rosy. In a recent press release, the national president of Federated Farmers, Katie Milne, warned of softening prices resulting from the global economic slowdown. “Meat that was getting $5-something a kilo is now bringing in $3, if we can get it off the farm. The milk returns (per kg of milk solids) had $7 in front of it this year but there are predictions next year it will be $5.” Farmers have little influence on primary product prices, so Wayne is focusing on the farming calendar and sticking to the immediate tasks in hand. “Farming is all about timing; even a week can make a big difference. Just now, the maize needs to be harvested and paddocks need to be seeded and fertilised.” As for his three young sons, Wayne says they are also carrying out important duties with the future in mind. “The boys are bringing firewood into the shed and sowing daffodils along the driveway.”

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Feeling unwell? Make that call JO RICHARDS

As the lockdown continues, Nelson Marlborough healthcare professionals are urging people not to put off calling their doctor or practice nurse if they feel unwell. Nelson Marlborough Health chief medical officer Dr Nick Baker, and acting chief executive of Nelson Bays Primary Health Karen Winton, are keen to remind people that Healthline, health centres, pharmacies, urgent care centres and emergency departments are open for business during the level 4 lockdown. Dr Baker urges anyone with health needs to get attention before small problems develop into major issues. “Please don’t wait until the end of weekends, public holidays, or until the end of the lockdown period, to seek medical attention. What may start as a minor issue could become serious if you leave it too long. We have seen cases recently where people have put off getting health care and illnesses have got worse. “On public holidays like ANZAC Day, people can contact their local urgent care clinic or call the general Healthline number for advice. For emergencies, people shouldn’t hesitate to call 111 or go to a hospital emergency department. Our teams are there to provide care and that hasn’t changed during the Covid-19 response or lockdown period.” Karen Winton encourages anyone with health concerns to contact their GP clinic for advice. “Many people will continue to need care for existing or new health conditions, as well as seek medical help for any Covid-19 concerns. “These are extraordinary times and require extraordinary measures. But the message is clear, general practice – your family doctor – and urgent care centres are open for business, even if that business is delivered in a slightly different way. “Patients will still be seen in-person if required. Other people may be offered a consultation by phone, email or video-call. You might also be seen by a nurse or doctor in your call, in a practice carpark. We are doing thing differently, to keep people safe during Covid-19, but care is still here.” Mrs Winton says it is particularly important for older people to reach out for help. “If you are over 70 and not meant to be leaving your home during the lockdown period, please call your GP first for a phone assessment. If you need to be seen, come

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Acting chief executive of NBPH Karen Winton. Photo: Supplied.

in and they will make sure you are safe when you visit. Using a car to seek essential health care is allowed, and the sooner you are assessed, the better your health outcome will usually be.” Dr Baker emphasises that people should not delay seeking help for urgent needs due to fear of leaving their bubble and being at risk of being infected with Covid-19. “New Zealand hospitals follow international best practice for infection prevention. Things will look different when you go to an afterhours clinic or ED. You may be screened – asked questions about your symptoms – at the door for example, given a mask to wear, or assessed in a cabin outside of the main building. These are all precautions to keep you and others safe from infection.”

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) says legislative changes to driver licensing and vehicle certification requirements that came into effect 10 April will help drivers and vehicle owners safely navigate through the Covid-19 lockdown period and beyond. Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced a series of changes which will temporarily extend the validity of driver licences, endorsements, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs) and other certification documents during the lockdown period. To help smooth the transition back to compliance, the legislative change provides a temporary extension to the following expired documents: • WoFs and CoFs, driver licences, and vehicle certifications issued under the Vehicle Standards Compliance Rule that expired on or after 1 January 2020. • Endorsements (including drivers of passenger services and dangerous good endorsements held by some truck drivers) that expired on or after 1 March 2020. The legislative changes also provide a temporary suspension of the requirement to have a current and valid registration sticker (commonly known as a “rego”), if the vehicle licence expired on or after 1 January 2020. Drivers are still encouraged to licence their vehicle on-line where possible. When you buy your next vehicle licence (rego), it applies from the date your previous licence (rego) expired. Waka Kotahi General Manager Regulatory Services Kane Patena says the changes are aimed at easing the concerns of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who own or drive vehicles in a private or commercial capacity or hold endorsements issued by Waka Kotahi by providing muchneeded clarity during the lockdown period. “...Our goal is to ensure that everyone who needs to travel to access essential services can do so, provided the vehicle they use is safe to drive on public roads. “People should not be afraid to undertake essential travel at this time solely because a document has expired which is unable to be renewed.” Mr Patena stressed that the temporary extensions introduced by the legislative change are intended to enable essential travel only, and do not remove the responsibility for drivers to ensure their vehicles are safe, or the need to comply with all other road rules.

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Golden Bay High School principal Linda Tame. File photo. JO RICHARDS

After breaking up and going into lockdown three weeks ago, the Bay’s students are back at school, but all classes will be held at home while the Government’s current Covid-19 restrictions apply. For students, parents and teachers, it’s an anxious time, with fears about students missing out vital learning, especially for those working towards senior external examinations. However, the message from the two senior school principals is for students to stay calm, not worry, and everything will be fine. Golden Bay High School principal Linda Tame says staff and students are using Google G Suite for online education. “It’s got good security, good privacy controls which is really important; some teachers have already used it.” In addition to the educational software, online learning also requires high-tech hardware and the school is providing the necessary equipment. “We have lent some devices to kids before the break, but we are now delivering to those who need them.” Linda is confident that staff and students will be ready for the challenge of online teaching and learning. “We had a great teacher-only day last week; I am really impressed that everyone is engaged and committed to make it work. And we’re having form meetings with students to explain how it’s going to work.” Although the resources and support are in place, Linda THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 17 APRIL 2020

Collingwood Area School principal Hugh Gully. File Photo.

says she doesn’t want her students to feel they are under any pressure. “At the most they will get 2-3 hours schoolwork a day, but we don’t want anyone to worry. There’s nothing to worry about; whatever happens now, we will sort it all out later.” Collingwood Area School is also gearing up for home learning, says principal Hugh Gully who echoes Linda’s message. “Don’t get stressed, just relax. We’ll be back at school soon and we will catch up quickly.” And he has a message for parents. “Chill out; we don’t expect you to be the teachers.” With a possible shift to Alert level 3 next week, both principals are hopeful that a proper return to school is not far away. “We could get access to the school site next Thursday and Friday for cleaning and then a teacher-only day the following week, so the earliest possible date for a return is Wednesday 29 April,” says Linda, before pointing out a few hurdles. “Three out of ten bus routes have drivers over 70, and we have to work out how to maintain two-metre distancing, and how we deal with class sizes over 20. This means only some students might return to the school initially.” Whenever or however the students return to school, Hugh has confidence in the Collingwood community and his staff to get the students through the current difficult situation. “We have great whanau out there and our teachers are very adept and bringing students up to speed.”

Last week Golden Bay Promotion Association (GBPA) asked its members to take part in an online survey - they are now extending that invitation to all business owners in the Bay. “The current situation is very challenging for the whole travel industry, especially towns like ours that rely on tourism,” says GBPA chair Cheryl Elsey. “We’re working on a business recovery plan that focuses on domestic travellers coming to our region, and ask you to give us the value of your knowledge and input to assist with this process.” The association is also considering not printing another giveaway map this summer. The survey seeks feedback from the business owners to give GBPA good information on which to base this decision. How has the survey gone so far? “The response has been very positive and grateful from most of the business owners,” says GBPA secretary Devangi Farah. “There is an underlying fear, of course. Many are worried about the unknown going forward, how long this will last and what things will look like coming out the other end.” Nelson Regional Development Agency completed an infometrics report on Golden Bay after Cyclone Gita in 2017. That report showed that the retail, accommodation, food, arts and recreation sectors contributed 607 jobs and $38.5m (or 23.5%) to the Golden Bay economy. “There are spinoffs from the tourism sector,” says Cheryl, “especially jobs like car mechanics, house painters, masseurs, casual cleaners, gardeners. It’s not just hospitality and accommodation. This whole community benefits in some way from tourism.” If you would like to take part in the GBPA survey, please email secretary@goldenbaynz.co.nz for the link or go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WHH276Y



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Logic, not fear, the key to good decisions

Fear is a great motivator as we have seen through the history of humanity on this planet. We can look back now and see how decisions made in a fearful environment can produce detrimental ramifications. The weapons of mass destruction scare caused untold tragedy in Iraq. Locally, the fear that “our economy will suffer without the Waimea Dam” is another good example. We need independent, investigative journalism more than ever in these times of unprecedented controls. The simultaneous implementation of huge governmental controls together with a weaker-than-ever media is of concern when it could lead to a big brother-ish society we may not be keen to have. We need to make logical decisions and we need transparency to do so. We are lucky to have the GB Weekly team keeping us informed and connected. Victoria Davis

Covid-19: Follow the money

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Gabriela and I live in an apartment in Kirkland, Washington State, USA. We’re engineers – she works for Amazon; I work for Microsoft. Amid a record-setting rise in unemployment and shuttered businesses, we’re extraordinarily lucky to be able to work from home, which we have done since early March. Until recently, Kirkland was the epicenter of Covid-19 in the US. Our local Evergreen Hospital saw the nation’s first fatalities at the close of February, and full lockdown followed in mid-March. 0.2% of the population here has tested positive. Due to lack of testing, the real number of cases is likely closer to 2%. As of the last few days, growth in cases has finally slowed, and hospitalisations may have reached their peak. Thanks to the lockdown, it’s unlikely that we will run out of hospital capacity. For most residents however, like us, the experience of Covid-19 is simply the experience of lockdown. Lockdown shrinks your world to a domestic bubble. In the city, that bubble feels especially small. Every day at around 6pm, we go for a walk through the suburbs. Once every several days we take our bottle of sanitiser (one of the only products that is still scarce), and we go out on a grocery run. During both activities, we keep a careful 3m from others, nearly half of whom are now wearing masks. Apart from that, we stay indoors working, cooking, and reading books. Public parks, beaches, and hiking trails are closed. Nonessential travel is banned. Residents are advised to limit their outdoors activities to exercising near their homes. Still, even in the suburbs, we find joy in nature and springtime. We’ve taken to photographing and cataloguing all the bird species we encounter within walking distance. We’re up to 22 species!* It’s difficult to see how this lockdown will end. Hopefully, some restrictions will be eased over the coming weeks as the pressure comes off, and small businesses will be allowed to recover. Normal socialising though, being both more dangerous and less essential, may be restricted for many months to come. I hope they re-open the hiking trails, I fear we’re running out of birds to find. Love to all, and stay safe. *You can see our progress at https://birdswithgabbyandbrenton.myportfolio.com/

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Since 1971, the world’s monies are “fiat currency”, “money without intrinsic value that has been established as money, by government regulation”. The advantage of fiat money for central banks, like our own Reserve Bank of New Zealand, is that money can be quickly and easily created by tapping numbers on computer keys. Rather than explaining to folks that it’s this easy to create more dollars, there is an exchange process to make it seem more legitimate than just conjuring money out of thin air. They call it quantitative easing. Government creates bonds and sells these bonds to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Our Government then gets this newly created cash. We, the people, get the debt and need to pay interest on the bonds, via taxation. As a result of the Covid-19 crisis and the Government’s decisions, a great deal of people and businesses need money, so it’s being created as above. More than $11,500 will be created for every working person in NZ. Take a look at rbnz.govt.nz for the full story, eg, “The Committee has decided to implement a LSAP [Large Scale Asset Purchase] programme of New Zealand government bonds. The programme will purchase up to $30,000,000,000 of New Zealand government bonds, … over the next 12 months.” This new money flooding into the system cost nothing to create. So why should we have to pay interest on it, or pay it back, through taxation? As the Reserve Bank is allegedly a wholly owned Government asset, what is going on? Bruce Collings

Time to re-evaluate Bay tourism

In his letter to the GB Weekly (9/4) Reg Turner writes about the downturn we can expect in international tourism as a result of Covid-19. A recent survey commissioned by the tourism industry showed that many Kiwis are concerned about the pressure tourism numbers place on our infrastructure, the environmental damage, overcrowded national parks, increased traffic congestion and visitors trashing the country, some of which we have experienced here in Golden Bay. We live in a place characterised by outstanding landscapes and amazing wildlife. Post Covid-19 nothing in the natural world will have gone away. Golden Bay will remain as beautiful as ever. Perhaps it’s a good time to think about how much, and what kind of, tourism we want. Cynthia McConville

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Post-apocalyptic scenes on our streets; in our little town, People skirting around each other with furtive glances; But at home, age-old skills - vegetable gardening and homebaking re-emerging; Projects on hold coming out of the woodwork. People connecting with their relatives and forbears; Teaching their children ancient skills. It’s not all bad - a blast from the past! Robin Keown

To fish, or not to fish

The traditional ANZAC services and commemorations will not take place this year due to the lockdown restrictions, but we can still mark the day. Why not make your own tribute by creating a wreath to hang on your mailbox, fence or shed, or place it in your window alongside your lockdown teddy bears? We will still remember them, but in a different way this year. 4

boating), hunting, tramping, or other activities of a kind that expose participants to danger or may require search and rescue services. Note that fishing is not mentioned (said person tried to kid me that fishing is hunting, even though we usually say hunting and fishing). It is clear that “water-based activities” means you being either on or in the water (so fishing from boats is illegal), therefore fishing from rocks (ie land) is only illegal if, and because, it is dangerous. The purpose of this law is very clear: it is about staying out of danger. This means that fishing safely from the shore, riverbank or other safe places is legal. Let’s keep our common sense to stop the virus, and not allow those who are over-zealous to cause unnecessary misery during this challenging time. Steve Penny

Dam review required

Thank you, Murray Dawson. Your publicity has given hope to us, the ratepayers, of getting a review. There should be a peaceful termination of this dam, without litigation. It appears that, at no time was Covid-19 considered in the future costings, or the economic downturn that will be nationwide. This economic situation will exist until a vaccine is developed. Reg Turner

Checkpoint Takaka Hill

I was hoping to read in the GB Weekly last Thursday that the Takaka Hill was closed over Easter to bach owners and holiday -makers coming for the weekend. To me it would seem quite an easy decision to monitor the people who are travelling over the hill, possibly with community volunteers at Uper Takaka, with police permission and supervision. However I am sure it’s more complex than it seems. It was your idea Reg Turner. Paul Marcussen

Concerned neighbour

I feel the need to respond to Rosy Orchard’s letter (GBW 3/4). The Blyth Family are selling most of their land as none of them wish to farm anymore. Theo (now in her nineties) and her late husband planted the majority of the hundreds of trees over their 97 hectares while operating a modest dairy and sheep farm. Sixty years on, this diverse tree-covered landscape is not only a habitat for many wildlife, particularly birds, but also a beautiful vista for the rest of us to appreciate. Blue Lake and surrounding land is not for sale. Theo has gifted a sizable portion of her land towards the walk/cycleway that I’m sure you and your family have used. Her generosity has also enabled a Chris Finlayson mural on one shed, and several local enterprises over the years in other buildings. As for abundant fruit, then I suggest you simply ask the owner(s), and you may receive. I’m sorry, but your words have fallen not on the “greedy” but rather on the opposite and have been hurtful. It is perhaps not the best way to enter a small community writing a letter that isn’t accurate when all you had to do is say “hello neighbour”. Sol Morgan

Humble thanks from Mohua Social Services

Mohua Social Services has been humbled by the generous donations of food and money from many individuals - too many to mention – as well as help from FreshChoice and the Sustainable Living Centre. It has been a great privilege to be able to support community members in need, thanks to these generous donations. As we have come through the third week of lockdown we are beginning to see the impact this extraordinary situation is having on our community. People’s generosity has shown us that despite the required physical distancing community support is still strong and heart-warming. People who require receipts for their donations please contact Kirstie Macleod on finance@mohuasocialservices.org. nz. Kia kaha. Premal and Maria

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Many of us have more time on our hands thanks to the lovely lockdown, and what finer, healthier way to pass it than by going fishing? There is no fresh fish to be found at FreshChoice, and it also puts protein on the table at no cost when many of us are strapped for cash. Unfortunately, someone told me the other day that it’s against the law; let’s see if that is true. Section 70(1)(f ) part 2e of the Health Act Order states that you are permitted to leave your place of residence for the purpose of exercise or other recreation if it does not involve swimming, water-based activities (for example surfing or

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Barry recalls days of self-reliance ANITA PETERS

In 1939, after a tumultuous birth, newborn Barry Cashman was given a teaspoon of whiskey, wrapped in a nappy and placed in the old coal range oven to keep warm. Thus began the eventful life of one of Golden Bay’s stalwarts, the only child of Jim and Rona Cashman and a descendant of the prominent local Page family, here since the 1850s. The current lockdown has dredged up memories for Barry of his family’s self-reliant lifestyle. He started school during the war years, and while his accountant father Jim worked at the Takaka BNZ, they had few home comforts. Without a fridge, vegetables and eggs were preserved and home deliveries of meat and milk came from local farms, basic groceries from Wadsworth’s and bread from Hughie Blanchfield. Water came from the roof, and cooking and heating was via the wood/coal range. Clothes were homemade, socks were darned and wash day was only once a week.There was no inside toilet. Memories abound. A balloon-tyred bike was the family’s only transport until 1948, when Barry’s dad Jim bought a brand new Vauxhall. During the war, Jim was involved with the Home Guard in Takaka. “I well remember the army truck at the front gate,” says Barry, “and the boxes of rifles in the shed, coils of barbed wire and large stacks of posts against the fence in the paddock to be used to fortify the beach areas in case of invasion.” The smell of Dettol takes Barry back to the cottage hospital, where Dr Bydder did his best to tidy up the mess of his little finger severed in the cogs of an old electric water pump. Being part of a small community has meant primary school friends have remained so throughout Barry’s life. Amongst those sharing similar memories (all now in their 80s) are Les Clarke, Tom Aitchison, Clive Bird and Mairangi Reiher. Barry left school at 16 to become an apprentice plumber, later starting his own plumbing business. He joined the Nelson Master Plumber Association and became president for Nelson for two years, the only Takaka plumber to do so. Later he

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Barry Cashman addresses a gathering to commemorate the initiation of the Village Green. Photo: Murray Hedwig.

amalgamated with Golden Bay Plumbing and Heating, then established Golden Bay Sheet Metal in the ITM complex. He served for three terms on the Community Board, two terms on the Tasman District Council, and belonged to many organisations in the district; the Golden Bay Masonic Lodge for 59 years, the Pohara Domain Board for 24 years, the Takaka Citizens Brass Band for 48 years, and the Golden Bay Information Centre. Having lived through his share of life’s ups and downs, including the polio epidemic of 1948, Barry has taken the current crisis in his stride.

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At this time of year, and especially in the situation we find ourselves in right now, it is vital to support your immune system in any way you can. Many of us will be feeling the lack of the natural health supports that have been deemed a non-essential service during level 4, but there are numerous ways to bring herbs into your daily life to support good nutrition and a strong immune response, without needing to buy a product in a bottle. One of the easiest and most effective ways of incorporating supportive herbs at this time of year is in broths and stocks. Whether you prefer a hearty bone broth, a rich chicken stock or a plant-based vegetable stock, adding medicinal herbs can raise your stock pot’s therapeutic value. Step outside and look around your garden. Do you have a herbaceous lawn mix? Or dandelions growing at the edges? Yellow dock, yarrow, stinging nettle? Calendula flowers? Tangy sheep’s sorrel or wood sorrel? An autumn flush of cleavers or chickweed? These plants are common weeds and the bane of tidy gardeners everywhere, but they all pack a serious nutritive punch and embody the phrase “let food be thy medicine”. Dandelions are a treasure trove of vitamins and minerals. The leaves contain carotenoids, the leaf and root contain vitamin A, B, C and D, potassium, iron and copper; and calcium, phosphorous and zinc in the root. The nutrient levels are vastly superior to those in cultivated greens, and the autumn root of the dandelion is wonderfully high in inulin, a compound that is worshipped by your beneficial gut bacteria. These form the root of your immune system, and without a happy population of the good guys in your gut, your body cannot mount an effective immune response to invading pathogens. Dandelion is also wonderful for your liver function. If you use no other herb this season, use dandelion. All parts of this marvellous weed are edible, although the white sap in the stem can cause nausea in small children if they ingest too much. When adding herbs to your broth, put the roots in early on. This will allow time for the cooking to break down the tougher fibres and release all the good stuff into the liquid. If you use the above-ground parts, add them near the end, with 20 minutes "...that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 Pastor: Rodney Watson 027 511 4266, rjwatcon@gmail.com Includes Kids program 93 Commercial St, Takaka. www.godunlimited.org



A bowl of broth: One of the most effective ways of incorporating supportive herbs in the daily diet. Photo: Supplied.

or so to simmer. Calendula flowers like fats, so go wonderfully in hearty bone broths, releasing their gut-healing medicinal resins into the oils in your broth. Aromatic yarrow is wonderful for treating fevers, and adding a handful of flowers and leaves to your stock pot will also add vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as manganese, copper, potassium, iron and iodine. Stinging nettle is best harvested in spring, but if you have some set aside from earlier harvest it will add a wonderful rich flavour and a powerful mineral boost to your broth. Another wonderful addition to your stock pot: mushrooms! There are numerous varieties out there, from turkey tail (a famous immune hero in the fungal world) and other supermushrooms, to the humble button mushroom from the supermarket, to locally grown shiitake and oyster mushrooms. All contain compounds called beta-glucans, which pack a serious immune system punch and all will improve the depth of flavour of your stock by an order of magnitude. *It’s essential that you identify plants correctly. If in doubt, leave it out. Never gather from contaminated areas, roadsides, sprayed hedgerows or under high-voltage lines.*

At an extraordinary council meeting last Thursday, Tasman District Council agreed to abandon plans for a rates increase for the 2020/2021 financial year, acknowledging it to be in the best interests of the Tasman community. Mayor Tim King said, “We still don’t fully understand the impact battling this pandemic will have on our community in the long-term. However, this is one step we can take to lessen the burden on all ratepayers at this time.” Councillors and staff will identify over the coming months how and where savings can be made across the business to offset the reduction in rates income. Other income from commercial rentals and dividends from Nelson Airport and Port Nelson will also be less than expected, potentially creating a further shortfall. The expected reduction in revenue will have repercussions for spending, said the mayor. “I do want to make it clear that the effects of a zero percentage rates increase will have an effect on some council services and upcoming projects and that could continue for some time. We’ll be asking everyone to bear that in mind and manage their expectations as we navigate our way through this unprecedented event. “The focus right now is helping our communities get though the difficult weeks and months ahead, while taking a long-term approach to our economic recovery. We’ll get there by working together.” Residents should be aware that, while this means the overall rates revenue movement for council as a whole is zero, it will not necessarily translate into zero rates rise for all ratepayers. The actual increase for each ratepayer will vary because of the different services they receive that are funded through targeted rates. Responding to a question from The GB Weekly concerning staffing, TDC CEO Janine Dowding explained that almost all council staff were working through the lockdown, but some may need to use holiday entitlements. “From 28 April we will be asking staff to use leave in the unlikely event that they are not able to work in their role or undertake other duties – for example, we have a number of staff working in the Civil Defence operation.” She pointed out that when business resumes, the demands on council services are likely to increase beyond normal levels, and the necessary resources needed to be available. “An important consideration is when the Covid alert conditions finish we need to be in the best position to play the role that will be expected of us as the economy moves into recovery. We will not want to be in a position where we have lost skills and expertise that we rely on. That said, we will want to know that we have made sensible savings and looked at innovative ways to manage our services. At the moment, it is too early to say what those will be.” Ms Dowding said she could not guarantee there would be no job losses. “Achieving a zero rates revenue increase and managing a loss of income across all council revenue streams will require a review of all budgets to find cost savings. Staff reductions cannot be ruled out, but they will only be achieved through corresponding reductions in work programs and services. Redundancies will be a last resort; they are costly and have lasting impacts.” In the meantime, she paid tribute to her colleagues. “I am extremely proud of our staff who have responded with goodwill and commitment despite having to deal with the uncertainty and the impacts on their families.”

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Here’s a page for our young readers to contribute ideas and projects which can help pass the time while they are stuck at home. Parents and teachers, feel free to nominate an inspiring youngster for us to profile on this page, and kids, send in your jokes, poems, stories, photos and drawings. Please send all contributions to: admin@gbweekly.co.nz

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Alfie’s Kitchen - Pizzeria Italiano

Frankie Whiting made little creatures and houses with cardboard, sticks and moss and other random things from the garden, glued together. These ones have acorn cups and interesting sticks. Photo: Fiona Whiting.

Poem by Areya Lea The Walk

Waves rolling onto the shore, crickets chirping in the long grass. Oystercatchers squabbling over dinner, dog owners yapping as they walk past.


Colouring-in competition Create your own colourful Fonterra Farm by colouring in the picture below. Take a photo of your finished art-work and send it to admin@gbweekly.co.nz by Monday 20 April. The winner will receive a 1kg block of cheese or a $20 Prezzie card and see their picture published in The GB Weekly.

To make my super-easy pizza you will need to mix into a dough by hand or mixer: 2 cups of flour 1 cup of plain yoghurt (we used Greek) 2 tsp of baking powder A pinch of salt and a few dashes of olive oil. Roll the dough out on a bench with flour on it to the shape you want. Put on a tray with olive oil on it. Tomato sauce: Put in a pot a tin of tomatoes, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 tsp sugar, salt, pepper and any Italian herbs you like, and reduce for 10-15 minutes. Blend till as smooth as you like. Put the sauce on the pizza bases and add cheese and any toppings you like. Bake in the oven at 180⁰C until brown, nice, crispy and not burnt! Mmmm...Yummy! To view Alfie’s YouTube pizza video or maybe try out his delicious Oreo (vegan) cookie recipe go to: www.tinyurl. com/alfiejai


KidZone! Zac’s fitness course a challenge

Activity Sort your stuff


Ten-year-old Central Takaka School pupil Zac Bulters has been keeping his mind and body active since the lockdown. Last year, influenced by TV shows Ultimate Beast Master, American Ninja Warrior and Spartan, he made a mini obstacle course around his backyard. Then for Christmas he was given a Ninja Line - a sort of monkey bar set. “I started thinking about making a huge obstacle course,” he said. With help from his mum and dad, and aspiring engineer/ builders eight-year-old brother Leo and friend Kaito aged 12 (who is also in his bubble), his earlier trials inspired a new design outside his home in East Takaka. “There’s loads of wood around here,” he said. “I’ve made a rope bridge, a net you crawl under, a tyre lift and a climbing wall; then you can go down a zip line, like a flying fox. The whole course takes 13 minutes, I timed it with a stopwatch. It’s finished but I’m still doing quite a bit, fixing some obstacles that have got broken. They’re all safe; there’s just one that’s a bit wobbly.” Zac thinks others around his age could also make an obstacle course. “It’s really fun,” he says. “You can use all sorts of things. I like using tyres, ropes, nets, swings, planks of wood to balance on, and finding things to climb over like random logs. “You could even add in some water or mud, objects to crawl under and through, barrels, poles and stepping stones.” Zac’s mum Wendy said that he had been training for hours every day on his strength, endurance and fitness. “They’ve had a lot of fun during the lockdown working on making this Zac Bulters climbs his fitness course rope bridge watched on by extended course that even the parents have been challenged engineer/builder assistants, brother Leo (left) and friend Kaito. Photo: Supplied. by.”

WHAKAARO: The great meditation MIKE SCOTT

Have you noticed? A profound calm has descended over Golden Bay. A strange sensation as if as if the Bay has drifted into a calm meditation. The highway has fallen silent and the sky is quiet. The helicopters have gone and the rowdy planes; the campervans have dissolved into the distance, Britz and Apollo gone, the hill fallen silent. Even the sea has become quiet and the fish can send each other their little sonic whispers undisturbed. So, what is this strange situation, is it some weird distortion of time, is it some great aberration of life, is something bad about to happen, is this the Bad Moon Rising? Will we all survive, what comes next, what has happened to normality and can we endure this for long? Let’s have a closer look what in fact is normality. For thousands of years, for millions of years, what we are experiencing now was normality and in the last few hundred years we changed it. This strange experience, close to silence, is called peace, this strange aberration is called tranquillity, and for humans to operate normally they need tranquillity of mind, a calmness to consider where they are at and what they really need in the future. This peace of mind we had forgotten about. Like the boiled frog, as the water got hotter until it couldn’t move and was cooked, we’ve allowed the clatter of commerce to rise and rise until we think it is normal and our poor brains have been collapsing under the strain. Of course, we didn’t want The Virus but in a strange disguise it has brought us a valuable lesson. It has shown us that driving in the fast lane and accelerating, we will eventually drive into a lamppost or off a cliff or into a brick wall or some other unpleasant orbit. Amazingly, now the whole frenzied human part of the world has closed down, seismologists report that there is a drop in the anthropogenic din that vibrates through the planet. Planetary lockdown has changed the way the Earth moves beneath our feet. In this sense Covid-19 is a gift to us showing where we might have gone wrong, time to reflect, a time to examine what really is important in life. The noise of busy commerce, we have been deceived into thinking, is essential to our happiness, that the money it brings is essential to our survival. Of course, a certain amount of money is vital to our existence but more than what is enough becomes damaging to ourselves, to our society and to our environment. The peace and tranquillity that we are now experiencing is giving us time to consider just what is important in life and what is not. The quiet Golden Bay is now experiencing was normal to its first inhabitants and it could be normal again if we can just get our priorities properly in place. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 17 APRIL 2020


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ACROSS 1 Better one to take a stroll after midnight (7) 5 Upset by the dry wine salesman returned (7) 9 Indian maybe, once a mess (5) 10 Dromedary back-breaker (4,5) 11 Leads on the moors (7) 12 See if it works for your hearing (2,5) 13 Loved the marriage clincher. Slide out of that! (8) 14 Empty plate with dime for building block (6) 17 Do without warning and depart (6) 19 Puts forward the readies on slate (8) 22 Right! Please sort it out. It will only get worse! (7) 24 A terrible din mixed with sticky glue may gratify (7) 26 It’s edible sculpture. I get the gag (9) 27 Feels shocked - they might hold line (5) 28 Transmitting head to tail - it’s how they finish (7) 29 How you may have felt following some number (7) DOWN 1 Silly chap takes top from liniment to rub it in (5)

1. Begin by tidying your room so you can sort out what you have. Put the same things together, eg all the pencils together, etc. 2. Gather a variety of empty containers for your small objects and collections. They can be any size from tiny matchboxes to cereal boxes to shoeboxes to banana boxes, or get a parent to cut the top off a milk container or other plastic bottle. 3. Collage: Use wallpaper paste or PVA glue (or make glue with half a cup of flour or cornflour and half a cup of water - mix well to get rid of the lumps and add a bit more water until it is smooth and sticky.) Carefully tear out brightly coloured pictures from old magazines and glue them onto the containers, overlapping the edges of the pictures. Or use wrapping paper torn into shapes. 4. Tape: Criss-cross tape over the containers to create diagonal patterns. Draw lines, crosses, circles and other simple patterns onto the tape. 5. Use PVA glue to add buttons, seeds, beads, uncooked pasta, rice, and other tiny objects that won’t break. Sprinkle glitter onto small dots of glue.


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West possibly could sort out top conductor (7) Taking time with fish - note and call (9) Greatly appreciates the way they accompany food (8) It has its ups and down under bonnet (6) Relax about an unfortunate end so boot again (5) British bad weather? Head east to another country (7) Puzzles can be more primitive to the south (9) I upset aunt - fire and incense! (9) Drifted - myself with ‘enrietta and an empty ‘ead (9) They strongly approve of dirt right in advertisements (8) Connected to the tails of four and five getting dealt out (7) A prayer to come together (7) Outlaws have half a look in the marshes (6) Some silly ape cancelled the show. A nut! (5) Left off, let out and made better (5)

Do you like reading newspapers and magazines from all over the world? Did you know you can access thousands of titles for free via PressReader on the Tasman District Libraries website? 1. Go to www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz 2. Click on e-Library, then e-Resources A-Z 3. Scroll down to PressReader Choose from thousands of newspapers and magazines from 100 countries in 60 languages, including editorials, classifieds, crossword puzzles, cartoons, graphics and supplements. PressReader has the latest edition, plus back issues from the early 2000s onwards. You can listen to articles or enlarge the size of the text on the screen - great for those with dyslexia or a visual impairment. You can browse by country of publication for example Argentina, Finland, Ireland or Nigeria. Do you speak Arabic, Bulgarian or Portuguese? You can search by language. Are you interested in boating or aviation, music, or travel and culture? You can search by categories too. Please note that Stuff Ltd publications including the The Nelson Mail, The Press and The Dominion Post can only be viewed from within the library, not from home. Free to use with your library card and PIN (remember this is usually the last 4 digits of your library card number). There’s also an app available through the App Store, Google Play or the Windows store, so you can use PressReader on any device. So have a look, it’s fun just exploring and you never know what you might find. 7

Teenz in lockdown – Immy and Manu

Imogen Harris with her plants. Photo: Supplied. RONNIE SHORT

While many parents wish they had the capacity to lock their teenagers down at times, it might have been deemed insane to do so for four whole weeks. One might assume they’d go crazy without their friends close by their side and without the usual stimulation of sports, parties and group activities. But many are more resilient and utilising some smart coping mechanisms. Imogen Harris has been keeping herself fully occupied with plant propagation, cooking for her family, walking their dog and going running for exercise. She fits in some schoolwork, getting ahead by completing her personal reports ahead of due date. “I don’t get up as early as I do for school every day, which would be 6.30 am. I get up around 8am.” Cooking has been a passion of hers since she was about seven years old, when she made a “terrible” soup out of overgrown spring onions from their garden. From there she evolved through making eggs on toast to miso soup, and now meringues and apple pies. “I have been enjoying bottling fruit and making jam,” said Immy, although she found the process of making crabapple jelly “actually a nightmare”. Hospitality is one of her subjects at school, and she photographed and submitted the result of her Eggs Florentine, a teacher-set task. Immy has learned how to repot her house plants and take cuttings from those and others from around her home and garden. She has increased her 13 plants to 35 during lockdown . Socially, Immy set up a Discord service to connect with her friends for different chats and games, which she says “is like Skype, but made specifically for people to play games together.” She uses FaceTime daily to connect with a friend with whom she has co-written a couple of songs. Altogether, Immy seems to be coping really well. “There was quite a lot of stuff I wanted to do at home…like tidying my room…it’s now perfectly clean.” She believes time management is important and realised she just had to do that—for example, if something is cooking in the oven for an hour, she will spend that time doing schoolwork.

Message from Damien O’Connor We are currently in the midst of a never seen before lockdown of our country, in order to combat an unprecedented virus that, left unchecked, would have an unacceptable toll on New Zealanders. This is an extraordinary global event, and it will have a significant impact on our economy. The Government is pulling out all the stops to protect the health of New Zealanders and the health of our economy. We’ve made a good start, the vast majority of New Zealanders are doing the right thing, and if we stay the course, we will come through this more quickly. Every single one of us has a mission right now, and that’s staying at home to save lives. Police are enforcing the rules. Golden Bay is relatively isolated, which offers us an advantage, but the risk for us is still very real. We are fortunate to be home to many essential services. This will help soften the blow of the economic challenges other parts of the country are facing. It was also fortunate for us that the peak of our tourist season had largely passed before we entered the lockdown. There is still a lot of uncertainty about what the future will look like but I’m certain it holds opportunities that we can capture if we are willing to think differently and innovate. For now, please remember to STAY HOME. It will break the chain of transmission and it will save lives. If people don’t stay at home, other than to go to the supermarket or GP or to get some fresh air close to home, then you risk both spreading the virus to others and getting it yourself. Self-isolation is our best tool to beat the virus. My thanks to Police, medical staff, pharmacists, our farmers and growers, our supermarket workers and all those involved in essential services. Thank you for your service. Let’s unite again in the fight to beat Covid-19, and emerge even stronger.

Manu Bourgeois. Photo: Supplied.

The worst thing about lockdown Immy thinks, “is definitely not seeing my friends in person. Everything else I can deal with, but I miss my friends.” Manu Bourgeois is usually very active and involved in many sports and activities – all of which he can no longer do. That list includes badminton, at both social evenings and at school; basketball (although he does shoot hoops by himself ); squash and football in season; and mountain biking. He has researched fitness exercises and has some equipment at home to help keep up his level of fitness, such as a rowing machine, and weights. Manu has also had time to consider his diet. “Usually, on my busy schedule, I’m tired and I just eat. Now I look at the amount of calories and what foods to eat that better suit my needs.” Time management, Manu says, is important to keep motivation up, and that includes keeping to a certain wake-up time—something he’s found a bit difficult after playing online cards with friends until late at night. “The friends department is the main thing—we still have group chats, etc,” said Manu. “But we’re unable to meet in person, so that’s a bit of a bum.” He is philosophical about coming out of lockdown. “I always picture scenarios when they are done – as in at the end. So I look ahead. Complaining isn’t going to make time go faster; we just need to wait it out.” He does admit it has been hard to know what day it is as his usually strict schedule has been disrupted. He is staying on top of schoolwork and checking out the old exam papers teachers have posted online. Something good that’s come out of lockdown, Manu says is “Quality time with Dad…and getting him into exercise more. We go to Rameka every two days…the first time I biked and he walked...now I run to a point and come back to him...he’s getting better.” In light of the lockdown, Manu has realised that maybe it’s not so good that his hobbies and interests all involve socialising. “I don’t have hobbies I do by myself – so maybe have a backup plan.”


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Previous solution - Tough

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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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h All the information below was correct as the time of printing, but things are changing quickly at the moment. For the most up-todate 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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A message from Mayor Tim King

Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031 early engagement extended

Keep up the great work, we are doing a great job as a region as we head into the fourth, and hopefully, final week - we’re getting there.

In light of the potentially huge, but still not fully known impact, of the COVID-19 virus and our response to it, Tasman District Council has decided to extend its Long Term Plan early engagement process. Public feedback on the 2020 Vision for Tasman document is now invited until 12 June 2020.

I also want to say a big thank you to those who have carried on working, keeping our essential services running right across the region in the many and varied roles supporting the rest of us. It has been really impressive how the vast majority of people have done what has been asked of us to keep New Zealand safe. This has clearly been a big sacrifice in many ways for many people so it is important that we stay the course to see this through. This last period is when we really need to stick with it. I understand it will be challenging, but we are heading the right direction. So let’s keep going. If we stay home and stay in our bubbles, then getting back to normal will arrive that much sooner. As the saying goes; do the mahi, get the treats.

Accessing Council services

Zero rates increase aimed at helping the community

Rest assured Tasman District Council is still working to provide the essential services our district needs to keep running throughout the lockdown period. Obviously, some things are different as we work to keep everyone safe.

Tasman District Council has agreed a zero % rates revenue increase for the 2020/2021 financial year, understanding it to be in the best interests of the Tasman community.

• You can contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 03 543 8400. This is the best way to get in touch while we can’t serve you in person.

Mayor Tim King says “We still don’t fully understand the impact battling this pandemic will have on our community in the long-term. However, this is one step we can take to lessen the burden on all ratepayers at this time.”

• Our website, tasman.govt.nz has lots of information and some services you can do online so pay it a visit.

Councillors and staff will identify over the coming months how and where savings can be made across the business to offset the reduction in rates income. Other income from commercial rentals and dividends from Nelson Airport and Port Nelson will also be less than expected, potentially creating a further shortfall. “I do want to make it clear that the effects of a zero % rates increase will have an effect on some Council services and upcoming projects and that could continue for some time. We’ll be asking everyone to bear that in mind and manage their expectations as we navigate our way through this unprecedented event. “The focus right now is helping our communities get though the difficult weeks and months ahead, while taking a long-term approach to our economic recovery. We’ll get there by working together.” Residents should be aware that while this means the overall rates revenue movement for Council as a whole is zero, it will not necessarily translate into a zero rates rise for all ratepayers. The actual increase for each ratepayer will vary because of the different services they receive that are funded through targeted rates.

Speed Limit Bylaw consultation extended The public consultation on a proposal to change speed limits on four roads around the district has been extended into May. It had been due to close on 30 March 2020 but will remain open for feedback longer, in light of the Level Four alert restrictions. The proposal is to set lower limits for three roads – Gibbs Valley Road, Hoddy Road and Wharariki Road and to extend an existing 50km/h speed limit on Abel Tasman Drive in Pōhara by 25m. Get all the details and make your submission at tasman.govt.nz/feedback.


• Library services are currently all happening online. If you’re not already a library member, sign up for a digital membership to access lots of great resources and content. Visit tasmanlibraries.govt.nz or facebook.com/tasmanlibraries to find out more. • While you can’t access playgrounds, mountain bike parks and tracks (except for Tasman’s Great Taste Trail), boat ramps or community facilities, you can still do exercise around your local area. It’s a perfect time to explore your neighbourhood if you stay in your bubble and keep that two metre distance from others.

This extended date will allow residents to comment on any COVID-19 response and recovery initiatives, as well as commenting on the Councils proposed strategic priorities and sharing ideas for their overall vision for our region in the next ten years. This approach enables Council to still seek early community feedback to inform the development of its LTP 2021 – 2031. This is a very important part of the planning process, while acknowledging that the current pandemic has diverted everyone’s focus and energy for the time being. Creating extra time and space is aimed at encouraging better engagement with the community while allowing those who need to to focus on other current pressing priorities. For anyone who has already provided feedback, thank you – your views will still be included. If you feel you want to give more or different feedback in light of recent events, you are welcome to do so. All the relevant information, alongside an online submission form is available on Council’s website, tasman.govt.nz/feedback.

Want to start composting? Now’s good! If you have extra time on your hands at home, why not get started with home composting? It’s easy and you can get started without a trip to the garden centre or hardware store. All you need to do is gather together your garden waste and other organic scraps and mix them in a heap. Worms and other critters will do the rest. It’s a simple way to help the environment. The nutrients in plants have come from the soil and putting them back in the soil will support this precious resource. You can make an enclosure around the area where you want to start your heap, it should sit directly on the soil, preferably not in the full sun. Start with a 10 – 15cm layer of coarse twiggy materials to ensure good drainage and entry of air. Then add:

• Any freedom campers that found themselves in our district when lockdown started have been accommodated in campgrounds at Pōhara, Motueka, Kaiteriteri and Tahunanui, as all designated freedom camping areas are now closed.

• kitchen and garden waste

• Rubbish and recycling collections continue as normal, same day, same time. Please take extra care to separately bag all tissues and cleaning items, especially wet wipes, to help protect the health of our hard working collectors.

For more details and tips for great compost visit, tasman.govt.nz and search composting.

• All five Tasman District Resource Recovery Centres are now closed. If you live in a rural area where there is no kerbside rubbish collection, you can purchase prepaid 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. • While most Council staff are able to work from home to keep services ticking over, you will still see our contractors out working during the lockdown period. They are taking care of urgent and essential tasks like looking after our water supply, clearing blocked wastewater pipes, making roads safe and collecting rubbish. This work is authorised to carry on so just give them a wave of thanks from a safe distance for continuing to work for everyone’s benefit.

• manure, soil, blood and bone or a compost activator. If the compost heap is regularly turned it will be ready in 3 – 4 months otherwise it will take between 9 – 12 months to mature.



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GOLDEN BAY PHARMACY UPDATE DELIVERIES We have extended our delivery service. If you can’t make it in-store to collect your medicines, we can deliver them to you. Check in with the team about what options are available where you live.

KEEP IN TOUCH Call us on 03 525 9490 or email; takakapharmacy@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook @goldenbaypharmacynz or Instagram #goldenbaypharmacy

THANK YOU Thank you for your continued support of our team. We appreciate your patience, positive comments and kindness. For the latest news and advice on Covid-19 visit www.covid19.govt.nz

Golden Bay Workcentre Trust The Workcentre Office & Heartlands Services will remain closed for the duration of the Covid-19 Level 4 response. We are able to continue our core services remotely and in order to keep everyone safe we encourage phone or email contact where possible. Take care, from the Workcentre team. CONTACT DETAILS PHONE 03 525 8099 and leave a message (checked daily) PROPERTY ENQUIRIES e-mail alli@gbwct.org.nz GENERAL BUSINESS ENQUIRIES e-mail cait@gbwct.org.nz HEARTLANDS e-mail cait@gbwct.org.nz


The Covid-19 testing centre, is now running between the hours of 10.30am-11.30am. 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. All tests will be carried out whilst the individual remains in their car.

FLU VACCINE UPDATE As soon as each delivery of vaccines arrive in the Medical Centre we are contacting those individuals who are eligible for an appointment. These flu clinics are running out of our carpark to maintain safety for all. We are asking people to be patient whilst our hardworking staff work through this process. We ask that you also respect our hardworking reception staff when ringing for appointments. These are challenging times for everyone, and our teams our working above and beyond what is normally expected of them. Please be patient and be reassured that those who require a flu vaccine will get one. GBCH Management Team

Newspapers ● Ice ● Bread ● Milk ● Ice-creams....etc WINE ● BEER ● DIESEL ● PETROL

Delivery Schedule Starting from Monday 20th April Delivery Zone Delivery Zone Boundaries Zones 1 – 4 will be delivered by FreshChoice with a chiller delivery van. Zone 1 - Town Waitapu Bridge – Motupipi corner – Kotinga – Hospital corner Zone 2 - Parapara Waitapu Bridge - Parapara Zone 3 - Motupipi/Tata Hospital corner – Glenveiw Road – Tata Beach Zone 4 – Upper/East Takaka Takaka – Upper Takaka Country Club – East Takaka Zones 5 & 6 are picked up by the courier on behalf of the customer. The courier will then charge the customer a delivery fee. There will be no delivery charge at the online ordering checkout. Contact the courier for more information. Zone 5 – Takaka to C/wood Takaka to Collingwood. Contact Brandon 027 363 8795, foursparrows@slingshot.co.nz Zone 6 – Beyond C/wood Bainham – Pakawau, beyond Pakawau (Mon, Wed, Fri only). Contact Bart De Jong: collingwoodruralmail@gmail.com

Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Pick up


Monday 12pm – 3pm 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9am - 6pm

Tuesday 12pm – 3pm 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9am - 6pm

Wednesday 12pm – 3pm 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9am - 6pm

Thursday 12pm – 3pm 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9am - 6pm

Friday 12pm – 3pm 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9am – 12pm 9am - 6pm

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Super NEWS

LOCKDOWN OPENING HOURS: Mon-Fri: 8am - 4pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm Fresh fish available: Order by Monday lunchtime for Wednesday collection Fresh fruit and veg arriving daily Local delivery available For all orders and inquiries phone 525 9591

We are now able to deliver wine, beer, spirits and RTD’s straight to your door! All deliveries will be made by us and we will be using contactless delivery. The following limits apply only on Spirits: 3x 1.25l. To place an order please follow these instructions: • Email orders to: sl.goldenbay@gmail.com, via our Facebook page or ring 525 9207

COLLINGWOOD TAVERN IS NOW ABLE TO TO DELIVER Order your beer, wine, spirits and RTDs via contactless delivery. • We have a large catchment area, minimum $50 order. Conditions apply. • Must be 18+ to place an order. ID check upon delivery. • Payment by internet banking pre delivery or cash accepted on delivery. • Delivery Tuesdays and Fridays.

To place orders, please email: collingwoodtavern@gmail.com phone 524 8160, text 021 079 3625

Information required: • • • • •

Full Name (Person Ordering/Accepting Delivery): Delivery Address Contact Phone Number Date of Birth Copy of your ID (screenshot): A valid NZ driving license, passport or 18+ Card.

Your order: • When ordering please include product name and brand, quantity, and pack size. • If we require any more information, we will contact you to confirm required details. • You can make payment via bank transfer once we reply to you with your order confirmation, or cash on delivery under strict hygiene protocol. • Deliveries will be made same day or next working day, and please be patient at this time. • Minimum order is $50 • You cannot pick up your order from our store.

Nelson/Tasman: Michelle Hunt Manager ph 03 539 1137 info@cancernelson.org.nz Cyndy Smith Support Coordinator ph 027 258 0065 cyndy@cancernelson.org.nz

The safety of our staff is very important, and we will be taking the necessary precautions to ensure we, and you, remain that way. Stay safe and see you all soon from our AWESOME team at Super Liquor Golden Bay

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“Weird” days for the Mussel Inn

Jane is relishing the challenge of knitting. Photo: Supplied. RONNIE SHORT

When Jane and Andrew Dixon were asked how they were coping during the lockdown, Jane replied, “It’s all very strange…weird.” “We don’t usually get to spend many evenings at home together, so we’re enjoying that. We are blessed with the weather being absolutely gorgeous and have been going out for a walk every day, which is lovely. We have lots of space to enjoy, so can get out of the house and spend time away from each other if we want to.” Jane keeps herself busy with gardening and enjoying all their property has to offer. She also has a love of knitting. Just before lockdown, she procured the wool needed to undertake a rather complicated Aran jersey for her son, Henry. It is a challenge she is relishing. Andrew, meanwhile, is tinkering in his workshop, fixing and modifying things, using his welder and making “bits and pieces”. “He is also doing some writing, possibly a script for another of his short films,” revealed Jane. Jane is more than happy to get her Mussel Inn staff back on board as soon as they can after lockdown. “Luckily for us, our staff are locals who want to be here and want to go on, so that works really well.” Jane found the wage subsidy has been amazing, enabling them to keep paying their staff enough to “hopefully keep them going.” They consider themselves lucky to also have the brewery to keep them going. Currently they are sourcing feijoas from a commercial grower over the hill, for their “flagship” cider, Freckled Frog. Brewers Vinnie Astill and Reuben Lee are able to continue operations, and the inn supplies regional supermarkets as well as our own. “It’s good to have something else ticking along to keep you going,” said Jane. A couple of weeks prior to lockdown, the downturn began, with several musicians from “all over the place” cancelling gigs. Chances are there won’t be any gigs for a while, although some musicians are offering gigs online. Aro played on Facebook last Wednesday evening and Jacquie Walters on Sunday, both as per their previously scheduled gigs. Jane said locals are also online, such as Levity Beet and Laura Mae – check them out on Facebook or Instagram. “There’s a lot going on online but we’re appreciating having time to enjoy some of the many CDs we’ve been given by people who’ve played here,” said Jane. “It is an amazing time for this scenario to be taking place…when we have the technology to help us through.” She does admit that life’s not quite the same though, as she misses the daily buzz of the café, from morning cuppas with staff and customers, through to evening meals and drinks. “Now I go to my office and it’s just me.” Overall, Jane is philosophical about the lockdown, saying “I’ve been ready for it for years. Because we’ve been in business for a long time, we are well placed to keep going. We are really looking forward to continuing from here. Although I don’t know what form social gatherings will take in the future.” Finally, like many of us, Jane is impressed with how well New Zealanders have “toed the line” to enable good results thus far. 12

Dan moves mindfulness online RONNIE SHORT

The practice of mindfulness is something that has proven itself to Dan Antell. “I’ve lived with a lot of isolation myself…..I know what it’s like to live in fear all the time. And yes, we are in isolation, but that can be okay if we are able to be present with ourselves.” Last year, Dan hosted three Friday lunchtime series in mindfulness at the Takaka library. He also ran sessions at Central Takaka School under the Mindfulness in Schools programme. Lockdown was the impetus for Dan to launch his teachings online. “Ultimately it’s taking shape to be lots of different options for people – from a 10-week mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course, to one-minute techniques and tools videos.” Breath, for example, is a powerful tool, along with many other ways to be present in the moment. Dan worked as a nurse, then took a break when “it got too much” and spent the next three to four years working with a mindfulness therapist. Besides learning online, he attended training in Christchurch. The theory behind mindfulness makes sense to Dan’s “sciencey” background in psychotherapy and his passion for playing music. “I use music as a tool for mindfulness a lot.” He is currently setting up a small studio so that he can continue uploading more videos onto his website. “The tools and techniques used have been vigorously studied and are well documented,” he says. Using mindfulness to cope with isolation: Dan Antell. File photo. “This is going to be something for everyone – spiritual, scientific, neurological. These tools are vital for our health and To view Dan’s videos, go to: www.mindfulnurse.icu wellbeing.”

Home viewing — what to watch ALISTAIR HUGHES

YouTube turns 15 this year, and it’s difficult to imagine a world without this ultimate online distraction. It’s now a subsidiary of Google and had an estimated revenue of $US15 billion last year. Its social impact would easily fill a book. But we’re here to talk about what’s fun to watch in an environment where viral can actually mean a good thing. If lockdown is getting you down, a personal pick-me-up that never fails is to seek out a cheesy, half-remembered music video from decades gone by. Before the advent of YouTube, the chances of ever revisiting the visual treats Ready to Roll and Radio with Pictures used to serve up on a weekly basis was probably zero. If, like me, you’re tired of the hyper-sexualisation of contemporary music stars, a classy performance from the likes of Rita Coolidge, Carly Simon or even Alison Moyet is a perfect remedy. And whatever your own taste, for that extra feel-good factor you can lose yourself in the adoring comments section under the video afterwards—always the very cosiest of echo chambers. Otherwise, “flash mob” videos are always a joyful alternative visual accompaniment to popular music. Search under Sound of Music Central Station Antwerp for one of the very best. For longer forms of entertainment, you can always find a YouTube Channel dedicated to topics you love. Living Big in a Tiny House (www.youtube.com/user/livingbigtinyhouse) is the brainchild of New Zealand actor Bryce Langston. For the past six years he and his partner Rasa have been travelling the world to meet tiny house owners and tour their homes. The slickly produced weekly instalments are usually under 15 minutes long, and it’s always fun to watch the endlessly enthusiastic (and ironically very tall) Bryce stoop his way through a fascinating range of alternative dream homes. For something a little more edgy, the ultimate cooking show pastiche The Katering Show (youtube.com/user/LeadBalloonTV) has two full seasons to enjoy. Join the Australian comedy duo—the relentlessly food (but not alcohol) intolerant Kate

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McCartney and her intolerable smug foodie co-host Kate McLennan—as they take a “sassy swipe” at the food culture revolution. Recommended to me by a genuine food columnist and author, this is smart and sharp comedy that knows its stuff, but caution: The Katering Show is not for “general consumption”. The Kates have even released their own Covid-19 information video, wickedly sending up the Australian Government’s perhaps less than crystal-clear official response, while administering a welcome dose of humour. In terms of feature-length content, be aware that unethically sourced movies will inevitably find their way onto YouTube. Although very difficult to enforce, posting and even viewing copyrighted movies is nevertheless technically illegal. Film studios are becoming more diligent in removing misappropriated material, so it is better all round to enjoy the huge range of paid movies YouTube now offers, safely and in great viewing quality. YouTube’s free content isn’t all narcissistic teens, craft lessons and fluffy kittens (although you might personally love all of those things). It’s also a goldmine for favourite old series and documentaries. As the colder nights draw in, the Bedtime Stories channel covers deliciously creepy real-life mysteries with moody illustrations and narration. Or to lighten up, find Sarah Millican, Michael McIntyre and The Mash Report, the absolute creme of British standup comedy. For an evening’s entertainment, try Big Fat Quiz of the Year (although maybe when the kids are asleep). Laughing for 90 minutes may be an effective vaccine for surviving these unusual times.

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ready for a new owner. 4 bdrms, Our Office Deadline Sale: 2pm 15/04/20 (USP) ensuited master, spacious open plan 3A PLACE, Communication remains open whilst our doors are closed. Our dedicated Sales Team are available viaWATINO phone and e-mail PÓHARA if you wish to

Want to wake up to this vista in the morning? Architecturally, refurbished holidayyour home & “state living.viewings This property can home preferably Beautifully presented, get in touch. We welcome call anytime however please note that we will not be carrying out property at thisthis time. We is are of the art” tree-house +2 yurts, sleeps up to 18 family or friends. An opp. for good rental come fully There are limready a furnished! new and owner. 4forward bdrms, not an essential service and do notincome? know when this part of our business will resume. We thank you for yourfor patience look to Hot pizza ovenROAD, & deckTATA to the beach esplanade make this to a perfect place for entertaining. ited viewing dueopen to holiday 12 tubs, PENINSULA BEACH Deadline Sale:full 2pm (USP) in the not too distant future. being able offer real15/04/20 estate services ensuited master,times spacious plan Magical 4+bds, 2Architecturally, bths, 1 gge, 1 refurbished living. Call me for more rentals so call me. canRef: GB3777 Want toevenings wake up &toglorious this vistasunsets. in the morning? holiday home & “state living. This property preferably information this really is Tata magic! Ref: GB3778 of the art” tree-house +2 yurts, sleeps up to 18 family or friends. An opp. for good rental income? come fully furnished! There are (USP) limDeadline: 2pm 02.04.20 STAY - STAY LOCAL - STAY SAFE IN YOUR BUBBLE - STAY ALIVE Hot tubs, pizza oven the beach esplanade makeHOME this a perfect place for entertaining. Annie Telford 027& deck 249 to1408 or annie@goldenbayproperty.com ited viewing times holiday Sarah-Jane Browndue 0274to222 577 Magical evenings & glorious sunsets. 4+bds, 2 bths, 1 gge, 1Sharon, living. CallPaul, me forAnnie, more Sarah, Belinda & Cherie. James, rentals so call me. Ref: GB3777 information - this really is Tata magic! Ref: GB3778 Deadline: 2pm 02.04.20 (USP) PÓHARA VALLEY LIFESTYLER DEFINITELY HEADING THE GOOD LIFE! Annie Telford 027 249 1408 or annie@goldenbayproperty.com Sarah-Jane Brown 0274 222 577





Just a short walk to the beach, this PÓHARA VALLEY LIFESTYLER

3550mpreparing very tidy &for 2 property, with For those of you not able to carry out your normal work duties from home, and if you were considering youra property 41 PÓHARA VLY RD private home, 2bd/2bth & mezzanine, sale at this time, then this message is for you! Just a short walk to dble the beach, this sunny deck, sep. garage/work Now is the perfect time to be attending to those jobs around your property, inside and out - you know the jobs - the ones we very 3550m property,&with a veryistidy & shop,2 gardens stream, a perfect rarely have time to do under normal circumstances and often it’s those little “attention to detail chores” that make a property way private home,to2bd/2bth & mezzanine, find. Room grow! No Open Homes more appealing to buyers and will make your place stand out from the rest! sunny deck, dble garage/work so call me sep. to view. Ref: GB3735 That pile of stuff sitting out in the backyard that you’ve not had the time to deal with, or the pantry that leaves a lot toisbe desired! shop, gardens & stream, a perfect Price: $619,995 Get in there and give it your best (you may find some goodies lurking in the back that you can whip up something tasty with....) find. Room to grow! No Open Homes James Mackay 027 359 0892 so will call me view. butRef: GB3735 When we resume to some sort of normal, and we will - properties will still be listed and sold! That nottochange, some of the ways in which we carry out the process, are sure to change to some degree. Be sure to follow us on Facebook “First National Golden Price: $619,995 Bay” for updates, along with interesting articles from the REA, which explainNIRVANA to consumers everything you need know “ANNIE’S BACKPACKERS” James Mackay 027to 359 0892- from a buyer’s and a seller’s perspective. MOTUPIPI ST, TAKAKA Of course, there are also lots more suggestions on what you can do to prepare for sale as well as 25 other useful resources. Our page “ANNIE’S NIRVANA BACKPACKERS” Centrally located iconic on to the the this week also includes an article by a well known NZ Economist outlining some predictions from industry relatedand experts Bay, this property is deceptively spacurrent situation and what we will likely see pan out in the near future.

25cious MOTUPIPI ST,8TAKAKA and offers bedrooms, 4 bath-

Price: $1.3m+GST (if any)

Centrally and licensed iconic to for the 28 This 7ha lifestyle property is loaded with potential for a new owner! Currentlyhad run as an organic rooms, located 2 kitchens, So, after you’ve your tidy up (if it’s inside stuff), what now? Bay, this property is deceptively spaorchard, the property produces quality fruit from its hundreds of trees, including avocados, citrus people. Sep. owners accommodation. Here’s a message Belinda(ifatany) Trash Palace: 136 TANGMERE ROAD, ROTOTAI Price:from $1.3m+GST cious offers 8Call bedrooms, 4 bathYHAand approved. me for full details & nut trees, just to name a few. Then there is the 3 bdrm house, a studio/sleepout plus accomThis 7ha lifestyle property is loaded with potential for a new Currentlyto rundrop as anyour organic rooms, 2 kitchens, licensed fora drop 28 Yes, youowner! are welcome donated items off to Trash during this time. Please let us know when you are planning Ref: GBC3733 modation attached to the large packhouse. Room for the extended family or syndicate orchard, the property produces quality fruit from itsoff hundreds of trees, avocados, citrus of goods that we will accept (in clean condition please):people. Sep.footwear, owners accommodation. via txting 0274including 619 803. A reminder clothing, bedding, linen, Price: $680,000+GST (if any) group? Call me for further information. Ref: GB3760 toys, books, kitchenware, bric-a-brac, games, jewellery, bathroom products, hair products, arts & craft, etc etc. YHA approved. Callbaby me forgear full details & nut trees, just to name a few. Then there is the 3blankets, bdrm house, a studio/sleepout plus accomBelinda J Barnes 021 236 2840 James Mackay 027 359 0892 or james@goldenbayproperty.com Any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Ref: GBC3733 modation attached to the large packhouse. Room for the extended family or syndicate Price: $680,000+GST any) We group? Call me for further information. Ref: GB3760 Stay safe and remember, what you donate to Trash Palace will be helping your community once we are back in full (if swing. Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840 needHOME to keep this community asset ALIVE! Any donations of clean banana boxes or black rubbish bags would also be appreciated. James Mackay 027 359 0892 orHAMAMA james@goldenbayproperty.com RURAL COASTAL LIVING CALL





4 bdrm villa has all the charm you would from a 188 HAMAMA RD, expect HAMAMA 1920s family home. Beautiful This large 4 bdrm villa has all the grounds, est.would trees expect & gardens charm you fromwith a 2529m for the kids to kick a ball 1920s 2 family home. Beautiful around. fromwith the grounds, Privately est. treesset& back gardens road. Call me to view. Ref GB3764 2529m2 for the kids to kick a ball

4.9ha property, private and featuring 1737 COLLINGWOODstunning views across to Farewell Spit PUPONGA and beyond.MAIN A leaseROAD of the land provides 4.9ha property, and featuring an income and private the property is very pristunning views across to Farewell Spitplus vate from the road. Spacious home and beyond. A lease of the land provides a 2 bdrm cottage for the ‘extras’! Call me an income and the property is very prifor further information. Ref: GB3679 vate from the road. Spacious home plus $930,000+GST (if Call any) a 2Price: bdrm cottage for the ‘extras’! me J Barnes 021 236GB3679 2840 forBelinda further information. Ref:

Price: $565,000 around. Privately set back from the Paul 0275 042 road. McConnon Call me to view. Ref 872 GB3764







Paul McConnon 0275 042 872 RD 57 UP. TUKURUA




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

Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840 26 KOHIKIKO PLC




Listed & Sold by Annie Telford

Listed & Sold by Annie Telford

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Listed & Sold by Paul McConnon

Listed & Sold by Annie Telford

Listed & Sold by Paul McConnon

Listed & Sold by Annie Telford

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Listed & Sold by Sarah-Jane Brown

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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

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Listed & Sold by James Mackay

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Golden Bay Weekly - 17 April 2020  

Golden Bay Weekly - 17 April 2020