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Friday 24 April 2020

Covid cases in Golden Bay

Testing, testing: Staff at Golden Bay Community Health take a sample at the drive-through assessment centre. Photo: Anita Peters. JO RICHARDS

Last Saturday morning, Nelson Marlborough Health’s (NMH) clinical director of public health, Dr Stephen Bridgman confirmed that nine of the 48 reported cases of Covid-19 in the Nelson Marlborough region have been based in Golden Bay. Most of these nine cases have now recovered and have been discharged from the public health service. The number, representing around 20 per cent of all cases in the NMH region, came as a surprise to many, even though Covid-19 has known to be present in Golden Bay for over two weeks (GBW, 3/4). According to Dr Bridgman, all Golden Bay cases were either people who had been overseas or close contacts of people who had returned from overseas. Providing location data at this level of detail is very unusual; The Ministry of Health (MoH) advises District Health Boards (DHBs) only to release information at Territorial Authority level. By breaking it down for Golden Bay, NMH is one of perhaps only two DHBs to provide community-specific figures. Dr Bridgman, who personally made this decision in direct response to community demand, stressed that all Golden Bay’s cases cooperated with the strict isolation rules, to ensure they didn’t put others at risk, and he thanked them for their community-

mindedness. The key reason for caution with Covid-19 data is to protect patient privacy, explained a spokeswoman for NMH. “The Ministry of Health report age range, gender and travel details. If we were to confirm a case in Golden Bay alongside that, two and two can be quickly put together, most often, wrongly, and sometimes correctly.” She provided reassurance that the DHB’s system for dealing with Covid-19 cases is robust. “Contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, and level 4 rules are proven, effective methods to prevent spread and are the main reason that people don’t need to worry about, or know, where a case has been, their movements, or their locations.” The spokeswoman explained that, in exceptional circumstances, health professionals may appeal to the public for assistance. “If there is any chance of casual contact that contact-tracing can’t help with, such as the Auckland Tool concert [28 February], then a public health alert is issued and media coverage of this is very useful in raising awareness among participants.” General manager Golden Bay Community Health Linzi Birmingham explained that all positive Covid-19 cases are managed by Public Health which, until recently, was advising primary care and GP practices of negative

results, but not informing them about any positive cases. “This notification has now been revised to ensure general practices are advised and can support these patients with their overall care. Public Health has recently released the number of positive cases to GBCH and the community, which provides much more confidence in how the community is tracking.” Testing times As part of the nationwide effort to monitor infection and control the spread of Covid-19, Golden Bay’s Community-Based Assessment Centre is hosting drive-through test clinics for those who meet certain criteria. Linzi said the centre, established with support and guidance from NMH and Nelson Bays Primary Health, is fully operational. “The clinics have been running daily, initially for two hours, and now between 10.30am-12pm. Currently we are rostering one doctor and one nurse within the clinic.” Linzi said threshold for testing had been relaxed recently. “The testing criteria have evolved from the original parameters and further advice regarding these criteria are available on the Ministry of Health Website.” But she still advises people to call ahead. “The process at GBCH for any patient who believes they need to be tested is to please... Continued on page 3

Moving to Alert Level 3 JO RICHARDS

It’s official: After four-and-a-half weeks in lockdown, the country is exiting Alert Level 4 and transitioning to Alert Level 3. Since the Government’s announcement on Monday afternoon, business owners and selected staff have been allowed to enter premises in order to make preparations for safe operations and to enable cleaning and movement of equipment prior to the change in alert status. From 11.59pm next Monday night, businesses including construction, forestry, manufacturing and retail will legally be able to operate. For others in the hospitality sector, such as hotels, cafés and restaurants, restrictions continue to apply, but takeaways are allowed provided guidelines are strictly followed. Public venues including libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds and markets will remain closed. While many are expected to return to employment, people should continue to work from home wherever possible. Schools (years 1 to 10) and early childhood education centres are due to open on 29 April, but will have limited capacity, and students should continue to be educated at home if possible. The Government’s advice to parents and school principals has caused some confusion but schools have a week to resolve numerous areas of uncertainty. At the time of going to press, it was difficult to predict exactly which of the Bay’s businesses would reopen and how their modified procedures would enable the requisite hygiene protocols to be observed. Generally, the key word in retail is “contactless”, which typically involves online/telephone orders for safe delivery or collection, so the days of sitting around in cafés or restaurants are still some way off. The rules around business may be easing, but those governing social interactions, remain little changed; people are urged to stay in their bubbles, but can expand to reconnect with close family, bring in caregivers, or support isolated people. Any extended bubble should remain exclusive. Although swimming, surfing and fishing from the shore will be allowed, team sports and dangerous activities are banned. Public gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga. A more detailed picture should emerge next week and The GB Weekly will provide an update on what is happening at local schools and businesses.

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Coordination Group Meeting JEANINE TAYLOR

Four weeks into lockdown and everything seems to be running relatively smoothly welfare-wise in Golden Bay. The Community Coordination Group has expanded to include farming and business owners in order to gain a wider representation of the organisations and business serving the Bay. Below is a summary of the key points discussed during the meeting School: Leaders of the schools and Early Childhood Education (ECE) providers in the Bay met online on Tuesday to discuss how Alert Level 3 will look for education. Following directives from the Ministry of Education and Director of Health, the key message is that most people should be staying at home and learning at home. Under level 3, opportunities for families to combine and share childcare are available. Schools and ECE centres will offer skeleton staff to supervise essential workers’ children who absolutely need to come to school. They will continue with their online learning programmes at school. Students must be registered to attend school, as they are unable to just turn up. Civil Defence: The change to level 3 was as expected and now Civil Defence is working with businesses that plan to open on 28 April. People can travel within their region, allowing extended families to re-group. Community Board: Chimney cleaning is an essential service and so is pest control in emergency situations. FreshChoice supermarket: Click-and-collect is up and running after a few initial glitches. There is a good uptake of the service. The 8-9am opening time for the elder and more vulnerable members of the community is proving popular. Staff are working well and management is happy with how it is operating. Police: Staffing has returned to four officers and there has been good community compliance across the board. Around

20 formal written warnings have been issued but there have been no arrests. No increases in family harm have been noted. Business: Most in the tourism and hospitality sectors are closed, which is a concern for small local businesses. Although businesses feel supported through the wage subsidy, they are finding the lack of information about when they can reopen difficult to deal with. Domestic tourism is to be promoted through Backyard Promotions, with the aim of putting Golden Bay into people’s minds. SOS Small Businesses is also happening. Youth wellbeing: Students are displaying resilience and coming to terms with online learning. Kai parcels and top-up cards have continued to be given out to students and their whanau. Nursing clinics will be running with virtual consults soon. Golden Bay Community Health: There has been a dramatic increase in Covid-19 testing over the past few days. Virtual consultations are available and flu jabs are being administered to those who are eligible at this stage. Farming: There is good grass growth and Fonterra are still picking up and processing milk. Beef farmers are having trouble getting stock in the freezing works. It has gone from three weeks to a three-month delay. This could lead to animal welfare concerns if the situation worsens. Mental health: There have been four acute admissions over the past four weeks. A shortage of staff has been an issue due to the lockdown, but Te Whare Mahana is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances. A reminder to use the 1737 National Counselling line, where qualified counsellors are available 24/7 if needed. Mohua Social Services (MSS): Are dealing with situations on a case-by-case basis. The network seems to be working. The Covid-19 fund is helping to pay for things as needed. MSS are feeling well equipped to respond when needed.

“Stand at dawn” on ANZAC Day JO RICHARDS

For the first time in history, Anzac Day services across New Zealand have been cancelled as the world fights a war against an invisible enemy. President of Golden Bay RSA Noel Baigent says that, despite being unable to gather at services and around memorials, both the RSA and New Zealand Defence Force are encouraging everyone to remember our veterans and service personnel with a “stand at dawn” tribute tomorrow morning. Anzac Day is one of the most significant national occasions for Australians and Kiwis – a time to remember those who gave their lives for their country, and to pay respect to the many thousands in the New Zealand military who are currently serving, or have served, their country during time of war, conflict and disaster. Noel explains how people can participate in this year’s extraordinary act of remembrance. “Join us at 6am on Saturday 25 April. Stand at your letterbox, at the front door, in your lounge rooms, balconies, in your driveway. Wherever you are in the world, stand with us and take a moment to remember our fallen – but please stay within your bubble.” Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals just as they would for the official public gathering, and anyone who wishes to “lay” a poppy in remembrance of a family member who served, can do so online (see links at the end of this article). At the same time as people take up position, wherever that may be, Radio NZ National, will begin its live broadcast of the official dawn service over the airwaves and via the internet. The service will include all the important components of a


New police officers

Robert Clarence: Hi, my name is Robert Clarence. I have been working in Takaka since November last year, and am living in the area with my wife Rosanna and my two young daughters Amara and Autumn. I was previously policing in Christchurch for five years. Prior to the Police I served in the army. Having grown up in Takaka I am enjoying reaquainting myself with the community and continuing with the family tradition of policing in Golden Bay. In my time off I enjoy spending time with my family and also find time to exercise. While we are in this time of lockdown it is frustrating not to be able to spend time with friends, enjoying the outdoors and our hobbies, but if we all do the right thing and stay home, we will get through it together, sooner. I Hope to see you all about the area sometime, especially on Anzac Day in your driveways, standing at dawn. Cheers, Rob. Dean Schroder: Kia ora koutou. Hello everyone. My name is Dean Schroder, and I am grateful for the friendly welcome I have received since starting work in Takaka a week or so ago. I was raised in Marlborough and have spent most of my working life in the upper South Island, starting from school as an apprentice diesel mechanic for Transport Nelson. Since starting my Police career around 24 years ago I’ve been lucky enough to live and work among some small communities set in beautiful parts of New Zealand, such as Picton, Kaikoura and Central Otago, and now am looking forward to meeting and working with the people of Golden Bay. My partner Della, is continuing her work as a district nurse in Nelson, but hopes to join me in Takaka in the near future, along with our cat Yoda. I hope to see more of you over the next few months as we explore the walking and cycling tracks around Golden Bay. I promise I will try and remember everyone’s name eventually! Stay safe, Dean.

FROM THE LIBRARY Collingwood memorial on a previous ANZAC Day. File photo.

traditional ANZAC commemoration: • The Last Post • Ode of Remembrance in Te Reo and English • National Anthems of Australia and New Zealand • Address by Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence/Minister for Veterans For more information, visit: https://www.standatdawn. com/home If you have local family that served in War and would like to lay a poppy online visit: http://ww100.nelsonmuseum.co.nz/list If you have family from another NZ region and would like to lay a poppy online visit: https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/ war-memorial/online-cenotaph/search

Covid cases in Golden Bay Continued from page 1 ...phone the centre first, they then will be asked several questions by the GP or nurse practitioner, and if eligible for testing they will be given an appointment to attend the drive-through testing centre at GBCH.” Linzi observed that those driving up to the clinics are complying with the rules. “The community have been great in following the guidance when arriving for a test as this is completed while the individual remains in their car.” Test results from across the NMDHB’s area show that the last positive Covid-19 test case reported to a NMH medical officer of health had their swab taken on 3 April. Dr Bridgman believes this is a good sign. “There have been hundreds of local negative tests since the last positive case, which


suggests there is no current local transmission of Covid-19.” But he urges everyone to remain vigilant, especially as the country prepares to move to Alert Level 3. “There is, however, no room for complacency. It is very important all local people follow the Government Alert Level Guidelines to ensure the best chance of our region staying Covid-19 free and out of lockdown.” With little evidence of community transmission, returning travellers currently present the highest risk, according to Dr Bridgman. “The main risk of Covid-19 transmission to people in the Nelson Marlborough region relates to people who have returned from other areas of NZ where cases of Covid-19 continue to rise.”

This week, some help for children and parents doing school work at home. AnyQuestions offers online help to assist students. Between 10am and 6pm weekdays you can log on and chat with a real librarian. It can be accessed on a variety of devices – PC, laptop, tablet or phone. The aim of the service is to teach students valuable information literacy skills so they can find the information for themselves. Via online text-based chat AnyQuestions librarians work with students to identify their need before guiding them to quality online resources. AnyQuestions is not a “‘chat room” environment. Students only have contact with one librarian at a time during a session. They do not have contact with anyone who has not been pre-approved and trained. 1. Go to www.anyquestions.govt.nz 2. Click on the green Chat With Us Now button (if there’s no button, then the service is not open, sorry) 3. You’ll need to give some brief information about yourself – first name, where you live in NZ, year level and school. There is another part of the website called ManyAnswers where students can search for answers to popular questions asked on AnyQuestions. 3


NEWS IN BRIEF Lockdown letter from abroad

The show must go on

Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing his musicals for free viewing on a special YouTube channel called “The Shows must go on”. They are available for 48 hours on Friday-Saturdays. There have been three so far, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Phantom of the Opera. We don’t know in advance what is coming next but check it out through the week. Other West End shows and National Theatre Live are also listed. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/ UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag Shirley Marcussen

Buy online, buy local

Jo Heather, Sam Taylor and their two dogs enjoying their daily escape from home. Photo: Supplied. SUBMITTED

Jo and I live in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. I am working as business development manager for a logistics company in the construction industry, and Jo is a primary school teacher. We are currently in a Level 3 lockdown, which means only essential workers and businesses can still operate, with the social distancing guidelines. Basically, all hospitality venues (pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants) are closed as they don’t meet the criteria. Amazingly, retail shops like KMart and clothing stores have still been allowed to operate throughout the duration of this virus. This didn’t sit well with a lot of people over here, and ScoMo (Scott Morrison) faced a lot of pressure to follow Jacinda Ardern’s actions. However, he would not budge and avoided putting us into a full-stage lockdown. In hindsight, Scott Morrison will probably say he did the right thing as Australia’s case rate has slowed down significantly compared to rates in other countries, but a lot of people here feel we have been very lucky to have dodged a bullet. Queensland’s population is similar to that of NZ, and we are getting fewer than 10 cases per day now. This should be encouraging to New Zealanders as you move into Level 3. This level of lockdown has meant that I have had to work from home for the last month and communicate with my customers over the phone or by email. I am very fortunate that I can still do my job, as a lot of my mates over here are out of work. The construction industry has taken a massive knock and a lot of businesses have had to either lay staff off or cut employees’ working hours back, mine included, to a 30-hour week. Jo being a teacher is still working. Her school of 950 students has only 136 on campus at present. The rest are learning online from home. They are recommending that families should keep their kids home at this stage and only send them to school if they have to. Over the last month we have certainly got our money’s worth from our Netflix account and, unbelievably, I have read a couple of books, which I haven’t done since high school. In Queensland we are allowed to go out and exercise provided we keep close to home. This is heavily enforced here. We are fortunate to have a lot of beaches on our back doorstep and can swim, surf and exercise ourselves and our two hyperactive kelpies. A maximum of two people can visit close friends and family, provided they keep to the 1.5m distancing rules. Our lockdown level will be reviewed in three weeks. Other states, like Victoria and New South Wales, have stricter restrictions as they have more Covid-19 cases than Queensland does. I think it’s a good thing we live in either Australia or NZ, especially when you look overseas at America and Europe. If the numbers continue to trend the way they are here and in NZ, I might still get back to the Bay this summer for a fish with the old man! Solution 251







Most Golden Bay businesses provide the option of buying online. Personally, I like to visit local shops and buy things over the counter, others prefer online buying. Now that visiting shops isn’t possible for a while, I will be buying online from local businesses wherever possible. Regular on-line shoppers now have more opportunity to buy local, instead of from multinational companies. Courier costs can be offset by collecting the items yourself, or the business may deliver. Instead of searching nationwide for that online bargain to save a couple of dollars, shop local. Celia Butler, TDC councillor

Recovery made in New Zealand

Eventually isolation will pass and recovery will be - hopefully - top of the list. Might I suggest that we all can do our bit to speed recovery by buying only items made in New Zealand, from New Zealandowned sources only; in that way we speed up recovery, and the possible creation of more New Zealand enterprises. So no more: • overseas trips • cruises • French perfume • Australian/French/Italian wines • books from Amazon • buses and buses and trains from China and Japan... The list is endless; but we will end up stronger. John Lee

Images from the past

I agree with Mike Scott (Whakaaro GBW 17/4) that the calm and tranquility of the past few weeks is indeed beneficial. In East Takaka we usually hear the highway quite well but now it’s the river we hear (yes, it’s resurfaced). How interesting that seismologists notice a difference in the earth’s vibration. I also appreciate how this extraordinary state helps us consider what our priorities are. No, it isn’t online shopping. Yes, it is living as a social being. Mike, you say that what we’re experiencing now used to be normal for most generations of the human race. Some aspects for sure (the travelling, first and foremost). Now think for a moment. If you had to draw an archetypical image of the “first humans”, would they be sitting two metres apart from one another around the camp fire? I shiver at the thought of it. Another thing that used to be normal until recently (in the grand scheme of things) is that food came from nearby, had been fed only by organic materials and was package-free. Next time you go to FreshChoice you might want to keep that in mind. Thank you, Alistair Hughes, for teaching me the word “pastiche”. As a non-native speaker I’m always happy to learn something new about this language with its vast vocabulary. All too often people write so that no one ever has to look up a word – even though the internet makes this quite easy. Another thing that’s very different today! Nina Sobhani

Dam delays add to cost

This week I learned of the term “Force Majeure .“ Apparently it is a clause placed in a contract to protect both parties from “an act of God “ or other risk, like an earthquake, that could not be planned in costings. In the case of the Waimea Dam, there are many hurdles that have halted progress and keep raising costs. Covid-19 is one of them, and the unexpected rock problem adding $25m to date. Why did the conversations and debate between the legal parties, on both sides, prior to signing the contract not include this clause? This would have protected us residents and ratepayers from costs with no cap. It would have given us the opportunity of challenging the dam work, without litigation. Today, Monday 20 April, the news headline is that Covid-19, in shutting down the dam construction, has delayed progress and increased costs for a month or more. Will someone tell me how much more in time and costs? I would like to congratulate Jo Richards for his headline, and

excellent researched article, “Construction site reveals scale of Waimea Dam build “ (GBW 13/3). Reg Turner

Credit where credit is due

The letter from Bruce Collings (GBW 17/4) reminded me of the times, decades ago, when I was studying the theories of the Social Credit movement. This latest “quantitative easing” makes those theories seem very well founded. Would any orthodox economist among our readers care to show why this is not so? Robert Kennedy

Paying for the privilege

I would like to say I completely agree with the sentiment in Cynthia McConville’s letter (GBW 17/4). My legacy will be the creator of the first of the luxury lodges in New Zealand, in 1974. I have constantly stated our nation should cater to the rich and famous, discerning travellers of the world. We should be recognised as the Swiss Chocolate/Rolls Royce destination of the world. A quality product and expensive to purchase. Sadly as a nation, there was the desire to cash in on the mass market by catering to the lower end tourism tours with bus tours and attractions that relied on quantity not quality. Today the competition to attract people to our wonderful countryside is free entrance to our unique national parks, freedom camping, and government use of taxpayer funds, spending millions on marketing to the mass markets of the group tours, filling multi-roomed hotels. May it be that Covid-19 will be the re-evaluation necessary to cut the flow of mass world tourism, not just to Golden Bay, but the rest of “God’s own.” Just imagine if we became the first nation in the world to be free of Covid-19. Every man and his dog would kill to get here. Let them pay big for the privilege. Reg Turner

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A message from Mayor Tim King I’m sure you have welcomed the news that we can move to Alert Level Three restrictions as of Tuesday 28 April, effectively another week of Alert Level Four. It’s great to know all our efforts have meant that we are making progress. However, the last thing we need now is to take a step backwards. There are still Level Four restrictions in place and we need to stick with these to make sure we can move to Level Three with confidence. It is now more important than ever we heed the key messages of stay home, maintain physical distancing and continue with the high levels of hygiene. As the Prime Minister said, we owe everyone who has been directly affected by those we have lost during the pandemic, those who are suffering the largest financial impacts and the essential workers who have worked through the lockdown, the respect of sticking with this for another week. So let’s stay home, be kind and let’s get to Level Three.

Anzac Day – Stand at Dawn

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Anzac Day services will not be going ahead this year due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place. This is the first time since Anzac Day services began in 1916 that New Zealanders are not able to gather nationwide to mark the anniversary.

Rest assured Tasman District Council is still working to provide the essential services our district needs to keep running and will do so at every alert level. Obviously things are different as we work to keep everyone safe. How services are delivered may change at different alert levels, see our website for the most up to date information.

However, a virtual service will be happening and there are many ways you and your family can get involved. Before Anzac Day: • Decorate your letterbox or front window with poppies • Create a poppy wreath • Make some Anzac biscuits On Anzac Day Saturday 25 April: Stand At Dawn (6am) with your bubble, wear your poppy and listen to our special dawn service. You can stand at dawn either in front of the TV, in your courtyard, in your driveway, in your garden or even on your balcony. Visit www.standatdawn.com for all the details.

2020 vision of the future – Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031 Your direction on what we should be focusing on over the next ten years is really important to us. What projects or activities do you want completed in this Long Term Plan? Check out the pre-engagement document, 2020 Vision for Tasman – Whakakitenga Ruamano Rua Tekau on the website tasman.govt.nz/feedback. But please be aware that the pre-engagement document was created prior to COVID-19 reaching New Zealand. In light of the potentially huge, but still not fully known impact, of the virus and our response to it, Council has extended the consultation period out to 12 June 2020. This extended date will allow you to comment on any COVID-19 response and recovery initiatives, as well as the Council's proposed strategic priorities, and to share your ideas for an overall vision for our region in the next ten years. Community feedback received via this early engagement process will inform the development of Council's LTP 2021 – 2031. 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.



• 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. • Our website, tasman.govt.nz has lots of information and some services you can do online so pay it a visit. • 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 the membership page on the library website to get started. • 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 2 metre distance from others. • Designated freedom camping areas have been closed and any campers remaining in the district are being accommodated in campgrounds at Pōhara, Motueka, Kaiteriteri and Tahunanui. • 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. • 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 in the community. 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.

Concerned about your rates bill? The last thing we want is for your rates bill to add stress for anyone at this time. The Council has committed to a 0% rates income increase next year* as one way to try to ease the financial demands on our community. If you need to talk to us about your rates bill please get in touch – we have a range of options that you can take up if you need some extra flexibility. If you are able to pay your rates on time as usual, please do. That will help ensure the continued delivery of essential services for our District and avoid the need to make up payments later. The Council continues to provide essential services that help keep residents healthy and safe, such as drinking water, wastewater disposal, rubbish collection, essential transport networks, cemeteries, animal control and environmental and hazard management – as well as providing the bulk of staffing for Civil Defence Emergency Management in the region. Find out more: • Phone (03) 543 8400 • Email rates@tasman.govt.nz • Visit tasman.govt.nz/rates *excludes an allowance for population growth. The Council is achieving the overall 0% rates income increase by reducing the proposed general rate. Because our District has a high number of targeted rates determined by where people live and the services they receive, the overall amount individual ratepayers pay will vary.

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: • kitchen and garden waste • 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. For more details and tips for great compost visit, tasman.govt.nz and search composting.


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Under level 3 conditions we are now able to trade in all stock from Tuesday 28 April and will be doing so using contactless methods. There is no customer access in the shop.

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There are options for goods dropped off locally, courier or post and a pickup option from the rear of the Hammer Hardware building. Pickups will be done by an agreed time slot to maintain social distancing. There maybe delays in getting some stock as suppliers try to fulfil orders and freight companies manage an influx of freight around the country. Please phone or email for any orders and enquiries to our friendly team and we will do our best to sort you out. From our Hammer Hardware team, be safe and thank you for your ongoing support!




Rosemary, Francis and the team would like to ANZAC DAY 25/04/2020

EASTER WEEKEND HOURS Wethank will ANZAC DAY MORNING allCLOSED those thatFriday have supported us over the We will bebe CLOSED Easter Saturday 25/04 1pm – 4.30pm Saturday openopen 8 –we 4.30 last 511/4 months, have been made to feel very Our hours willsales) be Sunday 12/04from openTuesday 8 – 4.3028 (NoApril alcohol welcome. Monday 13/04 open 8 – 4.30 8am-5.30pm Monday to Sunday. As daylight saving to an end for 2020, Our hours are 8 am - comes 4.30 pm Monday to Sunday. Hotcurrent pies and sandwiches will also be available from the 28th wehours will will be adjusting ourtheclosing to suit. These continue unless regulations change or we If we need to change the opening hourstime any further wefind will th April ourselves unable to do so.the If we6need to drop the opening hours As from Monday our hours will be any try to inform you all. further we will try to inform you all. Monday –Rosemary Sunday 8am –team. 6pm Allthe the best from Rosemary and the team. All best from and the Collingwood General Store, 12 Tasman Street, Collingwood. Ph 03 5248221

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Shop phone: 03 525 7265 Email: goldenbay@hammerhardware.co.nz As we head in to Level 3 next week,

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• Alert Level 3: Protocols remain the same as under Level 4. • Opening hours: 8am – 9am reserved for senior citizens, 9am – 6pm general public, 7 days a week. • Anzac Day Saturday 25 April: Open 1pm-6pm.

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Takeaways will be open on Tuesday night (28 April) then Friday nights going forward. Hours: 5pm till 7:30ish. Phone orders only 525 9591. Please follow the social distancing rules.


Going into Level 3 our shop hours will be 7am till 5:30pm weekdays and 8am till 5:30pm weekends.

The RSC Community Grant/ is now open • Stock Animal Feedsto applicants. • Garden Compost & Potting Mixes The purpose of the grant is to distribute funds to • Pest Management organisations philanthropic, charitable, • such Farmas & cultural, Garden Fertilizer’s / Sprays sporting, educational or any other purpose that benefits theusGolden Bay or a section ofservicing it. Give a call to seecommunity if we can help, as we are our community with contactless service

Applications Close: 5pm, Tuesday 31st March 2020

Application forms to be collected from the Country Store Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm & Sat: 9am – 12pm Enquiries ph: 929 Keep Safe from the 7519 RSC team

Thank you to everyone who has stayed in their bubble, checked in on friends and family, to parents tasked with entertaining kids at home all day, and to our essential workers. We would not be making such progress in limiting the spread of COVID-19 without your compliance and the support you have shown one another. While we continue working to get on top of COVID-19, remember that some in our communities don’t have access to the internet and may need information, or help with deliveries, food or other services. If you are concerned for a community member or relative, please make use of some of the incredible people and organisations who can help: COVID-19 alert level info, advice and daily updates: covid19.govt.nz Healthline’s COVID-19 number: 0800 358 5453

If you are having difficulty navigating these services or have unanswered questions please contact me directly. I am committed to being a source of information, advocacy, connection and support for you during these uncertain times. You can reach me by phone or email: Email: maureen.pughmp@parliament.govt.nz Phone: 0800 628 7336 I am in touch with community leaders and support groups, so if you want to know what support may be available in your neighbourhood, please let me know and I will connect you. Most importantly, keep supporting each other during this difficult time and remember that I am here to help you. Stay safe and well

NZ’s free counselling helpline: phone or text 1737 IRD for details of COVID-19 Tax Relief: www.ird.govt.nz/covid19 WINZ for Wage Subsidy, Leave Payments and Income Support: www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-zbenefits/covid-19-support.html

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Wake up to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April

We’ve missed you! Have you missed us? From Tuesday 28 April we’d love to help you with birthday presents, thank-you gifts or something for you. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

What do you need to buy? Gift voucher? Do you want us to giftwrap it? Do you want stamps on your loyalty card? Do you want to pay by credit card or online banking? Do you want to pick it up from our shop’s front door or do you want us to arrange delivery? Please email or phone us 10am to 2pm: Trish on Mondays to Thursdays - Marg on Fridays.

44 Commercial Street MONDAYS - FRIDAYS 10am-2pm (from Tue 28 April) P: 03 525 9990 E: info@thepohutukawagallery.co.nz F: pohutukawa gallery takaka

“We’re looking forward to hearing from you” Marg and Trish

We’ve missed you! Have you missed us?

More local businesses will be open as well as services and trades. They will operate with careful hygiene practices.

From TuesdayClick-Deliver. 28 April we’d Contactless, Click-Collect,

COVID-19 TESTING Initially Public Health, on a national basis, were not advising Primary Care or GP Practices about any positive Covid cases, only negative results. All positive cases are managed by Public Health.

love to This notification has now been revised to ensure help you with birthday presents, General Practices are advised and can support Stay safe. these patients with their overall care. Public Health thank-you gifts or something for you. have recently released the number of positive cases

Distancing remains at least 2 metres to GBCH and the community which provides much What you need to buy? but 1. takes us do closer to Alert 2. Gift voucher? more confidence in how the community is tracking. 2. Do you want us to giftwrap it? Currently all testing numbers are reported daily to 3. Do you want stamps on your loyalty card? Nelson Marlborough DHB. Emergency Management Golden Bay.card or online 4. Do you want to pay by credit The testing criteria has also evolved from the banking? Contact us: goldenbayeoc@gmail.com original parameters and further advice regarding this 5. Do you want to pick it up from our shop’s front door or do you want us to arrange delivery? criteria is available on the Ministry of Health website. 6. Please email or phone us 10am to 2pm: Trish The process at GBCH for any patient who believes on Mondays to Thursdays - Marg on Fridays.they need to be tested is to please phone the centre

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first, they then will be asked several questions by the GP or NP, and if eligible for testing they will be We will be available contactless MONDAYS -for FRIDAYS 10am-2pm (from Tue 28 April)given an appointment to attend the drive-through testing centre at GBCH. P: Tuesday 03 525 9990the 28th service from

info@thepohutukawagallery.co.nz Please call 027E:928 3314 or F: pohutukawa gallery takaka email earthgemstakaka@gmail.com

We thank the community for their support of each other and encourage everyone to continue to follow Ministry of Health advice around Level 4 activities. Looking forward to “We’re looking forward to hearing from you” Be kind, stay home, save lives. helping you again!

Marg and Trish

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COVID CLINIC The Covid-19 testing centre is now running between the hours of 10.30am-12pm.


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

Order your beer, wine, spirits and RTDs via contactless delivery.

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• Delivery Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more details and to place orders, please phone Renae 524 8160 email: collingwoodtavern@gmail.com

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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.

To place an order please follow the instructions below. We prefer you to ring 525 9207 or order via our Facebook page. 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 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, please be patient at this time. Min order $50. You cannot pick up your order from our store. 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

Golden Bay Workcentre Trust The Workcentre Office & Heartlands Services will remain closed for the duration of the Covid-19 Level 3 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

LEVEL 3 COVID-19 we are here to help

for the duration of the Level 3 COVID-19 response, Pipeworx will be operating a contactless drive through from the carpark - 9am to 3pm - Monday to Friday we are also available via contacts below. from our bubbles to yours, best wishes!

11-13 Buxton Lane - Takaka (03) 525 9482 www.pipeworx.co.nz 027 432 0873 shop@pipeworx.co.nz

ACCESS TO THE SHOP + We will be reopening the door to allow up to 3 people in the shop, at one time, to browse non-prescripton items + Please make sure to wash your hands before coming into the shop and use the hand sanitiser provided on entry and exit + Only touch items you wish to purchase, the team will 1 to help you find specific items be happy + It is important that social distancing (2-metre bubble) is maintained whilst in the shop + Please stay home if you are unwell, if you are displaying any signs and symptoms of illness the team will ask you to return home + If you are just collecting prescription items, these can be collected from the side window


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+ We have created an online store to increase your options for contactless shopping + Check it out; www.goldenbaypharmacy.nz + From the online store there are Click and Collect, Free Local Delivery and Standard Paid delivery options Once again, from our bubble to yours, thank you for your continued support, kind words and respect shown to our team. Stay safe, and be kind to one another Golden Bay. 7



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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Elvy and Tarn Cottle have been busy making critters out of toilet rolls. Photo: Supplied.

Alfie’s pineapple fritters

Jokes Why is there no coronavirus in Antarctica? Because they are in ice-olation. Why didn’t the teddy bear eat his breakfast? Because he was stuffed. What do you call an alligator wearing a vest? An investigator.

Olive’s poem: I stood in the shiny sea The waves lapped gently on my feet and the sun shone on my face The sea was cold but nice It changed the dial of my day to calm.

Amy Dunn is building a wreath for ANZAC Day. Have a go at making your own wreath using things from the garden and pinning your own handmade poppies to it. Photo: Supplied.

Ruby’s haiku: Praying mantis praying. What is it they are praying for? Hidden in the plants.

We decided to make our own takeaways. These pineapple rings are the best! You can use tinned pineapple rings. Drain the juice and completely coat them in flour. The batter: 1 cup of flour (plain flour, spelt or gluten-free mix is fine) 2 tsp of baking powder 1¼ cup of very cold water/soda water. The bubbles make it even crisper. You can even try beer or fizzy plain kombucha. Mix the batter till smooth with a whisk, runny enough to cover the fruit nicely and drip off, but not thin and watery. Drop rings carefully into a small pot of hot oil. Cook till golden brown and crispy. Drain and cool before eating. If you would like to make them like doughnuts, take them straight out of the oil and cover with cinnamon sugar. You can see this recipe or maybe try out my favourite vegetable fritters recipe on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/alfiejai

Colouring-in competition: Win with Fonterra and The GB Weekly! Create your own colourful breakfast scene by colouring in the picture below. Take a photo of your finished art-work and send it by Monday 27 April to: admin@gbweekly.co.nz The winner will receive a 1kg block of cheese or a $20 Prezzie card. We’ll announce the winners of this week’s – and last week’s – competition in next week’s edition of The GB Weekly. We will also publish a selection of the submitted entries – in full colour, of course! So get your crayons and felt-tip pens out – and start colouring.



Ruby and Olive’s lockdown nature



When sisters Ruby and Olive Markham were given matching journals to use during the lockdown, they decided to make them into nature journals. Now, t h r e e w e e k s l a t e r, t h e pages are bursting with drawings, photographs and project outcomes of their imagination/creations. They began by collecting and observing things from nature on their garden and beach walks, then developing ideas about how to use them. Olive said that on her first day she created a tiny wharf from beach stones and sticks, modelled on the Onekaka Wharf near her home. Fairy houses sprouted in the garden, all made without glue, and nests were created from feathers, toetoe, moss and other natural weaving materials. Dyeing has filled many hours. “I dyed some bunnytails in food colouring and hung them in the tree to dry,” explained Olive (8). Natural dye concoctions also emerged from the garden and kitchen; blue from cabbage, re d / o r a n g e f ro m o n i o n skins, and other colours from beetroot, turmeric, blueberry and spirulina, all recorded in Olive’s star-shaped and Ruby’s

Doris’s scavenger hunt Here is an idea older children will love. Scavenger hunts are what my book club loves most. Outline: The chickens (or werewolves, aliens....) are taking over the world unless you stop them. Find between 5 and 10 clues around your house/ neighbourhood to stop the invasion! If you fail, they will eat you up! One person in your family is responsible for hiding the clues. Everybody gets dressed up to get into the mood of the game. Notes for the person who makes up the clues: • Use directions: eg, 20 big steps will take you to a building (might be garage). Look under the seat of a type of transport Ruby and Olive’s lockdown nature journal pages are bursting with drawings, photographs and project you use. The next clue might be under the child’s bicycle seat. outcomes. Photo: Supplied. • Use real items like “A letter” and “a box” to guide the kids to feijoa-shaped colour charts. beach pebble patterns were laid into pot-plant “the letter box” for the next clue, and so on. At Easter, they not only dyed boiled eggs trays of cement. Hide a clue in a tree if you have one. The possibilities are endless. in natural dyes, but Olive made an Easter egg “My favourite thing I did was about a hunt for her family with cardboard egg shapes praying mantis,” said 10-year-old Ruby. “I did Here is a website that would be of great value for parents decorated with nature’s beads and baubles, pictures and then wrote a haiku poem. Doing which she hid around her garden. a nature lockdown journal helped me think and children who run out of reading material. You will enjoy Once started, there was no stopping of things and realise things that I didn’t know these downloadable activities and story-time videos. They may keep your little ones occupied for a moment or three! the imaginative flow. Some projects were nature could do.” https://mailchi.mp/penguinrandomhouse/puffin-presentsIn time, these journals will become a unusually inventive, like the frozen rings they made from flowers placed in water-filled poignant reminder of a massive global event stories-for-everyone-652965?e=90928bc867 Also, on the Tasman District Libraries web page is a Stay at cake-tin rings, hung in a tree for the light to that stimulated exquisite personal discoveries Home Fun section with links to online resources and Kanopy has shine through. Longer-lasting were the mosaic of nature. a kids section with free programs, movies and animated books. stepping-stones, where different coloured

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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. Soul Connection: Join Diana Whittaker live. Diana is a clairvoyant medium. You can call in to hear messages or have questions answered from your loved ones in spirit. Alternate Sunday nights 8-9pm. 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 Life in A Bubble - With Mouxsie Moux. Interviewing Fresh FM’s Volunteer Programme Makers and members of the community about how life is inside their bubbles. Weekly Sat 7-8pm.


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Some ideas seem so obviously smart that you can’t believe no one has thought of them before. So it is with “Meat the Need”, a new charity which aims to feed hungry families with food donated by the country’s farmers. The initiative is the brainchild of two Mainland farmers – Siobhan O’Malley and Kotinga dairy farmer Wayne Langford – who have spent the past 18 months developing the concept, along with partners Silver Fern Farms, and with support from Beef + Lamb, Federated Farmers and DairyNZ. At its most basic level, the scheme channels donated produce from farmers to processors and then to food banks and city missions. And it rights what Siobhan sees as a long-time wrong. “It has always felt not quite right that we farmers feed so many millions overseas, but there are still people hungry in New Zealand,” says Siobhan. Wa y n e a g r e e s . “ N e w Zealand farmers produce the world’s highest quality food. We also export far more than we could ever wish to consume. So why then do we still have people going without? Meat the Need allows farmers to donate a

A screenshot of the homepage of Meat the Need website.

little of what they produce when they can.” It is said that charity begins at home, and in this case it all started when Wayne donated some mince to Takaka food bank, and it got him thinking. “I sat down with Siobhan at the Wholemeal Café for an entrepreneur meeting and wrote down the ten best ideas and this one came to the top,” says Wayne. “It’s a simple concept but it’s taken a bit of work behind the scenes with food safety, refrigeration and funding.” The charity will start by supplying 500g packets of quality beef mince, and Wayne plans to get some on to deserving tables as soon as possible. “We’ll have some mince delivered to Christchurch later this week, then the rest of the South Island by the end of the month, and then we’ll spread our wings.” As well as spending time and effort building industry partnerships and working through logistical challenges, a good deal of thought has clearly gone into the design of the organisation’s website – which is the charity’s main hub. Farmers, food banks and members

of the public can donate or register a need as appropriate, with a few mouse clicks, but there are other ways to give, explains Wayne. “Farmers can go on to the website and donate or contact their Silver Fern Farms stock agent. If they don’t normally supply Silver Ferns Farm they can donate a ‘virtual animal’ through the website. Thanks to partnering with Silver Fern Farms, we are able to accept sheep, deer and cattle.” Wayne says that although their initial focus is on meat, other foods will follow. “We want to grow to supply milk and produce from the arable and horticultural sectors.” In the meantime, Wayne says everyone involved with the initiative is happy they are finally up and running. “It’s taken over a year’s work to get this point and we are super pleased that we are launching right when our country needs us the most.” For more information, and to donate, or register a need, go to: https://meattheneed.org/ Or, contact Wayne Langford at: hello@ meattheneed.org or phone: 027 525 7377.

Rural Fuel Delivery COVID-19 Update Rest assured, fuel and lubricants are considered an Essential Service. Deliveries to our customers and supply to our fuel stop networks will continue throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. There is no shortage of supply. If your business is able to operate, please order as you do normally. For all orders please email or call 10

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No final cost yet for Waimea Dam



An extraordinary meeting of Tasman District Council, held via Zoom on Tuesday, delved deep into the past, present and future of the Waimea Dam. The discussions, which were open to the public during the morning, covered a wide range of issues but the key debate was over the geological causes of the cost blow-out, and whether council should have seen it coming. With an admission that as yet unquantified risks may lead to further cost escalation, a number of councillors questioned whether the project was beyond the District Authority’s governance capacity. Following a short public forum, Waimea Water Limited CEO Mike Scott presented a PowerPoint update on the project in which he covered the construction challenges so far encountered; these include voids – big holes in the ground which needed to be mass-filled with concrete; crumbly hillsides which needed to be stabilised; and poor quality on-site drainage rock – arguably a foreseeable problem which is blowing a big hole in the construction budget. Mr Scott also discussed other aspects of the project, including the geosynthetic PVC membrane proposed for the facing of the embankment wall, plus the latest spanner in the works – Covid-19. He explained that contractors would resume work on Tuesday and suggested options for accelerating the construction and enlarging the reservoir to increase hydro generation capacity. All this will cost money but the council has asked central Government for $32.6m, which includes $13m for Covid-related costs and accelerated construction, $10m towards the $25m blowout, plus $9.6m for the hydro generator. The meeting moved on to discuss the report Waimea Community Dam - Estimating Review, issued by engineering services manager Richard Kirby and corporate services manager Mike Drummond. The purpose of their report was to review the scoping and pricing of the project to determine how the reasons for the recent price increases were not previously identified. Councillor Dana Wensley is one of those who believes the risk of a cost blow-out should have been flagged to councillors before the final decision was taken to proceed with the dam. At various times during the morning Cr Wensley returned to her assertion that serious geological issues were anticipated by the initial design consultants Tonkin and Taylor during the Early Contractor Involvement process but were not included in reports presented to council. Cr Mark Greening continued this line of questioning but the closest he got to a straight answer was from WWL acting chair David Wright. “The issues were foreseen, but the extent was not adequately foreseen…”

WWL CEO Mike Scott provides an update on the Waimea Dam project at Tuesday’s Zoom council meeting. Photo: Screenshot.

Towards the end of the discussion of the report, Cr Wensley reiterated her opinions about TDC’s management of the project. “We are bound to continue and to pay cost overruns… but I have concerns that councillors were not sufficiently briefed on the risks.” There are several councillors who joined at last year’s election and so only have recent experience of the project. Golden Bay ward councillor Chris Hill, one of the new intake, questioned the ability of the District Authority to handle such a project. “I believe that council has been out of its depth. The project should be sitting with central Government. I’m struggling to have confidence. Many people in Golden Bay are alarmed that there is an open cheque-book from council. We should have some independent audit or review.” Her Golden Bay colleague concurred. “There should be independent auditing of the project.” Mayor Tim King didn’t agree. “We have a lot of current oversight.” He later summarised the current position, saying, “We are part-way through this project. The council made a commitment to the project. It is where we are at.” Several other councillors asked searching questions, but there was no contribution from the council’s CEO. When the time came, Cr Maling replied to the debate, saying “It’s all been said. It’s unfortunate where we are, but we must move forward.” Two further council staff reports were considered during the public session – WWL’s Draft Statement of Intent 2020-2023, and Waimea Community Dam - Funding of Projected Cost Increases and Other Matters. As it emerged that the final cost of the dam construction was still unknown, Cr Greening moved a resolution for council to quantify the risks and costs of an exit strategy, but the motion was defeated 8-5. This means that council has effectively narrowed its options and the project is likely to continue on its present trajectory.

MOTHER’S DAY SUNDAY 10 MAY! Don’t forget Mum this Mother’s Day especially if she is not part of your bubble!

Did you guess baby picture? Now it's time to meet our team as grown ups 1.


Jenna Bowden - Property Manager Moved back to Golden Bay in 2007, have worked in many local retail and hospitality businesses in the Bay. My husband and I have 4 children, my dad lives with us plus 2 cats and a dog so going to work is my downtime. Getting in the garden is my therapy. Billy Kerrisk - Owner/Real Estate Agent Born in Worcester, UK. Worked in real estate when I left college. Big OE from 1987. Landed in Bay as a newly wed in March 1991. Worked at Langfords Store and fed calves. 3 Daughters. Working from home in my bubble with 1 daughter and 2 pets, enjoying my garden.


Christine Kavanagh - Office Manager Grew up in Wellington and moved to Golden Bay a year ago for a lifestyle change. After working in many industries including Tertiary Education and Government I am enjoying being back in Real Estate. I’m loving spending lockdown with my husband, son and cat at the beach.


Sam Goffriller - Customer Care/Sales Born in Austria, moved to NZ at 6 mths old. Spent 18 yrs growing up in Golden Bay followed by a working OE to Darwin for a year, returned to the Bay and started a career in dairy farming for 4 yrs. The lockdown has allowed me to complete and pass my certificate in Real Estate.


Tenancy Act change

Clarissa Bruning - Client Service Manager Born in Wellington, moved to the Bay at age 10. Actively involved in local community groups, my past work history involved various service businesses in Takaka. My bubble includes my husband, 3 kids, a cat and 3 chooks. I also enjoy gardening especially if it's the vege garden.

With worries over maintaining physical distancing, possible loss of income and an uncertain future, the last thing anyone needs at the moment is the prospect of having to move out of their home. As the Government works to contain the Covid-19 spread, it’s also the last thing it wants; so to help people stay in their rented homes Jenna Bowden. Photo: Supplied. during lockdown, some temporary changes have been made to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). The changes, which provide security of tenure and freedom from rent rises for tenants, came into effect on 26 March and will initially run through until 26 June, although that period may be extended by a further three months. With over 50 residential rental properties on its books, Ray White Golden Bay is making sure that landlords and tenants are fully aware of the latest tweak in the law. The firm’s Takaka-based property manager Jenna Bowden makes it her job to stay abreast of any changes that affect her clients. “I like to keep up with what’s happening, so all our information is bang up to date.” She explains in layman’s terms what the revised RTA means for tenants. “You can’t be given notice until 26 June, and it may be extended for another three months. It’s the same with a rent increase. Any notice already issued by the landlord will have to re-issued after 26 June.” There are, however, some exceptions under which tenants can be given notice. “There are some very specific reasons, but they must be very significant.” While routine maintenance has been deferred, Jenna explains that emergency work is being carried out where necessary. “We’ve had some hot-water cylinders going and general plumbing as it’s an emergency. And we’re getting chimneys swept.” Not everyone renting a home in the Bay, however, is protected by a professional qualified property manager and Jenna is keen to reach out to these people and offer them advice about the recent legal changes. “If anyone has any questions, give me a call – no obligations.” Beyond the immediate changes in the RTA, licensee agent Billy Kerrisk believes uncertainty around tourism may cause a shift in the local rental market. “It will be interesting to see if any of the holiday-home owners switch from nightly holiday lets to permanent rentals. We see a demand from those moving here and hoping to buy, and from those on fixed-term employment contracts for whom the rents just need to be affordable.” For more information, phone Jenna on 027 525 7229, or email: jenna.bowden@raywhite.com

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We already use technology so that buyers can view and tour the inside of the property from the comfort and safety of their home. We have your best interest at heart Our office remains close for now, but remember we are just a phone call or email away Sales:- 027 608 5606 - billy.kerrisk@raywhite.com Property Management:- 027 525 7229 - jenna.bowden@raywhite.com

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The Home Guard drilled at the Puramahoi School with teacher Alan Giblin as their Sergeant. From left: Rex Soper, Ivan Walker, Fernie Simpson, unnamed, unnamed, Jack Page, Dudley Wilson, unnamed, Vern Grant. Photo supplied by Golden Bay Museum. ANITA PETERS

Home Guard New Zealand is a movement that has sprung up in response to the war on coronavirus. Its purpose is to rally medical professionals and associated workers not currently using their skills, encouraging them to step up and help on the front line. These workers have included medical students assisting with childcare and those on maternity leave, and retired doctors, nurses, and support staff. This recent initiative was inspired by the New Zealand Home Guard during World War II, which was modelled on its British equivalent. Set up in 1940 for those unable to fight on the front line, its main purpose was the defence of New Zealand from the threat of invasion by Japan. Initially, volunteers signed up from age 15, but from 1942, membership became compulsory for 35- to 50-year-olds. Those who served for 28 days full time or 6 months part time were eligible for the New Zealand War Service Medal. Initially, there were no weapons or uniforms, only armbands, but in 1942 boots, uniforms and weapons were distributed. At its highest point the movement had around 123,000 members. The Takaka Home Guard had branches at Puramahoi, Uruwhenua and Upper Takaka, and drilled at the Puramahoi

School with teacher Alan Giblin as their sergeant. Most Golden Bay men who had not gone to war joined voluntarily. Training involved learning signal work using semaphore and wireless codes, line and switchboard use and maintenance, and also elementary fieldcraft and the use of small arms, weapons and grenades. Members dug trenches and put in a gun turret in front of the Pohara Camp, and tank traps were built near the Tasman Memorial and the dairy factory in preparation for a possible enemy landing and invasion. Various exercises included learning how to destroy vital infrastructure, like blowing up bridges to inhibit progress of the enemy army. Communications between the Home Guard platoons were kept top secret. The Golden Bay Museum holds a “secret” letter outlining an exercise simulating an invasion by the enemy (‘’A”) landing at Wainui, and our own troops (“B”), who were to meet at the Motupipi Bridge at 1500 hours, to dominate and hold it until the arrival of the main force. When the threat of invasion eventually receded, all uniforms and equipment were ordered to be returned to the army. The New Zealand Home Guard was subsequently disbanded in December 1943.

Home viewing: What to watch ALISTAIR HUGHES

Good news arrived this week with an announced reduction to Alert Level 3 from next Tuesday morning. Needless to say, as far as entertainment is concerned, it’s still very much a case of home viewing until further notice. This week we’ll take a look at up-to-date offerings on Netflix, but first glance back at how this streaming service came into existence. Beginning life back in 1997, Netflix originally offered DVD sales and disc rental by mail. It expanded quickly and specialised in streaming media three years later. In 2013 it released its first original production, House of Cards. Since then, Netflix’s own productions have rapidly exploded to average just over one new original film or TV series for every single day of last year. Just when we needed them, there have been some standout new offerings over the last few weeks. Like me, you might initially think a historical drama (written by Downtown Abbey’s Julian Fellowes) about the development of British football is a good reason to do a jigsaw instead. But in fact, The English Game is a beautifully produced mini-series which not only “tackles” the class politics involved (football was a game for the wealthy in the 19th century), but also showcases engaging characters and on-pitch action. Of equally unexpected entertainment value is the just released mini-series Unorthodox. Four tense but ultimately uplifting episodes follow the semi-biographical story of a 19-year-old Jewish woman who escapes an arranged marriage in an extreme Orthodox New York Hasidic community. She struggles to make a new life for herself in Berlin, but reckons without the Rabbi sending her husband in an attempt to bring her back “home”. Shira Haas gives a wonderful performance as lead character Esty, and there is even have a short documentary, Making

Unorthodox, to enjoy afterwards. One of Netflix’s greatest innovations has been to showcase externally produced, quirky, ‘coming of age’ comedy-dramas that actually manage to appeal to all ages. Three series of Atypical, following the misadventures of autistic teen Sam Gardener and his loving family are there to be enjoyed, as are two series of the superb Sex Education. Gillian Anderson has never been better (and that’s really saying something), but extreme warning — this is definitely not family viewing (as the title might suggest). The latest in this subgenre is the just released I am not OK with this, which nudges the endearing teenage awkwardness and family travails into the superhero genre. Being confined with a group of people you might not necessarily want to spend every single minute with might make you relate to submarine drama Black Sea. Actually made in 2014, this is new to Netflix and combines undersea drama with a heist movie to create an extremely gripping viewing experience. The tension is further increased as you constantly worry if Jude Law’s Scottish accent is going to buckle under the pressure. But be warned: Fans of submarine films know they rarely end well. Lastly, if younger viewers haven’t already found it, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was Netflix’s sumptuous high-fantasy series from last year. Actually a prequel to the beloved 1982 Jim Hensen (creator of the Muppets) film, this 10-part series gained acclaim for not only eschewing CGI in favour of oldschool ingenious puppetry, but featuring a startling array of famous voice talent, including Sigourney Weaver, Eddie Izzard and Helena Bonham Carter. And if you have warm memories of enjoying the original, you might stay and watch, too.




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"...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

Tune into Radio NZ National, listen live on the internet or your phone for the official dawn service broadcast commencing at 6am. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals just as they would for the official public gathering.

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50 Commercial Street, Takaka Golden Bay First National Licensed REAA 2008 - MREINZ


Ph: (03) 525 8800

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RURAL VIEWS ON YOUR RADAR? info@goldenbayproperty.com Ph: (03) 525 8800



Privacy & great views! The home has plan living area & a spacious master bdrm. A sep. COMMUNITY NOTICES 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 livingthearea & a A big safe welcome back to some of our local businesses next week heartbeat selection of you fruitaretrees, a 2-bay spacious master bdrm. A sep. of our town! We would like to offer our thoughts and wellshed wishes to all those employers and & ample parking. Ref: GB3779 sleepout gives extra workshop/hobby employees in and around the Bay as they prepare to resume their businesses in accordance Deadline: 2pm 03.04.20 (NSP) space. The 3450m section has aof with the change to Alert Level 3 next week. We encourage everyone to2 be supportive Sarah-Jane Brown 0274 222 577 selection of fruit trees, a 2-bay our local enterprise during this time. shed & ample parking. Ref: GB3779




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

Want to wake up to this vista in the morning? Architecturally, refurbished holiday home & “state of the art” tree-house +2 yurts, sleeps up to 18 family or friends. An opp. for good rental income? Hot pizza ovenROAD, & deckTATA to the beach esplanade make this a perfect place15/04/20 for entertaining. 12 tubs, PENINSULA BEACH Deadline Sale: 2pm (USP) Magical 4+bds, 2Architecturally, bths, 1 gge, 1 refurbished living. Call me for more Want toevenings wake up &toglorious this vistasunsets. in the morning? holiday home & “state information - this really+2 is Tata GB3778 of the art” tree-house yurts,magic! sleeps up to 18 family or friends. An opp. Ref: for good rental income? Hot tubs, pizza oven the beach esplanade make this a perfect place for entertaining. Annie Telford 027& deck 249 to1408 or annie@goldenbayproperty.com Magical evenings & glorious sunsets. 4+bds, 2 bths, 1 gge, 1 living. Call me for more information - this really is Tata magic! Ref: GB3778

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DEFINITELY HEADING THE GOOD LIFE! Annie Telford 027 249 1408 or annie@goldenbayproperty.com DEFINITELY HEADING THE GOOD LIFE!


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

Brown 0274 222 577 Mohua Social Services is open between 10am - 12Sarah-Jane noon Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/ Friday for food parcels and safe essential client contact. Please phone 525 9728 prior. 3A WATINO PLACE, PÓHARA


For financial assistance, a COVID-19 Fund has been set up for community Beautifully presented, donations: this home is TAKIN’ IT EASY! Mohua Social Services Charitable Trust account: 38-9018-0626643-00. ready for a new owner. 4 bdrms,

master, spacious open plan 3Aensuited WATINO PLACE, PÓHARA

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At the time of going to print, some of the guidelines surrounding thefurnished! real estate industry comeforfully There are still limready a new owner. 4 bdrms, require some clarity. We once again ask everyone to remain patient until such clarification is ited viewing times due to holiday ensuited master, spacious open plan received from our governing bodies. In the meantime, communication remains open whilst rentals so call me. canRef: GB3777 living. This preferably our doors are closed. Our dedicated Sales Team are available viaproperty phone and e-mail if you come fully furnished! There are limDeadline: 2pm 02.04.20 wish to get in touch. We welcome your call anytime (ph 03 525 8800) however please(USP) note ited viewing times due to holiday Sarah-Jane Brown 0274 222 577 that we may not be carrying out property viewings at this time. sooffer call me. Ref: GB3777 Thank you for your patience and look forward to beingrentals able to full real estate services in the not too distant future. Deadline: 2pm 02.04.20 (USP)

PÓHARA VALLEY LIFESTYLER Sarah-Jane Brown 0274 222 577 STAY HOME - STAY LOCAL - STAY SAFE IN YOUR BUBBLE - STAY ALIVE 41 PÓHARA VLY RD James, Sharon, Paul, Annie, Sarah, Belinda & Cherie. Just a short walk to the beach, this PÓHARA VALLEY LIFESTYLER 3550m2 property, with a very tidy & 41private PÓHARA RD & mezzanine, home,VLY 2bd/2bth Just a short walk to dble the beach, this sunny deck, sep. garage/work 3550m property,&with a veryistidy & shop,2 gardens stream, a perfect private home,to2bd/2bth & mezzanine, find. Room grow! No Open Homes sunny deck, dble garage/work so call me sep. to view. Ref: GB3735 shop, gardens & stream, is Price: $619,995 a perfect find. Room to grow!027 No Open Homes James Mackay 359 0892 so call me to view. Ref: GB3735








and iconic to the Bay, this property is deceptively spa25cious MOTUPIPI ST,8TAKAKA and offers bedrooms, 4 bathCentrally located and licensed iconic to for the 28 rooms, 2 kitchens, Bay, this property is deceptively spapeople. Sep. owners accommodation. cious offers 8Call bedrooms, 4 bathYHAand approved. me for full details rooms, 2 kitchens, licensed for 28 Ref: GBC3733 people. Sep. owners accommodation. Price: $680,000+GST (if any) YHA approved. Call me for full details Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840 Ref: GBC3733

Price: $1.3m+GST (if any)

This 7ha lifestyle property is loaded with potential for a new owner! Currently run as an organic orchard, the property produces quality fruit from its hundreds of trees, including avocados, citrus 136 TANGMERE ROAD, ROTOTAI Price: $1.3m+GST (if any) & 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 owner! Currently run as an organic modation attached to the large packhouse. Room for the extended family or syndicate orchard, the property produces quality fruit from its hundreds of trees, including avocados, citrus group? Call me for further information. Ref: GB3760 & nut trees, just to name a few. Then there is the 3 bdrm house, a studio/sleepout plus accomJames Mackay 027 359 0892 or james@goldenbayproperty.com modation attached to the large packhouse. Room for the extended family or syndicate group? Call me for further information. Ref: GB3760

Price: $680,000+GST (if any)


James Mackay 027 359 0892 orHAMAMA james@goldenbayproperty.com CALL HOME




4 bdrm villa has all the charm you would from a 188 HAMAMA RD, expect HAMAMA 1920s family home. Beautiful This large and 4 bdrm has all the 187 Commercial St was under contract prior to lockdown as villa the sun setwith on grounds, est.would trees & gardens charm you expect from a this home towards the end of last week, it proceeded to unconditional status and 2529m 2 for the kids to kick a ball 1920s family home. Beautiful is now officially SOLD. Well done James for bringing this one across thefrom line,the in around. Privately back grounds, est.home’s treesset&current gardens with such unprecedented times. We are so very pleased for this owner road. me to view. Ref GB3764 2529mCall 2 for the kids to kick a ball (hug for James to follow once it’s socially acceptable!) and$565,000 we are super stoked Price: around. Privately set back from the for the young family who will be making the movePaul here. Such delight round - a 0275 all 042 road. McConnon Call me to view. Ref 872 GB3764 great show of confidence and a desire for life to get back to some sort of normal.





Paul McConnon 0275 042 872 RD 57 UP. TUKURUA

021 236 2840


4.9ha property, private and featuring 1737 COLLINGWOODstunning views across to Farewell Spit PUPONGA MAIN 3A Watino Place, Pohara – also under contract prior the events ofof March – andtobeyond. A leaseROAD the land 25th provides 4.9ha property, and featuring an for income and private the property is come! very pria day that will stand out in the history of our country a very long time to stunning views across to Farewell Spitplus vate from thebeen road. Spacious home After a week or so, our lovely buyers, who incidentally have searching for a and beyond. A leasefor of the the ‘extras’! land provides a 2 bdrm cottage Call me home in the Bay for quite some time, knew that an nothing was going to stop them income and the property is very prifor further information. Ref: GB3679 from achieving their dream and confirming this sale – and confirm theyhome did!plus We vate from the road. Spacious $930,000+GST (ifowners. any) a 2Price: bdrm cottage for the ‘extras’! Call me were very excited to see this SOLD so quickly and so were the current Belinda Jthis Barnes 236GB3679 2840 furtheron information. Ref: Well done Sarah-Jane and Annie – a great teamfor effort sale.021



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

Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840 26 KOHIKIKO PLC

We look forward to these properties proceeding to settlement without any delay, 41 TAK VLY HWY 57when UP. TUKURUA RD Alert 16 SANDRIDGE TCE 12 HAILE LANE 26 KOHIKIKO PLC we reach Level 3 Status.

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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

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 - 24 April 2020  

Golden Bay Weekly - 24 April 2020