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Friday 31 December 2020

Out with the old, in with the new

Happy New Year: Time to reflect on the past year and look forward to 2021. Photo: Jo Richards.

Life, they say, is a journey. If so, then 2020 has been something of a wild ride. This time last year, we were looking back on 2019 and turning our gaze towards the new year, with no idea that a few months later we would all be confined in our homes trying to avoid the worst of a global pandemic. One year on, as we enjoy almost total freedom within our borders, the rest of the world is locking down once more as the second – and third – waves hit. 2021 will begin very differently for our friends overseas. Golden Bay played a full part in New

Zealand’s “team of five million” which successfully tackled the virus. But here in our back yard, the resilience and cohesion of the community – our own team of 5,000 – helped us get through safely and bounce back quickly. That The GB Weekly was able to keep publishing throughout lockdown is a testament to the professionalism of our reporters and staff, the generous support of our advertisers, and the wonderful and varied contributions of stories and photos submitted by you, our readers. We consider the paper to be an integral part of the Golden

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Bay community and we were proud to serve, as well as humbled by the support we received. As we take a look back at a selection of the stories that filled our pages during 2020, it’s no surprise that Covid-19 dominated our coverage during lockdown and its aftermath. But what is clear is that the virus couldn’t quash the vibrance, diversity and sheer energy of our community, and so there was no shortage of issues, events, and personalities to report on – even at the height of lockdown. While our reporting this year has covered other “serious” topics, such as local governance,



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Tata Swim: cool sea, warm smiles

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Saturday surprised everyone with a perfectly still morning and a beautifully calm sea for the Tata Swim. More than 60 swimmers entered the race, lower numbers than in previous years, with few juniors braving the 170C sea. The expressions on everyone’s faces at the end were priceless, with wide smiles stretched from one yellow capped, goggle-squished ear to the other. After the last 10 years of running the fundraiser event for Golden Bay Swimming, club secretary Maddy King, Alf Reid, and their extended family are calling it a day. “It’s time to hand over the reins and let someone else have the chance of doing it,” said Alf.

Despite the threat of forecasted westerlies whipping up whitecaps, most competitors in the Pohara Boat Club Fishing Competition returned with a fine and varied catch. Up for grabs were prizes for the biggest blue cod, gurnard, terakihi, kahawai, snapper and crayfish, as well as a plethora of other categories including the most unusual catch, the hard luck story, the scruffiest fisherman, and the biggest drama queen. The 106 entrants enjoyed calm seas and little wind for much of Saturday. And contrary to predictions, the lack of wind kept the swells at bay on Sunday to offer competitors a second bite at catching the big one.

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The Tata Titanic Cardboard Boat Race showcased the imagination, stealth and talent of the 15 entrants. Beach banter amongst the 300-strong spectators praised the stunning entries that lined the golden Tata Beach. “Pea-Rates” and “Nemo’s Secret” had jaws dropping in amazement with their prizewinning creative designs. Mit Brereton from Adventure Flights Golden Bay got everyone’s attention and a giggle with his “Float with Mit” Cessna 185 Skywagon He said, “I’ve always wanted to build one of these for the race. It’s an exact replica of my plane – right down to the Jolly Wrenches skull and crossbones motif from the movie Planes.

Across two days of discussions at the Sustainable Living Centre, presenters, facilitators and participants began to shape the vision and strategy required to achieve a truly sustainable community. While many of the sessions stressed the need to reduce waste, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and habitat loss, the importance of social cohesion, individual wellbeing and the local economy were also recognised. Co-organiser of the event Sol Morgan said, “Those who attended it seemed to greatly enjoy the information and opportunity to share more ideas, especially at the panel discussion and sustainable strategy workshop.”

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For many attending Saturday’s A&P Show, the Golden Bay event is “one of the best” and “a true country show”. Takaka’s annual celebration of rural life continues to draw visitors, exhibitors and competitors from over the Hill and far away. The traditional town-meets-country festival provides a welcome opportunity to catch up with old friends, chat to suppliers, watch top-quality competitions and generally enjoy a good day out – just like locals have done for over 120 years. A&P Committee vice-president Noel Baigent is delighted with this year’s tournout. ”Although it’s difficult to be exact, we estimate somewhere around 4,500. People came earlier this year and stayed longer.”

The ITM Colour Run held at the Rec Park Centre was the last of the Nelson Tasman summertime events in Golden Bay. Over 100 competitors donned contrasting colours, intent on soaking in the most vivid splash. Not a selfie Luddite was amongst them. Even before the race began, entrants sought every inch of available canvas to spray and shower eco-friendly colour powder over. At the end of the event, mum Tyler Langford, who had brought towels for her three boys and husband in anticipation of a hose-down said adamantly, “They’re not allowed into the car unless they strip down to their undies!”

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Dam site reveals scale of project

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Half-way up a steep hillside, looking across the Lee Valley and down on the Waimea Dam construction site, the true scale of this ambitious and controversial project becomes visible. On the opposite side of the valley, approximately 50 metres above the riverbed, a plastic water tank marks the location of the far end of the 220m dam crest, which will eventually hold back more than 13 billion litres of water. The man with overall responsibility for the dam build is Waimea Water Limited (WWL) CEO Mike Scott. He believes that, although the cost has increased dramatically, it still represents good value. “What my colleagues in the dam industry are telling me is that it’s a lot of dam for the money.”

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. 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.

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Saturday’s lazy hazy morning at the Pohara Top 10 Holiday Park was anything but laid back for the 50-odd competitors in the 15th Tinbum Triathlon. Planned to precision in accordance with strict road rules and health and safety plan, the Tinbum mini-triathlon involves a 300m chest-deep ocean swim, 6.5km multi-terrain biking section and a 5km running leg. As they crossed the finish line competitors congratulated each other while catching their breath. “I didn’t see any chickens or hear any squawks,” commented race winner and triathlon veteran Wayne Leighton from Nelson. Funds raised go to support a variety of local causes.

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. “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.”

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From global to local. Now the coronavirus Covid-19 has arrived in New Zealand, the task of controlling its spread, and treating those infected, falls to our leaders, our community and our local health service providers. Nelson Marlborough Health chief medical officer Dr Nick Baker says everyone has a responsibility to prevent the disease getting a foothold. “We need to stop it spreading and stamp it out.” Substituting a close hug with an elbow touch, a foot tap or a simple nod will present a challenge. But it’s a vital weapon in the fight against the virus, says Dr Baker. We have to be a low-touch society.” THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER 2020

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Contactless trade a challenge

Roy receives royal recognition

The move to Alert Level 3 has seen many of the Bay’s retail outlets reopen, but it’s far from business as usual, with limited hours and contactless trading the order of the day. Nevertheless, in addition to their caffeine pick-me-up, shoppers can now bag plenty of other local goodies. Choco Loco’s hand-made chocolates are literally flying out the window, thanks to an ingenious serving contraption. “It’s a thing of beauty,” laughs co-owner Gay Hamilton “It swings around with the payment machine on it – you’ve got to keep your distance in case somebody gets swiped. We put things in a bag and they just need to waft their card over the machine, pick up their bag and drive.”

Takaka’s Roy Reid has been awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to seniors, in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. The prestigious award officially recognises decades of selfless service Roy has given to the communities he has called home. When he received the official letter informing him of the award, Roy was sworn to secrecy and couldn’t even tell his wife Merle, until the embargo was lifted over the holiday weekend. Despite his long list of contributions, like many community stalwarts, Takaka’s Queen’s Service Medal recipient is both humble and self-deprecating. “I suppose I’ve helped a few people here and there,” says Roy.

4,3,2…One more step taken

Football finally kicks off

With the arrival of Alert Level 2, our bubbles are getting bigger, personal freedoms have been restored and a whole raft of social activities are back on the menu. The move from Level 3 to Level 2 feels like a giant leap, with Golden Bay breaking out of seven weeks of lockdown. All businesses can now reopen if they can do so safely. So, Golden Bay can go shopping, have a beer (with food) at the Mussel Inn or a burger at Roots Bar; book a horse trek or a kayaking adventure; have its hair cut, attend a wedding and visit the library. Students can return to their universities, schools and early childhood education centres, and church congregations can gather once more at their place of worship.

The Nelson Bays Football season finally kicked off on Saturday when the first round of competitive fixtures was held. For Golden Bay teams, the day yielded a mixed bag of results, but win, lose or draw, everyone agreed it was good to be back. During the day, the football pitches at Takaka’s Rec Park were teeming with players – from pre-school beginners to energetic youths and seasoned seniors. Irrespective of age, gender or experience, all members of Golden Bay Football Club are also part of the Bay’s growing “football family”. One round into the fixture list, there’s a lot of football still to play in the revamped season which is due to run through to the end of September.

Many happy returns

Netballers bounce back to action

On Monday, Golden Bay students seemed very happy as they returned to the classroom after nearly two months of home-based learning. They were just some of the country’s 800,000 returning students who included the year 1 intake, who are effectively starting over, to year 13 NCEA students who are on the final stretch of their school careers. At Collingwood Area School, cars and buses began to arrive shortly after 8.15am discharging students at the school gates. The welcome was warm, with teachers and students greeting one another in the playground. Older students played basketball and, as the clock ticked on, the distinctive happy noise of a school playground filled the Collingwood air.

It should have started weeks ago, but due to you know what, the netball season was on hold. During the morning, three junior teams from Collingwood Area School (CAS) and Golden Bay High School (GBHS) competed at the Rec Park in a mini-tournament, each team playing the other in a series of three matches. The tournament runs over two consecutive weekends. GBHS Netball co-ordinator Cherie Chamberlain was pleased to see the younger players in action. “It was great being able to watch the juniors playing this year as I’m always in Nelson with my Senior B team, but luckily we got to play here and support our juniors.”

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The Local Government Commission (LGC) officially opened the first phase of public consultation on the option of a Golden Bay local board, and published its consultation document explaining what a local board is, the positive reasons for establishing one, what it might do, and what it might cost, including who would pay for it. The Golden Bay Local Board Working Group who applied to the LGC in 2018 to investigate the establishment of a local board, are following developments closely. Working Group secretary and spokesman Tony Lawton says the the document “represents a good basis for the upcoming discussions with the Golden Bay community about community-level democracy”.

The long wait is over. A portion of Philip and Rose Windle’s farm has been transformed from a paddock to a pitch and this was celebrated on Saturday. At the NBS community BBQ, Philip addressed the hockey club, “It’s so wonderful to see hockey being played here, finally”. Rose gave credit to John Byrne and Dean Lund who saw the benefit in the Windle land, which adjoins the Golden Bay Recreation Park. Golden Bay Hockey Association has officially joined the Rec Park Centre as a group member. “It is two years overdue, but demonstrates that you don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for.”



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Friday’s Matariki celebrations on Pohara beach swapped last year’s spectacular parade and live music show for a more intimate affair. Arts worker Tania Marsden, who organised both events, says this year’s festival of light and fire was very well attended. She believes that the event doesn’t have to be big to be beautiful. “While it was quite a contrast to last year’s big town celebration, it was just as special, with lots of connection and conversation happening around the fire. It was a perfect night, still and starry, and it is nice to know we ‘left no trace’ - the final softly glowing embers were doused by the incoming tide with just a small circle remaining for the closing karakia.”

Golden Bay community members gathered at the Recreation Centre on Tuesday 28 July for the launch of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) programme. As people arrived for the 6pm start they were welcomed by team members from Nelson-Tasman BBBS: Chelsea Routhan (programme director), Maree Brewer (co-ordinator for Golden Bay), Ross Newman (chairman) and Richard Kempthorne (board member). Chelsea delivered a welcome speech, accompanied by a video showing what the BBBS mentoring programme is all about. Originating in America, the idea was so successful that the model spread to other countries and is now international.

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Legendary All Black Richie McCaw visited the Bay as part of “Richie’s Top Spot”, a competition run by TV3’s The Project NZ, and Westpac, to promote domestic destinations and local businesses. Alex Richard, guide at Golden Bay Kayaks, put together the wild card entry which won the vote, entitling her to a $3000 prize and a visit from Richie himself. Local businesses pulled out all the stops for the famous visitor who spent the enjoying the best of the Bay. “I’ve been to Golden Bay a couple of times before,” said Richie, “but this has been great. Kayaking, mountain-biking, fishing, it’s amazing just how many different things there are to do here.” THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER 2020

It was a very busy Saturday morning at the Rec Park Centre, with players from the Bay’s hockey, football and rugby clubs all in action on their respective pitches. But it was rugby’s day thanks to a full set of home fixtures which produced non-stop action from early morning right through to the afternoon. A total of six home squads incorporated players between three and 17 years-old and showed how the Bay’s young players are developing as they move through the age categories. Sarah McCleely who, along with David Jordan, coaches the under-eight-year-old group is very pleased with the development of their passing, running and tackling skills. “They’ve really improved, I’m very impressed.” 5



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The month-long solo exhibition just opened at MONZA Gallery, sadly doubles as a farewell to artist Dean Raybould. He and his family are now southward bound, hoping to fulfill dreams of a better work/life balance and for Dean to be painting more full time. In 2005, he and partner Belinda, and their twin baby boys moved to Golden Bay, where he began painting in earnest and was soon invited to show at the newly opened MONZA Gallery. He has since become one of their longest-standing artists. “When Nic and Philly asked me to do this last show I thought it would be nice to hang a random selection of stuff,” says Dean, calling the exhibition an “overview; part retrospective.”

At the Golden Bay hustings 10 candidates for the West CoastTasman electorate were allowed to deliver their messages – on subjects as diverse as the national debt, cannabis legalisation, social inequity, and whitebait – without interruption, and rivals even applauded each other’s contributions. Despite the serious nature of the subject matter, the meetings were conducted in good humour, with the biggest laugh of the day coming at the Takaka meeting when Peter Ewen (Independent) lauded the National Party’s impressive green credentials for “recycling Judith Collins”. At the end of four hours many will have come away with a good feeling about this aspect of the democratic process.

Thirty years of Daffodil Day events

Firing up potential recruits

This year’s nationwide Daffodil Day fundraiser for the NZ Cancer Society also marked 30 years since it was first launched. Prior to that it was simply called the Cancer Society Collection. It is the society’s largest fundraising campaign, and the funds raised are vital to the ongoing support for cancer sufferers in this country. Current organiser of the Bay’s fundraiser Sharon McConnon reflected on earlier Daffodil Days. “We used to sit down and plan for months before – now it just comes together really easily. I used to stress about it; now it’s just ‘whatever will be, will be’. We don’t even have meetings. Everyone just pulls together and it happens.”

Golden Bay’s emergency services teams put on an impressive “open day” event. Their aim was to recruit more volunteers by educating and inspiring the public. As Philip Woolf, Fire Chief for the Takaka Brigade, explained: “It’s all about the environment and the community.” The initiative was well supported, with police, St John, Land Search and Rescue from the Bay and Nelson, plus local Fire and Emergency, in attendance. During the day the emergency services showcased their skills and equipment. “We’ve got Nelson crew here with the elevated platform – which is the big fire truck, which is pretty special. First time for that appliance,” said Philip.

Local advocates making a noise

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A recent survey of Golden Bay residents by a local advocacy group, The Marine Farming Impacts Group (MFIG), shows that nuisance noise from mussel farm operations in the Bay is of widespread concern. With the Bay’s mussel farming industry set to expand significantly over the next decade, there is some concern that negative impacts will also increase unless changes are made. Rod Barker, spokesman for the MFIG, says time is of the essence, and changes need to be made sooner rather than later. “The mussel farms are set to expand and it’s important to get this right. It’s important for council and industry to work with the community to find solutions.”

It was standing room only in the conference suite at Tasman District Council’s Service Centre in Takaka, as friends and family gathered to watch their loved ones honoured for their community service. Mayor Tim King had travelled over the Hill to present this year’s recipients of TDC’s Outstanding Community Service Awards with official recognition of their contributions. He then spoke about the key role played by volunteers in the community. “Council invests a lot in infrastructure, but it only goes so far; volunteers make that investment work, whether it’s in the arts, culture, recreation or sport… They provide the glue that sticks the community together.”



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The annual Takaka Mounted Rifles shoot at the Waikoropupu NZ Deerstalkers Rifle Range was held last Sunday. Rain did nothing to dampen spirits, and postponement was not even considered, since some of the 20 competitors had travelled from as far as Blenheim and Auckland. This historic event, resurrected only four years ago, involves authentic WW1 and WW2 rifles. Back then, most young men were already good shots and were further encouraged at school. “This is a shoot to celebrate those guys who shot for the trophy before they went off to serve in the First World War,” said range officer for the day, Roger Price.

Lockdown certainly did nothing to stifle local creativity, as Takaka’s own annual film festival on 28 November boasted a record 26 entries. Village Theatre manager Rae McDowell believes that the national quarantine might have actually had the opposite effect, allowing homebound film-makers time to indulge and focus on their passion. “There’s always a lot of heart in this type of event and that’s amplified by the kinds of struggles which the film industry is facing in these difficult times. But it’s so good that we can come together as a community, and we can laugh, cry and enjoy entertainment — and thought-provoking films, as well.”

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Fine weather, a large crowd, and plenty to do and see combined in a summer carnival atmosphere at Saturday’s Boys’ & Girls’ Agricultural Show. On the day, Takaka’s Rec Park was transformed from a rugby pitch into an activity-packed showground where people mingled with pets and farm animals. Being late spring, it was the sort of day when coffee and snowcones went down equally well. Co-organiser Abbie Langford was clearly pleased with the event. “It was a fantastic day at the show - so awesome to see everyone up there, enjoying themselves... everywhere I looked there were smiling, laughing people.”

Golden Bay no longer has any designated freedom camping areas, which means campers in non-self-contained vehicles must now stay at one of the Bay’s commercial sites. Sites at Taupata Reserve and Waitapu Bridge were confirmed for closure while the alternative area at Rototai was rejected. TDC plans to deploy a team of freedom camping ambassadors offering education and directing visitors, but they will be backed up by an enforcement team if and when required. On what is a divisive topic, there appear to be winners and losers in the community, with local campground owners expected to benefit, but some retailers and hospitality businesses likely to lose seasonal revenue.

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A current survey is revealing the chronic lack of affordable, secure housing options in Golden Bay. But is also providing useful data that could help to solve the crisis – one of the Bay’s biggest social problems. Organised by Pohara resident Chris Bennett, the survey aims to gather information on the challenges faced by those in the Bay seeking to rent or purchase property. Using the survey data as a foundation, Chris is currently working on a proposal to discuss with TDC and other stakeholders. “It isn’t easy, and we may not succeed. However, we owe it to the vulnerable in our community to make every effort to find a solution.” THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER 2020

The Santa Parade came to town, delivering Christmas spirit and signalling the start of the season of goodwill. The impressive fleet of floats was enjoyed by a large crowd which lined both sides of Takaka’s Commercial Street, closed to traffic for the occasion. The effort put in by those who participated in the procession was clearly appreciated by the spectators. “It’s the best one in the 20 years I’ve lived here,” said Takaka resident Selene Morwood shortly after the parade finished. The parade may signal the beginning of season of goodwill, but it also marks something equally important, according to Selene. “It’s a nice way to end the year.”

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Having a well-planned garden and enough resources means your summer garden experience can be simple. Simple as in not requiring hours of work every week to keep crops producing well and rest of the garden healthy. Being organised Forward planning makes life easier, especially organising upcoming plantings. You will need midsummer space to sow and plant winter crops like carrots, beetroot, parsnip and Brassicas. Spare beds becoming available at this time could be broad beans or garlic. Beds can be easily prepped with a little weeding, light tilling for root crops and composted for Brassicas. Successive sowings of carrots, beets and salads will mean ongoing summer/autumn harvest. Many can be integrated between existing crops, like salads under a bean tipi. Conservation Mulching now is critical to a successful summer garden, protecting soil from the sun’s rays, conserving moisture and feeding soil life. Covering the soil is a no-brainer as it also deters weeds. Only if the soil is moist, apply good quantities of organic mulch, such as grass clippings, seagrass, seaweed, straw and hay. Each of these can cause issues, though: grass, straw or hay sprayed with broadleaf herbicide can cause serious growth distortions on many crops and some perennials. Seagrass and seaweed can harbour weed seed like oxalis. Hay has seeds and can sprout when moist. Use shreddings or bark on fruits and ornamental gardens. Tending The most demanding crops are the creeping types like

tomatoes and cucumbers that require their laterals removed and training up a string or pole. Alternative framing structures make things simpler. Form a fence or curved growing frame with 665 mesh for climbers to sprawl over, eliminating the requirement to remove laterals. Terraced beds work similarly, with tomatoes or cucumbers rambling down over the edges for easy picking. Even with mulching, without enough rainfall regular watering will be needed. The best time is early morning, and by hand. It’s a great meditation and a way to keep an eye on things. Water the soil, not the leaves to avoid disease. Irrigation systems can also simplify summer. Sprinklers water leaves, so choose which crops you use them for. Try strip irrigation with soaker hoses or leaky hoses. Timers help too, although if we also get rain then waterlogging and wastage can occur if we’re away. I prefer the mechanical turning timers; if it’s dry, turn it for a longer period like an hour and a half compared to thirty minutes. Supplementary feeding is a simple way to boost plant growth and health. Apply topdressings of fishmeal or blood and bone around demanding crops like aubergine and zucchini, or apply liquid fertiliser. As with watering, liquid fertiliser is best added in the morning. Brews such as compost teas, pernicious weeds, manure, seaweed and comfrey all add something different for the plants to absorb. Diversity is key. Hopefully you now have more time with family and friends to enjoy the summer festivities and gatherings. Happy New Year too.

SOL’S JANUARY JOBS Vegetable care Complete leek planting. Harvest garlic, shallots and onions once tops flop. Keep mounding/mulching potatoes, yams and corn. Lift kumara runners back onto beds, or trim. Remove shield bugs. Spray Bt on Brassicas weekly. Thin carrots and beetroot, and mound. Deter carrot rust fly with coffee grounds. Stake crops for seed-saving, like lettuce. Feed asparagus with compost and mulch. Stake fronds. Make compost as you weed. Hothouse: Propagate winter crops. Ventilate, water daily and feed. Spray with garlic and pyrethrum vs aphids. Replace yellow sticky cards. For transplanting: All seeds 31 Dec & 27-28 January. Spring onions and leafy greens (celery, spinach, spinach beet, silver beet, lettuce, endive, cabbages, kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts) (also 9 and 18-19 Jan). Herbs and flowers (best 8 Jan). Sow direct: All seeds 31 Dec and 27-28 January. Salads, spring onions (also 9 and 18-19 Jan). Corn, zucchini, pumpkin/ squash and cucumbers, French and climbing beans (also 3-4 and 12 Jan). Carrots, beetroot, radish, parsnip (also 5-6 Jan). Flowers (best 8 Jan).

Plant: Best 14-27 Jan. Salad greens, spinach, cabbages, celery, leeks, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, late tomatoes; cucumbers; zucchini and late potatoes. Flowers. Herb care Harvest seeds for cooking, eg coriander and parsley. Harvest herbs for drying. Sow most annual herbs outdoors. Fruit care Protect new plants from wind. Replace pheromone in traps vs moths. Summer prune, especially stonefruit. Perform big tree cuts. Support laden branches. Net to protect from birds. Prune grapes to six leaves after fruit. Complete citrus pruning. Spray all-purpose oil or neem vs insects on citrus etc. Spray lime sulphur vs disease and insects. Remove fig growing tips. Keep spraying Bt on berries vs caterpillars. Insert trichodowels vs silverleaf fungus. General garden care: Mulch-mow lawn on high setting for healthy grass. Make compost. Prune perennials and shrubs after flowering. Trim hedges and mulch prunings.


Building up to Bay’s Lego Show

BOOK REVIEW: The Midnight Library

Brick art: The humble Lego brick can be used to create spectacular and sophisticated structures. Photo: Supplied. SUBMITTED

Announcing the inaugural Golden Bay Lego Brick Show. No longer the simple bricks of the 1980s, Lego is a sophisticated medium for both storytelling and technical building. The show, coming up in the New Year, will display an extraordinary range of models – something to delight all ages and interests. There is also an opportunity for Golden Bay Lego fans to submit their

own model or original design to display. Please email: goldenbaylego@gmail.com if you wish to display anything so that we can give you instructions for dropping it off on the day. Entry is $2 per person (under-three’s free), and any proceeds will go to Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. Monday 4 January 2021, Pohara Hall, from 10am-3pm.

Skeleton crew nets large sei whale

A team from Te Papa museum and Takaka-based DOC rangers have placed a net aound the carcass of a large sei whale. Photo: Supplied. JO RICHARDS

Staff from Te Papa museum in Wellington, along with local Department of Conservation (DOC) rangers, visited Farewell Spit the week before Christmas. The team’s task was to secure the skeleton of a large sei whale which had stranded recently on the coast near Puponga (GBW 11/12). THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER 2020

Following its death, the whale was towed to a location partway along the spit and anchored in the intertidal zone. The marine mammal is expected to decompose naturally within a few months, and to prevent the bones being washed away, the team from DOC and Te Papa enclosed the carcass in a giant net. The skeleton will eventually be removed from the site.


Matt Haig is the author of the best seller Reasons to Stay Alive and the equally successful Notes on a Nervous Planet, non-fiction books based upon his own experience of suicidal depression and offering hope to those who were going through similar dark times. He describes The Midnight Library as “the bridge between my fictional and non-fictional worlds.” The central character is 35-year-old Nora Seed, who feels despairingly that her life has been a failure and that she has nothing to live for. She is estranged from her brother Joe, who has always felt resentful because she let him down when she left the band they had formed together when he believed they were on the verge of success. As a teenager she had almost reached the goal of becoming an Olympic swimmer, much to her father’s delight. Like her brother, he had felt let down when she lost her motivation. Another fleeting ambition had faded. She loses her job at a modest local record store where she has worked for 12 years. Her employer, sympathetic but struggling to make a profit, tells her “I feel you were made for better things.” This doesn’t help. Her philosophy degree has not proved to be of any practical value. Finally, the death of her cat, which had provided some consolation for the lack of close human relationships, plunges her into the depths of hopelessness. She decides, quite calmly, to end her life. And this is where the intriguing narrative of The Midnight Library really begins. For as Nora hovers between life and death among the library’s endless shelves, the librarian guides her through the process, first of all, opening the heavy Book of Regrets, and then choosing one after another of the pale green volumes that offer her the chance to experience the many alternative lives she could have led, had she made different choices. This novel is really compelling, not only because as a reader you obviously want to know what happens to Nora, with whom you become deeply and sympathetically involved, but also because the underlying theme is one of universal importance. What is the purpose of life? What value do I have as human being? Would my life have been happier if I had made different decisions at key points? What makes life worth living? These questions are asked in a way which, challenging the reader to consider them, never overshadows the power of the storytelling. The process of Nora’s transportation from one existence to another and her frequent returns to the library and its presiding librarian are vividly described. The fantasy is grounded in strong characterisation, and complex philosophical concepts - for instance the idea of the parallel universe - are convincingly explained. This is a most rewarding and absorbing read, with a satisfying conclusion. 9

Eureka Bend’s twisty history

NEWS IN BRIEF New Ratanui Lodge managers


Ratanui Lodge has been sold to new owners and is now under the management of Capstone Hotel Management; a locally-owned and operated Richmond-based company which also operates Awaroa Lodge. New Lodge managers, Katrina and Neil Ward are newcomers to the Bay and are excited about living and working at Ratanui and taking the property into a new era. The couple are South Island-born and raised and are both trained chefs, having operated numerous businesses around the country over the past 25 years, including a successful vineyard cafe in Richmond. Katrina and Neil are passionate about hospitality and especially about using local produce, they will be continuing the cocktail and tapas offerings every day, including keeping a finely stocked gin bar. The couple said, “whilst we have moved away from a three-course set menu, we are keen to keep as much locallygrown produce on the menu as possible, our à la carte menu will change seasonally and there will be several choices of each course on offer meaning we can really showcase the fantastic produce available to us”. Katina and Neil are keen to get to know their local area and to meet and welcome locals in to dine or enjoy cocktails in the lovely garden surroundings just across the road from Pohara beach. Weekend lunches are also on the agenda so watch this space for more information in the New Year.

Joy Flowerday (nee Papps) and Lorrie Reilly in front of the Eureka Private Hotel and Tea Rooms in the 1920s. Photo supplied by Les Clarke. ANITA PETERS

The notorious big bends on Takaka Hill all have colourful histories. Eureka Bend, one of the hairpins on the Golden Bay side, has often made people curious about how it got its name. It’s tempting to think it’s because its remarkable engineering feat (supposedly having rounded the corner in one go), elicits the definition of eureka, “an exclamation of triumphant achievement”. The official name given to this dramatic feature was originally Big Bend, and it only became Eureka through circumstance. A photograph taken in 1929 at Big Bend shows a billboard of the time advertising the Eureka Boarding House situated in central Commercial Street, now the site of Pohutukawa Gallery. Built in 1906 and bought by sisters Alice and Sylvia Skilton in the 1920s, the building had boasted “splendid accommodation with every convenience a modern house could afford”. The house became popular accommodation in Takaka as a result of the sign on one of Takaka Hill’s most famous corners, and the name on the hill stuck. Eureka Bend was remarkable not only for its tight hairpin and spectacular view of the Takaka Valley but also because it had been constantly moving ever since it was formed. Slippages and subsidence over a long period were due to its topography and geology, which consisted of a layer of mudstone lying over a marble base. During the late 1950s, large baskets of rocks that water could flow through freely were placed between the upper and lower side of the corner to stabilise the ground, but problems have been ongoing. As recently as 2006, a huge slip reduced the road to one lane along the stretch leading up to Eureka Bend dubbed the “Golden Mile” (named as a result of having overshot its budget for drainage improvement and widening). Other big bends further up have also had name changes over the years. Fossil Point, chosen as a deviation for heavy and slow vehicles, became known as Pylon Corner. Horseshoe

PRIZE GIVEAWAY: Go in the draw to win a dinner for two at Ratanui Lodge. Includes a three-course meal and a glass of wine Email: admin@gbweekly.co.nz with “RATANUI” in the subject line and include your name, phone number and address Entries close: Sunday 10 January

“‘Big Bend” on the Takaka Hill, which became Eureka Bend after this advertising sign was erected there in 1929. Photo supplied by Les Clarke.

Bend, a tight switchback corner, was originally referred to as Bush Bend due to its birch-tree grove, and was the site of the roadman’s hut. Evidence of its historic stone foundations are still visible.


No. 516


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.


Previous solution - Easy

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To complete Sudoku, fill the board by entering numbers 1 to 9 such that each row, column and 3x3 box contains every number uniquely. For many strategies, hints and tips, visit www.sudokuwiki.org If you like Str8ts check out our books, iPhone/iPad Apps and much more on our store.


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A family pass (two adults plus two children) is up for grabs in our end-of-year quiz. Email your answers with subject heading “Movie Quiz” to: admin@gbweekly.co.nz Include your name, phone number and address Entries close on Sunday 10 January. The winner will be drawn from all correct entries. All questions relate to events and releases in 2020.










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1. What “pirate” actor had a very public fall from grace?

11. What nationality is the director of the movie awarded Best Picture at this year’s Oscars?

2. Which legendary spy actor finally hung up his Walther PPK in October?

12. What Olivier Megaton action thriller has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes?

3. What Kiwi-directed movie was nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars?

13. Which bubbly English actress will no longer “carry on”?

4. Which two actors filmed a culinary trip to Greece?

14. What is Taika Waititi’s real name?

5. What science fiction horror film was based on a novel by HG Wells? 6. Which movie-maker inveigled Rudy Guiliani into a very compromising position? 7. Which Kiwi comedienne starred as Zoe in Sophie Henderson’s Baby Done? 8. What Daphne du Maurier novel was made into an all star movie? 9. Which movie took us through WWI No Man’s Land in one seamless take? 10. What was the name of Adam Sandler’s reckless diamond dealer in Uncut Gems?


A $25 Take Note voucher will be awarded to the first correct solution drawn. Entries can be left at Paradise Entertainment, or scanned and emailed to admin@gbweekly.co.nz by Sunday 10 January.

15. In June, producer Jon Landau began filming (in Wellington) a sequel to which movie?

Name: .............................................................

16. Which Robert Zemekis time-travel classic celebrated its 35th anniversary?

Postal address: ...............................................

17. What streaming site produced the movie Enola Holmes?


18. Who won the supreme award in Golden Bay’s allshorts film festival?

Phone: .............................................................

19. What film script is the main protagonist writing in the movie Mank? 20. What is the adult ticket price for Takaka’s Village Theatre?

BOOK GIVEAWAY Win a copy of Sally Gaffney’s latest book

man, slasher, wheelbarrow,

which tells the story of how Milnthorpe Park Arboretum was created from a coastal wasteland. To enter, send an email with the subject heading “Milnthorpe Park” to: admin@gbweekly.co.nz Include your name, phone number and address Entries close Sunday 10 January

ACROSS 1 Time to unwind? On yer bike! (6) 4 Introductory thoughts before a stroll (8) 10 Moving drama - male gets spread (9) 11 Plot your passage (5) 12 They shed light on the French bird found between poles (8) 13 Old Ben dancing at fair (6) 15 They may be trampled underfoot without a sugar-fix (4) 17 A tricky sum pal. Air is needed for this Aussie (9) 20 Fabled treasure trove found in fog. Old top needs adjusting (3,2,4) 21 ‘Go away!’ we’re told. It’ll be on foot (4) 24 Dishes out notices about hostilities (6) 25 Smart beam in the ocean (8) 28 Earth is for example, reversed about throw (5) 29 ‘Shut up!’ Charlie begins. ‘Everyone gets this near thing.’ (5,4) 30 It’s a trial being caught in the act. Hated it! (8) 31 Said situation is desperate initially (6)

DOWN 1 Glasses required to see parts in the lock (8) 2 Protection to the fore before curtain (5) 3 Little Desmond follows girl and ducks (6) 5 Felt remorse for sounding coarse (4) 6 Worker runs to union for being a beast (8) 7 Force to believe support will come clean? (9) 8 Half-open ash possibly for a starter (6) 9 Records for a wet day obtained here (4,5) 14 A solo performance? (9) 16 Tediously tell of a silly fellow with a dose of flu (2,2,5) 18 Favourable intelligence from sound, all-points organisation (4,4) 19 Second-hand bike in the shade? (8) 22 Piping covered and fell behind (6) 23 Reportedly said as a joke - ‘Swallow that!’ (6) 26 Take undue care with time for answer (5) 27 Bittersweet emotion from some time at sea. Cheer up! (4)

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Call Bronwyn & Marcus today to see how much you could save. Bronwyn Waddington 027 807 4007 THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER 2020


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CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES / Pānui a whānui GOLDEN Bay A&P Show gate tickets available from NBS bank. $10 per adult, children 14 years and under free. Free parking as per reverse of ticket. NEED help writing your personal or family story? Contact Charlotte Squire and her team for help with all aspects of writing and publishing. Ph 027 525 7455, charlottesquirecoms@ gmail.com GOLDEN Bay Pottery Club would like to acknowledge the generous support from the following awesome local businesses: Roots Bar Takaka, The Curry Leaf, Hammer Hardware, Golden Bay Pharmacy, Take Note Takaka, Amika, HealthPost, Michelle Domett, Mooncake Illustrations, Earth Gems, Choco Loco, Hi Takaka, Delish, Arohanui Apothecary, Hair Revolution, Dancing Sands Distillery, Mariposa, Pohutakawa Gallery. The raffle was won by Robyn who is over the moon with the pottery club hamper and the Golden Bay Pottery Club is able to purchase a new wheel.

Golden Bay Animal Welfare Society Inc Phone Carol Wells 525 9494

8.30am-4.30pm on business days


Please DO NOT phone outside of these hours unless it's an emergency









Helpful numbers: RSC Vet Clinic 525 8011 ꟾ DOC 0800 362 468


The GB Weekly office reopens Monday 4 January Deadline: Tuesday 5 January at 12pm

ALCOHOLICS Anonymous. If you want to drink that’s your business. If you want to stop we can help. Meeting Thursdays 7pm, Catholic Church Hall. Ph 0800 229 6757.


FRESH FM needs your help. Are you willing to host a fundraising event to support local radio? Or help run one? We’re a Charitable Trust – a $30 donation on our website freshfm.net is tax deductible. Email Maureen: takaka@freshfm.net or ph 525 8779, 027 335 1395.

25 December No Clinic Please call our after-hours service on 03 525 0060 or 111 if an emergency 26 December 10am - 12.30pm 27 December 10am - 12.30pm


28 December 10am - 12.30pm 29, 30, 31 December – Normal Clinic Hours 1 January

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2 January

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10am - 12.30pm

4 January

10am - 12.30pm

From 5 Jan – normal clinic hours and weekend clinics. Phone 03 525 0060 Happy New Year From all the team at GBCH

Tukurua Gallery Fresh FM would like to wish our very valued Listeners, Voluntary Programme Makers, Sponsors and the local community, a very Happy New Year Thank you all so much for tuning in and providing content and support during a year that has been like NO other. We are all hoping for a brighter 2021.

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Saturday 2nd

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Monday - Friday 9am - 5:30pm

Tasman St, Collingwood - 7days, 10am-2pm

Jon Tidswell or David Earle will be in attendance at the offices of Warn & Associates

23 Motupipi Street, Takaka For appointments please phone

0800 GLASGOW (0800 452 746) Main office: 43 Halifax St, Nelson

In case of emergency, please call ________________________________________ Freephone 0800 10 22 76 www.pggwrightson.co.nz

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This is the friendly team you’ll meet when you pop in to visit us at the pharmacy.

We look forward to assisting you with all your health care and beauty needs. Some of the services we offer are; prescription services, pharmacist only medicines, emergency contraceptives, urinary tract infections, erectile dysfunction, ear piercing and more. Plus we carry a great range of summer essentials such as sunscreen, insect repellant, hats, glasses, first aid supplies, vitamins and makeup to see you through your holidays. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER 2020

TRADES AND SERVICES / Mahi a ratonga Abel Tasman Accounting Limited Xero Certified, Public Practice CA. Taxation services and general business support for clients of all shapes and sizes. Available evenings and weekends. Ph Bronwyn 027 268 4010, bronwyn@abeltasmanaccounting.co.nz ACCOUNTANT and tax advisor. All Inland Revenue returns filed for big and small businesses and individuals. Self-employed and rental property reports prepared. Day and evening appointments available. Ph Susan Ayton Shaw 929 7507 or email taxayton@gmail.com ACCOUNTANT. Long-standing market leader with unbeatable professional qualifications and experience. Warn & Associates, ph 525 9919. APPLIANCE and whiteware repair. 12+ years’ experience servicing all brands. Ph Luke 022 602 8118. ARBORIST, qualified, ph Jack Stevens 021 211 5580. CARS wanted. Will pick up for free (some conditions apply). Motueka Auto Parts. Ph 03 528 9576. CHIMNEY cleaning, handyman, Dennis Sage ph 027 873 0726. CITRUS pruning, garden advice, design and development, soil testing, orchard work. Sol Morgan, GroWise Consultancy, ph 027 514 9112. ELECTRICIANS. Fuse Electrical Golden Bay. Ready to solve all your electrical needs. Ph Thomas 525 9300, 027 788 8500. ELECTRONICS repairs: Cell phones, computers, radios, TVs, HiFi and more! Ph 027 246 2432. FREEVIEW satellite TV. Ph 027 246 2432.

HEALTH & WELLBEING / Hauora local tradesman. Ph CM Coatings 027 222 0507. PENINSULA Plasterers for all your interior plastering needs. No job too small. Quality assured. 20+ years’ experience. For a free quote ph Craig 027 472 4376. PORTABLE SAW MILLING. High yield, low waste, bandsaw milling. Great for dimensional timber or flitches. Suitable for any log size on any site. Ph Tim 524 8997, 027 714 4232.


AROHA Health Spa. Massage, advanced clinical massage, myofascial release, hot stone and relaxation, infrared sauna, spa bath, facials, holistic health and more. Open WednesdaySunday from 9.30am, 792 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara. Ph 525 8870. COMPLETE Healthcare with NIS by Neurolink, using neuroscience principles to achieve optimum health. 2019 Masters series. Practitioner Anne Michell. Ph 525 8733 or 027 751 7970. ERICA van Sint Annaland Physiotherapy, Golden Bay Community Health. ACC and private visits. Ph 027 776 6111. LISA Williams, registered medical herbalist, iridologist, Reiki master, reflexology, herbal apothecar y. www. goldenbayiridology.com Ph 525 6150, txt 027 451 9797. MASSAGE, $50. Ph Thomas 022 160 9101.

STORAGE /container hire. Your place (anywhere) or mine (Takaka). Ph Cheryl at Orange Mechanical Ltd 525 9991. SURVEYING: topographical survey, construction and building set out, boundary location. Ph Alexis 021 0239 1364. MASSAGE AND REIKI. Emma Sutherland (Ameliorate). TAKAKA Garden Services, for all your lawn and garden needs. First one-hour treatment - $35 for GB locals. Ph 027 525 8006 or 525 8806. www.ameliorate.nz. Ph 027 487 2639. TAKAKA Self Storage, Commercial Street. Units and containers. MASSAGE: relaxation, sports, deep tissue. Lymphatic drainage Secure yard with cameras. Ph 525 6181. for detox, immune support, oedema. 26 years of experience. TREE removal, confined area felling, chipping, chipper hire. Ph Paul 027 772 7337. Fully insured. Ph 525 7597, 027 212 4020. REFLEXOLOGY - new in town Tuesdays and Fridays. Relax and unwind. Home visits also possible. Ph Ariane Wyler 021 SEPTIC TANKS EMPTIED. 0260 7607 or email happyfeetflex@gmail.com Ph Chris 027 444 5334 or John 027 647 4913. SIMON Jones: Counselling, mediation, coaching. 28 years’ WINDOW cleaning. Ph Willem 022 134 1726. experience. Member NZAC. Ph 525 8542. WINDOW cleaning, www.goldenbaypropertyservices.co.nz, YOUTH and adult counselling. Ph 027 416 6815, email selena@ ph 027 690 0769. gbwct.org.nz


ACUPUNCTURE: Japanese style, private and ACC,

sculptural face lifting massage (NEW). Lynne Cooper, 54 Commercial St, Takaka, ph 027 221 0045.

GOLDEN BAY DIGGER HIRE 1.7 tonne. Ph 027 713 0684. GOLDEN Bay Storage, Takaka. Dry, safe, secure, alarmed, insurance approved. Furniture trailer available. Ph Rob and Marg 525 9698, 027 222 5499, goldenbaystorage@gmail.com

Chiropractor Inga Schmidt

Green Grass Accounting - Chartered Accountant. MYOB Partner and Xero Certified. Local accountant providing business and personal accounting services. Ph Robert 029 775 6459 or email robert@greengrassaccounting.co.nz.

MSc (Chiro), DC, MNZCA

021 180 7789

Golden Bay Health Centre, 12 Motupipi St


GREENREAPER. Property maintenance, landscape and garden designs. Ph Alexis 021 0239 1364. References available. HEAT pump installation, sales and servicing. Ph Dave McKay 027 404 4740, 525 8538. HELPING HANDS ph 525 6226. Te Whare Mahana Supported Employment. Lawnmowing, line trimming, garden maintenance, riparian planting, scrub-cutting, gutter cleaning, recycling, pothole repair, waterblasting, window cleaning, house moves. How can we help? LAWNMOWING. Pakawau, Bainham, Takaka to Wainui. Ph N Shaw 525 7597, 027 212 4020. niallshaw_6@hotmail.com

LAWNMOWING, www.goldenbaypropertyservices.co.nz, ph 027 690 0769. NGANGA picture framing, Collingwood, enquiries ph 021 107 6312, 524 8660. Expert framing by a professional artist. ORANGE Rentals have rental cars, trailers and a furniture trailer available for hire. Ph 027 337 7147. PAINTING and interior, exterior plastering. Licensed qualified THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER 2020

ACC registered

WANTED / Hiahia USED hearing aids. Join the Christmas spirit! Do you have Granny’s old aids? Have you recently replaced yours and have the previous aids lying around? Donate them to a good cause, even the really old ones, and any accessories, too. Serviceable aids will be fitted to hearing-damaged children in Third World countries. Drop them off at Takaka ITM Building Connexion or at Collingwood On The Spot or let me know at 524 8487 or <emsl@silkweb.net.nz>. Vic Eastman.


Quick removal. Some models are worth good cash $ $ $. Support the Bay.

Ph now 020 4167 1519


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027 732 4476 Tuesdays & Fridays 13

HEALTH & WELLBEING / Hauora Readings with Master Reader Nate

021 158 2357

Reiki Master: healer


Grant Watson

Manipulative Physiotherapist

Collingwood Health Centre at Collingwood Area School

Mondays, and Thursday mornings Ph: 027 370 6472 Email: wattie18@outlook.com

Office/Accounts Administrator Waitapu Engineering Ltd require a full-time experienced accounts person to run our office in Takaka. The applicant would need to be highly skilled in all aspects of bookkeeping, including invoicing, wages, taxation and month-end reporting.

Season’s Greetings From the team

Please note a change in our hours over the holiday period: If you have an accident or are in need of urgent care

Having Health & Safety qualifications would be an advantage but not essential.


Please email CV to admin@waitapuengineering.co.nz.

DRIVER available, spotless P-class license. Ph Sage 525 7698.


Urgent Care appointments only:

21st December 2020 – 10th January 2021 Please note additional surcharge applies

Open again for appointments as normal from: 11th January 2021 Call us on 0800 PhysEx (749 739) for further information or to book your appointment. Yours in Health The PhysEx Team

Contracting Division Vacancies

Procurement Coordinator We are seeking a proactive individual to join our Commercial Procurement team working in an exciting and fast paced environment for NZ’s favourite online retailer of natural health products. You will be highly organised, have suburb Excel & administrative abilities with professional communication and relationship building skills. Key responsibilities include: • Manage, communicate and negotiate with suppliers, continually building on relationship and supplier performance. • Internal & external promotional and product coordination • Forecasting, calculating offers, monitoring inventory, data entry price maintenance and workflow management. • Purchasing analysis and reporting Previous experience with ERP (NetSuite, Oracle, SAP) or similar systems is favourable. Demonstrable previous procure to pay, purchasing, and wider commercial experience or a strong in administration and coordination background would be ideal. Knowledge of supply chain, online retail, inventory management or the NZ natural wellness marketplace would be a bonus. This permanent role is based in our Collingwood office. For expressions of interest please send your CV and cover letter to: recruitment@healthpost.co.nz

Lolly Dadley-Moore RCST, PACT Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Applications close 10th January 2021

Specialising to optimise health, resolve pain, trauma and injury. Working with individuals, children and babies.

Ph 027 338 9504

Accounts Positions Sollys has positions available in the Accounts Department. Sollys requires the services of an experienced person, as well as someone willing to learn the role. Experience in Freight, Contracting or similar high-volume transaction business would be advantageous. The position is responsible for ensuring the complete and accurate Customer Invoicing Process and involves varied freighting and contracting operations. The second position will be to support this role and learn other roles within the company.

Grace Shields 021346642 ♥ 5258106 BTSM, RMT MNZ

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Applicants will have the capacity to deal with high volume data entry, validation and processing. Applicants will be confident in managing the weekly and monthly Invoicing process to meet deadlines. A high level of computer literacy including competency in MS Excel, Word and Outlook is essential. These positions are based at our Takaka Depot. Remuneration will be in line with experience. A full Job Description is available at www.sollys.co.nz | Contact Us | Employment.

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With an increasing workload in our Contracting division Sollys requires additional staff with the following skills: About the positions: Based out of our Takaka Depot, you will be working with and learning from our Contracting Crew as a General Hand or you may already have some Machine Operator experience. If you are willing to learn you will be trained in the operation of Excavators and other heavy machinery. This is a great pathway to build a career with Sollys as a Machine Operator. About you: You will be the kind of person who is motivated to learn and one who has the confidence to ask questions when necessary. With a keen interest in the civil contracting industry, you will be comfortable stepping into our fast paced and safety compliant environment. You will have a Full Class 1 Driver Licence and if you have a Class2+ and WTR these are beneficial, although not essential. Training will be provided to the successful applicants. What’s on offer: • A stable working environment with a reliable employer • Full PPE, safety gear and uniform provided • Training, development and the opportunity to gain qualifications – all offered to support your career growth • An opportunity to join a great team that loves a laugh but gets the job done This is a great time to join the Sollys Team and take the next step in your career with an organisation committed to the lifelong development of our people. How to apply? If this sounds like the job for you, email your CV to hr@sollys.co.nz. Alternatively, drop your CV into the Sollys Depot today!

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Applications, including acknowledgment of the Job Description in your Cover Letter, together with your CV, can be submitted to:

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Sollys Freight (1978) Ltd P O Box 162 Takaka, 7142

Registered Health Professional PPT 30 - 32 hrs/week

TWM - Community Mental Health Service is seeking a dynamic Case Manager to deliver focused-based, recovery-orientated assessments and clinical interventions to service-users as part of a multidisciplinary team. This individual should demonstrate excellent communication and problem-solving skills, utilise initiative, and hold relevant mental-health specific experience. The successful candidate will maintain a caseload, participate in a mental health crisis on-call roster, and assist with interagency co-ordination as part of a supportive and collaborative team. If this is you, we would like to hear from you.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 15th January 2021 For a detailed job description & application form, please e-mail twm@twm.org.nz, or go to



Ray White Golden Bay Holiday Opening Hours

In line with most solicitors, our office will be closed from Wed 23rd Dec and will re-open on Mon 11th Jan2021. We will be available remotely for all your property needs, give us a call on 027 608 5606

Ray White Holiday Office

137 Commercial Street, Takaka

19 McShane Road, Wainui

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$798,000 For Sale: Call to view Viewing: WAINUI BAY WONDERLAND - This spacious farmhouse offers a peaceful lifestyle, far from the crowds but not too far from Takaka and the coastal cafe's. The setting is a real wonderland with beautiful mature gardens enveloping the home, an enviable and reliable vege garden, a maze of pathways through the stand of ancient native trees and you can see the sea from almost every room!

$565,000 For Sale: Call to view Viewing: DOWNSIZE WITHOUT COMPROMISE - Imagine living in your own private lodge right in the heart of town. Well here's your golden opportunity! Overlooking Te Kakau stream - full of watercress and bird life, open countryside and the distant mountains, this very spacious home has all you need and more to enjoy life in the slow lane!

Happy New Year May you discover everything you are looking for in 2021


Lot 1 & Lot 3 Kaihoka Lakes Road, Kaihoka

$350,000 each For Sale: Call to view Viewing: GET WILD AND FREE - It's been said that you can't beat the West Coast on a good day, and Westhaven Inlet is particularly stunning, and a bit more sheltered! In this pristine environment building covenants apply and views from the land are limited by dense vegetation. On the plus side, privacy is paramount. Lot 1 offers 3.5Ha and Lot 3 offers 1.5Ha

Proudly supporting the following causes in our local community in 2020 • Free weekly community advert on the front page of the local • • • • • • • • • • • •

Golden Bay Weekly Golden Bay A&P Show - Billy's Breast Screen Challenge Takaka Fishing Club Golden Bay Search and Rescue Kakariki Kids - Defibrillator Collingwood Area School - Senior Prize Giving Golden Bay High School - Junior Prize Giving and School Magazine GB Community Arts Council - Peoples Choice Award at Bay Art Pink Ribbon Street Appeal Mohua Social Services - Little Ray of Giving Golden Bay Waka Ama Aorere Futures Trust Free community Gazebo

Level 1, 11 Buxton Lane, Takaka | 03 525 7219 I 027 608 5606 | www.rwgoldenbay.co.nz | Facebook @RaywhiteGoldenbay | Billy Kerrisk Licensed Agent REAA 2008 THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER 2020


Holiday Office Hours Our office will be closed from Wed 23rd Dec and will re-open on Mon 11th Jan. We will be available remotely for all rental emergency needs.

Ray White Golden Bay Property Management 2020 will be remembered as a challenging year when we're made to restructure our lives and work as well as how we interact with each other. Our clients have always known when they pick up the phone to call us theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re calling a person, not a number. This has stayed true throughout every level of Covid-19. As an essential business, we worked remotely supporting our tenants and landlords through the unknown times. We are proud to say that during 2020 our local business has been successful in finding long term homes for thirty seven local families, but we still have amazing tenants needing good homes Pre-qualified Great references Ready now - So call me!

2020 also bought with it over 100 changes to the Residential Tenancies Act! Most coming into force from Feb 2021, so it is important you learn how they will affect you and your property. Some of the changes include; the removal of the 90 day no cause notice different notice periods for tenants and landlords changes to fixed term contracts abilities for tenants to make minor alterations to the property huge increases to the enforcement measures and fines that can be placed on landlords and tenants if they fail to meet their obligations. If 2020 has taught us anything though, it is adaptation. This too will be the new normal and we embrace the changes and keep moving forward. Communication, relationships and connection to our community is the key to our success.

For obligation free landlord information and investment guides contact Jenna Bowden - 027 525 7229 - jenna.bowden@raywhite.com



New Year - New Listings

Beside the Seaside

A Sensational Smart Home for the New Year

1130 Abel Tasman Drive, Ligar Bay

Your holidays are sorted with this easy-care three bedroom cutie in the heart of Ligar Bay. Tidy and sunny, with a storage shed, off street parking, peach tree and palm trees this is an obvious choice for a family seaside bach, lucrative holiday rental, or even a delightful retirement spot. RV $410,000.

104 Bay Vista Drive, Pohara

OPEN HOMES: Sunday 3 January 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Sunday 10 January 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Sunday 17 January 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Friday 22 January 5:30 – 6:00 p.m

Designed with superior insulation and utilising passive heating, the home is exceptionally economical to heat while under-tile heating, walk-in showers and double vanities add a touch of luxury to the bathrooms. For a professional couple the smart home is a dream, completely wired for TV satellite and data with a spacious office. The master bedroom is a sanctuary, with sumptuous en-suite and doors leading out to the spa deck.

FOR SALE: Auction: 1:00 p.m. Sunday 24 January 2021 on site (unless sold prior) VIEW: nzsothebysrealty.com/NEL00434

Views, Comfort, Efficiency... there’s a new real estate trifecta and this home has struck the jackpot! Occupying a coveted position above Pohara, the views extend from every room in every direction of this supremely well-designed, energy efficient and stylish home. From a sunrise coffee on the northern deck, alfresco meals in the sheltered inner courtyard or private spas by starlight. You can enjoy outdoor living, entertain with ease and bathe in the bliss of this glorious location.

Local artist Johanna Ward has kindly donated her gorgeous painting titled “Ligar Bay” to dress the walls of 1130 Abel Tasman Drive during the marketing, and New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty will auction the painting the same day as the property. Proceeds will go to the Mohua (Golden Bay) Blue Penguin Trust, and Kylie Jones will match the funds raised from the painting’s sale.

3D tour and video online, viewing by appointment. FOR SALE: $1,950,000 VIEW: nzsothebysrealty.com/NEL00442

KYLIE JONES +64 21 152 8195 kylie.jones@nzsir.com

nzsothebysrealty.com Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. Browns Real Estate Limited (licensed under the REAA 2008) MREINZ.


PROPERTY AVAILABLE / Rawa watea ROOM available for a mature lady or married couple in Commercial Street, $120/week. Please ph 027 511 4266. WAINUI Bay, two hectares (one of two lots), elevated with

amazing sea views, flat building site, excellent access, private, peaceful, surrounded by bush. Design and build options available. $770,000. Ph Lawrence 021 242 3717.

Cash Buyer Looking For A Home I'm a cash buyer with up to $900k for the right property. Considering Milnthorpe - Wainui. Must have proximity to/views of the water, all else negotiable. If you are considering selling, please contact me in confidence. Thank you! Lauren Clarke

021 110 4235


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*Prices are subject to change. See full pricing terms and conditions on our website.

FOR SALE / Hei hokohoko COTTAGE Plants Onekaka is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am4.30pm. Ph 525 9253. WINDSCREENS. Replaced or repaired at Golden Bay Glass. 96 Commercial St. Ph 525 7274.

HOUSEBUS, going cheap, $10,000 ono. View Sandcastle. Txt 022 631 2451. FIREWOOD: Douglas fir, beech and gum. Delivering now. Also kindling. Ph Bay Firewood 027 769 6348. SLASH your electricity bill. Install a grid-connect PV system. Professional design and install. Ph Paul Stocker, Azimuth Renewables, 525 6019. BUILDING or renovating? AES Wastewater Treatment system: No power, 20-year warranty, supplying NZ from Golden Bay. www.et.nz, ph 525 9020.

WAINUI Bay, two hectares (one of two lots), elevated with amazing sea views, flat building site, excellent access, private, peaceful, surrounded by bush. Design and build options available. $770,000. Ph Lawrence 021 242 3717. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER 2020


Bonito 5.4m

Tidy & Well-equiped 90hp Mercury $14K ONO PH 0272450906

ANATOKI SALMON fishing and cafe. Catch your own lunch or order from the menu. Open every day from 10am. www. anatokisalmon.co.nz COLLINGWOOD TAVERN. 11am-7pm, Sunday-Thursday; 11am-late, Friday and Saturday. COURTHOUSE CAFE, Collingwood. Open 7 days, 8am-4pm. Pizzas Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights, 5-8pm. Ph 524 8194. CURRY LEAF. Open 7 days, 12-8pm. Chef-made food, takeaway prices. Order online thecurryleaf.co.nz or ph 525 8481. DANGEROUS KITCHEN. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days, 9am- 8.30pm. Closed 1 January. For bookings and takeaways ph 525 8686. DE-LISH DELICATESSEN. Sumptuous, delicious food. Lunches, catering, coffee, chocolate, cheeses and epicure items. Weekdays from 6.30am. Ph 525 7111. NUGGET CAFE Mangarakau, open 11am-4pm, TuesdaySunday from Tuesday 29 December. Closed Mondays. Ph 524 8051. O’SHA, 7 days, lunch 11.30am-2.30pm and dinner 5-9pm. Closed 1 January. Ph 525 6117. OLD SCHOOL CAFE, Pakawau. Open 7 days, 11am-late. Ph 524 8457. THE MUSSEL INN. Open 7 days, 11am til late. TOTALLY ROASTED, Pohara. Open 6 days, 9am-3pm, closed Monday. Closed New Year’s Day. Friday night wood-fired pizza 4pm till 7pm, dine in or take away, ph 525 9396 for orders. TOTOS CAFE & PIZZERIA. Open 10.30am-5pm, CLOSED FRIDAYS. Totaranui hill, ph 039 707 934. WHOLEMEAL CAFE, open 7 days for dine-in meals and takeaways, 7.30am-3pm. 17

CHURCH SERVICES ON SUNDAYS SACRED Heart Catholic faith community celebrates Mass at 5pm each Sunday. All welcome. GOLDEN Bay Anglican Church warmly invites you to join them each Sunday, 10am at Takaka and 4.45pm at Collingwood.


ST Andrews Presbyterian Church invites you to join with us for morning worship and communion at 10am. Rev Barry Ayers.


A Child is born to us! A Son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called wonderful counselor Mighty God eternal Father Prince of Peace


Isaiah 9:6 All Welcome ☺ Pastor: Rodney Watson 027 511 4266

Sunday Service 10 93 Commercial St, Takaka. www.godunlimited.org Ph:am 525 9265 Includes Kids Program

Kahurangi Christian Church Includes Kids program


Celebration Sunday: 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays each month,

10:30am at Anglican Hall, Haven Rd, Collingwood. Ph Robin & Lauren Swafford 524 8498.


Community Connection: 2nd & 4th Sundays in various formats & localities. Ph Rowan Miller 021 106 8461.

GALLERIES / Whakakitenga


LORRAINE Polglase, retro exhibition at Art Vault. 40 years painting and sculpture. To 12 January.

ADULTS $45.00 YOUTH $25.00 UNDER 12 FREE



Full refund if cancelled due to COVID. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. No BYO or dogs. Free parking onsite.

Fine Landscape Paintings - Reproduction Giclee Prints Studio Gallery of Peter Geen



Family Friendly Fun Sand Sculpture Extravaganza!

76 Boyle Street (Golf Course Rd) Clifton, Takaka. Ph 525 7007. Open 10am-5pm. www.earthseagallery.com

UPCOMING EVENTS / Mea pakiri haere MONDAY 4 JANUARY LEGO SHOW AT POHARA HALL, 10am-3pm. All welcome. $2 entry.

TUESDAY 5 JANUARY GB WEEKLY DEADLINE: noon on Tuesdays. Late fees apply until 4pm Tuesdays, if space is available. Paradise Entertainment and Collingwood On the Spot store are our agents or email us: admin@gbweekly.co.nz

WEDNESDAY 6 JANUARY COSTUME HIRE is closed for 2020. Thanks for your support. Returns can be made to Joan ph 525 8338 or ph Diane 525 8097 (evenings) or Linda 525 8487. ONEKAKA PLAYGROUP is taking a break, see you back 13 January.

THURSDAY 7 JANUARY DAYTIME BADMINTON, Rec Park Centre, 9-11am. All welcome. Ph Kerry 525 7007, 027 525 7007.


Thu 31 2.00 5.00 8.00 Fri 1 2.00 4.30 8.00 Sat 2 2.00 5.00 8.00 Sun 3 2.00 4.30 8.00 Mon 4 2.00 5.00 8.00 Tue 5 2.00 4.30 8.00 Wed 6 2.00 5.00 8.00 Thu 7 2.00 4.30 8.00

Matinee: Blithe Spirit (2020) (PG) The Croods: A New Age (PG) Wonder Woman 1984 (M) Dragon Rider (PG) Wonder Woman 1984 (M) Blithe Spirit (2020) (PG) Dragon Rider (PG) David Byrne’s American Utopia (M) Encore Wonder Woman 1984 (M) The Croods: A New Age (PG) Wonder Woman 1984 (M) Blithe Spirit (2020) (PG) Dragon Rider (PG) Blithe Spirit (2020) (PG) Wonder Woman 1984 (M) The Croods: A New Age (PG) Wonder Woman 1984 (M) David Byrne’s American Utopia (M) (Final) Dragon Rider (PG) The Bee Gees (M) Documentary Wonder Woman 1984 (M) The Croods: A New Age (PG) Wonder Woman 1984 (M) Blithe Spirit (2020) (PG)

Bookings phone 525 8453 Film information may be found at www.villagetheatre.org.nz

Gold coin entry: All entrants go in the draw! Giveaways from Pohara businesses

Pohara Beach

(By the campground boatramp)

January 10th 10am - 2pm communities

Tasman District


Motupipi Public Hall

Takaka Golf Club

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Saturday 2 January Open 10am - 2pm Shopping bag of books $5 Baking and produce also for sale

$100 per team of four 1pm start Limit 15 teams Food platter Loads of prizes Maximum handicap men 24, women 36

Email takaka@golf.co.nz to enter, or phone the club and leave a message on 03 525 9054

UPCOMING EVENTS... Ad went in 20GIGS and&27 December last year 2 columns wide, 8cm high, $99 each time SOULFIRE SOUNDSYSTEM + PAULEO

Ever thought of playing golf? Now is the time to ditch the DIY. Set the phone to silent and YEARS take up the challenge of a newNEW sporting andEVE social activity. You will benefit from: HIP-HOP // BASS HOUSE// PARTY TUNES

YEARS DAY Membership CLOSED of the bestNEW little course in the country Saturday 2nd January Tranquil surroundings micheal morris the slow loris Meeting friends both old and & new GALANJAH REGGAE sundays Special subscriptionsjanuary for new members Limited free introductory coaching from members Monday 4th January Free use twisted of our clubs while you wind decide whether golf is for you freq down Reduced green fees at courses all over New Zealand Wednesday 6th January

Perfect for couples, a playground for families and a paradise for hikers!


Simloco With subscriptions fromRevulva just $230 for & new golfers (conditions apply) what have youacres got of private 1000 West Coast to explore to lose? Friday 8th January

7 unique beaches along 3km of coastline


Put down those garden tools, pick up some clubs and have a go.

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For more information or to+apply to join visitvibe our website www.takakagolfclub.co.nz or if general 03 524 you have any queries call our friendly Club Captains, Rhonda Lash on 03 525 9573 or 8711 Will Gourmet food & burgers, Open fire, Good beer, Good people info@tehapu.co.nz Collie on 027 976 5999.




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