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Friday 1 May 2020

Bay reopens for business

Coordination Group JO RICHARDS

With some light visible at the end of the lockdown tunnel, the Community Coordination Group convened on Tuesday afternoon for their regular Zoom meeting. Below is a summary of the key points discussed. Schools: Following a teachers-only day on Tuesday, schools will reopen. There has been a noticeable increase in anxiety amongst teens, with some very worried about NCEA course progress. Some students are finding online learning difficult. Good progress is being made getting all students online. School nurse clinics will restart on Mondays 10am-12pm. GB Community Health: Arrangements are not expected to be much different under Alert Level 3. Virtual and phone consultations will continue and some vulnerable staff will return to work in a safe environment. Flu vaccinations are being rolled out and non-priority recipients will get notification soon. FreshChoice: Things are ticking along nicely and nothing much changes under Level 3. Online shopping is going well. Police: Nothing serious to report. Traffic movements have increased significantly with the move to Level 3. The importance of continuing to observe the social aspect of the lockdown was stressed. Compliance was generally good under Level 4 but it is anticipated that policing will be more challenging under Level 3. The expected spike in domestic violence has not materialised. Emergency Management: There are no changes to the physical distancing rules, but the easing of restrictions on mobility means people are allowed to travel over the Hill for work. The total fire ban will be lifted from 29 April, but a permit is required for all fires including braziers, incinerators and fire pits. It is understood that people have done a lot of gardening during lockdown, and may want to burn vegetation, so people can expect to see smoke in rural areas. However Fire and Emergency NZ are encouraging people to find another suitable way of disposing of green waste. Freedom campers are still required to stay in one location, and not move campsites during Alert Level 3. And they are subject to the same restrictions as other residents regarding travel and access to services. Some WWOOFERS are refusing to work for their hosts, but they can be evicted if resolution cannot be found. Any evicted will need to go to Pohara campground... Continued on page 7

Lining up: Customers wait for their first taste of barisita-made coffee since the lockdown began almost five weeks ago. Photo: Anita Peters. RONNIE SHORT

The move to Alert Level 3 means cafés and restaurants can open for business – provided they can maintain contactless service and allow for physical distancing for customers. They must also operate hygiene and safety practices of the highest level. Here’s what some of our local outlets are offering and how they are conducting business. Before The Courtyard Café reopened on Tuesday, owner Geraldine Wee said: “People are hanging out to get out of the house and do something. We have a contactless facility all sorted, and we are ready to go.” Her café has a window where people can stop to place their order, then step back to maintain physical distance from others while they wait in the courtyard area for their coffee or food. Geraldine says they are offering “all the usual”, and customers can phone through their order to collect at any time during opening hours. Serving staff will wear face masks, and wash their hands frequently. Hand sanitiser will be available at the window for customers. A payWave facility is in place, a new arrangement Geraldine has set up prior to reopening. Phone 021 176 0691 to place an order. Kris Falconer of Totally Roasted Café at

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see you,” says Kylie. “You just take your order and leave.” Just two people will operate the service: staff member Clare O’Neil on the coffee machine and Kylie “in my little space in the kitchen.” All information including the menu is on the Courthouse Café Facebook page. Takaka’s Dangerous Kitchen will open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, offering takeaway coffees and cabinet treats from 9am, and pizzas, burritos and salads from noon until 8pm. Owner Yvonne Dorner says “It’s been lovely to be home...and nice to have something happening again.” To place an order, people are encouraged to go to the café’s website, set up a tab and load credit of $10, $20, $50 or $100. They can then phone or email through their order from the online menu and will receive a confirmation email indicating what time it will be ready for pickup. Orders will be left on a table just outside the café’s front doors for collection. Receipts on the orders will indicate how much credit is remaining on the tab. “If people have any trouble with the contactless payment system, they can just phone us and we will help them,” said Yvonne. “It’ll be interesting to see how it goes... Continued on page 2



Pohara has found lockdown “an ideal time to complete projects that often got looked at, but I’d never found the time when we were open seven days.” Regarding reopening he added, “I would like to start slowly to be sure”. He has a container located outside the café’s front entrance, which is where the coffee is roasted. It is all set up and ready for brewing takeaway coffees. “I know some people are gagging for a good coffee,” he says. “We will open the container for takeaway coffees and simple food like muffins, etc, if not on Tuesday, then just after, and we will keep the main part of the café closed until we go to Level 2. Over time, we will also look at using the woodfired oven for pizzas.” Kylie Jamieson says The Courthouse Café in Collingwood will be opening from 8.30am to 1.30pm, Mondays to Fridays for coffees and cabinet food. On Friday evenings from 4.30pm to 7pm, takeaway pizzas and curries will be available. “We’ve had a great break and are now ready to roll. It’ll be nice to get going again,” she said. Social distancing will be managed by signage outside the café indicating which window to approach for orders and payment via payWave, then the order can be collected from another window. “We’re not going to

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Damien O’Connor MP:

A message to local businesses SUBMITTED BY DAMIEN O’CONNOR

I want to start by saying thank you to every business in West Coast–Tasman. Your actions over this past month have contributed massively to our team of five million’s effort to eliminate Covid-19 from New Zealand. What we’ve achieved together so far is huge. Whether you’re an essential business that’s been operating through the lockdown, a business that’s stood by its workers by being part of the Government’s Wage Subsidy Scheme, or you’ve been doing your bit by stopping operations and staying home, you’ve made a big difference to New Zealand’s future. Thank you. Now that we’re leaving the Alert Level 4 lockdown, heading initially for Alert Level 3 and then hopefully to Alert Level 2, it’s time for our local businesses to start to get back to work. That’s why I’m writing to you today. First, there’s still plenty of support available for businesses, because we know the recovery is only just beginning. Our continued strong health response to Covid-19 is also New Zealand’s best economic strategy, but it does mean it’ll be a while before things return towards normal. There is specific support for firms in lots of different situations: • If you’ve got concerns about being able to pay your staff, and you haven’t already received support from the Government’s Wage Subsidy Scheme, you can still apply. Already the Government has paid out over $10 billion under this scheme to affected businesses, who’ve on-passed that money to more than 1.6 million workers. • If you’re looking at a tax loss for this financial year or the next, have a look into the Government’s tax loss carryback scheme. Once the law is passed, it’ll let you get cash refunds from IRD for the tax you paid on profits last year to help offset your current losses. • If you’re a sole trader or small business worried about immediate-term bills, you might benefit from talking to your bank about their mortgage deferral programmes to help you with cashflow now. • Speaking of cashflow, the Government has also introduced other tax measures to help get money into businesses’ bank accounts. Check them out. • If you’re worried about your medium-term prospects, you should talk with your bank about their new Government-backed loan programs for Covid-affected firms. If you talked with the bank a few weeks ago it can pay to have a second conversation, as I understand their programmes have developed more in recent times. In addition to these programmes, I know the Government is continuing to listen to businesses emerging concerns, and is working to make more support available in coming weeks and months. Secondly, as you prepare to resume operations, remember that doing business at Alert Level 3 is different from normal. This is to protect your workers’ and customers’ health. So please remember: 1. If your business requires close physical contact, it can’t operate. 2. Your staff should continue to work from home if they can. 3. Customers cannot come onto your premises, unless you are a supermarket, dairy, petrol station, pharmacy or permitted health service. 4. Your business must be contactless. Your customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up must also be contactless. 5. Basic hygiene measures must be maintained. Physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces. Workers must stay home if they are sick. 6. If you used PPE in your business before Covid-19, then keep using it in the same way. If you didn’t use PPE in your business before Covid-19, you don’t need it now. This is advice for retailers, manufacturers and the service industries. Different advice applies to essential healthcare workers, border agencies, courts and tribunal staff, first responders and corrections staff. 7. You must meet all other health and safety obligations. Again, thank you for all that you’re doing to help New Zealand unite against Covid-19. Over this last month we’ve taken a huge step towards eliminating the virus in New Zealand. But it’s a marathon, not a sprint. The discipline we have displayed at Alert Level 4 must now become the hallmark of our actions in Alert Level 3. Kia kaha, take care, and let’s finish the job.

Continued from page 1 ...We’ll take it day by day.” RootsBar was reportedly doing a “burger boogie” as they prepared to launch their Take-out Level 3 Lockdown Menu, which can be found on their Facebook page. Their plan means smartphone/tech savvy people can download an app called Bopple to find the menu, then order and pay online through the app, with an added service fee of three per cent. Others may phone to place their order and use the secure credit card option. “Alternatively,” suggests Roots’ owner and manager Holly Osmond, “some lovely locals have already prepaid an amount and have a credit tab already loaded into our fancy new till system.” There will be signage outside the venue explaining the new cautionary pickup procedures and, as a trial, they are offering deliveries to people living within 3.5km from the RootsBar. Holly says, “Looking forward to seeing all your faces through the windows!”

List of Level 3 traders The slight relaxation of restrictions associated with the move to Alert Level 3 means that many of the Bay's businesses can begin trading again, provided they comply with strict rules governing physical distancing, contactless transactions and hygiene practices. With the help of Golden Bay Promotions Association, The GB Weekly has compiled a snapshot of who's open when and what services they are offering. Due to the constantly changing picture, this is unlikely to be a comprehensive or fully accurate summary, but it should provide a rough guide to the Bay's currently active traders. Trader

Opening hours and services available

Anatoki Lodge Motel

Open for essential services only

Anatoki Salmon

Online shop open 24/7

Aroha Health Spa

Supplements and skin care Dr Otto, Inner Wisdom Card deck. Online ordering

Choc Loco

Limited service

Collingwood Park Motel

Open for essential worker bookings only

Collingwood Tavern

Open daily 4-7pm for takeaway and bottlestore by phone orders and eftpos payment only

Conscious Crafts

Open via FB shop, virtual market stall and website. Postal delivery only, no collection available

Courthouse Cafe

Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-1.30pm, Fri 4.30-7pm, pizza and curries

Courtyard Cafe

Open from 7.30am for takeaway breakfast and lunch

Dancing Sands Distillery

Open for online orders and click and collect, 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday

Earth Gems

Open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 9am-1pm. Order by phone, email or via FB. Pay online or CC. Pickup or delivery

EarthSea Gallery

Studio/gallery closed, website open for trading

Ellis Creek

Open for online orders, see website for full details

First National Golden Bay

Office closed but permitted to carry out some real estate duties. Email or phone contact welcome anytime

Golden Bay Air

Flight and shuttle charters for essential travel only. Rental cars for hire. Contact by phone or email

Golden Bay Motels

Operating for essential workers only. Booking through us direct by phoning 525 9428

Goodness 2 Go

Open 8am-12 noon for coffee, scones, cake, light lunch and ready-to-eat meals. Can deliver

Grasshopper / Wildflower

Open 10am-3pm for click-and-collect from Willdflower and Grasshopper Kids websites

Hammer Hardware

Open for contactless orders


Open 7.30am-4pm Monday to Friday. See advert for full details

Kiwi Spirit Distillery

Open for sales at cellar door and online orders. Free delivery for all Golden Bay orders


Open for online orders

Kotare Sands

Open 4-8pm, limited service


Open for online/phone orders, pickup or delivery

Living Light Candles

Open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm at factory One Spec Road. Shop online, pick up or delivery

MAD Cafe

Open 4-8pm Thur -Sun, 11am-2pm Sat, Sun for take-away food, coffee, smoothies


Open for online click-and-collect sales from our website or contactless sales via phone


Open Tuesday and Thursday 10am-1pm

NZ Trout Adventures

Fly fishing equipment availalable with online payment. Pickup from store or local delivery

On The Spot Collingwood

Open for groceries. Order via email. Delivery available

Pakawau Beach Park

Shop open and petrol available, limited service

Pohara Store

Open for groceries and takeaways. See advertisement. Contact via phone or email

Pohutukawa Gallery

Open Mon-Fri 10am-2pm for contactless purchase and pickup or delivery

Ray White Golden Bay

Office closed to public. New listings and appraisals. Viewings permitted. Property Management as usual

Roots Bar

Open Tue 4pm-8.30pm, Wed 4 8.30pm, Fri 4pm-8.30pm, Sat 4pm-8.30pm

Rural Service Centre

Call and Collect, ph 525 9113

Stitch n Sew

Open 10am-2pm, limited service, pickups and drop-offs, ph 525 8177

Stray Burger

Open 5-8pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Pre-ordered pickups only

Sue's Shop

Open limited hours. Phone for details


Open for online/phone orders. Pickup or delivery

Take Note

Open 9am-1pm Monday-Friday, limited service

The Curry Leaf

Open 12-8pm 7 days, contactless pickup, order via Facebook page

The Dangerous Kitchen

Open Tue-Sat 9am-8pm, coffees/treats in the morning, pizzas, burritos and salads from 12pm

The Fly Fisher's Wife

Gift shop offering contactless shopping via Facebook page. Online payment, pickup or local delivery

The Mussel Inn

Mussel Inn beers, ciders and soft drinks available from a wide range of local outlets

Village Milk

Every day - fresh raw milk

Waitapu Engineering / TradeZone Open weekdays 8am-5pm. Phone/email for Tradezone orders and workshop enquiries. Drive-through paywave Wholemeal


The Wholemeal Café has devised a safe distancing plan whereby customers can go to the front window of the Jungle Bar to place their order and pay via a contactless option, then collect their order from the side door. Their opening hours will be 7.30am to 1.30pm weekdays, with an 8.30am start on weekends. “We encourage those regulars who have loyalty cards to load their accounts with credit to minimise payWave transactions,” says manager Aydee Green. “Absolutely no cash [will be] accepted, but eftpos is fine. We have hand sanitiser available. Rexy bread will be available and a small selection of takeaway food to start, until we suss out the demand during Level 3. We look forward to seeing you all again—from a distance of course.” All café owners agreed that opening under Level 3 contains many unknowns, but all are committed to giving it a go at least, in the hope that locals will show their support.

Limited service / takeaways


GB Promotion Assn plots recovery SUBMITTED

“My business sur vival will depend on whether locals have the ability and inclination to start spending again,” wrote one respondent to the recent Golden Bay Promotion Association (GBPA) survey. GBPA’s small voluntary committee is taking steps to help kickstart the local economy reeling from the effects of Covid-19. “In the past we’ve focused on attracting tourists to the Bay,” says Goodness 2 Go owner and GBPA chair Cheryl Elsey. “But now we need to help businesses that rely on overseas and domestic tourism to survive. It’s not only the obvious businesses like accommodation, art, food outlets, retail and activities. Tourism has a huge flow-on effect on other businesses, like health practitioners, tradies and food growers.” Th e G B PA’s f i r s t s tep was to run a survey, which was extended beyond its membership to get a wider response. Below is a summary of the key findings: • S i x t y - s e ve n p e r c e n t o f re s p o n d e n t s we re completely closed during alert Level 4. • F i f t y - e i g h t p e r c e n t o f re s p o n d e n t s h a ve concer ns about their businesses surviving the next six months. • The vast majority say that the wage and selfemployed subsidies have been extremely helpful. • S o m e m e n t i o n g o o d assistance from Hospitality NZ, Restaurant Association, Nelson Regional Development Agenc y (NRDA) and IRD. • Ongoing costs such as rent, power, phone, rates, loans and wage top-ups are considerable problems due to lack of income. Ideas for promoting Golden Bay to the rest of New Zealand were sought in the survey. Responses included: • Arts retreats and health retreats • Promote the Bay as a




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Golden Bay Promotion Association is encouraging people to support local businesses.

whole, not just specific tourism businesses • Open the Heaphy Track for mountain biking all year round • Maintain a strong social media presence • Target older travellers • Promote environmentally friendly practices • Support cycleways • Create “volunteer” holidays If readers have promotional ideas, please email secretary@goldenbaynz.co.nz Over the next six months, the GBPA committee wants locals to support local businesses. “Every dollar you commit to spending in the Bay will make a serious difference to our local economy,” says Wildcat Charters co-owner and committee member Michelle Kelly. “We’re lucky to have our bars, cafés and shops, but some of our favourites may be at risk of going under if we don’t actively support them.” “Please buy takeaways, now we’re in Level 3, and vouchers online for use in the future,” says Mussel Inn co-owner and committee member Jane Dixon. “You may not be able to travel out of our region for a while - even in alert Level 2 - so we also want you to think about having a couple of nights’ holiday in the Bay and spend some disposable income here.” Major print and television advertising is beyond the reach of the committee. “The association has a very small budget so we have to get the best bang for our buck,” says GB Kayaks co-owner and committee member Lisa Savage. “We’ll be working closely with NRDA because they’re co-ordinating a new marketing strategy for the Nelson/Tasman districts. And we’ll be putting heaps of energy into social media.”

More than 50 GBPA members have given their permission to use images posted to their Instagram and Facebook pages in promotional material across several platforms. “A stronger social media presence means that more New Zealanders will notice it and think about visiting us.” GBPA is designing a series of promotional postcards that will be sent to customers, friends and families inviting them to visit the Bay later in the year. If your business is interested, please email secretary@goldenbaynz.co.nz “People who go onto the GBPA website often look at our upcoming events calendar to help them decide when to visit the Bay,” says Pohutukawa Gallery owner and committee member Marg Braggins, “so we really want that calendar to be chocka. It’s a free listing.” Please email your event details - including those by businesses - and a photo to events@ goldenbaynz.co.nz Survey respondents strongly supported the GBPA’s proposal that the local map not be printed again next summer. There will be enough leftover copies of the 20192020 version and it will save costs for GBPA members. The Golden Bay Visitor Centre will continue to be open Mondays to Fridays from 2-3pm for courier parcels only. If you have any enquiries, contact 525 9136 or info@goldenbaynz.co.nz. “We look forward to opening soon and being able to help you travel within our region,” says manager Jasmine Polglase. Website: www.goldenbaynz.co.nz. Facebook: www.facebook.com/GoldenBayVisitorCentre. Instagram: #goldenbaynz

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The Level 4 lockdown has provided a unique opportunity for Golden Bay residents to cycle because there is minimal traffic on the roads. Golden Bay Cycle and Walkways Society (GBCWS) is running a survey to gauge the difference in people’s cycling behaviour and frequency of use during the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown in comparison with their cycling before the lockdown. The difference will indicate the level of suppressed demand for safe cycling paths across Golden Bay. Please take the time to complete this survey, it will take only about five minutes of your time. You can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BX5Y3P3 from your browser or from the GBCWS ‘s Facebook page. The survey will be available for two weeks, closing on 15 May. GBCWS will use the data to support requests and proposals to TDC and NZTA for new cycle paths and improvements to existing paths. The quantitative data and your messages are very powerful influencers in proposals requesting funding. The lockdown hasn’t stopped planning progress on Golden Bay’s top priority cycling projects! The design of the Motupipi clip-on cycle bridge has been completed and priced and is with TDC awaiting funding approval. This is our highest priority because the lack of the cycle bridge is a safety issue, requiring cyclists to cross Abel Tasman Drive twice and it’s especially risky for kids biking to school. Secondly, Takaka-Paines Ford is currently being priced by Fulton Hogan for NZTA as it is on State Highway 60. NZTA has secured additional budget for this project and they are planning to construct the path through to Paine’s Ford with a side connector to the hospital and to Central Takaka School. The path will be sealed to the Golden Bay Community Health Centre corner and to Central Takaka School and then unsealed to Paines Ford. NZTA anticipates that construction may start in May or June, completing by spring. This is all dependent on the lockdown, weather and pricing. And then the Takaka-Rangihaeata section of State Highway 60 is on NZTA’s priority list for investigation to commence as soon as the lockdown lifts. We are looking ahead to the Government’s proposed stimulus programme and hope that funding will be allocated early for construction will follow as soon as is practical. Looking into our post Covid-19 future, we can hope that the pleasure we have enjoyed cycling in a virtually car-free environment can be replicated in our near future by an extensive network of cycle paths on Golden Bay’s main arterial routes.


As a business owner with 15 employees who have been part of my team for up to 17 years, I was concerned as to how we would survive the lockdown. I was very grateful to the Government for helping us with 12 weeks’ of wage subsidies and could breathe easy for a few days while I contemplated the change which was taking place. As each day passed, I had time to reflect and to appreciate my loved ones, my home and my garden. Then one day my bestie called and asked me if I could make her a sanitiser. I happened to have all the ingredients to hand, so I whipped it up in my kitchen. And then the “a-ha” moment came: If I could source the alcohol and other ingredients, we could make a hand and surface sanitiser, and package it in our 100ml room-spray bottles. My week of painting and gardening quickly turned into a week of research and phone calls. I feel someone was looking after me as each stone was turned successfully. I sourced the most important ingredient locally - ethyl alcohol 75% - made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. My excitement turned into quiet passion as I realised this product would be good for our country, our company, and would keep my team employed. Who would have ever thought we would be making sanitisers?


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SUPPORT YOUR LOCALS THIS MOTHER’S DAY! We will gift a $20 Wholemeal voucher with the first 3 local flower orders over $80, for this Mother’s Day. Gardening and other business vouchers by arrangement. Please call 027 928 3314 or email earthgemstakaka@gmail.com

COLLINGWOOD TAVERN Open daily from 4pm-7pm Takeaway and bottle store Ph 03 524 8160 to order Like our Facebook page for level 3 conditions

SHOP LOCAL EAT LOCAL SPEND LOCAL START THE TREND Support the local businesses who support the area where you live, work & play

Open 7 days 12-8pm for contactless pick-up Online ordering via our Facebook page


Come, Stay, Play TRADES & SERVICES

Tradezone Takaka and Waitapu Engineering Ltd are open weekdays 8am to 5pm For Tradezone orders

Ph 525 9847 or email sales@waitapuengineering.co.nz

For Waitapu Engineering Ltd enquiries Ph 525 9575 or email admin@waitapuengineering.co.nz We have drive-through payWave. Social distancing rules apply for both businesses.

KERVELLA CHEESE are selling with Kokalito organic vegetable boxes (or collection at their place on Wednesdays). Orders need to be placed by Monday at kervellacheese@gmail.com or text to 020 4180 9916. Thanks. Remember we also sell at FreshChoice! WHOLEMEAL Café opening for takeaway service from the streetfront window. 7.30am-1.30pm weekdays and 8.30am-1.30pm weekends. Fresh Rexy bread and baked goods daily, takeaway breakfast and lunch menu, and of course seriously good coffee. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for regular updates.

TAKEAWAYS: Open Fridays 5pm till 7:30ish. PHONE ORDERS ONLY 525 9591.

FRESH FISH: Fresh fish sales on Wednesday - pre-order by midday Mondays.

Hoping to have fresh Bluff Oysters available Thursdays but there are limited numbers so pre-order to secure.

STORE HOURS: Under Level 3 our shop hours will be 7am till 5:30pm weekdays and 8am till 5:30pm weekends.

STITCH ‘N SEW Level 3 OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY, 10am-2pm, for sewing pick-ups and drop-offs and contactless sales. Ph 525 8177 or text 027 263 9220.

Please be patient as we work through the best way to help you all. Thank you and stay safe.

CALL & COLLECT We have everything you have been craving for over the last few weeks Golden Bay


Composts, Potting mixes, Footwear, Pet & Stock food, plus so much more! Give us a call 03 525 9113


(no admittance to the store or sales areas)

Thank you for your patience in this new normal process

WE ARE OPEN! Contactless/paywave Pre-ordered Pick Up Only

For Orders Phone us on (03) 525 7999


A friendly reminder that all safety protocols remain the same

Shop online or call us to place an order and we’ll have it ready for you at the front of the store! www.liquorland.co.nz *Valid ID must be presented. Limit 3 x 1125ml bottles of spirits/liqueurs per order

Liquorland Golden Bay | 5 Motupipi Street ph. 525 7270


Terms and conditions apply to Click & Collect. Only available at Liquorland Golden Bay. We reserve the right to limit trade sales. You can choose to earn Fly Buys points or Airpoints Dollars on your purchases. For full terms and conditions please visit our website.


• Maintain social distancing • Only 1 person shopping • Only touch what you intend to buy • Contactless payment where possible • If you are sick stay at home Opening hours are 8am – 9am reserved senior citizens, 9am – 6pm. Stay safe, stay positive and finish what we started.

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Gourmet food & burgers, TUESDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 4PM - 8PM www.rootsbar.co.nz

Ph: 525 9592

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ALERT LEVEL 3 Alert Level 3 means we have been able to make some changes to the way you can shop with us. What won’t change is our strict hygiene and distancing measures. Please continue to respect the staff’s instructions. Our focus remains on keeping our team and the community safe!

COVID-19 MESSAGE ITM Takaka will re-open under Alert Level 3 criteria 7.30am - 4pm Monday-Friday. We will not be opening on Saturdays during Covid-19. Although our store won’t be open to the public we will be providing Contactless Trading as per Government Requirements. Our team will be available to receive remote orders via phone / text / email. We will be available for either “order & collect” or “order & delivery”.

SHOPPING ONLINE Our website is now live, check it out! www.goldenbaypharmacy.nz We’re adding products as fast as we can but it does take time. So if there is something that you’re after and you can’t find it online, please call 03 528 9980 or email us takakapharmacy@gmail.com


Our quoting teams will be available to receive and process your building related enquiries including ITM Farm Sheds / Paint / Joinery and we will be continuing with STIHL sales and Service through Level 3

Visit our website www.building-supplies.co.nz for more details. Phone: 0800 486 855 Email: sales@itmtakaka.co.nz

All our delivery options remain for Alert Level 3. Make sure to check with the team what options are available where you live.

KEEP UP TO DATE Follow us on social media Facebook @goldenbaypharmacynz Instagram #goldenbaypharmacy

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Order online or by phone Contactless sales and collection at rear

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CAMPGROUND CLOSED FUEL OPEN SHOP OPEN 9am-5pm Newspapers ● Ice ● Bread ● Milk ● Ice-creams....etc WINE ● BEER ● DIESEL ● PETROL

www.chocoloco.co.nz or 027 363 6622

COVID-19 UPDATE Alert Level 3 Our branch is open as we try and support clients who can’t do their banking any other way.

NBS branch opening times Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 1pm Branches will be closed all other days until further notice

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NEWS IN BRIEF Lockdown letter from abroad This weeks letter comes from Robyn Gaffney. I work as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, England. We had gone through many changes in our hospital and our unit to prepare for this pandemic, but nothing could have prepared us for what has come and what we are going through. We are sitting at the peak of this pandemic but we know there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Normally, my unit is Neurological Intensive Care, and the biggest of its kind in Europe. We have the world’s leading doctors in our field working amongst us, we have ground-breaking research in collaboration with Cambridge University happening every day and we have developed the quickest diagnostic testing of Covid-19 in the UK. Our nurses are highly trained in intensive medicine, and our resources our plentiful. However, we are struggling through this pandemic. In our hospital we normally have 32 intensive care beds spread across two units. Each patient in intensive care requires one nurse. We treat some of the sickest patients in the country; you can’t get a higher level of care than being in an intensive care unit. These patients have machines breathing for them, monitors tracking and tracing every heartbeat and every pump of their blood pressure. They have drugs keeping them asleep and keeping them alive. They need to be watched continuously, as it can all change in one single heartbeat. During this pandemic, Addenbrookes Hospital has opened a third intensive care unit, increasing our intensive care bed numbers from 32 beds to 60. We have the strictest infection control measures in place (yes, we are wearing the hoods and the masks and the gowns) and we have designated “clean” and “dirty” areas in our unit. As well as the Covid-19 patients we are still trying to care for our general intensive care patients, the ones who still get poorly unrelated to the pandemic. For example, horrific car accidents still go on, and those people still need intensive care beds. The most stressful part of this pandemic is the lack of intensive care nurses. We are spread thinly across the unit and at best we have one nurse to every two patients. However, this can be anywhere up to a one-to-four patient ratio with a super surge plan of spreading us across six patients. We have opened a new intensive care unit but don’t have the trained nurses to staff it. We are being sent ward nurses to help, which really is brilliant, and they can draw up drugs and do personal cares, but there are so many machines and such quick deterioration in these patients that we need intensive care-trained staff. I work with the strongest of teams. We are holding each other up, urging each other on, keeping a sense of humour and above all, getting the job done. We will come out of this stronger and better than before. Covid-19 patients are some of the sickest patients I have ever looked after. They can deteriorate very quickly and by the time they reach us their outcomes are very poor. About 50 per cent of those who are intubated (have a breathing tube) are not surviving. The treatments they are responding to are incredibly limited. No visiting is allowed in our hospital. That means patients are dying holding a nurse’s hand, not their loved one’s. Breaking news to families over Skype feels inhumane, and as a nurse working at this time I feel empty and broken. But the increase in patients has plateaued and we are no longer getting busier. We are just staying at a casual manic. This will end. There have been 269 patients admitted to our hospital positive for Covid-19. Out of this, 68 patients have needed intensive care and 33 people have died. Remember, these are the numbers for one hospital. This is not a joke and not something that should be taken lightly. I wouldn’t wish what I am seeing and experiencing on anyone, let alone on New Zealand. You have a unique opportunity to avoid this. Stay home and eliminate the spread. Life will resume soon. Just be patient a little longer. 6

Waimea Dam cost overruns

Last week’s letters suggested the Waimea Dam cost problems could be resolved with a “force majeure” contract clause to protect both parties from acts of God. I disagree as below - plus a couple of comments. Covid-19 in contract terms is certainly an act of God. A force majeure clause would protect the contractor from the associated costs and delays. Therefore these costs would have to be met by the council. Regarding the unexpected rock problems - the contractor is a specialist and would have a reasonable expectation of difficult ground works. Therefore the rock problems were not an act of God. These risks should have been included in the costings used by the contractor to price the original contract. The costs should therefore be borne by the contractor. However the contract seems to make this overspend the council’s problem. Why? I would comment that the way the cost overruns are handled in the contract hardly motivated the contractor to price the risks into their original costings - they could have bid low in order to win the contract safe in the knowledge that overspends are passed on to the council - as has happened. Why were council officials allowed to negotiate a contract where the council took the majority of the financial risk? What was the council’s approval process of the draft contract before it was signed? For such a contract with huge risk for the region’s ratepayers and residents why was this situation not communicated before the contract was signed or even put to a vote? Paul Long

Breeding white herons?

eradicate others. Colds and flu could become a thing of the past forever, and perhaps all other contagious diseases too, if we grasp the opportunity at hand. We have already put in the hard yards to achieve this, so shouldn’t we keep the compulsory 14-day self-isolation period for all those arriving from overseas as a permanent arrangement? This period could be spent in a luxurious ecovillage, so rather than being a hardship it would be a wonderful holiday for the elite tourists Reg prefers, yet it would deter the young foreign budget tourists who have overcrowded beauty spots and ruined freedom camping for the vast majority of decent, responsible Kiwis. For those of us who can’t afford expensive self-contained vehicles or the price of motels, let’s have more affordable campgrounds of the type DOC do so well, and ensure that safe running water and compost toilets are available everywhere. Steve Penny

The Covid-19 Revolution

As I write this letter the topic of conversation is about “when we return to normal” or “I am looking forward to when life returns to normal”. May I say, life will never again be what we currently call normal. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us how the world has changed. The Level 4 lockdown has given all Kiwis the opportunity to approach our life in a new way. Initiatives have given us a new way of doing trade, commerce, like working from home, video-conferencing etc. This has reduced traffic, air pollution and noise pollution. We can see the stars at night in the big cities like Auckland. We hear birds back in city trees, we smell the cleaner air. Why go back to the “old normal days”? Let us embrace the lessons learned in Level 4 lockdown. Let’s use the new catch tag “We are living the new way“. Forget the expression “when we return to normal”. History may view Covid-19 as important in historical terms as the Agricultural Revolution, Industrial Revolution, IT revolution, and the Space Age. History will place 2020 as the year the world changed. It will give us a new terminology, “the Covid-19 Revolution”. Reg Turner

Did anyone seen a pair of kotuku/white heron breeding in Golden Bay last spring? A pair are reported to have successfully bred at Puramahoi in 2018. They returned last spring but were driven off by whitefaced heron nesting in the same tree. They may have tried to breed elsewhere in Golden Bay. If confirmed, it would be the first confirmed breeding of kotuku outside of Okarito on the West Coast which is an exciting development for Golden Bay. Elite tourism: Doing the math Alec Milne I would like to say that I completely disagree with the letter from Reg Turner “Paying for the Privilege” (GBW 24/4). Elite tourism could shut out Kiwis I’m not sure he’s done the maths... Our dear Reg has proposed switching away from low-value Are an elite few - “the rich and famous” - going to spend a mass tourism to high-value elite tourism, but where would this leave low-paid hardworking Kiwis? Once we have led the world fraction of what the “mass market” does? On what? How many businesses would go broke if 99 per in beating the coronavirus, then having a cheap holiday in this country rather than flying abroad would surely be the go. Not cent of their customers were excluded? Will the “rich and famous” few pay for that? only would this help re-create jobs in the tourist industry, it Should the “rich and famous” decide to move here – a nice, would ease the burden on Mother Earth. The coronavirus has taught us much about becoming safe, bolt hole – what will they spend their money on? Land: For country estates replete with private golf course? more local in our habits, and it also has given us a massive opportunity. Not only will we eradicate this virus, we will also Who needs farmers? Who needs food? “Cheap” housing? Thus

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LE T TERS ensuring the prices go up for the locals, along with rents. Buying up failed and failing businesses, and re-employing their staff – only this time at minimum wage? Given that the rest of the world is likely to continue to be ravaged by Covid-19 I suspect your New (and Improved) Zealand is all too probable. I’m sure your “luxury lodges” will do well. Perhaps this is the maths you did? Sadly it is unlikely your fellow countrymen will have either the money or land to follow your outstanding example, unemployment benefit being what it is. Mark Doyle

Community togetherness

As we slowly come out of lockdown I think one of the things that we can learn from this is that as a community we depend on each other. When I first came here over 20 years ago there was quite a lot of waving good finger salute from oncoming vehicles. Anyway it’s happened now during the lockdown I’ve noticed and I would love to see it continue as a way of acknowledging community togetherness. Bruce Dooley

Wage supplement scheme

After recently viewing the wage subsidy payment site online, I was staggered to see some of our local farmers have taken the opportunity to apply and receive some quite large payments. How, at this time of very good prices both milk and beef overall and a reasonably good growing season, can farmers think they are eligible? This payment, I thought, was for those in real trouble and was to enable their employees to survive until things return to better times, hopefully soon. Farming seasons go up and down financially but I don’t believe the coronavirus has had anywhere near the effect on farming as other industries. I say just forget about the new Hilux and there’s no overseas holidays likely so just give it back! Garth Strange

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Coordination Group Continued from page 1 ...and say there for the duration of the Level 3 period. WINZ: The number of benefit claims has increased and the home-leave scheme for employees has been extended through the Level 3 period. Mohua Social Services: Next week MSS will be open five days per week, mainly morning, for food parcels and other services. There continues to be a stream of generous donations. There is work to be done to encourage people who would not normally use the service, but who are now in need, to seek help via MSS. See notice on page 19 of this issue. Community Mental Health: There have not been a lot of new case in the last two weeks. Some one-to-one consultations have taken place following strict Covid-19 screening. Anyone suffering anxiety or other issues are encouraged to phone 1737. GB Promotion Association: A lot of people have been out already supporting local businesses. The Village Market may run weekly throughout the winter if restrictions ease further. GBPA is looking at ways of promoting the Bay to the domestic tourism market. GB Community Board: The council’s Responsible Camping Strategy is likely to be adopted very soon, but unlikely to be implemented in time for next summer. The next meeting of the CCG is on Tuesday 5 May at 2pm.

POEMS Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda wrote this poem many years ago. He died in 1973. I find it so beautiful Leentje Thorpe A good poem is a blind date with enchantment. Above all, no matter what its subject matter, it must possess perfect verbs and no superfluous words. It must be an antidote to indifference. The acid test is that you want to read it time and time again, and not only to yourself. A good poem begs to be shared with others. Daarom deel ek ’n gedig van Pablo Neruda, “Keeping Quiet”: Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still for once on the face of the earth, let’s not speak in any language; let’s stop for a second, and not move our arms so much. It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines; we would all be together in a sudden strangeness. Fishermen in the cold sea would not harm whales THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 1 MAY 2020

and the man gathering salt would not look at his hurt hands. Those who prepare green wars, wars with gas, wars with fire, victories with no survivors, would put on clean clothes and walk about with their brothers in the shade, doing nothing. What I want should not be confused with total inactivity. Life is what it is about; I want no truck with death. If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving, and for once could do nothing, perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves and of threatening ourselves with death. Perhaps the earth can teach us as when everything seems dead and later proves to be alive. Now I’ll count up to twelve and you keep quiet and I will go. Pablo Neruda

My 58-year-old teddy bear Has two new eyes and not much hair He put paw to paper or claw to keys To comment on the friends he sees Lockdown teddies sitting in the window Calmly taking in the view Lockdown teddies, give them a wave Making lockdown bear-able for you Decaffeina-ted lives in the city She’s not very tall but she is quite pretty She’s missing her mocha’s, missing her latte’s In her instant coffee bubble ‘partays’ Carburet-ted is finding it hard His V8 car sits quiet in the yard He’d rather be hanging with his mates Than stuck inside behind the drapes. Renova-ted is having a ball Fixing a window and moving a wall A happy, banging, sawing hermit Who said you need a building permit? (getting exited now and rapping!) All the bears in the neighborhood Nod your head like you know you should We’re ain’t taking it to the street We’re staying home in our own bear feet All the beers in the neighborhood Nod your head like you know you should We ain’t going to the Teddy bears picnic We’re just staying home to watch Netflix (settling down again!!) Educa-ted is not and class She’s sitting home behind the glass Laptop open she’s learning smarter Hope she’s got the Wi-Fi data Antiqua-ted is feeling frail Gets his groceries in the mail He’s staying clear of coughs and sneezes Keeping warm from winter breezes Domestica-ted is baking bread And keeping all his family fed It’s credited this bread- fed- Ted Started the run on flour, it’s said Consecra-ted is fighting fear Remembering that God is near Jesus risen from the dead Good news indeed for this old Ted Lockdown teddies sitting in the window Calmly taking in the view Lockdown teddies, give them a wave Making lockdown bear-able for you Robin Swafford


I’m sick of this and that All being wrong The whining negativity of the world. So let’s be positive, and think things nice: The peace and quiet of Golden Bay, The smiles upon the face Of friends. The joy of birds upon the wing. The green of grass after The yellow dread of drought. The climate’s milder reach Gently touching our lives And gardens. The feel and kiss of those we love, The warmth and care of touch. The lovely food and drink We have at our disposal. The born ability to think and talk And read and write in prose and verse. To have concern for those whose Lives are less than ours With chance to act on their behalf. The joy we have to see The local young grow up to take A portion of the future. The sky at night, the moon in glow, The beach so wide and empty. The sand so warm between our toes The water’s blue embrace. The hearth at night In winter time

With fire and sparkling crackle, Cuddling family in its grasp. The glorious varying fun of life.


John Weston

Covid with an “R” is corvid meaning crow Crow without the “R” is cow Did someone say it all started at a live animal market? And bat with an “R” is brat And if we can’t “B”e then I see a rat So here we a”R”e... 19 Overt Violations Do not mingle, remain single Two metres please, in case we sneeze Don’t touch your face, just in case Stay in your home, do not roam Don’t drive to the beach, it’s out of reach No personal meeting, no spontaneous greeting Restricted from handshake, this feels fake Do not kiss, physical intimacy we miss Over seventy, social life now empty No food stalls, no pool halls Closed cafes and restaurants, no evening jaunts Ban the festival, gaiety, vibrancy, et al No more library, this makes me wary Can’t go to school, or to the pool No more swimming, surfers aren’t grinning Excessive Zoom, while in your room Youngsters antsy, their friends they fancy Online shopping, how’s everyone coping? Jobs are lost, what a cost 19 Converted Variations Go slow, allow life to grow Quiet in the city, less intensity Less noise, more poise Cleaner skies, good for the eyes Birdlife abound, more peace is found More meditation, meaningful contemplation More time for reading, and for weeding Back to the garden, then into the oven Prepare your own meal, whip up flavours with zeal Major clean, the best it has been Projects finished, idleness diminished Schooling at home, lessons to comb New priorities, new visions let’s seize The new wealth is optimum health Rethink our gifts, give humanity a lift New lease on life, less unnecessary strife Let’s go green, that’s what I mean Happier earth, harmony given birth No power to the virus, the strength lies in us Murray Rogers

You belong together

Throw away this sense Of separation Of isolation Of dislocation You belong together You belong together You belong together You belong at the beginning of day With the first three rays that cross the heel stone With the soft blur of new dew drops in the rising mist With the kindness of held hands You belong at the height of the noon day With the high green blades of summer grass With the thrilling flight of sudden bird wing With the passion of the flesh You belong at the setting sun With the rich burning hues of purple gold and bronze With the wild and wide emotional ocean With the lingering kisses of love You belong at the end of day With the cold and inky void With the sharp blade of the moons mystery With the absolutes of goodbye You belong together in this great turning. You belong together as twin souls You belong together like two serpents, coiled Ever dancing on the divine journey . Ian K Brown 7


Sent in by you

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

Colouring-in competition: Win with Fonterra We received some great entries (see below). Our judges are still in the process of selecting winners and we will announce these next week. Sorry for the delay!

Siblings Thomas and Emily belong to the Golden Bay Tennis Club. They created a great set of PE and tennis drills to keep the tennis body trim and fit during lockdown. Watch their easy to follow video on Facebook.com/GoldenBayTennisClub. Photo: Supplied.

Kye age 9

Floyd age 3.5

Blythe Nellie Welsford age 9 Lily Robinson age 4.5

Lockdown activities - fun things to do Alexandria Livingston age 7

Ziv Ezroni age 4

Blue-Ivy and Revi

Write a letter: Break out the envelopes, stamps, pens,and paper and write an old-fashioned snail-mail letter to someone like a grandparent, telling them what you’ve been doing. You can still buy stamps from dairies. Set up a treasure hunt: Treasure hunts are pretty; use simple brightly coloured objects like clothes pegs. Have a picnic or go camping: Grab a sheet, some yummy food and set up a living room or backyard picnic. Take a board game to play. Or pitch the tent in the garden and pretend you’re out in the wilds! Make a space for learning: Make a fun learning space at home as your own personal mini-classroom, maybe in a corner with a desk. Create an animal fact sheet: Choose an animal and do some online research to make a fact sheet to impress your bubble buddies. Dress up in the craziest gear you can find: Take a photo. And create a fashion show. Paper costumes: Using a younger sibling or parent as your model, fold, twist, crinkle, overlap and pleat newspaper, tape or staple together. Create some cool moves as a dance or fashion show. Take photos. Interview each other: Interview people in your bubble. Ask questions and write the answers down. Telephone or Skype other family members and do the same with them. Build up family profiles and add photographs to them. Try origami: Learn how to make animals, starting with simple ones first. Progress to dinosaurs, swans, frogs, and more. Bird watch: Go bird-watching in your garden. Photograph or draw the birds, then research facts about them. Animals: List the animals in your neighbourhood, draw and research them and write about what you have learned.

Nine-year-old Wirimu Graham from Motupipi Primary has created a huge rainbow on the shed of his home facing the road, he says “to brighten peoples day.” Inspired by the “bears” movement but with no bears of his own to spare, Wirimu decided to do something else to make people smile. With help from Kellie they chalked up a large rainbow on the shed door which has attracted plenty of attention, and has even been photographed by passers-by. Photo: Supplied.

Eight-year-old Claude and five-year-old Florence did some exciting science experiments with their mum by mixing simple ingredients including vinegar, turmeric, laundry powder and food colouring to get colourful reactions. Some went fizzy, some smoky; one even made fake blood! “It was really fun,” said Florence. Watch their science experiments on Facebook.com/Takaka Primary School. Photo: Supplied.



Kite-making Kian has fun learning

“Kian learned a lot from making the kite, from technology to science to reading to maths,” says his mum. Photo: Supplied. ANITA PETERS

“My dad had a stunt kite when he was little and that’s what inspired me to make one too,” said Kian Lamason. During his time away from school, 10-year-old Kian has realised how much he enjoys hands-on projects, and this one in particular has taught him so many different things: from technology and science to reading and maths, says his mum. “I learned lots,” he said. “How to convert inches into centimetres because everything had to be measured really exactly, and I learned how to sew on the sewing machine. I learned about the wind because when we took it for a trial, we had to change it a bit, and we put a tail on it. The second time it flew pretty well; we had to have some strong wind and

we flew it at home. We covered it in old shower curtain fabric, and mum showed me how to sew it on the machine. The wind didn’t blow through that material. We had two old kite strings with handles, and we hooked them through eyelets.” The video said to use wooden dowels, but with his dad Andrew’s help, Kian cut some bamboo and sanded it to make the frame. “My dad’s making a waka, so I sometimes help with that,” he said. “I think other kids from about age eight can make this same kite,” Kian added. “It only took me about two days.” Instructables link: https://www.instructables.com/id/Fabric-stunt-kite-fromscratch-With-no-sewing/

Recipe: A Kiwi favourite Lowri Lea’s Anzac Biscuits Gluten free/dairy free Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 1⁄2 cup fine coconut 1⁄3 cup coconut sugar 1⁄4 cup (melted) coconut oil 1⁄4 cup maple syrup or coconut nectar 1⁄2 tsp bicarb soda 2 tbsp hot water Method Preheat oven 1600C. Oil or line a baking tray. Combine oats, coconut sugar and flour in a bowl and mix Add coconut oil and maple syrup to the bowl and mix Add bicarb soda to hot water in separate bowl and stir Add this to the bowl of cookie mix Form balls (1-2 tsp in size) Place on the baking tray and squish with a fork to flatten Bake for 8-10 minutess before removing from the oven and cooling for 2-3 minutes on the tray Then place on a wire rack to cool completely Enjoy with a yummy cup of hot chocolate!

Our next visit to Golden Bay is Wednesday 6 May


Single parenting during lockdown

Jenny Molloy with Gaby, Jonny and Lucy in the background.

Photo: Supplied.


Jenny Molloy has three children—Jonny (16), Gaby (13), and Lucy (6)—and Suki, the family dog. They all live in a very small house but feel very privileged to have a huge backyard, complete with trampoline, gym bars, chook run and an on-loan pony. “He’s very happy,” says Jen, “and is great entertainment for the kids.” During the first week or two of lockdown, Jen found her stress levels increased due to “fear of the unknown”. She wondered how she would cope 24/7, or whether food and finances would run out. But when her boss, Lisa Lewis from Hair Revolution, secured the wage subsidy, Jen was relieved. Coping mechanisms have included keeping things as normal as possible, such as showering each day, not panicbuying and (especially) keeping in touch with friends. The children have kept in touch with friends online each day, even Lucy, who Skypes her buddies. “It’s entertaining for everyone. At that age it’s not really a two-way conversation. They’re all about themselves, in their own little worlds,” Jen laughs. She does admit they are all sleeping in a bit longer than usual, “and it’s no longer Weet-Bix for breakfast. It’s pancakes. I’m more creative in the kitchen now I have more time on my hands.” Although, at times, this busy mother of three finds it all very tiring, constantly preparing and serving food, then cleaning up after meals. “I feel like a 1950s housewife, without the husband,” she quips. As a family, they play board games such as Monopoly, and Jen is grateful for the internet. “Without that, we’d all go crazy.” Things have been harmonious in the household throughout the lockdown period, Jen says. “Jonny and Gaby are easy and self-sufficient. It’s Lucy that requires a lot of parental input.” She and Lucy go for walks with the dog, and when Jen needs time out, she sends all three children out to walk the dog. The children’s father, Will, is part of their bubble and lives within walking distance. He has been on board and flexible about having the children for a few days each fortnight. Because he has an even smaller house, their visits are staggered, with Jonny staying at a separate time to the girls. Jen says the schools have been great and finds she is “all the more appreciative of all they do”. Jonny and Gaby both attend Zoom meetings with different teachers, and Jen is impressed with how self-motivated and focused Gaby is with her online lessons. “This is a step in another direction. To do what they need to do they actually have to put aside their time and choice of activity to focus.” She is curious about what impact the whole situation will have on the NCEA-level students, such as Jonny, this year. Jen is a little nervous about restarting her hairdressing work, whenever that may be, though she says she is missing her work and her clients. “But a lot of them have been checking in and staying in touch,” something she really appreciates. Another blessing is the store within walking distance, to which Jen says “A huge thank you to Sue’s Shop. It’s been awesome – just brilliant.” Summing up, Jen reckons the whole lockdown experience has been, “kind of a strange home holiday”. “Historically, it’s an amazing time to be living in. It’s a crazy situation!” 9

Golden Bay’s schools and ECEs partially reopen RONNIE SHORT, ANITA PETERS, JEANINE TAYLOR, JO RICHARDS

explained: “This is the safest and fairest way we can do this.” Other teaching staff are working from home, although some do need to come to school to access better internet connection. Physical distancing of two metres will be observed at all times. Motupipi Primary School Like other schools, Motupipi is now open for essential workers’ children and has “a great plan in place” for them. The focus is all about wellbeing, health and safety and in this school, the staff, the students and their whanau are all involved in the learning. The school has been cleaned and strategies organised for various different approaches. Principal Lisa Malones said that everyone is champing at the bit to be back. “It’s been a huge learning curve for all of us,” said Lisa. “It’s certainly going to be a very different way of learning from here on and we’re taking it day by day. But we’re doing everything we can and now we feel we’re absolutely ready to go again.” There has been no shortage of creative and learning ideas from Motupipi School students during the national Level 4 lockdown. “This has been valuable family time,” said Lisa. “Spending SCHOOLS Schools are open for children in years 1-10, who are not able time at home doing chores, cooking, playing; so much to stay at home. Students in years 11-13 must continue their learning happens during these times. We have absolutely no learning at home, and are not allowed to go to a school site. expectations that parents become teachers; the school is just All students still have access to distance learning from home. here to support whatever they do. We don’t want families Public health control measures have been put in place stressed and we really support this time being family time.” For children still at home, online learning programmes including children and young people staying home if they are sick, physical distancing, contact tracing, and hygiene continue, like Sunshine Readers, where kids can read and record themselves and then get feedback from teachers. “The juniors requirements. Here we have a round up from the Bay’s schools and ECEs: have been working at task boards doing fun things with their families. We’re trying to keep learning fun for them,” said Lisa Golden Bay High School Under Alert Level 3 all of our Golden Bay High students will Central Takaka School Central Takaka School’s principal Steve McLean is upbeat continue with the GBHS Remote learning programme. For the very few whānau and parents who need to, we are providing about virtual learning. “We have virtual classrooms every day,” Steve said. “Class a Face to Face option. We have one confirmed school “bubble” where students will be supervised with their GBHS Remote meetings each morning. All our staff, including Kaye Stark, “the mother hen of the school”, attend. It’s about keeping up learning, and some supplementary learning. GBHS Remote is a very different experience for us all. Some the connection.” As with most schools, they use Google classrooms and aspects are going really well, and others not quite so well. We teachers are having to learn at least as much and as quickly Google hangouts for lessons, meetings and one-to-one teaching sessions. Google classrooms allow teachers to link as students! We are very proud of our students. Most of them are really videos, texts and instructions with follow-up activities for the engaging with their learning and modelling our school value students. “We have already been utilising online learning, now of kindness towards their teachers when we make technology that everyone’s working from home we’ve amped it up.” Their recent focus has been ANZAC Day, which involves the mistakes! We are also very grateful for the parental support. We are aware that some students are worried and anxious making of poppies and an online video call with Noel Baigent, about their schoolwork. This is understandable but my message president of the Golden Bay RSA, who talked to the children is try not to worry. Teachers care about every single student and about ANZAC and answered their questions. All of Central Takaka School’s official “2.5 teachers” have we will help to co-construct a plan to reach their goals when school gets a bit more normal. Abbey Gilligan is available to been involved in providing online learning. Teacher aide and librarian Giesela Winter provides one-on-one video reading support students who would like someone to talk to. sessions, which have also been popular. Collingwood Area School The Board of Trustees has also made plans for three students Collingwood Area School has four students, two sets of siblings, who will physically attend school from Wednesday 29 who will physically attend school during Level 3. Shaun Bryant, the senior-room teacher, will continue to April. They will be dropped off by their parents, work normal school hours and enjoy the bonus of not having to wear school provide online learning support, while principal Steve will share the onsite teaching with his wife Jodie. uniforms. “We will alternate; one teacher will be at school for the The children are aged five to 11 years and will have a few students, the other will operate from home, online.” teachers at their disposal – For Group One, principal Hugh Gully will be on site, together with a teacher and teacher aide. Takaka Primary School We have 8-10 students returning, with two teachers and Group Two will comprise deputy principal Alison Menary on site, another teacher and teacher aide. Each group will work support staff. We are very happy to be welcoming them back so two days, then return to teaching online from home. Hugh we can support our community. In terms of remote learning, we Following the shift to Alert Level 3, Golden Bay’s schools and Early Childhood Education centres were partially reopened from Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. However, Government advice remains that all children who can stay at home, should stay at home, and playgroups and playcentres remain closed. The Director-General Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield explained the reasoning behind the Government’s decision at Monday’s press conference at the Beehive: “We have carefully looked at the evidence around Covid-19 and educational settings, and at the experience of other countries in responding to Covid-19 in these settings to inform the public health advice to the education sector in planning for a move to Level 3. “Our experience in New Zealand and overseas with Covid-19 over the last three months shows that it does not infect or affect children and teens in the same way it does adults. “So children and teens have low infection rates, they don’t become that unwell if they do get infected, and they don’t tend to pass the virus on to adults.”

were fortunate that our families were already used to engaging with our school and their child’s learning through Seesaw (an online learning platform) as a “window into the classroom” so we just had to get our tamariki comfortable in the driving seat and navigating it. The bulk of that job fell on the parents, but we’ve been able to help where we can; providing chromebooks and technical support, and are very impressed with how well families are interpreting home learning in a way that works for their family context - and overall huge learning curves with technology. Highlights have been the whole school daily “Zui” - sometimes with over 100 children online and joining in, and seeing the hugely creative activities that whānau have been doing together.


Early learning centres are open but with a restricted roll to enable public health control measures to be put in place. Home-based care, education and supervision of young children can resume for up to the maximum of four children, with appropriate public health control measures in place. Golden Kids After thorough consultation with our community, Golden Kids will be operating under Alert Level 3 to provide quality education and care to our families in need. We are very proud to be able to support our community, in their time of need. We will be operating very differently, at limited capacity, and will be implementing a range of strict Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health regulations to ensure our community’s health and safety is upheld. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our essential workers in our community who have worked through these hard times, to service us. It is now our time to step up and help them in their time of need. I would also like to thank my staff whom are prepared to come in and continue to provide high quality education and care. Kakariki Kids Kakariki Kids manager Liz Lane and her staff have appreciated the time out the lockdown period has provided. “We normally close for only one week per year, so the lockdown has been an unexpected reprieve for us,” said Liz. They are now ready and will be opening the doors of the Tukurua childcare centre during Level 3. Liz is adamant that, as essential workers, that is their role – to be there for their families. “We’ve just spent three days cleaning, from top to bottom,” said Liz. “We’re just ready to rock and roll.” She does admit physical distancing will be a challenge. Physical distancing is unrealistic in a preschool setting, and as Liz says, “A baby needs to be held and nappies need changing. So we’ve just accepted that it’s a necessary part of being an essential worker.” Golden Bay Kindergarten GB Kindergarten is not opening under Level 3. If there had been a demand it would have, but none of their parents have indicated any such need, so it will remain closed.


The Government has said it will review the Alert status after two weeks at Level 3, so it is possible that if it believes the risk of coronavirus spreading in the community has lessened, with just one or two cluster outbreaks occurring, the country could move to Alert Level 2 on 12 May. At that point, it is likely that schools and early childhood education centres, along with playcentres and playgroups, will be fully opened, with distance learning still available for those unable to attend school, such as students in self-isolation.


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Covid crisis a catalyst for change



There’s a growing realisation around the world that, after the coronavirus crisis, things may never be the same again. And that’s a good thing, according to those who have long argued for a more sustainable way of life, and who see the pandemic threat as an opportunity to change the way we live. At the global scale, a group of experts at the World Economic Forum have already highlighted the need for a radical reassessment. “Covid-19 reflects a broader trend: more planetary crises are coming. If we muddle through each new crisis while maintaining the same economic model that got us here, future shocks will eventually exceed the capacity of governments, financial institutions, and corporate crisis managers to respond. Indeed, the coronacrisis has already done so.” One of those leading the charge in New Zealand is Wellington-based policy researcher Dr Mike Joy who, along with four colleagues has started Better Futures Forum (BFF) – an organisation with a mission “to create broad momentum for a transition towards a more resilient Aotearoa”. Speaking to The GB Weekly last week about his initiative, Dr Joy said the country must forge a new future. “We can’t go back to what we had. This is the turning point; we have to change.” He stressed the importance of demonstrating widespread public support for the movement. “We have to give them [the Government] the mandate; we have to make sure that we get some action.” He strongly argues for a community-driven approach. “Following the conventional process of putting in submissions gets you nowhere; the way to get the mandate is to get this stuff out to the public and get them to push the politicians to make the change.” The early signs of public engagement are encouraging; since the BFF launched its website on 13 April, Dr Joy said they had been overwhelmed by the response. “We’ve had heaps of support from within new Zealand.” He considers Golden Bay is ahead of the curve and would be a natural fit with the initiative. “It feels to me like it’s a place that has already implemented some of the things we need to do.” BFF’s mission is ambitious, but has been broken down into a number of manageable key areas: Land and water, infrastructure, transport, buildings and housing, energy, and economy. Some of the main aims listed under these headings include a transition to regenerative agriculture; upgrading drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure; investing in low-impact transport systems; using renewable construction materials; building a resilient and sustainable energy system; and strengthening local design, engineering and manufacturing. “We’ve got little groups working on each one of these,” explained Dr Joy. “And we will be publishing short reports on each one.” While the BFF core team members have their individual expertise, Dr Joy said all five share the ability to think beyond their specific disciplines - something he believes is crucial in developing the sorts of policies required. “The one thing we have in common is that we are systems thinkers. We totally understand interconnectedness; we can see how everything works together and that things can’t be thought about in silos. That to me is where government always goes wrong.” From the start, BFF was determined to be fully inclusive,

Dr Mike Joy: “We can’t go back to what we had.” File photo.

explained Dr Joy, especially of young people and Maori. “Over and above everything we do, we want to have that. It’s a big part of what we’re trying to do.” One of the youth organisations already contributing to the work is School Strike for Climate, which Dr Joy said was on the same wavelength as the core group. “Young people instinctively put these things together and they’re pretty strong on the social side of things, which is a big part of the picture.” He believes that being able to visualise things helps to “fire people up” and plans to create a live online map to build up a picture of ideas from around the country. “We’ll have people from the regions putting in their ideas on the map, and people can click on that and find out what the regions are up to. “We could have the Golden Bay group [Mohua 2040] in there - put together some ideas of what they would like to see for their future and have that sitting on that site. It will be powerful for us to have our first regional group.” Dr Joy is conscious that some may consider BFF’s mission too radical, but he believes it will lead to a more rational future. “If you want crazy, what we’ve got now is crazy. People never get that because it’s all they’ve ever known. They don’t realise how bizarre the whole thing is.” And he underlines the importance of utilising the pandemic as a catalyst for change. “This opportunity is too valuable to squander.” For more information about Better Futures Forum, go to: https://bff.org.nz/ World Economic Forum https://www.weforum.org/ agenda/2020/03/a-green-reboot-after-the-pandemic/ Join in the conversation: Go to: https://gbweekly.co.nz/top-stories/ Go to Top Stories and leave a comment. Tell us what you think, share your ideas. We’ll summarise feedback in next week’s issue.



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The Farming 2030 project received a boost this month with the announcement of funding support from MPI’s Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures Fund. This funding compliments the generous support from co-funders Golden Bay Community Trust, and the significant in-kind community contribution from members of the Farming 2030 Environmental Panel. Farming 2030 harnesses the vision and knowledge of the community, working with farm owners Wayne and Tyler Langford, to develop practical sustainable farming practices and apply them on a commercial pilot farm. In the process

• Thank you for the great level of compliance we saw during the Level 4 lockdown. • Police stations’ public counters remain closed to walkins during the Level 3 restrictions. Rest assured that we are still working! Remember your options for reporting crime, either phone 105 or online at 105.police.govt.nz • If it is an emergency and happening now, phone 111. • For information on what you can and can’t do during these extra weeks of isolation go to www.covid19. govt.nz • Stay home and stay safe – too many people are still moving around unnecessarily. Please keep movements to a minimum. It would be a shame for the virus to have a resurgence and the country (or parts of it) to have to return to Level 4. • As we see more movements around the country, we are also seeing some nasty crashes. Please take care out there. Police will continue to target “RIDS” offences:Restraints, Impairment (Drugs and Alcohol), Distractions (cellphones) and Speed on our roads. Aren’t we lucky to live in the Golden Bay bubble.

it fosters a community that is better informed and unified. Since our last update in The GB Weekly the team have had a fabulous workshop day with Meret Weiss, grafting heritage trees from budwood sourced from across historic Golden Bay farms. This is the start of the heritage orchard that Wayne and Tyler are planting as a community asset. In December we hosted regenerative farming expert Jules Matthews of Integrity Soil, who gave an insightful one-day workshop on building your soil biology using regenerative farming techniques. February saw the whole team out on the farm grubbing in the dirt – counting insects and doing a detailed visual soil analysis – such an eye opener! There is so much you can learn by taking the time to look deeply in the dirt under our feet. Last month Wayne and Tyler sowed the first trial paddocks with a 21-species mix of seed designed to build healthy soil. If you are interested in being involved with the Farming 2030 project please email Debbie at debbiepearson@ hotmail.co.nz. We would love to hear from you.

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SOL’S MAY JOBS Vegetable care Harvest last kumara and cure well (warm and humid). Complete pumpkin harvest. Store dry and cool. Dig potatoes, sort, and dry. Store cool and dark. Finish seed saving, sieve, winnow, bag and freeze a week. Store. Cloche frost-sensitive crops like lettuce, and those still growing (such as late carrots). Prepare ground for peas and broad beans with a handful of lime and bit of compost. Sow. Work ground for garlic and onions with compost, or rotted manure, rock phosphate, lime and wood ash. Mulch well. Liquid-feed growing crops weekly. Prepare asparagus beds with lime and lots of compost. Cut ferns back and mulch with straw, etc. Check for slugs and snails and deter with neem granules or coffee grounds. Or collect them, along with shield bugs. Feed to chooks or destroy. Hothouse: Propagate brassicas, etc. Plant salads or sow green crops, or sheet mulch. Spray diluted milk solution on late cucumbers vs powdery mildew. Clean for better light. For transplanting: All seeds 5 and 26 May. Leafy greens (spinach, spinach beet, lettuce, endive, cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli) (also 9 and 28 May). Flowers, eg sweet pea. Sow direct: All seeds 5 and 26 May. Mesclun salad, spring onions (also 9 and 28 May). Peas and broad beans (2-3, 11 and 29-30 May). Radish (also 4-6 May). Flowers, eg cornflower. Plant: 12-25 May. Salad greens, silverbeet, spinach, cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower. Flowers, eg divide and transplant perennial flowers. Herb care Transplant rooted cuttings. Take more from semi-hardwood and hardwood plants, like rosemary. Plant herbs, eg parsley, or transplant self-seeded perennials like thyme. Harvest herbs for drying or seed for saving. Fruit care Prepare ground. Plant fruit trees when available. Harvest late apples and pears, chestnuts, feijoas, tamarillos, persimmons, pepinos and kiwifruit. Storage should be cool and rodent-free. Net persimmons. Support heavy branches. Finish sowing and planting orchard understorey plants, like spring bulbs. Feed fruits with minerals, manure, woody compost and shreddings. Feed strawberry beds, replacing old plants with runners. Prune berryfruit and fruit trees on fine days. Spray all fruits with diluted seaweed. Spray copper on disease-prone fruit. Spray citrus with neem vs insect pests. Feed codlin moth-affected fruit to chooks or pigs. General garden care Make leaf-mould compost. Test soil and balance mineral deficiencies. Sow new lawns. Lime existing lawns. Deadhead herbaceous perennials like agapanthus. Spray roses with copper vs black spot. Mulch ornamentals. Plant shrubs and trees. Repot house plants.

DOWN TO EARTH: Starting a vege garden

Three new beds created from weedy ground during an Organic Gardening Course at the Community Gardens. In the foreground is a forked bed, middle is a double-dug bed and at the rear is a no-dig bed. Photo: Sol Morgan. SOL MORGAN, GROWISE CONSULTANCY

Have you thought about creating a vegetable garden but didn’t know the best way to start? Here are a few simple steps to do just that. Identify an area that has: a. Good sun (ideally all year round). Trim trees or shrubs for solar gain. Sun is the most important factor in siting a vegetable garden. Poor sun exposure will lead to poor crop growth and yield and higher incidence of disease and pests. b. Good access, ie a good pathway where you can bring in resources like compost, manure and hay. c. Good shelter. Most vegetables are sensitive to intense wind. In exposed situations you can erect a fence, or a structure to grow a vine on, or espaliered fruit like apples or pears. Or plant shrubs, especially natives such as pittosporums, akeake, flaxes and so on. These form fast shelter. Larger trees may create too much shade in the future but there are quite a lot that can be coppiced (more on that in a future article). d. Good water supply. Having a hose nearby is essential, especially during planting and during dry periods. Nearby

buildings can collect additional tank water to supply the garden. If you are starting with lawn, then there are two main ways to make a garden. The first is digging it over with a shovel or spade, flipping the grass into the hole. Continue until all the area is turned over. This is good exercise, but hard on the soil to begin with. Adding organic matter will help build soil fertility, no matter what the soil type. Add compost like Green Waste to Zero or Flourish or rotted manure(s). Additions of fishmeal or blood and bone will further stimulate microbial activity. The second way is the no-dig method. It requires gathering a lot of resources, which takes time. Lay cardboard on the grass. Then hay or straw, a wad thick. Follow with manure, greens like comfrey or grass, then compost, then top with seagrass or more straw/hay. Wait about a month so it decomposes a little before planting. Root crops will have to wait till next season, though. If you have an old weedy patch that was a garden, then simply fork out the pernicious weeds like couch grass, convolvulus and dock. The follow either method above. Now you have a patch ready to grow vegetables. All it needs now is a little planning, some plants, and you’ll have an abundant garden in no time.

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Clair Fones turned 40 last week with a magnificent rainbow trifle. She’s not “over the hill”, she’s over the rainbow!” Photo: Submitted.



“Their in flight cry is as good as crying gets and they look like immaculately furled black and white umbrellas.” Sam Hunt. They are the chatterboxes of the estuary, their calls often likened to the sound of yapping puppies. Poaka, the pied stilt with its white body, black back, black wings and long black bill belongs to the family of waders. The thin frail pink legs make up 60 per cent of the height of this slim and elegant bird. In flight the legs trail well behind the body. The pied stilt has a habit of roosting on one leg and choosing to hop when it needs to move rather than lowering the other leg that is tucked up under a wing. Always a delight to see, these birds arrive in Golden Bay in summer after the breeding period. I recorded the arrival of the first pied stilt into the Waitapu Estuary on 20 January this year. They are highly sociable birds and can be seen roosting on banks alongside spoonbills and feeding in groups in shallow estuary pools with both godwits and South Island pied oystercatchers. Arriving in New Zealand in the early 19th century the pied stilt is known in other parts of the world as the black winged

stilt. Ornithologist WRB Oliver maintains that Australian and New Zealand pied stilts should together be a distinct species. This is due to the distinct white band our birds have on the back of the neck. As campaign manager for the pied stilt in Bird of the Year, Sam Hunt described them as “stunning actors but sloppy architects. There’s nothing I don’t love about these birds. I love the way they don’t give too much of a toss about nests. A few sticks and twigs do the trick - so long as it carries the eggs safely. That’s home.” THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 1 MAY 2020




A very different kind of ANZAC Day JO RICHARDS

Lifestyle strategies for strong immune systems SUBMITTED BY MALENA HASBUN

As we approach winter under the threat of Covid-19, strengthening our immune system is more important than ever. These simple immune-boosting strategies help prevent viral infections and/or help you have a milder one if you do get ill. Stay calm and positive. Negative emotions and chronic stress weaken your immune system. Identify your personal stress reduction strategies and practice them. Sleep. Sleep has a big influence on immune function. Maintain consistent sleep hours. Practice good sleep hygiene: turn screens off two hours before bedtime; ensure the room is cool, quiet, and dark. Exercise. Moderate, regular exercise raises infectionfighting capacity, increases circulation, promotes better sleep and decreases stress hormones. Diet. Vegetables and fruits are fantastic immuneboosters. Garlic is of particular benefit. Aim for threequarters of your plate to be veggies, and eat three times more veggies than fruits. Protein, however, is necessary for immune cell function. Fermented foods (like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and yoghurt) contain beneficial bacteria that regulate the immune system and have been shown to decrease the number of respiratory infections. Avoid sugar and deep-fried foods because they cause inflammation and suppress immune system function. Vitamin D. Sunshine makes the body produce Vitamin D, which is one of the most important and powerful nutrients for supporting the immune system. Recent research shows that high numbers of people who end up in intensive care units have low levels of this vitamin and are far more likely to have worse outcomes. In addition, many studies show that it plays a critical role in positively modulating inflammation pathways—which are highly disturbed in the severe Covid-19-19 infections that lead to death. So, it makes sense to keep good healthy levels with regular, moderate exposure to sunshine. The goldilocks principle applies here: not too much, not too little… just right. Stay connected. We humans are social animals by nature and are meant to bond with others. People that are connected and feel supported are known to recover quicker from illnesses than those who are isolated. However, wise use of technology is imperative. Limit exposure by talking to others in person (two-metre distancing), turn off WiFi at night, download media to watch later, and use wired technology whenever possible.

Woodchopping report

An ANZAC day like no other dawned poppy-red on Saturday. In place of the early morning gatherings of service-men and women, veterans, and members of the public, families stood at their mailboxes like sentries. And with no official wreathlay in g per mitted, many homes displayed their own hand-crafted tributes. But some traditions survived the lockdown, with individual members of the Tak ak a Citizens Band sending the haunting notes of the Last Post into the dawn sky. Band Sergeant Rob McDonald says members were determined to play their part in this year’s low key commemorations. “ANZAC Day is very important to the guys in the band. We were upset we couldn’t have our normal parade; we really wanted to but couldn’t, so we played the Last Post at home.” Rob played the classic refrain from Sandridge Terrace Pohara, while others played it at various locations around the Bay, including: Crowther Reynish – Commercial Street Takaka, Mary-Anne Soper – Patons Rock, Ben Bickley – Paines Ford, Ali Gray – Pohara, and Mike Pr ystie – Abel Tasman Memorial at Ligar Bay. Mike also recorded his performance and posted it to the band’s Facebook Page where it has attracted over 1,900 views. Rob says the feedback has been really positive from around the Bay. “It shows that everyone is appreciative of what the band does.” And he urges anyone

An ANZAC day like no other dawned poppy-red. Photo: Jo Richards.

Kea scouts at the end of their drive on ANZAC Day morning. Photo: Supplied.

thinking of joining the band to sign up in time for the next public performance. “We’re still looking for learners, it costs nothing and we supply instruments and free tuition.” To listen to Mike Prystie’s rendition of the Last Post and Rouse visit the Takaka Citizens Band Facebook page.


Over three days, 13 -15 March, a major chopping event took place in the small township of Ikamatua in the Grey Valley, featuring a large number of axemen from throughout New Zealand as well as a veterans test team from Australia. Representing Golden Bay were Dave and Serena Gowland and Louise and Rachael Nalder. It ended up being the final chopping event of the year as the season was then cut short because of the coronavirus lockdown. The open chopping events were extremely tough with heats of 14 and only two from each heat guaranteed a place in the final, so it required luck with the block draw as well as a mistake-free performance to progress. Dave easily made the first standing final of the weekend, finishing out of the placings in the final, but didn’t make any other finals. Once again it was up to Golden Bay’s axewomen to fly the flag for the Bay. Day one saw three women’s handicap races, with the placings decided on total points. Louise chopped well and finished 1st equal alongside NZ rep Shannon Hoggets. Day two was decided by points over a two-race championship series, with the Bay women qualifying for the second division. Serena, showing glimpses of her form from a couple of season’s ago, finished first with Louise taking out second. Rachael, although finishing out of the placings on both days, was presented with a racing axe by the Grey Valley Club who were impressed with her determination and never-say-die attitude. The weekend also featured an exciting three-race test series between the NZ and Australian veterans teams, with NZ winning the final race to take out the series with two wins. That same weekend also saw the sad passing of Golden Bay Axemen’s Club life member Leon McKay. His presence will be missed around the local chopping events.

Siblings Casey, Lowri and Areya Lea stand at dawn above Pohara Beach to commemorate ANZAC. Photo: Supplied.

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ANZAC Art at The Courthouse, Collingwood. Photo: Supplied. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 1 MAY 2020

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All the information below was correct as the time n’t enter of printing, but things are changing quickly at the moment. For the most up-to-date information you can visit our website, tasman.govt.nz. If you have questions, or an urgent need for food or essential supplies call us on 0800 50 50 75 and we’ll put you in touch with assistance. Remember, we can do this together – be kind, stay at home, stay in your bubble and save lives.

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

more information on afe, visit Covid19.govt.nz A message from Mayor Tim King On the whole we have done a great job abiding by the Alert Level Four restrictions and now I ask everyone to maintain that commitment while we are at Level Three.

More of us will be able to return to work and some students will be back at school, but it’s essential that we don’t see this as a return to normal. The message is still clear – stay home if you can and maintain your physical distancing if you are out and about. We’ll continue to provide essential services and expand that to include the services we can deliver safely within the Level Three restrictions to enable others to restart their work. As more businesses return, whether it is within a restricted physical presence or online, we need to support them. It’s one of the positive things we can do as we rebuild our communities. Of the businesses that supported you in the good times through sponsorship and goods, now is the time to repay them with your custom and support. Remember, we are on the right track, we just need to keep it up.

Council services – what’s different at Level Three? There have been some limited changes to Council services as there are still many restrictions in place under Alert Level Three, which will be in place until at least 11 May. Mountain bike tracks Mountain bike parks and tracks are now open but riders need to be sensible. Don’t drive long distances to your favourite track. Choose a nearby track that you are experienced at riding. Always maintain your physical distance from other riders and don’t gather in groups. Resource Recovery Centres Normal opening hours have resumed at most sites, but with limited services. The Collingwood site will only open on Thursday mornings from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm. Access is being managed to limit numbers and customers may experience delays. One person only per vehicle will be permitted. Sites have been changed to maintain physical distancing, avoid face-to-face contact and include hand washing and hygiene measures. Sites will be open to all commercial customers for waste, greenwaste, cleanfill and scrap metal only, using contactless transactions. Sites will open for domestic customers for waste and greenwaste disposal only, using contactless transactions (Paywave only, no cash. Usual limits will apply – check with your bank). There is no recycling drop-off, no reuse shop activity and no whiteware, hazardous goods or other materials where face-to-face contact or manual handling is required. Please delay your trip to the Resource Recovery Centre or arrange contactless collection by a commercial waste company if possible. Kerbside recycling and rubbish Kerbside recycling and rubbish collection services will continue as normal. Glass makes up around 50% of all recycling and will continue to be sent to Auckland for recycling. The plant that processes other recycling (paper, cardboard, plastics and cans) will remain closed in Level Three and these materials will be sent to landfill. We’ll be working with our contractor to reopen this plant once alert levels drop. Building inspections Some building inspections are now able to be carried out, excluding final inspections. Strict inspection protocols will be in place to manage the risk around COVID-19. A list of these is available on our website, tasman.govt.nz, so you know what to expect. Please call us on 03 543 8400 for more details and to arrange an appointment.

Concerned about your rates bill? 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. 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.

Speed Limit Bylaw consultation extended The public consultation on a proposal to change speed limits on four roads around the district has been extended into May. It had been due to close on 30 March 2020 but will remain open for feedback, in light of the COVID-19 restrictions. The proposal is to set lower limits for three roads – Gibbs Valley Road, Hoddy Road and Wharariki Road and to extend an existing 50km/h speed limit on Abel Tasman Drive in Pōhara by 25m. Get all the details and make your submission at tasman.govt.nz/feedback.


Project work Work on some Council projects will be restarting provided our contractors can meet the requirements for physical distancing and increased hygiene on site. We’re currently working through this with them. What stays the same?

News and updates about Council projects, services and consultations are now available direct to your email inbox. COVID-19 restrictions have meant we haven’t been able to deliver Newsline to homes throughout the District each fortnight. However, Newsline is still available to download from our website as usual – or you can sign up for a copy to be emailed to you, along with other Council news. Visit the website, tasman.govt.nz and search on “latest Newsline” and follow the link to join the mailing list. Otherwise keep an eye on this page for all the latest Council information.



• 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. • Playgrounds, boat ramps and community facilities remain closed. You should still do your exercise as close to home as possible and remember to keep that 2 metre distance from others. • Designated freedom camping areas remain closed and any campers remaining in the district are being accommodated in campgrounds at Pōhara, Motueka, Kaiteriteri and Tahunanui.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Nesting box building continues

Ron Eckman assembles a penguin nesting box. Photo: Supplied. SUBMITTED BY CYNTHIA MCCONVILLE

With the Covid-19 lockdown in place, the work our volunteers do building the research nesting boxes for Port Tarakohe ground to a halt. Ron Eckman is the Penguin Shed coordinator, phone 021 351 595 if you would like to talk to him. During lockdown, I have picked up a hammer and joined Ron (we are in the same bubble) in the shed. We have 100 research nesting boxes to build. The Trust wants to replace between 50 and 60 existing nesting boxes at the port as well as add enough new boxes to bring the total there to house 100 pairs of little blue penguins.


CrossFit’s lockdown programme RONNIE SHORT

To enable their members to maintain their strength and fitness during lockdown, I a n G a d d e s o f C r o s s Fi t Mohua, together with his wife Samantha, are continuing their daily programming throughout lockdown via an online Workout of the Day. Prior to lockdown they gave out bundles of equipment such as barbell pack ages together with weights; kettlebell, dumbell and medicine ball mixes; and conditioning packs such as rowing machines and assault bikes. “There was still equipment left over, so we divvied out everything that was left. So basically the gym’s empty; there’s nothing left,” said Ian. He sent members an email suggesting strengthening and pre -workout warmup exercises for the daily workout. The gym uses a software programme called Boxmate, on which Ian sets out the five-day-a-week plan. All CrossFit members are joined to it. It is interactive in that people can log in their scores and see how others are doing. “Members can go online, do the workout and figure how to scale it, then put their score up. The site keeps track and they can see what other people have got, so it keeps them motivated to keep going.” Ian can keep an eye on how people are doing and suggest how and what they

Crossfit continues despite lockdown: Kate Breault, left, demonstrating with a makeshift kettlebell and Joy James, right, demonstrating using milking-shed equipment. Photos: Supplied.

can improve. “Not everyone will be doing it,” he says. “But it’s there to do once they have done the strength work.” His suggestions via the initial email include variations or alternatives to weights if people don’t have them - such as different household objects. One member, Joy James, has been doing her gymnastics on a bar in the milking shed. Another member, Kate Breault, has made her own makeshift kettlebell by filling a bag with rocks. Ian has also suggested different approaches to muscle loading, such as isometrics, eccentrics and “super-sets”. “Most people took their own skipping ropes home, so I might say, as part of the workout that they are to do 50 skips or go find a step and do 50 rebounds off a step as another option.” Ian is always work ing to keep the

programme varied so as to not overwork the same muscle groups and to prevent boredom. Six Mohua CrossFit members have entered one of the competitions put out by gyms around the world to keep people training. Some members video themselves doing their workout and post that online. Others come up with challenges such as a handstand challenge, which Samantha and a few others undertook. “We’re just trying to keep the community together and motivate each other,” said Ian. “Sometimes it’s hard to remotivate after a holiday, so if people can keep up a level of fitness it’s a bit easier to get back into it.” Ian’s analogy of a “strength mountain” says it all. “It takes years and years and years to build your strength, but it’s very easy to slip back without doing anything.”

Home viewing: What to watch ALISTAIR HUGHES

Skinny Jump is a new service for those who don’t have a broadband connection at home because cost is a barrier. Public libraries all round New Zealand have partnered with Skinny to provide access to this service. If one or more of the following sounds like you, then you would probably be eligible: • Families with children • Job seekers • Seniors • People with disabilities • Refugees and migrant communities • Those in social housing Skinny Jump is flexible prepaid broadband: the modem comes free of charge preloaded with 30GB of data. After that you top up as you go: $5 for 30GB of data, no contracts or credit checks. You can top up five times every month. You can get up to a maximum of 150GB every month (and it will only cost you $25). Skinny Jump is a not-for-profit service and they don’t use your information to promote or sell other products. First you need to check whether Skinny Jump is available where you live. Go to www.skinny.co.nz/jump/ home/#availability Normally you would come into the Library to sign up, but while we’re closed go to: • www.tasmanlibraries.govt.nz • Click on About Us • Click on Services • Click on Community Services • Click on Skinny Jump • Fill in the Skinny Jump order form and a modem and instructions will be delivered to you. 16

Takeaways are now available in the Bay again, a wonderful first step back towards normality which has left us cheering loudly from inside our bubbles. And there’s always been something wonderfully indulgent about leaving the oven off, cutlery drawer closed and tucking into a hot meal someone else has made, in front of the TV. As streamed viewing has become an even larger part of our viewing lives recently, this time we’re looking at the original New Zealand-owned service: Lightbox. Starting life in 2014 with five exclusive shows including Suits, (starring the future Duchess of Sussex), Lightbox really came into its own when it gained sole rights to air sweaty historicals Outlander and Vikings. Outlander follows former WWII Nurse Claire Randall, who finds herself transported back to mid-18th Century Scotland. The Jacobite rebellion against the English Crown is in full sway, making this an extremely dangerous place to be, but Claire finds protection in the form of dashing highlander Jamie Fraser and his clan. Despite the slightly “Mills and Boon” premise this is actually a hard-hitting depiction of survival under brutal oppression. The tartan-tinged adventures of Claire and Jamie have begun a fifth season, with more to come. Vikings began its odyssey in 2013, initially meeting the then in-vogue demand for historically-themed bloodlust, which shows like Spartacus and Game of Thrones catered for. Based on the 12th century sagas of Ragnar Lothbrok, Vikings proved itself to have a scope and appeal all of its own and lasted for six seasons. And armchair Norsemen and Shield Maidens need not despair, a sequel series called Valhalla is already in planning. Moving away from all this blood and thunder, Lightbox also has much for the younger viewer. Peter Rabbit is a vibrantly kinetic computer animated adaptation of the beloved Beatrix

Potter books. Combining exciting adventures with problem solving and developing life skills (which are fortunately applicable to growing humans), this multi-Emmy-winning programme is a delight. Homegrown animation for the whole family is also available in the form of the perennially popular Bro’Town. Another mainstay of this Lightbox’s exclusive content has been Better Call Saul, the highly acclaimed prequel/spin-off to the phenomenal Breaking Bad. Featuring several characters from the original series, it is held by many to even surpass it. Personally, I’m dubious; Breaking Bad is a very high bar for this lawyer to approach. Stephen King enthusiasts may have already discovered Castle Rock, an extension of many of King’s novels and set in this titular fictional town. The first series was merely OK, but the second is quite a revelation. Those who remember Cathy Bates’ career-defining movie performance in 1990s Misery would understandably doubt that anyone else could ever play the dangerously unhinged Annie Wilkes. But Lizzy Caplan is utterly electrifying as a younger Annie, even managing to win our sympathy, in this gripping prequel story. No discussion of Lightbox is really complete without mentioning A Handmaid’s Tale. Actually first adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel as another 1990 film, this dystopian series (featuring a totalitarian future of female subjugation) has a huge following, which is puzzling to those of us who don’t “get it”. However, lead actress Elisabeth Moss is brilliant, as always. Lightbox also offers movies for hire and the standard subscription is included in many Spark customer plans. However, the service has recently been sold to Sky, which plans to merge it with its own streaming service Neon. Let’s hope the outcome might be a win-win for us all.



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CLASSIFIEDS 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

HEALTH & WELLBEING / Hauora ITM. Order and collect. Ph: 0800 486 855. Email: sales@ itmtakaka.co.nz ITM. Click and deliver. P: 0800 486 855. Email: sales@itmtakaka. co.nz LAWNMOWING. Pakawau, Bainham, Takaka to Wainui. Ph N Shaw 525 7597, 027 212 4020. niallshaw_6@hotmail.com

ANEL BAKER Physiotherapy at 22 Meihana Street, Takaka. Ph/txt for an appointment 021 053 4337. SIMON Jones counselling. Available by telephone or online. Ph 525 8542. TUDOR Burchill/Tak ak a Physiotherapy. Telephone consultations available, ph 021 207 6256.

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

ORANGE Rentals have rental cars, trailers and a furniture trailer available for hire. Ph 027 337 7147.

ALL your garden needs, ph Alexis 021 0239 1364. References available.

PAINTING. Quality, efficient service, available now. Ph Luca Borrelli 022 086 1842.

ARBORIST. Certified. The Tree Doctor, all aspects of tree care. Free quotes. Ph Chris 021 0264 7942.

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.

Readings with Master Reader Nate

PORTABLE BANDSAW MILLING. Ph Tim 524 8997, 027 714 4232.

Reiki Master: healer & teacher

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. CHIMNEY sweep. Puponga-Takaka Hill. Free quote or query. Ph Steve 021 0810 1146. COMPUTER and smartphone sales, repairs and solutions. Supporting all Windows and Apple products. Conveniently located at 65 Commercial Street or available by appointment on 027 831 4156. COMPUTER services. GBTech, experienced technical support for Golden Bay since 2012. Ph Warwick 027 814 2222. CURTAINS and blinds: Wanting a quote? Email me your window measurements, traceyimaginedesign@gmail.com, with an indication of the type of window dressing you want, ie venetian, roller, duette, and I can still do you a free quote during level-3 lockdown. Imagine designs helping transform your space. ELECTRICIAN. For all your electrical needs please contact Chris from I electrical. Free quotes given. Ph 021 0852 4453. ELECTRICIANS. Fuse Electrical Golden Bay. Ready to solve all your electrical needs. Ph Thomas 525 9300, 027 788 8500. ELECTRONICS repairs: Cell phones, computers, radios, TVs, HiFi and more! Ph 027 246 2432. FREEVIEW satellite TV. Ph 027 246 2432. GARDEN advice, design and development, soil testing, fruit pruning, orchard work. Sol Morgan, GroWise Consultancy, ph 027 514 9112.

YOUTH and adults’ counselling and mentoring. Now offering phone and video-chat sessions. Selena Serra ph 027 416 6815 or selena@gbwct.org.nz

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SEPTIC TANKS EMPTIED. Ph Chris 027 444 5334 or John 027 647 4913. STITCH ‘N SEW Level 3 OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY, 10am-2pm, for sewing pick-ups and drop-offs and contactless sales. Ph 525 8177 or text 027 263 9220. STORAGE /container hire. Your place (anywhere) or mine (Takaka). Ph Cheryl at Orange Mechanical Ltd 525 9991. TAKAKA Self Storage, Commercial Street. Have containers (new) available. Excellent security, cameras etc. Ph 525 6181. TREE removal, confined area felling, chipping, chipper hire. Fully insured. Ph 525 7597, 027 212 4020. WINDOW cleaning. Ph Willem 022 134 1726.



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

For an appointment call Erica on 027 776 6111

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GARDENING services. Ph Carlos 027 751 9730.

Still providing Golden Bay with: Professional, Diagnostic & Clinical Physio during the level 4 & 3 lockdown.

GB CHIMNEY SWEEPING, SPIDER AND FLY SPRAYING Ph 524 8795 or 027 434 5405 GIBSTOPPING /coving (NCPB qualified). Local friendly service. Ph Rob McDonald Plastering, 027 712 2552.

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GOLDEN BAY DIGGER HIRE 1.7 tonne. Ph 027 713 0684.

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GOLDEN BAY ROOFING. Re-roof, repairs, maintenance. goldenbayroofing@yahoo.com, ph 027 395 0037. GOLDEN Bay Storage, Takaka. Dry, safe, secure, alarmed, insurance approved. Furniture trailer available. Ph Rob and Marg 525 9698, 027 222 5499, goldenbaystorage@gmail.com

GREEN Grass Accounting. Chartered Accountant. MYOB Partner and Xero Certified. Local accountant providing business and personal accounting services. Ph Robert 029 7756459 or email robert@greengrassaccounting.co.nz. 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.

Contact Lynne 03 525 7115 or concrete@sollys.co.nz

Sports & Accident injuries Complex musculoskeletal conditions Clinical reviews / Second opinions Orthopaedic / Post-operative rehabilitation An initial, no cost, telehealth appointment (10mins) is required to assess suitability for this service. Other assessment options available if required/appropriate. No GP referral required

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Scaffold Solutions Edge Protection Site Fencing

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FOR SALE / Hei hokohoko

GOLDEN Bay Workcentre Trust AGM, Friday 22 May at 4.45pm, 84 Commercial Street, Takaka.

MALE pig, 14 weeks old, $100. Ph Carmen 027 360 9265. DRY manuka firewood. Ph 021 0220 7728.

PUBLIC NOTICES / Pānui a whānui

TRACKS, fabrics, liners, tapes, hooks, runners, flick me an email with your list and I will give you a quote and then we can organise a time for collection. traceyimaginedesign@ gmail.com CAT and dog doors. Installed for you by Golden Bay Glass. 96 Commercial St. Ph 525 7274.


ALCOHOLICS Anonymous. If you want to drink that’s your business. If you want to stop we can help. Meetings currently on hold. Ph 0800 229 6757 for assistance.

• Now with Level 3 Mohua Social Services will have the door open from 9.30am-12pm Monday-Friday from Monday 4 May for Food Parcels and limited social work contact.

TO the team of all healthcare assistants, registered nurses, Sharon, Jo and Fiona working on the front line, or in some cases • Social workers and most services are available as usual, but just behind the front line, in our very own aged-care facility in many staff are working from home. Please ring us, rather than Golden Bay at Golden Bay Community Health: I would like to coming to the door if possible, and then we can link you with publicly recognise each and every one of you. Your dedication, the supports you or the community may need. energy and care has been outstanding. I’m so proud and • Mohua Social Services has been put in the very privileged fortunate to be part of such a remarkable team. You have my We will be shut from 20th December until 13th January. position, by the generosity of this community, to be able utmost respect. Kia kaha, Victoria Westerink.

CAMBARA 14-in-1 exercise machine, $350 ono. Ph/txt 020 4120 0710. FIREWOOD: Douglas fir, pine, 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.

to offer food, buddies, volunteers and financial assistance.

wish everybody a safe and happy festive period. FRESH FM needs your help. We’re a Charitable Trust – a $30 We We have skilled staff who can help individuals and whanau donation on our website freshfm.net is tax deductible. Email to build plans to address any changing or challenging thanks Maureen: takaka@freshfm.net or ph 525 8779, 027 335 1395. Many circumstances. Don’t hesitate to see if we can assist

BUILDING or renovating? AES Wastewater Treatment system: No power, 20-year warranty, supplying NZ from Golden Bay. www.et.nz, ph 525 9020.

yourselves or others you may know, these are unusual circumstances that no one could predict.

GB Animal Welfare Society Inc (ex-SPCA). FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY, ph Carol Wells 525 9494. Cattery remains closed while under Alert Level 3.

KERVELLA CHEESE are selling with Kokalito organic vegetable boxes (or collection at their place on Wednesdays). Orders need to be placed by Monday at kervellacheese@gmail.com or text to 020 4180 9916. Thanks. Remember we also sell at FreshChoice!

• We are overwhelmed by the generosity of this community and are unable to thank everyone individually, and often receive instruction that people would like to remain anonymous. We do want to thank our local businesses who have contributed so much and also enable us to be able to offer the services we can: FreshChoice, NBS, Lonestar Farms, the Sustainable Living Centre, Puramahoi Fields, Bay Subtropicals and the Rural Service Centre.

GB WEEKLY. We are working from home and can be contacted by email, as usual: admin@gbweekly.co.nz. If you have an ad to place and you’re unable to email us please phone 027 525 8679. Office hours are Monday-Wednesday, 9am-5pm with deadline Tuesdays at 12 noon. Our Collingwood agency, On the Spot store, remains open. Go to: www.gbweekly.co.nz to read the paper online and for advertising details and prices.

PROPERTY WANTED / Rawa hiahia HOUSE to rent long term, two+ bedrooms. Single male, non smoker, no pets, in full-time work. Ph 027 316 3566. HOME, long term, for my son (in school and work) and I (work at local dump) and our perfectly behaved puppydog. Ideally would like to live a little country with some privacy and peace. Ph Jonathan 022 361 2456 or kiaorahone@hotmail.com

• Please accept our heartfelt thanks and understand what a difference it makes to keeping this community robust and resilient.

COMMUNITY Law Service (Simon Jones): Free and confidential legal help, information, options. Appointments, phone Heartland Services 525 6151. Nelson Office 0800 246 146.

PH 525 9728

PROPERTY or land (maximum 6ha) within 25 minutes of Takaka. Private, sunny, distant views. dth@slingshot.co.nz


WANTED to rent, two- to three-bedroom home close to town. Please ph Kim 027 408 6204.

Programmes to listen out for

We are now at Covid-19 Level 3 - this means that we should still be maintaining our bubbles and extending to only include those who are absolutely necessary. It is great that a large number of people have been able to get back to work, however, if you are able to work from home, please continue to do this.

Kahurangi Christian Church

We will be shut from 20th December until 13th January. church is alive. If you have any connection, prayer or practical

Many needsthanks that we might be able to help with, let us know.

Our valued programme-makers here at Fresh are doing their best to make content from home and keep our schedule boosted with new shows. Unfortunately it hasn’t worked for everyone so we’ve got a mixture of replays and some wonderful new pop-up shows. We’re working on technology at the moment to allow more recording from bubbles so listen to this space.

Pastor: Rodney Watson 027 511 4266, rjwatcon@gmail.com Includes Kids program 93 Commercial St, Takaka. www.godunlimited.org


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THE Golden Bay Housing Trust has a vacancy at one of our three-bedroom houses. We invite expressions of interest from working families with children under 14 years of age looking for long-term (five years fixed) rental accommodation in a quality environment. Information on eligibility criteria and application forms can be obtained by emailing Alli Gardener during Level 3) at alli@gbwct.org.nz and an info pack will be emailed to you or when we go into Level 2 these can be obtained from Heartland Services 65B Commercial Street, Takaka (Work and Income building), or the Golden Bay Workcentre Trust, 84 Commercial Street, Takaka. All completed application forms to be returned to alli@gbwct.org.nz or Heartland Services no later than 12 noon Friday 15 May. All applications meeting the eligibility criteria will be considered by the trust board. Please direct any enquiries to Alli Gardener, secretary, Golden Bay Housing Trust, ph 525 9413 during working hours or email alli@gbwct.org.nz.

"...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


Sunday: Rain at first with gusty northerlies. Wind and rain easing mid morning to a few showers.


Facebook: KahurangiChristianChurch Email kahurangichurch@gmail.com Ph: Robin Swafford 022 604 9678 Lauren Swafford 027 629 8111 Beate Franke 021 177 4859 Rowan and Drea Miller 021 106 8461 Maureen Harte 524 8434 Peter Fersterer 525 8132

Fresh Start Monday and 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 3 Lockdown, 7 to 9am.

Saturday: Northerlies becoming strong. Drizzly showers developing and turning to heavier rain in the evening.

COTTAGE/ bach, one-two bedrooms, for long-term rental by former Golden Bay resident with excellent references. Ph Marilyn 021 050 3635.

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Our much valued volunteer programme-makers are not yet able to get back into the studio to create new programmes but please do tune in for pop-up programmes and programmes from other community access stations. Fresh FM appreciates your continued support.

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TO rent, house, two-three bedrooms, preferably long term, Golden Bay area, by professional male with excellent references. Please ph Graeme 021 886 255.


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Deadline Sale: 2pm 22nd May (USP)

This 3 bdrm home has privacy & great views. The 3450m2 section has a selection of fruit trees, a 2-bay shed & ample parking. The home has a large open plan living area & a spacious master bedroom. A separate sleepout gives extra workshop space or would make a great hobby room & here a large picture window takes in the rural landscape to the hills….. Please note: Deadline date has been extended to 2pm 22.05.20 Ref 3779

Sarah-Jane Brown 0274 222 577 or sarah@goldenbayproperty.com




Deadline Sale: 2pm 6th May (USP)

Want to wake up to this vista every morning? Architecturally, refurbished holiday home & “state of the art” tree-house + 2 yurts, sleeps up to 18 family or friends. And an option for good rental income! Hot tubs, pizza oven & deck to the beach esplanade make this a perfect place for entertaining. Magical evenings & glorious sunsets…4+ beds, 2 baths, 1 garage, 1 living Please note: Deadline date has been extended to 2pm 06.05.20 Ref: GB3778

Annie Telford 027 249 1408 or annie@goldenbayproperty.com


Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840 or belinda@goldenbayproperty.com




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 & nut trees, just to name a few. Then there is the 3 bdrm house, a studio/sleepout plus accomm. attached to the large packhouse. Room for the extended family or perhaps a syndicate group…..call me for more details. Ref: GB3760 James Mackay 027 359 0892 or james@goldenbayproperty.com Sharon McConnon Sales Manager 0275 258 255

Paul McConnon Salesperson 0275 042 872

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

This 2 storey home set on 4.9ha, is very private, with stunning views across to Farewell Spit. Most of the land at the front of the property provides privacy & income from the lease. With wide hall corridor, large rooms & windows, the property is spaciousness. Included is a 2 bdrm cottage at the entrance road to the main property. Also another income stream or for the overflow or family & friends who will want to visit! Call me. Ref: GB3679

Annie Telford Salesperson 0272 491 408


Price: $1.45m+GST (if any)

This 38 ha of prime grazing land, complete with extensive sheds. The land is a mix of flat to gentle rolling country with some steeper parts at the rear. Water by grace & favour. The

land has had a good history of fertilizer & re-grassing as required. As for building sites, WOW! Take your pick, almost all the block has amazing sea views!

The neigbouring 12ha property with 3bdrm home avail. too...call me. Ref: GBR3631 Paul McConnon 0275 042 872 or paul@goldenbayproperty.com

Sarah-Jane Brown Salesperson 0274 222 577

James Mackay Principal / AREINZ / B.Com

027 359 0892

Belinda J Barnes Agent / AREINZ 021 236 2840

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Golden Bay Weekly - 1 May 2020  

Golden Bay Weekly - 1 May 2020