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Friday 8 May 2020

Contactless trade a challenge

Reaching out to customers: Choco Loco delivering contactless goodies to a happy customer. Photo: Anita Peters. RONNIE SHORT AND ANITA PETERS

The move to Alert Level 3 has seen many of the Bay’s retail outlets reopen, but it’s far from business as usual, with limited hours and contactless trading the order of the day. Nevertheless, in addition to their caffeine pickme-up, shoppers can now bag plenty of other local goodies. After being partially grounded for five weeks, Choco Loco’s hand-made chocolates are literally flying out the window. “We had to think really carefully about how to safely open and deliver to people,” says coowner Kath Craw. “We even thought of things like catapults as a way of serving up.” Then along came a winning design from cabinet maker Aly Turner. “We played around with the idea of a pizza paddle,” says Kath. “Since we had a long counter out the back I thought we could swivel it out, but due to lock down I couldn’t get any parts; the only things I could put my hands on were three old caster wheels, a bolt and a bit of bent ply. It’s completely ecologically sound and sustainable; it’s even oiled with cooking oil. “A thing of beauty,” laughs co-owner Gay

Hamilton. “It swings around with the payment machine on it – you’ve got to keep your distance in case somebody gets swiped. We put things in a bag and they just need to waft their card over the machine, pick up their bag and drive.” Just across the road, Wildflower ethnic clothing store and its children’s supplies shop, Grasshopper, are both open weekdays for click and collect. Owner Lori Godden explained that customers can shop online, click “pickup” for shipping options, then collect their parcel from outside Wildflower’s front door. Meanwhile staff are working inside, as they stocktake and change the clothing range from summer to winter-wear in preparation for reopening under Level 2. “ The websites are quite handy with lockdown,” said Lori. “I think it might be the new norm for a while. We have done heaps of orders, a huge surge of internet orders for Wildflower.” Lori has spent the lockdown period contemplating ways to make her business better, thinking how she might improve her business model and become more essential.

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“The local support is great. Grasshopper is such a boutique, specialty shop to have in such a small town, and it’s the locals who keep it going. Without the local support we wouldn’t exist.” Mariposa clothing and Soul footwear owner Tracey Brignole has operated her stores online for 10 years. Currently they have a 30 per cent storewide discount. “It’s a pretty desperate attempt to get cashflow going,” says Tracey, adding that while online sales are up, it’s not enough to make up for the high street stores being closed, which is why she has extended the discount until the end of Level 3. “As there was no shipping during Level 4, we’re trying to catch up now and do all we can to hold firm,” explained Tracey. Her team have found it tricky working in the warehouse, organising stock while maintaining physical distance, but they are managing. The clickand-collect service allows locals to pick up parcels from outside the Junction Street warehouse. During the last two weeks of March, sales were down by 80 per cent across the Nelson... Continued on page 3 Who would have thought - a water delivery in May unprecedented times for sure! Thanks TVFB and Collingwood Brigades for providing this service to the Bay. Hopefully last weekend's rain was enough to top up those low tanks.

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The Community Coordination Group “Zoomed” in on Tuesday afternoon for their regular meeting and the consensus was that things are going well. Below is a summary of the key points discussed. GB Promotion Association: A lot of small businesses have reopened just for a few hours, mainly during the morning, but some are struggling with the rules around contactless payment. GBPA is focusing on attracting domestic tourists but needs funding for a promotional campaign, and is looking to recruit more businesses so the organisation can support the Bay as a whole. TDC: Golden Bay councillors are trying to make a connection between GBPA and the council’s Future Development Strategy, especially around funding and the development of a GB brand. A recent presentation to council by the Nelson Regional Development Agency indicated that more will be spent to support local businesses. GB Community Board: The next meeting of the board is scheduled for June and will be a Zoom meeting if necessary. GB Pharmacy: Continuing to operate in Level 4 mode until facilities such as perspex screens can be installed, which should happen soon. No problems with supply and hope to offer flu vaccination clinics within the next two weeks. FreshChoice: All going well, with click-andcollect ticking away nicely. Customers are a bit more relaxed, remain in reasonable spirits, and are generally obeying the rules. Federated Farmers: Recent rain is good news for farmers and it’s business much as usual. In defence of some farmers claiming the Government’s wage subsidy, there are a few properties where the inability to move stock off farm is causing financial stress. Mohua Social Services: MSS can now order in bulk from FreshChoice. The food bank is well stocked, and there is plenty coming in and going out. The lockdown has helped to bring some homeless people into the benefits system and to be re-housed. WINZ: Applications for benefits are being processed very promptly. The Takaka office doors are likely to be opened at Level 2 following installation of appropriate protection. GBCH: More bookable appointments and a wider range of clinicians are being made available. Telehealth consultations are going well and there is capacity to expand the service. Flu vaccinations have already been administered to a large number of vulnerable individuals, but there will be a short interruption in the programme caused by the well-publicised national distribution issue. Weekday Covid-19 testing clinics continue and still have to be booked. As some meals-on-wheels volunteers are returning to work, GBCH will need others to step forward to help maintain the service. Community Mental Health: The service remains in lockdown mode but is coping well and some clinicians have returned to work. Most non-emergency consultations are currently being carried out by telephone, but that is likely to change with the move to Level 2.

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Schools and ECEs create bubbles

One week after schools and early childhood education centres were allowed to partially reopen, their leaders provide an update of developments inside and outside the school gates.


GB High School principal Linda Tame: GBHS has one bubble which started this Wednesday. It has one student and is likely to grow. We are open for years 7-10 students who need to attend. GBHS Remote is in full swing and students are using the Google Education Suite to manage their work. Most subjects have one or two Google Meets a week with their teachers, as well as some work to complete through Google Classroom. Overall, we are really pleased with student engagement in the work. Learning and teaching in this distance environment has meant a steep learning curve for students and teachers alike! We know that some of our NCEA students are anxious about their studies. We reiterate that they should just do their best, and that when school returns, we will make individual plans with them and support them to reach their goals. Form teachers, subject teachers, deans and Abbey Gilligan are all keen to support students and whānau. CAS principal Hugh Gully: Collingwood Area School opened for four students from Year 1-7. We established two PODs that involve one senior leadership team member, a teacher and teacher’s aide, and are rostered. Our four attending students are predominantly focussed on the online programme set up. We held two separate onsite meetings with the junior and then senior school which proved to be a valuable opportunity to catch up in person and strategise around planning the next 10 days of online learning. Feedback from the primary level teachers is that about 70–80 per cent of students are engaging in some level of online learning, with higher numbers in secondary, particularly at NCEA level. Teachers at NCEA level have made contact with all students and are able to provide support via Skype, phone calls, email and text. Takaka Primary School principal Jenny Bennett: TPS has a bubble of 10 supported by five staff, and all is running smoothly with lots of play, outside exploring, and creativity. This is thanks to the awesome tamariki, staff and whānau who have adapted quickly to “bubble school”. Our online programmes are running well with lots of great mahi happening at home, and we are still enjoying listening to Roald Dahl in our daily school Zui. We have a lot of fun on Friday Zui, with a live “Tu Tonu Mai” draw to celebrate children, staff and parents who have shown our Kia Ora values, as well as give out our values awards and celebrate these tamariki. We are missing everyone but finding that we are still well connected, and this is summed up by our term whakatauki: “Tangata ako ana i te whare, te tūranga ki te marae tau ana” - a person who is taught at home will stand collected on the marae.” Huge appreciation

to our whānau - we really couldn’t do this without their warm, unwavering support. Motupipi Primary School principal Lisa Malones: We are excited to be back “at it” here at Motupipi. We have had three students coming daily but won’t be surprised if that number increases as situations change. If parents are finding it difficult trying to balance a full day at home (working or otherwise) whilst trying to support children’s learning, know that we are here for you - and your children. Our distance and online learning programmes are going really well with some incredible family projects taking place. Teachers are in regular contact with their students and their families. I’m so impressed, and proud, of how our learners have embraced the challenge of learning from home over the past several weeks. We’ve seen our students really channelling their creativity and have had classroom recipe books, children making their own videos, individual projects on wasps, volcanoes, kite building, and so much more! Central Takaka School principal Steve McLean: At Central Takaka School three students from two families are attending school on site. The families of these students have combined bubbles which has made social distancing easier to manage. The rest of the students are continuing online learning. New book packs and library books were provided for those working at home and regular Google Hangout meetings are still happening. Online learning is going very well as staff and whanau become more familiar with the Google education software. The school has been creating short videos on how to navigate the online learning space and sending them out by email to families. Feedback and engagement from the school community has been very positive.


Golden Kids head teacher Sage Andrews: Golden Kids has been operating just three days a week, to support a limited number of parents and children in our community. It was great to come back and reconnect with a few teachers and some of our families. The children were thrilled to see the teachers and their friends. It was a joy to watch them reunite after five weeks, and laugh and play together again. We are constantly amazed by how resilient children are, especially during this time. It is strange not having all of our tamariki and kaiako here. The kaiako who are at home are continuing to support the children staying at home via the Storypark. We have also been posting an activity idea everyday on our Facebook page since the lockdown began. We are looking forward to seeing everyone when they do come back; children grow so fast, so it will be great to hear about all their adventures and new skills they have acquired during this time. Kakariki Kids owner Liz Lane: Nothing has changed since last week. We are just looking forward to operating normally again.

Contactless trade a challenge Continued from page 1 ...and Takaka stores – six in total – with Dragonfly, Soul and Mariposa in Takaka and Nelson. A total of 18 staff work for the company. “April is usually busy; it’s our Nelson store’s biggest month of the year for Soul,” says Tracey. “Now it’s down to nothing, zero trade.” She wonders if things will be any better under Level 2. “Will people come out or not? The reality is we may have to downsize. Winter is challenging at the best of times. Or, we may have to open one day a week less. It’s going to be a juggle to get through.” Currently Tracey has one staff member per store working to change seasonal stock, in readiness for opening again under Alert Level 2. “It’s really hard to make a plan when there are so many unknowns,” she says. But she is adamant they are staying optimistic and will find a way through. Next door to Soul, Takaka’s newest food outlet O’Sha, is offering a comprehensive a Thai menu via its website. Customers who phone in their orders will be informed approximately how long their order is going to take. They will then receive a text message when the order is ready for pick up - from a table at the shop front. Online instructions clearly explain the protocol around safe distancing and payment. At the other end of the street, The Curry Leaf’s owner THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 8 MAY 2020

Andrew Bulters says that things initially went well under Level 3. “The first three days were great. It was busier than I thought it would be, until the bad weather, then that nailed it.” The business received the Government’s wage subsidy which helps, but he says he may close an hour earlier over the next week or so, as they have found things slow down significantly after 7pm. Out of town, Tarn and David Hix who took over the Pohara Store on 1 November last year, have found things pretty hard going since missing out on their “bonanza” Easter weekend. “It’s been up and down… We are grateful we have been able to stay open, really,” says David. Under current restrictions, they can have up to four people in the shop at a time, which David says is working “quite well”. Being new to the business means they are still bringing in new stock and adjusting prices in line with other convenience stores. Dave says the feedback from locals has been very supportive, with people appreciating the variety in store, including fresh vegetables sourced from Raeward and fresh fish. “We’d like to say a big thank you to our customers.” Join in the conversation: Go to: https://gbweekly.co.nz/top-stories/ and leave a comment. Tell us what you think, share your ideas. We’ll summarise feedback in next week’s issue.

Chlorination of water supply

TDC will consult on chlorination of water. Photo: Jo Richards. JO RICHARDS

Tasman District Council will carry out a special consultation on extending permanent chlorination to all council-owned water supplies including the Hamama and Upper Takaka schemes in Golden Bay. The safety of New Zealand’s drinking water became a major issue following the 2016 Havelock North campylobacter outbreak which resulted in more than 5000 becoming ill and caused at least three deaths. The subsequent Government inquiry recommended residual disinfection, typically chlorination, to guarantee the safety of supplies, and councils have a statutory responsibility to ensure that it is so. The council schemes in Pohara and Collingwood are already chlorinated but those in Upper Takaka and Hamama are not. However, the former, which has approximately 30 users, does have ultra-violet (UV) treatment. Upper Takaka users are no strangers to water quality problems; in early March, TDC issued a boil-water notice which stayed in place for around three weeks. The cause was identified as E.coli contamination from a dead bird present in one of the tanks. Following the incident, the old concrete tanks were replaced to minimise the risk of a reoccurrence. Upper Takaka resident Richard Baker, whose property is connected to the scheme, isn’t convinced of the case for chlorination. “I wouldn’t have thought it would be needed. We have a UV plant already and now have brand new tanks. The water comes straight down Whiskey Creek from the hills.” A council report recommends a multi-stage drinking water treatment process, which provides protection right up to the household tap, starting with water source protection, filtration and UV irradiation, and ending with residual disinfection using chlorination. Council utilities manager Mike Schruer says applying residual treatment to all its schemes will help TDC meet its legal obligations. “We have been advised that some form of residual disinfection in water supply networks, typically by means of chlorination, will be required for the drinking water assessors to approve Water Safety Plans, which in turn are a requirement for most water supply schemes to comply with the Drinking Water Standards New Zealand.” Mr Schruer says the council intends to conduct the special consultation procedure over a calendar month, most likely July. “Information will be provided to the affected communities and they will be invited to discuss the proposal with staff and make a submission to council. A hearing will be held and the hearing panel will make a recommendation to council on the decision to chlorinate.” The Hamama water supply scheme is also a small rural network but currently has no treatment facilities. Although it is council owned, it is funded and operated by its users. The council has started a process to hand it over to the users but, says Mr Shruer, the scheme will still be subject to strict safety regulations. “If the Hamama scheme is vested to the local community it will no longer be a council responsibility for the scheme to comply with the Drinking Water Standards NZ. However, the community body taking ownership of the scheme will still be required to comply with the relevant standards for a water scheme serving a community of a specified size. Until the legislation is finalised over the next few months there are still a few uncertainties regarding the standards and the regulatory framework.” For more information contact Mike Shruer at: mike. schruer@tasman.govt.nz or phone 03 543 8686. 3

Kahurangi Christian Church We are not meeting together in groups meantime but the church is alive. If you have any connection, prayer or practical needs that we might be able to help with, let us know. 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

TRADES AND SERVICES / Mahi a ratonga TAKAKA INFUSION will reopen the first day of level 2. We will provide everything as usual including friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. We are looking forward to seeing you all again. 30 Commercial St. Ph 525 7294. 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.


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NEWS IN BRIEF Lockdown letter from abroad

Tessa Cullen teaches English literature in Japan. Photo: Submitted. SUBMITTED BY TESSA CULLEN

I live in Tokyo, Japan. It’s the city of bright lights and mega-entertainment, though I haven’t seen much of that in the past months. Japan was one of the first countries to have cases of Covid-19 appear outside of China, as there are massive tourism and trading links between the two countries. This led to some early action on the part of Japan’s Government, which closed all schools in late February. I’m an English literature teacher here, and I haven’t physically been to work in about two months. The school year just started at the beginning of April, and our school opened up online from then. I teach my regular school timetable, so am on video call with my classes for four or five hours a day. I’m really enjoying it, and am finding online teaching a lot of fun. These are all new classes for me, so I’m learning to recognise some students by voice alone, as webcams aren’t always on. I also have one very shy student who, when I call their name, turns off their camera and pretends to not be there. And one time last week, a parent walked around behind their child dressed in their undergarments. Luckily the rest of the class was busy writing and missed the show. Though there was an early reaction [to the virus] by the higher-ups, efforts then seemed to stall. There is suspicion that the Government was downplaying the seriousness of the situation here to try to keep the Olympics in 2020. On their postponement, some further measures – like the provision of two cloth masks to every household – were taken, but nothing like the lockdowns in New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere. A state of emergency was declared for Tokyo and six other prefectures in early April, but testing here is still pretty dire. Tokyo is a city of 14 million people but some days fewer than 100 people are tested. Another difficulty is that the Government doesn’t constitutionally have the power to enforce the lockdown here, or even force businesses to close. They can just “strongly request” and hope to rely on the strong social compliance of Japanese people. Some comply. Some don’t. For me, I’ve been hanging out at home since well before the state of emergency, following the example of my NZ friends and family. My partner, who works as a vet in Singapore, is currently stuck in South Africa, as we were travelling there when Singapore closed its borders. We were planning to get to NZ for a visit in October, but that may not be possible. Overall, the most important thing is that we and our families are safe and healthy. I wish the same for all you Golden Bay-ites back home!

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A licence to print money

No conventional economist has risen to Robert Kennedy’s challenge (GBW Letters 24/4) to criticise quantitative easing by the New Zealand Government and the monetary theories of the Social Credit movement. I’m not a conventional economist, and I don’t know much about the latter, but I have a criticism about the former: there’s not enough of it! For those of you who might not know, quantitative easing means that the Government creates money out of nothing to buy back its bonds, in other words to pay off its debts. The bonds (loan repayment promises) it issued were bought by private banks which, because of a legal loophole, are allowed to create money out of nothing to buy them. It became illegal for them to print paper money, yet no law has since been made to prevent them from creating electronic money. So they continue to create money as loans, both to the Government and to us, and on top of that they have the cheek to charge us interest. So I say the Government should go the whole hog and create enough money (interest-free) to buy back all its bonds, which there was no need to issue in the first place. It should then go a step further and create enough money to give to all of us to guarantee we all have just enough to live on (no questions asked), and to fund its other spending. It could take back this money through taxation, and then destroy it to prevent inflation. Steve Penny

Adapting to “new way” tourism

Dear Steve and Mark, responding to your letters (GBW, 1/5), I have to accept both of your points as being reasonable and fair. However I did not make it clear that it was aimed at the international tourists. Sadly, we have now lost the income from both sides of the wealth divide, from the wealthy FIT (free independent tourist) and the mass group-travel tourist from China, South East Asia, Europe and America. We will have to adapt to the “new way “ tourism. This certainly will be domestic targeted. However an Australia/New Zealand tourism bubble is promising. Reg Turner

Open Waitapu Bridge riverside for community

With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions happening already, one of the things I am really looking forward to is the removal of the many large boulders blocking access to the fine community spot at Waitapu Bridge. Recent years have seen a deterioration in the atmosphere here. In what is now a free camping area, numbers have been swelling out of control at peak times. Golden Bay boasts far too few access points to the rivers and the sea as it is, so to have the use of this area denied to the likes of family groups is quite unpalatable. Perhaps the vehicles coming to take the boulders away could bring with them a couple of picnic tables, and a barbecue, and signage spelling out a new era in the control of camping and other activities in the river bed. The area needs to be upgraded and made attractive for family recreation. It is a great spot for swimming and picnics, or for launching kayaks and other small craft for whitebaiters and duckshooters. We cannot afford the loss of a beautiful taonga like Waitapu. If the boulders are needing a home, might I suggest they are placed strategically (and artistically) at either end of our village centre on Commercial Street, where they might serve to reduce the through traffic, and especially the heavy through traffic, which is making the heart of Takaka a dangerous place at busy times in the summer. Perhaps they could be placed and removed on a seasonal basis. Andy Cole

Better ways to save lives - and money

Ministry of Health data shows approximately 32,000 New Zealanders die a year. This year the New Zealand Government and people have demonstrated a willingness to impose and accept unprecedented restrictions on liberties and the risk of recession, where these have the capacity to defer deaths. International evidence suggests (Sweden, Italy, Spain) that approximately 250 people per million, or 1,250 in NZ, may die of Covid-19 if these measures were not taken. Any loss of life is tragic. However, young lives have long been valued over old. QALY (quality adjusted life years) is a common metric used to account for this. Given the statistical age and health demographics of those who lose their lives to Covid-19 and using “QALY lost” (life expectancy less age at death) as a measure, the probable impact of Covid-19 is significantly less than that of other preventable causes of death. One example is deaths associated with tobacco. Between 4,500 and 5,000 people die prematurely each year in NZ of a smoking related disease. The costs of smoking to the health and welfare system

are estimated at between $2.5b and $15b. Prohibition of the sale of nicotine products in NZ would have a far greater and more certain impact on deferring death than the Government’s Covid-19 response and have positive rather than adverse effects on the economy. Mark Shelly

An alternative shovel-ready job

When are TDC councillors expected to believe what they are being advised? Did they believe previous mayor Richard Kempthorne when he said publicly, “...if the cost of the dam comes in at over $85m then it is a nonstarter as it could not be economically feasible”? It is unbelievable that ratepayers were not protected from these escalating costs and are now told that a new toxic, ever-eroding synthetic mat will be needed, with no scrutiny and no plan to replace it when it does expire slowly into the Waimea River. If the new excuse to blindly blunder on with this risky project is to restore jobs, how about hiring a team to replant that big scar in the once beautiful Lee Valley with natives and create a pleasant bush walk and let the birds and other creatures return. Victoria Davis

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION - FEEDBACK Last week’s article on Mike Joy’s Better Futures Forum elicited some very thoughtful responses via the comments section on our website. Here are four (slightly abridged) comments: Absolutely love and support this initiative and may I add, as a prevention-oriented physician, that BFF adds new and innovative health initiatives to the list? Supportive natural means to boost our immune systems and promote wellness? This might be based on Dr Jimi Wollumbin’s One Health Organisation and the use of proven Integrative, holistic, and mindfulness practices? Once again, thank you Mike Joy for taking a strong lead where many have cognitive dissonance. We must not go back to BAU, look where it has taken us – Normal is the problem! We are on the cusp of social and environmental disaster far greater the Covid-19. We could start by ditching the “growth” model for the economy, such a contradiction in a world with finite resources. We need a paradigm shift and could do well adopting Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economy model. A ground swell of demand for change is needed! A most heartening story and timely. Dr Mike Joy, a founder of the Better Futures Forum, is offering just what we need right now; encouragement to gird our loins and get cracking with a better way of doing things. He engenders our support at a time when we too are beginning to sense that this pandemic should actually be an exciting opportunity, a catalyst for change. With contagious enthusiasm, Dr Joy invokes our pioneering spirit to creatively forge ahead out of current Covid crisis. His inclusive approach deserves a broad support base, we can all contribute. Let’s visualise out thoughts, be brave and get fired up. This is indeed a turning point - we really do want a more resilient Aotearoa. Golden Bay residents have a unique opportunity to help anchor a more rational future nationwide by supporting this initiative now! Great article. Back to the basics. New Zealand self-sustainable instead of depending on import and tourism. What artificial fertiliser is for our agriculture (depletes our soil in the long run), tourism is for our economy (tourism destroys everything to which it is attracted). Tourism pollutes and disrupts whole communities. On transport: during Level 4 we did not have to use our car because we could bike safely to town along SH60 to do our shopping. We saw so many people biking which proves that, if the facilities for safe biking are there, people will bike. During Level 3 it’s already too dangerous to bike along SH60. To join the conversation, head to this week’s “Top Stories” on our website and write a comment in the space provided below the article. We will publish a selection of the feedback received in the following week’s paper.

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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 It’s a relief to many to be able to be back at work under the Alert Level Three restrictions. Our district certainly has a busier feel to it now.

I encourage everyone to support the local businesses that have been able to reopen if they can but the most crucial thing is to do it safely. Minimise the times you need to leave the house – staying home is still the safest option. Use online or telephone ordering and contactless delivery options whenever you can. Some businesses are offering safe collection points for goods too but don’t lose sight of the physical distances. You always need to stay two metres away from anyone who isn’t in your bubble. Let’s stick with the rules and wait for an update on Monday 11 May about what our next steps will be. Be kind, be patient and keep doing the right thing.

Council services at Level Three 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. Sites are open to all commercial customers for waste, greenwaste, cleanfill and scrap metal only, using contactless transactions. Sites are 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 dropoff, 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. Other services • Our offices remain closed but you can contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 03 543 8400. Our website, tasman.govt.nz has lots of information and some services you can do online so pay it a visit. • Library services are currently all happening online. If you’re not already a library member, sign up for a digital membership to access lots of great resources and content. Visit the membership page on the library website to get started.

Please visit the website tasman.govt.nz, search on “streets for people” and complete a short survey to tell us how the lockdown has changed your perception of streets and how you want them to look when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Feedback is invited until 31 May 2020.

• Kerbside recycling and rubbish collection services continue as normal.

Good practice for outdoor burning

Apply now for a Community Grant Do you have an exciting community project in the pipeline? A Community Grant could help to make it happen. Applications for our Tasman District Council Community Grants are now open until 31 July 2020. Funding is available for Tasman-based projects that meet a community need and have community support. Grants are available for projects that fit into the following categories: • Arts/culture/heritage/museums • Festivals and events • Youth and children • Social services • Environment • Emergency services • Sports and recreation facilities. To apply and get more information, visit tasman.govt.nz/link/grants.

The Tasman Youth Council is running a writing competition for 13 – 18 year olds in the Tasman region. Proposed by Tasman Youth Councillor Gulliver MacDonald, who has organised it with the help of fellow Youth Councillors Jacob Evans and Mackenzie Brough, the theme is “Life in Lockdown.” Entries should be under 800 words and must be submitted by 13 May. You can get more details on the Tasman Youth Council Facebook page and entries can be sent to wyc@sporttasman.org.nz. A prize of $65 will be awarded to the winner, selected by Mayor Tim King.



The COVID-19 lockdown has shown that lower levels of air pollution, more people using active transport, greater social cohesion and less people dying on our roads are all achievable goals. The lockdown has also challenged the idea that streets are designed for vehicles. Streets have been transformed into hubs of interaction, recreation, art and play. As we have walked, ridden and accessed spaces normally reserved for cars, should we now review how we plan these areas in future?

• 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 two metre distance from others.

• Community and Economic Development Initiatives

Youth Council writing competition

Streets for people survey

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.

The fire ban has now been lifted and as we head into the winter months, smoke from outdoor burning causes many problems and extra care is needed to reduce the effect it has. First check if you are allowed to burn outdoors, it’s banned year round in Richmond and Motueka and not permitted over winter in other places. Check our website for details. Where outdoor burning is allowed, every effort must be made to minimise smoke: • Check the weather conditions, wind speed and direction and continue to check throughout the burn. • Wind speeds of 10 – 25km/h are best. • Burn well-seasoned, dry vegetation only. • Stack vegetation and untreated wood loosely. • In winter only burn between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. • Do not leave a fire to smoulder overnight. • Get the fire burning hot as quickly as possible and keep it hot throughout the burn. • Only burn outdoors when you really must. Check out the updated good practice guide for outdoor burning on our website, and please check if you need a fire permit at checkitsalright.nz.


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.

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Rangihaeata’s drowned forest

NEWS IN BRIEF Motueka voters get more time


The extraordinary drowned forest along the foreshore at Rangihaeata has given rise to much speculation over the years as to its origin and age. Age estimates have ranged from the 19th century to 7000BP but it was not until a university colleague of Golden Bay local Geoff Rennison took a specimen sample back to Auckland to be radiocarbon dated that the age and species were scientifically verified. Once thought to be kahikatea, the trees were actually determined as ribbonwood, a relatively uncommon plant that these days are not found along the beach. The sample tested was dated at 500AD, pre-dating Māori occupation. The forest was somehow destroyed with mainly root systems buried and preserved in swampy sediment for approximately 1500 years. The trees have gradually been exhumed through shoreline retreat. Unlike the fossilised Jurassic forest at Curio Bay in the Catlins in Southland, the fibre of the Rangihaeata trees is still wood-like, and according to Geoff “quite flexible and buoyant”, so that they move and can withstand considerable wave action without breaking up. Rangihaeata Beach is the most rapidly eroding beach in Golden Bay. Measurements of the coastline have shown rapid shoreline retreat over recent years. Aerial photos taken in the 1950s show that the beach in one place has gone back 800 metres. “It’s a dynamic coastline; it’s changing all the time,” says Geoff. As a result of these changes, the forest stumps and roots and even some of the fossil forest soil have become more visible than ever before. Concrete steps once belonging to a foreshore bach are now submerged by the tide and recent high king tides have deposited logs 30 metres inland, destroying foreshore vegetation in their path. Photography of the entire site is currently being undertaken and the images are being collated in an archive at the


As postal voting for a new Tasman District councillor got underway in the Motueka by-election, a low turnout caused concern amongst voters and candidates. While it could be argued that the choice of councillor does not directly affect Golden Bay ratepayers, some candidates appear to be more sympathetic to the Bay’s needs than others, so the outcome could be significant. The poll was triggered by the resignation of Motueka Ward councillor Claire Hutt in February. Nominations closed on 16 March and would have normally been followed by a month or so of electioneering, but any meaningful campaigning was cut short by the implementation of Alert Level 4 lockdown restrictions. Consequently, candidates have been unable to hold public meetings or canvas support in the traditional way. Furthermore, the local paper, The Motueka Guardian, has been shut down since 25 March and so voters have been deprived of a key source of information. Voting was originally open from 20 April until 12 noon on 12 May, but by the end of last week, not all voters appeared to have received their voting papers, according to TDC’s electoral officer Sandra Hartley. “Despite NZ Post reassuring us that all 9004 voting papers have now been distributed, a number of voters have told us they have yet to receive theirs.” To allow voters sufficient time to cast their vote, Ms Hartley has exercised her authority under section 73 of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and extended the voting period to 12 noon 26 May. “The one power I do have is to extend the voting period, once voting has started, by 14 days at a time, to enable voters to cast a valid vote. This is what I am doing now. I think it is owed to the Motueka community to have a reasonable opportunity to vote in this by-election and to choose a candidate that can take their seat at the council table without challenge.” Ms Hartley explained that she had no choice but to run the election despite the difficulties posed by lockdown restrictions. “The current electoral legislation did not anticipate a by-election happening during a pandemic. I explored every avenue possible; however, there were no provisions in the legislation that would enable me or anyone else to pause the election process earlier or to delay the distribution of voting papers. I share the frustrations expressed by some Motueka residents. It certainly would have been sensible to have paused or delayed the distribution of voting papers, if I’d been able to do so legally.” She adds that there is no possibility of re-running the election once the lockdown is eased, but a further 14-day extension could be granted should the turnout remain low. “I will be keeping an eye on the voting returns, and have the ability to extend the election day once again if necessary.” As of Wednesday, official figures showed returns were still below 25 per cent.

The Rangihaeata drowned forest stumps and roots have become more visible than ever before. Photo: Murray Hedwig.

Golden Bay Museum. This drowned forest is a unique and special phenomenon. “It won’t always be there,” warns Geoff. “Regionally, it’s very unusual.”

Hoofing it for “a council trim”

Val Stocker and Patsy Garrett walked their horses a few kilometres down Patons Rock road during Level 4 lockdown. No farrier was allowed to tend the horses’ hooves, so the owners took them on a tarmac walk, also known as “a council trim”. Photo: Supplied.


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

Recipe: A Mother’s Day treat Like many kids, the RobertsHanlon brothers Louis (8) and Elliott (5), have been filling their lockdown days with learning through play - getting creative with Lego and Duplo, drawing on the pavements with chalk, making salt dough creations, painting, playing board games, folding origami boats and planes, and it’s been a perfect time to learn road sense on their bikes. They also like to get creative in the kitchen, so they’ve been making gingerbread, sushi and Louis’ own invention nasturtium soup. They’d like to share with you a favourite recipe for Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Perfect for Mother’s Day - especially if Mum isn’t cleaning up afterwards!

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Elliott and Louis’ Chocolate Chunk Cookies Ingredients: 150 grams butter - softened 80 grams white sugar 80 grams soft brown sugar 1 large egg from your neighbour’s chook 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 220 grams plain flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 250 grams of your favourite chocolate block. (Whittaker’s dark 50% is ideal)

Instructions: Preheat the oven to 190oC. Cream the butter and sugars until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla and whole egg, mix well. Sift in dry ingredients, mix slowly until an even dough forms. Break chocolate into chunks, add to the dough. Mix again. Make golf-ball sized balls of dough, arrange on a lined baking tray, well spaced. Bake in the centre of the oven for 8-10 minutes until well risen and golden brown. Remove onto a cooling rack. Eat while warm and gooey or wait for an hour or so until the chocolate has set.

Enviro Sisters: From homeschool project to YouTube launch ANITA PETERS

“Together we are the Enviro Sisters.” So say siblings 13-yearold Deva and 11-year-old Isa Baanvinger Singh as they launch their environmental YouTube videos out into the world. Their first video, created at the beginning of Level 4 lockdown, outlines three main issues viewers can expect to learn about; the environment, veganism and the process of going plastic-free. “ We s t a r te d i t a s a homeschool project idea,” says Deva, “but the more it’s gone on, the happier I am sharing this information. It ’s something I’m really passionate about.” The second video launches straight into hard-hitting facts about diminished pollution levels since March, due to reduced transport and gaseous emissions and a reduction in consumerism, with suggestions about keeping those levels low. Similarly, their video about veganism harks back to their love of animals and how being

Learn about insects: Log onto the Smithsonian Science Education Centre to do a deep-dive into insects. Create pasta jewellery: Paint it, thread it, and then wear it! Indoor garden: You can start an indoor herb garden by using eggshells as planters, or make a terrarium out of jars. Check out Food52 for a terrarium tutorial. Make a vision board: Cut out pictures that you identify with (or things you would like to do or be) from magazines and stick them onto a large piece of paper or cardboard. Arrange them together to make a collage. Make a self-portrait: Using a mirror, draw yourself. Glue on buttons, pasta jewellery, fabric, wool, hair or anything you can find. Build a fort: Use cardboard boxes slotted together, or furniture like tables and chairs turned upside down, or just blankets or sheets draped over furniture. Make a sign saying “Keep out” if you want privacy. Make a recycled robot: Create robots or animals from your recyclables, eg egg cartons for crocodile bodies and robots from boxes and containers. Bottle tops and lids make great eyes and hats. Play free online puzzles: You can find countless online puzzles on the Lovatts website. Enjoy daily crosswords, Sudoku, Word Search, Trivia Quizzes, Code Crackers and more, all for free.

Colouring-in competition: Win with Fonterra Competition winners: Blythe Nellie Welsford and Floyd. Congratulations to the winners! And thank you to everyone who took part in our competition. Looking at all the entries certainly brightened up our days in the office. We will be in touch shortly to arrange delivery of the prizes.

Enviro Sisters: Isa (11) and Deva (13) Baanvinger Singh have so far launched six environmental YouTube videos out into the world. Photo: Supplied.

vegan benefits the environment, as does a plastic-free existence. This is a collaborative process: the sisters brainstorm and share ideas and once subject matter is decided, take turns to research facts, write scripts and edit. The videos are peppered with a variety of prompts and graphic inserts and backed by a simple soundtrack. “Then we draft it, and add a few things and take away a few things until we’re really happy with it,” explains Deva. “We learn the lines from the script before we say them. We do have a bit of help to upload, but mostly we’re doing it all ourselves.”


Now, six videos later, having covered these three important themes, they are introducing other topics that relate, from repurposing clothing to envirofriendly vegan bread. These girls are well-rehearsed and professional beyond their years. “For us it was a completely new process,” admitted Deva. “We’d made movies in the past, but we’d never made or edited a YouTube video.” As for the future? They agree they will keep going with the YouTube videos. “It’s something we’re really enjoying for now.” New videos are posted weekly or fortnightly on Fridays, on The Enviro Sisters YouTube channel. 9

Feeding the soul CHLOE MASON

Earlier this year Nanditha Ram released her fourth book, The Book of Transcendental Gastronomy: Feeding the Soul’s Longing for Bliss. For Nanditha, cooking and ser ving food to people is a p r i c e l e s s fe e l i n g. With a background in journalism, experience running Indian eatery “Manna”, and a passion for intuitive cooking, writing this book came instinctively to Nanditha. What originally started off as a simple collection of recipes quickly morphed into a book that addresses how visceral cooking can help us find and express new versions of ourselves through our connection to food. “My creative process is chaotic. I didn’t have a plan. I allowed the book to shapeshift into what it is now.” Nanditha grew up in South India. “My motherland has always inspired me to write,” she says. “I do have to say that there are a lot of preconceived stereotypes about what Indian food is like”. Curry isn’t even an Indian word, explains Nanditha. Typically, only North Indian food (specifically food from Punjab) is sold in the West as “Indian food”. The book addresses this colonial mindset, introduces South Indian cuisine and gives a history on the culinary ethos of Indian food. “We use kitchen cupboard medicine as a very serious form of healing, and integrate that into the cuisine. It’s not just throwing spices in hot oil, there’s a much bigger story behind it”. The purpose of the book is to encourage a mindset of ease towards cooking. “I don’t want anyone to be intimidated by the idea of a cookbook. We’re not aiming to be perfect, we’re aiming to improvise” explains Nanditha, who wants readers to approach cooking with love. Nanditha wants to promote cooking as a creative activity, not just a means of survival. “Be completely casual about your creativity, because then you’ll find something amazing”. The book contains recipes that are easy to follow, designed to keep cooking simple. It also covers topics like Ayurvedic cooking, superfood myths and the additives in our food. The book is currently available as a digital download on Google Books or Google Play by searching the title, or Nanditha Ram. Here is a sample recipe from The Book of Transcendental Gastronomy: Feeding the Soul’s Longing for Bliss by Nanditha: “Although this dish is originally from Punjab (also known as the land of five rivers), it transcends borders and is a favorite everywhere in India. It is typically enjoyed with flatbread and rice, and is served in highway eateries, in restaurants, and is often a delicious homemade treat.” The recipes are not presented in the following manner in the book. They are interwoven within the narratives. However, for your immediate gratification, here is a recipe for one of my favorite dishes. Palak paneer Ingredients: ½ kg spinach 1 medium onion, chopped 2 fresh tomatoes, diced 1 or 2 dried red chilies, depending on your appetite for heat 1 tablespoon garam masala (the book includes a garam masala recipe) 1 heaped teaspoon ginger garlic mince Salt to taste 250 grams paneer (soft cheese), cut into cubes (the book includes a paneer recipe) Sunflower oil for frying spices Blanch the spinach and blend into a chunky puree. Set aside. In a pan, heat the oil. Add the onion, ginger-garlic mince, tomato, red chillies, garam masala and salt. Cook this mix until the skin of the tomato starts to pull back. Blend the mixture. Add it to the pureed spinach. Mix well and simmer for a couple of minutes.Turn off the heat and add the paneer cubes and let them sink into the sauce. Let it sit for a few minutes. Serve on a bed of steamed basmati rice. 10


By Gillian Rubinstein writing as Lian Hearn. My obsession this week has been the Tales of the Otori series. Initially published from 2002, these books, set in feudal Japan, have lived on the shelf at home for several years (Founders Book Fair finds). The week began with Across the Nightingale Floor and ended with Brilliance of the Moon (and now I’m on to the sequel, Harsh Cry of the Heron.) A young boy has a carefree life in the hillside village of Mino until it is attacked by the Tohan forces. He is one of the Hidden, a non-violent and insular group who do not adhere to the beliefs or principles of the warring factions that surround them. Tomaso (soon to be renamed Takeo) is the only survivor and escapes into the hills with two warriors on his tail. Just as the men gain on him, he is grabbed on the path by a man in travelling clothes. This man becomes his protector and purpose. Lord Shigeru, the legitimate heir of the Otori clan, takes Takeo into his home, adopts him and begins instructing him the way of the warrior and, through Kenji (a Muto tribe leader), in the ways of the mysterious and dangerous Tribe — the expert spies and assassins. Takeo is descended from the Kikitu family, who have superior and fascinating abilities — exceptional hearing, second self and “invisibility”. The Tribe expects complete obedience (something that the young man Takeo finds counter to his upbringing) and Lord Shigeru also has plans for him in his endeavours to retain his rightful inheritance as the head of the Otori clan. Yet this is not only the tale of Takeo. While some lords play at war and military might, others seek and gain power through alliances, marriage and the taking of hostages. One such hostage is the young and beautiful Lady Kaede, the eldest daughter, from the Shirakawa family. Given as a hostage and guarantee of obedience as a young girl to a minor and contemptible warlord, Kaede has spent half of her fifteen years in captivity at his castle. As she matures, her beauty and reputation precede her, and Kaede becomes a pawn in the games between the warring clans. A marriage is arranged between Lady Kaede Shirakawa and Lord Shigeru Otori at the

insistence of the powerful leader of the Tohan, Iida Sadumu — a marriage which Kaede fears and which is a trap for Shigeru. Pull in Shigeru’s lover, Lady Maruyama Naomi, and a blossoming attraction between Takeo and Kaede, along with intrigue, secrets and danger, and the scene is set for a dramatic and drastic outcome. In the first book, both Kaede and Takeo must find their inner strengths and utilise all their intellect and physical advantages to overcome powerful leaders, often working blind in a situation where they do not know the rules or the plans of these overlords, and the deadly lengths they will go to retain or gain power. As you can imagine, both Taeko and Kaede make it through the first book, but their woes will continue, and greater trials and danger ensue in Grass for His Pillow and Brilliance of the Moon. Now Takeo has a prophecy: five battles — four to win and one to lose, and his death will come at the hands of his son. Does he believe in this prophecy or is it mere superstition? And where does he stand in the world when his lineage is split across three paths — Tribe, Otori and Hidden? This is an excellent series — gripping and intriguing; a story of suspense, love, loyalty, double-crossing, mystery and revenge. So good that I’m going back to Book 4 immediately so I can be immersed in the world of the Otori.


On the Tasman District Libraries website there are an enormous amount of resources to help you research your family history and discover local history Go to the libaries website www.tasmanlibraries.govt. nz and click on Heritage. Under Family History these are some of the sites to investigate: • Nelson Provincial Museum Early Settlers Database • Tasman District Council Cemetery records including Collingwood, Bainham & Rototai • Commonwealth War Graves Commission • PapersPast - Discover what life was really like in 19th and early 20th century New Zealand through these historic newspapers. • New Zealand Yesteryears - Immigrant ships to New Zealand; includes photographs, passenger lists, shipboard diaries and more ship-related information.

• Births, Deaths & Marriages Online - Search historic New Zealand birth, death and marriage registers from the Department of Internal Affairs. • Under Local History you can find books and online resources on the history of our region, and see what local history resources our libraries and other organisations hold. • Kete Tasman - This is a place for the local community to share original photos, stories and other materials about local events, people, places and experiences. It covers the Nelson-Tasman region from Farewell Spit to south of Murchison, from Western Golden Bay/Mohua to the Richmond Ranges. • The Prow: Ngā Kōrero o Te Tau Ihu - Find information on the history and culture of Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough. A valuable resource for school students, researchers and those interested in the history of the top of the South Island. Ancestry Library Edition is an excellent family history research tool with records from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Europe and Australia and New Zealand. You can access Ancestry Library Edition from home until 31 May, free with your library card and PIN. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 8 MAY 2020

The Flyfisher’s Wife: Gifts and more

NEWS IN BRIEF Minty celebrates in lockdown

Last year Minty Henderson celebrated her big nine-o with a large crowd of friends and family at Old School Café . This year she celebrated at her home in Pakawau, with daughter Joyce Wyllie maintaining distance on the deck making a non-contact delivery of birthday cake and goodies. “We can still be grateful for the past, sing together in the present, and join with her to look forward to the year ahead,” says Joyce.


The Flyfisher’s Wife - and husband: Natasha and Anton Donaldson. Photo: Ronnie Short. RONNIE SHORT

Just before Alert Level 4 lockdown, Collingwood’s newest business The Flyfisher’s Wife opened its doors to sell a range of gifts and fly-fishing equipment. Four days later, Government restrictions forced it to close. Owners Natasha and Anton Donaldson of Rockville are now preparing to reopen as the move to Level 2 approaches. Customers can be sure they’re supporting the local economy with their purchases. The store sells a variety of local products including Marlena Oils, Bec Brown’s watercolour pictures, cushions made by Imagine Designs, and Living Light candles. There are also Burrow & Be gifts for babies, and much more. Orders can currently be placed online from their Facebook page, with online payment and pick-up or delivery options. Being a gardener, Natasha is keen to provide seedlings and maybe even fruit trees to sell in the shop in the future. Husband Anton has been working as a fly-fishing guide (for trout and kingfish) in the top of the South Island for around eight years. When lockdown happened, he immediately lost all his international clients and found himself unemployed. Hence he will operate the shop while Natasha continues to garden and, while necessary, homeschool their two children. “So really,” explains Anton, “from the street it is a gift shop. But we will also have a range of specialist fishing tackle and fly-

fishing gear, which is very expensive and specialist.” There are few other outlets in the Top of the South selling the essential items fly-fishermen need. “You’re getting someone who knows what they’re talking about,” said Natasha. At the moment there is a bit of a slow-down in sourcing some products as borders are closed and the American factories that make the high-quality carbon-fibre rods are also shut. But Anton still has products available in the shop and is selling online from his website: www.nztroutadventures.co.nz The couple has had a 16-foot boat built, which is set up as a charter for saltwater fly-fishing as well as for conventional fishing for snapper, gurnard, etc. Anton has an array of additional ideas for the charter boat such as nature tours and bird watching. “We need to think about what we can do and make that affordable,” said Anton. He is keen to use this opportunity to teach people how to cast, which is something he can look at doing under Level 2. As a special opening offer, and for Mother’s Day this weekend, gifts can be ordered online and delivered free in Collingwood, or for just $5 anywhere in Golden Bay. Natasha has organised special gift baskets—which include a Collingwood Tavern gift voucher—for just $55, or there are many suitable gifts for Mum that can be viewed and ordered online from Facebook.

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Home viewing: Lots to watch on streaming services ALISTAIR HUGHES

What I’d give to be annoyed by a txting, coughing, talking, picture-theatre audience again. No matter how much tolerance of crowds deteriorates with advancing years, movie watching should always be a social activity. Sitting in the dark with others as you simultaneously experience the same on-screen thrills, twists and heartaches is the magic of cinema. Although we can’t have that back just at the moment, there are still latest releases and undiscovered gems to be enjoyed on streaming. Robert Downey Jnr’s Doctor Doolittle is available on Apple TV/iTunes, Lightbox and other streaming services. Probably last year’s highest-earning actor, Downey’s first post-Marvel star vehicle is clearly an indulgence, but certainly doesn’t lack charm and spectacle. Doolittle’s animal friends evolve instantly from special effects to complete characters, helped immeasurably by an expert voice cast. Guy Ritchie ensemble heist caper The Gentlemen almost made it to the Village Theatre before lockdown happened, but is also now available on streaming. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Downtown Abbey’s Michelle Docherty and

perpetually in-and-out of retirement Hugh Grant, this tale of dodgy geezers and shifty schemes is a return to form for the legendary director of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. If Bubble Boredom is making you feel a little reckless in your choices you could brave the film everyone shoo-ed when it slunk quietly through cinema cat doors, last year. The big-budget film adaptation of the musical Cats seems to have gained universal derision, one reviewer even stating that it was “the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs”. An astonishing variety of talent including Idris Elba, Judi Dench and Taylor Swift should have guaranteed some appeal, so perhaps morbid curiosity over what causes something to apparently go so badly wrong is good enough reason to watch. Netflix is currently showing a wonderful remedy to Hollywood excess—2017’s Finding your Feet is the kind of cosy, unassuming feel-good film that is very welcome at the moment. When closeted Lady Sandra (Imelda Staunton) leaves her cheating husband to live with her estranged older sister (Celia Imrie) in a London council estate, she finds herself introduced to an entirely new and more invigorating style of life. Although performed by much-loved but now distinctly “third-aged” British actors, including Joanna Lumley, Finding your Feet

becomes a “dance movie”. It is a delight, but delivers some moving drama at the same time. Greek mythology comes to startling technicolour life in Clash of the Titans, also on Netflix. This is not the soulless 2010 CGI remake, but the 1981 original epic with old-school effects by genius Ray Harryhausen. This was his final film, and the scary Medusa sequence might be the master’s crowning achievement. An appropriately God-like cast list includes Laurence Olivier as Zeus, with assorted Olympians played by Claire Bloom, Ursula Andress and even Maggie Smith. And if you’ve wondered how actresses and stuntwomen are spending their time while the film industry is in lockdown, Kiwi stunt specialist Zoe Bell’s epic Boss B*tch Fight Challenge on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCO0DXAc0tk will answer all your questions. Although The GB Weekly does not condone violence, watching Zoe’s industry and celebrity friends carry a brutal tag game across five minutes is exactly the kind of slapstick, schadenfreude hilarity needed as we all stave off six weeks of cabin fever. The stunts will amaze, but the stars are just as brave by all almost unrecognisably dressed-down and sans makeup. Caution: highly addictive, but do not attempt at home.

Historic photos of the Takaka Hill and Cobb Valley

Level 4 lockdown meant having time to go through some slides. These are from Dick Lamb’s collection - late 1950s or 60s at a guess. Cobb Valley, left, and Takaka Hill, right. Photos: Submitted.

WHAKAARO: Confessions of a lotus-eater SUBMITTED BY ADRIAN MALONEY

My friends (may I call you my friends?), you will perhaps revile me with a deep and endless hatred after reading this), I am compelled to make a clean breast - as clean as my oft-washed hands, though never clear of my heartfelt guilt. My friends, after enduring sleepless nights wrestling with my anguish, I must reveal to you that the world has been led into delusion. and sorely misinformed. The Covid-19 pandemic was no caused by the Wuhanese eating pangolins or whatever. They were only the unwitting agents. The cause, I confess with profound sorry and self-loathing, was none other than me. Yes, I admit it. The fault is mine alone. We all know that a butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazon and causes a hurricane in Japan. Well, we do if we are of the Quantum persuasion. Such a disaster-laden trifle was my buying a diary. I did not intend to cause a pandemic, my motive was simple, but the law of unintended consequences obviously came into play here. Permit me to unburden myself and perhaps purge my guilt. I am a member of U3A (University of the Third Age) and do not blush to admit it. There are many worthy members and the Golden Bay association is the envy of many. Visitors from the great centres of civilisation marvel that such a variety of groups thrives in an apparently isolated cultural desert. However, U3A has one major drawback, Its power 12

of seduction. As soon as a new group is formed, weak-willed should such as I think “Yes, I would like to know more about that”, and join up. My nearest and dearest is of the same inclination but made of sterner stuff, and resists the temptation more often. Inevitably the day comes when my once agile mind began to lose track of my commitments, and I missed meetings, or arrived a week early, or came prepared for “Patagonian cooking fetishes” only to find it was “Reminiscences of a strolling brain surgeon”. An unhappy state and one not to be long endured. Something had to be done. My nearest and dearest, being of a practical and pragmatic nature, considered the problem in all its aspects and said simply, “You need a diary”. From the simple sentence grew the great pandemic. Do not blame her. Do not send her cowardly anonymous vituperative messages on Snapchat, Facebook, My Blog etc, for we do not frequent them. Nor is she to blame for Covid-19. The burden of guilt for that is mine and mine alone. “Why”, you may ask (or may not, or may have quit this article and gone back to your copy of “101 things to create with 50 surplus toilet rolls”. Freud would have a field ay over the current obsession with toilet rolls). Why? Because I alone bought the diary. I alone sat down and organised my engagements, their times and dates, my doctor’s appointments, my joint replacements, in a valiant attempt to finally get my life into a coherent pattern At last the next six months lay there before

me - tamed, elderly, in a predictable controlled array. As it never had been and obviously was never intended to be. I am truly sorry. Such a cataclysmic state of orderliness was not part of the cosmic pattern, it seems. So the virus was launched, like the plagues of old, to restore the cosmic balance. Eventually Blessed Jacinda decreed that we should self-isolate, and that all previously planned projects should cease forthwith. My diary was pointless. There are only so many ways of entering “like yesterday”, for the next four weeks, desperate though you may be to fill in your day. The world would now have time to reconsider its ways and perhaps come up with a kinder set. There! That feels better. We should remember the story of Pandora’s box. When she had released all the evils to plague the world and gazed in despair into he box, she saw hope waiting for her. We are headed for tough times, maybe tougher than many of us have known, but will come through them if we employ the cooperation and kindness that Blessed Jacinda calls us to use. Perhaps we can spend some time thinking how we can create the new world, for the old one needs to be changed. But we must keep what is good in it lest we throw the baby away with the bath water. I know what will be thrown away. That .... diary. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 8 MAY 2020

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ADMIN for farmers and small businesses. Also copywriting for websites, publicity and marketing. Ph Sue 021 555 836. ALL your garden needs, ph Alexis 021 0239 1364. References available. ARBORIST. Certified. The Tree Doctor, all aspects of tree care. Free quotes. Ph Chris 021 0264 7942. ARBORIST, qualified, ph Jack Stevens 021 211 5580.

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PROPERTY WANTED / Rawa hiahia available for hire. Ph 027 337 7147.

HOUSE to rent long term, two+ bedrooms. Single male, non smoker, no pets, in full-time work. Ph 027 316 3566. PAINTING. Quality, efficient service, available now. Ph Luca Borrelli 022 086 1842. WANTED to rent, two- to three-bedroom home close to town. PAINTING and interior, exterior plastering. Licensed qualified Please ph Kim 027 408 6204. TO rent, house, two-three bedrooms, preferably long local tradesman. Ph CM Coatings 027 222 0507. term, Golden Bay area, by professional male with excellent PATONS ROCK STORAGE. Modern, insurance-approved, references. Please ph Graeme 021 886 255. alarmed. Self-locking various sized units, some 24/7. Owner lives on premises. Ph Gavin 525 9956. WANTED / Hiahia PENINSULA Plasterers for all your interior plastering needs. No job too small. Quality assured. 20+ years’ experience. For a free quote ph Craig 027 472 4376. PORTABLE BANDSAW MILLING. Ph Tim 524 8997, 027 714 4232.

SEPTIC TANKS EMPTIED. Ph Chris 027 444 5334 or John 027 647 4913.

CARS, caravans? Will buy certain models and pick up anything free or can drop off Collingwood opposite dump. Parts, tyres, batteries for sale. Support local. Ph 020 4167 1519.

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.

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

STORAGE /container hire. Your place (anywhere) or mine (Takaka). Ph Cheryl at Orange Mechanical Ltd 525 9991.

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

TAKAKA Self Storage, Commercial Street. Have containers (new) available. Excellent security, cameras etc. Ph 525 6181.

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. ELECTRICIANS. Fuse Electrical Golden Bay. Ready to solve all your electrical needs. Ph Thomas 525 9300, 027 788 8500.

ELECTRONICS repairs: Cell phones, computers, radios, TVs, HiFi and more! Ph 027 246 2432. FREEVIEW satellite TV. Ph 027 246 2432. GARDEN advice, design and development, soil testing, fruit pruning, orchard work. Sol Morgan, GroWise Consultancy, ph 027 514 9112. GARDENING services: Fruit-tree pruning, weeding, lawnmowing, weed-trimming, general garden tidy up. Ph Carlos 027 751 9730. GB CHIMNEY SWEEPING, SPIDER AND FLY SPRAYING Ph 524 8795 or 027 434 5405 GIBSTOPPING /coving (NCPB qualified). Local friendly service. Ph Rob McDonald Plastering, 027 712 2552. GOLDEN BAY DIGGER HIRE 1.7 tonne. Ph 027 713 0684.

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

TREE removal, confined area felling, chipping, chipper hire. Fully insured. Ph 525 7597, 027 212 4020. WINDOW cleaning. Ph Willem 022 134 1726.

PROPERTY AVAILABLE / Rawa watea 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.

HEARING aids, accessories, spares, used and now unneeded, for refurbishment, to be sent to needy children overseas. After lockdown, drop off at ITM Takaka or On The Spot Collingwood or phone me, Vic Eastman 524 8487.

SITUATIONS VACANT / Tūranga wātea WE are looking for a calf rearer for the 20/21 season. Hours average five hours a day from last week in July to middle of November. We are situated in Hamama, five minutes from Takaka. Generous rates, either hourly or contract. If interested and want more information please ph 03 525 7333 or Daphne 027 201 5994.

FOR SALE / Hei hokohoko WINDOW repairs. At home or work. Ph Golden Bay Glass 525 7274. 96 Commercial Street.

BEEF shorthorn steers, quiet, BVD, M Bovis and Covid-free. Takaka, ph Bill 021 556 806. ATTENTION QUARANTINE GARDENERS: Kaihoka sheep poo, bagged and delivered, 10/bag. Ph Wyllies 524 8364, kaihoka@xtra.co.nz TIMBER for flooring, wall and ceiling linings, etc. Local plantation grown lucitanica, blackwood, black wattle and Eucalyptus nitens available, 150x50 rough sawn, 19mm T&G or 12mm TG&V finished. Ph Andy 525 9228 or 027 228 1503. 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.

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 CAMBARA 14-in-1 exercise machine, $350 ono. Ph/txt 020 4120 0710.

HEALTH & WELLBEING / Hauora SIMON Jones counselling. Available by telephone or online. Ph 525 8542. T U D O R Burchill/Tak ak a Physiotherapy. Telephone consultations available, ph 021 207 6256. 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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GREEN Grass Accounting - Chartered Accountant. MYOB Partner and Xero Certified. Local accountant providing business and personal accounting services. Ph Robert 029 775 6459 or email robert@greengrassaccounting.co.nz.

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

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

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HEAT pump installation, sales and servicing. Ph Dave McKay 027 404 4740, 525 8538. HELPING HANDS ph 525 6226. Te Whare Mahana Supported Employment. Lawnmowing, line trimming, garden maintenance, riparian planting, scrub-cutting, gutter cleaning, recycling, pothole repair, waterblasting, window cleaning, house moves. How can we help?


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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

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Primo beachfront location! 1980’s beach home, with a sep. consented unit, has lots of sea view & spacious living with 2 bdrms, 2 bthrms & small bunk room, also 1 bdrm in self-contained cottage. Logburner, 4 heatpumps & extensive photovoltaics ensures power bills are seriously negative. Check out this seaside place at Patons Rock, by appointment only. Ref: GB3776 Price : $950,000

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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. Wide hall corridor, large rooms & windows, the property is spaciousness. Included is a 2 bdrm cottage at the entrance to the main property - another income stream or for the overflow or family & friends! $930,000+GST (if any) Ref: GB3679 Price:

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Set on 12ha, just a short walk from Pōhara Beach, the grazing is some of the best around & home sits on an elevated knob with arguably the nicest views around! The home, built in 1984, is low maintenance, 3 bdrms, 3 garages & a huge paved outdoor entertaining area. Panoramic views from almost every room in the house! Call me for further information. Ref: GBR3632

Price: Offers Over $1.45m+GST (if any) Contact: James Mackay 027 359 0892


This 3.9ha lifestyler is less than 10mins drive from Town, offers not ONE but TWO dwellings & some interesting facets of income producing potential as part of the big picture. Immaculately presented inside & out. There is so much to see here, I would love to show you around so give me a call to see how this could work for you, your extended family or realise that co-operative vision. Price: $1.175m Ref: GB3768 Contact: Paul McConnon 0275 042 872 Sharon McConnon Sales Manager 0275 258 255

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Level 3 - the week that was ....... It's been a different sort of a week, but a busy week all the same! We've put all the measures in place to cope with the current situation & this means that even though our office is still not open to the public, we are busy in the background putting the documentation & industry procedures in place so we can carry on, as the restrictions allow. This week has seen considerable buyer enquiry, some private viewings & appraisal prep work. (We are now able to carry out appraisals & do all the associated business.) This week sees a property under contract, resulting from a multi offer situation following a deadline sale. There is also a property with an offer currently under negotiation. This activity is all very pleasing & shows confidence that our clients & buying customers that are able, are wanting to carry on in the current situation. We, in turn feel very confident that the noticeable activity resulting from the businesses & industry that have been permitted to resume trading, will continue to grow & our vibrant town will flourish again very soon. Who knows - maybe there will be an unprecedented hum about the Bay this winter, that is not usually experienced at this time of the year. Thanks for your continued support Golden Bay & thanks to our very experienced sales & support team who are still here, working behind the scenes & ready to help, when the time is right. Our call centre will direct you through to who you need to be connected to - ph (03) 525 8800 anytime. We are looking forward to what next week will bring. Have a safe weekend everyone. James Mackay Principal / AREINZ / B.Com

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