The GB Weekly - 10 December 2021

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Making homes affordable

Renford Crump and Chai James lay floor boards at Mohua Affordable Housing Trust’s property in Tākaka. Photo: Jo Richards. JO RICHARDS

Last December Golden Bay/Mohua Affordable Housing Project officially launched its ambitious programme to provide high quality cost-effective homes for the hundred or so families and individuals struggling to find long-term secure accommodation in the Bay. One year later, chair of the Mohua Affordable Housing Trust (MHAT) Dr Chris Bennett takes stock, highlighting achievements, frustrations, and future plans. The most tangible sign of progress is the completion of the first pair of dwellings. “We have essentially finished two houses – one in Hamama and one in Rockville,” says Chris. Construction has also begun of two units for the elderly located to the rear of existing community cottages at 189 Commercial Street, Tākaka. MAHT will meet all construction costs then own and manage the properties, covering all running and maintenance costs for 35 years from rents, before handing ownership over to Tasman District Council to be added to the Council’s housing stock. The Council will select and manage the tenants in accordance with their existing policies. Next up is the construction of a home in

Rangihaeata. The success of the project has always hinged on three main factors: the availability of land, access to finance, and the cost of construction. Land From the early days of the project, property owners around the Bay have been keen to sign up to share their land and take advantage of Tasman District Council’s planning rules which allow the construction of additional minor dwellings on properties. “We have a total on our list of 20 potential sites, with varying degrees of suitability and likelihood to proceed,” explains Chris. “A number of people were waiting to see our first builds.” TDC has been very supportive, working with the trust to expedite planning approvals. “TDC has been fantastic,” says Chris. “They’ve helped to streamline the resource consent and building consent process.” From 1 July they are waiving development contributions for social housing which helps keep costs down. Finance The total cost of planning and constructing of 100 affordable homes is estimated to be

around $20 million. Some of this has already been raised from locals keen to contribute to the cause, mainly though low-interest loans. “There are a good number of people in the community willing to help finance affordable houses and at the same time get a return on their investment,” says Chris who has personally invested in the scheme. “One local resident has provided $150,000 and we have offers of at least another $500,000 from others in the community which we have not drawn on.” For the prospective purchaser, the trust aims to build a house which can be paid off at some $300/week in 20 years or less. The scale of the investment required, however, means that project finance needs to be sought from large commercial lenders, and one of the big banks has already signed up. “Westpac have agreed to come in as a financer,” says Chris. “They want to be part of the solution for affordable housing.” But there is a catch. “The challenge with their funding is that it is at commercial rates so much higher than the funding that we have been offered by people in the local... Continued on page 2

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Since the Government announced that the country would leave behind the alert level system, which has been in place since early 2020, Tasman District Council (TDC) has been working through the implications of the Covid Protection Framework, aka the traffic lights system. Most council services are publicly accessible and TDC has expressed “a natural reluctance” to limit access to these services for any resident. However, that reluctance, it says, needs to be balanced against the district’s current health needs and direction from the Government. Last week, TDC announced the access requirements it had put in place to meet the introduction of the traffic lights system under Orange status; those rules, which are still valid, can be found on the TDC website. At the time of last week’s announcement, TDC acknowledged that it was dealing with a constantly changing environment and advised that access to services and facilities may change rapidly. “ These access requirements are reviewed every day following government advice, health updates, and feedback from our residents and staff. We continue to work through the implications of the information we receive to make considered decisions,” said TDC CEO Janine Dowding, before explaining the council’s approach in more detail. “It is regrettable that some believe we are disregarding their personal concerns. That is not the case and we have a wide range of situations, responsibilities and practicalities to consider. “With specific regard to access to our libraries we are considering the situation daily and if the current access requirements change, we will give residents a few days warning prior to enacting any changes.” In the meantime, Janine pointed out that, if residents felt unsure about physically visiting the library, many services were available online or over the phone. She then called for understanding and tolerance during what is a very difficult time. “We appreciate people may be feeling frustrated in this current environment, but we ask that you don’t take those frustrations out on staff who are doing their best to deliver a good service in conditions they have no control over.” For more information on TDC’s rules regarding access to public facilities, go to: about-us/media-centre/news-and-notices/ council-services-at-orange/

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Continued from page 1 who want to provide us with ‘small personal offers’,” explains Chris, who continues to explore a range of solutions. “We are looking at partnering with another established organisation to potentially offer an equity model for financing houses. We will be working on that in the coming months.” Cost of construction The first four houses are 60sqm two-bedroom, energyefficient, low maintenance homes, designed by Goodison Architecture of Auckland. These have proved difficult to build to achieve the target affordable construction cost. “We bought a design but it wasn’t completely appropriate”, says Chris. “We had always budgeted a ‘learning cost’ with the first builds but this proved higher than expected. However, we were able to reach the same point 15 days earlier with the second build, and are now seeing further improvements with the Commercial Street houses.“ An integral part of the project ethos is a commitment to using local labour and materials to support local businesses and the economy, and that is not going to change. “We could import a cheap building from China, but want to maximise local input,” says Chris, who believes a target of $180,000 is “still achievable”. As the year draws to a close, thoughts are now turning towards 2022. “One of the goals for next year is to construct a ‘Tasman house’ using materials exclusively from the Tasman region,” says Chris. “We’ll also be trying out different home designs, and still need three- and four-bedroom houses.” In the meantime the trust plans to host an Open Day at the newly completed Hamama property, with details to be announced shortly. When asked how people needing a place to live could get assistance from the project Chris said: “Talk to your friends and whānau about hosting a home for you. If you can find land yourself it makes the process much easier.” For more information go to:

The Allshorts supreme winner Spellbound is a documentary which rockets you through the air alongside fearless wingsuit base jumpers. Image: Richard Sidey. ALISTAIR HUGHES

Saturday’s Allshorts short film festival might have had the smallest audience since the event began, but this was definitely a reflection on the difficulties wrought by current events rather than the quality of the entries. The calibre of short films continues to rise each year, and the programme of 18 films features a wide range of genres. Several music videos were featured, with the winner being HER, by Silk Satin Suede. Filmed on the Welsh coast, its striking imagery is inspired by 1920s silent films. The open category was won by a startlingly professional drama called Rock Bottom, featuring the desperate circumstances of a boxer in decline and directed by Aaron Falvey. The night’s supreme award went to the best documentary, a jaw-dropping look at “wingsuit base jumping” appropriately titled Spellbound. The astonishing footage of these hurtling aerial daredevils, captured by their helmet-mounted cameras,

induces almost unbearable spikes of adrenalin. MC Sage Forest reports that although the first audience was modest in size, the night had a lot of heart. “We had many lovely comments from people who said it was like ‘coming home’ when they stepped back into the Village Theatre, and I alluded to that; it felt like ‘family.’” Sage maintains that Peter Blasdale’s short film, Never Let Go, featuring wrestling puppets and a hilarious soundtrack, would easily have won the comedy section had there been one. In terms of audience popularity, Celia Jasper’s Milk was a hit, tugging at the heart strings and featuring outstanding acting talent from either end of the age spectrum. The Village Theatre committee and member volunteers have made a supreme effort to ensure that Allshorts takes place this year, and the repeat screening tomorrow, Saturday 11 December is a “must-see” for anyone seeking the solace of brilliant film-making in this challenging time.




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$34,990 The show may go on: If it is to survive, The Village Theatre urgently needs to recruit new staff and/or volunteers. Photo: Jo Richards. JO RICHARDS

After 34 years, and the screening of thousands of movies, the story of Tākaka’s iconic Village Theatre has reached a crisis point. When the cinema opened in 1987, it was the culmination of a monumental community effort – “Founded on generous donations of time, money and plain hard yakka…,” according to its website. It has always been a shared enterprise, run by the community for the community, but last Friday the Village Theatre committee was forced to shut it down. For how long is unclear; the choice made by some key members of staff not to work under the traffic lights system means the cinema can only operate at a much reduced level until replacements, which could include volunteers, can be found. Despite the Government’s well-signalled introduction of the new framework, it appears that the theatre was unprepared for the change, but chair of the Village Theatre committee John Crocker says this is not the case. “We chose to do everything we could to retain staff; we didn’t want to lose anyone.” The closure of Golden Bay’s silver screen has gone down like a lead balloon with movie-goers, many of whom have contributed significant amounts of time and money to help modernise and maintain the theatre. One person who gave a “sizeable donation”, but who did not want to be named, says he sees it as “a kick in the teeth” and will not be as willing to support the cause in future. The history of the Village Theatre is one of overcoming challenges, and the introduction of the traffic lights system could be seen as the latest in a series of crises. Admittedly, the new framework presents a number of practical issues, but the contrasting response by the vast majority of the Bay’s hospitality businesses shows that, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Although there is a way for the Village Theatre to operate, it requires a willing workforce. Following the resignations of the manager and projection team, John says the committee is currently advertising for staff who are able to work within the new Covid framework. “We have had several replies already and one looks very promising.” He explains that the role(s) would be shaped to fit the person rather than the other way around and is confident that suitable candidates will be found. “There is a lot of talent out there.” Demonstrating that there is nothing intrinsically difficult about achieving compliance in the sector, Golden Bay’s nearest picture house, State Cinema Motueka, successfully introduced My Vaccine Pass (MVP) last Friday. On the same day, the Village Theatre also used the MVP system so it could host the Allshorts festival which went ahead as planned, and with “no unpleasant incidents,” according to John. But that was a one-off and there will be very few screenings until the staffing issue is resolved. One of those screenings is scheduled for tomorrow – a rerun of Allshorts followed by the blockbuster movie Dune, while next week the theatre will open on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Entry is by MVP only. Despite the current issues, John is hopeful that the cinema will reintroduce a proper schedule of films in time for Christmas. “It’s a challenging time but it’s not insurmountable.” A statement on the Village Theatre website points out that the venue “...would not be here today if it were not for people in the community showing strong support when times were tough.” If the iconic little cinema is to be here tomorrow and beyond, then the community may need to put in another major effort. For information about upcoming screenings, see advert on page 19, and/or visit:

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Saturday saw the first Village Market held under the traffic lights system. I have tried to make the market as safe and easy for traders and customers to enjoy the market, so I am very disappointed at the way many members of our community (most of whom I know) abused the requirements with which we must safely operate. Some people have now put the Village Market in jeopardy by abusing stall holders, including a 15-year-old girl serving at a stall by telling her to get “fu*ked”. Everyone selling food or coffee asked their customers to consume it away from the market, but I had to ask at least five people not eat their food in the market as it could cause us to lose the privilege of operating; one of these people also told me to get fu*ked. As the result of a complaint, the police arrived which could have closed the market and left me with a $15,000 fine. I am most disgusted, however, by the person who came wearing a yellow Star of David. This is extremely offensive. If this selfish behaviour continues, I will be forced to close the market, so the actions of a minority could cause the livelihoods of up to 50 people to be lost. So, please be kind, wear your mask, observe one-metre social distancing, sanitise hands, and sign in. And remember, no food or drink is to be consumed at the market if we are to continue operating through the summer. If you have any questions, phone us on 027 256 0566. Grant and Ananda Knowles

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I hope the people who refuse to comply with masking and distancing mandates realise, if they are not vaccinated, that it is they who are at greater risk these days. Those who are vaccinated are protected from severe Covid infection, but may still catch it and spread it. Dr Vic Eastman

It’s just not cricket

On Saturday 4 December, the Brian Tamaki Freedom and Rights coalition disrupted a whole lot of children’s cricket matches in Auckland and were directly responsible for disrupting shoppers at malls across the country, resulting in a substantial loss of revenue for businesses doing their best to survive. To all of the Golden Bay supporters of the Freedom and Rights coalition - is anarchy your objective? Gary Thorpe

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Closing mask loophole

Piers Maclaren

I am really disappointed to learn that a small number of individuals in this community are exploiting a rather large loophole in the law surrounding mask wearing and the “mask exemption card”. Whilst it is mandatory to wear a facemask, it is not mandatory is show your exemption card when asked. The mask exemption system is also self-regulating meaning it relies on trust, so anyone can apply for an exemption without any proof of a health condition needed. This loophole means that local businesses cannot enforce mask wearing, including our one and only supermarket. As a parent of young children, I am shocked to see a growing number of people walking into local businesses without a mask on, and I feel very concerned for all the vulnerable people in our community that have to visit the supermarket and other local businesses for essential supplies. Business owners have been left in no man’s land as a consequence of this badly written new law. The community needs to complain to local MPs to get this loophole closed. Jennifer Cooper

Cause undermined by abuse

A short letter to the unvaccinated: We hear a lot about respecting your choice, however in the current situation respect needs to flow in both directions. If you know somebody among you who directs abuse at customer service staff and the

associated businesses and organisations, tell them to desist. Their vitriol does your cause significant harm. Please remember that respect has to be earnt. It is not a right. Richard English

Everyone welcome in sanity bay

The “staycation” holiday advice advocated by the entertainment host and microbiologist Susanna Wiles, to her Radio New Zealand audience this morning, should alarm our Golden Bay small-business owners who are desperate for customers this summer. Please unite to make it clear that everyone who is clinically healthy is welcome to our paradise bay of sanity and that while discrimination will be practiced by some businesses, it is done so with a sword to their heads. Let New Zealand hear your voices loud and clear. Jonathan Hearn

Keeping Covid info handy

I would like to sincerely congratulate those involved in producing last week’s GB Weekly (3/12). I was particularly impressed with the very useful and informative information and articles to do with our possible upcoming Covid infections in the Bay. I shall be keeping mine handy to refer to when and if that time comes. Anne Gentleman

Big tick for tiki tour

Full marks to the Ministry of Health and their local administrators for the vaccine tiki tour last Saturday on the Junction Green. Free coffee, free barbeque and a blues pianist added to the sense of community camaraderie. A sense that as a society today, with expert medical knowledge, proven science and good government, we can beat the virus. I am surprised at the number of people who don’t know the story of Edward Jenner and the smallpox-cowpox experiment that started it all, I hope it is still in the school curriculum. I suspect that 50 years of efficient vaccination has given us a false sense of security. Most people would not have had firsthand contact with Poliomyelitis or Diphtheria. OK, Pfizer is worth 20 billion. That gave it the means to fast track and test today’s vaccine, peer reviewed and passed by NZ’s medical experts. Hallelujah, and Happy Christmas. Alan Swafford

Freedom through the ballot box

Having deliberately let the bug out of the bag by lifting Level 4 restrictions in Auckland prematurely, this cocksure second-term government continues its insidious creep towards centralised state control with its illegitimate and unnecessary vaccine passport apartheid system, which turns unvaccinated Kiwis into a scapegoated, segregated and persecuted underclass. This divisive strategy is a well-known trick used by totalitarians to rob us of our democracy, rights and freedoms and subject us to their absolute authority, as history has shown. We are in potential danger of becoming slaves to a total surveillance and social-credit system complete with “re-education” camps, just like the unfortunate Chinese. It’s time to wake up now, before it’s too late. The peaceful way to freedom is through the ballot box, so let’s tell these politicians right now that they’ll be out of a job if they keep on attacking our unity and civil liberties. Let’s see just how cocky Labour feels when its approval rating drops below 10 per cent. There are many who would disagree with me, being so disillusioned with our political system that they believe voting changes nothing. Nevertheless, it remains important for all of us to take a leading part in this battle for hearts and minds. If we cannot awaken the sleeping supporters of government, then there is little hope for a better system and society, so let us set to work through gentle persuasion to open the minds that are closed, shine light where there is darkness, and rekindle love in hardened hearts. Steve Penny

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Sorting the cycleway surface

As an intermittent bike user I have finally put pen to paper to comment on the Tākaka to Pōhara cycleway. Whilst incredibly impressed with the speed at which this was completed last year and of course with the restrictions of a very tight budget, in hindsight I believe that more thought and construction time should have been taken. I had the unfortunate luck to slip in loose gravel in the early days and badly broke my wrist, requiring surgery. The accident was partly due to my inexperience, but also a poorly prepared surface. I love the fact that I am off the road when biking and, as a car user, I appreciate cyclists using the track, but it has become narrow in places where the grass has been allowed to encroach. In addition, much of the track is under water in heavy rain (as we have had recently) which makes it impassable in wet weather and even light rain creates puddles that make it unpleasant and forces riders to move onto the road. It is not a pleasant surface to bike on; I must admit to moving onto the road wherever possible to make the trip more enjoyable which is not the intent of the cycleway. I believe that this track should have been raised in places where water settlement is an issue and better drainage installed, and of course, that it should be sealed. This would have ensured longevity, less maintenance and the ability to camber the surface slightly. Rose Hughes

Pausing the “hesitancy”

Stop with the “hesitancy” and the “anti-vaccinated”; address these people as the “vaccine aware”. Most of them got where they are today from being seriously injured by a vaccine, or having a family member or friend injured or killed, and then ignored by the medical industry. Huge amounts of money have been made from these people with diseases labelled as syndromes, and those doctors and scientists that have had breakthroughs about this have been viciously silenced. We got where we are today by the largest most criminal corporations ever dicing and dealing, and controlling the


publications and government agencies their way over the last decades preparing for this event. The crimes they were caught doing and required to pay out for are beyond comprehension and should scream “conflict of interest”. It’s all built into what we pay. Sarah Hornibrooke

Covid on menu at Norwegian nosh-up

After a big Christmas dinner with 120 people at a restaurant in Oslo many people got infected with Covid. Oslo health official Tine Ravlo confirmed that all of the 120 people were fully vaccinated and showed a negative covid test before entering the restaurant. Eight days later (4 December) epidemiologist Alvik Nyborg from the University Oslo confirmed that more than 80 people tested positive for Covid so far. Can we still claim that we protect vulnerable people by being vaccinated? Rolf Kleine

Cameras on fishing boats

The commercial fishing boats that the Government has put cameras on have had observers on as well for the last two years. MPI and the Government have failed to report that no Hector’s or Māui dolphins were caught or killed in trawl nets or setnets in the areas that are subject to the bans. Consequently, the next $162 million the Government is planning to spend on this would be better spent on New Zealand’s roads or treating sick kids. I feel the average Joe Bloggs who just wanted to put a flounder net out was ripped off by all this, so why are the Greens still wanting a ban when the evidence doesn’t support it? Herb McBride, CEO K C McBride Fishing Ltd

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On the first day of life at Orange under the Covid traffic lights system, a group of protestors gathered on Tākaka’s Village Green. Just past noon last Friday, 3 December, the number of participants at the Voices For Freedom (VFF) rally swelled to around 50 – the maximum currently allowed for such events, based on one-metre physical distancing. The overwhelming majority of the placards had been supplied by VFF which lent the protest a rather corporate feel, as opposed to the usual “organic” vibe of a Golden Bay rally with its typically quirky home-made banners. The official VFF placards, which are marketed through its website, displayed numerous slogans including “Jacinda is out of control”, “Vax passports are gov’t control” and “Choose freedom over fear”. Identical VFF signs have been seen at rallies throughout New Zealand in what is a well-organised campaign by the national anti-vax group. With so many different slogans to choose from, the Tākaka

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protestors did not coalesce around a unified chant but one of the group took the initiative by shouting, “You can take our coffee, but you can’t take our freedom.” While the group protesters were good natured, not everyone with a grievance was as considerate. Later in the day, business owners, who asked not to be identified, reported that staff had been abused by individuals denied access to hospitality venues. One owner stated that the abuse received from those attempting to gain entry without a My Vaccine Pass had made Friday “the worst day ever,” while another said staff were called “Nazis” and “fascists” by people refusing to wear masks, adding, “So much abuse to people trying to make a living, with rules we didn’t make.” Similar behaviour was also evident at Saturday’s Village Market where several voices expressed their freedom by abusing stall-holders, consuming food and drink on the premises and refusing to wear masks. Market manager Grant Knowles urged all market-goers to comply with the rules. “If this selfish behaviour continues, I will be forced to close the market.”

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“We create and produce a product that is great for people’s skin and the environment,” says Clean Earth Soap owner Kerryn Easterbrook from her fragrantly scented stand at Tākaka’s Village Market. “[Our business] ticks a lot of boxes for us: it’s a home-based business, it has a small environmental footprint, and it really good for our customers’ skin.” Since Kerryn and her partner Rowan Thomas purchased Clean Earth Soap, the business has grown into a thriving cottage industry. It is now celebrating its 20-year milestone. “When we first started there were only four products in the range,” says Kerryn. “Now we have 11, and we like to have fun and mix it up. We do small specialist runs for the locals.” Their bestselling product to date is their shampoo bar, which is a natural alternative to liquid shampoo. The business has a varied distribution network, including online, local retail and accommodation providers, and larger distributors such as HealthPost. “We love meeting and chatting to our customers at the Tākaka market” says Kerryn, adding that

it’s a great way for the couple to answer questions and receive feedback on their product. Learning the business was fairly straightforward, says Rowan. “It’s a traditional way of making soap, called ‘cold-process soap-making’.” He and Kerryn are committed to using quality, carefully sourced ingredients. Their recipe utilises a soap base which is predominantly (second press) olive oil, along with other ingredients such as coconut and sustainably grown palm oil. It is scented by pure essential oils. Rowan tells The GB Weekly, “Our tag line is ‘A really great, real bar of soap’, because it is unpretentious and prioritises quality.” The business aligns well with the couple’s personal values of living sustainably and caring for the environment. “We use paper packaging, and our distribution is in recycled boxes,” says Rowan. Creating and selling Clean Earth Soap products gives the couple a great deal of satisfaction and pleasure. “We love having our own little business here [in the Bay]. We are appreciated by our customers and gentle on the environment.”

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Andy Williams thinks all Kiwi schools should be doing it, while Imogen Harris thinks it’s important she creates local as well as national change. Both are part of the Solar Generation team bringing 100 solar panels to the roofs of Golden Bay High School’s 10 new classrooms. Golden Bay High School year 12 student Imogen Harris has been actively involved in climate issues for the last four years. She has organised climate marches, led groups, and she co-wrote the school’s sustainability policy with the board of trustees and principal Linda Tame. This means all school decisions must take environmental sustainability into consideration. “I got on the board [of trustees, as student trustee] at the end of year 10… I was interested in the climate strike movement on a national scale, working together, but at the same time I really wanted to be able to do my part in the small world of Golden Bay that I live in, because there’s no point in trying to get everyone else to do something if you’re not doing something yourself,” says Imogen. Board of trustees chair Andy Williams had pitched the idea (alongside Paul Stocker from Azimuth Renewables) several

years ago, but the time wasn’t right until Imogen stepped in. “That policy created a bit more requirement for the school to think along this line, so we ended up investigating it a bit more,” he says. “With the new [classroom build] project it seemed the ideal time to incorporate PV [photovoltaic systems], while we’re putting new roofs on. The board decided to go ahead with the 30-kilowatt system and we’re about to start fundraising for that. “The fundraising venture is called Solar Generation because it’s not just generating power from solar, but it’s an intergenerational project with us old fogies on the board, and the young ones Imogen’s age. “This is something the Ministry [of education] should be looking at for every school in New Zealand,” says Andy. Students will be able to monitor power generation and incorporate the data into their studies. The Solar Generation team aims to raise $55,000 for the new solar panels. People can donate to a Givealittle page, or they can “buy” one of the 100 solar panels. Donations can be made to account number: 03 1354 0575666 30 Add “solargeneration” as reference and put your name in the particulars. For a receipt email

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Golden Bay Bridge Club members gathered last Saturday for their annual Christmas event. This time it was extra special, as the club is celebrating 40 years. It marked the occasion with a decorated cake and speeches. The group included many longstanding members, such as founding member Christine Mead and competition director Eleanor Bradshaw. Elaine Donovan is among the recent new members.

The last year has been challenging for the club with Covid lockdowns and restrictions. This has required the club to balance member health and safety with the joy of playing bridge in a group environment. The club is committed to working with members to navigate Covid rules and is looking forward to continued growth. The club wishes to thank past and current members for 40 years of success, and it is optimistic about the future.



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Girls playing with fire: “It makes you awesome.” RONNIE SHORT

Claire French of Wonder-Full has just spent eight weeks teaching fire play to girls in Tākaka. The four students, aged 11 to 18 years, met for weekly onehour sessions. During that time they were introduced to many tricks, using hoops, fire sticks and fans. All agreed that safety was paramount when working with fire. “If clothes catch fire, the safety person shouts out the body part. So that allows the student to pat the fire out themselves. If that doesn’t work, the safety person extinguishes the fire with a fire blanket,” explained Claire. Clothing is a major consideration and needs to be of natural fibres such as cotton, denim or wool – definitely no synthetics. It also needs to be tight fitting. Likewise, footwear needs to cover the feet completely and consist of leather, canvas or the like. Hair must be tied up, so the girls were well equipped with elastic bands. Learning from experience meant three of the girls wore arm coverings. All agreed that the smell of singed arm hairs was pretty unpleasant. Tasman District Council and Sport Tasman funded the course under the Kōhina Māia programme. The three-year programme is targeted to encourage more girls into sport and recreation. Claire was asked by Sport Tasman if the group would make a documentary, and the girls said yes. Instigated by Sports New Zealand, it is one of eight projects filmed throughout the country. “That will be released to the public sometime in the new year,” said Claire. Originally the group was to work towards a fire performance. But school exams and other commitments meant a change of plan. “We dialled back on the show and redesigned the course aim,” said Claire. The girls agreed that without the stress of performance, the course became more fun. “It gave us more time to try different things,” said Poppy Ellis. “I really enjoyed it when I got to the fans…I’m wanting to do more and get more toys so I can do it myself.”

Above: Demonstrating their abilities with fire toys, clockwise from left front: Que Langdon, Zoe Cain, Simone Gibbs all with hoops. Poppy Ellis with fans. Right: Prepping the fire toys with specialised fuel, Claire French assists Poppy Ellis. Photos: Ronnie Short.

Zoe Cain would like to continue learning before committing to purchasing her own kit. Que Langdon and Simone Gibbs also want to learn more. With funding applications already underway, Claire plans to hold more courses. She envisages a fire performance at next year’s Matariki festival. Asked what the highlights were, Zoe responded with “Whooosh!” emulating the sound effect of the fire. When the specialised fuel is lit, that sound is as dramatic as the visual effects. “Confidence,” added Poppy. “It makes you awesome.”

Onetahua Restoration Project Update It was in September 2021 that the Onetahua Restoration Project got the news that Predator Free 2050 was ringfencing $3 million in funding for an ambitious eradication programme for an area stretching from Farewell Spit to the northern end of the Whanganui inlet. The core group organising the project - HealthPost Nature Trust, Manawhenua ki Mōhua and the Tasman Environmental Trust, is keen to hear from locals about their hopes for the land, the challenges they anticipate and the benefits they see from getting rid of pests in the area.

The project was sparked by the local community for the benefit of this unique environment and its people. As part of the Jobs for Nature programme, it is poised to become a significant job creator in the region, so far employing two local people. Golden Bay Kayaks owner Tony Bateup is one such beneficiary, holding a newly created position of community liaison. Tony’s job is to meet with the community, introduce the project and receive feedback from local people. This input has also helped to develop a long-term vision that will guide the project and keep the community at its heart. Tony estimates that he has met with almost everyone in the area at this stage, but is eager to catch up with Onetahua Restoration’s Community Liaison Tony Bateup

some returning bach owners this summer to bring them up to speed. Dunedin-based technical consultants, Ahikā, have presented their draft eradication feasibility plan which is currently out for review with specialists in the field. The plan is based on technical considerations and also takes into account the range of opinions received to date from the community on what should be done, and what might work (or not). At this point no decisions have been made, and ongoing consultation with residents of the project areas, local iwi and the wider Golden Bay community over the summer will be key to any decisions that are taken. Currently a website is under construction, which will include in-depth information on the project and regular updates. In the meantime, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Owner hails helpers after fire JOYCE WYLLIE

A fire in our home, alarms going off and flames in the night. This is a scene we never want to face. However, Jenna Papadopoulos experienced this recently. Alone in her house, she escaped through a window and phoned for help. In spite of the efforts of the fire brigade, her nearly 100-year-old home on Waitapu Road is damaged beyond repair. Thankfully Jenna, and two little ducklings she was caring for, were not hurt. There’s no getting away from the fact that the sights, sounds, smells, heat and trauma of a house fire are devastating, but Jenna wants this article to convey the positive. She has penned these words to express her thoughts. “Few of us think about what can happen to the very place that we are supposed to feel safe in, the place [where] we feel protected from elements, and over time is the backdrop to many of our most treasured memories. “For 18 years I did everything I could to protect my home. I had fire extinguishers, installed five smoke alarms, swept my chimney, paid my insurance, lit candles carefully, totally replaced the old wiring, and was vigilant around the stove, giving little thought to other factors that safeguarded my life. “Outside of my daily thoughts, hundreds of men and women dedicated their time, sacrificed family life and trained hard for the times when all that we do is still not enough. On Saturday 20 November, at 2.50am, my bedroom smoke alarm’s piercing sound sent me to safety through a window. My frantic 111 call summoned those wonderful people to my aid. Although I can only recall a few faces from that night I am left in awe of the enormous amount of people, resources, training and skills that came together to work for hours to try to save my home. “From the day I arrived here over 25 years ago, I have always felt humbled by this community, which has embraced and supported me through some very troubled times and helped me raise my daughter, proving that it does take a village to



Kia ora whānau 22 November: A blue Ford hatchback had all four tyres stabbed whilst parked on Patons Rock Road near the intersection with the main road between 2.30pm and 4.15pm. Please advise Police if you saw anything. 24 November: Local male warned for riding quad bike on the cycle path on Abel Tasman Drive in a dangerous manner. 24 November: A 53-year-old local male was warned for theft as a servant relating to historic thefts from his previous employer. 27 November: A 30-year-old local female was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon after ramming another vehicle in Commercial Street. 1 December: Two youths spoken to regarding driving on and damaging Collingwood Area School’s rugby field. The 19-year-old driver was issued with a $600 fine. 5 December: A 59-year-old local male was spoken to in relation to his wearing the Star of David at the Village Market on Saturday and the affixing of the same to his motor vehicle. Hopefully he will choose to protest in a less offensive manner in future.

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7 December: Police assisted to keep the peace at a local address where a number of rabbits were seized by SPCA on animal welfare grounds. You may have noticed the new Police patrol vehicle. We are the first in the Tasman District to have the new ŠKODA. We are finding it outperforms its predecessor and has lots more room. Make sure you don’t get to experience it first hand this festive season. Plan ahead – don’t drink and drive. Stay safe – be kind – keep smiling under those masks.


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raise a child. “Once the ashes were cold I was fed and helped with all that I needed by so many incredible people. I have been given petrol vouchers, clothes, food, a place to stay, quiet concern and an ear when I needed to talk. You all know who you are and I am truly, sincerely grateful.” The cause of Jenna’s fire has been detected and documented, her insurance company is on board, the burned house will be cleaned up, and in time a new home will be built on her Waitapu Road section. Some of her treasures have been recovered. A small chest of drawers is badly charred but inside her jewellery is intact. A sodden diary placed in a friend’s freeze-drier unit was remarkably revived. In a strange twist, firewood she won in a raffle is still stacked along her burned-out north wall. Her own resilience is obvious as she reflects that at least she has no regrets about doing everything to care for her home. Her heartfelt message is relevant to each of us at the beginning of summer: Please be prepared so we don’t think back on the things that we should have done to take responsibility for ourselves and our homes. Have operating smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, insurance and a plan in case of emergency if we face a situation we never want to face.


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CLASSIFIEDS SPORTS RESULTS / Hua tākaro BRIDGE 1 December. Pakawau Pairs: D Sarl/J Wedderburn 55%, C Browning/T Packard 54%, E Bradshaw/P O’Connor 53%; h/cap: E Bradshaw/P O’Connor 56.25%, D Sarl/J Wedderburn 55.5%, C Browning/T Packard 53%. GOLF 27 November. Multiplying stableford: L Davidson 74, W Collie 72, J Thomason 64. Closest to pin: 3/12 J Bensemann, 4/13 and 8/17 Steve Bensemann, 9/18 J Thomason. Twos: W Collie. Best gross: W Collie 74. 30 November. 4th Barnett Cup (nett): M Dobbie 75. Closest to pin: 3/12 B Miller. 1 December. Stableford: L Davidson 37, J Garner 35, R Heuvel 34. Closest to pin: 3/12 R Dyce, 4/13, 8/17 and 9/18 H Hills. Twos: R Heuvel. Best gross: H Hills 78.

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LAWNMOWING,, ph 027 690 0769. ORANGE Rentals have rental cars, trailers and a furniture trailer available for hire. Ph 027 337 7147. PAINTER available, call Borrelli Painting for a free quote. All interior/exterior jobs. Ph Luca 022 086 1842. PAINTING and interior, exterior plastering. Licensed qualified local tradesman. Ph CM Coatings 027 222 0507. PENINSULA Plasterers for all your interior plastering needs. No job too small. Quality assured. 20+ years’ experience. For a free quote ph Craig 027 472 4376. PORTABLE BANDSAW MILLING. Ph Tim 524 8997, 027 714 4232.

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Please note there will be no Physiotherapy service available in Collingwood until further notice

Removal of ear wa Weekly Private Clinics x by micro-suction 03 525 8327 or book online:

HEALTH & WELLBEING / Hauora ANEL BAKER Physiotherapy at 22 Meihana Street, Tākaka. Ph/txt for an appointment 021 053 4337. AROHA Health Spa. Massage: deep tissue, relaxation and clinical; structural bodywork, myofascial release, infrared sauna, spa bath, facials, holistic health and more. Open from 9.30am onwards. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 792 Abel Tasman Drive, Pōhara. Ph 525 8870. CAROLYN Simon, Craniosacral therapist, naturopath, medical herbalist. For appointments or flower essences text 027 483 5865, ph 525 8544. COMPLETE Healthcare with NIS by Neurolink, using neuroscience principles to achieve optimum health. 2021 Masters series. Practitioner Anne Michell. Ph 525 8733 or 027 751 7970. Dr Bruce Dooley, MD. Private GP consulting. Intravenous vitamin C treatments. Appointments ph 525 7125 or enquire: 14 Junction Street (side door) ERICA van Sint Annaland Physiotherapy, Golden Bay Community Health. ACC and private visits. Ph 027 776 6111. HEARING. The next Hearing Aid Clinic will take place on Thursday 16 December from 1pm at GBCH. We can clean and dry your aids, provide spare parts, check for ear wax and give advice. Home visits are also possible. Consultations are $10, but are free to members. Ph for appointment 525 7465. LISA Williams, registered medical herbalist, iridologist, Reiki master, reflexology, herbal apothecar y. www. Ph 525 6150, txt 027 451 9797. NATURAL Nail Care Studio. Manicures, pedicures, specialising in natural non-toxic products, nail restoration and difficult nail conditions. Ph/txt Amy Anderson 020 4079 0646.

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HEAT pump installation, sales and servicing. Ph Dave McKay 027 404 4740, 525 8538. KRW Contracting. Tiling, Ardex licensed waterproofing applicator, blocklaying and bricklaying. Ph Ken 021 307 019. No job too big, no job too small. LAWNMOWING. Pakawau, Bainham, Tākaka to Wainui. Ph N Shaw 525 7597, 027 212 4020.

Collingwood Health Centre

Healing with Grace

Providing Golden Bay with: Professional, Diagnostic, Clinical Physio & Massage Therapy services ACC registered Provider

021 158 2357

Reiki Master & Pranic healer

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Sports & Accident injuries Complex musculoskeletal conditions Clinical reviews / Second opinions Orthopaedic / Post-operative rehabilitation Postural / Biomechanical correction programmes Clinical Massage Therapy Grace Shields 021346642 ♥ 5258106

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Our door is open to all Please help us to keep everyone safe by following all required health and safety measures.

Most importantly be kind.

Level 1, 11 Buxton Lane, Takaka | 03 525 7219 | 027 608 5606 | | Billy Kerrisk Licensed Agent REAA 2008 WANTED / Hiahia FOR SALE / Hei hokohoko STOLE my car, stole my car. Anyone else lost/stolen car, trailer, aluminium boat, mag wheels, any, scrap metal? Weird. Ph Stu 027 672 1648.

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GARAGE sale. Saturday, 9am-2pm, sign-posted from near Clifton corner/Lansdowne Street off Golf Course Road at big blue shed. House and farm items. Massey Ferguson 165 tractor, hay balers, 445 and 445D hay rakes and tedder, double mattres, chairs, lounge, tables, general stuff, etc. Something for most people. GARAGE sale. Household items, big and small. Saturday 11 December, 9am–12pm, 38 Park Avenue. HEIFER grazing available, up to 40 head. Ph Saramah 021 114 0358. FIREWOOD. Delivering now. Douglas fir, beech, gum and Lawson cypress. Ph Bay Firewood 027 769 6348. COTTAGE Plants Ōnekakā perennial specialist is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4.30pm. Ph 525 9253. CAT and dog doors. Installed for you by Golden Bay Glass. 96 Commercial Street. Ph 525 7274. WEANER piglets, Saddleback x Tamworth, $100 ono. Email: TENT, Zempire Aero TXL Lite, excellent condition, inflatable, includes pump. Easy to erect. Sleeps six comfortably, large living space, large covered porch. Includes additional full ground-sheet plus roof cover. $600 ono. Ph Sue/Alexia 525 9875 or text 027 354 7654. WESTINGHOUSE upright freezer, excellent condition, $575. Ph 027 758 8041. BRAND new tyre, Goodride Radial RP28, 195/60R15 88, $98. Ph 022 071 8067.

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Pipeworx Here is your chance to enjoy the wonderful Golden Bay lifestyle and mix business with pleasure. Pipeworx is a successful family owned business operating since 2007, and the only large plumbing supplier in Takaka. Supplying tools, hardware, heating, waste and water tanks, Pipeworx also services and supplies a wide range of pumps, and is the only Dive Tank refilling station in Golden Bay. Call or email Mike Rollo for more information. Platinum Blue Limited Licensed Agent REAA 2008

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Great range, stunning plants! Ph 525 9868 or 027 928 3314

EMPLOYMENT WANTED / Hiahia mahi NEW PREMISES: 33 King Edward Street Opposite Motueka Farm Machinery

Equipment Specialist

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M 027 435 2927 P 03 548 3034

PROPERTY WANTED / Rawa hiahia MATURE single woman looking for accommodation. Open to different arrangements: house/pet minding, caravan, tiny home, wwoofing. Have references. Ph 022 035 0133. PROPERTY or land (max 7 ha) within 30 min of Takaka. Private, sunny, distant views. MATURE single male looking for permanent accommodation. Have references. Ph 020 4120 0710. WOMAN, 67, no dependants, lived Nelson 34 years, current accommodation 10 years seeks opportunities in Golden Bay. Txt 021 214 1270, email * Window Cleaning * Water Blasting * Roof-Building Washing * Gutter Inspection/Cleaning * Lawns/Grounds Maintenance * Drone Inspection/Surveys


For all Mowers, Chainsaws, Trimmers, and Blowers Sales and Service Ph Kerry 0272 242 085 │ 03 528 0233

Price by Negotitation View

027 690 0769 | Free Quotation Local People providing Local Service

PROPERTY AVAILABLE / Rawa watea MODERN three-bedroom home 2km from Takaka. Strictly no animals permitted. Four weeks bond required. $400/week in advance. In the first instance please send references to 17


LEARNING / Akonga / Huarahi ako/mahi

CASUAL cleaner wanted for holiday home over the summer DOG walking and training with Caitlin Welsh. Ph 020 4088 1557. months. Ph Mark 027 337 3689. LIBERTY horse training, deep connection without using reins. Fun, freedom, fantastic, with your horse or mine. Ph 020 4088 1557.

GALLERIES / Whakakitenga Casual Role Vacancy

Site Cleaner

We’re seeking a positive, fit, enthusiastic person to join our dynamic team in Collingwood for Aotearoa’s favourite online natural health & wellbeing store. Key tasks include site cleaning and maintaining high level of onpremise hygiene. This role will ideally suit a person who could fit our 7-day cleaning roster – work hours are in the afternoon with some flexibility possible. To request a job description and application form; or to send your CV and cover letter, please contact: Applications close Monday 13th December

EARTHSEA Gallery: Landscape paintings and reproduction giclee prints. 76 Boyle St (Golf Course Rd), Clifton. Ph 525 7007.


LIVING LIGHT CANDLES 85 Tukurua Road I Open every day 10am – 4:30pm

CHURCH SERVICES ON SUNDAYS GOLDEN Bay Anglican Church warmly invites you to join them each Sunday, 10am at Takaka and 4.45pm at Collingwood. SACRED Heart Catholic faith community celebrates Mass at 5pm each Sunday. Christmas Eve Mass, 7pm. Christmas Day Mass 9.30am. Due to Covid-19 requirements and size of venue, registration is required. /Massregistrations. Masks and sign in please.

UPCOMING EVENTS / Mea pakiri haere WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER COSTUME HIRE. Last hire night until February! PLEASE BRING IN YOUR RETURNS TONIGHT. ŌNEKAKĀ PLAYGROUP, all welcome, Wednesdays 10am12.30pm, Onekaka Hall.

THURSDAY 16 DECEMBER DAYTIME BADMINTON, Rec Park Centre, 9-11am. All welcome. Ph Kerry 525 7007. YOUTH BADMINTON, Rec Park Centre, 3.30pm–6pm, open to years 7 and up, $2.50pp. LOCAL FOOD SHOP open 2.30-6pm, pop-up cafes with curry, pizza and salads 5-7.30pm at the Sustainable Living Centre (community gardens).

FRIDAY 17 DECEMBER TUMBLETIME, Rec Park Centre, 10am -11.30am, for underfive’s, $2 per child. e n! frely fu i fam

Tākaka Library Activity in a Bubble

ST Andrews Presbyterian Church invites you to join with us for morning worship at 10am. Neville Malcolm. Book your bubble in for a fun activity at the Tākaka Library Choose an activity, then call to reserve your spot. We’ll set up the equipment for you to enjoy for an hour! Bring along your curiosity, playfulness and problem-solving skills.


Sessions are available on these dates: 16 & 23 Dec and 6,13 & 20 Jan At these times: 10:00-11:00am, 1:00-2:00pm, 3:00-4:00pm


Call Tākaka Library on 03 525 0059 or pop in and talk to a staff member.

Golden Bay Community Health is an integrated health facility that includes a wide range of primary, secondary and community care with 24 aged residential beds, 5 acute beds, maternity, general practice, urgent care, rural nursing and Allied Health.

Cardboard fort-making with our child-friendly Makedo tools Technology fun with our Ozobots, Bluebots and 3Doodler pens Mystery box filled with craft items for creative constructions LEGO and Little Bits circuitry kit Mini escape room with popcorn for teens and tweens Duplo fun with kids music for young children

If you enjoy working with people, are friendly, organised and can stay calm under pressure we would love to hear from you. For a job description & application form go to:

Your bubble may contain a maximum of six people, and at least one adult must remain throughout. Adults must wear a mask while in the library and scan or sign in as usual.

For more information, please contact Sally Howell, Kitchen Manager/Chef on 03 525 0109.

“You give perfect peace to him whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You’.

Applications close 15 December 2021 at 5pm.

Isaiah 26:3

Takaka Church of Christ

All Welcome ☺

Sunday Service 10am


Pastor: Rodney Watson 027 511 4266 93 Commercial St, Takaka Ph: 525 9265

Warehouse assistant We are looking for a dynamic person to join our team in the Takaka warehouse. The role involves restocking our stores, handling inwards goods, processing internet orders, general warehouse duties and providing lunch cover in our stores. This is a permanent full-time position. 37 Commercial St, Takaka 03 525 If this sounds like7548 you, please call 0800-132-500, email, or drop into our Junction Street office for an application form.

EATING OUT / Kai wahi kē ANATOKI SALMON fishing and café. Catch your own lunch or order from the menu. Open every day from 10am. www. COLLINGWOOD TAVERN. 11am-7pm, Sunday-Thursday; 11am-late, Friday and Saturday. Live music - check out our Facebook page for details. COURTHOUSE CAFÉ, Collingwood. Still open 7 days, 8am-4pm. Saturday nights are takeaway pizza nights, 5-7pm. Ph 524 8194. CURRY LEAF. Open 7 days, 12-8pm. Chef-made food, takeaway prices. Order online or ph 525 8481.

DE-LISH DELICATESSEN. Sumptuous, delicious food. Lunches, catering, coffee, chocolate, cheeses and epicure items. Weekdays from 6.30am. Ph 525 7111. OLD SCHOOL CAFÉ, reopening Friday 17 December. O’SHA, open Tuesday-Sunday, lunch 11.30am-2.30pm and dinner 5-8.30pm. Ph 525 6117. THE MUSSEL INN. Open from 11am.

WHOLEMEAL CAFÉ, open 7 days for dine-in meals and takeaways, 7.30am-3pm. 18

UPCOMING EVENTS / Mea pakiri haere SUNDAY 12 DECEMBER MOHUA VACCINE HUI: Why getting vaccinated is important for our community. Outside Tākaka library, 1pm-2pm. A public discourse with Anna Dean and Chris von Roy. Seminar. Q&A session included. Music by Sam Hopley. All welcome.

MONDAY 13 DECEMBER CASUAL BADMINTON, Rec Park Centre, 9am–11am, open to anyone, $2.50pp.

TUESDAY 14 DECEMBER BADMINTON, REC PARK CENTRE, 7-9pm. All welcome. Ph Kerry 525 7007. FAERY SCHOOL AND PLAYGROUP welcomes ages 0-8, all genders, and parents. Every Tuesday 9.30am-12.30pm at the Community Gardens Earth House for the school term. Facilitated by Bella, a qualified Steiner educator. Natural toys, music, songs, story telling, puppet shows, bread making, garden adventure. Bring fruit to share. $5. SOCIAL PICKLEBALL, Rec Park Centre, 1pm–3pm, open to anyone, $2.50pp.

Programmes to listen out for: Leather & Lace - Mouxsie Moux presents Leather n Lace, a show celebrating women's outstanding contributions to music. Leather n Lace is supported by Unlimited Copies in Takaka and airs Tuesdays at noon with a new episode every 2 weeks. Trinketbox - Maria Baigent presents an hour of Musical Trinkets, written, sung and performed by women. Trinketbox airs Mondays at noon with a new episode every 2 weeks. Now also airing on Radio Southland and Otago Access Radio Forty six and 2 - Matt and Maria start the weekend with some great rock music and the odd random track thrown in. Forty six and 2 is supported by Beggs Music Works in Hardy Street, Nelson and airs Friday evenings at 5:00, replaying Tuesday nights at 11:00. Now also airing on Radio Southland.

CATCHBALL, Rec Park Centre, 3.30pm–6pm, open to anyone, $2.50pp. GB WEEKLY DEADLINE: noon on Tuesdays. Late fees apply until 4pm Tuesdays, if space is available. Stitch ‘n Sew and Collingwood On the Spot store are our agents. Or email us: THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 10 DECEMBER 2021


Mohua Vaccine Hui:

Saturday 11 December 11am (viewing from 9am)

Why getting vaccinated is important for our community

173 Long Plain Road, TAKAKA

Viewing FRIDAY 10 Dec, 10am - 3pm

Sunday 12th December

SPECIAL: 1929 Chevrolet vintage restored car, D2 dozer, Clarke forklift, Nuffield tractor, drill press, lathes, pallet packs, 20ft container, antiques, anvil, fuel tank, woodworking tools, railway sleepers, new timber, engineering tools, too much to list

Rec Centre, Old Wharf Road, Motueka Ph 03 528 8648

Outside Tākaka library 1pm-2pm All welcome

Check website for photos and updates etc Photos/Info:

Screening schedule 10-15 December

A public discourse with Anna Dean and Chris von Roy. Seminar. Q&A session included. Music by Sam Hopley.

John Walker, auctioneer 027 443 2525

Christmas with Andre (G) 150 mins Fri 10 1.00pm

Tue 14 3.30pm (Final)

The Mussel Inn

A Boy Called Christmas (PG) 104 mins Saturday 11 1.30pm

Coming Up...

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (M) 97 mins Sun 12 5.50pm Dune (M) 155 mins Fri 10 7.45pm

Sat 11 7.45pm


Sun 12 7.45pm

Mon 13 5.30pm

Wed 22nd FORGOTTEN ATLAS solstice celebration, $15

Tue 14 7.55pm

Wed 15 7.55pm

Wed 29th REVULVA

Cliff Richard (G) 131 mins Wed 15 1.30pm (Final)


The French Dispatch (M) 108 mins


Fri 10 5.50pm

Sat 11 5.50pm

Sun 2nd KITA

Sun 12 3.50pm

Mon 13 8.20pm

Wed 5th TUMBAO

Tue 14 1.30pm


The Power of The Dog (R13) 127 mins


Fri 10 3.35pm

Wed 12th

Sun 12 1.30pm


Wed 19th

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Wed 15 6.00pm

Sat 11 5.00 Allshorts 2021 (M) (Final) Tickets: The Village Theatre $15/13 8.00 Dune (M) (Tickets purchased for cancelled screenings can be redeemed or refunded) Next screenings: Friday 16 & Saturday 17 December

We look forward to seeing you at the Saturday market and on our home deliveries around Golden Bay, Tasman and Nelson.

See GB Weekly and the website for updates: All sessions: Entry by Covid Vaccine Passport only



Golden Bay weather forecast

Monday: Northeasterlies developing. Cloud increasing and a few showers likely later. Tuesday: .Northeasterlies freshening. Rain becoming persistent and heavy later about the ranges. Sollys Contractors are proud sponsors of this weather forecast. Enquiries phone: 03 525 9843 Disclaimer: This forecast is a personal interpretation complied from public information provided by NZ Metservice and other public sources. It is a local forecast and no liability is implied or accepted.



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