The GB Weekly - 11 June 2021

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Friday 11 June 2021

Rain no dampener for hunters

Thumbs up: Junior hunter Kylo Newport and Dad Levi Newport at Sunday’s Pig of the Bay weigh-in outside Takaka’s Telegraph Hotel. Photo: Rosa Volz. ROSA VOLZ

A weekend of torrential rain did nothing to deter entrants to the 2021 Pig of the Bay (POTB) competition. The annual family event has been run over three days since 1989 (excluding 2020), and this year culminated with a weigh-in and prizegiving at the Telegraph Hotel on Sunday. This year it was organised and hosted by Telegraph proprietors Jean Bruning and Ben Osmond. The list, totalling 50 entrants, comprised predominantly Bay locals, with a range of prizes such as vouchers, clothing and dog food donated by numerous local businesses. “The rules of the competition are simple,” says organiser Jean. “Each animal must be caught within the Golden Bay geography.” There are five adult and three 12-and-under competition categories, with the “hotly contested prize” going to the heaviest pig (aka

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Pig of the Bay). Organiser Ben says that despite being out of lockdown the event was not held last year due to Covid-19. “Takaka was still recovering and needed time to get back on its feet.” The weigh-in, run by local farmers Duncan McKenzie and Brent Page, was stationed at the rear of the Hotel. The racks held freshly shot deer and pigs, plus piles of hares, possums and goat heads. This caused curious (and no doubt impressed) Fresh Choice shoppers to take pause for photographs. Impervious to the heavy downpours, a large khaki-clad contingent gathered inside and outside the Hotel, where they enjoyed a delicious smoked BBQ, a toasty fireplace and a couple of cheeky pints. The prizegiving saw both new and experienced hunters in the mix. The youngest hunter (aged two-and-a-half ), Kylo Newport, won a new category of “Most Enthusiastic


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Tasman District Council is to initiate an investigation into events leading up to and including the November 2018 decision to proceed with the Waimea Dam. Councillors voted last Friday to launch the investigation, but it’s not the fully independent inquiry that ratepayers and some councillors have been demanding following February’s announcement of another major cost blow-out. Since that announcement, pressure, which had been building on TDC to reassess the project, came to a head in April with a public protest held outside the council’s Richmond offices. At the rally, councillor Dean McNamara addressed the crowd and delivered a simple message. “We need to know what’s gone wrong, and we need to fix it. That’s why I’m asking for an inquiry.” Campaigners had hoped to see the Auditor General step in, or for a formal public inquiry to be conducted, but instead TDC will appoint an outside investigator – PJ Associates (PJA) – to carry out the investigation, with oversight from the council’s Audit and Risk Committee. According to TDC, the investigation is likely to take three months, cost up to $170,000, and require hundreds of hours of staff time. Although it will “focus on the quality of the information and advice provided to the project governance board and the council”, PJA is unlikely to have the authority to investigate Crown Irrigation Investments Ltd or the consultants who provided key cost estimates and geological assessments. Whatever the reasons, it’s clear that something has gone seriously awry with the dam project’s finances. When the proposal went out for public consultation in 2017, the estimated cost was $75.9m. The current estimate is $158.4m, and there are concerns about further blow-outs. TDC CEO Janine Dowding acknowledges the escalating cost but hopes that lessons can be learned from the investigation. “The cost overruns have been hugely disappointing. If we could have better anticipated them, then we need to learn from that.” She recommended that council proceeds with the investigation, saying that it would provide transparency around decision-making for the project. But critics argue that the process is more of an internal investigation and question whether it will provide the robust evidence required... Continued on page 2

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Participant”. Kylo totalled nine kills (1 goat, 3 possums and 5 hares) shot with proud Dad Levi in the vicinity of Bird’s Clearing. In particular, Kylo said she “enjoyed a night shoot with her Dad.” The POTB prizewinners, for the secondyear running, were Blair Crawford and Luke Jacobsen, who entered a boar weighing 58 kilos, bailed and shot in the Wainui area. The pair say they’ve entered the competition “probably every year for the past 10 years”. Blair runs nine dogs but used five (four bailers and a holder) for the competition. Blair credits friends Toby Arnst and Caleb Dodson-Herron “who did all of the hard work carrying the boar out.” The crowd stayed on until 11pm, enjoying tunes from the band, Chasn Rabbit. Jean estimates that the event will have raised funds in the ballpark of $2,000. Continued on page 2

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Blair Crawford, left, and Luke Jacobsen with their winners’ trophy. Photo: Rosa Volz.

Continued from page 1 “This year was the most entrants so far. Such a shame about the weather making it harder for the hunters, but awesome to see so many people braving the rain to make it a great day. Very impressed with all the kids’ efforts! Massive thanks to all that helped make it happen and to our generous sponsors.” All proceeds from the event are donated to the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. The winners are as follows: Adult Category. Pig of the Bay - 58kg: Blair Crawford and Luke Jacobsen. Largest Tusks: Hayden Peterson and Jadeyn McKay. Biggest Stag - 109.5kg: Zodie McKay. Biggest Doe: Paige Baigent. 12 and under Category. Heaviest Possum - 4.56kg: Lucian. Heaviest Hare - 4.32kg: Lucas. Most Possums - 10: Nixin. Most Hares - 17: Leo and Thomas. Longest Goat Horns: Jack and Wade. Most Enthusiastic Participant: Kylo Newport.

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DAM INVESTIGATION Continued from page 1 determine the underlying failings and/or identify any possible malfeasance. Dean believes the scope of the investigation should be widened to include an assessment of current management and governance. “The half-built dam is double the P95 price that we consulted on, and is 50 per cent over the ‘good as fixed price’ contract that we signed off on. This potentially indicates that we have an issue with those overseeing the dam, and if so, should be remedied immediately thus saving the ratepayer potentially millions of dollars.” He is also concerned about the proposed investigation team’s “questionable credentials”, which could undermine the authority of its findings. “None of the panel members has dam-building experience, which to me is something that has been lacking in the project all along,” said Dean. “Two of the panel members are well connected to local government, which will leave open the potential for insinuations of collusion and a whitewash should they come up with a ‘nothing to see here’ story.” Janine, however, argues that the investigation will deliver lessons for TDC and other local authorities. “Those lessons would likely be valuable for other large Tasman projects as well as [for] districts that are looking at water security solutions.”

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Golden Bay’s Archie Balck, left, going head to head with Christopher Baird from Waimea in a Men’s Division 2 Plate tie. Photo: Jo Richards. JO RICHARDS

Takaka Squash Club’s annual open tournament attracted around 40 entries, some from as far away as Kaikoura, who competed over three days at Queen’s Birthday weekend. There was notable success for the home club which produced a winner in the Women’s Open, a runner-up in the Men’s Division 2, and third places in both mixed competitions. The opening ties were played on Friday, with the finals and prizegiving taking place on Sunday, so when The GB Weekly arrived on Saturday morning the tournament was in full swing. Watching from the balcony overlooking the glass-backed courts at the Rec Centre were tournament organiser Paul McConnon and club president Shem Chamberlain. Shem, who Paul described as “the Bay’s top player”, was pleased with the number and quality of the entries, especially the younger racqueteers. “It’s good to see the juniors coming up.” The club currently has around 60 members who represent a wide age range. In the Women’s Open, for example, local veteran Sue Netto had been drawn against her granddaughter and rising star Kayla Harvey who prevailed in their Friday night cross-generation match. Kayla’s winning streak continued through the weekend. On Sunday she triumphed in the Women’s Open, something

club secretary Sharon McConnon says is cause for celebration. “This is the first time in a very long time that our club has had a winner in this category.” Other local players also achieved “podium positions”; Rex Bowden was placed second in the Men’s Division 2, while in the mixed category, Kylie Harvey and Xavier Reynish came third in the first and second division competitions respectively. Reflecting on the tournament, Sharon was delighted with this year’s event. “The weekend was once again a huge success and a real credit to the club; we are really fortunate to have an amazing committee of helpers, and everyone rolls up their sleeves and gets on with it.” She was full of praise for the Rec Centre. “We are also extremely fortunate to have such an amazing facility, as mentioned by a lot of the players from away, and their supporters,” said Sharon who ensured everyone was kept fed and watered. “Food was provided all weekend, at no cost to anyone and there was certainly heaps to go around. We really did have a feast on Saturday night, with the committee and helpers catering for around 80 people.” Sharon also gave a shout-out to the local businesses that had provided generous support. “We had so many sponsors this year and we are hugely grateful to them all.”

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Women’s Open: 1, Kayla Harvey (Takaka); 2, Karen Walton; 3, Keren Barcas. Men’s Open: 1, Henry Moran; 2, Paul Moran; 3, Charlie Prince. Men’s Division 1: 1, David McKee; 2, Ryan McGown; 3, Vic Prince. Men’s Division 2: 1, Jack Gibb; 2, Rex Bowden (Takaka); 3, Bryn Woolley. Mixed Division 1: 1, Victoria Moran; 2, Pat Gelling; 3, Kylie Harvey (Takaka). Mixed Division 2: 1, Nicholas Whitley; 2, Thea Whitley; 3, Xavier Reynish (Takaka).

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Councillors have lost control of councils

A letter in last week’s column (GBW 4/6) argues that councillors should listen to what their constituents want, and then act entirely according to their own conscience and judgement. On that basis, and if they are not going to act in accordance with our wishes when they ask what those are, then there is no point even asking. The same applies to a referendum, and I will go out on a limb and say that the people of NZ are thoroughly sick and tired of elected representatives who initiate a referendum or consultation document, claim that it was or became non-binding, and do whatever they like anyway. I agree with the sentiment that Janine Dowding should be removed, but I also think that the underlying sentiment is that councillors all over New Zealand have lost control of their councils. On that basis, is there any point in having councillors and a mayor when they are really nothing more than a public grandstand? Perhaps I’ll run for office next year. There’s no need to campaign so nobody can accuse me of not doing what I said I would. Then vote for me, secure in the knowledge that it really doesn’t matter who I am or what I believe in, because I will commit to doing whatever I like based on my own conscience and judgement. Gary Thorpe

The grandstand: some questions

The Richardsons are right to be alarmed. (GBW letters 4/6). Is Jill Pearson the official representative of the grandstand association? If so, how about some reliable information concerning the restoration of the grandstand. Is the cost negotiable with TDC? Are the standards they have set for the rebuild necessary to meet the requirements of the building code? If so, I don’t like the chances of modifying them. What will be TDC’s share of the cost and could they recoup this with a targeted rate to Golden Bay ratepayers? The grandstand association has a responsibility to keep us informed with reliable up-to-date information. Let’s have no more “I have heard” and “to my knowledge”and “my feelings from interactions”. Let’s hear from someone who has a direct line of communication with TDC so that already strained relations are not amplified to the point of complete breakdown, as has happened in the past. This is a huge potential cost for the community. We need certainty. John Snelgrove

The grandstand: some answers

Thanks Jim and Mary Richardson (GBW 4/6) – for the kind words about saving the grandstand, and for questioning the appropriateness of spending $900,000 on this when many in the district have higher priorities. The Golden Bay Grand Stand Community Trust (the Trust) – formed to help with the preservation of the grandstand – shares the concern about spending $900,000. PHONE: 027 525 8679 EMAIL: OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Wednesday 9am-5pm

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This figure is based on the WSP-Opus January 2020 report which openly states that some elements are “in excess of the minimum required under the Acceptable Solutions of the NZ Building Act G1/AS1”. The Trust and the A&P Association tried to get “minimum cost” into the Terms of Reference for this report but it didn’t appear in the final report. TDC talk re-design, repurpose, and restoration – with so far no mention of repair. The council needs to know the worst-case figures when making their decisions and this is what the WSP-Opus report was for. To wave this figure around in any other context is irresponsible at best. The Trust supports TDC’s decision to bring the project forward and is urgently trying to open the conversation to get the cost as low as possible while ensuring the community’s needs are met. Jill Pearson, Golden Bay Grand Stand Community Trust

GB Returned and Services Assn: members sought

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Marine environment: what’s going on?

Habitat degradation over the last 60 years from trawling and dredging, together with climate change, has and will have on going profound effects to Golden Bay’s marine environment and it will take the partnership between the community and nature to improve the Bay’s marine ecosystems. Globally, people power is future-proofing and restoring the marine biodiversity. How are schools, cities and countries achieving this? The answer is simple: artificial reefs. Schools such as the St Mary’s Girls Collage in Maryland and Te Mahia School in Hawke’s Bay open artificial reef programs which encompass future food security. As an example, if one wishes to know of the power artificial reefs generate to increase marine ecological growth, Marseilles Mayor Jean-Claude Gavdin confirmed the return of fish and marine vegetation in the area of the beaches of Prado which had experienced severe depletion in biodiversity following tourism development that began in the 1970s. Reefs installed from 2007 have repopulated the marine environment. Species are three times more numerous and biodiversity continues to grow. We have seen Bi Annual

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Dam investigation must be a public inquiry

Last week TDC bowed to public pressure and appointed an outside investigator (PJ Associates) to inquire into the dam’s cost blowouts. Some councillors expressed doubt that the “internal investigation” will restore TDC’s tarnished public image. The inquiry will rely solely on information supplied by TDC. PJA has no authority to investigate Crown Irrigation Investments Ltd, nor will it be able to interrogate TDC’s professional advisors who provided the cost estimates, and who TDC has accused of knowingly ignoring the rock instability risk. Undoubtedly PJA’s report will begin with the caveat “based on the information provided…” If it uncovers internal staff mismanagement, ratepayers will be left wondering if there is not wider malfeasance. Alternatively, if it finds no fault with TDC’s actions, based solely on the information provided by TDC’s senior staff, ratepayers will remain sceptical. TDC is facing ongoing, well-documented allegations from within council, the public and, apparently, central Government, of misuse of more than $100m of public funds. This involves not only the council, but also external advisors, a crown entity, and private investors. Incredibly, TDC think an “internal investigation” will suffice. Senior council staff must be held accountable if the evidence warrants. However, ratepayers are principally interested in righting the huge injustice of the dam’s funding model, where ratepayers pay the bulk of the ballooning costs whilst other parties stand to receive far higher financial benefits. As the Auditor General has refused to step in, ratepayers’ best chance of redress is to agitate for a public inquiry, where a High Court judge can gather the evidence required to get to the bottom of these allegations involving millions of dollars of ratepayers’ funds. Tony Lawton and Roland Toder


then must be repaid. The $22m LGFA loan is a five-year interest-only loan (to be renewed on a rolling basis). These funds will be passed through to WWL as shareholder funds. Irrigators pay their share of interest payments to TDC via WWL. Future construction cost increases will likely be treated on the same basis. It appears our councillors did not understand the key financials of the option. TDC normally takes out standard repayment loans. Irrigators will benefit from reduced annual costs via interest-only loans, the debt risk and liability resting with ratepayers for up to 40 years. As long as the irrigators pay the interest due through WWL, then a targeted rate cannot be reverted to. Increasing gross debt is detrimental to TDC in negotiating future funding from the LGFA. Option D, by inference, tied an interest-only payment to the proposed two consecutive five-year interest-only loans from the LGFA, after which repayment loans could have been taken out and a targeted rate would recover these annual debt payments. Option D was a much better option for non-irrigating ratepayers. Louise Coleman


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During the last week of May, Golden Bay Choir gave a short concert for their friends and family, performing works they had been working on for just a few months. Covid had put singing on hold for most of 2020, giving us only a short period to prepare a longer programme. The music performed was wide ranging, though, and while most were unaccompanied, Kana Bridger supported the choir on the keyboard for two of the songs. A grant from the Rural Service Centre helped offset costs. The concert was also seen as a “farewell, but we’ll see you soon” one, for director Jochen Maurer, wishing him well as he goes back home to Germany to visit his family. He will be back in September. Does Jochen’s absence mean that choir will go into recess? No, because those in the choir remember what it was like when we couldn’t sing during 2020 and are not prepared to go through that again! So we will continue to practice at the Puramahoi Hall at 7.30pm each Thursday. After all, Jochen is already getting music together for an end-of-year concert, which we will concentrate on while he’s gone. If you are keen to sing, join with us. We’re a non-audition choir and while reading music is a great advantage, it’s not a prerequisite. Email us on or ph Dorrie Cowan 022 621 8175.


Waimea Dam funding options

In The GB Weekly 28 May Councillor Hill stated: “I have supported revised option A because the debt is transferred from council and held by WWL” [Waimea Water Limited]. Councillor Butler stated: “I voted for revised option A, as it achieves the aim of placing the debt with the irrigators”. This incorrect. TDC loans from Crown Irrigation Investments Limited (CIIL) and the Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) stay on TDC’s balance sheet until discharged. TDC is responsible for servicing/repaying this debt. The $18m CIIL loan is interest free for up to 40 years and

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COUNCIL MATTERS with Cr Celia Butler Council work has been varied over the last couple of weeks. Since completing deliberations on the Long Term Plan, work has continued on the Tasman Environment Plan. Three long sessions were held for Golden Bay residents affected by the draft Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Coastal Environment Plans. These are a government requirement in the RMA: Items of National Importance, “the protection…from inappropriate subdivision, use and development”. Large parts of Golden Bay are affected, and it was appreciated that landscape architects were there throughout to explain the highly technical background to the demarcation lines and what the possible rules could be. Lots of our farms are in family ownership, most multigenerational, and the question was: “How is this going to affect our farm and what we can do, and will it cost us more to farm?” The contribution of farming families and individuals to our community must be recognised. When a farm is sold out of a family nowadays, it is most likely to a corporate buyer, and will never be returned to a family. This is a factor to consider in regards to the Outstanding Landscapes and Coastal Environment rules. The Port Tarakohe Users Group met recently. Since council turned down the $20m loan offer from the last Government for a number of reasons, one being risk, it is back to the modest budget and planning for maintenance and minor development. For example, renewal of the power cable is underway, but who will pay for the required but expensive oil spill kit to protect our environment is yet to be determined. The commercial arm to the east receives income from the mussels and fish that cross the wharf, and there is pressure on berth numbers as more mussel lines are installed. The top of the old wooden wharf, which is deemed to be dangerous, will be removed in February after the penguins have nested. Some timber will hopefully be able to be salvaged for use on the west recreational arm as part of improving it as a recreational place. For those who continually raise the subject, Port Tarakohe is on TDC reserve land so can’t be sold. The Community Grants Committee recently dispensed funds for rural sports travel, a seemingly minor decision but essential for our junior teams to be able to travel to sports competitions. To complete this report, very recent indications are that TDC will receive considerably less funding from NZTA Waka Kotahi than expected for repaving and repair of roads. This will affect how much of the planned work can be done, including potholes.



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Installation at museum is “Enigma”

Artist Sue Heydon in amongst her “Enigma” art installation at GB Museum. Photo: Jo Richards. RONNIE SHORT

Nelson-based artist Sue Heydon has brought her “Enigma” art installation directly from the Nelson Provincial Museum Gallery to Golden Bay Museum. The very thought-provoking, awareness-raising display highlights the background story, invasive habits and potential uses of Clematis vitalba, known as Old Man’s Beard. Suspended from the ceiling, 17 large “seed-forms” are arranged randomly, to reflect nature “as if they were scattered by wind or water”. The larger-than-life forms are woven from Old Man’s Beard stems and reflect the vivacious energy of the real plant’s miniscule seeds. “They are very powerful entities – these small seeds can smother our whole forest,” says Sue. “They are very difficult to see, measuring about 2mm.” The smothering effect of Old Man’s Beard is due to the prolific nature of its seed production. The plant is self-fertile and produces abundant seeds from 12-36 months at a time, producing as many as 30,000 viable seeds per square metre in the forest canopy. Some seeds that drop to the ground can remain inactive for as long as a decade until conditions are right for germination. Designated as “an unwanted organism” under the 2012

National Pest Plant Accord, this vigorous climber is an incredibly invasive species. Eradication work is being conducted by many groups throughout the Nelson Tasman region, such as Project De-Vine in Golden Bay. Delving into the history of the plant’s introduction into New Zealand, Sue found it was once a revered plant. In their desire to create “a mini Britain”, early colonialists brought many species, including Clematis vitalba, which readily acclimatised. Sue has created an informative book, titled Enigma, which accompanies the installation. It contains the backstory and many interesting facts about Clematis vitalba. The artist’s research is thorough, tracing the plant’s history and various uses. Evidence of its existence dates back 10,000 years to the Neolithic period. The book also contains photographs of weaving from that time until the present. There is also a Bach flower remedy, Clematis vitalba, made from the vine’s flowers. Its gently glowing amber glass bottles complement the suspended seed formations in the installation, a salute to the potential usefulness of the plant. Sue has highlighted the issues associated with Old Man’s Beard and provided food for thought. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could use the resources around us that are abundant?” says the artist.

Bay Art and Young@Art 2021 dates SUBMITTED

Local artists can put Thursday 21 October on their calendars; this is the date for entries to be submitted for Bay Art and Young@ Art 2021. “Our aim is to celebrate local art and encourage innovative creativity,” says GB Community Arts Council’s arts worker Tania Mardsen. “We’re really looking forward to seeing what artists produce.” Would you like to exhibit a collaborative group project? “Group works can’t be entered in the competition, but we welcome your piece in any category for exhibition and sale,” says Tania. “Please let me know if your group is working on something - it will help us plan the exhibition.” Tania is seeking sponsors for the event so, if you are interested in this, please email her on Young@Art is non-competitive and encourages young artists to have some fun and take part. Bay Art is Golden Bay’s annual community exhibition showcasing local creativity. Artists need to: be resident in

Golden Bay; have created their work in the year leading up to the exhibition; and guarantee that their work has not been previously exhibited. The opening of both exhibitions at GB High School will be held on Friday 22 October at 5pm. “It will be a lovely way to connect with each other,” says Tania.



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A last-minute change of venue saw Tuesday’s Golden Bay Community Board meeting shift from Collingwood Fire Station to the Courthouse Cafe. First on the menu was public forum, and it served up some meaty topics including local governance, accountability of public representatives, and one that has been chewed over many times – the grandstand. Tony Lawton opened the contributions, speaking on behalf of the Working Group for a Golden Bay Local Board (WGGBLB). “Our group is at the end of a journey,” said Tony referring to the Local Government Commission’s (LGC) decision not to proceed with a local board. “The Local Government Commission and the working group had a three-year conversation with the community.” He said that community empowerment and involvement was important and ongoing but it was time for someone else to “pick up the baton”. Tony paid tribute to the LGC and the “very good process” that had facilitated a “long and constructive discussion”. He moved on to highlight the importance of the community board’s involvement in establishing the Terms of Reference (TOR) – a document that will define the relationship between the board and Tasman District Council, including any delegation of responsibilities, now and in the future. “The TOR should be seen as a living document to be used as a road map.” Board chair Abbie Langford later acknowledged the WGGBLB’s work saying that she “takes on board the idea to involve the community” in developing the TOR, which should be finalised within three months. Gaylene Wilkinson expanded on the theme of community empowerment in her five-minute slot. “The TOR is a really important document,” said Gaylene, who asked whether professional advice would be sought and if the community would be consulted on “what goes into the TOR”. She had some suggestions for consideration. “It’s important to future-proof the document so the board can ask for future delegations; This community board should be asking for more delegations.” Giving examples, Gaylene mentioned community halls before concluding with the grandstand. “The reinstatement could and should be managed by the community board. No-one wants a $900,000 upgrade.” Jill Pearson also tackled the upgrade of the grandstand. “No-one at TDC is talking about reinstatement,” said Jill, who suggested a minimum cost reinstatement coupled with extensive community consultation. “I’m asking that the community board does proper, open arm consultation with the community.” She also questioned council’s approach. “It’s like TDC is intentionally making it so expensive that the community can’t justify it.” During the discussion on the grandstand councillor Celia Butler explained that because the structure is owned by TDC there are regulatory constraints. “They have to manage it as they see fit. It needs to be compliant with the building code.” Board member Averill Grant wanted to know whether the proposed upgrade was based on earlier costly recommendations. “Are you still looking at the Opus Report?” It was agreed that TDC’s project manager for the grandstand upgrade would be invited to the next Community Board meeting. Public forum also heard from Takaka dairy farmer Bernal Reilly, who outlined his vision for a 40ha block of land “on the way to Pupu Springs”. His plans include a cafe and a freshwater aquarium where customers can purchase spring water. “We’ve had it tested by Hills Laboratories and it’s fit for human consumption,” said Bernal before closing with a request. “We are asking for a tick from the community board to go ahead.” Subsequent discussion between board members concluded


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that it was inappropriate for the board to get involved with private enterprises, and suggested that iwi should be consulted. “You need to go though the formal Resource Consent process,” said Averill. Bernal advised that he already had council approval. “The plan has been approved but we need a community board letter of support to apply for Government funding.” Abbie agreed to consider and respond to Bernal. Cynthia McConville’s contribution to public forum was about keeping penguins and dogs apart at Port Tarakohe. “The board [of the Mohua Blue Penguin Trust] wants to ask the community board for dogs to be kept on leads at all time on Port Tarakohe land, so please amend the Dog Control Bylaw.” Abbie undertook to consult with TDC regulatory manager Adrian Humphries and report back. Public forum regular Reg Turner had turned up in person rather than making his more usual Zoom appearance, and he made the most of being unmuted. His concern related to the accountability of local councillors – specifically the recent edict from TDC that all his correspondence addressed to councillors Celia Butler and Chris Hill would be dealt with through the Local Government Official Information Act. “Have I lost my right to hold my councillors to account?’ asked Reg, not really expecting a response. The Chair’s report moved on to discuss the problem of the graffiti that has appeared on bridges at Paines Ford and Waitapu. As both structures are the responsibility of NZTA, it was decided that the board would write a letter to inform the agency of the situation. There was some uncertainty over the status of the Historic Wharves Trust expressed at the previous community board meeting which Abbie was now able to clarify. “It’s still active. There is a new chair – Murray Wilson – and they are looking for one more person.” Easter is a long way off but there is some good news for the Bay’s traders. Following TDC’s delegation of Golden Bay’s Easter trading rules to the community board, the community can now decide what shops open and when over the Easter weekend. “We will come up with a proposal and consult,” said Abbie. Never mind Easter, Christmas came early for the Blue Penguin Trust which Abbie said will get $500 from the community board’s discretionary fund to purchase muchneeded tools. Next up was a review of the action sheet but there didn’t appear to be a lot of forward movement. The board was still waiting for news from TDC about Collingwood’s footpaths, while the Resource Consent application for a seawall at Pakawau was still stuck in the bureaucratic process. But there will be less waiting at Willow Street carpark in the future, as a proposal for a 120-minute parking limit is likely to get the nod shortly. Following a quick review of correspondence, the session at the Courthouse closed after little more than an hour; it was another short one but it allowed attendees to enjoy an early morning tea of top coffee and freshly baked scones. The fire station is going to have to up its game.

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Review: First Cow

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Absorbing storytelling can begin with the simplest of premises, and First Cow opens with a perfect example. A wordless, present-day sequence of a woman walking her dog on the banks of a river quickly takes an unexpected turn. The curious animal begins to dig around an object too white and symmetrical to be just another rock, and soon a human skull, then two complete skeletons are uncovered, lying side by side in a shallow grave. “Who”, “why” and “when” form our entry and exit point to the ensuing tale of life in an Oregon frontier town over 200 years ago. It is so well told and peopled with convincing characters that it’s easy to forget the reason we’re here. A timid but skilled baker, “Cookie” Figowitz (John Magaro), has travelled west with a group of brutish fur trappers, but eventually meets King Lu, a kindly Chinese immigrant played by Orion Lee. Their affable friendship begins to follow an entrepreneurial path when the town observes the arrival of the territory’s first cow, gliding down the river on a barge like the appearance of a magical creature. It is imported at great expense by the head factor and homesick minor aristocrat of the settlement (the ubiquitous Toby Jones), who dreams of taking milk with his tea. King Lu, however, sees other possibilities. Already impressed with Cookie’s culinary skill, he realises what a desirable commodity his new friend’s baking would become with the addition of real milk. And so begins the first of many covert milking raids under the cover of darkness, while Lu keeps watch from a nearby tree. Cookie bonds with the gentle cow, commiserating with her over the loss of her mate and calf on the voyage from Britain, as he silently steals the factor’s milk. The resulting buttermilk biscuits disappear instantly when the men take them to market the following day. The townsfolk are spellbound by – but unable to identify – the dairy ingredient, which instantly transports them to a happier existence. Soon Lu and Cookie are barely able to keep up with demand, their fortune and ticket to better things gradually amassing as they continue their clandestine milking raids. The fact that they will return to this well too many times seems predestined, and curdles this so far gentlest of heist stories. Eventually they unwittingly attract the attention of the very man whose milk they are stealing. “I taste London in this cake” marvels the Factor, before giving them a commission to prepare a special dessert so that he can impress an important guest. Our heroes deliver a berry clafoutis to his home, arriving while the Factor is expressing his enthusiastic support of capital punishment to keep order. A moment of extreme discomfort and tension for our heroes, and the audience, ensues. The events which unfold are awful in their inevitability but still manage to take unexpected twists and turns. Much of this is due to the unique storytelling style employed. The companionable silence enjoyed by our two protagonists means that there is very little explanatory dialogue throughout the film. Much is conveyed very subtly, including a ghastly moment when the Factor’s guest (a shrewd military commander), notices that the precious, but apparently mostly dry, cow recognises Cookie when he unwittingly stands too close. The grim and knowing look the captain gives him speaks volumes. As in most crime capers, we side with Cookie and Lu as their situation turns desperate, and we discover with them just how thin the veneer of civilisation really is in this largely untamed land. The period detail and production design of First Cow is exquisite. The muted colours, fusion of cultures and anachronisms in language weave a textured and convincing backdrop. With a rhythm and flavour all of its own, this “rags to riches to bones” film is both unique and utterly absorbing. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 11 JUNE 2021

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Movie Descriptions FIRST COW (PG) USA 2h01 Drama John Magaro and Orion Lee are 19-century fur trappers out to make a fortune in this American drama, based on cowriter Jonathan Raymond’s novel, The Half Life.

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When a summer in Florida with his father doesn’t pan out, a heavy metal-loving teenager is forced to spend six long weeks with his mildmannered librarian mother.

CRUELLA (PG) USA 2h14 Comedy, Crime Emma Stone is a young fashion designer in ‘70s London who’s infatuated with dog skins - particularly Dalmatians’ slowly but surely turns into the renowned villain we now know as Cruella de Vil. DREAM HORSE (PG) UK 1h53 Drama, Sport, Biography True story of race horse Dream Alliance, an unlikely champion bred by small town bartender, Jan Vokes (Toni Collette). Set and shot in Wales. Documentary

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Filmmaker Florian Habicht (Pulp, Kaikohe Demolition) fo l l ows t h e l i ve s o f a tohunga (shaman) and his 99-year-old mother as she nears a century on Earth.

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LITIGANTE (M) Spain, Colombia 1h33 Drama, Subtitles A lawyer struggles to care for her young son and ailing mother amidst a developing scandal at work in this Colombia-set drama from Franco Lolli.

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Tena koutou katoa Golden Bay, This week Jono is in the hills somewhere eating scroggin, so I will fill you in on a few snippets: • 28 May: A Nelson couple arrived at their holiday home to find a male and female helping themselves to a bath and doing their laundry. On its own this doesn’t sound too bad, but the four big dogs belonging to the intruders that were inside the house added to the homeowner’s anguish. Enquiries are continuing in regards to this and arrests are imminent. • On the subject of dogs, a friendly old Bull Mastiff (at least I think it was) was found by police wandering on the Waitapu Bridge in the early hours of 29 May. The old bloke was collarless and appeared a bit lost so spent a warm night in the police cell until he was reunited with his grateful owner the following morning. • Three Australian cavers were located safe and well after being reported overdue from a trip into Harwoods Hole on the rainy weekend at the beginning of the month. • 2 June: A 68-year-old male was charged with disorderly behaviour after an incident at the Tarakohe marina. • 3 June: A 55-year-old woman arrested last October for being part of a group that were unlawfully in a building at Totaranui plead guilty to this and other charges. • 4 June: Police located evidence that someone has been staying in a property in Pakawau without the owner’s knowledge. If anyone is suspicious that an address is being used without the owner’s permission please let us know so we can check it out. • 4 June: A 50-year-old Central Otago man was warned for disorderly behaviour after being located in town drinking hand sanitiser. • 7June: A 45-year-old Takaka man was warned for a breaching a protection order. • 8 June: A crash on the Takaka Valley Highway near the showgrounds has seen a 40-year-old Riwaka man face charges relating to the Misuse of Drugs Act. Jono will be sure to update you all on the state of his ankle blisters and talk about the latest happenings of the week. Tēnā koutou, manaaki, Snr Constable Dean Schroder


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RURAL VIEWS: the value of water

Parched landscape during a dry December. Photo: Joyce Wyllie. JOYCE WYLLIE

Water. We can’t live without it, and yet how much value do we truly place on it? In homes we casually shower, turn the dishwasher on, set loads of washing to go, flush toilets, clean teeth and cars, and occasionally drink the stuff, all without serious thought about where that wonderful water came from. Gardeners hose. Growing plants is great for healthy environment and diet. Pouring water on lawns to grow grass – then mow grass – never seems sensible though. People who don’t have easy access to water learn to value it. In Nepal’s Khumbu Valley, the streams are way down in the gully. Water carried that far up steep hills is used with great care. In Tanzania, an aid organisation created a system providing water to a small village. The trickle coming out of that pipe was used sparingly. Farmers understand the value of water, especially when it’s lacking, and feed becomes short and creeks dry. When I grew up, our supply was rainwater tanks. We learned basic rules: brush teeth with no running tap; bath after others with turns taken at being first; and not flushing after each loo visit. On the ferry, overhearing snippets of random conversations, I was shocked to hear a young woman declare: “If I can’t have a threequarter-hour shower then it’s not worth having one at all!” Where am I going with this discussion? To somewhere no doubt controversial in Golden Bay. Building a reservoir to ensure future water shows foresight from our council. Before you rush for pen and paper, or hammer your keyboards, please continue reading. I am not often a supporter of TDC, but knowing I am not alone in this radical opinion, I figured this column could support our councillors and our dam. One of the main reasons expressed for not supporting the project is that we, in Golden Bay, don’t benefit from it. My response is that, as part of our community, there is a heap of stuff we pay for with no direct benefit. Our rates every year are $20,000, calculated on property value, and don’t reflect the services received. From our annual payment to TDC, $8,000 goes to capital expenditure for purchasing and creating assets, and $12,000 towards operational expenses of ongoing services. Big costs with little direct benefit to us living far from population centres. We use roads and, through rates, we contribute $1340 capital and $1700 operational to transport. Plus we pay annually for things we don’t benefit from, like waste water ($2200), “council enterprises” ($1340), “community development” ($3420) – and already $2200 towards our water supply. So our yearly $75 fee to the Waimea Dam is small in comparison. I prefer contributing to the provision of fresh water above many other sources of expenditure. I understand that Tasman’s growing population needs more homes, but what a shame to see suburbs sprouting on our district’s best soils. Houses, lawns and streets use more water than orchards, vines and silverbeet. Auckland’s average water use is 150 litres/day/person. Nelson’s is 191.3 litres/day. Tasman folk top both with 257 litres/day each. More evidence that with more families, this dam is not a bad idea. It’s not just about “irrigators”. Irrigators unfortunately seem to have copped bad-press. These people grow food, provide work, are vital to our economy, and are contributing members of our community. As a farmer I know it’s tough when managing through a dry spell. Having reliable water supply increases resilience. That’s a word often used when talking climate change, so if we get more droughts then reserved water will be even more important. When our dam is complete we could well be the envy of other districts facing summer water restrictions, still working out how to alleviate their shortages. Roxburgh’s dam was created in 1956 at today’s equivalent of $1,050 million, excluding power scheme – seven times costlier than Waimea for a spillway capacity only four times larger and

Green grass shows the value of water. Photo: Joyce Wyllie.

a dam face only twice as big. We’d get water storage of quarter to half the size of Roxburgh for 15 per cent of its cost. Our community dam is good value for a reliable water supply. As part of this community I am happy to contribute, as water is something vital and valuable to us all.

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Golden Valley Country Music Awards RONNIE SHORT

While Gore hosted the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards during Queen’s Birthday weekend, Pohara hosted the annual Golden Valley Country Music Awards. Organiser Lisa Campbell and her mum, Judy Ray, were especially pleased with the turnout. Having had a gap year in 2020 due to Covid, the pair was excited to be up and running again. Lisa took care of the management of the whole affair, while Judy managed the kitchen. The Pohara hall doors were opened early on Saturday morning for the first contestants. Judges scored contestants throughout the day, with section finalists announced as soon as the points were tallied. Those finalists competed for placings on Sunday. The Big Iron Country Show Band comprising of Aroha Williams, Matt McNeilly, Robbie Giddens and Andy Fairhall played Rock ‘n Roll for the Saturday night party. Matt, originally from Blenheim, started competing as a junior and was overall winner years ago. He and his wife, Amelia Richards, who was one of the judges, return annually. “He comes back every year to help us out,” says Judy. “He’s a great guy – remembers where he started.” Guest artist for the weekend was Dawn Gubb, the overall winner in 2019, who sang throughout the weekend. “It all went well, apart from the weather,” said Lisa. “We had a great time. Lots of fun was had and the prizegiving on Sunday night saw lots of new faces receiving awards.” The winners were: Junior runner-up - Isobel Stevens Junior Overall - Lily Goodger. Intermediate runner-up - Holly Fortune Intermediate Overall - Danielle Coles Senior runner-up - Linda Hahn Senior Overall - Chris Whitnell. Except for Danielle who came from Blenheim, all the winners were from Nelson. Local entrants included Jed Bright, who won Instrumental and People’s Choice. Karen McCleely earned a third in the Traditional section and Best Local Non-Finalist. Culminating in the usual celebratory pyjama party at

Golden Valley Country Music Award winners: Senior runner-up, Linda Hahn and Senior Overall, Chris Whitnell. Photo Supplied.

Kotare Sands, the weekend was deemed successful despite the inclement weather. Lisa and Judy extend a huge thank you to the many local businesses and people who gave their support with donations of money and prizes for raffles. “We would like to thank Donny Kennett for making the wishing well and the wheelbarrow. Plus a big thanks to ITM Takaka for donating the chainsaw,” said Lisa. Raffle winners: Wishing Well, Nancy Ward. Wheelbarrow, Wendy Gardiner. Chainsaw, Betty Wilson.

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GBAFC mixed team competed in a series of friendly fixtures in Tahunanui last weekend. Photo: Supplied. SUBMITTED

Golden Bay Football Club, Motueka AFC, Tahuna AFC and Nelson Suburbs all met to have a fun day of football in Tahunanui last Saturday. Mixed teams, made up of men and women, played for 30 minutes each game. For senior grade to mix and play is pretty unheard of. For this to be as successful as it was makes it even better.

Golden Bay managed two wins and one loss. But from this something awesome has started. Shield Maidens coach Phil Smith also took to the pitch. “On a personal note this was the last time I will ever lace up the boots and play, and after playing more games than I can remember it’s the first time I have ever had a female captain leading me. It was a truly humbling way to end my playing career. Now it’s all about coaching,” said Phil. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 11 JUNE 2021

Winter market springs into life



Linda Olivier serves up her sweet treats at Saturday’s Telemarket. Photo: Jo Richards. JO RICHARDS

It’s a dull drizzly Saturday morning in Takaka, but the rear of the Telegraph Hotel is buzzing with an array of market stalls offering everything from cakes, coffee and cosmetics, to clothes, jewellery and fresh meat and bread. During the winter months, with the Village Market going into hibernation, the TeleMarket has sprung to life offering a wide range of local goods, produce and crafts in and indooroutdoor setting. Outside, is the place to stock up with ethically-produced meat from Ellis Creek Farms, grab a coffee from the cart, and indulge yourself with Linda Olivier’s sweet treats. Selling like, err, hot cakes on Saturday morning were Linda’s Olibollies – Dutch fried sultana bread – which warmed hands and stomachs. “I bake all my goodies,” says Linda. “The olibollies are traditionally made at New Year in the Netherlands, and have been since the middle-ages.” Inside, a large rectangular room is lined with stalls displaying colourful fruit and veggies, scrumptious sourdough bread, fresh foraged herbs, hand-made jewellery, greetings cards, and eco

soaps and cosmetics. Peering out from behind a large sprig of green leaves on the community veggie stall, market organiser Emma Luoni says it’s not just the produce which is largely organic; the market itself has something of an organic vibe. “It’s a collaborative enterprise by the community for the community. Everyone just turns up as they please.” One of Golden Bay’s more established local enterprises Clean Earth Soap has a regular stall at the winter market. “It’s a good market with amazing local support; it’s great that people get together,” says owner Kerryn Easterbrook, who believes there is sufficient demand to hold one every Saturday. “Takaka’s big enough to have a weekly market.” Emma agrees, and encourages potential traders to come and set up a stall. “Everyone is super welcome – for just one week or for every week. It’s only $20 per stall.” Takaka’s TeleMarket is held every Saturday through winter at the Telegraph Hotel, 9am-1pm. For more information contact Emma Luoni on 022 527 9716.

Crossfit star in overseas tournament RONNIE SHORT

Oliver Gray recently attended one of the biggest CrossFit competitions in the world, the Torian Pro Challenge, held in Brisbane over the last weekend in May. He qualified via The Open, an annual online CrossFit competition. Ten top competitors in each age category in Australia and New Zealand qualify, so Olly was stoked to have made the grade. He was entered into the 16-17 Teens category. Prior to leaving for Brisbane, Olly said “I’m a little excited and nervous at the same time, but really looking forward to being able to compete in such a big event”. Olly is used to competing in front of approximately 500 spectators in New Zealand National events. He was blown away by the 15,000 spectators attending the Torian Pro at the Brisbane tennis stadium. “It was a huge place – completely different from what I have done before.” Going for first place wasn’t on the cards, according to Olly. “It was more about the experience.” He attained eighth position in the 16-17 year category which placed him in the top 10 per cent out of 3,000 competitors. Olly now thinks he needs to be more mentally prepared in future. He found himself busy in the mornings, socialising and enjoying watching other events. When it came to his turn in the afternoons, he found he wasn’t psyched. “I don’t think I was ‘there’; I didn’t really turn the switch.” With plans to increase weight, build strength and continue working on a nutritional plan with coach Bex Jans, Olly plans to be better prepared for next year. He attends the gym for up to four hours daily, using the family’s home gym and going to the Mohua CrossFit gym five days a week. As part of a Golden Bay High School Gateway Programme, Oliver has one morning a week with Bex. During that time he joins one of her more THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 11 JUNE 2021

Oliver Gray demonstrates his physical strength. Photo: Ronnie Short.

than 50 classes, to learn about coaching. Olly’s aspiration is to be one of the top 30 winners in Torian Pro from the 18-34 year category. The winners go on to compete at the CrossFit games in Wisconsin, USA, in July each year.

Australian Laura Waters’ book title, BeWILDered, draws from the words of Daniel Boone: “I can’t say I was ever lost, but I was once bewildered for three days.” She is speaking of her physical, emotional and spiritual journey walking the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail, “leaving everything behind for 3,000km in the wilds of New Zealand”. Aspiring writer Laura is disillusioned with the corporate grind. Feeling anxious and unloved by a disappointing boyfriend, she realises something must change – most likely herself. She happens upon an escape. “The idea had begun in bed one night, while scanning the news section of a hiking magazine. The announcement rose from the pages, a brand-new long-distance hiking trail. Te Araroa (the long pathway) – a 3000km route winding and rippling its way over mountains and forests, from Cape Reinga, at the northernmost tip of NZ’s North Island, to Bluff at the southernmost point of the South Island.” Fearful of what lies ahead (getting lost, weather, icy clifftops, madmen), Laura carefully researches her journey, takes leave from her job and draws courage by persuading a friend to join her. However, disaster strikes on day one. After departing Cape Reinga, the friend she recruited to accompany her retires injured – leaving the terrified Laura to continue on her own. Ever resourceful, Laura joins other “thru-trampers” (those walking the entire trail, not just sections) and slowly grows confident in her own abilities – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. She learns to release her grip (and reliance) on others and learns to walk alone in both the physical and metaphorical sense. The journey is arduous and not for the faint hearted – especially since Laura (a purist) is determined to walk every step from North to South. Laura carries a base pack weight of 11 kg (plus food and water), and traverses inhospitable terrain and dangerous conditions, including gale force winds in the Tararuas, waist-deep river crossings and the Waiau Pass where an earlier walker, Andy Wyatt, had fallen to his death. The fears, loneliness and struggle also bring rewards, such as joining a pod of orcas in the Sounds, and serendipitous discoveries: “I wonder how anything could top such an incredible day when I notice the edge of the path lined with the pale glow of thousands of tiny green dots. Glow-worms.” As Laura journeys southwards she takes ownership of her independence. “South of Queenstown I enter a tussock valley flanked by mountains, the markers so intermittent I can’t always see from one to the next. Te Araroa doesn’t hold your hand. It assumes that you don’t actually need a defined track and can cross rivers without the assistance of a bridge; trail markers, to Te Araroa, are just an occasional reassurance to your innate sense of direction and your solid map and compass skills.” After completing the trail, Laura returns home to Melbourne and is unable to assimilate into her old life. Unsettled, she quits her job, sells her possessions, and volunteers in the Solomon Islands. In the process she becomes a travel writer. Unshackled from her corporate job and attendant income, she finds peace. “There are no regrets now, even for the few compromises that have been necessary. I earn a fraction of what I did before, and sometimes it’s a challenge…But in place of money I have freedom and it makes me feel unbelievably rich.” An inspiring read for every New Zealand walker. 13


SPORTS RESULTS / Hua tākaro BRIDGE 2 June. Rangihaeata Pairs: D Jerram/L Jerram 63.02%, E Donovan/B Burdett 56.77%, P Wood/K Van Der Struys 54.17%; h/cap: D Jerram/L Jerram 71.02%, E Donovan/B Burdett 67.72%, P Wood/K Van Der Struys 64.07%. 4 June. Relaxed Session: D Sarll/C Mead 63%, D Perreau/J Morgan 58%, L Godden/S Langford 51%; h/cap: D Sarll/C Mead 68.45%, D Perreau/J Morgan 68.30%, L Godden/S Langford 56.45%. GOLF 1 June. Home Links, 4th LGU, 1st Barnett Cup. Nett: B Climo 71. Closest to pins: 3/12 C Le Comte, 9/18 S Rosser. 2 June. Stableford: J Hambrook 41, B Climo, R Dyce 32. Closest to pins: 3/12 and 8/17 J Hambrook, 4/13 B Climo, 9/18 J Solly. Twos: J Hambrook. Match Play Champs to date: Senior, R Davis bt R Dyce; intermediate, T Polglaze bt L Trent, N Barnes bt S Bensemann, J Solly bt G Bradley, R Westrupp bt J Bensemann; junior b, R Huevel bt B Win. HOCKEY It’s been some time. The allure of a weekend playing at home, with a weekend off Nelson hockey commitments was real. I was amping for a game at home. The grass was long, wet and uneven. There were mushrooms growing in the outfield. No one cared. Hockey spirits were high. The juniors owned the day with their awesome attitudes and mega skills. Kushan was fierce in defence; Lokesh and Casey tigers in attack. The seniors followed on, with six-aside and iron lungs. The orange team went to war with good grit and the twin connection, however, nothing could deny the yellow defence pass to John Byrne method. Time and time again, yellow heard the magical thunk of the backboard. Orange did everything they could to hamper efforts. In fact, man of the match goes to Angus Tennant-Brown. I saw you sprint the length of the field so many times. Many of succeeded in thwarting the yellow attack. Great mana my friend. You earned it. End result? Heaps to three. Good job yellow, well played. It was great to be home. To the rest of you: team work makes the dream work. Hurry up and play hockey - your club needs you. Without your support nothing happens. 10.30am start, Saturday mornings. Can’t wait until next time. See you at the shed party. Zara.

HOCKEY. GB men’s and women’s hockey (ages 12-infinity), Saturday, 10.30am, beside the soccer, past the grandstand. Only $20 for the season. Goalies wanted.

KAITUNA Track Restoration Society AGM, Monday 14 June , 7pm at Collingwood Rugby Club Rooms. Everyone welcome. Need to know more? Ph 027 227 1283. GOLDEN Bay Swimming AGM, Monday 5 July, 7pm at Golden Bay Rec Centre. All welcome. Enquires to gbswimming@gmail. com.


Monday 14 June 7.30pm Takaka Fire Station We’re looking for new members to help organise commemorations and to look after our RSA veterans, spouses and families. Key positions filled but we need a couple more committee members Please come and join us and stay for a catch-up and cuppa afterwards. Noel Baigent, President Golden Bay RSA

With Dr. Bruce Dooley, M.D.

Discussion on the many variables affecting our health Friday 25 June

6:00 – 7:00 (just show up)

GB Community Centre Hall

(behind Brigand) 88 Commercial Street Open to general public and healthcare professionals

TRADES AND SERVICES / Mahi a ratonga Abel Tasman Accounting Limited Xero Certified, Public Practice CA. Taxation services and general business support for clients of all shapes and sizes. Available evenings and weekends. Ph Bronwyn 027 268 4010,

GB Football Club Fixtures Saturday 12 June

Abbeyfield House , 162 Commercial Street, Takaka Warm welcome to all folk interested in sharing a cuppa and getting up to date with what is happening here in the Bay! Residents’ families and friends of Abbeyfield especially welcome . Mark your diary now. Enquiries to 525 9589 or Secretary 525 9547

AFFORDABLE Carpentry Service. Ph 027 919 1326. APPLIANCE and whiteware repair. 12+ years’ experience servicing all brands. Ph Luke 022 602 8118.

PUBLIC NOTICES / Pānui a whānui GB Animal Welfare Society Inc (ex-SPCA). Ph Carol Wells 525 9494, 8am-5pm weekdays.

STORYTELLERS Wanted for Village Theatre fundraiser 16 July. Theme: It’s so quiet. Sage 0210700656 sagejoyforest@

CURIOUS about Quakers? Come and check us out. Ph Jude 524 8291. <>

AGM Monday 14 June, 7pm for 7:30pm start at the Golden Bay Visitor Centre, Willow Street Join us for light refreshments and learn about: “How events can enhance the Bay” presented by Chris Bennett. RSVP by 10 June to 14

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

9.00am: Non-travelling juniors at Golden Bay Rec Park Centre 10.30am: 9th grade Golden Bay Wekas vs Signature Homes Richmond Falcons at Golden Bay Rec Park Centre 10.30am: 11th-12th grade Yellow: Suburbs FC Chargers vs Golden Bay Pumas at Avery Park Nelson 10.30am: 11th-12th grade Red: Golden Bay Orcas vs Waimea Plains City at Golden Bay Rec Park Centre YOUTH: 10.30am: 13th-14th grade Blue: Nelson Suburbs FC Seal Pups vs Golden Bay Gladiators at Saxton Fields 10.45am: 13th-14th Red: Golden Bay Panthers vs FC Nelson Monarchs at Golden Bay Rec Park Centre WOMEN: 1.00pm: Nelson Pine Women’s Division 2: Nelson Suburbs FC Swans vs Golden Bay Shield Maidens at Saxton Fields MEN: 1.00pm: Nelson Pine Mens Division 4: Golden Bay Stingrays vs Nelson Suburbs FC Development Colts at Golden Bay Rec Park Centre 3.00pm: Nelson Pine Mens Premiership Div 1: Tahuna 1st XI vs Golden Bay Mountain Goats at Tahunanui Sprig & Fern

GOLDEN Valley Awards raffle winners: Wishing Well, Nancy Ward; wheelbarrow, Wendy Gardiner; both donated by Donny Kennett. Chainsaw, donated by ITM, Betty Wilson.

Golden Bay Promotion Association, Inc.

ACCOUNTANT and tax advisor. All Inland Revenue returns filed for big and small businesses and individuals. Self-employed and rental property reports prepared. Day and evening appointments available. Ph Susan Ayton Shaw 929 7507 or email


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Thursday 24th June @ 7pm

“GALAXIES” – a U3A presentation by Professor Euan Mason, Canterbury representative on the Royal Astronomical Society of NZ. Senior Citizens’ Hall, Friday 18 June, 10.30am. All welcome. Non-members a gold coin please. Supported with funding from TDC Community Grants.

Health and Wellness Talk

AGM NOTICES GB RSA AGM,7.30pm, Monday 14 June at the Takaka Fire Station. New members welcome.

PUBLIC NOTICES / Pānui a whānui

ALCOHOLICS Anonymous. If you want to drink that’s your business. If you want to stop we can help. Meeting Thursdays 7pm, Catholic Church Hall. Ph 0800 229 6757. FRESH FM needs your help. Are you willing to host a fundraising event to support local radio? Or help run one? We’re a Charitable Trust – a $30 donation on our website is tax deductible. Email Maureen: or ph 525 8779, 027 335 1395. GB WEEKLY: Paradise Entertainment, Takaka and Collingwood On the Spot store are our agents. Or email us: admin@gbweekly. Office hours are Monday-Wednesday, 9am-5pm.

ARBORIST, qualified, ph Jack Stevens 021 211 5580.

ARCHITECTURAL design, residential housing. Ph Peter Fersterer 525 8132. BLINDS, blinds, blinds: Duettes by Luxaflex “Beauty is in the detail”, block out, sunscreen, translucent roller blinds, venetian, lumishade. Luxaflex have been making blinds for over 60 years and their products have a five-year guarantee. Ph Tracey, Imagine designs, for a free measure and quote 027 440 0071. BRICKLAYING/ blocklaying. KRW Contracting for all your masonry needs. 25 years’ experience. No job too small. Ph Ken 021 307 019. CARS wanted. Will pick up for free (some conditions apply). Motueka Auto Parts. Ph 03 528 9576. CHIMNEY cleaning, handyman, Dennis Sage ph 027 873 0726. CHIMNEY sweep. Puponga-Takaka Hill. Query or quote ph Steve 021 0810 1146. Computer/Smartphone Sales and Repairs. Supporting all Windows and Apple products. Conveniently located on Commercial Street or available by appointment ph 03 525 8371. DRONE survey, 3D modelling, high resolution orthophotography, site inspection, etc. Mohua Uenuku Surveying, ph Alexis 021 0239 1364. 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. FUNERAL directors, Matuku Funerals. Cremation, regular and eco-burials. Professional, caring and budget conscious with exceptional customer service. Proud member of the FDANZ. Laura and Mark Manson, East Takaka, ph 525 7399, 027 777 4738, 027 525 7399. GARDENING services. Ph Carlos 027 751 9730. GB CHIMNEY SWEEPING, SPIDER AND FLY SPRAYING Ph 524 8795 or 027 434 5405 GOLDEN BAY DIGGER HIRE 1.7 tonne. Ph 027 713 0684. GOLDEN Bay Storage, Takaka. Dry, safe, secure, alarmed, THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 11 JUNE 2021

TRADES AND SERVICES / Mahi a ratonga insurance approved. Furniture trailer available. Ph Marg 027 222 5499,

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 HEAT pump installation, sales and servicing. Ph Dave McKay 027 404 4740, 525 8538. LAWNMOWING. Pakawau, Bainham, Takaka to Wainui. Ph N Shaw 525 7597, 027 212 4020. LAWNMOWING,, ph 027 690 0769. NGANGA picture framing, Collingwood, enquiries ph 021 107 6312, 524 8660. Expert framing by a professional artist. ORANGE Rentals have rental cars, trailers and a furniture trailer available for hire. Ph 027 337 7147. PAINTER available, call Borrelli Painting for a free quote. All interior/exterior jobs. Ph Luca 022 086 1872. 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.

RURAL NEW BUILD? FAILING SEPTIC SYSTEM? Wastewater Design, Onekaka-based services. AES system specialists - no ongoing costs, 20-year guarantee. Ph Rowena 524 8222.


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SEPTIC TANKS EMPTIED. Ph Chris 027 444 5334 or John 027 647 4913. SEWING SERVICE, NEEDLES, THREADS, WOOL, BEADS. Stitch ‘n Sew ph 525 8177.


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


SURVEYING: topographical survey, construction and building set out, boundary location. Ph Alexis 021 0239 1364.

PHONE 525 9419

TAKAKA Garden Services, for all your lawn and garden needs. Ph 027 525 8006 or 525 8806. TAKAKA Self Storage, Commercial Street. Units and containers. Secure yard with cameras. Ph 525 6181.

TILING. KRW Contracting for all your tiling needs. No job too small. Ph Ken 021 307 019. WINDOW cleaning. Ph Willem 022 134 1726.

WINDOW cleaning,, ph 027 690 0769. WINTER fruit pruning, garden/property design, edible landscaping, soil testing, garden mentoring. Sol Morgan, GroWise Consultancy, ph 027 514 9112.



Providing Transport, Construction and Earthmoving services since 1928

EARTHMOVING & CONTRACTING: House sites, driveways Culvert installations Drainage Land development Farm maintenance

Ph 525 9843

Drycleaning & Laundry service in the Bay!

FOR ALL YOUR CARTAGE NEEDS: General Freight Storage

PICK-UP & DROP-OFF AGENT: Stitch ‘n Sew 71 Commercial Street (Next to GB Museum) Ph: 525 8177 | Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Weekly turnaround - drop off by 6pm Wednesday and pick up next Thursday

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Phone 525 9843 Scaffold Solutions Edge Protection Site Fencing

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Golden Bay Scaffold Ltd 027 569 6483

SUPPLIER OF: Stock Feed Fertilisers Spreading: Spreadmark certified with GPS mapping Aggregates Compost, garden bark, landscape gravels Pea straw

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GOLDEN BAY DIGGER HIRE * 1.7 tonne Kubota * 3 buckets * Zero swing * Expandable tracks * Auger attachment * Concrete mixer petrol-powered $40 per day * Delivery available Phone: Aaron McKenna & James Mackay on 027 713 0684

HEALTH & WELLBEING / Hauora ENERGETIC Kinesiology. For an appointment ph/txt Mark Bonar 027 588 2462.

ERICA van Sint Annaland Physiotherapy, Golden Bay Community Health. ACC and private visits. Ph 027 776 6111. JAN JACKSON, EMOTIONAL HEALTH SPECIALIST. Stress, anxiety and trauma release for lasting change. Ph 021 194 8870. LISA Williams, registered medical herbalist, iridologist, Reiki master, reflexology, herbal apothecary. www. Ph 525 6150, txt 027 451 9797.

Health and Wellness Talk With Dr. Bruce Dooley, M.D.

Discussion on the many variables affecting our health Friday 25 June

6:00 – 7:00 (just show up)

GB Community Centre Hall

MASSAGE and Bowen therapy. Ph Thomas 022 160 9101.

(behind Brigand) 88 Commercial Street

MASSAGE AND REIKI. Emma Sutherland (Ameliorate). First one-hour treatment - $35 for GB locals. Ph 027 487 2639.

Open to general public and healthcare professionals

MASSAGE: relaxation, sports, deep tissue. Lymphatic drainage for detox, immune support, oedema. 26 years of experience. Ph Paul 027 772 7334. 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.

REFLEXOLOGY. Give yourself an hour of pure bliss and relaxation. Contact Ariane Wyler ph 021 0260 7607,

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

TAI Chi lessons every Tuesday, 5.30-6.30pm, Collingwood (hall next to the memorial), $10/class. Ph Will 027 515 5205. Tired of being tired? In pain? Bad digestion? Brain fog? Dr Bruce Dooley (NZ registered GP) is offering private in-depth consultations to determine root causes of health issues. Bayridge Medical Centre 14 Junction Street. Ph 525 7125 ,

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Chiropractor Inga Schmidt

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021 180 7789

Golden Bay Health Centre, 12 Motupipi St ACC registered

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HEALTH & WELLBEING / Hauora ANEL BAKER Physiotherapy at 22 Meihana Street, Takaka. 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, Pohara. 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. 2020 Masters series. Practitioner Anne Michell. Ph 525 8733 or 027 751 7970. 16

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New Listing/Tender For Sale: TENDER - Closes 1pm, Thursday 1st July 2021, Will not be sold prior

Billy Kerrisk 0276085606 Sam Goffriller 0273014209

28 Pakawau Bush Road, Pakawau

BUILD AT TATA BEACH There are very few chances left to build your own Golden Bay hideaway home at Tata Beach, so we are jolly excited to offer up this cracking wee 478sqm section for Tender. Located above Tata Heights, partway up the Wainui Hill, this elevated section gives you a chance at securing sea views and designing a home around them, and around you. Tata Beach is the most golden of Golden Bay beaches, on the doorstep to the Abel Tasman National Park and a popular swimming and boating area. For full details and a Tender Pack please get in touch.

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For Sale: TENDER - Closes 1pm, Thursday 17th June 2021, Will not be sold prior THE HOMESTEAD AT PAKAWAU Everything about this private, rural homestead with double garaging and sleepout, feels welcoming and homely. It is fair to say, the bush is a bit wild, but the majority of the two hectare block (held in two freehold titles) is in fenced pasture, which is currently grazed by a neighbour to keep down the maintenance. Make sure you view our video and virtual tour and contact us for a full information pack.

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FOR SALE / Hei hokohoko NATIVE plants, from $4 each or six for $20. 15 Poplar Lane, Collingwood. Ph 021 033 1227.

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TOYOTA Corona sedan, new WOF, reg. Great runner. $700 firm. Ph 021 134 3687.

VELVETS by Catherine Martin and MOKUM, linens by James Dunlop, sheers by Maurice Kain, and prints by Hemptech. Have Imagine designs make up your floor-to-ceiling lined curtains for a high-end thermal finish. Call in and have a browse, we are next to GB Glass, Commercial St, Takaka. Ph 027 440 0071. GOLDEN Bay Glass. In Collingwood every Thursday. Ph 525 7274.

GRAZING Available Collingwood Phone 0276329487 FIREWOOD: Douglas fir, beech and gum. Delivering now. Also kindling. Ph Bay Firewood 027 769 6348. SLASH your electricity bill. Install a grid-connect PV system. Professional design and install. Ph Paul Stocker, Azimuth Renewables, 525 6019. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 11 JUNE 2021

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ROB the JOB Bricklayer, Jack of all trades builder looking for work in the Golden Bay area CV and references available upon request | Ph 022 093 0624


EATING OUT / Kai wahi kē

UPCOMING EVENTS / Mea pakiri haere

and takeaways ph 525 8686. DE-LISH DELICATESSEN. Sumptuous, delicious food. Lunches, catering, coffee, chocolate, cheeses and epicure items. Weekdays from 6.30am. Ph 525 7111. OLD SCHOOL CAFE, Pakawau. Open 4pm-late Friday; 11amlate Saturday, Sunday. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Ph 524 8457. O’SHA, open Tuesday-Sunday, lunch 11.30am-2.30pm and dinner 5-8.30pm. Ph 525 6117.

FARM assistant, part-time. Position available on OAD farm in Kotinga, commencing August. Flexible hours varying through out the season. Some experience required. Ph Shaun 027 448 2399 for more info.

SAFE HEAVENLY HAVEN CAFE, Collingwood (formerly Stay Awake/MAD Cafe). May hours: 8am-2pm and 5-8pm, Wednesday-Sunday. Bookings ph 021 107 6312.

LOOKING for a person to carry out up to 100 hours per month of general labouring and farm work on a lifestyle block at Patons Rock. Hours and days of work are entirely flexible. Position would suit a retired farmer or someone who has a wide range of hands-on practical skills. Ph 027 224 1793 for details.

TOTALLY ROASTED, Pohara. Open 5 days from 8.30am, closed Monday, Tuesday. Ph 525 9396. WHOLEMEAL CAFE, open 7 days for dine-in meals and takeaways, 7.30am-3pm.

THE MUSSEL INN. Open from 11am.

WEDNESDAY 16 JUNE COSTUME HIRE. Playhouse, Park Avenue, 7-8.30pm. After hours ph Diane 525 8097, evenings. ONEKAKA PLAYGROUP, all welcome, Wednesdays 10am12.30pm, Onekaka Hall.

THURSDAY 17 JUNE DAYTIME BADMINTON, Rec Park Centre, 9-11am. All welcome. Ph Kerry 525 7007, 027 525 7007.

FRIDAY 18 JUNE HERITAGE GOLDEN BAY would like to invite members of the public to attend a talk, with slides, given by Bob Butts on the subject of Tarakohe Harbour. At the Takaka Fire Station around 2pm, after the conclusion of our AGM. If you would like to attend the AGM please arrive by 1.30pm.

SATURDAY 19 JUNE GB CHARITY BALL. Tickets from NBS. $65 single/$120 couple. fundraiser for emergency services in Golden Bay.

CASUAL teacher relievers. Golden Bay Kindergarten requires casual relievers to cover staff leave. ECE qualified teachers preferred but unqualified applicants considered. Please contact for an application form or the Kindergarten for further information goldenbaykindergarten@

LATER EVENTS MOTUPIPI HALL SOUP AND DESSERT LUNCHEON, $15, Saturday 19 June, 12pm. TRUTH BE KNOWN rally march from MAD TheARTre, Collingwood, Sunday 4 July.


PART-TIME CLEANING OPPORTUNITY – POHARA We have a vacancy available for cleaning duties at the Pohara Hall. We clean the hall monthly (usually the last Monday of the month), and also for hall bookings (pre-booking or post booking cleans, or both on occasion). Daytime cleaning. If you are looking for a little income for those little extras this could be the ideal job for you. Would suit someone living nearby. All cleaning equipment and products provided. Please call us on 0800 544 0658 or email us at: if you are interested. Thank you

EATING OUT / Kai wahi kē ANATOKI SALMON CAFE. Delicious bagels, salmon platter, pizza, chowder, coffees and more. Open every day from 10am till 3pm.

The essence of good vision

OUR NEXT VISIT TO TAKAKA IS TUESDAY 22 JUNE Ph 525 9702 for appointments

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 4pm each Sunday. All welcome. ST Andrews Presbyterian Church invites you to join with us for morning worship and communion at 10am.

COLLINGWOOD TAVERN. 11am-7pm, Sunday-Thursday; 11am-late, Friday and Saturday. Live music - check out our Facebook page for details. COURTHOUSE CAFE, Collingwood. Open 7 days, 8am-3pm. No pizzas during winter. Ph 524 8194. CURRY LEAF. Open 7 days, 12-8pm. Chef-made food, takeaway prices. Order online or ph 525 8481. DANGEROUS KITCHEN. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, TuesdaySaturday, 9am-8pm. Closed Sunday, Monday. For bookings

“He who has the Son has life. He who does not have the Son does not have life” 1 John 5:12

All Welcome ☺

Sunday Service 10am

Pastor: Rodney Watson 0275 114 266 93 Commercial St, Takaka. Ph: 525 9265

Kahurangi Christian Church


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

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

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

Did you know ………..? Fresh FM is one of 12 Community Access Radio Stations in NZ

UPCOMING EVENTS / Mea pakiri haere



Is Opening for Evening Meals

WORLD KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY. Join Stitch ‘n Sew 10am-2pm outside shop. Plus 10% off all knitting products. “Better living through stitching together.”

Friday & Saturdays

GB RSA AGM,7.30pm at the Takaka Fire Station. New members welcome. See letter in this week’s letters column.

Full dinner menu till 8pm 11th & 12th June

Fresh FM has been doing this for 27 years.



Keep an ege out for our up coming planned events

BADMINTON, GBHS GYM, 7-9pm. All welcome. Ph Kerry 525 7007, 027 525 7007.

Bookings appreciated 035259426

GB WEEKLY DEADLINE: noon on Tuesdays. Late fees apply until 4pm Tuesdays, if space is available. Paradise Entertainment and Collingwood On the Spot store are our agents. Or email us:

You can volunteer, learn new skills and even make your own show.

Community Access Radio was podcasting before the word was invented.

Our difference is that we’re not the same as everyone else and our biggest strength is that we’re not the same as everyone else.

You can be authentic, be who you are, be welcome, be whatever it is – Community Access Radio was made for you, by you and about you.

If you are interested, then contact us via our website or email THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 11 JUNE 2021

The Mussel Inn Coming Up...

Fri 11th MATT GOW, Americana troubadour, $10 door

Let us help you develop and market what you love to do to make GB’s new economy thrive

Sat 12th IAN CHAPMAN. Experiencing David Bowie: A Listener’s Companion. $20 door Thu 17th QUIZ, 7.30pm Thu 24th LIVE POETS/ACID ON THE MICROPHONE 7.30pm, koha JULY Thu 1st QUIZ, 7.30pm

Golden Bay HANDS AGM

Thu 8th JORDAN LUCK BAND, $45 tickets online ($60 door)

Saturday 12 June, East Takaka Hall, 4-7pm, followed by a potluck dinner. There will be a fire and music by MC Purple.

Sat 10th HOBNAIL, $10 door

Tumbletime is back Collingwood Tavern MID-WINTER SWIM

Friday 11th June, 10am at Rec Park Centre

This Sunday, 13 June

The first annual GLBTB mid-winter swim, hosted by Collingwood Tavern

Meet at the Collingwood boat ramp at 12pm

Fireworks Extravaganza

Followed by free pool all afternoon at Tinky’s

UPCOMING GIGS & EVENTS... Saturday 12th June

Rec Park Centre Sunday 11th July from 4pm Pre-sale tickets $8 each or $30 for 4


Friday 18th June

roots & fruits


Gate Sales $10 each

Saturday19th June

Under 5's FREE

winter shenanigans PIXCIL // MISKO // CICARDIAN

Circus Workshops, LED Hoop Performance and Fire and Pyro show from 4.30pm. Fireworks at 6.15pm

Friday 16th July


Tickets available at Rec Park Centre, NBS, Golden Bay Kindergarten, Golden Bay Toy Library and Motupipi School

Gourmet food & burgers, Open fire, Good beer, Good people

See Facebook event for more details


Golden Bay weather forecast

2 Commercial Street, Takaka ꟾ Ph 525 7305

Valid from Friday 11 June until Tuesday 15 June Friday: Easterlies dying away. Fine and cloudy periods. Isolated showers possible. Saturday: Northerlies developing. Cloud gradually thickening with a few drizzly showers later in the day. Sunday: Northerlies tending northeast later. Outbreaks of rain becoming more persistent from afternoon. Monday: Fresh northeasterlies with rain at first. Northwesterlies developing later with rain easing to a few showers. Tuesday: Northwesterlies with a few showers and fine intervals. 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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View from property

OPEN HOME Sunday 1.00 - 2.00pm


OPEN HOME Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm

Deadline Sale: 12pm 23.06.2021 (NSP)

A small, lifestyle property bordering Pakawau Inlet & just a gentle stroll to Pakawau Beach. This very tidy 3 bdrm/1 bthrm lockwood-style home on 2.1ha of est. sunny garden & paddocks. Built in 1987, this home includes a dble glazed conservatory, a large covered deck area, carport, sep. garage/hobby/studio, sheds & barn. Grazing for a pony or sheep, plus a chicken house & run. Why build when this is all ready for you? Ref: GB3841

Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840 or


DEADLINE SALE: 1pm 21.06.2021 (NSP)

This low maintenance home is definitely ready & waiting for you! And I mean ready! It’s got the deck chairs on the deck, the kayaks in the shed, the wine glasses in the cupboard… as it comes with all chattels as viewed! The house has 4 dble bdrms & has been built for the sun & with 21 solar panels on the roof, the power bills will be super low! Plenty of parking, large garage space & tastefully landscaped, low maintenance grounds. Ref: GB3842

James Mackay 027 359 0892 or




Ph: (03) 525 8800


Situated in a family friendly cul-de-sac & est. subdivision: 3 bdrms, study & high stud dble garage. The large open-plan design leads onto a north facing outdoor entertainment & garden area, completing this easy-care home. With dble glazing, a log burner, heat pump, heat transfer system, you are in year-round comfort. The home is wheelchair accessible, ready for easy living! Call me for further info or to view. Ref: GB3829

Bryony Tesar 021 819 124 or


A magical location elevated above Pōhara Beach. Enjoy the best of both worlds – far enough away from the all the activity below, yet close enough to wander down & be part of it all if you wish. Great hospitality options in Pōhara & the boat ramp or Golf Course just minutes away. Memories in the making right here! Call James for further information on the Pōhara Heights Subdivision. Ref: GB3810

James Mackay 027 359 0892 or



• 4 bedroom/2 bathroom/dbl gge • All day sun & great views • Modern though-out • Easy care property • Plenty of parking for the ‘toys’ Ref: GB3839 Price: $860,000 James Mackay 027 359 0892 or


• BNZ Land & Buildings For Sale $950,000+GST (if any) SOLD Ref: GBC3830 • BNZ Office Space For Lease Price By Negotiation SOLD Ref: GBC3832 James Mackay 027 359 0892 or


Golden Bay Glass is a small diverse glazing business, operating from a purpose-fitted, spacious workshop in the business hub of Takaka, providing glazing services to the wider area of Golden Bay, covering a large geographical area. Services include virtually all things glass repairs, installation….. A new owner can walk in & start trading immediately with good systems, stock & tools all in place with room for expansion. Call me. Ref: GBC3838

James Mackay 027 359 0892 or Sharon McConnon Sales Manager 0275 258 255


Paul McConnon Salesperson 0275 042 872

James Mackay Principal/AREINZ B.Com 027 359 0892

Belinda J Barnes Agent/AREINZ 021 236 2840

Bryony Tesar Salesperson / B.Com 021 819 124


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