The GB Weekly - 9 February 2024

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Pool's cool swim school

Swimming instructor Jordy Hutty, with young swimmers, shows off the picture book gifted to her at Rockville Pool last Sunday. Photo: Jo Richards. JO RICHARDS

Rockville’s summer swimming lessons are a local family tradition that, in many cases, goes back generations. These are not any old lessons; these are Pattison Swim School lessons – based on a highly effective method of teaching children to swim, tried and tested for over 50 years. Last Sunday, around 40 children aged five to 12 took their turn in the warm water of Rockville swimming pool – some to take the plunge for the first time, and others to learn how to become stronger, safer, and more confident swimmers. As the youngsters soaked up their lessons, poolside parents and caregivers – many of whom were taught in the same pool, by the same method – provided support and encouragement. In their day, the older generation would have been taught by Jos and Margaret Pattison, the couple who founded the Swim

School in 1965 and developed the titular method. Initially offered in Christchurch, then Nelson, their intensive programme was first brought to Rockville 40 years ago. Following the couple’s retirement, the business was sold and, for the past eight summers, owner and swimming instructor Jordy Hutty has travelled over from Nelson to provide two weekends of intensive tuition – one in December and one in February. Ownership may have changed, but the winning formula remains the same; swimmers are divided into groups according to age and experience, with each group having two lessons – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – on both Saturday and Sunday. The block courses are of particular appeal to a remote rural community such as Golden Bay. Jules Ferguson’s three girls (aged five, seven, and 10) are homeschooled in Kaihoka on the West Coast, so the intensive weekends are an ideal arrangement. The youngest,

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Hannah, started lessons in December but has already reached “confident beginner” level. “Jordy’s brilliant with her,” says Jules, adding that what the girls learn in the pool is put into practice at the tidal inlet near their home. “They are real water babies – in the water every day.” It is especially convenient for Sam Etheredge and her young daughters who live just down the road from the pool. Sam remembers learning there as a child and vouches for the Pattison method. “I wouldn’t put my head under the water but by the end of the weekend I was swimming.” Local resident Will Curnow also learned to swim at Rockville. “I came here when I was a kid,” says Will. Now he and partner Halie Miller have brought their young girls, Isabella (five) and Emilia (seven), to the pool. The multi-generational legacy of the programme is clear to see. Beate Franke’s here with her granddaughter, five-year-old... Continued on page 2

Water contamination JO RICHARDS

Tasman District Council has advised against drinking bore water in parts of Tākaka following the detection of a toxic compound. Last Friday, TDC revealed that water sampled at three sites contained concentrations of dichloromethane (DCM) in excess of New Zealand Drinking Water Standards. The testing was part of an ongoing monitoring exercise of bore water sources used by houses and workplaces in Motupipi Street that could have been contaminated by run-off from the ITM site following the recent fire. In the immediate aftermath of the 11 January conflagration it was noted that ITM’s main store of chemical and paint products was housed in a separate building and remained unaffected. At that time, TDC initiated stormwater testing which quickly showed that any water that flowed from the scene was confined to a relatively small area and did not enter nearby streams or the local estuary. But because properties in Tākaka are supplied from private water bores, TDC began monitoring water quality and contacted the 25 or so occupants of properties in a small area on Motupipi Street near Buxton Lane intersection making them aware of potential bore water contamination and advising them to drink bottled water until further notice. In light of the latest test results, returned from samples collected on 22 January, that advice has been extended to properties in the rest of Motupipi Street, Factory Road and the first section of Abel Tasman Drive (to Scotts Corner). The reason for the extension is the detection of DCM at concentrations above the drinking water standard (0.02 mg/L) at sites beyond the initial zone of concern. The good news is that none of the samples tested showed elevated levels of any other toxic organic or inorganic substances. Council’s cautionary approach is understandable. According to a major chemical producer’s safety data sheet, if swallowed, DCM can cause vomiting and may result in liver and kidney damage. In addition, as it is metabolised, it produces carbon monoxide which reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. As regards its general properties, DCM is a volatile colourless liquid with a sweet odour and is widely used as a solvent in chemical manufacturing and is the... Continued on page 2

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Continued from page 1 ...principal component of a wide range of paint strippers. TDC is currently working with laboratory staff, public health experts and environmental scientists to locate the source of the DCM but, as yet, has been unable to establish a pathway. In the meantime, the precautionary measures will stay in place to ensure that the health of the Tākaka community is not compromised. Water quality testing continues in the affected area, with the results from the latest samples, taken last Friday, expected to be available today.

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Jordy gives some encouragement to two of her youngest students. Photos: Jo Richards.

Continued from page 1 ...Cassia. “It was her first day yesterday,” says Beate, who was pool manager for 10 years. “It’s amazing what progress you can see. Jordy has a great way with the young ones.” Cassia is following in the family foot-kicks, says her grandmother. “Two of my older kids, now in their thirties, had swimming lessons with the Pattisons.” As the morning session ends, pool committee member Nancy-Jean Bell draws a small gathering around Jordy before presenting the instructor with a gift. Titled Jordy: Our teacher is cool at the Rockville Pool, the one-off book is full of photos featuring Jordy’s weekends at Rockville – a tribute to her years

of dedication. Jordy, evidently touched by the gesture, flicks through the pages, sharing the images with the youngsters. She believes the Rockville programme is “unique” and stresses the effectiveness of the immersive approach. “Intensive lessons are great – they are best way to improve,” says Jordy, noting that swimmers had made “huge progress” over the weekend. For more information about Pattison Swim School, email: For information about Rockville Pool, contact Nancy-Jean Bell ph 027 274 3603, or Harmony Braun ph 022 348 5265.

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After a wonderful day at our A&P show I took my friends up to the Kotinga cemetery, as one of them had grandparents buried there and she remembered visiting them on their farm at McCallums Road and then at the cemetery in later years. It was so lovely to see how cared for this cemetery was and I would like to thank whoever cares for it. Jill Pomeroy

Changing Newsline - again

Not so long ago the format of Newsline was changed to reduce costs. The cost of changing would be covered by reduction in processing and printing, we were told. Have you noticed it is now back in the old format? Why? To return to the old format must have cost more money. What was the reason? This has been a costly exercise, but who seems to care in these times of trying to reduce our rates. PS. Don't mention the dam! Reg Turner

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My time with Golden Bay Association Football Club is over but I'd love to thank the community for all the love and support. This place has been amazing to raise our beautiful family and Collingwood Area School has been fabulous for Ava and the boys. My time in the Bay has been such an amazing experience, both positive and negative, but it has totally made me and my family better for being here. I'd love to thank Councillor Chris Hill for her constant support with sports in Golden Bay, one of the most active and available councillors around. To Dean and NBS Tākaka for all the support in pretty much everything, I really genuinely appreciate it. I don't think people know how much NBS do for our beautiful spot of heaven. To the football family of Golden Bay, you're all amazing, talented and inspiring. To the new committee of GBAFC, I wish you all the best and can't wait to see 2024 be the best season ever seen. Thanks to The GB Weekly for making sure all sports are well reported. See you all one last time at Battle for the Bay. Phil Smith

A view on history, religion and evolution

Given the recent wisdom of the "isms" and also the poetry perhaps then we might ponder this: For the history-revisionists and the virtue-signallers: "Let me acknowledge first that in the whole world I doubt whether any native race has been so well treated by a European people as have the Māori". Sir Apirana Ngata MP, statesman and scholar. For the self-professed atheist and the agnostic: "A little philosophy inclineth men to atheism but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion". Francis Bacon. "It has been said that when we stop believing in God then we will end up believing in nothing. The truth is much worse. We will end up believing in anything". Malcolm Muggeridge. For the committed evolutionist: "It is absurd for the evolutionist to proclaim that it is unthinkable that God should have made everything out of nothing and then pretend that it is not more unthinkable that nothing should have turned itself into everything". GK Chesterton. "I, myself, am convinced that the theory of evolution will become one of the great jokes in the history books of the future. Posterity will marvel that so flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has". Malcolm Muggeridge. For those largely ignorant of history and the "woke": "So God created man in his own image. In the image of God created He him. Male and female created He them". Genesis 1:27. Larry Petterson

Understanding the real climate change issues

It's great to have such a supportive and positive friend in Alec Milne (GBW, 2/2) but he, like I, are part of the 10% of the world's population who are deemed "wealthy" and who have caused 50% of the world's environmental degradation. Alec and I have the space and can also afford the infrastructure and vehicles to have cheap power and road travel but is charging one's EV battery in over 60% of the world where electricity is generated by fossil fuels really helping the environment? As mentioned by Alec, Tony Seba's presentation of his optimistic view of the future covered among other subjects, the large reduction in the cost of electric cars, solar panels and batteries, but did not reflect the underlying problem as outlined in my Whakaaro (GBW, 19/1) that currently renewable energy provision has only provided 50% of the increased global demand for power over the same period. Also that it is not financially viable, nor are there sufficient reserves of minerals

required for the construction of renewable of energy systems to replace all global fossil fuel based energy sources to offset the global warming effects of burning fossil fuels. Tony Seba also did not mention the heavily fossil fuel based lifestyle habits of the "wealthy" that won't be altered by the driving of a cheap EV. On average in New Zealand, electric vehicles are driven 22% further per year than fossil-fuel powered vehicles including hybrids and if this is typical across the world, are EVs saving the planet or expanding the parameters of the lifestyles of the "wealthy" who can afford them? A global reduction in the use of energy and by inference resources is the only feasible way forward to manage the consequences of the environmental calamity that we have brought upon ourselves. The transition won't be easy for many but strengthening one's resilience and that of the community will soften the change. Was life 50 years ago really that bad when only half the energy was needed to maintain one's lifestyle compared to now? Andy Clark

Water Conservation Order

When I’m asked, what’s happening with the Water Conservation Order (WCO) I tell people it’s a great order, which is fair and balanced both to iwi, the farming community, and the everyday folk of Golden Bay who want the springs strongly protected. It’s now up to Tasman District Council (TDC) to work with the farming community to get pollution levels down to 0.41 mg/L over 13 years. So, there is a plan. However, SOS (Save our Springs) has a concern. Water Conservation Orders aren’t always implemented well. When this happens, it can result in further mediation and sometimes further court action. While SOS hopes TDC will implement the Conservation Order well, we don’t know if they will do so. Our concern comes from our past interactions with the council, their attempts to pull the teeth out of the WCO in court, and the court's strong criticism of TDC. The court was critical of both their lack of preparation for the Environment Court hearing and their inadequate care of the waterways of Golden Bay. So, we will wait and see. The inspirational 20-minute film The Unseen which will be shown at the Village Theatre at 8pm on 17 February is part of Save Our Spring's ongoing contribution to the Mohua community and to the wider Aotearoa community. See advertisement on page 15 of this issue for details. Kevin Moran

Going to war with Yemen

Why is New Zealand going to war with Yemen? Good question. Yemen borders the entrance to the Red Sea and Suez Canal. The authorities there have placed a blockade on ships traveling to Israel. Their stated reason is that Israel is committing genocide in Palestine. Interestingly they have justice on their side. The International Court of Justice has recently indicted Israel for genocide. New Zealand is sending military personal to Yemen to prevent the Yemenis prevent genocide. Or to put it another way, we are helping the Americans help the Israelis kill Palestinians. New Zealand is also member of a group of nations that are trying to defund the United Nations Relief efforts in Palestine. The idea being to maximise the suffering of refugees. All this is bad news if you are thinking of traveling overseas. The vast majority of countries and people across the world do not support the genocide. The fact that NZ is actively supporting it is not a good look. John Salmon

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It is zucchini time of year in the garden, which quickly becomes “small marrow season” if not checking often enough, especially after rain. Last year, I sensibly planted only two zucchinis but had issues with mouldy rot, and harvest was limited. So, this year I enthusiastically planted a few more in case I had problems again. Zucchinis are easy to grow and versatile in the kitchen with many uses. It is satisfying seeing the green and yellow fruits developing under the leaves and having readily available vegetables. With no mould this summer, my harvest is abundant, so requires abundant creativity in how to deal with them. Zucchinis of various sizes are bottled in pickles and chutney, added to casseroles, hidden in chocolate cakes, grated into salads, and most often processed into baked savoury slice or fried fritters. My friends seem to be in a similar over-supply situation, so zucchinis are hard to give away, but the lovely little free food stall in Collingwood benefits from surplus. Searching for new inspiration, I even found an old recipe for "marrow cream filling", which I think is to be spread in or on cakes. I haven't tried it, but it seems simple enough:

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After two years of the formative pandemic spent "happily stranded" on tour in New Zealand, Good Habits return to their Antipodean second home for a mighty tour that includes WOMAD, Port Fairy Festival, and supporting Tiki Taane (Trio’s Garden Bar, Rarotonga, December 2023), in anticipation of their new album release “Quarter-Life”, due out in May 2024. In the past year, after leaving NZ, Good Habits have performed at world famous festivals around Europe including Glastonbury (UK), Elfia (NL) and Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), to name a few. Their award-winning, genre-fusing sound has received international critical acclaim in the short four years they have been performing. Composed of Bonnie Schwarz (cello and vocals) and Pete Shaw (accordion), the pair mix virtuosic musicianship and vocal harmony with vivid storytelling, drawing on their diverse musical tastes and weaving them into an action-packed narrative of folky goodness. These guys have a very optimistic outlook on life, love a bit of fun and humour and just manage to make things work and have a lot of fun while doing it. They made a lot of friends and fans while here last time so are super excited to be back doing "van-life" in NZ! Saturday 17 February, the Mussel Inn.

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The rain did not deter thriving business at the Motupipi Hall Book Fair last Saturday. Motupipi local and volunteer book sorter Mark Cullen tells The GB Weekly that the fair has been running for about 20–30 years. “The fair is organised by our hall committee chairperson Bert Nalder. It’s a fundraiser for hall maintenance and other community support… we do things like the defibrillator at the [Motupipi] butcher.” The hall is jam-packed with tables of books – a bargain at $5 for an

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Facilitators Wendy de Maat and Ryoko Takahashi sing action songs with the babies and their mums at the first Space programme session of the year. Photo: Anita Peters. ANITA PETERS

Ryoko Takahashi and Wendy de Maat have been facilitating the Space programme at Tākaka Playcentre for the past 17 years. Since then, more than 200 babies have graduated. Run by a non-profit organisation called Parenting Place, Space uses the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki. Its vision is to encourage and support parents with babies by facilitating weekly Wednesday sessions. This is a friendly place to engage, connect, and share information and experiences about this critical time of a child’s life. Exclusive to parents with babies and toddlers, Space is designed as a learning experience where parents can share their joys, concerns, and hilarious moments, while their babies interact and play. The morning session, “Play for Under 2”, is for toddlers between one and two. Through self-initiated play, they gain social, physical, emotional, and communication skills, while parents learn how to assist their child’s learning. The safe environment and familiar faces help children transition more easily into the regular Playcentre sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The afternoon session caters for absolute newborns and little babies up to a year old, and occasionally also expectant parents. The session starts with karakia (welcoming), waiata (songs), a catch-up then discussion. The heart of each session

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is a weekly topic focusing on what is important to parents and what is important to babies, such as becoming a parent, attachment, and sleeping. This generates open discussion where everyone’s input is valued. This is a safe and supportive environment where parents can establish responsive and loving relationships with their babies. Ryoko says that despite cultural and other differences, the parents also make friendships. Young mums Hayley and Sarah, who both started at Space with newborns, value the opportunity to share and learn not only about their babies, but also their own changing roles as new mums. “They’re all in the same boat raising their child,” says Ryoko. “It’s very common that parents with babies can feel isolated and challenged. Meeting other parents and sharing ‘the sleepless nights’ and ‘tips for nappy rash’ makes it a little less hard each week. This is your place, where you can relax, unwind, and share the journey of the precious first year of your baby. “We would love more newborn babies to join us. We facilitate the weekly sessions in a very social and warm environment where everyone supports each other. Space and Playcentre believe ‘parents are the first and best teacher for their children’.” Contact Ryoko Takahashi, ph 021 234 4547, or online at

Ryoko Takahashi, left, and Wendy de Maat are keen to have more babies join their Space programme. Photo: Anita Peters.

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Bird, and there is a consistent (albeit seasonal) flow of predators reported. “In particular, the trapline works to protect banded dotterels, godwits, variable oystercatchers, Caspian terns, and South Island pied oystercatchers,” says Hattie, who has been trapping for seven years. “I fear for the birds’ future if they cannot raise their chicks successfully at their traditional nesting sites. I am looking after traplines as part of Friends of the Cobb.” Hattie is volunteering on the Rototai trapline and encourages others to do so as well; “It’s a nice thing to do, as it’s an excuse for a walk in a beautiful environment.” In the last month, Rototai shorebirds were afforded additional protections with the vehicle entry onto the intertidal flats at Rototai being blocked off by the reserves section of Tasman District Council. The vehicle blockage was the result of Forest and Bird working with local councillor Celia Butler, supported by Tasman District Council, the Department of Conservation, and Manawhenua ki Mohua. Vehicles disturb feeding and resting birds and can cause birds to desert their nests, all of which has population-level consequences. Vehicles also compromise the birds’ feeding habitat by compressing and damaging tidal flats.

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Local bird enthusiasts have collaborated with Forest and Bird on a project to extract, refurbish, and reinstate the 60 traps that make up the Rototai coastal trapline. The trapline was established by a local Rototai family in December 2021 with the objective of protecting the population of international and migratory shorebirds that reside on the intertidal flats known as Rototai sandspit. Due to the coastal conditions, the hinges, joins, and trapping mechanisms were deteriorating and were due for an overhaul. Volunteers extracted the traps, which were then rebuilt by Wayne Lucas and returned to their locations. With traps placed at regular intervals of 25 metres, the trapline runs parallel with the shoreline, from northwest of the Rototai carpark to the spit adjacent to Waitapu Wharf, for around 1.3km. Trap volunteer Hattie Curtis says, “Traps offer protection from predators such as rats, stoats, weasels and hedgehogs.” The trapline is cleared every two to three weeks, reset, and rebaited with dried rabbit meat. Due to the location and terrain, this is undertaken on foot at low tide and usually takes several hours. Trapping numbers are reported monthly to Forest and

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Kia ora whānau • Town is still seeing an influx of visitors making our roads extra busy. Two music/dance festivals held over the weekend drew lots of visitors and seemed to go well with no calls to service for police. • 24 January: A 28-year-old male from Lower Hutt was summonsed to court for driving outside the conditions of his zero alcohol licence. He also received a seatbelt infringement which is what initially drew police attention. • 24 January: A 61-year-old female tourist was rescued by Land Search and Rescue teams after becoming lost after dark on Wharariki Beach. • 26 January: A 56-year-old Tākaka male was served a trespass notice. • 26 January: Emergency services responded to a microlight plane crash near Parapara Peak. The pilot suffered minor injuries and was flown to Nelson Hospital by Nelson Rescue Helicopter. • 28 January: A 42-year-old Christchurch male was arrested for failing to stop and breach of bail. His scooter was impounded for 28 days. • 30 January: A 34-year-old was arrested and charged with assault after an altercation with a work colleague. • 1 February: A lavender coloured Samsung phone and an engagement ring were reported lost on Wharariki Beach. • 5 February: A 23-year-old local male was issued a $600 infringement notice for driving in a manner to cause annoyance after doing laps of town at speed and losing control on the gravel in Reilly Street. He also received a fine for not wearing his seatbelt whilst driving dangerously. • Schools are back. Please remember to slow down around schools and especially school buses where the speed limit is 20km/hr (in both directions). Expect to see Police strictly enforcing speed limits around schools at pick-up and drop-off times. Have a great weekend, stay safe. Takaka Police.

Motupipi estuary and sandspit phase 3 proposed trapping network. Images and photo: Submitted. SUBMITTED

In 2023, Project De-Vine Environmental Trust (PDVET) set up a trapping network of over 130 devices in and around The Grove Scenic Reserve, dealing primarily with possums, stoats, and rats. With a grant from Golden Bay Community Trust, and support of Tākaka Golf Club, Friends of East Mohua (FOEM), and Tasman District Council (TDC), PDVET is expanding its trapping network seawards from The Grove to the Motupipi estuary, sandspit, and golf course. The golf club and its members are providing some traps which they will manage around the golf course. FOEM will help to co-ordinate the volunteers needed to monitor the traplines elsewhere. PDVET is asking for sponsorship to help build the remaining 136 traps required at the Mohua MenzShed. With ITM sponsorship helping to keep the costs down, a donation of $140 will cover the cost of a trap and contribute towards lures/ bait and maintenance. PDVET says smaller donations are always welcome, while with larger donations or business sponsorship will support the ongoing maintenance of the trapping network and ensure its sustainability. The bigger picture There has been a lot of enthusiasm to see a large-scale trapping network in the area, joining up the local trapping efforts to achieve a much higher level of control and result in many benefits. It will future-proof Abel Tasman National Park’s (ATNP) successes. Recovering bird populations and thriving reintroduced birds like the kākā, pāteke/brown teal, whio, tīeke/ saddleback, and kākāriki/parakeet are starting to spread out of the park. Other birds like robins and tomtits are already found in the Clifton area. The plan is to create a trapping network from the Tākaka River to Wainui and along the boundary of ATNP. A hui of TDC, Department of Conservation, Project Janszoon, iwi, and key

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From left, president of Tākaka Golf Club Alan Bradnock, director of PDVET Chris Rowse, and Anna Schreier, coordinator of Friends of East Mohua at the golf course boundary with the Motupipi estuary.

trapping groups met last September to work out the details. Anyone wanting to assist in the expansion of the trapping network and other environmental projects in East Mohua (Motupipi to Wainui) should email friendsofeastmohua@gmail. com, text 027 365 4038, or join the Facebook group: https:// Donations (which are tax-deductable) can be made via the website: – go to the “Contributions” page and select “Trapping”. Or email, ph 0800 669 333 to leave a message, or txt Chris Rowse on 020 4111 2626.



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GOLDEN Bay Anglican Church warmly invites you to join them on Sunday, 10am at Tākaka or 4.45pm at Collingwood (starting with a cuppa). Fellowship gatherings (fellowship, songs, prayer and bible study) held fortnightly – 11 and 25 February; traditional services (with a speaker) held on alternate fortnights – 18 February. SACRED Heart Catholic faith community celebrates Mass at 5pm, 1st and 3rd Sundays of month. Service of the Word, 9.30am, 2nd Sunday of month. All warmly welcome. St Andrews Presbyterian Church extends a warm welcome to join us at 10am for a PET BLESSING service with Rev Neville Jackson. Everyone, including their pets, are welcome. Guest speaker is Carol Wells from GB Animal Welfare.

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

TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY GOLDEN BAY COMMUNITY AND WHĀNAU monthly meeting, 12pm, Community Centre. See ad on next page. GB WEEKLY DEADLINE: noon on Tuesdays. Late fees apply until 4pm Tuesdays, if space is available. Stitch ‘n Sew is our agent in Tākaka. Or you can email us: or phone us 027 525 8679.

We are looking for a person to join our busy workshop. Cleaning courtesy cars, shifting and storing parts, general workshop cleaning and tidying, rubbish removal, assisting technicians where necessary.


Do you have the time and skills to help us?

COSTUME HIRE, open by appointment, ph Diane 525 8097 evenings. Returns to Joan ph 525 8338.

This position will be permanent part time, 3-4 hours per day, 3-4 days per week. Can be flexible around school hours or may suit a semi-retired individual.

ONEKAKA PLAYGROUP, all welcome, Wednesdays 10am12.30pm, Onekaka Hall.

A forklift endorsement or be willing to gain one (training provided) would be necessary. Ability to tow and back a trailer with confidence would be helpful.

For expressions of interest, please email us at or message us on Facebook (please do not call the garage)


Programmes to listen out for: Eco Postcards

GALLERIES / Whakakitenga



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




Emoción Latina

Dominique Porzio, Gabriela Diaz and Chaning Valdés present an emotional view of Latinas living in New Zealand regarding different topics, such as: -Living away from home; pros and cons of emigration; friendship abroad; clash of cultures; spend important dates away from home; maternity away from your country. Emoción Latina airs Sunday afternoons at 5.00, with new content every 2 weeks. MOBILE APP – Download the mobile app from your usual app provider and listen to Fresh FM or other Community Access stations anywhere, any time. Thousands of shows and podcasts for free. The ultimate destination listening.


Joanna Santa Barbara presents an Eco Postcard focusing on sustainability and the environment. Each episode is a snapshot of what’s going on in our lovely Earth, including troubling stories of damage through excessive human impact on the biosphere, uplifting stories of restoration and sometimes courageous stories of protest. Mondays at 3:30pm and replays on Saturday mornings at 9:45am.

76 Boyle Street (Golf Course Rd) Clifton, Takaka. Ph 027 525 7007. Open 10am-4pm. FreshFM.NZ THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2024



GOLDEN BAY CHOIR welcomes new, ex and current members to the first rehearsal of 2024, at Puramahoi Hall, 7.15-9pm. We will hold our AGM and follow with singing. Ph Jochen 525 9552 or 022 021 1322 for more information.

TEA AND TALK starts again for 2024, 10.30am, Old School Café, Pakawau. All welcome. Hosted by Pakwau Rural Women and Age Concern. Tea and coffee free. Ph Joyce 524 8364.

Friday 9th February 4:00 Wish (PG) Encore 8:00 The Iron Claw (R16) Once Only Saturday 10th 5:00 Two Tickets to Greece (M) (French) (subtitles) Final 8:00 Priscilla (M) Final Sunday 11th


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

TUSSIX GARDEN AT EAST TĀKAKA is now open. Entry $5. Ph 525 8040.

Roots Gig Guide

The Mussel Inn

4:00 Exhibition on Screen: Klimt & the Kiss (E) Encore

saturday 10th february

Coming Up...

7:30 The Color Purple (M) Final Wednesday 14th 5:30 Madame Web (TBC)



Sat 10th MISHRA - global contemporary folk duo from the UK. $15 tickets, $20 door.

saturday 24th february

Tue 13th SASSAFRAS unplugged. Bluegrass/Newgrass band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.



Wed 14th SASSAFRAS electric! $20 door.


Thu 15th ACID ON THE MICROPHONE – open mic poetry, story and song. 7.30pm. All welcome.

tickets available through undertheradar

saturday 2nd march

Sat 17th GOOD HABITS. $15 door.

funk n’ slo cuts w/ kurnel mc - $10

Wed 21st PONY BABY album release tour. $20 tickets, $25 door.

friday 8th march

Thu 22nd AQUABELLA. 8pm. $25 door.

roots & fruits w/ galanjah

Sat 24th INDIA MEETS IRELAND. $20 door.

saturday 9th march


roots in dubz

For more details see

1 Commercial st, Takaka.

Tākaka Library Book Launch Friday 16 February 1.00pm 2.00pm Free event

Saturday 17 February - Village Theatre - 8pm

True stories of transcendent experiences, insights into consciousness, and her writing journey Book will be for sale $35.00 cash only

Phone: 03 525 0059

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Valid from Friday 9 until Tuesday 13 February Friday: Southerlies about Farewell dying away and sea breezes developing. Cloud clearing to become fine Saturday: Westerlies, freshening west of Parapara. Fine although cloud increasing in western areas later. Sunday: Southerlies developing early. Cloud and the odd shower at first then cloud breaking to be mainly fine from afternoon. Monday: Southwesterlies freshening during the day. Mainly fine and becoming warm away from coastal areas for a time in the afternoon. Tuesday: Light winds with afternoon sea breezes. Fine weather. Warm during the afternoon. Sollys Contractors are proud sponsors of this weather forecast. Enquiries phone: 03 525 9843


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Collingwood-Puponga Main Rd, PAKAWAU BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME This 27ha block has a lot going for it, from the 17ha (approx.) of quality grazing land, spectacular views, native bush, & a stream. The land is well fenced, with a gravity fed water supply to the troughs



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Asking $850,000

51 Dodson Road, CENTRAL TAKAKA BEST LOCATION IN TAKAKA This 3-bed, 3-bath two storey home is in a desirable location with views out towards the hills of Kahurangi National Park. With an upstairs & downstairs living, there is room for extended family. There’s a modern kitchen & bathroom and


SEA VISTAS, SUNSHINE & PRIVACY With unmatched sea views from all aspects, this two-storey home is the perfect place to relax. The three-bedroom home is well appointed, with optimal indoor/outdoor flow. Privacy is created by lush bush covering.





There is a double garage and offstreet parking. Call us now to arrange a viewing or for further information. Jana McConnon 021 245 2197 Paul McConnon 027 504 2872


sliding doors onto the balcony from the kitchen & main bedroom. Downstairs is a rumpus room & bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Call me now. Open Sun, 11th|1-2pm Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840

Asking Asking$1,070,000 $885,000

25 Bay Vista Drive, POHARA


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147 Pupu Valley Road, TAKAKA PUPU WONDERLAND This grand home sits on 13.2 ha of quality soil, and offers a huge clear span shed and two 4 bay sheds! All this just 5 minutes from Takaka. The possibilities are endless here. With two smaller sheds and two sleepouts. The farm is well fenced with quality






stock yards, everything you need to run the farm effectively. With Spring and Bore water supply. Call me now to arrange a viewing. Viewings by appointment James Mackay 027 359 0892

Calling all holiday home owners! Are you currently in Golden Bay & thinking about selling your holiday rental? Give one of our experienced sales consultants a call they would be happy to meet and give you an accurate opinion of the value of your property. Call us today. Asking $595,000

303 McCallum Road, KOTINGA

Asking $885,000

MUST VIEW ON GLENVIEW A perfect blend of modern design, spacious living, and in a desirable location. Newly constructed with effortless indoor, outdoor flow and a superb rural outlook. With landscaping complete all you have to do is move in and enjoy! Call now.

BACK TO NATURE This stunning 15.5288-hectare, native bush block is ready for its new keeper. The elevation secures superb views of the Kahurangi National Park, Anatoki River & out to sea. The block is easily accessible via right of way. Call us today. Jana McConnon 021 245 2197 Paul McConnon 027 504 2872

399 Glenview Road, MOTUPIPI





Open Sun, 11th | 12-12:30pm Viewings by appointment

Mickayla Ormsby 027 297 8477

$798,000 + GST (if any) 25 Motupipi Street, TAKAKA ANNIE’S NIRVANA BACKPACKER Centrally located iconic accommodation. Deceptively spacious & licenced for 28 pax. With a fully self-contained separate owners’ accommodation. It is YHA approved. Call me for all of the information and to view.

6 McDonald Place, Collingwood

Sharon McConnon Sales Manager 027 525 8255

Paul McConnon Salesperson 027 504 2872

James Mackay Principal/AREINZ 027 359 0892




Viewings by appointment

Belinda J Barnes Agent/AREINZ 021 236 2840

Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840

Jana McConnon Salesperson 021 245 2197

Mickayla Ormsby Salesperson 027 297 8477

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