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Tinbum no place for chickens

Tinbum’s Golden Bay High School student competitors gather for a group photo after the race. Photo: Shelley Grell. SHELLEY GRELL

Last Saturday’s lazy hazy morning at the Pohara Top Ten Holiday Park was anything but laid back for the 50-odd competitors in the 15th Tinbum Triathlon. Planned to precision in accordance with strict road rules and health and safety, the funfilled family event went off without a puncture or campervan scrape. Many were also pleased that, contrary to Mark Allinson’s hazard warning during the briefing, no free-range chickens (a Tinbum in-joke) were encountered on the rural course. Amongst the many race supporters and organisers were 27 sponsors, including NBS, Danny Walker and Earthsea Gallery, and 30 volunteers that included the race committee, marshals, timekeepers and recorders. With a 300m chest-deep ocean swim, 6.5km multi-terrain bike and a 5km running leg, the Tinbum mini-triathlon is an achievable race for many. Veteran organiser Debbie Jones said, “Tinbum is aimed at a wide variety of people, from first-timers to the more experienced. The goal for the high school kids is to win one of the two gold-coin prizes donated by long-time sponsor Danny Walker. They’re amazing prizes.” Top Ten managers John and Emma Tate were happy to see the park used for the race. “It ’s awesome to see lots of locals

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participating in the event, especially the kids. The race organisers have been amazing. We had a couple of visitors in our team... Joanne from France and Tom from England. Local girl Jarrah stepped in too. The campsite is part of the community and it’s lovely to see the park being used for these things. It’s been a lot of fun for everyone.” Dair y farmer Wayne Langford, who wondered if he could make The GB Weekly front page three weeks in a row (Sorry, Wayne - Ed), said about the course: “It wasn’t too bad, and the kids did well to keep going. It was my New Year’s resolution to start running, though the little ups and downs on the golf course were a bit tough, as I haven’t run for a while.” After her swim, Julie Sherratt, 70, made up time whizzing along the tarmac to win the oldest female competitor category. “I’ve done maybe 10 Tinbums before this one,” she said. “My passion is tramping and it’s good to be fit enough for the race.” While GBHS kids organised a group photo, Fleur Murray, a relief teacher and adventure racing team co-ordinator at the school said, “I’m very proud of all the kids. I’ve got 17 doing the adventure racing this year, including Tinbum’s first GBHS girl and boy home—who both won gold—and the first team home overall.” Melanie Mott, a learning support co-

ordinator at the school added, “This is my third Tinbum race and each time I’ve gotten progressively slower. But you can’t complain when running along the beach with mountain views. I was nervous about meeting any chickens along the way though; thankfully that didn’t happen.” While waiting for the prizegiving to commence at Kotare Sands, many shared tales about their race experiences. There were saddle-sore bums and “John Wayne-look” walks from the lumpy country cycle ride, as well as stiff legs from not training enough. And even a bit of competitive rivalry between one teacher dad trying to beat his teenage son in the swim. As they crossed the finish line competitors congratulated each other while catching their breath. “I didn’t see any chickens or hear any squawks,” commented race winner and triathlon veteran Wayne Leighton from Nelson. “Though it was a bit lumpier than last year, unless I pumped my tyres up too much,” added Takaka local Campbell Peters, who came in second. “The course is always tougher than I remember,” said third place-getter Glen Bathgate. Funds raised go to the Mohua Social Services Community Chest Fund to support youth sport in Golden Bay. Anyone can apply.

Community Board JO RICHARDS

Community Board’s Public Forum is one of the few opportunities that Golden Bay ratepayers get to air their concerns directly with council representatives – and they usually take full advantage of it. Tuesday’s meeting was no exception, with 13 speakers turning up to talk about a number of issues, ranging from ensuring access to public land, to managing the Waimea Dam project. Public forum and board response The contributions started off on a good note with Cynthia McConville providing a brief update on The Mohua Blue Penguin Trust. She distributed new educational flyers and explained that the trust was in discussion with council about beachfront signage. Collingwood resident Nigel Birse was not so happy; frustrated by the lack of access to public land in and around the township, he said his pleas had been “ignored” by council. “Let us have better access to the waterfront.” He closed with a question: “Why, since the vesting of the Collingwood Reserve in 1990, has there been no publicly consulted management plan, according to the Reserves Act 1977?” In response, TDC environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King explained that the council was going through a programme of reviewing reserves and he would report back at the next meeting. Reg Turner wanted to restrict over-theHill access and asked councillors to look at making Golden Bay a “safe haven” against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “…there is no harm in planning for such a concept, or thinking outside the box,” said Reg. Mike Cunliffe was concerned about noise from mussel boats infecting the Bay and suggested that TDC took a “more proactive” role in encouraging mitigation measures. He said that, following a constructive meeting between the Tarakohe Impacts Group and the Marine Farming Association (MFA), one of the noisiest boats had been modified at a cost of around $20,000, but not all operators were so considerate. Mr Bush-King said council was pushing the MFA to engage. “We are encouraging them to work with the community.” Speaking on behalf of Golden Bay RSA, Noel Baigent made a request for Special Projects Funding to be allocated for the installation of security cameras in Takaka’s Memorial Park. “I urge you to pursue this issue; the vandalism won’t go away.” Continued on page 5

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Tinbum no place for chickens

And they’re off: The 15th Tinbum Triathlon starts with the 300m sea swim in Pohara’s mirror-flat high tide. Photo: Shelley Grell.

Veteran Tinbum race-goer and oldest female competitor, Julie Sherratt, 70, crosses the finish line. Photo: Shelley Grell.

Golden Bay High School current and former students Tomo Clere, 17, and Tyler Palmer, 19, race to shore. Photo: Shelley Grell.

Race organiser, Debbie Jones, awards Amelia Scotland the prized Danny Walker gold coin for the first female GBHS student home. Photo: Shelley Grell.

Winners: Under 14 girls – Sophie Gray. Under 14 boys – Mitchell Gray. Under 18 girls – Amelia Scotland. Under 18 boys – Oliver Gray. Under 40 women – Ellie Kerrisk. Under 40 men - Devan Davies. Under 50 women - Melanie Mott. Under 50 men - Campbell Peters. Over 50 women - Mandy Metcalf. Over 50 men - Wayne Leighton. Under 14 girls team – Charlie’s Angels. Under 14 boys team - Avocadoes. Under 18 girls team - Germany. Under 18 boys team - JAK. Team Business – Dan Darwen Builders. Team Family - Palmers. Team open mixed - Pohara Top Ten. Team over 50 mixed – Markim. Team under 18 mixed - AJA. Oldest female - Julie Sherratt . Oldest male - Rod Sharp.


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Construction site reveals scale of Waimea Dam build

Waimea Water CEO Mike Scott. Photo: Jo Richards.

Construction of the 160m-long culvert over which the dam will be built. Photo: Jo Richards. JO RICHARDS

Half-way up a steep hillside, looking across the Lee Valley and down on the Waimea Dam construction site, the true scale of this ambitious and controversial project becomes visible. On the opposite side of the valley, approximately 50 metres above the riverbed, a plastic water tank marks the location of the far end of the 220m dam crest, which will eventually hold back more than 13 billion litres of water. At the headquarters on Pig Flat, and throughout the vast site connected by a network of purpose-built roads, dozens of hi-viz-clad workers are dotted around the site, along with concrete mixers, dumper trucks and excavators. Everyone and everything seems to move in well-choreographed patterns. The man with overall responsibility for the dam build is Waimea Water Limited (WWL) CEO Mike Scott. Just months into the build, he says there is a long way to go before construction of the actual dam begins, but progress is being made. He points to a half-built structure some 50m below, which will become a 160m-long giant culvert. “The concrete will be 1.6 metres thick in places; it’s like a nuclear bunker.” He adds that its completion will be a major milestone. “We’ll divert the river through and build the dam above it; then use it for the pipe and services.” When fully operational, Mike says the culvert will have a maximum flow capacity of up to 120 cubic metres per second. Given the scale and complexity of the build, unexpected problems are inevitable – and Mike admits they have already encountered a few. Sections of the steep hillside above the reservoir site have required permanent stabilisation to prevent erosion, work that involves driving steel anchors into the ground and fixing reinforcing steel mesh onto the face before spraying it with concrete. The geology across the site is highly varied, unpredictable and difficult to map, which means that excavators are prone to digging up bad news. Mike identifies an instance close by - a significant outcrop of colluvium. “It’s loose material that will require digging out and then filling with rock. That costs time and money.” Other areas

of soft ground can be mass-filled with concrete, but some problems require a complete rethink, such as the discovery that the argillite rock intended for use in the dam’s drainage zone is unsuitable – a technical issue and the main cause of the projected $25m cost overrun. Mike explains that the argillite initially showed promise in a trial structure, but fractured under shear force “like a deck of cards”, producing fines (tiny particles) that would prevent effective drainage. “It was unexpected. We put a bucket through it and it felt like someone had switched the rock out overnight. It’s disappointing, but it’s not the end of the world. It’s certainly solvable. We understand the problem and we have a plan.”

Mike Scott points to planes of weakness in the argillite rock. Photo: Jo Richards.

Helping WWL stick to their plan, specialist dam consulting engineers Damwatch Engineering Limited are providing an independent technical overview of the construction and will be ultimately responsible for signing off the project. Mike says this creates a healthy tension but ensures robust quality assurance. That’s crucial, not least because the design of the dam is constantly evolving in response to emerging issues, as well as to new ideas. One proposed design change is to replace the concrete facing on the reservoir side of the dam with a PVC membrane. Mike says he learned about the technology while attending a

The giant culvert under construction. The concrete wall is up to 1.6m thick. Photo: Jo Richards. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020

recent conference and believes it is a good solution for the dam. Back in the WWL Richmond office, Mike pulls out a sample of SIBELON®, which consists of a flexible PVC sheet bonded to a non-woven geotextile substrate – like vinyl flooring and underlay all in one. The idea is that the flexible, elastic PVC membrane provides the water barrier, and the geotextile enhances mechanical properties and provides anti-puncture protection. It’s a system that has been used successfully for several decades and installed in over 150 large dams. According to the Swiss manufacturer Carpi, compared to a concrete face, it’s cheaper, more resilient to seismic disturbance, quicker to install, produces lower CO2 emissions and can be applied underwater if necessary. Mike says it’s a multiple win for the project. But not everyone is happy about the switch from concrete to polymer. Concern has been expressed about its durability and the possibility of potentially harmful chemicals leaching out of the material and contaminating the water. PVC formulations routinely incorporate several additives, including plasticisers, UV absorbers, pigments and stabilisers, but chemical types and toxicity vary significantly. The GB Weekly asked Carpi to provide information regarding the additives used in their product, but received no response in time for publication. Mike dismisses such anxieties. “Car dashboards and rainwater pipes are all made of PVC and we don’t worry about that.” While the Waimea Dam build is arguably New Zealand’s largest current construction project, Mike is looking at an even bigger picture. He is clearly passionate about the country’s infrastructure and is frustrated by the lack of infrastructure development in New Zealand. “We haven’t built a dam for 25 years. New Zealand has 100 large dams that were nearly all built in the sixties and seventies. They all had their challenges but we’ve forgotten about that. They provide our water and electricity. But the population was about half the size it is today.” The project’s next major risk point, Mike says, is the construction of the grout curtain – the impermeable barrier installed to seal the subsurface and prevent water seepage, which could undermine the integrity of the dam. “Some zones will be permeable and take a lot of grout.” As the project moves forwards, Mike says it will also move upwards and the risks will reduce. “This time next year we will be out of the ground and we should know the final cost.” He believes that, although the cost has increased dramatically, it still represents good value. “What my colleagues in the dam industry are telling me is that it’s a lot of dam for the money.”

In a hole: Excavators often dig up bad news. This will be mass-filled with concrete. Photo: Jo Richards. 3



On Tuesday 25 February, a lovely windy day, we were out on our bikes passing by the estuary at the Tata end of Ligar Bay. Someone was spraying the hill next to the road, dressed in white coats and masks. The pink stuff went all over us and into the lagoon at the Tata estuary. This should be a criminal offence. Cath Halliwell

GB councillor: Full confidence in dam builders

• 27 February: 17-year-old male served a three-month suspension from driving for excess demerit points. • 29 February: 29-year-old local male forbidden to drive and issued $400 fine for driving without a current licence. • 29 February: Police are following up with a group of young males, who were not students of GBHS, who put their brains together and decided to go swimming whilst intoxicated at the school swimming pool overnight. A 17-year-old male has been trespassed and further trespasses can be expected. Police are waiting for the group to replace the kowhai tree they damaged on the school grounds. The pool and school are locked and out of bounds after dark for a reason; it would be a shame for public use of this facility to be lost because of the silly antics of a few, and this would certainly be the result if one of them got caught up in the pool cover and drowned. • 1 March: 14-year-old local youth referred to Youth Aid following the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. • 5 March: 42-year-old local female issued $80 infringement for using cellphone whilst driving. • 5 March: 36-year-old local male arrested for assault and trespass. • 6 March: 29-year-old local male arrested for assault and wilful damage. • 7 March: 36-year-old local male arrested on two warrants. • 7 March: 22-year-old local female warned for assaults on police. • 7 March: 50-year-old local male arrested for intoxication and disorder. Trespassed from local liquor store. • 9 March: Police and LandSAR volunteers responded to reports of an overdue tramper on the Kaituna track. Three teams deployed at midnight and located the German tourist around 2.30am. She was safely assisted from the bush and the operation ended at 6am. A huge thankyou to all those involved.

With regards to the Waimea Dam, while there are many issues which can be questioned about this project, the actual building of the dam itself is not one of them. As a councillor, I have full confidence in the expert ability of the people managing the engineering and construction. Contingency plans were in place should the rock not perform as expected. This happens in engineering projects of this type and rather than be seen as a failing it is commendable that an alternative has been found. What is regrettable is that councillors were reassured that there was a 95 per cent chance (P95) the project would be within budget. If, instead, realistic cost overruns of the type we are seeing now had been included in that budget, councillors would have had a better idea of the probable cost when they were asked to vote. Celia Butler, TDC councillor

Plane irritation

For five hours on Sunday 8 March, several dozen singleengine aircraft buzzed the Golden Bay coastline, many flying below legal limits. Apparently, they were circling low over Wharariki, the Spit, and then landing in the Puponga Farm Park, before roaring south again, some near tree level along the border of Kahurangi National Park. My call to TDC’s Noise Control Officer raised a woman trying to calm a crying baby. She promised to pass my complaint onward during office hours next week. Who organised this annoyance? Even Lotus Eaters need their Sunday afternoon naps. Did the organisers realise what a disturbance they were causing for other visitors and for residents? Is Golden Bay the Tasman District’s open-access, amusement park? Daniel Mann

Respect to Bay farmers

What a delight it was to read of the Open Farm Day held by Wayne and Tyler Langford on their Kotinga farm (GBW 6/3). Their progressive approach to farming, using sustainable practices such as recycling of effluent, non-irrigation, and use of Jersey cows and leguminous perennials gives us great hope for a future where the needs of nature are balanced with making money. We are fortunate indeed that Golden Bay Federated Farmers chose Wayne to be their president. Let us remember that the farmers of the Tasman District are responsible for our rivers and lakes being amongst the very cleanest in New Zealand. They have done much great work, such as excluding stock from waterways, riparian planting

and management of dairy effluent. Golden Bay farmers lead the way, with the sensational success of the Aorere Catchment Project, and innovators such as biological farmer Mark Manson and David Rose with his dung beetles. Our farmers care, so I would like to apologise for having been too hard, at the outset of my campaign, on those farming above the Arthur Marble Aquifer, which contains the organisms that clean the waters of Te Waikoropupū Springs. They have shown admirable restraint in holding back their applications to TDC for more irrigation, which would lead to more pollution. While I believe that nitrates are leaching from their farms and putting the Springs at risk of ruin, I also believe they genuinely wish to find solutions to this, and they deserve our help to find them. Steve Penny, Head of Save Te Waikoropupū

Julian Assange and British justice:

Even to those who have only glimpsed the mainstream media’s reporting on the greatest publisher in recent history, and are perhaps alienated against him, as is their objective, they will be utterly horrified when and if they discover the truth of the current court extradition proceedings in Belmarsh Prison. To those who have a serious interest in upholding the rights to free speech and justice I refer you to Craig Murray’s (ex British ambassador) eyewitness accounts of all four days of the hearings. Google “Craig Murray day one, then Craig Murray day two” etc. If one man can be treated this way for revealing embarrassing truths about our rulers and we sit back and ignore it, we are all accomplices. Jonathan Hearn Apologies; We published a short version of this letter last week in error. - Ed

Fitzsimons, fair and fearless

Jeanette Fitzsimons did not give up working for fairness when she left parliament. She continued to stand strong, with integrity, respect, wisdom, and always a well substantiated argument. She recently attempted to get arrested with other anti oil-exploration Greenpeace protestors, at the age of 74, but it was decided not to arrest her as she is well-loved and respected and the move could have been counterproductive. Jeanette deserves every bit of admiration she is given. Jeanette was a long-time advocate for triple bottom line implementation for all businesses, where the social and environmental issues are given equal importance to profit. We would not see the harmful disparity we have today had we accepted this fairer system. She is a top role model and will be long remembered for her groundbreaking determination to make New Zealand a better place. She will be missed. Victoria Davis Continued next page...

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GB Community Board - March Continued from page 1 The subject then switched to the Waimea Dam – and this was when regular forum-goers might have expected to hear from Victoria Davis but, unable to attend, she had sent a simple message which Louise Coleman delivered: “When facts are ignored…it is pointless to speak.” Louise then delivered a message of her own; a stinging attack on TDC’s handling of the dam project, which she called “a dog’s breakfast” and further evidence of “an escalating pattern of mismanagement”. She questioned the council’s competence saying they were “out of their depth” and they had “lost control over decision-making” and warned that the latest cost blow-out would not be the last one. Talking of a final cost of $200m, she said, “What if ratepayers need to find an additional $75m? What then?” She posed a further series of questions to councillors Trevor Riley talks about Lee Valley geology. Photo: Jo Richards. about the future management of the project before suggesting Fonterra Youth Skills Park it should be handed over to central Government. In the second scheduled presentation, Karl Thompson of Mr Bush-King undertook to forward Louise’s questions to his Golden Bay Mountain Bike Club outlined ambitious plans for a CEO and, after some discussion, the board passed the following bike and skate park on Motupipi Street. The concept, which has resolution: “We propose that any Waimea Dam cost overruns support from Fonterra and Manawhenua ki Mohua, is designed over $107m do not affect Golden Bay ratepayers including to improve skills, promote social interaction, facilitate economic members of the Water Club, through rate rises or reduced activity and create a pleasant natural environment. Included in spending on Golden Bay projects.” the plans are a car park and toilet block. Karl requested help BJ White backed up the essence of Louise’s sentiments from TDC to take on the lease of the land owned by Fonterra but in rather more colourful terms. “We have a gang problem and to include the park in the council’s maintenance schedule. in the district – they operate out of Richmond.” He said that Lee Valley geology senior council heads should roll. “We can’t do anything about The board agreed to allow Trevor Riley to make a presentation executive officers. We should have a clear out.” about the geology in the Waimea Dam catchment. The gist of Grandstand campaigner Jill Pearson started with an appeal. his argument was that errors in existing geological maps were “I would like the community board to actively assess and wilfully ignored in the determination to minimise potential apply common sense to those issues that are brought to it by issues with the site and give the go-ahead to the project. “They members of the community.” Using a “hypothetical” situation should have reported it to GNS.” The implications for the dam to illustrate her point, Jill explained that an estimate provided were serious, he explained. “All the shattered rock will come for the restoration and strengthening of a historical building down from Waterfall Creek; in 10 years’ time, sharp rocks will of $930,000 appeared to be outrageously over-priced. “Maybe rest against the plastic membrane.” local authorities get so used to spending other people’s money Board member updates that they lose sight of reality…” Updates from board members focused on vehicle parking, Averill Grant began to speak about a consultant’s report the need for a footpath on Reilly Street, and an upcoming relating to the grandstand remedial work, but was advised meeting regarding the future of the grandstand. Regarding by Mr Bush-King that it was privileged information and if she the latter, board member Dave Gowland requested that the continued she might be “in contempt of court”. report currently being prepared by TDC CEO Janine Dowding All Collingwood resident Jo Pomeroy wanted was for council be circulated prior to the meeting scheduled for 18 March. to clean up a messy site at the junction of Swiftsure Street and Grant and Averill raised the issue of parking in Takaka Gibbs Road, and asked: “Why has that area been abandoned? and Collingwood respectively; Grant asked whether large Will it be added to the maintenance regime?” campervans could be directed away from the Commercial Councillor Chris Hill responded saying, “People can make Street CBD and proposed time limits were imposed at the service requests directly,” and suggested that this should be Visitor Centre car park. Averill was concerned about the lack more widely known. “We should let people know that if they of overspill parking in Collingwood. want to, they can make the request themselves.” The state of the roads was highlighted by Paddy Gillooly. Comparing the appearance of Takaka and Collingwood main streets, he said that the latter came off worse, while out at Farewell Spit he noted that repairs were needed. “On Freeman Access, there is some tarseal with pot-holes around it, so it needs an upgrade.” Of wider significance, Paddy expressed his concern about the planned overnight closure of Takaka Hill road. “Last time, it cost our business a lot...other businesses will also suffer.” Rounding off public forum, Sara Chapman informed the board about Nelson-Tasman Emergency Management’s upcoming public meeting regarding earthquake preparedness. She also had roads on her mind; referring to the proposed Reilly Street is becoming an industrial zone. Photo: Jo Richards. Takaka-to-Paines Ford cycleway, she pointed out that the Grant proceeded to raise several issues about Reilly Street, junction between SH60 and the Rec Park/Park Avenue was a safety hazard that required some management. “We need to including the dangers arising from the lack of a footpath. “There are lots of Fulton Hogan trucks, and now there is a new look at this.” contractor next door… The playground doesn’t have a fence.” Takaka Hill update With all the talk of roads it was fortuitous that a representative Given the rapid commercial development in the area, Grant from NZTA’s consultant Beca was present at the meeting to give suggested there should be an overall plan for Reilly Street. “It’s a brief update on the Takaka Hill. Deputy team leader Rebecca becoming an industrial zone on Rural 1 land. It needs to be McMahon explained that the traffic lights would be relocated to addressed.” He queried whether Takaka Contracting had been encompass all five of the major repair sites. This, she said, would granted resource consent for their activities, and observed that lead to “a couple of minutes extra delay” for drivers and while, Fulton Hogan appeared not to be complying with their resource “not ideal”, night-time closures would allow the work to proceed consent conditions. It was agreed that a service request would apace. From Sunday 22 March, for up to two weeks, the road be submitted to answer these questions. The next GB Community Board meeting is on Tuesday 14 will be closed between 9pm and 6am, Sunday to Thursday, but there would be a short window at 1am to allow traffic to pass. April at the Takaka Service Centre starting at 9.30am. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020

LE T TERS Happy horses in the Bay

Horses have been with us for centuries, have been a big part of our own evolution and play an important role in our lives today. Here are three horsey tips for happy horses: 1. One acre of land per horse and at least one companion at all times. (This is really important. Living in small, electrified cells in isolation is inhumane, just as it would be for us.) 2. Fresh water. 3. Shade from the sun and bad weather and remove rugs in the morning. Try to put yourself in their situation, and see how life is for them nowadays. Please advise neighbours, who have forgotten these simple rules, of the needs and care of these sensitive animals. Let’s make the Bay a kinder place for horses by keeping it natural. Let them live as nature intended. [Abridged] Cath Welsh

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Whakaaro: Waimea Dam: A ratepayer’s solution DR ROLAND TODER AND TONY LAWTON

In last week’s whakaaro we looked at the reasons leading to ratepayers facing a rates-hike nightmare to pay for the dam’s ever-increasing cost. This week, we propose a solution from the ratepayers’ perspective, allocating risks and costs where they belong: to those who will receive the (expected) benefits. TDC’s financial breaking point TDC has one of the highest debt-to-ratepayer ratios across all New Zealand’s councils, and rates third to bottom in ratesaffordability (source: NZ Taxpayer Union). Council has stated that debt above their $200m “financially-safe” limit would severely affect their capacity to respond to unexpected future events (eg another cyclone Gita or global warming), their credit rating would drop, leading to higher borrowing costs, with a reduction in infrastructure and other critical investment. Funding the latest $25m cost increase (bringing the dam’s estimated cost to $129m) will require even core council services to be scaled back. One councillor is now calling for non-zoneof-benefit communities (including Golden Bay) to be exempted from this reduction. But what if costs, as expected, rise further? The best available research - the Oxford study, based on lessons from previous dams, including data from NZ dams, indicates the final construction cost is expected to be around $200m. At this level TDC’s ability to perform its core functions as a council become severely limited. And that means the Minister for Local Government has the responsibility, under the LGA, to step in. The last time this happened (in Northland over an under-costed sewage scheme) rates went through the roof, and council services were severely curtailed. New interim management Ratepayers need to know how these potential issues will be dealt with, including what an exit from the project would look like. There will be costs involved - at least a $50m indemnity payable to irrigators, and perhaps the same to the construction contractors. One councillor has claimed there are other significant undisclosed costs. Ratepayers need full disclosure, and this work needs to be done now, so ratepayers can be prepared. And it will allow for contingency planning, such as amalgamation with Nelson City Council (NCC), to be properly investigated. This planning cannot be undertaken by TDC management – they are part of the problem, and must play no role in the solution. Central Government staff (the LG Minister has powers to appoint a commissioner to take over from staff and councillors), and independent consultants with experience in the relevant fields (such as large dams), are required to find the best solutions for Tasman’s ratepayers. The ownership issue Ownership, along with funding responsibilities, must be aligned with future economic and financial benefits, allowing each stakeholder to meets its share of funding and commitments. This was not done for the dam; any solution

must first address this. TDC’s 20 per cent share of Waimea Water Limited (WWL) relating to future urban water supply (needed for both TDC and NCC urban water users) should be transferred into a new, professionally run, body set up to manage the three “Top of the South” councils’ (Nelson City Council/Tasman District Council/Marlborough District Council) storm, waste, and drinking-water assets. This approach is in line with the Government’s intention to address the funding and quality issues across NZ ‘s councils’ water services via amalgamating services into five or six regional service organisations. This would provide the scale and professional management needed to address NCC/TDC’s water leakage issue (two of the most inefficient councils in NZ), and to safely fund the portion of the dam relating to future urban water supply. The remainder of TDC’s WWL holdings (31 per cent) represents TDCs investment in commercial irrigation and should be owned and managed by CIIL, as central Government’s irrigation experts. Any further Government investment in WWL, to fund future cost overruns, should come via equity investment by CIIL, diluting the irrigators share. CIIL should also take on the indemnities to irrigators and construction contractors. Government has the revenues to cover this. GST receipts on construction alone will likely top $30m, with further revenues from corporate taxes on the irrigators’ profits and property value increases. They also have the ability to tax irrigators via a special levy to recover costs from their future profits as the Government deems appropriate. Any decision to exit the project (and how to do so) should come from CIIL in conjunction with NZ Treasury as only they have the risk management and understanding of future economic effects to weigh up further investment of public funds in the dam. There have been previous proposals to merge NCC and TDC. TDC’s self-inflicted troubles may now make this inevitable. A merged council (perhaps including MDC) could provide the scale to safely handle infrastructure projects, and address the inefficiencies from duplication of services in having two councils servicing the same urban area. Key assets like the airport and ports (jointly owned by TDC/NCC) could be partly (49 per cent) privatised to fund the dam and planned investment in core council services (ie roading and storm/ waste/drinking water), which the individual councils would otherwise struggle with. As dam costs escalate further there will, undoubtedly, be more calls from ratepayers to pull the plug. However, the Government stands to benefit handsomely from GST and corporate tax revenues plus increased employment and economic development in an otherwise low-growth region. If the project’s cost responsibilities and ownership had been structured correctly in the first place (in line with future benefits) we would not be having this discussion. Fixing this mess requires addressing the ownership issue, and apportioning costs accordingly.




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Takaka Rugby Club sends out SOS THULE ACCESSORIES Hello Golden Bay

Autumn is here and we are still enjoying wonderful weather. With that comes a change in the outdoor activities. Bowater Toyota are stockists of Thule Accessories. Thule helps you transport your outdoor adventure equipment on your vehicle safely and efficiently. They have racks for skis, snowboards, bikes, stand-up paddle boards and even child’s bike seats. One product that has become very popular are the E-Bike carriers. Because of the additional weight, standard bike-carriers are not up to the task. Thule have a great range of E-Bike carriers designed for this very application. Thule also do snow chains. For more information, please contact us at Bowater Toyota in Motueka and we can get this sorted for you. Until next time,

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2019 Toyota Rav 4 Adventure 2.5 AWD Auto Endangered species? Takaka seniors run out before last season’s home clash with Collingwood. File photo. JO RICHARDS

Takaka Rugby Football Club is sending out an “SOS” – Save our Seniors – message in the hope of attracting players to rescue the club’s 2020 season and secure its future in senior competition. Club president and front-row forward Anthony Tait says, although 15 senior players have signed up, it still leaves the team short and he is urging more to step up. “We really need around half-a-dozen to get a viable team.” He is especially keen to see more young players complement the veterans in the squad. “We’ve got a core group of guys who are ageing and holding on.” Last season, Takaka showed a great deal of promise, fielding an exciting combination of youth and experience, but much of the former has since left the Bay, explained Anthony. “We lost a big chunk of young, talented players who have moved away for tertiary education or OE.” Any new recruits will be joining a healthy, hearty club, says

Anthony. “We’ve got good sponsorship, great facilities, big crowds on the side-lines and a good committee.” He adds that the game is embedded in the fabric of the community and has a strong social dimension. “Rugby’s part of our culture and while it can be a brutal sport, it’s a gentlemen’s game. The camaraderie with the team – and the opposition – is strong, and we try to have family days.” With Tasman Rugby Union looking to finalise the Senior B competition fixtures before the first match of the season, scheduled for 28 March, the pressure is on to commit a team, or take the agonising decision to scratch – a decision that the club will have to make in the next few days. Anthony doesn’t understate the significance of that decision to the Bay’s long tradition of rural rugby. “If we don’t play this year, then it could be the end of senior rugby in Takaka.” To sign on with Takaka Rugby Football Club, ph Anthony Tait 027 611 6295 or email him: anthony@freshchoicetakaka.co.nz

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The Takaka Bowling Club recently held its annual Mitchell Memorial Trophy Tournament. This year’s tournament proceeds were donated to the Nelson Tasman Blind Lawn Bowls Association. The winners were S Delaney, J Hanton, D Wood and D Parata from the Stoke Club. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020


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Rogaine takes in beaches, dunes, lakes and bush SUBMITTED

Rogaining – no not Regaining, that’s a hair restorative process – is a sport of cross-country navigation on foot in which you gain as many points as possible in the time allotted by visiting your chosen checkpoints. There are no set routes and you don’t have to spend the whole time on the course. This year’s event, organised by the Golden Bay Alpine and Tramping Club, is being held on Saturday 4 April on the rugged but beautiful west coast at Kaihoka. Thanks to the generosity of the Wyllie and Ferguson families, the competition area encompasses stunning scenery of limestone bluffs and karst landforms, beaches, huge sand dunes, rolling farmland, blue lakes and patches of bush. The course has been set by experienced rogainers and has been vetted by a multi world champion so it’s assured to be a high quality event which will be both fun for beginners and challenging for more experienced rogainers. For more details go to www.goldenbayatc.org

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Have you heard of SpinPoi? SpinPoi is about helping people discover the joy and power of poi, and how it can be used to keep the mind and body fit. Developed by Dr Kate Riegle van West, SpinPoi has the potential to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of older people. Clinical studies conducted at Auckland University revealed significant improvement in grip strength, balance and the ability to sustain attention after just one month of classes. Maintaining balance in old age is of utmost concern, as falls and fear of falling are major health problems for older adults. Grip strength is an important predictor of overall health, including bone mineral density, likelihood of falls, general disability, and cause specific and overall mortality in older adults. Sustained attention, or the ability to maintain or focus attention over a period of time, is a fundamental cognitive ability that plays an important role in everyday functioning. Age Concern is excited to bring a free public session to Golden Bay on Thursday 19 March as part of the Summer Activities Series. Bookings are not required, simply turn up and enjoy. The session will be held at the garden by the library in Commercial Street from 10-11am. For more information please contact Age Concern on 03 544 7624 or email community@ ageconcernnt.org.nz



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“They’ve been coming this way for three years,” said Jude. “Last year, we thought we’d sit on the side of the road in support. Marjorie’s husband then offered them watermelons, and that’s how it started.” One cyclist from Richmond said his first race three years ago was “euphoric” and he has been coming back every year since. A team of naturists from Nelson said they also enjoyed coming over for the event. At the mid-way stop, Terry Knight, owner of Kiwi Spirit Distillery in Motupipi, welcomed the cyclists with cocktails and a slice. “It’s good promotion for Golden Bay, as many of the cyclists come from over the Hill.” Staff and customers at Kotare Sands, where the pre-swim award presentations were announced, were also very positive about race. “The event is awesome. It’s Takaka and part of the culture over here,” said a staff member.



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Hours after Saturday’s heart-pumping triathlon in Pohara, adrenaline levels were elevated once again when naked bums on bikes replaced tin bums on award mounts. The World Naked Bike Ride in Golden Bay saw tens of colourful painted bare-bodied riders cycling from Autumn Farm in Central Takaka to Pohara. The event, which started as a pro-cycling and pro-environment protest against petrol-driven cars, also promotes body positivity. Surprised tourists didn’t know where to look, or how to overtake, as the cyclists enjoyed an airy downhill ride through the countryside. Motupipi resident Jude Edmondson and her friend Marjorie offered much appreciated plates of fruit to the passing cyclists, while sitting decadently with glasses of wine in front of her country villa.

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Plums or nashi pears? Friends Jude and Marjorie offer the naked cyclists some refreshing fruit for their journey. Photo: Shelley Grell.

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The Motupipi Sandspit, pictured above, is one of few areas of mobile sand dunes in Golden Bay, outside of Farewell Spit. Unfortunately, it hosts two established and rapidly proliferating exotic species - sycamores and wilding pines. Offering little in terms of supporting indigenous biodiversity through fruit and flower production, sycamores and wilding pines can germinate and spread rapidly under a full canopy of native trees, which allows them to establish and eventually out-compete many native species. Their removal is one of the first steps in trying to rehabilitate this habitat that is ideal for bird nesting and for skink and other smaller creatures to establish. Project De-Vine Environmental Trust (formerly Project De-Vine Trust) is managing the clean-up, which is part of a bigger project

to clear the Motupipi River and estuary of willows and invasive pest plants. Replanting with native species along the riverbanks will follow. Come and join us for a working bee at this precious sandspit to pull up as many sycamore and pine seedlings as we can find. There is also a small area of plastic rubbish from an abandoned campsite to collect and remove. A couple of people could focus on this less arduous task. We’ll meet at the Takaka Golf Club car park at 9.30am on Sunday 22 March and use a carpooling process to ferry helpers to the spit and back. Please bring water, tough clothing, gloves and loppers or retractable handsaws (as some seedlings might need cut-and-pasting). We aim to have you back to the car park around 12.30pm. Wet day option is Sunday 29 March. Snacks and cold drinks will be available. THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020

National Playcentre Open Week RONNIE SHORT

New Zealand’s national Playcentre Open Week (POW) runs from 16-22 March. In Golden Bay, Collingwood and Takaka Playcentres are both involved. The tagline for POW is “Bring a Friend”, and both centres welcome newcomers along to experience what playcentres have to offer. First and foremost is a sense of community and connec tion for parents, building relationships that last a lifetime both for their children and themselves. Michelle Dallison, president of Takaka Playcentre, said, “I can see there is such value having a playcentre in a community. A lot of us come from away, but here we meet people and form community.” Playcentre Aotearoa is the governing body of the New Zealand’s 420 playcentres, with each playcentre run independently by the group of parents who attend with their tamariki. Though there is a specified 1:5 parent to child ratio, “This is usually closer to 1:2,” says Jessicah Win of Collingwood Playcentre. The Ministry of Education requires each centre to be run by parents who have attained the Level 4 NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECE), as well as other parents who are undertaking the training.

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Participants take a break during their recent workshop on communication skills. Photo: Ronnie Short.

Playcentre Aotearoa offers the course free in order to empower parents by supporting their understanding of child development and how to enrich children’s play. Te Reo Maori and Te Tiriti O Waitangi are upheld throughout the training and sessions as part of the Playcentre commitment to biculturalism. Seven women attended a workshop in Takaka recently, tutored by Bridget Knowles from Nelson. The focus was on communication skills, and is one of the last modules prior to completion of the ECE Certificate. Three local parents, having gone on to work in the wider community, said they gained skills and confidence during their time at Playcentre.

All the women agreed that one of the main things they have in common is working alongside like-minded others, all striving to improve their parenting practice in a totally supportive whanau environment. As Jessicah says: “It’s my community of people. We’ve got each other’s backs.” Visit either centre during POW week during these open hours: Collingwood Playcentre 9am-12.30pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Phone 027 808 7342. Takaka Playcentre from 9.30am-12.30pm Monday and Friday. Phone 525 8114. www.playcentreaotearoa.org.nz

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We are reinstating the road at the road at the major slip sites using reinforced earth retaining walls and rock filled facing.

Changes to traffic management

Night road closures

Key Major slip site (to be repaired) Minor slip site (completed)

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With repairs to the final slip sites set to get underway soon, we are moving the traffic lights to allow us to access the slip at the top of the hill. This will add two minutes to wait times at the lights, increasing the total wait time to 14 minutes at each end of the lights.


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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is committed to getting the Takaka Hill road back up and running following Cyclone Gita in 2018.

DATE From Sunday 22 March. Sunday – Thursday (for up to two weeks). TIME Road closed 9pm-6am. The road will open at 1am each night for traffic travelling towards Takaka and 1:15am for traffic travelling to Nelson.

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Repairs to the significantly damaged sites is now underway. Before physical works get underway, the temporary around the We expect to bebarriers able to complete most of the workmajor and reopen the road to two lanes by the end of the year. sites need to be replaced. To do this, we need to the close the road at night from Sunday to Thursday for up to two weeks. However, the road will be SITES opened for a short period each night for essential travel over the hill.

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We are reinstating the road at the road at Emergency services will be able to use the road atslipall times. the major sites using reinforced earth retaining walls and rock filled facing.

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Minor slip site (completed) Come and meet the project team at Takaka Village market.

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Thank you for your continued patience while we work to get your road back up and running.

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Collingwood: Inaugural whole-school athletics day


Collingwood Area School recently came together for an inaugural whole-school athletics day. The event catered to both competitive students and those who just wanted to have a go. RESULTS: Athletics champions: Senior: Luca Olney and Dani McLellan; intermediate: Bianca Honey and Ben Rillstone; junior: Maia Bain and Royce Rhodes; primary senior: Maryanne Kobebe and Hunter Clark; primary junior: Tegan Screen and Coby Heuvel.

“Leave it on the road” ride sets off

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Takaka Police had the privilege to join the start of Jo-Anna and Sandy’s “leave it on the road” cycle ride from Golden Bay to Bluff last Friday. Ray was already lagging behind by the time we got to the Golden Bay Community Hospital where we wished them well. The ride is raising awareness for mental health. You can follow, and donate to, this great cause at https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/two-mothersbiking-the-south-island. Photo: Takaka Police.

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Fish Mainland is now established as a non-profit organisation to coordinate, represent, and promote the interests of the South Island marine recreational fishing community, says Jim Crossland, Chair of the group of South Islanders and Stewart Islanders who designed Fish Mainland. Its purpose is to restore and sustain fisheries resources to maximise recreational fishers’ experiences and opportunities. To achieve that purpose, Fish Mainland will support local initiatives to improve recreational fishing and maintain a healthy marine environment that is crucial to the wellbeing of all fishers and interests. Jim says: “Fish Mainland has a clear advocacy role in providing a unified voice for South Island and Stewart Island recreational fishers to Government and others.” Their website, www.fishmainland.co.nz, allows individuals and groups to sign up as members and explains the way that a mandate will be will built for representing recreational fishers’ interests, sets out the policy for recreational fishers, and shows the five-year business plan including options for secure, long-term funding of Fish Mainland. Fish Mainland has the in-principle support of all nine South Island Iwi, along with the support of the commercial representative organisations that will directly engage with them on shared fisheries challenges. “At this stage, we need your show of support, especially while we work with Government and others on the best way to secure adequate long-term funding,” says Jim. A meeting to discuss the benefits of establishing Fish Mainland and to hear public responses and suggestions for the next steps in its development will be held on Wednesday, 18 March, 5.30pm at the Collingwood Rugby Club Rooms with presenters Dr Randall Bess, The Nature Conservancy; Alan Key, one of the original Fiordland Marine Guardians; and Brett Bensemann, President of the Tautuku Fishing Club in Dunedin and delegate to the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council.

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Toe-tapping country music festival ANITA PETERS

A crowd of over 100 toe-tappers enjoyed the hospitality of the River Inn last weekend. For the past six years, enthusiasts have gathered here and around the country as part of the Country Music Festival circuit. The annual schedule includes hoedowns and events as far south as Gore, where the Golden Guitar Awards are held on Queen’s Birthday weekend. Golden Bay organiser Karen McCleely said last weekend’s crowd was the biggest since she became involved, after being encouraged by her father Andrew Wilson, himself involved in the 18-year-long Buller Gorge Festival in Westport. Fans following the circuit stayed onsite in their campervans, the audience making themselves at home in the shaded courtyard with beers, buddies and ladies with their knitting. This is no competition, just purely fun, explained Karen. “What they do is ‘walk ups’. “They put their name down to sing and get up and give it a go.” Two different bands took turns to provide backing for jam sessions and plenty of novice talent, but guest performers were clearly at the top of the billing. Karen said proudly that her first special guest six years ago, Jaydin Shingleton from Westport, then aged 14, won the Gold Guitar awards in Gore last year, the Trans-Tasman at Norfolk Island plus Entertainer of the Year, and is now embarking on a national tour. Zac Griffiths (15) and Jed Bright were the two special guests this year, both considered rising stars. Zac began singing after watching the Johnny Cash movie Walk the Line. He said that not many people his age were “into” country music, but as he was a “naughty little bugger”, his good friend and mentor Richard McCallum got him started on the guitar and taught him to sing. Now Zac also aspires to a career in music. Jed Bright grew up in rural California, hearing country music daily on his school bus. “I hated it,” he admitted.” It was like pop music with a southern accent.” He learned to play acoustic guitar, and after leaving school, hitchhiking and riding freight trains across America following the band Grateful Dead, he discovered

Festival organiser Karen McCleely (right) and Michelle Kennedy with their rendition of Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round by Patsy Klein. Photo: Anita Peters.

Rising star Zac Griffiths from Tapawera (right) with friend and mentor Richard McCallum belt out some classic Johnny Cash. Photo: Anita Peters.

the “real beautiful gem of country music.” When he arrived in New Zealand three years ago, he was surprised to discover a whole community involved in the genre. He says what makes the festival events so endearing is the courage it takes to see people put themselves out there, “stand up and belt it out.” He loves sharing his music and words that he says are of hurt and happiness. “With live music there’s an exchange between performers and audience. There are good songs out there of every kind of emotion we can all relate to through the story. Characters change and the settings are different, but the emotions are the same.”

Jed Bright, who grew up in rural California and now lives in Godlen Bay, was one of the special guest artists at this year’s festival. Photo: Anita Peters.

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CLASSIFIEDS SPORTS RESULTS / Hua tākaro GOLF 7 March. Malkeys: P Milne +18, L Trent +12, J Bensemann +10. Closest to pins: 3/12 R Miller, 4/13 S Meredith, 8/17 L Trent, 9/18 J Bensemann. Twos: N Moore, R Miller, J Bensemann, R Davis. Two 7/16: J Bensemann. Happy wanderer: N Moore. Best gross: W Collie. BRIDGE 4 March. Bainham Pairs NS: S Langford/B Burdett 59.38%, J Edmondson/S Van Wijngaarden 54.17%, K Vanderstruys/D Sarll 52.08%; EW: B Wilson/L Scurr 62.70%, A Gray/P Finnigan 61.90%, C Browning/C Bird 56.35%; h/cap NS: S Langford/B Burdett 62.13%, K Vanderstruys/D Sarll 60.58%, J Edmondson/S Van Wijngaarden 59.37%; EW: A Gray/P Finnigan 76.35%, B Wilson/L Scurr 69.95%, C Browning/C Bird 63.65%. Bainham Pairs Ladder: S Langford/L Godden 58.60%, D Sarll/K Vanderstruys 57.44%, C Furness/M McKellar 56.56%; h/cap ladder: P Finnigan/A Gray 68.22%, D Sarll/K Vanderstruys 65.94%, C Furness/M McKellar 62.52%. 6 March. Autumn Winds Howell: J Warren/L Scurr 60.94%, C Bird/T Packard 56.25%, J Massey/Aileen Hunt 53.26%; h/cap: J Warren/L Scurr 66.39%, J Massey/ Aileen Hunt 65.81%, C Bird/T Packard 63.05%.

SPORT / Hākinakina MOTUPIPI Indoor Bowls welcomes new members and past members to opening day on Tuesday 17 March, 1pm at the Senior Citizens’ Hall. It’s a social afternoon with games then a cuppa to follow. Coaching and encouragement given to beginner players. Come along and have a go. Ph 525 9491 for information.

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DO you want a new interest and good company? Join Pakawau 500 players. Start Saturday 21 March at 7.30pm and playing every second Saturday. Learners welcome. Ph Minty 524 8606. AORERE Flower Show was again a great day thanks to all the great helpers and all our visitors, not forgetting all the people that raided their gardens and cooked some great things to bring along to make a lovely showing. Thanks to The GB Weekly for the ads. Now get your bulbs in ready for the spring show in September. Thank you all. The Collingwood Shool will receive a donation. Lois Benjamin, for the great workers of the Flower Show. Raffles were won by: Basket, Mrs M Ferguson; plant, Don Mead; board, Briar; game, Maddie Soper. CURIOUS ABOUT QUAKERS? Come and check us out. Ph Jude 524 8291. <www.quakers.nz> AL-ANON: Are you affected by someone else’s drinking? Weekly meetings, 1.30pm Monday at the Catholic Hall. All welcome. Ph 0508 425 2666. 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 freshfm.net is tax deductible. Email Maureen: takaka@freshfm.net or ph 525 8779, 027 335 1395.

GB ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY INC (ex-SPCA). Ph Carol Wells 525 9494, 8am-5pm weekdays. GB WEEKLY: Paradise Entertainment, Takaka and Collingwood On the Spot store are The GB Weekly’s agents. Or email us: admin@gbweekly.co.nz. Office hours are Monday-Wednesday, 9am-5pm. See our website www.gbweekly.co.nz to read past copies of the paper, to read the current issue, and to find details of advertising costs.

$8,000 Community Grant 14th Round

The RSC Community Grant is now open to applicants. The purpose of the grant is to distribute funds to organisations such as cultural, philanthropic, charitable, sporting, educational or any other purpose that benefits the Golden Bay community or a section of it.

Applications Close: 5pm, Tuesday 31st March 2020 Application forms to be collected from the Country Store Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm & Sat: 9am – 12pm Enquiries ph: 929 7519

“I wish I had started Bridge a long time ago!!”

Future of Recreational Fishing There will be a public meeting to discuss Fish Mainland Inc, a recently established non-profit organisation to represent the interests of South Island and Stewart Island marine recreational fishers to Government and others (www.fishmainland.nz) The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the benefits of establishing Fish Mainland and to hear public responses and suggestions for the next steps in its development. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, 18 March, 5.30pm at the Collingwood Rugby Club Rooms. The presenters will be Dr Randall Bess, The Nature Conservancy; Alan Key, one of the original Fiordland Marine Guardians; and Brett Bensemann, President of the Tautuku Fishing Club in Dunedin and Delegate to the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council.

Don’t make the same mistake!! Come along to our Bridge Lessons for beginners commencing Monday 23rd March and continuing for 10 weeks each Monday from 7pm to 9pm. Contact Ann Blackie 027 410 0699 or email ann.blackie02@gmail.com to register. New members always welcome! Golden Bay Contract Bridge Club Rec Centre, Park Avenue, Takaka

Update – February 2020 We are working hard to improve our health services, in order to meet your needs, so we want to let you know about some changes coming up to our urgent care service. In an emergency, nothing is going to change… 1. Any time you have a “life threatening” emergency… ring 111; 2. during opening hours, if you have an emergency, you can come to the medical centre; 3. If unsure, phone us on 03 525 0060 for assistance. If your need isn’t urgent, for example - can wait for another day, phone us and ask for a “routine appointment”. WHAT IS NEW… from Tuesday 17 March 2020, if you think you need to see us urgently on the day, please phone us first thing in the morning, for a ‘Triage call back’ from one of our medical team. A doctor, nurse practitioner or nurse will call you back (usually within 30-45 minutes) and ask you some questions. We might be able to give you all the help you need to save you from coming into the health centre, for example a prescription or advice. If we do need to look you over, we will give you an appointment to come in. This new service is designed to: 1. avoid unnecessary travel; 2. help improve waiting times and 3. ensure you and your whanau get to see the right person at the right time. Also, are you registered on ‘My Indici’ yet? You can make your own appointments, view your test results, request repeat prescriptions and email your doctor very easily, at a time that is convenient for you, using the “My Indici” Portal.



Ring one of our friendly receptionists and they will help you get set up. Phone 03 525 0060 and ask to register on ‘My Indici.’ 13

TRADES AND SERVICES / Mahi a ratonga ACCOUNTANT. Long-standing market leader with unbeatable professional qualifications and experience. Warn & Associates, ph 525 9919.

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.

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 taxayton@gmail.com

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

ALL your garden needs, ph Alexis 021 0239 1364. References available. ARBORIST. Certified. The Tree Doctor, all aspects of tree care. Free quotes. Ph Chris 021 0264 7942. ARBORIST, qualified, ph Jack Stevens 021 211 5580.

ARCHITECTURAL design, residential building. Ph Peter Fersterer 525 8132. BLINDS, blinds, blinds: blockout, sunscreen, venetian, duette, roman, vertical. Ph Tracey at Imagine designs 027 4400071 for free professional advice and quotes. CARS, 4WD, caravans removed. Will buy some models. Ph 020 4167 1519.

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.


Freeview® TV, Satellite dish installs and repairs, Internet networking fixes, energy efficiency consults. Everything electrical.


Ph/txt David 0274 333 459

STONEMASON. Now available in the Bay. Very experienced. Paving to veneer work, Oamaru stone to schist, all types. Ph Dave 021 247 7121. “Rock on.” STORAGE /container hire. Your place (anywhere) or mine (Takaka). Ph Cheryl at Orange Mechanical Ltd 525 9991. SUMMER pruning. Soil testing. Permaculture design. Organic gardening advice/mentoring. Edible landscaping. Sol Morgan, GroWise Consultancy, ph 027 514 9112. TAKAKA Self Storage, Commercial Street. Have containers (new) available. Excellent security, cameras etc. Ph 525 6181. TREE removal, confined area felling, chipping, chipper hire. Fully insured. Ph 525 7597, 027 212 4020.

WATER TANKS CLEANED. Ph Chris 525 9153. WINDOW cleaning. Ph Willem 022 134 1726.

CHIMNEY sweep. Puponga-Takaka Hill. Free quote or query. Ph Steve 021 0810 1146. COMPUTER and smartphone sales, repairs and solutions. Supporting all Windows and Apple products. Conveniently located at 65 Commercial Street or available by appointment on 027 831 4156.

Jon Tidswell or David Earle will be in attendance at the offices of Warn & Associates

COMPUTER services. GBTech, experienced technical support for Golden Bay since 2012. Ph Warwick 027 814 2222. ELECTRICIAN. For all your electrical needs please contact Chris from I electrical. Free quotes given. Ph 021 0852 4453. ELECTRICIANS. Fuse Electrical Golden Bay. Ready to solve all your electrical needs. Ph Thomas 525 9300, 027 788 8500.

23 Motupipi Street, Takaka For appointments please phone

0800 GLASGOW (0800 452 746)

ELECTRONICS repairs: Cell phones, computers, radios, TVs, HiFi and more! Ph 027 246 2432. FREEVIEW satellite TV. Ph 027 246 2432. GARDENING services. Ph Carlos 027 751 9730. GB CHIMNEY SWEEPING, SPIDER AND FLY SPRAYING Ph 524 8795 or 027 434 5405 GIBSTOPPING /coving (NCPB qualified). Local friendly service. Ph Rob McDonald Plastering, 027 712 2552. GOLDEN BAY DIGGER HIRE 1.7 tonne. Ph 027 713 0684

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

GREEN Grass Accounting. MYOB Partner and Xero Certified. Local accountant providing business and personal accounting services. Ph Robert 029 775 6459 or email robert@ greengrassaccounting.co.nz.

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 gbdiggerhire@hotmail.com Phone: Aaron McKenna & James Mackay on 027 713 0684


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


HEAT pump installation, sales and servicing. Ph Dave McKay 027 404 4740, 525 8538.


HELPING HANDS ph 525 6226. Te Whare Mahana Supported Employment. Lawnmowing, line trimming, garden maintenance, riparian planting, scrub-cutting, gutter cleaning, recycling, pothole repair, waterblasting, window cleaning, house moves. How can we help?

PHONE 525 9419

LAWNMOWING. Pakawau, Bainham, Takaka to Wainui. Ph N Shaw 525 7597, 027 212 4020. niallshaw_6@hotmail.com

Main office: 43 Halifax St, Nelson




Servicing the Bay from the Bay

MOBILE HAIRDRESSER, over 20 years’ experience. Haircuts, natural headlice treatment and removal. Ph/txt 021 826 975. 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. Experienced, friendly and reliable. Ph Rob Perry 525 6001. PAINTING. Quality, efficient service, available now. Ph Luca Borrelli 022 086 1842.

PATONS ROCK STORAGE. Modern, insurance-approved, alarmed. Self-locking various sized units, some 24/7. Owner lives on premises. Ph Gavin 525 9956. 14

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HEALTH & WELLBEING / Hauora ACUPUNCTURE: Lynne Cooper providing private and ACC injury treatments. 54 Commercial Street. Ph/txt 027 221 0045.

Golden Bay Dental Centre

AROHA Health Spa. Massage, advanced clinical massage, myofascial release, hot stone and relaxation, infrared sauna, spa bath, facials, holistic health and more. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9.30am, 792 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara. Ph 525 8870. COMPLETE Healthcare with NIS by Neurolink, using neuroscience principles to achieve optimum health. 2019 Masters series. Practitioner Anne Michell. Ph 525 8733 or 027 751 7970.

OUR SERVICES AVAILABLE Routine check up and scaling(cleaning)

Invisalign (removable braces)

Dental fillings


Root canal treatment


HAIR REVOLUTION. Excellence in hairdressing, waxing and facials. Feel beautiful. Ph 525 9898.

Crown, veneers, bridges

IRIDOLOGY readings, herbal medicine, Reflexology, Reiki. Lisa Williams, ph 525 6150, txt 027 451 9797, www. goldenbayiridology.com


KINESIOLOGY. For an appointment please ph/txt Mark Bonar 027 588 2462.

Mouth Guard/Night Guard

Same-day crown (CEREC)

Same day appointments for emergencies/ACC WINZ Quotes

Teeth whitening

Please call us to make an appointment with either Dr Grace Lee or Dr Todd Verner on 03 525 8340

LOLLY Dadley-Moore, Craniosacral Therapist. Ph 027 338 9504, lollydadleymoore@gmail.com


MASSAGE: Bowen, zero balancing, Kinesiology, $50 treatments! Ph Thomas 022 160 9101.

Inga Schmidt

MASSAGE and trigger point therapy for chronic muscular pain, dysfunction, sports performance. Specialising in unresolved muscular pain. 20 years’ experience. Ph Paul 027 772 7334, 54 Commercial Street.

MSc (Chiro), DC, MNZCA

NEUROLINX. Masters Proficiency Certified. For all health challenges and well-being. Insomnia, digestion, headaches, back pain.


021 180 7789

Golden Bay Health Centre, 12 Motupipi St


ORTHOBIONOMY®. Positional release technique will help body balance and self-correct. Ph Susan 525 9795.

ACC registered

REFLEXOLOGY: Relaxing and balancing. For an appointment ph/txt Ariane Wyler 021 02 607 607. SIMON Jones: Counselling, mediation, coaching. 28 years’ experience. Member NZAC. Ph 525 8542.


The essence of good vision

Private clinic with Registered Nurse every Friday at Removal Golden Bay Community Health

03 525 8327

or book online: www.earhealth.co.nz

Dr Sally Dawson

OUR NEXT VISIT TO TAKAKA IS TUESDAY 24 MARCH Ph 525 9702 for appointments


of wax by micro-suction


ACC Registered

22 Meihana Street, Takaka www.takakachiropractic.com



027 732 4476 Tuesdays & Fridays


Neil Esposito

Selena Serra

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

Your eyes are special - Let us look after them -

Collingwood Health Centre Physiotherapist: Anel Baker Mondays, and Thursday mornings Phone: 021 0534 337

Naturopath & Nutritionist Member of NMHNZ


021 904 066

• • • • • •

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

Counselling and Mentoring For Youth and Adults Phone - 027 416 6815 Email - selena@gbwct.org.nz

No GP referral required Ask us about our no-cost initial Physio assessment

Call 0800 749 739 for info or an appointment today

Healing with Grace


Valid to Golden Bay residents for your first 1 hour booking (normally $70 now $35) Emma Sutherland ND

Grace Shields 021346642 ♥ 5258106 BTSM, RMT MNZ

Gift Vouchers Available


Naturopath/Massage Therapist/Reiki Master P 027 487 2639 Email: emma@ameliorate.nz



WANTED / Hiahia MODERN van (less than 10 years old). Apply 171 Abel Tasman Drive.

FOR SALE / Hei hokohoko GARAGE sale. Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March, 9am-2pm, at Rototai mural. Kitchenware (including Scanpan/Quisinart/ Avanti/Pyrostone brands), linens new and used, CDs, old cream cans, furniture, oak timber, lighting, 200-litre plastic drums, camping gear, house demo items, and lots more treasures. WINDSCREENS. Replaced or repaired at Golden Bay Glass. 96 Commercial St. Ph 525 7274.

FIREWOOD: Douglas fir, pine, beech and gum. Delivering now. Also kindling. Ph Bay Firewood 027 769 6348. SLASH your electricity bill. Install a grid-connect PV system. Professional design and install. Ph Paul Stocker, Azimuth Renewables, 525 6019.


Apple, pear, peach, plum and quince trees with this voucher Fri 13th & Sat 14th ONLY!

following position:


Phone 525 9868



stocked items

3 Saturdays only

FIREWOOD SECONDS. Load your own, $20 per car trailer. This Saturday, 8am-12pm, Bay Firewood, 315 Takaka-Collingwood Highway. Ph 027 769 6348.

divine Design

QUALITY curtain tracks in ten colours, curtain tapes, track glides, buchram, hooks, liners, curtain fabrics, sheers, voiles. Call into Imagine designs, 96b Commercial St.

14th, 21st and 28th March - 10am to 4pm Studio Gallery Accommodation 15 Tukurua Rd Parapara

LAND for sale. Lifestyle. Txt 020 4088 1557.

ROYAL Enfield 350 Classic, 2017, only 3436km, fully services, $4700. Ph 027 525 8840. Can be viewed at Golden Bay Motorcycles. Current reg and WOF.

If you have a good work ethic, like working with people and have experience as a cook, we welcome your application. If any of the above sounds like you, please give us a call or send your CV and application to hr@nbph.org.nz or NBPH, PO Box 1776 Nelson 7040. Job description and application forms are available on http://nbph.org.nz/careers/ For more information, please contact Anja van Holten - 03 5250108. Closes 19 March 2020, 10am.

027 209 4840

GOLDEN Queen peaches now available Puramahoi. Orders taken ph 525 6121. GOLDEN Bay Motorcycles. Suzuki GL500 twin, 2007, excellent order, 14,173 miles, 22,809 km, pack, frame, security cable, tool kit. Bike has not been ridden in rain. Owned by two elderly bikers. Always garaged. Great commuter bike. $3,400. Ph 027 525 9398, 21 Commercial Street, Takaka.

We are looking for suitably qualified candidates in the

GB Weekly website www.gbweekly.co.nz SITUATIONS VACANT / Tūranga wātea STAFF, front-of-house, wanted for Winter. Experience prefered. Apply in-store at The Brigand and ask for David.

PROPERTY WANTED / Rawa hiahia HELP! We are the Jones’s. A family of four who are looking for a home to rent. A place for our two homeschooled boys to roam and be free. A garden to grow food in. Two-three bedrooms + shed. We are good people who can be trusted and depended on. If you know of, or can foresee a home for our family, please do get in touch. Ph 027 946 9868. SINGLE, mature male looking for permanent accommodation. Have references. Ph 020 4120 0710. WANTED to rent, two- to three-bedroom home close to town. Please ph Kim 027 408 6204.



ROOM available in my home close to town, long term. Big garden. $130/week includes power, WiFi, wood. Suit vego, not pets or children. Ph Sage 021 070 0656. Will reduce rent in exchange for regular gardening, building, cleaning.

(this season’s)

Phone: 525 8806 or 027 525 8006

FOR sale: Four-bedroom, two-bathroom house. Close to schools. Trade Me listing #2548829369. Ph Miki 027 825 1531.

Wanted: Production Manager You’re process-oriented, results-driven and you’ve got an eye for details. You’re also an avid communicator, with highlydeveloped interpersonal skills and a desire to set a great culture within your team. That’s why we’d love for you to be part of our journey. And right now, we’re looking for a talented people manager just like you to drive top performance and oversee our inventory system in our Golden Bay factory. Are you up for the ride?

Weekly Friday & Saturday market, or order online



Ideally, you may have worked in manufacturing, or have experience with planning and scheduling, HR, or leading high performance teams. This role is best suited to a well-organised person who thrives in a collaborative environment, is willing to take responsibility and lead a team.

WATER TREATMENT your local supplier

as your local Davey Master Dealer, we stock a range of treatment solutions - whole house|UV|under-bench - course screen|fine cartridge - softener|neutralizer come see the team

11-13 Buxton Lane - Takaka (03) 525 9482 www.pipeworx.co.nz 027 432 0873 shop@pipeworx.co.nz 16


As production manager, you’ll be involved with the planning, coordination and control of manufacturing processes. You’ll make sure goods and services are produced efficiently and that the correct amount is produced at the right cost, level of quality and on time.

Key skills:


LAND for sale. Lifestyle. Txt 020 4088 1557.

Leadership and interpersonal skills

• Strong problem solving skills • Strong written and oral communication skills • Project management • Proven ability to perform and prioritise in high pressure environments • IT and mathematical skills Responsibilities: • Plan and schedule production according to sales and forecasting • Maintain inventory management system • Order and purchase materials • Proactively ensure that health and safety regulations are met • Ensure quality control standards are met • Oversee production processes • Organise the repair and routine maintenance of production equipment • Supervise the work of junior staff • Organise relevant training sessions Email your CV and cover letter to Cynthia@livinglight.co.nz Applications close: 23 March 2020

12 Haile Lane, Pōhara Located in a popular area for those seeking community, within a short distance to Pōhara Beach, this 3 bedroom/2 bathroom modern home is really charming & offers so many features to keep the whole family happy! Call me to view – you will instantly feel that you're on holiday – perfect for those out-of-towners or permanents looking for an escape to paradise but still wanting some of the trappings of town nearby. $629,000. www.goldenbayproperty.com Ref: GB3771 Agent: Paul McConnon ph 0275 042 872 GOLDEN BAY FIRST NATIONAL

Licensed Agents REAA 2008. 50 Commercial Street, Takaka

For All Your Property Management & Rental Requirements Shona Martin, Property Manager P 0800 4 shona (74662) M 021 217 8959 E shona@shonasrentals.co.nz

For All Mana Rental

THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 13Short, MARCH Long2020 Term & Holid

We offer a full range of services fro assessing tenants to full management of all t

New Listing

New Listing

53 Matenga Road, Ligar Bay

1060 Collingwood-Puponga Road, Pakawau

START A LIGAR BAY LOVE AFFAIR You hear lifestyle blocks are time thieves - well not this one! Start your Ligar Bay love affair by building your Tiny Home, Beach Bach, or Holiday Home on the existing building platform, let mother nature carry on looking after the naturally occurring wetland area below. Or simply park up your caravan - no restrictive covenants here!

THEY'RE NOT MAKING ANY MORE! Very few coastal blocks remain vacant in Golden Bay - this one has Resource Consent to build a home and accessory buildings. The land comprises a relatively level dune system, with elevations of 4.4-5m above mean high tide. Reports into the hazards associated with coastal development are made available to assist in your investigations. Billy Kerrisk Limited Licensed (REAA 2008)

Billy Kerrisk Limited

SET DATE OF SALE: Closes 4:00 pm 7th April 2020 Viewing: Sunday 22nd March 2020 Meet onsite 12 noon Sharp www.rwgoldenbay.co.nz/GBA20971

TENDER: Closes 1:00 pm 7th April 2020 Viewing: Saturday 21st March 2020 Meet onsite 12 noon Sharp www.rwgoldenbay.co.nz/GBA20975

THE HEART OF GOLDEN BAY! Truly a unique property, not only for it's heart shape, but also for its established bush and ease of access. The perfect spot to base a retreat with Parapara Inlet for water sports, Milnthorpe Park for walking and it's proximity to Parapara's sandy beach. Golden Bay is a desirable area, with a limited property market, so call me before it's too late.

Final Viewing

Tender: Closes 1pm 26th March 2020 Viewing: Sunday 15th March 2020 Billy Kerrisk Limited Licensed (REAA 2008) Meet onsite 2pm Sharp www.rwgoldenbay.co.nz/GBA20968

7ha Parapara Valley Road

Final Viewing

25 Tata Heights, Tata Beach

Licensed (REAA 2008)

TATA TEMPTATION The only beach house for sale at Tata!!!! Will not be sold prior to the set date - to allow time for you to view. People love the vibe of this tidy easy care home, it's a credit to my clients that they have created a tranquil oasis. Offered furnished if that suits you, or unfurnished if you prefer, but seriously for sale and going, going,.......whoops did you miss out? Set Date of Sale: Closes 1pm Tuesday 24th March 2020 Billy Kerrisk Limited Viewing: Sunday 5th March 2020 Licensed (REAA 2008) 2:00 - 2:30pm www.rwgoldenbay.co.nz/GBA20966

Level 1, 11 Buxton Lane, Takaka | Office 03 525 7219 | 027 608 5606 | www.rwgoldenbay.co.nz | Billy Kerrisk

Licensed Agent REAA 2008

EATING OUT / Kai wahi kē ANATOKI SALMON. Land your own lunch or order from the menu. Open 7 days, 9am-4.30pm. Ph 525 7251.

525 8686.

ARCHWAY CAFÉ, open for the season. Closed Tuesdays. Located beside the car park at Wharariki Beach.

DE-LISH DELICATESSEN. Sumptuous, delicious food. Lunches, catering, coffee, chocolate, cheeses and epicure items. Eat-in or take out. Downtown Takaka. Ph 525 7111.

BRIGAND CAFÉ. Open 7 days from 11am. Providers of great food and live entertainment. 90 Commercial Street, Takaka. Ph 525 9636.

GARDEN SANCTUARY CAFÉ at Aroha Health Spa. Organic coffee, herbal teas, fresh juices, light meals and treats. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9.30am, 792 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara.

COLLINGWOOD TAVERN. Open 7 days, 9.30am till late. Takeaways, bottle store, bar and bistro. Ph 524 8160.

MAD CAFÉ & RESTAURANT, Collingwood. Open 8am-3pm, 5-8pm dinner. Tuesday nights: Fish ‘n chips, burgers, nachos, pizzas. Wednesday-Sunday: full menu. Bookings ph 524 8660.

COURTHOUSE CAFÉ, Collingwood. Open 8am-4pm. Pizzas Saturday nights, 5-8pm. Ph 524 8194. CURRY LEAF. Open 7 days, 11.30am til late. Chef-made food, takeaway prices. Ph 525 8481. Phone orders welcome.

NUGGET CAFÉ, Mangarakau, Westhaven. Open FridaySunday, 11am to 4.30pm. Ph 524 8051. OLD SCHOOL CAFÉ, Pakawau. Open 4pm-late, Thursday, Friday. 11am-late, Saturday, Sunday. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Ph 524 8457. PALMVILLE CAFÉ, Wainui Bay. “The hidden gem.” Entry off Wainui Falls car park. Visit Facebook and Instagram. Open 7 days, 10am-5pm. Ph 525 8311. RATANUI LODGE. Elegant dining and premium NZ gin and tapas bar in Pohara. Open daily, 5pm-8pm. Set three-course menu changes daily - reservations essential by 12pm. www. ratanuilodge.com/menu. New tapas and gin menu in lounge or outside patio. Ph 525 7998. ROOTS BAR. Open 7 days, 11am-late. Gourmet wild burgers, open fire, good beer, good people. Ph 525 9592.

DANGEROUS KITCHEN. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days from 9am till 8.30pm. For bookings and takeaways ph



‘the good people place’

coffee, lunch, beers, burgers, dinner, wine, fire, beers, lunch, beers, burgers 11am - late - 7 days a week - All meals available takeaway -

Gourmet wild food, Open fire, Good beer, Good people

Gourmet food & burgers, Open fire, Good beer, Good people. www.rootsbar.co.nz

Ph: 525 9592




restaurant café & bar

Open 7 days from 11am 90 Commercial St


bookings preferred (03)

525 9636



Friday nights 4 to 8pm Takeaways available too. Ph 525 9396.


NOW OPEN FROM 5pm Amazing food, wines, beers, and service

Collingwood Hills. Ph 524 8692

MOHUA EATERYDay & BAR St Patrick's WILLCHEF’S BE SHOWCASING SPECIAL JOSEPH PARKER RETURNING TOwith THE Slow-braised lamb shank a RING parsnip potato mousseline and Autumn ON A BIG 86” TV carrots, served with a rich gravy


Wholemeal Café

Open SUNDAY Sat-Thurs 1ST 7.30-3.30 MARCH Fridays 7.30-8.30 2PM ONWARDS Friday nights: Eat-in or take away. GREAT FOOD CHOICES Ph 525 9426



GALLERIES / Whakakitenga

EATING OUT / Kai wahi kē STRAYBURGER: Burgers, salads, meals, shakes and more. Open 11am till late, Wednesday to Sunday, at The Telegraph Hotel. TAKAKA INFUSION, teahouse and bakery. Quality breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, European-style breads, espresso coffees, pastries and cakes. 30 Commercial St. Ph 525 7294.



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

THE MUSSEL INN. Open 7 days, 11am til late. TOTALLY ROASTED, Pohara, open 7 days for delicious counter food and cakes. Gluten-free options and daily menu available. Ph 525 9396. TOTOS CAFÉ PIZZERIA: Open 6 days from 10am to 6pm, weather permitting. Closed Fridays. Google or Facebook for updates. Ph 039 707 934, Totaranui hill.

Sans Souci Inn

Open for evening meals (2019/20 season) Menu 2019/20 (bookings essential) Mon Anatoki Salmon with a ginger miso dressing and a basmati and quinoa mix. Beetroot kimchi and a crunchy salad with orange and mint $37.00 Tue Lamb fillets with chargrilled Mediterranean vegetables and a salsa verde. Nutty quinoa and mesclun salad $37.00 Wed Roasted Beef Rump with chimmichurri drizzle (Mexican herb dressing). Spicy potato and kumara crush. Avocado cream and a mixed salad with a sun-dried tomato dressing $37.00 Thu Malaysian fish baked in a rendang marinade with cashew coconut sauce. Cardamom jasmine rice, fruity salsa and a summer salad $35.00 Fri Venison Fillet with boysenberries and a parsnip and potato gratin. Salad of mesclun, apples, fennel and orange pickle with hazelnut dressing $38.00 Sat Lamb Fillets with Chraimeh (an Eastern spiced tomato sauce). Creamy pumpkin/kumara with dukkha sprinkle and a nutty couscous salad with whipped feta $38.00 Sun Slow-cooked Beef Fillet topped with mixed mushrooms and parmesan crisp. Roasted root vegetables. Mesclun salad with beetroot, blue cheese and walnut dressing $38.00 All meals include a bread and olive oil starter. Vegetarian and gluten-free options on request. Half portions for children available. A choice of freshly-made desserts is available every night. Dinner is served at 7pm. Bookings essential until 4pm. We are fully licensed.

11 Richmond Road, Pohara, ph 525 8663 www.sanssouciinn.co.nz

LEARNING / Akonga / Huarahi ako/mahi PIANO and music lessons. Any style. Txt 020 4088 1557. BRIDGE lessons. Start Monday 23 March at Rec Centre, 7pm. No obligation evening to see if it’s for you. Ph Ann 027 410 0699 or Simon 027 524 8710 for more details.

CHURCH SERVICES ON SUNDAYS SACRED Heart Catholic faith community Takaka celebrate Mass on Sundays at 5pm, behind the historic church building in the former Catholic Hall. A warm welcome to all.

76 Boyle Street (Golf Course Rd) Clifton, Takaka. Ph 525 7007. Open 10am-5pm. www.earthseagallery.com

UPCOMING EVENTS / Mea pakiri haere SUNDAY 15 MARCH QIGONG (chi-kung), 3pm, Puramahoi Hall. Ph 027 525 7426.

TUESDAY 17 MARCH FORGOTTEN ATLAS (Rennie Pearson and Colm McEnaney) Live on St Patrick’s Day! Irish and World Music. Mohua Eatery and Bar, 7.30pm.

Programmes to listen out for Friend of Marilyn - From Access Radio Manawatu, Dr Cat Pausé hosts Friend of Marilyn which is a fat positive radio show that believes safe spaces for fat people are important. It provides counter programming to the normative discourses on fatness and obesity in our culture, hosting conversations in which accepted ideas and stereotypes about fatness are challenged. Fridays at 4am or you can go to www. freshfm.net and listen to a podcast or access from your usual provider. Drive Alive - Stephen Tanner hosts Drive Alive at 8pm every second Wednesday. It’s a show with a fun aspect and interesting segments but also helps us to drive better, safe and more alive, whatever we drive. Great driving music and chat about our love/hate relationships with cars too. You can hear replays in the early hours of Saturday morning at 3am or as a podcast via our website or your usual provider. Brought to us by the kind folks at NPD. The Evening Show – An hour of weekly news, current events and discussion with a mix of topical banter and great music. Brought to you by Garin College students Elysia and Kellyanne on Wednesday afternoon at 4pm and the following Sunday morning at 4am.


MOTUPIPI INDOOR BOWLS opens Tuesday 17 March, 1pm, Senior Citizens’ Hall. Welcome to all members plus new and interested persons. Ph 525 9491 for information. GOLDEN BAY ORCHESTRA SOCIETY INC AGM, 17 March, 7pm at the Music Room GBHS. All welcome. BADMINTON, GBHS gym, 7-9pm. All welcome. Ph Kerry 525 7007 or 027 525 7007. GB WEEKLY DEADLINE: noon on Tuesdays. Late fees apply until 4pm Tuesdays. Paradise Entertainment and Collingwood On the Spot store are our agents.

WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH COSTUME HIRE. Playhouse, Park Avenue, 7-8.30pm. After hours ph Joan 525 8338 or Diane 525 8097, evenings. ONEKAKA PLAYGROUP, all welcome, Wednesdays 10am12.30pm, Onekaka Hall.

THURSDAY 19 MARCH DAYTIME BADMINTON, Rec Park Centre, 9-11am. All welcome. Ph Kerry 525 7007 or 027 525 7007.

LATER EVENTS QUEST OUT WEST ROGAINE, Kaihoka, 4 April. Fun mapreading event for all. See: www.goldenbayatc.org TE WHARE MAHANA CELEBRATES 30 YEARS of service to the community with a birthday party on Friday 3 April at 2pm. See page 8 for futher details.

CHRISTIAN Church of Golden Bay. Wednesday night service, 7pm, Senior Citizens’ Hall. Senior Pastor Phil Baker ph 525 8396.

MOHUA EATERY & BAR The PENGUIN has waddled off and the MOHUA has flown in! WILL BE SHOWCASING JOSEPH PARKER RETURNING TO9PM THE RING All Day menu 11ON Afrom BIG5:30PM 86” TVonwards Table service BIG 86” TV for Rugby & Sporting Events

6 FIGHTS IN TOTAL Venue hire & Catering options (PARKER IS THE UNDER CARD) Great selection of beer on tap Highlighted fights PARKERCocktails V WINTERS MIKEY GARCIA V Options JESSIE VARGAS Takeaway Courtesy Coach Available

SUNDAY 1ST MARCH Ph: 03 525 7057 2PM ONWARDS 822 Abel Tasman Drive


GOLDEN Bay Anglican Church warmly invites you to join them each Sunday, 10am at Takaka and 4.45pm at Collingwood.


ST Andrews Presbyterian Church invites you to join with us for morning worship at 10am. Rev Dr Don Fergus. Sermon: “Run for your life. Head for the hills”

UPCOMING GIGS & EVENTS... Friday 13th March

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” Jesus (John 10:11)

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PSYCHEDELY/SOUL DUO Saturday14th March

Sunday Service 10am

All Welcome ☺

Pastor: Rodney Watson 027 511 4266 Includes Kids program 93 Commercial St, Takaka. www.godunlimited.org Ph: 5259 265

Kahurangi Christian Church 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.



Includes Kids Program

TAKAKAS GOT TALENT! The Best Night of Your Life.

TG COURIERS Nelson-G Bay-Nelson every day but Sunday Efficient, friendly service. Here early morning, gone before lunchtime,

Call Tony on 027 299 9288

Saturday 21St March

lee scratch perry tribute HOSTED BY GALANJAH 2PM - LATE - FREE ENTRY

Saturday 28th March



OLD SCHOOL PSEUDOPUNK UNDERGROUND LEGENDS FROM CZECH! $25 DOOR SALES ONLY. Gourmet food & burgers, Open fire, Good beer, Good people

www.rootsbar.co.nz THE GB WEEKLY, FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020

Earles Academy Ving Chun Kuen (Est. 1972) Founder Master Kevin Earle presents Wing Chun: a public session

18-19th April 11am

@ Takaka Masonic Community Hall (next to Roots Bar)

Costs $30, lasts 60-90mins, booking essential All bookings phone James Abbott 021 889 084

13 5.00 Sonic the Hedgehog (PG) Action, Adventure 8.00 The Legend of Baron To’a (R13) NZ Comedy Sat 14 2.00 Matinee: La Belle Époque (M) NZIFF 7.30 The Best of Boxwood - Music Concert $25/15 Tickets from Pohutukawa Gallery. boxwood.org/new-zealand Sun 15 1.00 Met Opera: Akhnaten (G) $34/29 5.00 Emma (PG) Jane Austen’s classic novel 8.00 Mr Jones (M) NZIFF Drama, True Story Mon 16 8.00 The Professor and the Madman (M) Drama Tue 17 8.00 The Legend of Baron To’a (R13) Action Wed 18 5.00 For Sama (R16) NZIFF Syria, Documentary 7.30 Monk Party - Music Concert Tickets @ monkparty.com Door sales $20 Thu 19 2.00 Matinee: Mr Jones (M) NZIFF 1930’s Soviet Union 8.00 The Lighthouse (R16) Horror, Drama Fri 20 5.00 Emma (PG) Comedy, Drama, Romance 8.00 La Belle Époque (M) NZIFF (Final) Subtitles Sat 21 5.00 Sonic the Hedgehog (PG) Jim Carrey 8.00 The Legend of Baron To’a (R13) South Auckland Sun 22 1.00 NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy (M) $25/20 5.00 Mr Jones (M) NZIFF (Final) 8.00 The Professor and the Madman (M) Mel Gibson (NZIFF – New Zealand International Film Festival) Fri

Coming events at

The Mussel Inn Sat 14th MARCHFEST - Nelson beer festival – release of the Mussel Inn STUNNED POSSUM bush beer Sun 15th NATHAN HAINES, JONATHAN CRAYFORD and MANJIT SINGH. Tickets $50 at eventfinda; $60 on the door Tues 17th SHADES OF SHAKTI - JUSTIN FIREFLY and the SHAKTI ENSEMBLE. Tickets $20 at eventfinda; $30 on the door Thur 19th LIVE POETS - 7.30pm. All welcome. Thur 26th THE MIKE FIELD QUINTET, $10 Sat 28th JOHN SANCHEZ-LLOYD AND PHIL DOUBLET, $10

Perfect for couples, a playground for families and a paradise for hikers!

1000 acres of private West Coast to explore 7 unique beaches along 3km of coastline 03 524 8711 info@tehapu.co.nz www.tehapu.co.nz

For bookings phone 525 8453 Film information may be found at www.villagetheatre.org.nz


Golden Bay weather forecast

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Valid from Friday 13 until Tuesday 17 February Friday: Light winds with seabreezes for a time. Some cloudy periods otherwise fine and mild. Saturday: Light winds apart from afternoon seabreezes. Fine and mild by midday. Sunday: Easterlies developing. Fine, although cloud gradually thickening later in the day. Monday: Southeasterlies. Some cloudy areas, otherwise mainly fine and mild. Tuesday: Easterlies, freshening later. Thickening high cloud but staying dry and mild. Sollys Contractors are proud sponsors of this weather forecast.

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50 Commercial Street, Takaka Golden Bay First National Licensed REAA 2008 - MREINZ



Ph: (03) 525 8800


OPEN HOME Sunday 1.00 - 1.30pm


DEADLINE SALE: 2pm 26/03/20 (NSP)




Be prepared to love what you see when you enter this property. 3 bdrms/1 bthrm & a whole fresh new interior! The new kitchen is now a light-filled space with great storage. The living area is flooded with natural light & has doors that open out to the private & spacious back yard. A partially covered back deck allows for fantastic outdoor entertaining. Don’t dillydally as this property will impress! Call me or come to my Open Home. Ref: GB3775 Sarah-Jane Brown 0274 222 577 or sarah@goldenbayproperty.com

What a primo location! - Beachfront at Patons Rock. This 1980’s beach home, with a sep. consented unit, has fabulous sea views & lots of spacious living. 2 bdrms/2 bthrms & a small bunk room in the main house & a self-contained holiday cottage - providing great options for additional guests or extra income. Logburner & 4 heatpumps + photovoltaic panels on the roof for seriously negative power bills. Only a 10 min. drive to Takaka. Ref: GB3776 Annie Telford 027 249 1408 or annie@goldenbayproperty.com



This 3.9ha (nearly 10acres) lifestyler is less that 10mins drive from Takaka Town & offers 2 dwellings! Immaculately presented inside & out. So much to see here so give me a call to view. Great property for extended family or friends… Ref: GB3768



Paul McConnon 0275 042 872


This longstanding 3 bdrm family home has been lovingly cared for by the same family for the last 72 years. A private back yard for the kids & close to schools & town. Make your own family memories here. View by appt only so call me. Ref: GB3766

Offers Over $350,000

This 100 year old villa is full of character & charm - just 5 minutes from Collingwood Township. A great rural location on a generous 1705m2 section with 4 bedrooms & 1 bathroom, there is plenty of room for the family to spread out here. Also, there is a large shed at the rear of the property. On the school bus route to Collingwood Area School. There is a bit of work required but nothing too daunting…call me for a time to view. Ref: GB3773 James Mackay 027 359 0892 or james@goldenbayproperty.com

Price By Negotiation

James Mackay 027 359 0892





This large 4 bdrm villa has all the charm you would expect from a 1920s family home. Beautiful grounds, est. trees & gardens with 2529m2 for the kids to kick a ball around. Privately set back from the road. Call me to view. Ref GB3764


4.9ha property, private and featuring stunning views across to Farewell Spit and beyond. A lease of the land provides an income and the property is very private from the road. Spacious home plus a 2 bdrm cottage for the ‘extras’! Call me Ref: GB3679 for further information.


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

Paul McConnon 0275 042 872

Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840




Price: $680,000+GST (if any)


Centrally located and iconic to the Bay, this property is deceptively spacious and offers 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, licensed for 28 people. Sep. owners accommodation. YHA approved. Call me for full details Ref: GBC3733

The ’Take Note” Building (not business) is a large retail space of 1000m2+ set on 4 titles with secure long term retail & hospitality tenants. LIM, Reg Val., lease details are avail. to interested parties. Ref: GBC3758

Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840 Sharon McConnon Sales Manager 0275 258 255

Paul McConnon Salesperson 0275 042 872

Annie Telford Salesperson 0272 491 408

$1.6m+GST (if any)

Belinda J Barnes 021 236 2840

Sarah-Jane Brown Salesperson 0274 222 577

James Mackay Principal / AREINZ / B.Com

027 359 0892

Belinda J Barnes Agent / AREINZ 021 236 2840

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