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Staggering food drive success By Rick Peers hat an amazing community we live in. Thank you to all of the individuals, community groups and Ōmokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade who came out and collected door to door last month. Also, thank you to the Lions and church volunteers that stayed back late, sorting out the mountain of food that came in through the door. A big thank you to Marion of Red Kerbside bin bags for her donation of bundles of bags to be included in food parcels. Consider using her red bags and support local.
Finally, thank you to everyone who gave so generously. You make this community what it is. I was pleased to see a really good balance of food and hygiene products that will no doubt keep the food bank full for another year. We collected 145 boxes containing approx 40 items each, so approx 6,000 items. That's more than double what is required for our food bank. Thank you, everyone, for your support in making this happen. Some of you have asked where the extra goes. This year, the Salvation Army will take the excess to help
those who find it particularly hard this time of year. If you were out or the collection teams missed your house, I'm really sorry. There is so much ground to cover, and some are bound to get missed. Contact me on 022 350 2033, and I'll arrange to have it picked up. If something has happened in your family that has made it difficult to make ends meet, please contact the Ōmokoroa Community Church on Hamurana Road on 07 548 2515. They will only too happily help you out with a parcel. A lot of people are just one paycheque away from a food parcel, so you are not alone. PHOTO: Matthew Farrell.
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’m intrigued. The photo taken by the security camera at the SH2/Ōmokoroa Road junction clearly showing the stolen JetSki proved its worth - or did it? The siting of the camera provided a clear image in all but one respect. No rego was visible. Would it not have been better to position the camera on the opposite side of SH2 facing Ōmokoroa Road? I’m sure there must be an explanation, but I’d love to hear it. Does anybody know? Dave Woodhouse, Ōmokoroa.
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The Editor responds: I have followed up on this subject with the Police, Mayor and an NZTA contact which has pointed me in the direction of curiously, the City Council CCTV team. I will be making further enquiries. As a related matter, if it could be proven that the Ōmokoroa community wishes to fund additional CCTV on the peninsula through targeted rates, it would require an approach to the Community Board in the first instance.
ince his re-election as mayor of the Western Bay District, Garry Webber has shown no interest in assigning special duties to the only female on Council, Ms. Margaret Murray-Benge. He seems to be operating on the Orwellian dictum from Animal Farm that; “All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others,” and so he cannot increase the representative power of women, because he is more concerned in promoting the “more equal” rights of unelected Māori. Bryan Johnson, Ōmokoroa.
The Editor responds: There are four women on Council, with three of the five new councillors this term being Monique Lints, Anne Henry, and Christine Humphreys, as reported in December’s Lizard News (see page 18). John Scrimgeour gained unanimous support as Deputy Mayor. As Mayor Webber defeated Margaret Murray-Benge for the mayoralty, one might imagine that there may be some differences of opinion between them. On representation, it is interesting to note the introduction of three Ward Forums for a greater focus on engagement to hear diverse views from across the community.
s the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the impact we have had in the community and those who have helped shape our organisation. The people who make our organisation - our Waipuna Hospice family/whānau. We look at the names that make our partner list and are grateful that so many people trust Waipuna Hospice to be good stewards of the resources they contribute to us. Thank you to our caring and generous community, partners and supporters. It is because of you that we are able to continue to provide hospice palliative care services for patients and families. Thank you. We hope that 2019 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues and your loved ones. We would like to acknowledge your support in helping us provide essential care and support for our community. We look forward to working with Lizard News in the years to come. Wishing you a very merry Christmas with your whānau and friends. Richard Thurlow, CEO Waipuna Hospice.
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Ōmokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade By Ian Blunt
n the past month, we have been put at risk several times by the actions of inconsiderate motorists. Please have consideration for the fire truck while it is responding under lights and sirens to an incident where life or property may be at stake. Since last month’s report, our call rate has not slowed with firefighters responding eight times up to Wednesday 18th December.
A fatal MVA at Apata, where two vans collided head-on, was the major incident. Other calls included a cyclist falling from a bike in Lakeside Terrace, a car versus a tree in Hamurana Road, and an alarm activation at Ōmokoroa Playcentre. There was a standby call from Katikati Fire Station, while their crew assisted with a packhouse fire at Athenree. We also had two alarm calls to controlled burn-offs of vegetation, and a power
plinth caught fire on Prole Road. Firefighters were also called to assist after a child became trapped in a swing at the skate path playground. In the same period, first responders attended the two accidents and received another half a dozen calls, including three on Sunday 24th. Among the calls were two cases of chest pains at the Country Estate on Anderley Avenue and another on The Esplanade. Also, at Anderley Avenue, there was a case of a person fainting.
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The policing needs of Katikati and Ōmokoroa are being reassessed. Western Bay of Plenty Area Commander, Inspector Clifford Paxton, says because of the growth of the area, it has become necessary to take another look at how resources are allocated, to ensure they best meet the needs of communities. “A piece of work is currently underway which will consider these matters, including those of the Katikati/Ōmokoroa community. Once we have completed this assessment, we will discuss it with our staff,” says Inspector Paxton. Further details will be shared in the future.
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Uniform items for Ōmokoroa No. 1 School were going for just $1 at the Warehouse on Cameron Road in mid-December.
Whakamārama, in early December. Police say he was Duran Hohaia Kelly, aged 35, of Somerville in Auckland. The road was closed with diversions in place for a couple of hours after the twocar crash was reported at 5.04pm on Monday 2nd December.
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Te Puna Playcentre has been the victim of theft for the second time in two years, with vandals cutting away their custom 6x3m sandpit cover on Saturday 14th December. Several mums took to Facebook to share their anger and sadness after the loss of the canvas paid for by volunteer fundraising efforts. Te Puna School principal Neil Towersey had security camera footage of two vehicles at the time, and the matter was reported to Police.
Youths nabbed after Bottle-O robbery By Matthew Farrell olice arrested two youths following an aggravated robbery at a liquor store on Main Road in Katikati. Two offenders entered the Bottle-O at around 1pm on Monday 2nd December armed with a screwdriver, before making off with cigarettes and cash in a stolen vehicle. The driver fled from Police and spikes were deployed before the vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of Cameron Road and 13th Avenue in Tauranga South. An eyewitness told Lizard News he saw them drive the wrong way along Cameron Road from 15th Avenue past Tauranga Boys' College before they hit a police vehicle at the 13th Avenue traffic lights. The pair were due to appear in Tauranga Youth Court the following day. The weapon used during the robbery was recovered, along with stolen items from the store. Police are thanking members of the public for their assistance.
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Challenge boost for patrol coffers By Matthew Farrell
o many motorists using the Challenge service station on State Highway 2 at Ōmokoroa have donated their fuel discount to the Ōmokoroa Community Patrol, that the charitable trust has received a one-off bonus reward of $500 from Challenge. The boost was given to the top five supported charities for a promotion run across all of New Zealand in October. The chair of Ōmokoroa Community Policing Group Charitable Trust, Pat Harrison, says he’s delighted to be among the five recipients. “The money will be used towards the running costs of the patrol, particularly fuel for our new vehicle. In turn, we exclusively support Challenge when purchasing
our fuel. Keep up the excellent work, Ōmokoroa. We look forward to continued community backing,” says Pat. Challenge owner/operators Mike and Joann Deane say this is only the second promotion of its type nationally for Challenge. “It’s exciting to be able to support the community, and to give them a big, fat cheque to help them on their way,” says Joann. The My Challenge programme allows customers to save money on fuel while earning rewards points and provides the additional option of donating their fuel discount or reward points to local community groups. More than $40,000 has been donated throughout the year across NZ.
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Slow down at schools
By Desiree Burborough Travel safe coordinator, Tauranga City hakamārama travel smart students Brodie, Isabelle, Stalia and Michi have created this banner (pictured) to highlight an important issue for the school’s community – speed. Many cars are forgetting to slow down to 60km/hr when passing the school, and this is making it very dangerous for the students. Most of the students come to school by car, so need to cross the road from the community hall to enter the school. Speeding motorists make it very difficult for the students to cross safely. Additionally, the school regularly uses the hall, which means classes need to cross the road during the day. The students worked hard in terms three and four to get their banner completed, to enter the Orange Day banner competition held on Tuesday 29th October in Tauranga city centre. The banner is going to be made into a sign for the school to display to remind motorists to slow down and be alert when passing the school.
The Agency’s Acting Director of Regional Relationships, Ross I’Anson, says the project will ensure Ōmokoroa Road is fit for purpose into the future. “Ōmokoroa is a busy urban community, and the local infrastructure must be safe for the growing number of people using it. It’s good to see the project includes public transport improvements and amenities for pedestrians and cyclists.” Construction of this two-lane 1100m of new roadway will include relocation of underground services, relocation of existing overhead power lines, upgrading stormwater pipes, a new water main, road widening with kerb and channel, a footpath, shared pedestrian/cycleway, new bus stops, two new bus shelters and an upgrade of the Tralee Street/Margaret Place intersection.
By Matthew Farrell o right turns were allowed into or out of Beach Road in Katikati at the SH2 intersection for a couple of days in late November, in a temporary trial to improve State Highway traffic flow. The Transport Agency described it as a possible method for reducing delays experienced during the peak Christmas and summer holiday season. The intersection has historically had an impact on traffic flow during holiday periods. Access to and from Beach Road was left-turn only into and out of SH2 for the duration of the trial on Friday 22nd November from 1-7pm and Sunday 24th November from 1-7pm. Traffic heading straight through Katikati wasn't impacted upon as it remained on SH2 for the duration of its travel. Minor delays were expected at residential detour routes at Carisbrooke and Jocelyn Streets and Fairview Road. NZTA's Acting Director Regional Relationships Ross I'Anson said if trial data showed an improved traffic flow, it might be replicated over the holiday period.
Funding confirmed for Ōmokoroa Road upgrade he Ōmokoroa Road upgrade from Western Avenue to Tralee Street will go ahead following the NZ Transport Agency’s agreement to co-fund the $8 million project with Western Bay of Plenty District Council. News of the Transport Agency’s funding has been welcomed by Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber who says this strategic piece of road within Ōmokoroa is critical to cater for subdivision development and the planned population growth. “The project will provide a safer environment and amenity for residents, motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians,” says Garry. “This project adds to the upgraded section of Ōmokoroa Road that Council completed in 2018, running from the state highway to Western Avenue.”
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Council will undertake consultation with directly affected landowners and finalise the draft design before going to tender in early 2020. The project is expected to be delivered over the two construction seasons 2020/2021 with completion estimated to be by June 2021. Wider communication will be done with the Ōmokoroa community once the timing of the construction programme is confirmed. During construction, some disruption to traffic can be expected, and traffic management will be in place. In seeking the Transport Agency’s 51 per cent of the project cost, Council completed a business case. Council’s cost share will be funded from a mix of development contributions and rates. Article supplied.
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Community harmony in the Quarry By Beth Bowden bout 300 happy singers were comfortably seated at the Te Puna Quarry amphitheatre on the evening of Friday 13th December - and there was room for many more! Carols and Christmas songs rose to the skies on a perfect evening with a view out to Mauao as long as the light lasted, and then a magical transformation into starry darkness and a full moon that rose just after the concert ended. The Te Puna Quarry Choir was complemented by singers from Te Puna School, the Mural Town Singers from Katikati, and the band Emmaus. The singing, however, sounded all around as those enjoying the new amphitheatre's comforts also got to enjoy a fresh and better acoustic experience. Tommy Kapai Wilson MC'd for the night and a short formal opening blessed the space and celebrated those who, in the words of Mayor Garry Webber, "dared to dream". More events are planned for the amphitheatre as word spreads that it's a great place to perform.
The stunning view of Mauao from the terraces of the new amphitheatre at Te Puna Quarry Park. PHOTO: Chasidy Tokona.
Wave Warriors to tackle drowning
By Matthew Farrell ater Safety New Zealand says Bay of Plenty has the fourthhighest regional drowning rate, and the average number of fatalities hasn’t been reducing over the past ten years. A new Bay of Plenty Water Safety Strategy has been based on contributions from a wide range of groups and individuals, with development funding from Bay Trust and TECT. To improve the deadly situation, a se-
ries of seven actions will focus on reducing preventable drowning deaths and injuries, and building a culture of safe enjoyment around water to ensure those boating, swimming, or diving get to come home. Emphasis will initially be given to teaching water survival skills to primary school children and engagement with Bay of Plenty Māori. “Wave Warriors Have a Go Days” will be run by Surfing NZ and will see 1750 young people aged 9-15 years learn
surf safety knowledge across New Zealand. It’s hoped the initiative will lead to increased confidence of participants about being in the surf and greater knowledge of dangers and risks in the local beach environment. The new regional water safety strategy manager for the Bay, Dave White, will be hosted by Sport Bay of Plenty thanks to funding from the Regional Council, City Council, Water Safety NZ and TECT.
Correction Dear Editor, thank you for your spread of photos celebrating the pōwhiri of Les Pīkaokao (the French rugby club visitors) to Te Puna at Paparoa marae. Unfortunately, I erred in one of the captions: my mother Shirley Sparks was photographed in a hongi with Taparoro Borell, whom I know very well but whose full name I got seriously wrong. Sorry, Tapa; sorry, readers of the Lizard. Yours, Beth Bowden.
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Pavilion hits construction funding goal fundraising thermometer tracking support for Ōmokoroa’s new sports pavilion has finally reached its target after BayTrust contributed the final $238,000 needed to complete the building construction. Andrea Willoughby, Secretary of Ōmokoroa Sports & Recreation Society Inc, says it’s a huge relief to have received a substantial grant from BayTrust’s Community Amenities Fund. She admits the past four years have been a hard slog. “For older committee members, this project helps ensure we can continue going to activities while also supporting younger families coming through. For younger members on the committee, it’s about having good facilities in their community.” Construction is now underway on the new multi-purpose pavilion which will provide much-needed changing rooms, toilet facilities and secure storage space for sports equipment. A large kitchen, dining and indoor activity space will cater for a wide range of sports teams, community social groups and local schools. “It will be a much better venue for people to come together for whatever activity they do instead of arriving, doing it, and running away home again because there’s nowhere to get changed or socialise afterwards.” Andrea expects participation rates in local sports and leisure groups will shoot up once the pavilion opens its doors in May.
“Our population’s increasing so much. Parents are travelling home from work in horrible traffic to pick up their kids, to take them out to activities. If they can do those activities locally, then it creates a whole lot more quality family time without sitting in the car.” Ōmokoroa residents have contributed almost $115,000 through fundraising events which will continue. The remaining money has been sourced from TECT, Lotteries, Western Bay District Council, Ōmokoroa Community Board, Wright Family Foundation, and NZ Community Trust. BayTrust CEO Alastair Rhodes says five projects worth $1.1m have received funding from BayTrust’s Community Amenities Fund this year for intergenerational assets with broad community support.
“Ōmokoroa outgrew its existing clubroom years ago, and it was no longer fit for purpose. I’m sure this new pavilion will reinvigorate locals’ enthusiasm for joining a new sports team or group. Home games, tournaments and ribbon days will now all be possible once decent changing room, toilet and kitchen facilities are in place and we’re looking forward to seeing the community flourish.” Sponsor plaque naming is still available for Bronze, ($100) Silver ($500) and Gold ($1000) donations towards furniture and maintenance costs, while large exotic trees have been felled and cut into enormous firewood rings at $20 each. The OSRS bank account is 03 1369 0212729 00. Use your name as the reference.
Work underway on the pavilion’s concrete pad just before Christmas. PHOTO: Liz Farrell.
Palmer chosen as student leader
By Matthew Farrell former Ōmokoroa Point School pupil has been selected as the next head boy of Bethlehem College. Kyrin Palmer was chosen alongside Emma Gregory as head girl after a combination of student votes, staff votes, and the views of Deans and form teachers. BC’s Head of Secondary, Steve Te
Whāiti, says they spent a whole day interviewing the final four potential candidates and then made the call. “For example, his Dean responded to me saying Kyrin has an ability to relate to everyone in the House and build community and spirit - that he gets along with others and is well-liked by his peers.
“His Dean says he is punctual, polite and a hard worker. He sets goals for himself and strives to achieve them, breaking them down into manageable chunks. He is an excellent communicator, having an ability to share his vision and thinking with others - bringing them on board, and utilising their strengths. “Kyrin isn’t afraid to share his thinking
in larger group settings, always doing so in a respectful way. He takes the initiative and is proactive, rather than reactive - because he thinks about tasks, and is organised and reflective.” Steve Te Whāiti says he’s very confident Kyrin and Emma will fill the head boy and girl ‘shoes’ with ease and he thinks Kyrin will do well in 2020.
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Five New Year’s resolutions for your teeth
ust in case you are still unsure what New Year’s resolution to make: taking better care of your teeth would be smart one. Here are ﬁve easy ways to look after your oral health.
Improve your brushing routine In order to successfully remove bacterial plaque it is important to brush at least twice a day using a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste. You can use a manual or electric toothbrush – both do a good job if you brush correctly and regularly. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, after you have a cold or ﬂu, or if the bristles are frayed. Use dental floss It is also important to ﬂoss at least once a day to remove plaque and food where the toothbrush can’t reach. Choose healthier food and drinks You know that sugar is bad for your teeth. Did you know that acids are equally damaging? Sweet snacks, sugary ﬁzzy and also sour “fruity” drinks contribute to tooth decay. Therefore it is important to brush after snacking if circumstances allow. If you can’t brush, at least try to vigorously swish your mouth with water. Book regular dental appointments Mark it in your calendar: call us every six months for a check-up and a dental hygiene appointment. This way we can monitor your oral health and, if needed, develop an appropriate treatment plan. Start the New Year with a dental restoration Have you put oﬀ having dental work done, such as replacing broken ﬁllings, ﬁnally getting that crown or maybe an implant? Now is the right time to get it done to preserve tooth structure.
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The new Community Garden at Ōmokoroa Point School. PHOTO: Liz Farrell.
Property valuations increase across Western Bay estern Bay’s continuing strong economy, development growth and record kiwifruit returns have translated into increased property values across almost all sectors of the District, according to the latest revaluation results. Western Bay ratepayers will receive information on their 2019 property revaluation when Western Bay of Plenty District Council sends letters to all property owners this week. The revaluations were carried out by independent valuers Opteon Solutions during October and November, on behalf of Council. The results have been audited by the Valuer-General. Council’s Group Manager Finance and Technology Services, Kumaren Perumal, says the main changes since the 2016 valuation reflect a steady increase in res-
idential and lifestyle properties, record levels paid for kiwifruit orchards and gains in dairy and pastoral land values where there is opportunity for diversification into horticulture. “The kiwifruit sector continues to be exceptionally strong with Zespri’s G3 SunGold orchards in strong demand as investor returns soar on those G3 orchards that have reached production. These properties show the largest increases in value of all categories in the District,” says Kumaren. “Residential properties have shown a steady increase in value across all areas and first homebuyers, taking advantage of the low interest rates, have been active in the lower-end value properties. Top-end properties have also increased in value.” Ōmokoroa has been a centre of urban
development, signalling future residential demand. The lifestyle market has also shown a steady value increase, with the marketplace indicating that most areas across the District are an attractive lifestyle choice – particularly where there is the opportunity for smaller horticultural plantings. Dairy and pastoral properties show a slight increase overall in capital value across the District, mainly due to a strong lifestyle factor and some conversion of dairy to horticulture. Where conversion is not possible, dairy farms have seen a decrease in value. The valuations provide a snapshot of the District as at 1st July 2019. They are used for the sole purpose of rating and are not a substitute for the market value or sale price of properties.
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difference in a career. “In 1952 Janet Frame was saved from an imminent lobotomy when her doctor at Seacliff Hospital read about a literary award she’d received in a local newspaper. The New Zealand Society of Authors said Frame understood that it was not just the award money that was welcomed but also the boost in morale for an author who may have been feeling under-appreciated.” Chloe says the residency is intended to identify speculative writers working in isolation and offer support. “It is important to nurture the arts and artists, as they are a vital link to creativity and the overall wellness of society.” Entries are open to all writers of speculative works (short fiction, novella, or novel, for adults or youth) residing in New Zealand. Applications for the Wright-Murray Residency close on 30th March 2020. Details on how to apply can be found on the SpecFicNZ website http://specfic.nz/.
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Ōmokoroa's new playground design released for community feedback eleased just before Christmas for public feedback, Ōmokoroa’s new playground draft concept design is full of ideas contributed by students from local schools including harbour themes, climbing structures, swings, trampolines and tunnels. The new playground is part of the revamp of the Ōmokoroa Domain and Esplanade by Western Bay of Plenty District Council, in partnership with local tangata whenua Pirirākau hāpu. Council’s project team and a local landscape architect, have presented the draft concept design to Ōmokoroa No 1, Ōmokoroa Point, Pahoia, Whakamārama and Te Puna schools over the past few months. The design is available for feedback from the wider community until Friday, 31st January 2020. Local schools, tangata whenua, representatives of the elderly and disability communities have all been part of the community engagement in the design process over the past 12 months. The school students embraced the playground project with enthusiasm, and it was part of their term two curriculum this year to translate their ideas into models and artwork. These were showcased to the community at a special event at the Ōmokoroa Boat Club in July. The design includes themes of the harbour location, seafood gathering, tidal movement and interactive adventure play equipment including swings, trampolines, tunnels, climbing structures and a hamster wheel. It will also incorporate cultural artwork and themes in consultation with Pirirākau. Council’s project leader Scott Parker says the input of the school pupils has given the playground its unique character and he has no doubt the community will love the final result. “It has been exciting for the kids to see how their
ideas have been translated into the final concept design – this was always the result we were seeking, and it reflects the importance of involving the community from the start of a project such as this.” Construction timing of the new playground depends on the total cost of the project against the available budget.
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Ōmokoroa Neighbourhood Support By Cathy Taylor and Annabel Reyes
hristmas spirit is in full swing in Ōmokoroa, and the peninsula is looking festive. Lots of Neighbourhood Support street parties have been taking place, which is great to hear about. What is not so good to hear is more thefts - most recently a jetski and a job lot of appliances from a building site. At this time of year, more than ever, it is crucial that we talk to our neighbours and find out if people will be away. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, call the Police. In the meantime, you can turn on your house lights to disturb any intruders next door. Challenge people parked up on the street if it seems suspicious, take down vehicle registrations and car details. However, do not put yourself at risk. Another unfortunate side-effect of the holidays is an escalation in family violence levels. This is something that oc-
curs in all communities, including ours. If you hear an incident taking place, don’t be afraid to call the Police. That call could save a life. Over 2019, your NS Area Co-ordinators have been busy bringing on many new Street Groups. The number of member households is just about to pass 600, and we could see that double by the end of 2020. Ōmokoroa residents can be part of the growth by spreading the word about the benefits of Neighbourhood Support and encouraging friends, family and neighbours to join up. Don’t forget; it’s free. Do you know someone on Parkland Rise that would make a good Street Co-ordinator? Contact Cathy (021 704 686) or Annabel (021 445 476) or email firstname.lastname@example.org Please help Neighbourhood Support to make Ōmokoroa one of the safest and most caring places to live. We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas. Look after yourselves and your neighbours.
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By Todd Muller Bay of Plenty MP
s we enter 2020, it’s a good time to reflect upon the year that’s just been. I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my family over the summer break, something I had a bit less of over 2019 since being appointed the Opposition Spokesperson for Agriculture, Biosecurity, Forestry and Food Safety. While significant national issues, these portfolio responsibilities are also key to local industries in the Bay of Plenty. I’ve had hundreds of conversations with farmers, exporters, growers and producers over the last eight months and I continue to be impressed by our primary sector’s tenacity, resilience and innovation at a time when they are feeling unsupported by the Government. It is an honour to be their advocate while representing my Bay of Plenty constituents in Parliament. Over the last two years, I have been advocating strongly for a new secondary school to be built north of the Wairoa River, working with Jo Linthwaite and
her team who gathered thousands of signatures in her Parliamentary petition. Government has acknowledged the petition’s call, and it recently announced the purchase of land in Ōmokoroa. It will be a few years before building starts, but it’s a great first step. Another recent government announcement also answers a Parliamentary petition, one that I presented with Coromandel MP Scott Simpson to reinstate the Tauranga Northern Link. The community’s voice seems to have been heard, as this week, we learnt that NZTA is now reconsidering this project for funding again. This must be the full fourlane highway that was cancelled two years ago. From my family to yours, best wishes for a safe summer holiday. The Bay is a popular holiday spot for many Kiwis to unwind on our beaches and in our region’s excellent restaurants and cafes. Our campgrounds, motels and baches will be busy hosting the thousands of holidaymakers who come for the warm weather and the even warmer welcome of the Bay.
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Here are some of the groups and activities which happen regularly in the area. If you have a regular group you’d like to add to the list, please email email@example.com or call 548 1200. Some events may change over the summer holidays. Public swimming every day at Dave Hume Pool, Katikati. Check www.davehumepoolkk.com for times and prices, or call 549 1069.
Aqua-aerobics 9am Ōmokoroa Hot Pools. Sessions $6 per person. Contact Kim on 027 246 8635. Ōmokoroa Tennis Club 9-11am. Contact Club Captain Jeff Warren on 021 109 9668. Ōmokoroa Playcentre is open from 9am-noon. The first three visits are free. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Katikati Playcentre is open from 9am-noon. The first three visits are free. 6 Binnie Road. Contact email@example.com or 07 549 0211. Katikati Bowling Club Combined Roll-up. 9.30am start. Names in by 9-15am please. All welcome. Coaching available. 8 Park Rd, Katikati. Phone 549 0103. ‘Move It’ Fitness at Whakamārama Hall. 9.30am. $5 or $40 per term. Class runs for about 45 minutes. Phone Caryn 021 133 5390. Fitness Fun Ōmokoroa Settlers’ Hall 9.30-10.30am. Contact Gloria on 021 139 2448. Pilates Ōmokoroa Settlers’ Hall. 9.30-10.30am. Contact Claudia 021 192 7706. Justice of the Peace clinic 11am-1pm at Waihī Library, 40 Rosemont Street. Community Tai Chi Katikati Memorial Hall Lounge 1pm during school terms. $5 or $40 per term. Contact Trish on firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 482 842. Movie Matinee 1.30pm at the Arts Junction, Katikati. Tickets $10. Limited seats. 549 5250. Bridge Club Ōmokoroa Community Church Hall in the afternoons. Call David Luxton on 548 0521. IGIRLZ Fun adventure and learning for girls 8 11. 6-7.30pm Ōmokoroa Community Church Hall. Call 548 2515. Yoga Ōmokoroa Settlers’ Hall 6.15-7.45pm. Contact Mollie 021 177 8018. Table Tennis at Ōmokoroa Settlers’ Hall. Any age 5.15-7pm, Seniors (18+) 7-9pm. $3 per single, $5 per couple. Includes supper. While-sole shoes preferred. Call Bruce Lauchlan on 548 1741. Cards 500 7pm at Ōmokoroa Bowling Club. $3 includes tea and biscuits. Prizes plus raffles once a month. Carpooling from Katikati available. New members welcome. Contact Lorraine Taylor on 548 1404.
Social Tennis Waihī Beach Tennis Club 8.30/9 am start. All year. Casual & new players welcome. Call Barry 027 492 6475. Te Puna Quarry Park clearing, planting and weed control from 8am and from 1.30pm. Contact Shirley on 552 2707. Te Puna Tennis Club casual tennis. 9am start. Casual and new players welcome. Phone Catherine 021 506855. Katikati Playcentre is open from 9am-noon. The first three visits are free. 6 Binnie Road. Contact email@example.com or 07 549 0211. Pahoia Creative Fibre group Ōmokoroa Settlers’ Hall. 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays at 9.30am. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7pm. Learn to spin, weave, felt, knit, crochet and more. New members
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Social Tennis Waihī Beach Tennis Club 8.30/9 am start. All year. Casual & new players welcome. Call Barry 027 492 6475. Friends of the Blade contact Colin Hewens on 552 6771 or via a direct message on the Facebook page: Friends of the Blade. Aqua-aerobics 9am Ōmokoroa Hot Pools. Sessions are $6 per person. Contact Kim on 027 246 8635. Ōmokoroa Playcentre is open from 9am-noon. The first three visits are free. Contact email@example.com Line Dancing Ōmokoroa Settlers’ Hall. General session 9am-noon. Call Shirley on 548 1633. Preschool Storytime ‘Read Sing Move’ at 10am at Ōmokoroa Library. Caregivers, please stay with your children. Free to attend. Justice of the Peace clinic 10am-noon at Bethlehem Community Church, 138 Moffat Road. Justice of the Peace clinic 10am-noon Katikati Community Centre, 45 Beach Road. Ōmokoroa Friendship Club Ōmokoroa Community Church Hall 10am-12.15pm for $4. Morning tea and lunch provided. Drop in or call Barbara Walls on 548 2899. Mingles Over 50s Singles Club Running Bird Cafe at 11am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up for a coffee. Waihī Beach Bowls at Memorial RSA Bowling Club. Roll-up, names in by 12.30 for 1 o’clock start. All welcome. Bowls and coaching available. Contact 021 0220 4040, 027 863 1349, email@example.com Bolivia Cards Ōmokoroa Bowling Club at 12.45pm. All enquires to Linley on 07 218 7003. Cards 500 at Katikati Bowling Club 8 Park Rd, Katikati. 1-4pm. $2 per person. Whakamārama Farmers Market 3-6pm at Whakamārama Hall. $5 per table. Community produce swap table - gold coin koha. A waste-free event. Bring contaiers and bags. Contact Billy 021 047 8628 or Debbie 07 552 5141. Katikati Plant & Produce Market A&P Showgrounds 3.30-6pm. Contact Pauline Van Rijen 549 2449.
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Wed 1st Aongatete Forest Project working bee. Top of Wright Road. 9am-12.30pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesday morning of the month. Visit aongateteforest.org/join Also 5th February.
Wed 8th Alchemy Poetry at the Black Sheep, 21 Plummers Point Road from 6pm8pm or thereabouts. Read your own work or that of a published poet. Every 2nd Wednesday. Call 571 8722 or 021 145 5810.
Wed 15th Ōmokoroa Acoustic Jam Ōmokoroa Boat Club 7pm. Play, sing, enjoy. Gold coin donation. Refreshments available. Every 3rd Wednesday. Contact Heather 548 1620 or Trish 548 0753.
Fri 24th Family Planning appointments 101pm and drop-in (no appointment needed) 1.30-4pm. To book call 578 8539. Katikati Midwives Rooms 14 Jocelyn Street, Katikati. Every 2nd Friday. See familyplanning.org.nz
Wed 1st - Thu 2nd Waihī Beach Antique and Collectable Fair. Antiques, retro, vintage, collectables, jewelry, old tools, dolls, books, furniture and more. Waihī Beach Community Hall, Beach Road. $4 entry. 9am5pm/9am-4pm.
Thu 9th Friends of Puketoki Trapping/ checking every 2nd Thursday. Meet at Leyland Road carpark. Contact John Budden on 548 1180 or Terry Edwards on 552 6222.
Thu 16th Boomerang Bags Katikati sew reusable fabric shopping bags which are distributed free to the community. Contact Jizzy on 549 2337 or txt Robyn on 021 1584038 to join or donate fabric. 1st and 3rd Thursday at Katikati College Fabric Tech Room from 3.30-5.30pm.
Sat 25th Katikati Lions Garage Sale 811am behind Caltex Service Station, Main Road, Katikati. Every 4th Saturday.
Thu 9th Ōmokoroa Business Network meeting. 9am on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Contact email@example.com for details.
Thu 2nd Katikati Art Group Sale. Open daily 10am-3pm until Thursday 9th. Katikati Memorial Hall Art Gallery. All items under $200. Thu 2nd Ōmokoroa Peninsula Club 9.30am. 1st Thursday of the month at the Ōmokoroa Community Church (excl Dec/Jan). Contact Anne on 548 0566 or Margaret on 548 2737. Also 6th February.
Thu 9th Katikati Genealogy Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Presbyterian Church Hall, 1 Mulgan Street, Katikati at 1.30pm. $5. New members welcome. Contact Jeanette 027 348 3259.
Thu 2nd Boomerang Bags Katikati sew reusable fabric shopping bags which are distributed free to the community. Contact Jizzy on 549 2337 or txt Robyn on 021 1584038 to join or donate fabric. 1st and 3rd Thursday at Katikati College Fabric Tech Room from 3.30-5.30pm. Also 6th February.
Fri 10th Family Planning appointments 101pm and drop-in (no appointment needed) 1.30-4pm. To book call 578 8539. Katikati Midwives Rooms 14 Jocelyn Street, Katikati. Every 2nd Friday. See familyplanning.org.nz Fri 10th Bethlehem Night Market every 2nd Friday from 5.30-8.30pm at Bethlehem Hall. Facebook: cnmbethlehem or contact Jen on 021 672 281 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat 4th Waihī Beach Summer Fair. Wilson Park, Citrus Ave 10am-4pm. $2 entry. 200+ quality stalls, gourmet food, fun for big kids, small kids and old kids, music and other awesome entertainment.
Sat 11th Katikati Lions Moggies Market Katikati War Memorial Hall from 8am. Every 2nd Saturday. Contact Margaret 021 507 456 or Alan 027 279 1096.
Sat 4th Katikati Twilight Concert HALO are performing at the Haiku Reserve. $25, or $60 season ticket. See katikaticoncerts.co.nz for more info.
Sun 12th Katikati Tramping Club Whiritoa walks 8.30am easy/moderate. Several options, Ph leader Keith 07 552 0215 before 7.30pm Friday prior.
Sun 5th Katikati Folk Open Mic 3pm every 1st Sunday of the month. Blackboard (open mic) session at Forta Leza, 2656 Main Highway, Aongatete. Also 2nd February.
Sun 12th The Ōmokoroa & Districts Lions Market 9am-noon Western Ave carpark 2nd Sunday of the month. Contact Barbara Haseltine on 548 2255.
Mon 6th Bethlehem/Te Puna Lions Club at Te Puna Community Centre Hall, Tangitū Road, Te Puna (Behind the Tennis Courts). 1st and 3rd Monday evenings from 6.00pm. Contact Colin 576 9110. Also 3rd February.
Sun 12th Muso Jam Session at Black Sheep, 21 Plummers Point Road. 2nd Sunday each month. 3-6pm.
Fri 17th Thank Whaka It’s Friday every 3rd Friday from 6-9 pm. All welcome. Bring your dinner and meet the community. Whakamārama Hall. Sat 18th Katikati Artisan Market 9am-1pm Chrome Cafe, 3 Wharawhara Road, Katikati. Every 3rd Saturday. Sat 18th Katikati Avocado Food & Wine Festival 11am-5pm at the Uretara Domain. Featuring the Topp Twins, Kokomo and Caleb Cross. See katikatiavofest.co.nz for more info. Sun 19th Sunday Scribblers 11am12.30pm. Working on memoirs starting with fun warm-up writing exercises. Every 3rd Sunday. Summerset Retirement Village, Park Road, Katikati. Ph Gaye 577 1753 or 027 274 8753. Sun 19th Katikati Folk Club Jam sessions 5pm every 3rd Sunday. Informal jam sessions at the Forta Leza, 2656 State Highway 2, Aongatete. Sun 19th Friendship Force meets at Ōmokoroa Setters’ Hall in the evening of the 3rd Sunday of the month. Ph Jonathan on 572 2091. Mon 20th Bethlehem/Te Puna Lions Club at Te Puna Community Centre Hall, Tangitū Road, Te Puna (Behind the Tennis Courts). 1st and 3rd Monday evenings from 6pm. Contact Colin 576 9110.
Sat 25th Katikati Tramping Club Wharawhara-Cashmore-Wairoa shelterLindeman 8am, moderate, 6 hours plus. Also easy options, Ph Graeme 07 549 3186, by 7.30pm Friday prior. Sat 25th Katikati Twilight Concert The Jersey Boys are performing at the Haiku Reserve. $25. See katikaticoncerts.co.nz for more info. Sun 26th Atrium Art & Artisan Fair 11am3pm last Sunday monthly. Black Sheep, 21 Plummers Point Road. Locally Handmade Art & Wares. To book, contact email@example.com Sunday 26th Poets’ Corner. 11am-noon every fourth Sunday at Summerset Retirement Village. Park Rd Katikati. All welcome. Read, listen, learn different forms of poetry $2 Inquiries Ph Gaye 07 5771753 or 0272748753. Mon 27th Auckland Anniversary Day. Sat 1st Feb Crop Swap A free event for backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers to swap and share high quality local food. 1st Saturday of the month at SuperGrans, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati. Ph 07 549 4522. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sun 2nd Feb Katikati A&P Show at the ShowGrounds, Major Street. Tue 4th Feb Waste Free Living Workshop - With Kate Meads. Exciting and inspirational education around ways you can minimize waste at home. 6.30-9pm Katikati Community Centre, 45 Beach Road. Tickets at eventfinda.co.nz.
Thu 23rd Ōmokoroa Business Network meeting. 9am on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Contact email@example.com for details.
Wed 5th Feb Growing food with SuperGrans. 10-11am at SuperGrans, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati. All welcome. Every 1st Wednesday. Phone 549 4522.
Wed 8th Ōmokoroa & Districts Lions Club 6pm at Ōmokoroa Settlers’ Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Contact Keith and Rosemary Searle on 548 2117.
Wed 15th Aongatete Forest Project working bee. Top of Wright Road. 9am12.30pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesday morning of the month. Visit aongateteforest.org/join
Thu 23rd Probus Club of Ōmokoroa 9.30am-noon at Ōmokoroa Setters’ Hall every 4th Thursday of the month. Contact Jean 548 2239 or Carol on 863 7292.
Sat 8th Feb Katikati Twilight Concert Anna Hawkins & Friends are performing at the Haiku Reserve. $25, or $60 season ticket. See katikaticoncerts.co.nz for more info.
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Tue 7th Women’s Textile Shed 1st Tuesday at Tauranga Arts & Craft Centre, Elizabeth Street, Tauranga. 9.30am-2.00pm, $15 per person. Contact Kim Cutting at email@example.com or 021 513 093. Also 4th February.
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LIBRARY Thurs 9am – noon (during term), and every third Friday 6-8.30pm www.whakalibrary.com PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP Thursday 9.30am-noon (during term). A friendly free group. A fantastic range of toys and the outdoor playground. Phone Alison 021 873 057. TWIF Thank Whaka It’s Friday, every 3rd Friday of the month from 6-8.30pm. All welcome. Bring your dinner, your family and a bottle or two. Meet the locals and get to know what’s happening in Whakamārama. FARMERS MARKET Your sustainable community market for local produce, plants and crafts from local artisans and growers. Every Friday 3.00-6.00pm. $5 for sellers, produce swap table gold coin donation. Contact Debbie 027 279 6030. ‘MOVE IT’ FITNESS Mondays and Wednesdays 9.30am and Thursdays 7pm. An informal 45 minute exercise class for anyone. Go at your own pace. $5 per session or book a term for $40 (per class). Children welcome. Phone Caryn 021 133 5390. WHAKA EMAILS Community news including police reports, lost and found animals, items for sale, excess fruit and vegetables, and rentals wanted. To receive these email: firstname.lastname@example.org HALL BOOKINGS Call Debbie Allan, the booking oﬃcer, on 552 5141 or email email@example.com to hire the hall, chairs and tables at very reasonable rates.
By Kymberley Carter-Paige of Change Your Mind hristmas should be a time for family fun, time off work for rest and relaxation, yet more often than not it can cause stress, heartache, overwork and money worries.
Take it in turns as to who hosts each year. It will make others appreciate the work involved and encourage them to help more. Give older family members who are visiting a job to do, e.g. games master, peacekeeper, childcare assistant, drinks waiter or ask them to contribute by bringing desserts, nibbles, or Christmas cake. Prolong the present opening ceremony by playing a game like, ‘throw a six on a die before you can unwrap a present, throw a five you have to make the coffee or serve the next round of drinks, throw a one and you lay the table etc.; you get the idea. With younger children, ask an adult to create a treasure hunt with clues as to where the presents are hidden. Before the treasure hunt set a task, e.g. the kids will have to clean away all the dishes or lay the table or tidy up their stuff before they can play the game. You will be surprised at how keen your teen suddenly be-
comes in washing up a few dishes. Set courtesy rules, “This Christmas we will all respect each other and put differences aside while we celebrate this time with family” or “No cell phones at games time or mealtimes, anybody found using one must complete a forfeit.” Time out room. This is for children AND adults. Any tantrums, insults, poor behaviour requires 10 minutes cool-down period and may result in the removal of a present! Set an understanding that the people who cooked the food do not wash up or clear away. This is reserved for other family members so that everybody works as a team. Purchase a couple of funny aprons for them to wear and take plenty of pictures. When the family has grown, change to a ‘Secret Santa’ type gift giving. Instead of buying people cheap presents that they are unlikely to want or need, buy one present worth more for one person, and everybody else does the same. You can draw the names of who will buy for whom out of a hat each Christmas for the following year. It is a much less stressful solution, and each person ends up with a more valuable
gift to appreciate. Go for a walk together or get outside and play games after lunch. Trouble can start when people are slumped in the chair on their cell phones, snoring or watching some boring speech on TV. Getting outside lifts the mood and helps your body to digest all that rich food. If the weather is warm, consider having a barbeque on the beach or by the lake for a change. Everybody can bring some salads and drinks so it isn’t all down to a couple of people. Alternatively, you could decide on no presents, but everybody will pay towards accommodation of a house or motel rooms away somewhere different and celebrate with a mini-break.
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By Angie Warren-Clark Labour list MP elcome to my first column of 2020, I hope you’ve had a wonderful time with friends and whānau over the festive season, enjoying our beautiful part of the world. The festive season provides a time to take a look back at the year that was, and the year ahead. For me, as an MP, 2019 was a biggie. We have managed to get a lot done and made significant changes and investments to improve the lives of New Zealanders. This includes over $5 million invested into local schools in the Bay of Plenty, road safety upgrades on SH2, and two new schools at Ōmokoroa, so students have a school closer to home and to help address issues with population growth. We also made announce-
ments about big infrastructure spending coming this year; increasing the minimum wage; getting on with fixing our broken mental health system; a court upgrade for Tauranga, the zero-carbon bill - which will see New Zealand lead the way on reducing the impacts of climate change. I could go on! However, despite everything we’ve done, there is still more to do, and I will be continuing to work hard. Being an election year, along with two referenda being held on personal cannabis use, and End of Life Choice, this year is going to be a biggie. If you ever wish to discuss these matters, please do not hesitate to pop into my electorate office, or say hi on Facebook at fb.com/AngieWarrenClark I hope you have time to enjoy the rest of your summer break, and I look forward to seeing you around.
Help bring back our native birds Join the Friends of The Blade volunteers and adopt a trap line. CALL COLIN ON 07 552 6771
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Katikati A&P Show ver the summer holidays, children and adults can grow vegetables and flowers, cook and create wonderful entries for the Home Industries competitions. There are lots of categories for children of all ages, such as creating bird feeders, Lego builds, decorating cupcakes, creating tiny villages, growing flowers and vegetables and much, much more. There will be prizes for the biggest and heaviest marrow and the weirdest, roundest, longest, twistiest zucchini or courgette. Try Rampicante zucchini seeds from Kings Seeds in your
garden and grow to enter. There is a prize for the biggest tomato also. Children can enter in the adults’ competitions as well as in the children’s competitions. Get your A&P Schedule (this tells you what competitions there are for you to enter) from Katikati Information Centre, Main Road, or the Community Centre in Beach Road or online at katikati.org.nz. There are lots of prizes and cups to be won at the show on Sunday 2nd February.
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By Jen Hague e’ve had another fantastic year at Playcentre. With the growing population in the area, we’ve welcomed new families to our Playcentre village as well as new babies from existing families. We’ve also had a few of our tamariki graduate and head off to school - we wish them the very best. Lots of our parents this year are taking part in the free Early Childhood Education (ECE) courses that we run. They’re learning how to teach our children valuable skills in session, as well as taking their learnings home to implement. Our families have enjoyed lots of visits
in the community this year, with the local firefighters and police visits a highlight. We’ve also enjoyed trips to the fabulous skatepark and beautiful beaches in Ōmokoroa, and to our sister centre in Katikati. We’ve had grandparents, greatgrandparents, mums, dads, aunties and siblings all visit throughout the term. We even had some lambs come and say hello. Our sessions have been filled with hours of messy play, science experiments, carpentry, water & sand play, role play, outside adventures, gardening and much more all in the safety of our fantastic centre. We’ve enjoyed lots of yummy process cooking from our tamariki and shared many birthday cakes with love and laughter at our kai table. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our families. Without you, we wouldn’t exist! All of you put your hearts and souls (and many hours of your time) into creating this beautiful environment for all of our kids to enjoy. Thank you. We would also like to thank everyone who has supported us with
sponsorship or donations or in other ways, and we are lucky to be a part of this fantastic village. We open our arms and our doors to new families in 2020 as well as our existing families. Get in touch via Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Term 1 starts on Monday 3rd February, and we can’t wait for another summer of fun with our little ones. Happy new year, everyone!
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The outreach clinic offers a range of services including cervical screening, STI testing and treatment, abortion referral, gynaecological problems and contraception. At this stage, though, it will not be offering IUD insertion and removal. Appointments are available between
10am-1pm, and the drop-in clinic is available from 1.30-4pm. To make an appointment, call Family Planning’s contact centre on 0800 372 546. The outreach clinic is located at 14 Jocelyn St at the Katikati Midwives Clinic. Article supplied.
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Support New Zealand grown By Lorraine Wilks of Fragrance of Flowers s a retailer, it is good to receive positive feedback from your customers. I often receive phone calls two to three weeks after someone has bought flowers and they tell me that the flowers they purchased from me are still going. This is always good news, and it reflects our motto of “Quality Flowers to Endure.” This month I will expand on my motto, and what it means for you as the consumer. In New Zealand, there are two types of flowers available for people to buy: imported flowers and New Zealand-grown flowers. So, if you want quality and fresh flowers, why would you buy something that has been handled by lots of people,
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travelled halfway around the world and that has been treated with hazardous chemicals at the border, to stop any nasty bugs from entering the country? Fragrance of Flowers sells quality, New Zealand-grown flowers, which we source directly from growers. We believe that the aftercare of flowers is just as important as the conditioning that we give them when they arrive at the shop, especially during these hot summer days. Therefore, all flowers are watered to keep hydrated, and every bouquet leaves with a flowercare card and a flower-food sachet which contains the healthy nutrients the flowers need to help them to endure. Remember to buy fresh, New Zealand-grown flowers. You won’t be disappointed.
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Fashion and photography exhibition he latest exhibition at Western Bay Museum, 'Fashion and Photography', comprises an exquisite line up of fashion from 1870 to 1960. Nine garments, each mounted on petite forms, sit alongside a camera or projector of the same era. Glamour and elegance are shrouded in total tradition. Five of the garments are associated with weddings, and you can discover the superstition and origin of many these traditions dating back to Medieval and Roman times, as well as many new traditions and trends set by Queen
Victoria. The photography element of the exhibition has a direct focus on Emily Surtees, who documented the people and places of the Katikati settlement between 1875 and 1900. Emily was the eldest daughter of George Vesey Stewart, founder of the 'Ulster Plantation', and her collection of photographs provides a valuable insight into the early life of the Katikati settlement. Emily came out to Katikati with her family in 1875 on-board the 'Carisbrook Castle' with the first party of Ulster Set-
tlers. This wonderful collection can be viewed on the digital screen in the 'Taylor Bros Transport Ltd Exhibition Gallery'. And of course, when we mention photography in New Zealand we instantly recall the 'Box Brownie' so take a walk down memory lane with the display – 'Our Love Affair with the Brownie Camera'. The Fashion and Photography Exhibition: 1870's - 1960's is open at the Western Bay Museum, Main Road, Katikati, until April. Article supplied.
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Immersed in nature at The Nest
By Kas Craw he Nest and Nature Library are an example of two like-minded business collaborating for the greater good of our community and future generations.We are working together here at Waihī beach to provide an amazing opportunity for children through their nature-based holiday programmes and Nature School. The Nest is a purpose-built space amongst the trees to grow, develop and spread your wings. A safe sanctuary in nature. A home. A place to build confidence, strength, health, learn new things, be vulnerable, be bold, be creative, be challenged, to relax, to take a breath from life. A place to learn about who you are and your purpose. A place to be yourself. To shine your light. A place to be nurtured. The Nest also provides yoga for adults, and yoga for teens will be starting in 2020. We have workshops and events which are also starting in 2020. Such a wide variety of things such as sound journeys, women’s pregnancy circle, hens’ celebrations, movie screenings, permaculture, edible weeds workshops and much more. Contact us if you may like to hold an event. We have been asked to be included in the Sustainable
Home and Garden Trail, which is similar to Garden and Art trail but focussed on sustainability. Do you want something a little bit special for your child to support their growth and development? Perhaps something to help them focus more in school, give them a wider perspective, gain confidence, experience challenges or provide an alternative learning environment from conventional schooling? Nature Kids at The Nest (Waihī Beach) weekday sessions and holiday programmes are nature-based learning experiences for kids aged 5-12 years.The weekday sessions are perfect for homeschoolers or as a one-day alternative from mainstream school. Check with school. We are offering something very special for your children - an opportunity to connect with and explore nature in a nurturing environment, all day. Nature Kids and The Nest provide exciting and engaging free play in nature where your children can explore, create and let their imaginations run wild. In this setting, your child will build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of wonder. Making friends and having fun while being guided by experienced and qualified teachers. Our days are a mix of adventurous and creative naturebased experiences. Weekday sessions are Wednesdays, 9am to 3pm at The Nest in Waihī Beach starting in term one for eight weeks. School holiday programmes run Wednesdays and Thursdays each week during all school holidays starting on the 8th January.Yoga for kids is also included each day. We like to keep our groups small to enable us to connect with and support your child through their nature journey, so spaces are limited. Article supplied. For more information, visit thenestwaihibeach.co.nz and naturelibrary.co.nz
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By Matthew Farrell he company which prints Lizard News has signed an agreement to purchase a near-new newspaper printing press from United Borneo Press Group of Malaysia. Beacon Print of Whakatāne has had an agreement with Lizard News since April 2019. The purchase of the Goss Community SSC Press Line includes five four-high towers and a Goss N40 folder and will replace the company’s current ageing fourtower, four-high press. The press will be fitted with the ultraviolet printing system used to obtain the gloss finish of magazines including Lizard News. The project is on schedule to be completed in the first half of 2020. The press will be relocated to New Zealand from Malaysia in March, to be installed and commissioned at Beacon Print’s Whakatāne site in May. It will print Beacon Media Group’s own New Zealand Community Newspaper of the Year “The Beacon” among other community newspaper titles including the Lizard. John Spring at Beacon Media Group believes the investment is a huge vote of confidence in, and commitment to, New Zealand’s community newspaper publishers. “The addition of the fifth four-high tower will allow 40 tabloid pages to be printed in one pass and the press will be capable of running at up to 35,000 copies per hour, 37% faster than the press it will replace.” He says it will be the most technologically advanced and newest press of its class in New Zealand or Australia.
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Tide mixing different colours of paint (under plastic). PHOTO: Supplied.
College students make cookies for pound dogs atikati College students have cooked up a treat for Western Bay’s foster and pound dogs. Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s animal services officer Betty Hall was thrilled to receive a bundle of home-made dog biscuits baked by Year Eight students and hand-delivered to the new Katikati animal shelter. Baked in the oven, the biscuits are a mix of kumara, peanut butter, flour, eggs and water – shaped into bitesized balls. The doggie treats were inspired by a Care Package project undertaken by the students. The treats passed the taste test session enthusiastically by Council’s office dog Alfie and Betty’s rescue dogs Jake and Quinn at the pound last week. The biscuits are going to be used as training treats and rewards for dogs at the pound and in Council foster care. “We really appreciate the generosity of all the students baking for our pound pups. The biscuits are wonderful and will be a great treat coming up to Christmas,” says Betty.
Katikati College Year 8 students from left Aubrey Jenkins, Tegan Hicks, Jazmin Howan, Krystal Darragh and Abbie Vickers with Council’s animal services officer Betty Hall and her rescue dogs Alfie, Jake and Quinn. PHOTO: Supplied.
The Katikati shelter in Wills Road has been expanded and renovated over the past few months to create a safer and more comfortable environment for dogs and staff. The existing shelter was over 20 years old and too small to cater for current demand. College teacher Anderley Middleton says the Tauranga SPCA was a great help in referring the students to Council with the idea of treats for the pound dogs and the students took the biscuits to the Katikati Vets for their seal of approval. Council runs a successful Adopt-a-Dog programme for those dogs which are rescued, abandoned or surrendered to Council by their owners. Dogs are fostered and temperament tested before being selected for the adopt-a-dog programme from where they find their forever home. For more information on adopt-a-dog check out westernbay.govt.nz and find ‘Adopt a dog’ under ‘A-Z Services’. Article supplied.
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KiwiCamp arrives in Waihī Beach for summer he KiwiCamp facility planned for Waihī Beach was to be in action by Christmas, with installation taking place at the Bowentown Domain carpark on Seaforth Road. The KiwiCamp facility was expected to arrive on-site during the week of 9th December so that it would be ready for use by Christmas, said Western Bay of Plenty District Council Reserves and Facilities Manager, Peter Watson. The arrival of KiwiCamp in Waihī Beach was delayed earlier this year while consultation took place with the local community as to the most suitable location of the facility. Peter says the facility will be monitored closely over summer and its success evaluated at the end of the summer season. CCTV cameras on the facility will be regularly checked by Council’s monitoring and compliance contractor over summer. “We believe KiwiCamp will be welcomed by freedom campers and other
The KiwiCamp being erected at the No 4 car park on Seaforth Rd. PHOTO: Don Oliver.
visitors – and it will take the pressure off other sites in the Waihī Beach area where freedom camping has caused some concern in the community,” says Peter. Through a pay-as-you-go digital key system, KiwiCamp provides cooking, dishwashing, ablution, laundry facilities, waste and recycling options and wireless internet and device charging. Anyone can
use the facility’s services provided they have KiwiCash digital keys, and use of the toilets is free. KiwiCash is a smart way of accessing KiwiCamp facilities anywhere in New Zealand, using KiwiCash Digital Keys. Digital Keys will be available for purchase for $5 at all five Council area offices in the Western Bay from the beginning
of December. Freedom campers wishing to camp overnight in the carpark must still comply with Council’s Freedom Camping Bylaw which requires any vehicle to be self-contained and only stay for a maximum of three nights in any four-week period. Complying vehicles must stay within approved areas which can be viewed on Council’s website. Council has 47 freedom camping sites across the District and Council employs a security firm from October to March to monitor and ensure compliance with the bylaw. Council is one of 30 local authorities nationwide to gain $200,000 from the Ministry of Business and Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for KiwiCamp as a measure to alleviate the community’s concern about the influx of freedom campers to Waihī Beach over summer. For further information on KiwiCamp or KiwiCash visit their website kiwicamp.nz/what-is-kiwi-camp Article supplied.
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he end of the year is a time of reflection and celebration. Ōmokoroa No 1 School recently held its whole school prizegiving under our school dome. All classes attended as did numerous parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Four children from each class were selected to receive Merit Awards for their year’s achievements - a very hard choice for the teachers as there are so many
children they would have loved to have chosen. Cups were presented; from the Junior Citizenship to the Sports, Arts and Technology trophies, to name a few. Quite an impressive arrangement. Mr Craig Pentecost, our principal, and Mr Simon Finnemore, chairman of the board, highlighted some of the achievements from our year, the choir sang, as did the whole school. It was a wonderful night of celebration and community togetherness.
Lions donate music stands as band farewells conductor n mid-November, Katikati Lions President Alan Hay and colleagues Peter Charlton and Graham Vallely attended the Katikati Concert Band rehearsal to present new music stands purchased using funds donated by the Lions. The new portable stands make transportation far easier to the various local events the band performs especially in the busy Christmas period including the Lions Santa Parade on Saturday 7th December. Receiving the generous donation was Wendy Fleming in her last full rehearsal with the band. Wendy is leaving Katikati to take up new challenges in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Many members com-
mented that the band would greatly miss her support, enthusiasm and dedication. She has been with the band since 2006 and has been Musical Director and inspiration for many years. The band is going from strength to strength doubling in size in the last five years and achieving Gold Medals at the last two Matamata festivals. A new Musical Director is actively being sought, and new members are always welcome. For details contact Mick Goodall on 021 217 1780. Wendy’s last concert with the band took place on Sunday 8th December at the Haiku stage, Katikati, when the band performed Christmas music and carols. Article supplied.
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Wetlands work underway ork has started on the expansion and restoration of two Tauranga wetlands as part of a collaborative project between Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and three local hapū, Ngāi Te Ahi, Ngāti Hē and Ngāti Ruahine. More than 60,000 plants - many of them grown on Matakana Island - will be planted over the next five years on 50,000m2 of wetland at Ila Park and Hammond Street Reserve, traditionally known as Tongaparaoa and Te Pāhou. Transport Agency Portfolio Manager Darryl Coalter says it’s great to partner with hapū to restore the current wetlands and expand them to include an additional 12,000m² of wetland. “The majority of the wetland vegetation in these areas is made up of exotic species, including many invasive weeds. It’s our goal through this work to increase overall native planting to 90 per cent. “Where possible we are sourcing plants from Te Akakura Native Nursery on Matakana Island to preserve the whakapapa of local species.” The Transport Agency is funding the project while the planting and restoration work will be managed and undertaken by Te Rōpū Aonui Hou – a new business collective of the three hapū. Te Rōpū Aonui Hou spokesperson Anthony Ririnui says it is exciting to begin work on the restoration of Tongaparaoa and Te Pāhou. “These sites carry with them much history and it is our hope that the wetlands
will once again thrive with native flora and fauna, so our future generations can enjoy them as we did before new roadway alignments were needed. “These wetland restoration projects also provide an opportunity for Te Rōpū Aonui Hou to facilitate employment opportunities for people in our rohe, and to enhance the capability of our Collective to engage in this type of work in the future. This is the first step in a new venture for us,” says Anthony. The wetlands project arose following the completion of the Maungatapu Underpass in 2018. Between 2015 and 2018, approximately 7,700m² of wetland was removed to allow for the construction of the underpass. This year the Transport Agency began working with the three hapū to create and enhance additional wetlands in the area. The wetlands are on Transport Agency and Tauranga City Councilowned land. The Transport Agency is funding the first five years of the project until the wetlands are established. During this time Te Rōpū Aonui Hou will manage the restoration, including removing invasive weeds and non-native plantings, pest management, as well as the planting and care of the 60,000 new plants. After that, Council will re-assume responsibility for ongoing maintenance. Fulton Hogan completed initial earthworks to prepare the new sections of wetland in early October at Tongaparaoa and in November at Te Pāhou. Article supplied.
Santa was seen checking out the behaviour of children across the Western Bay in the run-up to Christmas, pictured here at a Fresh Choice event in Ōmokoroa on Wednesday 4th December after arriving on the Volunteer Fire Brigade’s vintage V8 Ford. A one day sale was held with various price promotions, numerous taste-test stalls in-store and a kids party with a bouncy castle, face painting, photo booth, and carol singing. PHOTO: Matthew Farrell.
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By Matthew Farrell he McDonnell Street home damaged by cyclones Debbie and Cook in April 2017 has been demolished to make way for a small reserve and lookout. Number 37 was owned by Graeme Moore, who ran the Ōmokoroa Omelette publication from the premises before moving overseas. He sold the previously $800,000 valued
property to Western Bay District Council for $1 after a significant slip took out the wastewater and water utilities, leaving the house immediately above a 30-metre sea cliff. The Earthquake Commission paid out just 25 per cent of the land value, and the house insurer refused to pay anything. The District Council will cover the cost of the demolition, grassing and fencing.
Bay summer road maintenance season underway tate highways across the Bay of Plenty will be repaired and resealed this summer, with the New Zealand Transport Agency's summer roadworks programme kicking off kicking off in November. Bay of Plenty Transport System Manager Rob Campbell says the Transport Agency will be delivering a large number of roadworks within the region this season to improve the roads, increase safety and make people's jour-
neys more enjoyable. "Warmer spring and summer months are the best time for resurfacing as daylight hours are longer and the warm temperatures and dry air help the new seal stick to the road surface." Some of the region's main work sites will include State Highway 2 Forta Leza to Sharp Road (Aongatete) and various safety works along SH2 between Waihī and Ōmokoroa. The type of work includes chip seal
resurfacing at 123 sites, 65 asphalt resurfacing sites, 21 road reconstruction areas and road safety initiatives such as shoulder widening, passing lane and safety barrier construction. Mr Campbell says that despite a busy summer roadworks programme, most work stops before busy holiday travel periods like Christmas and New Year, to minimise disruption to people's journeys. "While we try to keep inconveniences
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reetings all. It was International Volunteers Day on Thursday 5th December. As the Tauranga Community Constable, I would like to gratefully acknowledge all the support I get from volunteers that work closely with the Tauranga Police Station. It is very much
accepted within the NZ Police that we cannot achieve the work set before us without a strong, resilient community, who will speak up when something is not right and support those around them in times of trouble. Hence the Police primary purpose of "Safer Communities Together". And within our society is a special group of people who volunteer to work
with our organisation, giving their own time and skills. These wonderful people include volunteers in Community Patrol, Neighbourhood Support co-ordinators, Police Information Desks in the CBD and Ōmokoroa, serving on community Trusts and those working at the front counter of our Police Stations. I hope I didn't leave anyone out. Often these community heroes volunteer
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Topp Twins headline avo fest he Katikati Avocado Food and Wine Festival returns on 18th January after it started life twenty two years ago as the Katikati Funfest. In 2003 Pakeke Lions Club of Katikati initiated the annual Food and Wine Festival as a means of raising funds for local charities and established the Katikati FunFest Charitable Trust. The first festival was held at the Uretara Domain in January 2004. It was managed on behalf of the Trust by Pakeke Lions Club of Katikati until 2012 when the Lions Club of Katikati joined them. The 2020 headliners, back by popular de-
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Topp Twins headline the avo fest in 2020. Head along for a day of food and fun. PHOTOS: Courtesy of katikatiavofest.co.nz.
mand, are the Topp Twins. They will be supported by the amazing group Kokomo and local favourite Caleb Cross. Expect to find yourself dancing on the grass as the day progresses! Shane Yardley will present cooking demonstrations. He is one of Bay of Plenty's most experienced and widely travelled chefs, and will be there on the day to show you "how it's done". Local vendors will offer a wide variety of their goods to satisfy your every taste, and the ever-popular Kidz Zone returns with bouncy castles, puppets, face-painting and more. This area will operate throughout the day, free of charge, keeping the young set entertained. Earlybird tickets at $22 are available until 13th January and will be $27 thereafter. Buy them at www.katikatiavofest.co.nz Under 18s are free. Article supplied.
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