Waimea Weekly - 21 December 2022

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Kainui Bike Park gets even bigger

Just days after the opening of the new Kainui Bike Park near Wakefield, forestry company OneFortyOne have donated a further block of land taking the total area for the trails to 500ha - bigger than Codgers MTB park.

About 26km of trails were originally proposed for the park on

131ha, in a partnership project between OneFortyOne, the MTB Trails Trust and volunteers from the community, but with the donation of the new expanse of land the possibilities have grown exponentially.

Kate West, one member of the community who has led the project, says the donation is massive and the team are excited with the

possibilities of what the park can become.

“This is massive, exciting and, to be honest, quite daunting.”

OneFortyOne first proposed the concept of a community mountainbike park in the Kainui forest block in 2019 and communications and community relations manager Kylie Reeves says Kainui Bike Park and the MTB Trails

Trust have turned it into a reality. “We have been inspired by their vision and the incredible volunteer effort that has gone into the park.

“We could see the potential and the positive impact the park could have if more of our land was made available for the development of a larger bike park, so we have now offered 500 hectares

for bike trails in the Kainui North Block.

“It’s exciting to know that our forest will become a community hub for bikers of all levels, especially beginners and families.

“The bike park is connected to the Great Taste Trail which means it will provide the opportunity for

The local kids went nuts for Santa’s visit at the Pic’s Christmas Craft Workshops last week where they got to have their faces painted, make tree decorations and meet the big man himself.

Jenson and Scarlett Shrimpton were all smiles as they revealed what they were hoping to get in their stockings on Sunday.

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“I’d like to congratulate the Kainui Bike Park team for taking ownership of this project, it’s an outstanding place for mountain bike riding and has incredible potential.”

Kate says the point of difference for the bike park is that it is built by families for families and the community has already clocked up hundreds of hours of voluntary work.

“We’ve now been gifted with the entire Kainui North Forest block of land to build trails on.

“To make this possible we will need more help from the community.”

Around 7km of trails have been completed so far, with the first trail ‘Buckwheater Bends’ officially opening to the public at the start of the month.

Kate says the opening was a really proud moment for all the hard work everyone had put in.

As this is a community led project, Kylie says they’ve been given free reign to develop the park.

“We don’t want to constrain their creativity.

“The land will dictate the trails and how the tracks flow with the land, so far the

tracks are long, flowy and fun.

“Through working with the community, we have created something very special for everyone to enjoy.

“From a business perpsective, this project makes sense, our employees and contractors all live and work in the community, they’ll be riding the tracks and also helping with the volunteer efforts.”

Regular working bees will continue with more trails to build.

Anyone keen to part of the project can sign up to volunteer at kainui bikepark.co.nz

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More housing needed in Richmond

The region’s housing crisis is unlikely to abate any time soon, according to new research from Nelson Tasman Housing Trust (NTHT).

Exacerbated by the storm event in August, rising interest rates and soaring rents, hundreds of households are living in vehicles or in overcrowded conditions, pensioners are in expensive rentals they can ill-afford, and people with impaired mobility need accessible housing, according to NTHT director Carrie Mozena.

The Ministry of Social Development public housing register in Nelson Tasman had almost doubled in the past three years to 435 households, she says. NTHT research indicated an additional 528 households who were not on the register but were in dire need of affordable housing.

“Rising costs, household crises and declining health push people into housing need,” says Carrie. “Many of the ‘working poor’ are not eligible or able to get into public housing.” For the period 1 January to 30 June 2022, most community groups they surveyed reported an increase in requests for help with housing, most often from older single adults (over age 55) and larger families (parents with 4

or more children).

“There is a growing number of older single adults who need modest, affordable homes to rent, but private developers are primarily building either large family homes or expensive two-bedroom homes. We know the housing need is

there, but it’s the affordability part that we need to address.”

Despite plans by NTHT, Kāinga Ora and Habitat for Humanity, Carrie says that building new housing takes time, so substantial new supply won’t start coming on-stream until 2023-24. And even then, she

says, demand is continuing to outstrip supply. In Richmond, for example, there has been a boom of new housing, particularly in the Richmond West area, but this has done little to support the supply of social or affordable housing. She notes that one holiday park in Richmond has increased its number of permanent residents, while others allow only semi-permanents. NTHT currently has 50 rental properties and a further 21 in development, but is desperately looking for more land in the Richmond area to support the increasing demand for social and affordable housing.

“We built nine 2-bedroom units in 2010 in Bramley Street [Richmond],

but since then we haven’t been able to secure any more land in Richmond. We have to compete on the open market against everyone else for land, which makes it very hard,” she says.

“We would welcome TDC revising its planning rules to increase density on sites in Richmond. We know they are looking at a rule change and absolutely support this.”

TDC’s team leader urban and rural development policy, Jeremy Butler, says that they will be engaging with the community as well as key landowners, developers and agencies next year which will include “looking at how we can support a variety of housing types”.

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New waimea water director appointed

Tasman District Council has appointed Graeme Christie to the board of Waimea Water Ltd as one of its representative directors.

The appointment follows the resignation of Ken Smales earlier in the year to take up a key management role with the company.

The council has four directors appointed to the Board of Waimea Water Limited, who are charged with managing the Council’s interests in the building and ongoing operation of the Waimea Community Dam.

Tasman mayor Tim King says Graeme brings over 30 years of extremely valuable legal, contractual and construction skills that will be of benefit to Waimea Water Limited as the dam progresses through its final stages of construction to fulfil its role augmenting the Waimea River as the area’s main source of water.

As an internationally-recognised practitioner, Graeme has been regularly called on to advise and represent issues on some of New Zealand’s most significant construction projects.

The appointment was formally recognised at the board meeting of Waimea Water Ltd last week.

Rachel Boyack to run again in 2023

Nelson MP Rachel Boyack has confirmed she will once again be the Labour Party’s candidate for the Nelson electorate in the 2023 general election.

“It’s an honour to be selected to run as the Labour candidate for Nelson again,” Boyack said. “I have a strong commitment to this area, and I have worked hard over the last two years to deliver outcomes for Nelson.”

Rachel said Labour has a “strong record of delivery for Nelson,” saying that since she was elected in 2020 she has successfully advocated for several projects for the region, including securing funding to go towards a major rebuild of Nelson Hospital, increasing the number of community homes and committing $36 million to upgrade housing infrastructure, and delivering greater transport options for locals in walking, cycling, and public transport funding.

Rachel has also introduced

the Thomas Cawthron Trust Amendment Bill to parliament to modernise the governance arrangements of the Cawthron Institute Trust Board, and passed the Plain Language Bill which will require government agencies to clearly communicate with the public.

“I have a proven track record of delivering for Nelson as part of a Labour Government,” she said. “I’m energised, and ex-

Tapawera’s new welcome

Tapawera has always been a welcoming community, but now it’s official.

Last week the new ‘Welcome to Tapawera’ sign was unveiled, replacing the old, rotting sign.

Tapawera Connect co-ordinator Phoebe Quinlivan says that it was “a cool example of how the community working together can make great outcomes happen”.

The project was led by Tapawera Menzshed and supported by Tapawera Connect and Tapawera and Districts Community Council (TDCC).

Menzshed chairperson Peter Philips said that all of the “sheddies” had been working on the project for the last four months, but that it was a whole-of-community effort.

“Tapawera Connect helped us apply to TDCC for funds who agreed to support it with proceeds from the Op Shop – so everyone who donated clothes or bought clothes has contributed also,” he says.

The new sign sits atop a heavy railway gate dating back to circa 1906, that’s been refurbished.

“It’s very heavy so we then had to find very sturdy posts to support it.

It took a lot of time and miles to find just what we needed,” Peter says.

But their perseverance paid off and they eventually found a 100-yearold wooden bridge girder at DOC in St Arnaud which they cut to size to make posts.

“The gate makes such a statement. It looks so good.”

Above - Tapawera’s new welcome gate has replaced the old rotting sign pictured right. Photos: Supplied.

Lakes-Murchison ward councillor Stuart Bryant agrees.

“They’ve done a really good job.

They’ve put a lot of time and passion into getting the sign right and erecting it in the centre of town, opposite the shops,” he says.

“It adds to the authentic village look.”

Phoebe says that valuing heritage is important to the community.

“It’s a pretty cool story of community collaboration, and honouring

the past by recreating the old sign which had a special place in people’s hearts,” she says.

“And using a very old railway gate that was used in Tapawera many moons ago.”

So that visitors can learn the story behind the new sign, they’ve agreed that the next step is to have an interpretive panel on the gate.

The panel will give the historical significance and history of the gate and original sign.

cited to be Labour’s candidate in the next general election. Bring on 2023.”

Other parties have yet to officially select their candidates for the city.

A National Party spokesperson confirmed the party’s selection process for the 2023 election was “well underway.”

Applications for National’s Nelson candidate are currently open and will close on Wednesday 11 January. It’s

expected that a candidate will be selected by the party by the end of February.

Current ACT list MP Chris Baillie ran for Nelson in 2020 and confirmed he would be putting his name forward to do the same in 2023, but said the decision is ultimately one for the ACT party.

A Green Party spokesperson also confirmed that their candidates will be selected in the new year.

Police stop 2000 drivers in pre-Christmas checkpoints

Police checkpoints across the region earlier this month caught 14 drunk drivers, 10 people not wearing seatbelts, and five people using their mobile phones while driving.

Five motorists also had their driver license suspended for driving at speeds of more than 140 kph.

The checkpoints took place on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December in Nelson, Wakefield and Motueka and more than 2000 breath tests were carried out.

The operation was part of ongoing road policing checkpoints that will take place over the summer months.

Acting Tasman Road Policing Manager, Senior Sergeant Hamish Chapman, says 14 people drink-driving is far too many and he is urging motorists to make

a conscious decision to not get behind the wheel after drinking.

“The number of people not driving safely in the lead-up to Christmas is disappointing,” he says.

He says the majority of motorists were doing “all the right things”.

“Wearing their seatbelt, not driving while impaired, not using cellphones when driving, and driving to the conditions and speed limits. Unfortunately, there were still some who were putting themselves and others at risk.”

Hamish says motorists can expect to see police out anytime, anywhere, on roads across the district right throughout the summer, to ensure everyone gets to their destination safely.

“The more we can be out there influencing behaviours... the safer we all are.”

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Rachel Boyack was elected to represent Nelson in 2020 and is seeking to do the same in 2023. Photo: Sara Hollyman.

Wakefield fire chief hangs his hat

After nearly 10 years in the job, Wakefield Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Chief Fire Officer, Fritz Buckendahl, has hung up his hat and handed over the reigns to Blair Hall.

Fritz first joined the brigade in 1993, volunteering alongside Blair who had joined as a young man three years earlier.

And while he’s stepping down from the main role, Fritz says that he’ll still be part of the brigade as a senior firefighter.

“The brigade is like a big family, and we all help each other out.”

Fritz says that the role is incredibly fulfilling.

“I belong to lots of organisations, but when that siren goes up, there’s nothing like the immediacy of helping someone in their time of need.”

However, he says that “it’s great to be able to hand the role over to someone with such good skills.”

In his former policing role, Blair, who has been deputy Chief Fire Officer, has lived in numerous places around the country, but in every town he has volunteered with the local fire brigade.

“It’s very grounding to be in-

volved with volunteers.

“They’re such down-to-earth, community-focused people,” says Blair.

“At every different fire brigade

I’ve learned new things from the leaders, and now I can give those skills back.”

He says he’s also learned a lot from Fritz over the years, who “gave the job 100% all the time.”

Amongst other things, Fritz led the brigade through the Pigeon Valley fires, the restructure to Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ), and Covid.

“We were the first responders at the Pigeon Valley fires until it became a national event,” says Blair.

“But they were all pretty significant events and each brought different challenges.”

He’s also looking forward to working alongside Dot Ashton,

who is taking up the role of deputy Chief Fire Officer.

Dot is an experienced Station Officer and volunteer, having first started with the Nelson Volunteer Fire Brigade nearly 16 years ago.

“I’m so very lucky to have someone so capable as a deputy,” says Blair.

Together, Blair is hoping that they can start changing the perception of firefighters and the brigade, to try and encourage the next generation of volunteers.

While there can be views that firefighters need to be incredibly fit and strong, Blair says that there is a wide range of volunteering opportunities.

“The organisation is suitable for all genders and fitness levels, such as assisting with medical calls, supporting the community resilience programme or running fire prevention activities,” he says.

“There are tasks for everyone.”

And for those who do want to be a firefighter, Blair says that with the modern equipment and safety gear, it’s a lot easier than it used to be.

He’s keen to have a chat with anyone interested in finding out more about this rewarding volunteer experience.

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From left are new chief fire officer Blair Hall with Fritz Buckendahl and Dot Ashton. Photo: Supplied.

Generosity in a shoe box St Arnaud get EV chargers

The amazing generosity and thoughtfulness of locals has impressed Nelson’s Mana Bookshop manager Kimberly Coldren. People throughout Nelson Tasman filled shoe boxes with toys, clothes, toiletries, and stuffed animals to send overseas for children who wouldn’t otherwise experience the joy of Christmas presents. Mana Christian Store was the drop-off point in Nelson and by the end of October the boxes were stacked high and filling gaps in the store.

Kimberly says it isn’t just children and their families who are putting the boxes together.

“People of all ages bring them in.”

Mimmie Estes says it is one of her favourite parts of Christmas. She mixes it up each year with making a boy or a girl’s box and choosing different age ranges.

“I love it because it’s giving a gift to someone and I don’t have to worry about if they will like it or not, as they will,” Mimmie says. “I trust God will direct it to the child who will be wowed by it.”

This year the box was for a little girl, and she enjoyed putting in a dress, hair ties, brush, and stuffed animal.

Operation Christmas Child takes giftfilled shoeboxes to children in need in over 100 countries. Last year, New Zealand and Australia filled shoe boxes for 273,160 children. Globally, over 10 million shoe boxes were collected.

A new electric vehicle charging station is planned for St Arnaud after Meridian Energy approached Tasman District Council with a proposal to install two chargers capable of charging four cars at a time.

The equipment will be two 25kW DC fast chargers, with each charger being able to charge two cars simultaneously.

The power company will foot the bill for equipment installation.

Meridian says these will be part of their ‘Zero’ EV charging network and fill

Bach bookings up

Local baches have been snapped up, with research from Bachcare showing that holiday home rental bookings are up 71 per cent in Nelson region compared to this time last year.

Bachcare’s head of revenue, Nick Peirce, says

a network charging gap in St Arnaud, between Lake Rotoiti and Blenheim.

Meridian expects the chargers will be popular with the growing number of businesses, tourists and holiday travellers who are converting to electric vehicles and will need top-up charges. Users will pay using Meridian’s Zero app.

Drivers will simply plug in and activate charging through the app. It’s hoped the chargers will be up and running early next year.

prior to the pandemic, 15 percent of their bookings came from international guests, however, this will increase to 21 per cent over the coming summer. “What we can see from the data is that overseas visitors are increasingly choosing holiday home rentals.”

Midget mechanics for Meneka and Mack

A special Mech 101 session at Brightwater Motors was the perfect opportunity to celebrate their new sponsorship of the Triple 8 Racing team and for Nelson Speedway’s youngest drivers to learn a bit about what’s under the hood of their midget cars.

Mech 101 is a free, monthly, drop-in session of car mechanics and maintenance tips run by Brightwater Motors.

“It’s an opportunity to tune up your knowledge of car basics in a relaxed and supportive environment,” says co-owner Natalie Gilberd.

Attendees learn anything from how to take off a tyre, to sanding down a spark plug, or diagnosing a drip.

Kimble Rawson and his two children Meneka (12) and Mack (9 ), who are both quarter midget drivers, have been regular attendees at Mech 101.

“I’m not necessarily that mechanically minded, so I thought that it would be a good idea for the kids to go along,” Kimble says.

“It’s practical life skills and a fun night – they really love it.”

Kimble’s grown up around the speedway; his father used to race stock cars and he’s always taken his children to watch.

One evening Meneka was watching a friend race and decided that she’d like to give it a try.

“I said to dad, ‘I’d love to try that cos it looks like so much fun’.”

Despite never having driven before, Kimble borrowed a quarter midget from a friend and before too long he was buying Meneka her very own.

“I was quite nervous my first time, but once I started, I just got going,” she says.

Now in her third season of racing, younger brother Mack has followed in his sister’s footsteps, starting racing in his own car on his 8th birthday – the opening night of last year’s season.

“As you can’t start racing until

you’re eight, his claim to fame is that he will always be the youngest person to race on that track,” Kimble says proudly.

It’s a big commitment for the family who travel around the South Island for races and competitions – all for a few minutes of race time – but they wouldn’t change a thing.

“I love to go to different places and race on different tracks and meet new people,” Meneka says.

She also loves the Mech 101 sessions and learning more about cars.

“I find it’s better to know and be able to do things yourself.”

She even put together her own sponsorship proposal that she presented to Brightwater Motors.

“It was a great opportunity to support Meneka and Mack to carry on doing something they really enjoy and to feel supported,” says Natalie.

To celebrate their new sponsorship, for this months’ Mech 101 they swapped out the usual wine and beer for juice and a sausage sizzle, and Meneka and Mack hosted a special Speedway session (with a little help from their dad).

“There was a great turnout – lots of kids and adults – and everyone had fun,” says Kimble.

“There’s a great family environment in racing and we meet a lot of other people – and the kids are making friends for life,” he says. And in addition to a new sponsor, Meneka has finished off the year on a high, coming second in the Christmas Championships in Ashburton.

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Mack, Kimble and Meneka Rawson with their stock cars at the Mech 101 workshop. Photo: JohnPaul Pochin. Kimberly Coldren loves that Manna Bookshop can collect and store many boxes of gifts for children who otherwise wouldn’t experience presents at Christmas. Photo: Jenny Nicholson.
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How to save a tourism icon

A year ago, with the future of tourism looking increasingly grim due to Covid, Sonny Jowsey was an unemployed professional rafting guide wondering what to do. But now, he’s running not one business, but two. “I was looking for something to do workwise as there was no rafting,” he says.

When the prospect came along to take over the lease to run the Riverside Holiday Park, Sonny and his partner Nicky Waters decided to take up the opportunity. But then, his former boss at Ultimate Descents decided to sell the river rafting business.

“I didn’t want to see it die,” says Sonny. “It’s been in Murchison for too long.”

And so was born the idea to purchase Ultimate Descents, along with a couple of friends, and relocate it to the holiday park.

“The holiday park is right on the river beside one of the best swimming holes, so it was a perfect place to be able to integrate the river rafting in with the holiday park.”

In addition to their popular whitewater rafting tours and multi-day/ overnight West Coast adventures, they’re also providing half-day fam-

ily trips. The family rafting trips, suitable for kids ages five years and up, provide an opportunity for parents to either come along rafting with their kids, or have the morning to themselves while “we take the kids away rafting”.

Sonny says that they have even custom-made paddles for the child rafters. “It gives even the youngest travellers an opportunity to experience river travel in a safe and enjoyable manner.”

For those who live in Nelson or elsewhere in Tasman, Sonny says that it’s a real getaway without having to go too far.

“With the price of fuel and rising costs, Murchison is a lovely weekend getaway location.” Set on 16 hectares, he says that even when the camp is really full, it never feels too crowded or busy. Instead of being a place simply enroute to somewhere else, Sonny insists that Murchison is a destination in itself.

“Murchison is an awesome location. There is quite a lot you can do – hiking, swimming, rafting, golf, mountain biking, kayaking, jet boating. There’s a lot you can do with your family or a group of mates – plenty to keep everyone entertained.”


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Festive foods lost in translation

traditional Christmas foods would

France Franck Sivignon

“In my family, and throughout France, the Christmas tradition is to eat snails. Definitely not a thing here! The snails are boiled first then put back in their shells and covered with garlic butter. Pop in the oven for 10 minutes et voilà. I loved it. We’d serve a dozen eaten with a baguette to soak up the garlic butter from the plate. Yum. Christmas lunch is onion soup, then turkey roast followed by lots of desserts and cheese. We have seven courses, and it typically takes between four and six hours.”

UK Rachel Foulsham

“Pigs in blankets are traditionally only eaten at Christmas in England. They are miniature pork sausages wrapped in bacon and served either as a side to the main turkey roast or as nibbles with drinks during the festive season. It’s all about the size of the sausage, which are called cocktail sausages. You just can’t get them here. It’s impossible to eat just one. They are delicious.”

South Africa Celeste Coles

“In South Africa we quite often eat peppermint crisp tart at Christmas. This is a deliciously sweet dessert made from a tennis biscuit base (a South African coconut biscuit). The filling is made from caramel, whipped cream and peppermint chocolate. This dessert is the per-

fect ending to any South African Christmas celebration.”

America Lauren Loghry

“I really miss eggnog. I was younger when I lived in America, so I used to drink the non-alcoholic version. It’s traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar and eggs and spiced with nutmeg or cinnamon. We’d have it during the entire Christmas season. It’s a big tradition over there.”

Holland Maarten van Geldermalsen

“I remember eating Kerstkrans at Christmas which we called Christmas Circle. It’s made with a long pastry sheet wrapped around a mix of almond flour, sugar, grated lemon rind and egg and with the ends joined to make a circle before baking. It’s decorated with reduced apricot jam, cherries and angelica.”

Jordan Raami Manaja Abu Daniel

“The Bedouin of Jordan don’t celebrate Christmas but on the Islamic holy days cook ‘Mensef’. It’s traditionally served on huge round trays which seven or eight people could crouch around and eat with their hands. It consists simply of a goat or sheep (or kid or lamb) cooked in yoghurt and served on a layer of flat bread covered in rice with the yogurt sauce ladled over it.”

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Reianne’s Dux award tops off a successful year

Murchison Area School’s Dux for 2022 says she had no idea she would receive the award and was almost in tears.

It capped off a successful and very busy year for Reianne Signal.

After moving to Springs Junction, Reianne had daily travel to Murchison Area School.

She was also chosen for the New Zealand Area School’s football team, was head girl and a house captain, was part of the Tapawera-Murchison School Formal organising group, had various events to speak at including the ANZAC ceremony, and still managed to fit in weekly trips to Westport.

Before moving to Springs Junction Reianne attended Buller High, and before that a large college in the North Island.

She says she would choose a small area school any day because of the wide range of opportunities offered there.

Reianne added the dux award to an armful of other trophies, including that for house captain, cross country, showing culture in the school, English, and a Scholarship for

studying at NMIT.

Deputy principal Sam Dearlove says Reianne is very personable and has been a good head girl.

“She has been quite focused on her schoolwork and passed NCEA level 3 about halfway through term three,” Sam says. “She juggles a lot but manages to fit it all in well.”

He says she volunteered for every opportunity and in her two years at Murchison Area School did very well.

Next year Reianne is attending NMIT for a Level 5 Sport and Exercise course.

Her subjects in 2022 were chosen in preparation for the course. She studied Health Science, English, Rural Studies, Outdoor Education and Trades (sport and exercise.)

Reianne says the standout subject for her was the New Zealand Institute of Sport Health Science course she sat this year.

“Teacher Wendy Thomas helped keep me on track and was the person to go to with any questions,”

Reianne says.

“She’s there to help whenever we need it.”

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Wakefield’s writing star takes top spot

for their writing.

Wakefield School’s Zoey Boswell, 9, has just placed third for her year group in the national Stylefit 2022 student writing competition, and she couldn’t be happier.

“My teacher suggested I enter a story because I love writing so much,” she says.

“But I never thought I’d place third across the whole country for my year group. I feel so happy about that.”

Her story involved a family, a dog, a bear, a beach, a car and the woods, and was one of over 3000 entries to be judged.

“The idea just came to me,” she says.

“I love camping and adventure, so it only took me about a day to complete it.”

Principal for Wakefield School, Peter Verstappen, says the competition is a fantastic opportunity for children to get acknowledged

“We’re proud of Zoey’s initiative and achievement in the competition.

“She created a compelling story with some simple elements. What more do you need?”

Stylefit is a software package that is designed to inspire children to understand the impact of words and how they change the tone and style of how we communicate throughout our lives.

Founder of Stylefit, Suraya Dewing, says the reason Zoey’s story, The Bear, placed so highly against over 100 entries in her year group was because her story had pace and was vividly told.

“As a reader I could easily imagine what was happening ... The end was stunning and added a wonderful twist that took me completely by surprise,” Suraya says.

“That was very clever.”

She says Stylefit was introduced

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to schools towards the end of last year. “We want to thank participating

schools for trialling Stylefit and know from the tonne of feedback we received that students loved

getting instant guidance on their writing and playing around with the software.

“We’ve also heard that this competition has encouraged previously not-so-keen writers to enjoy the subject, and hope they continue to write.”

Although Zoey loves to write she prefers art, so says that maybe one day she’ll become an illustrator.

“My advice to other people who may want to enter the competition is to follow your heart and don’t be afraid to try.

“It was so nice that the judges thought I had a good piece of writing and that makes it all worthwhile.”

Stylefit is an interactive online technology that engages students in writing by delivering constructive feedback on their writing, without giving them answers. The feedback explains how their writing is working stylistically.

Richmond men’s ‘pleasant Sunday afternoons’

In the first half of 1888, residents of Richmond stirred themselves to the matter of providing amusement and social recreation for the men of the town.

The activity resulted in two movements which became very successful.

The first was the “Pleasant Sunday Afternoons for Men” which was inaugurated by Mr Harkness and assisted by Messrs Barker and Reginald Hodder.

The object was to provide men with a pleasant and profitable Sunday afternoon.

The Oddfellows’ Hall was booked, an organ provided, and an encouraging start was made.

The first meeting took place on April 22nd, with Mr Harkness opening the proceedings with singing, prayer, and the reading of a portion of the scripture. He then stated that the reason for the endeavour was to afford men the means of spending a pleasant Sunday afternoon and to offer them a “ helping hand,” with the latter becoming the motto of the movement.

It was intended to not make

the afternoons stiff and formal, and men were encouraged to show their appreciation to talks by saying “hear, hear” or “no, no”, but were requested not to stamp their feet.

The addresses were designed to be short and lively, and to be delivered by various gentlemen.

On Sunday, April 29, Mr Cowles delivered the first address, the subject being “The Great Race and its Prize”.

The attendance for the first three Sundays averaged between 70 and 80 attendees.

A committee was soon formed, and a more permanent building secured so the men could fit it out as Club rooms. By the mid 1890s the club was still going strong

with often above regular attendance and more men signifying their intention to become members.

Sunday afternoon meetings soon expanded to being once or twice a week in the evenings, such was its success.

The second movement was the “Richmond Working Men’s Social Club”.

On Thursday, April 21,1888, a meeting was held in the Fire Brigade Hall to consider the question of providing a place of recreation for the winter evenings.

On the motion of Mr R Hodder it was resolved that an association be formed to provide a free reading room for all above the age of 15. A committee was formed

and rules drawn up, and at a subsequent meeting it was agreed to take up premises in the main road.

Some of the rooms had been fitted up for reading and games of various kinds.

The reading room was supplied with 18 periodicals, with about a dozen more still to be supplied.

An adjoining room had been supplied with chairs and tables for chess, draughts, dominoes, and a bagatelle table.

The reading-room was open to the public free of charge, and was open every evening from 7pm to 10pm.

The men of the place had the privilege of reading the best newspapers, which could give them a valuable education

On the evening of the opening the members of the club raised the point that they were greatly indebted to many of the ladies of Richmond for supplying them with pictures and games for their use, for the music they supplied, and last but not least, for the provision they so kindly made on the occasion of the opening, and all for an entertainment from which they were excluded.

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Yes, it was a great parade, thousands turned out on a super day BUT and it’s a big ‘but’, where were the first aiders? Where was the standby ambulance? A member of our group collapsed towards the bottom of Queen St. Not a first aider to be seen anywhere! And certainly no ambulance.We ended up calling 111 and thanks to a very astute lady constable in a red police car who realised we were in trouble (and had been by that time, for a good 15 minutes). She got on her radio and called for help. She was amazing and we thank her sincerely. A paramedic car and ambulance appeared and our friend was transported to hospital.To the organisers - you had thousands and thousands of people there, where was your contingency plan? There should have been at least first aiders in high vis jackets available and none of us had seen any on the whole parade. I hope by next year you get your act together for the safety of all of us, participants and on-lookers/crowds.


You’re a talented young woman Laura, with a fabulous husband.

CarolAnne Paynter-Curran

Awesome, Laura Paynter, so deserved.

Thanks to Nelson Hospital

I would personally like to thank St John Ambulance, Nelson Hospital nurses, and doctors for the care shown to my husband Chris from the date of his serious accident on June the 4th this year. In particular, Dr A.J and staff of Ward 9 and 10. Without their care and dedication Chris wouldn’t be where he is now. You lovely people often work under extreme pressure but still manage to smile and show care and empathy along the way. Merry Christmas and thankyou to you all.

Taking on a pothole for the team

Good work Rhys. Common sense

has come in to play.

Lorraine Tunnicliff

Give Rhys the contract for the whole country, at least he would get the bloody job done.

Kelvin Kissane

I bet it lasts longer than the repair that the council would do, lol.

John Neighbours

Nice one Rhys. A good way of tamping it also, is to drive back and forward over the patch. Good work. Do you clean up graffiti off roads as well. We have swastikas painted on our road and no sign of council to remove them.

Well done. Nothing better than getting it done in a timely manner by a good ole local. Put others to shame. Well done Rhys, keep up the good work.

Christine Brown

Well done Rhys...now...I have a small pot hole in my driveway... can you spare a minute or two?

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Rhys, have I got a pothole for you.

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Not a cone in sight, perfect.

Andy Bowron

Good on you Rhys!! I live on Best Island, and you are right, it’s not rocket science to fill in potholes yet they still get it wrong with a lot of shovel leaning, lol.

Dianne Williams

Well, it’s a $120+ fine for parking on a broken yellow line, I got one from a photo. Not sure of the fine for fixing potholes, but imagine if someone crashed going past him, he would get hammered as an example to others.

Graeme O’Brien

Maybe you could do down Main Road Stoke between freezing works and Saxton roundabout where it’s had more hits than Elvis, total disgrace.

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It appears council wheels turn as slowly as a wheel and tyre dam-

aged by said pothole.

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Police checkpoints catch 14 drink drivers

Shame that people don’t learn from the advertising that says don’t drink and drive, stay off those bloody phones. Put on your seat belts, guys. Accident waiting to happen. Thank you to our Nelson police for looking after our community. Safe Christmas to them. Police have families that they want to be with for Christmas. So people, pull your head in and be safe. Sorry for the rant but it’s getting worse and needs to stop. Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.

Sue Aitken

They just wanted some revenue to fund their Christmas party.

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Just a thought...

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Wednesday 21 December, 3.30pm-5pm

Pic’s, 49 Saxton Road

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Christmas Story Time and Carols

Thursday 22 December, 4pm-5pm

Richmond Library, Queen St

It’s the season to be jolly! So enjoy some Christmas stories, sing some carols and eat a treat at this session designed for primary-aged children and their families.

I’ve been reading a book recently called the Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer. As you have probably guessed by its title, it’s about trying to slow down. What an appropriate reminder the week of Christmas.

Christmas for me is about celebrating the arrival of Jesus as an infant. It’s about pausing and reflecting on how the Son of God came not as a conquering king but as a vulnerable infant.



Pretty Crafty Market

Saturday 24 December

Richmond Town Hall

Grab some last minute stocking stuffers, handmade by locals, and even get them gift wrapped for free just in time for Christmas.

Ironically, that’s not really the vibe for us here in Aotearoa. Instead, we’ve been swept up in the hustle of Christmas, gifts, food, traffic, consumerism to the max. Yet, at its origin, Christmas is about the arrival of the Son of God who comes to bring peace. In the book the Ruthless Elimination of Hurry John quotes a piece of scripture that is apt for this time of year. A reminder of what Christmas is about. A very different perspective to the one we’ve been sold.

It’s from Matthew 11:28-30: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”

May this Christmas be a time of peace, of rest, of celebrating the arrival of Jesus who invites us all into real rest. God Bless.

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Last call for young actor

Nelson actor Matthew Edgar is preparing to say farewell to the region, having been accepted to study musical theatre at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) in Christchurch next year, but he has one last show to perform before he goes.

“It’s both the end of an era and the start of something new and exciting,” he says.

A prolific actor, singer and dancer, Matthew has performed in more than 500 shows – everything from Smokefreerockquest to pantomime, improv, school productions, youth theatre, music videos, Shakespeare and Nelson Fringe Festival shows – locally, nationally and overseas. He first started learning musical theatre with SoundStage at age six with teacher and performer Sophie Ricketts, herself a graduate of NASDA. Since then, he has furthered his knowledge studying singing for seven years with Claire Stanley, dancing with Empire Dance Company, speech with Karen Austin, improvisation with Body in Space, performing Shakespeare with Laura

Irish and The Barden Party, and attended a wide range of workshops, summer intensives and courses.

“There’s so much to learn and so many incredibly talented people in Nelson. I feel lucky to have had so many great people teaching me and supporting me,” says Matthew.

Through Claire he has also undertaken Trinity College London exams, achieving a Level 4 Diploma in Musical Theatre with Distinction earlier this year. He has also won a number of awards along the way including Silver Award at the 2022 South Island Big Sing Cadenza with NayCol Chorale and Best Delivery of Lines at the Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival in 2021.

“I’ve had so many great opportunities and experiences,” he says. “Touring with the Barden Party in America earlier this year, representing New Zealand in the Junior Theatre Celebrations, and performing Grease at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, have been absolute highlights.”

As much as he’s loved the big experiences, he says that he’s

Summer exhibits at the Suter

Ceramics: Darryl Frost is regarded as an expert in anagama firing in Australasia, and as part of the continuing series of Nelson/Tasman regions’ leading ceramic artists’ survey exhibitions the Suter Gallery will host his Inner Piece exhibition until 5 March 2023.

This exhibition marks his 100th anagama kiln firing (in his big anagama kiln). Local Motueka-based sculptor Nicholas Duval-Smith’s Wake Up Call (A Vibration From Within) can be viewed until 12 February.

The unique sound sculpture installation by Nick has been designed to produce a calming effect.

You are invited to sit under the bell and strike it towards yourself to experience the full effect. The bell is bronze lined with 24k gold leaf, and

loved every show he’s been in. “I just love performing, but there are so many people involved in a show, not just the actors, and we couldn’t do it without them.”

He says that the last few years during Covid have been hard with so many shows cancelled including ‘Children of the Poor’ in 2020 and ‘Mary Poppins’ in 2021, both of which cancelled within one week of opening.

“It’s pretty gutting when you’ve put your heart and soul into something for months, but I wasn’t alone.”

He’s looking forward to his last show in Nelson, ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’ at Fairfield House alongside Imogen Vlugter and Myles Smalley.

“We’re having so much fun rehearsing – it’s such a hilarious show.”

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) performs at Fairfield House, Nelson Monday 9 to Friday 13 January 2023 at 6.30pm.

For tickets go to fairfieldnelson. org.nz/events/ or door sales are available.

the tripod is made of Corten steel.

Sculpture: Bird in Space exhibition is on until Sunday 12 February. This exhibition features work by Lonnie Hutchinson, Craig McIntosh, Shaun Waugh and Areta Wilkinson.

These artists use reduction, simplification of form, and repetition in their practice, both physically and conceptually, to create meaning. Place Holder, on until Sunday 26 March, is artworks selected from The Suter’s collection that reference the Nelson Tasman region.

This exhibition plays with the usually understood definitions of ‘placeholder’; - a person or thing that occupies the position or place of another person or thing – sometimes temporarily, or as a substitute for something that is not known or must remain generic.

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Concerns for the future of farming

A Tapawera sheep farmer says if a proposed farm tax goes ahead as planned in 2025 their family business may no longer be a viable option for them.

Kerry Irvine and his family have been on their farm for more than three decades and he says it’s more than just a job.

“This is our family farm and has been since 1988, it’s not just a piece of land, or just a job, it’s who we are and where we have come from.”

During the time the Irvines have been on their sheep and beef farm in Tapawera they have seen many changes, but nothing as significant as what is currently being proposed by the Government.

“The past three years have been challenging, we have been slammed by the Government, and with the taxes they are now proposing the future for farmers and growers is looking bleak,” he says.

“I think we will see many of us exit the industry as it’s just not going to be realistic to continue farming and that’s a real concern as farming is the backbone of New Zealand, it always has been.”

The government is proposing to tax farm greenhouse gas emissions from January 2025 under the banner of He Waka Eke Noa.

This will apply to methane emissions from sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle and deer, and nitrous oxide emissions by vegetable growers and growers of arable crops such as wheat.

Both aspects of this tax will drive sky-rocketing costs for farmers.

“We have 0.08 percent of the world’s emissions, our

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Seeking Open Farm hosts

Open Farms, a project that helps urban Kiwis reconnect with our land, food and farmers, are looking for farmer hosts for a national open farm day in March.

The aim is to get back to basics and reconnect with the good stuff – our land, animals and each other.

Open Farms know that New Zealand foods start in some incredible places, so they started an annual nationwide Open Farms Day to help kiwis reconnect with the source of their food.

The platform is independently run by Open Farms Ltd, with

support from sponsors Beef + Lamb New Zealand, the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge and the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures fund.

“It’s about getting urban Kiwis back out on-farm to experience where their food starts,” says founder Daniel Eb.

“In the two years we’ve run Open Farms, more than 7,000 people have visited 82 farms, from sheep and beef stations to permaculture orchards, dairy farms, honey producers and more,” he says.

While the 2022 event was de-

layed, Open Farms 2023 kicks off with a call for farmers to sign up to host an open day, which is set for Sunday 12 March.

“There is no lack of interest from urban Kiwis to get onfarm” says Daniel.

“We book out half of our capacity in 24 hours and more than 80 per cent of events are overbooked.

“To give more Kiwis a chance to reconnect with their rural roots, we’re asking more farmers to host with us.”

Past Open Farms, held in various locations around the country, have been successful and fun yet there has not been one

held in the Nelson Tasman region, therefore they are seeking hosts and say all farmers and growers are all suitable for Open Farms– large or small, rural or urban, agriculture, permaculture and everything in between.

If you are interested, Open Farms will support you with event planning, marketing, registrations and will connect visitors to you via a booking system. They will also support you with tips to help host and tell your story.

Registrations close late Feb, learn more by going to: www. openfarms.co.nz

Concerns for the future of farming




country is only 0.02 per cent of the world’s landmass and 0.06 per cent of the world’s population. Also, since 1990, our sheep and beef farmers have reduced their carbon footprint by 30 per cent, which is more than any other sector,” says Kerry.

“Then add in the emissions leakage, lost production overseas to less efficient countries, the whole thing makes completely no sense.”

He Waka Eke Noa programme director Kelly Forster says partners are pleased the Government has listened to the partnership on the need for a farm-level system rather than including agricultural emissions in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS).

“A farm-level system as recommended by He Waka Eke Noa will enable each farmer and grower to clearly see the direct impact of their on-farm decisions and would give them incentives for using new technologies and practices as they

become available,” Kelly says. “Our modelling shows it will be more effective in achieving emissions reductions than including agriculture in the NZ ETS at the processor level.

However, she says He Waka Eke Noa’s recommendations were designed as a carefully balanced package that was as equitable as possible across all parts of the primary sector.

She says the Government has proposed alternative approaches in some areas, such as how sequestration is recognised, which may fundamentally alter the balance and could have “significant implications” for sheep, beef and deer farmers.

“Partners want to work with the Government to ensure the impact of the levy is manageable for farmers and growers, so that

emissions are reduced while the viability of farm businesses is maintained. NZ food and fibre exports are tracking to reach a record breaking $55 million for the 12 months ending June 2023, despite challenges arising from global uncertainty and supply chain disruptions.

With the proposed tax, Kerry, and other farmers, are indicating that export will be affected dramatically.

“A large reduction in agricultural production will have a huge impact on the quantity we can export,” Kerry explains.

“Not only will export be affected but a fall in meat processing will affect production at the meat works, which could mean reduced operating hours.

“With farmers receiving less income, less will be spent in local


For the wider Nelson and Tasman areas, which have already been grappling with a downturn in tourism due to Covid-19, a policy to permanently put agricultural production into decline creates a real concern for the future.

Forecast reduced net profits for dairy farms is 6-7 per cent and reduced net profits for sheep and beef farms 21-24 per cent.

“This is massive for the sector,” Kerry says.

“It will put a large number of farms into real danger of going under as well as add stress to an already stressful industry, farmers just won’t cope.”

Leaders of Dairy NZ, Beef+Lamb NZ, and Federated Farmers continue to work in this space and seek major changes to the proposal.

“Let’s hope there are some changes as how it currently sits isn’t workable. I love the land we farm. We have always had the environment at forefront of our business and will do in years to come.”

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Nature’s candy in Wakefield


It wouldn’t be a kiwi summer without a trip to the country to enjoy freshly picked berries or a delicious real-fruit ice cream.

Fairfield Berries, previously known as Fairfield Gardens, is a 10ha berry farm 2 minutes’ drive south of Wakefield that sells a selection of freshly-picked berries and realfruit ice cream.

Part owners Patrick and Elise Cotter, who took over in July 2022, are in full swing of the berry season.

“It’s a really busy time but we love it,” says Patrick, who enjoys working outside, a change from his previous office-based job.

“It’s awesome to be involved in something that’s our own, which also gives us the opportunity to bring our young family up in the country.

“It’s flexible around our family’s needs and we love berries.”

The demand for berries is

high and the couple have recently planted an additional 4 hectares of berries.

Their aim is to increase the number of fresh berries they have available for sale as well as supply a Nelson company, Little Beauties, with high-quality local berries that will be turned into freeze-dried and air-dried fruit treats.

“The crops we have recently planted will be ready for the up-and-coming season at the end of this year.” says Elise.

The newly-planted berries are not the only change for the property.

“We are about to start

building a new house for us to live in, once it’s built the old house will then be removed which will make room for decent parking area, improved entry and exit to the shop as well as an awesome shaded seating area for families to relax in when they visit us”.

Fairfield Berries is open every day of the school holidays and they have plenty of sun-kissed raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries and strawberries waiting to be eaten.

Berries are natures candy; not only delicious, but a superfood packed with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants.

Game bird hunters provide for “families in need”

For the past five years the game bird season has ended with a game bird food night cooked up by award-winning chef Phil Hazeldine from Club Waimea. Hunters would deliver their game birds to Fish and Game and then Phil would “deliver up a culinary extravaganza for 80 people,” says Fish and Game field officer Jacob Lucas. “Phil is a keen game bird hunter as well as being an extraordinary chef. “It was an incredibly popular family night for Nelson Marlborough game bird hunters and their families. Phil cooked up so many different dishes – he’s amazing.”

Recognising the increasing pressure on local families, earlier this year Fish and Game had organised a hunt to provide meat to turn into sausages to provide to local food banks.

So, after a brainstorming session, they decided to change things up and donate meals to families in

need. And instead of doing this just once a year, Jacob says that they’re keen to be able to do this two or three times a year using meat supplied by local game bird hunters.

“We get meat from the Molesworth goose hunt three times a year as well as duck meat during game bird season.”

Once they had all their game birds, the next step was to ensure that any steel shot had been removed. “We went to great lengths to remove all steel

shot using a hi-tech metal detector – then we got cooking.” With an array of vegetables donated by the team at Bidfood, Phil and a team of volunteers had a big day prepping and cooking, followed by a second day of vacuum packing. Altogether they made up 50kg of casserole, ready to heat and eat in family-sized portions. “We had a great turnout from volunteers and Phil is so willing to give his time. Without him and his kitchen it wouldn’t have happened – he’s a legend!”

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Former ranger wins prestigious award

Former Golden Bay Department of Conservation ranger Simon Walls has been presented with one of New Zealand’s most prestigious conservation awards, the Loder Cup, by the Minister of Conservation Poto Williams.

The Loder Cup was first donated in 1926 to encourage and honour New Zealanders who work to investigate, promote, retain, and cherish indigenous flora.

“I never ever imagined I would be the recipient of this award. The news completely knocked me over with surprise, rendering me open mouthed and speechless for a while,” Simon says.

“Though I have always thought my work with and passion for plants is nothing particularly special, I am delighted to have been recognised as a ranger, an environmental campaigner, and a frontline threatened-plant botanist.”

DOC Northern South Island operations director, Roy Grose, says Simon is a worthy recipient of the Loder Cup because of his dedicated work to protect and restore native plants that went above and beyond his DOC work.

“Simon’s passion for our native flora and his outstanding efforts to preserve it have been lifelong and are continuing since his retirement in 2021. He has made many important achievements for our native flora, including helping to prevent the extinction of some unique species, notably coastal peppercress (Lepidium banksii). He also found previously-undiscovered native plant species, such as the Te Tai Tapu forget-me-not and the Te Tai Tapu daphne in north-west Nelson and discovered new populations of threatened species.”

Simon says he has his parents to thank for encouraging a strong conservation ethic and a love of the natural world.

“They influenced all of their children in the same way and produced a whanau of conservationists who have gone on to produce another generation of conservationists. So I stand with my brothers and sisters, their partners, my partner, our tamariki and mokopuna to receive this award.” Simon’s commitment to native flora extends to his Golden Bay home where he grows threatened native plants, including Pentapogon lacustris, Cook’s scurvy grass, tarata Kahurangi and coastal peppercress.

The cultivation of these plants helps ensure the continuation of species should they become extinct in their natural environments and provides seedlings for

planting in the wild.

“Simon has worked to protect and preserve threatened native species in the Cobb Valley in Kahurangi National Park. It includes new plantings of two rare pittosporum species in the area, which he is continuing as a retirement project,” Roy says.

“The Golden Bay/Mohua iwi, Manawhenua ki Mohua, speak of their high regard for Simon and their appreciation of how he has generously and enthusiastically shared his knowledge of taonga indigenous species.”

He has also contributed his knowledge and skills to many restoration projects in his Golden Bay community, including a project with local landowners plant-

ing an extensive native vegetation riparian corridor on both sides of the Onekākā River.

“I would like to be able to say that I have inspired other young people to join the efforts to protect the natural world and become lifelong kaitiaki, as others have mentored me in my younger years and along the rather difficult path of achieving species recovery and maintaining a healthy environment,” Simon says.

Working in the public service for more than 30 years, he’s protected and preserved some of the country’s most unique plants. He was first with the Lands and Survey Department from 1967, and then with DOC from its formation in 1987 until he retired last year.

He was nominated for the Loder Cup by the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board with supporting letters from Manawhenua ki Mohua, the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, and the Nelson Botanical Society Inc. “Conservation has now become a necessity rather than an optional diversion,” Simon says.

“It is a shared responsibility. Making change can begin small and grow into something big and significant. Be creative and have an open mind to solve problems which for us are new, untested. “Plant and look after some trees because I have found that to be the most positive action. Fit some trees into your life somewhere, somehow.”

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Nelson Special Olympics return with haul of medals and memories

Nelson’s Special Olympics basketball team have returned home with some new bling after finishing third at nationals.

Their result comes alongside a string of impressive performances by local sportspeople at the Freemasons Special Olympic Nationals in Hamilton earlier this month.

The athletics team of Lisa Donald, Maggie Duff, Nigel Fearn, Stephanie Keeley and Charles Shaw brought home five gold, four silver and two bronze medals, as well as nine ribbons.

The swim team notched up a total of 12 medals, including five golds and multiple personal best times, and the four-person golf team all brought back medals from their various divisions.

But, it was the team of 10 basketballers who were glowing with pride as they arrived home with shiny bronze medals slung around their necks after putting on the club’s greatest performance in its 35 year history, having gone into the tournament with a previous best result of sixth.

In their grading games, wins over Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury earned a place in division one of the tournament, where they won against Auckland and Manawatu/North Taranaki but lost to Canterbury and Counties.

Captained by Sean Tremlett, the basketball team of Dale Smit, Irene Marsters, Suzzane Mohekey (vice captain), Shannon Brandford, Oscar Dorrington, Graeme Porter, Ryan Turner-Maxwell, Dean Skinner and William MacDonald can go into Christmas break content that they exceeded all expectations.

Head coach Wayne Bowen, who

Alex Hills wins in Rotorua

Nelson Super Stock driver Alex Hill went one better at the recent Triples event at Paradise Speedway in Rotorua, teaming with local drivers Alan McRobbie and Dale Stewart to take out an epic final race to win this year’s triples title.

The previous occasion he had finished second overall with Nelson teammate Brett Nicholls and Wellington’s Dale Robertson. It was a the first of a series of trips north where he was to compete in a special Charity Invitational, but weather canned the meeting.

The likes of V8 superstars Greg Murphy, Richie Stanaway and Andre Heimgartner were

planned guest drivers. Alex will head to Huntly in early January to compete at the NZ Super Stock title before returning to Rotorua for the World 240’s championship. The South Island title is here in Nelson in February. The last time it was here he won the title and there are high hopes he can win again.

It will be a busy time for Alex. With wife Alicia contesting several Sprint car events at the same time around the South Island, it could be fleeting catchups between weekends for Nelson’s speedway couple, the race is on to fill up the trophy cabinets in their chosen grades.

has coached Special Olympic basketball and athletics for longer than he is prepared to acknowledge and was recently named as the head coach of the New Zealand Athletics team for the World Championships in Germany next year, says he’s really proud of the way the team delivered for each other.

“We created upsets with superi-

or fitness, speed and strategy, the team rose above themselves, a real joy to coach.”

After training every Wednesday year-round through the generous support of Nayland College and their facilities, the team were confident in their abilities.

Sean, who has also captained the New Zealand Special Olympic team on the world stage alongside

four other Nelson teammates, says he was proud of the way his team performed when they needed to in game-deciding moments.

“These most recent nationals is the best that Nelson has ever performed. At the last nationals, in Wellington, we achieved a sixth place, so we wanted to do better this time round and I couldn’t be any prouder of the team.

“On behalf of the team I wish to say a massive thank you to Wayne Bowen for everything he has done for us. We achieved our goal and we gave it everything, but we couldn’t do it without Wayne, he is an amazing coach.”

Wayne says basketball acts as a fantastic avenue to find benefits which extend “far beyond” the game.

“It’s a family, a community where everyone is accepted, we all belong. The tapestry that holds it all together is a passion for basketball.” He also wanted to thank their large list of sponsors who help make their goals a possibility with their “generous, community-minded, local company support (that) hugely shaped this result”. The Summer Games closing ceremony was cancelled due to the risk of Covid-19, with plans to hold an event to present the athletes with their medals before Christmas.

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The Nelson basketball team huddles up listening to head coach Wayne Bowen (centre) at the Freemasons Special Olympic Nationals in Hamilton earlier this month. Photo: Supplied. Alex Hill took out the triples title in Rotorua with his two team-mates. Photo: Rebecca Connor-Maling.

Local sports presenter wins Olympic silverware

Kristina Eddy has the dream job of many sports fans, travelling the world for Sky Sport to cover some of the biggest sporting events.

As a presenter and reporter, she has attended the most recent editions of the summer and winter Olympic Games and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games to cover all of the action from the ground.

When she’s not globe trotting around the world, Kristina is based in Auckland but still travels around the country covering everything from the New Zealand Men’s Timbersport Championship to appearing on the Sky Speed show alongside motorsport legend Greg Murphy.

Kristina grew up locally, attending Nelson Girls College where it became clear that covering the news was something that she wanted to pursue.

After multiple teachers suggested she might be suited to working in the media, Kristina spent a month in Ghana while still in high school doing work experience for Metro TV, their state-owned version of TVNZ.

“It was all sorts of news-based reporting. I think I did one story on football, but it was

everything from (covering) protests, and Ebola was kicking off in West Africa at the time,” she remembers.

After graduating high school, Kristina studied at the New Zealand Broadcasting School in Christchurch before finding employment at Mediaworks as a sports reporter on TV3’s Newshub.

“For some reason, sports reporting wasn’t seen as much of a pathway, but I’m in the right spot, and I love it,” she says.

“We got so lucky with the Tokyo Summer Olympics, we came back and went straight into the Winter Olympics and then the Commonwealth Games.”

It’s not all rosy being a television reporter, however.

Alongside facing the full force of Tokyo’s summer heat and a Beijing winter, Kristina stands at 5 ‘2 and regularly has to conduct interviews with athletes while on a ladder, so they can be at the same eye level for the camera.

At the Tokyo games, the stepladder her cameraman brought her started to melt after two weeks out in the sun.

“When I interviewed (former world #8 tennis player) John Isner, we made him sit on this tall box thing to be the same height as me standing,” she



Kristina’s reporting saw her travel around the country sharing the stories of some of our Olympic hopefuls as they prepared for the Winter Games in Beijing.

Her coverage of Nico Porteous’s journey as he looked to improve on a halfpipe bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics when he was 16 years old was awarded bronze for ‘Best Athlete Profile’ at the 2022 Olympic Golden Rings Awards.

“I was so stoked for us to make the top three in the first place.

. I saw us up against CBC and NBC, whose production quality and budgets are next level.

“Credit goes to him (Nico). He’s an incredible athlete and had a great story to tell.”

Nico would go on to win the gold medal at the 2022 games, with Kristina saying that the added background of spending days shooting the preview had heightened the tension.

“One beauty doing these stories before you go. . . you see the effort.

“We knew what was on the line for him, being there at the top of the halfpipe knowing he had one run to put down the run he wanted.”

Her highlights also include watching the ‘golden hour’ at the Tokyo games.

Kristina was right in the thick of the action as the men’s rowing eight won the country’s first gold medal in the event in nearly 50 years, following up

the silver won by the women’s eight, their first medal in the event since 1976, and a gold by Emma Twigg in the women’s single sculls.

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Kristina Eddy, pictured onsite at the Winter Olympics, and Sky New Zealand were awarded a bronze for ‘Best Athlete Profile’ at the 2022 Olympic Golden Rings Awards for her coverage of halfpipe skier Nico Porteous’s road to Beijing. Photo: Supplied.
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Fishing News

The challenges of spring

Spring conditions, and the knowledge that a kayak is very much a vulnerable vessel, are a recipe for what can be a frustrating hobby - Kayak Fishing.

The conditions need to be right and we need to be well prepared, ensuring a safe return to the family and, hopefully, a feed for them too.

This can involve hours of discussing game plans with mates, too much time spent looking over forecasts, scratching your head – “what on earth the forecast even mean?”

Then, checking against local knowledge of the Tasman Bay, deciding which model best fits. All this, thinking you have picked a stunner, only to turn up at the beach and not even take the yak off the car. After a 3:30am wake up – gutted!

Safety first though, as no fish is worth a life.

However, when things line up and the wind stays away it can be a highly rewarding past time.

Meeting new and interesting people has to be one of the major bonuses and it seems that most kayak fisho’s tend to look out for each other and go the extra mile to help.

The sunrises alone are worth the kilometres of paddling in the pursuit of ‘a feed’.

‘Cause let’s be honest, the main reason most people get into this yak fishing addiction, is to get a feed and not have to spend a ton of money doing it.

The fitness and health benefits are secondary to a wonderful way to fish.

And sometimes, when the stars align you can even snag a stonker of a fish anyone would be envious of.

Tricky tide catches out the unwary

Nelson Harbour put on a perfect night for more than 100 swimmers in the fifth race of the Rylock Swim Series on Thursday.

Overcast skies meant there was no glare from the setting sun as swimmers set off on a kilometre course in calm seas.

The only fly in the ointment was the outgoing tide pushing swimmers south, which did create some interesting tactics.

While most of the leaders took a straight line from the yacht club to the ‘dolphin’ navigation marker, Tasman school teacher Hayden Squance headed right in hopes that the tide would drift him across to the mark.

His strategy didn’t work out as he planned, finding himself behind Harrison Dean but ahead of Josef Scott, Terry Bone, Lilly Claridge, Lucas Bell, Sophie Pahl and Emily Chadderton coming into the

Cricket Saxton Oval is set to host a double-header as the Central Stags and Central Hinds take on Otago in the Dream 11 Super Smash on January 21. The action kicks off at 11am with the women’s game before the men take to the pitch from 2:40pm.

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Waimea Toi Toi United’s premier game with Wanderers/ Motueka Wolves was abandoned over the week, while Wakatu were able to put up a 348-run win over Nelson Col-

second leg. Hamish Neill had started on the left hand of the course and lost touch with the lead group.

On leg two across towards Rocks Rd, the tide created more problems, with many swimmers swept towards the beach.

Hayden kept a straight line, passing Harrison, while Hamish moved into fifth, passing the three leading women who were all swept right.

The third leg was a straight slog against the tide to the final buoy just off the yacht club ramp and nothing much changed at the front, with Hayden covering the kilometre in a brisk 11 minutes 11 seconds, four seconds ahead of Harrison before a gap back to Josef, Terry and Hamish.

Lilly finished sixth overall, just ahead of Lucas, with Sophie and Emily in virtually a dead heat to take out the second and third women’s spots.

Back in the field, Tahuna GP

Stephen Neas continued his impressive improvement, knocking nearly two minutes off his time from comparable swims a year ago.

Perhaps because of Christmas festivities, numbers were down a little, but there were still several new faces as out-of-town visitors joined in.

Amy Young raced competitively for the first time in several years, pushing many regular swimmers hard, while 75-year-old Phil Morrison took a break from his normal haunt of Oriental Bay for his first Nelson swim.

In the short race over about 600m, Nia Linyard continued her unbeaten run ahead of Keshia Old, having her first swim of the season.

Grace van Orden celebrated her second swim, coming third again.

The Rylock series is co-sponsored by Port Nelson. Full results and information at nel sonseaswims.co.nz.

lege after they posted 424/6 from their 50 overs before Damian Aitken took seven wickets for 32 runs. ACOB found their winning ways again, fighting to a 178-run win against Stoke/Nayland on the back of a first innings score of 287/10 from 50 overs.


Premier netball will face a minor shakeup next year as they continue rolling out improvements to the game. There will be only one promotion relegation game at the end of round one for teams before premier

becomes a closed grade for the remainder of the season. They have also announced the middle round is going to have a new look for 2023, with details announced in the new year.


Sean Thurlow and Janek Weisenack have won volleyball’s Tasman Beach Open held on Saturday, defeating brothers Daniel Heath and former Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Brendon. In the women’s draw, young guns Lilly Zwart and Lola King took out top honours.

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HIGGINS HERITAGE PARK STEAM-UP COMMUNITY CRAFT FAIR 222 Pigeon Valley Rd, Wakefield - Monday 2nd January 9am - 3pm Great number of craft stalls, food, fruit & drinks, Fire Brigade kids challenge, jigger, honey barrel & traction engine rides, plenty of parking, music, www. higginsheritagepark.co.nz

PHILOSOPHY CLUB meets 2nd & 4th Monday each month. 10am at Melrose House. Continuing with : “How do you know if you’re really real?” PH: Zoe 027 974 1758.

INTRODUCTION TO ZEN BUDDHISM. Beginners in struction available on Monday evenings at our Nelson Centre, Learn how to meditate the Zen way. Ph: Gwitha 021 1218 133 for information. Mountains & Rivers affliliate Nelson.


WELLBY TALKING CAFÉ: 10am – 11.30pm, Tuesday 10th January 2023, Burning Edge Café, Tapawera.WellbyTalking Cafés are about social connection and finding out about groups, activities and services. www.wellby.org.nz 03 5467681.


TASMAN TRACKIES CYCLING SAXTON VELODROME - Champion Rd, Richmond. Track racing Wednesdays 10am -11.30am through Summer. Track bikes free of charge, road or mountain bikes can be used. Riders at all levels & ages, Social coffee & chat after at local café – ZINK, Contact: Murray Cam-

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WELLBY TALKING CAFÉ: 1.30pm – 3pm, Tuesday 10th January 2023, Richmond Library. Wellby Talking Cafés are about social connection and finding out about groups, activities and services. www. wellby.org.nz 03 5467681.


WAKEFIELD ART GROUP All levels of interest welcome. Meet Thursdays at Wakefield Community Hall, Supper Rm. 10 Whitby Way, Wakefield. 9.30 – 12.00, $4 session tea/coffee provided. Alison 5418822

NELSON BAYS HARMONY CHORUS, our friendly group of women barbershop singers meets every Thursday evening at Club Waimea. Check out our website www.nelsonharmony.org. nz and/or phone Carole, 027 436 0910. Annual fundraiser giant garage sale Saturday 26th November Waimea College bus bay 8.30am.

RICHMOND LADIES FRIENDSHIP CLUB: meet monthly 9.45am 1stThurs. of month Church of Christ, Croucher St. Welcome all ladies looking for friendship, fun & fellowship with other women. Cafe lunch optional Interesting guest speakers & outings Ph Marion 544 4833 or Joan 544 1854.

TAICHI IN RICHMOND: Thursdays 10am12.00. Stillness, breath, movement. Quiet Heart Tai Chi, Holy Trinity Church, Dorset Street. Donation. Contact Merrick. Email; quiet.heart.tai. chi@gmail.com Ph 0210636620. All welcome

WAIMEA COMBINED FRIENDSHIP CLUB: 3rd Thursday each month, Hope Community


Church Hall, Ranzau Road, 9.45am providing interesting speakers and social opportunities for friendship through its special interest groups. Contact Margaret 022 010 6850.

RICHMOND WELCOME GROUP Our next meeting of our group will be on the 5th January 2023 10 am at Paragon Cafe, Langdale Drive Richmond join us for a coffee and a chat. Ansley/ Phillip 5410350 .


DROP IN & OP SHOP Fridays 9-1pm St Stephens Community Church 61 Tahunanui Drive. Come join us for some delicious food & browse our preloved clothing collection and stay for a chat.


NELSON CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 26 November 2022 - 15 January 2023 Open daily 8.30 - 7pm Late night Fridays 30 December

COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL at Marchwood Park. Saturday 7th January 10am, walk ups. 6.30pm Showcase. Invited guests. Food available, raffles. BYO seat. Sunday 8th 10am - 3.30pm. Phone Chris 0226800988

RICHMOND TENNIS CLUB - Gladstone Road Social hit for members and non-members Saturday afternoons All levels of ability welcome. 1.30pm onwards. Contact 0274872480



Nelson: The Railcar will be running on Saturday 24th . We are closed on Christmas Day. Check Facebook for timetable from Boxing Day BIRDLIFE CENTRE OF NEW ZEALAND need volunteer pest trappers in the Centre of NZ reserve in Nelson City. No experience needed, full training given. If you are reasonably fit, and can spare 2 hours per fortnight , call Gretchen 021 266 3867.

SUTER ART SOCIETY SUMMER EXHIBITION “Pay & Collect” until 22 Januray ‘23. Selection of small painting ideal for giving or posting to friends.

BEYOND THE FACE EXHIBITION by Age Concern Nelson Tasman at Pūtangitangi Greenmeadows from 15 December to 27 January from 9am to 5pm. Come along and find out the interesting story behind the face.

NELSON TASMAN HOSPICE TREES OF REMEMBRANCE. Trees located Nelson & Richmond Farmers until 24 Dec, Nelson & Stoke New World, Richmond Mall, Motueka House of Travel & Mapua Wharf 2nd – 9th Dec

ASTHMA? COPD? NELSON ASTHMA Phone your medical centre for a “Pulmonary Rehab course referral” or contact asthma. nelson@xtra.co.nz.

IS FOOD A PROBLEM FOR YOU? Are you suffering from anorexia, bulimia, obesity and/ or compulsive eating? Overeaters Anonymous works, Ph: 022 673 0237 .

FEELING SAD, STRESSED, DEPRESSED, OR STUCK? Identify & explore new ways to move forward with a Life Linc Counsellor. Up to 10 face to face counselling sessions available for

individuals & couples. Ph: 548 2400 lifelinc.co.nz

LEARNTO PLAY BRIDGE IN2023! callLeigh 0274 070 274,contact@richmondbridgeclub.org.nz

CANCER SOCIETY SUPPORT GRO for info on all groups call 539 1137 or email info@cancernelson.org.nz

FREE RICHMOND LIBRARY EVENTS at 280 Queen St, Richmond · Contact 03-543 8500.

Table Top Gaming Group. 9-13 year olds are invited to come play board games with Sophus. Every Friday, 3.30pm-4.30pm,.

Wriggle & Rhyme for 0-2 year olds - Come & explore music & songs, movement & rhythm, instruments & stories with your child. 10.00am-10.30am, everyTuesday during term time.

Storytime for 2-5 year olds - Join us for fun & exciting stories & songs.10am-10.30am, Wednesdays during term time.

Good Craft afternoon! Bring your craft project & work on it in the company of other crafters. Wednesdays, 12.30pm-2pm.

A JP (Justice of the Peace) is available to witness & sign your important documents at, every Wednesday, 11.30am-12.30pm.

English Conversation for ESOL speakers with an experienced & qualified ESOL teacher. 11.am12pm, Fridays via Zoom. Email Karyn.mclintock@tasman.govt.nz for Zoom access info

ARE YOU GAME? Want to play games without technology? Real games and real people. Contact Genie text only 0212141270 or email magicdancer54@ gmail.com


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Are you looking to earn some good money while you learn new skills? Right now, our Nelson plant is gearing up for a big 2022- 2023 season with a number of opportunities available. If you’ve got experience doing the mahi - awesome, give us a shout, but if you’ll be coming in fresh and just keen to learn and earn - that’s good too, we can train you up! We’re recruiting
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Classifieds Wednesday 21 December 2022 25 AGRICULTURAL 31 Venice Place, Stoke Phone 03 547 3276 Mowers Chainsaws and more Repairs and Sales We sell the best and service the rest Chainsaws - Lawn Mowers Blower/Vacs - Weedeaters Ride On Mowers Pick up and Delivery Available Trades&Services PH 544 9037 sales@waimeaweekly.co.nz Keep your community informed, tell us first Phone us on 544 9037 Waimea Weekly AGRICULTURAL 24HR - PH: 544 5723 MAIN ROAD APPLEBY BRANDS - SERVICE - FINANCE ALL makes models 24HR Call Out Agents for SALES•PARTS•SERVICE FOR ALL MAKES AND MODELS FOR RENT Your for rent ad here. Phone 544 9037 ACCOUNTING FOR SALE Your For Sale ad here. Phone 544 9037 Classifieds CLASSIFIED DEADLINE - 5PM FRIDAY PH 544 9037 sales@waimeaweekly.co.nz Waimea Weekly Locally Owned and Operated ? Let us know what is important to you and your community. Send a letter to the editor to: sara@ topsouthmedia.co.nz What matters to you WANTED Your wanted ad here. Phone 544 9037 Funny, interesting, outrageous? Let us know. Phone us on 544 9037 Waimea Weekly Locally Owned and Operated CHURCH NOTICE GARAGE SALE Your garage sale ad here. Phone 544 9037 Holy Trinity 27 Dorset St, Richmond Our Holy Trinity weekly Sunday service is at 10.00am You can also watch this on YouTube at Richmond Anglican Parish Wednesday Services 10.00am St Alban’s 410 Appleby Hwy 2nd & 4th Sundays 10.30am For more information ph the church office on 544 8844 or email office@richmondparish.nz CHURCH NOTICE FUNERALS Nelson | Ph 03 539 006 | Richmond Ph 03 929 5145 nelson.simplicity.co.nz Part of Your Community FUNERAL PLANS AVAILABLE Prearrangements - free of charge Prepaid Funeral Trust No additional mileage fees No hidden fees Providing Gentle Guidance When You Need It Most ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES
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Classifieds Wednesday 21 December 2022 27 Trades&Services PH 544 9037 sales@waimeaweekly.co.nz The Maintenance Man Nelson • Property Maintenance • Deck & Fence Repairs • Bathroom & Kitchen Reno’s • General Building Repairs & Maintenance • Kit-set Assembly Any job you want done, give me a call Adam Davidson 027 475 2510 maintenancemannelson@gmail.com mainTenanCe - Exterior/Interior - Airless Spraying - Waterblasting - New & Old Work - Obligation Free Quote Call Adam 027 671 8417 info@brumwellpainting.co.nz www.brumwellpainting.co.nz PainTeR 03 547 0002 www.clyne-bennie.co.nz Plumbing Gas Drainage No job too big, too small or too ugly! PLUmBeR PainTeR Proudly supplying Orange Residential Homes roofing requirements for over 10 years Stoke Roofing quentinearlepainting@gmail.com 027 232 1550 “I’ll turn up on time and in over 30 years I’ve never had a complaint” • Qualified Tradesman • Locally owned & operated PainTeR Replace your doors, drawer fronts and bench tops Is your kitchen looking tired? Call 021 674 575 or Freephone 03 391 1414 morgan@dreamdoors.co.nz www.dreamdoors.co.nz kiTCHenS TaRPaULin HiRe TARP HIRE Range of sizes available, competitive prices PH 544 6352 44 Beach Rd, Richmond mortimerupholstery.co.nz SToRage • Low prices • Secure storage • CCTV Surveillance • Inside car storage • Staff on site Size & Price List available at www.tasmanstorage.nz SToRage STORAGE Safe and Secure 027 454 3813 e: admin@hopestorage.co.nz 52 Ranzau Rd, Hope - 24/7 access - Fully fenced - 24 hour surveillance - Staff on Site Mon – Fri Only $28 pw For boats, caravans & motorhomes Only $39 pw 20ft containers RUBBiSH RemovaL Order online at www.smartenvironmental.co.nz or phone 0800 424 990 Residential Refuse Wheelie Bin Service STUMP GRINDING SERVICES Stump Grinding Tree Felling & Removal Site Clearance Andrew Workman 02108182123 Free Quotes & Prompt Service www.stumpgrindingservice.co.nz ReaL eSTaTe *Stats from ratemyagent and homes.co.nz Mike Pero Real Estate Ltd Licensed REAA (2008) Tracy Beer 027 674 8102 Direct Dial 03 542 3180 tracy.beer@mikepero.com GET THE SERVICE AND RESULTS YOU DESERVE List and sell with your No.1 agent in Brightwater for Brightwater No.1 kiTCHenS PAINTING CONTRACTORS Ph 03 548 5259 www.mckenziepaint.co.nz locally owned and operated FREE QUOTES REFRESH YOUR KITCHEN WITH A COAT OF PAINT be seen! Your Ad here from only $23 +gst per week 544 9037 SToRage www.storageworldnz.co.nz 19 Elms Street, Stoke Phone 544 4545 info@storageworldnz.co.nz For more information, check our website • 24/7 electronic access • Individually alarmed units • CCTV monitoring • Undercover access • Packaging materials be seen! Your Ad here from only $23 +gst per week 544 9037 Television - Aerials and Installation Telephone, Internet Problems and Installation tasmancomtech.co.nz fReevieW www.ultimategd.nz 2/76 Gladstone Rd, Richmond (03) 544 6510 Residential, Commercial and Industrial Doors • Sectional insulated and un-insulated garage doors and roller doors • Retro-fit of garage doors • Servicing of garage doors and motors gaRage DooRS A HANDYMAN Brent hashtagahandyman@gmail.com hashtagahandyman 020 4156 7993 GARDEN SHEDS DECKS & FENCING LANDSCAPING HOME MAINTENANCE PAINTING EXTERIOR/INTERIOR JOINERY/CABINETRY # • Lawns • Edges • Gardens • Section Clearing • Hedges • Rubbish Removal • Handyman Work GARDENING merritt 26 years experience Bridget and Richard Merritt 021 193 8507 kiwigold09@hotmail.com gaRDening WaRDRoBeS
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