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Crowning achievements of the royal bad boy The farce our race relations bureaucrats should be focussed on

Another wild week in the news business. Berserk weather, berserk politics and our esteemed royal family’s bad boy clocks up more notoriety. How dare the poms think their Mike Tindall and Prince Harry are the rascals of royalty? Ours is badder. They’re choir boys compared to our own Kiwi royalty, the Maori King’s son and one of the heirs to the throne, Korotangi Paki. Not only can our prince rip people off and drive intoxicated, but he can admit it, then get off it! Now that’s showing some right royal cunning. Yous da man. While Tindall’s greatest feats are grabbing the odd pash and Harry’s exploits involve one too many shandies in a hot tub; they don’t even make stage one of royal bad boy status unless they’ve pulled off a couple of burgs and drunken hooning. I bet the people behind the ‘ghost chips’ commercials are really pleased that after all their millions spent campaigning to get young drunks off the road, Prince Paki has rocked in as a new role model for potential young troublemakers in that demographic. Good old Tuku Morgan, former Minister of Mis-Aligned Underwear, confirmed racism and elitism are alive and thriving in New Zealand, telling the Herald outside court the judge's decision had been “a victory for Maori and recognition of their unique culture”. "The judge has recognised a very important and compelling cultural difference; that he is entwined in a succession process that one day will give rise to a new head of the kingdom, and his opportunity should not be in any way shape or form minimised or compromised."

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Oh, I see now, Tuku. It seems some people are above the law. We see where the rest of the population stands and we can’t wait to see this future head of the kingdom apply his ethics and values to his potential leadership role. Dover Samuels was quick and damning of the whole charade, as were a few other Maori leaders. Good on them. Meanwhile, this graphic has been cir-

culating social media groups. I suspect the last photo should be credited to Peter Drury of the Herald, but we’re stealing it anyway, since such behaviour seems to be sanctioned now. Our illustrious Race Relations Commissioner has been strangely quiet on the Prince Paki issue. Could it be condoned by her office? Or are they all too busy niggling at the rest of us, to really take a meaningful stand against this nonsense? Most likely, judging from the huge amount of response we’ve had to last week’s rant about macrons and potty mouth language.

outspoken views on the Treaty of Waitangi, concluded it was a National Government sham appointment. And while she did initially seem to be better-suited than Boris de Bres, even Barney the Dinosaur would have appeared an improvement over that guy. You have to wonder if this position achieves anything at all. While the Dame’s too busy taking petty pot-shots at media commentators she’s seemingly oblivious to the rift the country is in, especially with the uproar over blatant racism and favouritism in the Paki case.

Howls of protest

We’ve a page of letters, just some of the many received this week, complaining of Dame Susan’s response. But nothing compared to the landslide of emails on the subject, every one of them slamming the commissioner’s stance. Many are not publishable. If you thought Rogers sailed close to the wind with language, it’s nothing compared to some of the choice words you readers are hurling around on this! Thanks for the mail. We’ll run some of the softer messages on SunLive (click on LETTERS TO ED in the orange bit at top of home page). Many of you have been quick to remind us that Susan’s appointment last year to the position was widely criticised at the time. There was suspicion amongst the villagers, many who questioned her qualifications for such a role and also, considering her

As mentioned last week, Dick was the name of my Dad’s cat. Now Dad has always been a keen photographer and he reminded me this week that Dick was no ordinary cat. In fact, a black and white photograph Dad took and developed in his home darkroom back in the early 1960s, was entered in the Waikato Winter Show. The photo won second place and Dad rightly points out the cat therefore is actually a Prize Dick. He reckons the cat should have won first prize, but it only has one ball.

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System a mess Leigh Elder says the new food system promotes the wrong foods and fails to shine light on the good.

New Zealand’s newly-adopted five-star health rating system designed to help people make more informed food choices is being slammed by Tauranga’s Eat for Keeps founder Leigh Elder, who says it will only cause more consumer confusion. The Government is joining Australia’s voluntary Front of Pack Nutrition Labelling system, meaning food packets in New Zealand stores will feature a health star rating between 1/2 and five. The more stars, the better nutritional value, with ratings determined by an algorithm considering the product’s overall nutritional value. But Leigh is concerned the star ratings are counterproductive and offer misleading information. “For example, wheat biscuits are made from white flour and the system gives the product a high star value. “Diabetes is major epidemic caused by having too much glucose in the blood through eating a lot of simple carbohydrates.” He says people will likely be encouraged by low sugar levels in products and good star ratings, and they’ll not know high, simple carbohydrate levels make lots of glucose. “So to give this product a high star rating when it’s actually full of simple carbohydrates – boy, it really just sends the wrong message.”

Leigh says the star ratings will also likely discourage consumers from eating fats – but fats are essential to nutrition. “We are supposed to get 30 per cent of our energy from fat. This is where the culture is all wrong; they’re pushing people to eat less fat and by default they eat too much carbohydrate.” Products like cornflakes can also confuse. “The packet may say four per cent sugar and five per cent fat – and people think ‘yeah, that’s great’ – but they don’t realise it contains 83 per cent carbohydrate. “Cornflakes produce quite a bit of glucose, which is the sugar, which raises blood-sugar levels the most, says Leigh. “If diabetics eat this, they’re not doing so well.” Leigh says the new labels also omit nutritional elements like protein, healthy fats, carbohydrate and fibre levels, “which is simply not taking a balanced view”. “It will be interesting to see what rating they come up with for brilliant whole foods with higher fat and protein foods, like oily fish like salmon, and nuts and seeds.” Leigh says a better approach to get across the healthy food message is education. “Education will help people to understand what they need to be looking for when they look at a food packet – and the nutrition information panels are all they need.” The new labels will be enforced in the next six-12 months. By Merle Foster

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Boy hit by car in Welcome Bay A 7-year-old Welcome Bay boy hit by a car in Welcome Bay is recovering from critical injuries in Starship Children’s Hospital. Rawiri Wilson-Te Whata was out playing the spotlight hide and seek game when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Meander Drive on Monday. He was taken to Tauranga Hospital and later airlifted in a critical condition to Starship Childrens, where he has since improved to a ‘stable condition’. Speaking to SunLive at Rawiri’s Meander Drive home, his nana Miria Te Whata says the Selwyn Ridge School pupil awoke from an induced coma on Wednesday. “The first person he saw was his mother and he straight away asked for McDonalds. “It’s great that he’s woken up on his own, but they’re still keeping an eye on him because he might slip in and out of consciousness.”

City Council unveils restructure

Tauranga City Council is to undergo a massive restructure involving internal job swaps that will see 52 jobs disappear, and the creation of 54 new ones. The 52 staff directly affected are first choice for the new positions, says CEO Garry Poole. About 400 council employees were informed of restructure in a series of meetings late last week.

Farmer died of hypothermia

Four friends of well-known farmer Neil Turner have made a non-stop three day road trip from Invercargill to bring his body home to his family in Katikati. The 61-year-old died of hypothermia when he fell off a boat into the waters of Bradshaw Sound on July 3, during an extended hunting trip with friends. His death was the subject of a Coroner’s investigation but by Sunday Neil’s friends were able to begin his journey home. A gathering to celebrate the life of the man universally known as Noddy, will be held on the family’s farm at 816 Work Road, at 11am on Saturday.

Heroic cop would do it again

“That’s somebody’s grandma in there and I just knew that it was up to me, Johnny on the spot I had to. Adrenaline took over and you had to go in.” These are the words of police officer Senior Constable Adrian Oldham who this week saved a 77-year-old from her burning Mount Maunganui home. The Papamoa officer was undertaking a routine patrol on Maranui Street when he came across the house on fire about 6.20pm on Sunday. Running to the ranch slider of the single storey home, the officer began banging on the door, at which point the 77-year-old approached before collapsing backwards. Adrian attempted to break the door but was unable to get access and instead smashed a side window and crawled in to pull the woman to safety with the help of Constable Shane McCarthy.

Quick responses, smart decisionmaking and mastered rescue techniques have Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service with a two in three chance of claiming the prestigious Rescue of the Year title at this weekend’s 2014 Bay of Plenty/Coromandel Awards of Excellence. Among the Mount club’s numerous finalist positions, including chairman Paul Treanor for BOP Volunteer of the Year and the BOP Innovation of the Year award for last year’s inaugural Mount Monster, two 2014 rescues have captured judges’ attention. The first comes bittersweet, as the patient did not survive. On January 23, at 5.25pm the patrol received a call saying an elderly man was suffering a cardiac arrest halfway up Mauao. Mount lifeguards responded, helping by assisting paramedics in trans-

portation and treatment, looking after the family, and operating from the patrol tower. The second rescue occurred on Saturday, March 22, with near two metre waves, when two swimmers became caught in a fast rip near Leisure Island. Patrol captain Dani Shepherd swam 50m out to them, and made a decision that by the time the IRB arrived they would have travelled out to where large rogue waves were breaking. She decided to swim the patients up onto the rocks of Leisure Island. After helping them safely navigate the rocks, she swum up herself, assessed the patients and brought them back to the beach. MMLS general manager Glenn Bradley is incredibly proud of his team and says it’s great to have their dedication and talent acknowledged. Glenn says it’s important to highlight the work lifeguards do on land – which is more common than water rescues for the Mount club. “I guess that’s something people don’t fully understand or appreciate

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and it’s unique to our service. “We’re essentially the first port of call for the million-odd people who walk around or up the Mount each year.” Club chairman Paul Treanor is nominated for BOP Volunteer of the Year, alongside Papamoa’s Ross Edwards and Omanu’s Jono York. As well as helping guide the club strategically through his chairman role, Paul this year qualified as an IRB crewman, passed his level 2 and level 3 first aid courses, gave 58.5 patrol hours throughout the season, and more. Paul’s also heavily involved in Mount Maunganui’s hugely successful Mount Monster endurance race – nominated for BOP Innovation of the Year. Several lifeguards from across the region, including from Papamoa and Omanu surf clubs, also feature in finalist spots. The Awards of Excellence winners are announced at Trinity Wharf in Tauranga on Saturday from 6pm. See for results. By Corrie Taylor


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Brad Milne died in 2011 after a long-term battle with severe depression.

Three years after Brad Milne’s death, an annual memorial and awareness concert in his name is stepping up a gear with New Zealand comedian Mike King supporting the cause. Tickets for this month’s Brad Milne Memorial Charity Event on Saturday, July 19, have almost sold out. Brad – a father-of-two – died in July, 2011, after an on-going battle with depression since his late teens. To raise awareness of depression and suicide awareness, his family created the memorial concert. Brad’s father Colin still suffers feelings of guilt, that he somehow failed his son. “How I would give anything to have the last couple of days over again, as Brad was actively seeking help through the medical system and us as well.” He says Brad’s children are doing as well as can be expected with no father figure. “Brad would be very proud of them. As for us, you hear the saying that ‘no parent should have to attend their child’s funeral’. “That’s so true; it just turns your life upside down.” He believes more than ever in the importance of depression awareness and hopes this event will help.

“Most people, myself included, can’t comprehend someone feeling so bad that they feel there is no other way out. “John Kirwan’s ads saying depression is an illness not a weakness hits the nail on the head. It could be a battle cry against suicide, which kills more people than vehicle accidents. “Millions of dollars are spent on road accident prevention, maybe more needs to be spent on suicide prevention.” Brad’s brother Lance Milne says they recruited Mike King to help improve crowd numbers after last year’s event dipped in ticket sales. “We just wanted something to attract more people, a draw card for people to buy tickets. The first year we had a massive crowd, and we blocked off Wharf Street. “Last year we didn’t organise it properly and it was a smaller crowd on a Sunday.” With tickets limited to about 200, Lance is pleased to announce this event – featuring live bands and an auction at The Crown and Badger – is almost at capacity. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling Colin on 07 571 3038. Proceeds will go to the Acorn Foundation.

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A rare species of albatross found injured on Chapel St could be more than 2500km from home.

Under Chrissy Jefferson’s care, Sooty is in good hands – even if he squawks and bites. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Sooty the light-mantled sooty albatross is being nursed back to health at Oropi Native Bird Rescue Haven after being discovered in very poor condition on the side of the road last month. Haven owner Chrissy Jefferson says it’s the first of this species she’s encountered in her 54 years of bird rescue work in the Bay. “They’re from the Antipodes Islands, down near the Antarctic. It’s very rare for them to be found here. “It’s even stranger he was found on the road; if he’d turned up on the beach it wouldn’t have been as strange.” Sooty, with his “vicious” temper, is more than twice the size of a domestic cat and has an estimated two-metre wingspan. “He’s a very attractive bird.” Initially taken to ARRC Wildlife Centre, Sooty was passed on to Chrissy, who says he was in “very poor condition” being dehydrated, full of worms and starved. “He’s been wormed, and he gets 300ml of fluid, split into two feeds each day. “A tube is fed into him, which involves putting a tube down the throat and straight into the stomach.” Sooty is also eating about 24

fish per day. While he initially needed food forced down his throat, Chrissy says he’s now swallowing on his own. The next step will be to make sure he is waterproofed – a must before he’s released. “You just can’t take them to the beach and let him go. Because he’s not going in the water and not cleaning himself, he’s not waterproof. “I’m trying to get a new pool; with albatross they need deeper water to get them waterproof.”

After 54 years operating the bird rescue service with her own money, Oropi Native Bird Rescue Haven last week gained charitable trust status. Chrissy can now apply for funding grants, which she’s hopeful will ease any financial burdens. “I’ve been funding this entire operation by myself. I love it – but I’ve not had a holiday for 26 years. “You just never stop, you’re never away from it and you can’t switch off.”

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Critical care People with minor ailments are being urged not to clog Tauranga Hospital’s Emergency Department, to ensure help is not delayed for those in need of critical care. ED clinical lead Dr Suzanne Moran says the department’s workload is being unnecessarily increased by patients visiting with minor illnesses, who should be firstly seeking pharmacist advice or seeing a GP. “I would ask patients to bear in mind our staff are a limited resource working under pressure. “Patients should only attend the ED if their problem is an emergency.” ED patient numbers jumped

Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meetings of TECT (Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust), TECT Charitable Trust, TECT Holdings Ltd, TECT Finance Ltd, and Consumers of TECT. Thursday 31st July, 4pm Village Hall, The Historic Village on 17th, Seventeenth Avenue, Tauranga. We invite Consumers* to join us to hear about the activities of TECT in the last 12 months. $33.5 million was distributed to Consumers and Consumer Community Organisations during the year. Find out how the money was spent and how TECT fulfilled its obligations to Consumers. BUSINESS OF MEETING 1. To receive and adopt the Annual Report for the financial year ended 31 March 2014. 2. To receive and adopt the Annual Accounts, including the Audit Report and Financial Statements for the financial year ended 31 March 2014. 3. To pass the following resolution: Trustee remuneration payable to all Trustees taken as a whole of $112,500 per annum, (plus meeting allowances of $200 per meeting per Trustee) remain unchanged for the next financial year. 4. To consider and approve the appointment of an Auditor and to authorise the Trustees to fix the Auditor’s remuneration for the next financial year. 5. General Business (if any). ANNUAL REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS TECT's 2014 Annual Report and Financial Statements will be available for inspection at the Annual General Meeting and afterwards at the TECT Office, Level 2, 525 Cameron Road, Tauranga between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm. Copies of TECT’s Annual Report can also be viewed at TECT’s website Wayne Werder, General Manager

with the extra ambulance on call from 10am-4pm, will minimise delays during busy periods. “It means we can still get our most urgent patients to care as quickly as possible,” says Jeremy, who stresses people should never avoid calling 111 when in difficulty. “When people call 111 there is a full service available to them. The person states what’s wrong and we can go from sending an ambulance to providing advice if it’s a low acuteness situation.” Jeremy says callouts are rising, with a daily average of 100 during the last week compared to the norm of 90. He attributes an 8.6 per cent annual increase in workload in urban Bay of Plenty during the last year to the area’s ageing population. By Hamish Carter


PROPOSAL TO FUND IMPROVED ACCESS TO TERTIARY EDUCATION Trustees are seeking the views of Consumers on an application made to TECT by the Tertiary Education Partnership for funding of $15 million to develop a University Campus in Durham St Tauranga. The funding if approved would be made from TECT’s Major Amenities Fund. TECT Trustees recommend that funding of up to $15 million be made available to expand Tertiary Education in Tauranga subject to the Tertiary Education Partnership entering into a funding agreement with TECT that is satisfactory to Trustees. A background document and supporting information can be found on TECT’s website


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Skating ahead at Jubilee Park Skate and scooter riders should have a new skate park within 18 months following a $107,000 funding injection from Western Bay of Plenty District Council. Project coordinator Richard Crawford says a new skate park in Jubilee Park is wanted because the old skating area beside Te Puke Sports Club in Atuaroa Ave didn’t offer features skaters wanted and was in a poorly accessible location. The council is reallocating $107,000 to the project, which had been earmarked for public toilets in Jubilee Park, but is no longer needed following the upgrade of library toilets. The money comes from the sale of Jubilee Park, which is on top of $50,000 originally budgeted for a project to upgrade the existing skate facility. Richard, who got involved in the project through his skating-mad son Johno, says there is strong support from young people for the plan to develop a centrally-located skate area on Jubilee Park. It will incorporates elements they want – including ledges and banks, central pyramid, ramp and sweeping freestanding bank. “The kids are really excited. They want it to be in a central location so it’s easily accessible and it will also be good to be somewhere its visible, rather

A new skate park planned for Te Puke is expected to be a hit with local riders and attract others, such as Saul Preshner, Trevarn Parata and Cory Magee from Papamoa, when it opens.

than in the back somewhere.” The skate area will be about 30m x 15m, extending from the end of the playground off Commerce Lane, and will sit on the bottom field with the design incorporating stepped banks up to the top field. On top of the council funding, the group of skaters are just about to launch their own fundraising with activities such as sausage sizzles and applying for trust grants. “Our target is to raise $50,000 which will give us more than enough based on project estimates of $160,000-$190,000.

De-amalgamation I note Auckland City Council has begun urgent meetings to find ways to cover a half billion dollar funding shortfall, each year for the next 10 years, and look at ways to reduce spending by up to $2.8b. Media reports say Mayor Len Brown’s election promise was to cap rates rises to 2.5 per cent. Amalgamation hasn’t been the financial panacea many ratepayers had hoped for. In Noosa, Australia, the Noosa Shire Council went through a process of deamalgamating from its neighbour, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Other councils to de-amalgamate last year include Livingstone Shire Council from Rockhampton, Mareeba Shire Council from The Tablelands Regional Council and Douglas Shire from Cairns Regional Council. Different community needs, concerns and issues are some of the reasons for people not supporting amalgamation. Financial savings are obviously not guaranteed. Is bigger always better? Not if the learnings from Auckland and Queensland are anything to go by. It would appear the only people to benefit are consultants and lawyers involved in this type of work.

“We’re aiming to start construction in October 2015 with a completion date of February 2016.” Richard says consultation with key stakeholders shows generally strong support, including from business and property owners who like the idea skaters will the park rather than CBD areas. He wants more skaters to get involved in the project. To learn more, contact Richard on 021 453696 or email By Hamish Carter

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Calls have been coming in about the placement of the doorway/lamp post outside the new pharmacy at 850 Cameron Rd. The lamp post was there first. And now it’s in front of a door, which is not where you would usually find a lamp post – unless it’s a handy dandy bike leaner. When the unusual juxtaposition was pointed out The Weekend Sun tried to contact people.

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Mike Stott at Lysaght Consultants referred the inquiry to the developer David Hamilton, who has not replied to the message. The city council staffer confessed he was having trouble holding a straight face, and wanted assurance the city’s lamp post was there first, and confirmation that it was the developer who built the doorway in front of the lamp post. He promised to make inquiries.

Not a problem

Chemist Greg Tibshraeny at Greg’s Pharmacy is quite happy about the lamp post. He wants council permission to paint ‘pharmacy’ on it. “It’s not really bothering me,” says Greg. “It’s quite nice having the light shining at night time as well. I think it’s actually quite useful to have light close to a pharmacy at night time for security purposes.” The post is two three meters from the door, and there’s plenty of room even for a wheelchair to get past. There’s an atrium next to the pharmacy that’s got wheelchair access to the whole building, says Greg. By Andrew Campbell

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Creative Tauranga is calling on city businesses to help raise the final $91,000 needed to complete the Hairy Maclary and Friends Tauranga Waterfront Sculpture.

Creative Tauranga’s Tracey Rudduck-Gudsell. Work on turf beside Tauranga’s waterfront playground was originally scheduled to begin at the end of July so iconic characters from Dame Lynley Dodd’s books could be installed. But Creative Tauranga chief executive Tracey Rudduck-Gudsell says work is postponed until August 10 to raise the final $91,000 of the $800,000 project. Tracey hopes the project will be a public art statement for the waterfront everyone can enjoy. “Whereas most public bronze sculptures pay tribute to the lives and accomplishments of historical figures, the Hairy Maclary and Friends sculptures showcase storybook characters very much alive in the hearts and minds of children and adults today. Philip Hunt from Ray White Commercial and Creative Tauranga are leading a corporate challenge encouraging other businesses to donate. They’re hopeful businesses will match Philip’s $1000 donation to the project earlier this year. This week ASB and Farmer Motor Group donated $5000, and further donations came from Crockford Real Estate, Frank Vosper Reality, Phoenix Bar and KPMG. Tracey estimates it will take about four weeks to install the sculptures. “This public artwork will leave a legacy for generations to come as bronzes have a lifespan of no less than 100 years.”

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Dennis Beach has 40 people signed up to his new coffin-making club in Katikati – but without a base the group will die before it comes to life.

“There is no club at the moment because we can’t find a premises,” says Dennis, whose club will see members create their own caskets. He says 40 Katikati people are interested and another six from Tauranga. Dennis got involved in coffinmaking when a friend’s wife died suddenly last November. “When I saw all the grief and hassle they had with the funeral, I was very sad for them, but I took my wife to the dentist and while waiting for her there was a ‘The Shed’ magazine with an article about the coffin-making club in Rotorua. “That planted the seed and I joined Tauranga’s coffin club and built my own coffin.” He then found out the clubs aren’t just about creating coffins. “They have all the data for your final workbook, so you can discuss with your family freely and openly what you want in the event of your passing away. “What sort of service you want, if you want to be embalmed and if you want to be cremated – you can plan the whole thing well ahead of time so when it happens there’s no stress on the family.” Dennis says a guest to his meeting to start the club said it costs $9000 for the funeral of a loved one. “Between six of them that’s $1500 each, which is quite a chunk out of anyone’s income.” The taboo subject of funerals also becomes more accessible thanks to the club, says Dennis. When explaining to his granddaughter he’d planned his funeral she thought it was unthinkable, “but when I took her through the workbook, she thinks I’m a genius”. Dennis says coffins can be decorated to honour the individual and tell the story of one’s life.


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Sharpening council’s axe for long term plan “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first four hours sharpening my axe” – this quote from Abraham Lincoln is a good analogy for the last two weeks at Tauranga City Council. With no formal meetings this week, we have been getting our business in order to prepare the draft long term

plan. Councillor Clayton Mitchell outlined the three areas of Tauranga City’s new vision in my column last week. In my opinion, this means Tauranga will never be a heavy weight city able to compete against the likes of Auckland, Sydney, or London. But it can be the world’s best lightweight city, known for its knockout punch. This acknowledges Tauranga is not going to exceed 200,000 people by 2060.

Ask most local architects; Tauranga has a reputation for wanting an award winning design but expecting it on a LEGO budget. Previous councils were not immune to this reputation; they had a bad habit of delegating their way out of issues by creating strategies, but failing to commit resources. We’re no longer known as $10 Tauranga; we’re known as halfhearted Tauranga. This new council is making sure we match our promises with the right resources. The new city vision will mean Council says no to a lot more

ideas. But I hope we’ll back ourselves when we find a good investment, rather than doing things half-heartedly. Our chief executive is restructuring Council’s administration to ensure ‘what gets resourced gets done’. Ratepayers should be focused on the overall staff costs as opposed to worrying about the number of bums on seats. The previous council’s restructure was a false saving because they didn’t reduce levels of service; it resulted in increased consultancy and contractor spend instead. Our new focus on customer service means we can deliver councillors’ promises of working with the building industry on a

monthly basis to resolve consenting problems. It was reported last week 15th Ave will no longer be considered a state highway. Previous councils have considered this since the government removed the tolls on the harbour bridge. Even if the government paid to expand 15th Ave into four lanes, the city would need to fund improvements worth millions of dollars to the twelve intersections along 15th Ave to safely support four lanes of traffic. Once the Welcome Bay tunnel is completed, I just don’t see 15th Ave being a priority. It’s only busy for two hours during a 24 hour period. Feel free to email me your thoughts (, call/text me on 027 6989 548, and follow me at

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Whether it’s a hire purchase for a TV, or a personal loan, or a mortgage for a big item such as a house. So when faced with making these financial decisions how often do you consider making sure in the event you can’t work, or worse still you die, there is something put in place to protect against these risks? If you take out a mortgage of say $350,000 and you haven’t factored or put aside in your budget to cover such basics as life insurance, to pay off the debt if you die or pay the mortgage payments if you got sick, you should seriously consider whether you should take on that debt. Too many times we come across people who in their emotional enthusiasm to get that new home or fancy new car give little or no thought as to how they’d be affected if they faced such a crisis. They put no thought into covering the risk. “The wife will sort it when I’m gone” or “They can sell the house and clear the debt” are common replies. Unfortunately, it’s never that easy and ends up being left for someone else to sort out. So take some responsibility and make sure you are protected.


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Annual event bursts with inspiration

People’s incredible ability to adapt for survival, the growing world of 3D education and its role in aiding those with dyslexia – these are just two topics to feature in this month’s TEDxTauranga.

Starting as a conference 30 years ago, the TED concept has grown to feature hundreds of non-profit seminars worldwide, with inspirational speakers sharing their ideas and research. Twenty-nine volunteers are currently pouring hours of effort TEDx speaker Marty Hoffart with into organising Tauranga’s event some of the recyclable products he at ASB Baypark on July 19, where nine speakers, of 51 applicants, has on hand. Photo by Bruce Barnard. will take to the stage.

Head organiser Sheldon Nesdale says subjects will range from how we can live longer, healthier lives, to why we should take care of the soil and motivations of Gallipoli’s Maori Contingent. Four of the speakers are from the Western Bay, including biologist Dr Ian McLean, who will explain how our ability to adapt to whatever threatens us will allow us to survive, and James Ross who, shows how 3D learning can help people with dyslexia. Waste minimisation consultant Marty Hoffart, who will talk about how we can rescue New Zealand’s slipping ‘clean, green image’, hopes people will be challenged to recover more resources from waste. “We need to do better in this country and people need to know that.”

Holistic vet Dr Liza Schneider will talk about helping our pets and ourselves have happier and healthier lives. She says TEDx is a great chance to share ideas and information with likeminded people and hopes the audience will come away “inspired and educated on how we can make the world a better place”.

Sheldon says the true test of the event is in inspiring audience members into their own action. “Great ideas are exciting. But you can hear a million great ideas and if you don’t take action or make a change, then what’s the point?” For more information about the event, visit

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Growing plants fruitful for Katikati families

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For 60 years millions of strawberry plants have flourished in Katikati’s fertile soils – but not to harvest the fruit, it’s the plants in high demand. In 1953, Turners and Growers identified Katikati’s light Waihi ash soils and favourable climate as ideal to grow plants for strawberry fruit growers. Approaching several market gardening families to grow the plants, George Bryan with his family, harvesting strawberry plants at Charlie Taylor and Keith Rapley Athenree late last century. took on the challenge – and their sons still grow the plants today. tables where staff remove dead or damaged leaves and Other families involved early on included Hart, tie plants into bundles of 25. MacMillan, Palmer, Hoggard, Harwood and Moving along a conveyor to a packing station, McDonald, but today the Rapley, Taylor and Shanley they’re placed in bins ready for coolstorage until families are the only Katikati growers left. transported to growers. Newlyweds Pam and Keith Rapley began growing Charlie’s son Keith Taylor says the Taylor harvesting strawberry plants and kumara at Athenree. In 1978, operation is closer to traditional methods, with plants Keith died suddenly and sons Martin and Bruce took loosened from soil by harrows, and pickers sit in padover the business, moving out of kumara to grow docks cleaning and tying plant bundles. avocado and kiwifruit alongside strawberry plants. “It’s piece work – they get paid on performance and As the demand for strawberry plants grew, so did can make very good money,” says Keith. commercial fruit growers’ requirements. “Although we harvest at the same time as kiwifruit, “One grower wanted plants which were grown at we don’t have to compete for staff because most high altitude, as it was believed they’d produce better people can make better money harvesting strawberfruit when transplanted to more favourable condiries – and it’s more consistent work.” tions,” says Bruce. Keith and his brothers, Allan and Ray, have taken To meet the requirement the Rapleys leased land at on the family tradition – but Allan works for the Ohakune. No longer growing at Ohakune, the family Rapley family. has adapted harvesting systems used there to the But in truth, the families work closely together Athenree operation. as they have since the start, sharing knowledge, Today, a tractor-driven harvester removes plants resources and equipment. Keith Taylor’s sons Hamish from soil. They’re lifted into a revolving cage to shake and Adrian are also involved, and the fourth generafree the soil, onto a conveyor and into bins. tion – Hamish’s six-year-old son Asher – is showing At the packhouse, a forklift tips bins onto large interest too. By Elaine Fisher


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Weed eating tasty hot topic They’re not what you’d expect to see flying off the shelves at a Saturday market, but Sue Boyd’s bags of weeds are doing just that. Sue stumbled upon the nutritious benefits of some regular garden weeds when reading Julia Sich’s ‘Edible Weeds’ book. “After reading this book we thought: ‘Wow we’re sitting on these plants growing out in the garden naturally’, so we started harvesting.” Many of the book’s weeds Sue found around her 60 acres of land, and hidden throughout her vegetable gardens. Already frequenting the Tauranga Farmers Market, she decided to bag up a few samples and was shocked by how fast they went. “We got people asking if we have plantain and yarrow and we started putting those bags together. We usually bring about 20-30 bags and they go every time.” Of particular demand is dandelion, so Sue grew a bed of the weed. “My husband said: ‘What the heck

are you doing that for? There’s a whole load in the paddocks’. “It’s amazing what you can actually eat in the garden, we had no idea. My husband goes in front of the cows and picks the tickseed.” The weeds are not for cooking, but are mainly used in smoothies or salads. “There are a lot of minerals in them that you can’t get in vegetables grown conventionally today. A lot of nutrients are in those plants.” Sue’s favourite use for dandelion is to make tea and coffee.

Stopping seedlings’ expansion Mangroves within the Tauranga Harbour have expanded exponentially during the last 50 years and there is now upwards of 900 hectares of mature mangroves fringing our harbour. The expansion is due to increased levels of sedimentation in the harbour and a reduction in the frequency of hard frosts. Mangroves are spread by propagules, germinated seed pods, from mature plants being spread by tides and currents to establish in open, sandy flat areas. The more mangrove plants we have, the more mangrove propogules are produced – and the faster the spread of mangroves. We are working on controlling and reducing sedimentation from up in the catchment. But if we don’t want to lose a lot more of our sandy flat and salt marsh coastal fringe to mangrove coverage, we have to address these spreading mangrove seed-

lings. The good news is once mangrove seedlings are cut above the roots, they don’t regrow, so ‘cutting/mowing’ is a good option for control. Manual removal of mangrove seedlings is a permitted activity under our Regional Policy Statement and Proposed Regional Coastal Environment Plan, but this would take a lot of man-hours to keep on top of the problem. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has obtained a consent to allow it to use a machine to ‘mow’ seedling-infested areas, providing environmental impacts are minimised. Tenders for a suitable machine were sought and council has chosen an innovative hovercraft solution, which can cut about 600 hectares of seedlings annually. Read this column in full at

“You wash the roots and dry them. We have a wood fire cooker, we put them in there and they go a lovely, dark coffee colour. Pop them in the coffee grinder and into the plunger: beautiful dandelion coffee.”

By Corrie Taylor

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Final space in new centre up for grabs People in the medical profession interested in operating alongside a hub of doctors, nurses and other professionals have a great chance to do so, says property development manager Laurie Flynn. This is because there is a limited amount of tenant space left at the Bethlehem Birthing Centre & Medical Hub. Laurie says the building at 1 Te Paeroa Rd, on the corner of State Highway 2 in

Bethlehem, has room for a couple of additional tenants in the last remaining 320m2 commercial space. Bethlehem Birthing Centre & Medical Hub is a specialised medical centre focusing particularly on child births. It’s situated in close proximity to Bethlehem Town Centre shopping complex. Developed by Tepai Properties Limited, the commercial block is a modern building with generous stud height and ample car parking, says Laurie. “It’s positioned on an easily accessible site

with good street exposure and presence.” Built by Watts and Hughes Construction Limited, the base building is due for completion this month and tenancy fit-outs are underway. Current tenants are the birthing centre, midwives, physiotherapist and a chiropractor. The building is being marketed for sale by Colliers International. The new space will be up for auction at 1pm on Friday, July 25, at the Trinity Wharf Hotel on Dive Crescent in Tauranga.

Salon helping doggy cause one paw at a time A well-known hairdressing brand in Bethlehem is getting behind a campaign that supports people with disabilities by providing them with dog trained to aid them. Just Cuts stores nationwide are supporting Assistance Dogs New Zealand by encouraging

their staff and clients to donate to the organisation which trains dogs to help people with disabilities. Jenni Wheeler from Just Cuts Bethlehem says they have a donation box at the salon for those wanting to support the cause. She’s also hoping to organise a day where all proceeds from hairdressing sales go towards

ADNZ in August. Just Cuts NZ Master franchisor Scott Wallace says Just Cuts is dedicated to being involved in the community its franchisees are based in. “We like the values and vision of ADNZ and are impressed with the way

this charitable organisation improves the quality of life for people with disabilities.” Assistance Dogs New Zealand is a registered charitable trust that aims to enrich the lives of people with disabilities by providing trained dogs to promote independent living, mobility and companionship.

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The underrated classic From a Peugeot to a British Triumph – a lot of people would have said Neal Lindsay was trading down when he made the change more than 40 years ago.

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Even Neal admits the decision was motivated largely to cut costs after saddling himself with a mortgage, but it started a life-long passion. Since falling under the sway of a Triumph Herald in 1971, the Tauranga Triumph Enthusiasts Club chairman has gone on to own a handful of models. Whilst not a name always associated with classic British motoring’s cream, like Jaguar or MG, he believes the brand is highly underrated. “Triumph had much more sporty cars than MG, and they won an awful lot of races.” Since developing a soft spot for the brand, Neal’s devoured every Triumph book he can find and goes into raptures about early models – including the work of famed engineer Donald Healey, later of

Tauranga Triumph Enthusiasts Club chairman Neal Lindsay with his 1978 Triumph 2000 – one of the last made before manufacturing stopped in 1979. Austin Healey fame, to create the Dolomite back in the 1930s. “It was something else. It did 134m/h and was a real standout,” says Neal, who since his initial Herald has gone on to own a series of the classic Triumph 2000s and 2500s. He enthuses about the 1966 Mk 1 Triumph 2000 he replaced the Herald with. “It was really quite a car for its time,” says Neal, who says it had top-of-the-line features including power disc and dual circuit brakes, quality upholstery, carpeted boot and door-top wooden capping. “They were better quality than the other cars that were around – your Ford Cortinas and Hillman Hunters, they were a lot more

rugged and a six cylinder.” In 1989 he traded his Triumph for a cheaper running Honda, but got back into the driving seat 11 years later with a sporty 1973 GT6, which did 115m/h. “It would fly up the Kaimais.” “It was a whole lot of fun, but with it being so low it was getting harder to get out of,” says Neal, who says the dilemma prompted him to replace it with a classic 1978 Triumph 2000 three years ago. On Wednesday the Triumph club is doing a joint run with the Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club. For more details on the club or the run, call Neal on 07 578 9579. By Hamish Carter

Racing time for potential sponsors Te Puke’s rising motor racing star Michael Scott is on the hunt for sponsors to help him compete in the upcoming Toyota Racing Series. Michael, who has raced in the single seat category competition for the last two years, told Bay Driver he’d “absolutely love” to race in the series again, but it comes down to attracting sponsorship. “It’s a very costly exercise and it all comes down to sponsors,” says Michael. His comments follow the announcement of dates for the five-round summer series, which is dominated by young international drivers competing in the European off-season. The series is recognised as a springboard for upcoming Kiwi talent, with experience gained helping launch drivers now competing internationally, including Mitch Evans, who competes in GP2, and Tauranga’s Richie Stanaway, who races in GP3. The men are climbing their way up the international rankings, with both drivers winning their events

at Silverstone’s Formula One event in England last weekend. For the last two seasons Michael’s family has covered the $120,000 annual cost of him competing, aside from about $3000 from sponsors last year – but they can’t continue this without more sponsorship. Michael, who is studying engineering in Christchurch, describes last season as “challenging” after getting off to a strong start in the first round at Invercargill’s Teretonga track where he finished top Kiwi driver and seventh place overall, before being derailed in the second round in Timaru when another car hit him, knocking him out of two races. “It was pretty frustrating to be taken out in the first two races through no fault of my own. In a point series where you’re rewarded for finishing races, just one Did Not Finish is a pretty tough setback.” Michael wants anyone who can help with sponsorship or support to call him on 027 727 4141. In the meantime he’s planning to race a Ralt in the highly-acclaimed Lady Wigram Trophy Race at Ruapuna this September. The Scotts imported the single-seater Ralt for Michael to practise in ahead of the Toyota series, which begins at Ruapuna on January 17. By Hamish Carter


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Go-karters repping school Ten-year-olds Gemma Winters and Heidi Benner both love the speed of go-karting. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Helmets on and engines roaring, two Te Puke girls will put their pedals to the metal this weekend to try win glory for their school in the 2014 national schools go-karting competition in Palmerston North. Ten-year-old go-karting buddies Gemma Winters and Heidi Benner will represent Fairhaven School on July 13-14.

The speed-loving girls recently placed on the podium in the annual Top Half Series competition, and are excited to get back on the track this weekend. Heidi, who has been karting for six years, races in a JR Vortex Mini Rok. A social butterfly, she says meeting new people is one of her favourite parts of the sport. “I’m really looking forward to representing my school, making new friends

and the snow on the way down.” Gemma is five years into the sport and rides a Cadet Rok. She says it’s a good attitude and willingness to listen to advice that helps her improve; and this weekend she’ll enjoy racing against new people and “hopefully learn from my mistakes”. Both girls belong to the Bay of Plenty Kart Club, based in Te Puke. By Corrie Taylor

World No 4 ready for Tauranga squash match One week out from heading to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, World No 4 squash player Joelle King will show off her skills to a Tauranga audience tonight as she competes in the Tauranga Opens tournament.

Held at the Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre, the tournament from July 11-13 will feature many of the country’s top squash players. Joelle, who hails from Cambridge, says it’s been a while since she’s played in Tauranga so she’s looking forward to a final tournament before the Commonwealth Games. “I train a bit with [Tauranga’s] Ben Grindrod; he’s their top player at the club. He usually comes over here, but obviously with Susan Devoy and John Oakley, I’ve known them for a while, and they were quite keen to get me over. “It just fits in quite perfectly before I go away.” The 25-year-old gained World No

4 status in February this year, having played since age eight. She will take on Tauranga stalwart BJ McKenzie in the first round at 8pm tonight, and everyone is invited to watch. Club president Char Niles says Joelle is a massive draw card for the event – the club’s biggest for 2014. “The tournament has also attracted a contingent of players from the USA, which is exciting. “Having New Zealand-ranked and international players competing should make for excellent viewing for the public”. The tournament finals are scheduled for 3.20pm on Sunday afternoon.

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Lighting up Greerton skies Bright lights will light up the night skies over Greerton tonight as the free annual winter IlluminArt Festival returns. From 6pm tonight, Greerton Village Square will be transformed into a vibrant display of light forms to celebrate the artistic talents of residents in and around the community. Greerton Village Mainstreet manager Victoria Thomas says this year audiences can expect more art, more fire and more magic. “This spectacular display of light

will showcase the best of fire dance, lanterns, light sculptures, UV lights and more.” Victoria says highlights include fire sculptures and fire performers – including fire breathers, fire jugglers and fire poi. Part of Chadwick Rd will be closed from 5.30pm to 9pm. Buses will run all evening. The event will only be postponed in the case of very bad weather. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring warm clothing and rain wear.

Top televised talent Nick Hegarty, 17, captain Matt Ensor, 17, and Isaiah Duncanson, 16. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

The grandstands are in place and lines freshly painted, now all the Otumoetai College First XV is hoping for is a sea of black and green when they make their national television debut tomorrow.

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At 2.45pm the college clashes with Auckland’s Rosehill College First XV and anticipation is building with Sky TV Rugby Channel’s broadcasting trucks and commentators making the trip to Tauranga for the fixture. In what can be considered a traditional fixture, the two sides have played each other regularly during the last six years – Rosehill holding the upper hand thanks to their most recent win in 2012. Otumoetai College First XV captain Matt Ensor says the match promises to be a fiercely-fought match and the chance to gain national coverage and put the college on the national rugby map is an exciting bonus. The abrasive No. 7 remembers playing the 2012 Rosehill side with “some pretty big players” back then, but is calling for his side to step up to the mark after a mixed season so far. “I don’t want to be seen as a pushover school. We want to showcase that we have a lot of talent here and are a diamond in the rough,” says Ensor. “There has been a huge lift from everyone, as this is a real unique opportunity. Hopefully it’s a fine day and there is a big crowd.” Matt says after last season’s undefeated run to the Division One title the young side has faced a steep learning curve, falling to a number of close losses. But he can’t fault the side’s intent and passion. “I thought that people would just drop their lip and not turn up. We have been doing hard fitness sessions, even through torrential rain, but the guys have still been turning up.” Otumoetai College First XV coach Jamie Davis

classifies 2014 is a rebuilding year with a young crop of talent. He says though they’ve lost more games than they’ve won the side is a tough team defensively with an improving attacking ability. “For us it brings a really good opportunity to have this fixture at this time of the year. It provides us with an opportunity to take the holidays with intent,” says Davis. “We beat Opotiki last week and narrowly lost 27-24 to Trident College. Trident beat Rosehill 30-12 in the Chiefs competition, so we hope to be successful.” By Luke Balvert

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Helping hire youth A programme to help Te Puke youth into work should soon be up and running thanks to funding from Te Puke Rotary Club. Te Puke Youth Employment Programme founder Graeme Walker is delighted the fledgling scheme, which aims to help school-leavers transition into work in the area, will get most of the $10,000 usually raised at the rotary club’s annual fundraising dinner and charity auction. “It should help get the ball rolling,” says Graeme, who as Te Puke Fast Forward chairman spearheaded the programme’s formation last year. He also organised for Otorohanga Mayor Dale Williams, who has cut youth unemployment to single digits in the town with a similar programme, to the Western Bay town. Rotary club director Sonja French says

the programme fits perfectly with the club’s current focus on supporting youth, education and fostering youth leadership. “Along with the many other club members Te Puke Youth Employment Programme founder Graeme who went along to see Walker and Te Puke High School careers advisor Jan Neal Dale speak, I was very talk discuss the programme. impressed. “It’s absolutely amazsupport being offered in the Te Puke area ing what he’s achieved and they’re not and the extent of need, to help design the really ground-breaking ideas, it’s just good best programme and avoid replicating supcommon sense which appeals to businessport on offer. minded Rotarians.” “We’re already hearing there is a real need Sonja says the programme also appeals for help out there,” says Graeme, who because it offers members with businesses a is modelling the programme on Otorochance to mentor young people. hanga’s, which helps school-leavers get jobs “If we can get this on-board here in Te through training in skills local industry Puke helping the young people, I think it has identified it needs and mentoring from will be fantastic for the area.” employers. By Hamish Carter. Graeme says the group was looking into

Graduates celebrating a new milestone in English Eleven women celebrated completing the NZQA Certificate in English Language Level 1 last week. Studying at English Language Partners BOP, the women have successfully finished the full-time, 20 hour a week, course of 18 weeks. Manager Philippa Cairns says they have worked incredibly hard, and a special graduation was held on Friday morning. “They are from nine different nationalities. The great news is that they have all passed their final assessments.” Dame Susan Devoy presented certificates to the ladies, who dressed in national costume for the occasion.

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Voluntary school donations - what’s the deal here? The issue of voluntary school donations is a hot topic at the moment. The irony lies in the word ‘voluntary’. We all know there is no such thing as a free education in New Zealand anymore. Students must pay for various things: uniforms, textbooks, photocopying, extra-curricular activities, camps – and that’s just the beginning. Many subjects have a fee attached. If Level 1-3 NCEA exams are sat, NZQA fees must be paid.

Scholarship costs more. Voluntary donations provide the base money for schools to run all services required, and to balance the books across all curricular and extracurricular activities. If a school charges in the vicinity of $100 per student per year as a donation and only realises on about 60 per cent of total donations, it has to be better off under the new Labour proposal of $100 per pupil paid to any school that chooses to drop its fee request.

This initiative will be beneficial on so many levels – easing the burden on all families, removing barriers to equality for pupils, enabling parents to potentially afford a sport, camp or extra-curricular activity for their child. It will eliminate the embarrassment for those unable to pay. Our children have to be our first priority, they are our future. Any policy that removes barriers from their education must have our full support.

Baypark to Bayfair link upgrade Come and find out more! The Transport Agency invites you to come and find out more about the preferred option for the Sate Highway 2 / State Highway 29 Baypark to Bayfair link upgrade project.

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Anti-inflammatory nutrients If your problem has the suffix ‘itis’ then it’s an inflammatory disease. The central component to any nutritional programme will be an anti-inflammatory diet and supplements to help shift the balance from pro-inflammatory to anti-inflammatory. The results are often startling and can show within a few months. I’ve just spoken with someone who has been able to resume playing music now her arthritic thumbs cause much less discomfort. Resveratrol is noted for its antiaging qualities but I tend to use it more for its anti-inflammatory functions. Research shows resveratrol reduces inflammatory cytokine activity in respiratory problems, as published in Thorax

Nov 2003. Curcumin, the active anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric, has long been recognised for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. We know it helps to lower levels of the inflammatory COX-2 enzymes. I use 95 per cent pure curcumin in several of my formulas with great success. Grape seed extract, oligomeric procyanidins, is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory antioxidants and I add as much as 500mg in cases of severe inflammation. The best OPC extracts, such as ActiVin, are naturally extracted to retain their full potency. Acai Berries are loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds including a complex of phenolic antioxidants that prevents our immune system from generat-

ing unnecessary inflammatory cytokines. Avoid the products with just dried Acai berries and look for the potent extracts, especially when combined with OPC and resveratrol. The real question is, of course, how to get these anti-inflammatory nutrients in sufficient quantities and with the right combinations. While we can target some of these compounds in our diets, the real benefit comes when we add them in specialist supplements. In most cases I start with an intensive programme with much higher doses before moving to a maintenance programme, as we get noticeable improvements. Give me a call if you need more information. To join my full weekly newsletter, go to

Looking after the region’s seniors This week I focus on urgent and immediate action required, to ‘save our seniors’.

tragedy when 85-year-olds are driven to commit suicide. Revenue can be found in a currently untaxed area of the New Zealand economy’s financial transactions. The NZ Independent Coalition will look to implement a 0.1 per cent Financial Transaction Tax, following the example of 11 European Union nations led by France and Germany. The volume of transactions through the banking and foreign exchange systems is enormous and currently untaxed. According to the Reserve Bank, New Zealand’s foreign exchange market handles an average of US$12.4 billion per day. On top of that more than $25 billion a day of transactions are processed through the banking system.


Although everyone wants to believe all New Zealanders are guaranteed security in retirement and the needs of seniors are well catered for, the reality couldn’t be more different. Our seniors are expected to live on as little as $282 per week, the Government’s own research shows for a married couple to have reasonable living, $56,000 per annum is needed. Currently, a married couple are expected to live on less than $33,000 per annum. What this National Government is doing to our seniors is inhumane. Words cannot convey the deep sense of


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Diabetes support group open to others A support group for parents and caregivers of children with diabetes is meeting on July 23 and anyone interested is encouraged to come along. Diabetes Help Tauranga is a registered charity offering free education, support and advice to anyone with diabetes in the Western Bay of Plenty. Parent Temple Mayfield says the support group provides her with an opportunity to be with others who understand the journey of caring for a child with type 1 diabetes. “The groups are positive and proactive and the aim is to educate, encourage and empower each other. “With the right tools, management and support our type 1 [diabetes] children and adolescents can carry on to lead full and happy lives; and this is all any parent ever really wants for their child.” The Ministry of Health indicates almost 12,000 people in the Bay have diabetes, but registered nurse

Debbie Cunliffe believes a similar number could have undiagnosed diabetes. Debbie says about 10 per cent of those diagnosed have type 1 diabetes, with the majority having type 2 diabetes. “Generally, type 1 [diabetes] occurs in children, adolescents and young adults, and is not associated with poor diet or lifestyle choices.” The next Diabetes Help Tauranga Youth Parents Support group is at 7pm, Wednesday, July 23 at the Arataki Community Centre in Mount Maunganui. It’s an open forum for people to ask and answer type 1 diabetes-related questions. Call 07 571 3422 for more information.

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Tauranga trials NZ-first abortion programme A New Zealand-first recovery programme for women struggling with the after-effects of abortion is launching in Tauranga this month. Women of all ages can register their interest in the eight-week course, designed to heal emotional fallout which can surface months, years or decades after a termination. ‘Living in Colour’ was developed by New Zealander Jenny McDermid, who now lives and operates the programme in Canada. Tauranga women Barbara Hill and Janice Tetley-

Jones are part of a small team of women bringing the internationally-renowned programme to the Bay of Plenty. Janice, who directs Tauranga’s Pregnancy Choice centre, believes the need for a support service is paramount and hopes the course will be made available nationally. She says while some women feel a sense of relief after abortion, for others the impact is long-term and severe and can affect their ability to function normally. “We’ve seen many women who are struggling. Often they come in for a pregnancy test, and we’ve got them talking and they’ve shared about an abortion experience and the struggles they’ve had.” The course, for women only, will focus on working through the abortion, the people involved and the grief process after, with sessions once a week. Barbara, a former employee at Relationships Aotearoa, says many women feel like they’re stuck in a ‘grey zone’, Course coordinator Barbara Hill and Pregnancy Choice Centre director Janice Tetley-Jones where they lose the ability to experiwith the ‘Living in Colour’ programme book. Photo by Tracy Hardy. ence real joy in life. pleted a pilot programme with one sessions have all experienced abortion “Part of the Living in Colour programme involves participant, who did not wish to be themselves – and the courses will be looking at what was happening at the time of the held both in a facilitator’s home and in named, noticing a marked difference abortion and who contributed to the decision. in herself. the CBD. “What can happen for “I had pushed the grief of my aborJanice encourages any women, no some women is they feel tion away for many years but it still matter how long ago their pregnancy a void afterwards. They affected me profoundly. It helped me decisions were, to contact them if often don’t realise why to fully acknowledge my loss; and I’ve they’re drinking more or they’re interested. felt more joyful and peaceful since.” “It’s absolutely huge to make that depressed or frequently Organisers hope the first course will first step, to say: ‘Yes, I’m really strugfeeling such emptiness. begin at the end of July. gling with this’. We know it’s hard, There’s nothing out Women interested can email and we’re making it as private and as there to really help or call gentle as possible.” them at present.” By Corrie Taylor 07 571 0984. Nine Tauranga women have comFacilitators leading the

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When the ‘niggle’ becomes a pain If I was paid a fiver for every time I hear about a niggle becoming a pain in my clinic, I wouldn’t need to be turning up for work every Monday morning. But when you understand how the body works, and psychology 101, it makes absolute sense. Although we associate most injuries with the excruciating pain felt immediately after we make that try-saving dive into the corner – albeit 20-odd years ago – or when you moved a plant pot

in a hurry because you’re sick of nagging the teen about it – a lot of pain presents itself more insidiously and can have even more impact on your life. How many of you carry round those persistent niggles which use to only hinder you when you overdid things in the garden or on the golf course? The pain would ease when you stopped. Then you’d forget about it

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until the next time, right? So the old Kiwi attitude of ‘she’ll be right’ kicks in because it’s not bothering you enough to bother someone else about. But during time you’ve noticed the pain is lasting longer and now affects other activities, plus the whole area has lost mobility and is always tight. Sound familiar? This is simply because you’ve damaged the area previously, or repeatedly during time, resulting in tissue damage causing low-grade inflammation, muscle spasm and a resulting mechanical dysfunction. Medications will band aid the problem for a short time, as they mask the symptoms but don’t correct the cause. A more complete answer is to come along and get a full musculoskeletal assessment to accurately diagnose the mechanical fault and its cause or triggers. Then follow up with a corrective remedial plan – and don’t delay. A waterfall started as a trickle.


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Young and old take part in ‘touching’ relay A community baton relay seeing elderly Tauranga residents walking alongside some of the city’s youngest students in Memorial Park has been a ‘touching’ event for all involved. Tauranga’s leg of the nationwide Bupa Care Services baton relay – a 31-day journey across 58 New Zealand facility centres – happened last Friday. Linking Bay communities – young and old

– more than 5000 participants walked the targeted distance together, creating quite a moving occasion. The curtain-raiser for 2014’s Commonwealth Games is a take on The Queen’s Baton Relay, which sees the baton theatrically passed around centres during July. Each centre aims for its own target within the 15,000km nationwide goal. Held in the city by Cedar Manor Care Home, manager Ian Dunthorne says watching elder residents and five to six-year-old students from Tauranga Primary School contribute side-by-side

Tauranga Primary School pupils enjoying the relay with Cedar Manor staff and residents.

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs” – JOAN DIDION. People will only treat us the way in which we permit. It’s unfortunate we often feel about ourselves what other people tell us. However, in order for you to feel badly about yourself you do need to agree with what the other person is saying. If you don’t agree, you’re denying their

statement as a truth and reduce it to being “just their opinion”. Everyone has a right to their opinion but it’s not necessary to buy into it, and make it who you are, unless you recognise truth in it. And then it may only be partial truth, so apply discernment. Are there areas of your life you are not happy with? Are they your problem, or are you being influenced by others’ opinions to your detriment?

Deal with lower back pain All too often clients present with back pain that has been a constant form of irritation and they have tried a number of different therapists with little success. Often they will say ‘I’ve tried pilates classes at the gym, I’ve tried yoga and nothing seems to work for me’. In many cases the work they have been doing is just to advance their current ability and as a result’ not only do they not get better’ they are actually making it worse. Physiotherapists aim to restore normal function and movement as quickly as possible following injury. This can often mean addressing areas of weakness and imbalance or working on flexibility or alignment issues, but not always. It‘s a common misconception a spinal joint is ‘out of place’, but research shows a joint becomes restricted or hypermobile.

As such we apply hands-on techniques that address joint restriction or use exercises to create stability and reduce hypermobility. We use this experience and knowledge to perform a comprehensive back assessment, to establish what functional or movement dysfunction is present. We then use treatment techniques such as joint mobilisation, stretches and massage to re-establish your pre injury state. Exercise prescription is an assistant to treatment and used as a means of preventing further injury. Don’t put up with lower back pain – have it properly assessed and managed.

was “quite touching”. “Just seeing the different generations walking together to achieve the same goal…we were all quite euphoric afterwards.” Ian says the turnout was excellent, “far better than we thought”, and a sausage

sizzle donated by Pak’n Save gave participants a tasty incentive. “The day was fantastic. The weather – we were so grateful – it was cool but it didn’t rain. “It was just a really nice community event.” By Rachael Clarke

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Taming the tamarillos The seasons have rolled around again and stocks of my tamarillo chutney need replenishing. It’s a shame my three golden tamarillo trees haven’t produced any fruit yet. I find they’re a little difficult to grow. But tamarillo fruit is such an interesting bold taste I feel it needs to be tamed. The flavour can be matched with both savoury and sweet dishes with great success. The plant was introduced into New Zealand in the 1890s but didn’t become a significant crop until World War II, when overseas citrus imports were restricted. The tamarillo has high nutritional content, not only of vitamin C but vitamin A, E and B and a good supply of minerals, phosphorus and potassium. The added benefit of low calories is often nullified by the amount of sugar added to combat the bold tartness. Try to eat them raw without a sprinkle of sugar and you’ll see what I mean. The fantastic colour and flavour from red tamarillos make an interesting sauce for game meats like duck, rabbit, or venison and also classics like baked cheesecake. Sometimes, I feel I can’t imagine how you could do without this strange fruit to enhance those special meals you have with family and friends. This week’s recipe is for a baked tamarillo cheesecake. It’s made very much the same as a lemon cheesecake: nice and easy to make.

Getting it fresh Seasonal and fresh produce is in increasing demand at local markets as the healthy-eating movement takes the city by storm. Tauranga Farmers Market manager Trixie Allen is seeing a constantly growing demand for the market’s produce, as more people cotton on to its cost effectiveness. There is also an increasing desire to eat more ‘clean’ and nutritious foods, leading to new regular items at the market, such as kale. “Fresh and seasonal eating is becoming popular. Kale is the new in food for health benefits, but also edible weeds.” A new stall owner is also looking at introducing goat’s milk for those with dairy intolerance, she says. The market always follows the seasons, so currently there are a lot of pumpkins, lemons, and winter staples such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.


Baked tamarillo cheesecake

Ingredients Makes a 26cm cake 8-10 tamarillos 400g cream cheese 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar ½ tin sweetened condensed milk 1 cup ground almonds ½ cup plain flour 50g of butter 5 eggs

Method Firstly, make a simple syrup by heating up one cup of white sugar, half a cup of brown sugar with one cup of water in a pot. Bring the mix to the boil and simmer for five minutes. Scoop out tamarillos and allow to marinate in the syrup. Make the base by putting ground almonds, flour and the rest of brown sugar in a food processor and blitz with 50 grams of butter. Then add one beaten egg. The crumble can be pressed into a spring form cake tin and bake at 160 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes. Clean the food processor. Add cream cheese, which can be warmed first, condensed milk, sugars, four remaining eggs and blend well. Add in tamarillo and pulse several times until incorporated to make an even, purple colour. Pour the cheesecake mix into the tin and smooth with a spatula. Bake for about 45 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius until it just stops wobbling when tapped. Allow to cool. Once set cut and enjoy the tamed tamarillos.

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Kiwis have voted the apple the favourite seasonal winter fruit. A quarter of all Kiwis picked apples as their favourite seasonal winter fruit, followed by avocado, 15 per cent, and mandarins, 14 per cent, in a recent 5+ A Day survey. Nutritionist, Bronwen Anderson, says apples are an economical option for Kiwi households, especially when they are in season during the winter.

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On July 22, the polytechnic’s Windermere campus will host its first ever world record attempt – to have the biggest number of people simultaneously dipping toasted bread ‘soldiers’ into eggs at a single venue. The current record stands at 178: held by soldiers of the Allied

Sunbeam and snapper Last Sunday evening produced a spectacular sunset and my camera was ready to capture this fisherman sprinting home across the sunbeam towards Maketu bar with his limit of snapper on board. Yummy.

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– donated by Henergy Cage-Free Limited. Initial plans are pointing towards 200 participants and with the attempt coinciding with re-orientation week. She is also optimistic this could be the start of more world record attempts for the polytechnic if successful. “Yeah maybe, possibly, we will just see how we go and see if we can get our students enthused about it.” The world record attempt is at midday on July 22, at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Windermere campus, A Block. By Luke Balvert


Rapid Response Corps at Imjin Barracks, Gloucestershire, on January 22 this year. But BOP Polytechnic student experience coordinator Kirsten Crossan is quietly confident the campus will break it. “We [the marketing team] always thought it would be cool for Bay of Plenty Polytechnic to break a record. “I just jumped online and read through all the millions of them and came across that one, which I thought was pretty achievable.” Kirsten says the attempt is a perfect fit, utilising its hospitality students to accurately boil the eggs


Warmly toasted soldiers at the ready, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is hungrily preparing to dip its way into the world record books – and hopefully more than 178 boiled eggs.

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To Tauranga

Cafe raffle

A Bureta cafe is raffling off a skateboard to raise funds for the Tauranga Hospital Cancer Unit. Raffle tickets are available for $2 each at Deli On The Top, at 86 Bureta Rd. Manager Fiona Paine believes the skateboard is worth $150. “My friends painted it with the breast cancer logo.” The raffle will be drawn on July 20.


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Reducing hot water heating costs There’s been many studies conducted around the world about where domestic households use their energy.

In NZ a few studies have been done and the HEEP 10 year report notes hot water accounts for 29 per cent of our energy bill on average. For the average NZ home, hot water is likely to cost close to $1000 per year. Wow, that’s a lot of possible savings. Here’s four ideas I discuss with homes when we provide our free home assessments: 1. Most homes are heating about 20,000 litres of water they don’t need to use. If they purchased a good quality, energyefficient shower rose, one could have a great shower and only use eight litres per minute. 2. EECA suggest solar hot water heating has the ability to reduce hot water power use by between 50-70 per cent. I had solar in my last home and we estimated with a good


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controller, it was saving us between 70-80 per cent. 3. I think about 80 per cent of the homes we visit don’t have their hot water pipes lagged.

Every time we run the hot water tap, the hot water fills the pipes and then sits and gets cold. Lagging your pipes is fairly simple and it’s relatively low-cost. 4. Hot water heat pumps are now available. About 28 per cent of NZ homes have a heat pump for heating. Well the same theory applies to hot water heating. Some hot water heat pumps are up to 380 per cent efficient and some even guarantee the savings. There’s many more ideas, but these are few to start.

Playful smokey loves cuddles Smokey is another one of the many cats that came to us with kittens, as she hadn’t been de-sexed. She loves cuddles and attention, but she also loves to still play like a kitten. All of our cats up for adoption have been de-sexed and vet-checked. They are $60 to adopt to help with some of the vet costs. If you’re interested in giving Smokey a home, or one of our other friendly felines, please ring ARRC’s foster carer Maureen on 07 578 8335 or have a look at or Facebook.


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A suite of 24 architecturally-designed plans Certified Builders recently launched a new service, a range of 24 house plans for the new home market. All plans have been specifically created to cater for different housing needs, to suit New Zealand’s lifestyles. They start from modular concepts,

allowing flexibility for those tighter costal sites, and go through to the investment rental and generous family living options. The top end of the range lends itself to lifestyle blocks and rural sites, allowing extra room for the ride-on mower, large laundries and sculleries, along with guest accommodation. These designs have been based on criteria developed by an advisory group

spanning the breadth of the country with considerations to New Zealand’s changing lifestyles in mind. All Certified Plan builders are Certified Builders. This means no matter who you choose to build your home, it comes with a Homefirst 10-year builders’ guarantee: “the best in the business”. When you deal with a Certified Plan builder you are talking directly with the

building professional doing the work, allowing for a greater degree of design flexibility to meet your lifestyle. Selecting your design and builder is easy, visit For more information on the benefits of engaging a Certified Builder, download our free ‘How to Choose your Certified Builder Guide’, stepping you through considerations to make when engaging a suitable home builder.

The benefits of a business operating locally for 25 years We’re lucky, living in the Bay – because of our climate and beautiful location and lucky because Bay Blinds has been manufacturing quality blinds right here in Tauranga for 25 years. A quarter of a century manufacturing and selling any product is quite Bay Blinds directors Paul and Lyn Taylor. an achievement in today’s competitive environment, so I asked co-founder Paul Taylor to share the secret of Bay Blind’s success. “From the outset we decided we would offer the best quality product for the best price,” says Paul. “We import our own components, use the latest state-of-the- art machinery; and all of our blinds are built by local, skilled operators in our 1000m2 factory right here in Tauranga.” Paul believes quality components only cost a little extra, which is why they only use the best. Styles include: roller, Venetian, wooden, vertical, creation and sunscreen with a large choice of colour options. “We can fit out an average-sized New Zealand home for as little as $1500,” says Paul. Call in and see Bay Blinds in Maleme St, Tauranga, open Monday-Friday 8am-4.30pm. By Chris Woods


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New charity founder ‘knows what it’s like’ A Welcome Bay woman is starting a charity to offer clothing, furniture and food parcels to those less fortunate in the Tauranga area.

Gemma Robinson, who has experienced life’s difficulties herself in recent months, created the ‘You’re a Gem (Tauranga)’ Facebook page for the community-run charity in June. Three days later the page had received 90 ‘likes’ – now Gemma’s hoping to

partner up with Tauranga shelters too. “We will do soup nights for the Tauranga homeless there,” says Gemma. “Basically we’re doing anything and everything we can do to help.” Charity work is nothing new to Gemma. She works for Auckland charity For the Kids, where she roams local communities to see what people who are struggling need the most. “Sometimes there are unexpected pregnancies and people aren’t in the financial position to purchase baby things. So we go around the community and see if anyone wants to donate. “Or sometimes people become unemployed and can’t afford food, so we help out with food parcels.” But it’s not just Gemma’s career in Auckland that motivated her to create a charity in Tauranga. Gemma found herself in serious financial difficulties six months ago. “My husband and I had a bit of a rough patch with no employment in Auckland, but we moved to Tauranga where he got a job earning good money. “We know what it’s like.” Gemma says this is why she’s “pushing the idea in Tauranga”. “From what I’ve heard, there’s nothing really like this in Tauranga.”

Deziree Gray and Gemma Robinson with the first soft toys donated to their clothing charity. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Helping her are girlfriends Deziree Gray and fellow social worker Jena Young. Gemma says she’d love to secure a base in Tauranga but this will depend on how the charity’s fundraising goes. Until a building is found, Gemma will run the charity and Facebook page from her Welcome Bay home. While early days, Gemma says she’s had “a massive response” from the Bay of Plenty community. “It has been amazing and that’s why I’m so excited, because I know there are other people out there wanting to get involved too.” She hopes the charity will soon be officially up and running. To donate to the charity, search ‘You’re a Gem (Tauranga)’ on Facebook. By Rachael Clarke

Bright thinking for bulb choice When purchasing a new LED light bulb at a store, it’s hard to tell what it’s going to look like in your home. But the team at Energy Mad is shedding some light on the issue by offering customers the benefit of a ‘try before you buy’ service. Garry McKane from Energy Mad says doing this removes the risk of customers buying LED bulbs that don’t work in their fittings and the uncertainty of how much light it will cast in their home. Garry says having an Ecobulb lighting consultant complete an assessment in the customer’s home gives them opportunity to have the lights installed, so they can see what it looks like. Garry says Ecobulb LEDs use up

to 90 per cent less power than the bulb they replace and last up to 40 years. All of Energy Mad’s LEDs operate at cooler temperatures than normal bulbs, with their LED downlight operating at an ‘ultralow’ 47 degrees, says Garry. Energy Mad offers a free lighting assessment for customers to learn how much they’re currently spending on lighting, benefits of Ecobulb LEDs and potential electricity savings. If you’re concerned about safely disposing of the old bulbs, Energy Mad also offers customers a Highly Inefficient Lighting Disposal Garry McKane from Energy Mad. Allowance. 0800 34 35 36 for a free LED The allowance gives customers lighting assessment for your home a credit for every bulb disposed of and go in the monthly draw to win at point of sale that is replaced by a $1000 electricity power an Ecobulb LED. bill credit. Call Energy Mad today on By Zoe Hunter


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Flooring for everyone There seems to be a renovation buzz in the air at the moment. When the cold weather snap and wind gusts start to subside we know this will only gain more momentum with spring starting to sneak its head into the picture. With spring comes a feeling of getting back to the indoor/outdoor flow we all love, and easy care flooring. Generally this leads itself to hard flooring options such as timbers, vinyl planks, cork, laminates and trusty sheet vinyls. More homeowners are choosing this flooring option through the entire living/family/dining space, as well as kitchen areas. Natural flooring options such as timber and cork are generally a higher price point than a manmade option such as a laminate, vinyl woodplank or vinyl. But there is nothing like the feel of real wood underfoot or the softness of a high-density cork.

Don’t discount cork as something from the vintage collection – with four sizes including a plank and a large flagstone, these coloured tiles are stunning. Both timbers and corks now come with prefinished options so once installed you are good to go – no polyurethane or extra works involved keeping you away from your home and floor areas. Cost effective laminates, vinyls and vinyl tiles make for easy maintenance and the newer styles deceptively like the real thing. With hand carved embossed surface finishes, bevelled edges and a range of natural, washed and stain colours, a new floor can transform your entire space. There really is a product option and price point for everyone – whether you are upgrading your ever-after home with real timber or simply updating a rental or investment property with traditional, easycare sheet vinyl.

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Safety warning for winter home heating To make sure your home is up to safety standard, the As winter sets in, firefighters are urging Bay New Zealand Fire Service offers a Home Fire Safety of Plenty residents to be extra cautious when Check, which includes a free, long-life smoke alarm. using methods to heat the home. Call 0800 NZ Fire for a check.

For more information on gas and electric heaters, Bay of Plenty fire risk management officer Bill Rackvisit or contact your ham is asking people to remember the ‘heater metre’ nearest fire station. rule when lighting a fire or turning on heaters. “Keep clothes, curtains, furniture and other items that can burn at least one metre away from heaters and fireplaces. “Do not hang clothes on heaters to dry – this is a common cause of fires.” And don’t forget to use fireguards whenever possible, says Bill. If using a gas heater to heat the home this winter, Bill says to only use them in well ventilated areas. Do not use portable LPG heaters in confined spaces, bedrooms or bathrooms. Bill says to regularly check connector hoses and seals are in good condition and look for signs of cracks, damage or wear before turning the gas on. Always check connections for leaks after changing the LPG cylinder by spraying a soapy water solution around the connections. “If you smell LPG while your LPG heater is operating, turn off your heater and cylinder immediately and recheck the connector ARCHGOLA AWNINGS HELP YOU MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR is tight, repeat the soapy OUTDOOR LIVING AREA, COME RAIN, HAIL OR SHINE. water test. Preserve your cash-flow as well as your outdoor living environment. If you suspect there may Take advantage of our fantastic 15 months interest-free finance option on stylish, be a leak, turn the cylinlong-lasting, low-maintenance, custom-built fixed awnings & canopies. der valve off and remove the heater and cylinder 15 to a safe place outside the MONTHS house. INTEREST FREE* Then refer to an approved LPG heater ENTERTAINMENT ENTRANCE service agent before attempting further use.” Bill encourages residents to read safety instrucGET A tions usually attached or CARPORT COMMERCIAL FREE stickered to the heater and QUOTE! cylinder before use. The cooler months are *normal lending criteria apply also a reminder for resiWAIKATO & BAY OF PLENTY dents to check they have working smoke alarms in their homes.

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Te Puke schools connecting Principals at Te Puke schools connected to a government-funded managed network, giving greater access online for free, say the programme opens up big learning opportunities for pupils.

Te Puke Primary School ambassadors Safari Henderson, 10, Jericho Yorke, 11, Evan Thapa, 10, Pomare Ririnui, 10, and Teeua Manana, 10. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

And the fact it’s a free initiative is a big drawcard, according to one principal. Te Puke Intermediate, Te Puke Primary and Fairhaven School now have access to faster internet after signing up to the Network for Learning programme. The Government is investing $211 million into N4L to provide quick and reliable internet complete with uncapped data, web filtering and network security services for participating schools. Fairhaven School principal Paul Hunt says

along with giving pupils access to fast internet, the main reason for signing up to N4L at the start of this year is it’s governmentfunded. “That’s a big drawcard for the school; we don’t have to be paying out, on top of other costs, for internet access.” Paul believes Te Puke High School will soon be linked to N4L too, becoming the fourth school in the area to get connected. “We were very fortunate that the two primary schools and intermediate received fibre at the same time.” Paul says to be able to utilise internet with learning opens up huge opportunities for pupils. “For children to be able to be prepared for the 21st Century in a type of learning that we’re wanting them to do, we need to be able to access the internet.” Te Puke Primary School principal Shane

Cunliffe says the school signed up in 2013 and was connected this year. “We were interested in being involved due to the connectivity opportunities that will be available through the portal, [including] high speed Ultra-Fast Broadband and the ability to provide our learning community with the ability to learn anytime, anywhere.” According to the N4L website, Tahatai Coast School, Te Puna School and Omokoroa School are also signed up to the programme. Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says the rollout of fast internet to schools has reached a milestone ahead of schedule, with 500 schools now connected to the network. “I’m pleased to announce the rollout is progressing ahead of schedule and more than 900 schools are expected to be connected to the managed network by the end of this year.” By Zoe Hunter

Telling Rena’s story to youngsters A Tauranga author’s new children’s picture book about New Zealand’s worst maritime environmental disaster aims to ensure October 2011’s Rena grounding is not forgotten. ‘Motiti Blue and the Oil Spill’, written by Tauranga City librarian Debbie McCauley, follows the journey of a little blue penguin caught up in the oil spill from the Rena grounding. “The consequences of the disaster are still affecting people today,” says Debbie. “This happened on our doorstep and it’s important lessons are learnt so it never happens again.” Asked why she chose this topic, Debbie says the book virtually wrote itself. “This little blue penguin kept waking me up in the middle of the night. He’s a lovely character and his story was already there – he just wanted it written down.” Living on Motiti Island the penguin encounters the oil slick and is taken to Te Maunga for cleaning

before being released back into the wild. Debbie says 1364 dead oiled birds were collected from the spill but the death rate could be much higher. “My story had to have a happy ending,” says Debbie. “It is a children’s book after all.” Community support for the book is overwhelmingly positive, she says. The book features information fact boxes, artist Elliot Mason’s painting on the cover and photographs from Maritime New Zealand and several others with permission. Debbie has had input from DOC’s Peter Huggins, ornithologist Paul Cuming and people connected with Motiti Island. “The last thing to complete is the translation into Te Reo Maori,” says Debbie. It’s hoped the book is launched on the Rena disaster’s third anniversary – October 5, 2014. By Merle Foster

Tauranga children’s book author Debbie McCauley has a new book following the journey of a little blue penguin caught up in the Rena oil spill. Photo by Tracy Hardy.


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Susan makes mountain Commissioner oversteps the mark out of macron molehill

Oh come on Susan Devoy, Race Relations commissioner, it’s you who is making that mountain out of a molehill in your letter ‘Disappointing view of language’ (The Weekend Sun, July 4). Have you nothing better to do than condemn use of the word ‘dick’ by calling it profanity? It isn’t even close. Also ‘arselet’ is a perfectly legitimate word. For goodness sake, we are all exposed to really crude stuff on television any day of the week, even at times when children will be watching, and you make a big deal about the above? Regarding correct use of the English language pronunciation, grammar etc it’s not a strong point, even for many of those in high profile positions either, but that’s just how it is. Personally, I feel macrons are a superfluous and unnecessary, but harmless, encumberment on our written language. But like many other things they will be forced upon us whether we like it or not. As for children learning to pronounce their own place names, this Susan speaking with should be taught at home and school, not by way of macronphone. G MacBrayne, Ot*moetai. street signs.

In reply to Susan Devoy’s letter ‘Disappointing view of language’ (The Weekend Sun, July 4) I believe she has overstepped the mark writing like this in her position as Race Relations Commissioner. As a ratepayer and private citizen this would have been fine. I would point out there are still many people who are angry, not that ‘God Defend New Zealand’ is sung in Maori at public events, but it is sung in Maori first. Surely as it was written by a European in English and with 70 per cent of the current population are non-Maori, it should be sung in English first. In addition if then sung in Maori, about 14.1 per cent of the population according to Statistics NZ, it

should also be sung in a Pacifica language, which is 10 per cent of the population and an Asian language, with 10 per cent of the population being of Asian descent. The same goes for television presenters who open their programme with ‘Kia Ora’ and nothing else. How about also ‘Good Evening’ and then a greeting in Pacifica then in an Asian language as well? Many New Zealanders feel the Maori language is being forced down their throats regardless, without them having any say in the matter. I say her letter will be ‘offensive’ to many. Fair is fair Susan - and don’t use your title as your right to say what you like. R Bailey, Papamoa.

Get the latest GALAXY Highly paid to waste time at our best price Racism is unwanted and punished but not in New Zealand. MP Hone Harawira has made many strident racist comments but remains an accepted public figure. Separation by race in legislation and representation is the norm, with special additional rights to Maori increasing. Instead of action we have vacuous displacement activity, as Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy’s letter raising concern with the spelling of words – absurdly, from an illiterate culture. She’s highly paid to waste time over trivia and one can only agree with Rogers Rabbits comment about “PC nonsense outfits having too little to do, and being overpaid, at the expense of the long-suffering taxpayer”. Many are upset calls for equality, and against ethnic separation, are labelled as racist. Last year Hugh Barr and I raised

this with Devoy. She set up a meeting at the Human Rights Commission for what was meant to be a discussion. Our concern wasn’t addressed, being not on their radar, and the only response was an insistence Maori were seriously harmed by colonisation. Our experience is described at Their one-sided and inaccurate picture failed to recognise the end of slavery brought by the British considerably improved human rights for many Maori slaves. Instead only special unequal rights for chiefs are considered with calls for reintroduction of rangatiratanga. There’s more serious issues than a spat over how an illiterate people spelled words - they didn’t - as separatism and talk of ‘partnership’ of two people introduces racism into the Kiwi way of life. Dr J Robinson, Wellington.

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Finding ways to justify position One should always be aware of examples of public service types, continuously dreaming up new ways to justify their jobs or positions. After all, they seldom consider the cost, as they don’t see it as their money. These latest two, first from the NZ Geographic Board introducing macrons, then from the Race Relations office, with Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy raising concern over The Weekend Sun editorials, do nothing to dispel the concept and plenty to highlight it. So all praise to the editor for his robust treatment of them both. R McGuiness, Tauranga Ratepayer AND Taxpayer.

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Class shouldn’t count Watching the news I couldn’t believe my ears that the Maori King’s son, Korotangi Paki, escaped conviction on drink-driving, theft and burglary charges which he’d pleaded guilty to. This isn’t a race issue but a class issue is what I keeping hearing. Well I don’t care what kind of issue it is – he should have been convicted. So what if he loses his right to the throne – every other young Maori – or white – man who behaves the way would be in jail by now. The Kingitanga already know he committed the crimes, so why does a conviction make a difference? And who wants such a person leading Maori and their youth? If convicted and he did end up serving the Kingitanga in some way, at least he’d bring the message to own up to your wrongdoings and make good on them. Judge Cunningham has just allowed this teen to tell all youngsters: if you

can come with a good enough excuse, you’ll get let off crimes. Some say he’s being punished by public reaction. Boo Hoo. Must be so hard. Maybe he could cry to other young Maori in jail right now serving time for much less. And what about the victim of his crimes? The teen getting off scott free is a slap in the face for them. Only in New Zealand do you get such a useless justice system and such a gutless decision. K Morland, Katikati.

Separate systems? So now there is a ‘separate’ legal system for Maori, where will this end, if ever? Korotangi Paki, son of Maori King Tuheitia, has been discharged without conviction after going on a burglary and theft spree, all the while being on bail for drink driving. They say he’s made amends, but by the smirk on his face as he leaves court it’s obvious what he thinks of the whole thing. Fits in perfectly with what’s happening everywhere else round the country. R Anderson, New Zealand.

Immigration: A benefit or balls up? I’ve been following the immigration debate both here in NZ and elsewhere recently and I’m torn between whether it’s a benefit, a balls up or both. Like everything in life there are good things and there are not so good things and immigration is no different. Where they step in and fill a skills gap or a need, it’s a benefit. However, when they just turn up wanting a job, any old job, things can get a little heated. In NZ we’re in the midst of a huge wave of Asian immigration, for more than quarter of a century now. So much, in fact, it’s changed the very nature of our culture. Especially in some parts of Auckland. Some argue if it hadn’t been for the Asian immigrants, our house prices would have collapsed in 1988-1990. And they’re probably right. Others question the wisdom of the huge numbers involved (almost 500,000 from East Asia and almost

100,000 Indians). But let’s remember, there’s a reason for this. A million people born in this country currently choose to not live here. Half of those are in Australia, as we know, which has just experienced a ‘once in a lifetime’ mining boom. I know, we should be grateful we as Kiwis are able to share in some of that boom, as many have. But back here at the ranch, the landscape has changed forever. I’m not sure how many future All Blacks are going to emerge from the huge Chinese and Indian communities? What we do know is they work hard and want to do well. That’s more than some I could mention. However, the fact remains the face of NZ and New Zealanders has changed forever. The queue to get into this country is still far longer than the queue to get out of it. I suggest we choose wisely why we still have the choice. G Martin, Bethlehem.

The falling apart of our society continues. First we have father Battison spending all that time and effort to challenge his son’s school when he could have been doing something more useful in our society. The Judge decided the hair length rule isn’t clear. I thought a month’s suspension from school made the rule very clear. The boy should have simply had a haircut and got on with life. Discipline in a community sense is not always about fairness. Now schools have to waste time and effort taking more care about their rules. Then we have the Greens wanting to free up abortion which is already

virtually on demand, with a subtle twist that the consultation process will now tend to prohibit counselling against the proposed abortion. I wonder how many women go through torment in later life, realising the enormity of what they’ve done? Next we have the Advertising Standards Authority not allowing Christian churches to say God can heal people through a prayer session. The objector is the Society of Science-based Healthcare. It’s interesting the majority of the ASA place themselves above God. B Capamagian, Tauranga City.

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Stormwater sees debt keep flowing Tauranga City Council now effectively concedes failure in addressing stormwater infrastructure for the past 23 years and probably other essential infrastructure. Mayor Stuart Crosby on council forever admits it will cost upwards of $200 million to fix this mess. Quite rightly the public is incredulous with this state of affairs. Ratepayer assets are being splurged on non-essentials including: Baypark/Arena at $70m, Mount Greens $20m, Route K $70m, the Southern Pipeline’s $260m going onto half a billion dollars, and Te

Tumu landbanking at $45m etc. Well this vindicates the critics, who’ve been proven absolutely right yet again - and by the time these debts plus stormwater repairs of $200m have hit us that’s probably close to an unbelievable total debt of $1.25 billion - three times current level. Bankrupt Kaipara District Council will look positively rosy in comparison. What we see here is what growth, developers’ greed and council stupidity leads to. Yet those responsible simply walk away unscathed. R Paterson, Matapihi.

Star rating won’t stop bad food choices Adding a star rating system to unhealthy food in New Zealand will not deter people from buying fizzy drinks, eating sweets or buying takeaway. They will not make a difference and will likely be another money-waster. The question is why taxpayers or companies should be responsible to pay for other people’s choices, which has resulted in NZ’s obesity problem. Nobody is forcing people what to eat. Nobody is forcing us in regards to what we put in our trollies. Nobody is feeding our family, cooking our dinner, or preparing daily lunch boxes - except ourselves. We have to take responsibility for our own actions. We’re responsible for our own shopping, cooking and meals. Children are reliant on their parents for advice,

guidance and the right food, but that means they just have to be even more responsible. Doing exercise is definitely a must, but most people are just too lazy or make excuses about being too busy. In a country renowned for its great year-round weather and outdoor lifestyle, beaches and adventure sports, we shouldn’t even have an obesity problem. We live in a paradise that is made to be used – we should be one of the fittest nations in the world. I do believe another key issue is many people are no longer happy – there are countless books, programmes and motivational speakers which focus on being happy and finding inner peace etc. Perhaps if we were more at ease with ourselves, life, and learned

to be happy, we could solve the obesity problem as people become more motivated, and don’t stress eat or overcompensate with alcohol. It’s a catch 22 situation - we need peace and happiness to solve NZ’s obesity epidemic, but we also need to be fitter and healthier to be happier, less stressed and more content with daily life. We need to wake up and take responsibility. Your health and wellbeing, as well as that of your family, is in your hands. Stop blaming others, and start taking action towards a healthier you and healthier NZ today. Putting stars on food we know is bad and should be avoided, as it doesn’t remove ownership. Change is a process, not an event. Happy exercising. S Mueller, Mount Maunganui

Dog tags ‘money for jam’ for TCC You are so right Rogers Rabbits, this has been a bone for me too, that we pay dog registrations and get nothing back not even a collar like we used to. It’s just money for jam as my old Dad would have said. Here in Western Bay of Plenty’s Te Puke, I pay $67 each for my two jack russells or $100 each if I don’t pay before the end of July, and I receive a little plastic tag. I wouldn’t mind if I could see the council providing us with a walkway away from traffic, where dogs could run

free. I’m not talking about a park but a walkway. Here in Te Puke we have a lovely natural stream with a park and a five-minute walkway along it, then the stream disappears under the road bridge and into the distance. I’ve often stood and looked longingly at the stream, as it goes out of sight among long grass and trees, wishing there was a path for my dogs and I to walk the bank and enjoy nature. Surely some of the registration fee we pay could be put towards a project like this? N Griffiths, Te Puke.

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Exactly what are owners paying for? Re: dog registrations. I catch a lot of stray dogs, as if you’re told to catch strays yourself. I tie it up and ring the council, who then sends a security firm to pick the dog up. They call themselves dog control, but they are an out-sourced expense. There are known areas of Tauranga where you can find an unregistered dog easily. I want TCC to give a full rundown on what we’re actually paying for. B Miller, Otumoetai.

Call for crash details: I’d be grateful if the man who accidentally dented my car’s passenger door at Vet Care Bethlehem’s carpark on June 19 sends me his contact details and vehicle registration. My insurance company will cover damage but I need your details to avoid paying the excess. Please call 07 863 3307 or email: David Clarke, Waihi.


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E N T E R T A I N M E N T G U I D E OUT THERE MUSIC The ever popular guide to ‘What’s On’ in the Bay.

Saturday 12 July

Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s meeting at St Andrews, Dee St 10-11am. Children welcome. Bay Association of Sea Kayakers Lake Rotoehu Trip. Bevan 576 8885 Genealogy Informal Group Friendly discussion about family research at 14 The Green, Bayfair 1.30pm. Visitors welcome. Jan 574 0260 Have a Go Craft Day Baptist Church Hall, 13th Ave, Tauranga 10am – 4pm. A variety of crafts to do. Gold coin donation to make an item. Free entry. 544 2321 Israel & the Kingdom of God Seminar

July 19 at Presbyterian Church, Dee St, Mount 1.30pm. Hear Kiwi Israelis Evan & Maala Thomas. Koha will be received. Maria 544 1680 Messianic Weekly Meetings The Way meet in the Kingfisher Room, Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 10am. 570 1438 Mini Market At Pacific Island Community Trust, 562 Cameron Rd (down the driveway) Tga 9am - 12pm. Food, bric a brac, clothing, bake sale & more. 577 1270

Mount Monthly Sequence Dance

Theme: Red. Good company, live band & great supper. At Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd. Entry from 7pm with dancing 7.30-11pm. $7 door. Organised by Mount Scottish Soc. Elizabeth 544 5633

NZ Christian Writers Guild

Tauranga workshop, 14th Ave Gospel Centre 9.30am - 4pm. Bring lunch. Drinks provided. $15. Jan 543 2147

Otumoetai College vs Rosehill College (Auckland) At Otumoetai College

2.45pm. Game being broadcast by Sky TV Rugby Channel. Social Dance Aug 2 at Greerton Hall, 1247 Cameron Rd 7.30pm. BYO drinks & nibbles. All welcome. Supreme Dance Centre 544 2337 or 027 322 1786. Just come on the night. Tauranga Farmers Market Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Fresh & artisian produced food. Trixie 552 5278 or Te Puke Genealogy Meeting for new members in the Council Committee Room, via the Te Puke Library 10am 12pm. Graham 533 1571 The Sociables 30’s/40’ age group of males & females that meet once a week to socialise by dining out or participating in local activities & events. Email Village Radio Community radio broadcasting from Tauranga Historic Village 1368 kHz AM. Music of 1920’s - 80’s weekends 9am - 5pm, weekdays 10am - 5pm. Specialty programmes. or 571 3710


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Sunday 13 July

Bay Bible Fellowship/Lord’s Day

Welcome Bay Primary School Hall, 309 Welcome Bay Rd 10am. Praise & worship. Lincoln Forlong teaching from Galatians 2:15-21 “Obedience earns acceptance - yeah right?” All welcome. Bible Seminars Every Sun at Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St, Greerton 1.45pm. Title: “Being involved in God’s plan.” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Vic 543 0504 BOP Orchid Society Auction of donated plants/goods at Masonic Lodge Hall, 18 Oxford St, Te Puke 12pm. Afternoon tea at end of auction. Members of the public welcome to attend & bid. Bids in multiples of $1. Cash or cheques only, no eftpos. Czech School for Children With Czech/ Slovak background every Sun at Arataki Community Centre 10am - 12pm except school holidays. New members welcome. www.facebook. com/ceskyaslovenskyclubtauranga, email: or Jana 579 3918. Falun Dafa Simple exercises to liberate your mind & energise your body. Free to learn. At Memorial Park by the fountain 1st & 2nd Sundays 10.15am. Judy 576 9683 or txt 021 0425 398

Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market

Every Sun in Phoenix car park 9am - 1pm. Fresh fruit & veges, breads, cheese, oils, plants & more. All home grown & home made. 575 9911 Otumoetai Indoor Bowls Champion of Champion Pairs, Mount Sports Centre 9am. Karen 576 0443

Palm Beach Plaza Lions Market

On the grass by McDonalds 7am – 12.30pm. Stalls must be set up by 7.30am. Great range of goods for sale including fruit & vege, arts & crafts. Fundraising stalls to support needy causes. $10 per car space. 542 2559 a/hs Petanque Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. 578 3606 Radio Controlled Model Yachts Meet Sun & Thurs at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa 1.30pm, to sail electron & similar 3ft long yachts for fun. Beginners welcome. Graham 572 5419

Spiritual Centre, the Psychic Cafe

Greerton Community Hall, Greerton 7pm. Crystal ball, auras, tarot, handwriting analysis, mini workshops & more. Door charge $10, everything else free. 578 7205 Sunday Drivers Club Car run to Tirau & Putaruru. Social group of car enthusiasts who enjoy the cars they own. Any make of car, any model, any age. Partners welcome. Email: sundaydrivers@outlook. com or David 544 8713

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Tauranga Acoustic Music Club Blackboard concert second Sun at McSwiggans Irish Pub, 158 Cambridge Rd, Tauranga 2pm. Paul 579 2346 Te Puke Spiritual Discussion Group

1st, 3rd & 5th Sun of month at Hair Linez, old railway Station, Jellicoe St 10.30-11.30am. $3 door. Meeting of spiritual minds, to learn & share with each other. Elaine 573 5361 or FB Hair Linez for details. Theosophical Society “Reincarnation” at Tauranga Yoga Centre 2pm. Entry by donation to cover costs. All welcome. June 576 6106 Tree Planting No 133 Tanners Pt Road from 1.30pm. If wet, cancelled. Bring boots, spade. Rough terrain, refreshments provided. 549 1389 Unity of Tauranga A metaphysical study & meditation group. Meet 2nd Sun monthly at Matua Community Hall, Levers Rd. 10am cuppa, 10.30am start. 576 0165

Monday 14 July

Achieve Toastmasters Feeling anxious about that forthcoming presentation. Learn to speak with confidence. 1st, 3rd Mon at St Stephens Hall, Otumoetai 7.30pm. Fraser 544 4579 Badminton Tauranga Badminton Club every Mon & Weds at Bethlehem College Events Centre 7.30pm. All players welcome. Sue 021 194 4335 or Bay of Plenty Pipes & Drums Army Hall, 11th Ave & Devonport Rd 6.45pm. Annette 577 9272 Beginners Salsa Lessons Presented by Bay Salsa at Otumoetai Action Centre 6.45pm. New intake every 4 weeks. Improver salsa lessons - walk in classes 7.45pm. $15 per class. Bethlehem Bowls Every Mon at Bethlehem Hall, Main highway 7.15pm. First 3 nights free. Wendy 578 2585 Body & Soul Fun Fitness For over 50’s, social events & guest speakers. Mon & Fri Greerton Hall Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds City Church cnr Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Chess Mt Maunganui Mount RSA Chess Club every Mon at Mount RSA, 544 Maunganui Rd. Juniors 6.157.15pm during school term. Open club 6-11pm Noel 579 5412 Citizens Advice Bureau Free, confidential info & advice about anything call in Mon - Fri at 38 Hamilton St, Tauranga 9am - 5pm or freephone 0800 367 222 or 578 1592. JP service every Mon 1-5pm, Weds & Thurs 9am - 11.30am. Weds CAB service at Welcome Bay Community Centre 9.30am - 12.30pm, Fri at Mount Library 11.30am - 1.30pm. No appointment necessary.

Diabetes Support Call the Diabetes Support Line Mon - Fri for confidential & free diabetes advice & support 571 3422 Fire Brigade Bowling Club Complete triples, club night at Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd 7pm. Sharon 543 3929 Fitness League Safe effective, low impact fun exercise set to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for women of all ages & abilities. First class free. Every Mon at Settlers Hall Omokoroa 9.30am & Tues St Johns Anglican Church Waihi 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378 Greerton Garden Club 2nd Mon of month at St James Hall cnr Devon St & Pooles Rd, Greerton 1pm. You don’t have to have a big garden to come along. Jill 543 0390 Growing Through Grief Te Puke

Currently taking enrolments for children to attend Seasons programme, a peer support programme that helps children/ young people cope with loss & change in their lives. One hour a week, after school for 9 weeks. Claire 573 7139 or 021 081 55377

Harmony a Plenty Barbershop Chorus Every Mon at Bethlehem Community Church, Moffat Rd 7pm. New members welcome. 572 3345 or

Junction Mental Health Peer Support

And advocacy: Coffee & chat 10am – 12pm. 579 9890 Meditation Free classes Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace, spiritual awareness & the meaning of your life. David 576 9764 Monday Night Dancers Learn to dance at St Pats Hall, Beatty Ave, Te Puke. Sequence dancing for beginners & people wishing to improve. Learners from 6.30pm. $3pp. Gordon 572 0060 Mount RSA Indoor Bowls Mon & Thurs. Names in by 6.45pm. New members welcome. Joy 574 8003 Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu Papamoa Club training Mon & Thurs at Tahatai Coast School, Evans Rd 6.15-7.45pm. Brian 021 241 7059 or Otumoetai Indoor Bowls Champion Triples 7pm start Matua Primary School Hall, Clivedene St. New members welcome. Karen 576 0443 Papamoa Genealogy Branch NZSG meet 9.30am - 2.30pm. Small door charge. Coffee/tea provided. Bring your own lunch. 575 4674 Papamoa Mah Jong Club Meet every Mon at Papamoa Sports 12.304pm. Counting & non counting tables. Afternoon tea mid afternoon. $3 per session. All welcome. Papamoa Progressive Assn 2nd Mon of month at Dune Room, Parton Rd, Gordon Spratt Reserve. Ken 574 2332 Recycled Teenagers Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards, & injury or illness rehabilitation. Mon & Weds, 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club, behind

The Weekend Sun’s guide to who’s playing and where. Pak n Save. Tues at St Mary’s Church Hall, Girven Rd. All 9 - 10.30am. Classes taken by qualified instructor. First class free. Jennifer 571 1411 Silver Singers Choir Soprano voices required. Practice every Mon at St Stephens Church Hall, Brookfield Tce 1pm. 579 2465 Taekwon Do The Silla Club train Mon & Thurs at Te Puna School Hall. All ages welcome. Gwyn 0274 587 871 Take Me Home: Music & Life of John Denver At Baycourt 8pm. www.baycourt. or 577 7188 Tauranga Brass Band Practice at Legion of Frontiersmen’s Hall, 165 Elizabeth St 7-9pm. New players welcome. Peter 572 4358 Tauranga Bridge Club Sessions Mon, Weds, Thurs 7.30pm. Tues & Fri 1pm. Social bridge Thurs 1pm. 252 Ngatai Rd. 576 5022 Tauranga Civic Choir New members welcome to join & rehearse every Mon 7.30-9.30pm. 574 6366 Tauranga Creative Fibre Every Mon at Arts Centre, Elizabeth St from 9.30am. Spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crochet & more. Learn & share in a mutually supportive club. Also on Thurs evening twice a month. Joan 577 6781 Tauranga Rock n Roll Club Monday club nights 8-9.30pm. Lessons 7-8pm. Tauranga RSA Cameron Rd. Website: Liz 578 9063 after 5pm. Tauranga RSA Indoor Bowls Mon report 12.45pm for 1pm start. Club Triples – Martin Cup. Weds 3.45 for 4pm start. Junior Club Triples. Leanne 570 0154 Tauranga Senior Citizens Club Cards, 500 & Bridge Mon & Thurs. Indoor Bowls Tues, Weds & Sat at 14 Norris St, behind Pak n Save 1-4pm. Register by 12.45pm. $2 includes afternoon tea. New members welcome. Tauranga Senior Citizens Club Indoor Bowls Every Mon at St Columba Church Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd 1-4pm. Names in by 12.45pm. $3 entry includes afternoon tea. New members welcome. 571 6663 The Writing Project For people who are working on a piece of writing or who would like to be. Meet 7pm. Kaye 07 218 1411 or 021 239 7142

Toughlove Parent Support Group

Every Mon at Totara House, 1428 Cameron Rd, Greerton 7-9pm. No need to register. 543 3194 YMCA - ALFS (Active lifestyle for seniors). Smooth Movers class Mon 9-10am & 10.15-11.15am at Matua Community Hall, Levers Rd. Also 9-9.55am & 10-10.55am at Arataki Hall, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St). Tues 9.15-10.15am & 10.30-11.30am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 9.15-10.15am Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. First class free. Thurs 9-10am at Otumoetai


The Weekend Sun Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.30-11.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.15-10.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Also Fri at Papamoa Library 10.20am. 578 9272

Tuesday 15 July

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loved clothing babies - adults 50c - $2, 36D McDonald St, Mt Maunganui 10am - 2pm. 2014@ Face2Face Healing prayer plus coffee/hot chocolate/tea available at 36D McDonald St, Mt Maunganui 10am - 2pm.

ABC - Avenues Badminton Club

Every Tues at Tauranga Intermediate School Sports Centre. Juniors 6-7.30pm (term time), seniors (adults) 7.30-9.30pm. Club racquets & coaching available. Delwyn 027 212 4720 Anxiety Support Group Support for people with an experience of anxiety 1-2pm. Junction 579 9890 for info or if you need a ride. Arataki Table Tennis Every Tues at Arataki Community Centre 7.30pm. Social table tennis. $4 per player. Badminton (Social) Every Tues at Otumoetai Baptist Hall 9.30am - 12pm. Racquets available. All welcome. Lorraine 579 3229

Balmorals Leisure Marching Team

Ladies welcome to join aged 30-60 for fun, friendship & travel. Training every Tues at Greerton 6-8pm. Anita 571 4096 or 021 0257 6094 Bayfair Petanque Club Every Tues & Thurs at Bayfair Reserve, Russley Drive 1pm. Tuition & boules available for learners & visitors. Margaret 572 3173 Bethlehem Pottery Club Tues & Thurs at 13 Bethlehem Rd 10am 3pm. Jane 552 0046

Does Your Loved One have an Addiction? Do you wonder what

you can do? How to help? Hanmer Clinic Tauranga, ‘Significant Other’ programme for spouses, partners etc of people who have an addiction. 7 weekly sessions at 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton 1-3pm. Free. 579 6470 or 0800 842 426 Excel Toastmasters Meet every 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues of the month at Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Bayfair 6.15-8.30pm. Learn leadership & public speaking skills. Kaaren 572 5988

Inachord Chorus Womens 4 Part Harmony Every Tues at Bethlehem

Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd 6.55pm. Enjoy the challenge of singing & performing varied repertoire. Cathy 579 2040 email: inachordchorus@ Israeli Dancing Beginners class every Tues at Gate Pa Primary School Hall, Cameron Rd 7-8pm. All ages welcome - no partner required. Maria 544 1680

Junction Mental Health Peer Support And advocacy: coffee &

chat at Papamoa Community Centre (Papamoa Library), 15 Gravatt Rd, Papamoa 10am – 12pm. 579 9890 Mount Morning Badminton Every Tues at Mount Sports Centre, Blake Park 9am - 12pm. Social, competitive, all ages. Beginners welcome. Racquets available. Visitors $5 per session. Maxene 575 0162

Mount Social Table Tennis Group

Every Tues at Arataki Community Centre 7.30-9.30pm. Friendly social table tennis of all levels. $4. 575 2048 Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu Your opportunity to learn this Chinese Martial Art training in Kung Fu Tues & Thurs at Tauranga Boys’ Gym 6-7.30pm. Brian 021 241 7059 or

Orange City Square & Round Dance Club Tues morning class 10am - 12pm. Weds Advanced, Thurs Club night & new dancers 7.30pm. Frontiersmen’s Hall. 543 1063 Otumoetai Toastmasters Leadership skills, speaking skills. At Lyceum Club rooms, 68 1st Ave 7.15-9.30pm. Allan 544 5989 Overeaters Anonymous Is your eating affecting the way you, or someone else, live your lives? Overeating, undereating - meet every Tues at Church of Christ, 1400 Cameron Rd 7-8pm. 544 1213

Saintly Shakers Preschool Music Every Tues at St Peter’s

Church, Victoria St, Mt Maun-

ganui 10-11am & Thurs at St Mary’s Church, 1 Marlin St, Bayfair 9.3010.30am. School term only. Music, dance, play, fun & morning tea. Sequence Dancing Tauranga Social & Leisure Club. Every Tues at St John’s Anglican Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai 7-9.30pm. Second Tues of month 3-5.30pm. Visitors welcome. John 578 9716 South City Indoor Bowls Club Club night at Greerton Hall, Tauranga. Names in by 7.15pm. Mary 541 0687

Tauranga Acoustic Music Club

McSwiggan’s Irish Pub, 158 Cambridge Rd 7.30pm. Friendly jam sessions. Sing, play or just listen. Paul 579 2346 or Tauranga Continuing Education (50+) Group At Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga, 3rd Tues of month. Lectures start 10am. & $3 charge to cover expenses. Speaker: Dorothy Finlay, nurse with extensive Middle East experience “Understanding the Middle East.” David 544 4179

Tauranga Morning Badminton Club

Every Tues & Thurs at QEII Youth Centre, Memorial Park, Tauranga 9-11.30am. New players & visitors welcome. Heather 574 0976 Tauranga Orchid Society Monthly meeting at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 7.30pm. Speakers: Lee & Roy Neale - “their work producing exciting new colours of Epidendrums.” Visitors welcome. Natalie 543 0847 Tauranga Scrabble Club Tues at Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 9am. 3 games $3. New players welcome. 544 8372 Tauranga Toastmasters Tga Lyceum Club 7.15-9.30pm. Confidence building, speaking skills, leadership skills. Alan 544 5989

Wednesday 16 July

Badminton Mt Maunganui Club

night Weds at Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd 7-9pm. All past & new players welcome. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529

Baywide Community Law Service

Drop in clinic every Weds at 63 Willow St 5-6.30pm. No appointment necessary. Free legal assistance. 571 6812. Every Tues morning at Te Puke Clinic. For appointment 573 5614. Every Thurs morning at Katikati Clinic. For appointment 549 0399 Bethlehem Mah Jong Club Every Weds at the Pavilion, Kempton Park Village, 40 Te Paeroa Rd, Bethlehem 1-4pm. Arrive 15 mins before play so tables can be allocated. Mah Jong lessons available for beginners (by prior arrangement only). Shona 552 6230

Cribbage Club Tauranga RSA Greerton New members wanted for this long established club, all ages. Every Weds 1-3.30pm. Entrance $3. Robert 579 1342

Fernlands Spa Water Exercise Classes Weds 10.45-11.45am held

rain or shine but not during school holidays. New participants planning to attend ph Jennifer 571 1411 Gate Pa Indoor Bowls Club night 7.30pm. Super liquor ladder 7pm. at Greerton Hall. Kevin 543 4044 Global Hearts Exercise Group Weds 2-3pm & Fri 11am - 12pm. Provides group activities combined with health education that encourages members to live a healthy & active lifestyle. Proudly supported by NZ Heart Foundation. Mark 0274 444 945

Greerton Gold Leisure Marching Team Ladies 50+ invited to join Weds

at Morland Fox Park 8-9.30am. No experience required. Marion 578 1108 Healing Rooms Every Weds at Bethlehem Town Centre, corner shop behind PO 1-3pm. Christian prayer for healing. 021 110 0878 ICONZ for Girls Every Weds at Welcome Bay Community Centre, W/Bay Rd, behind hall 4.15-5.45pm. For girls aged 7-11yrs (yr 3-6). Badges, games, stories & more. Carolyn 544 0400

Mount Healing & Spiritual Centre

Fellowship & celebration at Omanu Bowling Club, Golf Rd, Mount. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Guest speaker: Sharon McAuliffe, mediumship. Door charge $3. All welcome. Janet 027 264 0226

Mount Maunganui Cricket Club July

23 AGM at Blake Park Clubrooms, Kawaka St, Mt Maunganui 6.30pm. Reece 572 3482 Mt Maunganui Indoor Bowls Play Weds nights & Sun afternoons. Allen 575 0059

Otumoetai Care & Craft Group

Every Weds during school term at St Columba Church, Cherrywood 9am 12.30pm. Dawn 576 7783 Papamoa Garden Circle Meet in Dune Room, Papamoa Sport & Rec Centre 1pm. Elaine 575 5044 Pasifika Playgroup Presented by Pacific island Community Tauranga Trust, 562 Cameron Rd every Weds during school term at Gate Pa School 9.30am - 12.30pm for 01-6yr olds. Music, stories, dance & activities. Free entry. Emma 577 1270 Scottish Country Dancing Weds at Senior Citizens Hall, Maunganui Rd Beginners class 6pm, regular class 7.30pm. Fri at Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd 7pm Children over 8 years welcome. 573 5055 Table Tennis Tauranga At Memorial Hall, QEYC every Weds 1-3pm & 7-9pm & every Fri 7-9pm. All welcome. Bill 578 1662

Tauranga Mid-Week Tramping Group

Upland Rd towards Thompson Track. Grade moderate, approx 5.5hrs. Pat 544 0670 Tauranga Opera Forum Guest singer Lleilani Taula live along with our DVD screening of Samson & Delilah at Tauranga Club 5.30pm. Complimentary wine, finger foods, lucky ticket draw & opera screening. Tickets from Creative Tauranga 928 5270 Tauranga Pryde For gay, lesbian, bi, trans & intersex youth & friends or questioning. Social & support, 4.30pm fortnightly. Look for Tauranga Pryde on Facebook or 09 376 4155

Toastmasters - City Early Start

Improve communication, leadership & teamwork skills. Every Weds at Classic Flyers Avgas Cafe 6.45-8.15am. Toastmasters is the answer for building confidence & leadership skills. To find a club near you email: LaniDTM@ or 571 1545. T.S Chatham (Sea Cadets) Weds during school term at TYPBC, Keith Allan Drive, Sulphur Pt 6.15-9pm. Micah 021 336 719 or Yoga with Ocean Views Every Weds & Fri at Fergusson Park Sports Centre (end of Tilby Dr, Matua) 9.30-10.40am. $12 casual. Stella 0210 249 3690

Thursday 17 July

Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

Salvation Army, Eversham Rd, Bayfair 7.30-8.30pm.

Army Cadets (WBOP Cadet Unit)

Every Thurs at Tauranga Army Hall 6-9.30pm. Ages 13-17 youth development with a military flavour. Email:

Awareness Through Movement

(Feldenkrais method) classes, new term starts July 24 at the Yoga Centre 1.30pm. Gisella 027 286 0891 Awesome Clothing Sale Good quality, all sizes & styles men’s, women’s, children’s, shoes, sheets, duvets etc. Only $2 a bag. You pick. Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga 9.3010.30am. Rain or shine. Organised by Turning Point Trust 578 6934 Club Mt Maunganui Social games club. Every Thurs 1.45pm. Play indoor bowls, 500 & bolivia. John 575 2422 Fitness League Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for females. All ages & abilities, complementary first class, every Thurs Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd 9.30am & Weds at Katikati Memorial Hall 10am. Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 170 French Connection For lovers of all things French. Come & meet like minded people over a relaxed drink. Meet every second Thurs at Brooklyn Eatery, The Strand between 4.306.30pm. Email Andrea:

Keynotes 4 Part Harmony Women’s chorus meet every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Nora 544 2714 Mainly Music Every Thurs at St Enoch’s Church, 16th Ave 9.30am. $3 per family. New members welcome. 578 3040 Mount Art Group Every Thurs at St Peter’s Church Hall, 11 Victoria Rd, Mt Maunganui 9am - 1pm. Visitors welcome. Merilynn 575 6777 Mt Maunganui Creative Fibre Meet every Thurs at Arataki Community Centre 9am - 1pm. Share & learn spinning, weaving, crochet, knitting, felting & other creative crafts. Visitors & new members welcome. Jan 574 1265 No Holds Bard July 17 & 18 at Baycourt 7.30pm. or 577 7188 Petanque Tauranga/BOP Club Every Thurs & Sun at Cliff Rd venue 1pm start. Jo Ann 578 3606 Salsa on the Strand Every Thurs at La Mexica presented by Bay Salsa. Intro class 8pm followed by social dancing. Really social, no partner required. $2 entry, members free. Sunshine Dance Group Learn sequence dancing at a friendly club. Meet every Thurs at Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd 7-8.30pm, followed by dancing till 10pm. $2pp entrance includes supper. Jan 544 4379 Tauranga Heart Support Group Phase 3 rehab exercise, social events & guest speakers for those with or at risk of heart disease. Every Thurs at City Church Hall, Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St 9.30-10.45am. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Tauranga Model Railway Club Meet every Thurs & Tues evening 7.30pm. Ed 543 1108 Tauranga Pryde Youth Group For lesbian, gay, bi, trans. Meet 6.30pm 1st & 3rd Weds of each month & 2nd & 4th Thurs. 22 3536 968 Tauranga Rock n Roll Social Dancers

Authentic music every Thurs at 14 Norris St, behind Pak n Save 7.30-9.30pm. $3 entry pp - supper included. Maria 576 7326

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Tauranga Storytellers’ Group Meet last Thurs of month. Learn how to develop your storytelling skills. Claire 577 7220 Tennis Seniors WBOP Every Thurs at Tauranga Lawn Tennis Club, Wharepai Domain, Cameron Rd 9am - 12pm. $3 ball fee. New members & visitors welcome. Lynda 575 0627 Toastmasters - Kickstart Club

Have fun while learning to speak confidently. Breakfast meeting at Alimento Cafe, 1st Ave, Tauranga 7-8.15am. Guests welcome. Helen 571 6181

Friday 18 July

Alcoholics Anonymous Open meeting every Fri at Hamner Clinic, 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton (behind Tyremaster) 7.30pm. 0800 229 6757 for more meetings or assistance. Chess Tauranga Every Fri at Tauranga RSA, Greerton 6pm onwards for the whole family. Werner 548 1111 Free Immigration Assessment By Licenced Immigration Adviser. Tauranga Multicultural Ethnic Council, Historic Village, 17th Ave. For appointment ph Iryna Stewart 543 9125 or 021 0226 2619 Free Immigration Clinic Every Fri - legal advice & information on immigration issues. For appointment, Baywide Community Law 571 6812 Friday Friends 10 Pin Bowling League

Join our friendly league playing every Fri at 13th Ave 10 Pin 1pm (3 games). We play in pairs. New members welcome. Judy 543 4124 Gay/Bi Men Support Group Do you need a trusting person to talk to? Discretion assured. For meetings & locations ph/txt Alex 027 358 5934 Greerton Indoor Bowling Club Championship Fours at Band Hall, Yatton St. Names in by 7.15pm. Sally 571 8914 Katikati Folk Club Hosts Kiwi balladeer & singing historian Phil Garland & singer/ instrumentalist Margaret Harper at Katikati Bowling Club, Park Rd 7.30pm. www.

Email or Fax 571 1116 or post to PO Box 240, Tauranga.

Deadline 3pm Tuesdays. Contributions should be less than 20 words.

38 McSwiggans Irish Pub Sunday 13 – Acoustic Music Club Concert 2-5pm. The Matua Sunday 13 – Aaron Saxon and Alice Foote “Alice Sea” 3-6pm. Mount RSA Friday 11 – Tony Wellington 7.30pm.



The Crown & Badger Friday 11 – Shabang. Saturday 12 – Shabang. Saturday 19 July – Memorial Event for Depression awareness. Special guest Mike King. Tickets on sale now $30.






















By Winston Watusi

Seeking out winter’s best Musicians generally hibernate during winter but there’s always stuff bubbling away beneath the surface.

Defying the “musicians don’t do much in winter” dictum, which I opened with, The Shirleybyrds, fronted by Shirley Ryder and Graeme Hardaker, have been quite busy recently.

That whole cold winter vibe just doesn’t seem so conducive to going out and gigging. Or perhaps it’s that musicians don’t trust audiences to turn out when there’s a higher chance of being rained on or freezing your tights off. Whatever the reason – the impossibility of outdoor gigs, general laziness – less happens musically in winter. Though many bands are using the time to start, or indeed finish, new albums in time for spring. Brilleaux, Kokomo, B-Side Band and The Shirleybyrds are four outfits currently working on album projects. In the meantime there’s actually stuff going on but it seems to have migrated from the centre of town to the suburbs. Just as bands have been coming through more obscure places, such as the Te Puna Memorial Hall – since Baycourt is currently too expensive for local acts to utilise, more’s the pity – so a couple of neighbourhood bars have become slightly unlikely hubs for music.

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I guess the fact that both of them are owned by stalwart of the local music scene Andy Craw and his wife Veronica may have something to do with it, but it’s reassuring to see this sort of thing can work and be successful. It’s also refreshing, given Andy’s choice of music is wide and varied and certainly doesn’t stick slavishly to popular covers outfits. The two bars in question are McSwiggans at the Cambridge Rd shops and The Matua, along Tilby Drive, in the eponymous suburb. For nearly a year now the Tauranga Acoustic Music Club has made its home at McSwiggans, getting together every Tuesday night for either a jam session or a blackboard concert, while the country nights that used to happen down on The Strand now take place every Wednesday at The Matua. And the Sunday music is interesting too. McSwiggans has had the likes of Undertow – acoustic guitar heroes Sean Bodley and Mark Wright, and Joe’s Van. This Sunday The Matua will host Alice Sea, who will be purveying her unique brand of world music along with ace axeman Aaron Saxon. They play from 3-6pm. Also on Sunday there’s a change of pace for the Entertainers Club. Last month it was Broadway tunes, this month it’s two Tauranga bands presenting “unplugged” sets. It takes place at The Citz Club on Cameron Rd at 5pm, costs $10 on the door, and you can see Brilleaux and The Shirleybyrds

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In case you haven’t heard them, they specialise in music with a strong sixties psychedelic vibe and have a bag of remarkably catchy tunes. Though sometimes seen as a duo, the full band is a four-piece. Last Friday they were up in Auckland in front of a live audience at the Commerce Club in Remuera, where they played a pile of originals songs, both selections from their debut album and new ones.

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Saturday 12 – Tequila 7.30pm. Sunday 13 – Frankie 4.30pm.

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This was for the TV show ‘Rockin’ The Planet’ which airs on SKY’s Face channel (83) at 8pm on Thursdays. It’s hosted by Kiwi ‘legend’ Shane Hales, who also has a chat with various musical guests. There’s a YouTube channel where you can get a feel for the show and watch clips of everything from the Hello Sailor boys to The Flaming Mudcats. It’s at com/watch?v=8Ra3hmFwtdI. The Shirleybyrds, who also include drummer John Hawley and bass player Pat Hawkins, aren’t sure when their show will air but expect a selection of their songs interview to be aired later in July.

Mixing it up

At The Entertainers Club on Sunday they’ll be mixing their originals with some sixties favourites. Meanwhile, Brilleaux’s unplugged show has been developing. It’s a very different beast from their full electric show, bypassing their many original songs in favour of a bit of a history lesson, which incorporates the music and musicians that originally influenced frontman Graham Clark and the band. So expect everything from the Rolling Stones to T-Rex to obscure, old, British blues bands. Sounds like fun.


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Empowering women through dance Okareka Dance Company is bringing a brand new performance to Tauranga this month – in a one-night-only all-female dance piece that personifies the strength of women. Directed by Taiaroa Royal and Taane Mete, the company’s new work Mana Wahine is coming to Baycourt on July 29 as part of a nationwide tour. Among the female performers is 30-year-old Nancy Wijohn, who is dancing with an all-female onstage cast for the first time. “I think that’s really something that stands out. I’m working alongside some great dancers and artists who in their own right have achieved a lot of

Dancer Nancy Wijohn will be performing with Okareka Dance Company at Baycourt on July 29. Photo by Kelly Nash.

things in their career as well.” Nancy says they’re an eclectic bunch of women who each bring different elements of femininity and strength to the show. “There are so many qualities to each person and I think it’s just a completely unique experience.” An avid personal trainer and crossfit enthusiast, Nancy has been dancing for more than 10 years since “falling into the career” at age 17 when she caught the eye of Maori cabaret artist ‘Mika’ at an audition at Auckland University. “It was quite new to me because I wasn’t going there to dance. But that’s pretty much the start of my dance career,” says Nancy, who went straight from college into a dance company. Mana Wahine is at Baycourt on July 29 from 7.30pm. Tickets cost $25-$30 and are available through Ticketek.

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The Weekend Sun has a double pass to give away to a lucky reader who can tell us how long Nancy Wijohn has been dancing for. Enter online at under the competitions section. Entries must be received before Wednesday, July 16.

Rags to give hall riches People are being encouraged to dress in rags and riches to party the night away in Waihi Beach’s community centre this month, in a bid to support the hall. The Waihi Beach Op Shop Ball 2014’s theme is ‘Rags to riches’ – and community centre chair and ball organiser Niria Gervich says the eighth event is “not to be missed”. “It’s amazing – you get people from in their early 20s to those in their 80s attending, and everybody dresses up – and everybody dances. “It’s like a stampede to the dance floor – people just dance all night.” Niria says this year’s theme allows people a broad interpretation of what to wear on the night of July 12. “They can come in anything raggy to something quite spectacular – we’re encouraging people to get costumes from op shops, don’t hire but make


them from bits and pieces.” New band ‘Loose Coverz’ will be performing, there’s a photobooth to capture the magic, and light supper is included. Niria says while Western Bay of Plenty District Council owns the land, the beach owns the community centre – and the annual ball fundraiser helps keep it in top shape. “The community centre is vital really, we should be proud of it, it is a beautiful venue as well as being quite big.” Niria says it’s also well-used by schools, sports groups, council and an alternate venue for funerals and weddings. “Money raised from this ball will go back into the centre; the inside needs painting and the men’s toilets need revamping." The ball is on Saturday, July 12 from 7.30pm-12.30am at the community centre, 102 Beach Rd. Tickets cost $35. For information, call 07 863 5105 or email

Partygoers at last year’s ball fundraiser at Waihi Beach’s community centre.

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Counselling is about being there with the client. This is what Tauranga counsellor and supervisor Dr Stuart Slater believes.

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“Often life is not about being perfect, but about doing the best we can on the day.” Stuart has more than 30 years’ experience counselling in schools, community organisations and in private practice. His accolades include a Churchill Fellowship, Brierley Fellowship and he’s an honoured member of the International Transactional Analysis Association. “I am equally at ease with people of all ages and walks of life,” says Stuart. “I’m interested in working with all manner of concerns.” He says the most common seem to be relationships with self and others, mental health concerns, parenting, learning and behaviour, workplace, health and aging issues, bullying, grief and loss. Stuart feels strongly towards those who have had to struggle. “I’ve had my own ups and downs and agree with Rolo May that ‘we heal others through the virtue of our own wounds’.” By Zoe Hunter

Satifying variety on the job The satisfaction of seeing a great job done is something that keeps the team at Safeplank Scaffolding motivated. Managing director Bernie Coombe says the diversity of their jobs, whether commercial or domestic, means Safeplank Scaffolding is seen in many places. “My team not only get to set-up



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Building projects boost industry The Bay of Plenty building industry remains confident despite a small drop in building consents granted during June, with two sizable projects boosting consent value.

“I think it comes down to a confidence thing.” Brian believes people are confident in their jobs, and in the economy for the next few years, and are prepared to take the next step on their housing projects. He says Master Builders and Certified Builders are also working with TCC currently to reduce delays in getting permits out. At the moment it can take up to six days for sites to be inspected by council staff, when it should take around two days or less. By ironing out the various issues around permit delays the number of consents issued would increase, he says.

Figures released by Priority One show 245 building consents totalling $39.7 million were issued across the region by Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District councils. The number has fallen from 297, valued at $43.9m, for the month of May. But compared to June of last year, consent numbers have risen from 231, worth $33.9m. Tauranga City Council issued 154 consents valued at $30.8m, with the majority granted for single and multi-unit dwellings during June. Western Bay of Plenty District Council issued 91 consents worth $8.9m, with the bulk once again granted for single and multi-unit dwellings. Two big projects given the tick by TCC and boosting consent values are a new Harcourts office complex on the corner of Devonport Road and 3rd Ave, valued at $1.8m, and five classrooms at Te Wharekura o Mauao, worth $1.1m. Harcourts general manager Nigel Martin says the new complex will host about 50 staff currently based on Cameron Road. While the project's consent is valued at $1.8m, Nigel says the entire two-storey building including furnishings will cost about $2.5m. He says staff are scheduled to move in during April, 2015. Tauranga Master Builders president Brian Foster believes the region's building industry is going through a “catch up phase”. “Most people don't have the money in their Open Home bank accounts to do their building; they go and borrow it, do their building and then pay it off.

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Helping humanity build In 2013, Tauranga man Ian Frost signed up for an adventure he never imagined – building homes in Vietnam from the ground up and transforming the lives of those who will live in them.

Ian Frost and Dave Sheaff lay bricks in the 2013 build.

This year he’s returning to do it all again – and is asking Bay of Plenty residents to join him. Habitat for Humanity is recruiting volunteers from throughout New Zealand for this year’s Global Village Build in Nepal. Volunteers will swap their everyday routine for an adventure that will transform their lives and the lives of Nepalese families living in poverty. The build runs November 15-23, in the southern Nepalese province of Chitwan, where about 1500 people from across the

world meeting to build 100 homes. Ian is recruiting Bay volunteers after completing his first build last year. “You want to volunteer, I tell you. It’s absolutely fantastic. It costs you about $5500, but you go to places you never go normally. “It is a very fulfilling and emotional experience, building a home alongside a family who have no decent place to live.” Volunteers are split into teams, led by qualified Habitat builders and help build a home for six days with their Nepalese partner family. Habitat then offers a number of travel options after the build, or volunteers are free to explore the country themselves. Ian says no previous build experience is necessary, just a willingness to get stuck in and a want to help. Anyone interested can phone Ian on By Corrie Taylor 027 499 8932.

Extra night vision for Coastguard after donation Rescue searches in darkness have become a lot easier for Tauranga Coastguard volunteers thanks to thousands of dollars donated by two community organisations for new night vision goggles.

Rotary Club of Tauranga Te Papa and Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust have each donated about $6000 to the coastguard for the purchase of three pairs of goggles, totalling $16,000. Tauranga Coastguard operations manager Simon Barker is thankful for the donation, saying the three pairs will be shared between the coastguards in Tauranga, Waihi and Maketu. “The extra visibility we get at night [with

the goggles] is just a real improvement. If we’re ever looking for anything, the chance of detection is so much greater with night vision goggles as opposed to just spotlight,” says Simon. “They’re basically like looking in daylight.” Simon says this will be Tauranga Coastguard’s third pair of goggles, Gary Smith, Keith Owens, and Simon Barker but it’s the first pair for Waihi and check out the new goggles. Maketu. “What we find is just getting the coverage. Rotary Club of Tauranga Te Papa Keith When we’re out there, if we can get more Owens says the money was raised from the people with them, it gives better coverage.” club’s annual charity yacht regatta and this The goggles are being shipped to NZ year the coastguard is the sole beneficiary. from Canada, where they’re made, and “We have supported on one or two past Simon expects the equipment to arrive in years, but they’re always a very worthy cause the next two weeks. and are deserving of that support.”


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God’s vision for the last-day church David Wilkerson, founder of World Challenge and the Times Square Church in New York, and the writer of ‘The Cross and the Switchblade’ was a man with a prophetic vision for the Church. He wrote an article some years ago entitled ‘The Last Day Church’ detailing some of what he believed. “I believe God’s vision for His last-day church is based on His revealed Word – because the Bible clearly outlines what the church of Jesus Christ will be like just prior to His coming.” He goes on to say: “the New Testament church made devils tremble. It drove legions of demons into the abyss, prayed prison doors open, made rulers cringe in fear”. “Those early believers had such faith and power that cripples rose up leaping and beggars became evangelists. They believed in the supernatural and they opened blind eyes, unstopped deaf ears and healed all manner of diseases. They even raised the dead.” “I am not saying God’s last-day

church will be a repeat or copy of the first-century church. No, I am saying it will be even greater than that. It will be mightier, stronger, with an ever greater revelation of Jesus. It will have greater unction from the Spirit than ever – greater even than at Pentecost.” “Today the Holy Spirit is revealing these things to spiritual, discerning saints. It is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love Him’. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things; yes, the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).” The Lord is preparing a powerful yet humble army of shepherds after His own heart and also a remnant congregation of hungry sheep. “The scene is being set for that lastday church, which will be hot, not lukewarm, and it will rock the very foundations of hell. No power on earth will be able to ignore or despise it.”

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