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Anzac Day honours


Honouring the Anzacs Bryan Cox, 89, has an incredible tale of survival at war to tell - and he’s the last living survivor to do it. As the city honours Anzac Day tomorrow, Bryan (pictured here after a flight in a Harvard) is recalling the events which saw the loss of eight Kiwi soldiers and eight aircraft during an attempt to rescue a friend. See page 5 for more. Photo by Ross Brown.

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The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Munitions BY ROGERS



Auditions are underway this week for the NZ version of ‘The Sound of Music’. Here at RR we recognise that while this is a classic musical, it has limited appeal to some sections of the New Zealand demographic. The thought of being dragged along to a sixties stage musical holds about as much appeal to the average Kiwi bloke as an invite to go shoe shopping at Maggie J’s. So we’ve upgraded the classic show to make it more appealing to a wider, more provincial audience and taking into account The Roar is in progress and the game bird season is about to commence. The new version is: ‘The Sound of Munitions’; the story of the Von Trapp-Shooter family. That’s right. We’ve put some serious weaponry in the hands of Maria, the Captain and the children to give the show a bit more blast.

The captain is redeployed as the owner of a sports store, Von Trapping and Shooting Supplies. Maria is filmed in the roar. Or was that the raw? We can’t show you those photos*, this is a family show. Anyway, the whole story gets a makeover, a bit more edgy than the original

Our Kiwi version of ‘My Favourite Things’: Raindrops on raupo and whiskers on wimmin Benji plays union, you’ve got to be kiddin’ Mayor Brown survives ex-marital flings These are a few of the real Kiwi things Honkies in Holdens and Bros in Zephyrs Skinny blonde celebs hate lardos and heifers Dagg boots it wide for Savea on the wing These are a few of my real Kiwi things Girls in tight jeans with tats on their asses Blokes in black T-shirts with contagious rashes Visits by Poms who’ll be the next kings These are a few of my real Kiwi things When the cricketers lose When the summer ends

and some great outdoors footage. It’s sort of like Mary Poppins meets Duck Dynasty. Some of the songs for the NZ show: • The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Munitions (duckshooting opens next weekend) • The Lonely Goat Culler • Browning* Sweet Sixteen going on Seventeen • Climb Every Mountain, Dam Every Stream (sponsored by Meridian Energy)

When I’m on the brink I simply remember my real Kiwi things And then I don’t feel so stink Pavlova overload and cold paua fritters Cherry trees in Greerton assaulted by knitters Mind-numbing episodes of ‘Lord of the Rings’ These are a few of our weird Kiwi things Surf on the beaches and V8s in pits Silver Ferns jumping in skimpy out-fits Holidays, summer and all that it brings Winter is taking our favourite things When the frost bites When the boot chafes When I’m feeling glum I simply remember my favourite things And reload my gun (Hear it on

IMPORTANT STUFF: All material is copyright and may not be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Sun Media makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all information and accepts no liability for errors or omissions or the subsequent use of information published. *Julie Andrews appeared topless in the movie ‘S.O.B.’ in 1981. Adjusted for inflation, ‘The Sound of Music’ is the third highest grossing movie of all time. A Sweet Sixteen is the Browning arms company’s lightweight version of the 16 gauge shotgun.


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Battle remembered

Pukehinahina Charitable Trust chairman Simon Collett and Gate Pa 150th Commemoration project director Buddy Mikaere, with the new flagpole at the Gate Pa Reserve.

On April 29, 1864, Maori warriors – outnumbered 10 to one – inflicted a stunning defeat on numerous British Colonial forces in what is now known as the Battle of Gate Pa. Next Tuesday marks 150 years since the epic battle, and Tauranga will commemorate it by paying tribute to those involved, and recognising the event’s significance in founding the city. Gate Pa 150th Commemoration project director Buddy Mikaere says Tuesday is an opportunity to learn more of a pivotal event in the birth of Tauranga City. Buddy says following the battle, 50,000 acres of Maori land was confiscated. “That’s largely where Tauranga sits now. I think it’s important that people understand how it happened and what the outcome was,” says Buddy. “It’s going to be a long, long road back to reconciling with each other – but the first step in reconciling is understanding.” Buddy says the day begins with a

6am dawn blessing of eight newly carved pou and a new flagpole at the Gate Pa Reserve. “The eight pou represent the various tribes that took park in the battle and one also commemorates British General Duncan Cameron and his army officers.” From 9am-11am a Military Memorial Service will be held at Otamataha/Mission Cemetery. “There will be a full military service – it will be similar to an Anzac service but with elements related to Gate Pa,” says Buddy. “If anyone is coming to this service, they need to park on Cliff Rd.” Buddy says people will then return to Gate Pa Reserve for a powhiri at noon to officially welcome the Maori King Tuheitia Paki and visiting tribes, plus Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby and councillors. The main event is a 2pm Commemoration Military March along Cameron Rd from Tauranga Girls’ College to Gate Pa Reserve. “It’ll involve many military units

– we wanted to try reproduce the 42 drummers General Cameron had in his army. I think we’re up to 20-something – so this should be quite spectacular. “The march will be joined by the Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and Crown ministers. They will go through a wero – challenge – before proceeding to the reserve.” Buddy says haka groups from various tribes will begin performing while the Governor General and military move through the reserve. “Then a mass haka with more than 500 people will perform, followed by speeches.” An inaugural Gate Pa speech will also be delivered by Justice Joseph Williams of the High Court. “This is something we want to establish as a traditional event every year, from now on.” Cameron Rd, between Church Road and 11th Ave, will be closed on the day from 6am-6pm, with detours in place, allowing Gate pa shops to remain open. By Merle Foster

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Streets were flooded, and trees and power lines were downed in the Western Bay of Plenty as gales and thunderous downpours hit the region last week. Houses lost roof tiles, cars were swamped and trampolines were destroyed when rain, and winds gusting up to 120km/h, tore through the Bay from Thursday. Police and firefighters were called to numerous trees down across the road and flooding in Mount Maunganui and Papamoa. A large slip blocked both lanes of State Highway 36, between Tauranga and Rotorua. The highway was now open to one lane as The Weekend Sun went to print. The NZ Transport Agency says contractors will be working on site this week to remove the rest of the debris so both lanes can be opened.

Children cut by glass in slide

A Tauranga mother is warning other parents after her sons were cut on the city’s waterfront playground from shattered beer bottles lodged inside the playground’s slide. Lisa Bell let her sons Logan, 6, and Alex, 5, play at the waterfront park on Good Friday. As she picked up glass smashed around the playground, her sons emerged from the slide with cuts from glass that was wedged between the grooves of the slide. Logan had cuts to his right foot and Alex received cuts to his finger. Lisa immediately phoned Tauranga City Council and a City Care contractor was sent to cordon-off the slide and inspect the surrounding area. The slide was later reopened.

Loud bangs and puffs of smoke and sawdust will reverberate from Tauranga Domain this Saturday in a live firing of salutes to commemorate 150 years since the 1864 Battle of Gate Pa. The public is being encouraged to attend one of three re-enactments by the visiting NZ Armed Constabulary Force Re-enactment Artillery Unit contingent, joined by two New Zealand Wars re-enactment groups. Commandant John Osborne says the free public event will see cannon and gun firing displays at 10am, 12pm and 2pm at the domain’s northern end. “We will be staging three gun salutes – each time firing two six-pounder Armstrong full-size field guns and five full-size

12-pounder Coehorn mortars,” says John. “They make a good noise – lots of bangs, flash and smoke.” John says the group is making the reenactments as “real and accurate” to the battle as possible – using replica guns and participants dressing in period costumes. “The public will also be able to inspect the guns on completion of each salute – and we’ll have a raffle, with winners getting to fire the guns. John says six-pounder Armstrong guns were brought to the battlefield on April 28, 1864, and set up in a battery with Coehorn mortars at a range of 350 yards. “The six-pounder Armstrong guns and Coehorn mortars were part of artillery barrage of the pa site, lasting from dawn to 4pm on April 29, 1864.” John says at noon, two six-pounder guns

Pushing for legal highs to be banned A Tauranga woman is encouraging people to speak from their hearts as she pushes for the sale of synthetic cannabis to be banned in the city. Renee Raynes recently organised a rally outside the Special T Discounters on Cameron Rd in an attempt to make people stand up and think about the damage legal highs are having on the community. “It started with bringing awareness to the community about what this drug is doing to our youth and their family and friends,” says Renee. “We needed an organiser for Tauranga, so I put my hand up and organised a rally we had a couple of weeks ago on Cameron Rd. “It seems since then, a lot of attention has been drawn to it and we are finally getting somewhere.”

Renee says the sale and consumption of synthetic cannabis is just putting “so many people’s lives in danger – and the people who are peddling it are making money from it”. “It’s morally wrong and it’s been made attractive to the most vulnerable people by making it legal.” Renee recalls her time spent working in the mental health ward at Tauranga Hospital, saying she saw how legal highs can affect people. “I saw a client come in, he was unstable as it was, and he went out for his walk and came back and just lost it. They had to put him in lockdown for a few days because he just lost it completely. “It’s just heartbreaking. I think it’s the darkest thing that has hit our streets in the longest time – and yet it’s legal.” Renee is encouraging people to speak up at a community meeting at

Greerton roundabout to go

The Niederer roundabout at the intersection of Fraser Street and Chadwick Road is set to be replaced by traffic lights in the near future. A petition received by Tauranga City Council at a meeting this week seeks a ‘safe zone’ for pedestrians crossing Fraser Street, near the Chadwick Road intersection. The roundabout is currently planned to be replaced by traffic lights in six years’ time in 2020/21, but a council report on the petition says the request for a safer crossing is a “priority”.

were dragged across Kopurererua swamp and set up on the hillside opposite the pa, to fire directly into it. It was believed the artillery barrage from all guns had killed most Maori defenders; and just after 4pm on April 29 an assault led by sailors, marines and soldiers of the 43rd Regiment charged forward. The Maori defenders sheltered in deep trenches and bunkers, coming through the barrage mostly unscathed. “The attacking soldiers and sailors were met by a withering fire from the hidden defenders with many of them killed or wounded. The survivors turned and retreated back to their lines,” says John. “This was the single most devastating repulse suffered by a British storming party during the whole of the New Zealand By Merle Foster Wars period.”

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Signage spelling set straight

Western Bay of Plenty roading authorities are apologetically replacing a sign on a State Highway 29 across the Kaimai Range after a complaint from a Maori kaumatua over the use of the letter ‘s’. Matamata kaumatua Will Murray is extremely happy the Western Bay of Plenty Road Safety Committee is agreeing to remove the ‘s’ from the sign reading ‘Have a safe trip over the Kaimais’. “It makes a mockery of the Maori language,” says Will, referring to the sign on the Hamilton side. “There has never been, and never will be, an ‘s’ in the Maori alphabet.”

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Surviving the storm Bryan Cox took to the skies again this month piloted by Tauranga veteran Derek Williams. Cover story

Bryan Cox turns 90 next January, but he still remembers the deadly events of January 15, 1945, as if it was yesterday. The Tauranga ex-pilot is the last living survivor of the tragedy known as ‘Black Monday’ – a day when eight Kiwi pilots and eight aircraft were lost in World War II. “I think about it every day. It was the worst loss of pilots and aircraft ever suffered by the Royal New Zealand Air Force.” The day unfolded on Bryan’s 20th birthday. Early in the morning squadrons based at Green Island, north of Bougainville, were involved in a rescue mission to save flight lieutenant Frank Keefe, who’d fallen into Simpson Harbour – offshore of Japan’s major Pacific base at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. “He was hit and he bailed out and landed in the middle of the harbour, 1km from shore. An American Catalina rescue plane was flying outside the harbour, hoping the weather would close in so they could land and pick him up.” The weather didn’t close in – and

that afternoon Bryan received orders to join squadron leader Paul Green and fellow pilot Grev Randell in the rescue mission. A NZ Ventura bomber was called to drop bamboo rafts into the water near Frank. Bryan was among 15 pilots flying Corsairs to help protect the Ventura on its mission. The raft drop was successful, but as Bryan flew overhead, he saw a limp lieutenant floating in the water. “I was the last person to see him. He’d stopped swimming by that point,” says Bryan. Disaster struck when the group headed back for Green Island. “Unfortunately we ran out of daylight halfway home; we were flying into a tropical front. It was as black as pitch, like a blackboard; and we had to just fly into it.” Bryan, who’d never flown at night in a Corsair, credits his survival to using an artifiBruce cial horizon (an Matthews instrument showing 021 580an 580 aircraft’s orientation relative to Earth’s horizon). “It saved my life. I soon became spatially disorientated; when I looked at the plane beside me it looked like they were above me.” All Bryan could see was a faint


Enjoying the view. glimmer on his altimeter, which at one point told him he was nearly at sea level. He’d just banked to avoid hitting the wing of another plane. With no radio contact or electrics, and rain battering down, Bryan was oblivious to the blue flashes later reported by survivors, as aircraft crashed into the sea. “The rather critical thing was my brother had been flying a Lancaster in Europe and he was shot down on August 24, 1944. Just before this happened my parents had received word the bodies of his crew were found in Germany. “I was thinking what on earth are my parents going to do now? I don’t know where I am, nobody else knows where I am and I’m flying at four miles a minute.” Suddenly, a flash of lightening lit up the skies and Bryan could see the runway’s location. He managed to land. Of the 15 who flew into Ben the front, seven pilots crashed into Heath the sea that night. 021 701 237 Bryan eventually returned to Hamilton, where he married and fathered four children. He didn’t fly for nine years, but later began flight tutoring, clocking up more than 20,000 teaching hours. By Corrie Taylor

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One arm isn’t slowing down Jack A seemingly innocent rugby tackle saw a 25-year-old Jack McSweeney take a hit to his shoulder before falling to the ground.

motion a dream to compete in the Paralympics. The fall caused a break in Jack’s C1 and C2 vertebrae, which went untreated for more than six weeks while he continued playing rugby. “My physio told me it was just a sprain, and I was getting treatment on it weekly. Then during another match I took another hit. “I was lying on the ground and I couldn’t work out what was going on and why I couldn’t get up.” Jack had lost feeling in his left arm, and endured tests and a But what appeared week in hospital before the break in his vertebrae was discovto be a standard club ered. rugby match hit in “In December [2006] they realised it was worse than they first 2006 ultimately caused thought. I had pulled the nerves out of my spine. It was Jack to lose his left arm too dangerous to do anything about.” – and put in Jack was given the choice at age 25 to leave a lifeless arm attached to his body, or have it amputated. “I chose to amputate so I could carry on with life. For me it was the obvious choice; the likelihood of them being able to fix it in my situation was 1000 to one.” The decision was a devastating blow for a young man deeply involved in rugby and sports. “Growing up I always wanted to be an All Black. It was hard, although I had got to the age where it was more a club thing – but I always played for the A team.” Rather than admit defeat, Jack threw himself into rugby coaching, drawing inspiration from young players around him and meeting rugby idol Sir Gordon Tietjens. Community fundraising drives raised more than $20,000 for Jack, securing his desire to do more with his life. At age 33, in June 2013, Jack began training for and competing in triathlon events. Jack McSweeney is training in the hopes of gaining entry to the Having racked up a national title in Wellington last month and placing first Paralympic Games in Rio. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

in an Auckland tri last weekend, he’s now looking to qualify for the Paralympic Games in Rio, 2016. “It’s my first year, but that’s the goal – I need to work on a few things. “Swimming is a huge challenge, as when you swim a lot of your propulsion comes from your arms. One thing I’m having trouble with is staying straight. “A pool is alright, because you have the line to guide you, but out in the ocean I definitely swim a bit further than everyone else.

“When I’m biking I can’t turn, so I have to sit up straight and swivel at my hips to see if anyone is coming.” Jack hopes his story will inspire others facing challenges. “My challenges – I look at them as just the same as any able-bodied person’s. I could have lain down, let it beat me and stay home. “But you only live once and everyone has different challenges. I just hope I will be inspirational to someone, in whatever way they want to take it on board.” By Corrie Taylor

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Teeing off for charity With clubs in hand and a charitable mood to boot, the Rotary Club of Papamoa is once again stepping up and teeing off its annual Charity Golf Tournament tomorrow. Back for the second year, the 18-hole tournament boasts a 120-strong field of golfers – right through from a scratch handicap to 36, with everyone competitively playing in the name of charitable donations. Last year’s maiden tournament saw Canteen and St John Ambulance Tauranga benefit $4250 and $4365 respectively. Tournament organiser Doug Kingsford says the club, in association with Power Co, is hosting the tournament at Mount Maunganui Golf Club on Anzac Day beginning with a shotgun start at 12.15pm. The tournament has numerous competition formats, including gross, Papamoa Rotary vice president Rod Keucke teeing up as Mount nett and stableford Golf Club captain Ray Horsfall and tournament organiser groups in both men’s Doug Kingsford offer advice. Photo by Bruce Barnard. and women’s divi-

sions along with a fun and friendly extra of the bashers’ field. “This is for people who don’t have a handicap. We call it the bashers and allocate them a handicap; and then they have a competition themselves,” says Doug. After such a resounding response from last year’s tournament Doug is aiming for an even bigger donation to this year’s recipients – Starship Foundation and the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter. “We are looking at helping the local people that help transport people from Tauranga to Starship Hospital; like the pilots, and helping them with locker space.” And if the numbers are anything to go by, bigger donations should not be an issue with the club already being forced to turn people away from entering, with all 120 teeoff slots taken. Coinciding with Anzac Day commemorations, Doug says the tournament is a perfect way to spend the afternoon following dawn services and commemorations – the reason the tournament is hosted on the public holiday. “I hope to be able to play if I get it organised properly. If I’m not well organised, I won’t play,” says Doug. The Rotary Club of Papamoa’s Charity Golf Tournament is at Mount Maunganui Golf Club from 12.15pm on Anzac Day. By Luke Balvert

Mount’s artificial reef removal welcomed Partial removal of Mount Maunganui’s artificial reef is coming as a welcome relief for some, despite a wave of unanswered questions hanging over the company which designed it. Bay of Plenty Regional Council has announced the artificial reef, 250 metres offshore from the Tay St/Marine Parade corner, will be partially removed as soon as possible. Friends of the Reef former chairman Grant Dyson says the decision is no surprise but he remains disappointed and embarrassed the project never lived up to its huge billing of providing world-class waves. “We did have great hopes for it. However, we did not present it as entirely a surfing project but a reef you could paddle out to and dive. In essence, it was supposed to provide a great surfing wave – and it just never did. “I think there were excuses made by the company, but in essence I think we talk about

new technology never really tried – and I just don’t think all the theory translated into reality.” Designed by Raglan-based company ASR, the sandbag structure concept has been sold around the world, including in Britain, where problems have also surfaced. While Friends of the Reef no longer exists, it was instrumental in promoting the artificial reef and helping to secure $1.5m in fundraising needed for its creation, including $250,000 from TECT, $200,000 from Pub Charity, and Bay Trust’s $80,000. A BOPRC statement says the decision to take away part of the reef follows a review recommending the structure be removed in a staged process. Mount Lifeguard Service general manager Glenn Bradley agrees the reef is “a bit of a white elephant” never functioning as

intended, and creating more headaches than success stories. Glenn feels the man-made structure is exacerbating rips and holes in the area, forcing lifeguards to closely monitor the potentially dangerous surf zone. “Partially removing it is a good step. We’d ultimately want to see it completely removed.” Omanu Surf Life Saving Club director Mike Swan says during recent summer months the clubs have assessed the need for a permanent patrol at the reef – something its removal might prevent “If it’s not going to work there is no point having it. The guys who put it in have a trail of failures around the world. I’m an avid surfer and would like nothing more to have seen a quality break there, and it would have done wonders for tourism – but if it ain’t right, let’s not leave it there.” says Mike. By Luke Balvert


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Royal birthday bash Event organiser Iris Beemster and Dutch Cheese Shop employee Erika Dutting. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Royal enthusiasts disappointed Tauranga was missed on the recent visit have a chance to make up for it next week, with a special King’s birthday celebration. Western Bay residents can take part in an event to mark the birthday of Holland’s King on Konigsdag, King’s Day, as part of a celebration of Dutch culture held by the Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council. Event organiser Iris Beemster, who migrated to New Zealand four years ago, says the royal birthday celebration is a

major annual event in Holland – so it made sense for her cultural event to coincide. “It’s huge. Everybody dresses up in orange or in red, blue or white – the colours of the flag – and the streets are packed. It’s like a big carnival,” says Iris. Iris, who is part of a recent influx of Dutch settlers, says many migrants are focussed on integrating into the Kiwi culture, she believes it’s also important to keep connected with your own culture and retain some traditions. “Before I came out here I didn’t think there was much Dutch culture left, but being away from Holland you realise there

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Submissions to close on plan

There is only four days left to make a submission to Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s 2014/2015 draft annual plan. Individuals, groups or organisations can make written submissions on any matter in the draft plan, including the draft schedule of fees and charges. It can be viewed at Submissions must be received at council offices, Barkes Corner, by 4pm, Monday, April 28, 2014.

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are some important traditions to hold on to.” The event – the first in a series of eight ‘Living in Harmony’ evenings being hosted by TRMC this year to introduce residents to the region’s diverse culture groups – is a chance to try Dutch food, traditional games and a presentation about elements of the culture. The Dutch evening is at Historic Village Hall, 17th Ave, on Wednesday, April 30, from 7pm. Entry if free entry with a plate of food for the potluck dinner. For details, call 07 571 6419. By Hamish Carter



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Captured on film Tauranga 13-year-old Rose McMahon’s dream of becoming a professional photographer is well underway following her recent photo documentation of ‘The Z Nail Gang’.

A stills photographer for the Te Puke community-resourced feature film, which finished filming last month, Rose captured memories on the film’s set to record the milestone event. “It was really cool to be around those people who have done what I would really like to do,” says Rose, who mostly “hung out” on-set with a photographer she says was involved in shooting Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Originally from Auckland, Rose and her family moved to Pongakawa in 2007. The family hosts weddings and events at Old Forest School, their authentic 1900s school house home – and Rose snaps photos “of the biggest day of people’s lives”. Rose’s interest in photography came two years ago, finding inspiration from her neighbour, an Old Forest School wedding photographer, who gave her photography lessons. “I like doing close up little details of either people’s faces

Tauranga 13-yearold photographer Rose McMahon. Photo by Maree Wilkinson.

or other things. I like landscape too, says Rose. “I really like capturing the moment.” Rose’s photographs are published on ‘The Z Nail Gang’ Facebook page and website, and will be included in the film’s marketing material. Directed and produced by Pukehina husband-and-wife team Anton Steel and Kylie DellaBarca Steel, ‘The Z Nail Gang’ is described as a feelgood action-comedy based on true events around anti-mining protests in the Coromandel in the 1980s. During filming in the Bay of Plenty from February 19 to March 16, Kylie says for a

13-year-old girl – Rose is an incredibly mature young woman who quickly became part of the team. “She was really confident and unobtrusive – and I guess a good photographer should be like that. “She was quietly in the right space at the right time taking photos.” Kylie says she and Anton enjoyed involving people from all different generations into their community-resourced film. “And to have a 13-year-old girl around us, it really added that dimension. All the actors loved her and took her under their wing.” By Zoe Hunter


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Expressing Gate Pa’s battle Two exhibitions at St George’s Church are giving the public a view of local history and enabling community expression through contemporary artwork inspired by the 1864 Battles of Gate Pa and Te Ranga. With 150-year commemorations unfolding, organiser Debbie McCauley says the exhibitions offer Tauranga residents a chance to learn more about the city’s founding moments – and share their emotions, thoughts and understanding of the events. “I think it’s a significant way to commemorate these incredibly important events in Tauranga’s history; events which both shaped our community and still

impact upon it today. “It’s our history and our story to tell – and these commemorative events are the way we want to tell our story to the rest of the New Zealand and to the world.” The Battles of Gate Pa/Te Ranga Art Competition Exhibition showcases more than 60 entries from adults and school students. “We’ve received outstanding entrants in both divisions and they are going to be incredibly hard to judge.” The works are displayed in St George’s Church Hall, refurbished for the event, and many works are for sale. The Gate Pa Images Exhibition is a

collection of historic images aimed at giving a real depiction of the battles and their era. “It includes drawings, paintings and photographs of places, events and some of the people who took part in the battles.” Gate Pa 150th commemoration project director Buddy Mikaere collated the historic images from various New Zealand and overseas sources, says Debbie, who made an exhibition booklet. Both exhibitions are open to the public weekdays, 9am-12.30pm, until May 3. By Merle Foster

Tauranga Waldorf School Year 8 student Maia McCauley, with her entry in the Battles of Gate Pa/Te Ranga Art Competition.

Culture change called on cat ownership Tauranga may become the first city in the country to develop a sustainable solution to stopping the annual flood of unwanted kittens being dumped on animal shelters. Kitten season and the colonies of stray cats about the city are spurring Dr Liza Schneider at the Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre to seek a sustainable answer. The ARRC Trust has succeeded in removing more than 650 stray cats in the last 18 months since it began its Spay the Stray project, which has just been rebranded to the Community Cat Project. “We rebranded because they have got the support of all the councils; Western Bay, Tauranga, as well as the regional council and the Department of Conservation,” says Liza. “So we are the leading community in New Zealand, because very few communities have achieved that.” The intention is getting a collaborative pro-active

approach to the stray and un-owned cat problem. “The work that we do taking more than 650 stray cats off the streets is just scratching the surface until we get that culture change,” says Liza. “Owning a pet is not just feeding something to a cat. “You have to take care of its health, get it de-sexed – and ideally don’t let it breed unless you’re a responsible breeder, because there are just millions of cats around the world that have to be put to sleep because there are too many to find homes for.” The additional workload is forcing the ARRC Trust to look for larger premises. As well as the cat problem, the ARRC Trust also rescues and rehabilitates injured wildlife. The trust has the assistance of Tauranga property developer Paul Adams, who was part of the ARRC delegation to the city council’s last

Community Development Committee meeting. “Liza and the team approached me, to see if could help find them a suitable property,” says Paul. “I think it’s a pretty good cause. They are doing a good job around the city and they deserve support. It’s a city problem and councils, in my view, should be doing more anyhow.” As the project gains more traction, Paul says he’ll bring in a few other people to help with establishment of the $5 million animal rehabilitation centre. By Andrew Campbell

Never a shortage of homeless kittens Cat breeding season is still underway and many undesexed cats are delivering kittens. Unfortunately, a lot of undesexed young cats are abandoned when their owners move house and females end up pregnant. ARRC has many gorgeous kittens looking for loving homes. All of these cats and kittens are cared for by ARRC; they’re vet-checked, vaccinated contact ARRC’s fosterer Teena on 07 and desexed. If you would like to adopt any of these 552 5028 or have a look at lovely kittens or another loving cat, please or Facebook page.


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perception; this changes normal behaviours to those generally irrational, inappropriate and destructive. They block sensation and become addictive. Drugs are also big money and the income from illegal drugs is huge and supports yet further criminal behaviour and negative outcomes. Synthetic cannabinoids or what is referred to as legal drugs are chemical creations mimicking the effect of THC; one of the ingredients in cannabis. These chemicals are added to a mixture of dried plant matter.



A day of remembrance

Anzac Day remains a special day for most New Zealanders. It’s a time when we honour those who risked their lives for our freedoms. One of those freedoms is our right to vote. It’s a right fewer and fewer people are exercising. In the last general election, about 800,000 eligible New Zealanders didn’t cast a vote. About 23 per cent of people who were enrolled to vote in the Tauranga and Bay of Plenty electorates didn’t bother. That’s more than 11,000 people in Tauranga alone. Why didn’t they vote? As I meet people in the Tauranga electorate, the

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Paying tribute in Katikati

Making friends with benefits The Mayoral Delegation to Yantai, China, Japan’s Hitachi, and Ansan in Korea was the most productive to date – so I’ve been told.

Local leaders from export, education, tourism, business and logistics sectors joined the trip to pitch Tauranga’s successes and opportunities. Highlights of the trip for me included: • Learning how well-prepared Hitachi was when the tsunami struck in 2011, where there were no fatalities • Being mobbed by swarms of Yantai locals during a supermarket display of products from Tauranga • Seeing how well Tauranga is positioned to contribute to international marine science and the ‘blue economy’ • Finding out how hard it is for foreigners to do business in these competitive countries, without having a relationship with cities or having friends on the inside.

Sister similarities

These three Asian cities are similar to Tauranga. They are close to their nations’ largest city, they’re reliant on their coastal sea port – and their economies are largely based on the manufacturing and primary sectors. Tauranga will never match the scale of these cities. But these cities see benefits in Tauranga, because we are the home of the admired kiwifruit and avocado,

we have a great lifestyle and environment, and we welcome cultural diversity. Tauranga has enjoyed formal sister city relationships with Yantai and Hitachi for more than 26 years. But Korea’s Ansan has been a pleasantly surprising inaugural trip for the delegation. Neither Ansan nor Tauranga want to be tied into a formal relationship at this stage. We will just enjoy being ‘friends with benefits’ and allow the relationship to naturally flourish.

Back to business

Last week was full of formal and informal meetings straight off the plane. Just like our indoor venues, the city’s sports grounds and public reserves now have a policy to prioritise who can book them. It reflects the pressure our growing city is putting on our open spaces. Local groups are lining up to present to the community development committee. It’s a great way for different community groups to raise issues or opportunities to elected members. For example, Tauranga’s stray cat problem was raised by a community trust. Please email councillor Steve Morris (steve.morris@ if your community group would like to present to the community development committee in the future. Feel free to email me your thoughts (, call/text me on 027 6989 548, and follow me at

Improving health and education The 2014 Social Progress Index — a global measure of human wellbeing — was released earlier this month. It found New Zealand is the best country for providing opportunities for people to improve their position in life and get ahead. The index rated 132 countries on 43 different measures, so for New Zealand to be ranked number one is quite an achievement. The Index takes into account hundreds of possible indicators across a wide range of areas, relating to how well the needs of citizens are provided for. It would be disingenuous to claim

the Government is solely responsible for this result. We are blessed to live in such a wonderful country with a strong democratic framework, abundant natural resources, and innovative people. However, we’ve been working hard every day since we took office to improve our health, welfare and education systems to deliver better public services – one of our four priorities this term. We’ve invested in new policies and services for children and families. Most of our children aged under six have 24-hour access to free healthcare.

I’m looking forward to taking part in the ANZAC service at the Katikati Memorial Hall to honour New Zealand’s brave veterans. Of course, Katikati has its own significant, permanent tribute to veterans with its Katikati War Memorial Hall and newly-opened Memorial Square. These are a lasting legacy to those courageous Kiwis who have served in conflicts around the world. To everyone who gave their time and energy to renovate the area, I congratulate you. You deserve to feel really proud of your contribution to our community.


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Freeman Andrews tops the podium.

Teen’s ice cold determination

Most Tauranga teenagers enjoy the warm summer climate and soft sand. Freeman Andrews puts these thoughts on ice as he chases his international snowboarding dream.

“So when I got back up to the top of the half-pipe after my second run, and saw I was in first with only one more person to do their run, I was so stoked,” says Andrews. “My hands were shaking for like 10 minutes afterwards, because I still couldn’t believe it.” Speaking from Mammoth Lakes, California, Andrews admits he never was one of “those kids” who immediately knew the path they’d take – not until finishing his first season training in Wanaka 2010 did he think: ‘You know what, I sort of love snowboarding’. But he has the motivational words of multiple Winter Olympic medallists Kelly Clark to thank, after an opportune meeting in Wanaka while at a crossroads of his ambitions at the end of his first season. “I managed to catch up with her to talk about what I could do to get better at snowboarding. She was straight up and said: ‘You

Based in America for the Northern winter, the 17-year-old is fast becoming a star on the rise following an impressive victory in the half pipe at the USA Snowboard Association National Championships in Colorado. Earlier this month Andrews claimed top spot in the Junior Men’s class, for 16-17-year-olds, posting 96 points and edging out USA’s David MaCarthy, with 94.33 points, and Jake Orzech, reaching 89.67. “I went to the USASA nationals hoping for a win, but I didn’t know if it would happen or not.

just need more time on snow’.” With her words ringing in his ears, Andrews made the decisive move to Mammoth Lakes, California, training with Clark’s team for four months in the Northern winter, returning for the Kiwi winter in Wanaka. Now he’s aiming to reach professional status in the next three years, before making his mark as a medal contender for New Zealand at the next Winter Olympics. “I want to get to the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea; and hopefully I’ll attend the 2022 Winter Olympics, and maybe even the 2026 Olympics. “I watched the Olympics and it basically made me think: ‘that could be me in four years’ – which is crazy to think about, because I’ve only been training back-to-back winters for three years.” By Luke Balvert

Stepping into dance Forget about dark evenings and cooler temperatures putting you off exercise. Dean Christie has the answer. The Bay Salsa dance instructor says regular Latin dancing is not only a good way to get your heart rate up, but a fun social way to meet new people. Dean, who began learning to dance as a way of meeting new people when he first shifted to Tauranga, says it’s a nice way to get moderate exercise, especially for those with a low fitness level. On May 1 he will begin a new intake for his beginner class, which runs across eight weeks with lessons every Thursday (at Defy Cafe & Bar on The Strand, from 8pm. Details Dean 021 045 4235). Based around teaching seven core fundamental moves which can be built on for more advanced dancing, the course is one of a wide range of activities being

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Warming up fashion fun for winter Autumn is well and truly here – and winter is on its way. But with that comes an exciting range of new fashions and season sales. Papamoa College students with the blankets they have knitted. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Blanket awareness Knitting needles and yarns of wool are all it’s taking for seven Papamoa College students to learn how lucky they really are.

The students of mixed ages are busy knitting blankets which will be sent overseas through Mission Without Borders’ programme Operation Cover Up. Mission Without Borders is a Christian organisation serving people suffering poverty and oppression throughout the world. Papamoa College has been involved with Operation Cover Up for three years and sends the blankets off in July. Teacher aide Sandra Naylor says the group meets each Tuesday lunchtime, and the students also knit at home. “We’ve found that the students get really excited about it. Some of them have never knitted before. “We talk

about where the blankets are going, and they get to learn about poorer communities and what’s needed out there.” The students each knit at least one square per week. A blanket is made up of 42 squares, which are sewn together by Sandra’s mum when she visits from England. Deadline changes in 2013 mean the school couldn’t send blankets last year, so in July at least nine blankets will be posted. Sandra loves being involved in the programme and says the students learn many valuable lessons. “It gives you an impression of what’s out there; that there’s places very different to New Zealand.” Sandra often goes out “begging” for wool and is appealing for 8 ply wool and donations from businesses and residents. Wool and donations can be dropped off at Papamoa College. By Corrie Taylor

And for some of the best prices in the Bay, Fashion Island is the place to go. Nestled in Papamoa, the array of outlet stores offer a large range of clothes and items at bargain prices, as well as new season fashions – making it a fantastic option for style and savings.

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Formulated pack to reduce work stress A recent survey found an employee’s relationship with their boss is the most common cause of workplace stress, followed closely by workload, work-life balance, and relationships with co-workers.

Nearly half of employees surveyed report having missed time at work due to work-related stress, and an even greater number, 61 per cent, say workplace stress has caused them physical illness, with insomnia, depression, and family issues cited as results. Seven per cent of employees report having been hospitalised as a result of work-related stress. The study does not differentiate between different types of workplace stressors, for example, an accountant’s increased workload during tax season versus an overbearing supervisor, focusing instead on the results of stress as observed by employees. How do workers cope with these situations? Hardy’s Health has recognised the problem and has formulated a stress pack that deals with an individual’s 24 hours stress cycle. The pack has three elements – a Stress and Stamina

formula of 30 tablets. Taking two of these tablets at the start of the day is described as having the same chilling out effect as two glasses of wine. Also included is a pack of magnesium capsules one of which is taken just prior to bedtime. This relaxes the muscles and also helps with more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Finally there’s a relaxing spray specially formulated for Hardy’s which is carried throughout the day as a kind of stress first aid.

Hardy’s naturopath and nutritionist Alexia Cooper. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Windows XP given the final boot Its official, Microsoft’s most popular operating system, Windows XP, has been put out to pasture.

But in true XP style, it may continue to work for some time. However, if you are still running Windows XP, there are a few things you should consider. Firstly, make sure you run Windows update to ensure your system has the best protection. And remember, with no future updates and patches, Windows XP will become less stable and more prone to security breaches. So make sure you have an up-to-date anti-virus, as many of these will continue to support Windows XP for the following year. Secondly, now is a good time to consider your options before the

inevitable occurs. Upgrades can be as simple as installing the Windows 8 upgrade. However, you will have to reinstall your other non-Windows based software. Other options include upgrading hardware and/or switching to Windows 7. Or perhaps it’s smarter to put this money towards a new computer with a full warranty. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, back up your data. This applies to anyone with a digital device. Too many times I’ve heard of people who’ve lost baby or travel photos, simply because they didn’t back up their computer. All operating systems have back-up capabilities; and for a reasonable price you can purchase a simple to use back-up program online.

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Students honoured to speak Every year thousands of people set early alarms and make their way to Mount Drury Reserve for the Anzac Day Dawn Service – and this year is no different. Tomorrow more than 6000 people, young and old, are expected to gather around the Mount Maunganui Cenotaph at 6am to remember those who fought and lost their lives for New Zealand. The dawn service will be marked with tradition. People will gather at Mount Drury Reserve at 5:45am, before the Veterans’ march to the Cenotaph at 5.55am. Mount RSA president Carol Cook will speak at the service, starting 6am, and Tauranga veteran pilot Derek Williams will

fly his Harvard aeroplane over the Mount. Mount RSA hosts two Anzac Day services each year, but Carol says the dawn service is always the bigger of the two. “It’s a day to remember the significance of our fallen soldiers, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to give our country the freedoms we enjoy.” This year a free ‘park and ride’ service for the dawn parade is available for residents. In conjunction with Tauranga City Council, the bus service will take people from Kawaka St (behind Blake Park) to Maunganui Rd, behind Mount Drury. Buses will leave Kawaka St from 5am-5.50am and return after the service finishes between 6.40am7.30am. Carol is encouraging as many people as possible to use the service, as congestion near Mount Drury is a reoccurring problem.

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“There is only one road in and out of the Mount and people have to park quite a long way away. “It’s sort of the practice run for next year [the World War 1 centenary]. Council has indicated they will continue it, so this is a good opportunity to iron out any glitches.”

Students’ tribute

Two Mount Maunganui College students are honoured to speak at the Mount Anzac Day Memorial Service, at 9.30am tomorrow. Head boy Ben Cochrane and head girl Akasha Warner-Mason were chosen to speak at the service in a tradition that comes around every five years for their school. The pair will share the speech, each choosing a topic special to them, says Ben. “I’m more talking about how their [veterans’] efforts have shaped our lives, and we are able to live in this amazing country

Mount Maunganui College students Akasha Warner-Mason, 17, and Ben Cochrane, 17 at the Mount cenotaph. Photo by Tracy Hardy. because of their efforts, and just thankBen attends the dawn service every ing them for that. year, and says this is a massive oppor“Akasha is looking at the Mount tunity. aspect, the history side of how it “I think it’s very important. You’re affected the community then and remembering those who put their lives now.” on the line, so we could live ours. It’s Public speaking has played a domia huge deal – and I have put a lot of nant role in their year as head boy and effort into my speech.” head girl, says Ben, so they’re “not The Memorial Service will be at the nervous”. Mount RSA clubrooms, if wet.

Services across the Bay Thousands of people, young and old, across the Bay of Plenty are expected to pay tribute to the soldiers who fought for New Zealand this Anzac Day.

Te Puke

Proceedings will begin at 10.10am with a march from NZ Post on Jellicoe St to the Te Puke War Memorial Hall. The service at the hall will begin 10.30am, with a march back to the Te Puke RSA on Oxford St at noon.


Katikati’s Anzac Day dawn service begins 6am at Memorial Square, Main Rd, Katikati. The Anzac march from Uretara Domain begins 10.15am to finish at Katikati War Memorial Hall, where a civic service will take place at 11am.


Mount Maunganui

There are two Anzac Day services planned for Mount Maunganui, at the cenotaph opposite Mount Drury. The first is the Dawn Parade. People will assemble at Mount Drury Reserve at 5.45am. The service is at the cenotaph at 6am. The second is the Memorial Service is at 9.15am.


A dawn parade begins at Hayes Avenue at 5.45am, with a service at the new RSA cenotaph (1237 Cameron Rd) at 6am. A civic service is beginning at Memorial Park at 8.30am.

Te Puna

A march starting 9.15am begins at St Joseph’s Church, finishing at Te Puna Memorial Hall at noon.


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Dawn service’s new start

City’s new mini museums

Katikati RSA is breaking tradition this Anzac Day to highlight the significance of a new Memorial Square commemorating soldiers who served in the World Wars.

Inspired by their success as temporary retail bases in Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged CBD, Tauranga City Council’s cultural heritage manager Dean Flavell is setting up two shipping containers to house mobile World War 1 exhibitions around the city.

August, which marks 100 years since the war began. “There are standards that need to be maintained with temperature, humidity and lighting for the collected objects, along with security,” says Dean, who explains the added complexity of using containers for the task. The mobile exhibition space, funded by the New Zealand Lotteries Grant Board, will shift around Tauranga during Dean, who the five-year believes it’s a New period with a Zealand-first, says changing offering the war was such of exhibitions to a key moment coincide with hisin NZ’s history toric anniversaries it’s important such as battleto be able to fields and events exhibit WW1at the homefront. era artefacts in “By taking it the city’s heritage to the public in collection, as part different locaof the centenary tions – from The anniversary. Strand to shop“Our focus is on using the ping centres, to mobile exhibition schools and RSAs space on a series – it will help of exhibitions to make it more commemorate the accessible for Mount RSA manager Peter Moss with John Lepper’s WW1 and war over the next many people.” WW2 medals. Photo by Tracy Hardy. five years – but Exhibitions beyond that we’ll definitely be looking to use it for will also display items from the Hauraki Association other displays.” Museum, RSAs and those loaned by the public. Dean says the containers offer a way to share some Tauranga WW100 organising committee chair of the city’s heritage collection in storage – rarely and Mount Maunganui RSA general manager Peter displayed without a museum – with the public. Moss, who is pleased with public’s response of loanThe fit-out of two customised containers has only ing items, is still interested in hearing about artefacts, begun, with design and construction work still to be letters or stories from the era. done – including meeting strict conditions required To contact Peter, call 07 575 4477 or to safely house ageing items in the collection – before email the mobile exhibition opens its first display this By Hamish Carter

The RSA is hosting its Anzac Day dawn service – from 6am – at the town’s new Memorial Square in front of the Katikati War Memorial Hall on Main Rd, instead of its Henry Rd base. President Peter Sparrow says his committee decided to move the dawn service “for a one-off ” to coincide with the square’s recent opening on April 16. “We thought it was appropriate, bearing in mind this is the commencement of WW100 – the 100th anniversary of the World War 1 – and considering Katikati RSA is one of the project’s driving forces.” Peter says the new Memorial Square brings home to the significance of the wars and conflicts in which New Zea-

landers were involved. “For many, Anzac Day is a reminder, but Memorial Square will become a focal point for the people of Katikati and all those who pass through the town.” Katikati RSA held its 80th celebration in 2012 – and Peter isn’t aware of a time the dawn service hasn’t been at the RSA. The new Memorial Square answers the RNZRSA’s National Conference last year seeking commemorations be put together for WW100. “All RSAs were asked to commemorate WW100 – this is part of Katikati’s commemoration, in conjunction with Western Bay of Plenty District Council.” Peter says tomorrow’s dawn ceremony follows the same format as previous years. After the service, Returned Servicemen can lay a wreath at the Uretara Domain before marching to the memorial hall at 10.15am. Katikati’s Anzac Day civic service begins 11am. By Merle Foster


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Knitters’ mission to cover up Operation Cover Up knitters Judy Taft, Nelda McCann, Audrey Parker, and Nancy Roberts. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Bay of Plenty knitters are asking for donations of wool to help them create warm clothing for orphan children in Europe as part of Operation Cover Up. The operation sees hundreds of blankets, clothes and accessories knitted and shipped to orphanages and families in countries including Romania, Ukraine

and Moldova each year. Last year, 385 blankets, 238 jerseys, 428 socks and slippers, and 131 scarves were knitted through the operation. Mount Maunganui knitter Audrey Parker has been involved in Operation Cover Up for about 10 years and her basement is filling fast with knitted goods from knitters in Tauranga, Te Puke and Opotiki. “They’ve done blankets, cardi-

gans, slippers, hats, gloves, and scarves,” says Audrey, who has had to slow down on her knitting due to a sore arm. “But I have a friend who is 92 and she sews them up for me.” Operation Cover Up’s annual get-together is at Lifezone Church Hall in Judea on Wednesday, July 30. To donate wool, phone Nelda McCann on 548 1713. By Zoe Hunter

Have your say – be involved Tauranga City 2014/2015 draft annual plan There were opportunities to meet with councillors, submissions closed on Tuesday. media reports on issues such Did you get involved? as the Greerton Library and

the Mobile Library services, local swimming pools and a stormwater levy on rates. We are often vocal on how local matters affect us, yet are strangely silent when we have a chance to express our opinion formally on matters affecting our rates or level of local services. A summary of the draft annual plan has been available in libraries for those not using the internet. It set out very clearly major issues, like dealing with stormwater, proposed changes to services, and projects investing in our future. This is the third year of the council’s 10-year plan. We voted in a majority of new councillors so they need to test the views of the public. We wanted change and less debt, so they laid out their plans to achieve this. We’ve recently had an Age Friendly City Strategy approved. We need to see the council still has the goals of the strategy in mind when planning. There is not much evidence of this yet. A suggested decrease in street cleaning may save money but could create safety issues for older people, with autumn leaves on streets and blocking drains. Thank you to those who made submissions. Age Concern did – please make sure the community voice is heard.


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Margarett’s home-made hobby a puzzler While many retirees take to knitting or bowls for entertainment, Margarett Bant is trying something a little different she says is “good for the brain”.

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The Papamoa resident has taken up puzzle making – spending hours researching and creating hand-drawn word finds, just because she can. “I do the number ones as well, I’ve started doing a few of those – they’re complicated. “I more or less like making them up rather than doing them.” While it’s only been a few months since her hobby began, Margarett has already filled up a book with her word finds and has ambitions of getting them all published. “I used to do them just after tea, they’re so interesting. I love finding out things about the country, the different places and place names. I’m working on quite a few different ones at the moment.” Margarett says once she’s completed her research and chosen her words, a puzzle takes about one

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Home puzzle maker Margarett Bant with one of her wordfinds. hour to draw up. “It hurts my eyes doing it on my laptop.” But Margarett also takes to the classics – spending time crocheting for charity. “I make up different things for special care children, edgings on tea towels, etc. It’s mostly given to charity; I get a lot of satisfaction doing them.” By Corrie Taylor

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Often, we end up spending lots of money stocking the pantry for the days when we can’t go shopping. Value for money becomes important, and you’re well aware the family is sick of ‘101 ways to cook mince’, so opt for a warming seafood curry instead. The price of some fish fillets is downright scary, so spy some fresh arrow squid; you can get just more than one kilogram for less than $7. Don’t be put off by the tentacles or those big black eyes, fresh squid is not that hard to prepare and it’s fantastic when fresh. Interestingly, according to statistics more than 70 per cent of the arrow squid caught in New Zealand waters is frozen and exported to Greece. I must have eaten it many times, as most taverns had deep-fried calamari as an appetiser. Having shared my fried salt and pepper squid recipe before, this time it’s a simple curried coconut and onion gravy. This curry not only tastes delicious but with the addition of some rice, a kilogram of squid will feed four people.

1kg fresh squid 4 brown onions, chopped fine 4 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup soya sauce ¼ cup lime juice ¼ cup good quality coconut oil 1 Tbsp cracked black pepper 1 3cm chunk root ginger, peeled and chopped 1 Tbsp garam marsala


Prepare the squid by cleaning out the insides and removing the plastic spiny bit, scraping the suckers off the tentacles, then remove the head. Split open and remove the skin by rubbing with a disposable cloth. If it doesn’t come off easily, it’s not fresh. Score the inside of the squid with the tip of a sharp knife. Cut grooves in the tentacles. Cut up into 5cm-7cm chunks. Make a simple marinade by mixing together the minced garlic, soya sauce, lime juice and half of the coconut oil. Put with prepared squid in a glass bowl and marinate at room temperature, while preparing the curry gravy. In a wok or heavy based pan, prepare the base by frying off the

1 Tbsp fennel seeds 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp chilli powder or to taste ½ cup freshly chopped coriander 3 Tbsp tomato paste 300ml coconut cream onions with the rest of the coconut oil until translucent, usually it takes about 10 minutes. Using a mortar and pestle, pound fennel seeds, coriander, turmeric powder, garam marsala, chilli powder and black pepper. Add some of the cooked onion and work into a paste. Add this to the pan with the rest of the onion mix. Add the tomato paste and stir well. Add coconut cream and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 -20 minutes. Resist the urge to add water, as it’s supposed to be a thick, rich, dark curry. In a separate hot pan, cook off the squid for about two minutes, adding the marinade back into the pan once cooked. Add this to the curry and serve with rice.

Chasing nana’s legacy with breakfast Carrying on her nana’s legacy is all the motivation Melissa Lawrence needs to keep up her charitable efforts for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. The co-owner of The Phoenix is hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast on May 9 and inviting friends to head out for ‘brekkie’ and support the cause. It’s the second pink breakfast The Phoenix has hosted, with last year’s event selling out of tickets and raising more than $3800. The Phoenix owners Melissa and Mark Lawrence. “It was really awesome and we had such good Photo by Tracy Hardy. feedback,” says Melissa. “A lot of people who went and luge ride package in Rotorua, and an ANZ Corlast year are coming again.” porate Package for the Bay of Plenty/Waikato Magic The breakfasts are in memory of Melissa’s late nana, netball games at ASB Baypark. Isabel Waldron, who was diagnosed with breast cancer “All of our suppliers have actually pitched in as well and told she had three months to live. and donated products; it’s all kind of a collaborative “She ended up living for 17 years after that. effort.” “She always had a heart to go and help other people Cancer survivor Caro Richards will be the event’s in similar situations, so this is something I can do to guest motivational speaker, which runs from carry it on for her.” Bay businesses have donated prizes to be auctioned at 7.15am-9am. Tickets are $30, available from The Phoenix on The the breakfast, by local auctioneer Frank Vosper. Top Strand, or by emailing prizes include a wine tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery

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Weekend Wheels Bay of Plenty April 26: Midgets and Six Shooters: ASB Baypark Speedway Another evening of exciting racing is guaranteed in the finale of the local speedway season, with round two of the Top Half Midget Series along with the national title trophy race for speedway’s newest class of Six Shooters – or wingless sprint cars as they are called in Australia, where the class was invented.

Despite striking problems that stopped him from completing the Whangarei Rally for the third year, Dave Holder is upbeat about his prospects in the national rally series. Photo by Bruce Barnard. The national rally series has got off to a promising start for Tauranga drivers Phil Campbell and Dave Holder debuting in the national rally series top 4WD class in Whangarei this month. While both drivers – who moved up to the top class from racing 2WDs last year – had a mix of highs and lows at the recent opening event of the six-round Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championships, Phil enjoyed the best results, earning five points to take him to ninth in the series. But problems on both days kept Dave scoreless. Despite failing to earn any points, Dave is upbeat, telling The Bay Driver he’s “stoked” with how well the car performed and he’s encouraged about their prospects. “It was a weekend full of highs and lows, but it is great to see just how well the car went on what was essentially its first run,” says Dave, who only took his new Mitsubishi Evo 8 out for a short 10km run the previous weekend. “I didn’t think we did anything special on Saturday, so it’s a good result for us. I just got out there and drove,” says Dave, who focused on “getting used to the car” and

“wasn’t looking at times”. Dave says he was blown away to discover he was leading after the sixth round but a fuel leak saw the car run out of petrol in the final round, and he was penalised five minutes. A reasonable performance on Sunday came to a grinding halt when the car collected a fence, damaging the radiator and preventing him from finishing. Meanwhile, Phil also failed to capitalise on top driving on the opening day in his new Evo 9 when the clutch blew, forcing him to retire for the day and lose his overall third placing. Another solid drive on day two saw Phil set times inside the top five on each of the days’ six special stages. “There are plenty of positives to take away from the weekend, but by the same token we’re gutted with the retirement,” says Phil. “The encouraging thing is there is still plenty more to come from both the car and the driver.” Both teams are now focused on building on their momentum at Rally Otago on May 10-11. By Hamish Carter

May 4: Tarmac road sprints: Oropi Gorge Rd Feel like testing your driving skills? Motorsport BOP has just the event, with its annual sealed road sprints offering a fitting challenge. The 1.5km sprint through the gorge from Oropi Rd junction is open to all club motorsport club members with at least a M grade licence (all cars must have a roll cage). For details, call Linda Loughlin 07 578 0479 or visit

Beyond the Bay April 24-27: V8 Supercars ITM 500: Pukekohe The motorsport event of the year runs during four days, with drivers from both sides of the Tasman going head-to-head in the ultimate Anzac Weekend sporting showdown. Details: May 9-11: Battle Mania drift showdown: Taupo Motorsport Park Tauranga drift couple Drew Donovan and Jodie Verhulst are holding their inaugural ‘round robin’ drift battle competition – promising a packed weekend of action from drivers ranging from drift newcomers to the legendary Fanga. Details:

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Spellbinding SUV The dashboard tells everything about the state of the power source and drive systems.

The ride is exceptionally smooth. The vehicle feels very well grounded and handles with surety. No doubt helped by the 200kg of lithium ion batteries stashed low and central. This low down ballast actually improves the handling over the standard Outlander.

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Don’t be fooled into thinking electric equals slow. We did a quick and dirty 0-100km/h time test and found the Outlander nailed it in about 9.5 seconds, about the same as the standard two litre petrol-only model. Not bad for a two litre engine generating power to feed electric drive engines. And good to know that if you need a quick squirt for overtaking, it’s got legs – at least as good as any other standard petrol SUV in its class. Out on the highway the Outlander footed it well, even on some heavy duty hills. Running up the Kaimai was effortless and the petrol engine contributed from time to time. Not that you’d know it, but the dash readouts car is clever enough to figure it all out, if you pumping juice back into the battery. provide all the answers to the curious. The battery can be charged from a stancan’t be bothered. Aside from the electric wizardry, the Outdard household power outlet. You don’t need lander is a delight to drive, in its own right. Switched on special charging stations. Any old three-pin It would be easy to get so carried away with It’s a bit disconcerting, when first pulling plug will do. the whizz-bang new plug-in aspects, and not away in a car that makes no engine sound. It’s We heard of one new hybrid owner, who acknowledge the quality interior and features, as if the handbrake has been let off and it’s has negotiated with his electricity supplier to the great ride, visibility, and the individual rolling away. Hmm. allow connection into the night-store feed, features that make a comprehensive package The weirdness soon gives way to satisfacso his Outlander charges overnight on even – such as the big screen backing camera, built tion. “Hey, we’re trucking along here, using cheaper rates. in GPS, Bluetooth, full-length roof rails, and no gas. Cool.” On a full battery, the Outlander will run for smart rain sensor wipers. about 50km without little or no petrol input. The rear tailgate is powered open and The clever bits Beyond that, it will use the petrol engine to closed, with a button on the key fob. While Get in and drive. Or, marvel over every send current to the drive motors and top up experimenting in the driveway, there was one little technical clever bit, and there are plenty the battery. very puzzled dog watching, with head cocked of them. So in no particular order, here is a So on a typical day, you could drive to and to one side. She looked at me, looked at the selection of the witchcraft I enjoyed experifrom work, say from as far as Papamoa or car in complete amazement. “Witchcraft,” I menting with. Omokoroa to the city, purely on an overnight explained. charge of power. Virtually no petrol used at A couple of things to note: There’s no spare all. We commuted from Te Puna to town and wheel, due to the underfloor space being taken back for a couple of days and the Outlander up with batteries. Instead, the Outlander is easily made the return trip on battery alone, supplied with emergency inflation kits. only using the petrol engine when the pedal It has a low tow rating of 750kg braked. was floored on a couple of occasions, such as Apparently, NZ is the only country to have merging onto expressways and the odd hill. dished out this low rating to the Outlander. Otherwise, it glided along, silently, on its Go figure. That is likely to change, I suspect, battery power. once the electric drive has proven itself. Of course on a longer trip you’d dip into the Overall, this is a totally clever answer to risgas tank, but still less than the average vehicle ing fuel prices, worry about emissions, plight because the hybrid uses energy recovery of homeless polar bears; yet it doesn’t skimp systems, such as the braking charge, to regen- on the performance of a capable SUV. On erate the reserves. The battery is being topped top of that, it’s high spec, a pleasure to drive up when power demand is low; ready to chip and can crossover to 4WD with the push of in with extra boost when demand requires it. a button. Around town, you could run the Outlander on as little as $1.50 of renewable Unleash the electrons energy a day. There are some stunning benefits of elecQuite feasibly you could drive this every day tric drive most people don’t even consider, to town and back, to work or golf, and you’ll until you get behind the wheel. For starters, be driving an electric car all day. Demand The technology behind the wheels. electric is smooth, torquey power. There are more of it – a trip out of town, towing or no gear changes. Plus the delivery of power pushing it hard – and it morphs back to The ‘save’ and ‘charge’ buttons. A simple is instant. There’s no lag for an intercooler to essentially a garden-variety petrol-powered push of the ‘save’ button keeps your battery kick in, or that moment of hesitation while SUV, only much cleverer behind the scenes. charged and the vehicle uses the petrol engine combustible gasses are doing their thing, The XLS is $59,990. The VRX is where to generate power to feed the electric motors. resulting in a slight delay in action. And things get exciting at $66,990. It brims with The ‘charge’ mode means the petrol engine noticeably its consistent torque. No power gear – satnav, forward collision mitigation, (when it needs to) starts seamlessly and runs, bands or surges. adaptive cruise control, power tailgate, heated to power the car along as well as top up the Electric power is silent. So silent, that Mitfront leather seats and the full PHEV colour battery. subishi had to manufacture a ‘noise’ for safety display screens – plus remote app available for Gravity also plays a part in charging the reasons, so the Outlander didn’t take anyiOS and Android phones. battery. You can get as carried away as you one by surprise. It sounds a bit like a small The night before we returned the Outlandlike with this nifty system. A couple of paddle vacuum cleaner from the outside, up to about er, I lay in bed listening to the rain on the controls on each side of the steering wheel 35km/h, just as a precaution to pedestrians roof, imagining those streams flowing into allow the driver to instantly tap into downand others who may rely on hearing apthe Kaimai hydro lakes (those big batteries hill momentum, to directly put charge back proaching vehicles. in the hills) and thinking: “Here comes my to the battery. You can select five stages of Around town the Outlander is easy going, cheap, green fuel”. braking charge level, simply with the flick and did I mention silent? No emissions, great It’s exciting, not just for the electrons. of a paddle, or cancel it all together. The visibility when parking and excellent aids The Outlander hybrid plug-in has left me dash read-outs show you when the vehicle is with the camera and proximity alarms. By Brian Rogers totally amped.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid plug-in SUV This car is a serious piece of witchcraft. One of the most astonishing vehicles I’ve ever driven. I don’t know how they’ve done it; like putting caramel in caramello. A smooth, powerful (when you need it) economic, mid-size family vehicle that leaves you spellbound. The Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid plug-in SUV grabbed our attention from the moment it was announced. The concept of having a ‘normal’ car but with the advantage of being able to do most of your running on cheap electricity – while still retaining the benefits of petrol power when needed – holds plenty of appeal. From the outside it’s quite conservative looking. It’s still a mid-sized, capable four wheel drive, but with a nimble demeanour around town. The Outlander differs from other hybrids, as the first to charge by mains power, as well as its own on-board generation. Yes there are some serious questions about electric hybrids. What is the lifespan of those big batteries? Are they as sustainable or economic to produce and replace? What about the planetary cost of their production and disposal? Are we kidding ourselves that we are saving the earth, while in fact the big battery concept is a false economy? How will those electric motors stand the test of time? Well according to the good people at Mitsubishi, this system has the balance just right. Unlike other hybrids, the batteries are lithium ion, for better lifespan and less memory effect. The PHEV doesn’t pretend to be a fully electric, it’s a true hybrid that can cross back to the dark side and burn a bit of fossil fuel, when there’s demand. Put simply, you plug it in at home overnight, do most of your day-to-day running on cheap and sustainable electric power (a dollar or two), and the petrol only sneaks in occasionally for extra grunt, or on a longer trip. Battery gets low? The car automatically and indiscernibly starts the two-litre petrol engine, essentially a generator, when it needs to. Or, you can dictate how and when it charges, or saves; or a combo of both. It is very, very clever. And very, very easy to use. There’s so much to this car, it’s a challenge to explain it all in one page. But it’s the sort of technology you can delve right into every little aspect, or simply jump in and drive. The

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Lining up the six shooters for racing Ask Colin Entwisle what the appeal is of Six Shooter racing, and he jokes about it being a great way to get rid of a lot of spare parts. While there’s an element of truth to the passionate driver’s comments – after all he owns speedway car parts and maintenance specialist Bay Speed – dig a little deeper and he tells you the Australian-originated class is just “flat out a whole lot of fun”.

Colin is hoping to be among about 20 drivers lining up at ASB Baypark’s final meeting of the season to compete in the Six Shooter nationals on Saturday – which is the class’ debut at the speedway. Registered for the event and all raring to go, Colin told The Bay Driver earlier this week with interest from a customer wanting to lease his car, he’s unsure who will be racing it. “I’ve got my sprint racing on anyway, but if Speedway veteran Colin Entwisle would love to see more people racing in the new six shooter class. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

they decide against racing I’ll definitely do it,” says Colin, who is among a handful of seasoned Baypark drivers who’ve been enjoying a few events in the Australian-originated class of wingless sprint cars. Colin says there’s been resistance in some circles to the introduction of six shooter racing, something he puts down to concern other race classes, already competing for a place in the already-packed schedule, will be penalised. “But it’s been good that Rodney Wood and a few other high profile drivers have got involved,” says Colin, who believes it’s helped give the class credibility and encourages other drivers to be more receptive. Other Baypark drivers who’ve been getting behind the wheels of the wingless sprint cars include brothers Keaton and Gordon Dahm, Daniel Thomas and Jamie McDonald. However, it’s the lower price of six shooters – from about $15,000 for a competitive model, compared to $25,000-$30,000 for a saloon and more than $50,000 for a super saloon – which Colin says is the greatest appeal. He believes the lower entry price will help keep young drivers involved after they’re forced to leave the Mini Stocks entry class, when they reach 17. “These kids aged 1517 are leaving speedway and just disappearing because to step into anther class is a big investment. It’s a real pity, because their parents have already spent a bit to give them

good racing skills. “We lose 10-12 of these drivers every year. Where are they going? They just give up because of the cost.” The lower cost is also appealing for Baypark Speedway manager Roger Bailey, who’d like to see the class accredited by Speedway New Zealand once numbers competing build up to allow for more regular events. Currently, only a handful of tracks are able to contract the drivers, as the class hasn’t been fully inducted into the speedway community. Baypark received permission from the Speedway New Zealand board to host the nationals. Powered by a 3.8 litre fuel-injected Commodore V6 motor, the engines aren’t supposed to have any modifications, seeing the cars reach speeds of about 70m/h (112km/h). An introductory day Colin put on at Patetonga last year, with Gordon Dahm, to give drivers a chance to do a few laps in a sixshooter attracted about 50 people, but none took it further. “It’s just a neat little class – you don’t need to have done any racing before you step into these – but the main thing I like is the closeness of racing you get and the cost.” Colin, who got his first taste of speedway in 1987 racing modifieds in Rotorua, stepped up to sprint cars in 1997, which he’s been racing ever since. He’s been based in Tauranga since Baypark opened in 2001. While Colin says he’s been a “little bit off the pace” of the top drivers and hasn’t won any feature events, he’s collected lots of seconds and thirds and is reasonably happy in his position at third on the table. “I guess now that I’m a bit older I’m happy to cruise a bit more,” says Colin, who clearly still has a passion for racing. Hamish Carter

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Round up for Mustang birthday party The purr of the engine, the sleek lines, the general cool factor and the speed – Ohauiti farmer Tony Parkes was impressed by the first Mustang he saw in his teens. “I can remember thinking it would be great to have one of those,” says Tony, who has been a member of the Bay of Plenty Mustang Owners Club for almost two years. “I’ve been interested in them for years. I’ve just always wanted one since my teens,” recalls Tony, who after seriously looking at various classic Mustangs with 40-plus years on them decided to go for a newer model. “I’m reasonably mechanical – but I wasn’t that keen on doing all of the work on one of the classics,” says the proud owner of a limited release 2008 Shelby ‘King of the Road’.

Brought with only 900 miles on the clock, Tony’s 5.4 litre super-charged Shelby – which is one of only 1000 produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the original King of the Road – is a dream come true for Tony and wife Melissa. “The power of it is something else, it’s pretty scary. It’s like sitting in a jet plane when it takes off,” says Tony, who likes to take it on club road trips every few weekends. “We absolutely love it.” Last week the Parkes joined five other Bay of Plenty club couples and another dozen from round the country when they flew out to the US on a pilgrimage to mark the 50th anniversary of the car at a five-day celebration at Las Vegas Speedway, alongside an

estimated 10,000 other Mustang-lovers. “It’s going to be fantastic, we’re really looking forward to it,” says Tony, speaking to The Bay Driver before flying out. Celebrations were held over Easter – beginning 50 years to the day from when the first iconic 1964 ½ original Mustangs were launched. The rest, as they say, is history. Runaway demand for the stylish and sporty coupe, with its affordable price tag of under US$2500, saw Ford produce one million of the cars within 18 months and launch the ‘pony car’ class while other auto-makers copied its successful design with their coupes with long hoods and short rear decks. The Las Vegas celebration, which is

being mirrored by a similar event in North Carolina, to cater to the demand from Mustang-lovers, offers a chance to get up close with models, with some available to be driven on a track. Following the anniversary, Tony says he’s looking forward to visiting the Shelby Heritage Centre in Las Vegas, a museum dedicated to legendary automotive designer Carrol Shelby who designed Mustangs since 1965. The group then hits the road for the ultimate road trip in late model Mustangs, following Route 66 across to Chicago for the next three weeks. “It’s going to be great going to the Grand Canyon and all the bits in between. There will be plenty of surprises along the way.” By Hamish Carter

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Co-working space ignites growing demand A revolution in the way many self-employed residents are working in Tauranga will see the city Ignition co-working space soon expand to cater for rapid growth in demand.

has 18 members – with numbers ultimately expected to grow to at least 70 following it relocating to 29 Grey St’s ground floor space. Michelle says she’s receiving strong inquiries from people wanting to escape distractions of pets and children in the standard home office, and others moving Ignition community manager Michelle Parker says to Tauranga who are being drawn to the networked the original shared office – where members enjoyed use environment. of a ‘hot desk’ and meeting space – had reached capac“A co-working space allows you to work in a commuity and with continuing demand it is relocating to an nity. It brings together like-minded forward-thinking expanded space. professionals across a diverse range of industries in a When Ignition opened alongside Priority One’s office supportive, dynamic working environment.” in Grey St in 2012, it was the first co-working space Adding to the inspired atmosphere will be a handin the city but has since been followed by another four ful of start-up business operators being chosen to take offices being used by about 40 people. Ignition now part in the Wharf 42 Plug and Play Technology Incubator, which was launched in the city to foster innovative business. Ignition member Brittany Robertson, a PIC Insurance broker, got involved because she wasn’t enjoying working in an office by herself. She says it’s motivating to be surrounded by other professionals and a great work environment. For freelance writer and marketer Kathryn Overall, from Engage Communications, the appeal of coworking is its perfect balance of autonomy with structure and the professional environment, which can be lacking when working from home. Kathryn says her productivity and cashflow have benefitted since joining Ignition. The new space is to be completed by late-May, Priority One project manager Michelle Parker and with membership options available to suit a wide writer and marketing consultant Kathryn Overall.

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Firefighting a dedicated career option People thinking about a career as a firefighter are being warned to make sure they steer clear of the law if they want to join the New Zealand Fire Service. Bay of Plenty Coast assistant area manager Graeme Easton has been a firefighter since joining the service in 1968 and says a clean police record and good cognitive skills, particularly in maths, science, English and grammar, are essential elements to being a firefighter. He says people also need to be a team player and be

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recruitment drive and Police Women’s Advisory Network. “We’re looking for new, young leaders with communication skills, empathy and problem-solving abilities,” says Mike, With 145 sworn female police staff in the region, Deirdre Lack, who says women bring a new who oversees Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Te Puke staperspective to police work. tions, says few join her at the top. Deirdre admits females bring “At management meetings certain qualities to the police I’m the only female there,” says force that men may not. Deirdre, who points out she has “We can multi-task – I’m no issue with BOP Police pickquite often doing more than ing recruits’ talent over gender. one thing at one time – and as “As long as the person who is a female it’s easier to be more manager or leader has the right empathic with people. skill-set, then that’s all that “I’m not saying men aren’t; it matters.” just comes naturally for us.” But Police Commissioner Mike Tauranga Senior Sergeant Deirdre Lack. Deirdre says there’s many excitBush says police need women to be more representaing reasons women should be drawn to the occupation. tive of the community – and NZ Police is now rolling “One thing you can count on is you never know what out three new initiatives to attract more ladies to the you’re going to get. force, in the hope of increasing their presence in lead“A job will come in and I’ll go and support the team ership roles. working on that job – whether it’s a domestic, crash, The three initiatives are TV One’s television series serious assault – that’s the excitement about the job.” ‘Women in Blue’ screening Tuesdays 7.30pm, a new By Rachael Clarke

A Tauranga Senior Sergeant says while more females have joined her in Bay of Plenty Police leadership roles during 17 years in the force, “it would still be nice to have more”.

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Hopeful student off to Peter Blake forum Tauranga Girls’ College student Raijeli Warren is a big fan of the environment. So, when given the opportunity to apply for the Sir Peter Blake Youth Enviroleaders’ Forum, she jumped

at the chance. One of 50 students selected into the forum, 16-year-old Raijeli is in Wellington from April 27 to May 1 to represent the Bay of Plenty in addressing topical environmental issues facing New Zealand. The 11th annual forum will focus on climate change and ocean health – two issues Raijeli is excited to learn about. Raijeli Warren will head to Wellinton next week for the youth forum. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

“I love the water,” says Raijeli. “I think I’ve got quite a big knowledge about the marine environment.” During the five-day forum, delegates will participate in field trips and workshops, develop leadership skills, as well as engaging with the Sir Peter Blake Trust alumni, Ministry for the Environment staff, local and national politicians, subject experts, and business and community leaders. Having always been a “big fan” of the environment, Raijeli is tossing up between a career in marine biology and geology. Raijeli says helping to improve the environment

can be simple – “stop littering”. “Especially around the beaches and the water… cargo ships letting out their oil is just destroying the marine environment.” Fellow Tauranga Girls’ College Year 12 student Rose Barker is also keeping busy during the school holidays following her selection to attend the Defence Careers Experience 2014 in Auckland from April 28. The experience is a two-day recruiting activity, providing quality training and information to students wishing to pursue a career with the New Zealand Defence Force. By Zoe Hunter

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Clairvoyant visit inspires children’s writer A visit to the clairvoyant has re-inspired Papamoa woman Marlene Shores to finish her book teaching children the importance of looking after the environment.

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“Last year I went to a clairvoyant and she said ‘You’re on the wrong track. I can see a book and it being international’,” says the author and illustrator. Marlene was about to give up writing the book she first started 13 years ago after temporarily misplacing the draft. Published with international publisher Xlibris, Marlene’s book ‘Hillary and Bob the Hedgehogs in the Little Town of Litter’ is about two hedgehogs who teach their town how to keep their environment litter free.

“The moral of the story is that if we all put our rubbish in a bin and we work together our community can be clean and litter free. Marlene hopes to write a series of educational books to be printed by a New Zealand publisher. Marlene has been reading her book to children in Bay of Plenty schools, which can book a reading by visiting She will be giving a special reading and signing session at the Cargo Shed on Dive Crescent on April 29-30.

Marlene Shores with her new book. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Free soccer fun day for Bay children Tauranga tots and young children keen to play soccer get the chance to kick the ball around Greenpark School field next weekend at Grasshopper Soccer’s free fun day. On May 3, the fun day is to encourage children, aged two-12, to play soccer and have fun. Founded in 1990, Grasshopper Soccer is an organisation aiming to teach and develop soccer skills to children in a fun and non-competitive way. Bay of Plenty franchisee Chris High says children learn basic skills while playing games and have fun at the same time. Chris says the programme is great for children, with two to five-year-olds getting to learn soccer skills and have fun alongside their parents on weekends. As the children get older, the programme continues to professionally develop skills so they can learn more Coach Chris High helps Carter High, 10, with some about the game, says Chris. soccer skills as Gary Grasshopper cheers on. “It’s great for kids learning soccer or for those who Photo by Tracy Hardy. want to have extra practice during the soccer season.” The free Grasshopper Soccer Fun Day is at GreenGrasshopper Soccer programmes run throughout the year on weekdays and weekends, according to age park School field on Saturday, May 3, from 10am-1pm. There will be a free bouncy castle groups. Programmes are also offered at pre-schools By Zoe Hunter and sausage sizzle. and during school holidays.


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Crossing concerns for children’s safety A Tauranga school is attempting to make the trip to school safer for pupils by approaching Tauranga City Council about its crossing and other road safety issues. Welcome Bay School wants to urgently fix its “potentially hazardous” kea crossing – which leads children from Welcome Bay Rd to Village Park. Welcome Bay School board chairperson Jandhe Troughton would like to see an immediate fix to the crossing and other road safety issues, including traffic volume, speed, parking and the road shape. But she says the school is reliant on TCC’s road safety team to come up with a solution. “While we have full confidence in council and continue to work with them, Welcome Bay's growth and the steadily increasing traffic volume mean this issue is getting more and more urgent.” Jandhe says many cars speed past the crossing, despite a 40hm/h speed limit in place, and traffic flow during pick-up and drop-off times is often busy with parking, U-turns and congestion. Despite a blind rise in the road, she says TCC, police, the road safety team and school have determined the crossing’s location the most suitable site. Jandhe says another issue is the increasing number of children coming to school from the Waikite Rd and Oteki Park side of the crossing, where there is no pedestrian crossing. “There have been previous discussions around a crossing at the Waikite Rd and Oteki Park side, and this was also part of the discussions of where the kea crossing needed to be for the best effect.

“There is a painted crossing further down by the Welcome Bay shops, however the children [coming] from Village Park don’t go near the shops to get to school.” Jandhe says several discussions between TCC and the school, followed by a road safety engineer visit about 18 months ago, offered options including a roundabout to slow traffic by Arawata Ave, a barrier in the middle of the road or a bylaw change to deter u-turns. Other suggestions include parking signs and introducing five-minute drop-off and pick-up zones. “This is not just a school problem but a wider community issue and we're very supportive of any of our parents and whanau who want to see it remedied,” says Jandhe. TCC transportation manager Martin Parkes says council isn’t aware of near misses by the school and says the crash record system doesn’t indicate a problem in the area. “However, we are committed to making the road environment around the school as safe as possible.” Martin says council installed a 40km/h speed limit in October 2009, and made improvements to kea crossing. “These safety measures, along with the collaborative work between our Travel Safe team and the school, have raised the profile of road safety throughout the school. “Our traffic engineers are continuing to work closely with the school and our Travel Safe team to see what can be done to improve the drop-off/pick-up area along the frontage of the school.” A timeframe for any work is unknown, as Martin says priority and funding needs to be considered among other city safety projects. By Zoe Hunter

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Parents urged to immunise on time Tauranga early childhood education providers are getting behind a health initiative to encourage parents to ensure their children are immunised early by donning message-bearing T-shirts every Tuesday.


Each ‘T-shirt Tuesday’ ECE workers and healthcare providers will wear shirts with the message ‘Be Wise: Immunise’, coinciding with the April 28-May 4 Immunisation Week, with the theme: ‘Are you up to date?’ With First Steps Papamoa supporting the Bay of Plenty District Health Board initiative for one First Steps Papamoa head teacher Gemma Maule, centre manager Rachel Temara, teacher Sheryl Fischer and year, manager Rachel Temara says the T-shirts are teacher Sue Glentworth with pupils. a great reminder for parents to get their children Photo by Tracy Hardy. vaccinated. “We’ll do anything to support child health. per cent of parents who decline.” Hopefully, it’s a trigger where parents see the T-shirt Diane says parents who don’t vaccinate are mainly and think ‘oh yeah, that’s right’.” concerned about what’s in the vaccine, or prefer Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation homeopathy or naturopathy – and the T-shirt Tuesday immunisation coordinator Diane Newman says while campaign doesn’t target these parents. vaccines have revolutionised healthcare, the BOPDHB “I don’t think T-shirt Tuesday moves those who have is not quite reaching its immunisation targets. already decided not to vaccinate. It’s about remindFor babies aged eight months, the DHB is currently ing parents who normally vaccinate to do it on time, three per cent under its immunisation target of 90 per before the child is two.” cent. For toddlers, aged 24 months, the immunisation Child vaccination rates among Bay Maori are the target is 95 per cent, with the DHB sitting at 90 same, if not better, than the European population, says per cent. Diane. “We were at 76 per cent three years ago, so we’ve “Our declining population [of people who don’t made a lot of headway,” says Diane. vaccinate children] are actually white, middle class, With whooping cough and measles a concern this educated parents. year, BOPDHB is making a big effort to get the vac“We have an outreach immunisation service where cination message to parents, says Diane. we go into the home, which I think has helped the “There has been an outbreak of whooping cough Maori population.” and an isolated outbreak of measles [with 115 cases] in Diane says diseases will pick anybody, whether you Auckland, but people travel around.” think you’ve got a normal, happy child or not – “they But Diane says most Bay parents – about 87 per don’t discriminate”. cent – get their children vaccinated against the two “Timeliness has always been an issue. Parents leave By Rachael Clarke diseases. “[But] There are about seven it too late.”

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Smiling for world health Tauranga toothconscious tots are carrying on oral hygiene lessons learned during their battle to be named the Bay’s best for ‘healthy smiles’.

Teethy tots Keziah-Jayde Kerei, Wairingiringi Kete-Kawhena, Anaia Faavae, Ayla Reriti and Meyah Ellis. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

More than 800 children, from 14 Early Childhood Centres across the Bay of Plenty, took part in a competition celebrating World Oral Health Day.

Tauranga’s Little Learners ECE triumphed in the contest which challenged the centres’ staff, parents and children to get creative in their promotion of good oral health. Co-owner Jason Rowntree says the good oral health lessons learned during the competition are being continued. “Everyone got in behind it and that was really encouraging to see and we want it to carry on. “Every day when I drop the tamariki off in the van I say ‘Don’t forget your

Changing exercise to make changes I often come across individuals with manual jobs. People on their feet all day are labourers, road workers or gardeners. Invariably, when I ask how much exercise they do in their week, their answer is: “I’m active every day, so I don’t need to exercise”. This makes sense on the surface doesn’t it? However, my standard response is: “If I came to do your job, it would be exercise for me because I’m not used to doing that kind of work – but for you, it’s simply what you do and therefore it is not exercise”. Desk-bound workers who perform structured exercise on a regular basis are doing more to look after their hearts than a manual worker, who is active all day but doesn’t perform structured exercise.

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Don’t swallow fluoride guff It is amazing to see how our Western Bay of Plenty District Council is ill-informed about fluoride in drinking water. Apart from a few brave cities in New Zealand, like New Plymouth and Tauranga, almost all European countries have banned the fluoridation of drinking water, with more and more countries to follow. Countries like China, Japan, Israel, India and so on. In reality, only the United States and Australia are still sticking to their policy of adding this highly poisonous material. It is commonly known the American

Food and Drugs Association has been lying over many, many additives in the last 60 years, including allowing - among others - asbestos, benzene, DDT, PCBs, tetraethyllead, tobacco and dioxins. So why is our council not listening to the findings from independent researchers and simply swallowing the information, as given by the same self-interested parties who influenced the FDA? It is strongly advised to all councillors to read ‘50 reasons to oppose fluoridation’ by professor Paul Connett.

Singlets stop chills So housing is to blame for chest infections and winter ills? I was brought up in a house that when the wind blew, scrim and wallpaper moved on the walls. My only day off school was for the mumps. We had an open fire that warmed your fronts, but not your backs. It was warmer to go to bed with a book. No television in those days. But the weather was the same. The reason we stayed well was we wore singlets and vests under our clothes. Today, lightweight merino, in many colours, can be worn. Instead of donating raincoats children rich or poor refuse to wear, give vests and singlets. Give it a go and I’m sure you’ll see a big drop in winter ills. V Carter, Te Puke.

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It clearly outlines 50 reasons why fluoridation should be avoided at all times. Readers who are interested about the non-democratic decision, can read the 50 reasons at: All people I’ve spoken with oppose the idea to put fluoride our drinking. These people include restaurant, bar and café owners. All are highly aware of the ill effects of adding the poisonous material to our drinking water. E Becker, Katikati.

Don’t pay for the Royals What a disgrace that the Royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son George will cost the country $1 million for their 10 days touring New Zealand. They are very wealthy and should pay - just like anyone else on tour or holiday. I object to their visit here, and I guess there are others that do so too. New Zealand should be independent from the United Kingdom and coalesce with Australia, as many Aussie

businesses and banks are flourishing here, and with hundreds of ex-patriots now living in Aussie. The National Government will never reduce the horrendous debt, which they have accrued during the last eight years or so, by paying for the Royals’ trips here. Especially if they keep on paying for the likes of Royal tours etc etc. Instead, they will keep on the downward slope of indebtedness. E Izett, Brookfield.

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I totally agree with Margaret Hills (‘Silly choice for old i-Site, The Weekend Sun, April 11), and P Morris (‘Ditch the cakes: Return the i-Site’, The Weekend Sun, April 17) about the old i-Site building at Mount Maunganui. I am frequently stopped and asked for information on how to get to the camping ground. Lots of tourists get of the bus

outside the i-Site. The information should be there - not at least 1.5-2 kilometres away. Okay, the cruise ships bring a lot of revenue to the Mount and Tauranga, but what about our winter visitors? Are they supposed to trudge all that way in the snow (sic) to reach the camping ground? In some towns they call on volun-

teers. Maybe this could work with a fair bit of training? Let’s face it , our local residents know a lot more about our beautiful area than the camping ground staff. No offence to them, but maybe they should stick to what they know best. I’ve had quite a few experiences with them when trying to advise my visitors where to go. K Foley, Mount Maunganui.

Revenue raising or safety policing? When I returned from my holiday up to Auckland and saw the Police’s top cop on the telly news seriously warning motorists to behave during the extended Easter-to-Anzac break I had to smirk. Here I was, returning to the Bay of Plenty on Easter Monday, driving off the Auckland Motorway at the Coromandel exit – and this is what happened… Driving south, there was a police car on the left-hand side of the road with a police officer scanning for speedsters. The police officer waited for the car in front of me to whizz past, then kept waiting until it had gone into the 90km/h zone (from a 100km/h zone) before pulling out in front me to pull the vehicle over. To stop my vehicle crashing into the back of the

police car, I had to brake fast, which put vehicles behind me in danger of kissing my rear. It was a risky tactic to other derivers, just to ensure they charged someone a small $80 fine for heading into an 90km/h zone. It seems if the 4km/h threshold wasn’t in place, it would have made the road safer in this case. But, yes, let’s listen to the stern, wise advice of the Police, who love to trawl the highways ticketing vehicle owners for slightly-dangerous driving tactics, and to drive on a law unto their own. Let me now ask you, are they trying to restore driving safety to our roads, or just raising revenue for the Government? Hmm? K Morland, Katikati.

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Return homeschool name Auckland Airport shares: The CEO of the Correspondence School, now called Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu tried to give justification for the name change. Mr Mike Hollings in stating that the school “for a small number of primary school children” should have researched the school’s history a little further. He would have found by the early 1930s the school was the largest in the country, with a full secondary department. And it was using the latest technologies with its programmes of daily radio broadcasts. It also had visiting specialists and teachers who gave face-to-face visits to pupils. Social upheavals in the last few decades have caused various schools to expel disruptive and unco-operative students for their behaviour etc.

And the Ministry of Education foolishly loaded the Correspondence School with problem people to teach. The staff of the school, to their credit, tackled the extra load. However, the fact many of these problem people were Maori doesn’t justify removing a name that belongs to our country’s history. I repeat my request that, in the interest of our history and heritage, the name Correspondence School be restored. In conclusion, we’d all resent it if the name ‘Anzac’ was replaced because the army now uses automatic weapons and armoured vehicles, in place of single-shot rifles and mules. J Mills, Mount Maunganui.

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I feel most aggrieved that having purchased Auckland Airport Shares during Helen Clarke’s prime minister-ship, us shareholders have now been forced to sell back a percentage of their shares to Auckland Airport. Clearly the powers-that-be have been advised of the upcoming increase in share value. This rose by $1 per share in one week and converts to a loss to investors amounting to millions of dollars. We feel helpless in the face of pressure placed upon us by the appropriate authority. You buy them with one hand - and at will they take a percentage from you with the other, without a by-your-leave and to their distinct advantage.

This is a classic. Have they never heard of the saying ‘Hobson’s

choice?’ This definitely does not assist the pension funds or their objective. Kiwi pensioners depend on this kind of investment, which is encouraged by the Government. Let me remind you of the words of that great iron lady Baroness Margaret Thatcher, who advocated that the people should become: “a nation of shareholders”. I would like to invite other victims to share their views on these ‘Big Brother’ tactics. N Jones, Papamoa.

Court ruling no surprise I read in The Weekend Sun (April 11), that the man whose vehicle caused the death of one innocent person and injured a second innocent person on the Maungatapu Bridge in August last year was not sentenced to imprisonment. Only the brave rescue by an off-duty police officer saved this event from being a double

fatality. Mr Crisp has committed an extremely serious offence and the sentence imposed by the Court in my view is completely inappropriate. But when comparing it to other sentences imposed by the Courts in New Zealand, it comes as no surprise. What about the other offences committed by Mr Crisp? They included, pos-

session of cannabis for supply and possession of cannabis seeds and utensils. The $49,000 the Court has ordered to be paid to the victims will never compensate for the loss of a life. The offender wasn’t even given a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket. K Goddard, Omokoroa.

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In making their claim to the Waitangi Tribunal for added funds, the Kohanga Reo National Trust is giving a ‘koha’ of $50,000 for someone to write up their own claim. This of course will be a further claim on the taxpayer. Surely they can find one of the tangata whenua willing to do it for free or does that contravene tribal protocols and derail the gravy train? The trust at the April 13 weekend Ngaruawahia hui also set up strategies to modernise their activities and one

decision agreed on by all was to exclude from their activities to all media outlets that raise questions. This appears to include Maori Television’s ‘Native Affairs’ programme. In the words of the Maori King spokesman Tukoirangi Morgan, who says: “We make our own decisions on who we talk to”. It would seem to some the Treaty did not bring the democratic concepts of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. Bryan Johnson, Omokoroa.

Fast lane to losing leadership The career of David Cunliffe as leader of the Labour Party looks more evanescent every time he appears on television,

with his insouciance way of informing us that he thinks things like the cost of a trailer registration or a truck being seen in the

fast lane on the Auckland Motorway is one of our major concerns. Alastair Bourne, Bethlehem.

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Friday 25 April

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. Noel 579 5412 Documentary Nights Every 2nd Fri 7pm. Many interesting & thought provoking subjects covered. Kim 576 9427 or 027 285 9611 Free Immigration Assessment By Licenced Immigration Adviser. Tauranga Multicultural Ethnic Council, Historic Village, 17th Ave. For appointment ph Iryna Stewart 543 9125 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. Barry/Loris 571 5492 Kirtan Gathering Last Fri of month at Yoga Ananda in Historic Village, 17th Ave 7.30-9pm. Bhadra or Bela 552 0073

News, reviews and opinionated raving on the music scene.

Tauranga Farmers Market Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Fresh & artisian produced food. Trixie 552 5278 or Tauranga Scottish Society No dance tonight. Greerton Hall not available. Allyson 576 9194 Te Puke Country Music Club 23rd Charity Show May 3 at “The Orchard”, McLoughlin Drive 7pm. Top artists from throughout NZ. Tickets $20, children $5 available from Etees Bay 64U (next to Theatre) or Geoff 573 7917 Te Puke Forest & Bird Trip Karaponga Scenic Reserve, Matata. Short walk/talk to hydro-electric power station then on to Onepu Wetland for lunch/walk. Car $10. 573 8152 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

Saturday 26 April

Sunday 27 April

ing at Mt Maunganui Primary School, Orkney Rd 10-11am. Children welcome. Alice in Wonderland April 26 2pm & 6.30pm. April 27 2pm. At Baycourt Theatre. Susanne Hanger Dances’ adaptation of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Ph 0800 842 538 or Community Roast Meal With Gabrielle Gregory (international harpist) with dessert & choice of beverage. At Welcome Bay Community Centre 6pm for 6.30pm start. $20pp. Welcome Bay Community Church building fundraiser. 544 8193 Corporate Casino Night May 3 at Greerton Marist Rugby Club Rooms, Oropi Rd, Greerton. Doors open 7pm. Tables open 7.30-10pm. Tickets $40 or 2 for $70. Theme: Cocktail (formal dress black tie). Tickets include $1000 casino money, 1 drink at the bar & nibbles. More casino money can be purchased on the night. Prizes for winners. http:// Elderly Citizens Variety Concert May 3 at Otumoetai College, Windsor Rd, Otumoetai 2-4pm. Free concert & afternoon tea. To help with catering, ph Harry 570 0257 Market Greerton Hall 8am – 12pm. Crafts, plants, produce, bric-a-brac. Nancy/Merv, Waihi 07 863 6697 Messianic Weekly Meetings The Way meet in the Kingfisher Room, Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 10am. 570 1438 Pregnancy Yoga Class Every Sat at Bethlehem Hall 10-11.15am, suitable for 2nd & 3rd trimesters. Active to gentle yoga postures, breathing exercises, restorative postures, relaxation. Amanda 021 0830 1662

(Dansar Bees) Putaruru 2pm. Please bring along afternoon tea to share, a thermos & chair to sit on. Gordon 027 544 2882 Bible Seminars Sunday’s at Greerton Senior Citizens Hall, Maitland St, Greerton 1.45pm. Title: “God’s master plan - the promises.” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. Vic 543 0504 BOP Community Trails Urban Mountain Bike Rides (guided). Last Sun of month. 9am summer daylight saving, 10am winter. From 17th Ave next to Village. 1.5 – 3 hours easy rides. $5pp. 027 297 1213 or or FB BOP Community Trails.

Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s meet-

Bee Interest Group At Daniel Martin

BOP NZ Assn of Rationalists & Humanists Meet last Sun of month at Alzheimer’s

NZ House, 116 13th Ave, Tauranga 1.303.30pm. Paul 543 3399 Croquet Tauranga Domain Sun, Tues, Fri 12.45pm. Peter 571 0633

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 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 Prestige Singles 50+ Coffee afternoon 2.30pm. Mix & mingle with other likeminded individuals. Email: or 027 439 3267

Radio Controlled Model Yachts

Meet Sun & Thurs at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa 1.30pm, to sail electron & similar 3ft long yachts. Graham 572 5419

Chopper - Repeat Offender Arts on Tour: Wheel of Experience Sound Track - Take One! The Pianist Grumpy Old Women: Fifty Shades of Beige NZDC Language of Living Kraken Shakespeare’s Will by Vern Thiessen 2degrees Comedy Convoy 2014



Reviews of DVDs, old and new, as well as other bits and bobs.

Stories, snippets, strangeness, and general entertainment.

Rifle Range Public Open Day Open to public on last Sun of the month. Range at end of Ngawaro Rd, at the TECT All Terrain Park 9am - 3pm. Some targets available to purchase, or bring your own. Must bring own ammo, shooting rests, ear muffs etc. Firearms license must be presented at registration area. $15pp (cash only). No cellphone coverage.

Citizens Advice Bureau Free, confiden-

Spiritual Centre, The Psychic Cafe

Change of venue today, Senior Citizens Hall, Maitland St, Greerton 7pm. Free access to psychics & healers. Q&A, meditations, workshops. Door charge $10. 578 7205

Tauranga Rainbow Social Network

For gay, bi, lesbian, trans & intersex. Meet 2nd Sun of month 3pm. Kaye 021 239 7142 or 07 218 1411 Tauranga Rainbow Youth For gay, bi, lesbian, trans & intersex 25 yrs & under. Kaye 021 239 7142 or 07 218 1411 Te Puke Spiritual Discussion Group 1st, 3rd & 5th Sun of month at Hair Linez Hair Salon, old railway station, Jellicoe St 10.30-11.30am. Meeting of spiritual minds, learning & growing from each other. Door entry $3. Elaine 573 5361 Theosophical Society “Madame Blavatsky’s Adventure: from Cossack Steppes to High Tibet” at Tauranga Yoga Centre, Elizabeth St West 2pm. Entry by donation to cover costs. June 576 6106

Monday 28 April

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 Beginner 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 7.15pm. First 3 nights free. Wendy 578 2585 Body & Soul Fun Fitness For over 50’s, social events & guest speakers. Mon April 28 at Wesley Church, 13th Ave 9.15-10.15am & Fri May 2 at Greerton Hall Cameron Rd 9-10am. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds City Church cnr Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St. Classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. For men & women. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Martial art which teaches self defence techniques & boost self-confidence. Classes Mon, Weds, Thurs 7-9pm & Sat 10am-12pm. Kids classes Tues & Thurs 4.30-5.20pm. At 22/3 Macdonald St, Mt Maunganui. 021 264 3211 Chess Mt Maunganui Mount RSA Chess Club every Mon at Mount RSA, 544 Maunganui Rd. Juniors 6.15-7.15pm during school term. Open club 6-11pm Noel 579 5412

Thurs 1 May, 7:30PM Tues 6 May, 7:30PM Sat 10 May, 7:30PM & Sun 11 May 2PM Mon 12 May, 6PM Sun 18 May, 7:30PM Weds 21 May, 7:30PM Fri 23 May, 7PM Sat 24 May, 8PM Sun 25 May, 7PM

tial 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 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 Tauranga Offering education, support & advocacy for anyone living with diabetes. 571 3422 or Fire Brigade Bowling Club No bowls – hall unavailable. 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 Genealogy Friendly Group Meet in Mako Room, Papamoa Community Centre 1pm. Assistance offered to anyone interested in researching their family history. Daphne 575 4674

Growing Through Grief Te Puke

Currently taking enrolments for children to attend their Seasons programme during Term 2. This is a peer support programme that helps children and young people cope with loss & change in their lives due to family separation, divorce, or death of a family member. Claire 573 71593 or 021 0815 5377

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 & advocacy. Coffee & chat 10am – 12pm. 579 9890 Mandarin Learning For adults only. Non-profit but contribution of $80 for 8 sessions to cover cost of rentals. Ian 578 9668 Meditation Free classes Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace, spiritual awareness & the meaning of your life. David 576 9764 Mount RSA Indoor Bowls Mon & Thurs. Names in by 6.45pm. New members welcome. Joy 574 8003 Otumoetai Indoor Bowls Club Singles (Jaggard Cup) & Club Night Triples, (markers needed) Matua Primary School Hall, Clivedene St 7.15pm. Karen 576 0443 Parkinsons Society Exercise class weekly Tauranga, Te Puke & Whakatane. Red Tulip support meetings monthly Tauranga, Katikati & Whakatane. www. or Kylie 07 218 0620 Recycled Teenagers Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards, & injury or illness rehabilitation. Mon & Weds, 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club, behind 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


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Silver Singers Choir New members

required to join & rehearse every Mon at St Stephens Church Hall, Brookfield Tce 1-3pm. 579 2465 Taekwon Do The Silla Club train Mon & Thurs at Te Puna School Hall. All ages welcome. Gwyn 0274 587 871 Taoist Tai Chi Pioneer Room, Community Hall, Te Puke 9.30-11am. 573 5560 or 027 575 3272 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: Taurangarocknrollclub. org Colleen 544 4676 Tauranga RSA Indoor Bowls Mon report 12.45pm for 1pm start. Weds 3.45 for 4pm start. 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. 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 Te Puke Forest & Bird AGM & film “Soul in the Sea.” Masonic Lodge, Oxford St, Te Puke 7.30pm. Free entry. Te Puna Indoor Bowls Every Mon at Te Puna Hall 7.15pm. Norma 552 5563 The Writing Project For people working on a piece of writing or wanting to. 021 239 7142 or 07 218 1411 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 Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.3011.30am 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 Vision Probus Club Meets fourth Mon in the Washington Room, Armitage Hotel 10am. 579 2289



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Tuesday 29 April

16 Sqn Air Training Corps (ATC) Every Tues

(during school term), Tauranga Army Hall 6.30-9pm. Lynn 027 291 6150 or email: 2014 @ The Clothesline Quality pre-loved clothing from babies to adults $1-236 D Mc Donald Street, Mount Maunganui opposite Nosh Cafe 10-2 pm Phone 574-4266 2014 Face2Face Coffee Group Coffee & friends make the perfect blend! 36D Mc Donald Street, Mount Maunganui opposite Nosh Cafe 10-12 pm $2 for refreshments. 574-4266 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

Altrusa Club of Tauranga Women’s com-

munity service group. Dinner & business meeting 2nd Tues. Social programme 4th Tues, monthly. Interested? Denise 570 3134 Badminton (Social) Every Tues at Otumoetai Baptist Hall 9.30am - 12pm. Racquets available. Lorraine 579 3229 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. Call in for info or ph Jane 552 0046

Free ESOL Christian Conversation Classes For all levels of English every Tues during school term at Holy Trinity Church cnr 4th Ave & Devonport Rd 7.30-9.15pm. Janice 576 7839 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: Mates Mens Network Every 2nd Tues at Totara House, 1428 Cameron Rd, Greerton 7-9.30pm. 0800 4 MATES 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

Orange City Square & Round Dance Club Tues morning class 10am - 12pm.

Weds combined A & Plus. Thurs club night & new dancers. Frontiersmen’s Hall 7.30pm. 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 Sequence Dancing Tauranga Social & Leisure Club. St John’s Anglican Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai 7-9pm. Second Tues of month 3-5.30pm. John 578 9716 South City Indoor Bowls Club Club night (at Tauranga RSA) 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 BMX Club Club nights every Tues. Registration 5.15-5.50pm. Racing starts 6pm at Tauranga MTB & BMX Park, 280 Cambridge Rd, Tauranga. $2 per club member. First 3 nights free to new riders.

Tauranga Morning Badminton Club

Meet every Tues & Thurs at QEII Youth Centre, Memorial Park, Tauranga 9-11.30am. New players & visitors welcome. Heather 574 0976 Tauranga Scrabble Club Tues at Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 9am. 3 games $3. New players welcome. 544 8372 Tauranga Target Rifle Club Club night Tues at indoor range in Elizabeth St West 7pm. Target shooting using .22 target rifles. All equipment supplied for new shooters. New members & casual shooters welcome. Tauranga Toastmasters Tga Lyceum Club 7.15-9.30pm. Confidence building, speaking skills, leadership skills. Alan 544 5989 Treasure Box Songs & stories for under 5’s every Tues at Changepoint, 131 Poike Rd, Ohauiti 9.30am. Morning tea provided. 544 2713 Yoga Evening Class Fergusson Park Sports Centre (end of Tilby Dr, Matua) 7-8.15pm. $12. Beginners welcome. Stella 021 024 96390

Wednesday 30 April

Age Concern Walking Group Meet

at Omokoroa 9am. Matakana Island by barge, take lunch. Ph Renee for details 576 6699 An Evening with Gilbert Enoka Presented by Waipuna Hospice April 30 at Holy Trinity Tauranga 5-6.30pm. The man behind the All Blacks instrumental in the performance of some of our elite sports teams. Gain tips on how to

improve mental strength and build resilience to cope with life’s hurdles. Tickets from Waipuna Hospice, Holy Trinity or Creative Tauranga. Adult $25. 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

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 Diabetes Support Group 2pm at Greers, Greerton. Ring Debbie (07) 5713422 for more info.

Fernlands Spa Water Exercise Class

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. Championship finals 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 At Bethlehem Town Centre, shop C1, behind PO, open 1-3pm. Prayer for healing. 0211100878

Living In Harmony Series

Presented by Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council. This week: “The Netherlands” at Historic Village Hall, 17th Ave 7pm. Music, dancing, songs & Dutch food samples. Wear Netherlands national colour orange. Bring plate of food to share & gold coin donation.

Mount Healing & Spiritual Centre

Fellowship & celebration at Omanu Bowling Club, Golf Rd, Mount. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. First mini night (1 x healing & 1 x reading). Door charge $10. Janet 027 264 0226 Otumoetai Care & Craft Group Every Weds during school term at St Columba Church, Cherrywood 9am - 12.30pm. Dawn 576 7783

Queen - It’s A Kinda Magic

Starring Giles Taylor. Featuring over 20 of the bands greatest hits. Held at Baycourt Theatre 8pm. Ph 0800 842 538 or 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 7.30pm. 573 5055 Sex Please We’re Sixty Presented by Te Puke Repertory April 30 – May 10. Gala night April 30, supper & meet the crew. Tickets from Dianne 573 8346. Charity night May 1 – Te Puke High School Singapore Trip Fundraising Group. Tickets $25 incl supper. Jo 573 5703. 2nd Charity Night May 3 – Kiwi

Coast Lionesses, Anne 573 9790. All other tickets available from Paper Plus Te Puke. Table Tennis Tauranga Weds 1-3pm & 7-9pm, Fri 7-9pm at Memorial Hall, QEYC. tabletennistauranga or Bill 578 1662 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 Senior Badminton Club

Every Weds & Mon 7.30pm onwards. Racquets available. All welcome. Sue 0211 944 335 or 543 0035 Te Puke Meditation & Development Group Constables Gallery, Commerce Lane 1st Weds of every month. $5 entry. Te Puke Toy Library 248 Jellicoe St, opp Atuaroa Ave, Te Puke Weds to Sat 9.30am - 12pm. 021 130 6476

Toastmasters - City Early Start

Improve communication, leadership & teamwork skills. Every Weds at Classic Flyers Avgas Cafe 6.45-8.15am. Toastmasters if the answer for building confidence & leadership skills. To find a club near you email: LaniDTM@ or 571 1545.

Thursday 1 May

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: 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 9.30-10.30am, rain or shine. Organised by Turning Point Trust. 578 6934 Club 55 Tenpin New members welcome to join a fun seniors tenpin bowling league. Meet Thurs at 13th Ave Tenpin 10.30am. Jenny 543 0539 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 Happiness & Our Mind Drop-in meditation classes. Beginners welcome. Classes self contained so start any date. $14 per class. Otumoetai Plunket, 59 Otumoetai Rd. Monthly classes, next class May 8 7-8.30pm. Heath Franklin’s Chopper - Repeat Offender Star of TV’s 7 Days, Chopper is back. At Baycourt Theatre 7.30pm. Ph 0800 842 538 or www.ticketek.

Ladies Lions Club (Harbour City)

Meet at 2nd & 4th Thurs at Lyceum Club, 68 First Ave 7pm & 6pm respectively. Visitors welcome. Wendy 576 2505 Mount Art Group Every Thurs at St Peter’s Church Hall, 11 Victoria Rd, Mt Maunganui 9am - 1pm. Merilynn 575 6777


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I must confess to have being deeply disappointed when this film won the Best Documentary Oscar at this year’s awards. Which was a bit unfair of me, since I hadn’t actually seen it. It’s just that fellow nominee The Act Of Killing was such a bold, unforgettable and striking film that no straight documentary – and I include Blackfish, which I admired immensely – could really compete. But now I’ve seen 20 Feet From Stardom and I understand what the Academy voters were thinking. It’s not in the same innovative league as The Act of Killing, but it’s a very likeable and entertaining film. It is a film about backing singers. Like all support musicians, backing singers have been regularly overlooked and, as is often pointed out, they can regularly

The original Anchorman film became that rare thing: a comedy that (like The Big Lebowski) grew in stature with time. Thus, very belatedly, we have Anchorman 2: The . I wish I could tell you that it is Legend Continues better. Certainly the plot update to the days of CNN and twenty-four hour news is smart and promising. And Ferrell's Burgundy still remains one of his best comic creations. Unfortunately, the actors playing his sidekicks are now famous so require plots of their own, reinforcing the line that less is often more, while the story's attempt at some sort of political satire regarding Fox News is simply confused. If you want to sink your teeth into something long, atmospheric and subtitled then you will get great pleasure from wallowing in French television series The Returned . It has, presumably because everything is these days, been called a zombie story. Which is nonsense. Though it does feature people returned from the dead. In a small French Alpine people who have died mysteriously start to return: a girl killed in a bus crash four years earlier, a small boy, a bridegroom... all appear normal and those who knew them struggle to understand what is happening. Are they alive, dead or what? Excellent stuff. Nick Stahl is an obsessive reporter chasing a story his boss won't print about , and the story Afghanistan. He is Afghan Luke is about a Canadian sniper, said to cut off the fingers of his kills as trophies. It's not bad stuff. The aim is obviously an Apocalypse Now-style “madness of war” film as the craziness and contradictions pile up, though the script ultimately fails to bring the necessary horror and outrage to make it to that level. Surprisingly it's almost a bit tame given the level of violent madness in that troubled country.

sing as well if not better than the people they back. There are a pile of fascinating stories here and fascinating titbits of information, such as the idea that the “British invasion” bands of the sixties were often the ones to give full rein to the legion of fantastic American backing singers they discovered rather than taking them for granted. The one subject not widely touched upon is why, despite their staggering singing chops, these women remained backing singers. Charisma? Ambition? Something other than luck? But perhaps that’s unnecessary when merely spending time with them is such a pleasure. Not deeply insightful, but very enjoyable nonetheless.


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Friday 2 May

Chess Tauranga Every Fri at Tauranga RSA, Greerton 6pm onwards for the whole family. Werner 548 1111 http:// 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. Judy 543 4124 Katikati Folk Club Concert At Katikati Bowling Club, Park Rd 7.30pm. From the UK, Jayne Freeman & Adam Piggot plus Tanglewood from Tauranga. Mount Art Group Annual art exhibition at Mount Surf Club. Mount College Art students providing a display of their work. Visitors welcome.

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Music doesn’t sleep after Easter If you thought there would be time to rest between gigs now that Easter has come and gone, think again. First up, there's another concert next Friday (May 2) at the Te Puna Memorial Hall, that sweet old building opposite Nourish on the corner of Te Puna Road and State Highway 2 which is currently facing the threat of destruction to make room for a roundabout. Let's hope that plans are put in place for it to be re-sited somewhere close before the wreckers move in. If I might go off on a tangent for a moment, building such as this are vital parts of rural communities and with many Tauranga groups priced out of using facilities such as Baycourt small halls are a vital option. Tauranga faces a real crisis at the moment in terms of venues for live music and one solution is a return to the old days, with more concerts in the likes of these halls that are scattered throughout the community. There have been several concerts at the Te Puna

The Matua McSwiggans Irish Pub Sunday 27 – Chris Smart 3-6pm. Sunday 27 – Blaze 3-6pm. Wednesday 30 – A Taste of Mount RSA Country Night 7.30-10pm. Friday 25 – ANZAC Day. Saturday 26 – Tequila 7.30pm. Sunday 27 – Sparx 4.30pm.

B-Side Band – The Collection

Hall in the past year, organised by long-time folk and music aficionado Rosie Holmes, and this one sees the return of a group she brought to town last year, Too Many Chiefs. They are four Wellingtonians, each deserting their more regular groups for a tour together. There's Hot Club Sandwich frontman Andrew London, who plays many a stringed instrument; keyboard player and writer of one of New Zealand's alternative national anthems, “Nature”, Wayne Mason; Guitarist Rob Joass, who was here in February for the Acoustic Music Festival with his band Hobnail; and Laura Collins, who some might have heard a couple of

weeks ago on the Friday New Zealand Live slot on National Radio with the Back Porch Blues Band. They all sing. I don't know how much more I can tell you. The last concert was terrific. All the guys have websites – just Google them. On a more practical level there will be a bar and free tea or coffee and cheese and biscuits at intermission. Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 7.30pm. Admission is $20 on the door or you can reserve a specific seat by contacting Rosie, 5526291 or And, though I seem to have run out of space, I wanted to give a quick shout out about the Wheel of Experience concert at Baycourt on Tuesday May 6. Pitched somewhere between theatre and music, Wheel Of Experience features songs about New Zealand's legendary past, ballads and sea shanties, bluegrass and blues, performed on old-time acoustic instruments – from fiddle and banjo to Chinese zhongruan – telling stories of New Zealand's “wild west” history. Tickets are only $20: it sounds like a blast!

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‘A story of Gate Pa: Te Auetu and David Hall’ is being told by the Hall family this Sunday, April 27, at the Latter Day Saints Chapel on Cameron Rd from 6pm-9pm. The free event is open to all and is part of the Battle of Gate Pa 150-year commemorations.

After nearly a decade together, Tauranga’s B-Side Band have surprised everyone with their longevity and creativity. What initially seemed like a novelty idea (a three-piece with no bass player – drums, guitar, harp/sax – playing obscure rockabilly) has now led to two CD EPs and two full albums and, as if to double down on their peculiar line-up, when the time came to add an extra musician they plonked for another guitarist. Unusually, they weren’t invited to be part of this year’s Jazz Festival so the band launched their new album independently over Easter with a most enjoyable release bash at Brew Craft Beer Pub on Saturday night. The Collection is, as one might suspect, a compilation, marking the departure for northern climes of drummer Carl Winter. It brings together 18 original songs from their previous CDs plus one new instrumental and shows a band steeped in Kiwiana and living in the nexus where blues meets rockabilly and hillbilly music. Most specifically, by presenting only their original songs it gives a far clearer view of how individual B-Side Band are as a unit, Paul Parkhouse’s songs ranging from tough no-nonsense jailhouse blues – “Bless Me Father” - to humorously jaundiced takes on Kiwi life - “Remuera Cowboy” – while Simon Elton favours songs name-checking either bands or places: his Woody Guthrie-influenced “Yeah, Don’t You Know” is a workingman’s trip around New Zealand. Very few Tauranga bands stick together long enough to merit a compilation, so good on B-Side Band for hanging in there. With a new drummer in place they have already started recording again. In the meantime, if you only buy one B-Side Band album this year, make it The Collection. Winston Watusi

The Battles of Gate Pa/Te Ranga Senior Art Competition 2014 is being judged this Monday night, April 28, by Rotorua artist June Grant. The judging is at St George’s Church hall from 6pm-9pm. First prize is $2000, while second prize is $500. For more information, visit www.battleofgatepa. com. This event is free to the public.


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Mount Art Group celebrating 40 years Mount Art Group members are making their annual Mount Surf Club exhibition “a little different” this year.

The group is celebrating its 40th anniversary and artist Merilynn Crean, a member of four years, says there will be an opening ceremony on the Friday morning to make this year’s exhibition special. “[Tauranga City] Councillor Clayton Mitchell and one of our founding members Joy Gosling will officially open the exhibition. “And we’ve got to have a cake don’t we?” The exhibition, from April 25-27, includes 100-120 paintings and artwork by Mount Maunganui College art students. “We invite them every year.

There’s usually around 6-10 students. We’ve got some really good ones this year,” says Merilynn. The exhibition, running for 10 years, is popular among locals. “Part of why this is, is because the surf club is the perfect location. It’s a very relaxed area, people are coming from walking around the Mount, or they’re down for a coffee. It has a community feel about it.” The exhibition always has a painting corner - not just for children but for adults too – where they are urged to have a go at painting. Life member Frances Ransley says two members of the group will be painting on site for the public to observe. Every year the club has a mini themed

Frances Ransley with her winning painting. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Country club’s 23rd charity concert Te Puke Country Music Club is holding its 23rd annual charity concert next weekend in a bid to raise funds for a social service supporting young people suffering change or loss. Endeavouring to source top country music acts nationwide, the concert on May 3 will feature award winning artist Cameron Clayton, well-known entertainer Joy Adams and Che Orton who is described as New Zealand’s greatest Elvis Presley imitator. Among this year’s entertainers is tal-

ented Mount Maunganui country singer Dennis August and Tauranga’s ‘NZ’s Got Talent’ finalist Fletcher Oxford. Beginning in 1991, the Te Puke Country Music Club has raised more than $130,000 for Bay of Plenty many charities including, St John, Plunket, and Waipuna Hospice. This year’s concert is raising money for Growing Through Grief Te Puke – a social service providing peer support for youths who are missing someone important in their lives.

Warming up winter’s wild venison

As I write this, Easter is passing with all of Mother Nature’s majestic power of awesome winds and rain to let us know winter’s coming With winter near, I’m thinking of warm cosy homes and a rich hearty winter’s meal to look forward to. And for me, rich, hearty beers pop into mind like the Monteiths Celtic, Original and creamy rich Black beer. Technically a pale ale, the Original warms the tastebuds with rich caramel flavour, slight tang of blackberries and caramelisation of sugar, which goes well with a Rabbit and Bacon casserole or grilled Havarti cheese and plum salsa. If you have access to fresh wild venison, the Original’s rich malty notes, combined with chocolate and smokey barrel-roasted flavours, will emphasise the meat’s rich flavour and textures. Add wild field mush-

rooms and it’s a meal fit for a king. My favourite venison dish of seared rare peppered medallions, with whole baby onions and prunes and paua steaks deglazed with cream, matches perfectly with the Black beer. With rich coffee and caramel flavours to compliment the venison and paua, the Black beer’s hints of chocolate and biscuit lift the onions and prunes to create a memorable dish. Our region teems with wild food, ready to be harvested from its streams, lakes, land and ocean – so get out there, collect food, start to experiment in your cooking and team it up with the Monteiths’ beer range. Visit under the competition section to try win a $50 voucher to The Phoenix.

Compered by Kylie Austin, the concert is at The Orchard on May 3 at 7pm. By Zoe Hunter

Mount Maunganui country singer Dennis August of the NZ Country Music Association.

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By Zoe Hunter

Tauranga families are invited to put forward their ideas towards a new $1 million kindergarten to be built in Papamoa East on land recently purchased by Tauranga Region Kindergartens.

be funded by grants, Tauranga Kindergarten Association and fundraising. Peter says there are long waiting lists in two kindergartens in the area, with one holding two groups weekly to cater for Papamoa’s growth. “We also know from Golden Sands School, which has doubled in projective size since it opened, that there are lots of parents wanting a kindergarten out Plans to build the new kindergarten on the corner there. of Golden Sands Drive and Wairakei Ave, opposite “It means they [parents] don’t have to travel so far; Golden Sands School, comes after a “rapid population currently they’re travelling north of Parton Rd.” growth” in Papamoa. Kindergarten Establishment Committee convenor Surveys in 2008 and 2010 also show significant Natasha Brokenshire says demand for a new kindergarthe land was chosen for ten in the area. its close proximity to the The community can see the school. plans, provide their views on “It is intended to develop the development, and register a close relationship with interest in becoming involved them, to ensure smooth in the development, or for transitions for children.” their children to attend, at an It’s intended to open the open day on May 25. kindergarten in Term 2, Tauranga Kindergartens prin2015.The open day is at the cipal Peter Monteith says the site, corner of Golden Sands kindergarten will be licensed Drive and Wairakei Ave, for 40 children, aged two-five. on Saturday, May 25, from While not wanting to com10am-2pm, with a bouncy ment on the land’s purchase Committee members, Natasha Brokenshire, castle, face painting and amount, Peter says the project sausage sizzle. Peter Monteith, and Julie Sullivan. will cost about $1million and

Photos by Daniel Hines.

Lucy Neary, 4, at The Great Easter Egg Hunt.

Cyrus, 7 and Nico Kerr-Bell, 4, with their eggs.

Flavoured meth message a hoax

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A viral message alerting parents to be aware of flavoured methamphetamine in schools is a re-occurring hoax. The message, spread by both email and social media, suggests flavoured methamphetamine known as ‘strawberry meth’ or ‘strawberry quick’ is handed out in schools and mistaken as candy, causing serious illness to those who ingest it. Western Bay of Plenty area commander Inspector Clifford Paxton says there have been no reports of the reoccurring message in the area.

“Police urge members of the public to delete this message, where received, and contact your local police station if you have any concerns about your children’s safety. “If members of the public suspect community members to be involved in the illegal use of drugs, they can either contact their local police station or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.” The urban myth is thought to originate from the United States, and has been recognised as a hoax By Letitia Atkinson since 2007.

String quartet concert

Lunchtime army band

The second of two NZ String Quartet Concerts is Visitors to The Strand in Tauranga will be treated on tonight, April 24, from 6.30pm-9pm at Huria to a lunchtime concert by the NZ Army Band on Marae, Judea. Monday, April 28. Sponsored by the Pukehinahina Charitable Trust, In commemoration of 150 years since the 1864 the event will see music performed from the 1864 era. Battle of Gate Pa, the concert is on from 12pm-2pm. For more information, visit This event is free to the public. This event is free to the public.

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Gallipoli and Calvary, lest we forget On April 25 each year, as New Zealanders we rightly remember the brave ANZACs who fought for our freedom and for peace on the shores of Gallipoli – and we rightly honour them for their courage and their sacrifice. Lest we forget them, and those who have died in other battles. Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ gave up His life to purchase man’s freedom from sin and the devil; and to bring peace by reconciling mankind to God, through His sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary. Yet, as the Easter celebrations have shown, Christ’s death and resurrection and the consequences for freedom and peace, are largely ignored and forgotten in our nation. In accordance with the Father’s good pleasure, the eternal Son, who is equal with the Father and the exact representation of His nature, and

willingly left the glory of heaven, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin, and was born Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and the Son of man. As a man, He walked on this earth in perfect obedience to the law of God. In the fullness of time, men rejected and crucified Him. On the Cross, He bore man’s sin, suffered God’s wrath and died in man’s place. On the third day, God raised Him from the dead. This resurrection is the divine declaration the Father accepted His Son’s death as a sacrifice for

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07 576 5387 252 Otumoetai Road sin. Jesus paid the penalty for man’s disobedience, satisfied the demands of justice, and appeased the wrath of God. All who acknowledge their sinful, helpless state and throw themselves upon Christ in repentance, God will fully pardon, declare righteous and reconcile unto Himself. Gallipoli and Calvary – lest we forget. By Peter Whitcombe, Jesus First Church

Honouring their memory with art The last week has been a very busy time at St George’s Anglican Church in Gate Pa. Our church sits on the site of battle of Gate Pa. And the 150th anniversary of this battle is in less than a week. We’re hosting an Exhibitions of Images of the Battle in the church, and our hall is also being used to display entries to the art competition. Outside builders and carvers are at work preparing site for the commemoration events, on next Tuesday, April 29. And some of us are busy preparing our various roles in those commemorations. As I retell the story of the battle, and think of those who were killed or wounded, all the carnage and death feels like what happened here on this hill; filled with all the hate, angst, fear, pain and despair. When I read about the Battle of Te Ranga and the resulting destruction of Maori leadership and the massive land confiscation, I am lost to know where to find hope. During the last week, I’ve been reading the book ‘Love Wins’ by Rob Bell. He talks about how for the Prophets and Jesus, heaven wasn’t another place we go to after we die, but the hope of what this world will be like in next age – when God’s will is completely done on earth, as in heaven. With Easter Sunday celebrating Christ’s resurrection, his defeat of death

and bringing life for us all –to live in the hope of the resurrection involves asking what does resurrected life look like? Is it like now? Is it different? Bell suggests living resurrection involves imagining what the world will look like in the coming age, with the help of what the prophets and Jesus taught, and living to bring that to reality now. As I think of the Battle of Gate Pa, I find people of great faith living to bring heaven into the midst of this hard story, working hard to bring God’s peace and goodness to this terrible event. For example, people like Rawiri Puhirake and Henare Wiremu Taratoa, who wrote the rules of engagement, laying out – before there was a Geneva Convention – how the wounded, unarmed and non-combatants were to be treated. I see it in the actions of Heni Te Kiri Karamu, or Taratoa, and possible others, who risked their own lives to take water to the wounded and dying British soldiers after the battle. These were gestures filled with God’s mercy and compassion. In these I’m reminded what resurrection life looks like. I’m offered hope in the midst of this story. May we who now live in this place follow in the footsteps of Puhirake, Taratoa, and Heni, and live to bring God’s peace, mercy, compassion and goodness to all those who live in Tauranga. In this way, may we honour the memory of those who fought and died here, and find ways to live resurrected lives now.

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