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Buckets of appeal Armed with buckets and dressed in distinctive yellow and red, the region’s life guards will be out in force today collecting crucial donations as part of the Surf Life Saving Summer Appeal collection day. See page 7 for more. Pictured: Omanu life guards Siobhan Wright, Andrew Duthie and Josh Lee stack up appeal buckets ready for today’s collection. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

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Fame, fortune and misfortune It’s been an interesting week in the news, our region hosting two remarkably successful spectator events – jetsprint racing and the Classic airshow. Superbly organised and with great venues, it’s also a thrill to see how promotion with Sun Media works so well for shows, events... and all businesses really. The success continued; Lorde With An E On The End won, the NZ cricketers won, beating the world champions in the one-dayers. There was a series of high profile domestic successes at home, too. We got new batteries in the TV remote and changed the blown lightbulb in the bathroom. So a great week all round. Shame though, that Lorde With An E isn’t coping well with the attention that comes with fame. She tweeted about the media scrum on arrival back in NZ, complaining she was under a constant, often “lecherous gaze” and said she no longer felt safe in her tiny home country. Hello? What did you expect? It’s not as if the media turned up in their pervy X-Ray glasses or with mirrors on their shoes. (Although, both of these items can be bought online from the RR Lecherous Reporters’ Equipment catalogue). Get in the real world, girl. This sort of ruckus comes with the package. You want celebrity, you get intense public scrutiny. Don’t ever think your quiet life in ‘little old NZ’ will ever be the same again.


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threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation’s youth. We, the people, would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society”. Here at RR we’d be happy just to give him a haircut.


Henry returns

Champion of political incorrectness Paul Henry finally made a return to our televisions. The show is a bit late for many of us, but the RR team has resorted to taping it and watching the next morning. It’s certainly better regurgitated in the morning, than having to watch the inane Breakfast show, which has never been the same since he left. So far Paul’s new show has been a bit lame and critics are questioning the choice of sidekick for Henry. She’s an ineffectual little giggler incapable of perpetuating the witty banter for which Henry is infamous. He’s one of those you either love or hate, and my advice to anyone in with the latter viewpoint – don’t watch it. It works for me, with Campbell. Speaking of irritating TV people, Seven Sharp is a lot sharper with Mike Hosking on board. He’s another of the love/hate brigade, but we have to admit the show is a lot more focussed with his input. It will be interesting to see any ratings fluctuations as a result of Hosking’s influence. It may not be the silver bullet needed to knock Campbell the crowing cock off his dung pile, but at least TV One has done something. Lord knows, they needed to. If we have to hear one more time about the ditzy blonde’s “bubba” we are going to collectively scream.


Snooping spies Whistleblower Edward Snowden reckons spies are using phone apps to snoop on us, track our moves and glean a heap of personal information. Games such as Angry Birds, mapping and social networking, supposedly expose us to spies, who desperately want to know our daily routines. Poor buggers, must be bored out of their minds.

Menace to society Americans are revolting. Thousands of them have just realised what the rest of us have known from the start: Justin Bieber is a menace. Now there’s a petition to have him thrown out of the USA, back to his native Canada. More than 100,000 (as we went to press) have signed online to have Bieber despatched. They want the White House to deport him. Part of the petition reads: “We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug-abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only

Parting shot Updated jingle for crossing the Cook Strait: “Cruisin’ on the Interislander, hope you make it to the other side”.

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It’s a ‘Yes’ Library gets go-ahead New library supporters Kate Clark, Lorna Neame, Bob Parry, Joan Angell, Pam Meharry, Heather King and Gail Malecek are thrilled by yesterday’s decision. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

A new 900m2 library in Greerton is one solid step closer to reality with Tauranga City Councillors electing to put the project into the draft 2014/2015 Annual Plan. Advocates of the new library rejoiced at the decision made at yesterday’s first 2014 council meeting. For Friends of the Library president Kate Clark it follows a nerve-wracking and angered wait during the holiday period after the new council elected to postpone a decision on the project in December. Despite new councillors Matt Cowley, Bev Edlin, Bill Grainger, Clayton Mitchell, and Steve Morris all vocally backing the new library during their election campaigns, Deputy Mayor Kelvin Clout was the only person to support Mayor Stuart Crosby’s move to put the new library on the draft annual plan last month. Because of this, the library was granted a reprieve by an agreement to make no decision until the councillors had done their homework during the break. A Greerton Library Dossier was presented to councillors for reading during the holidays – containing all explored options and updated costs. The recommendation put to council in December was for a total budget of $3.45 million. It also sought additional funding of $1.6 million in capital expenditure from the 2014/2015 Annual Plan budget. The additional cash is to come from $220,000 in develop-

ment contributions and a $1 million rate-funded load. Yesterday, library supporters gathered outside council before 11am, prepared to fight for the project with passion and flair Their efforts received majority support from councillors, with just Rick Curach, Catherine Stewart and Gail McIntosh voting against. “We are happy, we are really happy,” says Kate. One stumbling block in the decision is that the operational costs of the new library must come out of the existing libraries’ budget, but Kate says that can also be commented on in the annual plan process. The decision means the project will be added to TCC’s draft Annual Plan for 2014/2015. While it doesn’t secure the new library’s future, yesterday’s decision takes the project a large step in the right direction, being put forward for public consultation. “It’s going into the annual plan which means we can comment on it. The support in Greerton over the last three working days is that they really want this.” The current Greerton library was built when Greerton Village had a population of 12,000. Census 2013 figures show the library now serves a catchment of 40,000 people, with door figures suggesting 450-500 people use it daily. A final decision is expected in June.


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Burns victim tells of ordeal

A Te Puke businessman severely burnt when a petrol drum exploded in the back of his ute remembers fleeing the vehicle with his hair on fire. Don Bayliss was working at his Commerce Lane clothing store on Saturday when he decided to transport a drum of petrol to his family orchard on No.1 Road. As the 63-year-old got in his Nissan 4x4 the drum of petrol exploded into flames leaving Don with burns to his face, neck and arms.

Gas main rupture in Te Puke

Emergency services cordoned off Stewart Street in Te Puke on Wednesday after a bobcat contractor cut through a gas pipe. Residences including a kindergarten across the road were evacuated due to a strong smell of gas coming from the rupture outside 9 Stewart Street about 2pm.

$7500 bid wins swing with Ko

An avid Tauranga golf fan got the chance to play a round of a lifetime with Lydia Ko this week after his wife paid $7500 in an online auction for a slice of the teen sensation. Jason Rowling is still pinching himself after wife Sharlene broke the news she won the Trade Me auction on Wednesday to play with Ko at the New Zealand Women’s Open pro-am tournament at Clearwater. The 45-year-old, who plays off a 9.9-handicap at Tauranga Golf Club, flew down to Christchurch on Wednesday to play a round with the world number 4.

Te Kahu Rolleston will speak at the Waitangi Day dawn service about building on the partnership theme set out in the treaty. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Life may have been an island for Te Kahu Rolleston as a young boy, but these days the native Matakana Islander has a more global perspective on issues. Te Kahu’s talent as an orator helped him win the New Zealand Poetry Slam championship last year – but on Thursday he’ll be using his gift to win over a crowd of hundreds when he is the rangatahi (young person), speaking at Mount Drury’s Waitangi Day dawn service.

After years of attending the service with his family, Te Kahu says it is a major honour to be asked to speak and he’ll be talking on the theme of building on the Treaty of Waitangi for mutually beneficial outcomes. “We want to be paddling the canoe in the same direction together, rather than being caught up in all the little issues.” Focusing on the treaty’s theme of partnership is something Te Kahu is passionate about –and a theme he wants all Tauranga youth to get behind. Along with speaking as a voice of the Ngaiterangi youth at his iwi’s recent

Trio of cruise ships delight

Mount Maunganui retailers are reporting a booming day of sales this week as a trio of cruise ships brought thousands of tourists to the town. That, combined with Tuesday night’s Pilot Bay barbecue event organised by Mount Mainstreet and Classic Hits, meant crowds of people spent money at local outlets including eateries and takeaways.

By Hamish Carter

Club officials won’t stand in track’s way Omanu Golf Club officials admit they’re not standing in the way of The New Zealand Transport Agency is currently a proposed railway relocation, set to go through a section of their tabling a number of options ahead of the proposed $100million construction works at the Maunganui and popular course, claiming the issues are “not insurmountable”. Girven road intersections – to improve the railway line

Gear a factor in teen’s death

An adult size helmet and neck brace worn by a Tauranga teenager killed in a speedway accident is likely to have contributed to her death, says a coroner. Samantha Body-Mouat sustained fatal injuries when she crashed her mini-stock car into a wall at the Easter Stampede and Demolition Derby at Kaikohe Speedway on April 3, 2010. The 15-year-old’s car went up on two wheels before righting itself and accelerating straight into the concrete wall where the front right-hand bumper took the full impact. Coroner Shortland recommended a mandatory review of support devices or equipment for youth including an appropriate youth helmet and neck brace.

treaty settlement function, he’s also held a workshop to encourage the iwi’s youth to come up with ideas to benefit the region – an issue he wants all young people to get involved in. “It’s about sharing ideas on what the steps are that we can take for the benefit of the future of all Tauranga – and we want to hear from everyone, not just our iwi.” Te Kahu, who will soon take up a job promoting spoken word poetry as a student learning tool, says the initiative’s focus is on creating a youth forum on social media.

Tauranga Moana Waitangi Day Dawn Service Nau mai haere mai Come along and see in the new dawn! A special dawn service at Hopukiore (Mount Drury) commemorating the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi will start at 6:30am on Thursday, 6 February 2014. Everybody is welcome to attend. The day starts with a karakia (blessing) by Tangata Whenua followed by a community service. The event will be over by 8:30am. For further enquiries contact Keren Paekau at Tauranga City Council on 577 7142. The organising committee has received funding from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage to support Waitangi Day activities around the region.

and problematic traffic congestion. Options for the SH2 Maunganui Girven Intersection Improvements Project include possible re-routing of the adjacent railway line behind Owens Place, constructing elevated flyovers at the Maunganui Rd and Te Maunga roundabouts, and extending Owens Place to Truman Lane. The railway re-routing, seen in three of four options, could mean a shift from between Maunganui Rd and Omanu Golf Course to affecting the course’s 12th and 13th holes. Omanu Golf Club manager Barry Plank says although a decision is yet to be made on the final make-up of the design, the club doesn’t see significant problems with the possible railway shift. “We don’t have a problem with it, put it that way. Would we prefer it where it was? Probably, but we don’t think the issues are insurmountable,” says Barry. “We have talked to them [NZTA] about the issues that would affect us. It could affect two holes; the 12th and 13th holes and a couple of other little things, like one of our practice greens and practice area.” Four options identified for further investigation follow an open day last April. Each is being assessed for their effect on traffic flow, safety and any design or environmental constraints. NZTA highways manager Brett Gliddon says the proposed rail relocation route is the same for three proposed improvement options – options 2, 3 and 3a – while option 1 sees the railway remain untouched. “Consultation with the golf course land owners is ongoing, as there will be changes to fairway and practice areas,” says Brett. “This alternate and proposed railway relocation route has been designated for use since the early 1980s.” Brett says the driving range adjacent to the golf course will not be directly affected, but NZTA will be talking with operators as it progresses to confirming a preferred option this year. Barry admits the only issue the club has with the proposals is whether any costs involved in the railway move will be placed on the club. By Luke Balvert


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City cycle revival Western Bay cyclists and residents are being urged to have their say on plans for a cycle and pedestrian trail from Tauranga to Waihi Beach.

For the last nine months, a group of passionate cyclists – who’ve banded together as the Bay of Plenty Community Trails Trust – has met fortnightly to revive plans for the trail and now want public feedback on the idea. Trust president Ric Balfour says the vision is for a purpose-built traffic-free path for commuting, recreation or extended touring through the region, with the path ultimately linking with trails in neighbouring regions. The trust is working on a fundraising campaign and partnerships with councils and community groups to make it happen, and

has received pledges of support from businesses. “We know it will take time and a community effort, but we have help from all over NZ from similar groups who’ve had a head start,” says Ric. Vice president Bruce Galloway says the group wants support from residents and landowners for any trail before finalising a route, after opposition saw plans for a similar trial derailed in 2009. Based on similar routes, Bruce estimates the total project will take five to seven years to complete, with initial focus being on the easier legs – first from Waihi Beach to Katikati, then Tauranga to Omokoroa – which Bruce hopes will have large sections completed by next summer. “Definitely by the following summer,” says Bruce, but he reck-

ons the Katikati to Omokoroa section will require more planning and take longer to complete. Bruce says the group wants the trail to link in with communities such as Te Puna, so it can be used by residents or children as a safe route to school. “The trail will also bring tourists to the area by linking into the national cycle path in neighbouring regions.” While initially focussed on Waihi Beach to Tauranga, ultimately the group wants to develop trails to Whakatane and Rotorua. The trust will have an information booth on Tauranga’s waterfront from 10am-2pm on Saturday February 1, with a guided family two-hour return ride to Fergusson Park leaving at 10.30am. For more details, see Bay of Plenty Community Trust’s Facebook page. By Hamish Carter

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Beach appeal

Country fun comes to Katikati The organisers of the 92nd Katikati A&P Show will stage a community event of fun and entertainment not to be missed on Sunday, February 2. Organising committee member Maree Moron says “Among the highlights of this year’s show will be cattle, dairy and horse events, highland dancing and the photography competition”. “The wrestling club will be putting on another great competition this year, and the Home Industries are back by popular demand; and we have some special events, with Chelsea and the Wonder Dogs. “We will also have stilt walkers,

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Lifeguards Andrew Duthie, Josh Lee, and Siobhan Wright. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Tauranga City will be awash with the distinctive yellow and red of surf lifesavers today, encouraging Kiwis to show their appreciation and support the annual Surf Life Saving Summer Appeal collection day. Armed with donation buckets and smiles, surf lifesavers will ditch the golden sands for the streets to ask for donations towards their not-for-profit organisation. The annual collection day is part of a new initiative from Surf Life Saving New Zealand, a two-month campaign from December 6 to February 2 – replacing the annual Jandal Day and one-week appeal. Omanu Surf Life Saving Club director Mike Swan says families

and nippers will be out shaking donation buckets and knocking on neighbourhood doors asking for a small contribution to help keep their beach safe. Mike says there are no low costs involved in keeping Bay beaches safe, with Omanu’s 160 volunteer club members forced to pay for just about everything – including uniforms, fins and first aid training. “The surf lifesaving movement is really gaining momentum in New Zealand with greater exposure and support; and it’s a really good healthy interest for young children to get involved in,” says Mike. “It’s just nice for the public to acknowledge we are doing our bit to keep the drowning totals down.” Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club chairman Matthew Pickering believes the summer appeal is vital to keeping the club afloat.

Throughout January, the club has put donation buckets in a number of retail stores in an attempt to prop up necessary funds. “It’s significant; it’s cash, it is untagged funds for just our operation of the club. It costs about $100,000 to run the lifeguard service. Matthew says all other costs are met by donations, grants and sponsorship, which clubs and the national body are forced to seek every year. “That leaves us 55 per cent we have to do from the summer appeal, event guarding, camp collections and garage sales – that’s the sort of things we do to raise the money.” To support the appeal, donate during the day, text ‘SURF’ to 933 to automatically donate $3, or visit to donate online. By Luke Balvert

Smiley Amusements’ obstacle course and rides for the kids. The popular milking competition will be held, so come along and try your luck. Also, there’s the market under the trees, where you can buy your fresh produce and food – plus, there’s a great range of trade stalls.” There will be a petting zoo, belly dancers, Clydesdales, carnival rides, horse and calf club events on offer too. Gates open for the 92nd Katikati A&P Show, at the Uretara Domain, from 9am. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $2 for school children, children under five enter free.

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Leadership to improve education?

Andrea Sinden and 10-year-old student Sean Coyle making a splash during swim instruction.

A Tauranga teacher is questioning the Prime Minister’s view that leadership is the key to improving educational outcomes.

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Aquinas College art faculty head Graeme Bridges. Photo by Tracy Hardy. In his first speech of the year, John Key announced the Government will be investing $359 million into the New Zealand education system during the next four years. He also plans on introducing four new key leadership roles – executive principal, expert teacher, lead teacher and change principal – which he says are designed to share the expertise of “excellent teachers and keep good teachers in classrooms”. Aquinas College art faculty head Graeme Bridges asks what happens in those areas of the country where there are fewer schools and it is not so easy to go back and forth between schools. “I can see big centres taking the lion’s share and not much left for the struggling schools who sit outside. “Teachers have been asking for relevant and effective professional development for years and these new roles won’t do much to address that either.” Graeme says John Key identifies leadership as the

key to improving educational outcomes. “I would say while clear leadership is a strong component for lead administrators and teachers, it is more about the expectations that they bring to the job that make the difference. “They expect a lot more from their students. It is that expectation that drives their fundamental belief that every student, no matter who you are or where you come from, can improve.” Graeme believes poverty is not just physical but a way of thinking. He says if you go through life thinking that you will never amount to much then it is no surprise if you achieve very little. “There are too many who think that if you tell people what to do, then they will and should improve. But they also need people on the ground with expectations working alongside them.”

Swim for your life

By Letitia Atkinson

Making sure every child has the ability to swim 200-300 metres could save many lives, says Tauranga Swim School owner Andrea Sinden. Andrea believes placing a higher importance on water safety education and learning to swim is the key to bringing down the region’s drowning statistics – figures she says are ‘way too high’. Water Safety NZ statistics show eight people drowned in the Bay during 2013 – ranking the region fourth in the country with 10 per cent of the NZ total (81 deaths). “We can’t completely drownproof our children but we can reduce the risk by teaching them swimming and water safety skills,” says Andrea. She believes the lack of free or affordable swimming lessons means too many children don’t learn to swim – missing out on potentially life-saving skills. Following the statistics’ release, she’s making a plea to the public to help her get the numbers down.

“As a swim school owner I am absolutely committed to and work tirelessly on developing people's swimming ability and raising awareness around water safety. “My goal is that I want everyone to have the opportunity to learn to swim, so I try making it as affordable as possible, and parents do struggle with coming up with the extra money for swimming lessons.” Andrea offers her lessons for as little as possible, and is working on a family water safety programme to further educate children and parents. “I’m launching an intensive water safety programme that will focus on all aspects of how to stay safe in the water and in all conditions. “Any drowning is a tragedy and I wonder if some of them could have been prevented with better education. “I think some basic rules about where to swim are not being adhered to, such as not swimming alone and making sure we swim between the flags. If we could just have more education, we can get these statistics down.” By Corrie Taylor


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Hitting the bull’s eye A shoulder injury preventing long-standing Te Puke Rifle Club member Diane Collings from doing much training had her doubting her chances at this month’s national championships at Trentham.

“It prevented me from putting in the time I wanted to,” says Diane, who has joined an exclusive group of four shooters to ever win the national A grade title three times at the arduous four-day event competing against 100 shooters. Diane, who describes herself as being a tomboy when younger, started rifle shooting in 1972 – going on to win the A grade title and national ‘Queen’s Prize’ the Ballinger Belt twice during 15 years. “I wasn’t really very good at ball sports and wasn’t interested in girly things,” says Diane, who loves the mental challenge of hitting the bull’s eye on rifle ranges up to 1000m long. Along with a perfectly steady aim, controlling breathing and keeping completely focussed, the biggest challenge can be factoring in how wind will affect the bullet’s path. “There could be six flags around the range showing the wind is blowing this way here and that way there – so you

Diane Collings has collected many trophies in her years of shooting. Photo by Tracy Hardy. have to take that into account. “It’s pretty tough,” says Diane, who after 27 years since winning her last national title is delighted with her new success. But as one who is always striving for another goal, she isn’t resting on her laurels. Diane and husband Mike, who claimed fourth place at the nationals and top three-year aggregate winner, enter the Australian state championships every year. Diane has won some Aussie silvers but counts winning an elusive gold as one of her goals. Diane says Mike and her have a

Waitangi Day dawns with culture Waitangi Day celebrations at Mount Drury will have an international flavour this year, with a multicultural musical group performing as part of the annual dawn service. Organiser Keren Paekau says the service’s theme next Thursday is celebrating cultural diversity, so it is fitting to have a group performing that is comprised of musicians from a wide range of cultures. The special dawn service to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi will follow the normal format with the public to arrive from 6am, and the service beginning 6.30am with a

formal welcome by kaumatua, followed by karakia and a church service. Civic leaders will speak at 7am, followed by an open forum, the musical performance, then rangatahi speaker Te Kahu Rolleston will talk at 7.45am. The service will finish by 8.15am. Keren says the service, which has become an annual tradition since being initiated by Maori elders 35 years ago, is continuing to grow and she expects another large attendance this year. Marine Parade will be closed near Mount Drury, from Grace Avenue to Pacific Avenue, on the day from 5am-10am.

friendly rivalry. They are also a major part of the Te Puke Rifle Club’s success as one of the country’s strongest – along with member Brian Carter (fifth at the nationals), and Irene Cameron, who placed 13th after only three years’ shooting. “She’s going to be one to watch out for,” By Hamish Carter says Diane.

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Taking the challenge

Five members of Papamoa Volunteer Fire Brigade are preparing to take the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge in their stride. Glen Beattie, Jon Gebert, Pat Wilson, Greg Jensen and Cameron Manderson will be competing in the challenge on May 17 in a bid to help raise funds for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. Cameron says the 51 floor, 1103 steps, hard slog up the Sky Tower is a good way to raise money and challenge themselves. “So far we have only raised $110, but want to get $1000-plus. “Each team tries to raise as much money as they can by collecting donations.” Cameron says each member is training hard for the challenge, which is a first for some. To donate to the team, go to By Letitia Atkinson

Cameron Manderson, Greg Jensen, Jon Gebert, Glen Beattie. Absent: Pat Wilson. Photo by Daniel Hines.

Warrior ways Vodafone Warriors players tackled the beaches of Papamoa this week in a full on training session as part of a three-day camp in Tauranga. The NRL squad was on the sand in front of Papa-

moa Top 10 Holiday Park from 8am on Wednesday for the morning session that put players through their paces. Head trainer Carl Jennings says the morning involved light contact training in tough conditions on soft sand. “We have two groups – one group is wrestling and the other is doing contact work – it’s pretty full on to be honest.”

Fashion fiesta in Papamoa

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Community on the cusp of greatness Papamoa is on the cusp of something big. After a Christmas of records in retail, visitor numbers and building/subdivision approvals – there is definitely something going on. Levels of interest in running events has exploded, including the confirmation of the Little Big Markets branching into Papamoa on February 8, and the progression towards a targeted business rate to promote Papamoa as the best place to live, shop, do busi- 42 Gravatt Road, Papmoa

ness and play. People are finally beginning to realise the potential that exists in our ‘little slice of paradise’. Add into the mix the expansion plans at Palm Beach Plaza, the booming real estate market and New Zealand’s best kept secret risks becoming widely known and wildly popular – who’d have thought? Plans for 2014 include a series of community events (including the widely requested introduc-

tion of a Santa parade in December) and the continuation of the exceptionally well attended Town Hall meetings. There residents have the opportunity to engage directly with community leaders, and ward, regional and city councillors. In 2014 Papamoa residents will start to realise some of the unlimited potential that exists within our community.

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Lost memories: Photo detective work By Zoe Hunter

A Tauranga resident is seeking the owners of a memory card containing 177 photographs taken around New Year’s Day, which his son found on Mount Maunganui Main Beach. Graeme Urlich and his family were celebrating his daughter’s 21st birthday on the beach, opposite Tay Street, when his son Corey found an eight gigabyte Lexar SDHC memory card buried in the sand about 3pm on January 11. “He was just playing in the sand digging away and then out popped a memory card. It’s got 177 photos on it from around New Year’s Day and a few days a little bit later than that as well,” says Graeme. Looking at the pictures, Graeme believes the people in the photographs could be from overseas and visiting New Zealand for the summer. “There are some of fireworks, New Year’s Day, some of Franklin St in Auckland, where they have the Christmas lights; some of them look like they may have been from inside Starship [children’s] hospital,” says Graeme. “There are shots at the zoo on New Year’s Eve as well. Perhaps someone will recognise the cat in one of the shots.” Graeme has posted a photograph from the memory card on Papamoa New Zealand’s Facebook page in the hope someone will recognise the two women pictured. “The one I published on Facebook is overlooking Piha, Lion Rock,” says Graeme. If you can help, The mystery Lexar 8GB SDHC memory card. Insets: send an email to: Some of the images on the card. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

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Dogs working the lunch shift We’ve some lovely new staff members here at our Sun Media offices. I think it’s exciting, starting the New Year with some friendly new faces.

And I’m pleased to report, they have excellent taste in lunch. It is the duty of myself – any Labrador in fact – to thoroughly test and investigate the quality of our workmates’ lunches. For their own personal safety, of course. We can provide valuable feedback on matters of nutrition, and taste. Ady says that sneaking into offices and stealing lunches is theft, but I believe there’s an exemption for office dogs if the said lunch is within a certain height from the floor. In a bag, under a desk is well within acceptable tolerance for a newshound with a nose for cheese and bacon scones. And besides, I only ate the top of the scone – just the bit with the cheese and

bacon on it. I kindly left the bottom half, with some of the butter. Okay, so I licked off some of the butter, but only because I support the New Zealand dairy industry, the backbone of our economy and an important factor in our nation’s healthy GDP. I’m not sure what GDP is, but I bet it’s tasty with a bit of cheese on top. Maybe even some more bacon. Now the boss says I’m not allowed in the newsroom. I had forgotten that rule. I’ve forgotten it nearly every day since he made the rule. How convenient. - Flo

Enhancing Katikati’s centre

Katikati Community Board chairman Sam Dunlop dreaming of what the new Memorial Square will look like when complete, which is part of the Katikati town centre enhancements. Photo: Designs by Isthmus and JSA Consultants.

Work begins on Katikati’s Town Centre Development enhancements next month, which community board chairman Sam Dunlop believes will help draw back boutique retail to fill the town’s empty shops. After nine years’ planning and four years’ community consultation, Sam says the Western Bay of Plenty District Council is beginning the work funded via a targeted rate. “I’m very enthusiastic about the plan,” says Sam, who says Katikati had seven empty shops back in October, 2013. With a fourth two dollar-style shop open on Main St, Sam says he appreciates them setting up business in Katikati as they add colour and vibrancy, “But I also think Katikati wants a speciality boutique image to go with the arts and culture vision”. The Western Bay council has been charging Katikati residents a targeted rate for six years for the rejuvenation. First to undergo town centre enhance-

ments was Te Puke, then Waihi Beach; now it’s Katikati’s turn to receive “some love”. After a blessing by local iwi on January 31, work begins on the memorial hall area by bringing large format paving to the road edge, making three rectangle basalt bands with inscriptions and repositioning trees to create a Memorial Square in front of the hall, with disabled parking. This work is expected to be finished by March 20. Sam believes the number of boutiquestyle shops in Katikati has dwindled in the last few years due to recession. But with the memorial hall area and the fire station building receiving a rejuvenated appearance, Sam says retail opportunities will change with the town’s new aesthetics. “The town centre’s redevelopment will bring people back to the town – and businesses will follow.” Sam says work on Cherry Court shopping centre via public-private agreement will also follow. “These developments will help people to return to the real centre of Katikati, which is based round the memorial hall By Merle Foster and library.”


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Tantalising tui My good friend Suzi had a small plastic tub of water in the top of a bush outside her kitchen window. When she described it as her ‘tui perch’ I got excited and immediately set up my camera. My enthusiasm prompted her to clean the kitchen window so I could photograph from inside. Before long this beautiful tui made several visits. With my motor drive in action I captured nearly 200 images! This one is my favourite. Learn more about wildlife photography at Andy’s next photo workshop on Saturday 15 February.

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A national initiative encouraging Kiwis to push pause on consuming alcohol next month is supported by Get Smart Tauranga manager Stuart Caldwell.

“Binge drinking is defined as consuming more than six standard drinks in a session for males, and more than five standard drinks in a session for females.” Stuart says the majority of large alcohol companies’ profits are generated by binge drinkers because of the quantities consumed compared to the average drinker. “What we do know from research is that of those young people who start regularly consuming alcohol from age 14, about 49 per cent are known to become alcohol dependant later in life [from about age 27 onwards].” For those who don’t start consuming alcohol until age 20 or later, only nine per cent become alcohol-dependant later in life, says Stuart. Get Smart Tauranga is a youth alcohol and drug

Plenty happening in the Bay of Plenty

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Welcome to 2014 everyone. I hope you all managed to have some time off relaxing with family and friends. We had some friends visiting from the UK, so we got to take them around and show off Tauranga. It was great to see our city from their point of view as it makes you appreciate things that we take for granted, like having the beach 10 minutes away or walking around the Mount. I was also impressed with the array of activities and events on offer over summer to keep both locals and tourists entertained, as anyone who went to Christmas in the Park or the Port of Tauranga triathlon would know. Last weekend Natalie, Emlyn and I went along to the V8 Jetsprints at Baypark. I was just as interested to see how they had managed to build a track inside the stadium, a world-first I believe, as I was to see the racing. Well done to the organisers for pulling off such a remarkable event.

I hear people grumble that when cruise ships come into Tauranga, many visitors take the opportunity to go further afield for the day instead of staying in Tauranga. While I can understand that we wish to capture as many tourist dollars as we can in our local economy, what we truly need is for our international visitors to go home and tell their friends what a wonderful place New Zealand is, and about the variety of things to see and do.

We are so fortunate to live in a place that has such a pleasant climate, is rich in natural beauty, beaches and bushwalks – and if we get tired of playing in our own playground, is within an hour or two drive to many other wonderful places. I have visited a fair few of these wonderful places over the past month and they don’t detract from my appreciation of Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.

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John’s labouring lyre of love An Omokoroa resident is offering a moving glimpse of Middle Eastern history in building a replica of a 5000-year-old original lyre, first discovered in Iraq in 1929. John Knotts has spent more than 800 hours crafting his own bull-headed lyre – and while close to a true replica, he’s adding a Kiwiana touch. Like an Indiana Jones movie, John says the original bull-headed Gold Lyre of Ur was found in the city of Ur by Sir James Woolley. In 1929, James unearthed royal graves, finding a scene of mass suicide, where bodies lay dressed in similar costumes and identical jewellery – with three lyres and a harp.

Restored and placed in two museums – Pennsylvania and Baghdad – in 2003’s Iraq War the lyre was looted from Baghdad’s museum and destroyed. “My lyre, which is a New Zealandthemed one, has the same construction as the original, but I’ve used paua and pounamu [greenstone] and oyster shell. “Instead of plating it with solid gold, it’ll be in electro-plated copper,” says John, who is following the British Museum’s 2003 replica. John says Britain’s replica is worth $1.2million; adorned in 750grams of gold. “Unfortunately, I can’t afford the gold.” John’s replica has already cost $8000, so he’s seeking donations to finish the work.

Kitten season Busy as ever

ARRC’s volunteer foster carers are being kept busy through the current kitten season with a number of delightful kittens either being brought in with their stray mums or as individuals found roaming. Whilst the occasional kitten is owned and simply lost, the vast majority have been un-owned. These are all desexed and vet checked and now looking for loving homes. If you are interested in providing a loving home for a friendly feline, please ring ARRC 07 579 9115 or have a look at or Facebook. Photo by Matt Leamy.

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Omokoroa resident John Knotts (right) his self-created replica of a 500-year-old lyre, and father-in-law Bill Wanstall. With father-in-law Bill Wanstall, age 93, John’s been painstakingly creating his lyre throughout 2013, hand-making each component, including headdress gold jewellery and costume. “To start, I had to make three prototypes before the actual one – as it has no plans. First, I built the head – and everything else is scaled from there.” Carving wood for 55 years, John’s lyre idea came from “falling in love with the harpist and James’ excavations”. “The harpist fingers were still on the strings…she was sacrificed with 74 others and buried, but no-one knew why these people were dressed so formally or expensively. “It’s quite a fascinating story.” The British museum’s Andy Lowings is visiting John this month to tune the lyre. To view, or donate to John’s project visit: By Merle Foster


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Digging up mining history A Tauranga woman’s determination to retain the history of coal mines in her hometown has seen her publish a series of books for other historians to read. Printed in Tauranga, Gwyneth Jones’ book series features the history of several Waikato coal mines beginning with the Pukemiro and Glen Afton coal mines – where she grew up. “The Waikato coal mines are poorly recorded in our archives and that prompted me to compile the book ‘When Coal Was King’,” says Gwyneth. Her second book – ‘The End of an Era’ – recounts the history of the Glen Massey coal mines and she has just completed a third, called ‘Rotowaro Lake of Coal’. Printed in Tauranga, this book explores the coal mines and township of Rotowaro and surrounding districts. Gwyneth Jones. “The third book is the

most important, as the town no longer exists,” says Gwyneth. Beginning her writing in the 1980s, Gwyneth says despite having “not much” research to go by – the memories she has of growing up in the coal mines made the books easier to write. “I’ve got an ambiance for the area, and it makes a big difference when you’ve lived there,” says Gwyneth. Unqualified, Gwyneth says it has been hard to find funding for her books. Apart from a $2000 grant from Waikato District Council – she’s had to pay research costs from the money she makes from selling some of her books from home. Gwyneth is looking for a grant to fund her fourth book – called ‘At the Coal Face’ – which will complete the set, and will tell the story of the Huntly coalmines. Her books can be found in the New Zealand Room at Tauranga Library. By Zoe Hunter

Help with your hoarding loved one Q: We stayed with my mother recently, over the last 18 months she has started hoarding and we cannot get rid of anything. What do we do?

A: Experts say seniors are prone to cluttering for reasons including fear of loss, anxiety, depression, not knowing how to get rid of possessions, or even memories associated with specific items that hold no intrinsic value. However, aside from our own comfort zones, there are risks of living with clutter, from slipping on loose papers to the threat of fire,

or the health effects of mold and mildew. We suggest a three-step plan with three bins - one for the stuff your mother would like to keep, one for donations and the other for trash. Sometimes they just need help. If your mother is resistant to family helping, perhaps you need to consider hiring an agency. Katherine Anderson, author of ‘Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash’ has many suggestions, including: 1. Arrange and cheer small victories: Spend a short time helping clear off a table. Celebrate

the accomplishment together. 2. Conduct an ‘experiment’: If your loved one has 150 empty margarine tub containers, suggest donating 15 of those to a school for a painting project. 3. Gently approach the idea of health and safety. Remind your loved ones that too much clutter can actually keep them from being safe in their homes. Debra Jager is managing director of Home Instead. Home Instead specialises in caring for your loved ones. Phone 07 571 4228 or visit

You will be a beautiful person, as long as you see the beauty in others. MELCHOR LIM

Focus on ourselves is normal – we see all things from the centre of who we are and judge from this perspective. When you step outside and look at others with the expectation of seeing their beauty then you change things within yourself as well. Being aware of others’ beauty prevents you from immediately focusing on their flaws. What may prevent you from looking first for the beauty in another?



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Enter world of Scottish dance Mount Maunganui Scottish Country Dancing Club enthusiast Sarah Hilton is inviting residents to join in the club’s beginners classes, starting Wednesday, February 5.

A lover of Scottish dance for 10 years, Sarah says the weekly classes are popular, with the first class offered for free. Beginners John and Jan Caudwell began the classes in 2013 and will be eagerly returning in February. They both agree the classes are easy

to learn and great for getting needed exercise. “It’s really fun and challenging, and the other members have all been so helpful,” says Jan. “It’s been very enjoyable, and it definitely keeps the old brain active. Everyone should try it,” says John. Weekly sessions are available for people aged 16 years and older. A partner is not required. The club also visits others in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions. For further details, contact Sarah on 07 579 0123.

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Club organiser Sarah Hilton with beginners John and Jan Caudwell.

How to deal with life’s constant changes Life is constant change, much of which is beyond our control. The older we get, the more change we experience – in our work life, family life, living arrangements, income, social networks, our body and our health. If you can be flexible, accepting and positive in the face of change, life will be so much easier. You will also be happier and healthier. Age Concern has a positive ageing cookbook, Ageing is Living: Recipes for Life. It contains some of the following tips: • Accept that change is part of

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Building a stylish mirror frame Decorating your home doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg, creating the finishing touches yourself can be both rewarding and financially savvy.

For example, building your own mirror frame adds significant style and flavour to a room, and will save you money. With help from Mitre 10 Mega, here’s a handy guide to making your mirror frame. Step one: Choose your mirror frame’s style, measure the mirror size and decide on timber. Recycled timber offers a different style, it is also cheaper and can be made to look almost new by using a thicknesser. Step two: For all four sides cut the timber to length with the bench saw, allowing for an additional 150mm at both ends. Using a router or bench saw, cut a rebate around the inside of the frame to allow the mirror to sit flush. Take two of the pieces to be joined and cut a 45 degree angle (mitre) on one end of each piece. This forms the first join. Use a drop saw or a mitre box to do this. Line up the mirror with this first corner and mark 2mm past where the mirror ends on the timber. Using a combination square, draw a line to show the 45 degree angle from this point. What this does is show you where to cut the next join.

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Then work out the rest of the mirror from here and cut remaining mitres. Once the corners are all cut, if you want a rounded edge detail on your frame, go around the edge of all the timber with a hand plane. Now it’s time to join the pieces together. You can either use a biscuit joiner or a bottle of PVA glue and panel pins. With option one, cut a biscuit in each of the adjoining edges. Put PVA glue into both the biscuit holes then put the biscuit in place. Place edges together and use the mitre clamps to secure into place. Leave overnight to dry. With option two, apply glue to the edge of the joins, place together and secure in a clamp. Wipe off any excess glue with a damp cloth and secure with panel pins at the corners. Afterwards give the surface a light sand using 120 grit sandpaper and then a 180 grit sandpaper. To finish: Mitre 10 Mega suggest applying Danish Oil, but you can use any oil or stain to get your desired finish. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the product you choose. Do not insert your mirror into the finished product is dry. Then place it carefully and use glazing push pins to secure in place. Use the end of your combination square or a flat head screw driver to gently push them in.

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Work to enhance the Gate Pa Reserve is among projects announced to commemorate 150 years since the battle; and Tauranga Mitre 10 Mega has donated some timber for carving of four five-metre high pou to be erected on the reserve’s entrance. A special commemoration in memory of 150 years since the 1864 Battle of Gate Pa is scheduled for April 29 this year at Gate Pa Reserve. Project co-ordinator Buddy Mikaere says carving of the pou – once complete – will represent the various tribes involved in the battle. “Some of them are being carved by those tribes themselves.” Work to enhance the reserve also includes extending the pathway into the reserve, establishing a marae atea (wooden decked courtyard area), shifting the existing gateway and erecting pou on both sides of Cameron Rd. Commemoration organiser Pukehinahina Trust is also planning a major project to reshape the Te Ranga battle site. Most commemoration events, including exhibitions of artwork from the era, a public lecture series, a drama on the battle, kapa haka performances, and a series of military displays, will be

Battle of Gate Pa project co-ordinator Buddy Mikaere. held from March onwards. Currently, poetry-lovers are writing poems dedicated to the battle and will be read and judged by NZ poet laureate Vince O’Sullivan at Elizabeth Street

Café and Larder on March 6. School children are also joining commemoration activities leading up to the event, with art, speech and essay competitions starting in March.

Choosing the right colours for your home It can be tricky deciding what colours to choose when painting your house – but neutral colours and a feature wall is the popular trend with Tauranga homeowners this season. Tauranga Guthrie Bowron owner Tony Bell says neutral colours complimented with a “very powerful” feature wall are what Tauranga residents are choosing for the inside of their homes this season. And on the outside it is much the same, says Tony, who reckons neutral colours including Spanish whites are often used on the exterior too. However, doors and window sills are Bright colours used to create bold feature walls are popular this season. usually highlighted with a different shade of the same colour for effect. Acrylic paint is the most popular, says Tony. He says the most important thing to remember when painting is preparation. Don’t forget to sand down the wall and lather on a good under coat before starting with the colour paint, says Tony. “As long as your preparation is done well, your paint job will end up looking really good. “But if you don’t do that preparation, that’ll show through on your top coat.” By Zoe Hunter

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Cycling into Bike Month Sport Bop P&E From young to old and seasoned riders to cycling newcomers, Sport Bay of Plenty’s annual Bike Month activities offer something for everyone on two wheels in February. Western Bay of Plenty Event and activities subject to change please check for event updates

Sport Bay of Plenty recreation advisor Jen Riley says cycling is the perfect activity almost everyone can get involved in – so she’s urging people to get on their bikes during February. “Not only is it great exercise but cycling can be very

February - Bike Month Activities Activities suitable for people with physical disabilities



Booking Required

10.00am – 2.00pm

BOP Community Trails Trust Waterfront info booth and guided ride. Learn more about where to ride around the Bay and how you can get involved in local cycle clubs and organisations.

Waterfront on the Strand, Tauranga


Sunday 2nd


BOP Community Trails Trust Discover Tauranga Ride Off road ride through Kopurererua valley to Tauriko and back. Suitable for 12 years and upwards.

Historic Village entrance, 17th Ave, Tauranga


Sunday 2nd


Basic Mountain Bike Skills Session Gain the skills and confidence required to have fun on your mountain bike.

Mountain Bike Park – TECT ALL Terrain Park, SH36/ Pyes Pa Rd


Date Saturday 1st


Contact Ric Balfour 07 544 1920




Ric Balfour 07 544 1920



Mountain bike, helmet, drink

Dave or Tanya, Rocket Bikes 07 571 6107



Mountain bike or sturdy rail trail bike, water, snack



Parafed BOP – cycling for people with a disability An accessible cycle ride for hand cycles, tandems and trikes.

Whakakake St, Tauriko


Neil Cudby 027 727 2333


Tuesday 4th and each following Tuesday in February


Freestyle BMX If you are keen to give freestyle BMX a go, come to the club on any Tuesday night during February and we will buddy you up with one of our members. Spare bikes available to use.

17th Ave skate park, Tauranga


Paul 022 410 5404

First 3 sessions

Tuesday 4th

5.15pm – 7.30pm

Have a go at BMX Tauranga BMX club invite you to have a go at BMX racing at one of their club nights. Loan bikes available.

Tauranga BMX Track, Cambridge Rd, Tauranga


Wednesday 5th


Urban Mountain Bike Ride 7km loop that is mostly off road and links up parks and reserves in the Cambridge Rd/Bethlehem area. Suitable for 12 years and upwards.

Tauranga BMX Park, Cambridge Rd, Tauranga


Sunday 9th


BOP Community Trails Trust Discover Tauranga Ride Ride from the canals to McLarens Falls park and return. Suitable for 12 years and upwards.

Gunga Lane, 1km up Ruahihi Road off SH29

Sunday 9th


Introduction to the Redwoods Take a guided tour around some of the most beautiful mountain tracks in the world.


Monday 10th 4.30pm Juniors 6.30pm Seniors

What to bring Bike, helmet, drink

Sunday 2nd

Monday 10th

Fitness Level

FREE Tania Gabel 027 544 2121


Bike, helmet, water bottle Helmet, money for dinner

Bike, helmet, long sleeve top and pants, shoes, gloves



Bruce Galloway at TCC 07 577 7000




Ric Balfour 07 544 1920



Mountain bike, helmet, water

Waipa Mill Rd carpark, Rotorua


Dave or Tanya, Rocket Bikes 07 571 6107



Mountain bike or sturdy rail trails bike. Water bottle and snack

New to Biking Workshop for Women Learn basic maintenance skills such as how to change a tube, use a pump and bike set up. Workshop will be followed by a short bike ride.

Playground at the Strand, Tauranga


Jen 07 578 0016 ext 829, jenr@



Monday Night Mountain Bike Racing Join the Tauranga Mountain Bike Club’s summer race series for adults and juniors (8 years and up).

Summerhill, Reid Rd, Welcome Bay


Cycling Performance, Set Up & Injury Prevention An evening with a Physio discussing bike set up, injury prevention and performance improvement.

Bureta Physio, 90 Bureta Rd, Tauranga


Josh Trafford 027 424 3864



Mountain bike, helmet, drink bottle

Bike, helmet, water bottle Mountain bike, helmet, drink bottle

Tuesday 11th


Wednesday 12th

Go By Bike Day Leave the car at home. Try cycling to work or school. It’s fun, easy and costs nothing! On Go By Bike Day from 7.00am – 9.00am look out for the Bike Month Pit Stops located in various locations around town, giving out prizes and refreshments to cyclists commuting to work.

Wednesday 12th


Urban Mountain Bike Ride Discover a 7km loop which is mostly off road and links up parks and reserves in Welcome Bay. Suitable for 12 years and up.

Waipuna Park, Kaitemako Rd, Welcome Bay


Wednesday 12th

6.00pm – 7.00pm

Bike Basics Workshop Brush up on bike maintenance skills. Learn correct bike set up, how to change a tube and more. Bookings essential.

Koops Cycles, Cnr Cameron Rd and 17th Ave, Tauranga

Thursday 13th


Ladies Road Riding Group Fun, low key, great for beginners and those wanting to get fit and have fun.

Friday 14th


Friday 14th



Jen 07 578 0016 ext 829, jenr@


Rocket Bikes, 633 Cameron Rd


Dave or Tanya, Rocket Bikes 07 571 6107



Frocks on Bikes Valentine Ride Join us on a 10km ride through town to Memorial Park and back. Picnic in the park after the ride. Red and white theme. Bring along your sweetheart!

Robbins Park, Cliff Rd, Tauranga


Holly Hill 021 0263 7615



Papamoa Peddlers Join a road cycling group for a 2 hour flat road ride. Adults only.

Pacifica Café, 112 Tara Rd, Papamoa


10km Beach Ride Bike along the beach from Bowentown Heads to Waihi Beach Surf Club. Spot prizes and give aways at the finish line.

Bowentown Heads Surf Beach


Tuesday 18th

6.00pm – 7.00pm

Bike Basics Workshop Brush up on bike maintenance skills. Learn correct bike set up, how to change a tube and more. Bookings essential.

Avanti Plus, 2 Owens Pl Mt Maunganui


5.15pm – 7.30pm

Have a go at BMX Tauranga BMX club invite you to have a go at BMX racing at one of their club nights. Loan bikes available.

Tauranga BMX Track, Cambridge Rd, Tauranga



Tykes on Trikes A fun event for under 5 years. Race around our bike track and over the fun obstacles. Decorate your bike and be in to win some great prizes.

Moore Park, Katikati


Urban Mountain Bike Ride 13km loop which is mostly off road and links up parks and reserves such as Kopurererua Valley and Yatton Park. Suitable for 12 years and up.

Historic Village entrance, 17th Ave, Tauranga


Tykes on Trikes A fun event for under 5 years. Race around our bike track and over the fun obstacles. Decorate your bike and be in to win some great prizes.

Memorial Park, Tauranga


Wednesday 19th


Thursday 20th


Anna 021 127 4789

Jen 07 578 0016 ext 829, jenr@


Bruce Galloway at TCC 07 577 7000



Jen 07 578 0016 ext 829, jenr@



Sunday 23rd


Family Bike Ride A family ride through the parks and streets of Katikati. Finish with a free swim at the pools. Suitable for all ages.

George Vesey Stewart Park, Katikati


Jacqui 027 242 2005 info@ katchkatikati.

Trike and Hand Cycle Ride Suitable for people with a disability, bring your trike/hand cycle/tandem along for a fun social ride for the whole family.

George Vesey Stewart Park, Katikati


Monday Night Mountain Bike Racing Join Tauranga Mountain Bike Club’s summer race series for adults and juniors (8 years and up).

Summerhill, Reid Rd, Welcome Bay


Josh Trafford 027 424 3864

Urban Mountain Bike Ride 23km loop which is mostly off road and links up numerous parks and reserves through Otumoetai, Matua, Bethlehem and central Tauranga. Suitable for 12 years and upwards.

Historic Village entrance, 17th Ave, Tauranga


Bruce Galloway at TCC 07 577 7000


Ladies Road Riding Group Fun, low key, great for beginners and those wanting to get fit and have fun.

Rocket Bikes, 633 Cameron Rd, Tauranga


Friday 28th


Papamoa Peddlers Join an experienced road cycling group for a ride. Adults only.

Pacifica Café, 112 Tara Road, Papamoa

Saturday 1st March


BOP Community Trails Trust Ultimate Urban Mountain Bike Ride Combination of all the urban mountain rides around Tauranga. Approximately 30km. Suitable for 15 years and upwards.

Sunday 2nd March

11.00am – 2.00pm

Children’s Day Children bring your bike or scooter to the 17th Ave road course. Come and have a go!



Ric Balfour 07 544 1920

Thursday 27th






Jen 07 578 0016 ext 829 jenr@

Papamoa College, 151 Doncaster Drive

Wednesday 26th



BOP Community Trails Trust Discover Tauranga ride Discover cycle ways around Papamoa and the new Tauranga Eastern Link. Suitable for 12 years and up.

Monday 24th 4.30pm Juniors 6.30pm Seniors






Tania Gabel 027 544 2121


Cherryl 027 290 2030


Mountain bike, helmet, drink bottle N/A

Bike, helmet, water bottle, hi-visibility riding gear Bike, helmet, picnic

Jacqui 027 242 2005 info@ katchkatikati.

Sunday 23rd

Sunday 23rd




Tuesday 18th


Bruce Galloway at TCC 07 577 7000

Sunday 16th Feb

Tuesday 18th

Matt Clark 07 576 1860


Bike, helmet, drink, sunscreen N/A

Bike, helmet, long sleeve top and pants, shoes, gloves Bike, picnic

Mountain bike, helmet, drink bottle Bike, picnic

Mountain bike, helmet, water


Road bike, helmet, drink bottle, money for coffee



Bike, helmet, togs, towel, sunscreen Bike, helmet, sunscreen, snacks Mountain bike, helmet, drink bottle Mountain bike, helmet, drink bottle



Dave or Tanya, Rocket Bikes 07 571 6107



Bike, helmet, water bottle, hi-visibility riding gear


Anna 021 127 4789



Road bike, fluro clothing, drink bottle, helmet

Water front, the Strand, Tauranga


Ric Balfour 07 544 1920



Outside the Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga




Travel Safe at TCC 07 577 7000

Mountain bike, helmet, drink bottle

Scooter, bike

Go to and search “cycle map” to view a map of cycle ways around Tauranga. Download or view the Tauranga urban mountain bike rides here - see over page for QR code.

Tom Martin, 17, performing tricks on his BMX.

Photo by Tracy Hardy.

social – and with so many activities on, there is no excuse.” Bike Month starts Saturday with a promotion by BOP Community Trails Trust for the regional cycle path it is spearheading. The trust will set up an information booth on the Tauranga waterfront (10am-2pm) to provide details about the trail planned from Tauranga to Katikati, with a guided return family ride to Fergusson Park, which will leave the waterfront about 10.30am. (For details, call Ric Balfour on 07 544 1920). The next day the trust will hold the first of its weekly Sunday guided rides through Kopurererua Valley to Tauriko and back, leaving from the Historic Village at 10am. Newcomers to mountain biking can learn helpful tips and techniques

at TECT All Terrain Park’s mountain bike park from 4pm Sunday, when Dave from Rocket Bikes runs a basic skills session (For details, call 07 571 6107). Riders with physical disabilities can take part in Parafed BOP’s first training event of the year from 9am Sunday at Whakakake St in Tauriko. Organiser Neil Cudby says interest has been growing since the group was set up last year for those with hand cycles, tandems and trikes. (For details, call 027 727 2333). Those wanting to try their hand at hair-raising freestyle BMX – with its 360 jumps and spectacular tricks – should head to 17th Ave skatepark on Tuesdays during February (4.30pm8.30pm), where riders from BMX Inc will buddy up with newcomers. Helmets are essential. (For details, call Paul Harris By Hamish Carter 022 410 5404).

Jet Sprints a thrilling success The overwhelming success of ASB Baypark’s jetsprint thrills and spills is leapfrogging the stadium to the top of jetsprint venues with organisers already eyeing a World Championship event in the near future.

About 15,000 eager fans packed into Baypark on Saturday for Round 2 of the ENZED V8 Jetsprint Championship series and a slice of the methanol fuelled action offering up pinpoint driving and its

fair share of crashes. New Zealand Jetsprint Association president Erick Hoeksema says the constant stream of positive feedback, both from the crowd and drivers, has the association eager to perform in front of a jam packed crowd on an annual basis. “What we are planning is the world champs are in America this year and we would like to bring one of the rounds here. I mean Baypark would be on top of the list to host one of them and to actually run something like this,” says Erik. “The drivers’ general feelings was they were really excited that we have an opportunity to put the sport in front of a lot of people in a stadium because so often it has been in the back waters of New Zealand.” Erik says as with any first time event there are teething issues, including running out of time and track maintenance, but it is pleasing to see such a strong turnout with the majority staying throughout the inaugural event till 10pm. The world-first event saw the pitch transformed into a twisting circuit of 5m-wide channels filled with water. By Luke Balvert


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Triathlon talent a family affair Seasoned triathlete and ironman competitor Dianne Lewis is taking a family approach to her next challenge. The Tauranga detective is tackling the Generation Homes Women’s Triathlon on February 16 alongside her mother and daughter. The trio are part of an almost 300-strong group of women already signed up for the event – the first female-only triathlon in Mount Maunganui since the annual Real Women’s Series was cancelled in 2012. Dianne, 37, is looking forward to competing alongside mother Karen, 59, and daughter Brenna Dixon, 12, and says each carries their own strength. “We’re doing it as a mother/daughter team, but we’re each doing the whole event. It will be cool, because I imagine my daughter will blitz us in the swim. Mum isn't confident on the bike but she has been training. I'm excited because it’s an event we can do alongside each other and enjoy spending the time together. “I'm sure there will be a sprint finish

between the three of us. It’s just the right distance to really enjoy it.” Dianne comes from a family of athletes, and has completed numerous triathlons, ironmans and half ironmans. “I thought I’d jump on board with this, and rope my mum and daughter into it too,” she laughs. Event organiser Miranda Clark from Triathlon Tauranga is thrilled with the support the event is receiving and attributes it to proving the importance of female-only events. Free training sessions are being run for competitors, and as many as 80 women have been showing up each night. “It’s huge, we were expecting 20 or 30-odd, and these have been swim sessions so far, which people often shy away from.” On the day, women can compete as individuals, mother/daughters racing as individuals, or as a relay team, swimming 400m, cycling 10km and running/walking 4km, with registration open until February

Dianne Lewis with her daughter Brenna Dixon, 12, before training at Pilot Bay. 12. Tauranga Triathlon Club is running this event, sponsored by Sun Media. Training sessions are being run right through to February 16, with more information available under the training section at By Corrie Taylor

Instant success for Mount’s new bike shop Customers have flocked to the new Bike Barn store at Mount Maunganui since its inception three months ago, making the store an instant success. During this time, the store has sold about 600 bikes, proving young and old are taking up biking as way of keeping active. “A large proportion of our customers want bikes to ride on the many bike trails that have been established around the country,” says managing director William Lindekilde. There is a wide range of bike trails now available around the wider Tauranga area. Trails include the Daisy Hardwick trail around the estuary, the mountain bike track at Summerhill by Welcome Bay, the long-established mountain bike venue at Oropi Grove by the water treatment plant, and the new TECT All Terrain Park, which is 20 minutes from Tauranga off State Highway 36 towards Rotorua. The popularity of bike riding is of course an important factor in the store taking off from day one, says William, but he attributes the store’s instant success to a multitude of reasons. “While Tauranga is a competitive place, the Bike Barn brand is hugely recognised and it is widely accepted among customers that we will give you the

best deal and the best service possible. The fact that we stock 10 different brands and have about 500 bikes in stock at any given time helps us find a

suitable bike for most customers. No other store in the Bay of Plenty has this many bikes or floor space allocated to bicycles.”

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Dance addict set to put students in a spin Dani Miller lives to dance – and with the opening of her new dance studio, she can’t wait to spread her passion to others.

The 26-year-old began dancing at age three, and hasn’t stopped; teaching dance from 15 years old, cheerleading for the Blues, Warriors, Breakers, and professionally dancing in Sydney. Now, having recently moved to

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Tauranga with her partner, Dani will open her first dance company, Dani Miller Dance, at Arataki Community Centre on Monday. “I have taught dance for more than 10 years, and was a primary school teacher in Sydney, and now I’m finally doing what I want to do.” She believes her experience as a primary school teacher means she has extra skills and knowledge when it comes to teaching dance. “All the same concepts apply when it comes to management.” With a Bachelor of Dance and a teaching diploma under her belt, Dani is offering classes in a range of genres, including jazz, ballet,

contemporary, acrobatics and tap. “My goal is a boutique studio, where students take multiple classes. Once they get older we encourage them to be a well-rounded dancer, training in different genres and ultimately become employable dancers. “We are also working with a talent company in Auckland, where students can audition, and end up travelling nationally and internationally dancing. “I’m hoping to bring serious and

Dani Miller and student Trinity Jalouq. passionate dance to Tauranga. I’m addicted to it and I can’t wait to share that passion. To me this isn’t a job, it’s what I love doing.” Classes are for students aged from 18 months and there is a boys only class also available.

By Corrie Taylor

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Explore the latest trends in sustainable farming, both internationally and in New Zealand. This part-time course in Organic Horticulture, offered by Agriculture New Zealand, is scheduled to start in Tauranga,

Go Organic Part-time courses starting soon! Explore the latest trends in sustainable farming through a science-based approach to a wide range of organic techniques and systems. Ideal for lifestyle block owners, home gardeners and/or commercial growers, this course will provide key knowledge and skills required for organic growing. Learn to build ecosystems, promote biodiversity and increase soil and plant health, instead of relying on artificial fertilisers and poisonous sprays. Topics covered include organic philosophies, certification, soil management, soil food webs, composting, companion planting, crop rotation, green manures, weed control, pest and disease management, plant knowledge and an introduction to permaculture.

growing plants is recommended although keen beginners are invited to apply. Although this programme has a horticultural bias, pastoral farmers wishing to get an understanding of what organic farming is all about will also find this course of value. On successful completion you will be awarded a Certificate in Organic Horticulture (Level 3). Networking between organic growing enthusiasts is an added bonus to joining this course. Note: Minimum numbers required for course to commence.

For more information or to apply, contact us now!

This knowledge can be applied not only to food crops, but to the cultivation of any plants – from suburban gardens to pastures, orchards, shelter belts and woodlots. In addition to attending tutorials and workshops or field trips, students will need to complete practical and theory assignments in their own time.


Tauranga Tuesdays, 9.30am - 2.30pm OR Wednesdays, 6pm - 9pm Cost: $260.00 INFORMATION SESSION:

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in February. “The overall aim,” says tutor Micky Cunningham (Waikato), “is to build ecosystems, promote biodi- Students building a compost heap. versity, increase disease management, soil and plant plant knowledge and an health, and avoid the use introduction to permaof artificial fertilisers and culture. sprays.” This knowledge can be A science-based applied not only to food approach is used to separate myth from fact, while crops, but in the cultivation of any plants – from exploring a wide range of suburban gardens to organic techniques and pastures, orchards, sheltersystems. Topics covered belts or woodlots. Organic include organic principles philosophies also embrace and philosophies, certifiprinciples of kaitiakitanga cation, soil management, – which may interest soil food-webs, comtangata whenua involved posting, green manures, with land management. organic weed, pest and

The course offers NZQA unit standards. In addition to attending tutorials, workshops or fieldtrips once a week, students will need to complete practical and theory assignments in their own time. Having some prior knowledge of horticulture is recommended, although keen beginners are invited to apply. Agriculture New Zealand also offers a range of other full-time and parttime courses catering for both youth and mature students. Full-time courses include ‘Introductory Rural Skills’, Go Dairying’ and ‘Future Farmer’, and part-time courses offered include ‘Riparian Revegetation’ and ‘Applied Organics’.


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Gaining skills and confidence for life Summerhill A1 Youth Academy has just the ticket for teenagers looking for something extra to better their CV and increase life skills and confidence. It comes in the form of the Leadership Course: a programme for those aged 15-19 years offering confidence and leadership building, as well as community work and outdoor adventure. Set on a working farm and public adventure centre in the Papamoa Hills – 20 minutes out of Tauranga – the programme is unforgettable, and excellent on a CV, says coordinator Garth Collings.

training, courses are completed, including ‘The Seven Great Habits’, ‘Moneywise’ and ‘A Survival Guide for Life’. Participants also undertake 20 hours on a community project of their choice. “On completion you will be presented with Adventures during a previous camp. the Summerhill A1 Gold Card. This will “Because of this unique farm give future employers situation in the Papamoa Hills, and and educators an online like to your the use of the Mongolian Ger and outstanding character reference.” woolshed, a lot of what we do incorThe programme is completed porates the outdoors.” across nine Sundays and two SaturActivities offered include trampdays from February 16 through to ing, an overnight bush sleepover, a June. high confidence rope course, and It’s a great opportunity to develop options such as shooting, blokarts lasting friendships and key life and jet boat rides. experience, says Garth. Applications By Corrie Taylor To boost participants’ life skill are open now.

Free English programmes for residents Do you, or someone you know, need help with English? English Language Partners has many different English programmes free for permanent residents, where students can study at home with a volunteer, or join a class. English Language Partners manager Philippa Cairns says English is so important for everyday life. “To do the shopping, get a job, study at polytech, talk to your neighbours or the doctor; everyone needs English. If you can’t understand much, you can’t really join in.” Philippa says students can do as little as one hour a week, or up to 20 hours, whatever suits them. Some programmes take two-three hours each week, while others require 18-20 hours. Programmes being offered in 2014 are: • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (20 hours a week). Study for an NZQA qualification at Level 1, in Greerton. Starts February 10. • ESOL Intensive (20 hours a week). English for work and everyday life. Te Puke & Papamoa. Starts February 10 • ESOL Home Tutoring (1-2 hours a week). Learn at home with a volunteer tutor. • English for Employees (2-4 hours a week). For people with a job (full or part-time). Free for permanent residents.

• Four English Language Groups (1.5 hours a week). Learn English for everyday life. Classes at Devonport Road, Otumoetai, Papamoa (9-11.30am) and one evening class Devonport Road (6.30-8pm). All start in February. • English for Migrants (2-4 hours a week). Learn at home with a qualified teacher. For people who prepaid for English before they came to NZ.


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Salon-style learning Giving students the chance to get realworld experience is a key highlight of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Beautician and Cosmetology courses. After learning basic cosmetology skills, students can spend one day a week in the polytechnic’s purposebuilt atrium beauty salon, which is open to the public. Programme co-ordinator Alison Templeton says the salon experience give students the opportunity to manage the client relationship from booking appointments, skin and body analysis and administering treatments – all in a purpose-built facility. Applications are now open for the one-year programme, where students first complete 14 weeks of cosmetology at Level 3. “This covers manicures, pedicures, mini facials, make-up – basically everything you would learn on a cosmetic counter.” They then move on to the Level 4 beautician section.

As well as one day a week in the salon, students learn more about facial massage, waxing skills, complete a small business paper, and learn some chemistry, physics and nutrition – as well as anatomy and physiology of the head, face and neck. “Chemistry is mainly looking at the ingredients we use on the skin, and with physics, we use electrical machinery in our facials, so it’s learning how that works.” Alison says the programme suits school leavers, or anyone with life skills and a passion for beauty. “We take a lot of mature students who want a career change. And we recommend for school leavers that they have NCEA Level 2. “We have a really good name in the industry,” says Alison. “About 70 per cent of our graduates get work in Tauranga once they leave.” Following the course, students either pathway into the workforce as beauticians, or further their study with the polytechnic’s Level 5 course.

By Corrie Taylor

Better skin in three steps The Dermasound Elite treatment is a three step process that utilises ultrasonic frequency to gently loosen and exfoliate dead skin cells from the skins surface and stimulate the production of collagen.


The first step, cavitation, is a process by which water is applied to the skin and a handheld wand vibrates up to 28,000 times per second removing bacteria and impurities from the pores

Taylor Burley


Leisa McGill. in a gentle but effective way without causing inflammation.


The second step, sonophoresis, creates minute pathways through the layers of the skin allowing the penetration of treatments and serums up to 10,000 more effectively than if done by hand alone.

Micro current

The final step, micro current, helps normalise the electrical current within the cells which has often been damaged due to UV exposure and aging. This medically proven technique in turn promotes healing, cell regeneration and the production of collagen. Dermasound can be used to effectively treat acne, fine lines and wrinkles, discolouration and manage rosacea. Each treatment is customised depending on individual client specific skin needs. Contact the Skin Centre to book a Dermasound Facial Treatment. By Leisa McGill NZRCN

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Look after those who do the looking after I bet there are lot of parents and grandparents out there who are looking forward to the beginning of the 2014 school year.

The summer break for kids can feel very long for parents and caregivers. If you’ve been looking after the children over the break, have you got a plan for looking after yourself now that school’s back?

Prioritise you

It is a super-important role looking after children and it’s important to remember that you’ll do a much better job if you are physically and mentally well. Often parents do not prioritise themselves, especially when children are small, and eventually life begins to become something other than was planned.

Make time

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Everyone; parent, worker, student or retiree should make time each week for themselves.

To do something that is of benefit; that makes them smile and keeps the ‘spark’ inside alive. If exercise is your thing, or if you know exercise should be your thing, this year why not join a structured programme where you are with a group of like-minded individuals, you are expected to attend at certain times on certain days and it is only for a fixed period of time?


These types of programmes work really well from a motivation point of view and it is not an infinite membership like at a gym, where your money is often wasted because you never turn up. Grab a mate or two, sign up for a course and make a commitment to yourselves. You are important, l ook after yourself!

Festival promotes well-being for all The Healthy Living Festival is coming to Tauranga next month. Organiser Ruth Mansford says this festival, on February 8-9, is for people from all walks of life – especially people who care about the health and well-being of themselves and their loved ones.

Many different health practitioners will be available at the festival to demonstrate and talk about their modality and how they can help. For those who would like to experience a selenite healing, there will be a big display of selenite crystals and information about how they can give out healing. Pranic healing is

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Healer Raewyn Ireland with a client.

another form using simple techniques to clean the auric field. Magnolia Minerals will also be there with a variety of crystals, books, Feng Shui, Buddhas, fairy pendulums, along with many different health products. If its confirmation and guidance you need for the mind, the Healthy Living Festival also has a variety of life coaches and mediums available to give people peace of mind. There are free seminars all weekend including chiropractic healing, denographology (past life discussion) and ‘What is A.I.D Therapy?’ There will also be recycling ideas on display to show people what can be done with bits and pieces usually thrown out. The festival is on 9am to 5pm at Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre’s Memorial Hall. Refreshments will also be available.


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Moving away from comfort zones

Last year I attended a nutritional medicine clinic in Sydney. For some reason for a few weeks prior and during my stay I had a very upset digestive system, which was very unusual for me.

Ask for help

I finally plucked up the courage to ask one of my lecturers for help. She recommended a course of homoeopathics. Within a few days the problem had gone. Maybe it was just a very strong placebo effect but I didn't care. I was unwell and within a day I started to feel better.

Feeling uncomfortable

This really took me out of my comfort zone as I was very suspicious about homoeopathy. While it worked for me in this instance, I still have no idea

of the exact mechanisms. I know the ‘like cures like’ philosophy but cannot explain it using traditional biochemistry. In dealing with health, the barrier between remaining unwell and getting better can be an unwillingness to try new things. I remember talking with someone with knee arthritis who could no longer tolerate anti-inflammatory medications and was taking eight paracetamol a day to get some quality of life.

Try something new

I recommended many things that could have helped but they were unwilling to try something new. In all probability they are still where they were a year ago. I am sure that an anti-inflammatory diet, omega 3, a multi-antioxidant and a formula high in chondroitin, turmeric and glucosamine would have helped. Even after 15 years though, I am still in awe of how the body will start to heal and regenerate once you give it what it really needs. The key is to remove foods that prevent healing and increase nutrients from food and supplements that allow damaged processes to heal. Give me a call if you need more information. To join my weekly newsletter go to and visit John Arts is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on 0800 423 559. To read more go to

Calorie confusion Many people think that in order to lose weight, they need to count calories. The problem is not all calories are born equal. This system doesn’t accurately take into account the amount of energy it takes to digest different foods. It’s also been suggested this could lower the number of calories you see on nutrition labels, which are lost in the process of digestion by between five-25 per cent. It seems logical much more energy will be expended by digesting a piece of steak than a fast-digesting muffin. The steak requires lots of chewing, followed by a considerable amount of attention from our digestive juices and other processes before it is fully processed. A soft, floury muffin will, by comparison, require little energy to eat and digest. A true calculation of calories depends on a number of factors, such as cooking, texture, amounts of fibre, fat, protein, quality and amount of carbohydrate and so on. Hormones also need to be factored in, and our piece of steak, for example, will have no effect

on bloodsugar levels. Whereas, the muffin can dramatically affect bloodsugar levels and will trigger the release of insulin to put this right – and fat storage will probably result. Bottom line, counting calories is phenomenally boring and difficult to sustain. There are much better ways to achieve the critical energy-in versus energy-out balance. Leigh is the founder of Eat for Keeps and can be contacted on 027 294 1980 or emailing

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Hey, what’s bean going on? I can remember when I was a small child how my father tended the garden and keep seeds for the next season; often broad beans and scarlet runner beans. Broad beans were disgusting, grey and horrible for me back then and the scarlet runner beans were sliced and overcooked in true ’60s style, but they had their own distinctive flavour.

Fast forward to years later and I spy some beans at a farmers’ market: the infamous scarlet runner beans. They were selling faster than other produce and the thought occurs ‘what's really going on?’ Why can’t you buy scarlet runner beans at the supermarket? Why don’t the commercial growers grow them? Are they too ugly, twisted and flat? Surely they can’t be too difficult to grow? I’m assuming that the real reason is much like why you can buy fly paper at the supermarket, they work too well and are too cheap and they need to push the fly spray sales and dispensing systems. Round beans and the odd butter bean are the only beans I have seen at the supermarkets. It seems odd that in these days somehow some people can never experience the unique qualities and flavour because the big multinationals have dictated to the public what choices they have. Thank God for $2 shops (fly paper) and farmers’ markets (fresh produce).


Mediterranean-style runner bean salad Serves two Ingredients 200g runner beans 120g feta, diced ½ red onion, sliced 1 green capsicum, sliced 200g cherry tomatoes, halved 1 handful fresh pea shoots, chopped 1 cup cucumber, sliced 1 tsp wholegrain mustard ¼ cup olive oil 2-3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp sugar Sea salt freshly-cracked pepper Method Cut the beans up into suitable size bits and blanch in boiling salted water for two to three minutes, then cool. Assemble with the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl, adding the feta last. Season the salad with pepper and salt. Mix together the dressing by adding the olive oil, sugar, mustard and balsamic in a jarw with a lid and shake vigorously. Pour over the salad and mix. Serve immediately.

A taste of Brazil in the Mount

The food at Armazem tastes as good as it looks!

It was mid-summer, mid-week, and in fact the last week of school holidays, so my wife and I decided to take our three children for a last hurrah before back to school routines and the bustle of term one began. We choose Armazem – something a little different to our normal repertoire – as it is relaxed, informal and a taste of another culture. We were warmly greeted by a gorgeously smiling


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waitress at the door. We instantly felt relaxed and the children welcome as we were shown the drinks menu and the children were handed their menus and colouring-in pages. It was great to see a good range of well thought-out New Zealand wines and the inclusion of three Brazilian wines. As we were having a cultural experience, the wife chose the caipirinha cocktail – Brazil’s mostloved lime concoction. She could have sipped on those all night, except she would have neglected the children’s bedtime stories, and it was only mid-week. We chose three entrees and two mains to share. The children were well-fed with their own choices. We ordered batata frita, cheese buns and the beef with blue cheese sauce. All were moreish; the favourite for us being the beef. With our tummies somewhat satisfied, but still willing to sample a few more exotic tastes, we were delighted with our main selections. Both are popular Brazilian dishes. The ‘PF’ – a traditional Brazilian meal of beans, rice, salad, farofa (toasted and seasoned cassava flour), with chicken – was delicious. But the seafood Muqueca de Peixe – Armazem’s most popular dish – was the real standout for us. The rice so tasty I’ll attempt to copy it at home. Alex, our host, was warm, chatty and with a plethora of information about his home country – and of course football. We were well looked after by very attentive wait staff, who guided us through an unfamiliar menu and asked thoughtful questions. A steady stream of locals and tourists were welcomed through Armazem’s door. It was obvious to see why this Mount destination is a popular choice for many. We most certainly will be back – next time for the Sunday afternoon charcoal barbecue Alex has just started. By Hamish Carter


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Healthy surprises at food store Bin Inn used to be the place my grandma went to by nuts – now it’s my favourite food store in Tauranga City. Bin Inn stores are etched with the stereotype of being bulk-buy and cheap – but upon entering Bin Inn on 16th Ave, I was met with an abundance of organic, healthy, clean and specialty foods I wasn’t expecting. Being a health nerd, I was overcome with excitement, and in half an hour managed to rack up a basket packed full of goodies – anything from superfoods such as goji berries and coconut water, to wholemeal flours and quinoa. The store has aisles full of organic foods, including flours, grains, beans, and dried fruits, and all kinds of organic baking ingredients. It also carries delicious healthy refined sugar substitutes such as agave syrup or coconut sugar. Having clocked up a lot of research into healthy eating in the last six months, I’ve been disheartened by my inability to find many of the

special foods I’ve read about in general supermarkets. If I do, they are generally incredibly expensive. Bin Inn is a totally different experience. I found ingredients I had been searching for, including coconut flour, spelt flour and organic apple cider vinegar. You name it, they probably have it. Don’t spend hours trawling the internet for these items, they’re right here in town. Owner Hardavinder Singh took over the store two years ago and says he made it his mission to stock shelves with a wide range of produce. This means the store carries speciality ingredients, but doesn’t shy away from tradition – also selling rows and rows of cheap, bulk products. There’s everything you need, from flours and oats, rice and lentils, a huge range of beans, nuts and seeds, and plenty of chocolates, lollies and dried fruits. He says many people don’t know they also stock a large range of cleaning products, pet foods and common household items, such as pegs, paper towels and hygiene products and containers. I was amazed – check it out and I bet you will be too. By Corrie Taylor

Bin Inn owner Harvinder Singh with some of the shop’s organic products.

Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Enjoying lazy Sundays on The Strand With al fresco dining still an option during the summer months, did you know The Strand, downtown Tauranga has over 15 hospitality venues on offer with a wide range of dining choices and entertainment options? Whether it be The Phoenix’s $25 Steak & Ale, Brooklyn’s breath taking views of the harbour, Taka-

ra’s devine Asian cuisine, Cornerstone Pub and La Mexica offering free kids meals, India Today’s fantastic curries, tapas at Comida or burgers at The Crown & Badger, I’m sure you’ll agree there’s something for all. Many venues offer acoustic music so

you can sit back, relax with a late lunch and listen to the local talent Tauranga has on offer. The Strand is also playing host to a kids’ fishing comp on Sunday February 22 from 12-2pm, so bring the kids and join us down on The Strand on Sundays. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Visit Paris for Free* and come home with a smile

Meet our new dental hygiene therapist, Paris. * Routine dentistry for high school aged kids, year 9 up to age 18 is free. Make your appointment today, phone 573 7856 or 575 6278 19 Jellicoe Street Te Puke & 5 Nikau Crescent Mt Maunganui


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‘Space’ for parents in Bethlehem The Village SPACE Programme begins again on February 6.

Our Centre Manager is an internationally trained infant care specialist. The Village Tots area offers: • Sensitive individualised care • Peaceful respectful environment • Qualified, experienced staff • Low child-teacher ratios

The Village is the provider of the SPACE programme in Bethlehem. 171B Moffat Road, Bethlehem

(Next door to Décor Garden Centre)

Phone (07) 576-0183

This programme is aimed mainly at first time parents and their babies, and has been designed to support parents through the first year of their child's developmental journey. The programme runs weekly for three-four terms (i.e. 30-40 weeks). The sessions are run by facilitators who have knowledge, experience, and training in early childhood care and education. Infants join the SPACE programme around 0-3 months of age. There may be opportunities for older babies to join in with an existing SPACE session depending on the availability of places. The Village SPACE sessions will be held at The Village Childcare Centre, Moffat Road from 3.30-5.30pm every Tuesday afternoon during the school terms. This venue will be set up to encourage interactions between the parents, babies, and facilitators. Sessions run for two hours and provide the opportunity to meet and get to know other new parents. The sessions typically include a welcoming and settling in time, followed by a time for sharing and

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discussion about topics that relate to new parents. Afternoon tea is provided and there will be opportunities for play, music, rhymes and stories. The SPACE NZ Trust is a not-for-profit organisation registered with the Charities Commission. The SPACE NZ Trust works in partnership with a range of organisations across NZ to deliver the SPACE programme to parents and their babies.

Time to get your Weet-Bix fix Time is running out for children wanting to participate in this year’s Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. The event, on February 23, is scheduled one month earlier than previous years, which means children have until February 19 to register. Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing NZ general manager Pierre van Heerden is encouraging Tauranga children to fuel up on Weet-Bix and enter in this year’s triathlon.

“The feedback we received following last year’s triathlon is a clear indication that Kiwi kids from all over New Zealand thoroughly enjoy the event and we want even more to take part this year.” Every child who participates in the triathlon receives a race pack, T-shirt, swim cap, a certificate and a medal. Breakfast is also available to all participating children so they can fuel up on Weet-Bix before the event.

Entries are limited, so schools and individuals that want to be involved should get in quick to secure a place. Children can enter as individuals or in a team of two. Deadline for registrations is 11.59am on February 19, with a free courier of an event kit if children register before February 5. To register, visit The event is at 9am on February 23 at Memorial Park. By Zoe Hunter

Open Days! Monday 3 February and Tuesday 4 February Join us at our Open Day from 8.30am to 3.30pm at Community Kindy The Bay. It’s your chance to meet the teachers and get a guided tour of our wonderful centre. Enrol on the day and receive a free gift bag.* 4 Face painting and free morning tea and 4 afternoon tea provided 4 30 hours free childcare for 3 to 5 year olds* 4 Tailored education and care programmes 4 Environment set up to encourage exploration 4 and discovery 4 Unique Be School ReadyTM programme

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Slow down and save a life

May I suggest that anyone driving through Omokoroa make two New Year’s resolutions. Get their eyes tested - and have their speedometers recalibrated. Because it appears one or both are in urgent need of attention. Recently, the speed limit along Omokoroa Rd was reduced from 70 km/h to 60 km/h just before the Omokoroa Fire Station to Tralee St/Margaret Drive roundabout. Huge green signs were erected with Omokoroa 60 km/h in large letters – obviously not big enough. There are also 60 km/h lollipops further along.

But it seems some drivers can’t read them, or don’t see them – because they’re driving too fast or just don’t give a big rat’s butt,

which can only result in serious injury or worse if they have to apply their brakes in a hurry. Omokoroa is a growing community, with young and senior citizens aplenty. Parents walking children in strollers, seniors walking pets, children cycling to and from school, people cycling for exercise, much like other communities but with one difference – the speed of some drivers. Omokoroa Rd is not a main highway; it leads into a suburban community. Please check your speedos occasionally. It could save a life one day. Shirley Gussey, Omokoroa .

Alcohol: A problem easily solved

Alcoholic beverages are causing havoc among humanity. Why can’t these beverages be de-alcoholed? Problem solved. As long as alcohol is produced and consumed, the worse the problem becomes. It’s shocking to see the damage and bloodshed in cities and towns at an enormous cost to society. All drugs are a curse, and many of us strong-willed folk wonder why other folk glorify in consuming those mind and body-destroying poisons. I can’t understand why our NZ Government has not informed the producers of those alcoholic bever-

ages to erase the poison – problem solved. It seems incongruous that marijuana is a banned drug, yet alcohol and nicotine are sold over the counter. So where is our human rational? Now plastic containers of alcoholic booze are being manufactured to retailers at 20 per cent proof. What next will humans invent when it comes to drugs? Our government should come down with hammers and tongs to make it illegal to distribute alcohol to the public. Ernest Izett Tauranga.

Propping people up: dropping NZ down Interesting numbers from the European Union make sober reading. The EU has 7 per cent of the world’s population, produces 15 per cent of world GDP and provides 50 per cent of world welfare. During the last eight years, the EU’s GDP has remained the same, while China’s GDP has grown by 50 per cent and India by more than 30 per cent.

Ironically, it’s that same welfare destroying the very thing that made us great in the first place. While we continue to pay people to be unemployed, pregnant, sick or old, we’re going backwards in relation to better systems. The truth is we cannot afford to pay so many people to do nothing. And we all need to work smarter and harder.

We also need to continue to design, create and deliver great products and services to keep up with the best. Some of us are. But there’s a huge number who are a dead weight for the rest of us. Still, more than 300,000 working-age people receive benefits. Too many. Something’s got to give. Graeme Martin, Otumoetai.

At last we have a Bay map to be proud of At long last Tourism BOP has produced a well laidout map, which will be welcomed by visitors and local people alike. Tourism BOP manager Rhys Arrowsmith, and his team are to be warmly congratulated. Having met Mr Arrowsmith, I’m well aware of the amount of time and effort he’s put into getting things right for the first time in the last 16 years, during which successive managers showed little interest in providing our visitors with a proper map. Previously, the official map was limited to a poorly presented map of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui while the wider Bay of Plenty was neglected to the extent that TBOP was in reality just Tourism Tauranga. With local maps for towns from Waihi to Whakatane, and the inclusion of places like the spectacular and unique Tarawera Falls, Katikati's murals, museum and Haiku Pathway, Te Puna Quarry Park, the way to Matamata and Hobbiton and SH36 as the quickest way to Rotorua, visitors will carry word that Tauranga is a good base for exploring the BOP, which has so much to offer visitors.

This must surely be of benefit to local businesses and accommodation places. Having been a very strong opponent of Tourism BOP lethargy towards visitors since 1997, my comment now is: “Well done TBOP!”. May the new welcome mat (map) please our visitors, who for too long have been regarded as cash cows to be milked with poor service. Samuel Smith, Otumoetai.


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We don’t need more MPs Let’s drop parliament list system I read with interest about how keen some people are to create more MPs in New Zealand’s Parliament, using Tauranga and outlying areas to achieve it. Now would it be the income of nearly $200,000 as an MP that could be the main attraction? How about volunteer MPs on the living wage? If they’re so dedicated to serve. Is it 120 MPs for a country the size of NZ? They seem to do very little to solve the problems, like more than 200,000-plus children living below the poverty line, as said by the children’s

commissioner. Senior citizens go without medical and dental treatment, because they can’t afford it, who are people who’ve worked and paid their tax share for many years. So all we need to fix this is another bunch of caring MPs to solve problems. We could always ask them to join the many thousands of our volunteers in the Tauranga area, who serve without holding their hands out for reward.

Ron Chamberlain, Otumoetai.

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I’ve been prompted to write after reading a letter from one of the Weekend Sun readers, R Paterson, and the newspaper’s Rogers Rabbits piece. R Paterson writes: “The vast majority of New Zealanders want Parliamentary procedures determined by democratically elected representatives”. Oh yes, wouldn’t that be nice. We have a situation here in New

Zealand of having someone such as Winston Peters deciding whom he will jump into bed with at the next election. What Mr Peters fails to add is whether he is elected or not. The list system is by its very existence undemocratic, thus producing a situation of having an un-elected person in parliament who influences decisions, or who may be party to passing laws etc.

Party of misinformation In a renewed effort to turn the tide of racial tolerance, R Paterson and the Andersons continue to misguide and misinform. In the Weekend Sun January 24 edition, Paterson claims wrongly Maori control parliament, saying “Maori are un-elected self-invited visitors”and the powhiri is simply a welcoming ceremony, nothing more nothing less; a token recognition of local iwi who represent the indigenous people of NZ. In a recent Colmar Brunton poll 75 per cent were proud or very proud of Maori culture. Paterson clearly sits with the 23 per cent not at all proud, hardly the majority he claims to speak for. Likewise, to respond to the Anderson’s letter ‘Small party’s big influence’, Pita Sharples was not only a member of the Maori Party, he was a Minister. He signed the UN declaration on our behalf, before we became the only nation not to. Finally, the Constitutional Review was not “ethnically- loaded”. It had no “power” to “entrench” a constitution or anything else. It was formed to inform and to gauge opinion. It found little support for change. These machinations only serve an extremist position. Robin Bell, Pyes Pa.

Greerton Lions 1st & 3rd Tues at Racecourse 6.15pm. Ray 577 1854 Greerton Senior Citizens Club Maitland St Hall for hire. Indoor bowls 12.45 Mon, Thurs, Sat. Housie 1pm Fri. Over 55’s welcome. Maureen 578 0599 Housie Every Weds at Gate Pa Outdoor BowlThe ever popular guide to ing Club 11am. June 543 0465 Israeli Dancing Beginners classes every Tues ‘What’s On’ in the Bay at Gate Pa School Hall 7-8pm. No partners required. All ages welcome. Maria 544 1680 Alcoholics Anonymous Mt Maunganui meet every Junction Mental Health Peer Support & Tues at St Peters Hall, 11 Victoria St 7.30pm. 0800 Advocacy: Support Groups: Depression 1st 229 6757 (0800 AA Works) for other AA meetings. Tues of month. Addiction 2nd Tues of month. Altrusa Club of Tauranga Womens community Anxiety 3rd Tues of month. Bipolar 4th Weds of service group. Dinner & business meeting 2nd month. All 1pm. 579 9890 Tues, social programme 4th Tues monthly. InterJunior Martial Arts Papamoa Every Mon ested? Denise 570 3134 5-6pm. Help develop your child’s physical, Arthritis NZ - WBOP Service Centre, Historic Vilmental & social skills. Trevor 0800 348 454 lage 17th Ave Mon-Fri. Free Arthritis Educator clinic Judo Tues & Thurs at Moreland Fox Park, every Thurs. For appointments ph 571 0088 Greerton 5.30pm. Classes from PeeWees to Assn of Administrative Professionals (AAPNZ) Masters. Graeme 543 0872 Tauranga Group 2nd Weds of month 5.30pm. Katikati Herb Society 2nd Weds of month or at St Paul’s Church, Mulgan St, Katikati 7pm. Bayfair Petanque Club Every Tues & Thurs at 552 0217 Russley Drive Reserve 12.45-3pm approx. Weather Kidz Need Dadz Coffee morning Tues (except permitting. Margaret 572 3173 school holidays) Kidz Need Dadz House, 538 Beginner Salsa Lessons Presented by Bay Salsa Fraser St, Greerton 9.30-11am. 571 0379 6.45pm. New intake every 4 weeks. Contact us La Leche League Pregnant women, all for info & improver salsa lessons - walk in classes mothers, babies & children invited to attend 7.45pm. $15 per class. Otumoetai Action Centre. monthly breastfeeding support & info meetings. Tga - 1st Weds of month, 100 13th Ave, 10am Bethlehem Lions Market 1st & 3rd Sun of month - 2pm., Joanna 577 6892 Mt Maunganui - 1st at Bethlehem Town Centre 8am - 12pm. Fri of month, Plunket rooms, Grenada St 10am Bolivia Tauranga Every Thurs, Bridge Club, Cher- 12pm, Christine 574 8722 rywood 12.50pm. Tuition, cards, tea/coffee. Toby Ladies Club of Harbour City Lions Meet 543 5358 2nd & 4th Thurs at Tauranga Lyceum Club. BOP Caravan Club Regular weekend rallies. Margaret 578 8466 Motorhomes, buses, caravans, tents all welcome. Leisure Marching Teams In all areas of Lesley 544 2425 Tauranga & Mt Maunganui require new ladies Brookfield Care & Craft Group Every Tues at St 50+ to join for exercise, fun & fellowship. No Stephens Church, Brookfield Tce 9.30-11.30am. experience needed. Corren 570 0172 Chess Club Every Mon at Mount RSA, Maunganui Lions Sunrise Car fair Every Sun, 11th Ave Rd. Open club (adults & advanced juniors) 7.30pm carpark (opp Mad Butcher) 8am - 12pm. Buy & onwards. Junior club Thurs 6.15-7.15pm during sell cars/4WD/Utes/Motorhomes/Trailers/Boats. school term. Bob/Viv 575 5845. Ken 027 733 9686 or www.taurangacarfair. or Computer Courses For over the 50+ at Tauranga Lions Club Greerton Dinner meeting 1st & 3rd SeniorNet. 577 1912 Tues at Tauranga Racecourse. Ray 577 1894 Disability Information Services WBOP Inc. Free, Marlin Probus Club Mt Maunganui Second confidential & impartial info on a wide range of Mon of month at Club Mt Maunganui 45-47 disabilities & related issues. Office open Mon - Fri Kawaka St 9.45am. Elaine 575 6447 9am - 3pm. 578 2929 Melanoma Friends Meeting Bimonthly Girl Guides Preparing girls aged 5-18years for meetings at Bay Plastic Surgery, 745 Cameron making the most of life ahead. For info on locations Rd, Tauranga 2pm for anyone who has been & times 0800 555 170 affected or is interested in Melanoma. Ellen 027 Golf Croquet Every Tues, Fri & Sun at Tauranga 438 5291 or email: Croquet Club, Domain, Cameron Rd 12.45pm. Mens Cancer Support Group 3rd Thurs of Beginners welcome. Free lessons, everything supmonth at Cancer Society rooms cnr 14th Ave & plied. Peter 571 0633 Fraser St. Mike 575 7696

Mount Art Group Every Thurs at St Peter’s Parish Hall, 11 Victoria Rd, Mount 9am - 2pm. New & casual members welcome. Merilynn 575 6777 Mount Indoor Bowling Club Weds at Mount Intermediate School, Links Ave. Names in by 7.15pm. Jim 572 1983 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. Margaret 575 9792 Mt Maunganui Bridge Club Juniors night Mondays 7pm. Judy 575 9910 Mt Maunganui Contract Bridge Club 60 Golf Rd. Bridge Mon 1-4pm, Weds 7-10pm, Thurs 11am - 2.30pm, Fri 1-4pm. 575 4251 Mount Lionesses Every 1st & 3rd Weds 5.30pm. Shirley 575 2725 Mount Rotary Club Tues Mt Golf Club, Omanu 5.30pm. Bev 572 4127/Kevin 572 1283 Mount Senior Citizens Club 345 Maunganui Rd for age 50+. Bowls Weds & Fri 12.45pm. Cards Tues & Thurs 12.45pm. Concerts 3rd Mon of month. Fun, friendship & happiness. 575 4650 Multiple Sclerosis Society Facilitates the following exercise sessions for people with MS or other neurological disorders. Pilates Tues 9am at Martial Arts Hall, cnr Kaimanawa & Korowai Sts, Mount. Physio Thurs at Citizens Club, cnr Cameron Rd & 13th Ave 10.30am. Social support groups also held in a variety of places. Cheryl 571 6898 Musical Memories Village Radio on 1368 Khz 1XT, weekdays 10-4pm, weekends 9-5pm for non stop music. Playing your requests. View small radio museum. 571 3710 New Migrants (& Returning Ex Pats) Information & services clinics 1-4pm Mon/Tues 1-4pm & Weds 10am - 2pm or by appointment at Settlement Support NZ. Carol 579 6532 or Contact also available at Katikati, Waihi Beach, Papamoa, Te Puke by arrangement. Overeaters Anonymous Is eating a problem for you? There is a solution. Meet Tues at Church of Christ, 1400 Cameron Rd 7-8pm. 544 1213 Pacific Probus Club Every 3rd Mon of month at Club Mt Maunganui, Kawaka St 9.30am. Make new friends, good speakers. Sandra 575 7058 Papamoa Lions Club Great company & you’re helping your community. Meet 1st & 3rd Weds of month. Donna 542 3409. Papamoa Lions Markets Every 2nd & 4th Sun of month at Palm Beach Plaza grounds. 027 259 3120

What New Zealanders ought to be more concerned about is about taking a hard look at the list system; and to make a decision on whether it is fair or not And that can only happen via the ballot box with a referendum to replace the list system with another which represents what the people democratically decided. I don’t propose what the system should be to replace the list system; I only comment on what is not democratic at present. Chris Hutchinson, Te Puke.

Opposing the past lunacy Is Tauranga’s City Mayor, who only got back in by a few hundred votes, trying to get revenge by going flat out to break Tauranga with his grandiose plan to build an unnecessary stadium in the city? Where are the new 11 councillors, who were voted in to stop the largesse of the current Mayor and the 11 sycophants they replaced. Why are they not standing up to the Mayor? Come on lads and ladies, play the part you were voted in to oppose the past lunacy. Alastair Bourne, Bethlehem.

Papamoa Mahjong Club Meet Mon at Papamoa Sports Centre, off Parton Rd 12.30-4pm. $2. Jacqui 542 1766 or email: Papamoa Sunshine Probus Group 2nd Tues of month for lunch at Parton Rd Sports Club. James 542 3235 Rotary Club Tauranga Weds at Daniel’s Reception Lounge, 11th Ave 5.30pm. 543 2012 or Shakti Ethnic Women Support Group For Asian, Middle Eastern, African, Indian & Fiji Indian women. Activities for women to increase their self-esteem & confidence & integrate with the host community. First Weds of month at Tauranga Plunket, 471 Devonport Rd 11am – 12pm. Rupal 575 9848 or 021 0533 548 St Pauls Friendship Group, Papamoa Upwords (word board game), or arts & crafts every Thurs 10am. $2 donation to cover costs. Margaret 542 1633 Stroke Club Every Tues 9.30am - 12pm at Greerton Senior Citizens Hall, Maitland St. For anyone who has had a stroke. Join us for a cuppa & companionship. Table Tennis Matua Levers Rd Hall Tues 12.30-3.30pm, Thurs & Fri 9-11.30am. $2 per session. Kevin 576 3941 Taoist Tai Chi Club Classes every week day 15 Koromiko St, Judea. 578 9116 Tauranga Anglers Club Freshwater Anglers meet Third Mon of month, Tauranga Fish & Dive Clubrooms, 60 Cross Rd, Sulphur Pt 7pm. Richard 542 0883 or email: Tauranga Bureta Park Probus Club 3rd Mon of month at Tauranga Citizens’ Club 13th Ave 1.30pm. New members welcome. Leona 576 5054 Tauranga Central Ladies Probus 3rd Tues of month 10am, Daniels in the Park. Anne 578 6221 Tauranga City Sunrise Lions Breakfast meeting 1st & 3rd Tues of month, RSA Tauranga, Greerton. Pam 543 0708 or www. Tauranga City Silver Band Practices every Weds in Brass Band Hall, 10 Yatton St, Greerton 7-9pm. Tauranga Friendship & Social Club Weekly activities for the over 50’s. Companionship, walks, movies, dinners, daytrips, dancing & good times. Zeana 544 1513 Tauranga Harbour City Lions Ladies club, 2nd & 4th Tues of month. Patricia 543 3665 Tauranga Historical Society Open every Sun, Brain Watkins Historic House 2-4pm. $4 adult, $2 child. Guided tours. Groups by arrangement. 574 4965

Tauranga Ladies Probus Club Every 3rd Mon Citizens Club 13th Ave 10am. Speakers. Beryl 576 6719 Tauranga Model Railway Club Every Thurs at new club rooms cnr Mirrelees Road & Cross Rd 7.30pm. John 575 2286 or 0276 062 706 Tauranga Numismatic Society Re coin collecting. 1st Weds of month, Wesley Church Centre, 13th Ave 7.30pm. 533 1881 Tauranga Ongoing Pain Support Group 1st Thurs of month 10am. Karen 543 3661 Tauranga Pakeke Lions Club Dinner meetings 3rd Tues night of month, Bureta Park Motor Inn. Lunch, social gatherings 1st Thurs of month. Pat 579 4476 Tauranga Scrabble Club Tues at Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 9am -12pm. 3 games, door charge $3. 544 8372 Tauranga Sequence Dance Club Mon & Weds. Couples want to have fun while keeping fit. Great dances, music & people. Tutoring given. Barbara 552 6227 Tauranga Te Papa Probus Club 1st Thurs of month at Daniel’s lounge, QE2 Centre, 11th Ave 9.30am. Fellowship, walking, cards, petanque, trips. 543 2012 Tauranga TaeKwonDo Club Mount Clubrooms, Kaimanawa St. Children training Mon, Weds, Thurs 5-6pm & adults 6.15-8pm. Tauriko Hall adults & children Mon & Weds 6-7.30pm. Master Kesi O’Neil 0274 785 478 or 544 7006 Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild Every third Sat at club rooms, Yatton St, Greerton 1pm. Visitors & interested people welcome. Geoff 579 3637 Te Puke Country Music Club Meet third Sun of month at St Pats Hall 1pm. All welcome. Te Puke Kiwicoast Lions Ladies club meet 1st & 3rd Tues at Te Puke Memorial Hall 6pm. Anne 573 9790 The Elms Mission House & Library Mission Street, Tga. Open Weds, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 2-4pm. 577 9772 Union of Fathers Support meeting every Tues at 538 Fraser St, Tga 7.30pm. 571 3079 Welcome Bay Markets First Sat of the month at Welcome Bay Hall car park 9am - 12pm. 544 9774 Western BOP Newcomers Network New to the area? Want to meet new friends? Every Weds at Building 4, Main St on 17th Ave 10.30am - 12pm. 571 6419 Yoga Classes Papamoa at Papamoa Library/ Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Rd, Papamoa, Mondays 5.30pm. Central Mount at St Peters Church, Victoria St, Mount Weds 5.30pm. Penny 574 6556 or email Yoga Papamoa Library/Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Rd, Thurs 9-10.30am & Tues 5.30-7pm. Margaret 571 6331 Zonta International Club of Tauranga Business & professional women’s club meet 2nd Mon of month 5.30pm. 579 2335 or email: tauranga@

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Mauao too sacred to ruin M Stanley’s letter ‘Give the Mount a gondola’ (Weekend Sun, January 24), suggests our historic landmark Mauao, be changed to a English name such as Devonport or Cameron. The writer went on to say, that Maori names do not cut it with the cruise ship people, and the current name is out of step with other major towns (unsure of this reference)

Mount gondola idea: Don’t pander to rich

Visit us in store at 1176 Amohau Street Rotorua has no place in 2014. In response to M Stanley’s letter Phone: The gondola idea - really? I can only regarding a Mount gondola, among 07 348 3718 other things, I feel absolutely obligated to respond to. Either that or collapse. Mount Maunganui is the English name given to a location and site of considerable significance to Maori that has been known as Mauao long before any European ever visited New Zealand. To change it to suit a small collection of people visiting for a matter of hours from a variety of other countries is quite frankly absurd. Should we also change the name of every non-European sounding name of Tauranga/Mount Maunganui residents too, to increase the comfort of these golden fleece-wearing cruisers? I think not. People visiting our country should see it as it is and be impressed. Pandering to the rich should

assume this suggestion is a joke. Perhaps we should also create a water slide that runs directly from a bar in Ponsonby, delivers clients at the top of the Mount, where after champagne and canapes, they’re delivered to the main beach, where they’ve just enough time for a photo and cappuccino before being flown back to where they came from? Unless of course they have a driver waiting in the carpark, which now occupies 60 per cent of the existing beach. Enjoy where you live, and if you don’t like it, leave. This would make room for the hundreds of thousands of people who would give their hind teeth to spend more than a few days here each year. B. Goodchild, Tauranga City.

and most of the locals. What a ridiculous suggestion that we should change the name Mauao, to please some of these cruise ship passengers. The writer also stated Mauao is not sacred; it’s just another hill. It appears M Stanley has no understanding of our local history. Mauao is not only sacred, but it features extensively in local mythol-

ogy; and is also of significant historical value to Maori. I agree, there is a great view from the top, but the writer has failed to comprehend that Mauao is an imposing sight, regardless where you are in the Tauranga or Mount Maunganui area. And M Stanley wants to deface this prestige and historic landmark with the likes of a gondola, cable car or monorail and a restaurant. Just where does this person intend to place 100 carparks? Tear up all or part of the camping ground? B Porter, Welcome Bay.

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Mauao belongs to Bay’s Maori duggery by the Crown around the turn of the century 1800/1900, in acquiring ownership of this most iconic geographical and historical feature of the Western Bay of Plenty. If M Stanley does have knowledge of this, then his above suggestion and general derogatory attitude toward Maori, graphically exposes his or her profound racial bigotry. However, I invite M Stanley to hui with tangata whenua on one of our marae, it’s a long time since we have enjoyed a feast of puha and pakeha. Colin Bidois, Pyes Pa.

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I respond to the suggestion by M Stanley for the construction of a gondola up Mauao, with coffee/restaurant and toilet facilities at the summit (Weekend Sun, January 24). This was suggested around 30 years ago, but soundly rejected by council, tangata whenua and many of the general public. It is obvious M Stanley doesn’t know that ownership of Mauao (except for the camping and swimming areas) was returned to tangata whenua by Act of Parliament in 2008 . This was in recognition of the skul-

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MUSIC The ever popular guide to ‘What’s On’ in the Bay.

DON’T MISS OUT! PLEASE NOTE: Waitangi Day What’s On and Gig Guide deadlines. Send through your items by 3:00pm Monday 3rd February for Friday 7th edition.

Saturday 1 February A Summer Serenade

Music for trumpet & organ featuring Bill Stoneham & Timothy Noon. At Wesley Church 6.30pm. Door sales $15.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Women’s meeting at Mt Maunganui Primary School, Orkney Rd 10-11am. Children welcome.

Art in the Park

Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui 8.30am - 5pm weather permitting. Tauranga Society of Artists offer for sale a variety of art to suit all tastes.

Bay Association of Sea Kayakers Lake Rotoehu. Bevan 576 8885

Come Dance the Night Away

Sequence & old time dancing at Greerton Hall 7.30-11pm. Great music & supper. $5 entry. All welcome. Run by Tauranga Social Dance. Garry 543 0051

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Fresh & artisian produced food. Trixie 552 5278 or www.

News, reviews and opinionated raving on the music scene.

Athenree Historic (1878) Homestead

Open every Sunday in Feb. Tours 10am - 3pm. 360 Athenree Rd Cnr SH2. Tee 07 863 4363 or

Bay Bible Fellowship

Lord’s Day Service, Welcome Bay Primary School Hall, 309 Welcome Bay Rd 10am. Worship & praise. Elder: Richard Roodt, teaching from selected scriptures “The disciples of prayer.” All welcome. Gerald 021 938 618

Bethlehem Lions Market

1st & 3rd Sun of month at Bethlehem Town Centre 8am - 12pm.

Katikati A&P Show

At Uretara Domain from 9am. Highlights of this year’s show will be cattle, dairy & horse events, highlight dancing & photography competition. Plus many others. Adults $5, school children $2, under 5yrs free.

Katipatch Garden Party

Carol is offering her annual Garden Party to the public. Quilts on display in the garden, craft stalls & art displays. Live music by the Mellowtones & Peter Thompson on guitar. St Pious Church providing delicious lunches, morning & afternoon teas for a nominal fee. At 113 Pukekura Rd, Katikati 9.30am – 3.30pm. Free entry.

New Zealand China Friendship Society

Celebrating Chinese New year. Sunday lunch Feb 2. Frank 576 3032

Radio Controlled Model Yachts

The Little Big Market

Meet Sun 1.30pm & Thurs 5.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to race electron & similar 3ft long yachts. Graham 572 5419

Village Radio

For gay, bi, lesbian, trans & intersex. Meet 2nd Sun of month 3pm. Peta 577 0433 or 021 128 2544

Cnr Matai St & Maunganui Rd 9am – 2pm. 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

Wine Appreciation Night

Feb 15 at Althorp Retirement Village, 9 Grantstone Drive, Pyes Pa, Tauranga 5-7pm. R18. An evening of wine & fun with Gordon Russell, Winemaker of Esk Valley Estate in Hawkes Bay & NZ Winemaker of the Year 2007. Pre sales only. No door sales. $20pp. 543 2912. A charity night to help Althorp Patients Trust support Dementia Patients.

Sunday 2 February

Argentine Tango for Beginners

6 week introduction to salon Tango, starts Feb 9 5.30-6.30pm. This unique social dance is growing in NZ & worldwide. First lesson free. Carl 021 280 4464 or email:

Tauranga Rainbow Social Network Tauranga Rainbow Youth

For gay, bi, lesbian, trans & intersex 25 yrs & under. Kaye 021 239 7142 or 07 218 1411

Tauranga Spiritual Society

Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start. Guest: Coleen Teal, clairvoyant. Chrissy 0277 110 025

Te Puke Spiritual Discussion Group

Held 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday at Hair Linez, Old Railway Station, Jellicoe St 10.30-11.30am. Gathering of spiritual minds to discuss & learn from each other. $3 donation. Elaine 573 5361 Wai/BOP Bisexual/Lesbian Women’s Group Trans & intersex welcome. Kaye 021 239 7142 or 07 218 1411

Monday 3 February 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

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Beginner Salsa Lessons

Presented by Bay Salsa at 6.45pm. New intake every 4 weeks. Contact us for more info. Improver Salsa lessons – walk in classes 7.45pm. $15 per class. Otumoetai Action Centre.

Bethlehem Bowls

Starts Feb 10 at 7.15pm. First 3 nights free. Wendy 578 2585

Body & Soul Fun Fitness

For over 50’s, social events & guest speakers. Mon & Fri Greerton Hall Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds City Church cnr Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/Cardiac Care leader.

Chess Mt Maunganui

Mount RSA Chess Club every Mon at Mount RSA, 544 Maunganui Rd. Juniors 6.15-7.15pm during school term. Open club 6-11pm Noel 579 5412

Citizens Advice Bureau

Free, confidential info & advice about anything call in Mon - Fri at 38 Hamilton St, Tauranga 9am - 5pm or freephone 0800 367 222. JP service every Weds & Thurs 9am - 12pm. Weds CAB service at Welcome Bay Community Centre 9.30am - 12.30pm, Fri at Mount Library 11.30am - 1.30pm. No appointment necessary. All welcome.

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

Learn to Dance Te Puke

Every Mon at St Pats hall, Beatty Ave, Te Puke 7pm. Sequence dancing for beginners & more. More male partners needed for our dancers - if interested please come along. $3pp. Gordon 572 0060


Free classes Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace, spiritual awareness & the meaning of your life. David 576 9764

Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu

Papamoa club training Mon & Thurs at Tahatai Coast School, Evans Rd 6.157.45pm. First night back Feb 3. Brian 021 241 7059 or

Parkinsons Society

Exercise class weekly Tauranga, Te Puke & Whakatane. Red Tulip support meetings monthly Tauranga, Katikati & Whakatane. nz or Joelene 573 5668

Recycled Teenagers

Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards, & injury or illness rehabilitation.

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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

Source software & the Linux computer operating system. 1st Tues of month , LJ Hooker cnr Cameron Rd & 8th Ave 7-9pm. Experts & beginners welcome. $2. 578 6024

Silver Singers Choir

Meet every Mon at St Stephens Church, Brookfield Tce 1-3pm. Soprano & alto voices required. 579 2465

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

Club nights Monday’s starts Feb 3. Lessons start Feb 10. Tauranga RSA, Cameron Rd. Colleen 544 4676

Tauranga UFO & Paranormal Society

Meet in hall behind Historic House cnr Cameron Rd & Elizabeth St 7.30pm. Guest speaker: Carl Petersen – self healing, enlightenment & his new book. Visitors welcome. Door $3. Ian 578 5373


(Active lifestyle for seniors). Smooth Movers class Mon 9-10am & 10.1511.15am at Matua Community Hall, Levers Rd. Also 9-9.55am & 10-10.55am at Arataki Hall, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St). Tues 9.1510.15am & 10.30-11.30am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 9.15-10.15am Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. All welcome. First class free. Thurs 9-10am at Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.30-11.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.15-10.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Also Fri at Papamoa Library 10.20am. 578 9272

Tuesday 4 February Badminton (Social)

Every Tues at Otumoetai Baptist Hall 9.30am - 12pm. Racquets available. All welcome. Lorraine 579 3229

Bayfair Petanque Club

Every Tues & Thurs at Bayfair Reserve, Russley Drive 1pm. Tuition & boules available for learners & visitors. Margaret 572 3173

Bokwa Fitness

At Bethlehem Primary School Hall, Carmichael Rd 6pm. Dance your way to a healthier & fitter you. Re-mixed house music, easy steps to sign language, an amazing cardio workout is here. Go at your own pace. All levels of fitness welcome. Mikki 021 773 657www.

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Inzpire Dance Company presents Lifelines Baycourt presents Arts on Tour: Sad But True The Air Force Band in Concert with Diedre Irons Tattletale Saints & 10 String Symphony Tour Carl Barron - A One Ended Stick

Sat 1 February, 3PM & 7:30PM Fri 14 February, 8PM Weds 19 February, 7:30PM Fri 21 February, 8PM Sat 22 February, 8PM

Tauranga National Jazz Festival

17 - 21 April 2014 Tickets On Sale Now!

BOP Shirley Club Walking Group

Meet every Tues outside the Mount Surf Club 9.20am. Easy walking. Cafe jaunt after - great group. See you there.

Christian Friendship Group 40+

Meet 1st & 3rd Tues at Mount McCafe 10am. Come & meet some new friends.

Depression Support Group

Support for people with an experience of depression 1-2pm. 579 9890

Excel Toastmasters

Meet every 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues at Arataki Community Centre 6.15-8.30pm. Kaaren 572 5988

Genesis - Women’s Group

1st & 3rd Tues during school term. 10am morning tea at St Paul’s Co-operating Church, 242 Dickson Rd, Papamoa. First meeting for year. Come share a holiday story. New members welcome. Jennifer, Salvation Army 578 4264

Historic Village Working Bee

From 9am. Turn up on the day or ph Murray 021 262 3485

Home Instead Music Event

Harlequin singers, a local duet singing classics from the 40’s to the 80’s at RSA Tauranga, 1237 Cameron Rd 10am. $4 – morning tea provided & delivered to your table, plus a raffle. RSVP Home Instead Senior Care 571 4228 (limited seating)

I Just Want to Run

Free run group every Tues & Thurs 9-11am. Free child minding. New runners option of couch to 5k plan. Janine - 576 6926 or 0277 582 117 FB Page - I Just Want to Run.

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

Israeli Dancing

Beginners class every Tues at Gate Pa Primary School Hal, Cameron Rd 7-8pm. All ages welcome, no partner required. Maria 544 1680

Mates Mens Network

Men’s meetings addressing mental health, depression & suicide. Meet fortnightly at Totara House, 1428 Cameron Rd, Greerton 7-9.30pm. Donation appreciated to cover costs. Email: info@ or 08004mates.

Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu

Chinese martial art training in Kung Fu & Tai Chi. Tues & Thurs at Tauranga Boys Gym 7.30pm. First night back Feb 4. Bria 021 241 7059 or


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Leadership skills, speaking skills. At Lyceum Club rooms, 68 1st Ave 7.159.30pm. Allan 544 5989

have organised a new group to start today. Meet at the Dave Hume Pool car park 9am. No cost. Have fun exploring the local walkways.

Tauranga/BOP Club. New piste at Club Mt Maunganui. 1pm start. Neita 572 3768

Women’s craft & coffee at 7 Oak Lane, Judea. Meeting fortnightly on Feb 5. Kaye 572 1999

Every 2nd Tues starting today, at Monowai St Chapel. All ladies welcome. Betty 574 3042

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


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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 Toastmasters

Tga Lyceum Club 7.15-9.30pm. Confidence building, speaking skills, leadership skills. Alan 544 5989

Union of Fathers

Support meeting at ‘Dads Place’ 538 Fraser St 7.30pm.

Wednesday 5 February 6 Week Social Beginner Dance Class

Starts Feb 12 at Tauranga Primary School Hal, 5th Ave 8pm & Feb 13 at Greerton Hall, 1247 Cameron Rd 7pm. Learn waltz, rock & roll, cha cha & more. Sonia, Supreme Dance 543 2377 or 027 322 1786 or just come along on the night.

Age Concern Walking Group

Meet at Omokoroa Domain, 10am. Take lunch. All welcome. 578 2631

Badminton Mt Maunganui

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

Bujinkan Ninjutsu

Lifezone Church ‘Time Out’

Mount Healing & Spiritual Centre

Salvation Army Meeting

For all women every Weds 10am morning tea, 10.30am meeting at Salvation Army cnr Cameron Rd & 5th Ave, Tauranga. First meeting for the year. Garden Party. New members welcome. Jennifer 578 4264

Scottish Country Dancing

Beginner class at Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maunganui Rd 6-7.30pm (starts Feb 5). No experience, no partner needed, just soft shoes. 573 5055

Table Tennis Tauranga

Weds 1-3pm & 7-9pm, Fri 7-9pm at Memorial Hall, QEYC. All welcome. or Bill 578 1662

Tauranga Embroiderers Guild

Every Weds at Rowing Club Rooms, Memorial Park 10am - 2.30pm then again 7.30-9.30pm. Beginners & experienced welcome.

Tauranga Opera Forum - Carmen

By George Bizet Feb 19 at Tauranga Club 5.45pm. Complimentary wine, finger goods, lucky ticket draw & the opera screening. Tickets from Creative Tauranga. 928 5270

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Friday 7 February

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

Open meeting every Fri at Hamner Clinic, 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton (behind Tyremaster) 7.30pm. 0800 229 6757 for more meetings or assistance.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Israeli Evangelist, Jacob Kamkani

Presbyterian Church, Dee St, Mount 7pm. Books for sale & offering taken. Dorothy 570 1196

Keynote 4 Part Harmony Women’s Chorus

Meet every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave Tauranga 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Nora 544 2714 Men’s/ladies doubles Feb 6, Fri 7 8.45am, reporting time for 9am start. Free lunch and other bites. Entry fee $25 one event, $45 two events per player.

Club night at Mount Ocean Sports Clubrooms (cnr The Mall & Salisbury Ave, Mt Maunganui) 7.30pm. Video of members dive on Rena. New members welcome. Gail 570 1935

Petanque Tauranga/BOP Club

Every Thurs & Sun at Cliff Rd venue 1pm start. Jo Ann 578 3606

Relationships Anonymous for Women

Destructive, painful relationships? Self help group meet weekly 10-11am. Liz 562 1400

Salsa on the Strand

Weds 10.45-11.45am. Held rain or shine, but not during school holidays. New participants planning to attend, ph Jennifer 571 1411. Recommencing Feb 5 on a week by week basis due to pool painting.

Every Weds at TYPBC, Keith Allan Drive, Sulphur Pt 6.30-9pm. Lee 542 5377 or 027 291 6151 or email: leew.

Tauranga Rock n Roll Social Dancers

Starts Feb 19 weekly at Welcome Bay Community Centre 4.155.45pm. For girls aged 7-10yrs (year 3-6). Badge work, games, stories & more. Carolyn 544 0400 021 544 676

Yoga with Ocean Views

Cribbage Club Tauranga RSA Greerton

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

Fernlands Spa Water Exercise Class

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Katikati Beginners Walking Group Sport BOP & Green Prescription

TS Chatham (Sea Cadets)

Welcome Bay Tennis Club

Every Weds 9am mixed social tennis for fitness & friendship. All welcome. 577 0462

Every Weds/Fri Fergusson Park Sports Centre, end of Tilby Drive, Matua 9.30am. Join any time. Stella 021 0249 6390

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

Mount Underwater Club

Phase 3 rehab exercise, social events & guest speakers for those with or at risk of heart disease. Every Thurs at City Church Hall, Otumoetai Rd/ Sherwood St 9.30-10.45am. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified instructor/Cardiac Care leader.

Toastmasters - City Early Start

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

Every Thurs, starting Feb 13 at Greerton Bible Church, Chadwick Rd, Greerton 9.30-11.30am. Meet others & learn a new craft. $3 per session. Creche available. New members welcome. June 544 0823

Improve communication, leadership & teamwork skills. Every Weds at Classic Flyers Avgas Cafe 6.458.15am. Toastmasters if the answer for building confidence & leadership skills. To find a club near you email: or 571 1545. http://cityearlystart.toastmastersclubs. org

The Writing Project

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More Than Craft

Exercise your body, challenge your mind. New class starts Feb 13 at 15 Koromiko St, Judea 12.30pm. Ann 577 9145

What could these mean? Why do we need to understand Gods plan for Israel? Why do we need to understand Gods times & feasts? How do these events relate to 2014/15. “Journey of Discover” is a study group seeking to understand the Hebraic roots of Christianity. 571 5188


Meet every Thurs at 11 Totara St, Mt Maunganui 6.30-8.30pm. Email Alice

Group of people who are working on or planning a writing project of any kind. Meet 3rd Weds 7pm. Kaye 021 239 7142

Blood Moons Arising

Every Fri at Tauranga RSA, Greerton 6pm onwards for the whole family. Noel 579 5412

Mauaopac Contemporary Choir

Starts Feb 12 at Constables Gallery. Doors open 7pm for 7.15pm start. $5pp. Kerry 552 6768

Te Puke Meditation & Development Group

Chess Tauranga

Join our friendly league playing every Fri at 13th Ave 10 Pin 1pm (3 games). We play in pairs. New members welcome. Barry/Loris 571 5492

Legacy Funerals Otumoetai Seniors

Presented by Bay Salsa Thursday upstairs at Flannagans. Intro class 8pm followed by social dancing. Really social, no partner required. $2 entry, members free. All welcome.

A unique self defence based martial art. Classes Weds at Te Puke Girl Guide Hall 7-9pm. Ph/txt Mike 0277 654 015

Friday Friends 10 Pin Bowling League

Alcoholics Anonymous

Taoist Tai Chi

Tauranga Heart Support Group

Tauranga Model Railway Club

Meet every Thurs evening. Ed 543 1108 50’s & 60’s music at 14 Norris St Tauranga (behind Pak n Save) 7.309.30pm. $3 entry. Maria 576 7326

Waitangi Day Celebrations

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Reasons to be cheerful - Part 18 We continue the occasional series, wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. This time it’s events during the next week. We all need a reason to leave the house: here are some of Winston’s..

106) Saturday, February 1 - Les DeMerle is coming to MauaoPAC! That’s the Mauao Performing Arts Centre at the Mount (Totara St); and a guy called

American jazz-fusion drummer Les DeMerle. Les, not the French plural of “Le”. He’s an American jazz-fusion drummer, and a spectacular one, having played with Frank Sinatra, Manhattan Transfer, Sammy Davis Jr, Harry James, Lou Rawls, Mel Tormé and a host of others. He's coming with his USA band and 2pm is the time for his ‘Drum Clinic Spectacular’. I am very much not a drummer. Can’t coordinate the feet and hands. But even I will check out this guy because it is such a rare thing to have someone of his level in New Zealand, let alone Tauranga. For drummers and other musicians it should be a no-brainer. It costs $15. 107) Wednesday, February 5 - All sorts of people are arriving at Major Toms! Four singer-songwriters out of Auckland are on a road trip. Yasamin Al-Tiay, Edward Waaka, Mario Demiraj, and Geoff Ong are spending a week around the upper North Island and playing at the Mount's Major Toms at 8pm. It’s a free gig. Their music covers the spectrum from Mario’s

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The Crown and Badger Friday 31 – Shabang. Saturday 1 – Shabang. Sunday 2 – Jessica Ross 4-7pm. The Matua Sunday 2 – The Blarney Boys 3-6pm. Wednesday 5 – A Taste of Country Night 7.3010pm. Welcome Bay Sports Bar Friday 31 – Paulena’s Karaoke 8pm. Karaoke queen.

edgy pop-rock and Yasamin’s folksy ukulele ballads to Ed’s smoky roots music and Geoff ’s summery R&B. Tauranga’s own Nine Mile Stone guitarist/singer, Derek Toner, will be opening the night with some new music from his upcoming debut solo album The importance of YAR, due out in March. 108) Thursday, February 6 – More people arrive at Major Toms! It may only be a small bar but they pump their bands through. For Waitangi Day entertainment, Major Toms is featuring the Psychedelic Cosmic Cowboys. They are a band comprising two Californians, one resident Kiwi Californian and three Kiwis from the Bay. As a fan of Gram Parsons and other country rock pioneers, I like the sound of them. They have a Facebook page and there are clips on YouTube. The PCC describe their music as eclectic American country bluegrass meets the Rolling Stones with some ‘60s vibes added. Most of it is original, with a few modified covers. There’s a $10 cover charge and things kick off at about 8pm. 109) Saturday, February 8 – The blues come to town, part 1! Yep, it’s time again for the Marchwood Blues Picnic; the secret little festival that tries so hard to hide its line-up. Which is a shame, because it’s really, really good. Running from 2pm till probably 1pm (both the posters and website appear wrong), they have blues rockers Blues Buffet from Wanganui, Auckland’s Flaming Mudcats, Sydney’s Queen of boogie woogie piano, Jan Preston, the Dave Maybee Band (out of Raglan, who will be fantastic!), Hamilton’s Sarita Murdoch Band, locals Chris Gunn and Gunnshy, and a festival opener from Warren Grant and Mike Kirk. Fantastic! Find more online at www. It's a lovely spot, on an avocado orchard in Whakamarama. There’s food and booze available (or bring your own). Tickets are $50, or $60 on the day. Under 15s are free. There’s parking. You can camp. And it’s never too busy. Go to Marchwood this year – in case the promoters get their act together and it becomes busy! 110) Saturday, February 8 – The blues come to town, part 2! Brew, the craft beer pub on The Strand, hosts bluesmen Australian Nick Charles and (recently relocated to Papamoa) Mike Garner. It’s free and they kick off at 4pm. Nick will be playing music from his latest album Into The Blues, which has won many awards in Australia including Album of the Year, two for Song of the Year, one for Solo Artist of the Year; and a first place in the Instrumental category for The Australian Song Contest. In case I need to mention – he’s really good! So is Mike. If you want to find out more, or hear some of his music, check out Nick at


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BLUE JASMINE Starring: Kate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin - Dir: Woody Allen Woody Allen still turns out a film a year and most of them (the brief blip of the ‘London films’ notwithstanding), are pretty good. Okay, so some people are perpetually irritated by his work, primarily for what they perceive as sloppiness and insularity, but watching a bunch of great actors perform what have become a series of entertaining miniatures is, for most, an annual treat. This year’s edition is centred round a barnstorming turn from Kate Blanchett, who’s unsurprisingly up for every acting gong going. She plays the titular character, newly un-rich, having abandoned her crooked investment Geoffrey Rush takes full advantage of another plum role in The Best Offer , an elegant outing from Guiseppi Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), which examines art in its many facets. Rush is a reclusive antiques dealer, who is lured from seclusion by a similarly reclusive heiress. Through his obsession with her he finds his life transformed. It’s really quite wonderful, a class act in every way, with great work from Jim Sturgess, the enchanting Sylvia Hoeks and (always a treat) Donald Sutherland. There’s also a lovely score from Ennio Moriconne. Unlike the Fast and Furious franchise, Riddick didn’t need a dose of Dwayne Johnson to be revitalised. Just a trip back to where it all started with a small scale “trapped on a nasty planet” action thriller. While the sequel went all space opera on Riddick’s ass, here he’s back to a set-up simple and brutal enough to showcase what the character does best: kill deadly aliens and pesky mercenaries while grunting potential catch phrases. It would seem churlish to complain. The East has


banking husband (Baldwin) and imposed her hurricane-like presence, selfishness, and selfcentred anger upon her sister (Hawkins). While trying to start again she meets the charming and eligible Peter Skaasgard. But is the past really so easy to leave behind? Like many of Allen’s best, this is a closely-observed morality play. It’s not really a comedy, though there is plenty of wit on display. Everyone is good – it’s easy to lose sight of Hawkins’ impressively understated work – and Blanchett just ploughs over them all (in the best way possible). It’s exhilarating to watch, like seeing a runaway train slowly derailing.

Brit Marling playing an underground security agent, who infiltrates the titular eco-terrorist group. Acting-wise they’re a classy outfit (Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Shiloh Fernandez, Toby Kebbell), and with her boss portrayed by an icy Patricia Clarkson it’s not long before she starts getting a little over-sympathetic. It’s a clever film with a fair amount of tension and good investment into its characters, even if the final whole never really exceeds the sum of the parts. 7 Boxes is, as far as I’m aware, the first film I’ve ever seen from Paraguay (subtitles in Spanish) and it’s a bunch of fun which has won prizes at festivals worldwide. It’s an easy set-up: 17-year-old Victor is scraping a living in the markets – rife with crims of every stripe – with his eye on a new cellphone. To raise money he takes an impromptu job, delivering the titular boxes, unaware that their contents are widely sought-after. Soon everyone is on his trail and a kinetic chase ensues. Skilfully choreographed. Of all of last year’s much-slated HARD blockbusters, the absolutely worst9 slated – worse even than The Lone Ranger – was RIPD . 8 Which almost makes me concerned

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to say that I quite enjoyed it. It’s not Shakespeare, but if you want a light silly romp that does a Ghostbusters take on Men In Black, then have at it. Jeff Bridges, pushing his True Grit sheriff to logical extremes, and Ryan Reynolds, are dead cops protecting the mean street from supernatural life. Not smart but so what? Paranoia is a blatant Wall Street rip off that, derivative though it is, should still have been a lot better. Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are rival tech billionaires, and Liam Hemsworth is the ambitious young pawn caught in their industrial spying games. The clichés mount relentlessly until an anticlimactic finale.


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New community choir for Mount People young and old with a love of song are invited to join Mount Maunganui’s newest community choir. Organiser Alice Foote started the choir in conjunction with the Mauao Performing Arts Centre and is inviting residents to join in. A non-competitive choir, Alice says it’s all about the social aspect, and offers a great opportunity

to meet like-minded people. “It’s a social thing and really good for people to meet each other. A choir is a great way to have that creative output.” About 15 people joined in for the first meeting two weeks ago. Meetings are 6.30pm on Thursdays and the first week is free. The choir works on voice skill and strength first, and then practises songs together. For more information, phone 0800 11 22 41. By Corrie Taylor

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Kicking it with the best Mount Maunganui’s Links Ave stadium will showcase some of the best footballers in the country as it gears up to host a day of national league football this weekend. On February 1, Waikato/Bay of Plenty has the opportunity to snap a run of five games without a win when they take to the field against the league’s bottom side. Waikato/BOP United plays Auckland-based Wanderers SC at 2pm in their round 11 ASB Premiership match, while the Bay SportsMed Waikato/BOP United Youth Team kicks off at 11am against Auckland United in the ASB Youth League. Waikato/BOP United’s head coach Peter Smith has found himself in frustratingly familiar circumstances on an almost weekly basis and is hoping a change of scenery might bring a change of fortune. “I’m disappointed for the players that their efforts weren’t rewarded, but we just have to take another one on the chin and look to put things right this weekend,” says Smith. “It’ll be great to head back to the Bay for what is, for me at least, a proper home game. “Links Ave is a cosy little ground and I’m pleased we can showcase Waikato/

Otumoetai FC’s Dylan Bull playing for Waikato/BOP United’s youth team against Wanderers SC. Photo by Grant Stantiall.

BOP United and ASB Premiership football to the region.” Entry to the ASB Premiership match costs $10 for adults, $5

for students and pensioners. Free entry for children. Entry to the ASB Youth League game By Zoe Hunter is free.

Fabulous line-up of blues musicians The Marchwood Blues Picnic, hosted by Peter Archer and Carol Murphy on their organic Omokoroa orchard, is an annual event featuring – “as always” – a fabulous line up of blues musicians both local and international. At an early bird cost of only $50 for eight hours of first class entertainment in a lovely setting, what better way to spend a Saturday, say Peter and Carol. Starting the show at 2pm will be Warren Grant and Mike Kirk with a set of nice acoustic blues, followed by the Dave Maybee Band from Raglan. Blues sounds will continue with Sarita Murdoch Band from Hamilton, Jan Preston and her Boogie Woogie piano from Australia and Tauranga’s Chris Gunn and his band Gunnshy. The Flaming Mudcats from Auckland and Blues

Punters enjoy the bands at Marchwood Blues Picnic. Buffet from Wanganui are the final bands to rock the show, playing music into the night. As always, punters are welcome to bring their own picnic hamper and refreshments. There will also be gourmet food and wine available at the venue, at reasonable prices, as Peter and Carol like to make it affordable for people to enjoy a good day out. Organisers are expecting fine weather, so take a hat and sunscreen. Gates open at noon, and Peter and Carol advise an early arrival to get the best spot. The Marchwood Blues Picnic is on February 8, from 2-10pm, at 316 Youngson Rd, Omokoroa. Early bird tickets cost $50, with gate sales $60. The Weekend Sun has a single pass to the Marchwood Blues Picnic to give away to a lucky reader who can tell us when the show starts. Enter online at under the competitions section. Entries must be received before February 5.


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