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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – public sale of fireworks should be banned. Here’s another reason, as if we needed any more: Jo Wilson and her family are lucky to be alive after a carload of dickheads fired fireworks at their Bethlehem house, setting it ablaze. They evacuated with their young daughter and just managed to get their dogs out of the flaming shed. A neighbourly policeman helped put out the fire. But it was a close thing. Police are investigating, but Jo’s family reckon the incident needs more attention and public assistance – and so do we. Rogers Rabbits urges anyone who knows anything about this, to front up. If you have any information about people firing fireworks at houses in Bethlehem before 10pm on Thursday, November 24, or saw a dark, old BMW 5 Series being driven by a group of young males around the Castlewold Drive area please contact your nearest police station. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Let’s stop this firework nonsense before more property is damaged, more animals panic, more sleep is lost at ridiculous hours of the day and night; and before more people are injured or killed by reckless fireworks mayhem. Time for a region-wide ban.

the same threat level as having your house nearly burnt down, but darned annoying just the same. If you know anyone with a Shady Lane street sign, or ill-gotten signage for that matter, dob them in to the Rogers Rabbits Street Sign Restoration Programme. We’ve declared December an amnesty on stolen street stuff, so come on dudes, come clean! Drop your illicit signs, traffic lights, road cones, parking wardens and any other naughty souvenirs at 1 The Strand. Anonymously if you wish. We’ll get them returned to their rightful positions. Particularly Shady Lane, as it would be a great Christmas present for the long-suffering locals. If you want to dob in a habitual signage purloiner, email me a snapshot and some damning evidence, and

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And while we’re on the trail of delinquents, here’s another sign of bad behaviour y’all might be able to Above: A couple of help with. The good people of Shady signs we’d like to Lane are tired of losing their street sign. see: A region-wide fireworks ban; and It seems the rural road label is a popular target to be ‘souvenired’ and it Shady Lane’s sign back. Plus any commonly goes missing at this time of other souvenirs the year. from your shed. Unfortunately, it’s the same time of the year the locals have visitors who have trouble we’ll make an example of them and point some retribution in the right direction! finding their way without a street sign. The road also tends to have boyracers frequenting Email: brian@thesun.co.nz Incidentally, the most-commonly stolen the lane, doing burnouts and donuts. Not

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The very clever scientist people at GNS have calculated exactly how much the earthquake in the middle of the country has changed our little nation. They can tell that the east coast of the lower North Island has shifted west by up to 5cm. The rest of the North Island has also shifted incrementally. The north-east tip of the South Island has moved by more than two metres and lifted almost a metre. Cape Campbell is now two metres closer to the North Island than it was before. GNS scientists used GPS to reveal the shifts – and they say the results are astonishing. Now my wife wants to know: Since we are closer to Australia, is it cheaper to fly to Brisbane? brian@thesun.co.nz

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signs include Abbey Road in England, thanks presumably to Beatles’ fans; Stoner Avenue in Minnesota; Shitterton in Dorset; F**king, Austria; Mile Marker 66.6, New Jersey; Bat Cave, North Carolina; Butt Hole Road, England; Katie’s Crotch Road, Maine; and Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Wisconsin. Hell, Michigan is a frequent target, and its namesake in Norway. Condom in France has had to take extra precautions; the council sign installers at Intercourse, Pennsylvania are tired of being screwed over; and Justin Beiber Way in Texas was named when an 11-year-old girl won a contest to be Mayor for a Day. The sign was promptly stolen, apparently by disapproving ratepayers. There’s a beach in California that regularly loses its highway sign. There’s nothing particularly amusing or smutty about Bolinas, it’s just that the locals want to keep tourists and rowdy visitors away…so they’ve repeatedly torn down the sign at the turnoff on State Highway 1. In New Zealand, our own Shag Point sees more than its share of dubious activity. Rotorua’s most replaced road sign is reportedly Waiotahi Loop Rd. Not because it is regularly souvenired…but because tourists keep running it over. Auckland regularly replaces the street signs in Bathurst Rd and Commodore Drive. Melrose Place and Shortland St seem popular amongst serial sign stealers. There’s often something suspicious going down at Muff Rd, Canterbury. And a Blenheim man was prosecuted a few years ago after snatching the Beaver Rd street sign.

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Bridgette Irwin and Jesse Burrell often take their nine-year-old twins Zara and Kane for a swim near the nudist beach. Photo: Chris Callinan.

As nature intended us Urban sprawl has crept along Papamoa Beach and invaded naked space where the naturists, the nudists, have gallivanted in the buff for decades. And it’s caused a bit of a stink in the seaside suburb. “Fair enough if they want to flaunt their goodies down there,” said one Facebook and regular beach user. “But shouldn’t there be a sign up?” There should be a warning, he suggests. He didn’t want to stop people from doing what they like doing. “I am not a prude, well I don’t think so.” He says he’s just caring for those who go down to the beach and are unaware of what’s going on. And what’s going on is men, mainly naked men, sunbathing on the beach, reading on the beach and ambling back and forth from the surf in birthday suits rather than swim suits. There’s been no suggestion of exhibitionism or untoward behaviour by the naturists. Not yet. But people are polarised on what is acceptable and unacceptable. And when The Weekend Sun spoke to the Facebook writer, he didn’t want to be identified. “Because I have had enough b******t flung at me on Facebook.” The nudists have enjoyed relative privacy and peace on their patch of Papamoa Beach for many years, protected by isolation and an impenetrable strip of bracken, ferns, lupins and dunes. But civilization has encroached up the beach. The land behind the dunes has been cleared for residential

development and a boardwalk opened beach access from Maranui St. Part of its function was to “deter disgusting and lewd behaviour” on the beach – the words of the landowners. That’s not a feeling shared by a lot of Papamoa people. Bridgette Irwin’s children were down at ‘bollocky beach’ having a swim when The Weekend Sun called. “Our kids are used to seeing Mum and Dad get dressed or climbing in or out of the shower, so nudity is nothing new to them.” The kids aren’t bothered by the naked behaviour on the beach, certainly not scared. Bridgette advises them not to look, that it’s rude to stare. Of course, she draws the line at “anything dodgy”. “However, for kids that have over-protective parents who are self-conscious, hide their bodies and make nudity a shameful thing, then I suppose a naked body on the beach could scare a child.” Bridgette suggests a rule that naked men on Papamoa Beach cover themselves if they see children. “At least be a bit discreet. Or they could bathe between 9am and 3pm when the kids are at school.” Tauranga City Council confirms there’s no designated space for nude swimming or sunbathing. “Council doesn’t have a policy about skinny dipping on public beaches,” says TCC’s bylaws and parking team member Stuart Goodman. “Nude swimming and sunbathing are not illegal. And as long as people are behaving in an appropriate manner, it is not an offence.” Stuart recommends complaints about lewd or inappropriate behaviour be made to Police. Read the full story at www.theweekendsun.co.nz Hunter Wells

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Tauranga iwi leader passes away Tauranga iwi leader and Bay of Plenty Regional councillor Awanui˜rangi Black passed away on Wednesday night. Awanui˜rangi passed away in Tauranga Hospital after a short illness. ° e 48-year-old was a driving force of M˜ori language initiatives and treaty negotiations. He was a strong advocate for the “Homai Te R˜” campaign to make an o˛ cial commemoration day for the New Zealand Wars. He also ensured a M˜ori presence on his local Toi Moana-Bay of Plenty Regional Council, pushing for compulsory M˜ori seats. Awanui˜rangi Black will lay at Te Whetu o te Rangi Marae in Tauranga until his nehu (burial) on Sunday.

Tauranga crash victim named Police have released the name of the 71-year-old woman killed in a crash in Tauranga last week. Carol Ann MacMillan was visiting Tauranga from the United States with her husband when she was involved in a fatal collision with a truck on Tuesday, November 22. Carol had been on a cycling tour after arriving on the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice, which came into port the day before. The crash happened at the intersection of Mirrielees Rd and Te Awanui Drive in Tauranga. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

Tauranga to host rally champs? A campaign is under way to bring a World Rally Championship round to Tauranga in 2018. New Zealand is one of five nations in the running, having last hosted the championship in 2012. Rally New Zealand chairman Peter Johnston says Australia effectively ‘stole’ the event from us, and his organisation has been trying to get it back ever since. “We were meant to be on a rotation system, but unfortunately Australia has tried to keep it to themselves. But in recent months we’ve been lobbying very hard to get the rally back to New Zealand.”

December closure for tracks The Waikorire and Oruahine tracks on Mauao will be closed for a week in December while the Waikorire track is resurfaced ahead of the busy summer season. It is scheduled to take five days, from December 5-9, but is weather dependent and may run into the following week. The Oruahine track should only be closed for the first two days of work. The closure will be in effect from the stone steps at the Mount Maunganui Beach entrance up to the summit. The base track will remain open and unaffected.

SunLive Comment of the Week ‘Tourist destination’, posted by jh on the story: ‘$65M cycleway design announced’. “It is a great design, no doubt and it will be a great tourist destination for the BOP to have one’s photo taken on this bridge, all we need is a very large carpark for all these tourists”.

“We knew an iconic structure would attract more than just cyclists – our vision is to have a bridge that becomes a tourist attraction, contributing to the region’s amenities and economic development,” says Western Bay of Plenty District Council deputy CEO and infrastructure manager Gary Allis. “We were looking for a unique creation, something that could be enjoyed by current and future generations. We’re confident this bridge will do just that.” Western Bay of Plenty District Council announced the design for the bridge – a key part of the Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycle Trail project – this week. The design, by architect firm Warren and Mahoney, is of a curved, single-span bridge with no piles in the water and an arch about 40 metres high at mid-point. The estimated cost is about $6.5m. The project is assisted with a $1 million grant from the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust. Construction is expected to begin in July 2017 and last about 12 months.

The bridge design. “I’m incredibly excited about this stunning design for the Wairoa Bridge,” says Transport Minister and Tauranga MP Simon Bridges. “It’s going to be an a real drawcard in relation to overall an amazing cycle trail from Omokoroa to Tauranga for locals, commuters and tourists both throughout

New Zealand and around the world. “I’m incredibly proud to be one of the local Members of Parliament involved in this and to be the Minister of Transport that’s helped to get the Omokoroa to Tauranga cycleway underway – one of the most significant in New Zealand outside of the main centres.”

Another $1 million for cycle trail Funding for the Omokoroa-Tauranga cycle trail has been boosted this week by a $1 million grant from the New Zealand Community Trust. NZCT CEO Mike Knell announced a $1million grant to support the construction of the cycle trail. The NZCT is New Zealand’s largest gambling trust. “The grant is a contribution towards the Omokoroa section of the trail, and the two new bridges from Omokoroa to Plummers Point and Jess Rd to Newham Rd.” The Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycle Trail, once complete, will provide a 19km link to between the growing

township of Omokoroa and Tauranga City’s existing urban cycleway network. The project has been accelerated by the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme. Key funders include: NZ Transport Agency ($3.8m); NZ Government ($1.5m); Western Bay of Plenty District Council ($1.52m); Tauranga City Council ($400,000); TECT ($1m); NZCT ($1m); Tauranga Round Table ($100,000); and Omokoroa Community Board ($60,000). The plan is to have the full Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycle Trail open by mid-2018.


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Cruising for charity They’ve done it once, twice, thrice and more. And this year muscles, hotties and classics will be putting rubber to the road for the 12th year in a row. The Tauranga Toy Run is back on December 2, and organiser Jill de Buisson and her core team are revving up – and encouraging locals and out-of-towners to do the same – whether there’s “rain, hail or shine”. “We have a ton of cars coming up from Palmerston North, and we have a whole lot coming down from Auckland, so everyone is putting in a huge effort to get here. It’s a big exercise for a hotrodder to take their car out on a cruise like this, plus they donate as well.” Hot rods, muscle cars and classics will congregate at Baypark Stadium at 6pm before starting their engines at 6.30pm and cruising through Papamoa, the Mount, and Downtown Tauranga before slowing down and cooling their cars off outside The World’s End in Fraser Cove shopping centre at about 7.45pm. But take note – it’s not the sort of event for motorcycles

or what Jill calls ‘Jappas’ – Japanese imported cars. Jill says monetary donations will go to Waipuna Hospice and toy donations to the Child Cancer Foundation. Cash donations can be made to the Child Cancer Foundation – just write ‘Child Cancer Foundation’ on the envelope the money is in and Jill says she will make sure the money goes to the right place. “Donations can be dropped at the World’s End bar at Fraser Cove, but the toys have to be new toys because the children have no immune system. Educational toys – books, puzzles, things like that – rather than soft toys.” People are also able to donate at Baypark between 6pm-6.30pm; right before engines start revving. And Jill’s two grandchildren will be there – as they have every year they’ve been able to. Jet Harkins, 10, and Amelie Harkins, seven, have attended each and every toy run that they have been alive so far, and Jill says they love the event. And at the end of the day, when the fumes have cleared and the cars are back in the garage needing a good polish, Jill says it’s about giving back. “For me it’s a personal thing and I do it to say ‘thank you’. I couldn’t have done it without Waipuna Hospice, they’re incredible. “We’re all 100 per cent charity, we don’t take any money out for printing or anything. So 100 per cent goes to Waipuna Hospice and the Child Cancer Foundation.” Cayla-Fay Saunders

Jett Harkins, 10, and sister Amelie, 7, with grand-mum Jill de Buisson behind the wheel of her and husband’s 1955 Ford V8 F100. Photo: Chris Callinan.

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“It’s really good because it takes a bit of the pressure off to have to earn money and take up all of that time that takes away from studying, especially when you have a lot of other things to deal with.” The scholarship is open for anyone with a significant disability who will be undertaking tertiary education, and recipients can receive up to $5000 per annum for four years’ full-time study.

Callum received a $3000 scholarship from Baytrust last year, having suffered his entire life from an unknown condition that affects his digestive system and other muscles. The 21-year-old Bay man is currently studying an arts and commerce conjoint at Auckland University, which he says he’ll complete in the middle of next year, and that the scholarship is definitely worth considering if you are eligible. “It gives you a standing with everybody else, it’s a really helpful thing to do.” Applications close December 18. For more information and to apply, visit: www.baytrust.org.nz/ dillon-scholarship

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Old media in its death throes – will democracy survive? Politicians and the media are in a co-dependency relationship. Politicians need to be seen by voters. And reporters need to pump out thousands of words every week to keep their jobs. A relationship of convenience. However, one partner has an uncertain future. Publisher of the New Zealand Herald, NZME, and Fairfax, publisher of The Dominion Post, are the two largest media companies in New Zealand. They’ve attempted a merger this year but recently the Commerce Commission’s interim decision was to decline it on the grounds that one company would control 90 per cent of the country’s media – that’s a higher proportion than communist China. So it’s not over yet – and a final decision on the merger from the Commerce Commission is expected by March 2017. So in the meantime some NZME/Fairfax newspaper editors from around the country have written to the commission begging them to

reconsider because they are suffering in the digital age. Local NZME paper, The Bay of Plenty Times, has seen circulation drop 43 per cent since 2008 while the population has grown nine per cent during the same time. Online advertising revenues aren’t increasing as fast as print advertising is declining. It’s getting harder to retain trained young journalists who are tempted into higher paying jobs elsewhere. Where does this leave our local democracy? The public can’t be at every council meeting. You rely on the media to report and investigate on your behalf. In my observation, the days of investigation seem to almost be gone and reporting is becoming “repeating”. Tauranga is fortunate to have two players in the media market. SunLive is the third most read news website in the country behind stuff.co.nz and nzherald. co.nz But unless readers are prepared to pay, like they used to for print, who will pay those who keep us honest?


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When you’re stocking your own house for Christmas this year, consider adding a little extra festive joy for Kiwi families in need for the holidays. Countdown and The Salvation Army are teaming up again to make Christmas a little brighter for Kiwi families in need, by providing vital food assistance as part of the Christmas Food Rescue Appeal. Countdown is encouraging shoppers to make a food donation in-store in specially marked Christmas Food Rescue trolleys, or online. Last year more than 750 trolleys full of customer donations were handed over to The Salvation Army before Christmas. And for the cherry on top of the Christmas pavlova, all 183 Countdown stores each donate $500 worth of groceries to their local Salvation Army centre, contributing more than $90,000 of groceries to The Salvation Army’s foodbanks nationally. Tauranga Salvation Army community manager Davina Plummer says the slogan for

Countdown is ‘you bring hope to life’ and the appeal really does do that. “The families that we see really struggle with the rent, which is not a new thing to the media for Tauranga, and food costs are always increasing. “Things like health and transport and car repairs are just unaffordable, let alone to have money left over for Christmas. “So it really does bring home that they can have a great Christmas.” Davina say her organisation continues to get referrals right up until Christmas Eve. “Throughout the year we see more than 550 families. I can tell you that the things we receive during Christmas, if there is any excess, we are able to use during the holiday period, which is expensive for families.” “Right through from December and back into March can be a really expensive time of year and it can put real pressure on families. If we can alleviate that, then it’s a wonderful thing.” And this year people can also donate online at New Zealand’s first online foodbank, The Foodbank Project, at

www.foodbank.org.nz The Salvation Army’s national secretary for social services Major Pamela Waugh says about 17,000 families are expected to ask for food assistance by the end of the Christmas season in December. “Christmas is an incredibly tough time for those families and individuals struggling to make ends meet, let alone celebrate. “Thousands of people who are only just getting by come to us for assistance simply to feed their families at Christmas. A hamper with pantry staples, meat, fruit and some festive treats not only helps these families survive, but also helps them to celebrate Christmas and hopefully get some joy from the festive season.” Groceries that tend to be most needed for the Christmas Food Rescue Appeal include baked beans, tinned spaghetti, long life milk, dry pasta, breakfast cereal, rice, spreads such as peanut butter, Marmite and jams, sugar, pasta sauce, tinned tuna, and Christmas treats. For more information, visit: www.countdown.co.nz/ community-environment/ countdown-food-rescue


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Whether they’re doing it for fun or taking it very seriously – there’s going to be a bunch of Santas in full jolly regalia running around the base of Mauao this Wednesday for a very good cause. The Great KidsCan Santa Run is on for the seventh year in a row and is set to be bigger than ever before. Last year’s event raised more than $40,000 to help KidsCan continue its work supporting disadvantaged Kiwi kids and this year Tauranga’s Santa Run is one of 19 events happening nationwide. From 6.30pm on Wednesday, December 7, people dressed in Santa suits will run or walk around the Mount base track. Individuals or groups dressed in full Santa regalia, which is provided as part of entry, will take part in support of disadvantaged Kiwi kids living in hardship. The KidsCan Charitable Trust is encouraging businesses, individuals, families and groups of friends

to get behind this year’s event and make it the best yet. Last year attracted about 4000 participants nationwide, and KidsCan is hoping to increase the number of Santa’s to more than 5000 this year. Tauranga’s local Santa Run is organised by the Tauranga Road and Trail Runners club. Member Simon Hodgson says it will be their second year organising the event. “It’s a good cause, and we like putting something back into the community.” Fellow member Brenda Wotton agrees, saying although most people just do it for fun, some can take it seriously. “There’s always a few who get competitive,” she laughs. Entry fees range from $5 for under-fives to $75 for a family of six. See: lacticturkey.co.nz/SantaRun/ entry for full price details. People have to register on the night at the base of Mauao at 5pm, with the run starting at 6.30pm. Only cash entries will be accepted on the day.


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Inducted to rock‘n’roll heaven “Til we kissed, I never knew the years that I has wasted… “Til we kissed, I never knew the kisses that I had tasted…” What an aphrodisiac those lyrics were for a redblooded Kiwi teenager in 1965? Or was it 1966? And how I loved that song. Then and now. And as I was absorbing the news of Ray Columbus’ passing I held my own spontaneous and personal requiem in the office. Ray and the Invaders on Youtube, and me as back-up, belted out a few of those enduring lines. “Will you please tell me why this took so long to begin. Darling where have you been, all my life… MMMmmmm!!!” Ray Columbus died on Tuesday this week. Those of a vintage in the office smiled sympathetically and knowingly. A 26-year-old was completely befuddled. “Ray, Ray…no!!” Of course you should know Ray Columbus. He was so good the Australians even claimed him as their own.

Fun day out in Welcome Bay If you’re in the area, pop over to Tye Park in Welcome Bay for the fourth familyfocused Tye Park Fun Day on Sunday, December 4. From 10am-2pm, Tye Park will be full of fun – music, dance, food, market stalls, and children’s activities. With a bouncy castle, games and activities, pony rides, a water slide, a dunk machine and a kapahaka, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained. There will also be stage entertainment, food and market stalls, and of course Santa. Plenty of community groups will also be present. For more information search ‘Tye Park fun day’ on Facebook.

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Get your helmets out and rev your bikes this weekend. Tauranga Motorcycle Club is holding their Christmas Moto Trial this Sunday, December 4, at Roberts Farm at the Kaimai Range. The event starts 10am and runs through to 3pm. The event is a dog-free event, spectators are welcome and entry to the venue is free. For more information search ‘Tauranga Motorcycle Club’ on Facebook.

Above: Rock‘n’roll legend Ray Columbus. Back to the sixties Left: Reporter Hunter Wells Step back again to the midcirca 1966. 1960s. The venue was the Ag Hall mass hysteria for the first time – in Cumberland St, Dunedin. The men screaming, girls weeping. It’s a powerful city was fizzing because Ray and his and infectious concoction and I remember fighting the Invaders were in town and the Ag Hall was pumping. urge. And in the heat of the night and the occasion we Admission was 12/6 – 12 shillings and sixpence – a perspired like a rugby scrum in injury time. year before decimal came to town and confused us all Columbus loved it, played the crowd. Always, always – and Dad – the ‘old man’ in the vernacular of the time smiling. And two hours later we were sated, drained – gave me a 50 per cent subsidy for the ticket. That was and I caught the last bus home, the 12:10 to Lookout the way he worked. Point. I know I had a brilliant night because as I lay on Special occasions demanded special dress code – my pillow my ears were popping from the vibrations Black Watch tartan bellbottoms with a white belt, a pumped out by those big Marshall towers and I was black corduroy, collarless Beatles jacket. I was a “boss singing to myself. cat” and everything was “a gas” that Saturday. “I am waiting girl, till we kiss again, I was waiting.” I would deserve to be arrested if I stepped out like And I reeked of cigarette smoke, cheap perfume, Old that today. I ‘showered’ in my older brother’s Old Spice, Spice and people smells, not necessarily my own. And he called it his ‘love elixir’, disguised my latest full face on the Monday I went to town and invested 7/6 – breakout with Clearasil and got the 6:15 into town. seven pounds and sixpence – in a single called ‘Till We Kissed’ even though we didn’t own a radiogram. Those were the days Regardless, Raymond John Patrick ‘Ray’ Columbus, Ray Columbus was a wee guy with a big voice and a with an Order of the British Empire, thanks for a huge presence. And those were the days when the stars magical night . had a uniform – dark suits, white shirts and floss-thin You will be well received in rock‘n’roll heaven. ties, drainpipe trousers hugging skinny legs and winkle Hunter Wells pickers. Unfeasibly-pointed shoes that turned up beyond the toes because they weren’t designed to contain feet. Ray had a mop top of Beatle proportions. Parents of the time despaired but today it would pass muster at any private boys’ school. I recall Columbus doing his trademark bow and vigorous shaking of that wonderful nut of hair in the middle of ‘She’s a Mod’. It sent the girls into a frenzy. Nothing I ever did had the same impact on the girls and I was mildly envious and disappointed. We stood shoulder to shoulder in the 1960s version of the mosh pit but of course we didn’t know we were moshing then. Columbus and the Invaders emerged from stage left and the darkness, and I experienced

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A night of giving lives on As Bay families arrive at Bethlehem College’s front fields on Saturday, December 17, to watch ‘A Night Before Christmas’ they won’t be the only ones benefitting from the region’s iconic festive event. ‘A Night Before Christmas’ has a tagline: ‘With community, for community, by community’. And this will ring true at the Good Neighbour charity’s base in Burrows St in Tauranga next year. It will again receive funds collected at ‘A Night Before Christmas’ – and Good Neighbour’s Campbell Hill says they’ll go towards securing the lease of the organisation’s base, out of which they run a food rescue initiative, a firewood programme and much more. “Last year’s funds were put into a pool to purchase a $90,000 firewood processor to help with our wood operation.” This sees local families spend two hours helping to process firewood in return for receiving a 2m3 load. “While it doesn’t sound that exciting securing the lease, it does mean we have a base, a home and a hub to operate from. And it’s good to consolidate – we’ve grown so fast – so we can rollout new initiatives next year from our base.” Meanwhile, ‘A Night Before Christmas’ organisers are acknowledging the other side of their tagline. They say they couldn’t keep growing

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the event without immense community support and enthusiasm. “The fact Bethlehem College has agreed to host such a large event shows the level of support for this event and their generosity will enable us to celebrate together,” says Michaela Vernall, who is on the organising team. And many company and business sponsors also make the magical night happen. “This year, our key sponsors are TECT, BayTrust, Pak‘n’Save Papamoa, Above & Beyond Education and Care Centres, and Creative Communities Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty. “We are very grateful for ongoing support from them and other communityminded businesses,” says Michaela. “Our performers and artists also contribute by sharing their talents with us – having to put in hours of practice to be ready for this large-scale production.” As a result the event has become a tradition for thousands – a regular date to gather with friends and family to celebrate in Bethlehem – a name synonymous with Christmas. ‘A Night Before Christmas’ is a free family event on Saturday, December 17, at the new venue on Bethlehem College’s front fields. Gates open 5pm. Bring a picnic or buy food, cash-only, from vendors on-site. Alcohol is not permitted. The main show starts 6.45pm and ends with a spectacular fireworks display. Visit: www.anightbeforechristmas.co.nz Merle Foster


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Teacher pupil, guardian ward, mother daughter. Tiarah and Whaea Patsy.Photo: Chris Callinan. telling someone she wouldn’t be moment for me.” That from a at school the next day because she feisty, no-nonsense Te Puke High was moving house…again.” The schoolmarm. “To know this young teacher asked the pupil where she lady wanted to be with me is was moving to and Tiarah said indescribable.” “Yes, I love her.” And that from a she didn’t know. Tiarah was in Child, youth and Family care and typically reserved teenager August life was transient – from care to Tiarah Kokiri, known as Tiarah. care, home to home. “I decided “Because she is kind. But that that wasn’t going to happen,” says depends on whether you piss her Whaea Patsy. “Tiarah needed some off.” And in a sense this teacher stability. So I told her she was and pupil, this guardian and ward, coming home with me.” have also become mother and “Really?” asked Tiarah. “Really!” daughter. These stories seldom get said the schoolteacher. There was told because the circumstances of a scramble. CYF arrived at school young damaged lives are generally and the school councillor was bound in privacy to protect them. summoned along with Tiarah and But Whaea Patsy and Tiarah Whaea Patsy. “They asked shortthink their story should be shared term or long-term and I said: “As and celebrated. It has its origins long as it takes’.” Read the full story in a class at Te Puke High three at www.theweekendsun.co.nz years ago. “I overheard Tiarah

“I was destined never to be a mum. It was depressing.” Then her father, a considered man of faith, stepped up and told her God had greater things in store for her. “Something is going to happen in your life that will make up for those losses,” he told her. That ‘something’ was 15-year-old August Tiarah Kokiri. “Don’t know about August,” says the teenager, who was born in November. Possibly August, as in distinguished or eminent. Regardless, just as her father had prophesied, August Tiariah was delivered through chance and need to Whaea Patsy. Whaea, a respectful term meaning aunty and applied to teachers. “I had to fight back the tears,” says Whaea Patsy. “It was a phenomenal, emotional

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Hip-hop Christmas appeal round two Deck the halls with beats and rhymes and get poppin’ to some local hip-hop all in the name of an awesome cause.

The hip-hop extravaganza that is the Xmas Appeal 2016 featuring Psyko T, Taylor Lee, Daily Hustle Crew, Koustee, Deep Trenchaz, Phreaze and Urban Drama is back and taking place at Rehab Bar & Nightclub on December 9. To get in to the gig all hip-hop lovers will need to do is bring a gift-wrapped Christmas present and a card, which will be donated to children of families struggling during the holiday period. It’s the second appeal organised by UD co-founder Franz-Oliver Lindsay, this time around with help from friends Jamie Thompson and Rona Otene, who says when it first ran in 2014 they were inundated with a mountain of Christmas presents. “The smiles on the kids’ faces bro, all the time and energy; it’s worth it. It’s cool seeing the look on the kids’ faces when you roll up with a present, but seeing what it also meant to the parents, that was really awesome.” Along with presents, they also need people to nominate families in the Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Te Puke areas who they think deserve a bit of Christmas joy. They also plan to donate half to Kaikoura families affected by the November earthquake. “There were some

Urban Drama co-founder Franz-Oliver Lindsay and Rona Otene. Photo: Chris Callinan.

people who couldn’t make it along to the last show but they still wanted to donate some presents, so they were able to drop them off to us and we’ll be doing that again. “But if you love your hip-hop then make sure you get down to Rehab for this show, we’ve got five awesome acts and it’ll also be a bit of a reunion for Urban Drama as we haven’t performed together for the last three years, so what better time to get together than for this

appeal?” The urban Drama Xmas Appeal 2016 featuring Psyko T, Taylor Lee, Daily Hustle Crew, Koustee, Deep Trenchaz, Phreaze and Urban Drama is on at Rehab Nightclub & Bar, Hamilton St, Tauranga, on Friday, December 9. Doors open 8pm. For more information visit Facebook and search for ‘Urban Drama’ or to organise a drop off, email: urbandrama@hotmail.com David Tauranga

A bus ride to festive cheer and goodwill The bus is more than half full – not with commuters but Christmas cheer and goodwill. And they’d like to put up the ‘full’ sign before next Saturday, December 10. It’s the More FM Stuff the Bus project. They park the bus up at various points around town and invite people to donate Christmas presents and goods to assist disadvantaged people who are struggling at this time of year. One woman turned up with a box of shampoos. “She’d been a solo mother,” says operations manager Joelene James. “She remembered the days when if you had two rolls of toilet paper in the house you felt rich.” A lot of the gifts are practical and simple things like shampoo, conditioner or soap. “So it’s not just about toys and treats,” says Joelene. “It’s about essentials that people who are struggling often can’t afford.” And that’s the message from the charities who will benefit from Stuff the Bus – Women’s Refuge, Shakti Women’s Refuge, Homes of Hope and Neighbourhood Trust. Often it’s the simple, practical stuff that works, the stuff people need. The promotion finishes at Christmas in the Park from 1pm-8pm at Blake Park on December 10. Then the bus, already half full, will be emptied and proceeds sorted and distributed to the charities for handing.

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Bendy light, photographers’ delight Was it an illusion, lens trickery, or something a little more mysterious and extra-terrestrial? Te Puke schoolgirl Tiarah Kokiri was at home, on the deck, messing about with her mobile phone. “I took a photo of the sun.

Not for any particular reason,” says Tiarah. Then later, when sifting through her photos she spotted it. A bright ball of light with a pink and red halo. What was it? A lunar interloper? A second sun? No-one was mentioning Unidentified Flying Object but they

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were certainly thinking it. “Best to leave it as a UFO,” says photographer Bob Tulloch, when The Weekend Sun went to him for an explanation. “It makes a better story.” Despite his delightfully cynical attitude to the media, the very experienced lens man couldn’t help. “Sorry, I really don’t know.” So we went to Carters Photographics in Grey St. They could only guess. “Might be the ceiling light reflecting on the glass window that she was shooting through.” An interesting and plausible theory. But no! Because Tiarah was sitting outside on the deck when she took the photograph. The Weekend Sun went to another eminent Tauranga shooter, Quinn O’Connell. “Looks highly like lens flare to me,” says Quinn. “Often happens when shooting into the sun.” Refracted light, light bending, lenses doing wonderfully unfathomable things with light beams. Next we went to Simon Maxwell of Islands Films. “Without knowing what lens was used I would say it’s probably some sort of optical refraction in the lens,” says Simon. “She’s obviously shooting into the sun and some lenses do produce odd artifacts as light bounces around between the various glass elements.” Artifact, in this sense, meaning an undesired or unintended alteration in data introduced in a digital process. And then to our own inimitable cameraman, Bruce Barnard. It was him who broke it to Tiarah that unfortunately she hadn’t captured definitive evidence of intergalactic travel. “Refracted light,” says Bruce unequivocally. “The lens of a camera is constructed with An Unidentified several bits of glass Flying Object? or plastic and that Tiarah’s picture from the deck. is used to focus the light onto the sensor that captures the image.” Ok so far. “As some of the light moves from one

part of the lens to another some of the light reflects off the surface of the lens and, in this case, produces a ghost image,” explains Bruce. “The effect is more often created when the bright light causing the ghost image, in this case the sun, is not centred in the picture.” Refraction is the bending of light as it passes from one transparent substance into another. The bending by refraction makes it possible for us to have lenses, magnifying glasses, prisms and rainbows. Even our eyes depend upon bending of light, because without it we wouldn’t be able to focus light onto our retina. So the word of the day is “refraction” and a science lesson prompted by a simple spontaneous photo shoot on Tiarah Kokiri’s deck ends with still no conclusive evidence, one way or another, on the existence of UFOs. Tiarah features elsewhere in the paper this week. Her powerful, personal story is on page 11. Hunter Wells


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The magic of the hospice’s multipurpose tea towels Maybe the neighbour’s been feeding the cat. Or Aunt Doris – who is nearly impossible to buy for – is coming for Christmas. Or you’ve to get a parcel overseas in time for December 25. Waipuna Hospice fundraising manager Trish Rae has the perfect thoughtful, affordable, lightweight gift to give this Christmas. And it keeps on giving – to the hospice. Yes, the organisation’s annual tea towel fundraiser is back – and this year with a design of an adorable kiwi. “This year we have a rather gorgeous little kiwi featured,” says Trish. “It is perfect for a gift or a ‘thank you’. And they are attractively packaged and ideal to pop in the post and great for sending overseas or to friends around the country. “It’s a really lovely gift that just ticks those boxes of being thoughtful but also affordable and easy to post.” Trish says local artist Mandy Williams has generously allowed the hospice to use her design for the tea towel. “So they are unique to Waipuna Hospice.” And people actually use them – or

hang them up as a memento. “They are multipurpose. “We had one lady reported to us last year that she bought one and went home and used it and was so impressed at how well it dried the dishes she went and bought six more the next day. “Also people have made Artist Mandy W cushion covers fundraising manag illiams and Waipuna Hospice from them, or er Trish Rae, with put them on a for sale. Photo: Chris Ca the new tea towels llinan. canvas for the wall. “They are very trendy and label, says Trish. “They are packaged ready also very Kiwiana. “And this is the third design incorporating to go – they come in cellophane with a Mandy’s artwork, so the tea towels have little tag – which shows you’re supporting also become collectors’ items.” Waipuna Hospice. Last year the hospice sold about 3000 – “And the funds are much appreciated.” and Trish hopes to do the same this year. Plus the hospice’s Christmas cards The high quality 100 per cent cotton are on-sale this year – thanks to local tea towels, printed here in Tauranga, are photographers sending in images to make individually packaged with an attractive for some very unique cards.

The gift that literally keeps on giving Choosing the perfect gift is hard at the best of times, but when it comes to the silly season it seems to get even tougher. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix – even for those who are notoriously hard to buy for.

Gift subscriptions. If you’re new to the wonderful world of subscription boxes, you’re in for a treat. A subscription box is a mail service that allows you to receive a ‘mystery’ box or item in the mail, typically once a month. And there’s a subscription for every interest– from sock subscriptions, snack boxes, and pet treats to sticker packs, stationery subscriptions and beauty boxes. With a subscription for nearly everything, the odds of finding a subscription for the hard-to-please

in your life are high. The subscriptions vary in price and length – some will allow you to pay month-by-month and cancel whenever you like while others offer a one-off payment for a set number of deliveries. There are a number of subscriptions available in New Zealand and Australia, but plenty more are available from the United States. And there are a few out there that will deliver to New Zealand even if they ship from overseas – but you will likely have to pay additional shipping charges. Google ‘subscription boxes’ and have a good look at exactly what’s on offer. And happy giving – year-round!

The tea towels cost $14 each and the Christmas cards come in packs of 10 for $12 at Waipuna Hospice, their four Hospice Shops and selected retailers in Tauranga, Te Puna and Mount Maunganui. Check the hospice website for stockists.


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What’s the deal with wheat? Why have we become so wheat intolerant? That’s the question being answered in a special documentary screening this coming Wednesday in Tauranga.

Mount Maunganui and Te Puke Chiropractic clinics are presenting the documentary at Arataki Community Centre at 7.15pm on December 7. The documentary is from Australian nutritionist Cyndi O’Meara, who is among 15 experts interviewed on the topic, including paleo chef Pete Evans. Mount Chiro’s Jennifer Whitehead says the screening is a public service, with all ticket proceeds going to local charity Homes of Hope. “We are a chiropractic clinic

which involves people presenting such as myself.� Jennifer says with a very strong wellness it’s important to emphasise it with the symptoms of philosophy, we want to provide may not be the wheat, but what wheat problems, but not an opportunity for people to be people are doing to it now, testing positive for coeliac aware of the foods they eat and which can cause the problem. how they may be damaging their disease,� says Jennifer. “Historically, we’ve always “There are lots of people health,� says Jennifer. eaten wheat, but it’s the slipping through the medical There will be a panel of three modern chemical spraying of system under this umbrella, nutritional experts available to the wheat, hybridisation, and answer any questions genetic modification of it and discuss gluten-free that seems to be causing options, as well as the body not to tolerate it gluten-free foods to well. “The average sample and prizes wheat grain is now much on offer. higher in gluten than it “The evening’s also used to be.� an opportunity to Tickets to the screening raise some money for cost $5 each from Mount Homes of Hope.� Maunganui Chiropractic, The issue the Te Puke Chiropractic, Plum documentary focuses Organics Papamoa, Gluten on is how many & Allergy Free Shop, people are finding Bethlehem Health Shop, themselves unable to The Healing Room and tolerate wheat. “It’s called non-coeliac Gordon MacLeod and Jennifer Whitehead Naturally Chiropractic. investigate wheat-based products. Photo: Chris Callinan. gluten sensitivity, Ryan Wood

Slip, slop, slap and wrap this summer! Slip, slop, slap and wrap! That’s the message Skin Spots Skin Cancer Clinic in Mount Maunganui wants spread loud and clear this summer.

The sun radiates visible light enabling us to feel and heat mostly as infrared radiation, says Skinspots Dr Franz Strydom. “It also emits ultraviolet – or UV – light. UV radiation is a type of radiation that is produced by the sun and artificial sources, such as sunbeds.� UV radiation is the cause of sunburn,

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How much better can I be? Part 1 About 500 people a year contact me for the first time. Most contact me because they have some type of health issue.

The majority are under the care of their GP but are seeking diet, supplement and lifestyle measures that are complementary to medical treatment. The best thing about what I do is share with clients health improvements they never thought possible. So here is the real question. How much better can I be than I am now? By way of example someone contacted me in May. He had significant knee pain from osteoarthritis that caused discomfort and severely limited his mobility. His only medical options were heavy pain relief

and a future knee replacement. He’d been proactive and was already taking supplements that helped a little. We made a number of changes to his diet. I made changes to his supplement programme, in particular initially targeting 1500mg of high grade chondroitin and a number of antiinflammatory antioxidants. The results after six months surpassed what he expected. He has much less pain and in his own words: “Just the odd twinge”. He is back exercising, has more energy and just feels better. Joint problems are the most common reason for people contacting me. Our goal is firstly to reduce the unwanted

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What to do with knocked out teeth WORRIED ABOUT A MOLE

It’s a scenario you’ve seen many a friend or family member endure.

Either playing sport, falling from trees or a silly head to the mouth in a home accident. Yep, one of your teeth has been knocked out. So what is the best course of action to save it and quell your fears of a toothless gumline? The New Zealand Dental Association’s Healthy Smiles website has some injury management tips to reduce the likelihood of any long-term damage. Because sometimes teeth can be out back in by a dentist. Firstly, ensure the injured person is not showing any signs of head injury, unconsciousness, nausea, persistent headaches, or any other warning signs of a serious injury.

Once this is ruled out, see a dentist as quickly as possible. The sooner the tooth or teeth is replanted in its socket, the greater the chance of retaining it for life. Here’s some steps to follow: Find the tooth and hold it by the smooth white part that is usually visible in the mouth – the crown and not the root. Do not scrub or rinse the tooth in anything except water or milk. If the tooth is clean, hold it by the crown, and making sure it’s the right way round, gently push it into its socket. If it is dirty rinse it in milk, or for not more than a second or two in

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cold water, and gently push it back into its socket. Hold the tooth in place by biting on a piece of cloth and go to a dentist immediately. If you are not comfortable putting the tooth back in: Do not let the tooth become dry and don’t place it in disinfectant. Either place it in a cup of milk or if milk is not available, keep it in the mouth between the cheeks and gums. Go to the dentist immediately! This advice is only for knocked-out permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is knocked out, do not try to put it back in its socket – but seek immediate advice and treatment from a dentist.


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Medical school for Waikato uni A third medical school specifically intended to counter a growing shortage of rural doctors is being planned as a joint venture by the University of Waikato and the Waikato DHB.

The medical school will be a community-engaged, graduate entry medical school based in the Waikato, and at regional clinical education sites in 12-15 locations throughout the central North Island. The medical school will focus on selecting graduate students who are committed to meeting the health care needs of New Zealanders living outside the main centres in small cities, provincial towns and rural areas, and in particular high-needs communities. University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says with only two medical schools, New Zealand currently has one of the lowest ratios of medical schools to population in the OECD, and very limited diversity in approach to medical education. New Zealand is the most heavily dependent OECD country on overseas-trained doctors, each year importing 1100 doctors to meet medical workforce shortages. “Based on any of those comparators, New Zealand should be well advanced in developing a third medical school, and against Australian and UK standards we should already have a third medical school and be considering a fourth.” Waikato DHB Chief Executive Dr Nigel Murray says

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National fiction prize launched If you’re looking for a great read this summer, why not consider one or several titles from the long list of Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize finalists as part of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards? Launched this year by the Acorn Foundation, a $50,000 prize is awarded every year to the winner of the fiction section. Acorn Foundation operations manager Margot McCool says the highly coveted prize honours New Zealand literature. “This highly prestigious award is provided through the generosity of an Acorn donor, who passionately believes that great literature not only entertains but nourishes both the intellect and the imagination. “The books have been selected as the cream of the latest publications by New Zealand authors, and reflect the outstanding writing talent that we have in this country. “Included are some well-known and

established writers, but also some new and very exciting authors. It gives us such pleasure being a part of this initiative.” The overall winner will be announced at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, as part of the Auckland Writers’ Festival on May 16, 2017. In the meantime, the Acorn Foundation has included their picks from the long list that should make great summer reading. They include: ‘The Wish Child’ by Catherine Chidgey, ‘A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse’ by Brannavan Gnanalingam, ‘My Mother and the Hungarians’ by Frankie McMillan, ‘Love as a Stranger’ by Owen Marshall, ‘Tail of the Taniwha’ by Courtney Sina Meredith, ‘Billy Bird’ by Emma Neale, ‘Deleted Scenes for Lovers’ by Tracey Slaughter, ‘The Name on the Door is Not Mine’ by C.K. Stead, ‘Dad Art’ by Damien Wilkins and ‘Strip’ by Sue Wootton. For more information on the Acorn Foundation, visit: www.acornfoundation.org.nz

If New Zealand was an aeroplane... Watching John Key and Bill English in action these last couple of weeks, it’s hard not to feel we have two of the better leaders in charge of New Zealand at such a critical time. If NZ was an aeroplane then the Prime Minister and his deputy would be pretty good pilots. We have had our fair share of turbulence since 2008 from world recessions to what are beginning to feel like endless earthquakes. But unlike other leaders – or pilots if you will – of other nations, who are responding with ever drastic

policy responses and community reactions, our captains have guided us through with measured, competent course adjustments, that have minimised disruption, and in my view ensured we have arrived at a better than what when we left.

Of course with political destinations, you never arrive. There is always much to do, particularly in infrastructure and services to support our growing community. But it is worth taking just a moment to reflect on the choices that we now have in front of us. Through collective effort of everyone and supported by competent leadership, we have the ability to invest more locally, retire debt nationally and ensure Bay families feel their personal situation is improving in step with the country.

Two years on: Lows and highs In two years as an MP I’ve seen a lot of pandering to the divisive agendas of the minor coalition partners of this blue government, and an increase in income inequality, hyper-immigration, crime, undebated legislation and behindclosed-doors deals. What have been amazing is the relationships I’ve been able to build with community groups, local government, non-profit organisations and with real New Zealanders. We’ve consistently been the party

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Just one charge for great hearing all day long A new rechargeable technology for hearing aids is now available at First Hearing Centre in Tauranga. Tauranga.

replace the rechargeable battery every 12-18 months. “With the new ones the battery is inside the hearing aid, which is

The new Phonak Audeo B product line has innovative technologies that make hearing effortless. The new rechargeable model offers 24 hours of hearing with just one simple charge, says audiologist Carey Wright. “With rechargeable hearing aids of old, the battery inside the hearing aids needed to be charged every night and you would have to

sealed. It will last a lot longer and the battery needs charging just once overnight to keep you going throughout the day. In fact, you you can get 24 hours

use out of the hearing aid after they’re charged. “It’s kind of like a cellphone, you just put your hearing aids on charge at night and the next day you put them on again and don’t have to worry about recharging them again during the day.” Carey says the new rechargeable

hearing aids are great for clients who have trouble changing regular batteries, as the new range is easy to handle and takes away the hassle of disposable batteries. First Hearing Centre is an independent clinic that can fit a wide variety of prices and makes and models of hearing aids.

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Exploring Gate Pa’s Pa’s ‘hidden ‘hidden forest’ forest’ Below Gate Pa School is a gully with would be a great use of the space, and it to use as a walkway as well a small redwood forest tucked away expand as a cycleway.” out of sight. Not for much longer. Through the Tauranga City “It will be a major walkway, part of the Tauranga cycleways and walkways,” says Gate Pa School principal Richard Inder. During the last 10 years 10,000 trees have been planted by both Gate Pa School and Tauranga Girl’s College. The redwoods were planted many years before that. “This area was a bit of a wasteland,” says Richard. “So it was developed and planted out, in an attempt to get native birdlife back. It’s very peaceful for an inner city busy Cameron Rd.” Clearly opening this gully up will offer the whole community a place to enjoy. Biking is becoming more popular as a recreational activity, however the inner city streets of Tauranga are not considered the safest places for families to go and bike together. Around the city are 27km of walk ways that are also cycle-friendly. In the Gate Pa redwood forest there will be an additional 2.5km of track to add to this, hard-packed dirt and clay-covered with pine needles. “Staff that have been here for quite some time have always looked at the gully area and tried to think how we could use this area better,” says Richard. “So when the bikes in schools idea was explored, they thought this

Council’s partnership programme, road construction company Higgins has offered machinery, expertise and time to build this second track at the school. Handrails and some fencing will be built across two of the bridges to help make it safer. Gate Pa School pr “We are really happy to give incipal Richard In der in Tauranga something back to the community ’s redwood forest. and be part of such a great project,” says Higgins area manager Simon Pollard. “Higgins is a family business and value the importance of children learning bike skills in a safe environment and enjoying the outdoors.” Higgins has already successfully partnered with the school to build the top track around the school field. The lower Pukehinahina track, named after the marae where the Battle of Gate Pa took place, will have some other more advanced tracks looping off it. Due to start in mid-December, once the ground has dried, the plan is to open the track in February with an invitation to all the organisations that have helped with the project. “For an inner city school to have this Matthias Makai, 9. magical area is amazing,” says Richard. Rosalie Liddle Crawford

Making a multi-coloured Red Square They transformed Red Square into an artwork and it seems the adults enjoyed the experience as much as the kids.

The pop-up art concept was created by Lillybeth Melmoth. It’s about making feel-good things happen in the city, about “loving our city”. Templates were drawn on the sidewalk and then visitors went to work colouring and developing the pictures as they liked. “[An] amazing way to entertain The feedback was very positive the kids while being creative and and encouraging. “Great creativity. making something beautiful and Nice message with the storytelling,” positive for our city,” said Takiri and said Melissa, a mum from Matua. Matapa of Matapihi. “Excited to draw and colour on the “And the adults got to be big kids floor. It was fun,” said eight-yearas well. Thanks heaps.” old William. And so, on the back of the success Colouring Book C.I.T.Y attracted of the first Colouring Book C.I.T.Y families, groups and individual event, planning for the next event adults. Many were locals but there Colouring near BooksAPlenty on January 20 is were tourists and students from up Tauranga. already underway. Japan and Hong Kong. About 76 people grabbed large “A great idea to get everyone out sticks of chalk and went to work on the pavement in Red Square transforming the area into and involved,” said Tarryn of Papamoa. “We would like to see more events like this.” a temporary but colourful garden of flowers.


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Christmas story comes to life Mary and Joseph will make their way from The Strand to the Edgewater Fan on a donkey next Sunday. The Christmas story of Mary and Joseph will come to life on December 11, with a walk from No.1 The Strand starting 5.40pm. The free, family-fun event will finish with carol singing at the Edgewater Fan at 6pm, as part of the Carols on the Waterfront event. Organisers says children are invited to dress up as shepherds or angels and follow Mary and Joseph on a donkey from No.1 The Strand to the Edgewater Fan, where they can join in a chorus of festive carols. “The event is a chance for people of all faiths and no faith to come and hear the Christian story behind Christmas.” Prior to the event, organisers are encouraging all ages to take part in a colouring competition with fantastic prizes for both adult and children entrants. Categories include: Preschool, three-five years

old, five-eight years old, nine-12 years old and adult. First prize for preschool category is $20 and runner up $10, first prize for five-eight years and nine-12 years is $30 and runner up $15 – and first prize for adult entrants is $75 and $30 for runner up. Go to pages.sunlive.co.nz/colouringcomp/ and download an A4 version of the children’s colouring adult or children’s colouring in in image image and and er tcliff with h Simone An niel, 4, and children Da colouring. t Olivia, 7, geis Callinan. Photo: Chr

Best first toys for baby Before baby even arrives you’ll have seen a plethora of toys on offer to encourage, entertain and educate your little one on the world outside the womb. But in reality – to start with you only need a few quality items. A mobile that can be moved around the house is ideal – there is many that can clip onto cots as well as curtain racks. And ones with removable audio speakers – that can be uploaded with different tunes – allow the flexibility of silence or music, which can be changed as your

child grows. For little toys – try a quality rattle, a mirror so baby can see themselves, a soft toy and cloth book to start with. And a baby gym is very versatile. You can change the hanging toys and fold it away when not needed. But books – by far – are the best investment in baby’s future. They will never get sick of mummy’s voice reading out loud – and they’ll learn so much of their speech and vocabulary from listening to reading or singing. And hard-page books let baby learn to flick pages and use their hands too.

get creative! Entries will need to be handed in to Sun Media office, No.1 The Strand, before 5pm Thursday, December 8. Winners will be announced at the Carols on the Waterfront event. If it rains the event will be postponed to December 18. A lift-out copy of the Christmas carols will be featured inside The Weekend Sun closer to the event.

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Rewarding Tauranga’s top eateries The winners of the inaugural Bay Hospitality Awards were announced last Sunday at a Gala dinner held at Mills Reef Winery.

The gala dinner was the first of its kind in the Bay; and with an outstanding amount of support it is set to be the first of many, says co-event organiser Caryn Rawlinson. More than 3500 votes were received for the 14 categories with the demand for tickets to the awards evening exceeding availability. The awards was a chance for the winners to share their successes with ck Brian Woodco their peers and fellow ow d ea from M finalists as well as Fresh and s) celebrating being the ha Jo nnes (Han best in their field. om fr in Kraenzl ar. Hosted by local olk Espresso B F Masterchef winners Karena and Kasey Bird, 250 guests were treated to dinner and entertainment by local musician Lisa The Bay Hospitality Hawkins and internationally renowned DJ duo Awards 2016 winners are: Sweet Mix Kids. 1. Me ado w Fre sh “We are proud to organise and Sale Outstanding Front Outstanding Barista foster these awards with our main of House Team – The – Johannes (Hans) purpose for these awards being Flying Burrito Brothe Kr aenzlin from Folk to unite, grow and celebrate 9. Mills Reef Winery rs. Expresso Bar the regions vibrant hospitality People’s Choice – The 2.CalnarBusinessSystems industry” says Restaurant Flying Burrito Brothers. Outstanding Café – Association of NZ chief executive 10.SparkBusiness Love Rosie. Marisa Bidois. Outstanding Sales Rep 3.MoanaNewZealand The event was organised by the – Dan Shea – Mills Emerging Talent – Restaurant Association of New Reef. Jes sica Payne from The Zealand with the assistance of 11.IndependentLiquor Pizza Library Co. the Bay of Plenty Committee, Outstanding New 4. Bid vestNZ made up of seven local industry Venue – The Rising Outstanding Street professionals. Tide. Food – Johneys “These awards are a chance to 12 . BidvestTauranga Dumplings. showcase the hospitality industry Outstanding Chef – 5. Me numatePointofSale and reward those that excel in our Ian Harrison. Outstanding Caterer – industry,” says RANZ 13. OneMusic Good Things Kitchen. Bay of Plenty branch president Outstanding Design/ 6.LionCoOutstanding Andrew Targett. Am bience – Macau Bartender – Katie “The Bay Hospitality Awards Ba r & Kitchen Sh ort from The Barrio could not operate, celebrate Lounge. Bro the rs. and give back to the hospitality 14.GilmoursTauranga 7.PernodRicardNZ industry without the support Outstanding Outstanding Bar – of our sponsors. We are are looking looking Re staurant– Mount Brewing Bar. forward to the 2017 awards Ha rbourside 8.MenumatePointof with planning already underway.” Restaurant. For more information, go to: bayhospitalityawards.co.nz


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Booking in brunch at the Brooklyn Brunch will be added to the menu at Brooklyn Patio and Eatery on The Strand for the first time this weekend. “We’re calling it Brunch at the Brooklyn,” says owner Rohan McCloskey.

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Customers can order from the new brunch menu starting this Saturday, December 3, as well as from the new lunch menu that was released earlier this week. The Tauranga eatery is under new management and to celebrate, they’re offering an exclusive 50 per cent off all food items from the new brunch menu this Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, only

The taste and smell of Christmas Christmas is right around the corner and there’s nothing that says ‘Christmas’ more than the smell of freshly-baked sugar cookies. These cookies are easy to make, customisable, and a great way to entertain the kids. Adding a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg adds to the Christmas taste and smell. Ingredients: 2 cups plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 125g butter ½ cup sugar ¼ tsp grated lemon rind 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg 1 egg Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingers until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add sugar, cinnamon,

nutmeg and lemon rind and mix until combined. Lightly beat egg in a separate bowl and add to dry ingredients, mixing to form a stiff dough. Place dough on a lightly-floured benchtop or board and roll out to about a 4mm thickness. Cut shapes using various cookie cutter shapes – the more festive the better – and transfer to a greased or lined baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes or until they turn a light golden brown. Let cool. Icing ingredients: 2 cups icing sugar ¼ tsp butter, softened 2 Tbsp boiling water ¼ tsp vanilla essence Food colouring (optional) Method: Sift icing sugar into a bowl. Add butter and hot water until you make a paste easy to spread. Mix in desired food colouring and spread over cookies with a palette knife. Decorate with sprinkles, flaked chocolate, coloured sugar or whatever you desire.

from 10am-12pm. “We’re launching the new menus for the first time at Brooklyn to introduce something fresh and inspiring to the eatery,” says Rohan. Open from 10am, the brunch menu includes a range of tasty late breakfast options including flapjacks, The Brook – bacon, fried egg, avocado and chipotle relish in a brioche bun – and the breakfast pizza to name a few. As well as an extensive range of delicious choices, the new summer-inspired lunch menu includes the famous lunch size sliders Rohan says Brooklyn is known for. Rohan has recently moved from Sydney to Tauranga to be the face of two new restaurants: Brooklyn Patio and Eatery and Neighbourhood Beer Kitchen

in Cherrywood. With a background in fine dining, Rohan brings an extensive range of knowledge to the hospitality industry. Rohan has worked with the Merivale group, which owns a growing portfolio of more than 50 restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and function spaces in Sydney. He’s also worked at Bennelong Restaurant and Bar at Sydney Opera House, as well as Fresh Catering – one of the premier catering companies in Sydney providing high quality menus with superior customer service. “We hope the new menu will provide people with a memorable and positive experience that will leave them wanting to come back for more!”


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A Kete full of Christmas It’s a simple Christmas thing – giving.

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“We wanted to do something for other people in the community who would appreciate or benefit from having a nice surprise land on their doorstep close to Christmas,” says Catherine Sylvester. The ‘nice surprise’ is 1000 bags of groceries, valued between $60 and $80, meaning some people have some Christmas cheer, a kete of kindness when previously they had little or nothing. Strawberries, carrots and onions, treats like chocolate or biscuits, recipe cards for $5 meals and ingredients like pasta and pasta sauce, tins of corn and lots more. “A whole bundle of love,” says Catherine. The beneficiaries of this goodwill are both surprised and appreciative. “I think for a lot of people it’s simply that someone has done something kind for them,” says Catherine. “We don’t often have a lot of that.” Moving stories have emerged from last year’s drive, like the solo-mum-of-two who unexpectedly lost her job. “Things were dire,” she said. “I hadn’t been able to afford groceries for two weeks. The surprise knock at the door couldn’t have been better timed. I’d never asked for help, I was too proud. It [the Gift of Groceries] was extremely appreciated and humbling.” Another mother had explained to her boys they wouldn’t be able to afford Christmas. When one of the boys opened the door to receive the Gift of Groceries he yelled: “We can have Christmas after all”. “As a mother myself, I was stoked by that story,” says Catherine. Gift of Groceries is run by the Mosaic Church in Mount Maunganui. “But it’s such a tough time for so many people, we wanted it to be no strings attached,” says Catherine. “You don’t have to sign up for anything, you don’t have to come to church. “It’s literally: ‘Here you go, this is for you’.” Like the Mosaic Easter in the Park. “No message, no

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agenda there either,” says Catherine. “Just a day for the family.” But people are suspicious. Last year many getting groceries asked: “What do you want from us then? What do we have to do?” “Well nothing,” says Catherine. “No names, no phone numbers, no addresses, no emails. We just want to do it.” The scheme is financed by members of the church. They sponsor a bag for $40 and before long word gets out and other people are chipping in. “We have a wonderful man at New World in Mount Maunganui and we give him our shopping list of a 1000 this and 1000 that. And he keeps an eye out for the specials that come through on the lines that we want to purchase.” They start stockpiling in June and July so they can get products at

really cheap prices. Then the church volunteers kick in, sorting, packing and when the day comes next month, loading their trailers and distributing. Some of the Gifts of Groceries are given to the church’s partner organisations. “Women’s Refuge, Ngati Ranginui Iwi and Open Home Foundation because they have a wide network of people with needs.” The woman who lost her job unexpectedly is now back on her feet. “I am so excited to pay it forward to other families at a time of year that is so hard for some families.” Mosaic’s bags of goodwill and groceries go round and round. If you’d like to sponsor a bag, or help with packing and distribution, contact Mosaic Church on 07 572 0998.


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A food festival after the floats As Christmas parades float down main streets in Western Bay of Plenty towns tomorrow – Te Puke’s will finish with a Multicultural Food Feast serving up community diversity in foods.

She says the Multicultural Food Feast has been paired with the Te Puke Christmas Float Parade for a few reasons. “The pairing came about as we were organising a multicultural food festival but the roadworks in Te Puke meant we had to push it back. “And we thought it would be an ideal time host it right after the parade finishes – because then there’s nothing for them to do. Te Puke’s annual Christmas Float Parade runs from 11am to noon “So having more of a festival we thought would a good idea to Jellicoe St – and the road will remain closed until 2pm, offering entertain the crowds a bit more – and feed them.” parade-goers the new Multicultural Food Feast. Rebecca says people will be able to hang out, have a look at floats “It [the food feast] is to celebrate the diversity we have got here from the parade and wander around trying a variety cultural foods. in Te Puke. We decided we wanted to get everybody out and food Food stalls taking part will be serving up everything from Indian is a great way to do that,’ says organiser Rebecca Larsen of Te Puke cuisine, to Greek, to ice creams, shaved ice, doughnuts, pizza, pork Promotions and Events Group. buns, hangi “and I think somebody mentioned German?”. “So there will be a good variety,” says Rebecca, who reckons there will be a dish suit to all tastebuds and dietary requirements. There will also be face painting and other entertainment on offer too. Rebecca says food vendors – both communityfundraising set-ups and food-truck businesses – will be stationed on footpaths in an area near the post office and will serve food during and after the parade. The Te Puke Christmas Float Parade & Multicultural Food Feast is tomorrow, December 3 in Te Puke Town Centre from 11am-2pm. And from 11am-1pm tomorrow is the TrustPower Christmas Parade, from Devonport Rd through to The Rebecca Strand, in Tauranga City. Murray H Larsen, People are welcome to stay on at the waterfront to enjoy o Leigh Ba well and afternoon entertainment. rto food for th sh with Also on tomorrow is the Katikati Lions’ Christmas e feast. Parade on Main St starting 3pm. This will be followed by Photo: Bru ce Barnard . a Christmas Variety Concert in Moore Park from 4pm. All events are free to enter. Merle Foster

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Kiwis revealed as cocky cooks in the kitchen Kiwis love to cook – and we think we’re pretty good at it too. A recent study into our cooking and eating quirks reveals 52 per cent of us rate our performance in the kitchen as an eight out of 10. But are we really as good as we think? Apparently not, because confidence – gaining 35 per cent of survey votes – outweighs ability, which garnered 27 per cent. And it’s men who consider

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“More than one-third of respondents say cooking makes them happy and 52 per cent of those who rate their prowess eightplus positively glow with glee. “Our research also showed some interesting patterns as while 70 per cent of households have at least one screen on when eating, a huge 82 per cent still eat with their family every day,” says Sophie.

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The edible garden year-round Spring has transformed into summer – and as a cook that means the wonderful warming comfort foods of winter start to fade as the freshness of the new season starts to show its face. Spring heralds in a period of new growth and vitality and it’s almost with a sense of relief that we turn to faster cooking methods again, while also decreasing fat levels. It is a time for growing and cooking with tender, green leafy vegetables such as asparagus, spinach, lettuce, broad beans, fresh parsley and basil. Warm salads are delicious at this time of the year, along with the last of the citrus and the first fresh seafood. It’s also the time for cleaning up the mess of winter in the kitchen garden and start the planting again. As I write this Anne and the boys are attacking the weeds and are trying to decide what to plant this year. Herbs and salad, of course, are high on the list, as are the beans, peas and sweetcorn. Mind you this year we are going to try not to spend so much time lovingly cultivating a giant weed in the erroneous belief it was a watermelon. Enough writing for now, I really must get out into the garden and help the family. After all this is our garden and it will provide

us with wonderful food all year. To all of you out there looking at the garden with a feeling of dread, close your eyes and imagine all the glorious meals it will gift you in coming months. Happy gardening and happy cooking. Warm salad of chicken with poached eggs and salsa verde Serves 2 Ingredients: Mesclun, rocket and spinach leaves, mixed Roast chicken, breast and leg meat, chopped roughly 2 very fresh, free-range eggs Salsa Verde: 1 garlic cloves Bunch of flat leaf parsley Bunch of basil or mint leaves 1 Tbsp capers ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard ½ Tbsp wine vinegar 75ml extra virgin olive oil Method: To make the salsa verde, finely chop the garlic and then put into a food processor with all of the other ingredients except the olive oil. Blitz until evenly chopped and then add the oil, continuing to blitz until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning. Mix salad leaves with chopped chicken in a

large serving bowl. Fill a large pan with water and bring to just below boiling. Use a spoon to get the water moving in a gentle circle and break the eggs in. Keep swirling the water gently while cooking the eggs – it may take up to 10 minutes. Do not rush the process; otherwise the white will separate from the egg. To check if the egg is cooked, lift gently with a slotted spoon and check none of the white is still transparent; it should be fairly solid and plump around the yolk. Place eggs on top of chicken salad; it is fine if the yolks break at this stage. Drizzle salsa verde on top and serve. And to end, a Sicilian proverb: “To eat an egg laid within the hour and bread baked within the day and to drink wine from the new harvest never does any harm”.

It’s time to tie up those tomatoes It’s tomato growing season – and with this comes the need to stake tomatoes and keep tying them to the stakes as they grow.

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If you’ve got tomatoes in the ground and haven’t staked them yet I suggest you get onto it. The general rule of thumb is to wait no longer than a month after planting – otherwise when you push stakes down they can upset the plant’s roots. And this could affect growing conditions. And you don’t need all these fancy stakes and ties that cost heaps in the shops. For stakes I used thins old wooden stakes, leftover form other backyard projects. As long as they are not too thick in diameter and have a bit of length to hold them firmly in the

ground they are perfect. As they plant grow in height use a tie that is soft and stretchy to tie them to the stake. This is because growing stems are soft and easily damaged, so you don’t want a tie that strangles or damages them. I use old T-shirts, which I cut into ties. Free and easy. Even old pantyhose works wonders. And another secret to growing big, juicy tomatoes. As your plants grow, remove the laterals – the shoots that grow out from the side of the stem – this will encourage bigger and better fruit. The laterals are. Often laterals won’t produce fruit but can produce a lot of leaves. If you pick them off it allows the plant to put all its energy into growing fruit, rather than a whole lot of leaves you don’t need. Happy tomato growing everyone! Merle Foster

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From the garden to the kitchen Kumara, corn, cabbage, mint, strawberries, broccoli. Everywhere I look. “We’ve got a garden here, and it’s got bigger over time,” says Gate Pa School principal Richard Inder. Each of the plots is run by a classroom, demonstrating to students where food comes from. There is a worm farm, some compost bins, and not much space left to put in more raised gardens. However, the school, which has a roll of about 350 pupils, has now gone ahead and started an orchard. “Last year we enrolled a boy, who is on a walking

frame, so the Ministry of Education have built a pathway down to our swimming pool that opened up the potential for planting in between the pathway,” says Richard. “Every possible fruit tree you can think of will be there over time. Feijoa, avocado, boysenberries. It’s good for students to know they don’t grow in shops.” It’s clear the new accessway has not only helped one student but is benefiting everyone. Already there are grapes, passionfruit and plums planted, with grasses in between. “Over time there will be larger trees, it’s a three to four-year project,” says Richard. “It’s more likely to survive with everyone is involved in it;

students, parents, teachers.” Down the path into the gully, they also plan to plant more fruit trees, as well as flaxes and grasses to attract more native bird life. “This will take time,” says Richard, “and it’s an important message for the children”. Richard says the school has also been adopting the ‘garden to kitchen’ concept, teaching students how to use the fruit and veges. “We try and do cooking with the students, and there are enough community people around who can do with extra veges and fruit,” says Richard. “Some schools have built kitchens, and that’s in the pipeline for us too.” Rosalie Liddle Crawford

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New name for polytechnic In May 2016, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic merged with Rotoruabased Waiariki Institute of Technology. Recently the Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced the new name for the institution – Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Toi Ohomai is home to 14,000 students across the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato, says Toi Ohomai interim chief executive officer Dr Neil Barns. “We’re the largest tertiary provider in the region – and the third largest polytechnic

in the country – and one of the biggest employers, with more than 1,000 staff. Neil says Toi Ohomai means to aim high and achieve great heights; to be awakened by learning. It is a name that encapsulates all that is the very best of education. “We might have a new name, but you can expect the same high standards of education that we’ve provided to our region for more than 30 years. “You only need to look at the amazing things our students go on to achieve to know how important that education is.” Graduates can be found around the globe as accountants, All Blacks, artists, beauticians,

Black Sticks, builders, business owners, educators, engineers, environmentalists, managers, marine biologists, nurses, property developers, sports trainers, tourist guides, truckers – “and everything else you can imagine”. If you’re you’re thinking thinking of of higher higher study study in in 2017 2017 check out all that Toi Toi Ohomai Ohomai has has to to offer offer you – right on your back doorstep. With degrees, diplomas and certificates you can choose to study part-time, full-time or online over more than 150 different programmes. Visit www.toiohomai.ac.nz for more information or phone 0800 86 46 46.

Toi Ohomai interim Chief Executive Dr Neil Barns, with student Hamish Hahunga at the October 10 launch.

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Primary and intermediate age students in Tauranga will have the chance to try computer science and coding on Thursday, December 8, during the annual ‘Hour of Code’ event. The Hour of Code is part of Computer Science Education Week, a global event aiming to introduce kids to coding and address the lack of diversity in the computing field. The event is being organised by Venture Centre, Basestation and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology –formerly Waiariki Charlie Crawford and Kate Bay of Plenty Polytechnic – Chapman getting ready for Toi and will be held at Toi Ohomai’s ‘Hour of Code’ event. Ohomai’s Bongard Centre on Cameron Rd. Photo: Jeffrey Kranenburg.

Toi Ohomai’s group leader information technology Andrew Chapman says tutorials have been designed to be as fun, engaging and inclusive as possible. “Participants will be able to choose from coding options including Minecraft, Moana, Frozen, Gumball and Star Wars,” says Andrew. “They won’t be sitting around learning boring lines of code – the whole idea is to get kids really excited about programming and computer science.” There are three tutorial times to choose from during the day and the event will be supported

by staff and students studying the Diploma in Applied Computing at Toi Ohomai as well as other IT professionals, who are giving their time for free. Venture Centre co-founder Pascale Hyboud-Peron has witnessed first-hand the amazing results from getting started in a small group and being supported by experts creates. “It is such a buzz to see youth and their families discover together that computers and mobile devices offer way more than play!” Parents and teachers can register their children on the Event Brite website.


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Tauranga Students flex design muscles for charity A group of design-mad Tauranga teens are breathing new life into local charities.

concepts, and developed the chosen designs. It taught them how the general design process works in a real environment, how to work with a real client and how to receive During the last few critical feedback.” months Youth Guarantee The project – which students on ACG was in addition to the Tauranga’s Yoobee’s students’ regular course vocational pathways work – took a month to programme have complete. created a slick new Hillary Outdoors’ logo for Hearing marketing Support Bay of coordinator Plenty and an Andie Johnson says uber-cool T-shirt they were delighted design for Hillary with the assistance Outdoors Education from Yoobee. Centres. Now Yoobee “Given that our Tauranga tutors Hearing Support BOP manager Jo mission is to provide are on the hunt for outdoor learning Sykes with Danella Tarry.. more opportunities experiences for youth, to hone students’ it is really important design skills and help out the local that the T-shirts connect with this community. audience,” said Andie. “A lot of charitable organisations don’t “It is a real advantage that Yoobee have the funds to employ the services student designers are from a similar of a professional designer for their generation to the students participating branding or fundraising initiatives. in the outdoor education programmes Working with students at Yoobee at Hillary Outdoors. This project has can be a great alternative,” says digital been mutually beneficial and we look design tutor Tukara Matthews. forward to working with Yoobee on “We provide our design expertise and future projects.” our students gain work experience with Meanwhile, Hearing Support BOP a real client and create work that can tasked another group of Yoobee go towards their portfolio and endstudents with creating an innovative and of-course exhibition. It’s a fantastic youthful new logo, with student Danella educational opportunity and it benefits Tarry’s design gaining top place. local charities too!” Hearing Support BOP manager Jo Five Yoobee students worked on T-shirt designs for the Hillary Outdoors Sykes found the experience extremely Education Centres. The winning T-shirt worthwhile. “We felt that the name Tauranga was created by Michael Miller (BOP) Hearing Association was a bit and a version will now be sold instore old-fashioned, and didn’t really portray and online as part of the centre’s what we actually do. fundraising initiatives. “We decided to change our name to “The students followed a design Hearing Support BOP, and with that we process, conducted research, created

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Working hard in the sun safely With summer comes longer hours and more enthusiasm to get out and enjoy nature, but it’s important to make sure you are staying safe under the hot sun. Heat stroke can affect people from all walks of life and can be dangerous. Knowing the signs of heat stroke is one

of the first steps towards prevention. Heat stroke symptoms include chills, a lack of sweat, severe migraine-like headaches, trouble speaking, dizziness, skin that is hot to the touch, and an elevated pulse rate. To avoid heat stroke, first and foremost, make sure you are drinking enough water and go into the shade when you start to feel overheated.

Wearing light, breathable clothing will help you keep cool while you are working outside, and wrapping a wet towel around your head and neck for cooling relief when you need an instant fix. Limit physical exertion if you can, and if you are working outside take short five to 10 minute breaks every hour. Where possible, work outside during the mornings when the sun hasn’t reached its peak yet and stay in the shade when the sun is at its highest. Avoid drinking caffeine and sugary drinks and swap them for water if you are feeling thirsty.

Catching some ancient zzz’s Are you waking up feeling tired because it was too hot to fall into a good, deep sleep?

Don’t spend your nights tossing and turning, searching desperately for that one cool spot in your bed. Instead, try sleeping like an Egyptian. But what exactly does that mean? Ancient Egyptians allegedly used to soak their sheets and blankets in water right before going to bed. This helped keep them cool while they slept. Modern technology has made this method slightly less archaic and a little more comfortable. Start by getting a sheet or a large bath towel and soaking it in water. Squeeze as much water out as

you can and run it on a spin cycle through your washing machine – this will make the sheet or towel wet but not dripping. Place a towel or light blanket underneath you, and sleep with the damp sheet or towel on top. For added coolness, aim a fan at you or above you while you sleep. The water will evaporate from the sheet or towel as you sleep and it should be dry by morning. A variation on this method is sleeping in a damp shirt. Follow the above method – but with a

T-shirt – and wear to bed. This variation works best if you don’t sleep with a sheet or blanket covering you, to make the most of the evaporation. So if it starts to feel as hot as the Sinai Desert in your bedroom, consider returning to the ancient ways and sleep like an Egyptian.

Hot cry baby no more this summer The car can get incredibly hot in summer. Have you ever sat on black leather with bare legs? But remember, it feels even hotter for little ones who may not understand why they’re so uncomfortable. If you have to take your baby or young child in the car and you’re worried about the temperature, there are a few tips and tricks to make the ride more comfortable for them. If you’re in the market for a new car seat, opt for one made of light fabrics to try to avoid heat absorption. Using a reflective car seat cover can help limit the amount of heat the car seat absorbs,

and pre-cooling the car before getting in can help. Blast air for a few minutes to try and take the edge of the worst of the heat. Where possible, try to plan trips in the morning or afternoon when it’s not as hot, and parking your car in the shade or a parking block will help make a huge difference keeping your car cool while you are out shopping. Tinting the windows of your car can significantly reduce the heat factor in your car. If you can’t afford to get your windows professionally tinted right away, you can purchase static cling temporary shades to stick to the back windows.


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Sleeping cool and comfy at night There are a few simple ways to keep yourself cool while you’re sleeping – even if you don’t have air conditioning. The Weekend Sun has compiled some of the weird and wacky ways of keeping your body comfortable when the nights get hot. Light-coloured bed linens made of lightweight cotton are a hit if you’re after breathability on sticky summer nights; and for added respite, pop your top sheet in a plastic bag in the freezer for a few minutes before bed. It won’t keep you cool all night but it will provide a few moments of coolness. And if you thought fans were just used for circulating hot air around the room think again – if you point box fans out the windows they push hot air out.

Loose, soft cotton pyjama shirts and shorts are the best things to wear on hot summer nights – and just sleeping in what the good Lord gave you has mixed opinions, with some saying sleeping naked means sweat stays on the body instead of being wicked away by fabric. We leave this up to personal choice. A great way to keep extra cool is to place a shallow pan full of ice in front of a fan – the breeze from the fan will pick up cool water from the ice’s surface as it melts – showering you in a light, cool mist. And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, sleeping outside in a tent is a great way to get some fresh air while you sleep and help you get out of a stuffy bedroom. Have a great way of beating the night sweats? Let us know on The Weekend Sun’s Facebook page!

Be smart under the hot summer sun Summer is here, and with it comes the promise of long sundrenched days and plenty of outdoor fun.

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premature aging of the skin seen in New Zealanders. “Sun protection is essential for ourselves and our families to minimise the risks of potentially devastating skin cancer,” says Skin Centre’s Dr Neil Mortimer. “It is never too late to start protecting our skin, and even small lifestyle changes can make a big difference.” During summer months, Neil advises people avoid prolonged sun exposure if possible at the peak times of UVI – between 11am and 4pm – and schedule outdoor activities in the morning and late afternoon or evening

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Tom Cruise’s does to the credibility of Scientology. It just gets more media attention. B Johnson, Omokoroa.

Is four lanes enough? Re: The Turret Rd-15th Ave project. It is great to see Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless spearheading a renewed effort on the fourlaning of this key access road from Welcome Bay, Maungatapu and beyond. Looking ahead, I wonder if four lanes is enough? In that sense I hope the planning will encompass and eventual six and eightlane configuration. I’m talking about using 14th Ave, which was the original access to Welcome Bay before 15th Ave. Save the pohutukawa trees by bringing a new causeway and bridge now, coming across at an angle towards 14th Ave, going close to the island which can then become a passive recreational area, and linking in with an eventual reclamation roundabout near the bottom of 15th. This would enable each avenue to have three lanes one way and one the other. Careful planning will ensure minimum interference with tidal flows and the Waimapu River. When I was a youngster the only access from town

to the Mount and East was along Devonport Rd - or Cameron - and down 14th Ave. I can’t remember what was at the bottom of 15th Ave. Perhaps no-one went there? B Capamagian, Tauranga City.

Old enough to understand responsibility I was shocked to read that a petition has begun to raise the youth justice age to 21 years from 17. Think of tiny Nia Glassie murdered by a group of young people, who would, under this proposed new legislation, be unable to be tried in an adult court. At age 16 they are old enough to get a firearm licence and drive a vehicle, at age 18 to buy alcohol, vote, marry, obtain a benefit, but are apparently not old enough to understand

responsibility? Now in Rotorua, five youths under 17 years of age have been arrested for the home invasion and assault of a 92-yearold wheelchair-bound woman. Three of them had escaped from Rotorua youth prison after they had savagely assaulted three prison guards, knocking out two of them.

These thugs were free to wander the streets because the severe restrictions of the youth justice system means the Police and prison personnel would have been breaking the law if they had alerted the media or public and breached the ‘human rights’ of the youth involved. I hope the politicians have enough public responsibility to toss this petition where it belongs - in the trash can! R Bishop, Pyes Pa.

We all need houses, food, clothing etc... Re: ‘Maori do need race-based policies’ (The Weekend Sun, November 4). M Leabourn’s letter in which he alleges the Government does not make special provisions for Maori ‘needs’. I would like to know what are the special needs of part-Maori today? We all need houses, food, clothing, education and healthcare, which is available to all. When Charles Darwin visited these shores in The Beagle, he wrote the land was barren, the natives hostile, and they lived in hovels. After Maori took over the land from those already here, just what did they do to improve the quality of life? Actually nothing, for they stripped the land of trees, and ate nearly everything that walked or flew,

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including the 12 species of moa. Conservationists they were not, luckily colonists have since done their upmost to restore many species. We know inter-tribal fighting, cannibalism and slavery were rife, but if it was such a wonderful culture and lifestyle why did Maori leaders first beg King William, and then Queen Victoria, to send troops to put an end to the looming extinction of Maori, especially after the Musket Wars. If Maori want to participate in government then let them put candidates forward for election. It is ludicrous to suggest the 18 per cent part-Maori be given co-governance and it is up to them to be elected like everyone else. We are one nation. M Brooks, Tauranga City.


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in by the community, whom I work for. I am fully aware of a Mayor’s power, as it is his responsibility to decide who will be his deputy mayor, who will be chair and deputy of the committees we need. We have five committees, and six re-elected councillors, and I am the only one without a chairmanship of a major committee. But what I know is the community did not vote me in to be a puppet, and if I speak out it will always be for a very good reason. M Murray-Benge, WBOP councillor.

Re: Calls for a new warning system for tsunamis in the Tauranga area after the Kaikoura earthquake. We all have a very efficient warning system in our homes and workplaces. It is called a telephone! I believe it would be a simple task for the telephone operators to send a warning call to all persons living or working in the danger zone of a tidal wave. This would be actioned by the emergency service and sent to the area under threat. The telephone is the best and most reliable system we have. If we have a close earthquake, which destroys our telephone system, you will be wide awake and moving!

Re: L Wood’s Letter ‘Infighting disappointing’ (The Weekend Sun, November 25). In response to L Woods I can assure your reader there is no “infighting” at Western Bay of Plenty District Council. As an experienced councillor, I have long believed it is a privilege to serve my community. There are no arguments at our council, and no one expects there to be, but you must expect robust debate. What I do believe is that the community of Western BOP expect us to do our very best, and I am the second highest polling candidate, voted

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The recent Gisborne earthquake was a red alert and now we have yet another major 7.8 earthquake centred on Kaikoura, with tsunami alerts, reinforcing that the Mount-Papamoa area urgently needs tsunami disaster alarm sirens that work. Warnings no matter how prompt are no good without disaster alarms in place. Bay residents must ignore shagging around with Tauranga City Council and go straight to the community funders, seeking a $250,000 grant to install 12 fit-forpurpose air-raid type sirens. No Resource Management Act consents would be required if sited properly and these sirens will give the Mount-Papamoa residents an excellent disaster warning system. The irrelevant TCC and elected members have done nothing for five years and that includes the current Mount Papamoa Ward councillors - all of whom should have been taken to task at recent the election but apathetic voters didn’t do that. Get on with the installation urgently, because bridges to nowhere aren’t the solution and some of us don’t want to go to a watery grave. To enable appropriate responses warning systems need to be in place otherwise people won’t even know there is a disaster, let alone access the evacuation routes. Doing nothing about practical disaster alarm sirens is not the answer or a viable option. All local councils need to be held accountable for their slack dilatory attitudes. SL Paterson, Arataki.

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges needs to wake up smell the sweat of the under-paid New Zealand working class. NZ’s economy may read well but it is based on the greed of the minimum wage. NZ is a low wage economy. Yes, the employers in general are doing well and spending up large but any worker on the minimum wage is a slave today. Until NZ employers grow longer arms and have shallower pockets the workers in NZ will be classed as poor. Nobody can live well on $15 an hour. A worker being paid $15 an hour is in the poverty class. Take the tax off that and the GST off the money he or she has left, the rent or mortgage and there are pennies left. One of our cars needs a special type of servicing and in Tauranga one greedy motor company wants

$130 and hour to work on it. We drive to Auckland to get the same job done have a good day out, and including petrol it costs us much less. In Tauranga we have plumbers being paid $20 an hour and the charge-out rate for their work by their employer can be anything from $80 to $100 an hour pure greed. I know of people leaving Tauranga and going to Christchurch and being paid $35 an hour for the same job. Pay your staff well and they will work harder for you, stay with you and you will prosper just as well. Simon NZ is bordering on being a third world country as far as the workers are concerned. I haven’t written the above as a worker. I am a businessman not an employee - and I am ashamed of my fellow employers in this country. A Bourne, Bethlehem.

Plenty of challenges face our regional council We’ve now been sworn in as regional councillors, so please be clear my editorials reflect my personal thoughts, and in no way are intended to represent those as a councillor of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. That said, I’m excited to being back on the regional council, and really want to ensure our council is a great organisation that we can all be very proud of. My aim is to move us as an organisation, from ‘good’ to ‘great’, and I have confidence that with the calibre of councillors on board, we can do just that. I will be looking for

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which supports the SPCA and the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust, is now underway and running until Christmas Eve. Alternatively, customers can choose to make a donation of either $3, $5 or $10 to their preferred charity, select a Christmas bauble to personalise and place it on the Christmas tree in-store. Animates spokesperson Jacqui Baigent says the funds raised from the advent calendars and donations goes towards making a real difference. “The Animates Giving Tree was started in response to the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust and the SPCA’s ongoing need for financial support and our desire to support charities that are close to the hearts of our staff and our customers.

“Last year our generous customers helped raise $74,340, which was just fantastic,” says Jacqui. Mobility dogs are trained to provide functional assistance with everyday tasks for Kiwis living with long-term physical disabilities including muscular dystrophy, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy. Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust general manager Jody Wilson says mobility dogs provide invaluable support for New Zealanders living with long-term physical disabilities. “We’re grateful for the support from animates and the giving tree initiative, which will help us continue to partner mobility Dogs with Kiwis in need.”

WOFs for your pets Is your pet due for a Warrant of Fitness-type checkup? Just like vehicles, our pets need a check-over at least once a year to make sure everything is running smoothly. A clinical exam is very important in assessing wellness and alerting us to potential problems. So what does the vet check for in routine physical examination? It may seem like we are just talking and patting the animal but a lot goes on. The exam starts the moment we lay eyes on your pet. The animal’s demeanor and mobility are observed. Weight is measured and a general body condition assessed. The mouth is checked for gum colour and moisture, which indicates hydration and heart function as well looking for dental disease. Eyes are checked for any signs of infection, allergy, pupil asymmetry and cataracts. The abdomen is palpated to assess the size and shape of the organs as well as determining if any pain,

tenderness or masses are present. The superficial lymph nodes, the glands, are felt around the body; these can increase in size due to infections and some cancers. Heart and lungs are listened to with a stethoscope to check for abnormal rates, rhythms or murmurs, which can indicate valve disease and abnormal airflow through the lungs. Ears, skin and coat are also examined for any sign of problems. The muscles and joints are checked and any lameness or sore joints discussed The results of this exam will be noted so it can be referred back to at subsequent visits, providing us will valuable information. Vaccination status will be checked and any boosters given so your pet is all good to go to the kennels or cattery during the holiday season. Flea and worm prevention plans will be discussed and then any recommendations will be made for your pet. Tauranga Vets is offering a special WOF package to help your pet to optimal health.


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Getting hands-on and interactive at Messy Church Messy Church. I wonder what you think when you hear that phrase? Messy Church is a way of being a church that is hands-on and interactive. The ‘messy’ in the name reflects both the potential messiness of the activities and the fact that all of us have lives that can be messy and complicated. Messy Church worships a God of unconditional love and provides an oasis of welcome and a safe space in which everyone can thrive. It is about hospitality, expressed at St John’s Messy Church, as we gather around the tables to share a meal together.

Most of all our Messy Church reflects a God of joy who wants everyone to celebrate together. All are welcome. Messy Church at St John’s will celebrate its first anniversary on Sunday, December 11. It has been a wonderful and very messy success. The hall regularly bustles with people of all ages, from a new baby to 90-year-olds. The hall is full, and the happy chatter at every table is the heart of what Messy Church is about. Community is being formed. Stories are being shared and memories are being created. At our first Messy Church a mum with three children under five sat contentedly at

Embracing the changes and the transitional process In times of transition, things can be uncertain, unknown, dangerous and scary. We are going from one known solid secure place, to another presumably known solid secure place. Transition is like the bridge linking the two places. The bridge may not look that good to us, or we may not even see much of the bridge at all.

spirit. When we’re on the other side, we can look back, take stock, count our blessings and document what we’ve learned and how God has brought us through. The transition we might be in right

A transition is the process of changing from one state or style, to another. Transitions are sometimes the scary, unstable, unknown, uncharted times of life. From being single to married. From married to parents. From renting to paying a mortgage. The bit in the middle is always the challenge. Those are the times that require faith. In God’s process of things embracing the changes and the transitional process will always require us somewhere, at some point, to say to the Lord, and to others: “Yes, I will, I’m in”. Is there something right now we need to say: “Yes, I will, I’m in” to? Transitions always carry within them some gold. Lessons of growth and development for our soul and

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now may be uncertain, unknown, dangerous and scary. But we have God’s very great and sure promises that He is with us; that He will bring us safely to the other side. Embrace the promise. Be strong. Cross over.

Pastor Stephen Whitwell, Tauranga

her table enjoying the meal that she did not have to cook. “I feel so relaxed,” she said. “Can we do this every month?” St John’s Anglican Church


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Bic, Brooke and Benny’s beautiful Tauranga collision “A lot of musicians enjoy the Winery Tour because it’s not hard slog, it’s just summery and a bit like being on a holiday,” says celebrated Kiwi artist Bic Runga. The singer-songwriter, with a natural flair for words and melody, along with fellow artists Brooke Fraser and Benny Tipene are all heading to Tauranga’s Wharepai Domain for the Winery Tour 2017 next January.

Eyes’. The common Tauranga is one of 12 thread is that they’re shows making up next songs that feel like they year’s Winery Tour, were words I could sing which is celebrating as if they were my own its 10th anniversary. words. At one point I For Brooke, this’ll be would’ve played her third tour having each of those songs performed on the very about six times in the first back in 2007, and Much-loved Kiwi singer-songwriters Brooke Fraser, Bic Runga and Benny car in one day over in 2010 with Tim Finn Tipene are heading to Tauranga’s Wharepai Domain for the Winery Tour months and months.” and Dave Dobbyn. 2017 on January 27. Also in November, a “I particularly look day before the release of forward to performing in an ‘Close Your Eyes’, Bic became outdoor setting; I think that’s the youngest musician ever to be inducted into still the ultimate for me, to be playing outside as the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. While the sun is going down on a summery day. honoured by the recognition, she’s also pleased to “I’m also looking forward to hanging with be the youngest too. Brooke and Benny. I’ve performed with Brooke a few times and she’s lovely. I’ve never met Benny before; “It made me feel a little bit old when they offered me the award,” says Bic, laughing. he seems like a really good sort too.” “It sort of felt too early for me because I’m not Next January’s show will see Bic perform her finished yet, but it also made me want to make older material, classic tunes like ‘Sway’, ‘Drive’ a new record. and ‘Get Some Sleep’ among many others, as “In a way it felt like a second chance and a well as songs which appear on her new album second wind, and with this tour next year it feels ‘Close Your Eyes’ released in November. like everything is just going well.” The 12-track album consists of 10 covers of The Winery Tour 2017 featuring Bic Runga, songs originally written by a broad range of artists Brooke Fraser and Benny Tipene is at Tauranga’s like The Mint Chicks, The Beach Boys, Kanye West, Wharepai Domain on Friday, January 27, 2017. Gates Francoise Hardy and Love. open 6pm. Tickets cost $79 plus booking fee from Ticketmaster. “It was good to step out of my comfort zone for ‘Close Your

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Sing-along to Christmas carols of which have a Southern hemisphere ‘flavour’ and From family sing-alongs to Kiwi-style carols, ‘down-under’ perspective.” Tauranga’s Oriana Singers will perform a collection As well as carols and Kiwi of traditional Christmas Christmas songs – some carols this weekend with a touch of Kiwi as part of their humour – the next concerts programme will titled ‘A Kiwi include a range of Christmas’. small group pieces The talented and solos. Oriana Singers The concerts of Tauranga will will also feature present ‘A Kiwi original Kiwi Christmas’ at St Tauranga’s Oriana Singers present ‘A Kiwi Christmas poetry. Andrews Church Christmas’ on December 3-4. Students from the Bay of in Mount Maunganui Plenty have also contributed their original poetry for on Saturday, December 3. A second concert will be at the Christmas concerts. Otumoetai Baptist Church on Sunday, December 4. Both concerts in Mount Maunganui and Otumoetai The programme includes some of New Zealand’s on December 3-4, begin at 2.30pm. best hymn writers, composers and songwriters, says Admission is $12 and accompanied children gain Michael Dow of Oriana Singers. free entry. Tickets are available from choir “The concerts will also provide a wide range of new and interesting carols for Christmas celebrations, many members or at the door.


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‘Mum I want to be a drummer’

Five teachers across the schools lead the bucket-drumming classes. “We teach the kids to read music booklets, corresponding to pop Your kid wants to be a drummer. Your investigations songs they like. It’s a different way to learn music. It’s an alternative conclude it will cost $500 to $6000 for a starter to traditional drumming, and parents don’t have to fork out the huge cost of buying a drum kit,” says Carl. drum kit, plus $11.99 for a pair of “It’s just a pair of sticks and a bucket.” super-duper-you-beaut earplugs. A bonus for parents is bucket drums are not as noisy as traditional drums. Carl Homersham from the Ministry The focus at Fuse is on the of Rhythm laughs. It’s one of the performing arts. “Most key reasons he founded Fuse drummers don’t get the Drumming – affordability for all. opportunity to perform and “Everyone appreciates music show their skills. This is a in some form, and our belief is fun way to learn performing, that every child should have the in the safety of a group, and opportunity to learn how to play to get up on stage at school a musical instrument.” assemblies.” Fuse Drumming teaches the art Various groups also perform of making music through finding at community events, rhythm in everyday objects, galas, and fairs, and one especially buckets and flex tubs. group recently provided “We believe children who learn entertainment at the Movie a musical instrument do better and Digital Excellence Awards in the classroom, and the handat Baycourt. eye co-ordination also helps for “One of our groups also won the sports teams. Students learn to work People’s Choice People’s Choice Award Award atat the the Mount Mount Maddi Blythe, 11, Kawana Heke-Phillips, together as a team, helping each other by providing a strong rhythm within sessions, 10, Zara Connor, 12, and Darcy Jourdain, Busking Festival over Labour Weekend. We and preparing for performances in and out of 10, get in a final practice for Fuse Battles were pleased with that.” Fuse Battles is on Wednesday, December 2016. Photo : Chris Callinan. school.” 7, from 6.30-8.45pm at Bethlehem The Ministry of Rhythm teaches drumming to kids Performing Arts Centre, Bethlehem College. Tickets cost $10 each at 20 Tauranga and Hamilton schools. at the door. They can be pre-booked at: tanya@mor.net.nz Fuse Battles next Wednesday will see fierce competition between For more information, visit: www.fusedrumming.nz the best eight Tauranga schools, all hoping to take out the Top Karolyn Timarkos Trophy, and a swag of gold medals.

Heroic tenor to save the day at Baycourt A Kiwi tenor superstar who’s enthralled audiences at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal Opera House is heading to Tauranga.

discography has reviews such as ‘Simon’s projection isis phenomenal, phenomenal, ‘Simon’s projection and the power he can give to his upper register is staggering’.” Simon appears on the 1998 New Zealand one-dollar performing arts postage stamp, the same year as he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship Opus Orchestra’s ‘An Evening with to study in New York. York. Simon O’Neill’ will feature overtures This year he was awarded an and tenor arias from Beethoven, Honorary Doctorate from Victoria Mozart, Weber and Bizet at Baycourt University of Wellington. Wellington. Community and Arts Centre on Peter conducted some of Simon’s Saturday, December 10. first operatic performances including Raised in Ashburton, Simon is Traviata for for widely recognised as one of the finest Simon O’Neill. Photo: Fraser Harding. productions of La Traviata the Gisborne Opera heldentenors – or heroic tenors – of our Festival and Cavalleria great age, and performs regularly at the world’s great Rusticana for Opera opera houses like the Royal Opera House and Whanganui, and York’sThe TheMet, Met,says saysOpus OpusOrchestra Orchestra New York’s has closely followed music director Peter Walls. his career since his “Heldentenors have rare but brilliant student days. and powerful voices. O’Neill has debuted Opus Orchestra’s Orchestra’s ‘An ‘AnEvening Evening in numerous major operatic roles to high with Simon O’Neill’ is at Baycourt international acclaim, earning descriptions Community and Arts Centre on such as ‘The Wagnerian tenor of his Saturday, December 10, 10, from from 5pm. 5pm. For For Saturday, December generation’ and ‘a turbo-charged tenor’. tickets, visit: www.orchestras.org.nz “Multi Grammy-nominated, his impressive

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Christmas presents. I realise that compared to rebuilding quake-ravaged houses in Kaikoura or even volunteering at the Tauranga foodbank – which is highly recommended – this is a very minor way to assist society. But if you give the gift of local music, everybody wins – you, the recipient, and the musicians. And with the increasing scarcity of CDs, an album will almost immediately become a collector’s item. I must confess, however, that local pickings are a little thin on the ground this year. We’ll get to them. First up though, some international thoughts.

Why did I write that in capital letters? Because that’s what Bruce does. In the second ‘Springsteen Christmas Recommendation’ slot is the man’s new biography ‘Born To Run’ and if Bruce has something important to say he SAYS IT IN CAPITALS. Lest that make you suspect that the book is not entirely serious – since serious books rarely feature such EXCITABLE text – let me assure you it is. Bruce talks at length about issues with depression and struggles with the biz and the band. In fact, of all the Springsteen tomes I’ve read this is probably the least flattering, though you do get some feeling for the extraordinary drive, determination and ambition he harboured. But after reading it I’m quite happy that he’s a hero of mine, not a friend...

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Dylan for the devoted

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Amazingly, it seems like February’s Springsteen concert has yet to sell out. I’ve already seen The Boss a few times but you better believe that, despite the nose-bleeding cost, I was first online to grab tickets when they went on sale. Because his live shows are THAT GOOD!

Moving on, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that the Bob Dylan devotee in your life (doesn’t everyone have one?) would be effusively grateful for the new 36-CD set collecting every live show Dylan played in 1966. It is called, somewhat unimaginatively ‘The 1966

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Live Recordings’. Now I realise that every additional sentence about this will almost certainly put you off even more than reading the words “36CD-set” (unless you are the aforementioned Dylan devotee), but here goes: there are 23 concerts in all, though for four the sound quality is very poor; Bob played THE SAME SET every night except once when he changed the last song; the 36 CDs therefore contain only 18 different songs (one played only once). This was, of course, the tour where Dylan was regularly booed. There is plenty of that. If you bought the famous concert released a few years ago where someone yelled “Judas” (which is here too), you might have an idea of the audience’s level of displeasure. But none of that will prepare you for the show in Glasgow, which sounds like a riot is about to break out at any moment. It’s the scariest concert recording I’ve ever heard. And all because a folk singer decided to change his acoustic guitar for an electric…

Folk music from local folk

Now, just in time, the first of this year’s local releases (I’ll have more next week). Local folk duo My Pennyworth, comprising Paul Hoggard and Penny Rowsell, released their fourth CD ‘Passages In Time’ back in March. They are a well-travelled duo, who tour both the North and South islands. ‘Passages in Time’ contains 15 original songs recorded at their home studio in Aongatete and adds a touch of country to their easy-listening brand of folk music. The songs talk of everyday life and experiences and are largely played acoustically with guitars, mandolin and the occasional piano. Paul and Penny both sing and harmonise well. A classy group of guests pop up along the way including the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band’s Paul Trenwith on banjo, Jess Hinden on violin and Peter Parnham (bass and dobro). You can find it at: www.mypennyworth.com watusi@thesun.co.nz


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Musicians paying homage to Marley One man, two guvnors on stage New Zealand’s greatest musical talents come are coming to Tauranga to pay homage to one of the greatest songwriters the world’s ever seen – Bob Marley.

The Black Seeds, I Am Giant and Supergroove, including Grenville Bell, Leon Davy, Fran Kora, Lucien Johnson, Barrett Hocking, Paul Russell, Joel Shadbolt, Shelton Woolright and Godfrey de Grut. While the Modern Maori Quartet crooners James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau and Matu As part of a special Ngaropo will have fans four-show summer series melting when they the Marley - NZ All-Stars open the concert. concert will be grooving “Everyone’s so stoked its way down to Wharepai being in a collaboration Domain on Friday, of sorts with one and December 9. other. I know when I “When you get asked saw the list of everyone to jump in on a concert who involved I was just celebrating Marley who’s so excited. It’s a cast of a legend, and especially amazingness and with the musicians pretty special, I’m involved, you just have to sure it’s going to be say: ‘Yeah bro, keen’,” something I’m going says singer-songwriter to treasure for a long and musical director time,” says Jason. Jason Kerrison. In true spirit of Bob “I love the fact Marley Marley and his vision The ‘Marley NZ All-Stars’ concert is at Tauranga’s would somehow imbue of one love and unity, Wharepai Domain on December 9. with his conscious concert organisers will musings without support the Red Cross November compromising the music itself, in fact it 2016 Earthquake appeal by inviting added to that. concert-goers to donate $10 or $25 “He made a unique and valuable The Weekend Sun has two to the appeal in exchange for another contribution to humanity, which had a double passes to give away ticket. One hundred per cent of huge effect on the likes of indigenous to two lucky readers who the donations goes directly to New cultures or anyone in the struggle.” can name one of the Kiwi Zealand Red Cross. Taking it in turn to sing 27 of musicians performing at the Jacman Entertainment presents Marley’s most iconic and loved songs Marley - NZ All-Stars concert? the Marley - NZ All-Stars concert will be Tiki Taane, Boh Runga, Logan Enter online at at Tauranga’s Wharepai Domain Bell, Ria Hall, Laughton Kora, Jason on Friday, December 9. This is an Kerrison, Anna Coddington, Fran Kora www.sunlive.co.nz under the competition section. all-ages show. Tickets cost $65-$129 and P Digsss. Entries must be received by online at Eventfinda. For more Providing the music will be an all-star Wednesday, December 7. information, visit: www.jacman.co.nz band featuring members of Katchafire,

An upcoming comedy being staged at 16th Ave Theatre, ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, was made famous by English actor James Corden in the starring role of the socially naïve and very ravenous Francis Henshall, who is employed by two men, one a local gangster and the other an upper class criminal. The play, by Richard Bean, is an English adaption of a 1743 comedy by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni. Widely acclaimed by critics as being a triumph of visual and verbal comedy

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ runs from November 23 to December 10 at 16th Ave Theatre and is also significant in that it marks 80 years of the theatre staging productions. The Weekend Sun has three double passes to ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ to give away to three lucky readers who can tell us what dates the show is on? Enter online at www.sunlive.co.nz under the competition section. Entries must be received by Wednesday, December 7.

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Friday 2 December Hot Rod Toy Run

Meet at Truman lane 6pm. the cruise leaves 6.30pm. Cars will start to arrive from 7.15pm at Fraser Cove shopping centre to be on display. Donate cash to Waipuna Hospice of a new toy to Child Cancer Tauranga.

Where in the World is Wally

Come on an adventure with Wally as he dances his way around the world. Presented by Dance Institute School of Ballet & Modern Dance. Dec 2 7pm, Dec 3 1pm & 6pm. At Bethlehem College Performing Arts Centre. Tickets available from Baybat Batteries, 28 15th Ave, The Dance Institute 544 2900 or at the door before the show. No Eftpos available. Cost: Adult $25, child 14 years & under $18. 3yrs & under free.

Saturday 3 December Dec 3 at St Andrew’s Church, Dee St, Mount. Dec 4 at Otumoetai Baptist Church, 241 Otumoetai Rd. Both 2.30pm Featuring songs, poems & readings. Admission $12 adults, accompanied children free. Tickets available from choir members or at the door. Presented by Oriana Singers. www.orianasingers.nz

Annual Book Sale

Tauranga Rotary Club looking for donations of books, records, CDs, DVDs, jigsaws & sheet music for its Easter Book Sale. For drops offs, pick ups etc, Ross 544 0817

“Aroha” Exhibition

The Art Lounge NZ, 22 Devonport Rd Dec 3-31. Group exhibition. www.theartloungenz.com

Bay Network Singles Club

At Hair Linez, Old Railway Station, Jellicoe St, Te Puke 1-3pm. You can read flowers? How do you do that? Come & enjoy an afternoon of learning what flowers can tell you about yourself & others. Bring some flowers with you. They need stems, leaves & flowers. They can be flowers, trees, bushes or even weeds. Elaine 573 5361 or leave a message to put your name down for this workshop.

Gate Pa Car Boot Sale

Car boot market next to Tauranga Girls’ College, 934 Cameron Road. First Saturday of every month. To book your $10 car space, Wiki 578 3321. A community initiative of Chirp.www.chirp.org.nz Santa in the Park, Katikati Main Street & Moore Park 3pm start from Earl Drive, Katikati. Presented by Lions Club Katikati. Christmas Variety Concert follows at Moore Park from 4pm. A great line up of performers. www. katchkatikati.org.nz

Katikati Christmas Parade

From 3pm, & Santa in the Park at Moore Park 4-6pm. Also running a school aged Kids’ Photo Competition for photos taken on the day. Cash Prizes will be given. Hand entries in to Katikati Council Office by Dec 15 4pm, with name & phone number on the back. Judging will be at Lions Christmas Dinner Dec 20. Enquiries to: de.vg@xtra.co.nz

Nana Joans Op Shop Garage Sale

At 7 Oak Lane, off Waihi Rd 8am – 12pm.

Weekly social activities for those 55-70+. Dining, barbecues, games, concerts, outings. Jean 576 9988

Papamoa Community Park

Join in the fun - growing soil, food & community. Fun for all ages, dawn till dusk. Gardening bees 2nd & 4th Sat 9am - 3pm. Between 51 & 53 Hartford Ave, Papamoa. Chris 021 0241 5454 or therockpapamoa@ gmail.com

BOP Film

Asset mapping workshop at Historic Village 1-4pm. www. bopfilm.nz

Bowls Matua

Every Sat. Split sixes from 12.45pm. Prizes, fun, bar. Casual bowlers welcome.

St Mary’s Op Shop Garage Sale

Christmas Carols at Lifechurch

Enjoy the spirit of Christmas with carols, free bouncy castle, free sausage sizzle, free cake & price for the best Christmas dressed. At 934 Cameron Rd, Gate Pa (next to Girls’ College) 4-6pm. Dec 10 at Greerton Hall, 1247 Cameron Rd 7.30pm. BYO drinks

Flower Reading Workshop

Christmas Parade

A Kiwi Christmas

Christmas Social Dance

& nibbles. Entertainment by Helen Riley. Just come on the night. Supreme Dance Centre 544 2337 or 027 322 1786

Dec 10 at 1 Marlin St, Bayfair 8.30am - 12pm.

Tauranga Social Dance Club

First Saturday monthly at Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Entry $7. Gary 543 0051

Te Puke Craft Market

First Sat of month at Pioneer Lounge, Te Puke Memorial Hall 9am – 12pm. Homemade gifts,

educational products, herbs, plants, natural products, homemade fudge, books & more.

Trustpower Christmas Parade

The parade that heralds the start of the Christmas season featuring colourful community floats, lively bands, marching teams, acrobatic groups & colourful characters. Starts 11am from 2nd Ave down Devonport Rd, along The Strand finishing at Harrington St.

Tauranga Fuchsia Group

Chess Mt Maunganui

One day show at the Legion of Frontiersmen’s Hall, Elizabeth St West, Tauranga 8.30am - 3.30pm. Admission $5. Fuchsia sales table. Janette 544 5279

Mount RSA Chess Club every Mon at Mount RSA, 544 Maunganui Rd. Early program 6-7.30pm during school term. Late program 7.30pm onwards. Standard Chess Rules. Incl casual games. Noel 579 5412

Tauranga Motorcycle Club

Christmas Moto Trial at Roberts Farm on the Kaimais 10am - 3pm. Spectators welcome - free entry. No dogs please.

Tauranga Organ & Keyboard Society

Sunday 4 December

Bay Bible Fellowship/Lord’s Day Worship & communion service at Welcome Bay Primary School Hall, 309 Welcome Bay Rd 10am. “The Messiah - Our only hope.” Preacher: Bevin Hayward. www.bbf.net.nz

Bethlehem Lions Market

Held 1st & 3rd Sun of month at Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga 8am - 12pm. Stallholders - booking a carpark site is essential. Email Alf hvm@lionsclubs.org.nz

BOP Model Powerboat Club

Race day 10am - 4pm. Follow the signs on Taurikura Drive, The Lakes, Tauriko.

Carols on the Waterfront

Held Dec 11. Procession from No 1 The Strand 5.30pm with Mary & Joseph. Carols on the Waterfront at Edgewater Fan 6pm. Free family evening, carol sheets will be distributed to all attendees on the night.

Czech & Slovak Club Tauranga

Czech School & playgroup at Tauranga Boys’ College, Devonport Rd 10am - 12pm. Guests welcome.

Pepi Toot Beach Train

Meet at Carmel Country Estate Community Hall, 11 Hollister Lane, Ohauiti 1.30pm. Listen or play the EL900 organ, piano, Clavinova. Shirley 575 6344

Tauranga Spiritual Society Inc

End of year Healers & Readers night at Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St 7pm. Members bring a pot luck meal. Non members $10. Raffles $2. 022 0670 467

Welcome Bay Family Fun Day

Tye Park, Forrester Drive, Welcome Bay 10am – 2pm. A family focused day with music, dance, food, market stalls, water slide, kapahaka, pony rides & more. To book a market stall email: events@welcomebay.org.nz

Monday 5 December Achieve Toastmasters

Promoting communication & leadership. 1st, 3rd & 5th Mon. St Stephens Church Hall, Brookfield 7.30-9.30pm. Craig 027 587 5115

Badminton

Tauranga Badminton Club - summer season. Every Mon at Bethlehem College Events Centre 7.30-9.30pm. $5pp. All senior players welcome. Sue 0211 944 335

Body & Soul Fun Fitness

Salisbury Ave 10am - 2pm. $5 a ride.

Quakers in Tauranga

In hall behind Brain Watkins House, cnr Elizabeth St/Cameron Rd 10am for an hour of mainly silent worship followed by tea/coffee & talk. 544 0448 www.quaker.org.nz

Spiritual & Healing Meet

The psychic cafe at Greerton Community Hall 7pm. Large group of spiritual, psychic & healing practitioners to meet & greet, cafe style. Door fee $10, everything else free. 578 7205 www.psychiccafe.nz

St Nicholas - Mikulas

At Czech & Slovak School & Playgroup - everyone invited to attend at Tauranga Boys’ College 10am - 1pm. Bring a plate, coffee/tea/juice free of charge. klara. luxfordrulisek@csclubtauranga.nz

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. Thurs at Tauranga Senior Citizens Hall, Norris St behind Pak n Save. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. For men & women. Dianne 576 5031 ‘Qualified Sport & Physical recreation instructor’

BOP Pipes & Drums

Practice Monday’s at Hauraki Reg Hall, 11th Ave, Tauranga 7pm. Experienced players & learners welcome. An-drew 021 669 027

Brass & Percussion Players Welcome

Practice every Mon at 10 Yatton St, Tauranga 7pm. Jeremy 021 132 3341

Citizens Advice Bureau

For free, confidential information & advice about anything call in Mon -Fri 9am-5pm 38 Hamilton Street, Tauranga or Freephone 0800 367 222 or 578 1592. JP Service every Mon 1-4pm, Weds & Thurs 9 -1 1.30am & Fri 2-4pm & Migrant Clinics Tues - Fri 1-4pm. All welcome. No appointment necessary. Employments Disputes Clinic fortnightly Tues - appointments necessary. New CAB Papamoa Satellite Service each Tues, Weds & Thurs 10am - 1pm weekly. All welcome, no appointment necessary.

Counsellor Available

Would you like to speak to someone in confidence? Kidz Need Dadz have a counsellor available by appointment. Payment by donation. 571 0379

Fitness League

Ladies exercise with dance to music. Improve posture, energy, toned body, increase strength & fun. Every Mon at Greerton Senior Citizens Hall, 39 Maitland St 9.3010.30am. Gloria 548 0377

Fitness League

Safe effective, low impact fun exercise set to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for women of all ages & abilities. First class free. Every Mon at Settlers Hall Omokoroa 9.30am & Tues St Johns Anglican Church Waihi 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378

Friendly Support Network

Coffee morning at Vintage Car Clubrooms, Cliff Rd 10am. For those with Dutch roots (we speak English). $2 donation. 548 2835

Friends of the Library

Tauranga Library 6pm (Note later start time). Members’ Christmas Party - please bring a plate. Monthly meetings restart March 2017. Betty 542 4322

Learn to Dance Argentine Tango

Classes starting soon, more info at facebook.com/goldenaxistango Phillip 027 309 1355

Mah Jong

Every Mon at Tauranga South Bowling Club, 11th Ave 12.45-4pm. Visitors & beginners welcome. Free teaching available. Shirley 576 0014

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Bayfair Petanque Club

Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm at Bellevue. Find peace, truth & wellbeing, its right inside you. David/Trisha 570 1204

Tuition & boules available for learners & visitors. Every Tues & Thurs at Bayfair Reserve, Russley Drive 1pm. Margie 542 0084 or 021 0293 7459

Oceanside Probus Club

First Mon of month at Mount Golf Club, 15 Fairway Ave (off Golf Rd) 9.30am. Guest speakers, social activities/outings. Lyn 575 6339

Pilonga Classes

Mon & Fri at Arataki Community Centre 10.30-11.40am. A fusion of Pilates & Yoga. $12 per class until Dec 16.

Tauranga City Silver Band

Practice every Mon 7pm. Some instruments & tuition available. New players welcome. Jeremy 021 132 3341

Recycled Teenagers

Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards, & injury or illness rehabilitation. Mon & Weds, 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club, behind Pak n Save. Tues at St Mary’s Church Hall, Girven Rd. All 9 10.30am. Classes taken by qualified instructor. First class free. Jennifer 571 1411

Tauranga Creative Fibre

Every Mon at Arts Centre, Elizabeth St from 9.30am. Spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crochet & more. Also on Thurs evening twice a month. Margaret 571 3483 or 021 0817 0350 or marg.rus@gmail.com

Tauranga Rock n Roll Club Inc

Club night every Mon at Tauranga RSA, Cameron Rd, Greerton 8pm. Relaxed, social evening of dancing. Members $3, non-members $5. Visitors welcome. Check the Facebook pages. Trina 575 7461 a/hs

Tauranga Senior Citizens Club

Cards, 500 & Bridge Mon & Thurs. Indoor Bowls Tues, Weds & Sat at 14 Norris St, behind Pak n Save 1-4pm. Register by 12.45pm. $2 includes afternoon tea. New members welcome.

Tauranga UFO & Paranormal Soc

Meet in hall behind the Historic House cnr Cameron Rd/ Elizabeth St 7.30pm. Speaker: Andrew Ash, from Auckland - “His experience & encounter with a UFO aircraft, plus other experience.” Door entry $3 incl cuppa. Kay 0274 168 701

Tuesday 6 December

Altrusa Community Service Club Business/dinner meeting 2nd Tues. Social night 4th Tues, each month. Julie 544 0277

Argentine Tango

Guys, we need you to rotate, as partners, with the girls. No experience necessary as you will be given free lessons until you are confident. Denise 0204 006 1340

Badminton (Social)

Every Tues & Fri at Otumoetai Baptist Hall 9.30am 12pm. Racquets available. Lorraine 579 3229.

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BOP Linux Users

Share & learn about free Open Source software & the Linux computer operating system. 1st Tues of the month at LJ Hooker, cnr Cameron Rd & 8th Ave 7-9pm. Experts & beginners welcome. $2. 578 6024 www. boplug.co.nz

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Every Tues & Thurs Mt Maunganui Senior Citizen’s, 345 Maunganui Rd 12.45pm. 575 4650

Fitness League

Ladies exercise with dance to music. Improve posture, energy, toned body, increased strength. Every Tues at St Columba Church, 502 Otumoetai Rd, Cherrywood 9.30-10.30am. Gloria 548 0377

Ocean Running

5k run & walk around Mauao base track every Tues. Register from 5.15pm at Mt Ocean Sports Club, Pilot Bay. $5 entry includes free drink after run/walk & chance to win spot prize. Walkers start 5.45pm, runners 6pm. Phil 021 383 354

Otumoetai Matua Walking Group

Every Tues at Kulim Park 9am. 576 7339

Sequence Dancing

Tauranga Social & Leisure Club meet at St John’s Anglican Church Hall, Bureta Rd, Otumoetai every Tues 7.30-9.30pm except 2nd Tues of month 3.30-6pm. Last dance for 2016 today. Christmas dance starts 7pm. First dance in 2017 is Feb 21 7pm. Visitors welcome. Murray 576 3294

Toi Ohomai Campus Tour

Check out all the facilities at the Business School. The Bongard Centre, 200 Cameron Rd, Tauranga 12-1pm. Ph 0800 86 46 46

Wednesday 7 December Age Concern Walking Group

Meet at Katikati behind Robert Harris Cafe 10am. 578 2631

Bowls Indoor

Every Weds & Fri Mt Maunganui Senior Citizen’s, 3.45 Maunganui Rd 12.45pm. 575 4650

Fernland Spa Water Exercise Class

Every Weds 10.45-11.45am. Held rain or shine but not during school holidays. Classes taken by qualified instructor & lifeguard. New participants ph Jennifer 571 1411

Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery

Art in the Afternoon first Weds of month at Gallery cnr Wharf/Willow Sts 2.45pm. Guest speaker: Hannah Wilson, TAG Learning & Engagement Manager - “Snapshot view of the Gallery’s Art Education & how it benefits the community, as well as her arts practice as a printmaker.” Followed

by refreshments. Cost: Friends, a gold coin, visitors $5. Linda 544 2818 or friends@artgallery.org.nz

Welcome Bay, Bethlehem Health Shop. Presented by Mt Maunganui & Te Puke Chiropractic. 574 3099

Experience God’s healing touch, Weds 1-3pm. No charge, all ages welcome. Change of venue in December so please call/txt first. 021 110 0878 www.healingrooms. co.nz

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Bay Coastal Healing Rooms, Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd (Bayfair) Mount. Caring, trained Christians pray for your physical, emotional & spiritual health. The last healing session for 2016 is today 2.30-3.30pm. No appointment necessary, no charge. 022 120 5406

Little Bang Big Bang

Nanogirl Labs with Spark NZ & the University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering. At Baycourt Addison Theatre 5pm & 7pm. www.baycourt.co.nz

Mount Healing & Spiritual Centre

Omanu Bowling Club, Golf Rd, Mount 7.30pm start. Come along for our Christmas celebration. Door entrance - donation to Food Bank & small plate for supper. Janet 027 264 0226

New Plymouth Girls’

Past Pupils Assn Christmas Function, Lyceum Club, 1st Ave, Tauranga 5.30pm. Bring a plate. Margaret 549 1124

Scottish Country Dancing

Every Weds at Senior Citizens Hall Maunganui Road starts 7pm. Last night for the year. Lynne 573 5055

Tauranga Embroiderer’s Guild

Meet every Weds at Tauranga Rowing Club, Devonport Rd, Tauranga 10am - 2.30pm & 7.30-9.30pm. Beginners welcome. Nancy 544 4778

Tauranga Mid-Week Tramping Group

Upland Road towards Thompsons Track. Grade mod, approx. 5.5hrs. Jane 021 766 232

Tauranga South Garden Club

First Weds of month at Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave/ Cameron Rd 1.30-3pm. Visitors welcome. Margaret 578 1017

Toastmasters

Build your confidence, find your voice & open doors of opportunity in 2016. Join the happy bunch at City Early Start. Every Weds at Avgas Cafe, Classic Flyers 7-8.15am. Last meeting for the year. 021 044 5654 or www.cityearlystart.co.nz

What’s with Wheat Documentary

Why have we become so wheat intolerant? 15 world renowned authorities & influential people interviewed. Screening at Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 7.15pm. Tickets $5 with all proceeds going to Homes of Hope Charitable Trust. Tickets from Te Puke Chiropractic, Plum Organics, Mt Maunganui Chiropractic, The Gluten & Allergy Free Shop, The Healing Room

Awesome Clothing Sale

Good quality, all sizes & styles - men’s, women’s, children’s, shoes, sheets, duvets etc. Only $5 a bag. You pick. His-toric Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga 9.30-10.30am. Organised by Turning Point Trust 578 6934

Bay City Rockers

Social rock n roll dancing every Thurs at Senior Citizen’s Hall, Norris St 7.309.30pm. Gavin 027 643 6222

Club Mt Maunganui

Social games club. Play indoor bowls, 500, bolivia & 5 crowns every Thurs 12.45pm. Prizes & visits to other clubs. Subsidised monthly dinners. Final meeting for the year – restarts January 26th. Gloria 575 0059

Fitness League

Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed to help with posture, bal-ance & stamina, combination of exercise, movement & dance. All ages & abilities. Complementary 1st class. Thurs: Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave/ Cameron Rd 9.30am. Weds: Katikati Memorial Hall 10am. Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 7170

Petanque Cliff Road Club every Thurs & Sun at Cliff Rd 1pm. Equipment & tuition available. Charles 570 1099

Step by Step

Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting every Thurs at Salvation Army Hall, Eversham St, Bayfair 7.30pm.

Tauranga Heart Support Group

Low impact group exercise class for those with or at risk of heart & associated diseases. Every Mon & Thurs at City Church, Otumoetai Rd 9.3010.30am. $4pp. Diana 021 0476 155

Young Parents Group

For ages 20 & under, every Thurs at Plunket, 471 Devonport Rd 12pm. Lunch provided. Txt Rozi 027 293 0353

Friday 9 December Brick Kids Lego Club

Every Fri at Te Puke Library 1.304.30pm. During school term only. Free entry.

Chess Tauranga

At Tauranga RSA, Greerton 5-7pm, for the whole family. Longer if necessary for longer games. Incl casual games. Standard Chess Rules. Werner 548 1111 http://www.westernbopchess.weebly. com/

Coastal BOP & Districts Grey Power Assn

LOL Laughter Wellness

Meet at Canton Kitchen, Fashion Island, Papamoa 12.30pm. Come & join our friendly members for a Christmas 2 course lunch, plus tea/coffee for $14.50 & see what Grey Power can do for you. RSVP Bill 578 2114

Laughter - the best medicine. Come & get your weekly dose. Penguin Room, Arataki Community Centre, Mt Maunganui 7-7.45pm. $3 door charge. Trish 022 036 6768 email: lollaughterwellness@gmail.com

A 30’s/40’s age group of males & females that meet up once a week to socialise by dining out or participating in local activities & events. 022 0120 376

French Connection

For lovers of all things French. Come & meet like-minded people over a relaxed drink. Every second Thurs at La Mexica on the Strand 4.30-6.30pm. Andrea: agohns@yahoo.co.nz

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lost pets

for sale

business opportunity

Papamoa Plaza

Contact Scott Wallace on 027 277 7071 or scott@justcuts.co.nz for a confidential discussion today

job training THIS WEEKS GARAGE SALES! brookfield

mt maunganui

LYNWOOD PLACE Saturday 3rd 6.30-8.30am. Household goods.

8 GRABLE COURT Saturday 3rd 7.30am start. Household lot.

54 KULIM AVE Saturday 3rd 8am - 12pm. Baby and kids clothing and toys, general household items.

otumoetai

67B DICKSON ROAD Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th Dec 8am 3pm. Bric-a-brac, furniture and household items.

40 MONACO KEY Saturday 3rd 7am start. Huge garage sale, everything must go.

40 THE GARDENS DRIVE Saturday 3rd 8am start. Garage sale with a difference.

LIFEZONE CHURCH (behind Supercheap off Waihi Road), 7 Oak Lane 8am start. Household furniture, clothing, crafts & coffee. Op Shop Community Fundraiser.

tauranga

JUST $20+gst with FREE signs & price stickers!

HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION Romantic, separate, selfcontained accommodation with a touch of luxury. Rural location 5 minutes from Hobbiton. Sleeps up to four. Continental breakfast included. Phone 021 0595 185

accommodation

CAR FAIR – buy or sell any vehicle every Sunday at 11th Avenue Car park opposite Mad Butcher 8am-noon. Ph for more information 027 733 9686 or www.taurangacarfair.co.nz

cars for sale

computers

COMPUTER GETTING you down? Problems, viruses, upgrades, internet, new or refurb PC’s tuition, or advice. Ph Bruce for a no obligation chat or quote 576 7940 or 021 260 9183

FREE ON SITE DIAGNOSIS & quote. We come to you. Pensioner discounts. Ph Kyle at Tech Solutions 027 828 7078

NEED A C.V.? Don’t let your C.V. get lost amongst all the others. I can help you stand out on paper. A C.V. For You can provide you with a personal and professional touch. From scratch or updating existing ones. Check out samples on www.facebook.com/acvforyou or call/text on 021 27 27 912

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computer services

TAURANGA TANDEM SKYDIVING best buzz in the Bay! Gift vouchers available. Ph 574 8533 today

entertainment

ABLE GARDENER, experienced, efficient, knowledgeable, highly qualified. Maintenance, pruning, hedges, shrubs, roses; disease/pest control, lifestyle blocks, garden renovations; design & plant. Ph Tita 027 654 8781 or a/h 542 0120

gardening

papamoa

LAWNMOWING HONEST reliable operator. Mulch or catch + edges done from only $20. Ph/ txt Peter 027 201 2886 or 575 9903

32 KAREWA PARADE Saturday 3 7.30am start. Good women’s clothing, oven, gas hob, brica-brac.

LOCAL LAWNMOWING Mount and Papamoa, section maintenance, holiday homes, rentals. Free quotes anytime. Ph/ txt 021 083 43062

PEAVINE, conventional bales available. Can also be purchased for $10 by the sack full. Barley straw also available. Ph 533 1922 or www.billwebb.co.nz

NATURAL NEW ZEALAND Health Products & Clinic. Something for everyone. NZ Registered Natural Therapies & Natural Medicine Practitioners. Opposite BP Te Puke. Ph 573 5533 www.naturaltherapiesnz. com and www.kiwikitz.com

health & beauty

LADY PENSIONER AVAILABLE for one month from 20 December to 20 January. No fees, no payments, no dogs. Ph Lyn 021 294 7104

housesitters

livestock

AC PETFOODS collect injured & unwanted cows & horses. Ph 800 369 6269

FOUND KITTENS, various colours, Various area, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245

lost and found

Found exotic breed male adult cat, Omokoroa area, Ref: 79991 Ph SPCA 07 578 0245

Found medium haired grey and white male cat, Bureta area, Ref: 24542 Ph SPCA 07 578 0245

Found long haired tabby male cat, Otumoetai area, Ref: 79817 Ph SPCA 07 578 0245

Found grey and white female cat, Judea area, Ref: 79789 Ph SPCA 07 578 0245

Found brown rabbit, Avenues area, Ref: 79561 Ph SPCA 07 578 0245

Found tabby and white medium haired cat, Lower Kaimais area, Ref: 80225 Ph SPCA 07 578 0245

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situations vacant

STUART MORRISON PAINTING wanting domestic/commercial painter. Must be experienced in all aspects of painting. Ph 0274 967 611

trades & services

AFFORDABLE BUILDING MAINTENANCE house painting, house repairs, spouting/roofing repairs, general maintenance, 20 years experience. Ph Andy 022 350 0600

APPLIANCE REPAIRS For service of all Fisher & Paykel, Haier and Elba appliances, Ph 0800 372 273 for your local technician.

APPLIANCE REPAIRS Qualified professional service to most brands of whiteware. Servicing Mt Maunganui, Papamoa and Te Puke. Pensioner discounts available. Ph 542 0540 or 021 426 978

BOAT BUILDING repairs and maintenance. Timber & fibreglass trade qualified, boat builder. Ph Shaun 021 992 491 or 07 552 0277

BRYCE DECORATING Interior & exterior painting, wallpapering. Quality work. Ph Wayne 579 5588 or 021 162 7052

ELECTRICIAN, 18+ years experience, NZ registered. Residential & commercial, maintenance & service, new builds, renovations. Fast, friendly service. Ph Andrew 022 354 1960

HANDYMAN BUILDING and section maintenance, decks, fencing, pergolas, painting, water blasting, odd jobs. Free quotes Ph Rossco 027 270 3313 or 544 5911

INSECT SCREENS Measure. Make. Mend. Ph Rob at Magic Seal 543 4940

PAINTER/DECORATOR Interior and Exterior, quality workmanship friendly services. Over 20 years specialising in residential and more. Quality paint at trade prices. For your best advice in all areas. Ph Shane Mount/Tauranga Decorators 07 544 6495 or 021 575 307

PAINTING & DECORATING Exterior & Interior Painting Gurus, Roof Painting, High quality workmanship, prompt service, fully insured, satisfaction guaranteed, get the A Team @ Fresh Coats Painting. Call 022 421 4261

PLASTERING, INTERIOR WALLS & ceilings. Tradesman 30yrs exp. Skimming, painting prep. Small jobs OK. Ph Murray 027 266 5657

QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN AVAILABLE before Christmas, 30 years experience. “No job too big or small.” Call Mark 0274 514 153

ROOF REPAIRS free quotes for all maintenance of leaking roofs, gutter cleaning & repairs. Chimney maintenance & repairs. Registered roofer, 30yrs exp. Ph Peter 542 4291 or 027 436 7740

STANDARD HEATPUMP CLEAN and Sanitise $69 - Premium Clean $99. All technicians drug and police checked. Call Airify on 0800 247 439

TILER 30 YEARS + experience, qualified in all aspects of tiling. Available now! Ph 0204 0864 211

trades & services

TREE SHRUB and hedges trimming, topping removal, rubbish removal, palm pruning or removal, satisfaction guaranteed free quote. Ph Steve Hockly 571 5958 or 027 498 1857

WANT YOUR OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING area covered? We offer cost effective solutions for your outdoor space and specialise in the manufacture of framed pergolas and bespoke outdoor furniture. For your free quote ph Matrix Metal Solutions 543 2017 www.matrix.org.nz

WINDOW CLEANING Home, business, rural. Tauranga, The Mount, Papamoa, Te Puke. Clearly Windows, Freephone 0800 40 55 88 or call Nicky on 021 148 6467

”A A A” - MEMORABLE SUMMER & AUTUMN TOURS 2016 & 2017. Our early 2017 FEATURE TOUR is our “2017 complete Autumn South Island Tour”, this is a great trip with so much to see, and do. Seats are limited and we are taking bookings now. Or maybe the North Island Train Trip which is a great couple days away. Contact us for full details, and to chat about our other unique trips we have coming up. Including for your Free Newsletter. We provide door to door service (we will pick you up, and take you home again after tours). Ph Hinterland Tours Team on 575 8118 or 027 235 7714

travel & tours

NO 8 TOURS NEW ZEALAND’S SENIOR TRAVEL CLUB – Come and enjoy the Sunshine stay involved this summer with one of our Friendly Tours. (1) December 22nd 6 Days Festival of the Lights Christmas Getaway. (2) January 20th 5 Days Cruise Abel Tasman, explore Nelson & French Pass. (3) January 27th Mystery Day Trip. (3) January 30th 4 Days Kawau & Rangitoto Islands. (4) February 16th 4 Days Napier’s Art Deco Weekend. Free Door to Door service, Day Trips, Shows & Free colour catalogue: Ph. No 8 Tours team on 579 3981 or Email info@ no8tours.co.nz

FOR WEDDINGS, FUNCTIONS OR MEETINGS+ check out No.1 The Strand, a beautiful historic setting. Email: kim@ no1thestrand.co.nz or www.no1thestrand.co.nz

venues

WEDDINGS, PARTIES, MEETINGS etc - The perfect venue. With stunning Harbour views, fully licensed bar & kitchen onsite. Restaurant open every Friday from 5pm & Sunday from 4.30pm, kids under 12 years dine free with every paying adult. Tauranga Fish & Dive Club, 60 Cross Rd, Sulphur Point. Ph 571 8450

Give Julie a call today to book your Run On Listing 07 578 0030


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Papamoaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third annual Santa parade, held last Sunday, is being described as its biggest and best yet. A crowd well spread out along the whole kilometre of the route along Dickson Rd cheered and waved as the floats and participants made their way to the Papamoa Plaza. Photos: Rosalie Crawford.

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