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Cavorting with nature… and occasionally blowing it out of the sky Welcome to the first real winter edition of RR, which this week is notable for its brutality. There’s nothing particularly sharing and caring about this column. This is because I have been far too busy annoying poms, enraging Maori activists and shooting vast amounts of deadly steel at innocent animals, cute little ducks and generally behaving as a good redneck should. But, hey, that’s why you like this column, right? I’d never considered myself a redneck until being bestowed the title last week by some left wing commie losers. And I have to say – that it’s a proud moment to be finally given a qualification in life, apart from my infamous 25 yards freestyle swimming certificate. I’m hoping to get a gun rack installed in the Sun I-Cars, just to prove the point. The Micra will look good with a set of steer horns bolted to the bonnet. Of course my support of the arts and sponsorship of the Symphonia doesn’t really fit the new image and threatens to undermine my Redneck status, so we’ll just try to keep those things quiet. The whole swan shoot saga changes up a gear this week, with our food columnist and self-confessed precision German gameflushing pointer, Ady, somehow getting herself embroiled in a hot debate between the bay’s hunting fraternity and the nature-loving greenie pooh-stirrer brigade.

She’s ruffled so many feathers this week that one of the swan huggers has even sent a death threat. Now, even my old ‘Diesel’ Labrador in his day managed to wind up a few people, but I never recall him getting death mail. Weird, how people so focused on peace and love to all animals think that it’s appropriate to threaten to kill a cute little puppy. Strange, also, since Ady and her faithful bloke companion don’t even shoot swans. Well not yet, anyway. But recent developments suggest they may be about to take it up! If only for the satisfaction of winding up the whingers. “It’s not a laughing matter,” according to some of the socks in sandals and cardie brigade.* Well I have news for you – Everything here at the Sun is a laughing matter. That’s what makes us so much more interesting than the rest. A paper with heart and soul, as long as it doesn’t mean we have to be nice for the sake of it. Don’t feel singled out: We endeavour to make fun of everyone. Don’t think you are so darned special that we won’t take the mickey. There are no sacred cows in The Weekend Sun. And if there were, we’d probably shoot them too. Mmmm, beef…

Redneck roots

So getting back to the Redneck label. I guess young Brian (or “Trigger” as his outrageous young colleagues called him) showed signs of redneckness at an early age. The first kill was a bucket of cockles off the coast of Te Puru on the Thames Coast at the family bach. That apparently fuelled the bloodlust and from there it was an easy step to brutally taking the lives of fish. Trigger skipped the stage of pulling the wings off flies, but did manage to fit in a little ant-frying with a magnifying glass. From there

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it was a logical progression to home-made bows and arrows directed at unsuspecting rabbits, pukekos, eels and slow, white Judea children. When the arrows ran out, a handy lump of 4x2 was successfully used against a rabbit. It didn’t hit the rabbit, but the shock of having a high velocity plank of pinus radiata landing nearby was enough to shock the animal to death. Let it be known, that this was the first real death that should be attributed to planking; circa 1968. Trigger Rogers still has the skin. (True story).

No mercy

There followed a virtual serial massacre of living things; there was no end to the bloodletting of defenceless animals. Flounder were netted and speared. Even the orphans. Snapper were relentlessly reeled in, sometimes two at time – mass murder, we hear the greenies screaming. Mussels were prised from their family groups, distraught and wantonly thrown into a fish bin and later callously steamed, their shells ripped off, after a quick sautee in cheap white wine. Okay, so some of the wine was not that cheap. But blame my wife for that. Then came the spearfishing diving phase. A grotesque and brutal time of this redneck’s life when no fish or shellfish species was spared the deathly shaft of cold steel. Paua wrenched from their rocky homes; crayfish dragged from seemingly safe crevices and John Dory’s lives ended with a look of shock on their fishy faces. Scallops were slaughtered by the dozen. Well actually, in their twenties. (Because although a rampant redneck by this stage, Trigger was careful and considerate for the sustainability of the fishery and holds great regard for the bag limits and regulations). Some were devoured fresh, still twitching, by a bloodthirsty hunter/ gatherer, intent on turning any wildlife in his path into the next meal. Lately, the spiralling redneck behaviour has stretched to not only redblooded animals; but to plants, formerly believed to be safe from the ravages of the hunter/ gatherer. Sometimes even parsley was plucked and shredded, treated purely as a garnish, for the sheer thrill of the kill. Nothing was safe. Even mushrooms, living the quiet life in the darkness and being fed press releases from local authorities, were not immune to the unscrupulous slaughter. The latest species to fall victim are the micro greens. We can hear them screaming now, as they are plucked and snipped unmercilessly from their pots. Where will the slaughter end? (Possibly to be continued, unless something more interesting pops up in the next week). *We don’t know for sure if they wear socks under their sandals and cardigans, but why ruin a perfectly good stereotype with facts?

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Downtown free parking given space

Mainstreet manager Kirby Weis: free parking is good news for downtown businesses. Photo by Andrew Campbell.

Weekend free parking for downtown Tauranga comes into effect from July 1, following a decision by Tauranga City Council this week. Currently the buildings are paidparking on Saturdays and on-street parks are paid-parking on Saturday mornings. While it puts Tauranga CBD businesses on parity with businesses at other city shopping precincts, at least on weekends, it doesn’t mean an absence of parking wardens. While parking is free, shoppers still have to abide by the time zones and parking wardens will still write tickets between 9am and 1pm for cars with no warrant of fitness and no registration. In deliberations on the Annual

Plan submissions, the council approved a parking package that will also see $40,000 spent on improving access across from the Elizabeth Street parking building. The council will continue talks with BOP Regional Council about running ‘free’ buses on Saturdays and continue to talk with Mainstreet about other parking management options, including ‘validated parking’ – where parking fees are waived for shoppers who spend a certain amount of money. “It’s some very good news,” says Tauranga Mainstreet manager Kirby Weis. “We are pleased that councillors voted in support of most of our preferred options for parking. We commend the councillors that they listened to our concerns and they voted initiatives that we supported.

“It gives us confidence that we can work with council staff on the operational matters with parking and progress some initiatives for the betterment of the city centre.” After several years of lobbying, Kirby credits the change in approach to recent workshops attended by councillors, staff and business interests. “The review of on-street parking charges, just simplified charges, one dollar or two dollars per hour is excellent as well,” says Kirby. Parking charges are currently $2 or $1.20 per hour. Other measures approved include, investigating a potential pricing differential between the Elizabeth and Durham Street car parks, to increase occupancy of the Elizabeth Street building and an agreement for further reports on extending the hours of the Spring Street car park building. By Andrew Campbell



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Question: is the Bay of Plenty a photographer’s paradise? Answer: without a doubt. There are so many wonderful places to photograph within such a small distance. On a recent two-wheel day trip with a friend, we were compelled to stop and photograph the glassy smooth lake that mirrored Rotorua, clouds and Mokoia Island. Taken with Panasonic Lumix. F8 and 1/500 sec at ISO 200. Two places left on Andy’s digital photo workshop on Saturday, June 11. To enroll email

Candy Barry will be passing the crown. Photo by Ross Brown.

Tauranga beauty pageant winner Candy Barry has been busy and is looking to share her pageant experience with the ladies of the Bay of Plenty. Candy – short for Candice – is organising a Miss Bay of Plenty and Miss Teen Bay of Plenty pageant in August this year at the Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club – assisted by the organisers from the Miss New Zealand Festival of Beauty. She says the new competition is based on the same rules as the Miss NZ Festival and Candy, 23, will be hosting the pageant to pass the crown. “We have really been thinking about it more in the last few weeks. The organiser of Miss NZ thinks it will be good and asked me to put this one on. It was a surprise that she asked, but I am definitely up for the challenge.” Pageant and project director of Miss World NZ Rose Foulger says she chose Candy to organise the event because she is “someone I can trust to do a good job”. “I know her so well and she has been my girl since four years ago. I know that Candy can do it properly. She is very responsible; someone you can rely on.” Candy is also busy organising her own beauty pageant campaign. Taking a semester off her Honours year at Waikato University to research, Candy is heading overseas in September for receiving the titles of Miss International Woman NZ, Miss Humanity NZ and Miss Intercontinental NZ at this year’s Miss New Zealand Festival of Beauty. “As part of winning Miss Humanity, we have to put together a business proposal based on a cause that we have developed. I want to start up a non-profit organisation, Kiwis for Hope, to support youth with depression and suicide, with all proceeds from Miss Bay of Plenty going towards that cause.”

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The Weekend Sun Bianaca Curtis, 3 and sister Tatianna, 2, with Autism New Zealand field officer Jenni O’Neill who holds an empty Autism NZ donation bucket. Photo By Bruce Barnard.

Support groups face closure Some Tauranga not-forprofit support organisations are facing closure unless they receive urgent cash injections. Representatives from the various groups say it is getting almost impossible to get funding from trusts and other charitable entities as fears grow of another recession. Autism Bay of Plenty, based at the Historic Village on 17th Avenue in Tauranga, is among the organisations pleading for help. Clare Gooswilligen, volunteer at Autism BOP, says the first five months of 2011 has been the toughest period since it started 25 years ago.

“We can’t keep going without money. I don’t know what we are going to do. We’re on borrowed time as it is.” She says unless the organisation gets a financial boost shortly, they will have to close their doors. Autism BOP plays a crucial role in supporting parents with autistic children. The group also highlights and explains autism to school students, helping to prevent autistic pupils being bullied. More than 600 families across the Bay of Plenty rely on the organisation for help. Tauranga Volunteer Centre manager Margaret Butler is awaiting the outcome of her latest funding

application. If it is not approved, closure is a real possibility for the centre she says. “For the last three months all I have done is fill out funding applications and it’s just been ‘sorry; decline.” Margaret says she may have to lay off her three part-time workers and says money could run out to pay her own salary. Anyone who can donate to Autism Bay of Plenty can send a cheque to Autism New Zealand BOP Branch, PO Box 841, Tauranga. People wanting to donate to the Tauranga Volunteer Centre can phone 07 571 3714. call 0800 SUN DANCE

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Council tackles the big issues This week council deliberated on submissions to its proposed annual plan.

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Things went pretty smoothly even though there was plenty of debate and split voting. At the time of writing, the rate revenue requirement for next financial year stands at just over 11 per cent – up from 10.7 per cent. Most of this is due to the proposal (contrary to the headline in the Bay Times ‘We’ve got Sirens’) to install tsunami sirens around the city and coastal low lying areas. This entire annual plan is not yet confirmed and I have an indication that these sirens may yet be funded from elsewhere.

Sydenham Park

Botanic Park at Brookfield, now popularly known as Sydenham Park, will proceed with council facilitation to form a new trusteeship from enthusiasts in our community. Once again the Bay Times headline ‘U-Turn victory for those who lobbied against sale’ is incorrect. Council doesn’t own the land, a fact well reported in all media including the Bay Times. Council/ratepayer contributions will be facilitating a trust to set it up, plus about $20,000 for basic maintenance.

Mount flooding

Stormwater issues, highlighted in this column last week, at the Mount industrial area will get attention. Around $6.6 million to attend to improvement to drains and holding ponds, plus acquisition of more holding capacity will dramatically improve the situation. A reprioritisation of the Ten Year Plan stormwater spend of $50 million will provide some source of funding and the strategic property account, where council sells and buys land, will fund any property purchases. This is stormwater management as opposed to an engineering ‘fix’ which

is estimated at $84 million. We have to be very sure that in any reprioritisation, council doesn’t unduly shift the flooding problem elsewhere.

City parking

Parking problems, real and perceived, were addressed in association with the City Centre Action Group and Tauranga Mainstreet. I hope it works for the downtown because the proposals will reduce parking revenue surplus significantly. This surplus is ploughed back into parking so there is a risk in doing this. There will be ‘free’ buses to downtown on Saturday, and ‘free’ parking both on street and parking buildings. Of course there is no such thing as ‘free’ and I asked the terminology be change to ‘no charge’. Costs go on more or less the same and in my view this initiative is likely to produce as many problems as it solves – like retail staff taking up the parking spaces. Murray Guy said there would be no financial risk and Larry Baldock said he hoped he wouldn’t be saying ‘I told you so’ in 12 months time. Larry shared concerns on the fine financial edge council is walking here.

Not so trivial

These were some of the big issues on day one along with one other major issue for some elected members. This was my report last week on the trivia quiz night ‘Are you Smarter than a Councillor?’ It seems that, in fact, the staff team did beat the elected members. The staff team was second overall, not second to last. Oh dear! Things can’t get much worse, but there is some silver lining. One – we weren’t last, and second it was heartening to know that all my colleagues have come in from the cold and now read this column. Previously some have been in denial, others support and others still trying to shut me down.

Camera check

Ratepayers will contribute 90 per cent of the budgeted $55,485 for CTV camera inspection of newly installed pipes on new subdivisions. On a vote of 6/4 (Tony Christiansen was away) it was held that as the records were to the council benefit then ratepayers should pay the lions’ share. If faults are found, then developers will have to pay.

Money for dredging

The Kopureroa Stream running through Birch Ave will get urgent attention to alleviate flooding down there. Included is $100,000 extra for dredging up to the floodgate. Apparently the stream used to be cleaned out annually under the old catchment commission that became regional council. But now it seems the regional

council are into loftier things like governance and no longer soil their hands by actually doing such menial works. The silt rolls down from up in the hills and it’s just our bad luck it continues to accumulate at the stream’s end. The regional council has millions in the bank and in my opinion they should step up to the mark.

Pavilion check

Clarke Street Elder Village proposed sale to the Tauranga Community Housing Trust is to go forward for confirmation. Proceeds of around $1 million will go to repay Elder Housing debt. Cliff Road pavilion, the decrepit amenities building, is to get a stay of execution as staff liaise with users to look at a volunteer fix. OSH and all that mean that council is still liable for anything that happens regarding the building and we aren’t going to throw good (ratepayer) money after bad. This building is on its last legs.

Not close enough

On a vote of six to four council will not be supporting the regional council giving $4 million to a regional cycling centre at Cambridge. The majority felt that if the regional council was to contemplate a $4 million grant then it should be to Bay of Plenty amenities like TECT Park or TECT Arena at Baypark. Ratepayers will help the maintenance of sports fields at Judea to the tune of $4000 in return for public access. This has always been accessible, but maintenance costs for the club are getting beyond their means.

Housing shuffle

Council’s share of 7 Mission Street will be gifted to the Elms Trust and 11 Mission Street will be leased to the trust, meantime until development plans are done. This gives the trust security of tenure and allows long term planning for the preservation of Tauranga’s history. Surprisingly Larry Baldock, Murray Guy, Rick Curach and Bill Grainger didn’t support this. This week’s mindbender from Winston Churchill – “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings: the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

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Art auction for Kiwi Can Auctioneer Frank Vosper and Jodie Horsburgh with his work to be auctioned (top and bottom) and a portrait of Arthur on loan for the exhibition (centre). Photo by Ross Brown.

Paintings by famous Tauranga artist Arthur Dagley will help raise money for youth development programme Kiwi Can when they go under the hammer. Tauranga Sunrise Rotary Club spokesman Ross Brown says the club’s annual art sale fundraiser “Treasured Art” includes an auction of nine works by the late Arthur Dagley, along with a separate sale of 50 pieces from other artists. The sale includes works directly from artists and from private collections. “There will also be a few surprises on the night which will be of great interest to everyone,” he says. “One of the treasured finds is a lithograph print by Pietro Annigoni (1910–1988) – an Italian portrait and fresco painter who became world famous after painting Queen Elizabeth II in 1956.” Ross says organisers hope work from the highprofile artist will help raise more than the $20,000 donated to Kiwi Can in last year’s initial event. Kiwi Can provides a life skills and values programme for five to 12-year-olds at primary and

intermediate schools, focussing on building their self-confidence and ability to take responsibility for their actions. Treasured Art has works available from a range of artists, including Anthony Warnes, Kate JonesMadill, Hayley Brown, Peter Wallers, Graeme Crow, Greg Whitecliff and Michael Blow. An invitation-only gala opening and auction of 15 art works is followed by the sale of other pieces on opening night Thursday, June 23. The exhibition at Ingham Sears Mercedes Benz in Mount Maunganui is open to the public for the next two days from 10am3pm. Those wanting to attend the gala exhibition and auction need to register their interest with Heather Pilkington, phone 07 552 6144 or email By Hamish Carter




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Knowledge on the line for cash The major school fundraiser is about to begin at Otumoetai Intermediate with students putting on their thinking caps for the annual Knowledgeathon. Students were given 100 questions on a range of topics. They are expected to learn the

questions and answers in preparation for a test in term three. The students are encouraged to get sponsorship, for example 10 cents per question, and each question they successfully pass in the test will earn them their sponsorship money. Principal Hank Popping says money raised this year is going towards 50 new computers and other technology for the school. In previous years the money has been spent on a new playground

and a school mini-van. He says the “questions are quite tough,” and, “They have to spend the term learning them and some of the answers might seem obvious, but there are some in there to trick them. “A team of staff put it together, run the questions past a number of people to make sure they are all correct and then gave them to the students. “It is a great test for student’s memory and recall – the major-

Year 8 Otumoetai Intermediate students McKenna Armstrong, Anna Luke-Stewart and Zarne Johnson. Photo by Tracy Hardy. ity get 100 per cent.” The Knowledgeathon has been running for nine years and has previously raised up to $14,000 for the school.

“It has been well-established in the community, this is our major schoolwide fundraiser for the year and we hope that all families and students support it.”

Bible pages come to life

Georgia Browne (Shepherd), Brodie James (Joseph), Michael Chrisp (God), and Ashly White (the snake) in the garden of Eden. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

An interactive learning experience at Bethlehem College sees the Bible leap off the page.

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Three Year 5 classes are holding a ‘production’ learning experience. The nine and 10 year olds are creating a walk-through Bible for fellow students, parents and members of the public. Teacher Dave Hanna says this is a chance for children to learn creatively about the Bible. The school has held other interactive-type learning experiences in the past – all of which have proven to be effective ways of communicating to young children says Dave. “Our class section is the Life of

Christ from birth to death. Visitors come through the nativity scene, can see Jesus walking on water and healing a little girl from the dead. As the group comes through, they are taken by a guide and the script involves the guests and the guide taking them through.” Rokko Lassey is one of those playing Jesus. “I think the part is quite demanding of him. He can’t do anything wrong as Jesus,” says Dave. By Laura Weaser


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In harmony for competition Barbershop singers at Tauranga Boys’ College are warming up their voices for the annual regional competition in Hamilton. College head of music Brenda Oakley says she is hopeful the school’s 20-member barbershop choir and quartet will both do well at Waikato and Bay of Plenty regional competition. Brenda says she is optimistic about the school’s chances at the regional event on June 13. “Only one member (of the quartet) has changed from last year and they are singing quite well, but we just have to wait and see on the day.” The quartet competed at the secondary school national competition last year. By Hamish Carter On song: From left, Daniel Kulasingham, Adam Spedding, Brayden Jeffrey & Heremia Taingahue. Photo Bruce Barnard.

Community to help land our Skyhawk

Classic Flyers CEO Andrew Gormlie and Tauranga MP Simon Bridges visited Blenheim to inspect the iconic Skyhawk fighter jet that’s arriving in Tauranga later this year. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

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Classic Flyers wants to involve the Tauranga community in the Skyhawk relocation by allowing residents to donate towards the aircraft’s transportation – which will cost about $30,000. The Weekend Sun recently flew with Classic Flyers CEO Andrew Gormlie and Simon Bridges to the Skyhawk’s current home at Woodbourne airforce base in Blenheim to inspect the aircraft. Classic Flyers CEO Andrew Gormlie says this is a great opportunity for the community. A minimum $60 donation secures residents a vital role in bringing the aircraft to the city, and also gives them membership to Classic Flyers and the associated perks. Many have already taken up the unique offer, some donating in excess of the minimum $60 and some businesses donating more than $1000. “At the end of the day, we want the Skyhawk to belong to the community,” says Andrew. “We want them to help in preserving this iconic aircraft.” The $30,000 covers the cost of the RNZAF engineering crew to dismantle the aircraft, transportation to Tauranga and reinstatement.


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Andrew says the Skyhawk at Classic Flyers, which attracted 65,000 visitors last year, will set it apart from other aviation museums around New Zealand. “That’s all trade into the economy. By helping bring this aircraft here, the community is helping the growth of their own economy.” Those who make a donation get a personalised certificate outlining their contribution, a photograph with the Skyhawk when it gets here and an invitation to a special members evening to celebrate the arrival. Perks of the Classic Flyers membership includes discounts at its cafe, free entry to the museum and concessions on anything sold there. Those wanting to donate can go to Classic Flyers on Jean Batten Drive or visit By Lyle McMahon

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Recipe for success requires practice and luck Tauranga’s Keith Setter is a firm believer in the power of focus and self belief. After a year as the national indoor bowls singles champion, Keith is in his final preparations to defend his title next weekend – playing three times a week.

“I’m feeling pretty good about it really. But its one of those sports which is a large part skill and practice and a little part of it is luck.” Keith might have also added “a good part of self belief” to his recipe for success. He believes a major key to success is being able to perform under pressure. “It’s about being able to keep a cool head and perform under trying condi-

tions,” he says. “It comes back to your own personal philosophy – you need to have a certain level of confidence, but not overconfidence, because that will create more problems.” Keith gives the example of how a single-minded focus helped in his national semifinal last year; he was two points down in the final end. With complete concentration he took the shot. “If you are not totally focused on what you want to do, you are not going to achieve it.” Keith applies the same approach of a singular focus across his life, including in his job. “I’m in a sales field and I’ve been exceeding my targets for the last four years by about 20 per cent,” he says. “From my point of view, it’s

just about doing your best and enjoying every moment to the best of your ability.” He is as passionate about indoor bowls today as when he first started playing as a teenager. Joining his friends who were off to play a game, the teenage carpet bowls enthusiast was soon a convert to the indoor game. At the time he was playing representative sport in three codes – golf, cricket and indoor cricket, but chose to pursue indoor bowls because he loved it and knew he could do well in it. “I remember at the time thinking if I stick with this I could get the national title,” he says. Next weekend, June 11-12, he hopes to retain his national singles title at Porirua. By Hamish Carter

Tauranga indoor bowls champion Keith Setter prepares to defend his national title. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

The environment is our biggest asset that comes from environmental Maketu’s Julian Fitter wants tourism – along with the probpeople to wake up and put more lems it can create. value on New Zealand’s unique From only 300 visitors a year natural environment. when he arrived in 1964, the The British-born environmennumber of tourists annually has talist fell under New Zealand’s spell when he arrived in 2005, but grown to more than 130,000. “Most of it is national park so believes most people take it for granted. “I think if you just Maketu’s Julian Fitter with Goney bird. look at what has hapPhoto by Tui De Roy. pened to the DOC budget (being cut), it shows the attitude,” he says. Julian, who has written a handful of books on wildlife – in New Zealand and the Galapagos Islands – wants people to have a longer-term focus when thinking about how we use the environment. you immediately have problems – “I think we need a more holistic with water supply problems, the way of looking at the place and sewage system, problems getting thinking about what we can do,” supplies to the island and polluhe says. tion.” “While tourism is important The passionate greenie first came here it’s not sold on the wildlife to New Zealand to work on a front.” book on the albatross with an old Having run Galapagos Island’s neighbour from the Galapagos first charter yacht business for 15 Islands. years, Julian has seen the benefits “I came out here and kind of got of increased support and revenue

stuck. “The more I got to see bits of New Zealand I found what we have here is a natural history that is exceptional. It’s our biggest single asset.” He believes the massive erosion on Hawkes Bay farms in the recent floods was largely due to inappropriate land use, saying grass in overgrazed pasture puts much less energy into root growth so is more vulnerable. Julian is actively involved in plans to return Maketu Harbour to its original environment and help sustain the native birdlife. As chairman of the Maketu Ongatoro Wetlands Group he helped put together a biodiversity management plan to restore the ecology of the Maketu Spit that he expects to soon be approved for council and DOC funding. The group hopes to develop management plans for other areas of the harbour later, but did “not want to bite off more than we can chew”. By Hamish Carter






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Tauranga Mini Owners Club members Alan Webb and Donn White at Baypark. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Baypark Drive-In is celebrating 30 years of ‘Goodbye Pork Pie’ this Saturday, June 4 and Tauranga minis are showing up for the occasion. In 1981, when petrol was less than a $1 a litre, the Kiwi film classic ‘Goodbye Pork Pie’ became the first New Zealand film to make a box office gross of $1m. This coming Saturday, Tauranga is celebrating its 30th anniversary as the feature film of the inaugural Baypark Drive-In Movie Festival. Directed by Geoff Murphy and written by Geoff Murphy and Ian Mune, Goodbye Pork Pie is based around the exploits of troubled 19-year-old Gerry Austin, who finds a wallet in Kaitaia loaded with cash. He uses it to rent a

yellow mini and heads out on a 2500km journey to Invercargill. In Auckland he teams up with John, whose girlfriend has just left him and the pair begins an adventurous, humorous and chaotic road trip to Invercargill. Director Ian Mune says one thing about ‘Goodbye Pork Pie’ that makes it a Kiwi classic is the public recognition of New Zealand locations. “I would be working with kids in schools or teaching actors and suddenly Pork Pie would come up. They all say, “When that came out everybody had to see it because it went right past my Auntie’s place and we could see it in the movie. That was the intention from the beginning – it’s gonna go from North Cape to Bluff.” As a venue synonymous with automobiles, Baypark were

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The Baypark Drive-In movie is keeping with the retro theme, playing not just movies on Blu-ray but in original 35mm print. Organiser Ant Timpson says a five metre truck is rolling in the technical equipment. “We haven’t decided what movies will be played on Blu-ray or 35mm, we are still organising with the distributors. Some of the older ones will be on Bluray for better quality picture.” The movies, including Goodbye Pork Pie, will be projected on to a 100 foot wall – a screen space that measures 33 metres diagonally. Ant says the goal was to be bigger than Sylvia Park – the biggest screen in the country. “I became involved after being asked by Karen from Baypark about the possibilities of running a drive-in movie. We have done it in Auckland in the past, but we wanted to be ambitious and take it to a bigger venue. “Baypark has been great. They have gone to the extent of covering the drainage holes so the projection space is smooth. We have had test runs and it looks phenomenal.” Ant has owned his own projector for years, after purchasing it in the United States of America and says a “top notch projectionist” is on board to operate the 35mm projector.

thrilled at the opportunity to screen the film as part of their Drive-In event. “The movie is bringing out car clubs from all over the region,” says business manager Karen Gemmell. “We know of minis coming from as far as Rotorua and Hamilton.” Not only is the film attracting iconic mini cars, but it is understood the local Bay Rodders and Zepher clubs will be putting some of their classic cars on display. Tauranga Mini Owners Club members Donn White and Alan Webb will be amongst the mini aficionados enjoying the film this weekend, in an orange 1975 Morris Mini Clubman, and an original 1967 Morris Mini 850. Goodbye Pork Pie screens on Saturday, June 4 at 7.30pm at the Baypark Drive-In Movie Festival.

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Tsunami warning system – yeah right At a local government level it is interesting to see that our local city councillors have finally agreed to install Tsunami sirens. However, the penny pinchers seem to have won again, with a shoddy attempt to appease the ratepayers. I don’t profess to be an expert on this, but to limit the sirens to just 75 decibel’s seems inadequate and just a token attempt to appease locals. Come on TCC – if you believe that you are finally doing the right thing, then do it properly.

Culling Black Swans The 4000 to 5000 black swans that live on the Tauranga Harbour have both a positive and a negative environmental impact – they do eat sea lettuce, but they also foul the water’s edge if their numbers get too high. It could be argued that there should be a more humane way of culling excessive bird populations, but the likes of poison is too indiscriminate (both within and inter species). Fish and Game NZ is a very reputable organisation and a great ambassador for our environment. Their annual swan

“drive” on the Tauranga Harbour is designed to keep this environment in equilibrium. These game birds are managed under the Wildlife Act 1953. Under this Act, Fish and Game NZ are tasked with administering it by licensing recreational hunters and it also monitors their numbers to ensure sustainability. Fish and Game, contrary to some

public commentary, do ensure that wounded and dead birds from these “drives” are retrieved and dealt with humanely. The regional council works closely with Fish and Game NZ, but any change to the population levels or methods of control is not a matter that the three councils

can manage. Life is often about compromise and this is another example where pragmatism outweighs dogma, for better environmental outcomes. If you have a view on these or any other local government issues, I invite you to email

Democracy inaction Democracy did not stand much of a chance this year during the Western Bay of Plenty Annual Plan hearings. The generalised pamphlet with rate information came out well before the final plan and submission form. Everyone had already moaned, the topic was forgotten and the chance to air their replies was lost. A restriction on dog

owners captured the public’s attention and a request for support for a Home of Cycling in Hamilton ensured that only 110 of the 345 submitters were interested in the Annual Plan and the council.

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their share, but the council is not – and the actual debts for both wards were rising astronomically. Brian Anderson’s column this week covers other submissions given to council and whether council will listen. Read in full on the Bay of Plenty’s leading news website

The realities of climate change On my way to Cardiff recently for the birth of a new grandchild, I stopped off in London to attend a conference on climate change. Called ‘Navigating the Green Economy’, the conference was attended by policy makers, lawyers and researchers from the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. The conference addressed the conundrum

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How long would you survive without an income? Imagine if you were unable to go to work and earn the bread and butter for your family. Could you or your family survive financially? So if you were unable to work how long would your income last? If you are an employee you may have some sick days and holiday pay owing...then what? Even worse for those who are self employed. If you can’t work then your income disappears, but many of your expenses may still continue. Have a quick think about your situation. How long could your family survive without your income? Who would pay the mortgage?

So what can you do to avoid placing financial stress on your family? Keep fit and healthy. If you feel ill visit a doctor asap – especially the blokes. Income protection Insurance – this can help to replace most of your income. This is such a big subject we will cover it separately in a future article. Trauma Insurance – This can pay out a lump sum of money to ensure you are financially covered while you are recovering from a trauma such as cancer, stroke or heart attack. Total and Permanent Disability – again pays out a lump sum of money should you suffer a disability. It is important to remember that your ability to earn an income is probably your

largest asset. Most people flippantly ignore this major risk and yet many still insure their small assets such as the TV. Philip Holland is the managing director for the Financial Independence group, Tauranga’s leading specialist insurance and mortgage advisers. For further information please contact an adviser at Financial Independence phone 07 578 4414 or email A Disclosure Statement is available free of charge on request. The opinions stated in this article are those of the writer and should not be taken as specific advice.

Never assume the customer wants a cheap deal The need to know exactly what market you are in and what your customer is really expecting from you was driven home to me recently by two examples of customer reactions from two of my clients. The first involved a friend of mine who went to a very up-market restaurant in Auckland about a year ago and said she would never go back. She was taken there as an invited guest of a party,

however, which was dining there and afterwards completely raved about the restaurant to me and how it had changed. Unbeknown to her the restaurant was one of my clients – so I asked the owner what had changed over that period. She told me that the menu was exactly the same, the chef was the same; the only change was that she had increased her prices. The second example involved a retail client of mine who sells top quality jewellery in Auckland. I had observed that her margins were being eroded and I found that she had been discounting to her customers. I advised her to stop that practice and return to full retail. She did more than that, she put her prices up. The result now is that she has more sales, she has happier customers and she has more customers coming back for return sales. So what is the message from these

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Celebrate in style La de da Boutique is celebrating its first birthday this Queen’s Birthday weekend at their new location store at 48 First Avenue in Tauranga – and they are doing it in style. Chocolates, bubbles and the second release of Molly May – La de da’s in-house label. Molly May is a modern vintage inspired range from the 1950’s – simple, feminine and elegant. Attention to every detail is what the creator Tania Greenwood and designer Jules Bly have in common. With all manufacturing being done locally, they can ensure every garment meets their standard. Both women will be in store this Saturday, June 4 from 11am until 1pm and are looking forward to sharing the excitement of the new Molly May second collection. La de da has continued to source new and interesting vintage pieces, giftware and accessories and carries a great selection of designer re-loved garments that they have become known for. Supporting local designers sees creative pieces that won’t break the budget. Loving light layers of Merino are included in a full range of Vigorella at La de da. Vigorella is built on versatility, where the wearer has the power to create her own individuality with a range of separates designed to be layered.

Inside La De Da boutique. Unique and friendly atmosphere is often found in the same sentence when you hear talk of La de da, so do stop by this Saturday and join in the celebration. Unique and friendly atmosphere is often found in the same sentence when you hear talk of La de da, so do stop by and see them this Saturday and join in the By Laura Weaser celebration.

Explore a new career for a day Food, live entertainment and more information than people will know what to do with is on offer at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Open Day on Thursday, June 9. Anyone thinking of a new career, up-skilling their current career choice or trying to figure out what to do when they leave school are able to find advice and guidance at the Polytechnic’s Windermere Campus. There’s a set up of X-Box Kinect – the wireless, interactive video game experience – and a Singstar marquee there on the day. Art students are demonstrating their creations and several Bay of Plenty radio stations, including the Polytechnic’s SubFM, will be pumping the tunes all day long. Visitors can challenge the Steamers in the ANZ Rugby World Cup passing

competition or enter the design a T-shirt competition. It’s not all fun and games for those serious about study though. Representatives from the Bongard Centre, Windermere Campus and the University of Waikato will be discussing the courses on offer so people can make fully informed choices about their next step. Events coordinator Nicole Richardson says in previous years nearly 900 people have explored the Polytechnic and enjoyed the experience of learning how the Polytechnic can make dreams come true.

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Family fun at half the cost Chipmunks playland super slide and mascot are always popular. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Rain, hail or shine – you can always rely on Chipmunks playland to keep children entertained. Chipmunks Tauranga owners Brian and Lachelle Richardson love seeing the children running around “having a blast”. “They absolutely love it. They come in here and run around for a couple of hours and have a great time,” says Brian. “When they leave, they’ve usually burnt off a lot of energy and are still smiling from ear to ear.” This Sunday – for a Queen’s Birthday Weekend special – the entry price is being slashed for those playing from 3pm to 5.30pm. Tickets will be only $5 – less than half the normal price of $10.90. “There is always a lot for them to do here, so your children won’t get bored,” says Brian. Most parents will be delighted by the decision to focus on “good old-fashioned fun” active play and avoid offering computer games or play-stations. The Tauranga playland and cafe has been open in its new premises at Bay Central Shopping Centre for just over a year and has quickly become a favourite place for the Western Bay’s primary school-age children.


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Along with being a popular weekend and school holiday activity, Chipmunks offers birthday parties, after-school and holiday programmes. The cafe also has a top reputation with its range of delicious food – salads and hot meals, snacks, cakes and drinks – offering something for everyone. Brian says parents are always telling him how much their children enjoy playing while they can relax in the cafe. Chipmunks is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm everyday over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend. By Hamish Carter

Western Bay kids experience the stage

St Mary’s Catholic School singers; Jade Powell (left) and Kate Sheddan practise for the big stage. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Claire says the concert aims to educate the students about the problems facing less fortunate children around the world. St Mary’s Catholic School teacher Deanne Willemse says the 142 Year 5 and 6 students taking part were “really excited” and had been practising whenever they had a chance. “They have been having lots of fun learning the songs,” says Deanne. “It’s a big thrill for them being on the stage. It’s wonderful for them to be able to sing with a professional like Suzanne Prentice.” The concerts are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday By Hamish Carter evenings from 7.30pm, June 8-10.

Children from across the Western Bay of Plenty are set to enjoy the excitement of performing live on stage at Bay Court theatre. More than 1100 students from 23 primary and intermediate schools are taking the stage in three performances as part of World Vision’s ‘Kids for Kids’ concert programme. Event organiser Claire Boyfer says the concert, which is lead by singer Suzanne Prentice, is the culmination of about eight weeks of practising songs at each school. “I’m always getting positive feedback from the schools and the parents. The children absolutely love it.”

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By Vet Care vet Kathleen Linpus

Early recognition of a serious problem can save your pet’s life. You know your pet better than anyone else, so to decide if they need professional help, get to know what is normal for your pet and give them mini physical exams at home. We call it a “nose to tail” exam. The nose should be clean and moist. Check the colour of their gums and how quickly the colour returns after pressing a pink gum above a tooth. It should go white and then

be pink again in less than two seconds. There should be no eye discharge and no colour in the ‘white’ of the eye except for a few faint blood vessels. The ears should be comfortable and not smelly. The coat should be clean and shiny and the skin soft and unbroken. When you lift skin on their back, it should drop rapidly. A dehydrated animal’s skin will be slow to return to normal.

Watch them breathing when they are resting, how much does the chest and abdomen move with each breath? Normal resting rate is 15-60 breaths per minute. Feel the heart beat on the lower left side of the chest or the pulse inside the top of the hindleg. Count for 15 seconds then multiply by four, this gives their pulse rate per minute. Dogs are usually 60-120, cats 100-160 beats per minute when resting. Gently feel the abdomen and limbs with flat hands for swelling or pain. They should be clean under the tail. If you notice something changing, phone your Vet Clinic; it may be time for a checkup. ‘Kathleen joined VCT in 2005. She completed her Veterinary Degree in 2003 and has a special interest in Ophthalmology (eyes) and Oncology (cancer). She is proud Mum to Romey and Manny (dogs) and Woof (cat). Phone VetCare 07 576 9069.

Helping out the SPCA Tauranga Farmers Market celebrated its birthday in a charitable way – by helping the SPCA. At special occasions, a charity is selected to benefit from the proceeds of the Market Hamper Ticket sales. The Market welcomed the Tauranga branch of the SPCA to the last five Saturday markets to assist with the ticket sales and join in with atmosphere. Margaret Rawiri, the operations manager of the Tauranga SPCA was overwhelmed with the support from the public. Margaret assisted with the draw of five market hampers, plus one bonus bag, filled with the generous donations of fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits, plus artisan foods, produced with passion by the stallholders. Lyn Paul the Market’s ‘stand in’ chairperson presented Margaret with a cheque for $706 –being the total proceeds from the ticket sales. Margaret and her band of volunteers commented about the atmosphere at the market as “being part of an extended family” and that it was “a real pleasure to join in with the market”. Margaret says the SPCA is still bursting at the

seams, with 19 dogs and puppies up for adoption, 20 cats and at least 40 kittens. “This doesn’t include the other 50 animals still in foster, we need to re-home this weekend. “There has been no relief this year of the amount of kittens and puppies that are turning up at our shelter, we wish people would see the importance of de-sexing their pets – it is far too easy for their animals to become pregnant and have that unwanted litter, which in turn ends up at our gate as abandoned animals.” “We have also had limited food supplies and we continue to find ourselves short of dry cat/kitten and puppy food.”

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Dog trainer Nicole Fensom and Cajun. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

A career in dog training began for Nicole Fensom when she took her own dog to classes for socialising eight years ago. Her natural affinity with dogs, along with insight into animal behaviour from psychology studies, had impressed the obedience trainer so much Nicole was invited back to help. “The very next term I was instructing at the club and I was hooked. I soon started training for obedience competition and attending as many seminars as I could.” For the last eight years Nicole – who runs K9 Krazy dog obedience – has been helping owners have greater control over their pets by using reward-based training methods to encourage good behaviour. “I really enjoy helping people with their dogs. It is so satisfying because when people get greater control over their dogs they find they enjoy them

a lot more and tend to take them out and do more with them,” she says. Nicole says her use of reward-based training minimised or eliminated unwanted behaviour and increased the dog’s desire to behave well. Nicole says training is based on finding the cause of problem behaviour and then affecting it, therefore channeling your dog’s natural instinct to make them “happier, more relaxed, more eager to please and a safe dog in our community”. “You can teach it anything if you know what motivates it.” Nicole works with owners to learn what motivates their dogs – whether it is play, touch or food – and teaches owners training techniques to change and reinforce. Common problems she helps with are pulling on the lead, not coming back on command, barking and nipping. By Hamish Carter

Insurance to protect pets Medical costs can be always pay right up to the advertised level of cover expensive. for serious conditions like

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E d u c at i o n yo u r ch o i c e Creating links in the industry The Avonmore Tertiary Institute’s mentoring programme is seeking to build links with the IT industry and provide some out-of-class experience for its students. Avonmore Tertiary Institute specialises in IT (computer technician and engineering) training at Levels 5 and 6 on the National Qualifications Framework. Students at Avonmore in the first year train for PC assembly, network building and repair and hardware and software installation. In their second year, the students focus on several Microsoft certifications and work in a virtualised environment. Topics include server administration, security and IT in Business. The mentor programme develops students’ hands-on experience and networking within the local IT industry. Jane Townhill, operations manager, says industry-based experience provides graduates with a smoother entry into the work force. Graeme Frost, Level 5 tutor, has assisted in the development of the mentoring programme with the goal of assisting students to obtain IT industry-related work experience.

Avonmore students James Taylor and David Bell, Avonmore mentor programme developer Graeme Frost, Aquinas college principal Ray Scott, Aquinas college IT manager Jonathan Persson and Avonmore student DeeJay Newton. Photo by Tracy Hardy. links to industry that Avonmore David Bell began studying IT provides and he feels the mentoring with Avonmore because it was a programme paints a more realisfield he has been interested in for a long time. David hopes to pursue a tic picture of what graduates can expect when they enter the work career as an IT consultant. Deejay force. Newton joined the course with the IT manager at Aquinas College goal of owning his own IT repair Johnathan Persson says the menbusiness and feels exposure to the toring programme “gives young ‘real world’ is helping provide him with the right foundation he needs. guys getting into the industry an opportunity to expand their skills James Taylor has completed Level and simultaneously provides new 5 and 6 and is waiting to complete blood for existing staff to bounce further training with Avonmore ideas off ”. in 2012. James likes the strong


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Upskill for a growing industry The experts are predicting some level of economic growth over the coming months, some as a result of rebuilding Christchurch, while other growth may come from increased confidence following two years or so of recession.

tion by either completing the certificate programme or going straight into an apprenticeship. Brian says builders licensing is also becoming more of a focus for many and he encourages anyone with questions about any type of carpentry training to contact the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

The construction industry is preparing for this growth and a lot of action has already occurred with experienced and qualified builders going to Christchurch. Industry training still plays a key role in long-term capability and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic continues to contribute to the industry at both a local and national level. “We have enhanced our delivery to recognise both employers’ needs and the varying learning styles of the students,” says Brian Dillon, group leader for carpentry programmes at the Polytechnic. Two examples of this are the group’s certificate and apprenticeship programmes. The certificate programme includes the building of a house per class on campus. Brian says it gives each student an excellent opportunity to experience a complete house build – developing their practical skills as well as gaining a better understanding of the theory and technical aspects of the job. “It also should make them more employable after the programme giving them an ideal lead in to our full apprenticeship programme.” Under careful guidance from the experienced tutors, apprentices can work towards their national qualifica-

BOP Polytechnic carpentry students Ross Cossey and Jamie Clarke standing up the frames. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Hard-hitting drink drive messages More than 2000 Western Bay of Plenty 15 and 16 year olds will receive a frank introduction to the perils of drink driving when they attend the 2011 Blue Light Anti Drink Drive Expo.

This is the third year the event has been held, with the purpose of providing students and the wider community with hard-hitting messages when it comes to drink driving and its consequences. Blue Light coordinator Wendy Nicholls says the Expo was first held to try and reverse the youth drink driving statistics in the Western Bay of Plenty. “The Bay of Plenty has had one of the worst drink drive records in New Zealand and features nationally as a “community at risk” for the number of fatal and serious injury crashes involving alcohol every year,” says Wendy. “We wanted to provide young people with a firsthand experience of possible consequences – to

help them make the right decisions about driving intoxicated or getting into a car with someone who has been drinking.” The Expo features graphic displays, talks from a drink drive victim and an offender and presentations from emergency services. “There are far worse consequences than just getting caught drink driving, but unfortunately this is what many young people focus on. More importantly, we need them to understand that people get hurt, disabled for life or killed by drink driving. So far the strategy seems to be working. Impaired driver statistics in the 15 to 19 year age group are trending downwards since the first Expo in 2009, however, there is still room for improvement with this age group still making up 22 per cent of offenders. The Blue Light Anti Drink Drive Expo is at Classic Flyers, Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui. There is two sessions daily for schools from Tuesday, June 7 to Friday, June 10 and open to the public on June 9 at 6pm.

Students set to entertain Tauranga Bay of Polytechnic band Twisted Vibes are just one of the Polytechnic groups likely to play at a student gig later this month. The event is on June 15, from

7.30pm until 10.30pm. Music tutor Lynda Wing says the gig will be an opportunity for music students on the course to get some face and stage time.

Last week The Weekend Sun printed an article about Twisted Vibes, which said the photo was of Trojahn Tuna. In fact it was Da’Mon Wallwork.


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Fit for purpose qualification The New Zealand Home-based Early Childhood Association is delighted to endorse the Open Polytechnic launch of a “fit for purpose” qualification for educators who provide in-home childcare. President of the NZHECEA Carol Stovold says in-home childcare is the fastest growing sector in early childhood education. The association and Barnardos is committed to recognise this by working with the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand to develop a professional qualification for educators.

Range of choices Designed for distance learners, the new certificate is suitable for those involved in a range of early childhood settings including homebased, education and care centres, play groups and parents of young children. The qualification has been developed in conjunction with New Zealand Homebased Early Childhood Education Association and Barnardos to ensure it meets the requirements of the sector. By gaining the Certificate in Early Childhood Practice, homebased educators will meet the requirements of the Ministry of Education for quality funding and all graduates will be equipped to work effectively with children and families in a range of early child-

hood settings. This qualification is an ideal starting point for students wanting academic skills and an understanding of early childhood education in New Zealand. The qualification will support entry into the Open Polytechnic Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood programme. The government is investing more resources in early childhood education. Research shows that a long-term investment in early childhood education provides benefits for New Zealand. “In-home educators are committed to early childhood education and will now be able to access a qualification that recognises the valuable role in education and care they are providing through working in partnerships with parents and families throughout the country,” says Carol. Ms Yule of PORSE is a recent article calling for a fit for purpose qualification says “a paradigm shift is happening with New Zealand as more parents are recognising the value in-home childcare. More parents are now choosing their own educator to provide their preschool children with early learning and care in a home environment”. Carol agrees with this statement. “Ministry of Education statistics show the number of children in in-home childcare increased by 74

per cent since 2006. These statistics and feedback from our members indicate more New Zealand parents understand the importance of small group size and one-to-one secure attachment relationships in a child’s early brain development.”

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The new qualification for in-home childcare will support the recommendations made in the Children’s Commissioner February 2011 report – for enhancing the levels of knowledge and skills for those who care for infants and toddlers says Carol. Notes: • Latest MOE statistics report in-home childcare is the fastest growing sector. • NZHECEA is the country’s leading professional home-based ECE organisation providing advice, support, professional development and advocacy on behalf of its members. • NZHECEA supports in-home educators, nannies, staff and service providers around New Zealand both community based and privately owned. • To find out more visit www. Next week’s article will be on sharing.

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Whale the largest with teeth, I’ve none on the top but I’ve lots underneath”. The whale species covered in ‘I am a whale’ are primarily those found around New Zealand waters. Their migration journeys, breeding and food sources are clearly shown through the text and illustrations. The difference between toothed and baleen whales is explained well. A useful addition is the ‘Did you know?’ fact file at the back of the books. There are also suggested activities for teachers and parents to share with young people. An informative series to help with school projects and homework. Reviewed by children’s book author, Jean Bennett


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The fours be with you They are gearing up for a huge weekend of Queen’s Birthday bowling at the Tauranga South Bowling Club. Tauranga South, with its sister club Gate Pa is hosting the TSB Open Fours Competition. The bowling over three days is highly competitive, but also highly social, says club president Derek Dean.

Swim, stick, jump, stick, splash, stick, run, stick.

Derek Dean on the green. Photo by Bruce Barnard. and adding their score to the total. “It adds another dimension to the game, makes it more exciting and a little bit more hilarious,” says Dean. In addition, each team must have a junior

player, someone who has been playing lawn bowls for five years or less. Every team has to have one of these players to encourage new bowlers, says Dean. By Andrew Campbell

‘Hard-case’ marcher reaches milestone Tauranga Intermediate student Sheridan Walsh is a determined marcher and a bit of a hard-case according to her marching coach Tracy Tredinnick. Twelve-year-old Sheridan has just completed five years marching service for Marching BOP and was presented with her service medal recently. Four of these years were spent marching for the City of Tauranga Under-12 team, who are the current New Zealand Under-12

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Wheelbarrow loads of beer will be trundled about the greens to slake the thirst of the teams which are coming from all over the country for the popular event. “We hoped to be getting three teams up from Christchurch, but unfortunately Air New Zealand reneged on the deal they offered them and doubled the price. Now we will have teams from Nelson to Kaitaia,” says Dean. The three greens of the Tauranga South Club will be augmented by two Gate Pa Bowling Club greens for the weekend to offer play for a maximum of 70 teams, says Dean. “It’s a real social event. The whole weekend is basically a good social occasion.” The rules also ensure the humour continues. First there is the scoring. Instead of counting up the final after all four bowlers have played, there is a system of the first two players estimating a score before the last two play

Technical Drill Team Champions. Sheridan is the first of Tracy’s girls to reach the five year mark after Tracy’s return to coaching marching and she is very pleased. “She started when she was seven and even then she was a good little marcher. She is easy going and the laugh of the group. “But she is also a real hard-case – she knows how to make you laugh.” See the advertisement on this page for details on how to nominate your child for Band-Aid Sports Kid of the Week.

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Tauranga’s top karate teacher Take karate lessons from an internationally trained karate instructor, who has reached the highest level for any instructor in Tauranga. Sensei Rangi from the Bay of Plenty Karate Association has been teaching for 25 years and recently returned from a three day intensive seminar in Brisbane. “Two of us went to train with our Karate Master from Japan. I sat my grading and was given my 5th Dan instructors grade. I also passed exams to include Qualified

Dan grade examiner, referee and judge for The World Shotokan Karate Federation consisting of about 90 countries.” The intensive grading was

Sensei Rangi and Dan karate master Sensei Kasuya.

for about three hours; the first two hours were intensive training in the 30 degree heat of Australia, going through many different exercises in self defense, takedowns and combination techniques. “Prior to the grading, I had to do a six page exam and a four page written subject about karate. I passed these with very high marks and I was very satisfied with my efforts. This was the toughest grading I have ever done and because my Dan grade of Japan Instructors standard, it is much more difficult.”

Fast-tracking hockey career Exception speed is something which made former Tauranga Boys’ College student Abir Mukherjee stand out when it came to naming the Junior Black Sticks squad. The Midlands player was recently selected for the 2011 squad, but says he couldn’t celebrate his achievement after Midlands lost the final in the Under 21 National Tournament in Dunedin. He says it was a surprise to be selected and he is still in the dark about what to expect from the coming season. “I want to do this professionally (play hockey) and I was kind of hoping to do my best and see what happens.” Playing hockey since he was Abir Mukherjee playing for Midlands. three, Abir played in different

age groups in Tauranga. He was then selected for the Under 21 Midlands team in Waikato when he headed to Waikato University to study Earth Science. “Training and study gets pretty jammed packed, with about four or five days a week training, but you just have to get used to it.” Abir loves the game for its fast-paced nature and it shows in his speedy play according to continental development officer for Oceania Hockey Federation Gill Gemming. “Hockey is a game where mobility is essential and that is the main criteria for selecting players. Abir has outstanding speed and that was always evident from the age of 13 years old at Tauranga Boys’,” says Gill. “His skill level just went up with speed and he continued to develop up to Year 13 as an extremely competent midfield and strike player.”

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Regional Paralympics Bay of Plenty people with physical disabilities are converging on Mount Maunganui this Sunday to compete in the regional Eve Rimmer Games. The event is expected to attract about 100 athletes in events ranging from softball to wheelchair basketball, hand-cycling and bowls. An introductory day is at Tauranga Domain today, Friday, June 3. Parafed Bay of Plenty development officer Sophie Jackson says the regional competition was previously held in Whakatane every second year – but the format was changed to make it easier for everyone around the region to access the event. Regional competition events are at the Mount Action Centre, Triton Avenue and Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui and Hull roads, on Sunday, June 5 from 10am-2pm. By Hamish Carter


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Your own fairy godmother of style Expensive clothes and shoes, professional hair and make-up, the right lighting and photography can make every woman look amazing. But what happens when the fairy godmother disappears? Teaching clients to understand their personal style is the first step, according to Margaret Stodart of Personal Style. She recognised Chrissy Mochan of Bliss Baskets & Gifts in a magazine’s make-over pages, but didn’t like what she saw, so contacted Chrissy and offered her a private consultation. “Chrissy is petite with an hour-glass figure and she suits blue-based greyed tones. “I also referred her to my hair stylist Becky Urquart of B.Hair.”

makeup colours and professional techniques for themselves.” Justine McLachlan of Sassi Photography offered her studio and expertise to capture the final look. “A flattering image isn’t about modeling for the camera, simply standing in a way that best flatters your body shape, with a bit of confidence.” “I’ve learnt so much,” smiles Chrissy. “And now I know what truly suits me.”

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Chrissy Mochan after her make-over. Photo by Justine McLachlan of Sassi Photography.

Half a million tired women The results of an Australian survey of more than 1000 women aged 18-54 showed that over 800 of those surveyed say tiredness and fatigue are affecting their lives. The study conducted by Newspoll released April 14, 2008 surveyed women about the degree to which fatigue affected relationships, work and socialising. The results were astounding – and would suggest about 4.5 million Australian women are affected by tiredness.


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Graduating stylists Left: Absolut qualified stylists; Renee Farmer, Lynette Burlison and Narelle Tait.

Absolut Hair Dezign owner Sheryl McAlpine congratulates three of her stylists on achieving their national certificate in hairdressing. “It is a proud moment to see young stylists realise their dream of becoming fully qualified senior hairdressers,” says Sheryl. “The emphasis on training in the team had helped three of her stylists complete their national certificate in hairdressing.” The graduating stylists are Renee Farmer and Narelle Tait, who both completed apprenticeships at the salon and Lynette Burlison who joins them after training at Hair To Train. This achievement is a credit to the whole team at the salon and a reflection of the standard of weekly training all apprentices receive from two of the experienced salon seniors Hayley Gaby and Muriel Pearson says Sheryl. “The success of the three graduating stylists has been inspirational because they went the extra mile in their preparation and this reflected in their results.” All stylists at the salon are qualified to the NZ Association of Registered Hairdressers’ standards and receive

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Western diet seriously affecting our health Statistics reveal the reality that the western diet doesn’t give us everything we need to be healthy. Melissa Meyer and Justine Laidlaw from Lets Live says there is a “sad tale” in the state of our health. “Ask any of your friends or family about how their health is doing and chances are you will find one of them talking about a new disease they have discovered or a condition they have been coping with for many years,” says Melissa. “Many of us may not even have any of the ‘big and scary’ conditions such as cancer or heart disease, but chances are, we still don’t feel that well. We may suffer from headaches, stiffness in our muscles, nausea, PMS or just feel tired and worn out. This is not a sign of old age, but is actually a sign that your body is not coping with the current situation and needs something to change.” According to statistics, 22 Kiwi’s die every day of cancer, with bowel cancer killing 1200 Kiwis every year. New Zealand women have the highest bowel cancer rates on planet earth and more than 20 Kiwis are diagnosed with diabetes every day – that’s 800,000 people. “Many of us are not aware of how our western diets are largely nutrient poor, which inevitably leads

to being unwell. Without sufficient nutrition, we inevitably develop imbalances in the body, which could eventually lead to more serious conditions,” says Justine. On June 7, learn about the body’s health and how to improve upon western diets through a free wellness seminar. There is free PH testing to assess your body’s health. Numbers are limited. For more information call 07 549 0754.



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Seven spiritual laws of success Learn how to apply natural laws to live your dreams.

Barbara Guiney.

Knowing some basic laws of nature and learning to live in harmony with these principles can help us to realise our dreams. Understanding how we create our lives will assist us in improving our health as well as finding more joy in our work and home life. ‘The Secret’s’ Law of Attraction is only one of these laws and needs to be combined with the other natural laws to be most effective. Barbara Ann Guiney is presenting a seminar discussing these Seven Spiritual Laws from 2-4:30pm on Sunday, June 19 at Baycourt Centre.

Dr. Deepak Chopra has been a leader in the mind and body healing area for many years. ‘The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success’ has been one of his best selling books since it was published in 1994. With Dr. Chopra’s blessing, Barbara began teaching the Seven Laws in 1994. Barbara has also been a Primordial Sound Meditation teacher for Dr. Deepak Chopra since 1996. She has worked with his company and studied his philosophy for many years. This workshop comes from her heart and years of research. Participants will learn simple, practical steps to apply this natural wisdom to improve their life. Tickets are $20. This seminar is back by popular demand so please buy your tickets early. For more information, please visit or

Winter fashion for warmth and style Welcome to June, the official start to our winter months.

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With the warm autumn weather gone, now is the time to consider the chilly days ahead. For many, it’s not a priority to delve into their winter wardrobe, but now it is timely to get sorted. Those to keep and those that have passed being a good fit or looking a little weary, then

there are those garments that need a new item to bring it into winter 2011. Winter warmth Available in store is a fashionable range of knitwear in rich winter shades and a variety of colours to brighten the dull days. Merino is used extensively in fashion– with many being designed by Paula Ryan who is well known for her quality merino label. These days, fashion designers and manufactur-

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ers are blending merino with other fabrics creating a luxurious knits that will last for a number of seasons. Merino and cashmere blends are regularly used for coats, jackets and vests. Merino is light to wear, warm and breathes so it is a popular choice for ladies. Many merino garments are both hand and machine washable, making them more userfriendly. For those that cannot wear wool, there is still a range of garments to select from. Rainwear. Jackets, coats and rainwear has almost become an essential item during the rainy days of recent. This winter has a marvellous selection of different styles, lengths and fabrics ranging from the dressy to casual that will cover almost every occasion. To avoid disappointment don’t leave this too long as many of the sizes sell extremely quickly. Personalised look. It is most satisfying to create a personalised look that you have been trying to achieve, whether it is for a special occasion or a new casual look for winter. I am often approached with the query of wearing leggings with tunics. If you are not comfortable, try a slightly narrower leg pant and maybe a shorter top. There are no hard and fast rules in fashion as many factors come into play when choosing clothes: your lifestyle, body shape, colouring and above all, what makes you feel good about yourself. This is where the team at Maison Monique, Barbara, Jan and Adele, can be of assistance in obtaining the best fit, style and quality for you. Until next month, take care and above all keep warm.


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Responding to criticism well Don’t mind criticism; if it is untrue, disregard it; if it is unfair, keep from irritation; if it is ignorant, smile; if it is justified, learn from it. Anonymous

Criticism can be a hard thing to accept and when given can elicit a defensive response. It will depend on how it is given, however, it is often spoken when someone is not happy, so the response of defence is an understandable one. If one can take it and look at it for what it is, as mentioned in the above quote, that person will remain in a relatively calm space, even in such difficulty. If the criticism is justified, then we have an opportunity to grow ourselves more. If it isn’t,

we can only suffer more by taking it personally. How do you take criticism? Do you automatically defend yourself or are you able to be more objective and see whether there is any truth in the comment? If you would like to find out more about coaching, phone Mary Parker for a complimentary session, 07 577 1200 email or visit www.coachingtheattitude.

There is a solution to your heel pain Do you suffer from a “stone bruise” type pain in your heel? This common complaint is often called Plantar Fasciitis, which is Latin for inflammation of the facia (connective tissue) at the bottom of the foot. There are many layers of facia at the bottom of the foot. The one that normally causes the problem is the Plantar Aponeurosis and its attachment to the base of the heel. An abnormal tension at this area causes tiny breaks in this tissue that produce pain and inflammation. The breaks repair with thicker fibrous and sometimes bony (heel spur) tissue that

causes more irritation to the surrounding nerve tissue. Orthotics, calf stretching techniques, acupuncture, manipulations, oral antiinflammatory medication and Hydro Cortisone injections can all help alleviate the symptoms, however, if this abnormal thick and fibrous tissue isn’t addressed often the problem never goes away. There is a simple technique aimed at providing a lifetime cure to this problem. It’s painless, doesn’t keep you off your feet and provides a 97.8 per cent chance of success. Call today to discuss with Stefan Edwards from Fraser Street Podiatry.


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Today’s heat pumps can perform at temperatures of minus 15 degrees – effective in even the harshest New Zealand conditions. Heat pumps are more efficient than other heating systems because instead of converting electricity or fuel into heat, heat pumps transfer the warmth stored in the air outside to heat the inside of the home. New models can pull heat from outside in ambient temperatures of less than minus 15 degrees. For an example of how efficient a heat pump is; a standard 1KW oil or electric heater will put out 1KW of heat for the same amount put in. A new generation heat pump will put out 4KW of heat for the 1KW of energy put in. Making them four times more efficient. It has been written that a heat pump is cheaper to run that even buying firewood or running a gas heater. Some of the benefits other that just cheaper heating include; Heat pumps also have dust and odour filters that clean the air while

heating; heat pumps have cooling air-conditioning for the summer months; dehumidifying to dry out the home; or they can be used just as a fan to circulate air in the home. When purchasing a heat pump it is essential to have an approved installer to install the product who can size it properly to the home. If the unit is not sized properly – bought off the shelf without consulting an expert as to installation – you may end up disappointed with a product that wont do the job it has been bought for. Some of the newer technology flowing through is the ‘Hot water Heat pump’. These are a new

form of heat pump that can be connected directly to your under floor hot water cylinder cutting the water heating bills by up to a third of the original amount. Government EECA grants are available to subsidise heat pumps and insulation to have a warmer healthier home. Air Con Tauranga has one of Tauranga’s most experienced designers with Owen Teague – “Mr Heat pump” – with more than 45 years experience in the Bay and they are confident in their installer’s knowledge and experience. By Shaun Wood from Air Con Tauranga


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Walking groups to beat the winter cold ing a range of groups, catering for all needs. There are beginner walkers, early morning walkers, after work walkers, adventure walkers and social walkers, something for everyone.

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Keeping active is one of the best ways to beat the winter cold and joining a walking group is the perfect way to keep motivated. City on its Feet, the Tauranga walking group program, has 32 walking groups to choose from all over the city. Many walkers join City on its Feet to improve their fitness and converted walkers say that exercise has become a pleasur-

able habit rather than a chore. Kirsten Crossan from Sport Bay of Plenty says keeping active is one of the best things to do during winter for health – both mentally and physically. “Walking is an activity that anyone can do – it’s free, requires no special skills and the benefits are huge,” says Kirsten. “City on its Feet members report having more energy, feeling more positive and notice improvements in their fitness and health – as

well as keeping warm. The most frequent comment is that it’s the friendships and social aspect of the walking group that keep members going.” Making physical activity a regular habit is much easier when there are others in a group – and it’s the regularity that gives the most benefit. Being surrounded in a supportive environment can make all the difference. City on its Feet makes it easy to get started walking by provid-

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Swan huggers get personal and nasty So it begins; some people are taking pot shots at me and questioning my intelligence, even sending a death threat over my swan comments. My reply to you is if you want a piece of me, bring it on! The boss and I spend a lot of our time on the harbour kayaking and fishing, for pure recreation and the harbour is for all to enjoy. It’s being ravaged by a plague of these black varmints that need to be dealt to. I wasn’t part of the swan drive, but commend those who made the effort to reduce the scourge and put some fresh game on the table at the same time. As this column is mostly satirical – and written in a light-hearted manner; if you can un-clench your arms from around the tree you are hanging onto to write letters – either improve your aim or bugger off back to where you came from. To intentionally put yourself in the middle of a sanctioned “swan drive”, is like playing marbles on the motorway — just bloody stupid. The reason the drive is done in Bluegum Bay is to keep the process away from those whingers who may be offended. Not much point if those people then go out of their way to get in the middle of it. Now I am all for everyone being able to voice their opinion, as this country is supposed to be a democratic one, but since you question my integrity, I have to say that just because you won the war, does not mean you have to fire salvos at this German bitch. Your so-called facts are far from the truth. Fact 1 – the swan shoot is a sanctioned event

run with support of the airport authority, DOC, regional council and MAF. Swans in the harbour pose a serious aircraft navigation threat. Not only do they reside in the upper harbour, but often frequent the landing area of the Tauranga Airport. If I was a pilot about to land, I sure would not want a 20kg poo machine smashing through my front window or through the props.

Concern for safety Mr McKernon should be more concerned for the safety of his fellow man (and potential homestay guests) arriving and departing from the airport via the threat of bird strike. Fact 2 – at the last swan census, there were 5000 of these introduced birds on the Tauranga harbour. The cull only managed to get rid of 130, that still leaves quite a few. Fact 3 – Dear Phil declares swans are monogamous. What has the morals or marital arrangements of swans got to do with their status as a pest? In fact, even this wacky irrelevance is not strictly true; as research shows the filthy little buggers regularly swan around with other partners (wife swapping) and also apparently one in four swans are homosexual. That’s right – a quarter are great flying, feather pillowbiters. That puts a whole new inference on the “swan dive.” As I said though, not that the swans’ sexual deviances should matter. But some of the swan huggers seem to think the mating arrangements of these pests seems to bestow some sort of magical importance upon a species that is nothing more than an airborne ecological disaster. Fact 4 – the poo problem. This is an environmental issue. Take a gander at Hamilton Lake, the cesspit from hell. Nothing apart from the creep from the deep and a few

thousand eels can survive in it – and as such it is dying and becoming a stinking horrible eyesore. We fish, boat and kayak on the harbour and have seen the increasing degradation over many decades, obviously partly attributable to swans.

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You newcomers to the area, and NZ, will not have experienced this. Yes, farm and urban runoff contribute too, and yes, those issues need urgent attention. But that doesn’t let the swans off the hook. Fact 5 – swans are decimating the seagrass, which is a prime breeding ground and habitat for snapper, flounder and many other species. Some days the beaches are awash with the ripped out remains of seagrass that has been uprooted and ravaged by thousands of these relentless processing machines. What we see is an insidious depletion of another natural food source and upsetting the natural balance of the harbour biodiversity. Plus a huge loss for fishers. AMEN, here endith the lesson. How to Roast a Swan: A recipe from 1845. Pluck like a chicken or goose, scald, or boil; spit, skewer in four places, and roast with all its feet and beak, and leave the head unplucked; and eat with yellow pepper. Accompany the meal with a nice glass of Bird in Hand 2009 Shiraz, or even while the swan is slowly cooking on the spit. We have a long weekend with the Queen’s Birthday. Which one, I wonder? Elizabeth, Freddy Mercury or Georgina Beyer? It does not really matter, as I am off duck/goose/swan shooting with the boss and the apprentice boy. We are responsible and are going to have a little fun in the fresh air and rid the harbour of a damned nuisance at the same time. So see ya all next week. [Swan letters, over the page]

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Protest over ‘swanning in the mangroves’ article Re “Swannining around in the mangroves” I protest about the above article. I wish to draw your readers attention to the fact that most of the contents of this article are completely inaccurate, and I can only assume that the author is in fact one of the shooters and is totally biased and incorrect in his assumptions.

There are several reasons given to justify this slaughter, and I will deal with them one at a time. 1)- they claim the swans pollute the farm paddocks, but in an article in the Fish and game magazine, issue 26 April 2008, this is proved incorrect by one Greame Hughes, Fish and Game Officer for the Central South Island. 2)- The swans are blamed for pollution of the harbour, the same article disputes this also. It is stated that pollution by farm livestock and run-off from farms is the main cause. 3)-It is claimed that the harbour is full of swan droppings. This is total rubbish, as the very high tidal flow scours the harbor clean at every tide. I paddle a kayak on the harbour and have yet to see a problem. 4)- It is claimed the swans consume

small fish. Just Google this for yourself, and you will find articles from around the world, all stating that the swans are vegetarian Also with regard to the swan droppings these are actually a source of food for the fish. I have been informed that research is being undertaken on the swans, by a student at the University of Waikato, and that the result will be made public, but should like to point out that there are many articles available on the web which can be researched by any one of us. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I sat in my kayak, out in the middle of the harbour, and enjoyed the musical calling of the swans, and enjoyed watching the family groups. I went out again after the slaughter – silence! KR Mitchell, Katikati.

‘Wrong message’ for New Zealanders Firstly thank you for printing my letter 27 May. However, I am writing to complain about the above article written by one of the papers writers. Firstly it is incorrect, unproven bunkum, untrue and blatantly biased. Is it not the duty of any newspaper to print facts, in this case ignored! Swans are vegetarian, I would suggest when grazing they inadvertently gather tiny amounts of baby flounder. Sea grass depletion is due to run off as in printed research on Fish & Game’s own website, the swan droppings I would suggest, if anything are beneficial to sea grass and other plants, again F&G printed research to this effect. WBOP have as yet no research stating the swans droppings are polluting the harbour.

Some Asian countries have ducks and geese over fish farms, where the fish actually thrive on the droppings. To make light (in the words of the daleks!) of a very contentious subject is unprofessional and immature. To use the newspaper to scare and bleat on in heartless manner only helps perpetuate the large amount of hard nosed, uncaring people in New Zealand. The greatness of a country and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated. I would suggest taking the kids to feed the ducks and swans and then next day daddy goes and blasts them from the sky, confuses and sends the totally wrong message as to where New Zealand should be when it comes to animal welfare. Phil McKernon, Katikati.

Future of harbour at stake To whom it may concern. (Phil McKernon) I wasn’t in the swan shoot but I know friends and family that attended. I love animals and the land. One day out of 365. 130 swans where shot out of 4000 or more. The harm and the destruction the Swans cause in Katikati and Blue Gum Bay far out weighs the need for this one day of culling. Why would you even complain about this Phil? I’m not into the habit of complaining and writing letters to newspapers but you have burst my bubble. Think about the outcome and the future of our harbour and maybe you will rethink about your opinion about this matter. Sarah Avey, Katikati.

Death to dog author What a load of old rubbish from the Dog’s Breakfast column Bay Sun 27 May. A total mish mash of uninformed comments from a really stupid canine (must be some sort of idiot of a human behind that somewhere). It is a pity that something as serious and cruel as swans being slaughtered by gun happy hunters can be made a joke of. All I can say is that there are a whole lot of humans out there that would just love to see all the dogs go the same way as he would like the swans to go, so be careful Ady, you might be next. Sam Flegg, Athenree.

More from the dog Editor’s note: The “Dog’s Breakfast” column this week expands on last week’s views, provides back up facts and takes another swipe at the pesky swans. Black Swan recipes included. Page 33.


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Firearms discipline and pest control issues

Managed swan shoot is legal organised swan shoot, the problem is only in Mr McKernon’s mind, and his ‘perception’ that the shoot is wrong is what needs to change. I have found that with the most intolerant, hard-line anti-hunting activists you don’t have to look far to find they have failings, short-comings or issues of their own, and this often can be a reason why they so vehemently condemn and chastise ‘hunters’ as a way of building up their own fragile egos or low self-esteem amongst their contemporaries. By labelling the licensed gamebird hunters as “the shooting Neanderthals”, McKernon speaks volumes about his character and Humane The intention is that all birds are to be ignorance. Unlike in his native England, hunting in NZ is not the preserve of the killed as quickly and humanely as possocial elite or the landed gentry, but of sible, but in accordance with the strict all persons who are fit to hold a firearms safety and procedural protocols that licence. Amongst the hunting fraternity, must be followed. Shot birds are then and those at the shoot, are doctors, lawrecovered and returned to a collection yers, electricians, mechanics, point where they are surgeons, orchardtallied and shared out “If you can’t respect farmers, ists, engineers, plumbers, amongst the participants. the customs and salesmen, etc., Basically, This shoot is an people from all walks of life. important part of the rights of others, Not all things in life are management of the or accept or adapt beautiful, and death is inevilarge gamebirds in the to our way of life table for all. Hunting may Tauranga Harbour, and not be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, it has been a one-day in rural NZ, and that’s fine – that’s their event in the short annual then leave!” choice. But for many in these gamebird season for tough economic times it is many years. However, an increasingly popular and traditional only in recent years a small number of method for many to put food on the vocal, self-styled anti-hunting activtable for their families. ists have complained to try to end this annual organised hunt. But despite the fact that the shoot is totally legal, Mr Hunt saboteurs McKernon and his fellow agitators have Unfortunately now in the UK tried to stop, obstruct, or sabotage the legitimate organised hunts are routinely shoot, and last Sunday went so far as interrupted by anarchistic, violent, getting TV1 news cameras to film the unruly activists known as ‘hunt saboevent after trespassing over private land teurs’, who will trespass on private land under false pretences – several kilomeand physically and verbally assault hunttres from the mainland – and miles from ers until police or security intervene. As where these activists actually live. (Not an immigrant to NZ, is this the sort of anywhere near their own properties as thing Mr McKernon has in mind for us they claimed). next? I fear so. I fully support and applaud the efforts and work of the volunteers involved Twisted individual in organising and running this special On the TV News report McKernon shoot – at their own expense – saving appeared to be a bitter & twisted the regional ratepayers from footing the individual who could not tolerate or bill for an expensive and wasteful profesunderstand how the participants could sional culling operation. enjoy the day out, or the fact that they Instead of writing in to local authoriwere happy about harvesting prime ties to complain about this event, I game-meat for their families, in much would encourage others to write in the same way that fishermen enjoy the supporting it! thrill of landing a huge catch. Dean Maisey, Tauranga. In short, there is no problem with the Re: the letter from Phil McKernon (27 May), swan shoot in the harbour on 22 May. McKernon’s letter was abusive and insulting, and like his appearance on the TV1 news item of 23 May, he lies in a deliberate attempt to misinform the public about this event with his antihunting propaganda. The shoot is conducted in accordance with local and regional council bylaws, and is specially permitted and overseen by Fish & Game. DOC are also fully aware of it, with DOC staff sometimes attending.

Swan shooting. ‘Ah, sport, what crimes are committed in thy name.’ For 63 years I have owned and shot with everything from a Joe Manton flintlock, to a 400 Holland & Holland, to a Colt .357 Magnum. But never have I shot a bird on the water or taking-off. For two years, I humped a rifle as a soldier, and for another two years used both rifle and shotgun on the East Taupo Rabbit Board, so I think I have sufficient qualifications to write on the subjects of firearms and pest control. Guns pose many legitimate questions. I am neither for nor against; I know

the pros and I know the cons, and I know enough to keep out of that particular kitchen. But I know also that guns can never be the answer to any single question, like the over-population of a species of large birds. Besides, a swan shoot looks to me like shooting cows in a paddock; thought I’d never say it but I would rather be playing golf. From what I saw on the television on on Monday night of the swan shoot in the Bay of Plenty, if this firearms discipline is maintained on the next shoot, the swans are not going to be the only ones to die on that day. In this age of

technology, limiting the numbers of these beautiful birds (just watch them take off!), need not be left to the lazy, the incompetent, and the trigger happy. In my day, there was a great difference between hunting and killing. The former was what it was all about. Have things changed that much? Or can we get our head together, use our computers, GPSs, our respect for the natural world, our rejection of needless pain and suffering and come up with a humane answer to what, after all, is not rocket science, but a fairly simple problem? Julian Dickon, Katikati.

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Treaty ‘not upheld as partnership’ In response to G Allan’s letter (Weekend Sun May 27), I agree with one statement made about Te Tiriti of Waitangi not being a partnership. The treaty was not upheld as a partnership between Maori and the Crown and it was not necessary for Maori protection against each other. Instead Maori were assimilated into a Western way of life with Western values, beliefs, and customs forced upon them. This writer claims that Maori had disagreements between themselves and needed the British to deal with them. However, Maori had their own way of working out specific disagreements (e.g. Hui) they did not require or invite another culture to bring their customs they believed superior to Tikanga Maori.

This is yet another statement that encourages and supports assimilation with the Western view believing that their customs, beliefs, and values should be adopted and adhered by all. As Maori believe themselves to be guardians of the land it is a Western perception that land must be occupied or used in a certain manner. Leaving it as a natural resource is a natural response even though this is generally not understood by some individuals such as G. Allan who calls this “unkempt”. The letter published by the writer illustrates that not only racism but also shows that within some individuals ethnocentrism is still alive within our society. Gloria McIsaac, Ohauiti.

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A chance to test voters’ opinions With the General Elections looming would think that this would be an appropriate time to gauge New Zealanders’ opinion on matters other than Political Parties. This could easily actioned by handing out an extra voting page with several contentious issues listed e.g. retention of Anti-smacking Law, compulsory 3rd Party Insurance, Parole Board retention, full Easter Trading, euthanasia, hard labour for prisoners, NZ to be a Republic, Waitangi Day to be New Zealand Day,

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or 120 MPs or less. This survey could be added to the much awaited referendum decision on MMP or another system. Obtaining a simple Yes/No answer, Parliament would, with little expense know the feeling of the citizens of our country, something that they appear to place little importance upon. Neville Dixon, Papamoa Beach.

There seems to a bit of labour philosophy still lurking in the Dept of Inland revenue when they make a farmer bashing comment like “The majority of farmers pay an average of $1500 in tax”. Any small company run by anyone with at least two brain cells does the same to avoid provisional tax as one example. The farm ( Business) may well only pay $1500 a year in tax as company tax but the farmer will pay a bundle in tax by way of PAYE on the wages they pay themselves. The dept has put up a smoke screen to turn the average tax payer against farm-

ers and that is the wee bit of labour still lurking in the dungeons of IRD. Don’t believe such a nonsensical statement from any dept of the current past or future Govts or Govt depts. Every company in this country is contributor to the bottomless money pit of this badly run country, whether the company pays tax or not, as everyone working for that company inc the Directors who pay PAYE on every cent they pay themselves. Any Director paying themselves $1.000.000 and more per year carries a horrendous tax bill so once again don’t be fooled by statistics. Alastair Bourne, Bethlehem.

What’s next, a tax on ladders? ity, or failed to put up the tax on petrol, because a few hoons cause havoc on our roads: these also costs us big time. What about an extra tax on ladders, as there is a number tradesmen and DIYer’s that keep falling off them, and this costs ACC heaps. You seem very keen to penalise the rest of society, because of the small minority who failed to act responsibly. Rather then further burdening the consumers of alcohol with more taxes, we should be exploring the many other avenues open to us, with the view of lowering the costs of alcohol related damages. Brian Porter, Welcome Bay.

Tony Farrell’s letter 27 May 2011 stated that he was querulous that the budget did not include an additional excise tax on alcohol, and that alcohol related damages is costing us around 5 billion each year. You probably will be aware Tony, that Aunty Ruth in her 1991 mother of all budgets, introduced a perpetual annual tax increase each July on alcohol, based on the Consumer Price Index. Therefore it was totally unnecessary to add any additional taxes to alcohol. I hope you were just as cantankerous when Bill English omitted to increase the tax on all items that may cause obes-

Red corner of the aquatics mire the weekends) no public access to the pool almost all of the time? 3. TCC staff may have approached the swimming club to take it over. Why would the club be interested considering any change? 4. Warren Banks says the site is possibly unstable, then that is even more reason to close it. This whole thing just adds to the huge losses of TCAL and as Warren Banks says “TCAL has no means of generating any income” yet large amounts of ratepayers money continue to be spent to maintain it, why? These funds would be better put towards a rates reduction. Ian Stevenson, Tauranga.

Murray Guy reported on some alarming problems at the Otumoetai Pools (when he was able to find it). The issues raised are of significant concern especially on an OSH and state of the facilities basis. However it also raises the question on a few other important issues as well: 1. How come no one has noticed or reported this before? Like staff, directors or anybody? 2. Why did a Council staff member sign up the contract for the facilities where TCC pay the bills (public use is limited to the use of a lane or two during the week, school holidays and



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tobacco and alcoholic beverages are drugs, and sold in huge quantities! Politics are to blame, as they have the power to import or refuse imports of all bad foods, liquids, drugs and so on, but no, the dollar takes precedence again. We have passed the point of no return, as our human society is on the decline, with over 50% obesity, more malformed babies born, and some disease immune to antibiotics! Our future is very bleak indeed! Ernest Izett, Tauranga.

Why in this modern age that drugs of all qualities and quantities are flooding the markets? Young folk have access to those mind-bending and bodydestroying drugs and some idiots are pushing for the legal use and sale of that hallucinogenic drug marijuana. We only have one life, so isn’t it reasonable and sensible to live a clean and healthy life without narcotics? Our democracy fails in this respect, as retailers are selling drugs of all types – even

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The Weekend Sun’s guide to who’s playing and where. Come Dancing Tonight

Sequence & old time dancing at Greerton Hall 7.30-11pm. Friendly atmosphere, good music & supper. Entry $5. All welcome. Tauranga Social Dance. Bev 543 0204

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Friday 3 June

Greerton Rugby Club 50th Jubilee

From June 3-5. Meet & greet June 3 from 4pm, where there are local games on Saturday & Past vs Present game on Sunday, followed by a celebratory function consisting of dinner, speeches & a band. 541 0300

Harrisons Art Gallery

Exhibition now on until June 18, The Art of Peter Wallers Celebrating 40 Years of Painting. Open Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm & Sat 10am - 2pm, 106 Eleventh Ave, Tauranga. 578 9322

Saturday 4 June

12 Step Recovery Group for Women

Every Sat 10am at Hanmer Clinic meeting rooms, 1234 Cameron Rd, Greerton (behind Tyre Master). Ph/txt 021 022 05550 or email:

Annual Art Exhibition & Sale

Art Waihi painting group one day event in Waihi Memorial Hall, Seddon St 10am – 4.30pm. Gold coin entry.

Inline Hockey Tournament

Hosted by Tauranga Ducks Inline Hockey Club, at Mount Action Centre June 4-6. Under 10, Under 12 & Under 14 age groups. No charge for spectators. Kristi 544 0519 or

Market Day

With family entertainment at Papamoa East Shopping Centre 9am - 1pm. Enter competition for new name for centre, vouchers to be won. Be part of plants to beautify the centre. Audrey 573 8954

Opus Orchestra

Art in the Park

Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui 7.30am – 5pm. Tauranga Society of Artists offer for sale a variety of art to suit all tastes. Sunday if wet.

Arty Bras Show

June 11, Waihi Plunket Fundraiser, at Waihi Beach Community Centre 7.30pm. Tickets $10, available at Ebony Fashions Waihi Beach or La Diva Waihi. Live entertainment, charity auction, bra show, fashion shows & more.

Brazilian Drumming

With the friends from Tauranga City Libraries, at Mount Library June 11 2-4pm. Annual event to honour local writers from Tauranga & BOP. A panel for discussion ‘On the Writing Life’ includes Dame Lynley Dodd, Susan Brooker, Tommy Kapai Wilson & Sherryl Jordan. Children welcome. $5 entry with refreshments. RSVP for catering purposes friendTCL@ or 576 3040

Every Saturday at Elizabeth St Community Centre 11am - 1pm. Beginners welcome. Gold coin donation. Phil 021 075 4300 or

French connections – Conductor Peter Walls (NZSO), Ritchie-French Overture, MozartConcerto for flute & harp, K299 & Symphony No 31 Paris, K297. Debussy, Ravel at Graham Young Youth Theatre, Boys’ College 7.30pm. $35, seniors/friends $30, children free.

Oriana Singers

Sing Sing Sing. Guest artist: Piano Trios from Bethlehem College; Violinist – Colin Allison. June 11 St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Dee St, Mount 2pm. June 12 at St Johns Anglican Church, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai 2pm. Tickets $12 adult, $5 child. Door sales. 571 4044

Oropi Community Fundraiser

In Oropi Hall June 12 10am – 3pm. Devonshire Teas, sausage sizzle, sales table. Something for



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

The Weekend Sun

News, reviews and opinionated raving on the music scene. everyone. All welcome. Proceeds to local charities. Sue 543 1476

Otumoetai Market

At Otumoetai Primary School first Sat of every month. Fruit/ veges, crafts, books, & more. Stalls $10. Briar 576 6605 or email:

Tauranga Farmers Market

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

Tauranga Samba Dance Fitness

Add some carnival to your life. Elizabeth St community centre 11.30am - 12.30pm (note change of time). Learn basic Brazilian samba steps. $5 donation. All welcome. May 021 995 065

Tga Synchronised Swimming Club

Beginners training at Baywave 12-1pm every Sat during term time. Girls of any age, as long as they are confident swimmers & enjoy the water. Free tryout any Saturday. Pool entry fee applies. Ange 552 5416

Tauranga Woodcrafters Club

Meet 3rd Sat of month at clubrooms, Yatton St, Greerton 1pm. Visitors or interested folk welcome. Geoff 579 3637

Waihi Rotary Club Annual Book Fair

Anglican Church Hall, upper Seddon St next to the visitor centre June 4 9am – 4pm & June 5 10am – 4pm. Thousands of books at tiny prices to browse & buy.

Sunday 5 June Argentine Tango

Free Tango at Como Cucina Restaurant, upstairs 65 The Strand. Salon/social Tango from 6.45pm. Visitors, spectators & interested people welcome. Demo/ intro to Tango Carl 021 280 4464

Bay Blokart Club

Friendly club sailing race days on second Sunday of each month, weather permitting. 027 391 8300

Bethlehem Lions Market

Incorporating Arts & Crafts (indoors) at Bethlehem Town

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

Centre car park (second entrance to town centre off Bethlehem Rd) 8am - 12pm. Stallholders $10 per site. On wet or fine. 543 3523

Bible Seminar

At Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St 1.45pm. Title: ‘Grace’ Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Vic 543 0504

Cafe Style Family Service

With breakfast at St Columba Church Hall, Cherrywood 8.159.15am. All welcome. Romy 578 6299

Coastal Country Music Club

RSA Cameron Rd, Greerton 1pm. Guest artists – a surprise. All welcome. 579 5445

Katikati Tramping Club

Tramp to Golden Hills, Paton’s Dam & other options. 8am start. Brett 07 863 6602

Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market

Every Sun 9am - 1pm in Phoenix car park, rain or shine. Fresh fruit, breads, cheese, plants, veges & more. Downtown the Mount open 7 days. 575 9911

Omokoroa Boat Club Jam session 2pm.

Radio Controlled Model Yachts

Meet Sun & Thurs 1.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to race electron class yachts. Graham 572 5419

Singles Mix & Mingle 40+

Coffee afternoon at Zaggers Cafe, Chapel St 2.30pm. Looking for friendship or companionship? Join like minded individuals who want to meet new singles in a relaxed atmosphere. Gayle 027 439 3267

Tauranga BMX Club

Racing Sunday afternoons at Sulphur Point track. Registration 1.30pm, racing 2pm. First 2 nights free. All welcome.

Tauranga Historical Society

Brain Watkins Hall, cnr Elizabeth St & Cameron Rd 2pm. Speaker: Jenny Argante - researching Mauao; meaning, mana & memories. Visitors welcome. 574 4965

OUT THERE Stories, snippets, strangeness, and general entertainment.

Tauranga Spiritual Society

Senior Citizens Hall, Norris St. Special General Meeting, audit 6.30pm. Fellowship 7.30pm. Guest speaker: Candida Monkley - clairvoyant/medium. Door charge $3, members $2.

Te Puke Lions Market

Farmlands car park (opp Countdown Supermarket) 7am - 12pm. Something for everyone. Weather permitting. Peter 573 9433

Waihi Beach Art & Craft Fair

Waihi Beach Community Centre 10am – 4pm. Entry $3. 07 863 5571

Monday 6 June Bethlehem Bowls

Bethlehem Hall every Mon 7.15pm. All ages & new players welcome. First 2 nights free. Wendy 578 2585

Body & Soul Fun Fitness

For over 50’s, social events & occasional guest speakers Mon & Fri, Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church, 13th Ave. Weds City Church Otumoetai Rd. All classes 9.1510.15am. First class free. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031

Fitness League

Tone & align your body, increase flexibility & stamina. First class free. Mon at Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd & Tues at St Johns Anglican Hall, Seddon St, Waihi. Both 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378

Hash House Harries

Gentle exercise, run or walk 6-9pm. Check for current location www. or Tony 027 6555 775

Junior Badminton Club

At Bethlehem College. Beginners 5-6pm. Experienced 6-7.30pm. Racquets available. Sue 543 0035

Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu

The Kelliher Collection: Past and Present

Papamoa club training at Tahatai Coast school, Evans Rd Mon & Thurs 6.157.45pm. Brian 579 4358 or

Otumoetai Golf Club


Until 4 September

Want to start golf? Beginners clinics available from June 13 8.30am. Ladies, men, all ages welcome. Raelyn 576 5296


Until 12 June

Papamoa Mah-Jong Club

COLIN McCAHON: Story of a Mural

Until 10 July

Interested in learning to play Mah-Jong? At Papamoa Sports Club, Parton Rd Mondays 12.30pm. Entry $2. Elaine 542 1693


ALL THAT JAZZ: New Zealand Music Videos Until 19 June Open daily 10am - 4.30pm

Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. Neita 572 3766

Relationship Services

Tues Positively Me for Women 7-9pm, Papa-

moa. Parenting for success Tauranga 6-8pm, Parenting through Separation Tauranga 7-9pm. Weds Positively Me for Women Tauranga 12.30-2.30pm. Thurs Positively Me for Women Mt Maunganui 7-9pm, Parenting through Separation Papamoa 10am 12pm. 576 8392

Sequence Dance Class

Modern sequence dance tuition & revision every Mon 1-3pm St Johns Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai. $3pp. Gordon 573 4333

Indoor Bowling Club

St Columba Club night (Queens Birthday) 7.30pm, St Columba Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd. New bowlers welcome. Ron 570 1570

Tauranga Badminton Club

Bethlehem College every Mon & Weds from 7.30pm. All players welcome. Friendly club. Racquets available. Sue 543 0035 or 021 194 4335

Tauranga Bridge Club

Playing sessions: Mon, Wed, Thur 7.30pm. Tues, Fri 1pm. At Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd. Norm 576 5022

Tauranga Plunket

Older Mums & Bubs Playgroup. Are you an older mum or dad, aunt/uncle or grandparent caring for young babies & preschool children? Every Mon during term time at Tauranga Plunket Rooms, Devonport Rd 10am. Kath 557 8109 or katherine.lawrence@

Tga Sequence Dance Club

Couples want to have fun while keeping fit every Mon & Weds at SSC Norris St 7pm. Great dances, music & people. Tutoring given. Barbara 552 6227

Tga UFO & Paranormal Soc

Monthly meeting in room behind Historic house cnr Cameron Rd/Elizabeth st 7.30pm. Global news, discussion, DVD. Light supper. Door $3. All welcome. Ian 578 5373

Toughlove Parent Meetings

Totara House, 1428 Cameron Rd, Greerton Monday’s 12-2.30pm & 7-9pm. 571 1503

Want to start Golf?

Beginners clinic’s start June 13 9.30am. Men, ladies – all ages. Otumoetai Golf Club. Raelyn 576 5296

Tuesday 7 June Acoustic Music Club

Jam nights 7.30pm weekly, blackboard concerts 4th Weds & 2nd Sun, Trust Bar, Bureta Park, Vale St. Sing, play or just listen & enjoy. All welcome. Sheryl 552 5906


The Weekend Sun Depression Support Group

Junction office, 4 Roys Rd, Greerton 1-2pm. 579 9890

Excel Toastmasters Club

Learn to be a competent communicator & get your message across. Meet 6.15pm on 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues of month at Mount Senior Citizens Centre, 345 Maunganui Rd. New members welcome. Jenny 575 9159

Genesis - Women’s Group

Every Tues during school term. 10am morning tea at Papamoa Surf Club, Papamoa Domain. This week: Queens Birthday Special. New members welcome. Jennifer, Salvation Army 578 4264

Inachord Ladies 4 Part Harmony Chorus

Every Tues at Wesley Methodist Church, 100 13th Ave 7pm. Have fun singing & make new friends. Irene 549 5115

Junior Badminton Club

Otumoetai College Gym, all grades 5.30 - 7pm. Racquets available. Sue 543 0035

Lymphoedema Group

For education, exercises & support. 56 Christopher St, Tga (parking at Citizens Club, 13th Ave) 10.30am. Host: Kath Vickers, physiotherapist & lymphoedema therapist. Gold coin donation. All welcome. Julie 571 3346 or email:

Matua Kidzclub

Every Tues at Matua Baptist Church Lounge, Matua Shopping Centre 3-4.30pm for primary children. Jandy 571 0151

Midweek Country & Variety Music

Every first Tues of month at Elizabeth St Arts Centre, Glasgow St 7pm. All proceeds to charity. Ruth/Dick 576 4527

Mount Morning Badminton

Every Tues 9am - 12pm at Mount Sports Centre, Blake Park. Social, competitive, all ages. Beginners welcome. Racquets available. Visitors $5 per session, students $2. First day free. Josie 574 1131

Parenting Event in Tauranga

Hosted by Te Puna Playcentre. An informative & fun evening with Diane Levy, author – Parenting with Love & Limits. For parents/guardians of 2-10 year olds. At Baycourt June 14 7.15pm. Tickets $19.99 from Baycourt &

Salsa Dance Lessons

For beginners, Tauranga Baptist Church Hall, cnr Cameron Rd & 13th Ave 6.30pm. Meet people, learn some new moves & keep fit. 022 091 5970 or www.latindancetauranga.

South City Indoor Bowls Club Inc

Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Skips & Leads, Threes & Twos (Pairs). Ph Mary 541 0687

Tauranga Acoustic Music Club

Jam nights 7.30pm weekly, blackboard concerts 4th Weds & 2nd Sun, Trust Bar, Bureta Park, Vale St. Sing, play or just listen. All welcome. Sheryl 552 5906

Tauranga Indoor Bowling Club

Championship Pairs 7pm. Senior Citizens Hall, Norris St. New bowlers welcome. Ron 570 1570

Tauranga Toastmasters

Tga Lyceum Club, 1st Ave Tues 7.15-8.45pm. Exterminate the butterflies, confidence building, improving public speaking & leadership skills. Alan 544 5989

Wing Chun Kung Fu

Tues & Thurs at QE Youth Centre cnr 11th Ave & Devonport Rd. First lesson free. nz or 027 236 0908

YPC - Young Persons Clinic

Free, confidential, contraceptive & sexual health care for under 25

yr olds. Walk in clinic. No appointment necessary. 1st & 3rd Tues of month 5-7pm. Farm St Family Health Centre, 47 Farm St, Bayfair. 575 4001

Wednesday 8 June Bolivia

Matua Bowling club every Weds 1pm. Good tutors. Raye 543 2319

Bromeliad Meeting

Yacht Club, Sulphur Pt 12.302.30pm. Speaker: Roger Alan - Q&A on sprays to use & those to avoid with bromeliads. The use of frost cloth for winter protection. Plant of month: aechmeas - all types. Good sales table. Visitors welcome. Lynley 576 7711

Capoeira Classes: Beginners Welcome

Tauranga Weds 6-7pm & Sat 12.30-1.30pm, Legion of Frontiersman Hall, cnr Elizabeth St & Glasgow St. Mount Mon, Tues, Thurs 6-7.30pm, Mount Sports Centre, cnr Maunganui & Hull Rd. Kids class, Papamoa Primary School Hall. Kids from 4-6yrs 4-4.30pm. Kids 6+ 4.305.30pm. Tulio 576 2427 or www.

Gate Pa Indoor Bowls

Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Aussie Butcher Open Fours Tournament. Names in book. Kevin 543 4044

Global Hearts Exercise Group

Weds 2pm & Fri 11am. Provides group activities combined with health education that encourages members to live a healthy & active lifestyle. Classes run by qualified instructor. Vikki 575 0470 or 0272 800 388

Katikati Herb Society

St Paul’s Presbyterian Church Lounge, cnr SH2 & Mulgan St, Katikati 7pm. Herb of the month: Apple. Cider vinegars. All welcome. Jenny 543 4518 or nz/katikati/

ME/CFS Support Group

Chadwick House, 250 Chadwick Rd, Greerton 10.30am. Speaker: Larissa - Green Prescription. All welcome. 578 7804

Mount Badminton Club

Social club night Weds 7.309.30pm at Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd. All past & new players welcome. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529

Mount Junior Badminton club

Club night 6-7.30pm at Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd. All keen players aged 8-15 yrs welcome to come along for a night of fun & to learn the game. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529

NZ Society of Authors (BOP)

First meeting, Terrace Room, Baycourt 7pm. Writer: Tina Shaw. email: or 576 3040

Orange City Square & Round Dance Club

Weds Plus, Thurs club night & new dancers. Frontiersmen’s Hall 7.30pm. 543 1063

Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust

Annual public meeting at Coastguard Hall, Sulphur Pt 7pm. Speaker: Maj de Poorter, manager of Ark in the Park, Waitakeres, Auckland. Gold coin donation. All welcome. Carole 542 0224 or www.

Salvation Army Meeting

For all women every Weds 10am morning tea, 10.30am meeting at Salvation Army cnr Cameron Rd & 5th Ave Tga. Speaker: Mimi - our new Youth Pastor. New members welcome. Jennifer 578 4264

Scottish Country Dancing

Weds Senior Citizens Hall, Maunganui Rd. Fri Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd. Both 7.30pm. 573 5055

Te Puke Spiritual & Healing Centre

8 Palmer Court, Te Puke. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Allen McCreedy - didgeridoo. Russell 573 7933

Walking Group

Age Concern walking group meet at Bethlehem Rd car park, carpooling to Katikati 10am. All welcome. 578 2631

Thursday 9 June

Absolute Abstract Exhibition

Featuring Doreen McNeill, Angela McKenzie, Graham Crow, Jane Ivimey, Sharen Watson, Stephen Crowther to name a few. At Creative Tauranga Gallery, 112 Willow St, Tauranga June 9 – 28.

Ascension Healing & Crystal Centre

Group meditations every Thurs 7-9pm at 207 Peers Rd, Omanawa. $10pp, tea & coffee provided. 543 3132 extn 1.

Bay Salsa Club

Presents Salsa on the Strand intro class 8pm followed by social dancing Thurs at Buddha Lounge. Great for fitness. $2 entry (members free). All welcome.

Breast Cancer Walking Group

Meet in front of Blue Restaurant Cafe, Marine Pde 9.30am for a walk around the Mount, followed by a coffee. All welcome. Julie 571 3346 or email:

Fitness League

Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for females. All ages & abilities. Thurs 9.30am Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd. Weds 10am at Katikati Memorial Hall. Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 7170

Happiness & Our Mind

Drop-in meditation classes. Beginners welcome. Classes self-contained so start any date. Next class June 16 at Otumoetai Plunket, 59 Otumoetai Rd 7-8.30pm. $12 per class. www.

Keynotes 4 Part Harmony

Womens chorus every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Pam 578 3757

Lyceum Club Ladies

Craft & colletables talk about greenstone. At Clubrooms, 68 1st Ave 1.45pm. Nola 571 4432

Mount Art Group

Every Thurs 9am - 2pm at St Peter’s Parish Hall, 11 Victoria Rd, Mount. New members welcome. Elise 575 9851

Mount Garden Club

Meet at Methodist Church Hall, Puriri St, Mount 1.30pm. Flower of the month: Protea family. Visitors welcome. Lois 575 5867

Simplee Cre8ive

Scrap booking & art group. Papamoa Community Centre, Tohora Room 9.30am -2.30pm. $5pp. Bring own lunch. Lyn 572 0423

Tauranga Heart Support Group

Fun, rehab exercise, social events & occasional guest speakers for those with or at risk of heart disease. Thurs 9.30-10.45am City Church, Otumoetai Rd. Men & women welcome. Cardiac Care leader Dianne 576 5031

Tauranga Porcelain Artists

Meet every Thurs at Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St West 9am 12pm. All welcome. Lynne 549 0847

Wanna Dance Rock n Roll

Only authentic Rock n Roll music. Come dancing & have fun every Thurs 7.30-9.30pm at Senior Citizens Hall, Greerton. No fees. Admission $2 per night. Maria 576 7326

Winter Badminton

Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre every Thurs 9pm for all levels aged 13 plus. $5pp with racquet hire available. Develop your game or have a social night with friends. Matt 578 6090 or 027 305 9425

Friday 10 June

Brazilian Partner Dancing

For beginners, Mount Senior Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd. Brazilians are social, fun loving people who enjoy their music & dance. Come & find out why. 022 091 5970 or Grey Power Coastal BOP & Districts Assn Winter lunch meeting at Club Mt Maunganui, 45 Kawaka St, cnr of Totara St. Meet 12pm for 12.30pm lunch, order off menu. Ranging $11 - $17. All welcome. RSVP Georgina 574 2293


Played at Greerton-Tauranga RSA

Women’s section. 1pm sharp. 544 1944

Inaugural Golden Sands School Quiz Night

At Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club 7pm to fundraise for our new playground. Get a team together, & dress as an 80’s TV Show. Table of six $50 for a fun evening, with prizes galore. Individual tickets available $10. Seats are limited. Angela 542 5425 or to reserve your table.

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Sad ends and final chances This week I was planning to write about a couple of shows happening soon at Mills Reef. But first the breaking news…

Well it broke earlier in the week. The Blues Brews & BBQs event is, apparently, no more. The combination of organiser fatigue and ever-increasing licensing regulations has finally done for it. I think it’s a shame, but I understand the decision. Actually, I hope it was more the former reason than the latter. It’s a helluva lot of work organising an event on that scale and after a while it wears you down. New blood is needed to take over and if that isn’t forthcoming then it’s best to let things go. Too many events have been ruined by continuing after the organisers were sick of the whole thing, but felt an obligation to press on. So, hats off to everyone involved, thanks for the beer. They were unlucky to be holding such an event at the same time as New Zealand is going through one of its regular prohibitionist panics, a moral knee-jerk reaction that believes alcohol is to blame for all society’s ills. What with being an event that often involved drinking to excess – The horror! The horror! – the BBBBQs might as well have had a target painted on its forehead. Okay. That was a longer digression than I planned. Back to gigs at Mills Reef. Luckily I don’t really need to write about the first one. News came in yesterday that

tickets for Greg Johnson on June 10 have sold out. It’ll be a great show. The second upcoming Mills Reef event is on Thursday, June 23 and sees the return of hip swing cats Hot Club Sandwich. It says a lot about their popularity that I’ve already heard from two excited punters asking me to write about the band’s visit. And I’m happy to do so. I think these guys are great. To those who don’t know

Hot Club Sandwich. them, Hot Club Sandwich are a trio – guitar, bass, horns – playing a mixture of Hot Club swing, blues, rockabilly and other bouncy music. They sing, often in slick harmony, but their real ace in the hole is their songs because, more than any other band I can think of (The Topp Twins maybe?) they sing directly about Kiwi life, be it buying appliances from Bond & Bond, falling for your new i-Pod, wishing you had a RAV, boring weddings, or your daughter’s new boyfriend. And they not only sing about Kiwi life, but they do so with a clever, funny perspective that has audiences laughing in their seats.

They were last here for the Jazz Festival and probably won’t be back this year so grab this chance to hear them while you can. Tickets are $20, available from Mills Reef (ph: 07 576 8800) and are selling fast. And just as last week’s paper came out we heard about the death of Gil Scott-Heron, the man – incorrectly I think – sometimes called the Godfather of Rap. If you haven’t ever heard him then I suggest a quick Google and a trawl through YouTube. He really was something special. The Godfather of Rap tag primarily stems from his groundbreaking 1970 album Pieces of a Man and its most celebrated track ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’. As a sustained burst of satirical anger it still surprises today. But it is a million miles away from rap. For a start it doesn’t rhyme and, rather than relying on crude obscenities, it is literate and very funny. Gil Scott-Heron always seemed to me more influenced by the ‘50s beat poets and their experiments in matching words to music. Other tracks on the album – sung not spoken – veer towards the soul of Marvin Gaye’s revolutionary ‘What’s Going On’, while another groundbreaking mix of words and music, the work of The Last Poets, was clearly an influence. But years of crack addiction caught up with Gil Scott-Heron, just as he was back touring on the strength of his remarkable ‘comeback’ album ‘I’m New Here’. He had lived a troubled life and even at the end couldn’t catch a break, but his wonderful voice and brilliant songwriting will not be forgotten. Listen to some today.

After-dinner music to make a French Connection For the Opus Orchestra’s ‘French Connection’ concert, conductor Peter Walls (NZSO) has chosen a programme which will appeal to the generations of family gathering in Tauranga during the Queen’s Birthday weekend. New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie’s ‘French Overture’, an Akaroa New Zealand delicacy, will be performed as entree to an orchestral feast. The Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp, written in Paris, lets the two talented soloists show off the brilliance of these instruments, played

here by Helen Webby (Christchurch Symphony Orchestra), one of New Zealand’s finest harpists and Opus’s own skilled and sensitive principal flute, Agnes Harmath. French compositions, Debussy’s deliciously evocative ‘Dances: Sacred and Profane’, will lead into the second half of the concert. Helen Webby will return to partner principal flute as soloists in Ravel’s ‘Tombeau de Couperin’ – a deeply emotive tribute to his friends who fell in WWI. Symphony No. 31, better known

as ‘The Paris Symphony’ and one of Mozart’s most popular, was written to stimulate jaded Parisian appetites and deeply satisfies today. Enjoy a quality, free for children, family experience with the regional Orchestra Opus after dinner at the Graham Young Youth Theatre, Saturday, June 4 at 7.30pm. Book now at Baycourt 08004ticket as there are limited door sales. Anges Harmath on the flute.

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Dir: Tom Hooper. Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter It’s easy to forget how satisfying English drama is when it’s done well. While easy to dismiss as merely ideal Oscar bait – Brit royalty, personal afflictions overcome, etc - and a soft target for (well-justified) criticisms of historical inaccuracy, you forgive it all when you watch because it is simply so perfect. Here it all comes together. The cast are on top form: Colin Firth is heartbreakingly complex

and subtle as the King in waiting, terrified of having his stuttering revealed in public; Geoffrey Rush, the uncommon but common Australian speech therapist, never gets too cute despite being handed the lion’s share of delightful monarchy-baiting lines; Helena Bonham Carter is just a doll; the rest, including Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi and a host of top UK thesps are effortlessly right.

Apparently, some people were expecting Black Swan () to be a fairly straight ballet film and left cinemas in shock. I hope that’s true. In case word’s not out yet, Black Swan is a lurid psychological horror flick, charting its heroine’s descent into madness as she struggles to incarnate both the chaste white swan and the unrepressed black swan of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The only non-horror element is the lack of bloodshed, otherwise it’s all crazy dream sequences, hallucinations and bad juju. Natalie Portman leads a quartet of great female performances and the dancing is dynamically rendered. But don’t take it too seriously… Written, directed and produced by Simon Rumley, Red White & Blue () is a tough little Austin, Texas-set indie, following the life of promiscuous Erica (Amanda Fuller) as she man-hops and looks for work. Said man-hopping leads her to Noah Taylor’s

And, best of all, the script gives real room for the actors to bring depth to their characters: it has zingers a-plenty but still finds time for moments of telling contemplation. It goes without saying that the whole thing absolutely looks the bizzo, so all you have to do is sit back and watch people who really know what they’re doing do it really well. A pleasure.

damaged Iraq veteran and a tentative relationship. There’s also the story of a young guitar player and when eventually the characters intersect, it is with predictably unfortunate results. It’s a very ‘Sundancey’ film, slow and observational despite the occasional bouts of sex and violence, superbly acted, and building towards an intense climax of depressingly believable brutality. Lost City Raiders () is one of those trashy cheap rip-offs that you watch by mistake. But it’ll only take five minutes before you realise the unendurable level of bollocks you are about to subject yourself to, so take my advice and turn it off immediately. James Brolin stars in this Made-for-TV nonsense about a post-global warming world, now covered in water. He’s a salvager, tasked by the ‘New Vatican’ to recover a mythical artefact that has power to make the waters recede a la Moses. Cheap and tedious with no

redeeming excesses. Sometimes you just despair about television in New Zealand. Along comes a new series from the creators of The Wire, a programme generally talked of as amongst the best ever; it’s set in a city recovering from a natural disaster; already it’s midway through the second season in America and has been renewed for a third. Yet we here had to wait till it hit DVD shelves. Treme () – pronounced ‘Tremay’ after the key musical district – is a brilliant New Orleans slice of life: musicians, cooks, bar owners, Mardi Gras chiefs, the everyday people of the Crescent City trying to get back on their feet and hussle and keep it together. Great slow-burning vital drama with constant bursts of amazing music. Best thing I should have seen on television all year.

‘Celebrity’ filled concert back by demand Due to major demand and an over-whelming response it looks like the people have spoken and somebody has listened – ‘Night of the Stars’ is making its return to Bureta Park Motor Inn for one night only on Friday, June 10. Entertainment is supplied by some of New Zealand’s best impersonators bringing you Roy Orbison, Engelbert Humperdinck, Buddy Holly, Gene Pitney, Connie Francis, ABBA and Johnny Cash. The show, developed and put together by Stars

in their Eyes grand finalist Tony Wellington six months ago, has been extremely successful and popular since its inaugural show in Matamata. Tony says he’s trying to cater for the baby boom era and this is what many people have said they want; the “Dine and Dance show from yester-year” that people remember fondly. “Tickets are on sale now at Bureta Park reception and are limited to 150 and the previous two shows in March sold out in the first week and many people missed out, this is why we decided to run

another show,” says Tony. Tickets are $38, which includes a two course dinner and a great show that is hosted by Frank Vosper. Due to the ongoing popularity there are new shows in the planning. A date is yet to be set for these shows. For updated details visit Tony also likes to support a charity in every show and “Tauranga District Riding for the Disabled” has been selected for this show.

M O V I E S With Rialto

Lovely, Still (M) contains adult themes A Christmas time romance about late-life love, starring screen greats Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn. Lonely old Robert (Landau) lives alone and sticks to a routine that includes bagging groceries at the local supermarket. One night he comes home and finds a stranger (Burstyn) in his living room. What begins as an odd and awkward encounter soon turns to romance. The debut film from writer and director Nicholas Fackler.

Lovely, Still is screening at Rialto Tauranga. with

The Weekend Sun has two double passes to give away to lucky readers who can tell us who directs Lovely, Still. Enter online at www. under the Competitions section. Entries must be received by June 8.

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (M) Violence & Off Language. ON STRANGER TIDES (M) Violence & Fantasy Horror. Prequel to the X-Men trilogy. Cast: James McAvoy,


(2D) Johnny Depp, Ian McShane, Penélope Cruz. Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Rose Byrne. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: (3D) Fri 8:10pm. Sat 3:10, 8:10pm. Sun 3:10, 8:10pm. Fri 12:45, 5:50, 8:30pm. Sat 12:50, 5:45, 8:30pm. ON STRANGER TIDES (M) Contains Violence & Fantasy Horror. Mon 3:10, 8:10. Tue 1:00, 8:10. Wed 1:00, 8:10. Sun 12:50, 5:50, 8:30pm. Mon 12:50, 5:40, 8:20. Tue 12:40, 5:50, 8:30pm. Wed 12:40, 3:25, 8:15. 3D, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Action. Johnny Depp, PLAYING THIS WEEK Ian McShane, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Gemma Ward Jack Sparrow embarks on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth THE HANGOVER PART 2 (R16) Offensive Language, Drug Use & Sexual Content That May Offend. Fri 12:50, 5:55pm. Sat 12:30, 5:50pm. Sun 12:30, 5:30pm. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis. Mon 12:30, 5:50pm. Tue 5:55pm. Wed 2:45, 5:30pm. Fri 3:40, 8:40. Sat 3:30, 8:35pm. Sun 3:20, 8:20. PLAYING IN 3D. FINAL DAYS! Mon 3:30, 8:35. Tue 3:40, 8:40. Wed 12:40, 6:10. RIO (3D) (G) Animation. Sat&Sun&Mon 10:25am.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RODRICK RULES (PG) As Greg enters seventh grade, he and his


older brother Rodrick deal with their parents’

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Rom, Drama. Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon.

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FAST & FURIOUS FIVE (M) Violence & Off Language. “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” VIEW NZ Drama about the life of Barney Panofsky (Paul Vin Diesel, Paul Walker. Sat 3:15. Mon&Tue 3:15pm Giamatti), who meets the love of his life (RosaSARAH’S KEY (M) Adult Themes. mund Pike) at his wedding – and she is not the French Drama. Fri 3:20. Sun 3:25pm. Tue 3:35pm. bride. With Dustin Hoffman and Minnie Driver. BRIGHTON ROCK (R16) Violence, Offensive Language Fri 12:45, 5:45, 8:15pm. Sat 12:50, 5:30, 8:00pm. & Content That May Disturb. Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis. Sun 12:50, 5:30, 8:00pm. Mon 11:00, 5:30, 8:00. Tue 1:00, 5:55, 8:20pm. Wed 2:55, 5:45, 8:15pm. Sat 3:20pm. Sun 10:45am. Mon 3:20pm.


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Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman. Sun 3:30. Wed 8:25pm

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The Weekend Sun Kidz In Space: Ashley Hughes, Matthew Neshat and Josh Fountain.

Far out in space By Laura Weaser

They burst onto the music scene with chart-hit ‘Downtime’, sporting a spaceman theme and a new electronica sound for New Zealand. Now, two years after the release of their EP ‘Episode 001: Chasing Haley’, Kidz In Space member Josh Fountain says their first album shows a ‘maturing’ of their sound. “The album is a collection of songs that suit the mood and feel of the album better. We have grown musically and everything like that, it is a bit more of a matured departure from EP.” Delivering an explosive first performance at Big Day Out in 2009,

Club Mount Maunganui Friday 3 - SparX. Saturday 4 – Chapter Two.

the trio haven’t looked back and after a few distribution problems last year, the debut album ‘Ghost’ has landed. Josh admits it was hard as an artist to keep the momentum alive, but just had to accept not everyone was “on the same timeline”. “Because you are the artist and you are so close to the ground, you know everything going on, it can be quite frustrating sometimes. You put out a new video or something and you check it the same day and think, ‘why hasn’t this had 20 thousand views’? We were conscious after Downtime to keep things coming, keep it moving.” He adds anyone expecting “an album full of ‘Downtimes’ would be disappointed”, but says the band has fused a mix of hip-hop, electronica and dance tracks to bring the best

Mount RSA Friday 3 - Upfront. Saturday 4 – Zone 3. Sunday 5 – Last Chance 4.30-7.30pm.

on their album. Josh’s role in Kidz In Space lies in the production side of things; saying he “spends all my time in a dark studio”, after training as an audio engineer and producer at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand. He says the leap to live performances from the dark studio was a difficult transition, but it beats the prospect of performing in a spacesuit as the band originally intended. “I think because it was partly to do with the excitement of space and along with that came the idea to start off with the spacesuits and have this back story about us from outer space. I don’t think we have ever performed in them (the spacesuits) before, much to the disappointment of our fans. Daft Punk has nailed it and really set the standard.”

The Crown and Badger Friday 3 – One One One. Saturday 4 – One One One.

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Team McMillan MINI Garage are proud sponsors of the first Baypark Drive-In Movie Festival. And they’ll be swinging down your way with their brand spanking new MINI Family – just so you can take one for a spin. Even better, book a test drive of the Hatch, Cooper S or all-new 4WD MINI Countryman and snap up a free ticket* to a drive-in movie screening.

Test drives: Sat 4th and Sun 5th June from 9am-4pm.

Spaces are limited so call 0800 BE MINI (0800 23 6464) to book your MINI big screen *You’ll receive your one-car admission on completion of the test drive. test drive today.

Movie screenings: Sat 4th June 7.30pm Goodbye Pork Pie. Sun 5th June 6pm ET.

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FANTASTIC LIFESTYLE BLOCK AT PIKOWAI Within easy commuting to Tauranga, Te Puke and Whakatane this 4 bedroom brick home is in paradise! Beautiful sea and rural views 6 acres grazing land, horse pens, heaps of shedding, butchery and chiller for own use single garage with sleepout/ office big games room or can be converted to extra double garage, chook house, drenching race for the cattle. 11.5 x 4.5 metre in ground swimming pool which is fully decked and fenced. This is a beautiful home and comes with a share in the community woolshed, tennis courts and cattle yards. Own water scheme. Fantastic community to belong to - be in quick! only $595,000 - urgent sale. Ph 027 281 7427 today.

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MOBILITY SCOOTERS Wheelchairs, walkers & more. Visit our showroom 29 Burrows Str, Tauranga. Ph 578 1213. Mobility Equipment & Services


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BUILDER 30 YEARS experience in BOP. Fences, decks & maintenance work. For a reliable service and a free quote, Ph Keith today on 578 6869 or 021 377 387 BUILDER AVAILABLE NOW New homes, renovations, bricklaying, quality rates, quality work. No job too big or small. Call me now for a quote. DK Builders - Dieter 021 474 299 or 574 2139 a/h BUILDER / HANDYMAN 45yrs experience, no job too small. Ph Bryan on 027 408 3905 BUILDER / PAINTER qualified carpenter. Labour only $30p/h. Ref available. Ph Mark 544 4177 or CHIMNEY CLEANING by Pete the Chimney Sweep. Prompt service. Ph 576 7436, 578 6272 or 027 773 1199 CHIMNEY CLEANING For prompt service. B.O.P Chimney Sweep 07 543 2669 evenings. 0275 449 505 anytime DOUBLE GLAZE save money and keep your house warm. Acrylic, magnetically attached, the no hassle, affordable alternative. www.simplywarmerwindows. Ph Chris 0800 924 284 ELECTRICIAN affordable and prompt electrical solutions. Guaranteed friendly and professional service. Ph Steve today on 027 848 6042 or 578 0555 ELECTRICIAN Alterations, Maintenance, New Work. Ph 928 1692 ELECTRICIAN available for all services. Mitsubishi air conditioner supplied and installed for very competitive rates. Ph 027 5473 831 or a/h on 543 0062

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ELECTRICIAN Fully registered. General electrical wiring, new house installations and renovations. Friendly service. Sure to beat any price! Ph Tomas 027 566 7872 EXPERIENCED PAINTER available free quotes. Ph Warren 543 2040 or 021 021 98 196 FAMILY PORTRAITS studio or on-location. $200. Vouchers available. www.casandrajane. GORSE SPRAYING do you have a gorse problem? Ph today for a FREE quote for all gorse control. Scott 0274 624 769 GUTTERING CLEAN and repairs, moss removal. Experienced Certified Roofer. Free quotes. Ph Peter now 542 4291 or 0274 367 740 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. Contact Rob at Magic Seal 543 4940 PAINTER / A1 DECORATOR available. All interior and exterior work. Prompt, reliable, excellent references. Ph Paul 576 4793, 027 689 6252 PAINTER / DECORATOR Interior & 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 544 6495 or 021 575 307

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PAINTER INTERIOR OR EXTERIOR Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates. Quality workmanship. Free quotes. Ph Richard 07 576 9964 or 027 621 9993 PIAKO RESTORATIONS sandblasting and painting available. Waterblasting and roof paints. Ph Les 07 889 1383 & 027 271 6213 PLUMBING WORKS no job too big or small, blocked drains, plumbing, spouting & roof repairs. Ph 571 5558 RESPOUT NOW! Call Ageless Continuous Spouting. Made to measure costs less than you think. For a prompt quote. Ph 574 0496 RETAINING WALL SPECIALIST Pole walls, crib walls, tilt slab concrete walls. Excavation and levelling. The best in the business. Ph Mike 0274 942 966 a/h 576 0941 ROOFING & SPOUTING Metal fascia, gutter and rainwater systems. Long run corrugate. Maintenance, repairs or replacement. Free no obligation quotes. PROFIX 0274 965 375 ROOFING New roofs, re-roofs, spouting & repairs. Free quotes. Ph Chris 027 276 6348 or 572 3237 ROOF REPAIRS metal or onduline, gutters & down pipes, clean or replacement, chimney repairs. Certified Roofer over 30yrs experience Free quote. Ph Peter 542 4291 or 0274 367 740 ROTARY HOEING Lawn preparation & sowing. Loader & blade work. Tractor mowing. Quality work & friendly service. Mini Tractor Service. Ph Murray 543 4538 or 027 200 7480

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STUMPINATOR STUMP Grinding free quotes & prompt service. Narrow machine to access rear yards. Ph 576 4245 or 0220 764 245 TAURANGA TANDEM SKYDIVING Best Buzz in the Bay, Gift Vouchers. Ph 576 7990 TURNERFORD UPHOLSTERY LTD. Automotive, Agricultural, Residential, Marine Ph. 027 234 2766 WINTER GORSE SPRAYING do you have a gorse problem? Lets get rid of it throughout the winter blues. Ph today for a FREE quote for all gorse control. Ph Scott 0274 624 769

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CURTIS COACHES Day trips: including Field Days, Otorohanga, Thames, Ngatea, Cirque Du Soleil Away trips: Chateau, Waiheke Island and more.....Ph 543 9205 DAILY TRIPS to the Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton – 16, 17 & 18 June. Join our annual trip in August to the World of Wearable Art Show in Wellington. Phone John’s Door to Door Trips & Tours 576 9305 SCOTTSDALE SENIOR TOURS, fully escorted owner/operated since 1978. Ph free for colour

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED max 2 hrs per week. Work in pairs. Leave contact details Karmic Cupp Cakes 544 9795


CAR POOL Anyone interested in sharing these outrageous petrol prices? Katikati to the Strand area, Tues & Thurs (poss Weds!) Work hrs 8:00am – 4:30pm. Ph 021 272 7912 or 549 1143 MAH JONG must have numbered tiles and be in a box. Please phone 07 574 5656 or 021 576 809 MOUNTAINBOARD WANTED (wheeled offroad skateboard) Ph: 021 230 6353 WINDSURFER SAIL wanted with removable universal joint Ph: 021 230 6353

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