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d n e k e e w e th 11 January 2013, Issue 631

Round the Mount they go

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Battle history revealed

Silent flight

Putting pooches first

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Pilot Bay in Mount Maunganui this Sunday for the annual Round the Mount Swim, which sees swimmers tackle the 4km swim from Pilot Bay to Mount Main Beach. While they won’t be competing in the actual event, due to age or illness, five local swimmers know the swim all too well and offer their advice to The Weekend Sun’s readers. Warren Blundell, 63, Kevin Allott, 66, Carrie Evans, 52, Paul Champion, 65, and Joni Betham, 35, complete the swim together three times a week. See page 6 for the full story.

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Stick people driving us to new levels of naffness Happy New Year and welcome to the start of another 50-odd weeks of The Sun. Some of them will be particularly odd. The summer break is all about family and alert readers will have noticed that some households celebrate their diverse make up, with stick people families on the back windscreen of their cars. Here at RR headquarters, we have launched an immediate investigation into this latest fad. It is well reported that any sort of windscreen adornment reduces road safety and this column has campaigned often against unnecessary clutter and distractions to driving safely. Worst offenders, in our view, are stupid things dangling from the rear view mirror. Now, we have the entire family impairing


vision across the back window. Sensible countries make it illegal to stick rubbish all over the windows of your car. Not here. You can have your entire stamp collection plastered on the glass and half your wardrobe hanging off the mirror… and still drive legally. It appears the stick people are taking over the back windows in a relentless march of anorexic and artistically-challenged naffness. Our research shows that stick people families have become necessary because, apparently, it is absolutely vital that following traffic know exactly the demographics of the vehicle in front. Right down to the individual leisure pursuits of said family members, plus the cat and the odd horse. Really, how did we manage before? We had to guess the number, gender, size, occupation and sporting interests of the occupants. How nineties is that. There is a serious side to all this. Why give away any details of your family situation, interests or hobbies to the wider public? Surely it is advertising to potential criminals that your family may have desirable goodies or weaknesses to be exploited: Fishing gear, iPads, iPods, iWhatevers, computers, bikes etc. And also details about your personal life that may identify you as an easy target for a burglar or intruder. Such as being single or not having a watchdog. We’ve also been alerted to some funny send-ups of the “my family” stickers, including the one with mum and the kids on one side looking not very happy, and on the other side, dad skipping away with the scantily-clad secretary. Here are some questions: We wonder how a weight watchers family would portray themselves as stick figures. Would they have really wide sticks? Do stick insects draw pictures of themselves with people bodies?

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Would my dog fetch a stick person? We’ll leave it to you to imagine what sort of stick family pictures these people have: Tiger Woods, David Bain, Mark Lundy, The naked cyclist, The Invisible Man. I guess only his cat would be seen. Unless he also has The Invisible Cat. Meanwhile Statistics NZ tells us there’s about seven weeks to go before census day. On March 5, everyone in the country is expected to fill out the census form. Census collectors will visit about 1.8 million homes, delivering 6.4 million census forms (4.6 million individual and 1.8 million dwelling forms), and Internet Access Codes. Collectors will be encouraging people to complete their forms online. Why are they bothering to ask? They should just count the stick people on the back windows of our cars. Parting thought, sent in by astute reader, Lynne:

’Twas the month AFTER Christmas... ’Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house, Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse. The cookies I’d nibbled, the chocolate I’d taste, at the holiday parties, had gone to my waist. When I got on the scales, there arose such a number! When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber). I’d remember the marvellous meals I’d prepared, the gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared. The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese, and the way I’d never said, “No thank you, please.” As I dressed myself in my husband’s old shirt, and prepared once again to do battle with dirt, I said to myself, as I only can, “You can’t spend a winter, disguised as a man!” So, away with the last of the sour cream dip, get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip. Every last bit of food I like must be banished, till all the additional ounces have vanished. I won’t have a cookie, not even a lick, I’ll want only to chew on a long celery stick. I won’t have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie. I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry. I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore... But isn’t that what January is for? Unable to giggle, no longer a riot, Happy New Year to all, and to all a good diet. IMPORTANT STUFF: All material is copyright and may not be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Sun Media makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all information and accepts no liability for errors or omissions or the subsequent use of information published. No stick people were harmed in the making of this publication, although some were feeling a bit drawn out.

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Charges threaten iconic art event Tauranga artists fear a council policy change may see an end to the Art in the Park tradition at Coronation Park in Mount Maunganui. The 15-20 year old roadside art exhibitions are being charged a $250 fee under the Operation of Markets and Stalls Policy adopted by Tauranga City Council on 17 September 2012. Under the new policy the Society of Artists trading activity at Coronation Park is considered to be a market. Many of the artists are pensioners selling off the occasional work to pay for paints and pastels, and are unable to afford the fee. Their concern is it will finish off the Art in the Park days for good.

Under the council rules the artists are facing a total bill of $3250 for the 13 Art in the Park days scheduled for 2013. While individual artists have expressed private concerns, none of the society’s officers contacted by The Weekend Sun would speak on the record, referring comment to society secretary Pat Capill. The artists brushed off a request for comment, saying even though the long-standing community exhibitions are held on public land, it is not public business. “The society is working on it within its own methods at the moment and we have got no comment to make,” says Pat. “We are pursuing the matter within the society. If we need any outside assistance, we will contact you. It’s a private matter in the society, so therefore you should not be reporting that.”

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Big swells and rips hit beaches Surf lifeguards were kept busy this week as a cyclone swell caused big waves and rips along the Western Bay of Plenty coastline. Swells peaked at 6 metres on Sunday according to the Port of Tauranga A-beacon digging holes along the coastline and creating new rips. Lifeguards rescued four surfers who could not handle the conditions at Mount Maunganui Main Beach on Sunday and warned off many others, says head lifeguard Kent Jarman. On Monday they carried out three rescues including a man who was swept off his feet in chest deep water near Tay Street.

Bay fisherman’s body found

The body of a fisherman swept away from the banks of the Motu River mouth near Whakatane has been found. Waimana man Benjamin Robert Tekira drowned after being swept away while fishing with a group of friends on the river. A search was carried out to find the 41-year-old involving police and coastguard before his body was discovered by relatives on shore about 150 metres from he went missing.

Dogs saved from house fire

Firefighters rescued two dogs from a Mount Maunganui house as a blaze engulfed the kitchen of the home on Wednesday. Fire broke out in the kitchen at the rear of the three-storey home on Pitau Road between Oceanview Road and Grove Avenue just after 12pm. When firefighters arrived at the scene flames were coming from the kitchen on the first storey and the impact of the fire had blown out two windows. The owners of the home were out at the time. On arrival firefighters used high pressure deliveries to extinguish the fire while also retrieving two dogs – Dougal and Abby – from the top storey of the house.

Tauranga named warmest city

Tauranga was named the warmest city in the country last month, according to Niwa National Climate Centre figures. Tauranga experienced its second hottest December since 1913 – when records began with the average temperature 19.4 degrees – 1.4 degrees higher than normal according to NIWA figures. On Monday Tauranga recorded a high of 30.1 degrees.

Thieves force power shutdown

Powerco was forced into an emergency shutdown of a central Tauranga substation after thieves broke in and stole copper earthing equipment. Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh says the company had been able to avoid cutting power to any customers by switching the load to other substations, but had to shut down the Waihi Road facility to make urgent repairs on Wednesday. Phil says Powerco was offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and subsequent conviction for the copper theft which had placed lives at risk. News tips call 0800 SUNLIVE or email

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Murder accused in custody Flowers were placed at the doorstep of the property on Beach Road where Murray Wilkinson was stabbed on New Year’s Day. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

The 18-year-old Waihi man charged with the murder of Murray Wilkinson is due to appear in the Tauranga District Court on Monday. The alleged offender was arrested on Tuesday night and charged with the murder in relation to the fatal stabbing of the 64-year-old at a Waihi Beach property on New Year’s Day. Murray, a Queensland man who was holidaying with his family, was stabbed in the neck and head at 1am after going outside to investigate a noise. He died in Waikato Hospital

last week. After hundreds of holiday photos were submitted to police, an arrest was made. The teen was granted interim name suppression when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Wednesday morning. Police say the teen was arrested at a Union Street address about 4.30pm following a week-long investigation. In court Judge David Ruth remanded him in custody without plea until his next court appearance on Monday.The teen also has interim name suppression.

Murray’s son Daniel Wilkinson says the arrest is a relief and means the family can focus on grieving. “While nothing will bring Dad back, this arrest means we are able to focus on our grief in the place that matters most, on Dad. “The police have worked tirelessly to ensure justice is served. They have been so supportive and professional through this ordeal. “We would like to thank the community of Waihi and Waihi Beach for their amazing support and concern for us, it has given us strength.”

On the beat for nearly 40 years They say never to work with animals, but for Sergeant Paul Selby, it’s a dream.

As a police officer in the force for nearly 40 years, Paul now works as the dog section supervisor for the Western Bay of Plenty Police. He says working with police dogs is something he loves and has been doing on and off since joining the force on January 15, 1973. He has had two tours in the Bay of Plenty region. “I was a handler here between 1983 and 1991.Then I was promoted and went to Christchurch until Christmas 1999, when I returned to Tauranga as the supervisor for the dog section.” Upon joining the police, Paul says he was posted in Wellington and did three months there before moving to Lower Hutt, where he worked for two years. “I was then transferred to Whangarei and it was there I became a handler in 1975. “I worked there until I was trans-

ferred to Tauranga in 1983.” He says the best part about the force is the friends he has made. “I am still in contact with people that I joined the police with in 1973.” But he also has a few bad memories. “Call outs in the middle of the night in the middle of winter,” he says, when asked what his worst memory is. “Every now and again, I would be called out two-three times a night, which takes a bit of a toll.” When Paul is not busy chasing criminals or keeping communities safe, he spends time with his wife, a retired music teacher, police woman and legal receptionist, and his daughter, who works for Organ Donation NZ. “In my spare time

I like sport. I watch it, and still do a little bit of cycling, golf and the odd gym session. “I have been married for 37 years. I also love to tour, but this is dependent on finances at the By Letitia Atkinson time.” Sergeant Paul Selby with police dog Turk. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

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Next year marks the 150th commemorations of two battles crucial in the establishment of the then fledgling town of Tauranga.

To celebrate, a local military historian is sharing the tale of Gate Pa this Sunday at St George’s Church – the first of a free series of lectures on the site’s history this summer. In 1864, at the end of the Waikato War, Tauranga iwi and the British Army with the Royal Navy faced off in two significant battles: Gate Pa and Te Ranga. The British were decisively defeated at Gate Pa but the tables were turned at Te Ranga, where about 160 Maori were killed. The aftermath of the battle saw large confiscations of Maori land and the establishment of Tauranga. St. George’s Church vicar John Hebenton says these events reverberate down through time and still have an effect on the life of the city today. The church now sits on the site of the Battle of Gate Pa, where Cliff Simons will share the battle’s story, explaining what happened during the battle and the aftermath. There will also be an opportunity to look around the site to imagine what it looked like in 1864. “This is an amazing opportunity to learn what really happened on that day, from the mouth of a local historian,” says John. “Everyone is welcome to come along and listen to what will be a fascinating tale.” The lecture will take place on Sunday from 2-4pm. It is repeated the same time the following Sunday. Cliff will also speak about the Treaty of Waitangi on Sunday, February 3 from 2-4pm. St. George’s Church vicar John Hebenton at the Battle of Gate Pa site. Photo by Bruce Barnard. By Corrie Taylor


Don’t be a summer clown There is nothing funny about Maritime New Zealand’s message this summer. Maritime NZ’s ‘Don’t Be a Clown’ advertising campaign has a very simple message for those who are heading out on the water this summer and that is to wear a lifejacket. Maritime NZ officer Alistair Thomson says most drownings in New Zealand happen close to shore in small boats less than six metres in length. “People think because they’re not far out and they’re with their mates that nothing bad is going to happen. “But in a small boat, sometimes all it takes is for someone to stand up at the wrong time, stability is affected and over you go. Often there’s no time to grab your lifejacket and put it on in an emergency, so it’s best to make sure you’re wearing it.” Maritime NZ, Coastguard and Water Safety New Zealand are working to spread the boating safety messages, including reminders to avoid alcohol and to check the Maritime weather forecast before entering the water. People should also carry at least two waterproof forms of communication equipment.

Best start to the day As people flock to Mount Maunganui this weekend for the annual Round the Mount Swim, five local swimmers are set to watch participants take on the four kilometre swim – the course they tackle three times a week. From front cover

Warren Blundell, 63, Carrie Evans, 52, Kevin Allott, 66, Paul Champion, 65, and Joni Bentham, 35. Photo by Tracy Hardy. Warren Blundell, Kevin Allott, Carrie Evans, Paul Champion and Joni Bentham meet on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings during summer to complete the sea swim together, something they have been doing for years. “It never ceases to amaze me how two swims are never the same,” says youngest member Joni. “(There are) so many different variables affecting conditions: wind, chop, tide phase, swell, channel traffic.” Joni joined the older swimmers after moving to the Bay last year and says there is no better way to start the day. “Once you get going, maybe is a little chilly to get in, but it’s just beautiful. There’s nothing better, there’s no-one around. “My friends think we’re crazy.” She says the group swims together, regrouping frequently throughout the course to maintain safety. “They’re really good like that.


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“There’s a running joke that they don’t mention the ‘shark’ word in my presence. I haven’t been there when they’ve seen orcas and would prefer to believe they don’t exist.” Kevin, the group’s oldest swimmer, says anyone tackling the swim needs to be properly prepared. “You’ve got to be swim fit, definitely. “It depends on the conditions, sometimes it’s like swimming in a swimming pool and other times it can be quite challenging.” The group train in swimming pools during winter, averaging about 10km each week to stay fit. While it’s never a scary experience, Kevin says it is not without its thrills. The group recently encountered two orca whales, which they admired before getting straight back into the water. “We were standing knee deep in the water, and they had a look at us, that was fun.” The group will not compete in Sunday’s Round the Mount Swim, due to age or

health conditions, but they offer advice to the event’s competitors. Round the Mount will begin at Pilot Bay at 8.30am on Sunday, January 13. By Corrie Taylor

Group’s tips for tackling Round the Mount swim:

Make sure you have experience swimming in the sea, not just in pools, as the conditions vary greatly. Be swim fit. Running requires a different kind of fitness and may not help in the water. Be able to bilateral breathe – take a breath on both sides, not just one. This helps with visibility and enables proper awareness of your surroundings. Breathing forward every now and then is important for navigation. Have some knowledge of the tide and currents to avoid getting into trouble.

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See ya storm Tauranga can expect at least another week of summer sunny weather, with nothing showing on the long range forecasts except for a brief shower on January 11. This week the Bay’s residents grappled with big surf and high winds associated with the cyclone remnant that slipped past East Cape. The surf built up on Sunday, ruining many fishing and boating plans. Tauranga escaped the gale force easterlies forecast, but caught the south westerly tail of the depression. Three people required rescuing by surf lifeguards on Monday. They were all men aged 20-30 years and had all been caught in rips too strong for them to fight their way back to shore. Two of the men were caught

Surfers flocked to Mount Maunganui on Monday to ride the large waves at Mount Main Beach. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

by the rip working from Mount Main Beach along Leisure Island. The third was standing in chestdeep water at Tay Street with a group of friends when they were knocked over. He was swept out to sea and rescued by two surfers who kept him afloat on their board until the IRB arrived from the Mount. The other four got themselves back ashore. They got into trouble through the combination of large surf, strong rips, and strong offshore winds, says Mount head paid lifeguard James Roy. They couldn’t get back to the beach, got exhausted and needed help. “It could have been a lot worse. We had a very busy day just preventing people from getting into trouble,� says James. “We weren’t allowing any swimming anywhere other than between the flags, we kept a small

flagged area with the people boxed in there. We would have moved probably thousands of swimmers back in between the flags.� The lack of beach also helped. The big surf and early afternoon high tide meant the beach virtually disappeared, which helped keep the numbers down, says Omanu head paid lifeguard Hamish McKenzie. He and Papamoa head paid lifeguard Shaun Smith say people could see for themselves that conditions were unusually dangerous. “I think the public realised the current was so horrific that they didn’t want to get out there, because if they did they would have struggled and got washed away along the beach,� says Shaun. “We focussed more on preventative rather than rescues, with signage and PA messages,� says Hamish. By Andrew Campbell

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and say it’s a great experience for young people who have a passion for aviation but are too young to fly other aircraft. Barry, 76, first took up gliding eight years ago and says it was something he always wanted to try. “It took me 32 flights with an instruc-

The Wagstaff family sports three generations of gliders, grandfather Barry, Scott, 17, and Scott’s father Derek. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Scott Wagstaff first flew solo in a glider when he was 14 years old. The 17-year-old, who began gliding with his father at just six years old, is one of the youngest to fly solo in the North Island and is encouraging Tauranga youth to get involved in the sport. Scott is one of three generations of gliders in his family, who all agree there is no better thrill than the experience of silent flight – gliding above Mount Maunganui or

tor before I first flew solo. Every flight is a challenge. “We are very fortunate to have a group of experienced pilots who are qualified instructors willing to teach student pilots,” he says. Tauranga Gliding Club chief flying instructor James Graham says the club aims to provide maximum support for young flyers by offering free membership, instruction and use of a glider. By Corrie Taylor

scaling to 15,000 feet over Mount Cook. His father Derek and grandfather Barry were both gliders when Scott became interested. “I was going up with Dad when I was about six. As soon as I was allowed to start flying, I did.” His first time flying alone was both scary and thrilling. “It was quite different; not having an instructor at the back you had to fend for yourself and hope for the best. It was quite a rush.” The three men are members of Tauranga Gliding Club

Tauranga woman starts friendly revolution For Tauranga resident Kelly Rachinger socialising is tricky sometimes – but having Asperger’s syndrome hasn’t stopped her from wanting to make new friends.

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To help people who have similar disabilities and also struggle with making friends, the 21-year-old created a social group called The Revolution Group. Asperger’s syndrome is a type of pervasive development disorder involving delays of some every-day skills, including the ability to socialise with others, to communicate, and to use imagination. The Revolution Group is for people aged 20-40 years old who have a disability and find it difficult to make friends. “The reason why I wanted to start it was because I have trouble making my own friends as well, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet other people that are like me and give them a chance to meet other people as well,” says Kelly.

She says people can attend the group on their own so they can experience activities which they wouldn’t normally do without the supervision of their parents or caregivers. “I just want to do it so the people can get out there by themselves and actually do it without the parents and caregivers. They might not talk as much or might hold back a bit.” Social activities including ten-pin bowling, barbecues, and other social outings will be held on every second Friday. The first social meeting will be celebrated with a potluck dinner on Friday January 25. If you want to join The Revolution Group, phone Kelly, 07 562 1339 or text 0273 901 448. By Zoe Hunter

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Tuhuathe uncut spot on our doorstep

Looking for an adventure on the water this summer, but wanting to head somewhere beyond the harbour? Tauranga is blessed with lots of marine destinations on its doorstep – including Tuhua, also known as Mayor Island. Originally prized for its valuable black glassy obsidian, Tuhua is an interesting spot for a day or overnight boat trip from Tauranga. The obsidian, created by the island’s volcano, was also called Tuhua by Maori because it could only be found on the island. Fine shards were used as knives and in other tools. In recent years the island, 35km north of Tauranga, has become known for its bountiful marine life rather than its geological wealth. In its heyday Tuhua attracted big-game fishermen from around the world including the legendary Zane Grey who visited the island in 1938 during his odyssey through the country in 1928 he wrote about it in ‘The Angler’s Eldorado’.



Zane was given red carpet treatment on arrival, welcomed onto the island through a passageway between a line of game fish and marlin swords. Sadly the tribute brought him no luck, but as GK Prebble wrote in his classic tribute ‘Tuhua - Mayor Island’, it has been a place of legendary catches. Among these was a tiger shark caught by Keith Park in 1951, which should have set a New Zealand record at 680kg but was ineligible after the carcass was nibbled when it was towed back to Tauranga. “The island is unique and has an advantage over other big game areas in that it rests in the very heart of game fishing waters,” writes Prebble. But even 40 years ago, when the book was published, the author reported catches were not what they had been. The annual sword fish catch, for example, was down to 300, from a peak of 897 in 1948. Twenty years after the book was published the decline had worsened,

prompting the declaration of a marine reserve at the northern end of the island. The Department of Conservation, which manages the reserve, has recorded more than 60 reef species in the 1060ha reserve – including many sub-tropical species such as Lord Howe coral fish and long-finned boarfish, which bath in the seasonal East Auckland current. Fishing is banned within the reserve, which covers about three square nautical miles, but is allowed around the remainder of the island (set nets and long lines are banned). Increased enforcement of fishing bans in recent years (there have been eight prosecutions in the past four years) seem to be paying off, with increased fish counts recorded by Bay of Plenty Polytechnic marine studies students during annual surveys. DOC biodiversity ranger Dan Rapson says there have been significant increases in the size and number of tarakihi, snapper and red moki, which show the reserve is having a positive impact on the marine environment. The reserve and the area’s other varied marine habitats offer some of the Bay of Plenty’s best diving and snorkelling – with local diving charters promoting it as a top trip for, as one brochure states, its “diverse underwater terrain, pristine waters, excellent marine life and interesting sea-floor with caves and dropoffs”.

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Tuhua is also home to many native species that can’t survive on the mainland due to predators. It boasts large populations of common forest birds and introduced breeding populations of pateke (brown teal) and the endangered orange-fronted parakeet. Tuhua can also be explored via a good track network from Opo (South East Bay), ranging from a short climb through forest to the Panui beacon (one-hour return), to the more challenging 3.5hour round trip to the Devil’s staircase that takes in part of the crater rim, to the longer walk around the island (6-8 hours). Camping is only allowed in Opo and all visitors need prior approval from the land owners. All visitors must follow strict quarantine regulations to ensure rodents have not stowed away on their boats. For more details phone DOC on 578 7677.


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Outdoors is where we all want to be Welcome to a new year – 2013 here we come. With the advent of nice weather – at last – our children will be outside exploring, climbing, creating, learning and challenging themselves. As with everything we do, we need to focus on what it is we want our children to experience while outside in the playground, or in the bush. To do this, we need to evaluate what knowledge and ability our children currently have. From there we can set up the tasks, projects, structures and resources to help them extend and challenge themselves within a safe, supervised learning environment. When taking children outdoors, it is essential sunblock is applied

and a sunhat is on. Look for natural sunblocks without nasty chemicals such as parabens. If going into the bush, they will need shoes, not jandals, and preferably light long pants. Always take some bottles of water, a mobile, towel, food and tissues. The bush is not just about running free, it is a wonderful learning adventure. There are many projects, such as use of a magnifying glass to show children how insects, grasses, leaves and flowers ‘grow’ under the glass. If in the sunlight, an experiment can be demonstrated on how the sun intensifies and burns under magnification. Bringing some flour and water to make damper after building a fire is always a favourite – especially if golden syrup is on offer.

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Reminder to cover children As families are spending more time outside, Plunket is reminding adults to protect young children from sunburn.

Toddler Levi covers up for play in the sunshine.

Plunket national child safety advisor Sue Campbell says a few minutes of gentle sunlight is good for growing children and helps them produce vitamin D, but their delicate skin can burn quickly. Gentle sunlight is the light during the early morning and later afternoon through the summer months, and at most times during the winter, says Sue. “New Zealand summers can be a fantastic time for family but the sun can be harsh. We need to remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap,” says Sue. “Slip on a shirt, slop on some SPF30-plus sunscreen, slap on a hat with a brim, and wrap on some sunglasses. “Sunburn can cause painful burns, and lead to long-term skin damage and a higher risk of skin cancer later in life.” Tips for keeping children safe in the sun • Make sure children wear hats with wide brims or caps with flaps when outside. • Keep them protected with clothes covering their arms, legs and bodies. • Restricting the amount of time they spend playing in direct sunlight. • Using sunscreen on exposed parts of the body. Talk to your pharmacist about the most suitable sunscreen for your child. • Protect children in prams by keeping their eyes shaded from the sun and their skin covered.

What are the most popular baby names in 2012? Jack is well and truly back, according to information released by the Department of Internal Affairs. The traditional name was the most popular name for boys in 2012 registered with Births, Deaths and Marriages, while Olivia was number one for girls. Jack, which was the most popular boy’s name from 2005 to 2009 fell from the top three list in recent years but has made a comeback from tenth place in 2011 to number one last year.

Liam and Oliver continue to be a popular choice for boys’ names, with William in third place for the first time since 2008. Olivia claimed the top spot for most popular girl’s name for the first time after coming second in recent years. In 2012, Sophie took second place while Emily claimed third. Last year’s number one Ruby fell to fifth place. The full list of popular names is available on the Department of Internal Affairs website.

Most Popular Names 2012 (2011 place in brackets)

Top 10 girls’ names: 1 Olivia (2) 2 Sophie (3) 3 Emily (9) 4 Charlotte (5) 5 Ruby (1) 6 Isabella (4) 7 Ella (7) 8 Amelia (10) 9 Sophia (15) 10 Ava (12)

Top 10 boys’ names: 1 Jack (10) 2 Oliver (3) 3 William (5) 4 Liam (1) 5 Mason (15) 6 Samuel (7) 7 Jacob (11) 8 Lucas (4) 9 Ethan (16) 10 Noah (6)


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A call for all Young Flyers

Martina Barreras, 8, Nicholas Bielby, 7, Erika McLaren, 7, and Olas Barreras, 11.

When Margit Barreras moved to Tauranga after the Christchurch earthquakes destroyed her home, it was an event for earthquake-affected families held at Classic Flyers that sparked an idea. Margit says it was there she realised Classic Flyers was the perfect environment for an aviation-themed after school holiday programme. Enter Young Flyers. Launched this week and based around aviation activities, with a trained teacher in charge, the programme teaches children how to learn while having fun. Programme co-ordinator Margit says there is a huge demand for working and single parents to find a quality programme which addresses both education

Photo by Tracy Hardy.

and fun in Tauranga and Classic Flyers offers this. “Their excitement doesn’t always happen at school. It inspires them to be different, that’s what environments like this are able to do.” Young Flyers, aligned with YMCA, was launched on Monday at 8.30am for the first time since the Harvard room at Classic Flyers was built for the programme one year ago. Under the supervision of trained teacher Natalie Orme, who has completed her Bachelor of Primary Teaching, Margit believes it is a strong programme. Natalie, 24, is happy to be involved with the inaugural programme. “It’s really inspiring. It’s more about the experience really, working with kids. It’s about finding teachable moments. It’s a fun way to do their homework.” Young Flyers is for children aged eight years By Zoe Hunter old and up.


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War book from Katikati author High hopes more Katikati author Kerin Freeman’s book War and Chance was published this week in America by Black Rose Writing, Texas.

Author Kerin Freeman and her dog Katie. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

It is the first of Kerin’s many novels to be printed. Her previous novel, a biography of the 20th Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, tells the story of a young soldier from Southampton. It sparked the idea for her new book. War and Chance is written from the young soldier’s perspective of serving for the first time, in WWII. “I thought ‘well, what would it be like to fight?’ So I tried to get it from the perspective of a young naive boy who had never left England, let alone go and fight in a war that he didn’t believe in,” says Kerin. She says research is the key to

writing a good war story. “It’s putting yourself in somebody else’s place. I work from home, it’s very quiet here and I just try to clear my mind of everything that’s present. “The main thing is you’ve got to know your history. You’ve got to do a lot of research.” Kerin’s passion for writing started when she was asked to proofread a scientific journal. Having left school at 15 years old with no qualifications, she gladly accepted. “I loved it, it was just wonderful. I mean half the time I didn’t know what I was reading (but) it’s just the way the words sound.” A 1940s-themed book launch party will be held in Katikati at a friend’s home on February 10. War and Chance is available at and other Australian and UK book websites. By Zoe Hunter

Experts to speak at second science symposium Agribusiness, coastal research and economic development in the Bay of Plenty are some of the topics up for debate at a day-long public symposium in Tauranga this month. The free symposium, organised by the University of Waikato and held at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, is a chance for the community to engage with experts about coastal and economic developments taking place in the Bay of Plenty and

around the world, says Tauranga-based University of Waikato partnership and liaison manager Dr Nigel Calder. This is the polytechnic’s second symposium and Nigel says last January’s event highlighted the range of developments taking place in the Bay of Plenty. “It’s important for the university to provide a forum to share these ideas and developments with the wider public. At the same time, we need to acknowledge

the challenges we are facing and look at how we can mitigate them. “This is a great opportunity for people to hear expert views about what’s at stake for the region, what we are doing really well and what we could be doing differently.” The event is at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Bongard Centre in Cameron Road on Friday, January 25 from 9am-3pm. For more information and to register, email

bikers will bare all

Despite the Nude Bike Ride attracting a handful of partakers last year, and angering residents, organiser Andrew Pointon is planning round two for 2013. Andrew, a naturist for more than 20 years, is planning the second Nude Bike Ride for March 9 and hopes to double the number of participants. Just a handful of the expected 50 or so bikers turned up to last year’s event, which caused outrage after being scheduled on the same day at a surf lifesaving event in Mount Maunganui. The event is part of World Nude Bike Ride Day, an international event promoting a ‘riding bare for clean air’ message. Clothing is optional for

Andrew’s ride, which will see bikers travelling from Omanu Beach to Harrison’s Cut in Papamoa promoting the environmental message. “We are not burning oil, we are burning fat,” says Andrew. He remains hopeful the ride will become popular with locals in the future. “That’s how the nude rugby started off and look how big it is now. You start off with a little, that’s how the world naked bike ride in Nelson started off. “You have got to start somewhere and just work on it and get the message out. I am hoping to double the numbers for next year and hopefully the year after.”

Andrew Pointon is hoping for more nude bikers in March 2013. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

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In an Emergency Department every second counts. We have to be prepared to treat serious life-threatening conditions immediately. These life and death situations cannot wait, which means you might have to. But you have other options:

For life threatening conditions, severe or rapidly worsening symptoms or major injuries:

Call 111 or go to your nearest ED / Emergency Department: Tauranga Hospital, Cameron Road, Tauranga

For minor illnesses or injuries:

Visit a walk-in medical clinic: Tauranga: Accident & HealthCare Crn 2nd Ave & Devonport Rd (07) 577 0010 Mount Maunganui: Bayfair Doctors Crn Girven Rd & Grenada St (07) 572 6800

For infections or persistent symptoms:

Visit your family doctor or health clinic: Visit to view a full list of local GP practices if you don’t already have a family doctor. Other health practioners: Te Manu Toroa Kaupapa Maori Health Services (07) 571 2026

For everyday ailments or symptoms:

Visit your local chemist. After hours chemists: Tauranga: Johns Photo Pharmacy (07) 578 3566 Mount Maunganui: Amcal Mount Pharmacy (07) 574 8645

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Cherished Katikati patron farewelled

Best time to get into the garden this summer Some days it’s just too hot to garden but there are jobs that still need doing, preferably in the cool of the evening, and this is a lovely time to be out in the garden. One of the most important jobs is spraying for pests and diseases. With the odd shower of rain and the hot temperatures, fungal diseases spread very quickly.

A piper plays Amazing Grace as Neil Sole’s coffin is carried from St Peter’s Church in Katikati.

Community patron Neil Sole, a man honoured by the Queen and New Zealand Police for his work making New Zealand communities safer, was remembered at his funeral in Katikati on Saturday, December 29. Neil was immensely involved in the Katikati community, starting initiatives such as the Katikati Night Owls and played a huge part in the creation of nationwide community safety programmes. People filled St Peter’s Church last month to farewell Neil, who was born in Christchurch in 1936 and passed away from prostate cancer on December 22. New Zealand Police Senior Constable Brent Roycroft says Neil was known as Mr CPNZ for his work in founding national organisation Community Patrols of New Zealand.

Rare traits

“However, to me Neil was Mr Integrity. Integrity is not a word heard very much today in a world where the thinking is `what’s in it for me’ but it’s something I wish more people had. “Neil did what he said he would do. His handshake was a good as a signature on a legal document, which is rare.” In 1995, Neil moved to Katikati after the death of his first wife with the stated intention of retiring from public life. Fellow Katikati Community Board member Sam Dunlop says Neil did nothing of the kind, going on to become chairman of the community board. “Neil didn’t get on with everyone. He was blunt and forthright but there was never any question that his passion was to do what was best for Katikati.” That included the establishment, with new wife Shirley, of the Katikati Night Owls – a community group working as the eyes and ears of police, to help keep the town safe. Another of Neil’s ideas was a combined centre in Katikati for police, Katikati Volunteer Fire Brigade, and St John Ambulance, together with a heli-pad. That is

about to become Neil Sole. a reality for the town, says Sam. Community Patrols of New Zealand national operations officer Dave Ross says Neil was instrumental in setting up the national body to help co-ordinate and represent community patrols. In 2006 New Zealand Police honoured Neil’s work in setting up CPNZ with a special citation and award.

Helping communities

Once CPNZ was formed, Neil and Shirley travelled the country, talking to police and community leaders, helping with the establishment of new patrols. “What few knew was that Neil did this mostly at his own expense and after each road trip would under-go treatment for prostate cancer.” In 1210 Neil was awarded CPNZ’s highest award, the Gold Crest Award and in 2011 he stood to receive the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, from Sir Anand Satyanand, Governor-General at Government House. Neil is survived by his wife Shirley and his children Ian and Fiona. By Elaine Fisher

Handy copper

The best way to keep on top of them is to regularly apply a copper based spray. This puts a protective coating on the leaves to prevent the fungal spores from growing into the plant cells. Copper sprays are safe and can be applied to any vegetables, without the need to wait after spraying before you harvest your produce. Always wash the produce before use. It is also a good idea to put Neem oil

in the sprayer with the copper, to keep control of the pests, and to keep the plants happy, add a little liquid feed, as nutrients from liquid feeds can be taken in directly through the leaves, which is quicker than from the ground through the roots. This will give the plants a good boost, and healthy plants are much less prone to attacks from pests in the first place.

Water well

Watering is also important in keeping your plants in good condition. A plant that is wilting from lack of water is much more prone to attacks from pests and diseases. The best way to water on these hot days is to water in the evening so that the plants have plenty of water available to take up during the cooler times of the day, so that they are fully hydrated during the night rather than the plants going through the night half wilted. When you do water, give a really good soaking so that the water goes well down into the soil. This should then last a few days rather than one light watering every night, as the water dries up very quickly from the surface and does not get down to where it is needed. Mulch well to help cut down on water loss from evaporation and you should have happy plants that will reward you well with great crops.


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Tenant’s rent is in arrears – what should you do? One of, if not the most, important issues for you as the owner of a rental investment is: has the tenant paid their rent.

them to pay what they can rather than miss the whole rent payment. It may be helpful to come to an agreement with your tenant about how they will pay the arrears and put the agreement in writing. Make sure you and the tenant both sign the agreement and keep a copy. It can be much harder to sort out missed rent with a tenant after the tenancy has ended, so keeping the tenancy going is the best way to collect unpaid rent. If you or your property manager has had no luck in getting your overdue rent paid, firstly

How am I to pay my mortgage or supplement my income? As soon as your tenant’s rent is in arrears, you should contact them immediately and discuss the situation. The sooner you talk to the tenant, the sooner the problem can be sorted out. It may be that there has been a bank error or a misunderstanding about when rent was due. Most tenants don’t want to lose their home and are willing to sort something out to get the rent back on track. If your tenant cannot pay all the rent due, you could encourage

you should issue a 14 day notice that they are in breach of their Tenancy Agreement if you haven’t already done so, giving your tenant another chance to get their arrears paid up. If they don’t respond, or you don’t think they will be paying, you should then apply to the Tenancy Tribunal (costing $20.44) to have a hearing to recover your overdue rent. We suggest you also ask for an eviction notice so that if they are now 21 days overdue hopefully their bond will cover the shortfall in rent.

Building growth in Tauranga The local economy looks to continue to benefit coming off a stronger 12 months of new dwellings consented through Tauranga City Council. Last year saw 797 dwelling consents issued, an increase of 252 from the previous 12 months. For businesses involved in this sector this equates to an additional $49 million of construction, materials and resources. The construc-

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Young love production set to impress Every year Tauranga Musical Theatre produces a youth production aimed at giving young, up-and-coming performers in Tauranga a chance to get on stage and perform.

A number of performers in previous youth shows have gone on to study theatre and performing arts at tertiary institutes in both New Zealand and Australia. This year’s production ‘Electric Dreams’ is set in a high school in the 1980s and tells the story of Ben and Jennifer – two teenagers trying to find love in the midst of a feud between two rival gangs, the New Wavers and the Metal Heads. The show has been written locally by a mother/ daughter team of Samantha and Dyllan Martin, with Dyllan also making her debut as director at just 19 years old. Paige Henderson choreographs the production at only 16 years old, and Elise Rohde makes up the production team as musical director at age 26. The cast of the show is full of incredibly talented children and teenagers, with ages ranging from nine-18 years old. They have been rehearsing since late November 2012, and the show is looking great with one week to go until opening night on January 18. Packed full of classic hit songs from the eighties that everyone knows, ‘Electric Dreams’ really is an entertaining night out for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased from Baycourt Ticket Direct and door sales are available.

Main characters Ben and Jennifer are trying to find love in the midst of a feud between two rival gangs in the production.

Kiwis’ summer favourites revealed The beach, food and wine, and reading are among the top things Kiwis enjoy at summer time in the Bay of Plenty, new research has revealed. A survey, conducted by Tourism Bay of Plenty, asked 1033 New Zealanders what they most enjoy about summer, with the beach coming out on top. A total of 34 per cent of respondents say the beach, including swimming and sunbathing, is their summer favourite. Women led this sentiment, with 38 per cent saying the beach is their favourite, compared to 29 per cent of men. Enjoying food and wine also rated highly at 21 per cent, while reading and ‘doing nothing’ tied for third place at 12 per cent each.

Men are more interested in water sports than women, with 14 per cent compared to five per cent, while women preferred reading, with 16 per cent compared to eight per cent for men. Tourism Bay of Plenty general manager Rhys Arrowsmith says he isn’t surprised by the findings. “Of course we love the beach – New Zealand has a proud beach holiday culture and most Kiwis still value that. “In the coastal Bay of Plenty we see thousands of holiday-makers coming to the region to experience an authentic Kiwi summer at our beaches. Plus, we have the most sunshine hours in the North Island so they’re more likely to get great weather here than anywhere else.” When asked about their favourite summer smell, 32 per cent say they prefer the beach/sea air.

The smell of a barbecue came in close second at 30 per cent, with freshly cut grass third at 10 per cent. More women than men favoured the smell of flowers, with 14 per cent citing this as their favourite smell compared to seven per cent of men. Nearly half of respondents also named the beach as their favourite sound of summer. A total of 42 per cent say waves are their top sound, while 19 per cent like the sound of the birds’ dawn chorus and 16 per cent opted for a running river or stream. Sports, electronic entertainment and cultural activities also rated on the favourite summer activity poll, while freshly cut grass, summer flowers, Christmas trees and suntan lotion made appearances on the favourite smells table. By Corrie Taylor


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Children participate in the annual 93.4 More FM beach dig held at Mount Drury Reserve on Wednesday morning. Photos by Luke Balvert.

About 1000 children registered for the 93.4 More FM Beach Dig with families lining up along the beach before and during the event – a huge stretch from the 300 children who attended last year’s beach dig. Children, separated into two age groups, 2-5 years and 6-11 attacked the sand for ping pong balls in exchange for prizes including toys, ice blocks and food

vouchers, while a few parents decided a hands-on approach was needed to assist their children. They were promptly reminded of the rules by organisers. Quentin Harris and Katie Meyer brought Jayden Harris, 2, and Isaac Meyer, 4, from Te Puke purely for the event. “It’s just good to give the kids something to do and have a big dig,” says Quentin. Because no spades or buckets were allowed, Quentin says he told the two boys the best approach was to “dig like a dog”. Carol from Welcome Bay brought son Callum, 2, and Neisha, 4, after participating in the event last year. “The kids can’t wait to get in there.”

More FM announcer Tim Williams says the day continues to grow each year and is always lot of fun for the children. “Today was an awesome surprise and it was a good day for it. The cool thing is that it’s local families and out-of-towners.” A range of digging techniques was on display, but there was no clear winner as to which located the ping pong ball the fastest, says Tim. “There is the Jack Russell technique, the bulldozer technique, then there’s the big kid technique where parents help out.” Proceeds from the event went to the Mount Lifeguard Service’s Junior Surf programme. By Luke Balvert

Spaces still available in pony programme Spaces are still available for Tauranga Riding including morning tea and afternoon tea. Children for Disabled Association’s Own Your Own will need to bring their own lunch. The maximum number of children per day is 12, Pony school holiday programme which with spaces booking up fast. By Zoe Hunter starts next week. Every school holiday Tauranga RDA offers a programme giving children a chance to learn about pony riding and care. The programme will run for two weeks, with bookings available to be made for up to 10 days. The cost for each day is $60 and WINZ subsidies are available. Riding boots and helmets are provided

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Fighting for her best friends As a young girl growing up in Hamilton, Elly Maynard was never allowed a dog – despite repeated pleas to her parents. Her father forbade her after learning his beloved St Bernard was killed after his family’s Ohakune farm was sold. “My father would never, ever let me have a dog or marry a farmer – so it wasn’t until I was married that I had my first dog.” Years after leaving the farm he grew up on, Elly’s dad had returned to the Ohakune property curious to find out what had happened to old Toby, left to live out his last years on the farm after it was sold. “He asked the woman who had bought the farm off my grandparents what had happened to Toby – if he died of old age. ‘Oh no’, she said ‘my husband said he was a useless dog’. Within a week he had tied a stone around his neck and drowned him in the local creek.” Elly, who now has three of her own dogs, was so

affected by the story she would ride around on her bike with a piece of string looking for stray dogs. She has strived to protect animals ever since, including organising a global petition in 2000 calling for an international ban on farming dogs for meat. It attracted 4.5 million signatures. While it was a great public response, Elly says the practice is still widespread in Asia and she is continuing to campaign against it and other animal abuse. A big bill after the organisation lost its charitable tax status also stretched Sirius’ resources – but the organisaWelcome Bay animal rights campaigner tion gets by on limited donations Elly Maynard, pictured with Rufus and money from Elly and husband Junior and Maisey, has continued her Mike’s pockets. fight to protect animals since making Despite the successes following her headlines with her 4.5 million signature high-profile petition, which led to petition. Photo by Bruce Barnard. the formation of the Sirius group and helped outlaw dog meat for 38 per cent (in animals) to 97 per cent. food in the Philippines, Elly still has a Another mission, near the top of her list, long list of targets. is to help sort out the privately owned She is campaigning to have animal test- Malabon Zoo in the Philippines, which ing of products banned in New Zealand she describes as “just like a morgue”, with the help of Belgian expert Andre with its poorly treated animals. Menache. Elly says banning the testing “They’ve got three juvenile orangutans is “hugely important” for animal welfare and they’re just kept in a locked windowand the alternative computer testing pro- less shed and just brought out for By Hamish Carter grammes will improve test accuracy from photo shoots.”

Search for missing ‘baby’

Tina Downes has bred dogs all her life and when her sixth generation Bull Terrier cross couldn’t have puppies, she was given another puppy to take care of – now he is missing. Nui, a white Bull Terrier cross, went missing on November 13, 2012 after Tina’s neighbour spotted him digging a hole under the fence and leaving the property. Tina’s neighbour phoned her flatmate to say Nui was trying to escape and within six minutes the puppy was nowhere to be seen. Nui went missing at five-months-old. “If Nui had passed away, I could have

grieved, but not knowing where he is breaks my heart.” Tina says Nui knows his name, so if he is called he will recognise the call. “He’s really easy to approach because he’s been brought up around a lot of people, so he’s so friendly.” Nui has a distinctive black mark on his right ear and small black spots cover his left ear, nose, mouth and body. Tina has done everything she can to find her beloved puppy and says she will not stop until she finds his whereabouts. If you have any information about Nui, phone Tina, 0210 817 8713 or 07 577 1791 By Zoe Hunter


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Challenges of a city slicker The bosses sailed away for the festive season but apparently life aboard a floating object is not ideal for an exuberant dog.

as there are more things to bark at in Te Puna, but it was cool being with Ady 24/7, chasing hares and spoiling Ady’s fun while she was on the scent of all sorts of birdlife. Man, that dog could smell a pheasant fart 10km away. No wonder she did not want to I was shipped off to stay with my favourite uncle and get into the mobile kennel with me after I had been Ady in town, which has its own challenges. rolling around in horse dung. The ham bone and turkey remnants had been neatly Come to think of it, neither did uncle, and I wondispatched, as I jumped into the mobile kennel with a dered why nobody was going anywhere until after I few of my treasures so I would not get lonely and miss got tossed in the river. Agh it’s all home. Not likely with me being able to wrap uncle around my affectionate nature. Unfortunately to a about growing up! large degree it did not go according to the script, We hope you all enjoyed with us constantly trying to train each other, and yourselves over the Christhe had some pretty strange rules. mas period, and are keeping (a) I was not allowed to try to crawl into out of the heat. his freshly-made bed after swimming The fish pond works for and sliding around in the mud flats. me. Ooops another one (b) Walking in front of him when he was of uncle’s stupid rules. carrying heavy objects (it was only the Who does he think he rubbish bin, and how was I to know it is, the fun police? But we was full?) was a no-go zone. had a lot of fun and good (c) Licking his face at 2am in the morning is times though, and it’s easy apparently not the done thing. when he has tripped over (d) Eating his ice cream isn’t either. Big D me and spilt all the rubbish got away with it, so where is the all over himself, to walk up consistency? and lick his face, and say (e) Warbling through the night in my the Russian judge would DO & DON ’T RULES have only given you a dulcet tones at any sort of noise AT UN CL E TO NY ’S IN TH E CI TY outside is banned too. Apparently score of six for that trick. Ady and I trying to out-do each He laughed, it’s all in the other at who is the best watch dog. training. Us canines call the shots, not the twolegThere were others, but that is enough gers! for now. You may ask ‘where was the Take care all and remembelligerent German while all this was ber those immortal words going on?’ Well, apparently she is very from Big D, do it to them aware of her boss man’s idiosyncrasies, before they do it to you, so stays out of his way! To hell with Cheers all. that, it’s not what Labradors do! Flo. City life is not all it’s cracked up to be,

Tui frequent Trust in summer At this time of year ARRC Wildlife Trust is inundated with fledgling birds, many of which are tui, says coordinator Sue Mackey. She says tui are brought into ARRC needing medical care for a variety of reasons, including broken wings or legs. “They usually make a full recovery and are returned to the wild. Unfortunately, these fractures are occasionally irreparable and these birds are humanely euthanized.” Rhododendron toxicity is another reason why tui require care. “Eating the nectar from these plants can give them an effect similar to a

drunken stupor. They are found on the ground lying helpless nearby these plants. We treat them with fluids and a number of medications that often allow for a dramatic and rewarding recovery.” Sue says baby tui are absolute characters. “We thoroughly enjoy nursing these orphans until they are ready for reintroduction into the wild.” This tui was found in Pyes Pa. He was taken to Holistic Vets where staff provided medical care and was then passed on to Sue Mackey, who facilitated his recovery and recently released him. Photo by Matt Leamy.

Summer weather hard on pets’ skin The hot humid weather we are currently enjoying is playing havoc with many animals skin.

soothe irritated skin and help control bacterial infections. Dogs with ears that hang down are more prone to ear infections, so keep the water out when you are bathing them. If your pet has itchy spots, red raw areas, or sore smelly ears, make an appointment for them to see their vet so we can have them feeling well again. Another hazard of this weather is toxic algal bloom, which is found in slow moving water. Make sure your dog avoids the stinky slimy bits when out swimming.

We are seeing many dogs and cats in the clinic with ear infections, itchy skin and infected wounds. There are five types of allergies seen in pets; contact, flea, bacterial, inhalant and food allergies. These allergens may cause only mild irritation at other times of the year, but this humidity helps the bugs flourish, and we are seeing some pets rapidly developing severe skin and ear infections. By Vet Care vet Tradescantia fluminensis, known as Kathleen Linpus Wandering Jew or Wandering Willie, is a groundcover weed found in shady areas. This is a common contact allergen, making many animals itch if they walk through it. Avoid it on walks, and remove any from your garden. Keep up with flea control, as just a few flea bites can make a pet with sensitive skin very uncomfortable. Hosing your dog after walks or swimming can help remove allergens from the skin. We have special shampoos available in the clinic, to remove allergens,

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High octane approach for couple The pure exhilaration of sliding round corners at speeds of 140km has Tauranga couple Drew Donovan and Jodi Verhulst addicted to the sport of drifting.

Tauranga drifters Drew Donovan and Jodi Verhulst are promoting grassroots drifting with monthly practice days through their Drift Motorsport NZ Company.

And it is not just a sport they see for themselves. Drew (Mag & Turbo Warehouse Tauranga Nissan S15 V8) and Jodi, the country’s top female drifter (Mag & Turbo Warehouse Toyota Supra) also conduct grassroots drifting practice days through their Drift Motorsport NZ Company, after spotting a empty space in the sport. “There was nothing local going on and we had to go to Taupo or Hampton Downs,” says Drew. “We wanted to get some practice in and wanted to get to where we are now. So we went out on a limb with a couple of mates and approached a race track and hired the venue.” Once a month, the couple hold practice days at race tracks throughout the North Island to help promote the sport and offer a venue for up and coming drivers to keep off the roads. “We have 400 people on our books. I’ve seen it evolve and now there is no way near the same amount of guys on the road. There are other options out there now and I’d like to think that we have been part of this.” Drew began drifting in 2007 after watching DVDs from drifting in Japan and going “out on a limb and buying a car”,

while Jodi followed suit in 2008 after watching Drew compete on the national circuit.The couple both admit the sport is addictive, but would not have it any other way. “Having the foot flat on the floor and smoke billowing out of the car, it’s

addictive. The more you do it the more you want to do it,” says Drew. Drew and Jodi will be competing in round three of the D1NZ National Drifting Championships at Baypark Speedway this weekend. By Luke Balvert

Viewers turn drivers in new speedway series A new racing concept offering speedway enthusiasts the chance to race on Baypark’s infamous terracotta track begins next month. The Derby Series gives groups or teams of individuals the

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Motorists’ patience sought for summer road works Motorists are advised to be aware of road works in the Bay of Plenty this holiday season as contractors make the most of the good weather. NZ Transport Agency says road maintenance activity will increase during the summer months as calmer weather heightens the efficiency and effectiveness of the work. Maintaining and repairing the region’s roads is an integral part of NZTA’s focus on safer journeys and state highway manager Brett Gliddon says they are keen to ensure the safety of all road users. The Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions contain more than 2600km of state highway, with several carrying some of the highest traffic loads in the country. Brett says staying on track with the region’s works programmes when weather conditions are good allows crews to get the most effective results and the best value from repairs and construction work. “This also ensures our roads’ accessibility and safety are maintained year-round for road users. “However, we recognise the frustration some road users may feel if they experience traffic queues, detours or delays as a result of our activities.” He says NZTA is often asked about the reasons behind the timing of its road works. “People want to know why we don’t wait until later in the year away from peak summer holiday times. The answer is that wet or cold conditions can decrease the durability of our repair or construction work - for example, reducing how long a resealing repair will last.” Brett says NZTA does its best to keep delays to a minimum but in some locations traffic flow through or away from the works area needs to be managed carefully to maximise

the safety of road users and the work crews. He asks people to be patient when delays do occur and remember the works are vital to ensure the region’s roads remain safe for them to use. “Keep an eye out for road works around the region, take note of signage, traffic controls, and plan your journey to allow for possible delays. “Travel at safe speeds, drive to the conditions and watch out for driver fatigue. “At sites where NZTA’s contractors have dedicated traffic management staff on duty, their directions should be followed carefully to ensure the safety of road users and road crews.” Each year NZTA carries out about 45km of road construction and around 300km of resealing in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. The NZTA’s website is regularly updated with most road work details including closures and detour information go to www.nzta.

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Te Puke teen geared to take on world’s best Te Puke teen driving sensation Michael Scott will be soaking up all he can in this year’s Toyota Racing Series. The 18-year-old, who recently finished his final year at Te Puke High School, moves up to the premier single-seater TRS Championship after competing in the Formula First and Formula Ford last year. This year is the ninth season of the series allowing drivers based in the Northern Hemisphere to compete in New Zealand during their off season, including Spike Goddard (Australia) and Alex Lynn (Britain). As part of the Nelson-based Victory Motorsport team, Michael says it is a great opportunity to race against some of the best age group drivers in the world. Preparations for the series have been busy, but everything was shaping up ahead of the first race at Teretonga Park, Invercargill on January

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Realise business dreams in new year It’s a new year and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is encouraging students to turn their business dreams into reality, starting in 2013. The New Zealand Institute of Management’s Certificate in Small Business Management is designed to develop small business dreams into rip-roaring successes and applications are now open for the course, starting February 18. Lynette Steele, polytechnic group leader for applied management, says the course is perfect for someone wanting to improve their small business or someone who wants to develop a business idea.

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Light drive inspires Freedom in times of financial hardship much goodwill medical services and nursing Christmas goodwill from all ages has seen more than $1500 care. Alan says a large number of raised from a section of last year’s Weekend Sun Christmas people came to view the lights during the Christmas period Lights Drive. and it was great to see such Plover Place in Maungatapu hosted 14 houses all decorated community spirit. “We had a good range of people, reasonfor the festive season and able weather and extremely raised $1543.70 from public well-behaved people which donations. made it all worthwhile. Waipuna Hospice volun“It’s not us that put the lights teer Alan Holloway says he up that make the money, it’s is pleased with the public’s those who come through to generosity given the current view them.” economy. By Luke Balvert “If we broke the thousand Hospice volunteer Alan dollars I would be happy.” Holloway with the $1543.70 The money, collected donated for the Plover Place through a donation box, will section of the Christmas be donated to Waipuna Hospice helping provide specialist Lights Drive. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

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Superb summer snacking With the build-up of the heat during the day and energyzapping afternoon slog around the garden, the last thing you want is a big meal. So afterwards, you take a leisurely stroll down town and into a newly established eatery for a couple of cold beers and a light snack. The tapas concept of little bites to eat while drinking is all the rage it seems, and why not it? But it does take a while for us Kiwis to adapt firstly to alfresco dinning and then to the concept of mezze. In Europe, of course, it’s more an ingrained tradition. In Greece the men (usually) sit around discussing the affairs of the day, drinking beer and nibbling on fresh plates of mezze. With every beer they order, a fresh mezze plate turns up. This is usually at no charge for the small everchanging plate of freshly cooked village pork or simple feta and olives with bread. The concept works well, as you end up spending a few hours there drinking, eating and enjoying some shady respite from the searing heat. The concept works well here as well, except the bill charges you for every morsel. Perhaps that’s why the Greeks have fallen over their own fiscal cliff. So this week’s recipe is somewhat of new twist on something I had while sipping Methos beer in a taverna on a searing hot day in Greece. This is an ideal summer snack and has an interesting range of textures. You will need a cappuccino machine to make the yoghurt ricotta but you can substitute this for plain store-bought ricotta.

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Ingredients 4 baps 2 eggs ½ C milk 4 skinned & boned chicken thighs 1 tsp fennel seeds 1tbsp coriander seeds 1tsp cumin seeds ½ tsp dried rosemary Method Cut up the chicken thighs into slices and place in a bowl. Crush all the spices in a mortar and pestle and sprinkle over with a little oil and marinate for a few hours. Now the fun part! In a stainless jug, froth the heck out of the milk and yoghurt and bring it up to a froth, then let the mix settle for a minute. There should be curds and whey drain off the clear liquid. Use a fine sieve to assist.

½ tsp dried oregano ½ tsp turmeric ¼ tsp chilli Sea salt and fresh pepper 2-3 tbsp olive oil 300g thick Greek yoghurt ¼ C milk 3-4 leaves mint, chopped Rind and juice of fresh lime Then put in zest and juice and chopped mint. Place in cheese cloth and hang for a few hours. Then transfer to a suitable dish for refrigeration Bake the chicken pieces in a moderate oven (180 degrees Celsius) for 20 minutes or until cooked. Next beat the eggs with the milk and dip in half of baps. Fry off in a pan. Add the chicken to the top of the bap, accompanied by a spoonful of yoghurt ricotta. Garnish with chopped herbs and salad leaves.

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Still young at heart Living, laughing and loving are the three key ingredients for a long and happy life – at least this is the advice of “young at heart” centenarian Margaret Almond.

around and is very generous towards her three grandchildren, Nikki, Matt and Sarah and her two great grandchildren. Margaret starting nursing when she was 22 years old, working in Cornwell Hospital and Auckland City Hospital before retiring in Tauranga at Arcadia Manor Lifecare Centre. John says Margaret moved to Tauranga after her husband died about seven years ago and although the pair lived in different towns for some of their lives they have always maintained a close relationship.

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Smokers seek help in new year Since the start of 2013, 75 Bay of Plenty smokers have signed up with Quitline in an effort to kick the habit. The 75 are among more than 2000 people nationwide who have signed up to quit so far this year. Quitline director of strategy and communications Bruce Bassett says the most exciting statistic for the first week in January is the sharp increase in the number of people blogging and email-


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Limited places in iconic event Residents are urged to sign up for an iconic fundraising and awareness event being held in Tauranga for the first time in four years.


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Switching on fat-burning hormones For years experts have been telling us that we can’t spot-reduce fat from any part of our body. Health authorities warn us extra fat around our tummies, called ‘visceral fat’, is a risk factor for a range of diseases – especially diabetes. Having a larger waistline is associated with insulin resistance, which if not dealt with can lead to full-blown diabetes. Most people who have insulin resistance are not aware they have it. A problem with insulin resistance is your body’s pathway to releasing fat for energy has partially shut down. This makes weight loss more difficult. Despite fat being the way our bodies store energy, insulin resistance blocks our energy availability. No wonder people say they have tried every diet and none of them worked.

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When the heat sizzles, the body reacts Along with summer days come barbecues, pools, beaches and lazy afternoons. But when the heat sizzles, the body reacts. During hot weather, many people experience excessive water retention, or put more plainly, swelling. Due to the effect of gravity, the swelling becomes more pronounced and obvious in the feet, ankles and legs. Although usually temporary, swollen legs can be an uncomfortable side effect of summer. When the swelling is heat-related, heat causes the blood vessels to dilate while the person remains in a prolonged upright sitting or standing position and as a result, fluids pool in the legs. Fortunately, a few simple steps can reduce this summer hazard. For example, avoid the heat as much as possible or try to keep the body cool. Equally

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Political intransigence The intransigence of Judith Collins over a payment to David Bain, which is supported by 70 per cent of the population, is only indicative of the present government’s disregard for the opinions and wishes of large numbers of the populace over many issues in its desire to retain political advantage. Holding referenda and ignoring the results as they did with the “parental smacking” issue makes a complete nonsense of the system. They would seem at the time to have acceded to the wishes of a vocal minority and assumed a Politically Correct stance. Bryan Johnson, Omokoroa. The Weekend Sun welcomes letters from readers. Preference will be given to letters that are short (200 words) and supplied with full name and contact details.




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I wish to bring attention to the situation at the carpark for the Whakamarama shops. The exit onto SH2 is covered by not one but two “No Entry” signs. This means you cannot directly pull off the Highway into the carpark. The reason for this is traffic entering through this “No Entry” can encounter vehicles moving within the carpark and get stranded in the northbound lane leaving them open to collision with northbound traffic. This can and has happened. Secondly, it increases the danger within the carpark itself because traffic pulling into the carpark is often going at such a speed it

increases the likelihood of a collision within the carpark itself. This was proven to me by an elder gentleman (yeah right) wearing a white hat, driving a white Toyota Hi-lux with a black and white Cavalier King Charles spaniel in his passenger seat last Sunday who did exactly that. He entered the carpark doing around 60kph coming to a halt as I was leaving nearly taking me out. I brought his attention to the signs and he uttered an apology before walking off muttering under his breath. The correct way to enter the carpark is to pull off SH2 into Barrett road or to use the entrance further up SH2 by the Gull gas

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Weekend Sun 28 December “Sirens Choice Still Open”. Once again arrogant TCC staff bulldoze ahead with what they want, in this instance, costly Meerkat ineffective electronic sirens. They would rather do this than accept that the Tactical Toolings sirens as well as being effective will be half the cost of the Meerkats. A case of TCC staff ignoring the successful local test of the Tactical Tooling sirens and a strong case for these being put forward by

the Papamoa Progressive Association. All reports point to far less than half the number of Tactical Tooling sirens being required compared with the Meerkats. Why for once don’t TCC staff and councillors listen to the advice of ratepayers who will have to, in the end, pay for whatever is decided on. TCC appears bent on increasing its debt by selecting the most costly option but not the most effective once again. Tauranga ratepayers are being treated as complete idiots when in

station. This provides better vision and greater safety. I always thought that to get a driver’s license in this country one has to be able to read and understand the Road Code. This sadly was not the case with this gentleman concerned. Perhaps this should also be the case with young people on jet-skis down by the Wairoa river boat ramp. The law of the sea states 5 knots within 200 metres of the shore. The amount of young guys that don’t read the sign or claim ignorance is astounding. It’s only a matter of time before a kayaker or rower gets taken out. I think a confiscation period of their craft like the boy-racers would be the way to go! Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Kevin Balfour, Whakamarama.

fact it appears that the idiots reside throughout city hall. Finally, a decision has been delayed yet again. Realistically seven years to get a simple project such as this off the ground and a decision made is totally unacceptable. Perhaps now is the right time for a Commissioner to be appointed to take over the running of TCC. Roger Bailey, Papamoa.

The “Pink & White Terraces” of Tauranga? There must either be immense confusion within Tauranga City Council, or a bizarre impression by certain councillors that the city coffers simply hold too much money? The corners of Willow and MacLean Streets have had some very strange “Pink and Grey extensions” of the four corners of the footpaths, with no apparent purpose. Virtually all other corners in Tauranga have not been cursed (yet) with these “pink and grey” concrete extensions. There is a major problem created by these ‘extensions’, and drivers who have ever tried to turn into any of the four options will know that you find it extremely difficult to navigate around the ‘extensions’ without over steering into the opposite lanes! Let the council act like “loose wheels on bent axles” on this corner and they will definitely waste money and create potential traffic hazards on all our city corners? And...are we to expect some future full extensions of these concrete monstrosities going right across each corner to help guide pedestrians on their intrepid journey across a help empty the coffers? Michael Donovan, Tauranga.

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MP response too brief The letter “MP Bridges responds: No plans to change” (20 December 2012) by Hon.Simon Bridges, is, in my opinion, appalling. Firstly, it is too brief considering Simon gets to ramble on ad infinitem in this paper, The BOP Times, The Herald and TVNZ on nice safe topics without hard questions ever being asked of him. Secondly he writes that if there were to be constitutional changes there would need to be broad cross party agreement. What! There was broad cross party agreement on Sue Bradford’s anti-smacking bill (very broad in fact - only six voted against it) or, a referendum.Really? Binding? 66% majority requirement? or just 51% as was the case with MMP? NZ First has now for many years, following the advice of the recommendation of the MMP royal commission, promised to abolish the Maori Seats when next in power. Roll on 2014. This “secret” constitutional review makes the “let’s change the flag” and “let’s be a republic” issues look dead tame. All three issues are just smokescreen distractions for John Key and National’s bad governance. There has been no public input into these secret constitutional changes - only Maori ones and we will soon be presented with a fait accompli. Hylton Rhodes, Tauranga.

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New Zealand – The violent society. When I was young, going on for a century ago, we had about one murder in the whole country in a year. That is if we were unlucky. Some years went by without any murder. Today the count is close to one a day, and more on some days. What has happened to our once peaceful, pleasant, and safe communities to so change us? No doubt “the experts” could provide all sorts of esoteric answers, but could I suggest a few, to me fairly obvious, ones? Firstly, since about the 1970s our education

system has been driven by over-liberal people with a belief in the Freudian philosophy that if young people are frustrated by not being allowed to do whatever they like, they will develop psychological problems in later life. Children must be allowed to do what they like, not what society wants them to do. This teaching is further assisted by a law that prevents parents from using any physical means to control their offspring, although, apparently, the children can beat up the parents with impunity. [I have seen this happen.]

Secondly children, and adults, are constantly subjected to displays that are specifically designed to encourage, hatred, aggression, and violence. I refer here to the haka, which should be restricted to the sports field only. The introduction of the new Kapa haka to young children only serves to reinforce the development of these aggressive attitudes in the young and vulnerable. Thirdly, the Christian churches, which have in the past done much to grow a humane, caring, humanity [still plenty to do], have seriously lost support and seem not to be able to carry their message into today’s world. If we are to survive at all, they have to, eventually succeed. John Mills, Mt. Maunganui.

Annual Kiwi massacre Could it happen here? This is in relation to the current massacre in America. I highlight this issue because we are having a Massacre in New Zealand every year! Just go to the NZ police crime statistics and see where our country has gone to. When I was young, 60 years ago, we had one to two murders a year. Police Statistics show that in the 09-10 year we had 122 homicides with 45,000 violent offences causing serious injury. Last year we had 73 homicides and 40,000 violent offences. We will never know how many dying victims were saved by our medical people but it is considerable. This shameful situation is, I believe, a direct result of the failed social experiment forced on us by those who believe being soft on criminals is the answer to crime. Judges have also brought our courts into public contempt and my fellow citizens continually say this during conversation. I belong to the Sensible Sentencing Trust and we work to convince our servants in Parliament to put the murderers away so you and your family are protected. They are not listening. You are also a part of the problem! Get off your rear and pick up a pen. Write to your servants and demand that they stop the annual massacre. Sadly, I believe you will leave it to someone else to do and the slaughter will continue. Ken Evans, Avenues.

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The facts on fracking I just saw an interview with Lindsay Tisch MP dismissing concerns about fracking. Most people don’t realise (including Mr. Tisch it seems) that the fracturing of the rock strata is not only achieved by hydraulic pressure but by detonation. When the hole is bored and the casing is in place, a ‘perf gun’ is lowered to the end of the bore hole. This fires detonation charges in all direction which go through the casing (perforating it) into the surrounding rock. As this only fractures a small area, the detonations are repeated over and again as the perf gun is slowly withdrawn. And this is done in boreholes throughout the target area. Only then is the toxic fluid pumped in under high pressure to further fracture the strata and release hydrocarbons into the well pipe through the perforations.. “Frack out” is an industry term for an unintentional zone of fracturing from the target area, all the way up to the surface. It is evidenced by sink holes, contamination of the aquifer and hydrocarbons escaping through the surface. We are led to believe that this can never happen, so they don’t need a term for it, do they? Christopher Martin, Ohauiti.

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Kindergarten clarification Your writer Claire Topping should be more careful in checking her facts about kindergartens; 1. All our kindergartens have minimum ratios of 1 teacher to 10 children. 2. All of these teachers are trained and registered. 3. Many of our kindergartens offer six free hours per day/30 hours per week. 4. All the funds received from government or parent donations are used for children not siphoned off as profits. Peter Monteith Principal/Tumuaki Tauranga Region Kindergartens.

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I would like our member of parliament, Simon Bridges to expand on his response to the letter from R. Rimmer of Welcome Bay about the constitutional review. R. Rimmer queried why a mandate of the people through a referendum of the constitutional review has not been forthcoming. I would like Mr. Bridges to further explain to me what he means by “there would need to be broad cross-party agreement or the majority support of voters at a referendum” Does a “broad cross-party agreement” mean that the wording and intent of our future constitution which will affect us forever, could rely totally on the whim and political stance of whoever is our current representative in parliament. Those people cannot be allowed to speak for all of us and I would like Mr. Bridges to validate that for me, and I am sure for many others who are wondering exactly what obfuscation those few words of his could hide. It is very clear that the constitutional review with its racist agenda is being worked on behind closed doors and the due date of its release is getting closer by the week and still the other 85% of us are still being kept uninformed. It must be a fair and democratic process and there is nothing fair and democratic about the way this is being conducted. Robin Bishop, Pyes Pa.

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Simon Bridges’ response (20 December) to Robin Rimmer’s question on whether a referendum would be required for any constitutional changes was less than reassuring. A referendum was possible, Bridges said, but so was a cross-party agreement. Instead of a referendum, they are planning to garner the support of vested interest parliamentary parties, and impose constitutional change onto the country through a vote in parliament. The reason is practical. Any government that tried to impose a Treaty based constitution onto the country through a public referendum would face defeat. New Zealanders do not want to live in a separatist nation. So, as long as a majority of MPs think it a good idea then as Robin Rimmer said it could be “simply foisted upon us”. This is the favoured way of overcoming likely public rejection. Simple. Don’t ask them. The same technique was used to “foist upon us” the Marine and Coastal Area Act . If the Government has any intention of holding a referendum they would be shouting it from the roof tops. Do our politicians need reminding that even the Egyptians had a referendum to approve their new constitution. $4m has been budgeted for the constitutional review and of that $2m has so far been spent consulting with Maori. Could Mr Bridges tell us when consultation will began with the other 85% of New Zealanders. Richard Prince, Welcome Bay.


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The road toll for 2012 The end of the year is a significant time for me as Associate Minister of Transport.

Road toll information is finally collated and it showed that 307 people died on our roads in 2012. This compares with 284 in 2011, 375 in 2010, and 385 in 2009. While 2012’s road toll is the second lowest in 60 years, it is very sad to see an increase on the 2011 toll.

Multiple factors

At least three factors stand out regarding the 2012 toll. The first is that the number of crashes with multiple fatalities increased from 2011. The number of crashes in 2012 with three or more fatalities was 8 (resulting in 30 deaths) compared with 1 (resulting in 3 deaths) in 2011. This is despite the total number of crashes staying reasonably similar between years and the number of driver fatalities actually decreasing. This is a reminder for drivers of their responsibility to their passengers to get them to their destination safely. But it is also an indication that passengers have a

part to play in road safety as well. For example, as a passenger you can support the driver by checking they’re well rested and alert, and by sharing the driving on a longer trip. You can also stop friends and family from getting behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking: let them stay at your place, get them a taxi, or find a sober driver.

Motorcycle crashes up

A second factor is the increase in motorcyclist fatalities in 2012. The number of motorcyclist fatalities increased from 33 in 2011 to 45 in 2012. This equates to 15 per cent of all road deaths in 2012. I see this as an important reminder that we need to be vigilant regarding the more vulnerable road users like motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. One brighter note, in relation to young people, last year saw a record low for fatalities in the 15-24 age group. There were 65 fatalities in this age group in 2012 compared with 82 in 2011. In the past our young people have been highly over represented in the road toll. While this number is still too high, I am pleased to see that more of them are taking road safety seriously. Law changes such as zero

Record holiday toll

A final positive comes from an encouraging record low holiday road toll this summer. The official period runs from Christmas Eve until January 3 and this season six people died in contrast to 19 people the summer before. This year’s holiday toll shows that drivers have been taking responsibility and focusing when behind the wheel. Yet, every fatality and serious injury on the road is a tragedy for the families and loved ones of those involved. It is important we continue to work hard in 2013 to ensure even fewer suffer the consequences of road death or injury. The Government’s goal of a road system increasingly free of death and injury will continue unabated. But every road user - drivers, riders, passengers, or pedestrians - needs to play a part. The Government’s Safer Journeys road safety strategy will guide improvements in road safety through to 2020. The next Safer Journeys Action Plan, covering 2013-2015, is due to be published in the first quarter of this year.

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This is the time of year when we look forward and make resolutions on how differently we want things to be in the year ahead. Faced with a new year, it is also fun to make predictions and then look back to see if they came true. I checked my predictions for 2012 and found they were pretty much on the button. The international turmoil resulting from economic and political instability is continuing. The good news is the world didn’t end in December with the end of the Mayan calendar (not that I thought it would), but we all have to take action to ensure that our world as we know it is protected. Despite the naysayers on climate change, we are seeing much greater climatic extremes and associated natural disasters. The debate about whether these are natural cyclic variations or exacerbated by man’s actions rages on, but I think we are reaping the impacts of our intensive and rapid development.

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Charity Dance Jan 19 at Greerton Hall

7.30-11.30pm. $10/person or ladies $5 with a plate for supper table. Spot prizes, raffles, donations also gratefully accepted. Valerie 573 7093 Maketu Duathlon And Historic Hikoi Jan 26. 2 great events. Lots of prizes. Great summer event. For registrations/ information Messianic Weekly Meetings The Way meet in the Kingfisher Room, Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 10am. All welcome. 570 1438 Tauranga A&P Show Tauranga Racecourse, Cameron Road, Greerton Jan 19 9am – 5pm. Free climbing wall, volcano adventure run, superslides & waterslides, petting zoo. Displays include woodchopping, shearing, karate, medieval swordfighting, western riding & harness events & more. Enjoy a family day of fun. Adults $10. Children under 16yrs free. Gate sales only. Tauranga Farmers Market Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Fresh & artisian produced food. Trixie 552 5278 or

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Katikati Tramping Club Tramp to Pylon track, Wairongomai Valley. Moderate tramp steep in places. 8am start. Peter 07 863 8781 Learning Spiritual Laws Sunday’s at Plunket, 59 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga 10-11am. $5 donation, children free. Remember & celebrate who you are! Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market

Every Sun in Phoenix car park 9am - 1pm. Fresh fruit & veges, breads, cheese, oils, plants & more. All home grown & home made. Downtown the Mount open 7 days. 575 9911 Narcotics Anonymous Open every Sun at Hamner Clinic, 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton (behind Tyremaster) 7pm. 0800 628 632 Omokoroa Lions Market Western Ave car park Omokoroa 9am – 12pm. All stall holders & car boot sales welcome. Only $5/5m space. 548 2117 Petanque Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. Neita 572 3768 Radio Controlled Model Yachts Meet Sun 1.30pm & Thurs 5.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to race Electron class yachts. Graham 572 5419

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afternoon at Zaggers Cafe, Chapel St 2.30pm. Mix & mingle with other likeminded singles in a relaxed atmosphere. Gayle 027 439 3267

Monday 14 January

Bay Wing Chun Self Defence Womens only classes Mon 6.30-8.30pm. Public sessions Tues/Weds 6.30-8.30pm & Sat 10am - 12pm. Kids Sat 10am - 12pm. 4 Cherokee Pl, Mt Maunganui. www. 0800 398 225 Body & Soul Fun Fitness For over 50’s, social events & guest speakers. Mon & Fri, Greerton Hall Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds City Church cnr Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/ Cardiac Care leader. Meditation Free classes Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace, spiritual awareness & the meaning of your life. David 576 9764 Musical Theatre Summer School Jan 14 – 18 for 7-15 year olds. Paula 021 274 4116 or www.stepsperformingarts. YMCA - ALFS (Active lifestyle for seniors). Smooth Movers class Mon 8.45-9.45am & 10-11am at Matua Community Hall, Levers Rd. Also 9-9.55am & 10-10.55am at Arataki Hall, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St). Tues 9.15-10.15am & 10.30-11.30am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 9.15-10.15am Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. Thurs 8.459.45am at Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.30-11.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.15-10.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. 578 9272

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during school term. This week: Coffee at Pacifica, Tara Rd, 10am. New members welcome. Jennifer, Salvation Army 578 4264 Inachord Chorus Ladies 4 part harmony every Tues (restarts for the year Jan 29) at Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd 6.45pm. Enjoy singing & meet new friends. Shona 0272 801 004 or Sabine 577 0455 (day). Papamoa Tennis Club Tues & Fri 9am, Weds 6pm, Sat 2pm. Gordon Spratt Reserve (off Parton Rd). All levels welcome.

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Tauranga Acoustic Music Club Trust Bar, Bureta Rd 7.30pm. Friendly jam sessions or open concert 4th Tues & 2nd Sun, 1pm through reception. Sing, play or just listen. Paul 579 2346 or YMCA Sit n Fit Class Tues at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd, Papamoa 11.30am - 12.30pm. Weds at Greenwood Park Village, Welcome Bay Rd 11am - 12pm. Social exercise seated to music. All welcome. 578 9272

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Katikati Folk Club British duo Glenn Coggin & Phil Harty play at Katikati Bowling Club, “What’s On” in the Weekend Sun is a free Park Rd 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm. Tickets service for non-profit clubs and organisations. available at the door. Adults $20, members $15. Email or fax 571 1116 or Narcotics Anonymous Open every Fri at post to PO Box 240, Tauranga. Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Deadline 3pm Tuesday. Contributions should Maunganui 7pm. 0800 628 632 be less than 20 words.

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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 certified Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitator. Vikki 575 0470 or 0272 800 388 Holiday Book Group Papamoa library 10am. Topic: Holiday reading. All welcome. Mount Healing & Spiritual Centre

Fellowship & celebration of 2013 at Omanu Bowling Club, Golf Rd, Mount 7.30pm. First meeting for the year. Guest speaker: Sue Buckland, medium. Door charge $3. All welcome. Janet 027 264 0226

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Garden ramble. Members meet at Palm Beach Plaza car park with a packed lunch at 10am. Visitors welcome. Carol 542 3515 Salvation Army Meeting For all women every Weds 10am morning tea, 10.30am meeting at Salvation Army cnr Cameron Rd & 5th Ave, Tauranga. This week: Video morning. New members welcome. Jennifer 578 4264

Thursday 17 January Tauranga Heart Support Group

Phase 3 rehab exercise, social events & guest speakers for those with or at risk of heart disease. Every Thurs at City Church Hall, Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St 9.30-10.45am. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Te Puke Mah Jong Group Lyceum Club room, Palmer Place. Every Thurs 1pm. All players welcome. Beginners lessons 10.30am. Gig 573 5355

Friday 18 January

Chess Tauranga Every Fri at Tauranga RSA, Greerton 6pm onwards for the whole family. Noel 579 5412 http:// Gay/Bi Mens Support Group Do you need a trusting person to talk to? Discretion assured. For meetings & locations ph/text Alex 027 358 5934

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thought was to get all those bored teenagers in one place and use some fire hoses to spray them down. “Activating Today’s Youth” sounds like a government policy just waiting to happen. But, on closer inspection, I realised my mistake. This activates “certain proteins” as opposed to the youth of today, possibly less important to society as a whole but who cares after you read about the effects? “Drop by drop, skin is re-plumped, refined and re-illuminated, as if infused with life.” Magic. Until now I must confess I’d completely overlooked the importance of plump skin, but there it is again. That must be our goal for 2013. Plumper skin. In previous years when I’ve hopped on the scales at the doctor’s surgery and he’s looked at me slightly disapprovingly I’ve always said “hey I can’t help it – I’m big-boned”. Bugger that. I’m not big-boned. I’m plump-skinned. Note: those expecting Winston to write about actual music should note that tickets for Easter’s National Jazz Festival are now on sale. See for concert details. Winston surveys what’s on offer next week (and is impressed).

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Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) brings the epic stage musical to the big screen with stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. In a unique move for a screen musical, the cast performed live, with the orchestra’s score inserted later. Traditionally, the cast would record all the songs and mime them on set. Based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, the story follows the redemp-

tion of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman) against the backdrop of the 1832 Paris uprising. Jailed for stealing a loaf of bread, Valjean is hunted by ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) since he broke his parole. Valjean assumes a new identity and his life is changed forever after agreeing to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter Cosette (Seyfried). Cohen and Carter play innkeepers Monsieur and Madame Thénardier.

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Obviously this list is a subjective one. I’ve tried to beak it down into a few categories but, as I was dividing them up, one thing struck me, which was the surprising number of films centred around various forms of family. So that’s where we’ll start, with family films of sorts: husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and children. Some of them are naughty, some of them are nice, but they all made for ripping yarns.

Let’s start with the unhappy families. compulsively watchable and often jawdropping in its transgressions. Fortunately there were happy families too, or at least tolerant ones. George Clooney’s clan in The Descendants aren’t actually happy. His wife has had a skiing accident and his kids hate him. But they’re in Hawaii and I defy anyone not to be charmed by the honesty, humour and humanity on display. The same is true in little Welsh charmer Submarine, which has an Adrian Mole vibe, following Oliver’s attempts to woo pyromaniac classmate Jordana and his misguided approach to adding spark to his parents lacklustre marriage. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, meanwhile, had a young hero without family finding it in the form of the movies. It was an ingenious bighearted film that may have not been strictly for kids but brought a smile to many a cinemaphile’s face And my two favourites of this whole bunch: This Must Be The Place is a little gem of a film starring Sean Penn as a retired burnt-out Friday Jan 11 to Wed Jan 16 131 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke.

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Young girl’s story proves power in reading Read and grow rich! Sound a bit farfetched? Here’s a true story to prove it’s possible. A little girl was dealt a bad hand in life. She was only a year old when she suffered a childhood illness which took away her sight and hearing. She was trapped inside her mind. She hadn’t learned to speak. She uttered grunts and animal sounds. She

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Letting go of the old and accepting the new It has been said that in revival God does not make new things, rather He makes things new. In revival, He resurrects to new life those areas in the Church and in our lives which have been lying stagnant, dormant, or out of balance, resulting in new love and obedience to Christ. Often though, the hindrance to receiving the things that God wants to do to bring refreshing, renewal and revival to His people, is that we are comfortable and satisfied with our present condition, even though we realise that we are living at a level, individually

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ParT Time BuS cleaner Tauranga DePoT looking for the next challenge? enjoy meeting people and adding value to a team environment? are you physically capable of performing heavy duties? Do you have a class 2 licence? If so, we want to hear from you! This role is a minimum of 20 hours per week in the evenings, so will suit someone looking for part time work only. Some weekend work is also necessary. if you want to know more please contact: operations manager, ashley Burton on 021 797 169 or 07 543 0158 ext 801 M20342


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adult entertainment

$$$$ MONEY for Spring. Corporate Angels Escort Agency. Ladies and Gay Males welcome for our extremely busy season. Apply in confidence to Allan 021 606 180

art & craft

HOLIDAY FUN classes by arrangement in ceramic painting, mosaics & glass fused jewellery. Get out of the sun for a couple of hours and get creative! Clay Art Studio, Historic Village 17th Ave Ph 571 3726

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“DO NOT let this book of the law depart from your mouth, meditate on it day & night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous & successful.” Joshua 1:18

cars for sale

Contact Kelly... Kelly Exelby

Residential Marketing Specialist P 07 571 7751 M 0275 501 851 E EVES REALTY LTD, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008

CAR FAIR – buy or sell any vehicle every Sunday at 11th Avenue Car park opposite Mad Butcher 8am-noon. Vehicle Finance available from Heartland Finance. Ph for more information 027 733 9686 or w w w. t a u r a n g a c a r f a i r. c o . n z


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


3 bedroom family home with decent size section available for long term in the new year - $360pw

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FREE ON SITE DIAGNOSIS & quote. We come to you & don’t charge extra for travel. Pensioner discounts. Ph Kyle at Tech Solutions 027 828 7078

dance partners

WANTED MALE ballroom dance partner, must be committed for practices and competitions. Aged between 9 & 10. No experience needed. Ph 027 411 7652

for sale

BROOKFIELD UNIFORM from 5yrs to 12yrs – Big box of Brookfield Primary used uniforms, Hats, Tshirts, Pants, Shorts, Skorts, Skirts, Vests, Sweatshirts. Some in new condition and some in used - Bulk buy for $50 or individual things for $5. Selling as moving to Papamoa school – text 027 211 9193 KITCHEN CUPBOARDS complete set including stainless steal sink bench, with Formike tops with taps, 1 overhead cupboard. All fairly good cond. $350 o.n.o for the lot. Ph 544 8595 PAVERS factory seconds half price. 53 Hull Rd, Mt Maunganui. Ph 575 4887 SMALL CONCRETE SLEEPERS everlasting and realistic from $9.00 each. Village Stone 53 Hull Rd Mt Maunganui Ph 575 4887


CHRIS THE GARDENER experienced fast friendly service. Affordable section tidy-ups, lawns, hedge & shrub care, garden waste removed. Free quote. Ph 578 5825 GARDEN MAINTENANCE tree pruning, hedge trimming, section tidy ups, green waste removed, odd jobs, affordable prices, Ph Philip 0800 334 453

health & beauty

LIGHTHOUSE CLINIC PSYCHOLOGY specializes in Anxiety - Depression - Stress -

health & beauty

Sexual Abuse - Eating Disorders - Addictions - Relationships Reg Psychologists Ph 07 578 5445 www. LOSE WEIGHT feel great! Join a ‘New Look’ clinic in your area. Healthy eating with real food. Ph Bernice now 576 4848 NATURAL NEW ZEALAND Health Products. Something for everyone. NZ Registered Natural Therapies and Natural Medicine Practitioners. Opposite BP Te Puke. Ph 573 5533 and STRESSED OUT? Work, finances getting you down? Having trouble coping? Ph Richard on 027 474 9812 or for an appointment.

lifestyle coaching

CAREER RESTRUCTURING? Creating opportunity from Change. Ph Chris at Balanced Success Coaching 027 548 2548


AC PETFOODS collect injured & unwanted cows & horses. Ph 0800 369 6269


MOBILITY SCOOTERS & more. Visit our showroom, 29 Burrows St, Tauranga h 578 1213 Mobility Equipment & Services. ‘Supporting you independence’ STAIRLIFTS – Make life easy with a stairlift enjoy the home you love by installing an Acorn Stairlift. Call us now TOLL FREE 0800 782 475 or

plant & machinery

AUCTION The Rotary Club of Katikati is having a Plant & Machinery Auction 16th Feb 2013 at Aongatete Packhouse Yard, 43 Sharp Rd, Katikati. Donate your goods or mark the date to come along. Contact Rod 07 549 0363

situations vacant

SIGNING AGENT Computer Based Opportunity - work from home or existing office, attention to detail, email/broadband,document feeder/ scanner all a must. Great job for the right person. Email for more details.

trades & services

A1 AIRCONDITIONAL & Electrical for all your electrical needs. Low rates, great service. Ph 027 547 3831 or 543 0062 BOSSCO CLEANING COMPANY A small business with a caring approach. Experienced in all facets of cleaning property or business. Confidentiality & security assured. Tauranga, Mt Maunganui & surrounding areas. Basic/intensive/ seasonal cleaning, moving house, one off contracts, pre & post event prep & clean up. Ph Sheryle 021 878 693 or Pam 021 112 7866 to discuss your requirements. BUILDER/HANDYMAN 45yrs experience, no job too small. Ph Bryan on 027 408 3905 BUILDERS - Murray Pedersen licensed builder with his experienced team will undertake additions renovations also reclads. We can arrange plans & consents. Ph 575 7870 BUILDER, PLUMBER, Painter, Plasterer, Renovation Specialist, Excellent workmanship, No job too big or too small Ph Alex 027 481 3448 CLEANER HOUSE/DOMESTIC experienced with references. Requires work in Tauranga Mt Maunganui areas. Ph Sheryle 577 0673 ELECTRICIAN A professional and affordable registered electrician. New builds alterations repairs. Ph Steve 578 0555 or 027 848 6042

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GORSE SPRAYING Do you have a gorse problem? Ph today for a free quote for all gorse control. Ph Scott 027 462 4769 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 LAWN MOWING covering Bethlehem, Otumoetai & Katikati. Experienced Contractor. Friendly reliable service ph Chris 027 200 8578 or a/h 549 0446 OFFICE TEMP 30yrs experience Accounts / payroll / MYOB Spreadsheets/typing. Reasonable Rates Ph Moyrah 027 4295 000 PAINTER / A1 DECORATOR available. All interior & exterior work. Prompt, reliable, excellent references. Ph Paul 576 4793 or 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 07 544 6495 or 021 575 307

PAINTING small job specialist, guaranteed workmanship assured, semi retired tradesman. Ph Mike a/h 576 5501 or 027 473 7482 ROOFING & SPOUTING Metal fascia, gutter and rainwater systems. Long run corrugate. Maintenance, repairs or replacement. Free no obligation quotes. PROFIX 027 496 5375

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316 Oceanbeach Road, Sat 9-2pm. Household goods, furniture, art supplies, golf clubs & cart, books, etc.


49 Tom Muir Drive, Sat & Sun from 8am. Moving oversea’s, everything must go! Full house lot.


40 Oceanview Road, Sat 8am. Cannibalizing house sale, all internal fixtures, lighting, bathroom, kitchen etc, bring your tools to take away. Also, kids toys, boat gear, books, house hold items.


386 Papamoa Beach Road, in Beach Grove Holiday Park, Sat 8am. Massive garage sale. You name it, we got it! Everything must go, all great cond.


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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 SCAFFOLDING prompt free quotes, friendly service, DIY or full erect & dismantle services. Safe, certified, cost effective. Safeplank Scaffolding 021 680 555 S T U M P I N AT O R STUMP Grinding free quotes & prompt service. Narrow machine to access rear yards. Ph 576 4245 or 022 076 4245 TAURANGA TANDEM SKYDIVING Best Buzz in the Bay, Gift Vouchers. Ph 576 7990 TILER QUALIFIED TILER references available free quotes all types of work done from kitchen splashbacks to full tiled bathrooms. Contact Nelson 021 609 289 TREES TREES TREES Felling, Pruning, Maintenance, Chipping, & Removal. Ph Scott Today on 027 462 4769 TREE SHRUB and hedges Trimming topping removal rubbish removal satisfaction guaranteed free quote. Ph Steve Hockly 571 5958 or 027 498 1857

trailer repairs

GET YOUR TRAILER fixed now! I do it all, from small trailer repairs to major re-dos. Car & boat trailers, horse floats, transporters etc. Free quotes, pickups and drop offs! Ph Dave 027 325 9896 a/h 07 575 3178


DRIVING MISS DAISY need to get to an appointment or want an outing? But don’t drive? Call us for safe friendly and reliable service. Discount offered to Total Mobility card holders. Phone Jackie from Driving Miss Daisy, 552 6614

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travel & tours

A HOLIDAY or day-out. Every week. Small Group Tours. Door to Door Hinterland Tours Ph Kae & Rick 07 575 8118 ARE YOU looking for a day out or maybe a tour? Ph us for a copy of our weekly travel calendar. Outings include shows shopping markets luncheons mystery tours, scenic drives industry tours and even overnight tours. Ph Zealandier Tours 07 575 6425 BAYLINE COACHES Day trips, away trips or sight seeing & tours! Call for a free quote today Ph 578 3113 SCOTTSDALE SENIOR TOURS fully escorted owner/operated since 1978. Ph free for colour brochure today 0800 664 414. Also see

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ANTIQUES, COINS, medals, china, glass, Kiwiana,

Australiana, militaria, toys, anything old and interesting. 021 392913 or 07 549 0139 CORFLUTE SIGNS for sustainable tree project. Can pick up. Email PAPAMOA PRIMARY Girls Uniform – we are moving to Papamoa & my girls need a uniform – aged 5 to 10yrs. Please text or ph 027 211 9193 – thanks! ROOFING IRON in useable condition please. Text or Ph Jim 021 233 4340

Artists Nelsy Jordan and Molly Brightwell outside The Little Blue House in Katikati. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

A once run-down building has become a focus for art and the community in the heart of Katikati. Now known as the Little Blue House, the old store was given the kind of make-over only talented artists could conceive. In the 12 months since it opened as a community gallery, the venue has hosted 53 individual exhibitions and welcomed more than 10,000 people through its door. Anne Bowling, one of the artists who helped transform the house, says its success has exceeded expectations. “We are thrilled at how popular the house is with both the public and artists. Many people call in weekly to see each new exhibi-

tion, giving artists the chance to talk to visitors. “For many of our artists, this is the first time they have exhibited and, at $10 a day and no commission, the Little Blue House offers a rare opportunity.” The majority of exhibitors in the past 12 months have been from Katikati, but others have come from Omokoroa, Waihi and further afield. The Pukeko Corner Kindergarten held an exhibition of children’s art and Katikati College students displayed their end-of-year art folios. The 2012 Easter paint an egg event was so popular it will be repeated this year. The house has also generated community projects such as the Knitters and Knatters group, which takes over the back room for a

couple of hours every Friday to knit items for local community organisations. The Little Blue House, behind the BNZ on Katikati’s main street, has an uncertain future, as the land it stands on is designated for Katikati’s new library. No one knows when the bulldozers will move in. Its caretakers, exhibitors and fans hope a permanent home will eventually be found for the gallery. The house is open from 10am-4pm every day (except the occasional Sunday). All exhibitions at The Little Blue House must be original work or items generated from original work such as prints or cards. To book an exhibition phone Kristin Crockett, 549 5250 (work) or 549 2906 (home.) For more information visit By Elaine Fisher

Choo choo it’s Thomas & friends Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends paid a visit to Mount Maunganui College at the weekend for the Tauranga Model Railway Club’s annual show. Photos by Daniel Hines.

Beauty’s on the beach The Little Miss Sunshine and Miss Papamoa competitions were held at the Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club last weekend. Photos by Tracy Hardy.

Wiremu Ruru, 3, admired the model trains driving along the track.

Kristin Joyse with Mikylash Joyse, 6, liked the show.

Isla Larking, 3, and Sam Rowe, 3, enjoy watching the trains.

The X factor challenge

Little Miss Sunshine runner-up Abbey Holland, 8, from Papamoa, winner Izla Morris,7, from Matua and third place Priya Shiriwastow, 8, from Tauranga. Miss Papamoa second runner-up Tyler Crawford, winner Berdina Stuart and first runner-up Kate Mickleson.

The launch of the inaugural X Race series last week was hailed a success. The race, New Zealand first and part of a nationwide series, saw 250 children and parents compete in a series of mental and physical challenges at Otumoetai College. Photos by Daniel Hines.

Competitors at the start of the Tauranga X Race.

Tina and Samantha Kennedy enjoy the waterslide challenge during the Tauranga X Race.


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