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Reflections Building self-confidence and self-esteem in 11 and 12-year-olds might sound like a mission, but an upcoming dance show might be able to help. As part of the Fresh Moves dance show, coming up on June 20-21 at Baycourt, Bethlehem College has entered a team of 32 Year 7-8 dancers to take to the stage with the theme ‘reflection’. After careful planning and deliberation, they have based their dance

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Volunteer next week p25-27 on Psalm 139:14: ‘I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well’. To find out more, read the story on page 20. Our ‘Reflections’ in dark grey are Charlotte Dufaur, 11, Shiloh Kim, 11, Jade Hall, 12, and Braeya Embling, 11. Our ‘Doubters’ in white are Lydia Henderson, 11, Eitanne Graham, Raising money-smart kids p40 12, Jemima Jordaan, 13, and Jessina Goold, 11. Photo: Tracy Hardy.

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Wine tasting rates right up there amongst my 190 most favourite things to do. The other 189 things involve boating, fishing, hunting and dogs. But if none of those pursuits are possible, then wine tasting is definitely my 190th choice of ways to spend an afternoon. It’s not that I don’t like wine. It’s just that as a bourbon and rum drinker, tasting is usually a lot more cut and dried than the palaver of the wino brigade. Really there are only three levels by which to rate beverages. Either good. Or bad. Or so much you don’t care either way. So it is with mild amusement that I hear the flowery jargon of the wine aficionados and their attempts to impress or intimidate with excessive eloquence. On a recent wine tasting mission – a day too stormy for 189 other pursuits – I was ecstatic to discover a winemaker who has taken wine descriptions to new heights of mockery. It’s so refreshing to read Strat Canning’s parody of his own industry and today we share some of the pearls of prose, courtesy of Strat and Margrain Vineyard. The following are excerpts from Margrain’s cellar door tasting notes:

Sauvignon blanc 2016

This is a very expressive and sure footed wine that lunges from the glass with intoxicating intensity. Tangy tangelo, the heavy scent of Boronia on the Ides of March and a twitch of Scottish heather ramp up the senses while the malicious pungency of lily of the valley combines deceitfully with aniseed and a hint of sea salt. On top of this comes a restorative flagellation of stinging nettle, fragrant banana passionfruit and a little tightly knit lamb’s wool. Finally arrowroot and a touch of glaziers putty give the nose just enough complexity to start a scandal in a presidential election… Iced nettle tea is prevalent here too though this is tempered by the almost subliminal residual sweetness, which twists around the gentle curves of acidity before crumpling to the floor like a discarded peignoir.

Pinot Gris 2014

We are in the luxurious position of being able to give this wine exactly what it needed most –time. As with the previous vintage, it spent nine months on full yeast lees with 15 per cent of the juice having been fermented and aged in old oak. More importantly, after bottling it sat quietly in the cellar for a further 18 months. Gone is the stroppy, scatty, gangly adolescent and instead we welcome a calm, sophisticated and urbane baby-boomer just itching for some intellectual intercourse… The palate is voluptuous to the point of obesity and so soft and slippery you may need river shoes to negotiate a crossing.

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Home Block Pinot Noir 2013

So 2013 was described by a winemaker friend as a ‘Goldilocks’ season – not too hot, not too cold; not too dry and not too wet….Just right! Such conditions have imbued the Pinot Noir with an incredible sense of balance, harmony and togetherness. After just three months in the bottle this is not the kind of teenager who wears his cap backwards and hangs around in the town square after dark – this is the well-adjusted lad who will be found handing round the guacamole at his parent’s 20th wedding anniversary… The nose is all get up and go with potent brambly fruit reminiscent of an autumn bush-bash to a remote trout pool on the upper Tongariro… Moreish notes of salted brittle caramel chocolate combine with slightly more dangerous hints of the bilge

water found in an old land-locked clinkerbuilt kauri sailing dinghy… The palate is as thick and full as a stockpot of boysenberry jam in a rolling boil on a cottage stovetop yet this slippery smoothness is draped over an auspiciously sinewy frame; kind of like Matthew McConaughey in a tuxedo.

Groovy Jetliner

Grüner Veltliner 2016 – no one was as surprised as we were by the way our customers old and new, took to this little known grape variety with the unpronounceable name. We’ve heard it called everything from ‘Grunter Vintner’ to ‘Groovy Jetliner’ but the important thing is that people were charmed by the unusual combination of grainy texture, beguiling sweetness, bounteous fruit and an acid balance which walks just a little on the wild side – and many were prepared to put their money where their mouths had just been…

Chenin Blanc 2016

Without consulting my trusty thesaurus, I am not entirely sure what the word ‘unctuous’ means. However if I have ever tasted a wine that fits the word better or evokes the feeling of unctuousness more strongly, it has entirely slipped my mind. As thick as a peanut butter Dagwood sandwich and as sweet as an overaged cherub, this wine wraps itself around you like a well-worn tyre and will not release you unscathed… Don’t be deceived by the somewhat pedestrian straw-gold hue, for while the colour may be reminiscent of the late afternoon sun in mid-winter, the wine itself is far more ebullient as it scrambles out of the glass like a Mexican jumping bean on long powerful legs. The nose is almost brutish in its pungency with aromas of shelf ripened apples, from a time when they were wrapped in brown paper and stored in the cellar for the winter months.

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. “Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was every granted by the gods to man.” - Plato “Wine - it should be enjoyed for the benefits of the soul - and nothing more.” - Peter Fiduccia, Wine Lover “Wine can be considered with good reason as the most healthful and hygenic of all beverages.” - Louis Pasteur “A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine.” - Ernest Hemingway “To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.” - New York Times, 1967 “Wine has been a part of civilized life for some seven thousand years. It is the only beverage that feeds the body, soul and spirit of man and at the same time stimulates the mind...” - Robert Mondavi

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Trees lifting and tripping Bethlehem resident Bruce Scanlon tripped and injured himself near the intersection of Westmoreland Rise and Athfield Drive a few weeks ago, and blames the roadside trees shedding leaves over the concrete footpath slabs that are being lifted by the tree roots. The 80-year-old says he’s not doddery, he walks three or four kilometres every day around the neighbourhood. “Just by the Carrus office there the footpath was covered in a whole lot of leaves. Next thing I tripped over. Arse over kite I went. “I smashed two fingers, got a badly bruise third finger. The orthopaedic surgeon, he wanted to operate and put pins in there but it mightn’t be any better.” He’s not the only one to fall for the combination of slippery leaves and raised footpath slabs, says Bruce. A year ago a woman also tripped and injured herself. Some residents have painted the edges of lifted slabs in white, to alert pedestrians. After the fall Bruce did a little survey of his regular walking

routes. He found another four raised concrete footpath slabs in Athfield Drive, about six on Carmichael Rd, another four in Westmorland Rise. Chater Ave and Redhaven Place are also affected. “They have got about 30 slabs all lifting up about an inch. It’s a disaster waiting to happen,” says Bruce. “Everyone’s complaining about the leaves but that’s not the real problem. You wouldn’t walk down there at night. The only safe place to walk in Athfield Drive is down the street. “Because we have got these trees and they are getting worse and worse. The whole subdivision they have got these trees through them, and every damn footpath is lifting up,” says Bruce. “You have got to be so damn careful. “People complained about it, but I don’t think anybody listens in the council. I rang the council and they said they would take a note of all this. But the footpaths need to be lifted and the roots chopped out from under.” Tauranga City Council communications advisor Marcel Currin says it’s been logged for repair, possibly in the next few weeks. It’s a problem that affects many suburbs where trees that were planted along narrow grass berms are starting to raise the footpaths as they grow bigger. “These days the council has a better process where arborists inspect new developments to recommend appropriate species and locations for tree planting,” says Marcel. Andrew Campbell

Bruce Scanlon with his injury and a slab of the raised concrete. Photo: Andrew Campbell.

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A Tauranga woman has beaten competitors from Europe to place third in an international bodybuilding competition. The NAC World Championships 2017 were held in Spain last month, with local bodybuilder Tina Merriman competing for the first time. She says there were nine competing in her class – the ‘Ms. Physique’ category. “I won the New Zealand title in 2014 and 2015 for women’s physique, so I decided to do some fundraising and go to the world competition. “For me to come in the top three was quite an achievement for myself.” Tina has been training for more than a decade.

Harsher penalties for stock theft

Bay of Plenty Farmer Rick Powdrell is delighted the Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the ballot to go before Parliament. “It’s frightening when you are faced with someone in a remote rural area who is most likely armed,” says Rick. “The successful passing of this bill would show the victims of livestock rustling that the justice system is prepared to take these crimes seriously,” says the Federated Farmers’ rural security spokesperson. It’s estimated that livestock rustling costs the farming community more than $120 million a year.

Myrtle rust confirmed in Bay

Laboratory tests by the Ministry for Primary Industries have confirmed the plant fungus myrtle rust is present in Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty. The infection has been found in a 25-year-old ramarama plant in a private residential garden. It is the first find in a number of weeks outside of the key infection area in Taranaki. While the new find is disappointing, Rotorua MP Todd McClay says myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit or avocado plants. The MPI says it will do everything it can to manage the wind-borne fungus in the Bay of Plenty.

But that’s not the only compelling reason to feel grey and gloomy. City-bound traffic is backed up about seven kilometres from Te Puna beyond what’s locally known as the Gecko Depot – the Omokoroa turn-off on State Highway 2. People are anxious to get to work, but the commuter world is this morning moving at between a standstill and 5km/h. Grindingly slow. And getting noticeably slower. “It’s a dog,” says Doug. “Twelve months ago I would be at work in 25 minutes. Now I spend two-and-a-half hours a day on the bus.” Eyes are rolled, hands are gestured, sighs are deeply sighed. “Yep, it’s a dog.” And impatient headlights on Omokoroa Rd waiting to get onto SH2 are backed up from the Give Way sign at the Gecko Depot right back round the corner and out of sight. It’ll take several frustrating minutes for a chance to edge out into the mainstream. And then crawl into town. “Earlier this month at a meeting, Omokoroa people were asked to put post sticky notes on the wall for the review of the community development plan,” says local community board chairperson Murray Grainger. “The Omokoroa Rd/ SH2 intersection featured majorly on the sticky notes.” Understandable because there are 5400 traffic movements through this critical but choked up T-junction every day. That’s a lot of trucks, buses, motorcars and motorbikes headed in and out of Omokoroa, a suburb having major growth spasms. And with the spasms, pangs and pains like their intersection, their very own bottleneck. “But it’s out of our hands,” says Murray.

The Omokoroa Rd intersection with State Highway 2. “It’s with the New Zealand Transport Agency. We are very much dependent on the mandarins of Wellington to fix it.” And what the ‘mandarins’ are proposing is something called a grade-separated interchange – a flyover which will allow traffic to flow seamlessly off and onto SH2 from Omokoroa Rd, eliminating crossing conflict. So no roundabout, but an overpass with a four-lane highway all the way to Tauranga. “The NZTA has gone back to Wellington to seek permission to formalise that preferred option,” says Murray. “It’s not going to happen next week, or next year. It’s a long-term answer. But at least the NZTA solution is a proper solution, the right solution rather than a band-aid solution.” So it’s suck it up and wait. “So it seems,” says Murray. “There’s been a big increase in the traffic

going in and out of Omokoroa – grown markedly over the last two or three years. “And a lot of it is trucks and trade vehicles going into the new subdivisions,” says Doug. “And there’s only one way in and one way out.” It’s just gone 7am and a Nana has just dropped off her grand-daughter at the parkand-ride for the school bus. She’s looking at the congestion across the road – she throws up her arms in despair and huffs. It’s all symptomatic for her. “We came to Omokoroa because it still felt rural, yet only 15 or 20 minutes from town on a straight road. The subdivisions which we thought were 10 years away are now at our back door and we have to allow three-quarters of an hour for a trip that should take us 20 minutes.” She’s just observing. Read the rest of the story at

No four-laning for Te Okuroa Mustelid expert to speak at public meeting A request to bring forward the four-laning of Te Okuroa Drive has been declined by Tauranga City Council. A request was made by developer Zariba Holdings to four-lane Te Okuroa Drive from Parton Rd to The Boulevard roundabout in 2017/2018. Council staff say modelling indicates that there is no short or long-term requirement to four-lane Te Okuroa Drive between Parton Rd and The Boulevard. Once the construction of Te Okuroa Drive to The Boulevard is complete the council will commission an independent post-construction safety audit which, among other things, will consider the appropriateness of the road to cater for existing and future traffic volumes.

New Zealand’s top mustelid behaviour expert, Professor Carolyn King of Waikato University, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust annual public meeting. Carolyn researches the ecology of small rodents and mustelids, especially stoats and weasels. Her other research areas include philosophy and management of national parks, and traditional and contemporary relationships between

science and theology. She is the senior editor of the ‘New Zealand Journal of Zoology’. The annual public meeting will include an update of the trust’s activities during the last year and an overview of what’s to come this year. The meeting will be held at the 110 lecture room next to the Atrium, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, 70 Windermere Drive, Tauranga at 6.30pm on Wednesday, June 28.

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Historical footage wanted A local hobbyist film editor is putting out a call for people to dig out their old home movies of Tauranga.

Brian Pinny with some of his film equipment.

Brian Pinny is hoping to collate as much historical footage of Tauranga as possible with a view to producing a documentary about the city. It can include home movies of any length – the only requirement is that it showcases some of the area at the time. “This is a way to ensure any footage isn’t lost forever,” says Brian. “If you have a kid bouncing a ball with the Mount in the background, that’s fine. “It needs to have some relevance to Tauranga. If it’s in digital format, even better.” He hopes to cover every decade from the 1900s up to the 1970s, although he concedes some years may produce more footage than others. “I imagine there will be little film footage from the 1900s – if there is, it is gold!” The idea is to correct and edit the footage to the best possible standard. If he gets enough to produce the documentary, Brian also hopes to screen the finished product for the benefit of a local charity. Last month, Archives New Zealand footage of 1950s Tauranga that Brian had corrected was viewed more

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$249,990 ($1,220/m2 house only) than 70,000 times on the SunLive website. He says film editing has been a passion of his for a few years. “It’s an interest my mother had. She was into photography, and I have about three-quarters of an hour of family footage from Tauranga myself. So I’ve inherited that love.” If you have any old footage of Tauranga you think might be useful, or photos that can be included, contact Brian at Ryan Wood


Bay of Plenty Film trust gets council support Tauranga City councillors have approved Tauranga’s share of funding for the Bay of Plenty Film Trust in the annual plan deliberations. Tauranga ratepayers will donate $75,000 to the film trust to be paid in three annual installments of $25,000. The payment will be funded through the economic development rate on the basis that there was support from those paying. There were no submissions against the proposal, which is supported by the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet Tauranga. Other councils supporting the proposal are: Bay of Plenty Regional Council with $50,000 – approved, awaiting confirmation through annual

plan deliberations Rotorua Lakes Council $25,200 – approved. Western Bay of Plenty District Council $18,200 – approved, awaiting confirmation through annual plan deliberations Whakatane District Council $12,200 – approved Opotiki District Council $2,100 – approved Kawerau District Council $2,100 – approved, awaiting confirmation through annual plan deliberations. Bay of Plenty Film Trust has also been shortlisted by BayTrust for funding of $80,000 and will be applying to TECT and RECT in the upcoming funding rounds.


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Big step taken in Maketu estuary plan A recent celebration and ceremonial ribbon cutting at Ford’s Cut marks the restoration of tidal flows into the Papahikakahawai lagoon for the first time since 1963. Removing the causeways that blocked the tide between Papahikakahawai Island and the Maketu spit is expected to restore the stagnant 13ha lagoon. “It hasn’t had the fish life it should have, so by reconnecting it to the tide we are expecting things like inanga, mullet, kahawai, and flounder to return over the next few days and weeks and months,” says Bay of Plenty Regional Council project director Pim de Monchy. “And we are expecting the ecological condition to improve as well. “The other thing to mention is it is really culturally significant. This estuary is the landing place of Te Arawa waka and so the local people, tangata whenua, have been calling for the estuary to be restored since about 1979. So it’s a big step towards making that

happen now.” The council has been working with the landowners and trustees of papahikakahawai, says Wharekonehu Te Moni “We are very happy that we have progressed as far as we have today, and I think it’s looking very bright for the future.” The bridge provides alternative pedestrian and maintenance vehicle access between Papahikakahawai Island and Maketu Spit. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is working in partnership with Maori landowners (Papahikahawai No.1 and No.2 Trusts) to reduce nutrient run-off into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi/Maketu Estuary by retiring Papahikahawai Island from grazing. The island is being replanted and its shoreline re-contoured, to create a safe haven and breeding grounds for native birds and fish.

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Boy from the Bay takes on Bolt With local support, New Zealand’s fastest man Joseph Millar is getting ready to take on the world.

The 24-year-old is raising funds towards his first major international athletics competition, the 2017 IAAF World Championships. Held in London in August, the event will see Joseph competing in the 200m against Usain Bolt, and he will become the first Kiwi to represent NZ in the sprints in a decade. “Because the world champs are during our winter, the conditions and races needed to prepare for going fast do not currently exist in NZ,” says Joseph. “I intend to travel to London one month prior to the event to acclimatise, so I am in the best shape to progress through the rounds and better my New Zealand records at the world champs.” Joseph has the opportunity to train with some of the fastest sprinters in the

world, allowing competitive training and practice. “I did some work with them last year, and what I brought home from that experience was priceless.” Following the world champs, he will head to Taipei to compete at the World University Games in the 100m and 200m. This will add three weeks to his time overseas, but allow him the chance to represent New Zealand again. The entire trip will be 12 weeks long, and is supported financially by friends, family, local businesses, and individuals across NZ. Papamoa Beach Resort has led the way with a $1000 donation, but he’s also blown away by all the people who are helping with $5 and $10 donations. Athletics NZ has also contributed $3000. “I have a big task ahead of me, but with this support I know I can do it.” In February, Joseph competed in Melbourne against Usain Bolt, coming second in the 150m race by only fractions of a second. Rosalie Liddle Crawford



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Call 0800 111 313 or visit Above: In Tauranga Dave Watson, the buggy builder. Left: In Singapore Lyndon, boy at the wheel.

He’s a four-year-old Singaporean with a sad and rare genetic disorder and he’s inveigled his way into the hearts of the Watsons 8500km away here in Tauranga. “I saw him and thought ‘poor wee fella’,” says Dave Watson of Welcome Bay. The ‘poor wee fella’ is Lyndon Law who has a multiple congenital disorder called Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome – or RTS. It’s normally characterised by short stature, intellectual disabilities, facial deformities and broad thumbs and first toes. “His face isn’t really deformed,” says Dave. “In fact he didn’t show many of the common symptoms so the geneticist didn’t pick up he had RTS for a long time. But he has a cleft lip and palate.” RTS can also include heart and kidney defects, obesity, a higher risk of cancer and a childhood life expectancy. It affects one kid in 300,000 and unfortunately Lyndon is one of those kids.”And we got to love him. He looked so cute,” says Dave. Dave and wife Dawn were on a cruise liner last Christmas – Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Saigon and back to Singapore. So was Lyndon Haoson – he was travelling with his Mum and Dad. And when the Watsons first saw him, he was being bounced on the knee of his carer. “There were a dozen other kids on that ship all running around. Well, Lyndon will never be able to run around like them,” says Dave.

The Welcome Bay couple were drawn to the boy and eventually got to know Lyndon and his Mum and Dad who are Singapore bankers. Before long Lyndon’s sitting on Dave’s knee, fiddling with his trademark whiskers and they’re calling Dave ‘Grandad’. Grandad enjoyed that. “Lyndon was also moving his little mouth as if trying to say something to me.” That got Dave thinking. The retired steam locomotive fireman, farmer and general handyman would go home to Tauranga and make something special for the boy. “I was watching him one day. He was with his carer and while she would normally take his arms and guide his hands, on this occasion he was touching an iPad without any assistance.” “So I decided to make a Jeep, a buggy he can be towed around in. With a steering wheel he can hang on to and switches he can play with,” says Dave. It’s a blue buggy with blue upholstery – ‘Pocoyo’ blue – Lyndon likes the animated preschoolers’ television series. The buggy has a spare wheel with an upholstered cover, ‘Pocoyo’ blue of course, lights he can turn on and off and a bell Lyndon can ring. Dave did some wheeling and dealing – he got a good discount on the timber at ITM, a professional spraypainted the buggy and another professional upholstered the seat and made the spare wheel cover. And a sign writer provided the ‘Pocoyo’ graphics. “I’m quite proud of the cart,” says Dave. Then the cart was dismantled and packed for the trip to Singapore. The Watsons were quoted $400$1000 but a kind friend took it as added luggage. Many kind hearts were at play to make Lyndon’s blue buggy happen. And from Singapore this message. “Thank you so much for all you have done. We really cannot express our gratitude and thanks enough!” “You could tell those people just loved that wee boy,” says Dave. “And we just felt so sorry for him.”



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Life, lungs and family Te Ariki Berryman, 12, has good news and sad news. A student at Otumoetai Intermediate, and past delivery boy for The Weekend Sun, Te Ariki has also been training and

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competing for three years in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, achieving yellow belt two stripes status. He was recently selected to represent his local club in the Pan-Pacific Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition in Melbourne in October.

Sad news

He and eight team members from the Underground Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu based at the Te Puna Sports Complex will compete against Jiu-Jitsu clubs from around the world. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport known for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people. The sad news is that Te Ariki’s been told this may be his last competition as he has bronchiectasis, which will soon require a port being inserted into his chest. After the competition, he’ll undergo surgery, and then have to give up the sport. He was diagnosed with the lung disease ryman Te Ariki Bertwo er th fa years s hi with . an m ago. ry er B i ik R . dy ar By H y Photo: Trac the

time he turned 11, he’d had multiple infective exacerbations of his bronchiectasis. “He was misdiagnosed when he was younger,” says mum Ange August. “But they didn’t find out he had the lung disease until he was 10.” A bronchoscopy in November 2015 at Starship Hospital in Auckland showed pseudomonas was growing in his lungs. IV treatment was needed to combat it. Previously self-described couch potatoes, Te Ariki’s parents Ange August and Riki Berryman realised they needed to provide plenty of fresh air and physical activity to help their boy.

‘For our boy’

“We were told not to stop taking him swimming, walking, biking because that’s all part of his physio. We decided to change our life around.We had to do it for our boy.” Te Ariki is in hospital every three months for two weeks on IV antibiotics. In 2016 Riki was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He started walking up the 320 Minden stairs in Te Puna once a day, followed by exercycle, burpees and a half-hour workout. “I cut out potatoes, went from white bread to Vogels, portioned out my food,” says Riki. The family trained together for a half marathon, with Riki and Ange losing 20kg each. The Pan-Pacific Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition is from October 27-29 at Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre. Read the rest of the story at

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Brazilians in sync with Tauranga swimming Lara Teixeira Cianciarulo. One exotic moniker – not too many of those in the Tauranga White Pages. But it’s a name becoming increasingly well-known and respected around town. Lara Teixeira Cianciarulo – say ‘Lar-da Tay-sheer-a Chin-cha-rulo’. For full effect give those Rs the full alveolar trill. Lara, the imposing Brazilian beauty warming the city this winter with her smile, is now a fixture at Baywave where she is Tauranga Synchro’s new head coach – synchro as in synchronised swimming.

Synchro pedigree

From Rio de Janeiro, an Olympic city with a tropical savanna climate of 28 degrees compared to Tauranga in the grip of winter and just 12. Her synchro pedigree is even longer and more impressive than her name. She captained the Brazilian synchronised swimming team at the 2016 Rio Olympics – her third Olympic games – competed at five World Championships for Brazil and won more than 80 Brazilian national titles in a long career of solo, duet and team performances. It all started aged eight. “I loved the music and the movement,” says Lara. “It was beautiful.” Twenty-one years later there’s a call from NZ and she’s now running Tauranga Synchro. “I saw the move as a fantastic opportunity to grow and shape swimmers into world-class athletes. And I get to do it in a beautiful and exciting new place.” We associate Brazil with the samba, carnivals and coffee, Christ the Redeemer and of course Pele and Ronaldo.


But it also gave us Suzanne Ribeiro, which Tauranga Synchro can be grateful for.

Suzanne Ribeiro and Lara Teixeira Cianciarulo.

“I came here three years ago with my husband and we absolutely fell in love with the country and wanted to stay.” Twenty-seven-year-old Suzanne, from Sao Paulo, is also a former Brazilian representative synchronised swimmer. She is now coach with Tauranga Synchro. “The sport’s very small in NZ. I went to the world champs in 2015 with the Aquaferns, the New Zealand synchro team, as assistant coach to try to qualify a team for the Olympics for the first time. “Unfortunately it didn’t happen, but New Zealand synchro is starting to grow and is getting recognised internationally.”

champs the club achieved a placing in every category entered.


The big highlight was the newer swimmers achieving competition placings for the first time. “The Brazilians have brought an incredible positivity and energy to the club,” says Tauranga Synchro chair Shirley Hooper. “They have an amazing passion for

the sport which is highly motivating. “Fantastic skills with amazing warmth and a sense of fun that is a winning combination for everyone.” And with a sense of caring and inclusion, because Suzanne recently started Synchro for Disabilities, a programme where girls with challenges can learn the sport in a supportive environment. Read the full story at


Lara says the sport is in a good place. She can see many young athletes with a lot of potential. “And it’s great NZ is open to taking on foreign coaches to improve the level of synchro swimming.” How do they cope with the knockers – those who say synchro is all nose clips, lipstick and smiles and shouldn’t be an Olympic discipline? It’s water off a synchro swimmer’s back. They criticise and forget it seems. “They forget how difficult synchro is. The athletes need a lot of skills – power, strength, breathing, flexibility, rhythm, resilience, artistic skills and team.” And they have to do that out of their element. “It’s amazing they have to pull all that together in the water.” They shouldn’t have to make comparisons. “However it requires many hours training and a lot of commitment,” says Suzanne. “We probably train more than a lot of sports because we have to synchronise the movements. We are always striving for perfection.” ‘Lindo maravilhoso’ they may be saying about synchro swimming at Baywave these days – Brazilian Portuguese meaning beautiful, marvelous. “We always try to show young girls it’s a fun activity, it’s a fun and beautiful sport to do,” says Suzanne. And the Brazilian connection is bringing results. At the recent North Island


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A bloody battle from our history Ngai Tamarawaho historian Des Tata will be talking about the Battle of Te Ranga next week. Photo: Tracy Hardy.

Gate Pa is perhaps the most famous battle of the New Zealand Wars to take place in Tauranga. But another, lesser-known battle will be remembered next week – one that arguably had even more of an impact on the district’s history. On Wednesday, June 21, it will be 153 years since the Battle of Te Ranga, fought between local Maori and the Crown. Ngai Tamarawaho historian Des Tata will be marking the occasion with a public lecture at Tauranga City Library, part of the city’s Matariki celebrations.

He says there were many differences between Gate Pa and Te Ranga, which he will discuss further at the lecture. “Numbers were down by about a hundred, and there were families involved in the digging of the trenches. They also weren’t ready for battle either.” Unlike Gate Pa, which is generally regarded as a Maori victory, Crown troops launched a surprise attack on Te Ranga before the defences were completed, resulting in most of the defenders – which some sources say included women and children – killed. Des calls it the ‘second’ phase of fighting in Tauranga, between Gate Pa and the Bush Campaign

of 1867, which has had its 150th commemorations this year. He thinks of the lecture as a great opportunity for locals and newcomers to find out more. “Very little of it was taught at school, so we’re already on the back foot with our history in Tauranga. And if it wasn’t for the confiscations, you would not have a Tauranga today. “As long as our people understand it and hear it, it becomes easier to accept. “It is just history.” The free lecture starts 5.30pm at Tauranga City Library on June 21. Bookings are essential, so call 07 577 7177 to reserve your place. Ryan Wood

Norfolk pine trees in Bayfair to be axed A suggestion from a member of the public that the Bayfair Norfolk pines be transplanted to Mount Main Beach is not going to happen because the trees are too big.

Too big to be moved, the Bayfair trees inside the roundabout will be felled. The trees will have to be moved or felled as construction of the Bayfair to Baypark project gets underway – which will replace the roundabout with an overpass for Maunganui Rd traffic. Investigations into the feasibility of the suggestion included discussions with a landscape architect, a Tauranga City Council arborist and local special tree contractors, says New Zealand Transport Agency highways manager Niclas Johansson. “The trees are understood to be around 12-15m in height and weigh in excess of 15 tonnes depending on the size and soil type around the rootball. Initial rough cost estimates of moving the pines range from $25,000-30,000 per tree, excluding traffic management costs, which could be significant. “The initial request to relocate the pine trees was to replace the diseased species on Marine Parade,” says Niclas. “The TCC arborist has since confirmed the trees on Marine Parade are showing signs of recovery and would not require replacement at this stage. “Given the relatively high costs and risks/ uncertainty related to removing and relocating the trees – the impact on services, airport flight path proximity and the fact that sandy soils can be problematic for securing the tree v and that the initial rationale to replace Marine Parade trees is no longer necessary, we have decided not to proceed with

relocating the existing Norfolk pine trees. “The current design for the Bayfair to Baypark main works is still in development but is to include extensive landscaping and planting throughout the project area. “The construction methodology and programme are still being developed but we anticipate the planting is likely to take place later this year,” says Niclas.

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New stars on the rise Aspiring and talented Kiwi performers are being encouraged to audition for this year’s Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.

The organisers of New Zealand’s favourite Christmas celebration are on the hunt for talented new stars to perform alongside some of our country’s most loved entertainers. The Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park is an annual multi-cultural showcase of talent featuring top homegrown and international acts, and in the past has helped launch the career of many Kiwi entertainers. Musical director Dixon Nacey says he and his team are now looking for exciting new talent to perform on the giant stage at the two shows taking place

in Christchurch and Auckland in November and December. “This is a great opportunity for talented newcomers to perform in front of a massive live audience and be a part of one of the biggest musical productions in New Zealand.” Aspiring performers must submit their audition applications by 5pm, Friday, June 15. Successful applicants will be invited to attend audition workshops which take place in Christchurch on Saturday, June 24 followed by Auckland on Sunday, June 25. For more information or to apply for an audition

New $60,000 shade sail for city’s tidal stairs Tauranga City councillors have agreed to the installation of a $60,000 shade sail for the waterfront area near the waterfront playground, tidal stairs and Hairy Maclary bronze sculptures.

Expected to cost about $60,000, the shade sail will be fit for purpose for the locality and not detract from the council’s already considerable investment in the area.

It will be considered before the start of the 2017/2018 summer. Maintenance costs are anticipated in the region of $3000 per year plus about $7200 in debt servicing and depreciation.

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Reigniting an iconic festival


Epic Te Puke’s Rebecca Larsen and Stuart Gunn are part of a team reviving their town’s kiwifruit festival. Photo: Bruce Barnard.


Epic Te Puke board member Stuart Gunn, who has been involved in the festival in past years, is working with Epic Te Puke marketing manager Rebecca Larsen to bring the festival back to life. “Stage one – I emphasise this – is to bring back The Great Debate then doing other things next year. “And hopefully in years to come to restore the festival to its former glory.” It’s believed the festival unfolded annually in Te Puke from about the 1970s. Stuart arrived in town in about 1990 and got involved in organising The Great Debate. But the festival had its last gig

in 2007 or 2008 as Stuart had stepped down from his post, and others could not carry on organising the festival in its entirety. “The Great Debate was certainly the marquee event of the festival in lots of ways because with my theatrical connections I was able to get very good acts when I was organising it. “People like Mike King, Gary McCormick – all those sort of funny guys – and I’d get a politician every now and again.” This year The Great Debate is on Thursday, June 22, from 6.30pm at the Te Puke Citizens Club. General admission is $25 from PaperPlus Te Puke, via email and limited door sales. Funds raised will be used by Epic Te Puke for future events in the town. For this year’s The Great Debate, Stuart has lined up two people who’ve been to town before for the event. “Kiwi actor, television producer and director Ginette

McDonald and comedian Raybon Kan will be here along with a few other national people. “And two local people, Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless and radio personality Will Johnston from The Hits. Then I’ve got two students – Brayden Cresswell from Te Puke Intermediate and William Veale from Te Puke High School.” So what is the Great Debate? Well, Stuart puts up a moot. “For example, something broadbrush like ‘Te Puke rules the Bay’ and we have two teams – one affirmative and one negative – who debate the moot.” Ginette and Raybon will be team captains – but unlike most debates, the serious nature will be reversed, with roaring laughter, hilarious antics and unruliness by team members from both sides. “Lots of comedy – very dramatic and very clever – and in the past the students have been stars in it. Read the rest of the story at

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Standoff at Osprey Drive It was an old-fashioned standoff in a right-of-way in Welcome Bay. The contractors wanted to get into a subdivision for a concrete pour. But there was a blockade. Three cars

parked in the right-of-way and Sheila Tippett, leading the cause for the neighbours, waving a trespass notice under their noses. No one was going anywhere, and no work was getting done. “The developer says it’s costing him $10,000 a day while there’s no work,”

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says Sheila. “For us it’s a serious inconvenience.” Sheila’s not a firebrand – more a considered person with a keen sense of fairness and the right of a community to be consulted and informed. “This is not me versus the developer, contractor or council. It’s much bigger, it’s a community concern and the council should take notice.” After two weeks of the right-of-way being blocked, communications between all parties were restored, the trespass order withdrawn and a meeting between all parties scheduled. But there are two issues here – first that rightof-way to Sheila’s property off Osprey Drive. “It’s under-sized,” says Sheila. “And for 35 metres cars can’t pass.” And it can’t be widened. The second issue is what Sheila calls inconsistencies. “We ask why some of us, and why not others of us.” She is referring to her shed. She applied to council for permission to develop the shed into a 60 square metre cottage for her parents. “But the council said ‘No’ – we couldn’t have an independent dwelling because of the undersized right-of-way. But you can have a sleep-out.” Here’s the inconsistency Sheila refers to. Because next door on the subdivision where Sheila believed there would be a maximum of three new homes, there will now be four, possibly adding at least two cars each to an already congested right-of-way. The council acknowledged the right of way was too narrow, says Sheila, but then took a ‘discretionary decision’ in approving four new homes on the subdivision. “It seems inconsistent. And had we been aware, we would have made submissions and the outcome for this development could have been quite different.”

Sheila Tippett and the right-of-way. Photo: Bruce Barnard. In a statement to The Weekend Sun, the council’s environmental planning officer Natalie Rutland says at 101 Osprey Drive there’s an existing driveway which serves five properties, the subdivision site and 103 and 107 Osprey Drive. Council considered the effects of allowing an extra site to use the driveway, and granted the subdivision with conditions. The subdivision of the three properties into four fits with the city plan’s density rules. Read the rest of the story at

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It’s one of those occasions when model aircraft enthusiasts make changes in the hangar. It’s time to offload stuff, sell stuff. And to fill the void they look for bargains and buy more stuff. It’s the Tauranga Model Aircraft Club’s annual auction in the main hangar at Classic Flyers Museum in Jean Batten Drive this Sunday, June 18. Registration is from 8.30am and the auction starts at 10am. And what’s up for auction is everything from developed functioning flying models to

kit-sets you can build yourself and parts and accessories. This is one of the major events on the club calendar and is one of the largest model aero auctions in the country. It attracts aero-modellers from around the country to buy and sell. Classic Flyers also provides a venue among full-size aircraft memorabilia, with refreshments and an aviation-themed playground for the little ones. For further information contact Bill DeRenzy; 027 4788 594, email





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Furniture for Edgecumbe The Rise Up Tauranga project collecting furniture for Edgecumbe using Tauranga’s Cargo Shed was completed this week. The truckloads were delivered by volunteers and businesses who donated their time and trucks to the cause. Run by Bethlehem Te Puna Lions, the project linked with Modern Office, and was supported by Tauranga City Council and the Otamataha Trust which made the Cargo Shed in Dive Crescent temporarily available to store furniture during May. More than 500 Tauranga households donated good quality furniture, bringing in lounge suites, kitchen, dining room and bedroom furniture, linen and bedding. These were checked, categorised and delivered to storage facilities in Whakatane, where they will be distributed to families affected by April’s Edgecumbe flood. Ian Calvert from Bethlehem Te Puna Lions estimates there was hundreds of thousands of dollars of furniture donated. “You name it, we’ve had TVs, washing machines, dryers, stoves, microwaves…” says Ian. Modern Office helped collect furniture from the

A group of volunteers moving the furniture from Tauranga’s Cargo Shed to Edgecumbe. homes of those who were unable to drop it off and sent down two trucks weekly with loads. The response was so overwhelming that The Cargo Shed completely filled up two weeks into the project and efforts were then focused on storing it in Whakatane. Once the flood victims select from the donated furniture it goes into storage in containers until the houses are ready for re-occupation.

Athlete and coach scholarships selected Nearly 30 athletes and coaches from a diverse range of sporting codes have been selected in the second round of 2016-2017 BayTrust Athlete and Coach Scholarships. These scholarships aim to support and assist Bay of Plenty talent to achieve their sporting goals on a national and international stage, as well as allow coaches to develop new skills that can be delivered back to the community for the long-term

benefit of up-and-coming athletes. The BayTrust Athlete and Coach Scholarships are funded by the trust’s $422,500 annual contribution to Sport Bay of Plenty’s CoachForce programme, which sees 22 CoachForce officers from 18 codes developing other coaches who are working with thousands of athletes every week. The scholarships were open to sportspeople studying and residing in the Bay of Plenty, with the

intention that this high-quality sporting talent and coaching expertise is retained long-term in the region. Athlete scholarships were available to any local athlete aged 16-23 years old who has achieved national representation in their sport, while coach scholarships are for those individuals currently coaching at a recognised and endorsed level by their respective Regional Sporting Organisation or equivalent body.

A new view for Tasman Aluminium For over 40 years we’ve been helping locals make the most of their homes, work and living spaces. Over that time we’ve built a strong reputation as a reliable and trusted supplier of exceptional windows and doors. Today, as part of an exciting new step, Tasman Aluminium proudly presents a bold new Fairview face. You can be assured we’re still producing the same market-leading Fairview products you’re familiar with. And we will continue to provide the high quality workmanship and service we’ve been delivering for decades. For information, ideas and advice about our exceptional windows and doors talk to us on 0800 20 10 20, stop by our showroom at 98 Whakakake St, Tauriko, Tauranga, or visit us

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Little pedals to the metal for funds The kids at Arataki Kindergarten will be learning the ins and outs of bicycle safety in the build-up to their upcoming bikeathon.

The bikeathon, on Saturday, June 24, from 1pm at Arataki Primary School, will call on Arataki Kindergarten children to hop on their bikes and pedal to help raise funds for their kindy. The non-profit community-based kindergarten will be raising money in order to build a new kitchen, says



Arataki Kindergarten head teacher Roxy Burt. “We desperately need a kitchen upgrade. One of our current projects that we’re undertaking is the upgrade of our kitchen. “We want to offer a wider range of cooking and baking learning experiences for the children, but the little kitchen we have at the moment is more like a kitchenette.” Children will be let loose on the Arataki Primary School’s track, where they’ll pump their legs as much as they can. “The children will cycle as many laps of the school’s track as they can, gathering donations and sponsorship in the process.” “It’s a great opportunity for local businesses to get involved and help support their community.” In the lead up to the event, children will be taught proper bike safety to ensure they stay safe while they have fun. “The Bike Wise facility through the council will have a facilitator coming in leading up to the event to go through bike safety with our children,” says Roxy. “We have a lot of bikes here, and we have a lovely big bike track as well.” For more information, phone 07 575 5340 or email Cayla-Fay Saunders

Arataki Kindergarten pupils Mahayla Pourau, 4, and Jordan Brown, 4. Photo: Tracy Hardy.

Matariki and winter solstice timed perfectly With Matariki and the winter solstice occurring now, it is the perfect time to learn about its significance in science and other cultures. The Tauranga Astronomical Society is holding a free presentation next Friday, June 23, at 7.30pm. With the Winter Solstice occurring on Wednesday, June 21, this is excellent timing. The presentation will take place in the Fergusson Park Hall to discuss the winter solstices that gave rise to cultural and seasonal timings in many early civilisations. Visitors will learn about the annual event and its


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meanings in cultures around the world, such as Matariki, Egypt, Stonehenge and Chichen Itza “The idea is to look at some cultural workings in regards to this annual occurrence in time, and why it happens,” says Stuart Murray from the Tauranga Astronomical Society. In order to demonstrate why the solstice occurs and how it is viewed, the Tauranga Astronomical Society will be using a computer to generate images of the exact solar effect as you would experience. ‘ More information about the Tauranga Astronomical Bo Beaufill Society can be found at

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Rethinking the Bay’s housing If you’re interested in tiny homes, affordable housing, simple living, building community or just hanging out with cool people, then set aside Thursday, June 22 from 7pm. Along with four inspiring and creative short films about alternative living, a panel of guest speakers will discuss what’s happening in the Bay with regard to tiny house living. Event organiser Andrew Martin says this second Katikati film night – following on from the successful inaugural event at St Paul’s Church in April which drew more than 140 locals – will be an evening likely to spark even more interest and discussion. Guest panellist Melissa Cox, originally from the United States, was badly burned by the Global Financial Crisis when the housing market tanked in 2008. Melissa has been canvasing the Western Bay of Plenty District Council and the Tauranga City Council in the hope of creating a tiny house village. Earlier in the year an event she organised in Mount Manganui drew more than 300 attendees, a clear sign that people in the Bay are looking for alternatives to conventional housing options. “With soaring house prices and stagnant real wages there has never been

The tiny house movement is slowly gathering momentum in the Bay.

a more opportune time to embrace the concept of tiny homes and living more simply. I don’t know of anyone who isn’t for having less debt and working less,” says Melissa. Fellow panellist Tessa Mackenzie, who recently moved to Katikati, is a shipping container home conversionist, who has an active interest in social and environmental change. She will be speaking about the tiny house movement as a whole, including multi tiny dwellings on shared land. She has also been working toward a vision for a tiny house community and believes the movement “is shaping a new paradigm of being less debt-poor and more time-rich”.

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“The spin-offs from this approach have potentially huge benefits economically, socially and environmentally. The demand is being largely driven by a generation of 25-35-year-old, emotionallyintelligent, economically and environmentally-savvy individuals who have no other viable alternative. “They create more time and money for recreation, relationships and community engagement,” says Tessa. “Efforts are being made to engage with council – from the mayor, to councillors, to council staff and through the Smartgrowth Housing Affordability Forum. Currently, the onus is on those wanting to live legally in tiny homes to invest time and money into projects that have uncertain outcomes. “Collaboration is needed by the movers and shakers of the tiny house movement, with council, to ensure the Long Term Plan reflects this.” Andrew, who works with councils and other organisations throughout New Zealand and Australia helping build resilience, says housing affordability is one of the big issues facing most regions. “While there is a lot of talk about affordable housing, I haven’t seen much concrete action in this space when it comes to councils supporting projects. I think it is a function of being a relatively ‘new’ concept for councils and they just don’t know how to deal with it. Primarily it comes down to land zoning and council consents, which fundamentally don’t support tiny, affordable and sustainable housing alternatives.” Rounding out the panel will be Leo Murray, a sustainability consultant and permaculture designer based in Te Puna. An active changemaker born and bred in the Bay of Plenty, Leo plays an active part in nurturing a sustainable culture in his homeland. Leo will talk about his experiences and learnings from his project and share his story and insights into making his idea of a tiny home a reality. ‘Be the Change Film Nights’ will be a regular event in Katikati and surrounds, with the aim of showing inspiring films that promote discussion and activity towards making our communities more resilient. The movie night is at St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Katikati, on June 22 from 7pm. Tickets $5 per person.

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Women confront their demons It’s an anthology of stories that will shock, inspire and encourage. It’s also a celebration of brave and inspirational women.

The book has an elongated, no nonsense title – ‘That’s it! I’m OUT of Here! – Time for a Change’. It’s a title that says it all. “The book is a collection of 15 real-life stories from New Zealand women who have come through times of extreme hardship to a better life,” says Tauranga’s Steffi August, who compiled the stories as well as authoring her own personal experience for the book. Steffi, who fled East Germany when it was still under communist regime, is also a professional motivator, speaker, truck driver, furniture removalist. And now author.

A mission to help others

“The stories in ‘That’s it! I’m OUT of Here’ includes cases of domestic violence, narcissism, workplace bullying, gang affiliation, child sex abuse and drug abuse as well as mental health issues,” says Steffi. “In their own words, the women describe what they went through, what they have learned and what made them stronger after they got out of their predicaments.” The book is very personal to Steffi as it includes her own story. “And it’s my mission to help others who are brave enough to speak up and change their current situation.” Her mission is already gathering momentum. The following anonymous message of endorsement is from another victim and reader of the book.

It’s time for change

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“I’m blown away. All I can say is this is needed education and healing for NON NARCs (victims of narcissistic abusers) and I feel after reading nearly half the book I can finally close this chapter of NARC abuse and move on. YAY! I feel now it’s time for a CHANGE!!!” She encouraged Steffi to continue with her message and educate girls before they become women victims in the ‘NARC’s world’.

‘That’s it! I’m OUT of Here!’ will be launched at a special event at ASB Arena Baypark on Monday, July 17 – an evening that will include live music, speakers, prizes and goodie bags. Steffi says the Tauranga launch will be a fun and inspirational evening that will “uplift, challenge and motivate no matter where you are in your life” and

could be the first in a series of books dedicated to the issue. There’s also a plan to run a presentation tour based on the book at various North Island locations. Part of proceeds from the launch will go to the local Womens’ Refuge. Tickets are available at

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Bethlehem College dancers ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ There are three young girls that won’t let the ways of the world bring them down. Three 11-year-olds with better selfesteem than some women in their 20s. And they have a message to share. “People can doubt their beauty but we want people to know that they are

all beautiful and created unique,” says Bethlehem College student Jessina Goold, and ‘mmms’ of approval can be heard from her fellow dancers Charlotte Dufaur and Braeya Embling. Jessina, Charlotte and Braeya are three of the 32 Bethlehem College Year 7-8 students that will be taking to the stage to share a message during the

‘Reflections’ in dark grey, Charlotte Dufaur, 11, Jade Hall, 12, Shiloh Kim, 11, and Braeya Embling, 11. ‘Doubters’ in white, Lydia Henderson, 11, Jemima Jordaan, 13, Eitanne Graham, 12, and Jessina Goold, 11,

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Bay’s Fresh Moves show, hosted by Bay of Plenty Dance. The show, held on June 20 and 21 from 7pm at Baycourt, has numerous Bay of Plenty primary and intermediate schools dancing to spread a message. The theme ‘reflection’ was given to teams to interpret how they saw fit. “Our dance is based on Psalm 139:14 ‘I praise you Lord because

I am fearfully and wonderfully made’,” says Jessina. The three girls have been dancing since age five, and say the sport has given them a positive outlook on life. “Because we have been dancing from such a young age, it’s practically part of us. “It makes you feel like you can do anything, like you are on top of the world,” says Charlotte.

“We’re really excited about the show,” says Braeya. “We think we’re ready and we’re ready to have fun.” “We want people to come because we want them to know that they are beautiful,” says Charlotte. For information and to buy tickets, see: and search ‘Fresh Moves 2017’. Cayla-Fay Saunders

Turbo touch comes to town

It’s a game that combines the skillsets of netball, touch, ultimate frisbee and volleyball. And it’s coming to Tauranga’s Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre. It’s called turbo touch, it’s hailed as a game for everybody and word on court is it’s easy to learn – takes just five minutes. Teams have five players on court and at least two must be female. And unlike traditional touch, the ball can be passed forward, backward and sideways with teams only having two possessions to create a touchdown. It’s a fastpaced game with jam-packed action and perfect for all fitness levels and abilities. The ball is tapped to start and re-start after a touch has been made. Passing and flicking goes, kicking doesn’t. Possession is handed over after two touches or a dropped ball. On defence, give two metres or two seconds or give

away a penalty. To score a touch-down, two passes must have been made to open the active zone. And there’s no entering the active zone until it's open or you're offside. Halves are 18 minutes with two minutes for halftime. Turbo touch was developed by two touch players who wanted to create a sport that could be played all year, indoor and out, that a wide range of people could enjoy. It launched in Wellington in 2009, with competitions in Auckland, Northland, Tauranga, Central and South Island close behind. Turbo Touch will be played at the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre on Thursday evenings from 5.45pm-9.30pm starting next Thursday, June 22 and will run for 10 weeks. To register, email: bayactive@ or phone Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre on A turbo-charged moment. 07 577 8564.

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Wear your shorts and win It’s only five more sleeps until you can dust fronting an amazing prize pack including two nights’ off your shorties and show off your legs for accommodation for two at the luxurious Hilton Lake Taupo, a $150 voucher for the award-winning Waipuna Hospice. restaurant Bistro Lago, and breakfast for two. The corporate prize is a tour of Port of Tauranga And though you’ll be helping to raise awareness for for 24 people, including morning tea and a a local charity, you’ll also be in the running to get presentation by one of the senior management team your hands on some great prizes. in the boardroom, Trish Rae from courtesy of Port of Waipuna Hospice Tauranga and Mount says the event – to Classic Tours. wear your shorts There’s also two on June 21 – has nights’ accommodation gathered some for two in a studio fantastic and apartment at Quest generous sponsors, on Beaumont in and as a result has Auckland courtesy of some great prizes Quest Apartments, a up for grabs for Tauranga Gliding Club businesses. flight voucher and “There are an Avis rental car for fantastic prizes one day. available to Individuals can businesses who make a donation at register for Waipuna Hospice, any Shorts4Waipuna,” of the five Hospice says Trish. Shops, local House “All they need to of Travel Branches or do is register and any Westpac branch. pay the entry fee/ Individuals can also donation online, House of Travel BOP owner-operators Chris Hopkins, upload a photo to and upload a Shane Kennedy and Tanya Aitken. Facebook or Instagram photo to Waipuna to be eligible for prizes. Hospice’s Facebook or Instagram site of their One lucky winner will be drawn from participating staff, resplendent in their finest, most colourful or schools for an $800 package from Mount New outrageous shorts, on the shortest day of the year – World, Papamoa Pak’nSave, The Warehouse June 21. Tauranga Crossing and The Warehouse Fraser Cove. “So in addition to supporting a very worthy and Schools have the option of raising funds through a well-respected organisation, it’s an opportunity for mufti day, coin trail, sausage sizzle or initiative of a little mid-winter madness and a chance to win a their choice. fabulous prize,” says Trish. For full details, visit House of Travel Tauranga has come on board,

Seniors staying safe on the roads A Staying Safe Driver Refresher course for senior residents is happening in Katikati next month and those interested are encouraged to sign up now.

The course, on Thursday, July 6, at Katikati Resource Centre, will tackle New Zealand road rules, including those for intersections and roundabouts, as well as searching and scanning when driving, car care and maintenance hints, taking medications while driving, and urban and rural driving skills. The free theory-based course – there is no behind-thesteering-wheel action – will be presented by Age Concern from 9.15am-1.30pm on July 6. Register for the course with Age Concern on 07 578 2631.

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Anti-racism campaign launched A campaign urging New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance has been launched by some of the country’s most well-known people. “How we treat other people will define what kind of country we become and what kind of person a New Zealander is,” says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “Iconic Kiwis are standing shoulder to shoulder with the Human Rights Commission and asking us all to give nothing to racism, to give it no tolerance, to give it no acceptance and to give it no welcome.”

Plenty to celebrate for Zespri at Mystery Creek Kiwifruit’s growing importance to the rural economy is being celebrated at Fieldays 2017 at Mystery Creek this week, together with the 20-year anniversary of the Zespri brand.The kiwifruit marketer has a large presence at the biggest agricultural and horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere, hosting growers and industry stakeholders at its hospitality site over the four-day event. In the midst of another bumper season, Zespri chief operating officer Simon Limmer says Zespri is delighted to share the kiwifruit success story and plenty of Zespri Kiwifruit with the wider New Zealand public with an additional eye-catching sampling site in the Main Pavilion.

Missing Kim Richmond's ute found Police have found the ute of a woman who went missing in the Waikato area last year. As part of the search for missing Kim Richmond, the Police National Dive Squad has been searching Lake Arapuni this week. On Wednesday the dive squad located the 2014 silver Ford Ranger ute that Kim was believed to be driving prior to her disappearance in late July last year. Specialist equipment was brought in on Thursday to help salvage the vehicle. Kim's family has been informed of the developments and are being supported by police.

Funding to support rural mental wellness Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have committed another joint funding boost to rural mental health. The Ministers committed $500,000 for Rural Mental Wellness at the opening of the Fieldays Rural Health Hub earlier this week. It will go towards 20 workshops for rural health professionals treating people at risk of suicide, continued support for the rural Clinical Champions and Medical Director, as well as support aimed at younger rural workers.

More than 1000 new transitional housing places More transitional housing is coming online every week across New Zealand, helping more vulnerable families in urgent need of housing. “Nationwide we now have 1004 safe, warm and dry transitional places for families in need,” says Social Housing Minister Amy Adams.

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Whip out your wig Wig Wednesday is back and now’s the time for businesses and schools to get behind the Child Cancer Foundation’s fundraising initiative. Schools are encouraged to hold a mufti day and get students and teachers to wear a wig – borrowed, made or bought – for a donation while businesses can hold fundraisers and ask staff to wear wigs on Wig Wednesday on June 21. Last year more than 400 schools and business nationwide took part, with more than $90,000 raised to help support Kiwi children with cancer and their families. “We’re hoping to build on those numbers again this year. It’s such fun and easy for people to participate; simply don a wig and make a donation,” says Child Cancer Foundation national commercial manager Jo Clark. Watch out for well-known Kiwis sporting crazy hairdos – from sports stars to news presenters it

will be wigs all round on Wednesday, June 21. As a nation we are all linked by cancer – everyone knows someone affected by the disease. Every week more than three children in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer and at any given time Child Cancer Foundation is assisting more than 500 families nationwide. Child Cancer Foundation provides one-toone, personalised support to Kiwi children diagnosed with cancer and their family. The Child Cancer Foundation aims to ensure children and their families are supported, informed and remain connected at every stage of their cancer journey. It’s easy to participate: schools and businesses need to register with Child Cancer Foundation online As a stand-alone charity, Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct funding from the government, so relies on the generosity of New Zealanders to support its cause.

Reading treasures up for grabs If you’re looking for some reading treasures this winter you might want to head along to the Te Puke Kiwicoast Lions annual book fair from June 22-24. The annual book fair has run for the last 22 years and is well-known for the quality of its books. Fiction books are extremely popular and this year will be sorted into alphabetical order. Magazines, jigsaw puzzles and games will also be on sale.

Funds raised go towards supporting youth projects in Te Puke. The book fair is held in the Te Puke Memorial Hall and is open from 8am-6pm on Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23 and from 8am-2pm on Saturday, June 24. Eftpos is available. If any organisations, schools or charities are interested in collecting left-over books on Saturday, please contact Jan 07 573 8099 to arrange a time.

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A difference of opinion in the chamber Last week I watched a yacht crash into a pier. As the vessel came in backwards at speed there was a commotion on deck with the skipper yelling to the person on the throttle “Forward! Forward!” After the crunch, the skipper, in a moment of true leadership, said “I meant the other forward!” Like that yacht, sometimes councils can have their own momentum and it’s up to your elected representatives to give the order to stop. Last week could have seen a higher rates and debt increase but for a couple of close votes. While councillors are working together well and debating respectfully it has become apparent that there are two starkly different perspectives about spending. This difference became clear when debating a new i-Site at Mount Maunganui and a last-minute motion to increase our risk reserve by $1m. The i-Site budget was cut from $4m to $2.5m by a narrow vote of 6-5. Those for the reduction cited non-council buildings of great design that cost much less to build. Those against said $2.5m would buy a ‘shoebox’ in comparison to the $4m design. The $1m further rates increase was also defeated 6-5. Those for the increase said that Tauranga’s rates are lower than Christchurch’s and that the public are happy for council to take more of their money to create a ‘vibrant’ city. Those against said it was too easy for council to always take more money and we need to make cost savings instead. Next week, what did get funded in the budget?

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Enjoy dressed-up family time at The Lakes Fledgling firemen and icy characters are coming to Tauranga at the annual family event Walk the Lakes. Walk the Lakes is the annual fundraising event for Tauranga Parents Centre, a key community provider of antenatal and parent education classes. This year the walk, with the theme of Fire and Ice, ties in with the start of Parents Centre Week.

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Louisa Williams, 4, dressed as Anna from Disney’s ‘Frozen’.

“We recognise that beginning a new family creates a busy life for many young families today and Walk the Lakes is about taking time out together to enjoy a family atmosphere and participate in family-oriented activities,” says Tauranga Parents Centre president Karyn Grindlay. Event coordinator Anita Taylor agrees on the focus of the event. “The Lakes is a family-friendly environment and we invite everyone to pack a picnic and some gold coins and come and join us for a fun and healthy family activity.” The 3.5km enjoyable stroll around the lake includes cobbled pathways and footpaths and

is suitable for strollers and prams. Along the walk, participants can win a number of fantastic spot prizes. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times. Scooters are suitable as long as children are closely monitored, but bikes must stay at home. After the walk, there will be a vintage fire engine available for rides for a gold coin donation. There will also be activity stations, face-painting, a barbecue provided by PORSE, Mr Whippy and Coffee Fix to provide a caffeine boost for the grownups. In all, a great fun morning out for the family.

as fire and ice. All prizes will be drawn on the day and participants need to be present to win. Prizegiving will be at 11.15am and the official finish of Walk the Lakes at 11.30am.

Spot prizes and a fun day out

This event will also see the inaugural use of a new ‘parents’ tent’. Tauranga Parents Centre has been able to purchase a gazebo, portable chairs and a change table for use at community events to provide parents with shade and privacy while feeding and changing their babies. Walk the Lakes will be held at 10am on Sunday, June 18 at the Lakes Subdivision in Tauriko. Families can register from 9am on the day. There is no Eftpos available so bring cash. Registration is $10 for either a family or individual and all registrations enter the draw to win some of the fantastic prizes up for grabs, including prizes donated by The Lakes, Liz van Welie Aquatics Swim School, Tui Balm and more. Don’t forget to dress up

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The new building will play host to a range of community activities. There’s a new community centre coming to Brookfield. “The new 600-seat Abundant Life Community Centre will expand the good community programmes operated through the existing premises,” says Abundant Life church pastor Tim Jensen. The centre has been purpose-built to host a range of community activities, specifically targeted at the Judea and Brookfield suburbs. Activities and events that the new centre will facilitate include Mainly Music, SayGo Golden Years 65+ club, and youth groups. The building is expected to be officially open to the public late this year or early next year and Tim says the project has been in the works since 2006.

“The final constriction phase started two years ago. “Funded by donations, volunteer construction workers and generous discounts from major construction suppliers, the project is moving into the final stages for the internal fit-out and external grounds completion.” To help raise funds, Abundant Life Church will be holding a garage sale on June 17 from 8am-12pm at the existing Abundant Life Community Centre, 36 Sutherland Rd. “Like any other garage sale, a wide variety of household goods and bargains will be up for sale. All proceeds for the sale are going towards the new community centre construction,” says Tim. For more information visit


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Get out the golf clubs Otumoetai Golf Club is situated in the middle of Tauranga on the corner of Ngatai and Bureta Rds. Now a fullyinclusive club where members and visitors can play at any time, it opens up the opportunity to play seven days a week. Casual golf is encouraged; green fee players can expect to be able to get onto the course as soon as there is a gap on the first tee. No booking required, however give the office a call just in case an event has been booked in.

“If you’re new then this smaller, quieter course provides a more relaxed introduction to the game. Join the friendly nine-hole group on a Thursday or play with the ladies on Tuesdays, Vets on Wednesdays or 18-hole men and ladies on Saturdays,” says club manager and golf professional Jan Higgins. Junior golf is strong at the club with Jan providing free coaching after-school and play days every Sunday at 9am. Experience the wonders of golf in the city today, call 07 576 9739 or visit

TECT trustee Peter Blackwell, Otumoetai Golf Club greenkeeper David Kirkwood and club manager and golf pro Jan Higgins with the new fairway mower.

Providing footwear for Bay residents Podium Podiatry and Footwear is recognised and respected as the leading retail provider of Podiatry and Footwear solutions in the Bay of Plenty. “Our Podiatrists are highly trained registered health professionals who specialise in foot-care and lower limb conditions,” says Podium Podiatry’s Steph Exeter. “Our podiatrists work in our in-store clinics seven days a week making podiatry services more accessible to you.”

Podium also had footwear technicians who are trained to deliver a professional service using video analysis to help you select the correct footwear for your foot type. The feet are the foundation of your body and they often mirror your general health. Selecting the correct footwear will reduce the risk of injury and help you achieve your goals. The Weekend Sun has two $69 podiatry vouchers to Podium Podiatry and Footwear for two lucky readers who can tell us where the location of the four Podium Podiatry Clinics are. Enter online at under the competition section. Entries must be received by Wednesday, June 21.

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Local groups saving our birds A new report says New Zealand’s native birds are in a “desperate situation”, however local groups working to save native birds in local forests are seeing great results thanks to their pest control efforts.

area show the group has been successful, it can’t afford to stop. “It’s a constant job. There is no pest control in the wide Kaimai Mamaku Forest so we are constantly re-invaded.” A lot of the group’s work involves fundraising to pay for the four baiting days it has each year, as well as small-scale trapping operations, group walks and education programmes. Barbara says everyone can play a part in pest control to help save our native birds. “If every fifth household in our streets had a box with a rat trap it would make a huge difference because it is the rats that eat eggs and baby chicks from the nest.” Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust chair Hans Pendergrast says the commissioner’s report is extremely encouraging, particularly her suggestions for finding new sources of money for saving birds and more support for groups such as his already working in the field. The trust has been working in the Otanewainuku scenic reserve south of Tauranga since 2002 and has successfully maintained the introduced population of kiwi and kokako thanks to its pest control efforts. “Our work at Otanewainuku clearly shows if you get ahead with predator control you can save the birds. We’re doing really well with our kokako but the birds that were already in the forest – the robins, the tuis and bellbirds – they’ve all responded as well. “I had 100 school children come through from Omanu School yesterday and even with noisy six-year-olds we saw probably 10 robins just on the track as we walked around. It’s actually quite spectacular the type of recovery that just happens when you go in there and deal to the predators.” If you would like to assist either local group with their pest control efforts go to their websites and Kerry Mitchell

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, says despite the efforts of many, most New Zealand native birds are in trouble and a third are in danger of becoming extinct. “Ninety-three of our bird species are found in no other country. We must look after them. Our birds need help not only in national parks, but on farms, along rivers and coasts, and in cities. This is a battle for all New Zealanders.” Of our 168 native bird species, 20 per cent are considered to be ‘doing okay’, 48 per cent ‘in some trouble’ and the remainder ‘in serious trouble’. The Aongatete Forest Project, a joint venture between the Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust and Forest & Bird, has been working in 500 hectares of the Kaimai Mamaku Forest for the last 12 years to save local bird life, including the North Island robin and the rifleman. Chairperson Barbara McGillivray says the work of the group, which has about 90 active members, is largely putting out poison baits in the forest to try to control pests such as stoats, rats and possums, and increasingly, feral cats. “We feel we have made a huge difference. When we first came to the bush and saw one North Island robin we were very excited. The other day one of our founding members said he could hear a robin singing in the carpark. “If I don’t have four or five come with me when I check a line, I’m disappointed.” Barbara says while bird counts in the

Barbara McGillivray conducting the annual bird count in Aongatete Forest.

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Breakfast shout to thank sporting volunteers They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but come June 23, volunteers from around the Western Bay of Plenty will be enjoying a breakfast shout.

In conjunction with National Volunteer Week, which is held June 18-24, Sport Bay of Plenty is hosting a free breakfast at Club Mount Maunganui next Friday to acknowledge the hard-working individuals who donate their time to sport around the region. Breakfast is

paid for by schools and clubs as a way to say ‘thank you’ to their volunteers. National Volunteer Week is an annual awareness event, which recognises and celebrates the vital contribution of New Zealand’s approximately 1.2 million volunteers in areas as diverse as social development, the economy and the environment. Sport Bay of Plenty community sport advisor for Western Bay of Plenty Zane Jensen says volunteers are the backbone of our sporting culture in the Bay and this is just a small way to

give them something back for the untold hours they have poured into the community. “Volunteers in sport show selflessness and generosity beyond imagination. The hours and energy they put into ensuring community sport exists is incredible – without volunteers there would be no sport.” Clubs and schools have the opportunity to nominate volunteers to attend the breakfast as a thank you for their hard work and dedication. If you are a school or club and would like to register a deserving volunteer to attend the breakfast please email Zane before close of business on Friday, June 16, at Breakfast costs $15 per volunteer.

Volunteering meaningful and rewarding “I wanted to do something meaningful with my time and helping others has given me that and more,” says mother-of-two and volunteer Lynne Riddle.

To our wonderful team of volunteers The BOPDHB wishes to thank you all for your outstanding generosity; we truly value the time and support you provide. You are a great asset to our community making a huge difference by helping patients, families and staff at Tauranga Hospital enjoy a more pleasant and positive experience. Thank you.

Lynne has been volunteering at Tauranga Hospital’s Ward 2B for threeand-a-half years and loves what she does. “With my daughters getting older I had more time on my hands and thought it was something I’d like to do.” She describes her role as “hands off, hearts on”, as volunteers do not move patients or do jobs paid staff would normally perform. r Lynne Riddle “It’s about doing those little things the Tauranga Hospital voluntee ters. nurses simply don’t have time to do,” chats with patient Tony Wa says Lynne. “Like making cups of tea for the patients and visitors, general tidying, have a friendly face dropping by is very important. chatting to people, making them more comfortable, “Sometimes people don’t have visitors, so seeing that welcoming them and taking their minds off things. regular friendly face and being able to offload to “Every day is different and it’s very sociable.” them – it’s an extremely valuable contribution.” Bethlehem resident Tony Waters, originally from If you would like to volunteer at Tauranga Hospital the Kapiti Coast near Wellington, says volunteers like you must be aged18-plus and be able to commit to Lynne perform a very important role. a minimum of six months’ reliable service. Contact “I’ve been in hospital elsewhere and have never volunteer service regional manager Lesley Grant on experienced this level of volunteers – it’s wonderful. 07 579 8650 or email “Hospital can be quite a daunting place and to for more details.

Plant a dune this weekend

There’s an opportunity to make a difference to the coastline at Maketu this weekend. The Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council are having a planting morning in the dunes at Newdick’s Beach on Saturday morning. Plants will be provided by Coastcare, so a perfect morning out with the kids and a barbecue, tea, coffee and muffins to wind things up. Meet at Newdick’s Beach carpark end of Town Point Rd at 9am. Phone Lesley Grant (07) 579 8650

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Local blood bank celebrating World Blood Donor Day When our unsung heroes stand proud and speak up about being a blood donor, it encourages many more people to start saving lives too. That’s why the NZ Blood Service is calling on the country’s 110,000 secret lifesavers to stand up and take a bow this World Blood Donor Day on Wednesday, June 14.

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#SecretLifesavers and #SharingForLives along with a few words on why you donate blood. To donate, contact the NZ

Blood Service today to book your appointment on 0800 448 325 or visit for more information.

World Blood Donor Day provides an opportunity for a united, national and global celebration on a day that has particular significance; the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize winner who discovered the ABO blood group system. NZ Blood Service is celebrating these true Kiwi heroes because their commitment and generosity ensures every single one of us has access to a safe and certain blood supply. There is no substitute for donated blood and the NZ Blood Service has a constant need to recruit new donors. Three thousand donations are needed nationally each week to meet medical demands, and the service must work continuously to renew the donor database at a rate of more than 20,000 people per year. The NZ Blood Service encourages you to take a photo of you or your team making the donor symbol – two fingers placed on the inside of your elbow – and share it on social media with the hashtags

The traits of an effective volunteer Who makes a good volunteer? People with energy, people who get enthusiastic about a cause make good volunteers.

Flexible people make great volunteers – using your hard-earned, high-level skills one day and doing something very menial the next. Your willingness to help with any task will enable someone to make a difference. Being open-minded, creative and passionate about a dream to make a difference will make a person

indispensable to any organisation. Being reliable and committed is a basic – if you commit, follow through. Organisations count on it. Being selfless is what volunteering is all about – giving your time to a cause you believe in order to help others. The whole experience is very rewarding and addictive and a little selflessness can go a long way. Good volunteers are passionate – that’s when their work will have its biggest impact. Last but not least a good volunteer is a team player. One person cannot change the world.

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to our volunteers! It’s Volunteer Awareness Week and New Zealand Red Cross wants to thank all our amazing volunteers. The programmes we deliver to vulnerable people in New Zealand communities are diverse and far-reaching – and we simply couldn’t do it without you! Want to join us? Volunteering in your community is fun and rewarding. There are many ways you can help: Refugee support Youth programmes Meals on Wheels Disaster response

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Take care of your child’s cough this winter Winter has arrived and along with it the sound of coughs. Coughing is common in children, especially when they are pre-school age, and is usually short-lived. However some coughs can be a sign of an infection. One cough to be aware of is a ‘wet cough’. A wet cough sounds ‘chesty’ and is phlegmy. A wet cough is not normal and may need to be checked by a doctor. Any cough that lasts more than three weeks is also not normal and needs to be checked by a doctor. If in doubt about your child’s cough, always phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 or get it checked by a doctor. GP visits and most prescription charges are free for

under 13-year-olds. Respiratory infections in children are much too common and cause a large burden of illness in New Zealand. “Being able to recognise the early signs of a respiratory infection, and seeking the right treatment straight away, can help to stop minor infections becoming more serious,” says Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service’s medical officer of health Dr Jim Miller. Many children can end up in hospital or, worse, have permanent lung damage. Children in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts are admitted to hospital with chest infections more often than for New Zealand as a whole. To listen to the sound of a wet cough and for more information visit

Parents are urged to assess their children’s coughs this winter to prevent chest infections.

Instil your child with a passion for learning Active Kids Early Childcare Centre is celebrating its fifth birthday and to mark the occasion is offering a free two-week trial at the centre. Active Kids’ philosophy is to encourage and support children to have a passion for learning by creating a stimulating environment that provides fun activities, experiences and opportunities that are both planned and spontaneous, with a programme rich in

content that is relevant to children’s cultures, lives and stages of learning. “We put a lot of focus on quality care and have low ratios so that the children can have as much time and attention as possible. We provide a really enriching environment that helps build our children’s confidence and gives them a sense of belonging,” says centre director Lisa Chan. Active Kids Early Childcare Centre has an extensive range of resources so that whatever the children show an interest in, they can further those interests. To enquire about the free two-week trial or to find out more, contact Active Kids Early Childcare Centre on 07 578 3600 or visit

Lisa Chan with her children Bentley and Addison.

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Smoking in pregnancy affects children’s teeth Women who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day during pregnancy are much more likely to give birth to babies who will fail to grow all their teeth, new University of Otago research has found.

The condition, known as hypodontia, commonly involves children failing to develop up to six permanent teeth, which are usually lateral incisors and premolars. The Otago study, published in the ‘Journal of Dental Research’, investigated 83 children with the condition and compared them with

253 children without hypodontia. Their mothers were asked to report active and passive smoking exposure, as well as alcohol and caffeine consumption during pregnancy. Study lead author Professor Mauro Farella of the School of Dentistry says that the research team controlled for other factors such as the mother’s age when the child was born, its sex, whether there was a full-term delivery or not, and socio-economic status. “We found no significant associations between drinking alcohol or caffeinated drinks and hypodontia, but there was a suggestion of a ‘biological gradient’ effect with tobacco – the more cigarettes a mother reported smoking during pregnancy, the greater the likelihood was of her child having hypodontia.” “Though more research is needed to confirm the association we found between maternal smoking and the condition, a plausible explanation is that smoking causes direct damage to neural crest cells in developing embryos.” Mauro says a large body of evidence exists regarding the many damaging effects that smoking has during pregnancy. These include

other dentofacial defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate. “This latest research further reinforces the importance of women seeking support to quit smoking when they are pregnant."

Life-saving organ donations on the rise Efforts to increase New Zealand’s deceased organ donations and transplant rates have resulted in a record number being carried out in 2016, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. Organ Donation New Zealand figures show a total of 61 deceased organ donors in 2016, which a 69 per cent increase during the last four years. From the 61 donors 181 organs were transplanted – which is a 57 per cent increase during the last four years. “Organ transplantation is a life-saving treatment

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and for people with organ failure it’s often the only option available,” says Jonathan. “Decisions by families of deceased donors and by living donors, together with the compassion and hard work of staff means that more and more patients are receiving transplants.” Despite the record numbers, the Government still has ambitions to grow the rate further. “The Government has a comprehensive work programme to increase organ donation rates,” says Jonathan. “In the last four years we’ve provided an

additional $8 million to increase support and education for hospital staff, fund donor liaison co-ordinators, and help overcome cultural barriers to donation. “The Ministry of Health continues to work with the sector to finalise the deceased organ donation strategy. The strategy looks to strengthen national coordinating arrangements, as well as looking at effective ways for hospitals to identify potential donors and discuss donation with families. “The Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill, brought by MP Chris Bishop, was passed by Parliament in November last year. “The legislation helps to remove the financial deterrent to becoming a live organ donor. “The Ministry is currently developing systems and processes to meet the Act’s provisions, with the law due to come into effect before the end of this year.”

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Therapy for Osteoarthritis (Part 2) Nutritional therapy can be effective in helping osteoarthritis. For example I’ve been helping someone with osteoarthritis – known as OA – in one knee which affected her mobility. She also had hypertension and swollen ankles from poor lower leg circulation. We used a combination of therapies to target all the problems. We added my joint supplement at a double dose delivering 1500mg of high grade chondroitin sulphate with the same of glucosamine sulphate and 200mg of a proprietary 95 per cent curcumin extract from turmeric. To this we added 6000mg of Omega 3 fish oil and a bullet blend I have developed to assist circulation to help her swollen ankles. This included raw beetroot to dilate blood vessels. The result is that after three months the pain has reduced by about 50 per cent and her ankles are less swollen. I expect these improvements to continue. High levels of Chondroitin Sulphate are

important as it is a major constituent of cartilage. At therapeutic levels this can help with cartilage function and has anti-inflammatory activity. Studies, including J P Pelletier (Arthritis Research and Therapy, 2016) demonstrate that chondroitin sulphate at high levels has the ability to modify joints affected by osteoarthritis. In particular there was a marked reduction in further cartilage loss with overall joint improvement. There are several ways CS can improve arthritic joints. Firstly it seems to inhibit a number of inflammatory compounds that are associated with OA. The second is previously mentioned reductions in cartilage loss. The third is even more promising. According to research by Y Herotin in 2010, CS appears to stimulate the chondrocyte cells that produce cartilage. High levels of CS seem to increase the collagen needed to make the cartilage matrix. For more information give me a call or email: You can read back issues at: John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on 0800 423 559. To read more go to

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Another reason to get off the couch In case you needed motivation to go for that run, exercise has now been shown to reduce cancer. A new study published in the ‘International Journal of Cancer Epidemiology’ shows that leading a sedentary lifestyle can increase the chances of getting kidney and bladder cancer by up to 77 per cent. What’s more, long term inactivity raised the cancer risk for both obese and normal weight people alike.

Help reduce knee pain Both United States and United Kingdom scientists have found a link between a diet rich in fibre and a lowered risk of painful knee osteoarthritis. The team, drawing on two long-term studies, found people eating the most fibre had a 30 per cent lower risk in one study and a 61 per cent lower risk in the second, than the people eating the least fibre. The study cannot not draw firm conclusions, however the authors say there is lots of evidence of high-fibre diets having many health benefits, many of which are relevant to osteoarthritis.

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Knitting to keep the tiny toasty Winter is upon us and industrious members of the Omokoroa Premi Knits group are ensuring our littlest citizens are being kept warm.

received just recently. Marie says the group is delighted its application to Legacy Trust was once again successful. “Wool is so expensive so we wouldn’t be able to do anywhere near as much good without that funding from Legacy,” she says.

The group features about 10 regulars and has been knitting, sometimes crocheting, pint-sized singlets, booties, bonnets, blankets and teddies for many years. All are destined for the special-care babies’ unit at mainly Tauranga Hospital, but sometimes they also find premature babies within Waikato and Whakatane Hospital wards. Inaugural members Marie Holden and Wendy Fox think the group has knitted at least 3000 premature baby garments. The project has received financial backing during the years from Legacy Trust – to the equivalent of Wendy Fox, Don Hoult of Legacy Funerals and Marie Holden. Don about $5000 since 2013. thought he’d try his hand at some knitting… “Baby steps,” he says. The latest $1000 was

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The e3 series can deliver more heat for your dollar than previous systems, and even better, it delivers environmental improvements with reduced global warming potential and zero ozone depletion potential. The company also has a pre-release quantity of the new Wi-Fi units that can be controlled with a smartphone from just about anywhere. Snowden Electrical is an accredited Fujitsu dealer, selling and installing high walls to fully-ducted air conditioning systems. You could also win the cost of your heat pump back. For more information, visit

Keep heating costs down Trim trees: Maximise the amount of sunshine coming into your house in winter by trimming overgrown trees shading your house. Curtains: Capture the heat of the sun by pulling curtains as you lose the sun. An insulated home will help you hold this free heat for longer. Block draughts: Add foam seals to doors and windows, make sure your curtains fit, use door draught-stoppers and fit underfloor insulation where possible. Check your thermostat: Have you got the temperature on your heater set higher than you need? Each extra degree of heat is costing you money.

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Helping you enjoy your outdoors Why waste time and money on adding an extension to your home when there is a quick and easy solution that requires no construction at all? The team at Fresco Shades are experts when it comes to the manufacturing of top quality canopies. These outdoor rooms allow you to enjoy the outdoors no matter the weather, as they don't just offer protection from wind and rain, they also reduce the intensity of summer heat. Fresco Shades also offers PVC curtains, perfect for giving a frosty morning a bit more warmth, while still letting you enjoy the scenery outdoors. Your Fresco shade will also create more space and improve the indoor-outdoor flow. Fresco Shades is known for its

innovation and outside-the-box thinking. Founder and managing director Richard Cummins started the business 19 years ago. Fresco has since earned a number of awards and has gained international recognition throughout its history. The company’s mission is to make outdoor living possible and enjoyable all year round. Fresco products are proudly designed and manufactured in their New Zealand factory, even powder-coated on site to ensure a one-stop shop. Each shade is custommade to specifically suit the look and feel of your home. Fresco shades also provide shelter for boats, spas and swimming pools, and can be used in schoolyards, early learning centres and restaurant alfresco dining areas. You can ensure your outdoor living options are covered with an outdoor ‘room’ from Fresco Shades. Fresco Shades is offering free installation for the month of June, so give them a call now on 0800 373 726 or visit

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The standard rules of heating a home

Only heat the room you are in and keep the temperature at 18 to 21 degrees Celsius especially if you have babies, ill or elderly people living in your home. Dress warmly for bed – it’s important to stay warm at night. Block unused chimneys and stop draughts –

make draught snakes by stuffing rugby socks or pantyhose with newspaper or cushion filling. Up to 20 per cent of heating can be lost through draughts. Open windows on sunny days, and close them when the sun goes down to trap heat in your home.

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Greerton’s grassroots programmers It’s fun, it’s practical and it’s educational. “So it’ll stand you in good stead,” says Carolyne Taylor, who is Greerton Library’s learning centre tutor. “But even if it doesn’t, it’s a useful thing to do with your time on a computer.” Carolyne’s pitching her Code Club, which has started up at Greerton Library. “It’s all these wonderful free resources to teach coding using this coding language called ‘Scratch’. And there are more than 30 projects.” The aim of the club is to give every Kiwi kid the opportunity to learn to code – a buzz word for computer programming. “It’s making little games and little interaction animations using a coding language called ‘Scratch’ – a programming language aimed at children.” Code Club is helping New Zealand reach its digital potential – encouraging kids to combine their imaginations with an understanding of programming. It’s part of Code Club Aotearoa which, in turn, is part of a wider international movement. It’s worked overseas and it’s working here.

The clubs are run with the help of “The kids seem to love it,” says Carolyne. volunteers. “They’re awesome,” says “The ones who’ve signed up, it’s hard getting Carolyne. The volunteers on Wednesday are them to leave again.” There’s are four weekly two students from Tauranga Boys’ College sessions of about 12 clubbers at each session. and one recent school-leaver from Tauranga And there’s a huge waiting list. Girls’ College. They give their time each “You are learning all the coding structures week to help introduce primary school kids that you would use later on if you continued to coding. to pursue a career in programming. And “There’s also a Code Club at Tauranga the kids are learning how to do it in a user Central Library,” says Carolyne. “And I friendly kind of way for children.” understand that too is very busy.” The popularity of Code Clubs is enormous at the moment. “And I am not sure if it’s because of the public awareness of the opportunities afforded by getting into ICT,” says Carolyne. Because coding leads to all sorts of jobs for developers and people making apps. “Or it’s a parental awareness the schools haven’t quite met yet.” There are some kids at the Greerton Library Code Club who’ve finished all the projects but keep going back to work on their own projects, doing their own thing in the Code Aleisha Sabin, Joshua Lee, 11, and Carolyne Taylor. Club environment. Photo: Nikki South.

Ready for winter in Greerton Village Yep, it’s almost time to wrap up trees in their woollies for winter. Many hands have been knitting and crocheting since early this year and by the beginning of July, all will be revealed and I am sure that our village will once again come alive with colourful tree sleeves.

This year when you visit Greerton Village you can pop in to one of eight of our retailers to vote for your favourite tree and make a gold coin donation to our 45 charities – just a small way to help support these important organisations who are helping us. See below for a list of where to vote. Carol Power, our yarn bomb

coordinator for this year, is very keen to include our youth and has created a Yarn Bomb Trail competition for school kids. Winners will win lunch for their class – ask your teachers for a form after July 1. What else is happening in Greerton Village during winter? Well for a four-week period during July and August we will be running a Mid-Winter Madness promotion offering you, the shoppers, the chance to win $5000 Greerton dollars. Just imagine what that’s like – you will be able to spend your Greerton dollars back with the 50 retailers and service providers who have signed up for this promotion. You will have a whole lot of options from clothes, cafes, accessories, dental work, pharmacies, beauty salons, jewellery, curtains, something for your precious pet, a bit of op shopping and so much more – look out for details on this exciting promotion in July. Meanwhile, to place your vote and donation for our Yarn Bombing, call into: Possum Down, MD’s Leatherworks, BNZ, Embellish Boutique, Visique Optometrist and Westpac Bank in Chadwick Rd, and First Credit Union and Pet Essentials in Cameron Rd. Voting slips are available from July 1. For more information contact Sally 07 571 6347 or email:

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Generous future ahead Attack winter’s demons with citrus for local honey family ‘Tis the season of sniffles and sneezes, coughs and wheezes. And tissues.

A generous spirit, a passion for beekeeping and strong family bonds put the Mossop family firmly on the path to success for this generation and the next. Celebrating 70 years of family operation this year, the Mossops have taken stock of their business operations and are setting the pathway for future business. The 70th celebrations are particularly special for Neil and Wendy Mossop, who are working towards passing over some of the business operations to two of their sons, Duane and Ryan. Ryan oversees hive management across the North Island, while back in Tauriko Duane manages all factory operations, ensuring equipment is ready for the beekeepers and overseeing all honey processing

and packing. Duane’s plan for the future is to continually increase productivity and efficiency in all tasks and ultimately build a new facility. The family enjoys seeing the launch and distribution of new lines of honey-based products. Last year they launched a range of no added sugar, honey-based throat lozenges. “We work on trying to release something new every year, and this year it will be a cough elixir, based of course on manuka honey’s special properties.” Wendy says the family is committed to ensuring all products are 100 per cent pure and natural, something that is surprisingly rare in today’s market. The Mossops are watching with interest the release and impact of the new MPI Manuka Honey Standard which is for determining the purity of manuka honey and theoretically to eliminate poor-quality manuka blends entering the marketplace.

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‘Tis also the season for citrusy, tangy flavours. Mandarins, oranges and lemons are plentiful – they taste great and are a good source of vitamins and minerals to boost the immune system. The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust, which promotes consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, has some quick tips on using seasonal produce to best advantage. For lunch, toss mandarin segments, salad greens, spring onion, capsicum and shredded chicken. Finish with a dressing. A salsa adds a sweet, tangy flavour burst so dice mandarin segments and mix with finely chopped red onion, a squeeze of lemon, olive oil and chopped coriander. Serve with grilled chicken or tacos. The zesty taste of lemons brightens heavy winter dishes. For fresh winter slaw, mix sliced fennel and walnuts. Add dressing, squeeze over fresh lemon juice, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Also squeeze lemon over roasting root vegetables. The kiwifruit is a nutrient-rich fruit thanks to high fibre, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Dice or slice a kiwifruit and add to porridge or cereal. Or blend a kiwifruit into a vinaigrette or salad dressing. Tamarillos are good for vitamin C. For breakfast or dessert, chop tamarillos and mix them with stewed apples to add flavour and goodness to porridge. Winter casseroles and stews can be

flavor-boosted with tamarillos. And you can’t go past an orange – looks great, tastes even better. The juice, zest and fruit can be used in sweet and savoury dishes. Combine couscous with shredded chicken, mint, pistachios, and one chopped orange. For a sweet, zesty taste, add freshly squeezed orange to herbal tea.

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Kids, money, responsibility and success The day the cleaner walked out the front door never to come back was the day the McQueen kids were first confronted with the harsh realities of making and managing money.

“We start right here,” says Hannah McQueen, the accountant with a master’s degree in taxation law and now something she calls a financial personal planner. Like the personal trainer at the gym except dealing in dollars and cents. And there is a need. “It’s a weird thing – there are a lot of people out there earning good money but they’re not making the financial progress that their incomes suggests.” But all this isn’t about tidying up after the McQueen kids lost their cleaner. It’s about the power of pocket money. “My husband and I work full-time so I am pretty good at justifying why I want and need a cleaner. “The kids had to do basic chores, but there was always someone who would come along and say: ‘The cleaner will tidy that up’,” says Hannah. “And I am thinking: ‘Who lets you think like this, apart from me’.” So the cleaner was ‘released’ – shown the door in the interests of a healthy new respect for money and learning about earning money.

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brilliant, the world is As parents we want to yours. But no-one is be able to give our kids taught how to do that, everything they need how to achieve that, no – it makes us feel good one is taught there are about ourselves. “But in financial implications giving them everything and restraints that will they need, you wonder make that hard.” whether you have given Again, she says there them everything they are conversations not actually need.” being had, and some of And what they actually them are confronting. need is the skills to “Because while people navigate the path to are saying do something financial success. that you are passionate Hannah got started on about, they don’t then her own kids, aged just say passion and poverty eight and four years old. tend to go hand in “These kids are hand.” so entitled and I Hannah McQueen. Hannah says these am supposed to be are the conversations you need to have a financial expert. They have this with your children when they are 15 or expectation they will always get what 16 years old before they have chosen they need whenever they need it.” Lesson one was pocket money. Earning a career. But you can’t have those conversations unless you have built the pocket money gives you options and right platforms so that it’s just another choices and if you work different and chat, building on all the other things smarter you will earn more money and you have taught your kids along the have more choices. So, says, pocket money is all about how you earn money way. So talks about pocket money from ages six to eight, from eight to nine and not how you spend it. some exposure to the costs incurred Hence the title of her new book by a family, from 10 to 13 talks about ‘Pocket Money to Property: How to managing an allowance to cover their Create Financially Independent Kids.’ costs, at 15 there should be talk about A couple of years ago she noticed things that needed sorting – three things getting a job, and at 16 full disclosure that are the key ingredients of her book. about the family finances and what you have done right and wrong financially as There were the kids with the ingrained a parent. sense of entitlement. “There were also Hannah is setting out on a nationwide clients looking for a plan to sort their tour holding seminars on how to create own retirement and their kids who financially independent kids. She will should be independent but aren’t.” be drawing on what’s in her book and Then there were the millennials she’s explain the importance of teaching kids coaching. “From a financial perspective, about money. I recognised it’s harder for them to get Hannah McQueen will be at the ahead so there were problems here that ASB Stadium in Truman Lane, Te needed sorting.” Maunga, on Monday, June 26 from The financial personal planner says 7pm-8.30pm. Tickets are $30, with we need to have some pretty honest 20 per cent to be donated to your conversations about money. “They nominated school. You nominate the should be like conversations around screen time or eating healthy – it should school at check-in on the night. The Weekend Sun has three double all be part of the dialect.” pass to give away to three lucky But unfortunately, and this readers who can tell us the surprised Hannah, adults or name of Hannah McQueen’s parents are often the ones new book. standing in the way of our Enter online at www. kids knowing what they under the need to know about money. competition section. All “Our kids are encouraged entries must be received by to reach for the stars and Wednesday, June 21. do whatever they want – be


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Is your business really mobile? Is excellence your priority? Dave Mason, local advertising creative at Creatv, doesn’t apologise for his views on modern advertising and communications.

tourist visiting for the Lions tour was looking for a hair appointment while passing through the Bay of Plenty, all they have to do is search ‘hairdressers, Bay of Plenty’. So what about the content on your website or social media platform? Is it easy to follow? Is it compelling? Does it create new business? Perhaps it is time to consider audio-visual content, as videos are easy to make and broadcast via links and fast broadband. Creatv offers a range of creative and production services to help your business, starting with a free consult and brand audit right through to helping you achieve better brand visibility and growth. Call Dave Mason on 021 905 302 or visit www.

“Prior to Google and faster broadband, brands had control of their customers via media ‘viewing apertures’ – radio, television; advertisements played while we were driving to and from work or at home watching TV. “Now brands need to have a ‘search’ profile and become part of a 'sharing world’. Websites that are responsive to mobile devices are the norm and searchable content supported by ad words has become mandatory for growth,” says Dave. The great beauty of Google for small and medium-size businesses is it’s now easy to appear global. For example, if a

Whether starting out in a new business or developing your next growth stage, as business owners we often can get bogged down with a lot of the working ‘IN’ our business and not so much of working ‘ON’ our business. It is a tricky balancing act when cash flow is always a concern and getting that next deal or finishing that project becomes the tasks that consume your everyday working life. The difficulty with this is growth can be very challenging to manage when your eyes are on what’s going on today rather than the wealth of opportunities you can create for your future. One way to inspire you to keep focused on the future direction of your business is entering your local Westpac Business Excellence Awards. Being involved in the process myself many times with previous clients, I can confidently say the benefits far outweigh the time investment. It isn’t as scary as you think and it certainly challenges you to consider all the ways you can improve what you do now and what you will do in the future. And

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Oh, what a knight! Sir John Key for services to New Zealand: 15 per cent GST; 29 dead miners (bodies not recovered); 40,000 homeless; wages that have not kept up with the cost of living; home ownership beyond the grasp of most young Kiwis; congested roads with water, sewage and utilities under pressure; waterways polluted and infrastructure neglected; families having difficulties finding homes to raise their children; run-down state assets; money squandered on motels while hundreds of state houses remain empty requiring maintenance; school-aged education inadequate with declining standards; tertiary institutions compromising on

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standards to attract and keep foreign students and their money; high medical costs of a visit to the doctor and/or dentist; increased prescription charges; lengthy surgical waiting lists for elective surgery; a clearance rate of less than 10 per cent for burglaries and too few uniformed officers; reduction and discontinuation of social services provided for the sick, handicapped, or impaired. All aggravated by uncontrolled immigration and the sale of state assets. Does he leave it a better place than he found it? P Dolden, Papamoa (Abridged).

Race-based funding? A fund of $4 million has just been launched to assist young Maori to get their driver’s licence so that they are better able to get work or keep out of jail. Many young people cannot stump up the three-tiered cost of $338.20 to get their licence. Why is the taxpayer funding yet another programme based on ethnicity and why doesn’t our elected government govern for all NZ citizens based on need, not on the squeaky wheel of tribal Maori elite? M Anderson, Pyes Pa.

Time to reign in haka

Why did the rugby union ask 40,000 patrons to stand and remain silent for one minute and then allow the Blues rugby team to perform a haka in front of the visiting Lions which included the image of throat cutting? Had they not heard that many of the victims in the London attack had similar injuries? What a disgrace, and what did the world watching think of our country in letting this be performed?

The haka used to be performed for special occasions and now should only be performed by the All Blacks when international teams are visiting - minus the throat cutting - or when overseas. It seems to be used as entertainment for every occasion and has become irrelevant to the point that we will see the haka for the opening of a can of baked beans. G Sproull, Matua.

Put topics into perspective I constantly read and see - particularly on TV where an opposition MP, or any MP for that matter, is allowed to criticise a statement or policy without the interviewer asking them what they would do about the issue and where the money should come from or be taken from to pay for their idea. The other point worth noting is that all sorts of government departments are forever asking for more funds, whether it be health, education, transport, police or various other government agencies. Why don’t journalists, or politicians for that matter, quote what the Government spend is on these departments compared to other developed countries?

For example, we constantly hear about Police numbers and occasionally someone may quote some figures, but mostly they are not relevant to NZ and our scattered communities. How much do we spend on defence, for example, compared to our GDP? There is always some new health drug or equipment coming along and naturally people would like to have it all. What is our overall health spend compared to other likecountries as a percentage of GDP? To me, we can’t have informative opinions about so many of these topics until they are put into perspective in such a way as outlined above. W Keen, Pyes Pa.

The audacity of Josephine Franks Just who does Josephine Franks think she is? A Pom, living in New Zealand for just four months, and there she is, bold as brass, up on the Stuff website lampooning GodZone – what temerity. The Brit complained she had come 18,000km to escape Ed Sheeran. NZ is a land of tolerance – some people like Ed’s music and that’s okay. We’re so tolerant we even take in whingers. She also asked how much of an average person’s life is spent waiting at a pedestrian crossing in NZ? The first ever traffic signal was installed in London in 1868. You started it, we just perfected it. Also, we don’t have average people in NZ – we’re onto a winning thing living here and that’s probably why you chose to join us. You may have a point about feijoas. But a colleague ate 12 yesterday at a sitting. They have a big fan base. They sure beat the hell out of deep-fried Mars bars,

spotted dick, toad in the hole and mushy peas. We discuss weather because it’s worth discussing – balmy summers on sandy beaches and winters with snow for skiing. Not just one season of grey drudgery. I suspect that’s another reason why you’re here. Anyhow Josephine, despite your whinging before the wheels of your plane barely hit the tarmac, welcome to New Zealand. Because that’s the kind of people we are. I Goldsmith, Bureta.

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Ram raids and recidivists Apparently around 600 dairies plus liquor stores and petrol stations are at serious risk from physical attack by violent thugs and the Government proposes to provide $1.8m to protect them. How pray tell will that happen? The dairy owners are entitled to go about their lawful business unmolested by these pieces of trash. Before this is finished there will be murders, serious assaults and mayhem, with premises routinely trashed by these drug-fuelled oafs. One solution is to pinpoint these felons and investigate their backgrounds, not isolate the victims. So why not consider arming the potential victims? Amend the Arms and Crimes Acts to enable this to occur under very stringent controls, including being only permitted to load wadded blank cartridges appropriately called ‘ratshot’. Law-abiding citizens already have the right to use reasonable force to repel danger so give those at risk the option of gun licences, firearm tuition and practice and they are ready to go – fight like with like! The cost of supplying 600 shopkeepers with automatic pump action shotguns - the gun of choice for many police forces worldwide - at $500 each would be about $300,000 – one

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benefit being a taxpayer saving of $1.5 million on Ms Bennett’s inane scheme, plus the other positive deterrent outcome will enable ready identification of the felons. R Paterson, Matapihi (Abridged).

Nothing changed in push for waterfront museum The ‘I wanna museum but I want someone else to pay for it (ratepayers) brigade’ are bleating once again. They know that if they fail 30 times they only have to succeed once. The failed waterfront museum project was budgeted at $21 million in 2009. A small group of us opposing ratepayer involvement had the project independently quantity surveyed and that estimate was in excess of $40m. Those supporting ratepayer funding

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I would like to thank Steve Morris for his reply on the Wairoa Bridge project (The Weekend Sun, June 2) but it was a rephrasing of his original text, so I researched the topic. In 2016 a brief was issued by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council for a design of the proposed Wairoa Cycle Bridge. The limit was set at under $3 million. Acclaim and later acceptance was given for, “The only bridge that did not have pylons”, which presently is costed at $7.1 million. So, in this case, the brief was seriously ignored. The bridge is not iconic as stated by officials. An international moratorium has been declared on the overuse of this word. Many

international bridges have similar impressive themes. Closer to home New Plymouth’s Te Rewa Rewa Cycle Bridge is a lovely example of how to frame a view of Mount Egmont. Cyclists come for promised kilometres of lovely sights and environments – bridges, possibly, being a very small part of the experience. A cheaper bridge using some pylons can still be made to look attractive. Monies leftover from what has been promised could be used for well-spaced amenities, further tracks and maybe a country backpackers could be built where future national and international friendships can be made. That’s the stuff of memorable holidays. D Wilson, Mount Maunganui.

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of a museum knew that once the project was committed it didn’t matter to them what it cost. A cynic might say the original $21 million was just bait? Official operational costs were estimated at $2-$3m. Our estimates were nearly double that, including loan and depreciation costs. The fact is a ratepayer-funded museum will require a rates increase of around five per cent – nothing has changed except those numbers. B Faulkner, Otumoetai.

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The recent spate of murderous attacks on innocent people, including young children, in the United Kingdom leaves one yet again repulsed by the pure evil actions of the radical Islamists. This made me think of the meaning of hope – what is true hope in this world? The extremist beliefs of these radical people drive them to place their hope in an afterlife of bliss – if they martyr themselves by taking out as many ‘unbelievers’ with them. What a pathetic thing to believe, what an unjust way to live, and

what foolishness. On the other hand, the one true God of the Bible says we are to place our hope in the salvation offered by God – and not to place our hope in our own actions or the actions of others. True hope is found when we consider Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came into the world – He came in order to make salvation and peace with God possible. As 1 Peter 1:3 says: God is to be praised because “He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”. Place your trust and find your hope in no one else’s message, in no one else’s actions, other than the message and life of Jesus Christ. Richard Roodt, Bay Bible Fellowship

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Recently I have revisited the subject of forgiveness, which is such a broad-range topic. In wanting to help myself and the people that I serve as pastor, I took the risk to talk on this subject.

The difficulty of the subject isn’t in the actual subject, it’s in our handling of conflict that it can be a complex matter. Jesus said in Matthew 18:7 NASB: “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to the man through whom the stumbling blocks come!” Jesus was saying ‘offence, hurts, temptations, and conflicts’ are a part of this world. Be careful to not be the one who is causing the stumbling of others. This entire chapter of Matthew is covering the subject of offences and conflict. Jesus outlines practically how to deal with it when it comes in Verses 15-18. Then Peter asks how often do we need to forgive others. Seven times? Jesus said: “Seventy times seven.” For example, it’s endless, always, constantly, consistently! After telling a story to emphasise forgiveness, Jesus ends the subject with powerful words. Verse 35 says: “So shall my Heavenly Father also do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart”.

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The Weekend Sun’s ever popular guide to ‘What’s On’ in the Bay. Pg48

Graham Clark (another slight return...) I thought that after he moved to Hawke’s Bay last year I’d stop writing about Graham Clark. Yeah right.

Country Music Ritchie Pickett’. So, for anyone who’s eyeing the clock, waiting for an important engagement and rushing through this column, I’ll give you the main takeaway first.

Graham is probably the person who has cropped up most in this column over the The Lowdown past couple of years. That’s because he does Singer-songwriter Ritchie Pickett died in a lot of stuff. The stuff last year mainly 2011. He lived here for several years and involved Graham taking his band Brilleaux was probably over to tour in Europe for a third time Tauranga’s most and writing a definitive (so far) book well-known about the Tauranga music scene. musician – That was called ‘The Right possibly its Note – An Insight Into most successful Tauranga's Historic Music and defi nitely its most Scene’ and if you’re a outrageous. music fan and want to The book is being explore the breadth launched locally at the of interesting things end of this month at No.1 lurking in local music The Strand, headquarters history, I’d strongly of The Weekend Sun itself, suggest you get hold of at 2pm on Sunday, June 25. a copy. Graham Clark All of us at the newspaper It’s a huge tome, filled and Bruce are delighted to help support with surprising stories. Rollands on this unique Tauranga event. And it's the book thing again guitar. There will be music from Tauranga that brings me back to Graham – musos who knew and played with Ritchie. he's written another. In fact, Graham promises performances of Actually, that’s not quite accurate. He’s the greatest number of Ritchie written about half a book and has acted as songs since Ritchie himself was editor, researcher and general compiler for the other half. And, with his love of multiple gigging. Entry is free and it should be a whole bunch of fun. titles still obviously undimmed, it is called Okay. So put that on your ‘Thanks for the Clap! The Extraordinary Life calendars and I’ll get back to and Times of New Zealand’s Wildman of

‘Thanks for the Clap!’ next week after I’ve actually read the thing. It is impressively weighty, clocking in at a few pages short of 400. In the meantime, all you really busy folk head off to that appointment and I’ll let the rest of you know what Graham’s been doing recently, or at least what he’s got lined up for Brilleaux. They recently played a sold-out Hurricane Party along with Swamp Thing at Easter’s Jazz festival. Now they have big plans for a ways down the track...

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As the sun rises on 2018 a special band of United Kingdom musicians is arriving on our shores ready to tour the country. Brilleaux will be with them for the whole of January, traversing the North Island from Russell to Upper Hutt. This is the Rock Steady Tour featuring current and past members of bands such as Bad Company, Foreigner, Humble Pie, and the Paul Rodgers band. Specifically – because I know there are some of you who’ll want to Google them – they are guitarist Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell (Bad Company, Humble Pie, Sampson), Rick Wills on bass (Foreigner, Bad Company, Small Faces, Peter Frampton, David

Gilmour, Roxy Music) and Ronan Kavanagh on vocals (Jeff Beck, Simply Red, Brian May). As you can tell from those credits, these guys have been around! They were to have a British drummer, but he got called to tour Japan with his band, so Kiwi drummer Gordon Joll (Hello Sailor, Herbs) will be joining them. It sounds like a blast and a great score for Brilleaux, which will follow the tour with a Twilight Concert in Katikati and are again looking at the UK, having been invited to play at The Vicar's Picnic festival in Kent next July. There’s also the possibility of a NZ support slot for a prestigious British band in October. Onwards and upwards.

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A new take on Peter Pan Pirate Starkey, played by Fletcher Oxford, with lost boy Connor Lyttle.

The Weekend Sun has one double pass to the play on Monday, June 26, for one lucky reader who can tell us the names of the Darling children. Enter online at under the competition section. Entries must be received by Wednesday, June 21.

Tauranga Boys’ College and Tauranga Girls’ College present Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure from Monday, June 26-Saturday, July 1 at Tauranga Boys’ College’s Graham Young Youth Theatre. In the Darling house, in a backwater in Bloomsbury, Mr and Mrs Darling wish they didn’t have to go out for the evening, but needs must. Leaving their children, Wendy, Michael and John, under the watchful eyes of Lisa, the maid and Nana, their Newfoundland dog, they reluctantly bid their brood goodnight. As silence descends on the nursery, a small ball of light, no larger than a gentlewoman’s fist, enters the room – it is Tinkerbell. The mischievous fairy flits frantically about as if searching for something. Moments later, the windows swing open and Peter Pan

files into the nursery. Wendy is awoken and helps Peter to reattach his shadow and, with the promise of regaling Peter and the Lost Boys with bedtime stories, she is invited to accompany him on his flight home. Wendy can’t leave her brothers behind, so she wakes John and Michael and with a sprinkling of fairy dust the children join Peter Pan and Tinkerbell as they fly out of their nursery window and across a moonlit London. But Neverland is not as carefree as Peter had suggested. There are bloodthirsty pirates, warrior Indians and malevolent mermaids – and above all, there is Captain James Hook, Peter Pan’s Eton-educated nemesis who is forever followed by a deadly, ticking crocodile. Bloomsbury seems another world away... “Come and see the fantastic new take on Peter Pan with amazing songs and a great cast and crew. You will only be disappointed if you don’t get your tickets soon as they are selling fast,” says director of arts John Page.

Sax and the symphony This weekend’s free concert from Bay of Plenty Symphonia is proving a real drawcard for music lovers. The free tickets for Sax and the Symphony have been going fast but there still should be room for anyone who wants to come along and take their chance on a seat on the day.

The concert of 20th century music will feature solo classical saxophonist, Michael Jamieson. He will join the symphonia in contrasting pieces by impressionist composer Debussy and the South American Villa-Lobos. A symphony by Kurt Weill – better known for his Berlin Cabaret music – and a suite from Janacek’s opera ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ complete the programme. The suite has been specially arranged by the community orchestra’s music director, Justus Rozemond, who will also conduct the concert. The free concert at St Mary’s Church on Cameron Rd starts at 3pm. Ticket holders will have priority entry until 2.45pm and then there will be open entry for those without tickets for as long as there are seats still available. Doors open at 2.15pm and donations will be welcome.

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Hop House is moving out

The iconic shaped building at 297 Maunganui Rd was built in 1977 and originally opened as an ice cream parlour. It went on to have multiple identities before becoming one of NZ’s best craft beer bars, The Hop House.

The Hop House owner David Stanway. Photo: Tracy Hardy.

The Pink Hammer Female carpenter Maggie decides to run a DIY woodwork course, advertised as ‘The Pink Hammer’, from her husband’s man cave. That’s right. You heard me. Sacrilege. Four women pay and turn up. Only, Maggie isn’t there. Her husband Woody is, and he had no idea they were invading his shed kingdom. What to do? This is the cruncher. Woody is understandably grumpy. Annabel wants to build a bookcase, Helen who has a terminal illness wants to make her own coffin, Louise a shed, and Siobhan is just cruising as she sees the course as a vehicle to meet new people and try something interesting. Woody is cajoled, then blackmailed into running the workshops, bringing laughs as his sometimes inarticulate emotions are speared by Annabel and tickled by Siobhan. Louise, played by Jaine Kirtley, The strong sisterhood is made up of flawed individuals caught in their own emotional Siobhan, played by Kayleigh Adams and Woody, played by Mark Knox. or relational difficulties. The DIY is as much about learning off each other to fix personal challenges as it is about building with wood. As the story unfolds over two-and-a-half hours, the humour continues, but we the audience are drawn deeper to the poignant and heartfelt stories of each of the five, touching on themes of abandonment, isolation, and lost and broken relationships. The characters are well-developed by a strong cast of Mark Knox, Kayleigh Adams, Sarah Bate, Christine Giddens and Jaine Kirtley. The set, designed by Jeremy Jones, is Woody’s impressive shed complete with beer fridge, sawhorses and tools. Dale Henderson’s lighting design is excellent as always, and operated expertly by Wayne Gould. Written by acclaimed NZ playwright Michele Amas, who died last year, and directed by Geraldine Broderick, The Pink Hammer runs until July 1 at 16th Avenue Theatre. Rosalie Liddle Crawford

GIGGUIDE & ENTERTAINMENT GREER’S GASTRO BAR Sunday 18 – Extraordinary Machine 5-8pm. Jazz and easy listening duo. Carol Power vocals and Chris Williamson guitar. THE HOP HOUSE Saturday 17 – Closing Down Party with Shotgun Tuesday from 4pm. Toner, Franks and Beano from 9.30pm – late. Drinks specials, free entry. THE MATUA Wednesday 21 - A Taste of Your Music - Sing with the band 7.30pm.

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For more than two years The Hop House has catered to locals and beer fans alike, forging a reputation for quality products and friendly service. Live music has featured regularly, including a show from Irish super star Mundy. Comedy nights, films and a regular quiz night all added to the unique character of the business but it is the beer events that really set the venue apart. Regular beer tastings, festivals, award-winning ‘Meet the Brewer’ nights and a rotating tap policy saw more than 500 different beers available. These events, combined with fabulous support from the locals, saw The Hop House named the Top Pick for hospitality venues in Mount Maunganui by The Lonely Planet travel guide. “They say all good things must come to an end and this Saturday is our last day here as the building will be demolished to make way for a new development,” says The Hop House owner David Stanway. “We are having a huge send-off and everyone is welcome. Fabulous live music, world-class beer, great drink specials and live rugby will combine to celebrate the past two years.” It’s the end for The Hop House but not for David, who is working on a new project to bring something special to Wharf St in Tauranga. “The fit-out will be amazing and we’re looking forward to opening soon,” says David. Follow ‘The Hop House’ on Facebook for details.

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Glow Art At Katikati Community Centre

5.30-7.30pm. Ages 11+. Free. Bring along any old clothing to decorate in glow paint & wear at next week’s Glow Soccer event. Melody 027 738 9233

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Bay Network Singles Social Club 55+

who wish to make new friends & enjoy club activities, dining, shows, trips, bbq’s etc. Mary-Anne 027 207 1690 or 576 9988 Car Boot Sale Papamoa Community Church, 30 Evans Rd 8-11am. $5 a site. Car wash, food & real coffee. Arthur 021 163 7691 Car Boot Sale Greerton Village School, Greerton Road 7.30am - 12pm. Cost $5 per site. Shirley 577 1116 or 0274 146 040 Caravan & Motorhome Owners Interested in joining like minded people & attend weekend rallies? Neal 576 9031 Come Dancing Te Puke Te Puke Scottish Soc monthly dance (mid year Christmas theme), Te Puke War Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Live band, great company & supper. Door charge $7. Subs due. Valerie 573 7093 Computer Lessons Learn in your own time, at your own pace. Tauranga Library has a free course online to meet your needs. Visit one of our libraries to register. Free Blues Rock Concert Held June 24. Starring the amazing “Skeleton Crew” & Maria Fuller. Refreshments provided St James Church, 70 Pooles Rd, Greerton 2pm. Peter 022 323 9102 Friendship Force International Friendship & Home Hosting exchanges with other clubs worldwide. Barbara 574 5711 or email: Ian’s Tai Chi Class Saturday mornings at QE Park. Cancelled for the month of June. Indian Community Meeting With Priyanca Radhakrishnan July 1 at Papamoa Sports Centre, Gordon Spratt Reserve, Parton Rd 6pm. 021 996 373 Katikati Lions Moggies Market 2nd Saturday of the month. Crafts, plants, food etc. Memorial Hall Katikati 8-12 Leisure Marching Fun, fitness & friendship. Teams made up of adult members practice this non-competitive activity on various days & times throughout the week. Frances 544 1318 or 021 297 3407 LOL Laughter Wellness Come & laugh away your winter blues. Arataki Community Centre 11-11.45am. Koha. Trish 022 036 6768 email Mamil - Comedy Mark Hadlow in Mamil at Baycourt Addison Theatre 7.30pm. Messianic Meetings Every Sat at Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui 10am. Seek to unite together in our walk to put truth into action on a daily basis. 544 7424 or 0210 226 3515

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Sat 7.30-8.30pm & every Sun 7-8pm, Hanmer Clinic, 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton. Mon 7-8pm & Fri 7.308.30pm, Hillier Centre. 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui. Women’s Meeting every Tues 10.30-11.30am Downstairs Hall, Salvation Army Recovery Church, 375 Cameron Rd. 0800 NA TODAY Peace Vigil Come to support the United Nations Conference to negotiate a Nuclear Weapons Ban. From a Nuclear Free New Zealand to a Nuclear Free World. At the Tidal Steps, The Strand 1.30-2.30pm. 544 0448 Petanque @ Club Mt Maunganui Sat 1pm. Equip available, all levels welcome. Arnold 544 5598 Scandinavian & Nordic Midwinter dinner July 1. Hyggelig shared dinner, candle lights, songs, trivia quiz. Wesley Hall 6-10pm. RSVP Hanne 570 6121 Social Dance July 29, Greerton Hall, 1247 Cameron Rd 7.30pm. BYO drinks & nibbles. Supreme Dance Centre 544 2337 or 027 322 1786. Just come on the night. Tauranga Indoor Radio Control Car Club race day at Mount Sports Centre. Track set up from 8am, practice starting asap. Come & have a look & pick up a new hobby. Tauranga Meditation Group Intro to meditation classes 1st Tues of month 7-8.30pm. General classes every 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month. $5 koha. Blind Foundation, 160 17th Ave, Tauranga. (Vehicular access opposite Historic Village) Tauranga Repertory Theatre The Pink Hammer on until July 1 at 16th Ave Theatre. Tickets available through iTicket: jun/the-pink-hammer Tauranga Society of Artist 2017 Art Expo including Trustpower/TSA Supreme Award. Community Centre Elizabeth Street West. 9.30-5pm. The Pink Hammer Live Show, NZ Comedy Drama. Wood work for dummies. Held until 1 July at 16th Ave Theatre. Village Radio Museum Community radio broadcasting from Tauranga Historic Village 1368 kHz AM. Music of 1940’s - 90’s weekends 9am - 5pm, weekdays 10am - 5pm. or 571 3710

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A Course in Miracles Spirited discussion

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Sun of month at Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga 8am - 12pm. Stallholders - booking a carpark site is essential. Email Alf Bible Seminars Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St 1.45pm. Title: “The Trinity - what the Bible teaches.” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. Vic 543 0504 Chamber Music Concert Series Featuring Dr Indra Hughes – well known Auckland organist & broadcaster at St Peter’s Anglican Church, 15 Victoria Rd, Mt Maunganui 2.30pm. Admission at door only. Tickets $20 per adult & school aged children are free. Croquet Every Sun, Tues & Fri at Tauranga Domain, Cameron Rd 12.45pm. Beginners welcome. Peter 571 0633 Czech and Slovak Club Tauranga Czech School & Playgroup. Guests welcome! Tauranga Boys College, 10am - 12noon, Devonport Rd, More info: https://www. Farmers Market In the Phoenix Car Park middle of Mount Mainstreet 9am-1pm. Fire & Ice - Walk the Lakes Family fun walk. Registration from 9am, walk starts 10am. $10 entry fundraising for Tauranga Parents Centre. At the Lakes subdivision, Tauriko. Get dressed up in your favourite ‘fire’ or ‘ice’ costumes. Karyn 021 667 373 or Maketu Market Every 3rd & 5th Sunday at Maketu Village Green 8am - 12pm. Stall holders set up from 6am. Pat 533 5687 Movie Night Fundraiser The Zookeepers Wife at Rialto Cinema 6.30pm. Raising funds for families who have school-aged children & a parent who has Motor Neurone Disease/ALS. Tickets from Walton Railton, cnr 8th Ave & Cameron Rds. Email: Old Time Music Makers Club Every third Sunday at Welcome Bay Hall 1-4pm. $3 entry & ladies a plate please. Quakers in Tauranga In hall behind Brain Watkins House, cnr Elizabeth St/ Cameron Rd 10am for an hour of mainly silent worship followed by tea/coffee & talk. 544 0448 Radio Controlled Model Yachts Meet Sun 1.30pm & Thurs 1.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to sail Electron & similar 3ft long yachts, for fun. Adult beginners welcome. Graham 572 5419

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zen’s Hall, 14 Norris St 7pm. Mini expo Healers & Readers. Members $3, non members $5. Raffle draw $2. 022 0670 467 Te Puke Country Music Club Please note change of venue: Te Puke Citz RSA Club 1pm start. See you all there.

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speaking, keep helping, keep succeeding. 1st, 3rd & 5th Mon of month at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Brookfield, Tauranga 7.30-9.30pm. Craig 027 587 5115 Active Adults Fun Fitness Aerobic, weights, yoga. Every Mon at Arataki Community Centre 9-10am. $7. Lynda 574 0457 or 029 230 0162 Al Anon Support offered to those affected by someone’s addiction to alcohol. Every Mon at St George’s Church, Cameron Rd, Tauranga 7pm. Chrissy 281 0933 Badminton Club Every Mon, Aquinas College, Pyes Pa 7.30-9.30pm. Adults & year 12 & above. Racquets available. Sue 0211 944 335 Beginner Ballroom & Latin Would you like to dance? Club Mt Maunganui 8pm. Free introductory lesson every Monday though June. Just come along. Udance2 The Dance Centre. Dean/Miki 542 1295 Email: 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. Thurs at Tauranga Senior Citizens Hall, Norris St be-hind Pak n Save. All classes 9.15-10.15am. Dianne 576 5031/027 431 4326 Bowls Every Mon at Bethlehem Hall, Main Highway 7.15pm. First 3 nights free. Wendy 578 2585 Chess Mount Maunganui Mount RSA Chess Club every Mon at Mount RSA, 544 Maunganui Rd. Early programme 6-7.30pm during school term. Late programme 7.30pm onwards. Standard chess rules. Incl casual games. Noel 579 5412 Computer Lessons New to the computer or just want to brush up on your Digital Skills? Tauranga Library has a free course online to meet your needs. Visit one of our Libraries to register. Dance Along Learn to dance & new dances at a great spot. Rumbas, waltzes, new vogue sequence, tangos, Cha Cha & more. Te Puke Citizens & RSA club every Mon 6.30 - 8.30pm. No cover or entry charge. Gordon/Diane 572 0060 Fitness League Low impact exercise set to music using the Bagot Stack technique, for women of all ages & abilities. First class free. Mon at Settlers Hall Omokoroa 9.30am & Tues St Johns Anglican Church Waihi 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378

2017 Art Expo including Trustpower/TSA Supreme Award. Community Centre Elizabeth Street West. 9.30-4pm.

Every Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace & the joy of life. Stop those thoughts. Enjoy good health & better quality of sleep. David/Trisha 570 1204

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25 of the Bay’s top psychics, healers & spiritualists. Greerton Community Hall 6.45pm for 7pm. One-time only fee of $10, then everything is free. 578 7205

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Genealogy Group Friendly group meet in the Mako Room, Papamoa Community Centre 1.30-3.30pm. Assistance offered to anyone with an interest in researching their family history. Daphne 575 4674 Harmony A Plenty Barber Shop Chorus. Monday nights. Bethlehem Community Church 183 Moffat Road. 543 5240 Mah Jong Every Mon at Arataki Community Centre, 1-4. Ph 576 3455 Mah Jong Every Mon at Tauranga South Bowling Club, 11th Ave 12.45-4pm. Visitors & beginners welcome - free teaching available. Shirley 576 0014 Mt Maunganui Bridge Club Every Mon 12.45-4.15pm, with junior & novice sessions 7-9.15pm. Weds 7-10.15pm. Thurs 10.45am - 2.15pm (bring your lunch). Fri 12.45-4.15pm. 60 Golf Rd. $3 members $5 visitors. Anne 572 5522 Omokoroa Beach Indoor Bowling Club

Meet at Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd Mon 1.30pm & Tues 7.30pm. Cost $3. Anne 548 1636

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Champions Pairs 7pm & Club night, Matua Primary School Hall, Clivedene St 7.15pm. New members welcome. Karen 576 0443 Piloga Classes Fusion of Pilates & yoga movements. Every Mon & Fri at Arataki Community Centre 10.05-11.20am. $15 per class. Plunket Car Seat Clinic Car seats checked & fitted by qualified Child Restraint Technicians. No appointment necessary. Every Mon & Thurs. Donation appreciated. 471 Devonport Road, Tauranga. Ph 578 7813 Recycled Teenagers Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards. Mon & Weds, 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club. Tues at St Mary’s Church Hall, Girven Rd. All 9 - 10.30am. First class free. Jennifer 571 1411 St Columba Indoor Bowling Club Otumoetai Rd, Cherrywood. Names in by 7.15pm, 7.30pm start. All playing levels welcome. Paul 576 6324 Tauranga Creative Fibre Every Mon at Arts Centre, Elizabeth St from 9.30am. Spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crochet & more. Also on Thurs evening twice a month. Margaret 571 3483 or 021 0817 0350 or Tauranga Rock n Roll Club Inc Every Mon at Legion of Frontiersmen’s Hall, 165 Elizabeth St 7- 8pm. Lessons & Social Evening of Dancing. Members $3, non-members $5. Check the Facebook pages. Malcolm 027 592 7240 Tauranga Senior Citizens Club Cards, 500 & Bridge Mon & Thurs. Indoor Bowls Tues, Weds & Sat at 14 Norris St, behind Pak n Save 1-4pm. Register by 12.45pm. $2 incl afternoon tea. Women’s Art Group Every Mon at Lyceum Club Rooms, 68 1st Ave 9am 12pm. Margaret 543 3244 Zonta Tauranga Welcome like minded women helping to raise profile promoting & protecting the rights of women & girls in our community & internationally. Meet every 2nd Mon 5.30pm. Tauranga Club + Dinner. Suzy 021 266 5044

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Tues at Tauranga Boys’ College Gym. Juniors 6-7.30pm (term time), seniors (adults) 7.30-9.30pm. Adults $7, student $5. Delwyn 027 212 4720 Alcoholics Anonymous Meet every Tues at St Peter’s Church Hall, 11 Victoria Rd, Mount 7.30-8.30pm. 0800 229 6757

Altrusa Women’s Community Service Grp Meet 2nd Tues evening for dinner/

business. 4th Tues for social evening monthly. Email: president.tauranga@ Anxiety Support Group Support for people with an experience of Anxiety. Please phone Junction 543 3010 for info or transport, 1pm- 2pm Cards 500 Every Tues & Thurs at Mount Senior Citizen’s, 345 Maunganui Rd 12.45pm. Garry 576 3033 Computer Lessons Word, Excel, Powerpoint, from Basic to advanced. Tauranga Library has a free course online to meet your needs. Visit one of our libraries to register. Euchre Have fun playing Euchre. Tuesday at Greerton RSA 7-9pm. $2 per session. 543 3441. Fitness League Ladies exercise with dance, weights, floor work every Tues at St Columba Church, 502 Otumoetai Rd, Cherrywood 9.30-10.30am. Gloria 021 139 2448 Free Community Fit Club Low impact, full muscle workout. Historic Village 9.15am. 576 3642 or Freshmoves 2017 BOP Dance at Baycourt Addison Theatre 7pm. www. Greerton Indoor Bowling Club Greerton visit Oropi. Sally 571 8914 Greerton Lions Club 1st & 3rd Tues of month at Fairway Lounge, Tauranga Racecourse 6pm. Bill 543 4424 Inachord Chorus Womens singing group. New director, new direction Bethlehem Community Church Building. 183 Moffat Rd, Bethlehem 7.15. Debbie 021 1291 126 or 548 2483 Israeli Dancing Every Tues, Gate Pa Primary School, Cameron Rd 7-8pm. All ages welcome, no partner required. Maria 544 1680/022 165 2114 Junction Mental Health Peer Support & Advocacy: Coffee & Chat at St James’ Hall, Greerton. 10am-12pm Phone 5433010 for further information. Katikati Bridge Club 2 sessions a week. Tues 1pm & Weds 7pm. Alison 549 0797 (Tues) or Lyn 552 0924 (Weds) Petanque Bayfair Petanque Club, every Tues & Thurs at Russley Drive 1pm. Equipment & coaching available. Try a new sport. Margie 542 0084 or 021 0293 7459 Petanque - Tga/BOP Club Club Mt Maunganui 1pm start. Equip available, coaching given. Linda 544 2818 Raft Coffee Morning Informal cancer support group. Meet people on the same journey as you & help each other stay afloat through your experiences. Meet 3rd Tues of month at Raft Café, 65 Chapel St 10-11.30am. Angelique 927 6505 Sequence Dancing Tauranga Social & Leisure Club, every Tues in St John Anglican Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd 7-9.30pm except 2nd Tues each month, afternoon dancing 3.30-6pm. Visitors welcome. Murray 576 3294 South City Indoor Bowls Club night – 2x4x2 Pairs at Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Mary 541 0687

Tauranga Continuing Education (60+) Group at

Otumoetai Baptist Church, 241 Otumoetai Rd, 3rd Tues of month. Lectures start 10am. $4 charge to cover expenses. Speaker: Dr William de Lange, Department of Natural Resources, University of Waikato. Topic: Evolution of the Tauranga Harbour. David 544 4179

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Tauranga Meditation Group Intro to meditation classes 1st Tues of month 7-8.30pm. General classes other Tues. $5 koha. Blind Foundation, 160 17th Ave, Tauranga. Tauranga Orchid Society

Speaker: Conrad Coenen – “Terrestrial orchids & their care.” Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 7pm. Visitors welcome. Tauranga Samba Brazilian drumming/ percussion at Mount Sports Centre cnr Hull & Maunganui Rds 7.15-9.15pm. No experience needed. Rob 021 232 7185 Tauranga Scrabble Club Tues at Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 8.50am. 3 games $3. New players welcome. 544 8372 Tauranga Target Rifle Club Shooting every Tues 7pm. Ellis 578 0098 Tauranga Toastmasters Weekly at Tauranga Lyceum Club 7.15 - 9.30pm. Learn public speaking & leadership skills. Alan 544 5989

Wednesday 21 June

Age Concern Walking Group Mid

Winters Christmas at Nautilus. Renee 576 6699 Alcoholics Anonymous Reflections at Te Puke every Weds at Te Puke Baptist Church, Station Rd 7.30-8.30pm. 0800 229 6757 ANZ Premiership Netball Magic vs Stars. Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic take on the Northern Stars at ASB Arena 7.40-9pm. Tickets from $9.99

Aongatete Forest Project Working Bee From 9.30am - 12.30pm. Activities include clearing tracks & installing traps. Bring secateurs, hammer & nail pouch (if you have them). Morning tea provided. Meet at Aongatete Carpark, 837 Wright Rd. Email: to register.

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Every Weds at St Columba Church Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga 6.30-8.30pm. 0211 245 982 or 576 4112 Bowls Indoor Every Weds & Fri at Mount Senior Citizen’s, 345 Maunganui Rd 12.45pm. Nancy/Ernie 575 4650 Community Bible Study Int Every Weds at City Church, 252 Otumoetai Rd 7-9pm. Bible study on “The Book of Genesis.” Julie 552 4068 Community Tai Chi Class Bethlehem Hall 1-2pm. First lesson free. Term concession rate. Qualified tutor & instructor Trish member AATC. Computer Lessons Learn in your own time, at your own pace. Tauranga Library has a free course online to meet your needs. Visit one of our libraries to register. Fernlands Water Exercise Class Every Weds 10.45-11.45am. Suitable for accident or illness rehabilitation. Helpful in weightloss or arthritis. Classes held rain or shine. Jennifer 571 1411 Friends of the Library Papamoa Library Book Group. Theme this month – International Authors. Meet 10am Gail 574 3376 Gate Pa Indoor Bowls Club night at Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Kevin 543 4044

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Open to boys/girls yrs 4-6. Meet Weds during school term at Greerton Scout Hal, Hynds Rd, Tauranga 5.30-7pm. Email: Healing Rooms Experience God’s healing touch, Wednesdays 1-3pm. No charge all ages welcome Now upstairs at Graced Op Shop, cnr 11th Ave & Christopher St. Ph 021 110 0878. International Day of Yoga Free community yoga class at Creative Yoga Studio, 60 Main Rd, Katikati 6.157.15pm. Yoga mats provided. Koha donations welcome. www.creativeyoga. Kiwi Toasters Every 1st, 3rd & 5th Weds of the month at 3 Palm Springs Boulevard (same building as Palm

Springs Pharmacy) 5.30-7pm. Chrissy 027 296 7939 Let’s Learn Courses, classes, workshops, activities - options galore. www. Shelley 544 9557 Mah Jong Every Weds at Tauranga Citz Club cnr Cameron Rd/13th Ave 12.454pm. Wendy 579 2851 Mount Healing & Spiritual Centre 1st & 3rd Weds at Omanu Bowling Club, Golf Rd, Mount 7pm. Guest: Sharon McAuliffe - teachings/interactive. Door charge $3. Interested in development groups? Janet 027 264 0226 Papamoa Outdoor Bowls Roll Ups Weds & Sun, Gordon Spratt Reserve 12.45pm. Gail 574 0177 Scottish Country Dancing Every Weds at Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maunganui Rd 7pm. Lynne 573 5055

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Every Weds at Tauranga Rowing Club, Devonport Rd 10am - 2.30pm & 7.30-9.30pm. Beginners welcome. Jenny 07 219 7740

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Karangahake via Scotsman’s Gully to trig & return via Dubbo. Grade mod, approx. 5.5 hrs. Bob 5711227 Tauranga Table Tennis All grades. Singles & Doubles. Memorial Hall 12.45 - 3pm. Mixed Social Doubles 7.30 - 9.30pm. Roy 578 7800

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Meeting 2nd & 4th Wednesdays. This week’s topic is Numerology. Doors open 6.30 Entry $5 includes raffles & refreshments. Lyceum Club 8 Palmer Court. Kerry 021 607 797 Toastmasters - City Early Start Build your confidence, find your voice & open doors of opportunity in 2017 Classic Flyers Avgas Cafe every Weds 7.00-8.15am. Lani 0210 445 654

Thursday 22 June

A Place to Bee Free craft session every Thurs at Lighthouse Church 11am 1pm. Learn a new skill, have coffee, meet new friends & have a chat. Bay City Rockers Social Rock n Roll dancing as well as Neon Moon, Rock n Roll Waltz. Every Thurs at Senior Citizen’s Hall, Norris St 7-9.30pm. $3 entry. Gavin 027 643 6222

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Every Thurs at 14th Ave Gospel Centre 10am 12pm for a Bible study on “The Book of Matthew.” Jack/Betty 544 3809 EmployNZ Free Course Tauranga Library 10 – 11am Find out more about the free Retail, Hospitality, IT, Foundation Skills & Fitness Courses. Sally 027 652 1429 Fitness League Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique. Helps posture, balance & stamina. Free 1st class. Thurs: Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave/Cameron Rd 9.30am. Weds: Katikati Memorial Hall 10am. Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 7170 Free Guitar Lessons Every Thurs at Historic Village 10-11.30am. Limited to 3 people per day. Register with Joseph 020 408 97462 Free Meditation Classes Every Thurs at Meredith Hall, Fraser St, Merivale (near Yatton Park) 7.30pm. Enjoy good health & better quality of sleep. Ian 576 2032 Friends of the Library Greerton Library Chat Group. Speaker: Joanna Thomas – an update on the community engagement for the Central City Library. Meet 10am for tea/coffee Pam 571 2566 Happiness & Our Mind Drop-in meditation classes, beginners welcome. Classes are self-contained so start any date. Every Thurs at Greerton Library, 139 Greerton Rd 7-8.30pm. Cost $15 per class. Mount/Papamoa Coffee & Chat Phone 543 3010 at Junction Mental Health Peer Support & Advocacy for further

information. Transport available if required. 1pm-2pm Narcotics Anonymous Closed men’s meeting every Thurs at Waipuna Park Hall, 25 Kaitemako Rd, Welcome Bay 7.30-8.30pm. Opera Forum La Boheme Puccini’s ever popular romance from 19th century Paris. Tickets from Bureta Pharmacy or House of Travel, Spring St. Complimentary wine & canapes. Tauranga Opera Forum 577 0583 Petanque Bayfair Petanque Club, every Tues & Thurs at Russley Drive 1pm. Equipment & coaching available. Try a new sport. Margie 542 0084 or 021 0293 7459 Simplee Cre8ive Every Thurs at Arataki Community Centre, Bayfair 9am 2.30pm. All crafts. Jenny 574 7401 Sunshine Dance Group Learn sequence dancing every Thurs at Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave/Cameron Rd 7-8.30pm followed by dancing until 10pm. $2pp entrance includes supper. Jan 544 4379 Taoist Tai Chi New beginner classes start July 6 at Senior Citizen’s Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd, Mount 6.15pm. First night free. Dianne 0211 466 890 Tauranga Heart Support Group Low impact group exercise class for those with or at risk of heart & associated diseases. Mon & Thurs at City Church, Otumoetai Rd 9.30-10.30am. $4pp. Diana 021 0476 155 Tennis Seniors WBOP Players 35 years plus. Tauranga Lawn Tennis Club, Wharepai Domain 9am - 12pm. $3 ball fee. Lynda 021 057 6601 The ‘Epic’ Great Debate An hilarious night out. Te Puke Citizen’s Club 6.30pm. Starring Raybon Kan, Ginette McDonald, Greg Brownless, Will Johnson, Brayden Cresswell & William Veale. Reserve tables for 6 (drinks/nibbles included $200. General admission $25, students $15, tickets available at Paper Plus Te Puke. Epic Te Puke fundraiser. Women’s Singing Group Every Thurs at 68 1st Ave 11am. Beginners welcome. Marie 576 1300

Friday 23 June

Be Your Own DNA Detective Learn about DNA testing for family history purposes June 23 & 24 at Papamoa Community Centre. Kate 929 7884

Chess Tauranga Tauranga RSA, Greerton 5-7pm, for the whole family. Longer if necessary for longer games. Incl casual games. Standard chess rules. Werner 548 1111 http:/www.westernbopchess.weebly. com/ Counselling Need to talk? First session free at Arataki Community Centre. To book your appointment, Karen: 021 579 249 Embrace Dancing Classes Every Friday. Come & learn West Coast Swing. First class free. Elizabeth Street Community Centre 6.45. Vero 021 191 161 Falun Dafa Ancient wisdom applicable in 2017. Welcome to Free Exercise & Meditation Classes. Huia Rm, Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd 7pm. Judy 021 0425 398 Friday Fun Night Greerton Aquatic & Leisure Centre 5.30-7.30pm. Heaps of fun music & games. Tickets: Only $5 per child with family passes available. Greerton Indoor Bowling Club Club night, Tauranga City Silver Band Hall, Yatton St. Names in by 7.15pm. Sally 571 8914 Mah Jong - Mt Maunganui Every Fri at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Dee St 12.45-4pm. Joy 578 7310 Oceanside Mah Jong Club Friday afternoons. St Peter’s church hall, Victoria Rd. Jayne 574 6903 or Mob 021 611 974. Table Tennis Tauranga Memorial Hall. Social doubles singles 1-3pm. Junior Club 3.30-5.30pm. Training squad 5.30-7pm. Club night 7.30-9.30pm. Paul 021 884 021 Tauranga Astronomical Society Free presentation about the Winter solstices that gave rise to cultural & seasonal timings in many early civilisations. Computer generated pictures demonstrates how they were viewed. Fergusson Park Hall 7.30pm. Tauranga Lyceum Club Women’s friendship club. Catered lunch first Fri of month & dinner 3rd Weds with interesting speakers. Other activities include painting, music & bridge. 68 1st Ave. Margaret 543 3244 The Shades July 7 at Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Rd, Tauranga 8pm. 4 fine young men, 4 divine voices. Adults $45, students $20. Tickets available from Hospice Shops &

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NEED A BUILDER? Licensed, 20 years experience. Available for all types of projects and alterations. Attention to detail and quality assured. Ph 021 209 0972

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

PAINTED ON PAINTING services & Handyman. Interior, exterior painting. 8 years exp. Ph 027 945 7332

BUILDING OR RENOVATING? Be inspired. Get the right look. Book a personal in-home consultation today. FREE measure and quote. BOP Curtains & Blinds. Ph 571 2345 or 021 725 721

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

ELECTRICIAN, 18+ years experience, NZ registered. Residential & commercial, maintenance & service, new builds, renovations. Fast, friendly service. Ph Andrew 022 354 1960 HANDYMAN BUILDING and section maintenance, decks, fencing, pergolas, painting, water blasting, odd jobs. Free quotes Ph Rossco 027 270 3313 or 544 5911

Found Young Adult Ginger Cat, Papamoa Area, Ref: 97392, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245 Found Young Adult Black Cat, Papamoa Area, Ref: 97393, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245 Found Tabby Adult Male Cat, Paengaroa Area, Ref: 97454, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245

PLASTERING, INTERIOR WALLS & ceilings. Tradesman 30yrs exp. Skimming, painting prep. Small jobs OK. Ph Murray 027 266 5657 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE/ RENO’s - experienced generalist for HANDYMAN work - not LBP. Have lots of trade contacts when needed. We have our own property portfolio and photos of work done. Fair rate for good finish. Available Now. Ph Roger 021 689 592 ROOF REPAIRS free quotes for all maintenance of leaking roofs, gutter cleaning & repairs. Chimney maintenance & repairs. Registered roofer, 30yrs exp. Ph Peter 542 4291 or 027 436 7740

Found Grey Adult Male Cat, Mount Maunganui Area, Ref: 97460, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245

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Musical-Matinee. Let us know your email address and we can keep you up to date with any new shows immediately. Free Door to Door service. No 8 Tours team on 579 3981 or Email

”A A A” – MID – WINTER CHRISTMAS TOUR: - (2) – Waiheke Island Escape: - (3) The NEW Bay of Islands & Beyond Itinerary: - (4) Huka Luxury Lodge Luncheon: - (5) Westside Story Show & Tickets, Auckland: - (6) Chatham Islands Venture: - (7) Cirque du Soleil Show & Tickets, Auckland: - (8) Stewart Island & Beyond. Contact us for full details, and to chat about our other unique Trips. We provide door to door service (we will pick you up, and take you home again after tours). Free Tour Newsletter. Ph Hinterland Tours Team on 575 8118 or 027 235 7714

NO 8 TOURS NEW ZEALAND’S SENIOR TRAVEL CLUB – Join our Club today for Free to receive all our VIP Members Benefits. (1) TranzAlpine Express and Wild West Coast – September 3rd - 6th – 4 Days away. (2) Forgotten Rail Carting - September 20th-22nd - 3 Days away. (3) Whimsical Whanganui Heritage Homes & River - October 10th-14th - 5 Days away. BOOK NOW - Free Door to Door service. No 8 Tours team on 579 3981 or Email

ANOTHER W.O.W. (WORLD OF WEARABLE ART) Trip to Wellington. We have preferential Premium tickets (Better than “A” Reserve) for this spectacular annual show. This will be our tenth year to the show. Cost is the same as last year. Book now with John’s Tours ph 576 9305

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

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LIVING ALONE? Would you like to join us for a wee outing and some fellowship. June 28th – A trip to Tirau with lunch at Okoroire – Only $78 – Door to Door. Give me a call today to book. Ph Zealandier Tours 575 6425

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

NO 8 TOURS NEW ZEALAND’S SENIOR TRAVEL CLUB; Its Show-Time Sunday August 20th;Matilda, the multi-award winning

GUN OR RIFLE CABINET. Must be lockable with keys. Anything considered. Ph Geoff 022 098 6654

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

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