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quickly recaptured or shot, but John fled into the mountains where he eventually hid in a stook of grain, before being linked with the partisans. For the next week, he was guided through the mountains at night, sheltering in barns through the day, before eventually arriving back behind the Allied front. “It’s something you really don’t discuss,� says John. After the positive experience of writing about his service he encourages others to do the same.

To help mark Anzac Day this year, Bayfair shopping centre is publishing the stories of other locals involved in the services. To read more about John’s experience and his wife Noeline who waited for him, turn to page 15. Pictured: World War Two veteran John Bell and wife Noeline look over some of his war mementoes. Photo by Bruce Barnard.


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Following basic training at Waiouru in 1941 he set sail on a big “adventure� bound for the Middle East then Italy. The reality soon hit home after landing in Italy at Taranto. Only a few weeks after arriving, soldiers from the 27th Battalion were trucked to near Aquila, where Germans were dug in defending their position. John soon found himself surrounded by Germans and captured as a prisoner – but managed to escape with others when guards were distracted by a Spitfire attack. Most were

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Bring on the handshake and hongi It started with SunLive asking readers which of the Tauranga suburbs is the ‘most dangerous’. It ended with me apologising to a delegation of chanting, placard-waving, Merivale people this week, who impressively took their valuable time off work on a Monday to protest outside the Sun offices. The good folk of Merivale got pretty worked up when the readership poll voted their neighbourhood the dubious title by 70 per cent. It was notable on a number of counts. Firstly, inspiring to see people standing up for their community.

Secondly, a major concern how the issue got twisted into a racial slur. And then, a demonstration of how powerful and influential SunLive has become in the media scene and its role as a forum for community issues. The poll was never a racist question, but somehow, a lot of those voting in the poll and commenting on the subsequent story, turned it into what some in Merivale perceived as a racial issue. For that, SunLive in the eyes of Merivale residents, became the messenger that needed shooting. Let’s be perfectly clear about this. The media and SunLive are quite entitled to provide freedom of speech. Just as the residents are entitled to it. And to protest. It’s the foundation of healthy democracy and a free society. It was the readership who voted Merivale most dangerous – not SunLive. In other words, the rest of you cold, heartless people out there. At no time did the newsdesk infer any racial undertones. People have the right to protest and the concerned residents of Merivale did so peacefully, yet firmly. Sure, one or two who stepped over the line of rational thinking, such as demanding all the land back and other irrelevant prattling. But we’ve seen those sort of extremes from both ends of the scale. We’ve said sorry to the people of Merivale if they took offence. Clearly, many did. Interesting that the BOP Times found the whole story suitably negative enough for them to send a photographer and reporter. Funny, Sun Media didn’t make the cut into the BOP Times version of the news when we won the region’s Westpac Best New Business Award or restored Tauranga’s oldest commercial building or any of the other positive milestones in Sun Media’s 12 year rise to the top of the BOP media scene. Maybe this week they were waiting for a bit of biffo or some colourful language. All

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they got was a healthy demonstration of how the community can band together with a reasonable, balanced media and find a common result – plus a lot of good handshakes and hongi. Hardly sensational stuff, and clearly without violence and bloodshed, it was deemed not interesting enough to publish. Here at The Sun, we continue to focus on being balanced and fair. When we get it wrong, we are man enough to say. And in this case, say sorry. We also should have known there are divisive and negative people out there who could turn such an issue into a destructive rant. As the region’s leading news source (SunLive) and most read newspaper (The Sun, Nielsen surveys) we are growing with the community. We are all learning. The growing number of comments on stories on SunLive will be moderated a bit tougher as a result, because it is clear that some gutless commentators are hiding behind a veil of anonymity to say things they don’t have the balls to put their name on. Good on you, the Merivale defenders,

In other news this week, the Tauranga Silly Council is re-thinking its plans to slap you with more water charges, after a public backlash. Council’s plan to increase water charges to $52 a year and up the volumetric rate by 11 cents encountered public opposition. Oddly enough, the water business is in the deep end because the introduction of water meters in 2004 enabled it to drop the fixed charge from $80 a year, to just $25, with the intention of recouping the difference with the volumetric charge and thereby putting more of the cost onto the heavy users. What they screwed up, however, was that it worked, and all of us good citizens conserved water. So the metered charge didn’t bring in the expected revenue. So other options are necessary to get the water department back on the right side of the ledger. Which means, that because we were careful and listened to calls for water conservation, we get to pay anyway. A case of damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. There’s an online forum setup from Monday for you to pour out your water concerns and comments.

Parting thought

With thanks to Roger Bailey: Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers. Unfortunately, all the Swiss league records were destroyed in a fire, and so we’ll never know for whom the Tells bowled. A man rushed into a busy doctor’s surgery and shouted, “Doctor! I think I’m shrinking!” The doctor calmly responded, “Now, settle down. You’ll just have to be a little patient”. A famous Viking explorer returned home from a voyage and found his name missing from the town register. His wife insisted on complaining to the local civic official, who apologised profusely saying, “I must have taken Leif off my census”.

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Pools network performing in spite of set backs

A turbulent year at the Tauranga pools network is reflected in the figures presented in the Tauranga City Aquatics Ltd half yearly report to council this week. The pools network is posting an operating surplus for the year to date of $756,328. Operating revenue, however – the money coming in the door from people paying for a swim – is only $2.2 million, compared with the $2.8 million budgeted for. What’s given the pools network the surplus in a year where the Mount Hot Pools were closed several months for repairs, losing $300,000 in revenue, and reduced health club revenue owing to database issues and reduced sales – is the council bail out.

The city council paid for the major repairs, granting the pools network $2.4 million, compared to the $366,000 that was budgeted for. It boosted TCAL’s total revenue from a budgeted $3.2 to $4.7 million. The work at the hot pools may not be over yet, says TCAL chief executive Tania Delahunty. There is concern about the ability to maintain pool temperatures in the colder weather. It dropped a bit on a recent cool Saturday. It’s under observation and TCAL is at it with the contractor Mainzeal. “There are ongoing thoughts on the capacity of the heat exchangers to maintain some of the pool temperatures in the colder weather,” says Tania. On the achievements side, Tania



says TCAL’s participation in the ‘Schools in Pools’ programme in association with Sport Bay of Plenty and Water Safety NZ will see 13,000 students using the pools during the year. The network’s retail sales have also been increased. Baywave has more than doubled its retail income from $5000 to nearly $11,000. The other pools also reported increased sales. Forty six per cent of the sales are goggles says Tania. The other main sales item is swimwear at 36 per cent. Following the appointment of a councillor-heavy board replacing the previous incumbents who resigned when the multi-million Mount Hot pools redevelopment was stopped, a new strategic plan for the pools will be completed by June. By Andrew Campbell




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Equal speeches compete Senior high school students from Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty are competing in regional heats of the Race Unity Speech Award on Thursday, March 22. Their seven to eight minute speeches, delivered in Maori or English, focus on the topic ‘A Fair Go for All: Rite Tahi Tatou Katoa’. Organiser, Anita Parkinson says that “In preparing their speeches students are required to consider the following quotation from the Bahá’í Writings: ‘Remedies to racial prejudice and intolerance must...address first and foremost those mental illusions that have for so many thousands of years given rise to false concepts of superiority and inferiority...’ ”. The national speech contest, initiated by the New Zealand Baha’i Community in 2001 in support of Race Unity Day, has steadily gained

momentum during the last 11 years. In recent years the NZ Police, the Human Rights Commission and the Office of Ethnic Affairs have thrown their support behind it as they see the value in promoting race relations awareness among young New Zealanders. “This speech competition targets youth as champions in promoting racial harmony and challenges them to harness their powers of expression to highlight crucial issues facing not just young people, but society in general and to think about ways to effect positive change. They are our promise for the future and their opinions are valued,” says Anita The Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty heat is being held in the St. Enoch’s Church on Thursday, March 22 at 7 pm. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

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Thin blue soccer line

Bay of Plenty emergency services soccer team Mark Parkes, Ben Brown, Hayden Fawke, and Gavin Foster Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Run fast and tackle hard. With almost half of the national police soccer team recently picked from the Western Bay forces, it is a good sign for community safety. The five national team members were picked after the team’s success at the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games held in Lower Hutt last week, where the Bay of Plenty team came fifth of 10 regional and state soccer teams competing. It was the first time the region has competed. Mount police sergeant and

soccer player Gavin Foster says the team, which was made completely from Western Bay police, had played “relatively well” considering the competition was dominated by New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. “We had wanted to make the top four for the playoffs, but Waikato beat us to take fourth.” Ironically, the team arrived home from the competition last Tuesday night with five players given the call up to play for the national team two days later – where they beat Australia 8-4. “We have to go over to Melbourne in two years to defend our title and we will try to take a better Tauranga team so we

do better in the pool play,” says Gavin. Following their success on the soccer field, most players are joining forces with Te Puke United in a team in the Bay One grade this soccer season. The other local players in the soccer team are Ben Brown, Mark Parkes, Cain MacGregor and Hayden Fawke. Other Bay of Plenty police to win gold representing New Zealand in other codes at the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games were Aaron Williams (cricket) and Nicky Scraft (netball), while Jonathon Simmonds (hockey) came second. By Hamish Carter



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Targeting success

Mykel Turner aims high with his archery. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Encouraged to find a sport four years ago, Mykel tried his hand at archery and was soon hooked. But for Mykel, the immediate appeal was not because he was good at it – in fact, it was because he was so bad. “I couldn’t hit the target even from five metres away – I must have been the worst person they

had ever had,” says the 16 year old who is soon representing New Zealand at a trans-Tasman youth competition. “I think that (being so bad) was probably the thing that made me want to keep it up, because I hate failing. I hate losing – it makes me work even harder.” Mykel recently won three golds at the national archery championships, gold in the three events of target, field and clout (a ground target around a flag), and champion of champion in the under-17 men’s “cadet” grade. “I was pretty happy with the result at the nationals. You are up

against the top of your age group.” Mykel has already achieved his two archery goals for the year, being selected for the transTasman youth team competition in April and scoring 1200 from a perfect 1440. So now he has already set the new goal of 1250 points. Beyond that, he ultimately is aiming for the Olympics. Next Saturday, March 24, he is heading for Gisborne for team training to prepare for the mid April competition. For details on how you can help Mykel cover expenses with sponsorship email him at By Hamish Carter


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Golden ring of gratitude

Lady luck was on Guido and Mirella Veneziano’s side when the Italian couple lost their wedding ring last week. Arriving home from Brookfield New World, Guido realised he was not wearing his wedding band that had been his faithful companion for the last 58 years. A despairing search of shopping bags and through the car ensued, but to no avail. “I was very, very sad, more for its

sentimental value than the commercial one,” says Guido. The next day, the couple, who have lived in New Zealand for five years, were given another reason why to love their adopted country, when they asked if by chance somebody had found a ring. “I could not believe when the shop assistant replied ‘yes’ and gave my ring to me. “These kinds of things very seldom happen in Italy and Europe. I was really, very well

impressed.” The couple want to thank the honest person who gave the ring to supermarket staff. The retired couple moved to Tauranga to follow their daughter and son-in-law Raffaella and John Cruickshank, who fell under New Zealand’s spell and shifted out. Before moving to New Zealand, the retired couple were running an Italian restaurant in Sri Lanka for 13 years before living in Cyprus for 15 years. By Hamish Carter


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Living from the land William Robinson with his bustling bee family. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

The voyage to become fully sustainable began almost as a challenge for Karen and William Robinson.

They were setting up home on 12 acres in Oropi with a large garden and some livestock – it was to be their slice of paradise. They decided to generate their own power when they discovered it would cost $15,000 to install a transformer to get power to the property. Being motivated by saving money may be at odds with the stereotype of sustainability greenies, but Karen says they also wanted to prove their many critics wrong. “We thought we could do better by putting in our own generator. We had a lot of people around us saying that we wouldn’t be able to do it, so we saw it as a challenge.” But, when the price of fuel

jumped the next year, they decided to take the plunge into solar panels and a wind generator. For a total investment of $30,000 – excluding William’s own labour for installing the equipment – the property was wired with photovoltaic panels, wind generation and backup batteries. “We don’t have huge amounts to spend on these things, so we have done a lot of research to find out what has worked for other people.” Power is just part of the sustainable story at the ‘Solar Barn’. Karen and William’s vehicles are fuelled with recycled cooking oil and an orchard area irrigated by treated grey water. By growing their own fruit and vegetables, honey, eggs, milk and most of their meat and making their own cheese and preserves, they are now 80 per cent sustainable in their food – but aim to be

100 per cent within five years. Karen loves growing great food for a fraction of the cost and says even city residents can enjoy the same benefits by converting lawn to a large garden, fruit trees and chickens. “We love talking to people about our experiences – including the time the generator blew up and there was oil all over the shed. It has its challenges, but we believe it’s definitely worthwhile.” She loves showing sustainability is not just for “dope-smoking hippies” and you do not have to give up your modern appliances, computers or internet access. The Robinson’s are hosting tours of the property every Saturday in March between 10am and 2pm, which they are following with detailed workshops on sustainable topics. For more details visit By Hamish Carter

Calling all Katikati artists More stallholders are wanted for Katikati’s new arts and crafts market. Organiser Sandy William says the market, held beside Forta Leza restaurant every third Sunday, is proving to be a hit with local artists and craftspeople, but there is still space for more stallholders. She says the market, the first focussed on art and

craft in the area, includes musical entertainment and offers visitors a chance to try their hand at art at some stalls – including making pictures from melted wax. The market runs this Sunday, March 18 from 9am-2pm at Forta Leza on State Highway 2. For more details phone 07 549 2770.

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Growing Bay’s kiwi haven Thousands of hours of volunteer work to help restore the Western Bay’s native kiwi population was recognised on Wednesday with the release of four kiwi chicks by Governor General Sir Jerry Mataparae. In a move full of symbolism, the monarch’s head Kiwi set free four six month old babies kiwis in Otanewainuku forest’s virgin native bush, 10 years after the project to restore the native kiwis in the Oropi forest was launched. In a ceremony Jerry said it was fitting to be releasing kiwis, our native symbol, as his first work freeing native wildlife – but he struggled with his job of naming two of the birds. He was invited by the Ngati Whare iwi, the guardians of Whirinaki Forest where they originated from, to name two birds. “I’m a bit reluctant to change their names because they may not recognise them,” he said, after noticing names on the four boxes the sixmonth-old chicks were transported in. He finally settled on Lily for the one female chick and Whai for one of the three males. Trust chairman Peter Crane says it was a special occasion for the

Cape Sanctuary manager Tamsin Ward-Smith with Governor General Jerry Mateparae. Photo by Tracy Hardy. numbers due to predators from 50 trust, saying the initial focus on in 1986 to five in 2005. pest control had prepared the forest DOC member in charge of the for building up the kiwi release project Dave Wills says it was a programme. There is six-eight kiwis privilege to have the Governor Gento be introduced this year, followed by 10-12 per annum from next year, eral and thanked everyone involved, including the volunteers who had which will be boosted with their helped transform the 1200 hectare own chicks. In the last two years, forest which was helping revive eight kiwis have been released, but native birds. two have died. Kiwi numbers were thought to Sponsorship is sought to cover cost of be around six-eight birds before transmitters for the kiwis. For more the latest release, after wildlife details email surveys found a major drop in

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A gift of survival

Mount Maunganui St John ambulance officer Sean O’Connor and Tauranga Leisure facilities manager Tina Harris-Ririnui. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

The Rugby World Cup is over, but the benefits of the cup are still continuing in local communities around New Zealand. Philips donated 20 Automated External Defibrillators to each of the Rugby World Cup teams, which in turn have now been returned to St John to give back to communities around New Zealand.

“We are planning to donate them to the communities where the teams were based,” says St John district operations manager Jeremy Gooders. “Tauranga hosted a number of teams during the cup, so it is only fitting the Tauranga community receives an AED.” The AED’s were originally given to the Fijian Rugby World Cup team. Jeremy says the Tauranga City Council recommended the Arataki Community Centre as the best place for the AED to be situated in Tauranga. “The community centre doesn’t yet have an AED unit and there is a growing number of community groups and organisations making use of the new facility. “The centre manager Matthew Strange has already had training with AED so we will give him some refresher training. The AED will then become a true community asset.” Tauranga City Council recreation relationships manager Kiri Pope says the donation is welcomed and it will give confidence to the users of the centre. “The Arataki Community Centre was opened in September and it is a focal point for that community. “The AED is a vital piece of equipment that other facilities like the TECT Arena and QEYC already have. We’re very grateful to Philips and to St John for the donation,” says Kiri. Jeremy says AEDs are lifesaving pieces of equipment. “It gives a short electric shock to the heart, allowing the heart to regain its natural rhythm after a person suffers a cardiac arrest or more commonly known as a heart attack. “Having an AED available can increase the chance of a person’s survival by up to 40 per cent.”


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Writing songs and living out dreams Olivia Jones, Hannah McGregor, Jessie Hannah, Ruby Godsell and Luci Bateman.

Many young girls dream of being in a band – writing songs and starring in their very own music videos. For five girls from Pahoia School, their dream has become a reality. The talented group of nine year olds make up Pahoia United – the school’s resident pop/rock band, who perform in front of live audiences and post their own music videos on YouTube. The video for their latest single ‘Best Friends Forever’ is attracting views online and features animals from Tauranga SPCA. Pahoia United, first formed in 2007, changes its members every two years as the young musicians graduate to intermediate. These girls are the band’s third line-up, but the first group to perform original songs.

Band coordinator Billy Edwards says the girls are incredibly talented. “They’re all hard-core. Only two of them played any instrument before the band started, and those weren’t the instruments they play now.” At the start, the girls were more interested in sports than music, but were keen to give the band a go says Billy. “They worked really hard. They’re lovely girls.” This year alone, they have already performed live twice and made two music videos. Billy, who has been playing and writing music since his own primary school days, writes the songs for the girls, but says the girls give him the ideas. “I love it. “You give these kids opportunities they wouldn’t normally get.” Bass player Hannah McGregor’s

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father Steve says the road hasn’t always been easy for the girls, but they have battled through. Learning the bass was difficult for Hannah. “It’s an adult’s instrument,” says Steve. “You have to stretch your fingers a long way. There have been tears.” He says the band has given his daughter a “huge increase in selfconfidence” though. Steve says he gives all the credit to Billy. “I take my hat off to him. We’re a tiny wee school out in the country, but we can still do big school things.” ‘Best Friends Forever’ is Pahoia United’s second song, following ‘Life’s Not Fair’. But it’s not their last for 2012. The band hopes to have four songs perfected for the end of the year. By Corrie Taylor

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Riff Raff comes to town Rocky Horror Picture Show creator Richard O’Brien is planning where to live, with Katikati being a potential location. Richard has his application for citizenship granted, despite being considered ‘too old’ to be granted the status. To celebrate his citizenship, Richard is planning a one-off Hamilton show where a statue has been erected in his honour in the CBD. The show is planned as a one-off concert at Hamilton’s Founders Theatre on March 17. It will also serve as his 70th birthday Richard O’Brien in his iconic role as party, a celebration of his citizenship Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and a fundraiser for Starship Foundation. newspaper report stated his application Richard was born in Britain, but had been refused. spent most of his childhood living in His brother, Tauranga resident Rob Tauranga and Hamilton before leaving Smith, says it was a load of rubbish. for London in 1964. “He hadn’t been turned down, because Last year, controversy surrounded at that stage, he had never applied. Richard’s application when an untrue

“When he did get around to applying, he had no problem at all.” Rob says the media appears to have gone into a frenzy over the issue after a daily newspaper claimed his residency bid had been refused. “They were interviewing Richard about something else and he may have mentioned he was hoping to get residency, but they printed a story saying he had been turned down – and it snowballed from there. It’s a load of bull. “It all got totally out of hand. It was all over the news and the Prime Minister even commented on it.” Rob says the needless controversy could have endangered his brother’s application and he had advised him to keep his head down for the meantime. “It’s incredible what was printed. One story even said our father came to Tauranga and bought a dairy farm. In fact, he was treasurer at the Borough Council, as it was known then.”

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Life goes on as a councillor’s wife “I don’t really get involved in his work,” says the wife of Tauranga City councillor Terry Molloy. “We discuss it at the end of the day and I

cultural contracting business. Robyn helped run the office side of the business and worked as an ambulance volunteer and brigade secretary. She was on the Greerton Plunket and Greerton Athletic Club committees and secretary of the Greerton Pony Club. Later, she took a nursing job with a GP practice before returning to Tauranga Hospital, followed by studying health management and becoming practice manager for Bay Radiology. Robyn helped grow the practice from a small operation to seven branches, including CT scanning and MRI at Tauranga Hospital. She

was also involved in setting up breast screening in the Bay of Plenty, in conjunction with Lakes Radiology, Rotorua. Robyn says her marriage to Terry works because they have complementary personalities and are good friends. “I’m more a detail-focussed person and Terry is more focussed on the big picture. “I’m more straight down the line, whereas he’s more flexible and adventurous. “I’m supportive of what he does. And we’re both positive – we struggle with negativity.” While Terry’s family has a long history in

Robyn Molloy says she doesn’t always share the same opinion as her husband, councillor Terry Molloy. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Greerton and Tauranga, Robyn was born in Auckland and moved here when she was six. She initially went to Otumoetai Primary School before becoming a foundation pupil at Pillans Point Primary School, followed by boarding school and a Sixth Form year at Tauranga Girls’ College. After years of orchard life, the Molloys sold their contracting business, subdivided their Pyes Pa property for a housing development, and set off to explore the world. From 2002 they spent 18 months travelling around Australia in a bus. The couple also worked in the United Kingdom for three years before Terry decided to return and run for council in 2004. They are currently renovating a cottage on their six hectare lifestyle block bordering the Wairoa River. The project allows Robyn to embrace her loves of decorating and gardening. The couple enjoy kayaking, walking and tramping, reading, movies, travel, socialising with friends and family, and spending time with their three grandchildren when they get the chance. Other Halves is a The Weekend Sun series profiling the husbands, wives and partners of prominent Western Bay people.



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VIP visits We’ve had a number of significant visits to Tauranga in the last couple of weeks which I have enjoyed being a part of.

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I enjoyed getting along to a thank you bbq for Rena recovery volunteers last Sunday in spite of some pretty bad weather. All who helped out on our beaches are

heroes in my view. Tomorrow, I will be at the now very well established Tauranga Multicultural Festival at the Historic Village. I look forward to seeing you there!

Making welfare work

National believes that those who can work, should work, and we’ll help them to do just that. Delivering better public services is one of the National-led Government’s four key priorities for our second term, and welfare reform is a significant part of this. The benefit system is simply not working. One in eight New Zealanders of working-age, is on a benefit, while 220,000 children live in benefit-dependent homes. This is creating too many vulnerable people and trapping them in a life of limited choices, poverty, and poor health. At the beginning of this month we announced a two-stage programme to fundamentally alter the welfare system with a new work-focused benefit, greater work expectations, and an approach that focuses on the long-term cost of welfare dependency. By the end of this month we will introduce legislation that will require some beneficiaries with children to be work available, as well as those on Widow’s and Women Alone benefits. It will also target support for youth who are on a collision course with long-term welfare dependency. Later this year we’ll introduce more legislation to overhaul benefit categories and clamp down on fraud.

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Prime Minister John Key was here for a day and I took him to Otumoetai College to talk with senior students and to formally open the Susan Devoy Squash Centre on Devonport Road. In addition, the Prime Minister spent time being updated on developments in regard to the Rena disaster. I’ve also enjoyed having the Associate Minister of Tourism and the Minister of Agriculture, Chris Tremain and David Carter, here. With Chris I visited a number of tourism-related organisations and with David we spent time on Psa and at Ballance Agrinutrients. Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae has been in Tauranga this week and it was good to see him officially open Tauranga Riding with Disabled’s wonderful new arena. Other guests to our city having included hundreds of people making up about 58 bag pipe teams from all over New Zealand who you might have seen competing in our CBD as part of the National Pipe Band Championships last Saturday. I loved watching this and found the combination of music and regalia very stirring. I was also impressed by the number of young involved. The event almost made me feel Scottish! Tauranga’s organising committee under Chair Kevin Nally are to be commended for their work in getting the event here. I’m sure it was a significant economic boost for our city.

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The tree collapsed in a storm in September 2010 and the remaining trunk being carved into kokako is significant as the birds have always been a feature of the school’s logo. The transformation has been wrought by brothers Craig and Shane Barrett, also known as Armed with Arts. As well as wood carving, the brothers tattoo and design clothing. The process of transforming the section of tree trunk has taken about eight months says Craig. “We haven’t spent every day on it; full-time it would be about three months.” The Barretts worked with a chainsaw as well as traditional chisels.

“We are always up for a challenge,” says Craig. “We can do anything.” They are donating the work because Craig’s children go to the school. “And we know the kaitiaki of the school is the kokako,” says Craig. A surprise was the size of the log that was tipped off the back of the truck. They had to use a tractor to stand it up and move it about. “We didn’t know the piece was going to be that big, but when they dropped it off it was, so okay – the birds are going to be that big.” The pair of kokako is being installed near the school’s entrance on Monday and will be welcomed onto the school grounds by the pupils, with a local kaumatua officiating says Oropi School principal Andrew King. “The tree was very significant, it has been here as long as the school has – 100 years,” says Andrew. By Andrew Campbell

Discussing sustainability Increasing fuel prices, worldwide food shortages, global financial crises, climate change. These issues have one thing in common – the exploitation of natural resources to fuel economic growth. Following on from the success of last year’s Speakers Forum, Tauranga Environment Centre is holding an evening discussion on how communities in the Bay of Plenty can apply this locally. This Tuesday, March 20, join an interactive and lively discussion on how to implement sustainability measures to boost the local economy and look at some of the successful initiatives already in place. The discussion is followed by an open forum to address questions from the public. Guest speakers are international business journalist Rod Oram, chair of the Ngati Ranginui Treaty Settlement Committee Antoine Coffin, and ex Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Morgan Williams, who will all focus on three key areas of discussion: Innovation, Action and Prosperity.

Ngati Ranginui Treaty Settlement Committee Antoine Coffin. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Tauranga guest speaker Antoine is reflecting on the positive outcomes from recent environmental and economic challenges for the region such as the Rena and Psa. Antoine believes local communities working together to protect the environment is key to a successful sustainable pathway in the future. “Since the Rena, there has been a greater awareness of both the vulnerability of our coastline, and the local economy dependent on it. “We all have a role to play to ensure we maintain this balance.” As the headline event for Sustainable Backyards month, this year’s Speakers Forum will be facilitated by Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor Paula Thompson at the Graham Young Youth Theatre, Tuesday, March 20 at 7pm. Tickets are available for $15 through Ticket Direct, or cash on the night. All proceeds go to the Tauranga Environment Centre Charitable Trust to raise funds for a new computer for the centre.

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Celebrating devotion Their eyes twinkle and dance as John and Noeline Bell recall their life together – which reached a major milestone on Thursday, when they reached their 65th wedding anniversary.

After meeting during the Second World War, John and Noeline Bell waited three years to marry. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

The couple are a picture of devotion, which is aptly what the 65th anniversary gemstone – the star sapphire – symbolises. Looking back, few things illustrate their devotion more than the three years they waited to marry while John was serving in the military. After meeting at a military service club in Palmerston North where Noeline and

her two sisters were working as hostesses entertaining servicemen, John says he “took a shining” to the younger sister. “Then in 1943, I went overseas and came back in 1946 and she was still waiting for me.” Putting his time serving behind him, like most veterans, John closed the door on those memories when he got home in order to pour his energy into family and building a new life. “We’ve had a wonderful marriage,” says John, glancing at Noeline. He waited until the day after Noeline’s 21st birthday to marry her “because that was the proper thing to do”. John says his time in the service is just a footnote in his life and his long,

Remembrance on display It has been nearly 100 years since Anzac troops landed at Gallipoli to fight for their countries in one of the most significant wartime events in New Zealand history. As time goes by, it has become increasingly important for us to reflect on past conflicts and pay our respects to those who fought for our freedom and prosperity, keeping their memory alive for the generations to come. Bayfair Shopping Centre has partnered with Sun Media Ltd to produce a commemorative newspaper and exhibition in recognition of Anzac Day 2012. Between March 16 and April 12, local residents are invited to share their wartime experiences and photographs. Suggested topics include what it

was like for service personnel overseas, how those left behind were affected and how they coped, what it was like for children growing up during those times, favourite recipes which made the most of food available during rationing, what people did to socialise and the importance of friendship and family networks and more. Submissions (handwritten or typed), together with any photographs, can be delivered to the Bayfair Information Desk, located outside Kmart. To ensure the originals are returned, photographs will be scanned at the time of delivery. Alternatively, submissions and photographs can be emailed to In both instances, it is asked that a name,

address and phone number be included. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, April 12. Given the newspaper has limited space, stories and photographs will be chosen on a first submitted, first printed basis. To ensure all memories are given the presence they deserve, Bayfair will be displaying all submissions from 1pm when the centre opens on Anzac Day to Sunday, April 29. All contributors will receive a newspaper and in order to commemorate Anzac Day at Bayfair, copies will be available at the Information Desk from April 25-29. For further details visit www. or www.facebook. com/bayfairshoppingcentre

happy marriage. He believes the key to a happy marriage is being tolerant of each other’s differences. “You’ve got to give and take. You certainly have your ups and downs,” says wife Noeline. The couple now have two children, five grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. After starting off as a carpenter, John went onto become the first private valuer in the Bay of Plenty and was active in Rotary and Mason clubs, while Noeline was kept busy bringing up the children and fundraising for kindergarten and school projects in Rotorua. They shifted to Tauranga 12 years ago. By Hamish Carter


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Financial matters The BOP Regional Council will soon release its 10 year plan for your comment. At this stage, one of the key features is a proposed $3m increase in next year’s operating costs. This is caused largely by an additional focus on nutrient management for Rotorua Lakes and the Tauranga Harbour. With all the talk of local government reform ‘in the air’ it’s timely to consider how much of the council and your money is spent on protecting and enhancing our environment icons. Should there be a reform of local government, it seems pretty clear that a key driver will be ensuring best management of environment. The existence of the six BOP Rivers and Flood Management Schemes is also a timely reminder of the importance of protecting the region from flooding risk. The essential matter of

protecting our regional water, air, land should never be missing from the discussion around how best to deliver local government in the BOP. The council receives its revenue from; • General Rates (These include a Uniform Annual General Charge which is a flat rate per property irrespective of property value and a variable charge based on the land value of the property.) • Targeted Rates (For area specific costs such as Buses, Rotorua Lakes, Rotorua Air clean up and the Rivers and Flooding Schemes.) • Dividends (From shareholding in Port of Tauranga Ltd-Value at 2011 $650.7m.) • Interest Income • Grants and subsidies (Includes government grants for Rotorua Lakes.) • Fees and Charges (User Fees.) For the next three years, it is


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proposed that there is an increase in the amount of revenue to be received from general rates (12 per cent-8.5 per cent-8.5 per cent). This is caused by a decision to increase the proportion of revenue to come from general rates as opposed to targeted rates and an increase in operating costs for which there is no other revenue source. Some of the important matters to consider are the drivers of the increased costs and the council proposal to alter the targeted rates ratios. At this stage, the council has made its decision on targeted rates because it thinks the new targeted ratios are fairer. All of this is open to your comment. The plan will be open for submissions from March 27 until April 27. Please feel free to contact me, phone 027 222 2419 or email to discuss this or any other regional council matter.

Have your say on council’s plans

This week, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council signed off on its Ten Year Plan for public consultation. The development of the plan began over a year ago, and there have been many workshops and meetings along the way with much discussion and debate. We looked at regional aspirations and the outcomes that council should be seeking on behalf of its community. We considered significant growth and demand assumptions, and issues and options for the main areas that council works in. Key activities like passenger transport; Tauranga Harbour programmes; cleaning up the Rotorua Lakes and Rotorua air; regional economic development; and sustainable water and land management, were reviewed and future direction decided. Much as we would have liked a zero rate increase, this would see the region go backwards and we wanted to continue making progress towards a sustainable future. This has meant cost increases to a level which allows us to take further positive steps forward in caring for the environment. In the end, it was the discussion on how we would fund the various activities which has had one of the biggest influences on the rating impact of the long

term plan. The percentage of targeted rates levied for public transport, Rotorua Lakes and Rotorua air, has been decreased and more of the cost of these activities spread across the general rating base. We want to hear what you think about this. The submission period is from March 27 to April 27. Our Backyard magazine will have details or you can get a copy of a plan summary from council’s website or ask for a copy of the 330-page doorstop version by phoning 0800 884 880.

Owen McShane died on the Western Bay would have known of the time March 7. Many have read his work in the he has spent supporting National Business people in this region. A few years ago, five Review and the councillors, elected Metro magazine. on the RUA ticket, Very few will campaigned successever appreciate With Brian Anderson the contribution fully to thwart the Owen has made supporting people in council’s proposed Fields for the Future New Zealand and overseas. programme – which planned to limit all He had one major problem in life. He rural subdivision on properties adjacent knew what he was talking about – an to the council’s 1000km of gravel roads. attribute which is not always popular. But With Owen’s help at all levels, right his advice was driven always by his deep through to the Environment Court, the desire to make the world a better place for Fields for the Future was abandoned. people. It is sad that our current regulatory He was sought after all round the world environment is now achieving those for his wisdom. His Centre for Straight same goals and rural subdivision has Thinking with its regular digest and blog almost come to a halt this year. Owen was has been an inspiration to many trying to very scornful of planning for planning’s make sense out of our current complex sake. He has left an incredible volume overregulated society. He was extremely of wisdom in his writings and whoever generous with his time when I contacted stands up to take on his mantle will still him for help with my research, but few in have him as a guide.


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Open-source data gets mashed After a successful inaugural event last year, the information technology and marketing competition for Bay of Plenty secondary students is back.

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The secondary students work under time constraints to produce a business plan, design concept and ultimately a Mashup of open source technology. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is coordinating the competition to provide greater access and usability for data that is already publicly available, but perhaps not being used to its greatest capacity. Council chairman John Cronin says this competition is a really good opportunity to encourage and reward teenagers to think outside the box and be creative using technology. “The students will have a pool of expert information technology (IT) professionals on hand to help them through any technical difficulties.

“We’re very grateful for the contributions these experts are making and acknowledge their commitment to making information more accessible and useful for the public.” Ultrafast Fibre chief executive Maxine Elliott says they are excited to support The Mashup 2012.

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“Widespread use of ultrafast broadband is predicted to radically transform the way we use technology and communicate. “The Mashup is a great way to see how young people envision using ultrafast broadband, to create innovative products and services.” The Bay of Plenty Polytech will again provide its Bongard Centre Campus in Tauranga as the venue for this competition, which will be held on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1. For more information on the competition visit www.mashup.

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The New Zealand Government has marked ultrafast fibre as a priority spending area because it offers a number of tangible economic and social benefits.

Current broadband speeds are adequate for many things we currently use the Internet for, especially in our homes. In New Zealand, the current average broadband speed is 2.9 mbps (mega bits per second). At this speed, things like surfing the web, downloading songs, sending email attachments or watching a video on YouTube, can all be accomplished reasonably well. As web and software developers increase the capability of their inventions, however, they become more and more reliant on bandwidth. Without an increase

in broadband speed, development of new applications can stall and stop. The technological world is constantly moving towards higherbandwidth applications. In Tauranga, where the ultra-fast broadband roll-out is currently underway, it has the potential to accelerate the growing marine, horticultural and technology sectors in the area. Priority One says UFB is possibly the single most important element in its strategy to retain, grow and attract highly productive businesses. The Nautilus Technology Park, positioned at Sulphur Point near the central business district, will be a key beneficiary of early fibre, assisting the 400-member strong Western Bay of Plenty ICT cluster.


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Guide to buying a laptop When I used to fund my addiction to technology with a part-time job at an electronics store, the most commonly asked question was always, ‘what do I look for in a laptop?’ This is a difficult question, only answered by another question: What do you want to use your laptop for? No size fits all when it comes to buying a laptop, because not everyone wants to use it for the same thing. Some want intensely perfect graphics, others just want to browse the Internet (and have not yet moved onto tablets). Here, through the power of the Internet, I have looked into four main laptop users and the kinds of laptops they should look for.

The student

Having been a student myself, I know you and your laptop will become best friends when computer labs are too full and studying on the go is a great idea. Three key things here are: price, portability and speed. The big one is portability. You don’t want to be lugging a heavy

machine from room to room every day so the lighter the weight the better. Price is also a big thing. With course-related costs helping most students out, students will be looking in the $500$1000 price range. The downside is that these have small screens and generally use

underpowered single-core CPUs, and if the hardrive gets overworked, can take a while to function. What to look for: At least 1GB of RAM; 160GB or larger HDD; 13 inch or smaller display.

The business traveller

Those who work on the road require a sturdy, rugged system to safeguard data, and often, have access to security and management

tools to satisfy the requirements of their IT departments. What to look for: 2GB to 4GB of RAM; 160GB or larger HDD; 12-15 inch display; Windows Vista Profes-

sional or Windows 7 Professional; mobile broadband modem.

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Those who work with highdefinition video or high-resolution photographs are among the most demanding of laptop power users. They need powerful processors, discrete graphics, and massive, fast hard drives to ensure the best quality display and speed to get the job done. What to look for: 4GB-8GB

Smartphones made even smarter – and safer Out in the bush with no mobile signal? Turn your smartphone into a satellite communicator with the Spot Connect Satellite Communicator. Smartphones provide a level of social connection beyond what we could ever have imagined just a few years ago. When you go beyond the grid, your smartphone needs help to keep you in touch with friends, family and emergency personnel. It is easy – download the Spot application and pair your Smartphone with the device. The device then connects your phone to communication satellites and your Smartphone is now a satellite communicator that lets you send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet. It is easy to use, easy to set up and provides you with the knowledge you can be contacted

wherever you are. Update Twitter and Facebook, send email and text messages, and most importantly in the case of a critical emergency, send an SOS message requesting emergency assistance. You can also track your progress on a journey using Google Maps, check-in at certain points to keep family in the loop and stay on the grid. Steve Marine Supplies owner Steve Glover says the store received their first Spot Connect in store just three months ago and it’s already selling well, with many people taking them overseas on their travels. Spot Connect Satellite Communicator for Smartphones is available at Steve Marine Supplies as well as all your boating needs. The store boasts a diverse range of quality products, as well as experienced and friendly advice from the staff in-store.

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The home user

Anyone who does not fall into one of the above categories is likely to fit in here. These laptops are often used for a range of things from Skyping grandma and grandpa overseas, to sharing photos on Facebook. The traditional 15 inch laptop is still the most popular size, although 14-16 inch versions are becoming more common so everyone can see their piece of the screen. What to look for: 2GB to 4GB of RAM; 250GB or larger HDD; 14-16 inch display; DVD burning optical drive. By Laura Weaser, with help from


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The listed property sector The New Zealand listed property sector is one of those quiet over-achievers which delivers many sought after attributes, including income with some long-term capital growth.

In the past, listed property had a disadvantage to residential property, which made large capital gains and had advantageous tax treatment through LAQC’s – Loss Attributing Qualifying Companies. However, there’s been a revolution happening in this sector during the last five years. New Zealanders have had a love affair with residential The first was the government’s treatment of tax on residential property. While a capital property, so why have so many over-looked the listed sector? During the last 12 months listed property is up gains tax was not introduced last election, the effective removal of LAQC’s has meant pri15.9 per cent, which compares to the NZX50 sharevate investors can no longer claim everything market index which is unchanged (0.0 per cent). under the sun, helping level the playing field for listed properties. The benefits of the listed property sector are numerous. For example, instead of having the risk of a single property with one or two major tenants, property trusts are diversified across 40 to 100 properties. The weighted average lease terms can be between four to 15 years, which means the risk of losing a major tenant is mitigated. Portfolios are actively managed across diversified property sectors, like office, retail, industrial and healthcare. Location risks are minimised by being geographically spread. Their buildings tend to be ‘A’ grade in quality, versus ‘C’ which may face upgrade costs to become earthquake safe. With a gross average yield currently at an attractive 9.0 per cent per annum, this relatively stable investment gives a clear reward for risk, over bank interest rates.

From left, Russell Garland, David McConnochie and Andrew Davis, all Authorised Financial Advisors in Forsyth Barr’s Tauranga office. Forsyth Barr’s director of research Jeremy David McConnochie is an Authorised Financial Adviser with Simpson is in Tauranga to talk about the Forsyth Barr in Tauranga. He can be contacted on listed property sector on March 22 at the 0800 367 227 or email Hotel on Devonport at 10am. This column is general in nature and should not be regarded as personalised investment advice. To register your interest, contact Erin Disclosure Statements are available on request Robson on 07 578 2737 or email erin. and free of charge.

The retirement problem In the 1980s, when my grandfather retired, he could expect to live to at least 74. Nowadays, as you approach retirement, you have to budget on lasting to at least 80. That means assuming a retirement age of 65, you have to provide for at least 15 years not nine years, 67 per cent more retirement years no less. What gets worse is because my grandfather worked for NZ Post for many years, he took part in a defined benefit scheme that is a guaranteed income on top of his NZ Superannuation for as long as he lives.

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I don’t know anyone of my generation with such a luxury. The question beckons, how are we going to provide for our retirement? In my view, your retirement lump sum – not your house – should be your biggest asset, but whatever your preference is, at least make a conscious decision as to what you are going to do. There are many options; KiwiSaver should be viewed as part of the solution. Working longer should also be considered. Downsizing the house is of course another part to the retirement puzzle, but only if there are buyers. All these options and how they could best be fused together depending on your

situation should be discussed with your financial adviser. If you don’t have one, please feel free to get in contact with me. The first appointment is at my cost with no obligation, I would be happy to see you.

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RSA – the hub of the town Tauranga RSA general manager Graham Howard says the RSA is moving with the times. As a fully-fledged hospitality service, this is what is expected of the hospitality industry in 2012. “Once the staff members have completed this, it opens up a world of training in the hospitality industry and since we have started this programme about 12 months ago, we ‘Choppy’ who is currently studying a NZQA Level 3 Cookery, have had one person complete Level 3 cooks Lena who has successfully completed Level 3 Cookery and course, another two currently doing it, and one manager doing Level 5 diploma in hospiJune who is currently studying Level 3 Cookery. These three tality management. are part of the RSA staff who are up-skilling. “The staff and Tauranga RSA executive committee are supportive of staff training and Tauranga RSA is up-skilling and rebranding are really behind it.” Graham says there has been a lot of interest from as part of a nationwide campaign to refocus younger staff looking to make hospitality a career. on customer satisfaction and “Now we are serving up here at the Oaktree restaurant and with the motor inn, it’s a full hospitality top-notch service. business, so someone can leave school, start working Staff working at the RSA are being put through their here and end up in a managerial role. paces in Hospitality Standards Institute courses to “Plus with links nationwide with RSA, there are understand the basic principles of hospitality. So far, avenues to forge a career elsewhere as well.” 38 members of staff have completed their induction The RSA financially assists staff training in the course course which covers basic standards. once they have successfully completed the assessments.

Patrol efforts recognised Community volunteers patrolling South Tauranga and sponsors had their efforts recognised at a barbecue function at Greerton Police station on Thursday. The event included a presentation of five-year service certificates for 10 members of the ‘Greerton Night Owls’ – many who had been involved from the patrol’s early days seven years ago. Tauranga South Community Patrol chairman Keith Carter says it was great to see the long-term member’s efforts recognised for the important work they are doing. The volunteers drive around the Tauranga South police area in two-man patrols looking out for suspicious activity on Thursday to Saturday nights. Members are rostered for a patrol about once a month, with patrols going from about 8pm until the action dies down after midnight. Keith says the patrol offers an extra set of eyes during these busy periods and alert police of anything to investigate. They do not get involved themselves. Farmer Motor Group were also thanked for sponsoring an upgraded patrol car – a Hyundai Tucson, which Keith welcomed as offering a more comfortable ride and better view from its higher vantage point. Keith says they are looking for more communityminded people to join the patrols ranks. “We have about 42 members at the moment, but they come and go, so we always love to get new mem-

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This year, RNZRSA has introduced a scholarship scheme and the Tauranga RSA was granted three $500 scholarships to assist with funding those currently doing their training. The Tauranga RSA is not just the club, with the restaurant and motor inn, the RSA is carving a name for themselves up against restaurant and hospitality industries in the area. The future of the Tauranga RSA is not to be a pub or a club, but to be the “Hub of the local community” says Graham.


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Dog qualification A Tauranga dog trainer is starting a New Zealand first qualification in dog training through one-on-one training, based in the Bay of Plenty. Wendy Graydon, who runs The Dog Trainer in Tauranga, is now offering qualifications through the Dog Trainer Academy, including a Diploma in Dog Training Consultancy, Certificate in Dog handling, and Certificate in ‘First Step’ Dog Grooming. “At the moment, there is no one offering complete dog training in New Zealand that gives you a qualification of any sort or type in dog training,” says Wendy. The new six-month qualification involves everything about dogs. “Most of it is hands-on, learning how to deal with all kinds of dogs; all basic handling,” says Wendy. “Dog psychology, how dogs learn, different breeds and understanding a dog’s behaviour.” Each trainer will also write their own book on dog training raining on a subject they have chosen and

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Keeping seniors in school Seniors can keep up with the latest issues and scientific developments with Tauranga Continuing Education Group’s programme of interesting speakers this year. The monthly talks by leaders in their fields resumed this week with a lecture on one of the hottest subjects in science – that neutrinos (one of the particles that

make up atoms) have been recorded travelling at speeds faster than light. The lecture was given by Waikato University’s Dr Marcus Wilson. The sessions are held at Tauranga’s Historic Village every third Tuesday of the month from 10am. Future topics include talks on New Zealand’s geological origins, the future of nuclear power, global population growth, future development at Tauranga’s port and the Middle East situation. For more details phone 07 544 4179. By Hamish Carter

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A walk through Maketu’s ecological world The University of Waikato’s Centre for Continuing Education presents ‘An Exploration of the Maketu Sandspit’

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A wonderful ecological field trip as part of the Tauranga Environment Centre’s 2012 Sustainability Lecture Series. The field trip is led by renowned conservationist and wildlife author Julian Fitter. Before arriving in New Zealand seven years ago, Julian lived on the Galapagos Islands for more than 15 years. Back in the UK, he helped establish the Galapagos Conservation Trust, the UK partner of the worldwide Friends of Galapagos network, which is dedicated to preserving the Galapagos Islands. He is chair of the New Zealand network member. He helped to set up a similar group for the Falklands Islands. Moving to Aotearoa has allowed him to focus on the research and writing of numerous natural history publications about the amazing native biodiversity of New

Zealand, including Birds of New Zealand (HarperCollins, 2010) and his latest Auckland’s Best Bush, Coast, and City Walks. As active conservation continues to be his passion, he and the other members of the award-winning Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society continue to work towards the ecological restoration of the Maketu Spit – a 3.5km sand spit running from the mouth of the Kaituna River to the entrance of Maketu Harbour. Their work is of increased significance thanks to Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s plans for rediverting the Kaituna back through the harbour. Those who are lucky enough to participate in one of Julian’s field trips will encounter the rich biodiversity of plant, insect and birdlife that abounds on the Maketu Spit and hear of the latest achievements in protecting this wetland of international importance. The fieldtrip is held on March 31 and is limited to 12 people at a time, due to the fragility of the environment. Participants can enjoy a paella lunch after their walk. For further details email nyree@waikato. or phone 07 577 5376.

Watch out for divers at Mayor Island Boaties can expect increased traffic and activity round Mayor Island next week. As the Department of Conservation and the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic undertake annual biological monitoring of the Marine Reserve. DOC has been undertaking annual biological monitoring in conjunction with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Marine Studies Department for several years. The latest results, collected in March 2011, show clear trends indicating an increase in fish numbers and sizes inside the reserve. Monitoring coincides with the Tauranga Game Fishing Club’s One Base fishing competition this year, which means waters around the island are likely to be busy, and boaties need to be extra careful. Numerous teams of divers will be in the water around Tuhua during the two weeks, beginning March 19. They will be supported by boats from DOC and the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic which do regular pick-ups and drop-offs at dive locations all around the island. Boaties and fishermen visiting these waters are asked to take care, and to be extra vigilant for dive flags and teams of divers in the water.

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Vintage machines gearing up Drivers, crank your engines – the Tauranga Vintage Machinery Club is putting their prize possessions on display and getting the engines turning over again this weekend. This Sunday, March 18, club members are gathering at their annual Crank Up Day at Armstrong Road, Te Puna. “There are many club members with tractors and stationary motors. People can come and see the old tractors

going,” says Tauranga member Gordon Scott. The Tauranga club has about 45 members – 25 active members – and Gordon hopes at least 20 will be there on Sunday with their vintage machinery. Some of the machines on display include old Fords, Massey Fergusons and some David Browns. “From time to time we’ll start them up, and we’ll have a parade at the end of the day,” says Gordon.

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Gordon says people who come to the club’s events have been associated with the machines in the past – especially the stationary motors, which will be running all day on Sunday. “There is a variety of aspects about them that interest people and surprisingly a lot of the kids are really interested in them.” He says the kids’ interest is probably stemmed from being able to see lots of moving parts in the old machines. “The stationary motors were used during the 30s and 20s and it’s amazing the amount of people who had one.” They were used to run water pumps, shearing machines, milking machines, along with driving factory machinery – drills and grinders. Gordon says they’re unique because nobody uses them these days. The closest thing to them would be the motors in lawn mowers and water blasters, but they are hugely different. The Tauranga Vintage Machinery Club is also hoping to have a ploughing day later in the year. Gordon would like to hear from anybody who has land they could offer to give the old machines a run around. “The problem is a lot of people in the club are getting older, it’s hard to get it organised.” The club is hoping to find about five hectares of land to plough up and cultivate. Crank Up Day on Armstrong Road is sign posted for drivers to easily find the location. There is no charge, but there is an opportunity to give donations at the gate. For more details about the Crank Up Day or if you have some land which could be available, phone Gordon 07 571 2450. By Sheryl Brown

Tauranga: one of NZ’s climate extreme Climate extremes in New Zealand, since instrumental records became available in the 1850s, show a range from the highest temperature of 42.4 degrees recorded in Rangiora on February 7, 1973, to the most intense rainfall in 10 minutes which occurred in Tauranga on April 17, 1948. Each year, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research updates the weather extremes recorded in New Zealand since observations were officially recorded in the 1850s. The current extremes – up to December 2010 – include the following:

Wettest: 34mm in 10 minutes in Tauranga on April 17 1948. 134mm in one hour in the Hokitka Catchment.

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This site also has the records for the highest 24 hours fall of 758mm on December 27/28, 1989, the highest 48 hour fall of 1049mm on December 11/12/13, 1995, the highest fall in a calendar month of 2827mm in December 1995, and

the highest fall in a calendar year of 16,617mm in 1998. Driest: Only 9mm of rain fell at Cape Campbell (Marlborough) from January to March 2001, the driest three-months ever recorded in New Zealand. The driest six months was also at Cape Campbell from November 2000 to April 2001 when only 52mm of rain was recorded.

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Taxing times: IRD rules on Psa Orchardists are being offered help by the Inland Revenue Department to deal with Psa.

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The IRD has announced tax rulings and treatments to help orchardists affected by Psa, with the main plank approval for affected orchardists to use IRD’s income equalisation scheme. Te Puke accountant Trudi Ballantyne, who has been leading a group of Te Puke accountants working with the IRD on these issues, welcomes the announcements. The Business Results Group director says the use of the income equalisation scheme will help smooth out income spikes and losses over two financial periods to make it more manageable for growers. “We realise this is really just a small part of what the growers are dealing with, but we thought it was better to have a collective approach for all orchardists,” says Trudi. IRD has opened the way for orchardists, who have filed tax returns for 2011, to take part in the scheme for that period, but they must apply before May l. Under the income equalisation deposit scheme, orchardists have to pay a cheque for one year’s surplus that will be repaid the following year when the business operates at a loss. Normally the IRD needs the money banked for a year, but it has committed to allow growers who have been “significantly affected” to make early withdrawls. The money could be refunded within 20 days. IRD has confirmed the tax treatment of removed plants, but is still considering whether the cost of vine or rootstock removal can be claimed or kiwifruit trellis structures can be written off. They are both currently classed as capital costs. Trudi hopes to have a ruling within a month. Orchardists who remove at least 15 per cent of their plants will be able to write off the book-value of the plants and licences as an expense. Those who remove less than 15 per cent of ‘listed horticultural plants’, then replace them with listed plants within a three-year period, can apply to claim the replacement costs as repairs and maintenance. But not the book value of the plants destroyed – which carries forward. Under the ruling, when orchards have cut 15 per cent of plants, the costs of replanting or re-grafting a new kiwifruit variety are treated as capital costs, while a replacement crop will be treated as a new crop for tax purposes. By Hamish Carter

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Tauranga’s top creative takes on new role From the galleries of Chelsea to the beaches of the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga artist and the new creative director of the 2012 Garden and Art Festival has travelled the globe working in the art industry. John Beech is one of Tauranga’s most well-known creative; owning his own gallery in Wharf Street before carrying the reigns of Creative Tauranga for three years, step-

ping down only to take up the director’s post for this year’s biannual garden showcase. The 46-year-old’s creative seeds were first planted during his school days at Te Puke High. “I have always enjoyed art, ever since I was at school,” says John. “I started weaving at a young age. I actually used to take weaving lessons in Otumoetai.” Leaving school, John’s first foray into the arts world was as a professional chef. Gaining what was then the City and Guilds of London professional chef qualification from Waikato University, John went to do his apprenticeship at Moose Lodge on Lake Rotoiti. Then taking the path of many Kiwis, John headed to London on his OE before ending up in New York, where he established his own contemporary art gallery and custom framing shop for 15 years. “There are incredible standards in New York in terms of art, so it was always a challenge keeping up

John Beech in the Rose Gardens at Robbins Park on Cliff Road, Tauranga.

with the latest trends and competition. “It is such a vibrant place though, there is always things happening and everyday life is very exciting.” At the gallery in Chelsea, John framed works for photographers including Annie Leibovitz and John Dougdale. “We were there at the time when all of the galleries started opening up in Chelsea.” Finally feeling a yearning for home, John returned to Tauranga eight years ago where he started his own gallery ROW – Retrospective on Wharf. “This is when I really got to know the local art market.” As the director of Creative Tauranga, a post he took up in November 2008, John played an instrumental role in the re-opening of The Cargo Shed, in addition to curating many exhibitions at the city gallery on the corner of Wharf and Willow Street. “It is really important that the city continues to showcase its arts scene – art, music, dance and theatre. “The city is going to continue to grow and prosper and we need to make it an exciting place to live in.” John has big plans for next year’s Garden and Art Festival, which will showcase more than 60 different gardens around the Bay of Plenty between November 5-11. With the support of the festival board, John is working on creating an urban garden challenge, featuring roof top gardens in Tauranga city. “It’s growing from strength to strength. We want to take the festival to another level. “Next year we want to include music and food in the gardens, promoting self sufficient gardens.” Although John is already a trustee on the New Zealand Garden and Art Festival Board, he is excited about what this new role offers. “It’s going to be a challenge, but it is a nice extension to my previous role. I have a real love for gardens and am a passionate gardener at home.” Living at home in Maketu, John says he loves getting out in the garden, something he will be doing a lot of during the upcoming summer break, along with spending time at the beach with his partner who has two sons.

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A two-year-old girl is in Tauranga Hospital after being injured in a two vehicle crash on State Highway 2 in Whakamarama at peak hour last night. The two-year-old and her mother were taken to hospital after the vehicle they were travelling in collided with another vehicle at the intersection of SH2 and Barrett Road just after 5.15pm. The woman, who was driving one of the vehicles, sustained minor to moderate injuries and her two-year-old daughter, who was restrained in the car seat, was also injured. Bay of Plenty District Health Board communications manager Diana Marriott says the mother was treated and discharged while her daughter was admitted overnight and is in a stable condition.

Residential property market heats up

The Tauranga residential property market is getting stronger with house sales reaching a fouryear high for February this year. Last month 117 houses changed hands in Tauranga, compared with 86 in February last year, and 92 in the same month of 2010. However, despite the rise in sales, QV’s residential price index for February shows property values in Tauranga are remaining relatively static, up one per cent over the past year and remaining 11.3 per cent below the 2007 peak. QV Valuer Shayne Donovan-Grammer says the majority of sales activity is coming from first home owners.

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Knocking Bridges off track It may be smooth sailing for Simon Bridges in Parliament but when it comes to extreme sports it’s a different story. The Tauranga MP managed to flip his drift kart during a morning race with Associate Minister of Tourism Chris Tremain at Papamoa’s Blokart Heaven race track on Wednesday. New to his tourism portfolio role, Chris is spending the day in Tauranga exploring the “wonderful opportunities” for tourism in the region and connecting with people in the industry.

He spent the morning testing some of Tauranga’s local sports with Simon, blokarting and racing drift karts. Chris believes sports like blokarting, invented by Paul Beckett, from the Bay of Plenty, have a key part to play in the adventure tourism industry. Chris says the tourism sector is vital to New Zealand and to the country’s reputation. In 2009, international tourist expenditure accounted for $9.3 billion of New Zealand’s exports. In 2008, 38 per cent of all international tourists participated in at least one adventure activity while in New Zealand.

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A Bay of Plenty Steamer with an almost cult following amongst fans has once again signed on the dotted line and will wear the gold and blue uniform during this season’s ITM Cup. Lelia Masaga who is known to his passionate followers simply as ‘Flash’, will again thrill the home town Steamers fans at Baypark and the Rotorua International Stadium, with his amazing acceleration and blistering pace in the Steamers No 14 jersey. The Bay flying machine finished the 2010 ITM Cup with ten tries, with five more touchdowns coming in last season’s National Provincial Championship. “I love playing for the Bay and the community is fantastic. I am looking forward to the ITM Cup season and helping the Bay try and win the competition” Masaga says. Bay of Plenty Rugby Union CEO Mike Rogers said “It is great that Lelia has decided to continue playing his rugby for the Bay. He plays with passion and enjoyment and those values connect well with our supporters”. Masaga made his debut for the Bay of Plenty in 2010 and has a prolific try scoring record of 15 tries in 21 games.


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First open day on new highway construction footage and interviews. Part of the Tauranga Eastern Link highway construction site is There will also be a bouncy castle to entertain the opening to the public for the first time on Sunday, March 25, giving children. the opportunity for a closer look at the Bay’s largest construction site.

Settling time

Stage one of the Domain Road interchange has been completed with the installation of wick drains and placement of preload material. Construction activity in this area has decreased while the preload material, the large mounds of sand, will sit for

The proposed look for the Tauranga Eastern Link on completion. The site is open from 10am till 2pm, providing the opportunity for the public to learn about what’s happening in areas not normally accessible. “This is the first public open day that we have had,” says NZ Transport Agency communications advisor Glenda Dobbyn.

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This will be the first time that they will see part of the alignment. They will be able to go up to Domain Road

interchange site. “We have some displays and also some of the machinery that’s currently being used on-site.”


Also available at the project’s visitor centre in Tara Road will be a selection of the latest construction progress photos, a fly-through animation of the future highway, a scale model of the completed Domain Road interchange and a DVD presentation featuring

approximately nine months. Earthworks are underway in the Te Tumu Road and Maketu Road areas, and construction of the Maketu bridge mechanically stabilised earth wall has started.

Work underway

Work has started on the new northbound lanes at Te Maunga – removing material to sub-grade level and installing a new extensive stormwater drainage system. By Andrew Campbell


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Tougher driving tests proving a challenge Nearly 1500 tests were conducted in the first two Early results from the NZ Transport Agency send the message – loud and clear – that more weeks of the new regime, and show the overall pass rate has dropped from 80 per cent to 39 per cent. practise is needed to pass the new driving test. NZTA chief executive Geoff Dangerfield says a

sharp drop in the initial stages of the new restricted tests was expected. “The new test is more challenging, and a higher standard of driving is needed to pass. “That is the whole point, and we make no apologies for that. “The new test demands more practise and more preparation, and it will take some time for that message to filter through.” The pass rate for the Bay of Plenty/Waikato is below average on 31 per cent. Bay of Plenty district manager for the AA Heather Jurgens says while bookings are not reducing at all, centres in the Bay of Plenty have noticed more young drivers are failing. “I agree that the drop in pass rate is not unexpected. The test is designed to be more difficult. “They need to have at least 120 hours of supervised driving and the ones that fail I don’t believe they are getting that.” While Heather has not heard any feedback regarding what drivers are failing on, she says it is often “lots of little, but important things, adding together to bring the overall score down”. Research shows that young drivers who complete 120 hours of supervised practise on their learner licence have a solo-driving crash rate 40 per cent lower than those who only complete 50 hours. “It’s important that we remember what this new test is all about,” says Geoff. “It is about reducing needless deaths and injuries on our roads, improving the standards of young and novice drivers and encouraging them to take the time to develop their skills. “We are doing young people no favours with a ‘once over lightly’ approach.”

Properly prepared

Geoff urges learner drivers to wait until they are properly prepared before booking an appointment to sit the new test. “This is a more challenging test, and people need to ask themselves ‘am I really ready for this?’ before they book an appointment to sit the test. “The reality is if you haven’t put in 120 hours supervised practice, you aren’t ready, and you’re not likely to pass.” For the next six weeks, the NZTA will waive the fee for cancelling or rescheduling tests for drivers who had already booked appointments to sit the new test if they decided they needed more time to prepare, provided notice was given two working days prior to the scheduled appointment. Young drivers and their parents are urged to take advantage of the free resources available from the NZTA/ACC online programme ( which is specifically aimed at helping young drivers get 120 hours of supervised driving under their belts before sitting the restricted test. Further information about the content of the new restricted driver licence test is available on the NZTA website at new-restricted-test.html

Test results by region: Region

Total Tests Pass Rate

Northland Auckland Waikato/BoP Gisborne/Hawkes Bay Taranaki Manawatu/Wanganui Wellington/Wairarapa Nelson/Marlborough/Tasman Canterbury/West Coast Otago/Southland Total

62 632 252 76 44 73 158 32 82 56 1467

25% 42% 31% 29% 46% 34% 45% 48% 44% 31% 39%


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Minister’s local govt reform proposals kicked to touch? A follow up to the column of a couple of weeks ago, regarding an expected press release from Local Government Minister Nick Smith and his proposal to ‘reform’ (again) Local Government. An article in The Listener in February was supposed to be a pre cursor to wide ranging action, to be announced by Minister Smith at the beginning of March. My independent enquiries indicate that the Cabinet wouldn’t endorse Minister Smith’s proposals. Prime Minister John Key allegedly made comments along the lines of “not having NZ burning”. Apparently, the Bay of Plenty is seen as a model of cooperation and we are at the end of any list of ‘things to do’ to Local Government. Maybe the whole thing was a fishing expedition to sound out the country’s appetite for change. There is even speculation that this present term of Local Government might get a year’s extension to allow for a more timely reorganisation. Certainly the rush to get Auckland ‘Supercity’ seems to have replaced one lot of problems with another lot. Surprise, surprise. The Local Government Association and president Lawrence Yule, usually a toothless bulldog organisation, put out an excellent response to Minister Smith’s dissertations, which were bereft of facts in some cases. As I’ve noted previously, there is an argument for a revised form of Local Government, but it has to come with a complete overhaul of the property rating system as well. Otherwise, like Auckland, all that happens (as history shows) is that the deck chairs on the Titanic get rearranged. Local Government reorganisation of Tauranga, Mount and Papamoa showed this. There were no savings overall. Plenty of added costs at the expense of one sector to the benefit of another.

Strategy and policy

There is another argument that shows that some reform could be forthcoming within existing Local Government structures. Take for example, Tuesday’s Strategy and Policy Committee meeting. Under the Local Government Act (imposed by Central Government) council is required to review all its strategies and policies every 10 years. Why? This process costs plenty. If circumstances dictate, reviews can be conducted on an ‘as required’ basis. Some need frequent review and others don’t. So the committee decided to do just that. Blind adherence to process is a luxury ratepayers have not been able to afford for a long time. It was great being part of the worm finally turning. Unanimously too! The three year/10 year plan draft was approved unanimously for consultation purposes. Contrary to innuendo in the daily media, nothing is set in concrete. In fact, I said at the meeting, there has never been a draft plan that has been confirmed in its original form. Consultation is real and your feedback has great effect on the final outcome. Elected members do really take on board your input. There will be options to make up the shortfall on the water account. It is highly unlikely, in my view, that the formula proposed by staff in the three/10 year plan and splattered all over the paper will come to pass. It is even possible council will consider a stepped tariff! Hope springs eternal! Staff were supposed to have included various options, as directed back in September by council, but somehow this slipped (or spilt) through the cracks.


Informal discussion amongst elected members indicates a will to keep any water price increases to a minimum and extend the time over which it will be collected to a maximum. Other options like an increase of the fixed charge to $78 to reflect the fixed costs of water infrastructure are in the mix but, in my

opinion, won’t gain traction. The 10 year plan draft has to be audited as required by law (more cost) and the auditor reported that the plan “is a good outcome for council”. Some Letters to the Editor writers would have been reduced to tears! The audit I’m interested in is yours. Please read the plan and let elected members know your audit opinion. After all, it’s you who will have to pay for it. Route K gets its own ‘Annual Estimate’ in the plan. It’s doing remarkably well considering the toll increase and the inherent resistance to tolls. In view of the Port of Auckland strike and the consequent huge increase of containers through Auckland, Route K is really proving its worth. Without it, Cameron Road would be jammed. And this is just a forerunner to what will happen when the really large (5000 container) ships start calling in here when the harbour is dredged.

Monthly accounts

Tauranga City Aquatics who run the city’s pools reported their six monthly accounts. Closure of the Mount Hot Pools resulted in $300,000 in lost revenue. The accounts are hard to follow for a casual observer and I’m not going to put too much faith in the numbers shown. Like a six month surplus of $1.4m against a budgeted $62,000 loss. It’s how the bean counters like to do it, but to mere mortals, it’s academic nonsense. The pools still cost ratepayers about $2 million a year and will be more this year. Tauranga City Venues, who run the TECT Arena and stadium, also gave their six monthly report. Likewise, their accounts aren’t that clear, but they are projecting a $203,384 operating profit by year’s end. They’ve been hit by the rotten weather in their first year of full operating control, but at least they have the probability of a couple of good events being able to recoup losses. The TECT Arena is doing very well and is receiving $509,000 ratepayer subsidy in operating expenses to subsidise local events. Commercial events pay commercial hire rates. City debt is at its limit as set by Standard and Poors. Council treasury staff say they are not expecting borrowing interest rates to go above seven per cent in the next two-three years. Let’s hope so, while council lowers its debt over that time. A surge in interest rates would be extremely unwelcome.

This week’s mindbender from Lily Tomlin – The trouble with being in the rat race, is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.

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Child cancer roller coaster Port of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns is losing his hair for a good cause – to raise money for the C hild Cancer Foundation. This Saturday he joins Dame Susan Devoy for a Beach Bald Funrazor, ‘shaving their lid for a brave kid’.

Beach at 2pm to watch him lose his hair. “By shaving my lid for a brave kid, I’m hoping to raise $40,000 towards the $5 million required each year for child and family support services.” People wanting to show their support can do so via Mark’s fundraising page, visit www.fundraiseonline. People can also make a secure donation at http:// aspx?e=909&c=312 Child Cancer Foundation coordinator Delwynne Hahunga says all donations will enable the Child Cancer Foundation’s aims to reduce the impact of cancer, by offering services to ensure children and their families are supported, informed and well cared for on their journey through cancer.

Mark says he was asked to shave his head by a staff member at the Port whose daughter was diagnosed with cancer. “Maurice Carlin, one of our security officers at the Port, has experienced first-hand the emotional rollercoaster journey of child cancer with his daughter Victoria being diagnosed with a brain tumour. “I also have a mate currently undergoing daily radiotherapy for a reoccurrence of prostate cancer.” Mark says he made up his mind to actively participate in this charity while sitting at Lloyd Morrison’s funeral last week. “Whilst not a child, acute myeloid leukaemia stole Lloyd from us far too soon, at 54 years young.” Mark is encouraging people to head along to the Main Mount

By Letitia Atkinson

Mark Cairns with his two daughters, Gabrielle, left, and Elyse.

Gains from workplace health insurance Employees with employer-subsidised health insurance take fewer days sick leave per year, are more satisfied, and less likely to leave their jobs than uninsured employees. According to a recent survey of 2000 full-time employees from a range of industries, including the primary sector, of those surveyed, half had health insurance either partly or fully subsidised by their employer. On average, employees with health insurance took 2.2 fewer days sick leave per year than those without insurance. This factored in variances across industry, age and gender. “What this shows is that health insurance can be a very business-savvy way to maintain productivity,” says Southern Cross Health Society chief executive Peter Tynan. “Dependent on the salary of the employee and the plan chosen, the gains from two fewer sick days alone could cover the entire cost of an annual health insurance policy.” For a 35-year-old employee on an annual salary of $65,000, 2.2 days absence equates to approximately $550 in salary costs.

The new survey also highlighted the role of health insurance as a retention tool. All things being equal, employees with employer-subsidised health insurance enjoyed higher levels of job satisfaction. On average, employees with subsidised health insurance rated their employee satisfaction at 71 per cent, compared to 66 per cent for those without health insurance. Only 15 per cent of employees with employer subsidised health insurance said they were unlikely to stay with their employer in the next year, compared to 21 per cent of those without health insurance. Peter says for employers, the benefits of offering health insurance to employees reached much further than the direct financial gains from fewer sick days and reduced recruitment costs. “Staff absence and recruitment can create many costs that are not fully accounted for – such as productivity losses, temporary staff hire, client inconvenience and the sheer time spent by the employer or other staff on recruiting and training a new employee,” says Peter. “Having staff off sick can also put stress on other employees who have to make up for being a team mate down.”

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Sore gums can predict heart disease


LIVING with John Arts

Swollen and bleeding gums may seem like the most minor of health problems, and of course, they are. Swollen gums are generally just the presence of inflammation in gum tissue. If you have swollen gums, talk to your dentist or doctor to make sure there are no specific causes. A few years ago, a friend of mine in the US needed a coronary by-pass. His cardiologist made a throw away comment that any persistent sign of inflammation in the body may be an indicator of potential coronary heart disease risk. You can have a blood test called an hsCRP (high sensitivity C Reactive Protein) which measures even very low levels of inflammation in the body. Cardiac researchers like Professor Paul Ridker M.D have established a clear link between elevated levels of background inflammation and coronary artery disease. If you want to read more visit As a medical doctor and cardiologist, he recommends medical treatments such as high dose statins

to help combat high CRP and cholesterol. My approach is to adopt nutritional strategies that can help lower CRP and therefore the risk of cardiovascular problems. The first step is to reduce intake of inflammatory foods. These, especially polyunsaturated vegetable oils actually cause the immune system to produce unwanted inflammatory chemicals. These may end up inflaming your gums, your joints, tendons, muscles, or even worse, your arteries. The second step is to ensure a good intake of fats that do the opposite. They cause the production of antiinflammatory chemicals which switch off unwanted inflammation. Next time you are getting cholesterol blood tests, ask your doctor about adding hsCRP to your tests. According to Paul Ridker, if your CRP is 3-plus this indicates a high risk of heart disease; between two and three a moderate risk and one or less a low risk. You can have high cholesterol, but low CRP and have a low risk. Likewise, you can have low cholesterol and high CRP and have a high risk of heart disease. If you have swollen gums or any obvious inflammation, it is time to look at systemic inflammation and adopt a number of dietary approaches to lower this. Your gums may well be a window into your heart health. Give me a call if you need help. To join my weekly newsletter visit or

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Do dads have good fashion sense? launches the world’s first ‘dress sense’ application for dads. The app tackles one of the essential parenting dramas for dads: How to dress your child to get wife approval? The free app called ‘Dressify’ provides dads with an instant result on whether their little princess is dressed well enough to leave the house or needs to be changed. Dressify was developed as a result of feedback received from dads around the world who mentioned that they frequently argue with their partners about how to dress the kids. While some believe a stripy top and polka dot

skirt is the perfect outfit for their daughter, Dressify takes the guesswork out of fashion altogether. The Dressify The app gives dad’s some App uses face humorous fashion tips and recognition and a judges their taste. proprietary dress sense algorithm to judge the outfit of kids. Users of the app simply take a photo of their child and Dressify calculates a result in seconds. Check out the application on

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Great range of grocery lines Wanting enough spices for a recipe or a bulk load of pasta for a group? At Bin Inn you can rely on top quality at good prices, however much you buy.

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There are now even more reasons to shop at the Cameron Road store near 16th Avenue, with the new owners adding to the already popular range of stock. Owner Hardavinder Lidher, who took over the shop in December with brothers Hardev and Harvinder, says they have kept all the previous products and are adding new products to meet demand. “We are always happy to hear what customers want us to get,” says Hardavinder. “People were asking us to get the black sesame seeds so we’ve added them.” Other new items include a limited range of Dutch products (cookies, chips and sauces); gluten-free malt vinegar; top quality beans and lentils; and soapnut – a natural product for washing clothes for those who are allergic to modern detergents.

Hardavinder says they have sourced a wide range of beans that are not heat-treated, which means they are “much tastier and easier to cook”. “Everybody is very happy with what we are doing, but we still want to hear if you have other suggestions.” He says all products are always great value because customers do not pay for fancy packaging. The shop continues to be popular for its wide range of dry goods, including nuts, cereals, herbs and spices, as well as its South African range, specialty gluten-free, home-brewing, Mad Millie cheese-making and cleaning products, bird seed and pet food. By Hamish Carter

Brothers Harvinder, left and Hardev Lidher, with some of the Bin Inn’s popular products. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Time for remembering mum’s best slice Isn't it amazing how we can all remember one slice or a cookie mum may have made us. There's always one that becomes our favourite, and this has to be mine. I have had a few requests for this recipe and this is one I showcased on Good Morning TV. Although this has been published before, I thought I would give it to you all once more so you can cut it out and keep it for those unexpected visitors. This slice is great as I make it up and freeze it for school lunches – without the nuts. Enjoy! My view is if the piece is broken, then there are no calories!

Ingredients Base 260g butter 2 cups brown sugar 2 cups coconut 2 cups self raising flour. Topping 6 tbsp coconut 1/2 cup chopped apricots 1/2 cup chocolate chopped 70g walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds 1 can of sweet condensed milk

Method Combine sugar, coconut and flour, melt butter and pour over the dry mixture and press into a sponge roll tin. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 180 degrees and remove from oven. Mix together half the coconut, apricots, chocolate, nuts and condensed milk. Sprinkle rest of coconut over the base and then pour in the topping. Bake until golden. Allow to cool in fridge for two hours before cutting.


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Late summer flavours There is plenty of good buying now on fresh late summer vegetables like courgettes and capsicums, add carrots and pumpkin to the mix and you have the finest mix of flavours for a delicious roasted vegetable salad.

A few recipes ago we talked about slow cooking and how it brings out the flavour in the food. The secret to this salad is in the preparation and cooking of each vegetable separately with its own seasoning and oil, then mixing them together when served. Taking time to prepare meals is something that seems to have gone out the window these days with all the pressures of modern life and the ‘get it now’ generation. That is why studies of longevity in poorer countries show that simple, but nutritious diet and a stress- free life contribute to a longer life. This Rustic Mediterranean roast vegetable salad is one of our most popular salads we sell at another green world – finished with avocado oil and balsamic dressing, its combination of flavours go well with cold cuts of meat or as a side order to your late summer barbecue.

Mediterranean roast vegetables

Ingredients 500g carrot, peeled, chopped chunky roll cut (that's where you roll the carrot around as you chop so they form interesting shapes) 200g peeled parsnips, chunky roll cut 1kg fresh courgettes, chunky roll cut 2 red and 2 green capsicums, cut into wide slices 1kg approx cut pumpkin, large sticks or cubes 1kg approx kumera, scrubbed so skin is bright purple, cut into chunky chips 2tbsp chopped fresh dill 2tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2tbsp chopped fresh mint 1tbsp chopped fresh or dried oregano 1/2tsp chopped fresh rosemary Olive oil, avocado oil, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and balsamic vinegar. Method Roast off the carrots and season with the chopped dill and half the parsley, a splash or more of olive oil, salt and pepper for half an

hour then add the parsnips. Cook for another hour on 180 degrees, turning occasionally in their juices. Roast off the pumpkin seasoned with the rest of the parsley and all of the oregano. A good splash of avocado oil and freshly ground pepper for 20 minutes or until browning and fully cooked. Do the same with the kumara except add the rosemary this time. Next, roast the courgettes and capsicums in olive oil, salt and fresh black pepper and the mint. This goes best bumped up to 200 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes. Open the oven door from time to time to let the steam escape and once everything is cooked, cool down completely before mixing together. To dress the salad, use a wide dish to avoid squashing. Add about 2tbsp of balsamic with 5tbsp of avocado oil, spoon over and mix carefully. Makes a big bowl for 6 to 8 people.

A wine to enjoy this weekend What better way to enjoy the lovely weekend we have coming up, than with a bottle of 2011 Huntaway Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. The rich clay soils of Marlborough’s Lower Wairau Valley don’t require irrigation, which gives an uncommon richness to the Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The wine is very aromatic, with gooseberry fruit flavours and it is an extremely versatile food wine. This wine is 100 per cent stainless steel fermented to preserve the primary fruit aromas. Light straw in colour, with green highlights, indicate the wine’s youthfulness and vibrancy. While this wine can be enjoyed now, it would be rounder and more developed if cellared for a while.

The style is designed to complement a wide range of cuisines and will partner well with fresh goats cheeses and anything involving tomatoes, pears and olives. Try it with a spinach and ricotta tortellini. Check out the video interview with Stu on under the blog section. Enjoy!

The Weekend Sun has a bottle of Huntaway Reserve Sauvignon Blanc for lucky readers who can tell us what kind of metal this wine is fermented in? Enter online at under the Competitions section. Entries must be received by March 20.


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St Mary’s Room 10 pupils with their hats signed by Prime Minister John Key at the opening of the Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre last week.

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The Governor General Jerry Mateparae cuts the ribbon with RDA rider Tui Sarsfield at the opening of the Tauranga RDA Equestrian Therapy Centre on Tuesday.

Luca Ashman, 7 and Toby Lipinski, 9, meeting Tauranga RDA horse Santa.

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A taste of country on Sunday ‘City folk’ are invited to bring the whole family and get a taste of country this weekend with the annual Federated Farmers Farm Day. On Sunday, March 18, six farms around

New Zealand open their gates to the public as part of Federated Farmers Farm Day. During the last four years, more than 12,000 people have visited a farm in their area. Federated Farmers Farm Day was established to bridge the urban-rural divide, giving both groups a chance to come together. This national event gives urban people a chance to see what goes on behind the farm gate and get a taste of the rural lifestyle. The McLeod’s are once again open-

ing their Welcome Bay farm. Owners Andrew and Robin McLeod have their hands full, with their dairy farm, two children, Ella and Connor, Blue the dog and two cats Tigger and Cuddly. They love being farmers, with work right on their door step. This Sunday, visitors can expect to see sheep shearing, sheep dogs herding the flock, a petting zoo, cowsheds, giant tractors and much more. The farm is open from 10am until 3pm, at 1189 Welcome bay Road, Papamoa.

Surf ’s up for fishing comp New Zealand anglers will once again converge on Pikowai beach in the hope of catching ‘The Big One’ The 14th annual Otamarakau School PTA Surf Fishing Competition. Last year saw almost 650 anglers competing for the coveted prizes of $4000 cash for the heaviest snapper, along with the Predator Kontiki Longline fishing system for the heaviest kahawai. On April 8, the school is again

offering the same fantastic prizes, along with many more great prizes with a prize pool totalling more than $15,000. Prize categories include snapper, kahawai, ladies section, trevally, a children’s section and an ‘all other species’ section. Fishing on the day commences at 9am and concludes at 3pm, with the final weigh-in at 4pm. This year’s prizegiving is being hosted by Member of Parliament Brendan Horan. The prizegiving starts at 4pm at the competition headquarters,

Otamarakau School. There will be food – including a hangi – drinks, quick fire raffles, spot prize draws and heaps of fun for everyone. Tickets are $25 per rod/ hand line. Tickets are available on the day from 6am at the old headquarters (Drummonds Farm) and from the school’s website Trevor Anderson and a 9.5kg kingfish standing with MC Brendan Horan who is returning this year to host the Otamarakau Surf Fishing Competition.

Drawing an ambassador Doodle is looking for ambassadors to promote their brand and explain why they are different from their competitors and always will be. Each ambassador will get a pack of goodies and some other freebies to share with their friends. All they have to do is be between eight and 13 years old – boy or girl – and go into the shop, complete the form, and if they are selected for an interview we will contact them. Check out Doodle, the brand new creative stationary store in Goddards Shopping Centre and sign up to become an ambassador.

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Council and the CBD

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Re the article by Hamish Carter in last week’s Weekend Sun. Some of the quotes of the people interviewed need to be questioned. I have been a board member on Tauranga Mainstreet for two and half years and resigned in the middle of the 2011 period. I’m speaking from experience. Mainstreet was an independent organisation funded by a CBD rating charge and during my involvement was making good progress in efforts to get much needed free parking. About this time Priority One shifted from Chapel Street which is not within Mainstreet’s boundaries, to the CBD. It turns out they were and still are contracted to Council to work on the CBD issues which included stopping the free parking movement. The Makeup of Mainstreet is as follows:1 Chamber of Commerce representative, 1 Councillor rep,1 lawyer,1 accountant,1 Priority One rep,6 retail reps, two who are involved in business closures of long established business’s and who

will soon have to resign. Of these people six are members of Priority One. So you can see Mainstreet is now stacked heavily in favor of Priority One and Council. We now have a manager and his assistant protecting their jobs and suddenly the business people have very little say in the operation of Mainstreet. The funding for Priority One is made up of Council funds to the tune of $861,695 and member funds worth $280,407 as at 31March 2011.This is a lot more than the half that Andrew Coker, Priority One’s CEO was quoting. This would suggest councils have a large say in how Priority One operates. As very few of their members operate from the CBD it appears they are oblivious to what Priority One actually does and the totally devious way they operate. Mention must also be made

about the City Centre Action Group of which Priority One is the main player. This group is made up of Priority One, Tauranga City Council, BOP Property Council, Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, Creative Tauranga, Tourism Bay of Plenty, Maori representatives, Tertiary representatives and Tauranga Mainstreet. These facts must tell you that the businesses in the CBD have no independent say in the future of their livelihoods unless they want to spend huge amounts of time trying to fight the decisions made by Council and its employees. My concern is the council will once again waste a huge amount of money on the waterfront without tangible results while the CBD slowly starves to death. It’s time for the council to take notice of those who strive to make a living in the CBD and who genuinely know what’s needed to regain viability and with that will come the vitality that the Council and its affiliated organisations seek. The CBD can no longer be the council’s cash cow. (abridged) Bill Campbell, Tauranga.

Strand’s end – early days The Strand, from the Monmouth Redoubt, is still recognisable more than 100 years after this photo was taken of early Tauranga.


Still standing proud to this date is Tauranga’s original bonded warehouse (far-right of picture). The warehouse has had a variety of uses since originally being built for James Alexander Mann in 1883 as a store for goods transiting the adjacent wharves. Mann was the first licensed collector of tax for such goods, holding the bond for receiving overseas goods and collecting the revenue for the government. Later it became the home of Guinness Bros, which was based at the 1 The Strand location from 1908 for many decades as a retail store.

They sold items including liquor, farm equipment, appliances and bulk commodities. More recently it has become the home of Sun Media (publisher of The Weekend Sun and SunLive. The building is shared by functions venue No 1 the Strand. Alongside the bonded warehouse is the new Maori hostel, which was built in 1903 and is now occupied by the Tauranga Moana Maori Trust Board. The Strand is a thin dirt track hugging the edge of the harbour before any reclamation work began, but if you look closely between the two wharves you can see the first small palm trees that were planted in 1907. Initially, the palms were enclosed in small ‘cages’ to protect them from the cows that wandered the street until the 1930s. The photos were taken from Monmouth Reboubt, which up until 1898 was the heart of the defence and policing of the area. The redoubt – known to Maori as the Taumatakahawai Pa – had been abandoned after an attack by Ngati Maru. In 1864 it was refortified, first by the Monmouth Light Infantry, before becoming the base for the Bay of Plenty military until 1898 when the site was handed over to the Tauranga Borough Council. By Hamish Carter

Above: The Strand along Tauranga’s waterfront was the area’s transport hub in the early days – but look closely and you can see the first palms. Photo: Tauranga Library Right: The bonded warehouse at No 1 The Strand remains, but reclamation work has pushed the waterfront away from the road. Photo: Cody Stevens.


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Ordinary people will be ‘robbed’

Resources for tackling drugs in community Last week we saw the arrest of four men, with police seizing cocaine enroute to Australia via NZ from South America, with a street value worth $1.5 million. While our police continue to track drug rings and interrupt the supply of drugs, tackling the user end remains a priority and one which we at the Drug Free Ambassadors have taken seriously for the past 15 years. While we cannot protect every child from being exposed to drugs, we can make some serious inroads to lessening the impact through effective drug education. This helps cut off the air supply to the dealers. Our motto has been to give youth and adults alike the facts about drugs – the truth that the dealers and their friends either don’t know themselves, or don’t say. The Drug Free Ambassadors was originally set up by the Church of Scientology because of the need for an independent, community-based drug education service to work at a grass roots level. We have booklets to offer parents, teachers and anyone in the community who wants to help educate young people about drugs. Sometimes the hardest thing for a parent or friend is to know what to say. We do that for you in a really engaging and common sense way. You can contact me by email below and also visit and have a look at the range of material available. They can be ordered online or download for free. Also check out the great videos and documentaries. TeRata Boldy, Drug Free Ambassador

Anybody who had read “The Hollow Men” will not be surprised at the massive changes which John Key will make during this second term. The plan, developed in 2005, was to promise to not make various unpopular changes during the first term in office. Business leaders were advised of this in advance, so behaved in their labour relations, during that first term. Now senior executives will be paid big bonuses to get rid of regular workers from their companies, and replace them with contractors, who will have no security. The Christchurch earthquakes, Pike River and the Rena shipwreck all made

matters more difficult during Key’s first term, but the triumph in the Rugby World Cup distracted people. Had all the electors read “The Hollow Men” by Nicky Hager, then I suspect that Key would never have been re-elected. His plan is to make his buddies, who can afford to buy the privatised SEOs, even richer in the next three years. Many of them will do so via Family Trusts, so that they appear to not be personally implicated. Make no mistake the ordinary people of Aotearoa/New Zealand will be robbed by the Robber Barons in the next three years. Nick Bagnall, Omokoroa.

Driving rule changes 35 years ago Thirty five years ago, amongst much angst from the motoring public, a previous authority changed the ‘give way’ rule. Their reason was to bring NZ drivers into line with international driving standards. The LTSA is now changing the ‘give way’ rule back to what it was 35 years ago, the reason they give is to ‘standardise international driving’. Now somebody has been telling the public porkies.

My question is how many accidents did the change create 35 years ago, and how many more accidents will happen now that we return to the 1977 rules and what is the amount of our tax paid dollars used to promote these two changes? Drivers as old as myself will easily slip back 35 years and remember that at ‘any uncontrolled intersection if you will hit another car in the driver’s door then give way to that car’. Maureen J Anderson, Pyes Pa.

Documentary will silence doubters

I have just watched a one hour TV film program, Channel 7, by the wonderful Sir David Attenborough on GW. If anyone is doubtful, you will be corrected if you can invite TV producers of Chanel One on Prime to screen that film. He, along with TV crew and camWith regard to an article printed in the Weekend Sun eras, have gone worldwide to show and (17 February, p. 22 ) I’d like to say that the cardboard explain GW, and his cameras don’t lie! coffin and covering system have been available in They have travelled to the most remote Tauranga, to my certain knowledge, for many years. places to get proof and facts; down It is not a new development as portrayed via the to crevasses in the Antarctic ice sheet. information supplied in that interview. The originaAtmosphere readings of CO2, which tor has now retired to be with family in Australia, but is now 308ppm (parts per million), the Funeral Trust he established in Tauranga is still the highest in over 600,000 years and operating. definitely caused by us humans! D. Holm, Tauranga. Polar bears are being affected, by

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having less cubs at birth; glaciers are retreating alarmingly; tornados are more violent; some deserts in China are spreading their sands into villages! Also some Pacific Islands are becoming inundated by rising seas, and the bleaching of corals in the Barrier Reef! What more proof is there? The largest computer at 50 billion ‘bytes’ per second shows more proof of GW. So you ‘myth busters’ who pour scorn on us GW folk, should request the TV producers of Channel One and Prime to show the film soon. It will change your views, as one does not have to be a scientist to see what is happening to our planet. Ernest Izett, Tauranga.


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Saturday 17 March

25th Easter Book Sale Rotary Club of Tauranga need your books. Sale held April 7, 8, 9 9am - 5pm daily at Seeka Coolstore, Totara St, Mount. Please deliver unwanted books, magazines, sheet music, records, cassette tapes, CD’s, videos, DVDs & jigsaw puzzles to Caltex Welcome Bay, Bayfair, Greerton, 14th Ave, Katikati or for collection Ross 544 0817 Art in the Park Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui 7.30am – 5pm. Tauranga Society of Artists offer for sale a variety of art to suit all tastes. Sunday if wet. BOP Christian Singles Over 40’s free to join friendship group who meet 1st Sat of every month socially. 575 5556 Bryce Brown Recent Works Presented by Creative Tauranga Gallery until March 27 at 112 Willow St, Tauranga. 928 5270 Car Boot Sale Greerton School 7.30-12pm. $5 per site. Shirley 577 1116 or 0274 146 040 Children’s Leprechaun Party St Peter’s Anglican Church Hall, Katikati. Wear something green. Games, stories, face painting, jokes, riddles. Learn a Leprechaun dance. Green lemonade. $5 per child. Bookings 577 1753 Come Dancing Tonight Te Puke Scottish Society’s St Patrick’s Dance. Wear a bit of green. Live band, good supper. Come & enjoy the fun festivities at Te Puke Memorial Park 8-11.30pm. Members $7, non members $8. All welcome. Contentment: Half Day Meditation Course March 24 at Mount Senior Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd 12.45-4pm. Learn practical methods to let go of attachment & find peace in our circumstances. Enjoy the natural stillness & learn to keep a happy mind in all situations. Suitable for beginners. Cost $30, includes afternoon tea. Bookings essential. All welcome. or 09 846 5829 Crackerjack Bowls Matua Bowls, Levers Rd 1-4pm. Be there 12.45pm. Make up a team of four or we will fit you into a team. Cost $5pp. Wear flat soled shoes. Bowls available. All welcome. 576 9980 or Funrazor Event Main beach, Mt Maunganui 2pm. Shave your lid for a brave kid. Come & enjoy an afternoon of live music & great entertainment. Register now 579 4141 Katikati Folk Club Songwriting/guitar workshop at Katikati Memorial Lounge 12.30-5pm with singer/songwriters David Shanhun & Simon Snaize. $40. www.davidshanhun or 549 5827

Messianic Weekly Meetings The Way meet in the Kingfisher Room, Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 10am. All welcome. 570 1438 Music of the Passion Presented by Scholars Pro Musica at St Peters Church, Victoria Rd, Mount March 31 7.30pm & April 1 2.30pm. A musical journey through Lent leading to agony of Crucifixion with works from Allegri, Victoria, Lotti & others. Omokoroa Kids Fishing Contest (Postponed due to bad weather). Now on today. Competition runs 6am - 3pm. Prize giving 4pm. $5 entry. Tickets from Omokoroa Beach Store & Boat Club. Great prizes. Paengaroa Community Hall Society Inc Market/Breakfasts on the 3rd Saturday of each month, Gates open from 7.30am, Breakfast from 8am. Market $5 per car boot, Breakfasts starts from $1.50, Bacon & eggs $8.50. Practising the Power of Now Those interested ph 022 611 0483 Shirley Club First birthday celebration at Greenwood Park with lunch 12pm. All Shirley’s welcome. 544 3259 St Patrick’s Day at Omokoroa Boat Club Join the celebration. Happy hour 5-6pm. Background Irish music. Prize for best (Irish themed) dressed person. General public welcome. St Patrick’s Day/Latin Dance Party And fun-draiser. Come & see some of NZ’s finest dancers & newly crowned world champs at Matua Community Hall. Doors open 8pm. Showcase starts 10pm. $15 ticket (door sales). All welcome. Tauranga Farmers Market Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Fresh & artisian produced food. Trixie 552 5278 or Tauranga Target Rifle Club Inc Open day March 24 at the range adjacent to the Legion of Frontiersmens Hall, Elizabeth St West 1-4pm. All equipment will be provided. Participants must be big enough to safely handle a .22 target rifle. Cost $5 per target + 13 shots. Tauranga Woodcrafters Club Every third Sat at club rooms, Yatton St, Greerton 1pm. Visitors & interested people welcome. Geoff 579 3637 Te Rerenga Track Guided loop walk that takes in a diversity of settings. Meet a Visitor Centre, TECT All Terrain Park. Walks at 10.30am & $12.30pm. Cost $5. Doug 0274 773 343

Sunday 18 March

5Bridges River Swim April 1, Co-ordinated by Hamilton Masters Swim Club. Starts at

Hamilton Gardens, below the Hungerford Crescent car park, and finish 7.1km downstream at Ann Street Beach. Registration is from 11-12.30pm, beside the river at Hamilton Gardens. Briefing for swimmers is at 12.40pm, event starts 1pm. Preregistration $20 by 19 March, after & on the day $35. Entry forms available at or 07 854 9874 Auditions For ‘Heaven Help Us’ at Te Puke Repertory Society, Litt Park Theatre (off Cameron Rd, Te Puke) 2-6pm. Cast required 4 females (16yrs - 70’s), 2 males (40’s - 50’s) For details or a perusal script, Sally 533 1043 Bethlehem Lions Market Incorporating arts & crafts, at Bethlehem Town Centre car park. (Second entrance to town centre off Bethlehem Rd) 8am – 12pm. Stallholders $10 per site. On wet or fine. 548 2977 Bible Seminars Every Sunday at Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St, Greerton 1.45pm. Title: “Creation- God’s message to mankind.” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Vic 543 0504 Easter Family Festival April 8 at Downtown Mt Maunganui 10am - 3pm. Live music, stilts & street performers, slides, castles, clowns, kids disco & more. Free family fun & entertainment. Forest & Bird Te Puke Walk Otanewainuku Forest to hear newly liberated kokako. 2 hours return. Meet 8.45am at Boucher Ave car park near Export Meats to share transport. Bring food, jacket, solid footwear & $5pp if carpooling. Neale 573 4157 or 021 0234 3524 Kids Club ‘3.45 Live’ Games, craft & bible stories. Papamoa Library every Sunday during school terms 3.45-4.45pm. For ages 4-7yrs. In association with Linda 572 5558 Maketu Community Market Maketu Village Reserve every 3rd & 5th Sun of month 8am – 1pm. Variety of stalls including fresh veges, baking, plants, bric-a-brac, books & more. Maureen 533 2340 Mary’s Market Quality nursery & baby/ children products at The good Food Trading Company, Mt Maunganui 9am - 1pm. Open Farm Farm day at 1189 Welcome Bay Rd, Papamoa 10am - 3pm. Take your gummies, take the kids & experience hands-on farming. Free. For directions & information visit Petanque Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. Neita 572 3768 Powell on Pipes In Baycourt Centennial Theatre 1.30pm. UK’s Chris Powell returns

for another toe-tapping Blackpool styles show on the wurlitzer organ. Tickets at the Box Office or Ticketdirect 577 7188 Radio Controlled Model Yachts Meet Sun 1.30pm & Thurs 5.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to race Electron class yachts. Graham 572 5419 Singles Mix & Mingle 50+ Coffee afternoon at Zaggers Cafe, Chapel St 2.30pm. Mix & mingle with other like-minded singles in a relaxed atmosphere. Gayle 027 439 3267 Sprint Triathlon March 25 at Pilot Bay, Mt Maunganui. Starts 8am. Distance: Swim 750m, cycle 20km, run 5km. Race briefing 7.15am. Prize giving 15 mins after last finisher has crossed the line. Prize money: 1st male & female $250, 2nd male & female $150, 3rd male & female $100. Sundays Friends Meet Meet for an hour of mostly silent meditation, at the Annex, behind Brian Watkins Historic House cnr of Elizabeth St & Cameron Rd 10am, followed by tea/coffee & biscuits & a chat. Tauranga Pakeke Lions Club Charity bowling tournament at Tauranga South Bowling Club 8.30am - 3pm. Donations to Waipuna Hospice. Tauranga Spiritual Society Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St 6.30pm. Speakers; Mary Martin, Candida Monkley, Meeshla Nathan. $10 inc membership or $5 without. Enquiries – Facebook. Tauranga Tramping Club Meet at 11th Ave carpark 8.30am. Carpooling to Franklin Rd. $14 payable to car driver. Tramp to Franklin Rd to Waitawheta Hut & return. Bring lunch, water bottle, sunhat, wet weather gear, warm clothing, walking shoes. Mike 548 0122 Tauranga Vintage Machinery Club Annual crank up at Armstrong Rd, Te Puna 10.30am. Bring your toys. Gold coin donation. All welcome. Gordon 571 2450 Te Puke Country Music St Pat’s Hall, Beatty Ave, Te Puke 1pm. Members a plate please. Will Martin in Concert March 25, for Waipuna Hospice at Holy Trinity 7-9pm. Supported by Stephanie Adams & the Bethlehem College Senior choir, Animoso. Adults $30, children (16 & under) $15. See for ticket outlets or to purchase online.

Monday 19 March

A Course in Miracles Study group meets Monday’s in The Avenues 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. 562 1448 or 021 0274 2502 Aspergers Coffee & Chat Group Support group for people with Aspergers. Junction office, 4 Roys Rd, Greerton 10am – 12pm. 579 9890 Badminton Club - Bethlehem College Mon & Weds 7.30-9.30pm. Members & casual

The Weekend Sun’s guide to who’s playing and where. players welcome. Ph/text Sue 543 0035 or 0211 944 335 Bay Midwifery Centre Has recently changed status to BOP Midwifery Charitable Trust, which means we are now eligible for community funding. We offer free midwifery service to all women & their families. Open Mon - Fri at 559 Fraser St, Greerton 9am - 3pm. The name remains Bay Midwifery Centre. Beginners Salsa Starts 6.45pm, improvers Salsa 7.45pm, Bachata 8.45pm at Otumoetai Action Centre, Tauranga. No partner required. All welcome. 021 045 4235 or Bethlehem Bowls Every Mon at Bethlehem Hall 7.15pm. First 3 nights free. Wendy 578 2585 Body & Soul Fun Fitness For over 50’s, social events & guest speakers. Mon & Fri, Greerton Hall Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds Memorial Hall, 11th Ave. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. All welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Clothing Sale NZ Red Cross Stores have 50% off all clothing until March 23. Stores at Greerton, Mt Maunganui & cnr 4th Ave/Cameron Rd. All stores open 9am Mon to Sat. Harmony a Plenty Barbershop Chorus Every Mon at Bethlehem Community Church, Moffat Rd 7pm. New members welcome. 542 4191 or Fire Brigade Indoor Bowling Club Club night 7.30pm at Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd. Anne 579 1079 Fitness League Tone & align your body, increase flexibility & stamina. First class free. Mon at Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd & Tues at St John’s Anglican Hall, Seddon St, Waihi. Both 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378 Katikati Art Group Memorial Hall Bldg, Main St, Katikati Mon - Thurs 10am-4pm. Lyceum Club Ladies For 2012 check activities available at Clubrooms, 68 1st Ave. Jan 576 2550 Mah Jong Interested in playing or learning to play? Every Mon at Papamoa Sports Centre, Parton Rd 12.30-4pm. Entry $2. Sue 542 3073 Mount Badminton Club Club night at Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd 7-9pm. All past & new players welcome. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529 Matua Bowls Twilight Mondays Levers Rd, Matua 5.30pm. Make up a team of 4, or we will fit you in a team. $5pp per game, one game per evening. Sausage sizzle $1 at end of play. Raffles. Register, Geoff 513 1202 by midday on day of play. Wear flat soled shoes. Bowls available. matuabowls Meditation Free classes Mondays 10am & 7.30pm. Find peace, success & a new awareness. David/Trish 576 9764 Mt Maunganui Hash House Harriers Seeking younger members to the club (20-50yr plus) every Mon 6-9pm. Different location each week. Walkers 4-6km, runners 6-9km. $5pp approx. Phil 021 822 208 Otumoetai Indoor Bowling Club 5pm Aggregate, Matua School Hall, Clivedene St 7.15pm. Karen 576 0443 Recycled Teenagers Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards, & injury or illness rehabilitation. Mon & Weds, 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club, behind Pak n Save. Tues at St Mary’s church hall, Girven Rd. All 9am - 10.30am. Taken by Heart Foundation phase 3 cardiac instructor. First class free. Jennifer 571 1411

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The Weekend Sun Relationships Aotearoa Mon - Parenting Through Separation, free course for separating parents 10am - 12pm. Positively Me 4 Women - self esteem course for women 12.30-2.30pm. Blended Families, course for parents in combined household 7-9pm. ManMade, self esteem course for men 7-9pm. Tues - Parenting Through Separation 7-9pm. Positively Me for Women 12.30-2.30pm. Host Monogamy - for people in a committed relationship 7-9.30pm. Weds - Parenting for Success, parenting your 2-12yr olds 7-9pm. Sex, Drugs & Homework, course for parents of teenagers 7-9pm. Parenting through Separation, Papamoa 10am - 12pm. Thurs - Positively Me 4 women 7-9pm. Living without Pornography (new course) Weekend Course - relationship secrets, for couples. 576 8392 Sequence Dance Class Modern sequence dance tuition & revision every Mon 1-3pm St John’s Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai. $3pp. Gordon 573 4333 Sit and Be Fit Class Seated down class. Focused on balance, stability, aerobic, flexibility & strength. Tues 11.30-12.30pm at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 11am-12pm at Greenwood Park Village, Welcome Bay. 578 9272 St Columba Indoor Bowling Club Club night tonight St Columba Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd. Names in by 7.15pm. New bowlers welcome. Jenny 576 3584 Tauranga Bridge Club Sessions Mon, Weds, Thurs 7.30pm. Tues & Fri 1pm at 252 Ngatai Rd, Tga. 576 5022 Tauranga Bureta Park Probus Club Meets 3rd Mon of every month at 1.30pm upstairs at the Citizens Club, 13th Ave. New members welcome. Brian 570 0074 Tauranga Ladies Probus Club Every 3rd Mon of month at Citizens Club 10am. Visitors welcome. Clare 576 5973 Te Puna Indoor Bowls Every Mon at Te Puna Hall 7.15pm. New members of all ages welcome. Gwen 548 0055 The Great New Zealand Book Race Teens review any book by a New Zealand author on & be in to win prizes. A Tauranga Writers event beginning March 19. YMCA - ALFS (Active lifestyle for seniors). Smooth Movers class Mon 8.45-9.45am & 10-11am at Matua Community Hall, Levers Rd. Also 9-9.55am & 10-10.55am at Arataki Hall, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St). Tues 9.15-10.15am & 10.30-11.30am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 9.15-10.15am Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. Thurs 8.45-9.45am at Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.30-11.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.15-10.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. 578 9272

Tuesday 20 March

Air Training Corp Boys & Girls 13-16yrs old, come & check out the Air Training Corp, every Tues at Army Hall opp QEII Park 6.15-9pm. Sandra 021 271 4874 Alcoholics Anonymous Mount Maunganui meet every Tues at St Peter’s Hall, 11 Victoria St 7.30pm. 0800 229 6757 (0800 AA Works) for other AA meetings. Anxiety Support Group Junction office, 4 Roys Rd, Greerton 1-2pm. 579 9890 Conversation Cafe for Seniors Every Tues at St Andrew’s Church, Dee St, Mount 10am - 12pm. Morning tea, fellowship, games. $5. 575 9347 Excel Toastmasters Club Learn to be a competent communicator & get your message across. Meet 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues of month at Senior Citizen’s Centre, 345 Maunganui Rd, Mount 6.15pm. New members welcome. Tess 575 6610 Excel Toastmasters Club Speechcraft Course 6 week course in public speaking, to help you feel the feat & do it anyway. To give you skills for interviews, ask for promotions or speak with confidence in front of groups. Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm April 3 - May 8. Limited places available. Jenny 575 9159 Inachord Chorus Ladies 4 part harmony every Tues at Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd 6.45pm. Enjoy singing & meet new friends. Irene 549 5115 Israeli Dancing Beginners group at Gate Pa Primary School Hall, Cameron Rd 7-8pm. No partners required. Maria 544 1680

Katikati Mah Jong Encourages hard hands, restricts easy hands. Resource Centre, Beach Rd Katikati 1-4pm. 549 5954 Mount Morning Badminton Every Tues at Mount Sports Centre, Blake Park 9am 12pm. Social, competitive, all ages, beginners welcome. Racquets available. Visitors $5 per session, students $2. First day free. Margaret 575 9792 Mount Social Table Tennis Arataki Community Centre, every Tues 7.30-9pm. 575 2048 NZ China Friendship Society Speaker: National president Eric Livingstone Tibet. Followed by AGM at Tauranga Intermediate School 7pm. John 577 0583 Papamoa Support Group Coffee & chat for people with an experience of mental illness at Papamoa Community Centre (Papamoa Library) 15 Gravatt Rd 10am – 12pm. 579 9890 Social Beginner Dancing Classes Start March 27, St Columba Church Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd 6pm. March 28 at Tauranga Primary School Hall, 5th Ave 8pm & March 29 at Greerton Hall, 1247 Cameron Rd 7pm. Supreme Dance Centre, Sonia 543 2377 or email: South City Indoor Bowls Box drawn parks (Black Cup) Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Mary 541 0687 Tauranga Acoustic Music Club Trust Bar, Bureta Rd 7.30pm. Friendly jam sessions or open concert 4th Tues & 2nd Sun. Sing, play or just listen. Paul 579 2346 or Tauranga Breast Cancer Support Services Papamoa lunch at St Paul’s Church, Dickson Rd, Papamoa 12pm. Speaker: Janice McLean, from Naturalwear - ‘Breast prosthesis products.” All welcome. Julie 571 3346 or email: Tauranga Central Ladies Probus Club Friendly social club meeting 3rd Tues of month at Daniels Memorial Park 9.45am. This month AGM. All welcome. Joan 578 5948 Tauranga City Line Dancers Every Tuesday, different levels. Fun & friendship. New members welcome. Fay 578 4081 Tauranga Continuing Education Group Historic Village, 17th Ave, every third Tues of month. Lectures start 10am. Charge of $3 is made to cover expenses. Please fill in a registration form at your first meeting. Speaker: Dr Hamish Campbell, snr scientist GNS Sciences - “The geological origins of NZ & the forces shaping it.” Tauranga Indoor Bowling Club Club night, Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St, Names in by 7.15pm. New bowlers welcome. Ken 579 9789. Tauranga Morning Badminton Club QEII Youth Centre, cnr 11th Ave & Devonport Rd, Tauranga every Tues & Thurs 9-11.30am. All welcome. Heather 574 0976 Tauranga Orchid Society Monthly meeting at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 7.30pm. Speaker: Roger Allan - ‘propagation of plants’. Visitors welcome. Natalie 543 0847 Tauranga Toastmasters Tga Lyceum Club, 1st Tues 7.15-8.45pm. Exterminate the butterflies, confidence building, improving public speaking & leadership skills. Alan 544 5989

Wednesday 21 March

Arataki Care & Craft St Mary’s Church Hall, Marlin St every Weds during school term 9.30am - 12.30pm. Kath 575 4396 Balmoral’s Marching Team Ladies interested in joining this new team aged 20-50yrs welcome. Experience preferred but not necessary. Practice Weds 6.158.15pm at Greerton Primary School. Anita 571 4096 Bipolar Support Group Junction office, 4 Roys Rd, Greerton 1-2pm. 579 9890 Bridge Lessons Tauranga Bridge Club, 252 Ngatai Rd, Otumoetai. Starts today at 7.15pm. To register, Norm 576 5022 or City Early Start Toastmasters Improve communication, leadership & teamwork skills. Make it happen. Join the motivated & enthusiastic group every Weds at Zaggers Cafe 6.458.15am. Email: or 571 1545. Website: Country Music Nights Every Weds at Crown & Badger, The Strand, Tga

8-10.30pm. Pre-selected programme of country singers. Free entry. Fernlands Spa Water Exercise Class Weds 10.45-11.45am. Held rain or shine, but not during school holidays. New participants planning to attend, Jennifer 571 1411. Pool maintenance is planned so ring the pool or Jennifer to confirm venue is open. Fun Run Walk Every Weds 6pm start. Meet outside Crown & Badger Pub. Walk or run for approx 1 hr. Spot prizes. Cost $8 includes one drink & finger food. Rosie 021 020 20718 Gate Pa Indoor Bowls Box Drawn 9 Bowls Triples (Pratt Trophy) 7.30pm. Greerton Hall. Kevin 543 4044 Genealogy Get together at the home of Heather, 8 Cornwall St, Greerton 1.30pm. Newcomers welcome. 578 1689 Global Hearts Exercise Group Weds 2pm & Fri 11am. Provides group activities combined with health education that encourages members to live a healthy & active lifestyle. Classes run by certified Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitator. Vikki 575 0470 or 0272 800 388 Monthly Book Group Meeting Papamoa Library 10am. Topic: Authors with a surname starting with M. All welcome. Mount Badminton Club Social club night at Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd 7-9.30pm. All past & new players welcome. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529 Mount Healing & Spiritual Centre Fellowship at Omanu Bowling Club, Golf Rd, Mount 7.30pm. Guest speaker: Annie Jamieson - crystal bowls. $3 door charge. All welcome. Jules 027 235 4462 Omokoroa Children’s Dance Classes Settlers Hall, pre-schoolers to pre-teens. Gaye 577 1753 or Orange City Square & Round Dance Club Weds advanced, Thurs club night, Frontiersmen’s Hall 7.30pm. New dancer class in April. 543 1063 Otumoetai Lions Social Meeting Armitage Hotel, cnr Willow & Park Sts 6pm for 6.30pm social night. Guest speaker: Patrick Nolan, past Chief Beefeater, Tower of London. Visiting Lions & potential members welcome. Alan 570 2630 Otumoetai Toy Box Toy Library 94 Bureta Rd. Open Weds 6.30-8.30pm, Thurs & Fri 9.30-11.30am. A number of membership options available. 576 9923 or 027 857 7452 Papamoa Garden Circle AGM in Tahora Room, Papamoa Community Centre 1.30pm. Alison 572 3501 Scottish Country Dancing Every Weds, Senior Citizens’ Hall, Maunganui Rd & every Fri, Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd. Both 7.30pm. 544 0839 Toastmasters Tauranga South Area Leadership skills, speaking skills. Weds at St George’s Church Hall, cnr Cameron Rd & Church St 7.15pm. All welcome. Alan 544 5989 T.S. Chatham (Sea Cadets) Every Weds at TYPBC, Keith Allan Drive, Sulphur Point 6.40-9pm. Lee 542 5377 or 027 291 6151 or email: Walking Group Age Concern walking group meet at Matua Shops off Tilby Drive 10am. All welcome. 578 2631 Wednesday Night at Faith Bible College Public meeting, 749 Welcome Bay Rd 7.15pm. Variety of guest speakers. Supper to follow. All welcome. 544 2463

Thursday 22 March

Bay Salsa Intro class for Salsa dancing at Za Bar Pizzeria 8pm. Intro class followed by social dancing. Open to all levels. Latin music & dance styles, drink specials & great atmosphere all for $2. Bowls Matua School bowls for intermediate year 9 & college students every Thurs at Levers Rd, Matua 4-5.30pm. You will need flat soled footwear - bowls supplied. Community Bible Study International Join us at 14th Ave Gospel Centre 10am 12pm for a non denominational in depth study of Amos/Isaiah until April 5. Joan 576 9065 Fitness League Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for females. All ages & abilities, first class free, every Thurs 9.30am Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd & Wed 10am at Katikati Memorial Hall Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 170

Keynotes 4 Part Harmony Women’s chorus meet every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Pam 578 3757 Mount Art Group Every Thurs at St Peter’s Parish Hall, 11 Victoria Rd, Mount 9am - 2pm. New & casual members welcome. Merilyn 575 6777 Mt Maunganui Creative Fibre Group Meets every Thurs at the Arataki Community Centre, 9-1pm. All welcome. Sandy 575 6357 Salsa on the Strand Presented by Bay Salsa. New venue upstairs at Za Bar Pizzeria. Intro class 8pm followed by social dancing. No partner required. $2,entry, members free. All welcome. Simplee Cre8ive Creativity group for women. Scrap booking, sewing, knitting/crochet & more. Papamoa Community Centre 9.30am - 2.30pm. $7 covers room hire & tea/coffee. Lyn 572 0423 Social Bridge Tauranga Bridge Club, 252 Ngatai Rd, Otumoetai 1pm. No partners required. Tai Chi & Shibashi Beginners class every Thurs at St Enochs Church Hall, 16th Ave, Tga 9-10am. Warren 574 2464 Tauranga Heart Support Group Phase 3 rehab exercise, social events & guest speakers for those with or at risk of heart disease.

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No catch; just live music opportunities Last week, in the list of things that currently Soundtree is a fairly new recording studio Whakamarama, though boss Shane Davies make me happy about the Bay, I mentioned in has had the studio in many forms and several Soundtree. Soundtree rocks! locations during the last couple of decades.

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The new incarnation is the biggest and best yet, with a couple of large rooms and a full set-up for recording both audio and video. Most important though, is what Shane is doing there. Every week for the last three months, he has been producing a web-broadcast TV show of Bay of Plenty music. This mixes video clips of bands (some from the bands, some made by Shane) with a weekly live session, recorded in the studio, usually about five songs and an interview. And here’s the exciting news for bands: Shane is offering this service – to record you and feature you on the show – for free. Yes, Shane wants to promote the studio, but he also wants to promote Tauranga music. Like me, he believes there is remarkable stuff happening here and he wants to give it a wider airing. I know that sounds too good to be true and Shane has ironically noticed a certain hesitance on the part of bands for exactly that reason. What’s the catch? Well, after spending a few Wednesday nights (that’s when the live sessions usually happen) sitting in at Soundtree, I can assure you – there is no catch. Bands (or soloists or duos or whatever) set up and, with two broadcast-quality cameras running, record their songs. Shane has some good mikes. The recordings usually come out very well and the camerawork looks good. Shane edits the songs and they go out on the webcast. And bands get to keep video of

their songs. If – for any reason – bands are not happy with their performance, then they won’t air, no hard feelings. And that’s it. A brilliant, simple idea that relies only on the skill and time that Shane is throwing at the project. All Shane asks in return from the acts is that they do their best

Grant Haua. to promote the venture by posting on Facebook Pages, or whatever networking tools they use, to let as many people as possible know about the Soundtree sessions. Not a lot to ask. The webcast, shown live every Saturday night and then downloadable at will, started life in a two-hour format, which must have been a punishing schedule to keep up. Sensibly it has now moved to one-hour episodes. With the recent addition of a South Park-style cartoon to the show, it’s looking better each week.

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Shows are also archived online and there is some stunning music there. Since the live scene in Tauranga, particularly for those delivering original music, is a little sparse, many of the acts at Soundtree are not those you’ll see out in the pubs. Grant Haua has done a session and his raw emotive blues is astounding, but it’s the acts that I didn’t previously know, or know well, that really caught my attention: Shirley Rider does a terrific job with accompaniment from Graeme Hardaker; Kesli Bullot (daughter of harp player Grant) plays a lovely solo spot; and Jessica Ross, a young English singer, is simply sensational and has since started recording a full album at the studio. But what most impressed me was a band called The Elements. I know nothing about them. Google didn’t help. But their music is sensational, channelling an alt 70s/80s vibe with hints of Talking Heads, The Smiths, The Cure, oh and dozens of others while sounding defiantly original. I strongly suggest checking this stuff out. The homepage is But it’s just as easy to go to YouTube and search for ‘Soundtreelive’. Musicians – this is a golden opportunity just waiting for you. Music lovers – see what’s happening in the Bay and tell your friends wherever they are. There are people all round the world looking for a hit of Tauranga music. Just as Kiwis in London flock to hear Kiwi bands, so there is a worldwide Tauranga population homesick for local sounds. That’s what the internet is meant to be good at, so let’s use it.

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Maketu Ongatoro Wetlands Group, who were named Supreme Winner of the TrustPower Western Bay of Plenty Community Awards in 2011. Entry forms are available at any council office or service centre, online at communityawards or by calling TrustPower Community Relations, phone 0800 87 11 11.


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Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard. Dir: Woody Allen Woody Allen continues to produce a film every year, most of which go unnoticed outside Europe where, unlike America, he is revered. Last year’s one wasn’t even released in New Zealand. And despite the odd clunker (Cassandra’s Dream anyone?) his output is fairly consistent. Critics bash him by comparing newer films to seventies classics, but Woody seems to have abandoned ambitions to create a masterpiece, instead making modest films, much like short

stories, each a small idea that he economically explores. Midnight in Paris is the same. The central conceit being that each night in Paris Owen Wilson, who longs nostalgically for the great literary Paris of the 1920s, is magically transported back in time to those glorious days where he mixes with Hemmingway (Corey Stoll), Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody), Cole Porter and the whole

gang of ex-Pats who haunted the bistros and salons. It’s a lovely idea, handled with wit and charm, a light frothy concoction that takes such delight in its characterisations (Hemmingway talks just like one of his books and is particularly funny), that it’s easy to turn a blind eye to the flaws – McAdam’s thankless role of fiancee, the string of stunningly beautiful women that Wilson continually meets – and just enjoy the ride.

Though a couple of the multiple strands go nowhere and there’s a loss of focus towards the end, it’s still an alarmingly believable journey. Only one word is needed to describe the premise of Anonymous – rubbish. It follows an argument that Shakespeare couldn’t have written his stuff because he was a badlyeducated commoner. Only a Lord could have the breeding to produce such brilliance. Ignoring many facts and misrepresenting others, an unlikely tale of political intrigue emerges, which would be fine – Shakespeare

Want to see the scariest film of the year? Forget zombies, vampires and serial killers. In the first scene of Contagion Gwyneth Paltrow coughs; 10 minutes later she’s dead. With a strong cast – names like Fishburn, Damon, Winslet, Cotillard, Law and Gould – director Steven Soderbergh explores the repercussions of a global pandemic, say if bird flu became easily transmittable, a scenario that many say is a matter of when, not if. The first half is truly terrifying – you’ll never look at a bowl of peanuts the same way again.


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hardly needs defending from the man who remade Godzilla – were it not interminably long and confusingly plotted. And dull. The snippets of plays are fun, Vanessa Redgrave and Rhys Ifans are good, but that’s about it. Did Shakespeare write his plays? By the end you won’t care. Also out on DVD: When A City Falls , the wonderful, heartbreaking documentary about Christchurch which recently showed on television. The DVD has extra footage not in the TV version.

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Personal journey an anecdote for greater loss Brother Number One. Out now at Rialto Directed by Annie Goldson. Bookended by a brother’s journey, Brother Number One leads the viewer through Cambodian history as told by Whakatane-born Rob Hamill’s own experiences. Tracing his brother Kerry’s last steps, ‘Brother’ follows Rob’s personal struggle with loss as well as the loss of thousands of Cambodians who have been affected by the Khmer Rouge. Brother Number One explores one of the ‘forgotten’ genocides of the 20th Century, examining how and why nearly two million Cambodians could be killed by an ultra-Maoist regime known as the Khmer Rouge. The documentary focuses on Rob’s trip to Cambodia in 2009 as he seeks justice and answers for his eldest brother Kerry, who was murdered by the Khmer Rouge in 1978, along with two sailing companions. Rob’s own story is one of loss and heartbreak. Stepping foot for the first time in Cambodia, we see this man breakdown into tears at the thought that he just had his picture taken – the first thing that happened to Kerry when he sailed into Cambodia before he died.

But Rob’s journey is really a bookend, an anecdote for the thousands of Cambodians who were affected by the Khmer Rouge, but are unable to speak. Recollections from Cambodian residents who were lucky enough to survive the Toul Sleng – the genocide prison where thousands were tortured and forced to confess their plans against the government – paint a vivid picture of a time in Cambodian history often overlooked. I will confess, it was an incredibly eye-opening experience for me. Like many Kiwis, I feel safe and secure, tucked away at the bottom of the world. Brother is enlightening and I hope many others watch this film to learn something of a violent and dangerous part of history. It is interesting to note, Rob himself emailed me and said “when I began this project back in 2006, many New Zealanders didn’t know about Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, yet those same people would have told you plenty about Hitler and the Nazis. It is our hope that schools and the public take up the opportunity to see the film”. Rob has since developed an NCEA study guide for English and History

classes, available on the film’s website. What really affected me was the idea of uncertainty. Despite bringing Duch, one of the many in charge of Khmer Rouge war crimes, to some kind of justice, there is no real certainty for Rob about just what took place in the events leading up to Kerry’s death. It is fragmented history, put together by vague

recollections from 20-plus years ago and uncertain images. As Rob drops a Pounamu stone into the ocean where Kerry was taken prisoner, there is a lingering look into the sea, leaving the question open: Has Rob truly been able to put Kerry’s murder to rest? I hope Rob’s journey wasn’t in vain and he found some kind of solace in his own journey.

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Training for the future Tauranga is home to three units which are part of New Zealand’s best kept secret. New Zealand Cadet Forces are for boys and girls aged 13 to 16. It comprises of No.16 Squadron Air Training Corps, T S Chatham Sea Cadets, and Western BOP Cadet Corps. The NZ Cadet Forces are a voluntary, disciplined, uniformed youth leadership training organisation. The organisation is not part of the New Zealand Defence Force, but is directed by the Chief of Defence Force, on behalf of the Minister of Defence. The cadets meet each week night either on Tuesday (Air Training Corp) for those with an interest in flying; Wednesday (T S Chatham sea cadets) if you have an interest in sailing, or Thursday (WBOPCC) if you have an interest in the army. Cadets learn drill, dress and bearing, survival skills and bushcraft, First Aid, general service knowledge which is gaining knowledge about the Royal New Zealand Navy, Army or Air Force, navigation, firearms training where they become skilled in safe firearms handling

War paint. and competition shooting and leadership where they develop the skills to lead others. Another opportunity offered is NZQA credits for some of the training programme. Sea cadets can also gain qualifications through the coastguard courses.

If your teenager has an interest in flying, contact Squadron Leader Sandra Berry 021 271 4874, for sailing contact Lieutenant Commander Lee White 027 291 6151 or for army experience 2nd Lieutenant Elisha Crawshaw 027 634 8891.

Culture and colours to brighten Historic Village Cultures of all kinds are on display as part of the 13th annual Multi-Cultural Festival at the Historic Village this weekend. There is plenty of entertainment to celebrate the many cultures that live in the Bay of Plenty, including a street parade and stalls. One South African stall is offering a $1 discount when buying a hamburger and soft drink combo if customers can answer correctly, how many official languages does South Africa have? Representative of The Afrikaans Christian Church of New Zealand, Tauranga say

they feel privileged to once again represent South Africa at this year’s festival. They say it is always loads of fun and a great way to get to know something more about all the different cultures in New Zealand. This year, the church group are selling koeksisters, boerewors rolls, hamburgers, milktart, pancakes (crepes) and soft drinks. Festival organiser Ewa Fenn says there are a variety of cultural groups at the event, including some from Pacific Islands, India, France, Brazil and Nepal. “Tauranga Samba will beat their drums

and I’m sure the audience will again participate enthusiastically in the Zumba display. “The cultural performances will be run non-stop until 4pm or so, with a Korean drumming group from Auckland performing as a closing act.” A costume parade takes place on the day, with people encouraged to bring along their native or favourite flags. The festival is scheduled to get under way at 10am at the Historic Village in 17th Avenue this Saturday, March 17. By Letitia Atkinson

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Mount RSA Friday 16 – Helen Riley. Saturday 17 – Tellstar 4.307.30pm. Irish Dancers 6.15pm. Gerry Lee 7.30pm. Sunday 18 – Twin Zounds 4.307.30pm.

The Crown and Badger Friday 16 – SparX. Saturday 17 – St Patrick’s Day. Blarney Band 11am – 3pm and 5-9pm. Sunday 18 – Blarney Band (Andy Craw and Guests) 3-6pm. Thursday 22 – Chris Gunn Band 8-10.30pm.

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What’s the point? What’s the point in having a toy, and not being able to play with it! Poor Flo has been in stitches lately, having had her breeding capabilities curtailed, and so has not been around to torment me. A shame really, as it is the only action I have been getting lately. But as the boss said to me the other day, at least you are getting some occasionally – not having a clue what he meant, I just lusted after the blackbird through the fence, once again a little like the boss watching Halle Berry as Cat Women.

It’s not a worry though, as we have been dusting off the camo gear, painting boats and really just getting all and sundry sorted for that time of the year when I can sort as many birds out as possible. This year, Flo will be in tow, so fun and mayhem is on the cards –bring it on! Back to my best mate Flo, she is recovering rapidly and cannot wait

to get outside – as the trail of socks and shoes strewn around my kennel will attest to. I’d say she is going to have more energy than what she had before, and I am not sure if it is from all the nutrition she is getting from eating ZiwiPeak or just a juvenile Labrador. Either way she is cool. Just a short story this week my good two-leggers. I hope you get out and enjoy the weather before another ‘perfect storm’ arrives. So take it easy and remember to do it to them before they do it to you. Cheers, Ady.

Join the Lions for fellowship The Lions Club of Tauranga City Sunrise is on the prowl for some new blood to join their exciting organisation. The Sunrise group is a breakfast club that meets from 6am until 8am every first and third Tuesday of the month. The efficient operation dines in for a delicious breakfast at the Tauranga RSA Oaktree restaurant in Greerton – often enjoying the company of guest speakers and good conversation. Tauranga City Sunrise Lions Club past president Ken Evans says the group are a lively bunch and are looking for male or female members to join their operation. “We encourage people to come and just meet us and see how we operate. “There is no pressure, just come, see what we are about and if it works,

Lions feeding. join us as one of our great team.” Lions are the largest service organisation in the world. Ken says Tauranga Lions are involved in many community activities as well offering “the wonderful fellowship the group offers and a great deal of satisfaction from helping others”. One of the bigger projects the Lions have been part of is financing of the Lions Cancer Lodge in Hamilton, which is for Bay of Plenty

residents to stay at free of charge when undergoing cancer treatment. The Lions are also part of ongoing projects such as the sale of firewood to fund community organisations, clubs, individuals and sports groups. The open breakfast is March 20, with all community members invited to join the Lions breakfast. Phone Ken Evans to register your interest.

Chinese culture as it was meant to be

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is coming to ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland. Shen Yun brings together the talents of world-class dancers, choreographers, singers and musicians from around the globe. They create an all-new production every year that thrills and delights audiences around the world. The performers are accompanied by an orchestra that combines Chinese instruments such as the pipa, the erhu and the bamboo flute, with Western orchestral instruments. The result is a fusion of mesmerising sounds. In many ways, a performance by Shen Yun is traditional Chinese culture as it was meant to be – a study in grace, wisdom and all the virtues distilled from five millennia of Chinese civilisation. Today, the artists of Shen Yun follow in this noble tradition, taking the audience out of the clamour of the modern world into an experience of utmost purity and grace. With more than 20 dynasties and 50 ethnic groups to draw upon, Shen Yun portrays an astounding repertoire of dance and music live on stage. The show’s colourful folk and ethnic pieces take audiences from the northern steppes of Mongolia to the lush green forests of Yunnan. The dramatic story-based dances bring to life ancient legends like those of heroine Mulan and General Yue Fei, as well as modern-day stories. Experience a sense of beauty and enchantment like no other with this unique, thrilling and unforgettable show. To find out more visit Shen Yun is running from April 20 to April 22. Tickets available through


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for sale HOUSE HOLD GOODS. Starts 8am Sat 17th March, 3 Johnston Place, Welcome Bay. great tenants CLEAN, TIDY, PROFESSIONAL couple seeking house to rent/ house-sit in Mount; 2-3 bedroom. Non-smokers, no pets. Phone 021 239 1633 health & beauty LOSE WEIGHT FEEL GREAT! Join a ‘New Look’ clinic in your area. Healthy eating with real food. Ph Bernice NOW 576 4848 NATURAL NEW ZEALAND Health Products. Something for everyone. NZ Chartered Natural Therapies & Natural Medicine Practitioners. Opposite BP Te Puke. Ph 573 5533 www. and PEDICURES PEDICURES PEDICURES home visits $30.00. I offer divine foot spa soak, cut & shape, cuticle tidy up, foot massage, remove dead skin, nail polish. Phone Janet 544 1968 SHUZI - INCREDIBLE SPACE age nano technology to improve your health embedded in stylish jewellery. Now available at Hardy’s Bayfair & Hardy’s Organic Papamoa. 0800833333. SUPER AFRICAN MANGO the amazing new weight loss sensation. Now available at Hardy’s Bayfair & Hardy’s Organic Papamoa. 0800833333. house cleaner HOUSE CLEANERS AVAILABLE Husband & Wife team, 12 yrs experience within Tauranga, weekly or fortnightly basic house clean Ph 027 302 8328. house for sale A PERFECT 3 bedroom home, warm and dry for winter with fireplace and full insulation. Absolutely gorgeous outlook and cool breezes for Summer! Fantastic family home or for first home buyers ideal location in Brookfield. Fully fenced on a 716m2 section situated within easy walking distance to Brookfield shops, Schools, PreSchools & parks. Separate single garage with power. Located in a quiet cul-de sac in a great neighbourhood, this home is a must see to see the potential. View some photos on TradeMe #BZV 603 or phone Daphne 027 552 6283 today! Price Slashed to Sell was $330 now only $295,000

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For Rent -1 bedroom self contained basement flat. Available now, large bedroom that can be set up as bedroom/lounge. $300 per week includes power, water and broadband. Ph 0274 393028 or 07 575 8037 after 5pm. WANTED HOUSE TO RENT, long term, 3 bedrooms, Mount Maunganui. References provided, we have one very low maintenance well behaved dog. Working couple with two working flatmates. Call or text Daphne 027 552 6283

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trades & services PAINTER AVAILABLE, Water blasting, Free quotes. Experienced. Reasonable rates. Ph Warren 543 2040 or 021 021 98 196 PAINTER / DECORATOR Interior & Exterior, quality workmanship, friendly services. Over 20 years specialising in residential and more. Quality paint at trade prices. For your best advice in all areas Ph Shane Mount/ Tauranga Decorators 544 6495 or 021 575 307 PLUMBING WORKS no job too big or small, blocked drains, plumbing, spouting & roof repairs. Ph 571 5558 RETAINING WALL SPECIALIST Pole walls, crib walls, tilt slab concrete walls. Excavation and levelling. The best in the business. Ph Mike 0274 942 966 a/h 548 1985 ROOFING & SPOUTING Metal fascia, gutter and rainwater systems. Long run corrugate. Maintenance, repairs or replacement. Free no obligation quotes. PROFIX 0274 965 375 ROOFING New roofs, re-roofs, spouting & repairs. Free quotes. Ph Chris 027 276 6348 or 572 3237 ROOF REPAIRS metal or onduline, gutters & down pipes, clean or replacement, chimney


trades & services ELECTRICIAN A professional and affordable registered electrician. New builds, alterations, repairs. Ph Steve 578 0555, 027 848 6042 GORSE SPRAYING Do you have a gorse problem? Ph today for a FREE quote for all gorse control. Scott 0274 624 769 GUTTERING CLEAN and repairs, moss removal. Experienced Certified Roofer. Free quotes. Ph Peter now 542 4291 or 0274 367 740 HANDYMAN BUILDING and section maintenance, decks, fencing, pergolas, painting, water blasting, odd jobs. Free quotes Ph Rossco 027 270 3313 or 544 5911 INSECT SCREENS Measure. Make. Mend. Contact Rob at Magic Seal 543 4940 LAWN MOWING, covering Katikati through to Bethlehem Otumoetai area’s. Experienced contractor. Friendly reliable service. Call Chris 027 200 8578 or a/h 07 549 0446 LICENSED BUILDER straight up builders specicalised in new housing, renovations, additions, extensions, decks, etc. Free quotes. Ph Jason 021 424 900 PAINTER / A1 DECORATOR available. All interior and exterior work. Prompt, reliable, excellent references. Ph Paul 576 4793, 027 689 6252


trades & services AIRCONDITIONING HEATPUMPS LG 5.2kw installed for just $2700*. All electrical services also available at low rates. 027 547 3831 or 543 0062 for details. ALLAN HOLMES FOR ALL your carpentry, lockfitting & Handyman jobs around the home. Big or Small. Free quotes. Reasonable rates. Call 021 992 678 or after hours on 07 576 3543 BUILDER 30 YEARS experience in BOP. Specialised in outdoor areas, decks, pergolas, retaining walls, fences etc. Reasonable rates.Free quotes. Ph Keith today on 578 6869 or 021 377 387 BUILDER AVAILABLE NOW New homes, renovations, bricklaying, quality rates, quality work. No job too big or small. Call me now for a quote. DK Builders - Dieter 021 474 299 or 574 2139 a/h BUILDER EXPERIENCED, New homes, repairs & alterations. Bathrooms, decks, fences. Trade qualified. Ph Warren 543 2040 or 021 021 98 196 BUILDER / HANDYMAN 45yrs experience, no job too small. Ph Bryan on 027 408 3905 CEILING CLEANED. Our new technology eliminates flyspots & mould uses no chemicals, leaves no rubmarks, now 20% off. Ph 579 2643 www.cleaningup.

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What is the moral high ground? What is the moral high ground? One definition I liked says “it refers to the status of being respected for remaining moral, and adhering to and upholding a universally recognised standard of justice or goodness”. When someone promotes a good moral standard for our community, they are often denigrated or portrayed as being high and mighty – yet when we are a victim of injustice, we instinctively know that a part of this ‘high ground’ has been violated. Should we have a Bill of Responsibilities? The laws of our community are trying to

ensure we act responsibly so that we can live together safely and harmoniously, but who decides what is the right way to act towards other people? For the Christian we believe it’s God, who gave the Ten Commandments and many other laws. Already, some reading this will be wondering if this is being legalistic. Not so, because when we listen to the words of Jesus, he says all the Law of God is based on love. Jesus was asked “Teacher, what does a man need to do to live forever in heaven?” The answer was “Love God and your neighbour as yourself ”. Jesus, on another occasion, taught his community “Do for others what you want them to do for you”.

This is the teaching of the laws of Moses in a nutshell. I saw a bumper sticker which read “Christians are not perfect, just forgiven.” That’s true, but we all need reminding and encouraging to do the right thing all the time. I have conversations with God every day, but there is a problem – it’s very easy to hear only what I want to hear. A church is a place where we allow God to speak to us through someone else about things we might be ignoring or not loving others like Jesus taught us. There’s a great church near you – why not go this weekend? By Pastor James Hood, City Church Tauranga

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Romans 6:23 states that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:1 declares there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:2 says the law of the Spirit of life has set you free... in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:39 promises us neither The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians height nor depth, nor anything else in 1:20, “For all the promises of God find all creation, will be able to separate us their Yes in Him (Christ)” which means from the love of God... in Christ Jesus that God’s promises are found in Him our Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:17 declares alone and that they cannot be found elsewhere. that if anyone is… in Christ, he is a new Acts 24:24 speaks about our faith in creation. Christ Jesus. Romans 3:24 says that So, our faith is in Christ, redemption we are justified by His grace as a gift, is in Christ, we are made dead to sin through the redemption that is in and alive to God in Christ, the free gift Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11 declares that of God is eternal life in Christ, we are we need to consider ourselves dead to free from condemnation in Christ, we sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. have been set free from the law of sin and death in Christ, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ and we are new creations in Christ. To be in Christ means to have our lives founded and grounded in Him which means living an Exalt God • Worship Jesus abiding, continuing, steadfast life in Him. TAURANGA PRIMARY Jesus declares in John SCHOOL HALL, 31 Fifth Ave 8:31-32 “If you abide in My word, you are truly 10am: Worship & Communion Service My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the Speaker: David Otway truth will set you free”. You are invited to visit Phone: 579 2729 with us at Jesus First on Sunday or at our website COME & MEET WITH THE LORD

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