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13 July 2018, Issue 916

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The Weekend Sun is going to be on the sidelines at the region’s sports grounds a lot more in seasons to come – from Gordon Spratt Reserve in Papamoa to Maramatanga Park in Te Puna and parks and venues in between.

We will be across many winter codes, such as Baywide Premier Rugby, capturing moments like this – 25-year-old Mt Maunganui lock Nicholas Ross helping propel his team into the top four. Tauranga’s most experienced and respected

sports journalists, Peter White and Chris James, will bring their observations and insights to the Bay of Plenty’s most-read newspaper. We introduce Peter and Chris to our valued readership on pages 16-17. Photo: Chris James.

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Dear Auntie Roger I’m the coach of the English soccer team. Will we ever win the World Cup again? - Just Wondering. Dear Just Wondering, just keep wondering. Everyone needs something to

believe in. No matter how implausible. Do you think the Americans ever dreamed they could successfully fake the moon landing? Of course! Hope is the basis of well, hope. Keep on hoping. - Auntie Roger. ............................................................... Dear Auntie Roger On several occasions while visiting my neighbours, the Harris’, and the guy with the beard, Rolf has insisted on tying me down. Now he considers this some sort of sport, but I’m not comfortable with bondage. Could this be a violation of my rights? - The Kangaroo. Dear Kangaroo. This is not an ideal situation and there could be other victims. The platypus has alleged interference and it involved a cockatoo. Be careful out there, sport. - Auntie Roger.


Points to ponder Here are some more poignant thoughts, sent by avid reader Mike: How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night? Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks? Stroke a cat and you will have a permanent job. No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy a car. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4am. For example, it could be the right number.

Dear Auntie Roger I’m fairly liberal minded but I suspect there’s something a bit kinky going on here. There are Two Little Boys, one called Rolf, and every time he rides me, he invites his mate to mount me as well. I never signed up for a threesome. Should I call the SPCA? - The Wooden Horse.

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Loans granted for infrastructure upgrade

Government loans of $158 million will see an upgrade to the Te Maunga Wastewater Treatment Plant and Waiari Water Treatment Plant. grow and demand for housing is already high. A high demand for housing in “Tauranga City Council is keen to accelerate Tauranga and a desire to avoid the housing developments, and funding towards housing crisis that has plagued Auckland infrastructure to support such developments will go a long way to ease pressures on councils.” has seen $158 million of government Further funding announcements on Tauranga loans granted to Tauranga City Council to infrastructure projects, including the greenfield support major infrastructure projects. development at Te Tumu on the eastern end of Papamoa and Tauriko West, are expected in The funding was announced by the previous coming months once business cases are evaluated government last year but has now been finalised. and approved. Minister of Housing and Urban Development The $1 billion HIF will enable at least 28,000 Phil Twyford confirmed the 10-year interest-free new dwellings in high growth areas of New Zealand loans while visiting the city on Wednesday. to be built over the next 10 years. The loans from the $1 billion Housing Tauranga Deputy Mayor Kelvin Clout says the Infrastructure Fund will be used for upgrades of granting of the loans to TCC is “fantastic news”. the Te Maunga Wastewater Treatment Plant “As a growing city we need to invest in this sort and a new Waiari Water Treatment Plant to of infrastructure and any way that the council can provide water and wastewater capacity for an receive funding for these projects the better. additional 35,000 houses. “It’s not a straight-out grant – it would be nice if “While there has been a big focus on the housing it was – but it is an interest-free loan so there will crisis in Auckland, there are also issues needing to be some significant savings on our interest bill. be addressed in high growth areas like Tauranga,” “That should flow through to the cost of building said Phil. “Its population is expected to continue to new houses and infill housing within the city.”

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Farmers’ demo begins

The redevelopment of Tauranga’s iconic Farmers’ corner has begun, with local workers starting the demolition of two buildings on the site. Around 20 workers sub-contracted to Hawkins will spend the next four weeks removing the structures at 56 and 58 Elizabeth Street, which are the former Subway restaurant and the building behind. Elizabeth Properties Limited – part of the James Pascoe Group that owns Farmers – will spend more than $100 million on the flagship project, which is expected to help revitalise Tauranga’s CBD.

Restrictions flouted

Drivers are being reminded of temporary speed restrictions in place through the Baypark to Bayfair Link (Bay Link) construction site. NZTA’s John McCarthy says anecdotal evidence indicates not everyone is adhering to the 50km/h speed restriction through the site. “We have had a number of minor crashes through the site due to speeding and driver inattention. The temporary traffic management has narrowed lanes, providing less time to react to other vehicles, and a reduced speed is required to keep road users and workers safe.” Data shows since August 2017 there have been 36 crashes within the Bay Link project site.

Laser strike warning

Recent incidents would suggest some people think directing a laser pointer towards aircraft is a fun thing to do, says police. The implications of such activity are a massive concern – for both those in the air and on the ground. “Police wish to highlight the dangers of such actions where it could lead to the potential loss of an aircraft or someone's life. “We would encourage everyone to report any laser strike to police, to give us as much information as possible to attempt to identify who is responsible. “All reports of laser strikes are treated seriously by police and investigated, and charges for those caught can be significant.”

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The Westpac Chopper Appeal has raised $69,609.85 for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter while donations from throughout the country added to the $1.22 million raised this year. All donations from the Westpac Chopper Appeal are distributed back to the 16 rescue helicopter services across the country and the money raised locally, stays local. Westpac GM Consumer Bank and Wealth Simon Power says the total raised is due to the hard work and dedication of Westpac staff, the volunteers and everyone who has given so generously again this year.

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The monthly – another box of bangers from Becs.

It’s been described as musical glue – the tunes, beats, jams and sounds that bind friendships. It was Becs’ idea. “My best friend moved from the other side of town to the other end of the island. “Neither of us were flush with cash and we were feeling the strain of being apart.” Hence “the monthlies”; a package, a gift, every month in the shape of a compilation of music on a CD and some of that glue to repair the pain of separation, a reaffirmation of friendship, a small gift made great because it’s delivered with love. It’s not instead of emails and texts and phone calls, rather an inspired add-on. “It was a playlist of my favourite new hits with a hint of the old school bangers,” says Becs. “She and I mostly have the same taste in music. And hearing these tracks just made us feel closer together.” It’s a gift that impacts. Friend AimeeLeigh remembers it well – when she was accepted into the circle of friends when she received her first “monthlies” CD. It was August 2015. “I went to her house to hang out and she told me I was alright, that I’m a keeper,” says Aimee-Leigh.

Becs isn’t given to over emoting, but the significance of the occasion was marked with a CD, in a beautiful, personally designed sleeve, with a name on it. “Aimz” it said, alongside the date. Aimz but not je t’aime or avec amour – but that went without saying. “It’s definitely delivered with love and you can’t buy that,” says Aimz. Music is a huge part of Becs’ life. “I love finding new beats, and having new songs to crank in the car, or out in my shed sharing good times with friends.” Music, she says, makes people, including herself, immensely happy.” So Shakespeare was on point when he said: “If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess.” Becs draws her inspiration from everybody and everywhere. “When I come across songs to investigate or I want to download, I save the details in my phone until I get the bug and do a big stint on the playlist I’m working on. “Once I get on a roll, usually the songs just flow. I choose around 18-20 songs, around 120 minutes. If I’m real desperate I’ll send a message out to the team for suggestions, and if I like them, they will make the cut.” There’s rap and pop, old school and rock

and roll, “but I don’t like all of it, probably about half,” says Aimz. “Some songs I have never heard of, by artists who I have never heard of, that I now like.” Like John Farnham, the soft Aussie rocker of the 60s and 70s. “Take the pressure down,” sings Aimz, “cause I can feel it, it's rising like a storm.” And if people complain too much about the tracks they’re receiving, Becs says they seem to stop receiving CDs. “Fancy that? LOL.” Music aside, Aimz likes what the CDs stand for. “When you go round to your friend’s house and she cooks you dinner and pours you wine, you don’t expect a gift on top of it.” It tells us something about Becs. “How kind and thoughtful she is – because these things, the monthlies, take ages to make. “She makes you feel quite special, that you are worthy of her time and effort.” And while Becs is the best friend ever, Aimz wonders if she is worst friend ever. “I give Becs birthday presents and Christmas presents, but nothing in between and certainly not every month. “I have never cooked her dinner. I haven’t done anything for her, I just offer my friendship and visits.”

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Benefits of tourism in long term plans

“She and I mostly have the same taste in music. And hearing these tracks just made us feel closer together.” And for Becs, tomboy friend in beanie and trackpants, the fork-lift driving softie who cries, that’s probably enough to keep Aimz in the collective. “I look forward to the packages – ooh yes, absolutely,” says Aimz. “I am always quite scared I will get cut off the list, ex-communicated. I have to keep her on side.” Packages are for the collective beyond Becs’ hometown. The boss pays for the packages to be sent via the company courier. Bless him. He knows not what joy he brings. Becs’ love is contagious. A courier package arrived for this bloke reporter this week. He knows where it’s from, who it’s from and what’s in the package. But he hasn’t opened it. He just wants to feel the love for a while. And another thing; is it in the constitution? Can a bloke be in this chick coop? Yes, they can. “Boys are always involved – all boys are OK, I love boys.” Becs even has her own tame one. “I generally choose people that are deserving of my time and effort,” says Becs. “People who appreciate the time I put into each album without being told of the creation process, and share the same love of my terrible song selection.” One of the collective passed on her CDs to some German tourists, “cos they thought New Zealand radio was so crappy.” And when another of the collective had her car broken into, only her stack of monthlies was stolen. That says something about the quality of the product. Hunter Wells

Most local authorities are recognising the opportunities and benefits of tourism when making long term plans for their communities, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa. However, some councils are overlooking the benefits tourism can offer or are failing to plan for tourism growth. Over the past two months, TIA analysed and provided feedback on more than 70 city, district and regional council draft 2018-2028 Long Term Plans. TIA chief executive Chris Roberts says while a large focus of councils is on

core activities such as roads, water and waste, the LTPs provide insight into the economic development priorities in each region. Encouragingly, many councils recognise tourism as a positive and important contributor to economic development activity in their region. "Notable wins in the LTPs include a $1.26 million annual funding boost over three years for tourism promotion and attracting major events in Christchurch, and a $620,000 (48 per cent) funding increase for Tourism Bay of Plenty, which will enable it to focus on destination planning and sustainable visitor growth.”

“Aimz” blasting some tunes, some monthlies, in the sun, on The Strand.

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Past and present trade blows over the byways He is the current Transport Minister - the other man is the former Transport Minister. The two men have this week been toe-to-toe trading political blows over whether the region’s major roading projects have deliberately stalled. Simon Bridges, Transport Minister under the last National government, has ratcheted up the debate over the proposed Tauranga Northern Link and other major local roading projects by claiming money earmarked for the region’s transport infrastructure has been syphoned off for Auckland. Simon told The Weekend Sun the government is “gutting” the regional highways funding by $5 billion over the next decade. “That money is a pretty much a straight transfer to Auckland for its tram project.” Consequently, he says, there will be a lost three years where no transport infrastructure happens. He says NZTA boffins will always question whether projects justify the expense. “So it requires a political will to do these things. But this government won’t. It just won’t.” In a return salvo, current Transport Minister Phil Twyford has accused Simon of “deliberate scaremongering and causing unnecessary angst in the community”. He assures Bay of Plenty residents they will not be paying for Auckland light rail and suggests Simon should be explaining why his government cut transport funding for the Bay of Plenty by 15 per cent during his time in office. “It’s outrageous that after nine years of the

former National government doing nothing in this area, under his watch as Transport Minister, he has the audacity to suggest a government of just nine months should do this work.” The TNL is a $286 million, 6.8km fourlane SH2 bypass between Bethlehem and Te Puna. “They are just not going to do that,” says Simon. He claims the government pulled the tender midway through the process, just as the companies were lining up to get the first contract. “It’s false economics, while Kiwis continue to die on SH2, while the safety of locals is compromised and freight efficiencies are compromised.” But, he says, the government will spend $60-80 million on safety improvements to SH2. “A wasted opportunity and a waste of money. Do the job once and do it right. “It has to be done and what will happen is those tens of millions of dollars will be frittered away because when the job has

to be done, all that work will have to be ripped up and replaced.” Phil says Simon is wrong to suggest he personally stopped work on the TNL. “As a former Minister of Transport, he knows I don’t personally decide which roading projects go ahead. He also knows that projects are often re-evaluated and decisions halted while the public is consulted on the latest government policy statement on land transport.” The TNL is one of four separate projects which are included as part of NZTA’s broader SH2 Waihi to Tauranga programme. They include the TNL, Omokoroa to Te Puna, Katikati bypass and Waihi to Omokoroa. The NZTA’s draft transport agency investment proposal sets out an investment of more than $1.3 billion in state highways in the Bay of Plenty region over the next 10 years to deliver on the government’s priorities. Read the rest of the story at:



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Women on wheels They’re three entirely different women with one common thread – a love of what they do. Three Tauranga skaters of all different ages and skill-levels have qualified for the nation’s most prestigious meet, the NZ Artistic Roller Sports Championships. The six-day competition runs from July 16-21 and is comprised of four grades including figures, dance, free and precision skating, bringing together some of the best skaters from the north, central and southern regions. Tauranga Roller Skating Club’s Belinda Gifford, 42, Jenny Bailey, 49, and Hannah Lines, 9, are our local representatives. Jenny has qualified for esquires’ figures and dance. “I’m just hitting my second year of skating,” she says. “It’s been slow progress because being an adult, you don’t learn as fast as children do. “Working while trying to get in practice time is another challenge, so getting to nationals is quite an achievement.” She says she would like to come home with a medal. “But a lot of what I’m looking forward to is just the comradeship between the skaters.” Belinda is competing in masters’ figures and esquires’ dance. “I started skating as a child, but stopped when I was

about 16 and have picked it up again as an adult,” she says. “I haven’t skated in more than 25 years, so it’s quite an accomplishment I’ve made it to nationals.” She says picking up the sport again is like second nature. “Within an hour or two, I was getting right back into it but I find it’s a lot harder on the body the older you get, especially falling to the ground.” She’s another one aiming for the podium. “I’ve never competed in dance before - that’s not something I learnt as a kid, but I’m feeling pretty confident about it.” Hannah, the youngest of the skaters, will be skating in the tiny tots’ figures and free grades. Her mother, Steph Lines, says she’s been skating for more than 16 months with up to five training sessions a week. “We’re obvious really proud of her, but it’s not all Hannah,” says Steph. “We owe a lot of credit to the club’s trainer, Michelle Webb. “She took Hannah from being just some kid on roller skates to being competition ready. She’s really taken her under her wing.” Steph says this is one of Hannah’s biggest achievements. “We’re really happy she’s found a sport she loves and she’s doing so well.” Sam Gardner

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Vector Group Charitable Trust’s Stephen Fawcett wants to set up a community fridge in Te Puke to share excess food with people who need it and reduce food waste. not operate in competition with other local organisations, such as foodbanks, as it will be dealing with small quantities of perishable food. New Zealand families throw away $872 million worth of food every year, and cafes, restaurants and supermarkets throw away millions more. The community fridge movement began in Spain in 2015, with other community fridges now in England, Belgium, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates. People interested in getting involved in the community fridge project, or who have any design ideas, are invited to contact Stephen at Vector Group via: Kerry Mitchell



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It pays to pay in Western Bay Because green is the new red, the colour of the Western Bays dog registration tag for the 2018/19 year. Dog owners have until August 1 to re-register their dogs without being whacked with a 50 per cent penalty fee – turning a $50 registration into a $75 fee. To date, council has received 9118 renewals, leaving a further 4907 dogs, or 46 per cent, still to be registered by the August 1 penalty date. Information on fees and how they apply to different dogs, such as de-sexed, unneutered, dangerous, working and assistance dogs, is available via: Late payers also need to be aware that if their unregistered dog is impounded after July 1, the impounding fee doubles from $40 to $80. If owner’s or their dog’s details have changed, the information can be updated online at:

Subarashi kikai – great opportunity It’s not often Priority One encourages local talent to disappear offshore, but it says it has a great opportunity for a recent graduate to spend a year in Tauranga’s sister city - Hitachi, in Japan - as a supported assistant language teacher. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in any subject and either be from Tauranga or have a connection to Tauranga. Candidates don’t need to speak Japanese, but an interest in Japanese culture is preferable.

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Affordable housing solution coming to Tauranga? It is important to understand that decisions made by those before us can have a ripple effect - the outcome of which can be felt for a long time. Our current housing crisis is one of those situations. The opposition leader has condemned the KiwiBuild housing initiative, calling it a failed plan before it has had a chance to succeed. The reality is this government inherited a housing portfolio which was in a very poor state. After nine years of neglect, it

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The homeless and home help - I want to help Can I ask another favour of you wonderful people here in Tauranga? We had such a great response to our #KnitforJacinda campaign, with the knitted items collected going to babies and children living in the Salvation Army’s emergency houses. Last week I met with some of the amazing people who feed the homeless here in Tauranga. They provide food, hot Milo and a listening ear to those people in our community who are homeless and hungry. Other things they provide are warm socks, beanies and blankets.

We all know how cold this winter has been, and just imagine having to spend it sleeping under a bridge or in a tent. One of the things they love to receive is warm socks, so I’m starting up another campaign to run for the rest of the winter. If you have woollen socks, beanies or blankets either home knitted or store bought and you

would like to donate them to our homeless, please drop them into my office at 1356 Cameron Road, Greerton between 9-3pm, Tuesday to Thursday. Also I would like to hear from anyone who is having problems with their home support, whether it be home help or personal care. I have had a number of people contact my office recently who are not receiving the help they are entitled to and I want to get an idea of how widespread this problem is. Please phone my office on: 571 2492 if you are having issues.

Singing songs to buy good books A job that’s never done - Gideon’s Joycelyn and John Moore. Photo: Nikki South.

He could have just hung up the ‘gone fishing’ sign when he retired from his mechanic’s shop. Or pottered off to the golf club. Or moseyed around in the garden. But John Moore’s retirement was pre-destined. “A bloke called Ron Gardener came up to me after church one day and said ‘why don’t you join Gideons?’ I was too busy though. He said ‘well, pray about it and I will pick you up tomorrow night’.” He did. And John found himself at a Gideons monthly meeting – Gideons, the evangelical Christian organisation out of Wisconsin which distributes free Bibles. That was 1977. Today, 41 years and 6000 bibles a year later, John and his wife are still putting the good word out there. “It’s the good stories coming back to us that is the motivation.” Bibles in schools, prisons, motels,

hotels, refuges – anywhere they might just turn some circumstances around; where they might provide inspiration and transform bad into good. Those 6000 Bibles, even at just $2 a copy because they roll off a heavily subsided American printing press, still have to be paid for. Cue the Bay of Plenty Men’s Choir under the baton of David Cantwell. It’ll launch into full song at the Mount Bible Chapel in Monowai Street, Mount Maunganui on Sunday, July 22 to raise funds for Gideons Bibles. Admission is free but offerings will be accepted for Gideons. The concert, from 2.30-4pm, is a gospel musical afternoon entitled ‘Spiritual Inspiration’. The Bible project was proposed by one of the Gideon Association’s trustees who believed the Gideons should make it their goal to put a Bible in every hotel room in the United States because it “would be a gracious act, wholly in keeping with the divine mission of the Gideon Association.”

Fundraising party for tree planting venture Four Thousand Trees is a group living on a shared farm at Karangahake with an ambitious plan to plant trees on it. Lots of trees. Four thousand, in fact. They’re looking for funding help from the public. “Lots of people love trees and want to plant them but live in a city apartment and don’t want to get busted digging holes in the local park. Let us help with

that.” The group’s latest fundraising venture is the Big Tree Full Moon Fundraising Party on Friday, July 27 at Dickey Flat Rd, Waikino. Music will be provided by world-class DJs and there will be a prize for the best dressed. “Forest, foliage, woodland creatures... get your imaginations whirling.” For tickets search Four Thousand Trees on Facebook.

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Students succeeding for life Bethlehem College students Anna Dunstan, Travis Savage, Alessio Di Giandomenico and Jacob Davie celebrating their success in the New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

Do you know how to cook? Do you understand the tax system? Could you grow a garden from scratch? They are life skills that plenty of adults are unable to put their hand up to, but a group of students at Bethlehem College are ticking them off one by one and revelling in their success. The New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living is a Level 1 qualification aimed at supported learners to help prepare them for employment and citizenship. Bethlehem College student Anna Dunstan is the first student in New Zealand to achieve the certificate, and will be closely followed by fellow students Travis Savage, Alessio Di Giandomenico and Jacob Davie later in the year. She was “a little bit nervous” about receiving her certificate at school assembly last week, but very proud of her achievement. The students have 45 modules to choose from and must complete 11 to gain the certificate, which is offered by South Pacific Educational Courses. They also attend mainstream classes in tourism (hospitality), agricultural and horticultural science, textile technology and art.

SPEC programme coordinator at Bethlehem College, Barbara Mudge, says the students have done some “amazing” work. “If students are finding NCEA hard, this fills the gap,” says Barbara. “They don’t have to be in English learning about a novel, but rather learning something that is relevant to them.” Barbara says the students have found the course “very exciting” and have greatly improved both their learning and people skills. “They have all gained in confidence because they are succeeding,” she says. For his ‘Meal and Drink’ module, Jacob learned some basic cooking skills, making and serving a meal for his friends and teachers. The learning included budgeting, measurement and a trip to the supermarket, learning a karakia (prayer), how to fold napkins and creating some edible art. Travis completed a module on recycling which involved a trip to the local recycling plant. Such trips are organised by the students themselves and involve skills such as writing formal letters and making business phone calls, as well as completing the risk assessment management forms that are part of a modern-day school trip. Read the rest of the story at:

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Regional fuel tax coming to town? On July 1, the government’s Regional Fuel Tax came into effect after Labour put the House into urgency so they could rush it through. The law was passed to allow an additional fuel tax in Auckland, but the government has left the door open for other councils to follow suit. Our city and regional councils here in Tauranga have already signalled they are interested. In my view, the last thing hard working Tauranga families who are trying to get ahead need is another tax! My concerns about this government’s economic agenda are continuing to mount. Already we are seeing business

confidence plummet, thousands of workers across New Zealand on strike or announcing their intentions to including our local MBIE and Inland Revenue staff who just this week marched down Cameron Road to The Strand in protest - and the borrowing of $17 billion more than the previous National government planned. That’s the equivalent of what we invested rebuilding Christchurch following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Paying the energy supplement forward It’ll warm the home and the cockles of a superannuitant’s heart. It’s a government handout – four monthly payments of $140 a year, paid to couples aged 65 and over. And for singles, the payment is $450 a year. It’s a winter energy supplement to keep you snug and take the edge off winter. But Peter Malcolm, of the Closing the Gap income equality lobby group, is inviting superannuitants to carefully consider whether they actually need it. “It’ll be a blessing for beneficiaries,”

says Peter, “but for others it might be superfluous to their needs.” And Peter says if superannuitants don’t need the payment, there are a lot of people who could be helped by steering the money to a nominated charity. “Find your charity and then make a regular donation or wait to the end of the payment period and make a one-off payment,” says Peter. “Sadly, there are a lot of people in our community, many of whom, for no fault of their own, have trouble making ends meet. You could help.”

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Snoop-ing for a home

Little Snoop was advertised last week and is still up for adoption. He is a pure white bunny, a New Zealand White and quite big. The SPCA say they would not be surprised if he is crossed with a Flemish rabbit. Snoop was found wandering around the area, and no-one came to claim him. He is a well-kept bunny, loves head scratches and rather enjoys treats like carrots and spinach. He is very friendly, enjoys meeting new people, and can be handled quite well. Snoop is a big boy, so ideally he would go to a secure free range home with fencing to keep him in the

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Free speech isn’t free The night Winston Peters announced he’d selected Jacinda Ardern to be the least experienced Prime Minister in New Zealand history, he called capitalism a ‘blatant failure’. I reflected on those words as I was feeling hunger pains one night in February. The kids wanted pizza, so we grabbed one from the local multinational establishment in West Berlin. As we walked back to our hotel in the east we crossed the border near Checkpoint Charlie. My seven-year-old was blissfully unaware that when I was her age, such a trip was impossible and at least 140 locals had been gunned down for making the casual journey we’d just made. New Zealand is great today because we have freedom of movement and speech, whether it be through the efforts of Dame Whina Cooper or Kate Sheppard and countless others. However, we can tell how free we really are by how we react to people we disagree with. Mayor Phil Goff’s decision last week to block right-wing speakers

Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux from speaking exposes how ‘tolerant’ some on the political left in New Zealand really are. To be clear, I disagree with many of Southern’s opinions and I think much of what Molyneuax says is ‘bonkers.’ Rather than organise their own speakers, social justice bullies were planning to disrupt the event. The threat to the ‘health and safety’ of the audience and Goff’s political views led to the cancellation. Doesn’t it worry you that we have leftists who hate free speech so much that they’re threatening other people’s ‘health and safety’ for expressing it? What about politicians who want to shut down debate they disagree with? Perhaps Auckland looks more like East Berlin these days! If the speakers chose to speak at a TCC venue, I wouldn’t attend, but I wouldn’t want us to stop free speech either. It’s not up to council to censor.

Biggest ever poverty survey gets under way New Zealand’s most extensive survey of child poverty gets under way this month to give a clearer picture of how poverty affects everyone, from children to the elderly. Extra funding in the 2018 Budget means Stats NZ’s Household Economic Survey will be expanded from 3500 households to 20,000 to get a more detailed picture of what Kiwis can afford and what they can’t – especially for their children. “Finding out about the extent of child poverty is a first step,” says the Minister of Statistics, James Shaw. “Once we have a better picture, the government will understand how to develop more effective policies and

actions to reduce child poverty.” Stats NZ will be asking families questions such as: “Do your children have two pairs of good shoes, two sets of warm winter clothes and a waterproof coat?” Families will be asked if they have been forced to postpone a child’s visit to the dentist so they could afford essentials like food and rent. “Some families may not be able to afford a birthday party for their child. “That could be an indicator of poverty, and the survey asks about that too,” says James. The survey will roll out around the country over the next 12 months, with results released later in 2019.

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A night of glitz and glamour Into its sixth year, The Tauranga Gala Dinner is once again shaping up for another stellar night of glitz and glamour at ASB Arena on Friday, September 21. Featuring Rugby World Cup Winners Keven Mealamu, Kelly Brazier and Cory Jane, the event is pitched as Tauranga’s hottest corporate entertainment event each year. Organisers have been rapt with the response to this year’s edition. The event sees many repeat guests attend each year, and as word has spread there has been an increase in bookings from new guests looking to be a part of the annual celebration. Offered as a way for local businesses to host their staff and clients in a five-star setting, The Tauranga Gala Dinner is one of

Bay’s leading entertainment and corporate hospitality events. The night includes exclusive insights with the star speakers, an audience Q&A, fine meals and beverages, top class entertainment and a charity auction for local non-profits. This year’s recipients of the charity auction are Te Aranui Youth Trust and the TBC House of Rugby. Both organisations work with local youth in various ways to ensure they are supported and encouraged to make a brighter future for themselves. With VIP and premium tables almost all sold out, local businesses have been quick to ensure they get the best seats in the house. Event Tables are also proving popular, and with two months to go it’s looking like this year will be another must-attend event. You can find out more information and book your spot by visiting:

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Sabrina Grogan wins Wellington half marathon Sabrina Grogan has set herself up in the best possible way for this year’s World Mountain Running champs with a dominant win in the Wellington half marathon. The Tauranga runner made light of the wet and wild conditions around the harbour capital’s waterfront to boss the field in the event, finishing

in a time of one hour 25 minutes, a full one minute 40 seconds ahead of secondplaced Emerson Deverell of Cambridge. The win leaves Sabrina in great shape as she looks ahead to September’s World Mountain Running Championships in Andorra, near Spain.

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An invitation for you to engage You may be aware that over the past couple of months I have been travelling New Zealand on my Connecting with Communities Roadshow. By the end of the tour I will have visited more than 50 towns and cities and connected with around 10,000 people. Not only has it given me the opportunity to introduce myself as the Leader of the opposition, it has also given me the chance to really find out how things are going

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across the country. It has been rewarding. Communities have got together and told me exactly how things are for them. They have talked about their successes and also the things that are not going well and I have been listening and taking it all in. Some of what has been discussed has reinforced what I already know – that New Zealand is a successful, prosperous, confident country. It is filled with hard working people and businesses that compete with the best in the world. There have also been a number of revelations and I would like to share those with you. The finale of my roadshow will be happening here, at 1.30pm, on Saturday July 21 at Mount Maunganui College. I will be talking about the key messages I have taken away from my time on the road and I will also be answering any questions you might have. I hope you can make it.

More than 500 public submissions have been received by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council on its Draft Reserves and Facilities Bylaw 2018. The bylaw proposes banning horse riding at Tuapiro Point near Katikati following concerns about riders going outside permitted areas, leaving waste behind and causing damage to shellfish beds. The local equestrian community mounted a campaign to oppose the ban with two Facebook pages encouraging people to make a submission. Submissions closed on July 9 with 571 submissions received through the council’s Have Your Say website, email, open days and dropped into council’s service centres. More than 70 people indicated they would like to speak to their submission at the hearings, which will be held on August 6 in Katikati. Policy and planning manager Emily Watton says the submissions will be analysed over the coming month for council to consider in its decision-making process.

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Women’s rugby reaches playoff stage The Bay’s women rugby warriors light the touchpaper on their playoff series this weekend. Rotorua stages two quarter-finals on Sunday to determine which teams go on to meet the big guns, Rangataua and Rangiuru, in next week’s semifinals. Whakarewarewa finished the regular season in third, and can consider themselves the team most likely to upset the top two. They take on fellow Sulphur City side Rotoiti at Puarenga Park, while

fourth-placed Waikite meet Waimana in the other quarter-final at Bellvue Road. Both matches kick-off at 1pm. Sudden death play-off rugby can be an unpredictable beast, but the records the top two fashioned during the season suggest getting past them in next week’s semis will be a big ask. Maungatapu-based Rangataua amassed a huge points differential of 301 in their six matches, while Rangiuru were even more impressive with 325.

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Boys’ College bossing big league Top of the pile in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty senior men’s Loaded Premiership, narrowly beaten finalists in the central North Island secondary schools Super 8 competition, and on their way to September’s National Championships while backing themselves to win it. This season is rapidly turning into an eye-opening one for Tauranga Boys College’s First XI. In the next tier down from football’s Northern League, in which only one Bay of Plenty club, Tauranga City, competes, the WaiBOP Premiership is home to the region’s top senior men players – and the College team is currently three points clear at the top of it. It’s not an entirely reliable picture, as they’ve played two more matches than their nearest challengers, title-favourites Papamoa. Nevertheless, the fact they are currently being owned by a bunch of schoolboys is causing some headscratching around the league. It’s not such a surprise to see them footing it on skill, but how do they cope with the physicality of experienced veterans? “They just do,” says coach Alex Bryant. “They mostly just deal with it. We don’t often get boys complaining. Some boys do get kicked more than others, but that’s just the nature of football. “The school has a good conditioning programme that our young players have had access to for a few years, so they’re probably stronger and physically more ready.” So the bad news for opposition teams who may expect to be facing skilful but lightweight Boys College players is they’d better get used to dealing with stronger and tougher schoolboys as well. Not only are they leading the league, they’re scoring goals for fun. They’ve netted 43 goals in their 13 matches - an average of 3.3 and almost a goal-pergame higher than Papamoa’s average. “We work hard at playing a progressive, possession style of football,” says Alex.

“We encourage the boys to get forward, make forward passes and take players on in key areas. “We also encourage lots of movement off the ball to create angles. One of our key coaching philosophies is to encourage the boys to express themselves.” A feature of the team’s style is the number of different goalscorers finding the net each week. They try to avoid ‘over-coaching’ the boys, Alex says, and getting them to play in a certain way. “We like to encourage the boys to have a bit of flair and take players on. The important thing is for the young fellas to enjoy the game like that.” A core of players who’ve been around a while is a key factor in the team’s success. A group of three Year 13s, skipper Lewis Read, Adam Davidson and Alex Elliot, have been around the team since Year Ten. “I think probably the biggest thing with this year’s team is we’ve got a great deal of experience,” adds Alex. “We’ve got a lot of Year 13s, and a lot of boys that were in the team last year. “So all the boys have experience, they’re all very committed, they worked hard over summer and they’ve got a great culture. They’re all good mates as well.” Read the rest of the story at: Chris James

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Season on the line for Mounties It was a result that changed the likely make-up of the top four in the Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 1 competition. At Greerton Park last Saturday, a mostly inexperienced Mount Maunganui Sports team was put under extreme pressure from a dominant Greerton Marist side. Even down a player cooling his heels in the sin bin, the Mounties showed plenty of courage as they held out for a vital 21-15 win that moved them into the top four. Tomorrow the final round robin games kick off with the defending champions in fourth place on 15 points and trailing Te Puke Sports (29), Te Puna (21) and Tauranga Sports (20). Mount Maunganui are home at Blake Park against Rangataua Sports, in what coach Reuben Parkinson says is an obvious mustwin match for his team. “We have to win to make the semi-finals,” says Reuben. “That’s it in a nutshell. “It is our season on the line, so we have to throw everything at them and see what happens.”

Parkinson was proud of how his team fronted up against a rampant Greerton side for long phases of play. “Something we have really been working on is our defence. “It can be frustrating though, because when our boys stay in system we are really good, but when they get out of our system and try to put on big shots it can make it really hard on each other. “We only had five players (against Greerton) from the final last year, so we have a massive amount of young players coming through. It is encouraging to see they are standing up in these big games. It is good for them.” The other results last round saw Te Puna defeat Whakarewarewa 41-24, Tauranga Sports beat Rangataua 42-24 and Te Puke easily accounted for Rotoiti 64-21. First round winners Te Puna will make the Baywide play-offs for the first time if they beat bottom team Rotoiti tomorrow. Te Puke, who have a home semi-final booked, host Greerton with Tauranga Sports and Whakarewarewa to clash at Tauranga Domain. Semi-finals will be played on July 21, with the grand final on July 28. Peter White

Mount Maunganui back home Mount Maunganui are back home at Blake Park tomorrow against Rangataua Sports. Coach Reuben Parkinson says they have to win to make the semi-finals. “That’s it in a nutshell,” he says. “It is our season on the line so we have to throw everything at them and see what happens.” Parkinson was proud of how his team defended against Greerton Marist. “Something we have really been

working on is our defence. It can be frustrating though, because when our boys stay in system we are really good, but when they get out of our system and try to put on big shots it can make it really hard on each other. “We only had five players (against Greerton) from the final last year so we have a massive amount of young players coming through. “It is encouraging to see they are standing up in these big games. “It is good for them.”

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Meet SunMedia’s sports writers Peter White is an award-winning journalist who knows the Bay of Plenty sport scene inside out. He grew up in Tauranga and has worked on newspapers in Auckland and Tauranga, as well as being media manager of the Blues, Auckland and North Harbour rugby teams. Peter loves to write about the talented young sportspeople we have in our region who are our future stars. He has also built up strong relations over the years with Bay of Plenty sporting royalty like Black Caps Trent Boult and Kane Williamson, All Blacks Sam Cane and Nathan Harris and Black Sticks Amy Robinson and Frances Davies, and looks forward to bringing you their stories. A passionate football and cricket supporter, media veteran Chris James is a new addition to the SunMedia newsroom and is often spotted on the sidelines on a Saturday morning. Chris is heavily involved in refereeing, coaching and umpiring for local teams, and has been kicking around the Bay for more than 20 years. He’s been in journalism for the past seven years, a dab hand at sports photography and comes from a broadcasting background, having spent time behind the mic in radio stations from Taranaki to the Bay. Chris also currently hosts a show on Tauranga’s The Breeze.

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Should I buy an apartment? Apartments are springing up everywhere. In the year ended March 31, building consents for new apartments rose nearly 28 per cent. The majority of first home buyers may still prefer houses. Research by CoreLogic earlier this year found that about 10 per cent of apartments were sold to people buying their first home, but this number may rise as the housing landscape changes. Buying an apartment or townhouse can be an affordable way to live close to a city centre or other popular areas where standalone houses can be expensive. Recent research by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand found that apartments presented a more economical option if you want to live in sought-after areas like Parnell or Epsom in Auckland, or Mount Victoria and Thorndon in Wellington. Apartments may seem like a lowmaintenance choice – no exterior walls to paint or lawns to mow – but they come with their own particular set of issues to consider. In most cases, apartments are held in unit title ownership. This means you own the apartment or unit and any ‘accessory units’, like garages, car parks, private courtyards and storage areas contained in the record of title. Don’t assume that a car park is included unless it is specifically included – if there is one it may have a separate title and need to be purchased separately. You also own an undivided share of the ownership of the common property including lifts, laundries, lobby areas, driveways and gardens. Becoming a unit title holder means you automatically become a member of the body corporate, which consists of all the unit owners

acting as a group. The body corporate handles the management and upkeep of the building and property, in return for all the members paying annual fees. These fees will probably include budgeted costs like insurance and management expenses, contributing to a long-term maintenance fund and any services the body corporate arranges for its members, such as rubbish collection and cleaning communal areas. Body corporate costs that have not been included in the budget are also payable by the unit owners, usually by way of a special levy. Experts recommend asking a lawyer to help you understand the body corporate rules, which set out your obligations and what you can or cannot do with your apartment. When you are looking at properties, ask the real estate agent to give you copies of the long-term maintenance plan and the building fund, along with copies of the body corporate meeting minutes from the past 12 months to understand the key issues and concerns. For example, is there enough money to pay to upgrade the lifts or repaint the complex? These can cost from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ask too about the building’s contingency plan, as there may be additional costs in addition to the building levies. Check that all the owners’ levies are up-to-date and that the accounts are audited. Read the details of the insurance policy. Is the body corporate involved in any proceedings against a third party, and are there any weather-tightness issues with the building? Check if an apartment or townhouse comes with a parking spot, or whether you will need to purchase this on a separate title.

Winter chill moderates property values The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows nationwide residential property values for June increased 5.7 per cent over the past year, while values dropped 0.3 per cent over the past three months. The nationwide average value is now $675,680. When adjusted for inflation, the nationwide annual increase drops slightly to 4.6 per cent. Tauranga home values rose 1.9 per cent year-onyear, although they dropped 0.9 per cent over the past three months. The average value in the city is $700.305. The Western Bay of Plenty market rose 2.1 per cent year-on-year and dropped by 1.9 per cent over the past three months. The average value in the district is now $625,371. “As is typical for this time of year, the market is relatively quiet when compared to previous months,” says Tauranga property consultant Steven Dunn. “With the Kiwifruit sector winding down during the winter months, we’re also seeing sales volumes


drop in Katikati. “In saying this, we do continue to see premium properties – those above $1 million – continue to sell well, coupled with a good number of first home buyers purchasing entry-level property. “Tauranga’s surrounding suburbs, such as Omokoroa, is seeing an increase in demand as people look for more affordable housing outside of the city.”

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Should you sell your house in winter? Selling a property in winter may seem to go against received wisdom, but there are plenty of reasons why it can be a good idea.

It’s hard to ignore powerful or compelling reasons like a change in your work, financial or family circumstances, or because the timing seems right. In addition, there are several other, more tangible upsides to selling in winter. Firstly, there are often fewer houses on the market, so there’s less competition. Your property is less likely to be lost in a swarm of listings and it will be easy to make it stand out. People who are looking to buy at this time of year are usually highly motivated because they need a home sooner rather than later. The upside of this is that you may get fewer ‘tyrekickers’ than in the warmer months – and increased demand will often result in higher prices. If you’re selling your property with a real estate agent, you need to mine their experience. When you’re choosing an agent, ask them

how houses in your area sell over the colder months. It’s in their interests to make sure the sale of your property is as advantageous as possible. If they think you’ll be better off waiting a couple of months, they should tell you. They should also work with you to work out the best times to hold open homes or viewings, taking into account shorter sunlight hours. You want your property to look attractive, inviting and easy to look after, and there are plenty of practical steps you can take to make it seem an attractive proposition on a cold winter’s day. Now’s the time to fix any leaks, cracked windows, sticking doors or broken drains. All the usual rules for preparing a home for sale will apply, and your buzzwords should be decluttering and deep-cleaning. If it has good insulation and an efficient heating system, make sure these factors are included in any marketing. Ensure the house is warm and dry during any viewings. Don’t forget that people will want to look around the outdoor areas too, so sweep or waterblast paths, mulch garden beds and clear gutters. If your garden is picture-perfect in summer and spring, consider making some photos available so prospective buyers can see what they’ve got to look forward to. A few colourful plants in pots will also help brighten outdoor spaces and a new letterbox or freshly painted front fence or gate will do wonders for your property’s street appeal. Prepare well and there’s no reason why you can’t successfully sell your property before the weather warms up. Sell now and you’ll hopefully have lots of properties to choose from when you start scanning the market in spring. For more information about buying or selling property, check out:

Turning winter into a productive time of year Trapped inside by Mother Nature’s wintry blasts? Why not plan some home maintenance?


When you can get outside, do the minor repairs. Fix the deck or paint your fence. Ensure it’s been cleaned and lightly sanded. Clear the gutters after the leaves have fallen and inspect for damage. Inside, do the straightforward jobs like giving a room a paint touch-up. Patch up any holes or scratches in your walls. Pick up some joint compound and a putty knife and fill in or sand

down any imperfections. Fix squeaking hinges by applying oil or another lubricant. For troublesome hinges, remove the pins and soak them in oil before re-attaching them. It’s also a good time to emove rot from doors and windows by digging out any rot with a knife and fill in any holes with a filling compound. Check smoke alarms and replace batteries if needed. Smoke alarm batteries should be replaced at least once a year. Is it too early to be thinking of spring? Before cranking up the

lawnmower again, give your lawn some TLC. Spray for weeds and fertilise to transform a lawn into a thing of beauty. Charge up the water blaster to get rid of moss and lichen. It's also a good idea to clear weeds away from the base of the house which can cause dampness problems. Check appliances that have been running all winter. Gas fires, ventilation systems, heat pumps and chimneys should all be checked or cleaned annually. Plan to do it soon and be prepared for next winter.

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Beating the leaves, birds and rodents Showers heavy at times, thunderstorms with hail possible, isolated showers, showers with easterlies, showers with westerlies. A day-by-day wintry blast in Tauranga this week. And Gutter Solutionz suggests that’s a reminder to stop, look up and examine the state of the gutters and drainpipes on your home. Because it’s this kind of weather that dumps leaves, other plant matter and debris on roofs, blocking gutters and spouting. Add to that the menace the intrusion of birds and rats. Gutter Solutionz understands the problems and has the answers. It has an enviable 12-year record of providing Bay of Plenty home owners with an obstacle-free, blockage-free spouting solution. Max Oakley, area manager for Gutter Solutionz, knows and stands by his product.

“Gutter Solutionz is the only New Zealandmade gutter protection system in the country,” says Max. “It is fully guaranteed by the manufacturer.” The gutter guard keeps leaves out of spoutings and gutters, creating a blockagefree spouting solution. It also keeps out pests such as birds and rodents. Gutter Solutionz services both residential and commercial properties and has a range of products to suit most roof and spouting types. It even offers a colour-match service. Servicing the entire Bay of Plenty region – from Katikati to Whakatane and everywhere in between –Max and his team have the product and the expertise if you have a spouting problem. For more information visit: To arrange an appointment call: 0800 333 101. Ask about Gutter Solutionz’s revolutionary plumbed gutter flush system.

New advice on methamphetamine contamination Real estate agents must tell prospective house buyers if a property has methamphetamine contamination of 15 micrograms per 100cm2 or above, says the Real Estate Authority. The new advice follows the May 2018 report from the office of the prime minister’s chief science advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman. The report found there was no evidence of adverse health effects from third-hand exposure to methamphetamine smoke residue on household surfaces. REA chief executive Kevin Lampen-Smith says methamphetamine contamination of 15 micrograms per 100cm2 or above will now be considered a property defect that must be

disclosed to potential buyers. Real estate agents are not obligated to disclose confirmed results below 15 micrograms per 100cm2 unless they are asked. Kevin says this position reflects the findings in the Gluckman report, which also said that methamphetamine testing was only necessary if there was a strong suspicion or advice from police that a property had been used for heavy methamphetamine use or production using solvents or highly toxic chemicals. “The REA welcomes the report, which brings much-needed clarity to an extremely fraught area,” says Kevin. “The chance of buying a house with risky levels of methamphetamine contamination is very low. “It is highly unlikely that 40 per cent of New Zealand properties are contaminated as has been reported previously.”


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Learn the importance of recycling and reusing at a range of creative and interactive workshops. Kids and their families are invited to attend free workshops where they can create recycled planters.

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“For more than 10 years, Bayfair has revolutionised the way a shopping centre operates environmentally, from recycling greywater, rainwater and food court packaging to reducing waste to landfill,” says Centre Manager Steve Ellingford. “Over the past six weeks, Bayfair has

been preparing for these workshops by collecting milk bottles, lids and other decorative features which will be used to design the planters.” A sensory workshop has also been designed for kids who are oversensitive to certain environments and often find common sounds and crowds overwhelming. This will be held before trading hours, with extra staff available to create a soothing and stress-free experience. Bayfair has

hosted multiple sensory events in the past to make the centre accessible to all. There will be three workshops per day, which will run from Monday to Friday, from July 16-20. The sensory workshop will be held on the July 18 from 8am-9am. For further information and registration, visit:

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A great day out for the whole family Rainbow Springs is the perfect family day out. Get up close with New Zealand’s wildlife, enjoy the popular bird show and heaps of other animal encounters, take a ride on the Big Splash and then relax with a coffee whilst the kids have fun in the playground.

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Take a day trip to Rotorua - or stay longer - and discover and play all day at Rainbow Springs. It doesn’t get any better! Purchase a July Unlimited Family Pass for $89 and you come as many times as you’d like during July. Plus, don’t miss the free Junior Keeper Experience, which departs at 9am every day during the school

Fun family farming experience in the Bay Get up close with all things cute and cuddly at Agrodome, the fun farming experience! Enjoy the famous Farm Show and Farm Tour and spend time in the Farmyard Nursery, home to our cutest baby animals who are available for cuddles and photos all year round.

(and Farmyard Nursery) free! To book or find out more, visit: or call: 07 357 1050.

Located on a real life working farm, you’ll get hands on with a wide range of farmyard animals including alpaca, Romney sheep, cattle, deer, llamas, ostrich and pigs to name just a few. Located just five minutes’ drive from Rotorua, it’s the perfect way to spend a day out during the school holidays. A July school holiday special offer is a two-for-one. Buy a Farm Tour and get the Farm Show


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Help wanted for planting day

Ditch the screens and get messy Are the kids driving you crazy yet? Have they had more screen time than they (or you) can handle? When my kids were little we used to make volcanos with vinegar and baking soda. The new version of that is the Mentos and Diet Coke Geyser experiment. There’s some great science in a carbonated drink and a Here’s some ideas for keeping them busy that chewy mint. doesn’t involve a TV or computer but will Play a board game. Does Monopoly definitely involve a bit of mess! or Yahtzee ever go out of fashion? Get in the kitchen and make Be prepared for some something together. arguments, though. Baking is always fun Paint. There are so many because it involves wonderful things lot of licking of to do with paint, spoons and all messy, but bowls, and you wonderful all the get to eat same. If your kids it afterwards! are small enough Creating edible they may just enjoy art is fun too. grabbing a brush Check out websites and a bucket of such as Pinterest for water and painting inspiration – Brown Pear the outside of the Bear, Frozen Banana Penguins house, the fence or the and Vegetable Jenga anyone? deck with it. Some of the best Become scientists and put pictures my kids every made involved together some fun experiments. rolling marbles in paint. Place the American scientist Steve paper inside shallow baking dishes There are so many wonderful Spangler has a website with some or cardboard trays and tilt from things you can do with paint. simple experiments: side to side for the best effect.

This weekend there’s a perfect opportunity to get the older kids outside and their hands in the dirt.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is again calling for help from the public for its third Papahikahawai Island planting day this Sunday, July 15. The island is a wildlife habitat in Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi (Maketu estuary) and is

being restored as a safe haven and breeding ground for fish and native wildlife. It is a joint project between the landowners, council, Nga Whenua Rahui, tangata whenua and the local community. A barbecue lunch will be provided. Helpers should bring a water bottle and sturdy footwear. Children aged 12 and over are welcome. Planting is from 10am- 3pm on Sunday, July 15.

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New science quiz game for kids Do you know the difference between solar and wind power? Do you know whether animal poo can make power? Do you know whether it’s more energy efficient to have a shower or a bath? Genesis’ newest addition to its Schoolgen website is an interactive quiz game called ‘Crunch Time’, aimed at kids of all ages. The game is

hosted by animated character Edison ‘Eddie’ Earth and includes questions on topics including renewable energy, waste, electricity and endangered species. It is based on a progressive play model which means

it increases in difficulty as each level is passed. “It’s aimed at kids aged between seven and 12, though kids as young as four and grandparents in their 60s have all enjoyed playing Crunch Time,” says School-gen manager Jessica Rodger. School-gen aims to inspire the energy innovators of tomorrow through science and technology learning. Crunch Time is available to play on the Schoolgen website at: www.schoolgen.

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Tips for travelling to sunny Bali Knowing what to expect and preparing in advance helps to get the best out of a trip to Bali this winter. First of all, there will be crowds of people. It’s one of the busiest islands on earth, so head to the central mountains or the west coast to find some secluded places. Respecting local customs will help with finding your way around religious ceremonies as well as knowing what to wear in local restaurants and clubs. Beachwear doesn’t always cut it in Bali. Remember to dress modestly, covering the shoulders and knees, and conduct yourself appropriately when visiting temples and holy sites. Prepare for a mixed bag of price tags. Also, look out for wild and

stray animals and give them a wide berth. Avoid plastic water bottles. If you’re trying to cope with Bali’s heat and humidity and need constant hydration, so invest in a stainless-steel bottle. Learn some local lingo. A few basic words of Bahasa Indonesia such as selamat pagi (good morning), tolong (please) and terima kasih (thank you) will go a long way. Bargain respectfully and with a smile. When in doubt, walk away and if the seller doesn’t come after you, you can be sure they weren’t prepared to drop their price any lower. Play by the rules. Do not expect any special treatment for being a foreigner, and it goes without saying that having anything to do with drugs is a very bad idea. Lastly, respect the ocean. Don’t swim alone, and take your rubbish away with you.

Travel around and enjoy our own backyard If you’re looking for a trip with all the excitement of overseas without any of the hassle, consider travelling around our very own beautiful country.

Explore the South Island in a 4WD.

NZ Adventures offers guided self-drive 4WD back country tours throughout the South Island. Tours include the High Country Heritage, a six or seven-day tour NZ Adventures offers four times each season from Blenheim in Marlborough to Cardrona along the eastern alpine foothills, or the Eastern Explorer, a five-day tour from Geraldine along the eastern foothills of South Canterbury and Otago, finishing in Alexandra. There’s also the West Coast Explorer; completely different to the more easterly trips in that the tracks out west are lined with beech forest. This tour starts in Hanmer Springs and finishes in Greymouth. The Big Sky tour is a six-day loop on the high and the hard tracks of inland South Canterbury and Central Otago, starting in Geraldine and finishing in Twizel with overnights as far south as Alexandra and west as far as Cardrona. And one of the more popular tours is the 46 South, taking participants along an imaginary line across Southland from the Catlins to Fiordland and a finish in Central Otago. For more information and to book visit:

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Families find adventure in winter holidays The top 10 destinations for families taking out travel insurance with Southern Cross Travel Insurance during July show that families are travelling further afield in their winter holidays than they used to. While Australia and the Pacific Islands have been the traditional destinations for families, the USA and Indonesia, with its most popular island Bali, are becoming increasingly popular. Destinations as far afield as France, the United Kingdom and Singapore round out the top 10. To give families confidence to enjoy their overseas adventure, SCTI has some advice for families travelling with children. Before you leave on holiday, create a checklist of daily necessities for the kids. Set realistic expectations for activities and allow plenty of extra time for packing day bags, applying sunscreen and getting everyone ready each day. If you’re travelling with a toddler, remember to pack food, drinks and a few of your family medicine staples. Little ears on flights can struggle with the air pressure changes during take-off and landing. Use ear-plugs or encourage your child to suck a teat or a lolly. Take several changes of clothes for

your baby – and one for you – in your carry-on luggage. While travelling, let your kids move around as much as you can when you’re not required to stay in your seat. It will help them be less restless and frustrated when they do have to be strapped in. Try making up some games for long waits or flights. An airport treasure hunt or eye-spy on the plane can be fun. In case you become separated, write your mobile number on your child’s arm. Take a photo of each child in the morning in the clothes they are going out in that day. This allows you to show an accurate image to anyone helping you look for them if they wander off. Check your accommodation is childfriendly when you arrive. Start by checking the locks on doors and windows to make sure the room is secure. If needed, move furniture around to cover power sockets or

exposed wires. Check the temperature of the hot water. Kids can be more susceptible to illnesses, especially tummy bugs. Carry hand sanitiser with you, and if you’re ever in doubt about the quality of water, play it safe and buy sealed bottles.

They love what they do, and it shows! With the majority of Unique Holiday Tours travellers aged 55-plus, you are sure to meet like-minded people and make new friends. When choosing a Unique Holiday Tours holiday, you can be assured that you are getting great value for money. “Our long standing relationships with operators and our volume of travellers enables us to get the best deals on must-do attractions,” says Unique Holiday Tours’ Colleen Grieve. “We pass these savings on to you, so you can do more and see more whilst on one of our tours. You can enjoy a range of outdoor activities and you don't have to be super-fit. All you need to join in most of our activities is an adventurous spirit and the willingness to participate and have fun! “We’ve kept the very best of our optional experiences and added in some extra special ones – Shantytown, stunning Mount Nicholas farm tour, a Wine Tour in Queenstown, Zealong Tea Estate and Eastwoodhill Arboretum are just some of them. Choose to do everything or just relax, it’s completely up to you,” says Colleen. “Our spectacular More Southern Beauty tour has an incredible discount offer, so be in quick to secure a great deal with just a $100 deposit.” Fully escorted and commentated, and with breakfasts and dinners included, you’ll love this stunning holiday.



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Taking control of our health for ourselves “With our health system in crisis, the epidemic burden of modern metabolic and degenerative diseases is costing us billions every year. It’s time we took control for ourselves,” says medical herbalist Brett Elliott.

“What is actually causing the most common health problems of our time and why do 50 per cent of us suffer from digestive complaints, skin conditions and metabolic issues like high cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight gain?” asks Brett. He believes the answer is simple: “It’s all man made,” he says. “Imagine resolving your health issues naturally, without

the use of chemically based pharmaceuticals. “With a combination of specific herbs and food, you can trigger rapid healing in your body and cure the most common health problems.” See Brett Elliott, medical herbalist, live at ASB Baypark on July 24 from 7pm. For tickets call: 0800 555 556 or visit:

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Getting your hair back on track and growing Are you checking your hairline every time you walk past a mirror, or finding more hair seems to be falling out in the shower or when brushing? While everyone at some stage in their life loses hair, first noticing it can be distressing and often causes a loss of confidence or insecurity. Thankfully, it doesn't always have to be this way. Specialists in natural solutions, SRS Clinic

has seen first-hand how hair loss can affect wellbeing - but more importantly, how effective hair treatment can make a difference. For more than 25 years, the team have helped thousands with hair loss and damage in a caring, supportive environment that recognises the patient's needs and knows how to get results. Using their natural formula – developed and refined to be the best that current science allows – patients can start seeing first results within three months. Depending on the severity

of the hair loss, patients will continue to see great results. Unlike pharmaceutical treatments, SRS's formula is 100 per cent natural and 100 per cent developed for hair treatment only. “The way we're different is we take the natural way - we help people regrow their own hair,” says CEO of SRS Clinics, Claudia Sidhu. Although they often treat people with severe hair loss, Claudia points out that the earlier you get treatment, the quicker the results. While patients can be nervous about treatment, they'll find their confidence growing like their hair. To get your hair back on track, visit the SRS Clinic at 15 St Benedicts Street, Newton. They’re open Monday to Friday, from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm. Book an appointment at: or phone: 09 379 6161 for more information.

New technology for hearing impaired A national roadshow to promote new technology for the hearing impaired is coming to Tauranga on July 17. Hearing New Zealand, Deaf Aotearoa and CCS Disability Action have signed a memorandum of understanding with T-Meeting Global to promote access to better technology for its members. The Swedish company will be demonstrating new communication technology in 12 centres around New Zealand in July.

The technology makes phone and video calls easier and more accessible for the deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people. HNZ national president Tony Rush welcomed the cooperation between the three groups. “We all want better communication so our members can play a full role in our communities,” says Tony. “This is a step towards that desired goal.” The event will take place at the Tauranga RSA, Greerton on Tuesday, July 17 at 6.30pm. Sign language interpreters will be present.

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Youth raising awareness of risks Young people in New Zealand are leading the way when it comes to attitudes and awareness around the risks of drinking during pregnancy. A Health Promotion Agency survey shows that 84 per cent of Kiwis disagreed with the statement that drinking small amounts of alcohol is okay during pregnancy, with 15-24-yearolds showing the greatest level of disagreement of any group. The figures show that 96 per cent of women of childbearing

age (18-44) agree with the statement: “I would stop drinking completely if I knew I was pregnant,” and 94 per cent agreed with the statement that they would stop drinking completely if there was a chance they could be pregnant. However, 100 per cent of younger women aged 18-24 indicated a higher level of agreement with both statements than those in all other groups. New Zealand Alcohol Beverages Council executive director Nick Leggett says significant trending-down of hazardous drinking among young people was

also reflected in their attitudes. He says that rather than constantly calling “crisis” on youth drinking, we should be handing out bouquets. “The consistently greater opposition to drinking in pregnancy and the peer pressure in younger age groups is good news,” says Nick, “because it indicates the message is getting through and drinking while pregnant is a naturally declining problem in our society.”

Discover natural health Stepping back to assess Holidays can be a great time to take time out to discover nature, and these delightful boys enjoyed the Chamomile herb growing at Bay Health Clinic. The health clinic uses chamomile, both dried and in liquid form, to help calm digestive problems and relax - especially before sleep. Take time to discover your best health, with the qualified practitioners at Bay Health Clinic. Exercise physiologist Jazz Black improves health with sports deep tissue massage, personal and group training. She also holds health talks. Naturopath and Bowen therapist Vanessa King describes Bowen therapy as: “A gentle form of bodywork and subtle movement, performed over the muscles and connective tissue, that sends messages into the body, retrieving cellular memory of a relaxed, balanced way of wellbeing. “Results can be remarkable, even from the first session,” she says. Personalised programmes from the naturopaths, herbalists and nutritionists guide you to your best health. Call: 07 571 3226 or email: Online bookings can be made via:

“Sometimes you have to take a step back and realise what’s important in your life, what you can live with, but more importantly what you can’t live without.” Lauren Conrad. What is important to you, and how much effort do you apply in order to achieve it? Take time to examine why something is important, analyse the reasons and ask yourself if it’s as important as you had originally believed. If so, continue working to achieve it. If it is a habit created by other people’s expectations of you rather than your own thoughts, then revisit what you want to do and what you might want to change. For example, ask yourself if it is important to always win, always be right or always be the best, and if so, why? If you were to ask yourself in 12 months’ time: “Is this important to me?”, what would be your answer? If you would like to know more about coaching or supervision, phone Mary Parker, The Fast Track Coach, on: 07 577 1200/021 258 2145, or visit:

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Same quality service at a new location

Farmers’ corner redevelopment The redevelopment of Tauranga’s Farmers’ corner has begun, with local workers starting the demolition of two buildings on the site. Around 20 workers sub-contracted to Hawkins will spend the next four weeks removing the structures at 56 and 58 Elizabeth Street. Elizabeth Properties Limited, part of the James Pascoe Group that owns Farmers, will spend more than $100 million on the flagship project,

which is expected to help revitalise Tauranga’s CBD. Property project manager Brett Nicholls says it was exciting to start work on the site, after much consultation, planning and preparation. The building is being constructed under an accelerated timeframe to minimise disruption and to provide certainty to Farmers’ customers, staff and the public.

Owner Miles Bowker.

They’ve packed up their giant tooth and made the move. Strand Dental is now located at their new premises on 16th Avenue. The clinic is well known to Tauranga’s CBD, having been marked by an iconic giant tooth. And the nostalgia was heavy last Friday, when the 200kg fiberglass tooth was removed from the old Strand building, put on the back of a trailer and taken to the new clinic. Owner Miles Bowker says while their location may have changed, their services have not. “Our new clinic is lovely,” says Miles. “It’s sunny, bright,

and beautiful. We’ve kitted the building out with all new plumbing, cabinetry and electrics. “I’d say our services are not only the same, but better.” As a finishing touch, their giant tooth will once again stand proud on the clinic’s rooftop. “But first we’ll clean him up,” says Miles. “He’s going to be glistening white with red lips.” The business has been located on the Strand for more than 50 years, with Miles and his caring team having come on board in the last 11 years. He says the team prides themselves on giving all of their clients the highest quality dental care in a comfortable and state-ofthe-art environment. “Your smile is important to us,

so we use the latest technology to keep it beautiful and healthy,” he says. “Once we determine your dental needs, we work with you on a plan for the smile of your dreams.” For a professional dentist in Tauranga visit Strand Dental at their new clinic at: 131, 16th Avenue, Tauranga.

Cruising into a record season for 2018/19 Cruising through Tauranga Harbour and soaking up the breathtaking views towards our majestic Mauao and Pilot Bay on a clear summer’s day is a known highlight for cruise passengers. For a record 320,166 passengers and crew, this view will be their first taste of our unbeatable region this upcoming cruise season. The 2018/19 cruise season will see a record-breaking 110 ships berth in the Coastal Bay of Plenty – up 35 per cent on last season’s 81. This sector makes a valuable contribution to our region’s economy, and this season is no different, with an estimated $63 million injection, and 1224 cruiserelated jobs generated. These figures are evidence that our region’s reputation as a world-class destination continues to soar, as cruising becomes more popular and more achievable.

From wandering around Mauao, to touring through working kiwifruit orchards or a spot of retail therapy in the Mount or Tauranga, our region is deservedly popular with cruise passengers. Over 50 per cent of cruise passengers stay in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui, either through local tours or just to see the sights themselves. The Coastal Bay of Plenty is renowned for our welcoming spirit, with the region scoring among the highest local friendliness satisfaction rate from passengers. Whether a warm welcome, or some friendly advice and directions, a community effort will ensure this season is a success. More importantly, the friendliness of our community will mean all our visitors leave with wonderful lasting memories of our region and begin planning for another visit in the future. It’s shaping up to be a great season for the Coastal Bay of Plenty, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone.





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Standing out from the crowd Nothing makes a brand or an image stand out from the crowd like high-quality screen printing and embroidery. Diffuse Screenprinting NZ Ltd is a locally-owned and operated Tauranga company with 15 years’ experience. The company’s most popular products are garment and textile printing, such as work and safety gear, corporate and school uniforms, sports team equipment, hoodies, bags, beanies and caps. Owner Loic Jonnart says what sets

Diffuse apart from the rest is an eye for detail and a passion for the craft. “We screen print because we love it,” says Loic, “which means better quality and more reliable results for you. “We offer the option of diverse printing methods and we can handle large quantities. We are always open to a challenge, so if you have an idea, just get in touch. “We like to work with a variety of clients and from all industries, from commercial through to fashion.” Diffuse can source a huge range of blank garment options from plain

t-shirts to work and safety wear, from babies to big guys. Loic says promotional products are an ideal marketing tool to use for your business. “Nowadays, there are a large variety of promotional products available, from bags, pens, key holders and water bottles, to caps and hats. “You can use them for staff uniforms or customer giveaways, extending the reach of your brand.” To discuss your screen printing and embroidery needs phone: 07 575 3045, email: or visit:

Ten is the new 30 for mortgages When you celebrate a birthday that has a zero at the end of it, people reassure you it’s the new 30! Be it 40, 50 or 60 – they’re all the new 30. But according to Hannah McQueen of enableMe, 10 is the new 30 when it comes to your mortgage. Too often borrowers default to the standard 30 years, trudging along and never making much more progress than that. Over 30 years you could pay almost three times what you borrowed back to the bank. For example, on a $400,000 loan, you’ll pay back close to $1.1 million in interest, using long term average rates. One of the problems is we don’t have a good gauge for what we should be aiming for – what’s a reasonable timeframe to pay off a mortgage?

You might think being 10 years away from being mortgage-free is impossible, but if you have debt that is four times your household income, you should be able to pay your mortgage off in eight years. It it’s five times your household income, you should aim for 11-12 years. If that ratio is one to eight or nine, you’re overstretched and it’s time to sell. There is always more fat in people’s budgets than they realise, and on average people fritter 15 per cent of their income on things they can’t account for. Ten absolutely is the new 30, and having a plan to make it a reality will jumpstart you on the road to financial success.

Problematic environment for retailers Retail NZ has published a report card highlighting problematic issues for the retail sector, including industrial relations, consumer spending, regulation and crime. Chief executive Scott Fisher says while the retail sector is a very substantial part of the economy, it is under substantial and sustained pressure. “Forty-two per cent of retailers reported in a recent survey that they failed to hit their sales targets, part of an ongoing trend

of underperformance across the sector,” says Scott. “Overall, the environment for retail businesses is challenging. Problematic areas include industrial relations, where new legislation is likely to create an increasingly challenging environment for businesses, consumer spending, which is almost static as household budgets are increasingly squeezed, and regulation of shop trading hours on religious holidays which is arbitrary, unfair and simply inefficient.”

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The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed, but an electric blanket, the remains of which were found in a chair, has been identified as the most likely cause. The deceased was known to wrap the blanket around himself to relieve lower back pain. The remains of a second electric blanket and an electric heater were also found in the fire ruins. Fire and Emergency NZ National Advisor, Fire Risk Management, Peter Gallagher says the fatality serves as a tragic reminder to

people to take care combating winter chills. In the last 12 months there have been 105 heater fires and nine electric blanket fires. “Our advice to people is observe the heater metre rule,” says Peter. “Keep furniture, clothes and children at least one metre away from heaters and fireplaces. “Electric blankets should be placed flat on beds and people should make sure that controls and cords are not twisted or caught between the mattress and the base of the bed. “At the first sign of wear, electric blankets should be checked by a qualified electrician.” Peter also urges everyone to check they have working smoke alarms. “Smoke alarms provide early warning of fires and give people time to address the issue or safely get out of buildings,” he says. The dwelling in which the fatality occurred did not have a working smoke alarm.

Keep your tot toasty this winter Keeping the youngest members in the household warm during winter is crucial if you want the family to steer clear of winter illnesses. So here’s some tips on how to keep babies toasty during the cooler months ahead. Firstly, keep their sleeping environment cozy. Use flannelette sheets on their cot mattress. And have at least one spare pair in case a night change is needed.

Have some wool blankets on hand – wool is a breathable fibre that provides instant warmth unlike synthetic materials. It regulates to individual body temperature and is warm in winter while cool in summer. Also, merino wool undersuits are good for baby to be dressed in overnight during winter. Again they breathe and keep baby warm

when they need it. Bath baby in the afternoon when sun or warmth is at a maximum. And be careful when you take baby outside. The change from warm in side to cool outside can give them a chill. And make sure if outside baby is wrapped in warm clothes with a hat on – hoods are good as they can’t pull them off so easily.

Installing a gas appliance safely this winter Whether you’re putting in a gas heater, fireplace, water heating, oven, cooktop or heating system, you must always hire a licensed gasfitter. The experts will make sure it is connected correctly, flued and vented, working properly and, most importantly, safe to use. Energy Safety says you should never try to install a new gas appliance yourself. “Whether you’re putting in a gas fireplace, water

heating, oven, cooktop or heating system, you must always get a licensed gasfitter on the job. “It’s illegal for anyone else to carry out gasfitting work. “Sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying are regulated trades in New Zealand and it’s illegal for anyone to do this work unless they are authorised by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board to do so.”

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Insulating pet houses Pets feel the cold too, and it’s a good idea to help those that live outside stay warm in winter. Rabbits and guinea pigs in hutches benefit from extra bedding of clean straw or hay and even insulation for their hutches. This can be as simple as putting old carpet or sacks on the hutch roof, even stapling them to the sides, and protecting them with a waterproof cover. Extending the covers over all or part of the run will also give the pets more shelter when the weather gets nasty. If temperatures drop significantly, moving the hutches into a shed or garage, or under trees will also help reduce the chilling effects on your pets.

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Dog kennels can also do with a bit of winter warming up, with extra bedding including hay or old cushions and ensuring the kennels are waterproof with no leaks. Adding insulation to the exterior will also help. Pampered indoor pets are more fortunate but they can feel the cold, just like us, when they go outside – so winter clothing for dogs, especially those with short coats, is a good idea. While pet coats are available from pet stores, some owners design and make knitted or fabric versions for their pets. Cats have a knack of finding the warmest place, indoors or out, but they do benefit from regular grooming in winter – as tangled fur isn’t as good at insulating as a wellmaintained coat.

Heating your home with beer cans Winter warmth is a matter of degrees, with just a few either way making the difference between comfort and misery. The winter glums of heating bills can be reduced by installing a style of heater that works for free. It is relatively simple to build and the main part of the heater, the absorber, is recycled from aluminium drink cans. An internet search for soda-can solar heating reveals a variety of ways and methods of producing solar panel heaters that pump warm air though a house for free. They are slim boxes filled with

columns of black painted drink cans, and covered sunny side up with a transparent sheet of glass or polycarbonate sheets. The tops and the bottoms of the cans are opened to create tubes where the air inside is heated by the sun. Cold air comes in the bottom and much warmer air goes out the top and into the house. That’s it – apart from the details. It pays to have double insulation on the collection side of the box (two layers of glass or polycarbonate) and air flow though the cans tube is slowed by

cutting vanes in the tops or bottoms of the cans. The inlet air can come from the house or outside. Some people use fans to move the air around, and there’s a requirement for some kind of shut-off or divert, to avoid superheated hot air being pumped into the house in summer. It helps if you own the house as they connect via a hole in the exterior wall. There are smaller portable models that can be trialled.

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New study exposes reality of tertiary students’ mental health Adjusting to tertiary study, and feelings of loneliness and academic anxiety have been identified as major triggering factors of depression, stress and anxiety among students, according to a new study. The ‘Kei Te Pai?’ Report surveyed nearly 2000 students on their mental health experiences and is the first study of its kind on tertiary students’ mental health in New Zealand. President of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations, Jonathan Gee, says the report scratches beneath the surface on the trials and tribulations of

student life – a memorable yet stressful time for many. “We know that mental health is a serious issue among our students, as it is in society,” says Jonathan. “This research gives us a better understanding about why student mental health issues occur and the implications of this.” More than 1700 students responded to the survey, which asked questions about students’ education, living situation and relationship status, as well as assessing their level of psychological distress on the Kessler 10 scale. It also asked about their experience of tertiary institution mental health services and their mental health history.

Of the respondents who completed the survey, 56 per cent considered dropping out of tertiary study saying they were feeling overwhelmed, living with mental illness and fearing failure. Jonathan says students enter tertiary education because they have high hopes for themselves and for their contribution to New Zealand. “In order to help students succeed in their future endeavours, we must address the mental health crisis that is stopping students from reaching their full potential,” he says. NZUSA is calling for action on the government’s commitment to free counselling for under 25s, referenced in the Labour-Greens Confidence and

Supply Agreement. “To make a meaningful change in the mental health of tertiary students, it will take all of us working together to make a difference.”

New careers for the future – potential to work from home If you are:

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Flexible working hours, more time with the family, no petrol costs, no public transport fares and no traffic queues – they’re all benefits of working from home. One career allowing you to earn a living in your own time without leaving the house is the remote-

based medical transcriptionist, who transcribes patient’s notes that doctors and medical professionals dictate. Medical transcriptionists need an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, diseases and pharmacology as well as fast and accurate typing skills. Traditionally, medical transcriptionists have worked in a hospital or a specialist doctor’s setting.


But Sue’s Computer Training Co delivers an online training programme which will qualify people to become medical transcriptionists. This NZQA accredited Level Four programme leads to the New Zealand Certificate in Medical Transcription and Editing. It includes both New Zealand and US content, so that graduates will be qualified to work in both the NZ and United States environments. “We have our own facilitators who will help our students achieve the high standards required by the course material,” says owner Sue McDonald. “If there are former secretaries or nurses looking to develop a new career, then their past knowledge would be invaluable.” People wishing to find out more about this qualification can download an information pack from: www.computertraining.

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Celebrating 10 years in career development This month, Ewan McLeod at McLeod Careers is celebrating 10 years of successful career-planning and professional practice – a major milestone for many smallmedium enterprises in New Zealand. “I’ve had a wealth of experience in proactively encouraging young people,” says Ewan. “Our business has had thousands of clients visit us over the last ten years, from as far away as Whangarei and Wellington, like the Morresey family this week. “Having Tim and Juliana Smithells, who are recognised nationally for their career development work, as my mentors, definitely provides advantages in being an approved Smithells Professional.”

Many families are continuing to invest in independent professional guidance at McLeod Careers, allowing their children to make positive, informed choices in future-focused planning. Ewan discusses educational choices with his 15-30-year-old clients, to ensure that each person is selecting the ‘right subjects and courses’ for them, so that they aren’t ‘closing any doors’ to their future career. “My business is all about supporting young adults in their career decisions,” says Ewan. “It’s about positive steps towards establishing a unique education pathway, which will allow individuals to gain qualifications that suit their personal needs. “At this time of the year, many clients are considering what secondary subjects to continue on with, or are anxious about their future tertiary focus.” Ewan has operated his home-based business from Greerton

Ewan enjoys his career planning work this week with Camryn Morresey, from Lower Hutt.

NCEA online programme gets $8 million The programme that gives schools the option of running NCEA exams online will receive an additional $8 million for the 2018 and 2019 school years, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “Online exams are increasingly popular in schools, are more efficient to administer and make assessment data more readily

available for analysis,” says Chris. “This additional funding will allow NZQA to continue building the IT system schools need to offer NCEA exams online by 2020. NZQA will deliver over 30 digital examinations in 2019 as part of its pilots. “Since 2014, around three quarters of secondary schools have taken part in NCEA

Online trials and pilots, and between 2016 and 2017, this rose significantly. “Funding will come from within Crown baselines and does not require any new appropriation. “The funding has been reprioritised from underspends resulting from tertiary enrolment data for 2017/18.”

since 2008 and has experienced another positive year in 2018. He says that McLeod Careers is:

“Family-friendly, flexible, affordable – and here to help young people take positive first career directions”.

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Working for a ‘thank you’ How to attract garden visitors An advertisement in The Weekend Sun (page 27, July 6) had the scale of fees paid to TECT committee members. It was completely surprising to this candidate, who is used to working for nothing as a volunteer. Indeed, you have your hand in your pocket often, paying the charity that you happen to be helping on that particular day. I wonder if the candidates who miss out on this election for TECT join the many thousands of volunteers who work for a ‘thank you’ instead of a golden goose? R Chamberlain, Otumoetai.

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Want to invite waxeyes into your garden over winter? If you have a ready supply of ripe oranges or grapefruit just cut the fruit in half and put it out for them and if they are around they will soon find and enjoy it. You may be pleasantly surprised at just how many there are and you will get a lot of pleasure observing them. Often there will be a bossy one who spends more time chasing the others away than actually eating the fruit. Cats will come stalking them so the fruit needs to be raised up to a safe place. Sadly, there has been a decline in their numbers here this year so far. E Ross, Otumoetai.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s claim that any new pay offer to nurses “would have to be made using funds already allocated, as there’s no more” is nonsense. His understanding of how the money system works is paper thin, and he’s relying on what advisers in Treasury are telling him. Just like Bill English, he puts paying $4.5 billion to the private banks the government has borrowed from ahead of decent pay for doctors and nurses and decent health care for Kiwis. He could solve the nurses’ strike overnight if he understood anything about Labour Party history and took a leaf out of Michael Joseph Savage’s book. Savage used the Reserve Bank to create the credit necessary to rebuild the nation. Five thousand houses were built by 1939, and 30,000 by 1949, financed by Reserve Bank credit. In regards to single-use plastics it seems to me The European Central Bank is creating credit at that too much responsibility is put on consumers to the rate of 35 billion Euros per month through its change their habits. However, the real change must quantitative easing programme without any sign of come from producers and governments. They are the inflation, so there’s no reason our own Reserve Bank ones who have the real power. Governments around the world should be seeking a total ban on all single- couldn’t fund our government in a similar way. That would give Robertson $4.5 billion every year use plastics and put economic pressure on those that to spend on New Zealanders instead. don’t. The power is not with the people, rather with Putting bankers ahead of doctors and nurses shows those that hold office. that Labour’s economic policies are no different M Wilson, Te Puke. from National’s. T Livingston, Whakamarama (Abridged).

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Who was the dork that designed the parking spots at Tauriko and Bethlehem malls? They must have been at a Saturday night party. They are totally hard to get in and out of without a compass. The design for Bethlehem is appalling, with five roundabouts in a carpark and a compulsory stop sign gong onto a no-exit road. I don’t know how these guys get their qualifications – they should get out into a real carpark and get some ideas. Okay if you are a local and you are used to it, but for strangers? Better have a tank full of gas to get out with the poor directions. D Hellier, Tauranga.


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Teachers, not lunch box police Should teachers have the right to tell parents what they can and can’t put in their own children’s lunch box? Absolutely not! Good grief, what next? Supermarket police telling us what we can and can’t buy, or maybe checkout operators scanning our groceries and throwing things aside that they feel we shouldn’t be buying? Sound ridiculous? Of course it does and so is the fact that teachers are putting silly notes in a child’s lunch box telling their parent they cannot bring such and such to school for lunch, upsetting the child and quite possibly letting a child go the whole day without food because it isn’t on the ‘list’, making the parent feel inadequate as a provider for their child. This is demeaning and totally unnecessary. Most parents are vigilant and use common sense when it comes to feeding their children. Some parents – not so much. Children can be fussy eaters at the best of times but good food sense comes with time, persistence, perseverance and trial and error from parents. There’s also children’s allergies to consider. Maybe parents should be vetting teachers’ lunch boxes. How well would that go down? Do obese teachers practice what they preach? S Gussey, Omokoroa.

Refuse GM food I was shocked and appalled at the attitude of the ‘government’s scientific agricultural advisor’ I believe he was called, when he told reporters that he was absolutely sure that genetically-modified foods were completely okay for human consumption. Has he ever considered what Monsanto have done in this field? I believe I am correct in saying that this company has genetically modified crops to be immune to Roundup spray. Even if these crops do not get fed to humans, they are obviously fed to farm animals which humans enjoy eating. Having terminal cancer myself, I have quite reasonably done serious research into what causes this wicked disease. The common cause, according to many, if not most medical professionals and medical science researchers, is chemical spraying of crops! I lived in the USA from 1992 to 2011 and was very pleased to hear on my return to good old Aotearoa that NZ had made a policy of refusing the importation of all GM products. I did hear that NZ had imported some GM cattle food some time ago, but I am not sure that this actually happened. I would implore our present government as well as the opposition parties to hold firmly to the present policy and refuse all GM food produce forever! C Stitt, Katikati.


Full and frank inquiry required A government Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care is to be set up and it will be chaired by Sir Anand Satyanand, respected lawyer, judge and former ombudsman and governor general. It is expected to take three years and will doubtless cost many taxpayer dollars. Public submissions on the issues are requested. It is to be hoped that, at its conclusion, the preponderance of Maori and Pacific Island children in state care is not blamed on colonisation, and the solutions to the problems not be made entirely the government’s responsibility. I hope that Sir Anand’s comment “through truth comes joy” will extend to full and frank investigation, and that the issues of parental responsibility and of differing ethnic and cultural practices be researched and reported accurately and completely. B Johnson, Omokoroa. The Weekend Sun welcomes letters and photographs from readers. Preference will be given to short letters (200 words maximum), supplied with full name and contact details. Photos are best in high resolution, jpeg format.

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Support for Anihera Anihera Zhou Black’s courageous exposure of the dark side of her late husband’s life should be cheered for its selfless thoughts for those persons who have been irreparably damaged. May those people find the courage to come forward to verify her claims. History tells us that there will an attempt to enfold Anihera in the cultural ‘cloak of silence’. Know Anihera that many people of all cultures send whirikoha (strength) pono (truth) and aroha (love) into your life. M Anderson, Pyes Pa.

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Open mics and jam sessions Despite my almost non-existent social media presence, I get a few emails. The single most common enquiry, if I look back, is from musicians new to the area looking for a place to play and perhaps meet some local musos. Some are professionals just arrived in town, some

may not have played in bands for years but want to start again; some are more into it for the music, some for the social activity. And there are actually a lot of options, which can vary hugely. Firstly there are open mic nights, which is pretty much what it says. There's a PA set up and anyone can perform. Usually there will be someone running things who makes sure people have a sensible limit of songs, and perhaps provides some musical accompaniment. This is pretty similar to what people call “Blackboard concerts”. At those there is a list you put your name on (the “blackboard”), and people do that alone or in groups then perform their allotted number of songs. Then there are jam sessions, where there is often a house band. People can either jam with that band, with other musicians they meet on the night, or in prearranged groups, sometimes rehearsed in advance.

Obviously this latter option isn't exactly a jam session, but it provides an outlet for bands and musicians who might be new to it or who haven't enough material for a full gig but want to try out stuff live. This week I'm going to give y'all a rundown on what's out there. I will no doubt miss several things so my apologies – if I skip your bar or session it's not personal. Get in touch and I'll remedy it in an eventual part two.

Blues and jazz

First up, the two big “themed” jam sessions. At Drivers Bar on 11th Avenue there is a monthly blues jam every second Wednesday. There is a house band led by bassist David Porter and the nights often pack out and are very good.

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Some bands (B-Side Band etc) present short sets while other musicians jam in spontaneous combos. Then there's the jazz jam at The Mount Social Club on the last Wednesday of each month. Again, it is very popular and very high-quality. Many top players attend from the Tauranga Jazz Society, and the music is wonderful. There are also infrequent band jams at the Omokoroa Boat Club, every couple of months I think. The club would know. Okay. On to weekly open mic nights and I would have been unable to assemble this list without the advice of Jo Jones, one of the town's many indefatigable open-mic-night-performers. On Tuesday there’s an open mic at Papamoa's Pap House from 7.30-9pm, hosted by Dave Henderson of the Mount's Music Planet. There’s also an open mic at the Mount Brewing Company, which starts at 9.30pm and runs until around 1am.


Tuesday’s also the night for the Tauranga Acoustic Music Club (TAMC). They rendezvous at the RSA with the following schedule: The first and third Tuesday at 7:30pm are jam nights in the members bar, open to the public; the second and fourth Tuesday are “group amplified blackboard sessions” at 7:30pm in The Hinton Room where there is PA set up. Three or four songs is the limit per group. Wednesdays the “everybody welcome” music sessions continue at the Matua Pub. These started as country nights, but are now broader and attract quite a crowd. Dave Henderson (again) and fellow Music Planeter Trevor Braunius host and back performers. And on Thursday there's another late-ish one, this time at the Mount Social Club, kicking off at 9pm. On the monthly calendar, there's an open mic at The Wharf (24 Wharf St), usually the last Saturday of the month, while on the first Saturday Shona and Brin Dellow host one at Greers Gastro Bar in Greerton, from 6pm. And there’s one more – on the third Thursday of the month Janne Izett and Stephen Calvert host an open mic at Vaudeville/the Pizza Library on Mount Maunganui's Rata Street, from 7-10pm. Have at it, and lemme know what I missed!





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Take Time Out with Petra

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Known for their great community events, Bethlehem Baptist Church is busy preparing for their annual Ladies evening, Time Out. The team is doing things a bit differently this year, with Petra Bagust hosting a line-up of inspirational local women who will challenge, encourage, motivate, inspire and entertain. Petra is well known to the nation, having been a co-presenter on TVNZ’s Breakfast for a couple of

years and a regular contributor to many popular programmes and documentaries. A much-loved broadcaster and a busy mother of three, Petra also has a huge interest in many humanitarian projects. Ladies are in for a night of candid stories, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, the unleashing of her artistic abilities and a dose of the humour she is well known for. Guests on her couch will share their stories and talents and you will be amazed at some of the incredible situations they have had to deal with. Time Out is recommended for ladies over 16 years of age. Head along for a night of entertainment, giveaways, treats and great company. Up for grabs is a weekend for two in Whitianga’s Waterfront Apartments, with the chance to soak in the spas at The Lost Spring complete with petrol vouchers! “This year, the programme will be held exclusively in the Church’s Auditorium, with plenty of goodies available during the night,” says event manager Luisa Schroder. “It might be good to ensure your babysitter can stay until at least 9.30pm, as there’s a whole heap of variety and inspiration in store for you.” Doors open on Friday, August 3, at 7pm with entertainment, and Petra takes the stage with her guests at 7.30pm. Tickets are only $13 but there are limited numbers available. For more details and to get your ticket, go to:

Celebrating a good brew It’s a habit that’s become a lifestyle. Because for an increasing numbers of Kiwis, a long black is as important to starting the day as showering and brushing your teeth. We now consume close to four kilogrammes of coffee beans per person, per year. To celebrate our connection, our commitment to the coffee bean, the Tauranga Coffee Festival is coming to town on Saturday, July 28. The event will feature many of the city’s artisan coffee brands, including Excelso Coffee Roasters, Elizabeth Cafe and Larder, Luca, Henry & Ted, Love Rosie Bakery and The Dry Dock Cafe among others. There will be free tastings throughout the day. There will also be barista workshops to hone the home coffeebrewing skills, an all-day Espresso Martini bar and a street food lane where you can taste treats inspired by the coffee bean, such as a coffee-infused beer created by Mount Brewing Company, a coffeeinfused ice cream and organic coffee-infused popcorn. There will also be entertainment for the kids, and for the less dedicated coffee enthusiasts there will be pop-up music entertainment. The Tauranga Coffee festival is at ‘Our Place, 91 Willow Street in the CBD, on Saturday, July 28 between 10am-6pm.

GIGGUIDE & ENTERTAINMENT MT RSA Fri 13th Che Orton 7pm – 10:30pm Sat 14th Gerry Lee 7pm – 10:30pm Sun 15th Back Porch 4:30pm – 7:30pm MOUNT SOCIAL CLUB Fri 13th Play Misty 6pm – 9pm then DJ Brendan from 10pm Sat 14th Regan Perry 6pm – 9pm Thur 19th Social Jam Night from 10pm THE BARREL ROOM Fri 13th Tom Charleson 8pm Sat 14th Kam Kafai 8pm Mon 16th Quiz Night from 7pm JACK DUSTY’S ALE HOUSE (Bureta) Sun 15th Mike Garner & Warren Houston 3pm – 6pm

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The early bird gets the well-priced tickets Early bird tickets for the November 15-18 BOP Garden and Art Festival are on sale this month. The discounted tickets are available during July, selling at $58.50 for a four-day pass, and $31 for one-day entry. A further discount (at $55 and $29.75 respectively) is available for TrustPower customers, thanks to TECT being a festival partner. Tickets are available through Ticketek, the Baycourt box office and the festival website: Early bird ticket purchasers will receive their festival packs in September. As of August 1, Wayne Vickers, at work on a local general ticket prices will be $65 for a four-day seascape that will feature in the festival. pass and $35 for a one-day pass. The festival offers plenty to please, including at least under the banner of Bloom in the Bay. 15 gardens new to the festival, and the line-up of The site will be a place where everyone – including artists also includes plenty to get excited about. families with young children – can enjoy keynote This year’s festival will involve 71 garden stops, speakers, great entertainment (including live music), which includes six art studio stops, and the work of tasty food and beverages, exhibitions, workshops, more than 50 artists will be on display. displays and concept gardens. Festival tickets include The festival hub will be at Tauranga Historic Village free entry to Bloom in the Bay. this year. All of the festival action – other than the Bayleys Real Estate is the festival’s platinum sponsor garden and art trail itself – will be held at the hub and principal event partner.

Surf lifesaving excellence in the region

Surf lifesaving clubs from around the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel are getting set to celebrate the contribution made by volunteer members over the past season with the annual Zespri Bay of PlentyCoromandel Surf Lifesaving Awards of Excellence. The ceremonies include the presentation of lifesaving, sport and regional service awards from throughout the region, including clubs from Whakatane, Waihi Beach, Pukehina, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, Omanu, Whangamata, Waihi Beach, Hot Water Beach, Opotiki, Tairua, Onemana,

Whiritoa and Pauanui. Some of the top awards will include Lifeguard of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Rescue of the Year and Club of the Year. "We’re really looking forward to these Zespri Bay of Plenty- Coromandel awards as it’s the perfect way to end a busy season,” says Surf Life Saving Eastern Region manager Chris Emmett. “It’s no secret that the beaches in this region are amongst the busiest in the country and the lifeguards make a huge contribution keeping them safe.”


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The pearl of the Indian Ocean A smiling sun all year round, golden beaches, and ancient cities, Sri Lanka encompasses colour and diversity. However, if you don’t have a wad of cash tucked away in your back pocket to visit this elegant island, Living in Harmony’s cultural event is the one for you. This month’s Multicultural Tauranga feature country is the teardrop-shaped island Sri Lanka, which prides itself on an artistic lifestyle of traditional forms of art, dance and music, touching hearts with great hospitality and a vast history. Organiser Shashikala Pettagan says the theme for the Sri Lankan evening Madushanka Ferdinando, Isuru Jayaweera and Shashikala Pettagan. is going to be based around Avurudu, Photo: Sharnae Hope. which is the Sri Lanka New Year. “Usually, Sinhala and Hindu New Year, Avurudu, falls on April 13 Year games, and an introduction to some Sri Lankan cuisine and artefacts. and 14, symbolising the ending of the old year, and the beginning “Sri Lankan culture includes a lot of customs and rituals, which of the New Year,” says Shashikala. date back to more than 2000 years, which were handed down from “The first signs of spring remind Sri Lankans that it’s time for a generation to generation. spectrum of festivities, which encompass rhythmic beats on the “The Sri Lankan way of life is very simple and filled with rabana [a one-sided traditional drum], sweet delicacies, and the humility and happiness. This is one of the reasons why Sri Lankans melodies of the koel, a stringed instrument used to sing in the appreciate the simple things in life such as nature.” New Year.” The Living in Harmony Sri Lanka evening will be held on July 17 The event will start with a brief introduction to the culture and its values, followed by dancing and singing items, traditional New from 7-9pm at the Historic Village on 17th Avenue. Sharnae Hope

Making an enviromental fashion statement A parking lot is being transformed into an urban green space, providing a new area for people to enjoy with lots of new trees to be planted, new seating and a refurbished ablution block. Mount Mainstreet’s Phoenix Car Park has fencing up and the process has already begun. Mount Mainstreet Manager Ingrid Fleming says: “We will turn the unpleasant fencing into an amazing work of art drawn by Mount Maunganui students. “This is an educational project, and through this process we wish to create more awareness of our current environment and how we, as individuals, can make a difference.” Six Mount Maunganui schools have been involved, including Mount Intermediate, Mount Primary, Arataki Primary, St Thomas More Catholic, Omanu Primary and Matapihi School. Each school has had a unique subject to implement into

their work, such as zero waste, clean waterways, wheel, energy efficiency, biodiversity and kaitiaki/taonga (guardian of the lands). The best ten pieces from each school have been chosen and, at the event, prizes will be awarded to the schools for Best School Environmental Art competition, where the winner will get $400. The runner up will receive $300, third place $200, fourth $100, fifth $50 and sixth $25. There will also be a $100 prize for Best Environmental Art by a student. The school’s artwork will be mounted onto the construction fence prior to Mount Enviro Fest, to be held on Saturday, July 21, where the road will be closed to celebrate the art and everything sustainable. In case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed until July 29. The sustainable fashion event will be one of many activities to do at the Mount Enviro Fest.


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Saturday 14 July

Antony Warnes/The Incubator Short Story competition. Artist Antony Warnes short story of how people may have engaged or been part of an Incubator experience. Win an original Warnes painting. Everyday until 1 Aug. Art In The Park Art for Sale. Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui. Weather permitting. 9am-4pm. Tauranga Society of Artists. At ZEE Market this Saturday is something different. Arts, Crafts, EPIPHANY DONUTS, food, Womens’ clearance Expo. DON’T MISS THIS!! 169 Elizabeth St 10am-2pm Beth-El Messianic Family Celebrate Family life with believers who meet and worship as Yeshua (Jesus) & all the early believers did. 10am Otumoetai Primary., Joel 021 768 043 Cards 500. Interested? Flexible evenings to suit. Ideal for central Tauranga & Mount residents. Ph Chris 572 3834 Dance Drama Music Tauranga Competitions Festival, Variety Showcase 6th-15th July 9am-9pm, 3 sessions a day. Addison Theatre, Baycourt. Gold coin donation. See for more Dragon Boating Give It A Go paddling sessions held weekly. Sat 8am, Sulphur Point. RSVP by Text to Brooke 022 078 2308 for an info pack. Genealogy Informal Group

Your ups & downs of family research. Visitors welcome. 1:30pm, 849 State Highway 29, Tauriko. $2 includes cuppa. Cathy a/h 541 3335 Floyd Live The Floyd Live tribute show is a 2-hour concert presented with a firstclass sound & lighting show. Sat 21st 7:30pm. See for info Genealogy Informal Group Your ups & downs of family research. Visitors welcome. 1:30pm, 849 State Highway 29, Tauriko. $2 includes cuppa. Cathy a/h 541 3335 Katikati Bowling Club 8 Park Road. 12:45-3pm. Ph Phil Green 549 5344 Katikati Lions Moggies Market 2nd Sat of month Katikati Memorial Hall, Main Road 8am-Noon. Enquiries 549 3589 Large Annual Tree Sale Lots of fruit & nut trees & more. Katikati A&P Showgrounds. Sat 21st 10-12:30. Ph 07 549 2795. Cash Only. BOP Tree Crops Assn LOL Laughter Wellness Blast away the winter chills with laughter. Arataki Community Ctr, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 11-11:45am. Koha. Ph Trish 022 036 6768 or lollaughterwellness@

Massive Clearance, Womens’ Expo

Avon, shoes, jewellery. In conjunction with ZEE Market. Decor, bath & baby, & much much more! 10am-2pm, 169 Elizabeth St

Mount Maunganui Sequence Dance

Sequence & Ballroom Dance at Arataki Centre. 7:30-10:30pm. Sheldon’s Band. Lovely supper. All welcome Entry $7. Ph Erica 576 0578 Mount Maunganui Scottish Society

Mount Music Club Mostly Country music. 1pm at the Senior Citizens Hall, Midway shopping centre. Local singers & musicians. Ph Dick 0274 938 458 for more info. Otumoetai Tennis Club Adult tennis. Start time 1pm. Bellevue Park, Windsor Road (next to swimming pool complex.) New players & visitors welcome. Coaching available. Ph Fred 544 5088 Petanque At Club Mt Maunganui, Blake Park, Kawaka St. Tuesdays and Saturdays 1pm. All very welcome to try us out. Learn a new sport. Ph Jo Ann 578 3606 Te Puke Scottish Society Monthly dance, 21st July, 7:30-11pm, Te Puke War Memorial Hall. Live band, great supper, friendly people. All welcome. Village Radio Museum Community Radio broadcasting nostalgic music & Community Notices seven days on 1368 KHz AM Band. Radio Museum open from 10am. Request line 571 3710

Sunday 15 July 2018 Festival Concert Tauranga

Performing Arts Competitions Society presents a variety showcase. 2pm, Addison Theatre, Baycourt. For more info & tickets go to Accordion-Keyboard Oldtime Musicmakers at Welcome Bay Hall 3rd Sunday every month 1-4pm. All welcome. $3 entry & Ladies a plate please. Phone Ces Joy 544 3849 Art & Artisan Fair Last Sunday of month indoors at Black Sheep SH2 & Plummers Pt Rd Whakamarama. Original local art art craft artisan products. Bible Seminar 1:45pm Greerton Senior Citizens’ Hall, Maitland St, Greerton. Title “How is Jesus a man & God’s son.” Interactive, Q&A. All welcome. Vic 543 0504 BOP Oodle Club Socialise your dog and meet other dog lovers! Meets first Sunday of each month from 2-3pm at Fergusson Park (Beach Road end). All breeds welcome. Croquet Croquet at Tauranga Domain, Cameron Rd, Sun, Tues, Fri 12.45 for 1pm start. Beginners welcome. Peter 571 0633 Corkers Toastmasters Find Your Voice meets 3rd Sunday of month at The Zone Cafe (upstairs), Owens Place, Mount Maunganui at 2pm. Inquiries to Chrissy 027 296 7939

Farmers Market - Mount Mainstreet

Held every Sunday 9-1pm rain or shine! Right in the middle of Mount Mainstreet at Coronation Park, Maunganui. www. Free Taichi Classes Learn the Art of Taichi, made easy. Absolutely free. Hosted by Richard Johnson .Wu Kwan Chen Taichi. Tauranga Senior Citizens Club. 7pm Ph Richard 021 0236 5472 Golden Oldies Rugby Golden Oldies rugby needs you. Tauranga Old Stars needs new players. For fun games, post match celebrations & social activities email for more info

Historic Village Market Great market every 1st & 3rd Sunday from 8am-12 pm at 17th Ave. Fruit & veg, crafts, tools, food, plants, clothes & paintings. Home Hosting & Travel Go to or attend one of our meetings or coffee mornings to learn more about Friendship Forces home hosting program. Ph 022 011 4776 Messy Church 4-6pm, Theme Goodness, All ages welcome, games & activities & dinner included. Holy Trinity Church, 3rd Ave Tauranga New Zealand Chamber Soloists

Presented by Tauranga Musica. At Graham Young Youth Centre, Tauranga Boys’ College, Cameron Rd at 4pm. For more info www. NZDA BOP Range Day NZDA BOP branch run public open days last Sunday each month at their 300m range in TECT All Terrain Park. 9am-3pm $20 bring firearms licence Omokoroa Lions Market 2nd Sunday monthly. Western Ave Car Park, Omokoroa. 9am-noon. Bookings not required. Ph Keith 548 2117 Papamoa Lions Club Market 2nd & 4th Sunday Gordon Spratt Reserve, Parton Rd, Papamoa. Gates open 7am for stall holder entry. Wayne 027 974 5699 Papamoa Outdoor Bowls All welcome to our Roll Up’s Sun & Wed register at 1230 commences 1pm. Come & experience outdoor bowls. Gordon Spratt Reserve. Ph 574 0177 Quakers in Tauranga In hall behind Brain Watkins House, cnr Elizabeth/Cameron Rd 10am for an hour of mainly silent worship followed by tea/coffee & talk 544 0448

Radio Controlled Model Yachts

Sundays & Thursdays 1:30pm, in pond behind 24 Montego Drive Papamoa, sailing Electron Yachts for fun. Adult beginners welcome. Graham 572 5419

Spiritual Centre Psychic Cafe

Greerton Community Hall. Doors open 6:45pm starts 7pm. One time fee $10. Psychics, Healers, Spiritualists & free refreshments. See what the buzz is about. Kevin 578 7205 Tauranga Long Walks Group Tauranga Otumoetai walk 14km (2.5 hours). Meet front of QE2 Centre, Memorial Park, 11th Ave 8am. Starting point varies. Ph Sue 021 925971 or see facebook.

Tauranga Writers Sunday Focus

Elisabeth Poppe, 11 years research, her book REVAMP: Rewire Aging. 2-4pm, Greerton Library. All welcome. $10, refreshments inc ($5TW) 028 406 3240 TePuke Country Music Club 1pm at Te Puke Citz & RSA Club. Come along to hear some good ol’ country music! All welcome. Ph Gayle 573 8255

Monday 16 July

Achieve Toastmasters Find your voice meets 1st 3rd & 5th Monday of month at St Stephens Church Hall Brookfield at 7:30pm. Ph Frank/Chrissy 07 543 9493

Age Concern Cards 500 Every Monday except Public Holidays 9:30-11:30am at Age Concern Office, 177a Fraser Street. $2 donation. Ph 578 2631 Alcoholics Anonymous

Open meeting 10am, Tauranga Central Bapist Church. 13th Ave/Cameron Rd. All Welcome. Ph 0800 229 6757

Badminton Club, Aquinas College

Tauranga Badminton Mondays 7:309:30pm. Aquinas College Events Centre. Seniors & Year 9 upwards. Casual players welcome. $8 pp. Club racquets available. Ph/text Sue 021 194 4335 www.sporty/ Bethlehem Indoor Bowls Meets in Bethlehem Hall every Monday night. 7:30pm start. Names in by 7:15pm. New members of all ages welcome. Ph John 027 654 1298 Body+Soul Fitness For over 50s. Mon & Fri Greerton Hall, Tues Tauranga Senior Citizens Norris St, Wed Bethlehem hall. 9:15am. Dianne 027 431 4326 or 576 5031

Chess at Mount Maunganui

Mount RSA Chess Club every Mon, 544 Maunganui Rd. 6-7:30pm during school term. Late program 7:30pm onwards. Standard rules. Incl casual games. Noel 579 5412

Dutch Friendly Support Network

Coffee morning (1st Mon of month) 10am-12noon. $3 entry. Vintage Car Club Rooms, Cliff Road, Tauranga. Ph Bernadette 07 572 3968 Friends of the Library Greerton Library Book Group meets 10:30am. Theme this month, Craft. Tea &coffee. Visitors & new members always welcome. Jenny 543 4760 Genealogy Friendly Group Mako Room, Papamoa Community Centre 1:30-3:30pm. We offer assistance to anyone with an interest in researching their family history. Ph 544 4182

Harmony-a-Plenty Barbershop Chorus

Meet 7pm Mondays at Bethlehem Community Church Moffat Rd. Men, you don’t have to be Pavarotti! We will improve your singing. Have some fun. Ph Frank 07 576 3032 Indoor Bowling St Columba Indoor Bowling Club, 502 Otumoetai Rd, Cherrywood. All playing levels are welcome. 7:30pm start, names in by 7:15pm. Ph Paul 576 6324 Let’s Learn Wanting to learn something new? has classes, workshops & activities galore. Become a lifelong learner today! Ph 544 9557

Marlin Friendship Club

Meet 2nd Monday of month at Mount Golf Club at 9:45am. Ph David 574 9692 or Helen 572 2993

Messy Church Community Looking for

something creative, messy, stories, prayer, games, all ages? 4-6pm at 53 Te Okuroa Dr Papamoa. Dinner provided. Koha appreciated. Julie 0274 205 375 http://

Recycled Teenagers Gentle Exercise Mon & Wed 14 Norris St. 9:15am10.45am. Tues. St. Marys Hall Cnr.

Girven Rd & Marlin St. 9am-10:30am. Ph Jennifer 571 1411 Sequence Dancing To Enjoy Come with a partner to the Norris St Hall Monday & Wednesday 7-10pm & enjoy dancing & making friends. Learners & rusty ones welcome. Silver Singers Require soprano & bass voices for their choir. Practises at St Stephens Chapel Brookfield Tce at 1pm. Ph Pat 579 1036 Tauranga Civic Choir Choir practice 7:30pm Wesley Church, 13th Ave, Tauranga. Enquiries welcome. Ph Heather 575 9092. For info visit Tauranga Creative Fibre Every Monday 9:30am. Also 2nd & 4th Thursday 7pm. Learn & share spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, crochet & more. 177 Elizabeth St. Ph Margaret 571 3483 Tauranga Gem & Mineral Club Second Monday of every month. Juniors 6pm, Seniors 7:30pm, Clubrooms, Historic Village, 17th Ave West. Come & check it out. Ph Bryce 027 695 0606 or Tauranga Rocknroll Club Lessons 6:45pm & social dancing 7:30pm at Legion of Frontiersmen Hall, 165 Elizabeth Street. For enquiries ph Malcolm 027 592 7240 or www.

Tauranga Senior Citizens Club

CARDS 500 Mon & Thurs. INDOOR BOWLS Tues, Wed & Sat. 14 Norris St. (behind PaknSave) 12:45pm for 1pm start.Entry $2 includes afternoon tea. New members welcome. Walk For Wellness Free walking group for people with cancer & their supporters. Departs 9:30am from the green toilets halfway along Pilot Bay. Cancer Society 07 571 2035

Zonta Tauranga Womens’ Organisation Warmly welcomes other like

minded women, meet new friends championing rights of women & girls in our community. Get togethers, dinners/ speakers. Suzy 021 266 5044

Tuesday 17 July

ABC - Avenues Badminton Club Every

Tues at Tauranga Boys College Gym. Juniors 6-7:30pm (term time). Seniors (Adults) 7:30-9:30pm. Club racquets available. Delwyn 027 212 4720 Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting 7:30-8:30pm St Peters Anglican Church 11 Victoria Rd, Mt Maunganui. All welcome. Ph 0800 229 6757 Altrusa Ladies Service Club Meet every 2nd Tuesday @ Chapel Cafe for meal & business meeting. Elsewhere on 4th Tuesday for social evening. Ph Denise 027 284 6828 nz Beginner Social Dance Class Tues 8pm, Tauranga Primary School Hall, 5th Ave or Wednesday, 7:30pm, Welcome Bay School Hall, 309 Welcome Bay Road. Ph 544 2337 or 027 322 1786 or

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THE WEEKEND SUN BOP Linux Users Group 7-9pm first Tues of month, L.J.Hooker Cnr Cameron Rd & 8th Ave. Smarter, safer, faster & FREE. Learn more to take charge of your computer. 578 6024 Cards 500. Interested? Flexible evenings to suit. Ideal for central Tauranga & Mount residents. Ph Chris 572 3834 Cards 500 Mount Senior Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd. Tues & Thurs 12:30pm. Ph Jack 575 7719 Crafty Craft Group Every Tuesday term time 9am11am. St Peters Church Spring street. Bring own craft or learn a new one. Shelly 022 3415 082 First Home Buyers Seminar Free. Smart Business Centre, above lighting direct, Bay Central, Tauranga 5:30pm. Visit Tammy Goddard-mike Pero Mortgages on Facebook for info on speakers Fitness League Ladies exercise with weights, floor work, stretching, dance. Make friends & enjoy. St Columba Church, 502 Otumoetai Rd, Cherrywood. 9:30-10:30am. Ph Gloria 021 139 2448 Flow Movement Classes Ohauiti Settlers Hall. Four Tuesdays 7pm. Starts tonight. View Eventfinda Tauranga, under workshops & classes. Ph Marie 021 210 5929 Greerton Lions Club(mixed) Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at Fairway Lounge Tauranga Racecourse 6pm. Ph Bill 543 4424 Inachord Women’s Chorus If you like to sing, dance ,make friends & have fun, join us! Great musical director! 7-9pm Bethlehem Community church, 183 Moffat Road. Ph Sabine 021 111 8659 IYSFF Filmmakers Workshop BOP Film & Baycourt

presents a three-day workshop. 17-19 July 9am-4pm each day. See www.baycourt. for more details & ticket info. Judo Moreland Fox Park. 6pm-7pm Juniors/beginners. 7pm-8.30pm Seniors. First 2 lessons free. Living in Harmony SriLanka Sri Lanka culture, art & food at St. Enoch Church hall 7-9pm. Bring plate with food for potluck dinner, donations. Ph 571 6419 or Ewa on 027 670 0700 Meet DESMOND Would you like to better manage your type two diabetes? Meet DESMOND. www.diabeteshelp. Morning Prayer TuesdayFriday every week 8:30-9am, at 53 Te Okuroa Drive Papamoa. Julie 0274 205 375 or visit:

Mount Morning Badminton

9-11:30am. Mt Sports Centre, Blake Park. Social, all ages, racquets available, beginners welcome. $5 per day. Ph Margaret 575 9792 Otumoetai Tennis Club Midweek Tennis Tues & Thurs. Start time 9am. Bellevue Park, Windsor Road (next to Swimming Pool Complex). New players & visitors welcome. Ph Pam 570 0302 Otumoetai Walking Group Meet at 9am at Kulim Park. Ph Jim 576 7339 Sequence Dancing Tauranga Social & Leisure Club, St John Anglican Church Hall, 94 Bureta Road Otumoetai. Tues 7pm-9:30pm except 2nd Tues each month 3:30pm-6pm. Faye 543 3280 South City Indoor Bowls 7pm Club Night Stroke Support Group 9:30am12pm, Senior Citizens Hall, Maitland St, Greerton. Great morning tea, games, etc. All stroke survivors welcome! Ph 021 137 6653

Tauranga 60+ Continuing Education Dr Raymond Richards, Department of History, University of Waikato on American Politics. 10am Otumoetai

Baptist Church, 241 Otumoetai Rd. $4 entry

Tauranga Acoustic Music Club

Greerton RSA 7pm. Friendly gettogether, all instruments, all levels of ability. Come in & enjoy some live music. Grant 578 6448

Tauranga Diamond Friendship Club Formerly

Probus, meets 1st Tuesday of each month, 1:30pm at Tauranga Citizens Club. Guest speakers, social outings, numerous activities. All welcome. Ph Nancy 543 4468

Tauranga Samba Brazilian Drumming Percussion band. 7:15-9:15pm.

Mount Sports Centre, cnr Hull & Maunganui Rds. No experience reqd. Ph Rob 021 232 7185 Welcome Bay Lions Club Meet every 2nd Tues monthly, Greenwood Park Village, Welcome Bay Rd. Dinner meeting 2nd Tuesday of month. Business meeting 4th Tuesday of month. Graham 544 8625 Yoga For All Welcome Bay Community Centre, 6:30-8pm. Traditional, relaxing Yoga class. Beginners welcome. $12 one or $90 nine classes. Bring a mat. Info: Bhajan 07 929 7484 Yoga for Seniors Tuesday 11am at Mount Yoga Studio, 26 Tawa Street, Mt Maunganui. $7 per class. Ph Steph 07 575 5630

Wednesday 18 July

Age Concern Walking Group 10am New World, Brookfield

Antenatal Services. Free Hei Tiki

Pumau, Antenatal programme with kaupapa Maori delivery. Every FIRST and THIRD weeks in the month, over Wed to Friday. Based at Huria Marae Complex. CAP Money Course A revolutionary FREE money management course that teaches budgeting skills with a simple system that really works. Wed & Thurs. For info Carlene 021 241 3671 Community Bible Study Join us @ City Church 252 Otumoetai Road, 7-9pm for a Study on the Book of Acts until 1st November. Ph Julie 552 4068 Fitness League Exercise, Movement, Dance suitable for all ages, 10am, Katikati Memorial Hall, Main Rd. Complimentary first class. Ph Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 7170 Fernland Spa Water Exercise Gentle exercise in the warm mineral water. 11am-noon. Suitable for arthritics, accident & illness rehabilitation. New participants. Ph Jennifer 571 1411. Not school holidays. Friends of the Library Papamoa Library Book Group meets at 10am. Theme this month, Comedy. Tea & coffee. Visitors & new members always welcome. Patti 572 0201 Gate Pa Indoor Bowls Open Carousel Triples 7:30pm. Names in book.

Healing Rooms 1-3pm Come &

experience God’s healing touch, whether physical, emotional, spiritual. Behind Graced Oppshop, cnr 11Ave, Christopher St. No charge. Ph 021 110 0878

Judo Arataki Community Centre, 5:30pm-6:30pm. First 2 lessons free. Katikati Bowling Club 8 Park Road. Mixed Roll-ups 12:45-3pm. Ph Phil Green 549 5344 Katikati Toastmasters Find your voice Katikati Toastmasters meets 1st 3rd & 5th Thursday of month Katikati Community Centre, 45 Beach Road, Katikati at 7:30pm. Ph Chrissy 027 296 7939 Kiwi Toasters Find Your Voice meets 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesday of month 3 Palm Springs Boulevard (beside Pharmacy) Papamoa at 5:30 pm. Ph Chrissy 027 296 7939 Matua Garden Club Meets monthly, 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 1:30pm in the Matua Hall, Levers

Road. New members welcome. Meet DESMOND Would you like to better manage your type two diabetes? Meet DESMOND. Contact us for details

Mount Maunganui Lioness Club

Meets monthly. Dinner 1st Wed & Business 3rd Wed. New members welcome. Ph Christine 021 130 9375 Mt Spiritual & Healing Centre Mt Spiritual & Healing Centre every 1st & 3rd Wednesday start 7:30 Bowling Club, Golf Road. See events coming on facebook. Ph Sue Buckland 572 4911

Newcomers Network Coffee Morning Migrants new to Tauranga are welcome to join us for a cuppa at Multicultural Centre, Historic Village at 10:30am. Ph 571 6419

Scottish Country Dancing Mount

Senior Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd. Beginners 6pm, general dancing 7:30pm. Ph Mary 574 8687 Lynne 021 140 7912 Steady As You Go Exercises at St. Johns Church Hall Bureta, Wed 2-3pm except 1st Wednesdays each month. Improve balance & overall wellbeing. Ph Alison 07 576 4536 Table Tennis Tauranga Memorial hall QEYC 11th Ave. Wed 12:45-3pm, social mixed doubles 7:30-9:30 club night. Roy 578 7800. Thur 1-3pm social singles, doubles 3:30-6:45 Juniors 7-9pm club night. New players welcome. Paul 021 884 021 Tauranga Embroiderers’ Guild Meets every Wednesday at Tauranga Rowing Club, Devonport Road, Tauranga 10am-2:30pm, 7:30pm-9:30pm. Beginners very welcome. Ph Jenny Williams 07 219 7740

Tauranga Long Walks Group Mount walk

11km (2 hours). Meet cnr Pacific Ave & Marine Parade 9am. Starting point varies each week. Ph Sue 021 925 971 or see facebook

Tauranga MidWeek Tramping Group Maratoto Rock. Grade moder-

ate. Garry 578 3083 Tauranga Rotary Meet at Daniels in the Park, 6pm, 11th Ave. Dinner, fellowship, interesting speakers, projects within our community. Visitors welcome. or email

Toastmasters City Early Start

Improve communication leadership teamwork skills join motivated enthusiastic group Classic Flyers Avgas Cafe 6:50-8:15am email LaniDTM@gmail. com and FB

Thursday 19 July

CAP Money Course A revolutionary FREE money management course that teaches budgeting skills with a simple system that really works. For info ph Carlene 021 241 3671 Community Bible Study Join us @ 14th Avenue Gospel Centre 10-12pm, for Study on the Book of Acts until 8th November. Ph Gay 021 225 5981 Salsa On The Strand Come have some fun with a FREE introdution to Salsa @8:30 & social dancing from 9pm at La Mexica on The Strand. Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Kizomba, Merengue. English Class For Migrants Conversation class advance at Multicultural Centre at Historic Village from 10:30am Tues & Thursduring school term only. $3 per class Fitness League Exercise, movement, dance. 10am, Central Baptist church, 13th Ave & Cameron Rd. Complimentary first class. Ph Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 7170 Forest & Bird Walk Kauri Point, Ongare Point, Tanners Point. Harbour headlands. Easy. $8 Meet Kulim Park 8:45am. Leader, Eddie Ph 576 1849

Judo Moreland Fox Park, Greerton. Juniors 6pm-7pm. Seniors 7pm-8:30pm. First 2 lessons free. Katikati Bowling Club 8 Park Rd Rummikub 1-4pm, $3 entry. Phil Green 549 5344 Katikati Fairview Golf Club Men’s Vets Nine Hole Golf Thurs 8:30am Tee off. New Players are welcome. Ph Stewart 021 978 650 Katikati Toastmasters Find your voice. Katikati Toastmasters meets 1st 3rd & 5th Thursday of month Katikati Community Centre, Beach Road, Katikati at 7:30pm. Ph Chrissy 027 296 7939 Keynotes Inc Keynotes 4-part harmony Women’s Chorus meet Thursday 7pm at Wesley Church 13th Ave. Singing for fun & health. Ph Jacqui 542 1766 Kickstart Toastmasters Find your voice, learn to speak with confidence. At Alimento Cafe, 1st Avenue, Tauranga, 7-8:10am. Ph Brian 0275 432 777 Mainly Music Music & dance for preschoolers, Mums & carers. $3 per family. Morning tea provided. 9:30-10am. Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Rd. Meet The Missioner Discuss any topic that is important to you. First 4 receive a free coffee. 11-12pm at Gana Cafe Papamoa. Julie 0274 205 375 Spiritual Study Psychic Craft Psychic Medium Kevin Reed runs Spiritual Development Meditation & Psychic Craft Open Group every Thurs evening. For details ph Kevin 578 7205 or email: kevinreednz@ Square Dancing Fun Easy walking dance, learners welcome. Club night 7:30pm. Frontiersmen’s Hall, Elizabeth St, Tga. Ph 578 6516 or Facebook, Orange City Squares Rounds Sunshine Sequence Dance Group Learn dancing at a friendly club. Baptist Church Hall,13th Avenue, 7pm-9:30pm. $2pp includes supper. Jan 544 4379 Tai Chi in the Park Memorial Park next to Mini Golf on 11th Ave. No charge. 9:30am Tauranga Cake Decorators Meets at 68 1st Ave. 3rd Thursday Feb to November.

7:30pm. Demonstration this month, Rice paper flowers. Visitors & everyone with an interest welcome.

Tauranga Model Railway Club

Meets every Thurs at 7:30pm cnr Mirrielees Rd & Cross Rd. Ph Mike Oldfield 926 9198 for details

Friday 20 July Arataki Artists Group Every Friday

morning 9am-12pm at Arataki Community Centre. Occasional tuition with local artists. Paint with friends. All levels welcome. Ph Chrissy 572 0818

Alcoholics Anonymous Open meeting 10am, Tauranga Central Bapist Church. 13th Ave/Cameron Rd. All Welcome. Ph 0800 229 6757 Chess Tauranga Tauranga RSA Chess Club, Greerton 5-7pm, Casual & Standard length games. Ph Werner 548 1111 http:/ Greerton Indoor Bowling Club Yatton St,

Greerton. Names in by 7:15pm for 7:30pm start. Championship Fours

Simon Trpceski plays Grieg Presented by NZ Symphony Orchestra featuring Spanish conductor Jaime Martin & Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski. Fri 20th 7:30 at Baycourt. See www.baycourt. for tickets Tauranga Citizens Club Karaoke We need young new singers for karaoke! Men & women. Wed & Fri from 7pm onwards in upstairs restaurant, Tauranga Citz Club, 13th Ave. All welcome. Ph 578 7023 Tauranga SeniorNet Gain confidence with technology. Club day, 4th Friday every month at 1pm. All welcome. Historic Village. (opposite cafe). West Coast Swing Dancing Learn West

Coast Swing. Smooth, fun & modern dance. 1st Class Free. From Friday 27th July 7pm at KJ Studios (8/47 Waihi Rd, Judea, behind Supercheap) Vero 021 191 1601

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All we have to do is say “yes” What is the one thing that makes the faith and the belief of a Christian so unique and so compelling? Surely, when it comes to the all-important matter of salvation and what the whole world is searching for, it’s that God does it for us. I mean, honestly, what other God, and what other deity (if there was one), has decided to cast down the ladder, has decided to flick over ziggurat, the seven spiritual laws, the eight-fold path to peace, to enlightenment? What other God has decided (and has enacted) the tearing of the curtain, the breaking of the walls, so that there is no more divide at all, but that we would put there ourselves? In other words, what other God has come to us? We call it grace. In what other religion can the children, with all confidence say: “God loves me, Jesus loves me. This I know, for the Bible tells me so.” It’s true, the one thing that makes the faith and the belief of a Christian so unique and so compelling is that God,

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in his absolute grace, in his absolute humility, and in his absolute joy, has come to us, has done it for us, and all we have to do is say “yes!” Pastor Andrew Maude - The Upper Room, Tauranga Central Baptist Church

The true Prince of Peace From time to time, there are historic moments in the world that, on the surface, appear to give the notion that there might just be hope for this tired and strife-torn world.

In the 1990s the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in South Africa was one such occasion. After 27-years of imprisonment, Mandela was released and went on to lead a nation as President, away from racial segregation to a more inclusive society. Mandela received the Nobel Peace prize in 1993, along

with former South African President FW de Klerk. More recently, the world witnessed an unprecedented historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea when they met in Singapore. There are suggestions that President Trump might be nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. However, these are short-lived victories for peace. While we are truly thankful for those leaders who pursue peace between nations rather than war, ultimately their efforts are fraught with fragility and the peace they win is temporary. The Bible, however, speaks of the Messiah who is the true Prince of Peace. The prophet Isaiah wrote: “for to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6).” Dear reader, let us trust not in mortal men but put our wholehearted trust in God the King, in Christ the Messiah and Saviour of the world who alone can give everlasting Peace. Richard Roodt

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