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Festival of many faces It’s the largest of its kind in the world, and it hangs like a pendulum overlooking Tauranga’s Historic Village. This year, the kokedama tree will sit at the heart of the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival Hub - Bloom in the Bay.

Although a centuries-old Japanese craft, the tree is a timeless display of creativity, showcasing how closely intertwined art and gardening truly is. From November 15-18, the enormous tree can be seen up close and enjoyed alongside live music, presentations and

workshops, creative demonstrations and art exhibitions. There will also be a chance to trail around some of the Bay of Plenty’s most diverse gardens. For more information, go to page 21. Pictured: The Singing Chef Stephen Wilson and musician Camila Lenhart. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

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More pearls of wisdom from Auntie It’s that time again, when Auntie Roger pulls out her pearls of wisdom and strings them delicately around the nape of our readers’ dilemmas.

Dear Auntie Roger, A Russian drinking a ginger beer while riding a Lime e-scooter has just crashed into my mandarin tree. What should I do? Thirsty Gardener, Otumoetai.

If you have a burning question that can only be extinguished by the smothering love of Auntie, write to her via the nephew ( and your troubles will be over.

Dear TG, Just add a shot of Absolut vodka. With ginger beer, mandarin and a squeezed lime you have a Moscow Mule cocktail. Zazdarovje! Auntie Roger.

Here’s some highlights from Auntie Roger’s most recent exchanges: Dear Auntie Roger, I’d like to travel the world and watch rugby matches and I want you all to pay for it. Freeloader, Wellington.

Dear Freeloader, Sure you can! We’d be delighted to pay for that. Better still, we can pay you while you’re sponging off us, get you to and from the airport in a swanky Limo and guarantee you a sumptuous retirement package when you’re done travelling and freeloading. Enjoy! Auntie Roger. Dear Auntie Roger, I recently saw an advertisement for a travel special to Lapland, to meet Santa. I was wondering, since I’m a big boy now, do you reckon I would still get to sit on his knee? Big Boy Bruiser.

Dear BB Bruiser, These days, the Health and Safety Act excludes podgies throwing their weight around on frail, defenceless old celebrities. However, since you’re in Lapland, I don’t think it would be unreasonable to expect a Hot Lap in the sleigh. And Mrs Claus might entertain with a traditional Lap dance. Go ahead, lap it up. Auntie Roger. Dear Auntie Roger, We’ve let a bad bloke into the country and now we have to get rid of him. How do we quietly extract ourselves from this mess? Anonymous Immigration Official

Dear AIO, Slap a stamp on his forehead, post him back to his homeland labelled “cancelled Czech”. Auntie Roger.

Dear Auntie Roger, There’s a woman here saying I should get my old coat off and asking if I fancy the stripper. Then she’s suggesting a thorough rub down all over before we whip the top off, dip it in and slop it on. What should I do? Dodgy Uncle Dave.

Dear Dodgy Uncle Dave, You’re supposed to be in your therapy meeting. Get out of Guthrie Bowron. Auntie Roger. Dear Auntie Roger, I recently built my own electric bike. It goes really well… until I run out of extension cord. That point is about half way down the driveway, just past the wood shed. Should I be expecting better range from my electric bike? Should I consider getting another extension lead, enough to get to the mailbox? Short Circuit, Greerton.

Dear Shorty, You are overthinking the problem. Surveys made up by us to suit these answers show that 96 per cent of electric bike riders really only want to go to the wood shed and back. Be satisfie with that. It does mean you will have to get off the bike at least once a week to walk the last of the distance to the mailbox to get your Weekend Sun, but you probably need a good stretch. There is talk of batteries being invented for electric bikes, which might give them more freedom and range, but that will never catch on. Happy riding. Auntie Roger.

Dear Auntie Roger, I’ve found a hamster. He looks hungry and a bit aggressive. What should I do? Phobic, Papamoa. Dear Phobic, Get a sleeping bag and put the hamster inside, call a cab, put the sleeping bag in the back seat and ask the driver to take it to the corner of Gravatt and Domain Roads and wait there for 15 minutes. Auntie Roger. Dear Auntie Roger, My pet hamster has run away. He’s been a bit bolshie lately and I’m worried about his attitude. What should I do? Perplexed, Papamoa.

Dear Perplexed, Go to the corner of Gravatt and Domain Roads. Wait there ‘til your hamster exits a nearby taxi. He’ll be tired and maybe a little shellshocked, but contrite and ready to go home. Auntie Roger. Dear Auntie Roger, My sex life is nonexistent. The thrill has gone. I’ve tried everything but just can’t seem to get the excitement and spontaneity of my younger days. What can I do? Despondent, Papamoa.

Dear Despondent, Drizzle your special places in honey, sprinkle grated carrot and grains on top, catch a taxi to the corner of Gravatt and Domain Roads. There will be another cab waiting there. Get in the back and climb into the sleeping bag and zip it right up. Your quest should be answered in less than 15 minutes. Auntie Roger.

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IMPORTANT STUFF: All material is copyright and may not be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Sun Media makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all information and accepts no liability for errors or omissions or the subsequent use of information published. To make a Moscow Mule you will need to mash four lime slices in the bottom of a mug, fill it with ice and add 50ml vodka before topping it up w th ginger beer and stirring. Top it off with a sprig of mint and enjoy responsibly.

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Protest may be only option

Trucks, cars, noise, fumes – Katikati’s main street is not a nice place to be. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

Ill-feeling is simmering in Katikati, and there has even been talk of ‘civil disobedience’. The proposed Katikati bypass has been put on the back-burner and, reportedly, won’t be happening anytime soon. In response, irate Katikati townsfolk are talking of a protest - a blockade of traffic on State Highway 2 which passes though the centre of the mural town. If that happens during Christmas and New Year, it could cause major disruption for holiday makers. Even without the protest, holiday traffic can back-up for kilometres on either side of the town. “If you spend decades trying to be heard, and you don’t ever appear to be heard, then you just may need to protest,” says chairperson of Katikati Community Board, Jenny Hobbs. “It’s been decades of real commitment to try and get this change for Katikati, to save the town centre from ruin and to claim back a space that is people friendly.” But civil disobedience? Is that a responsible voice from a community leader? “I think so,” says Jenny. “Protesting on the road and holding up traffic may be the only option open to the community to make an impression and be heard.” She cites the ‘Fix the Bloody Road’ action group which blockaded the Wairoa River Bridge for half-an-hour recently, in protest at the number of deaths along SH2. “That got people’s attention,” says the community leader. A protest or blockade of SH2 is not Jenny’s idea, but it’s what people in the community are talking about. “It would be a last resort, to be heard. We are a small community, and it’s the big cities and large population

areas that are often the focal point of decision making.” The biggest disappointment for Jenny was her ‘understanding’ that the business plan for the three-km bypass wasn’t even put in front of the New Zealand Transport Agency for consideration. Safety and access are the key criteria of the government’s transport policy statement. “And it’s my understanding that NZTA staff have selected and put forward the priority business cases that would most likely succeed against the GPS criteria,” says Jenny. She is “very disappointed” that NZTA staff didn’t give the bypass an opportunity because it wasn’t even presented. Jenny emphasises that this is “her understanding”. The Weekend Sun has put some questions to NZTA regarding this issue, but at the time of going to print we had received no response. The traffic volumes through the town continue to grow. “And I don’t see how some new traffic lights and an intersection upgrade is going to create any improvement for the people of Katikati,” says Jenny. It is a town divided – simply because the traffic volumes prevent people from crossing SH2 from one part of Katikati to another. Congestion in Katikati used to be confined to a Friday afternoon, with weekenders and commuters travelling between Auckland and Tauranga. Now it is happening earlier in the week and is at its most challenging during the holiday period. “The centre of town is not a place you would want to go and spend time. You can’t move about freely, it’s noisy, you can’t have a conversation and there’s pollution from the trucks, diesel fallout and a lot of black soot everywhere.” Read the rest of the story at:









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Vet warning

Tauranga vets have warned people not to jump to conclusions after an image of an animal alleged to have been injured by fireworks circulated on social media. The image shows a cat with a ‘giant slash’ across its face, believed to have been caused by a firework. But Tauranga Vet Care director and vet surgeon Nick Sygrove says the injury is unlikely to have been caused by fireworks. “It looks like an old injury to me,” says Nick, “most likely a burst cat bite abscess.” He says anyone who spots the animal, or others in a similar condition, should trap it and visit a nearby vet clinic.

Tax system changes

Inland Revenue is carrying out what it says is the biggest changes to the tax system in a generation. For the first time, automated tax assessments will see around 1.67 million New Zealanders get a tax refund paid straight into their bank account, says IR. More than 330,000 Working for Families customers would benefit from the new process, with IR getting their wage and salary information immediately allowing them to adjust payments so cus-tomers always get the right amount. IR says subject to Parliament passing all the necessary legislation, the April 2019 tax year will see a fundamental shift in the way New Zealanders interact with the revenue system.

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Noise complaints causing uproar Multiple noise complaints are threatening the Greerton community’s use of its local hall, and a childcare centre is having to take costly measures to tackle noise to appease a disgruntled neighbour. Kerry Mitchell speaks to those involved. A church group using Greerton Community Hall has had to relocate to another venue after 66 noise complaints – almost all from the same person – were received regarding various groups using the hall. The complaints have resulted in eight excessive noise directions (ENDs) issued by Tauranga City Council and the possibility of a $600,000 bill to soundproof the building. Andrew McMath, manager of environmental protection for Tauranga City Council, says the first noise complaint about the hall was received in September 2017, and there has been regular complaints – 66 in total – since December 2017. “We served Greerton Hall with eight excessive noise directions after finding that 41 of the 66 complaints were justified,” says Andrew, “meaning that the noise levels were unacceptable. “We carried out noise monitoring, which showed that the noise level was above the Tauranga City Plan limits.” Bay Venues chief executive officer Gary Dawson confirmed that a church group using the hall has been relocated to another venue following the complaints. “A church group was issued with two excessive noise directions,” says Gary. “It is believed they were using drums, so we have relocated to them another facility within our network.” Bay Venues has put notices up around

Greerton resident Suzanne Lankshear wants the noise from The Tot Spot early learning centre to stop.

the hall reminding users to keep noise to a minimum and has advised, via their website, that it is unable to accept bookings with music after 10pm. Gary says hall users are doing their best to be quiet. “But it’s not like it is one o’clock in the morning and there’s a wild party going on,” he says. “Greerton is a hall that, until this individual moved in, there had been no complaints about at all.” As well as raising revenue for the upkeep of the facilities, hiring them out to community groups at a low cost is a key part of Bay Venues’ service to Tauranga residents. As a result of the complaints, Bay Venues has had detailed testing of the hall and identified where noise is leaking. An estimate from a quantity surveyor has put the cost of soundproofing at $600,000,

Hemp seed classified as food

Regional economies are expected to be the biggest winners of rule changes that allow hemp seed to be treated as just another edible seed. Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor says: “This is great news for the local hemp industry, which has argued for decades that the production of hemp seed foods will stimulate regional economies, create jobs and generate $10-20 million of export revenue within 3 to 5 years.” Hemp is currently grown under permit and is used for fibre and hemp seed oil. The Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006 and the Food Regulations 2015 will be amended to allow the sale of hemp seed as food.

Crash witnesses sought

Police investigating a crash which killed one person in the Bay of Plenty earlier this month are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Denny Wiki, 58, died as a result of the crash between a ute and car on State Highway 2, near Nukuhou, on Friday, November 2. The incident occurred at the intersection with Bells Road at around 4.20pm. Anyone who witnessed the crash and has not yet spoken with the authorities is asked to contact Bay of Plenty Police on: 07 3085255.

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says Gary. “We’re now having to decide if we go to council asking for $600,000 to bring the hall up to a standard where people can turn the stereo up and not cause issues for neighbours, or do we restrict the usage of it?”

Noise irks neighbour

“I just want it to stop.” Greerton resident Suzanne Lankshear has made multiple noise complaints against the childcare centre over her back fence, and insists the noise is “driving me crazy”. Despite the complaints, Tauranga City Council has confirmed The Tot Spot early learning centre has not been served with any excessive noise directions, and centre owner Michelle Hodge says she has spent “thousands” trying to mitigate the noise for Suzanne in a bid to be a good neighbour. Suzanne, 73, and her 52-year-old son,

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˜ More than 65 noise complaints – largely from one person – have been received regarding users of Greerton Community Hall.

Bay Venues CEO Gary Dawson. who is currently undergoing dialysis, are at home all day and say they can’t get away from the noise of children playing and loud music. “These people have got a pergola that lifts the noise up over their sound barrier fence and straight at us,” says a tearful Suzanne. “It’s like someone having a stereo on all the time and it’s just totally stressing us out. We’re trapped here. We can’t sell because of the noise, but we can’t have the doors and windows open from now until March. We can’t even hear our TV inside the house. I just want the noise to stop.” Suzanne admits the childcare centre was already established before she moved into her home five years ago, but feels the noise levels have increased during that time. The Resource Management Act (RMA) defines excessive noise as “any noise that is under human control and of such a nature as to unreasonably interfere with the peace, comfort and convenience of any person”. Suzanne says she wants the council to enforce the RMA and give residents “a fair go”. Michelle Hodge, owner of The Tot Spot, says while the centre is in a commercially-zoned area, it tries to be respectful of its residential neighbours. She says noise control officers have visited the centre multiple times to measure noise levels and they have all been compliant. “I’ve spent thousands of dollars putting mats over our deck so the kids aren’t running straight on

wood,” says Michelle, “and we’ve stopped a lot of noisy activities out of respect for our neighbours, rather than being forced to by the council. “At the end of the day, we’re licenced for 84 children and they’re our priority, however we’ve got to respect our neighbours and maintain our professionalism, and that’s what we’ve done.”

What is excessive noise?


People are entitled to make a reasonable amount of noise, but if it’s excessive you can make a complaint. Tauranga City Council has a 24-hour noise control service handled by a security company. If the noise is too loud, an enforcement officer can issue an excessive noise direction (END). This notice requires the noise to be reduced immediately and is effective for 72 hours. A breach of an END can attract a fine of $500. Andrew McMath, manager of environmental protection for TCC, says noise can disturb or annoy some people and not others. “It is important for people's wellbeing that they are not negatively affected by noise, and noise control balances the need for people to make noise and the needs of people who may be affected. “The Tauranga City Plan stipulates permitted noise levels within defined zones. Under New Zealand's RMA, people are not allowed to make ‘excessive’ noise, and must ensure that noise from their property does not reach an ‘unreasonable’ level.”


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Two ratepayer groups vying to serve seaside community

There are now two ratepayer groups serving Waihi Beach residents. Photo: Ella Mitchell.

Waihi Beach ratepayers will be well-served when it comes to tackling Western Bay of Plenty District Council on local issues, with two groups now vying to represent ratepayer interests. Representatives of the newlyestablished Waihi Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association were out and about in the village last month, handing out a survey to find out what people want to see in the community in regards to infrastructure and services. Chairman Don Fraser says the new association was established as it was felt the Western Ward Residents and Ratepayers Association was more representative of the Katikati area. “We want to work collaboratively with the [WBOP] council in a way that doesn’t annoy them,” says Don. “Hopefully we can be the body that goes to council and has a yarn to them about what’s going on here and help them achieve what they are trying to achieve as well.

“It’s not on our agenda to go and argue with council about high rates. We’d like them to feel good about Waihi Beach and we’d like them to come to us and say ‘we’re thinking of doing this’ and we can be part of that process.” The Western Ward Residents and Ratepayers Association committee decided at its annual general meeting on October 21 to change the name of the association to the Katikati-Waihi Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association, because many people did not connect with ‘Western Ward’. Secretary Keith Hay admits the name change may cause some confusion between the two ratepayer groups, but the new name will be staying. “We have a different philosophy to the other group, but I think we both want what is best for ratepayers in Waihi Beach, so to that extent we’ve probably got the same aims, just different ways of trying to achieve them.” Anyone wanting to add their details to the database of the new Waihi Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association can email:

Home to national art award Tauranga Art Gallery, in partnership with Seeds Trust, has announced a new biennial painting award called the Rydal Art Prize. The winner of the art award will be announced in early 2019, and will win $20,000 and an exhibition at the gallery. The winner will be selected by a jury of four nationally-recognised art professionals. The prize will be for work exhibited nationally or internationally during the 24 months prior to January 2019. Tauranga Art Gallery director, Karl Chitham, says it’s a privilege to be the home of this non-competitive award. “We anticipate some really dynamic deliberations from our panel of talented

judges on the way to selecting our inaugural prize recipient,” he says. With a background in horticulture, Seeds Trust was established in 2011 in the Waikato. Trustees have a love of art and have chosen to name the award after an architecturally beautiful heritage building they own in downtown Tauranga. The trust says the prize will enable, through the partnership with Tauranga Art Gallery, a platform for the national recognition of a painter that has contributed in a significant way. They aim to raise the profile and to add value to the achievements of New Zealand’s most exciting painters and their work.

Be a part of history this weekend You’re invited to the dedication of our city’s newest cenotaph at Papamoa this Sunday, November 11 - 100 years since the armistice that ended World War One. The memorial overlooks the sea at Stella Place Carpark (next to the Mount/ Papamoa Pony Club, west of the Domain). The unveiling and service starts at 2pm. Local resident Mick O’Carroll and I have been working with Bill Newell and Peter Moss, from Mount RSA, to create a fitting tribute to our six local men wh made the ultimate sacrifice The cenotaph also recognises all of our servicemen and servicewomen who’ve served New Zealand in wars, conflict and peacekeeping operations. In just seven short months, we found the right site, the community pledged $40,000 in cash and in-kind services, the cenotaph has been designed and constructed, and is now ready for dedication.

As soon as rumours started circulating, businesses and individuals were quick to donate and offer their labour. I’m grateful to all of our sponsors, and in particular I’d like to thank Neil Gedge from Elliotts Funeral Services, who procured the stonemasonry at cost and donated the engraving. Burrows Concrete made our plinth, and JA Russell electrical is doing the lighting. We’re grateful to Legacy Trust, and Classic Builders have been very generous donors too. The cenotaph is just the start. By ANZAC Day we hope to have the site landscaped and lit up at night with a flagstaff, dedicated to veteran of nuclear testing, donated by Farmer Motor Group.

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Redemption of a wild boy It is a story about willpower, wants, an uncompromising moggy with a malevolent Rasputin stare, and his unflinching, no-nonsense owners.

Letitia and Colin Poultney wanted to move to a new house down the road. But the cat, Wolf – named because he was a loner, a bit wild and a scrapper with cold, mystic, dagger eyes – was steadfast. He did not want to go. There were protests, there were spats, and fur nearly flew. There was a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. But then, ultimately, a very touching connection with a sick woman. It’s also a story that winds backwards and forwards, because this week, after being AWOL for three or four months, Wolf happened to find his way home again via Tauranga Vets, after he was handed in and identified by his microchip. “I got him home from the vets and introduced him to our other cats,” says Wolf’s mum, Letitia. But things immediately turned ugly. Wolf arched his back, glared, hissed and took a swipe with claws that should be licensed as offensive weapons.


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“It was like he was thinking ‘nuh! I don’t recognise you anymore, I am done with this. I’m out of here’.” There was no way back for Wolf – a grey tom of dubious parentage. He had to go. There’s a sweet and sour story as to how he got himself in this predicament, but to go forward, we need to go back. It all started in Rotorua when Wolf the stray tried to make himself at home with Letitia’s Mum. That was never going to work. She doesn’t like cats, and tried to shoo him away and squirted him with water. Wolf misinterpreted that as love and simply wouldn’t go. Read the rest of this story at

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recognised and acknowledged. These changes, along with the first increase in baseline funding for refuges in over ten years in Budget 2018 which saw an increase of 30 per cent for expert services, and Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence Victims' Protection Bill, which enhanced legal protections for victims of domestic violence, shows that this government is taking matters of family violence seriously.To get help, call: 0800 TO REFUGE (0800 86 733 843).


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The spirit of giving If you’re getting a new Christmas tree this year, but don’t know what to do with your old one, then help is at hand thanks to a local charity. This year, Arms of Angels is asking people to donate artificial Christmas trees and decorations for families who find it difficult to afford them. Owner Brigitte Mouat says they decided to add to the spirit of giving after discovering many families went without a Christmas tree last year. “Every year we turn up with Christmas gifts and food packages, but often find families don’t have a Christmas tree,” says Brigitte. “So we thought it would be really cool if we could get people to donate good condition, secondhand Christmas trees and decorations, and we could turn up on the first day of December and decorate people’s houses.” Arms of Angels work directly with families in communities where the money raised, so every

cent donated goes towards someone in your own community. The organisation has a weekly service throughout the year that sees people donate and sponsor families for $15 a week, which amounts to a food package once a week for six weeks. This includes all ingredients and a recipe to create a meal, delivered to their door. At Christmas, people can also sponsor a family by donating $50 for one family to receive food for breakfast, snacks and Christmas dinner, as well as Santa sacks full of presents. Brigitte says this year, they will also be working with other organisations to target those who go without. “I feel like there’s a lot of organisations in Tauranga and we’re all working independently, but I think we should be collaborating,” says Brigitte. “If we are all able to collaborate and put our resources together, then we are able to help more people.” Arms of Angels has approached charitable group Kai Aroha, and they will be working together to support families in need in the community. City Church Coast in Papamoa will also be donating Christmas food boxes. To donate or nominate a family for food packages, go to: To donate trees or decorations, email: or visit the Arms of Angels Facebook Page. Sharnae

Government for the public good Author, academic and journalist Max Rusbrooke is coming to Tauranga to discuss his new book, Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action. Max writes about politics, economics and social issues, and his new book goes to the heart of one of the dominant ideas of the last few decades – that markets should take over more of the tasks previously carried out by governments. And while casting a broad sweep through the evidence on privatisation, deregulation and other market-based reforms, Max suggests they have often

failed to deliver. Rather than simply criticising the market, the book makes a strong case for government, underlining how classic public services have often proved far more effective than people generally think, and pointing to a positive vision of how government could work better – and regain people’s trust – in the 21st century. Max Rusbrooke is being brought to Tauranga by Books a Plenty and the Tauranga’s Closing the Gaps income equality lobby group. He will be at Books a Plenty, on Grey Street, from 7pm on November 21.


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“A best friend for five minutes” They wander down the gangplank, often forgotten. They’re invisible men, lonely men. They’re merchant seamen, and when they land back on terra firma they walk straight into the arms of the flying angel.

Or in this case, a tall, lean, softly spoken ‘angel’ with a ZZ Top beard, a big heart and oodles of understanding

and compassion. “A lot of the guys are really missing their families after long periods at sea,” says Murray Smith, manager of the Mission to Seafarers. “Occasionally they will sit down with you and cry.” Cry because of all sorts of family situations. The seamen just need to offload, to share and have someone listen. Murray Wilson and his chorus of volunteer mission ‘angels’ are those ears. They will share and they will listen, and last month they gave comfort and

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A fatherly figure and “friend for five minutes” – Seafarers Mission manager Murray Smith. Photos: Bruce Barnard. support to an all-time record number of seamen through the Port of Tauranga. “That’s 16,566 seafarers for the year ended October,” says Murray, “way over and above our best ever.” An extra 570-plus ships have brought another 1283 seamen, and more ships and bigger ships have brought with it a greater call on the mission’s services. That’s both a blessing and a blight. “We can’t carry on at 1600 or 1700 a month for a whole year with the current staffing levels and facilities,” says Murray. “It would put considerable strain and stress on the system.” The Port of Tauranga told The Weekend Sun it is willing to discuss those problems and any proposal the mission might put to it, because it believes the Seafarers’ Mission does a great job.

Port of Tauranga leases premises to the mission at a heavily discounted rental. Unlike many ports, they are accommodated on the port precinct, and the company provides free shuttle transport for crew from their ship to the mission. The Mission to Seafarers has an address, but it’s beyond reach for most except those who need it most. Suite 2, Oceania House, 127 Hull Road is an austere, two-storey grey building just inside the security gates to the Port of Tauranga. “Yeah, they’re basic facilities,” admits Murray. But after 50 days at sea, basic is a godsend for seamen, like 27-year-old fourth engineer Rolan Praveen Mathias. He sailed from New Zealand to Australia, onto Korea and then back without one day of shore leave.

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SH29A closures in November State Highway 29A, between the Baypark and Te Maunga roundabouts, will be closed this weekend, from Friday, November 9 at 9pm to Monday, November 12 at 4am.

Left: Rolan Mathias (left) and Vishal Raj , engineers on the chemical tanker Marex Noa, message home from the Mission to Seafarers. Above: The mission shop sells comfort – phone top-ups, money exchange, chips, chocolate and soda.

“The mission looks after you,” says the native of Karnataka on the Arabian Sea on the south-west coast of India. He always wanted to go to sea, and never ever entertained the thought of a shore job. He speaks of “nice people, kind people, all over the world”. The guardian flying angels operate in more than 100 ports around the world, supporting 1.5 million men and women who keep the high seas’ economy afloat. And on any given Sunday, there can be 25 or 30 seamen sitting around in the Hull Street mission for the best part of an evening. “They’ll all be on their phones,” says Murray, “and you can’t hear yourself think – a good number of Filipinos, a good number of Chinese, a good

number of Indians and the rest from everywhere. “You’ll have the seaman’s mum calling out from the other side of the world. You can hear kids crying, dogs yapping and they’re going for it. Full, unbridled family sessions. It’s Sunday night at the mission.” Suddenly, Murray is ‘a best friend for five minutes’ “They’ll come to me with their phones and get me to say ‘hello’ to mum, the wife or the kids. I have never met them, but the seamen just want to share the moment, with anyone. “Yes, I am a best friend for five minutes.” And the mission man will take that. “It’s quite moving, and quite brilliant.” The seamen are considered big

The road will be closed to allow for stone column ground improvement works to be carried out. Another closure is also planned from Friday, November 23 at 9pm to Monday, 26 November at 4am. Detours will be in place along

Truman Lane and Mangatawa Link Road. Motorists are urged to use alternative routes where possible, or plan travel outside of these hours to avoid the detour. A NZ Transport Agency spokesperson says this work is weather dependent, and if delayed will be carried out on the next suitable weekend. “NZTA would like to thank all road users for their patience and ongoing co-operation while construction of the Baypark to Bayfair Link project continues.”

spenders by some at the local mall. Judging by the US dollars the mission converts to Kiwi currency, the seamen pump $500,000 into the Bayfair economy alone each year. The mission’s free bus drops them off at the shopping precinct and they buy up multiple bags of fruit, wine, infant formula, chocolate, soap powder, meat and toiletries. A seamen like Rolan Praveen Mathias earns US$2,400 a month for his six-month contract. Most of those dollars are for discretionary spending. “There are no expenses at sea,” he says. “We get everything - pay, food, accommodation.” Read the rest of this story online at:

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Tauranga Boys’ actors hit their marks He is just 18, but actor Ethan Hahunga already has a remarkable ability to portray older characters on stage.

The Tauranga Boys’ College Year 13 student’s most recent showing, as a cantankerous old man, came as part of the school’s outstanding performance at the Theatre in Paradise Festival, held on Norfolk Island last month. Ethan’s characterisation of Peachum in the epic Beggar’s Opera, written in 1728 and set in London’s seedy under class, won him the Best Male Actor award ahead of many experienced thespians who have been treading the boards for decades. It follows his equally dramatic portrayal of Shakespeare’s King Lear earlier this year. “It is a lot more fun to play a character that you aren’t always yourself in real life,” says Ethan. “It is kind of normal for me to play someone like a crazy old man, someone who is losing their mind. “It kind of shows a wider range of acting abilities and is a lot more fun to play.” Tauranga Boys’ were up against ten other performance groups from Australia, New Zealand and Norfolk Island, including nine adult casts. Ethan, student leader Damian Torwick, Tanner Devcich, Zac Hobbis, Reece Gander, Dyllan

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Crandle, Alfred Shum, Andre Moffat, Mitchell Sigley and Tobias Langdon put on an energetic and humorous 40-minute extract to claim the Runner-Up Best Production award and a cash prize of $540. It was the first international success for the school’s drama department since Arts Faculty co-leader Zoe Creek became involved. Having directed the performance, she says being up against adult groups was a real test of the boys’ skills. “Seven of the team were Year 13,” says Zoe, “so in their last year it was a really good way to do something more challenging as a kind of final piece that they could act in together. “It was good because all of the boys got their five minutes of fame. “There were different sections for them to all take a lead in, and they could play multiple characters in the Beggar’s Opera. “There were some big ensemble scenes where they could all perform together.”


Zoe is delighted to see Ethan’s talent finally showing through. “He under sold himself for a number of years, and didn’t have much faith in his ability as an actor,” she says. “I think it was playing the lead in King Lear that gave him a sense that he was actually up there with the best of them. “He emerged as a really talented actor in King Lear, so I gave him a role that was really difficult in Beggar’s Opera. He had to play an old man who was kind of a bit decrepit, and that is not easy for an 18-year-old to pull off, but he did. “He has been pushed by the roles he has played this year.” Ethan plans to study a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University in Wellington from next year. After that he wants to study at Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School, and then hopefully study performing arts in England. “I will just see where that takes me Peter White after that,” he says.

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“I don’t want it to live, to be honest. I’d rather it go gracefully and in one piece.” So Ben Critchley will do just that, by giving his ‘98 Toyota Corolla the ending it deserves at the Tauranga Demolition

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Derby on November 17 at Baypark. The pre-loved station wagon is what Ben describes as being a “family heirloom”, as it was formerly owned by his grandfather, Stewart MacDougall, or ‘Grannut’ as he’s known to the family. He says the car is “uniquely Grannut”, equipped with tell-tale signs of his

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handiwork including duct-tape patchwork on its upholstery, custom-built bumpers and some DIY panel beating work. “It’s always looked sort of dodgy,” says Ben. “The front bumper was always dented and he used to cover the dents with house paint and bog, along with everything else.” The car holds a lot of history. Ben learned to drive in it around 20 years ago, and when it came into his possession, he gave it a facelift that included new brakes and a good clean-up inside. “He had it for quite some time, and I bought it off the family when he passed away about four to five years ago. I have used it since to get from A to B. “It had just failed its last warrant and I wanted something a bit more modern, so I decided to give it this end. “This is something I think Grannut would’ve really loved for it. He loved the race track and he and my grandmother were at the speedway most weekends back when it was at Matanui Street.” His grandfather, and his car, were well-known

Olive’s purple poppies Every Armistice Day and ANZAC Day, Olive Love remembers all of the animals that lost their lives during the World War One. She hangs giant poppies on her barn at her Windermere donkey farm, and knits large purple poppies for her donkeys to wear. “There were horses, mules, donkeys, dogs, camels, pigeons and elephants who died in war,” says Olive. “The losses were in the millions. “At the start of the Second World War, the British government put out a panic statement regarding the welfare of pets. As a result, 750,000 pets were euthanised in one week in Britain. That’s three quarters of a million. “They were euthanised because the government said you can’t keep them, you can’t feed them. I was gobsmacked.” Richard Henderson, from Waihi, transported injured soldiers at Gallipoli on his donkey Murphy, and a photograph of them was used for the famous MooreJones painting of Simpson and his donkey. Purple poppies commemorate the animals that were injured and lost their lives in conflict. Read the rest at:

throughout Tauranga, says Ben. “A lot of people recognise the car,” he says. “He used to work at the Bayfair Community Gardens twice a week, and he’d drive the shuttle bus for the Mount RSA. “He was in his 70s and 80s, driving around people in their 60s, but he loved it.” Ben says the car isn’t the only thing handed down to him from his grandfather. He inherited his trade too. “He did gantry work, and I’m the third generation in our family doing it now. I’m the first one to go out on my own. “Grannut used to take the car down to the racetrack on the back of his bin truck, so when I take this one down to the derby, I’ll put it on the back of my truck too.” This year’s derby will be the third Ben has driven in, and he says many family members have planned to come along and watch the car in action for the last time. “It’s going to be pretty exciting, but it’s starting to get a bit nerve-wracking. I’m the type of guy that’s all good Sam Gardner until the last minute.”

Donkey Hazel is decked out in purple poppies to remember the animals that served.

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Walking to D’Feet The ‘blue’ theme of the annual Walk 2 D’Feet Motor Neurone Disease is coming to Fergusson Park this weekend. Photo: Sue Oxley. what it costs us to deliver those services.” Tauranga residents will have a chance to Walks 2 D’Feet MND fundraising events are walk for those who no longer can this held all over New Zealand, with half of the funds weekend, at the annual Walk 2 D’Feet raised going towards providing support for people Motor Neurone Disease. with MND and their carers, and the other half to support MND research. Motor Neurone Disease is a fatal neuro The Tauranga event, including a 3km or 5km degenerative disease and often strikes active Kiwis in walk, will be held at Fergusson Park in Matua from middle age. The muscle wasting disease progresses 10am on Sunday, November 11. quickly, robbing people of their movement, speech Local MND walk organisers Tanya Gilchrist and and eventually their lives. Richard Kluit say everyone is welcome to take part, New Zealanders have the highest known rate of whether it’s wet or fine. motor neurone disease of any county in the world, “The theme for the walk is blue, and it’s about with more than 100 deaths from MND each year. having fun,” they say. The Motor Neurone Disease Association of The Kaimai Express band will play, and a sausage New Zealand provides free personalised support sizzle, coffee cart, Mr Whippy, lamb burgers, and advocacy for people living with MND and Christmas cakes and more will be available for their families. purchase. A silent auction will also take place, along “It’s a difficult time for families and our with a dog parade and a corporate challenge. services are highly valued,” says chairperson Lucy Register or donate online at: Haberfield. “Delivering services costs money and The walk is suitable for dogs, children, prams unfortunately, our contribution from government and wheelchairs. funding agencies makes up less than six per cent of

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Time to get writing to Santa Writing to Santa is a tradition for many Kiwi families, and his elves are gearing up to receive mail with a little help from New Zealand Post. NZ Post spokesperson Bryan Dobson says they loves delivering Christmas presents for New Zealand, as well as helping children send off their wish lists. “Every year, NZ Post receives mail from kids all over New Zealand,” says Bryan. “Messages can also be sent to Santa online or by post.” To make and send a digital postcard, visit: Children can drag and drop their favourite items from fairy lights, milk and cookies to presents, to make their Christmas postcards to Santa special. To send a handmade letter, no stamp is required. Just ensure your full name, address, and postcode is on the back of your envelope. Letters can be sent to: Santa Claus, c/- Santa’s Workshop, North Pole 0001. To receive a response in the mail from Santa, digital postcards need to be sent by December 2 and letters by December 7.

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Judd hits the big time at the ‘Canes Some big changes in life lie ahead for Richard Judd - the Bay of Plenty’s latest full-time Super Rugby contract-holder. But, for the moment, family time, surfing, a spot of fishing and helping his father-inlaw build a new house take priority. Judd is one of seven of this year’s Steamers to ink a full-time Super Rugby contract, and the only newbie. He’s joining the Hurricanes as one of their three halfback options. He’s enjoyed short-term call-ups before, but this is the first time he’s had the satisfaction of knowing his Mitre 10 Cup performances for the Steamers have earned him the big gig. “I was pretty bloody stoked to be honest,” he says. “For these last four or so years, it’s been injury replacement – I’ve been doing a lot of that, which is in and out and trying to juggle the work and family side of things. It has been pretty tough. “Getting the full contract is a bit of security as well. It’s awesome to be there for the whole season and get stuck into it.” It’s been a progression for Juddy, grabbing chances as they’ve come along at his native Thames Valley, then Counties Manukau, the Steamers, and now the Wellington-based Super Rugby outfit. “I’ve always been massive on opportunities. “So if there’s an opportunity there, I’ll take it.It’s all to better myself. There was an opportunity with the Hurricanes that I took.

“I’m a Thames Valley man and the Chiefs are my region, but I’ve looked up to all of the Super Rugby teams regardless.” The pace of life will pick up when he and his family move down to the capital before he clocks on with the ‘Canes on January 6. In the meantime, there’s a chance for a bit of rest and relaxation, but work still has to be done. “I’m just trying to stick to the programme that the Hurricanes have given me,” he says, “so I’m still training a bit. “But I’m definitely taking time off to do a bit of fishing and surfing, and a bit of family time as well. “I’m just trying to not take my mind fully off rugby but have that little break, because it’s been a pretty big season.” At the Hurricanes he’ll be playing alongside some pretty big names, like Beauden Barrett, and competing for game time with All Black halfback TJ Perenara. It’s all part of the attraction, he says. “I’m just real keen to get stuck in and learn off them. “I’ve spent a bit of time with them this year and they’re real keen to teach as well. “I took out of it, especially from TJ, how he is as a person, just how competitive he is, and you can see why he is where he’s at. “Trying to compete with him is going to be beneficial for my game as well.” With only six of his teammates at the Steamers earning full-time Super Rugby contracts, he feels for those that missed out, but says many of them will be in line for

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the radar for the Super coaches too.” Persistence is what got him where he is, and it’ll work for his Steamers mates as well. “Keep going at it,” he says. “It’ll pay off in the end if you put in the hard work.”

India A set to excite local fan base The Bay Oval’s busy international cricket schedule this summer starts at the Mount Maunganui venue next week. The India A team is in town for a four-day match against New Zealand A, with the clash getting underway on Friday, November 19. After further four-day matches in Hamilton and Whangarei, India A return to the Bay Oval for three one-day internationals in December. The games are expected to excite considerable interest among the Bay’s large Indian community – as was the case when fans flocked to the ground to watch their team win the ICC Under-19 World Cup in February, where they defeated Australia by eight wickets. Included in the India A team is 59-test veteran Murali Vijay, who’s looking to kickstart his test career once more.

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Sevens heaven in the Bay The success of the All Blacks and Black Ferns sevens teams have had a profound impact on playing numbers at Bay of Plenty schools. Talented teenagers now see sevens as a specialist sport with its own pathways to professional contracts and the chance to travel the world playing the game. With all the country’s contracted sevens players based at Mount Maunganui’s University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance, the opportunity to rub shoulders with the game’s greats is driving the game’s popularity even further. The benefits were clearly evident at Papamoa’s Gordon Spratt Reserve last Friday as the best secondary school players showcased their skills in the glorious conditions. Bay of Plenty Rugby’s Secondary Schools Manager Ian Parata says a strategic decision to focus on schools with less playing numbers has paid off. “Our big schools like Tauranga Boys’ and Rotorua Boys’ have 100 under-14 players and 100 under-15 rugby players.

“With the smaller schools up to 20 per cent of their population is needed to play rugby,” he says. “Tarawera High School turned up to play with an under-14 boys’ team. “They don’t have a 15-aside rugby team. It gives those schools an opportunity to come and compete and have a great day playing sevens rugby. “The numbers this year are awesome with our development grades, particularly with the girls’ teams new to rugby.” Tauranga Girls’ under-14 coach Rowan Oswald says international success has seen a large increase in numbers at his school. “We are getting a lot of interest already from Year 8 students who are coming in next year,” he says. “They are really eager and have chosen TGC because they know about the rugby programme and they have been inspired by the Black Ferns.” Alize Bowring-Smith, 14, and Puarito Atutahi, 14, were two of the standout players in Rowan’s team last week. Alize loves the physical side of tackling after playing netball, touch, volleyball and water polo. “I used to go and watch my brother’s games and used to really love seeing them get into it.

“It was a lot rougher which I liked,” she says laughing. The impact of the Black Ferns sevens team has been huge on her. “I used to watch them on TV and wanted to go and watch them play in real life so I can learn off them. “I would love to be in that team one day.” Puarito loves seeing so many girls’

teams turning up for big tournaments now compared to when she started playing back in Year 7. “Rugby used to be mainly a boys’ thing so to come here and see all the girls’ teams is awesome. The Black Ferns are getting noticed now which is helping. “I have been watching them since I was little and definitely want to play for them one day.”


Puarito Atutahi in action for Tauranga Girls’ College. Photo: Chris James.

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New vaccine to tackle spread of killer disease Bay of Plenty parents of infants, toddlers and adolescents can now immunise their children against the country’s most common type of meningococcal disease with the launch of a new vaccine. Last year there were three confirmed cases of meningococcal B in the region, which represents four per cent of the total incidence of group B strains that have occurred nationwide. A further four cases were also notified within the Bay of Plenty in the first six months of 2018. Meningococcal disease is an

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Large-scale poppies More than 300 large-scale poppies, painted by students from local intermediate schools, will be placed around the cenotaph at Memorial Park to mark the centenary of Armistice Tauranga Intermediate School students Lekroop Kaur and Peta Elliott Day on Sunday. with the poppies they painted for the commemoration.

The tribute is a collaboration between Tauranga City Council, The Incubator Creative Hub and schools across the Western Bay of Plenty. The 320 poppies will add to the 109 white crosses that will be installed in the park to mark the lives of the region’s soldiers who did not return from World War One. Since mid-October, the crosses have been gradually installed in a Field of Remembrance on The Strand, and will be relocated for Sunday’s official commemoration service. An exhibition exploring the experiences of local soldiers returning home, titled ‘Homecomings: From Tauranga to the Trenches’ will also relocate from The Strand to Memorial Park on November

10, opening from 9.30am-3.30pm. This year marks 100 years since the armistice that ended WWI. On November 11, New Zealanders across the country will remember the service and sacrifices endured by those who fought, and those who stayed behind. The Tauranga Armistice Day Centenary Service will be held at 11am on November 11 at Memorial Park. For more information visit: Commemoration services will also be held in Katikati’s Memorial Square and under the flagpole at the Te Puke Citizens RSA at 11am on November 11.

Regional Council ready for national water reforms National water reforms, and the importance of maintaining momentum on local waterway improvements, were the focus of discussion with the Bay of Plenty Regional Direction and Delivery Committee recently. The new ‘Essential Freshwater’ central government work programme was announced on October 8. Regional Councillor and Direction and Delivery Committee chair Paula Thompson says the regional council has been investing heavily to clean-up waterways and improve land and water management practices for many years. She says the programme will become clearer as public consultation on specific National Policy Statement, Environmental Standard and Resource Management Act changes commences in 2019. “We look forward to being able to use new nationally consistent frameworks, tools and more streamlined processes as they become available, to better serve the water management needs and aspirations of our local communities,” says Paula. For more information, visit:

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Your photo could win! Downtown Tauranga has launched the Trustpower Photographic Competition and Exhibition for the third year in a row, and is now seeking entries with a prize pool of $10,000 up for grabs. Spokesperson Sally Cooke says this year, one theme sits across the exhibition. “The year’s theme is ‘finding beauty’,” she says “We’re asking photographers, from amateur to professional, to find and capture moments o beauty. They may find them in the most unexpected places and moments, and the moment they capture might just be the one that wins them a place in the Trustpower Photographic Exhibition.” With the competition now underway, organisers are expecting another flood of entrie after last year’s competition saw more than 2000 photographs submitted.


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Lulu Boorman’s photo ‘Splash’ “The exhibition is believed to be New Zealand’s largest outdoor photographic exhibition,” says Sally. “When it opens on The Strand walkway every year we get so much amazing feedback. People just love it. It’s such an attraction for the city centre.” This year, the competition is also being opened up nationwide and photographs can be of anywhere in the world. “We wanted to bring some exciting and diverse new elements to the competition this year. It is a privilege for us to host it in Tauranga, and this time we look forward to some amazing photographs from around the world, to inspire and delight those who see it.” Judges will select the top 20 winning entries to appear in next year’s 11-week exhibition on The Strand. The top three will take out $5000 for firs place, $3000 for second place and $2000 for third place. Entries remain open until January 10th. For full details, visit:

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Basking in the beauty the Bay has to offer Celebrate the beauty and diversity of our region at the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival this month. With 70 beautiful gardens and more than 50 artists, the festival will showcase them all from November 15-18. The event boasts a myriad of delights, from small urban gardens to large rolling country gardens. Many are new to the festival, but old favourites have returned too.

The trail of gardens and art spans from Katikati to Te Puke, with all gardens open to explore on all four days of the festival. In some cases there is the opportunity to see artists working from their own studios. “Thanks to the gardeners and artists involved, the Garden and Art Festival will be a very special experience for all of our visitors,” says festival director Marc Anderson. “We are so excited about this year’s trail. “There is something for everyone, and we know everyone that takes

time out to visit the gardens from Katikati to Te Puke will have a brilliant adventure.” At the BOP Garden and Art Festival Hub - Bloom in the Bay – there’ll be more opportunities for the whole family. There will be food trucks, bars, live music, presentations and workshops, creative demonstrations and art exhibitions, as well as plenty of activities for kids.

“Enjoy a refreshing drink at the Mills Reef and Good George Bar, wander around the concept gardens, or listen to great music,” says Marc. “Don’t miss popping in to Bloom in the Bay.” Tickets can be purchased at:, www, on: 0800 842 538 or via Baycourt. Tickets include free entry into the festival hub, Bloom in the Bay.

Musician Camila Lenhart, ‘The Singing Chef’ Stephen Wilson, musician Santiago Rebagliati, sculpter/carver Stephen Simpkin, artist and sculpter Dave Roy, kokedama designer Coraleigh Parker, and artist Emma Prill. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

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Chad Cottle is fighting for our forests Each week, Chad Cottle gets transported by helicopter and dropped into native forest in the Southern Alps. The terrain is rough and unchartered, meaning bush skills are essential for survival. It might sound like he’s taking part in the latest Survivor reality TV show, but Chad’s actually a field ranger on the West Coast of the South Island. He’s working for Zero Invasive Predators Limited

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on an exciting new project, where they remove pests from a native forest block in the Southern Alps and protect the area from reinvasion using rivers as barriers. The New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management Terrestrial Strand at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology prepared Chad for this hands-on work. His day-to-day job sees him preparing tracks and monitoring lines for the installation and maintenance of trapping and monitoring devices. “I love this job,” admits Chad. “As a keen photographer, I get to see some pretty awesome places, landscapes, flora and fauna. “It’s great working with our amazing team and seeing a plan come together – all while trying to work around the wild

West Coast weather.” Chad says he has always been fascinated with plants, botany and photography, so conservation and environmental study was a natural fit. “Studying at Toi Ohomai taught me a lot of essential skills, like report writing and the importance of statistical data in conservation,” he says. “Class field trips allowed us to travel to different parts of the country and apply what we had learned in the classroom. The tutors were also very experienced in their respective fields and shared their knowledge with us, which was really valuable.” For more information about the Diploma in Environmental Management – Terrestrial Strand, visit: or call: 0800 86 46 46.

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This year a seasonal labour shortage was officially declared in the Bay of Plenty for the first time in more than a decade, as the kiwifruit industry struggled to find enough hands to get the fruit off the vines and on to shelves for consumers here in New Zealand and around the globe. Estimates place the shortage at around 1200 workers. This industry contributes $867m to our local GDP and employs over 10800

people, but when they looked offshore to help cope with the shortage, the Minister, Iain Lees-Galloway, refused saying: “Paying more and offering better conditions is part of the solution.” Stuart Weston, managing director of Apata, absolutely hit the nail on the head when he responded, saying: “This is not about pay rates. This is about finite labour supply. They are just not there.”

I can’t help but see the irony now, as the government faces a teacher shortage of around 800 roles – not an incomparable number – with teachers negotiating for better pay and conditions. Their first reaction was to recruit more than 400 teachers from offshore to fill vacancies. Perhaps it’s time the government heed their own advice?

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‘Biggest changes’ to the tax system explained Inland Revenue has kicked off a major public information campaign to tell New Zealanders what the biggest changes to the tax system in a generation will mean to them. With almost every household and business affected, the campaign, which includes print, radio and online advertising, a website and direct communications to wage and salary earners, will continue well into next year. Inland Revenue Commissioner Naomi Ferguson says subject to Parliament passing all necessary legislation, the April 2019 tax year will see a fundamental shift in the way New Zealanders interact with the revenue system. “For the first time, automated tax assessments will see around 1.67 million New Zealanders get a tax refund paid straight into their bank account,” says Naomi. “About 720,000 of those people will not have had any recent contact with IR, some not for 20-years or more, so it may come as a surprise. “That’s why we’re running this campaign – to make sure as many people as possible understand what’s happening. “Of that 720,000, about 530,000 will be beneficiaries and people who earn less than the minimum wage and have never applied for a tax refund before.” Naomi says more than 330,000 Working for Families

customers would benefit from the new process, with IR getting their wage and salary information immediately, allowing them to adjust payments so customers are always getting the right amount. “So much of this automation is made possible by the new payday filing process,” she says, “where IR will get your payroll information on your paydays instead of employers having to do a separate report to us once a month. Payday filing is mandatory from April 1 and many have started already. “For investments, the new system will see dividend and interest payments reported to IR more frequently by the banks and others who make the payments, so that taxpayers receiving them don’t have to.” Naomi says despite a lot of change being introduced, most people would pay and receive the right amounts during the year without having to do anything. “That’s the point of all these changes, to make tax easier and more accurate for New Zealanders. “Come the April 2019 tax year, our transformation process will see the ‘big ticket’ items - GST, provisional tax, income tax, Working for Families and investment - all on the new system. “The next steps, in the coming two-to-three years, will see child support, student loans and Kiwisaver bought in as well. We’ve made a lot of progress and will continue to do so.”

Don’t get into debt this silly season It comes around every year, yet Christmas still manages to sneak up on us! Kiwis ticked up almost $7.3 billion dollars last December, and an estimated 63 per cent of that will incur interest, making Christmas even more expensive. So how can you create a Christmas to remember without incurring bills you’d rather forget? The first step is one which is often overlooked – work out the expected cost. How many people do you need to buy for, what’s each gift’s budget, how many people are coming over and do

you plan to travel? The next question is, can you afford that? How much can you set aside before Christmas and will that cover it? If not, it’s time to carve your Christmas spending to fit your budget. Ideally, cut up your credit card so you only spend money you’ve got! Other ideas include asking relatives to buy useful gifts for the kids, such as rugby boots for the new season or clothes for growing bodies, or putting everyone’s name in a hat and have everyone buy for the person they draw out, with a set budget, and using online

retailers’ free shipping to cut the cost of postage. You can also spread the cost of Christmas Day by asking visitors to bring a plate or a bottle. Come January, ‘sort finances’ is usually on the New Year’s resolution list. But the most common thing January clients say is ‘I wish I got onto this last year’. So get ahead in 2019 by coming to see EnableMe now.

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Survey reinforces importance of condoms Young people today are much more likely to use condoms during their first sexual encounters than those that grew up in the 1970s, according to the results of a new sexual health survey.

Some 80 per cent of younger people use condoms with their first sexual encounters - up from less than 40 per cent in the 1970s. However, deputy director of public health, Dr Niki Stefanogiannis, says that still means two out of every 10 initial encounters don’t involve a condom. “Condom use is vitally important for both preventing unwanted pregnancies as well as preventing sexually transmitted infections,” says Niki, “particularly in light of recent increases in the number of people with syphilis.” A total of 470 cases of syphilis were reported in New Zealand in 2017. Initial results from the survey, which was conducted in 2015 and included more than 10,000 Kiwis aged 15 years and over, show that half of all New Zealanders have had sex by the time they are 17. Nearly 60 per cent of those surveyed reported not using a condom every time when they had more than two sexual partners in the previous year. The Ministry of Health is looking at options on how to support the increased use of condoms. It has also convened a working group with representatives from the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, Body Positive, District Health Boards,

public health units and sexual health services to identify the way forward in addressing increasing rates of syphilis. The survey information has also been shared with the Ministry of Education, to help ensure the most up-to-date information about New Zealand’s sexual health behaviour is available to boards of trustees, school leaders and external providers of sexuality education in schools.

Mental health impact a legacy of WWI Mental health problems are one of New Zealand’s main legacies from the First World War, according to Massey University war historian Professor Glyn Harper. Returning soldiers experienced mental illness leading to suicide, as well as heavy alcohol abuse in response to the horror they endured during the war. A pattern of collectively repressed pain and trauma is “a legacy that continued into future generations,” says Glyn. “I think we see that with the high rates of depression in the 21st century.” His comments accompany the publication of a paper that he co-authored on the impact of the 1914-1918 war in New Zealand, released to mark 100 years since the

end of the war on Armistice Day (November 11). “All of those damaged men who came back from the war weren’t given the support, empathy or treatment they needed,” he says. “They were just told to ‘get on with it’ and harden up.” He acknowledges that our understanding of psychology was in its infancy at the time, and says the diagnosis of ‘shell shock’ – which people understood as neurological damage from the impact of bombs – would be called Post-Traumatic Stress Injury today. Undiagnosed trauma, grief and the resulting depression and destructive behaviour of many returned soldiers impacted families and relationships, shaping future

generations, says Glyn. Men affected by PTSI were generally not encouraged to talk about what happened to them in the war, and many took to drinking heavily to alleviate the pain, he says. “They didn’t know how to deal with what had happened to them.” The high prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis, was also a major contributing factor in long-term health outcomes, for the veterans as well as their wives and unborn children affected by the disease. Glyn says a diagnosis of syphilis, which was incurable and eventually killed the victim, was likely to be related to postwar suicides.

Focusing on progress, not getting it ‘perfect’ “Don’t push yourself to be right in everything, because sometimes being wrong makes you a better person.” Rita Ghatourey. I am a work in progress and so are you. We don’t always have to be right -

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Former Bay student at the forefront of research Four years ago, Olivia Burn was one of the first science students selected for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board Clinical School’s Summer Studentship programme. Today, the Tauranga-raised woman is part of a Malaghan Institute of Medical Research team that ultimately could make a huge impact on New Zealand’s breast cancer survival rates. Breast cancer is New Zealand’s third most common cancer, and accounts for more than 600 deaths every year. Most of these deaths are due to breast cancer cells spreading to other parts of the body, most commonly bones, and quite often this ‘relapse’ can occur years after the initial cancer treatment. Olivia’s completing her PhD as part of Malaghan’s Cancer Immunotherapy team, looking at the potential for vaccines to stop the cancer spreading. The Wellington-based team is researching breast cancer vaccines in different combinations and conditions to try to create stronger protection across various organs. “We want to know if these

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The city of art Sharnae Hope walking down Hosier Lane admiring the street art in Melbourne. Photo: Kendra Billington.

A bustling metropolis can be daunting for some, but it’s hard not to fall in love with a city full of winding laneways and art on every corner, all just a tram ride away. I recently holidayed with a work colleague in Melbourne for nine days and spent most of the trip wandering around the city with my mouth completely ajar. Melbourne in itself is an outdoor art museum, with every alleyway bringing you closer to the culture and people who live there. In the centre of the CBD you can find many lanes filled with graffiti art, sculptures and street music. I visited Hosier Lane, which is one of the most popular and famous lanes. Every inch of the lane is covered in graffiti, ranging in size from large, edgy murals to small initials. The graffiti is also regularly updated, with people spraying over the top of older art, meaning you can visit it in a few months’ time and it will be completely different.

Melbourne from up high

If you’re wanting to get the full scope of how big Melbourne actually is, either visit the Eureka Skydeck or the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Both attractions will have information about where well-known landmarks are and facts about the city. I visited the Skydeck during the day and the wheel at night so I could fully experience Melbourne both night and day. The Eureka Skydeck is 89 story’s high with a bird’s eye view of the skyline and beyond into the suburbs.

The view is breath-taking and you can see in full detail how incredible the architecture is. The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is on the other side of the city in Docklands, showing a waterfront view of the city. It is 394ft tall and has seven spokes, which reflect the seven-pointed star of the Australian flag. It takes 30 minutes to go all the way around, but gives an uninterrupted 360-degree view of the city.

Facing the law head on

Being arrested while on holiday isn’t usually something you want to achieve, but in this case being taken to the clink without doing the crime is a great experience. The Old Melbourne Gaol is positioned right beside the old magistrates’ court. The old jail in the 1800s was used as a place where dangerous criminals, petty offenders, homeless and the mentally ill were kept before their trial. Around 133 hangings took place in the gaol, including one of Australia’s most famous cases, the hanging of bushranger Ned Kelly. Now the jail is open to the public and you can wander through the cells, the grounds and even have the experience of being locked behind bars. While being arrested, a police officer will take you into the old cells, barking orders at you to stand up straight and stand shoulder to shoulder. My name was Sam Sunnie and I had been arrested for resisting arrest. I was locked up in the cells ‘overnight’ – which was really only a couple of minutes – with around 10 other women.

A wander around the zoo

It’s a must-do tourist favourite and, as the oldest zoo in Australia, Melbourne Zoo is better than anything you could have imagined. The zoo contains more than 320 animal species from Australia and around the world, including common favourites like giraffes, tigers, lions and meerkats, and even more unusual species such as snow leopards, elephants and gorillas. Read the rest of this story at:

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Experience Europe for yourself Falconry in Sicily’s Madonie Mountains

Sicily is a continent in miniature; a melting pot of races, cultures, languages and religions. The life, architecture, music and food are a fusion of many invaders who left their mark in the psyche of the people. This island is full of surprises, with Greek Temples to rival Athens, Roman floor mosaics considered the best in the world, Norman fortifications showcasing the best of Arab and Norman architecture and sumptuous Spanish

palaces and churches. Geographically, the Volcanos of Etna and Stromboli add a bit of excitement and the warm seas and inviting coves make this a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable destination. Eat cannoli, drink granita, sample the cheese and wine special to each area and meet the falcons. Sicily is a truly unique experience. Join Karen and Russell Pringle, from Eurolink, in 2019 to experience this for yourself. Visit: for more information.

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Making your bathroom a more lovely space If you’re in the market for an updated bathroom, Tanya Nolan and Brian Williams from Bathroom Envy and BW Builders can help.

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Institute warns of likely rent hikes Rent hikes could be on the cards for tenants following the government’s plan to ban the charging of letting fees, says the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. Parliament last week passed legislation banning the charging of letting fees to tenants. But REINZ says while banning letting fees will reduce fees upfront, they may simply be recuperated by landlords through increased rent, contradicting the purpose of the ban which is to reduce costs and improve fairness for tenants. Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says the ban on letting fees could put up to $47 million into the pockets of Kiwi families each year. “This will make a real difference to struggling families,” he says. “There are significant costs associated with moving to a new rental property, which many families are now forced to do every year. “With home ownership rates at a 60-year low, this change

recognises that we need to take action now to make rent more affordable so people can save to buy their own home.” Bindi Norwell, chief executive at REINZ, says while banning landlords from charging tenants letting fees might help them in the short-term, in the long run it’s likely these costs may be passed on to tenants via an increase in weekly rent. “REINZ, alongside other similar industry bodies, outlined this point in our submission to the select committee,” says Bindi. “Additionally, our concern is that it may make tenants with shorter term tenancy requirements, such as students or seasonal workers, less attractive to landlords, making it harder for them to obtain rental accommodation.” Bindi says given the current raft of legislation being directed at landlords, this may contribute to landlords deciding to exit the rental market, further reducing the available pool of rental properties and driving up prices.

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Iliv Rainforest Collection fabric’s exclusive to Harvey Furnishings. Christmas is just around the corner, member of the team. If you’re looking for blinds, they have and according to the team at Harvey these too, including Venetian, vertical, Furnishings, now is the ideal time to roller or Roman blinds and shutters for beat the holiday rush and arrange for a fresh new look. a free, in-home consultation at the “Venetian blinds are very popular Tauranga store. at this time of the year as they are Manager Donna Wilson and the team ideal for controlling light and can help to find the perfect solution for temperature in summer.” your home. Don’t know what to choose? No Not only will Harvey’s custom problem, as they offer a free in-home make your curtains and blinds, they’ll consultation service. install them as well. Their highly-qualified consultants So all you’ll have to do is sit back and enjoy your new curtains and blinds with have a full range of samples for you to view with your colour scheme and family and friends during the holidays. furnishings, and they’re happy to It couldn’t be easier. provide design advice. Looking for curtains? Harvey’s With new stock arriving weekly, there’s can custom make them for you in always something new to see, so make any style. Select from the wide range of beautiful sure you put Harvey Furnishings on your Christmas shopping list. fabrics from around the world. Visit Donna and the team at the “Take a look at the stunning new Tauranga showroom, or book an fabric collections from Iliv with colour in-home consultation today on: trends straight from the latest European 0800 00 88 80 or: catwalks that are exclusive to Harvey Furnishings,” says a


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See the irises in all their glory for six weeks only It’s an opportunity that only comes around for approximately six weeks every year. And no, it’s not the Christmas school holidays. Katikati’s Amazing Iris Garden opens from Labour Weekend through to early December, offering a six-week window to view this year’s iris flowers in full bloom. The garden will be open Friday to Sunday, from 9.00am-4pm. Owner Wendy Begbie says while her two acres of irises are tended to year-

round, they are only in bloom for six to eight weeks – so gardening enthusiasts need to get in fast. The commercial nursery boasts more than 1300 iris varieties in multiple colours, from New Zealand and overseas. It specialises in high quality iris varieties, including Bearded Iris (tall, medium and dwarf iris plants). “We also have a large area of waterloving Louisiana irises,” says Wendy. “There’s an area of Siberian irises and plantings of Japanese irises in a newly formed Japanese style garden. “It’s an amazing display.”

Wendy says the garden has many avid followers who attend every year, but it’s about letting people know they are now open. “There’s such a small window of opportunity,” she says. “It’s important people know we are open and that people who haven’t visited us

before know to come and take a look.” A self-confessed iris-fan, Wendy has been growing the flowers for 18 years, and operating the garden from its Katikati location for 12 years. “They’re just so beautiful and they’re a low maintenance flower. It’s really easy to get hooked on them.” Orders for iris plants can be made at the garden or online. The plants are delivered

bare-rooted in December and February, April and May but payment needs to be made at the time of order to ensure supply of the plant. And for those who are enchanted by the flowers, but don’t want to place a large order, potted plants are available for purchase. “We also have a wee perennial garden centre where you can pick up some treasures,” she says. “We have included some garden art and accessories for your gardening.”

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Law change ‘likely’ before meth reparation paid A law change is likely to be needed before Housing New Zealand can pay compensation to tenants who were evicted over flawed methamphetamine testing. The Ministry of Social Development says any compensation paid to beneficiaries would be treated as cash assets, and could affect what support they receive, such as accommodation supplements. It is preparing urgent advice to government ministers. Last month, Housing Minister Phil Twyford announced tenants evicted over flawed methamphetamine testing could be eligible for compensation. However, he says he only learned last week that a law change might be needed before anyone could receive it. “This issue has only recently been bought to my attention,” says Phil. “It obviously wasn’t the government’s intention that any compensation for meth be treated as income or assets. I am expecting advice on how to solve this issue shortly.” He says he did not know about this issue when HNZ announced its compensation package and that the issue would be resolved as soon as possible. More than 800 tenancies were terminated due to meth contamination. HNZ says it was in touch with 194 tenants who have made claims for compensation, and 43 cases were in “progress”. No payments have been made so far.

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Protecting your family’s privacy and security when holding an open home When selling a property, many people are uncomfortable with the idea of strangers looking through their house when they’re not present. However, holding an open home is often the best way to show off the place to potential buyers. Welcoming house hunters – and let’s be honest, a few nosy neighbours – to a property does come with privacy and security risks that vendors should be aware of and plan for. “It’s natural for sellers to have concerns about privacy and security,” says Real Estate Authority chief executive Kevin Lampen-Smith. “After all, you’re inviting complete strangers into your family’s home.” Kevin says sellers should prepare by taking note of any items of sentimental or monetary value that should be removed from the property. “Think about items that could easily be slipped into a pocket or a handbag,” he says, “such as jewellery, silverware, small electronics or even the prescription medication stored in your bathroom cabinet. “Tucking them away in your sock drawer or under your bed won’t do the trick.” Something that’s often overlooked by sellers opening their house to potential buyers is the risk of identity theft. It might sound far-fetched, but sellers who leave important documents like passports, bank statements or credit card receipts lying around are leaving themselves vulnerable. Kevin recommends these sorts of documents be tidied away and stored somewhere secure. Next, do a digital sweep of the property. The family PC or office desktop should be switched off and password protected. USB sticks or hard drives that are loaded with personal information should also be stored securely. “While this might sound like plain old common sense to many, I’ve heard of a seller leaving a post-it note with

the house alarm code right next to the alarm, for anyone to come back and deactivate later,” Kevin recalls. Sellers should talk to their real estate agent or salesperson about how the actual open home will be conducted. “Ask if there will be a sign-in register, where visitors provide their name and contact information when they arrive at the showing,” he says. “This is a helpful tool for the agent when it comes to following up with potential buyers and, in the case of something being damaged or stolen during the open home, the information can be passed onto police.” The agent is required to be present at the viewing and shouldn’t leave potential buyers alone at the property. Ideally, the agent should accompany visitors as they tour the house, but this isn’t always possible if the showing gets busy. Sellers could ask that a second person from the real estate agency be on-site during the open home, to greet visitors at the door, ask them to sign in and wait until the agent is free to show them through. Sellers who still feel uneasy about having an open home could ask the agent to show the property ‘by appointment only’ to potential buyers.

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Demand a refund for mis-sold insurance says Consumer NZ Consumer NZ is advising car buyers who have been mis-sold mechanical breakdown insurance to demand a refund. Chief executive Sue Chetwin says the insurance is heavily promoted by car dealers and could add more than $1000 to a vehicle purchase. But the cover is hardly worth having, she says, and complaints show the insurance continues to be sold with misleading claims about the protection it provides. “Dealers claim the insurance will protect you if vehicle parts suddenly fail and need repair,” says Sue. “But the policies typically have long lists of problems that aren’t covered, including any preexisting faults with the car and anything deemed the result of faulty repairs.” Car buyers already have protection under the

Consumer Guarantees Act and don’t need to rely on mechanical breakdown insurance, says Sue. “If a car dealer sells a vehicle that’s not of acceptable quality, it has a legal obligation to sort out the problem.” Grounds to request a refund include if you were misled about what the insurance policy covered, if you were told the insurance was compulsory, if insurance was added to your car loan without your knowledge, you were sold insurance but never received a copy of the policy, and if you were misled about your rights under the CGA. Sue say car dealers promote mechanical breakdown insurance because they can earn a commission on each policy sold. “In our view, this insurance isn’t worth the cost. “You’re better off spending your money on a pre-purchase inspection and getting the vehicle regularly serviced after you buy.”


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New vehicle registrations hit all-time high Jaguars on display this weekend New vehicle registrations in New Zealand have hit an all-time high, with 16,670 new vehicles registered in October 2018. Previously, the single strongest month was June 2017, where 15,985 were registered. Chief executive of the Motor Industry Association, David Crawford, says the strong result is off the back of car rental companies renewing their stock and is a vote of confidence by that sector in the strength of the New Zealand tourism market. Registrations of 11,767 passenger and SUV vehicles for the month of October were up

653 units on October 2017 - an increase of 5.9 per cent - and registrations of 4903 commercial vehicles were up by 487 units (11 per cent) on October 2017. Toyota retained the overall market leader with 30 per cent of market share, built on an impressive month of rental sales, followed by Holden with nine per cent and Ford with eight per cent. The top-selling model for the month was the Toyota Corolla, with 1744 units, of which 1539 were rentals, followed by the

Toyota RAV4 (996 units) and the Ford Ranger (876). However, year-to-date the Ford Ranger still holds the top model spot with 8306 units, followed by the Toyota Hilux (67600 and the Toyota Corolla (5830). The top three segments for the month of October were all medium to small vehicles, with the SUV medium segment retaining its lead with 18 per cent market share, followed by small vehicles with 16 per cent and SUV compact with 13 per cent.

Everything from historic racing Jaguars to more modern versions of the luxury marque will be on display on The Strand this weekend, as part of the Bay of Plenty Jaguar Enthusiasts Club’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The event is expected to be a great demonstration of the Jaguar heritage, including the XK120, 140 and 150s, the Mark V, XJ6, XKSS and C-type replicas. There will be a People’s Choice

Award, as well as awards for the best XK120, 140 and 150. The display is free to attend, however collection buckets will be on hand to fundraise for the TECT Rescue Helicopter. For club members, the rest of the weekend will include country runs as well as a dinner and guest speakers. The Jaguar Anniversary Car Show will be at Masonic Park on The Strand on Saturday, November 10, from 10am-1pm.

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I’m amazed as I read about how damaging unregulated online pornography is to young people and our society. I teach my children how to respect people, and when you meet that special person in to leaded dogs. Dog owners, if a dog is on a your life, to treat them how you want to be treated – with respect. lead it is so for a reason. Have some respect However, as 7pm rolls around they ask if they can for the animal and owner – control your watch Shortland Street and I see everything I believe dog and have it on a lead. M Main, Otumoetai. in unwrap in front of my eyes. Swapping partners; having multiple partners; being gay, then not, but then maybe with a threesome; the jealous killing of a lover, to a main character for many years having slept with most of the others, and really having nothing to do with medical. How is this able to be played, uncensored, on prime time TV at 7pm? I’m confused about what this programme is about. I’m 42 years old, so if I’m confused, how would a young-to-teenage mind be? F de Graaf, Katikati.

Is it the road or drivers? Yesterday afternoon I was driving towards Tauranga with a small workman’s truck travelling too close behind me on State Highway 2. My passengers and I heard a siren but were unable to see anything for some while as the truck was blocking our view. Finally we realised it was an ambulance with lights flashing and siren blasting. I immediately pulled over to the left and expected the truck to do the same. But no, he sailed past us with the ambulance on his tail. I noticed there were red work cones on the truck, used for road works. We followed them with the ambulance still trying to get past the truck. Finally they did by overtaking, putting themselves and the patient in unnecessary danger. Disgusting driver behaviour! J Malcouronne, Tauranga South.

I am pleased the homeowners of the Bella Vista development are happy with their council settlement. They deserve it. I am confused, or poorly informed, about three issues. Why does the settlement compensation remain confidential when the ratepayers funded this case of council misadventure? Will ratepayers ever find out who was responsible for the development being allowed to proceed to completion and homeowner occupancy – do the fees for building consent include inspection fees? What are the consequences for those responsible, including what systemic changes in council practice will follow? J Hellner, Papamoa Beach.

Why volunteer firefighters? There are 11,200 volunteer firefighters in New Zealand. Why is there a need? Would they not prefer to be paid? Government must be over the moon, saving them about $50 million a year. Do some regard the Fire Service as some type of sport like rugby? How many jobs are lost with such a ridiculous situation? In Canada, volunteer firefighters get $30 an hour while on duty. Our firefighters would not want that, right? We have volunteers working for charity – that’s wonderful. When did the Fire Service become a charity? Surely the Police, Fire Service, St John Ambulance are all essential services, as in most English-speaking countries? Or will they try and use charity money, as the government does, to pay St John Ambulance, but send $1 billion plus to countries such as Papua New Guinea who order 40 Maserati cars – a good use of aid money, of course. We all want one. Any volunteers in Parliament? MPs would say ‘who would be stupid enough to work for the Government for nothing?’ I know a fireman who does just that. R Chamberlain, Otumoetai.

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Nothing new in book Your correspondents and book authors McLean and Robinson (The Weekend Sun, November 2) asked the question ‘Why is the Anglican Church apologising?’ The simple answer – because the CMS missionary Brown got it wrong when he betrayed the friendship with local iwi by siding with the British invaders. The Te Papa land sold to CMS was for the purpose of protecting the land from being overrun by colonisers. The story told in the authors’ new book is not new; it’s an old story taught in the 60s when I attended Gate Pa School. After skimming the ‘new’ book for 20 minutes I found it rich in detail but derivative of British colonial taint. Keen writing of history in favour of the conqueror is just par for the course, but the authors have paid no regard to balance. Fair representation of our history is important.

I’ve interviewed enough people of both races to understand how local iwi ended up being pursued like criminals for wanting merely to live peacefully on their traditional lands. Taratoa’s commitment to justice can be clearly illustrated by the Bible scripture found on his body at the Te Ranga ambush – “If your enemy hungers, give him food; if he thirsts give him water…”. The verse ends “...and in so doing you will pour burning coals of shame on him”. M Maunder, Otumoetai.

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J McLean and J Robinson (The Weekend Sun, November 2), in my view, seem to be allowing their resentment against Maori leaders to override their good sense. They are being legalistic in saying that Tauranga Maori land sold to the Anglican Church Missionary Society in 1838 and 1839 required no agreement from Maori to be resold. Legally that is quite correct but the Church recognises that the original purchase of the land came with an agreement that the land would be used for Church purposes. When the Church minister, Reverend Brown, dined with British soldiers before the Battle of Gate Pa it was understandable that Maori would stop supporting the Church at that time, and that the land would not be used for Church purposes. Under the original agreement the land should then have been returned to Maori, even though that was not legally required. J McLean and J Robinson are sticking to the letter of the law. The Church is sticking to the spirit of the law, and good on them. They are building better race relations for us all. P Dey, Welcome Bay.

Petrol rip-off When is the petrol price rip-off going to be dealt with in New Zealand? Recently I saw petrol at $2.16 in Foxton while the rest of the country was around $2.50. All the waffle presented by any MP of the ruling party does not change the fact that petrol in some states of America is priced per gallon at what we are paying per litre. Even in Hawaii today, November 5, it is $3.97 per gallon. We are being solidly ripped off. When crude was US$100 a barrel, petrol here was around $1.15 and our dollar was almost worthless. Today our dollar is close to US70 cents and crude is from US$62-70 a barrel. Petrol should be around $1 a litre today at those prices and our dollar values. A Bourne, Bethlehem.

The question has been asked: “Why is the Anglican church apologising to a couple of Tauranga sub-tribes for ‘selling’ its land to the Crown in 1867?” (The Weekend Sun, November 2). And that’s a very good question which deserves a well-researched and clear answer from the parties involved. Why, all of a sudden, is a 151-year-old land transaction such a big deal and who will pay for this? We agree, and that’s exactly why we invite our community to a hui on Monday, November 12 from 7-9pm at Baycourt X Space, when Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon, with Puhirake Ihaka of Ngati Tapu, Peri Kohu of Ngai Tamarawaho and Dr Alistair Reese of Te Kohinga will explain the background to the why, for the benefit of us all. The evening will be videoed and made available so the wider community can see and hear how these questions are answered. Then on Saturday, December 1, from 9am-2pm at Cliff Road, Anglican Church leaders have been invited by Ngai Tamarawaho and Ngati Tapu leaders to come and make their formal apology with tangata whenua, Tauranga Moana civic and church leaders and community present as witnesses and in support. J Muir, Te Kohinga. 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. Email:

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We will remember them As we opened the door to my maternal grandmother’s kitchen, a photo of two handsome young men in uniform greeted us. This was taken prior to them leaving for World War One. These, her only two brothers, died in this conflict. For the family and the small farming community of Kennington, Southland, this was a great loss. The photo’s placement was symbolic of the sacrifice that established the foundation of nationhood and the peace we enjoy, and a vivid reminder of the terrible cost paid. On August 4, 1918, King George V called on the nation to pray for peace. One hundred days later the Great War ended. When we remember 1918, we reflect on a time of great hope and great sadness for our country and the world. We recall the horrors of war and the darkness that drives humanity to such violence, but we also remember the promise of peace when we seek Him. Our God brings peace to our hearts, calling us to forsake violence and seek reconciliation. Sadly,

today, we still see conflicts and fragile coexistence. Yet God helps us approach others with compassion, rather than fear, so we can begin to flourish together in ways which were previously impossible. God gave His Son to bring reconciliation and He hears our prayers.We ask him to stir our hearts to be peacemakers, to build bridges and welcome others. Armistice Day is a day of thanksgiving for the end of WWI. Let us be compassionate, listen to each other and seek reconciliation. Rev Donald Hegan - St Columba Presbyterian

A clean slate and a new beginning Most people would like to rewrite their life story, or at least parts of it. For some, an edit would omit a painful episode - a sad memory or a hurt inflicted by a close friend or even a family member, and all open sores that don’t heal despite the passage of time. Only Jesus can heal our battle scars, the wounds of the past. For others, nothing less than a fresh start in life would be good enough. We have all made mistakes, but some choices have grave, unexpected consequences, with lingering regret and even guilt. Jesus gives a person a second chance by the cancellation of our sins, not merely a crossing out by a capital X across the documents listing all of our wrongdoings - a popular method of cancelling a debt in Biblical times. Anyone would be able to see the litany of our transgressions. Instead, the Bible describes another method of invalidating a debt: documents were written on papyrus, the ink made from soot and gum diluted with water. The ink had no acid to bite into the paper, so the writing could be sponged off as easily as chalk from a slate. This is unimaginably good news, because all sins are forgivable, and these sins include the ones we

might incorrectly assume are so shocking they are unpardonable. There is many a man who can forgive but cannot forget. Forgiving without forgetting is not forgiving. God not only forgives, but He also forgets. Vern Lilienthal - Bethlehem Community Church

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A soul legend, Sticky Filth and Stan Okay, I admit it. I’m still getting over the excitement... All sorts of cultural treasures emerged at the end of last week to enrich millions of lives. Or, more likely, they appeared and few people noticed. Fair enough too. One person’s treasure is another person’s trash. Now the world is mulling over Orson Welles’ final film, The Other Side of The Wind (breathtaking, overwhelming), the entirety of Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks sessions (breathtaking, overwhelming) and, on Netflix, the complete final season of House Of Cards (flat and weird). Dionne Warwick. And, as is so often the case these days, things move along so fast that we’ll have to leave those massive labours ‘til another time despite having spent most of my week digging through them, because there’s a full slate of musical events in the Bay to consider.

mention Walk on By, Anyone Who Had a Heart, Say a Little Prayer, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Reach Out For Me and... well, I could go on but you get the point. There is still an array of tickets available via Eventfinda, from $85 to $160, with special Meet and Greet tickets priced at a whopping $495.

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Someone you might not have heard of is on his way to the Sticky Filth. Historic Village’s Jam Factory next Wednesday (November 14). Luke Fox, from South West Australia, has only been on stage for 18 months, but the fire-fighter turned musician has done a lot in that time in Australia, winning TripleJ’s 2017 Groovin’ The Moo competition, supporting a bunch of well-known acts and releasing his debut EP, Sugarloaf. You can find his first – and very pleasant – single, Reasons, online and tickets are $10 from Under The Radar or on the door. Things kick at 7pm, with support by Stan Walker. Dylan Israel from local band Summer Thieves - an immensely gifted singer/ This weekend songwriter/guitarist who perhaps just needs a stronger Let’s start with this weekend. Once again it occurs direction, given current offerings spanning reggae, hipto me that the diversity and quality on display really hop, rock, pop and most genres in between. emphasises how much Tauranga has changed and And, with no attention paid to any semblance of grown over the past few years. journalistic practice, I’ve left the most exciting news On Saturday (November 10), Stan Walker is singing ‘til last... at Papamoa Beach Tavern. Everyone loves Stan, and the good news is there are still a few tickets left (well, as I write this there are). All the “Under-18” tickets Lettuce Inn have gone, but there are still general admission tickets The Bay’s grooviest one-day festival is back! Live for $50 or special VIP Meet and Greet tickets for Music At The Lettuce Inn, Katikati’s celebration of $150. Check availability via Eventfinda. alternative music, is announcing its line-up for their If that’s a little light for you musically, then head sixth bash. It’ll be on January 26 at the regular orchard down the road to The Mount’s Totara Street venue on location on Sedgemoor Lane. the same night, where Taranaki’s legendary Sticky Filth More is being revealed daily, and so far the musical will be purveying their fist-pumping hardcore variety line-up includes Bangers and Smash, Birdhouse, Bree of extremely heavy rock. Rose, DJ Kitten Witch, Dam Dans (Wellington), Julian How much heavier can it get you may ask? None Temple Band (Dunedin) and The Something Quartet. heavier is the answer. Sweat it out from 8pm with Meanwhile, visual art - always one of the unique support from The MurderChord and locals Grown festival pleasures - will be provided by Deano Shirriffs, Downz. Tickets are $25 via Eventfinda. Katja Pott, Jess Covell and Chris Miller, as well as The following night (November 11), we have Katikati College art students. There will also be live a legend alert! Dionne Warwick is performing at painting by Dune Terrace. Baypark’s ASB Arena. Details can be found on the Live Music at the Descriptions seem superfluous, but let me just Lettuce Inn #6 Facebook page.




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Quirky classical concert this Sunday The Bay’s community orchestra will perform a colourful concert this Sunday afternoon at Baycourt, supported by TECT and the Lion Foundation. From 18th century Mozart to the mid-20th century music of Zoltan Kodaly, there will be something for everyone during the final event of Bay of Plent Symphonia’s year, Miscellany. NZSO principal flute, Bridget Douglas, will join th orchestra in a quirky concerto by Danish composer Carl Nielsen. Bridget is well known to followers of classical and contemporary music, and often features on the RNZ Concert Programme. She also performs regularly as a soloist and in chamber music throughout Australasia, and has released many CDs. “We are all thrilled to welcome Bridget, and we’re looking forward to performing the concerto with her,” says Symphonia Committee member Maggie Gething. “It’s an interesting piece, which brings the soloist into musical encounters with various members of

the orchestra. The bass trombone has a particularly funky part!” By contrast, Beethoven’s 1st Symphony is a classic example of musical ‘sonata form’, which conductor Justus Rozemond will explain The BOP Symphonia in a rehearsal with to the audience in a Bridget Douglas. short mid-concert talk. The concert finishes appropriately with the Hungarian Kodaly’s Summer Evening. “Kodaly was an avid collector of folk music, and there is plenty of evidence of that in the piece,” says Maggie. “This may be the first time Summer Evening has been performed in New Zealand, ending the orchestra’s innovative programming for the year.” The Miscellany concert will be held on Sunday, November 11 from 2.30pm at the Baycourt Addison Theatre. Tickets will be $10 and can be purchased via: or at the Baycourt Box Office

Remembering the war to end all wars It was billed as ‘the war to end all wars’. How misguided that was. But it did end, and for 20 years there was a sort of peace. While other wars raged all over the place, they happened to be somebody else’s war. Sadly, the Great War, or WWI, changed nothing. But at least it stopped, and for a lot of the world, peace was real. We should commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of ordinary men and women who helped bring about the signing of the Armistice that

caused the guns to fall silent at 11am on November 11, 1918. Join Tauranga Civic Choir and Tauranga City Brass for a unique musical commemoration of the end of WWI at Holy Trinity Church, on November 11, from 7.15pm. There will be four screen visual displays, unique musical numbers, audience participation, interesting commentary, sadness, hilarity and much to ponder. Tickets cost $35 and all proceeds are donated to Waipuna Hospice.

Service fees will apply

MT RSA Fri 9th Gerry Lee 7pm – 10:30pm Sat 10th Ray Solomon & Ollie 7pm – 10:30pm Sun 11th Andy Bowman 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Night from 9pm


THE BARREL ROOM Sat 10th Gael Ludlow & Nigel Major 7pm Mon 12th Quiz night from 7pm Tues 13th Open Mic/Jam session from 7pm MOUNT SOCIAL CLUB Fri 9th Take 2 6pm – 9pm, Wed 14th The Antiques then DJ Ayesha 10pm 5:30pm Sat 10th Alice Sea 6pm – 9pm JACK DUSTY’S ALE HOUSE (Bureta) Sun 11th Super Social Sunday 10pm Sun 11th The Anzacs 3pm Thurs 15th Social Jam – 6pm

Nielsen Concerto

Flute soloist

Beethoven 1st Symphony

and more!

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Fun, flora and fundraising at Quarryfest Plants, food, music and fundraising will go hand-in-hand at Te Puna Quarry Park’s annual Quarryfest this weekend.

The festival – on Sunday, November 11, from 10am-4pm – is a must-do on the local events calendar, and features entertainment, stalls, art and garden walks. The park was a rock quarry until 1979. Since 1996, the Te Puna Quarry Park Society has planted and developed it into a local treasure, including plants and flowers of botanical interest as well as a sculpture collection. Funds raised at Quarryfest are used for the upkeep and further development of the park. Bethlehem Te Puna Lions Club runs the event on behalf of the Quarry Park Society, and raised $7000 last year – almost double the amount raised the previous year.

“We had perfect weather, so we’re hoping for that again this year,” says spokesman Ian Calvert. Entertainment is spread over three sites – the amphitheatre, Carters Pavilion and the Dragon Lawn – and this year includes the Wai Taiko Drummers, kapa haka, singers Peter Cleaver and Jim Wood, the Acoustic Music Club, the Kaimai Express Bluegrass Band, St Mary’s Jump Jammers and Bay of Plenty Pipes and Drums. There will be more than 100 stalls this year, including work from local artists and the Quarry Park Society’s annual plant sale. Quarryfest is at 108 Te Puna Quarry Road. Entry is $4 for adults and children 12-years and under attend free. A free shuttle bus will All roads lead to Quarryfest at the Te Puna Quarry Park on run visitors from the car park at the bottom Sunday, November 11. of the road to the quarry park.

Celebrating Christmas in Dibley It’s a Vicar of Dibley Christmas at Detour Theatre this year, with their version of the iconic British television series recreated for the stage. In the show, loveable Vicar Geraldine Granger is caught in a dilemma when David Horton’s handsome brother comes to stay. Geraldine risks the wrath of the villagers as her romantic relationship adds to the madcap chaos that is Dibley Parish. Meanwhile, the dimwitted Alice miraculously solves the problem of the annual Christmas show by proposing a promenading Nativity, in which she and Hugo will play Mary

and Joseph. Despite Geraldine’s impossible task of wrestling with the villagers’ hilarious shortcomings as they recreate the divine birth, their nativity becomes a true Christmas miracle. This new show will complement the theatre’s previous productions of The Vicar of Dibley. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the responses we had to The Vicar of Dibley in the past,” says director Kim Williamson. “Tickets are selling at a rapid pace, so this show is proving to be every bit as popular. And why wouldn’t it? “The script is a hilarious romp from two of the best British comic writers, and the comedy translates so well from the screen to the stage. It also helps that our talented The Parish of Dibley put on cast represent the characters so exquisitely.” their own Christmas play, to The Vicar of Dibley Christmas runs comic effect. from November 21 to December 8. Bookings are available via:, on: 0508 iTICKET and over the counter at Tauranga i-SITE. For more information visit:

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Te Puna Quarry Park WHEN? Sunday 11th November

Fabulous Entertainment All day!

10am - 4pm

in the amphitheatre


The Quarry’s Own GIANT Garden Sale

Te Puna Quarry Park Te Puna Quarry Rd Te Puna

Craft & Produce Stalls Food & Drinks

ENTRY? $4 per adult

Fun Family Activities

Net proceeds to Te Puna Quarry Park

See the Orchids

For further enquiries phone Ian 579 1629

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Spotlight on: The LMM Network For the last six years, The LMM network has been sponsored by Shirley Howe, who has worked tirelessly since the 1980s. She’s written and produced her own original songs and, with the help of some key people around New Zealand, has travelled the country collecting original songs from fellow artists before promoting them via four compilation albums. Work has already begun on Volume 5. Volume 4 is streaming on Spotify, iTunes and Google with several music videos, and a promotional video is available on the Local Musicians Music YouTube channel. This has resulted in two rock bands being signed to publishers. For the past few years, The Local Musicians Music network has held concerts at the Dog’s Bollix and Backbeat in Auckland, the Southern Cross in Wellington, and Croucher Basecamp in Tauranga. They now

appear every Friday at the Rocker Box in Thames. The next concert will be held on Saturday, November 17, from 11am5pm on a two-hectare, privately owned lifestyle block at 94a Martray Road, Tahawai, Katikati. Featuring local and international artists, this will be a family day so bring a picnic basket, rug or folding chair as

well as sunscreen and some shade. There will be a coffee and burger cart on site and plenty of off-street parking. One lucky ticket holder will be given the opportunity to be gifted an electric guitar signed by LMM Network members. Limited tickets still available at: and:

The lifestyle block where the LMM Network will be playing.

Bringing the folk to Tauranga Albi and the Wolves.

They are a New Zealand-based trio that make a lot of noise with an acoustic guitar, an electric violin, a double bass and their voices.

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Albi and the Wolves are renowned for their great stage presence and dynamic shows. They have evolved from touring their home country extensively to playing around Australia, and have recently been asked to support Boney M. Their songs stand out on their own, with the band recently winning the Best Folk Artist 2018 TUI at the New Zealand Music Awards for their debut album, One Eye Open. Proud frontman Chris ‘Albi’ Dent, Pascal Roggen and Micheal Young’s individuality shines through their music, making something compelling, uplifting, soulful and fun. The Entertainers Club presents Albi and the Wolves, upstairs at Tauranga Citizens Club on November 11 from 5-8 pm. Tickets cost $15 and are available at reception and door sales are from 4:30pm, unless sold out prior. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit:

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Overcoming their left feet and stepping out Rollicking comedy Stepping Out is all about the attempts of a group of working-class amateurs to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent dance studio in North London. Mavis, a former professional chorus girl, tries her hardest to teach the bumbling amateurs some terpsichorean skills for an upcoming recital. But before the dancing begins, Mavis must mediate the minor dramas that erupt among this motley but loveable crew on their way to triumph at their recital. Tickets are available at: with no booking fees, over the phone on: 0508 484 253 toll free, over the counter at iSite on Willow Street (booking fees apply) or on the door from 6.30pm on all performance nights. The show will run from November 23-December 08.

The Weekend Sun has two double passes to see Stepping Out for two lucky readers who can tell us where the dance studio in the play is located. Enter online at: under the competition section. Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 13.

Linking two of the greats this November If you go to just two musical performances this month, make sure you don’t miss the Freddie Mercury movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and the performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Mount Maunganui chamber choir Scholars Pro Musica on Saturday, November 24. EASY


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Have yourself a very special breakfast with Santa at Bethlehem Town Centre for 10 lucky readers who can tell us why they would like to have breakfast with Santa. Enter online at: under the competition section. Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 27.

If the idea of breakfast with your favourite jolly bearded man sounds like a good way to spend a Sunday morning, head to SunLive for the chance to dine with Mr. Christmas himself. Bethlehem Town Centre, in partnership with SunMedia, will be hosting Breakfast with Santa – a competition for children who want to meet their festive hero. On Sunday, December 9 at 8am, Columbus

Coffee in Bethlehem will host the event for 20 lucky children, with Santa travelling all the way from the North Pole to the Bay of Plenty! The competition will see 10 lucky children take a friend to breakfast, which will include breakfast pancakes, fruit salad, bacon, orange juice, hot chocolate and more. And at the end of the breakfast, children will have the opportunity to have their parent or caregiver snap a photo of them with Santa on their own device, as well as going home with a special goody bag. The Weekend Sun has 10 double passes to Breakfast

Will Cinderella get her prince? Operatunity brings you their famous Christmas pantomime, with a new twist on Cinderella. The world of theatre has always had a tradition of presenting a madcap pantomime at Christmas to escape the stress and rigours of the season and bring out the inner kid in all of us. Using famous songs, overacting, parody and ghastly jokes, Operatunity presents their pantomime in the traditions of the old English theatre. With jokes, repartee, great singing, madcap antics and slapstick humour, it is sure to please and encourage silliness and escapism. Does Cinderella get her Prince? Or do all attempts get foiled by the naughtiness and nastiness of our ugly sisters, dastardly played by Bonaventure AllanMoetaua and Karl Perigo? Only by coming along will you find out! And only those willing to be seriously silly need attend. Standard tickets are $35, and include Christmas lunch, while group discounts start from five-plus. Call toll free on: 0508 266 237 to book tickets today.

The Weekend Sun has two double passes to Operatunity’s Cinderella – A Christmas for two lucky readers who can tell us who plays the ugly sisters? Enter online at: under the competition section. Entries must be received by November 13.

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A CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME TAURANGA: Friday 23rd November 11am, Holy Trinity Church

We bring you our famous Christmas pantomime with a new twist on Cinderella!


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Saturday 10 November A Russian Triple Bill

Imperial Russian Ballet Company presents A Russian Triple Bill. Act 1 Sleeping Beauty, Act 2 Les Sylphides, Act 3 Carmen. Baycourt 2pm. for tickets.

Art In The Park

Original Art for Sale. Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui. 9am-5pm, weather permitting. Tauranga Society of Artists

Bay Network Singles Club

50 Plus. Great people & awesome outings. Must have a sense of humor. Ph Jonathan 572 2091 or Maureen 021 112 3307

Bayclay Exhibition 2018

Presented by Bethlehem Pottery Club. Sat 10am-4pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm. Sun 10am-3pm. Baycourt Exhibition Hall, Durham St, Tauranga. Guest exhibitor, Petra Meyboden. bayclayexhibition

Beth-El Messianic Family

Celebrate Family Life with believers who meet & worship as Yeshua (Jesus) & all the early believers did. Shalom.10am Otumoetai Primary. Joel 021 768 043

Brookfield School Fundraiser

Second Hand Clothing & Book Sale Fundraiser 8am-12pm at Brookfield School, 20 Millers Rd. Come along a grab a bargain!

Bromeliad Display & Sale

Matua Hall, Levers Rd, Tauranga. 8am-12pm only. Plant display with local club growers selling wide range of unique bromeliads. Growing advice. Free entry

Circa Vintage Market

Vintage & artisan treasures for sale! 9:30am-3pm. Cliff Road, inside Vintage Car Club Hall, next to Rose Gardens. Free entry. No eftpos onsite.

Death Cafe

Coffee, cake & conversation on dying, death & living, Grindz Cafe 1-3pm no agendas or set conclusions. Interesting conversations guaranteed! Ph 022 068 9183

Gate Pa Junior Tennis

Club days/times: Sat 9am: 5-7 yrs, 10am: 8-10 yrs Thurs- 4.30pm: Intermediate ages, 6pm: College ages. New members welcome. Racquets are available. Enquiries: Turu 022 031 7568

Handel’s Messiah

Jigsaw Puzzle Library

St Stephens invites you to join their library. Open 10-12 at Highmore Pl. Over 150 puzzles to choose from. Children’s to 1000 pieces.

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 8amNoon. Enquiries 549 3589

LOL Laughter Wellness

We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh. Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui, 11-11:45am. Koha. Trish 022 036 6768 lollaughterwellness@

Lynette Fisher, Art Exhibition

“I Am What I Play” by Tauranga Artist Lynette Fisher. Running until 27th Nov at The Incubator Gallery, Historic Village, 17th Ave.

Mount Maunganui Toy Library

Rent toys, keep your kids entertained. Find us on Facebook. 22 MacDonald St Wed 9:30-12, Fri 11:30-2, Sat 9:30-12

Mt Maunganui Sequence Dance

Dance, 7:30-10:30pm Arataki Community Centre, Bayfair. Sheldon’s Dance Band, Entry $7. Organiser Mount Maunganui Scottish Society. Erica 576 0578

Mount Music Club

2nd Sat in month. Mostly country. Good backing band. Mount Old Folks Hall, Midway, Mount

Otumoetai Tennis Club

Adult tennis. Start time 1:30pm. Bellevue Park, Windsor Road (next to Swimming Pool Complex). New players & visitors welcome. Ph Fred 544 5088

Petanque Tauranga

Tga/BOP Club, Tues & Sat at Club Mt Maunganui 12:50pm start. All welcome to try a new sport. Equip available. All coaching given. Ph Jo Ann 578 3606

Sign Bomb

Talk with/about NZSL (NZ Sign Language). The Whipped Baker Cafe, The Historic Village, 17th Ave. 11-12:30. Email Yuko or FB “Visual Voices”

Te Puke Scottish Society

Zee Market

Awesome arrangement of stalls to be seen! Come see us at 169 Elizabeth Street 10am-2pm

Sunday 11 November Armistice Service

Wow your audience Corkers Toastmasters meets 3rd Sunday of month at The Zone Cafe, Owens Place, Mt Maunganui at 2pm. Ph Chrissy 027 296 7939


Tauranga Domain, Cameron Rd, 12:45 for 1pm start. Beginners welcome. Ph Peter 571 0633

Farmers Market - Mount Mainstreet

Held every Sunday 9-1pm rain or shine! Right in the middle of Mount Mainstreet at Coronation Park, Maunganui.

Historic Village Market

Great market every 1st & 3rd Sunday from 8am-12 pm at 17th Ave. Fruit & veg, crafts, tools, food, plants, clothes & paintings.

International Travel, Home Hosting

Go to the & attend one of our Sunday or Thursday monthly meetings to learn more. Ph Barbara 574 5711, Jonathan 572 2091

Maketu Market

Maketu Market is held on 3rd & 5th Sundays of each month from 6am at Maketu Village Green. Ph Pat 021 447 420 or Carolyn 027 251 0388

Miscellany Orchestral Concert

BOP Symphonia with flute soloist Bridget Douglas in Mozart, Beethoven, Nielsen, Kodaly. Baycourt, 2:30pm. All tickets $10 (service fee applies).

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

House Of Science Tauranga

The Sociables

Males & Females in their 30s, 40s & 50s, that meet up to participate in bushwalks, dining out & local activities & events. Ph 022 012 0376

Seeking employment? Wanting a change from your current position? Your business needs growth/direction? Join us at Mount Baptist, Tui St & Ranch Rd 6:30pm

Jaguar Car Show

10am-1pm Masonic Park, The Strand (opp Visitor Information Centre), Tauranga. Large display of classic & modern Jaguars. Open to the public. Free.

Chess During The Day

Corkers Toastmasters

2nd & 4th Sunday Gordon Spratt Reserve, Parton Rd, Papamoa. Gates open 7am for stall holder entry. Wayne 027 974 5699

Community Radio broadcasting nostalgic music & Community Notices seven days on 1368 KHz AM Band. Radio Museum open from 10am. Request line 571 3710

Recreational Road Cycling

10am-3pm at Tauranga Waldorf School. Prepare for a day of magic with fun, gourmet food, unique gifts. Something to delight all ages!

Hawaiian Dance, Te Puke War Memorial Hall 7:30-11pm, 17th Nov. Live band, excellent supper, great company, $7/person. Prize for best dressed male/ female. Ph Valerie 573 7093

Village Radio Museum

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

Bible Seminar

1:45pm Greerton Senior Citizens Hall, Maitland St, Greerton. Title: Understanding the Sacrifice of Jesus. Interactive, Q&A. All welcome. Vic 543 0504

Power of Prayer Employment

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 7158 or 573 8497

Chess at Mount Maunganui

Sundays & Thursdays 1:30pm, in pond behind 24 Montego Drive Papamoa, sailing Electron Yachts for fun. Adult beginners welcome. Graham 572 5419 Sunday morning rides in rural low traffic areas. Beginners to experienced. All types of bicycles welcome. Ph 0274 353 669 or

10:50am. 100 year celebration of the end of WW1. Free meal at 53 Te Okuroa Drive Papamoa. Ph Julie 0274 205 375

Stunning performance of Handel’s “Messiah” by Tauranga’s Scholars Pro Musica Chamber Choir & NZBarok professional baroque orchestra. St Mary Immaculate 24th Nov 7:30pm. Tickets from Ticketek+Baycourt. Open day on 17th Nov 10am1pm at 1/100 Grey St, Tauranga. Competitions, face painting, science experiments, robotic displays. Dress as your favourite scientist!

Radio Controlled Model Yachts

Tauranga Waldorf School Fair

Tibetan Buddhist Teachings

Teachings by Geshela Jamyang Sherab held at the Papamoa Community Centre, alternate Sundays, 10am-12pm. Teachings Free, Dana appreciated. For dates Ph Jaki on 021 216 1102

Walk 2 D’Feet MND

You are invited! Motor Neurone Disease Fundraiser at Fergusson Park, Matua, from 9:30am. Live music, silent auction, food, Dan the puppet man & more!

Wanganui Girls’ College OGA

Tauranga Branch Christmas Function 4pm Tauranga Sport Fishing Club Sulphur Point Marina. Guest Speaker Angie Warren-Clark MP. For details ph Pauline 548 2110

Monday 12 November Achieve Toastmasters

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

Aglow Mt Maunganui

Be encouraged. Be inspired. Be blessed. AGLOW 2018 final meeting. Tonight 7pm. St Andrews Church hall, Dee Street, Mt Maunganui. Sharron 027 354 1060

Alcoholics Anonymous

Open meeting 10am. Tauranga Central Baptist Church,13 ave/Cameron Rd. All welcome. Ph 0800 229 6757

Badminton Club, Aquinas College

Tauranga Badminton Club, 7:309:30pm. Aquinas College Events Centre. Seniors & Year 11 upwards. Casual players welcome. $8pp. Club racquets available. Ph/text Sue: 021 194 4335 www. sporty/

Bethlehem Indoor Bowls

Meets in Bethlehem Hall every Monday night. 7:30 start. New members, all ages welcome. Names in by 7:15. Ph John 0276 541 298

Body+Soul Fitness

For over 50s. Mon & Fri Greerton Hall, Tues Tauranga Senior Citizens Norris St, Wed Bethlehem hall 9:15am. Ph Dianne 027 431 4326 or 576 5031

Cards 500

At RSA Greerton. Every Tuesday 12:30-2:30pm & every Monday 7pm.

Cards 500

Social, competitive & fun. Flexible evenings to suit. No cost. Ph Chris 572 3834

The Mount Chess Club, 1pm-4pm. Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd Mt Maunganui. $3. Sets, boards, clocks, refreshments provided. Bob or Viv 575 5845 or 0274 786 282

Citizens Advice Bureau Tauranga

Free confidential impartial information & advice. Don’t know? Ask us! Ph or visit us at 38 Hamilton St Tauranga Mon-Fri 9am5pm 07 578 1592 or 0800 367 222

Community Hui Invitation

7-9pm, Baycourt. Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon, Puhirake Ihaka, Peri Kohu & Dr Alistair Reese explain why the Anglican church is apologising to Tauranga sub-tribes.

Dutch Friendly Support Network

Coffee morning (1st Monday of month) 10am-12noon. $3 entry. Vintage Car Club Rooms, Cliff Road, Tauranga. Ph Bernadette 572 3968

Gem & Mineral Club

Juniors 6pm. Seniors 7:30pm at Club Rooms, Historic Village, 17th Ave. Come & check it out. Ph Bryce 027 695 0606 or

Genies Unbottled Dance Class

Mon, Wed & Thurs, Belly dance classes for beginners at Te Puna Studio 1pm & 7pm. Small class sizes make booking essential. Ph Linley 552 4352 or 027 286 3452

Menz Shed

86B No.3 Rd Te Puke. Come & join us at our shed Mon, Wed, Fri at 9am. Ph 573 8655 or 573 5971

Papamoa Genealogist Branch

Meet in the Tohora Room, Papamoa Community Centre 9:30am-2pm. Small door charge. Coffee & tea provided. Please bring your own lunch. Ph Kate 07 929 7884

Recycled Teenagers Exercise Class

50+, & illness/injury rehabilitation. Mon & Wed 9:15-10:45 Snr Citz Club 14 Norris St Tga. St Mary’s Church Hall Girven Rd Tues 9-10.30am. Jennifer 571 1411

Tauranga City Brass

Band practise is 7-9pm at 10 Yatton St Greerton. All brass players & percussionists very welcome. Instruments available. Ph Jeremy 021 132 3341

Tauranga Creative Fibre

Every Mon 9:30am, also 2nd & 4th Thur 7pm. Learn/share spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, crochet, all things fibre. 177 Elizabeth St. Margaret 571 3483

Tauranga Indoor Bowls

At Tauranga Citizens Club 7:15pm. New members welcome all ages. Ph Andrew 021 0298 5047

Tauranga Rocknroll Club

Lessons 6:45pm & social dancing 7:30pm at Legion of Frontiersmen Hall, 165 Elizabeth Street. Ph Rana 027 699 5571 or

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THE WEEKEND SUN Tauranga Senior Citizens Club

Ocean Running

CARDS 500 Mon& Turs. INDOOR BOWLS Tues, Wed & Sat, 14 Norris St (behind PaknSave) 12:45pm for1pm start. Entry $2 includes afternoon tea. New members welcome.

5k Fun Run & Walk around Mauao base track. Every Tuesday, $6 entry Mt Ocean Sports Club from 5:15pm. Walkers start 5:30 runners 6pm. Ph Phil 021 383 354

Walk 2 D’Feet MND

Otumoetai Tennis Club

You are invited! 11th Nov Motor Neurone Disease Fundraiser at Fergusson Park, Matua, from 9:30am. Live music, dog parade, silent auction, food, Dan the puppet man & more!

Zonta Tauranga Womens’ Organisation

Midweek Tennis Tues & Thurs. Start 9am. Bellevue Park, Windsor Rd (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

Leading global organisation empowering women worldwide thru service & advocacy warmly welcomes professional women. Make a difference. Monthly meeting. Ph Suzy 021 266 5044

Tauranga Social & Leisure Club, St John Anglican Church Hall, 94 Bureta Road Otumoetai, Tues 7pm-9:30pm except 2nd Tues month 3:30pm-6pm Faye 543 3280

Tuesday 13 November

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

Alcoholics Anonymous

Open Meeting every Tuesday night, 7:30pm St Peters Anglican Church, 11 Victoria Rd, Mt Maunganui. All welcome. Ph 0800 229 6757

Altrusa Ladies Group

Leading to a Better Community. Interested? email Denise dkbean@ ph/txt 027 284 6828. Meet 2nd Tues business & social 4th Tues.

Beginner Social Dance Class

6pm, Tauranga Primary School Hall, 5th Ave or Wed at 8pm, Welcome Bay School Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. Ph 544 2337

BOP Linux Users Group

7-9pm first Tues of the month L.J.Hooker, cnr Cameron Rd & 8th Ave Smarter, safer, faster & free. Learn more to take charge of your computer. 578 6024

Citizens Advice Bureau Papamoa

Free confidential impartial information & advice. Don’t know? Ask us! Ph or visit us at Community Centre 15 Gravatt Road Papamoa Tues-Thurs 10am-1pm 07 574 9862 or 0800 367 222

Falun Dafa (Free)

Replace chaos with calm leading up to Christmas using this mind/body practice. 7pm, Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Bayfair. Ph/txt Judy 021 0425 398

Fitness League

Exercise, weights, floor work & dance. 9:30-10:30am at St Columba Church, 502 Otumoetai Road, Cherrywood. First class free. Ph Gloria 021 139 2448

Hecksplorer - The Exilers

Love reading? Young or young at heart? The Exilers is for you. New chapter posted every Monday. Read it online at or search Hecksplorer.

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

Israeli Dancing

Beginners group 6:30-7:30pm circle & line dances. All ages welcome. Gate Pa Primary School hall, Cameron Rd. Ph Maria 544 1680 or 022 165 2114

Keep On Your Feet

6077 437

Strength & balance class for general strength, fitness & falls prevention. 11am at Welcome Bay Hall. $6. First class free. Ph Raewyn 027

Lions Club Welcome Bay

Tauranga Acoustic Music Club

Tauranga Astronomical Society

Tonight’s PowerPoint presentation, Spectroscopy. The analysis of light determining temperature, composition, movement of stellar objects. Telescope viewing weather dependent. Fergusson Park Observatory 7:30

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 Morning Badminton

9-11:30am Tues & Thurs, QE2 Centre. All ages. Racquets available, beginners welcome. $5 per day. Ph Rachael 07 548 2216

Tauranga Samba Brazilian Drumming

Percussion band. 7:15-9:15pm. Mount Sports Hall, Cnr Hull & Mt Maunganui Rds. No experience reqd. Ph/txt Rob 021 232 7185 for info

Tauranga Toastmasters

Improve your speaking & leadership skills in a supportive & social environment. Every Tuesday 7:309:30pm, Lyceum Club, 1st Ave. Guests welcome!

Tauranga UFO & Paranormal

Meeting 7:30pm.Tga Senior Citizens Hall,14 Norris St. Use entrance at rear. Entry $4 inc cuppa. All welcome. Ph Ian 544 2811

Te Puke Toy Library

Tues-Thurs 9-1pm, Fri/Sat 10-12pm Borrow Toys, have a play, Playgroup on Friday as well as Brick Kids during term 3:30pm. 7 Stock Rd. Ph 027 263 9309

Thai Chi

Easy, entry level group exercise for your body & mind. 10-11am at Multicultural Ctr, Historic Village, 17th Ave. Donation only

Try Lawn Bowls

Tauranga South Bowling Club. All welcome, especially beginners. Must be over 13 years. Bowls supplied. Smooth flat shoes or bare feet. 5:45-8:15pm approx. $5 each

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. Ph Bhajan 07 929 7484

Wednesday 14 November Age Concern Walking Group

10am Carmichael Rd carpark.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Lions Club of Welcome Bay + Age Concern. Coffee & Conversation. Welcome Bay Community Centre every 3rd Tuesday 10:30am-11:30am. All welcome Register Ph 571 8940

Open meeting 10am, Every 1st/3rd Wednesday of month. Tauranga Central Bapist Church. 13th Ave/Cameron Rd. All Welcome. Ph 0800 229 6757

Mount Morning Badminton

Come & dance with us . No partner required. St Columba Church Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd, 6:30-8.30pm. Ph 021 124 5982

9-11:30am. Mt Sports Centre, Blake Park. Social, racquets available. Closing day 20th Nov. $5 per day. Ph Margaret 575 9792

Arabian Spice Belly Dance


Do you play crib or would like to learn? At Greerton RSA 1pm sharp. Michael Ph 562 0517

Cards - Five Hundred

1pm St Thomas More Church, 17 Gloucester Rd Mt Maunganui. $3. Weekly prizes, door prize, refreshments, aggregate. Barbara 572 4962 or Bob 0274 786 282

Fernland Spa Water Exercise

11am-noon. For accident/illness rehabilitation, arthritics & joint replacements. Qualified instructor & lifeguard. Held rain or shine, not school holidays. New participants ph Jennifer 571 1411

Free Meditation

7:30pm-8:30pm. Bring peace & joy into your life. Youth Engagement Building (behind main stadium) Tauranga Domain Cameron Rd. Entrance opp Monmouth St. Ph Ian 027 884 2238

Healing Rooms 1-3pm

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

Katikati Bowling Club

8 Park Road. Mixed Roll-ups 12:453pm. Ph Phil Green 549 5344

Keynotes Inc.

Keynotes 4-part harmony Women’s chorus meet 7pm at Wesley Church 13th Ave, singing for fun & health. Ph Bernice 576 4848 Facebook Keynotes Inc.

Kiwi Toasters

Build Confidence Kiwi Toasters meets 1st 3rd & 5th Wednesday at 5:30pm at 3 Palm Springs Boulevard (beside Pharmacy) Papamoa. Ph Chrissy 027 296 7939

Papamoa Garden Circle

Rose show & fashion parade at SRC Gordon Spratt Reserve starting 10:45am. Shared lunch. All to contribute a plate. Ph Graeme Wilson 574 2392

Papamoa Palms Friendship Club

11am Gordon Spratt Reserve, Parton Rd. am & pm speakers. Bring own lunch. All welcome. Initial visit free. Ph Sue 574 3280

Scottish Country Dancing

Mount Senior Citizens’ Hall 345 Maunganui Rd. Beginners 6pm, general dancing 7:30pm. Mary 574 8687 or Lynne 021 140 7912

Singles Coffee Club 60+

Meet every Wed 10am. Looking to meet like minded people. Ph Gayle 0274 393 267 or email

Steady As You Go

Exercises at St Johns Church Hall Bureta, 2-3pm except 1st Wednesdays each month. Improve balance & overall wellbeing. Ph Alison 07 576 4536

Tauranga MidWeek Tramping Group

Hongi’s Track & Hinehopu’s Bluff. Grade moderate. Debbie 543 0949

Tauranga Labour Women’s Event

6pm, St Enoch’s Church hall, 134 16th Ave. Inspiring women & delicious finger food. Everyone welcome. Email for details

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 & FB

Twilight Corporate Disc Golf

A workplace get together like no other.At pin oak flat in the beautiful Mclaren Falls park 5:30pm. Full details tauranga disc golf on

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Sunshine Sequence Dance Group

Psychic showdown. Kevin Reed Palmistry V Tash Harvey Toe-Reading. Who will reign supreme? St Georges Church Lounge, GatePa. 7:15pm. $5. Bring a plate. Ph Elaine 021 126 4790

Learn dancing at a friendly club. Baptist Church Hall, 13th Avenue, 7-10pm. $2pp includes supper. Jan 544 4379

Thursday 15 November

Te Puke Art Society

Bay City Rockers

Social RocknRoll Dancing, with Neon Moon, RocknRoll Waltz. At Senior Citizens Hall, Norris St. 7-9:30pm. $3 entry includes supper. Ph Gavin 027 643 6222

Bloom In The Bay

15th-18th. Live music, art displays, concept gardens, tasty food & beverages at Mills Reef Bar, free speakers series & fun for the family! More info www.gardenandartfestival.

Garden & Art Festival

15th-18th! Celebrate the beauty & diversity of stunning gardens & the creativity of talented artists in BOP. Ph 0800 842 538 or for more info & tickets

Katikati Bowling Club

8 Park Rd Rummikub 1-4pm, $3 entry. Phil Green 549 5344

Katikati Toastmasters

Find Your Voice Katikati Toastmasters meets 1st 3rd & 5th Thursday at 7:30pm at Katikati Community Centre Beach Road Katikati. Ph Chrissy 027 296 7939

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Friday 16th Nov. Movie & Digital Excellence Awards with a FUSE performance starting at 6pm & the award ceremony at 6:15pm. For info & tickets go to

Mainly Music

Music & dance for preschoolers, Mums & Carers.$3 per family. Morning tea provided 9:30-10am. Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Rd.

Mount Art Group

Interested in painting or drawing, any medium & all levels? 9-1pm St Peters Hall, Victoria St, Mt Maunganui. New members welcome. Ph Rita 542 2070

Sign Bomb @Hospital Cafe

Talk with/about NZSL (NZ Sign Language)! The cafe on ground floor of Tauranga Hospital 11-12:30. Email Yuko or FB Visual Voices

Tauranga Citizens Indoor Bowls

Starts 1:15pm. New members welcome. All ages. Ph Andrew 021 0298 5047 9:30am open for viewing art & doing art. Friendly helpful group. All levels & new members welcome. Ph 027 660 6213

Friday 16 November Alcoholics Anonymous

Open meeting 10am every Friday. Tauranga Central Baptist Church, 13 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:/

Learning About Tauranga Faith-Groups

Exploring the diverse religious traditions contributing to NZ society. 6-8:15pm St Georges Church, 1 Church Street. Full description & enrolments at

Made Awards 2018

Movie & Digital Excellence Awards with a FUSE performance starting at 6pm & the award ceremony at 6:15pm. For info & tickets go to

Mah Jong Club

Every Friday at St Andews Church Hall, Dee St, Mt Maunganui. 12:45-4pm. Come join our friendly club. Joy 578 7310

Melodrama, Litt Park Theatre

Te Puke Repertory presents Melodrama “Try this for size or Moustaches Muffs & Minstrels” Nov 23rd-Dec 1st. Go to Eventspronto for more.

Omanu Bowling Club

50th Anniversary Weekend 30th Nov2nd Dec. Open to all past & present members.

Red Cross Volunteers

Looking for something professional & to support your community while gaining retail skills for 4hrs? Enquire today at Red Cross Shop Cameron Rd, ph 578 2683

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FOUND KITTENS VARIOUS Colours, Various Sex, Various Areas, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245 Found Puppies, Various Colours, Various Sex, Various Areas, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245 Found Grey Male Rabbit, Tauranga Central area, Ref: 137458, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245 Found Grey/Black Female Guinea Pig, Mount Maunganui area, Ref: 137350, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245 Found White/Grey Male Rabbit, Matua Area, Ref: 137378, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245 Found Adult Tabby/White Male Cat, Oropi Area, Ref: 136788, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245 Found Young Adult Grey/Tabby Female Cat, Omanawa Area, Ref: 137251, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245 Found Adult Black Female Cat, Brookfield Area, Ref: 132879, Ph SPCA 07 578 0245 LOST, MALE TABBY cat, 9months, white chest & 4 white paws, grey collar with white ornament. Microchipped. Frodo’s been missing since Fri evening 2/11 from Lemon Grove area. Reward. Ph 576 6035

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roofs, gutter cleaning & repairs. Chimney maintenance & repairs. Registered roofer, 30yrs exp. Ph Peter 542 4291 or 027 436 7740

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

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

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MATAMATA ROSE JUDGE’S Garden, Nov 14. Over 300 roses. Transport, talk & garden viewing. $35pp. NZ Flower & Garden Show, Henderson, 2 Dec. $86pp. (Transport & entry). Gift vouchers available tgatastingtours@xtra. Ph (07) 544 1383 NO 8 TOURS NEW ZEALAND’S SENIOR TRAVEL CLUB. Join our Club today for Free to receive all our VIP Members Benefits exclusive to No 8 Tours. We specialise Fully Escorted Day Tours, Shows and Extended Tours. Get in contact today for a Free beautiful colour catalogue. Contact us now at No 8 Tours team on 579 3981 or Email


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On Sunday afternoon, at the November meeting of the Tauranga Historical Society, Tauranga Cultural Heritage Collection coordinator Fiona Kean gave a presentation titled ‘50 Years, 50 Objects’, highlighting 50 years since the start of the Heritage Collection, with treasures and artefacts donated from Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty people.

Wendy Whyte, Steve Vergeest and Maree Lewis.

Beth Bowden and Vivien Edwards. Alf Rendell and Fiona Keen. Alf turned 101 on Friday.

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