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18 October 2013, Issue 671

Crocodile challenge

Sporting sensations

Bill’s back

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With a moo, and a baa, farm animals across the region are descending upon rural schools around the Western Bay as this year’s calf club season gets underway. See page 7 for full story. Pictured: James Catto, 6, with Rascal, Rose Catto, 11, with Nibbles, Olivia Grimshaw, 7, with Snowflake - and Fred the scarecrow. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

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Everybody have fun tonight! We’ve come back to see what’s cookin’ in the local elections, and man, is there a mess in the kitchen! Your polling has turned up some surprises, with voters clearly tired of the same old diet on offer from the city council. With three councillors remaining on the menu, and some long serving ones now either eating humble pie, or their hats, it would seem the rate paying public is keen to get their teeth into some fresh fodder. While the councillor menu looks pretty fresh and raw, the city mayoral offering is tasting more of cold

leftovers, going into a fourth term – and far from Mr Crosby’s majority wins in previous years. The mayoral race was a close call, with Mr Crosby’s margin gobbled into by Kelvin Clout – and some in the anti-Crosby brigade would argue that Baker, Moore and Robson, with about 9000 between them, effectively split the protest vote. But a win is a win, and congratulations to the Crosby clan and the successful candidates. Good luck, you’ll need it to pull so many newbies together into a coherent, effective unit. We’d also like to thank outgoing Cr Bill Faulkner for his commitment to 13 years of column writing as a sitting councillor, an outstanding contribution to our paper and the community to keep readers informed with his insights and opinions of happenings behind the chamber doors. We’ve invited Bill to continue his commentary on local politics, with the first of his post-election commentaries in this week’s edition. It’s business as usual at Western Bay, with Mayor

Len Brown and Jock Paget’s horse both appear to have had their snouts in dodgy nose bags. Patterson in for another term, alongside four newbie councillors and one returning.

Dishing the dirt

Elsewhere there’s scandal, with Aucklanders stunned at the table manners of their Mayor Len Brown, revealing he likes to eat out – we now all know his favourite dish on the side. At RR we’re wondering how the congratulatory phone call went from his former crumpet… “Hurro, Ren. Conglaturations. I am so preased to see you re-erected.” Or words to that effect. Here at RR Headquarters, we’ve taken a mature and measured response to the scandal, by making up purile and insensitive jokes. Such as: What is the difference between Len Brown and Jock Paget’s horse? One is a mount who’s doping, the other is a dope who’s mounting. Why is Len Brown better than Emirates Team New Zealand? Because at least when he gets on top he finishes first. The RR team have written a new song for Auckland. It’s a parody of the 80’s new wave band “Wang Chung” and their hit: Everybody Have Fun Tonight; Everybody bang Chuang Tonight. Meanwhile, some of the wags on Twitter have been busy: New book in Whitcoulls Queen St – “Fifty Shades of Brown” At least no one was hungry, he got Chinese and she got two minute noodle. Len Brown says he works 24/7 for Auckland, but now we know it is actually 23 hours 58 minutes. Shan wants to wring his neck, but the problem is he’d find the choking arousing. A poll was done in Auckland. 49 per cent of Auck-

landers think Len Brown should keep his seat. 51 per cent think he should disinfect it. Didn’t realise BrownTown was going to turn out to be a red light district. Been a rough three years for local government. Christchurch had a quake. Wellington had a quake. Len Brown in Auckland had a knee-trembler. Women of Auckland were polled whether they would want to have sex with Len Brown. 25 per cent said “not again”.

Online voting

One thing is sure, the sooner the country moves to online election options for voting, the better. The lowest ever turnout of 40 per cent is a pretty sad indictment on the apathy of ratepayers; plus a measure of the inefficiency of the antiquated postal voting system. Good news is, the gummint is tackling this and hopes to get some trials underway so we can elect online in 2016. It’s got my vote.

Parting shot

The last word this week, thanks to Gladys Jones, in reply to our piece last week on the state of sport: The definition of the game of cricket: Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game. Understand?

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. Jock Paget won a bronze in team eventing, 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2013 he won the Badminton Horse Trials on debut.


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The seven newbies Seven new councillors, who have transformed Tauranga City Council, are today finishing one-on-one meetings with Tauranga’s newly re-elected Mayor Stuart Crosby.

recommendations, “because there’s so many new people and some new talent as well I might add”. “My job is to corral all that; and my style will remain ‘it’s not about me it’s about the group’. And frankly, at long last, I think I will be able to build a team and not have a group of individuals.” The last three elected councils have done most of the local body’s administrative work in the Strategy and Policy, and Projects and Monitoring committees. Both committees included a minimum number of councillors and individual chairs. There were also a variety of smaller ‘special purpose’ sub committees, which didn’t require a membership of full council. “I am really excited,” says Stuart. “There are some seriously talented people in this new group, some seriously passionate people – and some seriously committed people.” He says the three new, young councillors are good for the city’s future. “Clayton [Mitchell], Steve [Morris] and young Matt [Cowley], who I think is the baby of the group. There are two new ladies [Bev Edlin and Gail McIntosh] with some very good skills and experience – and some seriously motivated and intelligent people in the whole group.” “The community has demanded change through this election, that is obvious, and change must happen.”

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Stuart wants to “learn their leanings and aspirations” before deciding the new look of the local body. This month’s local body elections has left Stuart with three experienced councillors – Catherine Stewart, Rick Curach and Bill Grainger – none being forefront in the last council’s power structure. Stripping all previous committee chairmen of their seats, the election has left the mayor to start afresh with the governance structure and the people who will play major roles in it. Stuart says two full days of meetings are being held next week, and he expects the new council’s strategic direction to emerge from those discussions. Already signalling a change to the new council committee structure, Stuart says he’ll be looking at possible establishment of a new Audit and Risk Committee to have a stronger focus on council finances. “As debt was a key election issue, I suspect that will find favour.” Stuart says it’s a conversation he intends to have with all elected members before making any

Pictured: New TCC councillors Matt Cowley, Steve Morris, Clayton Mitchell, Bev Edlin, Gail McIntosh, John Robson and Kelvin Clout.

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Council’s ‘baby’ eyes posts Tauranga City Council newcomer Matt Cowley quit his job this week. A senior policy analyst at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the new councillor says he’ll be handing in his notice before being sworn in on October 30.

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Falling logs smash into car

A woman and teenager are lucky to have escaped serious injuries after the car they were in was struck by a log from a fully laden truck on State Highway 2 near Paengaroa. The 39-year-old woman and 16-year-old girl were travelling towards the woman’s home in Pukehina about 4pm on Wednesday when a log tumbled from the truck smashing into the small Honda. The driver of the logging truck was heading along SH2 when he braked coming up to the railway tracks near the intersection at SH33 causing the logs to fall off, say police. The 1994 Honda car travelling in the opposite direction was hit by one of the logs. The 39-year-old and 16-year-old were taken to Tauranga Hospital with minor and moderate injuries.

Hot pink support in the city

About $15,000 has been raised for Tauranga Breast Cancer Service Trust after thousands of people turned the city’s streets pink for the 2013 House of Travel Hot Pink Walk this week. Adorned in their finest pink outfits, about 3000 participants made their way from Masonic Park in a 2.8km loop through the city, finishing back at The Strand. Breast Cancer Support Service Trust coordinator Lea Lehndorf says organisers are still tallying up exact numbers, but estimates about 3000 people turned up despite wet weather.

Strong winds lash the Bay

Strong winds lashed the Bay of Plenty this week as a spring storm hit bringing down powerlines and throwing trampolines into neighbouring properties. The Mount Maunganui Fire Brigade was called to a property in Links Avenue just before 4pm on Tuesday after a resident arrived home to find her trampoline on the next door neighbour’s roof. A powerline also broke in half and was lying across Henry Road, at its intersection of Busby Road, just north of the Katikati township, cutting power to hundreds of homes.

Census: City grows by 11 per cent

Tauranga City’s population grew by almost 11,000 people in the last seven years, according to the latest census figures released this week. The 2013 Census shows Tauranga is the second fastest growing city in the North Island with a population increase of 11 per cent, or 10,908 more people, since the 2006 census. “Tauranga city was the second-fastest-growing district or city council area in the North Island, but it didn’t grow as fast as it did between 2001 and 2006,” says Government statistician Liz MacPherson.

Prolific Brookfield burglar jailed

A Tauranga man, who went on numerous burglary sprees at a Brookfield supermarket before attempting the same at city golf courses, has been jailed for two years and three months. Jason Francis Hing, 41, appeared in Tauranga District Court for sentencing on Monday on a raft of charges including shoplifting, possession of cannabis and wilful trespass. Hing previously pleaded guilty to four counts of shoplifting items under $500, four counts of wilful trespass, two counts of burglary, burglary under $5, theft of a car, possessing cannabis and two counts of breaching release conditions. The only local daily news source you need, constantly updated, seven days a week

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Tauranga’s re-elected Mayor Stuart Crosby has called Matt ‘the baby’ of the new, young blood to the city council. Matt turned 30 in May, but he’s not the youngest councillor to arrive at council chambers in recent years. It is Stuart himself, who was 29 when first elected to the then Tauranga District Council. Matt’s current job, where he’s paid more than he’ll receive as a councillor, specialises in technical advice on complex policy issues and project management. In the new Tauranga council, Matt’s looking to get involved in a policy committee “to drive projects”. “There’s a big overhaul that Stuart [Crosby’s] going through, so I don’t really want to be naming committees because I don’t know what he’s got in his head. “People who got elected on their strong financial management; let them deal with the financial and audit committee, and put people with their best strengths up in different committees. Matt says he’s looking forward to more progressive economic development events, as well as bringing life

back into the CBD. “Those projects and committee are really what I want to be hammering home.” “It’s not necessarily around allocating funding, but it’s about getting people together and building that momentum. I think past councils didn’t have anyone really driving the CBD, bringing life back into it. Matt says he’s open to working with the new Deputy Mayor. “I don’t think it will be me, but I’m quite happy to work on delivering projects.” This week councillors had one-on-one meetings with the Mayor, before beginning a two-day workshop next week, to sketch out council structures and policies. Newly elected and returning councillors are unable to officially act in their roles until sworn in. The first council meeting is November 19, when councillors agree to their code of conduct, standing orders, governance structure; plus, how committees are constituted and what work they’re allocated. A chairperson and deputy chair will also be appointed for each committee. The first normal business council meeting is November 26. By Andrew Campbell

Goodbye Bill - planning for future Outgoing Tauranga City councillor Bill Faulkner is “not one to sit still”. After standing for Tauranga City Council on and off for 30 years, the 73-year-old is reverting to being a private citizen again. But he is not following the cliché of putting his feet up – he has “things to do”.

Bill was first elected to the city council in 1983 and during the years lost his seat twice. He has served the last four terms as a city councillor, but his recent campaign to be returned to the city’s round table has been unsuccessful. He was at his home when he heard the news on Saturday. “It’s a three year fixed term contract and that’s it. I’m pretty philosophical about it,” he told The Weekend Sun. After a long-serving career, Bill knew his seat was at risk for a number of reasons including his constant forefront in council controversy. “By getting on and doing things you run the risk of this; and you either pander to the electorate or you

get on and do the business. So I chose to get on and do the business.” He names his biggest achievement as being the “driving force” behind the 1988 commission of microfiltration in the city’s water system. Bill says despite losing his seat over it, it was a “huge success”. “The town’s water system had basically folded up and we had to put in a new plant. So we took the very bold decision to go to microfiltration when it was in its infancy; and it’s proven to be a huge success.” As a private citizen – Bill has no plans to put his feet up. “I’m not one to sit still. It’s none of those usual platitudes – seeking new opportunities and all of that nonsense. I’ve got things to do.” Among other “things”, Bill will continue sailing his boat and writing his column By Zoe Hunter in this newspaper.

Outgoing Tauranga City councillor Bill Faulkner takes time out to read The Weekend Sun. For Bill’s latest column see page 13 in this issue. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

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Crocodile challenge Sitting happily at his desk four weeks ago, Tauranga accountant Bevan Spratt received the challenge of a lifetime – a ticket to take on the Australian Outback via his mountain bike. The 29-year-old entered an online competition to win free entry into an international mountain bike race in Cairns called the ‘Crocodile Trophy’. Not knowing exactly what he’d gotten himself into when told of his win one month ago – Bevan has quickly found out he’ll be riding a nine-day mountain bike stage race from Cairns into the outback. The October 19-27 race will see Bevan riding up to 100km per day in 30 to 40 degree heat from Smithfield to Cairns, then looping through the outback up to Cooktown – about 850km in total. Bevan has competed in mountain bike races before – but has never raced for more than two days straight. After his first week of training Bevan says he was sceptical about taking on the challenge, but has since built up his confidence and has now completed three hours’ riding before and after work every day for three weeks. “I’ve just been spending as much time on my bike as I can really.” Other than waking at 7am for a seven-hour ride, Bevan says the biggest challenge will be coping with high temperatures he’s never experienced. “That’s going to be the big shock coming from New Zealand’s winter. I’ve got no idea what it’s like.” Bevan and his wife left New Zealand on Tuesday, with the race beginning tomorrow. By Zoe Hunter

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Siblings’ swinging successes Under 15. They also helped their Tauranga Swapping their football boots for Boys’ College side lift the Super 8 golfgolf clubs is paying dividends for ing title for the first time in 15 years and the Hillier brothers as they showed they can foot it with the big boys, Charlie taking out the Te continue to turn heads Puke Golf Club Men’s Senior on the Bay of Plenty He’s beaten me Final, with Harry second. golfing circuit. Charlie, playing off a

form in competition against each other, the pair are downplaying their sibling rivalry, opting instead to label it as healthy competition. “He’s beaten me one or two times but it will happen more often in the coming years, I’m sure,” says Charlie. “Every now and then I get him to look at what I can do better which always helps,” says Harry, playing off a 1 handicap. Harry, the first Year 9 to be selected in the Boys’ college side, says it is pretty cool to be playing title-winning golf and is confident it can continue – although he is still torn between golf and football. “It was really cool to go in front of everyone and say I’m the best for my age. I don’t know which one to choose yet but I will have to make a decision.”

one or two times +1 handicap, admits the In what has been a hectic brothers’ real passion is season on the fairways, but it will happen football but after picking Harry, 14 and Charlie, 16 have swept nearly every more often in the up the clubs, both at the 10-years-old, he could not title in their path – includcoming years, be happier with their recent ing a number of national success. crowns. I’m sure “Yeah it’s been a good year,” Charlie is currently the 2013 says Charlie. NZ national Secondary Schools “At the end of the day you always say you champion along with securing second place can play better but if you don’t you just in the 2013 NZ National Age Groups in By Luke Balvert the Under 17 category, while Harry is keep- have to take it as it comes.” ing pace with a victory in the NZ National While producing stunning Charlie and Harry Hillier show off their golfing tricks. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Pest numbers dented

Oropi School’s annual week-long Possum and Rabbit hunt has dented numbers of the pesky, bothersome pests in the area. The event, sponsored by Environment Bay of Plenty and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council, began last Saturday and ends today, with prizes being awarded for the heaviest possum and rabbit and most possums and rabbits. All entries must be handed in with an official entry form, and will be officially weighed during the school’s Calf Club Day today.

Monsanto march

With signs held high – 14 people marched through Tauranga as part of a nationwide protest against the agricultural giant ‘Monsanto’ and genetically modified food. On Saturday, the group people participated in the ‘March Against Monsanto’ protest from Red Square to Tauranga MP Simon Bridges’ Devonport Rd office. The “smaller than expected” group are making a stand against GMOs being allowed into the country “unrestricted and potentially unlabelled”. A second march is planned for November.

Fridge for kiwi trust

Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust is in need of a new fridge freezer to store hen eggs and rabbit meat, which is used for stoat bait in trapping lines. The trust’s existing refrigerator is in need of replacement, and volunteers are appealing for the donation of a “normal size, domestic fridge/freezer”, which they can pick up. Anyone who can help, can email Keith McLeod at: keith.mcleod@xtra.co.nz

Hot summer ahead

A hot summer is expected in the Bay with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Science predicting above-average temperatures. NIWA’s seasonal climate outlook shows temperatures in the October - December period as a whole are most likely to be above average in the east of the North Island. Frosts may occur in some areas from time to time. Sea surface temperatures are expected to remain above average overall around New Zealand.

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Farm galore James, 6, Rose Catto, 11, with Olivia Grimshaw, 7, and Fred the scarecrow. Photo by Tracy Hardy. Cover story

From the paddock to the school field, efforts outside the classroom are being recognised at rural schools around the Western Bay during the next two weeks thanks to calf club season. Pyes Pa School principal Michelle Thurlow says this Saturday’s annual calf club event is a proud tradition. “It’s an important part of what makes the school special,” says Michelle, about the farm animalraising competition which – like at Te Puna School – is being combined with a community gala event this Saturday. Michelle says calf club has been part of Pyes Pa School’s heritage

for 70 years and pupils enjoy the chance it offers them to develop an understanding of animal husbandry, saying it’s a “delight” to see the joy on the pupils faces as they take part. At Te Puna School, PTA chairwoman Sarah Vukona says there’s a growing interest in the calf club and country fair, something she puts down to a growing interest in connecting with the land. “But of course it’s also an important rural tradition – and the country fair brings the whole community together.” Sarah says the fair is an important fundraiser, with money raised this year earmarked for repairing the school’s leaky hall. The “good old-fashioned” Te Puna Country Fair has many

popular traditional events – including pig in a barrow; and gumboot throw, plate smashing, scarecrow and cake bake competitions and a tug-of-war battle. Plus, it’ll offer pony, mini jeep and tractor rides, a super slide, chairplane, chip and putt game, and the ping pong drop, with the winner receiving a helicopter ride over the school. Other calf club events are: on Friday, October 18 at Oropi, Katikati and Tauriko schools; on Saturday, October 19 at Kaimai and Whakamarama schools; on Sunday, October 20 at Pahoia School; and on Thursday, October 24 at Otamarakau School. Top calves and pupils compete at Tauranga Boys’ and Girls’ Group Day regional competition at Tauranga Racecourse on Saturday, October 26. By Hamish Carter

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Jazzed-up conclusion A night of jazz with a Tauranga trio will be Katikati Folk Club’s final 2013 concert. Tauranga group Offshoot – of 16-year-old Tauranga Girls’ College student Leilani Taula, 18-year-old Tauranga Boys’ College student Daniel Kulasingham and multi-instrumentalist Murray Mason – will perform October 25 from 7pm at Katikati Bowling Club. Door tickets cost: adults $20, members $15, schoolage children free entry.

Athletics open night Omokoroa Athletics Club’s annual opening and information night is next Wednesday (October 23). Families can register their children, from age two to 14, at Western Avenue Sportsground from 5.15pm. “Athletics is on every Wednesday 5.15pm to 6.30pm from October to March and is a friendly, fun and family- oriented environment for all levels,” says Janeane Joyce. To inquire, call Janeane on 07 548 2689.

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Katikati brigade’s new digs The frame is up and Katikati Fire Brigade could spend Christmas in their new station – taking the town’s fire siren with them too.

Katikati Fire Brigade deputy chief fire officer and building manager Gavin Amrein is happy with the building’s progress, on the corner of Wedgewood St and Middlebrook Drive, which will sport time-saving and eco-friendly features. “We hope to be in by Christmas – end of December or end of January – that’s the dates,” says Gavin. The station will house two fire trucks and have a locker room, two offices, a social room, kitchen and toilet facilities for the brigade’s 23 members. “We’ve a designed locker room to store equipment and clothing, a drying room to hang wet clothing after

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Katikati Fire Brigade deputy chief fire officer and building manager Gavin Amrein, outside the town’s new fire station. call-outs, and a designed sink for cleaning breathing gear. Before, we’d use the kitchen.” Gavin says the offices will satisfy ever-increasing paperwork duties, with the Main Rd site offering nowhere to sit down so they work out of an old toilet area. A garage will house the brigade’s ‘white fleet’ of a water tanker and van, with a fire hydrant nearby. The new digs will be a stark contrast to the current station, built by Hilton Rayment in 1955 to house one fire truck and 10 members, which has become cramped and unsuitable in recent years. “We’ll fit it with new gear and it’ll be alarmed and fitted with a camera security system.” And despite statistics showing the brigade only takes about two minutes and 45 seconds to get a fire appliance on the road from the siren sounding, the new station will have time-saving tools. “When the siren sounds all doors will open automatically, the alarm deactivates and lights turn on; this will allow for a faster response,” says Gavin. The building will also be earthquake-proof and ecofriendly. “We’re retaining our roof water, recycling all of our water, and re-using it for toilet facilities.” Gavin believes the fire siren will relocate to the new station too. “The existing siren pole is on the boundary of the building; whoever goes into it, the siren might be in their way. “We’d actually like to get rid of the siren but our pagers aren’t up to standard yet.” The New Zealand Fire Service is funding the station only, but the brigade is ecstatic about their new station, after fundraising for 13 years to contribute to its cost.


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Paddies Market St Paul’s Presbyterian Church’s annual Paddy’s Market is this Saturday morning (October 19), from 9am in Katikati. Organiser Alison Parish says this year’s theme ‘Kid’s Stuff ’ has a bouncy castle, toys, games, books, produce and plants on offer. “We just need everybody to come along.” The fundraiser, at the Mulgan St church, contributes to missions and children’s activities.

Stallholders needed Athenree Homestead Trust is seeking stall holders with quality crafts for its Vintage Christmas Market and Fair on November 24, from 10.30am-3pm. The event will offer entertainment,

stalls with Christmas gift ideas, food, and vintage costume photograph opportunities. For stall bookings, call Colleen on 07 863 5571 or Trish on 07 863 5661.

Pooches at Oktoberfest Residents can get their dogs professionally washed alongside their cars at Te Puke Baptist Church’s annual Oktoberfest Gala tomorrow (October 19) from 9am to 1pm. The event begins with a fun run and 5km race, followed by entertainment including a giant Jenga game, bouncy castle and delicious food. A silent auction of interesting goods and services is also planned, with proceeds going to child and youth programmes in the church and community.

The currently unofficial Bay of Plenty Steamers cheerleading team at ASB Baypark. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Despite the Bay of Plenty Steamers’ season not going so well this year, there was one group of girls cheering for the boys the whole way. The Bayley’s dancers are hoping to be a permanent addition to the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union entertainment sector. A group of dancers was introduced to perform at the BOP Steamers ITM Cup home games in 2011.

Hotly contested role

This year a group of dancers auditioned at Tauranga’s Inzpire Dance Company in June to become this season’s dancers. Having performed at every 2013 home game – both at ASB Arena and in Rotorua – the girls are hoping to become the official entertainment. Head choreographer Mila Barach says she held auditions in the hope of giving Bay girls the opportunity to perform on a professional level.

“It is giving them a real world experience. For most of them dance is what they want to do professionally, so if we can start them off now whilst they’re still in the Bay of Plenty and give them the opportunity to do that and commit to that, then that’s a good thing. “It’s also really cool to give younger girls something to look forward to.”

Future uncertain

BOP Rugby Union match enhancement organiser Allison Stewart says she is not in a position to confirm the dancers’ future with the union as the season hasn’t yet ended. But she says the dancers have been a popular addition to match days. “The girls are very professional and I think people enjoyed the routines. We had lots of positive feedback from people. It all looks pretty positive but certainly that’s not something we can guarantee.” Allison says any opportunity for the sport and arts sectors to mix has got to be good. By Zoe Hunter

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Black and white collision My awesome Zumba instructor Teejay and his lovely wife Carla organised a Zumba party at Fraser Cove last Saturday night. About 150 of their followers rocked up for a fun night – those who performed had no inhibitions. The group wore black and white costumes and showed off hilarious leg contortions. A great night was enjoyed by all.

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Kaydi O’Connor-Stratton is a member of the New Zealand’s whitewater canoe slalom performance squad. Photo by Larni Photography.

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A member of New Zealand’s whitewater canoe slalom performance squad, Kaydi O’Connor-Stratton is hoping to attend a training camp at an Olympic stadium in Penrith, Australia, this December. Kaydi also plans to return to New Zealand in January to compete in two of four selection races for a placing in the New Zealand junior team to compete at the ICF Junior and U23 World Canoe Slalom Championships in Penrith next April. The 17-year-old then rebounds to Australia in January to compete in the last two selection races for the New

Zealand junior team for the secondary schools championship and national championship races. Having decided she didn’t want to sit on the side-line watching her brother take to the rapids – Kaydi started kayaking in October 2010. She hated it at first – frightened at the thought of being tipped upside down. “After learning to roll and gaining confidence I found it so much fun and started to love it,” says Kaydi. “I love kayaking because it is always a challenge. Every training is different. It’s not just a physical activity but also a mental one. “It is so much fun just being on the water.” Leading up to December’s training camp and the championship races next year – Kaydi is holding fundraising events to help her with travel costs. She’s also looking for sponsors to help her further her sporting career.

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From fun to fitness, stamina to social contact, the growing water sport of waka ama has plenty to offer. With the outrigger canoe season about to begin, a have-a-go session being run by Tauranga Moana Outrigger Canoe Club is the perfect chance to try the sport. Club coach Lawrence Smith says it can be difficult for people to try their hand at waka ama during the season so they hold open days such as this Sunday’s event – being run as part of the Play in the Bay outdoor activities sports promotion. “The idea is to let anyone come down and just have a go in a waka so they can see if they like it. Those who want to get involved can start the six week introductory programme we begin the following weekend.” Lawrence is passionate about the sport, saying it offers something for everyone, from seven-year-olds up. Levels range from low-key social fun groups to serious

crews training for regional, national and international competitions. “It really is a great family sport – there are very few other activities where everyone can get involved.” The waka ama introduction is on Sunday at 10am, meeting at the Tauranga Fish and Dive Club, Sulphur Point. For details contact Hiria Rolleston (021 02300746) or Lawrence (022 0894699). Another Play in the Bay event on Sunday is the familyfriendly Walk for Hope – a 5km walk or 10km run fundraiser at Fergusson Park for non-profit organisation A Girl Called Hope. For details contact Jo Ball (027 3160 074), $10 charge. History enthusiast Ned Nicely will run his short Guns and Roses guided walk around early central Tauranga landmarks on Tuesday, leaving the police station in Cliff Rd at 10am. For a full event listing download a programme from www.sportbop.co.nz/playinthebay By Hamish Carter

Omokoroa art on hot offer A drive out of town is a must do this Labour Weekend for all art enthusiasts, with the opening of Omokoroa Artists’ Quintessential New Zealand Creative Arts Festival. A collection of the artists’ work will be displayed at the peninsula’s Settlers Hall during the festival – to

be opened by New Zealand weatherman Jim Hickey. On display are paintings, woodworks, garden art, needle crafts, jewelry, and rock art – as well as art from local schools and Matakana Island residents. Omokoroa Point School’s kapa haka group will welcome guests to the festival, where many of the works will be on sale. The opening is 1.30pm Friday, October 25, with the exhibit open October 26-28 from 10am-4pm.

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Beyond sausages and beer Forget about the serious German reputation, a group of expats from the European country are showing they also like to have fun – by hosting on a cultural evening next week. By Hamish Carter

Organised by married couple Walter and Waltraut Speidel, who migrated to Tauranga two years ago, the

evening of food and culture at the Historic Village hall offers anyone interested a chance to learn more about German culture. “Sometimes the Germans are very serious, but we also want to show that we like to have fun, so there will be some fun and jokes.” Walter says while many New Zealanders know a bit about Germany from travelling, he believes the evening’s varied programme – offering a presentation on the country’s history, culture and habits, a quiz on Germany, and a selection of traditional food – will introduce them to much more. “If you ask people about German food and culture many will tell you about bratwurst

sausage and Oktoberfest, but that’s just the beginning.” Food tastings will include German classics sauerkraut, traditional bread, Christmas cookies, cakes, bratwurst and pretzel snacks. “We are also having a craft workshop to make a typical German traditional Christmas craft and there will be music and dance,” says Walter. The event, the latest in the Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council’s monthly ‘Living in Harmony’ series highlighting different cultures, is this Wednesday (October 23), at 7pm. Entry is free with a food plate to share in a potluck dinner. For more details, call 07 577 1644 or email: enquiries@trmc.co.nz

Irish laughs Daytime Concert Series’ next production comes with a warning – fast paced Irish music may bring on uncontrollable bouts of fun and joy. ‘If you’re Irish, come into the parlour’ is stopping in Tauranga as part of its nationwide tour next Friday, playing at Holy Trinity Church at 11am. The audience is encouraged to grab something green and enjoy the toe-tapping new show from the award-winning company, with favourite Irish tunes including ‘Phil the Fluter’s Ball’, ‘That’s an Irish Lullaby’, ‘McNamara’s Band’ and ‘I’ll take thee home again’ – to name a few.

Awardwinning fiddler Marian Burns is leading the show, alongside director John Cameron. Tickets are $30, including lunch with the artists. The Weekend Sun has two prize packs for ‘If you’re Irish, come into the parlour’, including a CD and double pass to the show, to give away to lucky readers who can tell us the name of the production company. Enter online at: www.sunlive.co.nz under the competitions section. Entries must be received before Wednesday, October 23.

Waltraut and Walter Spiedel will be teaching a traditional dance as part of the German culture evening on Wednesday. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

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Things change - yet they stay the same

The month’s happenings

Before I note a snapshot of council’s business situation, I’ll recap on a month’s gap of happenings at City Hall during the silly season of campaigning. The highlight was the Hairy Maclary statue decision being subverted. For a summary of how to backdoor a council decision, go online to the council meeting of February 20, 2012, and start from about 27 minutes in. Here, you will read Creative Tauranga’s proposal and undertakings. They offered to collect $850,000, to design, build, install the statues and provide council a $150,000 maintenance bond. At the time, I commented that was a large and unlikely- to-be-achieved sum of money. The key to council’s accepting the Creative Tauranga offer was “no cost to ratepayers”; and on that basis we approved the resolution. That was the thin end of the wedge – and all that was needed to eventually suck ratepayers into the vortex. Creative Tauranga, which collected about $300,000, said they had the project “underwritten” and commissioned the work – notwithstanding the statement/promise made that no work would start until they had the whole amount of $850,000. So at the last council meeting, councillor Larry Baldock moved that, seeing that the statues were now built, it would be a shame to leave them in a shed until the funding was in place.

Long-time knowledge

I’ve been around long enough to know that one: There would be little chance of raising that much money; and two: Once the statues were in place there would be no show. So, on a vote of 6-5 the “no cost to ratepayers” passed into oblivion. Ratepayers will forgo the maintenance fund and pay to install the statues. As it happens, I think Hairy Maclary is a good idea – something like the Pania of the Reef statue in Napier – but when you strike a deal, you stick to it. Put it this way, I doubt funding would have been forthcoming through council’s annual plan process. Another last minute attempt to obtain extra funding for events by Larry failed after an acrimonious debate. Summerfest, the alcohol-and-drug-free youth event, had been run by Creative Tauranga and had lost $17,000 last year. So they separated it to a separate trust, with all but one of the same trustees as Creative Tauranga, then came asking for $43,000 from events funding, which had a $32,000 balance left. But Gate Pa commemoration organisers were seeking $80,000 funding also. In the end, the $32,000 went to Gate Pa and most of that money will be spent purchasing council services. Summerfest is also a worthwhile event, but with limited money available for events and some nagging suspicions about the business model, the proposal failed. The event will still likely go ahead with council ‘in kind’ contribution which may include organisational and financial advice. Now for a snapshot of how I see the ratepayers and council’s business position right now. Its position is okay, given the financial downturn. Debt is up there, as I have said many times, but its well managed and designed to maintain levels of service. The debt issue is

not as some candidates proposed during the campaign silly season. Steve Morris was on the radio advertising “an almost half a billion dollar debt that he didn’t want to leave to the next generation”. And other campaigners said so too. The real state of the city debt is $388million net debt. Of this, $191.9million is funded by your general rate and the rest is user pays or development contribution funded. And Route K’s $61.3million not funded (interest is added on). There are few other ways of funding the city, which is growing, with borrowing being the fair way to ensure all those who will benefit (including the next generation) get to share the cost. Other options include do nothing, or have today’s ratepayers fund it now. The irony of this is not lost on me. Because I and others have regularly voted against some of this borrowing as being lower priority than core infrastructure (colloquially known as pipes in the ground) – not big vote winners.

Things done well

This last term, I thought we had done well by addressing the wastewater problems with the Southern Pipeline being 75 per cent funded by development contributions; and adding another $43 million to address the stormwater and flooding problem. Consider the looming spectre of increasing interest rates, as the financial crisis appears to be receding. On the horizon is a $70-$100million water plant at Waiari, to cope with growth. So those who promised debt reduction may be found wanting, unless they cancel projects like these to curb the debt or put rates through the roof. A very sharp reality check is coming after the electoral honeymoon is over. You know – we got rid of those who caused all this and now we’ll fix it. Yeah right. So once reality sets in, it will be the “same old same old” because, apart from “tinkering around the edges” nothing much can change in ways of debt or rates. A new group of people will be facing the same issues. I see Mayor Stuart Crosby quoted in the New Zealand Herald, saying the handbrakes had been removed. But when on a slippery slope of debt and rates hikes, brakes are essential. Negotiating a steep hill of the Rena cargo ship grounding crisis, the appointment of four chief executive officers, a major organisational review that turned to custard (completely the responsibility of the CEO of the day) and more serious flooding is to name but a few of the issues we faced. However, there is great hope in the hands of current CEO Garry Poole, who regarded in most circles as one of the most experienced CEOs in the country. Stuart will have his hands full, but with new Mayoral powers he may be able to more firmly direct politically.

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Wow. What a stunner of an election result. No-one saw that coming at City Hall. There was minimal undercurrent detected and folklore had it that one or two would go. I thought maybe up to four; and I wasn’t that confident I wouldn’t be one of them. With a high profile, and being prepared to make tough decisions, you’re always going to be a target – and so it was. Seven sitting councillors routed and the Mayor hanging on by a thread.

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Disappointed, but philosophical

Personally, I’m naturally disappointed but philosophical. I’ve had many supportive calls from all community sectors to commiserate. I truly believe I have made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of the city I love, and was born in. Yes, the costs have been far more than I wanted. But, as I learned from history, the costs of not doing it are greater when they catch up with you. For the future, Brian at The Weekend Sun has invited me to continue a council commentary, which I’ll likely do. Thank you one and all for electing me, tossing me out, re-electing me and so on. And all the feedback (obviously not enough this term). It’s a rare privilege being able to contribute to your community through public office. I tried to work hard and smart to help leave this term with the city a better place – given the circumstances we were in.

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Making a summer home Harvey Furnishings measure and quote consultant Penny Lee. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Is your home looking a little flat? Does it need a lift for summer? Penny Lee at Harvey Furnishings Tauranga is encouraging residents to rejuvenate their home before Christmas and

the New Year with top quality curtains and blinds. Penny has recently rejoined the Tauranga team, after a short break, and brings with her eight years’ experience in the curtain and blinds industry. Penny’s experience has allowed her to become an expert at helping customers achieve the perfect look for their home – which they can enjoy for years to come. She joins Franciska, who holds more than 18 years’ experience in the industry. Franciska enjoys the stimulating environment of the ever-changing industry, and is passionate about colour and textiles. If a new-look home sounds right for you, Penny and Franciska will come to your home and provide a free consultation. They have a full range of samples to view with your current colours and furnishings and they’re happy to provide design advice for your requirements. They also sell every style of venetian, vertical, roller and roman blinds and a wide range of shutters. Plus, they stock famous brands of fabrics and the latest fashion textiles from around the world. Harvey Furnishings Tauranga caters to the entire Bay of Plenty, including Tauranga, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatane and Rotorua areas. Consultations are available to homes, motels, hotels, offices and apartments.

Going places with an engineering diploma Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is offering three engineering streams in 2014.

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s New Zealand Diploma in Engineering opens the door to a world of possibilities. It’s a qualification recognised in many countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. On offer in 2014 are three streams – civil, mechanical and electrical – which appeal to a broad range of people who want a technical engineering qualification. Tutor Graydon Cooper says this qualification appeals to two main groups. “School leavers with good results in maths and physics; and people already in a trade who want to get off the tools and into a supervisory role.” Graydon says guys who’ve been working for a while do really well in this qualification “as they’ve had industry experience already”. “Sometimes they initially struggle with the maths, but we run excellent bridging courses which soon get them up to speed.” As result, this is a qualification that working people can complete – with the right support from employers, says Graydon. “People working in industry can come here one day a week and work the other four. “Some employers are fantastic – they give their employees a paid day off to come to Tech and study.” And it’s not just for the blokes. “Women tend to do really well on the analytical stuff. We’d like to have more female students – as they are often in the top 10 when the results come out.” Students with this qualification can go onto a variety of jobs. Graduates from the civil stream can work on bridges, roading and structures. Mechanical graduates go into the design and manufacture of tools, engines and machines; and electrical graduates go into power stations, telecommunications or electronics and robotics.

Proven track record – time and time again

The Signature Homes team celebrate their multiple wins at the 2013 Signature Homes Franchise of the Year awards. If you’re thinking of buying or building a home – your first port of call should be a company that puts customer satisfaction first and makes the journey simple and streamlined. Signature Homes is this company, with owners Craig and Debbie Williams having the awards to prove their track record is consistent and customer-focussed. At September’s Signature Homes Franchise of the Year awards, Craig, Debbie, and their team, won Best Systems and Processes award for the fourth time, their third National Franchise of the Year award in five years; and Show Home of the Year with their Lakes show home. But Craig is most proud of winning the Client Satisfaction award for the sixth year in a row. “This is what sets us apart from

every other builder in town,” says Craig. “It means our proven track record is consistent – and it is unmatchable.” Debbie says an independent marketing company survey, which questioned Signature Home customers after the sales process and again after handover, determined the awards. “This really shows the success of our whole team, from sales staff to subcontractors, from when the customers first meet us until we handover their home.” Craig says the team gains real satisfaction from winning and is continually setting the Signature bar higher. “Now they’ve won six times, they’ll want to make it seven.” But successfully building a home also rests on the working partnership between builder and client, says Craig. “This is where our systems and processes come in, making the whole journey as easy as possible.” By Merle Foster


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ours, fabrics and prints that are easy to wear and simple to care for. Most importantly, the styles have the real woman in mind by being designed to flatter the figure. Era Blu is now showing off its new season swimwear with a massive range of new colours designs and styles in store now.

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match bikinis and tankinis as well as accessories, wraps and cover ups. Retail manager Fiona Bircham offers one-on-one fittings in the special oversized preening room, which has full length mirrors so you can check out your new look head-to-toe. Start the season off with a stunning new look from Era Blu’s 2013 range and receive a special gift free with your new season swimwear – a $20 gift voucher for your next visit. “We are really looking forward to seeing you all again at Era Blu,” says Fiona.

‘Brilliant’ guitarist returns to Tauranga Popular country guitarist Phil Doublet is returning to the Tauranga Star Awards this month, following his stunning performance in last year’s Star Awards Concert. In 2012, Phil not only performed as the lead guitarist with backing band ‘Bacchus’ but also stood in as a last minute replacement for the guest artist. His version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ performed on a ukulele was the highlight of the concert, says show convenor Merv McEnteer. Phil resides in Christchurch where he works as a professional musician and music teacher. He was spotted by members of the Star Awards committee while performing at Gore’s Gold Guitar Awards.

His incredible guitar playing led to him being booked to appear as lead guitarist at the star awards in 2011 and again in 2012. Due to Phil’s impressive musicianship he returns with other members – rhythm guitarist and musical director Renny Hantler, Sharon McIntyre on bass and drummer Jeremy Hantler – of the final’s concert showband ‘Bacchus’. The premier final’s concert is at Bethlehem College Performing Arts Centre at Labour Weekend. Country guitarist Phil Doublet.

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Perfecting the road trip Your One Stop Shop for NEW & USED Caravans & Motorhomes. Country Caravans aims to stock the largest range of new and used RV’s. Country Caravans and Motorhomes owner Rob Axton. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Everybody loves a good holiday, but few enjoy it more than Tauranga’s Rob Axton, who helps customers achieve their dream escape almost every day. Rob, who finds nothing more satisfying than hearing customers talk about their dream getaways, took over Country Caravans and Motorhomes in Mount Maunganui last year after managing the RV specialists for three years. With the weather warming, Rob and his team know many people’s thoughts are turning to the upcoming holiday season, so the Hewletts Rd yard is full of a wide range of RV’s to suit families of all sizes, tastes and budgets. From cosy caravans for a family getaway to the latest luxury motorhome equipped with all the mod-cons, Rob ensures there is always an exten-

sive selection available. This includes used models from Kea, Ci Munro, Coachcraft, Maui and United, along with new top-end models from TrailLite, Roadcraft and Auto-Sleepers. The company also supplies a wide range of top quality new and used caravans – proudly supplying the New Zealand-built Leisureline range together with the innovative Bailey range from England. “We are a one-stop shop for all your RV needs – from motorhomes and caravans to full servicing and accessories. We’re here to help you get the most out of your leisure time.” The newly expanded service centre is operated by trained technicians, who can help with everything from routine servicing to crash repairs, and tiny tweaks to complex rebuilds. More details at: www.countrycaravans.co.nz

With summer rapidly approaching, make sure you visit us for probably the largest selection of Caravans and Motorhomes anywhere in New Zealand. Country Caravans & Motorhomes provide a ‘one stop shop’ for all of your RV needs, from our well stocked accessory shop to the fully equipped service centre, our friendly, experienced team are with you all the way.

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Genuine taste of Italy Becoming a fantastic Italian cook is being made easy by Sandra Niccoli Hawes, who is offering expert tuition in the stunning Ridge Country Retreat kitchen at Papamoa Hills – or in clients’ own home.

Learning to cook with her mother at a young age, Sandra developed a passion for traditional Italian food and fine-tuned her skills with Sandra Niccoli Hawes quick and 15-year-old daughter and her Kimberley. easy-to-serve traditional Italian meals. Sandra has owned restaurants in Florence and Pisa; and worked in top restaurants in London Sandra’s cooking classes are at Papamoa’s Ridge and Scotland. Country Retreat and she has a beautiful kitchen in After travelling to different countries, Sandra and Bethlehem – but she will happily cook in clients’ her daughter Kimberley came to New Zealand eight own home, whether it be to create a family meal or years ago where she met her husband Scott. She now an Italian-inspired dinner night with friends. calls New Zealand home. With her travel experience and love of cooking, on Since moving, the influence of her native country’s behalf of House of Travel Tauranga, Sandra invites flair for food has inspired Sandra to teach Italyou to join her on the ‘Cuisine Tour of Italy’, where ian cooking, which helps her reminisce about her she’ll share her cooking knowledge and experiences homeland. Having made many Kiwi friends through with participants, as they enjoy the tastes and sights cooking, Sandra says “food brings people together”. of Italy. “I love sharing my culture and experiences along For more information about the tour, By Zoe Hunter with learning and embracing the Kiwi way.” email: debral@hot.co.nz

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A fundraising ride on Saturday offers the first serious hammering of the 25km of new track, which Tauranga Motorcycle Club members have created by pouring hundreds of hours into the trails during winter. Club treasurer Nicki Blake says there has been a growing interest in the public riding area at the park. But a common complaint was that the original tracks, Tauranga Motorcycle Club members enjoy opened last October, weren’t the new motorcycle trail tracks at TECT long enough, with most riders All Terrain Park. being used to riding tracks of including input from some of the 15-20km in one loop. region’s top riders, with the club “The club has taken this feedback aiming to develop a series of motoon-board and has worked hard with cross tracks (mini, junior and senior) Te Matai Motorsport to develop a and more motorcycle trails. A major whole new trail track section.” effort is ramping up fundraising for Access to the new trail is limited to the new project’s costs, with Nicki special one-off events, including the urging interested riders to try the trails fundraising ride on Saturday. and enter Saturday’s ride (sign on from The ride is a joint collection for 7.30am, briefing 9am). TMC and Tauranga Scouts, which Entry is adults $35, junior (age 16 is raising money for their upcoming and under) $15, minis $5, family pass jamboree. (two adults, three children) $95, via TMC funds raised will go to buildcash or cheque. ing motocross tracks in the club’s new Call Kelvin Meredith on 027 431 40ha area at TECT, with the lease 1040 or Ken Lawton on 027 271 signed in February. 0139 or visit: www.taurangamcc.co.nz Nicki says planning is underway,

Survey work to improve roundabout Survey work to eliminate long term traffic congestion and promote safety at the Maunganui-Girven Road and Te Maunga intersections began this week. The work is targeted along the rail corridor from Te Maunga to Matapihi Road and includes topographical surveying and the locating of underground services. NZTA Bay of Plenty acting highways manager Mark Haseley says the survey will provide further detail for the potential track realignment and the tie-in-points to the existing rail corridor,

including relocating the level crossing at Matapihi Rd. The Maunganui-Girven and Te Maunga intersections project looks to address the predicted long-term traffic volumes at these two busy intersections and some of the options being considered to improve congestion and safety. Mark says the survey work is weather dependent and should be completed within the next week. For further information go to the Transport Agency website www.nzta.govt.nz/mgi


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Restoring the inner beauty As a young man Peter Jones followed the family preference by buying a Vauxhall as one of his first cars. He soon developed a fondness for the brand – but it wasn’t until later the fitter and turner began putting his practical talent into restoring and rebuilding the British classics. “I was interested in driving them and looking at them; but by then my main

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interest was in restoring them,” recalls Peter. From starting off with a “very quiet and reliable” Vauxhall LIP, he then owned a Vauxhall Victa 2000 for 16 years. But following a series of company cars, Peter u-turned his attention in 1995, buying a Vauxhall Cresta to restore. “The hobby just grew. I guess with my engineering background, having trained as a fitter, plus my enthusiasm

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Fit to drive seniors’ safety approved Senior drivers are benefitting from having their cars checked to ensure its set to “fit” them perfectly through the inaugural series of CarFit safety reviews offered this month. Tauranga Travel Safe coordinator Karen Smith was excited to be able to offer the programme, saying strong interest from volunteers to undergo training in order to run the programme meant Carfit checks could be offered in five places around the Western Bay.

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This ensures people do not have to travel too far to receive a onceover of their vehicle, says Karen. “We had a great response from people who are keen to help others through the programme, with many [participants at the recent training day] saying they had learned a lot themselves.” The community education programme shows older drivers how to set-up their car to “fit” them so they are in the safest position, with the greatest range of vision and able to access all controls. Checks take about 20 minutes, with volunteers assessing the position of the driver’s seat, steering

wheel and seatbelt. They also look at other safety features in the car. An occupational therapist will review any changes made. While older drivers are among the most safety-conscious they are more likely to be seriously injured when an accident occurs because of their greater physical fragility. The CarFit checks will be offered twice a year, with the first series just being completed this week. Sessions were held in Otumoetai, Greerton, Mount Maunganui, Te Puke and Katikati. Call Age Concern on 07 578 2631 for more information on the next series. By Hamish Carter


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That’s why she’s suggested a mentoring scheme through which farmers becoming “environmental champions” would help others understand environmental, management and financial benefits of implementing change. “There are many good farmers out there doing good things,” says the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Mid-Northern North Island extension manager. “They could facilitate further environmental enhancement by helping their neighbours do the same, and speak up when fellow farmers are not doing the right thing.” Erica’s mentoring proposal is one of several in her comprehensive and well-researched report ‘Increasing uptake of environmental practices on sheep and beef farms’, which she undertook as part of a Kellogg Rural Leaders course in 2012. Erica interviewed 13 sheep and beef farmers in the Waikato, Tau-

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THIS WEEKEND Fun, fame and fortune at Home and Leisure Expo The 2013 Tauranga Home & Leisure Expo has arrived – bringing with it an abundance of fun, fame and fortune. That may seem an odd combination for a home and leisure show, but organiser Graeme Martin says this year’s show, beginning today, is brimming with all three. “There’ll be plenty of fun for every age group at this weekend’s expo. And fame and fortune aren’t far behind.” The expo is on October 18-20 at ASB Baypark – and with summer just around the corner it comes at the perfect time to look, feel, taste and try all the latest home and leisure options in one go. More than 180 exhibits will showcase everything from high-tech beds to beautiful kitchens, top end furniture to stunning tiled floors and walls, sexy showers to wonderful wardrobes –and almost everything in between. “And it’s still only $10 entry,” says Graeme. “If you’re coming today, then $5 Friday will

save you plenty, enough for a free coffee anyway.” Graeme says the expo, now in its third year, continues to bring together the best of the region’s home builders, renovators, and product and service providers with the region’s active home makers and home buyers. As well as popular returning features, such as the Renovation Court, there are a number of exciting new attractions – including Tauranga City Council’s stand and a focus on outdoor cooking with Palmers Bethlehem. TCC’s stand offers the chance to talk with key council players about property needs and niceties. Also new this year is the Furniture Showcase area with stunning ideas for the optimum home lifestyle. There will also be delicious cooking demonstrations at the Palmers stand all weekend with Weber Barbecues. “If people get their timing right, they can taste some of the delicious offerings.” Plus there are plenty of big prizes to be won, says Graeme.

A fabulous Rimu dining table from Everwood Furniture worth $4000 is at top of the list. Another $8000 worth of prizes from Palmers Gardenworld at Bethlehem, The Spruce Up Company, Yellow Toy Box, Freshwood, Versatile Products and Cavious Nano are up for grabs during the weekend. If adults wish to wander the expo at leisure, there are two areas for children – one indoors and another outside. The ASB Foyer Cafe will be up and running with great coffee, tasty snacks and more to keep energy levels up. And with more than 2000 free car parks on-site, there’s room for everyone. “It’s all here at ASB Arena Baypark. So don’t miss the 2013 Tauranga Home & Leisure Expo. See more throughout this special expo feature.”

Palmers’ Roger Congalton, Marie Harris and Peter Wayman taste roast chicken off the Weber Barbecue - a meal being cooked and offered for tastings at the expo this weekend.

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A colourful character Expert advice is on hand from all corners of the Home & Leisure Expo this weekend – but one exhibitor is taking a slightly different approach to its informative assistance.

Mr Smith will attend the Tauranga Home & Leisure Expo for the first time this weekend.

Smith & Sons have created ‘Mr Smith’ – a friendly new character designed to give out renovation advice to anyone who asks. One of the team’s personnel will dress in the Mr Smith costume, and wander the expo all weekend, engaging with homeowners and discussing the fundamentals of home renovation. Smith & Sons spatial designer Chrissy Simmen says Mr Smith was created by the franchise’s head office especially for home show and marketing events. “Renovation can be disruption to your daily activities, so Mr Smith will bring some fun into your day while those home enhancements are underway. “Anyone who has any renovation queries can tap Mr Smith on the shoulder – and he can help them on the spot.” The company is also holding a colouring-in competition for children at the expo, giving them an opportunity to win a barbecue for their parents. “They can do this at the show and return to our stand, or take it home and they’ll have two weeks to return the picture [of Mr Smith] to be in the draw to win the barbecue.” You can find the Smith & Sons exhibit at this weekend’s expo – stand number 236. By Corrie Taylor

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Fresh approach to fitness and well-being Getting fit and healthy doesn’t have to involve slaving away in a gym.

Jenny Hannah with Alison and Mark Pihema working out at Moa Park. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

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Participants’ goals often include losing weight, toning up, becoming more active and healthy, relieving stress and preparing for events. Mark’s background includes more than 15 years in the physical training and outdoor recreation industry, including training a variety of skill levels, from junior touch and rehabilitation to national sport teams, and special force soldiers. “Whether it’s your first time as an exerciser or 1000th, I will ensure your goals are met safely.” Moa Park on Ocean Beach Rd is where the sessions take place, offering sheltered terrain and close proximity to the beach. Call Mark for your three free introduction sessions. By Corrie Taylor

Captain tops cancer campaign Captain America has proven to be the favourite face of a month-long campaign aimed at promoting awareness of prostate cancer. In September, SunLive and Grace Hospital jointly ran an online poll of well-known Tauranga men who volunteered to have their faces painted for Blue September. Blue September is a national campaign encouraging men to be aware of the cancer, which affects one in 10 Kiwi men in their lifetime. Each year 2500 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed. A great effort was put in by all 12 participants and their support-

ers, but after close competition with a total of 672 votes – almost 200 more than his closest rival – Gerry Hart took the top spot. Gerry, who was adorned in the famous Captain America superhero attire, is the administrator of Ngamuwahine Camp Trust with Tauranga Intermediate. Grace Hospital CEO Janet Keys, and the team at Sun Media, would like to thank all of the participants and everyone who voted in this important campaign, and also to all the businesses that donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. As a contriThe top painted face bution to helping prevent prostate cancer, went to Gerry Hart Grace Hospital is also making a $1500 Ngamuwahine Camp donation to the foundation. Trust Administrator By Phillipa Yalden

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Pregnancy centre offering aid to women Tauranga women facing unexpected pregnancy now have access to more resources – with a new drop-in pregnancy help centre opened this week.

The Pregnancy Choice Centre opened on Wednesday and includes free pregnancy testing and counseling, with the aim of helping women unsure whether to carry on with their pregnancies or have an abortion. Located on 11th Ave, on the corner of Christopher St, the centre provides an alternative service to the Family Planning Clinic, says director Janice Tetley-Jones. Janice set up a pregnancy helpline last year and says the new centre will provide women with full information on all options available to them. “When a woman is facing a pregnancy in difficult circumstances, she is often given lots of information about abortion, some about the parenting option, and very little about adoption. We’d like to see women given all the information they

Pregnancy Choice Centre director Janice Tetley-Jones.

need to be able to make a fully-informed choice.” The centre will also help in practical ways, with an on-site op shop featuring clothing for women, children and babies as well as maternity gear and baby equipment; and, in the future, classes on parenting. There will be two counseling rooms, a conference centre and a play room. “Either way, whether you carry on with your pregnancy or have an abortion, it’s a major life-decision. Women choosing abortion need good, compassionate counseling both before and after. Women who are young, new mothers need practical care and support. All women need non-judgmental love and understanding.” The Pregnancy Choice Centre is run by a team of volunteers, including trained professionals.

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The high price of fashion This is a conversation I commonly have with female clients (and odd closet male), which typically starts with a comment about their fancy high heel shoes in relation to a pain condition. It typically ends with a stare telling me to proceed with caution. Like most things in life, that feel good but we know are bad for us, negative thoughts are tempered by pleasing aesthetics of elongated calve muscles and elevated height. The cold hard fact is raising the heel throws the body out of alignment. It changes the weight bearing to the forefoot, hyperextending the knee and hip, and increasing lumbar lordosis by tilting the pelvis forward. This stresses the plantar fascia, shortens the achilles’

tendon, hamstrings and hip flexors; and leads to tendonosis, stress fractures, spinal and joint problems, nerve damage, metatarsalgia, corns, bunions and ingrown toe nails. Quite a price for fashion isn’t it? It depends how much pain you’re in; and it comes down to that “balance thing” again. I usually advise clients heels are okay if used sensibly and for short time periods. But switch to small heels or platform shoes for longer activities. Otherwise, provide necessary arch support. Again variety and balance are key, including stretching tight muscles and plantar facsia and performing regular posterior pelvic tilts. If you need help to assess your biomechanics for suitable footwear, please feel free to contact me. We offer a full range of fashionable orthotic footwear and insoles, with our clinic podiatrist tending to all foot problems.

Physical phenomenon great spectacle An onslaught of physical fitness is heading to ASB Baypark this Labour Weekend as teams of four battle to become “the fittest team in the country” at the Mount CrossFit National Team Competition. The event sees CrossFit athletes from New Zealand and Australia compete in physically-demanding tasks – and the event makes for incredible viewing. The Weekend Sun has four double passes to Mount CrossFit’s National Competition to give away to lucky readers who can tell us how many people compete per team. Enter online at: www.sunlive.co.nz under the competitions section. Entries must be received before Wednesday, October 23.

Fluoridation benefits for Maori

Maori health experts are backing water fluoridation, saying it represents an oral health opportunity for Bay of Plenty Maori. Bay of Plenty District Health Board general manager for Maori Health Janet McLean says water fluoridation is hugely beneficial for Maori – and there is ‘overwhelming scientific consensus’ that it is safe. “We have a high number

of pre-schoolers who end up going under general anaesthetic to have all their teeth extracted because their tooth decay is so bad. The New Zealand Oral Health Survey 2009 shows children and adolescents living in fluoridated areas have 40 per cent less tooth decay than those living in non-fluoridated areas, she says.


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Supporting patients’ journey For almost eight years Julie Bailey has helped make a difference for many breast cancer sufferers. Julie, the Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s clinical nurse specialist for Breast Care, is the helpful voice at the end of the phone or at clinic appointments for patients whose lives are thrown into turmoil with the diagnosis. In her role she is a point of contact for patients, families and the health service, ensuring patients get the care they need and answers to any concerns. “It means they are seen in a timely manner. I check that referrals are complete and that we have all the information we need so there are no delays when they come to see a consultant.” When meeting patients for the first time she informs them about possible treatment options and support, something research shows helps people cope better with the challenges that lay ahead. While Julie acts in a coordinating role she is only one part of a big team focus. “It’s very much a team effort, I’m one part of the BOPDHB Breast Service,” says Julie, who works with surgeons, radiologists and pathologists through weekly meetings to discuss cases.

Breast Service clinical nurse specialist Julie Bailey holding implants which are offered to patients. Photo by Tracy Hardy. “The care of every woman is unique to their case, and a lot of consideration is given about what is best for each individual patient, male or female. We give due consideration to all the information in choosing the

right treatment.” Every year there are 120130 new breast cancer cases in Tauranga Hospital, including one or two men, with patients ranging from their mid-twenties to more than 100 years old.

Thousands of pinked-up people strutted their stuff through Tauranga City this week for the 2013 House of Travel Hot Pink Walk. About 3000 participants took part to raise awareness of breast cancer in the region.


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Greerton library – final chapter? Greerton library supporters are hoping work on a major expansion of their cramped Chadwick Rd facility could start by next Christmas with strong supporters being elected to Tauranga City Council during the weekend.

building’s operating cost does not add to the rates burden. Kate says she was also encouraged by the commitment Mayor Stuart Crosby made at the public meeting to back the project at next year’s annual plan process. Her optimism is in spite of being “stunned” to see many of the Greerton Library taskforce members, who had supported the project, voted out – Tauranga Friends of including Terry Molloy the Library president and Tony Christiansen. Kate Clark and Victoria Thomas at Greerton Library. Photo By Tracy Hardy. Kate Clark says she is Despite renewed belief very excited about the the major redevelopment and they all see the major benefits and value improved prospect of having the 900m2 will go ahead, Kate is still urging southit will deliver the community,” says Kate. redevelopment approved as part of TCC’s ern city to keep supporting the project During the election campaign, the 2014/2015 annual plan. – including a report coming before council group held a public meeting where TCC The group, which has been fighting to get candidates got the option to declare their next month. Greerton’s leaky library rebuilt, pushed the Greerton Village Mainstreet manager Vicposition on the issue. issue onto the election agenda by encouragtoria Thomas says an expanded library will Kate says only two of the elected counciling voters to oppose candidates that did not lors Rick Curach and Catherine Stewart attract many of the 45,000 southern city support the $3.2 million project. residents, “which will flow through to more were disinterested, while Gail McIntosh’s “We have seven very committed library sales for Greerton businesses”. financially prudent focus meant she cannot people [on the council], which is fantastic By Hamish Carter support the project without ensuring the

Rallying call for everyday classic

Classic Vauxhalls, like Peter Jones’ 1956 Velox EIP will be a common sight around Tauranga when the national rally is hosted in Greerton at Labour Weekend. Photo by Tracy Hardy. Following the display, cars will travel to the Elms It could be time to get reacquainted with an old family friend this Labour Weekend – then later onto Classic Flyers. A convoy of classic Vauxhalls will also take to the road on trips to Paeroa, with a national Vauxhall rally at Rotorua and Whakatane during the weekend.

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For years Vauxhall was one of the most popular car models on the road and, although largely underrated, Bay of Plenty Vauxhall Car Club captain Peter Jones says there are plenty of good reasons to celebrate Vauxhall’s 110th anniversary. Next weekend the club is hosting a national rally marking the milestone. The rally will see 33 restored classic Vauxhalls and their owners from around New Zealand descend on Tauranga in what Peter predicts will be a trip down memory lane for many. “Everybody either had a Vauxhall or knew someone with one, so the display will bring back memories for many.” The butt of occasional jokes, Peter believes the Vauxhall was “very underrated” largely because it was an everyday car. “As far as comfort, reliability and styling are concerned they were well out on their own.” The Labour Weekend rally includes a public display of restored classics at Greerton Village Primary School on Saturday from 8am-12pm, with cars predominantly since the 1950s but dating back to a 1934 J which Peter only just finished restoring for an Auckland Vauxhall fan last month. “I’m particularly looking forward to the display where I think there will be a lot of interest from the public.”

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Budding grief programme needs help for high load A peer-support programme helping children grieving the loss of someone significant from their daily lives needs more volunteers to soothe a high demand in its first year.

Katikati district Seasons programme coordinator Paula Naude with volunteers Raewyn Higgins, Rochelle Griffiths, Karen Tobich and Margaret Delbridge.

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Run from Pahoia to Waihi, Katikati’s Seasons programme needs ‘companions’ to facilitate the nine-week course, which turns one this month. Appointed last October, Seasons coordinator Paula Naude says in the first year about 30 children have taken part – and 57 children are signed up for Term 4. “What we’ve learned is to approach schools directly and run it during school time – and schools have been quite receptive to that. “The only criteria is a child is missing someone significant from their daily life.” Paula says most of the children have experienced seperational divorce, but the programme also sees children who’ve faced a loved one’s death, imprisoned parents, fostering situations, and young migrants leaving behind grandparents. An outreach from Katikati’s St Peter’s Church, the programme is underpinned

by theory but activity-based with each session offering events to facilitate discussion on a selected topic. “It gives children the ability to link what they’re feeling and how their body is feeling, but a real big aspect is it’s a peer support programme; they get a lot of support from each other and it normalises a lot of things they perhaps feel but don’t speak of,” says Paula. “A lot that comes out in the group has never been discussed with parents before.” Paula is looking for volunteers with “a heart for working with children aged five-18, have empathy, good listening skills, and who are able to walk alongside these children on their journey”. “Companions are pivotal to the whole programme; they’re the people that facilitate it.” To volunteer, contact Paula on 022 043 4060. By Merle Foster

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Coins for baby gear Families and children should visit QE2 Memorial Hall with coins at the ready this Sunday, for Tauranga Multiple Birth Group’s twice-yearly Kids’ Gear Garage Sale. Starting 10am, the sale will offer pre-loved and new children’s and baby gear – including clothing, bedding,

strollers, furniture, baths, highchairs, toys, games, books, raffles and more. Event coordinator Jodi Nicols says a stall costs $25 and she wants people to come and enjoy the bargains. Entry is gold coin donation. To book a stall, call 07 576 1347 or visit: http:// www.tmbg.co.nz


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Swimming for their lives Living on an island surrounded by water makes learning to swim a critical skill – but for the Matakana Island community access to watersafety lessons has never been easy. This week that all changed with the official opening of a heated 10 metre inflatable swimming pool, which is being loaned to the island’s school for a term. Speaking to The Weekend Sun before the first use of the covered facility, Te Kura o te Moutere o Matakana principal Erin Paki said the school’s 37 Year 1-8 pupils returned from the holidays to see the netball court covered by a pool. “They are so excited about it. With it

Te Kira Douglas-Palmer, Ralph DeYoung, Makere Murray and Te Haumirirangi Ngatai. coming into summer they can’t wait to get into the pool and get swimming.” The pool, which is sponsored by Water Safety New Zealand and Action Post, is one of a few being set up at remote, rural schools, which lack easy access to swimming facilities, as part of a programme launched last year to improve Maori water safety skills. “Every year we’ve always made it a part of

Mount primary birthday Today, Mount Maunganui Primary School is celebrating its 100th birthday, which passed in August. Today, past and present students are enjoying the milestone with a school-wide celebration from midday. On Saturday, the school is opening for people to reminisce, followed by a dinner at Classic Flyers with guest speakers, dancing and a live band.

the curriculum, and often go into town to have our lessons – but it’s a big cost to the school and parents with the barge and the bus and lessons,” says Erin. Sometimes the children have lessons in the harbour by the jetty, but Erin says this pool package, is being supplied for free to the school, and incudes a professional swimming instructor initially teaching pupils and helping teachers improve their lessons. “We are always conscious of the water, because the kids are always in or near it on a daily basis. So we will be making the most of this with four lessons each a week.” Erin is encouraging other remote schools to get involved in the programme and has already asked for the pool again next year. By Hamish Carter

Caitlin Robb taking part in the 23km ride.

Chloe, 7, and her father Justin Cheyne finishing the 23km ride and run. More than 100 people attended the second annual Tour of Tauranga starting at Tauranga’s Waterfront on Sunday. Bike-lovers of all ages and abilities put the pedal to the metal for the cause.

Kindy World Cup Move over All Blacks – Tauranga pre-schoolers are taking to the field for their own ‘Kindy World Cup’ this weekend. Tauranga man Shaun McIlwaine, aka ‘Macca’, runs a specifically designed soccer programme ‘Maccademy’ which prepares kindergarten and pre-school age children for school sports and educates them about being part of a team. Maccadmey programmes run in kindergartens and pre-schools at Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa. On Saturday, Macca is hosting a ‘Kindy World Cup’ at The Oval at The Lakes, from 10am.

Students and their grandparents enjoyed a special Grandparents Day at Aquinas School this week.

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Shopping show offering more bang for buck By Zoe Hunter

‘Shop Plenty’ is a local shopping show with a difference.

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That’s how show producer Trevor Egerton describes his newest show to appear in three mediums – television, online and print media. Trevor says ‘Shop Plenty’ is not like the usual shopping channels seen on TV. His show is more about getting to know Tauranga businesses and the people behind them. “It’s a casual talk with the business owner about their business. “It’s not necessarily about the products, but it’s more about who they are and what they can do. It’s in a relaxed environment and it’s all local for Tauranga.” The 30-minute show will air on TV Central, Freeview channel 30, three times per week. But that’s not all – businesses will also appear on Tauranga’s SunLive news website and in The Weekend Sun newspaper. “It’s like you coming into their office and telling them about your products in person. You’re there, they can see you, and you can show your passion to the product and the business – and I think that’s going to work really well,” says Trevor. Eight businesses in Tauranga, from car sale yards to child care centres, will appear on each show and will be interviewed by show host Tanya Horo – who played ‘Miss Lucy’ on the House of Travel television advertise-

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Plan for tax, says Tauranga expert Whether we like it or not, paying taxes and filing tax forms is an integral part of business ownership and corporate responsibility – and its importance cannot be ignored, says local tax expert and BDO director Paul Hodson. “Irrespective of whether you’re the owner of a small family-owned business, or part of a large multi-national corporate, taxation impacts on your business – in many business decisions, the tax consequences are an important consideration.” Paul has been practising as a taxation services partner with BDO since 1998. “What I really enjoy about BDO is our client focus and what we can offer across New Zealand and internationally. Sure, we can do the usual year-end

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Straight-shooter Bill a good read I just wanted to pay tribute to Bill Faulkner for the effort he put into his weekly column Faulkner’s Corner during many years. It became an integral part of The Weekend Sun reading, not only for me but for thousands of readers. Bill wrote his column with a writing style that made otherwise tedious matters interesting and he managed to maintain interest every week of the council working year. He never pretended to speak on behalf of the council. Nor did he pretend that his column was

some piece independent of his own true opinion. It was a straight-forward and straight-shooting ‘take it or leave style’ that also kept a balance of quirkiness and humour in among the facts, figures and shenanigans at City Hall. Avid Sun readers are going to miss all that. Of course Bill had his detractors, none the least of which were some councillors probably envious at the attention his writing brought him. Typically, none of those jealous of his skills ever had the talent to replicate them.

Bill has probably become a victim to his own ‘tell it like it is’ style, along with an obvious desire for major change on council. That’s democracy and Bill is gracious in his recent defeat. But to me, it is a bit sad the councillors who survived are mix of ones who ran a good campaign based on signs that eventually featured camels and bunnies. With a couple of others, I personally found it difficult to play spot the talent. Perhaps it is us, the voters who are the real bunnies? T Tarras, Tauranga. Editor’s note: Bill Faulkner will continue to write an occasional column for The Sun.

Wanted: Firm hands for TCC finances Well we have a new city council for Tauranga, seven new councilors. Congratulations all. Lets hope these seven respect the wishes of the electorate and reverse the appallingly bad performance of the council we have seen during the last many years and make sure it is not to be repeated. I would like to see the ‘magnificent seven’ work together and mix a lot of stop-gap and

stop-the-rot which just about destroyed the city of TaurangaTauranga can be saved with a firm hand on financing and a tight belt when it comes to spending. One good move would be to stop ripping up and resurfacing roads that don’t need doing, which would save millions of dollars. In short, eliminate past behavior of ripping up roads like Cambridge Rd to resurface it

Hopefully, you noticed we just had local body elections. Participation in voting was at an all-time low, public meetings were ignored by voters, and engagement with issues was superficial at best. The main issues raised for Tauranga City were city council debt, the demise of the CBD, and sirens at Papamoa (that is noise-making sirens). The many challenges to our environment barely rated a mention; and the election of regional councillors was a damp squib. Here are some thoughts on the issues raised. On debt, the people elected three years ago to get debt under control assured us it was all “good” debt, because it was an investment in our future. Nobody discussed the opportunity cost, such as what we don’t do because $80,000 per day goes straight to the banks in interest charges. Firstly, thank you to all those people who voted me back in as a Bay of Plenty regional councillor in the Western Bay of Plenty constituency. I am very aware it is an honour to be elected to serve the community, and I will work very hard to provide good governance and responsive and responsible representation during the next term. We have seen quite a bit of change in the faces around the governance table this election. I am excited by the calibre of some of the newly elected councillors – at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council. The challenge of getting so many new councillors up to speed on the complexity of local government, and on the range of issues they will need to grapple with, cannot be underestimated. The learning curve will be steep. Last week I addressed the Bay of Plenty branch of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management at a business seminar it held in Tauranga. I’ve previously written here about the major health and safety changes we’re making as a government to achieve a 25 per cent reduction in workplace injuries by 2020, so I will not cover those again. Helping its members develop skills and knowledge in workplace health and safety, NZISM is a strong voice advocate for this sector. Earlier this year, I had the privilege of being made an honorary member of the organisation. I also attended the Tauranga Kennel Association’s Annual Championship Show at the weekend. This is the second year in a row I’ve gone, and I always have a brilliant time. We all deserve to feel safe at home and in our communities. Since National came into government, we’ve been focussing on building a safer New Zealand.

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twice in one year. Council needs, at all times, to bear in mind we are in debt b half a billion dollars, so let’s not borrow any more money or buy any useless, valueless land when we’re paying something like $30 million a year in interest. Good luck you new guys. Get stuck in and sort the council out. Alastair Bourne, Bethlehem.

Congratulations to Peter McKay, our only newly elected Western Bay of Plenty District councillor from the Northern Harbour area. I missed out on a seat on this council, but Peter will be a good man for the new Katikati-Waihi Beach ward. The change most of us were hoping for happened in Tauranga, but barely touched Western Bay. Expecting change, I put most of my effort into reaching the 75 per cent of our population which doesn’t vote and are accused of being apathetic. I visited more than twothirds of houses and spoke with more than half of the residents in Katikati and Waihi Beach. This approach wasn’t just to look for votes but a genuine attempt to connect with people and listen to their stories. These are the people I’ve been writing to in my column. I found very few were apathetic. A strong message was most would not be voting because of their belief the Western Bay council would not change, that the local body would continue its borrowing; and rates would continue to rise.

Thanks, congratulations, and let’s all learn to swim… My thanks to all candidates who stood for their community at the recent local body elections. Your time and efforts are truly appreciated. Sadly, the same cannot be said for all residents. Such a small voter turnout is disrespectful to the efforts and lengths candidates go to for democracy and their community, but also our ancestors who died in the name of democracy. About 65 per cent of local residents did not vote and should now hand in their complaint cards and not think of complaining for the next three years. To those councillors who missed out, our thanks and appreciation for your dedication and hard work. You have served your community to the best of your abilities and now have an opportunity to move your energies in a new direction.

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Welcome to the grinder Congratulations to my seven new Tauranga City councillors. I’ve read your profiles and aspirations to change the city; good luck in attaining your goals. But, to many of you who’ve never been to a council meeting, I think it will not be long before you find change is a difficult thing to achieve. Like central government, local politics is about power. In our council that power is held by the CEO and Mayor (many say in that order).What individual councillors think is irrelevant. I predict in 18 months, you’ll find the system is grinding you down. Perry Harlen, Mount Maunganui. To read more letters, turn to pages 42 & 43. The Weekend Sun welcomes letters and photographs from readers. Preference will be given to letters that are short (200 words) and supplied with full name and contact details. Photos are best in high resolution, jpeg format. Email: letters@thesun.co.nz


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Dismal voting doesn’t equal support A dismal voting figure of 37.4 per cent, with 31,670 voting papers counted, signifies an apathetic Tauranga City electorate. This is not the exercising of a democratic right, it is an abrogation of that responsibility. A criticism that looks to be very well founded is perhaps the very low voter turnout has been a failure to provide an online voting option to attract the younger brigade of the city. Tauranga’s Mayor Stuart Crosby

has been elected by 10,135 out of 85,000 registered voters, representing 12 per cent. It means he is elected by only one in three who bothered to vote. This is not a straigth-forward mandate to Stuart Crosby, it’s a vote of no confidence. Depending on how you interpret it, 88 per cent of electors don’t support Crosby. Or 67 per cent of those who voted don’t endorse his ‘Proven

Leadership’ motto. It’s a farcical credo, for during nine years as Mayor, he never achieved any consistent encompassing coherence in council, instead ruling by cliquishness, which certainly doesn’t constitute leadership. As a parting thought, I find it very strange only a handful of people thought Tauranga City Council debt, and its lack of accountability and transparency, were serious issues a week ago. However, now everyone has jumped onto this same bandwagon. Tony Fellingham, Tauranga South.

Democracy demands educating voters What an indictment of the Tauranga City Council voting system, when only about one-third of those on the city’s electoral roll actually voted. While apathy and hopelessness are usually blamed for public disinterest in local body elections, in my view the main reason is more likely to be ignorance as a result of the quality of media reporting often leaving the public ill-informed to participate in any meaningful debate, because they are not even aware of what the issues are. For democracy to work the public

need to be educated and informed on any topic under consideration. Perhaps it is also worth bearing in mind “it is hard to imagine a more stupid or dangerous way of making decisions in the hands of people [politicians] who pay no price for being wrong”, said Thomas Sewell. Last, but not least, the Albert Einstein classic is also relevant here: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. This is the reason Tauranga is drowning in debt.Let it be a warning to the successful new council

candidates to take care and think about what they are doing, otherwise the electorate will treat them harshly in three years time too. I challenge the TCC spindoctors to come up with a positive spin on the electoral result without being creative or playing smoke and mirror games. In short, pick the bones out of the mayhem if you can. The last thing Tauranga needs is a minority mayor, who polled less than the top at-large candidates, exercising powers to give a greater ability to lead. R Paterson, Matapihi.

Change to the ‘hothouse’ culture of TCC? Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby casts negative aspersions on his losing councillors, by claiming this week the ‘hand brakes have been removed’ and the new council is starting with a ‘clean sheet of paper’. The Mayor has had 12 years to lead, strategise and make Tauranga a ‘happening place’. But we, the ratepayers, have nothing but burgeoning debt, masses of projects dead in the water, millions spent

on things that have gone nowhere, and a staffing level that is the joke of the century. The responsibility of Tauranga going nowhere lies squarely with the Mayor and his slavish belief in everything that previous CEOs, senior management and planners have put in front of him. The elected political team does have control, by way of council resolution over projects, budgets and levels of service. The fact they have

been led by the nose while patchprotecting their chairmanships, salaries and positions of power has finally resulted in a watershed of new councillors, who have successful business skills and abilities. Hopefully, this will allow change to the ‘hothouse’ culture within local government in Tauranga. Leadership is not something you can ‘talk up’ - it is something that you ‘have’ or you ‘haven’t’. Maureen J Anderson, Pyes Pa.

Remember you are always accountable to us

There it is, we have been told the Tauranga City Council is going to plan our future starting on a new blank sheet. I hope the key points of council’s historical failures and successes have been documented as helpful reference points in the preparation of the new direction.

To our council representatives and policy-makers, please remember you get paid generously for doing your job and are accountable to your ratepayers. Winston Churchill once said: “If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future”.

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Look well, therefore, to our common goals. To borrow another modified version of Winston’s sayings, we are all worms, but who among you will be remembered by us as glow worms. I wish our new councillors all the success for the future. Dave Wilson, Mount Maunganui.

Dean needs knighthood Regarding last week’s letter ‘Coutts’ success is a national effort’ (The Weekend Sun, October 11), by Mike Kuipers von Lande. Congratulations Mike, you are so correct. You presented an honest and well thought-out letter. All of New Zealand did contribute to Russell Coutts’ success as we have again with Dean Barker, who has stuck to his country through thick and thin. We all hope he receives a knighthood for his commitment to his country and not his back pocket. Gabriella Fraser, Katikati.


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Rena fund: Islands’ name-change big money waster Not everyone’s effort rewarded

Last week I read with utter disbelief about a decision made by the Land Information Minister to officially name the country’s two main islands the North and South islands – or the te reo names Te Ika-a-Maui (north), and Te Waipounamu (south). Apparently, the naming process came about because we hadn’t officially named the islands yet – but now what they’ve been officially named is what we’ve called them for decades. Further, I read, the New Zealand Geographic Board says a total cost of recommending the names couldn’t be quantified “due to the several years the proposals have been under consideration” but it estimates the proposal’s notification and advertising

this year cost $6161.37 and the board also paid two contractors $3012.20 for helping process submissions. I cannot believe this. If the names weren’t official, couldn’t they have been signed off in Parliament by the Governor General? What a waste of time and money to officially name the islands the same names – they’ve featured on maps all around the world for decades. I have no problem with Maori versions of the names being included but I think the process of officially naming the islands is absurd really. This country’s taxpayers work their butts off to make a living – and pay taxes doing so – just for bureaucracies to spend money willy nilly on official namings.

A similar case happened in Whangarei in 2007 when the same New Zealand Geographic Board decided Hatea River should be re-named Hātea River. Initially, it was to be renamed Hoteo River. This was found to be a “spelling mistake”, and the re-spell occurred. The Whangarei District Council even debated holding a referendum on the issue, which could have cost up to $80,000 had it gone ahead. I’m unsure of the full cost of this particular name change, but the same concern is felt here. Why are we spending so much taxpayer money on such things? Surely, there are more pressing projects that require funding? R Shaw, Te Puna.

The recipients of the donated $1 million Mediterranean Shipping Company’s Rena Recovery Fund have been announced recently. The main beneficiaries are the residents of Motiti Island, receiving some $366,000, working out at some $13,500 each for the 27 residents; this is according to Census figures. But wait there's more. The residents of Motiti Island are being offered a cellphone tower, sealed road, barge landing and a 10 metre piled wharf if they agree to leaving the grounded cargo ship Rena on Astrolabe Reef. It seems extraordinary that 27 people can extract bribes of this magnitude. Are their views more important than the rest of Tauranga? So what’s on offer for us? Paying off Route K would be an excellent idea. Then there’s the $11 million Limitation Fund, which has been set up to compensate business owners for provable losses. Recent news articles have stated “large compensation claims are also expected to be lodged by Maori hapu and iwi for the outpouring of effort”. Is “outpouring effort” a different kind of effort to that of the 9000 people who helped clean up the beaches during the crisis, thus the need for “large compensation”. Are the 9000 people being offered any compensation? Well no. But then their efforts weren’t “outpouring”. It would be nice to think all members of our community would be prepared to contribute without the need for reward. And if there is some reward, then all would share in it. Lotto win for iwi? Then this is Big Wednesday. R Prince, Welcome Bay.

City driving mad Tauranga, you really embarrass and disappoint me. After spending much of my life living in the metropolis of Auckland City, I thought I had seen it all in terms of bad driving. But I’m sorry, this city really takes it to another level. Seriously, are you people all there upstairs? Did your driver licence come from the back of a Weetbix packet? Surely everybody I share the road with each morning at 7am isn’t late for work, giving them the half-hearted excuse to drive like a nutcase. Is it that hard to stay in your lane at the Hairini and Maungatapu roundabouts; and to not brush your hair, talk on the phone, feed your kids in the passenger seat, overtake in a 50 km/h zone, overtake on double yellow lines, cut corners, not indicate, run red lights, or to look both ways before exiting a driveway. No, I didn’t think so, but unfortunately for some residents of this fine city it seems to be an impossible task. We only need to took at news articles regarding car crashes to realise this city’s driving habits are appalling. Although, it does amaze me how some people are still bewildered as to why this happens. Take a look around you people, maybe you are part of the problem. Wouldn’t it be good if someone could wave the magic wand, say ‘A-haaaaa’ and this ever-growing and concerning state of affairs on our roads would disappear? Sadly, after experiencing all of the above everyday, the likelyhood of this is extremely slim. Safe driving everyone, and remember to share and care. Alan Partridge, Welcome Bay .

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E N T E R T A I N M E N T G U I D E MUSIC The ever popular guide to ‘What’s On’ in the Bay.

Friday 18 October

Discussion about Gambling & Grants

Gambling, transparency of pokie grants distribution, allocation of grants to the areas where the money if sourced from? The Dept of Internal Affairs seek your comments by Oct 25 2013. A local discussion will be held at Arataki Community Centre today from 1-3pm. Jeanette 544 8452 or 027 323 8782

Saturday 19 October

Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s meeting at Mt Maunganui Primary School, Orkney Rd 10-11am. Children welcome. Annual Fair St Paul’s Co-operating Church, 242 Dickson Rd, Papamoa 9am. Heaps of bargains for all. Annual Paddies Market St Pauls Presbyterian Church, Katikati, cnr State Highway & Mulgan St 9am. Featuring kids stuff, plants, cakes, jams, toys etc. Art & Craft Fair Bayswater Retirement Village, 60 Maranui St, Mt Maunganui 9am – 2pm. Art & craft stalls. Café open all day. Free admission. All welcome. Bay Association of Sea Kayakers

Night paddle to Te Hopai Island & BBQ. Bevan 576 8885 Car Boot Sale Every third Sat of month at Evans Rd Church. $5/car. Bargains for all. 0211 338 986 Car Boot Sale Greerton School 7 – 11.30am. Cost $5 per single site or $10 for double site. Weather permitting. Something for everyone. All welcome. Shirley 577 1116 or 0274 146 040 Diabetes Type One Social support group. Interested? 544 8811 or txt 022 611 0483 Garage Sale At Fashion Island 8am. Some large items such as beds & lounge suites too. Sausage sizzle onsite. All proceeds go to Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club towards the purchase & maintenance of rescue gear & first aid supplies. Hank Marvin – Gypsy Jazz World renown guitarist tours NZ as part of a worldwide tour at Baycourt Theatre 8pm. www.baycourt.co.nz

Harbour City Lions Annual Booksale

Nov 16 & 17 at Bethlehem Town Centre (alongside Smith’s City) 8am 4pm. We still require good novels. These can be dropped off at the Mad Butcher, 11th Ave or Living Quarters, Bethlehem Town Centre. Or ph 578 8466 Lets Dance Tonight With the Te Puke Scottish Soc at Memorial Hall, Jellicoe St, Te Puke 7.30-11pm. Sequence dancing, great music, supper. Theme: bad taste. Entry $7. Owen 574 2714 Messianic Weekly Meetings The Way meet in the Kingfisher Room, Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 10am. All welcome. 570 1438 Ocktoberfest Gala Te Puke Baptist, Malyon St 9am – 1pm. Fun Run 9am. Dog & car wash, giant Jenga game, international food, sausage sizzle, white elephant, books, plants & more.

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Paengaroa Community Breakfast At Paengaroa Community Hall 7.3010.30am (wet or fine). Breakfast from $2. Sal 533 1043 Pyes Pa School Annual Gala Day

And Calf Club show at Pyes Pa Road, Tauranga. Calf club 8am, gala starts 10am. Lots of stalls, BBQ, hangi, horse & fire engine rides, Lofty the Crane, Lions quick fire raffles, paintball, art exhibition & more. Classic Flyers doing fly by 1.30pm. 543 0067 Tauranga Farmers Market Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Fresh & artisian produced food. Trixie 552 5278 or www.taurangafarmersmarket.co.nz Tauranga Home & Leisure Expo ASB Baypark Arena, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui Oct 19 & 20 10am – 5pm daily. Adults $10. Children 13 years & under free.

Te Puna Primary School Country Fair

Te Puna Primary School, Te Puna Rd 9am - 1.30pm. Traditional country fair - cafe, hangi, breakfast muffins, rides, kidzone, raffles, animal, tug-o-war competition with prizes up for grabs (preregister). Lots of fun. tepuna.school.nz Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild Every third Sat at club rooms, Yatton St, Greerton 1pm. Visitors & interested people welcome. Geoff 579 3637 The Cargo Shed Open Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm. Coffee & a free biscuit with new products on display. The Scholars Pro Musica Present: Agony & Ecstasy - music of Italian Baroque, Vivaldi - Gloria; Bononcini - Stabat Mater, featuring the Animato String Quarter Nov 2 7.30pm, Nov 3 2.30pm at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Victoria Rd, Mt Maunganui. Tickets $20 in advance (Mane Fashion, Maunganui Rd) $25 at door. The Sociables 30’s/40’ age group of males & females that meet once a week to socialise by dining out or participating in local activities & events. Email your enquiries to: sociables@outlook.co.nz Vauxhall Owners Club of NZ Annual rally car show Greerton School Oct 26 8am – 1pm. Village Radio Community radio broadcasting from Tauranga Historic Village 1368 kHz AM. Music of 1920’s - 80’s weekends 9am - 5pm, weekdays 10am - 5pm. Specialty programmes. www. villageradio.co.nz or 571 3710

Sunday 20 October

Argentine Tango at Imbibe Tango

upstairs at 19 Girven Rd, Mount. Social dancing from 6.45pm. No cover charge. Free demo/intro. Carl 021 280 4464 email: carl@eltango.co.nz Bay Bible Fellowship Welcome Bay School Hall, 309 Welcome Bay Rd 10am. Celebrating Lords days in praise, worship & communion. Teaching by Pastor Lincoln Forlong from the book

DVD MOVIES Reviews of DVDs, old and new, as well as other bits and bobs. of Joshua ch 8 ‘The sweetness of 2nd opportunities.” All welcome. Gerald 021 938 618 www.baybiblefellowship.co.nz Bible Seminars Sundays at Greerton Senior Citizens Hall, Maitland St, Greerton 1.45pm. Title: “Lessons from God’s first temple.” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments. All welcome. Vic 543 0504 Buddhism for Daily Living BBQ/ picnic at Kulim Park 11am to celebrate SGI efforts in promoting worldwide peace. Games for the children. All welcome to join. www.sgi.org or email: sgitauranga@gmail.com Fun Family Charity Walk/Run Fergusson Park, Matua 2pm 5km & 10km. Supporting A Girl Called Hope. Have a Go at Waka Ama Sulphur Point Boat Ramp by the Tauranga Fish & Dive Club 10am – 1pm. Free to all participants. Huge Kids Gear Garage Sale Lots of preloved & new items. QE2 Memorial Hall 10am - 12pm. God coin entry. Tauranga Multiple Birth Group fundraiser. Jodi 576 1347 Judea Community Sports Club AGM (amended date) Oct 20 at Judea Sports Club 11am. Kura 579 9941 a/hs Katikati Croquet Club Oct 20 presents New Orleans Joymakers Jazz Band in concert. St Peter’s Church centre, Beach Rd, Katikati 4pm. Tickets at door. Adults $20, children $10. Includes complimentary refreshments. Katikati Tramping Aongatete Long Loop 8.30am start. Easy. RSVP Muriel 549 2965 by Friday night. www.sportsground.co.nz/katitracks Ngai Tahu ki Tauranga Moana Bimonthly hui, Tauranga Boys College Wharenui 1pm. Please bring a plate. All welcome. Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust Information day at the shelter Mountain Rd, Oropi 10am. Learn about the work that the Trust does & be updated on the innovative approach the trust is taking towards its kiwi work. Guided walk around the Rimu Track to see our native birds & a sausage sizzle follows. Suitable for families. Petanque Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. Neita 572 3768 Prestige Singles 50+ coffee afternoon. Change of venue: Nautilus Cafe & Restaurant, Cross Rd 2.30pm. Mix & mingle with other like-minded individuals. Gayle 027 439 3267 Radio Controlled Model Yachts Meet Sun 1.30pm & Thurs 5.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to race electron & similar 3ft long yachts. Graham 572 5419 Summer Lions Market Papamoa New afternoon market held 1st & 3rd Sunday of month at Papamoa Sports Centre, Gordon Spratt Reserve, Parton Rd, Papamoa 1-5pm. Tauranga Home & Leisure Expo ASB Baypark Arena, 81 Truman Lane, Mount

GIVEAWAYS GUIDE A chance to win tickets to the latest movie releases at Rialto Tauranga. Maunganui 10am – 5pm. Adults $10. Children 13 years & under free.

Tauranga Rainbow Social Network

For gay/lesbian/bi/transgender, intersex. Meet 2nd Sun of month at 3pm. Kaye 021 239 7142 or 07 218 1411 Tauranga Spiritual Society Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St. Guest speaker: Karina William, clairvoyant. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm. Entry $5, members $3. All welcome. Te Puke Country Music Club 11am start, visiting club. Members 2 plates finger food please for shared lunch. 573 9360

Te Puke Spiritual Discussion Group

Starts Nov 3. Held 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday of month at Hair Linez, Old Railway Station, Jellicoe St 10.30-11.30am. Gathering of spiritual minds, joining to discuss & learn from each other $3 donation. Elaine 573 5361 Wai/BOP Bisexual Women’s Group For support & social activities. Women only, transwomen welcome. Meet 4th Sun of month 3pm. Kaye 021 239 7142 or 07 218 1411 Waihi Beach Tennis Club Open day. Try our 6 astrograss courts. Organised tennis – coaching if required. All welcome. Young & old – no fees. Free sausage sizzle 3.30pm. Devon 07 863 4002 www.waihibeachtennisclub.co.nz

Monday 21 October

Achieve Toastmasters Feeling anxious about that forthcoming presentation. Learn to speak with confidence. 1st, 3rd Mon of month at St Stephens Hall, Otumoetai 7.30pm. Fraser 544 4579 Bay of Plenty Pipes & Drums Army Hall, cnr 11th Ave & Devonport Rd 6.45pm. Annette 577 9272 Body & Soul Fun Fitness For over 50’s, social events & guest speakers. Mon & Fri Greerton Hall Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds City Church cnr Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. Men & women welcome. Oct 22 10th birthday & reunion lunch, past & present participants welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Chess Mt Maunganui Mount RSA Chess Club meet every Mon at Mount RSA, 544 Maunganui Rd. Juniors 6.157.15pm during school term. Open club 6-11pm Noel 579 5412 Citizens Advice Bureau Free, confidential info & advice about anything call in Mon - Fri at 38 Hamilton St, Tauranga 9am - 4pm or freephone 0800 367 222. JP service every Weds & Thurs 9-11.30am. Weds CAB service at Welcome Bay Community Centre 9.30am - 12.30pm, Fri at Mount Library 11.30am - 1.30pm. No appointment necessary. All welcome. Concert Mt Maunganui Senior Citizen’s Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd 1.30pm. Entertainers: Retro Chicks, followed by afternoon tea. $3 door cover. All welcome.

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Fitness League Safe effective, low

impact fun exercise set to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for women of all ages & abilities. First class free. Every Mon at Settlers Hall Omokoroa 9.30am & Tues St Johns Anglican Church Waihi 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378 Free Antenatal Classes Pirirakau Hauora, classes available each month in 2013. Venues throughout the Bay. For dates & venues ph 552 4573 or email: tamarikiora@pirirakauhauora.org.nz

Harmony a Plenty Barbershop Chorus

Every Mon at Bethlehem Community Church, Moffat Rd 7pm. New members welcome. 572 3345 or www.harmonyaplenty.co.nz Indoor Bowls Every Mon at St Mary’s Church, Girven Rd, Bayfair 1pm. 575 9945 Junction Mental Health Peer Support & Advocacy – Coffee & chat 10am – 12pm. 579 9890

Justice of the Peace Service Centre Monday at Bayfair Shopping Centre Management office 10am - 12pm.

Learn to Dance Te Puke

Monday night sequence dance for beginners & refreshers. St Pats Hall, Beatty Ave, Te Puke 7pm. $3pp. 572 0060 Meditation Free classes Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace, spiritual awareness & the meaning of your life. David 576 9764

Mt Maunganui Twilight Cricket

Monday nights. All current & new teams welcome. Nick 0274 742 311 or email: mountcricket@hotmail.com Papamoa Mahjong Club Meet every Mon at Papamoa Sports Centre, off Parton rd 12.30-4pm. $2. Jacquie 542 1766 or email: jacquiLooker@ kinect.co.nz Papamoa Progressive Assn Meet 2nd Mon of month in Tohora Room, Papamoa Library 7.30pm. Ken 574 2332 Recycled Teenagers Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards, & injury or illness rehabilitation. Mon & Weds, 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club, behind Pak n Save. Tues at St Mary’s Church Hall, Girven Rd. All 9 - 10.30am. Classes taken by qualified instructor. First class free. Jennifer 571 1411 Southern Cross Sea Cubs Every Mon at Sulphur Point under Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club 5-6.15pm. 570 2080 www.sxscouts.org.nz Southern Cross Sea Scouts Every Mon at Sulphur Point under Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club 6.30-8.30pm. 570 2080 www.sxscouts.org.nz

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mences Oct 21. For all ages, all grades, beginners welcome, competitive & not so competitive divisions. www.tgahockey.co.nz > summer hockey tab. 575 0074


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The Weekend Sun Tauranga Badminton Club Bethlehem College Events Centre 7.30-9.30pm. Free racquet use. All players welcome. $5 per person. Sue 021 194 4335 www.taurangabadmintonclub.co.nz Tauranga Creative Fibre Every Mon at Arts Centre, Elizabeth St from 9.30am. Spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crochet & more. Learn & share in a mutually supportive club. Also on Thurs evening twice a month. Joan 577 6781

Tauranga Ladies Probus Club

Meet 3rd Mon of month at Tauranga Citizens Club 10am. Interesting speakers, visitors welcome. Meet new friends. Claire 576 5973 Tauranga Pipers Club Every Mon 7pm. Enquiries welcome from pipers & drummers. 579 1460

Tga Get Out There & Do It Meetup

Group Do you who want to get out & do something. The group is open to all ranges of people. Check us out & make new friends & have some fun & adventure along the way. http://www. meetup.com/The-Tauranga-Get-OutThere-And-Do-It-Meetup-Group/ YMCA - ALFS (Active lifestyle for seniors). Smooth Movers class Mon 8.459.45am & 10-11am at Matua Community Hall, Levers Rd. Also 9-9.55am & 10-10.55am at Arataki Hall, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St). Tues 9.15-10.15am & 10.30-11.30am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 9.15-10.15am Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. Also Te Puke Senior Citizen’s Club, Jocelyn St, Te Puke 9.15-10.15am. All welcome. First class free. Thurs 9-10am at Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.30-11.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.15-10.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Also Fri at Papamoa Library 10.20am. 578 9272

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Balmorals Leisure Marching Team

Ladies welcome to join aged 30-60 for fun, friendship & travel. Training every Tues at Greerton 6-8pm. Anita 571 4096 or 021 0257 6094 Bayfair Petanque Club Every Tues & Thurs at Bayfair Reserve, Russley Drive 1pm. Tuition & boules available for learners & visitors. Margaret 572 3173 Bureta Garden Circle Monthly meeting at St John’s Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai 1.30pm. Colleen 576 7610 Come & See Like to know more about the Catholic faith & church? Meet every Tues at St Mary’s Catholic Church cnr Cameron Rd & Elizabeth St 7.30pm. 578 6209

Inachord Chorus Womens 4 Part

Harmony Every Tues at Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd 6.55pm. Enjoy the challenge of singing & performing a varied repertoire. Penny 579 2945

Justice of the Peace Service Centres

Every Tues at Te Tuinga Whanau, 190 Chadwick Rd, Greerton 10am - 12pm. Mount Mainstreet Centre 11am - 1pm. Kidz Need Dadz Morning tea at ‘Dads Place’ 538 Fraser St 9.30am. Mah Jong Every Tues at St Mary’s Church, Girven Rd, Bayfair 12.45pm. 575 9945 Mount Aglow Ladies invited to meeting at Salvation Army, 57 Eversham Rd, Mt Maunganui 9.45am. Come & join us if you are needing a new direction to your life. Guest speaker: Angela Leigh – “Having done all”. Shared lunch to follow. All welcome. Raewyn 574 6967 Mount Morning Badminton Every Tues at Mount Sports Centre, Blake Park 9am - 12pm. Social, competitive, all ages, beginners welcome. Racquets available. Visitors $5 per session. Margaret 575 9792

Orange City Square & Round Dance Club Beginners Tues 10am - 12pm.

Weds Plus, Thurs club night. Frontiersmen’s Hall 7.30pm. 543 1063

Sequence Dancing Tauranga Social &

Leisure Club, St John’s Anglican Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai 7-9.30pm. Second Tues of month 3-5.30pm. Visitors welcome. John 578 9716

South City Indoor Bowls Club (Inc)

AGM, Prizegiving & supper at Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Mary 541 0687

Tauranga Acoustic Music Club Cedar

Lounge, Bureta Park, Vale St 7.30pm. Friendly jam sessions or open concert 4th Tues & 2nd Sun 1pm. Sing, play or just listen. Paul 579 2346 or www.tamc.org.nz

Tauranga Astronomical Society

Observatory & hall open at Fergusson Park 7.30pm. Featuring DVD on “The moon - its origin, exploration with spectacular imagery, plus other items of interest.”. Public welcome, telescope viewing if weather permits. 576 1943 Tauranga BMX Club Summer racing every Tues at Tauranga MTB & BMX Park, 280 Cambridge Rd during school terms 1 & 4. Registration from 5.155.50pm, racing starts 6pm. $2 per club member $5 visitor. First 3 nights free. New riders welcome. Txt 021 054 6668 Tauranga Scrabble Club Tues at Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 9am. 3 games $3. New players welcome. 544 8372 Tauranga Toastmasters Tga Lyceum Club 1st Tues 7.15-8.45pm. Exterminate the butterflies, confidence building, improving public speaking & leadership skills. Alan 544 5989 The Widow & Widowers Club People living alone invited to join at Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St 2pm. Margaret 576 5292 Toastmasters Excel Club Learn to be a competent speaker & get your message across. 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues of the month at Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St) Mt Maunganui 6.15pm. New members welcome. Tess 575 6610 Union of Fathers Support meeting at ‘Dads Place’ 538 Fraser St 7.30pm. Waihi Beach Tennis Club Tues & Fri morning tennis 8.30-9am. Raewyn 07 863 5452. Weds club night 5.30pm. Devon 07 863 4002. www.waihibeachtennisclub.co.nz

Wednesday 23 October Badminton Mt Maunganui Summer

social club night Weds at Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd 7-9pm. All past & new players welcome. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529

Baywide Community Law Service

Drop in clinic every Weds at 63 Willow St 5-6.30pm. No appointment necessary. Free legal assistance. 571 6812. Every Tues morning at Te Puke Clinic. For appointment 573 5614. Every Thurs morning at Katikati Clinic. For appointment 549 0399

Fernlands Spa Water Exercise Class

Weds 10.45-11.45am. Held rain or shine, but not during school holidays. New participants planning to attend, ph Jennifer 571 1411 Gate Pa Indoor Bowls Aussie Butcher Open Day Tournament at Greerton Hall 10am. Names in book. Marg 543 3394 Global Hearts Exercise Group Weds 2pm & Fri 11am. Provides group activities combined with health education that encourages members to live a healthy & active lifestyle. Classes run by certified Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitator. Vikki 575 0470 or 0272 800 388 Junction Mental Health Peer Support & Advocacy – Bipolar Support Group 1-2pm. For info or a ride 579 9890

Justice of the Peace Service Centres

Every Weds at Citizens Advice Bureau, Hamilton St 9-11.30am. Te Puna School 6.30-7.30pm. Papamoa Library 10am - 12pm. Kaimai Ramblers Tramping every Weds. Fit & keen new members welcome to join! Website: kaimairamblers.net Otumoetai Toy Box Toy Library 94 Bureta Rd. Open Weds 6.30-8.30pm, Thurs & Fri 9.30-11.30am. Great range of toys for hire at $1-$5. 576 9923 or 027 857 7452 Scottish Country Dancing Weds at Senior Citizens Hall, Maunganui Rd. Fri at Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd. Both 7.30pm. 573 5055 Social Tennis Men & women, have a friendly ‘go’. Welcome Bay tennis courts, Victory St 9am. Just turn up.

Table Tennis Tauranga

Weds 1-3pm & 7-9pm, Fri 7-9pm at Memorial Hall, QEYC. All welcome. www. sportsground.co.nz/tabletennistauranga or Bill 578 1662

Tauranga Regional Multicultural

Council Presents Living In Harmony. Germany today. German culture with food, music & dance, jokes, fun & more. Village Hall, Historic Village at 17th Ave 7pm. Free with a plate of food to share for potluck dinner. Email: enquiries@trmc.co.nz or 571 6419 Te Puke Spiritual & Healing Centre Guest speaker: Robyn League - Face readings. Art Gallery, Commerce Lane, Te Puke. Doors open 6.45 for 7.15pm. $4pp.

Toastmasters - City Early Start

Improve communication, leadership & teamwork skills. Every Weds at Classic Flyers Avgas Cafe 6.45-8.15am. Toastmasters if the answer for building confidence & leadership skills. To find a club near you email: LaniDTM@ kol.co.nz or 571 1545. http:// cityearlystart.toastmastersclubs.org

Tauranga Arts Festival 2013

Oct 24 – Nov 3. Call in to Baycourt Theatre to pick up the full Tauranga Arts Festival programme or www.ticketdirect.co.nz Tauranga Heart Support Group Phase 3 rehab exercise, social events & guest speakers for those with or at risk of heart disease. Every Thurs at City Church Hall, Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St 9.30-10.45am. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Tauranga Storytellers’ Group Meet last Thurs of month. Learn how to develop your storytelling skills. Claire 577 7220 Tennis Seniors 35+ Every Thurs at Tauranga Lawn TC opp Court House Cameron Rd 9am. New members welcome. Toastmasters - Kickstart Club Have fun while learning to speak confidently. Breakfast meeting at Alimento Cafe, 1st Ave, Tauranga 7-8.15am. Guests welcome. Helen 571 6181

Toastmasters Tauranga South Area

Friday 25 October

Vegan Cooking Demo & Potluck Meal At location previously known as

Fri at Hamner Clinic, 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton (behind Tyremaster) 7.30pm. 0800 229 6757 for more meetings or assistance. Bay Salsa Festival 7th Annual Labour weekend (Oct 25-27) see www.baysalsa.co.nz for details. See you there! Chess Tauranga Every Fri at Tauranga RSA, Greerton 6pm onwards for the whole family. Noel 579 5412 http:// www.westernbopchess.weebly.com/ Free Immigration Clinic Every Fri - legal advice & information on immigration issues. For appointment, Baywide Community Law 571 6812

Leadership skills, speaking skills. Weds at St George’s Church Hall cnr Cameron Rd & Church St 7.15pm. All welcome. Alan 544 5989 TS Chatham (Sea Cadets) Every Weds at TYPBC, Keith Allan Drive, Sulphur Pt 6.30-9pm. Lee 542 5377 or 027 291 6151 or email: leew.lynnc@xtra.co.nz Food Garden Cafe, 1356 Cameron Rd, Greerton 6.30pm. $5. RSVP by Oct 20 to Carina 021 064 9814

Welcome Bay Community Playgroup Every Weds at 130 Ohauiti Rd 9.30-11.30am except for public & school holidays. $3 morning per child, $5 a morning per family. A range of activities. Bring morning tea for your child. 544 0682

Thursday 24 October Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

Salvation Army, Eversham Rd, Bayfair 7.30-8.30pm.

Awareness Through Movement Class Feldenkrais method at Yoga Centre, Elizabeth St 1.30-2.30pm. First lesson free. Gisella 544 4823 or 027 286 0891 Celebrate “The Day of the Dead” At Lightwave Gallery, 31 Totara St, Mt Maunganui 6-8pm. Dressing up is optional. Show runs from Oct 24 - Nov 5. Opening hours Tues - Sun 10am - 4pm.

Community Bible Study International

Join us at 14th Ave Gospel Centre 10am - 12pm for a non denominational in depth study of Hebrews until Nov 28. Jack & Betty 544 3809 Fitness League Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for females. All ages & abilities, first class free, every Thurs Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd 9.30am & Weds at Katikati Memorial Hall 10am. Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 170

Free Programme for Migrants

Workshop designed to support & develop knowledge, skills & confidence to set & meet goals for successful settlement & adjustment to life in NZ At Coast Guard Premises, 72 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point Marina 9am – 4pm. Morning tea & lunch provided. Registrations essential; limited to 20 people. Carol/Helen 579 6532 sssnzio@ymcatauranga.org.nz

Harbour City Lions (Ladies Lions Club) Meet at Lyceum Club 1st Ave

Tauranga 2nd/4th Thurs. Visitors welcome. Margaret 578 8466. Find us on Facebook.

Justice of the Peace Service Centres

Every Thurs at Citizens Advice Bureau, Hamilton St 9-11.30am. Te Puke Anglican Church 10am - 12pm. Tauranga Ethnic Council, Historic Village 11.30am - 1.30pm. Welcome Bay Community Centre 12-3pm. Keynotes 4 Part Harmony Women’s chorus meet every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Nora 544 2714 Inter-Faith Evening Supporting week of prayer for world peace at St George’s Church, Gate Pa 7.30pm. All welcome. More Than Craft Popular & friendly craft group every Thurs at Greerton Bible Church, Chadwick Rd 9.30-11.30am. $3 per session. Excellent creche. Newcomers welcome. Ruth 576 0955

Alcoholics Anonymous Open meeting every

“What’s On” is a FREE service for non-profit clubs & organisations.

Friday Friends 10 Pin Bowling League

New members wanted to join our friendly league playing every Fri at 13th Ave 10 pin at 1pm (3 games). Barry/Loris 571 5492

Gay/Bi Men’s Support Group

Do you need a trusting person to talk to? Discretion assured. For meetings & locations ph/text Alex 027 358 5934

Justice of the Peace Service Centres

Every Fri at Tauranga Library, NZ Room 12-2pm. Katikati Resource Centre 10am - 12pm. Tauranga RSA, Greerton 2-4pm. Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffats Rd 10am - 12pm. Mt Maunganui Library 11.30am - 1.30pm. Katikati Folk Club Hosts ‘Offshoot’ Leilani Taula, Daniel Kulasingham & Murray Mason. Support act Saelyn Guyton. Concert at Katikati Bowling Club, Park Rd. Tickets at door. www.katikati folkclub.co.nz Kirtan Tauranga Yoga Centre, Elizabeth St 7-9pm last Fri of month. Bathe your mind in the ancient practise of kirtan, a meditation of song, to deepen self-awareness & reach a peaceful state of mind. Bela 552 0073 NZ Shareholders Assn BOP Branch Meet last Fri of the month to share information, discuss topical subjects followed by social hour. New members & guests welcome. Bruce 541 0688 Red Cross Red Rose Day Today volunteers will be at street & supermarket sites selling gorgeous wrapped fresh red roses for a minimum donation of $2 each. Fundraiser for Red Cross Tauranga & Katikati. To order roses or bouquets for delivery, or to help out ph Heather 578 6987 by Weds Oct 23.

Email julie@thesun.co.nz or Fax 571 1116 or post to PO Box 240, Tauranga.

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Burgeoning city’s busking scene There are often a few buskers around Tauranga and I'd like to see more.

coming to Mills Reef and bringing their guitars for what promises to be a spectacular night of acoustic Coming out of a supermarket or browsing around guitar music on October 31. This downtown it's always nice to see a small kid with a will be the duo's first visit to New violin or some bloke with a guitar making music. Zealand. Loren is a New York And some buskers are very good. I sometimes see guitarist with the distinction of Noel Beasley or blues player Chris Smart on the street being the youngest instrumentalist and know I can stop and enjoy a few minutes to ever appear on the Grand of nifty sounds. Ole Opry. Back in the late nineties and early two thousands (is there a better term for that? Dunno.) you might Back to it have seen a cute little blonde kid busking around So let's get back to the story... Tauranga. You might even have dropped some money Mark and Loren were first in his guitar case. You might not have realised that brought together by Tommy the money you donated helped him become one Emmanuel. Mr Emmanuel of Tauranga's biggest international musical success should require no introduction stories. Starting as a twelve-year-old, until the time but – should you not recognise he was seventeen and ready to study music at Massey the name – let me just mention University in Wellington, Mark Mazengarb used to that he is one of Australia's most busk every Saturday morning. He reckons he made revered guitarists, a simply staggerabout $50 an hour, which he says was “pretty good – ing player who continuously tours especially for a twelve-year-old!”. He used the money the world with his innovative solo to buy a couple of nice guitars. guitar show. While Mark was just completLoren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb. Regional rocker ing his degree in classical guitar at Mark also played with various bands around town the University of North Carolina largely built on techniques pioneered and even won the regional rock quest one year. he attended Jorma Kaukonen's Fur by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet But from the age of fifteen he got more and more Peace Ranch guitar camp. That in Atkins and Jerry Reed; their songs into classical music. After first living in Welcome itself is (for guitarists) pretty amazing. feature Loren's vocals and harmonies Bay he moved to Bethlehem (where his family still Kaukonen is the legendary guitarist of from Mark. have the same house today) and after high school at Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna fame. Bethlehem College he headed off to Wellington and There Mark spent a few days workFirst album release graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music. Then he ing with Tommy Emmanuel and met They recorded their first album moved to the USA... Loren, already a seasoned guitarist but together the summer of 2011 and Why am I telling you this? Because Mark Maznewly-discovering the acoustic guitar. their most recent album Onward engarb and his musical partner Loren Barrigar are After the workshop Mark visited Loren was released in August 2012. Both and they spent some time picking guiof the duo’s studio albums have tars, and picking each other's brains. won SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Fast forward a few years and they Awards) awards for Best Americana met again at the 2009 Chet Atkins Album and the title track of their Appreciation Society guitar convensecond studio album Onward also won The Matua Club Mt Maunganui tion, an international gathering of Best Instrumental at the International Sunday 20 – Jazz with Friday 18 – Blaze. hundreds of guitarists. At the following Acoustic Music Awards. They have Trevor Braunias Trio year's convention they were scheduled most recently released a Live in Europe Mount RSA to play together and popular demand album following their tour of Ger3-6pm. Friday 18 – Sparx from those who heard them through many, France and Switzerland this year. Wednesday 22 – A Taste Saturday 19 – Kevin the week led to them being added to Mark and Loren play Mills Reef of Country Night Greaves & Dennis March the big Saturday night grand finale on Thursday October 31 kicking off 7.30-10pm. Sunday 20 – Bruce concert. at 7.30pm. Dinner is available from Strong 4.30pm. Since then they've toured exten5.30pm. Tickets are $25 from eventWelcome Bay Sports Bar sively through the States. Their music finder.co.nz or the winery. There's a Friday 18 – Paulena’s The Crown and Badger is influenced by bluegrass, jazz and five minute preview of the show at karaoke 8pm. Friday 18 – Business western: their style of guitar playing is http://vimeo.com/51718023. Karaokes best. Time. Saturday 19 – DV8.

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MUD Starring Matthew McConaughey, Sam Shepard, Reese Witherspoon - Dir: Jeff Nichols Matthew McConaughey has been on something of a roll recently. After just about destroying his credibility with an endless series of rom-coms and throwaway nonsense he has re-established himself as a serious actor (Killer Joe, The Paperboy, Magic Mike, Bernie) and one who can carry a movie (The Lincoln Lawyer). Mud continues that fine form. McConaughey’s titular Mud is a drifter who is discovered hiding on a small island by two exploring boys. They are 14-year-old Ellis, who lives with his father in a houseboat on the Mississippi river in Arkansas, and his friend Neckbone. This is really their story,

and the story - like Beasts of the Southern Wild - of people living on the fringes of society. But unlike that film there’s no magical realism here. As Mud’s backstory is slowly revealed we find that he is waiting to meet the love of his life (Witherspoon) while on the run from some very dangerous people. Things are going to get nasty and we fear for the boys, who don’t really understand that. It’s a beautifully calibrated and observed piece. Strong support comes from Shepard and Michael Shannon, who also took the lead in director Nichols last film, the excellent Take

The Place Beyond the Pines arrives on a wave of critical acclaim, rather more than it deserves in my opinion. It’s an undoubtedly handsome film and serious too, charting the family fall-out from the sins of the fathers. One father is Ryan Gosling’s dumb motorcycle stunt-rider and bank robber, the other is Bradley Cooper’s cop. Then there are their sons. The problem, and it may not be for some, is that the various characters barely interact. Gosling is only in the first third and things drift a little after his departure, but lovers of big ambitious dramas should still find much to enjoy.

Oblivion put Tom Cruise on a deserted future earth. After Earth does the same with Will Smith and son Jaden. Both were notably unsuccessful at the box office. I thought Oblivion,, while too long, was somewhat better than its rep and you could say the same to a lesser degree about After Earth. It’s not that bad. Basically Will and Jaden crash on earth - mankind having long since relocated - and Jaden has to recover a beacon so that he and his injured father can be rescued. There are monsters along the way, though not nearly enough. It’s OK, if a bit boring.

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It’s a very brave artist who follows closely in his father’s footsteps but that’s exactly what Brandon , Cronenberg has does with Antiviral writing and directing a film that, if you didn’t know better, could come directly from father David’s early oeuvre. It proposes a future where celebrity culture is completely out of control. Think it’s bad now? In this future people even buy food made from cloned celebrity cells and infect themselves with viruses extracted from celeb illnesses. Our hero smuggles out said viruses from the lab where he works to sell on the black market. By injecting them into himself. What could possibly go wrong?

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About Time

Fri Oct 18 to Wed Oct 23 131 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke.

M (offensive language and sexual references.)

May Disturb.

From writer-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually) comes this time-travelling romantic comedy starring Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter’s Bill Weasley), Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. After another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim (Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time. He decides to use the gift in pursuit The Weekend Sun has two double of love, and, in particular, the beautiful passes to ‘About Time’ for lucky readMary (McAdams). ers who can tell us which actress plays Mary. Enter online at: www.sunlive.co.nz under the competitions section. Entries must be received before Wednesday, October 23.

PLAYING THIS WEEK

GRAVITY (2D)

Capitol Cinema 4

(M) Off Lang & Content That

Sandra Bullock, George Clooney.

Fri 4:00pm. Sun 8:30pm. Tue 8:25pm.

MEGAscreen times in GREEN

GROWN UPS 2

(PG) Violence, Sexual References, Coarse Language & Nudity. COMEDY.

Adam Sandler. Fri 6:00pm. Sat 8:30pm. Sun 5:40pm. Tue 6:00pm. Wed 8:30pm.

PLANES (2D) TURBO (2D)

(G) (G)

THE SMURFS 2

Sat 3:25, 8:20. Sun 1:10, 5:55. Mon 6:00. Tue 1:10, 6:00pm. Wed 8:15pm.

PLAYING THIS WEEK

2 GUNS

(R16) Viol & Off Language.

Sat 11:00am. Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg. Fri 3:40, 8:30. Sat 1:05, 6:00. Sat 11:00. Sun 1:05. Sun 3:40, 8:25. Mon 3:40, 8:30. Tue 3:40, 8:30. Wed 3:40, 6:00. (2D) (G)

Saturday 3:50pm. Sunday 11:00am.

DIANA

(M) Offensive Language.

Watts stars as Princess Diana. PERCY JACKSON SEA OF MONSTERS Naomi Fri 1:30, 6:10. Sat 3:35, 8:10pm. (2D) (PG) Viol & Coarse Lang. Sat 1:30. Tue 3:45.

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GISELLE (PG)

DOCO, LIVE SHOW. Fri

6:10pm. Sat 4:00pm. Sun 3:30pm. Mon 8:00pm.

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NEW THIS WEEK!

ABOUT TIME (M) Off Lang & Sexual References.

From creator of Love Actually comes this time-travelling GARDENING WITH SOUL (G) romantic comedy. Domhnall NZ Documentary. Fri 1:30, 8:10pm. Sat 2:00, Gleeson, Rachel McAdams & 6:10pm. Sun 11:30, 5:30pm. Mon 3:45, Bill Nighy. Fri 1:10, 6:00pm

6:00. Tue 1:30, 6:10. Wed 3:45, 8:15pm.

Info line 573 8055 www.tepukecinema.co.nz

Sun 1:30, 6:00. Mon 3:35, 8:20. Tue 1:15, 6:00. Wed 3:35, 8:00.

MR. PIP (M) Violence. WAR, DRAMA. Hugh Laurie. Fri 1:15, 8:10pm. Sat 1:10,

JOBS (M) Off Lang & Drug Refs. Fri 3:35pm. 6:00. Sun 3:15, 7:50pm. Mon 3:35, 6:00. Sat 11:30. Sun 7:30. Tue 3:35. Wed 5:45. Tue 3:35, 8:10pm. Wed 3:35, 6:00pm.

PLAYING THIS WEEK IN 3D

GRAVITY (3D) (M) Off Lang & Content That May Disturb. “It’s the best space film ever done.” James Cameron A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. George Clooney.

Fri 8:35pm. Sat 6:05pm. Sun 3:55. Mon 6:00pm. Tue 1:30. Wed 6:00pm.

PLANES (3D)

(G) A cropdusting plane wants to compete in an aerial race.

Sunday 11:15am.

TURBO (3D) (G)

Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti. Friday 3:50pm. Sunday 11:00am.

THE SMURFS 2 (3D)

(G) Live-Action/Animated Family Comedy.

Saturday 11:10am.

FINAL WEEK (2D)

RUSH

(R13) Viol, Off Lang, Sex Scenes & Content That May

Disturb. Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde.

Monday 8:00pm.

ROMEO & JULIET: A LOVE SONG

(M) Violence. NZ DRAMA, MUSICAL, ROMANCE.

Sat 8:10pm. Sunday 1:30pm. Tuesday 8:10pm.

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as bubble wrap, tapes and cardboard. They also produce custom-made cartons and crates. The company is a one-stop-shop for road, air or sea “The freight – whether it’s personal effects or a business service, consignment. systems and Franchisee Richard Dagg says if you are moving packaging overseas – it doesn’t matter if it’s a single item or three we provide cubic-metres of personal affects you can’t leave behind are designed – they’ll get it to the destination safely and on time. to make “We can pick it up, pack it if required, do the your freight paperwork, organise the freight, cover for loss or experience as damage; and make sure it’s tracked right to the door.” simple and Pack & Send also stock a large range of quality smooth as boxes, furniture wrap, and packaging materials such possible. “You don’t have to open an account and we can send anything, anywhere.”

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CARPENTRY LEARNING FACILITATOR Skills Update Training Institute is an established private training organisation who has been operating in sites around the country since 1991. We are seeking an individual with experience in the carpentry and construction industry who has trained and/or coached staff. This is a full time position with flexible working hours. Rewarding remuneration proportional to performance.

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Building a healthy financial future In ‘$10 Tauranga’ it’s recognised that as one gets older it becomes harder to get a job offering sufficient financial recompense. It also becomes hard to get a job flexible in hours…oh heck sometimes it’s just hard to find a job. Some people buy a ‘do-up’ property to turn into an investment. They either rent it out, and hold for the longer term gain and regular passive income, or on-sell. If you’re interested in trying this, here is the trick. Do a little house keeping: Who is your target market? What are you skilled at, and can undertake it all yourself? If you can secure a property that requires your muscle power to clean up poorly kept overgrown gardens, or repair or install fences, this may be a path to a positive return. Tear up that sun faded, smelly and worn carpet, get out the spade and lift that lino, tear off that old wallpaper and scrape back the flaky paint work. If you feel the top coats or new wall and floor coverings will be superior (and in many cases they will) should a professional undertake this then follow this path. But you must factor that cost into your budget. Yes, set your budget and allow a sum for unknowns… those pesky beasts that inevitably crawl out and bite you. Before you buy, research the rental rates in your street and area. These can be found in the paper, online or by

phoning home rental companies. Ask what the likely rental return for your finished product would be. Then allow for all materials. Take a good long look at the state of the kitchen and bathroom(s) as these are strong selling features as well as being some of the most expensive areas to refurbish. Don’t forget the lights, drapes – oh my goodness the list is long. Now who is your most likely buyer or tenant? If tenanted, who will look after the gardens and mow the lawns? If you’re targeting older folk…are you best to renovate a two or three bedroom home? Near shops and bus routes? For families, what space do they need? Garaging? Set your time frame for the refurbishment, an empty rental is one that is not paying its way…and every extra week diminishes the hourly wage you may be paying yourself. I have seen where buyers have incorporated some of their own wishes into a rental renovation. Effectively they have over capitalised and the new buyer has actually found they got much of the upgrade done for nothing, as the final sale price did not recover renovation expenses. Similarly I have seen light airy refurbished units that are smart, sought after and make a small gain for their renovator. Mostly it is not a road to speedy wealth, but dollars grow incrementally. Now if (like me) you ignore all the basic rules and find

yourself staring at a loss or breakeven and wondering how you have managed this, then remember – there are more rewards than the financial. It is a great to stand back and say “look what I can do”. Take a celebratory pat on the back. And next time try to follow the rules. By Kirsty Walker, Eves Realty, Bethlehem


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www.sunlive.co.nz/classifieds.html art & craft

ART - BUYING OR SELLING? We can expertly negotiate and facilitate the sale or sourcing of artworks on your behalf. Visit www.nzfas.co.nz NZ FINE ART SERVICES - your local art professionals. Ph 07 929 6980 CLASSES & WORKSHOPS Fun and informative, practical workshops on Thursdays or Saturdays to learn a new craft, mosaics, kiln fired glass jewellery, glass cutting, stained glass or ceramic painting. What takes your fancy? Clay Art Studio, Historic Village, 17th Ave. Ph 571 3726

bible digest

IF YOU FULLY obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. Deuteronomy 28:1, 2, 6.

cars for sale

A NO DEPOSIT DEAL from $50 p/w. Cars, vans, & 4x4s. To find out more txt ‘NEWCAR’ and your name to 9090. Learner licence welcome, some conditions apply. CAR FAIR – buy or sell any vehicle every Sunday at 11th Avenue Car park opposite Mad Butcher 8am-noon. Ph for more information 027 733 9686 or www.taurangacarfair.co.nz

cleaning

FREE QUOTES home, office, moving, ovens. Daily, weekly, or fortnightly. Couple team, reliable & experienced. Text Simply Professional now 021 058 7105

computers

COMPUTER GETTING you down? Problems, viruses, upgrades, internet, new or refurb PC’s tuition, or advice. Ph Bruce for a no obligation chat or quote 576 7940 or 021 260 9183 FREE ON SITE DIAGNOSIS & quote. We come to you & don’t charge extra for travel. Pensioner discounts. Ph Kyle at Tech Solutions 027 828 7078

dancing

BALLROOM DANCE PARTNERS required, aged between 10-18 years. No experience needed. Ph 543 2377

education

EXPERIENCED TUTOR AVAILABLE all ages and subjects, from $15/hr. Ph or txt Basic 027 823 2462 or email basictutoring@outlook.com

financial

TAURANGA CAR LOANS Independent finance broker. Beneficiaries, learners licence, bad credit, no problem! Call or text Jeff 021 816 315

flatmate wanted

LARGE RURAL HOUSE 20mins from Tauranga, beautiful views and great cook, $100pw plus expenses. No pets. Ph 021 158 6360

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CAKE MY DAY We make / create, cakes, Birthday, Wedding, Adult, Giftboxed, Corporates, Cupcakes, Hire Tins, Parties for kids. Ph 07 579 9795 cakemyday.co.nz COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT Putaruru $130,000+gst. Long term progressive tenant 8.75% return. Ph 543 1468 PAVERS factory seconds half price. 55 Hull Rd, Mt Maunganui. Ph 575 4887 SMALL CONCRETE SLEEPERS everlasting and realistic from $9.00 each. Village Stone 55 Hull Rd Mt Maunganui Ph 575 4887

gardening

GARDENER AVAILABLE Pruning, spraying, weeding, rubbish removal. Ph Tracey on 578 9779 or 027 484 5711 for a free quote.

health & beauty

MASSAGE therapeutic/deep tissue with Karin Batenburg at Ellervescence, 1205 Cameron Road. Opening special $60 1 hour, $35 half hour. Ph 577 6000 NATURAL NEW ZEALAND Health Products. Something for everyone. NZ Registered Natural Therapies & Natural Medicine Practitioners. Opposite BP Te Puke. Ph 573 5533 www.naturaltherapiesnz.com and www.kiwikitz.com

house sitter

PROFESSIONAL HOUSE MINDER available. Do you want peace of mind that your treasured home is in trustworthy hands while you are away on holiday? Excellent references. Available from 6 November to 9 December. Ph Cathie 022 162 8301

lifestyle coaching

FEELING LOST? Want to reconnect with self. Regain purpose, clarity and joy each day. Ph Chris at Balanced Success Coaching 027 548 2548 chris@balancedsuccess.co.nz www.balancedsuccess.co.nz INSPIRATIONAL COACHING Are you coping with your lifestyle

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change? Life Coaching can help! For a complimentary strategy session in moving forward Contact Rosemary Inspirational LOA Life Coach 07 577 9672, 027 616 9519 rosemary@truepurpose.co.nz www.truepurpose.co.nz

livestock

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

lost & found

SPCA FOUND - Short Haired Tabby Male Cat Otumoetai, Ref #19015. Medium Haired Black Male Cat Pongakawa, Ref #19023. Short Haired Tabby Male Cat Bethlehem, Ref #19024. Short Haired Tabby Kitten Bethlehem, Ref #19025. Long Haired Tabby Cat Tauranga Central, Ref #19028. Short Haired Black & White Female Cat Tauriko, Ref #19029. Tri-Coloured Puppy Welcome Bay, Ref #19030. Ph 07 578 0245 for more info.

mobility

MOBILITY SCOOTERS & MORE. Visit our showroom, 29 Burrows St, Tauranga 578 1213 Mobility Equipment & Services. ‘Supporting your independence’

pets

PUPPY CLASSES + Home Obedience Classes - for older dogs 5 weeks only $50. Tauranga Dog Training Club, Morland Fox Park, Greeton. Starts Monday 4th November. Ph Pam 578 4370

to let

BROOKFIELD Tidy 2x Double Bedroom Basement flat, separate storage room. Own private garden area. $240 p/w Ph 543 4481 EARLY PAPAMOA BEACH RD, 2 storey 3 bedroom, large single internal access garage, ensuite, separate toilet & bathroom downstairs, spa, ocean views. Just $450pw. Phone 021 627 291

trades & services

BOAT BUILDING repairs and maintenance. Timber & fibreglass trade qualified, boat builder. Ph Shaun 021 992 491 or 07 552 0277 BUILDER/HANDYMAN 45yrs experience, no job too small. Ph Bryan on 027 408 3905 BUILDING / ROOFING Repairs, maintenance, spouting, cleaning, gutters, decks, fences & more! From alterations to new work. Register Builder with 30yrs experience working in the B.O.P. Ph 022 121 3356 or a/h 575 8869 GUTTERING CLEAN and repairs moss removal. Experienced Certified Roofer. Free quotes. Ph Peter now 542 4291 or 0274 367 740

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HANDYMAN BUILDING and section maintenance, decks, fencing, pergolas, painting, water blasting, odd jobs. Free quotes Ph Rossco 027 270 3313 or 544 5911 INSECT SCREENS Measure. Make. Mend. Contact Rob at Magic Seal 543 4940 PAINTER / DECORATOR Interior and Exterior, quality workmanship friendly services. Over 20 years specialising in residential and more. Quality paint at trade prices. For your best advice in all areas. Ph Shane Mount/Tauranga Decorators 07 544 6495 or 021 575 307 PAINTING AND PAPERING work wanted. 40 years experience in the trade. Professional workmanship and free quotes. Ph Alpro Painters 022 062 3590

trades & services

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

trailer repairs

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

transport

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

travel & tours

ROOF PAINTING & maintenance. Roofs rescrewed. Waterblasting, moss removal. Free quotes! Ph Mark 543 3670 or 021 0273 8840

A HOLIDAY OR DAY OUT. Join us for the Great Barrier Island experience, Treetops Luxury Lodge, shows, day tours every week. Ph Kae & Rick 575 8118

ROOF REPAIRS metal or onduline gutters & down pipes clean or replacement chimney repairs. Certified Roofer over 30yrs experience Free quote. Ph Peter 542 4291 or 027 436 7740

ANDRE RIEU Show overnight, very good seats, transport door to door service, dinner & lovely accommodation. Only a couple seats left. Ph Kae & Rick 575 8118

ROOFING AND SPOUTING Metal fascia, gutter & rainwater systems. Long run corrugate. Maintenance, repairs or replacement. Free no obligation quotes. PROFIX 027 496 5375 profixltd@xtra.co.nz ROOFING new roofs re-roofs spouting and repairs. Free quotes. Ph Chris 027 276 6348 or 572 3237 SCAFFOLDING prompt free quotes, friendly service, DIY or full erect & dismantle services. Safe, certified, cost effective. Safeplank Scaffolding Ph 021 680 555 STEEL – Lyndon’s Welding. For all your farm and home welding requirements. Ph 022 021 3798 STUMPINATOR STUMP Grinding free quotes & prompt service. Narrow machine to access rear yards. Ph 576 4245 or 022 076 4245 TAURANGA Tandem Skydiving Best Buzz in the Bay, Gift Vouchers. Ph 576 7990 TILER QUALIFIED TILER references available free quotes all types of work done from kitchen splashbacks to full tiled bathrooms. Contact Nelson 021 609 289

ANDRE RIEU Book your seat today! Coach only $55 per person return. 25 October 2013. Ph Bayline 578 3113 COME JOIN OUR travel club. Monthly morning tea & exciting places to visit. Ph Zealandier Tours 575 6425 or email wendy@zealandiertours.com CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – MICHAEL JACKSON Book your seat today! Coach only $55 per person return. 30 Oct, 2 Nov or 3 Nov 2013. Ph Bayline 578 3113 NO.8 TOURS receive your free Newsletter, enjoy VIP pricing for great day and overnight tours throughout NZ. Ph 579 3981 SCOTTSDALE SENIOR TOURS fully escorted owner/operated since 1978. Ph free for colour brochure today 0800 664 414. Also see www.scottsdaletours.co.nz TAURANGA TASTING TOURS & CHARTERS Marlborough Winery Tour 7-12 April. Information sheet available. Limited to 14 pax. Ph 07 544 1383 tgatastingtours@xtra.co.nz www.tastingtours.co.nz

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JACK RUSSELL stud purebred looking for potential ‘mums’. Just turned one and we would like to get him a date before he gets the ominous visit to the vet. Please txt 027 211 9193

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Greerton Oaks Village, 29 Mitchell St, 8 - 11am, Sat 19th Oct. Household goods, books, linen, jigsaw puzzles & more.

JUDEA

Massive fundraising garage sale! Saturday 26th october, 8am start, 19 amber cres, off birch ave. Bargains galore, sausage sizzle, bouncy castle and more All funds raised help a young tauranga family get to cambodia to work with children at risk of kidnapping and being sold. www.dnasanders.co.nz

Sunday Gatherings 10:00 am Mount Sports Club 51 Miro Street Blake Park The Mount

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Celebrating seniors in our community The life expectancy of senior citizens is increasing. One of the most staggering New Zealand statistics is there are now more seniors in our community than teenagers. In the United States, the census bureau projects there will be more elderly adults than children around the planet by 2018. This fact is already having a profound ripple effect on economies of Western nations and their superannuation schemes. Economists now argue the burden of superannuation will place an intolerable load of tax on a shrinking workforce; and the age of entitlement will have to be raised. The result is many seniors feel they’re unwanted, undervalued and a burden. Next we’ll see fresh arguments for euthanasia. The fact is seniors are healthier and more enthusiastic about

life than ever before. This means they represent an untapped and unrecognised resource in our community. Seniors come from what is called the “Builder generation”. They’re the ones who sacrificed to build our nation. Now they’re living longer, they still want to make a contribution to our community and leave a legacy that will outlast them. At St Enoch’s our seniors run a Grandmas’ and Grandads’ Mainly Music programme and it is awesome. Seniors are also the generation who have a strong Christian background. Seniors have attended Bible class or Sunday school more than other generations. For example, between 1956 and 1964, within the Presbyterian church up to 100,000 youth and children attended weekly Sunday school and Bible class every year. These numbers

Tattoos of pride show we’re loved Tattoos are quite trendy these days. People have all sorts of things engraved on their skin, ranging from small butterflies on their ankles to what look like full-on scenes of Armageddon across their back…and some ‘canvasses’ are bigger than others. Some people I know have tattooed the names and birth dates of their children on their arm – they wear it to remember, and they wear it because they’re proud of their kids and want some way to show their pride. This got me thinking about this Bible passage… "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;

your walls are ever before me.” – Isaiah 49:13-16. Could a mother forget giving birth? I couldn't imagine it! But even if things got so bad with humanity that this were to happen, God says He still would never forget his children. God has ‘tattooed’ our names on his hands. To the Lord, we are permanent fixtures. And like my friends with their tattoos, God wears his connection with us as a badge of pride. It’s hard to imagine that God could be so proud and committed to me, but this is the reality for us in his family. His love is deep and His faithfulness goes on forever. In more ways than one, it’s a truly wonderful thing to be in the hands of God. By Rev Jim Wallace, St Enoch’s Presbyterian Church.

Sunday Services 9:30am & 6:00pm Come along!

07 576 5387 252 Otumoetai Road www.citychurchtauranga.org.nz

are duplicated among other churches. Sadly, although having this Christian background, a large number never became life-long followers of Jesus Christ. But the seed of faith is still in their hearts and they try to live by Christian values. Do you know why seniors don’t go to church? The George Barna Research Group, from the United States, asked this question across the Western world – and is amazed at the response. The answer is: “Because no-one has invited me”. Once you have become disconnected from attending worship, and if you shift towns, it is very hard to pluck up the courage to go to a new place. This is why at St Enoch’s, we’re holding a Celebrate Seniors Sunday. This is our special opportunity to invite seniors and neighbours.

sunday at 10 10am am thursday at 7pm 146 devonport Rd

You'll love it! www.equipperschurch.com

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