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Just like Michael J Fox in the Delorean, time travel is a rare and privileged experience. It takes us back to when we knew how to spell privileged without having to rely on spellcheck to get it right. Our recent time travel started with some jet travel. Not for us, but for the incoming wave of relatives from the Motherland. The poms arrived. Well some of them. The rest are still to arrive. During the first wave, I think I know how the early Maori must have felt when the first colonists rambled off the Boeing. Or stumbled ashore from the longboat, which is probably more historically accurate. The first ones weren’t the scariest. It was the unknown factor of how many more were to come that must have rattled them the most. Our poms came via Canada. One daughter with her daughter, aged eight months. A lovely Small English Person named Florence. All arrived safely and happily, except for the stroller, which took a longer stopover in Vancouver and eventually winged its way here a few days later, via a sightseeing tour of Sydney. Thanks, Air Canada! So apart from Florence not having any wheels, everyone was in good spirits, considering the vagaries of travelling with a very Small English Person. Technology has rampaged since we were parents just a generation ago. Car seats now lock into things called ISO fix points. Which means there’s no more faffing about with belts and buckles. This means that if your baby is ISO equipped, (ISO, for those of you a bit rusty on your parenting, stands for International Standard Offspring) which all modern babies are, they can be clipped directly into the corresponding ISO appliance or gadget. Our car had it, so matching the borrowed car seat was easy, and presto! Small English Person was secured with International Standard precision. I bet the Delorean didn’t have that. The connection with time travel kicked in when we were left with the small English grandchild for most of an evening. Until then, all the parenting duties had been well covered by the very capable Mother of the Year, who astounds me with her love and attention for her first born. The shock set in when I realised we were alone in a house with the Small English Person, plus an extra rowdy dog having a sleepover on the same night, just for good measure. It was starting to look like a bit of a set up. A three ring circus. I thought maybe the family had positioned Candid Camera lenses around the house and we’d

end up on America’s Funniest Home Videos. However the dogs were easily catered for, with a couple of bones. But the Small English Person could require a bit more resource – namely a voluptuous breast or two – which by coincidence had left the house at the same time as the Perfect English Mother. That’s when the time travel kicked in. Grandma (known by the very trendy name of GraNZ, meaning Gran from NZ if you hadn’t worked it out) and Kiwigramps found themselves transported back to a time when they themselves were parents. The responsibility. The trust of a small person’s life. The curtailment of simple pleasures, with the needs and demands of a tiny new life resting on one’s shoulders. What if she wakes? What if the dogs bark and she starts crying? (The ISO handbook states that Small English Person can go from nought to 180 decibels in 3.3 seconds.) How, if in an emergency, can we make a dash for the drinks cupboard? What if she demands The Breasts? (Kiwigramps has a great set of man boobs but they are definitely not ISO compatible for anything other than emergency flotation.)

Small English Person, Florence, deals to an unsuspecting avocado. Photo by GraNZ Will we remember how to change a nappy? Haven’t they invented a remote control for that yet? Apparently not. Some things just don’t change. We’ll be having a word to the ISO people on that. But we needn’t have worried, because, as Granz and Kiwigramps found out, babies still sleep. We watched in awe, via the wireless baby monitoring digital video system, as our Small English Person slept blissfully unaware of the nervous anguish her Large New Zealand Grandparents were going through.

Ah, technology! It might have ruined a few generations with their obsessive texting and Facebooking disorders, but it’s a marvellous thing when applied to grandparents with rusty parenting memories. The daughter, complete with ISO compatible, fully-integrated refreshment system, arrived back in the nick of time. Potential crisis averted, but an interesting trip back to the future. The more some things change, the more others stay the same.

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On the subject of interrupted sleep, this week’s yarn, thanks to Wally: A man is in bed with his wife when there is a rat-a-tat-tat on the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it’s half past three in the morning. “I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls over. Then, a louder knock follows. “Aren’t you going to answer that?” asks his wife. So he drags himself out of bed and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is a man standing at the door. It didn’t take the homeowner long to realise the man was drunk. “Hi there,” slurs the stranger. “Can you give me a push?” “No, get lost. It’s half past three. I was in bed,” says the man and slams the door. He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says, “Dave, that wasn’t very nice of you. “Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the babysitter and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? What would have happened if he’d told us to get lost?” “But the guy was drunk,” says the husband. “It doesn’t matter,” says the wife. “He needs our help and it would be the right thing to help him.” So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed and goes downstairs. He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere he shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push? “ And he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah, please.” So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts, “Where are you?” And the stranger replies, “I’m over here, on your swing.”

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Back-paddling Council changes course on waka ama The Pilot Bay based waka ama club has secured its traditional site in the centre of the bay after a delegation to council this week succeeded in clearing up ‘misunderstandings’ over their alleged relocation. On September 11, councillors were told that moving the waka ama from the centre of the bay, where they have been based for the last 20 years, was a done deal in order to make way for the Pilot Bay boardwalk. When the plan was approved at last month’s meeting, city council parks team leader Warren Aitken told the committee he met with waka ama club representatives, told them they were going to move and the club was happy to pay. At this week’s meeting club spokesman Paul Woods says that was not the case. He confirmed a meeting on August 30, but that was very much a preliminary meeting, and the message from the club was they would have to discuss it amongst themselves.

They weren’t told about the Projects and Monitoring Committee meeting on September 10 where the Pilot Bay boardwalk plan was presented to the committee for a decision. When Murray Guy raised the waka ama issue at that meeting Warren Aitken said: “I’ve been in contact with the waka ama club and just looking at areas where they could relocate to. I’ve talked to them about removal of the shed, and if they are moved to another area they indicated they would pay for a shed themselves.” The shed near the public toilet block was gifted to Hoe Aroha Whanau o Mauao by the Mount Maunganui Yacht Club. “The shed is essential to our function as a club, it holds life jackets and lights, because we do paddle at night,” says Paul. “We don’t want to move from where we are. It is ideal, it’s central and safe for our people to move up and down and out of the water.” Moving the waka ama to the northern end of the bay will create safety issues both on and off the water, says Paul. Carrying the

15m long waka across the busy area from proposed storage on the camping ground side of the road will create traffic problems, and the boat ramp is also congested. “It is not an easy place for half a dozen people to move a large 15 metre canoe,” says Paul. He says the agreement to contribute was for permanent waka shelter only in the event they were required to move. “But we did not offer to pay the cost towards the boardwalk going through the area in which we operate. “We want to stay where we are. My personal view is there is sufficient room for the boardwalk on the harbour side of the shed. The shed doesn’t need to move at all.” The room for the boardwalk has been created simply by moving the waka back a couple of metres. It leaves four metres of clear passageway above the beach, and they no longer encroach on the proposed boardwalk. Mayor Stuart Crosby said there was a meeting in his office with members of the waka ama club a couple of weeks ago, where many of the issues were able to be cleared up.

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WINZ privacy breach ‘a worry’ A Tauranga woman is questioning her trust in Work and Income New Zealand after revelations private information was able to be accessed by the public. The breach in Work and Income New Zealand’s computer system this week meant clients’ personal details and other confidential files were publically available from public self-service kiosks. A Tauranga beneficiary, who asked not to be named, says she does not like the thought of having her confidentiality breached. “It’s a bit rude. I wouldn’t like my information on how much I get and how much I am entitled to to be seen by anyone else. “I don’t understand how this was possible.” The woman, who has lived in Tauranga

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tion of this nature to be accessible and it is absolutely vital the Ministry of Social Development fix this issue in the first instance and ensure there aren’t any other possible security gaps elsewhere. “An independent investigation will look into all aspects of security, reaching back to when the kiosks used by the public were installed. This investigation will get underway immediately.” By Letitia Atkinson

Auction raises $260,000 for charities Six Bay of Plenty charities are set to benefit from the $260,000 raised by the Tauranga Police CIB Trust and the support of the community.

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Firefighters recognised for their efforts Volunteers and paid firefighters stood side by side as they were recognised for their service to the community with an honours award ceremony at Mount Maunganui Fire Station. Firefighters from Greerton, Tauranga and Mount Maunganui Fire Brigade were presented with the award this week. “What is significant about today is that we are here to celebrate service for the volunteers and full time firemen, there is a good working relationship between the groups,” deputy chief fire officer and acting area manager Graeme Easton said at the presentation ceremony. “Some of the volunteers have worked a very long time, dedicating their time to the community and the station.” Graeme says brigades need experience to carry them through. He, Te Puke chief fire officer Glenn Williams, Tauranga MP Simon Bridges handed out 53 medals. By Letitia Atkinson

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Coroner investigates herbicide death The fire decontamination unit was called to Tauranga Hospital to decontaminate the man who was infected with a toxic herbicide. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

The Bay of Plenty coroner is investigating the death of a Tauranga man who died after he ingested the toxic herbicide paraquat. A spokesperson at the Bay of Plenty Coroner’s office says they received the file earlier in the week and further information will be released once it has been reviewed. The man was taken to Tauranga Hospital on Monday after he became contaminated with paraquat – a toxic weed killer.

Mount Maunganui St John Ambulance team leader Gary Bishell says Tauranga paramedics got a call to pick up a man from a Tauranga address at about 11.10am who had ingested a toxic herbicide. “At that stage we didn’t know what type of herbicide it was,” says Gary. The fire brigade decontamination unit was called to the hospital and erected a decontamination tent near the main entrance to the hospital on Cameron Road outside the emergency

department. Tauranga senior station officer Phil Price says firefighters were called to undertake an emergency decontamination of the patient who was contaminated with, or possibly drunken, paraquat - a toxic weed killer. “We were advised the ambulance was bringing in a patient who was contaminated with paraquat.” Firefighters decontaminated the 53-year-old man and two St John Ambulance paramedics. By Letitia Atkinson and Phillipa Yalden


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From tagging to graffiti art Street art is taking over from the taggers.

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Six60 is coming to Mount Maunganui The Dunedin-based band, which honed its sound playing to friends and family in small living room concerts inside 660 Castle St, will perform at Brewers Bar with special guest David Dallas on January 4. The quintessential Scarfies will bring their unique mix of soul, rock, dubstep and drum and base to town after a successful worldwide tour earlier in 2012 and five New Zealand Music Award nominations. And they won’t be alone. David

Dallas, whose tracks include ‘Take a Picture and ‘Start Lookin’ Round’, is along for the ride after recently completing a 50-date tour of the USA with indie darlings AER and releasing his Tauranga City Council’s latest project ‘Buffalo Men’ for free on Graffiti Action Plan is slowly his website. transforming the city from Six60 lead singer Matiu Walters says the band is looking forward to touring a city of taggers to a city of New Zealand again during summer. graffiti art. “We can’t wait to get back on the road and smash out another tour – house Graffiti prevention officer Jane party styles, and bringing along some Denton says since the Graffiti special guests for the ride.” Action Plan was adopted in 2009 By Ben Guild there has been an on-going transTickets now on sale from Ticketmaster. formation of street taggers into street artists. The taggers are being mentored by artists like Owen Dippie, who has been painting walls in the city for a number of years. They have been assisted by commercial property owners, like Bay Batteries, which have made building walls available. The city council

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also has a graffiti art zones on the walkways off Devonport Rd into the Elizabeth St car park, and under the harbour bridge on the Tauranga side. The increase in street art is accompanied by a drop in tagging and taggers, says Jane. Enforcement figures during the last three years show the total number of tags dropping from 12,886 to 9486 to 7911. Taggers caught have also followed the trend from 611 to 433 to 324. However the amount received in reparation is going the other way, from $2861 to $3775 to $4692. The council photographs and keeps a database of tags removed within the city. The information has been used successfully

when seeking reparation for costs incurred for removing graffiti. Police also find the ability of council to provide a list of tags relating to specific taggers useful in court, says Jane. Taggers are mostly male aged between 14 and 20. Of 206 taggers caught last year only four were female. They are also mostly Maori; 112 compared with 90 caucasian. The previous year the numbers of taggers caught by race were 233 Maori and 51 caucasian. The transformation from tagged city to graffiti art city is costing on average $16,246 per month. Last year it was $14,411 each month on average. In 2008/09 graffiti removal was costing on average $22,246 per month.

Art gallery issues to be ‘managed’ Willow Street retailers turned up at the council this week to firmly resist any attempts to shift the bus stops north of the Masonic Park. The suggestion was one of several in a report to the Tauranga City Council Projects and Monitoring Committee advising of ways and means of answering Tauranga Art Gallery’s complaints. Gallery director Penny Jackson is complaining to the council about damage to the building, graffiti, buses parking over their driveway, and dirt, litter and

grime, plus security issues, since the bus stop was installed outside the gallery in 2010. Shifting the buses along Willow Street so they are parked outside Broncos Sports, The Copy Centre, Cartridge World and Kings Dairy, was among the options presented in the staff report to the committee. Tony Young from Tauranga Mainstreet and Ben Tuck from Broncos Sports both spoke against the idea, presenting a picture of retailers trying to do business while diesel exhaust fumes were blowing through their front doors. It turns out the driveway access issue is created by the council. Gallery staff used to have free parking in the Masonic Car Park, but four parks were taken away when the buses moved in, forcing gallery staff to use to the driveway access, which is often blocked by the buses. Western Bay of Plenty police area commander Clifford Paxton told the committee the disruptive behaviour outside the gallery appears to be conflict among bus users, and unrelated to the gallery. “What is the cause of it, how the conflict arises and how do you manage that? Once you have done that, you can sort it out.” Police figures provided to the council shows there have been 34 arrests for drugs and anti-social behaviour in Willow Street during the past nine months, and 11 arrests for violence. There’s no indication where along the kilometre or more length of Willow Street the arrests took place. Committee members agreed with councillor David Stewart’s view that it is a management issue that can best be left to council staff.


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Welshman’s home away from home Sipping on a cider in a local pub with the men he spent almost one year with will be one of the many recollections Neil Lloyd will take home after the Rena grounding. The Braemar operations manager and his team of response specialists, spent most of the 2011 year cleaning up debris left behind from the Rena grounding last October. Neil, who moved to New Zealand from his home town in Wales, worked seven days a week cleaning up the

Rena wreckage off Bay of Plenty Coastlines, venturing to many places only accessible by boat. Although he missed his family greatly, Neil says the job at hand kept him occupied, with Skype and other social networking keeping him in close communication. “There wasn’t a lot of time for it to play on your mind. We had plenty of distractions to stop focusing on the fact that we were away from family and friends at that time.” Spending his first Christmas and New Year away from his family Neil celebrated the festive period with the Braemar team who soon became his adopted family. Neil says he quickly adapted to the New Zealand culture with the comNeil Lloyd has many fond memories to take home. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

plexities of learning Maori protocol proving educational. “We were fortunate that we had to build that into our operation and it gave us a chance to experience it first-hand. “ Apart from Rena clean-up operations, Neil spent his time admiring the beaches, fishing, and collecting driftwood, which he transforms into lamp shades. “The beach is something special. It’s really refreshing to see people enjoying what they have on their doorstep.” Neil says he is happy to go back home knowing the Rena clean-up operation is in good hands, but says he will continue his work back home in Wales. “The job doesn’t end with me going back home. It’s certainly not completed by any means. The work still continues.” He says the year has been a yoyo ride with many operational and social memories to be treasured for a lifetime. “New Zealand’s got a firm place in my heart.” By Zoe Hunter


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Dinner with Bond girl, anyone? Most people’s prevailing memory of actress and model Rachel Grant is likely as villainous Bond girl Peaceful Foundations of Desire in 2002’s ‘Die Another Day’.

In that film, she arrives with the supposed compliments of the manager and instructs Bond to lay face-down on the hotel bed. The assassination plot looks to be running smoothly before she

is clinched by the dapper spy, who dispossesses the pistol hidden in a holster strapped neatly under her dress on her right thigh. That scene should in no way prevent people from entering the competition below, in which one lucky reader will win a dinner with the Filipino multithreat when she visits Tauranga on October 24 though. The international beauty queen, who has represented both England and the Philippines, is an avid humanitarian, and will be in town to promote her various causes. She is the global ambassador for Human Nature - a social enterprise in organic cosmetics helping poor farmers and the underprivileged in the Philippines – and is considered as one of a handful of the most influential Filipinos around the world. Additionally, she supports the United Nations slum re-building scheme Gawad Kalinga and has helped to rebuild slum houses, pave streets and paint homes. As if that wouldn’t supply enough fodder for casual dinner conversation, Rachel is also a martial arts expert, a travel writer, has swum with hammerhead sharks in the Galapogos, and had a grandfather who was a second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II. By Ben Guild

with The Weekend Sun has a dinner experience with Rachel to give away, including dinner and drinks at Mount Bistro and tuxedo hire from Molloy’s Menswear, for a lucky reader who can tell us the name of her character in ‘Die Another Day’. Entries close October 22. Enter online at under the competitions section. First in wins.

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Up the creek: Paddling to the top After years of competing against top international rafters, seasoned Tauranga paddler Paul Roozendaal is excited to be bringing the white water competition back home. Paul is one of at least three Tauranga-based paddlers competing at the ‘Pre-Worlds’ rafting competition being held in Bay of Plenty this weekend – alongside slalom kayaker Ben Gibb in his six man crew, while Tauranga rafter Johann Roozenburg is paddling for another New Zealand men’s team. The pre-worlds are held every second year, between the biannual Whitewater Rafting World Championships, for teams to familiarise



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Racing to the top Despite a top five finish in his division at last year’s world age-group triathlon championship, Hayden Moorhouse knows he has many years ahead of himself before reaching the sport’s pinnacle. It is simply an age issue. Hayden, who has just returned from Massey University where he was awarded a sporting blues last week, says it is a fact that triathletes reach their peak in their late 20s or 30s. “Cameron Brown is 40 and his at his best ever in ironman,” says 18-year-old Hayden, who competed at his first world championships in Beijing last year when he was in Year 13 at Tauranga Boys’ College. “So it’s going to be a few years before I’m up there.” On Tuesday he left Tauranga, where he’s been training, to head to Auckland for the ITU International Triathlon Union world championship grand final for the 16-19 age group aquathon and triathlon events. Hayden is one of 27 triathletes from the Western Bay competing in the world age group championships over Labour Weekend – attracted by the chance to compete in a global event. Last year he placed third in the aquathon and fifth in the triathlon – after being

run down and losing two places in the last minutes. Hayden is determined to do his best again this year. “I was pretty pleased with both results and have been training hard to give it my best performance again. I’m giving it 100 per cent. I’ve stepped my running up a lot and my swimming up a bit.” He is looking forward to Auckland’s local advantage after competing in Beijing where his sole support was his mother. “It will make a difference because we’ve got all our home support and it will be a different atmosphere. It will be a more natural kind of race – there will be no need to acclimatise.” Hayden will be returning to train in Tauranga over summer. Triathlon Tauranga’s official ‘triathlete of the year’, says he gets strong support from the club including sponsored coaching by Carolynn Margan. Hayden is focusing on six major races over summer, including national elite races which will see him up against the country’s top triathletes such as Kris Gemmell. Hayden has come a long way since his first Weet Bix Kids TRYathlon aged eight – but knows he still has a way to go. National under-20 triathlon champion Hayden Moorhouse is among 27 Western Bay athletes competing at the world championships in Auckland this weekend. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

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In recent weeks, the Weekend Sun’s letters pages have bulged with support for reintroducing a passenger rail service between Tauranga, Auckland and perhaps Hamilton. Here, Zoe Hunter looks into both the past and the future of rail in the Western Bay of Plenty.




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Investing in a Tauranga-Auckland fast rail passenger service will benefit local commerce and tourism, but requires significant Government investment and vision. This is the call from New Zealand First transport spokesperson Brendan Horan, who is backing a growing community campaign to reintroduce Tauranga’s passenger service. “It needs buy-in from the city and from the Government. If you have a look at what has happened in Tauranga over the last 16 years… we’ve hit a bit of a stagnation sort of point really where there seems to have been very little long-term planning.” Brendan says the Government is currently practicing austerity, which means a return of the passenger rail service is unlikely. “New Zealand should be investing in a long-term plan to benefit New Zealand and New Zealanders, and have an efficient and fast passenger rail service.” He says there are many benefits to having an efficient rail system, but says railway tracks aren’t being utilised properly. “They are running down KiwiRail. They are laying off maintenance workers. It’s quite clear that they don’t seem to have the rail infrastructure of New Zealand as their number one priority.”

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She says the fixed operational costs of running a train are very high. “Operational costs alone for a commuter service between Auckland and Tauranga would be more than $2 million a year and the service would require around 700 passengers to use it daily for it to be commercially viable.” These figures are based on the Capital Connection commuter service between Palmerston North and Wellington, which is under threat of closure with

the approximate 630 daily passengers meaning the service is 10 per cent under the $2.2 million breakeven point. For KiwiRail to look seriously at operating a Tauranga passenger service it needs “guaranteed passenger demand”, but management believes demand is far short of the required levels. Bethlehem pensioner Tim Pickford says a passenger service would make it easier to visit family and friends in Auckland, but he accepts it would be difficult to get enough customers. Continued...


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The golden age of Kiwi rail Continued... “It would be great – but the problem is we don’t have the population and the Government don’t have the spare money to subsidise it.” The recent call for reintroducing the passenger service came from Tauranga’s David Dalton who, in a letter to The Weekend Sun, argued the Government has a duty to provide a transport system that does not rely on diminishing oil resources at high prices. He says the Government must provide KiwiRail with funding for a fleet of electrified railcars. Te Puna’s Jenny and Michael Grose believe a twice-weekly passenger service, which co uld be linked to an existing freight service, would be a boost to tourism and benefit all Western Bay residents.

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‘The service to Taneatua was cut in 1959 due to dwindling traffic, but continued between Te Puke and Auckland until 1967 when it was withdrawn. Jinty, who came to Tauranga in 1976, says the rail service, introduced in 1928, proved revolutionary. “It meant that people could actually go by land up to Auckland instead of having to go by sea. So that was a really significant part of the history of the railway.”

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Rail passenger numbers declined in the late-1920s, with New Zealanders turning towards travelling by road and air. After long periods of fluctuating fortunes for passenger rail, including a fleeting service through the Kaimai Tunnel from 1978, the Kaimai Express was Golden age introduced in 1991. It was a long-distance passenThe Government has been repeatedly criticised by ger train operated by the Tranz Scenic division of the Opposition for pouring too much money into KiwiRail, which was known as Tranz Rail at the time roads and not enough into rail. Yet, even during the of operation. ‘golden age’ of passenger train services, rail travel was Operating from December 9, 1991 – October 7, challenged by motor 2001, the passenger train transport with New service ran between the Zealanders quick to North Island cities of embrace cars. Today the Auckland and Tauranga reverse is happening and through Hamilton. rail passenger services are On June 26, 2001, looking more temptTranz Rail announced ing, says historian Jinty the closure of the GeyRorke. serland Express, Kaimai “It just seems to me Express and Waikato that if we want to get Connection passenger more cars off the road rail services. and stop accidents… The Kaimai Express then having people was labelled as being too able to move between uneconomic to continue 20s. our big cities by rail is and operated for a final anui, about 19 ng au M t M ne, a very efficient way for time on October 7, Railway engi tourism now.” 2001. Jinty says reinstating Jinty says the light rail rail passenger services would also provide a safer service mooted would move people from the subjourney for senior citizens. urbs into downtown Tauranga without there being “[Road travel has] got a lot more daunting for the parking problem. older people. I know a lot of people who won’t Passenger train services were the heart of networkdrive to Auckland, and certainly not within the ing New Zealand’s main city centres, she says. city, or on the motorway network. “It’s difficult to get to Tauranga from Auckland “Whereas, if you have a train that deposits you at airport without taking a bus back into central Auckthe bottom of Queen Street, with good connecting land and then getting a bus from Auckland down to buses, suddenly you would be able to go up to the Tauranga. Really there should be some better way of theatre, and to go shopping and that kind of thing. connecting the main centres.” Even to go to the art gallery.” Jinty says bringing back the passenger rail service During the 1920s, New Zealand passenger trains would be like bringing back a piece of Tauranga’s carried more than six million tonnes of freight and history. about 28 million passengers country-wide each “It was something that was particularly well used year. Railway travel was a familiar part of daily life. in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.” Trips were made between major centres for work Ex-farmer Colonel Allan Coster, who has lived in and social events. Children also took the railway to Tauranga for about 70 years, says he travelled by get to school. railway when his parents lived in Te Awamutu. In 1928, the Taneatua Express was established to “When there was no petrol you travelled by train. provide a link between Tauranga and Auckland. It It was a good service. A number of people used the travelled to Te Puke daily. By Zoe Hunter service.”

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Above: Otumoetai College’s Zoe Ralph’s photo came third. Right: By Tauranga Girls’ College’s Shannon Goudie.

A departure from the normal rendition of the old favourite bath-time tune perhaps, but then the new ditty makes perfect sense to entrants of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s fourth annual 48 photo competition. Judging came to a close this week, with Georgia Healy from Otumoetai College snapping up first place winning a $200 gift hamper, a $50 Thanks store voucher and the chance to accompany professional photographer Quinn O’Connell on a photographic shoot. Tauranga Girls’ College student Madi Watson was awarded second place, Otumoetai College’s Zoe Ralph third, and three runner-up placings were awarded to Tauranga Girls’ College students Lia Williams and Shannon Goudie and Mount Maunganui College’s Eden Taingahue. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic school liaison Scott Henderson says the competition, run in conjunction with schools through the polytechnic’s graphic design department, gave secondary school students a disposable camera, a rubber duckie Above : Otumoetai College’s Georgia Healy’s from Englefield and one weekend to winning image in the Bay capture their best shots. “We had a lot of fun with it, having of Plenty Polytechnic’s fourth annual 48 photo a quirky subject,” says Scott. “The students didn’t have to intercompetition. pret a theme - they just had to have the subject somewhere in the photo. It’s the ones which have thought a little bit outside the square that have reaped the rewards. Some of the stuff is really amazing and the rest is just plain quirky.” Scott says the competition is a great way of increasing awareness of the photography component of the institution’s graphic design programme, and a valuable chance for its tutors to build relationships with the area’s schools. Year 11 student Georgia wasn’t expecting to win the competition given the number, and age, of those taking Above: Mount part. Maunganui “It’s so cool, I wasn’t expecting to win. I didn’t think I had a chance with so many older people entering.” College’s Eden Her image - captured at Mount beach - shows Taingahue’s her rubber duckie perched atop a red Mustang. She image. approached the owner about the car being included in her shot, and had shared a light-hearted joke about seeing the resulting image in the newspaper. Georgia plans to use her win as leverage to get a new camera from her father and plans to spend some of the summer holidays pursuing photography. A total of about 1200 frames were entered by more than 100 entrants from Tauranga Girls’ College, Katikati College, Mount Maunganui College, Otumoetai College and Aquinas College. More than 3000 votes were cast by the public, with the photos being whittled down to the top 100, then the top six, before Georgia was notified of her success on Monday. Second and third place won $150 and $100 hampers respectively, with the next three runners-ups receiving $50 vouchers. Each of the prize divisions also receives a $50 Thanks store voucher. By Ben Guild




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Upcoming recital quite something Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s new conductor Justus Rozemond will perform a pair of solo recitals at the beginning of November. ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (and Something Big)’ will be a varied programme, including classic, contempo-

rary, jazz and Latin pieces. Justus will also play a piece on his rare contrabass clarinet, which he believes will be a first for Tauranga. The recitals will last for about one hour. Entry to the concert, at Wesley Church from 12.30pm on November 1 and 4pm on November 3, will be by gold coin donation. Justus Rozemond with his rare contrabass clarinet.

Thanks for supporting the symphonia Bay of Plenty Symphonia promoter Marlene Stewart wishes to acknowledge and thank the following sponsors, donors and supporters for the parts they played in the success of the Kids’ Concer” series held at Bethlehem College auditorium in late-September. Among them are the Southern Trust and HOBEC for donations and Friends of the Symphonia for their assistance in helping

to seat more than 700 children for the two performances. A special acknowledgment also goes to schools who supported the event and to the musicians who gave up their free time to play, entertain and assist in teaching the children. Marlene also made a special acknowledgment to go to Sun Media for its sponsorship and ‘unstinting and valued support’.

Papamoa tennis in good shape for summer Papamoa Tennis Club is in good shape for summer, with a new facility and dozens of juniors interesting in playing the game.

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The club’s open day attracted more than 50 junior players to the BayTrust Tennis Centre on the first day of the holiday break. Many of the players were new to the game and were provided with a range of competitive activities that catered for all levels of ability,

while the day also allowed more experienced players an opportunity to speed up the quick transition between winter and summer sports. Club coach Peter Blow is running basic “coaching your kids” lessons in an effort to attract junior members and family groups. Club president Rob Naumann was delighted with the turnout and enthusiasm of both players and parents and looked forward to utilising the extensive facilities. Later in the day, deputy mayor of Tauranga David Stewart officially

opened the new clubhouse, which has taken two years to complete. He acknowledged the efforts of both groups in achieving the goal and in working with the city council to provide a facility that met the needs of all groups. David also presented Joyce Bridges and Sue Jones, two of the original founders of Papamoa Tennis, with flowers to acknowledge their role in the chain of events that had culminated in the clubhouse opening. By Ben Guild

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A 5.5 earthquake shook Tauranga this week with residents reporting buildings and houses shaking. The quake struck about 10km north-east of Taupo at 12.42pm on Wednesday, measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale. GeoNet reports the earthquake had a depth of 108km. It was felt throughout Tauranga from Katikati through to Te Puke and Gisborne.

Steamers’ season over

The Bay of Plenty Steamers’ season finished in appropriate fashion with a heavy loss to ITM Cup favourites Canterbury in Christchurch on Sunday. Once again the Steamers managed to string together fleeting moments of quality amidst longer periods of struggling without the ball in meekly succumbing 65-22 to an opponent which never really looked in trouble. The Bay finishes in second-to-last place and escapes relegation thanks to a misfiring Hawke’s Bay outfit not getting anything out of its final three regular season fixtures.

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Two men missing after stolen dinghy capsizes A mass search of Tauranga Harbour this week to find 23-year-old Shaun Hogarth, who went missing when the dinghy he was in capsized, was unresolved at the time The Weekend Sun went to print. The Brookfield man was with four friends believed to be fishing near Motuhoa Island off the Omokoroa Peninsula when the stolen dinghy began taking on water.

The other three men managed to swim ashore and raise the alarm at about 8pm on Tuesday. One of the men who made it to shore - 22-year-old Liam Kane – has not

been seen since he appeared at an Omokoroa residence to use the phone. Police have since charged the other two – a 22-year-old and 25-year-old with theft of the 3.5metre aluminium dinghy. The pair is due to appear in Tauranga District Court today. Police say none of the men are experienced on the water and weather conditions were poor when the dinghy capsized in 10-20knot westerly winds. A coordinated police and coastguard search began on Tuesday night with the help of the TrustPower TECT Rescue

Helicopter, but was abandoned due to darkness and high winds. The dinghy the three men were in was found upside down by the bottom of the cliffs between Matakana Point and Tahunamanu Point Island on Wednesday morning by Mount Maunganui surf lifeguards who, with Omanu lifeguards, had been called to help in the search. On Thursday, a Navy dive team arrived and together with police divers began searching the upper harbour using sonar equipment. Land and shoreline searchers also continued.

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The screams of a female shop attendant at the Arataki Superette sent an attempted masked robber running from the store. The man entered the dairy on Oceanbeach Rd at about 2.40pm on Wednesday wearing a dark piece of material over his face. Police say the female shop attendant hit the panic alarm, crouched down behind the counter and started to scream as the man approached the counter. The man quickly ran from the store without taking anything and was last seen running down Oceanbeach Rd towards Papamoa.


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Noise over tsunami siren tests The organisers of today’s independent tsunami siren say the Tauranga City Council are not playing fair by refusing to grant permission to broadcast in a public park. Papamoa Progressive Association president Steve Morris claims council is refusing to grant permission to allow the test in Grenada Park in Arataki. The move would force the siren test onto the street – and much closer to residents’

homes. The progressive party decided to enlist Wellingtonbased Tactical Tooling to undertake a siren test using traditional air raid sirens in Papamoa as party members were displeased with the decision by the council to enlist Meerkat Systems to install 60 smaller sirens. The party believe the smaller sirens are not loud enough and will not be heard in the case of a tsunami.

Drug mine deaths: pair named Two men found dead in a Coromandel mine tunnel died of carbon monoxide poisoning from their petrol powered generator, say police. Whitianga men - 40-year-old Kerry Alexander Murphy and 49-year-old Grant Christopher Wylie were found dead in an abandoned mine tunnel off 309 Rd about 10km from Whitianga on Saturday. Thames Coromandel CIB Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson says significant amounts of chemicals were found in the mine - consistent with a drug lab.

Volunteers ready for Red Rose Day Red Cross volunteers will be hitting the streets today to sell red roses for the 17th annual Red Cross Red Rose Day. On Thursday, a group of about 50 volunteers worked at the Red Cross Service Centre in Greerton, unpacking and preparing another 4000 single, fresh, wrapped, long stemmed red roses which will be distributed by a further 120 volunteers on the streets of Tauranga and Katikati on Friday.

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Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s sport and recreation programmes open doors to a whole range of exciting and interchangeable career opportunities. Enrolments for the polytechnic’s Certificate in Fitness and Diploma/Degree in Sport and Recreation are now open. On completion of the one year certificate, graduates can gain employment in fitness centres or gyms, working as either fitness trainers or instructors. Peter Sommers, group leader of sport and recreation, says the course is hands-on and covers personal fitness, exercise instruction, group fitness, client care, nutrition, gym management and much more. Alternatively, the diploma/ degree programme leads into a New Zealand sprint champion broad range of careers, ranging Joseph Millar is studying a Diploma of Sport & Recreation with from facility and event management to sports coaching and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. advising both athletes and the

general public on good nutrition and fitness. Students can choose to leave the course after two years with a diploma, or stay on for a third year and graduate with the Auckland University of Technology’s Degree in Sport and Recreation, taught in Tauranga. Pete says the polytechnic’s programmes stand out from those offered by other institutions because of the focus placed on individual students. Courses are kept to a maximum of 46 students to make sure each individual gets the attention they require. “We like to get to know our students as people rather than numbers,” says Pete. “If the student has a particular interest in a field we will tailor papers and their assignments towards that.” The Certificate in Fitness and the Diploma/Degree in Sport and Recreation begin in February 2013. Enrolments are now open, contact Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s information centre on 0800 BOPPOLY or visit www.boppoly. for more information.

Bay sports fraternity formed The formation of BOP Ferns - a Bay of Plenty towards the end of the month to coincide with the four nations netball tournament -featuring New sporting fraternity aiming to consciously celebrate achievement – has been unanimously Zealand, Australia, England and South Africa. By Ben Guild approved by close to 50 Bay sporting identities, Co-patron Gordon representing 21 sporting codes, at Tietjens. Photo by Rotorua Review its inaugural meeting. Fairfax NZ

Organiser Alan Trotter, a former Rotorua lawyer now living in Tauranga, says the night, attended by sports people from Whakatane, Taupo, Rotorua, Te Puke and Tauranga, was ‘one hell of a success’. “It’s something that a lot of sporting people see as important going forward to provide meaningful and tangible support to current players.” Alan says the concept of the club, with admittance by way of invitation only, is to endorse and encourage discipline and achievement in a country often accused of suffering from tall poppy syndrome. Former BOP representatives and first class sports people are eligible to join, as are ardent supporters and administrators who have poured energy into their respective sports. The motto: ‘Inspiring achievement, celebrating contribution’, reflects that. The resolution to create the club was moved by former All Blacks prop Steve McDowell, and seconded by former All Whites coach Alan Jones. An executive committee consisting of eleven volunteers was formed, with Graeme Crossman, who debuted for the All Blacks in 1974, installed as chairman. Alan will serve as his secretary. Co-patron Gordon Tietjens addressed the gathering in the absence of his counterpart Dame Susan Devoy, who was busy with squash commitments. Alan says the next meeting is likely to be held

Movie session supports Canoe Slalom Bay of Plenty is holding a movie night to raise funds for coaching resources and training gates for Kaituna and Kawerau rivers. The film to be shown after nibbles from 6.30pm on Tuesday, November 7 is film festival darling ‘The Sessions’, starring John Hawkes, William H. Macy and Helen Hunt. Tickets cost $20. Contact Lisa Dangen for tickets phone 07 579 2459, 027 3933 308 or email

Athletics club opening season Omokoroa Athletics Club will launch its fifth year with an opening and information night from 5.15pm at the Western Avenue Sports Ground on October 24. There will be fun and games for children as well as a free sausage sizzle, and the committee will be there to help with registrations and answer questions. The athletics programme runs every Wednesday from 5.15-6.30pm from

October through March and has age groups ranging from 5-14 years for both boys and girls. Each year the club runs a free ‘Run, Jump Throw’ education session with a qualified regional athletics trainer for parents and helpers to learn the basics. This year’s session will be held on Sunday, October 28 from 9.3011.30am. Phone Janeane Joyce, 07 548 2689 or Helen Green, 07 579 9080.


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some generic writing about the process. It’s not a democratic process in my view, and these comments relate to the process. The way I see it, Maori list their grievances to the Crown, there’s a lengthy ‘argy bargy’ process with Crown negotiators about what will and will not be included in a settlement package, that goes to the Minister for Treaty Settlements, who takes the recommendations to Cabinet, who put the rubber stamp on it. So the only community input is through the Minister and the first you out there in ratepayer/taxpayer land will know about the details, is when the settlements are a done deal. It is unlikely that some of these details will be received favourably in some quarters, and I anticipate some anguish, not only when the details are made public, but as the ramifications roll out over the years to come. With the sensitivities involved (on Brand New both sides) it’s my view the process is flawed, and has 32” LED T.V the potential for further division in our community.

the sale of their properties. Outrageous - and not the way to benefit either our community or society. At Joint Governance Committee (where Western Bay and Tauranga City consider matters of joint interest) it was decided that the CEO’s bring back a report on joining services. Like one District Plan, animal services, building consents and amongst others: joint wastewater and water services. My long-held opposition to anything other than the public ownership of water services by Local Councils is well known, and I received assurances that any form of ‘privatisation’ would not be on the radar screen. If we can join some services it should produce economies and make bureaucratic processes much easier by having the same rules across the boundaries. Coupled with the hoped-for savings with the present organisational review going on at City Hall right now.

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Take this possible scenario. Over in the Waikato Maori have joint governance rights over the Waikato River. Government has set up an infrastructure advisory board (including our own ex CEO Alan Bickers – now a consultant) to advise Government on the future mechanisms for infrastructure services currently provided by Local Government. I can just about say now what the report will say. Water supplies to a private/Council Controlled Organisation-like operation, which removes water supplies from Council control. Like Auckland’s Metrowater (where the CEO gets over $600,000). So the way is then clear for the Waikato River Governance to then sell raw water to the CCO. No local political, or community input, or control. And it’s all seen as Council’s fault as they are part of the governance group. Central Government slides out from underneath, there’s a period of grief and gnashing of teeth, but as time passes it’s all forgotten – just like the promises from Max Bradford about how we would all benefit from the electricity reforms. All but forgotten now by the newer generation of power consumers. Yes, it may be seeing reds under the bed, but it’s too late after the event and that’s the way things are shaping up. We, the community, are to be presented with a fait accompli and it’s unlikely to be good news for the majority. While on the subject of Auckland’s re-organisation and the huge salaries being paid to run the show, it’s both amusing and sad to see Auckland now referred to as the Super Shitty. It should come as no surprise that it’s not working as promised. Bigger is rarely better – only different and more easily manipulated by those at the top who are subject to less scrutiny. And ratepayers are compelled to pay under threat of

At Projects and Monitoring we heard from new Area Police Commander Clifford Paxton. He said police were making inroads into crime and produced encouraging statistics. The bits for concern were a 100 per cent increase in homicide – three last year and six this year, in the Western Bay of Plenty. Overall there was a 54.1 per cent resolution of all crime – which also means 45.9 per cent of all crime remains unresolved. The Mount Waka Club addressed elected members in the public forum and told us that our staff must have misunderstood their position on storage of wakas and their gear down at Pilot Bay. They have shifted their wakas to make public access easier and were amenable to a storage shed attached to the public toilets. The Art Gallery director complaint about antisocial behaviour at the bus stop outside the Gallery will be dealt with by staff and police. Talk of removing the bus stop from outside the Gallery was quickly quashed. This rumour had caused anguish to local retailers and Mainstreet. Council’s graffiti removal programme contract has been re-let, this time for six years to a new contractor – Civic Contractors. It will cost about $13,500 per month to remove this scourge of society. Twenty five volunteers are a much appreciated arm of support too. Graffiti removal has to be rapid to be effective. These cretins are like dogs marking their territory otherwise: 324 were caught and 7911 tags were removed last year so the programme is working well. $4692.80 in reparations were ordered by the courts. This week’s mindbender – a fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.


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Bay team rip up at surf nationals Junior Surfing team carved it up. The Bay of Plenty Junior Surfing team has carved up the field at Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth to record one of the most comprehensive victories in the 21 year history of the New Zealand Scholastic Championships. The Bay selection had a record winning score, a record-equalling number of finalists and its nine surfers in contention on the final day were the most of any team.

To top it off, six of the Bay team have been selected for national age group training squads. Josh Taylor, Mackenzie Christie, Kayden Mayes, Lucca Cressy and Jordan Griffin made it into the New Zealand U18 training squad while Quin Matenga was picked for the U16 equivalent. By Ben Guild Young Bay surfers carved it up at the recent New Zealand Scholastic Championships.

Surfcasting day at Papamoa A small group of Papamoa surfcasters turned out to brave the elements at the New Zealand Angling and Casting Association’s regional casting day at Gordon Spratt reserve. The NZACA casting convenor conducted events on the day, which was a forerunner to the NZACA National Championships to be held at Papamoa in March 2014. Planning for the 2014 nationals has been underway for several months and will involve casting and fishing in and around Papamoa. The fishing zones have yet to be finalised and will involve beach, boat, kayak and trout fishing. The casting competitions will be competed for over distance and also for accuracy. At this stage the event is set down for Gordon Spratt Reserve and the Papamoa Sports and Recreation Centre. Long-time local surfcaster Bruce Glass, an executive member of the NZACA, has been carrying out the initial planning and will be working closely with the nationals convenor during the next 18 months to ensure an event that will promote the sport of surfcasting in Papamoa. Any business that would like to sponsor any part of the 2014 championships is asked to contact Bruce. The next six months will be a very busy time as this is the period of finalising plans in readiness to announce them at the association’s AGM, which will be held in conjunction with the 2013 nationals in Gisborne. For further information, contact Bruce Glass through or phone 07 542 3545.

Spring equinox blows Hello all Fishos, Thanks to all those who sent us positive feedback about our column last week, we will strive to inform you on the fishing in the Bay of Plenty. Due to the spring equinox and high winds, fishing has been tough lately. However, here’s our weekly run down. Luke from ‘Fixation’ had a chance to get out last Friday and finished in 20-30 metres of water, 3 mile out between The Mount and Motiti (Papa Rock) with Bonito on flasher rigs. Scallop skirts produced reasonable-sized Tarakihi and Snapper. With the mention of scallop skirts, the season is well under way, producing clean, well-sized scallops for divers around Motiti Island. Harbour fishing hasn’t fired up as yet, however, a few large breeding snapper have been caught inside. The bad weather has prompted us to give you a fresh water update. Late October in Lake Rotoiti has produced many well-sized rainbow trout. These have been caught several ways, with deep water trolling and early morning harling the most successful. Because of the weather it gives all fisho’s a chance to get prepared for a busy and productive summer. The jig is reminding you to service and maintain all boats, safety equipment and fishing gear. Always practise safe fishing methods and always where your life jacket when on the water. The Tauranga boat expo and water festival is on at the strand water front; 2-4 November. Please come down and check out the Wish4fish and Centurion tackle team. A reel expert can tackle anything. - The Jig.


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Time for change in your wardrobe? Here at The Changing Room we are experiencing resurgence in pre-loved designer clothing. Clients across the North Island bring designer garments, shoes and accessories from around the globe to our wee store for us to sell on their behalf – and our customers love the eclectic selection we have in stock. Have a think what you have in your wardrobe that may have not been quite the right style or colour, or maybe just not your personality. It looked great in the store but you have never worn it. Maybe it shrunk in the wardrobe or better still, it grew. Today, people are more and more mindful of what they are spending and will more frequently search out bargains. One thing is for certain, Bay of Plenty women love to look great and that will never change. The Changing Room is the kind of store that always has something different; you never know what you will find. Shopping should not be a task – it needs to be an enjoyable experience, a laugh with friends, a relaxed stroll round, or a last minute outfit that just comes together: a surprise bargain designer treasure not to be missed. The Changing Room is packed full of designer treasures perfect for all the above. Take the time to browse through our store on 2nd Avenue and see what people are talking about. By Jeni Pearson


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Summer trends It is always easy to welcome in the summer season.

The arrival of summer pieces in store at Wallis Clothing gives us hope there is warmer weather on the horizon. Now is the time to get inspired and brighten up your wardrobe. Our feature label is Ketz-ke by Jenny Drury. This summer season is full of fun and frivolity. Bold brights, fresh florals and graphic prints feature heavily in Ketz-ke’s high summer range. It is a great mix of on-trend fashion pieces and truly essential essentials.

Keep an eye out for trends such as printed pants, blouses and shirts. Neon is a strong trend this season and Ketz-ke’s accessory range is great way of injecting this trend into your look. The Ketz-ke label sits perfectly alongside other New Zealand labels at Wallis such as Nyne, Thrive, Seduce NZ and Mountford. So get into Wallis and enjoy your shopping experience. Check out Wallis Clothing, 40 Grey St, Tauranga.

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Flirty, fabulous and fun

By Vicki Burns, owner of Urban Vogue & George Edward

Flirty, fabulous and fun that’s the catch cry for summer 2012/13 for our loyal followers of fashion. Both Bethlehem boutiques are filled with collections radiating colour and the promise of a beautiful summer of gorgeousness. From bold neon brights to soft velvety pastels, there really is a colour palette for everyone to choose from. They have a fantastic array of versatile pieces for work and play and a superb selection of special pieces for those summer weddings and social functions. Options for wedding guests range from the ‘extraordinary’ to the ‘suitable for the occasion but destined to be worn again’ variety! The teams are very big on making the most of the garments you choose so that they can be enjoyed season after season. George Edward welcomes the exquisite Ioanna Kourbela collection from Greece, with beautiful cottons that drape perfectly but also manage to stand out in the

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crowd and the New Zealand designed and made Claire Bloom range which features every day wearable styles keeping things simple yet stunning. Urban Vogue has an explosion of colour also which some may say is a welcome change to the winter black which they are known to love. Yep, even the girls are venturing into a little splash of yellow or purple just to keep their ladies on their toes. (Watch this space... we’ll see how they get on.) Funky yet functional Minx shoes have arrived and looking sharp and the ever popular Artstyle and @emgirl collections are flying out the door with new stock arriving weekly. Pay Bethlehem Town Centre a visit soon and don’t miss out on the multitude of fashion and accessory options available for the Christmas functions up ahead. Open seven days and always a smile and a giggle to be had… have fun in the sun xx.

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You don’t have to be photo-shopped to look beautiful Tired of looking at impossibly perfect facial images that read like a Tui ad? A few syringes of dermal filler and a treatment of Botox cannot magically transform an ageing, sun-damaged face into one that resembles the picture-perfect images we see in advertising. The value in these impossibly perfect images is in their eye catching factor. Pity really! Because there are realistic treatment outcomes for real people who exhibit typical signs of facial ageing. Successful treatments result in a fresher more youthful appearance. Sharon Melrose from Rejuvenation Cosmetic Medicine specialises in providing treatments that

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What’s new for summer? With summer and the Christmas holidays not far off, it’s the perfect time to check out the fresh and exciting new fashion now on offer at Ebony in Downtown Tauranga.

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‘Radical’ plan for Merivale launches Merivale residents are hopeful a ‘radical new model’ launched this week will improve the lives of those living in Tauranga’s poorest suburb.

“...evidence-based to produce greater levels of well-being”

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges, Mayor Stuart Crosby, and Bay of Plenty police area commander inspector Clifford Paxton were among those who joined Merivale residents in the Tauranga City Council chamber for the launch of Puahou on Monday. Puahou, developed by the Merivale Community Centre, outlines a plan to drastically improve the lives of the area’s 2397 residents.

Hard work needed

Merivale is among the top 10 per cent of most deprived communities in New Zealand. More than 30 per cent of residents are under 15 years old, 39 per cent are Maori, 34 per cent of people 15 years and older have no qualifications and the average annual wage is $10,000 less than the Tauranga average. Mayor Stuart Crosby officially launched Puahou as a document and says a lot of hard work needs to be done to if the report’s goals are to be achieved. “There has been a lot of giving already, and for this to work there has got to be a lot more. “I know it’s going to make a positive change in Merivale.” MP Simon Bridges says Puahou is proof a small community can still do something special.

Merivale’s future councillors sat in the hot seats during Puahou’s launch. “The team has done a wonderful job, it’s a slick presentation.” He says it shows the importance of a community working together for good. “If we all live like that, we live in a much safer, more positive place. “I learnt a lot reading Puahou. I agree with it.”

Five main areas

Merivale Community Centre service manager and Puahou author John Fletcher says the project works by taking what the centre is already doing and making sure it relates to their five action points: connecting, learning, giving, being active and taking notice. “Those five areas are evidence-based to

produce greater levels of well-being. “We want to be providing services we know will make a difference.” The main goal is to set conditions for change so that economic, education, training and employment interventions can gain more traction in the future. John says any funding being used in Puahou is coming from existing grants to the centre and no money has been sourced specifically for the project. The centre currently has funding from various trusts and organisations including CYFS and the Ministry of Youth Development. “That funding has existed before and will continue to exist, but we are tying it to those areas.” By Corrie Taylor

Holiday programme for positive change The call is going out for funding to offer a school holiday programme for at risk young people following Te Aranui Youth Trust successfully reviving the programme last week. Trust operations manager Wendy Nicholls says a lack of funds and staff availability had prevented them running the week-long holiday programme for five years, but everyone involved was determined to offer separate programmes for boys and girls every holidays.

“Whether we are able to continue will be dictated by whether we are able to attract more funding from other sources.” During the week, 10 boys aged 9-13 took part in a range of activities including a guided tour around cultural sites in the Tauranga and Mount areas, riding the Rotorua luge, being taught and performing kapa haka to Melrose Hospital residents and learning how to do a hangi. Wendy says the programme, targeted at students with school disciplinary issues and those being dealt with by police, focused on encouraging positive

behaviour with good role models. “For a lot of these boys it was the first time they had a whole week when the adults were just doing fun things with them and saying positive things about them. We pulled them up if they stepped out of line, but also tried to keep it really positive where the kids were self-correcting.” Ministry of Education special education officer Nick Connal noticed a big change in the boys. Police youth educator Dennis Laying a hangi was one of the Bidois described the programme activities boys took part in as a success, saying being around on the Te Aranui Youth Trust positive role models was the best Holiday Programme. “therapy” for the boys. Photo by Bruce Barnard.


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Jordy Le Comte, 14, Kiri Hay, 12, Shiquille Whaiapu, 12, and Izahn Le Comte, 12, are among those involved in a programme piloted in Merivale to encourage youth sports participation with games against a police team.


Shooting for success The prospect of taking on the police on the sports field has youth lining up for a programme organisers hope will ultimately cut crime. The Pathway 16-20 programme, which Sport Bay of Plenty is piloting in Merivale to encourage teenagers to get active, has got off to a great start with about 30 young people lining up to play the police in basketball for its first event. Sport BOP youth team leader Paul Pou says the game – the first of regular monthly encounters with members of the police – was such a success he is determined to roll the programme out to another seven communities next year, before expanding across the wider Western Bay of Plenty. Paul says the programme was motivated by data from the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council census showing ‘a massive drop-off in sports participation from about 15’. He says the positive benefits of sports – including being active, pursuing goals and being around good

role models – had the police and social agencies supporting the programme. “We all know when youth are engaged in sport they do better academically and generally at school. There are a lot of social benefits.” Paul hopes communities will get behind the programme and establish their own sports teams and events. Merivale Community Centre services manager John Fletcher says there was strong support for the programme, which will see young people playing the police in various sports every month. Greerton detective sergeant Rob LeMoto says there was no shortage of police wanting to play the youth. “It was awesome – the community was really receptive and the kids had a fantastic time. We are very keen to support anything that gets the youth active and encourages social behaviour and Merivale community are very keen to have that sort of involvement.” Rob says the more young people are positively engaged and around good role models, the more it’s going to lead to better choices. “Lower crime should just be a natural flow on from that.” By Hamish Carter

Excitement mounts as racing fever hits Greerton Forget about the Melbourne Cup – racing fever is taking off in Greerton with a packed calendar of meetings at the Tauranga Racecourse coming up during the next three months. Don Paterson, the spokesman for TRAC which manages the Tauranga course, says the race season has got off to a good start with two successful meetings already held ahead of five big upcoming events. “Boy it really does start to crank up from now.” He says the racecourse team has been getting everything prepared for an extremely busy period, with

the first of three ‘Christmas at the Races’ events being held on November 2. The ‘Christmas at the Races’ events are regular race days which are open to anyone – with catering options for Christmas parties. “It’s a fun day for anyone who wants to come along - we’re expecting good fields, especially at the ‘Stella Artois Tauranga Stakes’ on November 17 – which has become a long-standing tradition. We get massive crowds and great fields, with people coming from Whangarei down to Central Districts.” A 40sqm screen is set up on course on Stakes day so people can

keep up with the New Zealand Cup, held on the same day in Christchurch. On January 2, more than 10,000 people are expected for the biggest race day on the calendar with the ‘Interislander Summer Festival’. “It’s a great day for families – that’s what it’s all about. Basically everyone brings their gazebos and sets themselves up on the lawns because it’s such a beautiful outdoor event and you have things like three-headed T-shirt races and sack races - all the fun things we used to do on gala days when we were kids,” says Don.

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Fundraiser successful for toy library A fundraising project led by The Weekend Sun raised $800 for Mount Maunganui Toy Library.

Librarian Lauren Stewart shows off some of the new toys at Mount Maunganui Toy Library.

The project aimed to build awareness of the Mount Maunganui not-for-profit organisation, which provides endless entertainment for children at a minimum cost by renting toys – much like a standard library.

New treasures

It also enabled the library to buy new toys for the library’s shelves – including a three-tier car garage, wooden pirate ship, Dora the Explorer toys, a costume making book, baby toys and more. Treasurer Teresa Snell is incredibly grateful for the community’s support and donations. “A big thank you to all the people who supported us, to our regular members – and of course to The Weekend Sun. “We have some lovely new toys that we bought with the funds that were raised – that we’re very grateful for and our members can’t wait to get their hands on.” Teresa says the library had a really busy

September and they are constantly getting positive feedback from their members. “I was talking to a dad who was in the

library on Saturday and he said what a wonderful place it was and how much they get from it. “It’s really worth having it in the community.”

All welcome

The library also featured in the recent Arataki Community Day, where its hireable bouncy castle provided plenty of fun for young visitors. Mount Maunganui Toy Library warmly invites anyone interested to attend a special meeting on October 25 at 22 MacDonald Street, Mount Maunganui at 7.30pm. “It’s for anyone who wants to find out more about the library but we’re going to highlight some of the challenges were facing. We’re also still looking for new committee members.” By Corrie Taylor

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Tauranga birth group reborn

Amber Taylor with her four month old daughter Sofie, and Eve Schwarz who is due at the end of December and will be having a home birth. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

The Tauranga Home Birth Group is busy making preparations for Labour Day, which marks the beginning of the national Home Birth Week.

A home birth is one that is planned and occurs at home with the support of two professionally qualified support people. At present, approximately seven per cent of births in New Zealand happen at home. The biggest event on the group’s calendar

for 2012 is a conference at the Arataki Community Centre on November 3 – ‘Birthing Traditions: Trust Before Technology’. Organiser Donna Fowles says the theme was chosen due to every family tree containing members who were born at home. Many people are now fearful and have lost sight of the fact that child birth can be a normal – even wonderful – life event, says Donna. The conference is open to all, but will be of most benefit to pregnant women, parents, midwives, student midwives, childbirth educators, healthcare professionals and anyone passionate about the health of their community. Experts will share their findings and stories about birth, and focus on birth traditions, remembering birth origins, over-reliance on technology, and renewing trust in physiological birth. Donna says people who plan a home birth have a strong belief in the normality of childbirth, in women’s ability to give birth and in birth being a special part of family life. Members of the Tauranga group believe every pregnant woman needs to investigate the home birth option. The group offers parenting preparation classes, funded By BOPDHB, which are free for couples attending. It also hires out pools and water heaters for use during birth, and holds coffee mornings for women to share stories and ask questions. Visit or contact the group at homebirthtrust@gmail. By Ben Guild com for more details.

Vulnerable children target of White Paper Keeping track of “at risk” children is the main priority of the Government’s White Paper for Vulnerable Children. The paper was released last week at the Jigsaw national conference in Wellington. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the Government will target support and services to the country’s most vulnerable children through more than 30 new initiatives introduced in the White Paper. In the last two years the number of suspected child abuse cases reported to Tauranga’s Child Youth and Family office from Tauranga Hospital has almost doubled. According to the Bay of Plenty District Health Board the hospital referred 450 cases to CYF in the last 12 months an increase from 274 in 2010 and 415 in 2011. A legislative change will mean chief executives of Social Development, Health, Justice, Police, Housing, and Te Puni Kokiri, will be jointly accountable for achieving results for all vulnerable children, while regional

directors and children’s teams will coordinate individualised responses locally. A new child protect line will also mean calls are triaged appropriately, says Paula.

“Many people are concerned about children, but don’t want to call Child, Youth and Family. This new line will be the first point of contact and ensure the right response.”

The Child, Youth and Family complaints process will be reviewed, as will parental leave provisions with a view to extending these to families who take on a child permanently.

Jumping ponies to impress 2011 Farmlands Hack Championship TAM5 1.25 champion winner Emma Gaze riding Jitter Bug. Photo supplied by Limelight Photography.

Ponies jumping more than a metre are geared to impress at the annual Te Puke Showjumping Festival this Labour Weekend. The popular event attracts entries from across the North Island and will be held at the Te Puke Pony Club and A & P Showgrounds facilities on Showgrounds Rd from 9am on Saturday and Sunday. Ponies will compete in various events, jumping rings as high as 1.25 metres. The festival is set to peak with the championship event on Sunday. Spokesperson Jane Thomas says this is quite a large event and very busy weekend for the pony club. “We usually have more than 100 entries.” Admission to the event, run by Te Puke Pony Club, is free and the public is welcome to attend, with lots of food on offer. The club is raising funds to take a team to Masterton in January for the annual North Island Championship Bruce Forbes Team’s Event for pre-training and training riders.


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Crystal Clear Intentions Palm Beach Plaza celebrates 15 years this weekend.

Palm Beach Plaza opened in 1997 with the goal of it being the heart of the local community. Now, as the Plaza celebrates its 15th birthday, marketing manager Warwick Clark is proud of its 100 per cent Kiwi-owned status. Nestled in the centre of Papamoa, what began as a small shopping centre, has now become a thriving metropolis, with 37 speciality stores, including giants such as Countdown and The Warehouse.

“It’s just grown from strength to strength,” says Warwick. “The focus has always been to support the local community.” Throughout the years Palm Beach Plaza has played host to community events and supported many community organisations. This year the successful Palm Beach Idol showcased some of Tauranga children’s spectacular talents. “We had a really successful Idol this year, the talent was amazing.” The Plaza also displayed the Rena’s first lifeboat after director Greg Clarke purchased it for $20,800. The money went to Child Cancer Foundation pro-

jects in Tauranga, while the lifeboat was on show for the public for one month. “The intention for the Rena lifeboat is that long-term we take it around to different events for fundraising in the community,” says Warwick. Palm Beach Plaza is celebrating its milestone birthday this weekend with a day of family fun planned for Saturday, October 20, from 10am - 3pm. The talented winners from this year’s Palm Beach Idol will perform during the fashion show, organised by Silver Surfers, which will take place in the Centre Court at 1pm. Everyone is invited to join in the fun. By Corrie Taylor


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Art honours Waihi miners’ strike This year ARTWaikino is commemorating the centenary of the Waihi miners’ strike with a special category dedicated to the event.

artists have submitted a piece of work in any medium depicting the historical miners’ strike. Wellington artist Bob Kerr is judging the painting and craft while The Weekend Sun photographer Tracy Hardy is judging the photography entries. ARTWaikino is now the largest Well-known Waihi identity Doreen art exhibition on the Coromandel McLeod will be judging the Waihi Peninsula and attracts artists from the Miners’ Strike category. Doreen has Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Auckland and had a long association with gold the surrounding area. mining in Waihi and is a logical choice Now in its 12th year, the exhibition is to judge whether artists have depicted known for its quality art the intensity of feeling at at affordable prices. the time. This year, The supreme prize of $500 for the best art work overall has been sponsored by Newmont Waihi Gold, the best painting prize of $250 by Visique O’Hagan Vision Care and the photography section by Barron’s Kodak Express. The artist whose work is the public’s favourite will receive an easel sponsored by Waihi Toyworld and Paper Plus. Waihi artist Val Tubman was the 2011 supreme winner with her entry Flowers and Pears.

Cute, cuddly, chance of a lifetime The chance to pat a lion cub does not come around every day – in fact, there is only one place in New Zealand where you can. At Rotorua’s Paradise Valley Springs visitors can meet and pat gorgeous eight-month-old lion cubs. The cubs are available for visitors to meet and pat every day from 10.40am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 2.20pm and 3.00pm – 4.30pm. The twin girls named Ayla and Aleekah were born at the park in February 2012. During patting times, staff members stay with the cubs and are happy to answer any questions about the park. Visitors are welcome to bring a camera and take photos. The park’s adult lions get fed at 2.30pm every afternoon which can provide an exciting spectacle. There is no need to make a booking to pat the cubs and there is no By Corrie Taylor additional charge.

A Paradise Valley Springs staff member enjoys a patting session with the two lion cubs.

Guest exhibitors include Val Tubman, Loesja de Bree, Judith Haszard and Helen Wilson. Waikino School pupils will also be showcasing their artistic skills again this year with a colourful display in the foyer of the hall. The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm on October 20 – 22. Entry fee is by way of a gold coin donation. Proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the hall.


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The vegetarian barbecue When the wind drops and the sun is shining, it’s great to get outside and enjoy the company of friends and family around the barbecue. Besides the sausages, steak and seafood often we need to have prepared something quick and tasty that caters for vegetarians. Last year around this time I wrote about barbecue food, so things are often cyclic. Then I talked about how our primordial instincts are to sear chunks of meat over flame. I think of this coincidently as my carnivore flatmate smokes out the kitchen

with the steak skillet billowing smoke under the weight of a rump steak big enough to feed a family of four for three days. Meanwhile my barbecue groans under the weight of micro green baskets and planters. Also around this time I wrote about broad beans and what to do with them. So same time of season, different recipes but similar theme. There are lots of vegetables that adapt well to cooking over a flame. Eggplant, courgettes, peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms: all easy marinated

first then charred on a skewer and served with an aioli. The freshness of summer’s flavours can be made into a tasty dip and used like a pesto one; of my favourites is minted broad bean. Love them or hate them, broad beans

are amazing once peeled and mashed in a mortar and pestle. Have some canned chickpeas on hand and falafel and hummus can easily be made. This week’s recipes are for falafel and broad bean dip: great at any barbecue table.

Gluten-Free Quick Falafel Patties Makes 8-10 patties 300g drained canned chickpeas ½ red onion, finely chopped ½ cup fresh coriander, chopped 1 teaspoon cumin ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon fine polenta Salt and pepper

Method Cover the chickpeas with water and boil until tender. Drain well and blend with all the remaining ingredients. Form into shapes and test by shallow frying on an oiled hot grill. Mixture will form a nice crust once it’s the right consistency. Adjust with extra polenta if required.

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Method Prepare the beans by blanching in boiling salted water for around two minutes and removing the tough grey skins. Pound the resulting bright green pods in a mortar and pestle with a splash of the lemon juice and the garlic. Mix in the mint then stir in the oil and add seasoning to taste – a real taste of summer.

Fruit for thought A man described as one of the world’s top 10 global future thinkers, Rohit Talwar was among the speakers at this week’s Zespri Momentum Conference in Tauranga. Rohit, who has led futures research, scenario planning and strategic consultancy projects for clients in aviation, travel and tourism, telecommunications, technology, pharmaceuticals, banking, environment, food and government sectors was among those to address the 420 growers and industry representatives who attended the two day conference at Baypark. David Courtney of Zespri communications says despite the serious impacts of the vine disease Psa-V, registrations for this year’s conference were up on 2011. The disease has now been found in all but five of the country’s kiwifruit growing regions and has impacted growers of gold Hart16A fruit in the Te Puke region particularly harshly. By Elaine Fisher


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Dad’s dinners cooking on course Frustrated by serving up one too many dinners of baked beans on toast, a group of solo fathers are lining up for a cooking course to help serve their family nutritious meals. The six-week course has been organised by support group Kidz Need Dads after a call from fathers wanting help. Kidz Need Dads secretary Sheila Ewart says all parents know the importance of putting a nourishing meal on the dinner table – but a lack of cooking skills by some solo fathers has prompted a special dad’s cooking course. Sheila says there has been strong interest in the course which is being offered for the first time and it may be offered regularly.

Chef Terri Ewart will be covering the basics in the course, which is being taught in weekly lessons over six weeks, and has even had interest from women wanting to attend. “It’s all the stuff that your mum or nan should have taught you,” says Terri. “We start off with making the basics, including a white sauce and a tomato sauce, which you can build into meals like lasagne or bolognese.” Terri says other topics covered include slow-cooking, “an easy and healthy way to feed the family”, three meals you can make out of one chicken, and

Chef Terri Ewart is helping solo fathers put nutritious meals on the table by mastering some cooking basics. Photo by Bruce Barnard. menu-planning tips. “We are trying to take away some of the fear of cooking different meals.”

Offerings from Ohope I recently ventured down to the Ohope markets and I must say it was delightful; the fresh vegetable selection was fantastic and there was some great buys. As I was leaving there was a young girl

selling capsicums and chillies. I couldn’t resist as I love capsicums and you can do so much with them. You can watch me on GMTV on Tuesday from 9am making them.

Stuffed Capsicums

Lupi light olive oil 12 small capsicums or 8 large 1 carrot 1 onion 2 celery sticks, cut fine 1/2 cup red wine 3 tablespoons chicken/ vegetarian powdered stock 3 cups water 1 can chopped tomatoes Salt and pepper Pre-heat oven to 165 degrees Celsius. Chop all vegetables but the capsicums into small pieces. Cut the lids off the capsicums, reserve. Wash and remove any seeds. Place the capsicums in an oven dish and add a teaspoon of rice in each one. In a pan heat 3 tablespoons oil, add onion and cook for one minute then add carrot and celery. Sauté for a further 5 minutes

before adding tomatoes, wine, stock and water. Taste for flavour. If needed, add a little salt and pepper. Fill all the capsicums to the top with vegetable stock and pour the rest of the juice in the dish. Cover the dish and place in the oven to cook for 3-4 hours until soft. Tip: You can add mince and/or feta cheese to this dish.

For details on the course, which began on October 17, phone 07 571 0379. By Hamish Carter


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World Vision shaping future leaders Some of New Zealand’s most generous young leaders have emerged from an intense three days of activities in Auckland during World Vision and Sanitarium Scholarship Week.

down long streets, were sent out of our The 30 high school students reprevillage as rebels were in the area, and senting the best performed secondary faced men in army uniforms with guns schools in the World Vision 40 Hour at a checkpoint. Famine, role-played the plight of “We heard from people such as refugees fleeing famine and war in Shruthi Vijayakumar, sharing about Mali, learnt from leading New the groups she has started and been Zealand speakers about involved in. Also Sophie Rice, one leadership and multiculturof the 2011 youth ambassadors, alism, and gained a greater shared what she has done since understanding of poverty returning from Mali. These people and development work from have given us ideas as to how we World Vision staff. can further our involvement Bethlehem College’s and how everyone can get Kirsty Foster attended involved. It has inspired the event, which she me to take action now.” says was emotionOther highlights ally and physically included: the group draining. completing a commu“We arrived nity mapping exercise at the World in a fast-changing Vision Auckland Auckland suburb to office and were put identify community straight into a family resources, learning from leadgroup that had to go ing New Zealand speakers through everyday about leadership and challenges of those in multiculturalism, and developing countries. Bethlehem College’s Kirsty hearing from World We sold oranges to Foster at the 2012 World Vision development the public, carried Vision and Sanitarium specialists. buckets full of water Scholarship Week.

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The service underwrites the rider fees by paying more than 80 per cent of the cost in order to keep the service affordable for families. The grant of $20,080 means Tauranga RDA won’t have to increase the amount that riders pay. Tauranga RDA chief executive Kat Macmillan says those involved in the service are grateful that fees will be maintained at the current levels. During the last four years the number of people using the service has increased to more than 100 per week from about 25. By Ben Guild


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Felines abound at ARRC The animal rescue and rehabilitation centre is calling for people to come forward to adopt kittens during its busiest season. ARRC coordinator Sue Mackey says the organisation, which aims to assist native wildlife through education and rehabilitation, has a number of young felines in need of a home. The accompanying photo shows Sue holding two such examples – black female

kittens of about six months of age born in the wild among a colony of cats being cared for by a member of the public. “A kindly gentleman has been taking care of these cats for approximately 17 years, the costs of which have been coming out of his own pocket,” says Sue. The man recently approached ARRC to have the kittens de-sexed and re-homed, says Sue, who adds the two young females are kind and gentle, but slightly timid with strangers. The best scenario would be if the pair was able to go to the same home. Anyone keen on adopting a kitten or cat should email or phone Sue Mackey, 07 552 5503. By Ben Guild

ARRC’s Sue Mackey with a pair of black female kittens. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Everybody is psychic by birthright Everybody is psychic by birthright, says Kevin Reed, who will be teaching spiritual and psychic development through a study group soon to commence in Tauranga. It has been three years since psychic, medium and healer Kevin Reed lived in Tauranga teaching spiritual study, psychic craft and healing modalities. He has recently returned to Tauranga to live and recommence his spiritual work. “I am so looking forward to catching up with past friends and people I met before I left here three years ago,” says Kevin. “It is a rewarding lifestyle I have, doing what I am passionate about and meeting so many people who attend my classes or come for readings and healings. I have missed Tauranga and am very happy to be back. “I think us common folk get intimidated by the big words, perceptions and even those who call themselves psychic and refer to their gifts. The secret is: that we are all psychic and there is no such thing as

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Be responsible for your own body Along with friends and family, exploring the world is an important thing in Natasha De La Haye’s life.

“It can be quite a battle at this age because I guess they just write it off as you are too young. “It is hard when you go to the doctor and they say it’s nothing. You do trust the doctor. You really need to take it upon yourself and be responsible to get the answers.” It was nine months before Natasha confronted the doctors for a third time in search of an answer. “It was purely because it seemed like I had this tumour developing and I just really needed to have an answer I suppose. “It just didn’t sit right with me.”

Now she says discovering her body may have saved her life. The 24-year-old Tauranga resident was on her big O.E. when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in July and rushed back to Tauranga Hospital in preparation for her treatment. Natasha says she will continue to travel when she finishes her treatment, which is expected to take another 13-14 weeks. “I still have 110 places I want to see.

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Natasha advises young women not to be naïve and take responsibility for their bodies. “Just be responsible for your own health. Take it upon yourself to selfexamine and make sure that you are aware of any changes. “You really need to be sure that the right testing is done.”

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Subdivision cheapest in Mount Tauranga City Council has recently adopted new development contributions in an attempt to address the spiralling cost of subdivision and development.

In other areas of the city this varies from $3500 in the old areas of Tauranga up to $19,500 in West Bethlehem, where the cost of servicing is high and new reserves needed. Council also charge a ‘citywide development contribution’ when you By Brent Trail, Managing Direccome to build a house tor, Surveying Services Ltd on your section and this can be up to $8700 for a home of Mount Maunganui land owners three bedrooms or larger, bringare the biggest winners and now ing total contributions to between have a nil ‘local development $8700 and $28,200 depending on contribution for residential devellocality. opment’. The level of these development That means you can obtain contributions is a significant subdivision consent or resource factor in both the cost of sections consent for an additional unit and the cost of building in differwithout paying any contribution ent regions and localities. As can at all.

be seen from these figures, there is almost a $20,000 difference in building costs between Mount Maunganui and West Bethlehem. Western Bay of Plenty District Council charges all its development contributions at the time of subdivision, with urban costs being much higher than Tauranga. Katikati is around $37,000, Te Puke $40,000, with Omokoroa at $50,000 or more in some cases. The rural area, including the new Minden Lifestyle zone, sits at a bit over $30,000 depending on locality - a little higher than Tauranga’s worst case scenario. Brent Trail, managing director of Surveying Services, specialises in resource consent applications for subdivisions across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. For further information call 07 578 2500 or email

November welcomes new Comvita director Sarah Ottrey has been named as an independent director of Comvita, effective from November 1.

and Asia for multi-nationals Unilever, DB Breweries and Heineken. Comvita has been operating with five directors during the last 12 months following the retirement of Jeff Williams. Sarah’s appointment takes the tally back to six directors, and she will be formally nominated for re-election to the board at the 2013 annual meeting in line with the Comvita constitution.

Sarah holds a number of directorships of public companies including Blue Sky Metals Ltd, Ebos Group Ltd and Smiths City Group Ltd. Prior to becoming a professional director, Sarah worked in marketing roles in New Zealand

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Experience crucial for building a strong team Building a successful business doesn’t take just one person but a team of people, and no-one knows this more than Roger Tamblin, business owner of New Zealand Home Loans. “Having a team that I can trust and rely on is extremely important to me,” says Roger. “And I know that it is important to our clients too, because they continue to recommend us to

their friends and family.” Roger’s team consists of Sue, who ensures that the office runs smoothly, and Eileen, who regularly visits all their clients to answer any questions they might have and ensure they are on track to achieve their goals. The pair has a combined tally of more than 20 years working with New Zealand Home Loans. “This is not just a job to me,” says Eileen. “It is something that I believe in

and I take pride in - providing the best service I can to our clients.” In fact, Sue believed in the company so much that when she left New Zealand Home Loans in Nelson to move to Tauranga with her family, she soon joined the local branch with Roger. Collectively Roger and his team have more than 78 years’ experience in the financial services industry and are committed to their goal of empowering New Zealander home owners to reduce debt, create wealth and achieve dreams. To find out how Roger and his team can help you contact them today.

Solar stars win innovative award Mount Maunganui company PowerSmart Solar has won a national award for innovation in the clean-tech and sustainability sector for its work establishing Tokelau as the world’s first solar powered country.

PowerSmart managing director Mike Bassett-Smith says it is a huge honour to be recognised among other top companies at the New Zealand Innovators Awards for the Tokelau Renewable Energy Project, which will be completed this month. The project, which is the largest off-grid solar power system in the world, will replace the diesel electricity systems currently operating on each of Tokelau’s three islands with solar power systems and battery storage. “So much of the credit (for the award) has to go to

our great team who work tremendously hard.” Mike says the company has been working towards the project since hearing about it three years ago and he is certain it will lead to many similar projects throughout Asia and the Pacific. As the lead contractor PowerSmart has collaborated with IT Power Australia on the $7.5 million project that is funded by The New Zealand Aid Programme and supported by the Government of Tokelau. The project has been designed, engineered and project managed by the company. In total the project will install 4032 solar panels by the time it is completed to provide power for the 1411 residents. The system is linked to a diesel generator that will prolong battery life by boosting battery power when By Hamish Carter low from poor weather.

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Wherever she goes, flowers grow It seems wherever Mount Maunganui gardener Colleen Giles goes, flowers bloom and so does she.

Colleen in her summer time garden. Photo supplied.

Colleen, who has been growing flowers for more than 75 years, has earned the title of best flower gardener in New Zealand Gardener magazine’s annual Gardener of the Year competition, and is in the running for, the overall gardening title. The talented gardener says her love for growing things blossomed from when she was a youngster. “Ever since I was in school I have loved growing things. Everywhere I have been I have made gardens there.”

Colleen’s daughter Ann-Marie, who nominated Colleen for the competition, says she has always assumed growing flowers was easy for her mother. “Mum just seemed to have a gift for making things flourish.” Colleen agrees with her daughter’s statement, saying her talent for flower growing was unearthed at eight years old when she was given a piece of land to grow marigolds. “I can remember having a whole row of marigolds.” In the summer time, Colleen’s garden blossoms with more than 30 varieties of roses. In the colder months, she tends to grow bromeliads – another favourite. But the award recognises more than just the gardens she has created. It reflects her generosity in sharing her love of the garden with friends and family.

Colleen enjoys picking bunches of fresh flowers from her garden to give to family, neighbours, the local doctor’s surgery, anyone she can find to share her love for flowers with. “I love to walk around with a bunch of flowers, it feels great.” Colleen is one of nine NZ Gardener of the Year 2012 finalists featured in the October issue of the NZ Gardener magazine. The overall winner of NZ Gardener’s 2012 Gardener of the Year, in association with Kiwicare Garden, will be decided by public vote. Information on how to vote can be found in the October issue of NZ Gardener magazine or vote online at Voting closes October 29.

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Mowers on clients’ properties. Hustler mowers are simple to operate and maintain with features like the park brake on the steering levers, meaning there is no separate park brake lever to worry about, says David. The deck is robust and strong yet simple to raise and lower with a foot operated system. There’s no more struggling to raise and lower the deck by hand. “Hustler mowers are safe on sloping terrain due to their very low centre of gravity. Sit on the seat and you immediately notice how much lower and safer you feel. “With optimum weight distribution over the drive wheels, these machines hang on where others will let go and they are virtually impossible to roll over. “Hustler Mowers are built tough in the USA and have been imported into New Zealand for 20 years now. With unbeatable warranties, you can buy these mowers with confidence,” says David. If you want to reclaim your weekends, call in to Capital Tractors and Machinery at Barkes Corner, or contact Brent, Tony or David for a no-obligation demonstration on your property.

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Medicinal plant talk Maori medicine (rongoa) expert, Robert McGowan, shares some of the healing treasures among our native plant as part of the workshop series at the Garden & Artfest next month.




Robert, who now lives in Welcome Bay with his wife Lyndel Crisp, a medicinal herbalist, is a former Catholic priest who began his study of Maori medicine while working in a Maori Mission by the Whanganui River. He has since spent about 15 years teaching rongoa at Waikato University and now, between replanting their property, does workshops and guest lectures. Robert says he has always been aware of rongoa as his Dalmatian mother would go to the marae next door to their Northland

home to ask about plant based remedies, something she was familiar with from her own tradition. Robert published a book ‘Rongoa Maori’ a couple of years ago and in his session will discuss the healing properties of plants commonly found in our gardens, give growing tips and discuss how plants can contribute to a healthy life. His is just

one of six workshops to be held at Tauranga City Carpark (cnr Durham and Wharf Streets, on Sunday 4 November, each costing just $9.90 to attend. For more information, visit

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The TANK SZ Commercial zero turn ride-on mower comes equipped with a superior cutting system designed by aerospace engineers. This design allows for a flawless performance, low maintenance and consistent results year after year. The smaller RZT 46 zero turn ride-on mower is perfect for home owners with a large lawn or lifestyle property requiring lots of manoeuvrability. Four-wheel steering makes them very easy to handle in any landscape, even in steep and diverse terrain. Pop into Transport Maintenance on the corner of Third Avenue and Glasgow Street in Tauranga and find the perfect Cub Cadet for you. Transport Maintenance is also local distributor for the Mahindra range of tractors - the world’s largest tractor manufacturer by volume. Their team of qualified and experienced automotive technicians also service and repair a range vehicles and machinery. By Corrie Taylor


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Photographer highlights mining’s environmental issues One of New Zealand’s most widely published wildlife photographers is to hold a public talk on the perils of mining the Denniston Plateau at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Windermere campus later this month. Rod Morris, who has worked for the NZ Wildlife Service and produced, directed and filmed nature documentaries for Natural History New Zealand, the BBC, National Geographic Television and the Discovery Channel – including subjects as diverse as komodo dragons and short-tailed bats – says he brings a voice for the environment in a time when economic voices are dominant. Rod says his interest in the plateau area was sparked by a visit to the open castle coal mine on nearby Stockton Plateau as a guest of Solid Energy a little more than a year ago. That interest has turned into a desire to inform the public about the perils of mining significant ecological areas when Australian-owned Bathurst Resources recently purchased mining permits for the Denniston Plateau. “Historically both the Denniston and Stockton Plateaus included rare ecosystems found only on the ‘coal measures’ of these two plateaus - much of that land has been lost, or is being modified and destroyed by current coal mining activity,” says Rod. “Not wishing to see the Denniston, with its unique

plant and animal associations, go the way of the Stockton Plateau, my talk looks at the biodiversity values of this valuable public conservation land. “Superficially the Denniston area appears bleak, windswept and uninteresting to those who lack any understanding of biodiversity values. “My illustrated talk attempts Wildlife expert Rod Morris will to overturn this perception by speak in Tauranga about the introducing the audience firstly pitfalls of mining later this month. to the vistas, and the ‘obvious’

birds of the plateaus, including threatened species such as great-spotted kiwi, South Island fernbird, South Island robin.” Rod fears the area’s ‘cryptic’ species like the land snail Powelliphanta patrickensis, several species of giant leaf-veined slugs, the poorly known West Coast green gecko, several Hemiandrus ground weta species, egg-laying peripatus and a large, mysterious, and brightly coloured giant flatworm will perish if action is

not taken. Rod says the Denniston Plateau, lying about 18km north-east of Westport, was identified as a place of outstanding ecological interest in the early-1980s. He believes that distinction, however, has been undermined by successive governments due to the coal underlying the area. The talk begins at 7pm on October 24 at Lecture Room H110. Entry by gold coin donation at the door. By Ben Guild


Island’s wildlife accessible to visitors Tūhua/Mayor Island will be opening for day visitors and overnight stays from Labour Weekend until Easter 2013 as flock counts of pāteke and the water levels of the island’s two freshwater lakes are the highest in decades. New Zealand’s rarest duck, the pāteke or brown teal, is thriving on the island alongside a range of other rare species which are protected by the island’s pest free status. Other rare birds on the island include kākāriki/ orange-fronted parakeets, which are successfully breeding on Tūhua following a series of translocations from populations in the South Island. Tūhua Trust board representative Jason Ake says it’s important to enjoy the island while protecting the island values. “Nau mai ki tō mātou taonga e noho ana ki te pae tawhiti” says Jason. “This means you are welcome to visit our treasure that sits on the distant horizon. Please take care of our island as you would your own home. In particular we urge all visitors to follow the bio-security process which protects island wildlife from introduced pests such as rodents, weeds and insects.” This is the fourth year of a business partnership between the Tühua Trust board and Department of Conservation that aims to encourage island visitors, while working to minimise risks to the island’s pest-free status. Bookings can be made through the Tauranga Area Office of DOC. Bio-security tips for visitors before they arrive on the island: Clean boots and other clothing, check for seeds in particular. Check and clean all food, especially any fruit and vegetables, looking for insects and seeds. Check all camping and other gear for seeds, insects, and rodents. Everything packed must be checked and sealed in rat-proof containers, or at least re-checked immediately before departing for the island. Those bringing their own boats should set up rat traps and bait stations on board, and check for stowaways. By Ben Guild

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Good news is bad news Last Thursday I joined more than 100 local residents who heard how strong science is monitoring the effects of the Rena grounding – one year on.

Waikato University chair of coastal science, professor Chris Battershill, is leading the research team, which includes academics and students from University of Waikato, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, University of Canterbury and Manaaki Taha Moana. Chris and professor David Schiel of Canterbury University led a very positive briefing, which is showing (on initial findings) that sea life seems to have recovered incredibly quickly from the effects of the terrible oil spills of last October. With more than 30,000 samples from tuatua, pipi, paua, kina, crabs and cockles having been

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City surplus should pay off debt or reduce rates It was an excellent result that the 2012 rates surplus was $3.7 million and well done to the councillors and staff for achieving such an outcome. It should however be remembered that there was a certain amount of luck in achieving this outcome and this could quite easily change when interest and inflation rises, which in time they will. Just an increase of 1% in interest rates will add at least 4% to rates, being an increase of $72 on the average rate of $1,800, so caution is required. Also more than likely reduced capital work will still have to undertaken at sometime in the future and should the city start to grow again I somehow suspect that once again staff costs will increase. Taking this into account it is my view that the 2012 surplus achieved should either be entirely used to reduce city debt or alternatively, other than the agreed $500,000 debt reduction, be returned in full to ratepayers in the 2013 rate round so that 2013 rates are actually lower than they would have been. It is quite unacceptable that it be considered that this surplus be placed in what has been fondly called the “rainy day basket” as all that will achieve are Council schemes that will ensure that the money is spent. It is time for the Council to show a responsible attitude towards this surplus as you can guarantee that if the 2012 result had been a deficit they would be ensuring that we paid for this, in the 2013 rate year. Mike Baker, Bethlehem.

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Route K: Hope flickering in the wind

Regarding last week’s Sun, pages 6 and 7 . Both TCVL and TCAL reported by Andrew Campbell state that deficits in operating accounts of both Baypark and the pool complexes were covered by increases in the valuation of assets. What absolute horse manure, Sir. If I went to my board of directors with that explanation of annual loss, I would be laughed out of the room. The operating account is completely different to the capital revaluation account. It seems a measure of council and ratepayer disengagement, that such an explanation is expected to be accepted without question. Furthermore, readers may be unaware that council assets are re-valued at regular intervals . After this exercise, depreciation is charged on the re valued figure less the age of the asset. This method of charging depreciation is unavailable to the private sector and inevitably results in higher rates demands. There will also be a very large corresponding eepreciation figure in council’s records, funded by ratepayers. Council may suggest that we are simply prepaying for assets which will become obsolete at some time, but an awful lot of money is stockpiled by council in the meantime. Why the discussion on the excess rate recovery? It should be used to lower the next year’s rates. Surely this is a the most logical and elegant use of these funds? Mike Giles, Tauranga.

for the last year gone?” It must be buried within TCC somewhere, who knows? The extra interest bill of about $700,000 means that the reported loss is less, the “real loss” is about $2.9m, a $400,000 increase! Secondly: it remains obscure about when or how TCC will make the results look “viable” so as TCC can offload it all to NZTA? We are now some 10 years after its creation and in that time the debt has increased from around $30m in 2003 to $73m now, the vehicle volumes even now are still about 50% of that initially budgeted for. TCC has a long way to go to break even on this one! I Stevenson, Tauranga.

The latest financial report of Route K has recently been tabled with Council, a large amount of optimism was then shown about a decrease in the reported annual loss for the year to 30 June 2012 to “only” $2.221m (last year $2.522m) $301,000 less (I guess that a smaller loss is better? Or should that read “less bad”). Meanwhile the total tolls increased by $428,000? The current level of euphoria looks very much misplaced when you consider: First: where has the $12.5m of debt raised by TCC as a contribution towards the Pyes Pa Bypass gone? The vexed question follows of “where has that debt and the interest bill

Supports the Bishop plan Re: Letters to Editor D Bishop, Greerton (The Weekend Sun 12 October) I could not agree more. Do you have a lot of supporters? If so, please add my name. Think of the savings in benefits. B Hill, Tauranga.

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Pest control benefits for wildlife and tourism Re Bird Nonsense, Roy Edwards, October 12. An increase in pest control on Mauao and Leisure Island would not only be positive for the wildlife, but an investment in Tourism. Tourism is very important for Tauranga and it’s not a good look when tourists see rats, which can also be regularly seen around the rubbish bins at Memorial Park. A local success story of pest control is Otanewainuku, which I remember when this bush used to be silent and now bird life abounds, and

Elsie backs the rail I agree that the passenger service to Auckland should be re started. It was well used when it was running at a good time for most people. Trouble started when those running the service didn’t want it so they changed the time. Then it was useless for most people. The Owners said, “Hardly any one is using it. We will close it and just have freight.” I also feel we should make better use of the railway from the Mount to The Strand. Hundreds of tourists arrive every year on ships. If there was a passenger train service it would be really worthwhile. We could first show off the lovely harbour, Then people could walk around Tauranga. Nowadays it is possible to have a bus that can run on the rail track and then go on the road. People could then also go for a tour of Tauranga. Elsie Jones, Tauranga.

Riding the night train After reading various letters re the lack of train services from Tauranga/Auckland I haven’t noticed any from people travelling on the service years ago. I retired to Tauranga four years ago as family are living here. As I was working I came down very often at weekends. I caught the train at 6pm Friday nights, enjoyed a good comfortable trip. You could have snack meals and arrive at Tauranga at 9ish. You could also return on a Sunday morning. It all seemed well patronized and I never knew why they disbanded it all. Pat Wilson, Papamoa.

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because of extensive pest control, releases of Kiwi and Kokako have been possible. To have been involved with the Rena aftermath in wildlife recovery from the Coromandel to Cape Runaway, has indeed been an eye opener! Following from this, it was very informative to have been one of ten locals at the Rena Debrief at Massey and one of many that still go out at nights collecting penguin data for a Massey Masters Project. I can only repeat that more pest control around the Mount area to protect our local penguin and petrel population is essential for conservation and tourism. Tim Short, Ohauiti.


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Responses to Kapai’s wallpapering All power to Tommy Kapai’s thoughtful pen and input. (letter of 13 October ) And the novel suggestion regarding the wallpaper. Keep the thoughts coming, please ! I think, however, that terms like “racist” and “hate mail” are unnecessary, sort of blanket expressions which tend to stifle protest and criticism, and are too often used by activists for that purpose. It is vital that people feel free (within sensible limits ) to express criticism, serious observations and questioning, even anger, misguided or not. Others have the same freedom to respond or correct or rebut. Genuine opinions need to be expressed. How else can we form an idea of the “state of the nation”. I realise this may be a tad idealistic, but we still believe that the keystone of democracy is freedom of speech. That’s why there is a groundswell of concern until the real implications of the updated version of the NZ constitution become clear, and we then know how our democracy will be affected by the intended inclusion of the treaty of Waitangi. The prospect is far from encouraging. My belief is that it should not be included. Emphatically- at least not in a written version. On the other hand, I guess we don’t need to go “all PC” in our letters which could discourage some from writing. D. Holm, Tauranga.

Good to see Tommy Kapai is again getting out his paste brush and using the opinions of those who disagree with him to wallpaper over the cracks in his arguments (Weekend Sun 12 Oct). Last time I remember Tommy wallpapering was when, in his then newspaper column (BOP Times 20 July 09), he claimed a massacre of 144 maori at the Battle of Rangiaowhia. General Cameron, he claimed, had locked the maori in the Catholic Church and set fire to it and shot anyone who tried to escape. This story , he claimed, was told to him by a relative through a veil of tears. Not only did he make no effort to verify the story, but he published it and demanded that the name of Cameron Rd be changed. No historian, including Michael King and Ranganui Walker gives any credence for his claim, but Tommy’s biggest problem was the Catholic Church is still standing today. Did he accept his mistake, did he apologise to his readers and the Cameron family, did he heck, he dismissed it as just white man’s history and he started wallpapering. In his latest letter Tommy now asserts there were apartheid-style white’s only public lavatories on The Strand. I look forward to him producing some hard evidence of this, not just the musings of one of his relatives. Tommy needs to verify his stories before putting pen to paper and to be able to back them hard evidence. If Tommy did this and stirred in a little humility I’m sure he could cut back on his D.I.Y. Richard Prince, Welcome Bay.

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Today in NZ the majority endure racial oppression that includes inferior rights and funding in health, education, housing, welfare, employment, imprisonment, RMA, management of resources, tax and political representation. We are beasts of burden to be bled for those deemed ethnically superior. When Mary Brooks cries out against this injustice, Tommy Kapai abuses her, claiming this racism justified because half a century ago his mother had to use a separate toilet. I would have thought if Mr Kapai’s ancestors suffered as claimed, the last thing he would want is to see this and worse visited against people today. Alas he proves himself to be part of the attitudinal problem that creates ever greater abominations rather than the solution of all being equal under law, with dignity and respect for all regardless of ethnicity. Mike Kuipers von Lande, Mt. Maunganui.

The Sun offered Mr Kapai the opportunity to respond: Kia ora Richard Prince The day I apologise for general Cameron massacring innocent women and children both over the Kaimai at Rangiaowhia ( I will stand by the korero of my own historians not a white wordsmith) and at Te Ranga where Cameron’s troops wiped out women and children for no other crime than trying to save their land - is the day I believe in you being the brush to paint over my opinions. I have lived and worked in South Africa, unlike Mr Prince, and I have seen apartheid first hand, but I didn’t know then that we had it here in down town Tauranga in my mothers generation. I suggest you talk to Mr Colin Bidois, a well respected kaumatua here in Tauranga Moana, who tells the harrowing story of Maori women denied the use of the downtown toilet for only Pakeha, and how they couldn’t make it to the only ‘Maori friendly’ toilet at his Whanau home in time. The whakama (shame) and indignity of this is something Mr Prince would have no understanding or empathy toward. Until then Mr Prince you believe in your DIY that is obviously tempered by your DNA and I will believe in those who stand for something more than making it on to my wall as pirau korero paper. Tommy Kapai, Te Puna.

Trying to divide the country down the middle I have always had respect for what Tommy Kapai says but in last weekend’s Sun he destroyed that respect by calling me “racist”. Why is it that when one presents Maori with true facts and researched figures which throw light on Maori greed and false claims, that one is called racist? Non-Maori are not the racists here but a certain small percentage of Maori elite are trying to divide the country right down the middle. Unfortunately weak Governments, anxious to hold on to Maori


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votes, play along and so Maori have acknowledged that they have now received the equivalent of $39 billion in land, fisheries, forestry etc. Why is it not trickling down to those Maori, especially children, who need it.? Because those at the top are not sharing the wealth but putting into Trusts and thus pay no tax. Special privileges available ONLY to Maori include: Maori-only schools and education scholarships; Maori-only housing projects; Maori -only health prioritisation and initiatives; Whanau Ora and other Maori-only Welfare initiatives; Maori-only prisoner programmes; Maori-only positions on government agencies; Maori-only special Tax rates; Maori-only seats in Parliament. These are the tip of the iceberg as there are many more in similar Maori-only vein despite them being only 14% of the country! If this is not a form of apartheid, I really do not know what is. Mary Brooks, Avenues.


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Immediate action on rates unsustainability Cheap shots from the rabbit burrow Cr Bill Faulkner in his weekly column makes reference to the Labour Government’s Shard report of 2007 warning of rates unsustainability. This report goes on to say that there is a need to change the way local government is financed and where the money is to come from. There is no doubt that the present system is outdated and unfair. If this matter is not resolved in the next few years the country will be involved in a rates revolt of a magnitude that could bring New

Zealand to its knees. In the meantime there are two things that could be put in place immediately to give some temporary relief to ratepayers. 1 An increase in rates to be no more than the rate of inflation. 2 GST to be removed from rate demands. No matter what politicians may say GST on rates is a tax on a tax. Perhaps Mr Faulkner in future writings could bring us up to date on what is being done to bring about change. L Woods, Katikati.

Questioning the mysterious Maori navigators I have to question the standard of NZ’s investigative journalism when I have not seen one article questioning the 10,000 nautical mile Waka Tapu journey from NZ to Easter Island and back, allegedly done by only using maori “traditional, non-instrument-navigation techniques” using the sun, stars, moon, wildlife and currents. This may sound mysterious, romantic and complicated to some people who may just dismiss it as some super power maori are born with and the rest of us are not, but having been a professional navigator and master mariner in the merchant navy, I am very familiar with navigational methods and am very sceptical of the claims from the maori canoe. When I check their website

on”Navigator’s Update” I am reading things like “nautical miles”, “latitude”, “course line”, “AIS”, “knots”, “north/east/ etc”. Now call me cynical but I don’t believe that ancient maori paddlers knew what a “nautical mile” (1852m) was nor had any way of measuring one. As for ‘latitude’, that implies they are now using a co-ordinate reference system which I understood was not a maori invention and certainly not traditional. A ‘course line’ implies that a compass and nautical chart is being used, and I was unaware that the points of the compass were used by maori hundreds of years ago let alone charts! An AIS is a ship ID system that gives details of the ship and its position in a latitude/longitude format so from any passing

In last week’s editorial, Rogers Rabbit revealed that he’s trapped in his rabbit burrow, stuck in the past, seeking a laugh by taking a cheap shot at Dr Russel Norman’s serious contribution to the debate on monetary policy and an overvalued NZ dollar. Rogers Rabbit’s award to the Green Party for Silly Idea of the Week reveals a poorly informed rabbit who is unaware of the widespread view that the govt’s monetary policy is too narrowly focused. The concern is that this is hampering NZ’s ability to respond to a volatile global economic environment and disadvantaging our manufacturing sector, causing loss of jobs. If the logic

behind the proposal seems “astounding” to this simple rabbit, he must be unaware of economists’ and commentators’ discussion in the media on the relative merits and drawbacks of the Greens’ suggestion. Rabbits should know better than anyone that it is greens that sustain them! Rabbiting on about “printing more money” may draw a laugh but simplistically dismisses the complex economic matter of quantitative easing with a derisory shake of a paw. Let’s hope Rogers Rabbit can emerge from his burrow and use his great sense of humour to entertain us, his readers, in more constructive positive ways. Dr Ron Lopert, Welcome Bay.

ship, it will be very simple to work out their own position. They even have a GPS on board but its for emergency use only!! Hmmmm. Apart from getting an extremely vague idea which way east, west, north and south are, this whole romantic sounding voyage of following the “traditional ways of navigating by stars and the sun” etc is extremely dubious. In my opinion it is a total fraud. If one stops and thinks about it with an inquisitive open mind rather than a PC open-my-mouth-and-spoon-feedme-whatever-you-like mind it will be blatantly obvious that this is yet another maori myth that we are expected to believe for fear of being labelled a racist. D. Gordon, Mount Maunganui.

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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 19 October

Bay Salsa Festival Oct 19-21. Musi-

cal & cultural feast for all ages & abilities to suit dancers & spectators alike. 36+ workshops, dance parties, free beach activities. Everybody dance now showcase, live music. Olympic themed Ball. All welcome. or 021 045 4235 Red Cross Red Rose Day Fundraiser for Red Cross in Tauranga & Katikati. Volunteers at street & supermarket sites selling wrapped fresh red roses for a minimum donation of $2 each. Heather 578 6987 Seeds of Hope Exhibition Vision of Sustainability. At Goddards Centre. Now showing every day including weekends until Nov 10 from 10am. 578 7119 U3A Tauranga Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave, Tauranga 11am. Speaker: Mark Hellyer, from the variety club - ‘The strategic engagement of charities.’ Visitors welcome.

Saturday 20 October

Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Group Every Sat at Mount Primary

School, Orkney Rd 10-11am. Children/ creche facility. Angela 021 503 940 or 0800AAworks. An Evening with Gray Bartlett Supported by Tony & Marie at Bayswater Village centre auditorium 7pm. Tickets $12 at reception. Art Exhibition Tauranga Society of Artists Inc. Original art & a range of prices at Tauranga Contract Bridge Club, 252 Ngatai Rd, Tauranga Oct 27 9.30am – 5pm, Oct 28 9.30am – 4pm. Gold coin donation entry. Art in the Park Coronation Park, Mount 8.30am - 5pm. Tauranga Society of Artists offer for sale a variety of art to suit all tastes. Art Waikino Victoria Hall, SH2, Waikino Oct 20 – 24 10am – 4pm. All exhibits for sale. The best place to buy affordable art. All proceeds to the upkeep of the community hall. “As We See It” Oct 20 – Nov 2 with 2 artists Berys Suridge & Elizabeth Cross exhibiting landscapes, abstract, still life & mixed media at Art Market, 65 Seddon St, Waihi. Something for everyone. Arataki Art Group Exhibiting & selling at Methodist Church, Mt Maunganui. (Cancelled if wet) Balmorals Marching Team Welcome ladies to join this awesome sport for fun, friendship & travel. 20-60 age group. Anita 571 4096 a/hs or 0210 257 6094 Bay Association of Sea Kayakers Bridge Marina to Rotary Park in Maungatapu. Bevan 576 8885

News, reviews and opinionated raving on the music scene.

Bay of Plenty Sun Club Matata Holding

visitor weekend over Labour Weekend. Anyone interested in the naturist lifestyle welcome with no obligation to disrobe or join. 027 440 5157 BOKWA Fitness Class Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd 9.30am. Get fit, lose weight, really fun. Beginners welcome, give it a go. Instructor Sarah 021 185 3363 BOP Christian Singles Non denominational group who meet fortnightly for social gatherings. Pauline 575 5556 or email: Car Boot Sale At Greerton School 7am – 11.30am. Cost $5 per single site or $10 for double site. Weather permitting. All welcome. Shirley 577 1116 or 0274 146 040 Clothing Sale Sale of baby & young children’s quality second hand clothing at St Joseph’s Te Puna, 10 Pitua Rd 9am. Proceeds to St Vincent De Paul. Everybody Dance Now Showcase Salsa, hip hop, west coast swing, exotic samba dancers & more. Otumoetai College Performing Arts Centre. Doors open 6.30pm. All welcome. or 021 045 4235 Let’s Dance Tonight Gordon Spratt Reserve, Parton Rd, Papamoa. Sequence dancing - live band, supper, great company. Organised by Te Puke Scottish Soc. Members $7, non members $8. Gordon 572 0060 Love, Desire, Attachment Afternoon mediation course Oct 27 at Mount Senior Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui 12.45-4pm. If we wish to enjoy good relationships, it is essential that we learn to distinguish between love & attachment. Cost $36 includes afternoon tea. Bookings essential. All welcome. www. or 09 846 5829 Monster Garage Sale Oct 27 – raising funds for the Otumoetai Sports & Recreation Club at Fergusson Park, Matua. All money raised goes towards running costs of the clubrooms. Donations of goods to sell can be dropped off at clubrooms Mon – Thurs 5.30-6.30pm. Email: admin@ Monster Market Day Oct 27 at Bayswater Village Centre, 60 Maranui St, Mount 9am – 4pm. Various stalls & produce. Paengaroa Market/Breakfast Paengaroa Community Hall. Gates open 7.30am. Breakfast from 8am. $5 car trunk, $10 car & trailer. Breakfast from $2 - $8.50. 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. Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild Every third Sat at club rooms, Yatton St, Greerton 1pm. Visitors & interested people welcome. Geoff 579 3637

DVD MOVIES Reviews of DVDs, old and new, as well as other bits and bobs.

Te Puke Forest & Bird Walk Guided

walk at gentle pace up Mount Tauhara, with historian Colin Adams. 4 hours easy/ moderate. Meet at Boucher Ave car park 8.45am. Bring food, jacket & suitable footwear. Also 50c trip fee & $15 if you wish to carpool. Bev 522 4247 or 027 293 7985 Te Puke Show Jumping Festival Annual festival held Oct 20 & 21 at Te Puke Pony Club & A&P Showgrounds facilities on Showgrounds Rd (opp Maketu/ Kiwi 360 turnoff) 9am start. 3 showjumping rings with various events & heights. Members of public welcome. Free Admission. Food tent available.

Sunday 21 October

Bay Bible Fellowship Welcome Bay Primary School hall, Welcome Bay Rd 10am. Pastor teacher Lincoln Forlong teaching from Ephesians 1:15-19a. All welcome. Gerald 021 938 618 Bay Blokart Club Friendly club sailing at Baypark track every Sunday & race days on second Sun of month, Thursday twilight meetings now on. Racing from 6pm. Use second entrance 400m down Truman Lane. All welcome. Club 027 391 8300 or Peter 0274 721 322 Bethlehem Lions Market Bethlehem town centre, first & third Sundays 8am 12pm. Sites from $10. Bookings essential. For information email: Bible Seminars Sundays at Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St, Greerton 1.45pm. Title: “Bible origin of Jew & Arab.” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Vic 543 0504 Learning Spiritual Laws Sunday’s at Director’s Room, Wholly Bagels & Pizza, 801 Cameron Rd 10-11am. Donations only. Remember & celebrate who you are! Maketu Community Market Maketu Village Reserve every 3rd & 5th Sun of month 8am – 1pm. Variety of stalls including fresh veges, baking, plants, brica-brac, books & more. Maureen 533 2340 Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market

Every Sun in Phoenix car park 9am - 1pm. Fresh fruit & veges, breads, cheese, oils, plants & more. All home grown & home made. Downtown the Mount open 7 days. 575 9911 Narcotics Anonymous Every Sunday at Hamner Clinic, 1235m Cameron Rd, Greerton (behind Tyremaster) 7pm. 0800 628 632 Omokoroa Boat Club Labour weekend jam session 4pm - late. Come & relax & listen to local talent or join in. Held under special license - public welcome. Petanque Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. Neita 572 3768

OUT THERE GUIDE Stories, snippets, strangeness, and general entertainment.

The Weekend Sun’s guide to who’s playing and where.

Radio Controlled Model Yachts Meet

Relationships Aotearoa Mon - Parent-

Sun 1.30pm & Thurs 5.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to race Electron class yachts. Graham 572 5419 Singles Mix & Mingle 50+ coffee afternoon at Zaggers Cafe, Chapel St 2.30pm. Mix & mingle with other like-minded singles in a relaxed atmosphere. Gayle 027 439 3267 Tauranga Spiritual Society Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start. Guest speaker: Lakota John, Native American spiritual healer. Entry $5, members $3. All welcome. The NZ Country Music Star Awards Premier finals concert at Bethlehem College Performing Arts Centre 1pm. Door sales only. Merv 543 4400 or 021 167 1110

Monday 22 October

Argentine Tango for Beginners 6 week introduction to Salon Tango starts Oct 29 7.15pm. This social dancing is growing in NZ & worldwide. First lesson free to see. Carl 021 280 4464 or email: Carl@ Badminton Tauranga club summer season. Mondays only, Bethlehem College Events Centre 7.30-9.30pm. Racquets available. All players welcome. Sue 543 0035 or 021 194 4335 Bethlehem Bowls Every Mon at Bethlehem Hall 7.15pm. First 3 nights free. Wendy 578 2585 Body & Soul Fun Fitness For over 50’s, social events & guest speakers. Mon & Fri, Greerton Hall Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds Memorial Hall, 11th Ave. All classes 9.1510.15am. First class free. All welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/ Cardiac Care leader. Fitness League Tone & align your body, increase flexibility & stamina. First class free. Mon at Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd & Tues at St John’s Anglican Hall, Seddon St, Waihi. Both 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378 Harmony a Plenty Barbershop Chorus

Every Mon at Bethlehem Community Church, Moffat Rd 7pm. New members welcome. 572 3345 or www. Meditation Free classes Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace, spiritual awareness & the meaning of your life. David 576 9764 Recycled Teenagers Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards, & injury or illness rehabilitation. Mon & Weds, 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club, behind Pak n Save. Tues at St Mary’s church hall, Girven Rd. All 9am - 10.30am. Taken by Heart Foundation phase 3 cardiac instructor. First class free. Jennifer 571 1411

ing Through Separation, free course for separating parents, Tga 10am - 12pm. Parenting through separation, Katikati 9-11am. Positively Me 4 Women - self esteem course for women 12.30-2.30pm. Blended Families, course for parents in combined household 6.308.30pm. ManMade, self esteem course for men 6.30-8.30pm. Tues - Parenting Through Separation 7-9pm. Positively Me for Women 12.30-2.30pm. Hot Monogamy - for people in a committed relationship – waiting list applies. Weds - Parenting for Success, parenting your 2-12yr olds 7-9pm. Sex, Drugs & Homework, parenting your teens 6.30-8.30pm. Parenting through Separation, Papamoa 10am - 12pm. Thurs - Positively Me 4 women 6.30-8.30pm. Living without Pornography – waiting list applies. Weekend Course - Relationship Secrets, for couples, next course November. 576 8392 Sequence Dance Class Modern sequence dance tuition & revision every Mon St John’s Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai 1-3pm. $3pp. Gordon 573 4333 St Columba Indoor Bowling Club Club night, St Columba Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd. Names in by 7.15pm. New bowlers welcome. Jenny 576 3584 Table Tennis Matua At Levers Rd Hall Mon 1-3.30pm Tues 12.30-3.30pm. Thurs & Fri 9am – 11am. $2 per session. Kevin 576 3941 Taoist Tai Chi Te Puke Te Puke Memorial Hall Mon & Tues 9.30am, Tues 5.30pm, Thurs 6pm. Joff 573 6020 Tauranga Rock n Roll Club Every Mon at Tauranga RSA, Cameron Rd. Beginners lessons start Oct 29 6.30pm. Club night closed Labour Monday. Colleen 544 4676 Vision Probus Club Meet 4th Mon of the month at Bureta Hotel, Redwood Room 10am. 579 2289

Waihi Beach Environment Society Inc

AGM at United Church Hall, Waihi Beach Village 10am. Helen 07 863 4830 YMCA - ALFS (Active lifestyle for seniors). Smooth Movers class Mon 8.45-9.45am & 10-11am at Matua Community Hall, Levers Rd. Also 9-9.55am & 10-10.55am at Arataki Hall, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St). Tues 9.15-10.15am & 10.30-11.30am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 9.15-10.15am Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. Thurs 8.45-9.45am at Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.30-11.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.15-10.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. 578 9272 Zumba with Ruth Bethlehem Hall, Waihi Rd Mon 9.30am, Thurs 9.15am. $5 for casual & $4 with concession card. First time free. Ruth 0274 156 819 or just turn up.


The Weekend Sun Tuesday 23 October

Altrusa Club of Tauranga For women

interested in fellowship, community service, dinner meetings. 2nd & 4th Tues of month 6pm. Denise 570 3134 Anxiety Support Group At Junction office, 4 Roys Rd, Greerton 1-2pm. 579 9890 Badminton (Social) Every Tues at Otumoetai Baptist Hall 9.30am - 12pm. Racquets available. All welcome. Lorraine 579 3229

BOP Shirley Club Walking Group

Every Tues meet outside the Mount Surf Club 9.20am. Easy walking Cafe jaunt after. Great group. Bureta Garden Circle Monthly meeting at St John’s Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai 1.30pm. Visitors welcome. Colleen 576 7610 Evening Tai Chi Gate Pa Unwind & reenergise your body & mind after work. Benefit from this effective & empowering form of exercise. Tues & Fri, St George Church, Church St, Gate Pa 6-7pm. $5 class. Trevor 0800 34 84 54 Fibromyalgia Group Meeting Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mount 1.30pm. Guest speaker: Tina Richards, ME/CFS Field Officer - ‘Stress’. Gate Pa Martial Arts Build confidence, fitness & focus with Kempo. Fun & safe, taught by experienced instructors. Tues & Fri at St George Church, Church St, Gate Pa 4-5pm. $5 per class. Trevor 0800 34 84 54 Genesis - Women’s Group Every Tues during school term. 10am morning tea at Papamoa Surf Club, Papamoa Domain. Guest speaker: Carol Parsons - reflexologist. New members welcome. Jennifer, Salvation Army 578 4264 Greerton Tai Chi Based upon the Falls Prevention Programme for seniors. Protect your independence, exercise, energise & socialise. Tues & Thurs, Greerton Community Hall, Cameron Rd 11am - 12pm. $5 per class. Trevor 0800 34 84 54 Inachord Chorus Ladies 4 part harmony every Tues at Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd 6.45pm. Enjoy singing & meet new friends. Shona 0272 801 004 or Sabine 577 0455 (day). Katikati Mah Jong Every Tues at Resource Centre, Beach Rd, Katikati 1-4pm. Encourages hard hands, restricts easy hands. 549 5954 Mount Aglow All ladies invited to the Salvation Army, 57 Eversham Rd, Mt Maunganui 9.45am. Join us if you are needing a new direction to your life. Message: testimonies. 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, first day free. Students $2. Margaret 575 9792 Sequence Dancing Tauranga Social & Leisure Club. St John’s Anglican Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai. Tues 7-9.30pm, second Tues of month 3-5.30pm. Visitors welcome. John 578 9716 Sit & Stay Fit Every Tues at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 11-11.50am. Fun seated exercise, social events & occasional guest speakers. First class free. Wheel chair access. Dianne Body +Soul Fitness 576 5031 South City Indoor Bowls AGM, prizegiving & supper. Mary 541 0687 Tauranga Acoustic Music Club Trust Bar, Bureta Rd 7.30pm. Friendly jam sessions or open concert 4th Tues & 2nd Sun. Sing, play or just listen. Paul 579 2346 or

Tauranga Astronomical Society

Observatory & hall open at Fergusson Park 7.30pm. DVD feature: “The day planet Earth nearly died”, about mass extinction 200 million years ago that didn’t occur from the usual celestial terminators. Public welcome. Telescope viewing if weather permits. 576 5389 Tauranga Scrabble Club Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 9am. 3 games $2.50. 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 Cargo Shed 5 Dive Crescent, Tauranga. Open Weds - Sun & cruise ship days 10am - 4pm. A vibrant & varied shed of upmarket creativity. Toastmasters Excel Club Learn to be a competent speaker & get your message across. Meetings held on 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 Widow & Widower’s Club People living alone invited to Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St 2pm. Margaret 576 5292 YMCA Sit n Fit Class Tues at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd, Papamoa 11.30am - 12.30pm. Weds at Greenwood Park Village, Welcome Bay Rd 11am - 12pm. Social exercise seated to music. All welcome. 578 9272

Wednesday 24 October

10th Women’s Fun Walk Women’s fun walk in downtown Tauranga 6pm start. Entry by $5 donation. Registrations open at any ASB branch, Smiths Sport Shoes or Katch Katikati. Prizes for the most outrageous costumes, teams & individuals. Bring your workmates & friends & paint the town pink. www. or 571 3346 Baywide Community Law Service

Drop in clinic every Weds at 63 Willow St 5-6.30pm. No appointment necessary, 571 6812. Free legal assistance. Every Tues morning at Te Puke Clinic. For appointment 573 5614. Every Thurs morning at Katikati Clinic. For appointment 549 0399 Bipolar Support Group At Junction office, 4 Roys Rd, Greerton 1-2pm. 579 9890 Demonstration Public Talk By Rod Morris in Lecture Room, H110 at Windermere BOP Polytech campus, 70 Windermere Drive, Tauranga 7pm. Gold coin donation at door. “The important issues surrounding the Bathurst Mining Proposal on the Denniston Plateau.” Email: rod@

Fernlands Spa Water Exercise Class

Weds 10.45-11.45am. Held rain or shine, but not during school holidays. New participants planning to attend, Jennifer 571 1411 Gate Pa Indoor Bowls Aussie Butcher Open Day Tournament (Fours) Greerton Hall 10am. Names in book. Kevin 543 4044 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 It’s a Jungle Out There Light party Oct 31. A positive alternative to Halloween, open to all primary students (yr 0-6). Fun, games, music, lollies. Papamoa Community Centre, Papamoa Library 6.30-8pm. Gold coin donation. Leave your scary costumes at home. Hosted by Changepoint, limited to first 150 kids. www. or Pat 572 2697

New to NZ - or Know Someone Who Is? Settlement Support Tauranga/

WBOP offer a free service to migrants & refugees to assist with any issues you, or someone you know, may be experiencing relating to settling in a new community. Today at Te Puke Community Centre, 100 Jellicoe St 10.30am - 12.30pm.

Orange City Square & Round Dance Club Weds Plus, Thurs club night

& new dancers. Frontiersmen’s Hall 7.30pm. 543 1063 Otumoetai Toy Box Toy Library 94 Bureta Rd. Open Weds 6.30-8.30pm, Thurs & Fri 9.30-11.30. A number of membership options available. 576 9923 or 027 857 7452

Salvation Army Meeting For all

women every Weds 10am morning tea, 10.30am meeting at Salvation Army cnr Cameron Rd & 5th Ave, Tauranga. Members morning. Surprises galore. Jennifer 578 4264 Scottish Country Dancing Weds at Senior Citizens Hall, Maunganui Rd. Fri at Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd. Both 7.30pm. 573 5055 Table Tennis Tauranga Memorial Hall, QEYC. Weds 12.30-3pm, 6.30-9pm. Fri 6.30-9pm. Social or competitive. All welcome. or Caroline 543 0702

Te Puke Spiritual & Healing Centre

Art Gallery, Commerce Lane, Te Puke. Doors open 6.45pm for 7.15pm start. Guest speaker: Barbara Guirney. $4. Monique 573 4687

Toastmasters - City Early Start

Improve communication, leadership & teamwork skills. Join the motivated & enthusiastic group every Weds at Classic Flyers Avgas Cafe 6.45-8.15am. Email: or 571 1545. Website: http://cityearlystart.

Toastmasters Tauranga South Area Leadership skills, speaking skills.

Weds at St George’s Church Hall cnr Cameron Rd & Church St 7.15pm. All welcome. Alan 544 5989 Vegetarian Society Monthly pot luck dinner at Food Garden Cafe, 1356 Cameron Rd, Greerton 6.30pm. Bring along a dish to share & something to drink. All welcome. Martin 576 5692 Walking Group Age Concern Walking Group meet at Willow St Bus Depot 10am. City walks. All welcome. 578 2631 Welcome Bay Tennis Club Social Tennis mixed Wednesdays at Victory St courts 9am. Casual players welcome. Non-marking shoes please. 577 0462

Thursday 25 October

Age Concern Tauranga Monthly meeting at Tauranga Senior Citizen’s Club, 14 Norris St (behind Pak n Save) 10am. Speaker: Baywide Community Law Service – “Consumer rights & obligations.” $3pp includes morning tea. All welcome. 578 2631 Bay Salsa Salsa on the Strand. Intro class 8pm followed by social dancing. Thurs upstairs at Za Bar Pizzeria. No partner required. $2 entry (members free). All welcome. Bolivia Tauranga Every Thurs at Bridge Club, Cherrywood 12.50pm. Tuition, cards, tea/coffee. Toby 543 5358 Citizens Advice Bureau Every Thurs at Arataki Community Centre 11am - 2pm. Free service for everyone. Don’t know? Ask us! No appointment necessary. Community Bible Study International

Join us at 14th Ave Gospel Centre until Nov 29 10am - 12pm for a non denominational in depth study of Isaiah. Joan 576 9065 Feldenkaris Awareness New intake for Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes 9.30am or 5.45pm in Welcome Bay. Gisella 544 4823 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 Seminar Nov 1 at Tauranga Church – Your Teenager & Depression 7.30-9pm. Speaker: Dr Barbara Bulkeley, senior counsellor educator at BTI. Exploring the issues contributing to teenage depression & suicide. Warning signs to watch for & tips to help your teenager. Keynotes 4 Part Harmony Women’s Chorus Meet Thurs at Wesley Church hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Nora 544 2714

Ladies Club of Harbour City Lions Meet 2nd & 4th Thurs at Tauranga Lyceum Club. Visitors welcome. Margaret 578 8466



The Weekend Sun Friday 26 October

Rock & Roll Social Dancers Every

Thurs at Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St, Tauranga 7.30-9.30pm. Entry $3pp. All welcome. Peter 544 5556

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

Continued... Life by Design Principles for living.

Discover tools for everyday living; right here, right now. Understand the spiritual laws for health, wellbeing & prosperity & live consciously. 571 5188 Papamoa 50’s Plus Group Meet every 2nd & 4th Thurs of month 10am – 12pm for trips, meetings with a range of speakers & friendships. Papamoa Support Centre, Hartford Ave. 574 7170

Relaxation & Support Group

For all women affected by cancer. Meet every Thurs at 56 Christopher St, Tauranga 1pm (parking at Citizens Club, 13th Ave). Gold coin donation. All welcome. Katy 571 3346 or email:


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. All welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Tauranga Library Friends New meeting at Zest Café, Chadwick Rd, Greerton 10am. A new venue for our Greerton Friends. Speaker: Eve Grindley, U3A. Café book lovers. All welcome. $3 door fee. Tauranga Storytellers’ Group Meet last Thurs of every month. Claire 577 7220 Te Puke Tennis Club Midweek ladies, every Thurs 9am - 12pm. Great tennis, friendly company. Special membership for new members. Vicki 573 8383 Tennis Seniors Over 35+ age group. Tauranga Lawn Tennis Club, Cameron Rd opp Court House every Thurs 9am.


Narcotics Anonymous Every Fri at

Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 7pm. 0800 628 632 NZ Shareholders Assn BOP Branch meet last Fri of month (Feb – Nov) followed by social hour. Share information, discuss topical subjects. Visit local companies for briefings. Visiting speakers. New members welcome. For venue & time, Bruce 541 0688 Transcendental Meditation Group meditation every Friday at 12th Ave venue 12pm. Email Stephen: or 544 8778 website Youth on the Coast Christian. Fridays 6pm Years 6-8. 7.30 years 9+ at Evans Road Community Church, Papamoa. $2. 027 437 7868

Alcoholics Anonymous Open

meeting every Fri at Hamner Clinic, 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton (behind Tyremaster) 7.30pm. 0800 229 6757 for more meetings or assistance. Agriculture Day & family fun day at Tauriko School. Animal judging 2.30pm. Loads of fun starts 3pm with fairground activities, free games & food. Bring picnic blankets & come for dinner. Tauriko School, SH 29, Tauriko. Free Immigration Clinic Every Fri - legal advice & information on immigration issues. For appointment, Baywide Community Law 571 6812

Gay/Bi Mens Support

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though there are many nostalgic riffs as a crew go in search of the origins of life on earth. Prometheus attempts to meld the requisite thrills and scares with ‘big philosophical targets’- though most of the deep stuff is ultimately vacuous. Meanwhile, the genre elements - the style that harks back to the original film - are often just thrown away, with characters frequently behaving completely illogically to service the plot: many story strands just peter out. There seem to be bits of different script drafts swilling around

role, a stoned slacker living with mom (Susan Sarandon). He’s obsessed with the movie Signs and not really up to coping with life; his brother (Ed Helms) is an irritating salesman with an uneasy marriage. In typical Duplass style the plot wanders and character is foregrounded over gags. But Segel is superb and there is much to like among the gentle rambling. In a film world still overrun by vampires, I can’t say I was looking forward to We Are the Night . But right from the start its German origin brings a welcome freshness (there are German and dubbed English sound options) as a gang of hot chick vampires lay waste to the passengers of a small

trying – not always successfully – to cohere. This makes Prometheus rather enigmatic. You want to watch it again immediately because it almost seems to make sense. Perhaps you just missed something... But the more you think about the ‘big issues’ - and the plot lapses - the more you wonder if the writers were just winging it.

plane. It’s certainly more True Blood than Twilight with perhaps a dash of Near Dark, as pickpocketing streetkid Lena is seduced to the dark side by sultry leader Louise, who introduces her to a world of hedonistic excess. But you just know it’ll all end in tears. Another Starship Troopers sequel? Oh dear. But this one brings back the characters from the original! Sadly, Starship Troopers Invasion is animated and the original characters don’t look, or sound like the, er, original characters. Perhaps they couldn’t get the rights. Actually this is so unremittingly awful that it hardly matters: the CGI animation is on par with a video game; the character scenes are embarrassing; the bug battles look cheap, and gratuitous lingering shower scenes will seem bizarre to anyone not aroused by animated nudity. For fans only. Fantastic Damn fine Not bad at all Dubious Dreadful Thanks to Video Ezy Brookfield for the DVDs

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Mainstream subversion For many reasons I have long bemoaned the lack of an alternative radio station in Tauranga. There have been various attempts to start such a venture here; the latest by the still sadly missed KISS-FM, but all have been with transmitters of such limited range that they have never been able to reach much of the area. I’m sure the radio station based out of the polytechnic plays some interesting stuff – primarily focused on the music produced at the institution - but I’ve never been anywhere I could actually pick it up. But what it ultimately means is that all the stations we can pick up in the Bay play a middle-of-the-road mix of mainstream music. It may be slanted more towards pop or rock or oldies but it’s all basically the same stuff: no bFM - or other student radio, no specialist blues or country shows, no exposure for local bands, no alternative music - or alternative types of music whatsoever. What we get here is ‘Nature’s Best’ music, the popular favourites, the stuff that will soon be coming to you in the background of yet another ‘proud to be Kiwi’ television ad. Were things different we might have had a little more exposure to the music Dylan Parry has been collecting and releasing, for the last three years under the name Nature’s Worst. Nature’s Best was a compilation of Kiwi music that came out in 2001. It was a selection of songs voted for by APRA members, the country’s songwriters. It was incredibly popular and


has spawned subsequent volumes. Dylan is a Tauranga musician. He played in a local alt-country band for a bit, but it was very frustrating. So he worked on his own as ‘DiscJockey Joebloggs’ and released songs via the internet and on alt/lo-fi compilations in Europe and the US. He was an APRA member, but didn’t vote. “I should have,” he now says. Nature’s Best seemed like a compilation that represented music tastes of the Baby Boomer generation of NZ musicians. I thought it would be fun to cover the top 20 songs from that album.’ Ten years later the idea was still there but had morphed a little. “I decided to go with the Nature’s Worst title and put together a tonguein-cheek compilation about the crap little things about life in NZ. So most of the songs are obviously meant to be funny -and not too serious. But they really do span a wide variety of genres, skills and recording technology.” He says that most of the songs on Nature’s Worst 1 were already recorded and he just approached bands on their Myspace pages about using their tracks, which they were more than happy about. Nature’s Worst 2 and 3 have been different - all the songs were written purely for the compilations. “I don’t really have to hunt for songs any more. They usually find me.” The latest volume was released in September and is a manifold joy, spanning genres and recording budgets, and continually surprising, with its outrageous wit and the sheer musical and lyrical imagination of the contributors. It’s also a pleasure to hear so many songs about New Zealand, the good the bad and the ugly of it, but all about

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here and us. We get so used to songs that reference places we’ve never been, or seen, that Nature’s Worst 3 to encounat it’s best. ter so much music rooted in our homeland is almost a shock to the system – I love it! ‘Hot chips! Hot pies!’ over a crunchy guitar riff, are the first words you hear on ‘The Drab Doo-Riffs’, ‘(Now You’re Working For) Count Homogenised’ while ‘I Am Dunedin’ from Dick Jokes, lists everything you ever wanted to know about the Edinburgh of the South, and has a psycho instrumental break, all in under two minutes. Better still, is the very articulate spoken, semi-rap of ‘Mince and Cheese Pie’ and the scathing ‘Old Boy’s Network’ with refrain of ‘go knight yourself ’ (and some surprisingly sophisticated harmony guitars). But they’re just among the first half dozen of 24 often short, always surprising, songs. Check these albums out immediately, they really are wonderful! If you want to get physical CDs you can email Dylan at; to listen or buy downloads, go to www.naturesworstrecords.


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‘The Prime Suspects’ ready to strike. three course meal, hilarious risqué adult comedy/ drama, an exciting mystery to solve and prizes. New for 2012, the show is the only one of its kind in New Zealand to have multiple endings, immersing guests in a thrilling life and death game of Cluedo. With optional audience participation and unpredictable improvisational comedy, every night brings new laughs and twists, with no two shows the same. Sherlock is the perfect night out for groups, social clubs, business events and private parties. The plot thickens when a key character is murdered, then it’s up to the audience to spot the clues and solve the mystery to win prizes. Guests are seated at tables of 10 and capacity is limited to 300 guests per night. ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Museum of Mystery’ is playing at Classic Flyers Aviation Museum in Mount Maunganui this Christmas, on Thursday to Saturday nights from November 10 to December 22. Tickets range in price between $85-$95 per guest depending on the date and choice of seating and include a three course dinner and live band or DJ for music and dancing after the show. Call today for availability, prices and group bookings.

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Cambodia and Vietnam have suffered the unimaginable horrors of war – but these two countries are strong, resilient and blessed with some of the most breathtaking sights on earth. The charismatic locals are gracious and welcoming hosts, and this corner of Asia has become an extremely popular tourist destination in recent years. I joined a seven-night Travel Indochina tour as the company specialises in small group tours throughout Asia (15 people or less). They pay their guides very well so you can expect great service and accommodation, ranging from three to five stars. The temple of Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s biggest tourist drawcard and is simply phenomenal. It’s the largest Hindu temple complex in the world and was built in the early 12th century. Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam provided a complete contrast to Cambodia. This modern metropolis

is full of skyscrapers and has a distinctly French feel to it, with boulevards, parks and a grand opera house. The shopping in both Cambodia and Vietnam is excellent and everything is so cheap. Local markets sell everything from clothes to bags, silks, scarves, ornaments and cushion covers. The Travel Indochina guide provided interesting information about the Vietnam War when we visited the haunting War Remnants Museum. Hanoi - the capital of Vietnam - is older, more traditional and is the gateway to Vietnam’s great natural wonder Halong Bay. Around 3000 steep, bushclad islands rise out of the turquoise and emerald green waters and are a spectacular sight. Both Cambodia and Vietnam are fantastic places to visit. They are extremely safe and allow you to soak in some of the greatest culture, history, food and natural scenery you will find anywhere on the planet.

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An adults cycling event around Matua is among the Play In The Bay activities being held next week to encourage people to get active.

55 A cycle tour through Matua and celebration of Maori culture are among activities being offered next week in Play in the Bay ‘Outdoors Month’. This weekend the Tauranga Moana Tauranga Tangata Festival showcases Tauranga Maori talent, ability and achievement in its biannual celebration of tangata whenua talent. Festival activities are being held at the Historic Village, 17th Ave, on Friday and Saturday, while a kapa haka competition is being held at the QE2 Centre on Sunday. On Saturday the festival includes a 5km fun run and 2.5km walk options, with registration for both events from 8.30am with races around the estuary area beginning at the History Village at 9am. On Wednesday at 9am after parents have dropped the children off at school, they can join in a ride organised by cycle group Pedal Matua in its ride around Fergusson Park and the Matua area. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at waka ama the Tauranga Moana Outrigger Canoe Club is hosting hosts an open day event at Sulphur Point next Sunday, October 28, 10am-1pm. Details: For a copy of the October programme, sponsored by Cooney Lees Morgan and Tauranga City Council, download from www. By Hamish Carter playinthebay

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DRY SPLIT PINE $60 a cube mean burning! Ph The Wood People 027 789 4416 FIREWOOD MIXED only $75 per cube, get in quick, All great burning. Free delivery. 15yrs experience. Ph Scott 027 462 4769 GUM 4 cube meters $320 free local delivery. Ph 579 2096 or 027 727 8106 NEXT YEARS FIREWOOD Get it stacked away now & enjoy summer. Gum/Pine mix $75 M3 Delivered Tauranga, Mt 027 430 0122

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JACK RUSSELL PUPPIES Born on the 2nd October, ready to go to your new home first week of December. Just in time for Christmas! Mum & Dad are both pure breed (no papers) Mum is smooth & Dad is short hair, Tri colours. We own both parents, beautiful nature dogs prefect for the farm. Only $600 each includes vet check, first vac and wormed. Option: if wanted for a present, extra cost for holding them for Christmas Day. Ph Sarah 027 307 4686


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CAREER RESTRUCTURING? Creating opportunity from Change. Ph Chris at Balanced Success Coaching 027 548 2548


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


MOBILITY SCOOTERS wheelchairs, walkers & more. Visit our showroom, 29 Burrows St, Tauranga, Ph 578 1213 MES ‘Supporting your independence’ STAIRLIFTS – Make life easy with a stairlift enjoy the home you love by installing an Acorn Stairlift. Call us now TOLL FREE 0800 782 475 or

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A1 AIRCONDITIONAL & Electrical for all your electrical needs. Low rates, great service. Ph 027 547 3831 or 543 0062 BUILDERS - Murray Pedersen licensed builder with his experienced team will undertake additions renovations also reclads. We can arrange plans & consents. Ph 575 7870 CARPET LAYING Affordable Rates, reliable, 20 years experience. For all your carpet needs from laying of new and 2nd hand carpet, restretching or repairs. Free measure & quote. Ph Scott 027 203 9974 or 544 6582 ELECTRICIAN A professional and affordable registered electrician. New builds alterations repairs. Ph Steve 578 0555 or 027 848 6042 GORSE SPRAYING Do you have a gorse problem? Ph today for a free quote for all gorse control. Ph Scott 027 462 4769 GUTTERING CLEAN and repairs moss removal. Experienced Certified Roofer. Free quotes. Ph Peter now 542 4291 or 0274 367 740 HANDYMAN BUILDING & property maintenance. Repairs, Waterblasting, house washing, roof painting. Ph Mark 543 3670 or 021 027 38840 HANDYMAN BUILDING and section maintenance decks fencing pergolas painting water blasting odd jobs. Free quotes Ph Rossco 027 270 3313 or 544 5911 INSECT SCREENS Measure. Make. Mend. Contact Rob at Magic Seal 543 4940 LAWN MOWING all areas ride on available. Husband & Wife team, free quote. Ph 027 205 5654 LAWN MOWING garden tidy, etc. Call me for a quote & let me keep your lawns tidy. Experienced operator. Ph Mark 021 220 3111 PAINTER / A1 DECORATOR available. All interior & exterior work. Prompt, reliable, excellent references. Ph Paul 576 4793 or 027 689 6252 PAINTER / DECORATOR Interior & Exterior, quality workmanship friendly services. Over 20 years specialising in residential and more. Quality paint at trade prices. For your best advice in all areas. Ph Shane Mount/Tauranga Decorators 07 544 6495 or 021 575 307

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PAINTING small job specialist, guaranteed workmanship assured, semi retired tradesman. Ph Mike a/h 576 5501 or 027 473 7482 ROOFING & SPOUTING Metal fascia, gutter and rainwater systems. Long run corrugate. Maintenance, repairs or replacement. Free no obligation quotes. PROFIX 027 496 5375 ROOFING new roofs re-roofs spouting & repairs. Free quotes. Ph Chris 027 276 6348 or 572 3237 ROOF REPAIRS metal or onduline gutters & down pipes clean or replacement chimney repairs. Certified Roofer over 30yrs experience Free quote. Ph Peter 542 4291 or 0274 367 740 ROTARY HOEING Lawn preparation & sowing. Loader & blade work. Tractor mowing. Quality work & friendly service. Mini Tractor Service. Ph Murray 543 4538 or 027 200 7480 SCAFFOLDING prompt free quotes, friendly service, DIY or full erect & dismantle services. Safe, certified, cost effective. Safeplank Scaffolding 021 680 555. S T U M P I N AT O R 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

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BAYLINE COACHES Day trips, away trips or sight seeing & tours! Call for a free quote today Ph 578 3113 CURTISY TOURS Travel Club Day Trips, Katikati $55, Te Awamutu $60, Mamaku Rail Cruising $95 (include all venues, morning tea, lunch) Away Trips, 3 Days Coromandel $495, Wanganui Christmas Away and much more Ph 543 9205 ROTORUA ATTRACTIONS & sightseeing Discounts for Tauranga Locals! Tours to Rainbow Springs - Big Splash, Te Puia, Government Gardens, Skyline Luge, Polynesian Spa. 29 Oct, 1st, 2nd, 15th Nov. Ph 578 7251 SCOTTSDALE SENIOR TOURS fully escorted owner/operated since 1978. Ph free for colour brochure today 0800 664 414. Also see

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CONCRETE PATHS REPAIRS 30 years experience, top job. Ph Brian 577 0752

TREES TREES TREES Felling, Pruning, Maintenance, Chipping, & Removal. Ph Scott Today on 027 462 4769 TREE SHRUB and hedges Trimming topping removal rubbish removal satisfaction guaranteed free quote. Ph Steve Hockly 571 5958

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IS YOUR trailer in need of repairs? Failed a warrant? Car & boat trailers, horse floats, transporters. I do it all, from small trailer repairs to major re-dos. Call me to come have a look, free quotes, pickups and drop offs! Ph Dave 027 325 9896 a/h 07 575 3178


DRIVING MISS DAISY relief for busy families let us take care of the transportation of your parents to appointments or outings. Safe, friendly, reliable service. Ph Jackie from Driving Miss Daisy 552 6614

travel & tours

A HOLIDAY or day-out. Every week. Small Group Tours. Door to Door Hinterland Tours Ph Kae & Rick 07 575 8118 ARE YOU looking for a day out or maybe a tour? Ph us for a copy of our weekly travel calendar. Outings include shows shopping markets luncheons mystery tours, scenic drives industry tours and even overnight tours. Ph Zealandier Tours 07 575 6425


7a Crane Street, Sat, strictly not before 8am. Lots to choose from, heading to Oz.


22 Bongard Street, Sat from 8am-time could be delayed, weather dependent. General household items. 9 Coopers Road, Sat 8am. Queen bed, large fridge/freezer, chainsaws, timber jacks, 2.5 kva genorator, bmx bike, 10 inch mitre saw & stand etc.


10 Plover Place, Sat from 8am. General household goods, & more!


Sat 7.30-midday. BIG garage sale fund-raiser. Papamoa Support Centre carpark. Hartford Ave, opposite playground. Everything must go!


14 Meander Drive, Sat 27th 7.30-12pm. Household items & furniture. Raising money for club sports trip.


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SUNNY FRESHLY PAINTED basement flat to rent. $150 p/w plus power. Bond & references required, Greerton Road. Ph 022 103 4876 or 578 2066



25th anniversary Respect for life is a common bond that Christians share with each other, and also with Muslims and other religions. In Tauranga Voice for Life and Waipuna Hospice also share the same bond and will co-sponsor the 25th annual ‘Solidarity in Respect for Life’ service on Friday evening, October 26. The annual event, hosted by a different church each year, will this year be at Abundant Life Community Church, 36 Sutherland Rd, Judea, with Pastor Mike Cullen as keynote speaker. The programme will mix prayer, song and reflection, with representatives of churches and humanitarian organisations sharing ‘respect for life’ ideals.

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The Christian Church and Israel

For almost all of Christianity’s 2000 year history, there was no State of Israel. Sadly, Christian Prayer leaders will each cover theology often reflected the fact some aspect of service to others, that the Jewish people had lost e.g. nursing, help for the disatheir national sovereignty and bled and palliative care for the had been scattered throughout terminally ill. The unborn and the world. Many Christian theoyouth also have a place in the logians falsely taught that the programme, with a college or promises and blessings of God to church youth leader as one of the the Jewish people had been taken prayer leaders. from them and had instead been “When Christians are congiven to the Church. Since they fronted with things they can’t taught that the Church replaced control, they pray about it,” Israel as God’s Chosen People, says Don Brebner, chairman this false theology is called of Voice for Life Bay of Plenty Replacement Theology. Charitable Trust, “and right The rebirth of the State of now that ‘thing’ is a culture that Israel in a single day, on May 14th, 1948 (as foretold in Isaiah gives rise to child abuse, adult 66:8), has deeply affected the assaults – violence against born and unborn alike – pornography, Bible-believing world. Although there were Christians who taught and every conceivable form of dis-respect, reported almost daily that the Jews would return to in the media. The ‘Solidarity’ ser- their land, since 1948, the Chrisvices have shown how Christians tian world is reading their Bible in a new historical context – a are prepared to come together context in which God’s promises to pray for and promote greater to the Jewish people are being respect for the gift of life.” fulfilled. The miraculous birth

of the State of Israel demanded a theological explanation as does the on-going fulfillment of biblical prophesy concerning Israel in the last days. The Bible is very clear that the Jewish people were given the land of Canaan by God Himself. God, who is a covenant-making and a covenant-keeping God, gave the land to Abraham and to his descendants through Isaac as an ‘everlasting’ possession. (Genesis 12:1-3). He gave other lands to the descendants of Ishmael. We also read in Scripture, that though God said the people of Israel would be exiled from that land due to disobedience, he promised to bring them back, and not just once, but this second time as well (Isaiah 11:11). His Word has been fulfilled in our time. God has not turned his back on Israel and the Church must not either. See you on Sunday or visit us at By Peter Whitcombe, Jesus First Church

A new life with God through Jesus Have you ever had a conversation with someone that seems strange and you struggle to make sense of it? In John chapter three in the bible there is one such conversation. It is between Jesus and a Jewish ruler called Nicodemus. He sneaks around to the house where Jesus is staying and says, “Jesus, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miracu-

lous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” And Jesus gives this strange answer that seems to have nothing to do with what Nicodemus is talking about. He says, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” This puts Nicodemus into a bit of a spin and he starts talking about “How can a man be born when he is old?” and I am not about to go back to being a baby again! But Jesus puts the conversation back into perspective by saying “Hey you are thinking about a fresh start physically, I am talking about a fresh start spiritually and it starts with believing that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3 16 + 17) Like Nicodemus we would struggle with starting life all over again with childbirth, but it is possible to start life spiritually over again by believing that God, because he loved us, sent Jesus to this earth. And if we believe in him we can have eternal life and live forever with God in heaven. And that makes the conversation make sense and much more understandable and it makes me ask the question. “Have you started a new life with God through believing in Jesus?” and “Are you sure of eternal life through him?” Stephen Tyrrell South City Baptist Church Tauranga


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Ocean Blue Beach Walk Photos by Daniel Hines.

Hundreds of people turned out for the Breast Cancer Support Service’s annual pink walk on Sunday.

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

07 576 5387 252 Otumoetai Road

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

Pacific Gardens Leisure Marching team members.

You'll love it!

Exalt God • Worship Jesus TAURANGA PRIMARY SCHOOL HALL, 31 Fifth Ave

From left: Briarna Dobson 10, Tessa Butler 9 and Preya-Lee Dobson 9, ready for the walk.

10am: Worship & Communion Service Speaker: David Otway Phone: 579 2729 COME & MEET WITH THE LORD

Live & Serve in the Power of the Holy Spirit

YMCA basketball record Tauranga YMCA was part of setting a new world record for the most people playing basketball simaltaneously. People in more than 70 countries took part. Tait Oyama, 5, lines up the basket.

Police charity auction Six Bay charities will benefit from the Tauranga Police CIB charity luncheon, which raised $260,000.

Surf lifesavers chipping in on the night.

Tauranga South police officers enjoying their evening.

Sophia Flaws, 8.


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