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Lest we forget Military service and sacrifice from bygone year’s will be remembered across the Western Bay of Plenty on ANZAC Day. Memorial

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Slow learners and basket cases One reason the jazz festival hit a bum note

There’s a few slow learners in this town, who occasionally get suckered into ‘exclusive’ deals with another newspaper. Effectively, they cut out their options of getting wider promotion with the Sun, and unfortunately the organisers of the jazz festival fell into this trap - one of the reasons leading to its decline. (There were also some dubious choices of acts, but we won’t go there today.) And so it went the way of other events which have been tied up in exclusive deals with lesser publications. The demise of the jazz festival and dwindling patronDE INSI this week age is largely due to no advertising with Sun Media. The only locally-owned media. The company that puts so much back into the Bay of Plenty community, rather than creaming it offshore. So not only did the local performers miss out on payment, none of the promotional budget stayed in town, either. Nothing in the Sun, nothing on SunLive. Not even a mention in our rural publication, Coast & Country. You’d think there might be a few farmers into jazz, perhaps? Nope, not according to the organisers who had very little promotion in the country areas, because their limited coverage didn’t even include a total rural reach. But hey, if they’d been in the Sun, they’d have reached the whole town and all the country. Nope, they’d been swayed with what seemed like a good deal, forgetting there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

The organisers decided the value of being with the Sun, the largest circulating and best read newspaper in the region, was zero. Therefore, that’s how much promotion it received in our paper and other publications. It was a far cry from previous years when we’ve front-paged it and given copious amounts of promotion at Easter and leading up. Apart from a few generous, free mentions in columns and some news stories on SunLive, the jazz festival was effectively starved of the best promotion

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with a massive circulation and excellent service – that is such a threat to the Australian-owned dinosaur. We hope any other event organisers coerced into signing such silly exclusive deals will think again, for the benefit of their events. If you’re considering such an arrangement with another media, shop around to find out what you’ll be missing out on. In the case of Sun Media, that is unrivalled distribution to all households, including the rural deliveries; and the most read paper in the region (Nielsen surveys).

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If you’re offered a deal that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Give me a shout and we’ll show you the real statistics and then, let you make an informed decision with all the real facts in front of you. Sour grapes? Maybe. A case of “told you so?” Definitely. No skin off our nose, but a sad reality for Tauranga. The many comments rolling into SunLive on the topic are well worth a read. This saga is a hard-learnt example, yet again, of people not understanding their market; not thinking locally – and forgetting the importance of putting back into our community. brian@thesun.co.nz

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Accusations denied Media accusations criticising police for no longer recording family violence statistics are being rubbished by police. Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Bush says it is wrong to suggest police no longer count family violence. The crime statistics for the Bay of Plenty region were released at the beginning of the month and didn’t include the amount of domestic violence incidents attended by police. The most recent statistics show a five per cent decrease in assault in 2001. In the year to date, dwelling assaults are down by three per cent and homicide and related offending has dropped by 14.4 per cent. Mike says police didn’t include the statistics because they are improving the way information is collected to give them a better picture of a ‘complex issue’.

“Because of this, the statistics we have for last year are not comparable to data we have released before,” says Mike. He says nothing has changed about the importance of family violence or the priority the police put on prevention and response. “Statistics around family violence are complex. Our official statistics are the result of counting each offence as it is recorded. “There is no offence of ‘family violence’. No-one is put before the courts to answer a charge of ‘family violence’. “People are charged with offences such as male assaults female, grievous assault, sexual assault, harassment and many others.” Mike says all these offences can be considerd ‘family violence’, but in some cases they are not because the crime doesn’t involve people who have a relationship with one another.

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Adventure bound An expanded youth centre service is one of the ideas being considered for Welcome Bay Community Centre following the announcement it will soon shift into much larger premises – the Welcome Bay Baptist Church building.

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Centre manager Gerry Purcell welcomed Tauranga Council’s announcement that it had bought the church building for the community centre to shift into when its current lease on commercial premises on the Welcome Bay strip shops expires in February. “It’s still early days, but with it being so much larger it’s going to allow us to offer a lot more.” Gerry says the long-term plan would be to use the church and the neighbouring hall to create a community hub. “We needed more space and we can’t afford to pay for another commercial lease. As it is, it’s a struggle to cover our costs.” Gerry says there are lots of ideas for new or expanded services to make use of the building, which is four times the size of its current premises, including expanding its youth service to offer a drop-in centre. He says the youth service, which includes a Friday night drop-in centre, youth camps and holiday

activity programmes, had seen 1000 young people in the area through its doors over the past six years. Welcome Bay Baptist Church

team leader Jeremy Denmead says the church will continue to serve the community from other premises after the ownership transfers on February 14.

The council paid $190,000 for the church building on Waitaha Reserve, at the corner of Welcome Bay and Waitaha Rds. By Hamish Carter

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leading Western Bay mayor Ross Paterson to say the region is being used as a cash cow. In percentages it is a 28 per cent increase or $29 per property for the Western Bay of Plenty and an 18 per cent increase at $19 a property for Tauranga. “We have got concerns that the targeted rate is being reduced considerably and the shortfall is being taken up by general rates funding,” says Ross.

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The regional council’s draft ten year plan lists Rotorua Lakes water quality, Rotorua air quality, river drainage and flood management in the Eastern Bay and the environment of Tauranga Harbour as areas where the rates will be spent. “The work programme has very little in it for the Western Bay region,” says Ross. “We’ve already made considerable investment in waste water schemes protecting the harbour and now it looks like the general rate is being asked to look after sewerage

schemes in other areas. The regional council used to have a targeted rates policy where rates in a particular region were spent in those areas. Now the Western Bay is facing a rates rise twice that of any other district. “Now we have got our own problems. We have nil growth in our development areas and that is affecting financial contributions with our future water and wastewater development. We are dealing with that in our own long term plan - and we are the major district in the region that’s been affected by Psa-V.” Psa-V has infected 600 hectares of kiwifruit vines near Te Puke with economic effects that Ross says will be felt for years. “Under those constraints I fail to see why the Western BOP should be funding such a large increase in the general rate. All of the work this year is outside this area but the Western Bay being asked to fund the majority of it. The window for a ratepayer challenge to the regional council’s

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Tauranga City Council staff were preparing submissions earlier this week, says Mayor Stuart Crosby. “It appears when you read it (regional council draft ten year plan) they are going to remove some targeted rates and fund some activities by general rates, which could mean that Tauranga residents could be paying for Rotorua air quality and lakes upgrades,” says Stuart. “I certainly have some concerns about the equity and how the regional council is proposing to distribute their funds and do works around the region, so that will be quite a key issue.” According to the draft plan the regional council proposes rates increases for Opotiki of $10, Whakatane $10, Rotorua $9, Kawerau $7. By Andrew Campbell


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Success logical progression for Bay graduate Graduate Joe Honeyfield is now a network administrator for the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

From school, to study, to a job, things have worked out quite nicely for Joe Honeyfield. After finishing his secondary education at Bethlehem College in 2008, he decided to explore his interest in computing through a tertiary qualification at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. Three years later, Joe is among the first five people to graduate today with the University of Waikato’s new Tauranga-based computer science degree. Offered in partnership with the polytechnic, the new Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme allows students who complete the two-year Diploma in Applied

Computing, to pathway through to their third year with the University of Waikato and graduate with the BSc, with a major in Computer Science, and with a specialisation in Applied Computing. The degree can be completed entirely in Tauranga. That worked out perfectly for Joe, who was quite happy to stay in the Bay. The qualification started with the basics, including understanding the inner workings of a computer, through to creating networked computers and dealing with the associated challenges. Joe says the diploma allowed him to experience many different areas to get a handle on which part of computing he wanted to pursue. The opportunity to progress in

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his chosen area of interest came quickly, when he was offered an internship working at the polytechnic, and then a job, designing networks and implementing new services as a network administrator. His plans for travel have been put on hold for now as a result, as he says that the job and opportunity to continue his education was too good to pass up. He will now be taking night classes in computer networking in a classroom just a few steps from his office. His dream is to manage the servers for a company on a bigger scale, but with the industry changing so rapidly, he says he is open to go wherever his career takes him – even if that’s just down the road. By Hannah Keys

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Former 6th Hauraki Battalion commanding officer Kenneth Brown is among a group of former leaders of the Tauranga-based unit that are calling for its preservation. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Plans to merge the 6th Hauraki Battalion with Auckland forces is being strongly opposed by former commanding officers from the Tauranga-based territorial forces. Under the proposal, part of a cost-cutting military review, the Tauranga-based Hauraki’s will be merged into the 3rd Auckland and Northland Battalion, with the Hauraki’s to remain as a distinct company within the regiment. But six commanding officers are urging Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman to reconsider the plan as it will end the area’s link to the forces and delay responses to disasters in the Bay. Former bat-

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talion commanding officer Allen Coster OBE ED JP, led the call to preserve the battalion, writing to the minister that the proposed reduction of six territorial forces to three will reduce its effectiveness. The minister’s response has assured him the forces won’t be weakened by the restructuring, but the group is asking for assurance the Army Hall, at the corner of 11th Ave and Devonport, will be retained. The minister wrote to the group, confirming the proposal, but is overseas and unable to respond to the Weekend Sun’s questions. It is understood a decision will be made by November. Former CO Kenneth Brown is opposed to any changes, and says if the merger goes ahead there will be an inevitable local drop-off in the territorials because few will

want to travel to train. “It’s the precursor to the territorial forces in this area basically disappearing – we have seen that in other areas where units have merged...we have closed depots in Opotiki or Tokoroa, then in a short time there is no one coming along.” Kenneth is encouraging people to lobby their MPs on the changes. Hauraki Association president Des Anderson says the battalion’s proud history should be maintained, as it produced top leaders like Lieutenant General Lord Bernard Freyberg, VC, and Corporal Willie Apiata, VC. The Hauraki’s are the only battalion which has not been amalgamated since it was formed in 1898. “We definitely don’t like it.” By Hamish Carter


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Serving the community The ranks of Tauranga’s Justices of the Peace were boosted this week when Ron Scott and Michael Savage were sworn in at a Tauranga District Court ceremony. The pair was sworn in by His Honour Judge Paul Geoghegan, who reminded them they were being inducted into an important part of the justice system that dated back to 1300s England.

Natty knitters needed Needles will be clicking this autumn as knitters attempt to fill shipping containers with winter woollies for this year’s Operation Cover-Up. The operation – which runs annually – sends blankets, jerseys and scarves to countries including Bosnia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. Last year the operation gave 367 blankets, 70 cot blankets and 400 jerseys. Coordinator Nelda McCann says being involved in the programme is such a rewarding experience. “I got sent a magazine yesterday with pictures of the kids wearing the clothes.” This is Nelda’s fourth year as pro-

gramme coordinator. She says it always amazes her how generous people can be, but they always are looking for extra help. Any donations of wool, preferably double knit, will be much appreciated, she says. “The more we get done the better; it all helps.” Nelda says there are no rules and people can contribute what they want. “Some people knit whole blankets, others just knit strips.” Every August the Bay of Plenty knitters celebrate with an afternoon tea and the year’s contributions are displayed to the public. This year’s event will take place at Otumoetai Baptist Church on August 14. By Corrie Taylor

Pictured: Trish Blackie, Ruth Thompson and Audrey Wilson, of Operation Cover-Up. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Bending over to ‘stimulate development’ The debate over changes to central city building rules is to be taken to the public and will be held before an independent commissioner, the Tauranga City Council decided this week. On staff advice, the council is considering removing the requirement for building owners to provide in-house parking. The change is being brought about to ‘stimulate development’ in the Tauranga CBD, but some councillors are leery about the longer term impact on ratepayers. It could be short term gain for long term pain, warns councillor Bill Faulkner. “They did this in Auckland 30-40 years ago and the end result is you have got buildings with no parking.”

He voted in favour because: “If we do nothing, nothing is going to happen.” The idea came out of a parking workshop in February and was supported by council strategic planners and Priority One. At present the builders who don’t wish to provide their own car parks can instead pay parking impact fees, a system that is not working because developers have been able to successfully convince resource hearings that a parking shortfall will have no effect on the transport network. Councillors Catherine Stewart and David Stewart opposed it. Catherine saying it reverses the policy made in the recently competed city plan, and that ratepayers will have to pay for it.

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“It will come back to bite us on the tail, I don’t see it as a good plan,” says Catherine. David Stewart says the council already subsidises developer parking by requiring them to pay only one third the cost of carparks in Parking Impact Fees. Subsidising developers is fine as long as it’s transparent, says David. But the council will eventually have to pay for another car parking building. Unless it starts collecting fees now, the ratepayers will be paying in 10-20 years’ time. “I don’t think the arguments in this paper will stand up to scrutiny,” says David. “If we are going down this road we are setting ourselves By Andrew Campbell up.”

Both men said it was a great honour and built on their personal commitment to serving the community. Ron Scott, managing director of business and management education trainer Stellaris, and Bay Of Plenty District Health Board and TECT board member, said serving the community gave him a lot reason to get up in the morning. Michael Savage, Legacy Funerals managing director, said it was a privilege to be able to help within the community.


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All Blacks to hit town to help hospice Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks squad members Sonny Bill Williams, Richard Kahui and Aaron Cruden, as well as former All Blacks and Tauranga Boys’ College student Tanerau Latimer, are set to put their hefty combined weight behind a Waipuna Hospice fundraising initiative. The four Chiefs players will be joined on stage by former All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith at the Holy Trinity Church from 5.15pm

on May 9, for a panel discussion and question and answer session led by MC Stu Wilson. Waipuna Hospice fundraising manager Trish Rae says ticket prices for the event, ‘A Chat with the Chiefs’, have been kept low to ensure many people can attend. The hospice is thrilled to have secured the services of the Chiefs – especially since they will also be available for a meet and greet and signing session before the main event, Trish says. “It is also important for people to know that everyone involved is donat-

ing their time, so every dollar from ticket sales benefits Waipuna Hospice. “The auditorium seats 800 so it would be wonderful to attract a full house.” Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for students, and can be bought from the Waipuna Hospice, Holy Trinity Church, WBOP district council offices at Barkes Corner, Katikati and Te Puke, Waipuna Hospice Secondhand shops on Cameron Rd and Fraser St, or online at www.waipuna-hospice.co.nz.

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Competitions section. Entries must be received by April 24. By Ben Guild

Nuggety competitors set to race Hundreds of people from around the North Island will take to the tracks and trails of Waihi this weekend for a multisport bonanza. On Saturday April 21, more than 500 people will line up in five different event options at The 2nd Nugget Multisport Festival, including a 5km, 10km run or walk as well as an off-road duathlon (Half Nugget) and a full multisport race, known as The Nugget. Mount Maunganui local Grant Seagar will be racing in the full-size event for the first time, as the oldest competitor in the field. But he’s not too bothered with the title – he only started competing at the age of 47. When his wife started doing triathlons in 1995, Grant decided to train with her, but quickly became involved in the sport himself. He has since completed 11 Ironmans (including competing at the world championship in Hawaii) and he even won his age group at the XTERRA Triathlon New Zealand Championship. It seems Grant’s late start hasn’t held him back too much – except he does admit it’s a little harder to learn to swim at 40! He tries to do one multisport event each year for something a bit different, and with little faith in his kayaking ability, he says he’ll be focused on having fun this weekend over a top finish. To find out more information on the event see www. thenugget.co.nz By Hannah Keys

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DIY coffins to die for Recent studies have shown positive medical benefits await retirees engaged in mental, as well as physical, activity.

Bill Hay looks on as his wife Ena tries his self-made coffin on for size. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Comfortable in that knowledge, some Tauranga University of the Third Age (U3A) members, with a slew of options to choose from, decide to learn a language or embark rather late into the confusing world of metaphysics. Not Bill and Ena Hay of Tauranga, though. The pair, along with several others, have instead decided to learn how to make their own coffin as part of the university’s bucket list group, led by Janet Ormsby. The advantages of building your own coffin and attending subsequent sessions on one’s own mortality are not restricted merely to economics, Bill says. “It’s not a fantastic saving when you consider all the ramifications, but it’s an interesting hobby. “We are quite a way behind the Rotorua Coffin Club, who have made about 60 odd.’’ The couple’s coffins, in a state of partial assembly in the garage of their home, are fashioned from plywood, providing a light structure and outer pine finish agreeable to former amateur boat builder Bill. The constructions, unlike their traditional counterparts, will also prove useful before the couple expire – Ena’s is set to be used as a book case until her fateful day arrives. U3A is a world-wide network of learning co-operatives for people aged 55 years and older, in which members research new topics and share knowledge in a range of educational, creative and leisure activities. No qualifications are required or awarded, with the word ‘university’ used in its original sense: a com-

munity of people who came together to learn from one another. U3A Tauranga began with 25 people in March 1995, and has since grown to include about 650 members with a choice of 70 independent interest groups, including languages, films, computers, sciences, literature and music and dance. The groups do not own any properties, so meet at public libraries, halls and member’s homes.

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A fruity harvest It’s that time again when all hands are on deck to harvest the Bay’s kiwifruit crops. Let’s hope there is some fruit left to pick after the Psa disaster. This photo was taken with a 16mm fisheye lens and the image distortion was reduced using a clever correction programme. Learn about fisheye lenses at Andy’s next photo workshop on Saturday 28 April. www.andybelcher.com

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Holiday romance cut short You’ll recall last week the Flo and Monty romance, blossoming at Uncle Pete’s island paradise getaway. The moment was abruptly cut short when I was running out of the water in hot pursuit of the lovely Monty, slicing my foot open on a jagged piece of debris. The shifting sands of Hunters Creek have revealed some very old abandoned milling gear, some of it rusty and much of it a hazard. Not the sort of thing a dog wants to run into at high speed. Blood pouring out, I limped back to the boss, who carried me to the shade and checked my wound. It wouldn’t stop bleeding and Monty just looked on, helpless, but his

lovely blue/blue-brown eyes showed compassion and understanding. The womenfolk bandaged me up and the boss went to get the boat ready and we hastily said our goodbyes to Monty and his family and headed off into the sunset to call Joerg, the mobile vet. My heart was broken. I’d meet a lovely boy but then been wrenched away in the height of passion. Joerg (pictured right) was ever ready, and 0800 VETCALL and the mobile ambulance were ready and waiting when we arrived back at the mainland. I was looking pretty woosey, the boss said. Dr Joerg cleaned me up and put on a bandage and gave me some pain relief and some antibiotics to

fight infection. Thanks to Joerg and the team for patching me up again! In the back of the ambulance I felt safe, but kept thinking about those lovely blue/blue-brown eyes of my new friend, tragically left behind in island

paradise. Will I see him again? Can we again romp happily through the pines and swim in the cool waters of Hunters Creek? Will he remember me, if we ever meet again? Right now, I have to recover and stay dry. That will be a mission, as the fish in the pond are getting very complacent. I might have to delegate pond duties to Gem or Sam the retrievers. But I can’t help thinking about my summer romance… maybe he’s on the web. I must look him up on facebitch. Meanwhile if you want to find me on the net, check out: www.facebook.com/newshoundflo to get the “Flo-down” on the latest exploits of the newshounds, - Flo.

Climate change and Villach – what is the connection? Among the many climate science meetings I have attended, the most significant, at least in term of climate change is concerned, is my involvement in the UN sponsored International Conference held in the beautiful town Villach, in Austria in October 1985. One hundred experts from 30 countries

attended the meeting (in contrast to ten to twenty thousand who now attend such meetings), and I was privileged to be the only New Zealander invited. We were all there as experts - and not representing our respective organisations - in various fields of science, endeavouring to do the best we could in looking at the complexities of climate science. Among the principal findings of this conference was that “while other factors, such as aerosol concentration, changes in solar energy input, and changes in vegetation, may also influence climate, the greenhouse gases are likely to be the most important cause of climate change over the next century”.

At that time, even though I was partly responsible for the writing of the above paragraph, I along with a few of my colleagues, had some misgivings about this phrase, and were somewhat surprised that within a year ‘human-induced global warming’ caught the imagination of much of the world. Indeed today, not a day goes by without some mention of ‘global warming’, climate change, emission trading schemes, etc, all terms which up until 1980 were the preserve of academic text books, as well as terms such as ‘emission trading schemes’, which were not even thought of until very recently.

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Local Government reform on its way Last Thursday, about 30 territorial mayors, regional council chairmen and their chief executives met with the new Minister of Local Government, the Honourable David Carter. The Minister has an eight-point reform programme as listed below. This is part of the re-balancing of the New Zealand

economy, away from the increased spending and debts of its previous decade – and councils are part of the debt/spending spiral. It is quite clear that reform is necessary, that the bureaucracy has to be reduced and that the burden of rates to the ratepayers needs also to be better managed; but at the same time, keeping the ‘local’ in Local Gov-

ernment. This could mean fewer councils by amalgamations or by better processes. The Regional Council welcomes these reforms, which should be completed prior to the 2013 Local Government Elections, and we would like to know your views. Read in full on SunLive

Unhappy with a 130% rate increase over 10 years?

If you aren’t happy about the Regional Council’s proposed rate increase (12% this year) then you should take the time to submit. Submissions close

April 17. As a Tauranga resident I get very little for sediment remediation – the big issue my rates anyway, with our local Western Bay and for our harbour), and very little else! Tauranga regional councillors continuing to fail to The Regional Council spends most provide local ratepayers with any semblance of value for money. So what do I get for the $185.92 (2011 figure – expected to rise to around $207 for 2012/13) that I personally pay to the Regional Council in rates? Tauranga City residents get a public bus service (for which I paid this year a targeted rate of $52.96) and a contribution to the management of our harbour (for which very little has been achieved in actual harbour

of its expenditure on staff salaries (approximately 73%). Read in full on SunLive

A fast ride on the long term plan We only get one month and we are already half way through our chance to explore council thinking, perhaps enjoy the sights and gain our own stories of our trip through the Long Term Plan. Unfortunately like all quick tourist trips you are never sure what is real and what has been contrived for the tourist.

One councillor, commenting on the financials of the Long Term Plan explained that it was all smoke and mirrors. The main worry of any holiday is always the question of the final cost. We think we know when we start but the bills afterwards are the true cost of our great democratic adventure.

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There is no doubt money will have to be the biggie at the top of our submission list. Read in full on SunLive

Regional transport programme released for comment

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region over the next three years to make it easier to move around, and sets out the costs for the associated projects. This includes new and improved state highways and roads, maintenance of our roading network, transport planning, public transport, walking and cycling initiatives, and road safety programmes. The RLTP is developed by Bay of Plenty’s Regional

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A bottomless pit for ratepayers? Public submissions to the draft Historic Village Strategy were heard at least week’s Strategy and Policy Committee meeting. There were only 29 submissions which was surprisingly few, considering the perceived public support for the Historic Village at 17th Avenue. Many of these submissions were from Village tenants. The Village tenancy is a mix of social services, commercial tenancies and some retail. There’s the

first clash of interests. The Village is supposedly self supporting from the tenants’ rents but that’s not the full story. Ratepayers are funding a capital improvement programme to upgrade infrastructure. Operations, funded by rents, include staff costs but a lot of maintenance is, in my opinion, being

deferred or ignored to balance the books. The Village has a long history of struggle financially and there’s nothing I can see on the horizon that is going to alter that – short of massive ratepayer subsidy.

The village’s past

Built on a swamp it was originally a Government work scheme project funded by Central Government/taxpayers. It’s had many forms over the years including a depository for a lot of old bits and pieces that people couldn’t bear to throw away. They used to leave this precious (to them) stuff at the front gate after hours. The tug Taioma was put down there courtesy of Bob Owens. But lack of maintenance/money saw it gradually fall into disrepair. The Taioma was returned to the sea and is now a dive site, sunk off the bottom end of Motiti. There were other old relics of yesteryear that suffered the same lack of attention. So where to from here will be an interesting discussion. Tenants have their own interests to preserve, and in some cases that’s controlling their rents, commercial people just want to run their business and retail want public promotion, but all at whose cost?

“Former glory’’

The Museum faithful want it back in its perceived former glory. Whatever, it’s all going to cost – plenty. And in the end it’s a conglomeration of old buildings, on a swamp, some below Moturiki datum (below the official waterline for building). I’ve an open mind on its future with the rider that there be no extra ratepayer funding spent down there. Historically it’s proved to be a bottomless pit for ratepayers. The Compass Trust that ran it for a few years helped with proceeds from poker machines couldn’t make it a go. Government/taxpayers couldn’t keep up. Another suggestion is to shift it to Dive Crescent. Some suggest selling it. That’s the only option that doesn’t involve ongoing expenditure, but

does someone want to buy it? Council will make the decision on the Village future soon, after deliberations. On the subject of our city history, there was lively discussion, in confidential, about a proposal from The Elms Foundation. It was confidential because of other people’s private information but the outcome was brought into the public section. Council is supportive of The Elms Foundation initiative to purchase 29 Mission Street. There is no money attached to that support at this time. The purchase of this property almost completes restoration of the original Mission title. The Maxwell family had sold off various titles surrounding the Mission House (The Elms) over the years to enable the Mission House to be retained. The Mission House was only purchased by The Elms Foundation about 15 years ago after Mr Duff Maxwell passed away. It was his private home although he very generously made it available to the public. Council used to assist in days of yore in its upkeep in recognition of his public spiritedness.

Cooperation

Council is also facilitating discussion between The Elms Foundation, The Museum Trust and Tangata Whenua to ensure there is some level of alignment between their proposed projects. The objective might include minimising duplication, identifying complementary activities, minimising competition for external funding grants, distributing our historical collection appropriately. Put simply, there needs to be rationalisation to effect best use of diminishing resources.

Rationalisation needed

There needs to be more rationalisation across many aspects of Council/ratepayer interest and we are now discussing this to find a way forward. It’s all about ratepayer funding liability. Many organisations will not be happy to have their “patch” intruded on.

Patch defence is a national pastime with a plethora of excellent reasons why they should remain at the status quo with scant regard for the greater ratepayer interest. Well, an option is always to forgo Council/ratepayer funding and go your own way. As I’ve written many times previously, Local Government reform required to reduce ratepayer liability will be unpopular and painful to those who have been on the gravy train for so long. And that statement includes all aspects of Local Government. And Central Government too – for its part in the unsustainability of rates and the inadequacies and the unfairness of the present rating system.

Amalgamation talks

The first tentative step of reform was taken at Full Council with the amalgamation of the Waterfront and Hotel taskforces into one. Statements of Intent for Councils arm’s length company’s (CCOs) were discussed with the CCOs and TCVL who run Baypark and TCAL who run the pools. This is where we try to write down what Councils want the CCOs to do. As with most things it’s very difficult to capture everything in writing and there has to be goodwill and understanding as well. This depends significantly on personal relationships which you can’t write down. Some of you will remember when a nod and a handshake sealed a deal and your word was your bond. But not these days! If it’s not in writing it doesn’t count. This week’s mindbender from Henry David Thoreau When were the good and the brave ever in majority?


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Tauranga: A wheel clamp-free city Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is working on implementing a nation-wide wheel clamping code of conduct, but he won’t need to worry about getting clamped in Tauranga as it is a clamp-free zone. The newly appointed Consumer Affairs Minister has been in talks with members of the parking enforcement industry after an Auckland company

Tauranga scores Silver Ferns test

Two top international netball matches scheduled to be played in Invercargill will now be played at the TECT Arena at Baypark after it was decided the new Stadium Southland will not be ready in time. The decision to change the venue for the back-toback matches between the Silver Ferns and South Africa and Australia and England on October 28 was made by officials on Tuesday. Baypark’s chief executive Ervin McSweeney is thrilled to be hosting the two matches. “It’s great, fantastic.” Ervin says New Zealand Netball approached Baypark and asked if they were keen to take the games. “And of course we were.” He says the games will be a real treat for Tauranga’s own netball fans and a great chance to show off the arena.

was found to be acting illegally when it clamped a couple’s car while they were picking up takeaways from the shop’s park. There is no wheel clamping in Tauranga, as New Zealand’s fifth largest city is not deemed big enough to warrant it. “We don’t have the scale, the number of private car parks, or the share numbers of people that makes wheel clamping as feasible here as it clearly is in big centres,” says Simon. He says Tauranga residents are fortunate to not have to deal with the same clamping issues as Auckland, and other bigger cities. “It’s interesting that’s it’s an issue that effects a lot of the rest of New Zealand but not here.

Teen arrested in elderly man attack

A 16-year-old Tauranga teenager has been arrested in relation to an attack on the Kapiti Coast that left an elderly man with serious injuries. The teen was arrested in Tauranga on Wednesday and charged with injuring with reckless disregard following the assault of an 87-year-old man outside his Waikanae Beach house on Saturday. The 16-year-old appeared in Tauranga Youth Court later that day, where he was remanded on bail. Detective Matt Campbell of Kapiti Police says the arrest follows extensive work by Kapiti Police, which resulted in the arrest by Tauranga officers. Police also praised the help provided by the people who went to the 87-year-old’s aid after the assault on Saturday afternoon.

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The Weekend Sun

John Duthie enjoys Tauranga RSA’s fun atmosphere playing pool with father in-law and club member Bryan Webb. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

This year the sacrifices of the armed forces will be celebrated over a week at Tauranga RSA Club with a range of activities during ANZAC Week. Club general manager Graham Howard says with the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing coming up in three years, RSA’s national body is encouraging clubs to hold events over a week. “We thought it was a great idea, so we are putting on a few other activities over the week.”

ANZAC Week starts on Friday April 20 with the annual Poppy Day Appeal, and then on Sunday the club will have an open day from 11am-3pm at the Cameron Rd clubrooms with the hope of attracting new members. Club activities, including indoor bowls and darts, pool, cards will be on offer. “People can come and have a look at all the activities we have on offer and we have a special promotion going where they can join on Sunday with no joining fee – they pay for one year and get 14 months membership, which is a saving of about $30.” Graham says the local membership push is part of a national rebranding of the RSA as no longer just a pub or a club, but as the hub of the community. The club is involved with three remembrance services on ANZAC Day (Wednesday) – starting with a dawn service at the club at 6am, then a civic service in Memorial Park at 9am and a service at Pyes Pa cemetery at 10.30am. The week will finish next Friday, April 27, with a cabaret dinner show ‘The Decades of Comedy’. Tickets cost $35, for details phone 578 9654.

Paying tribute this ANZAC Day “ANZAC Day draws near once more, we stand with hearts bowed low. Remember all those brave young men, who died, so long ago. Recall the fields of Flanders, white crosses row by row. Poppies are sold on street corners, we pin them to our breast. Think of all the young men, forever laid to rest.” – excerpt from Children of War, by Carole Callingham.

This is an excerpt from one of the many local submissions that will feature in a commemorative newspaper this ANZAC Day. As a means of preserving the wartime experiences and photographs in print, Bayfair Shopping Centre in association with Sun Media will be producing the newspaper for ANZAC Day and free copies will be available at the Bayfair Information Desk from Wednesday 25 to

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Sunday 29 April. “We would like to thank everyone for their wonderful submissions and although not all can feature in the newspaper, we will ensure they are given a presence at the centre’s exhibition on ANZAC Day,” says Bayfair marketing manager Nina Rivett. Bayfair will be displaying submissions as part of its ANZAC Day exhibition when the centre opens at 1pm on Wednesday 25 April. The exhibition will also include, amongst other things, a military vehicle courtesy of Classic Flyers, a collection of aviation photography, items brought back from the Solomon Islands and a specially created diorama. Bayfair is also encouraging the community to share dedicated messages of thanks to those who were, or are currently involved in an armed conflict commemorated by ANZAC Day. Between now and Tuesday 23 April, they can simply collect a paper poppy petal from the Bayfair Information Desk and write their message on it. Alternatively, those who cannot make it to the centre can email their message via the ‘Contact Us’ link on the Bayfair website (www.bayfair.co.nz). Bayfair personnel will transcribe the messages received via the Facebook page and the website onto the petals. All the petal messages will be displayed on a huge sky banner suspended from Bayfair’s ceiling which will be unveiled incentre at 1pm on ANZAC Day. Visit www.bayfair.co.nz or www. facebook.com/bayfairshoppingcentre for further details. Joel Stanaway in the garb of a war-time paper boy ahead of the release of Bayfair’s ANZAC Day publication. Photo by Bruce Barnard.


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Dam busting operations To commemorate ANZAC Day The Weekend Sun spoke to last surviving Dambuster pilot Les Munro CNZM, DSO, QSO and DFC. The 93-year-old Tauranga resident recounts his mission here. For more details on his time serving in WWII and other stories about Western Bay residents’ wartime involvement, get a copy of Bayfair Shopping Centre’s special ANZAC Day publication. Available from Bayfair from 1pm on Anzac Day.

When Les Munro read a letter from Group Headquarters calling for volunteers to form a new squadron for a special mission being planned to attack well into the heart of Germany on May 16, 1943, he was quick to get his crew’s agreement to volunteer for the new squadron. The mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, would turn out to be the famous Dambusters attack on hydroelectric dams in the Ruhr Valley that were helping power the German industrial machine. The new 617 Squadron, formed on March 23, 1943, immediately undertook six weeks of intensive low level flying training. After being briefed on the mission at 4.30pm, his group of five Lancasters took off from 9.28pm – the first of three groups to leave for the dams. His group, coined the second wave because they were completely separate from the three ‘vic formations’ of three led by Guy Gibson, planned to attack the Mohne and Eder dams. They had left first because they were taking a longer route due east across the North Sea before heading south to go down the Wadden Zee and the Zuider Zee then on to the Sorpe Dam. “We were due to cross the Dutch island of Vlielend. I just crossed the ridge of the crest of the dunes when a line of tracer came straight towards us and unfortunately the plane was hit by light flak on the port side,” recalls Les. The intercom system was put out of action, so he had no choice but to return to base. “I was unable to converse with my crew, in

Tauranga’s highly decorated Dambuster Pilot Munro recalls his involvement in WWII.

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Western Bay reside respects to ANZA nts can pay C memorial services troops with at all five RSA clubs. All clubs will ho st morning memoria a midl dawn services (at service, while 6am) will be held everywhere exc Mount Maungan ept Te Puke. ui: Services at the M ou cenotaph at 6am nt Drury and 9.30am. Tauranga: Services at the Ta ur rooms at 6am, civ anga clubic service in

Memorial Park at 9am and at Pyes Pa Cemeter y at 10.30am. Te Puke: Service at Memori al 10.30am, with vet Hall at erans marching from the Post Office at 10.10am. Katikati: Service at clubro om then at the Mem s at 6am, orial Hall at 11am. Waihi Beach: Service at clubro oms at 6am then 9.30am.

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particular my navigator and my bomb aimer, which was going to be essential to get me to the Sorpe and to guide me in the run-up to the target. So I made the decision that we return.” Of the five aircraft targeting the Sorpe with the special bouncing bombs, another two were shot down near where his plane was hit and another lost its bomb when the pilot misjudged his height over the Zuider Zee, hit the water and bounced off, leaving the upkeep behind and flooding the fuselage. The only ones to drop their upkeeps on the Sorpe were American pilot Joe McCarthy and Canadian pilot Ken Brown, who bombed the dam with some difficulty because of ground fog in the area. “I was very disappointed later on that we never got to the target, particularly after the other surviving crews came back that night and started celebrating. I felt quite embarrassed and was a reluctant participant.” Of the 19 Lancasters that left on the mission, only 11 returned. By Hamish Carter

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See your ad here There is no better place for your garage sale advertisement than in the most widely read newspaper in the Bay of Plenty. Why should you choose to place your insert with The Weekend Sun you ask? Well, starting in May, anyone can advertise their private garage sale with The Weekend Sun for only $19. They will also receive free garage sale signs to attract the largest number of people to their sale as possible.

Going free to the homes of more than 157,000 people and with a Nielsen-rated readership the largest of any paper each week, The Weekend Sun gets your message to the most people in the BOP. One insert in The Weekend Sun, free to all the Western Bay, reaches more than double the number of readers with

an annual household income of up to $80,000 than any insert elsewhere. So, with that in mind, it’s easy to see why you should advertise your garage sale with The Weekend Sun, isn’t it? To place your advert, call Tasha on 07 928 3042 or email classi@thesun.co.nz

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Tauranga Musica’s season starts Four talented musicians have combined to create an exciting new group – The Akoka Quartet. The members are all New Zealanders who have studied and performed in the United Kingdom and Europe, each with an impressive biography.

The Akoka Trio; Simeon Broom (violin), Rachel Church (piano), Victoria Simonsen (cello), Sarah Masters (clarinet). Photo supplied. Clarinetist Sarah Masters graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with M Mus and Postgraduate Diploma, and currently performs in the UK’s top professional orchestras including the Hallé Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. Violinist Simeon Broom has been a finalist in the Beares Solo Bach Competition in London and was the winner of the Duo-Sonata Competition 2009 at

the North London Music Festival with pianist Rachel Church. Rachel completed her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after studies at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Described as “a musician of rare quality” by The Strad and “beautifully sensitive and composed” by the Times, cellist Victoria Simonsen has won a number of competitions including the 1998 Royal Overseas League Strings Competition. Their programme, to run on Sunday, April 29 at Mills Reef Winery and Restaurant, is based around Olivier Messiaen’s astounding Quartet for the End of Time, a work that was first heard on a brutally cold winter’s night in 1941 in a German prisoner-of-war camp and was written for the instruments and players Messiaen found among his fellow inmates. The programme includes Oliver Messiaen’s Quartet, and pieces by Milhaud and Fauré, and tickets, costing $32 for adults and $10 for youths, can be purchased from Baycourt, TicketDirect.

with The Weekend Sun has two double passes to give away to the Akoka Trio performance on April 29, to a lucky reader who can tell us who won the DuoSonata Competition 2009 at the North London Music Festival. Enter online at www.sunlive.co.nz under the Competitions section. Entries must be received before April 25.

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Volunteer help needed for women’s refuge garage sale Tauranga Women’s Refuge is holding their annual Mega Garage Sale Fundraiser in two weeks’ time and is appealing for volunteers to help with the popular event. The garage sale, at Greerton Hall in Tauranga, will be held on Saturday, May 5 and will require volunteers for both setting up on Friday evening and helping out during the day. TWR office administrator Bev Daly says helping out is an easy and rewarding experience. “It’s just a matter of helping to sort the stuff and put it into place. On the day it’s just helping to just make sure everything is ok.” Bev says the garage sales are always a success. “They’ve been very good, excellent.” She says the events are designed to provide a good

time for all age groups. This includes face painting, a sausage sizzle, tea and coffee and more. Proceeds from the sale are generally used for many things across the board, says Bev. “It’s mainly just to update the equipment. We buy meat for the freezer, we buy children’s equipment for the playground, things like that. “We get a terrific amount of donations given to us and we can’t always hand them on to women that leave and need to set up house. “We normally build up and build up and it gets to the stage that there’s so many there that we have a garage sale and the money goes back then into the house and what we need.” The garage sale, at 1263 Cameron Rd, will be open from 7am – 12pm. If you are interested in volunteering or want any more information, phone Hazel Hape, on 07 541 1912 or email wikitorianukuwrtga@gmail.com

Off to the races before winter Racing fever returns to Greerton on Saturday with Autumn Carnival Raceday at the Tauranga Racecourse – in the last major event before winter. TRAC marketing manager Don Paterson said the event promises to be a great day, with the sunny day forecast offering a chance to make up for earlier poor weather over summer.

“Get your family and friends together, bring your gazebo and be on-course for the last chance to enjoy a sunny afternoon of exciting thoroughbred racing before we head into winter.” He said the eight-race programme will have some great contests – including the Gilmours Tauranga 2100 where Rochallen will clash with Tauranga’s own Our Star Pupil, trained locally by Jim Pender. “The Stewart Browne Group

1400 also offers to be exciting with the exciting star from the Sharrock stable Shez Sinsational taking on a good field of challengers including the talented Demophon trained by John Sargent.” Gates open at 9.30am, with the eight races programme running from 12.52pm, with the last race 5.01pm. He says admission is free and there will be free children’s entertainment and live music between races. By Hamish Carter

Administrators the backbone There’s an opportunity to give your administrators a well-deserved pat on the back. Tauranga Association of Administrative Professionals celebrates International Administrative Professionals’ Day on Wednesday May 2. Don’t pass by the chance to attend this year’s event with wine, canapés, inspiration from speaker Meghan Bowker, director of Repertoire, and prize giveaways. AAPNZ has more than 500 members nationwide and encourages personal and professional administrative excellence within a global network. To take part, email tauranga@aapnz.org.nz Tauranga Tandem

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Belly dancing for asthma New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma and respiratory disease in the world, with as many as one in four children and one in six adults affected. Asthma Awareness Week begins on April 30, and this year Tauranga Asthma Society is inviting people to get up and dance to raise awareness and funds for Kiwis with asthma and respiratory conditions. Members of the Asthma Centre’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Group, whose ages range from mid-30s to mid-80s, will be belly dancing from 10.30am for asthma at the Asthma Centre’s office in Chadwick Rd, Greerton. Anyone with asthma, COPD or a respiratory condition is welcome to attend. Asthma affects more than 600,000 Kiwis, with Maori disproportionately represented in those statistics. While asthma rates are similar in all children, Maori children tend to have more

severe asthma and have twice as many hospital admissions. For adults, nearly 1 in 4 Maori have asthma compared with nearly 1 in 7 non-Maori. Asthma and other respiratory problems can be terrifying for children and their families; and for teenagers and adults asthma can often interfere with doing the things everyone else takes for granted. Frighteningly, even today, asthma can still be fatal.

Asthma & Respiratory Management BOP has offices in Greerton, Waihi and Whakatane and regular free clinics in many other locations around the region. The asthma nurse educators at ARM BOP can make a difference to people of all ages through information, advice and support. Look out for them in your area on Balloon Day or phone 07 577 6738 to arrange a free appointment.

Belly Dancing for Asthma Wednesday May 2nd, 10.30am The Asthma Centre, 254 Chadwick Road, Greerton, Tauranga Come and support members of our Community Pulmonary Rehabilitation Group belly dancing in aid of asthma awareness.

Physiotherapist Helen Helm (grey) and respiratory nurse educator Tiri Sosich lead the belly dancing class. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Participants needed for arthritis study More participants are required for a study examining the effects of aqua-based exercise on arthritis. Alison Fisken, a Tauranga-based Phd candidate at Auckland University of Technology, held group sessions of aqua-exercise in October last year for adults over 60 years old, suffering from osteoarthritis. Alison is now looking for more participants to undertake group classes in mid-April and another group at the end of April/beginning of May. According to Alison’s studies, Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis among older adults and symptoms include pain and stiffness of the joint(s). Often older adults, particularly those with osteoarthritis, have reduced levels of physical activity, which can have a negative impact on their functional ability, balance and perceived quality of life. Hydrotherapy is often recommended for people with osteoarthritis, however costs tend to be high due to the specialised staff required and classes are not always widely available. Aqua fitness classes are more commonly accessible in the community, however little investigation into the benefits of this type of exercise has been made, in particular for older adults with osteoarthritis. Alison is looking for approximately 20 participants

over 60 years of age, diagnosed as having osteoarthritis. She says there will be a number of measures carried out before the exercise classes start - and then again once they have completed the 12-week programme. “These include a balance test, leg strength test and a functional ability test, we will also be keeping track of their arthritis symptoms. “Participation will not cost them anything other than their time, although they may need clearance from their doctor if they have any other health issues.” If you are interested in taking part in Alison’s study, please contact her on 07 572 5269 or email alison.fisken@yahoo.co.nz


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Life’s a beach in Waihi Beach Crystal clear waves, golden sands and sunlight glistening on the ocean are intrinsically linked with romance and now couples can wed in just such a setting at Waihi Beach. Andy Kennedy and the team at On the Beach have created what they believe is the very best, absolute beachfront wedding venue in the Bay, if not the country. “This is such a stunning location we wanted others to enjoy it too,” says Andy, whose research shows the majority of couples would marry and have their reception in a beach setting if they could.

“Why go to Rarotonga when we have such a magnificent beach right here?” A purpose-built Bedouin Style Stretchtent is key to enhancing the location’s magic. Andy had it designed to create a private dining area for up to 150 guests, with stunning views across the ocean to Mayor Island. Tasteful décor and beach-themed table settings add to the glamour of the venue, which includes a dance floor. The wedding breakfast is catered for from the adjacent Flat White Café kitchen and Andy says he and his staff are happy to prepare menus to suit couples’ special requests. Several couples have held their ceremony

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Go nuts for walnuts Walnuts have been revered since ancient times as a symbol of intellectuality, since their kernels have convoluted surface inside the shell resembling that of a brain. And amazingly enough, the phyto-chemical substances in walnuts can combine to have a potent effect on neurological diseases, cancer, ageing and inflammation. The health-giving benefits of regular consumption of tree nuts is well recorded. They are a rich source of energy and contain many health-giving beneficial nutrients, minerals, antioxi-

dants and vitamins essential for optimum health. Walnuts are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids (about 72%) like oleic acid, and are an excellent source of all-important omega-3 essential fatty acids. Regular intake of walnuts helps to lower total bad cholesterol and increase hdl or good cholesterol levels in the blood. What all this means is if we consume around six or seven nuts per day, we could help remove disease-causing free radicals from the body. The trouble is research has shown that only 7.5% of us eat tree nuts regularly but as walnuts have been elevated to the top nut status as far as higher concentrations of phytonutrients, this is easily fixed. Get out the nut cracker and eat them straight from the shell, toast them slightly to make them crunchy. Leave on the delicate whitish membrane that covers the nut when removed from the shell as this contains 90% of the phenols. Then if you have some apples, which are also in season, and a few key ingredients, you could make a simple apple and walnut strudel for the family. Great hot or left to go cold and eaten the next day, it’s one way to get your daily nut fix.

Apple and Walnut Strudel (makes enough for six serves) Ingredients 8- 10 Granny Smith apples ¼ cup of brown sugar ½ cup of chopped walnuts 1 tablespoon of cinnamon 1 tablespoon of butter 1 egg 1 teaspoon white sugar 2 sheets ready puff pastry

of pastry over the mixture to enclose. Place on baking tray and run a sharp knife across the surface of the pastry to form small cuts in the pastry. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with white sugar. Bake in a hot oven at around 260270c for around twenty minutes until puffed and golden. Serve with vanilla ice cream or just whipped cream.

Method Peel and chop the apples. Cook in a pot with the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon and cook until the apple begins to soften, after about 10-15 minutes. Add the chopped walnuts then allow the mixture to cool completely. Use just thawed-out pastry sheets and place an even amount of apple mix along one edge, then roll the rest

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Papamoa Focus

Printing by design Papamoa’s United Print manager Judy Brock is the face of United Video’s sister print and design business.

The lack of a commercial print and design shop in the heart of Papamoa has prompted United Video to offer this specialised service in its Fashion Island store. United Video owner Carol Goldsworthy says the closure of the print service in the nearby Grassroots shop before Christmas had left a gap in the market. With ample space in her Gravatt Rd premises, she has sectioned off an area to operate as United Print. “A lot of people were leaving Papamoa to get all their small business printing needs, so I have taken on a trained designer with considerable experience and it’s working well.” Carol says it is part of a diversification approach that a lot of stores in the United Video franchise

were pursuing – which had seen the video stores offer other products or services, including books, magazines or sweets. United Print offers a one-stop printing service and will take care of all your needs from design through to final printing and even laminating and binding. If people are stuck for ideas on how to make their printed materials look good, designer and United Print manager Judy Brock is happy to offer advice. “As the expert, Judy will help make all your printed materials look great.” As an opening special United Print is offering specials on business cards and will give customers a free DVD or game when they spend $20. The print shop is open from 9am-5pm weekdays. By Hamish Carter

Public to help formulate tsunami evacuation plan A number of high-profile tsunamis around the world in recent years has spurred the Tauranga City Council into the early stages of developing a coastal evacuation plan. Registrations are now open to

members of the public interested in being involved in formulating the plan, which will deal with the different needs of communities across the city, and clarify which routes would likely be the safest to take in the event of a tsunami.

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Kids moving and grooving Preschoolers and parents are being encouraged to get involved in a music and dance programme being launched at TECT Arena at Baypark. The ‘Move n Grooves’ programme, which has already been proven a hit at the Papamoa Community Centre where it was launched in August – will soon be offered for the first time at Baypark twice a week.

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Tauranga Leisure programme manager Robyn King says the programme was popular with all pre-schoolers – particularly young toddlers who were still too young for other activities. “It’s all about moving to the music. There is an instructor up the front and the movements and words are projected onto a big screen so the children can see what to do and parents can sing the songs. The children love it.”

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Pre-schoolers Neve Partner, 16 months, Jahna Meavao, 3, Riley Sampson-Cleaver, 2, Jayde Meavao, 3, get into the musical spirit. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

coordination and balance to help prepare them for future sports activities. Robyn says after the dance sessions at TECT Arena parents could enjoy the centre’s top café. The programme starts at TECT Arena from Tuesday May 8, with sessions held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.30am. It is also offered at Papamoa Community Centre on Monday and Fridays from 10.30am. Papamoa centre manager Sally Benning says both children and parents ‘absolutely loved’ the programme and she encourages others to come along and join in the fun sessions. By Hamish Carter


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Developing fundamental movement skills Want to help give your preschoolers their best sporting chance? A programme being offered at TECT Arena at Baypark will help them prepare for success on the sports field. Tauranga Leisure programme manager Robyn King says the ‘GO4IT Get ready for school’ programme was designed to help develop fundamental movement skills. The programme, which begins at TECT Arena at Baypark this week, is designed for 3-5 year-olds, taking them through a series of routines and exercises to ensure children have the ability, strength and coordination to participate in more formal sport by the time they go to school. Robyn says GO4IT is a good follow-on programme to the musi-

gymnastics, outdoor education and physical recreation activities.” Robyn says developing fundamental movement skills benefits children in all areas of learning, including reading and writing, because it strengthened neural pathways in their brains. Parents work alongside their children

in the programme – with classes at 9.30am and 10.30am on Thursdays and Saturdays. Classes start on April 26. “We’re offering classes on Saturdays to give working parents or dads a chance to have some one-on-one time with their preschooler.”

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fference is DRAMAtic i D the Michael Paris-Arnaud, Tanner Gilpin and Ruben Swart learning racket and ball skills. Photo by Tracy Hardy running, hopping, catching, throwcal Moves ‘n Grooves sessions that ing, hitting and balancing. introduce children to movement. “They are the foundation or buildIt involves moving different body ing blocks to more specialised, skills parts such as the legs, arms, body used in play games, sports, dance, and head, and include skills like

Quality child care in city centre If you’re looking for quality child care for your young ones, look no further than the ARK Early Childhood Centre on Devonport Rd. Established in 1984, ARK Child Care provides preschool children with a nurturing and fun learning environment, right in the heart of Tauranga. The centre, owned by Holy Trinity Church, currently has vacancies available due to previous children starting school.

Tiana Guy, Cole Dean and Bailey Pitman having fun practising their bike safety. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Centre manager Shirley Shilling says ARK is a caring, professional place with well-trained staff and teachers dedicated to reflecting their belief that each child is a unique gift from God. With a large outdoor area, the centre has ample room for outside play. It also involves its children in many different activities and offers a wide range of learning opportunities such as gardening, recycling, arts, crafts and more. For example, February was Bikewise month, where children learnt about bike safety, balancing, steering and spatial awareness while sharing their bikes with friends on safely planned courses. The centre’s prime location also allows for many fun outings in the city. Our city is our community and children can visit the art gallery, the library, parks or shops, in small groups. The ARK centre is licensed for 45 children from three months to five years and is open Monday to Friday 7.45am-5.15pm, including school holidays. For more information, email ark@holytrinitytauranga.com or phone Shirley on 07 578 5377.

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A healthy throat, a healthy heart He korokoro ora he manawa ora Mo tatou katoa (A healthy throat, a healthy heart for all of us) This whakatauki (proverb) highlights the link between a sore throat and rheumatic heart disease. An untreated strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever, which may result in permanent heart damage, also known as rheumatic heart disease. The whakatauki is also a reminder that strep throat is contagious. Rheumatic fever impacts not only on the patient, but also on the people close to them. Rheumatic fever is almost three times more common in the Bay of Plenty

than in New Zealand overall. Those most at risk are Maori tamariki/rangatahi aged 5 to 14 years. Fortunately, rheumatic fever is preventable, provided sore throats are treated correctly. If your child gets a sore throat, take them to your local health centre to be checked. If a strep throat is diagnosed, the doctor will usually prescribe a ten day course of antibiotics. By taking sore throats seriously, we can help prevent life long illness and suffering for our tamariki. Sore throats matter – get them checked. Free ‘Preventing Rheumatic Fever’ pamphlets and posters are available from Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service.

For further information, visit www.toiteorapublichealth.govt.nz/ rheumaticfever or phone Lindsay Lowe, rheumatic fever co-ordinator, 07 577 3790. A simple throat swab can determine if your child has a strep throat.

Disorders of the nervous system (Part 1) The most complex and extraordinary cells in our body are those that make up our nervous system.

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fail as a result of injury or disease the outcome can be catastrophic. The most common chronic diseases that damage the nervous system are multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s diseases and Alzheimer’s disease. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that destroys the myelin sheath which protects and insulates some nerve fibres. This changes functional myelin to useless lesions (scleroses) which cause a number of motor coordination and other problems. Scientists are still debating the causes but there are generally accepted risk factors .These include low levels of vitamin D and some viruses, especially Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). These links were highlighted in research by D. Acheson and C. Hayes (2008). Their paper concluded that low vitamin D and immune system inflammation were important contributors to myelin destruction. Any disease that involves the over-production of immune system generated inflammation could in theory respond to targeted nutritional therapy. My nutritional strategy starts with vitamin D and then a broad spectrum vitamin/mineral/antioxidant complex. We then add high doses of Omega 3 to get the EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids known to influence inflammation. To this we include a potent mixture of anti-inflammatory compounds and also target energy producing nutrients such as CoQ10, B vitamins and many more. With MS, as with any disease of the nervous system I would rather a bit more than a bit less. Give me a call if you need help. To join my weekly newsletter go to www.johnarts.co.nz and visit www.abundant.co.nz John Arts is the founder of Abundant Health. To contact John phone (local) 578 9051 or 0800 423 559. To read more go to www.sunlive.co.nz


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You’re never too fit for the flu With the colder months ahead, it’s time to think about protecting yourself from influenza.

And if you’re thinking you’re too fit and healthy to get hit – think again! Everyone is vulnerable to the flu, and it spreads fast from person to person through touch and through the air. Symptoms can come on quickly, including fever, chills, muscle aches, runny nose, cough and stomach upsets, pulling you out

of work, school or play, or just making you feel horrible. Older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from influenza, such as pneumonia. Immunisation is the best defence against the flu, and vaccines are free for those with chronic diseases, at any age, and also for everyone over 65 years old.

You should have a jab every year, as immunity wanes after time. Contact your GP today to book yourself in and stay well. It’s also important to wash and dry your hands regularly, stay away from people who may already have the flu, and if you think you’re coming down with something, be careful not to spread the flu to others by covering coughs and sneezes, or isolating yourself until you feel better.

Public forum on disability rights Issues affecting disabled people, including education, accessibility and living independently as part of the community, will be discussed at an open public forum hosted by new Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson on April 23.

CCS Disability Action Bay of Plenty senior administrator Cheryl Mercer says the forum is open to the disabled, their whanau and community members who want to join in the conversation. The venue, the Village Hall at the His-

toric Village on 17th Ave, is wheelchair accessible, but those intending on attending can RSVP to 578 0063 or bop@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz with additional access requirements or requests for a sign language interpreter.

It is not what we see, it is what we are thinking

People are not troubled by things themselves, but by their thoughts about them. EPICTECTUS In my coaching role a situation that often comes up is one where a person has been hurt, frustrated, etc. and

we look at whether it is the situation that has caused their response or the thoughts that occurred as a result of the situation. To bring clarity I ask if another person would have the same reaction as they have in that situation – recognition comes when they realise that it is their background (social, cultural, economic, historical, etc.) that has brought about their reaction. Given this understanding, they can recognise they have more control over their responses than they originally perceived when they begin to understand their thought processes. How can you gain more understand-

ing around your thought patterns and how they influence your responses to life situations? If you would like to find out more about coaching, phone Mary Parker for a complimentary session 07 577 1200, email info@coachingtheattitude.co.nz or visit www.coachingtheattitude.co.nz


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Fundraising ride on track Frustrated by always having to travel beyond Tauranga to take part in cycle rides, Steve Hall has organised what he hopes will be an annual fundraising fun ride in the area.

“There is nothing like this locally – there is a lot of stuff in Rotorua and Auckland and other areas so I thought it would be good to do something here.” He hopes up to 1000 riders will take place in his inaugural ‘Coast ‘n Country Cycle Challenge’ on May 6 which will see some cyclists riding 100km from Whakatane to finish at Mount Maunganui College – with riders expected from as far as Christchurch. Steve says the ride from Whakatane will appeal to more serious cyclists but the flat terrain will make it achievable for all reasonably fit riders, while a

Cycle race organiser Steve Hall expects the fastest 100km riders to finish at Mount Maunganui College within two and a half hours.

shorter 40km ride from Paengaroa would also be offered. “There is something for all levels of abilities – and because these events tend to predominantly attract riders in the 40+ age bracket we’re making a special push to attract students with our Secondary School Challenge.” He is encouraging schools to enter cyclists in the 40km ride to compete for the best school results, and expects a lot of last minute registrations in the next fortnight. Money raised will be split between a Tauranga charity (Waipuna Hospice) and Whakatane’s Life Education Trust. Steve plans to run the event annually and may consider alternating the direction of the ride so it finishes in Whakatane every second year. Details: www.coastncountrycyclechallenge.co.nz By Hamish Carter

Age is no barrier for mountain trekker Leo Duyvestyn’s top tip for walking up Mount Maunganui is “just put one foot in front of the other”. That may seem uninspiring, but becomes all the more impressive when you learn Leo is 85-years-old and still climbing the 232m high mountain. Looking at Mauao for the first time, the Matua resident knew he had to climb it. “I couldn’t help it.” Leo and his friend Ben de Kleijnen have climbed Mauao nearly every day for 20 years. “You meet all kinds of people up there, from all over the world,” says Leo.

Ben de Kleijnen and Leo Duyvestyn taking a break on one of their regular walks up Mount Maunganui.

The outings are a good opportunity for Leo to socialise; the Dutchman lives on his own after the death of his wife more than 20 years ago. After so many years, Leo feels his trekking days are numbered. “The last two months have become difficult.” But nothing is impossible for Leo, who kept walking despite undergoing a quadruple bypass seven years ago. “I remember looking at the Mount and thinking ‘I will never walk up there again’.” But he did. Leo will celebrate his 86th birthday this By Corrie Taylor year.

How can I help someone I know who has depression? People who have lost a loved one due to suicide find themselves having to face the anguish of wondering what could have been done differently by themselves or a health professional. Often we don’t realise that a family member who is depressed may also be at risk and it can be very hard to see a loved one struggle with depression. Family, whänau, partners and close friends of people with depression have found the following strategies helpful: 1. Learn about depression, how it is treated and what you can do to help recovery. 2. See yourself as part of the support team. 3. Try not to see the person as being difficult. Understand the symptoms for what they are. 4. Help the person to recognise stress and find ways of coping. This may include helping to solve problems that worry them. 5. Encourage the person to be

more active, but without pushing or criticising them, as this may make things worse. 6. Help and encourage them to lead a healthy life, to exercise and have fun. 7. Spend time with them. 8. Don’t be embarrassed to praise them. 9. Encourage them to keep up with their treatment and to avoid excess alcohol and drug use. 10. Take any thoughts of suicide seriously – it’s okay to talk about it. Don’t leave someone alone if they feel unsafe. Contact a health care provider or a crisis phone line. If you are caring for someone with severe depression it is important to find ways of getting time-out for yourself and to feel okay about this. Caring for a family or whänau member with depression can be very hard and it is important to keep yourself well. Resources and information like this from the Ministry of Health about depression can be found on

Webhealth BOP www.bop.webhealth.co.nz . There are also crisis phone services available. Youthline is 0800 37 66 33, Lifeline 0800 543 354, Depression Support 0800 111 757, and the Mental Health Services Crisis Response Team for Tauranga region is 0800 800 508. To find support groups, medical centres, counsellors and other services for Tauranga go to www. bop.webhealth.co.nz – your link to wellbeing. To be connected to Rise Up Tauranga go to the Facebook page ‘Rise Up Tauranga’ or email riseuptauranga@gmail.com. Rosalie Crawford is a medical scientist and lecturer. Email: Rosalie.crawford@xtra.co.nz, Phone: 0210728255, Skype: Guavablue, Facebook: Rosalie.Liddle.Crawford


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A touch of Magic in town The Tauranga Home Show will be Magic for netball fans, thanks to ANZ. The foyer and entrance to the Home Show on May 4-6 will celebrate the first ANZ Championship game here in Tauranga between the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and West Coast Fever, taking place on Sunday, May 6 at 7.40pm. Over the three days of the Home Show you can get in on the action with ANZ, taking part in their Speed Pass Test or meeting your heroes, with players from the Magic appearing throughout the weekend. They’ll also have an interactive photo booth and you can sign up to be a part of their ANZ Championship promotions, including the ANZ Netball Grant Scheme and

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Sponsors sought Parafed Bay of Plenty is looking for sponsors and volunteers to help run a new version of the Eve Rimmer Games in 2013. Regional Coachforce Paramed development officer Sophie Jackson says the ideal volunteer would be someone who desired to run a sporting event while supporting their sport and community.

A planning meeting, in which aspects of media, promotion, sponsorship and liasing with sports clubs will be discussed, will be held at KIWI 360 on State Highway 2 from 6.30pm on Thursday, April 19. Interest in the meeting will help gauge the “need for the event’’, says Sophie. For more information, to express interest, contact Sophie on 0277272333 or at sophie@parafedbop.co.nz

Sport BOP in play for awards A top performance by Sport Bay of Plenty across a range of fields has the regional sports promoter in line for three national awards. Sport Bay of Plenty CEO Wayne Werder welcomed the recognition for the organisation and its partners that support sport as a finalist in three (of five) categories at next month’s New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards. It is a finalist for the Commercial Partnership (Port of Tauranga half ironman); Community Impact (for the GO4it programme promoting sport to over 6000 primary school children); and the Event Excellence section (NZCT AIMs Games). Winners will be announced on April 30.

Future Captains. The grant scheme will involve awarding a total of $100,000 to the most deserving teams and fans from around the country. Future Captains allows you to nominate a child (aged 8-15) to win the ultimate experience at an ANZ Championship game, where

they’ll fly the flag for the team on centre court at the start of the game, have a chance to meet the captain, receive two tickets to watch the game and have $50 credited to their bank account, all courtesy of ANZ. One of the big Home Show prizes has also been offered up by ANZ - a

$5,000 Serious Saver Account with bonus interest, and the chance to win further cash prizes, including the top monthly prize, $10,000. You’ll find all the details on how to enter the competitions at the Tauranga Home Show, on from May 4-6 at TECT Arena Baypark.


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Has your insurance WOF expired?

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risk’ is whereby a person goes in blindly purchasing a home and not even considers how they will afford the mortgage repayments if they cannot work due to a serious illness or being permanently disabled, let alone if they suffer premature death. Uncalculated risk is what the bulk of personal insurance provides a solution for. In simple terms – the insurance plan transfers the risk from you to the insurer for a premium. Can I solve the problem by getting quotes and getting the cheapest price? Without advice we would say a resounding no. Insurance is all about getting the right amount of money paid to the right person (or place) at the right time. Claim time is the only time you find out whether you have the right plan in place. If you have not reviewed your plan in the last twelve months, your insurance W.O.F has most likely expired. Perhaps it’s time for a check-up? Call us.

to economic growth in the Tauranga/Western Bay of Plenty region. Invitations for ‘Shaping our Future: Business Summit 2012’, convened by Priority One, are distributed, with 150 pre-registrations already received from members of the local business community. Facilitated by Rod Oram, participants will identify current and future challenges and opportunities that will facilitate business establishment and growth, propel investment and innovation and enhance connectivity and collaboration. The summit, the first of its kind in Tauranga, will feature a panel discussion, workshops and spotlight sessions with business leaders including University of Waikato professor Chris Battershill, Multfid Technologies’ James Graham, North Island Mussel Processors’ Steve Wells, Bidvest’s Ken Buckthought, Powersmart Solar’s Mike Bassett-Smith, Comvita’s Brett Hewlett, Zespri’s Lain Jager and Warwick Downing of the Titanium Industry Development Association. Priority One’s Andrea Brady says the summit will also herald the official launch of the Tauranga Business Case campaign, and allow an opportunity for participants to review the business landscape, assess existing business profiles and identify business prospects and support services. A master plan for new business growth for the Tauranga region will be implemented in collaboration with the business sector as a consequence of the meeting, Andrea says.


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Horticulture careers flourish Ashleigh Mercer always knew an office job wasn’t for her, so it was no great surprise to friends and family when she started her working career at the tender age of 17 picking kiwifruit on orchards around Katikati. Now firmly entrenched in the industry, Ashleigh works for Satara as an orchard supervisor, supervising a team of workers who do all of the orchard work on around 15 orchards. “I just like being outside,” says Ashleigh. “The orchards change every day - one day is different to the next, the plants change; you

never know what you’re going to find.” To get her career on track, Ashleigh knew she would need some great qualifications under her belt – and that’s where Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Orchard Skills course came into its own, offering her an opportunity to gain a qualification which reflected the valuable skills she’d already picked up on orchard. The polytechnic consults widely with industry to ensure the programme is relevant and up-to-the-minute – for example the programme now includes current KVH hygiene protocols. And of course, all training and assessments are completed on-orchard, meaning everything learnt is highly relevant. Ashleigh’s career has never looked back –she’s currently completing her two year

cadetship. The cadet programme is taught in Tauranga one day a fortnight and Ashleigh says she is gaining loads of plant science knowledge, a better understanding of how plants behave and how to grow better quality fruit. A bonus of studying at the polytechnic was the social aspect for Ashleigh, who really enjoyed meeting people her own age also working in the industry. “The course is great; meeting like-minded people to hang out with socially.” And, according to Ashleigh, the academic workload has been okay to manage too.

Ashleigh Mercer enjoys working outside in a different place each day.

New scheme sees tagging wiped Farmers will no longer have to place Animal Health Boardapproved secondary ear tags on cattle and deer once the NAIT scheme comes into effect. By Letitia Atkinson.

The change to ear tagging requirements will take effect from July 1, 2012 for cattle and March 1, 2013 for deer. National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme radio frequency identification tags will then become the only compulsory tags for livestock. However, any existing official ear tags should not be removed from older stock.

The AHB will work closely with NAIT to make sure the ability to trace and identify suspected or confirmed bovine tuberculosis infected cattle and deer is maintained. “This change in tagging requirements will reduce animal identification costs and bring the AHB system in line with the NAIT scheme,” says AHB Operational Policy manager Nick Hancox. “However, we cannot afford to jeopardise the gains made in managing TB, especially when the NAIT scheme first starts. For that reason, farmers need to be compliant as early as possible.” From July 1, farmers will still have the option of purch asing linked ear tag sets, comprising an electronic NAIT tag and a matching secondary tag.

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People waking up to foreshore issue With regards to Ms Brooks, Foreshore and Seabed Act Sun April 13; This was what the ordinary citizens of New Zealand were thinking about before the Foreshore and Seabed Act was brought in by Ms Brooks elected government, knowing that it would cause trouble between Maori and Europeans later down the track, but we were all accused by Ms Brooks in her supercilious way, of being hysterical, adding that Simon (Bridges) would explain everything to us so to ease our anxieties. Ms Brooks was utterly wrong, and it didn’t need the brains of Lloyd George to work that out. All citizens of New Zealand have the right to the foreshore; we are only being kidded like children to think otherwise. Nevertheless, it would no doubt please Key and his ilk for the citizens of New Zealand to be fighting each other in the streets, albeit, and the foreshore; while Key and is government are shaking the country down. Gladly I see more and more people waking up to this, -but Oh, so very late. Ray Jones, Otumoetai.

Standover on beaches I wish to comment on last week’s letter by Mary Brooks titled ‘Beach Extortion’. I was deeply shocked at the blatant standover tactics of these people calling themselves Ngati Kura Inc. I hope they will not be allowed to get away with the theft (under duress) of $800 from the Principal of Kamo Intermediate School. Was there not a mobile phone available between Principal and students to call the Police? There must be several laws broken and they should be brought to justice. We are an apathetic people if we allow this sort of nonsense to go unchallenged. Thank you Mary Brooks for being our guardian. If only we could clone you! Shirley Tilson, Mt Maunganui.

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Your editorial opinion (12 April 2012) hit the nail on the head with Baypark. It has major traffic issues, is built in the wrong place and is not a Rugby specific Stadium. Yes, the Eastern Arterial may eventually put a flyover into Truman Lane at Maungatawa – so what? Had the Clarkson Stadium not been built at Baypark, followed by Crosby’s Arena it would not be necessary. Every New Zealander, as taxpayer will be funding this $30million piece of roading nonsense just to cater for these gentlemen’s delusions of grandeur on what was aptly zoned Drainage Reserve land. Yes, Joseph Millar, our local 20 year old elite athlete (the current sprint double men’s NZ Champion) went to

Australia for the OZ Athletics Championships – no thanks to Athletics NZ or the Tauranga community who couldn’t, it seems raise a couple of thousand dollars to assist him. They would rather fund other things doomed to fail than assist those achievers that get there through their own efforts. Think about that for a moment because this follows on from the Jacko Gill fiasco and it is fair to say Australians would never treat their elite young talent in this offhand way. Incidentally, Millar ran a close third in the Open Australian Championships 100m Mens Final and won the 200m Mens Final! S Paterson, Arataki.

Western Bay Regional rates hike will benefit other areas This letter is a plea to the residents of the Western Bay of Plenty District Council area to submit to the Regional Council’s 10 year plan with regard to rate increases in our area. Your Regional Council rates will go up by an average of 28% on your next rate bill, this will be higher for residential areas due to the fact that your land values have not dropped as much as most other sectors. We are currently paying the highest amount of general rates in the whole of the Regional Council’s area and you will now pay even more. The percentage increase of 28% is the highest of all councils, with the next highest being Tauranga at 18%. The next travesty of justice is where the money is spent. It is not in the Western Bay area. Much of this money is going to subsidise passenger transport in Tauranga and Rotorua, Rotorua air quality and Rotorua Lakes. The council states in their Backyard publication under changing our funding approach “first is the proposal to increase the proportion of income we receive from general rates, instead of collecting it

from targeted rates. This will help better reflect the regional benefit of some of the work we do.” This is bureaucratic speak for general rates subsidising the people outside our region because there is little regional benefit happening in our area. Already a huge amount of general rates plus port income is spent outside our area. We have beautiful harbours, rivers and bush in our area and yet very little is being spent to improve these major assets which are in desperate need of attention, again I quote from Backyards taking the lead on Tauranga Harbour it states “However meeting the goal of the new programme is achieved with a relatively small cost increase.” As can be seen from the Regional Council’s plan the increase in rates is to benefit other areas. I urge all rate payers to submit to the Regional Council’s 10 year plan urging the Regional Council to fairly spend the extra general rate revenue they plan to collect and not for us to subsidise other programmes outside our area. Submissions close on 27 April. Mike Williams, Katikati.

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It is with utter disbelief and disgust I heard on the news that 4 million dollars has been spent on a cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, weatherproof or not, while there are still people there who cannot get their homes repaired because the insurance companies are finding loopholes in which they can refuse to pay out and there are people who have lost their homes and everything they owned, where are the priorities ? I am sure they are delighted that the religious lot can now make prayers to their God in a 4 million dollar makeshift building. Surely their God doesn’t demand they have a fancy building to pray in and make worship to their deity, while the people of Christchurch are still suffering? Surely a loving God would want to see people housed fed and secure before

being worshipped? There is absolutely no justification in spending 4 million dollars on something as unnecessary and temporary as a meeting place for people who can surely pray and worship anywhere. Don’t people come first anymore? Is the vanity of the religious given priority now? As I understand it, prayer will be heard by God from any location. What a lot could have been achieved in Christchurch with 4 million dollars. That would truly be God’s work. This, on top of billions in ongoing handouts to the Maori over the years on perceived “grievances” makes me wonder where the decision maker’s heads are at. It’s time changes were made and some sanity brought back. A. Taylor, Avenues.

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On April 16 2012 we were informed on TV that a smaller Christchurch Cathedral will be built, using cardboard tubes: at a cost of five million dollars, and, wait for it, this will be a temporary construction! Unbelievable! At the end of its life can we expect any sort of financial rebate through the recycling of the cardboard tubes? Barry H Walker, Mt Maunganui.


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The threat of GE pine trees in Bay of Plenty Recent news of a break-in and cutting down of GE trees in Scion’s experiments should serve to highlight some important issues. There is sustained concern in the Bay of Plenty (and other parts of NZ) about the proposal by Scion to experiment with 4,000 GE pine trees outdoors. Bay of Plenty Regional Council, various conservation groups and hundreds of other submitters opposed this risky Scion application. Part of the threat from GE pine trees comes from the dangers of transgenic pollution from GE pine pollen, or horizontal gene transfer which could have unintended adverse impacts on the environment, including harm to NZ soils. Another risk is lowered productivity from toppling and snapping of pines that already are prone to that problem. GE pines could also cost a neighbouring forester or property owner their hard won Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. The FSC has identified a number of other legitimate scientific concerns about the safety and appropriateness of planting genetically engineered trees including asexual transfer of genes from GMO’s with antibiotic resistance to pathogenic micro-organisms, increased resistance of target insect pests, reduced adaptability to environmental stresses, increased weediness or invasiveness in GMO trees with new features, and the spread of herbicide resistance genes. These hazards, and the uncertainties about them, are the reason for the prohibition of the use of GMO’s in certified forests, stated in the FSC Principles and Criteria. Scion, stop growing GE trees in Bay of Plenty, a prime forestry area! Dr Ron Lopert, Welcome Bay.

The jazzfest ‘bonanza’ 2012 Birds and the bees

In last week’s edition you have a review of a delightful children’s book called “The Grumble Bee” and your reviewer Jean Bennett recounts how Glib collects pollen, he is indeed a busy little bee. I hate to be a curmudgeonly kill-joy, but Glib is obviously a male bee and therefore would not collect pollen as it is the female bee who collects the nectar and pollen and who does all the work in the hive including feeding the drones. The drones are there to mate with the queen, they are consorts-in-waiting! Perhaps Glib is a girl! I can see that the moral of the book is that we can succeed with the determination to do so and for that it has great value. My apologies for being a pedantic spoilsport! Robin Bishop, Tauranga.

Very happy to see great weather over the Easter and according to Tauranga Jazz Festival organisers 60,000 people turned out in place of 30,000 in 2011. The headline act Earth, Wind & Fire seemed to go off like a rocket – hallelujah!! All in all, TCC ratepayers normal expectations are to benefit from this windfall immediately and the $90,000 ultra vires Council loan would be repaid to TCC along with the annual $30,000 grant injection which was outside the TCC policy guidelines too – a win, win

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For all the Government tells us how well they are doing, I note with interest that most letters I write them, are taking an inordinately long time to be replied to. It is as if they would prefer not t be bothered with anything too difficult, so if they leave the reply for long enough, hopefully by the time it does finally arrive the matter will have been forgotten. They seem to be doing the same thing to us over the Crafar Farm deal, so what’s the betting this decision will be conveyed around Anzac Day? R McGuinness, Tauranga.

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Friday 20 April

Katikati Ukulele Festival Music jam at

Katikati RSA. Meals from 5.30, music jam starts 7pm. All welcome. Mt Maunganui Golf Club 2012 NZ Matchplay championships. April 20, matchplay playoffs, 2 rounds. April 21 Matchplay playoffs, quarter & semi finals. Sunday 22 matchplay finals, 36 holes. A full field of NZ amateur men & women competitors seeking the title of NZ matchplay champion. 15 Fairway Ave, Mount. 572 7044 “Rakau Cola” New work by Tawhai Rickard & Tania Lewis-Rickard. Come along & meet the artists until May 9. Creative Tauranga Gallery, 112 Willow St, Tga.

Saturday 21 April

Anna Hawkins EP Release Concert

Supported by upcoming tenor Chase Douglas at Holy Trinity Church, Tauranga 7pm. Tickets $20 from www.ticketek.co.nz Door sales available on the night. Aqua-Evolution Swim School Term 2 ‘12 - Learn-to-swim/survival lessons for 12mths - adults. Free assessments! Spaces limited. Jan 571 5286 or office@aqua-evolution.org Art in the Park Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui 7.30am – 5pm. Tauranga Society of Artists offer for sale a variety of art to suit all tastes. Sunday if wet. Beauty for Ashes Girl’s day out April 28 at Otumoetai Baptist Chapel, 241 Otumoetai Baptist Chapel, 241 Otumoetai Rd 9.45am 3pm. Door donation. BOP Christian Singles Over 40’s free to join friendship group who meet monthly socially. 575 5556 Brazilian Percussion Absolute beginners Tauranga Samba every Sat 9.30am. Details at www.taurangasamba.org or 021 075 4300 Dance Party April 28 - The Ultimate Dance Party. Ballroom, Latin & modern jive etc. Te Puke Memorial Hall 7-10.30pm. BYO Drinks & supper. $12pp. The Dance Centre 542 1295 or http://www.udance2.co.nz Forest & Bird Walk Guided by historian Colin Adams to Rotoehu forest to see rock drawings left by Hongi Hika in the 1823 invasion of Rotorua. Meet at Boucher Ave car park near Export Meats 8.45am to share transport. Bring food, jacket, solid footwear & $5pp if carpooling. 4 hours return. Cathy 573 9566 or 027 223 4991

Katikati Tramping Club Tramp to Paranui track. Kaueranga Valley up to Kopu- Hikuai Rd & back. Rated easy. Barry 07 863 4597 Katikati Ukelele Festival Katikati Memorial Hall from 12.30pm (gold coin entry). All ages & ukuleles welcome. Sing & play along, workshops, blackboard concert. Early evening concert 5.30pm ($5) with Tangaroa Trio, Turkish Delight dancers & Ukulele All Stars Band. Lets Dance Tonight Te Puke Memorial Hall, Jellicoe St 7.30pm. Sequence & modern dancing to a live band. Light supper provided. All welcome. Gordon 572 0060 Paengaroa Community Hall Society Inc

Market/Breakfasts on the 3rd Sat of each month, Gates open from 7.30am, Breakfast from 8am. Market $5 per car boot, Breakfasts starts from $1.50, Bacon & eggs $8.50. Squash Adventure Fun Day Katikati Squash Club, 6 Wharawhara Rd 10am – 3pm. Learn the in’s & out’s of squash while enjoying other team sports. Bring sturdy shoes, snack or packed lunch & drink. Toni 570 3664 Tauranga Farmers Market Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Fresh & artisian produced food. Also Tauranga Brass plays 1940’s music 9.30-11am in conjunction with the forth coming Anzac commemorations. Vote now for the Tauranga Farmers’ Market in the 2012 Taste Farmers Markets Awards. Win a trip for 2 to Melbourne for ultimate tour of authentic farmers mkts plus other fantastic prizes. www. taurangafarmersmarket.co.nz Tauranga Woodcrafters Club Every 3rd Sat at club rooms, Yatton St, Greerton 1pm. Visitors & interested people welcome. Geoff 579 3637 The Sociables Males/Females 30’s/40’s. 022 012 0376

Sunday 22 April

Bible Seminars Every Sunday at Greerton

Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St 1.45pm. Title: The Bible’s Accurate Predictions - DVD presentation. Q&A. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Vic 543 0504 Friends Meet At Annex, Brain Watkins House cnr Elizabeth St/Cameron Rd 10am for an hour of mostly silent meditation. Followed by tea/coffee & chat. All welcome. Nick 548 1294 Gate Pa Bowling Club 1085 Cameron Rd, Gate Pa. Sunday’s variety pairs roll-up 10am. Tues Pairs & Fours roll-up 1pm. Thurs club aggregate 1pm. Mahjong every Tues 9am. Housie every Weds 11am - 1.30pm. Have a Go Lasertag Paintball Extreme, Baypark, Mt Maunganui 1-4pm. Using a paintball gun & gas canister, you can still shoot the gun but there are no paintballs. After each game check your stats on your gun’s individual LCD screen to see how many hits you scored. You

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Katikati Ukulele Festival Musical morning

tea at Athenree Homestead. $10 entry, music, morning tea & tour. Fundraiser for restoration by Athenree Homestead Trust. Learning Spiritual Laws Sunday’s at Director’s Room, Wholly Bagels & Pizza, 801 Cameron Rd 10-11am. Donations only. Remember & celebrate who you are! Mount Kids’ Market Stalls run by kids, come along & support the kids fundraising or earning extra pocket money. Monthly at Arataki Community Centre. Starts today 9-11.30am. Kids contact us today to pre-book your table (16yrs of age & under, conditions apply). 575 2048 or email: arataki@clmnz.co.nz Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market Every Sunday in Phoenix car park, rain or shine 9am - 1pm. Home grown, home made, fresh fruit & veges, breads, cheese, oils, plants & more. Downtown the Mount open 7 days. 575 9911

Palm Beach Plaza Lions Market

7.30am - 12.30pm. Stalls must be set up by 7.30am. Great range of goods for sale including fruit & vege, arts & crafts. $10 per car space. 0272 593 120. Next market May 13. Papamoa Country Music Club Papamoa Sports & Recreation Centre, Parton Rd 1-4.30pm. Special guest singer: Joy Adams, international recording artist. Visitors $4 incl afternoon tea. Members $3 a plate please. Sharon 572 1983 Petanque Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. Neita 572 3768 Radio Controlled Model Yachts Meet Sun & Thurs 1.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to race Electron class yachts. Graham 572 5419 Recall Class for Dogs Does you dog not come when it’s called? Come along to a Recall Class at Absolutely Precious Paws Doggy Day Care to learn how to get your dog to ‘come’ consistently. 35b Glasgow St, Tga 2-3pm. Cost $25. Book at headoffice@preciouspaws.co.nz or www.preciouspaws.co.nz txt/ph 0272 419 945 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 Theosophical Society “The Wisdom of Now, Beyond Self Development” DVD of Tim Boyd, President of the Theosophical society in America, at Tauranga Yoga Centre, Elizabeth St West 2pm. Entry by donation. All welcome. June 576 6106 Western Bay Harness Club AGM May 6 at Bureta Park Hotel 1pm. 543 2152

Monday 23 April

Aspergers Coffee & Chat Group Support

group at Junction office, 4 Roys Rd, Greerton 10am – 12pm. 579 9890 Badminton Club Mt Maunganui Club night at Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd 7-9pm. All past & new players welcome. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529 Bethlehem Bowling Bethlehem Hall every Mon 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 (No class Anzac Day) Memorial Hall, 11th Ave. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. All welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Capoeira Classes Mon, Tues & Thurs at Mount Sports Centre, cnr Maunganui & Hull Rds 6-7.30pm. Weds at cnr Elizabeth & Glasgow Sts 6-7pm. Kids classes every Weds at Mount Primary 3.15-4.15pm, every Fri at Papamoa Primary 4-5.30pm. Fire Brigade Indoor Bowling Club Club night, McGill Trophy 7.30pm at Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd. Anne 579 1079 Fitness League Tone & align your body, increase flexibility & stamina. First class free. Mon at Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd & Tues at St John’s Anglican Hall, Seddon St, Waihi. Both 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378 Genealogy Friendly Group Meeting Papamoa Community Centre 1pm. 575 4674 Greerton Senior Citizen’s Club Maitland St Extn. Indoor Bowls Mon, Thurs, Sat 12.45pm. Housie Fri. Over 55’s welcome. Joy 541 1725 Harmony a Plenty Barbershop Chorus Every Mon Bethlehem Community Church, Moffat Rd 7pm. New members welcome. 542 4191 or www.harmonyaplenty.co.nz Junior Badminton Bethlehem College 6-7.30pm. Some racquets available. Sue 543 0035 or 021 194 4335 Mt Maunganui Hash House Harriers Seeking younger members to the club (20-50yr plus) every Mon 6-9pm. Different location each week. Walkers 4-6km, runners 6-9km. $5pp approx. Phil 021 822 208 Otumoetai Indoor Bowling Club Club Singles (Jaggard Cup - markers needed), Matua School Hall, Clivedene St 7.15pm. Karen 576 0443 Relationships Aotearoa Mon - Parenting Through Separation, free course for separating parents 10am - 12pm. Positively Me 4 Women - self esteem course for women 12.30-2.30pm. Blended Families, course for parents in combined household 7-9pm. ManMade, self

The Weekend Sun’s guide to who’s playing and where. esteem course for men 7-9pm. Tues - Parenting Through Separation 7-9pm. Positively Me for Women 12.30-2.30pm. Hot Monogamy - for people in a committed relationship 7-9.30pm. Weds - Parenting for Success, parenting your 2-12yr olds 7-9pm. Sex, Drugs & Homework, course for parents of teenagers 7-9pm. Parenting through Separation, Papamoa 10am 12pm. Thurs - Positively Me 4 women 7-9pm. Living without Pornography. Weekend Course - relationship secrets, for couples. 576 8392 Sequence Dance Class Modern sequence dance tuition & revision every Mon 1-3pm St Johns Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai. $3pp. Gordon 573 4333 St Columba Indoor Bowling Club Progressive, St Columba Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd. Names in by 7.15pm. New bowlers welcome. Jenny 576 3584 Tauranga Bridge Club Sessions Mon, Weds, Thurs 7.30pm. Tues & Fri 1pm at 252 Ngatai Rd, Tga. 576 5022 Tauranga RSA Indoor Bowling Club Indoor bowls at RSA clubrooms on Monday’s, names in by 12.45pm & Weds - names in at 6.45pm. 578 2239 Tauranga Sequence Dance Club Have fun, get fit, enjoy friends & dance. Every Mon & Weds 7-10pm. Bring a partner. Barbara 552 6227. Every Fri Workshop, tuition & revision 7pm pm. Ray 576 9332

Te Puke & District Highland Pipe Band

Experienced pipers & drummers invited to join the team. Vacancies available, free lessons learner drummers & pipers. Sue 573 8890 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. (No classes Anzac Day) Thurs 8.459.45am at Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.30-11.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.15-10.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. 578 9272

Tuesday 24 April

Alcoholics Anonymous Mount Maunganui meet every Tues at St Peters Hall, 11 Victoria St 7.30pm. 0800 229 6757 (0800 AA Works) for other AA meetings. Bridge - Mount Play Contract Bridge with U3A’s friendly Mt Maunganui group. Table money $2pp. Richard 572 3612 Conversation Cafe for Seniors (Disability friendly) every Tues at St Andrew’s Church, Dee St, Mount 10am - 12pm. Morning tea, fellowship, games. $5. 575 9347


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Every Tues at Links Soccer Field, Mt Maunganui for exercise, fun & fellowship. No experience required for ladies 50+. Dorothy 579 5232 Grey Power WBOP Monthly meeting Wesley Hall 10am. Guest speaker, morning tea. New members welcome. 571 2558 Junior Badminton Otumoetai College 5.15-6.45pm. Some racquets available. Sue 543 0035 or 021 194 4335 Israeli Dance Beginners class each week at Gate Pa Primary School, Cameron Rd 7-8pm. No partners required. All ages welcome. Maria 544 1680 Katikati Indoor Bowls Katikati Memorial Hall Tues 12.45pm & Weds 7.15pm. John 549 3466 Katikati Mah Jong Encourages hard hands, restricts easy hands. Resource Centre, Beach Rd every Tues 1-4pm. 549 5954 Katikati Support Group Coffee & chat for people with an experience of mental illness at Katikati Resource Centre, Beach Rd 10am – 12pm. 579 9890 Mount Aglow Salvation Army, 57 Eversham Rd, Mt Maunganui 9.45am. All ladies invited to join if you are needing a new direction to your life. Guest speaker: Sanora King – “In the valleys”. Shared lunch to follow. Raewyn 574 6967

Mount Joggers & Walkers Club

Meet at Scout Hall, May St, Mt Maunganui every Tues & Fri 9.15-10.30am. Burn off some chocolate! All welcome. 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. Josie 574 1131 Papamoa Mumz Meet with other mums with pre-school children every Tues during term time at Papamoa Support Centre, 95 Hartford Ave 9.30-11.30am. 574 7170 Positively Me for Women Highly recommended self esteem course. Tues 12.302.30pm. Papamoa Support Centre 574 7170 Scrabble Enthusiasts Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 9am. 3 games, $2.50. New players welcome. 544 8372 Sit and Be Fit Class Seated down class. Focused on balance, stability, aerobic, flexibility/strength. Tues 11.30-12.30pm at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 11am-12pm (no class Anzac Day) Greenwood Park Village, Welcome Bay. 578 9272 South City Indoor Bowls Club visit from Oropi, Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Mary 541 0687

Tauranga Astronomical Society

The observatory & hall open at Fergusson Park 7.30pm. Speaker: Mike O’Rourke “Human Factors in Observation”. Public

welcome. Telescope viewing if weather permits. 576 5389 Tauranga Indoor Bowling Club Championship singles, Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St 7pm start. New bowlers welcome. Ken 579 9789 Tauranga Toastmasters Tga Lyceum Club, 1st Tues 7.15-8.45pm. Exterminate the butterflies, confidence building, improving public speaking & leadership skills. Alan 544 5989 Toastmasters, Excel Club Learn to be a competent communicator & get your message across. Meet 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues of month at Senior Citizen’s Centre, 345 Maunganui Rd, Mt 6.15pm. New members welcome. Tess 575 6610

Wednesday 25 April

Administrative Professional’s Day

AAPNZ celebration May 2. Wine & canapes at Sebel Trinity Wharf with guest speaker, Meghan Bowker, director of Repertoire. Registrations 5pm for 5.30pm start. Registrations close April 23. Email: tauranga@aapnz.org.nz Anzac Day Conference 14th Ave Gospel Centre 10am - 12pm, 1pm - 3pm. Bible teaching & ministry by Robbie Fleming & David Goold. Meals provided. All welcome.

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No play tonight - Anzac Day. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529 Balmoral’s Marching Team Ladies interested in joining this new team aged 20-50yrs welcome. Experience preferred but not necessary. Practice Weds 6.15-8.15pm at Greerton Primary School. Anita 571 4096 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 at Te Puke Clinic 573 5614. Every Thurs at Katikati Clinic 549 0399. Creative Inspiration A journey of creative discovery for women. Art activities for personal growth. No special talents needed. Weds 12.302.30pm. (No class Anzac Day) Papamoa Support Centre 574 7170 Gate Pa Indoor Bowls Betta Electrical Championship Singles (Seagar Trophy). Markers required 7pm. Greerton Hall. Kevin 543 4044 Global Hearts Exercise Group Weds (no class Anzac Day) 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 Mount Playgroup At Link’s Soccer Club every Weds (except Anzac Day) & Fri 9.3011.30am. Great place for mums to meet while the kids play with a hall full of toys. New members welcome.

Ohauiti Indoor Bowling Club Every Weds at Ohauiti Hall 7.15pm. No experience necessary, coaching available. All ages welcome. Glennis 544 4022 Orange City Square & Round Dance Club

Weds: 1st & 3rd advanced, 2nd & 4th plus. Thurs: new dancer class & club night. Frontiersmen’s Hall 7.30pm. 543 1063

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94 Bureta Rd. Open Weds (except Anzac Day) 6.30-8.30pm. Thurs 9.30-11.30am, Fri 9.30-11.30am. A number of membership options available. 576 9923 or 027 857 7452 Salvation Army Meeting For all women every Weds (except Anzac Day)10am morning tea, 10.30am meeting at Salvation Army, cnr Cameron Rd & 5th Ave, Tauranga. New members welcome. Jennifer 578 4264 Scottish Country Dancing Every Weds, Senior Citizens’ Hall, Maunganui Rd & every Fri, Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd. Both 7.30pm. 544 0839 Soulfood Relax, unwind, be still, reflect, refresh, enjoy. Share a selection of sacred & inspirational writings & music from around the world. 6 Moiri Plc 7.30pm 544 2786 Toastmasters - City Early Start Improve communication, leadership & teamwork skills. Make it happen. Join the motivated & enthusiastic group every Weds (except Anzac Day) at Zaggers Cafe 6.45-8.15am. Email: LaniDTM@kol.co.nz or 571 1545. Website: http://cityearlystart.toastmastersclubs.org

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Leadership skills, speaking skills. Weds at St George’s Church Hall, cnr Cameron Rd & Church St 7.15pm. All welcome. Alan 544 5989 T.S. Chatham (Sea Cadets) Every Weds (Except Anzac Day) at TYPBC, Keith Allan Drive, Sulphur Point 6.30-9pm. Lee 542 5377 or 027 291 6151 or email: leew. lynnc@xtra.co.nz Walking Group Age Concern walking group not happening this week due to Anzac Day. All welcome. 578 2631 Wednesday Walking Group Every Weds at Palmers Garden Centre, Welcome Bay. Leave at 9am for walks of approx 1 hour. Slow, medium & quick walkers. Free, apart from coffee afterwards. Occasional walks outside the district. All welcome. Mike 543 4733 or email: pellmell@ihug.co.nz

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Age Concern Tauranga Monthly Meeting, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club, 14 Norris St (behind Pak n Save), Tauranga 10am. Topic: Communicating your concerns to your health provider. Q&A also. Guest speaker: Bev Dowling, health consumer service. $3pp incls morning tea. All welcome. 578 2631 Community Bible Study International Join us at 14th Ave Gospel Centre 10am - 12pm April 26 - May 24 for an interdenominational in-depth study of Isaiah. Joan 576 9065

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Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Classes start today in Welcome Bay 9.30am & 5.45pm. 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, Thurs 9.30am Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd & Wed 10am Katikati Memorial Hall Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 170 Free Introductory Dance Lesson May 3 at Baypark Stadium Function (Events) Centre 7pm. All welcome. The Dance Centre 542 1295 or http:// www.udance2.co.nz Grief Support Services Support group for the elderly. Safe group to discuss issues such as isolation, loss of independence, grief. Six Thursday’s starting today 10.30am. 578 4480 Keynotes 4 Part Harmony Women’s chorus meet every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Pam 578 3757 Mah Jong Te Puke Every Thurs at Lyceum Rooms 1-4pm. $2 entry. Gig 573 5355 Mainly Music Fun interactive music sessions for preschoolers (0-5yrs) & their parents/caregivers. Every Thurs (during term time) Salvation Army cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd 9.45am. Morn. tea provided followed by playtime. $3 per session or $25 for 10 week concess. card. Davina 544 2417 Mount Art Group Every Thurs at St Peter’s Parish Hall, 11 Victoria Rd, Mount 9am - 2pm. New & casual members welcome. Merilynn 575 6777 or 0274 846 874 Mount Junior Chess Club Every Thurs during school term at Arataki Community Centre 6-7.30pm. Coaching & tournament play. Bob/ Viv 575 5845 Mt Maunganui Creative Fibre Group Every Thurs at Arataki Community Centre 9am - 1pm. All welcome. Sandy 575 6357 Social Bridge Thurs at Tauranga Bridge Club, 252 Ngatai Rd, Otumoetai 1pm. No partners required.

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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.

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Authentic Rock & Roll music, every Thurs, Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St, Tauranga 7.30-9.30pm. $3 entry. All welcome. Maria 576 7326

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Book Release ‘Strip the Willow’ by Colin Belk at Cafe at the Balcony, Katikati 6pm. Tickets $10 from Katikati Info Centre 549 1658 Free Family Movie Night St Mary’s Anglican Church, Girven Rd 7pm. Free entry. 1/2 time snacks $2. Adults must be with children - it’s not a drop off event. Movie clue: You have made the cat angry. You do not want to make the cat angry! Gay/Bi Mens’ Support Group Do you need a trusting person to talk to? Discretion assured. For meetings & locations ph/txt Alex 027 358 5934 Greerton Indoor Bowling Club Handicap 4’s in Band Hall, Yatton St 7pm. Sally 571 8914 Kirtan Enjoy music & chanting - the joy of bhakti yoga! Tauranga Yoga centre, Elizabeth St West 7-9pm. Gold coin donation. Youth on the Coast Christian Group Fri’s 6-7.20pm intermed, 7.159pm college Evans Rd Community Church, Papamoa. $2. 0274 377 868

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. 50) It’s time for feijoas! Also known (elsewhere) as the pineapple guava or gauvasteen, feijoas are – as Dr Who would say – cool. So obscure that their name isn’t even recognised by my spell-check, the little green jewels originally come from Brazil and the trees here at the Watusi Country Club are just about ready. I made my first crumble of the year last week. For Jan Preston (she too loves feijoas). Unlike the kiwifruit, feijoas are genuinely unknown by 95 per cent of tourists. Amaze passing foreigners with feijoa chutney, feijoa wine, feijoa muffins… And remember – feijoas are cool. 51) The seventies are back! Everyone was pretty embarrassed by the clothes they wore in the seventies. Until they saw the outfits that people donned in the eighties. (Every decade since then has just been a reworking of previous decades.) But the one thing we can all agree on is that the music was better in the seventies. We all have a guilty secret lurking in our closets from that free-wheeling time and mine comes in the form of an original album by Paper Lace (there were only two), the English storytellers responsible for gifting the world with “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” and – even more famously – “The Night Chicago Died”. They told it like it was. Yeah. “Daddy was a cop on the East Side of

Paper Lace are keeping the seventies alive and kicking. Chicago, back in the USA, back in the bad old days …”. I used to love that stuff. Later in life, upon visiting the Home of the Blues I discovered that Chicago doesn’t actually have an East Side. Who cares? The joy of silly pop songs seems to have evaporated somewhat since those innocent times, but in 1974 “The Night Chicago Died” was the biggest selling single in the world. Now Paper Lace is coming to town along with The New Seekers (who had a hit or three of their own). They’re at Baycourt on Tuesday 1 May. Forget disco, time to spend that money y’all saved by not going to Earth Wind and Fire and check out some real seventies music. 52) The kids are alright! They say that music is in the blood. It may well even be true. There have certainly been a number of “second generation” Tauranga musicians out and about recently and, for some reason, it gladdens my heart. Singer/songwriter Kelsi Bullot is the daughter of Kokomo’s harp player Grant Bullot; singer/songwriter Dylan Israel is the son of singer/songwriter John Michaelz. And Oscar Laven is the son of multi-instrumentalist Robbie Laven and the ridiculously talented Marion Arts. Oscar, who plays trumpet, clarinet, bassoon, and several saxophones is currently studying music down in Wellington and playing with a gypsy jazz duo called Gypsologie, combining dazzling playing with youthful exuberance

and outrageous dress sense. Of course, this phenomenon is nothing new. There are many examples. One name that springs to mind is Alana Milson, jazz pianist, one-time rock sax player with Sons of Beaches, and daughter of respected jazz cat and ex-Big Band leader Leith Milson. 53) Psychobilly! I’ve always dug the various forms of rockabilly music out there and in Tauranga we have our very own (fantastic) psychobilly band, Molly Gun. Originally formed as Absynthia and the Riot, Molly Gun is fronted by vocalist Shannon Avery and deliver all the excitement and energy you could ask for. They’re dangerous. And they’ve recently put out an EP. Last week they performed live for the Soundtree webcast. You can see them at www.soundtreeproductions. com/live 54) Taste sensations! I’m a sucker for a taste sensation. Any sort of sensation really. But I was lucky enough to eat at Somerset Cottage recently and had my taste buds well and truly blown by their Banana Soufflé. Served with rum-spiked pineapple, it was a thing of ephemeral beauty, the texture so light that it seemed to dissolve on my tongue, with the pineapple providing a subtly acidic counterpoint. In my mind I regard the finest desserts as “D’Yquem Desserts”, ones that would merit eating alongside a glass of Chateau D’Yquem (if I could ever afford it). This is one.

Classical cross-over concert Rising Tauranga music star Anna Hawkins will be performing a one-off concert on Saturday, ahead of a trip to Europe to record an album in her signature cross-over style. After developing a passion for singing as a young girl in Matamata, she first performed aged seven, then recorded her first album at 13. Anna’s show at the Holy Trinity Church follows the release of her EP album Credo, which she describes as a fusion of classical and contemporary music. Anna has recently turned her complete attention to music to focus on her dream of a musical career. “I’ve put everything into it the last two years. It was just time to get really serious about it.” The show will feature songs from her EP, a collection of stirring songs including favourites from the stage, haunting Celtic tunes, jazz and her take on popular songs

‘Hallelujah’ and Eva Cassidy’s ‘I Know You By Heart’. “Music is my passion, it’s a universal language that can speak right to the heart. I love to tell a story and to bring inspiration to people through music.” She is supported by local tenor Chase Douglas, who recently toured with Hayley Westenra, violinist Amelia Taylor and pianist Barbara Caygill. In June, Anna will record a full length album with award-winning producers in Poland and the UK. Proceeds from this concert will fund this next album. “I am so excited about the opportunity to record with such talented people and musicians.”

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Part contemporary, part classical – upcoming Tauranga singer Anna Hawkins will use funds from Saturday’s concert to recording an album in Europe.

Lions set to roar at variety concert Ten years ago, Otumoetai Lions staged the first variety concert for elderly citizens, especially those who live alone or are at home with families. The invitation was also extended to folk living in rest homes and retirement villages. Even though entertainers often visit their rest homes, going to the Lions

A large crowd attended the 2010 concert held at Bureta Park Motor Inn. concert allows seniors to meet others in a happy atmosphere and share a cup of tea and a chat. The success relies on good weather, good volunteer performers and a venue to keep everyone happy. This year, Bureta Park Motor Inn manager Jill Priest has made the Rosewood Room available free of charge. The program, which runs for two hours with a break for a cuppa in the middle, has a variety of performers under MC Brendan Horan, including the Tine Peet’s Celtic young dancers, soprano Jan Beers and young crooner Reuben Simpson. If you’d like to go to the concert on Saturday, May 5 at 2 pm, ring Harry on 570 0257 or Brian on 576 2482.


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Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner Dir: Brad Bird Tom Cruise is not exactly flavour of the month these days. It’s hard not to think of him as just a weird Scientologist. And the Mission Impossible films have a mixed track record. But here’s one thing about all of them: they’re fun. You don’t have to pretend you’re watching anything profound but you know going in that at least you’ll get a plot of some sort with a couple of twists, a little verbal humour and some spectacular “mission” sequences. And that’s all here, present and correct. Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) proves just the right man for the job and turns in an unpretentious over-thetop thrill ride.

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It is, of course, totally outlandishly unbelievable. Who cares? At least it doesn’t feature vampires, werewolves, ancient Greeks sword-fighting, or a teenage hero. Or a love interest. What it does have is someone blowing up the Kremlin and Tom Cruise abseiling down the world’s tallest building. And Simon Pegg providing comedy relief. Perhaps on another day I would have hated this film from beginning to end, but it struck me at the right time. There’s nothing wrong with accepting the silliness and just going along for the ride. At least you’re in the hands of people who know what their doing

As has become apparent to anyone with even a passing relationship with the blogosphere, fanboys the world over are not happy with George Lucas. The charges are amply detailed in The People Vs George Lucas a fun doco that explores the strange parallel dimension inhabited by Star Wars fans and their love-hate relationship with the man who keeps messing with their childhood memories. Eloquently investigating matters of great import – the “special editions”, the nonsense that is The Phantom Menace, Jar-Jar Binks farting, and the Greedo shooting first debacle – this film will free your inner Star Wars geek. If that’s what you want. Red Nights is a rather sick minimalist French/Chinese co-production set in a stylish though surprisingly deserted Hong Kong. It does have something of a thriller plot, with French woman Catherine on the run with a mysterious artefact that everyone seems to want. Principle amongst her pursuers is a mysterious Chinese woman who brings with her a righteous helping of kinky sadomasochistic sex and torture. The former is (briefly) erotic, the latter extremely unpleasant. It’s not much of a film really, so dull and unconvincing in places that one assumes it exists only to showcase the couple of torture scenes. Opening in Algeria in 1927 as a family are thrown off their ancestral land to make way for French colonialist, Outside The Law tracks the subsequent lives of three brothers, each of which take very different courses. We meet them again after the World War 2 liberation of Paris as an Algerian march for independence is brutally suppressed, and then follow them through the ‘50s. One brother is in the French army in Indochina (Vietnam), one is a pimp in Paris and one is in jail before rising to be the head of the resistance. It’s a film not without flaws. Some dialogue is stilted and some characters not well drawn. But it does have considerable power and adds to the growing number of French films now confronting that country’s shameful past in Algeria. With the vampire craze still limping along, it’s no real surprise that this 2008 film about the “original” female vampire, Hungary’s Countess Bathory, has been released. Bathory

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1 DAY MOSAIC WORKSHOP a full day of hands on mosaic experience. 28th April great for beginners or those wanting to learn new skills. Tools supplied. $95 + Materials Clay Art Studio, Historic Village, 17th Ave Ph: 571 3726 MOSAIC WAREHOUSE want to decorate your home & garden, make gifts for family & friends. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, all your mosaic supplies in one shop. Huge selection available. Making mosaics is easy & so much fun. Give it a go, you’ll love it. Unit 29, 23 Tukorako Drive, Mount (off Hull Rd) Tues to Sat 10am2pm eftpos Ph 572 3866 www.mosaicwarehouse.co.nz

OWN A COMPUTER? Then put it to work! Up to $850-$5000+ mth PT/FT 08 329 3428 SLEEP SUPPORT TRU2U montmorency tart cherry concentrate richest natural melatonin. zzzzzz Now $55.40. Hardy’s Bayfair, Hardy’s Organic Papamoa, 0800 833 333

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Corporate Angels Ladies and gay males required for our busiest $100 season. ½ hr

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Phone 579 0085 or 021 606 180

boarder wanted

$$$$ MONEY for Spring. Corporate Angels Escort Agency. Ladies and Gay Males welcome for our extremely busy season. Apply in confidence to Allan 021 606 180

bible digest

“AND HIS EXPECTATION will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly god loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:5

business opportunity

cars for sale

CAR FAIR – BUY OR SELL ANY VEHICLE, Every Sunday at 11th Avenue Car park opposite Mad Butcher 8am-noon. Vehicle Finance available from Heartland Finance. Phone for more information 0277339686 or www. taurangacarfair.co.nz TOYOTA HIACE, NEW WOF & reg. Tidy for age, high kms but goes well. $4000 ONO ph 027 699 8356

computers

COMPUTER GETTING you down? Problems, viruses, upgrades, internet, new or

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computers

refurb PC’s, tuition or advice. Ph Bruce for a no obligation chat or quote 576 7940 or 021 260 9183 VIRUS & SPYWARE REMOVAL Upgrades, servicing and repairs Free call out and quotation New power supply $70 fitted Motherboards From $100 fitted. All work has 12 month warranty. Laptops from $300, Desktops from $125. Wanted - faulty pc & laptops. Call Crystal Computing Tel: 07 579 5860 or 021 156 0055

computer repairs

FREE ONSITE DIAGNOSE & quote. We come to you & don’t charge extra for travel. Pensioner discounts. Ph Kyle at Tech Solutions 027 828 7078

employment wanted

CLEANER, HOUSE/DOMESTIC experienced with references. Requires work in Tauranga, Mt Maunganui areas. Ph Sheryle 577 0673

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CELEBRITY SLIM nutritionally balanced weight loss while enjoying life. No calorie counting. No points. No gimmicks. New deals each month. Hardy’s Bayfair, Hardy’s organic Papamoa, 0800 833 333

flatmate wanted

TO SHARE 3 BEDROOM house in Tuihana location Papamoa. Own bedroom and bathroom. $150 pw plus expenses. Phone Caro 027 391 6321 WELCOME BAY, quiet, close to bus and park. $100 plus expenses ph 027 367 6892

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BALANCE SQUEEZE GELS. Intense exercise. Ultimate energy. Fast absorbing. 2x10 packs $30 save $16.80. Hardy’s Bayfair, Hardy’s Organic Papamoa, 0800 833 333 CONCRETE SLEEPERS everlasting and realistic, from $9.00 each. Village Stone, 53 Hull Rd. Mt Maunganui. Ph 575 4887 FIREWOOD APPROX 2METRES cubed of mainly split gum $100. Approx 2metres mixed logs $50 Ph 543 3003 FIREWOOD FOR SALE 2 cubic meters, dry pine $130 4 cubic meters, dry pine $200. Free local delivery. Phone 027 727 8106 FREE DELIVERY, FIREWOOD for sale. Lawons & Pine mix. $75cubic metre. Ph Scott today on 0274 624 769 PAVERS Factory seconds, half price. 53 Hull Rd Mt Maunganui. Ph 575 4887

garage sale

KIDS TOYS, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS 85 Oriental Pde, Papamoa. 8am onwards

health & beauty

LOSE WEIGHT FEEL GREAT! Join a ‘New Look’ clinic in your area. Healthy eating with real food. Ph Bernice NOW 576 4848 NATURAL NEW ZEALAND Health Products. Something for everyone. NZ Chartered

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Natural Therapies and Natural Medicine Practitioners. Opposite BP Te Puke. Ph 573 5533 www.naturaltherapiesltd.co.nz and www.kiwikitz.com REVITALISE LONG TERM STRESS. Solgar Ashwaganda. Aids physical mental fatique. Great for exams. $42.10 Hardy’s Bayfair, Hardy’s Organic Papamoa, 0800 833 333

house for sale

FANTASTIC LIFESTYLE BLOCK AT PIKOWAI Within easy commuting to Tauranga, Te Puke and Whakatane this 4 bedroom brick home is in paradise! Beautiful sea and rural views 6 acres grazing land, horse pens, heaps of shedding, butchery and chiller for own use single garage with sleepout/ office big games room or can be converted to extra double garage, chook house, drenching race for the cattle. 11.5 x 4.5 metre in ground swimming pool which is fully decked and fenced. This is a beautiful home and comes with a share in the community woolshed, tennis courts and cattle yards. Own water scheme. Fantastic community to belong to - be in quick! Price of house has been slashed! to $550,000 - urgent sale. Ph 027 281 7427 today.

house sitter

FREE HOUSE SITTERS 10 years experience Tauranga area. Middle aged couple. Outstanding references. Available 8 September-18 December Ph 027 302 8328

lifestyle coaching

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

TRUCK LICENCES

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“More than training, we deliver peace of mind” Need a licence to drive a truck, heavy machinery or transport dangerous goods? We also offer forklift, vehicle recovery and passenger endorsements. Let us take care of everything. Next courses running in our Mt Maunganui Branch Truck Licensing - 7th May / 21st May Forklift - 10th May / 7th June Confined Spaces - 2nd May Fall Arrest - 3rd May

CALL NOW! 0800 267 476 Or visit our website www.amsgroup.co.nz HAMILTON-AUCKLAND-MASTERTON-MOUNT MAUNGANUI–PALMERSTON NORTH–NAPIER

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mobility

FOR ALL DISABILITY NEEDS, visit our showroom, 29 Burrows Street, Tauranga, ph 578 1213 MES “Supporting your Independence” for 12+years STAIRLIFTS – Make life easy with a stairlift, enjoy the home you love by installing an Acorn Stairlift. Call us now TOLL FREE 0800782475 or www.acornstairlifts.co.nz WE’RE SMALL, WE’RE PERSONAL, we know mobility scooters. Phone Pam or Ben Mobility Solutions BOP 575 2033

motorhome sale

CARAVANS/MOTORHOMES FOR SALE. April 21 & 22 Baypark Speedway. Tauranga sellers $75 book early or you WILL miss out. Email rvkiwi@xtra.co.nz or phone 027 497 4606 for site application form. Free entry for public

situations vacant

A HOME BASED OPPORTUNITY. For $500 you can become financially independent. Phone me now and I’ll show you how. Not M.L.M.-Denise Bird 07 574 2261

to let

AVAILABLE NOW!!! A fantastic 3 bedroom home. Perfectly placed at the end of a cul-de-sac in Brookfield within minutes walking distance to schools, preschools, park, shops, supermarket etc. Fully fenced with single powered garage. Only $360pw long term ph or text Kathy on 027 211 9193 Today!

trades & services

AIRCONDITIONING HEATPUMPS LG 5.2kw installed for just $2700*. All electrical services also available at low rates. 027 547 3831 or 543 0062 for details. ALLAN HOLMES FOR ALL your carpentry, lockfitting & Handyman jobs around the home. Big or Small. Free quotes. Reasonable rates. Call 021 992 678 or after hours on 07 576 3543 BUILDER 30 YEARS experience in BOP. Outdoor areas, decks, pergolas, retaining walls, fences etc. Reasonable rates.Free quotes. Excellent references. Ph Keith today on 578 6869 or 021 377 387

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BUILDER AVAILABLE NOW New homes, renovations, bricklaying, quality rates, quality work. No job too big or small. Call me now for a quote. DK Builders - Dieter 021 474 299 or 574 2139 a/h CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY CLEANING lounge, dining and hallway $70 free phone 0800 357 534 Jetstream carpet cleaning ELECTRICIAN A professional and affordable registered electrician. New builds, alterations, repairs. Ph Steve 578 0555, 027 848 6042 GARDENING, SECTION CLEAN UPS, weeding, smallhedge & tree pruning etc, pebble gardens, painting jobs, regular or casual. Ph Eric 577 1988 GORSE SPRAYING Do you have a gorse problem? Ph today for a FREE quote for all gorse control. Scott 0274 624 769 GUTTERING CLEAN and repairs, moss removal. Experienced Certified Roofer. Free quotes. Ph Peter now 542 4291 or 0274 367 740 HANDYMAN BUILDING and section maintenance, decks, fencing, pergolas, painting, water blasting, odd jobs. Free quotes Ph Rossco 027 270 3313 or 544 5911 INSECT SCREENS Measure. Make. Mend. Contact Rob at Magic Seal 543 4940 LAWN MOWING, covering Katikati through to Bethlehem Otumoetai areas. Experienced contractor. Friendly reliable service. Call Chris 027 200 8578 or a/h 07 549 0446

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PAINTER / DECORATOR Interior & Exterior, quality workmanship, friendly services. Over 20 years specialising in residential and more. Quality paint at trade prices. For your best advice in all areas Ph Shane Mount/Tauranga Decorators 544 6495 or 021 575 307 PLUMBING WORKS no job too big or small, blocked drains, plumbing, spouting & roof repairs. Ph 571 5558 RETAINING WALL SPECIALIST Pole walls, crib walls, tilt slab concrete walls. Excavation and levelling. The best in the business. Ph Mike 0274 942 966 a/h 07 548 1985 ROOFING & SPOUTING Metal fascia, gutter and rainwater systems. Long run corrugate. Maintenance, repairs or replacement. Free no obligation quotes. PROFIX 0274 965 375 profixltd@xtra.co.nz 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

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SHUZI HEALTH FASHION JEWELLERY for arthritis, insomnia, balance, aches pains, many more. Hardy’s Bayfair, Hardy’s Organic Papamoa, 0800 833 333 SAY GOODBYE TO GORSE! Do you have a gorse problem? We are experts for gorse control and can spray it all goodbye. Ph us today for a FREE quote for all gorse control. Ph Scott 0274 624 769. SAVE ON WATER RATES have a home bore put in by me for all your Garden & lawn irrigation. Workmanship guaranteed. Phone Grant 07 575 9633 or 027 575 9633 SHARPAZ BUILDING LICENSED BUILDER for all your building needs, trade qualified, new homes, alterations, decks/ fences. Ph Tai for a no obligation quote, 577 1802 or 021 997 409 STUMPINATOR STUMP Grinding free quotes & prompt service. Narrow machine to access rear yards. Ph 576 4245 or 0220 764 245 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 TREE FELLING, PRUNING & removal/chipping. No job to big or small. Ph Scott 0274 624 769

Consuming The heavenly Father’s pure love that flows from the very furnace of heaven is an all-consuming fire.

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TREE SHRUB AND HEDGES Trimming, topping, removal, rubbish removal, satisfaction guaranteed, free quote. Steve Hockly 571 5958

transport

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

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FRUIT, AVOCADOS, FEIJOAS, TAMARILOS, citrus, etc. We pick, freight & pay you cash. Crops big or small. Call Mary 027 220 9956

garage sale

IF YOU WANT TO GET MAXIMUM CASH from your garage sale, get your message into The Weekend Sun as we are the most read newspaper in the western bay! for only $19 Plus you receive free signs! Ph Tasha on 07 928 3042

travel & tours

A HOLIDAY OR DAY-OUT. Every week. Small Group Tours. Door to Door Hinterland Tours Ph Kae & Rick 07 575 8118 BEE POLLEN FROM GOOD HEALTH brilliant multi straight from nature. Complete health store in one product. 400 caps $49.90 save $12.50 Hardy’s Bayfair, Hardy’s Organic Papamoa, 0800 833 333 CURTIS COACHES, for all your coach travel needs! Curtisy Tours. Come join the fun. Day and away trips phone 07 5439205 for quotes or newsletter. SCOTTSDALE SENIOR TOURS, fully escorted owner/operated since 1978. Ph free for colour brochure today 0800 664 414. Also see www.scottsdaletours.co.nz

of the father’s love

It’s a love that is far beyond the delight of top shelf champagne. Even more delicious than ice cream covered in chocolate sauce and lavishly adorned with fruits and lolly sprinkles. The Father’s love is a love that He baptises us in fire out of intimacy of relationship with Him. It’s a love that makes you cry out for more, wanting to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that

you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God Ephesians 3 v 18. The fire of the Father’s love is a love that burns away the mistakes of the past and releases a new day of forgiveness. My farming father used to burn a hillside covered with gorse and scrub. The result was blackened ashes but with new seed and fertiliser spread over the blackened ground, new life would spring forth resulting in new hope to prosper and a brighter future. My prayer for our nation of Aotearoa is, “Father, consuming fire, be our heart’s desire. Living flame of love come baptise us. Let us fall more in love with you than us that we might find the very depths and heights of your love. I give you my heart, here is my heart, you can have it all. Amen!

The consuming fire of the Father’s love is ever ready for you to embrace and His arms are always out stretched with a welcome that surpasses knowledge. Come to the Father and allow the consuming fire of love to take you into a new season of hope. It is time for the match of revival fire to be lit in our hearts to cause a nationwide revival across Aotearoa the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Janet Johansen

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Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year There’s no rest for Phoebe Ball since she became one of New Zealand’s latest country music stars. As well as many engagements throughout New Zealand she was also highly acclaimed at the recent Tamworth Country Music Festival in Australia. Pastor Tom Frew, who produces Sunday Night @ Central, at Central Baptist Church, which is next door to Countdown on Cameron Road, has a desire to give local artists every opportunity to hone their talents and enhance their exposure at, what has become, one of the city’s most popular monthly Sunday night events. In February the event starred

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the renowned country fiddler, Marian Burns. This event had a capacity audience and Tom expects the same for Phoebe Ball’s appearance this Sunday, 22 April at 7pm. Doors are open from 6.30pm and people are advised to arrive early as seating and parking are limited. There is no entrance fee, but, a freewill offering is taken up to help with expenses. It is Pastor Frew’s ambition to have a regular Country Music band appearing at SN@C, so if you have the talent and experience to form such a band, please email him on tomfrew@clear.net.nz Tauranga’s rising country music star Phoebe Ball competed at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in Australia in January, following her win of the 2011 Country Music Entertainer of the Year award in November.

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

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

Exalt God • Worship Jesus TAURANGA PRIMARY SCHOOL HALL, 31 Fifth Ave 10am: Worship & Communion Service Speaker: David Otway Phone: 579 2729 www.jesusfirst.org.nz COME & MEET WITH THE LORD

Live & Serve in the Power of the Holy Spirit

One life given for all Next week we will be celebrating ANZAC Day, the time we set time aside to think about those brave soldiers (men and women) who gave their lives in the two world wars and various battles since. ANZAC Day is more than a holiday, it is a time of remembering and being thankful for the sacrifice made by men and women, especially from New Zealand and Australia but it was true too of many other countries of the world. They gave their lives to earn us our freedom. The freedom we enjoy to this very day. It is a time too to remember our combat troops serving in other areas of the world so that other countries can also share in freedom from oppressive leaderships. As Christians there is

for us so that we strong parallel between could have freedom Anzac Day and the last big event of the Christian and eternal life. calendar of just two weeks ago: The celebration of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Remembering that he too gave his life for our freedom. Freedom for the effects of our sin. Paul’s letter in the Bible to the people of Rome says this: Romans 5:15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! So let’s at ANZAC Day take the time to remember those who gave their lives By Stephen Tyrrell for us in war but let’s Pastor South City too remember in the Baptist Church, spiritual sense the Tauranga. one who gave his life


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A classic motor collection drew hundreds of motoring enthusiasts to Browny’s Café in Katikati on Saturday 14 April, 2012.

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Update Quarterly

April 2012

Keeping Otanewainuku predator-free

Brianna Coot, 5, and Brooklyn Blakeborough, 5.

Just some of the cars and bikes on show.

Not far from Tauranga City, at the top of Oropi Road, is a rare block of pristine, unlogged native bush. Within that block are small, but increasing populations of rare and endangered kiwi and kokako. That both the bush and the bird populations are ourishing is largely due to the efforts of the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust. “The Trust was established about eight years ago under an agreement with DOC to protect and improve the forest area surrounding Otanewainuku Mountain,” says Trustee Stephen Parr. “We’ve put a huge amount of work into our predator control programme and as a result, the forest is now in a very good state of health.” Keeping possum and other predator numbers to very low levels has allowed kokako to be reintroduced to the forest, while a recent release of four kiwi chicks has almost doubled the area’s kiwi population. Each kiwi “translocation” comes at a cost of about $3,500 –

including a radio transmitter and ongoing monitoring – while the annual cost of predator control is also signicant. “We’ve had great support for our wildlife work, but nding Photo: M Bianchin funding for the long-term effort required to keep the forest pest-free is our hardest job,” Mr Parr says. “To receive a $7,500 BayTrust grant last month for our predator control programme was just wonderful and we’re exceedingly grateful for their support.” Any individuals, organisations or businesses wanting to help the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust’s efforts can email their contact details to info@kiwitrust.org.nz.

Co-ordinating the not-for-prot sector Some 67 Western Bay of Plenty not-for-prot groups rely on one organisation – Volunteer WBoP - for help in nding volunteers, business support and sponsors and providing training for their managers and co-ordinators. “It’s a big job co-ordinating that effort and receiving a $9,000 grant from BayTrust has been a fantastic help,” says Volunteer WBoP Manager Margaret Butler. “They helped us through a very tough time last year and we’re enormously thankful for their support again, not just for the money, but for the ongoing advice and expertise they provide.” The latest grant will help cover Volunteer WBoP’s operating costs, including a computer system upgrade and advertising.

March 2012 Grants Active Communities

Approved

NZ Response Team Trust .................. $9,713 Rotorua Lakes Volunteer Coastguard ....................... $7,500 Urban Dance Youth Trust .................. $5,000 YSAR Tauranga - Youth Search & Rescue Tauranga Trust...................... $8,000 Active Communities Total - $30,213

Community Economic Development Marotiri Hall Trust ............................. $2,000 Murupara Budget Advisory Services Trust ................................ $10,000 Omokoroa Community Policing Group Charitable Trust ...................... $1,500 Taupo Citizens Advice Bureau .......... $15,000 Tauranga Citizens Advice Bureau ....... $8,576 Turangi Citizens Advice Bureau .......... $4,000 Volunteer WBoP ............................... $9,000 Community Economic Dev Total - $50,076

Culture & Heritage BoP Music School ............................. $2,500 Tauranga Jazz Soc Inc .................... $10,000 The Lake Taupo Arts Festival Trust... $10,000 Culture & Heritage Total - $22,500

Healthy Communities Age Concern (Tauranga) Inc ........... $15,000 Apopo ........................................... $20,000 Autism NZ Taupo ............................ $10,000 Beachaven Community House ........... $8,000 Catholic Diocese of Hamilton ............. $2,000 Child Matters ................................... $5,000 Dress for Success Rotorua Charitable Trust.............................. $10,000 Epilepsy NZ WBoP Branch ................. $5,000 Growing Through Grief - Taupo ......... $3,930 Headway Brain Injury Assoc BoP Inc.. $5,000 Kawerau Blue Light Ventures Inc ..... $20,000 Manawahe Eco Trust ...................... $15,000 Merivale Community Inc ................. $15,000 Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust (OKT) ......... $7,500 Parent to Parent Coastal BoP ........... $10,000 St Peters Care & Counselling Charitable Trust.............................. $15,000 Whakaatu Whanaunga Trust ........... $20,000 Healthy Communities Total $186,430 GRAND TOTAL $289,219

Trustee Prole: Pam Lewis Pam was appointed to the Trust in October 2009 and is also a representative on the BayTrust Dillon Scholarship, Audit and Sports Scholarships committees. A retired radiographer, Pam is currently involved with voluntary service for the Tauranga Hospital Emergency department (via St John). She is happily married to Max and between them, they have ve adult children. Historically, Pam worked for many community groups from Plunket, through kindergarten, girl guides, school committees, literacy groups and netball (playing, coaching, umpiring and administration). She is a foundation member of ZONTA International; a regional and national chair of Breast Cancer Support Services (NZ Cancer Society); a founding member of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation; and was awarded the NZ Suffrage Centennial Medal by the Queen in 1993 for Services to Women. Pam can be contacted on 07 575 3107 or e-mail pamelia1@xtra.co.nz.

Steve Wagstaff & Alex Hunter present Pure Print’s competition winner Blair Johnstone with an iPAD.

To nd out more about BayTrust, visit www.baytrust.org.nz, write to us at P.O. Box 13322, Tauranga 3141, email info@baytrust.org.nz, or call (07) 578 6546 or 0800 654 546


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