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d n e k e e w e th 21 June 2013, Issue 654


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Children will get their first chance to play on Tauranga’s $300,000 waterfront playground when it opens officially this weekend. Pictured: Downtown Tauranga manager Kirby Weis tests out the new playground with playground competition winners Arielle, Arwin and Aliza Viduya. See page 7 for full story. Photo by Ross Brown.

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Sliding the slippery slopes of winter Back in the steamy days of summer, we warned you of the hazards lurking around the house. So many in fact, a great number of you were too paranoid to ever leave the safety of your bed. Danger lurked at every corner of the house and garden. Now summer and its threats of sunburn, maiming by barbecue, killer insects and water sports mishaps are just a distant memory, but you’re still not out of the woods. Winter has descended, and brought with it a number of its very own threats, including the woods. And it seems, even getting out of bed and into your slippers is fraught with risk. ACC this week released a list of bizarre disasters that have nailed unsuspecting New Zealanders during winter. Timely, considering the southerly blast due over the country about now. You may have to take an ice pick to chip your Sun delivery person free of the icicles hanging from your mailbox so they can finish their rounds. Meanwhile, take heed of the winter traps that have befallen other Kiwis: Soup-related injuries include burned mouths from sipping hot soup, cut fingers from chopping up the ingredients, strains from lifting heavy soup pots and injured feet from dropped cans of soup.

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There were also falls on spilled soup, and skin burns caused by blender splash-back. Pulling on the slippers on a cold morning resulted in back sprains for a number of Kiwis, while others were injured when they fell putting their slippers on. Claimants also attributed accidents to wearing slippers that were too big, and others tripped over slippers left lying around. Not surprising, slippery ice brought a number to their knees between June and August last year, while others sustained sprains shovelling show. Umbrella-related injuries were relatively few, with a small number of people ‘spiked’ while opening or closing their brollie and others injured running into or tripping over umbrella stands. Heaters and firewood were associated with a much greater number of injuries. Kiwis

burned almost every conceivable body part on heaters, with injuries occurring when people lifted, tripped over, ‘backed into’, sat on and fell asleep or dried themselves in front of heaters. Firewood played a predictable role in injuries, such as burns sustained while putting wood into the fire, cuts and grazes while chopping wood and sprains resulting from gathering and lifting firewood. Here at RR headquarters, we have identified a number of other hazards that have come to public attention. The French rugby team know well the dangers that lurk in hotel rooms, as French centre Mathieu Bastareaud can tell you. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you’ve fallen inebriated on the furniture or been bashed up in the street. He won’t be allowed to forget that in a hurry. Other injuries likely to befall the French include bruising and strains among the coaching hierarchy, judging from the amount of desk-thumping going on in the coach’s box during the last test against the All Blacks.

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New blood needed Founding members Iain Bibby, Francis Nettleingham, Dennis Skilton, and long-standing board members Roy Robinson, Roy’s sister-in-law Bev Robinson and her husband Frank Robinson.

The Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre may be shut down or put in the hands of a commercial operator – if it cannot find new, long-term, stable, committed board members. The desperate plea comes from its current Board of Kaimai Outdoor Centre Incorporated –mostly elderly locals who have been involved from the start – and want to step back but cannot until the facility’s management is in capable hands. Despite picking up a few newbies from its AGM last week – booking officer and member Dennis Skilton says more volunteers are needed – but they need to provide a stable, long-term commitment. “More than half of the committee of 10 (people) is over 70 years old – I am 77 – and I am one of the young ones,� says Dennis, who has been on-committee since its early inception.

The June 11 AGM saw the resignation of long-term board member and past booking officer Bev Robinson, due to health reasons – which further highlights the need for new membership. Dennis says if new blood is not found – the facility’s future is left to the two options outlined. “During many years of being in this situation, I’ve seen the board get enthusiastic responses at its AGMs – but many, many times most of these people drop off and the enthusiasm fades,� says Dennis. “And two or three months down the track we’re back to where we began. “I am ever hopeful – but that is the realistic outcome quite often. From this AGM it looks like we may have attracted a few new members, which is great – but we still need more new blood,’ says Dennis. Founding member Iain Bibby says Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre (formerly Aongatete Lodge) was set up on Katikati’s Wright Rd when the Forest Service

(now Department of Conservation) decided to support building an outdoor education centre in the Kaimai/ Mamaku State Forest Park in 1975. A community project from the beginning, Iain says the facility has provided accommodation for schools to undertake outdoor activities and experience the bush environment in forest park for the last 30 years. It is run by the board; and a full time director, who is responsible for maintenance and interaction with school groups. “It took five years to get permission, and the building was set up 1983,� says Iain. “We want to try and get people involved now so they have time to learn the ropes and then we can let things go with a good changeover.� Members would need to attend a monthly meeting (except in January), to share ideas and bring a fresh outlook to the board. To volunteer, call Dennis on 07 552 5202 or Keith on 07 552 0215. Merle Foster



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Signage cutbacks An aim to reduce roading clutter and driver confusion will see Tauranga City Council remove 350 road signs from around the city in coming months. Following a comprehensive review of traffic

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signage released this week – council will the remove road signs, which will include 112 roundabout signs on single lane entries. The mixture of roundabout, give way and advanced warning signs will be removed in residential and subdivision areas deemed low in risk and traffic volumes – excluding the State Highway network. Tauranga City Council city transportation manager Martin Parkes says the removal of the signs will not only reduce visual clutter at intersections but also reduce further maintenance costs. Last year, council spent $300,000 on traffic signs city-wide – including replacing damaged or old signs, replacing stolen signs and installing new signs. The signs to be removed represent about three per cent of the total number of traffic signs in the city’s road network. There are currently about 12,600 traffic signs around Tauranga City; and the signs that are still in good condition will be put in storage, while others will be recycled. “We have reviewed all these and feel there’s an opportunity to rationalise the number of signs out there. We don’t think that will compromise safety at all,” says Martin. “It also reduces visual clutter, which can be confus-

ing for some drivers. The more signs we put up the more confusing it can be for some drivers as they approach these intersections. “It’s best to keep signs at a minimum, drivers can only process so much as they approach intersections.” Martin admits the removal of the signs not only slashes maintenance budgets but is also going to benefit the ratepayer in the future. Following the success of the review, other signage matters in the city will now be reviewed. By Luke Balvert

Tauranga City Council city transportation manager Martin Parkes at the intersection of 10th Avenue and St John St. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Churches want stronger city role Tauranga churches hope to be included in future city strategy discussions – particularly those concerning social issues, according to the Tauranga Ministers Association. Representatives of the association put the point forward during this week’s hearings on SmartGrowth strategy: a long-term policy and planning tool for the Western Bay with a committee supported by Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty District, and Bay of Plenty Regional councils. This week, councils heard submissions for updating SmartGrowth’s policy – the growth and A selection of local breaking stories featured this week on... Read these stories in full at

Sign ‘overkill’ at roundabout

he noticed the “unusually high” number of signs signalling the new roundabout behind Tauranga Boys’ College. The roundabout, installed about six months ago by TCC, currently has nine signs warning motorists of its presence. TCC city transportation manager Martin Parkes says the allocated number is justified because it meets the standards set out in the Traffic Signs Manual. A review of the roundabout will occur in 12 months, he says.

Swan killing accused no plea

A Tauranga roundabout has sparked ‘tongue in cheek’ from a resident who says its nine warning signs are a Tauranga City Council “overkill”. Bethlehem resident David Flatt was driving home from the Avenue 14 Medical Centre when

Two of the three men facing animal cruelty charges in relation to running down black swans on Tauranga Harbour on Boxing Day are yet to enter a plea. The men appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday where Community Magistrate Sue Hobbell granted interim name suppression until their next court appearance. A third man had a warrant issued for his arrest in lieu of summons as he failed to appear in court. The accused have been remanded on bail and are due to appear before a judge in Tauranga District Court on July 16.

development plan for the Western Bay for the next 50 years. It’s first strategy is being updated its policies led to Tauranga City in particular spending millions of ratepayer dollars putting in infrastructure for subdivisions that still haven’t sold; and the creation of $100 million sewer with no new houses to connect it to. Ministers James Muir and Jeremy Denmead told the hearing Tauranga churches are currently undergoing a self-imposed census – to find out how many people are involved in and attending the city’s churches and their associated community activities, such as

Chisholm cited for violence

Te Puke hooker Simon Chisholm has been cited for violence three weeks out from a five-game suspension following an incident during a match between Rotoiti and Te Puke on Saturday. A Rotoiti player was taken to hospital and received stitches to his cheek after an alleged stomping during the match played at Te Puke. Bay of Plenty Rugby CEO Mike Rogers says Simon will appear at a judicial review committee hearing tonight. Simon is the only player to have been cited for the alleged incident which was not seen by the referee or touch judges and was not picked up on video, says Mike.

SmartGrowth slammed

Tauranga City councillor Catherine Stewart led the charge against SmartGrowth this week, blaming it for policies she says have cost Tauranga city ratepayers millions of dollars. SmartGrowth started in 2001 from an

youth groups. James says the churches represent a significant community resource, both in terms of property, community services and largely socially-oriented skill-sets, and says they intend to take a more active, strategic role in future – even if it means the TMA appointing an individual to the role. Attendance across the dozens of different churches ranges from a 2500-strong following at Bethlehem to sprinklings of culture-specific congregations including people of Korean, Chinese, Samoan and Tongan descent. By Andrew Campbell

idea of local territorial authorities working collaboratively to prevent ad-hoc growth eroding rural land, says Catherine. “Much of our planned infrastructure, such as the southern pipeline came about as a result of SmartGrowths’ population predictions, which were seriously flawed at the time.” Through SmartGrowth constraining growth and being overly prescriptive, developers are denied the opportunity to deal with market demand and potential opportunities for affordable housing, says Catherine. “Rather than telling the community how they should live, let them come to council if there is a problem. If intensification is such a great idea, the developers will come and tell the council.”

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Oozing talent Kendal McFetdrige and Lydia Vershaffelt impress judges with their talents. Photo by Bruce Barnard. Tauranga is continuing to ooze dramatic talent from its secondary schools, with a handful of students heading to a National Shakespeare Production Week in Wellington in September. Mount Maunganui College’s Lydia Vershaffelt and Kendal McFetridge will join Tauranga Girls’ College’s Felicity Tomkins and Freya Boyle for the prestigious week attended by 43 students nationwide. Lydia recently won the Most Outstanding Performer title at the Otago Sheilah Shakespeare National Shakespeare Festival at Queen’s Birthday weekend. She is amazed she won and did not expect it. “It was unexpected

because obviously the acting was at a really high standard but it was a surprise and I felt really honoured.” Head drama teacher Wayne Flanagan is excited for his students’ successes and says the talent emerging from the school is incredible. Lydia was part of a group from the school who attended the Otago event and Wayne is impressed with the performances from the whole cast. “They were fantastic, it was their best performance by far.” Wayne says the response from the audience, who immediately congratulated the team once they finished their performance, was great. “They uniformly said to them that

they thought it was the clearest performance of the festival,” he says. Lydia says the cast work well together. “It’s all about feeding off each other and your relationships on stage.” Kendal is looking forward to the learning experience in September, where students will be involved in workshops, ending in a 40-minute performance in groups. “I think it’s just going to be such a cool opportunity to learn so many different things for drama and meeting new people.” The students will go in September, where 20 of them will be selected to perform at the Globe Theatre in London in 2014. By Caitlin Wallace



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Stolen goods warning Tauranga Facebook users are being warned of a page called Walk In Wardrobe, which is being used by some of its members to sell stolen goods. Police say anyone accepting an invite to the Walk in Wardrobe Facebook page is more than likely walking their virtual self into a closet of contraband. Inspector Gary Davey says the group is by invitation only and those who buy stolen goods could be prosecuted. He says it’s a case of buyer beware. “Purchasers need to be satisfied the goods they are buying are legal. Anyone who buys stolen goods is

aiding thieves. If there is no market for stolen goods, thieves and burglars would be put out of business.” Police investigators are looking at a number of sites being used to sell stolen goods; and know some of the items for sale are stolen because the legitimate owners have reported the theft. “Buyers should realise that if a price seemed too good to be true, it probably is.” By Letitia Atkinson

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Nearing completion $20.8million police station ready in August

The new police station will bring 90 per cent of the Tauranga police staff under one roof.

Construction of the $20.8million Tauranga Police Station on Monmouth St is nearing completion with the official opening of the building scheduled for August. Western Bay of Plenty area commander Inspector Clifford Paxton says staff have had a tour of the station at various stages of the build. “They are excited and looking forward to getting into the new building and working together with staff who have been located in other buildings.” He says officers are happy to be able to work from a new modern building with up-to-date facilities. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to interact with our members under the one roof and the efficiencies of having the various groups of staff in

the one building. “I think it is a fantastic opportunity for our community and our members. We are looking forward to the new premises and how it functions as the Tauranga Central Police Station.” The new station means about 90 per cent of Tauranga Police staff will be housed under one roof, instead of being spread out in different buildings around the city. Former Police Minister Judith Collins announced in 2011 the 45-year-old police station was to be demolished and replaced with a new multi-million dollar facility. She says the station needed to be replaced due to a lack of space, resulting in Police leasing additional buildings around Tauranga. By Letitia Atkinson

Social media sites letter a hoax A letter circulating on social media sites – warning drivers not to flash their headlights at oncoming cars as they may become a victim of gang intimidation – is being touted as a hoax. The letter being sent is using the Chubb Security letterhead and makes reference to police.


Police say the message is a recurring hoax and should be ignored. Western Bay of Plenty acting area commander Inspector Karl Wright-St Clair says variations of the message have been circulating for many years and re-appear every so often. “Anyone receiving these hoax emails should delete them.” He says, as far as he is aware, there had been no complaints to

Western Bay Police regarding the emails. Police first issued a warning about a variant of this message in February 2008 – and it is believed to have been around for up to 20 years, originating overseas. “It is a timely reminder to the community to check the validity of all emails which do not come from a known source – before acting on them.” By Letitia Atkinson


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Playground opens on waterfront From front cover

Children will get their first chance to play on Tauranga’s waterfront playground when it opens this weekend. The new water-themed playground on Tauranga’s waterfront will officially open on Saturday, featuring rope courses never seen before in New Zealand. The first children to play on the playground will be Tauranga Primary School students Arielle and Arwin Viduya and their little sister Aliza. The trio are the winners of Downtown Tauranga’s playground competition, after submitting a photograph of them posing in front of the

un-opened play area. Children will then be invited to try out the new playground for the first time. The playground features a rope spinner, a rope ship structure and a train watching stand for children to watch the trains go past. There are also the traditional playground pieces, including swings and slides. Downtown Tauranga manager Kirby Weis says the rope spinner is the first of its kind in the country, using thick loops of rope that spin around but also rock back and forth. The ship structure– also the only one of its kind in the country – is made entirely from rope for children to climb. Kirby says public feedback, from both community parents and children, shows a large interest for a water-themed playground. “The kids in the community wanted it themed to where it was, and because it’s so close to the water they all wanted a water theme or ship theme.” After playground developers noticed

Downtown Tauranga manager Kirby Weis with competition winners Arielle, Aliza and Arwin Viduya. Photo by Ross Brown.

Students running for the win Bethlehem College students ran their way to success as the only Bay of Plenty School to claim medals at this year’s Secondary School Cross Country Championships in Canterbury last week. Six junior girls from the college entered the competition, running individually but combining their scores to become the team with the third best combined school at the end of the event. Coach Charlotte Bartrum says it was Madison Rennie’s second place win in the 3km which boosted the team’s score high enough to claim Bronze. She says only a split second separated the top two runners in Madison’s race. Madison’s second place in the 3 kilometre race boosted the team’s score to gain the medal. Charlotte says the win is not only great for the girls, but the school as well. “Their success in such a large event that had 100 runners in it really lays a strong foundation for Bethlehem in coming years, both at an individual and team level.

“It’s a way forward, it allows us to promote running.” Four of the girls ran up an age group and competed in the junior girls rather than the Year 9 category.

The team trained three times a week leading up to the event, played other sports and they gave themselves the motto: ‘Give your absolute best’. By Caitlin Wallace

children rushing to the fence to watch trains go past – the decision was made to include a stand for them. The train watching stand is on the waterfront side of the tracks at a safe distance from the fencing. The playground will be officially opened on Saturday, June 22 at 1pm. By Zoe Hunter


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Programme ‘too graphic’ Tauranga parents are worried a police endorsed programme teaching children to recognise abuse is becoming “too graphic”. Western Bay of Plenty area commander Inspector Clifford Paxton says the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme has been revised a number of times since its introduction in the early 1980s to ensure the programme meets the current dangers children are exposed to today. “This approach is regarded as one of the programme’s strengths. Just as society has changed since the 1980s, the programme has also been continuously improved and updated to keep pace with this and to reflect best practice,” says Clifford. But the content being taught in primary schools has some parents worried. An Otumoetai Primary School mother, who does not wish to be named, says her five-year-old child has sleeping in her bed every night since he and his classmates were asked during the programme how they would feel if the babysitter touched them inappropriately. “I personally think it is way too detailed.” She understands child abuse is something that needs to be addressed – but is worried the programme is too graphic for primary school-age children. The primary school runs the programme

Western Bay of Plenty area commander Inspector Clifford Paxton says the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme has been revised a number of times.

every three years as part of its health programme. Principal Geoff Opie is aware some parents consider some aspects and vocabulary used in the Year 1 and 2 programme to be too specific. But he says the school, just like every school, goes through a consultation process with the community to address the health curriculum, which will be run again this year. Clifford says all materials used within the programme are written by experienced teachers, health educators, school counsellors, and school community officers, under the direction of research and evaluations by

Emeritus professor Freda Briggs. The purpose of the KOS programme is to give students the skills to keep themselves safe in their interactions with other people; and encourage any who are being, or have been abused, to seek help. But it is not sex education, says Clifford. “They are taught to recognise behaviour that makes them feel unsafe, frightened, and uncomfortable, or that is inappropriate. “They can learn that behaviour from anyone, known or unknown, of any age, background or gender.” Programmes are available for all primary, intermediate and college students.

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Synthetic cannabis cases tying up staff Tauranga Hospital is one of four around the country experiencing an increase in the number of cases to the Emergency Department after experimenting with synthetic drug K2.


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An emergency department clinical director says these cases are holding up treatment of “worthy emergency cases”. Dr John Bonning works at Waikato Hospital and says Tauranga and Waikato Hospitals have both seen a rise in people being affected by synthetic cannabis.

“In the last couple of weeks, email contact through our ED networks has shown a noticeable increase in K2 presentations in Christchurch, Wellington, New Plymouth, Tokoroa and Tauranga EDs, just to name a few. “It’s difficult to put an exact number on it because of how we code ED presentations, but the observation is unanimous nationwide.” John says a key frustration is the effects of K2 are predictable and self-inflicted. “A patient having a heart attack is not.” He says users of the legal R18 drug are presenting to EDs with mental and physical problems of varying degrees, from being very unwell and semi-conscious or psychotic through to just being “worried but well” following use. “Dealing with K2 users, many who don’t need admission, diverts our resources away from those seriously ill or higher priority patients.

“In just one case last week, we sent three people home after coming in drunk and high on K2 because they felt slightly sick and paranoid. This is becoming more common. All ED doctors are asking what’s going on out there.” At the worse end of the scale, medical staff have seen people having seizures and others in highly agitated, violent states. Other effects include persistent vomiting, visual and auditory hallucinations, and severe paranoia. With varying levels of symptoms at hand, John has one clear message. “Don’t take the drug. K2 needs to join cannabis in being declared illegal. “As with any mind-altering substance, you put your health at risk and if you end up in ED that is a significant drain on our resources in the face of many other worthy emergency cases By Letitia Atkinson out there.”


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Katikati Football Club project leader Linda Britton and club president Nic Millichip pictured with young members Stella Millichip, 4, Noah Prujean, 4, Ruben Britton, 6, and Declan Millichip, 7.

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Katikati Football Club wants to build a multi-purpose facility to act as clubroom for its code – and for other interested community groups – in the vicinity of councilowned Moore Park. The club recently submitted to Western Bay District Council’s annual plan – and with its annual fundraiser coming up – hopes to raise money for the project. But club president Nic Millichip and project leader Linda Britton say KKFC does not want council to fund the project – only give advice and support – and instead the pair wants fellow community groups to come forward if interested in being part of a multipurpose facility. Currently, the

club’s equipment – for 18 teams registered this season with more than 300 members – is scattered across the community in a “mess”. “We don’t have our own storage facility with line markers, corner flags and nets ready for coaches to walk in and grab,” says Nic. Linda, a club stalwart of 14 years, says every year the club struggle for a venue to have functions. “We have all the team’s families but nowhere to take them.” Nic wants interested groups – not only sport codes – to get involved now. “Getting people in early, so they can feel involved and don’t feel it’s something that football has built, allows you to build

a constitution around all. We want it to be a football facility but also a facility for everyone, under an equitable arrangement.” The proposed facility will have secure access, changing facilities, storage, a kitchen, entertainment area, deck and a playground. A stand-up comedy and hypnotism show fundraiser, hosted by Kiwi comedian Guy Cater is on July 6, from 7.30pm at Katikati Memorial hall, tickets cost $25 (includes light supper), available from Flowers on Main, 54 Main Rd, or Katikati’s council office. To show interest in the new facility, call Nic on 027 9362652 or email:

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Tauranga Brass members Jack Reid, Peter Cranson, Trish Snelling and Cliff Whyte will perform in a fundraising concert for St Andrews Community Connect next month. Photo by Ross Brown.

Isolation and poverty problems in Mount Maunganui have prompted St Andrew’s Church to review its social support services to plan more community help. St Andrew’s Community Connect manager Liz Garbutt says research shows more need in the community than expected, prompting an expansion in support programmes. “There is definitely a pocket of poverty - which I guess is no big surprise – and there is quite a bit of isolation with the large number of elderly who live in the area.” Liz, who is running the church’s support programme to be relaunched next month, says the church aims to offer a one-stop

service where people could get a range of support to help “bridge the gap” for those in need. “I just think mainstream service providers are stretched and if there is anything that we can do to help its important for us to do. People might be missing out on help.” Programmes, run at St Andrew’s Dee St and Evans Rd centres, include counselling, after-school youth groups, community care and pre-schooler music and movement programmes. These will come under the Community Connect banner while new programmes will be launched soon. Positive parenting, budgeting support and a boundaries programme, to help people live true to their values, are among initiatives to be rolled out; while counselling services will be expanded. Liz says the expanded support

programme was about “being able to offer people a bundle of care for a family”, where a families’ various needs were catered for. “It’s all about responding compassionately to those in need, advocating for social justice and helping people positively transform their lives.” To assist the expanded support programme, St Andrews parishioner and Tauranga Brass cornet player Peter Cranson has organised a fundraising concert next month. The Brass and Voice concert will feature Tauranga Brass, the Bay of Plenty Mens Choir and soprano Wendy Coster. It is at St Andrew’s Church, Dee St, on Saturday, July 6 at 2.30pm. All money goes to the programmes. Tickets: $5 adult, $2 children, $10 family. By Hamish Carter


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Of museums, trees and other things At the Projects and Monitoring committee we had an update presentation from Tauranga Moana Museum Trust. This private group has been pursuing the possibility of creating a museum for Tauranga for a number of years now. Council/ratepayers have agreed to contribute a suitable, already councilowned, consented site. Cliff Road has been mentioned but we were told they are not locked into that site. Their

budget is $25million for the building. The breakdown of this is anticipated at $7million from central government $7million from regional sources, $6million from national sources including iwi, $2million from the community and $3million from business sources. Apart from

the consented site, there is no allowances in any of Tauranga City Council’s forward 10-year plan budgets for a ratepayer cash injection. I suppose, in the event that this project gets off the ground, it would take over the existing artefacts’ storage and budget. This year, the budget is $542,875+GST. To be crystal clear – this is not a TCC initiative – this is a private project of the trust.

Tree problems Another tree problem, this time at 227 Levers Rd. It’s on the protected tree list. This list was compiled by staff driving around town selecting trees that must be protected – even some on private property. The tree sub-committee is empowered to make decisions on council-owned trees – not on the protected list. So if your tree is on the protected list, and is causing you a problem, the only recourse you have is to apply for a resource consent. This can be a lengthy expensive process. So these homeowners came along to the Projects and Monitoring Committee to tell us the distress the tree is causing them, and the damage to property it is doing. There is sympathy for their plight among elected members but little possibility of short-circuiting the “system”. As an aside, it’s difficult for most of us to understand how this tree, not a New Buy a selected Panasonic Heat Pump before June 30 and get a Zealand native, was even considered for the protection list. It’s been hacked around to keep clear of power lines and doesn’t even look appealing. Unbelievable! Another presentation, this time from the Te Puke Economic Development Group (EDG), which is promoting Te Puke with the object of encouraging business to Te Puke, and the industrial park at Rangiuru near the AFFCO freezing works. The new Eastern Link motorway runs through Rangiuru and the railway is alongside ensuring fast easy access to the port. There is the possibility of a solid waste disposal plant, using the steam reform process used in South Africa during the Apartheid era (when South Africa was squeezed for oil supply). The process works, we were told – and produces 160,000 barrels of synthetic diesel a day. As with all good ideas, cash is needed for these projects; and the group has developer interest in taking Rangiuru Industrial land to the next stage.


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Sport BOP Relationship Agreement’s schedule of outcomes for 2013-2014 was approved. Tauranga ratepayers contribute $289,308 towards their costs. There is a moving feast of activities they cover, as new sports come and older ones go. Like Creative Tauranga, who cater to the arts, these organisations are contracted to council to provide certain services to the community. Rationalisation is the name of the game, in this day and age, of reducing incomes and increasing costs; and flexibility, as displayed by Sport BOP, is the secret to maintaining levels of service without increasing budgets – other than CPI. David Stewart floated the idea of rationalising economics within the arts sector last week, during the debate around the Cargo Shed. When such suggestions have been made in the past there has been much protest. But it needs looking at again, if only to contain and control costs. One obvious example is Creative Tauranga occupying expensive, prime downtown premises directly across the road from the Art Gallery. No doubt there is plenty of justification – but if that rent money can be ploughed back

into the arts sector that would seem to be worthy of consideration. At the time Creative Tauranga moved, from much cheaper accommodation, I queried how they were making up the rent. I was told they had sponsors for eight of their on-street windows at $8000 apiece. Well that didn’t happen, although a few were rented out from time to time. Shared administration costs, streamlined management and a single-sector group, applying for grant and sponsorship money, seems worth considering in today’s financial climate. Tauranga ratepayers contribute $277,258+GST for contracted services to Creative Tauranga and about $900,000 to the Art Gallery. At the Strategy and Policy committee, a draft outdoor space-booking policy was approved for consultation. We’re getting big city syndrome when we have to book outdoor space. But it’s designed primarily to prevent clashes for use. For example, a wedding at Sulphur Point is very popular during summer. Other issues are firming up on block bookings for sport, where some sport block-out dates on the premise they might need them and cancel out when they find they don’t require the particular date. This has the effect of preventing other use and city space is getting to be a premium in certain spots. Chairman David Stewart said quite seriously that everyone would then be on a “level playing field”.

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Mauao – the Mount – has been added to the liquor-free zone – as has 417 Fraser St at Merivale, in front of the Merivale Community Centre where the old church-occupied building has been removed. Draft Freedom Camping and Mobile Shops policies were approved for your consultation. At the Joint Governance Committee, the two councils (TCC and WBOPDC), finalised the contents of the draft Local Alcohol Policy, which will go out for consultation about August. This is the continuance of councils being required by central government to take over liquor laws. From where I sit, it appears that what we have agreed is pragmatic and sensible. The big change, affecting late night (and very early morning) patrons, is that one-way door policies will operate from 2am onwards with all bars/hotels/restaurants, for example, closing at 3am. Of course they can close earlier if they want. There was a big presence from the liquor sector, while we work-shopped a plethora of decisions, and they seemed reasonably satisfied with the outcome. This week’s mind bender from Corrie Ten Boom – “Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a centre of fear”.

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Strange harbour encounters Four people have reported seeing a UFO fitting the same general description over the northern harbour on three separate occasions during the past year.

On May 21, the man, while kayaking between Omokoroa and Matakana, encountered a strange, silent craft with a white light, that appeared to be hovering and changing from red to blue. Since then, two more stories have emerged. On August 28, 2012 at 7.50pm a woman at Bridgeman Lane, north of Katikati, saw a hovering object about a kilometre away that had bright flashing lights which were changing colour. The object remained stationery and when she tried several times to call her neighbour her phone did not work.

noise, no wake, absolutely nothing.” That was 9.42pm. The pair drifted and watched for about 15 minutes but it remained in a stationary and silent hover, sitting Photo evidence above Omokoroa/MataOne of the fishermen took The sightings, beginning in August kana. photos of their encounter. and occurring every four or so months, “If you were standing at “It was moving pretty fast all feature a hovering, fast moving object the wharf looking toward man, it was all going on pretty with flashing lights that change colour. Pahoia way, it was sort of in quick. If I’d had this phone The witnesses contacted The Weekend that area just above MataFour pe I’ve got now I could peel out o p le hav Sun after we published a kayaker’s expekana.” 10 photos pretty quickly, says northe rn harb e reported a U rience on the harbour last month. They went down the Te our. On one of the fishermen, who FO ove r e th to e o k Puna channel and resumed these ph wants to be known as Teve. otos. fishing and when they came “When I saw it first I didn’t know back round the corner about what it was, but when it took off vertically I knew 1am, it was still in the sky. what it was and I grabbed the phone. “It had moved round a bit towards Omokoroa, but it “The only reason I was a little bit onto what it was is was still in the sky.” because my mother had an encounter back in the 50s Teve says there were a couple of other boats out fishat Waihi, so it’s something I have always been a little ing near Motuhoa and he can’t believe no one else saw bit aware of.” it. Teve and a friend were fishing near Motuhoa Island “The light it was pouring out was horrendous. You but headed towards Omokoroa when it grew dark. couldn’t have not seen it if you were looking. 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People’s perception of tattoos changing A Mount Maunganui tattooist believes he’s noticed a change in perception to tattoos during the last 10 years, with inked skin becoming accepted by more people. Tattoo Lounge owner operator and tattooist Alan ‘Spud’ Pudney says the people coming through his doors are “totally varied in age and lifestyle�. “We can see people in their late teens to 70s, and everyone in between.� Alan, who is often referred to as Spud, says there is also a change in the people coming into tattoo shops to get a tattoo. “Celebrities wearing exposed tattoo art are influencing people’s decisions to get inked.� Alan says seasons also affect people’s decision to get a tattoo. “Less clothes mean more visible tattoos which means more people thinking ‘yeah I always wanted to get one of those’.� But the tattooist warns people not to be gullible and do their homework before getting a tattoo – saying they need to talk to an experienced tattooist about their ideas before getting inked. “Knowledge is a wonderful thing. People need to do their homework on who is a good tattooist. Alan says, unfortunately, people are gullible and just assume they must be good. “Tauranga and the Mount have a lot of people posing as tattooists, from their homes and even from shops, trying to appear as though they are a good, experienced tattooist.� The first documented tattoo is from the fifth or fourth millennium BC, where it was believed to be used as a form of medical treatment.

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Alan ‘Spud’ Pudney with a client at the Tattoo Lounge at Mount Maunganui. Photo by Ross Brown.


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By Ian McLean, spokesperson for the Green Party

There is a lot of angst about the Tauranga CBD at the moment, and rightfully so. Sadly, a cheap waterfront upgrade, a poorly designed playground and a new police station are unlikely to be enough to make the CBD an exciting and fun destination.

Annual plan revelations Western Bay Council’s District Plan took four years of consultation and development. The threeyear rewrite cycle of the 10-year Long Term Council Community Plan is written to community outcomes, which do not belong to the council but are the district’s community outcomes.

Planning for change This week I have been listening to submissions on the SmartGrowth Strategy – the spatial plan and growth strategy for the Western Bay.

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Attack sparks appreciation Tauranga policeman Ross Bielby has been protecting his community for 40 years – but in August last year found himself needing the care of another service when he suffered a heart attack. On August 22 Ross arrived home from the gym and decided to visit his neighbour when he started feeling dizzy and collapsed on the ground. His neighbour phoned St John ambulance service but Ross was adamant he was okay, never having experienced a heart attack before. “I certainly wasn’t aware that I was having a heart attack that’s for sure. I didn’t have what I would have considered the normal symptoms. “In fact when I first went dizzy and collapsed I said to my neighbour ‘I’ll be right in a minute, don’t bother about ringing the ambulance’. A usual male thing I suppose”. But St John ambulance officer Michelle Doughty says when she and advanced paramedic Steve Pasquali arrived Ross was in a serious condition. The event sparked a great apprecia-

Ross Bielby has a strong appreciation for St John after suffering a heart attack. tion of St John for Ross, who added the service to a list of charities supported in the Western Bay of Plenty Police Officers’ Annual Fishing Competition. “I guess for me I just associated St John as just being an ambulance service and not all of the other services that they offer.” The three-day competition in April this year raised $3500 for St John and Ross says it will again be featured on the list of charities supported next year. By Zoe Hunter


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Playcentre celebrates Matariki Children at Papamoa Playcentre are learning about the importance of Matariki with a family fun day being held at the centre today.

Parent volunteer Rochelle Price says their centre is one of seven in the Western Bay of Plenty holding events to celebrate Matariki (Maori New Year). In the Maori language Matariki is both the name of the Pleiades star cluster, and of the season of its first rising in late May or early June – taken as the beginning of the New Year. Parent educator Melody Stockwell and Elidi Price , 2, preparing food for In traditional times, the constellation was important for Matariki celebrations.

navigation and the timing of seasons. Rochelle says children at Papamoa Playcentre have been learning how to make rewana bread. “They have also been making soup from seasonal vegetables during our morning sessions.” Rochelle says it’s a good opportunity for children to learn about Matariki “and the meaning behind it”. By Letitia Atkinson

It’s all about the Lose weight, try the Homer Simpson diet kids this Weekend Downtown Tauranga I’m bad, I’m bad, and you know it. Or so Michael Jackson reckoned. But I bet he never ate his best mate’s breakfast, stole avocados from the tree, chewed a hole in the dog food container then threw it all up in the car. ‘Bad’ reached all new levels in our household, as I’ve

Do you eat anything? I Do! Engagement ring in x-ray of a dog stomach. found my jaw has recovered very well from Dr Jorg and the lovely folk at Mount Mobile Vets so carefully patching me up. Now I’ve been working overtime, chewing and chomping all manner of things, after weeks of inaction. It could be worse, mind you. We heard a tale this week about a

local Labrador who ate most of a long line and needed a whole lot of operations to sort out that mess. Dogs, bait and fish hooks are quite a nasty combination.

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Which got me thinking, I wonder what are the worst things recorded, that dogs have eaten, and survived? Well according to Google, the 16 weirdest are: 1. 13 rocks. (Lab puppy who used to hang around a pond.) 2. Rubber ducky (Staffie, fighting over it with another dog, scoffed it to avoid losing) 3. 10 inch toy arrow, with sucker on the end. (Bull terrier, tired of playing cowboys and Indians) 4. Fish, with hook included (Shih tzu, wolfed a mackerel while out for a walk) 5. Homer Simpson (chocolate and plastic egg with figurine inside) 6. Two foot long stick (Great Dane pup, fetch game goes horribly wrong.) 7. Fork (Curious Husky stole from kitchen, pierced a vein,

needed multiple transfusions but now ok.) 8. 15 inch serrated knife (Staffie, avoided cutting major organs and made a full recovery) 9. Magic Fairy Wand (Whippet, eventually made a magical recovery) 10. Engagement ring (lab pup, was followed around till ring, er, was recovered) 11. Soccer ball (Lab, keen eater, scored an own goal) 12. 130 nails (Basset Hound, left with a friend, found a box of nails and started scoffing) 13. Mobile Phone (Doberman/ Great Dane, swallowed it whole. Phone had to be put down.) 14. Nine golf balls and a bullet. (Pointer/bloodhound was feeling a bit below par.) 15. Bottle cap, piece of basketball and 15 baby pacifiers. (English Bulldog, simply bad taste) 16. Toy Dog. (Spaniel, what else. Could be a form of cannibalism. Dog eat dog) Take it easy out there, and remember - you are what you eat. - Flo

PLAYGROUND OPENING Come and join us in celebrating the opening of the new waterfront playground on Saturday. Mayor Stuart Crosby will join Arielle, Aliza and Arwin Viduya the Downtown Tauranga Playground competition winners in opening the playground to the public at 1pm. Arielle and Arwin were keen to invite Tauranga Primary School to join them in having the first play in the playground, so come down and join them, bring the family and have a free fun day out with pixies, stilt walker and spot prizes.

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This is National Volunteer Week. We would like to thank our 384 volunteer fire brigades who provide a fire and emrgency service the length of New Zealand. Your tireless commitment to protecting lives and property has helped to build safe, strong and caring communities. We are also very grateful to whanau, friends and employers for generously supporting our volunteers to be on call to help, whenever help is needed. We couldn’t do it without you.

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range of handcrafts – or to simply enjoy the companionship. Guests can attend any of the centres in Otumoetai, Arataki, Brookfield, and Greerton. Transport can be arranged to bring guests to and from the centre. Centres open 10am -2pm one day each week.

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Otumoetai Intermediate band ‘OI’ rocks towards the regional finals. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

A nine-member intermediate-age band has made it to next week’s 25th annual Smokefree Rockquest – with its members being “nervous” but “excited” to play against six college bands.

Otumoetai Intermediate band ‘OI’ is its school’s second band to make it to Rockquest’s regional final – and vocalist Pianika Ormsby is “thrilled” to be part of the event, being one of the youngest students in the competition. “I find it quite fun because we are at such a young age,” says Pianikia. Pianikia, with her fellow band members – vocalists Saskia Brinkmann, Aria Blakie, Jordan Anderson,


once a week, producing its own music and is enjoying performing their first original song ‘Get Outta Here’. Teacher Morgan Lewis, who works with the students as a producer, is pleased to hear they got through. “I was excited for them and they were all stoked,” says Morgan, at the school for six years. OI is one the 10 bands from the Bay of Plenty competing in the regionals – with two in this year’s separate category of solos and duos. The solo and duos category has two solo entries: Mount Maunganui College’s Sam I Am (Sammie Dudley); and Otumoetai College’s Amelia McNabb. The Rockquest’s Bay of Plenty regional final is Sunday, June 23 at Baycourt theatre. By Caitlin Wallace

guitarists Jacob Forward and Terrence Gouw, keyboardist Iris Park, drummer Jack Crowe and Jordan Steinman on drums – will perform against college-student bands from Tauranga Girls’, Tauranga Boys’, Mount Maunganui, Otomoetai, Bethlehem, and Katikati. Saskia, who says she and fellow vocalists practice in a separate room before joining the rest of the band, is happy to be in the Rockquest but is both “nervous” and “excited” to be in the regional final. “It’s a bit nerve wracking, it’s quite nervous for all of us when we’re up to such experienced bands,” says Saskia. OI, which is named after from Otumoetai Intermediate, practices

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Yoga students help Nepal children A Tauranga Yoga teacher is venturing back to Nepal for a second trip – but this time round it’s to help the charity that first introduced her to the region. Lesley Macalister travelled to Nepal last year, with a group of New Zealanders, working with the First Steps Himalaya charity, which runs early childhood and school support projects in rural Nepal. This year Lesley is going back with her own group to support the charity’s work. The group of yoga students will help Nepal communities by transforming


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A cross country cluster Year 4-6 students from across the Mount Maunganui coastal strip are slipping on their sneakers in preparation for the Mount Cluster Cross Country Champs next week. The top five Year 4-6 students from Papamoa, Golden Sands, Te Akau Ki, Tahatai, Arataki, St Thomas, Mount Maunganui, Omanu and Te Kura Matapihi primary schools will race to the finish line on Monday to be crowned cross country champions. Papamoa Primary School teacher Hamish Avery says the school has won trophies before, placing second twice and coming third in 2012.

This year, his students are aiming for first place. Hamish says students at Papamoa School are very athletic and he says it is a great achievement to qualify for the championship event. Each school’s students have qualified for the championship by placing first, second or third at Year 4-6 cross country events held by their schools. “We have a lot of very talented surf athletes, rugby players, and footballers and a lot of children who are talented in multiple codes and sports.” By Zoe Hunter

Papamoa Primary School Year 6 students Ngaia Gudgeon and Fynn McCulloch are getting ready for the championship race. Photo by: Bruce Barnard.

Zumbathon in support of heart charity LEFT: Zumba fanatic Kristina Sisson, bottom left, BOP@ Heart chairperson Rachael Parkes, Debbie O’Halloran, Tina Neville, Lynne Brown, Nakita Griffiths, top left, and Liam O’Halloran.

A Tauranga woman is turning an exercise regime into a charity fundraising event with proceeds to go towards BOP@Heart.

Zumba instructor Tina Neville is inviting people to head along to Bethlehem Primary School Hall on Carmichael Rd to take part in the Zumbathon on Sunday. She will be assisted by fellow licensed instructors Lynne Brown, Mark Kahui, Gabby Cardey and Becky Wilde. “Come and party for two hours or just do one hour. Do what you can. It’s lots of fun for a great cause.” She says every week, 12 babies are born with a heart defect in New Zealand and while there are surgical procedures to improve the heart’s function, there is no cure for congenital heart disease (CHD). BOP@Heart, formerly Heart Children BOP, support about 100 families in the Bay of Plenty area – and the organisation is the only charity supporting children and families affected by CHD, says their website.

Tina says BOP@Heart is a great cause to raise money for. The classes cost $10 and run from 2pm to 4pm. By Letitia Atkinson



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Bill gets bitten by Big Apple After a month-long study trip to New York, Tauranga’s Acorn charitable trust founder Bill Holland has returned excited about the direction the trust is taking. Bill, whose trip was partially-funded by a City University of New York fellowship, says it was a “fantastic” experience. His trip, which focussed around learning from the American experience of philanthropic giving to grow a newlyformed national association of charitable trusts, has renewed his belief in Acorn’s approach.

“It was great to see from Acorn’s perspective what we are doing is absolutely ideal for New Zealand,” says Bill. While the US philanthropy tradition is based on giving from wealthy, Bill says Acorn’s focus on attracting funding in death bequests is more suitable for our society. “Most people do like the idea of making a positive difference in their life – but financially it can be very difficult with other commitments. But making a bequest is a way lots of people can make a contribution.” Ultimately, Bill can see a time coming when Acorn is a major positive force in the Western Bay, funding infrastructure or community assets for the area’s long-term benefit. He gives an exam-

ple of supporting public art – saying because the foundation was removed from politics it would be able to fund assets that were for the community’s long-term benefit without diverting funds from core council requirements. Bill says a great example of the difference a foundation like Acorn can make is the Invercargill Licencing Trust, which has helped many facilities in the community; and underwritten the Southern Institute of Technology’s zero fees programme, which has attracted thousands of tertiary students to the city. “I can see in time that Acorn could be doing something similar. It’s a very good model of what Acorn could be doing when the organisation has the money,” says Bill. Acorn had $6.417million invested at June 2012, and distributed $316,077 to community last year. Bill, who set up Acorn 10 years ago, stood down from the trust’s board two years ago, and is president of a recently-established Community Foundations of New Zealand Incorporated. The national association aims to help the nine foundations throughout the country by sharing resources and establishing standards. Bill, who last year was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, wants the association to spearhead the establishment of foundations in all regions.

“To begin, begin.” -PETER NIVIO ZARLENGA For all the time we spend thinking and talking about what we want to do - it comes down to this simple action. Begin, and if you motivate yourself enough to begin, then the habit will kick

After taking a bite out of the `Big Apple’ on a study trip to New York, Bill Holland is inspired about the direction of Tauranga’s Acorn Foundation. By Hamish Carter

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in and you will find it becomes easier to commit to what you want to achieve. Habits are what create a strong will to continue committing to the decisions you make. And that strong will builds persistence and energy to conquer the negatives that will crop up from time to time. What is the one step you can take to create your ‘begin’?

The high price of financial literacy Age 16 – 18

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Most young adults find themselves in the precarious position of facing significant financial commitment – either in the form of student loans to further education at university, polytechnic or trade apprenticeships. A recent study from one Bay of Plenty college’s Year 13 students found that 50 per cent had access to, or had a credit card. Credit card interest rate charges can cripple young people. Parents, who pay the credit card debt or allow use of their own credit by their young adult or child, are not teaching them anything about the responsibilities and smart use of a credit card. These habits are then carried over to adulthood and contribute to the overall statistical New Zealand data on credit card debt. Add to this debt, attributable to education or career pathways, and it does not bode well for a good financial perspective. ENTER the Planwise Youth Trust Financial Literacy for Youth course. Don’t let your young son or daughter become a financial illiterate statistic! Send them along to our next course on Wednesday, July 24. To find out more, contact Maxine at Planwise today – you might like to come along and learn something yourself! Phone 07 547 4266.


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Fresh approach to excellence Western Bay Olympic Taekwondo Club is continuing its proud sporting excellence after relocating to its new facility in Greerton. The club – formerly Welcome Bay Olympic Taekwondo Club – has been a provider of taekwondo in Tauranga for more than 25 years. Instructor Garry Carpenter says in moving to 26 Alach Street in Greerton, the club has taken a big step in leasing a venue, which for a non-profit sporting activity brings with it a large financial risk. After shifting around venues for the last couple of years – the last being at Welcome Bay Primary School –it is pleasing to finally have a taekwondo specific venue, says Garry. “Everybody is loving it.” Priding themselves on a dedication and competition, the club attended 10 tournaments throughout New Zealand and Australia last year. He says Western Bay Olympic Taekwondo having its own personalised facilities means training mats can remain set up – no longer having to be assembled and disassembled for each training session.

Instructor Garry Carpenter. There is also the ability to offer after school classes, a time frame which was previously booked at the primary school. Beginners and new students are always welcome with the first three weeks free to ensure the student wishes to continue, then the journey begins. Primary school students train on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4-5pm and students 11 years and above train on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8pm. It costs $25 a month plus an annual national body registration fee of $30. If any clubs including tai chi and yoga wish to rent the venue during vacant times which are generally during schools hours 9am to 3pm weekdays, when the taekwondo club is not training enquire at By Luke Balvert

Many benefits to adopting adult cats Although a new kitten is delightful entertainment for the family, there are many benefits to adopting a mature adult cat. An adult cat will already be housetrained – and while many are very playful – they are not as likely to wreak havoc with curtains and lounge suites like some kittens do. The ARRC has many lovely adult cats that are deserving of new homes, after previous owners have neglected and deserted them. If you are interested in providing a loving home for a friendly feline, phone ARRC on 07 579 9115. For more information about adult cats, visit: www. or see Facebook.

Greerton art attack The last leaves have fallen from Greerton Village’s cherry blossom trees but they will soon burst into colour again thanks to the area’s yarn bombers. Greerton Village Mainstreet manager Victoria Thomas says 30 trees along Chadwick and Cameron Roads will be decorated in panels of colourful knitting, crochet and recycled jumpers in late June, with plans to have the public art on display for a fortnight. “Now the trees have lost their leaves and are looking bare it’s the ideal time to put it up.” Victoria says the knitting and crocheting will be taken down early if it starts to deteriorate and “look tatty” due to weather. “I think it’s really exciting – and the best thing about it is that it’s a project that comes from the community.” Yarn bombing, also called guerrilla knitting, has become a popular form of temporary public art since the first recorded example in the Netherlands in 2004, with yarn installations appearing overnight in public places.


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A student safety message ‘No helmet – no brain’ Students from a Te Puke primary school are sharing what they have learned about being safe with the rest of the community – and entering a creative competition at the same time. As part of Safekids Creative Quest, run by Safekids New Zealand, the Year 5 students from Kowhai Class at Te Ranga School wrote and illustrated a story about how to be safe while riding bikes. This has been entered into a Year 1-3 illustrated story category, with each category’s winning school receiving a cash prize of $3000, the first runner up netting $1500 and a second

runner up $500. Teacher Janet Blaauw says the students created a character called ‘Super Helmet Harper’ for their story. “As part of our study, Kowhai Class, along with Totara Class [Year 5-6], had Naomi and Jane from Sport BOP come up to the school on Friday, June 14, as part of the Bike It Cycle Safety Programme. “Students were shown the correct way to wear a helmet and were shown examples of helmets, which had been broken in accidents.” Janet says they saw first-hand how important it is to wear a helmet correctly. “All children were given some reflective ‘eyes’ to put on the back of their

cycle helmet. Totara Class were shown how to check all parts of their bikes for safety; and were put through an obstacle course using their own bikes, wearing helmets of course. “This will come in very handy as they are off to camp in Rotorua and will be doing mountain biking in the Redwoods.” The classes may also win a class prize in the quest, with first place winning prizes to the value of $500, second winning to the value of $200, and third place winning to the value of $100. To see and vote for the story online, use the following link: http:// By Letitia Atkinson

NO helmet, NO brain is the message students at Te Ranga School are trying to get across.

The demise of social interaction On taking my dog for a walk the other morning, I passed many a child walking to the school bus stop. One child was in a world of his own with ear plugs in his ears, listening to his iPod. Another was busy texting on her mobile phone. The bus stop had many a child, all standing aloof with earplugs in or fingers busily texting. No-one was talking to anyone. How can children grow up with social skills with the lack of social interaction some modern technology is encouraging? It seems, if given the choice of talking to someone as opposed to surfing the internet or listening to the iPod or texting – children would rather not chat! It is very important that young children learn how to share, cooperate and understand others – and how to communicate clearly. Children learn these social skills when they interact with each other. At Kidiwise, social development is a very important goal on our programmes. Learning social skills is so important for all walks of life. So many

positions require good communication skills. It will be those, who have learned to be good, confident communicators, who will be more adaptable and chosen to work up their way up the ladder in occupations, great and small. Children need to begin to grow socially from a very young age. This is why childcare is so important. The earlier children learn how to interact in a healthy way with nonfamily members and other children, from many different backgrounds, the better they will function in school and in other situations as they grow up. Gone are the days when children can run to the park on their own to meet other children to play with. To have them at home, in front of a computer or watching TV, can inhibit their social development – not to mention hindering them physically, educationally and lead them to health problems. We at Kidiwise appreciate the need for children to be able to get on with their peers. Our laptops and cameras are used in unison with the children – they are shown how to use them and take turns. The emphasis is on developing social skills, the ability to share, make and create things together, to sit at mat time and wait your turn, to stand up and express oneself and generally to have fun with each other – like the good old days.

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Rustic smoked fish and potato hotpot (gluten-free)

6-8 serves Ingredients 3 gloves garlic, peeled and sliced (retain trimmings) 1 large red onion or two small onions, diced (retain trimmings) 1 large leek, finely diced (retain trimmings) 600-800g smoked fish with bone 750g small potatoes (red rascal are perfect) 3.5 litre water 375ml evaporated milk (one tin) cracked black pepper sea salt ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped 80g grated cheddar cheese Oil for cooking and shallow frying Method Make a stock by removing all the flesh from the bones of the smoked fish – but keep both. In a stainless pot, bring 3.5 litre of water, the fish bones, and trimmings from the leek and onion to the boil. Let this simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes with a small knife rather than a peeler. If you’re careful, you can cut small spirals. Rinse the skins in cold water and set aside to dry. Cut the remaining potato into a dice. After 20 minutes, strain the stock. You should have about 2.5 litres. In a large pot sauté the onion for three to five minutes in a little oil, then sauté the leek for a few minutes, then the garlic. Add half the remaining de-boned smoked fish, the diced potatoes then all the stock. Simmer for another 20 to 30 minutes until the potato is tender. Blend the soup with the can of evaporated milk and return to the heat. Season well and stir in remaining smoked fish and chopped parsley. Shallow-fry the potato skins until brown, and place on top of soup in bowls. Grate a little cheddar and grill in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese, and serve.


Take a break: get away from the rain As the days become shorter I have been lucky enough to dodge the showers of rain and get some work done outside while it’s still light. A lot of us avoid going anywhere in the rain. And with the forecast sometimes being unpredictable, sometimes even a trip to the shops, while it’s sunny, can result in a damp outing. That was the situation the other day as I parked up from the market, just as the heavens opened up, and I chose to drive home and skip the supermarket. Luckily, I had the makings of a heart-warming soup/hot pot gathered, from fellow marketeers’ potatoes, smoked fish, leek, red onions and garlic – all local and all fresh. The rain just kept coming and I did get wet, as my flat leaf parsley was outside. However, about an hour later I was warming myself with a bowl of delicious soup with plenty left to watch the rugby later on. And about 10 serves cost less

than $10. The recipe for this week can make enough soup for six to eight people. But the smoky-ness of the fish varies, so you can adjust by adding extra evaporated milk and potatoes, thus extending the quantity. I decided to use my potato peelings as a gluten-free type crouton on top of the soup, creating a rustic sort of hotpot.


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Invitation for disabled people and their families This month, disabled people and their families/whanau are being invited to learn more about Local Area Coordination and how it can help them in planning a good, everyday life.

Open days are being held throughout the Western Bay for people to hear about the support, information and increased community connections that are being made available to disabled people through

involvement with a Local Area Coordinator. LAC, which is funded by the Ministry of Health, is currently being offered only in the Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty – but is expected to eventually be rolled out nationwide. The four coordinators working in the Western Bay of Plenty are keen for

David Vaaulu is based in Gate Pa and working in Welcome Bay, Pyes Pa, Gate Pa, Greerton and Tauranga Central. Contact David on 07 578 2580 or 027 450 8876. Welcome Bay Community Centre’s session is on Wednesday, June 26, 9am-1pm.

more people to know about what they can offer. One person, currently working with an LAC, says: “In a nutshell, LAC fills a gap especially for people like me, who have no family or friends nearby but still want to be part of society and cannot get back there without the help of others”. Below are the

Jenny Dawber is at Gate Pa and working in Otumoetai, Mount Maunganui to Girven Rd. Contact Jenny on 07 578 2580 or 027 4508877. Arataki Community Centre’s session is Monday, June 24, 9am-12 noon; and Otumoetai Community Centre’s session is Thursday, June 27, noon-3pm.

times and venues when the coordinators will be at local community centres waiting for a chat and cuppa with anyone who wants to meet them. People attending the sessions are asked to visit the community centre closest to where they live.

Larissa Clarke is coordinator for Otamarakau, Te Puke, Papamoa to Girven Rd. Contact Larissa on 07 573 3996 or 027 450 8873. Papamoa Community Centre’s session is Wednesday, June 26, 9am-noon.

Debbie Davidson is based in Katikati and working from Waihi Beach to Bethlehem. Contact Debbie on 07 549 0855 or 027 450 8872. Omokoroa Settlers Hall’s sessions are Wednesday, June 26, 10am-11am and 5.30pm6.30pm.

Hand, foot and mouth numbers rise A “higher than usual” number of hand, foot and mouth disease cases are occurring throughout the Bay of Plenty this winter, with childcare centres reporting outbreaks to the BOP District Health Board. Medical Officer of Health Dr Neil de Wet has received a “handful of enquiries” from childcare centres concerning the contagious disease, and he’s reminding parents to keep infected children hydrated to prevent serious illness. “There have been one or two children needing to be admitted to hospital because they were dehydrated.” Neil says the infection is seasonal and it is common for cases to grow during winter – but he has noticed an increase this year.

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“We can’t be totally sure of the [exact] number of cases but we are aware there are more cases out there.” Neil says hand, foot and mouth disease is a mild illness, but infected children should stay home, keep hydrated and not return to any childcare facility until their blisters have crusted over and are no longer infectious. “While the child is feeling unwell and has fever it’s good to stay home until the fever has passed for 24 hours. Most the time you won’t need to see your GP, obviously if the child becomes more unwell or you’re concerned see your GP. The really important thing is to keep fluids up.” Neil is asking parents to encourage hand washing to prevent further spreading of the disease. By Corrie Taylor

Boosting immunity Eating a variety of winter produce can help the immune system ward off seasonal colds and flu, says 5+ A Day nutritionist Bronwen Anderson. Antioxidant-rich winter delights including kiwifruit, broccoli and carrots provide healthy doses of nutrients to boost the immune system and are in season now, she says. Here are some quick tips on how to make the most of winter’s immune-boosting produce. Kiwifruit: contains twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin C which is important for immune health. Make a quick fruit salad by combining sliced green and gold kiwifruit and mandarin segments for an immunity-boosting treat. Or for a fast, healthy breakfast, peel and chop kiwifruit, bananas and apple, sprinkle with orange zest and add a dollop of Greek yoghurt. Broccoli: one cup bolsters the immune system with a large dose of vitamin C and provides B group vitamins and trace minerals that strengthen immune defences and maintain a healthy nervous system. For a quick broccoli pesto, puree cooled, steamed broccoli with garlic, toasted pine nuts, a little grated Parmesan cheese and olive oil. Toss with pasta, spoon over chicken or use as a dip or a spread. Persimmons: are high in vitamin C and a source of vitamin A, providing immunity-boosting benefits. Persimmons are also a source of fibre. For a scrummy dessert, hollow out a persimmon, chop up flesh and mix with brown sugar, chopped walnuts and cinnamon. Place mixture back into the fruit and bake for 35 minutes. Serve with yoghurt on the side. Carrots: powerful antioxidants found in carrots may help protect from heart disease, cancer and maintain eye health due to the high levels of beta-carotene. Baby carrots make a healthy midafternoon snack. Cooked carrots, sautéed with a touch of olive oil, dried herbs and cracked pepper, make a perfect side to grilled meat.

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Praise for cochlear implants

others with hearing difficulties to consider the technology, and invites people to attend their recently-started support group. The group meets once every two months, with the next meeting on tomorrow, where a cochlear implant surgeon will speak. For information, call Murray on 07 578 1616. By Corrie Taylor

Murray Bigham is encouraging people with hearing disabilities to use cochlear implants.

A Tauranga man is praising cochlear implants and he wants everyone to know the new technology is “so much more than a hearing aid”. Murray Bigham’s wife name had a cochlear implant inserted in one ear 18 months ago, and the change has been unbelievable, he says. A cochlear implant is a highly technical medical device, consisting of internal and external parts, and is designed to bypass damaged hair cells in the inner ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. The

brain experiences this stimulation as sound sensation. At the beginning of this year, the Minister of Health announced an additional investment of $2.6million for cochlear implants. “It frustrating, because people think it is just a hearing aid, but it’s totally different,” says Murray. His wife, who is completely deaf in one ear, was not benefitting from the hearing aids she was previously using, and sought help from a specialist who suggested the implant. “It is marvellous, she hears everything now. When she first got them it was always, ‘What’s that noise? Oh it’s a thrush, it’s a blackbird, or it’s a tui’.” Murray hopes to encourage

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Robber admits guilt

A Bethlehem man has admitted robbing a Cameron Road dairy at gunpoint and will be sentenced for his crime in August. Brett Robert Heginbotham, 28, appeared in Tauranga District Court on Wednesday where he entered a guilty plea through his lawyer Rebekah Webby.Heginbotham was charged with aggravated robbery after being arrested for the robbery of Lenz Superette.

P-lab accused in custody

A Papamoa man facing drug charges in relation to an explosion of a P-lab in Mount Maunganui in April will remain behind bars until his next court appearance. Plasterer Rhys James Maybury, 39, appeared in Tauranga District Court on Tuesday charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals and arson. Maybury pleaded not guilty during his last court appearance in May. Judge Christopher Harding granted an application for time extension and remanded Maybury in custody until July 10. Police allege Maybury was involved in the manufacture of drugs between January 1 and April 23 this year.

Poaching: charges dropped

One of four men accused of poaching deer from farms in Pyes Pa, Te Puke, Oropi and Rotorua has had his charges dropped when he appeared in court on Tuesday. Maunganui Charlie Panapa, 24, was jointly charged with thefts of animals after being arrested in March in relation to an illegal poaching ring operating across the Bay of Plenty. Panapa’s co-accused, Storm Panapa, 17, and Scott Stephen Darroch, 18, were remanded on bail for a status hearing on July 17, while Bradley McKenzie’s case was transferred to appear in Morrinsville District Court on July 3.

Drink drivers busted

A motorist who blew 1114 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath is one of 25 people facing drink driving charges as a result of a week-long drink driving operation in Tauranga. The adult limit is 400 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. From Monday, June 10, Operation Prohibition saw police officers stop and breath test 4394 drivers – 27 were processed and 25 were charged with drink driving related charges. Those arrested appeared in Tauranga District Court this week.

Man denies assault

A Mount Maunganui man is denying a domestic assault which sparked an armed police callout in Mount Maunganui on May 27. Teina Haddon, 23, is charged with assault on a female, possession of ammunition, receiving stolen property and injuring with intent to injure. He appeared in Tauranga District Court on Tuesday, June 18 where his lawyer Larry Meredith entered not guilty pleas on each of the charges. Larry also sought an adjournment in the case to allow for a case management meeting. Haddon was remanded on bail until August 6. More daily news on:

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Whole new spin to Kai Ora initiative Dear Roger, in response to your “Free Lunch” comments in this week’s Rabbits... I am the school nurse in a local Decile 5 college. I have, with full support from management and staff, started Kai Ora, access to free food at interval every day at school. Because we are Decile 5, despite having Decile 1 and Decile 2 feeder schools, we get no government support. However, some local businesses and lots of generous members of the staff and our school community have provided equipment and supplies. Now any student who is hungry at school, regardless of the reason, can eat toast, cereal, and donated baked goods from a local cafe. “The parents should be feeding these children at home”, you say. “These children will just have a ‘bludging mentality’ reinforced”, you imply. We agree, children should be fed at home. But when they are not, I do not agree with your sentiments. To my delight I have found a whole spin off to our initiative, a culture of community and whanau around a meal

No sign of trickle down

What happened to the trickle down? It was my understanding that the massive treaty settlements would benefit all Maori not just a few. At present, there is a great furore over children, mainly of Maori or Pacific Island origin, going to school without breakfast. There is no doubt that if they put their considerable table that is priceless. Not only will skills and wits to it, the Maori leaders could devise these children go on to learn better a plan using some of their settlement monies to help and have a chance to break any cycle of members of their tribes with the problem (if a few dependence their family may be stuck non-Maori children were also helped - would this be in, but they are learning table manso terrible?) These leaders have managed to outwit this ners, respect, and facts around nutrition Government on numerous occasions (mind you, they and health. They wash their own did have an un-armed opponent) so a breakfast plan, dishes and divide their coupled with a scheme to teach budgeting shills to waste between landfill, those who have the will to learn, would show their tribe recycling and food members that they too are important in the leaders’ waste for composteyes. ing. Several of our Over quite a few nights, we were harangued by senior students an overpaid TV presenter trumpeting the horrors bring their own of mainly Maori and Pacific Island children going food, sit with our to school without breakfast. And that we should all younger students, be contributing to feeding them – surely a parental talking with them responsibility? Not once were these tirades balanced by and demonstrating interviewing parents, who were on the benefit and feedrespect both for staff ing their children properly. Neither did they interview in the way they comthose past masters of budgeting skills, the majority of municate with those of us superannuitants. who supervise, and for property Maybe a country-wide budgeting scheme, whereby and facilities. volunteers could help those in their neighbourhood, Those of us who work in Youth Health who are less proficient, would be more helpful than and Education know that the concept just throwing taxpayer’s money at the problem. Once of ‘connectivity’ is key in keeping kids people have mastered some money skills, it will boost at school, feeling like they belong, feeltheir feelings of self worth and confidence, and maybe ing valued and wanting to be there. If they will begin to realise that the situation is getting a we achieve this through Kai Ora, and little better. I think we are doing just that, then we The only thing the bad money managers learn at are succeeding on more levels than just present is that someone else will do their job for them. providing a piece of toast and jam! And that once they no longer have to provide breakfast, Clare Wilson, RN, School Nurse free lunches will follow in a little while. Mount Maunganui College. B. McClure, Tauranga.

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A realistic look at flooding problem

Reading Roger’s Rabbits column, how I agree with him about the breakfast for children at school. We need to educate parents that it does not cost much time and money to get a good breakfast. I remember when working in Auckland and the receptionist came into the lunch room with no lunch. She said she had no money for her lunch or her two children’s lunches. “What about the two packets of cigarettes you got on the way to work this morning” prompted rapid exit of one lady from the lunch room. Recently there was a case in Wellington where the children were taken away from the parents. They had so much alcohol in the house but no food. I know some parents cannot afford to feed all their children but education is needed to help these parents. Wendy Galloway, Omokoroa.

With really bad reports of flooding in Tauranga recently, we predictably have our elected Councillors leaping into the fray with the ratepayers cheque book, with a whopping $43 million. Take a realistic look before leaping? In one area TCC are spending millions, and it only concerns six low lying houses. It makes more sense to buy them, remove them, rather than have this on-going problem repeat. It is a far more economical answer than burdening all ratepayers with millions more of debt and little chance of a permanent answer for the flooding.

Add to that the increase in rainfall, intensity of storms that will only cause a repeat in the future, sometimes a permanent solution is better than a patch up. The real question though is how did this happen? Councillors should be seeking a public investigation into who, why and how this happened, it is clearly a repeat of the flooding issues across the city, it’s not an isolated occurrence, that now causes millions of new debt for ratepayers. Ratepayers, hold councillors to account this election! Sam Bailey, Tauranga.


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Who else is tired of ‘panic-mongering’ guff? Is anyone else tired of reading the poorly-argued, carelessly punctuated words of C. Humphreys in the pages of SunLive, and in the local Western Bay of Plenty Grey Power magazine? I certainly am. C. Humphreys, your contributions may be more engaging had your arguments any substance, rather than the panic-mongering guff you continue to offer, nor do they make much logical sense. For instance, despite the fact the Treaty of Waitangi has no constitutional legitimacy, it remains indisputably the founding compact of this country since it formalised Maori cession of ‘legal sovereignty’ (as opposed to ‘political sovereignty’) to the Crown, and thereby legitimates New Zealand’s governmental

authority (although some Maori argue such cession did not in fact occur). Simply because the Treaty does not suit your agenda, does not mean you can deny its fundamental legal and jurisprudential standing in New Zealand. If, for example, you expect the sanctity of your property rights to

Bridge Marina enclosure Seventeen years ago, when the Bridge Marina was built it should have had a rock wall, like all good marinas do. Another design error was to not put the entrance and exit at the northern end of the marina, instead of into the harbour like a huge scoop. An opening on the southern end would facilitate total flushing. Tauranga Bridge Marina, although privately-owned, is a major asset to Tauranga and a major employer of locals, servicing up to 500 vessels annually. A marina’s purpose is to provide safe and comfortable berthage for vessels. Bridge Marina falls short in several ways. Should an excessive tide roar up the harbour the whole complex would collapse, (remember Lyttleton Marina). The existing entrance has two major problems When vessels head toward one another at 90 degrees with and a 3 knot tide, neither can stop, one with the tide behind and the other with tide-side on? Secondly it scoops in any debris that is bulldozed into the upper reaches of the harbour, which putrefies and is a health hazard. The marina is a permanent structure, therefore needs to be protected by a permanent wall. As for the tidal restriction, the Marina is in the eddie down stream from the Harbour Bridge. Also rock walls are a great place for fishing. Dudley Hessell, Te Puke.

Library toilet issues Congratulations to Penelope Sullivan for raising the issue of lack of toilets at the Tauranga Library. While it is good that there is provision for mothers with young children, others needs are completely overlooked. A large number of senior citizens use the library, some of whom have mobility issues. It is quite unacceptable to expect them, or anyone else for that matter, to traipse through the walkway and across a busy road. Having to ask special permission to use the restricted facility is demeaning. I’m surprised the council allows the library to run seminars and interactive groups on its site when toilet facilities are not provided for the general users. I too have belonged to a number of libraries over the years and even in smaller towns there has at least been a toilet adjoining the library if not right inside. In fact, as has been raised before, Downtown Tauranga is very poorly served with public toilets given we are now New Zealand’s fifth largest city. Mary L Edwards, Hairini.

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Devoy ‘missed the point’ In my opinion it seems to me that highly-qualified ex-squash player, our very own Dame Susan Devoy, has missed the point. I really don’t think Mr Winston Peters is anti-Chinese but rather is concerned about their being able to buy up New Zealand property unrestrictedly, and, moreover, for Asians to immigrate here in such large uncontrolled numbers. Are these unfettered, one-way only, free-market policies wise? My official complaint to Dame Susan is that I believe TVNZ One and The NZ Herald are racist. They give The Rt Hon Winston Peters, a Maori, a really hard time. Never a break. Never a positive opinion poll. Would she please investigate? Hylton Rhodes, Tauranga.

be acknowledged and respected over time, you must also accept that the same normative and jurisprudential rules – not to mention moral precepts – also govern the contemporary place and application of the Treaty of Waitangi. You also vehemently reject separatism, yet resort to a ‘Them vs. Us’ rhetoric in your writing, which transparently pits the ‘Brown Peril’ against “Us Kiwis”, an attitude that is in itself wilfully divisive, not to mention ugly. I respectfully suggest, therefore, that you invest more time investigating notions such as separatism, Apartheid, nationalism, citizenship, and liberty before using them to bolster your personal prejudices. Kate MacIntyre, Wellington.

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Ratepayers shouldn’t have to fund ‘Gate Pa extravagance’ The spin continues un-abated yet the pageant is next year. Two weeks planned from 16-29 April for feasting, blessings, fêting and other capers. This incidentally cuts across Anzac Day April 25 - our foremost day of remembrance allocated, only one day usually observed in the morning. If Pukehinahina Charitable Trust instigators want a ‘festival’ then use the trusts own resources. It would be wrong for community funders, regional, TCC, and Western Bay councils to fund this type of crass indulgency with commemorative funding, totalling about $170,000 to be spent on carvings hakas, bands, breakfasts, teas, dinner, blessings and military stuff. With any charitable trust, the public have no control on spending, and financial accounts

rarely see the light of day. It is readily accepted that it is right and proper that a small ceremony be held annually at Gate Pa to commemorate the event perhaps a full one-day celebration every 25years may be justified. The proposal as it stands is grandiose, pretentious and way over the top. It is understood around $240,000 has been applied from TCC for what effectively is the celebration part. On the question of any historical account relating to the events, can I perhaps suggest reputable historians like James Cowan (1870-1943) be given due recognition. Remember research for history is best sought from eye witness evidence. Ratepayers, residents and taxpayers should not be asked to fund this extravagance. R Paterson, Matapihi.

32 Anti-Maori letters based on false information It is hard to believe the number of apparently intelligent people writing anti-Maori letters based on false information and irrational fear. These people fear that Maori, who make up 15 per cent of the population, will use the constitutional review to take political control of New Zealand, and turn non-Maori, who make up 85 per cent of the population and have total control of Parliament and all government services, into second class citizens. This is irrational. The growing strength of the Maori community is not a threat to democracy. It enriches us and is a blessing to New Zealand. The stronger the Maori community becomes, the fewer educa-

tional, employment, health, and social problems there will be. Maori leaders are accused of using Treaty settlements to line their own pockets. No evidence is produced to justify this. There is no evidence. It is claimed that Treaty settlements are false and are bankrupting the country. In fact all Treaty settlements add up to less than $2 billion. Government spending is $100 billion every year. The details of all Treaty settlements are read in Parliament, publicly available and totally justified. Maori are not getting extra privileges. They are now simply getting better recognition of long promised rights. Peter Dey, Welcome Bay.

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Ethnic bias shown in 2013 census Ethnic bias was clearly shown by Statistics New Zealand in the text provided for the 2013 Census. This aberration has been fully explained by Michael Littlewood in the June 22/28 edition of the New Zealand Listener. Although a large number described their ethnicity as New Zealanders in the previous census, the department chose not to include that option in the recent census. Why not? Should they not adapt to the needs of the public whom they should serve? Question 11 asked, ‘What ethnic group do you belong to ? And gave: New Zealand European, Maori, Samoan etc. Question 13 asked about what language you could converse in Question 14 ‘Are you descended

from a Maori ( parents, grandparents, great grandparents etc.? ( the number of these might be almost infinite) Question. 15 ‘Do you know the name of your tribe/s or Iwi? None of the other 86 per cent of the population’s ethnic groups was asked any questions of this kind. Why not? The purpose of

this obvious discrimination was not explained. If the purpose was to estimate the number of Maori seats then it is extraneous. The Maori seats were created in 1867 as a temporary measure for five years to see that Maori were able to vote until, with the advent of full national suffrage, they should have been cancelled. This has given Maori an advantage to which, in the terms of the Treaty, they are not entitled. They have only the rights of all other citizens. National Party and Maori Party take note. There are presently 23 Maori members in Parliament, seven on the Maori roll and 16 on the general roll or 19per cent from 14 per cent of the population. This is surely adequate representation. Bryan Johnson, Omokoroa.

We are so being ripped off: quintuple payments We are so being ripped off. Robin Bell writes very sincerely in defence of treaty settlements. No-one is complaining about legitimate settlements being paid out. However, several of these settlements have been paid up to five “full and final’ settlements. That goes way beyond what could be considered a legitimate payment. Ngai Tahu is an example of this quintuple of payments - and now there is a top-up, innocuously called “a relativity payment” of $138 million for Ngai Tahu and Waikato-Tainui. In a stunningly ungrateful move, the tribes are arbitrating against this as it is at the lower end of their expected entitlement - in other words, folks - they want more - and more! Many tribes have put their fiscal activities into chari-

table trusts so that little or no tax is being paid. Just where is this bottomless pit supplying all this bounty that Santa Claus, Chris Finlayson, is happily bestowing with such largesse? This is a very good reason why you, the taxpayer, must write to your MPs today and tell them you object to a written constitution entrenching the Treaty of Waitangi, as is being sought by the Maori Party, for then, the cupboard will truly be bare! David Round aptly quoted Kipling: “That is called paying the Dane-geld But we’ve proved it again and again, Once you have paid him the Dane-geld You will never get rid of the Dane!” Robin Bishop, Pyes Pa.

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Zealand is a country where a good majority of European and Maori are and have intermarried/ intermingled for over a 100 years or more, we all have part Maori children and grandchildren etc. So for the above to create this division and force people to choose sides is just so wrong, arrogant and cruel. There should be no race based constitution or anything else we truly are all ‘one people one nation’ just in our breeding alone. Apparently 85 per cent of us do not have heritage/history/or spiritual beliefs, affinity with the land only Maori, how arrogant and insulting is that! Here we are watching Nelson Mandela struggling for life. He

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Slow drivers: Speed up or catch the bus Insults at rugby games Response to Graeme Weggery from The Mount, and has no idea of the commute chaos between the hours of 7am onwards and 5pm onwards Monday to Friday from Te Puke to Hewletts Road area and vice versa. While I appreciate your excellence in working out the average speeds in km/h to the average travel time in minutes, no one should be doing between 40 to 90 km/hr in the 100km zone should they? If you haven’t got the balls or confidence to do 100km/hr in the 100km zone or 80km in the 80 zone etc. then get on the bus, it’s that simple. Second response to Alison Badger - from Omokoroa, and who also has no idea of the commute chaos

[at above times] between Te Puke to Hewletts Road: This also applies to you... when I have to keep paying rising road user and rego charges along with rising fuel costs, like so many other NZers , I am entitled to do the speed limits that

‘Incredible news’ The recent announcement of a radiotherapy unit at Tauranga Hospital is incredible news. While there is a Cancer Lodge for patients to stay during treatment in Hamilton, this separates loved ones at a vulnerable time and very difficult if the patient is a mother with a young family. In our situation, when our daughters were young, we travelled daily to Hamilton for six weeks, which is very traumatic especially when this often follows chemotherapy when the patient’s immunity is very low. Over the years we have long lobbied for a radiotherapy unit in Tauranga, so this is indeed very welcome. In 2004, we both stood for the BOP District Health Board and on our posters and in our profile “Tauranga must have its own radiotherapy unit”. Debbie was elected to the BOP District Health Board 2004 - 2010 and regularly pushed this issue. Huge congratulations and thanks to those who have brought this about, it will make such a difference to cancer care and attract medical staff. Tim and Debbie Short, Ohauiti.

Creative spin-doctoring Now you see it, now you don’t. Very timely comments on Creative Tauranga’s $330,000 subsidy from ratepayers by Brian Rogers in last week’s RR. The only good thing about the money spin-doctoring here is the “very creative” reasons tabled and then accepted by councillors, this looks to be in the gullible category for sure. Seems that ratepayer’s money goes to some trust or something, like a CCO of some type where typically the money disappears somewhere never to be seen again. One blogger online asked “What is it for?” but I guess the usual TCC policy of just ignoring it will repeat there as well. Creative have lost the control of the Cargo Shed stallholders now so one would think that the main purpose to exist also disappears also, why do they still get ratepayers money then? What have they actually achieved? Will it ever achieve anything this lifetime? Although councillors have rescued the Cargo Shed stallholders from the clutches of Creative Tauranga’s creativeness. They have yet to make the penultimate decision to cut the cord completely and cancel the $280,000pa, Perhaps WBOPDC will see sense on their $50,000 ratepayer donation a bit quicker than TCC? D Richards, Auckland.

the signs recommend. If it becomes an issue for you Alison and Graeme next time you’re on a main highway where you should be doing 100km/h, and someone is tailing closely to you because for whatever reason you decide you can sit on 70km and do your “crocheting squares” while on your way to your game of bridge/ petanque, why not leave home 10 minutes earlier and waddle off to the bus stop, and get on it. That way you will have 10 minutes more for your cup of chanui tea, followed buy a couple of sports velvet tabs to get you through the day.... Speed up and show some pride. (abridged) Simon Loveridge, Te Puke.

Radiotherapy centre great for our region What great news that a new radio therapy centre for the treatment of cancer patients is being built at Tauranga hospital. The BOP Health Board covers a very large area so construction of the new unit will mean patients will no longer have to travel to Hamilton. At a cost of $32 million the building, which includes shielded bunkers, high tech modern equipment and parking for radio therapy patients this will be a very valuable addition to BOP health services. As a result of this announcement I have a question for the trust pushing for a Tauranga museum. Why when this fully equipped radiotherapy unit costs $32 million, is the proposed museum building alone going to cost $25 million. This appears to be a ridiculous figure for a museum building. It appears that the museum trust members have very grandiose ideas for a facility that is far larger than required and like the Art Gallery will probably run at a loss through poor business management. Even a cost of $10 million seems over the top to me. The modern Museum Trust who wish to use the old Cossie Club building at the Mount for a musem appear to be far more practical. Roger Bailey, Papamoa.

Recently, there has been an outcry against the use of racist and homophobic insults at rugby games. They do need to be banned but, so too do other remarks that are equally as insulting. References to intellect and parentage need to be banned, also references to genitalia. Insults based on sexual activity need to be rooted out, in particular those referring to masturbation and especially when combined with size. Remarks like “a big girl’s blouse” are particularly troublesome. Big – sizism; girl - gender specific therefore sexist; blouse - infers cross-dressing, so homophobic. Colours are also a worry, black is clearly racist, ginger, when used in its Cockney rhyming slang context, is homophobic, as for yellow, say no more. So much for the NZRU to think about. But what can the NZRU do, have fans mouths taped on arrival,

magically find a mute button. Maybe the most technologically advanced solution is to have no audiences at all at matches and the game is only watched on TV in the privacy of one’s home, and insults hurled can then only be heard by the screen. Richard Prince, Welcome Bay.

Labour cosy-up I presume the Labour party hierarchy sent four of its top Parliamentarians to cosy up with Sky City officials in their corporate box at Mt Eden to keep a toe in the door in the unlikely event NZers are sucked in to giving a Green/Labour alliance the chance to sit on the Treasury benches at next election. Hypocrisy is the vaseline of political intercourse. Alastair Jones,Tauranga.



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

Saturday 22 June 2013 Christian Singles

Born again friendship group meet monthly socially. Plus 1st & 3rd Tues of month at McCafe Tauranga 6.30pm. email: or 021 182 7972

Audition Call

Inzpire Dancers will perform at BOP Steamers home games again this season. Experienced dancers are invited to audition today at 90 Devonport Rd, Tauranga. 10am individual auditions. Prepare a 1 min routine of your choice. 1pm group audition, learn a routine from our choreographer. To register call/email with name & DOB to or 021 514 403

Bay Association of Sea Kayakers Hahei weekend. Bevan 576 8885

BOKWA Fitness Class

News, reviews and opinionated raving on the music scene. dining out or participating in local activities & events. 022 012 0376

Welcome Bay Community Centre Car Boot

And market day July 6 at Welcome Bay Hall car park 9am - 12pm.. Bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, cafe, car boot & stalls. To book car boot/stall site 544 9774 or

Argentine Tango for Beginners

6 week intro to Salon Tango starts July 7 5.15pm. First lesson free. Carl 021 280 4464 or email:

Sequence & old time dancing, friendly atmosphere, good music & supper. Greerton Hall 7.30-11pm. Run by Tauranga Scottish Soc. Allyson 576 9194

Club Mt Maunganui

Tachi Qigong

Every Sat in Memorial park between mini golf & playground 10am. Free to join in. All welcome.

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Fresh & artisian produced food. Trixie 552 5278 or www.

Te Puke Forest & Bird Trip

Welcome Bay Primary School Hall, Welcome Bay Rd 10am. Lincoln Forlong teaches from Ephesians 6:18 today. All welcome, come & share in worship & praise to God our great provider. Gerald 021 938 618

50+ Coffee afternoon at Zaggers Cafe, Chapel St 2.30pm. Mix & mingle with other like-minded individuals. Gayle 027 439 3267

Radio Controlled Model Yachts

Meet Sun 1.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to race electron & similar 3ft long yachts. Graham 572 5419

Recycled Fashion Market

By Katikati Kindergarten at Katikati Primary School Hall, Beach Rd 10am 1pm. Be in to win a trailer of firewood for $2 & other great raffles. Stalls $20, includes table, free raffle ticket. Free entry. A community fundraising event. To book stall, Rachel 549 3014

Indoor bowls start 1pm. All welcome. Allen 575 5776

Tauranga Rainbow Social Network

50 Marine Parade, Mt Maunganui 11am - 2pm. Competitions, prizes & sausage sizzle. If wet postponed until June 30. Bring along a spade. All welcome.

Theosophical Society

Coast Care Tauranga

Jamis Duathlon Series

Hotuhotu St, The Lakes subdivision, Tauranga (just off SH 29). Kids course 9.30am start. $5 entry. Short & Long courses 10am start $15 entry. Registration from 9am. All welcome. Miranda 579 4088 or 021 449 466

La Belle Alliance

Tauranga Musica Concert series at Baycourt 3pm. Price $32, $10 for 19yrs & under or free with a paying ticket holder. or 577 7188

Mount Sports Centre cnr Hull & Maunganui Rds, Mt Maunganui 9am – 2pm. Art, craft, live music.

Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market

30’s/40’ age group of males & females that meet once a week to socialise by

Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. Neita 572 3768

Singles Mix & Mingle

Leisure Marching Display Day

The Sociables

7.30am - 12.30pm. Stalls must be set up by 7.30am. Great range of goods for sale including fruit & vege, arts & crafts. Fundraising raffles to support needy causes. $10 per car space. 542 2559 a/hs.

Sunday’s at Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St, Greerton 1.45pm. Title: “God’s signs to Moses.” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Vic 543 0504

Fungus day at Otanewainuku, looking for colourful fungus around the Rimu Walk. One hour moderate work, followed by 1 hour easy walk. Car $5. Book 573 8151, emergency 027 223 4991

The Little Big Markets

Palm Beach Plaza Lions Market

Prestige Singles

Bible Seminars

The Way meet in the Kingfisher Room, Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 10am. All welcome. 570 1438

AGM at Clubrooms in Kawaka St, Mt Maunganui 4pm. Reece 572 3482

Presented by Friends of BOP Symphonia at Wesley Church Centre, 13th Ave, Tauranga 2pm. Strings, French horns, violin, Tenor Horn & vocal solos all presented by local musicians. 570 1411

A Classical Afternoon

And cake auction June 29 at Salvation Army Citadel 6.30pm. Entries limited to 25 soloists/duets or groups. Entry fee gold coin donation of cake for auction. Bible Society fund raiser. Trevor/Michelle 579 1304

Messianic Weekly Meetings

Mount Maunganui Cricket Club

Sunday 23 June

Bay Bible Fellowship

Come Dancing Tonight

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


At Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd 9.30am. As seen on TV. Great music, easy steps to sign language for a cardio workout. All levels of fitness welcome. Instructor, Sarah 021 185 3363 or www.

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Presented by Tauranga Blue Bells at QEII Hall, Memorial Hall. Starts 11am with March Past, followed by displays from local & visiting teams. Free admission. All welcome.

Every Sun in Phoenix car park 9am - 1pm. Fresh fruit & veges, breads, cheese, oils, plants & more. All home grown & home made. Downtown the Mount open 7 days. 575 9911

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 For gay/lesbian/bi/transgender meet 2nd Sun every month at 3pm. Kaye 021 239 7142 or 07 218 1411 “So what, who cares, why theosophy” presented by Linda Watts, at Tauranga Yoga Centre, Elizabeth St West 2pm. Entry by donation. All welcome. June 576 6106

Zumbathon BOP

Bethlehem School Hall, 66 Carmichael Rd, Bethlehem 2-4pm. $10 at door. All proceeds to BOP Heart Charity. Spot prizes. See you there. Tina 544 3385 or 021 565 587

Monday 24 June Badminton Mt Maunganui

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

Bethlehem Bowls

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

OUT THERE GUIDE Stories, snippets, strangeness, and general entertainment. Ave. Weds City Church cnr Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St. All classes 9.1510.15am. First class free. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/Cardiac Care leader.

Books Wanted

Harbour City Lions need donations of tidy books for their annual booksale being held later this year. To arrange pick up 576 2505

Chess Mt Maunganui

Every Mon at Mt Maunganui RSA, 544 Maunganui Rd. Juniors 6.15-7.15pm during school term. Open club 7.30pm onwards. Bob/Viv 575 5845

Citizens Advice Bureau

For free, confidential information & advice on anything call in Mon -Fri 9am - 5pm 38 Hamilton St, Tauranga or freephone 0800 367 222 or 578 1592. Weds CAB Service at Welcome Bay Community Centre 9.30am - 12.30pm. Fri CAB Service at Mount Library 1.30pm. All welcome. No appointment necessary.

Fire Brigade Bowling Club

Club night – complete pairs at Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd 7pm. Sharon 543 3929

Fitness League

Safe effective, low impact fun exercise set to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for women of all ages & abilities. First class free. Every Mon at Settlers Hall Omokoroa 9.30am & Tues St Johns Anglican Church Waihi 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378

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

Otumoetai Indoor Bowls

Champion Pairs, Matua Primary School Hall, Clivedene St 7pm. Elimination competition. Karen 576 0443

Pipers Club

Every Mon at 7pm. George 579 1460

Recycled Teenagers

Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards, & injury or illness rehabilitation. Mon & Weds, 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club, behind Pak n Save. Tues at St Mary’s Church Hall, Girven Rd. All 9 - 10.30am. Taken by Heart Foundation phase 3 cardiac instructor. First class free. Jennifer 571 1411

Tauranga Badminton Junior Club

From 7-17yrs. Every Mon at Bethlehem College Events Centre 6-7.30pm. Every Tues at Otumoetai College action Centre 5.15-6.45pm. Racquets available. Beginners welcome. Sue 0211 944 335 or 543 0035

Tauranga Creative Fibre

Every Mon at Arts Centre, Elizabeth St from 9.30am. Spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crochet & more. Learn & share in a mutually supportive club. Also on Thurs evening twice a month. Joan 577 6781

Tauranga Rock n Roll Club

Club nights at Tauranga RSA 7-8pm. or Colleen 544 4676

Tauranga Senior Badminton Club

Every Mon & Weds 7.30pm onwards. Racquets available. All welcome. Sue 0211 944 335 or 543 0035

Free Antenatal Classes


Genealogy Friendly Group

Welcome Bay Painting Group

Glengyle Marching Team

Working Writers Group

Pirirakau Hauora, classes available each month in 2013. Venues throughout the Bay. For dates & venues ph 552 4573 or email: Meet in Mako Room, Papamoa community Centre 1pm. Assistance offered to anyone with an interest in research their family history. Daphne 575 4674 Ladies aged 18-50years required to join this awesome team. Training on Mondays 7-9pm. Ex marchers preferred. Margo 218 0838 or 021 246 6192

Harmony a Plenty Barbershop Chorus Every Mon at Bethlehem Community Church, Moffat Rd 7pm. New members welcome. 572 3345 or www.harmonyaplenty.

Justice of the Peace Service Centre

Monday at Bayfair Shopping Centre Management office 10am - 12pm.

Mandarin Learning

Every Mon 7-8pm for adults only. Non profit but small contribution of $32 for 8 lessons (once a week) to cover the cost of the rentals & handouts. Ian 578 9668


Free classes Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace, spiritual awareness & the meaning of your life. David 576 9764

Parent support group meet at Totara House, 1428 Cameron Rd, Greerton 7pm. All welcome - no need to preregister. 543 3194 Meet every Mon at Welcome Bay Church Hall 10am - 12pm. New members welcome, no experience necessary. Jean 544 2342 3rd Mon each month 7pm. For anyone working on a writing project, paid or unpaid. Kaye 07 218 1411 or 021 239 7142


(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 & 10.3011.30am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 9.15-10.15am Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. Also Te Puke Senior Citizen’s Club, Jocelyn St, Te Puke 9.15-10.15am. All welcome. First class free. Thurs 8.45-9.45am at Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.3011.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.15-10.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. 578 9272

Tauranga tide heights in metres. The full month’s tide information is available on Every effort has been made to ensure that these times and tides are correct, no responsibility will be accepted for any inaccuracies, omissions, or misuse or misinterpretation of the values for tides and times published.


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ABC - Avenues Badminton Club

Every Tues at Tauranga Intermediate School Sports Centre. Juniors 6-7.30pm (term time). Seniors (Adults) 7.30-9pm. Club racquets & coaching available. Delwyn 027 212 4720

Altrusa Club of Tauranga

Womens community service group. Dinner & business meeting 2nd Tues of month, social programme 4th Tues of month. Interested? Denise 570 3134

Badminton (Social)

Every Tues at Otumoetai Baptist Hall 9.30am - 12pm. Racquets available. All welcome. Lorraine 579 3229

BOP Shirley Club Walking Group

Every Tues meet outside Mount Surf Club 9.20am. Easy walking. Cafe jaunt after. Great group. See you there.

Conversation Cafe for Seniors

Every Tues at St Andrew’s Church, Dee St, Mount 10am - 12pm. Morning tea, fellowship, games. 575 9347

Fibromyalgia Support

Meet at Kwang Chow, 341 Maunganui Rd 12pm. Maureen 576 3256

Genesis - Women’s Group

Every Tues during school term. 10am morning tea at St Paul’s Co-operating Church, 242 Dickson Rd, Papamoa. Speaker: Karen Below, community ministries manager “This is my life.” New members welcome. Jennifer, Salvation Army 578 4264

Inachord Chorus

Womens 4 part harmony every Tues at Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd 6.55pm. Enjoy the challenge of singing & performing a varied repertoire. Penny 579 2945 or Elizabeth 542 0646

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 speaker & get your message across. Meetings held on 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues of the month at Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St) Mt Maunganui 6.15pm. New members welcome. Tess 575 6610

Treasure Box

Music & movement for 1-5years. Morning tea & kids pre-loved clothing. Every Tues at Freedom Centre, 36d MacDonald St, Mt Maunganui 10am. Lisa 027 501 0530

Widow & Widowers Club

People living alone invited to Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St West 2pm. Margaret 576 5292

YMCA Sit n Fit Class

Tues at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd, Papamoa 11.30am - 12.30pm. Weds at Greenwood Park Village, Welcome Bay Rd 11am 12pm. Social exercise seated to music. All welcome. 578 9272

Wednesday 26 June Age Concern Walking Group

Meet at 10am. Kelly Tarlton Road trip. Renee 576 6699 or bookings.

Baywide Community Law Service

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

Fernlands Spa Water Exercise Class Weds 10.45-11.45am. Held rain or shine, but not during school holidays. New participants planning to attend, ph Jennifer 571 1411

Justice of the Peace Service Centres

Gate Pa Indoor Bowls

Mount Aglow

Weds 2pm & Fri 11am. Provides group activities combined with health education that encourages members to live a healthy & active lifestyle. Classes run by certified Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitator. Vikki 575 0470 or 0272 800 388

Every Tues at Te Tuinga Whanau, 190 Chadwick Rd, Greerton 10am - 12pm. Mount Mainstreet Centre 11am - 1pm. All ladies invited to meeting at Salvation Army, 57 Eversham Rd, Mt Maunganui 9.45am. Guest speaker: Warren Curtis-Smith “Marine Outreach”. Shared lunch to follow. Join us if you need a new direction to your life. All welcome. Raewyn 574 6967

Mount Morning Badminton

Every Tues at Mount Sports Centre, Blake Park 9am - 12pm. Social, competitive, all ages. Beginners welcome. Racquets available. Visitors $5 per session. Margaret 575 9792

Orange City Square & Round Dance Club

Beginners Tues 10am 12pm. Weds plus, Thurs club night, Frontiersmen’s Hall 7.30pm. 543 1063

Sequence Dancing

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

South City Indoor Bowls Club (Inc)

Club night at Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Mary 541 0687

Table Tennis Papamoa

Every Tues at Papamoa Primary School, Dickson Rd 7-9.30pm. All welcome. John 572 0129

Tauranga Acoustic Music Club

Champion Triples (Wallace Cup) at Greerton Hall 7pm. Names in book. Marg 543 3394

Toastmasters - City Early Start

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

Toastmasters Tauranga South Area

Leadership skills, speaking skills. Weds at St George’s Church Hall cnr Cameron Rd & Church St 7.15pm. All welcome. Alan 544 5989

Tong Ren Healing

Every Weds at Plunket Rooms, 59 Otumoetai Rd 6.30pm. $5 minimum donation. Great energy healing! Try it.

Tools to Love By

Karma settles from our birth experience as abandonment & anger. Discomfort, then denial, dysfunction, derangement, disease & death. Break the cycle & become whole by facing your pain & your worst fears. Wednesday’s with Carl 021 753 693 or 281 2223

TS Chatham (Sea Cadets)

Every Weds at TYPBC, Keith Allan Drive, Sulphur Pt 6.30-9pm. Lee 542 5377 or 027 291 6151 or email: leew.

Yoga with Ocean Views

Every Weds & Fri during school term at Fergusson Park Sports Centre (end of Tilby Drive, Matua) 9.30-10.40am. $10 casual. Stella 021 0249 6390 or email:

Thursday 27 June Age Concern Tauranga Inc

AGM at Tauranga RSA Hinton Lounge, 1237 Cameron Rd, Tauranga 10.15am – 12pm. Guest speaker: Diana Marriott, communications manager BOPDHB. 578 2631

Bay Salsa - Salsa on the Strand

New venue, upstairs at Flannagans every Thurs. Intro class 8pm followed by social dancing. $2 entry, members free. All welcome.

Global Hearts Exercise Group

Chat Group

Justice of the Peace Service Centres

Club Mt Maunganui Seniors

Every Weds at Citizens Advice Bureau, Hamilton St 9-11.30am. Te Puna School 6.30-7.30pm. Papamoa Library 10am - 12pm.

Otumoetai Toy Box Toy Library

94 Bureta Rd. Open Weds 6.308.30pm, Thurs & 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 10am morning tea, 10.30am meeting at Salvation Army cnr Cameron Rd & 5th Ave, Tauranga. This week: Video morning. New members welcome. Jennifer 578 4264

Scottish Country Dancing

Weds at Senior Citizens Hall, Maunganui Rd. Fri at Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd. Both 7.30pm. 573 5055


Relax, unwind, be still, reflect, refresh & enjoy. Share in a selection of sacred & inspirational writings & music from around the world. At 6 Moiri Place, Maungatapu 7.30pm. 544 2786

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

Table Tennis Tauranga

Observatory & hall open at Fergusson Park 7.30pm. Featuring a DVD where Professor Al-Khalili discusses nothingness ‘Probing the Universe - the Void’. Public welcome, telescope viewing if weather permits. 576 1943

Every Weds at Rowing Club Rooms, Memorial Park 10am - 2.30pm then again 7.30-9.30pm. Beginners & experienced welcome.

Tauranga Astronomical Society

start. Mini expo. Rotating sessions (first in first served). $5 entry. Monique 573 4687. AGM August 28.

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

Tauranga Embroiderers Guild

Te Puke Spiritual & Healing Centre Art Gallery, Commerce Lane, Te Puke. Doors open 6.30 for 6.55pm

Zest Café, Chadwick Rd, Greerton 10am. Speaker: Terry Molloy, city councillor – Greerton Village & the Library. A chance to catch up with the latest on the new library while enjoying a cup of coffee & a muffin. All welcome. Play indoor bowls, 500 & Bolivia every Thurs 12.45pm. John 575 2422

Community Bible Study International Join us at 14th Ave Gospel Centre 10am - 12pm for a non denominational in depth study of Ephesians/Hebrews until July 11. Jack & Betty 544 3809

Fire Brigade Bowling Club

Interclub at Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Sharon 543 3929

Fitness League

Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for females. All ages & abilities, first class free, every Thurs Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd 9.30am & Weds at Katikati Memorial Hall 10am. Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 170

Healing Rooms

Fashion Island, 42 Gravatt Rd, next to Esquires Coffee Shop. Weekly every Thurs 10.30am - 12.30pm. Sat 1.30-3.30pm. No appointment necessary & no charge. Also 2nd Weds of month 10.30am - 12.30pm. At Church of the Open Door, cnr Dickson & Longview Rds. 574 1510 or

Hula Hooping in the Park

Every Thurs at Yatton Park 4.45pm. Have fun & hula with Hipstar Hula Hoops. Weighted adult hula hoops provided. No charge. 45 mins duration. Cancelled if raining.

Justice of the Peace Service Centres Every Thurs at Citizens Advice Bureau, Hamilton St 9-11.30am. Te Puke Anglican Church 10am - 12pm. Tauranga Ethnic Council, Historic

Village 11.30am - 1.30pm. Welcome Bay Community Centre 12-3pm.

Keynotes 4 Part Harmony

Chess Tauranga

Every Fri at Tauranga RSA, Greerton 6pm onwards for the whole family. Noel 579 5412 http://www.westernbopchess.weebly. com/

Women’s chorus meet every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Nora 544 2714

Free Immigration Clinic

8 years onwards (including adults). Every Thurs at St Andrew’s Church, Dee St, Mount 3-4.30pm. 575 9347

Gay/Bi Men’s Support Group

Don’t like playing at night anymore? Play every Thurs afternoon at Salvation Army Hall, cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd 1.30pm start. Learners welcome. Frank 544 7120

Justice of the Peace Service Centres

Knitting Classes for Children

Red Shield Indoor Bowls Club

Tauranga Heart Support Group

Phase 3 rehab exercise, social events & guest speakers for those with or at risk of heart disease. Every Thurs at City Church Hall, Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St 9.3010.45am. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified instructor/Cardiac Care leader.

Tauranga Opera Forum Turandot

By Giocomo Puccini - an opera fundraiser for Tauranga secondary students art scholarships held July 17. Complimentary wine, finger foods, lucky ticket draw & the opera screening at Tauranga Club. Tickets from Creative Tauranga. Info 928 5270 or 577 0583

Every Fri - legal advice & information on immigration issues. For appointment, Baywide Community Law 571 6812 Do you need a trusting person to talk to? Discretion assured. For meetings & locations ph/ text Alex 027 358 5934

Every Fri at Tauranga Library, NZ Room 12-2pm. Katikati Resource Centre 10am - 12pm. Tauranga RSA, Greerton 2-4pm. Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffats Rd 10am - 12pm. Mount Maunganui Library 11.30am - 1.30pm.

Live Standup Comedy

Dai Henwood & Urzila Carlson at Baycourt 8pm. Price $28 (limited), $35 everyone. or 577 7188

NZ Shareholders Assn BOP Branch

Meet monthly on last Fri of the month to share information, discuss topical subjects followed by social hour. New members & guests welcome. For venue & time of next event, Bruce 541 0688

Tauranga Storytellers’ Group

Meet last Thurs every month. Learn how to develop your storytelling skills. Claire 577 7220

Friday 28 June Bethlehem Campus Celebrates 25 Years

July 5-7 2013. All past & present students, staff, supporters & families from all different operations on the Campus are invited. Registrations needed:

“What’s On” in the Weekend Sun is a free service for non-profit clubs and organisations. Email or fax 571 1116 or post to PO Box 240, Tauranga. Deadline 3pm Tuesday. Contributions should be less than 20 words.


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Good times when Blues Club comes to town I sometimes head over to Rotorua on a Wednesday night. It’s a good time to be in the town since Bay of Plenty Blues Club gets together on the second Wednesday of every month. The regular haunt for these gatherings, the headquarters of the Blues Club for several years now, is the Belgian Bar on Arawa Street. And there’s an added bonus from going to the blues nights. The added bonus is that there’s also a band next door in the playfully-named Pheasant Plucker. I was really surprised by this the first time. Not only





was there a band playing next door but, when I poked my head in, I found that it was the rather fantastic Swamp Thing. And, let me tell you, they were rocking it! I watched them, transfixed by the sheer energy and passion of their performance. Grant Haua was playing electric and laying into a Ritchie Havens song. Michael Barker was behind his extensive percussion array, first playing a bamboo instrument that looked like a portable marimba before putting it down (all the while keeping a full drum beat going with his feet and other hand) and starting to play a keyboard bass

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bigger targets in its sights. After the throwaway “Bumping & Grinding” things get less frivolous. “Hand in a Hole” is a little gem and then comes “Genius”, with Michael singing, a long rant against the injustices of the modern world reminiscent of possibly Kings of Leon or other American rockers. Then Grant gets onboard with “The Reckoning”, a warning of end times with a vocal recalling Ritchie Haven and changing rhythms that even include an acoustic “raga” section. It’s a heavy one two punch of Serious Stuff. And there’s more. This is a big, bold album, clearly intending to make its mark both musically and lyrically. But, if the woes of the world are too much, there’s “Hot Potato”, a really fun song about the hedonistic pleasures of Amsterdam(?), and a simply beautiful ode to Kiwi summers in the closer “Come with Me”. This is stunning stuff; can world domination be far off for Swamp Thing? Find out where to buy it from their Facebook page. You won’t regret it. Review by: Winston Watusi

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capacity for 860 people and Waipuna Hospice fundraising manager Trish Rae says there are less than 150 tickets left. Tim has made the finals of the BBC’s ‘Voice of Musical Theatre’ twice and per-

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Waipuna Hospice’s fundraising concert ‘Music of the Night’ is featuring Julia Booth, Jessie Hillel and Tim Beveridge. formed in many prestigious productions, including ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and ‘Evita’. The concert on July 20, also features soprano Julia Booth; a Sir Edmund Hillary scholar, who has completed a Master of Music at the University of Waikato, being awarded the Wallace Corporation’s Performer of the Year Blues Award and the prestigious Hillary Medal. Julia has performed with the NZ Symphony Orchestra, Wellington Vector Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. Also performing is last year’s ‘New Zealand’s Got Talent’ runner-up Jessie Hillel, who will perform in Tauranga for the first time. Trish hopes Jessie’s older sister will accompany her on the piano for one of the pieces. Jessie’s NZ’s Got Talent-placing led to her being invited to China to represent New Zealand at the International Children’s Concert. She has also appeared at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, winning multiple categories. Trish acknowledges concert sponsors RHB Chartered Accountants for helping make the event possible. The concert is on Saturday, July 20 from 7.30pm, at Holy Trinity Church, Devonport Rd, Tauranga. Tickets cost $55 for adults and $40 for students. Remaining tickets are available at hospice shops - 271 Fraser St, Tauranga and 2 MacDonald St, Mount Maunganui (open Saturday and Sunday) or at:


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THIS IS 40 Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Seigel, Megan Fox - Dir: Judd Apatow Billed as a “sort of sequel” to writer/director Apatow’s earlier Knocked Up, this takes two secondary characters from that film and examines their lives and issues upon reaching the titular age. And, like most of Apatow’s films after the “early funny ones”, it has received mixed reactions. (Case in point: when reviewing it “At the Movies” Empire magazine gave it one star. When reviewing it as a DVD, four stars.) I liked it a lot. It’s a real crack at “grown up” comedy, avoiding obvious Hollywood tropes such as romantic rivals and infidelity and concentrating on those everyday issues – kids, relationships with ageing parents – that can slowly build to

breaking a point in relationships. The central couple are Pete and Debbie (Rudd and Mann). He’s running a failing record label, she’s got a clothes shop where the assistant might be stealing. They have two somewhat stroppy kids. They want life to be better but the new “rules” they put in place aren’t helping. It’s long and rambling (but it’s hard to know what you could cut), occasionally very funny, boasts great turns from John Lithgow and Albert Brooks as the respective (grand) fathers, and has music (and a very entertaining cameo) by Graham Parker. Great stuff.

Flight is a tour de force from Denzel Washington. He plays airline captain Whip Whitaker who, in a staggeringly tense opening twenty minutes, saves a malfunctioning plane from crashing and killing everyone on board with a near-impossible manoeuvre. He is hailed as a hero. One problem: Whip is a functioning alcoholic and had booze and coke in his system. Though the idea that he is the only pilot – drunk or sober – who could have saved the flight is largely skirted, the film is a vivid depiction of an alcoholic slowly coming to terms with his disease. Director Robert (Castaway) Zemekis is a fine storyteller and largely avoids condescending clichés. Just as a chirpy new member of the Garda arrives on tiny Erin Island, strange things start to happen. A fishing boat is attacked and a pod of dead pilot whales washes up on the beach. Grabbers is a lightweight Irish comedy horror outing, its tone comparable to Lake Placid or – more obviously – Tremors. The monsters here may come from the sea but they certainly get around, entertainingly menacing the small unsuspecting population who take refuge in alcohol and the local pub. It’s an enjoyable ride, with nods to Aliens, Gremlins, Shawn of the Dead and many more, just the sort of thing I wish we made more of here.


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Club Mt Maunganui Friday 21 – Shy & Retiring 9.30pm onwards.

Sideline Sports Bar Friday 21 – Al’s Karaoke.

Katikati RSA & Citz Club Sunday 23 – Brendan Duggan and Tony Wellington Tribute Show to Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash 4-7pm. Saturday 13 July – Tim Armstrong Band 7.30-11.30pm.

Turei (the In Mt Zion Bay’s own Stan Walker) is sick of a life of potato picking under the watchful eye of his strict father (Temuera Morrison). Turei want to sing. And, this being Auckland in 1979, the perfect opportunity arises with the possibility of a support slot for his hero Bob Marley. While the band he forms with his brother and two friends is sensational from the git-go – no stumbling first gigs here – intergenerational conflicts ensue and lessons about familial responsibility are learnt. It’s a goodlooking film, particularly the striking landscapes, and there is an impressive level of eye-catching detail. It’s very Maori and mostly very good (if musically preposterous). Stan, BTW, acquits himself admirably.

The Crown and Badger Friday 21 – Piston Broke. Saturday 21 – Piston Broke. The Matua Sunday 23 – Wireless 3-6pm. Wednesday 26 – Country night 7.30-10pm.

Mount Maunganui RSA Welcome Bay Sports Bar Friday 21 – Mark Taupiri. Saturday 22 – Terry Jensen Duo. Friday 21 – PJ’s Karaoke 8pm. Sunday 23 – Zone 2 4.30-7.30pm. Karaoke’s finest.

Movie 43 is a return to the once-popular format of sketch comedy. Think Kentucky Fried Movie or Amazon Women on the Moon. The loose link is ideas pitched by Dennis Quaid’s crazy scriptwriter to Greg Kinnear. These are, without exception, crude, over-the-top, and generally offensive in a scatological or other manner. They’re also frequently very funny (if indescribable in a family newspaper). The other hook is the massive cast: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Seth MacFarlane, Liev Scheiber, Naomi Watts, Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Kate Bosworth, Justin Long, Una Thurman, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, the list goes on and on.

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Brendan Dugan joins NZ’s best impersonators The country’s best impersonators are inviting the public to join them in a funfilled night, being hailed as the “show of the year” at Bureta Park Motor Inn. Brendan Dugan will be teaming up with New Zealand’s Elvis impersonator Che Orton and our very own local entertainer Tony Wellington, as New Zealand’s Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly for one-night only of fun-filled entertainment on Saturday, June 29. Due to popular demand, Tony Wellington, who has organised and produced the shows during the last four years, says he has been inundated

with hundreds of requests from people for more shows at Bureta. With Bureta being a fantastic venue for the show, tickets cost only $45 each and are available from the park’s reception. All tickets include a two course buffet meal. Tony says that it is an honour to have the likes of Brendan (as Johnny Cash), who has been successfully touring with Tony during the last four months. “He’s a great entertainer and a fantastic wealth of knowledge,” says Tony. The night will be run by real estate agent auctioneer and MC extraordinaire Frank Vosper. Tickets are already moving and limited to 150. “If you don’t want to miss the ‘show of all

shows’ get in quick,” says Tony, who will provide spot prizes on the night. “The show is an excellent idea for a mid-winter Christmas function.” Proudly sponsored by Barrier Reef Pools, doors open 5.45pm.

Impersonators Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison are ready for the “show of the year”.

Free business study at polytechnic For those considering a career in business administration and computing, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is an excellent place to study. And it gets better – one of the levels is free. National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing Level 2 provides an introduction to business administration and computing. Programme co-ordinator and senior academic staff member Debbie MacRae says the Level 2 programme gives students the confidence to move to a higher level of tertiary study; preparing them for Level 3. Throughout the course students will learn how to prepare business documents, using Microsoft Word, and document financial information including preparing cashbooks, invoices and statements. The programme also covers employment, communication and customer service skills. Students will develop necessary keyboarding and audio transcription skills – all of which, Debbie says, are required for a successful start to a career in administration and computing. Experience in the workforce and/or a level 2 qualification assists students in applications to study at level 3. Debbie says level 3 really is, as the name suggests, the next level of business administration and computing. At this level students will learn how to provide office reception and telecommunication services; and how to produce documents to a business standard. Using Quickbooks, students also learn about computerised accounting, making presentations using

Programme co-ordinator and senior academic staff member Debbie MacRae.

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PowerPoint; and creating and using spreadsheets. Students also begin to develop data protection and communication skills, including report writing and interview skills – an important part of learning, says Debbie. Programmes run from July 15 – November 22. Level 3 requires a fee but level 2 is free. For more information, contact BOP Polytechnic’s Information Centre on 0800 BOP POLY or visit: By Zoe Hunter

Lighten up Artists have a week to finalise proposals for light art installations for Greerton’s IlluminArt Festival. As part of plans to develop the annual event into one of the country’s best light shows Greerton Village Mainstreet Manager Victoria Thomas wants to hear from anyone about their ideas. “It’s open to anyone interested, not just artists.” Proposals need to be submitted by July 1. Successful entries will be announced on July 5, and the winner – who will earn a $1000 prize - will be announced at the family festival. The light festival is at Greerton Village Square from 6pm on July 19. For more details visit www.


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Two concert harps on Tauranga stage Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s concert ‘Enchantee’ features Claude Debussy’s ‘Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun’ for which two harps are required on-stage –a work normally outside the scope of a community orchestra. For the first time, Bay of Plenty Symphonia is able to perform the work with guest soloist and harpist Ingrid Bauer and the orchestra’s harpist Margaret Harper. This was Debussy’s first orchestral work, an iconic piece and one of the most influential in music history, says concert manager Merle Fausett. “It is considered a quintessential impressionist work, and a wonderfully

fluid piece full of colour and atmosphere.” Soloist Ingrid Bauer has recently returned to Wellington from Canada, where she has been studying at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from Victoria University in Wellington, with first class honours from the Australian National University, Canberra. She has a decade of experience teaching harpists of all ages, regularly performs with professional orchestras across Australia and New Zealand; and gives solo and chamber music recitals. In April, Ingrid returned home to Wellington after her trip to the Dutch Harp Competition, where she reached the quarter finals. The concert contains music solely by French composers.

Harp soloist Ingrid Bauer.

‘Buying Customers’ coming to NZ Business owners need help – and ActionCOACH founder and chairman Brad Sugars wants to come to their rescue. Brad is going to help small and medium-sized business owners by easing their “business worries” through teaching them how to buy customers. His bi-country seminar tour will be based on his new bestselling book. The three-hour Buying Customers seminar is in Tauranga from 1- 4pm on Tuesday, July 9. Organised by the Rotary Club of Tauranga Te Papa, net proceeds will be going to charity. Brad Sugars will teach business owners they have to buy customers at great prices and turn their businesses into customer-buying machines. Throughout July, Brad will be teaching business owners how to

guarantee themselves that each new customer buying from them will be a life-long customer – and that buys more products at ever-high price points. He was one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs in 2007, one of five finalists for CEO of the Year in 2009, at the American Business Awards. Brad has also taken his private company ActionCOACH to the 65th ranked franchise globally. Now, for seven years running, ActionCOACH is the number one ranked business consulting/coaching franchise, and has won the Excellence in International Franchising award, from the Franchise Council of Australia. As result, ActionCOACH is the world’s number one business coaching and executive coaching firm, with more than 1200 offices in 43 countries. To learn more, go to: For more information about Brad Sugars and his tour, visit: ActionCOACH founder and chairman Brad Sugars is going to help small and medium-sized business owners.

Innovation - a key engine for growth All business people know that innovation is a key engine for growth – but the real question they want to know is how to get innovative ideas. To help steer entrepreneurs in the right direction, an innovation forum will be held in Tauranga in August. The half-day forum will see six experts in their fields talk about their experience as innovators. Western Bay of Plenty business leaders speaking include Steve Saunders from the Plus Group and Blythe Rees-Jones the creative director at Locus Research - both innovation ordesign award winners. . Other speakers include David Darling, from Dunedin biomedical company Pacific Edge, and design specialists Ed Burak (Tourism Holdings) and Mike Jensen (Altitude Aerospace). Consultant Tony Hadfield will share commercialisation insights. The August 9 forum at Trinity Wharf Tauranga,

has been jointly organised by Priority One, Locus Research, Woods the Creative Agency and Export NZ, supported by Enterprise Angels and Callaghan Innovation. Details:

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Choosing not to be anxious We live in challenging times. All around us there are pressures and anxieties that crowd in on us in different ways. And the negative stresses that are associated with modern life are understood to have medical and emotional consequences, beyond what is commonly understood. As God’s children, we have a different hope and a different power for living than the unsaved. Our trust is in the God who cannot fail, who is always watching over us and who promises that ultimately, He will work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). However, God does declare in His Word that we are to choose not to be anxious, and it is a choice! Paul says in Philippians 4:6: “do not be anxious about anything”. Jesus says the same thing in Matthew 6:25–34. Verse 25 says: “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on”. And He repeats this in verse 31. Jesus says in verse 27: “Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” In verse 34, He says: “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomor-

row will be anxious for itself ”. Then in John 14:1, Jesus says: “Do not let your heart be troubled” and in verse 27 of the same chapter: “Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful”. Each of these “do not’s” are commands, not suggestions and we have to choose to obey! Understand though, that God never commands us to do something that we are unable to do – according to His power that is at work in us, and according to His allsufficient grace. Jesus says in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you”. He Himself is the Prince of Peace and He dwells in us. In anticipation of His ascension, Jesus told His disciples in John 14:16-17 that He would ask the Father to send “another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth” and “He dwells with you and will be in you”. Let me encourage you to choose the place of peace and of trust; and to choose not to be anxious about anything. Your Heavenly Father knows you and loves you. He never slumbers nor sleeps – His eye is always upon you. Can I also encourage you in times of anxiety, to prayerfully declare Psalm 23, emphasising the words “my” By Peter Whitcombe and “me”?

Grace and truth - the right balance “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”. (John 1:17) Jesus Christ was the very embodiment of both THE WAY NZ graceUNITY and truth; yet how THROUGH COMMUNITY

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Marg O’Brien’ questioned the terms “ewes guys” and “luv ewes” along with the use of the word “arksing”.

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Val Carruthers Alzheimers

Tauranga Breast Cancer Support Service volunteer Sandra Gilligan is this year’s Volunteer of the Year. As a retired registered nurse, and a breast cancer survivor of 12 years, Sandra has provided invaluable insight and understanding into the world of breast cancer support. Nathan Harney, nominated by YMCA, is this year’s Youth Volunteer of the Year, and Trustee of the Year 2013 went to Reverend David Ansell – who was nominated by Alzheimer’s Tauranga. Runner-up Volunteer of the Year went to Val and Jim Carruthers, who were nominated by Alzheimer’s Tauranga. The awards give affiliated organisations, not-for-profit organisations and the community, the opportunity to recognise the individual and group ‘good’ done in the community by volunteer effort. These awards are also an opportunity for all community organisations

to publicly express their thanks to the volunteers. Organisers acknowledge Eves Realty for becoming a major sponsor for the 2013 awards; and the support from Office Products Depot for supplying three awards, and TrustPower for donating a spot prize. Youth Volunteer of the Year’s highly commended award went to Bridget Carlson. Trustee of the Year’s highly commended and commended went to Shirley Wilson and Jo Edlin. Volunteer of the Year highly commended was awarded to Nerida Galley. Russell Bennet, Lyndsay Fake, John Graham, Valerie Edith Hooper, Kirsteen MacWilliam, Kathy Roberts, Debbie Woolrich and Fred Wright are the commended Volunteer of the Year winners. At the awards, a sincere vote of thanks made by Volunteer Western Bay of Plenty, guest speaker Mary Dillon, deputy mayor David Shearer and Alison Stewart, were extended to all volunteers.

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The Weekend Sun



The Weekend Sun, 21 June 2013