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22 November 2013, Issue 676

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Oldies, goodies, sherries, stubbies and selfies

The RR team has gone a bit nostalgic this week. It could be that we’ve been shuffling back through the archives of some old RR columns. Revisiting a couple of iconic performances from decades past, such as Strassman at Baycourt and Dragon at Holy Trinity, both damn excellent, might have tripped a few memory triggers. Or maybe with Christmas looming we’ve been harking back to childhood and simpler times, when the world was tip top and Rachel was barely out of a training bra. Perhaps it’s the rash of seventies and eighties comebacks that have recently fired up some nostalgia. Georgie Pie, the Mirage, Phillip Sherry, and the latest haunting from last century: Stubbies. That’s right folks, those thigh-high scary pants, that put the ‘short’ back into shorts, are striding back out of the Fashion Police dungeon and making a no-nonsense pitch to the working man. Stubbies, for a long time the butt of many jokes, are having the last laugh with this marketing pitch: “Founded in 1972, the Stubbies legacy lives on and they’re now known as ‘the little shorts for the big jobs’. The collection is synonymous for being hard-wearing and affordable. Stubbies are made for the real Kiwi man who needs straightforward, uncomplicated and easy gear. Stubbies are about keeping it simple. No frills, bows, bells or bull. High vis, low key, washing machine-chuckable, smart and reliable. What else does a real man need?” Ironically, the low-tech Stubbies are launched in the hi-tech medium: online. Now you can really get into Movember: With Stubbies and stubble. (Editor’s note: Phillip Sherry never really left.) In other news this week, the venerable Oxford

Dictionaries has announced the new word of the year is ‘selfies’ and thank goodness, it edged out ‘twerking’. Selfies, (for those of you who have been under a rock eating a Georgie Pie since Phillip Sherry drove past in his Mirage wearing Stubbies), is the term given to the act of taking one’s own photograph using one’s own camera, or more likely smartphone, and posting said photograph onto one’s own Facebook. Note that it is entirely possible to take a selfie while twerking, but let’s not go there. The good people at Oxford are pretty Friday 5 December excited about 2003 the development of the 2 selfie word. They report that its “linSun Media Ltd Directors:

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guistic productivity” is like, sic, man. (Not their exact words). The new word, they say, has led to the creation of numerous related spinoff terms showcasing particular parts of the body like helfie (a picture of one’s hair), and belfie (a picture of one’s posterior); and particular activities – welfie (workout selfie), and drelfie (drunken selfie) – and even items of furniture: shelfie and bookshelfie. Man, I bet they can’t wait for people to start photographing themselves in their Stubbies. (Stulfie?) So in keeping with our theme of nostalgia, here’s an oldie but possibly a goodie from the anals (careful how you spell that) of history. Here’s what the Rabbit was up to, a decade ago. Sun The Weekend Excerpts from November 2003:

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Australia is a small island off the coast of New Zealand inhabited mainly by marsupial pests, bottom feeders and the offspring of convicts who accidently survived the longboat ride ashore. Its use today as a dumping ground for society’s misfits continues, primarily for New Zealand to rid itself of dole bludgers and the odd crooked politician. The natives there have lately been getting a bit uppity, the latest snivelling by a columnist called Martin Graham who is quite ticked off about the success New Zealand is gaining from the Lord of the Rings. He writes: “What is it with the Kiwis and the Lord of the Rings? The way they’re carrying on you’d thing (sic) they’d split the atom….” (Well I’d hate to disappoint him, but he obviously hasn’t heard about a Kiwi chap called Rutherford.) Anyway he goes into this tirade that NZ is so backward that filming LOTR here was easy. “Mocking up the Middle Ages must have been a piece of cake in a country yet to discover crop rotation…Lord of the Rings would have presented no great challenge. Filming conditions are ideal. No air force to accidentally get into shot. No smog from industry to get in the way….”



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But a Tauranga City Council spokesperson says the new layout is the result of consultation with ramp users. “For it to be useable you have to back your trailer into the carpark,” says Leigh Pettigrew, who uses the boat ramp most days. “They want you to go in frontwards first, but to go in frontwards you have to swing your car right out wide to line your trailer up.” Leigh says drivers haven’t got enough room to swing wide to line up a trailer and cab. “The only way you can line your cab

and trailer up is to back it in – and when you back it in, the whole thing is facing the wrong way to get it out of the park. “You have got to go out the way they have got you coming in, and then go round and go in the ‘no entry’ way just to get your car out – it’s just crazy.” Leigh says the access problems are also aggravated by narrower parking spaces. “There’s hardly room to get a car and trailer in there anymore.” But Tauranga City Council roading manager Martin Parkes says the final layout is the result of consultation with ramp users. “We did a huge amount of work with the boating people before we actually did anything on the street,” says Martin. “We met a number

of them on-site and did some trial runs with boats and trailers to see what would actually work.” TCC staff put cones out to mark the kerb line and tried manoeuvring round them, says Martin. “When we did that exercise, we moved the cones around to make sure we got it exactly right – so the boaties were happy. When we left, everybody seemed comfortable with the final layout – so that’s what got built in the end.” Martin’s happy with the result, saying they’ve kept the same number of boat parks while making the area safer for pedestrians. “I’m just a little surprised there appears to be an issue. We haven’t received any complaints at all.” By Andrew Campbell

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$50k reward in 27-year mystery A reward of $50,000 is being offered by police seeking information about the disappearance of a Tauranga woman 27 years ago. Luana Deborah Laverne Williams, known by family as Laverne, was last seen on the night of of 5 June, 1986 at her home address in Munro Street in Gate Pa. She was reported missing by her partner and remains missing. Her disappearance is being treated as a homicide. Police say Wednesday’s announcement is a result of a recent review of the case and new information that has come to light. “I am not prepared to be specific about the new information as I will not do anything that will be detrimental to the ongoing investigation,” says Detective Inspector Mark Loper.

Fire destroys Katikati Caltex

The owner of Katikati Caltex is thankful no one was injured when a major fire broke out destroying the service station on Wednesday morning. Lester Gray says regular fire drills he believes helped save the service station’s pumps, which he hopes will be back in action by the weekend. “Staff followed correct procedures, which probably saved a whole heap of things. The pumps and tanks are intact and we are aiming to have fuel pumping within 48 hours.” The sole staffer on duty at the petrol station on State Highway 2 in Katikati township raised the alarm at 1.51am. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated.

Harbourmaster’s troubled waters

Regional harbourmaster Carl Magazinovic has been placed ‘on leave’ while an ongoing independent investigation into the region’s moorings is undertaken. Bay of Plenty Regional Council environmental management general manager Eddie Grogan says the harbourmaster is currently on leave and is unable to comment further as it is an employment matter.

Boat rolls on Maketu bar

Two men were pulled out of the water cold and “pretty cut up” by the Maketu volunteer coastguard after their boat rolled near the Maketu bar on Thursday. Maketu Volunteer Coastguard president Shane Beech says the men spent some time in the water after their boat rolled while crossing the Maketu bar before 11am.

Lawyer admits client affair

A high-profile Tauranga lawyer has admitted to having an affair with a young client and misleading the Law Society about it. Defence lawyer Craig Horsley is reported to have made the admissions before the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal in Auckland last week. He was facing allegations of disgraceful and dishonourable conduct, and misleading the law standards committee. Craig admitted lying to the committee about the relationship and when it began, saying he did not want his wife to suspect the then 18-year-old girl’s baby was his.

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Credentials questioned She’s a good ’un Colleen Melville describes herself as a “background person” – devoting her time to helping others while shying from the spotlight.

Tauranga’s Green Party member Ian McLean is standing by his ‘green’ credentials despite residents last week finding his Bay of Plenty Regional Council election hoardings around Mount Maunganui and bobbing in the shore nearby. Ian, who stood for the regional council’s Tauranga Constituency in last month’s local body elections, says a few candidate signs go missing every election – and he suspects mischief is involved with these two hoardings sighted by the public.

Ian says he could not find about three of his signs when collecting his hoardings when they were due down after polling closed last month. Election hoardings posted in the city are under Tauranga City Council’s jurisdiction, with the council’s Candidate Handbook stating hoardings must be removed no later than 24 hours after election day – meaning this election, signs needed to be gone by noon Sunday October 13, 2013. “Whether they want the sign or the post, or are up to a bit of mischief you don’t know – but in this case, I think there’s been a bit of mischief,” says Ian. Photographs showing Ian’s signs littered

around the Mount have recently been posted on Facebook and sent to The Weekend Sun during the last week, prompting an extensive search of the area by Ian, which he says saw him retrieve one near the Pilot Bay wharf. Ian is disappointed people who have seen the hoardings ignored them – and he says this occurrence of three lost election hoardings is not a sign that he doesn’t care about the environment. TCC spokesperson Marcel Currin says this instance is a litter problem, rather than an abuse of election rules, and he encourages anyone who finds Ian’s dumped election signs to dispose of them. By Hamish Carter

If it’s not blue – duck The Civil Aviation Authority has poo-poohed claims that an Air New Zealand plane was responsible for dumping a pooeysmelling substance on a Mount Maunganui woman.

Marion McCarthy was forced to shower and change her clothes after being showered while having lunch on her patio earth this month, claiming the falling substance was brown and smelled like excrement. Plus, as it happened, she saw a plane fly over. CAA corporate communications manager Mike Richards says any mysterious substances that fall out of an aircraft will be blue, not brown, because of the deodorant chemical Novirusac that is used in aircraft toilets. A passenger aircraft hull is a sealed, pres-

surised tube, says Mike, who states the toilets and their collecting tanks are within the pressurised hull. “They cannot overflow, as the collecting tanks are large enough to hold the total contents of all the toilets on the aircraft.” Aircraft toilets can get blocked, or components can fail. Internal leaks might happen, but anything that does leak will be trapped inside the pressurised hull, says Mike. Hulls are not 100 per cent airtight and blue liquid might seep outside, leaving a tell-tale blue streak on the fuselage which will alert ground staff. There are no gaps in the fuselage big enough to allow solid waste to escape. If such a hole was to develop, the aircraft would experience a rapid depressurisation, requiring an emergency descent. The other side of the argument is that female ducks in spring tend to have voluminous, very runny and putrid-smelling

excrement, says Mike. “It’s because they are nesting and things get bottled up while they are just sitting there.” Ducks also fly some distance from the nest before defecating to avoid attracting vermin to the nest. “We have had our duty safety investigator look into this incident and can confirm that a check with the aircraft operator has confirmed that there was no issue identified with the aircraft during scheduled maintenance,” says Mike, who says the tanks on that type of aircraft can only be emptied via a secure pump mechanism, “which is done By Andrew Campbell on the tarmac”.

Goat charges withdrawn

Two Katikati men allegedly involved in the inhumane shooting of a goat in 2011 will have the charges against them dropped by the SPCA following a donation to the organisation. Carl Ian Williams and Stephen Frederick Bowman appeared in Tauranga District Court this week jointly charged with one count of breaching the Animal Welfare Act. The pair previously pleaded not guilty to the charges that relate to the shooting of a goat captured on a GoPro camera in 2011. The only local daily news source you need, constantly updated, seven days a week

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But here at The Weekend Sun, we love showing off Tauranga’s good sorts – and Colleen is without a doubt one of them. The Greerton retiree has earned herself true ‘good sort’ status – appearing in an upcoming episode of TV One’s ‘Good Sorts’ for her work teaching disabled children to swim. Following years splashed with swimming meets, trainings and competitions with her two daughters, Colleen has, for the last 18 years, been donating her time to help children with disabilities learn the vital skill.

Every week she spends four-five hours at Greerton Pool working with children with Down syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and other conditions. “I was rung up to see if I’d take this young guy; he had spina bifida but he could walk. And I thought ‘Oh yeah, I like a bit of a challenge’, so that’s how it started – and it’s just been word of mouth,” says Colleen. Some of the students Colleen trains have been with her for years, and use it as a way to keep mobile and physically fit. She gets in the pool with them and is often sur-

prised at their keenness and talent. “People don’t realise just because you have a disability you can’t be competitive. I have a young girl and her friend; they are two Down syndrome girls – and boy are they competitive.” Colleen is incredibly passionate about her teaching, and says her students teach her things too – such as patience and an ability to understand different disabilities. “It’s very rewarding, because you help to give a better quality of life,” says Colleen. “Sometimes it could take three months before you see an improvement, and when you do, you make a big deal of it.” She is honoured to be labelled a ‘Good Sort’ and while hesitant at first, says it’s “very nice” to be noticed. By Corrie Taylor

As well as teaching children to swim, Colleen Melville is a keen rose gardener at her Greerton home. Photo by Tracy Hardy.


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Naming of beach a sandy issue Public submissions are now open on the A decision to name a stretch of beach on New Zealand Geographic Board’s proposal Tauranga Harbour, honouring a local to name the beach stretching from geographic historian, is creating a ripple of Matua to Bureta. mixed emotion from within the community. It is the board’s intentions to name the By Luke Balvert

beach located on the northern shores of Otumoetai, extending east from Tilby Point to the reclaimed part of Kulim Park, ‘Stokes Beach’ after the late Dame Evelyn Stokes. Dame Evelyn, who died in 2005, aged 68, spent 40 years as a staff member of geography at the University of Waikato. She was also a member of the Waitangi Tribunal for 16 years. Born in Tauranga, Dame Evelyn was educated at the Tauranga Primary School and Tauranga College. She was also a member of the Ngati Tahu Tribal Trust, governing actions in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions from 1980 to 1991. Tauranga historian Jinty Rorke is in favour of the name change commemorating Dame Evelyn’s tremendous work and support of local history. Throughout her life, Dame Evelyn worked for recognition of marginalised groups, including women and Maori while also publishing extensively on New Zealand’s historical geography, including Tauranga, and Maori land issues. “She always had a great interest in Maori history and that’s quite appropriate. She

Doug St George teaching Misha Watson to make a bowl from Kauri. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Tauranga historian Jinty Rorke in front of the stretch of beach set to be named after Dame Evelyn Stokes.

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Inspired by the growing popularity of the Men’s Shed movement, the Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild is planning to throw open its doors to the community. also did a lot of research for the original Tauranga Moana report for the Waitangi Tribunal.” But the proposal does not sit well with Ngai Tamarawaho kaumatua Peri Kohu, who labels the moves to change the beach’s name as “disrespectful”. Peri questions why the board is looking to change it from ‘Otumoetai Beach’ – which was put forward by Maori ancestors and Dame Evelyn herself.

It is understood Dame Evelyn held no personal connections to this particular shoreline, although she was known for her extensive research work for the Tauranga Moana. “Who are the nameless making this absurd suggestion? Otumoetai it is and Otumoetai it should stay,” says Peri. “With all due respect to Evelyn Stokes, I think the name change would embarrass her – not honour her.”

Open forum falls on deaf ears Tauranga City councillors will no longer be able to raise their concerns outside of protocol after voting in favour of removing the open forum from its standard meeting agendas.

At this week’s meeting councillors voted eight to three in favour of removing the forum following a lengthy discussion – with councillors Catherine Stewart, Rich Curach and Steve Morris in support of retaining the forum. The open forum has been a device by which councillors could raise matters outside of the contents of the agenda at the end of the public section of meetings. But the meeting started with a last gasp public forum plea from

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former councillor Murray Guy urging council to err on the side of caution. He says dropping the forum goes against the new council’s intention of taking the community with them in future decisions, restricting new opportunities helping instil council confidence in the public. He says councillors’ open forum was originally introduced because of concerns about how discussions on important matters were taking place outside of public meetings, such as in the councillors’ lounge. “I think some things detract so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and it ain’t broke, so don’t fix it.” Council’s Governance Services manager Yvonne Tatton told council a survey recently carried out by council of 14 other major councils nationwide shows only three are

still operating with an open forum agenda. Catherine Stewart, a councillor for the last six years, is a firm believer of the open forum. “Sometimes in a timely manner we might need to raise something rather than wait two or three or four weeks.” Councillor Steve Morris agrees with Catherine, but is less hasty to fully use the method, saying having the opportunity is useful as long as it is used sparingly by all councillors. New councillor Clayton Mitchell opposes the forum’s existence labelling it as an inefficient use of council meeting time. He is joined by John Robson, who says comparing open and public forums is wrong as the public do not have the same resources.

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Faced with the possibility of having to fold, the Tauranga Woodcrafter Guild has gone back to the drawing board to plan for the organisation’s survival after its clubroom lease expires next May. Tauranga City Council is not renewing the building’s lease with it being below standard, but the club has been offered a lease site at Mount Maunganui’s Cherokee Place to build new clubrooms. The guild’s building project convenor Doug St George says

Mural blessing

One of Katikati’s newer murals is to be blessed this weekend. The ‘River to Sea’ mural on the fence of Mural Town Backpackers, corner of Beach Rd and SH2, will be blessed at 10am this Saturday (November 23). Everyone is welcome to attend.

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The end of government funding for ‘night school’ community education classes has increased demand for the beginner woodwork classes they’ve run for six years – and the club has been unable to accommodate its burst in popularity at its cramped Greerton clubrooms. “We have a group of about 15 home-school students who have been coming along to learn elements of wood crafting, but with a bigger facility we’ll be able to cover more and have bigger classes.” Doug is expecting interest from all ages in the classes and workshop, but for now he’s keen to hear from those wanting to support the project with fundraising or other help. Email: dougandruthstg@ or call 07 573 8399.


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Western Bay’s district-wide water metering project is continuing with plans to install meters in the Pukehina, Pongakawa and Paengaroa area during the next 12-18 months. Field checks to identify toby locations and conditions are underway to plan for installation, which may begin before Christmas. Information letters will be sent to customers before installation, with little disruption to supplies during the process.





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feedback from TECT, saying it is not interested in funding their “funny little club”, has prompted them look at how the club workshop can become a community asset which is more likely to attract funds. “We went away and gradually developed this vision. Instead of a workshop and clubrooms, which we thought we were looking for, we are now talking about a woodcraft education centre and community workshop that will work like a Men’s Shed, but be inclusive of women.” With only $30,000 of the $160,000 budget raised, there is still a way to go and members hope the council will allow them to extend their lease on a monthly basis until their future is secure.

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A Filipino cultural celebration Dance dreamer For a 17-year-old, Delwyn Jeffs certainly knows how to chase her dreams.

Tauranga Filipino Society members Nida Skor, Maria Burns, president Tere Nicholls, Chona Mangasep, Rosita Langer and Eva Imms. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

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Tauranga Filipino Society Incorporated president Tere Nicholls says the evening was organised months earlier as part of the Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council’s regular living in harmony series – where different ethnic communities introduce the city’s residents to their culture with performances and information. Now, the tragic typhoon earlier this month has prompted organisers to drop plans to focus on Filipino Christmas traditions to

provide an emphasis on fundraising and thanksgiving. “We’re still having some cultural performances and songs but they won’t be so joyful – we’ve moved away from the strong focus on Christmas and celebration.” Tere says the Tauranga Filipino community, which she estimates at 300 adults plus children, has been impressed with the level of support offered by the Bay region’s public. “I’ve had lots of calls from people wanting to help, it’s been great.” Tere says everyone in the Tauranga community had been shaken by the event but is not aware of anyone losing loved ones. “In spite of what’s happened, we Filipinos are being positive and looking forward despite the disas-

ter. We are a strong people with a strong faith.” The Filipino evening will offer people a chance to sample some traditional food, learn more about the culture and history of the country, as well as fundraising. Donations will be taken for the Red Cross’ appeal. People who want to donate goods can call Tere on 07 571 8264 or email: The free evening on Wednesday, November 27, from 7pm is open to anyone interested with all visitors asked to bring a plate of food to share for a potluck dinner. The evening is at Tauranga Historic Village Hall, off 17th Ave. For more details, call Ewa on 07 571 6419 or email: By Hamish Carter

The ex-Otumoetai College student is making her last stamp on Tauranga’s dancing stage this weekend, before packing up and moving to Australia to pursue professional dance next year. Knowing long-term what she wanted, Delwyn left college last year after completing Year 12 to spend 2013 saving and training for her future. In July, she flew to Sydney and Melbourne, auditioning for five prestigious dance schools and gaining admission to each one. Settling on the Village Performing Arts School in Sydney, Delwyn will begin a one-year Certificate in Dance at the school, which takes just 25 new students each year.

“I’m just really excited,” says Delwyn. “I’m sad to leave my mum because we’re real close, but I’m so excited to have more of an opportunity to dance in a bigger place.” This year she’s been working at Motion Concepts Academy of Dance, teaching dance to students from age two, through to adults. “I have done my first year in my teacher’s paper for dancing; and I have also been teaching for my dance school. So I was pretty much in charge of the whole school, and just getting more experience and getting ready to move.” Delwyn hopes to eventually travel internationally, dancing in musicals, beginning in Australia, progressing on to America – and further afield. Her final big performance for 2013 is at Baycourt this weekend, with the dance academy’s show on Saturday, November 23. By Corrie Taylor

Delwyn Jeffs is Aussie-bound next year in her pursuit to dance professionally. Photo by Bob Tulloch.




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Loved hospital’s reunion September 5, 1925, saw the opening of the Te Puke Annexe – the sole maternity hospital from Katikati through to Otamarakau. Holding 14 beds, looked after by a team of 10-20 nurses and a handful of service staff, the hospital became a community focal point and a cherished Te Puke entity. However, in 1988 the hospital was closed, sited to be an earthquake risk and a financial burden to Tauranga Hospital – which had set up its own maternity ward. The closure hit the community hard. Many of the older nurses took up early retirement, while younger employees sought work out of town. Among those saddened was maternity nurse Grace Saunders, who ran the hospital from 1967 until its closure. “It was very upsetting for everyone, because it was a focal point for the district, and everyone had a connection to it.” Grace says the hospital fell under Tauranga Hospital’s wing, but for smaller repairs and issues it was community businesses and organisations that helped support them. Perhaps the most well-known staff

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members were Miss Lenihan – Matron for 25 years until she retired in 1961, and Dr Leonard Randell. It is believed the pair delivered more than 5000 babies between them. Grace, passionate in her work, opted for early retirement when the hospital closed, and remains living in Te Puke, where she still runs into past colleagues and patients on the street. The fact Te Puke was such a tight-knit community at the time lent itself to one of Grace’s favourite aspects of her job. “The best part was meeting the mothers before their baby comes, delivering the baby; and seeing them together later on in the street.” Now – 25 years later – Grace and ex annexe staff nurse Sue Matthews are organising a reunion for past staff on November 30. There will be a morning tea and lunch at Kiwi360, and attendees are encouraged to bring

along stories and photos to be included in a collection of records. Morning tea is $10 and lunch is $17.50. To attend, phone Sue on 07 533 1108 or email: or Grace at: as soon as possible. By Corrie Taylor

Grace Saunders is hoping as many past staff as possible will attend the reunion. Photo by Zoe Hunter.

Omanu’s jumping for joy

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Omanu Primary School students are the winners of a national Jump Jam competition after being called back by a wild card. Six Tauranga schools competed in the Jump Jam Challenge nationals in Auckland at the weekend with Omanu School, Aquinas College and St Mary’s Catholic School picking up first places in their categories. After being saved by a wild card, Omanu School’s Year 4-6 team not only won, but earned the Advanced Open category.

Tauranga Cake Decorating Guild’s icing plaque has won the group a national award. The plaque, which is made mostly by icing, won an award at the national conference in Nelson. This year’s theme was ‘World of Wearable Arts’. The guild’s winning plaque featured a woman dressed in a gown made with monarch butterfly wings.


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Your city is your best friend Kittens ready for rehoming There are many wonderful cities around the world, but you choose to live in Tauranga. So, take a moment to ask yourself why. It may give you the chance to feel gratitude – I’ve heard it’s the easiest way to feel true happiness. It may also help us to build our own identity for Tauranga, rather than letting people from outside the region set it for us. For example, ‘a city for newly-weds and nearly-deads’. I think choosing where to live is like choosing a best friend. Each city has wonderful aspects that different people like. But your city, like your best friend, has something special that bonds you together over time. Like all best friendships, you help them when they’re in need, listen to their issues, and invite them over to your place to watch the footy. In return, your friendship may help you find a fulfilling career, discover new things to do, challenge the way you think; and most importantly, enjoy

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life together. The latest Census result shows there are a lot of new people who want to make Tauranga their best friend. That means Tauranga is doing something right. We need to find out why people choose our city to live out their hopes and dreams. In the first 100 days in office, Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby will deliver a city-wide vision that we will all aim to achieve. We need your help to identify the things that we don’t want to change (for example, our environment, 30-minute drive across the city, our scenic walking tracks, or the unique character of each suburb). We also need to identify what we do want to change (for example, improved household income, fulfilling careers, more children laughing in public spaces, having a reputation for hosting great

Next Tuesday, November 26, the Maketu Community Board will decide whether to help two organisations’ projects via its 2013/2014 community grants fund. Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society needs $525 to plant 200 native plants at the Maketu Sportsfield’s southern end, near wetlands. Maketu’s Rotary Club applied for $1000 extra funding to complete their historical plinth project. So far $417 has been spent from the $5000 fund, leaving a balance of $4583.

events, or becoming the most environmentally-friendly city). I campaigned on a proposed vision of ‘NZ’s most fun and innovative city’. With fun meaning we are active and celebrate together; and innovative meaning we have fulfilling career opportunities. But let’s not focus on the text that makes up the vision statement. After all, the camel is the horse designed by a committee. The true value of the vision will be in knowing what things we need to protect as we strive to achieve specific goals for our future. The vision will guide our city planning as well as the council’s priorities for the next few years. Please contact the elected members to share your views on what you do and do not want changed in Tauranga.

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Results of a survey on recycling in the Te Puke/Maketu area, being conducted this month, will be presented Western Bay of Plenty District councillors, Maketu Community Board, Pukehina Ratepayers Association and the Te Puke Community Board once finished. The survey was initiated by the Western Bay Council as part of its Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, to offer support in providing facilities needed to achieve waste minimisation. The survey, to ascertain the community’s recycling needs, can be done online and at council’s Te Puke area office. So far, 400-plus surveys have been completed.

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Special chance to shine With up to four years’ training under their belts, 46 Tauranga athletes are ready to take on New Zealand’s Special Olympics National Summer Games this month in Dunedin.

Athletes RJ Greer (athletics), Jesse Kaye (basketball), Geoff Watson (ten pin bowling), Louise Crowther (indoor bowls) and Deeahn Patuawa (aquatics) are among 46 Tauranga competitors heading to New Zealand’s Special Olympics National Summer Games. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Terrific tin donation Christmas is looking bright at Tauranga SPCA, with donations to the animal shelter beginning to pour in. This week help came in the form of a large box of cat food, gathered by staff, students and family at the ABC Preschool. Organiser Louise Newton says the donations were collected at the preschool’s end-of-year disco. “We normally do a raffle or something, but this year we decided we wanted to do something for the SPCA, and help the animals have a great Christmas too.”

Competing in six codes – swimming, athletics, ten pin bowling, golf, indoors bowls and basketball – they’ll be striving to collect gold, silver or bronze medals against 1100 other Kiwis in their endeavours to qualify for selection to 2015’s World Games in Los Angeles. Swimming coach Pat Wakelin says the November 27-30 games

is “the real deal” – just like the Olympics – with competitors having to comply with international sport rules. The only exception is it’s for people with intellectual disability, with some also contending with physical disability. “Some of them have been training for almost four years for this opportunity and there is great comradeship between this Tauranga team – and they’re greatly admired for their enthusiasm and drive.” Pat says each athlete is striving to do their best at the competition, which runs every four years. “They’re totally a different type of athlete,” says Pat. “They just seem to find some extra strength

and push themselves out of their comfort zone.” Pat says 15 coaches and support people will accompany the athletes – aged 18 to 50-plus – who leave Tauranga next Tuesday (November 26). “They’re all pretty pumped up and excited about it – we’ve had a celebratory farewell for them – and they’re just keen to get there.” Athletes, who can only participate in one code, are selected by their coaches. “It’s a massive commitment from them. Aside from performance, they’re chosen on their ability to cope being away from family and support networks for a week – so they don’t always have to be the highest achiever.” By Merle Foster


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It’s a big step up, but Forrest is assured the community can pull together and reach target. “I’m certainly pretty confident we can do it.” Since it began almost two decades ago, the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal has become New Zealand’s largest Christmas appeal. To take part, residents simply choose a gift that’s suitable for the recipient’s gender and age, and then place it under the tree located at Kmart in Bayfair shopping centre. The appeal launched this month and will run to December 24. By Corrie Taylor


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United Travel Bethlehem team: (Back) Sue Edser, Sandra Rasmussen, Catherine Membery, (front) Mike Ford, Jo Mayston, Jane Hanson, Kay Rogers and Patti Brown. Photo by Tracy Hardy. The selection of awards won spans “We just love working in this location across all of the elements within the and we find the Bethlehem area is a travel industry, including recognition real growth area, and our clients are in sales, growth, cruises, computer very loyal,” says Kay. “It’s a fabulous system, airlines, and tours. place to work.” By Corrie Taylor

International flavour Kewpie meets Otago for sevens talent A $45,000 grant will see United States college students study in the Bay of Plenty both in the classroom and on the sevens field as soon as 2014. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has been awarded the grant by Education New Zealand to develop a Rugby Sevens Study Abroad programme targeting the United States. In the US, sevens is recognised as one of the fastest growing team sports in the country. “This is an exciting opportunity for the Bay of Plenty to host a unique experience for overseas student sportsmen and sportswomen,” says Bay of Plenty Polytechnic chief executive Dr Alan Hampton. The Bay is widely acknowledged as the ‘home’ of rugby Sevens along with world class talent and coaching on offer including All Black Men’s and Women’s Sevens coaches Sir Gordon Tietjens and Sean Horan.

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Remembering the first war

Carving mountain bike tracks Mark Armstrong and Philippa Harris making a new track at the Oropi Grove Mountainbike Trails.

When Mark Armstrong first started mountain biking about eight years ago it was just a fun side-line for fitness. At the time, Mark’s passion was dirt bike racing – fitness from mountain biking was just one way he was hoping would give him an extra advantage in his chosen bike sport. But after giving up dirt competitions a few years ago, Mark’s been spending more time biking – often blasting around the Oropi Grove three to four times a week. Frustrated at how the Oropi mountain bike park favoured mainly hardy, downhill fans with its steep drops, Mark and his keen mountain-biking wife Phillippa have been pouring their own time into creating more undulating rides for the average rider. “I’d love to see more and more people get in there. With the work we are doing, it’s making it even better,” says Mark. The plan is endorsed by Mountainbike Tauranga and

includes improvements to the loop track around the park’s perimeter to cater for all riders. Mark, who runs landscape and earthworks business Multi Worx, has been putting his ‘dingo’ digger to work – smoothing out sharp drops and laying new tracks. He’s also been widening tracks, reworking berms and putting up signs so riders know where they are. “We’ve moved quite a bit of kerb, quite a few miles,” says Mark, who works with Philippa to find the right line across undulating terrain for the track. Philippa hacks a path through; then Mark follows behind, carving the track on his dingo. “Most people are stoked with what we are doing. They love how it’s making it more accessible to other riders.” Mark would love help from others – saying clearing along the new tracks with a weedeater, or a slasher, to remove low branches would be beneficial. If interested, you can call Mountainbike Tauranga’s Clive Fail on 027 496 1719 to find out what else you can do.

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Early detection message lives on An Ohauiti couple is celebrating a 10 year milestone since they presented a petition to Parliament and swayed the Government to extend the age women are eligible for a free mammogram. Tim and Debbie Short are thrilled women can receive a free mammogram from age 45 – but are turning their attention to encouraging checks from age 40. “Below 40, the risk of breast cancer drops of sharply,” says Tim, who with Debbie spent 18 months from 2002 to get the mammogram age eligibility changed from 50-64 years to 40-70. The Short’s took their petition to Parliament on November 18, 2003 – prompting a 10-year reflection

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Ohauiti couple Tim and Debbie Short now want women to get an annual mammogram from age 40 onwards. by the family this month – after they gathered 125,000 signatures, persuading the Government in February 2004 to change the free age to 45-69 years. The new rule came into effect July 2004. But the couple’s quest actually began in November 2001 when Debbie, with three young children, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 44. “Going through treatment I met a lot of other younger women, under the age of 50, about my age, going through the same thing. “Then, a study came out of Otago University saying statistics for New Zealand women surviving breast cancer was 28 per cent worse than that of Australia, which offered free mammography from age 40. “From there we just researched what was done internationally.” In August 2002, the Shorts held a public meeting in Greerton, which prompted the petition. “It just grew, it had a life of its own, it was so exciting,” says Debbie. The Short’s 10-year milestone was marked on November 18. By Merle Foster

The Weekend Sun is profiling some of Tauranga’s historic places dotted around the city. This week reporter Zoe Hunter looks at what is said to be the only World War 1 memorial in Tauranga. According to New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the War Memorial Gates at Tauranga’s Wharepai Domain are situated in an area intimately involved in the early history of settlement in Tauranga. Its location provides a continuity of military involvement in the area. First proposed as a memorial by Tauranga Domain Board in 1915, it was not until 1919 the board agreed to erect the gates as a fitting memorial to the men

‘Lest we forget’ – and I think if we don’t do them up then we will be forgetting about those guys and girls who made sacrifices.” TCC has applied for a $31,000 grant from the NZ Lotteries Commission to help restore the gates.

and women who lay down their lives during the war. On completion, the gates opened officially in December 11, 1921. Tauranga City Council project manager Allan Sizemore says water is seeping into the top of the pillars, causing rust in the metal inside. “In the first instance, we’ve got to try and stop the water from getting in and then we’ve got to try and establish how damaged the metal is inside.” Allan says the process was at first casually discussed, but has been sped up after realising the gates’ value and significance to the city. “It is Tauranga’s only WW1 memorial, so they are quite significant. “They’ve got a plaque on them saying

Next week, The Weekend Sun profiles the Papamoa No.2 Burial Reserve on Maranui St.

Sharing neighbourhood vision A series of community get-togethers around Tauranga and the Western Bay – aiming to connect communities and gauge what they’d like to see happen in their reserves and public land – are being planned by Envirohub BOP. Resident’s ideas can include anything from removing invasive weeds and restoring native biodiversity through to planting fruit trees and community gardens, like the Kati Kaiway. Envirohub BOP has secured seed funding through the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s 2013 annual plan to look into

the redevelopment of the Urban Greenspace project. This project, initiated between 20072009 by Envirohub BOP, funded a ranger who had a sole purpose to encourage neighbours to get together and adopt their local reserve. The organisation is keen to hear about local green spaces being neglected or not reaching full potential. To hear more, residents can attend a meeting on December 10, from 12pm1pm at Maketu Community Centre, or call Tania on 07 578 6664.

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We’ve all had those moments when the temperature gauge is hitting the high 20s and the humidity is running at 95 per cent. Suddenly, climbing into the fridge seems incredibly appealing.

However, there is a much more sensible option and it’s one that’s becoming increasingly popular – installing a heat pump in the home or office. Heat pumps allow users to control the temperature all year round, making it cool in summer and warm in winter. They are also excellent for reducing humidity by removing excess moisture from the air. Once considered a luxury item, heat pumps are becoming more affordable and more common in family homes. In many businesses they are considered

a must-have, as rising temperatures can often lead to frayed tempers. They can add to security, as the need for leaving windows open to let in cool air is removed. Wall units have become more slim-line and base floor units are also available. There are even models which feature automatic filter cleaning systems, enabling people to ‘fit and forget’ a unit. Installing a heat pump can also be a good investment, adding value to a property for the future. Western Bay consumers are well serviced with a variety of different companies supplying and installing heat pumps, so people looking to buy can easily obtain advice on what system is right for their home or business.

By changing the setting to cool (icicle symbol), your heat pump will reverse its operation and cycle on and off depending on the cooling set point. Andy Goodall of Comfort Air Conditioning has some ‘dos and don’ts’ for using a heat pump in the cooling mode. It is an appliance – and as such Andy recommends you only run any heat pump on heating or cooling as needed, not all of the time. For summer cooling, usually running it as you close up the home on dark is adequate to remove the humidity and built up heat, allowing you and the children a restful night’s sleep. Consider closing curtains and windows as you would if heating, but leave internal doors open to help dehumidify more of the home. When running the unit, be careful of a through-breeze – you might be trying to cool the neighbourhood. However, please do open windows and doors for ventilation when it is not running.

This also reduces the need for cooling and ensures good air quality. Setting the temperature a couple of degrees below the outside temperature is all you need to operate the unit on cooling, or to dehumidify efficiently. Often just removing the humidity will make the indoor environment more comfortable. Use the night setback function or Eco ‘Navi’ feature at night or if you go out. This limits the power consumption by reducing capacity.


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The heater that keeps homes cool Many people do not realise that heat pumps are not just efficient heaters – they’re actually modified air conditioners and are very useful for cooling and dehumidifying during summer.



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Among the Bay schools at the leading edge is Otumoetai College – current titleholders of the senior girls (nationals) and junior girls (North Island). Next week, eight junior teams from the school will compete at the Mount com-

petition – including three members of the junior girls A team, who will fly to Melbourne the following week to play for senior school teams at the Australian Schools Cup Tournament. The three girls – Kahu Te Kani, Chelsea Healey and McKenna Armstrong – were among players in last year’s top Year 9 team, who were given a chance to compete at the Australian nationals. Otumoetai College sports manager Jenny Kirk says it is exciting to see the school’s development as a force in the game and a pathway for talented students – with 12 earning US college scholarships, including three this year. Jenny says the school’s development


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has been a gradual process with occasional international competitions – like the Australian tournament they compete at every three years – helping stretch players. Last weekend, the junior A girls team won the Bay of Plenty championships, showing they’re the team to beat next week despite a complete change in players since 2012. They were followed by teams from Bethlehem, Tauranga Girls’ and Mount Maunganui colleges, while Otumoetai’s junior boys A team was the top Western Bay boys team in third place, behind two Eastern Bay schools. Junior A girls coach Keith Macown says the region’s strength is a tribute to the high standard of competition and coaching at all schools. “Because lots of schools in the Bay have well-estab-

The weather forecast for The Strand on Saturday, November 30, is for raining threes – and plenty of them – as Downtown Tauranga hosts the inaugural 3x3 Basketball Tournament.

The Otumoetai College junior girls’ A team train at ASB Baypark. Photo by Tracy Hardy. lished coaching programmes we have a much higher level of competition. If you are constantly playing tough teams it will bring your level of skill up.” The Bay’s dominance of the sport – which has seen more than two-thirds of all titles at the national school championships won by the region’s schools – looks set to continue. By Hamish Carter

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Organisers hope the inaugural event for Tauranga is basketball’s answer to rugby sevens. Tournament director Ollie Bryce says planning is in full swing and registrations are now coming in for the International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, endorsed event that will be the first qualifying event for the 2014 world tournament. “We are required to have five qualifying events during the year; and players need to play in at least two to be eligible for selection, so this Tauranga tournament is pivotal on the basketball calendar.” The 3x3 format is faster, shorter and more dynamic to watch with each game lasting just 10 minutes. “Players are having to adjust to a confined court space, half a normal court size, and it’s highly physical. They have to find a fine balance between the physical nature of the game and the fundamentals of the game, so it really tests their skills.” Mainstreet Tauranga spokesperson Roanna Kelly says the decision to stage the event on The Strand makes it a great attraction for the city centre. The Strand will be closed off for the duration of the tournament, which is attracting some top talent with Duane Bailey, number one ranked player in New Zealand and Oceania for 3x3, being tipped to take part. Teams will include Open Men, Open Women, Junior Girls and Junior Boys. The 3x3 Basketball Tournament runs from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday, November 30, on The Strand.

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A gal’s only triathlon comprising of a 400metre swim, 10km cycle and 4km run/walk is returning to the Bay with the Generation Homes Women’s Triathlon next year. To be held on Sunday, February 16 at Pilot Bay in Mount Maunganui, the triathlon is all about participation and achieving realistic goals, says organiser Miranda Clark. Miranda, from Triathlon Tauranga, is excited with how the event is shaping up. “We are encouraging women of all ages to enter, from 11 years old, to ladies over 70. And being that we’ve designed it to encourage the ‘Have a go

philosophy’, we’d like to see women of all ages and fitness levels take part.” Participants can enter as an individual for $40, as a two-three person team for $60, or as a mother/ daughter racing duo for $70 – there’s options for all. Registration is encouraged before December 16, 2013 at: Those registered could win a Women’s Avanti Cruiser bike and helmet, generously provided by Heather Jones from Aegis Private Security Ltd. For more information, a free introductory session is on December 1 at 2pm at the Tauranga Police Station. A 12-week training programme will be published shortly, and tri-chicks novice training sessions will commence January 14.

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Armed with cricket bats and balls the New Zealand Cricket Women's Roadshow is in full steam travelling across the country encouraging young girls to get involved in the sport. The annual event sees NZ White Ferns and a few domestic level players visit schools nationwide offering handy tips and skills along with their personal experiences of life as professional cricketers. In Tauranga this week, Northern Spirit players Kerry Tomlinson, Felicity Leydon-Davis and Anna Peterson made guest appearances at Greenpark Primary School, Papamoa Primary School, Gate Pa School and Katikati Intermediate. With up to 30 players at each school the players held fun cricket-based activities and games with the groups – consisting of both keen cricketers and ones who have never tried the sport. Northern Spirit right hand batsman Kerry Tomlinson is thrilled to see such Northern District Spirit’s Jacinta Coleman with Papamoa Primary a strong turnout from the girls to help School’s Isabella Ebbett, 10, and Ava Stewart, 9, at this week’s New Zealand Women’s Cricket Roadshow. Photo byBruce Barnard. inspire and promote what she says is such a rewarding sport. “We just taught them the basics like bowling, catching and batting. But the main idea for the day is enjoyment. “They definitely enjoyed it and there were definitely smiles when we handed out some prizes.” The roadshow sees players visit various regions between Invercargill and Auckland and during the tour they players will watch some of the Quikhit tournament – a girls-only NZ Cricket initiative.







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A White Ribbon journey A mass of motorcycles are expected to ride into Tauranga this morning in an effort to demonstrate men uniting against family violence.

Katikati mother Kate Meads, aka The Nappy Lady, is hosting an education workshop for parents at Historic Village on December 6 from 6.30pm-8.30pm, promoting the benefits of cloth nappies. Across the Tauranga region, about seven per cent of all waste sent to landfill each year is made up of disposable nappies and sanitary products, says Kate. A firm believer that cloth nappies are cost-effective, easy to use, and prevent waste to landfill, Kate’s workshop is designed to prove just that. She promises they are nothing like the enormous, hard-to-wash, leaky, white, monstrosities fastened together with safety pins of yesteryear. They also save parents as much as $3000 per child during the time before a child is toilet-trained, according to Kate. “If each attendee this year uses

one cloth nappy per day, that alone will save 73,000 disposable nappies from the region’s landfills in the coming year.” The workshop costs $25 per individual and $5 for a partner, and supper is included. Registrations are essential. Visit:

The Weekend Sun has two prizes to give away (a $50 Earthwise Baby Pack with a $250 pack of various cloth nappy brands) to two lucky readers who can tell us what Kate Mead’s character is. Enter online at: under the competitions section before Wednesday, November 27.

How to get children ready for school Many childcare centres have Transition to School or Ready for School programmes.

People from all over Tauranga showed their strength in last year’s White Ribbon tug-o-war at Fraser Cove on November 23, 2012.

Graham says being involved in the White Ribbon Ride means agreeing to the pledge of “never committing, condoning or remaining silent about violence towards women”. To publicly commit, the pledge is available for anyone to take through the White Ribbon website and Facebook page. People can also show their support by wearing a white ribbon. The campaign is celebrated nationally throughout the month, but a local event is held on November 22 (today) with a tug-o-war.

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Tauranga’s self-appointed cloth nappy ambassador is back again – taking on the disposable nappy with flare and finesse next month. Kate Meads with her son on Mount Maunganui beach.

Riders from the Patriots Motorcycle Club, comprised of current and former members of the armed services, are stopping in Tauranga for Bay of Plenty’s annual White Ribbon event. As part of the national campaign, riders are travelling the country from November 15-26. Support riders will be picked up from different regions along the way, creating a mass procession from town to town. Bay of Plenty event organiser Graham Cameron says the ride portrays an inspiring message of groups of men coming together with one voice to show their love, support and respect towards women. “It’s an opportunity for men as fathers, brothers and sons to show their commitment to ending violence against women and children,” says Graham. “It’s also an opportunity to celebrate how far we’ve come in terms of awareness and people involved and people trying to make changes.”

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The Bay of Plenty tug-o-war sees teams gather in the Fraser Cover carpark to see who has what it takes to pull the flag over the line. Graham says the bikers arrive in Tauranga from the East Coast at 11.30am for an event at the Department of Corrections before joining in celebrations at Fraser Cove from 5pm. “Some of the White Ribbon riders will have a tug-o-war against last year’s champions who are C3.” There will also be children’s rides, a bouncy castle and lolly scrambles. The White Ribbon campaign encourages people to both ask for help and offer help, which creates a strong message that violence is never acceptable. National White Ribbon Day is November 25.

Often parents imagine this to be preschool children sitting at a desk all day, learning their ABCs and numbers and how to write their name. If children are taught in this way, they will quickly want to depart learning institutions and head for the hills. Here are a few tips which introduce children to learning in a way that fosters their interest: • Give each child their own writing book with their name and photo on the front – then they are free to use these at any time. • Literacy sessions where children and teachers practise their ‘writing’ and can assist them to hold their pencil correctly, supporting them with forming letters. • Create daily mat times, where

children gather together to sing songs, read stories and share information. • Help children learn to take turns, hold up their hand, and initiate and sustain conversa tions by asking them questions. • Within mat times, and daily teaching practices, incorporate numeracy and literacy in various ways such as: • Measuring ingredients when baking. • Making letters and numbers out of playdough, initiating conversations with children to gauge their level of under standing. • Using mathematical concepts in the woodwork or sandpit area. For example, volume, depth, large, small,

beside, next to, under, over. • Support the development of a child’s fine motor skills through the use of scissors for cutting, drawing and colouring with pencils; and threading beads and buttons onto string. • Have lunchbox Tuesdays for four year olds. We initiated this concept to support our philosophy of healthy eating along with supporting them to feel like a ‘five-year-old’. • Organise a bush programme, where you can undertake trips to the bush. The children learn to become responsible for their own safety and the safety of others around them, as well as being responsible to get themselves ready for the bush. These are just a few ways we ensure our children transition and are ready for school when the time comes.


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Four things wrong with bank-sold life insurance A lot of New Zealanders are sold their first insurance policy by their bank. It is good to have cover where none was before, and a big attraction for many of these people is convenience – they usually fill in short forms and get cover without medical tests or exams.

But the trade-off is generally more limited cover. Here are the main issues: 1. Pricing. Not all bank cover is cheaper. According to a ‘Consumer’ magazine survey, every single bank life cover offer could be bettered by a product sold by a financial adviser. So much for the savings of going direct. In some respects, this is inevitable – pricing reflects how extensive underwriting is, and most bank cover is designed to be easy to apply for.

Franchising: a beauty to behold The joy of a well-run franchise system is a beauty to behold. The franchisor receives adequate returns; and the franchisees receive adequate returns, great support and fantastic systems for running their business. The customer benefits from the smooth, proven systems that provide them with what they want when agreed –and to the standard they expect. Shane McConnell, who is speaking at the next Franchise Association of New Zealand Bay of Plenty event, is the Tauranga franchisee of G.J. Gardner homes. Shane has an enviable reputation as a franchisee, builder and businessman. Trained as a lawyer, Shane saw the opportunities available to him through being part of the G.J. Gardner group. Shane says great franchising network and camaraderie among franchisees are some of the things he counts as being central to his success and enjoyment of the G.J. Gardner system. With New Zealand recently having undergone a sharp rise in housing construction, it is important to know your builder can deliver a lasting quality product and will stand behind it. Shane will share some of his thoughts on how to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of residential building, together with his experiences as a franchisee; and he’ll advise as to

Shane McConnell. what budding franchise purchasers should look for in their journey to becoming successful franchisees and business owners. In conjunction with Harris Tate - Tauranga’s most experienced franchise lawyers - and the Bank of New Zealand, Shane will present and deliver a presentation to inspire all. Should you wish to attend the next meeting of the Franchise Association of New Zealand Bay of Plenty Branch, call Jo at Harris Tate on 07 578 0059. This article was written by David Foster of Harris Tate Solicitors, immediate past chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand, and regional coordinator.

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Does a collection of thought-provoking short stories, poems and stanzas both humorous and serious sound appealing? Then you would enjoy author John Porter’s latest book ‘005 Thunderbox’. The new book takes John’s slightly controversial, politically incorrect stance and makes for a solid read. It’s also available as an eBook. The Weekend Sun has one hardcopy version of John’s book to give away to a lucky reader who can tell us the title of the recently released book. Enter online at www. under the competitions section. Entries must be received before Wednesday, November 27.

The Tauranga Foodbank last week received a welcomed donation when law firm Holland Beckett handed over their TECT cheque. “This isn’t the first time they’ve done it, they’ve now given us $1851,” says Tauranga Foodbank chairman Mike Baker. “It’s not expected but it’s obviously highly appreciated, especially at what can be a really busy time for the foodbank.” Mike says while it is not common for the foodbank to receive TECT cheque donations, he thinks it would be excellent if the option to donate was made easier. “I’d actually like to see TECT giving people opportunities, rather than receiving a cheque, to be able to just donate it automatically to a charity of choice. “It’s money people aren’t always expecting to receive, so in a way it’s less painful donating it to a worthy cause. It certainly makes a big difference for us.” A spokesperson for Holland Beckett says they believe there are many generous people and organisations in the Tauranga community who would be in a position to donate their TECT dividends to a worthwhile charity. They hope the donation will prompt a positive response from others in the community. Christmas, and the months prior to and immediately following, are often difficult for charities such as Tauranga Foodbank, and Mike says they need all the help they can get. “Every donation we receive makes it a little bit easier for us.” In particular, Mike says they are often short of baby products (baby food, nappies, formula) and personal care products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap), and

always welcome cash donations. “It’s great getting food, but we also have overhead costs, and certainly we buy in a lot of foods so it’s only through cash donations from people like HOBEC that give us the ability to do that.” By Corrie Taylor

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Getting festive at Athenree’s fair With more than 40 stalls offering trinkets galore at Athenree Homestead’s biggest annual fundraiser – this Sunday’s Victorian Christmas fair and market is set to be a success.

Christmas finery to create a festive, pioneer atmosphere. Volunteers will don traditional costume, and festival-goers can have their photographs taken at the historic building wearing supplied Victorian clothing. “We’ve got just about everything and anything on offer,” says Athenree Homestead Trust chairperson Trish Coates, who is hoping for a huge turnout at the second annual event. “It’s all sort of focussed around Christmas gifts for people, which

There’ll be something for everyone with 41 stallholders offering New Zealand-made modern and traditional goods, plus entertainment, food – and of course, the homestead will be dressed in

are easy to transport or make presents, are not too expensive; and all but one stall is offering New Zealand-made goods.” Trish says the event –from 10.30am-3pm at the homestead – will raise funds to begin stage two of the building’s restoration, Adela’s Stewart’s kitchen wing, returning it to its former glory as the area’s social hub for future generations to enjoy. The homestead was built by Captain Hugh and Adela Stewart following their arrival on the Lady


Supporters dust off the decorations for Athenree Homestead’s Christmas fair and market this Sunday.

Athenree Homestead volunteers Eileen Tillson, Tina Murch, Larrie Murch and Maureen McAllister get ready for this Sunday’s Christmas fair fundraiser at the historic building. Jocelyn in 1878. It fell into disrepair in be telling everyone about the difthe 1940s before being re-purchased in ferent goods,” says Trish, who says 1986 by the Rapley family; and Athen- Devonshire tea, sausage sizzle and light ree Homestead Trust formed in 1995. refreshments will keep tummies full. Trish says guests are also welcome to “We’re all geared up to make it a turn up in vintage or fancy dress. really good day – we just need to Entertainment includes old fashioned people to come and enjoy it.” games and storytelling for children, Gate entry, at 360 Athenree Rd, is Katikati’s brass band, raffles, “and $3 per adult and children under Katikati Town Crier John Groves will 14 enter free. By Merle Foster

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CEO Andrew Gormlie says they received the wartime “Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah” radial engine from a visiting aviation enthusiast to restore and display at the Mount Maunganui aviation museum – but they must get it there first. “It is of good historic value – originally from a wartime RNZAF ‘Airspeed Oxford’ aircraft – and to date, we do not have one of this type at Classic Flyers, so are very happy to acquire one,” says Andrew. “Even better – it has potential to become one of our ‘running’ engines [as opposed to a static display] which our engineering crew are creating more of, when the opportunity presents itself

with any good engines offered to us.” The only problem, says Andrew, is that the engine is located in Blenheim (in the South Island). “We need some help in getting this engine up to us here in sunny Mount Maunganui.” Andrew is appealing to truck drivers, or anyone who can help get the engine – weighing about 300kg (1.34m long by 1.2m wide) – to its new home. Classic Flyers often uses the concept of a ‘recovery trip’ by a crew willing to volunteer their time and skills – in order to capture exhibits, says Andrew. “Is there anyone who can assist us with getting the engine either firstly over the Cook Strait to Wellington? Or even all the way to here?” If you can help, call Andrew on 07 572 4000 or email:

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Nice, nutty and nutritious Many decades ago, I worked as a male nurse trainee at what was, at the time, a psychiatric hospital. The patients, some of whom were completely out of touch with reality, were safely looked after inside. These days, you hear the odd story of ‘mentally unstable’ people out in the community, roaming free. I had forgotten the havoc such people can cause in a short amount of time, and then I heard a story that made me remember. Someone I knew got a new flatmate who upon moving in started to exhibit very odd behaviour. He was manically rearranging everything in sight so it had a particular look. My friend was finding fabric everywhere, new curtains, four piles of rubbish – even a live, hot glue gun on the floor. I imagine it would be both intriguing and entertaining arriving home from work to find things upside down and out of place. But I guess every household has its quirks. Where I live, there is three men, all bachelors, living together in a botch-up with nine free range chickens, and one paranoid cat called Zephyr. I guess for some that could sound a little nutty. It’s sort of like living ‘The Good Life’ combined with ‘The Young Ones’ television series. A healthy nut house somehow oddly brings me to this week’s recipe – a seasonal treat you can make as a small gift, or just eat as a healthy, nutritious nut bar. Enjoy!

Santina Bar

Makes 25-30 bars Ingredients 1st mix: 1 cup cashew nuts 1 cup pumpkin seeds ½ cup almonds ½ cup macadamia nuts 2nd mix: ½ cup toasted sesame seeds

Method Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Grease a casserole dish or deep baking tray with a little hemp seed oil. Grind the first mix to a course nut flour in a powerful blender or food processor. Add the second mix to the first. Heat the honey until simmering in a small pot and remove from heat, then stir in the hemp seed oil and add this mix to the third mix. Stir well and add this to the remaining nut mix. Press into a tray and bake for 15-18 minutes until just brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Cut carefully into

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creations, the store also has pizza ovens. Plus, they offer an extensive range of brewing kits, equipment and ingredients to make beer, wine and spirits at home. Bernice says making your own pasta and pizzas from scratch is very easy with a “simple process” of mixing flour, water and salt together before moving it through the machine. “The pizza oven comes with six spatulas, so you can choose to make six little pizzas or one large one.” The preserving kits are also a popular favourite, says Bernice. Complete with preserving pans, jars, and equipment for grabbing the hot lids, the kits are all-in-one and easy to use for delicious preserves. For anyone interested in making cheese, there is a free demonstration at Liquor 4 Less on Saturday, December 7. By Zoe Hunter Bernice Quartermain with a cheesemaker.


Coffee connoisseurs are invited to try a new way of drinking their favourite brew with Recaffeinate on Cameron’s new Cold Drip Coffee Brewer.


Cheesy sensations for fun festivities at home Hosting wine and cheese nights has become a whole lot more fun with a wide range of do-it-yourself food specialty kits and ingredients at Liquor 4 Less.


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What a response to The Pink Flamingo fundraiser – 87 Pink Flamingos were consumed, so your ‘donation’ is on its way to this worthwhile cause. So thanks again to our ‘Pink Flamingo’ supporters. With another long and hot Bay of Plenty summer predicted, now is the ideal time to introduce a low alcohol wine. The Brancott Estate Flight wine range, with a choice of a sauvignon blanc, pinot gris or the Waipara riesling, delivers the full flavours and characteristics of these grapes – yet with only nine per cent alcohol

volume. The quality of the wine isn’t compromised, so you can enjoy your plonk with confidence and still be a responsible drinker. Hints of lush tropical fruit and fresh lime are present in all of these wines, which compliments either our calamari salad or the smoked salmon pizza. Will a low alcohol wine range affect the wine industry? Did low alcohol beer affect the beer industry? No. If anything, it has helped both industries because it offers consumers a choice to be responsible and still enjoy quality products. The ‘Glass half Full’ is about trying the new, and experiencing the unusual, so pop down to The Phoenix’ and try a Flight wine…you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

For your chance to win a $50 Phoenix voucher this week, tell me about your favourite alcoholic beverage. The winner will be announced in my next column on December 6. Enter online at: under the competitions section. Entries must be received by November 27.

Falling in love with the brew, she bought her own Cold Drip Coffee Brewer to Recaffeinate to share with Tauranga coffee connoisseurs. As far as she is aware, Delwyn says Recaffeinate

is the only cafe in Tauranga to serve the cold drip coffee brew. Delwyn invites anyone who has a taste for coffee to try the new cold drip brew at Recaffeinate on Cameron Rd in Tauranga.


Disabled aid scheme a real winner An initiative aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs with mental and physical disabilities launch businesses has won the Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s bi-annual Innovation Awards. Pou Whakaaro’s microbusiness

programme has helped 18 clients in 11 start-ups in the last 18 months. General manager Claire Pye is delighted. “As well as being exciting, it was really humbling. The success though is down to the people brave enough to get involved.”

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Eyes wide open developed a special interest in macular degeneration and glaucoma. The practice is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, which enables him to carry out a comprehensive eye examination, assess an acute red eye, monitor eye diseases, such as cataract, macular degeneration and glaucoma, and look after patients before and after eye surgeries. Their high quality, modern spectacle frames start from as low as $59 for basic frames with single vision lenses, through to supreme frames with single vision lenses for $399 for two. The optical lenses are made by CARL ZEISS, who is famous for their NASA international space station and Google Earth satellites lenses. A comprehensive eye examination is only $40 for registered Optometrist Tony Han is looking forward to proving residents with patients and registration is free. quality care for eye health and wellbeing. Photo by Tracy Hardy. They can do quotations for Work and Income NZ and private insurance; and you can use your child’s A brand new optometrists has just opened enable subsidy for community service cardholders. up in Bethlehem, led by Tony Han – an You will find them opposite Palmers garden centre, optometrist who has served the and there is plenty of free parking just outside the building. community for five years. Next time you need to get your eyes examined by It is a family-run business with an edge – they truly an optometrist who really cares about your eyes, visit care about your eye health and wellbeing. Tony Han Optometrists for a professional, simple to With 10 years of experience in optometry, Tony has follow and affordable experience.

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Exploring new exercise attitudes for elderly The Bay’s older residents sometimes have a different attitude to the health benefits of physical activity than their younger counterparts, according to Sport Bay of Plenty. This is why the organisation is planning to work with key stakeholders to develop a plan to improve the physically fitness of elderly in the region next year. “There are a multitude of sport and physical activity plans for children – mainly based around the school setting – but almost nothing for older adults [people aged over 65 years of age],” says Sport Bay of Plenty community manager Heidi Lichtwark. She says the ‘living document’ planned follows an Older Adult’s Physical Activity Planning Workshop with professor Bevan Grant from the University of Waikato

that was “informative and thoughtprovoking for several reasons”. Heidi says Bevan is expert in this field “with lots of great stories and research to demonstrate key issues”. “As Bevan said, working with older adults isn’t as popular – it’s not viewed as being as glamorous or rewarding. So, there is a great opportunity for something to be developed in this space.” But Heidi says challenges for the concept do exist. “The age-range from 65-100 years is very broad; this cohort of people has multiple preferences and needs.

“While there is much interest in maintaining older adults’ health, the most sustainable reasons for involvement in physical activity and sport are not driven by health needs alone – a range of reasons includes social connections, self esteem, family interaction, lifestyle aims, travel, mobility, achievement and fun.” Heidi says Bevan referred to the ‘fitness revolution’ which started in the 1970s in response to changing lifestyles, sedentary work patterns, and use of cars for transport. “The older adults of today did not have parents who went to the gym or trained for events, etc. There was a general understanding that pushing the body too hard physically could be harmful.”

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Many health benefits of acai berries The acai berry is a dark, nutrientdense fruit from a palm tree indigenous to the Amazon region. As a palm fruit, it has some very unusual nutritional qualities. Like dark berries, it has potent antioxidants locked into the deepcoloured pigments. Additionally, it is high in compounds called plant sterols, which confer many benefits including cholesterol balance. The polyphenol antioxidants are excellent circulatory system protectors. They help keep blood vessels strong yet supple. They help keep blood flow at an optimum level and should benefit those who have circulatory problems, whether of major blood vessels like coronary arteries, or fine capillaries including those in our eyes. These benefits are magnified by adding grape seed OPC and ginkgo biloba. For use in supplements, my preference is to combine a 5:1 acai extract with other synergistic compounds – especially OPC, resveratrol, goji, ginkgo, alpha lipoic acid and a few others. A good guide to quality is the colour of the capsules. Darker capsule colour indicates more concentrated extracts. Acai, when combined with lipoic acid, is one of the best natural, non-stimulant energy supplements; and we have had many people report significant energy increase. It is actually quite hard to classify acai, as it is a lot more than an antioxidant. While I do not like the term ‘anti-aging’, acai certainly does have a wide

range of protective actions at a cellular level. Additionally, acai extract, when combined with OPC and resveratrol, should reduce immune system-generated inflammation especially in cytokine regulation. I often use this type of formula as a temporary booster for energy, circulation, arthritis and other inflammatory problems. Most people can tolerate this type of formula, but it is incompatible with warfarin and similar medications. Give me a call if you need more information. To join my weekly newsletter go to: and visit: John Arts is a qualified nutritional therapist and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on 0800 423 559. To read more go to:

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People are being urged to report suspicious behaviour after a heap of dumped, decaying animal carcasses were pulled from a Maketu waterway this week. Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff removed cow and pig carcasses, deer guts and other animal remains from an outlet flowing into the Maketu estuary. Any suspicious activity or illegal dumping should be reported to police or the council’s Pollution Hotline on 0800 884 883.


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Daniel Walmsley and Tuawhenua Downs with their new iPads.

Tuawhenua Downs, 10, and 11-year-olds Daniel Walmsley and Levi Nicholson won a Supreme Award in the ‘Movie and Digital Excellence’ awards at ASB Baypark on November 12. Their 30-second video ‘Dive into Books’ – a film to encourage boys to read – won the school an iPad Mini by placing first in the commercial category, plus an iPad Air for taking out the Supreme Award. Fairhaven School information technology teacher Lisa Stowell says the students are already creating animations on the iPads which they share between their IT classrooms. “They’re just going to be great learning tools for information and animating and all sorts of things.” Lisa says the school has been trialling a variety of devices in the last year. It’s in an effort to become



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a technology-based school, she says. “Next year we are introducing new modern learning environment – where there will be a team teaching environment, sharing ideas and skills aimed at modified teaching and learning programmes, equipping children with skills, competency and the independence needed to be 21st Century learners.” Six finalists from five categories in the competition are put forward for the Supreme Award, being judged by Weta Workshop creative director Sir Richard Taylor. The school has entered the competition since it started about six years ago with success in static and manipulated imagery – but Lisa says this is the first time Fairhaven has won a Supreme Award. “It is a real thrill. “It is a lovely surprise at the end of the evening to come out the winner of winners,” says Lisa. “You don’t expect it to be you. It’s kind of like the Academy Awards for kids really.” The school also picked up second places in Year 1-3 storytelling and documentary categories.


Fairhaven School students are animating their ideas on new iPads thanks to a trio of fellow pupils this month winning a digital media award via a self-created 30-second commercial.


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Christmas flair Pahoia’s community is set to come out of the woodwork this Saturday for its second annual Christmas Fair, offering all things festive to celebrate togetherness and the spirit of the season. Organiser Karen Clement says the fair is a celebration of the artists, businesses and community groups that work and live in the community. “It includes all things that local people have made – it’s not plastic fantastic – and it’s not a secondhand car boot sale. “The whole idea is it’s not a fundraiser as such – it’s been organised by the community hall as an opportunity to bring the whole community together and for individuals to share what they’re doing.” On offer is a large variety of art and craft items, including jewellery, indoor and outdoor wall art, wooden toys, felted items, and Christmas gifts, including Christmas stockings, quilted Advent calendars and more. “It’s all about getting the local community together in one place at the same time.” Karen says last year’s popular children’s table stalls will return – giving Pahoia youngsters a chance to craft their own goods to sell. “Last time, one student made poi; another made greeting cards, and another made jewellery; so they can come along and sell whatever they have made.” Fair-goers can also get their photograph taken with Santa, who’ll be stopping by. Karen says eftpos is not available, so people should to bring cash. The Pahoia Christmas Fair is from 9am-2pm this Saturday, November 30, at Pahoia Community Hall, on Pahoia School grounds.

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Children are in control

Recent pictures of sex orgies by immature young people posted on the internet are rightly condemned by many. Political activists took the opportunity to manipulate public outrage by having marches of unthinking citizens. I have little time for RadioLive showhosts JohnTamihere and Willie Jackson, but the view that some of the girls involved should also carry some of the blame is valid. After all, these girls were not dragged by the hair to the place, nor were they held down while

alcohol was poured down their throats. However, the involvement of girls below 16 opens up a much wider sickness in our society. During the centuries, we have recognised the responsibilities and rights of parents to bring up our own children to become acceptable members of society. As cilildren grow, parental control lessens, until at age 16, when we pass responsibility for conduct over to the individual. But things have been changed subtly and stealthily.

Today, young people can have their parents charged with assault or abuse; and legal restraints can be placed on the guardians. The children are now in control, and so parents of the young girls in this latest sex scandal cannot be held responsible - no-one is. But this will soon be taken over by the state. This, of course, is the desired goal of those who would like to control the country. It has happened before - by Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and the leaders in North Korea. The same thing is being promoted, with some success, here in our country. We should recognise the enemy within. John Mills, Mount Maunganui.

Support Red Cross volunteers It’s that time of the year again - Christmas - when we should all reflect on what we owe to the thousands of volunteers from many groups in the Bay of Plenty, who work every day for no financial reward at all. Red Cross, the largest humanitarian organisation in the world, is well aware the public look to them for help in any disaster. We know this is the case in the Bay, with Red Cross having the people and equipment to do the job. As Red Cross BOP Area Council

chair - I can say we pride ourselves on returning every dollar given, to whatever cause, as we pay for administration. It would be a great help, if the many sources of funding in the Bay of Plenty would assist the Red Cross in the future with its day-to day-operations that so many people rely on for meals on wheels, medical trips etc. We have few sources of funding; the people in our shops try hard to help keep the wheels of the Red Cross turning, and they do a really

great job. But we could do with a bit of help in that direction. Thanks to every volunteer in the Bay of Plenty, who toil for Red Cross, and also many thanks go to other organisations which work for the public good. The Red Cross president is Dr Jennifer McMahon, and our secretary General is Tony Paine, if you would like further information about us. Ron Chamberlain, Red Cross Area Council BOP, Tauranga.

Prickles versus poisons Child restraints: Chris Callinan would love to receive your treasured photos to share. Please feel free to either bring them into us at No.1 The Strand or email a high resolution to:

In reply to R Kenyon’s letter ‘Papamoa digs poses prickly dilemma’ (The Sun, November 15), my family and I would prefer to get prickles in our feet or have to wear jandals/sandals in the summer in preference to being poisoned. We object strongly to being subjected to deadly chemical residue as we walk on, play in and inhabit the Papamoa/Mount Maunganui beach areas. Chemicals used in agriculture and weed killing are accumulative in our sand and soil. They cause illnesses in humans, animals, creatures and plants in our beach areas. Statistics show the Bay of Plenty to be one of the four main areas in

New Zealand with a huge usage of agrichemicals and weed sprays. The incidence of asthma, skin rashes and chronic illnesses is also higher than the national average. Onehunga Weed is now poison or spray-resistant. This is because it abides by nature’s law of becoming stronger in the face of annihilation. It can be sprayed every year, but the following season it will be back bigger and better than ever. As long as we have wind, birds to carry seeds, the transfer of soil and plants to and from other areas, then Onehunga Weed seeds will always continue to grow in abundance. J Duncan, Papamoa Beach.

What of buses?

Your paper reported on the problem facing Katikati Primary School with regard to outings for junior students due to the change in child restraint laws as from November 1. While I’m all for child safety, but this new law seems rather harsh. Thousands of children throughout New Zealand are transported to and from school by bus with no child restraints at all. Many of them standing in bus’ aisles. If we’re not concerned about that why have we made it so difficult for those transporting children in a private motor vehicle? L Woods, Katikati.


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Greenie will never give up M Houlding asks if I will abandon the Greens due to my ‘electoral failure’ in the recent local body elections,(‘Will the Greens now change tack?’The Sun, November 15). Actually, while not elected, I attracted more votes (6030) than a Green-flagged candidate has ever previously received achieved in Tauranga. I will continue to promote protection of our environment as essential to human wellbeing. M Houlding quotes George Monbiot, a UK-based environmental writer who now supports nuclear energy. In a thoroughlyconfusing article, Monbiot also wrote that nuclear radiation is less dangerous than pre-

viously thought. Radiation as a threat, and the costs of energy, are separate issues. The discoverers of radiation, Marie and Pierre Curie, were the first known to die from its effects and many others have died since. Nuclear energy is under discussion in the UK, which is trying to establish a low carbon economy in order to address the threat of global warming. M Houlding appears to assign global warming to propaganda and political ambition of ‘the Greens’, although governments of all persuasion now accept the threat is real and demands an economic response. Even our conservative government has

Riches drive climate woes Although M Holding’s letter ‘Will the Greens chang tack?’ (The Sun, November 15), shows a completely closed mind when it comes to climate change. But he’s quite right in one regard - the need to redistribute wealth is a major factor in finding a resolution to this potentially catastrophic problem. Possessions and wealth are drivers of war between nations throughout history. In present-day times, the pursuit of a high standard of living reached by Western nations with huge and increasing consumption of energy, especially of fossil fuels, together with continued destruction of carbon-absorbing rainforests, is leading to the destruction of climatic conditions conducive to humans and many other species. China’s endeavours to lift much of its

population out of serfdom is causing it to rapidly catch-up with America as a major polluter; and India and other nations are not far behind. The need for greater frugality in consumption and use of resources (which the M Holdings of this world will strenuously oppose), will be a very hard but essential message to put across. We’e recently seen a change of government in Australia (a large polluter), where unpopularity of a carbon-tax was a major factor. Our present NZ Government’s policies give no indication of reining in emissions and consumption but in fact seek to increase polluting industries, and use of both coal and oil - regardless of the adverse evidence to their use. E Orsulich, Otumoetai.

appointed a minister and associate minister of climate change. On Monbiot’s support for nuclear energy, readers can find a detailed response at: www. Addressing income inequity (wealth redistribution), is a key issue for the Greens, the Labour Party, and several of our recentlyelected councils, including Auckland and Wellington. The benefits for society of greater equity have been widely documented. To learn more, go to: Dr Ian G McLean, Green Party,Tauranga.

Bad choice

Recently, we walked along Tara Rd from Parton Rd to catch a bus for an interesting trip to view the new Taraunga Eastern Link motorway and walk over the Kaituna River bridge. What I was disappointed in is the untidy flax bushes beside the footpath on Tara Rd. Fronds are hanging over the path and dropping a mess. There are far too many planted close together. They’re unsightly and I hope someone is going to trim them. Bad choice of planting I say. P G Wilson, Papamoa.

Green movement: Growth continues

Thank you for publishing M Houlding’s letter ‘Will the Greens now change tack?’ (The Sun, November 15). It is full of so many obvious inconsistencies that it cries out for debate. We have a world where greed, destruction of natural habitat and the total isolation of the dis-enfrachised is a fact of life for any unbiased observer. Political correctness is eroding the very foundation of our traditional moral core and an unprecedented rush towards materialism and rampant technology is no panacea as some seem to think. Many greens are the most positive, innovative people I have ever met and that is why their movement continues to grow. Good luck to them. Paul Knights, Tauranga City.

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Meat trade needs sea abattoir The future of the meat industry is via an ocean abattoir en-route to destination. Recently, there has been very little publication on this subject. The response has been varied and few could think beyond the present. But, with Chinese finance of 49 per cent and 51 per cent NZ farmers’ shareholding from the bonus above the schedule, plus other finance, the future is here. All of meetings and talk of farming groups to solve the meat industries problems have produced nil. Consequently, the farmers will get nowhere. Why haven’t the farmer groups acquired true profit and loss returns from the meat processing industries? Likewise, for wool and skins? What can be done to make livestock farming viable? An ocean abattoir will: 1. Supply fresh, chilled, tasty meats to

overseas markets processed to their requirements, and with no added chemicals. Waste products can be turned into fertiliser. Wool and Skins can be exported to processors. 2. Through huge savings, the company would pay higher net returns to farmers (20-plus per cent), and skilled NZ staff. 3. Save capital cost of NZ land and buildings, unlike existing works for domestic market and frozen exports. 4. With processing commencing outside a 12-mile limit of its first port, and repeated at other ports, it will have less stock food requirements on-board. And how can this happen? 1. A NZ Company with farmer/business 51 per cent support purchase a suitable ship. There are many for sale overseas. For example, a vessel sizing 30,000-45,000 tonne with self-docking and sea stabilisers, multi-

deck, air- con, water and waste capacity, like on ferry or passenger ships, at a cost of $20 million-$30 million? Otherwise convert stock carrier or basic cargo boat. 2. Conversion work in NZ or overseas. 3. Register ship and company in tax free country. Therefore, no taxation on profits. No GST. Shareholders would be able to receive tax-free returns. 4. Employees, 50 per cent skilled NZers, working on-board six months or more, are not taxed. 5. Ship and employees could work in other countries in Northern Hemisphere in NZ’s off-season, or Australia. 6. No containers costs required for export meats. Shore cranes not required. No space cost required for empty containers. Many more ports available. 7. Fewer containers travel on our roads. 8. Some return freight can be brought back to NZ - for example, cars. Who is interested? Who has the true facts? D Blackley, Te Puke.

Aid actions speak louder than words It has been recently reported in media around the world that China’s Government has gifted a measly $100,000 in aid to the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster. It’s being classed as the second-deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 4011 people in that country alone. While countries worldwide reach deep into their pockets to help the people of the Philippines – this act shows how uninterested this emerging world power is. Compare this to the US’ contribution of

$20 million to this disaster and this country has mobilised an aircraft carrier for relief effort with Britain also sending a warship and pledging $16 million as reported by the Time World website, which goes onto say The Vatican is dispatching $4 million, Japan $10 million and New Zealand $1.7 million. The website also says: “Two months ago, when an earthquake rocked Pakistan, China promised $4.88 million in relief supplies. Many Chinese feel that more should be

done to help the Philippines. The Chinese Red Cross has committed $100,000 of its own in disaster relief for Haiyan”. Now I hear China is ‘going into damage control’ over its stingy donation. Apparently, China is the world’s second largest economy – but it doesn’t seem to care much for people – funny that when it has biggest population of all countries around the globe. I guess this time the world is seeing how China’s actions speak louder words. R Shaw, Te Puna.

Never ceases to amaze me Oh dear. The religious groups are at it again. Their ability to talk drivel never ceases to amaze me. The article titled ‘Fire of love confronts evil’ (Weekend Sun, November 15), is a prime example of their tunnel vision and cloud land view of what is happening on this planet. The author’s use of hyperbole is impressive. It must be hyperbole, because who would take seriously what is said? Here are a few examples: “the fiery zeal of the lord as He confronts evil in the world”, “He goes after it [evil]like a surgeon battling against life

threatening cancer cells” and “although the anger of God is a consuming fire, it is also the fire of love”. Really? With all this God action going on, you would have thought the author would have given us some outstanding examples of His fiery anger. No such luck. I wonder why? The only sensible thing about this article was the canny move by the author to leave their name off at the end. Again, I wonder why? L Lawson, Papamoa.

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More snail mail Further to my last letter about mail taking three days to be delivered locally, I posted a business letter on November 14 in Omokoroa. I saw the courier pick it up, so I know it was sent that day. It arrived in Tauranga on November 18. A few months ago that would have arrived the next day. Wendy Galloway, Omokoroa.

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

Saturday 23 November

Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s meet-

ing at Mt Maunganui Primary School, Orkney Rd 10-11am. Children welcome.

Art in the Park Coronation Park, Mt

Maunganui 8.30am – 5pm weather permitting. Tauranga Society of Artists offer for sale a variety of art to suit all tastes.

Bargain Baby & Children’s Clothing Sale Community Centre, 10 Pitua Rd, Te Puna 9am. Mary 548 2730

Bay Association of Sea Kayakers

Omokoroa to Bowentown & return on Sunday. Bevan 576 8885 Birds BOP Field trip to Aongatete Forest to see rifleman, robins, tomtits, kereru etc. Meet 9am at car park at end of Wright Rd, just before Aongatete Lodge gate. Bring morning tea, lunch, camera. Email: or check out Christmas Dance Dec 14 at Greerton Hall, 1247 Cameron Rd 7.30pm. BYO drinks & nibbles. All welcome. Supreme Dance Centre 543 2377 or 027 322 1786 or just come on the night. Christmas Dance Tonight Sequence & old time dancing, spot prizes & lucky partner prizes. Wear a touch of Christmas. Great music & supper. Greerton Hall 7.30-11pm. Entry $5. All welcome. Run by Tauranga Scottish Soc. Allyson 576 9194 Fair At St Mary’s Church, Bayfair 8.30-12pm. Car boot sales, books, white elephant, cakes & produce, furniture, jewellery & more. Got it Covered Presented by Motion Concepts Academy. Dance show featuring over 80 dancers of all ages. Baycourt Theatre 3pm & 7.30pm. 577 7189 or Kiwi Night Market Every Sat at Elizabeth St carpark, Tauranga 5-11pm. Live music, arts, crafts & commodity stalls. Food stalls. Great night out for the family. Free entry. Messianic Weekly Meetings The Way meet in the Kingfisher Room, Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 10am. All welcome. 570 1438 Mt Maunganui College Pool Open every Sat & Sun 11am - 3pm. $3 entry. Omokoroa Playcentre Official opening of new playground & open day with blessing & ribbon cutting Dec 7 at 2pm. $500 shed raffle. Join us for a free sausage sizzle or a play. Tammy 548 1343

Soroptomist International of Tauranga All invited to Salisbury Wharf, Mount 10am in a walk in support of “Say No to violence against women.” St Enoch’s Church Fair Nov 30 at 16th Ave 9am - 12pm. Books, plants & baking.

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am -

Taking the chance to remember inspirational people. 12pm. Cooking demo today with Peter Blakeway. Fresh & artisian produced food. Christmas hamper tickets available. Trixie 552 5278 or Tauranga Radio Sailing Club Remote control yacht racing every Sat 11am 4pm & every Weds 1-4pm at Scoria Close, the Lakes. Come join the fun. The Cargo Shed Now open 7 days a week from 10am - 4pm. Coffee & a free biscuit with new products on display. The Sociables 30’s/40’ age group of males & females that meet once a week to socialise by dining out or participating in local activities & events. We have lots of ladies joining but need more men come on guys, don’t be shy! Email your enquiries to: TrustPower Santa Parade Nov 30 at 11am. 4 categories: community/non profit, education, commercial & sports/social clubs & over $3,500 worth of cash prizes. Go to now for an entry pack & further details. Numbers limited so be quick. Village Radio Community radio broadcasting from Tauranga Historic Village 1368 kHz AM. Music of 1920’s - 80’s weekends 9am - 5pm, weekdays 10am - 5pm. Specialty programmes. www. or 571 3710

Sunday 24 November

Athenree Homestead Vintage Fair And

market 10.30am - 3pm. Handmade gifts, crafts, period costume photos, Devonshire teas & entertainment. www. Bay Bible Fellowship Welcome Bay School Hall, 309 Welcome Bay Rd 10am. Praise & worship. Pastor Lincoln Forlong teaching from Joshua 11-12 “Why such hardened hearts”. All welcome. Gerald 021 938 618 www. Beekeeping Hobbyists Meet at David Parker’s place, 40 Walden Lane, Te Puna 2pm. Gordon 544 2882 Bible Seminars Sunday’s at Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St 1.45pm. Title: Lessons from Jesus. ‘Olivet prophecy’. Interactive, Q&A. All welcome. Vic 543 0504 BOP Linux Users Bimonthly hands on day at Arts & Crafts Centre (back room) cnr Elizabeth St & Glasgow St 9.30am – 3pm. Bring your computer for help with Linux & Open Source software. $2 door charge. All welcome. 578 6024. www. Bowls Mt Maunganui Kawaka St. Have a go Bowls Nov 24 1-3pm. Flat soled shoes essential. Join us & have some fun. 575 3838 Concert Dec 1 presented by Tauranga City Silver Band & Salvation Army Band featuring conventional brass band &

DVD MOVIES Reviews of DVDs, old and new, as well as other bits and bobs. percussion. Programme includes movie themes, easy listening & Christmas numbers. At Salvation Army Citadel, 51 5th Ave, Tauranga 5-6.30pm. Tickets $5 at door. Proceeds to Waipuna Hospice.

Czech & Slovak Club Tauranga Inc

Czech school for children from bi-lingual background every Sunday at Arataki Community Centre 10am - 12pm. or csclubtauranga@ Elgar & Mendelssohn Presented by BOP Symphonia – their final concert for 2013 at Baycourt Theatre 3pm. 577 7189 or baycourtboxoffice@tauranga. Forest & Bird Walk Bush orchids at Katikati. 3 hour walk up the Wairoa Stream off Woodlands Rd, Katikati. Meet at Te Puke carpark, Boucher Ave 8.45am. Car contribution if carpooling $10. Bring lunch, drinks & protective clothing. Book with John 573 5350

Home Computer Club Tga Inc

Computer enthusiasts meet to share knowledge & experience at Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St West last Sun of month 9.30am - 12.30pm approx. $3 door charge. Visitors welcome. 544 2067 New Spiritual Centre The Psychic Cafe, Greerton Community Hall. Doors open 7pm, free refreshments. Meet psychics & healers, friendship & fellowship. Door charge $10. 578 7205 Owens Park Community Day Dec 1 at Welcome Bay 11am - 2pm. Bands, kapahaka, hangi, sausage sizzle, games, sports. Stalls to hire & hangi tickets. 544 9774 Palm Beach Plaza Lions Market On the grass by McDonalds 7am – 12.30pm. Stalls must be set up by 7.30am. Great range of goods for sale including fruit & vege, arts & crafts. Fundraising stalls to support needy causes. $10 per car space. 542 2559 a/hs Petanque Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. Neita 572 3768 Prestige Singles 50+ coffee afternoon. New change of venue: Raft Expresso Bar/Eatery 2.30pm. Mix & mingle with other like-minded individuals. Gayle 027 439 3267 Radio Controlled Model Yachts Sun 1.30pm & Thurs 5.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to race electron & similar 3ft long yachts. Graham 572 5419 Rifle Range Public Open Day Open to public on last Sun of the month. Range at end of Ngawaro Rd, at the TECT All Terrain Park 9am - 3pm. Some targets available to purchase, or bring your own. Must bring own ammo, shooting rests, ear muffs etc. Firearms license must be presented at registration area. $15pp (cash only). No cellphone coverage.

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

Tauranga Rainbow Social Network

For gay/lesbian/bi/transgender, intersex. Meet 2nd Sun 3pm. Peta 577 0433 or 021 128 2544

Tauranga Prayer & Healing Fest

Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre Gym, Memorial Park, cnr 11th Ave & Devonport Rd, Tauranga 2.30-5pm. Prayer is available for anything in the name of Jesus Christ. Theosophical Society Informal discussion at Tauranga Yoga Club, Elizabeth St West 2pm. All welcome, entry by donation to cover costs. June 576 6106

Te Puke Spiritual Discussion Group

1st, 3rd, 5th Sun at Hair Linez, Old Railway Station, Jellicoe St 10.3011.30am. Gathering of spiritual minds to discuss & learn from each other $3 donation. Elaine 573 5361

Wai/BOP Bisexual Women’s Group

For support & social activities. Women only, transwomen welcome. Meet 4th Sun 3pm. Kaye 021 239 7142 or 07 218 1411 Yakity Yak Kayak Club Free club open day. Experience a day in the life of a club member - limited spaces, register early. Canoe & Kayak 574 7415

Monday 25 November

Achieve Toastmasters Feeling anxious about that forthcoming presentation. Learn to speak with confidence. 1st, 3rd Mon at St Stephens Hall, Otumoetai 7.30pm. Fraser 544 4579 Bay of Plenty Pipes & Drums Army Hall, cnr 11th Ave & Devonport Rd 6.45pm. Annette 577 9272 Body & Soul Fun Fitness For over 50’s, social events & guest speakers. Mon & Fri Greerton Hall Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds City Church cnr Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/ Cardiac Care leader. Chess Mt Maunganui Mount RSA Chess Club every Mon at Mount RSA, 544 Maunganui Rd. Juniors 6.157.15pm during school term. Open club 6-11pm Noel 579 5412 Citizens Advice Bureau Free, confidential info & advice about anything call in Mon - Fri at 38 Hamilton St, Tauranga 9am - 4pm or freephone 0800 367 222. JP service every Weds & Thurs 9-11.30am. Weds CAB service at Welcome Bay Community Centre 9.30am - 12.30pm, Fri at Mount Library 11.30am - 1.30pm. No appointment necessary. All welcome. Fitness League Safe effective, low impact fun exercise set to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for women of all ages &

The Weekend Sun’s guide to who’s playing and where. abilities. First class free. Every Mon at Settlers Hall Omokoroa 9.30am & Tues St Johns Anglican Church Waihi 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378 Free Antenatal Classes Pirirakau Hauora, classes available each month. Venues throughout the Bay. Dates/ venues 552 4573 or email: Freemasons World’s oldest & largest male fraternity. Make new friends & go on great social adventures or maybe find that lost symbol! Email: Genealogy Friendly Group Mako Room, Papamoa Community Centre 1pm. Assistance offered to anyone interested in researching their family history. Daphne 575 5467 Get a WOF for your Lungs Nov 25 at Katikati Resource Centre, Beach Rd. Are you over 35; a smoker or exsmoker? If so you may have COPD, a progressive lung condition. Nurse Mary Weal is providing free lung function testing & can talk about any concerns you have about your symptoms or breathing problems. Make an appointment 577 6738

Harmony a Plenty Barbershop Chorus

Every Mon at Bethlehem Community Church, Moffat Rd 7pm. New members welcome. 572 3345 or www. Hello Monday! Free healthy meal for everyone. Free wellness evaluation. Svetlana 027 616 2124 Indoor Bowls Every Mon at St Mary’s Church, Girven Rd, Bayfair 1pm. 575 9945 Junction Mental Health Peer support & advocacy. Coffee & chat 10am – 12pm. 579 9890

Justice of the Peace Service Centre

Monday at Bayfair Shopping Centre Management office 10am - 12pm. Maori Tuition Learn about & explore the Maori world & language particular to your needs. Experienced tuition. James 0279 592 888 Meditation Free classes Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace, spiritual awareness & the meaning of your life. David 576 9764 Never2old Mondays at BOP Polytechnic Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus 8-9pm. 0800BOPPOLY ext 6897 Papamoa Progressive Assn Meet 2nd Mon in Tohora Room, Papamoa Library 7.30pm. Ken 574 2332

Southern Cross Sea Cubs & Scouts

Every Mon at Sulphur Point under Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club. Cubs 5-6.15pm, Scouts 6.30-8.30pm. 570 2080


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...Continued Tauranga Badminton Club Bethlehem Col-

lege Events Centre 7.30-9.30pm. Free racquet use. All players welcome. $5pp. Sue 021 194 4335 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 Friendship & Social Group

Weekly activities for over 50’s. Companionship, walks, movies, dinners, daytrips & good times. Richard 578 3894 Tauranga Pipers Club Every Mon 7pm. Enquiries welcome from pipers & drummers. 579 1460 Tauranga Rock n Roll Club At Tauranga RSA. Club night Mon 8pm. Intermediate workshop 7-8pm. Colleen 544 4676

Tga Get Out There & Do It Meetup Group

Do you want to get out & do something? Open to all ranges of people. Make new friends & have fun & adventure along the way. Underwater Hockey Club Club night every Mon at Polytech Pool 6.30-7.30pm for Juniors (Intermediate - Year 10) & Seniors 7.30-8.45pm. Learn a new sport & have fun. Returning University Students welcome, just turn up. Lance 027 287 4731 Vision Probus Club Meets fourth Mon in the Washington Room, Armitage Hotel 10am. 579 2289 YMCA - ALFS (Active lifestyle for seniors). Smooth Movers class Mon 8.45-9.45am & 10-11am at Matua Community Hall, Levers Rd. Also 9-9.55am & 10-10.55am at Arataki Hall, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St). Tues 9.15-10.15am & 10.30-11.30am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds

9.15-10.15am Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. Also Te Puke Senior Citizen’s Club, Jocelyn St, Te Puke 9.15-10.15am. All welcome. First class free. Thurs 9-10am at Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.30-11.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.15-10.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Also Fri at Papamoa Library 10.20am. 578 9272

Tuesday 26 November

Bayfair Petanque Club Every Tues & Thurs at Bayfair Reserve, Russley Drive 1pm. Tuition & boules available for learners & visitors. Margaret 572 3173 Come & See Like to know more about the Catholic faith & church? Every Tues at St Mary’s Catholic Church cnr Cameron Rd & Elizabeth St 7.30pm. 578 6209 Fibromyalgia Support Group At Hillier Centre, Gloucester Rd 1.30pm. Final meeting for 2013. Maureen 576 3256 Inachord Chorus Womens 4 Part Harmony Every Tues at Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd 6.55pm. Enjoy the challenge of singing & performing varied repertoire. Penny 579 2945

Justice of the Peace Service Centres

Every Tues at Te Tuinga Whanau, 190 Chadwick Rd, Greerton 10am - 12pm. Mount Mainstreet Centre 11am - 1pm. Mah Jong Every Tues at St Mary’s Church, Girven Rd, Bayfair 12.45pm. 575 9945

Men with Kids Playgroup Mt Maunganui Every Tues 9.30am - 12pm

for men who are helping to care for preschool kids to network with each other. Nigel 575 5770 Merge Social Connections Group For new people to Tauranga meet 1st & 3rd Tues of month at The Raft 5pm onwards. merge.

Otumoetai Toastmasters Leadership

skills, speaking skills. At Lyceum Club rooms, 68 1st Ave 7.15-9.30pm. Allan 544 5989 Pottery Lessons for Children Every Tues at Tauranga Arts & Crafts Centre 3.45-5.15pm. Denis 544 6451 BOP Shirley Walking Group Every Tues outside Mount Surf Club 9.20am. Easy walking. Cafe jaunt after. See you there. Tauranga Acoustic Music Club Cedar Lounge, Bureta Park, Vale St 7.30pm. Friendly jam sessions or open concert 4th Tues & 2nd Sun 1pm. Sing, play or just listen. Paul 579 2346 or

Tauranga Astronomical Society

Observatory & hall open at Fergusson Park 7.30pm. Recorded lecture by NASA’s chief scientist Dr J Garvin ‘The inner solar system’, plus other astronomical items, presented. Public welcome. Telescope viewing if weather permits. 576 1943 Tauranga BMX Club night every Tues. Registration from 5.15-5.50pm. Racing starts 6pm. $2 per club member, first 3 nights free to new riders. Strider racing for kids under 5. Tauranga MTB & BMX Park, 280 Cambridge Rd, Tauranga. Tauranga Scrabble Club Tues at Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 9am. 3 games $3. New players welcome. 544 8372 Tauranga Toastmasters Tga Lyceum Club 7.15-9.30pm. Confidence building, speaking skills, leadership skills. Alan 544 5989 Toastmasters Excel Club Learn to be a competent speaker & get your message across. 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues of the month at Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St) Mt Maunganui 6.15pm. New members welcome. Tess 575 6610 Widow & Widowers Club People living alone welcome at Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St 2pm. Margaret 576 5292

Wednesday 27 November Age Concern Walking Group Meet

at McFetridge Lane, off Ohauiti Rd 10am. All welcome. 578 2631 Are You Being Served Join pussy-loving Mrs Slocombe, ever pompous Captain Peacock & always free Mr Humphries on a Spanish Costa Plonka Nov 27 – Dec 14 at 16th Ave Theatre, various times. 577 7188 Badminton Mt Maunganui Summer social club night at Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd 7-9pm. All past & new players welcome. Janice 575 2738 or 027 201 0529

Baywide Community Law Service

Drop in clinic every Weds at 63 Willow St 5-6.30pm. No appointment necessary. Free legal assistance. 571 6812. Every Tues morning at Te Puke Clinic. For appointment 573 5614. Every Thurs morning at Katikati Clinic. For appointment 549 0399 Bipolar Support Group Support for people with Bipolar 1-2pm. 579 9890 for info or a ride. Global Hearts Exercise Group Weds 2pm & Fri 11am. Provides group activities combined with health education that encourages members to live a healthy & active lifestyle. Proudly supported by NZ Heart Foundation. 575 0470

Justice of the Peace Service Centres

Every Weds at Citizens Advice Bureau, Hamilton St 9-11.30am. Te Puna School 6.30-7.30pm. Papamoa Library 10am - 12pm. NZ Filipino Cultural Show A fundraising show to help victims of typhoon. Presented by Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council at Village Hall, Historic Village 17th Ave 7-9pm. Filipino music, dance, costumes & food. Entry: free with a plate of food for potluck dinner. Donations welcomed which will go to Red Cross.

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

Weds no dance. Thurs final night. Frontiersmen’s Hall 7.30pm. 543 1063

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

Scottish Country Dancing Weds at

Senior Citizens Hall, Maunganui Rd. Fri at Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd. Both 7.30pm. 573 5055 Soulfood 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 Table Tennis Tauranga Weds 1-3pm & 7-9pm, Fri 7-9pm at Memorial Hall, QEYC. All welcome. www.sportsground. or Bill 578 1662

Tauranga Whalers Sports Club

Special meeting called by Board of Tauranga Whalers Sports Club for Dec 4 held in Arataki Community Centre 6pm to discuss new directions for the club & assign new roles on the committee. Any members of the public wanting to help or have a say are welcome. Tauranga Toy Run Dec 4 - All hotrods, muscle cars, classic cars (no jappas) meet outside Baypark Stadium 6pm. Cars end up on display at Fraser Cove. Bring along a NEW toy for Kids Cancer or cash donation for Waipuna Hospice. Jill 0274 906 326 Toastmasters - City Early Start For GenX GenY - building confidence & leadership skills. Every Weds at Classic Flyers Avgas Cafe 6.50-8.15am or find a club near you email: LaniDTM@kol. or 571 1545. http://cityearlystart. 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: Vegetarian/Vegan Potluck Christmas Dinner At Yatton Park 6.30-8.30pm bring a plate to share & $5 wrapped present!(If wet, held at Food Garden, 1356 Cameron Rd, Greerton). All welcome. Carina 021 064 9814

Welcome Bay Community Playgroup

Every Weds at 130 Ohauiti Rd 9.3011.30am except for public & school holidays. $3 morning per child, $5 a morning per family. A range of activities. Bring morning tea for your child. 544 0682 You Gotta Be Joking You can take the cockie out of the country, but the manure remains when Dickie Hart sells up the back-country farm & moves to the city for some culture! A fabulous comedy. At Baycourt Theatre 7.30pm.

Thursday 28 November

Age Concern Monthly Meeting “End of year Christmas cheer” at Tauranga Intermediate School Hall, 30 18th Ave (please park on street, not in school car park) 10am – 11.30pm. Come & be entertained by talented students & enjoy Christmas cheer. $3pp, refreshments provided. All welcome. 578 2631 Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

Salvation Army, Eversham Rd, Bayfair 7.30-8.30pm. Club Mt Maunganui Seniors Every Thurs play indoor bowls, 500 & bolivia 12.45pm. John 575 2422

Community Bible Study International

14th Ave Gospel Centre 10am - 12pm for a non denominational indepth study of Hebrews until Nov 28. Jack & Betty 544 3809 Fitness League Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for females. All ages & abilities, first class free, every Thurs Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd 9.30am & Weds at Katikati Memorial Hall 10am. Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 170 Greerton Chat Group Zest Café, Chadwick Rd 10am. Speaker: Jeanne Drake, club member “Sapphire mining she & Hardy did.” $2 donation. All welcome. Healing Rooms At Fashion Island, 42 Gravatt Rd, next to Esquires Coffee Shop. 1st & 3rd Thurs 10.30am 12.30pm. 2nd & 4th Sat 1.30-3.30pm.

Email or Fax 571 1116 or post to PO Box 240, Tauranga.

No appointment necessary. No charge. 021 154 0978 or 0210 271 3254

Justice of the Peace Service Centres

Every Thurs at Citizens Advice Bureau, Hamilton St 9-11.30am. Te Puke Anglican Church 10am - 12pm. Tauranga Ethnic Council, Historic Village 11.30am - 1.30pm. Welcome Bay Community Centre 12-3pm. Keynotes 4 Part Harmony Women’s chorus meet every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Nora 544 2714 More Than Craft Popular & friendly craft group every Thurs at Greerton Bible Church, Chadwick Rd 9.3011.30am. $3 per session. Excellent creche. Newcomers welcome. Ruth 576 0955 Mt Maunganui Creative Fibre Meet every Thurs at Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way 9am - 1pm. New members welcome. Jan 574 1265 Salsa on the Strand Intro class 8pm followed by social dancing. Upstairs at Flannagans. No partner required. $2 entry (members free). All welcome. Social Dancing To authentic rock n roll music at 14 Norris St, Tauranga, behind Pak n Save 7.30-9.30pm. $3 entry. Maria 576 7326

Tauranga Heart Support Group

Phase 3 rehab exercise, social events & guest speakers for those with or at risk of heart disease. Every Thurs at City Church Hall, Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St 9.30-10.45am. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Tauranga Storyteller’s Group Meet last Thurs. Learn how to develop your storytelling skills. Claire 577 7220 Tennis Seniors 35+ Every Thurs at Tauranga Lawn TC opp Court House Cameron Rd 9am. New members welcome. Toastmasters - Kickstart Club Have fun while learning to speak confidently. Breakfast meeting at Alimento Cafe, 1st Ave, Tauranga 7-8.15am. Guests welcome. Helen 571 6181

Friday 29 November Alcoholics Anonymous Open

meeting every Fri at Hamner Clinic, 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton (behind Tyremaster) 7.30pm. 0800 229 6757 for more meetings or assistance. Chess Tauranga Every Fri at Tauranga RSA, Greerton 6pm onwards for the whole family. Noel 579 5412 http:// Free Immigration Clinic Every Fri - legal advice & information on immigration issues. For appointment, Baywide Community Law 571 6812

Friday Friends 10 Pin Bowling

League New members wanted. Every Fri at 13th Ave 10 Pin 1pm (3 games). Barry/Loris 571 5492 Gay/Bi Men’s Support Group Do you need a trusting person to talk to? Discretion assured. For meetings & locations ph/text Alex 027 358 5934

Justice of the Peace Service Centres Every Fri at Tauranga Library, NZ Room 12-2pm. Katikati Resource Centre 10am - 12pm. Tauranga RSA, Greerton 2-4pm. Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffats Rd 10am - 12pm. Mt Maunganui Library 11.30am - 1.30pm. Kirtan Tauranga Yoga Centre, Elizabeth St 7-9pm last Fri of month. A meditation of song, to deepen self-awareness & reach a peaceful state of mind. Bela 552 0073

NZ Shareholders Assn BOP Branch Meet last Fri to share information, discuss topical subjects followed by social hour. New members & guests welcome. Bruce 541 0688

Russian Speaking Get Togethers

Healthy meal offered Nov 29. Book now. Svetlana 027 616 2124

Te Puke Spiritual & Healing Centre

Christmas Expo at Te Puke Memorial Hall. Entry 6.30 starts 6.45pm. $10 for 1 healing, 1 reading, nibbles & games.

Deadline 3pm Tuesdays. Contributions should be less than 20 words.


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A Field in England is the latest film from English rising star director Ben Wheatley and probably his trickiest one yet in that it is an hallucinogenic, single set (a field), black and white period drama in which four men stumble around while fleeing a civil war battle, searching for treasure which may or may not exist. It's pretty weird stuff, engrossing and hypnotic but somewhat failing to live up to its billing as a horror film. Probably best for those who like “weird olde England” flicks like The Wicker Man and Witchfinder General.. Others might start with Weatley's last film, the brilliant Sightseers. Now that Disney rule the Pixar roost, the rule is that every animated money maker shall have a sequel. (See last week’s Despicable Me 2) This week because someit’s Monster University one obviously said “You know what market research tells us? After Monsters Inc what kids really want to find out how Mike (the round one – Billy Crystal) and Sully (the big one – John Goodman) became scarers in the first place.” So we have the whole thing done again as an American college fraternity comedy. Of course the animation’s good. Of course there are funny bits. Of course it all ends happily.

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The current wave of grindhouse reinvention continues with Bounty Killer . Set in the future, twenty years after the “Corporate Wars” have destroyed society, re-emerging mankind is led by the Council of Nine which sends the titular hunters to kill all white collar criminals. The cover suggests “The Road Warrior meets Kill Bill.” Yeah, right. Only if story, dialogue, acting, direction and budget count for nothing. On the bright side it has a sense of fun, is homage rather than parody, and – all too briefly – features Gary Busey. Disclaimer: I watched this



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Sharing inspiring chef ’s wisdom On November 5 Charlie Trotter died. He was 54. His son found him unconscious at home in Chicago. His wife, Rochelle Trotter, said that in January her husband had been treated for a seizure resulting from a brain aneurysm. This won't mean much to people outside the culinary world, because

Charlie Trotter was a chef. But he was also an inspiraChef Charlie tional man and this week is an Trotter died opportunity to share a little of aged 54, but his his wisdom. inspiring legacy He was, naturally, a groundlives on. breaking chef, though not a “celebrity” chef in today's parlance. He was not a worldwide household name, yelling at junior workers on a reality series or judging TV cooking competitions. Charlie was a celebrity in the food world but his television appearances were limited to two low-key series he made, not for some ubiquitous Food Network but for PBS in America. He didn't launch a string of franchised joints in the world's great shopping cities. But his self-named restaurant in Chicago, opened in 1987, caused ripples across both the American and the world's restaurant culture, because of its food, because it elevated wine service to a level rarely before found in America, and because of its philosophy. Perhaps for any venture to be truly great it needs a philosophy. Charlie's was excellence.

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A hymn of praise The second major work in Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s end-of-year concert is Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 2 in B flat major ‘Lobgesang’ (or ‘Hymn of Praise’). The work has three short orchestral movements and a longer, choral one. The Tauranga Civic Choir joins the orchestra for this lovely work and is joined by three excellent soloists; Jayne Tankersley, Elaine Wogan and tenor Chase Douglas. Mendelsohn wrote this work following a period of ill health with a view to its first performance in June of 1840, to commemorate the quarter centenary of the invention of printing by Gutenberg. It was to be sung at the unveiling of a statue of Gutenberg in the local market place. The ‘Hymn of Praise’ enjoyed much success. When the work was presented in Birmingham, and sung in English, the whole audience rose

One of his books says in the introduction that it is “a homage to such masters of musical spontaneity as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra, and Bob Dylan. These artists epitomize what creativity is all about. Rather than relying on static ‘set pieces’, they approached each bit of music like it was going to be experienced”. I ate at Charlie Trotter's once. I will never forget. Astonishingly, it was even better than I expected. And that's what Charlie was all about – exceeding expectations.

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He surprised everyone by closing the restaurant in 2012. He said he wanted to see what else life held and planned to study philosophy at university and travel with his wife. He knew the aneurysm was too deep for treatment. One more quote. Not from Charlie. But he called it his principal inspiration. It's from the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “Until there is commitment there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues forth from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it Now!”

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spontaneously to its feet for the final chorus. Jayne Tankersley and Elaine Wogan are accomplished soloists. Jayne is one of New Zealand’s most experienced singers of Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music. She has recorded much early music, but has also appeared as a classical soloist with many choirs and orchestras throughout the country. Elaine completed a degree in music and history in 2001, becoming an emerging artist with New Zealand Opera in 2003; and she’s appeared in many roles in many operas. Elaine currently performs regularly as part of the Opera Brava group. ‘Elgar & Mendelssohn’ is at Baycourt, from 3pm Sunday, November 24. Book at Ticketek, Baycourt.

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Te Puke programme gets pivotal support A group of young Te Puke Maori girls have their sights firmly set on Hawaii and a chance to share their culture with the people there – and if Acorn Foundation has anything to do with it, this dream might just become a reality. The girls have been taking part in Te Haeranga, a programme run by a voluntary group, led by Welcome Bay man Ray Totorewa. Ray says the programme looks to create a positive influence in the lives of young Maori people, where they may not necessarily have had good role models previously. “The reason we gather is to nurture the beautiful gifts and taonga that lie within the Maori culture. Our philosophy is belong first; then believe and behave – in that order. We just work on one degree of change at a time. It’s about facing the challenges that come our way, and finding a place of belonging.” Established four years ago by Te Puke woman Leslie Schwass, the club has seen the girls learn life skills, such as cooking, first aid and budgeting, as well as enjoy horse riding, water skiing, camping and other

For more information on how the Acorn Foundation supports this community, and how you can join them, visit: www. Te Puke girls’ club members learning mau raku. activities they may not otherwise have a chance to experience. The girls acknowledge the changes they have already seen in themselves, saying they are more confident and have a better attitude. “People usually give up on people like us, but Leslie hasn’t, she’s stuck with us.” The Acorn Foundation has provided funding support to bring the Te Haeranga programme to the Te Puke girls’ club – and Acorn operations manager Margot McCool says it was an easy decision to get behind this programme. “It’s programmes like this that build strong communities, and resilience among our young people. It’s great to be able to support these girls and help them develop to their full potential.”

Papamoa students talking business Papamoa College’s entrepreneurial students have the chance to sell their business ideas at the school’s first-ever public Market Evening next week. About 80 Year 10 enterprise studies students will be selling their innovative products to the public for the first time

on Wednesday next week at the school’s piazza. The event, organised by a trio of enterprise teachers including Chris Keating, Jackie Lee and Sarah Cowie, gives students the opportunity to see how a business works. The idea of the evening is to bring the Papamoa community together in a fun market day, with food, crafts, and Christmas gifts

all on sale at the evening. The school’s kapa haka group will perform, along with some talented musicians, to create a carnival atmosphere. The evening is at Papamoa College’s piazza on Wednesday, November 27, from 5.30pm-8pm. Market-goers are encouraged to bring cash as eftpos is not available for making purchases. By Zoe Hunter

Students at Papamoa College work to prepare products they will sell at the school’s market evening next week.


The principals of logistics Almost everything around us has been transported or sent as freight to arrive where it is today – but few of us give much thought to the world of logistics. This unseen industry pours millions of dollars into the Bay of Plenty economy, contributing thousands of jobs – prompting Priority One’s industry-school linkage unit Instep to introduce school principals to the opportunities the sector offers school-leavers. Principals and assistants from the Western Bay’s 10 secondary schools went on their own school trip on Tuesday to learn what skills will be valuable for students to get into the field, with visits to two leading

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Western Bay principals and their assisants on their own school trip.

Tauranga employers in the freight and roading sectors. The day trip introduced them to the wide range of skills and jobs available in the industry, from various machine operators to the professional roles underpinning the sector. The trip included visits to shipping service operator Lodestar’s port cargo sheds and seeing Higgins contractors lay roading. Instep manager Lyn Parlane says the principal’s day, now in its eighth year, is an important way to introduce school leaders to opportunities in the region’s industries and skills and qualifications needed. “There is always a lot of interest in the day with principals’ diarying it a year ahead; and they were interested in finding out more about these sectors.”

Looking for scoffers, ahead of His coming Almost 2000 years ago, both Peter and Jude clearly defined one of the signs of the last days.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s freight sector strategy, published two years ago, shows the sector is a pillar of the region’s economy with significant growth potential via becoming the central and upper North Island’s key freight hub. The sector report states freight and logistics contributed more than $400 million to Bay of Plenty GDP

and employed 3100 full-time equivalent workers in 2010 – a figure projected to grow to 4400 by 2026. The strategy’s vision is to establish the Bay of Plenty as the leading region for excellence in freight distribution and logistics by 2020. However, Bay of Plenty Freight and Logistics Action Group chairman John Galbraith knows a key is attracting the right staff.

Motorists failing to pay driving fines could face losing their licence, and possibly their car, as a new ministerial strategy aims to reclaim more than $19million in unpaid fines in Tauranga City alone. From February 2014, Driver Licence Stop Orders will be issued as a last resort to people who repeatedly ignore warning notices or court orders as the Ministry of Justice looks to intensify efforts to recoup unpaid fines. Any person found driving in breach of one of the orders will have their car impounded for 28 days. Associate Minister of Justice Chester Borrows says in some cases motorists will have to surrender their licence on the side of the road if police detected an order is in place. In 2012/13 the ministry reclaimed $224.6m in fines and reparation – mostly for speeding. Nationwide there is still about $240m owed in unpaid fines.

During the same period Tauranga District Court collected $8m in fines and reparation and a further $172,000 in offender levy payments. The amount of fines owed at June 30, 2013 was $19.5m – 37 per cent overdue. The measure will apply only to people who ignore repeated 28-day deadlines for fines, says Chester. “If these measures are unsuccessful, the person will be sent a warning letter that their licence will be suspended if they don’t contact the court to enter into a payment arrangement within 14 days. This will be followed by a final letter suspending their licence. “Suspensions will apply to unpaid traffic fines and traffic related reparation only.” A public awareness campaign will begin in the New Year with suspension notices issued from February 17, 2014.

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In 2 Peter 3:2-4, Peter warns: “That scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires”. Jude adds in Jude 18, that “it is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit”. The very argument Peter said that scoffers would use in the last days (verse 4), is the most common used by sceptics today: “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation”. It is nonsense to believe that “all

things are continuing as they were”. To hold to this viewpoint, one has to be blind to modern history, especially with regards to Israel and Bible prophecy concerning the last days. On May 14, 1948, numerous Bible prophecies regarding the rebirth of the nation of Israel were fulfilled right before the eyes of bible prophecy sceptics, and the world changed irrevocably. Further, God Himself declared that when Israel became a nation again, it would do so in a single day (Isaiah 66:8-9) – which is exactly what happened. Twenty-five hundred years ago, at a time when Israel was not a nation and unlikely ever to be so again, God spoke through the prophet Zecha-

riah (Zechariah 12:2-3). He said firstly, that the day would come when Jerusalem would be the focus of attention for all mankind; secondly, that the entire world would tremble over Jerusalem; and thirdly, in its concern over Jerusalem, one day the armies of all nations would gather against Jerusalem to destroy it. The signs of Christ’s coming are all around us. Be encouraged to be like the five wise virgins, not a scoffer (Matthew 25:1-13). By Peter Whitcombe, Jesus First Church

Liberation that empowers

Recently, Bay Bible Fellowship has been studying the book of Joshua, and as expected the lessons have been extremely relevant. Lessons like: putting God first before all other pleasures, being courageously strong at doing the right things in God’s eyes, working together in unity for the Lord’s glory and others’ benefit, and obedience to God even at the expense of personal popularity. God instructed the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh to “help your brothers until the Lord gives them rest”, - (Joshua 1:12-15). As in all relationships, particularly

family ones, humility builds strong, supportive, loving ties between people, irrespective of culture or social status. So it is within the church. When we surrender our passions, dreams, aspirations and beliefs to the ruler ship of Jesus Christ, we are liberated from selfishness and empowered to serve God for His pleasure and the benefit of others. The desire to isolate dissolves away in place of wanting to be with God’s people so we can serve. You’re welcome to join us at Bay Bible Fellowship, where we simply love God’s Word, which alone equips us to know Him better (Ephesians 1: 17). Sundays at 10am, at Welcome Bay School Hall, 309 Welcome Bay Road, Tauranga.

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CAR FAIR – buy or sell any vehicle every Sunday at 11th Avenue Car park opposite Mad Butcher 8am-noon. Ph for more information 027 733 9686 or HOLDEN COMMODORE station wagon 1996, 187kms, tidy con, sold with new WOF/REG. $2,750 o.n.o. Ph 027 699 8356

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2014 ENROLMENTS are now available at Coastline Kids child care. WINZ subsidies and Oscar after school care available. Limited spaces. Ph Lisa for further info 027 758 5774


COMPUTER GETTING you down? Problems, viruses, upgrades, internet, new or refurb PC’s tuition, or advice. Ph Bruce for a no obligation chat or quote 576 7940 or 021 260 9183 FREE ON SITE DIAGNOSIS & quote. We come to you & don’t charge extra for travel. Pensioner discounts. Ph Kyle at Tech Solutions 027 828 7078 SENIOR NETBUDDY in-home computer coach. Basic computer skills. Seniors - Internet, email, skype. Relaxing one to one lesson. Learn at your own pace. Reasonable rates. Ph 576 4728 or 021 246 0038


health & beauty

NATURAL NEW ZEALAND Health Products. Something for everyone. NZ Registered Natural Therapies & Natural Medicine Practitioners. Opposite BP Te Puke. Ph 573 5533 and

lifestyle coaching

A SKILL FOR YOU Happiness relies solely on how you think, Your choice. 30 yrs experience. Ph Eddie 027 5021 188 or visit FEELING LOST? Want to reconnect with self. Regain purpose, clarity and joy each day. Ph Chris at Balanced Success Coaching 027 548 2548 INSPIRATIONAL COACHING Are you sabotaging yourself? Discover what’s standing in your way to success and happiness. Rosemary LOA Coach can help you. Contact 027 616 9519,,


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

lost & found

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

DOUBLE BAND ROSE GOLD fob chain bracelet, outside the Westpac bank in Cherrywood shops, thursday 14th november at 9.20am. Please Ph 578 1735

3.4MTR ALUMINIUM DINGHY with aqualisers for added safety. 15 HP Yamaha motor on trailer. In good condition $2800. Ph 542 1509

LOST CAT Dickson Road, Papamoa Beach. Small dark brown female Burmese, no collar. Last seen Sat 9 Nov. REWARD please Ph Kerry 021 259 2601

PAY ATTENTION and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you. Proverbs 22:17-19

DRUM SHOP DRUM KIT 1 year old. Great cond. $375 Ph 578 4754

MOUNT MAUNGANUI & BAYFAIR lawn mowing business. 77 lawns, loyal customers. Ph 027 501 5084

FREEDOM HUBBLE TENT Airflow system/fly cover. Sleeps 4, used twice. Offers near $650 considered. Ph 021 294 7104 for details.

SPCA FOUND - kittens, various areas, various colours. Cat, tabby/torti female short haired, Tauriko, ref #19181. Cat, tabby female short haired, Tauranga Central, ref #19183. Puppy, black & tan female, Otumoetai, ref #19185. Cat, black female short haired, Mount Maunganui, ref #19186. Cat, black & white female short haired, Greerton, ref #19190. Ph 07 578 0245 for more info.

KILN FIRED GLASS JEWELLERY Join us for a 3 hr class on Saturday 7th December 1-4pm where you get an introduction into the world of fused glass and to design and make your own unique pieces of jewellery or coasters. Clay Art Studio, Historic Village,17th Avenue Ph 571 3726

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PAVERS factory seconds half price. 55 Hull Rd, Mt Maunganui. Ph 575 4887 SMALL CONCRETE SLEEPERS everlasting and realistic from $9.00 each. Village Stone 55 Hull Rd Mt Maunganui Ph 575 4887

36FOOT CARAVAN very suited to permanent living. Refer to Trademe listing #657660654 for photos etc.

WEDDING DRESS size 8, ivory, thin straps, low back and covered buttons, stunning dress. Ph 578 6493 or 021 1964930

A NO DEPOSIT DEAL from $50 p/w. Cars, vans, & 4x4s. To find out more txt ‘NEWCAR’ and your name to 9090. Learner licence welcome, some conditions apply.

GARDEN MAINTENANCE tree pruning, hedge trimming, rubbish removal, section tidy ups, odd jobs, WINZ quotes, affordable prices. Ph Philip 0800 334 453 or 544 5591

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MOBILITY SCOOTERS wheelchairs walkers & more. Visit or showroom 29 Burrows St, Tauranga Ph 578 1213. MES ‘Supporting your independence’


VINTAGE retro - shabbi chic collectables. 2/22 Hull Rd, Mount.

to let

BAYFAIR 1 bedroom semi furnished flat close to Bayfair shopping centre, beach & Mount. Includes power & internet suit single working person. Refs required. $275 p/w bond 4 weeks in advance. Ph 575 6408 between 10am-5pm or txt 027 900 1635 MAUNGATAPU 5 bedrooms, 2 living, 2 bathrooms, double garage, views. $450 per week. Ph Chris, Connect Realty Ltd 027 443 6152

trades & services

GUTTERING CLEAN and repairs moss removal. Experienced Certified Roofer. Free quotes. Ph Peter now 542 4291 or 0274 367 740 HANDYMAN BUILDING and section maintenance, decks, fencing, pergolas, painting, water blasting, odd jobs. Free quotes Ph Rossco 027 270 3313 or 544 5911 INSECT SCREENS Measure. Make. Mend. Contact Rob at Magic Seal 543 4940 PAINTER / DECORATOR Interior and Exterior, quality workmanship friendly services. Over 20 years specialising in residential and more. Quality paint at trade prices. For your best advice in all areas. Ph Shane Mount/Tauranga Decorators 07 544 6495 or 021 575 307 PAINTING AND PAPERING work wanted. 40 years experience in the trade. Professional workmanship and free quotes. Ph Alpro Painters 022 062 3590 ROOF PAINTING & maintenance. Roofs rescrewed. Waterblasting, moss removal. Free quotes! Ph Mark 543 3670 or 021 0273 8840 ROOF REPAIRS metal or onduline gutters & down pipes clean or replacement chimney repairs. Certified Roofer over 30yrs experience Free quote. Ph Peter 542 4291 or 027 436 7740 ROOFING AND SPOUTING Metal fascia, gutter & rainwater systems. Long run corrugate. Maintenance, repairs or replacement. Free no obligation quotes. PROFIX 027 496 5375 ROOFING new roofs re-roofs spouting and repairs. Free quotes. Ph Chris 027 276 6348 or 572 3237 SCAFFOLDING prompt free quotes, friendly service, DIY or full erect & dismantle services. Safe, certified, cost effective. Safeplank Scaffolding Ph 021 680 555 STUMPINATOR STUMP Grinding free quotes & prompt service. Narrow machine to access rear yards. Ph 576 4245 or 022 076 4245

trades & services

TAURANGA Tandem Skydiving Best Buzz in the Bay, Gift Vouchers. Ph 576 7990 TILER QUALIFIED TILER references available free quotes all types of work done from kitchen splashbacks to full tiled bathrooms. Contact Nelson 021 609 289 TIMBER RETAINING WALLS decks and all types of fencing. Excellent work at a competitive price. Ph Clive 021 048 2833 or 552 6510 TREE SHRUB and hedges trimming, topping removal, rubbish removal, satisfaction guaranteed free quote. Ph Steve Hockly 571 5958 or 027 498 1857


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

About 8000 people turned out to Te Puna’s Maramatanga Park to celebrate the 21st Ra Whakangahau kapa haka event on Friday.

travel & tours

A HOLIDAY or day out. Join us for trips away, Whirinaki Forest Trees, Huka Falls Cruise, Shows, Day tours every week. Ph Kae & Rick, Hinterland Tours, 575 8118

CRUISE SHIP TOUR Auckland to Sydney, 4 nights, or Black Fern Wilderness Experience, & much more. Exploring with Hinterland Tours! Ph Kae & Rick, Hinterland Tours 575 8118 NO.8 TOURS receive your free Newsletter, enjoy VIP pricing for great day and overnight tours throughout NZ. Ph 579 3981 SHOWS COMING UP Mamma Mia, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Daniel O’Donnell, & “Annie”. Door to Door Service, Dinner, Book your tickets now. Ph Kae & Rick, Hinterland Tours 575 8118 TAURANGA TASTING TOURS & CHARTERS Dec 1: Peppertree Restaurant & Driving Creek Railway Coromandel. Jan 26: Vilagrad Winery smorgasbord. Xmas gift vouchers available. April 7-12: Marlborough Winery Tour Ph 07 544 1383


RENTAL PROPERTY WANTED Professional couple with two children looking for a 3+bedroom rental property with garage in the Papamoa area. Available to take over property immediately. Excellent references. Ph Bianca 021 044 6676.

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