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Carving it up Rex O’Brien is all about the finer points of life. Don’t let the throwback Illawarra Steelers jersey made famous by the likes of John Simon, Brett Rodwell and Rod Wishart fool you. The Mount Maunganui sculptor will turn a piece of Oamaru stone into a work of art to be auctioned on the final day of the Garden and Artfest on November 11. Photo by Tracy Hardy. Check out previews of the festival on pages 26-27.

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The two extremes of boating preparedness Spending a few hours at a local boat ramp with the harbour wardens was a rewarding experience in the weekend.

The annual “ramp day” provides a chance for the volunteer wardens to chat with boaties, impart a bit of advice and best of all, meet some of the enthusiastic fishers and watersporters that make the waters of the Bay their playground. I was really impressed with the level of preparation shown by nearly all the boaters. Virtually all had lifejackets ready for all their crew, several methods of communication, propulsion and gear in good nick. They were sorted, savvy and safe. Plus they were all generally happy to see the harbour wardens doing their job – helping boaties stay safe. It was in stark contrast to the murky facts around the disappearance of a couple of young men last week – one perished in the harbour off Omokoroa. Plenty has been said and implied. Some of the facts still missing from the story tell more of a story than what has yet been made public. It would seem they couldn’t have got more wrong if they’d tried. We happened to be ready to go with a boat on Tuesday night when the marine radio chatter fired up as the search swung into action. Figuring that the best hope of finding a missing person early enough was numbers of eyeballs on the water – we headed straight to the search scene with several sets. It was blowing, cold, and with no moon, pretty dark. One boat from coastguard was there. The rescue helicopter with a huge spotlight flew overhead. Another Coastguard boat joined a couple of hours later. But that was it. A few hours of chugging around in the darkness, with the scantest of information to go on, revealed nothing. If we’re going to be realistic about Ph: 07 578 3212

saving people, they at least need to help themselves more so than these young fellas.

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It is a tragedy from everyone’s point of view and I feel for the family and friends grieving. Plus I feel for the searchers, mostly all volunteers, who put in massive hours of their time and energy into the search. It’s a tragedy that all the heartache and uncertainty could have been so easily prevented, had these young men done even one of a series of things that could have prevented the tragedy. Checked the weather. Thought about the effects of four adults in a 10 foot dinghy, in open water, in a gale. Lifejackets. Knowing the capabilities of the boat. (Not easy, when it’s stolen) The list goes on. We couldn’t help but draw the comparisons, while warming in the sunshine on Saturday, at how little it really takes to stay safe on the water. If just a few easy steps could become second nature to anyone venturing out in a boat, we’d see far fewer mishaps. Second nature, like putting on a seatbelt or closing your eyes before sneezing. I don’t know what to say in this column that can help them. I don’t know the answer to helping prevent disaster on our doorstep. The harbour and ocean is the prime reason so many of us love the Bay of Plenty. Lately it seems there have been frequent tragedies and there’s no comfort in hindsight, that many seem avoidable. What can we do, to urge water users to take a few simple precautions? Not just for the sake of their own lives, but those around them; those who end up looking for them. And the huge emotional and physical cost of searching, too late, for any sign of hope. I know things can go wrong for anyone, even the most well prepared and seasoned voyagers. But surely the chances can be improved with just some basics. Perhaps

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the partners and whanau need to step up to make sure keen boaters take the precautions to make sure they come back safe – or at least stay afloat long enough for someone else to find them. Lifejackets. Not only keep you afloat should the worst happen, but help keep in the warmth and some even have handy front pockets. Great for your cellphone in a plastic bag. A small waterproof flashlight, perhaps. Then there’s the vessel. Enough buoyancy in a boat, so it’ll stay afloat when swamped. If it does, stay with it. The weather. Watch the weather. Hey, now I’m preaching. Nevertheless, the harbourmasters and their helpers will keep on preaching to the converted and try to reach some of the rest. We must be able to learn something from this.

Losing steam

The passenger train issue has gained plenty of comments from readers both in the pages of the Sun and also on daily news website SunLive. It would appear the chances of a passenger service resuming between Tauranga and Auckland is unlikely, if the rail experts’ assertions are right, in that 700 passengers a day would be required to make it viable. However, there’s still the issue suggested by readers for a commuter rail service which we believe is still worth investigating. As we said in an earlier column, if we must put up with a rail track through the middle of town, it may as well carry some passengers. Even a round trip between the city, Mount, Bayfair and the outskirts of Otumoetai and Bethlehem, Omokoroa would be useful. Send us your thoughts on that and we’ll ask the experts for their views. Final Word: Wally’s wailer of the week.

Talking Clock

After closing time at the local pub, a bloke was proudly showing off his new apartment to a couple of friends. He led the way to a big brass gong and a mallet, against a wall. ‘What’s that big brass gong for?’ a guest asked. ‘It’s not a gong. It’s a talking clock,’ the bloke replied. ‘A talking clock? Seriously?’ asked his astonished friend. ‘Yup,’ replied the bloke. ‘How’s it work?’ the friend asked. ‘Watch,’ the bloke replied. He picked up the mallet, gave the gong an ear-shattering pound and stepped back. The three stood looking at one another for a moment... Suddenly, someone on the other side of the wall screamed: ‘You idiot! It’s three-fifteen in the morning!’

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City councillors have banned the former Kestrel landing ‘glass box’ from The Strand reclamation, ending an eight year occupation. The box blew free on March 21 when an easterly storm gusting to 100km/h hammered the glass box and barge, knocking over the piles securing the landward side. The glass box has since been berthed at the Tauranga Bridge Marina. Councillors say they want an ‘uncluttered’ look for the recently renovated Strand reclamation, and commented on how the glass box was a totally unexpected addition when in 2004 they approved Mark Scapens bringing the former Auckland harbour ferry the Kestrel to Tauranga as a floating restaurant. Mark appeared before the council this week seeking an extension to his lease. The council granted the landing pontoon a new lease on December 19, 2011, with the business required to be up and operating by September 30 2012. Since then the storm struck, and the regional council changed the rules on Mark, saying his consent may now have to be notified, a process Mark told councillors could cost from $10 - $140,000, and take several months, over running the September deadline

and ruling out a return this coming summer. Mark says he’s also involved in legal action over the piles that failed. Councillor Catherine Stewart says its time the council moved on, it originally arrived by default, and the waterfront looks better now it’s gone. Larry Baldock says losing the glass box is a lost opportunity, the council will still need a pontoon at the site for waterfront activities. Catherine’s view had more support, with eight voting to not extend the lease. Speaking afterwards Mark Scapens says waterfront activities attract people to waterfront sites, and he asked how the council is going to cater for the activities in the future. “You can only bang your head against the wall for so long,” says Mark. The sticking point in all his struggles with the council over the Kestrel and the landing was the inability to obtain a long term lease. He says the same issue will continue to discourage any other waterfront enterprises. “If you don’t have ten years you don’t have anything.” He’s been paying rent on the site since the March storm which effectively ended the Kestrel landing’s ten year occupation.

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By 2016 it will cost the average smoker more than $20 to buy a pack of cigarettes. Parliament has voted unanimously in favour for the third reading of legislation enabling excise increases outline in the Government’s Budget in May. It means tax rates on tobacco products will rise by 10 per cent every year for the next four years. By 2016, a standard pack of smokes will cost more than $20. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia says the price increases will provide an incentive for smokers to ‘kick the habit’. She believes it’s effective, immediate and known to work.

Fire season hot issue Western Bay of Plenty firefighters are reminding people to think of the conditions before lighting any fires in the region.

The restricted fire season started at the beginning of the month, meaning people must now have a permit to light a fire in rural areas. Greerton Fire Brigade attended a large rubbish fire lit in high winds after dark on October 3, which sparked a warning by firefighters for people to check the rural fire rules. Firefighers were called to the rubbish fire in Peers Rd, where a stack of logs and fallen trees had been ignited at about 8pm. Greerton station officer Paul Van Kol says the fire was about 10m by 3m, and was blowing embers a good 100m downwind due to strong winds. “We had to traipse off through pad-

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Think before you drink Western Bay of Plenty police are asking people to think before they drink and drive this summer.

People must obtain a permit before they light fires in rural areas. docks in the middle of the night to try and find out what ignition sources we had down below the fire.” The rural fire season ends in April. Any rural fires lit in the next six months require permits and must abide by the summer rural fire rules, with fires only allowed to be lit during the daylight and not in strong winds. A list of guidelines is available from the Western Bay of Plenty District Council for people obtaining a fire permit.

During the first weekend of Operation Profile, this Labour Weekend, police stopped and breath tested more than 3400 people, 17 of which are now facing drink driving charges. In addition to the 15 drink drivers, nine vehicles were impounded and eight people had their driver’s licence suspended for 28 days for having alcohol levels exceeding 650 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. Acting sergeant Lee Stringer asks people to think of their families and the families of others before they get behind a wheel drunk. “Please, please, please know where your children are going and staying this summer. Don’t be afraid to check up on them. “I don’t want to have to knock on your door to tell you they are not coming home.” Lee says the cost of a taxi fare or driver service is minimal when compared to the cost of court fines, legal fees, vehicle repair bills, insurance excesses, medical costs, funeral expenses, and the weight on a person’s conscience if they kill someone through their own selfish and stupid decision to drive drunk.

Court Brief Drink driver with child in car sentenced

A Tauranga woman caught driving drunk with a six-year-old child in the car has been sentenced to home detention. Sharon Mamairoa Signall was sentenced in the Tauranga District Court after being convicted on her seventh drink driving charge. She was sentenced to home detention, 15 hours community work and disqualified from driving for two years.

Prison for threatening police officer Threatening to kill a Tauranga police officer has landed a man in jail for three months. John Paul Te Huna was arrested and charged with threatening to kill a police officer after he got into an altercation with police earlier this year. The charges relate to an incident where Te Huna was described as drunk and out of control, in which he struggled and swore at an officer before threatening to kill him. Te Huna was also sentenced to 14 days jail, to be served concurrently with the three months, for resisting and assaulting police.

Jailed for texting in court A Bay of Plenty woman who text her son during court proceedings has been jailed for two months for contempt of court. Ruth Wheeler, 44, text her son during a defended hearing asking him why he was giving evidence against her. Wheeler is facing benefit fraud charges brought against her by the Ministry of Social Development, for which she had pleaded not guilty. Judge Thomas Everitt says the woman’s actions were those of someone clearly attempting to pervert the course of justice. He sentenced Wheeler on the contempt of court charge and remanded her to appear in the Tauranga District court for sentencing on October 24 on a charge of using a forged document.

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Kindy possibility for May St Reserve

Mount Maunganui’s May St reserve has been suggested as a possible site for a new kindergarten following an appeal to council this week. Tauranga Regional Kindergartens (TRK) is seeking the city council’s to help it find a new site in north Mount Maunganui, because of the on-going oversubscription of the Gwen Rogers kindergarten. The minimum size required is about 1400sqm, says TRK principal Peter Monteith. TRK has expressed interest in land adjacent to the Zespri site on Maunganui Road. Other available sites include the old Mount Maunganui fire station and the old Cosmopolitan Club. “Our problem is the coastal area,” says Peter. “We are buying land in Papamoa, hopefully that will assist.

Excessive waiting list

“Particularly in the Mount area. Gwen Rogers kindergarten in Macville Lane has a waiting list consistently over 100. Some of us thought that would change as prices in the area went up, but it has been consistent over the last three years.” The problem with finding a suitable site in the northern Mount is the cost and scarcity of land, says Peter. “And we are asking the council for some help with that.” The vision for an early childhood education centre in the Mount is that it will also be a community

facility, able to provide adult education, children’s birthday parties, parent education and capable of hosting the craft show. Peter says they hadn’t considered the May Street reserve because there had been a ‘bit of a reaction’ to other proposed uses. Part of the former croquet lawns are now being considered for a community garden.

Options to explore The staff has been directed to add it to the list of possible sites, with councillors saying the community garden area is at the south end of the site, and the kindergarten could go near the hall site. Kindergartens are government-supported, with staff still state servants. TRC would receive about 95 per cent of its funding from the government, says Peter. “Up until 10-15 years ago the government would have provided both land and buildings, in some cases they still do, in cases of need,” says Peter. “We wouldn’t get it in Mount Maunganui north, I can assure you of that, if we went to the government and said ‘give us some money for a kindergarten there’. We will be funding building from our reserves or borrowing.” Tauranga mayor Stuart Crosby says there has been a strong tradition of local government supporting free kindergartens up and down New Zealand. “They are different to drop-off, pay, and pick-up establishments,” says Stuart. “The chances of finding a site in the required area I think are minimal, but we need to at least examine the opportunities that are available.”

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Joy on the beach for paraplegics

Otumoetai Surf Club manager Donal Boyle is happy to share the chair. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

With the help of a new ‘Joy on the Beach’ chair paraplegics can get their feet wet at the beach, in the pool or lake thanks to Omanu Surf Life Saving Club. The J.O.B chair, awarded to the club by Longmuir Trust, is an original beach chair giving paraplegics the opportunity to access the water during the summer season. Omanu Surf Club manager Donal Boyle says following public request, paraplegics now have access to the sand and water. “Previously we would just use boards to lie them down and bring them out into the water. So it was very difficult. “This way it is easy access. They can sit on it, be easily wheeled

over the sand and they can then sit by their family or be wheeled into the water and get a taste of what the water is like.” Donal says the chair, which can only be floated above water, allows paraplegics to swim safety. “It’s giving them a way to get into the water in a safe environment.” A surf competition was held in April this year for paraplegics who were able to participate at the bequest of Omanu Surf Club’s J.O.B chair. Donal says the chair was used to wheel paraplegics from the car park, on to the sand and in to the water where they were able to surf the waves without the difficulty of using a wheelchair. “It certainly gives that opportunity for those people that may be

restricted to a wheelchair the ability to get down on the beach and also experience the water.” Donal says at the moment only one chair is available for use, although he has plans to purchase more if the demand is there. “We would like to let the public know, especially those people who have got relatives who may be wheelchair bound and would like to get access to use it, that it’s certainly available there for the public to use and we would like to see it being used. “We would like to work with different groups to have these chairs available at all the surf clubs.” Donal says although the chair is based at Omanu Surf Club, it will also be available outside of the summer season. By Zoe Hunter

Golden hue surrounding Bay sports nominees Top athletes from around the region are preparing for another big contest with a top field of finalists competing for the annual Waiariki Institute of Technology 2012 Bay of Plenty Sports Awards.

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Tauranga women on the water at the women’s nationals.

Women’s sailing season casts off WOW chairwoman Megan Harris is encouraging women to register for the coming summer’s sailing, with racing starting on November 1. WOW is Women On Water, the women’s division of the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club. WOW’s designed to give women of all ages and from all walks of life the opportunity to experience sailing in both a racing or non-racing capacity. The concept of taking complete beginners out sailing on the Tauranga harbour now attracts over 100 women each WOW night during the summer season, sailing on up to 20 yachts.

Skills gained

“Through WOW, many of us have gained the skills and knowledge required to sail proficiently and many now crew regularly and even own their own yachts,” says Megan. WOW aims to give any woman the opportunity to actually participate in the sport of sailing. “Our oldest crew was 83 years old so it’s never too late to try. Thanks to the generosity of boat owners from both TYPBC and the Mount Yacht Club, we are able to offer the opportunity for complete beginners to actively participate and learn the art of sailing from experienced skippers willing to teach and inspire newcomers.”

As the WOW season approaches the women who like to race will be forming their teams and organizing a boat to race in the Racing Division, and they are often looking for new crew, preferably with some sailing experience. They also take on beginners who are keen to learn and can commit to every race.

Relax or race

“If you prefer a more relaxing sail then the Cruising Division is the best way to learn the knowledge and skills of sailing without the added pressure of racing,” says Megan. “All new participants are allocated to the cruising division boats unless racing is requested.” Register on the club website, – click on ‘Sailing Activities’. Print and complete the Registration form if you can, and bring it along on your first time. WOW is also social. After sailing there’s prize giving, spot prizes and raffles at the yacht club. An affordable buffet meal is available and the bar is open. For more information please contact Megan on 578 7105 or email

Golden sheen added to rugby sevens It’s amazing what the lure of a gold medal can do. The entrance of the rugby sevens to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games has become the catalyst for Bay of Plenty Rugby Union’s revitalised focus on the shortened form of the game. The union is taking the initiative to establish more opportunities to take part in the game, including a comprehensive programme put in place for coaches, referees and players – ranging from secondary school players to those with aspirations of national representation.

The Bay secondary schools tournament is at Whakatane Domain on November 1, encompassing U19 boys’ and girls’ divisions and an under 15 boys’ competition. Winners of the U19 finals will progress to the national finals tournament in December. An additional incentive at the Eastern Bay tournament will be the selection of two secondary schools training squads. The best 18 boys’ and girls’ players will be selected for a camp at Mount Maunganui on November 10. On November 3, the Bay club players will get their chance at the

abbreviated game at the Eastern Districts Rugby Club at Paengaroa Domain. The men will compete for the Gordon Tietjens Cup with the women’s sides vying to win the Exia Edwards trophy. Bay of Plenty has a special affinity with sevens. A Bay of Plenty side coached by Gordon Tietjens entered the Melrose Sevens in Scotland in April 1992, when that tournament was considered the sport’s pinnacle event. It won, beating Kelso 17-12 in the final. By Ben Guild


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Community spirit spring revival The traditional annual spring clean-up is helping bring the Grange Road community together with dozens of households along the Otumoetai strip joining forces for a street-wide garage sale. Organiser Jodie Whale sprang upon the idea when she was planning her own garage sale and – after a great response from others wanting to join in with their own garage sales on the same day – she is already talking about making it an annual event. “My husband is always saying he’d like to shift to the country because of the community spirit – so when I was doing my spring clear-out it got me thinking that this would be a great way to bring people together.” Jodie is absolutely thrilled with the response she has had to her event, planned for November 3, with many in the neighbourhood keen to get involved however they can. “The feedback from local Grange Road residents is incredible. I have had so many really positive phone calls from people. They all love the idea and do want to meet their neighbours. “Even if they can’t do a garage sale they are all really keen to do something to support it. Some people want to open their gardens for viewing, some want to make coffees for people and some are keen to do sausage sizzles for local charities.” Jodie is certain it will build the community spirit in the area and would love to see other neighbourhoods adopt the concept.

Fostering community spirit in Grange Rd with a street-wide sale: organiser Jodie Whale and Macklin Whale, 2, hang garage sale balloons with Louise McLean and daughters Francesca, 8, and Annabel, 5.

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Matapihi Rail Bridge spruce up

The pedestrian and cycle pathway on the Matapihi Rail Bridge is getting an upgrade more than 60 years after it was first installed. The bridge is currently closed as repair work is undertaken. Work is due to be completed by the end of January and involves replacing the timber decking, beams and struts, as well as the steel supports.

The ramps at the end of the bridge will also be upgraded and the handrails will be replaced with slightly higher ones to meet current safety standards, says a Tauranga City Council spokesperson. Most of the work will be done using a special platform that will hang under the bridge. The Matapihi Rail Bridge is 88 years old and the pathway along the side was added at the end of 1950 as a way for people to walk across the bridge safely.

A TCC spokesperson says this was as a result of the numerous deaths and injuries to people walking over the rail bridge on the train tracks. A visual inspection done in January this year, followed by a structural investigation in March, indicated that there was significant rotting and rusting to the wooden beams and steel supports under the pathway that needed to be repaired. Fulton Hogan will be doing the work on behalf of Tauranga City Council.

City’s ballers to get more runs during summer The city council is approving the construction of 3x3 basketball courts at four city parks, with the possibility of a fifth at Anzac Park.

The half-size courts move the traditional winter game outdoors for the summer and will take advantage of the 3x3 game’s growing international profile. Mark Rogers, from Tauranga City Basketball Associations, says a New Zealand under-19 team won the 3x3 world champs last year and came eighth this year, while there’s also a professional and world circuit. There are already hoops at two of the four approved sites; the Waitaha Reserve, which will have the playing area expanded to the half-court size of 15mx12m,

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Generosity abounds at legendary luncheon I want to start this week by recognising the now legendary Tauranga Police Charity luncheon that was held at the TECT Arena a couple of weeks back. A whopping $266,000 was raised for some great causes including New Zeal Foundation, which does good work with youth, and Alzheimers NZ Tauranga. Personally I’m not aware of any other single event in New Zealand that raises this much for its community. Detective Pete Blackwell, or ‘Blackie’, and his team do a magnificent job each year. We are all grateful to them. It is gratifying to see so much generosity when business conditions are tougher than normal.

Achievement in our schools

We have an education system that is among the best in the world. It gives our students a platform to compete here and internationally. Four out of five kids are successfully getting the qualifications they need, and we must celebrate their success and the professionals in our system who make that possible every day. But National’s education plan is about getting five out of five. To achieve that we’ve set an ambitious better public services target of 85 per cent of 18 year olds achieving NCEA Level 2 or equivalent in 2017. This is the first year we have reported the

results of all 18 year olds and we are delighted that 74.3 per cent attained NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification last year. At school level, nearly 72 per cent of school leavers achieved at least NCEA Level 2, compared with 66.4 per cent in 2009. Also 51 per cent of Maori students achieved NCEA Level 2 in 2011, up from 44 per cent in 2009, and Pasifika achievement has risen from 55.7 per cent to just over 63 per cent. These are great results, but we still need to work harder to ensure all children leave school with the skills they need to reach their potential. Until now we’ve had to rely only on NCEA data – at the end of compulsory schooling – to provide us with a picture of our education system. The introduction of National Standards has allowed us to support all learners and target those who are falling behind much earlier and give them the help they need.

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The information gained from this first set of National Standards data is powerful for identifying and providing support for all learners. Schools have put considerable effort into their reporting of National Standards and we’d like to thank them for the work they’ve done in this. It helps to raise achievement for all learners. National Standards data is now available online at www. For parents to get a complete picture of their child’s school they need to look at schools’ ERO and annual reports - also available on the Education Counts website. They also need to talk to principals, teachers, schools trustees and other parents. The Education Review Office has also produced a booklet to help parents ask schools about how their child is doing. It is available at Review-Process/For-Parents/ERO-Guides-for-Parents/ How-is-my-child-doing-Questions-to-ask-at-school

Sister city to discuss future During his first visit to Tauranga as the new mayor of Hitachi, Japan, Mayor Yoshinari attended a mayoral conference in an attempt to further improve the sister city relationship between the cities.

and will spend the next two days exploring New Zealand Maori culture. Yvonne says Yoshinari will visit Tauranga Intermediate School to meet some of the pupils who accommodate Hitachi students on a regular basis. “There is quite a strong relationOn Thursday October 25 ship there. He wants to go to Mayor Yoshinari and his 10 Tauranga Intermediate to personally member delegation team attended thank that school for supporting a Sister Cities business forum the exchanges and looking after with key Tauranga representatives their students and just create that to discuss education, economic personal relationship which is so development, tourism and culimportant.” tural initiatives. Hitachi Mayor Yoshinari met with Yoshinari will also view some of Tauranga City Council’s Sister Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby. Tauranga’s lifestyle retirement vilCity co-coordinator Yvonne lages during his visit to New Zealand. Tatton says the relationship building with Hitachi is “Japan has an aging population and it has to really beneficial for Tauranga’s business community. start looking at how it’s going to deal with its aging “People wanting to export to Japan can use Hitachi population in terms of care and housing and New as the gateway into japan or learning about how to Zealand has some wonderful models, Tauranga in do business in Japan. particular has got some wonderful models that they “It’s like having a home base and a gateway into are interested in.” another culture and into another country.” Stuart will officially welcome Yoshinari at a formal During his two-day visit, Yoshinari is taking the dinner which will be attended by local businesses opportunity to express his gratitude for Tauranga City’s support to the Hitachi people during the 2011 who export to Japan and other key organisations. earthquake. Tauranga and Hitachi will celebrate their 25th sister By Zoe Hunter Yoshinari arrived in New Zealand on October 24 city anniversary in 2013.

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Body found in Omokoroa harbour shallows Police believe a body found in shallow water near Precious Reserve in Omokoroa to be that of missing Tauranga boatie Shaun Hogarth.

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Local reports suggested the body was picked up by the Coastguard’s small jet boat. Shaun’s family conducted a private search for the 23-year-old with the aid of a helicopter belonging to ACDC drummer Phil Rudd earlier in the week. Former Otumoetai College student Shaun went missing after the dinghy he was in with three other men capsized near Omokoroa on Tuesday October 16.

Crashed gyro pilot keen to fly again The pilot of the gyrocopter that crash landed in Tauranga Harbour on Wednesday would go flying again today - if he could. David Church, 64, and his 65-year-old friend managed to walk away from the wreckage after the gyrocopter lost power and plunged 500 feet into shallow waters off the end of a Tauranga Airport runway. David says he was aware of a problem shortly after take-off, and was attempting to return to the nearby airport when he was forced to make an emergency landing.

Left: The gyrocopter submerged in the Tauranga Harbour on Wednesday. Right: The gyrocopter in the hanger today.

Starved dog owner’s work plea A Te Puke man who let his dog starve while it was chained on a property for two years has appeared in Tauranga District Court attempting to have his community work cancelled. Phillip Kahotea, a full-time Port of Tauranga worker, pleaded guilty to neglecting his huntaway cross when he appeared

in Tauranga District Court in September. He also admitted to only letting the dog off the chain a “couple of times” and feeding

it sporadically during a two-yearperiod. He was sentenced to community work and fined $750. He was also ordered to pay $132.89 in court costs and $153.26 to cover the vet costs. The matter, relating to the community service, has been adjourned until November 12.

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The vine killing disease Psa-V has now reached Kerikeri in Northland, an area previously thought to be free of the infection devastating Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchards. Kiwifruit Vine Health reports the bacterial infection has been identified on a male vine in an Enza Gold orchard in Kerikeri. Enza Gold is a kiwifruit variety licenced to the company Turners & Growers. KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil says the disease is likely to have been present, but undetected, in the region for several months.

A teenage driver is facing seizure of his vehicle after police say he fled from a patrol car on Cameron Road before crashing into a house. The 18-year-old male faces charges of driving with excess breath alcohol, failing to stop for police and reckless driving after he crashed into the garage of a home on Sunday evening. Police traffic senior sergeant Ian Campion says police can seize the vehicle on the failing to stop charge. “The passengers in the vehicle were screaming at him to stop,” says Ian. “He may face additional charges.”

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Organisation founder Kerry Babbage says anecdotal reports of high suicide rates in Tauranga and repeated calls from counsellors for Mates to setup had shown there was a real need in the Western Bay of Plenty. Recent statistics are not available. “There is very little support out there helping men who are going through crisis – and with men generally hesitant to seek support, Mates breaks through that by providing an environment where men get together and share.” Ironically, Kerry says the organisation believes going through crisis can be a positive rather than a negative, opening the door for change “because they are kicked out of complacency”. “We are encouraging male role models out there in

the community – we are saying think about what you can be rather than what men can’t be. It’s about being a male role model for your family and community.” Among those who have been leading the call for the group to setup in the Western Bay is Tauranga’s David Aupapa, who has been counseling men for domestic violence for seven years. David, who is running the Tauranga programme with Scott Harvey and Wayne Millar, has thrown his support into Mates because of its focus on helping men build their own strength with personal development. “It’s about providing an environment where they feel safe and comfortable to open up to share their stories. It’s about feeling respected and supporting each other, about men empowering men.” Anyone interested in learning more about the Mates programme is invited to a meeting at Totora House, 1428 Cameron Rd, on Tuesday October 30 at 7pm. Details: or call David 027 3323388. By Hamish Carter




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In fact, one chat over a beer with Rachel, who played Peaceful Fountains of Desire in 2002’s ‘Die Another Day’, reveals almost too many stories for a reporter’s notebook to contain. There’s the one about her aristocratic

2013 diary entitled ‘Making A Difference’, compiled by New Zealander Wheldon Curzon-Hobson, which details the efforts of charitable Kiwis across New Zealand and the Pacific Asia region. It contains inspirational stories from Rachel, NGOs, businesses, tertiary institutions and youth leadership organisations, and is raising money for charity via the Rotary Club of Wellington for the Wellington Free Ambulance and Rachel’s Rachel Grant with Israel family charity in the Philippines. Dickson and Molloy’s The book costs $24.99 and can be Menswear owner Jason Dovey. Photo by Ben Guild. found at By Ben Guild

upbringing in the famous Scottish Bowes-Lyon family which married into the British royal family, and the one about her great grandmother living with a bullet in her heart after a lover’s quarrel with a French baron. Then there’s the strong family links to the president of the Philippines, her recent visit to the White House where she was received by Hilary Clinton, beauty pageant and adventure yarns and her love of martial arts. But it’s her humanitarian efforts which brought her to Tauranga this week. She’s written 12 entries for a

Bond stand-in in threads to kill Life imitated art at Molloy’s Menswear on Wednesday night. The store, which has been running a James Bond promotion to celebrate the film franchise’s 50th year, was visited by a real-life Bond girl in the form of the lovely Rachel Green. Rachel, who played Peaceful Fountains of Desire in 2002’s ‘Die Another Day’, stopped in to check out the source of the Rembrandt threads The Weekend Sun competition winner Ashley Donkersley was to wear to the pair’s dinner at a Mount Maunganui restaurant later that night. Molloy’s Menswear was taken over by Jason Dovey from Brian Molloy at the beginning of October, but it’s very much business as usual for Tauranga’s premier made to measure men’s store. Jason, who worked alongside Brian for 20 years before taking over the business, has ensured that personal service remains the core philosophy at the heart of the business. The store is essentially open 24 hours a day with a slick, constantly updated

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Charting demanding dog day afternoons I’ve been babysitting this week, my English family with their miniature short haired person who constantly needs amusing. And I’m just the dog for the job. The miniature short haired person is just like a dachshund, with similar legs, but the belly is further off the ground. She also needs her hands constantly checked for excessive food, which being a Labrador, I am obliged to assist with. Babies, I’ve discovered, are a lot like puppies.

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ranga’s CBD to raise funds for the Tauranga Breast Cancer Support Service. A section of The Strand, near Masonic Park, was closed as pinked-up participants gathered to walk through the CBD. About 4000 people dressed in pink for last year’s event, raising an estimated $15,000. Trust service coordinator Lea Lehndorf says as a completely

independent, charitable trust, events such as Wednesday’s walk are crucial for raising much needed funds. Breast cancer affects an average 200 women in the Bay of Plenty every year and Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust has an array of fundraisers and activities planned to offer help and support, says Lea. By Phillipa Yalden

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Bringing in the Government guns! Elected members met with local MP’s Tony Ryall and Simon Bridges last week for a discussion on Route K’s future ownership and any role they might have to help their constituencies. The issue facing council, NZTA and the Government over Route K are more complex than should be required

to just transfer ownership of a road. The two MP’s were obviously aware in general terms of the situation and cottoned on quickly to the detail in the discussion. They are to take up the matter on a political level as a constituency function. Their attitude is helpful and

realistic and hopefully will bring another dimension to negotiation. As I noted in a recent column why would NZTA/ Government want Route K? It’s there and it’s paid for (by users – sort of!) Previous indicators/assurances from former Transit NZ are still acknowledged but the game has changed. The financial downturn has affected NZTA revenues. Christchurch has affected Government’s spending priorities. So the way I see it is we have to present the Route K package in a manner that makes it attractive to both NZTA – who have to work to Government set criteria – and Government itself. NZTA is set up to handle much more tolling than it presently handles. This involves electronic toll collection. Current cost of this is 58c per toll but the more tolls collected the less the cost will be because the major cost is in the actual toll collection infrastructure. Route K toll collection presently costs less than that – 38c. How much business would be gained/ lost by removing a cash collection/ card system and replacing with the electronic one? With the pending opening of the Eastern Link bypassing Te Puke, both systems should be compatible – and Eastern Link will be electronic. This system takes a photo of your number plate and you pay online. Other payment options are being investigated but won’t include a cash collection. Private Public Partnership (PPP) are the roads of the future – read Toll roads – and provided there are optional “free” routes as well it gives motorists practical options and takes the loads off the “free” roads. Overseas, tolls roads are common place and PPP’s importance to NZ’s transport future is inevitable.

Changing properties

At full council there was a wide ranging agenda for elected member’s attention. Murray Guy

was querying a confidential agenda item involving a possible property purchase and named the property’s potential beneficiary. Experience has shown that when news of council’s interest in a property is known the price sky-rockets. It won’t take much to put two and two together if the media publish what Murray said. It will be interesting to see what comes first, media self-interest or the public (ratepayer) interest. Tauranga Free Kindergarten is seeking council/ratepayer assistance in provision of a site for a new free kindergarten in Mount North. Staff will report back on likely sites. May Street reserve and vacant land beside Zespri were mentioned although Mount Ward members said they would be inappropriate. We’re almost done with the closure of the Sapphire Drive/ Harrisfield Drive accessway. This has been a typical council process. Long, drawn out, as all factors were considered and reconsidered. I counted seven formal agenda items going back to 28 October 2008.

Litter legislation

Litterbugs beware. Council approved a new infringement fee regime if you’re caught littering. That means an instant fine of $100-$400 instead of having to go to court. You will still have that option. I asked staff if there would be litter police to enforce it and was reassured that it would be primarily educational and advisory first off. But throwing a cigarette butt is a different action to chucking a bag of rubbish out of your car. And repeat offenders would soon run out of education and advice. It’s another tool to encourage people to keep Tauranga clean and presentable. Litter could be regarded as another form of graffiti.

Broken glass

The floating glass house that was moored down on the CBD waterfront got the heave ho. On a split vote it had been allowed to remain after the restaurant ferry Kestrel went back to Auckland. A condition of it remaining was that it was to be open and operating by

30 September 2012. It broke free from its moorings some time ago and has been moored at the Bridge Marina since. It has never been tenanted. The owner asked for an extension but also said that he didn’t want a finite date that might set the project up to fail. The gap left by this removal should be filled by another pontoon to allow public access to the water. The resolution passed 8-3.

Regional ructions

An informal presentation from staff of the Regional Council regarding the $200 million infrastructure development; The Regional Council has $890 million in assets – mainly port shares held by a CCO, Quayside. Quayside has $65 million debt – guaranteed by ratepayers. Quayside has six directors, three of which are from the Regional Council and three independent directors with no casting vote for the chair. The three Regional Council appointees are Mary-Ann McLeod, CEO of Regional Council; Paula Thompson ex TCC CEO and former TCC staff member Jane Nees. They draw directors’ fees of around $50,000 each in addition to their remuneration on the Regional Council. I’ll go into the detail of this next week but will leave you with this thought. No matter which way you look at it this fund will cost ratepayers extra and in my view plenty. Tauranga and Western Bay Council ratepayers are clearly subsidising the rest of the region heavily. The port shares alone would repay most of all the region’s council’s debt. And most of this information goes under yours and the media’s radar and most certainly is not subject to your minute scrutiny. In fact a large percentage of the ratepaying population is barely aware of the Regional Council function, purpose and existence.

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Local passion inspires great deals Mark Hollinshead has a passion for marketing property in the Te Puke/Papamoa area. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Mark Hollinshead knows the Papamoa and wider area intimately. It’s where he lives and where he has sold real estate successfully for more than 20 years.

That’s why he is passionate about providing locals with a full service real estate practice at a fraction of the common fee. At Market Realty, the selling fee begins at one per cent plus GST. With no administration fee and a minimal marketing fee, clients will save thousands of dollars when they sell their property. “Our focus in on full service real estate for a fair fee,” says Mark. For example, with the current selling fees on offer, a $400,000 sale price would mean clients save up to $14,000 in sales fees alone.

Mark believes in being transparent, honest and upfront with his clients and has a strict no hidden charges policy. “Everything I do is very much transparent and totally up front so my clients always know where they stand, through their entire real estate journey.” Having attained his full National Certificate in Real Estate, AREINZ ranch Manager status and a Diploma in Real Estate, he is relishing marketing property in the region he admires. “Real estate allows me to do what

I really enjoy doing every day. I am enthusiastic, determined and genuinely enjoy making deals happen and achieving great results for my clients, both buyers and sellers. “Living the beach and or a rural lifestyle is a dream for many and when my clients choose to sell, they want to be sure that I can tap into a potential buyer base efficiently and effectively and achieve a sale in a reasonable timeframe.” Take advantage of these savings when you market and sell your property, ask Mark how today. By Corrie Taylor

Brighter home, lighter bills GreenSheep owner Kane BurtonBrown shows Lynn Forde how the downlights work. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

As the cost of power in the Bay continues to rise, finding a cheaper and more effective lighting solution is a great way to keep bills under control. With that in mind, Tauranga company GreenSheep is providing a new service installing an alternative lighting choice which consumes 30 per cent less energy than standard CFL downlights.

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Owner Kane Burton-Brown says the Philips SmartBright LED downlight is an affordable solution that doesn’t compromise on quality. The lights contain no mercury or lead, are easy to install and have a long lifespan equivalent to 7.5 years of average daily use – so households can start saving big on electricity bills. But for Bethlehem woman Lynn Forde, it wasn’t about the money so much as desiring a quality lighting solution. She was tired of having all six lights in her lounge turned on and still struggling to read at night. After switching to LED lighting with GreenSheep, she couldn’t be more thrilled. “I’m absolutely rapt with them. “With the lights we had, we couldn’t see to read at night or if it was dark during the day, we used to have to have all six lights on. “Now, with these lights, they are so good we only have to have the two on. They are just so much better. “I’m so thankful that we got Kane to do it and that he suggested it.” Lynn says the whole process was easy. “He organised the electrician, the electrician rang me, turned up and fitted them, and off he went. No By Corrie Taylor problem at all.”

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Boat show back on The Strand Tauranga’s only on-thewater boat show is just one week away. The Tauranga Boat Expo and Water Festival is returning to The Strand Waterfront on November 2-4, and admission costs just $5 for adults and children enter free. Designed to be a real family event, there will be plenty of interactive fun, including free jet ski rides, demonstrations of paddleboards and kayaks, and the chance to view an array of impressive boats. Also, visitors can learn how to bait a hook and understand the best ways of using fishing equipment. Tauranga Marine Industry Association chairman Brian Kent says this year the committee has focused on creating a user-friendly plan that will allow people to wander through the site right on the Tauranga Harbour. “We have a large range of onthe-water craft including kayaks, powerboats and jet skis,” says Brian. “Showcasing the beautiful Tauranga Harbour and having fun on the water is what this expo is all about.” The Harbourmaster, BOP Polytechnic, Industry for Primary Industry, Coastguard and Tauranga City Council will be all on-hand to answer questions. Attracting 4000 visitors in its

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The Weekend Sun has four double passes to the Tauranga Boat Expo and Water Festival to give away to a lucky reader who can tell us how many people attended last year’s event. Enter online at www.sunlive. under the competitions section. Entries must be received before Wednesday, October 31.

first year, the second annual expo will run from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am4pm on Sunday. The Bath Tub Boys will run scheduled races, along with demonstrations from Go slow near boats and swimmers

or pay a $200 fine!

wake-boarders and water-skiers. The Tauranga Yacht Club will be racing just off the harbour’s edge. All events will be listed on the Boat Expo website

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TMIA committee member Robert McAllister and chairman Brian Kent. Photo by Tracy Hardy.


November - Water Month Activities



October – March Mon – Fri 6.00am – 6.30pm, Weekends 9.00am – 6.00pm

Booking Required



Memorial Pool is open for summer Popular summertime destination for leisurely swimming or fitness training. An on-site barbecue makes this the ideal location for family and group get-togethers.

Memorial Park off Devonport Road


07 578 6091


Rebecca Ryder 027 439 9936

Sunday 28th October

10.00am – 12.00pm

Waka Ama Have a go day Come and try out waka ama and get ready for summer. All equipment provided.

Club Building, Cross Rd, Sulphur Point


Sunday 28th October

10.00am – 12.00pm

Junior Surf & Nippers Registration & Have a go day Junior surf & nippers is a perfect introduction to safety in the surf. Activities on the beach & in the water.

Mount Maunganui Surf Lifesaving Club


Glenn Bradley 07 575 5595

Starting 30th October

4.00 – 5.30pm

Surf Club – Discovery Surf School Six week junior surfing programme for children who want to become confident, learn surfing skills, sea safety and personal development. Start surfing in a safe, fun environment. Tuesdays 6-9yrs Wednesdays 10-13yrs Thursdays 14-18yrs

Grass Reserve at Tay Street Beach, Marine Parade


Tully Farrell 027 632 7873

Cost Adult $3.80 Child $1.80



Shorts, t-shirt, polyprop, sand shoes.



Swimwear, towel, sunscreen.

$175 (six weeks) MOD

Intro to Surfing Learn to surf with Hibiscus Surf School. Suitable for ages 6-80yrs.

Main beach, Mt Maunganui


Rebecca or Guy 07 575 3792, 027 279 9687

15 cans for Foodbank

Sunday 4th

10.00am – 12.00pm

Junior Surf Have a go day Have fun while learning how to be safe at the beach building water confidence. Suitable for ages 5-13yrs.

Papamoa Surf Life Saving club building.


Nikki Pol 07 542 2122


Stand Up Paddling and Kayaking Come and try out SUP and Kayaking. Find out just how good Tauranga harbour is for water sports. Suitable for 8yrs up.

Kulim Park, Tauranga


Peter Head 0800 486 729

$10 adults, $5 children

6.00 – 7.30pm

Intro to Surfing Learn to surf with Hibiscus Surf School. Suitable for ages 6-80yrs.

Main beach, Mt Maunganui


Rebecca or Guy 07 575 3792, 027 279 9687

15 cans for Foodbank

Saturday 10th

8.30am – 1.00pm

BOP Dragon Boat Club Have a go day A chance to try out dragon boating with experienced paddlers. Suitable for ages 12yrs up.

Sulphur Point Boat Ramp


Judith Butler 027 365 1553


8.00 – 11.00am

Learn to Surf Stand up riding a Hawaii style longboard. Must be able to swim and listen to instructions. Suitable for ages 7-70yrs limited spaces.

Shark Alley, Marine Parade


Sunday 11th

10.00am – 3.00pm

Kayaking – Have a go day A chance for all ages to try a variety of kayaks and discover how to get involved.

Pilot Bay, Mt Maunganui


Estelle Leyshon 022 091 8605


Wednesday 14th

12.00pm and 4.00pm

Beach Kids Trial Class A 30min taster class. This beach programme is for ages 2-5yrs. Children learn water and beach skills through play, self awareness, body coordination and participation in team activities. Caregivers must be present.

Papamoa Beach, below the Papamoa Surf Club


Ange Johnston 027 328 2464 beachkidz@

Gold coin donation

5.00 – 9.00pm

Women on Water (WOW) Sailing Sailing for women from 18-80yrs. No experience required. Learn from experienced skippers on a range of yachts.

TGA Yacht and Powerboat Club, Sulphur Point


wow.tauranga@ Delwyn Hodgson 021 244 2040


Saturday 17th

8.30 – 1.00pm

TGA Amateur Swimming Club Carnival All swimmers welcome to participate in swim events, entries close 9th Nov. Sausage sizzle, spot prizes, raffles and ribbons. Suitable for ages 5yrs up.

Memorial Pool, Devonport Rd


Jill Fuller 027 472 7907

Sunday 18th

8.00 – 11.00am

Learn to Surf Stand up riding a Hawaii style longboard. Must be able to swim and listen to instructions. Suitable for ages 7-70yrs limited spaces.

Shark Alley, Marine Parade


Ned Nicely 027 2292 503

11.00am – 3.00pm

Sailing Taster Introduction to sailing, come and enjoy being on the water. Suitable for ages 8 – 80yrs.

Kulim Park, Tauranga



The Kids Grinder Have fun on the obstacle course, massive bouncy castle slide cargo nets and loads more. Group and individual entries. Free swim at the Aquatic Centre after the race. Suitable for 4-12yrs.

Aquatic and Fitness Centre, BOP Polytechnic, Windermere


12.00pm and 4.00pm

Beach Kids Trial Class A 30min taster class. This beach programme is for ages 2-5yrs. Children learn water and beach skills through play, self awareness, body coordination and participation in team activities. Caregivers must be present.

Papamoa Beach, below the Papamoa Surf Club


10.00am – 12.00pm

Hoe Waka Have a go day Enjoy the experience and join members of Hoe Aroha and learn waka ama paddling techniques, paddle in a 6 man waka in Waikorire, Pilot Bay. Suitable for ages 7yrs up.

Pilot Bay at waka ama – outrigger canoes


Sunday 25th

1.00 – 4.00pm

Blind Sailing Have a go day Opportunity for visually impaired people to learn the basics of sailing to encourage regular participation.

Elements Water Sports, Kulim Ave

Thursday 29th

5.00 – 9.00pm

Women on Water (WOW) Sailing Sailing for women from 18-80yrs. No experience required. Learn from experienced skippers on a range of yachts.

Various times

Thursday 15th

Sunday 18th

Sunday 18th

Wednesday 21st

Saturday 24th

Various days


Saturday 1st December

Sunday 2nd December



Warm clothes, swimwear and wetsuit (wetsuits can be provided)

Swimwear, towel, change of clothes. Swimwear and/or wetsuit.


Tuesday 6th

Sunday 11th

What to bring


6.00 – 7.30pm

10.00am – 1.00pm

Fitness Level

Swimwear, towel, sunscreen.

Friday 2nd

Sunday 4th

Ned Nicely 027 2292 503





Swimwear, towel, change of clothes.



Swimwear, towel, change of clothes.

Swimwear, towel, rash or t-shirt, water.


Swimwear, wetsuit or warm clothes.


Swimwear, towel, change of clothes, sun hat, sunscreen.

Close fitting pants, jacket, white soled shoes, sunglasses.

$6.50 per race


Swimwear, towel, change of clothes.



Peter 0800 486 729

$10 adults, $5 children


07 571 0190 ext. 6707 www. go/aquaticcentre

From $9

Ange Johnston 027 328 2464 beachkidz@

Gold coin donation

Theresa Wharekura 027 733 1839



Ben Geddes 021 187 7423


TGA Yacht and Powerboat Club, Sulphur Point


wow.tauranga@ Delwyn Hodgson 021 244 2040


Aqua Aerobics/Aqua Fit Aqua aerobics is a great cardio workout that provides the benefits of exercise, but the use of water also supports the body and reduces the risk of muscle or joint injury. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Baywave TECT Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Greerton Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Mount Hot Pools


07 575 0276, 07 541 0319, 07 575 0868

$7.50 $10.00

10.30 – 11.15am

Aqua Lite 45 min class including 30min cardio and 15min stretching. Class suitable for expecting mothers or those wanting a light exercise class with stretches.

Baywave TECT Aquatic and Leisure Centre


8.00am – 4.30pm

Super 12 Dragon Boat Christmas Regatta This event is aimed at organisations where teams can challenge their competitors on the water in a fun event. Mixed crews of 12 (min 6 women). Teams must also attend a training session on the 10th Nov.

The Lakes, Tauriko

Yes see info details

Tinman Triathlon Individual and team options 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run.

Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui





07 575 0276


Togs, towel, rash or t-shirt, water.

Swimwear, towel, spare clothes.

Comfortable, clothing, suitable footwear, swimwear, towel, drink. Swimwear, towel, change of clothes, sun hat, sunscreen.

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Are you looking for a new sport to get you motivated, or just a one-off activity? There is plenty on offer this weekend as part of Play in the Bay’s outdoors month. Sport BOP is making it easier by promoting a range of outdoor-themed activities for its Play in the Bay recreation programme in October. Sport BOP recreation advisor Nicki Scott says there are plenty of outdoor-themed activities on offer as part of the sports promotion programme, including glow worm walks through bush in McLaren Falls Park on Saturday and Sunday, tramping and open days for waka ama and junior surf or nippers. A waka ama open day is being held by the Tauranga Moana Outrigger Canoe Club at Sulphur Point on Sunday from 10am-1pm. Club spokeswoman Rebecca Ryder says waka ama is an ideal activity for everyone and offers competitive and social options. Details: Children can get a taste for surf lifesaving with an open day event at the Mount Surf Lifesaving Club on Sunday from 10am-noon, while guided glow worm walks will offer a new view of McLaren Falls Park (Steph 027 4729967).The Tauranga Tramping Club is giving keen hikers a chance to do the Tuahu Track (Mike 548 0122). For a copy of the October programme, sponsored by Cooney Lees Morgan and Tauranga City Council, download from By Hamish Carter

Short, t-shirt, towel, hat, change of clothes, sunscreen, water.


Warm clothes, rain jacket, sunhat, sunscreen, water, snacks.


Swimwear, towel.

www. tinmantriathlon.

I never knew a facelift could be so cheap!



$300 per team

Replacement doors, drawer fronts, panels & bench tops. All made to measure.

Swimwear, towel.


Comfortable clothing, be prepared to get wet, Christmas theme.

From $90




The complete kitchen transformation service.



A brand new style kitchen for a lot less than the cost of a new one!

Close fitting pants, jacket, white soled shoes, sunglasses.


Judith Butler 07 573 6388

Junior surf and nippers will be showcased at an open day at Mount Maunganui surf Life Saving Club on Sunday from 10am-noon.

Change of clothes, towel.



Get active, get outdoors

Activities suitable for people with physical disabilities


Comfortable clothing, drink, race gear.

0800 373 263



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Activities suitable for people who are new to exercise

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Local dignity champions Recipients of a Dignity Champion Certificate from Age Concern were staff at Gate Pa Post Shop, Cherrywood Post Shop, Classic Doors Greerton, Pamela Hair Salon Central Parade, Babrz Hairdressing Salon Te Puke, Hammer Hardware Bethlehem, and Greg Gilberd at Senior Services, Tauranga Super Centre.

All were nominated during Age Concern’s Awareness Week, for showing dignity and respect to older people.

Older workers

A Waikato researcher, Dr Margaret Richardson, says we need to be thinking about improving and maximising the potential of older workers. According to figures released this month by Statistics NZ in the three months ending July 7.5 per cent of people aged 65 and older were propping up their pensions with self-employment compared to 6 per cent at the end of June last year.

A: Your mother is not alone here and it is a sad thing. There are 580,000 older persons living in New Zealand and more than 40,000 are believed to suffer from social isolation. (Age Concern.) There are a number of reasons why people become isolated. These vary from health factors (such as stroke, degenerative joint diseases, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and heart diseases); family factors (the death of a loved one, global families – children living in different locations both around New Zealand and around the world); personal factors (financial or being introverted); relocating (to a new area, such as closer to children or into a retirement facility can mean needing to ‘start again’ and can be very daunting). Since I do not have a full picture of your mother’s background it is hard to fully comment other than to say she is very lucky to have such caring daughters. There are many ways to help prevent isolation occurring and ways to consider working with your mother to turn around her situation – in all respects. Find out what groups are available to get involved in locally – if she can be encouraged to do so, join some. Community

Arthritis clinics

Limited places are available for these free workshops that Age Concern is facilitating for Arthritis New Zealand. Become a member of Age Concern and get regular information on activities and interesting topics, as well as support our work with those who are isolated or lonely or suffer elder abuse. Phone 07 578 2631, or visit our office 177a Fraser Street, Tauranga.

Social isolation Q: My sisters and I are very concerned about our mother, who appears to be becoming more and more isolated. This then becomes compounded as her health seems to be declining the more isolated she allows herself to become. Do you have any suggestions for how we may be able to turn this around as we fair for her wellbeing?

Age concern is holding its last seminar for the year on November 20. It will cover community and hospital services, support for carers and advice on making and resolving complaints. A good line-up of speakers should make it a must-attend. To register, phone Age Concern, 07 578 2631.

resources are available like Age Concern’s AVS (accredited visitors that come into the home once a week to connect with isolated individuals); or joining St John’s Caring Caller means you can give back to the community by reaching out to isolated individuals simply by using the telephone. Local community and church groups often have a variety of activities available to be considered. And there are always options of paying for someone to visit with your mother. A trained caregiver can encourage your mother in a one-on-one situation. They can offer companionship while taking her out on errands and/or by assisting with home help and meals, or whatever her individual needs may be. This allows you to know your mother is not alone and is in fact being supported to find ways to remove her isolation.


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Littering fines approved by council You can now be fined $100 by council for littering in Tauranga after council enacted the power to issue fines under the Litter Act this week. Councillors agreed to a scale of fines, from $100 for less than a litre by volume to $400 for 120 litres – the quantity of a wheelie bin. Councillors’ main comments were that the fines are not high enough, but that’s all that’s permitted under the act, says environmental compliance manager John Payne. Until now litterers have

had to be taken to court. It’s an expensive process that requires witnesses and evidence, and there have been no littering prosecutions in the last five years. “It’s a really big process to go through the court system,” says John. When councillor Bill Faulkner asked what would happen if someone threw a cigarette butt on the ground, John replied “not much”. Even with the ability to fine litterers, council enforcement staff will be focusing on negotiation and education, says John.

Historic building to host art exhibition Carol Lee and Dazz Switalla show some of the work contained in their upcoming exhibition at No. 1 The Strand.

The Strand’s number one building is set to host a combined exhibition of two Tauranga artists. ‘Good for You’, comprising the work of emerging artists Carol Lee and Dazz Switalla, opens on Sunday at No. 1 The Strand. Carol is a full-time, mostly self-taught artist. She completed a Diploma in Graphic Design in 2011, is a four-time Telecom Art awards finalists and has won both the supreme award and hand-painting novice awards at the New Zealand Body Art Awards. Her previous exhibitions have been at Tauranga Golf Club (2005) and L’Arte Café, Acacia Bay, Taupo (2009). Tilly & Tiffen on Grey St will have a ‘Fabulous Funky Flora Fashion’ window display by Carol as part of the Garden & Artfest from November 1. “I like to explore and experiment with different media, and seeing what materialises,” says Carol. “This exhibition includes a very original style of

wall-relief sculpture and acrylic and ink works. I am currently working on ‘up-cycling’ for both art and functional items.” Dazz is a Tauranga chef (and author of the Sun column ‘Taste Secrets’), but he is just as creative in his art studio and his garden producing micro-greens for local farmers’ markets. Dazz has had a photo exhibited at the National Academy of Fine Arts, and has had three previous painting and sculpture exhibitions. “I find creative expression sometimes exciting and other times meditative, but always good for me,” says Dazz. “Some works are sketched out and others evolve, or a combination. The exhibit will display abstract acrylic paintings from my ‘brain-bow’ series, inspired by the neutral pathways of a mouse’s brain, observed following the injection of fluorescent jellyfish dye. The exhibition is open 9am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday, from October 29 to November 16. It will also be open from 5-7pm on October 28. RSVP to to attend the opening.

Bag a bargain by the beach. Monster Market Day Saturday 27th October from 9am Bayswater village would like to invite you to our Monster Market Day. Everyone is welcome, entry is free and there will be lots going on with plenty of things to buy from over 25 different stalls including: Paintings



Handmade cards


Cakes and jams



Garden ornaments

Our café will also be open, so while you are here you can pop on in for a bite. We will also have village tours, so you can experience the Bayswater lifestyle for yourself. We look forward to seeing you.



Saturday 27th October, 9am to 4pm Metlifecare Bayswater 60 Maranui Street, Mt. Maunganui Metlifecare Bayswater 60 Maranui Street Mt Maunganui 3116 Telephone: 07 575 5040


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Scooter win makes couple mobile again A Whakatane couple are the proud new owners of a dual mobility scooter worth about $5500 courtesy of Kiwi Mobility Scooters.

Cathy and Dennis Simpson, who didn’t know they’d been entered in the recent The Weekend Sun competition calling for readers to nominate deserving people in need of alternate transport, are ‘absolutely delighted’ to have been awarded the prize. Papamoa resident Jan Casey nominated the couple due to their kind treatment of her parents and current predicament. Jan says Cathy was taken by ambulance to hospital about eight weeks ago, unable to walk and in huge pain. It was found she had an illness and a broken pelvis. Seven weeks later, when Cathy was to have a one-hour visit to see if she was able to cope in a wheelchair,

Sculpture in action at festival From page 1: A sculptural hive of activity takes shape on Tauranga’s waterfront during the Craigs Investment Partners Sculpture Symposium from Monday, November 5. Rex O’Brien is one of 15 sculptors who will each face a hunk of stone on Monday morning, from which they will create a sculpture by the following Sunday. Rex is not only participating but has organised the symposium, to which he invited well known local and national artists. “We have a good mix with six local sculptors, one from Putaruru, two from Rotorua, and the other seven from Taranaki, Auckland, Wellington and Picton. “Picton’s Pita Rua Lagan is the only sculptor who has chosen to bring his own material, native timber. The others will be working in Maratoto or Oamaru stone and adding their own embellishments.” One of the sculptors is Trends Magazine’s Sculptor of the Year, Andrew Deadman. Another is Jocelyn Pratt,

who has produced work in symposia throughout the world. All have established credentials and work in public and private collections. Tauranga’s Allan Grabham created what must be one of the country’s most photographed sculptures, Gollum, in Matamata’s main street. Rex has several palettes loaded up with stone shipped in especially for the festival. “Maratoto stone comes from Coromandel and is the harder of the two,” he explains. “Oamaru stone is softer and can be cut into blocks.” Oamaru stone is a bright whitish shade while Maratoto tinges green. The stone will be delivered to the waterfront ready for the sculptors to commence on Monday morning. The public are invited to this free Garden & Artfest event to watch them work and view progress throughout the week. The finished works will be auctioned on Sunday morning 11 November at 11am. “It is a challenge to produce a sculpture within a week,” says Rex. “We will be working flat out!”

she had a heart attack. She survived, but as Dennis has Parkinson’s disease, the pair was forced to move into a rest home. As Dennis never drove and Cathy no longer can, Jan says the scooter will be ideal for the couple. Jan quipped she’ll need some driving lessons to learn how to navigate the new wheels, and was clearly excited when discussing the prospect of her first trip out with her husband in many months. Kiwi Mobility Scooters owner Chris Bell, whose business has operated in the Bay for three years, is very happy with how the competition has gone and reckons he will run a similar competition in the future. He says he loves being in a business which helps those with transportation issues keep contact with friends and family, even if that means an occasional trip to the shops or sharing a cup of coffee. That becomes especially important as summer draws near, says Chris. “We sell a lot of scooters around the area – it gives everyone a chance to get out and relive their freedom.” He says his business offers a range of options for those looking to increase their mobility, including leased scooters from $29 a week and lease to buy options. All weekly leasing options include maintenance cover. By Ben Guild

Denis Simpson (Jock), Cathy Simpson, Jan Casey and Kiwi Mobility Scooters’ Chris Bell. Photo by Lani Hepi.


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Medical centre reaches milestone

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Pets welcome at first birthday bash Families and their dogs are invited to attend VetCare Omokoroa’s open day in celebration of the clinic’s first birthday.

GP Dr Alistair Raiman, receptionist Andrea Barbour, GP Dr Murray Smith, receptionist Jo Anthony, GP Dr Diana Ford and practice nurse Lynne Whitworth.

The new Omokoroa Medical Centre is delighted to celebrate its first anniversary and continues to welcome new patients from the surrounding areas and those existing patients from its twin surgery, the Bethlehem Medical Centre.

Drs Murray Smith, Alistair Raiman and Sarah Chapple are now joined by Diana Ford, and Ginny McGowan will be returning in February 2012. Midwife Pat Shanks also provides fortnightly clinics. The busy complex is able to offer to two units (one with internal garage) for rent, suitable for a retail outlet or professional rooms with outside decking.

To celebrate, the team are inviting the public to have look behind the scenes and to join in the birthday fun in Omokoroa on October 27. They are looking forward to meeting new faces and catching up with some of their regulars, and are hoping the local community will come and join them for a fun-filled day. From 10am to 2pm VetCare Omokoroa will be full with activities for the kids, including face painting, balloon twisting and a colouring in competition, says veterinary nurse Katharine Stovold. Enter your pet dog in the dog competitions and be in

Successful practice goes full-time High demand from a long list of happy clients has led the team at the Omokoroa Dental Surgery to open its doors full-time starting next month. Open part-time since November last year, the surgery is regularly fully booked, so Peter Vickers is pleased to announce the extra hours. He will be

Vet nurse Katharine Stovold and her dog Fletch. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Diverse treatments

A selection of the great fresh fruit and veges you can purchase, along with a whole lot more from Omokoroa Market. Receptionist Elana Kirstein, dental assistant Mary Nicholas, Elina Mikelsone and dentist and owner Peter Vickers.

to win a prize for the best trick, best fetch, best weave and more. Every purchase on the day goes in the draw to win a gift hamper. There will be lots of other prizes up for grabs for your pet, including flea treatment, doggy treats, toys, and vouchers for a free consultation with a VetCare vet. There will be a sausage sizzle, and a coffee truck will be available for people to purchase their ‘daily fix’. The first 60 people through the door will be given a gift pack including a magazine, dog leash, and some tasty doggie treats and more. A 20 per cent store-wide special on a wide variety of pet ware, excluding pet food, will be available for people visiting the open day. There will also be great pet food deals, along with other instore specials.

Selected Gorrrilla Tug of War and Chew toys HALF PRICE available from Vetcare Omokoroa.

Selected Pet Bedding providing a service every day, Monday 30% off available from to Friday. Vetcare Omokoroa. Peter, who also owns Greerton’s Baywide Smiles, has been a dentist since 1978 and is pleased with how the new business has been accepted by the community. He says receptionist Elana Kirstein and surgery assistants Mary Nicholas and Elina Mikelsone do a great job at making the clients feel By Corrie Taylor at home.

Since opening one year ago, business has grown steadily at Omokoroa Physiotherapy. As well as offering the traditional ‘hands-on treatment’ based on her manipulative physiotherapy background & training, owner and physiotherapist Sally Bosselmann has extended her range of treatments to include other techniques attracting international recognition in the health sector. Having completed recognised Sally Bosselmann.

courses, Sally now uses kinesiotape to treat a variety of soft tissue and joint injuries as well as well as dry needling to assist with pain relief. “I’ve been getting really good results with patients using these techniques and find them a helpful adjunct in my treatment approach.” Sally also has a small gym area inside the clinic useful for pre and postoperative rehabilitation or return to work strengthening programmes for her clients; as well as the steadily growing ‘green exercise prescription’ classes. “I’m really pleased to be able to offer my clients so many options for their injuries.” Come and see Sally today! The clinic is ACC registered with no doctor’s referral necessary.

Omokoroa Physiotherapy

Bethlehem / Omokoroa Medical Centre

Bethlehem / Omokoroa Medical Centre

16 Bethlehem Road, Bethlehem, Tauranga. Phone (07) 576-4883 Fax (07) 576-2931 170 Omokoroa Road, Omokoroa, Tauranga. Phone (07) 548-0169 Fax (07) 548-1364

16 Bethlehem Road, Bethlehem, Tauranga. Phone (07) 576-4883 Fax (07) 576-2931 170 Omokoroa Road, Omokoroa, Tauranga. Phone (07) 548-0169 Fax (07) 548-1364


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To top it off, the 2012 Parents and Kids Expo prize pool is steadily growing, with nearly $5000 in prizes already confirmed to be up for grabs come November 10-11. So far, household equipment, magazine subscriptions, books, a car seat, children’s furniture, books and toys, baby packages, fitness classes, and first aid kits are among the treasures on offer to lucky attendees of the two-day event. Organiser Graeme Martin of Bay Events says about 12 of a possible 100 sites are still available two weeks out from the event. Free parking on the concrete will allow ease of entrance for parents with prams crammed with little ones. The expo runs from 10am-4pm daily, admission costs $10 per person. Entry is free

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now. I love that I have a miracle baby.” Last year Cyndle’s partner Dylan Hampton proposed. The pair has been dating for nearly seven years and Cyndle says she said yes straight away. “He took me to a restaurant on the beach front in Perth and when the sun was setting he asked me to marry him and of course I said yes right then and there.”


Soon to be Mr and Mrs Hampton – Dylan Hampton and Cyndle Lamb with their miracle baby Samuel.

On her way home from school one day, Cyndle couldn’t walk because of an increasing pain in her stomach. When she woke up the next morning, the pain had worsened and her body froze before she fell to the floor. Cyndle’s father, who said it was the worst thing that has happened in his life, walked her to the car and rushed her to the hospital. Doctors attending to Cyndle didn’t know what the cause was so they performed an emergency operation, cutting open Cyndle’s stomach. At that stage she had been taking morphine for six months due to a tumour, but when doctors found another one her life suddenly hung in the balance, and she lost 75 per cent of her blood. After nearing death, Cyndle was told she would never be able to birth children. “I cried when they told me I couldn’t have kids

as my dream was to be a great mother of three.” Cyndle, 22, has given birth to a healthy baby boy named Samuel John Hampton. The young mother says she feels so grateful and blessed to have had a healthy baby boy. “He’s the best thing that’s happened to me and I wouldn’t change a thing in my life. “This means I won’t just stop at one


After being told by doctors she would never give birth to a child, former Tauranga local Cyndle Lamb has been blessed with a miracle baby and she won’t stop at one.


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Filipinos benefit from years of experience Between them they have 363 years of life experience. Together, they hope to use it in a foreign land for the betterment of people who cannot help themselves. Bethlehem Baptist Church-goers Elaine Cook, Darlene Brett, Claire Martin and Frances Mischewski – led by Kaye Hurn – will embark for the Philippines on November 1 to spend two weeks volunteering their time and Elaine Cook, Darlene Brett, Claire Martin, Kaye Hurn and Frances Mischewski. money to the Ruel Foundation orphanage. The facility has three children and compile scrapbooks ahead of Through the wonderful generosity of functions – an orphanage, a surgery and a future adoptions. men and women from the group, several malnourished centre. Kaye says she feels privileged to be in a thousand dollars have been raised through Kaye says she is the only one in the group position to help those less fortunate, and an auction and fortnightly sales tables to who has previously gone on such a mission. pay for re-roofing of some huts in a village, doesn’t believe the average New Zealander She hopes the initiative will inspire other has much awareness of the plight of the some repairs of cleft palates and hair lips elderly people to move out of their comfort and on-going costs of milk powder and most unfortunate people living in terrible zones and spend their own money to help conditions abroad. vitamins for the baby centre. the poor and needy of the world. They will also spend time with the By Ben Guild

Early childhood centres: how do you know which one? Placing your child in an early childhood centre can be an overwhelming process. There will be many different centres, all keen to secure your enrolment, so how do you find the centre that is right for your family?

Word of mouth

The best way to begin this process is to ask your friends and family about the centres they attend – personal recommendations are the best kind. Find

centres in your area and visit their websites. Most centres will have a wealth of information about their service including photos, blogs and articles that will give you a good insight into how the centre runs and what you can expect for your child. When you have made a short list of two or three, go and spend some time with them. Don’t be fooled by a shiny

paint job – it’s what happens inside that counts. Can you see evidence of a vibrant programme with active participation of children and their families?


Pay attention to the teachers. What are their qualifications? Do they appear happy and passionate about what they do? Watch interactions between teach-

Village VOICE ers and children and observe what types of activities and resources are available for children. Most centres provide children with a portfolio, so ask to view a selection. These portfolios will show the depth of relationship between staff and children – that their interests are being valued and extended on and the value that teachers place on the learning that is taking place.

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The outside environment is also important. Is there enough space for children to run, climb, hide and play? Has thought and care gone into the outdoor area with different materials and age appropriate challenges incorporated into the play environment? Check out the sleeping, playing and eating spaces and ask about the centre routines for meals, toileting and sleeping. Discuss what special programmes are available and what is included in the Fees. Some centres charge additional fees for Free 20 ECE or children’s portfolios, for example, while others may include morning or afternoon teas.

Intuition important

Make sure the session times or hours are flexible and will suit your needs, and ask what happens if your child is sick and how teachers manage behaviour. After a few visits with your child, your intuition will kick in as you start to get a feel for each place. If the atmosphere is warm and welcoming and you are feeling relaxed and happy, then you are most likely in the right place.


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Providing babies with the best of everything without blowing the household budget can be challenging.

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But Nappies for Less has just received a whole load of new stock to help parents do just that. All products are sold at great prices, including baby gear and furniture products such as nappies, car seats, strollers and joggers, buggies, walkers, rockers and portacots and much more.

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The store manager says laybys are available for all these products and more details are available in store, on the corner of 9th Avenue and Cameron Road. “We are well-known by all parents and mums to be the best place to get quality baby nappies and gear for your little ones for less money.” The 100 per cent New Zealand company sells USA and European premium day and night nappies as

Right now, the premium nappies cost from 26 cents each and economy nappies are also available from 16 cents per nappy. “These are really great prices.” All premium nappies sold range from premature sizing to XXL and come with velcro, double guards and breathable panels. These are available in store and online, with free nappies deliveries to Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Welcome bay (conditions apply). The company also ships nationwide. “Please visit our Facebook page Nappies Plus. It’s really fun and informative with more than 1500 subscribers.”

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Sport’s community heart A true community sporting hub is taking shape in Devonport Rd, with plans for a new cardiovascular gym and two more squash courts next year. By Hamish Carter

Tauranga Boys’ College sports director Darrell Boyd and Devoy Squash Centre manager Karl Brown are excited about expanding the Devonport Rd community sports hub. Photo by Tracy Hardy..

The Tauranga Boys’ College cardio centre, to be built between Sport Bay of Plenty and the Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre, should be completed in time for the next school year, with work expected to begin soon after the project was awarded a $360,000 TECT grant this week. College sports director Darrell Boyd welcomed the grant and said another $190,000 would be raised by the college and its Triton Sports Council to establish the centre, which will cater for the school and community group needs. “It’s going to make a huge difference for access to the community without an exorbitant cost. There are so many spin-offs.” The centre’s mezzanine design will offer 250sq m, triple the size of the school’s current cardiovascular gym, which has been temporarily based in the space for the next two courts at the Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre. The site at the corner of Devonport Rd and 13th Ave was previously the college’s hockey field. There is $100,000 set aside for cardiovascular equip-

ment including treadmills, bikes, rowing ergs and elliptical trainers for the mezzanine floor, while downstairs will be dedicated to weights, says Darrell. The centre will be available for specific community groups including aged care centres, Sport BOP groups and high-performance beach volleyball players, along with Boys’ College students and staff. Darrell says it would not be open to the general public, but there would be an opportunity for other community groups to use it. The new centre frees up space to proceed with stage two of the squash courts once the required $200,000 has been raised. Squash Centre manager Karl Brown says it’s a year since the club shifted in to its modern premises and member numbers have been capped – with numbers almost doubling from 260 to 500. “We’ve become a bit of a success story with the increased membership.” Karl says applications are being prepared for trust funding and he hopes the two courts will be installed by the start of the official season in April.

Conveyancing: a profession of the future There are a growing number of conveyancing firms and these firms are also taking on new graduates.

Students are being encouraged to take their interest in law and property to the next level by enrolling in Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Diploma in Conveyancing. Since the establishment of the conveyancing profession via an Act of Parliament in 2006, specific legal work in relation to land and property title transfer is a profession that is no longer just the domain of lawyers, says group leader Lynette Steele. “It is a career opportunity, a chance to be part of a new profession.” Lynette says there are a growing number of conveyancing firms and these firms are also taking on new graduates. “Many government departments, such as hospitals and Housing NZ for example, have (residential and commercial) property and these departments need legally-trained people to administer them.”

At Tauranga’s Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, New Zealand’s only accredited Diploma in Conveyancing provider, students from across the country have been graduating as conveyancers since 2010. The Diploma in Conveyancing, developed in conjunction with New Zealand’s Society of Conveyancers, equips graduates with the required skills and knowledge, and a professional qualification to work as a conveyancer – covering the legal system, the laws associated with the transfer of property and the rules and responsibilities related to professional practice. With 12 papers, the qualification can be completed full-time in two years or part-time over a longer period. The online delivery of the programme, using interactive activities and real-time tutorials, allows students nationwide to study from the comfort of their home if they wish. Applications are now being accepted online for classes starting in February and July 2013.


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YOUR STORY In praise of trades BEGINS HERE

Celebrating the trades: Tauranga mayor Stuart Crosby (electrician), Trevor Davenport (Competenz ATNZ), Nigel Hesford (Water Industry Training), Helen van der Werff (NZ Horticulture ITO) and Tony Love (BCITO). Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Time is running out to register for the annual celebration of graduating trade apprentices in three weeks.

The graduation ceremony, at Baycourt on November 20, has been supported by Tauranga City Council since it was first held five years ago. Mayor Stuart Crosby, an electrician by trade himself, says the event recognises the important contribution tradespeople make in the Western Bay economy and believes demand for good tradespeople will increase with population growth. “I have a passion for the trades and celebrating their success after three or four years of hard work.” While the trades are no longer seen as the poor cousin to a university education, Stuart says it is important to recognise the hard work involved with a

public graduation ceremony. Stuart thanked Rotary for its leadership organising the event and says the council is committed to continuing to support the annual event. The celebration is for tradespeople who completed their apprenticeship by September with on-the-job training and involves graduates from a wide range of industry training organisations and sectors. Water Industry Training adviser Nigel Hesford says the event is a fantastic way to celebrate their hard work. Competenz ATNZ adviser Trevor Davenport, who works with mechanical industries, says it is great to see the graduates’ pride. Organisers are urging graduates and their families to register for the event. For details, visit or email Penny.

By Hamish Carter

Swimming practice makes perfect Practice makes perfect, so learning to swim all year round has been made possible with the welcoming of Tauranga swim coach Paul Kane.

Remembering the drowning of her friend’s four-year-old boy, Jenni says to lose a child to drowning is horrendous. She says simply learning to swim is not enough. In some schools water safety education is only taught in shallow waters with the security of goggles and flutTauranga Swim Club terboards and children are coach Jenni Clarkson not being educated about says with the summer the reality of swimming in season advancing, deep waters. water safety education “A lot of them have no is essential and with idea.” Paul’s help, Tauranga Water Safety New Zealand Swim Club have been suggests that all children able to introduce a should be able to swim year-round learn to 200m by the age of 10 and Tauranga Swim Club swim programme. Jenni believes this is not coach Paul Kane. Jenni says children happening. learn by doing and with consistent According to Water Safety New Zeaswimming practice and education, water land’s 2011 drowning report, 123 people safety skills will become automatic. drowned last year - the highest annual “I think that kids that do swim all year toll since 2003. Drowning tolls for chilround build up the skills that they have learnt. “It just enables us to solidify all of dren under the age of five increased by 75 per cent with a total of 14. those skills.” By Zoe Hunter

Relishing the challenge! Tania Smith has never been busier but the Tauranga student is loving her Waiariki Institute of Technology nursing studies and says the reward at the end will be a new career.

The Tauranga mum of three, one a foster daughter, previously worked for her iwi, Ngai Te Rangi, doing Treaty of Waitangi settlement work before deciding to pursue a long-held dream to become a nurse. She says being able to study for a Bachelor of Nursing in her home town has been the key for her. It has enabled her to juggle a busy schedule of learning with home life, iwi commitments and her voluntary work.

Ora Health Scholarship for Maori students and a $1000 Rangireremoana Wetini Scholarship through the Poutiri Trust, aimed at helping to reduce the shortage of clinicallyqualified Maori nurses. “The scholarships have been a really big help for me,” says Tania. Her first year has been successful and she has been one of nearly 80 students in year one of their Waiariki Institute of Technology Bachelor of Nursing degree, studying at the Windermere campus in Tauranga. “I have always wanted to be a nurse but when I was young, decided I wasn’t ready and then life got in the way. A few years ago I had an uncle living with me who had cancer. I looked after him and it reignited my desire to do nursing.”

She’s also had a helping hand through two scholarships which have lessened the financial burden, a $1700 Hau

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Labour of love It’s that time of the year, with the phone has been ringing hot for end-of-year functions.

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There are only so many Friday and Saturday nights before Christmas so, as usual, the silly season starts after Labour weekend. I have had many requests for gluten-free finger food and recently added two quick, tasty treats to the growing list we offer as part of our rolling mezze selection. Constantly evolving new dishes is an outlet for some of my creative urges, and when I have time I also create works of art on canvas to utilise artistic expression. This creative approach to life brings out the best results and positively affects and influences the food. There is no love in a fast food meal. However at festivals it’s well known that the best food is from the Hari Krishna stall. Is this because the Krishna people bless the food and make it with love? With this in mind I’ve created a baked asparagus and beef melt and a chicken stuffed potato for this week’s recipes. These are easy, gluten-free dishes great for party snacks or pre-dinner nibbles. If you’re quick you can book for that end-of-year work do before we fill all the remaining dates. If you want to check out to see what a creative chef paints check out the Good For You exhibition at No 1 The Strand from October 29 to November 16.

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Baked Beef and asparagus melts 10-12 bundles

180-200g shaved beef 1-2 bunches asparagus spears 100g tasty cheese 2 Tbsp horseradish cream Salt and pepper Olive oil Method Snap asparagus where it gets woody and place two tips at the bottom of a strip of shaved beef Season with salt and pepper Add a dash of horseradish cream and a small chunk of tasty cheese and roll into a bundle Place on an oven tray and drizzle with olive oil and seasoning Bake at 250°C for 7-10 minutes. The beef will shrink-wrap the caramelised asparagus, encasing the sharp tasty cheese and the zing from the horseradish. Yum.

Savoury chicken stuffed new potatoes 12-16 gourmet potatoes One small red capsicum, diced ½ red onion, diced ¼ cup chopped parsley 1 tsp dried oregano Two garlic cloves, chopped 100 diced halloumi Four chicken thighs, diced Salt and pepper Method Bake the potatoes at 200°C for 45 minutes until wrinkly and cooked through.

Cut in half and scoop out some of the spud. Lay on a baking tray. Prepare the filling by frying the onion until soft, then adding the chicken, red capsicum and garlic. Season with the oregano, parsley, salt and pepper. When the chicken is cooked place it in a bowl with the reserved mash and combine with the diced halloumi. Fill the empty potato shells and bake for 15 minutes between 230 and250°C until golden.

Excitement for Melbourne Melbourne has long been acknowledged as one of Australia’s great food cities. Every morning bakers stock their shelves with sourdough breads and sweet treats, chocolatiers fill display cabinets with cocoa-dusted truffles, fishmongers open oysters to order and ice cream stores put on amazing displays of freshly churned gelati and sorbets. There are bustling markets, a plethora of exotic gourmet food stores, hundreds of cafes, bistros and restaurants helmed by innovative chefs to dine in and cook book stores to get lost in for hours –these alone are reason enough Melbourne is a city all foodie’s fall in love with. House of Travel Papamoa and Good Food Trading Company are very excited to be working together to present a tantalizing five-day Gourmet Tour in March 2013 to coincide with

the annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. This amazing festival attracts thousands of foodies every year to indulge in more than 300 different food and wine events that fill Melbourne’s labyrinthine network of restaurants, laneways, basements and rooftops. For the 2013 festival, Jo from GFTC will escort a very lucky group to Melbourne; fly Auckland to Melbourne, stay four nights in boutique inner-city accommodation, set out on Foodies Bus and Walking Tours to the best parts of gastronomic Melbourne, overindulge in an abundance of tastings, take a cooking class with renowned Melbourne chef Walter Trupp and enjoy dinner in an awarded restaurant that will most certainly take your taste buds somewhere they have never been before. Join us for this fantastic experience for foodies; it will be an absolute delight of a tour.


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Visiting doctor debunks common food myths From the moment you pick up this book you will be fascinated and will find it hard to put down. It is full of life-changing information and recipes with stunning photographs. The Real Food Chef system focuses on using organic food in its whole form, including all the foods’ vitamins and minerals and the natural plant compounds known to support human health.

The recipes are all free from refined sugars and dairy products, and are mostly gluten-free. The recipe system covers all meals. I particularly like the breakfast recipes. I love going out for breakfast but find the choices always seem to be the same. This book gives you heaps of recipe ideas to try yourself at home. The pumpkin pancakes with maple pecans and coconut yoghurt particularly caught my attention, as did the breakfast salad. Coconut and maple syrup feature highly in the recipes; the reason for their usage is explained well in the first few pages on nutrition. There is so much interesting information, and it’s written in a way that is easy to understand. For the sweet tooth, there are still plenty of options. Two that will definitely be on

my list to try is the raw chocolate crackle and the beetroot chocolate mud cake. There is also a section in the back with a list of essentials for the pantry, which I found very useful. Happy cooking. I will definitely be working my way through the recipes. I really like the following words from Dr Libby: Never underestimate the power of an amazing diet. It has the ability to completely revolutionise the way you feel, look and behave. It is very difficult to be kind and compassionate when you are filling your body with stimulants and food that is devoid of nourishment. Give yourself the give of nutrient-dense food… food that loves you back.


The Weekend Sun has two copies of Dr Libby’s book and two double tickets to her seminar on Monday, October 29 to give away to lucky readers who can tell us which country Dr Libby is from. Enter online at under the competitions section. First in, first served.

Aussie cheese ban – the last refuge? In 1775 Dr Johnson famously said: “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” and this quote seems to have some relevance to the Australian supermarket chain, Coles.

Coles has taken New Zealand-made Mainland cheese off its shelves to support sales of local cheese. Coles’ website says “selected products in the Mainland cheese range were recently deleted in line with our commitment to our customers to buy Australian-made wherever possible”. This move eats at the heart of our ‘mateship’ and the closer economic relationship New Zealand shares with our friends across the ditch. It is not a decision based on any customer

choice – just a ploy to persuade patriotic Australians to buy local cheese. Coles has received a number of complaints from customers who prefer Mainland cheese. They point out they should make the choice but Coles is adamant that it will keep the Kiwi cheese off its shelves. New Zealanders are used to Australians giving all sorts of spurious reasons for banning Kiwi products. Remember the decades of banned apples from New Zealand? Anyone who has spent in time in Australia knows that local apples cannot compete with Kiwi varieties. Our potatoes are also on the hit list, but apparently rugby league players born in Auckland qualify for the State of Origin grudge games between New South Wales and Queensland. The cheese ban by Coles is probably

illegal under restraint of trade laws but there is a much simpler way to deal with it. There are half a million Kiwis in Australia and they should be able to buy their Mainland cheese without Coles making the decision for them. Perhaps Kiwis across the ditch could avoid shopping at Coles supermarkets for the time being and head only to supermarkets that sell Mainland cheese. After all, the Australian-owned supermarkets in New Zealand fill their shelves with Australian products and New Zealand owned supermarkets do not ban Aussie goods. Coles should lift its ill-advised ban. The relationship between our two countries is too close to allow any room for scoundrels.


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Tauranga drift-racer Drew Donovan.

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Photos by Bruce Barnard.

Drifting on – Drew drives ahead To the uninitiated it can look like boy racers enjoying a burn-out, but Tauranga drift-racer Drew Donovan knows from experience just how hard the increasingly popular motorsport is.

The truck driver, one of three Tauranga racers in the national drifting pro D1NZ circuit, describes his first year in the top competition as a big step –up, but despite Break Out today in the stylish Mazda CX-7 crossover finishing below mid-field he is determined to reach - it’s an extraordinary fusion of sports car inspired performance combined the big league in the US. Next year he will compete in with the practicality of an SUV. Just choose between the 2.5 litre 2 Wheel Thailand. Drive GSX or the luxurious 2.3 litre turbo All Wheel Drive Limited. Each comes “I did well in the Pro-Am series when I was doing that, complete with a 3 year mazdacare full service package at no extra cost.* but pro last year was a big jump – but it’s one of those So be in quick, this offer is valid only while stocks last. Get into your local things – you need to push yourself out of your comfort Mazda dealer or go to for more information. zone to get better. “It was awesome for my driving. The speeds those proMazda CX-7 2.5L GSX 2WD Wagon $38,995 + ORC drivers go takes a lot to get used to – you get up to over 200kmh easily going into the sweep at Pukekohe, and at *mazdacare service plan valid for 3 years or 100,000km (whichever least 150 everywhere else.” occurs first). For more information visit or Drew and his partner Jodie Verhulst, who races in Dealer details here Dealer details here lorem ipsum factum the pro-am series, have been spending most of their weekends practising on tracks around the country to zo prepare for the racing season which kicks off this weeko} end (October 26-27) at Palmerston North’s Manfield -z Raceway. Drift-racing has grown from a fun pastime oo on the winding mountain roads of Japan in the 1990s } to become a recognised motorsport – thanks in part to Mazda CX-7 2.5L GSX



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promotion in the third Fast and Furious movie ‘Tokyo Drift’. But compared to other motorsport where the focus is all on speed, in drifting it is all about losing traction with drivers forcing their cars to slide sideways through a turn. Points are earned for speed, line, style and smoke – with cars competing in two car battles on a track. The top-qualifying car leads out around the track, followed by the other car which tries to narrow the gap. The car that loses ground is disqualified, with the winners going on to more battles until there is an overall winner. “I have always been into cars and had seen a bit of drifting on videos and TV when it had just started in New Zealand and it looked like a lot of fun.” Four years on his ambition has grown from just having a bit of fun to competing internationally. Next April the couple plan to compete on the Thailand drift circuit, leveraging off a contact they have made – with the focus on using the opportunity as a springboard into the highly popular Asian scene, then on to the US. “He (their Thai contact) is really keen to bring New Zealand drifting under his wing and help us get going. Thailand has a big drift scene and we think there are big opportunities there.” Drew and Jodie, one of only two women drivers on the secondary Pro-Am circuit, spend most weekends travelling to Taupo and other top circuits in the country to practise in order to get into top form for the upcoming season.


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Mount wheels spinning Arataki resident and 1923 Model T owner Brent Moore and former owner Grant Laird are looking forward to exhibiting the ‘T Bucket’ at Saturday’s Wheels on Mainstreet event. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Car and motorcycle lovers of every shade and style are in for a treat at Mount Maunganui this weekend with the inaugural `Wheels on Mainstreet’ event. Based on the successful Rods on the Waterfront event held on the former Tauranga waterfront carpark site up until two years ago, it has been resurrected by the National Street Rod Association with the aims of building it into an event to rival Whangamata’s Beach Hop. This Saturday, Maunganui Rd will be closed to traffic through the shopping strip, with 150 classic cars

and hot rods displayed in the street, while a ‘Bike Alley’ in Prince Ave will showcase about 50 American and European bikes. National Street Rod Association Tauranga delegate Straw Lye says the display will include cars from all classes including sprint cars, super saloons, pre-65s and an assortment of drag racing cars – with trophies awarded for the top car and bike, people’s choice awards and ten spot prizes. Straw says cars are coming from Auckland down to Taupo and Hastings for the one day event, which he describes as a trial run before turning it into a three-day event next Labour Weekend incor-

porating the association’s national AGM. Straw believes the three-day event will become a mainstay on the Western Bay’s calendar and has already booked out the Papamoa Top 10 campground to help attract visitors. Among those taking part in the display is Brent Moore, who will be displaying his bright red 1923 Model T, which he bought off Grant Laird five years after he put the classic Ford into storage to shift to Australia. Grant, who sold the car six months ago, has returned for a holiday to coincide with Wheels on Mainstreet. By Hamish Carter

Burning rubber amounts to serious cash “It’s the type of sport that takes a lot of practising – you need a lot of seat time” It is also the type of sport that can literally burn through money, with Drew saying you could chew through 30 tyres in one day if you let yourself. “These aren’t rubbish tyres either – we are talking $110 each – so it quickly adds up. It’s certainly not a cheap sport, but it’s what we want to put our money into at the moment.” Counting up the cost of rebuilding his late model Silvia, including tyres and other expenses, Drew has

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spent $100,000 on drifting. Despite having no track here suitable for drifting, an event is being held at Baypark on January 19-20, 2013 as part of the six-round D1NZ National Drifting Championships. A temporary track is being set up in the car park alongside the arena. Drew is excited about competing in front of his home crowd and sponsors, and expects a lot of interest. Along with top Tauranga drivers Cole Armstrong and Dave Steedman, who are competing in the pro class, Drew says there is a lot of talent emerging in Tauranga. By Hamish Carter

SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER DOWNTOWN THE MOUNT - From 10am to 3pm Catch the FREE Park n Ride Shuttle Bus from the Mounts Sports Centre (Cnr Maunganui & Hull Rds)

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Coming out of retirement Don Edwards loves his tyres. So much so that, after selling his much-loved business - Tyre Doctor in Te Puke - and settling into retirement, he found himself once again craving the life of a tyre technician. “I just couldn’t do it – I missed it too much,” says Don. Now he is getting ready to open the

doors of Kaimai Tyres on State Highway 29 – the sole tyre store in the Kaimai area. “I saw this spot and thought ‘it’s perfect’.” Don is now drawing on his 30 years of tyre expertise, and with his team of experienced and passionate technicians, is looking forward to bringing clients a friendly and professional service from

next month. “We’ve got a great team here. We all get along really well. “It’s all very exciting. I’ve had people calling up just to say how glad they are we’re opening here.” As well as stocking a massive range of used and new tyres for mobility scooters to motor scrapers, Kaimai Tyres will do wheel alignments and balancing, punctures and call-outs seven days a week. Don specialises in tractors and says his prices are very competitive. With a heart for community, Don is already looking at ways to help local schools and organisations. “We’re very community spirited; you give to the people and they give to you.” Kaimai Tyres is now open for business, but will officially open on November 5. By Corrie Taylor

Kaimai Tyres’ fleet service technician Lee Skerritt has 25 years of tyre experience.

Kia cracks top 100 companies Kia has entered a very exclusive club after breaking into the Top 100 Best Global Brands. The Kia brand is now estimated to be worth US$4.1 billion, which ranks it in 87th place in the list compiled by Interbrand, the world’s largest brand consultancy agency. That is 50% greater than its value from last year and far exceeds the average automotive brand value growth of 11% during the past 12 months. The 2012 edition of Interbrand’s annual ‘Best Global Brands’ study was compiled using comprehensive brand performance analysis, based on best practice research methodology by expert analysts. The study measures a corporation’s financial performance in terms of the raw financial return to investors; the role a brand plays in the actual purchase decision; and brand strength, which is the ability of a brand to secure the delivery of expected future earnings.

The strong increase in Kia’s brand value closely mirrors the company’s recent surge in global sales, which has posted three consecutive double-digit year-onyear gains to cement Kia’s position as the world’s fastest growing major automotive brand. Over this three year period (2008-2011), Kia’s annual global sales have grown by 81% to nearly 2.5million units. General manager of Kia Motors New Zealand Todd McDonald says the result is a major achievement in such a competitive international market and clearly reflects the corporate strategy is on target. “When you think of how many brands there are around the world, to be counted well within the top 100 is remarkable,” he says. “Undoubtedly, the influence of Peter Schreyer’s distinctive and award-winning designs on the new Kia vehicles have been key in building the recognition of the brand, but it goes even deeper than that, and no doubt it also reflects the quality and high performance of the products,” he says.


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The more you move now, the less risk later For those of you out there who manage to get out on a regular basis for exercise – congratulations, keep up the good work. Consistency of exercise and maintenance of an exercise regime as we age is one of the key factors in ensuring you are able to do all the things that you want to do when you are older. This last two weeks I have met two very inspirational characters who were not my usual clients coming for a cardiac assessment. Two people in the older

age group, 70+, who wanted less to know about their cardiac risk and more to know if they should be doing as much exercise as they are, and at the intensity that they do. These two people really proved to me the idea that if you stay active, you can achieve any goal you choose. Both had some orthopaedic complaints, a knee that wasn’t very happy at times and a lower back that needed to be cared for after exercise – but I suppose those things are to be expected considering they have carried these guys around for more than 70 years.

Reaping the rewards

The reality is that these two people, who by the way are unrelated, have led a totally active life and are reaping the rewards of that life. Neither looked their age. Neither had assessment results that were the norm for their age. Both have never had any major illnesses. Neither were on any prescription medication. Both are determined to remain active until the end. Inspirational! Being active is not the be all and end all in terms of health but when you are leading an active lifestyle, every day, you tend to manage other lifestyle factors like nutrition and stress management better. Leading a truly active lifestyle increases your chance of living longer and living well into older age.

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As our population increases and our aged population sky rockets, we want our older adults to be living well in their latter years, not simply living for longer managing health conditions. I take my hat off to my two inspirational clients – an example for all – especially those of us that are many years away from retirement. The more you move now, the better life will be later. The more you move now, the better your body will be at moving when you are older. The more you move now, the less your risk of having issues with your breathing, heart, circulation, bones etc, etc when you are older. And for those

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Trust helps out with orthodontic care A new public health initiative from the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists is set to make specialist orthodontic treatment available to young people across the country whose families would not otherwise be able to afford specialist care. The Wish for a Smile Trust is now open for applications from children aged between 11 and 18. Trustee and founder Dr Peter Fowler says the benefits of orthodontic care go beyond aesthetics. “Poor teeth and jaw structure has a massive effect on both the physical and psychological development of our children. Good orthodontics is more than just a great smile – it’s about form, function and improved dental hygiene. “A great smile and improved self-esteem is often a very positive by-product.” Uniquely, applicants are expected to contribute to their care.

“A key factor for treatment is the willingness of the patient to undertake 20 hours of approved voluntary work. Patients may walk dogs, read to the blind, or help out at the local Salvation Army shelter. “This give the young person being treated the opportunity to give back in some way to the community. The trust depends on sponsorship and charitable donations to cover the cost of treatment and we’re happy to foster that partnership between community and patient.” Applications to the Wish for a Smile Trust are considered on a number of factors including severity of dental need, family hardship and the child performing suitable community work prior to or during the course of orthodontic treatment. Interested applicants need to be clinically assessed by a dentist or dental therapist who will confirm they are eligible to proceed with an application to the trust.

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Boutique gym offers summer solution

By Corrie Taylor

Keeping fit during summer is important – but many women don’t want to commit themselves to a gym for 12 months. That’s where Move it Fitness comes in – offering women exclusive three month memberships to their boutique gym and the chance to keep in tip top shape in summer without the high cost or lengthy commitments. Owner Nicki Hale-Short says the programme is perfect for students or visitors, but is open to any women. “We ran it last year and it was so successful we thought we would open it up to even more women this time around.” For $169 and an initial $25 joining fee, women can have complete access to the fully-furnished 800sqm gym. This includes a personalised gym programme

Move it Fitness offers diverse memberships and programmes.

Clothes: the power to transform “Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” ANNA WINTOUR Each of us is unique – and part of expressing that uniqueness is in how we present ourselves. How we dress is the first impression of how the world views us. It is interesting how much our clothes have the power to transform us – when we

look good, we feel good. The way we dress is a form of self-expression that gives hints of who we are. It has been said that when we are happy in how we dress we gain a feeling of inner tranquility and confidence. Does what you wear bring confidence and an inner tranquility to yourself? If you would like to find out more about coaching, phone Mary Parker for a complimentary session 07 577 1200, email info@ or visit www.

from a degree qualified trainer and access to their great range of classes – running from 6am to 6.30pm . Nicki says the idea came from the knowledge that a lot of women at this time of year don’t want lengthy contracts, they want cost effective, fun and easy to access. “If you decide you want to do another three months, you just pay the same amount (without the joining fee) and just keep going in three month chunks,” says Nicki. Move it Fitness is also celebrating the re-opening of

their playroom, which has been completely refurbished. The playroom allows women to drop off their children in a safe, fun area and work out worry-free. At $3 per session, per child, mothers must book ahead of time as places are limited. Look and feel amazing this summer with Move it Fitness’ three month memberships.


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Churches call in financial expert Families are struggling to put food on the table, and with the Christmas season fast approaching, Baptist churches in Tauranga have called in help from a financial expert. Andrew L’Almont, who has spent 36 years in the finance and banking industry, will visit Tauranga from November 1-4 to conduct a variety of financial seminars designed to assist Kiwis trim down on debt, arrange their mortgages better, know what is the best investment strategy and how to run a successful business in this turbulent environment. Andrew has the credentials to offer this advice to us. He has established financial services

companies for Ray White’s and Harcourts in Australia, he was a director of Mortgage Express Ltd which turned over $65m a month, is a fellow of the Financial and Insurance Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and a registered financial advisor in New Zealand. Each of the seminars is free of charge and Andrew is offering them because he cannot stand by and see fellow Kiwis struggling so much in today’s economy. Church leaders are seeing more and more people who are not able to meet the daily expenses of life. Food parcels and the like are only short term solutions and there are few in our communities who can offer the sort of help that an expert like Andrew can – for free. For those who attend the Financial Health Check seminars there is an offer of a free, no strings

attached personal financial consultation to assist with individual needs. The seminars being offered are below. Bookings need to be made to secure a seat.

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November 1 7-9pm

South City Baptist Church 196 Chadwick Road

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Charities benefit from will donations Many charities are reliant on donations from people in their communities to keep them going, and the story of one Tauranga couple illustrates the value of local connections. In their wills Ted and Doris Newberry left bequests totalling approximately $500,000 to local organisations: the Waikato/Bay of Plenty division of the Cancer Society, Waipuna Hospice Foundation and Tauranga RNZSPCA. Ted died in 2008 after a long battle with cancer, and his wife, Doris, passed away three years later.

Guardian Trust’s general manager of personal client services Philip Morgan Rees says each of their wills sought to acknowledge charities close to their hearts, and with the administration of the estate nearing completion following Doris’ death in December, their wishes are being honoured. “Having experienced cancer first-hand, the Newberrys wanted to support research into the disease and were specific about doing this in the,” says Tauranga Guardian Trust client manager Craig Roebuck. As Ted’s illness progressed, he was admitted to Waipuna Hospice in Tauranga, which relies on funding by the local community to cover its overheads. Chairman Tom Roper says the hospice is servicing

a growing demand in the area and staff find it very gratifying when people think of them. “We are very appreciative of this wonderful bequest from the New-

berrys. Waipuna Hospice could not provide its current level of service to the Western Bay of Plenty without the financial support it receives from the local community.”

How much insurance should you buy? One question I’m often asked by my clients when talking with them is “How much insurance do I buy?” A recent study showed 44 per cent of underinsured households thinking of buying life insurance in the next year, say they haven’t because they don’t know how much to buy! That’s where a qualified financial adviser comes in. They will take the time to ask the right questions to make sure the most appropriate amount of cover is put in place. This may involve questions, for instance, around whether or not

the client has any debt, such each individual’s needs. This is as a mortgage, credit where a Planwise financial cards, car or personal adviser comes in. They loans? Whether will take away the they have any guess work, by providdependants they ing a good needs are responsible for? analysis and recomTheir income needs mendation around if they get sick and the suitability of a parBy Peter Griffin from can’t work? If they ticular product and the Planwise Financial Services had a long terminal illmost appropriate amount ness, how would they cope to insure oneself for. financially? Future financial goals If you would like to know more they might like to achieve, such as or to have an informal chat, getting married, having their first come visit us at the Planwise child or buying their first home? stand, booth 74 at the upcoming These types of questions can Tauranga Parents & Kids Expo then be used to put together an at the TECT Arena Bay Park, appropriate level of cover for November 10-11.


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Local Government Commission to check on council If council had done its homework correctly and updated its systems in collaboration with the people, its new representation strategy would have been signed off and passed by without anyone noticing.

the council decision to the Local Government Commission. The commission will now investigate, review the whole operation of the council and hopefully initiate changes towards a more democratic council structure. How the commission will set about changing council is up to them. They are studying the appeals and objections at the moment and it should only be a matter of a few weeks before we will see evidence of their proposed intervention. They will

Because council made a mess of the whole process, there were 100 submissions challenging the initial proposal. When council went ahead and decided on its three ward/ 11 councillor structure there were 15 appeals and 82 objections against

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Recognising the value of volunteering The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has asked that staff look at a range of ways it can do more work with the voluntary sector to deliver activities that contribute to council outcomes. Currently there are approximately 1,241,000 registered volunteers in New Zealand (34 per cent of the population). Approximately 2,200 of these are registered with Volunteer Western Bay of Plenty, and of these 1,350 are currently active. These volunteers take part in a range of activities. Throughout our region there are almost 70 care groups involving more than 1,500 volunteers. In our Coast Care programme alone there are 25 care groups with 1,020 registered volunteers, who have made 3,200 volunteer appearances at Coast Care events, clocking up 13,000 hours of

volunteer time. This year we had 80 volunteer wardens who were trained to assist harbour masters on lakes and harbours, educating people on safe boating practices. Then there was the Rena response, with volunteers providing an amazing 23,000 hours of volunteer effort. Anecdotal reports indicate there has been an upsurge in volunteering, which can be attributed to a number of factors but most significantly to increased awareness. Surveys indicate that volunteers see their contribution as very positive and that volunteering helps them to feel part of the community. Council is keen to work in partnership with its community and looking at how it can better support the volunteer sector to make a difference is seen as one way to do this. If you have any views on this or any other issue, please contact me on or ring me on 07 579 5150. Or you can check out my website at

We live in a great city, and we have many forward thinking people to thank for the vision that has allowed this city to progress. If it wasn’t for the foresight of the likes of former mayor Noel Pope and his then chief executive Paula Thompson we probably would only now be building our motorway infrastructure. The sadness is that our current local government politicians don’t seem to have the clout to get Central Government to take their responsibility to fund what our forefathers prefunded just to get things moving. Route K is a prime example. The only reason that it was ‘owned’ by Tauranga City was because local ratepayers prefunded this motorway to ensure that it was built at that time. The deal was always for Transit (today called NZ Transport Agency NZTA) to take over this roading network. NZTA, while funding much of our state highway infrastructure, is actually holding ratepayers to ransom by only part funding these new motorways. I say this because they insist that local ratepayers fund the proposed interchanges along the likes of the Eastern Arterial Motorway. This is risking bankrupting our council (and hence you as ratepayers), and just isn’t right. I am sure the interchanges dissecting Auckland’s motorways are not paid for by Auckland ratepayers, and Tauranga ratepayers can’t afford it either.



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Valuable lessons from Rena disaster The Rena disaster taught us a number of lessons from the getgo. There is a certain resilience in Aotearoa when our lands are threatened by disaster. People come together for a common cause. Māori played an important part in the clean-up and recovery of communities following this disaster, and that is a natural reaction because of the close connection with Papatūānuku and Tangaroa. We learnt that having Māori involved in decision-making is a major plus as we have the resources, the know-how and the people power to make a significant contribution. But it was at the decision-making level that it really counts. The Mount Maunganui Borough Reclamation and Empowering Act Repeal Bill is almost through to the final stages now. This marks a positive milestone for the Tauranga City Council. They are working with the relevant iwi to have land which was confiscated, returned to iwi.

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Solidarity with Kapai It seems the battle between Tommy Kapai and his adversaries is heating up a little. In the interests of fair play I would like to express a little solidarity with Mr Kapai. I would first like to address the rather shallow attempt by Mike Kuipers von Lande, to cast doubt on the documented degradation of the Maori race over generations. If he is any doubt as to the effect of the invasion of this country and its people by the greedy, imperialistic British forces quickly followed by equally greedy colonists who defrauded the incumbents of most of their land, just read the transcripts of the current settlements. You sir, seem to be obsessed with the idea that you and the Pakeha majority are racially oppressed and endure the fate of the ‘beast of burden’. All I can say to you is that if the cap fits, wear it. Although as you place the cap on your head take off your blinkers, you may just see a society to be proud of. To Mary Brookes, I would respectfully ask you to get your facts right before you make your outrageous claims. Your claim that there is no ‘trickle down’ of settlement money is patently untrue. My eldest granddaughter now has a teaching degree thanks in no small part to a grant from her iwi. Happy Granddaughter. No doubt, that will touch

a nerve with you. Although think of it this way for a minute before you go firing off about Maori privilege. The money involved - many thousands of dollars, paid to the iwi for compensation for stolen lands etc. Happy Iwi. The money was then transferred to the university involved by way of course fees. Happy University. No doubt they used the money for such things as salaries. Happy tutors. So now Mary, the money is back in circulation. During its journey of course the good old IRD gets its fair share. Happy IRD. This is repeated constantly throughout NZ. May, you seem to be put out by Tommy calling you racist. I’m not sure it’s racist, but you sure as hell are prejudiced against Maori. Honestly! Is it any wonder Tommy thinks you’re racist? You mention Maori almost 20 times in your letter, not once in a positive way. To Tommy Kapai, keep up the good fight, you don’t need me to tell you this is a fight that must be fought, better by pen than the patu. To D. Gordon, you should get over your prejudice. Polynesian sea farers travelled and conquered the largest ocean on earth when your people were paddling around in their oracles still believing the world was flat. Robin Bell, Omanawa.

History lesson for Richard Prince History lesson for Richard Prince: The Battle at Rangioawhia (Feb 21, 1864) where innocent women and children were burnt alive happened. It’s written in the history books (Alexander Turnbull Library) and tattooed deep in the memories of Ngati Apakura Maori. If you took the time to google it then you will find out first- hand what happened. I know this because my Great Grandfather, Emile Joseph Borell built the Catholic Church in Rangioawhia that replaced the raupo church these women and children were burned alive in, and yes Mr. Prince you are right, this Catholic church still stands today. The Battle of Te Ranga (21 June 1864) where innocent women and children were bayoneted by colonial troops happened. It’s written in the history books and retold in whakapapa by tangata

whenua here in Tauranga Moana. Te Ranga is where we recently signed our Treaty Settlement with the crown and no-one there on that day would have found any reason to honour General Cameron, or believe in Mr Prince’s pirau korero. All up about 140 Maori lost their lives for no other reason than trying to save their land. Both horrific battles were under the leadership of General Cameron who we honor today by driving down our main road named after him (Cameron Road) We cannot change history however we can learn from it and leave a legacy of Ubuntu for tomorrow’s generation. If Richard Prince is looking for an apology perhaps it should come from those who naively believe these tragedies never happened. Tommy Kapai, Te Puna.

Hard evidence: Maori toilet petition, 1936 Kia ora. I respond to the challenge last week by Richard Prince for Tommy Kapai to produce “hard evidence” of lack of toilet facilities for Maori women within The Strand last century. In the 1930’s our family occupied a small house in Elizabeth St approximately opposite Durham St- there were no shops in Elizabeth St at that time, our whanau knew where we lived. As mother told it, early one afternoon there was a loud knocking on our front door with cries of “ Mere, e Mere- Mere e Mere”.When mother opened the door, there stood the old kuia from Whakamarama who had been shopping down town, felt the need to go to the toilet so headed up Grey St to Heke and Mary’s house. Tragically before reaching our place our kuia had an accident - she soiled herself- so there she stood at our front door weeping in absolute humiliation “ Mere to wharepaku” (Mary your toilet) was her cry. My mother, my grandmother, old Mrs Heke from Whakamarama, and most other Maori women were as clean, modest, proud and as conscientious as any Pakeha woman, but they and all Maori children while in town were treated to this indignity. What were they expected to do, sneak under some hedge? Richard Prince, you asked for “hard evidence.” Herewith is a copy of a humble petition dated 8 August 1936 from Sam Kohu of Ngaitamarawaho Hapu and 50 others appealing to the Tauranga Borough and County Councils, who were considering “making further provision in Tauranga for a Rest Room for (Pakeha) ladies and children” to make provisions for Maori women and children also. The toilets already available to Pakeha had been funded from rates to which many Maori had contributed. But what did Tauranga Borough and County Councils do? They sent “a series of letters” to the Native Affairs Department requesting it take responsibility for the funding of a toilet for Maori women and children. Colin Bidois, Pyes Pa.

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Claims, proof, passport It is sad to see Tommy Kapai in his response to my letter (19 October) labelling any historian, white or brown, who disagrees with his opinions as pirau (corrupt) and only suitable for his wallpapering. As for Colin Bidois providing the proof for Tommy’s claim for white’s only apartheid-style public lavatories on The Stand, I look forward to Mr Bidios’ letter and maybe a photo of the said lavatory or a copy of the relevant Tauranga Council building permit. [Editor’s note: see page 50] Tommy in his letter again shows his propensity to make claims which he can’t substantiate. He writes “I have lived and worked in South Africa, unlike Mr Prince, and have seen apartheid first hand”. Wrong again. I lived in South Africa during the apartheid regime and worked for Mobil Refining (Southern Africa), and I can prove it. I have attached to this letter for The Weekend Sun’s verification a copy of the relevant pages from my old passport, my South African ID card and my Refinery tag. (abridged) Richard Prince, Welcome Bay.

High level of skill D. Gordon’s letter re early Maori navigation is surely misguided? Even if in recent times details are “translated” into and described in modern terms. Navigation of the oceans was established early in history, using whatever methods the age and location offered. But in N. hemisphere (but not only) sophisticated instrumentation was already in use, where a wide variety of materials eg metals, was explored and access to mathematics used. Maori worked basically in wood, which would surely not have served for such precise instrumental construction. (I was interested to read that they were, technically, “stone age” people.) Evidently those well constructed, large double and multi hulled canoes with many fit and dedicated paddlers could achieve high speeds and distances. It would have taken a taken a high level of skill, practice, and intelligent observation to access and use all the many environmental clues in order to navigate accordingly. My ignorant summing up, but to give credit where it is due, to those sailors! D. Holm, Tauranga.

Butler backs Thatcher D Gordon’s letter ‘Mysterious Maori Navigators’ where he holds the opinion that the waka voyage of Jack Thatcher and his crew toward Rapanui is a total fraud. I have some months at sea on the bridges of various Merchant vessels between Tauranga, Korea, Japan, East Coast of the US and Europe as well as some decades as a small vessel sailor including around 10,000 blue water miles on Gemini Galaxsea. I have been lucky enough to have enjoyed tutorship on Polynesian Navigation methods delivered by Jack Thatcher. I am proficient at navigation in the European sense and I found the subject of Polynesian methods as explained by Jack to be fascinating, the icing on the cake as it were. Jack’s crew will be given the opportunity to put many of the methods of Polynesian navigation into practice while engaging with the everyday rigours of existing on a small waka for some months over a long stretch of ocean. They will be able to check the two navigation methods, European and Polynesian, against each other, and have a GPS for safety. There is absolutely nothing fraudulent about Jack Thatcher, his leadership, his motives or this amazing voyage he is taking a few very lucky adventurers on. I reckon, without much effort, the very negative and suspicious D.Gordon would be able to suck the colour out of a rainbow. Piffle to him, I’ll put my money on Jack anyday. Graeme Butler, SV Gemini Galaxsea, Tauranga EDITOR’S NOTE: We have an excellent letter on this subject from Huikakahu Kawe, Chairman Ngati Ranginui Iwi that is too detailed to publish here, but is posted in full on SunLive. See:

Genuine masters How very disappointing to read of a professional D. Gordon discrediting genuine masters of the open ocean. The crew of both Waka Tapu have worked hard to appreciate the rigours of sailing before embarking on this historical venture under the captaincy of two men who have been schooled in the natural navigational skills passed on by the Micronesian master, the late Mau Pialug. At no stage has this been touted as a mystical or even romantic event. Families of those currently sailing have been feeling anything but. The first island they reached after 43 days sailing through Peter Blake territory was Tubuai and the people there were absolutely overawed about their visitors. I would hope that Mr Gordon will meet with Jack Thatcher on his return home to dispel any concerns he has about the navigation he questions. In the meantime, he might like to Google Mau Pialug to appreciate navigation with which he is not familiar. P. Taikato, Tauranga.

Unqualified opinion on navigation I would like to respond to the letter from Mr D. Gordon (19 October) firstly I would like to acknowledge Mr Gordon, how do you do? I respectfully disagree that this trip to Easter is a farce. Firstly I would like to make the point that the “art of dead reckoning” is the closest European known equivalent to ancient polynesian navigation but is much more sophisticated than “dead reckoning” and I am sure that Mr Gordon would agree that “dead reckoning” exists. In fact it was a New Zealander Frank Horsley who was part of Shackleton’s doomed 1915 expedition to the Antarctic who relying on “dead reckoning” alone got them from a remote Antarctic island “Elephant Island” to the shores of South Georgia 800 miles away. Another point is that Jack Thatcher the chief navigator on this voyage to Easter

Island was taught his skills from Nainoa Thompson who in turn was taught by Mau Pialug who was one of the last men in the Pacific who knew the ancient navigational skills, this triggered a renaissance which created the Voyagers Society. So to deny this waka would be to deny the recent facts from people like Nainoa Thompson who since being taught he has undertaken many voyages using the traditional knowledge. Go online to Hawai’ian Voyaging traditions. To say these skills never existed and even today is to deny the great Polynesian navigators of old and of today. I suggest Mr Gordon you do some actual research and not just online, given this you will realise (and it’s Ok to be wrong) that your letter was an unqualified opinion. Rangi Ahipene, Tauranga.

Dealing with the remaining wreck To the Bay of Plenty Community, from the owner and insurers of the Rena

While our assessment studies are continuing, some of the findings so far include:

As you know, we are looking into the effects of options for dealing with what will remain of the wreck after Resolve has completed cutting down the bow to below the low tide mark. We now want to share with you the information that has been gathered so far, and get your feedback over two upcoming Open Days. Several of the technical specialists helping us with our assessments along with myself will be on hand to discuss the findings. While the grounding had a significant initial impact on the marine environment, early signs suggest that it is expected to recover with no lasting effects. Our approach to the ongoing studies has been to understand how the marine environment can best recover by causing the least amount of further damage. What is most important is that no-one has been seriously injured or died during the accident or recovery work, and we have a responsibility to keep it that way. The ‘baseline’ from which we are working is the prospect of the complete removal of the wreck to the extent that this is safe and practicable. In assessing this option and its likely effects on the environment, we are also looking at alternative options, but have moved to rule out leaving everything as it was or removing the accommodation block. An alternative to complete removal might involve: • Leaving the bow section in place after Resolve completes its work • Removing or securing as much of the remaining onboard cargo as practicable • Making the wreck safer, particularly the accommodation block, for recreational divingv • Once this has been done, leaving the stern section where it is. Any proposal for leaving the wreck would require resource consents and would include: • Ongoing monitoring of the condition of the wreck and reef environment • Appropriate responses to the release of any cargo that may occur • Continuing to manage lost containers and debris under a Debris Management Plan. If a decision is made to apply for consent to leave some of the wreck and because we may not be able to avoid some effects in the future, we have considered how this might be addressed, either by way of mitigation or off-set (or both). One option is to set up a community fund to provide for environmental improvements and community advancement. These could include environmental enhancement projects, educational scholarships, marine research grants and support to coastal recreational groups.

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Full wreck removal will be dangerous and cause significant further damage to the reef and seabed It will release a lot of debris quickly as sections are cut and lifted, while leaving the wreck could lead to small amounts of debris being released over a longer time. Full wreck removal would mean the exclusion zone around the wreck would need to remain in place for some years to come Underwater noise from steel-cutting could affect migratory patterns of mammals A few of the remaining containers in the stern section still have the following cargo which, if it escapes in large quantities, could be potentially harmful for the environment • Cryolite and TCCA disinfectant could cause localised contamination and plastic beads could be ingested by wildlife or wash up on the coastline. Full wreck removal would involve a quick mass release, while the alternative option would involve slower release over time • Further assessments are underway to determine how best to deal with them The rest of the cargo is not problematic, except for milk powder which if released in large quantities could create a temporary plume The presence of the wreck over time will continue to evolve as a manmade reef by creating extra habitat for marine life and an interesting diving attraction.

It is important to point out that we have still not made a final decision about what to do with the wreck. This will be made once all our assessments are completed, and we have sought feedback from the community and those affected. We are aiming to have made a decision by the end of the year. On behalf of the owners and insurers – thank you for your time, and over the next few weeks I look forward to receiving further feedback from the community. Sincerely,

John D. Owen Senior Claims Manager The Swedish Club Greece

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I-Site change ‘shows lack of consideration’ Child abuse and the cure The passionate defence by the General Manager of Tourism BOP’s ill-considered decision to close the I-Site in an easily accessible location in Salisbury Avenue shows deplorable lack of consideration for many thousands of ordinary visitors to The Mount. These people unfortunately are obviously not considered to be worthy of having proper I-Site service available to them when they visit The Mount which is the prime drawcard for Tauranga. If Mr Arrowsmith walked the streets of The Mount and listened to the views of business people and the general public he would find that there is very little enthusi-

asm for a Clayton’s info centre in a campground office situated in an already overcrowded area. Apparently the decision to close the Salisbury Avenue I-Site was made without any public consultation despite the fact that $285,000 of public funding was given to Tourism BOP for the express purpose of providing information for viisitors. In view of the fact that zero I-Site service is available for ordinary visitors arriving at The Mount it is reasonable to assume that the entire amount is being spent solely for the benefit of cruise ship visitors. Such enforced class distinction for our visitors is totally unacceptable. Having spoken directly to several

hundred people at The Mount over the past three weeks I can assure Mr Arrowsmith that neither they nor I share his view that Tauranga can be proud of the achievements of his organisation in the way that they welcome our visitors. Instead, as a resident of Tauranga for 42 years with family who first set foot here in1869 my feelings about the disgraceful and inconsiderate treatment of visitors who do not arrive by cruise ship are of deep shame that a bad image of Tauranga will be spread around NZ and even further afield by visitors whom I met from 16 overseas countries. Samuel Smith, Otumoetai.

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brings up its young. It depends on the attitudes which are acceptable, and on those which are unacceptable in a civilized society. I would suggest that our New Zealand society today, accepts some attitudes that are selfish and aggressive. It is interesting to reflect that some half-century ago, all girls had to attend classes in domestic skills for four years – two at the end of primary school, and two at the beginning of secondary. These classes consisted of cooking, sewing, child care, household budgeting ,and home keeping. Today many young mothers seem to have no idea at all of how to cope with a new baby. Again, in earlier days, they often had the help and experience of grandmother, but today our way of life often prevents this [grand-mother has to work to pay the mortgage. And so what is the answer? I would suggest that we must concentrate on the causes of aggression in adults, the inability of adults to control their lives, and their attitude to others. This training starts at birth. There is of course a foolproof answer to these human problems, but we have all but abandoned this reality. John Mills, Mount Maunganui.

Revaluation of Baypark assets ‘joke’ The revaluation of assets at Baypark by many millions is a bit of a joke, anyone in the know here realises that all were constructed in line with the lease term that was to end in 2021. Baypark annual report says that the assets have been revalued by $9.8m, so given a $5m overall surplus means that Baypark has actually made a loss of $4.8m. The $9.8m revaluation is a “paper entry” it is not “cash in the bank”, a loss is money spent and gone, someone has to pay, the ratepayers. In 2007 Mayor Crosby said “The purchase of Baypark will not cost ratepayers ...”, yet here we are only five years later with a horrendous debt imposed on ratepayers that includes: - purchase $12.0m, losses $11.5m totaling $23.5m

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We have heard of a new initiative proposed by the Minister to deal with child abuse which has grown to alarming proportions over the past few years. Unfortunately we have, as in many other social problems, taken our eye off the ball. We should not be concentrating on those unfortunate children who have been so badly treated. We should be concentrating on the abusers. We should be finding out why these people, against all natural human instincts, are abusing children. We should be finding out why they are prone to this behaviour, and we should be doing something to prevent it. I am advocating the fence at the top of the cliff, rather than the Minister’s ambulance at the bottom. Nor is it sufficient to punish the offender after the event. Firstly, the child has already suffered. And secondly, the threat of punishment does not deter a person already out of control , or indifferent to consequences. There are many ways we can prevent our future parents from developing those attitudes that lead to aggressive abuse of others. These methods all revolve around the way our society

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and counting. There have also been significant monies spent on roading, training fields, speedway and more the cost of which is not disclosed clearly. New shares that have been issued for another $16m or so but as yet TCC have not been asked to pay yet, but they will be. The losses have to be paid, that cash comes from rates annually, there is no where else. From the start TCC have said that Baypark is “Commercial run” business, but the latest annual reports prints that “TCVL has designated itself as a public benefit entity”, does this mean that reality has caught up with TCC/Baypark that the real purpose has changed because the “truth” from before is now untenable! I Stevenson, Tauranga.

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Roy Edwards’ letter shows his lack of education on environmental and wildlife issues. 1400 dead birds were found by people walking public areas of the coastline. This is only a small portion of the total amount dead and the majority of birds affected would not have been found. Many ground nesting birds such as penguins and petrels died in their burrows or amongst isolated rocky areas, and thousands of eggs and chicks were lost. And as for ‘natures food chain’ - there is nothing natural about the presence

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of mammalian predators in NZ. They would never have naturally found their way here so they are not part of our 80 million year old food chain. There is very little money spent on pest control around Mauao and Moturiki Islands (they are not museums, you see). A few more dollars to help save two special bird species does not seem like too much to ask. It is Tim and myself who really care for our birds and animals, not the likes of Mr Edwards. Julia Graham, Windermere.

Leadership needed on passenger rail What a great idea about reigniting a passenger rail service between Tauranga/ Auckland. Though there does seem to be a prevailing “unlikely” attitude - this will guarantee that the idea will be just that, wishful thinking and nostalgia. Instead, there should be positive self belief. Our well paid CEO of Tourism Bay of Plenty could be head banging Tourism Auckland, then bringing on board Inbound Tourism Operators and Hotel Operators and putting together marketing packages. There needs to be gung-ho self belief in what the Bay has

to offer to give confidence to Kiwi Rail of buy-in. It could be that a service runs from Labour Weekend to Easter and marketed overseas as a Great NZ Rail Journey across rolling farmland, through the Kaimai Ranges to the sunny Bay of Plenty. Think of the big economic impact. It will happen if there is a belief that it will happen because then all the players will make it happen. Come on local Leaders, provide the leadership - this City and the Western Bay is ready. Tim Short, Ohauiti.


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Paying peanuts gets you monkeys I once was told that if you paid peanuts, you got monkeys. Local Ratepayers pay large dollars and still get monkeys, how does that work out? To start with, a knee jerk reaction to reduce the speed limit on Maunganui Road by the College as a result of an unfortunate fatal accident, but this speed limit is seldom if ever enforced thus making a joke of the situation. Then another monkey decision declared that the speed around the Mall, Adams Ave and the lower portion of Marine Parade should be reduced to 30kph. Again this was a situation that had no teeth. Speed as per normal. To continue local idiocy, the Lions Club now is proposing to remove May Street Reserve from a public leisure area to make way for a community garden project that no doubt will make an amusement park for the local vandals. Leave the kids playing area alone and keep them safe way from the traffic. Lastly, what village idiot came up with the idea to move the I-Site from the beginning of the Mount in Salisbury Ave to be replaced by another building at the other end of town on the Main Beach? Passengers arriving by bus or cruise ship (people who spend money in the area) will not now have a clue where anything is or even how to get to the far distant I-Site. I can’t see anyone traipsing all the way to the Main Beach to enquire or purchase their bus tickets. Is Tauranga so insecure that they have taken to sabotaging the tourist industry for the Mount? The council officer who gave the go ahead for these moves is no further up the intelligence tree than the monkey who first came up with these expensive, ratepayer funded idiotic wastes of money. K Roke, Papamoa.

Cheesed off with NZ politics Up until recently, my partner and I had become totally cheesed off with the New Zealand political scene. We have National selling us off overseas, Labour as fascinating as a wet day, the Greens advising money trees, and the consummate one man Winston band, looking after number one. Add to the above, John Banks, Peter Dunne and a few Maoris, all vying for top duplicity rights and all in all, it’s vastly disturbing, not to mention depressing. Then, through friends, we were invited to the Conservatives first conference in Auckland. And what a treat that was. We found a team of totally profes-

sionally focused and committed candidates and supporters, led by a young man who obviously says what he means and means what he says. The press, to help sensationalise things, have painted this party with a Christian tag, but we saw little of that. Indeed, we came away with a renewed sense of hope for New Zealanders and their aspirations for their country. We don’t expect you to believe this, but we do suggest you keep an eye on this party, as they truly seem to mean business in a far more enlightened way than any of the other mobs are offering us at the moment. R McGuiness, Tauranga.

Railcar service run into ground Re-introduction of the rail service between Tauranga and Auckland: there are some points which everyone should be aware of. The previous railcar service was run into the ground deliberately so as to justify its demise. Not only that, but the infrastructure was totally inadequate. I once saw a lady well dressed for shopping who had to scramble over two sets of railway tracks to board the train at Morrinsville. Nothing will ever work until the comfort of passengers is top of the list. I had to laugh at the statement by the general manager of Kiwi Rail that they would have to

Golf Croquet Every Tues, Fri & Sun at Tauranga Croquet Club, Domain, Cameron Rd 12.45pm. Beginners welcome. Free lessons, everything supplied. Peter 571 0633 Greerton Lions 1st & 3rd Tues at Racecourse 6.15pm. Ray 577 1854 Greerton Senior Citizens Club Maitland St Extn. Indoor bowls 12.45 Mon, Thurs, Sat. Housie 1pm Fri. The ever popular guide to Over 55’s welcome. Joy 541 1725 Harmony A Plenty Barbershop Chorus Every ‘What’s On’ in the Bay Mon at Bethlehem Community Church, Moffat Rd 7pm. New members welcome. 542 4191 or www. Alcoholics Anonymous Mt Maunganui meet every Tues at St Peters Hall, 11 Victoria St 7.30pm. 0800 Housie Every Weds at Gate Pa Outdoor Bowling Club 229 6757 (0800 AA Works) for other AA meetings. 11am. June 543 0465 Altrusa Club of Tauranga For women interested in Ikebena (Japanese flower arranging) Every 2nd fellowship, community service, dinner meetings 2nd & Sat 13th Ave Methodist Centre 10am - 12pm. New 4th Tues of month 6pm. 570 3134 members welcome. Pauline 576 5760 Andre Rieu Friendship Group BOP Monthly gather- Junior Martial Arts Papamoa Every Mon 5-6pm. ings to enjoy beautiful music & meet new friends. Help develop your child’s physical, mental & social Pete/Jennifer 574 4238 skills. Trevor 0800 348 454 Arthritis NZ - WBOP Service Centre, Historic Village Judo Tues & Thurs at Moreland Fox Park, Greerton 17th Ave Mon-Fri. Free Arthritis Educator clinic every 5.30pm. Classes from PeeWees to Masters. Graeme Thurs. For appointments ph 571 0088 543 0872 Ashtanga Yoga Thurs at Tauranga Yoga Centre, Elizabeth St West 6-7.30am. $10 per class or $60 for Katikati Fire Brigade Quiz Night Every 2nd Weds of 12 week term. Yoga classes every day except Sunday. month at Katikati RSA/Citizens Club 7pm. $20 team of max 6. Scotty 0274 502 531 Many styles taught by experienced teachers. www. Katikati Herb Society 2nd Weds of month at St Paul’s Church, Mulgan St, Katikati 7pm. 552 0217 Assn of Administrative Professionals (AAPNZ) Kidz Need Dadz Coffee morning Tues (except school Tauranga Group 2nd Weds of month at Sebel, Dive holidays) Kidz Need Dadz House, 538 Fraser St, Crescent, Tga 5.30pm. or Greerton 9.30-11am. Jim 544 3424 Bay Network Singles Social Club Friendship group KW Tae Kwon Do 11 Ashley Place, Papamoa Tues & Thurs 5.30, 6.30 & 7.30pm. Fri 6-7pm. Olympic style. for single, separated, divorced & widowed people Karl 575 9737 aged 40-70. Weekly activities. Jean 576 9988 La Leche League Pregnant women, all mothers, Bayfair Petanque Club Every Tues & Thurs at babies & children invited to attend monthly breastfeedRussley Drive Reserve 12.45-3pm approx. Weather ing support & info meetings. Tga - 1st Weds of month, permitting. Margaret 572 3173 100 13th Ave, 10am - 2pm., Joanna 577 6892 Mt Bolivia Tauranga Every Thurs, Bridge Club, Cherrywood 12.50pm. Tuition, cards, tea/coffee. Toby 543 Maunganui - 1st Fri of month, Plunket rooms, Grenada St 10am - 12pm, Christine 574 8722 5358 Ladies Club of Harbour City Lions Meet 2nd & 4th Brookfield Care & Craft Group Every Tues at St Thurs at Tauranga Lyceum Club. Margaret 578 8466 Stephens Church, Brookfield Tce 9.30-11.30am. Leisure Marching Teams In all areas of Tauranga Bridge Lessons for Beginners Mount Bridge Club Tues 7pm. Alice 579 1175 & Mt Maunganui require new ladies 50+ to join for Chess Club Every Mon at Mount RSA, Maunganui exercise, fun & fellowship. No experience needed. Rd. Open club (adults & advanced juniors) 7.30-11pm. Corren 570 0172 Junior club Thurs 6-7.30pm during school term at Lions Sunrise Car fair Every Sun, 11th Ave carpark Arataki Community Centre. or (opp Mad Butcher) 8am - 12pm. Buy & sell cars/4WD/ Utes/Motorhomes/Trailers/Boats. Ken 027 733 9686 or City Sunrise Lions Friendly, mixed club. Breakfast meeting 1st & 3rd Tues of month at RSA, Greerton. Lions Club Greerton Dinner meeting 1st & 3rd Tues Pam 543 0708 at Tauranga Racecourse. Ray 577 1894 Computer Courses For over the 50+ at Tauranga Marlin Probus Club Mt Maunganui Second Mon SeniorNet. 577 1912 of month at Club Mt Maunganui 45-47 Kawaka St Disability Information Services WBOP Inc. Free, 9.45am. Elaine 575 6447 confidential & impartial info on a wide range of disMelanoma Friends Meeting Bimonthly meetings at abilities & related issues. Office open Mon - Fri 9am Bay Plastic Surgery, 745 Cameron Rd, Tauranga 2pm - 3pm. 578 2929 for anyone who has been affected or is interested in Girl Guides Preparing girls aged 5-18years for Melanoma. Ellen 027 438 5291 or email: orrsum@ making the most of life ahead. For info on locations & times 0800 555 170 Mens Cancer Support Group 3rd Thurs of month at Glengyle Leisure Marching Team More members Cancer Society rooms cnr 14th Ave & Fraser St. Mike needed. Fun, fitness, friendship. Diane 572 0859 575 7696 Golden Kiwis Leisure Marching Meet weekly at Mount Art Group Every Thurs at St Peter’s Church Links Soccer field, Mt Maunganui for exercise, fun Hall, 11 Victoria Rd, Mount 9am - 2pm. Elise 575 & fellowship. No experience required for ladies 50+. 9851 Dorothy 579 5232

carry 700 passengers a day to make the service viable. What a laugh! The railcars only carry about 100 passengers. Bit of a tight fit! Firstly, however the freight trains should be re-routed across the harbour. This is the only city in New Zealand where the trains run through the city centre. Hamilton and Palmerston Nth shifted them out years ago. The line should only be left for commuter traffic, not freight. Finally, if you, the public, think that anything will happen; it wont! The people in charge, including the government, have other agendas. Cedric Sutherland, Otumoetai.

Mount Indoor Bowling Club Weds at Mount Intermediate School, Links Ave. Names in by 7.15pm. Jim 572 1983 Mount Morning Badminton Every Tues at Mount Sports Centre, Blake Park 9am - 12pm. Social, competitive, all ages, beginners welcome. Racquets available. Visitors $5 per session. Students $2. First day free. Margaret 575 9792 Mt Maunganui Contract Bridge Club 60 Golf Rd. Bridge Mon 1-4pm, Weds 7-10pm, Thurs 11am 2.30pm, Fri 1-4pm. 575 4251 Mount Lionesses Every 1st & 3rd Weds 5.30pm. Shirley 575 2725 Mt Maunganui - Papamoa Croquet Club Kawaka St. Assn play Mon, Wed, Sat 9.15am & 12.45pm. Golf croquet play Tues, Thurs, Sun 8.45am & 12.45pm. Coaching available. Sue 575 4569 Mount Rotary Club Tues Mt Golf Club, Omanu 5.30pm. Bev 572 4127/Kevin 572 1283 Mount Senior Citizens Club 345 Maunganui Rd for age 50+. Bowls Weds & Fri 12.45pm. Cards Tues & Thurs 12.45pm. Concerts 3rd Mon of month. Fun, friendship & happiness. 575 4650 Mt Maunganui Hash House Harriers Seeking younger members to the club (20-50yr plus) every Mon 6-9pm. Different location each week. Walkers 4-6km, runners 6-9km. $5pp approx. Phil 021 822 208 Multiple Sclerosis Society Facilitates the following exercise sessions for people with MS or other neurological disorders. Pilates Tues 9am at Martial Arts Hall, cnr Kaimanawa & Korowai Sts, Mount. Physio Thurs at Citizens Club, cnr Cameron Rd & 13th Ave 10.30am. Social support groups also held in a variety of places. Cheryl 571 6898 Musical Memories Village Radio on 1368 Khz 1XT, weekdays 10-4pm, weekends 9-5pm for non stop music. Playing your requests. View small radio museum. 571 3710 New Migrants (& Returning Ex Pats) Information & services clinics 1-4pm Mon/Tues 1-4pm & Weds 10am - 2pm or by appointment at Settlement Support NZ. Carol 579 6532 or Contact also available at Katikati, Waihi Beach, Papamoa, Te Puke by arrangement. Overeaters Anonymous Is eating a problem for you? There is a solution. Meet Tues at Church of Christ, 1400 Cameron Rd 7-8pm. 544 1213 Pacific Probus Club Every 3rd Mon of month at Club Mt Maunganui, Kawaka St 9.30am. Make new friends, good speakers. Dianne 575 7192 Papamoa Country Music Club 4th Sun of month at Papamoa Sport & Rec Centre, Gordon Spratt Reserve, Parton Rd 1-4.30pm. 542 3200 Papamoa Genealogical Society 2nd Mon of month in the Tohora Room, Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd 9.30am-2.30pm. Modest door charge. Interesting speakers. Mark 542 0204 Papamoa Lions Club Great company & you’re helping your community. Meet 1st & 3rd Weds of month. Donna 542 3409. Papamoa Lions Markets Every 2nd & 4th Sun of month at Palm Beach Plaza grounds. 027 259 3120 Papamoa Mahjong Club Meet Mon at Papamoa Sports Centre, off Parton Rd 12.30-4pm. $2. Sue 542 3073 Papamoa Progressive Association 2nd Mon of month in the Tohora Room, Papamoa Library. 7.30pm

Papamoa Sunshine Probus Group 2nd Tues of month for lunch at Parton Rd Sports Club. James 542 3235 Rotary Club Tauranga Weds at Daniel’s Reception Lounge, 11th Ave 5.30pm. 543 2012 or www.tauranga. Scrabble Enthusiasts Tues at Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 9am -12pm. 3 games, door charge $2. Stan 572 0866 Shakti Ethnic Women Support Group For Asian, Middle Eastern, African, Indian & Fiji Indian women. Activities for women to increase their self-esteem & confidence & integrate with the host community. First Weds of month at Tauranga Plunket, 471 Devonport Rd 11am – 12pm. Rupal 575 9848 or 021 0533 548 St Pauls Friendship Group, Papamoa Upwords (word board game), or arts & crafts every Thurs 10am. $2 donation to cover costs. Margaret 542 1633 Stroke Club Every Tues 9.30am - 12pm at Greerton Senior Citizens Hall, Maitland St. For anyone who has had a stroke. Join us for a cuppa & companionship. Supreme Dancing Supreme Dance Centre, Beginner to advanced, Tues nights, St Columba Church Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd; Weds, Tga Primary School Hall, 5th Ave; Thurs night, Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd. Hugh & Sonia 543 2377 or 027 322 1786 email: Table Tennis Matua Levers Rd Hall Tues 12.303.30pm, Thurs & Fri 9-11.30am. $2 per session. Kevin 576 3941 Taoist Tai Chi Club Classes every week day 15 Koromiko St, Judea. 578 9116 Tauranga Anglers Club Freshwater Anglers meet Third Mon of month, Tauranga Fish & Dive Clubrooms, 60 Cross Rd, Sulphur Pt 7pm. Mike 021 808 899 or 572 2602 a/hs. Tauranga Bureta Park Probus Club 3rd Mon of month at Tauranga Citizens’ Club 13th Ave 1.30pm. Brian 570 0074 Tauranga Central Ladies Probus 3rd Tues of month 10am, Daniels in the Park. Anne 578 6221 Tauranga City Sunrise Lions Breakfast meeting 1st & 3rd Tues of month, RSA Tauranga, Greerton. Pam 543 0708 or Tauranga City Silver Band Practices every Weds in Brass Band Hall, 10 Yatton St, Greerton 7-9pm. Tauranga Farmers Market Every Sat Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd 7.45am 12pm. Trixie 552 5278 Tauranga Friendship & Social Club Weekly activities for the over 50’s. Companionship, walks, movies, dinners, daytrips, dancing & good times. Joyce 578 0226 Tauranga Harbour City Lions Ladies club, 2nd & 4th Tues of month. Patricia 543 3665 Tauranga Historical Society Open every Sun, Brain Watkins Historic House 2-4pm. $4 adult, $2 child. Guided tours. Groups by arrangement. 574 4965 Tauranga Ladies Probus Club Every 3rd Mon Citizens Club 13th Ave 10am. Speakers. Beryl 576 6719 Tauranga Methodist/Wesley Fijian Church Services 2nd & last Sun of month at Wesley Centre, 100 13th Ave, Tauranga 3.30pm - evening. Service in Fijian. Simi 578 5718 Tauranga Model Railway Club Every Thurs at Te Puna 7.30pm with running nights every 3rd Thurs. John 575 2286 or 0276 062 706 Tauranga Numismatic Society Re coin collecting. 1st Weds of month, Wesley Church Centre, 13th Ave 7.30pm. 533 1881

Tauranga Ongoing Pain Support Group 1st Thurs of month 10am. Karen 543 3661 Tauranga Pakeke Lions Club Dinner meetings 3rd Tues night of month, Bureta Park Motor Inn. Lunch, social gatherings 1st Thurs of month. Pat 579 4476 Tauranga Sequence Dance Club Mon & Weds. Couples want to have fun while keeping fit. Great dances, music & people. Tutoring given. Barbara 552 6227 Tauranga Te Papa Probus Club 1st Thurs of month at Daniel’s lounge, QE2 Centre, 11th Ave 9.30am. Fellowship, walking, cards, petanque, trips. 543 2012 Tga Senior Citizens Club 14 Norris St (behind Pak n Save). For age 55+. Indoor bowls, cards, coffee mornings & speaker. Visits to & from other clubs. 578 7534 Tauranga TaeKwonDo Club Mount Clubrooms, Kaimanawa St. Children training Mon, Weds, Thurs 5-6pm & adults 6.15-8pm. Tauriko Hall adults & children Mon & Weds 6-7.30pm. Master Kesi O’Neil 0274 785 478 or 544 7006 Te Puke Branch NZ Soc of Genealogists 4th Thurs Methodist Church Hall 1.30pm. M Lewis 573 6868 Te Puke Kiwicoast Lions 2nd & 4th Tues at Settlers Lounge 6pm. Fran 542 0840 Te Puna Bridge Club Every Tues Marmamatanga Park, Te Puna 7.15pm. Howard 552 5320 The Elms Mission House & Library Mission Street, Tga. Open Weds, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 2-4pm. 577 9772 Welcome Bay Community Playgroup Educational playgroup with vacancies Tues, Weds & Thurs during school term at Welcome Bay Community Church 9.30-11.30am. Ariana 544 3404 Welcome Bay Lions Club (Mixed) 2nd Tues of month at Greenwood Park Village 6.30pm. Jim 544 1248 Welcome Bay TaekwonDo Club Mon, Weds, Thurs, Selwyn Ridge School 6-8pm. Children, adults & families. Garry 021 386 189 or www.tunz. Western BOP Newcomers Network New to the area? Want to meet new friends? Every Weds at Forrester Hall, Historic Village on 17th Ave 10.30am - 12pm. 571 6419 Yoga Classes Papamoa at Papamoa Library/Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Rd, Papamoa, Mondays 5.30pm. Central Mount at St Peters Church, Victoria St, Mount Weds 5.30pm. Penny 574 6556 or email Yoga Papamoa Library/Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Rd, Thurs 9-10.30am & Tues 5.30-7pm. Margaret 571 6331 Yong In Taekwondo Any day Mon - Fri. Choose any 3 nights to suit your lifestyle. Unit 3, 33 Burrows St, Tga. Kids: 5-6pm, 6-7pm. Adults: 7-8.30pm. Master WS Lee 021 167 6733 (txt) or 574 2708 Youth on the Coast Christian Group Friday’s at Evans Road Community Church, Papamoa 6-7.20pm intermediate, 7.15-9pm college. $2. 0274 377 868 Zonta International Club of Tauranga Business & professional women’s club meet 2nd Mon of month 5.30pm. 544 9992 or email:

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The Weekend Sun


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

Friday 26 October

Agriculture Day And family fun day at Tauriko School. Animal judging 2.30pm. Loads of fun starts 3pm with fairground activities, free games & food. Bring picnic blankets & come for dinner. Tauriko School, SH 29, Tauriko. Free Family Movie Night St Mary’s Church, Girven Rd 7pm. Free entry. $2 half time snacks. Adults must accompany children. Movie clue: Santa mustn’t be seen! Monster Mash Roller Disco Halloween monster bash party at Mt Maunganui Sports Centre, Blake Park 7-9.30pm. Spot prizes, DJ music, best costume. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Door sales only $5. Motor Neurone Disease Assn Monthly support group at St Enoch’s Church, 16th Ave, Tauranga 1.30-3.30pm. If you have, or have had a loved one with MND, all welcome. Lyn 579 3575 Seeds of Hope Exhibition Goddards Centre, 58 Devonport Rd until Nov 10. Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Thurs 10am 7pm. Weekends 10am - 2pm.

Saturday 27 October

Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Group

Every Sat at Mt Maunganui Primary School, Orkney Rd 10-11am. Children/ creche facility. Angela 021 503 940 or 0800AAworks. Annual Fair St Pauls Co-operating Church, 242 Dickson Rd, Papamoa 8am. All welcome. Annual Ribbon Day & Gala Tauranga RDA, 44 Ngapeke Rd, RD5, Welcome Bay 10am - 1pm. Stalls, raffles, prizes, activities, pony rides, bouncy castle & more. Gold coin donation entry. No eftpos, please bring cash. Art Exhibition Tauranga Society of Artists Inc. Original art & a range of prices at Tauranga Contract Bridge Club, 252 Ngatai Rd, Tauranga Oct 27 9.30am – 5pm, Oct 28 9.30am – 4pm. Gold coin donation entry. Balmorals Marching Team Welcome ladies to join this awesome sport for fun, friendship & travel. 20-60 age group. Anita 571 4096 a/hs or 0210 257 6094 Bay Association of Sea Kayakers Mokau River weekend. Bevan 576 8885 BOKWA Fitness Class Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd 9.30am. Get fit, lose weight, really fun. Beginners welcome, give it a go. Instructor Sarah 021 185 3363 BOP Christian Singles Non denominational group who meet fortnightly for social gatherings. Pauline 575 5556 or email:

News, reviews and opinionated raving on the music scene.

Car Boot Sale Nov 10 at 26 Golden Sands

Drive, Papamoa, starts 6.30am, organised by Golden Sands School to raise funds for the playground. Variety of stalls including craft & both new & preloved goods. Free bouncy castle for the kids plus sausage sizzle, cake stall & coffee cart. Ph/txt Clare 027 630 5444 to book a stall for $10. Come early to get the best deals. Come Dancing Tonight Join us for sequence & old time dancing at Greerton Hall 7.30-11pm. Friendly atmosphere, good music & supper. Entry $5. All welcome. Run by Tauranga Scottish Soc. Allyson 576 9194 Craft Market Day At Browny’s Cafe & Bar, cnr Lockington Rd, SH2, Katikati 9am - 2pm. Heaps of out of town stalls. 552 0054

Identifying Wild Edible Weeds And Green smoothie workshop

in Papamoa. Learn how to use safe weeds to create delicious smoothies along with fruit. Includes wild weed walk & ebook about plants. 190a Tara Rd, Papamoa 10am - 12.30pm. Cost $30 incl ebook. Register Julia 543 2823 or email: Love, Desire, Attachment Afternoon mediation course at Mount Senior Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui 12.45-4pm. If we wish to enjoy good relationships, it is essential that we learn to distinguish between love & attachment. Cost $36 includes afternoon tea. Bookings essential. All welcome. or 09 846 5829 Market Greerton Hall 8am - 12pm. Crafts, produce, bric-a-brac. Merv/Nancy Waihi 07 863 6697 Monster Garage Sale Raising funds for the Otumoetai Sports & Recreation Club at Fergusson Park, Matua. All money raised goes towards running costs of the clubrooms. Email: admin@ Monster Market Day Bayswater Village Centre, 60 Maranui St, Mount 9am – 4pm. Various stalls & fresh produce. Ocktoberfest Gala From 7pm & Fun Run 9am. Te Puke Baptist Church, Malyon St. International food, entertainment, puppet show, silent auction & more. Fun activities for all. Seeds of Hope Exhibition Vision of Sustainability. At Goddards Centre. Now showing every day including weekends until Nov 10 from 10am. 578 7119 Tauranga Farmers Market Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Fresh & artisian produced food. Trixie 552 5278 or Tauranga Fuchsia Group Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St West, Tauranga 1pm. 19th birthday workshop for show preparations. Pat 579 1655

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

The Art of Six Original artwork for sale open Nov 3-10 9.30am – 5pm & Nov 11 9.30am – 4pm at Fashion Island, Gravatt Rd (opp Esquires Café), Papamoa. Over 100 pieces of artwork from 6 local artists. Frances 542 3413 The Sociables Males/Females 30’s/40’s. 022 012 0376 Welcome Bay Baden Powell Centre

(Scout Hall & Guide Hall) 30 year anniversary celebrations Nov 17 at 39 Welcome Bay Road (cnr Hammond St & Welcome Bay Rd) 1-3.30pm. Open afternoon showcasing the users of the hall & the activities they offer. Formalities start 2pm with afternoon tea provided. All past & present hall users welcome to come along. RSVP Debbie 027 245 4939 Wheels on Mainstreet Over 150 classic cars, hot rods & bikes in mainstreet downtown the Mount. Catch the free park n ride bus from Mount Sports Centre. Something for the whole family with live music, rock n roll, buskers, face painting & more.

Sunday 28 October

Bay Blokart Club Friendly club sailing at Baypark track every Sunday & race days on second Sun of month, Thursday twilight meetings now on. Racing from 6pm. Use second entrance 400m down Truman Lane. All welcome. Club 027 391 8300 or Peter 0274 721 322 Beekeeping Hobbyists Meet at Fernz Cafe, 1 Ohauiti Rd, Hairini, Tauranga 2pm. Gordon 027 544 2882 Bible Seminars Sunday at Greerton Senior Citizens Hall, Maitland St, Greerton 1.45pm. Title: “The wrong wife! Jacob & Laban.” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Vic 543 0504 Czech & Slovak Club Inc School for bilingual children with Czech/Slovak background every Sun at Arataki Community Centre 10am - 12pm. New members welcome. Facebook csclubtauranga Good for You! Exhibition of multimedia artworks by Carol Lee & Dazz Switalla at No. 1 The Strand, Tauranga. Exhibition opening today 5-7pm. RSVP carollee@ Viewing Oct 29 - Nov 8 9am - 4.30pm Mon - Fri.

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 Learning Spiritual Laws Sunday’s at Plunket, 59 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga 10-11am. $5 donation, children free. Remember & celebrate who you are!

GUIDE Stories, snippets, strangeness, and general entertainment.

Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market

Every Sun in Phoenix car park 9am - 1pm. Fresh fruit & veges, breads, cheese, oils, plants & more. All home grown & home made. Downtown the Mount open 7 days. 575 9911 Narcotics Anonymous Every Sunday at Hamner Clinic, 1235m Cameron Rd, Greerton (behind Tyremaster) 7pm. 0800 628 632 Opening Event at Palm Pets Palms Market, 157 Domain Rd, Papamoa from 11am. Pony rides, face painting & more. 542 5504 or facebook/palmpetsnz Palm Beach Plaza Lions Market 7.30am - 12.30pm. Stalls must be set up by 7.30am. Great range of goods for sale including fruit & vege, arts & crafts. Fundraising raffles for needy causes. $10 per car space. 0272 593 120. Next market Nov 11. Papamoa Country Music Club 4th Sun of month at Papamoa Sports & Rec Centre, Parton Rd 1-4.30pm. Dress theme: Hawaiian. Visitors welcome $4 includes afternoon tea. Members a plate please. Fountain City CMC visiting. Sharon 572 1983 Petanque Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. Neita 572 3768 Radio Controlled Model Yachts Meet Sun 1.30pm & Thurs 5.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to race Electron class 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, shoot rests, ear muffs, etc. Firearms license must be presented at registration area. $15pp (cash only). No cellphone coverage. Singles Mix & Mingle 50+ coffee afternoon at Zaggers Cafe, Chapel St 2.30pm. Mix & mingle with other likeminded singles in a relaxed atmosphere. Gayle 027 439 3267 Quarry Fest Nov 4 at Te Puna Quarry Park, Quarry Rd 10am - 4pm. Fabulous entertainment including Pipe Band & dancers, Wai Taiko Japanese Drummers, Steel Pan Orchestra. Big quarry garage sale, craft & produce stalls, fun family activities. Entry gold coin donation - all proceeds to Te Puna Quarry Park. Ian 578 8735 or email: Tauranga Inachord Chorus Musical Showcase at Otumoetai Baptist Church, 241 Otumoetai Rd 3pm. A range of popular songs in 4 part a cappella harmony. Ticket sales on the day, adults $15, students $8.

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

Theosophical Society “Music is a divine

language” presented by Bert Esser at Tauranga Yoga Club, Elizabeth St West 2pm. Entry by donation to cover costs. All welcome. June 576 6106

Monday 29 October

Argentine Tango for Beginners 6 week introduction to Salon Tango starts Oct 29 7.15pm. This social dancing is growing in NZ & worldwide. First lesson free to see. Carl 021 280 4464 or email: Badminton Tauranga Club summer season. Mondays only, Bethlehem College Events Centre 7.30-9.30pm. Racquets available. All players welcome. Sue 543 0035 or 021 194 4335 Bay Salsa New intake: Beginners salsa 6.45pm, improvers salsa 7.45pm. Dances around the world 8.45pm at Otumoetai Action Centre, Tauranga. No partner required. All welcome. 021 045 4235 or Bethlehem Bowls Every Mon at Bethlehem Hall 7.15pm. First 3 nights free. Wendy 578 2585 Body & Soul Fun Fitness For over 50’s, social events & guest speakers. Mon & Fri, Greerton Hall Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds Memorial Hall, 11th Ave. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. All welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Fitness League Tone & align your body, increase flexibility & stamina. First class free. Mon at Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd & Tues at St John’s Anglican Hall, Seddon St, Waihi. Both 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378 Harmony a Plenty Barbershop Chorus

Every Mon at Bethlehem Community Church, Moffat Rd 7pm. New members welcome. 572 3345 or www. Junction Coffee & Chat Group For people with an experience of mental illness. At Junction office, 4 Roys Rd, Greerton 10am – 12pm. 579 9890 Meditation Free classes Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace, spiritual awareness & the meaning of your life. David 576 9764 Mount Athletics Registration & fun night 5.15pm. Registration & club nights held at Mount College field - use Macville Park entrance. Club nights every Mon 5.30pm. Ages 2-14. Mini Club $15, 5 & up to $35 & family $80. Chris 027 297 9601 Recycled Teenagers Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards, & injury or illness rehabilitation. Mon & Weds, 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club, behind Pak n Save. Tues at St Mary’s


The Weekend Sun church hall, Girven Rd. All 9am 10.30am. Taken by Heart Foundation phase 3 cardiac instructor. First class free. Jennifer 571 1411 Relationships Aotearoa Mon - Parenting Through Separation, free course for separating parents, Tga 10am - 12pm. ManMade - self esteem course for men 6.30-8.30pm. Positively Me 4 Women - self esteem course for women 12.30-2.30pm. Blended Families, course for parents in combined household 6.30-8.30pm. Tues - Parenting Through Separation 7-9pm. Positively Me for Women 12.30-2.30pm. Hot Monogamy - for people in a committed relationship – waiting list applies. ManMade 6.30-8.30pm. Parenting through Separation Katikati 9-11am. Weds - Parenting for Success, parenting your 2-12yr olds 7-9pm. Sex, Drugs & Homework, parenting your teens 6.30-8.30pm. Parenting through Separation, Papamoa 10am - 12pm. Thurs - Positively Me 4 women 6.308.30pm. Living without Pornography – waiting list applies. Weekend Course - Relationship Secrets, for couples, next course November. 576 8392 Sequence Dance Class Modern sequence dance tuition & revision every Mon St John’s Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai 1-3pm. $3pp. Gordon 573 4333 St Columba Indoor Bowling Club Roy Hampshire Cup, St Columba Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd. Names in by 7.15pm. New bowlers welcome. Jenny 576 3584 Table Tennis Matua At Levers Rd Hall Mon 1-3.30pm Tues 12.303.30pm. Thurs & Fri 9am – 11am. $2 per session. Kevin 576 3941 Taoist Tai Chi Te Puke Te Puke Memorial Hall Mon & Tues 9.30am, Tues 5.30pm, Thurs 6pm. Joff 573 6020 Tauranga Rock n Roll Club Every Mon at Tauranga RSA, Cameron Rd. Advanced beginners lessons. Club night 7.30-10pm. Beginners lessons start today 6.30pm. Colleen 544 4676

Toughlove Parent Support Group

Parents, do you need a loving solution to family problems? Every Mon 7pm. 543 3194 Volunteer Western BOP Want to volunteer? If you have an hour; day or more available we have something for you. From Befriending, driving, office, administration or fundraising plus more. Open Mon - Fri at office at Village on 17th Ave. 571 3714 YMCA - ALFS (Active lifestyle for seniors). Smooth Movers class Mon 8.45-9.45am & 10-11am at Matua Community Hall, Levers Rd. Also 9-9.55am & 10-10.55am at Arataki Hall, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St). Tues 9.15-10.15am & 10.30-11.30am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 9.15-10.15am Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. Thurs 8.45-9.45am at Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.30-11.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.15-10.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. 578 9272 Zumba with Ruth Bethlehem Hall, Waihi Rd Mon 9.30am, Thurs 9.15am. $5 for casual & $4 with concession card. First time free. Ruth 0274 156 819 or just turn up.

Tuesday 30 October

Altrusa Club of Tauranga For women

interested in fellowship, community service, dinner meetings. 2nd & 4th Tues of month 6pm. Denise 570 3134 Badminton (Social) Every Tues at Otumoetai Baptist Hall 9.30am 12pm. Racquets available. All welcome. Lorraine 579 3229

BOP Shirley Club Walking Group

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

Evening Tai Chi Gate Pa Unwind & re-energise your body & mind after work. Benefit from this effective & empowering form of exercise. Tues & Fri, St George Church, Church St, Gate Pa 6-7pm. $5 per class. Trevor 0800 34 84 54 Gate Pa Martial Arts Build confidence, fitness & focus with Kempo. Fun & safe, taught by experienced instructors. Tues & Fri at St George Church, Church St, Gate Pa 4-5pm. $5 per class. Trevor 0800 34 84 54

Greerton Community Playgroup

Every Tues at Greerton Bible Church 9am - 12pm. Cost $3, morning tea provided. Pam 578 6971 Greerton Tai Chi Based upon the Falls Prevention Programme for seniors. Protect your independence, exercise, energise & socialise. Tues & Thurs, Greerton Community Hall, Cameron Rd 11am - 12pm. $5per class. Trevor 0800 34 84 54 Inachord Chorus Ladies 4 part harmony every Tues at Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd 6.45pm. Enjoy singing & meet new friends. Shona 0272 801 004 or Sabine 577 0455 (day). Katikati Mah Jong Every Tues at Resource Centre, Beach Rd, Katikati 1-4pm. Encourages hard hands, restricts easy hands. 549 5954 Mount Morning Badminton Every Tues at Mount Sports Centre, Blake Park 9am - 12pm. Social, competitive, all ages, beginners welcome. Racquets available. Visitors $5 per session, first day free. Students $2. Margaret 575 9792 Sequence Dancing Tauranga Social & Leisure Club. St John’s Anglican Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai. Tues 7-9.30pm, second Tues of month 3-5.30pm. Visitors welcome. John 578 9716 Sit & Stay Fit Every Tues at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 11-11.50am. Fun seated exercise, social events & occasional guest speakers. First class free. Wheel chair access. Dianne Body +Soul Fitness 576 5031 South City Indoor Bowls End of year club dinner. Mary 541 0687 Tauranga Acoustic Music Club Trust Bar, Bureta Rd 7.30pm. Friendly jam sessions or open concert 4th Tues & 2nd Sun. Sing, play or just listen. Paul 579 2346 or

Tauranga Scrabble Club

Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 9am. 3 games $2.50. New players welcome. 544 8372

Tauranga Toastmasters

Tga Lyceum Club 1st Tues 7.158.45pm. Exterminate the butterflies, confidence building, improving public speaking & leadership skills. Alan 544 5989 Toastmasters Excel Club Learn to be a competent speaker & get your message across. Meetings held on 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues of the month at Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St) Mt Maunganui 6.15pm. New members welcome. Tess 575 6610 YMCA Sit n Fit Class Tues at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd, Papamoa 11.30am - 12.30pm. Weds at Greenwood Park Village, Welcome Bay Rd 11am - 12pm. Social exercise seated to music. All welcome. 578 9272

Wednesday 31 October

Badminton Mt Maunganui Summer social night Weds at Mount sports Centre, Maunganui Rd 7-9pm. Cost $8 per night. All past & new players welcome. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529

Baywide Community Law Service

Drop in clinic every Weds at 63 Willow St 5-6.30pm. No appointment necessary, 571 6812. Free legal assistance.

Every Tues morning at Te Puke Clinic. For appointment 573 5614. Every Thurs morning at Katikati Clinic. For appointment 549 0399 Fairy Scary Party Omokoroa Settlers Hall 3.30-5.30pm. $5. Games, dancing, stories, pizza. Parents welcome free. Gaye 577 1735 or 0272 748 753

Fernlands Spa Water Exercise Class

Weds 10.45-11.45am. Held rain or shine, but not during school holidays. New participants planning to attend, Jennifer 571 1411 Free Parent Education Toughlove - a loving solution to family problems. Arataki Community Centre 7pm. 543 3194 Gate Pa Indoor Bowls Final club night Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Kevin 543 4044 Global Hearts Exercise Group Weds 2pm & Fri 11am. Provides group activities combined with health education that encourages members to live a healthy & active lifestyle. Classes run by certified Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitator. Vikki 575 0470 or 0272 800 388 It’s a Jungle Out There Light party Oct 31. A positive alternative to Halloween, open to all primary students (yr 0-6). Fun, games, music, lollies. Papamoa Community Centre, Papamoa Library 6.30-8pm. Gold coin donation. Leave your scary costumes at home. Hosted by Changepoint, limited to first 150 kids. or Pat 572 2697

Mount Healing & Spiritual Centre

Fellowship at Omanu Bowling Club, Gold Rd, Mount 7.30pm. First mini night - healers & readers. Door charge $10. All welcome. Janet 027 264 0226

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

WBOP offer a free service to migrants & refugees to assist with any issues you, or someone you know, may be experiencing relating to settling in a new community. Every 2nd Weds at Katikati Resource Centre, 45 Beach Rd, Katikati 10.30am – 12pm & at Omokoroa Library & Service Centre, McDonnell St, Omokoroa 1.30-3pm.

Orange City Square & Round Dance Club Weds combined A & plus, Thurs

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

Outward Bound 50th Celebration

Rainbar Function Room, 30 Gravatt Rd, Papamoa 6.30pm. Tickets $20 from Bonnie 575 8224 Saints & Angels Party St Mary’s Church carpark, Girven Rd. Drop in anytime between 5-7pm. Dress up. Fire engine rides & bouncy castle. Free games & snack food. Small cost for hot food. Suitable for preschoolers & primary children. Scottish Country Dancing Weds at Senior Citizens Hall, Maunganui Rd. Fri at Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd. Both 7.30pm. 573 5055 Table Tennis Tauranga Memorial Hall, QEYC. Weds 12.30-3pm, 6.30-9pm. Fri 6.30-9pm. Social or competitive. All welcome. tabletennistauranga or Caroline 543 0702 The Cargo Shed 5 Dive Crescent, Tauranga. Open Weds - Sun & cruise ship days 10am - 4pm. A vibrant & varied shed of upmarket creativity.

Toastmasters - City Early Start

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

Toastmasters Tauranga South Area

Leadership skills, speaking skills. Weds at St George’s Church Hall cnr Cam-

eron Rd & Church St 7.15pm. All welcome. Alan 544 5989 Volunteer Western BOP Are you a charitable or non profit group. If you need volunteers we can help. Become a member & receive regular consultation, initial interviewing for all volunteers & referral to suitable applicants. Receive a regular newsletter. Office at Village on 17th Ave Mon - Thurs. 571 3714 Walking Group Age Concern Walking Group meet outside Briscoes, Chapel St 10am. 578 2631

Welcome Bay Tennis Club

Social Tennis mixed Wednesdays at Victory St courts 9am. Casual players welcome. Non-marking shoes please. 577 0462 Yoga Every Weds at Otumoetai Clubrooms at Fergusson Park (end of Tilby Drive) 9.30-10.45am. Beginners welcome. Wear loose clothing & bring a mate. First lesson free, following classes $8. Email: Stella at

Thursday 1 November

Bay Salsa Salsa on the Strand. Intro class

8pm followed by social dancing. Thurs upstairs at Za Bar Pizzeria. No partner required. $2 entry (members free). All welcome. Citizens Advice Bureau Every Thurs at Arataki Community Centre 11am - 2pm. Free service for everyone. Don’t know? Ask us! No appointment necessary. Community Bible Study International Join us at 14th Ave Gospel Centre until Nov 29 10am - 12pm for a non denominational in depth study of Isaiah. Joan 576 9065

Feldenkaris Awareness New intake for Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes 9.30am or 5.45pm in Welcome Bay. Gisella 544 4823 Free Seminar At Tauranga Church – Your Teenager & Depression 7.30-9pm. Speaker: Dr Barbara Bulkeley, senior counsellor educator at BTI. Exploring the issues contributing to teenage depression & suicide. Warning signs to watch for & tips to help your teenager. Garden & Artfest Held Nov 1 11. For list of events visit www. Life by Design Principles for living. Discover tools for everyday living; right here, right now. Understand the spiritual laws for health, wellbeing & prosperity & live consciously. 571 5188 More than Craft Friendly creative group every Thurs. Greerton Bible Church, Chadwick Rd 9.30-11.30am. Great crafts. $3 per morning. Creche for tiny tots. Ruth 576 0955 Relaxation & Support Group For all women affected by cancer. Meet every Thurs at 56 Christopher St, Tauranga 1pm (parking at Citizens Club, 13th Ave). Gold coin donation. All welcome. Katy 571 3346 or email: Rock & Roll Social Dancers Every Thurs at Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St, Tauranga 7.30-9.30pm. Entry $3pp. All welcome. Peter 544 5556



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

Continued... Tauranga Heart Support Group Phase 3 rehab exercise, social events & guest speakers for those with or at risk of heart disease. Every Thurs at City Church Hall, Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St 9.3010.45am. All welcome. Dianne 576 5031


Qualified instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Tauranga Orchid Society Special meeting at St Enoch’s Church Lounge, 16th Ave 7.30pm. Speaker: Scott Barrie, Barrita Orchids NSW - “Phalaenopsis.” Visitors welcome. Natalie 543 0847 Tauranga Storytellers’ Group Meet last Thurs of every month. Claire 577 7220

Tauranga Te Papa Probus Club Meet first Thurs of

month at Daniels in the Park, 11th Ave 9.30am. Friendly club with great activities for seniors & interesting speakers. David 543 2012 or email:


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Gay/Bi Mens Support Group Do you

Tauranga Lawn Tennis Club, Cameron Rd opp Court House every Thurs 9am.

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

Tennis Seniors Over 35+ age group.

exciting exhibition stalls & more. Entrance $5 adults (includes 1 ticket for the Christmas hamper), children under 14 free. 575 2991

Kowhai Probus of

Friday 2 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. Free Immigration Clinic Every Fri - legal advice & information on immigration issues. For appointment, Baywide Community Law 571 6812

Bethlehem Meet 1st Fri of month in Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd, Bethlehem 10am. Guest speaker/10 minute speaker with morning tea in between. Joan 579 2336 Tauranga Woodcrafters Exhibition

Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd Nov 2-4 10am – 4pm daily. Continuous woodcraft demonstrations, Christmas hamper raffle, model train display,

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

By Winston Watusi

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Over the past few years the four-piece from Tauranga has built quite a following up north but this was for a different reason: it had just unveiled its new album and – unlike its usual hard-rocking R&B sets – it was playing acoustically. And people loved it. There used to be, in fact there still is, a tradition of bands or songwriters taking an album off to explore something different. A little bit of personal “time out”. Think David Bowie and Pinups, an album of 50s and 60s cover versions. Or Joe Jackson’s excursion into jazz with Jumpin’ Jive and Elvis Costello, whose fourth album Almost Blue was recorded in Nashville and featured songs by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and others. Well, following their most solid studio album so far, the rather wonderful Decade, Brilleaux have taken a different path with an all-acoustic set – Brilleauvator – which sheds light on some of band front man Graham Clark’s early influences. The band will launch the new album and perform for the first time locally as “Brilleaux Unplugged” next weekend. How I sawto onesolve of its unplugged gigs up north and it was Sudoku! a blast, showing – much as the old series of MTV Unplugged concerts did – a different side of the band while never losing sight of its essential “BrilleauxFill the grid so that ness”. The band has big plans for next year, having every row and every been invited to play in England at a series of blues 3x3 square contains festivals, and this will be yet another arrow in its the digits 1 to 9 musical quiver. Brilleaux will be hitting the stage at the Omokoroa

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Mt Maunganui RSA Friday 26 – Upfront. Saturday 27 – Chapter Two. Sunday 28 – Jackson 4.307.30pm. Te Puke Citizens Club Friday 26 – Michael and Ashley from 7pm.

Boat Club next Sunday afternoon (November 4) armed with a whole new acoustic set of songs, alongside local blues ‘n’ roots favourites Kokomo (another band that released its own “time out” album in 2008, a collection of Bob Dylan songs Well). called In The Well Both bands will play separate sets,

Club Mt Maunganui Friday 26 – Sparx. Crown and Badger Friday 26 – One One One. Saturday 27 – One One One. Sunday 28 – Andy Craw and guests 3-6pm. Wednesday 31 – Country music night. A mix of country-rock, blues & traditional. Welcome Bay Sports Bar Friday 26 – PJ Karaoke 8pm. “You be the star.”

after which it seems exceedingly likely that a massed jam will take place. T i c k - ets for the show – which kicks off at 2pm - are $20, available at the Boat Club, Drivers Bar, or from brilleaux@ Be quick, they’ll probably sell out.

Brilleaux- Brilleauvator: An Acoustic Adventure If you have lived in Tauranga for any reasonable period of time, odds are you have at some point stumbled into the hard-driving, live-wired R&B cauldron that is Brilleaux. This is a band that takes full-noise, amped-up, Brit-based R&B, cranks the volume up to 11, and then gets you swaggering and sweating the night away on the dance floor. In essence, a band perfectly designed for a night of heads-down, no-nonsense, mindless boogie. Imagine then my surprise (if not outright consternation) upon reading the title of the latest Brilleaux CD, specifically the ‘An Acoustic Adventure’ clause therein. Uh oh… time to pull the rocking chairs and zimmer frames out? To be honest, after my first listen, I thought my initial reaction was right. It wasn’t until the third playing that the penny finally dropped. This is still the Brilleaux boys (with regular

playmate Tim Julian on piano and keys), but in a context we don’t normally get to see or hear. Here’s the band post-gig… coming down off the adrenalin rush. Still hyped, still primed to play; they’ve replaced the jack-hammer with a pick axe is all. The set list is still solidly founded in classic Brit R&B - most being inspired by British doyens of the genre such as Dr Feelgood, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Savoy Brown and even old-school Rolling Stones - but with a more bluesy and, in some instances, country/ folk/swamp stomp spin. Not manic electric, jumpin’ out your skin, party time, but early hours of the morning toe tappin’, kick back and have a laugh with the boys. So, if you are able to put aside the preconceived expectations I suspect most all of us have of what Brilleaux is, then I would suggest you take instruction from the man himself (as offered in the liner notes of the CD): ‘sit down, shut up and listen’. Review by: Tony Moon.

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THE DEEP BLUE SEA Dir: Terrence Davis - Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale In the first scene of The Deep Blue Sea Hester (Weisz) is in a small apartment preparing to commit suicide. She is interrupted and a stately story unfolds of her stifling marriage and subsequent infatuation with a dissolute RAF Pilot (Hiddleston). She leaves her husband for him, forsaking a privileged life and setting up in an unassuming bedsit. Working from a play by Terrence Rattigan, director Davies is more than at home in this 1950s time period – in interviews he often seems like a man from an earlier age – and presents a telling examination of the stratified English class structure while offering Weisz a role of real depth and subtlety. She is rather magnificent as a woman so overcome by passion that she abandons everything. We can see the object of her affection is a worthless dilettante but her love, foolish though it may be, becomes almost a liberating statement, a rebellion against the stultifying strictures of a woman’s place in post-war society. It’s a quiet, underplayed film, beautifully constructed and realised.

With Winston Watusi

I don’t get Rock of Ages . Why should people into big-hair soft metal of the 80s – Def Leppard, Poison, Foreigner, et al – want to see it resurrected in a Mamma Mia-style musical? There’s no accounting for taste but, given my dislike for both the music and the genre, this left me cold. Despite the best efforts of a fun cast (Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti) and mucho satirical retro banter, the story of a sweet girl’s introduction to the rock ‘n’ roll world amidst the conservative LA establishment’s best efforts to close it down only really sparks during Tom Cruise’s outrageously louche turn as rock god Stacee Jaxx. Elsewhere the over-long plot drifts, trying to cram too much in amongst the tsunami of “classic” songs. starts in 96 Minutes the middle of a car-jacking: Dre and Kevin are fleeing, Carley and a shot Lena are terrified hostages. As the film progresses we see the unfolding chaos interspersed with each character’s day, the events that led them to the car’s violence. It’s a finely made and serious piece, carefully delineating the various class issues, social differences and pressures that inform the quartet’s decisions. The cast of young unknowns

is very convincing even if there is a depressingly predictable (albeit realistic) arc to the overall story. In Rampart Woody Harrelson re-teams co-star Ben Foster and director Oren Moverman, who were both there when he got an Oscar nod for The Messenger. And this againinsightful character study, of violently “old school” LA cop Dave “Date Rape” Brown, is equally impressive. Part of the notorious true-life “Rampart” division, Brown is a cop out of time, struggling to pay debts, in trouble for video of him beating up a suspect, and with a complicated and collapsing home life. Despite a script credit for crime king James Ellroy there is no elaborate plotting, just a sober study of one man’s decline. Any film pitting Mickey Rourke against Bill Murray has to be at least is a interesting. Passion Play slightly surreal modern western noir in which Rourke’s burned-out jazz trumpeter stumbles across a carnival show in the desert where he meets and runs off with “bird woman” Megan Fox. Yes, she really has wings. As they fall for each other, danger threatens in the shape of Murray’s ruthless gangster. Despite a distinctive look the film moves frustratingly slowly; Murray and

Rourke seem determined to out-under-act each other, though Fox is surprisingly good. Laid-back, eccentric and unsatisfying to the point of irritation, some might enjoy it as a modern fairytale of sorts. Fantastic Not bad at all Dreadful

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(M )Offensive language and sexual references.

Entries closing soon Time is running out to take part in the Bay’s Biggest Pumpkin competition, sponsored by Bethlehem Town Centre, The Weekend Sun, Kings Seeds and Media Works as entries close on Wednesday October 31. To register and receive your giant pumpkin seeds, visit www. and register by completing the online entry form. This will enable organisers to keep in contact with you throughout the growing cycle, keeping you up-to-date with tips, deadlines and activities.


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THE ANGELS SHARE (R16 ) Contains Violence & Offensive Language

FRI: 12:45, 4:45, 8:45. SAT: 10:45, 2:45, 6:45. SUN: 1:45, 6:20. MON: 12:45, 4:45, 8:45. TUE: 10:45, 2:45, 6:45. WED: 12:45, 8:45.

THE SAPPHIRES (PG) Violence, Coarse Lang. & Sex Ref.

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THE WORDS (M) Contains offensive language

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The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time WED: 2:50. LAST SHOW!


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Toni Collette, Liev Schreiber. A charismatic, crazy hothead transforms a family’s life when she becomes the nanny of five girls. Fri 1:35, 6:00pm. Sat 1:15, 6:00pm. Sun 3:30, 8:00pm. Tue 11:20, 6:00pm. Wed 3:35, 8:10pm.


The Weekend Sun has a double pass to The Intouchables for a lucky reader who can tell us if the film is based on a true story. Enter online at under the Competitions section. Entries must be received before Wednesday, October 31.

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The National Theatre Live:


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Award-winning, feel-good French drama about the friendship that develops between an aristocrat (François Cluzet, Tell No One) - a quadriplegic after a recent paragliding accident - and a man from the projects (Omar Sy, Micmacs), hired to be his caretaker. Based on a true story.

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Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace. First they took his daughter. Now they’re coming for him. Fri 4:00, 8:25pm. Sat 3:50, 8:30pm. Sun 2:00, 6:00pm. Tue 4:00, 8:30pm. Wed 6:15.


Violence, Offensive Language & Horror. A suburban

family witness strange events... Fri 1:45, 8:30pm. Sat 1:40, 8:35. Sun 4:05, 8:25. Wed 4:10, 8:30.

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (M) Offensive Language & Sexual References. Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson. Comedy. Three colleagues investigate an ad calling for a time travel companion. Fri 1:50, 6:00pm. Sat 2:50, 8:35pm. Sun 12:40, 6:15pm. Tue 3:50, 8:10pm. Wed 3:45, 6:10pm.










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3D animated family comedy. Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula. Sun 11:10am.







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(PG) Violence, Coarse Language & Sexual References. (M) Offensive Language. Chris O’Dowd, Jessica Mauboy.

Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons. A writer discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man’s work. Fri 3:50, 8:00pm. Sat 11:00, 6:35pm. Sun 2:30, 8:05. Tue 1:45, 6:05pm. Wed 8:10pm.

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EUROPE’S MOST WANTED (PG) Low Level Violence. Animated, Family, Comedy.

Sat 11:30am. Four Australian Aboriginal girls get sent to sing for the troops PLAYING THIS WEEK in Vietnam. Fri 6:15pm. Sat 3:45. Sun 6:10pm. Tue 1:45pm. Wed 6:00pm. PITCH PERFECT (M) Off Lang & Sexual References. on MEGAscreen. Final Week! Comedy. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow. Fri 3:50pm. Sat 6:05pm. Sun 11:30am.


(R16) on MEGAscreen Graphic Violence & Off Lang. ACTION, SCI-FI, THRILL

Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt. Fri 1:35, 8:00pm. Sat 3:15, 5:45pm, 8:15pm. Sun 1:00, 5:35pm, 8:00pm.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (2D) (PG) Some Scenes May Scare Very Young Kids.


Sat 11:10am. (PG) Low Level Violence.

Animated, Family, Comedy. Sun 1:20pm.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 3: KIWI FLYER (G) NZ family comedy. (PG) on MEGAscreen A young lad sets out to win a Trolley Derby. Sun 11:00am. DOG DAYS Fri 4:00, 6:00. Sat 11:05, 1:10. Sun 11:00, 3:30.



(M) Offensive Language.

Documentary about the Sisters of Compassion congregation who live in the remote village of Jerusalem / Hiruharama on Romantic Com. Maggie Gyllenhaal. Sat 4:40pm. the Whanganui River. Sat 1:00. Sun 4:25pm. Tue 11:45am.


(M) Sexual References.


Travel made easy Feeling like a break away but not sure where to go? Or perhaps you want the expert’s help in organising your trip? That is where Travelcom comes in. With central travel agencies in Tauranga’s Devonport Rd and Maunganui Rd, the firm’s experienced travel professionals have a top reputation for looking after clients and tailoring trips to their needs and interests. The Tauranga-owned company – which has been serving the Western Bay for 15 years – is now giving people another reason to choose them for their travel needs. For the next month it is running a competition offering the

chance to win return flights for two with Qantas to Melbourne with two nights’ accommodation at Travelodge Southbank. Travelcom managing director Don Menzies says it is a great time to book a holiday, with lots of specials on offer and the New Zealand dollar going further in most places. “You’ve got a great rate against the pound and the Euro, and with some great early-bird airfare deals to London, it is a great time to plan your European holiday.” To go in the draw to win the Melbourne weekend package go to www. to find out what the lead-in return Qantas early-bird fare is to London.

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Travelcom is offering a Melbourne weekend for two with Qantas flights and accommodation, in its latest competition. Photo by Ross Brown.

Travelcom and The Weekend Sun have two return fares to Melbourne and two nights’ accommodation to give away (excludes high season and school holidays and expires end of August 2013). Simply tell us what the lead-in return Qantas early-bird fare to London is. Enter online at under the competitions section. Entries must be received before Monday December 3.

Tauranga writes and produces Bollywood Great Earlybird From small parts here and there, to a lead character role in Bollywood, Taurangaborn actor James Morcan will play Jesus in Bollywood film ‘Love You Krishna’ and its Australian version ‘My Cornerstone.’ Screen written by James, 34, both films explore multiculturalism and spiritual faith told in a quirky romantic comedy story, and will be shot simultaneously. The films, written and produced by Indian-Australian filmmaker Stanley Joseph will follow some of Stanley’s personal experiences as an Indian migrant in Australia. “It’s a real challenge but before I started writing he (the director) downloaded all of his life story and experiences into me,” says James. James, who resides in Sydney, is also a film producer and novelist and says the opportunity to feature in Bollywood will further enhance his career.

“What I am actually doing is writing the script during pre-production, which is a brand new experience for me. “It’s very exciting to be on an international production. I think Bollywood is only going to get bigger and bigger. It’s a good break for me. “My whole career has been building to this point where I have got small roles here and there. But this is on a larger scale.” From across the ditch, James and his father Lance, who he co-writes novels with, speak daily. Lance says his son’s well developed skills and understanding of film derive from a lifetime love of movies. “His acting side of things has given him a keen understanding of what is required for film and this has definitely helped his writing. It has enabled him to develop as a fine screen writer.” My CornerstoneGreat and Love You Krishna will beAirfare Earlybird shot simultaneously in Sydney, Australia and several locations on the Indian subcontinent. Filming is • Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic By Zoe Hunter scheduled to begin nextairline and for over 90 years, has been one month.

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Fireworks and racing extravaganza Baypark and The Weekend Sun has a family pass (two adults and three children) to the fireworks display and racing extravaganza on November 3 to the lucky reader who can knows what time racing starts. Enter online at under the Competitions section. Entries must be received before Monday October 29. Baypark Speedway will host Tauranga’s top fireworks show on November 3 with its traditional Guy Fawkes and racing extravaganza.

The Western Bay’s biggest Guy Fawkes fireworks display is gearing up for a huge event to make up for last year’s cancellation following the Rena disaster. The fireworks show and night of speedway has established itself as Tauranga’s top Guy Fawkes display, but concerns about how endangered dotterels would be affected by the noise at the neighbouring Te Maunga Wildlife Response Centre prompted a cancellation last year. Baypark Speedway manager Roger Bailey says the event this year is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever, with the fireworks organised by the team

behind the Rugby World Cup visual extravaganza. The fireworks display will follow a top night’s entertainment on Saturday November 3, with sprint cars, super saloons, saloons, stocks cars and mini stocks battling it out for supremacy on the track. Gates open 5pm with racing starting at 6.30pm and the fireworks display capping the evening at about 10pm. “Bring your friends and family down to Baypark to celebrate Guy Fawkes with us. It will be an explosive night of entertainment.” Organisers are expecting a big turnout following last year’s disappointment and are encouraging customers to book tickets ahead to avoid disappointment. By Hamish Carter

Spring gala at Mount hospice shop The Mount hospice shop is definitely worth a visit, especially during this Sunday’s Spring Gala! Cast aside images of a musty, gloomy, pokey place; the recently opened shop is light, airy, clean and tidy and well set out. With a huge variety of quality secondhand goods to choose from, there is sure to be something that appeals to you. Whether you are after indoor or outdoor furniture, sports equipment, tools, records and CDs, household items, books, appliances or jewellery, you will be sure to pick up a bargain.

Stock changes daily, so there is always an opportunity to pick up collectables, retro or vintage treasures. To celebrate the arrival of the new season, the Hospice Shop has revamped the stock and is hosting a Spring Gala on Sunday October 28. All the racks are bursting with spring/summer clothing, shoes and accessories, with bargains galore on a huge range of stock. In addition to the great deals on offer, The Coffee Guy, Pied Piper Ice Cream Van and the Lions Club sausage sizzle will be on hand to add to the festivities so bring the family along. The gala runs 10am-3pm at 2 MacDonald Street (off Hewletts Road under the flyover).


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Party to light up Greerton By Corrie Taylor

A Tauranga church is offering children a safe and fun alternative to Halloween this October, without missing out on all the lollies and treats.

The usual favourites will be back for another year, including face painting, a bouncy castle, sand dig, and finding coins inside a fish. Dan the Puppet Man will also be entertaining children and adults alike. All children can enter a competition by completOn October 31 Greerton Bible Church is ing a quiz and one lucky child will win a holding its annual Light Party and is bicycle and helmet. inviting everyone to enjoy the free, Organisers say the Light Party positive event. takes place in a secure environFor the seventh time, the comment where children must be in munity church on the corner the company of an adult and no of Oropi and Chadwick Roads costumes are allowed. will be transformed into a Participating in the activities glorious gala, with fun and is rewarded with lollies, thereby exciting activities for children providing a fun and safe alternaof all ages. tive to ‘trick or treating’. A number of new activities will And, as well as delicious lollies for feature at this year’s party, such as the kids, there will be popcorn and roasting marshmallows on a brazier, sausages on sale which will support the riding in a swing boat, and a preschool church youth group, C.H.A.O.S. area, to name a few. Greerton Bible Church is offering an alternative activity for families on Halloween.

Tauranga Contract Bridge Club will host an art exhibition this weekend.

Artsy group opens doors this weekend Tauranga Society of Artists Inc’s second major art exhibition this year is open to the public from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday, October 27 and 9.30am to 4pm on Sunday, October 28 at Tauranga Contract Bridge Club. The society is hoping to have an outstanding array of original art from its members and repeat last year’s success – totalling 140 works of art, exhibited by 52 talented artists. These works of art, mainly paintings, are expected to be of a high standard and may be in oils, water colours, acrylics, pastels and mixed media. The experienced artist and the novice will be represented in the exhibition and a wide range of styles to appeal to all

tastes will be available. Exhibition co-ordinator Jenny Brogden says being able to exhibit their work is a real bonus for the members and often comes with the confidence gained after many hours spent in open sessions and at popular tutorials. “Our 200 members have wonderful opportunities to learn in this way, and to meet and share with fellow artists.” For those unable to attend day sessions, a weekly night session is held. Tauranga Society of Artists is grateful for the sponsorship of Otumoetai Doctors, which is helping stage an exhibition with very high presentation standards and great art. Come and check out the exhibition at Tauranga Contract Bridge Club, 252 Ngatai Rd, near the roundabout at Cherrywood – an ideal venue with plenty of parking available.


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Maybe men are right – women talk too much Solo mum Anne Harvey believes she has the secret to raising boys successfully in today’s world.

Anne Harvey with her youngest son Keelan Harvey. Photo supplied by Nelson Mail.

Having raised four sons of her own, while owning and operating her business, she knows what she’s talking about. Now, Anne is coming to Tauranga to deliver her presentation “Maybe men are right women talk too much!” The author, business mentor and life coach’s presentation is designed to help families and carers raise children, particularly boys. “The challenge is the change from the boy being a boy to him becoming a man. The most important thing is to maintain the relationship with them,” says Anne. Having learned the hard way on some occa-

sions, Anne is ready to be honest with her audience about what works, and what doesn’t. “I’ve definitely got some things that can help parents. I’m pretty honest about how unsuccessful some of my early attempts were. “When my words failed me, I tried to rugby tackle one of mine to stop him going out. I wouldn’t recommend it.” Te Aranui Youth Trust organised the presentations and operation manager Wendy Nicholls says they are not just aimed at solo mums. “It may be that there are two parents in the lives of the children, but for one reason or another, the mum is shouldering the bulk of the parenting load. Fathers wanting to communicate better with their sons have just as much to gain from these presentations.”

Way more to a tree than just mere wood Organisers of this year’s Woodcrafters Show say visitors will be inspired and delighted by the range of handcrafted and unique items on display and for sale next month. The Woodcrafters Club, soon to be known as Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild, is busy preparing for its annual show, dedicated to showing off the many uses and beauties of trees. “The wood from the trees has been used for a multitude of items, the list would take pages, just think about it,” says organiser Roy Tregilgas. “We take trees for granted; in fact many pass them by and never even see them. “Little do they realise that we owe our existence to them, as they filter our air so that we can breathe. “On top of that they provide shelter, utensils and furniture – even our very homes.”

At the Woodcrafters Show, many of these useful as well as decorative items will be on display along with those for sale. Roy says the wood they use comes from local garden-type trees that are felled, so the items are really unique. The club covers many disciplines with the common core of wood. It can be turned, carved and machined with a never-ending array of tools along with oils, waxes, stains and paints to bring out its hidden beauty, says Roy. The Woodcrafters Show is at Mount Sports Centre, November 2-4 from 10am4pm.

There will be continuous demonstrations of wood-turning, carving and scroll saw work, along with sales of woodworking tools, equipment and outdoor furniture, and a sausage sizzle and refreshments. For more information on the club or the hobby as a whole, or to view members’ talented works, visit

Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild president Peter Seaton. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

The presentations will take place at Tauranga Intermediate Hall on October 30 and Mount Maunganui College Hall on October 31, both at 7.30pm. Entry is by gold coin donation and there will be opportunities for questions and discussion. By Corrie Taylor


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Greg Johnson to rock out at the Mount Musician Greg Johnson has announced he will be performing a night of music at Brewers Bar in celebration of his 20th anniversary tour. By Zoe Hunter

On Friday, November 23 Greg will be performing both hit songs from previous albums and a preview of songs

from his latest album – Exits. The Auckland-born musician will be sharing the stage with well-known music names Kurt Shank and Ted Brown, who has been a guitarist in Greg’s band for about 10 years. Greg says he has played with some interesting musicians, including one of the members from New Zealand band Goldenhorse. “Everyone sings. It’s quite a racket. “It’s just a night of music.”

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Greg Johnson will tour New Zealand in November. It has been almost two years since Greg toured New Zealand and he says this time the show will take the feel of rock and roll explosion. “I like to keep the ball rolling. I like to come home and eat seafood and see the relatives.” Greg says he likes having the

crowd close in the bar as well as getting into the local pub and just rocking it out. “I always come out and have a drink and a yarn. That’s always a bit of fun at the end of the show.” Greg will be performing at local pubs and venues during a 10-date nationwide tour from November

14 – December 1. Tickets went on sale from Thursday, September 20. Exits, Greg’s 10th studio album, is available for purchase now on pre-order and will be released Friday, November 9. Full information is available at

Dare to dream Dare to dream – if you have a dream or a goal to focus on Jill Henderson and her husband John have a dream. then you have got something to traditional mind, body and soul aim for in life, says Festival of able also. Just to name a few events. things happenings Dreams director Jill Henderson. exciting “Yes it is YOUR body, it is Jill is daring people to dream

The Festival of Dreams - Inspiration for Better Healthy Living Expo will premiere in Tauranga on October 27 – 28 and will feature educational seminars including a 60 minute presentation by Tauranga local Dr Sam Shay, Terry Kellior to name just two of the exciting line up. Professionally and personally handcrafted crystal jewellery, including natural cleaning products and natural perfume will be on sale. Listen to the amazing crystal singing bowls being played. Clairvoyant readings are avail-

and like many of us, she has a dream. Her vision is to bring health and wellness under one roof. Health is a significant trigger for people failing or not attempting to achieve their dreams, she says. “For me it’s the inspiration of better healthy living, offering you the better quality of life, it’s new and unique in health and wellness. To me if we don’t have dreams we don’t have a life.” Jill says the expo will not be like

YOUR mind, it is YOUR soul, but only YOU can take control of it and YOU can change your path, YOU can change your destiny.” “What I am trying to do is offer a better quality of life for one or all, make someone’s life a little different after being there.” There is a $5 Entry fee. Under12s free. Doors open 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

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SYMPHONIA Legacy Funerals director Mike Savage and Classic Flyers CEO Andrew Gormlie with the Aermacchi. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

This Sunday, Classic Flyers NZ will celebrate the launch of its Legacy Jet Centre and the arrival of the RNZAF Aermacchi which is being rebuilt by a team of volunteers. The aviation museum’s main hangar has been renamed after the Legacy Foundation in recognition of the $10,000 it paid for the Aermacchi and other expenses. Classic Flyers NZ management board chairman David Love says it was great to get the support of the charitable trust to cover the government charge for the retired jet after extensive public fundraising to cover the cost of the Skyhawk purchase. “We didn’t want to ask the public for more support after everything they had already given and their patience waiting for the Skyhawk.” David says Classic Flyers were honoured the foundation felt it deserved the grant and said it was a fitting partnership with both Classic Flyers

and Legacy committed to preserving Tauranga’s living history. Legacy director Mike Savage says his team is “thrilled” to be a part of the Aermacchi project and to help continue the aviation museum’s legacy, describing Classic Flyers as a major asset for the city. “There are many men in Tauranga who have flown in jets over the years and it’s good to be part of helping preserve their story so they can share it with family.” On Sunday from 2pm the Legacy Jet Centre will be formally launched with a talk by Legacy trustee Bill Holland, reminiscences by former aircrew, a chance to see the Aermacchi which has arrived disassembled in panels and visits by other classic jets, weather permitting. David hopes the team of retired engineers will have the Aermacchi reassembled and able to fly within six months, but says it depends on how long Civil Aviation Authority certification takes. By Hamish Carter


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ROTORUA ATTRACTIONS & sightseeing Discounts for Tauranga Locals! Tours to Rainbow Springs - Big Splash, Te Puia, Government Gardens, Skyline Luge, Polynesian Spa. 29 Oct, 1st, 2nd, 15th Nov. Ph 578 7251 SCOTTSDALE SENIOR TOURS fully escorted owner/operated since 1978. Ph free for colour brochure today 0800 664 414. Also see

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ANTIQUES, BANKNOTES, collectables, coins, china, military items, stamps, scrap gold & jewellery. Lic dealer. Ph 575 9928 Brian pays top prices ANTIQUES, COINS, medals, china, glass, Kiwiana, Australiana, militaria, toys, anything old and interesting. 021 392913 or 07 549 0139 KIWIFRUIT 3M STRAINERS wanted for making a retaining wall, approximately x20 posts. Ph Scott 027 462 4769


5 The Drive, Saturday. House lot, everything must go! (no collectables) Come & grab a bargain! 8-11am. Please show respect-no one before 8am.


Monster Garage Sale fundrasier! Sat Nov 3rd, 8am, Barkes Corner, WBOPDC Carpark. Loungesuit, dining table & chairs, foosball & heaps more!


325 Rea Road, Sat 8-2pm. 3 household lots combined! Lifestyle, sports, household, kids, furniture, freezer, & loads more.


Art Materials garage sale, at Constables Gallery, Commerce Street, Te Puke. Friday & Sat 10am-3pm. Includes books, watercolour paper, paint, brushes.


14 Meander Drive, this Sat 7.30-12pm. House hold items & furniture. Raising money for club sports trip.


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Beyond understanding A father was trying to explain to his fiveyear-old daughter how she could see and speak with her mother using a smartphone. He tried his best to explain how technology had put her mother inside the phone, but to no avail.

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Sensing his exasperation, the daughter said, “Daddy, I don’t need to know how the phone works as long as I can talk with Mummy!” King David in the Old Testament knew that there were many things that he simply could not and would not understand when it came to God. He wrote in Psalm 131 verse 1, “I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp.” There is so much about God and His ways that far exceeds our human capacity to understand. Perhaps our most profound question is, “Why does God allow human suffering?” We were deeply saddened in our community when a little child died prematurely. She had brought so much joy and love to her family and friends. We naturally asked, “Why? It just makes no sense!” King David faced his own tragedies and at times questioned God. Yet he learned to humbly accept the impossibility of trying to figure God out: “I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp.” Job, a godly man, who faced his own

family tragedies wrote, “Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything about the Almighty?” (Job 11:7). Our perplexity is natural and the answers to our questions rarely satisfactory. To a wounded heart any response seem too cliché. Paradoxically, consolation is found in suffering itself. The scriptures reassure us that God so loved the world, that in Jesus Christ He came and lived amongst us, experiencing all our pain and suffering. For God was in Christ lovingly reconciling the world to Himself. In the face of all heartache, we can say God who is love travels with us, sharing in all our pain. God in His grace and mercy wants to assure us that one day all our questions will be answered, our pain soothed and healed in Jesus. We need the implicit trust of a child who does not need to know how things work as long as they can talk to the one whom they love. Talk to God for he is “The Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Donald Hegan, St Columba Presbyterian Church Tauranga

A month of Sundays exploring science and Christianity This week we take a look at the cosmos. Recent discoveries using the Hubble Telescope and powerful radio telescopes have revealed planets circling suns in far flung galaxies. Many scientists and philosophers have claimed that Earth is an ordinary speck of dust adrift without purpose

American, takes us on a DVD presentation and significance, in a vast of the wonders of the cosmic sea. Yet recent universe. Gonzalez astronomical evidence coined the now popular seems to suggest just the phase ‘Galactic Habitopposite. able Zone’ to describe This Sunday night at the finely tuned nature St. Enoch’s Presbyterian of Earth’s place in Church Guillermo Gon- the cosmos. Through zalez, an astro-biologist stunning computer aniwhose work featured as a mation, interviews with cover article on Scientific leading scientists and spectacular images of Earth and the cosmos, ‘The Privileged Planet’ explores a startling connection between our capacity to survive and our ability to observe and understand the universe. Does this show we have a unique design and purpose as dwellers on Earth? Come along and check it out for yourself. Sunday October 28 at 7pm at St. Enoch’s Presbyterian Church, 134 16th Avenue.


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Festival fever

Saraya Nichols, 3, meets lifeguards Sara and Abby Rickard at Omanu beach.

Large crowds turned up to take part in the sixth bi-annual Tauranga Moana Tauranga Tangata Festival on Saturday and kapa haka performances on Sunday. Jawinika Rewi-Gray, 3, enjoying a cool treat. The kapa haka performances were stirring.

Gabriel Brockelsby patrols the beach.

Lifeguard volunteers October 20 marks the first day of the lifeguard season, when beaches are patrolled by volunteer surf lifesavers during weekends. SunLive went to Omanu beach to see what was happening.

Ethan Dobbs, lifeguard Tim Scott and Morgan Brockelsby watch from the tower.

Boat ramp wise A boat ramp education day was held throughout the Western Bay of Plenty on Saturday as harbourmasters and wardens chatted with boaties about the correct behaviours and equipment to have out on the water.

Akaroa Motutere, 7, Ngawaiata Tangitu Ranapia, 8, and Waiwhakaata Tangitu, 7, came third in the busking competition.

5 Flavours’ members Shiquille and Oceana Whaiapu, 12, Akuira and Maioha Haimona-Ngawharau, 11, and Hinemoa Reweti, 11, came second in Saturday’s busking competition.

Jordayne Bardin, 14, from Waihi, with her photos ‘The hermit’ and ‘Bubbles’, which both received commendations at the awards.

Waikino art comes to life The Victoria Hall in Waikino came alive with art, history and music with the opening of the annual Waikino art exhibition.

Fishermen Graeme McDonnell and Eric Bell have a chat with coastguard volunteer Elisa Caswell.


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