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2 March 2012, Issue 587

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Having a blast fight, young or old, to join in the action at Tauranga Racecourse next Tuesday afternoon. To set a new record, they need 3500 people. Victoria is optimistic about hitting the target, but stresses the success of the attempt comes

  



  

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down to people getting involved rather than just thinking about it. The record attempt will raise funds for Variety – The Children’s Charity that supports disadvantaged children.



It is time to fill up your water pistols for Tauranga’s attempt to set a new world record for the largest ever water fight. Record attempt promoter Victoria Thomas is encouraging everyone who enjoys a fun water

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Frigging in the rigging, Rena and Xena Double standards of the Rainbow Warrior Princess It’s been a big week for Derrick of New Plymouth. He had Lucy Lawless clinging to him. At least that what I read in a newspaper.

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It’s not every day that a big star shows up for a bit of hypocritical grandstanding. Xena, after her recent disrobing on Spartacus, will be herein referred to as Loosey Drawless. It does make us wonder why New Plymouth got so lucky. They get an oil drilling ship with a hottie actor in the rigging; All we get is an oil spilling ship with rotting lamb joints. I love it when these actors/singers/artists climb onto the environmental bandwagon and expose their incredibly transparent double standards. Just as the Dixie Chicks had a say on how the President should wage war and run America; and Robyn Malcolm trying to tell Mr Key how to run NZ; so Loosey has used her fame to further convince us that the rich and famous are in fact, as shallow as we always suspected. All that’s missing now is Keisha Castle-Hughes advising us on family planning, relationship counselling and good housekeeping. We like Loosey doing what she’s good at. Acting. Looking sultry. Falling out of a toga. Wearing very little, while dealing with the forces of evil. In fact, she can come to my place and smote the demon anytime, her toga would look even better in a crumpled heap on the floor…but that’s enough steamy imagery, some of the RR research team are panting. There’s an attitude among some of these ‘stars’ that makes them think that being a great singer or being able to recite a few corny lines while swinging a very big

is inundated* with more letters and photos. So here are a couple of the best received this week. Keep your photos coming, we’re all getting a chuckle from seeing Kiwi creativity at its best. Sun Media owner/editor Brian Rogers

knife, or simply having a great arse, that somehow qualifies them to know a lot about…well, real things. They spend their lives in a fictitious haze, barrelling around the world in jet airliners, burning through copious amounts of fossil fuels, belching tonnes of CO2 into the air; living a rampant, consuming lifestyle that none of us mortals could ever imagine – then turn around and piously tut-tut over oil drilling or war or starving children in a desert. Where the hell do they think their lavish lifestyle and jet fuel comes from? Mung bean extract? Petroleum products are required not just for the obvious fuels, but the manufacture of so many millions of items that everyone uses daily, from plastics to antiseptics, shoes, fertilisers, heart valves, anaesthetics, refrigerants… you name it…and even Loosey’s luscious red lipstick.

The first is from Adrienne Huizer, who says her husband has been gluing new sandal parts onto her Teva shoes for the last four years. “We grab any ones found abandoned.” Adrienne says this will continue until the uppers wear out.

Grandiose lifestyles

Talk about double standards. The affluent and grandiose lifestyles of the Hollywood set that Xena and the film industry embrace, flies in the face of any environmentally-conscious reality. In the case of Loosey, there’s a particular irony, since she appeared in a commercial for Shell in the 90s –

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Oh dear, we do seem to have one set of standards for our bank account and another for the rest of the peasants. Loosey, get off your high horse. When I see you growing your own tomatoes, riding your bike to the studio and the film makers and billionaire backers get off their customised 767s and Lear jets and lead by example, then we might give you some credibility. In the meantime, stick to the toga and leave poor Derrick to do his job.

More ingenuity

In other news, we’ve had another overwhelming* response from you ingenious Kiwis. Just when we thought the well of clever ideas was running dry, our mailbox

This letter, from the guy with the coolest name we’ve heard this year, AJ McCae, of Pongakawa Station Road, Te Puke: “This is how I rebuilt my scooter after the handle bars snapped off and the back wheel wore out. I replaced the back wheel with the bottom of an office chair and I made new handle bars out of some old wood. Good for 360 degree spinouts and bunny hopping, but not much good to ride in a straight line.” Nice work, AJ. We’ve a prize pack on the way. Send in your examples of creative Kiwi ingenuity, email brian@thesun.co.nz or post to Rogers Rabbits, Sun Media, PO Box 240, Tauranga, 3140. *Translation of “overwhelmed” and how responses are rated in the media: Swamped = 5 responses. Overwhelmed = 3 responses. Underwhelmed = Dad texted. Inundated = 2 responses. Unindated = 0.

Parting thought:

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Cruising ahead Expanded information centre on wish list

Tourism Bay of Plenty wants a larger cruise visitor information centre to cope with the record ship visits booked for next season. An enlarged i-SITE is one of the issues Tourism Bay of Plenty is looking at as part of a review of the 2011-12 season, which is coming to a close. Bay of Plenty Tourism general manager Glenn Ormsby is happy with how the record summer cruise season has gone, with only nine of the summer’s 83 cruise visits now remaining, but together with cruise manager Tania Lindsey, is now focussed

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on making it even better next year when 91 vessels will visit. “We’re really pleased with how the season’s gone and are happy with the success we are having in keeping more visitors here,” says Glenn. He says it is inevitable Rotorua will always attract many visitors for its combination of geysers, mud pools and Maori cultural tourism, but large sums were still being spent in the Western Bay. The current season’s visits are a large jump up on last season’s 54, with a forecast of 123,000 visitors and 54,000 crew coming into the Bay, and spending a total of $25.8 million while in the port. On top of this average $141 per

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day spent by passengers in port, a further $4.7 million is spent on supplies by the cruise companies, along with crew and passenger flights to and from Tauranga. Tania says feedback during the season had been “overwhelmingly positive” despite last minute changes, when the Port of Tauranga was unable to allow the use of Shed One as an information centre. This prompted Tourism Bay of Plenty to set up a portable building as a dedicated i-SITE visitor information centre on the port. “We do need something bigger, but exactly how it works is yet to be decided,” says Tania. By Hamish Carter

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Gardens to nappies – sustainable challenge starts It was a family new year’s resolution that spurred the Hersey family into sustainable action. Eden, Steve and their four children – Jaimee, 7, Levi, 5, Joseph, 3 and Hyrum, nine months – are taking part in Sustainable Backyards’ Sustainable Family Challenge.

During March, the family has to complete four weekly workshops and challenges that educate them in becoming more sustainable. Eden says at the beginning of the year, the goal was to become “more self-reliant as a family”.

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“When I heard about the challenge, I thought it could be a great way to kick start us into action and help us on our way. It is a real family project.” The Family Challenge is a joint initiative by The Nappy Lady – Kate Meads – and the Environment Centre, with support from Tauranga City Council. The first week challenge is an education in growing their own vegetables, the second week is learning how to set up a worm farm, week three is with Kate and learning about cloth nappies and the fourth week is a project with Countdown to learn how to shop sustainably. Before the challenge, Eden confesses the family wasn’t as sustainable as they could be. She

says the family currently has an “unsuccessful” vegetable garden, and they enjoy walking, but she is looking forwards to improving her current procedures as well as introducing new ones. “I’m really looking forward to the garden and attending the worm farm workshop – it will be a good project for the kids. “Cloth nappies was also a goal of mine as I hate seeing the disposable ones pile up so that will be great.” The Sustainable Family Challenge is on Facebook at http:// www.facebook.com/pages/ Sustainable-Family-Challenge/234639683286957 Kate is also running Sustainable Backyards Coffee mornings

– open to all, but primarily for parents – every Monday at Grindz from 9am. Sustainable Backyards is Tauranga Environment Centre’s flagship programme aimed at inspiring people to learn, take action and be involved in enhancing our local and global environment and celebrate those people already working in the education, environment and conservation fields. It is supported by The Southern Trust, Pub Charity, Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council. For more information and a list of events happening this month visit www.envirohub.org.nz By Laura Weaser

Getting funky and creative with recycling Te Puna Quarry Park is getting funky with piece made from natural materials only. junk on Sunday, March 11 and organisers are The artworks in this category must be made on the day at the quarry, with materials brought in or found calling for anyone who wants to have a go. on site. Other cash prizes are on offer for creativity, The Funky Junk contest, now in its sixth year, promotes the creation of art from recycled and found objects, with a special award this year for the best

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Game, set, beach

By Hamish Carter

Sam O’Dea and Ben O’Dea put up the net with Coachforce Tennis Development Officer Peter O’Dea standing by. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Forget about beach volleyball – the top new sport on the Mount beach could soon be beach tennis. This Saturday, the growth sport is getting a push on the Mount Main Beach when Tennis New Zealand puts on a ‘have-a-go’ event from 10am, with a competition tournament from about midday – depending on numbers. Sport BOP Coachforce tennis development officer Peter O’Dea says there is growing interest in the game, which combines the feel

of tennis, badminton and beach volleyball in an exciting, highenergy game. The game is generally played as doubles on a court similar to beach volleyball, with paddle bats. Peter says the game offers another cross-training opportunity for those involved in other sports for its ability to improve agility, explosiveness, strength and handeye coordination. “From my understanding, the game has the potential to become

very popular,” says Peter. Top beach volleyball brothers Ben and Sam O’Dea have been cross-training in the game and will compete in the beach tennis tournament on Saturday. The pair soon return to compete in the Indonesian beach volleyball league. New Zealand ITF-ranked beach tennis player Nic Burnie is available on Saturday to give hints and pointers to those interested in getting into the game.

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An art competition to design inviting ‘Welcome’ signs for Paengaroa is the first step in a push to turn the sleepy Western Bay of Plenty hamlet into a Tauranga satellite. The competition has been organised by the newly formed Paengaroa Community Association, which aims to promote the area as a gateway to the Bay of Plenty that will offer major opportunities when the Tauranga Eastern Link opens in 2016. Association chairman John Fowler says the expressway will bring “huge opportunities” for the district, with the shaved travel times

into Tauranga from the adjacent onramp making it an ideal spot for businesses and residents. He says the group was setup to strengthen community pride and connectedness within the wider Paengaroa community, and begin community discussions on the area’s future. “We want to be proactive and promote Paengaroa – a community with ‘real heart’ and a great place to live, work and play,” says John. Maketu ward councillor Sue Matthews, who covers Paengaroa, welcomed the art competition and community group as a good way to prepare for the bypass opportunities. Sue says development in the area had

been limited under the Smart Growth Plan because of previous opposition from residents. Discussions on the shape of a community development plan for the area are scheduled in a year’s time. She says if there is support for increased development, such as more residential subdivisions or a business zone, more infrastructure will be planned. Winning entries will be used to create three welcome signs and artwork in prominent locations in the area. Registrations of interest must be made by anyone entering the competition by March 16. For more details, email office@paengaroa.school.nz or matapara-@xtra.co.nz By Hamish Carter

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Blowing up the cost of ball season

Bethany Garland, Kerri Watson, and Nikki Furmage are diving for a bargain. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

A first ever eco and wallet-friendly project is being undertaking by the Bethlehem College PTA this month to reduce waste from unwanted ball gowns. The inaugural Big Ball Dress Blowout is a way of making the ball season more affordable for college students in the area. The idea came about as a way to help families with the huge expense of school balls and is open to anyone from any school. The event gives girls a chance to sell their ball dresses from previous years, while at the same time, offering others the chance to pick up a

pre-loved bargain. “The ball is such a special event for Year 12 and 13s, but it can put real financial pressure on families. Especially families with girls,” says event organiser Monique Roser. “The Ball Dress Blow Out means girls can recoup a little of their cost from last year and perhaps pick up a new dress at a fraction of the cost.” While “many ball dresses are classic deigns, so it doesn’t matter if the dress is a few years old” – Monique says the important thing it to ensure the dress is in great condition. It costs $10 to have a dress included in the sale and dress owners set their own price. A 10 per cent commission is taken

should the dress sell on the day, with all proceeds going towards special projects within the school. Event organisers are searching for dresses right across the bay, so those looking can find dresses which have not been seen at their own school ball before. The dresses are sold on behalf of their owners at the Big Ball Dress Blowout on March 31 where there will be retail displays of other ball-related products as well. If you would like more information or have a ball dress you would like to sell, please email m.roser@ beth.school.nz or check out the Facebook Page www.facebook. com/balldressblowout for more information and ball season tips. By Laura Weaser

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Canine humour Today’s column is short and sweet. A bit like my friend Millie.

What could happen if a dog continued to chase parked cars, run into sliding doors, or have a nasty experience with Photoshop.

I was supposed to write it at home, but we all know, the dog ate my homework. Oops, I guess that was me. I’d try to frame Ady, but she’s too smart for that. Smarter than a certain dog in our street. Dimwit is so stupid, he chases parked cars. If you ask him a ‘knock knock’ joke he goes and barks at the door. Tell him “good boy”, and he looks around for him. And speaking of dog jokes, here is one. These are the answers from dogs when asked “How many dogs does it take to put in a light bulb?” Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, and you’re inside worrying about a stupid burned-out light bulb? Border Collie: Just one. And I’ll replace any

wiring that’s not up to code. Dachshund: I can’t reach the stupid lamp! Toy Poodle: I’ll just blow in the Border Collie’s ear and he’ll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry. Rottweiler: Go Ahead! Make me! Shi-tzu: Puh-leeze, dah-ling. Let the servants... Lab: Oh, me, me!!! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I? Malamute: Let the Border Collie do it. You can feed me while he’s busy. Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark. Doberman Pinscher: While it’s dark, I’m going to sleep on the couch. Mastiff: Mastiffs are NOT afraid of the dark. Hound Dog: ZZZZZZZZZZZZ Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

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Highlights and remembrance of community work bury Earthquake Recovery Fund to provide certainty for rebuilding Canterbury. Rebuilding has started and economic activity is increasing. Construction is underway on 26 significant commercial buildings in the central city.

With Parliament in recess last week, it was a pleasure to attend a lot of great events in Tauranga.

Highlights of the week

Later in the week, highlights included attending and speaking to the Asia New Zealand Young Leaders conference – seeing so many bright young Kiwis with an interest in our nation’s place in the world was an inspiration to me. They share my view about the fundamental importance of Asia to New Zealand today and into the future economically and also socially. Last Saturday, I really enjoyed being part of the opening of two special beginnings: The first was the opening of a beautiful charity store at 100 Devonport Road for Orphans Aid International – visit www.orphansaidinternational.org Money raised will go to help local as well as international organisations assist children to escape abuse. I’ve long been concerned about the issues of child trafficking and abuse, where tens of millions of children worldwide are neglected as well as sold into labour and the global sex trade. Locals making a difference in this area are to be applauded. The second opening was of Bethlehem Baptist Church’s fantastic new auditorium on Bethlehem Road. Bethlehem Baptist has long been a force for good in our community, and with the new extension, they’ll be able to further their good works. I was impressed to learn from Pastor Craig Vernall that a recent audit of the church’s com-

The Restart the Heart shopping area in Cashel Mall is back on its feet as a thriving hub, drawing Cantabrians back to the central city.

the Crusaders to help lay turf harvested from AMI Stadium. We wish the Crusaders luck on their campaign to win an eighth Super Rugby title. We honour those who lost their lives, those who were injured, and those heroes who selflessly went to the aid of their fellow New Zealanders. Together, we will rebuild Canterbury. And while Christchurch will look different to what it did before, it will be a vibrant, new and great place to live.

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Carlee MacLean and Simon Bridges at the Orphans Aid International opening. munity work reveals it contributes about 1100 hours of volunteering in Tauranga each week! I’ve often thought our city would not survive without all the volunteering done at our foodbank, churches and other community groups. The Bethlehem Baptist congregation are a wonderful example of this, working with all ages from children through to the elderly.

Rebuilding Canterbury

The biggest event of the last couple of weeks has no doubt been the one year anniversary of the February 22 Canterbury earthquake. One year on, we have all reflected on what has been lost. On that day Christchurch, and indeed all of New Zealand, was changed forever. Nationals of 14 countries died in the earthquake, including a large number of New Zealanders. One hundred and eighty-five people lost their lives, and many more were badly injured. Our thoughts are with the friends and families of those who lost loved ones and, with all the people of Canterbury, who have lived through so much. It is also important to reflect on what has been achieved during the last year in terms of getting Canterbury back on its feet. We’re making good progress. We have committed $5.5 billion to the Canter-

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Among the occasions I went to was the installation of a new Vicar at St George’s Gate Pa Church. I am sure Reverend John Hebenton will do a fantastic job at a church and site of real historic importance in Tauranga. The next day, I went to the Ballance Farm Environment Awards. This terrific event proved conclusively to me that farming can marry good economics with best sustainable practice. The winners from around the Bay of Plenty should be very proud of themselves.

Back on its feet

About 200 infrastructure repair projects, valued at more than $420 million, are also underway across the city. Thousands of homes that were badly damaged are being repaired and many have already been restored. We are also working hard to create a sense of normality in our second biggest city. This includes a new Christchurch Stadium being built in Addington. Earlier this month, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee joined

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Here we go again – time for reform By the time you read this, Minister for Local Government Nick Smith will have, or will be about to release, a paper on proposals for changes to the way councils are organised and what they should be doing. An article in the Listener a couple of weeks ago was the forerunner to the process. The proposals will be bulldozed

through in short order with a report back by May this year and implemented by April 2013 ready for the October 2013 elections. As noted in this column previously,

it is unlikely that the rating system will be changed. The purpose of changes purportedly is to put a brake on rate increases. Good luck on that one. Electricity reforms when the industry was privatised failed to produce promised savings. And this proposal is unlikely to fulfil its stated objectives either – in my opinion. In saying that I will be the first to support council’s getting back to core business – colloquially roads, rates and rubbish.

Dismember the anathema

The socialist nonsense of the 2002 Labour Government revamp of the Local Government Act needs rapid dismemberment. It conferred ‘the power of general competence’ on councils; an anathema in terms if ever I heard one. Councils were ‘to consider social, economic, cultural and environmental’ factors in the decision making process. If ever there was a formula requiring an open cheque book to a bottomless pit of ratepayers money it was this. Add in ongoing instructions from central government of unpopular (and sometimes very expensive) legislation for councils to take over and you get clues as to how the situation has got to where it is. You can juggle figures to show whatever outcome suits your argument and this proposal is no exception. Minister Smith has put out some numbers to support his proposal and the Local Government Association has also published figures to show that local government is nowhere as bad as the minister proposes. The reality is probably somewhere in between.

Put it on the rates

From history we could learn that probably the best the hapless ratepayers can expect is to mark time, on average, over the next 10 years. Debt already created still has to be repaid. Contracts for service organisations like Sport BOP, Creative Tauranga, Art Gallery will still have to be honoured. And when the contract expires what will happen? For example the annual $860,000 ratepayer grant to the art gallery is unlikely to come from anywhere else – so we were told. There are a number of other organisations in similar situations. Cut off ratepayer money and the organisation will likely cease to exist. Mergers of councils don’t produce real savings either. Work still has to be done; if we learn from the past. The exception to this will be the removal of regional councils, which were created in the 1989 Local Government reform. At the time I said they would become elephants stomping all over people and to some extent that has been born out; perhaps in the case of our local regional council more likely extremely wealthy, powerful elephant? Largely removed from public view, media scrutiny and popular awareness, they are a luxury that we ratepayers could never afford.

Rustle up the cows

Locally, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (formerly Environment BOP) is a cash cow using significant amounts of its profits from its (gifted) shares in the Port of Tauranga to subsidise its annual rate demands. So for what it’s worth, another shot at reforms gets a thumbs up from me. If it’s to be, then from today’s perspective it seems a merger between the Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council is worth consideration.

Abolish regional councils and split them up with functions and assets being divided according to need. Rotorua Lakes clean up, to Rotorua and so on. This could release much needed funding for roads to our port. Watch this space – we are in for exciting times and with careful guidance maybe this time there will be a major benefit for ratepayers.

Bleak future for DIY

Back at the coalface at council the future of the Cargo Shed looks terminal.

It’s got an earthquake danger factor that means it will probably have to be demolished. There’s certainly no money to shore it up. From March 1 you will have to be a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) to do most building work – another nail in the handyman DIY Kiwi can-do coffin. Pretty soon there will be a licence required to breathe. And ironically it was central government that was at the root of the building problems that were created by legislation change in the 90s! So now you can’t build yourself a house, bach or do structural alterations. Big brother is protecting you from yourself?

What’s it worth?

Creative Tauranga, the art gallery and Sport BOP presented their six month reports on how they are spending their ratepayer grants and their service contracts this week. Penny Jackson from the art gallery is concerned over security issues created by the bus stop outside. Setting off alarms, dirty and behavioural problems requiring police intervention, and buses parked over driveway. Art gallery audit fees from Audit NZ are a whopping $22,700. I hope Minister Smith looks at these sort of expenses. Wayne Werder from Sport BOP told elected members that NZ was in the top group of obesity in the OECD counties. Kiwi’s need to get more active (and diet awareness!) otherwise we will head off the Americans!

Park it for developers

CBD parking requirements for new buildings are up for discussion in a bid to stimulate downtown renewal. It’s a controversial action to consider it – it is going for public consultation. Suffice to say that had the parking requirements been relaxed historically we would most likely already have a hotel on the TV3 site in Durham Street. A car park now costs $34,000 per space. Mayor Stuart Crosby said three parks per 100sqm was excessive. There are 582 spare car parks in the CBD at any given time the CEO said. Just usually not outside the shop you want to go to when you arrive there.

This week’s mindbender from Helen Hayes – “Age is not important unless you’re a cheese!”


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Otago perishes on the altar of professionalism The Otago rugby situation highlights an important investment lesson – make sure the business you are about to invest in is connected with its market. For me, as a former student who spent three fun-filled years at Otago University supporting the likes of Ellis, Leslie and Timu, this is a sad week. There are many factors why Otago has failed, but I think the NZRFU need to look

at one particular part which I believe is the general growing lack of interest from the public. Crowd numbers have certainly dwindled during the years at Carisbrook. Night time rugby is often blamed, but I think it is more about a lack of connection with the public. For me, there is an over saturation of rugby and this over saturation has brought about a slow decline in interest. The over saturation of rugby has also led to the unavailability of All Blacks. The public gets confused because on one hand, adver-

tising is telling them to watch these guys because they are so great, but then much of the rugby at provincial level actually does not involve them. Does anyone else think an overhaul is needed? Our rugby strength has been based on strong competition at domestic levels, if this waivers, our chances of another Rugby World Cup victory reduce markedly. If you are an investor, you should think twice about having any involvement with a company that is losing touch with its market.

Breakfast brings issues into sight Most people would be literally lost without our sight, but not Julie Woods, who since losing her sight has gone on to become an inspirational speaker, author and cook. Julie is speaking at a fundraising breakfast organised by Zonta Tauranga to raise funds for charity and share the secret of her success. The breakfast is at the Sebel Hotel on Friday, March 9. Since losing her sight, she has taught herself how to read braille, cook, juggle single parenting, and has carved a career as a published author and professional speaker – motivated by two small words that she will share at her talk. Julie got such great feedback after talking to a group of intermediate students three years ago, she wants to share her dose of inspiration at all intermediate schools in the country – including Te Puke where she is also speaking on Friday. This year’s International Women’s Day breakfast raises money for the Zonta International Safe Cities for Women Project in Guatamala City, Guatamala and San Salvador, El Salvador, which aims to cut high rates of violence against women. Zonta International Club of Tauranga president Allison Shaw says Zonta’s purpose is to improve the lives of women worldwide by proJulie Woods, who is known for her moting radio show and demonstrations wellbeing ‘Cooking without looking’ will give in women Zonta’s International Women’s Day and girls. breakfast talk.

Tickets are on sale now for $35 and are available from Arthur Toye Fabrics, Gail McIntosh Accountants in Tauranga, Clever Kids Bethlehem and Vogue Lighting in Mount Maunganui. For more details phone Gail 07 577 1711.

Article based on personal opinion. May not be representative of the views of Goldridge Ltd. Josh Hoskin is an authorised financial adviser with Goldridge Wealth Management. A copy of his Disclosure Statement is available free on request. This article is not personalised advice under the Financial Advisers Act 2008. Readers should not act on any suggestions in this column without taking professional advice that takes into account their current circumstances and appetite for risk.


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Hire toys for higher growth Toy Library Federation of New Zealand is encouraging families to spend more time playing with their children during toy library awareness week. With more than 220 toy libraries throughout New Zealand, based both in rural communities and the cities, toy libraries are one of the single biggest not-for-profit organisations that work for all families and children.

Zero to six

Catering for children aged zero to approximately six years old, toy libraries provide an easy and costeffective way to make play a regular part of a family routine. Toy Library Federation of New Zealand is encouraging people to check out their nearest toy library and see just what it has on offer in their community. TLFNZ manager Chris Jelley says during Toy Library Awareness Week, they are asking people to pause in their busy lives and take some time out to have fun and play with their children.

“The memories of a child’s play really do last a life time. “Toy libraries are a way for families to utilise equipment and toys that can be the tools to help create a play space, where children can develop the skills they need to cope with life as they grow. Mount Maunganui Toy Library president Kristin Taylor. “As the child plays with the toy they are and puzzles, toy libraries rent out using hand eye coordination, prob- toys anywhere between 50 cents to lem solving and fine motor skills. $5 an item. All these skills are needed to move During March, Mount Maunon to learn to read and write.” ganui Toy Library is offering half price membership and Affordable option Papamoa has a ‘hire one big toy, Mount Maunganui Toy Library get another toy for free’ deal runpresident Kristin Taylor says for ning from March 1 to 14. her, toy libraries are a great facility Toy Library Awareness Week for families. runs is March 1 to March 8. Toy “Children have such a short libraries in the area are located in attention span, you can’t always Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and afford to keep upgrading toys for Otumoetai. them, so this way you can hire and The Toy Library also has a stand return toys as often as you need.” at Children’s Day celebrations at With a wide range of toys, from Historic Village this weekend. bigger ride-on animals, to blocks By Laura Weaser

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Keep children safe every day Children’s Day is an important time to celebrate our children, but it is also important to highlight one of the main household dangers that occur every day – your driveway.

Director of Safekids New Zealand Ann Weaver says every two weeks, a child is hospitalised with serious injuries received from a vehicle driving on a private driveway in New Zealand. “A further five children are killed annually, on average,” says Ann. “Children at risk are aged between one and three years old.” Child Driveway Run Overs are preventable. Safekids asks parents to be aware of the risks by identifying the signs of a risky driveway and know what home improvements you can make to prevent run overs from happening. What you can do: Check, Supervise and Separate. Check: Count the kids before you manoeuvre. Make sure they are belted safely in the car

or in a safe place with an adult. Understand how big the blind zones are around your car. Driveway run overs can happen driving forward and reversing. Keep cars locked and don’t let children use driveways as play areas. Supervise: Ensure a responsible person (not a group of kids) is actively supervising toddlers and young children. Driveways are a danger zone for children. Late afternoon and early evening If you’re expecting visitors, ask them to are particularly risky times. Special efforts park on the road or put up a barrier to are needed then to make sure children are stop them parking in the drive. safe. Baby on the Move Mount Maunganui Seperate: supports Children’s Day and car safety. Visit Consider how to separate children from their stand at the Children’s Day event on at all areas used for driving. You might need Historic Village, to install a childproof gate at doors or 17th Avenue exits that lead to driveways. this Sunday, Infants and toddlers should have safe, March 4. fenced play spaces. If you’re visiting someone’s house, park on the road instead of the driveway.

Biscuit appeal funds young women’s futures Every year, March is the month of the famous annual Guide biscuit sale.

GirlGuiding New Zealand’s main source of income – approximately 50 per cent – is from the sale of Guide biscuits.

Welcome Bay Guides, from left, Olivia-Kate Aplin, Hannah Blair, Caitlin Thomson and Breahna Taylor, are set for the annual Guide biscuit sale. The biscuit sales not only increase the district and unit income and therefore keep membership fees down by about $50 per family, but also

gets girls involved with the process of fundraising and learning about sales and marketing. Biscuit sales also promote Guiding in the community.

GirlGuiding coordinator Robyn Denzie says biscuit sales subsidise the costs of events for the girls. “Like last year’s Welcome Bay District trip to the snow, and the Brownie revels, where girls from Katikati to Whakatane got together at Otawa Lodge, our GirlGuide camp. “The money raised in Tauranga, Mount and Coastal districts stays in the area for the approximately 350 Pippins, Brownies, Guides and Ranger members,” says Robyn. A box of biscuits are selling at $3 for Plain, $3.50 for Chocolate, and $3.50 for Mini – the small chocolate coated ones that make great snacks and are

a favourite at kid’s parties. “When you buy Guide biscuits, you’re buying into the future of our girls,” says Robyn. “All profits go towards GirlGuiding New Zealand, helping young girls to build leadership skills, confidence and to reach their full potential.” This year, the Guide biscuits also come in a collectable tin, designed to fit a combination of original, chocolate and mini biscuits.


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Parvovirus is a virus that attacks the immune system of dogs, mainly the cells that line the stomach and intestines and the bone marrow that produces the cells that fight infection. The result is that the layer protecting the dogs body from bacteria in the intestines dies and is expelled either by vomiting or diarrhoea. This means that bacteria enter the blood stream and infect the body. At the same time, the bone marrow is unable to produce cells that fight the infection. It takes 5-12 days after a susceptible dogs has come into contact with Parvo before it

starts showing symptoms, including vomiting, being lethargic, weak and reluctant to move, and diarrhoea. If untreated, the dog becomes dehydrated then toxemic and dies of septicaemia, sometimes in as few as 3-4 days. Vaccination is available, but Tauranga Vets is reminding dog owners that one vaccination is not enough – puppies, who are more vulnerable, need two to three vaccinations to fully protect them from the disease. See your vet if your dog has these symptoms. Dogs can pick up the disease easily from other dogs and it also lives in the soil for several months. Danger places for dogs to pick up Parvovirus include parks and public places. Vaccinate your dog now.

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This is Jed and who said dogs can’t smile and he is always happy with plently of other expression - Beth Filer.

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Feline thyroid gland problem vet’s

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Hyperthyroidism is the most common hormone imbalance in older cats. The thyroid gland is in the neck of the cat, and is not normally felt. In cats with hyperthyroidism, the gland enlarges and excess thyroid hormone is produced. This results in an increased metabolic rate. The cat becomes hungrier and often asks for more food, but despite this, they lose weight.

They may drink more, have episodes of vomiting or diarrhoea, and some walk around the house at night meowing. Often they do not groom themselves as well as they used to.

Unsettled

Some cats act out, being unsettled or even aggressive in situations they used to cope with. The excess thyroid hormone also causes heart disease and high blood pressure.

Your vet can examine your cat and determine if this disease is likely to be present, and a blood test is required for confirmation. Then we discuss the various treatment options, to determine which will work best for the owner and the cat. There are tablets, ointments, surgery or referral treatments to choose from.

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Fun pre-school play day Pre-schoolers are in for a treat next Friday when they can try their hands at painting, making sand sculptures and other fun activities as part of Playcentre’s Little Kids Big Day Out. The fun event is being organised by the Western Bay of Plenty’s 13 parent-run centres to promote parenting that supports pre-schooler development. Papamoa Playcentre president Rebecca Taepa says the Playcentre Awareness Week’s focus is on ‘investing in our children’ – with Jack McManoway, 2 playing in gloop. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

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lots of tips and advice available from centre staff at any of the activities on how parents can be great educators for their children. “The fun day for the children is always very popular – and parents will have a chance to ask for advice when they are there,” says Rebecca. Playcentre Federation co-president Marion Pilkington says parenting is the most important job any person will do in their life and centre’s help parents do the best job they can with free parent education. “We put our resources into building families, who then move out and strengthen their communities,” says Marion. She says time and energy parents put into children in the early years produce the greatest results. The Kids Day Out is at QE2 Youth Centre on Friday, March 9 from 9.30am-11.30am.

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Collectors are being asked to volunteer their time in the Papamoa, Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Te Puke and Katikati areas. The Child Cancer Foundation is looking to raise $1 million throughout its appeal month in March to help reduce the impact of cancer on patients and their families.

Fundraising and business development manager Delwynne Hahunga says each week three children are diagnosed with cancer and collectively undergo a total of 100,000 treatments and procedures each year. Delwynne says each child has a dedicated Child Cancer Foundation support coordinator for them and their family from the time they’re diagnosed. People are being encouraged to sign up with friends and take ownership of a site with their local club, with support from the Foundation given to collectors. People wanting to volunteer as a street collector can phone the Child Cancer Foundation 0800 424 453 or email info@childcancer.org.nz

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Reform of local government is underway. The minister will announce proposed changes in the next few weeks.

Nobody knows exactly what is planned, but I am picking the changes to include; fewer councils, regional, city and district councils to no longer act as separate units, far greater national standards and monitoring for water, stormwater and sewerage, greater regionallybased infrastructure planning, significant emphasis on cost-effective services delivery, costs and debt constraint and economic and environmental innovation. New Zealand’s challenge is how to make economic progress whilst protecting and enhancing the clean green brand. The Bay of Plenty has enormous opportunity to become a region which leads the way on innovative economic progress and environmental majesty. We are a region blessed with natural resources and opportunity. Geothermal, aquaculture, forestry, clean green technology, logistics, horticulture, ecotourism, science research and innovation...the list goes on. There will be those who don’t want change, and no doubt there will be many matters that will need to be aired, debated and challenged. But we are living in technologically enabled times and old structures of local government need to adapt. We need to bring together the best ways of working with a focused view on what we need to achieve and how to best share resources to deliver for now and the future. Boundaries on maps are things belonging to the past. We need continued strategic thinking and integrated working. Lots and lots of challenges, but game on!


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Reopening city heart A 14-month renovation project on St Peter’s in the City is being formally opened with a special dinner and civic ceremonies. The $3 million project has built upon the existing building to improve and expand the facilities, with a contemporary auditorium church space, a larger foyer and meeting room areas. A key focus of the project has been preserving historic elements alongside the contemporary. St Peter’s senior minister Simon McLeay says traditional stained glass windows, along with the church panelled ceiling, sanctuary and a blue glass cross, are among elements that have been preserved. “It’s really great to see the way that this project has tied the old into the new,” says Simon. “It’s almost 50 years ago that the red brick St Peters was opened, and it’s really lovely to see the way that many of its special features have been preserved in the new.” The initial plan was to simply expand the church’s small foyer to create a larger hospitality area for the church community, but Simon says the more they looked, the more work they realised needed to be done. “A lot of the buildings were built in the 1980s and were leaking quite badly, so we realised we had to deal with them.” Simon says the project aimed to enhance the centres as a place of worship, a space for families to gather, and a facility to share with the Tauranga community.

Senior minister Simon McLea. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

“The new church is an engaging worship space, flexible, but retaining a real sense of sanctuary, and will be a great place for learning, singing and praying.” He says after coping with 14 months of disturbance and interruptions, everyone is pleased to see the work finished. A special dinner for congregation members is on Tuesday, bookings are essential, and a formal opening service with Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby and MP Simon Bridges is this Sunday, March 4 at 9.30am. By Hamish Carter


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Do you have an ‘itis’? Abundant Health

If you have a health problem that ends with ‘itis’ it is an inflammatory disease. The term arthritis describes various inflammatory joint diseases. More specifically, bursitis describes the inflammation of the fluid filled sac (bursar) in joints. Tendonitis is inflammation of tendons and so on. If you have an ‘itis’ you have unwanted inflammation. I remember about 15 years ago having bursitis in my elbow. Goodness me it hurt. My elbow was swollen, hot to touch, red and very painful. In my case, this was caused by an infection and needed IV antibiotics. Following this, I had a weakness in my elbow which lasted till about 10 years ago when I started adopting seriously anti-inflammatory diets and supplements. The four main indicators of inflammation are; swelling, redness, heat and pain. This is of course what we can feel and observe. Inflammation goes a lot deeper than that. Our immune system responds to real – or imaginary – threats by sending a cocktail of chemicals with exotic names including prostaglandins, histamine, complement and cytokines. These chemicals cause a series of events that include dilation of blood vessels, which increases blood flow. This extra blood flow causes both heat and redness. These inflammatory chemicals then cause capillaries to become more permeable causing protein rich fluid to leak into tissue spaces. With joints, this causes swelling, stiffness and of course pain. They also attract white blood cells to help clear out pathogens and dead tissue.

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This inflammatory response is critical when needed to repair damage or fight off bugs. It is unwanted when it occurs in otherwise healthy tissue. It is even worse when it is triggered to fix something it cannot repair. This is generally what happens with osteoarthritis. The joint tissue has eroded and the immune system thinks this is something it needs to fix and inflames the joint unnecessarily. Anti-inflammatory medicines such as diclofenac or ibuprofen block the unwanted inflammation reducing the symptoms. Even better, is when you can coax the immune system into shutting down the unwanted inflammation. There are many naturally occurring compounds including antioxidants and some fats that actually switch inflammation off and bring sanity to inflamed tissue. If you have an ‘itis’ it is essential you adopt the dietary changes and supplements that can reduce inflammation and your ‘itis’ may reduce or even disappear. To join my weekly newsletter visit www.johnarts. co.nz or visit www.abundant.co.nz John Arts is the founder of Abundant Health. To contact John phone 07 578 9051 or 0800 423 559. To read more from John visit www.sunlive.co.nz

Take a trip to becoming a better parent Raising a teenager is a turbulent time with many changes, so enlist some help to become the best parent you can be. Passport for Parenting is a free workshop that teaches three quick fix tips to resolve teen conflict. Led by Lietta Powell, seminar leader and intuitive awareness coach, Lietta brings an extra dimension to coaching, speaking and training. This seminar is designed for parents to be the best they can. With a background of hairdressing, youth work and social work, Lietta has heard and seen a lot of hurt, sadness and disconnection with families. Her passion is people and her mission “a world where love replaces fear”. The free seminar is Tuesday, March 6 at Downtown Tauranga, 58 Devonport Road from 6.30-7.30pm. There are limited spaces, so to reserve your seat phone Lietta 021 0227 1131 or email lietta@in2ucoaching.com


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Saluting a good cause Yoga classes are banding together to not only salute the sun, but also salute their support to end human trafficking. Yoga enthusiasts will host yoga classes, film screenings, shared meals and more in support of the Odanadi Seva Trust this March 4-10. Odanadi is an organisation which rescues victims of human trafficking and runs a sanctuary for survivors in Mysore, India. Yoga, which originated in India, has become an important part of their rehabilitation programme. Wellington yoga teacher Alanna Krause

Student Annette Neeley and teacher Jaap Spaans. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

brought Yoga Stops Traffick to New Zealand after volunteering with Odanadi in India. Held annually in more than 30 countries, 2012 marks the event’s first year in New Zealand. “Odanadi has rescued more than 2000 trafficking victims, including many children from the sex trade,” says Alanna. “The people there have devoted their lives to ending human trafficking and saving these kids, and I wanted to do something to help.” Tauranga Yoga Centre instructor Jaap Spaans is organising 108 sun salutes on Sunday, March 4 at the centre on Elizabeth Street West in his support of the cause. He says 108 sun salutes are held every three months for his class – 108 is a sacred number in yoga. Jaap says his seasonal exercise routine will be a great benefit for both his students and the cause, with the $10 donation fee going towards the Trust. “The sun salutes are not too difficult,” says Jaap, who encourages first-timers to come along. “I will go through some options – from beginners to intermediate and advanced. It won’t be easy, but it will give you a good workout though and we will cool down properly afterwards.” For more information visit Yoga Stops Traffick NZ at www.yst.co.nz By Laura Weaser

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Understanding what to eat for your body Let Lysa and Gina teach you the right eating skills to get slimmer this season. Lysa Black and Gina Martin have 25 years experience in weight loss – Lysa a former personal trainer and Gina a dietician – the pair are leading the way for New Zealanders to break free from dieting as a way to get slim. “Dieting is a never ending cycle that takes the joy out of eating and leads people into an on-off, all or nothing mentality that never allows for lasting results,” says Lysa. Gina says they know the struggle all too well; deprivation, failure, emotional eating, binge eating, secret eating, self-sabotage and self-criticism. “Dieting is not the answer; it is simply not sustainable in the long-run.” Lysa and Gina teach people how to get slim and stay slim using ‘intuitive eating’; an approach that’s about tuning into our own bodies to know what, when and how much to eat. “I put into practice the principles I learned from Lysa and Gina and have lost 8.3kgs since Christmas,” says

Hamilton workshop attendee Heidi. “I haven’t felt hungry or tired from lack of food at all. I’m so grateful for what Lysa and Gina have taught me because I am happy, full and satisfied and I have lost more weight than all of them!” Lysa and Gina work one-on-one with people all around New Zealand and also have a product range that is helping people get results by themselves. They are holding a workshop in Tauranga on Monday, March 5 with their workshop, ‘Stop Dieting and Slim’.

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by sacrificing the restored 1967 Mustang – but Ford lovers will also get some satisfaction, with the car all Holden under the bonnet. After throwing himself into restoring the car when he first discovered the aging carcass in a Taupo barn eight years ago, which he paid $800 for, his

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Young drivers sitting their learner and full licences now face tougher tests aimed at reducing the crash rate on the road. The new restricted licence test takes one hour, including 45 minutes of drive time in tougher traffic environments, while the full licence test now takes 30 minutes. NZ Transport Agency chief executive Geoff Dangerfield says the new restricted test requires a more complex driving environment, including multiple lanes and merge lanes within a 60-80km/h speed zone. “The new test will be much more challenging, and a higher standard of driving will be needed to pass – that is the whole point,” says Geoff. “This is about making new drivers safer drivers by encouraging them to take time to develop their skills and build a solid and a safe foundation before they move on to the next stage of our licensing system.” Geoff says it is specifically designed to improve safety by encouraging learner

drivers to clock up at least 120 hours of supervised practise before they sit the test. “It may seem like a lot, but over a year, it works out at just over two hours a week. That’s a small investment to make for reducing the chances of your son or daughter being involved in a crash.” Research shows that young drivers who complete 120 hours of supervised practise on their learner licence have a solo-driving crash rate 40 per cent lower than those who only complete 50 hours. Tauranga resident Emma Rookes was about to take her full licence test under the new rules. Emma first got her licence when she was 18 and says preparation for the full licence test was definitely a lot easier than for the restricted licence. “I am a bit nervous, but I think once I get in the car it will be fine. I just had to read through the rules and make sure I was up to speed.” For the next two months, NZTA will waive the fee for cancelling or rescheduling licence pre-booked licence tests for any people who feel they need more time to prepare for the new test.

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Only 300 training sessions to go “150 days and over 300 training sessions to go until you are racing at the Olympics Ella.”

Ella at the Oceania Champions.

This is what my coach told me yesterday as I prepared for yet another training session. He also suggested it could be fun to count down the training sessions from 300 as I went. I told him I could not think of anything worse and I can imagine counting down slowly from 300 would eventually drive me crazy. With the Australian Open, Oceania Championships and about 22 out of 30 days of rain done and dusted, my training has now stepped up another level. I have been in Penrith, Australia for just over three weeks now and all I have been doing is kayaking. The rain has been almost continuous with bouts of lighting and even some extreme hail, although the temperatures have been preferable to 40 degrees ,the rain has filled the lake up and caused the water to look and smell less than seemly. In mid-February, the Australian Open race was held with an all-star start list consisting of most of the top slalom athletes from all over the globe. My goal was to make the top 30 semi-

final cut off and I knew I had my work cut out for me. Unfortunately, I incurred a 50 second penalty on the second to last gate in my first run, leaving me well off the mark. My second run was not much of an improvement, although I did not miss any gates this time, I was offline on just about everything and touched a few too many gates, adding two second penalties to my time. I missed out on the semi-final, finishing in 35th place. Two weeks later, I was at the start line again for the Oceania Championships and Olympic Qualifying race. My goal once again was to make the semi-finals and this time I pulled through. My first run was messy, with three touches and a bit off the pace; I was sitting in 31st place so I knew I had to work a bit harder to make that top 30. My second run was solid with nice lines and was just fast enough to put me into 28th place. Semi-finals were the following day and I managed to do a clean run, but with a few time

costly mistakes. I finished in 26th position and although I was happy with that I know I have a lot more work to do for the next 150 days. Following the Oceania Championships, we said farewell to most of the New Zealand contingent that were out here for racing and training, including my mother, sister and brother. So now it is just me and my coach. I can’t say Penrith is my favourite place – there really isn’t much to do, but at least that means I can be fully focused on my training. I am also about to undertake an endeavour into the world of sprint kayaking so there will be a few stories from that for next time I am sure! Until then kia manuia. Follow Ella on her website, visit www.ellanicholas.com

Top boating experience built in From new and pre-loved boats and motors, to all your boating requirements, one colourful marine store in Tauranga has everything you need. Master Tech Marine Ltd, run by Tauranga’s boat dealer Karl, has been in the industry locally for more than 20 years. Karl and his sales manager Ryan, along with the rest of the team, are dedicated to not just selling you the right boat, but to also make sure they give you a fantastic experience whilst offering expert advice and support. This marine shop stocks all the

top brands of boats including, Extreme, Buccaneer, CSB Huntsman, Fyran and Smart Wave along with genuine Johnson, Evinrude, Suzuki, Honda and Parsun outboards to all brands of pre-loved boats and motors. What makes Master Tech Marine different from the rest is that they are truly ‘Masters’ in their field – with fully trained technicians and all the latest diagnostic software and with the right tools for the job, their customers can be assured of honest, qualified advice and hands-on knowledge for buying and maintaining their boats. So don’t take your boat to any

‘old boat shop’. The bright purple building is not hard to miss and has been purposely designed as a marine outlet and service centre. The building doubles as a large undercover showroom stocking new and pre-loved boats and motors and a large undercover workshop – making any handson work as efficient and clean as possible. Master Tech Marine Ltd is offering for a limited time only up to 25 per cent off all genuine Evinrude and Johnson parts only when you get your next service for a limited time. Be sure to book early to take advantage of this offer.


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Walk, run, play

Mount Joggers and Walkers are holding a 10-week training programme to get beginner runners to the top of Mauao as part of Play in the Bay. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

More people, more active, more often. This is the essence of a new programme being launched by Sport Bay of Plenty to promote exercise and sports participation. Modelled on the highly successful Live to Play Month, which runs every October, the new programme ‘Play in the Bay’ will run over eight months from March, with each month’s activities centred around one code or style of sport. Themes range from adventure to indoors, activate and water-based activities. Sport BOP marketing manager Melanie Short says the programme will be run as a pilot for the first year, but she is certain it will be a success based on the experience of other programmes. “With such a full month with Live to Play Month, we’ve decided to spread it out over the year to make it more accessible for everybody to enjoy,” says Melanie. The programme offers activities at all different levels with something to suit all abilities and fitness levels, with the first month’s events themed around walking and running in March. Melanie says the focus is on offering a wide range of opportunities and she is keen to hear from clubs that could get involved or businesses to provide sponsorship. During March, there are 22 walking or running activities planned around the Western Bay as part of the programme. The first event takes place this Sunday, March 4, with a tramp on the Rapurapu and Te Waihau walkway, complete with a stream crossing, which has been organised by the Tauranga Tramping Club. Those wanting to take part should meet outside Harrison’s Gallery in 11th Avenue at 8am with lunch, water and wet weather gear. A small charge will apply. To see the full calendar of activities visit www.sportbop.co.nz/playinthebay By Hamish Carter

Call for former rugby players

A call is being put out by the Mount Rugby Club for former players to make contact. The club has some big events coming up and would like to get hold of former players to let them know what is happening. Rugby club caption Greg Boughtwood says there have been some changes in the organisation. Those interested in keeping in touch with the club can email club manager Matt Welch, admin@mountsports.co.nz

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Gluten-free baking for a sweet tooth Turkish orange syrup cake Makes a 22cm tin

The choices of those on a gluten-free diet with a sweet tooth are on the increase as with many dairy-free and vegan choices available in many cafes and restaurants. Working as a chef these days requires a good knowledge of using alternatives to gluten in baking. Tthis week I thought I’d share my favourite gluten-free cake recipe which uses ground almonds, polenta and whole oranges. It’s an old Middle Eastern recipe I first made 20 years ago, before anyone had even heard of glutenfree. Inspired by Middle Eastern cookbook author Arto Der Haroutunian, this recipe I’ve changed the semolina to polenta, and have tweaked and personalised it during the years – even adding chocolate to make a jaffa version. The whole cake is soaked in syrup after baking, like many Turkish desserts, and it will keep for five or six days stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Ingredients 1 tsp baking powder 220g ground almonds 200g fine polenta 180g sugar 3x large oranges 6 fresh eggs 1/4 cup of oil Syrup 1 cup sugar 1.5 cups water 1/4 cup orange blossom water

orange blossom water. When cake is ready and while still warm from the oven, pour syrup over the cake and let it soak in. Note you don’t often need all the syrup so keep some for service. To make a jaffa version, decrease polenta to 100 grams and add 200 grams melted chocolate when folding in orange mix. Also a good slosh of chocolate liquor in syrup will also help. Whichever way you have this cake, it’s very Moorish and may not last the week it’s supposed to.

Method Bring oranges to a simmer and keep simmering for an hour till very soft. Pick out the part where the stem attaches to the orange, and blitz in blender with oil. While still warm, add fine polenta. Whisk eggs and sugar together till pale and thick, fold in ground almonds mixed with baking powder, then fold in the orange pulp and polenta and bake in a 22cm lined tin for 45-60 minutes at 180 degrees. Boil sugar and water for syrup, allow to cool, then add

Well-balanced with silky tannins Saint Clair Family Estate Pinot Noir is delicious for its rich palate of ripe dark berries.

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The Weekend Sun has a wine pack which includes one bottle of Saint Clair Pioneer Block 15 Strip Block Pinot Noir 2010 and one bottle of Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Gris to give away to the lucky readers who can tell us where the grapes are from? Enter online at www.sunlive.co.nz under the Competitions section. Entries must be received by March 6.


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Perfect place for any function Accessibly close to the city, but far out enough you get the feel of a country lodge, The Quarry Restaurant is the perfect setting for any function. As soon as you open the doors, there is a feeling of warmth and welcoming. Wood and stone decor give a rustic feel to the place, with a beautiful open schist fire and oak wood tables. There is also outside dinning for those warmer evenings and a beautiful grounds area for the whole family to enjoy. The Quarry Tavern caters to any private function – whether you are looking for a point of difference for your business conference or a place to give you beautiful wedding photos and a reception venue to remember. Owner Denny Barry says the location is perfect for weddings, being so close to both city and country. “The tavern is a great opportunity for

The Tavern has lots of modern technology to make every function or conference top of the line, from projectors to plasma televisions. The setup is easy to do, with friendly staff on hand to help out to make sure every function goes off without a hitch. With a capacity that caters for up to 120 guests, and a dedicated area of private parking, setting up your next functions has never been easier.

wedding photos. Not only do we have great locations on site, but we are so close to beautiful, natural attractions. “Just the other weekend, the Tavern hosted a wedding party that took their photos by Omokoroa beach as well as at the Quarry Park nearby.”

The Quarry Restaurant is the perfect setting for any private function, with great views both inside and out.

Magnificent, creamy, icy fruit blast Smooze is 100 per cent natural fruit ice cream. It comes in four delicious flavours: Coconut and pink guava, coconut and mango, plain coconut and coconut and pineapple – so there’s something for everyone. Unlike other frozen treats, the ingredients don’t come from a mad scientist’s lab. Smooze is simply made with freshly pressed coconut milk, real fruit juices and fruit purees – not concentrates or

reconstituted juices. Smooze is a magnificent, creamy, yet dairy-free indulgence that contains significantly less fat, sugar and kilojoules per gram than vanilla ice cream. They are 100 per cent vegan and free from: artificial colours and flavours, preservatives, dairy, gluten, cholesterol, GM and trans fats.

Perfect for the kids after dinner treat and just so handy to have in the freezer for guests or for after school. Just freeze, cut, push and slurp! Smooze is the perfect treat for the family – children and adults can enjoy and, even better, while knowing they are guilt free.


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Health system dies from roots When most of the roots are cut from a plant, the plant dies slowly. This is what is happening with our Hospitals. Nurses, and doctors, the grassroots of any hospital, are already overworked and now going to find themselves even more exhausted, so the care of the patient will be compromised. No-one at the top is worth over half a million a year, in any job, Parliament or Local Council. What does the CEO actually do to warrant over $500,000? per annum? Is he really more important than the nurses who actually do the donkey work? (or the rubbish collection man who keeps us healthy and free of vermin, or the hospital cleaners). The pruning of any plant should be from the top branches downward. The plant then flourishes, and begins to bear quality fruit. Common sense really,

which is in shortage in those at the “top”. We, who supply the money for our healthcare while in hospital through taxes meant for this purpose, are paying far too much for too many Admin staff and not enough of those who actually do the donkey work. Get it right NZ and start pruning away from the top of every organisation run on public money and see NZ begin to flourish once more. Maybe though, there is another Agenda. Millions are being spent on upgrading and adding to hospitals, the grassroots workers are being cut away, and a top heavy plant will fail. Is this being done purposely to make ready for privatisation? Laugh at this now, but time will tell. A. Taylor, Tauranga.

The Weekend Sun welcomes letters and photographs from readers. Preference will be given to letters that are short (200 words) and supplied with full name and contact details. Photos are best in high resolution, jpeg format or supplied as colour prints. brian@thesun.co.nz PO Box 240, Tauranga, 3140. Fax 571 1116

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Oil drilling ‘hypocrisy’ How`s this for hypocrisy! In the past Maori have been very vocal in their opposition to oil drilling but the Te Runanga o Ngati Trust, which oversees 8500 people, entered an agreement with the New Zealand Energy Corp at a hui this month, under which the trust supports the company`s exploration, development and production activities in South Taranaki. Watching at the meeting was David Binnie, general manager of New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals , the government agency which manages gas, mineral and oil resources. “This agreement provides opportunities for our youth and is a good example of what can be achieved through direct engagement between iwi and the oil companies” Ngapari Nui, trust chairmasn said. Isn`t it amazing what crossing the palm with silver will do to change attitudes. I wonder if they have consulted with the Maori Party or even the Government ~ Just who is running this country? Mary Brooks, Avenues.

It is a great shame the Noble Discoverer did not put out to sea when the Captain found that Lucy Lawless was sitting in the drilling tower. When the ship hit the open west coast water Ms Lawless would have been begging to come down. Does Ms Lawless discount her participation in the use of fuel to get her from NZ to America and back and from her home to New New Plymouth or wherever she wants to go? It will be an injustice if she is discharged without conviction. A conviction would cause serious problems for her ability to work in America. A conviction would be a consequence of ill thought out actions and ‘just retribution’ for an act of stupidity. One might also wonder where she thinks her gold jewellery comes from. Most of the assets we covert and It would seem that John Key and the Minister of own, come to us at some environmental cost. It would be interesting to know whether her so called principles Epsom John Banks, have a wee problem, the pakeha is a push over when they have a problem, but the Maori apply to herself or just to other people. Maureen J Anderson, Pyes Pa. people are a real pain with their demands, they stick together like glue to solve issues. One of the very first acts that John K did, when he took office was to reintroduce the British Honours List, I wonder why? and this came at a time when the country was in big Christie Marceau was murtrouble. Most of the holders bar one I believe, disdered on 7 November 2011. carded their New Zealand Honours to the trash can, in The man who murdered her favour of the British system, now there is a contradichad been in court on an earlier tion in terms if there ever was one, and not very loyal date, accused of kidnapping and to NZ, and our All Blacks. But we digress when the assaulting Christie. Maori People have a problem they stand up for their Despite strong police and rights, apart from the ones in the National Govt, who Family opposition, The Judge would never work with National. I suppose it is difgave him bail! The Judge then ficult for John and John to understand that greed is not let him live close to Christie’s healthy, most people strive for fair play and a chance home! Four weeks after the to earn a decent living. No MP can show me, how a accused was given bail, he person can have a life, buy a house, raise a family on entered Christie’s home and stabbed her. Christie died $13-00 an hour. Someone has to empty the trash and in her mother’s arms. Many murders have been comif we do not think that is important, wait till it starts mitted by offenders who have been given bail by NZ to stink. The result poverty, crime, more prisons, and judges! The Sensible Sentencing Trust is demanding they are not cheap, so in the end the wealthy will pay action to stop this. dearly.Still all is not lost when John and John consumWe launched Christie’s Law, at the Auckland Court, mated their marriage, along came Winston, such joy to on 27 February, to demand Bail Laws be changed and behold. that judges get a very clear message to prevent Ron Chamberlain Otumoetai. more deaths. Ken Evans, Tauranga.

Pakeha a push over

Remembering Christie

Flowers are appreciated May I express my appreciation and I’m sure I voice that of many others, for the skills and dedication spent by the staff on the flower beds around out city. The one that comes readily to mind is that one situated on the Bureta Park at the junction of Vale Street and Ngatai Roads. Each time I pass it always gives me enjoyment by the colourful display and I’m sure it must do to all the other passersby. Thank you very much. LM Sinclair, Matua.

Refreshing truths

Alan Willoughby’s letter of Feb. 24 is a refreshing statement of the truth of the present scam. At one time scientists and science represented standards of absolute honesty and integrity. People, today, with hidden agendas have used this public trust to further their not-so-honest aims. A simple way to test the fact that CO2 has very little greenhouse effect, is to consider the day/night temperatures in very dry desert areas. During the day the sun beats down resulting in very high surface temperatures but within a very short time after sunset the temperature drops to near zero. Why? Because there is no greenhouse “ blanket” to keep the heat from coming in or from going out. Why? Because there is no major greenhouse gas, which is water vapour.The CO2 content is just the same as anywhere else but its effect is very, very, small. John Mills, Matamata.

Fantastic folk day out To the Tauranga Acoustic Music Club and Katikati Folk Club: thanks for a fantastic day out at the Acoustic Music Festival on February 25. Felt like I was back in a pub in Ireland or Scotland, stomping my foot and slapping my thigh to a reel or losing my heart to a wistful tune, all the while trying to stop myself singing along too loudly even when I didn’t know all the words. Please tell me it’s on again next year. To the massive crowds that weren’t there: you missed a beautiful venue, amazing music from talented locals and international guests, and a great atmosphere. Thanks for not coming. xx Natasha Mitchell, Tauranga.


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A real hornet’s nest

Sledgehammer to beneficiaries As a National supporter I am not surprised at the sledge hammer assault on beneficiaries by the present Government it is what one should expect from a National Govt. One wonders what a widow will do if that benefit is cancelled or slashed when left alone with no income and lacking ability to work. If labour were in power the same sledge hammer blow would be to the wealthy that is the way of politics in NZ. Until we get rid of the distaste for the poor the aged the infirm on the right and on the left the distaste for the wealthy the educated and the intelligentsia in general. Things will never change in NZ, as long as all that nonsense which is looking backward instead of forward

continues in the politics of this country. We have never in NZ had what I would consider to be a really forward looking Govt in NZ. We need to get rid of the reverse gear that exists in NZ politics a Govt should have drive, should look and work towards the future and do what needs doing rather than doing what politics insist they should do. I would like to see any Govt esp this one come down with the same kind of sledgehammer blow on Judges that allow a possible murderer out on bail. Too many people especially women have been murdered by violent offenders being allowed bail. I wonder could the family take a case against the Judge in a such a case, be an interesting test case if they could. Alastair Bourne, Bethlehem.

University-polytech proposals There is no problem with TCC (ratepayers) providing the existing Council carpark land at Durham Street, behind the Bongard Centre Polytech for use as a Waikato University Campus facility. We certainly need this in Tauranga and it should be built to the maximum height permitted and should have 4 levels of carparking underneath the building. Build boundary to boundary to fully utilise the site available, the only issues are traffic, parking and access. There need be no concern about recreation areas either, simply put in a roof garden the same as at the Bongard Centre. Only 400m away you have lovely Wharepai Domain with tennis courts, bowling greens and athletic track and the same distance to the main Tauranga library. Use the Bongard Centre and Durham Street for commercial studies and the like, Sulphur Point

for marine studies and Windermere Campus for everything else. The Government must purchase the site and pay TCC the market value plus fund the complete construction and fit-out because people from outside Tauranga will also be using the facility. Tauranga people should not be expected to fund an education facility because nowhere else does. The obligation on TCC will then be to build a large multistorey carpark at the Hamilton Street site to assist with CBD parking and compensate the loss of The Strand parking, etc. Proceeds from the sale of the Durham Street parking site to the Govt. must be used toward this new carpark. On this basis, it is a win-win situation solving a few problems relating to vital education and city parking, anything else and it will be the usual pig’s breakfast. S Paterson, Mount Maunganui.

Ph 0508 KIWIFRESH (0508 549 437)

Misconceptions shock

From this perspective I have been shocked by the misconceptions of so many otherwise rational fellow Kiwis, not to mention the venom directed ad nauseum at scientists and politicians alike (and even the odd “messenger” such as myself ) by those convinced the science and politics of climate change are a “preposterously arrogant myth”, a “rort” and a “scam”. Are they afraid the “greenies”, communists, UN and Al Gore are angling to take over their lives? Why do they employ such underhand tactics as continually presenting manufactured observations as scientific fact? Perhaps denying climate change excuses them from accepting some responsibility for the environmental mess and imbalance our generation is still creating, predicted to so severely affect our own descendents. Don’t they give a damn?

Long term trends

Very briefly: Alan Willoughby, surely so many scientists around the world, in so many different disciplines, reaching the same basic conclusion, must count for something? And I’m sure most would seriously disagree with at least seven of your statements. Bill Wilkinson, I haven’t been to the North Pole yet but many of my friends have, including one whose team made the first ever winter ice thickness measurements in a traverse across the Arctic Ocean in 1969/70. (It was nearly twice as thick then!) Your son and his Russian captain are interesting but their informal observations don’t disprove measured long term trends. Mike Kuipers von Lande and Rob Smith, I seriously recommend that you read Gareth Morgan and John During the B of B in 1940, the HurMcCrystal’s “Poles Apart: beyond the shouting who’s ricanes had shot down 656 enemy right about climate change?” Unlike so much of the aircraft, compared to the Spitfires 529. current debate, it is extremely informative and presents But there were many more Hurricanes both sides fairly. For up todate data I suggest you then at that time, and as the war dragged Google up websites of established climate research on, Spitfire production overtook the Hurricanes, as the ‘Spits’ were a superior centres. Mr Smith in particular will then understand who is really being stupid and making the “fallacious plane, but only 50km/hr faster, and claims”. Incidentally, the big temperature increases and easier to fly. Against the Messerschmitt 109’s, it was sea level rise (of at least one metre) are predicted to seriously impact, not yet, but towards the end of the the Spitfire with 282 ‘kills’ against the Hurricanes 222 kills, during the B of B. century. Peter Otway, Pahoia. Ernest Izett, Tauranga.

Hurricanes heroes in Battle of Britain I read with interest the article re Les Munro and the Dambusters. My late older sister was very friendly with a Dambuster crew members named Max Dowman, in Kaponga, Taranaki in early 1943. I was 13 years old when WWII broke out in 1939, and I remember when the Luftwaffle were bombing London City. It was not the Spitfire which were the heroes of the sky, but the Hurricanes; they were the heroes which saved and won the Battle of Britain, with the ‘Spits’.

Phew! My letter to Mr Walker last week stirred up a real hornets’ nest. With four letters to respond to, I can only generalise. Contrary to many correspondents’ suspicions, I have no hidden agenda - absolutely no political affiliations (red, green, yellow or blue). I have instead spent 30 years in the DSIR/GNS Science studying tectonics and active volcanoes, and eight seasons in Antarctica, working with geologists and geophysicists. I am therefore very familiar with the science scene. Since retiring I have attended and presented numerous lectures on Antarctic, geological, atmospheric and ocean science, maintaining close contact with my colleagues. This experience has further convinced me of their personal honesty and scientific integrity. It has also dispelled my lingering doubts on the nature and primary cause of global warming and the dire consequences if emissions remain unchecked.

Editor’s note: We have allowed Mr Otway’s letter to exceed the usual word limit so he can reply to four letters published last week responding to him.


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E N T E R T A I N M E N T G U I D E REVIEW

DVD MOVIES

OUT THERE

Film critic Laura Weaser reviews this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner.

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

Stories, snippets, strangeness, and general entertainment.

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

Friday 2 March Monster Garage Sale

Baby & children’s gear, Tauranga Multiple Birth, QE2 Memorial Hall, 10am start. Gold coin entry.

Paintings by Val Helm & Julia Blackler

In ‘The Little Blue House’ downtown Katikati until March 3.

Saturday 3 March 25th Easter Book Sale

Rotary Club of Tauranga need your books. Sale held April 7, 8, 9 9am 5pm daily at Seeka Coolstore, Totara St, Mount. Please deliver unwanted books, magazines, sheet music, records, cassette tapes, CD’s, videos, DVDs & jigsaw puzzles to Caltex Welcome Bay, Bayfair, Greerton, 14th Ave, Katikati or for collection Ross 544 0817

Art in the Park

Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui 7.30am – 5pm. Tauranga Society of Artists offer for sale a variety of art to suit all tastes. Sunday if wet.

BOP Christian Singles

Born Again Church going over 40’s group who meet 1st Sat of every month socially. 575 5556

BOP Sun Club

Open weekend March 3-4 at 430 Manawahe Rd, Matata. Find out more about the naturist lifestyle with no obligation to disrobe or join. Free goody bags & lunchtime BBQ. Special discounted subscriptions for new members (conditions apply). 027 440 5157

Come Dance the Night Away

Sequence & old time dancing, Greerton Hall 8-11.30pm. Great music & supper. $5 entry. All welcome. Run by Tauranga Social Dance. Bev 543 0204

Crackerjack Bowls

Matua Bowls, Levers Rd 1-4pm. Be there 12.45pm. Make up a team of four or we will fit you into a team. Cost $5pp. Wear flat soled shoes. Bowls available. All welcome. 576 9980 or www.sportsground.co.nz/matuabowls

Maketu Kaimoana Festival

March 10 - A celebration of seafood at Maketu Sports Ground 12-6pm. Featuring Madsen Bros, tributes to Eagles, Bee Gees & The Beatles. Tickets at BOP

PaperPlus stores & www.ticketdirect.co.nz

Messianic Weekly Meetings

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

Polish Club Meeting

Pot luck lunch at Tauranga Regional Multicultural office, Forresters Hall, Historic Village, 17th Ave 11.30am. Any person of Polish origin or interested persons welcome. Ewa 577 1644

Presentation on Buddhism

March 10. Are you happy? Find out how Nichiren Buddhism can help attain indestructible happiness. Free presentation, Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mount 2-4pm. Ngaire 574 3571

Salvation Army - Youth Fund-Raising

Salvation Army, cnr Cameron Rd & 5th Ave 7am - 12pm.

The Sociables

Males/Females 30’s/40’s. 022 012 0376

Tauranga Farmers Market

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

Tauranga Synchronised Swimming Club

Coastal Country Music Club Inc

RSA Cameron Rd, Greerton 1pm start. All welcome. June 579 5445

Family Fun Day

Organised by Katikati Lions at Uretera Domain. Wheel barrow racing plus heaps of other activities for the whole family. Fundraiser for the Lions Cancer Lodge. Maurice 549 4474 or wanderingcrocks@yahoo.co.nz

Kids Club ‘3.45 Live’

Games, craft & bible stories. Papamoa Library 3.45-4.45pm. For ages 4-7yrs. In association with changepoint.co.nz. Linda 572 5558

Badminton Club - Bethlehem College

Body & Soul Fun Fitness

Twilight bowls 5pm start, names in before 4.45pm. Bowlers & non bowlers welcome. Joy 574 8334

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

Singles Mix & Mingle 50+

Meet 10am for an hour of mostly silent meditation, at the Annex, behind Brian Watkins Historic House cnr of Elizabeth St & Cameron Rd, followed by tea/coffee & biscuits & a chat.

Sundays Friends Meet

Tauranga Spiritual Society

Bible Seminars

Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St 7.30pm. Speaker: Janice Priest. Cost $4, members $3. Enquiries - facebook.

Children’s Day

Meet at 11th Ave Carpark 8am for a tramp on the Rapurapu & Te Waihau walkway, includes stream crossing. $7 non members. Bring lunch, water bottle, sunhat, walking shoes. Mike 548 0122

Free party, lots of fun. Katikati Resource Centre 3-5pm. Gaye 577 1753 or www.christinaproductions.co.nz

Monday 5 March

Papamoa Outdoor Bowling Club

And wheelbarrow racing at Katikati Domain 11am - 3pm. Own 549 3550

Sunday 4 March

Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St, Greerton 1.45pm. Title: “Biblical creation - can we trust it to be true?” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Vic 543 0504

Session of 108 sun salutes at Tauranga Yoga Centre, Elizabeth St 10am. Session takes 2 hours. Movements explained so everybody can do a safe practice. Cooling down & restorative poses. Entry $10 donation for YST organisation. Email: jakarap@xtra.co.nz

Lions Club Family Fun Day

Coffee afternoon at Zaggers Cafe, Chapel St 2.30pm. Mix & mingle with other like-minded singles in a relaxed atmosphere. Gayle 027 439 3267

Incorporating arts & crafts indoors, at Bethlehem Town Centre car park. (Second entrance to town centre off Bethlehem Rd) 8am – 12pm. Stallholders $10 per site. On wet or fine. 576 0106

Yoga Stops Traffick

Season starts today. Mon & Weds 7.30-7.30pm. Members & casual players welcome. Ph/text Sue 543 0035 or 0211 944 335

A good swimmer but getting bored with swimming lengths? Come for a free trial lesson at Synchro, Baywave 9-10.30am, first Sat or each month. Pool entry fee applies. Angela 552 5416

Bethlehem Lions Market

12pm. Something for everyone. Suzane 573 3389 or 027 290 1168

Tauranga Tramping Club

Te Puke Lions Market

Farmlands carpark (opp Countdown Supermarket). Summer hours 8am -

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.

Fire Brigade Indoor Bowling Club

Club night, Highbury Trophy 7.30pm at Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd. Anne 579 1079

Friends of the Libraries

Monthly meeting, Tauranga Central Library 7.30pm. Bruce Farthing, Deputy Principal Otumoetai College, discussing The Importance of Libraries to students in the digital age. Supper provided. Entry fee $2 members, $3 visitors. Use side door. All welcome.

Harmony a Plenty Barbershop Chorus

Every Mon at Bethlehem Community Church, Moffat Rd 7pm. New members welcome. 542 4191 or www.harmonyaplenty.co.nz

Katikati Art Group

Memorial Hall Bldg, Main St, Katikati Mon - Thurs 10am-4pm.

Mah Jong

Interested in playing or learning to play? Every Mon at Papamoa Sports Centre, Parton Rd 12.30-4pm. Entry $2. Sue 542 3073

Matua Bowls Twilight Mondays

Levers Rd, Matua 5.30pm. Make up a team of 4, or we will fit you in a team. $5pp per game, one game per evening.

The Weekend Sun’s guide to who’s playing and where. Sausage sizzle $1 at end of play. Raffles. Register, Geoff 513 1202 by midday on day of play. Wear flat soled shoes. Bowls available. www.sportsground.co.nz/matuabowls

Meditation

Free classes Mondays 10am & 7.30pm. Find peace, success & a new awareness. David/Trish 576 9764

Mount Badminton Club

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

Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu

Papamoa club training at Tahatai Coast School, Evans Rd every Mon & Thurs 6.15-7.45pm. Brian 579 4358 or www.nwpkungfu.co.cc

Otumoetai Indoor Bowling Club

Club night, Matua School Hall, Clivedene St 7.15pm. Karen 576 0443

Recycled Teenagers

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

Relationships Aotearoa

Mon - Parenting Through Separation, free course for separating parents 10am - 12pm. Positively Me 4 Women - self esteem course for women 12.302.30pm. Blended Families, course for parents in combined household 7-9pm. ManMade, self esteem course for men 7-9pm. Tues - Parenting Through Separation 7-9pm. Positively Me for Women 12.30-2.30pm. Weds - Parenting for Success, parenting your 2-12yr olds 7-9pm. Sex, Drugs & Homework, course for parents of teenagers 7-9pm. Parenting through Separation, Papamoa 10am - 12pm. Thurs - Positively Me 4 women 7-9pm. Living without Pornography (new course) Weekend Course relationship secrets, for couples. 576 8392

Sequence Dance Class

Modern sequence dance tuition & revision every Mon 1-3pm St Johns Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai. $3pp. Gordon 573 4333


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Seated down class. Focused on balance, stability, aerobic, flexibility & strength. Tues 11.30-12.30pm at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 11am-12pm at Greenwood Park Village, Welcome Bay. 578 9272

St Columba Indoor Bowling Club

Club night tonight St Columba Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd. Names in by 7.15pm. New bowlers welcome. Jenny 576 3584

Tauranga UFO & Paranormal Soc

Monthly meeting in hall behind Historic House cnr Cameron Rd/ Elizabeth St 7.30pm. Discussion, news, video clips. $3 donation inc light supper. Ian 578 5373

Te Puna Indoor Bowls

Every Mon at Te Puna Hall 7.15pm. New members, all ages welcome. Gwen 548 0055

Tauranga Bureta Park Probus Club

Meets 3rd Mon of every month at 1.30pm upstairs at the Citizens Club, 13th Ave. New members welcome. Brian 570 0074

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 9.1510.15am & 10.30-11.30am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 9.15-10.15am Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. Thurs 8.459.45am at Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.30-11.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.15-10.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. 578 9272

Tuesday 6 March Alcoholics Anonymous

Mount Maunganui meet every Tues at St Peters Hall, 11 Victoria St 7.30pm. 0800 229 6757 (0800 AA Works) for other AA meetings.

Conversation Cafe for Seniors

Every Tues at St Andrews Church, Dee St, Mount 10am - 12pm. Morning tea, fellowship, games. $5. 575 9347

Excel Toastmasters Club

Learn to be a competent communicator & get your message across. Meet 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues of month at Senior Citizen’s Centre, 345 Maunganui Rd, Mount 6.15pm. New members welcome. Tess 575 6610

Free Passport to Parenting Introductory seminar. Learn 3 quick fix tips to resolve teen conflict at 58 Devonport Rd 6.30-7.30pm. Limited spaces - to reserve your seat at this free 1 hour seminar email: lietta@in2ucoaching.com or Lietta 021 0227 1131. wwin2ucoaching.com

Genesis - Women’s Group Every Tues during school term at Papamoa Surf Club, Papamoa Domain 10am. This week: Trip to Tirau. New members welcome. Jennifer, Salvation Army 578 4264

Inachord Chorus Ladies 4 part harmony every Tues at Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd 6.45pm. Enjoy singing & meet new friends. Irene 549 5115

Katikati Mah Jong Encourages hard hands, restricts easy hands. Resource Centre, Beach Rd Katikati 1-4pm. 549 5954

Lymphoedema Group For education, exercises & support at 56 Christopher St, Tga (parking at Citizens Club, 13th Ave) 10.30am. Host: Kath Vickers, physiotherapist & lymphoedema therapist. Gold coin donation. All welcome. Julie 571 3346 or bcsstga@clear.net.nz

Mount Morning Badminton Every Tues at Mount Sports Centre, Blake Park 9am - 12pm. Social, com-

petitive, all ages, beginners welcome. Racquets available. Visitors $5 per session, students $2. First day free. Season starts March 13. Margaret 575 9792

Mount Joggers & Walkers

Beginners group starting. Meet at Scout Hall, May St, Mount 9.1510.30am. Goal to get people with little or no fitness to run non-stop up Mauao. Babysitting available $2 per child. Bring bottle, running/walking ghoes. Jill 578 4493

Mount Social Table Tennis

Arataki Community Centre, every Tues 7.30-9pm. 575 2048

Midweek Country & Variety Music

Every first Tues of month at Elizabeth St Arts Centre, Glasgow St 7pm. All proceeds to charity. Ruth/Dick 576 4527

Mt Joggers & Walkers Club

Beginners Group starts today 9.1510.30am Tue/Fri 10 week programme to get you running up top of Mauao nonstop! No fitness required to start. Aim for our 26th 5km/10km/21.1km Half Marathon event 3rd June. Jill 578 4493

Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu

Chinese martial art training in Kung Fu & Tai chi every Tues & Thurs at Tauranga Boys Gym 6-7.30pm. Brian 579 4358 or www.nwpkungfu.co.cc

South City Indoor Bowls

Box drawn rinks (Groucott/Ace Trophy). Greerton Hall 7.30pm. 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 www.tamc.org.nz

Depression Support Group

Junction office, 4 Roys Rd, Greerton 1-2pm. 579 9890

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

Fun Run Walk

Every Weds 6pm start. Meet outside Crown & Badger Pub. Walk or run for approx 1 hr. Spot prizes. Cost $8 includes one drink & finger food. Rosie 021 020 20718

Gate Pa Indoor Bowls

Nana Ormsby, Darby & Joan & Mixed Pairs 7.30pm. Names in book. Greerton Hall. Kevin 543 4044

Genealogy at the Mount

1st Weds of month at Arataki Community Centre, Zambuka Way, off Girven Rd 10am - 12pm. Joy 575 5820

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

Mount Badminton Club

Social club night at Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd 7-9.30pm. All past & new players welcome. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529

Mount Healing & Spiritual Centre

Fellowship at Omanu Bowling Club, Golf Rd, Mount 7.30pm. Guest speaker: Denise Palmer - channelling medium. $3 door charge. All welcome. Jules 027 235 4462

Omokoroa Children’s Dance Classes

Tauranga City Line Dancers

Settlers Hall, pre-schoolers to pre-teens. Gaye 577 1753 or www.christinaproductions.co.nz

Tauranga Morning Badminton Club

Weds advanced, Thurs club night, Frontiersmen’s Hall 7.30pm. New dancer class in April. 543 1063

Tauranga Indoor Bowling Club

Meet at Hotel Armitage cnr Willow & Park Sts, business meeting 5.45pm fellowship & dinner 6.30pm. Visiting Lions or potential members welcome. Alan 570 2630

Every Tuesday, different levels. Fun & friendship. New members welcome. Fay 578 4081

Seasons starts today at QEII Youth Centre, cnr 11th Ave & Devonport Rd 9-11.30am. Thereafter every Tues & Thurs. All welcome. Heather 574 0976 Kendal Trophy Pairs, Senior Citizens Hall, 14 Norris St, Names in by 7pm. New bowlers welcome. Ken 579 9789.

Tauranga Toastmasters

Tga Lyceum Club, 1st Ave Tues 7.15-8.45pm. Exterminate the butterflies, confidence building, improving public speaking & leadership skills. Alan 544 5989

The Worlds Largest Waterfight

Tauranga Racecourse 4.15pm. Register now to be involved. For all the family. Download your registration form from www.greertonvillage.org.nz or Victoria 571 6347

Wednesday 7 March Age Concern Walking Group

Meet at Bethlehem Rd Shopping Centre car park 10am. Car pool to Sapphire Springs Rd, visit Kauri Tree. All welcome. 578 2631

Arataki Care & Craft

St Mary’s Church Hall, Marlin St every Weds during school term 9.30am - 12.30pm. Kath 575 4396

Bridge Lessons

Orange City Square & Round Dance Club

Otumoetai Lions Club

Otumoetai Toy Box Toy Library

94 Bureta Rd. Open Weds 6.308.30pm, Thurs & Fri 9.3011.30am. A number of membership options available. 576 9923 or 027 857 7452

Salvation Army Meeting

For all women every Weds 10am morning tea, 10.30am meeting at Salvation Army, cnr Cameron Rd & 5th Ave Tga. Guest speaker from the Shakti ethnic women’s group. New members welcome. Jennifer 578 4264

Scottish Country Dancing

Every Weds, Senior Citizens’ Hall, Maunganui Rd & every Fri, Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd. Both 7.30pm. 544 0839

Shakti Ethnic Women Support Group

Meet 1st Weds of month at Tauranga Plunket, 471 Devonport Rd 11am – 12pm. For Asian, Middle Easter, Indian, Fiji Indian & South African women only. Programmes: Zumba, self defence classes, relaxation, self esteem etc. Rupal 021 0533 548 or 579 0532

Tauranga South Garden Club

Tauranga Bridge Club, 252 Ngatai Rd, Otumoetai. Starts March 21 at 7.15pm. To register, Norm 576 5022 or www.taurangabridge.co.nz

Central Baptist Church Hall, 13th Ave, Tga 1.30pm. Speaker, competitions, sales table. Margaret 544 5661

City Early Start Toastmasters

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

Improve communication, leadership & teamwork skills. Make it happen. Join the motivated & enthusiastic group every Weds at Zaggers Cafe 6.45-8.15am. Email: LaniDTM@kol.co.nz or 571 1545. Website: http://cityearlystart.toast mastersclubs.org

Toastmasters Tauranga South Area

T.S. Chatham (Sea Cadets)

Every weds at TYPBC, Keith Allan Drive, Sulphur Point 6.40-9pm. Lee 542 5377 or 027 291 6151 or email: leew.lynnc@xtra.co.nz

Wednesday Night at Faith Bible College

Public meeting, 749 Welcome Bay Rd 7.15pm. Variety of guest speakers. Supper to follow. All welcome. 544 2463

Thursday 8 March Bowls Matua

School bowls for intermediate year 9 & college students every Thurs at Levers Rd, Matua 4-5.30pm. You will need flat soled footwear - bowls supplied. www.sportsground.co.nz/matuabowls

Breast Cancer Walking Group

Meet in front of the Blue Restaurant Cafe, Marine Pde 9.30am for a walk around the Mount, followed by coffee. All welcome. Julie 571 3346 or bcsstga@clear.net.nz

Community Bible Study International

Join us at 14th Ave Gospel Centre 10am - 12pm for a non denominational in depth study of Amos/Isaiah until April 5. Joan 576 9065

Friendly Walking Group for Age 60+

Every Thurs at Beachaven Community House, 1326b Papamoa Beach Rd, 9am. Average walk 30-45mins in local area followed by morning tea. New walkers welcome. Narrah 542 1725

Keynotes 4 Part Harmony

Women’s chorus meet every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Pam 578 3757

Mount Art Group

Every Thurs at St Peter’s Parish Hall, 11 Victoria Rd, Mt Maunganui 9am - 2pm. Elise 575 9851

Mount Garden Club

Methodist Church Hall, Puriri St, Mount 1.30pm. Floral art: Irish blarney. Lois 575 5867

Mt Maunganui Creative Fibre Group

Every Thurs at Arataki Community Centre, 9-1pm. All welcome. Sandy 575 6357

Tai Chi & Shibashi

Beginners class every Thurs at St Enochs Church Hall, 16th Ave, Tga 9-10am. Warren 574 2464

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 Social Dancers

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

Friday 9 March

Gay/Bi Mens Support Group

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

Youth On the Coast

Fridays Years 6-8 at 6-7.30pm, & Years 9-13+ at 7.15-9pm at Evans Rd Community Church Papamoa, $2 Nerene 027 4377 868 “What’s On” in the Weekend Sun is a free service for non-profit clubs and organisations. email julie@thesun.co.nz or fax 571 1116 or post to PO Box 240, Tauranga. Deadline 3pm Tuesday. Contributions should be less than 20 words.


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Winston Watusi is off on a well-deserved break this week, taking a holiday to soak up the sun. He will be back with his sharp wit and musical knowledge in next week’s Weekend Sun.

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The Artist: painting Hollywood’s portrait By Laura Weaser

The bat of an eyelash, a false smile, a gentle embrace – the actions of The Artist’s stars truly speak louder than any words as they paint a selfportrait of the Hollywood machine.

The simplest action, the greatest consequence. In an era where silent movies reign, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a star. Loved by his co-stars, adored by his fans, George is a household name and the biggest celebrity of 1927. On an off-chance, one of his fans Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) snatches front page headlines after landing a kiss on George at a premiere. In one minute, a cover girl to leading lady, Peppy is a new face with the emergence of talkies in the 1930s. However, as Peppy shines, George’s star begins to fade as he refuses to give up the silent films that made him famous. In an industry that relies on dialogue, explosions and drama to make or break a film, The Artist’s 100 minutes of silence was a surprising breath of fresh air. Like heading to the country after a long stint in the city, this film removes all the clutter and modern technology that interferes with good old fashioned story telling. Being a Gen Y child, I was expecting to be bored from the lack of sound, black

and white print and academy style ratio – remembering my distain for silent movies in first year film studies. The Artist transcends its technological ‘barriers’ self-imposed upon the film. Instead of exploding your mind with CGI or snappy one-liners, The Artist is carried on the brilliant skills of its actors, every emotion conveyed on their face without either having to utter a line of dialogue. The film isn’t just about George as an artist, but the film itself as a painting, with everyone involved in this film an artist in their own right – together painting a visually stunning picture using the most simplistic of actions. The story is not a complex one with elements of comedy, romance, and drama like any film. Because of the film’s reliance on visual images alone, it is clever how the simply story becomes intriguing for the way it is told. One particular standout scene is when a moment is punctuated with the sounds of chairs scraping and glasses breaking as George has nightmares that talking will replace silent film. It is moments like this that show the simplest techniques used in the most powerful ways. The Artist is also interesting in its use of self-reflexivity, commenting on the Hollywood industry as both a powerful and destructive force. It is interesting that in our time of reality TV, remakes and big blockbusters, The Artist’s 1920s-1930s setting still reflects the cycle of fickle celebrity stardom that continues today. George’s journey from Hollywood star to a drunk-wash out is one we see play out in the headlines of tabloids even now, with younger, more beautiful celebrities constantly replacing the ‘has-beens’. The acting is amazing. Jean Dujardin’s Oscar nomination (and potential win by the time this is published) is well-deserved. Right

from George’s opening cries “don’t make me speak”, to his sole and final line of the film, this man needed no words to tell his story. From suave and handsome, to broken and suicidal, George is a man who falls spectacularly out of control as the Hollywood industry turns its back on the past to make way for the younger future. Full of homage to the films of Greta Garbo, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the film comments on a golden era lost, perhaps taking us back to a time when communication didn’t have to come in the form of words. The film aches of nostalgia for this forgotten time, with perhaps a hint of sadness towards the way the celebrity power of Hollywood has influenced our lives.

Movie critic Laura Weaser runs an online blog, Laura’s Screening. Visit www.facebook.com/laurasscreening for more reviews and competitions.

Comedy stirs senior revolt The senior residents of the Sunshine Lifestyle Village have had enough – they’re revolting! Detour Theatre’s latest comedy show is provocatively titled ‘The Old People Are Revolting!’ Director and playwright Devon Williamson says the title has caused a stir and is very memorable, but it also very accurately describes the play. Once the makers and shakers of their community, the residents of the Sunshine Retirement Village are now largely ignored and relegated to the sidelines of life. The world is about to find out how dangerous retired lawyers, car salesmen, clothing workers

and farmers can really be. Using the United Nations charter on the rights of self-determination, the residents decide to create their own independent Kingdom, appoint a monarch and teach the wider community a lesson. The resulting chaos and shenanigans draws the attention of the local and international media. Devon’s new play is an observation on attitudes towards the senior community in New Zealand. Shaped by conversations with seniors and infused with his usual wit and sense of the ridiculous, this promises to be a hugely entertaining Marty Bubb, June Kontze and Allison Stewart. and poignant examination of senior life in New Zealand. Only one of the seven cast members with is actually a senior. “The oldest member of the cast is 83-year-old June Kontze,” says Devon. “June is the honorary assistant information are available at Baycourt director. She doesn’t let us slip into Ticketdirect, phone 07 577 7188. cliche or over play the ‘senior’ nature For more information on the Detour of the characters. Theatre Trust visit www.detour.co.nz “June is a bubbly, energetic, quickThe Weekend Sun has two double witted senior and we’ve modelled passes to give away to the lucky readers a lot of the characters around who can tell us how old June is? those qualities.” Enter online at www.sunlive.co.nz The Old People Are Revolting runs under the Competitions section. from March 16 to 31. Bookings and Entries must be received by March 6.


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13 ASSASSINS Dir: Takashi Miike. Starring: Koji Yakuso, Takayuki Yamada and Yusuke Iseya. Prolific Japanese maverick Takashi Miike occasionally makes perfectly conventional films, which act as a poke in the eye for detractors of his more extreme stuff because they’re just so damn good. With 13 Assassins, the director tackles the samurai genre, particularly the universe created by Kurosawa, with 7 Samurai being an obvious touchstone for this movie (along with the likes of Harakiri and many others). Here, in the final days of feudal Japan, the Shogun’s crazy sadistic brother is threatening the stability of the kingdom with his Caligula-like behaviour so a group of While it’s easy to be snobbish and mourn the debasement of the classic story of honour and derring-do, The Three Musketeers has never been taken seriously. When the most-beloved version stars Oliver Reed and Raquel Welch, you can’t really hold up claims for high art. So there’s no point in criticising this new effort (from the generally rotten Paul W S Anderson) for silliness. It’s big bold fun, with extravagant swordplay, snarling (if slightly boring) villains and battles between flying ‘air ships’ (stick a ship on the bottom of a blimp). Eighteenth century Paris looks sensational and the pace rarely lags. Morgan Spurlock, the man who ate McDonalds every meal for a month and discovered that it wasn’t good for him, is back – and considerably trimmer – with Pom Wonderful presents The Great. Yes, that est Movie Ever Sold really is the title. Pom Wonderful (100 per cent pomegranate juice) paid $1million to be the naming rights sponsor. It’s a

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samurai are secretly dispatched to eliminate him. It’s deliberately paced and classically structured, with the first long section defining the mission and assembling the squad. Then there’s a bit of training and on to The Mission. Lovers of Miike’s excesses may be disappointed by the slow build-up, but the second half amply compensates with the climactic clash running for the last 45 minutes. Mucho spurting blood and massed samurai action ensues but the subtext about loyalty and the decline of the samurai code keep the film working on several levels.

film investigating product placement and sponsorship, which Spurlock attempts to get funded completely through sponsorship

and product placement. Along the way he interviews everyone from Noam Chomsky to Ralph Nader, but little surprising is revealed. Despite Spurlock’s occasional narcissism it zips along. Presented as episodes of imaginary TV show Paranormal Inspectors, Episode 50 is yet another collision of ‘found footage’ and supernatural hi-jinks. We join the team on episode 49, a haunting they quickly debunk and explain, just like the previous 48 cases. Then a mysterious millionaire

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invites them to spend the weekend in an abandoned asylum, the ‘most haunted property in America’. As a caption helpfully mentions: ‘During the shoot, something went wrong’. It’s short and cheap, with a confusingly inconsistent shooting style, dumb dialogue and frequent J-horror cliches. The crux is whether paranormal events are scientific or religious, but the film is too clumsy to make much headway. Gantz is kinda silly, but I think that rather comes with the territory. Two young men fall in front of a train and are ‘kidnapped’ by a large black sphere – yes, you read it right – given spandex suits (black, natch), and play a semi-posthumous ‘game’ in which they and several other recently deceased people are forced to hunt down and kill aliens armed with futuristic equipment and weapons. Based on a manga – surprise! – the extravagant silliness of the baddies is quite fun and the sheer bizarreness of the whole thing is intermittently appealing. Apparently it’s big in Japan; there’s a sequel already out.

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Brother’s educating voyage A New Zealand film is not only honouring the lives of director Rob Hamill’s brother, but educating NCEA students about Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge. Brother Number One is showing at Tauranga Rialto from March 8 as part of a nationwide release. The award winning documentary focuses on Olympian and transAtlantic rowing Rob Hamill and his travels to Cambodia to appear before a war crimes tribunal, seeking justice for his eldest brother Kerry. Kerry, along with two sailing mates, was murdered by the Khmer Rouge in 1978. Through following Rob’s personal journey, Brother Number One explores one of the ‘forgotten’ genocides of the 20th century, examining how and why nearly two million Cambodians could be killed by an ultra-Maoist regime known as the Khmer Rouge. “When I began this project to honour the

memory of my brother back in 2006, many New Zealanders didn’t know about Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge,” says Rob. “Yet those same people would have told you plenty about Hitler and the Nazis.” Being picked up as a film for NCEA studies, Rob says it is his hope that schools, classes and

the public take up the opportunity to see the film to learn more about these war crimes. “It’s an important subject that is not currently part of the curriculum and, I believe, is needed.” Brother Number One opens nationwide on March 8, including at Tauranga Rialto.

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Rock ‘n’ roll twilight concert By Hamish Carter

Music lovers are being reminded to keep this Sunday evening free for the highlight of the summer Katikati Twilight Concert series, with a performance by Shane Cortese and The Class of 58 Band. At Katikati’s Haiku Reserve, the show has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 4 from January 8 when it was postponed for rain.

Shane Cortese and his band ‘The Class of 58’ put on a great rock and roll show. Shane – who is fronting his eight-piece rock and roll band The Class of 58 – will get the audience rocking with his music selection including hits from Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochrane, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley. Shane is also well known as a TV actor.

Organising committee spokeswoman Jenni Wilson says the concert offers a great evening of family entertainment. “The show will have you yelling out for more, so put on your dancing shoes and come along to the last of the summer concerts.” The summer concert series has proven a hit with two successful shows, including Suzanne Lynch (from The Chicks) and The ConRays (including Eddie Rayner from Split Enz) which drew more than 1000 people to its show of 60s and ‘70s hits. This was followed by a high energy, foot-tapping concert by Auckland six-piece band Spiral. The show was supported by highly acclaimed singer Morgan McAneny and jazz acoustic guitar duo Sam and Eric. The concert committee has donated more than $60,000 for Katikati community projects and Tertiary study (art) scholarships during the 14 years they have been running. Concert-goers should arrive early for a good picnic spot and can bring drinks to the licenced event. Gates open at 5pm and the concert starts at 6pm. Tickets available from the gate – $15 adults, children are free.

Comedy battle on show Rustle up your posse and head along to Tauranga’s newest and most unique entertainment sensation. Prepare to laugh your boots off at The Prime Suspects Comedy Showdown – the new interactive improvisation show where no two shows are ever the same, featuring a style of unpredictable stand-up comedy even the cast don’t know what’s going to happen. With the help of the audience, who are invited to shout out scene suggestions and random lines of dialogue, a team of talented performers will battle it out each night to be the show’s Comedy Champion! With hundreds of dollars’ worth of prizes up for grabs for the best audience suggestions, it pays to play along. Audiences will enjoy cheering on their favourite performer as the

content and adult themes, each show offers a complete night of entertainment, and as all Comedy Showdowns are held at some of New Zealand’s finest dining venues, why not make a night of it with dinner and laughs. Guests celebrating special occasions can also be included in the show. Be sure to mention this when booking for some extra special treatment. The 2012 season begins at 7pm on Thursday, March 8 at Syndicate on The Strand, Tauranga. Tickets are available The Prime Suspects will have you now; $25 per person which laughing your boots off in no time. includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For bookings rival comedians compete in three please call the venue directly 45-minute rounds of quick think07 578 3543. ing comedy games that change For the latest news and show every night. The contest always information, make sure you ‘Like’ concludes with the dreaded, but decisive, musical Showdown finale. the Facebook Page www.facebook. com/primeproductionsnz With totally unpredictable


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Seafood and superstar show Historically known for its historical significance – the landing place of the Arawa canoe, a trading port and a battle zone – Maketu is also well known for its spectacular seafood. Now in its fifth year, The Annual Maketu Rotary Kaimoana Festival on March 10 showcases an event that is fast making its mark on New Zealand’s calendar of events. Festival coordinator Julie Crossley says tickets sell fast, and the confirmation of The Madsen’s Superstar Show as part of the entertainment line-up has raised the profile of the festival, attracting an even wider audience than previous years. Headlining this year’s festival, The Madsen Superstar Show is one of the hottest nostalgia bands right now, having performed in

South America, Australia and extensively around New Zealand. The group comprises three artists with a look and sound that’s closer than close to the real thing – their performance is packed with tributes to the Eagles, Freddy Mercury, the BeeGees and the Beatles. Other entertainment includes popular local bands Jumpstart, Captain Who and Hurricane Tilly, also Troupe Waihi, kapa haka groups and other local entertainment to keep the crowd entertained between acts including a plane flyover. There will even be helicopter rides for sale. Seafood served is in both traditional and contemporary styles with vendors vying to serve up the most fabulous variety of mussel, whitebait, paua, prawns, scallops and oysters – served natural or as sushi, kebabs, pizzas

and chowders. These will be complemented by fine wines and beers which can also be purchased. The festival is at the Maketu Sports grounds from 12pm until 6pm. The public are encouraged to bring seating, picnic blankets and sun umbrellas. All proceeds are used to support local volunteer groups including Maketu School, Fire Brigade, Surf Rescue, Coastguard and Surf Lifesaving Club. Tickets are $25 for adults, under-18 $10, and under- 5 free. Tickets are available from www.ticketdirect.co.nz or Paper Plus stores at Te Puke, Papamoa, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, Fraser-Cove, Rotorua, Whakatane and Opotiki. Tickets are also available at Maketu Landing. The Weekend Sun has six single tickets to

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give away to the lucky readers who can tell us who the headline entertainment act is. Enter online at www.sunlive.co.nz under the Competitions section. Entries must be received by March 6. By Hamish Carter

Community attempt at a wet and wild world record Can you imagine the fun of taking part in the world’s biggest water pistol fight? Well on Tuesday, anyone aged over six years old, can join in the excitement of a world record attempt at Tauranga Racecourse. To break the record, 3500 people are needed to get into the squirting spirit so organisers are urging anyone who likes the sound of it to take part. “It’s going to be so much fun,” says event spokeswoman Victoria Thomas. “We have had really good interest. Heaps and heaps of people want to come along.” Victoria says a lot of schools are getting behind the event, but also encourages adults to take part. “I know there are heaps of men and women who would love to take part, it will be so much fun, so we would love to see work groups coming down to get involved. “I’m really optimistic. It’s such a small per cent of the total number living in the Bay of Plenty that I’m sure we can do it – you just need to make sure you turn up on Tuesday.” The water fight has been organised as a fundraiser for Variety the Children’s Charity by Tauranga Variety team ‘Every Little

Club Mt Maunganui Friday 2 – SparX.

Pyes Pa School pupils, from left, Annelise Hall, Max Kehely, Max Cosgriff, Tania Korenhoff, Matt Rorison and Paige Mellsop practise for Tuesday’s world record water fight attempt. Photo by Hamish Carter. Boys Dream’ – with the hope of raising about $7000 for disadvantaged children. Every Little Boys Dream member Mark Hellyer and fellow group members will join in the fun on the day by squirting the hoses on their vintage 1965 fire engine. The record attempt is open to anyone over six years – but those under 14 must have their parent’s permission. Everyone taking place must complete an entry form, downloadable from www.greertonvillage.org.nz or forms are available on the day. Pay $2 to take part. Participants can only use water pistols – no buckets. Gates are open for registration from 3pm-4.15pm on Tuesday, before the record attempt begins at 4.30pm.

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Automobile history timeline Selected for their design features, every automobile at The Friends of The Elms Art of the Automobile show this Sunday is a piece of art and a tribute to today’s constructors as well as a bygone era. The unique car event showcases 100 years of exotic cars; ranging from a 1911 Siddley to the most recent Ferraris, Lamborghinis

and Porches and other exotica. Organiser and Friends of the Elms member Neil Goodwin says all 40 or so cars on display have been carefully selected for their unique attributes, and are not just ‘a wellpolished machine’.

Russell Standish with his 1968 E type Jaguar. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

“Each of the cars shows the characteristics of its era, for example pre-World War One and post-World War Two cars. “It will be like walking through an automobile timeline of history.” The emphasis of the show is on European car. Clubs from around the Bay of Plenty were contacted to select their finest cars, from the design point of view, to be on display. Neil says the show is not just about glorifying the automobile, but keeping the passion alive for younger generations, whom he hopes will take an interest in the display. “This show demonstrates some of the most beautiful and important historical automobiles which, like The Elms, are unknown to many residents of the Bay of Plenty.” The unique collection includes several Bentleys and Rolls Royce as well as two extreme rarities: a Bristol Zagato and a Fraser Nash Le Mans replica. The Art of the Automobile is on display Sunday, March 4 at the Elms on Cliff Road. Gates open at 10am. Sales at the gate only. By Laura Weasera

Swing back into the era After the successful launch of the 2012 season with the ‘Showstoppers’ concert, award winning Operatunity is back with its new show, ‘The Era of Swing’. Director Geoffrey Hughes and special guests invite you to take a fresh look at this standout era of music. Swing along with the team as they perform the songs and music of Glen Miller, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Rat Pack and more. The concert includes hits like ‘It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing’, ‘Stomping at the Savoy’, ‘Saturn Doll’ and ‘My baby just cares for me’ amongst many others. This era of music holds special memories for many as it was a time when they met significant others and for those too young to remember, it is music to make you wish you had.

The Era of Swing is at Holy Trinity Church Friday, March 16 starting at 11am. Tickets cost $30 and includes lunch with the artists. To book tickets, phone 0508 266 237, visit www.operatunity.co.nz or bookings@operatunity.co.nz

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The Weekend Sun has two double passes to give away to the lucky readers who can tell us who is the director of The Era of Swing? Enter online at www.sunlive.co.nz under the Competitions section. Entries must be received by March 6.

Radio ‘junk’ enthusiasts annual sale day

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Amateur radio enthusiasts are encouraged to sell and trade their wares at the annual ‘Junk Sale’, hosted by Te Puke Amateur Radio Club Inc. The Junk Sale is the first Saturday of March each year at Paengaroa Hall on Old Coach Road and all amateur radio clubs are invited to attend. The sale features everything from amateur radio equipment to transceivers and computer equipment. The sale begins at 10am on March 3. Full catering available, put on by Paengaroa Hall committee. For further information and table bookings, phone Syd Rowe 07 533 1029 or email syd.rowe@xtra.co.nz


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KIWIFRUIT JOBS

PH 0800 733 525 VISIT www.kiwifruitjobs.co.nz

Seeka operates leading post harvest facilities within the BOP region. We are a team that is committed to providing quality and service to our growers whilst maintaining a positive, healthy and safe work environment. We are looking for skilled and enthusiastic people to join our team for the 2012 kiwifruit season. We have positions available for both day and night shifts at our sites. Packhouse

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KKP Transpack Oakside Huka Pak Katikati

Cnr SH2 and Maketu Rd Young Rd, Maketu Rangiuru Road, Te Puke Totara Street, Mt Maunganui Cnr Main Rd & Wharawhara Rd

07 533 2313 07 573 6586 07 573 8108 07 572 6043 07 549 3061

8am - 7pm 8am - 7pm 8am - 7pm 7am – 6pm 8am - 5pm

8pm - 7am 8pm - 7am 8pm - 7am 7pm – 6am 6pm - 11pm

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1416 SH 25, Whenuakite

07 866 3519

7.30am - 5pm

6pm - 11pm

Oakside, Te Puke

Seasonal Line Shift Supervisors

We have two key seasonal positions available for Line Shift Supervisors at Oakside Packhouse, Te Puke. Reporting to the Line Manager, you will be responsible and accountable for the people management, safety and general operation of the shift on one of the packing lines. Key tasks and responsibilities include: • Managing, leading and guiding supervisors and line staff. • Assisting in liaising with the human resources team to ensure the line is adequately resourced and trained. • Ensuring fruit quality specifications are met and the Zespri/market grade standards are adhered to. • Ensuring the Company’s Health and Safety Policy is implemented and communicated to all line staff. • Ensuring pack plan instructions are adhered to. Please apply to: Susan Wood, 242 Rangiuru Rd, Te Puke. Email: susanw@seeka.co.nz. Ph 07 573-8108 ext 7601

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KKP, Maketu

• Line Manager - night shift • Quality Controllers - ZIL Approved - day and night shifts • Trainee Quality Controllers - day and night shifts Email: lancet@seeka.co.nz

Transpack, Maketu • Packing Supervisor - night and day shift Email: lancet@seeka.co.nz

Oakside, Te Puke

Day and Night Shift • Forklift Drivers (Te Puke and Mount Coolstores) • Sizer Operator - Compac Machine (Invision experience preferred) • Bin Dump Operators • Tray Prep and Packing Supervisors • Tally Clerks • Packhouse EDI Operator - night shift • Coolstore EDI Operator - day shift Email: susanw@seeka.co.nz

As part of our commitment to Seeka’s Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policy you will be required to undergo pre-employment drug screening if working in a safety sensitive area.

Supports a Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace

HukaPak, Mount Maunganui

• QC’s and Trainee QC’s - night shift • Tray Prep and Packing Supervisors - night shift

Email: dianneh@seeka.co.nz

Other Seasonal Positions Apply now for seasonal roles • Packers • Stackers • Strappers • Graders • Tray Preparation

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deceased

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pets

cars wanted

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deceased

They say goodbye is the hardest word. So to help you with your goodbyes, we’d like to say ‘hello’. Because we’ve been around for over 100 years, many Bay of Plenty families already know us. Generations have relied on us to bring family and friends together, to celebrate lives, to share treasured memories and to care for recently departed loved ones.

0800 382 828

Caring. Locally. Since 1909. Chris Andrews & David McMahon Registered Funeral Directors

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We are inviting both experienced Satara staff from previous years and new faces with an interest in the kiwifruit industry to apply for a variety of seasonal positions at our packhouses.

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• Strappers • Canteen (Washer Rd and Marshall Rd) • Envision Operator (Collins Lane) • Tray Prep • Supervisory Staff (Day and Night) • Line Managers (Griffin Rd and Marshall Rd) • Supervisory Staff (Day and Night) (Grading, Packing, Stacking)

(Must have an OSH Certification. Please note that all Forklift Drivers will be drug tested prior to employment.)

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• Washer Road, Te Puke • Collins Lane, Te Puke • Griffin Road, Tauriko • Marshall Road, Katikati No experience necessary, on-site training provided. All applicants must be able to prove they have the ability to work in New Zealand.

(Please note that Satara has policies in place to ensure that it maintains a safe and drug free workplace.)

Applications will be received onsite from: 9.00am – 12.00noon daily Monday – Friday only “At Satara we are an unconditionally Grower focussed and energy centred business; having fun and working hard is what we are about. You should only apply if you agree with this.�

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Simon Bridges MP FOR TAURANGA

mobility

Simon Bridges MP will meet with constituents most Fridays at 184 Devonport Rd, Tauranga. Appointments necessary Phone: 07 579 9016 Email: taurangamp@parliament.govt.nz

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

art & craft

CRAFT CLASSES & SUPPLIES Weekly & weekend workshops for glass fusing, mosacis & stained glass. Plus all the supplies & advice to help you complete your projects. Open: MonSat 9am-4pm Clay Art Studio, Historic Village, 17th ave. Ph 571 3726 MOSAIC WAREHOUSE want to decorate your home & garden, make gifts for family & friends. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, all your mosaic supplies in one shop. Huge selection available. Making mosaics is easy & so much fun. Give it a go, you’ll love it. Unit 29, 23 Tukorako Drive, Mount (off Hull Rd) Tues to Sat 10am2pm eftpos Ph 572 3866 www.mosaicwarehouse.co.nz

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GOLD THERE IS and rubies in abundance but lips that speak knowlodge are a rare jewel. Proverb 20:15 business opportunity

OWN A COMPUTER? Then put it to work! Up to $850$5000+ mth PT/FT 08 329 3428 Appologies for last weeks error with phone number.

cars for sale

CAR FAIR – BUY OR SELL ANY VEHICLE, Every Sunday at 11th Avenue Car park opposite Mad Butcher 8am-noon. Vehicle Finance available from Heartland Finance. Phone for more information 0277339686 or www.taurangacarfair.co.nz

computers

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

education

UKULELE LESSONS FOR Primary School Students Group Lessons for half hour at very competitive rate from an experienced & qualified music teacher! After school, Mon or Wed. Text 027 223 6151 now to secure a place.

entertainment

FISHING TRIPS FOR EVERYONE, no oil or debris, just fresh fish and good fun! Rod hire & bait combos available www.taurangamarinecharters. co.nz Ph 07 552 6283.

entertainment

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CONCRETE SLEEPERS everlasting and realistic, from $9.00 each. Village Stone, 53 Hull Rd. Mt Maunganui. Ph 575 4887 EXCELLENT FISHING BOAT Wooden 32.8ft launch with 170hp inboard. Nice stable fishing boat, handles well in rough seas, cooking area, toilet, bait boards and mooring down town Tauranga. Fly bridge controls yet to be hooked up. Comes with aluminium row boat with oars. $30,000 ono. Contact James 022 038 2508 OVEN UNIT includes Stainless Panasonic Microwave and Fisher & Paykel oven, approx 10 years old, excellent condition, plus range hood. $450 ono on the lot. Ph Claire 0274 827200. PAVERS Factory seconds, half price. 53 Hull Rd Mt Maunganui. Ph 575 4887

garage sale

BABY & CHILDREN GEAR Monster Garage Sale, Sunday 4th March, doors open 10am gold coin entry, QE2 Memorial Hall, Tauranga Mulitple Birth.

great tenants

CLEAN, TIDY, PROFESSIONAL couple seeking house to rent/housesit in Mount; 2-3 bedroom. Non-smokers, no pets. Phone 021 239 1633

health & beauty

LOSE WEIGHT FEEL GREAT! Join a ‘New Look’ clinic in your area. Healthy eating with real food. Ph Bernice NOW 576 4848

adult entertainment

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

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health & beauty

NATURAL NEW ZEALAND Health Products. Something for everyone. NZ Chartered Natural Therapies and Natural Medicine Practitioners. Opposite BP Te Puke. Ph 573 5533 www.naturaltherapiesltd.co.nz and www.kiwikitz.com SHUZI INCREDIBLE SPACE age nano technology to improve your health embedded in stylish jewellery. Now available at Hardy’s Bayfair & Hardy’s Organic Papamoa. 0800833333. SUPER AFRICAN MANGO the amazing new weight loss sensation. Now available at Hardy’s Bayfair & Hardy’s Organic Papamoa. 0800 833 333.

house cleaner

HOUSE CLEANERS AVAILABLE Husband & Wife team, 12 yrs experience within Tauranga, weekly or fortnightly basic house clean Ph 027 302 8328.

house for sale

A PERFECT 3 bedroom home, warm and dry for winter with fireplace and full insulation. Absolutely gorgeous outlook and cool breezes for Summer! Fantastic family home or for first home buyers - ideal location in Brookfield. Fully fenced on a 716m2 section situated within easy walking distance to Brookfield shops, Schools, PreSchools & parks. Separate single garage with power. Located in a quiet cul-de sac in a great neighbourhood, this home is a must see to see the potential. View some photos on TradeMe #BZV 603 or phone Daphne 027 552 6283 today! Price Slashed to Sell was $330 now only $295,000 FANTASTIC LIFESTYLE BLOCK AT PIKOWAI Within easy commuting to Tauranga, Te Puke and Whakatane this 4 bedroom brick home is in paradise! Beautiful sea and rural views 6 acres grazing land, Price of house has been slashed! to $520,000 - urgent sale. Ph 027 281 7427 today.

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BOOK GROUP THE 7 DAY WEEKEND discover doing what you love & then being paid for it, it is possible. Just a few hours of reading/ discussion could change your life. Call Chris at Balanced Success now to find out more. Phone 027 548 2548, chris@ balancedsuccess.co.nz, wwwbalancedsuccess.co.nz CAREER RESTRUCTURING? Creating opportunity from Change. Ph Chris at Balanced Success Coaching 027 548 2548 chris@balancedsuccess.co.nz www.balancedsuccess.co.nz

mobility

MOBILITY SCOOTERS & MORE visit our showrom, 29 Burrows St, Tauranga, ph 578 1213. MES “Supporting your Independence” STAIRLIFTS – Make life easy with a stairlift, enjoy the home you love by installing an Acorn Stairlift. Call us now TOLL FREE 0800782475 or www. acornstairlifts.co.nz

removal

FREE REMOVAL unwanted steel, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, fridge/ freezers, car batteries, etc. Phone Brendon 021 608 129 Or 544 6560

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

to let

A FANTASTIC 3 bedroom home is coming available in mid-march to rent. Great neighbours, great cul-de-sac in Brookfield within minutes walking distance to schools, preschools, park, shops, supermarket etc. Fully fenced with single powered garage. Only $360pw ph or text Kathy on 027 211 9193 Today!

trades & services

ALLAN HOLMES FOR ALL your carpentry, lockfitting & Handyman jobs around the home. Big or Small. Free quotes. Reasonable rates. Call 021 992 678 or after hours on 07 576 3543 BUILDER 30 YEARS experience in BOP. Specialised in outdoor areas, decks, pergolas, retaining walls, fences etc. Reasonable rates.Free quotes. Ph Keith today on 578 6869 or 021 377 387 BUILDER AVAILABLE NOW New homes, renovations, bricklaying, quality rates, quality work. No job too big or small. Call me now for a quote. DK Builders - Dieter 021 474 299 or 574 2139 a/h BUILDER EXPERIENCED, New homes, repairs & alterations. Bathrooms, decks, fences. Trade qualified. Ph Warren 543 2040 or 021 021 98 196 BUILDER / HANDYMAN 45yrs experience, no job too small. Ph Bryan on 027 408 3905

trades & services

CEILING CLEANED. Our new technology eliminates flyspots & mould uses no chemicals, leaves no rubmarks, now 20% off. Ph 579 2643 www. cleaningup.co.nz ELECTRICIAN A professional and affordable registered electrician. New builds, alterations, repairs. Ph Steve 578 0555, 027 848 6042 ELECTRICIAN available for all services. Mitsubishi air conditioner supplied and installed for very competitive rates. Ph 027 5473 831 or a/h on 543 0062 GORSE SPRAYING Do you have a gorse problem? Ph today for a FREE quote for all gorse control. Scott 0274 624 769 GUTTERING CLEAN and repairs, moss removal. Experienced Certified Roofer. Free quotes. Ph Peter now 542 4291 or 0274 367 740 HANDYMAN BUILDING and section maintenance, decks, fencing, pergolas, painting, water blasting, odd jobs. Free quotes Ph Rossco 027 270 3313 or 544 5911 INSECT SCREENS Measure. Make. Mend. Contact Rob at Magic Seal 543 4940 LICENSED BUILDER straight up builders specicalised in new housing, renovations, additions, extensions, decks, etc. Free quotes. Ph Jason 021 424 900 PAINTER / A1 DECORATOR available. All interior and exterior work. Prompt, reliable, excellent references. Ph Paul 576 4793, 027 689 6252 PAINTER AVAILABLE, Water blasting, Free quotes. Experienced. Reasonable rates. Ph Warren 543 2040 or 021 021 98 196 PAINTER / DECORATOR Interior & Exterior, quality workmanship, friendly services. Over 20 years specialising in residential and more. Quality paint at trade prices. For your best advice in all areas Ph Shane Mount/Tauranga Decorators 544 6495 or 021 575 307 PLUMBING WORKS no job too big or small, blocked drains, plumbing, spouting & roof repairs. Ph 571 5558 RETAINING WALL SPECIALIST Pole walls, crib walls, tilt slab concrete walls. Excavation and levelling. The best in the business. Ph Mike 0274 942 966 a/h 576 0941 ROOFING & SPOUTING Metal fascia, gutter and rainwater systems. Long run corrugate. Maintenance, repairs or replacement. Free no obligation quotes. PROFIX 0274 965 375 profixltd@xtra.co.nz ROOFING New roofs, re-roofs, spouting & repairs. Free quotes. Ph Chris 027 276 6348 or 572 3237 ROOF REPAIRS metal or onduline, gutters & down pipes, clean or replacement, chimney repairs. Certified Roofer over 30yrs experience Free quote. Ph Peter 542 4291 or 0274 367 740

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ROTARY HOEING Lawn preparation & sowing. Loader & blade work. Tractor mowing. Quality work & friendly service. Mini Tractor Service. Ph Murray 543 4538 or 027 200 7480 SAY GOODBYE TO GORSE! Do you have a gorse problem? We are experts for gorse control and can spray it all goodbye. Ph us today for a FREE quote for all gorse control. Ph Scott 0274 624 769. SAVE ON WATER RATES have a home Bore for all your gardening & home irrigation. Workmanship guaranteed. Phone Grant 07 575 9633 or 027 575 9633 STOVE REPAIRS, SALES & PARTS, Excellent service, great prices & a good supply of 2ndhand parts. Ph 2P’s Appliance Service 07 579 6416 STUMPINATOR STUMP Grinding free quotes & prompt service. Narrow machine to access rear yards. Ph 576 4245 or 0220 764 245 TAURANGA TANDEM SKYDIVING Best Buzz in the Bay, Gift Vouchers. Ph 576 7990 TILER, QUALIFIED tiler, references available, free quotes, all types of work done from kitchen splashbacks to full tiled bathrooms. Contact Nelson 021 609 289 TIMBER RETAINING WALLS decks and all types of fencing. Excellent work at a competitive price. Ph Clive 021 0482 833 or 552 6510 TREE FELLING, PRUNING & removal/chipping. No job to big or small. Ph Scott today 0274 624 769 TREE SHRUB AND HEDGES Trimming, topping, removal, rubbish removal, satisfaction guaranteed, free quote. Steve Hockly 571 5958

transport

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

travel & tours

A HOLIDAY OR DAYOUT. Every week. Small Group Tours. Door to Door Hinterland Tours Ph Kae & Rick 07 575 8118 CURTIS COACHES, for all your coach travel needs! Curtisy Tours. Come join the fun. Day and away trips phone 07 5439205 for quotes or newsletter. SCOTTSDALE SENIOR TOURS, fully escorted owner/operated since 1978. Ph free for colour brochure today 0800 664 414. Also see www. scottsdaletours.co.nz

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RETIRED NURSE LOOKING for house to rent long-term please ph 09 372 5200

What is the Alpha course? You are invited to the introductory dinner outlining the next Alpha course held at Holy Trinity. The dinner will give an overview of the Alpha course to see whether this is something that you would like to do. You will not be alone, as more

than 1.5 million people around the world have completed the Alpha Course and it has been held at Holy Trinity Tauranga since 1996. Come and see why international adventurer Bear Grylls is so positive about the Alpha course. When confronted with the question ‘does God exist?’ – the possible replies are yes, no or maybe. The Alpha course starting next week is your opportunity to ask the questions that are really important to you. You may have been raised in a church environment or you may never have been to church. You may have deep spiritual

beliefs or be atheist or agnostic. Whatever you believe, many people have this deep sense that there is more to life than what they are experiencing. So what is Alpha? The Alpha course is a 10-week look at Christianity. It is the fun format and relaxed style that makes the Alpha course so different. No one is going to lecture you at Alpha and you can ask questions in a non-threatening and warm environment. The format each night is a meal, followed by a DVD presentation and then an informal and relaxed discussion time over coffee. The DVD series follows the 10 weekly topics, including looking at the historical evidence for Christianity. There is no cost, but you can make a small donation to cover the meal. Why not come to the introductory dinner and DVD presentation at Holy Trinity Church, Tauranga on Tuesday March 13th at 7pm – at Devonport Rd off 3rd Avenue. You then can decide whether you would like to continue with the course. For more information phone 07 578 7718 or John Arts 07 544 1517.

Revival’s words Dr Andrew Murray wrote: ‘A Revived Church is the only hope for a dying world’.

May we be encouraged to pray for revival in New Zealand as we read these revival quotes: “True God-sent revival will return true believers to God’s standard of living…Christ Himself in you, the Hope of Glory! Only when the church is willing to allow the Holy Spirit to transform her into what Jesus Christ died for her to become, and lives to insure she will be, will the world feel once again the full impact of quality Christianity. Then, obedience to the Great Commission will overflow out of her worshipping heart, impacting the world in the measure that God intended!” (Al Whittinghill.) “In revival, holiness becomes a constant necessity, rather than an occasional


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Atheists under siege? I was once told that you know when a person or a group is under threat when they start to make outrageous and defensive accusations against their opponents. That has been happening recently within the ‘atheist’ camp. With the release of books such as The God Delusion by Richards Dawkins, God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens and the recent ‘conversion’ to theism of the world famous Atheistic philosopher Antony Flew, it is clear that plain vanilla atheism is in a state of siege. When I went to university “as a rather arrogant young atheist”, I soon discovered that science had not solved all the worlds problems nor has it stuck a fatal blow to believing in God. On the contrary, it was while I was studying Physics and particularly Cosmology

at university that I was confronted by the incredible design and perfect timing in the structures of creation. That for me was the first step. I began to doubt my unexamined assumptions about non-belief in God. I concluded that the amazing fine tuning of the universe could not have been the product of chance. Indeed it took a huge leap of blind faith to say it was the result of random events, a much larger intellectual hurdle than concluding that what we see is the result of the careful planning of a super intelligent God. That was 35 years ago. Since then, the evidence for a theory of “intelligent design” has been piling up. Now we have the evidence of biochemistry and the mind boggling information stored in DNA. When Darwin was around, they thought of a cell as a blob of protoplasm. Now we know just one cell is an engineering marvel at a nanothechnological scale. There is the irreducible complexity of many of the individual components of a cell which could

An Easter mural A Special Easter Series begins at St. Enoch’s Presbyterian Church, focussing on the seven last words or sayings of Jesus from the Cross. The words are love, forgiveness, compassion, agony, sacrifice, victory and significance.

A huge mural covering the whole of the front of the church has been painted and will be added to each week. Come and be inspired and let your faith be strengthened. Everyone is very welcome to the series at 9.30am on Sundays.

Revival: Option or necessity never known revival God’s way. True option.” (Mark Stippe.) “We want Him as long as He doesn’t revival changes the moral climate of a nation. Without exception, all true change what we like. But any person revivals of the past began after years not open to change is not open to of agonising, earth-shaking, heavenrevival.” (Al Whittinghill.) sent intercession. The secret to revival “How we have prayed for a Revival. in our own day is still the same. But We did not care whether it was oldwhere, oh, where, are the intercesfashioned or not, what we asked for sors?” was that it should be such that would (Leonard Ravenhill.) cleanse and revive His children and set them on fire to win others.” (Mary By Peter Whitcombe Warburton Booth.) “Revival is about God, His children meeting with God, and the nation being confronted with Him.” (Colin Urquhart.) “The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church. Grieved at the toleration of sin in Exalt God • Worship Jesus the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness TAURANGA PRIMARY in the Church. He SCHOOL HALL, 31 Fifth Ave is disturbed that the corporate prayer of 10am: Worship & the Church no longer Communion Service pulls down the strongSpeaker: David Otway holds of the devil. Phone: 579 2729 But he prays because www.jesusfirst.org.nz his soul is hungry for God. We live in COME & MEET WITH THE LORD a generation that has

Live & Serve in the Power of the Holy Spirit

By Rev Jim Wallace, St. Enoch’s Presbyterian Church

never have evolved by random causes. There is the mind boggling evidence of biological information – the human genome has three billion codes enough to fill the equivalent of 75,500 pages of the New Zealand Herald! Add to this the evidence of consciousness, and the incredible insights of cosmology gained from modern tools like the Hubble Space telescope. These all add up to powerful arguments for the existence of God. Dr. William Lane Craig says “The evidence for the fine-tuning of the universe for intelligent life points to this cause’s being a personal, intelligent mind”. Lane is unimpressed with the grandstanding of atheists whom he says “usually trot out the obsolete, 18th century objections”. He comments “These objections may be effective in beating up intellectually on 18-year-old students, but they can’t even hold their own when it comes to going toe to toe with their peers”. So, just as many New Zealanders seem to be content to slip into an atheistic apathy and ignore God, along comes science and philosophy to challenge the very dogmas that where unthinkingly accepted. It’s time to think again about God. Yes, God is for real.

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