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New dawn for Bay’s Waitangi

In another break with tradition, the main iwi speaker at the service is a rangatahi (young person) rather than a local kaumatua. Tauranga student Tipene Douglas-Matthews (pictured), 17, says being asked to talk is a



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also performing with his kapa haka group ‘Tutara Kauika Ki Rangataua’ at the dawn service. For dawn service details and more about Tipene see page 7.

huge honour and he hopes his speech will inspire more young people to take an interest in the Treaty of Waitangi. Tipene, who is actively involved in iwi issues and is aiming to be a future leader, is

This Monday, Waitangi Day will dawn with the annual community service taking place on Mount Drury rather than the summit of Mauao, where it has been held for more than 30 years.

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If you don’t read this, your hair will go curly We’ve had a great response from readers telling us their childhood myths. A lot of them are too rude or racist to publish. But we have a few for your reading pleasure. In the course of collating these, I was reminded of grandfather’s comments to children on the boat, presumably to quieten us down, that we were about to go across the fold in the chart and we might feel the bump. There’s a modern version we use now, with the advent of GPS, when crossing a longitude or latitude, suggesting to the kids they might be able to see the line in the water. I’ve also been shocked to learn, in the process of this investigation, that our pet sheep Lambchops who we were told went “for a holiday” on Uncle George’s farm, was in fact turned into dog tucker the next day. And to think that for all those years, until this week, I’d assumed Lambchops had lived out her days happily and productively growing wool and contributing directly to the nation’s GDP. Elaine Rickard writes that as a child growing up in the fifties, her summer job was picking gooseberries – the little prickly bush type. “On asking my parents where babies came from you can imagine how puzzled I became when told they came from under the gooseberry bush. I never saw a baby!” Helen Neilson: When I was a child (many years ago)

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there was a tin of salt (Cerebos, I think it was) which had a picture on it of a boy chasing a rooster, trying to put salt on its tail. I was so impressed by this, that when I spotted an eel in the creek at the bottom of the garden, I ran for the salt to put on its tail to catch it. It didn’t work! Jean Taylor: 1. Four-year-old daughter, Natasha, would never put on her cardigan or jacket when it was cold (we’re talking England here), so mom (me) would tell her: “If you don’t put a jacket on, you’ll catch cold”. This had little effect, next time I said: “If you don’t put your jacket on you’ll catch pneumonia!” But this had little effect either, so after about the fifth time of this, mom decides to up the ante a notch higher and said: “Natasha, if you don’t put your jacket on this minute, you’ll get OLDmonia, and that’s a lot worse than NEWmonia!” This did the trick in a trice and all was well. Later, much fact many years later, Natasha confided that she had believed there was an illness called OLDmonia, right up till she was at high school and she had even insisted to a teacher that there was. As she said later, much disillusioned with the falseness of mom, she realised she had been fooled. 2. Second daughter, Rachel, also around

four, was watching our ancient second-hand TV, delighted as we hadn’t had one since arriving in New Zealand when she was two. Some time later that week, I heard a friend ask her if she had a colour TV. Rachel promptly replied “yes”, at which point I was feeling bad for her that she felt so pressured to lie. But Rachel continued...”yes, we have a yellow one”. That was true. The wood surround of this ancient TV was indeed pale yellow! Oh ye of little faith mom! Adrienne Cleaver: We love your column each week. My husband never laughs much, but he has a ‘deep from the heart’ chuckle at most of your stories. My story comes from the tale that our parents told their four little girls as we came home at night from Matangi to Te Awamutu – which was quite a long trip in those days in the old Vanguard. When asked how the car knew which way to get back home, dad replied, “See the white line in the middle of the road? Well the car just has to follow that and it takes us right to our house”. I guess it made logic and we did get home in the dark. And parents knew everything then didn’t they? Ruth: “Don’t put your money in your mouth – it might have come from a Chinaman’s pocket.” Finally, we were expecting to hear from the Rena captain, perhaps his parents told him “if you give it enough throttle…” And speaking of ships, our picture this week from reader David, titled ‘worst page layout ever’.

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Speaking of childhood myths, a children’s book character has been making his way around Tauranga and Mount Maunganui these last few weeks. Flat Stanley had the unfortunate experience of being flattened by a falling billboard when he was young and he is now less than 2cm thick – hence the ‘Flat’ nickname. Being flat presents some advantages though, such as being able to fly around the world cheaply – as mail. He is sent around the world and photographed in different places to help children learn a bit about other countries cultures. His latest trip is from Grass Valley in California, near Sacramento, to Mount Maunganui, with him arriving today. He was sent in the mail by seven-year-old Nini McCluskey to her aunty, Mount Maunganui resident Jo Dempsey. Flat Stanley has been taken around by our journalists and photographers to places including to the Tauranga City Airshow, along with emergency services and out with surf lifesavers. He is due to head home this week back to California. Check out Stanley’s adventures on SunLive:, search Flat Stanley.

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Some advice for us, thanks to Wally: 1. Money cannot buy happiness, but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle. 2. Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard’s name. 3. Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they’re in trouble again. 4. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them. 5. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.

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Airshow brings back Dambuster memories

The Tauranga City Airshow brought back memories of flying in World War Two for Tauranga resident Les Munro.

Tauranga resident Les Munro has seen and experienced many incredible moments – from flying bombers in dangerous World War Two missions to meeting King George VI. The 92-year-old, who now resides in the Bay of Plenty, is the last surviving pilot of the Dambusters Raid of May 1943 – a key mission in the allied forces movement to destroy Germany’s industrial capacity during WW2. The 617 squadron – or Dambusters as they are known – was formed in March 1943 with the aim of destroying key dams in the Rhur, to cut power to factories and industries in Germany. In its most famous mission, Operation Chastise, Les was charged to fly the Lancaster bomber AJ-W ‘Willie’. Flying one of the 19 planes

on the mission, Les came under fire from ground artillery while attempting to bomb the Sorpe Dam. All communications were knocked out and Les was forced to return to Lincolnshire in England, one of only 11 planes to return. Now, more than 65 years on, Les remembers the mission well. “It was out of the ordinary. You don’t experience things like that every day. “All my previous experience had been in flying high-level bombing; for this one we had to train in low-level flying. “We had to fly down to about 60 feet to be able to drop the bomb.” Born in Gisborne, Les first enlisted with the Royal New Zealand Air Force on July 5, 1941. He was initially sent to New Plymouth to train in Tiger Moths, before being posted to Canada for bomber training. In October 1941, Les travelled to England where he was based with the RAF for almost two years then

joined the Dambusters. “I flew Lancasters, they are a four-engine bomber. They are very stable and easy-to-maneuver aircraft to fly.” Les recalls flying 36 missions and feels he is a lucky man for completing that many. Visiting the Tauranga City Airshow last week brought back memories for the retired serviceman. “There is a varied mixture of aircraft here. I am very surprised at the range. “It’s a great attraction. It gives people a taste of aviation history and appeals to a younger generation.” During his time in the service, Les also ran operations in conjunction with the D-Day landings and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order medal. He spent his post-war days in Te Kuiti, where the road ‘Les Munro Place’ was named after him, before moving to Tauranga. By Phillipa Yalden

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Ball boy gets courtside lessons

Upcoming tennis player Brad Currie gets to study the Davis Cup players up close as a ball boy at TECT Arena at Baypark next weekend. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

For Tauranga tennis player Brad Currie, next week’s Davis Cup meet between New Zealand and Uzbekistan is a rare opportunity to study professional players up close. The top Western Bay of Plenty player in the 14 and under age group will be as close as you can get to the action when he is courtside at TECT Arena at Baypark as a ball boy. Brad, who has been at the top of the Western Bay age group rankings since he was eight, leapt at the chance to be a ball boy at Tauranga’s first international tennis competition. “It’s very exciting. It’s a good chance to be able to watch how the professionals play,” says Brad.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all the little details of their play, like their foot work, which you can’t really see on TV.” Brad was introduced to the game as a five year old at Tauranga Lawn Tennis Club, where he learnt the basic technique at weekly training sessions. “You started off at the bottom court and every Saturday you would just hit forehands or backhands, then once in a while, they would tell you that you were good enough and you would move up the courts.” He clearly remembers being motivated to get up to the level of the big kids. Now, he is one of the big kids himself, but he’s inspired by the even bigger talent that’s going to be on the court in front of him. In particular, Brad is excited about seeing his former Western Bay representative squad coach Marcel Vos in action on the court. Marcel is the New Zealand team captain. Among his tennis achievements, Brad is most proud of winning the AIMS Games tennis competition three years ago and taking both the 14 and 16 age titles at the recent Aotearoa Maori Tennis Association nationals. Beyond the Davis Cup next weekend, Brad’s next goal is to play well at the National Junior Teams event in April, where he will play for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty 16 and under team. By Hamish Carter

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Armless sailor builds ‘boaterhome’

Travellers Leonie and Rod Haines and their ‘boaterhome’. Photo by Ross Brown.

Motueka couple Rod and Leonie Haines are cruising Tauranga Harbour this summer while they consider where to go next in their home-built ‘boaterhome’. The vehicle is unique in the NZ Motor Caravan association, being the only self-contained caravan that also floats. Add to that, the fact Rod was born armless, and you have something out of the ordinary. Ask how he built the boat without arms and Rod’s reply is simple: “With my toes”. Leonie says they have a system;

Rod built everything below waistheight and she built everything above waist-height. There are also demarcations on who is in charge of the five metre craft. Rod is the captain of the cockpit at the vessel’s stern and Leonie is in charge of the cabin, where Rod is the cabin boy. The design of the ‘boaterhome’ was made to suit them specifically, including the length of the bed, which was decided by measuring how much room they took up. The angle of the bow was set by how comfortable it is for reading in bed. Rod’s son used to sleep on the 6ft – 184cm – settee, but he kept growing. Topping out at 6’4”, they

cut a hole in the bulkhead to make it a foot longer for him. The craft is powered by a 9hp Mercury outboard, because that’s the biggest Rod can start with his foot. The couple stayed overnight in Te Puna this week before heading further up the harbour. When in use as a caravan, the mobile home rests on a flat deck trailer towed by a Honda Odyssey. The motorhome took a year to build, with the Haines launching it from their home in Motueka on Christmas Day 2000. To see more about Rod and Leonie and their ‘boaterhome’ visit By Andrew Campbell

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Wave of success With surfing in the blood, it is little surprise Kehu Butler is being picked as a future star on the waves.

The Arataki 11-year-old is riding for top honours in all three age categories at the Billabong Grom Surf Competition at Tay Street on Saturday morning. The series is a proving ground for many young surfers. Kehu has high hopes in both the

Riding the wave to success, Kehu Butler is aiming for big things on the water.

under-12 age group, which he won last year and the under-14 group which he placed fourth. Father and surfing partner Khan Butler also hopes a good performance in the under-16 category during the three-event series will cement his place in the under-16 squad competing in the world junior surfing championships in Panama in April. Khan, a former New Zealand representative surfer himself, is excited about Kehu’s prospects following recent success.

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Last year, Kehu competed in four events in Australia, including the Rusty Grom Fest in Lennox Heads where he took second place. “It was awesome,” says Khan. “We had no gauge on how well he would do overseas and he’s done really well, including getting into the finals for another comp.” His Australian experience showed Kehu how important it was to be tactical in choosing what waves to ride for the most points and to put pressure on competitors. After missing out on the under14 title at the recent national

championships by the smallest of margins – scoring 11.94, 0.03 points behind his rival Manu Scott-Arrieta – Kehu is determined to pull out all the stops this year. In particular, his goal is to win an internationally-ranked competition in Australia and compete in the world juniors. He has already attracted the attention of half a dozen sponsors, including Quiksilver, whose stickers plaster his board. During the holidays, he spent as much time on the water as a possible with whanau who all love surfing. Khan says it was natural

Kehu would develop a love for surfing because of all the family fun on the Mount waves. Khan says learning to surf on the “crappy” local waves is an advantage for Mount surfers. “When you learn how to surf that stuff your timing and your technique has to be flawless, so once you get to the real waves, it comes naturally.” These days, Khan enjoys surfing with his children “ten times more” than he used to on his own. After being encouraged by Kehu, he is planning to get back into competitions. By Hamish Carter


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Tipene Douglas-Matthews hopes to inspire young people to take more interest in the Treaty of Waitangi when he speaks at this year’s dawn service. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

FRONT PAGE STORY Tauranga Moana Waitangi Day Celebrations Naumai Haeremai Come along and see in the new dawn! A special dawn service at Hopukiore (Mount Drury) commemorating the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi will start at 6.30am on Monday, 6 February 2012. Everybody is welcome to attend. After being cancelled in 2011 due to flood damage on Mauao the organising committee has decided to move to Hopukiore this year. The day starts at 6.30am with a Karakia (blessing) by Tangata Whenua followed by a community service. The event will be over by 8.30am. For further enquiries contact:

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In a break with tradition, a voice from the younger generation of Tauranga iwi will be heard at the Waitangi Day Dawn Service. The service, which is being held at Mount Drury for the first time, traditionally includes a speech by a local kaumatua. But this year, 17-year-old student Tipene Douglas-Matthews is speaking. Tipene, who graduated from Tauranga Boys’ College last year and is now completing a degree in Maori Studies, says being asked to speak was a “huge honour” and he leapt at the chance.

He says few of his generation take much interest in the Treaty of Waitangi, but he hopes to inspire them with his speech. “I think the Treaty of Waitangi isn’t really a topic that we rangatahi (young people) take much interest in. “What I will be doing is trying to get more to realise how important it is.” Next year, Tipene will study digital design with the goal of animating Maori video games and cartoons. This focus of building on Maori customs and design to bring the traditional to a contemporary age is one of the reasons kaumatua are fostering him as a future leader. Tipene describes his major long-

term goal as giving back to his Tauranga iwi’s – Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Pukenga) – but for the next few weeks his big focus is on preparing for the Mataatua Regional Kapa Haka competition for coastal Bay of Plenty on Feburary 25. Along with the other members of his kapa haka group ‘Tutara Kauika Ki Rangataua’, which is also performing at the Waitangi Day Dawn Service, Tipene is determined the group will make it to the nationals. “We’ve represented Tauranga for about 15 years at the Mataatua regionals fighting for a spot to get through to the nationals and we are hoping this will be our lucky year.” By Hamish Carter

Waitangi Day dawns at Drury The Waitangi Day Dawn Service on Monday is at Mount Drury for the first time ever. The annual community service has been held at the summit of Mauao since starting in the late 1970s, but damage to walking tracks from heavy rain last January prompted last year’s service to be cancelled for safety reasons. The organisers decided to shift the service to Mount Drury this year to give Mauao more time to heal and for further track repairs. The service is jointly organised by iwi and church groups, with Tauranga and Western Bay councils. Mount Drury – Hopukiore – was chosen for its ability to cope with a crowd of more than the 500 expected and because it is so close to Mauao. Ngati Ranginui Iwi chairman and Waitangi Day

organising committee member Huikakahu Kawe says he hopes the service will eventually return to Mauao, but was unable to estimate when because it is a joint decision by the Mauao Trustees and everyone on the organising committee. “It will happen when it’s ready to happen, but it needs to be a joint decision.” Huikakahu says it is critical to give Mauao time to fully “heal” and be repaired because it is a sacred place for all tangata whenua. This year’s service takes place at the site of the Mount Drury sound shell and follows the same programme as in the past – starting at 6.30am with a karakia (blessing), followed by kapa haka performances, a church service and speakers. It includes an open forum for participants to speak. Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend. By Hamish Carter

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Leaving youth for manhood “You don’t know anything when you are a teenager. We wrote an album, it got massive and we had to grow up in the public. Now we have become adults, you know who you are, with fewer inhibitions.” Growing up can be hard to do – let alone doing it away from home, in Australia, surrounded by your friends who are trying to do exactly the same thing.

But for Midnight Youth lead guitarist Simon Oscroft, becoming an adult was synonymous with becoming a better band and something that was destined to happen together. After a hugely successful 2009 in New Zealand when their debut single The Letter hit airwaves, the band spent most of 2010 in Sydney giving the album “a proper go”. During this time, the band not only played together, but lived together, something Simon says “happened naturally”.

“Not many people get to go and live in a big house together as a band in another country. It was the first time most of us had moved out, but it was so easy. “We have been best mates since we were like 16. We might as well be blood brothers.” Despite finding quick success and recognition in New Zealand, Simon admits heading to Australia has been a constant struggle, saying heading home for New Zealand tours are “so relaxing”. “We never thought we could crack New Zealand at the start

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Midnight Youth: living like brothers. and now we are so grateful for our home fans. We are really lucky and we have realised being away, that we have really loyal fans here at home.” “The whole thing is a struggle because they (Australians) don’t really give a sh*t about New Zealand bands. You have to prove yourself, so we are just working at it – we are not going to make it big overnight.” Simon says they need to get in front of people so they can judge if they are good or bad. “Getting people to hear you overseas is impossible until you crack the right person or the right timing and then all you can do is when that moment happens to be awesome and pull it off.” The new album, World Comes Calling, is going back to Midnight Youth’s rock roots, shying away from the ballad style that made them famous, the album is a more “genuine record

that turned out rockier” says Simon. “The Brave Don’t Run was who we were at that time and this new album is who we are now. We are 23, 24 years old now and better musicians, experienced touring and played hundreds of shows. On the first record we haven’t played any shows. “We just write the best songs in the mood we are in at the time. Every song we just want it to be the best song, doesn’t really matter what happened in the past. “The Letter wasn’t written like that. We were no one before The Letter. When we were 18 years old, it was the best song and now we just want to write the best songs now.” Midnight Youth played with Dave Dobbyn over New Years and are back with Stan Walker at Summerfest on Waitangi Weekend, Sunday, By Laura Weaser February 5.

Calling Greerton night owls The call is going out for community-minded people to join the ‘Greerton Night Owls’ and other Western Bay of Plenty community patrols. Tauranga South Community Patrol chairman Keith Carter runs the twoman patrols looking out for suspicious activity in the Greerton area between Thursday and Saturday nights. Keith says the group is always on the lookout for new members to cover the patrols. “We have about 42 members at the moment, but they come and go, so we always love to get new members onboard.” Keith himself got involved when the Greerton group was set up six years ago to support the initiative by Greerton Mainstreet. “We had a business in Greerton at the time so I wanted to support it. We were getting quite a lot of graffiti and burglaries going on around the Greerton area at the time.” Greerton is one of six community patrols in the Western Bay area – with

others in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, Matua and Te Puke. Keith says members are rostered on for a two-person patrol about once a month, with patrols starting from about 8pm until the action dies down. “We stay our as late as we need to – until 2pm or 3pm or whenever we need to.” Keith says the patrols are all about observation and if they encounter anything suspicious they always alerted the police and do not get involved themselves. He says the patrols have helped catch people involved in a range of crimes including tagging, burglaries and possessing stolen property, but he says patrols can often be very quiet when you see nothing. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping the community and helping others. It’s good to be involved.” To get involved, applications can be completed at any police station. Everyone who wants to help will need a police check. For more details visit By Hamish Carter

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Backpackers hit by Psa Rick Malkin from Bell Lodge has been hit by a drop in visitors because of Psa. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

The future of some hostels could be under threat after a drop in backpacker numbers due to the lack of kiwifruit work in the region. All hostels contacted by The Weekend Sun say they have been affected by the fall in work available – with the impact ranging considerably depending on the location and contracts with employers. Bureta hostel, Just the Duck Nuts, has already been “drastically” affected by Psa-V, with the drop-off in work hitting them mid 2011. Hostel owner Ken Hung says the hostel occupancy is less than half its normal summer rate, at about 30 per cent compared to the tradi-

tional 70-80 per cent. Ken says the hostels outside the CBD are feeling the pinch because they rely on seasonal workers. To counter this, he is putting a lot of effort into attracting overnight travellers and finding alternative work for visitors. “Some backpackers are really struggling – you’ve still got your overheads and all your costs to cover.” Bell Lodge owner Rick Malkin says offering contract work is critical for hostels like his in Judea. “It’s exceedingly important to be able to offer these work opportunities. It’s generally the main reason why people stay here. “I think a reasonable number of people would think twice about coming here if they can’t get work.”

Rick says the hostel has less work to offer this year, but will manage. He is particularly concerned about the impact from next year though, after more vines are taken out. “It’s not this year that it will bite us, but next.” Rick says a group of hostel owners are working together to support each other and help each other if they can. The impact has not been so bad for Harbourside Backpackers in downtown Tauranga. Manager Brooke Hargreaves says the hostel has lost some small staff contracts, but still has work with two major companies. The contracts are for a two-month season rather than the traditional three months work. By Hamish Carter

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Jack and his mokopuna

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Three years ago I saw a wonderful horse and cart plodding along the beach near Opotiki. After I called out ‘Gidday’, Jack Biddle and his mokopuna invited me up for a ride with my camera. It was one of those special moments when I felt proud to be a Kiwi. I hope you are still out on the beach Jack and I wish you a happy 2012.

Chinese classes for the community Tauranga Girls’ College is offering the community a chance to learn Chinese as well as an opportunity to help strengthen New Zealand’s relationship with China. The college is preparing to open a Chinese Community School, which will offer classes in Chinese up to and including NCEA level three qualifications. Principal Pauline Cowens says people need to have a strong interest in Chinese culture in order to

take part in the class. “We are at the re-enrolling stage at the moment and the school will cater for people of all ages. “They can come in and will be tested before being placed into a class.” The school is based at Tauranga Girls’ College, operating in the late afternoon and evening. It is a pilot project that has the support of local secondary school principals and the Chinese community. Mayor Stuart Crosby says New Zealand is in the process of building a significant economic relationship with China, who is currently the fourth largest trad-

ing partner and the third most profitably export market for the country. “The ability to communicate effectively in forming these relationships is a vital ingredient to the country’s economic success.” Classes are available at all levels, from beginner to NCEA level three, with a planned class for primary and intermediate students to run on Saturday mornings. For further information on enrolment, timetable and cost, email under the subject heading ‘Chinese School’ or phone 07 578 8114 and ask for Chinese School information.

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Rodney Hide’s memorial clause At council last week elected members completed the first draft of the three year/Ten Year Plan that outlines this council’s path forward. The bit that will be of most interest is next financial year’s potential rates revenue increase, which at first cut will be 5.1 per cent net of growth, which is estimated at one per cent on the rating base. This plan goes out to you for submission and consultation, is then deliberated on after hearing your views, and after additions and deletions, it is confirmed in June. It will be extremely interesting to watch this process in council following various elected members’ voting patterns. This is because council is now required by central government to have policy on ‘quantified limits on rate increase’ – I’ve dubbed it the ‘Rodney Hide Memorial Clause’. It started life three years ago when Rodney Hide was appointed Minister for Local Government and he said he intended curbing rampant rate increases. Which was interesting considering it was successive governments’ policy of pushing more function onto the local government without funding source; other than rates that contributed significantly to the problem. Anyway, the Sir Humphreys in the government bureaucracy watered it down to this: in simple terms, council is required to have a rates cap. Tauranga’s elected members have plucked out of thin air: CPI plus two per cent plus growth. But it’s not applicable for this year! And provided you have a valid explanation it’s okay to break it. Oh dear! It’s a Claytons rates cap – the rates cap you have when you’re not having a rates cap. Rodney Hide and his ministry would have better employed their resources

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by addressing the rates system, which a 2007 government report stated is unsustainable.

Uncapped tracks?

So back to Tauranga’s three year/Ten Year Plan and individual members’ voting patterns, which of course create the rates increases. As stated many times in this column, some elected members are reluctant to take the hard, unpalatable, and tellingly, electorally unpopular stance demanded by council’s precarious financial position. So this so-called rates cap will just introduce another impediment into the rates process as debate rages over the justification for this and that that requires council to exceed that rates cap. For example, on another agenda item, council has voted a $5million capital injection over three years for Tauranga City Venues Ltd (TCVL) that runs Baypark and TECT Arena. Murray Guy spoke, saying that TCVL didn’t create the problem – they took it over from council. Despite staff assurances in more buoyant financial times, the ongoing economic downturn means that with diminished cash flows they need capital to keep going. Bob Clarkson sold it to council for $12million, payable in $2million instalments, which have been met by internal borrowings with interest being capitalised. The end of the financial road has been reached as the effect of compounding interest multiplies. The detractors howl ‘ratepayer’s bailout’, which is one point of view. Another point of view is that it’s still a good deal considering it provided a consented site for TECT Arena – probably worth the $5million. Now that TCVL has total control over the site, council can rightly expect it to function in an economic fashion. That is, make money! Tony Christiansen said he would be extremely grumpy if TCVL came back for more money. He won’t be the only one, but if they did, and it would be unbudgeted, then this would probably mean exceeding the rates cap and what real option would the council have? See what a lot of nonsense the rates cap has the potential to be?

Hope for hotel development

On other matters, council is progressing the hotel development on land opposite Baycourt known as the TV3 site


(originally TV3 were to build a studio there). Stumbling blocks historically have been financing the building (hotel chains don’t/won’t own the hotels – they just operate them). Investors aren’t keen because their return is not guaranteed – they get a percentage of turnover. Council’s parking requirements are a big impediment. The taskforce is working through the myriad of issues to facilitate a successful conclusion.

Land as good as silver?

Another initiative council is considering in the three year/Ten Year Plan is property sales. Some will say it’s selling the family silver in some cases. Well that’s true, but when you’ve been borrowing to buy more family silver and the cash flow dries up there’s little option. Refer back to the earlier comments about electorally unpopular, hard and unpalatable decisions required.

A flying example

A huge accolade to Andrew Gormlie and all those associated with last weekend’s Tauranga City Airshow. Reportedly 25,000 people attended an extremely well organised event. And no financial assistance sought from council/ratepayers. Just like Classic Flyers Museum which exists on its own resources. A glowing example for others to follow and it demonstrates what’s possible given enthusiasm and financial management skills. Nothing to do with council, but at the airshow I overheard some of the World War Two veterans, most around 90 years of age, discussing an invitation to travel overseas for a commemoration event this year. Getting there is a problem given their age and there was some reluctance to travel with the air force. Their preference is commercial airlines. Considering the sacrifice they and their generation made so that we can live in today’s wondrous society, would it be too far out of line to suggest they all go first class? This week’s mindbender – from Henry David Thoreau 19th century essay: “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”


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Priorities for the next term Last weekend was a magic one in the Bay, with some first class events that were as good as anything you could see anywhere. On Saturday night, my wife and I loved going to hear Creedence Clearwater Revisited at Mills Reef Winery. Before the concert I wouldn’t have said I was a big fan, but I was amazed how I knew and loved every song. It was a terrific evening repeated before thousands on Sunday night as well. On Sunday, we went to the Tauranga City Airshow. I’ve been to a few similar events during the years and having talked to quite a few who know about these things, it’s clear this is now the best Airshow in the North Island and arguably in all of our country. The people who organised these events spent hundreds of hours doing so and deserve our city’s gratitude – because not only do they provide great entertainment for all who attend, but by attracting people into our city, they also provide a clear economic dividend. In particular, I want to acknowledge Craig Wilson and Mills Reef for the concert and David Love, Andrew Gormlie, Classic Flyers NZ and Tauranga Te Papa Rotarians for the Airshow.

Parliamentary term previewed

During the last three years, National has proven we can work with our partners to deliver a strong and stable government in difficult times – including a global economic crisis and the destructive earthquakes in Canterbury. The next three years will be about rebuilding and strengthening New Zealand. We are in a good position to do that compared to a lot of other nations. Last week, Prime Minister John Key outlined the four key priorities the National-led government will focus on during our second term in office. Our first priority is to responsibly manage the government’s finances. In these uncertain global times, the state of the country’s finances is all-important. Our second priority is to build a more competitive and productive economy. That means an exportfocused economy, built on innovation and selling more of what the world wants, at a competitive price. Our third priority is to deliver better public services

to New Zealanders, within the tight budget the government is operating under. And our final priority is to rebuild Christchurch, our second-biggest city. National’s focus on responsibly managing the government finances includes a commitment to return to surplus in 2014/15, which we are on track to achieve. During the next two years, our economy is forecast to grow more strongly than the Eurozone, Britain, Japan, the United States, and Canada – so we are in relatively good shape. It is important, however, that we get back to surplus and make our economy more competitive. The National-led government will be implementing the 120-point economic action plan released during the election campaign. Delivering better public services means we will be implementing major welfare reforms, focusing on raising achievement across the education sector, improving health services and introducing legislation to strengthen sentencing, parole and bail laws. We are also taking a hard look at the way public services are organised across the board. The state sector could do much better at achieving results and at delivering value for money. This year, we will be getting on with rebuilding Christchurch. We are totally committed to the reconstruction of Canterbury and we’re determined to see that momentum is maintained. It will be another busy and challenging three years, but National is confident about New Zealand’s prospects.

Post shops drop phone books Next time you want to check an address for mail you are sending at the post shop, you may need to look a little further. Phone directories have been taken off the shelves in post shops across the country under a new directive, but New Zealand Post spokesman Michael Tull has defended the move which cuts a tradition dating back to the country’s first phones. Michael says it was decided to get rid of the directories to ensure New Zealand Post could not be blamed for supplying an out-of-date address and because the

directories were difficult to maintain in good condition. “It’s certainly not political correctness – it’s not for privacy reasons, because the information in the white pages is already in the public domain.” With the average household shifting every seven years, Michael says the directories include many people who have shifted address since it was published. He says New Zealand Post is considering offering address information in an electronic format and says some post shops may choose to keep directories for customers to request.

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Howling at the moon It’s been a quiet week, due to the fact that the two-legger has been struck down with ‘Man Flu’.

Really, he does make a lot of fuss over nothing. My nose is wet all the time, but you don’t see me blubbering on about it through a box of tissues. He says he wouldn’t wish it on anyone, except maybe Minto or Bradford. I keep telling him it’s just a head cold and to whip up a brandy, lemon and honey drink like his dad taught him.The sooner he gets out of the sad sack and back to stickthrowing duties, the better. Luckily, Uncle Tony has been up for it. Meanwhile, we’ve been sacked out in the beanbag watching copious

amounts of Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. Just how many ‘dogs with jobs’ do I have to be inflicted with in one week? If he tells me one more time, “you could do that” – I’m going to eat his remote. I’ve got a perfectly good job as a columnist and tennis ball monitor, without having to patrol customs borders or sniff drugs or dance for old folks in a frilly skirt. Although, I bet the morning teas are good. Meanwhile, Ady and I are in training for the big event of the month: The full moon skinny dip. Probably just what the boss needs in his state! Apparently, it falls around February 8 and we’re expecting some late night frolicking in the warm waters of the Tauranga Harbour, starkers of course. Mind you, all our swim-

ming is technically naked if you don’t count a bit of dog fur. The idea has raised a bit of consternation with the good people of Peka Peka, who are getting a tad upset at the amount of pecker that has been paraded. Added to that, the policeman who looked into the nudity complaints was Sergeant Bigwood. (Insert schoolgirl giggles here.) Wonder if he’s any relation to Ivor? Anyway, take care out there and remember water safety precautions if you happen to be cavorting in the nuddy. Till then, keep your wood in the water and don’t let your flipper flappers dangle in the dust. Training by Wendy Graydon, The Dog Trainer. 0210 700 111 Sustenance: ‘Like’ News Hounds on Facebook:

Journey to Olympic white water My father’s family is from the Cook Islands and while I live in New Zealand, I race for the Cook Islands. I think it is important to see where people’s family come from, to be able to see what truly contributes to making them who they are. My ‘Nani’ (grandmother on my father’s side) was born on the small paradise island of Aitutaki.

My father was born in Rarotonga where he and his siblings grew up in a one-room dwelling with a gravel floor. My mother’s family were farmers in Palmerston North, where my grandfather juggled milking cows with playing squash for New Zealand. I was born in Tauranga Hospital in December 1990 to two loving parents. I have an older brother and younger sister who both also

study medicine and kayak. I have always loved sports. Kayaking gradually became my first priority as I moved through my college years. Now I know I am competing at the Olympics, I have withdrawn from studying medicine at Otago University for the year to concentrate on training fulltime and give myself the best opportunity for a good result. Ella Nicholas is a 21-year-old top canoe slalom athlete who is heading to the London Olympics this year. She is writing a monthly column for The Weekend Sun on her progress. Read more from Ella’s first race on

An astronomical range of subjects This new monthly column of all matters astronomical will cover a wide range of subjects from the Big Bang to the latest sun activity. The sun has started a period of intense activity in its, roughly, 11-year cycle. This will have some effect, to some degree, on aircraft communications, satellite operations and will cause the Auroras to give fine displays. Some events to be noted later in the year include a partial, 33 per cent eclipse of the moon on June 4 and on June 6 there will be a Transit of Venus, when that planet can be seen crossing the face of the sun. This Transit will not be seen again until 2117. On the morn-


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ing of November 14, there will be an eclipse, approximately 83 per cent, of the sun, which is another rare event. More details will be given of these occurrences nearer the time. Many people believe an astronomical telescope is essential to view planets, stars and other objects in the sky. In fact, ordinary binoculars are quite adequate in some circumstances. For instance, a close-up of the face of our moon can show great detail using binoculars and the rings around Saturn can also be seen with them. Using a convenient post will help to steady the view or even better, a tripod. The TAS Observatory is located at the Clubrooms in Fergusson Park, Matua. Public meetings are every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. For more information phone 07 543 5358. Data courtesy of Stardome, Auckland.

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Attitude of ‘crying babies’ Having recently been promoted to the heady heights of sixth degree Black Belt, I have had many congratulations from my friends and students at achieving this high level of qualification. It certainly has been a long and extraordinary challenging journey. An older student commented to me, that young people today need to learn to work hard rather than his perception of a world full of ‘cry babies’ trying to whine their way to the top.

Keep trying On reflection, and as a father of four, I have a different view on being babied. Take a lesson from yourself; we were all babies once and wow did we have a great attitude. Watch the baby, they fall down a 1000 times, but get up 1001 times. Thankfully you won’t

Achieving goals

We can often dream and even stake out our goal, but along the way we make mistakes and we fail. We take these as signs that we ‘cant’ – not true. Some give up after the first mistake, but the masters, the champions, those who are successful in any field, will keep going 1000 times. They may stumble, but 1001 times they get up again. We must place ourselves in a success environment and then we can work miracles. Give a person a success environment and you

Grant Buchanan receives his sixth degree black belt from Senior Master Paul Bryant. can make the average, the non-gifted and the grow as they learn to get up again and again. In any ordinary into the extraordinary. endeavour, we all start as babies. Teach them to overcome the seemingly That’s how an asthmatic teen needing double knee insurmountable obstacle and watch them reconstruction got to be a sixth degree Master.



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Furniture review; some work, others don’t D.E.S.I.G.N. explores the creative spark behind 69 imaginative household objects produced in the past 150 years. Most people spend a lot of time seated, so many of the featured objects are chairs, sofas and tables. Some pieces have become popular household items, like the bean bag.

Improving lives

Other furniture designs haven’t been so successful, such as a shopping trolley chair or a lamp made from toothpaste tubes. Have you seen the tables that sit across hospital beds and can be rolled up close to the patients? An early model of this useful table was designed in 1927 and is an excellent example of how innovative ideas can improve peoples’ lives. Another practical item is a compact laptop designed to help children from poor countries with their learning. It has numerous languages, an inbuilt aerial and camera for long-distance communication, plus it’s ultra-durable. The laptop can be charged by turning a handle or by connecting to a car engine. Best of all, it’s free to the children who need them most.

Sculptural beauty

Some objects have been crafted for their sculptural beauty, others for their usefulness. The designers chose a range of materials to make their items such as wood, glass, plastic, leather, paper and recycled materials. One thing all the designs have in common is creativity. D.E.SI.G.N. lives up to its full title: Domestic Equipment: Sleek, Ingenious, Groundbreaking, Noteworthy. The superb design of this attractive hardback publication does justice to its subject. Reviewed by children’s book author, Jean Bennett


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Advocating ways of healthy living Breast thermal imaging (thermography) started more than 40 years ago, but has gained increasing reliability, with cameras adapted from modern military heat detection devices, combined with computer software.

This is a normal thermogram with symmetrical blood vessel pattern. Breast thermography should be considered to be a helpful tool in the assessment of women’s breast health.

Dr Mike Godfrey says thermography is based on the well-established fact that any cancer has to develop new blood vessels before it can grow beyond a pin-head size. “Most breast cancers are sufficiently superficial for these new blood vessels to be detected by thermal imaging and by nothing else. “Sequential thermographic monitoring can detect whether these vessels are spreading and the need for further investigations or receding, following lifestyle and other interventions.” In an ideal situation, Mike says every woman ought to have a baseline thermogram before her first pregnancy or by age 20 to establish her blood vessel pattern with comparative imaging at intervals after. Breast thermography may contribute to breast cancer diagnosis, but never as a sole modality, always adjunct to established clinical methods of breast cancer diagnosis like X-ray, mammography, ultrasound, palpation, MRI and biopsy. Mike is just one of many health practitioners holding informative discussions and demonstrations at the Tauranga Healthy Living Festival on February 4-5 at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre. John Swanepoel, a health practitioner for 16 years, is another medical expert at the festival. John began his career as a physiotherapist and acupuncturist and

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Does exercise help you lose weight? Does exercise really help you lose weight? We see slim fit people exercising and we draw the conclusion they got slim by exercising.

Health authorities have been telling us that if we’re overweight we need to get active. We’re told that weight loss is a calorie in-calorie out equation and that exercise burns calories. We follow the belief that walking, running, cycling and working out will help us lose weight, but exercise rarely makes any difference on the scales. If we’re carrying some weight, we are made to feel guilty if we don’t exercise. Then, if we exercise and don’t lose weight, we feel that something’s wrong with us. The same false messages are given to overweight children. Science is now providing some clarity. There is little evidence to support the notion that exercise actually helps overweight people lose weight. A study of 34,000 middle-aged women by researchers at Harvard Medical School found it was only the normal-weight women who maintain their weight with exercise, but heavier-weight women got even heavier with a regime of exercise alone. When people exercise, it can lead to dietary overcompensation. The calories from just one bottle of a sports drink would require 30 minutes of extra exercise just to compensate. There’s no dispute that sticking to a well formulated

diet leads to weight loss. When people do manage to lose weight, they are more inclined to exercise. Weight loss is not an outcome of exercise. Exercise can be an outcome of weight loss. Exercise has undisputed benefits to your health and wellness. It just can’t be relied upon for weight loss. That requires dietary change. Most people say that they know what they should be eating, but unless they are actually losing weight, having the knowledge isn’t enough. Lasting weight loss generally needs a structured programme, with ongoing regular support. Remember, exercise won’t do much for weight loss, it’s vital for your health and losing weight can help you become a lifelong exerciser.

The real New Year’s resolutions The principles of healthy living are relatively simple. Sometimes we do not achieve our health goals because we overcomplicate things and tend to think that the mountain is too big to climb. When making health goals, the first step is to make goals achievable. All of us have arrived in 2012 with our individual health history. We need to be brave and recognise there are some things we cannot change, but to focus on things we can influence. You may be fortunate and have started the year in great health. If that is you, then your goal should be to protect your health and to make sure your key body defence systems are working well. For you, this will probably mean having a good diet, getting plenty of appropriate exercise and a simple maintenance supplement programme. I would place special emphasis on your immune system and antioxidant defences as these are the main ways our body defends against external and internal threats. Most will have some health issues; some will be serious and others just annoying. I write this with a sore and stiff back after a holiday lower back injury and my goal is to get everything working again through

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my back “doctor”, specific exercise and anti-inflammatory supplements. Your problem, like mine, may be temporary or you may be battling a long term chronic problem whether that is arthritis, cardiovascular problems, respiratory problems, diabetes or other problems such as fatigue or weight gain. If you have health problems, it is important you get good information about your problem from your doctor or other health professional. Sometimes people do not achieve their health goals because they do not know where to start. When I create a health plan for people we will usually start with a discussion about your health history, including family history. From there we take into consideration any medical diagnosis and treatment. The first place to start is making sure your diet and exercise are appropriate for your age, weight and health. To this we then add a nutritional support programme using supplements which can target problem areas. For example, if you have osteoarthritis we should add nutrients that can slow the disease process, lower joint inflammation and improve joint tissue function. Whatever your circumstances, most people can get real improvements if they work to a programme. Let’s start 2012 with positive health goals so that you can improve your health and live life to the full. If you would like further information please phone me or visit or John Arts is the founder of Abundant Health. To contact John phone 07 578 9051 or 0800 423 559. To read more go to


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Salon on a new venture New Rodney Wayne Bayfair owners Donna and Tony Nowekow are no strangers to the industry, but they are looking forward to starting a new venture in Tauranga.

now get the chance to work and train with our artistic director Richard Kavanagh.” Having been in hairdressing all her working career, Donna says she has a passion for the industry. “I owned and operated my first salon at 25 years old. Seeing young apprentices come thorough and Donna has previously owned two Rodney Wayne succeed is always a thrill. salons – one in New Plymouth and another salon on “I wouldn’t like to guess how many have trained in the Kapati Coast. my salons, but it would be triple figures.” Although residing in New Plymouth still, Donna Rodney Wayne Bayfiar is a L’Oreal salon and offers has two capable managers and seven trained hairthe beautiful Inoa ammonia free colour range. The dressers who she is confident can establish the salon stocks the full range of Kerastase, Redken, business without her constant presence. L’Oreal, pureology and Matrix. “The girls are all Rodney Wayne trained and also GHD hair stylers are a popular choice with many clients and Rodney Wayne Bayfair is keeping a full range in stock all year round. “The salon has already shown huge growth during the last two months and this excites me as I know I will soon be able to offer more positions to up and coming young stylists,” says Donna. During the month of February, the salon is offering a free L’Oreal eye cream with any cut Owner Donna Nowekow, front desk manager Tamara Graham and and colour. floor manager Lizzie Rankin. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Buying less but spending more This is my first fashion column for The Weekend Sun, so let me introduce myself. As Twenty years ago, as a young mother, I was looking for a new challenge and dreamed of creating stylish clothing that reflected the needs of my lifestyle, yet still allowed me to feel sexy and confident.


Now, with a grown family, my lifestyle is a little different, but my desire for wearable, coordinated clothing remains unchanged. Along the way I’ve learnt some valuable fashion lessons. The first and most important is ‘less is more’. How many of us have looked into our wardrobes, bursting at the seams, and thought, I have nothing to wear. Fueled by emotion and impulse buying, more and more stuff just keeps getting added. Much of it relegated quickly to the category I call ‘fashion orphans’.

what’s already in your wardrobe. Get rid of anything you don’t love, doesn’t fit or you haven’t worn in the past year. Then make a plan, look for the gaps and go shopping. My advice is to buy less, but spend a little more. I’ve always worked on a ‘cost per wear’ approach. Divide the cost of the garment by the amount of times it will be worn. A $250 welldesigned, great fitting pant worn twice a week for two years is a far better investment than a $50 dress worn once. I have a gorgeous black cardigan I purchased in Los Angeles six years ago, for an amount I’m almost too embarrassed to admit to, but I’ve worn it

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endlessly ever since. It’s honestly the best garment I’ve ever bought and its cost per wear has proven to be very little. Invest in good quality clothing, it’ll last longer and look better. So try and keep those impulse ‘it’s a bargain’ purchases under control this sale season and I’ll look forward to catching up with you next month.



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Versatile ricotta Ricotta is a versatile cheese that lends itself to both savoury and sweet dishes. It is also one of the easiest cheeses to make, using only the most basic equipment. Typically made from the leftover whey from the production of cheese, ricotta is not properly a cheese because it is not produced by coagulation of casein. Rather, it is made by coagulating other milk proteins. Here is a simple recipe for those who wish to make their own fresh ricotta using buttermilk and full cream milk; Take one litre of buttermilk and four litres of full cream milk, heat in a large non-reactive heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. While the milk is heating, line a large colander with several layers of cheesecloth – which must be rinsed well beforehand. When the mixture reaches almost boiling, about 85 degrees, you will see the curds and whey separate, the curds are the clumpy white mass. Remove the pan from the heat and gently begin to ladle curds into the prepared sieve. Resist the urge to press on the curds to try and speed up the process. Pull the cheese cloth away from the sides of the sieve and gather up the cloth into a loose ball, tie and allow draining for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the resulting mass and place in an airtight container and refrigerate, use within three days. One of my favourite recipes using ricotta is a Sicilian baked cheesecake which has pistachios, dried apricots, chocolate and lemon zest – which combine to make a very Moorish and popular dessert.

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Sicilian baked ricotta cheesecake Crust 1.5 cups plain flour 1 tsp baking powder, heaped 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup almond meal 1 small egg, lightly beaten 125g cold butter, cubed Line a 23-25cm springform tin with a single layer of tin foil. Lightly grease the surface with a little butter. In a food processor, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, almond meal and lightly beaten egg. Add in the butter cubes and process the mixture until it resembles moist breadcrumbs. Pour the crumbs into the prepared cake tin and press the crust evenly over the base of the tin – refrigerate while preparing the filling.

Filling 600g fresh ricotta 250g cream cheese 1/2 cup castor sugar 3 egg yolks 1 lemon, grated lemon zest 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or droplets 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachio nuts Beat together the ricotta, cream cheese, sugar egg yolks and lemon zest. Stir in the apricots, chocolate bits and pistachios and gently spoon into the prepared tin. Spread evenly over the crust. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for approximately one hour until the top is golden brown and the mixture is just set. Cool the cake in the tin. Serve with whipped cream and top with a sprinkle of grated chocolate and chopped pistachio nuts.

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Ingredients for a great match When Lancashire lass Anne Holt was buddied up with visiting chef and Yorkshire lad Peter Blakeway at the American luxury resort where she worked, it was the beginning of an amazing hospitality partnership. In 1993, Anne was employed in human resources at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria resort in Florida. “I was assigned as Pete’s ‘Boca Buddy’ when he came across to gain culinary experience in a five star American resort hotel. Obviously, I took my job very seriously,” jokes Anne, who married Peter in 1995. Having studied hotel management at university and worked in resorts, Anne enjoyed helping Peter

run a small hotel on the west coast of Scotland in the early years of their marriage. “We’re quite competitive and we used to try and out-work each other. But after about five years we realised each other’s strengths and weaknesses. “He’s the one with the passion and who’s good at selling, while I’m the admin person in the background, looking after the details, dotting Is and crossing Ts. He gets us jobs and I’m the one who makes sure they make money.” In 2004, the couple moved to New Zealand for a better life for themselves and their two sons; Alex, 12 and Fraser, 11. The couple became well known in Tauranga as owners of Deli on Devonport. As well as the deli/ cafe side of the business, they held cooking classes/ demonstrations and offered a catering service, which Peter continues today. He has also made a number of television appearances in recent years and they have published a cookbook together. Since selling Deli on Devonport in May 2010, Anne has been working in Paengaroa as Comvita’s visitor centre manager. She also helps with internal communications and enjoys being involved in Comvita’s Birds, Bees, Kids and Trees programme. She has recently been awarded a Priority One scholarship to pursue MBA study part-time at the University of Waikato in Tauranga. Anne says being married to Tauranga’s own ‘celebrity chef ’ is great. “Luckily he isn’t a ‘Gordon Ramsaytype’ chef and doesn’t have too many tantrums in the kitchen. “I know it sounds cliched, but he’s my best friend and soul mate. Pete is the kindest, most intelligent and hard-working person I know. “Having worked together for the last 16 years, we know each other better than most couples and are still madly in love.” Creating, enjoying and sharing good food is a way of life for the Blakeway family, who live on a lifestyle block at Pahoia and raise their own beef cattle. “Food is our life. To us, the food you put in your mouth is the most important thing you do every day. We try to ensure that every meal we eat as a family is delicious, even if it is simply prepared.”

Whoever gets home first cooks dinner, but that is usually Pete these days. “And dinner parties are so easy – Pete does all the work and I lay the table and get myself ready,” says Anne. By Natasha Mitchell


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Although her husband Peter is one of Tauranga’s most well known chefs, Anne Blakeway is just as at home in the kitchen herself. Photo by Tracy Hardy.


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in Summer Maintain late summer gardens It has certainly warmed up in the last few weeks and although we should all take time out to smell the roses and enjoy our gardens, we can’t sit for long in the sun, as maintenance of the late summer garden is high on the to-do list this month. There is also preparation of the winter gardens to begin.

Freeze and preserve

With plenty to harvest from your kitchen garden, it’s time to freeze and preserve all the fruits of your labour, ready for the cooler months. Watering, weeding, mulching and feeding are the most productive garden jobs to accomplish at this time. In the kitchen garden, keep planting last summer crops of lettuce and herbs. It’s too late now to plant tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and peppers, unless in a very sheltered garden or greenhouse. Water regularly and deeply during February to keep your garden healthy and vibrant if dry conditions continue. It is much better to water really well to soak well down into the soil every second or third night than it is to water lightly every night. Installing timers, soil moisture gauges and soaker hoses will conserve water and take the hassle out of watering your garden.

Some modern garden trends include raised gardens, organic gardens and lowmaintenance gardens. Applying mulch around the base of your plants can conserve up to 70 per cent moisture in the soil and also suppresses weed growth.

Time to seed

If you like to grow your own plants from seed, it is time to start the winter veggies off; cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beetroot, winter lettuce, Brussels sprouts, spinach, carrots and leeks or, for the flower garden; viola, primula, polyanthus, calendula, cineraria, poppies, lobelia, alyssum and snapdragons. Preparation can begin in the flower garden for planting spring flowing bulbs; Anemone, Ranunculus and Freesias bulbs are now available at Palmers and a continued planting of other spring flower bulbs up to autumn – such as daffodils, tulips and a huge range of others – will give great results in the spring After all the work, make sure you take the time to enjoy your treasured garden.

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Raised gardens are ideal for smaller properties and are perfect for project gardening for small children or to reduce bending and kneeling for us oldies. Organic gardens are the way of the future as we look to eat more healthily. I was brought up with organic gardening. My parents were the second certified organic gardeners in New Zealand – we won’t say how many years ago that was. Low-maintenance gardens are the most popular, for people without the time or ability to maintain a garden. A person who pulls weeds may seem cheap, but you will need to pay them week, after week, after week. A lowmaintenance garden will save you money in the long run. I have a vision to produce a garden that will suit your needs and I can advise on the smallest of gardens to major landscape architecture – creating a garden that is the envy of your neighbours. By Penelope Clark


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Running carbon free Offsetting an events carbon emission with ‘carbon credits’ is certainly a point of difference for the Tauranga Trail Run and the inaugural event was so successful they are already looking ahead to 2012. The event, held in October last year, is officially the first carboNZero Certified sports event in New Zealand. The event was designed as a fundraiser for Tauranga Boys’ College cross country team to help cover annual expenses which are in the range of $20,000. Organiser Scott Furness says the event had its carboNZero registration fee and certification fee waived as sponsorship, which was worth more than $2000. “We have had to complete an Emission Management Plan prior to the event and a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report following the event.” CarboNZero certification is internationally recognised as a credible and robust greenhouse gas certification achievement, meaning the event off-sets all carbon emissions after the event via an auditing process following the presentation of the event’s

Emissions Inventory Report. To offset the runner’s carbon emissions, runners were encouraged to plant a native tree alongside the course. This year, 500 trees were planted along a five metre wide strip next to Te Ara o Raho Road. Scott says it is envisaged that in time, these trees will create a corridor of native

Growing sub-tropical ‘stunners’ Breeze says the plants are Gardeners can learn all looking “stunning” at the about sub-tropical bromemoment, with intensely liads at the Bay of Plenty coloured foliage and flowBromeliad Club open day on Wednesday, February 8. ers out. The open day is at the The open day will Tauranga Yacht Club, at include a talk on growing the end of Sulphur Point, the easy-care plants, along from 12.30-2.30pm. For with a chance to talk to more details phone Lynley growers and buy plants. 07 576 7711. Club president Lynley Bethlehem bromeliad enthusiast Garry Schroder with some of his sub-tropical “beauties”. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Friday 3 February 2012 Participants were encouraged to plant trees to offset their carbon emissions or a member of the Tauranga Boys’ Cross Country team would plant one for them.

flora that becomes a highlight of the park’s western activity zones. He says Tauranga Boys’ College will also continue to ‘pay it forward’ with working parties that construct and maintain trails at the TECT All Terrain Park. For more information about the event and next year’s details visit By Laura Weaser

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Adventures and skills for life The Summerhill A1 Youth Academy takes place on a working farm and public adventure centre in the Papamoa hills, 20 minutes from Tauranga.

Mongolian Ger and woolshed, a lot of what the academy offers incorporates the outdoors. Activities include tramping, overnight bush sleepovers, a high confidence rope course and day

Because of the unique farm situation in the Papamoa hills and the use of the

Learning team work is vital to Summerhill A1 Youth Academy.

options including horse riding, blokarts and jet boat rides. The course includes ‘The 7 Great Habits’, ‘Moneywise’ and ‘The 6 Most Important Decisions You Will Ever Make’. Participants also undertake 20 hours on a community project of their choice. The course features: Values, leadership, team building, search and rescue/ bushcraft, business enterprise, culture and environment, self-defence, First Aid, sailing and flying, study opportunities, exposure to job opportunities, inspirational movies, budgeting and more. On completion, students are presented with the Summerhill A1 Gold Card. This gives future employers and educators an online link to the student’s outstanding character reference. The academy experience is fun, unforgettable and free if you complete the course. There is charges for some optional activities, but the core course is free of charge, including some food and your prizegiving barbecue. The main cost is your commitment.

Denture quality guarantee

Aspinall Denture Design is now operating from two new handy locations in the Bay of Plenty. With 30 years experience in the dental industry, Aspinall offers the best quality in dentures and repairs by using only the highest quality materials available. Aspinall Denture Design strives to provide natural-looking dentures and a high standard of care, both during the construction of the dentures and after they have been fitted. This comes with a full guarantee to all customers

on completion of work done. Aspinall Denture Design services include full dentures – natural looking and cosmetic – and partial dentures, including metal work, repairs and relines. A good set of dentures should last between eight to 12 years unless there has been any anatomical change. All Aspinall Denture Design’s partial dentures are made of Heat Cure, which is harder and lasts for at least eight years without breakage. The clinic has state-of-art techniques to offer their clients, including new flexible partial dentures.

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The true screening of Moko A documentary following Moko the friendly dolphin is showing on TV3 this weekend.

with him. After that, he wouldn’t let me use my camera in the water! He started pushing it away on the shore.” Amy recalls one of her earlier experiences with Moko during their first swim together ‘Moko: The true story of a friendly wild dolphin’ at Ohope Beach. She says Moko tracks the six months of interaction with the dolphin, was playing with a dead baby leading up to the discovery of his body by hammerhead shark in the water. Matakana Island in 2010. When Amy arrived to play with Videographer Amy Taylor him, they began playing a game began the documentary as part of fetch with the hammerhead. of a Masters degree in Sci“It sounds crazy, but once ence Communication (wildlife you have done something like filming) at Otago University. that, I was literally like ‘this Now, after years of production is amazing’. and holding in the studio waiting “Moko was such a characroom, her documentary is being ter, an amazing subject.” shown to New Zealand audiences Amy and Moko bonded on Saturday, February 4 at 4pm. and became very close Amy says it was a “dream come during the six months true” to work with Moko. together. It is to be Having worked with whales and expected then that there dolphins for years, the idea of meeting is a note of sadness and interacting with a wild, friendly . o k in Amy’s voice as she dolphin was a rare and irresistible th Mo i w r recounts the times opportunity. y Tayloy Mike Smith. m A leading up to the b “I was actually enrolled to do a teachPhoto discovery of his body, ing course before I decided to film Moko. something that features in “When Moko was in Whakatane, I was the documentary. living in Papamoa, so it was close enough “He came up to the Mount and spent three to go for it. “I actually temporarily left my or four days there before he disappeared. It was very husband, uplifted my stuff and slept in my stormy so people just assumed it was normal behaviour. van. It was an amazing summer.” “Then I got a call from Brian Rogers (Sun Media Amy spent six to eight hours in the water each day director) who had gone over to Matakana to check out a with Moko. dead dolphin that was suspected to be Moko. “When I first started filming, I stayed away trying “I headed over with Kirsty, one of Moko’s minders, to to be objective and watched him interact with other identify him and it was just a grim ending. He had been people,” says Amy. there for a couple of weeks, but you could tell it was “But after a few months, on one particular day I put him from the missing teeth. It was a bit of a shock.” down my camera and started diving down and playing

His death is one of the most touching scenes in the documentary, as Amy recalls the influence Moko had on the lives of many. “It blew me away that there were so many people that came to his memorial in Whakatane. “All these strangers got up at the memorial and said a few words about him and their

experiences with Moko. I thought it was amazing to see how many hundreds of people he had connected with.” After the screening on TV3, Amy hopes to take the documentary off to film festivals, both nationally and internationally, to share the story of Moko with the world. By Laura Weaser

Trading wind for electric karting Experience the sensation of drifting around a track with blokart Heaven’s brand new line of electric drift karts. The drift karts were developed by the team at blokart and offer something completely new. Running on battery power and constructed from steel tubular framing, the drift karts offer a different experience to blokart land sailing. General manager Matt Beckett says the karts are easy to use, with a throttle and brake control and are designed for anyone over eight years old. “The karts run on a purpose-built track next to the blokart track. It depends what people want and what the conditions are like. “If the wind is too light for the blokarts to sail or even too strong for some people to sail a blokart, they will try the drift karts – quite often people are choosing to do both. No one is disappointed.” Matt says people get used to the sensation of sliding and drifting around the track reasonably quickly. “It is an education. People tend to spin out on the first few laps, but we

have a practice session at the start of their time so people can figure out what they are doing.” A session on the drift kart costs $25 and includes a 1 minute practice session followed by three three minute sessions. By Laura Weaser


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More hours behind the wheel Tauranga driving instructors are endorsing the upcoming changes to the restricted licence test, saying it will lead to more confident and skilled young drivers.

From February 27, the new test routes will involve more challenging environments, requiring learners to prove their skills in heavier traffic and on multi-lane roads. NZTA chief executive Geoff Dangerfield says the new restricted

test requires a more complex driving environment, including minimum levels of traffic, multiple lanes and merge lanes within a 60-80km/h speed zone. “The new testing routes have been thoroughly investigated and carefully developed in order to

ensure that a consistently high standard is applied across the country,” says Geoff. AA motoring affairs manager Mike Noon says the changes are going to require learner drivers and their families to put in more time and effort to achieve a restricted licence, but he says it will help young drivers gain the skills they need to become safe drivers. The new test has been designed to require 120 hours of supervised practise to pass. New Zealand learners are currently estimated to do no more than 50 hours of supervised practise before starting to drive solo and research shows that if drivers clock up the recommended 120 hours before sitting their restricted test, their risk of being in a crash is greatly reduced. “Having better trained, more experienced young drivers, will ultimately benefit all of us by improving our road safety and reducing the number of people killed and injured on our roads,” says Mike. “The riskiest time in a driver’s life is when they first start driving solo, yet the testing emphasis under the previous system was focussed on a driver gaining their full licence.” Tauranga driving instructor Lynette Hines agrees the changes are necessary, the main reason being the importance

of more practical time in a vehicle. “They will need more professional driver training. There is a place for working through the skills with mum or dad, but working with professional drivers means more confidence, awareness and a higher skill level to know what kinds of things will be expected from the test. “It makes me feel better about the young people on the road.” Lynette says while the 120 hours is not something that is marked off or checked, the new test means instructors will instantly notice when a young driver hasn’t had enough training or practise. The changes also see a reduction in the number of locations providing the restricted test, but road safety will benefit from having all drivers assessed against a consistent national standard. Tauranga and Mount Maunganui are not losing the ability to test young drivers, but smaller towns in the Bay of Plenty are. Overall test capacity will be maintained by increasing the testing capacity at the remaining 52 practical testing sites. Learner licence theory testing will continue to be available at all current testing sites.

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Wheels vs wings the ultimate race A highlight of the Tauranga City Air Show for many people last weekend was the wheels versus wings race, organised by Farmer Motor Group. In an exciting race, the Audi R8 thundered down the runway reaching speeds of more than 300km/h on Saturday and Sunday, but was unable to match the speed of the planes up above. Farmer Motor Group managing director Mike Farmer says the races were “extremely exciting” and the top of the range Audi had raced competitively. “I was really gunning for it. Everyone wants to back their own horse. “It was pretty close – we got up to a top speed of just over 300km/h. It was fair moving!” The R8 raced from one end of the runway to the other, before turning around and returning to the start. The race began as the plane flew overhead of the R8, with the plane’s wide turning circle allowing the car to regain the

lead briefly – before being overtaken again further along the home straight. On Saturday, the R8 raced the P40E Kittyhawke, which was piloted by its owner Stu Goldspinks. Stu had travelled all the way from Cambridge in the United Kingdom, saying he would take any excuse to fly a vintage military aircraft. On Sunday, the R8 was up against two jets – a Strikemaster and a Dragonfly. The wings versus wheels race followed a similar event held at the previous air show, which was inspired by a race between a Bugatti Veyron and a jet fighter on TV programme Top Gear. Mike says they will repeat the race again at the next air show and he hopes to inject some more interest by racing the new, faster Audi R8 GT and a Nissan GTR against the planes. “The GTR is going to go slightly faster, so it will definitely have a strong chance of doing better. Hopefully next time I will get to race it, but I don’t think I’ll be allowed.”


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Got a cute or funny pet picture to share? Email and your pet could feature in our monthly Pet Perfect pages! Brutus ready for boating in life jacket. From Anna Wright.

My Guinea pigs –Brownie and Creamy. From Tegan Stone

Here is a picture of our boys, Ben Cloke (right) and Callum Sutherland (left) with their pet rats Ratty and Kerry. From Samantha Messenger.

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Educating community animal welfare Tauranga SPCA has started 2012 with a permanent new community liaison and education officer. Nicole Fensom has joined the staff on a part time basis to promote the role SPCA plays in the community and educate not only children, but community groups and anyone interested in working together to achieve better animal welfare in Tauranga. Nicole’s previous career was in animal control, so she brings a wealth of knowledge in not just dog health, wellbeing and behaviour, but she has also worked with a variety of stock and understands the effect of stray cats in our communities. She was also part of the team that cared for and rehabilitated oiled wildlife from the Rena Oil spill. When she is not at the SPCA, Nicole continues to run her dog training business and is also involved in the New Zealand Institute of Animal Control Officers, as well as competing in dog obedience competitions. “I am very excited to be part of the Tauranga SPCA team; a team of hugely dedicated people, predominately unpaid, who have so much compassion for animals and their owners,” says Nicole. “It is such a fantastic role to be getting out into our schools and communities to talk to people about what we do, why we do it and how we can work together. “Educating people on responsible animal ownership is a passion of mine and, whilst being an animal lover can make work at SPCA difficult, I feel blessed to be able to help.” Nicole says education gives the SPCA a way to encourage the humane treatment of all animals through interaction, sharing information, stories and fun activities. “We believe that through education we will help to improve the lives of animals in our homes and communities today and for generations to come. “It is a vital component in our purpose of preventing cruelty to animals.” To make a booking for either a visit from Nicole or to the shelter, please phone 07 578 2784 or email liaison-education@

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Ultra insight Ultrasonography is being utilised more and more for veterinary patients. An ultrasound scan involves placing a probe on the skin of the patient, using the reflection of high-frequency sound waves to evaluate the size, shape and position of soft tissues. X-rays can be used in conjunction, to assess the bones and lungs.

Organ study

The ultrasound is used to study organs within the abdomen, such as the liver, kidneys, spleen or bladder. A cardiac ultrasound, also called an echocardiogram or ‘echo’, is used to examine the heart walls, chambers, valves and blood flow. We will often use ultrasound to confirm if a dog is pregnant before the puppies are visible by x-ray. We can use it to find pesky grassseeds that have tracked in under the skin and are hiding in the muscle. We can scan the abdomen for cancerous growths or corncobs wedged in the intestine or bladder stones.

More comfort

We saw a dog recently who had been having difficulty urinating. Via ultrasound, we were able to see a cyst extending from his prostate, pushing against the bladder and urethra, so there was no room for the urine to pass. While visualising with the ultrasound probe, a long fine needle was inserted through the skin and into the cyst, to both drain the fluid for analysis and make the dog more comfortable. Veterinary medicine, like human medicine, is constantly changing



By Vet Care vet Kathleen Linpus

and improving, with new knowledge, expertise and equipment available to help us care for our patients in the safest and least invasive ways. Kathleen joined VCT in 2005. She completed her veterinary degree in 2003 and has a special interest in Ophthalmology (eyes) and Oncology (cancer). She is proud mum to Manny the dog and Woof the cat.).

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Action plan for Rena recovery It is obvious we are in for the long haul with the Rena recovery. Now the ship has broken in two and partially sunk, managing the recovery of the containers and the removal of the wreck is much harder. The good news is some of the planning that has been underway is being formalised. A governance group has been set up to steer the long-term recovery of our coastal environment and an environmental recovery plan developed to address

the long-term effects of the Rena disaster on the wider Bay of Plenty. The governance group consists of representatives of the key government agencies, local and regional government, Toi te Ora Public Health and iwi representatives. It will be in place for 12 months at least. Among other responsibilities, the governance group will identify significant existing and emerging issues resulting from the grounding, oversee the clean-up progress and confirm successful delivery and sign-off when the clean-up is complete.

The Environmental Recovery Plan aims to restore the Bay of Plenty environment to as close as is possible to its pre-Rena state. It identifies the environmental issues for the beaches, seabed, water, fisheries, wildlife and management of waste and sets out who is responsible for the recovery and monitoring of each.

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Leadership job applications now open Leadership positions are available, not just in the Bay, but all over the world. I listened to the Davos conference last night – they were discussing currency and economic policy, but they decided political change and lack of leadership was causing the most concern throughout the world. It wasn’t the tools of change, the cell phone and social media. The problem was defined as hyperconnectivity, which was making all

conventional wisdom of leadership redundant. The days of one-way conversation between leaders and the people are over; it has to be twoway today. A new type of leadership will have to take over the world where, because of this hyperconnectivity, leaders are appearing dumb and slow and the people smart and chaotic. The new SmartGrowth strategy planning document for the Bay describes this threat as increased public scrutiny. We have been living

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in a world where committees have ruled supreme, our leaders are ruled by their chief executives and the media question the ruling class with only a few lines after the sport, teenage driver deaths, abused children and grieving mothers.

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Local government put under the pump This year will see local government under increased pressure. We have worldwide environmental, economic and social crises happening and being at the bottom of the world hasn’t made us immune. Our government is under the pump to perform and, in turn, expects local government to keep pace. The speed of technological communication has enabled

communities to be engaged with decision making like never before. That means those with the responsibility for making decisions on behalf of communities must inform and engage with their communities like never before. Local government is, after all, about government at a local level and the community pulse a critically important measure of performance. The government moved quickly to take over from the Auckland Super

City when the Rugby World Cup transport performance was off the pace. It moved to sack the Environment Canterbury Councillors and has now appointed a supervisor for Christchurch City.

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Education passed to new tutor Kip McGrath Mount Maunganui is changing hands, with tutor Brady Waddington looking to continue the “fine work” of former owner Judith Kramer.

tries. “I love the Kip McGrath programme and what it has to offer our students,” says Brady.

“My goal as new owner is to continue the fine work Judith has done and build on that, as well as grow and improve the Educational Centre.” Kip McGrath provides free, no obligation assessments and individualised programmes for Years 1-13 students in English and maths. Judith has owned and operated the Mount Other subjects may be offered at secondcentre since 2001 and is well known in the ary school level as well. The experienced Mount community and schools. tutors are all trained and use a wide range of She will continue to operate the Tauranga materials, including online programmes and centre, where she also provides Irlen screening computer activities. The sessions are for 80 and the Cellfield programme to help dyslexic minutes. Tutors provide regular feedback to students. parents as well as on-going assessment. Brady tutored at the Mount during terms Generally, tuition is after school hours, two and three last year. He is a qualified 3.30pm to 7pm, but other times are also secondary teacher with wide teaching experiTauranga Kip McGrath owner Judith available. The goal of Kip McGrath is to help ence both here in New Zealand and overseas, Kramer and new Mount Maunganui owner the struggling and stretch the achieving. Call where he has taught English in eight counfor a free, no obligation assessment. Brady Waddington.

Former principal’s health scare As a very fit 61 year old, former Mount Maunganui principal Terry Collett is not your typical heart attack candidate. But then who is?

noticed his chest felt a little tight. Having always had regular medical checks, he wanted to be sure all was well. When his doctor referred him to a cardiologist, Terry was concerned, but didn’t expect what came next. Terry has run marathons all his life. “When the cardiologist told me the arteries to my “Marathons were a good incentive to stay fit and runheart were 70-80 per cent blocked and I’d need a quadning suited my busy lifestyle,” says Terry. ruple by-pass I was stunned,” says Terry. “I could do it early in the morning and didn’t “From the diagnosis to the operation the chest have to rely on anyone else.” pain increased – so I’m very lucky I took With 28 marathons and numerous half action.” marathons to his credit, Terry had Terry says that on reflection, achieved his goal of becoming a there were possibly earlier signs member of the Survivors Club – an of problems that he didn’t relate elite group of people who have to his heart: Shortness of breath completed the Rotorua Marawas attributed to lack of fitness thon at least 15 times. and age, while pain in his arm While holidaying in Coromanwas put down to RSI – he was del in 2010, Terry noticed he was advised to use his computer a little breathless walking uphill, mouse with the opposite hand. but put it down to not being at “We all need to be aware of the peak fitness and ‘getting a bit signs of heart problems,” says older’. Heart Foundation heart health When his son mentioned doing advocate Sandy Ritchie. the Rotorua marathon again, Terry “The symptoms can range from saw it as an opportunity to get pressure or pain in the chest, jaw back on form. or arms to feeling sweaty or sick. Terry Collett with family. While on a training run, Terry They vary hugely so if in doubt get it checked – it could save your life.” Terry shares his story in the hope that it will benefit others. His advice to everyone, even those who are outwardly fit, is to have a heart check and listen to their bodies.


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An education for youth events A new youth movement which began as a reaction to a lack of youth-orientated events in Tauranga, has attracted thousands of volunteers and support through communication on social network.

Youth volunteers recruited through Facebook: Pamela Hata-Mcleay, Jay Hadfield, Paul James Graham and Mark Sandoval. TGA Takeover (Y Events Net) is a Facebook group dedicated to organising youth volunteers to make events happen. In return, volunteers get experience in fields such as event organisation, stage management and production, which they otherwise may not have encountered. Event consultant, youth advocate and network organiser Rebecca Tereu says the relatively new network is designed to teach and mentor youths by providing great opportunities. “We arrange to have them work on or at existing events alongside industry professionals – giving them ground zero experience and teaching them how to do things the right way. “If they catch the bug and become serious about events, we may then encourage them to gain qualifications and or support them when they decide to do their own events.” An example of this is the upcoming Summerfest on February 5, where members have been invited to become part of the event. “There are a couple of young people who are interested in stage production who are now part of the official stage team, where they will get to work with top industry professionals and the likes of Stan Walker and Midnight Youth,” says Rebecca. She says 2011 was a rough year for youth events, with many being cancelled or frowned upon. She says youth events tend to attract a negative stigma for being unorganised or led by inexperienced organisers. Tauranga City Council city events manager Peter Melgren says the council is regularly approached to green-light these events, but unfortunately, many do not go ahead because organisers either “choose not to understand the compliance requirements or avoid the compliance process”. “The challenges have come through either the inexperience or unwillingness of event organisers to

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comprehensively address the risk involved. In my opinion, there are some event organisers who need to put a stronger focus on safety,” says Peter. “We need to see that there is a comprehensive plan that addresses key factors such as safety and compliance. The event must demonstrate that the activity can meet what is prescribed in the City Plan.” Peter days the venue must also meet the standards set in the Building Act, especially if the building wasn’t specifically designed for the event activity. “This covers things like emergency fire egress, the number of toilets and so on.” Peter says the council supports a diverse range of events, as long as they are well planned and delivered events which provide a wide range of community benefits. “The biggest challenge is fit-for-purpose and appropriate venues where the noise associated with the activity doesn’t generate a deluge of noise complaints and also meets the levels set by the permitted temporary activity provision in the City Plan.” Rebecca agrees with those prerequisites, but says it is still difficult to get the appropriate support from authorities across the board, even when all the bases are covered. “I think we need to rebuild some burnt bridges, basically start again from scratch. “Too much damage has been done on both sides of the fence, so for me the choice is clear: Do something about it or stay status quo and moan about it for the rest of our lives. “Hopefully with a bit of work and credibility, the words ‘Dance Party’ won’t be so much of a swear word in Tauranga soon.” For more information, to get involved or join the page, email

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Traditional karate with New Zealand feel Breaking away from the pack, Bill Hall Shotokan Karate specialises in Shotokan Karate – the original styles that formed the basis of other breakaway styles in Japan. Bill Hall says he has his own way of teaching the style, mixing traditional Japanese culture and disciplines with a New Zealand cultural feel so beginners are not intimidated by new customs and experiences. He began learning karate when he was 19 and instructed in Auckland and Palmerston North before deciding to head for Japan. On his return, he set up his own school in Palmerston North where he taught for 18 year before moving to Tauranga in 1993.

The veteran karate instructor is also a national security trainer to the security industry, as well as delivering self defence restraint and control training to companies, casinos and corporations throughout New Zealand. Bill has also represented New Zealand at World Championship level for karate. “Karate is something I really enjoy doing and it has me hooked. “These days, all the kids are on the computers getting big brains and small bodies. This Bill Hall sparring with Zac Smith, 13. is a great natural outlet of exercise which teaches them He is now due to sit his black belt excellent life skills in patience, at the end of the term. Zac also discipline and endurance.” assists in teaching the children’s One of Bill’s students, 13-year-old classes, which helps him develop a Zac Smith, has trained with Bill greater understanding of his karate. since he was seven. Bill Hall Shotokan Karate School

Hat-trick available for the taking Katie McVean may be on the cusp of securing her third World Cup series, but there is still plenty of competition for final honours in Tauranga this week at the New Zealand World Cup final show. Katie has a commanding lead on the World Cup (NZ) leaderboard and goes into the last two legs of the New Zealand league with a 13 point buffer on her nearest rival, Maurice Beatson from Dannevirke, who was her teammate at the 2010 World Champs.

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Maurice is not competing this week, however, opting to save his top horse, 17-year-old Mr Gollywog, for the coming NZ Horse of the Year Show, and having to rest eight-year-old Schimmel Warrior, through injury. Tess Williams from Gisborne is in third spot on the leaderboard and

will be looking to do well on her big grey Alltech Craighaven Nitro. There are 10 combinations entered for the final two rounds; the first a speed class late on Thursday afternoon at the Mills Reef Winery and the final on Sunday at the Tauranga Racecourse. The Bayleys New Zealand World Cup final show has attracted nearly 500 combinations from all over the country, well up on recent years. The show starts at 4pm on Thursday, February 2 at the Mills Reef Winery, with the remainder of the show at Tauranga Racecourse, culminating with the World Cup NZ final at 2pm on Sunday. By Diana Dobson

offers the Shotokan style of karate to adults, teens and children from the age of eight years. There are separate classes for 8-11 year olds.

New classes for beginners start Wednesday, February 8. Adults and teens begin at 7pm, children at 6pm, with an introductory night lesson free.

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Protecting kiwifruit workforce An initiative has been launched to help keep the region’s kiwifruit workforce in the Western Bay of Plenty to help ensure a fast recovery from Psa. The push to keep the workers in the area is being lead by the New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated, with funding from the Ministry of Social Development. Kiwifruit employment coordinator Marty Robinson says many experienced workers have already been forced to leave the region for alternative employment. “Our main goal is to keep people employed in the Bay of Plenty, so that when things start picking up we have the staff to respond immediately. “The worst case scenario is that we lose all these people so we have to train a whole lot more in two or three years. It’s about preserving the industry’s intellectual capital.” The upcoming kiwifruit harvest is expected to produce 85 per cent of last year’s crop – 90 million trays compared to 110 million. Since Psa was first found on a Te Puke

orchard in 2010, the number of jobs on and off orchards have fallen considerably, but Marty is unable to say exactly how many positions have been lost. “It’s very hard to pin down a number – there have been job losses in the industry that would go into the hundreds I would suspect, but nobody has been keeping data on that.” He says the project’s exact details depended on funding specifics from MSD that are still being finalised. “The main goal for us is to try and keep all the skilled employment and the skills in the kiwifruit industry, in the kiwifruit industry in the main.” Marty hopes funding is given for training courses to up-skill kiwifruit workers and is waiting to have this clarified. “But at the moment, it’s purely about those who are out of work and helping them.” Marty wants to hear from kiwifruit workers looking for jobs and employers with positions to help link the two. Phone 029 7709874 or email By Hamish Carter

Keeping kiwifruit workers in the Bay of Plenty: Kiwifruit employment coordinator Marty Robinson. Photo by Sheryl Brown.

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One of the major banks this week went to press regarding the potential loss of funds that investors in default schemes across the country may endure over the lifetime of their investment. I would say there are a lot of ‘ifs and buts’ in this statement. For me, however, the major issue is the estimated 191,000 investors discussed in the press release do not receive any advice at all. The ‘ifs and buts’ aside, a comment in the article noted that people can’t justify the cost of advice, and therefore they should have their choice of fund made for them. Firstly, with some exceptions, I don’t believe people can’t afford the advice. I have just gone to the dentist twice in the space of a month, which has cost me approximately $400 and I am guessing there are many hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who spend the same, if not more, on the dentist per year. Another example of discretionary spending is the $500 to $1000pa we Kiwis spend on gym memberships. Although we complain about the cost, the fact is we can afford it. Retirement advice is a cost we can afford as well. The problem of course is that we as a community can’t see any tangible benefit to receiving financial advice, as opposed to going to the dentist or the gym. The most obvious tangible benefit is actually the ability to look after your physical health by going to the dentist and the gym is dependent on your financial health. So the question from here is why aren’t you seeing a financial adviser today? Your life may depend on it. The article is based on personal opinion and 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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Media frenzy on dogs Here we go again, a frenzy on dogs. We are never told by the media what was done to provoke the dog, teased, hit or whatever. Or are we to assume that all was well & it was the dog who suddenly thought “Time I bite someone, haven’t done so for a while.” Apart from flight the dog’s only defence is a bite. Unlike some humans who readily grab a rifle from the Ute, or a knife or other sharp object. Some Education from the parents would be a help. As a dog walker myself I have been pursued by children, despite my efforts to stay ahead, wanting to touch the dog. On the other hand I have been asked if the child could pat my dog. Then I sit and stay my dogs and supervise the petting and everyone is happy. Regarding the idea of all dogs out for a walk being muzzled, what a Bejohn Peke or say a Chihuahua, all muzzled. It all comes down to being a responsible owner and having control of the dog. A Rittey, 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.

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Clear to see government favour in handouts Local body decisions ‘lack commonsense’ I am constantly amazed at how the people we pay to run our Regional Council and governing bodies operate, with a total lack of common sense. Several years ago the LTSA reviewed the nationwide Total Mobility Scheme and identified areas of concern. One of which was the lack of transport choice offered to people with disabilities or impaired mobility, by allowing only taxi companies to offer the half priced voucher system. This is a breach of the Human Rights Act, by discriminating against these people in society. The LTSA also noted that by allowing other small operators to compete, could only help to improve services and control prices. Recently, EBOP declined my submission for other operators to be allowed to compete on an even playing field with the taxis. My business was designed specifically to help the elderly and people with mobility issues to travel in a friendly, reliable and safe environment. Our charges are competitive against the taxis, so come on EBOP, you are paid with our money to make things better for the community, not discriminate against possibly the most needy section of our society. Jackie Clark Driving Miss Daisy BOP Limited Editor’s note: The regional council has been invited to respond. At time of going to press, a reply had not been received.

We can see clearly who the Government favours. Don’t we pay our taxes for the benefit of all? Isn’t hospital care a large part of what our taxes are meant for? Yet the Govt see fit to give away $21million dollars of our money plus concessions to Northland Maori tribes who contribute only a very small portion and expect to extricate much more than they ever put in, just because they put in a claim 26 years ago for something that was not theirs anyway... Where is their proof they owned the land when the settlers came here? Living on the land is a whole lot different to owning it. How can anyone own what God gave us. Funny that now they are now in bed with National, the handout has been approved. I’m waiting with bated breath for the next claim. Grey Hospital has to loan money

that the Government has been saying for years is available and is still waffling about it, is absolutely disgusting. Hospitals should be high priority, with education coming a close second. The Governments have given away millions upon millions to the Maori over the years, plus the foreshore, mountains and land, yet we have to loan the people’s own money to get a hospital up and running. It’s time the people woke up, took back their power and demanded no more closed door meetings, in either local Governments or national Government. Time for transparency and for accountability for every last cent they extricate from us and make sure everyone benefits and not a select few. Make them earn their exorbitant salaries they think they are worth. A. Taylor, Avenues.

Re-name soccer field after early settlers For some time now I have appealed to various councillors to have the soccer ground at the Mount changed from Links Ave Reserve to Williams Park. Joe and Johnny Williams farmed the area for as long as anyone can remember. The farm stretched from the Main Road over to the Mount Golf course and as far as Girven Road taking in the Arataki block, to Oceanbeach Road. Many of these streets carry the name of various Royal Navy and NZ Navy ships including Concord Ave where the

brothers lived with their mother. We also have places named after Mayors Harris and Owens but nowhere has anything been named to remember these two early settlers. I would bet if some Corporation came to the Council with a few thousand dollars to have their name on the park it would be changed the next day. And what about Barry Beazley who built 10% of the Arataki homes, again nothing recognised? Albert Sheppard, Arataki.

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Salute to the brave I watched, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful planes created, the Spitfire, flying gloriously overhead. Roaring across the heavens, looping and climbing, no doubt in the hands of a very experienced pilot. It set me thinking about all the other men that have flown this marvellous plane. The men who are very old now and most have even passed away, but when they were lads, mere teenagers, they too piloted these planes, only after a few hours flying time. They rolled, dived and climbed for their lives. To shoot down the enemy at the door and escape with their lives.. hopefully.. only

to land, refuel and rearm and take off again to meet the foe. Such courage. Many didn’t make it.. killed in action.. and a telegram was received by a family. I am sixty-five years old, born in 1946 and as I have grown older, I have over time grown more and more appreciative of the sacrifices made on my behalf by these young warriors. I enjoy and appreciate the freedoms that I have that were fought for in battles that turned fine young men of all Services prematurely old. Gentlemen, I salute you and thank you. Wayne Jessop, Mt Maunganui.

Reckless rate spending

Burning in atmosphere

Thank goodness at last a cap on our rates, not before time, they remind me of kids with a lolly jar where they could dip into when ever they wanted to, know they will have to be very careful what they spend our money on. But this year we can expect the same old hike it will be the council advisers saying they need 16% and the Mayor and council will tell us they have spend hours looking for ways to make saving and it has got it down to 10 or 12%, what they were looking for in the first place, and the reason they need this is for the leaky homes something they have known they would have to pay for for years, I only hope those who voted for the councillors who don’t want the cap, and happy with the 70% rate rise we have had over the last few years, and the reckless spending we must be very carefully who we vote for next time, and send a message that we did not come down in the last shower. E.K.Mills, Tauranga.

Oil response eye-opener There was a lot of hot air blowing over how slow Maritime New Zealand responded to getting oil out of the Rena, perhaps some of those who let rip need to search and find out that it has taken longer to get the oil out of the Costa Concordia that went aground in the Tuscan Seas. Perhaps our MNZ was a lot faster then we realised and let us face it the Rena is in a more difficult place than the Costa Concordia. I wonder if any of the critics will now back off and say sorry for what now seems a quick response. Those who said Port of Tauranga should have had a barge capable of pumping off the oil and booms etc may now realise that the situation of barges waiting for a disaster are not a profitable option and in some case the barges themselves may need to be turned into wrecks because of lack of use. Noel Wylie, Tauranga.

Maori school interest

We have watched the build of the Maori school on the corner of Westmoreland Rise and Bethlehem Rd, Bethlehem, with great interest. Do you know if there is to be an open day? The architecture seems amazing. Who paid for the building of it and who owns the school? Hopefully you can find out a few answers as the local people are quite interested and we would actually like to see through it before it is occupied if possible. J. Hall, Bethlehem.

Firstly I would like to thank A Holder and those folk who phoned me re my letters. Regarding that CO2 pollution in our atmosphere. There will never be a reduction in CO2 while there are bush fires, volcanoes and general burning of buildings and everything during wars, protests etc along with the constant exhaust pollution from the millions and millions of internal combustion engines, since the industrial revolution! The de-forestation adding to the greenhouse effect, causing the severe weather pattern changes. All round Earth we see on TV, proof of those changes – i.e. horrendous hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes and flooding and so on, the moon was a burnt orange colour, caused by the pollution in the atmosphere, the same as the red sunrises and sunsets. Plus the polar ice-caps melting and all the glaciers! This quotation from Omar Khayyam: “And the inverted bowl we call sky Whereunder, crawling, cooped We live and die; Lift up your hands to it for help For it sweeps helplessly on As you and I.” Ernest Izett, Tauranga.

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Year of the Dragon, symbol of fortune Chinese New Year, the year of The Dragon, fell around January 25 this year. The Dragon: A symbol of good fortune, a sign of intense power and master of authority. Seems like a good time for a little shopping. Farms look interesting. So, it’s a hearty, “Gung Hei Fa Choi”,(Happy New Year), and to continue the search for more ripe plums. This most fortuitous of events, coinciding as it did, with John Key’s boys “considerations”, finding in favour of the denizens of the Middle Kingdom in acquiring a bunch of New Zealand farms, must surely give pause for

thought to those hitherto, doubters of myths and legends. And on that note, we must conclude that the “Yang” influence is firmly in step with the tiger, whilst the “Yin” spectre still haunts the Beehive, where it appears to have taken up a somewhat permanent residence. Frank Smead, Mt. Maunganui.

Ten times more humans attack than dogs There where ten times as many attacks on humans by other humans, as dog attacks last year! I raise this issue because, a dog bites a person and the media goes into overdrive, politicians react immediately and the nation goes into panic mode. Meantime, humans assault, rape and murder other humans and it raises hardly a ripple! For instance, there were 11708 dog attacks, on humans, last year which is appalling. But it does not compare to the hurt from 43,556 assaults, 13,748 personal offences, 3,748 sexual assaults and 59,361 burglaries which add up to 120413 human attacks human, attacks. I note that Local Govt Minister, Nick Smith has promised to review the dog

laws yet again, after three children were seriously attacked recently, by dogs! In the same period of time, there have been hundreds of attacks on innocent people, by some mongrels on two legs, posing as human beings. I do not hear Simon Bridges or any other politicians calling for tough measures to protect us from these scum. Why not? You can do something ! The pen is a powerful weapon ! Pick it up and write to the Prime Minister, Parliament , Wellington. Demand that he protects you and your family and our community. Tell him you will pay the extra tax to do the job! Ken Evans. Sensible Sentencing Trust.




...on the future of Tauranga’s Historic Village The Draft Historic Village Strategy 2012 2022 is now open for public consultation. The draft strategy sets out the vision for the Village and Council’s role in managing it for the next ten years. Copies of the draft strategy and submission forms are available on Council’s website, at your local library and from Council’s Customer Service Centre at 91 Willow Street, Tauranga.

Submissions close:

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News, reviews and opinionated raving on the music scene.

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.

Cafe Style Family Service Break-

What is Happiness? Find out how Nichiren Buddhism can help us reveal our true selves & attain absolute/indestructible happiness. Free 2 hour presentation at Arataki community Centre, Zambuck Way, Mount, 2-4pm Ngaire 576 7303 or email:

Saturday 4 February

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 Over 40’s group for born again, church going Christians, who meet for fun & fellowship. 575 5556

Sunday 5 February

Bay Blokart Club Friendly club sailing at Baypark track every Sun & race days on second Sun of month, Thursday twilight meeting. Use construction entrance 400m down Truman Lane. All welcome. Peter 027 472 1322 Bay Blokart AGM 12th Feb at Tech arena 11am, to be followed by first club race day for the year, all welcome

Brazilian Drumming

Absolute beginners every Sat at Elizabeth St community centre 9.30-11am. Gold coin. Phil 021 0754 300 or

Come Dancing Tonight

Sequence & old time dancing. Friendly atmosphere, good music & supper. Greerton Hall 8-11.30pm. Run by Tauranga Social Dance. Bev 543 0204 The Sociables Males/ Females 30’s/40’s. 022 012 0376

Bethlehem Lions Market

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

Waitangi Weekend Seniors Tournament Feb 4 – 5.

Hosted by Otumoetai Tennis Club. Mens & ladies doubles on the 4th. Mixed doubles on the 5th. 577 9725

fast at St Columba Church Hall, Cherrywood at 8.15-9.15am,All welcome. Enquires Romy 578 6299

Coastal Country Music Club Inc At RSA 1237 Cameron Road, Greerton, Tauranga. 1pm start, guest artist ‘Daniel Cosgrove’. All welcome, June 579 5445

Garden Party - Tga Historical Society Historic Village, Brian-Watkins House Museum, 2-4pm. House tours, music by Marion Arts, Renowned local guitarist & singer, stalls. Cnr Elizabeth St & Cameron Road. David 543 0399 Katikati A&P Show At Uretara Domain 9am. Adults $5, school children $2.

Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market Every Sun in Phoenix car park, rain or shine 9am - 1pm. Home grown, home made, fresh fruit & veges, breads, cheese, oils, plants & more. Downtown the Mount open 7 days. 575 9911

Papamoa Outdoor Bowling Club

Twilight bowls 5pm start, names in before 4.45pm. Bowlers & nonbowlers welcome. Joy 574 8334 Pentanque Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm, Boules available, tuition given, 1st 3 visits free. Neitia 572 3768 Tango at Za Bar Argentine Tango at Za Bar/Pizzeria, Upstairs 53 The Strand. Social dancing from 6.45pm. For free demo/intro to Tango Carl 021 280 4464 Te Puke Lions Market Farmlands car park (opp Countdown supermarket) 8am - 12pm. Something for everyone. Peter 573 9433

The Holistic & Spiritual Centre Starts again on the 12th Feb,Michael Bradford from London as quest speaker, speaking on Being the Ultimate Teacher/ Therapist/Healer. Legion of Frontiersman Hall, Elizabeth St 7-9pm $5, Leigh 021 80330

Monday 6 February

A Course in Miracles Study group meet every Mon 7.30pm. 576 7228 or 0210 274 2502

Across 1. Chore (4) 7. Town (NI) (9) 8. Unite (4) 9. Movie (4) 10. River (SI) (4) 11. Hideous (4) 14. The lot (10) 16. Attack (10) 19. Orderly (4) 22. Smear (4) 24. Rage (4) 25. Hint (4) 26. Lake (SI) (9) 27. Button (4) Down 1. Ten (Maori) (5) 2. Ability (5) 3. Selection (6) 4. Scanty (6)

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Week introduction to Salon (Social) Tango starts Monday Feb 13 7pm. The popularity of this sensual dance is growing in NZ/worldwide, first lesson free. Carl 021 280 4464 or email

Body+Soul Fun Fitness for over 50’s

Social events & guest speakers, Mon & Frid, Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd, Tues- Wesley Church 13th Ave, Wed - Memorial Hall 11th Ave, all classes 9.15-10.15am, 1st class Free, all welcome, Dianne 576 5031 Dance Te Puke Every Monday at St Patrick’s Hall, Beatty Ave 7-9pm. Dudley 027 768 2023 Fitness League Tone & align your body, increase flexibility & stamina. First class free. Mon at Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd & Tues at St Johns Anglican Hall, Seddon St, Waihi. Both 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378 Katikati Art Group Memorial Hall Bldg, Main St, Katikati. Hours 10am-4pm Meditation Free classes Mondays 10am & 7.30pm. Find peace, success & a new awareness. David/Trish 576 9764 Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu Papamoa club training at Tahatai Coast School, Evans rd Mon and Thurs 6.157.45pm Brian 579 4358 or

NZ Society of Genealogists

Papamoa Branch. Meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month, Tohora room, Papamoa library. 9.302.30pm. Modest door charge. BYO Lunch, Tea/coffee provided. Research material available, new members welcome, Mark 542 0204 Papamoa Mahjong Club Interested in playing or learning to play Mahjong? Meet every Mon 12.30-4pm at Papamoa sports Centre, Parton Rd from Feb 13 – April 2 (first term). Entry fee $2. Sue 542 3073

Papamoa Progressive Association

Meets on 2nd Monday of each month, Tohora Room,Papamoa Library, 7.30pm Opportunity for members to discuss civil & community affairs with counsellors and quest speakers. New Members welcome Janis 574 7377

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Sit and Be Fit Class Seated down

class. Focused on balance, stability, aerobic, flexibility & strength. Tues 11.30-12.30pm at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 11am-12pm at Greenwood Park Village, Welcome Bay. 578 9272 Tauranga Bridge Club Sessions at 252 Ngatai Rd Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs 7.30pm. Tues & Fri 1pm. 576 5022 Tauranga Dog Training Club Starts Feb 13 Morland Fox Park, Greerton 6pm. Puppy & home training classes 5 weeks. $50. Pam 578 4370 or

Tauranga UFO & Paranormal Society

Meeting 7.30pm in hall behind Historic House cnr Cameron Rd & Elizabeth Street. News updates, discussion, video. Visitors welcome, Door $3, Ian 578 5373 Recycled Teenagers Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards, & injury or illness rehabilitation. Mon & Weds, 9-10.30am at 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club, behind Pak n Save. No class Waitangi day, Tues at St Mary’s church hall, Girven Rd. All 9am - 10.30am. Taken by Heart Foundation phase 3 cardiac instructor. First class free. Wed - Fernlands Spa water exercises, 10.45-11.45am, please call Jennifer 571 1411 Relationship Services Monday’s Parenting Through Separation, free course for separating parents 10am 12pm. Positively Me 4 Women - self esteem course for women 12.302.30pm. Blended Families, parenting course for combined household 7-9pm. ManMade, a course specially designed for men 7-9pm. Tues - Parenting Through Separation 7-9pm. Positively Me for Women 12.30-2.30pm. Weds - Parenting for Success 2-12 year olds 7-9pm. Sex, Drugs & Homework, parenting your teens 7-9pm. Parenting Through Separation, Papamoa 10am - 12pm. Thurs - Positively Me 4 women 7-9pm. Weekend Course - relationship secrets, for couples. 576 8392 YMCA - ALFS (Active lifestyle for seniors). Smooth Movers class Mon (No class Feb 6) 8.45-9.45am &

The Weekend Sun’s guide to who’s playing and where. 10-11am at Matua Community Hall, Levers Rd. Also 9-10am & 10-10.55am at Arataki Hall, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St). Tues 9.15-10.15am & 10.30-11.30am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. Weds 9.15-10.15am Welcome Bay Hall, Welcome Bay Rd. Thurs 8.45-9.45am at Otumoetai Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Also 10.30-11.30am at Bethlehem Hall, Bethlehem Rd. Fri 9.1510.15am at Papamoa Community Centre, Gravatt Rd. 578 9272 Zumba with Ruth Bethlehem Hall, Waihi Rd, Mon 9.30am & Thurs 9.15am. $5 for casual & $4 with a concession card. Bring a mat (Mon only) & drink bottle. Ruth 027 415 6819 or just turn up.

Tuesday 7 February

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. Bayfair Petanque Club Every Tues & Thurs at Bayfair Reserve. Russley Drive 1pm. Tuition & boules available for learners & visitors. Margaret 572 3173 Conversation Cafe for Seniors

Every Tues at St Andrews Church, Dee St, Mount 10am - 12pm. Morning tea, fellowship, games. $5. 575 9347 Depression Support Group Junction office, 4 Roys Rd, Greerton 1-2pm. 579 9890 Free Dance Lesson Beginners ballroom & Latin American. Starts today at Baypark stadium function (events) centre 7pm. The Dance Centre 542 1295 or

Freestyle BMX Club, BMX Inc

Club night every Tues. Meet at 17th Ave Skate Park 4.30pm. A decision then made as to what skate park to go to. Participants must be 11 years or older to join. Helmets compulsory. Bring money for fish & chips. Check out BMX Inc on facebook. Paul 027 742 1756 or 021 916 571 Genesis - Womens Group Every Tues during school term at the Papamoa Surf club, Papamoa Domain, all women welcome for fun, fellowship & trading table, 10am Morning tea, Jennifer 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 Art Group Memorial Hall Bldg, Main St, Katikati. Hours 10am-4pm Kidz Need Dadz Coffee morning every Tues 9.3011am at Dad’s Place, 538 Fraser St. All welcome. 571 0379 Lymphoedema Group For education, exercise and support 10.30am at 56 Christopher St. Physiotherapist Kath Vickers will be your host. All welcome, gold coin donation, Julie 571 3346,


The Weekend Sun Midweek Country & Variety Music

Meet every first Tues of month at 7pm, Elizabeth St Arts Centre, Glasgow St. All proceeds to charity. Ruth/Dick 576 4527 Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu Learn this Chinese Martial Art training in Kung Fu and Tai Chi Tues and Thurs at Tauranga Boys Gym 6-7.30pm. Brian 579 4358 or 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

Wednesday 8 February Age Concern Walking Group Meet at Palm Beach Plaza, Gravatt Rd, Papamoa 10am. Catch a bus. All welcome. 578 2631

City Early Start Toastmasters New Year’s Resolution to improve communication, leadership & teamwork skills, make it happen. Every Weds at Zaggers Cafe 6.45-8.15am. 571 1545 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 Genealogy at the Mount 1st Weds of month Feb - Nov at Arataki Community Centre, Zambuka Way, Grenada St off Girven Rd 10am - 12pm. Ken 575 6260 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 Katikati Art Group Memorial Hall Bldg, Main St, Katikati. Hours 10am-4pm Katikati Herb Society Meet at Katikati Herb Society Potager, adjacent Titles, Aongatete Rd 7pm. Herbal nibbles, plants sales. All welcome. www.herbs. or Jenny 552 0697 Learn to Play Bridge Starts today at Te Puke Contract Bridge Club, 4 Queen St, Te Puke 7pm. $10 for 10 lessons. Irma 573 7279 ME/CFS Support Group Meeting

Chadwick House, 250 Chadwick Rd, Greerton 10.30am. Subject: Goal Setting. All welcome. 578 7804 Mount Badminton Club Summer social club at the mount sports centre, Maunganui Rd, 7-9.30pm $8 per night. All past and new players welcome. Janice 575 2438

Otumoetai Toy Box Library Opening

hours: Wed- 6.30pm-9.30pm, Thur 9.30-11.30am, Frid - 9.30-11.30am, 94 Bureta Rd. A number of membership options available, all welcome, 576 9923 Salvation Army Meeting For all women, fun, fellowship & trading table at the Salvation Army, cnr Cameron rd & 5th ave every Wed at 10am Morning tea, 10.30am Meeting. Jennifer 578 4264

Taekwon-Do Kids & Family Class

Term 1 classes at Otumoetai Action Centre, Winsor rd 5.30-6.30pm. Come along to have a go, 1st class free. Miss Young 021 980 878, Taoist Tai Chi Two new beginner classes starting tonight at 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Exercise your body, challenge your mind. Kitty 570 1553 Tauranga Floral Art Group AGM meeting at Baptist Hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd, 1pm. Members please note there is no 7pm. Feb meeting, 45th Anniversary dinner on 10th Feb Cecille 579 3029 Tauranga Girls College PTA Want to learn more about your daughters education, have fun & listen to quest speakers. Our first meeting of the year will be held on Wed 15th Feb, So come along & join us 7.30pm staff room. Jean 544 9730

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

T.S. Chatham (Sea Cadets)

Every Weds at TYPBC, Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Pt 6.40-9pm. Lee 542 5377 or 027 291 6151 or email:

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Breast Cancer Walking Group Meet

in front of the Blue Restaurant Cafe, Marine Parade, 9.30am, for a walk around the mount, followed by coffee. All welcome, Julie 571 3346 Divorce Care 13 week recovery course for those experiencing divorce or separation. Thurs at Holy Trinity Church, old hall cnr Devonport Rd & 4th Ave, Tauranga 7-9pm. Places limited. Office 578 7718 or Rosie 0210 2020 718 Fitness League Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for females. All ages & abilities, first class free, every Thurs 9.30am Central Baptist Church hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd & Wed 10am at Katikati Memorial hall Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 170

Hwa-Rang Taekwon-Do Club Regular classes for fitness, fun focused martial arts training at 540-7.10pm, Beginners welcome 5.40-6.40pm at Pillans Point School Miss young 021 980 878 Katikati Art Group Memorial Hall Bldg, Main St, Katikati. Hours 10am-4pm Keynotes 4 Part Harmony Womens Chorus

Meet every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Pam 578 3757 Knitting Classes Starts Feb 16, every Thurs at St Andrews Church 3-4pm. 8 years onwards. Girls, boys (even mums/ dads). 575 9347 Mah Jong Every Thurs at Lyceum Rooms, Te Puke 1pm. Beginners welcome. M Green 573 5355 Mount Art Group St Peter’s Parish Hall, 11 Victoria Rd, Mt Maunganui, every Thurs 9am-2pm Elise 575 9851

Mount Maunganui Garden Club

1st meeting of the year today at Methodist Church Hall, Puriri st, Mount, 1.30pm. Floral art truelove, flower of the month is anything red. Enquires 575 5867 More Than Crafts Greerton Bible Church cnr Chadwick & Oropi Rds 9.30-11.30am. Friendly mornings of craft & other past times (eg flowers, painting). $3 entry, plus creche. Ruth 576 0955 Pirates of the Pacific Swashbuckling interactive comedy dinner show. Dress up to win great prizes. Bookings at Baycourt Ticketdirect 577 7188 Simplee Cre8ive Creativity group for women. Scrap booking, sewing, knitting/crochet & more. Papamoa Community Centre 9.30am - 2.30pm. $7 covers room hire & tea/coffee. Lyn 572 0423 Taoist Tai Chi New beginners class at 15 Koromiko St, Judea 12.30pm. Challenge your mind. Improve balance & flexibility. Ann 577 9145 Tauranga Heart Support Group Phase 3 Rehab exercise, social events & guest speakers for those with or at risk of heart disease. 9.30-10.45am, City Church Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St all welcome, Dianne 576 5031

Friday 10 February

Bushcraft & Survival Pyes Pa, Tauranga. Weekend class on what it takes to survive in the ‘wild’ places. Feb 10 6pm, ends Feb 12 5pm. Friction fire/ shelter building/foraging/water filtering & more. $220 includes food. Steve 06 364 3337 or email: Gay/Bi Mens Support Group

Do you need a trusting person to talk to? Discretion assured. For meetings &

Friday 3 February 2012 locations Ph/txt Alex 027 358 5934 Grey Power Coastal BOP & Districts Association Inc. Community Centre/Library Papamoa, 1pm. Speakers, Star Mobility & Mobility Gear, Trevor Harris, Healing Balm. Entry, raffle & afternoon tea $3. All welcome, Dorothy 574 7271, email Katikati Art Group Memorial Hall Bldg, Main St, Katikati. Hours 10am-4pm Roller Derby Recruiting skaters, refs, officials, off track helpers. No experience/skating skills necessary. Come along and join the sport taking America by storm. 6.30-8.30pm Baypark Pavilion #2 Roni 021 292 2069 or

Club Mount Maunganui Friday 3 – Double Xposure. Mount RSA Friday 3 – Helen Riley. Saturday 4 – Michael & Ashley. Sunday 5 – Tauranga Big Band 4.30-7.30pm. The Crown & Badger Friday 3rd Feb – Tim Armstrong Band

Saturday 4th Feb – Second Sense Sunday – the Blarney Band (Andy Craw and guests) Wednesday - Country Music night from 8pm Thursday The Chris Gunn Band from 8pm The Rose & thistle Tavern Friday 3rd – Dog Box

Taekwon-Do League Training Taught by current World Champion, fitness & competition skills. 6-7pm Miss young 021 980 878 “What’s On” in the Weekend Sun is a free service for non-profit clubs and organisations. email or fax 571 1116 or post to PO Box 240, Tauranga. Deadline 3pm Tuesday. Contributions should be less than 20 words.

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The Weekend Sun

By Winston Watusi

The long weekend that isn’t, but should be February already, and I hope for many musicians and gig organisers that it’s less wet than January.

no reason why it shouldn’t be a huge success. The following weekend (February 10-12) should really be a long weekend as well, if only to fit in all the great music. It starts off on the Friday with the Classic Hits Winery Tour show, happening in Tauranga, not at a winery but at the Wharepai Domain. Gates open at 5pm and Avalanche City is due to hit the stage at 6pm. They’re followed by The Muttonbirds at 7.15pm and Gin Wigmore at 8.30pm. Frankly I’d go just for The Muttonbirds. The chance to hear their magical blend of melodic pop music again is a rare treat, but then I’d also probably go just for Gin Wigmore too. And having Avalanche City there to open things up is the icing on the cake. You might want to take a blanket or deck chairs – unless you plan on just rocking out – and even a picnic. There will be food and beverages available on site, but only sealed bottled water is allowed in (leave the booze at home). Tickets, by the way, cost $69 through Ticketmaster. Next day is the Marchwood Blues Picnic. A whole pile of blues acts from here and round the country are ready to rock in the charming countryside of Youngson Road in Whakamarama from noon till

The Credence boys had a clear time of it with their two concerts at Mills Reef last weekend and for Waitangi weekend the organisers of Summerfest will be hoping for the same. I’ve written quite a lot about Summerfest over the past few weeks so I just wanted to remind you that it’s finally here, taking place at Blake Park on Sunday, from 10am till 9pm. There are a heap of bands playing, both local (Nine Mile Stone, Swamp Thing, Tait Kora, Joel Shadbolt, Luke Thompson, Enercia, The Deeds, Aaron Saxon, etc) and with local connections (ex-Mountie Australian Idol winner Stan Walker, Midnight Youth, including ex-local lad Jeremy Redmore) plus DJs, kapa haka groups, and much more. With tickets priced at a very reasonable $10, this is a day for the whole family. In fact,





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FRI: 3:45. SAT TO MON: 1:00. TUE & WED: 3:45.


Don't miss the Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated performance by Meryl Streep!

FRI/TUE & WED: 10:30, FRI/SAT & SUN: 10:15, 2:20, 1:10, 8:15. SAT TO MON: 5:45. MON TO WED: 10:15, 10:30, 3:00, 8:15. 2:20, 5:45. -M- Contains violence Goddards Centre, 21 Devonport Road, Tauranga Info Line: (07) 577 0445.

family tickets cost only $25. There will also, of course, be food stalls, carnival rides and kids’ entertainment, but the event is strictly alcohol free. It’ll be interesting to see how this familyfocused, music-centred version of Blues Brews & Barbecues is received, but I see


8pm. There’s Brilleaux, performing with American singing dynamo Diana Harris, venerable hero of the Bonneville Salt Flats Bill Ward, Chill Factor, Chris Gunn and Gunshy, Wellington’s Manalishi and topping things off Mr Midge Marsden. Tickets are $40. Google Marchwood Blues Picnic to find them. But that’s not all. On Sunday 12 there is a concert out in Katikati which will serve as a good preview of Easter’s jazz festival. Auckland jazz and funk band Spiral are coming down to play. With sax, trumpet, keys, guitar and a rhythm section, the six piece promise a collection of original tunes all about the great land of Aotearoa. I know a couple of them and they certainly are superb musicians with a flair for showmanship. The concert takes place at the Katikati Haiku Pathway on the Main Road, starting at 6pm. Tickets are $15 on the door. And perhaps, to finish things off, I’ll just mention an event coming up in March. Richard O’Brien celebrates his 70th birthday(!) and newly-granted citizenship with a one-off concert at the Founders Theatre in Hamilton on March 17. ‘It’s Party Time’ will see the Rocky Horror Show creator backed by a 12-piece band for a fun and frivolous journey through his life and music. The only instruction to the audience is to ‘Dress Delightfully’. The Founders holds about 1000, but word is that tickets have been flying out the door (especially after Richard’s guest spot in Auckland last weekend with American punk burlesque marvels The Dresden Dolls), so you might want to get in soon. They cost $40, with all profits going to the Starship Foundation. Is there a better way to celebrate a fellow Kiwi finally coming home?

With Rialto

J. Edgar (M) Contains violence and offensive language Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven) directs Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years. Hoover was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972. Behind closed Friday Feb 3 to Wed Feb 8 131 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke.

doors, however, he held secrets that would have destroyed his career. The screenplay is written by Dustin Lance Black (Milk). with

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Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by a young computer hacker. Nominated for 5 Oscars. Fri 12:30, 5:50. Sat 3:05, 8:10. Sun 3:05, 8:10pm. Mon 2:15, 7:30. Tue 2:55, 8:00. Wed 2:45, 8:10.


Contains Violence & Offensive Language.


Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong An espionage veteran is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. Nominated for 3 Oscars including Best Actor. Fri 6:00pm. Sat 8:35pm. Sun 5:50. Mon 8:00pm. Tue 12:45, 6:00pm. Wed 3:00pm.

(M) Contains Violence.

A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher. Meryl Streep WINNER of 2012 Golden Globes: BEST ACTRESS & Oscar Nominated For This Role. Fri 12:30, 4:30, 6:30pm. Sat 10:40, 2:35, 4:30, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF 8:30pm. Sun 10:40, 12:35, 4:30, 6:30pm. Mon 12:00, 2:00, 6:10pm. Tue 12:35, 4:25, SHADOWS (M) Contains Violence. 8:25pm. Wed 2:45, 6:35, 8:35pm. Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams, Jude Law. SIONE’S 2: UNFINISHED BUSINESS (M) Sherlock meets his match: Professor Moriarty. Fri 8:35pm. Sat 6:00pm. Sun 8:25pm. Contains Sex Scenes & Offensive Language. NZ, COMEDY. Mon 2:30pm. Tue 3:20, 8:35pm. Wed 6:00pm. Oscar Kightley, Robbie Magasiva. Fri 8:55pm. Sat 6:10pm. Sun 6:10pm. Mon 5:30. Tue 6:00pm. PLAYING NOW ON MEGASCREEN


(M) Contains Nudity & Sex Scenes.


(PG) Coarse Language.

Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Janet McTeer. DRAMA, TRUE STORY. Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson. HISTORICAL, ADAPTED. Nominated for 3 Oscars Fri 3:35pm. Sat 2:50, 8:15pm. Sun 5:40pm.

including Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress. Mon 8:10pm. Tue 12:35, 5:55pm. Wed on2:45pm. MEGA Fri 8:30. Sat 12:35. Sun 8:30. Mon 4:00. Tue 6:20 WAR HORSE (M) Contains Violence. on MEGA


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TRUE STORY, DRAMA. Fri 2:30. Sat 6:30pm. Sun 2:35. Mon 8:10pm. Tue 2:30. Wed 4:40.

J. Edgar is screening at Rialto Tauranga. The Weekend Sun has two double passes to give away to lucky readers who can tell us what is J. Edgar’s surname? Enter online at under the Competitions section. Entries must be received by February 7.

Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Film.

Info line 573 8055


PLAYING THIS WEEK IN 3D JOURNEY 2: MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (3D) (PG) Some Scenes May Scare Very Young Children.

Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine, Kristin Davis. Family, Action, Adventure. Fri 3:55. Sat 11:00, 1:10. Sun 11:00, 3:45pm. Mon 12:15.


(G) Family, Adventure, Drama.

Asa Butterfield, Chloë Moretz , Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen. Nominated for 11 Oscars! Including Best Film, Best Director & Best Adapted Screenplay. Directed by Martin Scorsese. An orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery. Fri 1:10. Sat 3:20. Sun 1:10. Mon 5:15pm. Wed 8:35pm.


(PG) Violence.

Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, Simon Pegg. Golden Globe WINNER for BEST ANIMATED FILM. Fri 3:35. Sat 12:50. Sun 12:50. Mon 12:00. Tue 12:35. Wed 6:00pm



Elijah Wood, Pink, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt. Sat 10:40am. Sun 10:40am.


Fri 6:00pm. Sat 10:45. Sun 12:30. Mon 2:55. Wed 8:30pm.

Fri 12:30, 8:15pm. Sat 5:15pm. Sun 2:45, 8:05pm ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS: Mon 12:00, 5:10. Tue 3:00, 8:20pm. Wed 5:35pm (G) Sat 1:00pm. Sun 10:40.




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Fantastic Not bad at all Dreadful

With Winston Watusi


The fourth instalment of Robert Rodriguez’ immensely likeable (if occasionally quite naff ) Spy Kids series has an added gimmick. Spy Kids: All the Time in is in the World 4D! As well as yer regular 3D (or 2D for us without the right TV), the film comes in ‘Aroma-Scope’, with a scratch ‘n’ sniff card to be deployed at strategically smelly moments. It’s the usual frenzied colourful disjointed joyride, stacked with hit-or-miss humour, absurd gadgets, outrageous effects, Jessica Alba in tight leather and Ricky Gervais as a sardonic talking robot dog. Cheesy silly fun makes up for the AromaScope (which doesn’t really work). Twilight fans who cleave towards the werewolf side will no doubt be delighted that

Damn fine Dubious

Thanks to Video Ezy Brookfield for the DVDs

Dir: Aleksey Popogrebskiy. Starring: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Sergey Puskepalis Not to be confused in any way with I Know What You Did Last Summer, this is a Russian film, a taught investigation of mistrust and isolation which very much defines the term “psychological thriller”. The set-up is simplicity itself: at a polar station on an isolated island in the middle of the Arctic Sea two men run the once important research base, taking readings, reporting them

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and catching the odd fish. One, Sergei, is an old veteran, the other, Pavel, is a recent college graduate. They are not well matched. Then an important radio message comes for Sergei, received by Pavel. It’s bad news and he waits for the right time to pass it on. But his delays cause small lies and deceptions, suspicions to start building and the two men become increasingly poisoned towards each other…

So there we go. It’s basically a two-hander, with a backdrop of magnificent foreboding scenery. It unfolds with slow precision, a taut examination of stress and miscommunication, the sparse dialogue building tension and allowing the viewer to really absorb the setting. Don’t expect a fast-paced Hollywood thriller; the slow-burn here has its own attractions.

shirtless heart-throb Taylor Lautner now has his own movie, Abduction . And even more delighted that he gets topless in the first

you can only feel sorry for once groundbreaking director Jon Singleton. Teenage girls will presumably lap this up - others will revile

five minutes. The improbably complex plot sees Lautner and his there-to-be-protected love interest running from all and sundry and is so obviously an engineered star vehicle that

from the manifold stupidity on display. The Revenant is – initially at least – not at all what its lurid gory cover suggests. The first 10 minutes, as Officer Bart Gregory

is killed in Iraq before being buried by friends and family is only subtly warped. But two minutes later his decomposing corpse is up and walking. Yep, another zombie flick. Or maybe a vampire flick. Actually, aside from having white eyes and needing to drink blood, Bart fits in pretty well and he and mate Joey embark on a ‘life’ as vigilantes, turning the film into something of an undead Boondock Saints. It’s pretty good and frequently surprising stuff. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done sees director Werner Herzog exploring yet more unhinged territory as Michael Shannon plays a guy who does bad things with a sword while undergoing something of a nervous breakdown. It’s a very weird small drama – produced by none other than David Lynch with no iguanas this time (see Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call) but, instead, flamingos. Almost reminiscent in places of early Herzog when he was paired with Klaus Kinski, this is definitely worthwhile for lovers of studies in obsession.

Car fair a great selling option Forget complicated Internet sales and dodgy dealings, Tauranga City Sunrise Lions Club is providing a low-cost venue to sell your wheeled vehicle. For five years now, the Tauranga Car Fair has been run by the Lions every Sunday, rain or shine, from 8am until 12pm.

a low-cost The car fair is es private ak m at option th eeze. br a les sa car Modelled on the Auckland car fair of the same idea, immediate past-president of Sunrise Ken Evans says for just a one-off charge of $30, sellers can get

set up, sorted and ready to sell. “For $30 we provide you with a venue and supervise the car, we give you a car seller’s kit and we also take a photo to sell the cars on our website if they don’t sell that day.” Ken says the venue attracts between 15 to 30 cars, bikes, tractors and trailers every week, some travelling from Whakatane and Waihi to sell their vehicles. “It works well for us because any profit we make goes back into our community ventures. “The council likes us because it gets cars off the street and people can avoid getting ticketed for selling their car illegally on the street.” The venue is located opposite the Mad Butcher in the Tauranga City Council carpark on 11th Avenue. For more information visit By Laura Weaser

HAPPENS EVERY SUNDAY at 11th Avenue car park

(opp. The Mad Butcher) 8am - noon Ph 07 578 3212

Open 7 Days | Ph. 07 575 5590 Open 7 Days | Ph. 07 575 5590 174 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui 174 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui

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art & craft

GLASS FUSING design your own fused (kiln fired) glass jewellery or coaster. This workshop includes use of tools,firing and all the notes! Sat 18th Feb $50. + materials Leadlight Expressions, Village on 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

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“FOR GOD SO LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever beleives in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16


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


FISHING TRIPS FOR EVERYONE, no oil or debris, just fresh fish and good fun! Rod hire & bait combos available www.taurangamarinecharters. Ph 07 552 6283. PAT A LION cub today!! Paradise Valley Springs - Rotorua’s must see NZ wildlife park & trout springs! Ph 07 348 9667 or see our advert in the Sun Fun pages.

flatmate wanted

FLATMATES REQUIRED For big room in large funky house in Central City $160 pw incl power, phone and wireless access. Available early March. Ph Dazz 021 0314 117

flatmate wanted

FLATMATE WANTED Welcome Bay, $80 wk inc power. 027 368 6792 or 544 3274

for sale

2005 HYUNDAI for Sale $9500 ono 137000 kms, silver, tiptronic, only two owners in NZ, wof & rego, great family car. Ph 027 5526283 or 07 552 6283 or email 6 PIECE CORNER LOUNGE suite, autumn coloured patterned fabric. Good condition. $300. Phone 574 1125 or 0274 578 527 BLUE ATLAS CEDARS x30 3m tall. $45 each. Cedrus Atlantica. Oak, Chestnut, Swamp Kauri, covered and air dried for 10-20 years, 40m² . Ph 021 578 996. 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 0220382508 INDULGENT, NUTRIENT RICH, body nurturing – Antipodes – buy any two products & get a third FREE. Hardys Bayfair, Hardys Organic Papamoa. 0800 833 333 INIKA COSMETICS - Organic and Mineral Makeup – now with a face in a box – incredible value – all you need to start. Value $208 for only $119. Hardys Bayfair, Hardys Organic Papamoa. 0800 833 333 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


GARDEN TIDY UPS qualified professionals, reasonable rates. Ph Carolyn 579 4984 or 022 0697 033 GARDENER with chainsaw, weed eater and hedge trimmer. Weeding All tools. Seeks work Ph 570 0539

health & beauty

GUARD YOUR PROSTATE Microgenics Protech – supports health of your prostate gland. Save $10. Hardys Bayfair, Hardys Organic Papamoa. 0800 833 333 HEALTH STARTS IN THE GUT! Primadophillus Reuteri provides Lactobaccillus Reuteri a strain of probiotic with extra power. Save on 30’s & 90’s. Hardys Bayfair, Hardys Organic Papamoa. 0800 833 333 LOSE WEIGHT FEEL GREAT! Join a ‘New Look’ clinic in your area. Healthy eating with real food. Ph Bernice NOW 576 4848 NATURAL NEW ZEALAND Health Products. Something for everyone. NZ Chartered Natural Therapies and Natural Medicine Practitioners. Opposite BP Te Puke. Ph 573 5533 and PEDICURES PEDICURES PEDICURES Home Visits $30.00. I Offer Divine foot spa soak, Cut & shape, Cuticle tidy up, Foot massage, Remove dead, skin, Nail Polish. Phone Janet 5441968 SHUZI – THE HI-TECH solution for arthritis, insomnia, peripheral neuropathy and much more. From sports bands to high fashion jewellery. Hardys Bayfair, Hardys Organic Papamoa. 0800 833 333 SMOOTH WRINKLES, rejuvenate skin, repair elasticity - Pro-Col Collagen a pure, hydrolysed triple matrix bovine collagen. Buy one get one half price. Hardys Bayfair, Hardys Organic Papamoa. 0800 833 333 SVETOL the decaffeinated green coffee bean extract for weight loss. Support metabolism and weight management – save $10 off 2 mth pack. Hardys Bayfair, Hardys Organic Papamoa. 0800 833 333 TIRED OF YOYO DIETING. Celebrity Slim – the amazing diet system. Value pack – normal value over $100. 14 shakes, 2 breakfast bars, 2 replacement bars, 5 snack bars. Now $79.90. Hardys Bayfair, Hardys Organic Papamoa. 0800 833 333

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, horse pens, heaps of shedding, butchery and chiller for own use single garage with sleepout/ office big games room or can be converted to extra double garage, chook house, drenching race for the cattle. 11.5 x 4.5 metre in ground swimming pool which is fully decked and fenced. This is a beautiful home and comes with a share in the community woolshed, tennis courts and cattle yards. Own water scheme. Fantastic community to belong to - be in quick! Price of house has been slashed! to $550,000 - urgent sale. Ph 027 281 7427 today.

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


FOR ALL DISABILITY, 29 Burrows St, Tauranga, Ph 578 1213. Mobility Equipment Services, ‘Supporting your independence’ for 12+yrs. HAVE A BOOMING New Year – Pro- erex Booster Plus – buy one get one free – better sex naturally. Hardys Bayfair, Hardys Organic Papamoa. 0800 833 333

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

sections for sale

4 FLAT ACRES 7 mins to Tauranga includes 140 Avocado Trees. $500,00+gst. Section in Mayfield $190,000 and section in Saint Michaels $225,000. Ph 021 578 996.

to let

CARAVANS, Special Summer rates from $30pw. Free local delivery. BOP Caravan Rentals Ltd, 184 Waikite Rd Welcome Bay. Ph 5441509 or 027 533 9301

trades & services

ALLAN HOLMES FOR ALL your carpentry & Handyman jobs around the home. Big or Small. Free quotes. Reasonable rates. Call 021 992 678 or after hours on 07 576 3543 BAY PAINTERS INC for all your painting needs. Interior and Exterior. Colour consults available. Call Lewis FREE on 07 213 0784 or 021 555 013 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 EARTHWORKS Truck / Digger hire, Tree removal, Farmwork. Opening special only $80+GST per hour. No job too big or small. Call Carl at Addison Civil today 0274 636 560 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

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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 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 RESPOUT NOW! Call Ageless Continuous Spouting. Made to measure costs less than you think. For a prompt quote. Ph 574 0496 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 ROOFING New roofs, re-roofs, spouting & repairs. Free quotes. Ph Chris 027 276 6348 or 572 3237

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ROOF REPAIRS metal or onduline, gutters & down pipes, clean or replacement, chimney repairs. Certified Roofer over 30yrs experience Free quote. Ph Peter 542 4291 or 0274 367 740 ROTARY HOEING Lawn preparation & sowing. Loader & blade work. Tractor mowing. Quality work & friendly service. Mini Tractor Service. Ph Murray 543 4538 or 027 200 7480 SHAPAZ BUILDING for all your building needs, trade qualified, new homes, alterations, decks/ fences. Ph Tai for a no obligation quote. 577 1802 or 021 997 Oh really409 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 0274 624 769


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. Phone Jackie Miss Daisy 552 6614

travel & tours

A HOLIDAY OR DAY-OUT. Every week. Small Group Tours. Door to Door Hinterland Tours Ph Kae & Rick 07 575 8118 A DAY OR SEVERAL days away with Johns door to door Trips and Tours. Seats and Transport packages for Jersey Boys Show in April. Phone 576 9305. 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.

The Weekend Sun Library eBooks catalogue goes live Tauranga City Libraries’ eBook collection is officially available from today in an online catalogue. Libraries collections and information manager Smita Biswas says “We have a total of 1300 titles of which about 1000 titles are what you would call classics. “There could be a few among them that are out of print and copyright free, so they are free to our borrowers.” There have been 77 issues over the holiday period during the soft release of the e-books, says Smita. Over the last four or five months of last year, since the eBook project was announced, the library has received many calls from customers. With eBooks available online, the library doesn’t have to be open for customers to access the collection. Library members can go online 24-7 to download eBooks onto their device.

Accused brazen boat thief caught

A man accused of driving out of the Bridge Marina yard with a stolen boat, outboard and trailer, was stopped by police after he was seen driving through Te Puke. The security camera photographed the man leaving the yard at 7.21am, only minutes before proprietor Bruce Goodchap arrived at 7.24am. The man was directed to the travel lift office after asking if his red boat was ready, says daughter Lucy Goodchap. Lucy then saw him hook up the inflatable workboat, outboard and trailer, and drive out the gate. Bruce was giving details about the boat and motor to SunLive when he was told by police it had been located at Manoeka Road west of Te Puke. Police were called by staff at Marine and Boating BOP in Quarry Road after it is alleged the man tried to sell the boat to them, says Bruce.

SunLive community highlights Picture of the Week: Boy racers! Ethan and Noah Valois photographed by their granddad Ron Pearson. Email your photos to Blog of the Week: Film critic Laura Weaser gives her account of the new movie version of best-selling book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Read it at Comment of the Week: By user festino lente about the Tauranga City Council’s declaration that there are no parking restrictions on grass berms where there are no signs present. This declaration came after SunLive revealed parking wardens were parking on such berms: “Ridiculous. This is a massive double standard. Do we really want every Mount verge with cars on it every time the Mount gets busy. Why on Earth be so arrogant about it? Just cop the flak, apologise, and move on.

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Tauranga City Council is supporting two of its parking wardens who parked on grass berms in Mount Maunganui during the long weekend, confirming it is not illegal to park in these areas. This issue was first raised after a SunLive reader photographed two Council parking wardens parked on a grass berm, behind yellow lines and wooden bollards on the corner of Marine Parade and Grace Avenue on Sunday, January 29. TCC

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group manager of customer services and environmental monitoring Peter Frawley confirms that the parking wardens are legally parked. “The grass area in front of the residents’ properties in the photo is Council-owned. People are allowed to park on berms unless it is specifically prohibited in the Traffic and Parking Bylaw and there is signage on the berm, which in the case of the photo there is not.” Peter says he has asked the officers not to park behind the bollards again because, although it is not illegal, it is preferable that people do not park behind bollards. Have you been ticketed for parking on a grass berm in a similar area? If so contact SunLive or email

Tower built from Rena debris

Recreational builders have constructed a ‘Jenga-like’ structure at Orokawa Bay from timber washed ashore from the Rena wreck. The 25sqm tower was more than 5m tall and was made from 200x100mm lengths of

wood that washed ashore there. Te Puna resident Russell Gordon came across the tower while taking a morning stroll along Orokawa Bay, north of Waihi Beach, on Monday morning. Russell says the structure is built from what appears to be tanalised timber measuring about 200x100mm. The wood is believed to have come from two containers that washed ashore in this area following the January 8 storm, which sent more than 150 containers overboard.

Advising all that verges are open slather is simply out of control.” Not the News of the Week: “Technological marvel-makers Apple are expected to launch their latest ‘cool’ device tomorrow, amid much excitement from chief executives the world over. Having been at the forefront of design excellence in the products you use to call your friends and access the web, Apple

are now able to have those products made at a fraction of the price its rivals can’t achieve. The new iWorker is produced from Chinese children which have been adapted to meet Apple standards right from birth, meaning they are able to work very long hours in poor conditions for no reward.” Read this Not the News in full at

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Remembrance of grace for Aotearoa In an intimate setting of relationship Jesus Christ took bread. He broke it and gave thanks. Then gave it to those who were in close relationship with him. He said, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me”. Do this in remembrance of me Jesus said. He was saying, honor me, never forget me and reverence me forever. Let it be written on your heart what I have established. Remember the covenant of my blood I have made and given a way out for sin. I have made a way for you to be forgiven and to forgive. I have given a way out of death and given you eternal life. I took poverty upon the cross in my death for you to have abundance. I triumphed over sickness for you to have health. Peace instead of unrest.

Exalt God • Worship Jesus TAURANGA PRIMARY SCHOOL HALL, 31 Fifth Ave 10am: Worship & Communion Service Speaker: Peter Whitcombe (North Shore Church) “Filled With the Holy Spirit” Phone: 579 2729 COME & MEET WITH THE LORD

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The price Christ paid cost him his life. His voice still cries out today like a loud echo vibrating across all nations. Remember me. Remember also those that have gone before us that embraced the rich promises of God. They laid down their lives unto death to advance God’s kingdom. Honor remarkable men and women of God that have broken open the fallow ground of the past and paved a way for us to come through in our generation and the generations to come. Honor the Billy Graham’s that paved the way of salvation, revivalists like Evan Roberts, Smith Wiggles Worth and John Wesley who endured until they saw breakthrough in a nation. People such

as Catherine Kuhlman, John G Lake and John Wimber, who contended for healing breakthrough for us to ride it on. People such as these cast out a net and gathered many into the love of the Father. The praying man and women down through history be it parents, grandparents that burned the midnight oil and paid for freedom and justice, for grace and mercy to touch lives. A price has been paid for lost souls to be found, blind eyes to be opened, deaf ears to hear and the dead to be raised to life. Like deep crying unto deep, the Father in heaven calls out to us today for a resurgence of His sons and daughters and for fallow ground to be cracked open and hearts to be turned to Him. He is the answer to a broken heart of which there are many in Aotearoa. Romans 8v19 Creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. To be revealed to a nation that is sick and dying, poor and weak. Overcome by abuse, violence, drugs, alcohol, gambling, poverty and dysfunction. The Father in heaven want His sons and daughters to be revealed so our nation can say, “Let the weak say, I am strong. Let the poor say, I am rich because of what the Lord has done for me!” As we remember and embrace this hour, I pray the heavenly Father will reveal His glory and cause a rising of passion to your heart. By Pastor Janet Johansen




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Caroline Gordon, Donovan Boucher, Laura Weaser, Hilary Coote and Liz Dawe relaxing in the sunshine at the Airshow.

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