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d n e k e e w e th 8 March 2013, Issue 639 INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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A sporting invite

The Chiefs call

Safety’s a splash

Photo by Tracy Hardy.

With a number of tragedies in and on Bay waters in recent months, the Swim to Survive lessons being completed by Year 5 and 6 students at Omokoroa No.1 School couldn’t be timelier. As part of Sealord’s Swim for Life and Sport Bay of Plenty’s Go4It programme, students across the region are learning practical tips and strategies to keep themselves safe at sea, including the proper use of lifejackets and learning to swim 200m. See page 38 for full story.

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The Weekend Sun

The Weekend Sun is published every Friday, circulating throughout the Western Bay of Plenty, delivered free to 63,460 homes of more than 159,700 residents from Waihi Beach, through Katikati, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Papamoa and Te Puke including rural and residential mailboxes. The Weekend Sun is produced by Sun Media Ltd, an independent and locally owned company based at 1 The Strand, Tauranga.

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Sun Media Ltd Directors: Claire & Brian Rogers General Manager: Ross Brown Editorial: Andrew Campbell, Hamish Carter, Letitia Atkinson, Phillipa Yalden, Corrie Taylor, Elaine Fisher, Zoe Hunter, Luke Balvert. Photography: Tracy Hardy, Bruce Barnard. Advertising: Kathy Andrews, Suzy King, Lois McKinley, Kirsty Hutcheson, Rose Hodges, Aimee-Leigh Brunsdon, Caro Leuschke, Abby Taylor. Design Studio: Kym Johnson, James Carrigan, Sarah Adamson, Kerri Wheeler, Kyra Duffy, Amy Bennie. Office: Julie Commerer, Melanie Stone, Tasha Paull, Julia Price, Kathy Drake.

More of the good stuff - You can count on us Welcome to your same-look tabloid newspaper. You’ll have noticed that there aren’t any changes because it was already excellent. You’ll also see it isn’t “compact”; in fact it has a lot of pages of great reading and superb advertising that works. Better than that, it’s free. And you can get the most up to date daily news on our SunLive. – also for free. You won’t need a compact unless you’re off to the little girls’ room to powder your nose. We’ve just completed our census forms and have finished quite disappointed. There was so much more I wanted to tell them, but just didn’t have the space. Such as: how often we change our underwear, or whether we go commando. And that there is really only one local paper and it’s the Sun, the rest are overseas owned, or worse, owned by Australians, and their adverts are made up in India or other exotic locations. In contrast, the Sun has its own graphic design people, keeping jobs here in NZ. And that we haven’t sacked any paper boys and girls for the sake of changing our delivery time. More than that, we wanted the census people to

know that keeping local people employed is very important to us. We get our ads made up here. Upstairs. At No.1 The Strand. And that the Sun is a tabloid. We aren’t so stuck up that we have to call it “compact”, purely because of the stigma that some precious people attach to the term tabloid. Well, you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel, but it’s still a friggin tabloid. I don’t think the census people did a very good job of promoting. They should have put a video on Facebook, and got the mayor (if he’s still there) to narrate it. He’ll do it for anyone and say anything. Meanwhile, the census people asked how many people live in the house. So I thought I better go look. I couldn’t find the little man in the fridge who turns on the light. But I did find the evil little voice in the back of my head. You know the one, who often writes this column. Typically, he refused to answer any questions. Also in the house we found several missing rebellious socks that were forming some sort of breakaway drawer movement. There was no sign of the Swedish massage twins that I asked for at Christmas, so will be having a few words with Santa about that. Finally, we felt the census people needed to know about SunLive, which is the fastest, most accurate local news service in the region. Staffed by locals, who know and care about our region. Best of all, it is free. So readers don’t have to pay for a “compact” with old news in it. Also the Sun doesn’t have the need to “relaunch” itself every five minutes. That’s because the concept works; great for advertisers who are getting top results – and readers who love it. In fact, the Sun con-

tinues to top the Nielsen survey readership polls, year in, year out. So there, census people. You can count on us to keep a lot of local people ticking those boxes, including having a job locally.

What’s up on our turf

We had a call this week from Clyde who manages Tauranga Hockey, bringing us up to speed with the exciting developments there. The first of the new hockey turf is done and work proceeding well on the second. We’ve a Blacksticks

lery profit. Now correct me if I’ve got this wrong, but doesn’t the City Council tip in half a mill to the gallery coffers every year? Yes. Yet some magical accounting has the gallery showing a “normalised surplus” of 30-odd grand, because the $420,000 you ratepayers kindly donate is recorded as “income”. This is startling success, and even I could be an accountant if it was really that easy. Alas, it is not, and this sort of Disneyland Book Keeping is an insult to all ratepayers. A real accountant has his say on the matter this week, along with some other excellent letters on pages 48-49. Check out Ian Stevenson’s letter “The Art of TCC book keeping”.

Exclusion zone

game coming up, which is great news for the region. We’ll be keeping you updated on the progress here at the Sun and on SunLive.

Disneyland book keeping

I’m not an accountant – and in the words of my former maths teacher, “Lord help this country if that ever happens”. Mind you, that was back in the days when teachers were given money. These days they are probably too stressed out wondering if there’s enough in the account for the mortgage, to focus on the job – teaching kids to count and spell. One thing that doesn’t add up – the bizarre things going on with the Art Gal-

I knew a girl in Taranaki called Rena. I would like to have known her better. Unfortunately she too had a formidable exclusion zone around various parts. Sources there tell me it was a lucky escape, she is described, 30 years later, as being a bit of a wreck herself. Back in the Bay, the zone around Astrolabe is coming under increasing pressure, with 39 reported breaches of the area already this year. It’s being patrolled by the tug Maui 1 which is cruising the perimeter, keeping strays two nautical miles out from the reef… There is a growing discontent among local fishers who think half a mile should be enough, and some who say it’s time the zone was dis-established completely. It’s not helped by stories circulating of how great the fishing is, and how the reef is crawling with crayfish; rumours of some salvage personnel reporting they don’t taste oily at all.

Parting shot:

A $54 million boring machine has been purchased to drill the tunnel for the Waterview Connection in Auckland. What a shame they have bought one, they could have ours. The TCC is a $400 million boring machine, we could have sold it and paid off the debt.

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Down the drain A liquor ban is being called for in the Greerton business area to give traders the power to deal with people who are drinking in the streets.

A request by Greerton Village Mainstreet to introduce the ban will be raised at a Tauranga City Council meeting on Monday, backed by handfuls of letters from businesses and petitions. Mainstreet manager Victoria Thomas says the call for a liquor ban follows frustration from business owners who say they are powerless to get rid of people drinking outside

Greerton Village Mainstreet manager Victoria Thomas and retailers including Artisan Manufacturing Jewellers Andrew Linn want to tackle public drunkenness with a liquor ban. Photo by Bruce Barnard.





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shops unless they are breaking the law. “I don’t know if it’s more of a problem (than it has been), but it’s that we are helpless to do anything about it. Unless they are being aggressive, abusive or breaking any laws they can sit around in the parks or benches drinking.” By introducing a liquor ban the police will be able to act if an intoxicated person is behaving in a way that others find threatening or unacceptable. Victoria says the drinkers are leaving big messes behind and she’s concerned it could put people off shopping in the area. She says drinkers often congregate on benches and parks. “It’s certainly not an attractive look,” she says. Victoria will be raising the issue when she presents her six monthly report to council, with hopes the council will formally consider the issue soon. Tauranga South ward councillor Terry Molloy is supporting the call, saying he believes there are grounds to introduce the ban. He says a ban will only affect intoxicated people and not have any impact on licenced premises. “There seems to be a mounting call for from retailers that there is some unacceptable behaviour going on in and around the retail precinct.” Victoria expects a liquor ban will not completely fix the problem “but should help make a big difference”. By Hamish Carter

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Crash splits car in two

Six people escaped a two car crash that left one car split into two pieces on State Highway 29 in Tauriko this week. The crash, near Redwood Lane about 5pm on Tuesday closed the highway for about an hour. Tauranga Hospital spokesperson says both drivers – a 50-year-old woman and a 48-year-old woman – and four passengers in a grey van: two 13-year-old girls, a 12-year-old girl and a nine-year-old boy were treated and discharged by the hospital. Police say the Sunny rental crossed the centreline and was split in two pieces from the impact, with the front and rear halves ending up on either side of the highway.

Christmas crash accused trial

The trial is underway for three people charged with the manslaughter of two teenage sisters in Welcome Bay on Christmas Day 2011. The girls’ mother Philippa Morehu, 36, Hetaraka Hikurangi Reihana, 20, and Haki Davey, 18, are charged with the manslaughter of Tauranga sisters Merepeka, 14, and Brooklyn MorehuClark, 13. The prosecution alleges Reihana was driving the vehicle carrying the two sisters in the backseat unrestrained when the car crashed with a ute on Welcome Bay Road. Prosecutors say Reihana and another car with the girls’ mother Morehu and cousin Davey were racing at speeds of up to 140km/h when the crash happened. The court heard how all three had been drinking before driving to a family burial plot.

Babies’ bodies in backyard

Police were called to investigate the bodies of twin babies located in the backyard of a Matata property that are now believed to not be suspicious. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Standen said earlier in the week police had launched an investigation into the infants’ deaths to find out how the babies died.

Drought declared in Bay

A state of drought has been officially declared in the Bay of Plenty. The Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy made the announcement on Wednesday declaring a drought in the Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Waikato, and South Auckland areas. News tips call 0800 SUNLIVE or email

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The burning truth about fire A total fire ban is in place for the Western Bay of Plenty and firefighters are stressing the importance of adhering to the ban following recent scrub fires in the Bay. Around 2000sqm of land was turned to charcoal after long crash was ignited by a hot exhaust from a car last week. It took 25 firefighters an hour to get the blaze, which was being fuelled by dry scrub, under control in Welcome Bay. Tauranga senior station officer and incident commander Phil Price says firefighters then spent a two further hours dampening down hotspots to prevent a flare-up. “As we approached Welcome Bay we could see a large spreading fire in the hills above Dingadee Street off Ranginui Road. “There were a number of old caravans which weren’t burnt, we stopped the fire getting to them and stopped it spreading down the hill towards Dingadee Street.”

Around 2000sqm of scrub was burnt during a large scrub fire in Welcome Bay. Smoke from the blaze could be seen throughout the city from Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Airport. In a similar incident, around 25 people were evacuated from the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland near Rotorua as firefighters dealt with a scrub fire which ripped through

nearby scrub. It took the fire service around two to three hours to bring the blaze under control. Phil says the recent fires highlight how dry things are and how easily fires can start and spread in dry conditions. By Letitia Atkinson

Short proposition in restraints Frontline staff free “She’s always been a tiny child. Because Pyes Pa eight-year-old Amanda-Leigh of her height and her weight, because Atkinson could be made to sit in a car she’s really small for her age, I reckon seat if changes to the country’s road user she’d love it because she’d get to see outsystem, including increasing the mandaside her window. tory age of child restraints, go ahead. “It would make her sit higher and it The NZ Transport Agency has released would make her a discussion document safer because she’s as part of its Road User so small. I think Rule reform proposing she’d enjoy it. changes to the current “But I don’t system that will increase know whether the mandatory age of she’d take it into restraint requirements. consideration that Currently children aged she is older to be five years and up to seven put in a car seat. years old must use an She’d think in her approved child restraint, own way that she’s if one is available. too old to be in a Under the proposed car seat.” changes, it would be The proposed mandatory for children changes are from newborn babies up expected to be to their seventh birthday implemented in to use a car seat. October this year. The discussion docuAmanda-Leigh Atkinson, 8. An education ment suggests children campaign and an appropriate lead-in shorter than 148cm are significantly period before changes come into effect safer in a booster seat. Amanda-Leigh will assist with the transition. is approximately 122cm tall and would To make a submission, visit http:// have to use a booster seat if the proposed changes go ahead. Alternatively submissions can be Charmaine, Amanda-Leigh’s mother, emailed to says her daughter is often mistaken for a Submissions close 5pm on five year old and it would help her to see By Zoe Hunter April 3, 2013. out the car window.

A centralised, non-emergency reporting channel designed to free up frontline staff is now being expanded into other areas after being tested in the Bay of Plenty. The Crime Reporting Line is now being implemented in the Waikato and senior sergeant Tim Anderson says the line is a strategy introduced last year and an enhancement on the centralisation of telephony. “What this means is when the public ring police their call will be triaged within our district and either put through to the person they need to speak to or, if it is a non-emergency matter, put through to the CRL call taker in Auckland for the complaint to be formally recorded. “Once the complaint has been recorded, the electronic case is reviewed by the File (Complaint) Management Centre in Hamilton where an assessment is made as to whether there are further avenues of enquiry or the case is closed.” The 24/7 CRL service is not new technology, it has been well tested and streamlined in trials in a number of other police districts including Eastern, Canterbury, Auckland, Counties Manukau and the Bay of Plenty before the current national roll-out. “A number of benefits from CRL have been identified already. “On average the processing time of a complaint has been reduced to 12 minutes from receipt of call to an electronic case being created. By Letitia Atkinson


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Neighbourhood friends It was during a trip to a Fijian village building a medical dispensary that Brookfield resident Campbell Hill had a revelation. “We thought ‘This is crazy – we’ve come all this way over here and we’ve made a huge impact, I wonder if we can make an impact back home’.” It was this thought that sparked the beginning of the Good Neighbours Trust, Campbell’s new charitable organisation aimed at bringing the Brookfield community together and promoting neighbourly relationships. “We really want to start connecting with people in our community to make the neighbourhood a

safer place – a community of people who are able to do stuff for other people, and in doing so they are able to get to know one another. “It’s about bringing hope to those struggling in our communities and building relationships through sincere love in action – a network of people who love serving and helping others.” He says his dream is to create ‘neighbours building neighbourhoods’. The organisation is launching on Good Neighbours Day, Sunday, March 24 with a street clean up from 3-4pm, followed by a community barbecue.

Campbell will be dropping invites in letterboxes closer to the time. “After that we’ll start posting requests from neighbours and anyone who wants to volunteer can join us, and we’ll see if we can make a difference.” If successful, it is hoped the trust will catch on in other communities around Tauranga. This week Campbell began selling boxes of fruit and vegetables which can be ordered online and delivered to recipients’ doors. The fruit boxes cost $35 for a large box, or $20 for a small, with all profits going towards sustaining the trust and building the community. For more information or to purchase fruit boxes, visit By Corrie Taylor

Good Neighbours Trust founder Campbell Hill. Photo by Tracy Hardy.


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MP’s affordable pool campaign Independent Tauranga MP Brendan Horan is launching a petition in an effort to reduce admission costs for children at public swimming pools. The father of two wants a gold coin donation entry fee for children and secondary school students at all publicly owned pools. He says more and more children are not learning to swim due to the costs. “Sadly today it’s a challenge for many schools to provide for swim instruction as the cost of providing and maintaining a swimming complex is outside the scope of the school’s budget.” He says school principals say as a consequence there has been a decline in children’s swimming skills. “Though subsidised, there is a lack of space in local pools and limited access. “The alternative for parents is to enrol their children into a professional swim school or club – where in Tauranga, the practise is for coaches to hire a training lane.”

He says parents are forced to pay for the swim squad and coaching costs as well as the pool entry fee, which he says is up to $4.70 per swim. “Compared to other council owned sporting and recreational facilities, swimming costs in this city are expensive and prohibitive for many families. “I see all of these children who cannot swim and can’t afford access.” He says Baywave is a good example, situated in the Arataki community where many people cannot afford to pay the entry costs. “It’s $4.70 for children. If you’re a parent and you have two children that is a sizable amount of money, with or without a TECT card. “It is stopping Tauranga parents from having their children learn how to swim.” He says council will not have to subsidise the reduced entry costs, as more people will use the facility. “Making it a gold coin entry, the council will make more money, as it will have more people going to our swimming pools.” Brendan understands some facilities are already

Brendan Horan with the St Thomas More Flippaball team.

providing reduced costs but he would like to see this extended across the board to include all pools, including Mount Hot Pools. At present Baywave charges $4.70 for children aged five to 16 years old. Memorial and Greerton charge $1.80 for the same age group, while Mount Hot Pools charges $3.60 per

child (resident). Brendan is aiming to gather 50,000 signatures and if he succeeds he will take it to Tauranga City Council. Contact Brendan on horan.336 to sign. By Phillipa Yalden

Fostering Te Puke’s young sporting talent Te Puke will soon host its own international standard sports excellence programme if Tanerau Latimer achieves his dream.

Aaron Cruden, Tanerau Latimer and Craig Clarke are fronting the new sports development programme in Te Puke.

The Maori All Blacks captain and loyal Rangiuru Rugby Club player began thinking of setting up a programme to foster talent in the region 18 months ago and, after overcoming a series of obstacles, will launch

the Sports Training Excellence Programme on April 1. “I just thought we needed something around Te Puke because you do hear a lot of stories about youth with a lot of talent that is being wasted. So hopefully we can bring that in and harness that. “Basically its’ about running something out of Te Puke because everything is the Mount or Tauranga way. It will be great for the community, for all the Te Puke and Papamoa area. In the end we want to get it to be a world-class training facility based out of Te Puke.”


Tanerau has recruited the support of many of his Chief team-mates and training staff to provide coaching for the intensive full-day sessions held each month, while behind the scenes it is being driven by Te Puke Economic Development Group managing director Mark Boyle and acclaimed former Steamers halfback Mark Basham. Mark Basham says his experience at grassroots rugby showed there was a desperate need for this sort of initiative. “We travel around and you see the same thing everywhere. People are crying out for

support and especially with this thing, with Tanerau the captain of the Maori All Blacks, it’s a way of connecting the elite level with the grassroots again.” Mark, the Rangiuru Rugby Club team manager, says Tanerau’s commitment to the Te Puke community was illustrated last year when in the middle of the Super 15 competition he still found time to attending club rugby trainings in a row. He believes the programme will have a ‘huge social focus’, helping the players predominantly aged 18-20 and their families live a more positive life through sports. “Some of these kids are going to be coming from rock-bottom. You get there parents involved with it as well and they can see that they have to support them better and eat better, then we will turn that around and have huge success and we will get more funding.” The programme is initially focussed on rugby, but Tanerau hopes to expand it into other sports and throughout the Western Bay region after it has attracted more funding. Two girls are confirmed for the programme, and they hope the prospect of playing sevens in Rio will attract more. When the Weekend Sun went to print 12 of the 15 recipients of funded places had been selected. Others can take part in the three month programme by paying the $1230 fee. For details contact Mark on 027 573 7174. By Hamish Carter


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Today’s the day for women Women all over the world are being celebrated today for International Women’s Day. Prominent Tauranga resident Sally Morrison is one of those celebrating women and she says New Zealander’s don’t celebrate each other enough. “I always feel, whether its men or women or whoever, we as a nation and as a culture, I don’t think we congratulate each other enough. I’m a believer that we should celebrate our success. “Even down to when somebody looks nice, you should tell people. I think that’s important to support each other.” Sally moved to Tauranga in 1977, and apart from dedicating her spare time to her two grandchildren, she has been involved in many community organisations around the city she calls ‘paradise’. “I suppose it’s a genuine interest in people and people amaze me how much they give to the community. Based on the generosity of people it’s quite humbling in Tauranga. We have an

Sally Morrison. Photo by Ross Brown.

amazing community in my mind and I like working with these amazing people that do so much. “It’s as simple as that really.” After purchasing Oakland Health Hospital and building it into a large and successful business, which she sold in 2007, Sally became chair of Acorn Foundation, helping to distribute more than $370,000 to charities and community groups in the Bay of Plenty. Acorn Foundation, established in 2003, is a community foundation encouraging people to donate money

Pop-up success prompts round two Following the success of their first pop-up exhibition in January/February, Omokoroa artists are thrilled to announce the opening of their second exhibition today. The artists took inspiration from post-quake Canterbury, opening a two week exhibition in an unfinished premises at 170 Omokoroa Road. The exhibition received so much positive feedback, the artists are holding round two – with what co-ordinator Heather Reynolds says will display an impressive selection of work from up to 15 artists. “The gallery will include traditional mediums of paintings, wood work, leatherwork, stationary cards,

and photographs, as well as books written and illustrated by our member Margaret Hooton. “A Japanese painting wall-hanging will be up large as life, also by Margaret Hooton.” Heather says they are keeping an area in the gallery for members to continue their painting while doing their stint manning the gallery, so visitors can watch art in the making. “The space provides a casual, happy space for both visitors and members.” The exhibition is open until April 1, from Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm, including Easter Monday. By Corrie Taylor



which is then distributed to local charities and community groups all year round. Sally has also been a trustee for the Bay of Plenty Cricket Club and was awarded Business Leader of the Year by the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce in 2006. This year, Sally was honoured for her services to health and the community in the Queen’s 2013 New Year’s Honours List. In May Sally will travel to Government House where she will be presented with her honour. By Zoe Hunter


The Weekend Sun Chelsea Rae, Max Julian and Jasmine Dodd are preparing for the annual Harvest Festival on Saturday. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Eat, drink, shear Greerton Volunteer Fire Service is coming back to defend its title as the pie eating, ginger beer drinking and sheep shearing champions at the Oropi School Harvest Festival on Saturday.

The competition, on for the fourth year, is part of the school’s annual Harvest Festival and is the major fundraising event of the year. Competitors register as a team of three. In a race against the clock the first person eats a semi-warm pie, the second drinks a ginger beer and places the bottle on the top of their head, before the third peddles on a special bike which powers a shearing arm. A professional sheep shearer shears the sheep to finish the race.

Greerton Fire Service currently holds the fastest time. Along with giant slides and pony rides, Oropi School PTA chairperson Stuart Watson says the festival features some of the best plant produce stalls in the area, with many local growers providing their home-grown food. “It’s a fun, family-filled adventurous day with all the usual trimmings that you would expect with a country school. “It’s a day that we try to bring some adventure and fun to the entire family.” For the first time this year, and in compliance with the fire ban, the annual hangi has been replaced with a spit roast. On March 9 gates open at 10am. There is a ticket system in place but no entry fee. EFTPOS is available. By Zoe Hunter

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Racing ahead of the field After helping bring the best out in her athletes for the past three years, Tauranga coach Ethney Barnaby believes she has learnt as much from the Tauranga Special Olympic athletes herself. “A lot of people don’t appreciate just how much effort they put in. I’ve been absolutely blown away by their commitment and how hard they train.” Ethney, a competitive athlete herself, is expecting to be impressed with some top performances by her athletes this weekend when the club hosts the Tauranga Regional Special Olympics at Tauranga Domain. The two-day event will attract 60 athletes with intellectual disabilities from as far as Manawatu and Hawkes Bay. Among those giving the event his best shot will be Te-Huia Apaapa from the Tauranga club, who is determined to build on his success at the national secondary school’s athletics with disabilities championship in December where he won silver in the 2000m.

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This followed a bronze two years earlier. Ethney describes him as a talented runner who has come a long way in the two yeas since he started attending fortnightly coaching sessions. Up until then Te-Huia, who lives in Waikino, had just been running with the amateur athletic group in Paeroa. “He is by far the fastest in the group,” says Ethney, who believes he has a strong future ahead of him on the track. Te-Huia’s mother Dawn Staples first introduced him to athletics aged nine and has watched him blossom from initial hesitancy (“I would have to stand at the finish line so he would run to me”) to become passionate about running. “He does have quite a competitive streak and he does enjoy the social contact with other people, so he really enjoys it. He is definitely working hard and is trying to improve himself.” Dawn says Te-Huia is determined to compete at his first national Special Olympics in Dunedin in November, and she will do everything possible to raise the money needed. The regionals are being held at the domain athletics track on Saturday and Sunday from 9am.

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Special Olympics runner Te-Huia Apaapa prepares for this weekend’s Tauranga regional competition with some coaching tips from Ethney Barnaby. Photo by Daniel Hines.

Kahawai surf casting at Papamoa The $10,000 Kahawai World Cup Surfcasting Bonanza is coming to Papamoa this weekend, and keen fishers along the coast are preparing their tackle and checking the bait. Syd Morrow from Mount Ocean Sports Club says there are recent reports of plenty of the fish along the coast. “I had a report just a few minutes ago from a fellow who lives right down the Mount,” says Syd. “He went down there surfcasting the other day and they were up to six pound, 2.5kg or thereabouts.” Syd will be among the anglers who will make Papamoa Beach look like a picket fence with their surfcasting rods this weekend as they fish for the biggest kahawai. “I haven’t won anything, but if you have a bait in the water, you have got a chance. Anybody could take the $10,000, but you have got to be in the competition and you have got to have a bait in the water. It is a lot of fun down there. You are all pretty well condensed up and you can see the action. The first and second fish were caught quite close to where I was

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Children’s community for a night The students of Papamoa Primary School made their own township last night where the teachers were the Government and the children were the community. For the past five weeks, Year 5 and 6 students studied what makes a good community as part of the school’s ‘contributing to communities’ concept. Last night the children, under the supervision of parents and teachers, pitched their tents and stayed for one night on the school field where they

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learnt how to live as a community. Assistant principal Shelley Blakey says the rationale behind the ‘community for a night’ was to educate the children about what a community is and who is involved in making it work. Shelley says the children planned the menu, organised an entertainment crew for the night, and dedicated roles to the teachers. “They’ve thought through all different parts of what a community is. The kids have actually had to organise and think about why they’re putting these things into the community.” By Zoe Hunter

Ian Allerby spent hours digging the wasp nest out on his Ruahihi Road farm. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Ian Allerby has a huge wasp nest he thinks will make a good display for a school, a council or some such educational body. “I would like to see someone preserve it,” says Ian. “The majority of people would never ever see anything like it. I would definitely like to see it go somewhere and go on display. I’ve got a neighbour up here keen to have a go at getting it out, and I’m keen to get it out.” Ian and neighbour Colin Read spent several hours trying to dig the nest out after Ian poisoned the residents. “You should see the size of the hole we had to dig, we had to shift a hell of a lot of dirt to get round

it without damaging it too much,” says Ian. “It was way down in the ground and they had another big hole behind it, preparing for the next expansion of it.” Ian discovered the nest when he was weed spraying on the back paddock of his Ruahihi Road farm. “I could hear all this humming, I thought it was a swarm of bees going over. I turned round, had a look. Then I heard it down in the ground, and I saw all these wasps. It was just like a beehive – they were coming in and out, just a colossal number of wasps coming in and out. “The hole in the ground would have been a good six to eight inches across. The biggest hole I have seen in the ground would be a couple of inches at the most.

This was massive, eh. Most people I have been talking to reckon it’s been there at least 10 years.” Ian went down at dusk when the wasps were all inside, and puffed insecticide into the hole. “I just puffed away there until I see the smoke was starting to come back out, and I went down the next day and she was very quiet,” says Ian. The nest is still in the hole, covered in plastic and Ian’s hoping for a call in the next day or so, before he has to shift stock back into the paddock. Anyone interested should leave a message on 07 543 2705. By Andrew Campbell

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Matakana Island documentation released The Matakana Whole of Island plan documentation was released in February. The few who had been consulted over the previous 17 months saw some of the plan for the first time. Only a handful of people were at the viewing and were angry when they discovered that submissions were to close on February 26. The local Maori who have contributed significantly to the preparation of the plan have asked for more time to discuss their options. Many developers and most other interested parties have been virtually shut out. The three landowners of the ‘Sandspit’, the main coastal strip, have been given six development options. The local Maori on the ‘Bulge,’ the developed part of the island, have only three options. Their choices are to do nothing, stick with the current district plan, or work it out with council later. This was certainly not the plan anyone was hoping for.

A developer in the early nineties published plans and drawings for what he considered to be a reasonably sensitive development of the whole island. Opinions were divided and the last twenty years are a sorry tale of speculation, argument and accusation. The hope was that this new Whole of Island plan should, as a recent report suggested, be an evaluation of the positive and negative economic effects of development and define the appropriate viewpoint that is to be adopted. The report believed that district city and wider regional viewpoints should be adopted and that even a nationwide viewpoint should be considered. The current documentation is not a plan. It has no a direction. There is no economic analysis. A whole of Island plan for Matakana is even further away than it was in 1993.

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boundaries in his artistic expression. I was delighted to be asked to write a “I then realised how constrained I had been few words about accomplished and wellwith the idea of land and sea always creeping respected artist Doreen McNeill’s new into my work and I started to allow myself exhibition at Mount Maunganui’s Lightwave the freedom to draw and paint without the Gallery. restraints of a realistic subject theme holding ‘Beyond Boundaries’ is an exhibition of me back.” new paintings that express the artist’s desire Doreen was trained as a draughtsman and to ‘free-up’ and paint purely abstract works was employed for many years drawing navi– a departure from the highly collectable gational charts for aircraft. informal abstract land and seascapes familiar Culture and art news “The precision of my chart work is to those who know her previous work. by Pete Morris probably why I now so enjoy giving my This freedom and a new colour palette imagination free reign with all the colours and textures have been inspired in part by Doreen’s appreciation of that modern paints allow.” Rotorua artist Kristian Lomath’s ‘Bookwork’ series. “My paintings are emotional works and inspiration As we talk in her well-organised, roomy Tauranga comes as I apply paint to canvas allowing it to form studio and study she says: “I was drawn to the feeling organic shapes and textures.” of freedom that Kristian’s work evokes and the lack of

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Proceeding with Government power share offers If a week is a long time in politics, then a fortnight is a near eternity. A bit over a week back, as a Government we won our case regarding Mighty River Power. The Supreme Court has confirmed that the National-led Government can proceed with our plan to sell up to 49 per cent of shares in Mighty River Power to New Zealanders later this year. Our share offers plan received a strong mandate at the last election, and we’re pleased we can get on with doing what we were elected to do. We’ve guaranteed the Government will own at least 51 per cent of each company

and New Zealanders will be at the front of the queue for shares. We’ll free up $5 to $7 billion, which we will reinvest in more modern schools, hospitals, and priority infrastructure, without having to borrow from overseas. Cabinet will consider a timetable and other details for the share offer of Mighty River Power in the next few weeks. Around the same time as this court case result, as Minister of Labour I announced an increase to the minimum wage. On 1 April it will rise to $13.75 from the current rate of $13.50, and the training and new entrants’ minimum wage will increase from $10.80 to $11 – 80 per cent of

the adult minimum wage. One of National’s priorities is to build a more productive and competitive economy, and we have progressively raised the minimum wage since taking office. We are firmly focussed on growing the economy and boosting incomes through our Business Growth Agenda, we are creating opportunities to help grow more jobs in New Zealand, for New Zealanders. Setting these wage rates represents a careful balance between protecting low-paid workers, and ensuring jobs are not lost as the economic recovery gains pace. As I said in Parliament at around the time of my announcement, we have one of the highest minimum wages in the world and the most

Wellington’s loss is Tauranga’s gain The appointment of former Wellington City Council CEO Garry Poole as the new TCC chief executive is a huge coup for our city. In his 15 years as Wellington’s CEO, Garry crafted Wellington into what I would consider New Zealand’s most vibrant city. While he will be leaving a city with divided (dysfunctional) councillors in Wellington, he could be going ‘from the frying pan to the fire’. His challenge will be to inspire collegiality within our local council, and with local government reform and TCC restructuring underway, it is great that we will have such a ‘wise head’ to guide these processes. Tauranga’s outgoing temporary CEO Leigh Auton has certainly steadied the ship during his short term, including having just completed the first 32 redundancies in what will hopefully be a genuine rationalisation of our council bureaucracy. Speaking to Tauranga Te Papa Rotary last week, Leigh strongly

advocated that we need bigger scale, especially with roading and water. He recognised that TCC has a demanding balance sheet, with high levels of debt, financed on the basic reliance of high levels of development growth. He noted that while Tauranga has lagged in growth recently, there are signs that our local economy is starting to slowly pick up, and he sees real positives in the proposed university campus, plus the positive progress towards a muchneeded four star hotel. Commenting specifically on local government reform, Leigh commented that scale was useful but that it was important not to get too big so that you take away community engagement. He said he saw the first step locally as the amalgamation of Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

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The power of science for community good This week’s Tauranga Harbour Symposium was an excellent example of how good, sound science is essential for community, iwi and councils alike. It was a great day, with lots of information shared and plenty of acknowledgement of the great work that’s happening to restore and protect our beautiful harbour. We had a very impressive lineup of speakers, with university professors rubbing shoulders with estuary care group members, local high school students and iwi, to name but a few. I was reminded of the numerous ways that good science helps me, and my fellow councillors, make better decisions every day –

particularly about how our natural resources are managed. Although it’s never easy weighing up all the information and arguments, it’s easier and we make better decisions by getting sound science. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has some top-class scientists on staff and we also have access to world-class institutions like the University of Bremen. We recognise the value of good, robust science by sponsoring two university positions – a relatively new Chair in Coastal Research, and a well-established Chair in

Lakes Research – both with the University of Waikato. Future science leaders are given the opportunity to spread their wings through our summer student programme. We benefit from regular or one-off research projects and they get to test their skills in the real world. Of course, sustainable environmental management isn’t only about science. It’s also about people, and business, and lifestyles. By understanding how our natural world works, we’re all able to make better decisions so that we can develop and grow our economy while also enjoying our special place in the Bay of Plenty.

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generous one there is as a proportion of our average wage. Finally, last week we also announced more Resource Management reform, which I know has been a very topical matter here in the Bay as long as I’ve been an MP. National’s first stage of resource management reform involved 150 changes to streamline the RMA. But there is still more to be done. One of our priorities this term is delivering better public services, and making our RMA more efficient will contribute to this.

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Protection of biosecurity Road safety running on empty Biosecurity protection is about biosecurity services have focused resources on incursion international trade, it is about economic success, and ultiresponse, rather than on preparing for dealing with a mately it is about whether or not you can buy a new car disastrous event such as the arrival of foot and mouth or TV. Despite that, due in part disease. The estimated cost to the recent spate of free of such an incursion is $10 trade agreements signed by billion. government, we have one of The effects of these events the most open borders in the tend to be estimated in By Ian McLean, spokesperson for the world. dollar terms. But the social Green Party and environmental costs are News last week was that Psa came from China, probably in pollen enormous as well. Biosecurity is an subject to an inadequate permitessential investment that should never ting and checking process prior to be compromised. importation. Government services Ian McLean is a spokesperson for the Green Party of may face court action over the billion Aotearoa New Zealand. Contact: Ian G. McLean, 021 dollar cost. 547556, 07 5794670, Authorized by Jon Field, Level 2, 17 Garrett Street, Wellington We were also informed that our

Making safer journeys is the Government’s new strategy to improve road safety over the next decade. It uses classic catchphrases such as safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer road users. On one hand it looks and sounds good but behind the façade the Government depleted by a third funding for user behaviour campaigns and NZTA abandoned communitybased road safety leadership, leaving it to local authorities with reduced funding. Another source of revenue, the Road Safety Trust (funds generated from the sale of number plates), was collapsed by the minister and the remaining capital, plus future revenue, handed over to NZTA. One way to raise revenue is in the form of fines and it is interest-

ing that last year in a campaign to improve the safety of vehicles on our local roads Western BOP police issued 8500 tickets for no WOF or no registration. That’s a $200 ticket for one in 20 people locally. The Bay of Plenty Region has a higher severity of fatal and serious crashes than the national average. Poor observation, alcohol and speed are still major contributors to fatal crashes. I’m also advised that we have a high percentage of workers who drive to work and have been found with illegal drugs in their body. Something needs to be done. Common sense and awareness are two attributes that are sorely needed at every level. Our region needs leadership. The regional transport strategy notes

that central and local governments have to fund, inform and educate New Zealanders about road safety issues and road user behaviour. Yet currently our regional council provides only scant funding and staffing to manage road safety, where in reality they should be managing regional leadership. Even the Waikato Regional Council has called on the BOP council to ‘smarten up their act’. It sees road safety as a partnership and has called on our council to strategically ‘clarify the importance of road safety’ as it is keen to collaborate at this level with the Bay of Plenty Region on shared road safety and route security issues.



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RMA reform proposals signal big change Government has just released a discussion document on Improving our Resource Management System. This is the second phase of their Resource Management Act reforms and there is quite a lot in the discussion document that I applaud. While I am not so keen on the minister’s proposed ability to require specific changes to an existing local plan, a proposed national template for resource management plans with consistent definitions will save a lot of time. The proposed greater degree of clear national direction on a range of matters will prevent costly reinvention of the wheel across the country. Another proposal is the encouragement of a single integrated plan for each district or area. While this is proposed to be discretionary and can be independent of how regional and local government is structured, the concept of one integrated plan contain-


ing regional and local policies and rules makes a lot of sense from a public viewpoint. The idea of earlier public collaboration in plan development and lessening of the ability for appeals to drag out the whole plan development process also gets my vote. Other proposals include more efficient and effective consenting, better natural hazard management, clarifying the role of iwi in the consenting process, and the development of a standard approach across local authorities to enable benchmarking and identification of best practice. The discussion document can be found on the MfE website and submissions close April 2, 2013. Since the reforms are likely to affect us all, it is worth having a say. If you have any views on this or any other issue, please email me or phone 07 579 5150. Or you can check out my website:

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Young cricketers learn from the top Cricket enthusiasts at Selwyn Ridge Primary School are learning from the top today, with fun games and coaching tips from members of the Northern Knights cricket team. The game and coaching session by Bay of Plenty’s team has been organised by 20:20 cricket sponsor HRV as a way to foster cricket at grassroots level. Selwyn Ridge School sports coordinator Julie Taylor says cricket is growing in popularity at the school and wel-

comes the initiative to build on players’ interest. “They are all very excited to have the Knights coming.” Western Bay of Plenty Junior Cricket coordinator Don Warner encourages any other young players to come along to the training session on Friday from 4pm, saying at least one other school is taking part. He expects at least 40 young players to attend. “It’s a great chance for all young players to get some tips from the best. The more the merrier.” Pupils will be split into five groups

and matched with two Knights players for games and coaching sessions covering different elements of the game. HRV BOP marketing manager Laynie Perrett says it is important to support the next generation of cricket stars who are coming through. Next year HRV plans to run a mini 20:20 tournament with at least six Tauranga school teams. By Hamish Carter

Junior cricket coordinator Don Warner gives Isaac White, 9, batting tips ahead of Friday’s coaching from the Knights. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Surfing through the screens Mount Maunganui’s big screen will be riding the crest of a wave on Wednesday to kick start the inaugural O’Neill Aotearoa Surf Film Festival. The festival, with the support of Tourism Bay of Plenty, is the first dedicated surf film competition in the country showcasing a celebration of surf cinema and the art of wave riding in New Zealand. Opening at Bay City Cinemas Mount Maunganui, the three night festival will include feature films and short films as well as other festival events, including live music and an opening night gala.

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Festival director and film maker Nick Stevenson says Mount Maunganui was the number one pick for the opening of the festival in what he describes as the “surfing capital of New Zealand”. “We think it’s the perfect city. Everyone is associated with the beach culture and they all surf as well. “All of the selected feature films have never been screened in New Zealand so we are excited to be bringing them to New Zealand audiences for the first time.” In true Kiwi style, the festival will then hit the road with a selection of the award winning films for a sixweek coastal. Nick is blown away by the 35 submissions for the awards which made for some tough decisions for the screening panel of Craig Levers (surf photographer), Andrew McAlpine (film designer) and professional surfer Maz Quinn. “We literally had films from all over the world, places we wouldn’t expect films to come out of. We also had some amazing Kiwi films.” He says lot of time and effort has been put in to ensuring the festival is “not a one hit wonder”. “O’Neill is a super supporter. They are looking at this long term and we want to develop other events around it like art and music, plus the whole surf culture as opposed to just film.”

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Tickets and programming details for the O’Neill Aotearoa Surf Film Festival are available online at and limited door sales will be available on the night. World class surf lifesaving talent will also be in action at Mount Main Beach this weekend for the four-day State New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships. The 91st running of the carnival will see 1700 athletes line up representing 48 clubs from across New Zealand including London Olympians Steve Ferguson (Piha), Andy McMillan (St Clair), and New Zealand’s golden girl Lisa Carrington (Mount Maunganui). By Luke Balvert


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Agility action this weekend

Cat-astrophe - new homes needed Difficulties in finding homes to rehouse cats has prompted a fresh call from ARRC Wildlife Trust director Dr Liza Schneider.

Action is my middle name, so I was so excited to receive an invitation to the dog agility event this weekend. Usually it’s my job to the put the boss through the hoops and drive him up the wall. But this weekend is all about the dogs tackling the obstacles. The champions of dog agility are competing at Papamoa’s Gordon Spratt park this weekend. All types of dogs and people of all ages will be putting their pooches through the hoops, over the see-saws and up the walls. Shelley Clark, who runs schnauzers Tully and Fergy, says the event is a bit like the old TV programme Tux Wonder Dogs, although no sausages to pinch and the competition is highly competitive at this level. “A lot of people just do it to have fun with their dog. “Our club is the Tauranga Dog Training Club and we are running the competition in conjunction with the Mount Agility Club. It starts at 8.30am and usually the competition finishes around 3pm, followed by prize giving. Our website is taurangadogtraining. com we run classes for those who wish to take up the sport.” They say dog agility is the king of dog sports.

Liza says the trust’s new Spay the Stray campaign has got off to a great start, with 112 strays caught in the past six weeks, but they were still looking for homes for 34. “They’ve come from Te Puna to Te Puke to the Mount, and we’ve heard of a number of colonies that we want to tackle.” Including the four colonies in Bethlehem, Judea, Windermere and Ohauiti, and other strays they had been told about, Liza was aware of another 315 strays they wanted to get. “That’s just the ones we know of

from people who have contacted us. It’s from people telling us, so we are keen to hear from anyone who knows of colonies or strays in their area.” Liza says the trust is restricted in what it can do, with limited funding, and thanks Pub Charity for a recent $9000 grant. “By reducing the stray cat numbers it reduces the load on the wildlife and the stress on domestic cats.” To rehome a cat or let ARRC know about strays in your area, phone 07 579 9115 or go to

Skilled agility pooches Tully and Gemma complete obstacles. training offers amusement and challenges for both the dog and handler. With the handler in charge of strategy, and the dog given the athletic responsibilities, the team negotiates an obstacle course, performing each task in the correct sequence. Emphasis is placed on accuracy and speed. Safe execution of each obstacle is paramount, with faults being assigned for knocked down poles, missed contacts (the start and end of the see-saw, A-frame and dogwalk), or taking an obstacle out of sequence. Wow, sounds like fun. I just have to prise Ady off the couch! -Flo

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Man-made robots to win world title Not everyone can build a robot, but the Otumoetai College Robotics team can.

Otumoetai College was the overall winner of the competition with two robots awarded first prize, one in second place and a Year 11 team, competing for the first time, winning third equal. A total of 61 teams registered their robots for the 2013 VEX Robotics National Championships in Auckland last weekend.

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To win students had to control their robots around a 3.5sqm field in 10 qualification ‘game play’ rounds. Each round is two minutes long. Engineers are judged on their driver and robot programming skills. Year 13 Otumoetai College student Lucas de Rijk, 16, collected a world record number of points: 365. Seamus Beedie, 17, won second place for his robot and ranks 17th in the world. Students are given base parts to build their robots to a maximum height of 18 inches. They can then build and design their robots using extra material at their own expense. Seamus and Lucas have been working on their robots since April last year and say more than 100 hours were spent working on them in their spare time.

Competing for the third season, the pair say they are well-prepared for worlds. “It’s kind of good this year knowing what to expect. Last year it was all really new to us but now that we’ve done it before we know what to expect this time,” says Seamus. “In some ways it makes it harder living up to the expectation,” says Lucas. The pair wants to thank major sponsors Page Macrae Engineering, which helped them develop their winning robots.

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The students will now turn their focus towards the World Championships in the US on April 17-20. The college has three robots, the third built by Cameron Apeldoorn and Kenley Cowles, entered in the worlds this year. The students are looking to establish Vex Robotics in the region and have been mentoring other schools on how to build and prepare their own robots.

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Film Growing Change in the Bay On March 20, Tauranga Monthly Film Night and Envirohub BOP are holding a special film screening of ‘Growing Change’ – a documentary about Venezuela’s food revolution which came about as a result of the global financial crisis in 2008. Learn about the community and government driven initiative to break the country’s reliance on imported

food. Directed by Australian filmmaker Simon Cunich, the documentary investigates why current food systems still manage to leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger. Supported by Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, this screening will be followed by a panel discussion from local experts involved in growing change here in the Bay of Plenty including: Anne Gourley from Let’s Get Growing and Otumoetai Community Gardens, Edwina Vine from Permablitz BOP, Regan Pryor and Alan Willoughby. This film will be shown at the Wesley Centre, 13th Ave on March 20 at 7pm (tickets cost $10 for door sales, $5 for TECT card holders). Refreshments will be included. You can download the calendar of Sustainable Backyards events at www. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ Sustainable Backyards on Facebook to receive regular updates on events. The Verhagen family in their permablitzed garden in Katikati. Photo by Sue Peachey.

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As they say - it’s better late than never Due to a ‘technical glitch’ at Sun Media last week, Bill Faulkner’s column was left out. But he’s back again this week - enjoy!

Had a round up for a pound up over a LAP last Friday. That’s a Local Alcohol Policy. Under the new proposals, Council can change some rules surrounding the sale of alcohol if they choose. TCC and Western Bay District Council have decided to investigate the options together. There are three types of alcohol sale to consider: Restaurants, where you have a drink with a meal. Call it a dining experience and no problems to the police, liquor enforcement or the public. Then there’s “Off Licence”. That’s where you buy the booze and take it away to drink it. Problems created with this are that it can be uncontrolled drinking in inappropriate places leading to unruly, aggressive, anti-social behaviour, no controlled hours and underage drinking. All causing policing problems in that by the time the police are called the troubles are already underway. Likewise, creating problems at the emergency department at the hospital. Elected members had a detailed presentation on the effects of alcohol on the hospital services by those who are unable to control or handle alcohol responsibly. “On Licence” is where you drink at a bar in a controlled environment. Problems here are obvious but at least it’s in a supervised situation where most issues can be nipped in the bud.

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But most problems for the police start after 10pm when people leave, we were told. Unfortunately, all this legislation relates to “problems” and there was minimal reference or consideration for those who enjoy a drink in convivial company and atmosphere, don’t cause any problems and go about their relaxation in a responsible manner. Isn’t that always the way – the majority get

zapped because of the minority. We will work through the options and any changes will be subject to your input through a submission and consultation process. A presentation from Hospitality NZ’s regional manager was doing quite well until the end. He lost any brownie points and the audience when he told us if we invoked some of the changes being mooted we could lose our seats at the upcoming election. Margaret Murray-Benge from WBOPDC gave him a well-deserved serve for his inappropriate comments. In my time on Council I’ve only experienced one elected member whose motivation on issues was openly to vote where he considered the popular opinion was to ensure his re-election. He lost his seat regardless. There are still others touting the popularist line but they aren’t so obvious.

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Talking about voting responsibly – I can’t let the opportunity pass but to acknowledge the likes of past councillor Gordon Taylor and others who lost their seats by taking the responsible line and voting for water meters in the face of a vicious and, in my view, sometimes irresponsible campaign conducted via the Bay Times. Even with drought conditions Tauranga has still not had to introduce water restrictions. It may come, but without water meters our city would have been under water restrictions since Christmas. Eight elected members met with incoming CEO Garry Poole on Saturday. A wide ranging discussion involving governance matters to ensure elected members and Garry are on the same page. In my opinion this reorganisation appears to have gone astray. My understanding is that elected members asked for a timely check that the organisational structure was fit for purpose in the current economic climate but somewhere along the long and winding road that

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Costs incurred to date are “significant” (in my view horrendous) and are continuing. Including the CCO review, reorganisation consultant cost, recruitment costs the bill will be well over $500,000. I asked the present CEO nearly three weeks ago for detailed accounts but at the time of writing I had not received the information. Add into this equation redundancy payments and it’s difficult from where I sit to see financial benefit to ratepayers. Local Government Official Information Act information prepared some time ago showed $271,488 paid to Morrison and Low and $203,152 to GHD to end of January – two of the consultancy firms involved. And as I said at the outset if this reorganisation wasn’t handled efficiently and quickly Council ran the risk of losing individuals unnecessarily because some positions were changed so much. The reorganisation implementation is not an elected Council function but the domain of the incumbent CEO. Garry Poole is due to take over the reins officially in mid-April.

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Interesting workshop on Monday on becoming an Age-Friendly City. Tauranga won’t be signing up or registering at the usual fee. Instead, we will be using feedback from our community to identify age related barriers. That’s all ages. We are aware favouring one age sector over another can be the base for subtle and not so subtle discrimination. Despite some wheel barrow pushers we’re all in this together, both locally and nationally. This week’s mindbender. Patience is not waiting, it’s how you act while you’re waiting.

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Walking the guided path of Tauranga’s history A guided historical walk around central Tauranga and a fun family stroll at Tauriko’s The Lakes subdivision are among events taking place for Walk Month.

Tauranga Council park coordinator Ned Nicely is guiding a lunchtime walk of central Tauranga’s history for Walk Month on Wednesday.

Tauranga City Council park co-ordinator Ned Nicely will be pointing out parts of the city’s history on a lunchtime walk on Wednesday, which leaves from the railway crossing at The Strand and Wharf St corner at noon. The walk will take about 55 minutes and trace the area along The Strand, to Monmouth Redoubt then along Park St, Cameron Rd, and Spring St to finish at the historic water fountain by ANZ Bank. “We stop along the way and discuss places. It seems to offer something for both locals and tourists - people who have lived here all their life often tell me they’ve learnt more from it.” A fun family walk at The Lakes on Saturday – with choices of 3km of 5km distances – will offer an interesting look around the area while also raising funds for the Tauranga Parents Centre. On Wednesday everyone is encouraged to leave

AIMS Games announced as awards finalist Two Sport Bay of Plenty programmes have been listed as finalists in the 2013 New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards. Play in the Bay and the NZCT AIMS Games were announced as finalists this week for the awards, organised by Sport New Zealand.

They recognise outstanding contributions to the sport and recreation sector nationally. The NZCT AIMS Games, an event incorporating more than 6000 competitors from 164 schools in New Zealand, has been confirmed in the Event Excellence category. Play in the Bay began in March 2012 and has been con-



firmed in the Communications Excellence category. Sport Bay of Plenty marketing manager Melanie Short says they knew the community wanted to do more, but there were certain barriers in place. “We introduced Play in the Bay to counter these barriers and have developed a strong and consistent communication

plan to encourage, support and inform people interested in getting out and about.” Winners will be announced at the New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards Dinner in Wellington on April 15. A full list of finalists can be found at www.sportrecawards. as well as more information. By Corrie Taylor

the car behind for Walk to Work Day. Sport Bay of Plenty recreation advisor Nicki Scott says although there is no set activity on the day it’s a chance to remind people of the exercise opportunity it offers. “Walking to work is an easy way to incorporate activity into your day, and if you live too far away we’re encouraging people to park partway there then walk.” Pick up the month’s calendar from a library or download from For more details contact Nicki on 07 578 0016 ext 829 or By Hamish Carter


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Family fun for all at picnic The Weekend Sun is profiling tomorrow’s inaugural Picnic in the Park. Read below for general information about the event and to see where funds raised will go. Scan the pages to read more about some of the talent performing at the picnic. It’s sure to be a good time!

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For the first time Coronation Park in Mount Maunganui will be filled with musicians from around the Bay of Plenty for the Rotary Club’s Picnic in the Park tomorrow. This is the first time Rotary Club Mount Maunganui has hostedthe event and with a line-up of mostly Bay of Plenty musicians, event organiser Les Cresswell

Les Cresswell meets with Mary Mawson, Trish Rae and Penny Sharkey ahead of tomorrow’s Picnic in the Park. says concert-goers will get a “jolly good show”. The concert features musicians and acts including the Wai Taiko drummers, Brendan Dugan, the Tauranga Intermediate Boys’ Choir and New Zealand’s Got Talent fifth place winner and Tauranga singing sensation Fletcher Oxford. The concert line-up also includes the barbershop chorus Harmony A Plenty, Otumoetai College Steel Pan Band, Bay of Plenty Pipes and Drums, 3rd Avenue Dance Studio and musical talent fromMount Maunganui College students. With many artists hailing from the Bay of Plenty Les says there is something for everyone.

“We’ve tried to stay with local artists and we’ve got an array of those and a pretty full programme.” People are encouraged to bring along a picnic although food, cool drinks and a barbeque is available. On the day concert-goers have the chance to go in the draw to win a Lazy Boy chair - courtesy of Furniture Gallery’s Barry Muir. Les is hoping for fine weather but if it rains he says a decision will be made to cancel the event. All proceeds go towards the Waipuna Hospice and to support the salaries of community nurses in the Mount Maunganui and Papamoa area. Waipuna Hospice fundraising manager Trish Rae says it’s encouraging to know the public are willing to support their community organisation. “It’s very encouraging and heartening that people in the community feel strongly about Waipuna Hospice, recognise the contribution that we make for patients with a life ending illness, and are prepared to actually hold their hand up and organise something on our behalf.

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Fletcher’s picnic performance Tauranga’s New Zealand’s Got Talent child star Fletcher Oxford is the youngest performer in the line-up tomorrow. The 12-year-old has just come back from school camp and is looking forward to performing at the concert. Fletcher placed fifth in the grandfinal of New Zealand’s Got Talent in December last year and has since been performing at events around the Bay of Plenty. He will be performing covers from artists including his favourite – Ronan Keating, and original songs including his debut single ‘Everything to Me’. Fletcher has also made a number of t-shirts featuring the song’s title and a picture of his long lost cat, Sushi,

who he dedicates most of his songs to. The shirts will be sold as limited edition items at the event. For every limited edition t-shirt sold on the day, Fletcher will donate $5 towards the Waipuna Hospice. Tauranga’s Fletcher Oxford will be playing at Picnic in the Park on Saturday. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Pan band to impress with strict sound The Otumoetai College Allstars Pan Band is the first secondary school in the region to launch steel pans in the curriculum.


MOTOR INN The Otumoetai College Allstars Pan Band is one of the many performances in the line-up at the first Picnic in the Park in Mount Maunganui this weekend.

bers can play either one or six at a time. Steel pan music director Marion Titmuss launched the Steel Pan Academy in May last year and was asked to teach steel pan to the students at Otumoetai College.

The College is the first to launch steel pans in the music curriculum and show off their sounds tomorrow. The band, consisting of about 10 Otumoetai College students, will play a range of music including Cuban and traditional Caribbean music. The instrument is played like a drum and they range from small to large sizes. Band mem-

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Safer stairs at home Whether you are building your dream home or renovating, the most important test of any project is keeping your house livable. This is particularly critical for home-owners when age and health is starting to catch up and everyday activities such as climbing the stairs is becoming more of a challenge. While stairs are designed to make life easy, they can be dreadfully difficult for some – and that is where

Acorn Stairlifts can help by reducing the risk of injury. The Auckland-based company makes stairlifts designed to take the burden out of stairs, while ensuring the product doesn’t get in the way of other stair users. The product is easily installed and built to international safety standards. It uses minimal electricity and folds up to within 32cm from the wall, Acorn Stairlifts manufactures approximately The company, which makes about 60,000 stairlifts each year to meet growing global demand, has technical support staff throughout New Zealand.

Plugging the city’s housing leaks Tauranga continues to have one of the highest numbers of weather tightness claims, despite a drop in claims over the past year. Latest figures released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show at the end of February Tauranga had the fifth highest number of property claims of all council areas. On February 28, there were 273 properties with active claims in Tauranga. Auckland has the most by a wide margin with 2478 properties, followed by Wellington (415), North Shore (372) and Waitakere (367). There were 10 less properties with active claims in Tauranga at the end of February than 12 months earlier (283), while the number of claim applications being considered fell from 97 to 84 in the same period. At end of February there were 14 properties in the Western Bay council area with active claims, all which were being considered. Most leaky buildings were built in the 1990s or early 2000s.

Housing wants verses housing needs Many moons ago while attending Otumoetai College I was given some valuable advice which has served me well on many occasions: “Understand the difference between your wants and needs”.

This advice was ringing as I recently read an article on housing affordability. A young Auckland professional couple felt they could not service a mortgage even though one worked in the public sector and the other as a lawyer and they had no dependents. A home close to where they are currently renting recently sold for $460,000, described as a ‘tiny’ two bedroom home, it was deemed unsuitable. To obtain something affordable they felt the travel was too far to be practical for their central city jobs. While some of their friends had purchased, this couple felt servicing a mortgage was too risky. My feeling of empathy was shortlived. The penny dropped when

husband Paul said the couple want to live their lives, whereas for some friends mortgages seemed to eat into social lives. While there are many pieces to the jigsaw of affordable housing, there is very much an element of needs verses wants. To get somewhere in life, sacrifices will need to be made. The average Kiwi homes are now bigger and more complex with more and more luxury and nice-to-haves. The reality is many new home buyers need to take a close look at their needs, rather than wants, if property ownership is to become a reality.

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Autumn garden tips It is March already – the first month of autumn and five weeks until daylight savings ends. Daylight savings gives us a perception that the days are still long, with a good amount of time in the early evening to do a few jobs outside. While we run by the clock on the wall, plants run to the universal clock of the sun. They have been watching the days shorten and know winter is looming. Strawberries are right on the button with the seasonal change and have, for weeks now, been producing runners which create new strawberry

Green credentials It is now easier to be completely organic in the garden with Palmers Gardenworld becoming the first BioGro certified retailer of organic garden products. Palmers Gardenworld Tauranga manager Marie Harris says many products claimed to be organic, but the nursery was only stocking BioGro certified organic products that had been through a rigorous process to prove they actually were. “Anybody can put organic on the label, but it can be deceptive what that actually means. But to get certification BioGro tests everything. “It’s really exciting for us and for our customers because we are the only garden centre in New Zealand which has achieved the full BioGro certification.” Marie says Palmers is offering a range of BioGro sprays, fertilisers and potted plants to meet the growing demand from gardeners. “We are seeing demand both from older and younger gardeners that are looking for organic products they are confident using, particularly around the edible garden.” Palmers national marketing manager Janalle McMeekin says research shows an increasing number of people want to grow organic food only using certified organic products. “We know people want to do what’s right for their family’s health and for the environment.” By Hamish Carter

Bay’s housing growth The Bay of Plenty is one of three New Zealand regions to see an increase in new housing growth in January 2013 – compared with 12 months ago. Statistics New Zealand revealed a 9.6 per cent increase in the seasonally adjusted number of new nonapartment houses consented, with increases in the Bay, Auckland and Wellington. Nationwide, the number of new houses consented since March 2011 has increased 50 per cent. Industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno says there has been continuous steady growth in the trend for the number of new houses consented since March 2011.

plants. Strawberries have the ability to reproduce in three ways: seeds on their skins, runners in autumn and clumping. A few newer gardeners have asked me recently what to do with the runners on their strawberry plants. It all depends on whether you would like some new young plants for your own use or to give to a friend. If this is the case all you need to do is ensure the runners move over the soil so the young plants formed at the nodules can root into the soil. You leave them attached to the parent plant until May and then you can cut the runner and lift the new plants for re-planting. If you do not want any new plants for yourself or friends then the best thing to do is cut off the runners as they appear and keep all the energy in the parent plant. Either way, a bi-weekly spray of Mycorrcin should be applied to both. Mycorrcin is magic on strawberries and with its use can increase your crop by 200-400 per cent, as well as assisting in keeping the plants healthy. A healthy bed of strawberries can perform well for several years. On some varieties of strawberries you will find a late crop of flowers and berries, on others they will be finished fruiting for the season. It pays to have a mix so some will produce a nice crop in the autumn. March is the last chance for most areas in New Zealand to plant out seedlings of brassicas for winter. The problem with planting seedlings of cabbage and other plants at this time is the populations of white butterflies out laying eggs. You can do one of two things to reduce the problem of caterpillars destroying your young brassicas: place Neem Tree Granules in the planting hole and the surface of the soil, or use the new insect proof crop cover over your plantings. It’s a joy to see perfect plants, insect free. By Wally Richards.


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Building consents value rises The total value of building consents in Tauranga last month surpassed $35 million – beating January’s figures and February 2012. While the total number of consents was lower than the same time last year, at 122 down from 150, the total value was up $4 million – according to Priority One research. The research, from consents issued by Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council, shows single dwelling consents were valued at $15.7million, slightly down on January’s $16.4million, but commercial consents

were significantly higher than January – with a value of $14.7million compared to $6.3million. The number of single dwellings totalled 51 – just short of the two-year high of 55 in November last year. A $6 million warehouse on Hewletts Rd, a $3.8 million community centre for a retirement village and a $1.4 million warehouse in Tauriko made up the three large commercial consents last month, with 16 smaller consents making for a total of 19. Local and central government consents were valued at $2.2 million.




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Tauranga couple makes bathrooms others envy Renovating a bathroom can be a confusing and stressful task – if you don’t know what you’re doing.

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That’s where husband and wife team Brian Williams and Tanya Nolan come in. Their Tauranga company Bathroom Envy – falling under the umbrella of their company BW Builders – specialises in helping residents renovate their bathrooms and en-suites by taking away the stress and mess and organising everything from start to finish. “We project manage and organise the whole process, from completing an obligation-free site visit to supplying products and staff and helping with design decisions,” says Tanya. “People often don’t know where to begin, but we can take control and work to their budget to create something amazing. “That’s what we do, and that’s what we know.” Brian has been in the building industry for more than 20 years, and with Tanya, the couple have been professionally renovating bathrooms for two years in Tauranga. “We saw a need for good, honest and reliable tradesmen. We’ve heard some real horror stories.” Tanya says they work with plumbers and electricians they trust and who provide top quality workmanship.

Bathroom Envy owners Brian Williams and Tanya Nolan measure a bathroom for renovation. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

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Handy help for problem-free renting Did you know that, each year, the Department of Building and Housing receives approximately 49,000 applications to the Tenancy Tribunal? One of the most important ways of avoiding problems is by keeping in regular contact with your landlord and sorting out any problems as soon as they happen. It’s also important that you understand and follow your legal rights and responsibilities as a tenant under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. The Act says you must: • Pay the rent – even if you’re unhappy about something to do with the place, you still have to pay the rent. It is important that you always pay the rent on time. • Keep the place reasonably clean – it doesn’t need

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to look perfect, but it does need to be reasonable. • Tell the landlord if something needs to be fixed. If something breaks down or goes wrong, tell the landlord straight away. It is the landlord’s responsibility to repair and maintain the place. It is your responsibility to tell the landlord about any problems. It’s a good idea to put it in writing for the landlord as well, and keep a copy. • Be a good neighbour – don’t disturb other tenants or neighbours¬. It’s your home. The landlord owns the place, but while you rent it, it is your home. This means the landlord has to respect your peace and privacy. This is called ‘quiet enjoyment’. The landlord can come inside, but only at certain times: • To inspect the place – but no more than once every four weeks and they must give you 48 hours’ notice that they are going to do an inspection. • To fix something – they can come inside to do the repairs after giving you 24 hours’ notice. • In case of emergency – if the landlord wants to come inside for some other reason, then they need your permission, otherwise they may be breaking the law. If it happens to you, talk to the Department of Building and Housing.



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Small splashes – really big fun The new Dolphins practising the synchronised routines at Baywave. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

It may be the music, or the sparkly suits – but these girls love their synchronised swimming. Ahead of their first competition as a group at Baywave in July, the new Dolphins are on the hunt for members to join their synchronised swimming team. As a part of Tauranga Synchronised Swimming Club, the Dolphins – aged 8-11 years old – train on Saturday mornings, building their skills and learning a three-minute routine to perform at competitions. In July they will compete in

the North Island championships, before the Nationals in Auckland this October. Club committee member Laura Ning says despite synchronised swimming being a small sport in New Zealand, the girls really enjoy it and the competitions are exciting. Last year’s North Island championships attracted more than 150 swimmers. Head coach Julieta Diaz says the Dolphin team is for all new swimmers, as long as they can swim 25 metres in freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke – and be comfortable in deep water. “When they start we teach them

all sorts of new skills – and then they get to put it together with music in a team of six or eight swimmers. “There is a Dolphin trophy that all the clubs in New Zealand compete very hard for – we have won it once in 2008, and we’re really hoping this year might be our year again.” For more information, phone Angela Thomas, 07 552 5416, or visit Baywave on Saturdays at 9am to jump in the pool and give it a go. For swimmers under eight, the new Mermaid group is available, but the young swimmers don’t By Corrie Taylor compete.

Parents urged to ensure safe sleeping Bay of Plenty parents are being urged to put their children to sleep in a safe environment to avoid sudden unexplained death in infancy. Community paediatrician Dr Johan Morreau says bed-sharing is a major risk factor in preventable Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), previously known as ‘cot death’. He says the risk is increased further if a baby is also exposed to smoking.



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“It’s hugely important for infants to have a safe sleeping space at all times.” Midwife Gwen Baars is passionate about supporting parents to keep their babies safe because deaths from suffocation are preventable. Gwen says babies are at risk of accidental asphyxiation when placed to sleep in unsafe sleeping environments (hazards from pillows, unsafe positioning, people in the same bed, loose covers, soft bedding or unsafe swaddling) and things that weaken a baby’s drive to breathe (smoking in pregnancy, a

low birth weight, being born prematurely, bottle fed or unwell). “All babies need protecting from SUDI, in all the places they sleep and every time they sleep.”

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She says parents sleeping with their babies in the same bed is an unsafe sleeping option and the risk is increased dramatically if babies are exposed to smoking during pregnancy. Gwen says babies get less oxygen and nutrients while growing when exposed to a mother who smokes during pregnancy. “This also weakens the drive to breathe and these babies have a weakened wake-up response relative to other babies and are slow to respond to danger when oxygen levels reduce. Those who are born prematurely or with a low birth weight are additionally vulnerable. “It’s essential families understand the risk factors involved when a baby is not sleeping in a safe environment and especially when there is alcohol, drugs or smoking anywhere near the baby.”


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Tackling gout with healthy, balanced diet It was long associated with the privileged

For anyone who has suffered from gout, classes. Cartoons showing obese men guzzling large chunks of meat and swilling copious it certainly is no laughing matter.

amounts of red wine were a common feature in the papers of the lower classes in the 18th century. But knowledge of gout goes much further back than that.

Unwalkable disease

It was first identified by the Egyptians in 2640 BC and mentioned by Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician in the fifth century BC, who referred to it as ‘the unwalkable disease’, no doubt because gout, more often than not, occurs in the joint of the big toe, making walking extremely painful. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by the deposit of uric crystals within our joints and is associated with hypertension, diabetes,

metabolic syndrome and heart disease. Men are more prone to gout than women. Once a woman reaches menopause she is more likely to develop gout, when the change in hormones cease to lower urate concentrations.

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A number of factors can cause us to develop gout, such as a high consumption of red meat; offal such as liver, kidneys and sweetbreads; seafood such as paua, pipi and mussels; fructose; as well as beer and spirits. Those who are carrying excess weight or have insulin resistance will also be prone to gout. Gout can run in families and those with family members who suffer from gout need to watch what they eat and drink and keep their weight at a healthy mass. Soft drinks and foods made from high fructose corn syrup should

be avoided. People need to become adept at label reading as it is surprising how many food products now contain high fructose corn syrup, including biscuits, muesli bars, soft drinks, sauces and cereals. Dehydration and fasting will also aggravate gout, so it is suggested that anyone who may be prone to gout drink plenty of water and if looking to lose weight do it in a controlled manner without fasting or cutting out meals. A well balanced diet with plenty of green leafy vegetables, low fat dairy, complex carbohydrates and omega 3 will keep gout at bay. Surprisingly research has found that a moderate amount of coffee and cocoa, as well as cherries and pineapples, all have nutrients that help reduce gout symptoms. For more information, email

Nutritional therapy an effective response to sinusitis Sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinus membranes. Usually the inflammation is caused by an infection like the cold virus, other times the inflammation is a response to an allergen or a faulty immune system response. Regardless of the cause, in most cases chronic sinusitis is an indication of a poorly functioning immune system. The target of therapy is topical, trying to sterilise the nasal passages, and then to target the immune system chaos.


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Our respiratory tract from our nose to our lungs is lined with special tissue called respiratory epithelium. The role of this mucus-secreting membrane is to help protect us from airborne germs and allergens and to act as our internal air conditioning system to filter air, control humidity, regulate temperature and protect our vulnerable lungs. When working well it is a brilliant piece of design effectively linking and regulating the outside world from our sensitive internal tissues and organs. When it malfunctions it causes all sorts of misery. I have lived with chronic sinusitis which brings the joy of a sinus headache and regular infections. Fortunately these are no longer part of my life.

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Summer heat brings warning The “record breaking” warm weather throughout summer brought with it an increased risk of drought, fires, and now skin cancer, according to latest figures from NIWA.

Skin cancer monitoring service MoleMap analysed recent NIWA data and found dangerous ultraviolet radiation increased by 17 per cent this summer. Dermatologist Dr Mark Gray, a skin cancer specialist and the medical director at MoleMap, says ultraviolet radiation is the main factor responsible for skin cancers. Mark says New Zealanders should be concerned. While it was nice to enjoy the 35 per cent more sunlight hours this summer Mark says the extra hours come with a price. He says skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in New Zealand with more than 45,000 New Zealanders affected by the cancer each year and around 400 dying annually from the disease.




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A Tauranga woman is thanking Bay of Plenty residents who helped her raise more than $2000 for her 77-yearold father who has Parkinson’s disease. Rosana Jaeger’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about five years ago. Parkinson’s is a disorder of the brain which can lead to shaking, walking difficulty, movement and co-ordination. After noticing her father’s

Rosana Jaeger is rapt with the fundraiser’s results. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

speech, movement and memory weakening daily Rosana created a Facebook page to raise money to cover the costs of doctors’ bills, medications and an MRI scan. Almost two months on, Rosana raised $2014. Her aim was to raise $2000. She has donated the extra $14 to the New Zealand Parkinson’s Society and is planning to start another fundraising campaign in support of others living with Parkinson’s disease.

With the money Rosana’s mother has been able to purchase a beeper, costing $1000 per year, for her father to press and alert help if he is ever in trouble. Rosana says she didn’t expect a Facebook page to create this much support. “I’m amazed. I’m so humbled, it just feels so nice. There was just so much support. “A few people said they didn’t really know about Parkinson’s, so it’s kind of raised some awareness.”

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Many are more than just an ankle sprain As we draw closer to the winter sporting calendar I am anticipating an influx of the ‘simple ankle sprains’ to come through the clinic door: those that, with careful acute management, make a full recovery and return to sport or normal activity within a few weeks. But then I’m reminded of the more complex injuries which, on first appearance, are one of those ‘simple ankle sprains’ – but never seem to get better. These are not always just the result of a severe lateral ligament sprain, but are more likely to also involve other

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Tauranga driver Ben Thomasen and his Subuaru WRX proved their superiority on the gravel to win the national hillclimb championship. Photo by Tracy Hardy. the overall championship – but narrowly missed taking second place behind defending champion Brent Redington. His focus now turns to the five-round Rally Xtreme Series which starts throughout the North Island in April. It will be his first full series, having only completed the one-off Maramarua Rally from

the series last year – where he finished a respectable seventh from a field of more than 50 starters. “It’s not as strong a result as I would have liked but it was about getting back up to speed, getting some seat time. I hadn’t done some driving for a while before that. But this year I’m going to give it a good shot.” By Hamish Carter


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A record number of Fords were on display at the 14th All Ford Day last weekend. Photos by Daniel Hines.

All Ford favourites The 14th All Ford Day was a huge hit at Blake Park last Sunday, with a record number of 316 Fords on display from throughout the North Island and a high standard of entries in all classes.

Ford Muscle Club president Barry Gordon says it exceeded all expectations with 40 more entries than the previsous biggest. Prize winners in the classes were: Veteran: John Simpson’s 1917 Model T (yellow) – first; Peter

Robinson’s 1927 Model A (green, black) was second. Post Vintage: Norm Cotter’s Ford V8 Deluxe (black) – first; John Kirkland’s Ford V8 – second. English/European class: Merv and Pauline Hazelton’s Zephyr Mk 1 convertible (white) won; Kelvin Scheoder’s Zephyr Mk 1 convertible (green) – second. American class: Dave Corrin’s 2012 Ford Mustang (black/red) – first; Colin Reed’s 1973 Mustang Mach 1 (yellow) – second. Australian class: Tony Butterick’s Falcon XD (red) – first; Ian Roycroft’s Ford LTD (green) – second. Commercial class: Tony Rich’s

Ford Bonus (white) – first; Mike Sidwell’s Ford Jailbar Truck (grey) – second. Competition class: Gary Raiti’s Falcon XA (club member, red) – first; Robert McBain’s Falcon XE – (club member, green) – second. Hot Rod class: Daryl Gates’ Model A (red) – first; Bert Moore’s Model T – second. Best Club Represented was Bay of Plenty Mustang Owner’s Club with 32 vehicles. People Choice was won by Terry Pluck’s Ford Galaxie with caravan. Best of the Best was won by John Simpson’s 1917 Model T (yellow).


Drift team fundraiser Drift racing fans have a chance to get up close to two top Tauranga drivers tomorrow with a fundraising event for Team DMNZ at Rosie O’Grady’s. Mag and Turbo Tauranga, a sponsor for the team of Drew Donovan and Jodie Verhulst, is putting on the event to help cover costs for the final events in the series. Manager Shane Morgan says it would be a great chance to meet the drivers and their support crew and buy merchandise. “They’ve been doing really well – Jodie was the first woman to have a podium finish when they had the Baypark event and Drew has been doing pretty well considering he’s been driving her car since he blew up his engine at Baypark.” Drew is placed 20th in the D1 premiere league, while Jodie is ranked third in the Pro-Am class. The fundraiser starts Saturday 7pm.

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Champion driving at MotorSports A competitive weekend’s driving at ASB Baypark saw the MotorSport New Zealand Clubsport defending champion Brent Redington from Hawkes Bay retain his title. By Hamish Carter

Tauranga’s Ben Thomasen shows his top form in his Subaru WRX in last weekend’s autocross section of the MotorSport New Zealand Clubsport Championships at ASB Baypark. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

MotorSport Bay of Plenty secretary Linda Loughlin said it was an exciting weekend of driving, with close competition in all areas – with top Tauranga driver Ben Thomasen following his success at the national hillclimb championships to win the Bent Sprint and Autocross section, taking second place overall. The competition covered the three disciplines of motorkhana (six different skill tests), autocross (a speed course through cones and chicanes) and the bent sprint which is an outright test of speed. Redington’s strength in the motorkhana, which he won in his Honda City for the third consecutive year with a time of 151.368 seconds, turned out to the be the deciding factor in the overall championship, despite being beaten by Thomasen in the other two events.

Second place in the motorkhana went to Neil Roots of Wellington in his Honda City (165.196 seconds), followed by Shane Ward of Katikati in his Honda CRX (173.111seconds). Thomasen showed his dominance in autocross winning the challenging, technical course through the pits and surrounding roads in his Subaru WRX in just under two minutes (1.59.29). He was followed by Wellington’s Peter Collins in his Toyota Corolla (2.01.58), then Wellington’s Alan Groves in his Subaru (2.02.98). Linda says with Redington only managing fourth and Thomasen halving his points deficit to the leader, it opened the way for an exciting final round on Sunday.

ASB Baypark’s speedway track had chicanes added to make a more challenging circuit for the 30 drivers. Thomasen’s skill and speedy car saw him win the bent sprint with a time of (2.12.94), ahead of Redington (2.15.67) and Groves (2.15.91). “Brent had done enough. Many competitors including Ben were surprised at the speed and commitment shown by Brent in his diminutive Honda City.” The winner of the Junior Clubsport Championship for competitors aged under 21 was Wellington’s Callum McKenzie in his Daihatsu Charade. The ladies title went to Waihi Beach’s Jenna Pitcon in her Subaru. It was the first the championship event has been hosted in Tauranga.

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Safe splashing Children from Omokoroa No.1 School learn water safety as part of Sport BOP’s Go For It programme. Photo by Tracy Hardy. From front cover

It was a great day for students at Omokoroa No.1 School last week when splashing around the school pool doubled as learning valuable lifesaving skills.



On Thursday Year 5 and 6 students spent time in the newly refurbished pool as part of Sealord Swim for Life and Sport Bay of Plenty’s Go4It programme. The programme involves 10 Swim to Survive lessons which include general swimming and water safety components, designed to help children enjoy all aspects of being in and on the water, safely. Thursday’s students completed the survival component of the course, learning about wearing lifejackets and how to respond when a friend is in trouble. On completing the course, Sport Bay of Plenty water safety advisor Denise Jones says the children will hopefully be able to swim 200 metres confidently – an achievement many children still miss out on. “The statistics on how many children can’t swim is quite scary. “A lot of people think most children can swim, but that’s not the case. Going around doing these lessons there are a lot of stu-

dents that still manage to skip the lessons.” Denise says research shows 200 metres is the benchmark for being able to swim and survive in the water. In 2010, 80 per cent of 10-year-olds couldn’t swim to save themselves, she says. “The scary thing is that many students cannot swim and slip through the system to become non-swimming teenagers and adults, lacking the confidence and experience to enjoy the many water activities available in our country.” Denise says while this course is teaching incredibly valuable lessons, it should not be a replacement for out-of-school swimming lessons. “We encourage parents to continue sending them to swim lessons. This is something every child should get to do. “It’s just so important that we step it up and capture every child.” Students across the Bay of Plenty region will take part in the swim programme By Corrie Taylor this year.

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Bay of Plenty secondary school teams are preparing for the Trustpower Mashup Competition on April 13 and 14. Students will work in teams using IT, marketing and business skills on real-life business scenarios, with the help of experienced mentors to develop web pages or applications. Through the generosity of sponsors, teams this year will be competing for $2500 in prize money. Mashup coordinator Bruce Fraser says teams can register online at for this year’s event, which will be held at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Bongard Centre. Mentors from the information technology and business sectors provide advice and guidance to the teams who will work to meet set deadlines during the weekend competition. The principal sponsor for the 2013 competition is Trustpower Ltd with additional support from Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Avonmore, UltraFast Fibre, Cucumber, Pingar, Holistec, Vortext and Technology Wise. Students and teachers can find out more about the competition at


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From problems to solutions Problem solver. Imagine the doors it could open. In a world of continual problems and challenges, it is the kind of title all job-seekers would love on their CV.

Have a problem? Tauranga Girls’ College future problem solvers Briarley Smith, Dael Summerhays-Sunnex, Reeve Smtih and Danielle Sigley are looking for the solution.

After winning the Future Problem Solving national finals last year, Tauranga has nine problem solvers on a mission to win the global title when they head to the US later this year.

New office makes taxing times easier A new Tax Link office opens in Tauranga on Monday. Tax Link has been operating in New Zealand for more than 20 years and has 26 offices throughout New Zealand. The new office, based on Elizabeth Street, has taken residence right in the heart of the city. Tauranga senior accountant Ann-Marie Riley says clients are taken care of right from the very beginning. “Clients can expect to save time, money and tax as well, as peace of mind by engaging in our services. “Annual checklists are supplied to make sure you have the correct information.” Using up to date computer software and electronic filing of tax returns, clients receive continuing support throughout the year letting them know what and when tax liabilities are due. Ann-Marie says Tax Link ensures people make the right decisions in the allocated IRD time frames. She says the company is happy to give fixed prices for many of their accountancy services including self-employed or small businesses, GST, PAYE, partner-

Bay of Plenty Future Problem Solving coach Keith Crawford says the programme teaches students creative thinking and critical analysis skills, discipline and the ability to work as a team. But the greatest benefit is learning to think outside the square. Teams are given topics for complex problems to research and propose solutions for. “We’ve just met up with the first team to go (to the worlds) in 2001, who won the junior division, and they were all doing exceptionally well in their chosen careers. “The general consensus is that it

A free public lecture examining US environmental law is coming to Tauranga this month. On March 18, Colorado retired chief judge Kirk Samelson will give an overview of the various state and federal environmental statutes and the interaction between federal, state and local laws, with an emphasis on water. He will briefly review the oil spills in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico and

Accountant Ann-Marie Riley is running Tauranga’s new Tax Link office which opens on Monday. Photo by Bruce Barnard

ships, company formation and administration. Fees are fully tax deductible. Investment and insurance reviews and business benchmarking advice is also available. Tax Link Tauranga will take calls anytime from 8.30am-4.30pm although appointments are not always necessary. By Zoe Hunter

Here are a few tips to help make the process a bit easier: • Get pre-approval – make sure you are pre-approved for a home loan before you set out looking at houses. This way you’ll know what you can and can’t afford and can house hunt with confidence. • Source a good lawyer, registered valuer and builder so when you find the house of your dreams you can move quickly.

• Think about the structure of your home loan. Not all home loans are created equal. To ensure you pay the least interest possible make sure you have a home loan that allows you to use your income and savings to off-set interest costs and make extra repayments when you are able. • Make a list of your ‘must haves’ and also those things that you would be willing to compromise on (and be prepared to compromise).

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Lecture discussing US Environmental Law

Sound advice for buying your first home Buying your first home is an exciting time but it can also be a stressful time as well, as there are so many things to think about and decisions to make.

really opens up their eyes and resets their bar and shows them they have other opportunities beyond what they were thinking.” Tauranga’s nine top problem solvers comprise eight students from girls’ college (an individual, a four-member middle school team, and three members in the mixed senior team), with Liam Ransley from Tauranga Boys’ College. To help raise funds towards the estimated $50,000 trip cost there is a St Patrick’s Day Fair and Car Boot Sale at Tauranga Intermediate School on Sunday March 17 from 9am-1pm.

• Kiwisaver – if you have been contributing to Kiwisaver for three years or more you may be eligible to withdraw some of your Kiwisaver funds to use as a deposit towards your first home. You may also be eligible for up to $5000 per person first home deposit subsidy (www. kiwisaver. To find out how New Zealand Home Loans can help you get into your first home, contact Roger Tamblin today.



discuss enforcement and liability with regard to environmental laws. Retiring in 2012, Kirk is visiting the University of Waikato under the Fulbright Specialist Programme to present a series of lectures and workshops in environmental law. The lecture is on Monday, March 18 from 5.30-6.30pm at the Bongard Centre on Cameron Road. For more information and to register, email


Marchers soaring high in championship Their strides are small but they hope their stamp will be big as the City of Tauranga Under 13 Marching Team competes in the 2013 NZ Marching Championship in Dunedin next week. On March 13 the young team will battle 45 marching teams at Forsyth Bar Stadium, progressing through various rounds as the event proceeds into the weekend, with the prestigious ‘Champions of Champions’ event on Saturday. The City of Tauranga team is hoping to make the championship event for

both their technical and freestyle routines, says team coach Tracy Tredinnick. She says five top teams are all very close so it will come down to the best team on the day. “As long as we do our best in Dunedin, we are winners.” The girls, coaches, officials and supporters have all worked hard for the past year to raise funds to attend this prestigious event. Tracy says after the championship the girls are looking forward to going ice skating. By Corrie Taylor

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Baiting children into fishing

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More than 90 children cast their lines in a bid to catch a winning fish as they competed in the Omokoroa Boat Club’s annual fishing competition. A total of 93 children aged three to 15 years took out their fishing rods in an attempt to catch the biggest fish on Sunday, March 3.

Photos by Tracy Hardy.

The event follows the adult competition which was held the week before. Omokoroa Boat Club vice commodore Lex Bacon says the tradition is for children to out-fish their adult counterparts by catching the biggest fish. “The kids always catch more than the adults anyway, and bigger fish.” The annual event has been running for a number of years but Lex says this year saw the biggest number of children enter. Corey van Heerden, 5, and Tamsin Coultas, 8.

Preschoolers love backyard transformation

Bethlehem Community Preschool children with head teacher Sarah Britain. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

A new outdoor play area for children at Bethlehem Community Preschool is proving spectacularly popular. After an old tree was removed from the grounds last year, during the summer holidays the preschool’s backyard was transformed into a brand new recreational area, complete with a cubby house parked on the old tree’s stump. There are also grassy areas, boulders and child-friendly play gear. Head teacher Sarah Britain says the cubby house is proving par-

ticularly popular, with many of the boys treating it as a fort. She says the new outdoor area is another example of the many ways they hope to make the preschool the best experience possible for children. “We’re always trying to make improvements to give the children a wide range of experiences.” With a number of preschools in the area, Bethlehem Community Preschool separates itself by being a family-focused centre, with highly motivated, fully registered teachers and a programme to reflect children’s interests and develop a life-long love of learning.

The non-profit, communitybased centre has also cut its optional fees, making care just 50 cents per hour with 20 hours ECE. Also, last year 85 per cent of the centre’s children went on to attend Bethlehem Primary School which is, literally, over the fence. As long as they are in the school’s zone, children get make the easy transaction to primary school – and still chat to their preschool friends. Sarah says this makes what can be a scary time for children something calm and easy. “This helps to make the transition to school a really positive experience.” By Corrie Taylor

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Drinking instant strawberry goodness There’s nothing better after work or at the weekend than enjoying a refreshing cocktail – especially when it’s as convenient as simply pouring it into a martini glass. Passionberry is a new ready-pour cocktail made right here in New Zealand with 50 per cent real New Zealand strawberries. I recently tried the original Pas-

sionberry drink which, by the way, if you didn’t know it contained alcohol it would be easily mistaken for a delicious fruit smoothie. Refreshingly unique with a slight carbonation, the brightly coloured red drink looks every bit the classy beverage served in a martini glass. The element of convenience makes it the perfect drink to take to barbecues or get-togethers, or to avoid disaster when unexpected guests arrive. You just keep a bottle or two in the fridge, simply pour and drink. You can also use this as a type of coulis drizzled over desserts such as crepes or ice cream – yum. It’s also great for those of us watching

our waist lines, as it is naturally high in vitamin C and low in calories! Passionberry is available in four flavours: original, vanilla, coconut and green apple – check out www. to find your local retailer.

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Serves 4-6 The Weekend Sun has a Passionberry gift pack with all four flavours inside (valued at $100) to give away to a lucky reader who can tell us each of the four Passionberry flavours. Enter online at under the competitions section. Entries must be received before March 13.

Rewards of a long hot summer Farmers all over the country are praying for rain, and it’s not surprising that Watties has announced a bumper crop of stone fruit and tomatoes this year.


There are also increased levels of berry fruits this year, as I noticed with the amazing amounts of heavily laden wild blackberries while fishing down at the lakes earlier this year. The wild blackberry takes over the countryside, invading anywhere it can with a dense tangle of prickly vines. Where it’s cut and replenished on tracks and roadsides, blackberries hang by the bucket-load, free for the taking. The blackberries this year are not only abundant but very tasty. Having not been subjected to rain, they seem to taste sweeter than ever. So when a good friend gave me a blast from the past, two kilos of Sturmer apples (an excellent cooking apple), the idea came to make a combo with the blackberries. Unfortunately apples such as Cox’s orange, red delicious and the good old Sturmers are hard to source. But sometimes the rewards of a hot summer are in the flavour you get from such good produce. This week I am cooking the apple for a short time in a pot, then baking with custard spiked with blackberries and wrapping in puff pastry. I used a puff pastry for this but it can be made with glutenfree pastry. Incidentally I’m having a foodie evening on March 20 where I’ll be sharing more gluten-free secrets: a fun night with gluten-free tastings and a live cooking demo to enjoy. For more information, phone 07 579 9863.

Ingredients 5 cooking apples, peeled, cored and diced into large cubes 1 cooking apple, peeled, cored and grated 2 tbsp butter ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ to ½ C dark brown sugar (depends on quality of sugar) 1 punnet blackberries (or 1 C wild, freshly picked) 1 sheet puff pastry 3 tbsp Edmonds custard powder 1/3 sheet of store-brought sponge ½ C cream 1 C milk 1 egg, beaten Method In a stainless pot on a low heat melt the butter and most but not all of the sugar. Add the diced apples and cook so they absorb the sugar but retain their shape - about eight to ten minutes - then stir in the grated apple and cinnamon. Cook for another two minutes then remove from heat and allow to cool. While the mix is cooling, make the custard by heating the milk and cream. Bring almost to the boil and add the custard powder mixed with a little water or milk. Once thickened and cooked, whisk well and allow to cool. When both the custard and the apple mix are well chilled, assemble the roll using freshly defrosted puff pastry. This is important because you need to work as quickly as possible to achieve a good result. Place a rectangle of split sponge sheet on top of the pastry. This will absorb any juices. Top with the apple mix, then with a spatula smooth over the custard then drop in the blackberries and push into the custard. Sprinkle any remaining dark brown sugar over this then enclose the whole thing like a sausage roll. Brush with beaten egg and bake for 30 minutes in a fanforced oven near the top on around 180-200 degrees Celsius until the pastry is well-cooked and crisp. Cool on a wire rack. Serve cold with fresh cream. This is a great way to have the rewards of harvesting your own foraged foods and great for the kids’ lunchbox also.

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A new look for a new season With more than eight years in the fashion industry, Hilary Pointon manager Andrea Forster knows how to brighten up your wardrobe this autumn with new season fashion in stock. Hilary Pointon fashion is all about what suits you, your lifestyle and your personality and Andrea has the new autumn fashion colours to excite your wardrobe this season.

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“We like to make sure that customers not only like to look good but feel good as well. They like to feel like they are fashionable.” This season Andrea is encouraging women to venture into trying new styles and colours that they wouldn’t normally wear. This season the idea is to mix a bright green coloured top with a pair of lighter shaded green pants Above: Andrea Forster, Manager to match. from Hilary Pointon Fashions, Or layer the lighter shade 174 Maunganui Road, underneath and mix in a deeper Mt Maunganui. brown or red coloured item for the Photos by Tracy Hardy. ultimate autumn look. From the boardroom to the boardwalk,Hilary Pointon stocks a large number of popular fashion labels including Verge, jetblonde, Vargo and its newest label Piccadilly, making every women look their best at any occasion. Pointon Fashions Ltd celebrated its 50th birthday last year. Today, owners Wayne and s Size Hilary share their knowledge from of fashion with their customers in a well-established and 8-20 trusted company.


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Miss New Zealand Miss New Zealand 2013 launches this month, and a new team of judges will scour the country looking for the winner. Entrants can register online at www.nextmissnz. Registration is $10, with half going to children’s charity Variety. Executive producer Nigel Godfrey says following registrations, they will announce which girls in each region are going through to the regional finals. “These events will be held in the main centres and each successful regional finalist will enjoy two days of competition where they will work with professionals in the areas of modelling, TV presentation, make-up and other related areas.” In September, the Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 competition will reach its climax with a Red Carpet Gala Event in Auckland which will most likely be broadcast on TV across the country, says Nigel.

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Forget less is more this winter Nothing sounds as crazy as a semi-sane, middleaged female raving about the onset of winter. But Vicki at Urban Vogue in the Bethlehem Town Centre says “Bring it on”. “Out with the bikinis – tongue in cheek – and sunhats and in with the gorgeous, cosy merino knits and divine leather boots. Hot colour palettes of mustard, vino, and midnight with an injection

of russet and forest, teamed with our forever faithful black and ivory equal success personified, says Vicki. “Forget less is more – if you dare, step out in that perfect pair of fab jeans with personality, add a splash of geometric print and a sumptuous possum jacket and you’re good to go. “For the modern but classic chic look, the tailored Jackie O dress with a luxuri-

ous structured jacket and ‘power shoe’ makes daytime divine to evening elegance simple.” Vicki says the girls at Urban Vogue, Footloose and George Edward Bethlehem (where the finer points of style let you be who you want to be), are just bursting to show you all the new and exciting goodies hitting the shelves for winter ’13. Hot colour palettes are in store at Urban Vogue and George Edward and a new take on black and ivory ensures there’s that ‘something special for everyone’ at Urban Vogue and George Edward, Bethlehem Town centre, Bethlehem.

Step out in new season style With the arrival of autumn comes a whole new selection of top quality, stylish shoes and boots for women at Maggie J shoes on Grey Street. This season brings with it a lot of red, taupe, tan, and black shoes from brands such as Hogl, Ecco, Rieker, Hispanita and Peter Kaiser to help customers create standout looks throughout autumn/ winter. Store owner Pamela Wilson likes to select classic styles interspersed with a trendy look, like the new label ‘Ensemble’ by June Niven from Spain. Ankle boots have also returned for another autumn/winter,

along with mid-calf and full length boots. At Maggie J’s all products are made with top quality leathers and so they are made to last. And for those shoppers who have limited time to spare, Maggie J shoes are now available for purchase online from this season onwards. Customers can also browse for bags, accessories and even fashion tips. Now there is no excuse not to By Corrie Taylor look fabulous. Colour abounds in the latest European collections at Maggie J Shoes, 35 Grey St Tauranga.


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Census ‘inaccurate’ Lowlifers perfect cases The instructions that come with the Census forms clearly state “The census is on Tuesday 5 March 2013”. To me this means the forms are to be completed on that date. So why are the census staff who are delivering forms to households prior to the census date advising residents “You can complete these forms now”? I have heard this comment from a number of people from different locations in Tauranga. The effect of completing the forms prior to the specified date is that the census results will be inaccurate eg Individuals completing the forms prior to the specified date could in the meantime die (heaven forbid), give birth to a baby or leave the country. If my memory serves me correctly, in the past the census instructions stated the forms were to be completed “in the evening” of census day. The whole point of the census is to get an overall snapshot of the population on a stated day. So what is the point in specifying a date for the census if forms can be completed any time before census day? Unless the forms are completed on the stated day, in my opinion the whole exercise is a waste of time. Roger Bailey, Papamoa.

for capital punishment What perfect cases for Capital Punishment in maximum security prison Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, USA. Many are incorrigible lowlifers, and should be euthanized; each prisoner costs about $50,000 per year! And why are they allowed to live with our burgeoning human population? Common sense has to prevail, and bring in worldwide Capital Punishment. The enormous costs of building those prisons worldwide is staggering. Prisons actually have churches, which is the height of ridicule and hypocrisy! How come their ‘god’ allowed them to commit heinous crimes and then become incarcerated? The US has the most prisons and ‘lodgers’ – mostly blacks, a bad indictment on the most powerful country. There will eventually be a huge ‘showdown’ at some stage, with the huge numbers of Muslims aiming for dominations; the North Koreans building nuclear weapons; and religious cults also rising for superiority! Not a good future. Ernest Izett, Tauranga.

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The art of TCC book-keeping On Sunlive dated 26-Feb-2013 it is reported that the Art Gallery made a profit called a “normalised surplus” of $34,685 for just six months to 31-Dec-2012, and this is “creative” after a number of mysterious “normalising” adjustments where a surplus of $250,217 suddenly becomes $34,685. Its easy to understand the part where someone forgot to paint the building, that it will come later. The most important part is not recorded, that Tauranga ratepayers paid about $420,000 from rates that the Art Gallery calls “income” for some reason when it is not. The money from rates pays almost all the gallery costs and wages, the small

amount collected at the door more or less becomes the surplus, what a wonderful way to run a “business” and occupy a prime CBD spot. Elsewhere TCAL has a loss of $350,000 but only after maybe $7,000,000 rates money, TECT Arena maybe a minor surplus but only after about $5,000,000 from rates? Then there’s Route K where a $2.2 million loss for the year is just added to debt each year, the debt has grown from $31m to $60m in 9 years and no sign of reprieve. In TCC speak when someone else pays the bills that’s “income” everything else is a “surplus”. End result is all bask in the Glory of a surplus? Ian Stevenson, Tauranga.

TCC staff adjustment As a TCC ratepayer, I am dismayed and appalled to learn about the way that TCC (who is responsible?) propose to undertake an assessment of the applicants for 4-5 senior managerial positions in Council administration recently advertised. The vetting is by all accounts to be undertaken by new CEO Poole, Acting CEO Auton, two Human Resources people (Independent ?) and a local maori iwi representative. Who on earth decided on this process and why because effectively elected representatives are blindsided from the process altogether! This is especially concerning as currently Council have only an interim CEO and there needs to be an overview. Technically, the only person that can decide is the new CEO with perhaps some input from the interim CEO. There is no place in the equation for local maori iwi who are not elected and have no accountability to Tauranga residents and ratepayers. Worryingly, the situation is becoming more like Bay Regional Council where the maori Committee wields considerable power and clout with regard to decision-making. TCC ratepayers and residents should demand complete accountability and transparency on this stratagem while making it clear those responsible for TCC’s current misfortunes are not to be given the green light or the task of righting the ship otherwise TCC will get the discredited leaky building fiasco look about it. R Paterson, Matapihi.

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I read in your newspaper of the spilt milk stunt in the supermarket being videoed at yet another hilarious joke. There should be a video made of the culprits on hands and knees wearing a bright pink smock cleaning up the mess overseen by a suitable authority. These so called jokers are not aware of the safety hazard caused or damage to adjacent stock which full imbursement should be made by them or their parents. A trespass notice served and all other supermarkets alerted with photographs would make these characters how serious consequences. If school pupils, then the school should be advised. LR Sinclair, Matua.


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Only time will tell Nobody seems to be able to stop our Parliamentarians making laws. Often it’s only time that tells whether the law should have been passed or not. This is one reason why we change the party in power. To change the definition of marriage that has been with us since the beginning of time is unbelievable especially when innocent children will be involved because people of the same sex will be able to ‘adopt’ them. This is disastrous. For some strange reason for children to come into this world it has to be through an ova and a sperm combining. But of course we don’t necessarily need a male and a female we can use a test tube or some other modern technology. Cultures over the centuries have risen or fallen through moral decadence and we will not be an exception. Throughout history mankind has had

to answer for the moral decisions it has made. Personally I am glad that I am at the end of my life. What man sows he reaps. Unfortunately in this case the next generation will reap what this generation has sowed. Morality, marriage and gravity have something in common. Rev Upton, Katikati.

The only anti-PC programme Top Gear may seem a bit irresponsible but God bless them for it. Most kiwis of a certain age are still red blooded and are sick and tired of the PC world we are forced to live in. Top Gear is just about the only anti PC program on TV these days so let’s soak it up. It is nonsense to presume that such program will negatively influence the younger drivers because in the first place they don’t watch TV much and then further the death toll on the roads these days is not as high as it was before Top Gear arrived on the TV scene which totally negates any belief that Top Gear is a negative influence on any driver on the road today. So Ernie let’s thrive on a bit of anti PC behaviour on TV and try to emulate their behavior in other directions and

drive political correctness from our lives forever. Lets become a race of red blooded Kiwis again and drive the PC brigade into a sea of oblivion. As for the pollution forget it. There are swamps in the world that release more Co2 into the air every hour of every day than all the cars that have been built since Henry first let one loose. If one wants to think about pollution just stop for a minute and think about the unimaginable tons and tons of horse droppings and urine that were dropped on the streets before the automobile age. Hey those horses farted and belched too. Just as well for those horses there was no PC brigade round in those days or those poor horses would have soon had their throats slit to stop pollution and the meat sold to supermarkets. Alastair Bourne, Bethlehem.

Fatherhood support Fatherhood has taken a beating of recent times with single parent families almost the norm, it seems. But a lot of research shows quite clearly that those kids who grow up with their fathers are better rounded people in almost every way. Put another way, kids that grow up without their fathers are higher risk in every category you don’t them to be. Ian Grant has been this county’s foremost family advocate for many decades and the chance to hear him speak on ‘Fathers Who Dare Win’ is on Saturday 16 March at Holy Trinity. With him is American psychiatrist, neuroscientist and author Dr Curt Thompson with some profound truths about family dynamics and fathers in particular. Bring your father or husband or dad along and you could all learn something. Tickets available at or at Holy Trinity on the day. Graeme Martin, Otumoetai.

Women in Maoridom Margaret Mutu, Titiwhai Harawira and their ilk should be eternally grateful for the arrival of Europeans and the rights and privileges offered by the Queen’s Sovereignty as guaranteed by the Treaty. In pre-colonial times her rights on the marae would have been little better than that of a captured slave completely subservient to the males of the whanau and unable to even speak on the marae. She would be unable to express any opinions affecting her life and spend her days in doing all the chores needed to make her husband’s life comfortable. The men of the tribe were warriors and apart from occasional building, digging or fishing spent their time entirely in preparing for battle and sitting around planning raids, talking of past victories or just chatting.. Were she to be ill she might even be prevented from sleeping in the wharepuni or being served food in case she introduced evil spirits. These tribal customs have been evidenced even in recent times where non-Maori women have been castigated for endeavouring to sit at the front of meetings or take part in debates. Ask Titewhai Harawira. Bryan Johnson, Omokoroa.

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Briefly... Cocaine bust: son in court

A Tauranga man accused of importing cocaine is due to appear in Tauranga District Court today. Seth Evans, 21, is jointly charged with importing cocaine and methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and methamphetamine for supplying both drugs along with his father Joseph Evans, 50. Police found two sealed bags of white powder consisting of 130 grams of the Class A drug cocaine and 220 grams of methamphetamine at a Mount Maunganui storage unit on January 20. Police say cocaine is an imported, highly addictive powder drug not commonly found in the Bay of Plenty.

Truck hits train on SH30

A Bay of Plenty man is nursing back injuries after the truck he was driving crashed with a train on State Highway 30 near Onepu Spring Road in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. The crash blocked the road for a few hours and traffic was diverted along SH34 as emergency services dealt with the crash on Tuesday afternoon. It is reported a person in a Telecom truck was not paying attention and collided with the train as it was crossing the intersection on SH30.

Two car crash in Welcome Bay

Three children were unharmed after the vehicle they were in collided with another vehicle on Welcome Bay Road on Tuesday afternoon. An officer at the scene says all three children, under the age of seven, were wearing helmets as they were on their way to the skate park. “The driver of the purple car, who had been in New Zealand one month after coming here from Sweden, turned to go to the skate park and didn’t see the red car. “All of the people involved in the crash were checked out and no one was injured.” The crash caused delays on Welcome Bay Road for about an hour as emergency services worked to clear the scene.


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

Saturday 9 March

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friendship group meet monthly socially. Plus 1st & 3rd Tues of month at McCafe Mt Maunganui 10am. Email: or 021 182 7972 Arataki JMC Rugby 2013 All grades - U/6s through to U/13s. Muster & whanau day 11am 2pm. All past, present & new players interested in playing junior rugby this year to come along. Bring all the whanau & a picnic lunch. There will be games & races relating to rugby for all to enjoy. Art in the Park Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui 8.30am – 5pm, weather permitting. Tauranga Society of Artists offer for sale a variety of art to suit all tastes. Beethoven’s Eroica Graham Young Youth Theatre, Tauranga Boys’ College 7.30pm. The revolutionary symphony that changed classical music for all time plus the first performance in modern times of the virtuoso Sperger Concerto in C minor for double-bass. Ticketdirect Baycourt 08004ticket/door sales. Children free with paying adult. BOP Shirley Club Reminder 2nd birthday at Oak Tree Cottage, Greerton March 16 12pm. $20pp approx - pay at door. Partners or friend welcome. RSVP by March 12. 571 4441. Cactus & Succulent Soc NZ Craft building, Elizabeth St West, Tauranga 1.30pm. Competitions: Cactus Mammillaria. Succulent - Crassula. Special Competition: Flower form foliage. Speaker: Delegates report from National AGM. Fishing Competition Hosted by Te Puna Tavern Social club March 16 & 17 for adults & children. Entry $20 adults, $10 under 16 years. For enquiries & entries ph 552 6025 Friends of the Libraries Monthly meeting, Mount Maunganui Library 1.30pm. Speaker: Rae Wyld, musician. “Music is her passion.” Not to be missed. $3 donation, refreshments provided. All welcome. Genealogy Informal Group Have fun & learn about chasing your ancestral roots. At 15 Beachlands place, Papamoa 1.30pm. Visitors welcome. Moya 572 5296 Messianic Weekly Meetings The Way meet in the Kingfisher Room, Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mt Maunganui 10am. All welcome. 570 1438 Mount Music Club Date change - March 16 at Mount Senior Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd 1-4.30pm. Practice March 14 7pm, same venue. Regulars a plate is appreciated. All genres, all ages. All welcome. $2. Grant 576 0434 Mount Sequence Dance Them: Early Easter. At Mt Maunganui Sports Centre, cnr Hull & Maunganui Rds, Mt Maunganui 7.30pm. Good company, live band, good supper. Entrance $8, members $7. Organised by Mount Scottish Soc. Elizabeth 544 5633

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Multicultural Festival March 16 at

Historic Village, 17th Ave Tauranga 10am – 4pm. Food, arts & crafts, entertainment throughout the day. Entry: Adults $6, under 12 free. Ngati Kahu Hauora Community Whanau Day, 69 Carmichael Rd, Bethlehem March 16 10am - 2pm. Fun for all ages. Some hangi tickets available on the day. 576 0160 extn 2. Picnic in the Park At Coronation Park 1-6pm with Wai Taiko Drummers, Fletcher Oxford, Brendan Dugan, Tga Intermediate Boys Choir. Family $20, individual $10, school students $5. Bring your blanket, sun umbrella, deck chairs etc. Coffee, cool drinks & bbq on site. Proceeds to support Waipuna Hospice.

Secondhand Clothing Sale

March 16, young children’s & babies quality clothing at St Josephs Community Centre, 10 Pitua Rd, Te Puna 9am. Nothing over $2. Proceeds to Majella. 548 2730 Taoist Tai Chi Beginners class starts March 16 (6 week intro) at Tauranga Club rooms, 15 Koromiko St 9.30am. $40. Ann 577 9145 Tauranga Farmers Market Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Fresh & artisian produced food. Trixie 552 5278 or www. The Sociables Males/Females 30’s/40’s. 022 012 0376

Sunday 10 March

23rd Easter Egg & Toy Run March 17

by Tauranga Branch of Ulysses Club NZ. Start arriving from 9.30am. Leave Nikau Cres, Downtown Mt Maunganui by 11.30am. You can support the ride by: joining in the ride, buying a badge, bringing Easter eggs, bringing a soft toy or other toy items, or donating cash. In support of: TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter, Tauranga Hospital Children’s Ward. Bible Seminars Sundays at Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall, Maitland St, Greerton 1.45pm. Title: “The importance of God’s covenant with us.” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Vic 543 0504 BOP Tree Crops Assn Meet at 244 Stanley Road, Wainui, Whakatane 1pm. Olives, plums, feijoas & heritage orchard. All welcome. Elizabeth 549 2795 Charity Bowling Tournament Tauranga Pakeke Lions Club annual bowling tournament. Plenty of prizes. All money raised donated to Waipuna Hospice. Interested teams apply to Alan 544 8050

Huge Kids Gear Garage Sale

Lots of pre-loved & new items at QE2 Memorial Park 10am – 12pm. Gold coin entry. Tauranga Multiple Birth Group fundraiser. Jodi 576 1347 Learning Spiritual Laws Sunday’s at Plunket Rooms, 59 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga 10-11am. $5 donation, children free. Remember & celebrate who you are!

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

Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market

Every Sun in Phoenix car park 9am - 1pm. Fresh fruit & veges, breads, cheese, oils, plants & more. All home grown & home made. Downtown the Mount open 7 days. 575 9911 Omokoroa Lions Market Western Ave car park, Omokoroa 9am - 12pm. All stall holders & car boot sales welcome. Only $5/5m space. 548 2117

Palm Beach Plaza Lions Market

7.30am - 12.30pm. Stalls must be set up by 7.30am. Great range of goods for sale including fruit & vege, arts & crafts. Fundraising raffles to support needy causes. $10 per car space. 542 2559 a/hs. Next market March 24. Petanque Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. Neita 572 3768 Public Meeting Hear Scott Brown, NZ Leader of “Celebrate Messiah” at Holy Trinity March 17 2-5pm. Freewill offering. All welcome. Radio Controlled Model Yachts Meet Sun 1.30pm & Thurs 5.30pm at pond behind 24 Montego Drive, Papamoa to race electron class yachts. Graham 572 5419

Tauranga Rainbow Social Network For lesbian, gay, bisexual,

transgender. Meet monthly. Kay 07 218 1411 or 021 239 7142 Theosophical Society “Connecting the sublime & the cor-blimey - led by Sylvia Mayne, at Tauranga Yoga Centre, Elizabeth St West 2pm. Entry by donation. All welcome. June 576 6106 Welcome Bay Baptist Church Located behind the Welcome Bay Community Hall 10am. All age worship, children’s ministry, teaching on Jesus. All welcome.

Monday 11 March

Argentine Tango for Beginners 6 week introduction to Salon Tango starts March 11 7.10pm. This unique social dance is growing in NZ & worldwide. First lesson free. Carl 021 280 4464 or email: Babies Moves & Grooves Every Mon at Arataki Community Centre 11am - 12pm. Movement to music for 0-18 months with a range of music, instruments & equipment. Matt 575 2048 Bethlehem Bowls Every Mon at 7.15pm. First 3 nights free. Wendy 578 2585 Body & Soul Fun Fitness For over 50’s, social events & guest speakers. Mon & Fri, Greerton Hall Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave. Weds City Church cnr Otumoetai Rd/ Sherwood St. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified Instructor/ Cardiac Care leader. CAP Course Money management made simple. Want to get on top of your finances? At Holy Trinity Church cnr 3rd

OUT THERE GUIDE Stories, snippets, strangeness, and general entertainment. Ave & Devonport Rd, Tauranga 7pm. For bookings, Wendy 543 3315 or cap@ Fire Brigade Bowling Club Club night at Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd 7pm. General meeting. Sharon 543 3929 Fitness League Safe effective, low impact fun exercise set to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for women of all ages & abilities. First class free. Every Mon at Settlers Hall Omokoroa 9.30am & Tues St Johns Anglican Church Waihi 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378 Free Antenatal Classes Pirirakau Hauora, classes available each month in 2013. Venues throughout the Bay. For dates & venues ph 552 4573 or email:

Harmony a Plenty Barbershop Chorus

Every Mon at Bethlehem Community Church, Moffat Rd 7pm. New members welcome. 572 3345 or Junior Badminton Club Every Mon at Bethlehem College 6-7.30pm. Tues at Otumoetai College 5.15-6.45pm. Tauranga Intermediate 6-7.30pm. Coaching & racquets available. Sue 021 194 4335. Meditation Free classes Mon 10am & Weds 7.30pm. Find peace, spiritual awareness & the meaning of your life. David 576 9764 Mount Badminton Club Club night at Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd 7-9pm. All past & new players welcome. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529 Mt Maunganui Senior Citizens AGM March 11 at 345 Maunganui Rd 1.30pm. Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu Papamoa club training at Tahatai Coast School, Evans Rd Mon & Thurs 6.15-7.45pm. Brian 021 241 7059 or Otumoetai Indoor Bowls Aggregate, Matua Primary School Hall, Clivedene St 7.15pm. New members welcome. Karen 576 0443

Papamoa Branch NZ Soc of Genealogists Meet 2nd Mon of month in Tohora

Room, Papamoa Library 9.30am 2.30pm. Modest door charge. BYO lunch, tea/coffee provided. Interesting speakers & research material available. New members welcome. Mark 542 0204 Papamoa Progressive Assn AGM in Tohora Room, Papamoa Library 7.30pm. The Association meet on 2nd Mon of each month at above venue. Opportunities for members to discuss civic & community affairs with councillors & guest speakers. Also learn about proposed & ongoing local & regional developments. New members welcome. Janis 574 7377 Recycled Teenagers Gentle exercise for 50’s forwards, & injury or illness rehabilitation. Mon & Weds, 14 Norris St, Tauranga Senior Citizens Club, behind Pak n Save. Tues at St Mary’s Church Hall, Girven Rd. All 9 - 10.30am. Taken by Heart Foundation phase 3 cardiac instructor. First class free. Jennifer 571 1411

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

Relationships Aotearoa Mon - Man-

Made - a course specifically designed for men 6.30-8.30pm. Tues - Parenting Through Separation. Free course for separating parents 6.30-8.30pm. Weds - Parenting for Success, parenting your 2-12yr olds 7-9pm. Parenting through Separation, Papamoa 10am - 12pm. Thurs - Positively Me 4 women 6.30-8.30pm. Parenting through separation 10am 12pm. 576 8392 Scottish Country Dancing Every Mon at St John’s Church Hall, Bureta Rd, Tauranga 7.30-10pm. New members with experience welcome. Sarah 579 0123 Tauranga Badminton Club Every Mon & Weds at Bethlehem College 7.30-9.30pm. Sue 021 194 4335. Tauranga Creative Fibre Every Mon at Arts Centre, Elizabeth St 9.30am. Spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crochet, beading & more. Learn & share in a mutually supportive club. Also on Thurs evenings twice a month. Joan 577 6781 Tauranga Rock n Roll Club Club nights Mondays at Tauranga RSA, Cameron Rd 7pm. Lessons 6.30pm.

Tuesday 12 March

ABC - Avenues Badminton Club Every

Tues at Tauranga Intermediate School TECT Stadium. Juniors 6-7.30pm. Seniors 7.30-7.30pm. Club racquets & coaching available. Sue 021 194 4335 Badminton (Social) Every Tues at Otumoetai Baptist Hall 9.30am - 12pm. Racquets available. All welcome. Lorraine 579 3229 BOP Shirley Club Walking Group Every Tues meet outside Mount Surf Club 9.20am. Easy walking. Great group. Cafe jaunt after. See you there. Genesis - Women’s Group Every Tues during school term. 10am morning tea at Papamoa Surf Club, Papamoa Domain. Speaker from Bakers Delight. New members welcome. Jennifer, Salvation Army 578 4264 Inachord Chorus Ladies 4 part harmony every Tues at Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd 6.45pm. Enjoy singing & meet new friends. Shona 0272 801 004 or Sabine 577 0455 (day). Israeli Dancing Beginners classes every Tues at Gate Pa School Hall 7-8pm. No partners required. All ages welcome. Maria 544 1680 Meridian Daylight Lodge Meet for installation meeting at Masonic Centre, 33 Hairini St, Tauranga. Visiting members with wives/partners welcome from 10.30am. Keith 544 4109

Mount Morning Badminton

Every Tues at Mount Sports Centre, Blake Park 9am - 12pm. Social, competitive, all ages, beginners welcome. Racquets available. Visitors $5 per session, first day free. Students $2. Margaret 575 9792


Tide times have been corrected for daylight saving time. Tauranga tide heights in metres. The full month’s tide information is available on Every effort has been made to ensure that these times and tides are correct, no responsibility will be accepted for any inaccuracies, omissions, or misuse or misinterpretation of the values for tides and times published. Email your catch (High Resolution Jpeg ) to, subject line ‘Catch of the Week’, name, age, contact details & description of fish and location & be in to WIN!


The Weekend Sun Mount Social Table Tennis Every Tues

at Arataki Community Centre 7.309.30pm. Social, fun group, paddles available. $4. Matt 575 2048 Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu Your opportunity to learn this Chinese Martial Art training in Kung Fu Tues & Thurs at Tauranga Boys Gym 6-7.30pm. Brian 021 241 7059 or Sequence Dancing St Johns Anglican Church Hall, 94 Bureta Rd, Otumoetai. Tues 7-9.30pm, second Tues of month 3-5.30pm. Visitors welcome. John 578 9716

South City Indoor Bowls Club (Inc)

Club night & Aggregate at Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Mary 541 0687 Taoist Tai Chi Beginners class starts today at Tauranga Club rooms, 15 Koromiko St 12.30pm. Ann 577 9145

Tauranga Acoustic Music Club

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

Tauranga Astronomical Society

Observatory & hall open at Fergusson Park 7.30pm. Featuring documentary - Pluto - no longer considered to be a planet. Is it a large asteroid, along with other newly found even larger objects in the Kuiper belt? Public welcome. Telescope viewing if weather permits. 576 5389

Tauranga Morning Badminton Club

Every Tues & Thurs at QEII Youth Centre, cnr Devonport Rd & 11th Ave 9-11.30am. New members welcome. Wendy 552 5293

Tauranga Society of Artists Meet every Tues at Clubrooms, 171a Glasgow St 7-9pm. 576 9592

Tauranga Toastmasters Tga

Lyceum Club 1st Tues 7.15-8.45pm. Exterminate the butterflies, confidence building, improving public speaking & leadership skills. Alan 544 5989 Toastmasters Excel Club Learn to be a competent speaker & get your message across. Meetings held on 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues of the month at Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way (off Grenada St) Mt Maunganui 6.15pm. New members welcome. Tess 575 6610

Wednesday 13 March Alcoholics Anonymous St Mary’s

School staff room, 13th Ave East, Tauranga 7.30pm.

Assn of Administrative Profession-

als (AAPNZ) March meeting. Trudi Peet showcasing new venture Freestyle Events. Meet 5.30pm. For details for venue RSVP to Janet: tauranga@ Balmorals Leisure Marching Team

Welcome ladies to join this awesome sport for fun, friendship & travel. 30-60 age group. Anita 571 4096 a/hs or 0210 257 6094

Baywide Community Law Service

Drop in clinic every Weds at 63 Willow St 5-6.30pm. No appointment necessary. Free legal assistance. 571 6812. Every Tues morning at Te Puke Clinic. For appointment 573 5614. Every Thurs morning at Katikati Clinic. For appointment 549 0399 BOP at Heart AGM March 20 at Durham Street Business Centre 7.30pm. 0800 126 745 Bromeliad Meeting Yacht Club 12.30-2.30pm. AGM & fun auction. Pleased to accept donations of bromeliads, other plants, garden equipment, garden produce etc like last year. Come along, have fun & get a bargain. Visitors welcome. Jo 576 6626

Fernlands Spa Water Exercise Class

Weds 10.45-11.45am. Held rain or shine, but not during school holidays. New participants planning to attend ph Jennifer 571 1411 Gate Pa Indoor Bowls Club night, interclub rules at Greerton Hall 7pm. Names in book. Marg 543 3394 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 Herb Society Meet in St Paul’s Presbyterian Church Lounge,

cnr SH2 & Mulgan St, Katikati 7pm. Come celebrate Herb Awareness Week with us. All welcome. nz/katikati/ Jenny 552 0697 ME/CFS Support Meeting Chadwick House, 250 Chadwick Rd, Greerton 1pm. (Note change of time for this month). Topic: Music Therapy. All welcome. 578 7804 Merge Social Group For newcomers to Tauranga. Meet 1st & 3rd Tues at Nautilus Bar, Sulphur Pt 5pm. Sandra 021 565 459 Mount Badminton Club Social club night at Mount Sports Centre, Maunganui Rd 7-9.30pm. All past & new players welcome. Janice 575 2438 or 027 201 0529

Mount Maunganui Sequence Dance AGM April 10 at 211 Ngatai Rd 7.30pm. All welcome. Elizabeth 544 5633

Orange City Square & Round Dance Club Weds 7.30pm Plus, Thurs club night 7.30pm. Frontiersmen’s Hall, Elizabeth St West. 543 1063

Otumoetai Toy Box Toy Library

94 Bureta Rd. Open Weds 6.308.30pm, Thurs & Fri 9.30-11.30am. A number of membership options available. 576 9923 or 027 857 7452 Salvation Army Meeting For all women every Weds 10am morning tea, 10.30am meeting at Salvation Army cnr Cameron Rd & 5th Ave, Tauranga. Theme: St Patrick’s Day. Wear green or bring a souvenir of Ireland. New members welcome. Jennifer 578 4264 Scottish Country Dancing Weds at Senior Citizens Hall, Maunganui Rd. Fri at Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd. Both 7.30pm. 573 5055

Tauranga Sequence Dance Club

Weds & Mon at Norris St, Tauranga 7-10pm. Lovely dances, tuition, fun, bring partner. Barbara 552 6227 Te Puna Rugby JMC Registration night at Te Puna Rugby Club 4-6pm. Sarah 021 288 0508

Toastmasters - City Early Start

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

Toastmasters Tauranga South Area Leadership skills, speaking skills. Weds at St George’s Church Hall cnr Cameron Rd & Church St 7.15pm. All welcome. Alan 544 5989 TS Chatham (Sea Cadets) Every Weds at TYPBC, Keith Allan Drive, Sulphur Pt 6.30-9pm. Lee 542 5377 or 027 291 6151 or email: leew. Walking Group Age Concern walking group meet at Daisy Hardwick Walk off Chapel St 10am. All welcome. 578 2631

Thursday 14 March

Adult Art Jam Build creative confidence while sharing resources/ideas with other arty people! $20 tea/coffee provided. Every Thurs 7-9pm. Janice 552 4162

Community Bible Study International

Join us at 14th Ave Gospel Centre 10am - 12pm until March 21 for a non-denominational in depth study of Ephesians. Betty 544 3809 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 Fitness League Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for females. All ages & abilities, first class free, every Thurs Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd 9.30am & Weds at Katikati Memorial Hall 10am. Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 170 French Group For lovers of all things French. Meet like minded people Brooklyn Pizzeria on the Strand. Fortnightly Thursdays 4.30-6.30pm. Andrea:

Happiness & Our Mind Drop-in meditation classes. Beginners welcome. Classes are self contained, start any date. Cost $14 per class. Otumoetai Plunket, 59 Otumoetai Rd. Monthly classes, next class March 14 7-8.30pm Keynotes 4 Part Harmony Women’s chorus meet every Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm,. Sing for fun & health. Nora 544 2714 Meditation Group Monthly group, next group March 28 7-8.30pm. Open to anyone interested in improving their understanding & practice of meditation & Buddhism. Gold coin donation welcome. Dianne email: or 577 1484 Tauranga Heart Support Group

Phase 3 rehab exercise, social events & guest speakers for those with or at risk of heart disease. Every Thurs at City Church Hall, Otumoetai Rd/Sherwood St 9.30-10.45am. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031 Qualified instructor/Cardiac Care leader. Tauranga Mixed Probus Club Usual monthly meeting at Carmel Country Estate Social Centre, 11 Hollister Lane, Ohauiti 10am. Speaker. Visitors welcome. Maureen 544 5013 Tauranga Storytellers’ Group Meet last Thurs of every month. Learn how to develop your storytelling skills. Claire 577 7220 Twilight Market Every Thurs at Bethlehem Town Centre 3-7pm. Wing Chun Women Women’s only self defence club 6.30-8.30pm. 0800 FYT BAK or Nicky 021 148 6467

Friday 15 March

26th Easter Book Sale Rotary Club of Tauranga need your books. Sale held March 30, 31 - 1 April 2013 at new venue, Countdown’s old Foodtown Building Cameron Rd, opp Tauranga Boys College. Please deliver unwanted books, magazines, sheet music, records, cassette tapes, CD’s, videos, DVDs & jigsaw puzzles to Caltex Welcome Bay, Bayfair, Greerton, 14th Ave, Katikati or for collection Ross 544 0817 Alcoholics Anonymous Open meeting every Fri at Hamner Clinic, 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton (behind Tyremaster) 7.30pm. 0800 229 6757 for more meetings or assistance. Chess Tauranga Every Fri at Tauranga RSA, Greerton 6pm onwards for the whole family. Noel 579 5412 http://www. Free Immigration Clinic Every Fri - legal advice & information on immigration issues. For appointment, Baywide Community Law 571 6812 Katikati Folk Club Hungrytown from USA at Katikati Bowling Club, Park Rd. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Adults $20, members $15. Tickets at door. Bar available. Tauranga Primary School Gala

Tauranga Primary School 4-7pm. Lots of fun rides, stalls & food. A great family night out. U3A Tauranga General meeting. Speaker: Peter Williams, retired detective, involved in apprehending Rainbow Warrior bombers. At Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave, Tauranga. Morning tea 10.30am, talk at 11am. Visitors welcome.

“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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By Winston Watusi

A pile of great music, and people enjoying it Many people were wringing their hands last year over the future of the jazz festival: I wasn’t one of them. The National Jazz Festival has, throughout the fifty years it has been running, been in a constant state of evolution. It has been a small festival at the town hall, a huge festival at the race course, a smaller festival at Bureta Park, many things over the years. Size doesn’t matter. What’s important is musicians playing and audiences enjoying their music. And, despite the ructions after last year’s festival, no one could deny one thing – there was a pile of great music and a whole bunch of people enjoying it.

New direction

This year’s festival got running a little later than in recent years. There wasn’t a big pre-Christmas push as we’ve become used to. But the new regime, under the capable watch of new Festival Director Becks Chambers (by the way, the festival’s first-ever woman director) has refined and refocused the event’s direction and has returned to working within

a philosophy, one that seems well suited for the National Jazz Festival: showcasing the Best Kiwi Jazz in the World. And when I popped into the festival office last week – now located at the Historic Village where much music and good cheer will be on offer over the Sunday and Monday of Easter – it seemed that things were well in place for another splendid bash this year. Most importantly, and the question I most wanted to ask, is how are ticket sales going? The answer is actually very well. There’s been an online advertising push over the last few weeks and the Baycourt concerts have really started to sell fast. I’m told that a lot of the sales are to visitors which is nothing but a good thing for Tauranga but does pose the possibility that locals might miss out on shows. With only three weeks to go it’s probably time to make some decisions. I’ve been trying to do that but, in all seriousness, I’m kinda conflicted as I’d like to go to pretty much everything that’s on at Easter. Top of the list is, of course, Nathan Haines. After some years of moving in a more dance-floor direction Nathan’s new album, The Poet’s Embrace, released

at the end of last year, saw a return to his jazz roots and puts his extraordinary tenor sax playing - which first brought him international acclaim - front and centre.

about this next week but, in case there’s a rush on tickets in the meantime, R&B purveyors Brilleaux are doing two acoustic gigs at Driver’s Bar on 23 and 24 March. The shows will include a three course meal and a support set from blues guitarist Ian Goodsman. They’re a fund-raiser for the band’s upcoming tour of England and tickets are available from Driver’s. More to come on that...

Upbeat variety

But it’s not just the big stuff that’s attractive, though for people who like a good jazz tune the opening and closing concerts, tributes to, respectively, Sinatra-style swing and Ella Fitzgerald, will be right up their alley. There are some really interesting acts in the Jazz Café (Baycourt’s Exhibition Hall) and also down at the Trinity Wharf where ace pianist Phil Broadhurst is leading a series of concerts. And some of the Jazz Café gigs come with added extras. Richard Adams and Nigel Gavin, both Nairobi Trio alumni who were last in town at the Art Gallery, are not only playing a concert but are conducting two workshops, one for Youth Band Competition participants and one on Friday afternoon for anybody. They explore techniques for improvisation and these guys are about the best musical improvisers you could hope to hear. Also in the Jazz Café is sensational flautist Miho Wada, who will blow many a mind, jazz piano from Kevin Field and his band, and an evening of blues from Mike Garner and Kokomo, combining for what they call The Downhome Blues Revue. There’s also a concert to accompany the awarding of the 2013 Tui Award for Best Jazz Album where Whirimako Black, Nathan Haines and Jennifer Zea will all play. I suggest you grab a programme from Baycourt or check it out on-line at And, before I go, a quick heads-up. I’ll be writing

Miho Wada has crafted a unique international sound around her passionate flute playing.

Thursday 14 – Cornerstone Roots 9.30pm – 12.30am.

Brewers Bar Thursday 14 March – Villainy and Rival State – Mode. Set. Clear tour. R18. Presale tickets $25. Buy tickets from NZtix.

Crown and Badger Friday 8 – One One One. Saturday 9 – One One One. Wednesday 13 - Country music night. A mix of country-rock, blues & traditional.

Club Mt Maunganui Friday 8 – Sparx. Cornerstone Pub Friday 8 – Ignition, rock 10pm – late. Saturday 9 – Ignition, rock 10pm – late. Sunday 10 – Ignition, easy listening 3-6pm. Monday 11 – Jam Night 8-11pm. Weds 13 – Native Poms 10pm. VERY EASY







Welcome Bay Sports Bar Friday 8 – PJ’s Karaoke 8pm. Karaoke Queen.


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SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Dir: Malick Bendjelloul I’ve been left a little surprised by this rather wonderful film. Not because of the fascinating story it tells but simply because I hadn’t realised that its central character, Detroit singer/songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, was obscure. Both his albums were widely available in New Zealand and favourites in the seventies and eighties amongst folkies, Dylan fans and many others. But apparently the rest of the world

forgot him. Apart from South Africa, where in apartheid days his songs were bootlegged and he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. But his worldwide obscurity led to many rumours – in some he committed suicide on stage, burned himself alive or shot himself. He rose to mythical status until in the ‘90s a couple of fans headed out to find the truth. I guess it’s OK to reveal now that

they found him still working construction in Detroit. The rest of the story is a happy one – he’s now touring the world, playing at Byron Bay Blues Festival in March before heading on to do shows in New Zealand. The film is fantastic, telling a great story really well. It’s inspiring and surprising stuff. Whether or not you know Rodriguez music I highly recommend it.

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Thanks to Video Ezy Brookfield for the DVDs

End Of Watch is a police drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as partners in the LAPD, slightly larrikin but dedicated cops patrolling the mean streets. The distinctive feature of the film is that most of it is presented as “found footage” from car cameras, handicams, and even mini cameras the pair wear. While this brings an immediacy, inconsistencies in the approach are also distracting. It’s gritty stuff and the central relationship is well drawn (both Gyllenhaal and Pena are excellent) but it’s very much slice of life and character-centred rather than plot-driven. Shark’s have once again become a popular movie trope in everything from the serious (Open Water) to the silly (Shark Night 3DD). From its synopsis, Bait sounds like it’s going to be the latter: a bunch of Aussies battle a great white shark... in a supermarket! I can see the sequels slogan right now - “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Four Square”. Actually, this takes itself seriously and does quite a good job of it. The supermarket is in Queensland, the coast of which has just been hit by a Tsunami, thus stranding the disparate bunch in said store. With a shark. There are some cheesy moments but overall, not too bad.

Even given the current trend of horror-themed cartoons (Paranorman, Hotel Transylvania), is a most peculiar Frankenweenie film. It shares the same eccentric design and black and white stop-motion style as Tim Burton’s previous animated outings (Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride) and again riffs on 1930’s horror conventions, telling the story of young Victor Frankenstein, a film-mad schoolboy with a cute dog, Sparky. After Sparky’s unfortunate demise Victor’s school science project takes a turn in keeping with his surname. Adults will think it looks great, is very clever and is a beautifully told story. Kids will think it looks old, isn’t very funny and The Dog Dies! Neither group will probably want to watch it. I’ve tried it on five kids (ages five to fourteen) and none got past Sparky snuffing it. Great film, but for whom?

presents director Oliver Stone Savages at his most lurid and over the top. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. When leaving aside politics and conspiracies Stone has made the likes of bizarre noir thriller U-Turn and that, crossed perhaps with the drug craziness of Scarface is what this most resembles. It’s a film about a couple of blokes selling marijuana (very high quality, lots of it) who run foul of a vicious Mexican cartel headed by the formidable combination of Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Torro. There’s also a double dealing DEA bloke (a bald John Travolta) and much violence ensues. It’s extreme and very silly, but should certainly enliven a dull Saturday night.


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Friday Mar 8 to Wed Mar 13 131 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke.

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acters, Great Expectations takes a unique and contemporary look at life’s great coincidences.

The Weekend Sun has a double pass to Great Expectations to give away to the lucky reader who can tell us what novel the film is loosely based on. Enter online at under the competitions section. Entries must be received before Wednesday, March 13.



LES MISERABLES References. Sat

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(M) Offensive Language.

DRAMA, COMEDY. Friday 1:00pm.


(M) Violence & Sex Scenes.

DRAMA, MYSTERY, ROMANCE. Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel. Sat 3:10pm. Tue 8:40pm.


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Colourful cultural celebration Delicious traditional food, stirring dances and music and ethnic goods are among the many attractions on offer at this year’s Tauranga Multicultural Festival.

Festival committee chairwoman Ewa Fenn wants people to keep Saturday March 16 free – saying the 14th festival promises to offer something for everyone involved. “We have 24 groups performing on the stage and throughout the village including the Caribbeanz Southern Cross Stars Steelpan band, the ever-popular Tauranga Samba and the Geyserland Dixie Band.” A highlight is always the wide range of tasty everyday ethnic food offered at affordable prices, which Ewa says prompts some festivalgoers to skip breakfast to leave more space for eating. Along with ethnic options – from Indian samosas and German sausages to traditional Filipino fare, Polish cakes, and more – there will be standard market food such as coffee, ice creams and candyfloss. The festival will include on-going cultural performances, with singing and dancing throughout the day, and a ‘parade of cultures’ with representatives from about 20 ethnic groups parading in their traditional costumes with national flags. Children will be catered for with pony rides, a slide and bouncy castle, along with storytelling by authors Tommy Kapai and Claire Cooper. Ethnic arts and crafts will also be for sale and information will be available on support available for new settlers. The festival is at the Historic Village in Tauranga’s 17th Ave on March 16 from 10am-4pm. Everyone who attends has a chance to win $1000

The annual Tauranga Multicultural Festival is a feast of colour, movement and delicious tastes from the region’s diverse ethnic groups. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

from ANZ. EFTPOS will be available and people are encouraged to be sun smart and catch a bus to the festival. By Hamish Carter

Treasured Art sought – what’s in your attic? The Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise is once again on the hunt for high quality art to sell in their Treasured Art auction and exhibition. The club is now well into collecting art from donors and artists and already has a number of works from a range of accomplished artists. Once again proceeds will be donated to the Foundation for Youth Development’s KiwiCan programme. On May 16, pieces of work will go under the hammer, with further pieces on exhibition for sale and a silent auction. Each piece is put through a selection process to ensure the quality of art is extremely high. The art is sold on a 50/50 commission basis, with some donated. In the past, well known artists such as nationally-

Sally Morrison and Peter Wallers were the 2012 Treasured Art exhibition’s feature artists. known Tauranga artists Arthur Dagley, Peter Wallers, Susan Harrison Tustain, Owen Dippie, Hayley Brown and many more have featured. The invitation-only auction sees pieces sold to enthusiastic bidders at Ingham-Sears Mercedes-Benz showroom. The auction and exhibition has appealed to people changing or downsizing homes. Knowing the art is contributing to a worthwhile cause is often the pointof-difference for a donation. The planning committee is seeking more high quality work to add to the catalogue for this year’s event. Contact Kathy Webb at the Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise on 027 281 4842 or visit


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Framing Mount company’s name Following the closure of Harrison’s Gallery in 2012, the owners of Harrison Frames in Mount Maunganui wish to make the distinction between the two companies clear.

“Many people assume we have shut our business down and quite obviously this is not the case. It is unfortunate there is this confusion, but I can only reiterate that Harrisons Frames in Mount Maunganui and Harrison’s Gallery are in no way related. “We are not an art gallery, our core business being the manufacture of picture mouldings and frames for department stores The Harrison family opened the gallery in New Zealand, Australia and in 1971, but 20 years ago they sold the the Pacific – every frame made company – keeping the building, and using New Zealand pine with branching off to start Harrison Frames as little imported componen– a picture frame manufacturing and try as possible.” exporting business now located in The Harrisons are passionate Mount Maunganui. about their framing business Although subsequent owners of the and have an international 11th Ave business kept the Harrisons reputation for making quality Gallery name, it has had no associaframes – a reputation Jack tion with the family (or the Mount doesn’t want damaged by the Maunganui frame factory and shop) gallery’s closure. since that time. Recently, the Harrisons The most recent owners of the galopened The Picture Frame lery closed it down late last year and Factory Shop. This offers Harrison Frames owner Jack Harrison custom framing and frames at says there has been a lot of public outlet prices. Wendy Harrison outside Harrison Frames. Photo by Bruce Barnard. confusion since then.

Family fun day offers parent centre support Families in the Bay are invited to come together and enjoy a fun day together with Tauranga Parent Centre for its annual flagship fundraising event this weekend. This Saturday Walk the Lakes gives families the opportunity to visit the Recreational Oval at The Lakes development in Tauriko and choose from two walking routes which follow scenic paths through the second stage of the subdivision. Coordinators Eden Hersay from Bloom Baby and Sue Macilwee from Baby on the Move say the Tauranga Parent Centre runs the highest number of antenatal classes in New Zealand and the event is about bringing families together to celebrate the centre. Sue is really happy with how positive support has been for the event. “We have approached a number

of local businesses and they are supporting the event by holding a trade site at Walk the Lakes on Saturday, or are sponsoring prizes in our gold and silver prize pool.” Prizes include several $100 gift hampers, massage therapy sessions, Hot Milk lingerie, cloth nappy starter packs, a term of swimming lessons, and a stroller and carrier. “Combined, our sponsored prizes are worth more than $2500 and everyone who registers to complete the walk has a chance to win.” Dogs need to be securely leashed at all times and bikes and scooters should be left in the car. Participants can choose from a 3km stroll or the more challenging 5km route. Registration beings at 9am, with the walk at 10am and prizegiving at 11.30am. Registration is either a $20 or $10 donation to Tauranga Parent Centre. Register on the day or at www.

LEFT: Baby on the Move owner Sue Macilwee is co-organising Saturday’s walk event. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

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The Cat’s Meow a puurfect night out The Cat’s Meow opened on Wednesday night, and this reporter was there with bells on.

As 16th Avenue Theatre’s first production for 2013, I was ready to learn more about the scandal that rocked Hollywood’s biggest stars aboard newspaper hotshot William Randolf Hearst’s luxury yacht in 1924. We learn in the opening scene, set marvellously by Maggie Ebbett, that 13 people boarded the yacht to celebrate the birthday of filmmaker Thomas Ince - but only 12 would survive the weekend’s events. A drama not lacking in lust, affairs and cussing – it’s easy to see why rumours of what really happened have run riot for almost 90 years. The Cat’s Meow tells the story of one such rumour – and if it’s anything to go by – I’d believe it. Lovers Charlie Chaplin and Marion Davies spend the weekend trying to stay away from one another, but a newspaper article wired to the yacht gives their secret affair away to Marion’s partner – William Hearst. In an act of jealous rage, William shoots who he thinks is Charlie, but it turns out to be the birthday boy, Tom. Using his money and social status, William makes everyone aboard take

an oath of silence, and over the next 90 years no two stories of the weekend were ever the same. It’s a meaty story and one which is played out well by a vivacious and bubbly cast. Despite a few opening night jitters, my sister (who happens to be a drama know-it-all and was all too ready to critique) and I were kept entertained for the near two hour performance. Albeit, the costumes needed a little ironing and the lighting cues were a bit off – but isn’t that the fun of a real life production? I was especially impressed with the performances from Rob Inman (Tom), Gin Mabey (Marion), Alan Baker (William) and Stephen Ormsby (Charlie). Awesome job! All up – it was a successful night, and judging from the audience applause, we were not the only ones who enjoyed ourselves. Check it out for yourself, The Cat’s Meow is playing on selected dates from March 6-23. See for more information. By Corrie Taylor


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Course to aid those searching for answers Have you been concerned and searching for answers about life in general as well as having questions on the reality of eternity? You need to be true to yourself and honest in your search. The Alpha course does not concentrate on church issues but it does address burning questions such as: did Jesus exist and/or why and what relevance has he to me in 2013? Do you lack confidence on what or who you can trust? At Alpha you are welcome to come with your genuine questions about what is real and what isn’t.

For instance, why is there so much evil around us? Where does the moral ethics code come from and why should it matter? And what about suffering? If you are interested in these kinds of questions or you have an uneasy feeling that you are not quite sure why you exist, you need to open your mind and be honest with yourself. At the Alpha course no-one tells you what to believe but the facts are put before you and you can explore these issues in a nonjudgemental, non- threatening and warm environment. The format of the 10-week course is a

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Not an organisation, but the living body of Christ The biblical picture of the Church is that of a living organism, not an organisation. Within that living organism, God has set clear structure and divine order.

The analogy of the Church being like a physical body consisting of interdependent, inter-connected, mutually functioning parts is the clearest picture of the Church as a living organism. Paul declares in Ephesians 4:16: “For because of Christ the whole body (the

church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.” That living organism is not without Godly structure. Paul says in Ephesians 2:20 that the Church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets”. In Ephesians 4:11, he declares that the ascended Christ gave the five-fold ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds (elders) and teachers to the Church with the specific responsibility of equipping God’s people so that God’s people might do the work of the ministry and that they might build up the Body of Christ. Verse 13 tells us that these are set in the Church until… “we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. The Church has not attained to those attributes yet but that is God’s intention. Wherever the early apostles established Churches, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, they set Elders in place in every Church and apostles and prophets visited and encouraged the Elders leading these Churches. So structure was established and encouraged. In Ephesians 5:25–27, Paul writes that “Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, so that He might present the Church to Himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” The true, last-days Church will be a fully functioning body of inter-dependent, inter-connected, mutually functioning parts with biblical structure set in place to equip, empower and to serve the rest of the body. Let it be in the Church in New Zealand, Lord. By Peter Whitcombe, Jesus First Church

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Children celebrated Hundreds of families showed up at Historic Village on Sunday to celebrate national Children’s Day. Check out some of the fun that was had. Danielle Morrison, 5, tests out playdriving the fire engine.

Hohepa Borell, 10, Troy Nepe, 10, Tremaine Borell,9, Tewhatiki Katene, 9, and Kaia Barton, 11, performed at the Children’s Day celebrations. Mikey Robinson, 9 and Ruben Barrow, 8, pose for a photo at Historic Village.

Kerran Coles, 6, smiles for the camera - it’s all fun and games.

Garry Malcolm, 10, and Piripi Tukaokao, 11, having fun at the Children’s Day event.

Ahleyah Rowling, 2, on a pony ride.

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Fathers Who Dare Win launches next weekend with a unique opportunity to hear respected neuroscientist and psychiatrist Dr Curt Thompson at Holy Trinity Church.

Fathers Who Dare Win proudly invite all dads and grand-dads (yeah OK, wives too) to hear top communicators, Ian Grant and Dr. Curt Thompson, share invaluable secrets of parenting, tried and tested strategies and up-to-date research on the science, spirituality and psyche of fatherhood. Power tools for your parenting tool shed!

The new organisation is aimed at inspiring dads to step up to the vital role they play in children’s lives. On March 16 Curt will present research with profoundly practical implications for parenting at the launch. The esteemed author of ‘Anatomy of the Soul’ has researched the Bible’s impact on both sides of the brain and he will share fascinating new discoveries in neuroscience relating to manhood and spirituality. He will show how a father, in understanding his own ‘life-story’ can be vital in handing on a cohesive ‘story’ to his children.

Ian Grant QSO, best-selling

author and NZ’s foremost parenting coach on strategies including ‘How to be an Awesome Dad in Just Thirty Minutes’.

Dr. Curt Thompson MD

Science meets religion

psychiatrist, neuroscientist and author of best-seller Anatomy of the Soul presents research with profoundly practical implications for how we parent.

“Years ago we thought there was probably a physiological effect from soaking in the word of God, but now science has proven this to be so. “I am really looking forward to coming to New Zealand and talking to you about this new field of scientific exploration; and the importance of being known, as opposed to just knowing stuff.” The event is open to everyone, with content expected to be useful, inspiring, encouraging and educational to anyone who works with parents, children or wants to make their relationships work. Visit for details on national venues, dates and ticket bookings for the speaking tour.


Saturday 16 March, 7:30pm, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Devonport Road.


Tuesday 19 March, 7:30pm, Victory Convention Centre, Beaumount Street, CBD.

A father’s dream

Fathers Who Dare Win founder Ian Grant – the previous founder of Parents Inc – hopes to affirm men in passing on to their children the gift of what could be called ‘Dad Delight’. Emerging from years of teaching parenting skills in New Zealand and around the world, Ian became convinced that a dad more than anyone else ‘sees’ a child in a way that can help them achieve healthy manhood or womanhood. He firmly believes in a father’s role in affirming and delighting in his children. He also believes introducing them to the wider world is vital to every area of a child’s psychosocial development. Although designed to inspire men, the event is open to everyone and wives, partners, grand parents and friends are welcome. The content of the evening will be useful, inspiring, encouraging and educational to anyone who works with parents, children or wants to, better, make their relationships work. By Corrie Taylor

CHRISTCHURCH Wednesday 20 March, 7:30pm, Hope Presbyterian Church, Hornby.



per person


20 $10 $10


per couple (Mum & Dad)

per person in group of 10+

per person in group of 20+

FREE FWDW book for 20+ group organiser!

BOOK NOW: FATHERSWHODAREWIN.COM/EVENTS Any unsold tickets will be available at the door.


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The Weekend Sun, 8 March 2013

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