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Want to get active, but can’t find something that fits? Live to Play month this October features active and fun events every day to get Bay of Plenty residents out and about this spring. From dance and Zumba classes, to ori-

enteering and surf life saving, the activities cater for the individual, group or family of any fitness level. One of the more unusual events is the Main Beach Sandcastle Competition at the Mount


Maunganui Lifeguard Service ‘Have a Go’ day on Sunday, October 2. Come down at 10am in front of the surf club and design the best sand creation using nature’s own materials.

Check out the insert in the middle of this week’s Weekend Sun for a list of activities to cut out and keep and get involved this month! Pictured: Holly Brittain, 10 and Hannah McCulloch, 9. Photo by Tracy Hardy.


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replacing any mention of “booty” with “spoils”. Here at RR headquarters we can’t really see the song “Shake your spoils” really catching on, but, hey, you never know. A ‘spoils call’ just won’t be the same, either. Fifty scholars and translators, linguistics experts, theologians and five bishops spent 17 years on the project. About the same amount of effort needed to get resource consent for a garden shed in the Bay of Plenty. And for those who would, sensibly, rather study ancient linguistics than apply for building consent, it has just been announced that the Dead Sea Scrolls are now available online.

That’s about it for this week. The RR research team has been sidetracked on a mission south for our Coast & Country ‘The Wild Side’ column, this time travelling in the classy new BMW X3 on a trout fishin’ mission at Tongariro. This report, plus more hunting, fishing, cooking excursions – such as our day in the wilds with the VW Amarok ute, are coming up soon in our rural publication, Coast & Country. ‘The Wild Side’ is also online,

Parting shot:

In oddball stories this week, a huge chunk of outdated orbiting junk came crashing down; burning up on re-entry and making a right spectacle of itself. This smoking wreck is one of the largest pieces of debris to plunge to earth uncontrolled in the last 30 years. So much for Don Brash. There was also an old satellite that fell out of the sky, but it wasn’t nearly as spectacular.

Changing course for new journey

Making a change in the right direction has given Papamoa band 6TB the drive to take their vision overseas, says management team director Kate O’Conner. The band, which formed in 2009, spent the earlier part of this year touring under the ‘Watch This Space’ tour with other up and coming musicians. The band is now taking some time to

evaluate their next step and reaching for international exposure. A gig at Te Puke Citizen Club on September 30 is a debut for the band’s new flavour. Kate says the gig will feature original music never heard before, a couple of surprises and a great supporting act. Tickets are available at the venue or on 6TB’s Facebook page.

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Letters to the Sun this week continue to question this. One writer points out that Tauranga is actually the fourth largest city in New Zealand – not that anyone would know, since the government postponed the census. But you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that the Western Bay’s phenomenal growth is outstripping the rest of the country and the place is certainly bigger than Hamilton or Dunedin. One writer this week suggests there’s something more sinister going on – that “vested interests” elsewhere in the country don’t want Tauranga acknowledged as a main centre. Fascinating, we love a good conspiracy theory. One thing is for sure, The Sun has to keep increasing the print run of your favourite newspaper to keep up with the city and regional growth. That’s why The Sun is leaps and bounds ahead in both circulation and Nielsen research readership – we’ve kept delivering while the rest fall short – and that is showing a widening gap between The Sun and others. No wonder the advertisers get better results and our readers are happier by the year.

These documents have been hidden away securely for decades, but now can be viewed by anyone with internet access – or ironically, a tablet. In other news this week, police are looking for a man after an assault outside an Auckland McDonald’s shop. RR experts believe that a suspect would have to be Ronnie McDonald Biggs. Or since it’s Auckland, how about tracking down Ronald McDonald Jorgensen. One of the offenders reportedly had his hair up in a bun. Was it a sesame seed bun with two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions?



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Behind the scenes: Big screen progress De Bier Haus proprietor Matt Hayward is one of the Strand business owners who have offered to help pay for the big screen.

Tauranga City Council and its staff are working through the options to get a big screen on The Strand in time to show the Rugby World Cup semi-finals. The issue was revisited this week because of public demand and was boosted by two bar operators on The Strand offering to pay for the screen hire and associated costs if it was located outside Starbucks where their patrons could see it. Following Monday’s city council decision to look further into it, there has been another meeting with the parties involved and they hope to have a final plan for council approval early next week says Mayor Stuart Crosby. One option is the ‘jazz festival’ scenario, with the bar areas extended to the roadside and the street itself being liquor-free across to the railway fence. There may be more than one screen because of the narrow space on The Strand says Stuart.

“We are looking at options of more than one screen because of the length and narrowness of The Strand. “There’s about three options that we are modelling through at the moment.” A decision on the preferred option was expected Thursday following talks with the hospitality sector. “There’s other things happening as well with security, liquor licensing,” says Stuart. “With the time frame, we will put a draft proposal to councillors by email and then if necessary arrange a special council meeting to endorse it. “We would want to get that sorted by early next week, with the quarter-finals coming up.” At Monday’s meeting, councillors raised concerns about the legal issues. Rugby New Zealand 2011, the company handling RWC promotions, earlier advised council staff it is unable to formally approve or otherwise authorise a big screen on The Strand.

It adds, however, a big screen is unlikely to cause an issue provided screening of Rugby World Cup matches are incidental to other festival activity. It is not to be used as a ‘hook’ to entice the public to attend the festival on The Strand and they would prefer the existence of the big screen not be advertised. The restrictions can be gotten around says chief executive Ken Paterson. While the council is prevented from inviting the community to The Strand to watch Rugby World Cup games live on the big screen, there is nothing preventing it inviting people down town to “watch the rugby”. Wayne Moultrie wants a verbal agreement from TVNZ and Maori Television to be able to use the free to air feed in writing. Councillor Murray Guy voted against working to make it happen. He opposes spending ratepayers money on a party that business ratepayers in Greerton, Papamoa and Mount Maunganui won’t share the benefits of. By Andrew Campbell



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Play for the whole family It might just seem like a fancy playground to most people, but for the families of children with disabilities, the new Kaka Street Special School playground is a lifeline. Associate principal Jo Crean says the special playground is set to become a major community asset when it officially opens on Wednesday. The playground is set over safety matting, incorporating a range of swings, a climbing frame and a wheelchair roundabout – the first of its kind in New Zealand – offering a safe play area for all the family. Jo says families of people with disabilities often go on play activities in turns to ensure everyone can be safely supervised or do not go at all. “Families need a place to come and visit on weekends and on holidays. “The equipment in the playground meets the needs of both kids with disabilities and without. Good challenges, but incredibly inclusive. No isolation for anyone. “Families can come in the weekend and close the gate to relax in the knowledge everyone is safe.” Jo says the school was prompted to improve the playground after a safety audit had highlighted issues two years ago. Strong support from families and

Kaka Street Special School associate principal Jo Crean and Kaka Street Special School intermediate student Nathan Thompson. Photo by Bruce Barnard. “The other boys realised Nathan was senior students – including Nathan Thompcompromised by his physical needs in a son (pictured) and his friends Cameron and Nathaniel – helped in the planning process. playground, but he still wanted to have fun. It was great.” Jo says as part of the students’ involvement She thanked everyone who had helped with they visited playgrounds. the project, including Tauranga City Coun“They learned a lot about each other and cil, TECT, Fulton Hogan, McLeod Cranes, also they learned a lot about the needs of City Care, Round Table and PlaceMakers. others – including Nathan, given his high physical needs. By Hamish Carter

New home for housing project Habitat for Humanity, well-known for building homes for others, is getting a new home itself. The organisation is opening its first ReStore model store in Tauranga on 2nd Avenue this Monday, October 3. The store’s opening is designed to coincide with World Habitat Day. Chairman of Habitat for Humanity Tauranga, Paul Broatch, says the ReStore model has worked for many years in the USA – where donated goods range from small appliances and clothes to be on-sold or even parts to homes, such as doors and windows. The idea is to generate funds to support Habitat’s building programmes, while reducing the amount of used materials that are headed for overflowing landfills. “Habitat is a revolving fund, where money put into build the homes is then given back to the organisation when they are bought and the money goes out into the next project. “The ReStore allows us to take this a step further and generate further income for these projects through donated goods. “Here in New Zealand, ReStores are proving their worth and in most cases, depending on how long they have been operating, are already enabling the Habitat affiliate to increase their capacity to build more homes for needy families.” Habitat will arrange the pick up of most goods when requested. Otherwise donations can be dropped off at the premise on 2nd Avenue. For more details phone the ReStore 07 571 5052 or 027 5103 480. By Laura Weaser



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Expo taking to the water Tauranga Marine Industry Association members Tony Arnold, Tony Hawker, Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby and Brian Kent. Photo by Tracy Hardy

Tauranga’s Boat Expo event organiser Tony Hawker has something to smile about today as the expo is officially launched with exhibitor spots nearly all full already. This year marks the first time the annual expo is taking to the water, with the expo location moving to the Tauranga Harbour along The Strand on November 4-6.

Tony says the new location gives them “access to the water, boat tests and displays far bigger than previous years”. “We have the ability to launch the Sealegs (amphibious marine craft) right into the sea and hold on-water events such as rowing and even bath tub races.” The expo features on and offwater displays, marine seminars and water demonstrations. Tony says exhibitor responses have been positive, with 99 per

cent of exhibitor sites taken. “We have had a great response all around and it has been really successful. “We will offer a wide range of exhibitors, right across the board of water activities and sports.” The expo was launched on Thursday night by the Tauranga Marine Industry Association’s Boating After 5 function, with its official progress report launched today. For more information visit By Laura Weaser

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Apologies to William Shakespeare TV or not TV – that was the vexed question (with apologies to William Shakespeare) facing the full council on Monday. With all kinds of major financial issues facing council/ratepayers, it was a surprising move out of left field to propose that ratepayers fund a big screen TV on The Strand between 15 and 23 October 2011 for the Rugby World Cup. In the report to council, elected members were told by staff that it “would ensure TCC met its obligations under the Host Region Agreement which was signed with Rugby NZ 2011 Ltd” (without council’s knowledge). Cost was estimated at $42,275 for a four day hire of gear, security, traffic management plan, a commissioner to hear special liquor license, and so on. A note on the budget said this was an estimate only and needed confirmation. In an astute political move, Mayor Stuart Crosby allowed bar owners on The Strand to address council and for them to offer some financial assistance ($7500) and other help. This allowed the opportunity “for some information to be brought back to council” and any decision was deferred. It was clear that with Larry Baldock being absent, the original proposal was going to be lost so by deferring it, allowed for a watering down, a softening up and possibly Larry’s return (and vote) when it comes back to council. I conducted my own (unscientific) poll among a wide range of our community over this one, including diehard rugby fans and the result was about 80 per cent against and 20 per cent for. When told of the proposed cost those supporting dropped to below the margin of error. The enthusiasm for the RWC is understandable, however, it is paramount elected members contain their personal excitement, keep cool heads and vote with their heads not their hearts. And of course there is always the opportunity for those enthusiasts to pay for their entertainment themselves.

against the resolution would have meant a 5-5 (Bill Grainger was absent), but this week with Bill back and voting for it, it passed 6-4 – astute political management here. The 14 February 2013 date is the date the Welcome Bay Community Centre has to vacate its leased premises and the intention is that they will take over the church premises. The Welcome Bay Church is the only church on a council reserve and was always intended as a temporary measure.

Saving the surplus

The decision on what to do with the $2.2 million rates surplus from last financial year was also deferred pending the outcome of the three year/Ten Year Plan deliberations. Without predetermination, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that it’s not going to be a pretty picture. With $30 million in development loans being transferred to rates, and leaky homes being just two big ticket items, council/ratepayers are going to need all the wisdom and financial dexterity they can muster and this $2.2 million will provide a small buffer. So for that matter is not spending $42,275 on a big screen TV. It all helps.

Gallery turns it around

At projects and monitoring committee, elected members received annual reports from its various contracted agencies. Tauranga Art Gallery presented an extensive report showing a turnaround to a surplus of $96,690 for a deficit of $194,548 last year. It was disappointing to read in the chairman’s report inter/alia ‘The Tauranga City Council’s refusal to fund inflation increases in our operational grant…’ My recollection is that the art gallery volunteered to forgo three years CPI in response to an across the board plea from council to its agencies for help in the financial crisis ratepayers are facing.

It may also have been worthy for the chairman to acknowledge that ratepayers do continue to contribute $847,400 a year. Gallery director, Penny Jackson, made a good informative presentation saying that the sponsored art gallery bus enabled some 9000 school children to attend the gallery. Insurance costs have nearly doubled and staff is down to 10 full time equivalents.

Paper’s attendance beat up

The Bay of Plenty Times has requested elected member meeting attendance records again, presumably for another beat up. Bad luck though as once again attendance is excellent. As if attending meetings is a measure of worth or contribution. As I’ve noted before, historically a few elected members have made great contributions by being absent. And there is so much more that elected members do than attend meetings. The only abysmal attendance record is that of the Bay Times reporter who has even resorted occasionally to writing reports off agendas and phoning to find out what happened at the meeting. For what it’s worth, here are the statistics. Note that some elected members attend a different number of meetings and that Mayor Stuart Crosby in particular would attend a greater number of unrecorded meetings pursuing civic duties. See table summary of absence below, for full breakdown see this column on www.sunlive. This week’s mindbender from William James – “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

Church acquisition slow


In another deferred decision, council finally decided that the Welcome Bay Baptist Church at Waitaha Reserve lease be extended to 14 February 2013 and negotiations for the purchase of their building be continued. Council’s independent valuation on the building is $61,500 and the church’s on-site independent valuation is $235,000 – so there’s a way to go there. The deferred decision from the previous week’s meeting was strategic to say the least. With Larry Baldock away this week and Bill Grainger just returned, this reversed the voting with Larry voting last week

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Colin Morrison loves the satisfaction of bringing old wood to life with his highly detailed model trucks and diggers. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

From a life of grime and grease, Te Puke small motor mechanic Colin Morrison has traded his wrenches and screwdrivers for band saws and planes. In search of a new hobby to keep him busy during his retirement, Colin set his mind on building large wooden model trucks and diggers five years ago. The models, which measure up to a metre in length, are usually fashioned in his workshop from bought plans, but occasionally he will create models from scratch when he wants a bigger challenge. Colin was given glowing praise for his super-sized wooden models at the recent His and Hers Home and Leisure Expo. “I had so many people commenting on them, it was mindboggling. So many people wanted to buy them, but they aren’t for sale.” In the five years since Colin started he has made more than a dozen models, working on them up to

20 hours a week. After spending most of his working life in the “filthy game” of fixing chainsaws and motor mowers, Colin left to run a picture framing business 15 years ago – a field he loved for the joy he was giving customers by looking after their special memories. Colin says he gets a similar satisfaction making the wooden models. “To start with, it’s just a pile of wood. It’s only when you see the old grain and colour coming out with a good polish that it starts to look amazing and come alive.” He lives by a philosophy of ‘patience plus time is achievement’, and firmly believes if you put your mind to something and back this up with effort, you can succeed. Colin is an advocate of the importance of keeping active in your retirement. “The brain must keep active and the body must keep working in some way. You are never too old to learn.”

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Singing their way to the nationals Swapping basketball practise for music lessons, Tauranga City under 15 basketball players Moana Whare, 13 and Nikita McGruer, 14, are singing their way to the National Tournament in Nelson next month.

been a long time since either of them has performed. Nikita says the last time she sang properly was when she was in intermediate. This is the second time the team

has gone to a national tournament, placing seventh from 16 teams last year. Moana says she is excited about the competition and hopes they can do well when they play on October 17. By Laura Weaser


















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From left: Dancers Lucy-Grace Cullen, Bronte Simpson and Skyla Douglas. Choir singers Sarah Hartwell, Devan Hammond, Chloe Ryan and Catelin Paterson. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Papamoa College is showcasing talented students in the school’s first arts festival. A Night With The Stars is featuring students from dance, drama, art and music in the performance hall, starting on October 4. Musical director Shane Burgess says there is a real mix of performances from students across the years.

“We have a theatre sports group, the school choir and also a hip-hop group which recently came fourth at a Hamilton hip-hop competition and are on the waiting list to go to Australia.” The showcase also features Itinerant Music students, a new course which features special tutors who come into the school and teach different instruments to the students. “This is the first year we have run the

course and we already have a quarter of the school involved,” says Shane. “We have a lot of beginners performing doing the showcase with pianos, electric guitars and more.” Tickets are available from the school office or phone 07 542 0676. Papamoa College would like to thank their generous sponsors, Hawkins Construction, Distinction, Kale Print, Woods Creative and Subway.

Baptists gone from reserve by February 2013 The Welcome Bay Baptist Church is to leave Welcome Bay’s Waitaha reserve by February 2013. The church moved onto the reserve on a ‘temporary basis’ 17 years ago. Growth and the council requirement for an expanded Welcome Bay Community Centre has forced the change. During its tenure, the church

built its own community centre building on the reserve. The council wants a secular community centre operating from the reserve because its information is that some sectors of the community feel uneasy about church operations and even school-based operations. The Welcome Bay Community Centre is currently based in commercial premises in the nearby Welcome Bay Shopping Centre, with more

than $20,000 in annual rent and insurances being paid for by the city council. Its current lease expires in February 2013. The issue dragged on because the council offer of $61,500 for the church-built community centre was rejected by the church – it has a valuation of $235,000 on the building. With $235,000 they can build elsewhere, but not with $61,500. The council offer is based on a relocatable value, the church

valuation is on-site. The negotiations are continuing over the price. Purchasing the building gives the council a ready-made Welcome Bay Community Centre adjacent to the hall to cater to the needs of the expanding Welcome Bay community and the church community centre tenants who currently use it will be permitted to stay on. Read more on www.sunlive. search ‘baptists’. By Andrew Campbell

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Celebrating our sporting achievements Tena tatou katoa. Well, what an amazing sporting week we have just had. The All Blacks overcame the French and the Warriors upset the Storm and made it into the NRL Grand Final for only the second time in their history. This weekend will surely have the nation gripped, whether it’s supporting the Warriors or

the All Blacks – my best wishes and support go to both our teams. There was another sporting event on during the weekend, not quite on such a big scale however. That was the City to Surf 12km run. It attracted a large group of fitness fanatics from Rotorua to come over and participate in. By all accounts, it sounds like it was a great event which I am sure saw many Warriors and All Blacks merchandise on parade. My congratulations go out to all the participants – one day,

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I have been waiting for a discussion on a vision for the overall development of the Bay for a number of years, but the district plan actually states there will be no overall planning until they have sorted out Omokoroa. We seem to have been left in limbo in the Bay, while the new Auckland super council seems to be alive and kicking and ready to involve the whole community. I then read the fine print.

Momentum of the Rugby World Cup It’s with a sense of pride that New Zealanders have adopted the spirit of the Rugby World Cup 2011. Whether our national team wins or not, it has uncovered a great sense of pride in our country and we have opened our provinces, our cities and our homes in both adopting

teams from other countries and making them feel ‘at home’ at our place. Soon it will be over and we will go back to our lives in the cities and towns that make up New Zealand. It is time to be proud of our city. We have every reason to be proud of our city and we can and should develop and promote our city.

Time for prudent aspiration The fallout from the Global Financial Crisis that hit in 2008 continues. You don’t have to be an economist to get the gist that around the world there is financial and economic chaos, turmoil and uncertainty. New Zealand is not immune. As our overseas markets react to inflationary pressures, we can prob-

ably expect our uncertainty, as an export-led economy, to continue for some time. And so the message for us all – and especially those responsible for the raising and expenditure of public monies – is to redouble our responsibilities around financial caution and prudence. If the GFC wasn’t bad enough, we have also had some homegrown issues that have added to the ‘perfect storm conditions’.

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The servings are paltry A recent survey conducted by the NZ Poultry Industry has revealed chicken is the number one choice of meat to be served at the two-leggers’ tables. Funny, it’s mine too. I generally prefer it on the hoof. I do not know if the price of lamb or beef is causing this chicken popularity and I frankly do not care, as any chook is good enough for me and I am not even selective. But I dare say if I come across one of the battery variety, well I guess I will just spit the battery out. With the hunting season well and truly over, I have refocused my radar and hunting skills on ridding just about every road side lay-by of pesky feathered things. As the likes of Canada Geese, Black Swans and indeed

My new little cousin, showing signs of poultry preference at a young age. She’s pictured here, checking the stuffing.

even the dreaded Pukeko are fast becoming a pest. The boss is not overly happy though with my obsession and he has had to put a few restraints on me, namely keeping me on a short leash when other two-leggers are around. He sets me free when the correct time arises. Ah, the freedom to do what I do best. He is desperately trying to teach me to be a little more restrained, but hey, I do what I do. Black birds, chooks, they all have feathers and deserve to be chased, as they say, home on the range and the range is free.

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There is going to be a new kid in town, yep uncle is getting another pup and until I get to meet my new friend I am just continuing going about my daily duties, but things are about to change. As big Diesel taught me all his habits – not all of them good – so will I pass on the family traditions. Except, maybe the ones involving picnic basket-looting and staff lunch inspections. But that was Big D, the un-PC bad boy, who just did what he did. Now I suppose I am going to have to teach the new whelp what has been passed down to me and I do not know if my teaching capabilities are that good, but time will tell I guess. It will be pretty cool having a playmate (not the bunny type, but another canine) and we can wreak havoc around town together. Let the fun begin. Uncle is beside himself with excitement and he is hoping the new addition is going to be as conscientious as Diesel was of ridding the ‘Flora and Fauna’ of the dreaded possums. The truth be known though, is that he only wanted to chew on them and if the new pup is anything like Big D we are all going to be in for some fun times ahead. Cheers all. Look out for pictures of the new pup next week. Take it easy and have a little fun, safely and watch out for low-altitude Orpingtons.

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Kindergarten gets a face lift After 30 years of congestion, bottlenecking and rainy mornings, Maungatapu Kindergarten has undergone a major redevelopment project and is celebrating its official opening. This Friday, September 30 marks the official opening of the new $140,000 entranceway that has changed the flow and function of the kindergarten. Unchanged since 1974, the previous entranceway was described as ‘cluttered, prone to flooding and unwelcoming to visitors and families’. Grants officer Fiona Robinson says the planning began six years ago when she identified the existing entranceway as inadequate – from her own experience when dropping off her son. “It has been a long process and plans changed about three times, but it wasn’t until last year we started getting serious when we had the architects design the new plans and we started applying for grants.” With the assistance from community organisations Pub Charity Inc., First Sover-

eign Trust, BayTrust and TECT, the grants provided half the funds to help the development get underway. Fiona says the kindergarten spent the majority of the six years fundraising, keeping the money in a fund that they tried not to dip into for other minor renovations. “It was amazing, I didn’t think it would ever get done, but when the grants came in it became a reality. “The new entrance is excellent, with a bigger space for the teachers to be in and a new kitchen so the children can bake. “The entrance is now entirely covered so families and the kids don’t get wet when they hang their bags up and the new gate provides extra safety.” The ribbon cutting to celebrate the new entrance to the kindergarten – which provides services for at least 70 children – is being cut by Bay Trust chairwoman Mary Dillon. The new entranceway features a mosaic by the teachers and the children are currently developing a commemorative mosaic plaque to thank the grant organisations.

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Head teacher Anna Beale opens the new gate for grants officer Fiona Robinson and Maungatapu Kindergarten children, from left, Harlem Gardiner-Hano, Katy Robinson, Montana Hine and Karl Brown. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

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Building safer communities across the country last year, more offenders than ever are getting the drug and alcohol rehabilitation they need and more than 400 extra police are on the beat across New Zealand. National promised to build a safer New Zealand by tackling violent crime and addressing the drivers of crime – we’re delivering on this promise. Our work is helping to make communities safer for families.

It was a great pleasure to have my boss Prime Minister John Key in Tauranga last week to speak to a variety of groups and visit a number of businesses. The day after his visit, Transport Minister Steven Joyce was also in Tauranga to announce that the government will proceed with an underpass at Maungatapu. Together with the Tauranga Eastern Link and the Pyes Pa Bypass, this takes this government’s roading investment in our area to more than half a billion dollars. On Friday, I had Minister Hekia Parata in Tauranga as well and she spoke to groups about the importance of women in leadership roles in business and politics and she also addressed a large group from the Tauranga Indian community. In addition to being Minister of Energy and Resources and of Women’s Affairs, Hekia is also Minister of Ethnic Affairs. On a personal note, I’ve had a couple of other things occupying my thoughts and time recently. Firstly, my wife Natalie and I are very excited about her pregnancy. We are expecting a baby around March 23 next year. Thank you very much for your kind wishes during the last wee while. While not in the same category of significance, I also had an elbow operation at Grace Hospital last week so if you see me around town with my arm in a sling you will know why. Grace Hospital is a tremendous asset for our city. We all deserve to feel safe in our homes

and city. We shouldn’t have to worry about walking down to the dairy or taking our kids to the playground. But if a crime is committed, we also deserve a justice system that meets our needs, delivers timely justice and sends a clear message that crime won’t be tolerated. When National came to office, law and order wasn’t good. Violent crime was increasing, gangs were growing in strength, the drug P was rampant and prisons were facing a capacity crisis. National promised to take action on violent crime and we’re delivering on that promise. We’ve passed 18 laws to help make families safer. We’re addressing the drivers of crime, we’ve put more police officers on the frontline, minimising alcohol-related harm and putting victims at the heart of the justice system. We declared a war on drugs with a crackdown on precursors and drug supply chains. Police have new powers to intercept gang communications and dismantle gang fortifications. A new police Assets Recovery Unit is hunting down and seizing the profits of organised crime. This year, more than 24 kilograms of methamphetamine and $40 million of criminal assets have been seized. We’ve made it harder to get bail, introduced tougher sentences for crimes against children and the worst repeat violent criminals can no longer get parole and have to serve their full sentences. National is addressing New Zealand’s binge-drinking culture. Our Alcohol Reform Bill focuses on minimising

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Psa still spreading – Katikati

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Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated has confirmed the kiwifruit vine canker Psa is at a Katikati orchard. The Psa-V positive result is being verified with further test results expected next week. The Katikati discovery comes two weeks after Psa was found on a kiwifruit orchard near Waihi. The Waihi discovery is 70km from the Te Puke priority zone containing the majority of infected orchards. In the meantime, KVH is establishing a new priority zone in Katikati. Details of the priority zone boundaries and updated maps are being prepared and will be available on the KVH website.

Tauranga Art Gallery is reporting a surplus and a visitor number increase of 9000 people in the 2010/2011 financial year. Gallery director Penelope Jackson says the visitor numbers increased from 47,539 in the previous year to 56,000 – and this has helped to achieve a surplus. “It’s a combination of repeat and new (visitors), but at the moment a lot are visitors to the country for the Rugby World Cup. Penelope believes another reason for the gallery’s success is a new website. “We’ve updated our website and it’s more interactive. In the last year we had over 68,000 page views. She says it’s valuable as they have interactive schools with teachers visiting the site. Another measure of success is the programmes on offer around the exhibitions – one of them being the Gallery’s education programme which 9500 children visited in that (2010/2011) financial year.

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New crematorium protests firing

Legacy Funerals neighbours in Pyes Pa are threatening protest action as authorities are not listening to their concerns about the proposed construction of a new crematorium. Legacy Funerals intends to build a new mortuary, crematorium, garaging and extending its administration building on its Pyes Pa property, but neighbours and nearby residents oppose it. Much of the opposition was denied a hearing because the application was a ‘limited notification’, meaning only neighbours would be heard. The main concern of the neighbours and residents is with the smoke from burning bodies. The air discharge is a Bay of Plenty Regional Council issue and the district council has no jurisdiction.

Mount Maunganui College students are adopting a piece of their local beach to ensure protection work of the Omanu sand dunes continues. Fourteen Year 12 students have worked on a 1000sqm block at the east edge of the Omanu surf club car park since May this year – hand weeding and planting natives to help prevent coastal erosion. The students completed 240 hours of community service as part of the school’s Gateway Programme, with a plaque set to be erected next to the sand dunes in recognition of their effort.

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Chips, posing a potential choking risk. People who bought The Independent Brand – Lemon Pepper Fish Fillets in a Golden Crumb with the best before date 26/12/12 are being advised not to consume the product. Consumers can return these products for a full refund from the supermarket they purchased them from.


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The importance of being able to swim Let Liz Van Welie swim school teach you and your family the fundamental skills.

Why should your child learn to swim? Quite simply, if a child cannot swim, their life is at risk. Swimming is one of the fundamental skills children need to develop their brains well and to confidently participate in movement activities as they grow. Learning to swim supports develop-

ment of the vestibular system that is critical to balance in almost all sports. Research also now shows that babies who learn to swim enjoy vital skin-on-skin contact while in water. This releases oxytocin in a baby’s brain, which is the calming hormone. These babies go on to being able to better deal with stress and less likely to develop depression as an adult.


The weather is a bit up and down at the moment. There have been a few settled spells, but the wind has been getting up in the afternoons. When inshore sea conditions are nice and calm, kayakers and plenty of small boats can get out there, taking advantage of the more settled days. Boaties report good numbers of nice sized kahawai that were in small, spread out schools. Snapper and gurnard about the 18m depth mark, anglers doing well with bonito baits. Some great snapper fishing over the deep reefs, 70-80m mark, one report of fish caught between 8-20lbs. The mid range reefs usually known for holding tarakihi were holding some nice snapper last weekend, 30-35m the best depth to find them. The kontiki fishermen report change of light sets the most productive, good numbers of gurnard and snapper. The white baiters report some better catches after the rain and as suggested, the fishing has also been better after the rain and the Northerlies we’ve had recently. This is a favourite time of year for rock fishing for me – spring is a time for change and fish start moving around again. Well known areas like East Cape, Lottin Point, the top of the Coromandel, The Barrier and Motiti Island are all spots I have fished at this time of year and they are well worth a visit. These more isolated areas are known for big snapper. Read more under the ‘marine’ section of By Bruce Weston


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Popular annual boat swap The Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club swap meet has become an annual event of buying, selling and exchanging all those boating treasures. Come and enjoy a morning of selling, swapping, buying and bargain hunting for boats and boating related stuff – also enjoy the sausage sizzle run by some of the club’s younger members. The proceeds from all space letting goes towards the Safety Patrol Boat expenses in keeping the young and developing sailors safe. This club is where young champions are made and recently has produced wonderful Bay champions, North Island champions, world champions and Olympic team members – all who are supported by the club and encouraged. Currently, four of the top sailors are overseas racing in various regattas. Bring your parts and be prepared to buy on October 8, at the car park at the TYPBC in Sulphur Point, 9am-1pm. To register a space phone John today 07 578 9161.

Riding the waves Tim Wood Tauranga windsurfers held their first spring race last weekend, marking the start of the new season. Here are some of the action shots from the Tauranga racers. For more information and photos from this event see Sun Media’s specialist

marine publication, Waterline. Waterline Magazine is the Bay of Plenty’s own boating, fishing, sailing, diving and watersports publication. Waterline Magazine circulates to 28 clubs and boating

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organisations, and is the official news magazine of five major boating clubs. Pick up Waterline from all local marine outlet stores or view online at under publications.


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Keeping the books in check I know I need to keep the books for GST and tax, but is that all an accountant should be doing for me? If you ask an accountant that question the answer will be “no”. There is more to be gained from the numbers you are collecting than just preparing them for your tax obligations. Quite simply, accounting tells you if you are making money. If you create a profit and loss statement each month, you can ascertain your position quickly. If you are losing money, you can make changes in your operations, such as increasing prices or reducing expenses, to correct the situation long before

the year’s end and ensure that your overall year will still be profitable. A Profit and Loss Statement provides a framework to compare your business with other businesses in your field. The financial statements can measure where a component of your business is different to the national average etc. In addition, an accounting system provides a trail so you can ensure everything has been charged out and then determine if it was profitable. Chartered Accountants in public practice have the skills, knowledge and experience to improve your business practices and profits – in areas you might never have considered. Imagine the benefits you could receive from a thorough and

efficient review of gross margins or how your debtor turnover affects your cash flow or how much it is really costing you to support your stock levels. Partnering with a Chartered Accountant gives you the time to focus on delivering your core business products or services, while relaxing in the knowledge that an expert is handling your finances.

Feel the fear and do it anyway Roller coasters can be scary, especially as you get a little older, but they sure are a good lesson in life – without the speed and danger they would be just another train ride.

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Investment markets can be very similar, the ups and downs of markets nowadays publicised daily can sure be frightening. Does this mean we should not participate? Perhaps for those that don’t have the appetite, but without risking anything you may well be sentencing yourself to a life time of mediocrity. Please remember we are talking about calculated risk, not speculation – just as you should think first before jumping onboard a rusty roller coaster with a slightly disconcerting creak – keep your eyes open. With that in mind, I have decided to help raise funds for the Leukemia and Blood Foundation by attempting to play 100 holes of golf at the Wairakei Golf Club on October 7 as part of what they call the Marrowthon – an annual event also held in Christchurch. This will not be easy, but I am looking forward to the challenge. If you would like to donate please visit and search for my name using the ‘Search for a fundraiser’ tab on the right-hand side, then follow the payment instructions. Keep experiencing life like today is your last day, because as we all know, despite all the promises to the contrary tomorrow never quite arrives. The article is based on personal opinion and may not be representative of the views of Goldridge Ltd. Josh Hoskin is an authorised financial adviser with Goldridge Wealth Management. A copy of his Disclosure Statement is available free on request. This article is not personalised advice under the Financial Advisers Act 2008. Readers should not act on any suggestions in this column without taking professional advice that takes into account their current circumstances and appetite for risk.


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Technician engineers in demand Studying engineering doesn’t always mean students are bound for University education. The Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is now offering comprehensive, IPENZ recognised New Zealand diplomas in engineering. The Polytechnic offers two New Zealand Diplomas in Engineering Level 6 – Mechanical and Electrical, both diplomas can be completed full time in two years or part time options are available as well. The Diplomas can be used as either a pathway to further University study or as a route to a career at a technician level.

Engineering students calculating energy balance on a steam plant.

“It is quite a generic programme covering a variety of subjects over two days a week, eight hours each day so it is quite full on,” says tutor Graydon Cooper. “We cover a range of topics from strength and material, fluid and dynamics, management and computer and design.” This is not a new programme, but the subject matter and layout has changed. Polytechnics around the country are now offering the same programme, with the same exam meaning students holding this diploma can walk into careers all around the country and eventually overseas as well. “The country is calling out for technician level engineers,” says Graydon. “There is a big shortage of them and that is why IPENZ did a review and saw there was a fall in this career. “IPENZ knew exactly what they want, so this diploma is put together with input from the industry.” With experienced tutors – including Graydon who has taught at Polytechnics in the UK – and small class numbers, students are able to work closely to build on their study and make the most of their studying experience. For more details about these programmes contact Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s information centre or visit By Laura Weaser

Welcome boost for start-up businesses

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Tauranga Chamber of Commerce chief executive Max Mason says the programme was prompted by an increase in new businesses being setup. Max says a few hours of advice prior to setting up a business can make the difference between success and failure. He says the start-up programme, which begins on Monday with a three-hour workshop, provides a more comprehensive preparation than the seminar-based training currently offered. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy and hundreds start up every year,” says Max. “It is this entrepreneurial spirit that drives the creation of jobs and wealth in our community and we need to support them to the hilt.” Chamber regional business advisor Paul Rowell says he regularly works with new businesses that suffered from poor preparation. Paul says less secure employment in the current economy is prompting more to consider selfemployment, but he stresses it is critical to thoroughly think the decision through and consider if self-employment suits you. “In this market, a lot of people are running the businesses for the wrong reason – and that’s only going to soak up capital,” says Paul.

He says it is vital they also think about why they want to start the business and undertake comprehensive planning, saying poor preparation led to wasted resources and delayed results. “People in business universally undervalue the importance of planning, but in a new business that has got to be critical.” Antonio Gavin expects to learn a lot from the programme to help him set up a Spanish language school. “On the surface it (setting up business) seems really easy, but I’m sure there is a lot to learn.” For programme details phone organiser Richie Wellsbury 07 577 9823 or email


The high failure rate of new businesses is coming under attack with a new Tauranga training programme.

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Supporting in pink Take time out from supporting black this October and go pink in support of Breast Cancer. Events throughout the months of October and November – arranged around the Rugby World Cup 2011 final – are being held by Tauranga Breast Cancer Support for both those who have been affected by breast cancer and those who want to support the cause. This Saturday night, a fashion show marks the official launch of the support month on October 1. The fashion show will showcase local designers and retailers and will

also debut the winner of the Breast ramic views of Mount Maunganui Cancer T-shirt design competition – and lets hope spring daffodils are in Courtney Matthews from Tauranga bloom. Girls’ College. There is also the Medex/Sew Hot On Tuesday, October 4, French Monogram Golf Tournament on Country House is opening its doors October 4, 5 and 8 at Mount Golf for a ladies morning tea. Club. There are major raffles and Hosts Siobhan FitzGerald and big prizes from Sew Hot MonoChloe Wright are putting on a spegram. cial morning tea, with a tour of the The message this month is to kitchen. Chloe has previously been remember it is not just the individfeatured in New Zealand Home and ual who is affected by breast cancer Garden for her magnificent home – it is also the ‘team’ of family and and will provide a generous hostess friends. opening her doors. For more information or to register Siobhan will be whipping up a phone the Tauranga Breast Cancer special treat, including her gourmet Support Centre 07 571 3346. lavender scones. The house features beautiful pano- Right: Courtney Matthews’ winning design.


Fun and fitness on water Women are being offered a chance to lift their spirit and boost their fitness by taking part in a fun-day of activity in the ‘Wahines on the Water’ event on October 15. The event has been organised as part of Live to Play and Breast Cancer Awareness month to encourage more women to get active on the water for general health benefits or rehabilitation, as well as building water confidence. Stand-up paddle enthusiast Hiria Rolleston, who has organised the event, says everyone taking part in the three-hour introductory session will be put into groups and run through stand-up paddle and waka ama skills along with some land activities. Hiria runs stand-up school East Coast Paddler with her husband Seaton. She says the three-hour session will help build participants’ water confidence and introduce them to

Stand-up paddler Hiria Rolleston has organized the ‘Wahines on Water’ event to introduce more women to the activity.

the activities. “It’s all about getting more women out on the water and building up their confidence – which is really important because they are role models for their children.” She says stand-up paddling is an ideal work-out for all women – having taught people ranging in age from six to 70 years – with its gentle nature making it a good exercise for those recovering from illness. “It’s a great holistic activity. It works out your whole body, not just your core. It is also great for you mentally – it’s so relaxing when you are out there.” To take part meet at Hoe Aroha waka ama club, corner of Pacific Ave and the Mall, Mount Maunganui on Saturday, October 15 by 11am. Cost $10. Places are limited and registrations essential. Phone 021 8865512 or email

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A head and shoulders above the rest eration Status’ and has been awarded the highest standard achievable for moderation – one which has only been awarded to seven hairdressing providers in New Zealand. In addition to having a proud history of winning regional and national awards, the Polytechnic has also recently received very high honours at the Bay of Plenty Regional Hair Design Awards. One of their students was named Bay of Plenty Pre-Apprentice Champion,

BOP Polytechnic hair dressing students Hare Aitken, Kate Burt, Staci Pollard, Vanessa Oliver and Hannah Thompson. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Learn hairdressing from the Bay’s multi-award winning training provider, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and build the skills needed to launch a successful career. The Polytechnic offers two 17-week programmes tailored to suit those who want to kick start their hairdressing careers. The Certificate in Introductory Hairdressing offers foundation

level skills for those new to the industry. These include conditioning and shampoo treatments, long hair work, blow drying and hairdressing theory. The Certificate in Hair Design builds on those skills learnt in the introductory programme, teaching students basic cutting techniques, long and short hair styling, foils and other colouring techniques, as well as the opportunity to enter regional and national hairdressing competitions.

After 34 weeks, students graduate with a National Certificate in Hairdressing – which boosts students directly into year two of an apprenticeship. The Polytechnic offers students the chance to work in a real salon – Atrium hair salon – based at the Windermere campus, which is open throughout the year to the public. The Polytechnic carries the Hairdressing Industry Training Organisations ‘Best Practice Mod-

while others were awarded first and fourth in the Avant Garde section, as well first, second and third in the preapprentice day style. Hairdressing tutor Lynette Joseph was awarded second place at the Editorial Hairdresser of the Year (Bay of Plenty) and student Sarah Steedman was awarded fourth place. For more information about the Polytechnic’s hairdressing programmes, phone the information centre 0800 BOP POLY or visit


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Stress: The hidden risk factor During the last month or so I have been invited to speak to groups about stress and its effect on our hearts.


for people with heart disease risk factors

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There has been an increase in awareness about stress and about the need to maintain that often elusive concept of ‘work-life balance’. Stress is a definite risk factor in the development of heart disease. In fact, stress is a risk factor in the development of many disease processes that occur in our bodies. The problem with stress is that it is difficult to measure. Stress is not a factor like blood pressure or cholesterol where we can measure something, attach a number to it and then tell you if your number is appropriate. Stress is also not something that you, as the person experiencing it, can accurately gauge either. Most people I meet don’t feel stressed because stress is normal, it is how they live their life. Even if you thrive on stress – it motivates you and helps you to achieve your goals –physiologically it is still a stress on your system and can cause negative changes in your body. We as human beings are good at using stress to our advantage, but

we are not good at de-stressing. The more stress in your life, the more important de-stressing activities are for you. It’s not a case of “I don’t have time for relaxation” it’s more a case of if you do not relax, the stress in your life well may force a down regulation upon you. For example, a heart attack will certainly cause a down regulation in the way you lead your life. Stress can often manifest as an increase in blood pressure – especially when you are exercising. I often find people who seem fit and healthy often have an altered blood pressure response to exercise as a result of stress. If you have high blood pressure and that high blood pressure is caused by stress you can be medicated so that your blood pressure is forced lower by a pharmacological agent. But, if you do not manage your stress better, the negative physiological alterations are almost inevitable. So what is the solution? We cannot remove stress from our lives entirely. We cannot prevent periods of high stress associated with, for example, relationship conflicts, deaths of family or friends and raising children, but we can manage it better. We can ensure that

we do something every week that we love. Something that is totally relaxing and enjoyable. Whatever activity works for you as a de-stress, it has to be something that gets you out of your usual routine and especially gets you out of thinking about all the things that you associate with stress. Yoga and tai chi are fantastic options as they are slow and force you to concentrate on the task at hand, as opposed to what is usually in your head. Empty your head of some of the stuff flying around in there by keeping a notepad. Your thoughts are better on a piece of paper than moving at a million miles an hour in your head. Once you have ‘downloaded’ those thoughts onto your notepad, go for a walk around the Mount, stroll along the sand with your better half, curl up for a half hour with a good magazine, potter around your garden – open your eyes and see the world, smell the roses, breathe, be calm and relax.

Living beyond family violence What began as an annoying course she was obligated to attend to keep a welfare benefit became the start of Jude SimpsonHalberg’s new life 12 years ago. Now a family violence prevention advocate for Presbyterian Support Northern, Jude recalls how genuine interest and praise from the course leader prompted her to gradually open up. She will talk about her experience and what people can do to support victims of family violence at a public talk on October 3. Jude had closed herself in her negative world – trapped by a lack of

Family violence victim Jude Simpson-Halberg will share her inspiring story of changing her life and her advice on how people can help in a talk on October 3. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

self-belief that began with abuse from her step-mother as a nine-year-old before both her parents were killed. “I was 16-years-old and all alone in the world and just got involved with gangs, drugs and alcohol,” says Jude. “I was abused on every level and just became this sad, broken woman. “I wasn’t a very nice person. “I blamed everyone else for what had happened to me,” Jude says of the woman she was at the time. She is now a living example that change is possible after growing trust in her course tutor who challenged her to let go of her dark past. “She saw this darkness, this ugliness, but chose to look past it and acknowledge the good things she saw in me. “What changed me was having someone who absolutely believed in me” She says dealing with family violence is a community responsibility and urges everyone who sees or hears anything to reach out to the victim or make an anonymous call for help. Jude is talking about her experience and sharing her advice at a free meeting organised by Zonta Club at St Mary’s Church (Girven Road, Bayfair) on October 3 from 7pm. Hear full interview with Jude on By Hamish Carter


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Living the natural lifestyle From his birth as a premature baby, health researcher and mentor Jason Bennett’s life has been plagued by stories of illness, bad health and struggling on multiple forms of medication. Now, into his 40s, Jason has redeveloped his lifestyle and diet the natural way through research and is sharing his advice with Kiwi’s across the country. Jason’s incredibly personal journey has lead to a roadshow which is touring around the country and visiting Tauranga on October 11. Jason’s work discusses ways to live naturally, with a focus on the “awful state of Kiwi health”. “Almost all of the diseases that are killing us and debilitating us are lifestyle-related and not genetic,” says Jason. “This means it can be changed and I talk about how to do this.” Jason is not shy about his previous unhealthy lifestyle and lays himself bare on his website and at his seminars. He feels lucky to be sharing his story and has had more and more people approach him with similar tales. “I have had so many people who have had stunning results in turning their health around – from heart disease reversing and being able to give up all the medications, to asthma virtually disappearing and of course so much success with weight loss that some people ask, how do I put some weight back on. “It seems that as we are sick as a nation, with many

people now actively engaged in looking at what they can do away from the standard drug treatments. I take people back to daily routines, getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising regularly and avoiding the poison foods that modern society is so littered with.” Jason advocates that a natural way of life doesn’t have to cost more as some people imagine and in the long run it saves money. “When you are healthy and well you barely visit the doctor, you do not buy drugs or medications, you do not get sick and can work more and you eat less on a high-fibre, plantbased, whole food diet. “Eating a good healthy breakfast like soaked muesli gives you more energy and fills you up till 1pm each day (saving you money on snacks).” The Hardy’s Roadshow featuring Jason Bennett is on at Hardy’s Health Store in Fashion Island, starting at 7pm on October 11. By Laura Weaser


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Good health takes time Painkillers have a lot to answer for. The ability to get fast pain relief has to some degree caused an expectation that health problems can be resolved rapidly. The reality is that while pain may respond quickly to medication, most chronic health problems need time. Years ago, I used to suffer from painful night cramps. Not a big deal, but it is not nice to be woken with your calf muscle cramping in the middle of a pleasant dream. It took more than six months of antioxidant and mineral therapy to completely stop this cramping. It takes time for blood vessels to regain their elasticity to allow effective blood flow to the individual muscle fibres that make up ones calf muscle. It has been said that people overestimate what can be achieved in the short term, but underestimate what can be achieved in the long term. When I give people advice on

micro-nutritional therapy I always reinforce the importance of time. My comment is to consider any short term benefit as a bonus. What I am looking for are slow changes, building over months and years. My preference is to work in three month time blocks with a monthly review. This is especially true when working with people who have had long term health problems. We need to understand the differences between symptom relief from medication and the slow restoration from your own healing processes. As an example, let’s say someone has a joint affected by inflammation. The standard medical therapy would be a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as diclofenac. These work by chemically blocking enzymes that are responsible for creating inflammatory prostaglandins (PG2). These cause the redness, swelling, heat and pain associated with inflammation. The body also has specialised immune system processes that can switch off these same enzymes. If given the right nutrients, your body

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can not only turn off these enzymes, it can create anti-inflammatory prostaglandins (PG3) that positively shut down inflammation. These PG3s are the reverse of PG2s. They turn down inflammation by restoring normal blood supply and other anti-inflammatory actions. Anti-inflammatory medications used properly are of course very useful, but it makes no sense to rely on these without also activating your body’s potent anti-inflammatory systems. If you have health problems you should of course get medical advice, but do not ignore the twin benefits of time and maximising your body’s healing processes. John Arts is the founder of Abundant Health. If you have questions contact John phone 0800 423 559 or visit www. Read more from John at

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Burgers – an easy meat-free dinner Burgers and rissoles are a mainstay of my vegetarian cooking, as they are so versatile. They can be a great replacement for meat on a dinner plate as they work well with the proverbial ‘three veg’ and don’t look too different to a regular meal. On casual days they can be slapped between soft fresh buns with salad for great burgers. One of my family favourites is a leek, cheddar and sage rissole, which is also proving popular at the cafe. If you are looking for a non-dairy rissole, beans and chickpeas are a great base while providing a good protein source. The recipe below can use black beans or kidney beans and looks a lot like regular mince in colour. If you don’t have pesto, substitute two good tablespoons of mixed herbs or a chilli paste for a spicy version.

Chickpea & black bean rissoles 1 can chickpeas 1 can black beans 1 cup breadcrumbs plus 3/4 cup extra 2 tbsp tomato paste 2-3 tbsp pesto 1 egg 1 tbsp soy sauce 1/2 cup flour

1 onion, finely diced 1 clove garlic, crushed Preheat oven to 180 degrees and spray a baking tray with oil. In a frypan on medium heat, cook onion and garlic till soft. Put all ingredients in a food processor and whiz till smooth. Take large spoonfuls, dip in extra breadcrumbs and flatten slightly. Bake 20 minutes or so, until they feel cooked and are slightly browned and crunchy on the outside.

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Madeline Thompson and Milly Hillbrook with scarecrow, ‘Mrs Vege’, who is vying to be voted top scarecrow at Tauranga Farmers’ Market from a field of 17 entries. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Scarecrows have joined the election campaign trail at Tauranga Farmers’ Market as they lobby to be voted ‘the best’.

The scarecrows have been created by students at Tauranga and Gate Pa primary schools in a competition to promote the market’s involvement in the nationwide Grassroots Cooking Tour. Market customers have their last chance to vote for their favourite scarecrow this Saturday, October 1, in what market manager Trixie Allen says looks set to become a fun annual event. The scarecrows have been created to relate to a market stallholder. “The response from the public has been amazing and because the stallholders had to adopt their scarecrow, some of them have taken it on as quite a competition to make sure their scarecrow wins,” says Trixie. Tauranga Primary School teacher Julia Peters says entries from the school included ‘Granny Smith’, complete with appliqued apples on her jumper and a bottle of apple juice; a salami man wearing a necklace of sliced salami and a scarecrow of Dan Carter for the pizza maker that says “DC loves pizza”. “I’ve got a few of my own favourites, but of course I have to be impartial,” says Julia. The winning three scarecrows will be displayed at the Grassroots Cooking Tour demonstration at the farmers’ market on October 8, with the winning entries’ classrooms receiving a $50 prize each. Award-winning Mount Maunganui chef Stephen

Barry will put on cooking demonstrations for the Grassroots Cooking Tour, using regional foods. The demonstrations are every 30 minutes from 9am till noon.

Trixie hopes more schools get involved in the scarecrow competition next year. She will finalise plans soon so schools can calendar the event in By Hamish Carter their programme.


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Savoury strudel a perfect starter Baked kumara & brie strudel Ingredients 2 scrubbed medium kumara 2 cups orange juice 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 180g wedge of brie, cut into four portions 1/2 packet of filo pastry 1/4 cup melted butter

Strudel is usually associated with apples, the oldest Austrian recipe is dated 1696. The pastry is thin and elastic – in fact an Austrian Emperor’s perfectionist chef decreed it should be thin enough to read a love letter through it. The traditional pastry is laid out on a tea towel, the filling placed on it, then rolled up with the aid of the towel. These days you find strudel made with puff pastry and increasingly there is more use of the versatile filo pastry. There are different recipes for savoury strudel containing everything from spinach, pumpkin and meat fillings. For this weeks recipe though, I am going to share one of my favourite vegetarian strudels which can be made up in advance and baked at the last minute. Baking kumara chunks off in orange juice and matching them with ripe brie encased in filo provides a memorable light meal or starter that will tempt even the most jaded palate.

Method Place the sections of brie in the freezer to firm up. Cut the scrubbed kumara into large chips, roast with one cup of the orange juice and the oil, season with salt and pepper for about 15 to 20 minutes on 200 degrees. The orange juice will caramelise and add flavour to the kumara. Set aside to cool. Prepare the strudels by buttering each filo sheet, I generally use 4-5 sheets per strudel. Add a couple of baked kumara chips on the prepared filo sheets then the brie, then sandwich with another couple of kumara chips. Roll the whole thing up, folding in the side of the sheets to make a neat parcel. Repeat the process until you have used all the remaining kumara and brie, butter the top and cover with a tea towel in fridge until required. Bake in a hot oven 220-250 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. If too long, all the brie will melt so be warned. Serve with a simple salad. I use micro greens and a few grapes. Accompany with a thickened orange juice sauce or even a cranberry sauce, walnuts also compliment this strudel as does a glass of Chardonnay. Enjoy. Makes 4 individual serves

Focussing on own faults If we had no faults, we would not take so much pleasure in noting those of others. - Francoise de La Rochfoucauld It is interesting that human nature is such that seeing the faults of others can take our minds and eyes off our own faults, especially if we think theirs are more extreme than ours. The idea that others are much worse than us can sometimes be an excuse not to address our own faults. This is unfortunate as it is only our faults that cause us real distress.

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Falling, but not pushing his medic alarm not push his alarm or looking at some of these other options – or he moves in with you or another family member or friend – it is

My father is a proud man who lives alone, but who has been having some falls lately. Q. He does have a medic alarm, but refuses to push it when he falls. We only pop in on him every 2-3 days and although he has friends regularly popping in on him too, I am worried about the fact that he could be lying on the floor for a long period and no one knows. Do you have any thoughts on what we might do? This is a very hard one. I take it neither you nor your father would consider a rest home? If he is not going to push his alarm and it is becoming an ongoing concern, you may have to look at this as an option. Is he getting enough Vitamin D is also another thing to consider. A lack of vitamin D has been linked to falls – staying inside out of the sun means very little vitamin being received, though this is a cheap thing to purchase from a pharmacy or health shop. Some private companies do a ‘Falls Prevention Programme’

very hard for me to give advice. I am sorry in this instance. It is something you will have to talk through with your father and

come to an understanding over. I wish you well. By Debra Jager from the Home Instead Senior Care

which may be of some assistance. Try Restart Rehab or The Synergy Wellness Centre to find out more about these programmes. Friends and the services of a company like Home Instead Senior Care can be of some assistance, whether it is to call in at certain times of the day or to be there all day. Home Instead Senior Care can certainly have a caregiver stay there during the day or for 24 hours, but I get the feeling that your father is mostly capable of looking after himself and this is not an option. While a mix of friends and a company like ours can be of some assistance, it does not cover the short fall when no one is around and he falls. Short of explaining he will have to go into a rest home if he does

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More than cheese and clocks Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council is sharing all things Swiss next week with their next instalment of the Living in Harmony evenings. As well as singing groups and information about Switzerland, there is a short film centred on parade culture. TRMC president Ewa Fenn says parade culture is big in Switzerland – where an event is held and different community groups organise a parade to get the whole community together. One particular parade, the Carnival of Basel, is the largest carnival in Switzerland, taking place annually between February and March. Participations wear large, exaggerated masks called ‘larve’, where the participants remain incognito throughout the festival. The Living in Harmony night is held on October 5 at the Historic Village from 7pm. Please bring a plate of food to share. Betty Geiser with her ‘larve’. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

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The programmes are run by members, for members – drawing on each other’s knowledge and skill and hosted in the homes of participants. The organisation is open to all, irrespective of age. Although the majority of members are retired – with more than 600 members and 70-plus groups. There are currently vacancies in the foreign language group. French One is an enthusiastic beginners group, with French Two for those who have some basic French skills already. French conversation is for those who wish to revive the French they learned in past years. Some prior knowledge of German is required for the German language group, as the focus is on developing an ability to both read and write German. German conversation is for beginners to learn the basics. The Latin speakers are a happy bunch of people who are quite serious about the language. They enjoy its history and the innumerable influence on us all of those famous Latin speakers, the ancient Romans. For those interested in joining U3A Tauranga or wish for more information, phone 07 5434969 or 07 5716767 or visit


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Building community in the classroom University of Waikato student Vicky Taplin received an Adult Learner Award for her tireless study. Photo by Bruce Barnard.

Community and family are the heart of Vicky Taplin’s world, so when the grandmother decided to return to tertiary study, choosing Tauranga’s new Bachelor of Social Work as her subject was easy. Despite earlier completing part of an accountancy degree – her lack of interest in the subject had seen her plans shelved, but

Vicky leapt at the chance to take a subject that inspired her when she found out the degree was starting in Tauranga in 2009. Her efforts were recognised last week with a University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor’s Adult Learner Award. Vicky describes the award as an honour, but modestly says many other adult students were just as deserving. She says it was a huge surprise to be nominated by her lecturer for her high work ethic, excellent academic results and for mentoring other students.

A helping hand on wheels A passenger service combined with a helping hand is making life easier for elderly and people with disabilities. The Around and About passenger and support service is aimed at those needing a taxi ride with extra support – such as those needing help from their house, into their destination, support at medical appointments or help with shopping. After years of working in elderly and disabled care, Gaylene Henderson knew there was a definite need for a type of passenger service that

offers extra support. “The response has been really positive with lots of feedback that this sort of service is needed, with its one-on-one support,” says Gaylene. She says it is like having a surrogate family, with drivers providing the extra support that busy families are sometimes unable to offer elderly parents. “Bringing the shopping in and helping put it away, helping with mobility aids or sitting with them at doctors appointments – there are all sorts of things our qualified drivers and carers can do.” By Hamish Carter

Vicky, who commutes from Whangamata to the Tauranga classes, has long been involved in community work with families and youth in her area. “I just see that there is a huge need in the community for support.” Vicky urges other mature students to pursue study opportunities – saying the older we are, the more important it becomes to put energy into something personally meaningful. “This was certainly the case for me. The degree complemented my voluntary work

and ethos of building strong families and communities.” Despite a busy home life juggling support for children and grandchildren and bookwork for her husband’s joinery business, Vicky says she has found the course inspirational and has “thoroughly enjoyed” fitting the study into daily life. “As a mature student I’m passionate about encouraging others to make the most of the opportunity to study and become equipped to make a difference in By Hamish Carter their own lives.”


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Knitting for Africa Keen knitters at St Paul’s Church Papamoa are finishing off piles of clothes and blankets to send to members of a sister church in South Africa. Church Friendship Group organiser Margaret Forsythe says more than 20 women in the group have been working hard to finish their knitting before their Reverend, Dr Jaco Reyneke, leaves on Wednesday, October 5 for a conference in South Africa. Margaret says it is the second shipment of knitted gear, after a batch of jerseys, cardigans, beanies, baby

booties and blankets were sent last year, where temperatures sometime falls to minus six degrees. “It’s been well received – so we have been doing more knitting when we meet every Thursday morning.” Margaret says the friendship group began knitting for the needy in PotchefstroomTlokwe after the community’s South African minister Reverend Dr Wilhelm van Deventer preached at the Papamoa parish two years ago. Reverend van Deventer has told the group how members of his struggling community appreciate the support, with blankets going to the likes of a woman who had all her belongings stolen when her shack was burgled. Items which Reverend Reyneke is unable to take next week, he will take in December when he returns for a family holiday. He estimated 50 items had been knitted this year, more than Beanies and booties for Africa: St Pauls Church Papamoa Friendship Group members double the garments sent last year. with knitting for South Africa, from left; Margaret De Langen, Margaret Forsythe, Elma Kelland, Rev Dr Jaco Reyneke, Marj Broxholme and Barbara Scott. Photo by Bruce Barnard. By Hamish Carter

Looking after the elderly There are a number of cases surfacing where The friendship continued and the elderly people have been taken advantage of. lady appointed the agent as her Power In a recent case, an elderly lady who lived alone was befriended by the real estate agent who had arranged the sale of her house.

of Attorney. He then proceeded to help himself to her money to support his struggling business, no doubt with the best of intentions to pay it back. The inevitable happened; the business failed and she lost her money. In another recent case, Hastings Police are appealing for public help to track down a man who they say befriends elderly people and later bullies and steals from them. Police say the man is particularly cunning in the way he targets people who he believed would not make a fuss or a complaint. In Christchurch, police are seeking information about the activities of a door-to-door window cleaner who may be praying on elderly and vulnerable residents for money. The man apparently visits elderly people claiming they owe him money for having their windows cleaned when no work has been done. These sorts of situation are more

common than many people realise. Not only can elderly people be taken advantage of financially, but they can also be subject to physical and mental abuse. Elderly people often do not have others they can turn to for support and assistance and if they do, are too embarrassed to admit they have a problem. It is over to other people in the community who come into contact with elderly people to keep their eyes open for things that do not seem quite right. Those suspicions can then be discussed with the elderly person’s friends, family or careers. If that is not appropriate, then contact can be made with Age Concern Tauranga who will check and attempt to resolve issues where elderly people are not being treated properly or fairly. To contact Age Concern phone 07 578 2631.

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NZ First return Contrary to some opinion, you may start noticing that New Zealand First have not vanished into the wilderness. However, on good authority, a recent Auckland poll that registered 36% of voters wanting to see them back in parliament, has not been given much media mileage. Again, remember which paper you read this in first. R. McGuinness, Tauranga.

Decriminalise everything So Mr Brash wants to decriminalise weed because the law isn’t working. How insightful. Ok so the law not working but that I guess he means in spite of the law people are smoking weed. Ok Brashy what about Murder, rape, theft, drunk driving, speeding, violent assault etc etc the

law is not working here either so should we decriminalise all the above and more offences . Come on Brashy, get your feet on the ground. Be aware voters, this man wants to make it Ok for a tinny house to be right next door to you without recourse. Alastair Bourne, Bethlehem.

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Big screen criticism Councillors informally decided not to look at a big TV screen on The Strand to view the Rugby World Cup games at a substantial cost to TCC ratepayers. The correct decision by the cashstrapped TCC. Now some Councillors egged on by Priority One and Chamber of Commerce initiatives, are revisiting ratepayers funding a big TV screen for RWC, latching onto surplus funds in the Events account. They should be aware: • Surplus Event moneys are TCC ratepayers’ funds. • On a media poll, 80% voting said it should not be ratepayer funded, only 20% said it should. • Non-liquor zone and the screen will not be properly viewable from the Strand itself. The larger the screen, the worse the picture definition. • Security is an issue. Families with kids will not be at the

alcohol-fuelled Strand destination late at night to watch any big TV screen. Many Sporting Clubs, R.S.A’s and Bars already have large TV screens. Bad weather is an issue and if it is raining then viewing outside at night will not be a goer. It seems RWC consent is not available to screen live RWC games so that is the end of it. Shouldn’t TCC have made that enquiry first, instead of wasting time and money on investigations? The critics are correct, it is a no-brainer for 8 days (15-23 October) to cover only the semi-finals and finals (3 games) at a cost of $42,275! What if the All Blacks don’t make the semi-finals or final? R Paterson, Matapihi.

Mayor’s view on RWC involvement Mayor Stuart Crosby responds to last week’s letter from Mr Joyce, criticising Tauranga’s apparent lack of involvement in RWC: Thank you Mr Joyce for your comments. This is definitely one of those ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t’ scenarios. There are plenty of people who would have liked to have seen the Council spend more money than we have ($100,000) on supporting World Cup activities and plenty who would be

very angry if we had “wasted ratepayers’ money” on something that is not core business. A wide range of views was also evident around the Council table when the proposals came forward for funding. Tauranga submitted a joint bid with Rotorua and Whakatane. There were more places willing to host than there were games available for hosting. Tauranga did engage but we were unsuccessful at getting a game. It was a decision of RWC2011. Your feedback is appreciated. Mayor Stuart Crosby.

Give ratepayers say on pool spend About the hot pools I think the chairman Warren Banks of TCAL has got his numbers the wrong way round, that it was 20 people for the 10 million of rate payers money to be spent on the pools not the other way round. Most of the 20 did not pay rates and if he and the Mayor Council think they are right, why not put a voting paper in the next rate bill and all ratepayers could have their say. They should not spend any more until the people have spoken, as for the cost of $1million, did they not a few months ago tell us that the Mount hot pools were the only pool that made

money, not like Bay Wave that cost us $2 million per year. If it the hot pool had some money spent on maintenance, it could have saved having months of shut down and loss of revenue. Cr Moultrie that TCAL should have had a lawyer lead its application at the resource consent hearing, paid for by us ratepayers does this mean that any one else will be able to have a lawyer paid for by the ratepayers if they do not agree with what the Council wants to do? Or is he offering his service free to the council, or is he touting for work? E.K.Mills, Tauranga.

Tauranga probably fourth largest Unfortunately the present Government seem to have no interest in completing the 2011 Census which had to be cancelled following the Christchurch earthquakes. Had that census been completed, we may by now know that your two recent correspondents, who describe Tauranga as the fifth biggest city in New Zealand, may well be wrong. I suspect that the population of Tauranga now exceeds not only that of Dunedin, but also that of Hamilton.

That would make us the fourth largest city. However the vested interests of this country seem to not want to know the truth about our population. That is why we had no RWC games in Tauranga, despite having a fairly new stadium, and a large population who would have liked to see a local match. (Or should we stay quiet, lest we become destined to become a Super City?) Nick Bagnall, Omokoroa.

Passive poisoning downwind of crops Twenty years ago we were not awake to passive smoking and you could smoke inside the Tauranga hospital. Twenty years ago you could dump anything anywhere especially into our rivers and waterways with no regard for the harm it caused to future generations. Now we are all aware of the poisons we passively inhale when down wind of a durries and the days of the durries are numbered.

The same applies to passive poisonous spray drift that affects us all who are down wind. Yes there has been a significant step toward best practice in the application of these agri chemicals but the question still remains the same as it did for smoking. What will we know in 20 years time that we should be awake to now? T. Kapai, Te Puna.


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Forest & Bird’s view on mangrove mulch Dr Corbett raises some excellent points in his letter to the editor last Friday, with regard to Forest and Bird’s involvement in mangrove removal in the Tauranga harbour. In 2009 Forest and Bird opposed the Regional Council’s application to remove mangroves in the harbour using a mulching machine. Amongst other matters we believed that money spent on mangrove removal would be better spent on addressing the causes of increased mangrove distribution, i.e. sedimentation and nutrification of the harbour. In December 2010 we raised concerns that the mulched mangrove left behind was not dissipating and was smothering seabed fauna. In addition the mulched areas were not recovering as anticipated and nutrients trapped in the substrate below the mangroves may be escaping to the harbour. We suggested that the council take a precautionary approach and trial alternative removal methods on a small scale combined with comprehensive monitoring. The council chose to trial some alternative methods of mangrove removal while concurrently removing more mangroves using the mulching machine. The alternative removal methods were not adopted by the council. We continue to monitor the effects of mangrove removal in Tauranga harbour including the recent monitoring results undertaken by the council and proposals

to spend significant amounts of money on mangrove stump areas and seedling removal within the mulched areas and other areas of the harbour. We also maintain our dialogue with the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere who are undertaking a comprehensive research study of mangrove removal within the Tauranga harbour as part of a 6 year Foundation for Research, Science and Technology funded research project. Forest and Bird are focusing on solutions to sedimentation and nutrification of the harbour as part of its Kaimai Mamaku Campaign and are positively engaging with the Manaaki Taha Moana research project and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Waikato Regional Council and DOC Kaimai Catchments Project. Forest and Bird successfully opposed a proposal to remove all mangroves within the Mangawhai harbour in Northland recently and have submitted a submission in opposition to the proposed removal of mangroves in Whangamata harbour. Al Fleming, Forest & Bird Central North Island Field Officer.

flushing, combined to create a stinking, airless quagmire, killing all the life that previously lived around the mangrove roots. This devastation has persisted in the large areas cleared over a year ago and was quite obvious last year in the Waikareao estuary when Forest and Bird showed it to councillors and staff. Despite verbal assurances that the results of the clearance were unacceptable, little has changed and the carnage continued. Welcome Bay residents can look forward to a continuing vista of desolation, a mute reproach to environmental vandalism. Ann Graeme Member, Tauranga Forest and Bird

Fairplay hopes for election hoardings As I approached a busy intersection the other day, I saw three political hoardings displayed. In pride of place at the time was the NZ First one. It was a large one, and impressive in that it was well designed, simple and dignified, displaying none of the usual cheap and empty electioneering promises that are normally rampant in this type of hoarding. The added bonus was that NZ First traditional colours have always been

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black and white, and so, quite fortuitously, they reflect the spirit of the All Blacks and the rugby games at the right time! I wish them all well! We’re all in with a chance, and we all trust fairplay will prevail. Also that everyone will show respect for the work that goes into preparing and erecting these these hoardings, and will leave them unmolested, regardless of differing opinions, or the questionable claims made on some of them. D.Holm, Brookfield.

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

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

Friday 30 September Lucy Wise & the B’Gollies

Simply beautiful Appalachian/Irish contemporary folk. Ukulele, double bass, guitar, violin, dulcimer. Historic Village Hall, 17th Ave 7.30pm. $15pp. Sheryl 552 5906

Saturday 1 October

10th Anniversary Patchwork Quilting Exhibition


9.00am to 1.00pm | Rain or Shine

Presented by Te Puke Sew n Sew at Te Puke Memorial Hall, Jellicoe St, Te Puke Oct 8 10am – 4pm & Oct 9 10am – 3pm. Guest exhibitor: Rosemary Rush – Auckland. Quilting, patchwork, embroidery, crochet, raffles & more. $2 entry, children 11yrs & under free. Annette 573 7778

Art in the Park

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

Balmoral’s Marching Team

Ladies interested in joining this new team aged 20-50yrs welcome. Experience preferred but not necessary. Anita 571 4096

BASK (Sea Kayakers)

Lake Waipapa (Waikato River) meet 9am just south of dam at grassy parking area, 25k trip. Email:

Brazilian Percussion



ENQUIRIES PHONE (07) 575 9911

Absolute beginners workshops every Sat Elizabeth St Community Centre 9.30-11am. No experience required. Instruments provided. Gold coin. Phil 021 075 4300 or

Busking Festival - Performers Wanted

Can you dance, juggle, mime, draw or play any instrument? Enter the Mount Mainstreet Busking Festival on Sat/Sun of Labour Weekend. Junior & Open section. $3000 worth of prize money. Free to enter. 575 9911 or www.mountmaunganui. or email: mainstreet@mountmaunganui.

Free Story Reading

And kite making workshop, presented by Creative Tauranga & Creative Writers. Bring along the kids to make their own kite & hear author Lee Murray read from ‘Battle of the Birds’. Giveaway book prizes by Simon Bridges. At The Cargo Shed, Dive Cresc 2-4pm. All welcome.

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Papamoa Tennis Club

Junior Opening Day at Gordon Spratt Reserve 10am. Registration & play. Senior play underway. New members welcome. www.sportsground.

Monster Garage Sale

Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School, R364 Welcome Bay Rd 9am - 12pm. Coffee, sausage sizzle, something for everyone.

Otumoetai Market

Otumoetai Primary School first Sat of every month 9am - 12pm. Books, crafts, Rawleighs dealer. Briar 578 3309

Otumoetai Swimming Club

Learn to swim 5yrs onwards - register now for Term 4. Fitness, squad, competitive. osc4swim@ or www.OtumoetaiSwimmingClub. or ph 985 6311

Otumoetai Tennis Club

Season opening for juniors Sat 9am - 1pm. New players & beginners at 9am. Sunday - come & have a go. Join in the fun from 12-2pm. Anyone from 4-16yrs. No experience required. Karen 576

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

Coastal Country Music Club

Quiz Night & Bottle Auction

Offers seconds, samples & end of lines in a fun market atmosphere at the Good Food Trading Company car park (35 MacDonald St, Mt Maunganui) 9am - 1pm.

At Carmel Country Estate Retirement Village, Hollister Lane 2pm. Fashion from Snazzy Fashions Greerton & Greerton Menswear. $2 entry. Raffle & afternoon tea. Proceeds to Alzheimers. (Opeys - Otumoetai Plunket) Nov 12 at Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 7pm. $10 per person (teams of 4 or 6). Sue/Jayne 576 4649 or call into Opeys at Darraghs Rd, Otumoetai.

St Pauls Presbyterian Church

Annual Paddy’s Market in Katikati Memorial Hall 9am. 549 1007

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Scarecrow competition with participating primary schools. Winning scarecrows on display Oct 8. Come & see the talents of our children. Trixie 552 5278 or

Tauranga Radio Sailing Club Sailing

Model yacht sailing every Sat 11am - 4pm & Weds 1.30-5pm at Lake Taurikura, Scoria Close, The Lakes, Tauriko.

Tauranga Synchronised Swimming Club

Special display at Baywave 11am - 12.30pm. Display features solos, duets & teams. All welcome, Baywave spectator fee applies.

Te Puke’s 6th Annual Ocktoberfest Gala

Te Puke Baptist Church, cnr Malyon St & Station Rd. Fun run at 9am followed by Church Gala. White elephant, tools, books, plants & more. Eftpos available. 573 9042

The Cargo Shed

Open every Sat & Sun at 16 Dive Crescent, Tga 10am - 4pm. Local artisans & homemade crafts.

Working Bee

For Waihi Beach Environment Society Inc at Brighton Park for planting & weeding. Start 9am, morning tea provided. Wear gloves, hat & strong footwear. Helen 07 863 4830

Have a Go & Live to Play

Half Day course. Learn the meaning of manta & how to combine mantra recitation with breathing meditation. Suitable for beginners, all welcome. Cost $30 (includes afternoon tea). Bookings essential. Oct 8 at Mount Senior Citizens Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd 12.45-4pm. www. or 09 846 5829

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Parade of Fashion

Friendly sailing club at Baypark track every Sun & race days on second Sun of month. Use entrance 400m down Truman Lane. All welcome. 027 391 8300 or Peter 0274 721 322.

Meditation & Mantra

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

At 1237 Cameron Rd, Greerton 1pm start. Guest artist: Kim Copedo, from way up North. All welcome. June 579 5445

Sunday 2 October

At Matua Bowling Club, Levers Rd, Tga Oct 1 & 2 9am – 12pm & 1-3pm for a Have a Go at Lawn Bowls. Bring flat soled shoes. Bowls & coaching provided. 576 9980 or email: bowls.

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Gate Pa Tennis Club

Saturday’s senior club days 1.30pm Jean 543 9198. Weds, friendly social tennis 9am - 12pm Graeme 543 9282. Non members welcome $5.




Bay Blokart Club

Bethlehem Lions Market

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

Bible Seminars

Greerton Senior Citizen’s Hall 1.45pm. Title: ‘Acts of the Apostles - Timothy.” Interactive, Q&A. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Vic 543 0504

Blessing of the Animals

St George’s Church, Gate Pa cnr Church St & Cameron Rd 10.30am. Bring your dog, hamster, guinea pig, horse. Dogs must be on a leash, cats & birds in cages that allow their normal movement. 578 0245

BOP Bonsai Society

Mary’s Market

Mount Maunganui Farmers Market

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

Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service

Open day from 10am. Have a go on the skis & boards, take a ride in an IRB, join a surfboat crew or enjoy our sausage sizzle. Family & friends welcome.


Every Sun, Tues & Thurs at Cliff Rd 12.45pm. Boules available, tuition given. 1st 3 visits free. Neita 572 3768

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, St Mary’s Church Hall, cnr Girven Rd & Marlin St. All 9am - 10.30am. Taken by Heart Foundation phase 3 cardiac instructor. First class free. Jennifer 571 1411

Singles Mix & Mingle 40+

Coffee afternoon at Zaggers Cafe, Chapel St 2.30pm. Looking for friendship or companionship? Join like minded individuals who want to meet new singles in a relaxed atmosphere. Gayle 027 439 3267

Tauranga Historical Society

Meet at Brain Watkins Hall, cnr Elizabeth St & Cameron Rd 2pm. Come & hear about ‘Letitia, an Australian pioneer’. Visitors welcome. 574 4965

Tauranga Spiritual Society

Senior Citizens Hall, Norris St. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Guest speaker: Manu Jonassen - McGrath/clairvoyant. Door charge members $2, non members $3. All welcome.

Te Puke Lions Market

Farmlands car park (opp Countdown Supermarket) 7am - 12pm. Something for everyone. Suzane 573 3389 or 027 290 1168

Tree Planting to Honour Rugby Legend

Living Legends host ‘muck in’ event at Kaituna Wildlife Reserve 9.30am. 3000 natvies will be planted by the community. Register online at

Monday 3 October

Argentine Tango for Beginners

6 week introduction to Salon (social) Tango starts today 7pm. The popularity of this dance is growing in NZ/worldwide. First lesson free. Carl 021 280 4464 or email:

Badminton Summer Club

Every Mon at Bethlehem College Gym 7.909.30pm. Racquets available. Sue 543 0035 or 021 194 4335

Bethlehem Bowls

St Columba Church Hall, Otumoetai Rd 1.30pm. Demonstrator: Shirley Faull - ‘Air Layering’, bring along a branch for practice. Bring & buy sales table. New members welcome. Meeting fee $3pp.

Every Mon at Bethlehem Hall 7.15pm. All ages & players. New players welcome, first 2 nights free. Wendy 578 2585

Breast Cancer Walk

For over 50’s, social events & occasional guest speakers Mon & Fri Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd. Tues Wesley Church, 13th Ave. Weds City Church Otumoetai Rd. All classes 9.15-10.15am. First class free. Men & women welcome. Dianne 576 5031

Oct 9, supporting Breast Cancer Support Services at Papamoa Surf Club (on the beach) 9am. Dress in pink theme. Bring bottle of water & donation for Breast Cancer Support Services. No dogs. Held rain or shine. Major prize draw at 9am.

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The Weekend Sun Children’s Dance Class

Commencing Term 4 - ages 7-12yrs. Latin American, Rock & Roll, Ballroom. Sonia Hodson, Supreme Dance Centre 543 2377 or 027 322 1786. Email:

City of Tauranga Pipeband

Every Mon in Otumoetai Primary School Hall 7pm. Quality learning programme available with both experienced players & learners welcome. Maureen 541 0532

Kidz Need Dadz

Coffee morning every Tues at 538 Fraser St 9.30-11am. Special welcome to separated & solo dads. 571 0379

Midweek Country & Variety Music

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

Mount Morning Badminton

Living Free of Violence - a Journey. Presented by Zonta Club, Tauranga at St Mary’s Church Hall, cnr Girven Rd & Marlin St 7pm. Free entry. Supper provided.

Every Tues 9am - 12pm at Mount Sports Centre, Blake Park. Social, competitive, all ages, beginners welcome. Racquets available. Visitors $5 per session, students $2. First day free. Badminton as usual during school holidays. Margaret 575 9792

Fire Brigade Indoor Bowls Club

Naturally Native’s Annual Sale

Evening with Jude Halberg

Club night 7.30pm at Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd. Colin 543 0326

Fitness League

30 Gamman Mill Rd, Oropi. Oct 4-8 9am - 2.30pm,Plants for farms, lifestyle blocks.

Friends of the Libraries

Every Tues 7.30pm at Otumoetai Collage Gym, behind Action Centre, Windsor Rd. Great social evening, families welcome. $3 child, $4 adult. No joining fee. Loan racquets available. Graeme 576 7874

Tone & align your body, increase flexibility & stamina. First class free. Mon at Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Rd & Tues at St Johns Anglican Hall, Seddon St, Waihi. Both 9.30am. Dorothy 549 3378 Monthly meeting at Tauranga Library 7.30pm. Speaker: Liam Brettkelly, Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter pilot & base manager. $2 donation. Supper provided. All welcome. Please use side door.

Greerton Amateur Swimming Club

Want your children to learn to swim, improve stroke/fitness in time for summer or just have fun? Classes Mon/Weds or Tues/Thurs pm weekly. Free assessment given. Pool entry fee applies. Jean 544 9730

Improver’s Salsa

Otumoetai Action Centre, Tauranga 6.45pm. Great way to brush up on your skills before the Bay Salsa festival. No partner required. All welcome. 021 045 4235 or

Sequence Dance Class

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

St Columba Indoor Bowling Club

Skips & Three’s 7pm start, St Columba Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd. New bowlers welcome. Ron 570 1570

Tauranga UFO & Paranormal Soc

Monthly meeting in hall behind Historic House cnr Cameron Rd & Elizabeth St. Discussion topics: Comet Elenin & Nibiru. $3 door. All welcome. Ian 578 5373

Tuesday 4 October Depression Support Group

For people with an experience of depression. Junction office, 4 Roys Rd, Greerton 1-2pm. 579 9890

Excel Toastmasters Club

Learn to be a competent communicator & get your message across. Meet 2nd, 4th & 5th Tues of month at Senior Citizen’s Hall, 345 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui 6.15pm. New members welcome. George 573 3943

Freestyle BMX Club

Club night every Tues. Meet at 17th Ave Skate Park 4.30pm. A decision then made as to what skate park to go to. Participants must be 11yrs or older to join. Helmets are compulsory. Bring money for fish & chips. Check us out on facebook - key word BMX Inc. Paul 027 742 1756

Genesis - Women’s Group

Every Tues during school term. 10am morning tea at Papamoa Surf Club, Papamoa Domain. This week: Visit to ‘The Elms’. Meet 10am at Mission St. New members welcome. Jennifer, Salvation Army 578 4264

Inachord Ladies 4 Part Harmony Chorus

Every Tues at Wesley Methodist Church, 100 13th Ave 7pm. Have fun singing & make new friends. Loes 575 8929

Otumoetai Badminton Club

South City Indoor Bowls Club Inc

Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Open Fours Xmas Tournament (Plate & raffle item). Ph Mary 541 0687

Tauranga Acoustic Music Club

Trust Bar, Bureta Park Motor Inn 7.30pm. Friendly jam session. Sing, play or just listen. Sheryl 552 5906 or

Tauranga Indoor Bowling Club

Progressive/Aggregate 7.30pm. Senior Citizens Hall, Norris St. New bowlers welcome. Ron 570 1570

Tauranga Scrabble Enthusiasts

Every Tues at Tauranga Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd 9am - 12pm for three games of scrabble plus morning tea. New members welcome. Barbara 544 8372

Tauranga Toastmasters

Salvation Army Meeting

For all women every Weds 10am morning tea, 10.30am meeting at Salvation Army, cnr Cameron Rd & 5th Ave, Tga. Video morning & trading table. New members welcome. Jennifer 578 4264

Scottish Country Dancing

Weds Senior Citizens Hall, Maunganui Rd. Fri Papamoa Primary School Hall, Dickson Rd. Both 7.30pm. 573 5055

Shakti Ethnic Women Support Group

English lessons at Plunket rooms, 471 Devonport Rd, Tga 9.30am 11am. For Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Fiji Indian & South African women only. Rupal 021 053 3548 or 579 0532

Tauranga South Garden Club

Baptist Centre Church Hall, 13th Ave, Tga 1.30pm. Speaker: Dianne Hilton - floral arrangements. Margaret 544 5661

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

Te Puke Free Meditation Classes

5 week course at the Settlers Lounge (Board room) next to the Library 7.30pm. Join in any time. Gain a new awareness to find peace, balance & the joy of life. David 576 9764

Walking Group

Age Concern walking group meet at BMX track off Cambridge Rd, next to Fernland Hot Pools 10am. All welcome. 578 2631

Thursday 6 October Awesome Clothing Sale

Good used clothing, all ages, styles & sizes. Fill a bag for $2. At Village on 17th, Tauranga 9.30am 12.30pm. All welcome. Organised by Turning Point Trust.

Community Bible Study International

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

Join us at 14th Ave Gospel Centre 10am - 12pm for an interdenominational in depth study of Colossians. Joan 576 9065

Te Puke Lyceum Club

Safe, effective, low impact exercise to music using the Bagot Stack technique, designed for females. All ages & abilities, first class free. Thurs 9.30am Central Baptist Church Hall, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd. Weds 10am at Katikati Memorial Hall. Pam 549 4799 or 021 117 7170

Celebrating their 50th anniversary of being in their own premises at 8 Palmer Place. Janet 573 7848

Wednesday 5 October City Early Start Toastmasters

Zaggers Cafe every Weds 6.508.15am. Join the motivated, vibrant, supportive, encouraging bunch for personal development, career boosting opportunities. Rewards & benefits priceless. Lani 571 1545

Fitness League

Increase Mobility

Fernlands Spa Water Exercise Class

And reduce pain through the Feldenkrais Method. New classes start Oct 6 9.30am at the Dance Institute at the Yoga Centre 1.30pm & 6pm in Welcome Bay. First class free. Gisella 544 4823 Keynotes 4 Part Harmony Womens Chorus Meet Thurs at Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave 6.45pm. Sing for fun & health. Pam 578 3757

Friends of the Gallery

Kickstart Toastmasters

At 250 Cambridge Rd 10.4511.45am. Suitable for arthritics, joint replacements, fall prevention & injury or illness rehabilitation. Held rain or shine. Jennifer 571 1411 ArtTEAfacts 2.30pm. Talk by Jinty Rourke on ‘Art at the Elms.’

Gate Pa Indoor Bowls

Greerton Hall 7.30pm. Ladies vs Men. Kevin 543 4044

Global Hearts Exercise Group

Weds 2pm & Fri 11am. Provides group activities combined with health education that encourages members to live a healthy & active lifestyle. Classes run by qualified instructor. Vikki 575 0470 or 0272 800 388

Mount Healing & Spiritual Centre

Fellowship at Omanu Bowling Club, Golf Rd, Mount 7.30pm. Guest speaker: Sharon McAuliffe (mediumship). Door charge $3. All welcome. Jules 027 235 4462

Orange City Square & Round Dance Club

Weds advanced, Thurs club night & new dancers. Frontiersmen’s Hall 7.30pm. 543 1063

Come & get your morning energy boost at Kickstart. Every Thurs at Alimento Cafe 1st Ave 7-8.15am. Visitors welcome.

Mount Underwater Club

Club night at MOSC clubrooms 7.30pm. Speaker: Julian Fitter, Galapagos Islands. New members welcome. Linda 027 363 3399

NZ Society of Genealogists

Tauranga branch monthly meeting at St James Church Hall, cnr Pooles Rd & Devon St, Greerton 7.30pm. Speakers: Alison Agnew & Joan Wilcock - Midland & North England interest group. Visitors welcome. 578 1689

Salsa on the Strand

Presented by Bay Salsa, intro class 8pm followed by social dancing every Thurs at Buddha Lounge. Great for fitness, no partner required. $2 entry (members free). All welcome. www.

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Friday Evening Pyes Pa Badminton

Creativity group for women at Papamoa Community Centre, Tohora Room 9.30am - 2.30pm. Scrap booking, art, sewing & more. Bring own lunch, tea & coffee supplied. $5pp.

Aquinas College Action Centre 6-8pm. All skill levels welcome. Scoring new rules badminton. $5pp. All ages. Colin 579 2151

Tauranga Heart Support Group

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

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Big screen debate – five years on, astonishing I’ve been rediscovering my love for the guitar recently, so I was going to try and avoid mentioning the Rugby World Cup this week. But it just keeps going doesn’t it? Not the World Cup per se – though that’s obviously still underway – but the continuing conundrum as to whether Tauranga should erect a big screen on the Strand. That we are arguing about this now, half way through the cup, when the event has been on the table for five years, is simply astonishing. My prediction: yes there will be one, and yes, a lot of people will then complain. I realise this is just a wild guess, but it seems in keeping with sentiments expressed about such stories on the SunLive website.

I couldn’t help but notice, whilst browsing the public debate, that one particular commentator – a musician and music scene watcher, and a person who has been known to fill my shoes here at the column on odd occasions – has been weighing into the discussion. He is a smart and knowledgeable chap and usually makes a valid point, so I always pay attention to his views. While discussing the Big Screen/No Big Screen situation he had this to say: “On another note, SunLive, it would be great to see some journalistic snouts get some answers on this laughable REAL Tauranga Festival and to gain some muchneeded transparency as to why funding/organisation was apparently entrusted to people with what you’d assume would be naturally opposed vested interests: being Amy Porter from Cornerstone, and Mel Cottingham from Zabar. There may be no story, but the questions should be asked don’t you think?” Well, he may be right and I hope some journalistic snouts do poke around in that particular trough, but as I mentioned, I’ve become recaptured by the beauty and possibilities of the guitar and am going to avoid any Woodward and Bernsteining for the time being. So, what have I been listening to? Top of the list is this weird guy from somewhere in rural Nowhereville USA called Frank Fairfield. Frank plays guitar and banjo and fiddle and seems to come

from a tradition dating back to the first settlers. His music is rough and heartfelt, wild fiddle breakdowns and flailing banjo hollers. There is a lot here that challenges regular ideas of timing and tuning, but there are two or three guitar styles on display that I’ve never heard before, fast and furious country hillbilly playing that requires a massive amount of skill and

understanding. The album is called ‘Out On The Open West’ and is a view of a different world. Another CD causing my jaw to drop is a new set from Canadian duo Harry Manx & Kevin Breit called ‘Strictly Whatever’. They are both experts on stringed instruments. Harry plays baritone guitar, lap slide guitar, National steel guitar, banjo and mohan veena (yes it is a stringed

musical instrument and, yes, I had to Google it too). Kevin plays electric guitar, National steel, electric sitar, ukulele, acoustic guitar and mandolin. So they play a lot of stuff between them. The album is just the pair plus a percussionist, but the odd thing is that it’s not a guitar album as such, it’s an album of songs, and very good songs they are too. It just happens that each song has some astounding playing on it, not as in showoff stuff, but in new sounds, new ideas, new approaches to instruments. ‘Strictly Whatever’ is my favourite album this week and I would encourage all guitarists to track it down, as well as anyone else who likes classy pop/blues, immaculately played. (Note: distributed in NZ by Southbound) Then there’s Ry Cooder’s latest album, ‘Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down’. I love it. For Cooder it represents a return to where he started some forty years ago with ‘Boomer’s Story and Into The Purple Valley’ except, now, he’s writing his own songs and playing with an assurance born of experience. And just as those early album’s chose deliberately political blues, so the new one finds Ryland (isn’t it great that someone’s genuinely called ‘Ryland’!) turning his sights on the new depression, the politicians and bankers and others responsible for this mess. ‘No Banker Left Behind’ and ‘John Lee Hooker For President’ are only two amongst many standout tracks. Great stuff.

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ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOVIES IN FRENCH CINEMA HISTORY. French comedy-drama. About a group of friends who go on their annual beach holiday together despite a recent tragedy. Fri 2:45, 7:55. Sat 12:00, 5:00. Sun 2:10, 7:10pm. Mon 5:20. Tue 3:15, 8:05pm. Wed 12:30, 5:35.


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defined her, it is clear that the isolated and imposing residence – and Mr. Rochester’s coldness – have sorely tested her resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. Jane must now act decisively to secure her future and come to terms with the past and the terrible secret that Mr Rochester is hiding. Jane Eyre is now showing at Rialto Tauranga.

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Kevin James. Family comedy in which the animals IN 3D. FINAL DAYS! at a zoo decide to break their code of silence. SHARK NIGHT (3D) Fri 2:25, 6:25pm. Sat 11:20, 3:40, 8:25pm. (R16) Horror, Violence & Sexual References. Sun 1:25, 6:00pm. Mon 3:50, 8:15pm. Sara Paxton, Ving Rhames, Tue 1:45, 6:10pm. Wed 4:10, 6:20pm. Joel David Moore, Chris Zylka. THE ROUND UP (M) Contains Violence. A weekend at a lake house turns French Historical Drama. A faithful retelling of into a nightmare for seven friends as the 1942 “Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup”. Jean Reno. they are subjected to shark attacks. Fri 12:30, 5:50. Sat 2:50, 8:00. Sun 12:00, 5:00. Fri 8:55pm. Sat 6:05pm. Mon 3:00, 8:05. Tue 1:10, 6:00. Wed 3:20, 8:25. Sun 8:30pm. Wed 8:45pm.


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British rom-com set in the Alps.Stars Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Brooke Shields and Bill Nighy. Fri 2:35, 6:50. Sat 11:20, 4:00. Sun 11:20, 4:00. Mon 3:50, 8:25. Tue 11:30, 6:00. Wed 12:10, 4:20

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Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Based on the bestselling novel. Fri 12:20, 3:10, 8:05pm. Sat 11:40, 2:35, 5:30. Sun 11:30, 4:35, 7:30. Mon 3:00, 7:40pm. Tue 12:30, 5:45, 8:30pm. Wed 12:10, 3:00, 5:50pm. LESS SESSIONS NEXT WEEK. DON’T MISS OUT!

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Club Mount Maunganui Friday 30 – Shy & Retiring. Mount RSA Friday 30 – X Factor. Saturday 1 – Blaze. Sunday 2 – NZ vs Canada 3.30pm. Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles 7pm. On the Big Screen. The Crown and Badger Friday 30 – One One One. Saturday 1 – One One One. Sunday 2 – The Blarney Band (Andy Craw & Guests) 3-6pm. Thursday 6 – Chris Gunn 8pm start.

Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench FINAL DAYS! Fri 12:20, 4:30. Sat 1:30, 8:10pm. Sun 1:30, 6:05. MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (G) Jim Carrey Mon 6:00pm. Tue 3:30, 8:05pm. Wed 2:05, 6:20. Fri 4:25. Sat 1:35. Sun 11:20. Tue 4:00. Wed 2:15



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HESHER Dir: Spencer Susser. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, Natalie Portman Hesher certainly looks like an interesting proposition: Oscar winner Portman, the ever-impressive Gordon-Levitt (who, despite big budget roles in the likes of Inception and GI Joe, shows an admirable openness to indie fare) and the (US) Office’s Wilson, all in an anarchic black comedy. And it is interesting, but also unexpectedly thoughtful and measured. The story centres on young teen TJ, whose life is already less than rosy when the film starts, bullied and with an unengaged deadbeat solo father (Wilson). Things don’t appear to be noticeably looking up when the eponymous foul-mouthed eccentric heavy metal waster (Gordon-Levitt) takes it upon himself to move into the garage. Another week, another Jason Statham flick. This one is Blitz and finds Jase purveying his usual range of bald grunting on native soil, a copper in London trying to stop a killer targeting police. The characterisations are a little bizarre. Statham is an extremely unreconstructed male who would be more at home with the ‘70s Sweeny types of Life on Mars, with continual chauvinist put-downs of everyone. Then there’s his new boss, who just happens to be gay (and neat and tidy of course). It’s tempting to assume this is an elaborate deadpan joke, but the violence is jarring and nasty and the plot both predictable and gaping with holes. Weirdly offensive. Street Kings was an absolutely forgettable police corruption thriller with a surprisingly good cast. Street Kings 2: Motor City is a sequel only in name, and the law of diminishing returns means the name cast


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Meanwhile Portman is the local supermarket clerk whom TJ befriends. This is actually an offbeat coming of age tale; a film about people coping (or not coping) with grief. It may be a little too off-centre for the mainstream, but it is beautifully realised and acted. Devin Brochu is terrific as TJ, very natural and never too cute; there’s a lovely cameo from Piper Laurie as TJ’s grandmother. And Gordon-Levitt is nothing less than a revelation in the title role. Lean and gangly with only his too-prefect skin giving away Hollywood origins, I couldn’t help but wonder why he’s looked short in previous movies. Here he’s tall and menacing – a superstar in waiting.

now comprises solely Ray Liotta. Uncomfortably partnered with a brash rookie, they investigate murders of Liotta’s old undercover team, a trail quickly leading to mucho malfeasance. Corruption and bodies mount, as do clichés, predictable plot turns and lazy characterisations. They sure squashed the life out of this one. The stars, writers and directors of the memorably-titled Dead Hooker in a Trunk were inspired by the fake trailers that accompany the Tarantino/Rodriguez doublebill Grindhouse. Just as memorably they are twin sisters, Jen and Saliva Soska, who created a no budget bloody girls-on-the-run flick where the hamminess and homemade look are part of its charm. Perhaps more than any other recent homage this catches the over-the-top vibe of incompetent ‘70s exploitation that characterised the genre.

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Scrabble Enthusiasts Tues 9am -12pm at Bridge Club, Ngatai Rd. 3 games, door charge $2. Stan 572 0866 St Pauls Friendship Group, Papamoa Upwords (word board game), or arts & crafts every Thurs 10am. $2 donation to cover costs. Margaret 542 1633 Stroke Carers Group 2nd Mon of month 10-11.45am, Stroke Hse, 3 Millers Rd. Mavis 576 2296 Supreme Dancing Supreme Dance Centre, Beginner to advanced, Tues nights, St Columba Church Hall, 502 Otumoetai Rd; Weds, Tga Primary School Hall, 5th Ave; Thurs night, Greerton Hall, Cameron Rd. Hugh & Sonia 543 2377 or 027 322 1786 email: Tai Chi For Health St George’s Church Hall Gate Pa every Fri 6-7pm. Adult class. Trevor 0800 348 454 Taoist Tai Chi Club Classes every week day 15 Koromiko St, Judea. 578 9116 Tauranga Anglers Club Invites Freshwater Anglers. Third Mon of month 7pm, Tauranga Fish & Dive Clubrooms, 60 Cross Rd, Sulphur Pt. Visitors welcome. Mike 021 808 899 or 572 2602 a/hs. www. Tauranga Astronomical Society Observatory open every 2nd Tues in winter from 7.30pm. Roof open if sky is clear. Tauranga Blues Jam Every 2nd Weds of month, 8pm at Drivers Bar 579 0502 Tauranga BMX Club Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Pt, Tga. Club racing every Tues. Registration 5.30pm. Club members $2, non members $5. Jillian 027 244 7402 Tauranga Brass Mon 7.30pm in Elizabeth St Community Centre (ex Navalmens Hall) Elizabeth St West. Learners from 7pm. Thurs, Learners Group & Junior Band 6.30pm. Graeme 578 9713 Tauranga Bureta Park Probus Club 3rd Mon of month 1.30pm at Tauranga Citizens’ Club, 13th Ave. New members welcome. Brian 570 0074 Tauranga Central Ladies Probus 3rd Tues of month 10am, Daniels in the Park. Anne 578 6221 Tauranga City Sunrise Lions Friendly, easy going mixed club. Breakfast meeting 1st & 3rd Tues of month, RSA Tauranga, Greerton. Gail 576 1221 www. Tauranga City Silver Band Practices in Brass Band Hall, 10 Yatton St, Greerton every Weds 7-9pm. New players & visitors welcome. Tauranga City Sunrise Lions Carfair Every Sun 8am - 12pm, 11th Ave carpark (opp Mad Butcher). Buy & sell cars/4WD/Utes/Motorhomes/Trailers/Boats. Ken 027 733 9686 or Tauranga City Sunrise Lions Friendly, mixed club. Breakfast meeting 1st & 3rd Tues of month at RSA, Greerton. Gail 576 1221 Tauranga Farmers Market Tauranga Primary School cnr 5th Ave & Cameron Rd every Sat 7.45am - 12pm. Trixie 552 5278 Tauranga Friendship & Social Club Weekly activities for the over 50’s. Companionship, walks, movies, dinners, daytrips, dancing & good times. Joyce 578 0226 Tauranga Harbour City Lions Ladies club, 2nd & 4th Tues of month. Patricia 543 3665 Tauranga Historical Society Brain Watkins Historic House open every Sun 2-4pm. $4 adult, $2 child. Guided tours. Groups by arrangement. 574 4965 Tauranga Ladies Probus Club Every 3rd Mon Citizens Club 13th Ave 10am. Speakers. Beryl 576 6719

Tauranga Model Railway Club Every Thurs 7.30pm at Te Puna with running nights every 3rd Thurs. John 575 2286 or 0276 062 706 Tauranga Numismatic Society Re coin collecting. Members meet 1st Weds of month at Wesley Church Centre, 13th Ave 7.30pm. 533 1881 Tauranga Ongoing Pain Support Group 1st & 3rd Thurs of month at Central Baptist Church, cnr 13th Ave & Cameron Rd 10am. Karen 543 3661 Tauranga Sequence Dance Club Mon & Weds. Couples want to have fun while keeping fit. Great dances, music & people. Tutoring given. Barbara 552 6227 Tauranga RSA 500 Mon 6.45pm. 578 3565. Euchre Tues 7pm. 543 2711. Cribb Wed 1pm 541 3773. Darts Thurs 7pm. 578 3616. 8 Ball/Pool Tues 7pm, Snooker Wed 7pm, Quiz Nights Wed 7pm. Housie Fri’s 1pm Tauranga Silver Probus 4th Mon at Bureta Park. Friendship, fellowship & fun. Pam 571 1511 Tauranga Te Papa Probus Club 1st Thurs of month at Daniel’s lounge, QE2 Centre, 11th Ave 9.30am. Fellowship, walking, cards, petanque, trips. 543 2012 Tga Senior Citizens Club 14 Norris St (behind Pak n Save). For age 55+. Indoor bowls, cards, coffee mornings & speaker. Visits to & from other clubs. 578 7534 Tauranga TaeKwonDo Club Mount Clubrooms, Kaimanawa St. Children training Mon, Weds, Thurs 5-6pm & adults 6.15-8pm. Tauriko Hall adults & children Mon & Weds 6-7.30pm. Master Kesi O’Neil 0274 785 478 or 544 7006 Te Puke Branch NZ Soc of Genealogists 4th Thurs Methodist Church Hall 1.30pm. M Lewis 573 6868 Te Puna Bridge Club Every Tues 7.15pm Marmamatanga Park, Te Puna. Howard 552 5320 The Elms Mission House & Library Mission Street, Tga. Open Weds, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 2-4pm. 577 9772 Weekend Warriors Music Jam Drivers Bar 11th Ave Plaza Tauranga last Sun of month 4pm. 579 0502 Welcome Bay Community Playgroup Educational playgroup with vacancies Tues, Weds & Thurs 9.30-11.30am during school term at Welcome Bay Community Church. Ariana 544 3404 Welcome Bay TaekwonDo Club Selwyn Ridge School Mon, Weds, Thurs 6-8pm. Children, adults & families. Garry 021 386 189 or welcomebay Western BOP Newcomers Network New to the area? Want to meet new friends? Meet every Weds at Forrester Hall, Historic Village on 17th Ave 10.30am 12pm. 571 6419 Yoga Classes Papamoa at Papamoa Library/Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Rd, Papamoa, Mondays 5.30pm. Central Mount at St Peters Church, Victoria St, Mount Weds 5.30pm. Penny 574 6556 or email Yoga Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Bayfair. Thurs 10-11.30am. Marlene 542 3531 Yoga Papamoa Library/Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Rd, Thurs 9-10.30am & Tues 5.30-7pm. Margaret 571 6331 Yong In Taekwondo Any day Mon - Fri. Choose any 3 nights to suit your lifestyle. Kids: 5-6pm, 6-7pm. Adults: 7-8.30pm. Unit 3, 33 Burrows St, Tga. Master WS Lee 021 167 6733 (txt) or 574 2708 Young Stroke Survivors 1st Weds of month at different places for friendship, support & fun. Roy 544 5005 Youth on the Coast Church youth group for ages 1017. Fridays 6pm at Evans Road Community Church, Papamoa. $2. 027 437 7868 Zonta International Club of Tauranga Business & professional women’s club meet 2nd Mon of month 5.30pm. 544 9992 or email:

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“BUT WHEN HE, the spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” John 16:13

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1987 TOYOTA COROLLA sprinter GT, 4 door liftback, 5spd, 1600cc, white. wof & reg, Only $1500 AIWI. Phone 544 2323


COMPUTER GETTING you down? Problems, viruses, upgrades, internet, new or refurb PC’s, tuition or advice. Ph Bruce for a no obligation chat or quote 576 7940 or 021 260 9183 VIRUS & SPYWARE REMOVAL Upgrades, servicing and repairs Free call out and quotation New power supply $70 fitted Motherboards From $100 fitted. All work has 12 month warranty. LAPTOPS from $300 DESKTOPS from $125 WANTED faulty pc & laptops Call Crystal Computing Tel: 07 579 5860 / 021 156 0055 COMPUTER PROBLEMS? Free call outs and delivery. Software and hardware issues. We also install TV’s and home theatres. Ph Kyle 027 828 7078 at TechSolutions

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BABY AND CHILDRENS gear. Monster garage sale. Sunday 2nd October, doors open 10.00am. Gold coin entry, QE2 Memorial Hall, Tauranga Multiple Birth. GARAGE SALE household goods, lots of bargains.35 Manuwai Drive, Matua. 8am 12pm Saturday Oct 1st.


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A FANTASTIC 3 bedroom home, warm and cosy with a fireplace and full insulation. Fenced on a 716m2 section, situated within easy walking distance to Brookfield shops, schools, parks. Separate single garage with power. Located in a quiet cul-de sac in a great neighbourhood. Only $330,000 please phone Kathy on 027 211 9193 FANTASTIC LIFESTYLE BLOCK AT PIKOWAI Within easy commuting to Tauranga, Te Puke and Whakatane this 4 bedroom brick home is in paradise! Beautiful sea and rural views 6 acres grazing land, horse pens, heaps of shedding, butchery and chiller for own use single garage with sleepout/ office big games room or can be converted to extra double garage, chook house, drenching race for the cattle. 11.5 x 4.5 metre in ground swimming pool which is fully decked and fenced. This is a beautiful home and comes with a share in the community woolshed, tennis courts and cattle yards. Own water scheme. Fantastic community to belong to - be in quick! Price of house has been slashed! to $550,000 - urgent sale. Ph 027 281 7427 today.

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CARAVANS heated, special winter rates from $30pw. Free local delivery. BOP Caravan Rentals Ltd, 184 Waikite Rd, Welcome Bay. Phone 544 1509 or 027 533 9301 OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT 2.5m x 4m private room in centrally located Tauranga Wellness Centre. Will suit massage therapist or other qualified healthcare practitioner. Phone 571 0441 OHAUITI, clean, tidy 3 bedroom, waterviews, lawns mowed, garage, good storage $330 p.w. Phone 578 4230

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ALL SUPER & PENSIONERS very welcome. Lawns - friendly operator. Any Otumoetai area. Ph Selwyn 578 9677 or 027 251 8779 ALLAN HOLMES FOR ALL your carpentry & Handyman jobs around the home. Big or Small. Free quotes. Reasonable rates. Call 021 992 678 ALTERATIONS & NEW HOMES qualified builders & joiners with references available. Proform Construction, 130 Newton Street, Mount. Ph 07 574 9135 BUILDER 30 YEARS experience in BOP. Fences, decks & maintenance work. For a reliable service and a free quote, Ph Keith today on 578 6869 or 021 377 387 BUILDER AVAILABLE NOW New homes, renovations, bricklaying, quality rates, quality work. No job too big or small. Call me now for a quote. DK Builders - Dieter 021 474 299 or 574 2139 a/h

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BUILDER EXPERIENCED New homes, repairs & alterations. Bathrooms, decks, fences. Trade qualified. Ph Warren 543 2040 or 021 021 98 196 BUILDER / PAINTER qualified carpenter. Labour only $30p/h. Ref available. Ph Mark 544 4177 or BUILDING? Get your building company to get a quote from us for the earthworks. Lowest price guaranteed! Call Carl at Addison Civil today 0274 636 560 EARTHWORKS, Truck, digger hire, Tree removal, Farmwork Opening special only $80+GST per hr. No job too big or small. Call Carl at Addison Civil today 0274 636 560 ELECTRICIAN A professional and affordable registered electrician. New builds, alterations, repairs. Ph Steve 5780555, 027 8486042 ELECTRICIAN Able to do all jobs. Alarms, New Houses and renovations. Registered. Quality service at great price. Phone Tomas, Check Electrical 07 544 6448 or 027 566 7872 ELECTRICIAN available for all services. Mitsubishi air conditioner supplied and installed for very competitive rates. Ph 027 5473 831 or a/h on 543 0062 GORSE SPRAYING do you have a gorse problem? Ph today for a FREE quote for all gorse control. Scott 0274 624 769 GUTTERING CLEAN and repairs, moss removal. Experienced Certified Roofer. Free quotes. Ph Peter now 542 4291 or 0274 367 740 HANDYMAN BUILDING and section maintenance, decks, fencing, pergolas, painting, water blasting, odd jobs. Free quotes Ph Rossco 027 270 3313 or 544 5911 INSECT SCREENS Measure. Make. Mend. Contact Rob at Magic Seal 543 4940 PAINTER AVAILABLE free quotes. Experienced. Reasonable rates. Ph Warren 07 543 2040 or 021 021 98 196 PAINTER / DECORATOR Interior & Exterior, quality workmanship, friendly services. Over 20 years specialising in residential and more. Quality paint at trade prices. For your best advice in all areas Ph Shane Mount/Tauranga Decorators 544 6495 or 021 575 307 PLUMBING WORKS no job too big or small, blocked drains, plumbing, spouting & roof repairs. Ph 571 5558 PROBLEM SPOUTING? Replacement and repairs. Prompt Service. Good prices. 20 years experience. Ph Andy 0274 211 339 RESPOUT NOW! Call Ageless Continuous Spouting. Made to measure costs less than you think. For a prompt quote. Ph 574 0496 RETAINING WALL SPECIALIST Pole walls, crib walls, tilt slab concrete walls. Excavation and levelling. The best in the business. Ph Mike 0274 942 966 a/h 576 0941 ROOFING & SPOUTING Metal fascia, gutter and rainwater systems. Long run corrugate. Maintenance, repairs or replacement. Free no obligation quotes. PROFIX 0274 965 375 ROOFING New roofs, re-roofs, spouting & repairs. Free quotes. Ph Chris 027 276 6348 or 572 3237

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ROOF REPAIRS metal or onduline, gutters & down pipes, clean or replacement, chimney repairs. Certified Roofer over 30yrs experience Free quote. Ph Peter 542 4291 or 0274 367 740 ROTARY HOEING Lawn preparation & sowing. Loader & blade work. Tractor mowing. Quality work & friendly service. Mini Tractor Service. Ph Murray 543 4538 or 027 200 7480 STUMPINATOR STUMP Grinding free quotes & prompt service. Narrow machine to access rear yards. Ph 576 4245 or 0220 764 245 TAURANGA TANDEM SKYDIVING Best Buzz in the Bay, Gift Vouchers. Ph 576 7990 TREE FELLING, PRUNING & Removal/chipping. No job to big or small. Phone Scott 0274 624 769


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CURTISY TOURS TRAVEL club Upcoming day and away trips:Raglan, Kawerau Wood Fest, Tairua/ Whangamat, Catlins/ Lower South 10 days. Wairarapa 5 days, Christmas Northland and many more phone 07 543 9205 SCOTTSDALE SENIOR TOURS, fully escorted owner/operated since 1978. Ph free for colour brochure today 0800 664 414. Also see www.scottsdaletours. SMALL GROUP TOURS. Door to door service/pick up. Day trips away or enjoyable short holidays. Ph Kae & Rick 575 8118


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LOOKING FOR LAND to lease for my cabin (7.2m x 3.2m). Pro female and dog. Electricity needed, sewer line preferred but not essential. Long term, refs available. Contact Michelle on 07 578 3351 or 022 140 2201 WANTED TO RENT Garage or large shed for household furniture Bay of Plenty Long Term email Phone 021-024-19389 WANTED TO RENT - CARAVAN small, clean, tidy for adult family member over Christmas New Year period. No travel involved. Contact Greig 07 576 8757 or txt 021 998 330

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Churches Active In Our Community COMMENCING THIS SUNDAY Public meetings begin this October


This Sunday, October 2, the Jesus First Tauranga Church commences worship and communion services in the Tauranga Primary School Hall in 5th Avenue at 10am. A daughter church of Jesus First in

North Shore in Auckland, the Tauranga Church has been meeting in a home since March this year, but know it is God’s time to commence public meetings. The focus of Jesus First churches is worship that is in spirit and in truth and that exalts and glorifies Jesus, word-centred, spirit-led preaching and teaching to equip

God’s people to live and serve in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit in preparation for the return of Jesus Christ. You are warmly invited to come and worship God with those at Jesus First Tauranga. For more information, please phone 07 579 2729 or visit

10am: Worship & Communion Service Speaker: David Otway Phone: 579 2729 COME & MEET WITH THE LORD

Exalt God • Worship Jesus • Live & Serve in the Power of the Holy Spirit

Celebrating all creatures great and small It is hard to beat the feeling of when your dog sits on the floor at your feet and looks up at you with their big eyes full of hope or when your cat jumps into your lap, turns a few circles and settles down for a nap. Once a year there is an opportunity to celebrate the love of our pets and let them receive a special blessing. Pet Sunday falls on the Sunday nearest the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi, October 3, 1226. Francis gave up his wealth to live the simplest way he could, helping others. His simple lifestyle included

Sweeter than wine The aroma of wine is like spring rain. The spring rain is falling from the heavens refreshing plants and trees after the heaviness of winter.

The heavenly Father’s love is like spring rain. He is love. His mercy is falling upon you like sweet spring rain, new every day. Reach out for the warm embrace and gentle kindness of a loving God through the Lord Jesus Christ. He wants you to dream dreams and see rainbows of promise. See every colour of the rainbow representing a promise of new mercies. His love is sweeter than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of His perfume. He pours out and His name is like perfume poured out. Song of Songs 1: The Father’s love is higher than the heavens and deeper than the deepest ocean. God’s love and healing is here for you today. He has not forgotten you. Come to Him in prayer and be healed. Jesus travelled teaching

and preaching everywhere about the good news of the Kingdom of heaven. And He healed every kind of sickness and disease. The report of His miracles spread far beyond the borders of Galilee so that sick folk were coming to be healed from as far away as Syria. Whatever their illness and pain, or if they were possessed by demons, or were insane, or paralysed – He healed them all. Matthew 4 v23-24. Come and find Jesus Christ’s healing love at the Father’s House and taste His love that is sweeter than wine. By Janet Johansen

spending time in the hills around his home town of Assisi, Italy, where even the birds and wild animals sensed there was something different about him. Celebrate the joy your pets give you by bringing them to St Mary’s at 10am on October 2. All pets and owners welcome.

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Is all television bad? For older children, how they approach electronic media is different today as reading is not solely restricted to holding a book – with the availability of Kindle readers and iPads to provide access to eBooks.

Homework is evolving in a different way as access to electronics improves with children able to complete tasks on computers and iPads.

Imitating violence

Violence in the media, television programming, video games, television and movies are a real concern, however. Statistics indicate that the typical child is exposed to 12,000 violent acts on television a year. Children are imitators and those who watch violent shows are more likely to display aggressive behaviour. They are more likely to ‘strike out at other children, argue and disobey authority’. Violent television programming teaches children that violence is an acceptable way to solve problems. The younger years are a vital period of emotional development where many children do not have the capacity to distinguish reality from fantasy. Watching a violent act on TV or a news item may be very disturbing to a toddler. This was evidenced from very young children who were exposed to hours of television screening of natural disasters involving loss of life. Children who watch programmes with violent content may have

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more anxiety about their world and events around them. The three outcomes of harmful effects associated with violent television viewing are: • Learning aggressive behaviours and attitudes • Becoming desensitised to violence • Developing a fear of being victimised Some shows on television can be educational and promote positive social behaviour such as The Wiggles. Television used in moderation and discretion can be beneficial and studies have shown that moderate television viewing can stimulate a school age child’s education and creativity.

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Here are some suggestions for parents to take an active interest in what their children are watching on television: • Set Limits. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children under age two have no screen time and that children older than two watch no more than 1-2 hours a day of quality programmes. Other pediatric services recommend little or no television for children under four and less than 10 hours per week for older children. It is important to know how much

TV your child is watching. Set some basic rules such as no television before homework or during meals. Watching TV while eating is seen as a cause for developing bad food habits, leading to obesity in young children. Participate. Watch TV with your child and discuss the programme. Ask them questions and express your views. This will also let you know what your children are watching. Monitor. Avoid shows, movies, computer or video games that have violent or sexual content. Encourage children to watch programs about characters who show cooperation and caring. Analyse commercials. Help children to critically evaluate advertisements. Be a good role model. Because children model behaviour, set a good example with your own television viewing habits. Watch programmes containing adult content when your child is not in the room or nearby. Next Week: Developing language

The Wellington Phoenix stopped off at Bayfair Shopping centre on Saturday for a special meet and greet session with fans.

Tyler Shaw, 13 and Kristian Millard, 12, from Mount Maunganui meeting the players. Mercedes Couvee, 13, Zara McGuinn, 12 and Eva Gibson, 13, from Mount Maunganui. Chilli Billy, Mr Bean and Miss P. Lum are just some of the crazy and creative characters from Tauranga primary schools, competing in the first Tauranga Farmers’ Market scarecrow competition. Tazmin March, 9 and Lily-Jane Lawley, 10, with scarecrow Chilli Billy.

Blake Wass, 5, with Miss P. Lum – made by Room 7 at Gate Pa School.

Winner of the Classic Flyers model plane competition Brooklyn Beaumont, 9 with Classic Flyers general manager Martin Large.

Jean Rogers, Claire Grant, Elaine Watson and Adrienne France with their hand-crafted All Blacks players.


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Cruising alone no more the cruise market. We often hear our clients admitting they would love to cruise, but have no one to travel with, which can of course not only escalate travel costs, but can be a little daunting venturing off to far flung ports alone.”

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Want to travel, but don’t have a travel companion? Or maybe your friends are not ‘travel compatible’ with your interests and activities? United Travel is bringing together like-minded cruise ship travelers with a new Cruise Companion Club. Cruise ship consultant Chris Steele says the club is designed to bring together people who don’t want to travel on a cruise ship alone and are looking for someone to share their journey with.


“We have designed meetings – afternoon teas and morning coffees – for travelers to get to know each other

and if they meet someone they might think, ‘this lady might be good to travel with’ and might begin a travelling friendship.” Chris is an experienced cruise ship travel consultant, with 20 years experience under her belt both in New Zealand and abroad. Along with United Travel managing director Kay Rogers, she started the club after recognising a need for this kind of group in New Zealand. “This situation happens often with single travelers. Cruise ships cater to them very well once they are on the ship, but they need that initial push getting on the ship to meet new people and have someone to explore with,” says Chris. “For some time we have been aware of the need to fill an important gap in

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