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atamata College students and lawn bowlers, Tamati Sydney and Liam Shelly, achieved the double championship recently. Both 14 years of age, they are also members of Hinuera Bowling Club and next year, will be entering the National Under 18 competition as there are no National Secondary School competitions to date. Coached by Liam’s dad Bevan Shelley, a member of Waikato Under 8’s Open Men’s team, the two couldn’t be selected for the Waikato Under 5’s Open Men’s because of their age – even though Tamati defeated one of the teams members 21 – 18. He also,

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ully aware of just how much people love their pets, Jacob and Kelly Henderson decided recently to give small dog owners the opportunity to put their skills to the test with the inaugural Redoubt Bar & Eatery small dog derby. They enlisted

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with an extremely low margin of 21 – 17, narrowly missed out on the Hinuera Club Championships against a three times Waikato Under 5’s champ a fortnight ago. Liam and Tamati are well known throughout Matamata, Waikato and Bay of Plenty

clubs having played in a variety of open tournaments and placed in a few of them. These two also hold a Waikato club title not many 14yr olds have achieved. We look forward to sharing the boy’s future success. one2one Photography

the expertise of Matamata dog groomer and breeder, Alex May, also the major sponsor… and it was on! With heats between paired pets, excitement was evident and enthusiastic encouragement saw heats narrowed down to the semi-final and eventual final. “The track was hard and fast, our entrants were pumped and it was a lot of fun” says Jacob seriously! “The eventual winner was the slick speedster named Tommy with a jubilant owner, Nicky Parker. She was delighted with her prize of a supreme groom and pamper package courtesy of Alex and her business, Classy Canines. Thanks also went to Matamata Vet Services, Purina, Hinuera Rugby & Sports Inc. and Matamata Timber & Hardware for their assistance and sponsorship. Photos by Steve May, One2One Photography.

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MTF Valley Boys take out NZ Masters

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egardless of a couple of hip replacements, a few middle aged joint niggles and the need for a bit more rest following rigorous exercise, five Matamata men love nothing more than to hit the tennis court every Thursday night for a bit of camaraderie and light rivalry. It’s all in good fun of course, but when you consider all five played competitive tennis back in their hey-day, you can hardly blame them for giving the bright lights of success another crack. “With the New Zealand Seniors Masters Games being held just over the hill in Tauranga over Easter weekend, we decided we had nothing to lose” says team member Frank Hilliar. “We were all pretty keen and having played together for so many years, were confident we could at least provide half decent competition for some of the other regional teams.”

Entering the 50 to 55 year Masters men’s doubles team event, the “Valley Boys” were up against seven other teams from around the country. Play was intensive throughout the weekend and after several matches on both Friday and Saturday, the five were thrilled to finish second in their pool. “All our games were keenly contested” says Frank, “and played in really good spirit. As we edged closer to the final however, it was surprising just how competitive we became. Having made the Sunday final, Valley Boys were up against the Western Bay of Plenty team and, after losing the first two sets, were fully aware they couldn’t afford to drop any more if they were to remain top contenders. “We really played out of our skin” says Frank, “and keeping up sound play, were elated to win the next two which saw us declared joint winners. It was a great final with a

good crowd and lots of family and friends there supporting us. The Western Bay boys played equally well and we laughed with them describing the final as a real ‘guns at dawn with a beer afterwards’ type of match. They deserved the win as much as we did so it was really great to congratulate each other on attaining gold.” Sponsored by MTF Finance, the Valley Boys are looking to defend their title at the 2019 New Zealand Seniors Masters Games which will be held in Christchurch. “Of course we’re not committing ourselves just yet” laughs Frank, “you never know what can happen between now and then. For now we’re just really pleased with how we went. It felt great to be back playing competitive sport but hey, we’re no longer ten foot high and bullet proof so I think we’ll play that one by ear!” Caron Stewart.

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Celebrating country Biggles Flies Undone success M

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fter a clean sweep at the Waikato Country Music Awards, young Matamata club member Jade O’Brien couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities now ahead of her after winning the Junior Overall category. Basically born into music and singing, Jade has played the ukulele and guitar as long as she can remember and although she’s always enjoyed ‘having a bash’ on the drums, its only more recently she has started professional lessons. “I’ve grown up with the Matamata Country Music Club, they’re all basically family” she says, “so playing in the band or filling in at club days or whatever, has always been something I love doing and am pretty confident with. It also gives me a much better understanding of timing and performance when I’m singing and I think that’s what has helped me achieve success.” Having performed in Hamilton at the Waikato awards over Easter weekend, Jade was over the moon to hear she had won not only the Junior Gospel, Country Rock and Junior Solo but the Junior Overall which means she is now eligible to compete in the New Zealand Entertainer of the Year which will be held in Tauranga in October. “I chose to sing songs that were quite different to anything I had performed before” says Jade. “I think it’s really important to challenge myself and after my performances, the crowd was really enthusiastic so I figured I must have done ok! Now I’m going to have to really think about

what to sing for the Entertainer of the Year – Obviously I want to do the best I can - but for me, it’s less about winning and more about being proud of my performance. I kind of live by the “Keep going, never give up and never give in” mantra, so as long as I’m happy with what I’ve done and my family are there alongside me, I’ll be just fine I’m sure.” Caron Stewart.

Matamata Country Music singer, Jade O’Brien was elated to take out the Junior Overall in the recent Waikato Country Music Awards. She will now be competing in the New Zealand Entertainer of the Year competition in October. We wish her luck!

atamata Dramatic Society is looking forward to entertaining local audiences with their latest offering, Biggles Flies Undone. James Bigglesworth, nicknamed Biggles, is a fictional pilot and adventurer, the title character and main hero of the Biggles series of youthoriented adventure books written by WE Johns. Captain William Earl Johns, who died in 1968, was a pilot in the RFC – the forerunner of the RAF – before creating the Biggles adventures in the 1930s. He was shot down and taken prisoner by the Germans in the latter stages of the war. He had switched to the flying corps following service as an infantryman and then as a machine-gunner. Although the author himself has been suggested as the model for Biggles, Johns stated that it was composite character based on a number of real people. Biggles first appeared in the story The White Fokker, which was published in the first issue of Popular Flying magazine in 1932. His adventures saw him serve in both world wars along with stints in the secret service and air police. The series continued until the author’s death and ran to nearly 100 volumes – including novels and short stories. Still in print, the books have been published in dozens of languages and get a lot of perfectly reasonable criticism for casual racism and misogyny! Biggles Flies Undone, written by Mike Isle and directed by Wanda Brittain, is described as a ripping two act comedy in the Boys Own Annual mould. Biggles, Algy and their chums are confronted by their most perplexing challenge yet – a woman, and it’s a bit of a spoof on the original Biggles books. “Our production is a bit of a lark really” laughs Wanda, “there are definite misogyny tones with the sort of Indiana Jones of the day having to deal with a replacement pilot – who is a woman! But there is also that real sense of humour that would have got people through dur-

ing those months and years” she says. “It’s difficult to comprehend a time where young men would be waiting for the call to fly, not knowing who would return and carrying each other through such terrible times. There is a kind of honour through the play, extended to our Anzac’s and those who fought, lived and died with the utmost respect.” With a cast of six, Wanda says the team approach has been evident from the beginning and she is thrilled with the way Biggles Flies Undone is coming together. “We’ve welcomed experienced and new cast members and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see them develop together and put their own spin on their character” she says. “The production is a comedy take-off but also raises issues about women’s roles – and more particularly, how far we have come!” With the gala opening night an invitation to the Officer’s Mess, Wanda encourages everyone to grab tickets now and enjoy a great night out. With an online booking system, it couldn’t be easier – pop onto www.mds.org.nz or phone 07 888 9567.

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hen Rosemary Locke learned her beloved guide dog Yaz was to be retired, it wasn’t just the thought of being without him that made her anxious. Potentially she knew it could be some time before she was matched with a replacement and as an active member of the community, being without her independence was a devastating thought. As it happened however, a happy result ensued on both counts. “After having Yaz for such a long time, I was absolutely thrilled Bill and Joy (Hawes) were able to adopt him” says Rosemary. “As part of our family, they have known Yaz his whole life and now that he is not a working dog, it’s just lovely that he can enjoy his senior years with us all in familiar environments.” Matched in February with Honour, a two and a half year old Lab Retriever, Rosemary says the transition since receiving her in March has been a breeze. “She’s just lovely” says Rosemary. “I thought being quite young, she may be a little too boisterous and perhaps, get impatient with my slower walking pace, but after two weeks of training and learning my regular destinations, she is just delightful. I am so appreciative of the lengths the Blind Foundation go to ensure successful pairing and I have no doubt our bond will only get stronger.” Although the annual puppy appeal has already been held for 2018, Rosemary urges people to support the Blind Foundation if they are able. “What they provide and how they support the blind and visually impaired community is incredible” she says. “In fact, anyone who has this dis-

ability, or supports someone that might, will have the opportunity to find out more of what they do at a pop up open day on Wednesday, May 2. There will be free information sessions on how people who have low vision or are blind can use adaptive technology, and learn skills to be confident and independent in daily living. Blind Foundation’s National Manager Customer Service and Advice, Denise Kitto, says Matamata is the second ‘pop up’ location as part of the Foundation’s plan to boost connections with people in places without a Blind Foundation office. “The pop ups are a new way for anyone curious about what we do to come by, have a cuppa on us and find out how we help people adjust to deteriorating vision so they can get on with living the life they want” says Denise. “We take pride in our commitment to provide an equitable service for all of New Zealand. Denise also says people can be surprised to learn that although the organisation has the word ‘blind’ in its name, three out of every four people who use the Blind Foundation’s services are not blind. “You don’t need to be blind to benefit from the services we have to support with vision loss” she says. “The invitation to attend is open to everyone and likely to appeal to those with deteriorating eyesight or low vision and their families, who can find out more about the options available to assist.” The ‘pop up’ open day in Matamata will be open from 9.30am – 3.30pm at the Union Parish Church Hall. To find out more visit blindfoundation.org.nz. Caron Stewart.

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Helping one another As is the case in many communities, Matamata has many individuals and families who are finding it hard to provide food for their children and themselves. Through the generosity & kindness of people in this town and district, who donate food to the FOODBANK we are able to supply food where needed. Food parcels can be supplied at any time, for part of a week or up to two weeks. Those needing food should contact the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Family Budgeting Service or any of the churches or WINZ to be referred to the FOODBANK. You will be asked to have some identification, a recent

bank statement and, if you have it, your WINZ number. The FOODBANK is completely confidential and only you and the coordinator will know you have asked for or been given a food parcel. There should be no need for anyone to go hungry in Matamata while the FOODBANK is here to help. What else can we do? That’s easy. When we know or feel there is a need – especially to those close to us in our Matamata community, we can open up our hearts and our cupboards, and we can do what Jesus says is the right thing to do. “You feed them”. (Mark 6:37). We are not talking about anything

new, but here’s something to consider. Some people, family & children in our community actually have little or nothing in their food cupboards. Our Lord Jesus was a generous Giver. We have all been truly blessed in our life journey. He assures us that “Whatever you do for the least of these people of mine, you do it for me.” The amazing part is that when we help people who are less fortunate, we are lending a helping hand to the Lord Himself. Let’s look around. We can be sure that there are people nearby who need our help. Let’s continue Gods blessings on Matamata.

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Let the games begin

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ith the idea to bring people together for fun, friends and fellowship, almost a dozen locals enjoyed the inaugural Community Games afternoon last Tuesday held at the Anglican Church hall. “It was lovely to see people take the opportunity of coming along” says Mary Lasenby. “Everyone really enjoyed themselves and after introductions, also enjoyed making new friends.” Table games including Yahtzee, Scrabble, Rummi Kub and Uno are on offer for visitors and with an annual subscription of just $5 and one dollar per week which includes afternoon tea, Mary says it’s the perfect way to enjoy a weekly outing socially. “There are many locals that get quite lonely especially with winter months approaching” she says. “What better way to feel engaged than by picking up a neighbour or friend and joining us. Everyone, of all ages is welcome and new visitors certainly needn’t feel intimidated if they’d like to come alone. There’ll always be someone to welcome you in and introduce you to likeminded people” adds Mary. Held every Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm, the Community Games afternoon will be held in the lounge behind the All Saints Anglican Church on Hohaia Street. For those interested but perhaps not familiar with how to play the games, there are members more than happy to teach you the ropes. For more information or enquiries, please feel welcome to contact Mary on 07 888 5100. Caron Stewart. Right: Pictured from left are Margaret McBurney, Barbara Mackenzie, Jackie Grinder, Mary Lasenby and Sylvia Robertson enjoying a game of Rummi Kub numbers.

Dusty Springfield… the original pop diva

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or many of us Dusty Springfield’s name is synonymous with famous hits like “Son of a preacher man” and “You don’t have to say you love me” and if this is what you remember of the fabulous Dusty, you will not be disappointed with Matamata Musical Theatre’s latest offering. Telling the story of little Mary O’Brien’s rise to fame to the iconic Dusty Springfield, this musical is one you cannot miss. Local talent, Helen Snook, plays the lead role of Dusty Springfield and brings with her a wealth of theatrical experience both on and off stage. “Dust”…ing off her vocal Helen Snook is pictured as Dusty Springfield. chords to learn the myriad of songs as well

as all of the dialogue has been challenging at times, but the effort certainly pays off when a fabulous show comes together. The show starts out in the 1950’s where schoolgirl, Mary O’Brien, imagines she could become a glamorous singing idol. Her parents tell her that her fantasies will never come true and not to dream the impossible dream. Following her as she first sings with the Lana Sisters, then with The Springfield’s and finally finds her “sound”. Blessed with amazing talent, she sets out to become a star and transforms herself into the pop diva, Dusty Springfield. Her life is not without angst as she battles personal demons,

lost love and her own perfectionism but finding a sense of family and acceptance from those close to her gives her the solace and stability that the pop star lifestyle cannot. Dusty… The Original Pop Diva is open to audiences on the 01 May through to the 12th of May, featuring three matinee performances. To make the “Dusty” experience complete, patrons can also book a special two course “Dusty Springfield” lunch or dinner at Redoubt. They will make sure you get your meal and make it to the theatre one time for the performance. Call them direct to book. Kym Bolton Hampton.

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Lest we forget. ANZAC Day, April 25 Matamata Memorial RSA (Inc.) Poppy Appeal: Friday 20th April

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n April 25, 1915 the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps were landed at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula. It was the onset of a campaign intended to give allied shipping access to the Black Sea, bring help to Russia and perhaps force Turkey out of the war. In the following eight months of fighting, nearly 3,000 New Zealanders were killed and almost 5,000 wounded. Australian casualties were similarly horrendous. Gallipoli was a tactical defeat but what made this campaign so significant was that it marked the beginning of a national New Zealand consciousness. It gave birth to a realization that we were different, that we were distinctive, that we were not merely allied soldiers but above all, we were New Zealanders and we were special. It needs to be noted that the same realisation came to Australians who fought at our side and surprisingly, the Turks who we fought against. Indeed the Turks see the Gallipoli campaign as the beginning of the birth of their modern nation. These terrible losses greatly affected New Zealand, and the campaign quickly became a symbol of our war losses. Memorial services were first held on April 25, 1916 as the New Zealand Division was arriving in France for service on the Western Front. These services quickly became established and the 25th day of April in each year has been an official day of commemoration since 1920. Anzac day has become a very special day for all New Zealanders and Australians, a day to

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elinda Rowson’s call to Brigid Gallagher, presenter of Heritage Rescue couldn’t have been better timed with only one more available project for inclusion in this year’s series. Filming for the third series of the show, Director and Producer Laurie Clarke was thrilled to bring his team to Matamata to look at a revamp and refurbishment of Firth Tower which is a grade one listed heritage site. “Along with our exhibit designer and renowned historian Vincent O’Malley from Wellington, we discussed ideas with the Matamata Historical Society as to how the Tower and its three levels of exhibits could be improved” says Laurie. “Obviously we take their ideas on board while identifying areas we feel could be revamped and come back with a design plan. We are limited by regulations around how much we can do because of the heritage listing to keep authenticity, but were confident we could markedly improve displays and include more

of a narrative feel to the Firth story.” Over a period of five days, the Heritage Rescue team of 11 people worked extremely hard to create a flow of exhibits focussing on Firth Business on the ground floor, Firth Estate on the first floor and Firth Family on the second floor which includes models, portrait boxes and clear poignant displays throughout. “It was incredibly insightful to learn of the relationships between Firth and Tamihana, the history of events and of course, the many wonderful displays and exhibits featured at the complex” says Laurie. Firth Tower is the 21st heritage building we have refurbished and ironically, it’s one of the largest historic sites managed by one of the smallest communities. The complex is a real credit to the Matamata community.” Scheduled to air around September/October, Heritage Rescue is on Choice TV which can be found on Channel 12. Caron Stewart.

David McMillan, great great grandson of TH White, designer of the tower, was thrilled to be presented with a framed acknowledgment by Ernie Keene, President of the Matamata Historical Society.

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Heritage Rescue Director and Producer Laurie Clarke is pictured with a member of the camera crew recording for the series which will air later this year.

Three levels of displays have been refurbished inside the tower which includes a model of the Firth Tower and original homestead, headquarters of the Matamata estate (1882-1902). In 1902 the homestead was destroyed and the tower gutted by fire.

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aving formed a partnership with St John 10 years ago, ASB is extremely proud to be working alongside an organisation so crucial to emergency medical care in communities throughout New Zealand. As well as various fundraising initiatives, staff from ASB branches nationwide volunteer on St John Area Committees, engage in CPR and first aid training courses, support St John in Schools basic first aid programmes teaching kids essential lifesaving skills and, to date, have provided three fully equipped and functioning ambulances. ASB is now committed to providing a fourth ambulance. “We are extremely grateful to members of our local and business community that have contributed towards our collective fundraising efforts” says Matamata ASB team member, Tony Kissick, also a St John Area Committee member and volunteer. “The

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cornerstone of the partnership is ‘ASB and St John working together to build caring communities’ and, by building a base of programmes that encourage greater community involvement in first aid and St John, we can be assured that this vital service continues to be available to all New Zealanders and their families.” Fully equipped with an AED (Automatic Heart Defibrillator) Matamata branch of ASB has AED trained staff ready to help in an emergency situation, and have provided first aid and CPR courses to dozens of their clients and customers. “Ensuring we are familiar with any measures that could potentially keep a person safe until emergency services arrive fits with our values and ethics both personally and professionally” says Tony. “We are extremely proud of our partnership with St John and although the ASB

Heart of Gold appeal is held annually during the month of April, we are fully committed to raising as much funding and awareness as possible throughout the year.” Along with raffles, street BBQs and the recent in-branch balloon fundraiser, local ASB staff have canvassed the community selling Heart of Gold pins and unique pens that have a convenient pull out instructional reminder should the need for emergency CPR be required. These continue to be available for purchase at $2 and $1 respectively. Tony and the Matamata team would also like to offer their thanks to the businesses featured around this centrespread promotion who so generously contributed to 2018 efforts. “All donations, regardless of their value, are imperative to enabling St John to maintain its presence in the community” he says. “St John rely on

our generosity to ensure they can be there keeping us and our loved ones safe.” During the past ten years nationally, ASB have given 10,000 New Zealanders the opportunity to learn CPR for free, enabled 3,000 ASB staff to receive St John CPR training, provided CPR training and first aid kits to ASB staff and customers and funded and placed Automated External Defibrillators in branches and other public areas where large crowds gather. St John has received 455,000 calls, cared for 428,000 patients and its ambulances have covered nearly 20 million kilometres. In 2017, St John trained 82,000 New Zealanders in First Aid, and treated 500,000 patients. Of note, ASB Rural has had a local presence since 1994 while the Branch has been here 10years. Caron Stewart.

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aving been involved with after the school care programme at Starfish Social Services for the past five years, Programme Coordinator Dwayne Paul and his assistant Madi are hugely excited to see the introduction of further programmes sure to benefit local families. “We originally started the after school care with around a dozen children aged between five and 12 years of age” says Dwayne, “and numbers have steadily increased each year. A lot of the reason for this of course, is that with increased numbers of parents or caregivers working, they can be secure in the fact that their children are safely picked up from school, provided with afternoon tea and stimulated with activities until parents can collect them at the end of their working day. Whether the kids like to get involved with arts and craft, do their homework or other activities, it’s such a great way for them remain stimu-

lated and meet new friends in a really safe environment.” Held at the “afterschool room” at Matamata Christian School, Dwayne and Madi have two Starfish vehicles available which can transport seven and 12 passengers respectively. Children are picked up from whatever school they attend locally, and the programme runs on weekdays from 3pm to 6pm. After feedback from families currently utilising the after school programmes and enquiries to Starfish, Dwayne and Madi are excited to be launching the before school programme next term that also supports families and whanau with providing children with breakfast, quiet activities and transport to school. “Children between five and 12 years old can be dropped off from 7.15am” says Dwayne, “which is particularly convenient for those families that have children already familiar with our after school care.”

Along with the before and after school programmes, Starfish coordinates an excellent holiday programme where during both weeks, a variety of activities and outings are organised between 8.30am and 5pm. These include everything from visits to the Hamilton Lake and Gardens, to the Tauranga Trampoline Park and even movies and popcorn! On other days swimming, walking and games will ensure your children have a holiday to remember. “I think one of the best things about the programme is that we are OSCAR approved” says Madi, “which means our families may be entitled to assistance towards these childcare programmes. We have the required forms available so if there is anyone that would like further information, they are very welcome to ask us at the Starfish office or contact WINZ on 0800 559 009. For further information on available services at Starfish Social Services, see their

Dwayne and Madi, coordinators of the after school and holiday programmes, are excited to have recently added before school care to their services. Contact Starfish Social Services for more information.

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website www.starfishservices.org.nz, pop in and see the team at 15 Gordon Terrace, Matamata, phone them on 07 888 8795 or find them on Facebook. Caron Stewart.

Deb Galloway, Wellness Facilitator at Starfish Social Services, loves her job – particularly given the focus on encouraging local youth to be the absolute best version of themselves possible. To further encourage local young people to celebrate their uniqueness, Deb is delighted to announce plans for a free event on Saturday May 19. “There are still a few plans to be finalised” she says, “but the “Just Dance” event is going to be an epic opportunity for young people to explore a bunch of incredibly fun workshops that will include genres such as hip hop, ballet and even talent performance. We’re going to have spot prizes, tag art, touch basketball and of course, a big feed” she laughs. “We want young people to come along and basically just be who you want to be! Starfish Social Services is totally inclusive and in promoting and encouraging individuality, we’re really hoping to connect with youth in a personal and positive way.” Keep your eye out for further details about the event but for now, mark your calendar, you’re not going to want to miss it!


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ver the weekend of April 6-8, we had five athletes travel down to Whanganui to represent the Waikato Bay of Plenty region in the North Island Athletics Championships. This is a great achievement, as there are qualifying times and distances to make the team. All athletes and their supporting families should be proud of their efforts. Rochelle Lind placed fourth in the Junior Girls Javelin, an outstanding result considering she first threw a Javelin at the School Athletics just six weeks ago. Khan Todd showed great grit and form placing fourth in both the Junior Boy 800m and 1500m. He produced both a personal best and club record in the 1500m. Harrison Fountain had a tough day competing whilst being sick, but still gained a credible 11th in the Senior Boys 1500m. Ethan Wallace continued his fine sprinting producing high quality performances resulting in a fourth place in the Intermediate Boys 100m and a second place in the 200m. He was also a member of the WBOP 4x100m Intermediate Boys relay team who took out Gold for their age group. Ollie Morton-Farrelly had a sublime weekend of Athletics. He produced a dominant throwing display walking away with Gold in the both the Junior Boys Shot and Discus, throwing an official personal best in the Discus of almost 48 metres. He couldn’t quite pull off a medal in the 100m finishing fourth, but showed his talent in sprints by bring home the WBOP Junior Boys relay team to win a third gold. Again, well done to all athletes. We look forward to seeing you progress from here. Six students competed in the Waikato SS Swimming Championships at Te Awamutu Event Centre. Mollie Allison, Kaysha

www.sceneonline.co.nz Bradley, Stanley Allison, Caleb Lawrence, Samuel Hills and Benjamin Mason swam well in each of their events. There were a raft or personal bests for the swimmers with a number reaching finals in the 50m events. Mollie Allison placed 8th in the Intermediate Girls 50m Butterfly, Samuel Hills placed 8th in the Intermediate Boys 50m Butterfly with Caleb Lawrence achieving 5th place finishes in both the 50m Butterfly and Freestyle. The most positive results of the day were for Ben Mason finishing fourth in the Senior Boys 100m Breaststroke and Samuel Hills taking out second in the Intermediate Boys 100m Freestyle. The day ended with the boys competing in the ‘15 and over’ Medley and Freestyle Relays. This was a big ask for a young team, but again they gave their best, finishing with two good times. We wish all the best to Samuel Hills who is off to compete at the National Age Group Championships in the 100m and 200m Freestyle over the term break. We had great success at the WBOP Secondary Schools team tag triathlon championships held at Karapiro. Mollie Allison, Edward Roskam and Khan Todd placed first in the U16 mixed grade. Mia Roberts, Jacob Fouhy and Liam Fernyhough were second in the U16 mixed grade, with Don Smitstra, Sam Hills and Callum Nesbit coming in third for U16 boys. Amy Maurer, Rory McLaren and Cameron Jacobsen placed second in the U19 mixed grade. A number of keen boys attended the WBOP Mountain bike champs at Te Miro. Hadyn Muter had the best individual performance in the U19 grade where he placed second. With Term 1 finished we hope all of our students enjoy and safe and active break and come back rearing to get into the winter sports codes.

Ollie Morton-Farrelly, Khan Todd and Ethan Wallace are pictured representing WBOP at the North Island Secondary School Athletics Champs.

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This lovingly restored 1940's bungalow has been tastefully decorated. Situated on a large rear section comprised of two titles, 28 A and B Station Street is the perfect family hideaway. With a generously proportioned lounge, leading to an open kitchen and dining space, then head down the hallway to four bedrooms, with the sizeable master bedroom complemented by an ensuite. Decking at the rear and front of the home provide options for following the sun for outdoor entertaining. This a hidden gem that you must see to really appreciate. VIEW By Appointment

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his is the time of year when many clubs and societies, including drama and musical theatre clubs, have their AGM’s. This is when they select new officers and committees, change membership rules and fees, and discuss any important issues concerning the club. A hot topic nowadays is the increasing requirements and costs of complying with OSH and fire safety rules, and earthquake strengthening of any buildings the club owns and uses. It’s this last that is most worrying, as many theatre clubs have their own theatre, usually an old building adapted and improved over many years by club members volunteer labour, with mate-

spread the good news. What a tremendous responsibility. Let us rise to the challenge and do what we can to make people aware of the tremendous significance of the salvation offered to us by Jesus Christ.

www.sceneonline.co.nz rials donated by local businesses or purchased using hard earned club funds. Amateur clubs have about another ten years before the new earthquake strengthening rules come into force, and such is the expense involved that many clubs will find it uneconomical to comply. This could result in many communities losing their local theatre as the amateur theatre clubs own theatre is often the only theatre in town. And it’s not just theatres as any sports or social club that owns clubrooms or other buildings will face the same problem. Ignoring the situation and hoping it will go away is no answer, and it’s too big a job for clubs to do alone. Will Govern-

ment and local councils bend the new rules for them to preserve the social life of our communities, or will funding assistance be made available from somewhere? The clock is ticking. Over in Morrinsville the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” is at Morrinsville Theatre’s Anderson street theatre. Tauranga Musical Theatre’s Westside theatre has the musical “Catch me if you Can” and of course our own Matamata Dramatic society presents the comedy “Biggles Flies Undone”. Finally Matamata Musical Theatre is opening the musical “Dusty” about singing star Dusty Springfield at the Wayside Theatre Kea street soon.

DUCK29SHOOTERS DAY APRIL 2018 - 9.00am

MATAMATA GUN CLUB

ALONG WITH

TE AROHA GUN CLUB

WHERE: MATAMATA GUN CLUB, 222 MANGAWHERO ROAD

(Battues, rabbits, incomers, long shots – plenty of targets to test your shooting)

ENTRY COST: $65.00 PER PERSON (NO eftpos, CASH only)

Pongo’s Duck Trophy – HOA

INCLUDS LUNCH

Drawn Prizes.

4 Man/Women Teams and individual.

Sponsored by Matamata Sports World and Robert Harris.

75 Targets: 3x25

Ammunition and refreshments available.

President: Mike Buckman 021-246-9219 | Secretary/Tresurer: Kevin Curtis: 0274 451 999 The club has the right to change programme at any time.

BLOODWORMS Frozen and Turtle tucker. Kaimai Garden Centre, Northern Boundary, Matamata township. BOOKS FOR children and adults by Dolly VardenChambers are now available at Paper Plus. RED ROBIN hedging, $3.50 at Kaimai Garden Centre, Northern Boundary, Matamata township. TREES for Tuis at Kaimai Garden Centre, Northern Boundary, Matamata township.

BRAINS are wonderful, I wish everyone had one. PEA STRAW Barley Straw and Hay Bales available at Kaimai Garden Centre, Northern Boundary, Matamata Township. DON’T YOU hate it when someone answers their own questions? I do. WILD BIRD feeders at Kaimai Garden Centre, Northern Boundary, Matamata Township. CLOTHING REPAIRS CLOTHING ALTERATIONS Zips/hems and repairs. Same day service if required. Phone Carol on 07 888 9303 or 027 292 2189. STORAGE

FREE to give, free to take. Used plant pots/punnets. Kaimai Garden Centre, Northern Boundary, Matamata township. WORKING in a mirror factory is something I can totally see myself doing. GRISELINIA Hedging plants only $3.50 at Kaimai Garden Centre, Northern Boundary, Matamata Township. BRAINS are wonderful, I wish everyone had one. OXY WEED for your goldfish at Kaimai Garden Centre, Northern Boundary, Matamata township. POND PLANTS plentiful $14 Kaimai Garden Centre, Northern Boundary, Matamata township. GOLDFISH Only $8. Kaimai Garden Centre, Northern Boundary, Matamata Township. PEKING DUCKS Up to 10 available, and Ringneck Doves. $15 each. Ph 0274 691 578. TYRES All the best brands and service with a smile. See the team at Matamata Tyre Service, Arawa Street, Matamata. Ph 888 7409. TWO WRONGS don’t make a right but a Wright did make an airplane. MATAMATA TYRE Service is where you go for tyres! Arawa Street, Matamata. Ph 888 7409. SHRUBS Great selection at Kaimai Garden Centre, Northern Boundary of Matamata Township.

SUNNYPARK STORAGE Storage, short or long term. Cars, motorhomes, furniture. Individual units available. Phone 0274 753 478.

MATAMATA SELF STORAGE Hassle free storage – here when you need us. Completely accessible, secure, pest controlled multi sized units. Phone 07 888 7137.

WORK WANTED

NEED YOUR KNIVES, scissors or tools sharpened? Call Peter on 07 888 5326.

Just ane the window cleaners

The Window Cleaners, residential and commercial. Glass and joinery cleaning.

Phone Jane for a quote on 07 888 8811 Locally owned and operated with a smile

SITUATION VACANT PART TIME TREASURER Matamata Historical Society is looking for an experienced Treasurer for part time accounting at the Firth Tower Reserve – computer based accounting preparing monthly reports, paying bills and wages. Apply to the President PO Box 300 Matamata 3440 or email: Firthtower@outlook.com Applications close 27 April 2018

IN MEMORIAM

MCKINLEY, Kerry Allan (Matamata)

In loving memory of Kerry who passed away three years ago on 21st April 2015. Gone from our lives that cheeky smiling face His cheerful happy ways A heart that one so many friends In those never forgotten days His nature was loving and giving He had a heart of gold To those who knew and loved him His memory will never grow cold. “Sadly missed by all his family”

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Classifieds... SITUATIONS VACANT

SITUATIONS VACANT

OFFICE JUNIOR/RECEPTIONIST Our firm of Magill Earl has a vacancy for a junior typist/receptionist. You will be given the chance to gain a thorough understanding of how a legal firm operates and to expand your skills as you learn progressively. To be suitable for this role you must have • Good computer skills • Good spelling and grammar • Initiative • Be well presented • Sense of humour • Well spoken • An enthusiastic attitude We offer a great environment with good opportunity for career progression. This will be a full time position. Please apply in writing with your CV to: The Partners Magill Earl PO Box 43 Matamata 3440

Applications close May 4, 2018

RECEPTIONIST – FULL TIME Noble & Lee are a local accounting firm who service a wide range of clients. We are looking for a receptionist extraordinaire to organize the office. Duties will include being first point of contact with clients in both the office and on the phone, responsibility for the general running of the office, mail, accounting support, companies office and trust administration. Our ideal candidate will be professional, organized, friendly, positive, self-motivated, efficient, and experienced with Microsoft Office. Experience in a CA office and/or knowledge of the accounting system would be advantageous. If you would like to apply, please send your CV and cover letter to info@noble-lee.co.nz or Noble & Lee, PO BOX 76, Matamata 3400. Applications close 27 April 2018.

Garden Centre Allrounder Four Seasons Home & Garden Centre of Matamata are looking for one or two new team members to help provide excellent service to their customers. The role involves: ▪ Counter work and customer service ▪ General garden maintenance such as watering, weeding, pruning, fertilizing, creating and maintaining plant displays ▪ Inwards goods ▪ Some administration The successful applicant(s) for this role will: ▪ Be able to work at least one weekend day every weekend (this is non-negotiable) if not both days ▪ Have outstanding customer service skills ▪ Have some computer knowledge ▪ Be able to do heavy lifting ▪ Possibly have some plant & gardening knowledge Hours and days are not set at this stage: options include full time, part time (9-3pm) or casual. If you are who we are looking for please send your CV to apply@limelimited.co.nz before 23 April. Please phone Louise on 027 2335449 if you have any questions about this role.

For all your Classified Advertising Phone 07 888 4489

Trades and Services

AUTO ELECTRICIAN

APPLIANCES We service all leading whiteware brands Buying and Selling of New and Used Appliances

Custom Auto Electrix

Ph Charlie Payze 027 788 5211 A/h 07 888 5211

For prompt in-home servicing call 07 888 4910

• Mobile servicing cars, boats, trailers, trucks etc • Diagnostic scan tool • Alarm and radio installs • Complete rewires or repairs

9 TUI STREET, MATAMATA

Drive to the end of Station Road – you won’t miss us!

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

AUTO ELECTRICAL

Bluey Howell ARCHITECTURAL DRAUGHTSMAN

Specialist in alterations and additions. Licensed for Design 1 and 2 BP109375

nsite

uto

lectrical (2005) Ltd

PUBLIC NOTICES HEALING ROOMS Now at corner of Meura and Tui Streets, 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month from 2pm to 4pm. No appointment necessary.

CURTAIN CLEANING Drapes, Roman blinds. Removes mildew. Guthrie Bowron, Matamata, 17 Arawa St. Ph 888 8119.

If we don’t have it – We’ll get it. That’s a promise. Same day service wherever possible. 2 Waihou Street Phone 07 888 7579 A/H 021 314 914

AUTO SERVICES

ben@thesoundguy.co.nz www.thesoundguy.co.nz

Speaker is Derrick Burke – Letters to Mother from WW2

MATAMATA JU JITSU Club. Self defence for seniors and juniors. Ph David 027 231 2606.

For a referral to the Foodbank contact: • CAB on 888 8176 (10am - 2pm) or • Family Budgeting Service on 888 5692 (10am - 12noon) or • A local Church

KEY CUTTING Biggest selection. Guthrie Bowron, Matamata, 17 Arawa St. Ph 888 8119. OPEN EVERY weekend, Outdoor Obsession, Tirau. Coffees good too! TAKE A drive, take in Tirau. Explore Outdoor Obsession. VENETIAN BLINDS Cleaning & repair. Guthrie Bowron, Matamata, 17 Arawa St. Ph 888 8119.

All welcome

MATAMATA We are very grateful to our wonderful community sponsors who help ensure this valuable service can continue.

BRICKLAYING

Thank you to our April sponsor, Crushing & Mining Supplies NZ Ltd

www.sceneonline.co.nz BUILDERS

Greenwell Bricklayers Ltd Natural Stonework Designer Schist Brickwork Paving Tiling Block-laying Landscaping

MARK GREENWELL P 07 888 7128 M 027 493 5472 E magreenwell@xtra.co.nz www.greenwellbricklayers.co.nz

BUILDING SUPPLIES

Matamata

TIMBER & HARDWARE LTD

SUPPLIERS OF • Holcim Agents • James Hardie Stockists • Winstone Stockists • All your building needs • Firth Paving • General Hardware Supplies

Rewa Street, Matamata Phone 888 8145 Fax 888 8144 Email: M.T.H@xtra.co.nz

M ATA M ATA

• New houses to alterations • Light Commercial • Maintenance

Call Robert Gregory - 021 805 234 robert@randrconstruction.co.nz

BUILDERS

Stephen Tong LABOUR ONLY BUILDER Building repairs Underfloor Insulation Weatherboard repairs Competitive rates, free measure and quote

Ph 021 170 6954 or 07 888 8045

CAFE

BUILDERS

espresso cafe

OPEN 7 DAYS FOR

• W.O.F. • Services • Exhausts • Brakes • General Mechanical Repairs

BREAKFAST, BRUNCH & LUNCH

75 Firth St, Matamata Phone 07 888 6692 • Fax 07 888 9487

67 Arawa Street, Matamata 3400s07 888 9292 matamata@momentoespresso.co.nz

AUTO SERVICES

AUTOMOTIVE

OPEN MEETING

24th April at 1.30pm in the Heritage Room, Firth Tower

Finding it difficult to provide sufficient food for your family?

Supply and installation of TV, wifi, audio and smart systems

Phone Benoit Canuel 027 733 3218

Matamata Historical Society

YESTERDAY I fell down from a 10 meter ladder. Thank goodness I was on the third step.

and Air Conditioning Industrial • Commercial • Earthmoving & Agricultural • Transport

PH: 07 888 4199 14 KARO PLACE, MATAMATA

AUDIO VISUAL SPECIALIST

PUBLIC NOTICES FREE Sexual abuse counselling in Matamata on Tuesday’s, also general counselling with cost negotiated at first visit. Contact Lynn on 021 267 8682. MNZAC, ACC Sensitive Claims Counsellor.

MAIN MOTORS LTD

/ momento matamata

CARPET CLEANING

BUILDERSS

RYAN CONSTRUCTION

Phone 07 888 1443

Kermit Ryan

CARPET CLEANING

Qualified Builders

CARS all makes and models

LIGHT TRUCKS TOWING

ALL REPAIR AND SERVICING all work guaranteed

Mon – Fri 8am-5pm, Sat by appointment Conveniently located on the corner of SH27 & 29 next to G.A.S.

AUTO ELECTRICIAN

Sparked Auto Electrix Ltd

For all your building requirements

FLAT BATTERY? We’re your local Marshall Battery agent.

• New homes • Bathrooms

• Alterations • Maintenance

Phone now for a free quote

144 Broadway, Matamata Ph 07 888 5023 or 888 8960

AUTO TRIMMERS

6207 Ngarua Road, Waharoa 3474 Ph 027 284 3885 Email: dropzonenz@xtra.co.nz

BUILDERS For all your building requirements and concrete needs

Matt Henderson Auto Electrician

0274 774 810 sparkedauto@hotmail.com Find us on Facebook

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Email autotrimmers@xtra.co.nz

• Satisfaction Guaranteed

Phone Phil 027 283 0825 or Email: chrissie.phil@gmail.com

CLEANING

Evo Steam Cleaning Ltd Residential • Commercial Industrial • Agricultural Interior and Exterior

Steam cleans quickly – and sanitises effectively Talk to us now about ceilings/walls/ovens and so much more

For all your Auto Trimming & Upholstery Requirements Free Quotations Ring Today: 07 888 5484

• Professional Residential & Commercial

BUILDERS LTD p 07 888 9447 m 021 397 011

Phone 07 888 1950 Graeme 027 258 4776 • Lynne 022 310 1549 You name it… we clean it


Trades and Services COMPUTERS

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FENCING

TOOGOOD FENCING LTD 22 Arawa Street, Matamata PH: 07 888 5930 Repairs - Sales - Upgrades Network Support - Software Installs Security Cameras - Internet Access AND...YES ...WE CAN COME TO YOU !!!

CONCRETE

• R U RAL • LI FESTYLES • R ETAI N I NG WALLS • STOCKYAR DS & MOR E!

CONCRETE / PAVING CONCEPTS Plain: Coloured: Exposed BOBCAT – TRUCK (site works) “U say it, We lay it!”

Phone Jonesy 0274 935 062

• • • • • •

Driveways House sites Patios/paths Shed Floors Cowsheds Feed Pads

WOF $40

WHEELIE BIN SERVICES LTD

INCL

GST

• 240L Rubbish Bins and Green Waste Bins • Bins washed EVERY empty • 4, 7 and 9m Skip Bins • Town or country collections

BOOK NOW! Automotive Servicing and Repairs CARS – 4WD – LIGHT COMMERCIAL All makes including late models Pick up service available!

KEN’S SERVICE CENTRE (2001) LTD For quality TOOGOOD to overlook contact Scott phone 07 888 0778, mobile 027 251 9118

FENCING

PAUL JONES CONTRACTING

RUBBISH

M. 0274 768 100 E. info@jdfencing.co.nz

07 888 2893 or 021 146 1221

Phone for further information 888 4322

PLAYCENTRE

RENT A VAN

Qualified and Registered Mechanic

Te Poi

Jamin de Jong

Fencing &Construction

FENCING BUILT TO LAST • Rural & Residential Fencing • Stockyards • Security Electric Fencing • Rural Buildings • Retaining Walls • Feed Pads • Feed Bunkers • Concrete Work • Decks and Pergolas

We’ve got 12 seater mini vans! And if necessary, a covered-in trailer.

Quality Early Childhood Education

0 - 6 years All welcome Ph: Lisa on 027 859 3362 Find us on Facebook

Great for staff function transport, sports trips, day trips, airport pickup/deliveries courtesy vehicle for weddings/birthdays or just a night out! Phone Peter & Pauline Love

Matamata Rent A Van

7 Tamihana Street • Matamata

CONTRACTING

FINANCE

Helping New Zealanders to do more

We offer personal and business lending. Contact us to learn more. MATAMATA Ph 07 888 7417 Mb 0274 855 453

Excavators • Bulldozers • Grader • Roller • Loader Scoop • Machinery Transport • Trucks Email: office@donbrown.co.nz • www.donbrown.co.nz

CURTAINS

07 888 6680 95 Arawa Street

PANELBEATERS

SAND BLASTING

Collision Repair

Association • insurance and private work • all work guaranteed • free courtesy cars • qualified professional tradesmen • late model collision repairs • free quotes

®

Approved Structural Repair Centre

Sandblasting & Spraypainting

mtf.co.nz/matamata

Terms, conditions and lending criteria apply.

GARAGE DOORS

Ph 07 888 6508, mobile 021 838 421 6 Waiomou Street, Matamata

Be in to win our monthly $100 petrol voucher draw!

PLUMBING

ELECTRICAL

ARE YOU RENOVATING? We Can: • Install extra power points • Install phone & TV outlets • Upgrade your lighting • Install your security system

www.electrico.co.nz 12 Short St Matamata. Ph 07 888 8245

ELECTRICAL

Reputable products Local knowledge Great advice Professional service “guaranteed”

Plumbing • Gasfitting • Drainlaying • Heating

Contact Gary today: 07 888 8715, 07 886 8412 or 027 4960 715 Email: enquiry@swgd.co.nz

07 888 9340 2 Elizabeth Street, Matamata matamata@laserplumbing.co.nz www.matamata.laserplumbing.co.nz

GLASS & GLAZING

PLUMBING

Kings Glass & Glazing • Glass replacement • 24/7 on call emergency repair service • Screen Doors & Windows • Lock installation

Farmers Road, Matamata Ph Lyndon on 07 888 4237 or 021 0233 1627 Email: mtmglasssecurity@outlook.com “Locally owned and operated with pride”

GLASS AND JOINERY

Also in Tirau Ph: 07 883 1130

ENGINEERING

0$18)$&785(56 ‡ -2,1(56 ‡ .,7&+(1 */$=,(56REPLACEMENT • GLAZING & CHIP REPAIRS WINDSCREEN 028/',1*6 & FIT • SUPPLY ‡ 7,0%(5 CAT DOORS TOPS • 0$&+,1,1* $872 */$66 • TABLE MIRRORS GLASS CUT TO SIZE • KITCHEN & TIMBER JOINERY

Locally Owned & Operated

20 Waharoa West Road, Matamata Ph 07 888 7338 A/HRS 0274 438 811

GRAPHIC DESIGN & PRINT

Phone 07 888 6629 Mobile 027 275 3788 Quality Guaranteed

• PLUMBERS • GASFITTERS • DRAINLAYERS •

PLUMBING

PLUMBING  GA AS SFITT TI ING  R RO OOFING  DR RA AINA AG GE  HE EA AT TI ING

Ph: 888 8147 l 0800 PLU MBC O 11A Ga rland St reet l Matama ta

Stainless Steel Specialists Mig, Tig, Arc Welding General Engineering Mobile on-site Farm Repairs Farm Vat Installations Free on-site quotes – free kms

021 128 8081 info@paramountscaffolding.co.nz

www.paramountscaffolding.co.nz

STORAGE

TOTAL STORAGE SUMMER SPECIAL Containers from just $150 per month For more information call 021 676 799 or visit our website www.totalstorage.co.nz

SELF STORAGE STORAGE

RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • INDUSTRIAL • Open 7 days • Yard Storage for • Security Cameras Caravans/boats • Fully Electrified Fences • Pest Controlled • Automatic Gate Access • Short or Long Term • Clean Units • Insurance Approved Ph: 07 888 8371 or 027 499 9584 24 Waihou Street Matamata

Oblliigattiion Fr re ee Quotte es ffo or All Jobs Lar rg ge or Small...

info@matamataministorage.co.nz

24 Hour / 7 Day Emergency Servic e

PRINTING

TREE SERVICES Nationally Certified

AJ’S Engineering Services Ltd • • • • • •

CONTACT US

44 Smith Street Matamata

54 FIRTH STREET, MATAMATA Ph: 07 888 7578 Fax: 07 888 7593

a! Putting the Power into your are

WORKING PLATFORMS EDGE PROTECTION MOBILE SCAFFOLD HIRE

Martin Van Dam

KING ELECTRICAL LTD 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE

SCAFFOLDING

YOUR SCAFFOLDING SPECIALIST

For ALL your garage door and automatic opener needs ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

Denis Holdsworth 027 283 6770 1 Waihou Street, Gate 4, Matamata

FIRST FARM

FORESTRY 16 years felling experience

Tricky trees • Tree topping and felling Fencing repair • Scrub cutting • Firewood cutting

your graphic design professionals

your local one stop print shop

Phone: 021 301 697 | Find us on Facebook Email: ajsengineeringservices@gmail.com

7 Short Street, Matamata • 07 888 7176 print@tainuipress.co.nz • www.tainuipress.co.nz

7 Short Street, Matamata • 07 888 7176 print@tainuipress.co.nz • www.tainuipress.co.nz

Phone Robert Stewart Owner/operator 027 812 0162 Or email firstfarmforestry@gmail.com

FARMING

HEAT PUMPS

ROOFING

TYRES

TRENCHING Hourly or per metre rates No job too big or too small

10 Waharoa West Road, Matamata. Ph 07 888 4405

Heat Pumps • Refrigeration Air Conditioning Farm Vat Refrigeration • Ventilation

Phone 07 888 7345 or 0800 CENTIGRADE (0800 236 844)

ROOFING IT’S WHAT WE DO. ROLL WITH IT 027 462 4400 avy@prestigeroofing.co.nz www.prestigeroofing.co.nz

Tyres • Rims • Wheel Alignments • Batteries • Puncture Repairs Phone 07 888 6866 53 Firth Street, Matamata

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PHIL’S MOTORCYCLE CENTRE 11 Tui St, MATAMATA Phone 07 888 7604

29 Thames St, MORRINSVILLE Phone 07 889 7686

9 Tirau St, PUTARURU Phone 07 883 7602

www.philsmotorcycles.co.nz

Chris Bungard

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Fishing Report

i all. Wow, a frost during last week was a bit of a shock to the system ah? Yes, that’s what happens when those nasty southerly fronts come through. On the local trout scene I mentioned in my last report that you should have a look at some of the small stream mouths running into our rivers. I’m very pleased to say people have done that and in fact, have been into the shop to show off their catches. This will continue over the next few weeks as the rainbows seek out those streams to go and spawn. In the Rotorua region there continues to be excellent fishing on Lake Tarawera, in particular with the method of jigging. Earlier in the season the trout in Tarawera were in poor condition, however this has changed dramatically due to the very good numbers

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of smelt in the lake – a trout’s favourite food (well those and Kura, fresh water crayfish). In the Taupo region the river fishing has been very good. The rain last week created an extra flow in them and this has induced a fresh run of fish heading upstream to spawn. My man down there, Ken Duncan, tells me all the rivers are fishing well but his best success has been on the Tauranga/Taupo. Out on the lake, fishing off the stream mouths has been productive. Ken tells me a lot of people are having good results fishing from kayaks. To the sea, and opportunities to fish the west coast have been a bit limited due to the behaviour of Mother Nature. Big seas and uncrossable bars have been quite common. The good news is when you can get out there the snapper fishing has been quite good.

Dwade Pinny, charter boat owner and skipper, tells me he has been doing very well down south of Kawhia in about 55m of water. The snapper are down there feeding on the worm beds and are in great condition. Dwade tells me they have also been catching plenty of snapper in double figures. Up around the Coromandel region the snapper fishing has been very good. This time of the year, as the water temperature drops, the snapper feed up more and the bite times become longer. This is all good for you of course so, if you get the chance, go and take advantage of it. This week the tides are big up there so, if the weather is not great, try fishing the close in farms around Te Kumau. Over the ranges to the Mercury Bay area the autumn fishing has generally been good.

This week, with big tides and late evening high water, the recipe is there to target big snapper with plenty of burley and straylining. Out wide around the top of the Merc’s and towards the hook there have still been a few marlin around so don’t put those lures away just yet. Out in the Bay of Plenty the fishing has been ok around Mayor and Motiti. Last weekend was Matamata Fishing Club’s comp very kindly sponsored by LJ Hooker, Matamata Automotive & Electrical and the kids section by Waharoa Transport. I had the pleasure of taking out two of our boys and their two sons Grayson and Latham. To spend the weekend watching them enjoy themselves fishing was so cool and rewarding, what a neat way to spend time with family. Happy fishing, Bungey.

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