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Apr 9, 2024
Local Groups & Clubs

Has someone said “Sorry for your loss”

Loss comes in many forms. It may be caused by physical separation or divorce. It may be caused by death whether accidental, age-related, disease or suicide. You may be feeling the loss of a friend, a family member, a spouse or partner, a child, a colleague. Loss does not discriminate by age, race, gender, religion, or socio-economic status. Loss can be recent or not. A dear friend shared with me just the other day that she was grieving for a loss she experienced 52 years ago. Time may lighten the load, or it may not; but the feelings and memory of loss never go away. Grief is an endurance …

Apr 9, 2024
Local Groups & Clubs

Enhancing wellbeing through strength, balance and mobility

These sessions can be a great deal of fun for everyone, and beneficial. Drawing on my expertise in Health Science with a specialisation in sport and exercise, coupled with my previous experience as a Strength and Balance Facilitator for Age Concern Counties Manukau, I established a class in Whitianga for those 65+ to prevent falls and injury and to stay mobile as they age. It includes a comprehensive range of exercises and activities aimed at enhancing functional fitness and quality of life. Each session is carefully structured to target key areas of concern for older adults, such as the …

Apr 9, 2024
Local Events

New Zealand’s finest classical trio comes to Thames…..then Whitianga

The NZTrio coming to Thames 5 May will have a replacement pianist for Somi Kim who will be on parental leave – Ashley Brown, Somi Kim and Amalia Hall. Sarah Watkins (absent) will be the guest pianist. Described as a “national treasure” and “New Zealand’s most indispensable ensemble” (William Dart, NZ Herald), NZTrio – He Taonga Wairere, is renowned for its eclectic repertoire, outstanding talent and warm kiwi stage presence. Any preconceptions of classical music being stuffy or intimidating are smashed by edgy repertoire, venue ambiance, and post-concert manaakitanga. Bringing together …

Apr 9, 2024
Local Groups & Clubs

Hangi served with Kapa Haka at the Whiti Citi Markets

Whaea Jo amidst students and preparations outside Puahape Whare for the Hangi and Kapa Haka Fundraiser; peeling potatoes, pumpkin, kumara and cleaning up were the order of the day; the keen Hangi serving team at markets and a big part of the Kapa Haka performance group. The students had been working the two days before the markets peeling, cutting, working the bread dough, preparing dessert, and carefully packing.

Apr 9, 2024
Letters to the editor

MORE POETRY FROM JOHN (received before dal minogue’s sent in his poetic response)

Who’s crying? Who’s given up on the fray and who’s been brought down and who’s making nonsense of the world today? Lies been raining down upon us. Life’s value has took a dive. But for those of you who see a dismal future, just remember you’re still alive. You’re still alive, you’re still alive; if you were not still alive, you could not be crying. Why aren’t YOU crying? What can’t you cry? Oh, I see, you cried a river and the river run dry. Who’s still crying? Who gave up just today? And who realises you can’t run away? No, you can’t run away, no you can’t run away and you can’t ru…

Apr 9, 2024
Letters to the editor

More disinformation

The guest editorial (Through the Portal) on EVs by Trevor Ammundsen is full of misinformation. EVs in New Zealand are not fossil fuel-powered. About 85% of our electricity is generated without any use of fossil fuels, and with several significant solar farms and further wind farms coming online, that percentage is going to rise. New Zealand still has significant untapped fossil fuel-free electricity generation potential, which will be realised in turn. Mr Ammundsen seems to think that EVs don’t pay for the electricity they use to charge. I wonder why he does not study at least a little of…

Apr 9, 2024
Letters to the editor

Kubota Fishing Competition

Well I hope now all of you who supported the MBGFC Kubota fishing competition are revelling in the millions of dollars, it supposedly brought to our once ‘sleepy little east coast fishing village’. We are now known on the world stage as the largest wild animal competition hunting field on the planet. We didn’t do so good however with our charter sailing business; in fact my business was told by the TCDC events manager that if we conducted our business during the competition, we would be ‘trespassed’ if we tried to pick up our passengers from the wharf. ‘Cancel your bookings and make way fo…

Apr 9, 2024
Letters to the editor

NEWSROOM TCDC DEBT FIGURES WRONG

A letter to the editor in The Informer Issue 19 March, cited some information in a Newsroom article that was wrong, and which Newsroom has since corrected. The Informer letter to the editor was written by Meg Beston (Not TCDC’s Fault, 19 March issue) and cited Council debt figures published in an article on the Newsroom website (If councils were companies some would be bankrupt, 14 March). Newsroom had its figures for TCDC wrong and has since corrected them: Net debt is $197m (not $220m), revenue is $157m, making a debt-to-revenue ratio of 125% (not 255%). This changes TCDC in the Newsroo…