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Author: Pam Ferla

Reptiles a big part of Kayla’s life

Tairua librarian, Kayla McCallum, with two of her many reptiles, blue-tongued skink Noodle, and (right) bearded dragon Mary Jane. On her ninth birthday she was given three red eared turtles – Tiger, Pebbles and Bubbles. As a teenager she volunteered at Franklin Zoo, which included reptiles and an ex-circus elephant. Her soft spot for animals, especially those needing a home, continued and now she’s almost got a zoo of her own. She has three blue-tongued skinks plus six for adoption (an opportunity folks). There tongues are such a pretty blue. She also has two bearded dragons plus one for adoption,...

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Coromandel Comedy brings fun and surprise

Helen Jarvis, Melanie Bass, Rebecca Stubbing. Not pictured, Gareth Blackler, Karolina Brock and Catalina Vercelli Giurda. Those who enjoy “Whose Line is it Anyway” will love this bunch of comedians and their distinctive and clever humour that is entirely made up on the spot, based on a suggested word from the audience. Asked why they stand in front of an audience with no idea what’s going to happen, here are some of the replies. “What I love about performing improvised comedy is the audience really do influence the show, which makes it so spontaneous and surprising.” Melanie Bass , Efficiency...

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Skaters enjoy Tairua’s new Skatepark

“Hanging out with mates” is a big part of the attraction and these teens reckon it is good for their mental health as well as fitness. The long-awaited facility opened at Cory Park Domain on  April 17 and attracted an enthusiastic crowd. It was designed by Acid NZ, project managed by Veros, and caters for all levels of ability. Projected cost of the skatepark is $1.12m, with $150,000 of this raised by the community.

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International harpist in Whiti

Playing a classical mix including Bach, Chopin and Debussy, he quickly confirmed his reputation as a genius of the harp. Stirring, powerful, vibrant, emotional – the audience was wowed by his ability and reminded of the joys of classical music. Chopin’s Prelude op 28, 15, known as “The Raindrop Prelude”, conveyed a gentle sweetness. His own composition “Unchartered Shores” – my favourite – showed the possibilities of the harp and was a lovely piece that played with one’s emotions. Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” was exquisite. Grande Piece Symphonique also pulled at the heart strings....

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Bring a Teddy to Tairua’s Picnic

As a toddler during World War II, Pat Lee did not have a teddy bear. But as adult she has acquired four of them, now sitting snugly on her bed waiting for the Tairua Teddy Bears’ Picnic she has organised at Pepe Reserve on Saturday, January 27. This fundraiser is from 10am – 2pm and aims to support New Zealand Anglican Mission’s water tank project in Fiji.  “I was at a church teddy bears’ picnic in Christchurch 25 years ago and mentioned that I’d never had a teddy. Then a kind woman gave me a parcel  –  inside was  a teddy bear.  It was eventually  joined by another, plus a couple...

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