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‘Dream’ golf club raffle offers a trip to The Masters as first prize

While many New Zealand golf club raffles offer up tempting prizes such as golf bags, bottles of wine, golf trundlers, and food hampers, Whangamata is running a raffle with the top lure of a luxury travel package to watch the famed Masters championship at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, USA. Raffle tickets cost $100 each, and numbers are strictly limited to 2,500 tickets – with anyone able to buy into the lottery, regardless of whether they play golf or not. Proceeds from the fund-raising initiative will go specifically towards building the club’s physical resilience to floods emanating...

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Cooking up a storm

So, on the first day of the 2024 school year, four students at Whenuakite School, with lots of enthusiasm and community spirit, started planning a cookie sale. All the money raised would go to these three local firefighters to help contribute to their fundraising efforts for the Skytower Challenge. This annual event raises funds for Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. Each year, hundreds of fire fighters from all over New Zealand and other countries, face the 1,103 steps of the Auckland Sky Tower with their 25kg uniform, including their BA(breathing apparatus). The four students, Florence,...

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Music and sunshine at the Hahei lawn charity concert

The Annual Lawnmowers Son “Music on the Lawn” charity event at Hahei Homestead was a success despite the sunshine swapping with rain and wind squalls at a couple of intervals. This weather kept some away, but a good crowd came regardless. The raffles and auction items donated were ‘over the top’ generous and the organisers thank the sponsors for making the fund raising for the Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust so significant. Sponsors – Ooh La La Boutique; Hotwater Beach Holiday Park; Hot Waves Café and Day Bar; Hotties Beachfront Eatery; Cathedral Cove Dive and Snorkel; The Church Bistro;...

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Time to say thank you to Richard

Richard is loathe to receive recognition and public affirmation preferring to stay in the background. But he could not avoid this evening. The Secretary and acting Chair of the evening, Gordon Barnaby, ensured there would be no other way. Richard spoke a little about some areas of his life:- • Radiography Trust where he has recently taken on the Chair from Graeme Matthews. Richard’s comments were about Graeme’s very hard work, his achievements with the Trust and the complex nature of dealing with District Health Boards, ACC and various funding teams. • His love for the work of St John and...

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Come to my lawn for a Charity Concert

Shaun Jackson, owner of the Hahei Homestead with its two acres of gardens and the enormous Moreton Bay Fig tree, is looking forward to hosting this event by which he raises money for cancer sufferers through the work of Mercury Bay Community Support Trust (MBCST). This venue for the summer concert  is also the home of the Lawnmower’s Son Art Gallery owned by Shaun. Shaun lost his sister Stacey Bale through cancer. She lived locally and it was the work of the Trust that helped Stacey so much. “It was Stacey, who encouraged me to buy and restore this Homestead,” says Shaun. “She brought me...

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Peninsula Riderz Poker Run donates funds raised to Hato Hone St John

It’s a privilege to be the Co-ordinator and spokesperson for Peninsula Riderz Whitianga smc., and to help organise the annual Poker Run. We had a great day touring the Peninsula as a group of over 120 bikes plus classic cars. Sam and Luke from the Mercury Bay Holiday Park Whitianga presented Hato Hone St John Ambulance Whitianga with $2020 raised at our annual Poker Run Saturday, 20 January, which was featured in last week’s issue of The Informer. Sam and Luke are one of many local businesses that sponsor the PeninsulaRiderz and they also accommodate many riders each year who stay for...

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Bike Park donation helps protect kauri

Park Manager Jon Maud said Waikato Regional Council (WRC) staff had walked the park and inspected the trees.  “They were concerned about the close proximity of bike trails and walking tracks to these young kauri,” Jon Maud said. “We have to prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback disease. WRC have installed bike and footwash stations in the park, and the fences will be an added protection.”     Mr Maud said the bush track above the two very big kauri on the upper slopes of the park was now closed.  “We would need to build timber walkways above the trees to protect them, so instead we...

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Mullet for the Mammogram

Dave was at a party with friends and one of the party goers had very long beautiful hair. People were commenting on how lovely it was and Dave agreed, enthusiastically. A girl named Rosie said to Dave, for everyone to hear, “You could grow hair like that? Dave retorted, ‘’not likely,” but others joined in like a chorus with a very positive, “Yes, you can Dave!” Mike Brown, co-ordinator of the Lions Club Mammogram Project, also happened to be there. What followed was more cheers for Dave to grow long hair. Then, one of Dave’s friends spoke up, “I challenge you to grow...

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