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READY, SET, GO… Whitianga Run Fest

Nick Reader and his team did an outstanding job of this event, efficient and smooth, changing some of the complications of closing roads from previous years. The 11.00am race involved lots of children (3km and 6km races) which was a delight to all the onlookers. The three first places of the 21km race did amazing times – Sam Brenner from Cambridge’s time was 1.16.31. Tom McKenzie was our fastest local, coming in third behind Andrew Pointon in second place. A BIG thank you to G. J. Gardner homes who totally supported this event being the major sponsor. With their help, 70 youth from the...

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Running – it’s my passion, it’s in my soul

During the COVID pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, I decided to tap into my wealth of experience and retrain as a Personal Trainer, Mindset Coach and Life Coach with the ultimate goal to help people achieve their goals through physical training, mindset training and better life choices. Most of my achievements have occurred while working full-time as a landscaper and stone mason and around family time. This has helped me hone my skills for the ‘time crunched’ runner towards training smarter, emphasising quality over quantity. I soon realised we all have the same amount of hours in a day; it’s...

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Time for a Thai massage

Where the Medical Centre in Albert Street used to be, has been transformed into a spacious Thai massage clinic. It opened on 23rd November, and now with two masseurs, they are open every day! Geoff and Monny Garrett have been living in Whitianga since August, 2023. They have come from Auckland for a different lifestyle. Monny has 25 years’ experience in massage and her colleague, June, who has recently joined the clinic, comes with 15 years of massage behind her. Both Monny and June originally come from Thailand. Geoff manages the business and administration side of...

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