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Steeped in local history

One such property located in Te Rerenga, 1246 Whangapoua Rd, is steeped in local folk law and history. Built originally in the 1800s as a mine manager’s house, when gold was being processed in a neighbouring property. This closed somewhere in the early 1900s. The grounds of which I am told, are now used as a reserve. The property was bought by a private couple in approximately 1911 and converted to a hotel. Serving the drovers and Kauri millers of the time. The area was known for its thriving kauri milling industry. The Kauri tree at the corner of the home is said to be over 200 years old....

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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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What is so important about Easter to Christians?

Even people who do not claim any particular association with the Christian faith see the value in, and desirability of, all the teachings and examples given as part of living a Christian life. A desire for peace, active caring for others, seeking justice for those who are living with injustice, constantly hoping for a better world both socially and environmentally, sharing love with family, friends, and those who feel lost or have little love in their lives. For Christians, these are all bound up in the life and ministry example of one man. Jesus Christ, whose ministry on earth lasted only...

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Skin Clinic – new addition to the town

Sarah’s story Sarah did beauty therapy training while she was practising nursing. “I was working for a skin cancer doctor at the time. We were removing skin cancers everyday and you could see how ‘appearance medicine’ was coming into its own.” She explained how people must get sizeable pieces cut out sometimes and it is very important to restore and even improve that person’s scarred skin. “I also got to thinking that if we could work with a patient earlier in their life, some of the skin damage could be much more limited,” says Sarah. After Sarah completed her beauty therapy training,...

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Ron Cook and his life with horses around the world

Ron Cook – 86 years Part Two His Dad was a horse dealer and trainer and as far back as he can remember, Ron’s life and love has been horses. He started in the show ring when he was a nipper of five years. With great pleasure and pride, he would lead ponies around the show ring. It was in these events that he won his first blue ribbons. His Dad used to participate in three-day horse sales. These sales became the occasion for rodeo and calf roping. When he was sixteen, Ron was enthusiastically into rodeo and calf roping at the three-day sales and regional shows. The horses were usually provided...

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Ron Cook knows horses and equine gear well

86 years and still going strong. Ron grew up on a farm and horses were always there. His father trucked horses and was a horse dealer and blacksmith. Milking three cows before he rode to school on a pony was for Ron his normal life. It was only natural that Ron would slip into a life with horses and saddles and riding gear. He grew to love them and still does. Horse related chores, saddles and shoeing still occupies him from daylight to dusk. It’s his life and he loves it. His home in Whitianga is also part museum – walls  lined with photos and memorabilia of a life in showing horses and...

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When you rescue a sea bird

The oceans around New Zealand host millions of marine birds, from giant petrels and albatrosses, to the tiny 50g storm petrels. Sadly, these masters of the oceans also deal with many obstacles that result in them arriving on our beaches and in our backyards unintentionally. It is here the problems really start as it is human nature to want to help these birds, but we need to consider their unique needs before we rush in to take selfies or attempt a rescue mission. First, do not touch the bird until you have taken the following steps: Call the DOC hotline 0800 362 468 for advice. Keep dogs...

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Nook – inspired by The Fillery

“I’ve always been focused on trying to do my bit for the environment. I try to live conscientiously,” said Georgia. Georgia studied Environmental Science at Toi Ohoma Institute of Technology in Tauranga. This pushed her into environmental work. Before she opened Nook, Georgia worked for the Mercury Bay Environmental Trust and has done bush restoration and environmental community work. Georgia has always enjoyed shopping plastic-free. She used to shop at The Fillery with Kathryn. “She inspired me. I loved The Fillery so much and I was sad when it closed.” Georgia has been vegan for nine years....

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