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Catching a fish but not a bird

As the Programme Co-ordinator, I found the boat ramp advocacy and school visits to be a particular highlight. I spoke with roughly 900 recreational fishers over the summer at seven different boat ramps. The people spoken to were not just boaties; they were surf casters and family groups fishing from the wharf as well. I have been amazed at how much the children knew and how most people do respect the seabirds and appreciate their vulnerability and importance to our ecosystems. Everyone thought avoiding catching a bird was a good idea! Southern seabirds would like to thank The Informer for...

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Ollie – he helps through ‘touch’

Ollie Sacault enjoys the success of relieving people’s aches and pains. His interests have always been in martial arts in which he is very skilled. Through martial arts, Ollie learnt much about how the body works and the interconnectedness of bone, muscle, and sinews. It was soon obvious that he was proficient in massage and deep tissue massage. Friends who were aware of his insight into the working of the body suggested he should set himself up as a massage practitioner. That was four years ago. Because he is good at what he does, his massage practice, with his focus on relaxation and Reiki...

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Marguerite Muellers exhibiting Whitianga Art Group Feature Artist

Marguerite’s art invites you to interpret her water colour scenes. The Whitianga Art Group is a casual, friendly group of people who love art, who are very good at art and together they work with a wide variety of different styles and mediums many at a very professional level. I have been living in Whitianga for 35 years,” says Marguerite. “My whakapapa is in Germany and my river is the Rhine. Early in my childhood, I spent my evenings scrutinising and sketching my father’s face while he was watching the news. I loved that – the impressionists became my favourite artists. As a trained psychotherapist,...

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Protest on behalf of the environment

The leadership team for the Environment Day strike. Marika Macdonald, Mieke Ducker, Maggie Warwick, Ruby O’Brien, Wilf Asquith, Oscar Williams, Xavier Sarich-Dunn. Front: Tahlia Osborne, Isabella Thurgood. Many students across New Zealand in colleges and primary schools went on strike for the environment last Friday, 5 April. Some students took to the streets, waved banners, carried flags, filled footpaths with cries and statements of solidarity to combat climate change. MBAS students went to the school field with their protest on behalf of the natural environment of our planet and the protest...

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Mark’s truck stolen in broad daylight

Mark’s truck that was stolen the Monday before Easter. But big mistake. Mark left the keys in the ignition. He was only going to be a couple of minutes. “I was just coming out of the pharmacy,” says Mark. “I was right there and watched my truck and trailer being driven away by one very brazen thief. I was only a few metres away.’ Mark could see the back of the driver’s head in the rear screen of the truck cabin – curly hair and European skin tone – that’s the only description he could give. “I had all my tools in the back of my truck and a brand new Stihl chainsaw I had just purchased – 2011C...

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Whitianga Day Camp needs your help

Camp runs for 3 days during the school holidays on Tuesday 16-Thursday 18 April. • Camper registrations have closed – we are full. • Need more teen leaders (aged 14-18) and adult helpers in order for camp to actually run. • Half the campers are attending Day Camp for the very first time this year. Day Camp is a community of close to 450 children and adults that come together to create a joyful environment of action, challenges, friendship, learning, super creations, teamwork, and celebration. The Day Camp crew are ready, 20 various electives are prepared for action, and the marquee is...

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Where has the time gone for you?

Well, I can shelve that one. No need to think about it now, but the second episode, which is about ‘Time,’ confronts the viewer with the fact that sooner or later, inevitably time will bring us all down – dust to dust kind of theme.  Yuk – not a comforting thought at all. This has started me thinking of my journey through time. How quickly the years have gone. So much I have forgotten. I rummaged through my memory to find memories that are still clear. I found a few which are clear as yesterday focused on world events. On November 23, 1968, when JFK the President of America was assassinated....

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The common sense of farmers not often in local authorities’ actions

Jacobsen Contracting (Paeroa) received the same treatment and quite recently a farmer (Patetonga District) was clobbered to the tune of $40,000 for similar action and in the Bay of Plenty, a land holder was hit with fines for clearing mangroves from the back of his section to the tide line. The irony of that situation, the Council, after the prosecution, used the path the land holder had cleared to go in and clear mangroves. Referring to Bas Noeli’s, in that same area, there was a general flood and all along the western side of the range from Matamata to the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula,...

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Easter egg hunts very popular

It was a grand time for the children who participated in the Whitianga clue based hunt. 0ver 200 children arrived at The Informer office over the period of two hours on Easter Saturday afternoon to collect their Easter bag and clue sheet which would lead them to different destinations in the town where their sheets were stamped and they received an Easter treat. Once the children had all squares on their sheet stamped, they raced back to 14 Monk Street for their Easter egg prize. A BIG THANK YOU to PAPER PLUS, HARCOURTS, STIHLO FASHION and HAIR SALON, i SITE, BAYLEYS and WHITIANGA FOOD MARKET...

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